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Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trekking – 17 Days

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -15°C to 10°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 17 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Camping

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Flight

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Sherpa, Rai

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village, Glacier

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Everest Region, Khumbu

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 6189m

After Trans Himalayan flight, we start Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trekking starts  from Lukla slowly up towards the Dudh Kosi valley. We across a Hilary suspension bridge and start climbing up gradually towards a big hill to get Namche Bazaar. We continue trek to Tengboche and Dingboche then accommodate for high altitude. We get to the world’s most popular trekking destination Everest Base Camp then we retrace down to Dingboche and Chhukung. After enjoying with magnificent views of Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Amadablam and Island peak in close distance, we prepare for the ascent of Island Peak.

After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. You will endeavor the summit (6,189m/20,305ft) after one night at the High Camp perched on the South West Ridge where magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen from the top. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, most of the climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing, our trip comes back to Lukla and end after flying out from Lukla to Kathmandu in morning.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to easily change the itineraries as per your liking.

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Highlights

  • Summit Island Peak climbing at the elevation of 6189m. with the splendid view of Mt. Makalu ( 8481m.), Mt. Everest ( 8848m.), Mt. Amadablam ( 6812m.), Mt. Lhotse ( 8516m.) and Mt. Nuptse (7861m.)
  • Explore the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Icefall
  • Enjoy the trek across the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Visit the various Sherpa villages like Tengboche, Thukla, and Lobuche
  • Relish the panorama of Everest Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lotse (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8188m)
January
-15°C to -10°C
February
-15°C to -10°C
March
-10°C to -5°C
April
-5°C to 0°C
May
0°C to 5°C
June
5°C to 10°C
July
5°C to 9°C
August
5°C to 10°C
September
0°C to 5°C
October
-5°C to 0°C
November
-10°C to -5°C
December
-15°C to -10°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Lukla -35 minutes - Trek to Phakding

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km Uphill hike
(Avg 3hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Sherpa

Altitude

2650m./8745ft.

A magnificent 35 minute flight to Lukla and an exciting landing  on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek. We head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail for 3 hours to our first stay in Phakding .

Day 2

Trek to Namche Bazzar

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Kamal/ Hotel Sakura /Khumbu Lodge

Altitude

3440m./11352ft.

We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2 hours.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market. Stay there overnight in Namche.

Day 3

Acclimatization in Namche Bazzar

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Acclimatization

Accommodation

Hotel Kamal/Hotel Sakura/Khumbu Lodge

Altitude

3440m./11352ft.

Rest day and overnight. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal’, Namche now boasts plenty of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Everest Base Camp. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khumjung Village and Khumjung gompa which has a Yeti skull, and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel (3850m./12705ft.) above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Stay in Namche.

Day 4

Trek to Debuche

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Rivendell Lodge

Altitude

3850m./12705ft.

The trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first really good views of the great peaks – Khumbu, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam, including Everest. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. After spending sometime, we will descend to Debuche. Stay overnight in Debuche.

Day 5

Trek to Dingboche

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Good Luck

Altitude

4350m./14355ft.

The trail leads past the  suspension bridge crosses the Imja Khola  and, after passing beautifully carved mani stones and a few chortens, we reach Pangboche. Ama Dablam dominates the skyline as we make our way to the village of Dingboche where we stay for two nights  in Dingboche.

Day 6

Acclimatization/Exploration around.

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Acclimatization

Accommodation

Hotel Good Luck

Altitude

4350m./14355ft.

Dingboche is a good place to rest and acclimatize. There are magnificent mountain views and many options for acclimatization hikes. We need to ensure you will be successful on your trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar. Today we hike to Nagarjun hill and see the stunning views of Makalu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam and Tawache.  Stay in Dingboche.

Day 7

Trek to Lobuche

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

6km Uphill Hike
(Avg 4hrs)

Accommodation

Mother Earth House

Altitude

4900m./16170ft.

We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and Lobuche east peak. At the top of this climb, there are many stone Pyramids, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

Day 8

Trek to Gorakshep then excursion to EBC

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km round trip
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Himalayan/Hotel Buddha inn

Altitude

5364m./17701ft.

We continue our trek along the Khumbu Glacier in the early morning for a  wonderful walk to the Everest Base Camp . From Lobuche, it is two hours trek to Gorak Shep  where we leave our bags at the Lodge. After lunch, we hike for 2 hours up the Khumbu Glacier to the EBC. After spending time viewing the famous Khumbu Icefall and wandering through the ‘village’ of climbing groups, we return to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at lodge.

