Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek

Duration: 19 Days

Climbing a Himalayan peak is every mountaineer’s dream. And, the peaks in the Nepalese Himalaya are the ultimate goals. Island Peak is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal. The trekking peak is suitable for novice climbers and provides an exhilarating experience for experienced climbers as well. Also known as Imja Tse, Island Peak ( 6,189 m) got the name from its position- from Dingboche, it looks like the peak is in the middle of an ice-ocean.  Island Peak falls in the Sagarmatha National Park, the same national park that also hosts the Everest region. So, it is fairly popular to combine Island Peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek.

Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect combination of a summit expedition, and trekking in the highest region of the world and experiencing the unique culture of the Sherpas.  Broadly categorized as ‘’slightly difficult’ (Alpine D+) Island Peak is at 6,189m height. Even though it is physically demanding, the climb to the top of the peak is not a big technical challenge. 

Journey to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek starts from Kathmandu. We tour the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and hold a pre-climb meeting. The next day, we start off the adventure with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a scenic 30-40 minutes’ long flight alongside some of highest mountains in the world like Mt. Everest. 

We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Acclimatization is crucial in adapting to high altitude and thinning amount of oxygen in the air. We continue on the trail to Everest Base Camp. We set foot on the EBC site on the ninth day of the trek, and climb Kala Patthar (5,545m) the next day.  Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. Enjoy full frontal views of Mount Everest including other mountains like Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), and Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) from Kala Patthar.

Expedition to Island Peak Summit

Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek is an expedition as a whole. However, the expedition to the top of Island Peak, in the true sense, starts once we make our way from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung at 4,730m. Island Peak Base Camp is situated at 5200 m and takes us two hours from Chhukung.  On the 13th day, we conduct pre-climb training on Island Base Camp. We scale the summit on the 14th Day. We start the climb early in the morning as it takes us about 10-12 hours for climbing from the base camp to Island Peak summit and climbing back to base camp.
 
Once at the top, a breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayan giants like Nuptse (7,879m)and semi-circle formed by Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) in the north, fascinating  views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and stunning views of famous expedition peak of Ama Dablam (6812m) in the south make all the hardship feel worthwhile. After the successful summit, we trek back to Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu. 

Other Climbing Expeditions

Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions has highly experienced Sherpas, porters and guides to make your expedition safe, successful and exhilarating.  For those looking for a shorter expedition in the Everest Region, Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions also offers Island Peak Climbing-17 Days and Mera Peak Climbing- 17 Days. Our Everest High passes Trek with Island peak Climbing- 23 Days trip is perfect for those seeking a more adventurous expedition and trekking experience in the Everest region. Yala Peak Climbing-15 Days takes you to the coveted Langtang region and Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass – 18 Days for those looking for an expedition in the Annapurna region.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the Cultural Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley including the Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
  • Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Trek in the Everest Region with its changing landscape and high mountains.
  • Get to know the culture and religion of Sherpas living in the Himalayas.
  • 360 degree view of the mighty Everest from Namche Bazaar along with other surrounding Himalayas.
  • Get close to the Everest with a trek to Everest Base Camp. Also, enjoy the views of Khumbu Icefall and giants like Nuptse(7,861m), Pumori(7,161m) and Khumbutse(6,636m).
  • Climb the peak of Kala Patthar at 5,545m to get a close of view of Mt. Everest.
  • Conquer one of the highest passes in the Everest Region, Kong La Pass at 5,535m.
  • Summit Island Peak at an  elevation of 6,187 meters
  • From the top of Island Peak enjoy the breathtaking views of AmaDablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516m) and Makalu(8,481m) among others.
  • Explore Pangboche Gompa, one of the oldest monastery in the Everest Region.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, largest gompa in the khumbu region.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Cultural Sightseeing and trip preparation.
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft).
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar : Acclimatization Day.
  • Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche.
  • Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche.
  • Day 08: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche.
  • Day 09: Trek Lobuche to GorakShep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp.
  • Day 10: Climb GorakShep to Kala Patthar and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft).
  • Day 11: Cross Lobuche - Kongma La to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft).
  • Day 12: Trek Chhukung to Island Peak base camp.
  • Day 13: Pre-climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Day 14: Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit and back to base camp
  • Day 15: Trek Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche.
  • Day 16: Trek Pangboche to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
  • Day 18: Fly Back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 19: Kathmandu: Departure Day.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights)
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek(12 nights). 
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide 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, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • 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.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandator).

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Delays

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.

Pre-Trip Meeting

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.

 

Fixed Departures and Cost

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.

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PRICE FROM US$ 2239 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 2239
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous plus
  • Trip Style Tea House and Tented Camp
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouse for trekking and tents for climbing during the trek
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