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20 Days
Availability : Spring & Autumn
Kathmandu
EBC - Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Tour is an excellent opportunity to climb the magnificent Island Peak – the most popular highest trekking peak in Nepal as well as a trek to Everest Base Camp. Summit of Island Peak is 6,189m /20,305ft or Imja Tse located above the summer settlement of Chhukung and seen from above Dingboche.
The adventure of Island Peak Trek rises miraculously as an Island in a sea of ice surrounded by Lhotse and Lhotse Shar Glaciers. The name – Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek was given by Eric Shipton’s party in 1952 while exploring around Barun Gorge.

Tour Details

First climbed in 1953 by Charles Evan, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay as a part of the preparation for climbing the highest trekking peak of the world – Mount Everest. Island Peak Expedition is an attractive summit with highly glaciated West Face rising from the Lhotse Glacier that provides an adventurous climb with striking views of Mt Nuptse 7879m, Mt Lhotse 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8410m and still unclimbed – Lhotse Shar 8383m to it’s North.

To the East lies the magnificent Red granite mass of Mt Makalu 8475m and Cho Polu 6734m. Mt Baruntse 7720m and the majestic Ama Dablam 6856m guard the entrance at the South over a glacial bay in which Island Peak stands. Island Peak Mountaineering with EBC Trek in Nepal is the best way to explore the dramatic landscapes, serene alpine forest, and rich Buddhist religion and culture friendly highland Sherpa communities in the midst of the world’s highest mountains.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Domestic Air fares (KTM - Lukla - KTM)
  • Personal Trekking & Climbing Guide (Sherpas)
  • Entrance Fees, Island PeakPermit, Trekking Permits and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS)
  • All 3 meals during Trek and Climbing
  • All essential climbing Gear and Equipment
  • Trekking & Climbing Guide, Porters Meals, Accommodation, Salary & Insurance
  • All taxes Includes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights & Nepal Visa Fees
  • Travel Medical Insurance also need to include Rescue by Chopper
  • All Personal Climbing Gears
  • Client’s Personal Expenses and any kind of Unforeseen Expenses
  • All bar bills, Water, Personal Food
  • Natural Calamities beyond our Control and Expenses incurred during Rescue Services
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Gratuity to Staff

Complementaries

  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jackets
  • Local Buddhist & Culture Tours
  • Himalayan Circuit T-Shirt
  • Personal Assistant
What to Expect

With our Peak Climbing Treks you must have prior experience with long hiking days preferably above 5000 metres. Island Peak climbing you will follow the routes of Everest Base camp until you reach Chhukung. Then you are expected to camp in tents in the high camp to prepare for the summit. The Island Peak climb is intended for adventurous mountain climbing beginners. You must be physically and mentally fit for this climb as it can be mentally strenuous as well as physically. To succeed with the trek a good sportsmanship approach is vital. The views of the mountains are spectacular which should keep you in good spirits to plough on with the trek. For those who aspire to climb higher in the future, this is the best starting point for you. With Himalayan Circuit we say aim high and climb higher. 

  • Climb to Island Peak - 6189m
  • Sunrise view from Kala Patthar 5545m
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp 5364m
  • Overnight in tented camps during Peak Climbing
  • Visit to Buddhist Monasteries
  • Breathtaking view of Khumbu Glacier and Everest ranges
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

One of our team members will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02Rest and Arrangement Day

This day is for the arrangement day, such as checking equipment and documents for the climbing while introducing your guide/porter staff. As an option we can also offer some Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800m) - Trek to Phakding (2,650m)

We will take a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla followed by a trip to Phakding (8700ft, 2650m)

Day 04Trek to Namche Bazzar (3438m)

Today we will walk through the magnificent forest of rhododendron, ending your nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar which takes about 7 hrs from Phakding. On the way we can experience the scenery of blue pine forests, firs, and junipers.

Day 05Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar and Hike to Everest View Point

Enjoy the beautiful village of Namche along with the friendliness and hospitality of its local Sherpa people. We will visit the local museum which displays the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.

Day 06Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3867m)

Today we begin the trek with awe-inspiring, unforgettable views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cholatse, Kantaiga, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. This trek is quite an easy walk from Namche to Phunki, followed by a three-hour ascent towards Tengboche.

Day 07Tengboche - Pheriche (4252m)

A short day’s journey towards Pheriche consists of a trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendron. This picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pheriche.

Day 08Rest Day in Pheriche

Today is that the remarkable acclimatization day. There are some breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Pheriche is typically used as a stop for the second acclimatization day. There are various activities to try to to within the area. Tshola Tsho Lake may be a popular destination for trekkers stopping in Pheriche.

Day 09Trek from Pheriche - Lobuche (4930m)

Today we continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache and then climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine.

Day 10Lobuche- Gorak Shep (5184m) and Trek to Everest Base camp. (5364m)

Today’s trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, from the Gorakshep we drop our baggages after the luck at Gorak Shep we will hike up to the Everest Base camp and explore the EBC and back to the Gorakshep.

Day 11Trek up to Kalapatthar (5545m): for the Sunrise and trek to Dingboche

Kalapatthar 5545m (Black Rock) has been one of the mostly visited attraction in the Everest Region as its well known  stunning sunrise and sunsets over the highest mountain peaks of the world. Thus it is itself unique, as this unique experience can be gained only from  Kalapatthar. From Gorakshep it takes 2 hours to reach there and probably you would like to spend one more hour while viewing the majestic Himalayas just standing in front of you.  Now its nearly 16 km to reach Dingboche from Kalapatthar. Now be started to descend down to Dingboche, it would 1000 meter descend. On the way back you can also visit Dughla, the summer village of Dingboche. It is expected that you will reach DIngboche around 3.00 Pm. Arriving at local tea house, you can take rest and also take a sip of hot coffee.

Day 12Dingboche - Island peak base camp (5150m)

An easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have great views of Island Peak. We will then hike up to Island Base camp. Another easy day, the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.

Day 13An Extra day, (reserve day incase of bad weather)

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we’ve allowed an additional day within the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Island Peak on scheduled date thanks to inclemency or another reason, like someone within the group having acclimatization problems, it’s useful to possess an additional day. If the trip goes smoothly, and that we don’t need this spare day, we’ll continue our return journey to Lukla.

Day 14Ascent of island peak (6189m): and Down to Base Camp

Today we will be crossing the gully above the camp; the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp.

Day 15Island peak base camp- Pangboche (3950m)

After descending along the trail to Chukhung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche.

Day 16Pangboche- Namche (3450m)

Today the trek takes us along the river and hike up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.

Day 17Namche -Lukla (2800m)

Today is the final day of trekking following the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some change, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 18Lukla - Kathmandu and Free time to Explore

After breakfast, we will provide a transfer to the airport where you will fly to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. 

Day 19Free Day to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner

Today is a rest and relaxation day. Be sure to take some time finishing any last minute gift shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu before your departure flight tomorrow. We will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. 

Day 20Transfer to Airport. Departure!

Today is the end of your BIG Adventure of Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking tour and a representative will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight. We wish you a safe onward journey and hope to welcome you back to Nepal very soon.

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