Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Walking hours: :Apprx 5-6 hrs/day
Activities: :Trekking and climbing
Type: :Tea House + camping
Season: :feb to May- sept to Nov.
Group size: :1 +Show Less
Himalayan peaks are paradise for the climbing enthusiasts. Island Peak in the Himalayas is one such incredibly beautiful mountain peak that attracts hundreds of climbers every year. Island Peak that is also known as Imja Tse stands 6,189 meters high above the sea level in the Everest region of the Himalaya.
This adventure trip brings you the opportunity of trekking to the Everest Base Camp before setting off towards the magical Island Peak for ascension. Several days of trekking in the Everest region, before the actual climbing of the mountain begins, lets you ample time to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Himalayas. The climb is an extraordinarily beautiful feat on its own that is the highlight of the trip.
Day 01:Welcome to Kathmandu – 1,400m
Day 02:Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu – B
Day 03:Kathmandu – Lukla 2,860m – Phakding 2,610m – B.L.D
Day 04:Phakding – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.D
Day 05:Acclimatization Day – B.L.D
Day 06:Namche – Tengboche 3,860m – B.L.D
Day 07:Tengboche – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.D
Day 08:Acclimatization Day – B.L.D
Day 09:Dingboche – Lobuche 4,940m – B.L.D
Day 10:Lobuche – Everest Base Camp 5,364m – Gorakshep 5,164m – B.L.D
Day 11:Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5,545m – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.D
Day 12:Dingboche – Chhukung 4,700m – B.L.D
Day 13:Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m – B.L.D
Day 14:Base Camp – Summit 6,189m – Chhukung – B.L.D
Day 15:Contingency Day - B.L.D
Day 16:Chhukung – Pangboche 3,985m – B.L.D
Day 17:Pangboche – Namche 3,440m – B.L.D
Day 18:Namche – Lukla 2,860m – B.L.D
Day 19:Lukla – Kathmandu 1,400m – B. D
Day 20: See You Again – B
Day 01Welcome to Kathmandu – 1,400mIn accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 02Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu – BWe spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and answer your questions should you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing today include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 03Kathmandu – Lukla 2,860m – Phakding 2,610m – B.L.DAs we have already packed our bags the previous night, the thing we do straight in the morning is drive to airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. With the excitement of being in the region of the highest mountain in the world, we board a small, fixed winged aircraft and set off on an adventurous yet worthy aerial journey to Lukla. Soon after an incredible flight experience, we will find ourselves at the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of trek. Once we sort out our stuffs, we start the trek to Phakding today. After about 4 hours of easy trek on gentle and gradual downhill trail, we reach Phakding on the bank of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. The very first day of Everest trail walking will take us past some beautiful cultural and spiritual wonders in the forms of prayer flags, chhortens, mani walls etc.
Day 04Phakding – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.DWe enjoy our breakfast with the serene sound of flowing Dudh Koshi before starting our second day of the trek to Namche Bazar today. The walk today mostly involves uphill effort with some steep going up. We cross several suspension bridges today on the trail as we proceed towards the destination. We check into the Sagarmatha National Park entrance check point just above the beautiful village of Monjo before continuing up towards Namche bazar. Once we reach Namche bazar, a prosperous mountain trading town in the Everest region, we will be able to observe and experience more of the amazing culture and life style of beautiful and famous Sherpa people. A nicely settled town in the terraced slope, Namche bazar showcases some spectacular views of mountains like Thamserku (6,6232m) and Kongde Ri (6,187m) to its west.
Day 05Acclimatization Day – B.L.DWe spend an extra day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we are already at 3,440 meters above sea level with a large portion of the stretch left to go higher in the days to come. As this is an acclimatizing day, we will go for a hiking trip to Everest View point right above Namche bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular view point brings the wonderful mountain views including Mt. Everest that keeps us motivated to go higher towards the base camp. Once we return back to Namche bazar after the hike, we can explore the town going through one end to the other of the town. We can indulge in some conversation with locals there; surf internet cafes; or simply relax and save the energy for the days to come.
Day 06Namche – Tengboche 3,860m – B.L.DWe start the day early after breakfast and proceed towards Tengboche, a beautiful village in the Khumbu region on a hill in the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja River. The uphill walk passes through forest and involves ridge walking. After about 6 hours of uphill walk, we reach Tengboche village. Once we reach Tengboche village, we can enjoy Mountain View of the peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Everest. Once we settle into our accommodation, we can set out on an exploration of Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. The galore magnificence of the monastery is simply overwhelming.
Day 07Tengboche – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.DDingboche is the destination for today. After we finish our breakfast with view, we set off on the trekking journey for the day. We follow the downhill trail towards Diboche and past it we reach Pangboche village. We will take some time to explore the village and an ancient and beautiful monastery. Pangboche is a beautiful and the biggest Sherpa settlement in the region. After starting ahead from Pangboche village, we head towards Dingboche leaving the route to Pheriche. After spending about six hours on the trail past forest, villages and beautiful sights to see, we reach Dingboche village where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks awaits us.
Day 08Acclimatization Day – B.L.DWe are already at the elevation of 4,410 meters above sea level thus a good full day is what we need to adjust with the high altitude climate here and above. This extra day at Dingboche works as an acclimatization and rest day as well that is essential to go further higher. Even when we are calling it a rest day, we are not staying idle. We will go for some hiking to higher elevation and return back to Dingboche for overnight stay. This full day of exploration around Dingboche will expose us to the overwhelming beauty of the place and surrounding mountain peaks.
