Trek Highlights

  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Impressive vistas of high peak and Khumbu Ice fall.
  • View of the Everest and other mountains from the Kalapattar.
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and the Glacier.
  • Great scenery from the summit of Island peak Summit.

Trek Overview

The Island peak climbing (6179m) is also recognized as Imja Tse Peak among a local which is the most popular trekking peak in Everest region. The peak was first ascended by the team of Britain in 1953. After that many group and people climbed this stunning peak of Nepal.

You will see the glory of the Khumbu region passing by the Sherpa inhabited area of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar and Tengboche.  The ascending of the peak presents the captivating vistas of the panoramic Himalayan Mountains of Solukhumbu region including Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201 and other 27 snow-capped mountain of Everest trekking region as well as glaciers and majestic lake Imja Se from the summit of Island peak. Climbing to island peaks also offers beautiful Tibetan monasteries and lush valleys.

The island peak climbing is ideal for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience for summit island peak. Some of the experienced climbers use Island Peak as the acclimatization before commencing high elevation peak climbing. The route to the base camp of the Island peak climbing is the similar route as that of the Everest Base Camp Trekking. 

The best seasons for the Island Peak Expedition are winter (December to February), spring (mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November).

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Highlights:

    Visit UNESCO Heritage sites

  3. Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), trek to Phakding (2,610m/8561 ft) - 4 to 5 hours walking.

    Our representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for the early morning 30 minutes spectacular flight to Lukla. After landing at Lukla airport we meet our crew and head up towards Phakding. We will set off our trek by taking short descend followed by flat trails and gradual ascent following Dudhkoshi and eventually takes you to Phakding. We stay overnight at Phakding village.

    Highlights:

    • Superb view of Kusumkang, Thamserku Himal
    • Sherpa Settlement
    • Spectacular scenic flight
    • Follow Dudhkoshi
    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and mani wall
  4. Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,302 ft); 5 to 6 hours walking.


    Today we will leave Phakding behind and climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ and town of Sherpa Ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Cross 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River
    • Views of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on the way to Namche
    • Enjoy the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout the trek
    • Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.
    • Traverse suspension bridges. 
  5. Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche

    Today we take a rest day as a part of acclimatization. There is ample of things to do in and around.We can take a short walk above the town to see the backdrop of Everest. You can also view the beautiful scenery from the national park centre and museum just above the town. You can visit Sherpa Culture Museum and get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the Bazaar.

    • Enjoy serene view of Everest
    • Visit Sherpa Cultural Museum where you get information on history mountaineering, culture and tradition, flora and fauna of the surrounding region
    • Explore vibrant Namche Bazzar
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Explore rich Namche village
  6. Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft); 5- 6 hours

    After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. The trail proceeds through Alpine region with a gradual climb to Phunki Tanga through rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Khosi at Phunki Tanga we start steep ascend through forest to Tengboche legendary monastery of the Khumbu region with awe inspiring views of Ama Dablam, Kangtaiga , Nuptse, Khumvilla, Konde and Everest. It is also the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. We stay overnight in Tengboche.

    Highlights:

    • Visit famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region.
    • Panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku from Tengboche
    • If you are lucky you might encounter with musk deer.
  7. Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,271 ft); 5 to 6 hours walking.

    The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche is about 6 hours walk. We pass through picturesque village and mountain. We walk on the trail and after descent to the Imja Khola; we traverse the river and ascend slowly to the village of Pangboche. We spend two nights at Dingboche for acclimatization process. This village is in a cozy location above the Imja Khola and is warmer and less breezy as compare with the neighboring village of Pheriche. 

    Highlights:

    • Pleasant walk through lush forests of birch, conifers and rhododendrons
    • Visit the Pangboche monastery.
    • You can see beautiful range of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind
    • You can observe animals grazing in the fields
    • View of island peak, Chola Che, Lhotse, Amadablam, Peak 48, Chabolo from Dingboche
    • Pass through several Mani walls, prayer flags on the way.
    • Encounter with animals like Musk deer pheasant Tibetan snow cock, yak, mountain goat, blue sheep

     

  8. Day 08: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche

    The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained the altitude above (4,000m/13,123 ft).  Therefore, today we have one more acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Hike to the Nagarjun Hill (5,050m/16,568ft) or Chhukung Village would be best options. We will return to Dingboche and after lunch, you would basically have free time for rest and relax. We will be staying overnight here

    Highlights:

    • Explore beautiful village with an range of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals
    • Hike to Nagarjun Hill for magnificent views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Taboche, Ama Dablam and view of Imjatse Valley with Dingboche village

     

  9. Day 09: Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    After having early breakfast, we initiate our 5 hours excursion ascending slowly all along a plateau of yak herder shelters. You will have pleasant walk passing through magnificent mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari spread out before us in spectacular landscape.

    After two and half hours gradual walk, we will arrive at Thughla. From Thughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just pass the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here we walk leveled path and gradual ascend along the river to Lobuche where we will stay overnight.

    Highlights:

    • View of Island peak, Chola Che, Lhotse, Amadablam, Peak 48, Chabolo, Everest and several countless peaks
    • You can see Pyramid Hotel in Lobuche with solar panel roofs.
  10. Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike

    Today our destination is the Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, we get ready and begin our trek by following the rocky terrain. We will enjoy the magnificent vistas of the pool of Khumbu glacier and icebergs. After leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorak Shep is extraordinary where we walk through the rocky moraine undulate trail. 

