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Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlight

  • Cultural tour in Kathmandu (Visit temples, shrines, bazaars, book shops)
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Exploring Namche bazaar, Buddhist Monasteries, Hillary hospital, school, meseum
  • Day hiking to Khumjung valley 
  • Visit World famous Tengboche Monastery   
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Discover Buddhist culture and traditions
  • Witnessing the  floras and faunas of Everest region
  • Everest Base Camp, trekking on the Khumbu glacier.
  • Early hike to Kalapatthar
  • Summit Island peak 

About Trip

The name ‘Island Peak’ may sound a bit off-track for a mountain in a landlocked country like Nepal but its namesake was given by one of Nepal’s early explorers Eric Shipton in 1952 who presumed the peak to be standing in a huge sea of ice. However, the local Sherpa people call the peak ‘Imja Tse’ in the local jargon. The Adventure Club has shaped your itinerary for the EBC Island Peak Climb in ways that ensure that you get appropriate acclimatization & rest at the right places before you head up to the peak so that you get the best of your climb at levels that thoroughly suit your body needs to enjoy the fantastic views that literally surround you from all around the peak. 

After exploring historical Kathmandu & its ancient Heritage sites for a day, we get geared for our trip the next day by checking out all our equipment & making doubly sure that we have all that we need to hit the long & winding road to Island Peak. Our sojourn begins with a scenic flight that’s almost like an air tour to Hillary’s Lukla…the start point of our venture into the grand wild. After getting our real first views of the mountains, albeit, from the windows of our STOL plane, we now get set to walk these huge mountains through a steep ascent of Namche Bazaar, the commercial capital of the Khumbu, from where the sights of the mountains are just dazzling. We get to see the towering peaks of Thamserku & Kusum Kanguru which gives us a real high. On entering this bustling high altitude hub for bypassing trekkers; we haul up here for our first day of acclimatization by doing some good steep hiking to explore this little town & its surrounding areas. This gets our body accustomed to the higher elevations we go through in the days ahead.

Our ascension goes through colorful teeming Sherpa villages with rich traditions till our hiking takes us above the tree-lines into desolate terrain that is normal at such altitudes but it’s a wonderful display of silver-grey rocks, ice & tall peaks that seem to reach the clouds. We slowly get to Everest BC, then Kalapathar at {5545m} where we see Mt. Everest real close up & clamber on to Kongma La that looks overpowered by the massive face of Lhotse at Wuthering Heights. By now our bodies have gone used to high altitudes & we are primed for the final climb to Island Peak as our skilled Sherpa guides watch us carefully while guiding us all the way. 

Sometimes it may take a day or two to scale the peak due to tough weather conditions; for some climbers, it takes a whole day of climbing activity. Some climbers prefer alpine style camping at higher camps which brings out the spirit of adventure but this also helps in making a safe ascent…we’ve finally successfully peaked at the summit of Island Peak!!! Take our pictures & trot back to Namche at a truly leisurely pace, rest a night before we head down to Lukla to hop our flight back to Kathmandu.

Peaks & high passes, prayer wheels that talk to the gods to be; and warm congenial people make this an expedition that remains locked in the heart for a really long time to come. If you are looking for long trip to Island Peak then go for ADVENTURE CLUB’S 25 days Everest High passes including our Island Peak wild Adventure package which is a fantastic option OR if you are on budgeted time, take our shorter trip which is only 17 days for our high & wild Island Peak Adventure; any option you take is a trip worth the while for years to come.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m).

Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trip preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m) : 40 minutes flight, 3 hours trek

Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 5 -6 hours trek

Day 05:Namche Bazaar : Acclimatization, day hike to Khumjung village

Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5- 6 hours trek

Day 07:Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m) : 4- 5 hours trek

Day 08:Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m) : 5 - 6 hours trrek

Day 09:Gorak Shep (5,170 m) visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m) then return to Gorak Shep : 7- 8 hours trek

Day 10: Morning climb to Kalapathar (5,545m) and back to Lobuche (4,940m) : 6 -7 hours trek

Day 11: Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma -La Pass (5,535m) : 6 -7 hours trek

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5200m) : 3 -4 hours trek

Day 13:Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 14: Summit to Island peak (6187m) and back to Base Camp (5,200m) : 10 -12 hours

Day 15:Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) : 5 -6 hours trek

Day 16:Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 4- 5 hours trek

Day 17: Namche Bazaar - Phakding to Lukla (2,800m) : 6- 7 hours trek

Day 18:Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 19:KATHMANDU: Departure day


What is Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • 12 nights’ accommodation during the trek in a twin shared lodge (tea house)
  • Accommodation in Tented camp while on the island peak climbing.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local Taxes.

What is not Included

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Important Note:

The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m).Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Dinner Included

Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trip preparation.The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 03 Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m) : 40 minutes flight, 3 hours trekEarly morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air routes in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching at Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m).We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 5 -6 hours trek We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipments. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 05Namche Bazaar : Acclimatization, day hike to Khumjung villageSpending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world renowned Himalayan leaders and also forward in mountaineering. After the breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nupste and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 06Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5- 6 hours trekToday, we begin the trek to Tengbouche. As we walk in the high altitude region, we need to be aware of the altitude sickness. We walk gradually at the underneath of the fabulous peaks as Ama Dablam. Phunki Tenga can be a lunch point, near the River. With a splendid time there, we begin to ascend the Tengbuche monastery. Depending on your interest, we can visit the monastery and witness the evening prayer or wait till the morning of the following day to observe the Morning Prayer. Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 07Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m) : 4- 5 hours trekFrom Tengbuche, we follow the main trail and walk higher. Near Pangboche, we have two route and we should choose one. We can walk through Syomare and Orsho. We leave the trail that leads us to Dingbouche rather we pass HRA medical post before and reach to Pheriche. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals :Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 08Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m) : 5 - 6 hours trrekFrom Pheriche we walk to Dugla, cross the Dugla pass and reach to Lobuche. If you receive the altitude symptoms, better to stay here or if you are ok, then we walk to Lobuche. The accommodation can be crowded so we have to adjust what is possible. Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09Gorak Shep (5,170 m) visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m) then return to Gorak Shep : 7- 8 hours trek It’s a heavy day to walk gradually to Gorakshep and to Everest base camp. The trail is not that much technical, but the thin air region make us gasping. We reach Gorakshep via Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass. Reaching to Gorakshep, we have lunch and put our belongings at the hotel room. Then we hike to the Everest base camp with the views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Khumbutse and the surrounding peaks. The trail is dotted with the rocky moraine and reaches to the tented town where the expedition groups stay. Spending some time with snaps, we retrace to Gorakshep and stay there. excursion. Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included

Day 10 Morning climb to Kalapathar (5,545m) and back to Lobuche (4,940m) : 6 -7 hours trekGetting up early in the morning, we prepare for the climb to Kalapatthar. It is located at 5555 meters altitude. Kalapatthar is a superb view point of various mountains including the East Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu along with the Khumbu Glacier. Descending to Gorakshep, we have lunch and descend to Lobuche. Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .

Day 11 Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma -La Pass (5,535m) : 6 -7 hours trekThe highest pass of the Everest region- the Kongma La pass is a challenging itinerary for us. We get up early in the morning, have a breakfast and head towards the steep climb of Kongma La pass. We need to bring the packed lunch as there is no option for the food during lunch time. The views of Everest wonders as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and others can be seen surprisingly. We put our respect with a prayer flag over the cairn at the top of the pass. Then we descend to Chhukung, being prepared to climb the Island peak. Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12 Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5200m) : 3 -4 hours trek We begin the trek through fine trail but fairly steep. Descending to the moraine of Lhotse glacier is quite winding. The further trail is exciting and we walk pleasantly through the Imja glacier and again cross the Lhotse glacier. On the wide side, we set a base camp for climbing the Island peak.Overnight at tented camp. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .

Day 13Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp It’s our pre-climbing training session at the base camp. Our guides provide you the information about the peak, challenges and the way of using climbing equipments (ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascending and descending zumer, rope and other equipments). Also it’s a time for acclimatization and checks our physical fitness.Overnight at tented camp.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14 Summit to Island peak (6187m) and back to Base Camp (5,200m) : 10 -12 hours We get up early in the morning, have breakfast and prepare for the final summit. It is also because. The trip is long and we need to retrace before the sun rises. It is not extremely technical however it is challenging enough. Time and again we deal the steep rocky boulder and exposed traverse. Following the ridgeline, we climb to the top of the Island Peak with the help of the fixed rope. The stunning Himalayan peaks are dazzling and we take sufficient snaps before retracing. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and other peaks are amazingly seen from there. Then we climb down to the base camp and celebrate the success of the trip with other crews. Overnight at tented camp.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included .

Day 15Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) : 5 -6 hours trek With a smile on faces of gaining the height of Island peak, we begin to trek down after breakfast. Passing Chhukung, we trek down to Dingbuche, Syomare, cross the bridge and finally reach to Pangboche. It is an awesome place with the most ancient Gompa of the Everest region- Pangboche Gompa, which was caught down on fire and later it was rebuilt. Overnight at Teahouse
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 16Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 4- 5 hours trek Today, first we descend to Tengbuche and then to Phunki Tenga. Continuing our trek, we descend to the Namche Bazaar through stone step trail. There is nothing to hurry as we have an easy trek down. Get shower and enjoy the evening meal with a warm dining hall.Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 17 Namche Bazaar - Phakding to Lukla (2,800m) : 6- 7 hours trek The last day retracing from our Island peak climbing trip, we walk down through the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew.Overnight at Teahouse.
Meals : Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 18Fly back to KathmanduThis is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 19KATHMANDU: Departure dayAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Meals: Breakfast included

Trip Note

Flight Delays …A possibility to keep In Mind When Planning

For treks that start in Lukla, we normally book flights between Kathmandu (KTM) and Lukla (LUK) on Twin Otter planes. While flight service between the two airports is fairly reliable, at times the flight schedule can be disturbed and flights cancelled because of weather or mechanical problems.  If this happens after your trek and you would miss your international flight out of Kathmandu, Adventure Club Trek can charter a helicopter on your behalf and at your expense, so that you do not miss your international flight. 

We accept US cash, travelers' checks, and credit cards (Visa and Master Card only). Upon payment to our Kathmandu office we will provide you with a receipt, which you can use to receive reimbursement if you have a travel insurance policy.  Depending upon the number of passengers, a helicopter flight will cost at least US$500, and up to US$3,500.

NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time to trek to Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island Peak can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

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Start from   $2329 USD

  1. 19 Days
  2. Strenuous Plus
  3. 1-12 People

Trip Code:ACT140

Destination:Nepal

Activities:Sightseeing, Trekking and Climbing

Best Month :March to May & September to November

Max. Altitude :6,189m/20,305ft at Island Peak

Trek Style:TH (Teahouse / Camping)

Accommodation:Hotel in Kathmandu & Teahouse on trek and tented camp during climbing

Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking. and climbing

Transportation:Private vehicles & Domestic Flight

Trip Start/ Finish:Kathmandu

Permits:Island Peak Climbing Permit, Sagarmatha National park Permit

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