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Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo -Everest Base Camp Trek

About Trip

This is an upfront climb where you don’t need to be a seasoned climber but someone with the will, spirit & grit who loves the great wild & looking for a challenge. In any case, you will be accompanied by veteran mountain guides who’ll be with you all the way. However, this climb is not as comfortable as Mera peak but some good experience out in the wild & pretty fit in the body with a strong mind will probably give you the best outing you’ve ever enjoyed in a lifetime. This is Island peak with a Gokyo - EBC Combo…all the way…

 Technically, doing Island Peak, also known as ‘Imja Tse’, is a more difficult peak to the summit after you’ve done Mera peak, & you’ll notice it straight away, but you’d love the challenge. Most trekkers the world over would prefer to stick with the original name that’s Island Peak’ as we all know it. What’s exceptional about this trek it takes you on a whirlwind swing of most of the Khumbu valley that most other treks of this type don’ offer. Standing literally in the shadow of the Everest in the upper Everest region, to get to Island peak means we cut across Gokyo Ri with EBC & the less frequented passes of Cho ‘La’ {means pass} till we finally make our climb to this fantastic peak that stands tall in the midst of the Chhukung valley. 

Our acclimatization process zips off with our trek to EBC & the formidable Kalapathar that virtually gears us up for the higher elevations as we move on to take out Island peak. On the trail, we haul up in teahouse lodges that have most of what we need on the mountains, but we have to camp at Island Peak base camp and beyond that in the course of our journey…our trip shifts gear the moment we hop a flight to Hillary’s Lukla, the highest & most well-known airstrip in the world. We sort out our gear, meet up our crew & hit the road for Namche, the bustling capital of the Khumbu where we get our first acclimatization experience & finally bunk out here for our first night on the mountains. After this, we move on to the placid Thyangboche Monastery, with chocolate box views of the Everest massif and Ama Dablam. We continue to plod on to the king of all base camps: Everest Base Camp and clamber up to Kalapathar at (5545m) for more lovely views of Everest and her sibling peaks.

Our acclimatization process continues as we move on the to the Gokyo Lakes and over Cho La at 17777 ft/ 5420m making a course of Tawache at (20883 ft/ 6367m.) and Cholatse at (21123 ft/ 6440m). This brings us into the Khumbu valley above Lobuche and continues on the main trail to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar before we make a beeline heading over the Lhotse and Imja glaciers for our key target, that of Island Peak. Our grueling trekking does not go in vain because we are continuously rewarded with some superb Himalayan scenery that’s probably the best anywhere in the world, this includes four of the world's eight highest peaks: Cho Oyu (26741 ft/ 8153m.), Makalu (27797 ft/ 8475m.), Lhotse (27880 ft/ 8500m.) and Everest (29021 ft/ 8848 m.). jaw-dropping mountain vistas accompany us as we go through bubbling Sherpa villages, homes and quiet monasteries that give you deep insights into the religious but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life. We finally revert back via Thyangboche and Namche to Lukla from where we hop our twin otter plane back to Kathmandu. This is one of those trips that may change us forever…

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 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

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

Day 05:Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,110m) : 5-6 hours

Day 07:Dole to Machhermo (4,470m) : 4-5 hours

Day 08:Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m) : 4-5 hours

Day 09:Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330m

Day 10:Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) : 5-6 hours

Day 11:Thaknak - Cho La pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940 m) : 8-10 hours

Day 12:Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m) : 6-7 hours

Day 13:Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek back to Lobuche (4940m) : 7-8 hours

Day 14:Cross the Kongma La pass (5,535m) and trek to Chhukung (4,730m) : 6-7 hours

Day 15:Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) : 3-4 hours

Day 16:Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp

Day 17:Summit to Island Peak (6,189m) and back to Base Camp (5600m) : 10-12 hours

Day 18:Spare day in case of bad weather

Day 19:Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) : 5-6 hours

Day 20:Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 4-5 hours

Day 21:Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,804m) : 6-7 hours

Day 22:Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 23:Kathmandu : Departure Day

What is Included

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) druing trekking and climbing 
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • 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)
  •  Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Staff costs including their Salary, food, accommodation, transportation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • All Required Climbing gear ( Climbing rope, snow bar, Ice hammer, Ice screw)
  • Camping Equipment (High quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping).
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, first aid kit and trekking map
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • All government and Local Taxes

What is not Included

  • Nepal entry visa: 
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmand.  
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • 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 01Arrival 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 mediaeval 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 03Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m) : 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek Early 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 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 Teahouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 04 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 5-6 hours 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 05Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 06Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,110m) : 5-6 hours 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 07Dole to Machhermo (4,470m) : 4-5 hours 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 Teahouse.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 08Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m) : 4-5 hours 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 pokhari. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is just awesome night with warm meal. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 09Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330m 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 10Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) : 5-6 hours 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 11Thaknak - Cho La pass (5367m) to Lobuche (4940 m) : 8-10 hours 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 descend 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 descend leads us to Lobuche via Zongla. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 12Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m) : 6-7 hours hours.
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 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 13Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek back to Lobuche (4940m) : 7-8 hours Getting 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, Dinner included.

Day 14Cross the Kongma La pass (5,535m) and trek to Chhukung (4,730m) : 6-7 hours Getting up early in the morning, have breakfast and approach towards the Kongma La Pass. It is the highest pass in the Everest region. The challenging and technical path leads us to the top and we can enjoy the Himalayan wonders of Everest. Then we descend gradually to Chhukung. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 15Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) : 3-4 hours 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, Dinner included.

Day 16Pre-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, Dinner included.

Day 17Summit to Island Peak (6,189m) and back to Base Camp (5600m) : 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, Dinner included.

Day 18Spare day in case of bad weather This is an extra day set aside to manage any unintended hindrances like flight delays or bad weather for climbing. Setting aside an extra day will ensure that even if we were to face a day's set back, the trip will continue thus guranteeing a successful climb. Overnight at Tented camp.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 19Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m) : 5-6 hours 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, Dinner included.

Day 20Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 4-5 hours 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, Dinner included.

Day 21Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,804m) : 6-7 hours 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 Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 22Fly back to Kathmandu This 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, Dinner included.

Day 23Kathmandu : Departure DayAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. 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 AnnapurnaLangtang, 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 Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo -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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  1. 23 Days
  2. Strenuous
  3. 2-12 People

Trip Code:ACT 164


Activities:Cultural Excursion, Trekking and Climbing

Best month:March to May and Sept to Nov

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

Trek Style:(Teahouse / Camping)

Meals::Breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek and climb

Accommodation:Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Teahouse and camps(tents)

Transportation:Private vehicle and Flight

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