    After a lunch break at Gorak Sep we walk to Everest base camp. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before traversing over on to the glacier. There is a spectacular vista of the well-known Khumbu icefall from the base camp.  After exploring base camp and its surrounding we come down back to Gorak Sep where we stay overnight.

    Highlights:

    • Wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks.
    • Khumbu Ice-fall
    • Passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams
    • Explore base camp and glacier
    • You are likely to see Tibetan snow cock
    • Views of Pumori, Everest, Nuptse, Amadablam and several countless peaks.
  11. Day 11: GorakShep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) - 3hrs hike

    ‘Kala’ means black and ‘pathar’ rock, together being ‘Kalapathar’ or Black rock. Today we rise early morning and get prepare to climb Kalapathar. The trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy; the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. 

    We start to take steep climb to Kalapathar for about 3 ½ hours. Once you reach at the summit you can enjoy the view from the top surpasses the wildest imaginations. You can see truly an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world i.e. Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas. Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more colorful. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek.

    After our successful the climb we then descend to Gorakshep to have breakfast. After that we again descend to Lobuche where we rest our night there. Overnight at Tea-house Lodge

    Highlights:

    • Wonderful sunrise views of the Everest from Kalapathar
    • Kalapathar offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain views of Khumbu Himalayan range.
  12. Day 12: Trek to Chukhung (4,730m/15,518 ft) over Kongma la (5,535m/18,159 ft) - 7 to 8 hours hike

    Today we take shortcut from Lobuche to Chhukhung over Kongma la pass (5,528m/18,136 ft) after taking ascent to the moraine over more than six hundred meters wide Khumbu glacier. Even for well-acclimatized trekkers the sharp ascent at 5,500 (18,044 ft) meters with a backpack is quite demanding.

    The last few dozen meters are the worst – rising through the stone field, already covered with icy snow. From the pass unbelievable mountain panorama shows off from north to south: Lhotse (8,516 m), Lhotse Shar (8,383 m), Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7,220 m), Ama Dablam (6814 m) and many others.

    A long descent to Chhukhung starts with ninety vertical meters descent through the steep slope to the beautiful nameless lake (5,434 m), which belongs among the lakes in the highest location the world.

    Highlights:

    • Great views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak , Makalu, Lhotse, Baruntse and several other peaks
    • Beautiful lakes situated in 5,434 meter (17,828 ft) altitude.
  13. Day 13: Chukhung to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m/16,905 ft) , 4 hrs

    Today, we trek all along the Imja Lake walking flat trail and gradual ascent all the way to Island base camp. We will have a lunch at base camp followed by basic training for tomorrow’s preparation.

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent view of south face of Lhotse.
    • Island Peak Base camp is located at by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on Island Peak.
  14. Day 14: Island base camp to High camp. (5,600m/18,372ft); 3 hours

    After breakfast, we take steep ascent for three hours to High Camp. We stay overnight in camp.

    Highlights:

    • Views of Everest, Lhotse Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and several other peaks
  15. Day 15: High Camp to Summit Island Peak (6,160m/20,209 ft). Return to Chhukung.

    You will start early for the summit. The trek to island peak is fairly steep trail. Great care and caution must be employing while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit.

    After the summit of Island Peak, you will move down to the Base Camp and Chhukhung. We stay overnight in Chhukung.

    Highlights:

    • Views of Everest, Lhotse Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and several other peaks.
  16. Day 16: Spare day in case of bad weather.

    Depending on weather conditions, we stay extra days at Chhukhung.

  17. Day 17: Return trek to Debuche. (3,770m/12,368ft) ; 6 hours

    Today we continue to walk by descending to the lower elevation all the way through the wide valley of Imja Khola, passing through the picturesque Sherpa villages. We move towards Shomare, Pangboche and finally to Debuche.

    Highlights:

    • Pass through picturesque Sherpa village
    • Magnificent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru along the trail
    • Walk through rhododendron forest
  18. Day 18: Debuche to Monjo (2,610 m/8,562 ft); 7 hours trek

    After breakfast we take ascend from Dibuche up to Tengboche. After that we take descend all the way to Phunge Tanga. We continue to take ascend to Sanganasa and take descend to Monjo.

    Highlights:

    • Picturesque village
    • We reach at Sagarmatha National park check post where we have to show the permit.
  19. Day 19: Monjo to Lukla. (2,800m/9,186ft): 5 hours

    Today after breakfast we walk through flat and gradual descent trail traversing the four suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries.  The trail becomes more level and natural. After a short ascend we reach Lukla where we stay overnight here.

    Highlights:

    • Traverse suspension bridge
  20. Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

    We will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival back in Kathmandu we will stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. You have leisure time to do shopping and take rest.

    Highlights:

    • Scenic flight to Kathmandu
  21. Day 21: Fly back home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

Fast Facts

  • Close-up view of Mt. Lhotse (4th highest mountain in the world)
  • Location: Everest / Solu Khumbu region 
  • Altitude: 6,189 m

 

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Hi Tulsi,

It’s just a quick message to say thanks for putting on a great trip. We all really enjoyed it. It’s only now I’m back reflecting on it that I realize how amazing it was. It was a lifelong dream being able to see Everest and climb a Himalayan peak. Nepal is a fantastic country, Pema and the rest of the Sherpas were really helpful and friendly. I’m glad I could share some time with them.
Also a million thanks for arranging that helicopter that got us down. 🙂

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Martin Joyce , UK

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