Day 9

Sun Rise hike to Kala Pattar – Trek to Dingboche

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Good Luck

Altitude

4400m./14520ft.

We rise very early in the morning for the hike to Kala Pattar (5550m./18315ft.) Our objective is to reach the summit of Kala Pattar just as the sun rises. After 2 hours of hiking, you will stand on Kala Pattar, just beneath Pumori (7165 m/23644 ft). From here, you have an unobstructed view of the Everest south face, Nuptse and many other peaks.  The scenery is breathtaking and you will want to extend your stay as long  as possible to take picture after picture and enjoy the vast array of mountains that surround you. And, at some moment while you stand looking out over the scene below, you will realize the significance of your achievement and the great feeling of satisfaction of a job well done. Soon, however, we have to leave Kala Pattar and make our way back to Gorak Shep, then trek to Dingboche and  stay overnight.

Day 10

Trek to Chhukung

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

5km Uphill Hike
(Avg 3hrs)

Accommodation

Trekkers Hut

Altitude

4730m./15518ft.

Ama Dablam dominates the skyline as we make our way to the village of Chhukung where we stay for two nights in Chhukung.

Day 11

Head to Island Peak Base Camp

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

5km climb
(Avg 3hrs)

Accommodation

Tent Stay

Altitude

5200m./17060ft.

the path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside leads to what we call Big -rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. We reach Island Peak Base Camp then stay there overnight.

Day 12

Pre - Climb Training

Day 12 Facts

Accommodation

Tent Stay

Altitude

5770m

We begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually we will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp.

Day 13

Summit Island Peak and trek back to Chhukung

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8hrs hike
(Avg 8hrs)

Accommodation

Trekkers Hut

Altitude

4730m./15518ft.

We Ascend Island peak, from early in the morning will have to climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you 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. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45º) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. After enjoying the summit views, you will descend all the way to Chhukung then stay overnight.

Day 14

Trek to Phortse

Day 14 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Lodge in Phortse

Altitude

3750m./12375ft.

The trail leads down the tiny village of Dingboche, crosses the Imja Khola  and, after passing beautifully carved mani stones and a few chortens, we reach Pangboche. After lunch, the trail to Phortse gradually rises above the Imja Khola and the views to the west are spectacular. As you gain elevation, you see in the distance the Tangboche monastery sitting high on hill. Keep an eye open for sightings of musk deer along the way. We arrive at Phortse and stay there overnight.

Day 15

Trek to Namche

Day 15 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km hike
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Kamal/ Sakura Hotel/ Khumbu Lodge

Altitude

3440m./11352ft.

Our trek takes us downhill from Phortse to the Dudh Kosi river. We cross the river and make our way through Phortse Thanga and from there, after many steep switchbacks uphill, to Mong. Again, the views from this elevation are outstanding as you look down the valleys to the west and admire the surrounding peaks. We descend and pass through Kenjoma on our way to Namche Bazzar then stay overnight.

Day 16

Trek to Lukla

Day 16 Facts

Trekking Time Average

17km Hike
(Avg 8hrs)

Accommodation

The North Face resort

Altitude

2800m./9186ft.

Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural walk to phakding. After a lunch, trail will lead you back to Lukla . On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 17

Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 17 Facts

Trekking Time Average

35 mins

Altitude

1295m./4273ft.

In the morning, we rise early for breakfast, then walk to the airport. Before boarding the flight to Katmandu, you say goodbye to the porters and also goodbye to the mountains. The plane rolls down the short runway, then soars across the Dudh Kosi River and makes its way back to Katmandu. Transfer to hotel.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport (Airport – Hotel – Airport ) transfer in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) .
  • Lodge accommodation ( Twin share base) during the trek .
  • One experienced, educated, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Everest region and government authorized trekking trekking guide and required porters ( one porter for two persons) etc.
  • All staff’s expenses as food, salary, insurance, equipments, accommodation etc.
  • Both way flight tickets Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha  National park fee, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry fee.
  • Island peak climbing permit.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, First aid medical kit box, water purification, oxygen saturation check up everyday, Temperature check up everyday, face mask, hand sanitizer, company t-shirt, A trip map and complementary climbing/trekking certificate.
    Garbage deposit.
  • Government tax and service charge etc.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Climbing  includes :