Day 09Dingboche – Lobuche 4,940m – B.L.DAs we are already above tree line on our trek, we now walk through pastures, glacial moraine, boulder strewn path and like of the terrain all the way to Lobuche. The walk today involves crossing a small pass called Dughla also known as Thukla with several memorial shrines for the brave mountaineers who lost their lives during their climbing expeditions. Although the walk is slow paced on uphill trail, made difficult by the increasing elevation, it brings wonderful views of the mountains to our sight that help us forget the strenuous effort we are taking up in the impressive mountain landscape. A well spent seven hours of the effort in the rugged Everest trekking trail that many other adventurers are treading takes us to the small settlement of Lobuche to spend overnight before striving for one more day to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world.
Day 10Lobuche – Everest Base Camp 5,364m – Gorakshep 5,164m – B.L.DWe are eventually going to make it to the Everest Base Camp today after these many days of trekking in and amidst the wonderful Himalayan peaks. Our determined and sincere effort to be at the base of the highest mountain in the world is going to materialize this afternoon. We are going to stand at the place where many climbers have spent days and nights training, preparing and attempting the summit of the formidable Mt. Everest.
We walk to Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed in the Everest region, where we are going to spend overnight today as the highest overnight stopover for the trip. After relishing our lunch at our tea house, we set off for the Everest Base Camp. A slow paced walk on the moraine and boulder strewn gradual path up to base camp is going to test our excitement and stamina. Anyway we are going to get to the base camp regardless of the difficulty of walking at the elevation. We click countless pictures and enjoy the moment of being at the classic Everest base camp before making a return trip to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 11Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5,545m – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.DWe get up early, really early, in the morning to hike up to Kalapatthar for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayan panorama up close with spectacular sunrise over those mighty peaks. This never-seen-before view and sunrise on earth is going to blow our mind away alluring us to stay there forever. Alas, we wish we could!
We have to make a return trip back to Gorakshep for breakfast. We start the trek back to Pheriche after breakfast. The trek down today is taking us to a new place that we have not covered on the trek. Pheriche is a beautiful settlement in the Khumbu reigon which is normally the stopover place for many Everest trekkers on their way back down after the base camp and Kalapatthar joy on the trip.
Day 12Dingboche – Chhukung 4,700m – B.L.DWe trek to Chhukung today. It’s comparatively a short walking day. Just about four hours of walk takes us to Chhukung that is basically the overnight place for Island peak climbers before they head to the base camp. We reach Chhukung for lunch and take an easy exploration time around there. Although we have already been over 5,000 meters above sea level, it is very essential that we go on easy pace and take enough breaks to help us acclimatize well to summit the 6,189 meters high Island peak.
Day 13Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m – B.L.DWe again go over 5,000 meters above sea level when we reach the Island Peak base camp on our walk today. About 4 hours of walk takes us to the base camp for the lunch. Once we reach there; set up the camp and take our lunch, we will have a detailed orientation session about the climbing adventure that is just ahead of us. We get prepared well for the highlight of the trip that is to start as soon as the next day starts.
Day 14Base Camp – Summit 6,189m – Chhukung – B.L.DWe are all set for the most awaited and exciting part of the trip. We are going to start the summit push very early in the morning, actually sometime after midnight. We slowly ascend the mountain aiming the summit. The rocky trail that leads us higher towards the top transforms completely into ridgeline that is covered in snow. While we struggle up on the ridgeline and on a glacier towards the top, the day light slowly dawns upon us and brings some gloomy views of the surrounding mountains. The glacial part of the ascend needs a little bit of technical knowledge of climbing as it consists several deep crevasses. After few hours of challenging ascension, we reach the summit of the Island peak to enjoy the breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayan peaks.
After a few fascinating moments at the top, we start descending towards the base. We eventually make it down to the base camp and continue walking to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
Day 15Contingency Day - B.L.DOne extra day is needed here in case of any delay on the summit push because of the weather condition and any other circumstances.
Day 16Chhukung – Pangboche 3,985m – B.L.DWe return back to Pangboche today. The excitement and satisfaction of the accomplishment of the summiting the Island peak fills us with immense energy. We trace the trail to Imja Khola and cross it to ascend towards Pangboche for overnight stay. We can visit a monastery in Pangboche once we reach there. We enjoy the rest of the time of the day exploring the beauty of Pangboche village.
Day 17Pangboche – Namche 3,440m – B.L.DThe walk for the day takes us back to Namche Bazar. We take the trail to Namche Bazar via Tengboche. The walk gives us a different perspective and understanding of the mountains than that of the going up towards the Everest Base Camp a few days earlier. We reach Namche Bazar to relax and chase the tiredness away.
Day 18Namche – Lukla 2,860m – B.L.DIt’s the last day of trip when we trek to Lukla today. The lower we walk, the farther we are leaving the iconic Everest base camp behind physically but we are carrying a beautiful memory of being there. We cross suspension bridges and walk past Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Once we reach Lukla to bring our trekking and expedition part to an end, we duly thank our supporting team members. If it were not for their amazing effort, our journey would be very difficult. We celebrate the joy of making it to the base of the highest peak in the world.
Day 19Lukla – Kathmandu 1,400m – B. DWe take a morning flight from the Lukla airstrip leaving the mighty mountains behind us. Another exciting flight with adventure takes us back to the city civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 20 See You Again – BAs the last day on this trip, we drive you to airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
We definitely hope that you enjoyed the Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.