Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek is an extreme adventure form of outdoor excursion in the Khumbu region. This trek leads you to the stunning Gokyo valley, crossing the Chola Pass; you can trek to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar. Then you cross the Kongma La pass and have a memorable Island peak climbing experience.
Heading from Lukla, you pass the striking Sherpa town-Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. Gokyo valley is a stunning valley beside the Dudh Pokhari. First, you hike to the Gokyo Ri before crossing the Cho La pass, which is similar to the peak climbing. Ascending to the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, you descend to Lobuche and via Kongma La Pass; the final destination-Island peak is a step forward. The beautiful peak has become the first choice of peak climbers in Nepal due to its salient features as not easy, not too technical, white covered peak and the surrounding. Practicing the climbing techniques at the base camp, you can climb the Island peak, which is the most demanded climbing peak in Nepal.
Adventure Club Trek manages your Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek with experienced peak climbing guide, camping team and using the branded climbing equipment. Please, contact us for more information. (Note: peak climbing is really an adventurous act, so physical fitness, acclimatization and proper rest should not be undermined. We always emphasize these aspects along with hygienic foods, so we manage a good kitchen team for all the groups. Also, it is better to manage the extra day, which is useful, if the weather is bad).
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.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. We 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 hilltop of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel..
Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport and fly to the tiny airstrip in Lukla with the picturesque Himalayan views. We will meet our crew and make a short introduction. Packing our things, we begin the trek above the Dush Koshi River. The cultivating land, Sherpa settlements, and the forest are great to see while walking along with the Mani walls with prayer mantra inscriptions. The trail leads us to Phakding for a rest. Overnight at lodge/tea house.
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 equipment. Overnight at lodge/tea house.
Spending 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 lodge/tea house.
With a warm breakfast, we begin the trek to Dole. 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. Near Chimcho, the trail splits and we take the route that leads us to the Gokyo valley. We can see the monastery at the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje. Steadily, we reach to Dole. Overnight at lodge.
Today we walk from Dole to Machhermo. We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing Dole, we walk to Luza and explore the nearby monastery. The views mostly include the glacier and the alpine meadows. Machhermo is today’s destination that we reach with a gradual walk. Overnight at lodge.
Heading to the Gokyo Valley from Machhermo, we pass two glacial lakes and the third one lies in the Gokyo valley, which is known as Dudh Pokhara. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is a just awesome night with a warm meal. Overnight at lodge.
It is a superb day to visit the Gokyo Ri. It helps us to maintain our fitness and also helpful for acclimatization. From the Gokyo Ri, we can view the panoramas of the Everest region, including the Ngozumba glacier, Everest five lakes, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and others. Then we back to Gokyo valley and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
From Gokyo, we retrace to Longpongo passing two glacial lakes. Then we head towards Dragnag and finally to Thaknak. It is not so long walking because we save our energy for the following technical day. Overnight at lodge.
This is another huge and technical day during the trek. We commence early in the morning after having breakfast. Crossing the Cho La Pass (5368m) is regarded as an expedition trip, especially when there is snow around the top level. The beauty of Cho La Lake is grand. The Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and the surrounding peaks can be explored excitingly. The descent trail is again more challenging with steep rocks and strong wind blow. Both physical fitness and acclimatization is necessary to face this real challenge. A few hours of descending leads us to Lobuche via Zongla. Overnight at lodge.
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 makes us gasping. We reach Gorakshep via Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass. Reaching to Gorakshep, we have lunch and put our belongings in the hotel room. Then we hike to the Everest base camp with the views of Pumori, Nuptse, and other 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. Overnight at lodge/tea house.
Getting up early in the morning, we prepare for the climb to Kalapatthar. It is located at 5555 meters altitude. Kalapatthar is a superb viewpoint 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 lodge/tea house.
From Dingboche we 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 in the mid-afternoon. Will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. Overnight at tented 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 equipment (ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascending and descending zumer, rope and other equipment). Also, it’s a time for acclimatization and checks our physical fitness. Overnight at tented camp.
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.
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 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 lodge.
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 a shower and enjoy the evening meal with a warm dining hall. Overnight at lodge.
The last day of our trekking, 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 lodge/tea house.
We take a Himalayan flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We bid farewell to the airborne peaks. From the airport, we drive to the hotel. Then the whole day is for you to do your personal things as laundry, rest and walk around. Then we enjoy the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Adventure 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.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling 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 the 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.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the 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.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.