  • A professional climbing guide and his all expenses. ( 1- 4 pax = 1 climbing guide, 6- 10 pax = 2 climbing guides, 10 – 14 pax = 3 climbing guides)
  • Assistant Cook & Transportation : Trekking assistant cook & necessary kitchen helper on the basis of Member and they carry of  camping equipment and tent from Chukung.
  • Camping Equipment Utensils : EPI Gas, gas stove or fuel stove for Cooking, Fuel or Kerosene oil,  Cooking pot, Mattress  etc.
  • Staff salary and Allowance : All our staffs & porters daily wages/equipment/food/clothing etc
  • High Altitude Tents : North Face Dome Tent Space for Two Pax, Wall/Cabin Tent for Dining and Kitchen, etc
  • High Camp Lodging & Fooding Service : Three Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) a day for Member And Staff.
  • Drinks & Beverage : Tea with Biscuits and Hot drinking water in climbing Period and Hot washing water in case required.
  • Fixing Gear : Fix rope, main rope, snow bar, ice crew, rock pitons etc

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  •  Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, boiled water, battery charge, laundry, desert, bar bill, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Personal climbing gears as Climbing  boot, Crampons, Ice axe / Ice hammer, Harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight / ATC guide, Tap sling, etc.  (Possible to hire at Chukung )
  • Tips for guide and staff.( Highly suggested  ).

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 1 - 1 $2,500.00 PP $2,200.00 PP
Group of 2 - 4 $2,050.00 PP $1,850.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $2,020.00 PP $1,820.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $1,990.00 PP $1,790.00 PP
Group of 13 - 18 $1,960.00 PP $1,760.00 PP
Group of 19 - 25 $1,830.00 PP $1,630.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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ESSENTIAL INFO

The best time for the visit

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a very beautiful trekking route. You can have a lot of fun if you travel here during the autumn and spring season.  So, it is very important to choose the right time for trekking. During this time of the year, the climate is moderately stable and suitable. Therefore, it can be very helpful for people who want to enjoy the scenery and the surroundings. In addition, if you travel here during this time then you can enjoy a stunning view of Mt. Makalu (8481m.), Mt. Everest (8848 m.), Mt. Amadablam (6812m.), Mt. Lhotse (8516m.), and Mt. Nuptse (7861m.).

The difficulty of the trek

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a very long and moderate level trek. You have to trek for at least 18 days to reach the final destination. Similarly, this trek is done at high altitudes so you must be ready for it both mentally and physically. So, it can be a little hard for rookies or new trekkers. The trek is of moderate difficulty. It gets hard even for experienced trekkers. It is difficult because you have to travel at high altitudes where you might suffer from altitude sickness. Similarly, the trails are also difficult. So, make sure you are prepared for that.  So, make sure you are fully prepared for this trek. Also, have every piece of equipment with you. Most importantly, you have to believe in yourself.

Travel insurance

Your travel insurance is one of the most important things that you should have during your trekking journey. Without it, we are afraid that we cannot cooperate. So. It is very important for you that you carry your insurance policy with you. Because it gives you a lot of benefits. Such as it provides you with the coverage of your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, etc. so, make sure you have it with you for the journey.

Meals and Accommodation

We provide Lodge with twin share basis accommodation during the trekking. Similarly, All meals include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trekking. Likewise, we also provide western and Nepali foods which are very healthy. In addition, the lodges we provide are very secure and comfortable for your stay too.

Required Permits

Sagarmatha National Park Fee : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1500 for SAARC.

Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee : NPR. 2000 per person

Lobuche Peak Climbing Royalty fee :

USD 250 per person for March – May
USD 125 per person  for Sept – Nov
USD 70 perperson for Dec – Feb and June – August

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Fitness and experience requirements

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp is a very long and difficult trek. Annually, a lot of trekkers struggle to complete this trek. So, you must be physically and mentally fit. So, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. However, you should not be that experienced for the trek. But, you should have a little knowledge about the trek. You should not go there blindly. So, we recommend you hire a proper guide.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of this trek are mostly moderate throughout the year. But the best time to visit this place is during the spring and autumn season. But, this trekking is done at high altitudes. So, it is a little cold. The normal temperature in this place is about 15 degrees Celsius. If you decide to do trekking here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time here. However, it is open throughout the year. Annually, a lot of trekkers come to enjoy their free time here. Also, experience the beauty of nature here.

Safety and security

Safety and Security are important factors for our company. Similarly, we take full care of our consumer and their property. Similarly, our trip constantly operates by checking every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us. Likewise, the tea houses we provide are also very secure; you can fully enjoy your rest without worrying about your safety.

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