Everest Base Camp with Island Peak
The Everest Base Camp with Island Peak is an adventure that combines two very dramatic aspects of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with a climb of the Island Peak. It is best suited for people who are looking for an experience that is more thrilling than regular trekking journeys. It takes place in the beautiful Khumbu region of Nepal and is incorporated with many highlights. The best features and attributes of the region are included in the package. You will be getting an adventure that is very exciting and thrilling!
The Everest Base Camp with Island Peak starts with a short flight to Lukla, from where the trekking path goes through ethnic Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and many others. Hike to the vantage point at Kalapatthar as well, and revel in the panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. Visit the Everest View Hotel and have a cop of buttered tea as you enjoy the sight of the cerulean Himalayas right in front of you. Light butter-lamps in the Tengboche monastery and enjoy the view of prominent mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, the Kongdi RI, the Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mount Everest among many others. Then immerse yourself in the accomplishment of reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak!
Finally, after the ascent to the base camp, climb to the summit of the Island Peak. Surrounded by glaciers, the peak looks like an Island and the views of the surrounding Himalayas from the peak are astounding! Enjoy the vast snowy ridges and acreages of ice as you make your way to the top of the peak following our best professional guides and Sherpas. Use climbing equipments like crampons and karabiners as you slowly ascent to the top of the mountain. Observe the Sherpa culture and tradition as well as you do the journey. The Everest Base Camp with Island Peak lets you truly capture the beautiful cultural and natural aspects of the Khumbu and blends it with the adventures of the climb and the trek! So if you are up for this adventure, come join us for a trip of a lifetime!
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representative. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. Further plans and programs will also be explained to you. Overnight stay at the hotel.
- Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu
This day is reserved for the final preparations for the trek and climbing. You will be focusing on checking your gears and packing necessary equipments. You may leave all unnecessary belongings at the hotel and re-pack only the necessary items for the trip. Overnight stay at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.
- Day 03 - Kathmandu – Lukla - Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
You will have an early morning transfer to the airport for your Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at a high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. From Lukla, you will be trekking to Phakding with an amazing, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru accompanying you. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Phakding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
Following the Dudh Koshi River, we will be ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchanged salt, dried meat and textiles in ancient times. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche also remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike to Namche, we can capture our first glimpses of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 05 - Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel - Namche
This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to the Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest located airstrip in the world, then continue climbing to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Tawache among many others. On the way back, we can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours
The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Phungki Thanka and from this point; it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to the Tengboche Monastery (3860m). The monastery is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Ama Dablam and on clear days, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja River and is surrounded by the ridges covered in alpine woods. Views of the Danphe birds can also be seen in the forests. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
Descend through beautiful forests, we will cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m). Perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days. You can also enjoy views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse & many other peaks along the way. The route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. At Dingboche, you can see a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops. Mani Stone walls also line the trail. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 08 - Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, Duration: 6 hours
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100 meters. After breakfast, you will ascend to Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude, there are good views of the Lobuche East (6119m), the Lobuche West (6145m), the Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), the Kangtega (6685m) and the Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you will then start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, we can take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 09 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours
Trekking along a broad valley floor to Dughla, we will be passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This post is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continuing up the valley, we will be gaining altitude. We will come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 10 - Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours
After a short climb through meadows, you can look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapatthar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and can enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, from where the Everest expedition begins. Then we will go back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Gorakshep, breakfast, lunch and dinner included
- Day 11 - Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18187ft) - Gorekshep – Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 7 hours
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m), an excellent viewpoint to observe Mount Everest and innumerable spectacular mountains views. Then we will trek back to Gorekshep for a hot breakfast and trek descend back to Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 12 - Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5240m/17187ft), Duration: 6 hours
From Dingboche, we will make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. We will reach the base camp of Island Peak in the mid-afternoon. We will be spending time at the tented camp for one or two day (s) and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. Overnight stay at the tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Pre-Climb Training: After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Overnight at tented camp, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 13 - Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours
Today is the Island Peak Ascent (6,189m). We will begin our climb early in the morning, generally around 1 AM. In the beginning, we will climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we will descend all the way to Dingboche for overnight stay. Overnight stay at the guesthouse/tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 14 - Reserve Day for Contingency
There is no such guarantee that we can get a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit (day 13), so this day is used as a contingency in case we are unable to summit the Island Peak on day 13 due to bad weather condition or some other reasons.
If the weather gets exceptionally unfavorable, we will have to wisely postpone the program of summiting the peak. Sometimes, somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing as well, or may not be well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. Overnight stay at the tented camp or guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 15 - Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours
Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various towns of Orsho, Somare and Pangboche, Tengboche then Phungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 16 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours
The trek continues along the Dudh Koshi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lukla, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
- Day 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu
You will be delighted by the mountain views for the last time while flying from Lukla to Kathmandu on your 30 minute flight. As you reach at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.
- Day 18 - Reserve Day in Kathmandu
On this day, you can proceed to relax and can have another tour of the city or go shopping at the hub of “all things-tourist” at Thamel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.
- Day 19 - Farewell
The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart.
- International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
- All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
- Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
- Gratuity for the trekking staffs
Starting From :
per person : $ 2300
Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.