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21 days
Availability : All year round
Kathmandu Airport
Lukla Airport
Min Age : 16
Max People : 10
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Ascent the Island Peak Himalayas and Everest Base Camp Trek: A Himalayan Adventure Supreme

The Himalayas, a majestic mountain range stretching across five nations, offer myriad trekking and mountaineering opportunities. One of the standout adventures in this region combines the climb to Island Peak with visits to the legendary Everest Base Camp and the renowned Kala Patthar viewpoint. This expedition is a crescendo of challenges, culminating in the ascent of a prominent peak while offering an intimate experience of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. 

Island Peak Himalayas and the beyond

The Crown Jewel Island Peak, or Imja Tse, at a commendable 6,189 meters, is one of Nepal’s most sought-after trekking peaks. Situated in the Khumbu Himalayan region, this mountain is a perfect introductory climb for budding mountaineers, offering a mix of trekking and basic mountaineering. From its summit, climbers are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama that includes Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

Everest Base Camp

Touching the Foot of the Giant At 5,364 meters, the Everest Base Camp is more than just a campsite. It’s a bustling small “city” of tents, packed with mountaineers from around the world preparing to conquer Everest. The journey to the base camp takes trekkers through lush rhododendron forests, picturesque Sherpa villages, and ancient monasteries, all against towering peaks. 

Kala Patthar and the Himalayas

The Best Seat in the House Even higher than Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar (5,643m) is a prominent viewpoint. Trekkers get an unobstructed view of Mount Everest’s summit, making it a must-visit spot, especially during sunrise or sunset when the golden hues bathe the mountain, offering a sight to behold. Journey Through the Khumbu Starting from Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region, the journey meanders through iconic places like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Namche, the bustling mountain town, offers a fascinating blend of traditional Sherpa culture and modern amenities.

Conversely, Tengboche is renowned for its monastery, which is the largest in the region. Climbing Island Peak After acclimatizing and soaking in the views from Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, climbers divert towards Chhukung and subsequently to Island Peak Base Camp. The climb involves traversing crevasses, ascending ice walls, and negotiating the challenging summit ridge. The ascent, though demanding, is technically straightforward, making it suitable for those with limited mountaineering experience yet eager for a challenge.

Getting to Know Island Peak

The Route: Most adventurers reach Island Peak by trekking through the Khumbu area, either taking the Everest Base Camp route or through the Gokyo Valley. This hike helps climbers get used to the high altitude.

Setting Up Camp: You’ll find the Island Peak Base Camp at about 5,200 meters and a higher camp at roughly 5,600 meters. Some climbers head to the summit from the base, while others opt for a shorter climb from the higher camp.

The Ascent: Climbing Island Peak mixes regular trekking with basic mountain climbing. The final part can be tricky, requiring climbers to cross a crevasse and scale a steep, icy slope to reach the top.

Best Times: The best times are late April to May and then late October to November. This is due to more predictable weather.

How Tough Is It?: The climb’s grade is PD+ (a bit difficult). While not too technical, the high altitude and cold can make it challenging.

Need-to-know: To climb, you’ll need a permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Standard climbing gear includes crampons, an ice axe, ropes, and cold-resistant clothing.

Tips for the Climb

  1. Get Used to the Altitude: Stay in the Khumbu area to adjust and avoid altitude sickness. It’s crucial to climb slowly, drink lots of water, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  2. Get Fit: Get your body ready with cardio exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  3. Get Help: Consider hiring local guides and porters. They’re familiar with the area, can carry gear, and can ensure safety.
  4. Be Weather-Ready: Himalayan weather can be unpredictable. Pack layers, good jackets, and quality climbing boots.

Remember, while Island Peak might be classified as a “trekking peak,” it’s still a real mountain challenge. Being well-prepared, respecting the mountain, and prioritizing safety is essential.

Quick Look at the Itinerary: Your 20-day journey will begin with arriving in Kathmandu and end with departing from the same city. In between, you’ll trek through famous locations, climb Kala Patthar for a stunning sunrise view, visit Everest Base Camp, and, of course, attempt to summit Island Peak.

Why Climb Island Peak?

  • The View: From the top, you’ll see stunning Himalayan mountains, including Everest.
  • Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar: Many itineraries offer a trip to these iconic locations.
  • Local Culture: You’ll pass through Sherpa villages and get a glimpse of their rich traditions.
  • Breathtaking Flight: The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is a visual treat.
  • Wildlife: You might spot unique Himalayan animals and plants as you trek.
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

1 hour before flight time

Price Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off by car as per trip itinerary
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • Trek/climbing guide and support team
  • Trekking and climbing permits
  • Full board meal during the trek and climbing
  • Accommodation at guesthouses on the trek route
  • Tented camp including climbing equipment
  • All meals with tea/coffee during trekking and climbing
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla

Price Excludes

  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking/climbing gears
  • Any private expenses
  • Travel insurance

Complementaries

  • Duffle bag
  • Trip completion certificate
  • T-Shirt
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Greetings at the airport and transportation to the hotel.
  • Briefing on the upcoming trek and equipment check.

Day 2Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m); trek to Phakding (2,651m)

  • Scenic flight over the mountains.
  • Begin the trek with a descent to the Dudh Kosi River.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438m)

  • Cross suspension bridges and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Ascend to the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

  • Explore the local market, Sherpa museum, and nearby villages.
  • Optional short hikes for acclimatization and splendid views.

Day 5Trek to Tengboche (3,867m)

  • Pass through lush rhododendron forests.
  • Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Day 6Trek to Dingboche (4,260m)

  • Continue along the Imja Valley with views of Ama Dablam.
  • Reach the beautiful village of Dingboche.

Day 7Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

  • Optional hikes to Nangkartshang Peak or surrounding areas.
  • Enjoy panoramic views and further acclimatize.

Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

  • Walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier moraine.
  • View memorials of mountaineers who perished on Everest.

Day 9Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m); then to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

  • Reach Gorak Shep and have lunch.
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp and observe the tents and lively atmosphere of climbers.
  • Return to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 10Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,643m); descend to Dingboche

  • Catch the sunrise over Mount Everest from Kala Patthar, one of the best viewpoints.
  • Descend back to Dingboche for the night.

Day 11Trek to Chhukung (4,750m)

  • A relatively short day with beautiful mountain vistas.

Day 12Hike to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m)

  • Pass through the Imja Valley and ascend to base camp.
  • Prepare gear for the summit bid.

Day 13Acclimatization and basic mountaineering training at Base Camp

  • Learn essential climbing techniques.
  • Practice using equipment like crampons and ice axes.

Day 14Summit day

  • Early morning start.
  • Cross the crevasse-laden glacier, climb the ice wall, and navigate the summit ridge.
  • Celebrate the summit and descend to base camp or Chhukung.

Day 15Reserve day for summit attempt (if needed due to weather)

  • Flexibility is vital in the mountains due to unpredictable weather.

Day 16Return trek to Tengboche

  • Descend through the valley, enjoying the changing landscapes.

Day 17Trek to Namche Bazaar

  • A downhill walk with a few ascents.

Day 18Trek to Lukla

  • Last day of trekking.
  • Celebrate the successful expedition with your team.

Day 19Flight back to Kathmandu

  • Enjoy a farewell dinner and share experiences.

Day 20Kathmandu

Backup day (for potential weather issues or unexpected holdups).

Day 21Departure from Kathmandu

  • You might have time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing, depending on your flight schedule.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive journey through the Khumbu region, culminating in the ascent of Island Peak, with unforgettable views from Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. It offers an immersive experience of the Himalayas’ grandeur and challenges.

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