Island Peak Everest base camp Trek

Island Peak Everest base camp Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$2470.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Hard
Max Elevation:
6,189m/20,305ft
Total Duration:
19 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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Designed especially for energetic and physically fit adventure seekers looking for a combined trekking and climbing experience, Island Peak Climbing takes you to the pleasant and enticing cultural, spiritual and natural diversity of the Khumbu Valley in the Everest Region. Island Peak Everest base camp Trek package would be the ultimate test of the perseverance and agility. Trekkers will be climbers too and vice versa in this package. Bharal Adventure offers the enigmatic beauty of wilderness adventure up in the Himalayas.

One of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region, Island Peak has an impressive and highly glaciated West Face rising from Lhotse Glacier. Designed very professionally keeping in mind the need for fulfilling proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals, the itinerary of Island Peak Climbing will also take you to the Base Camp (5,357m/17,575 ft) of the highest mountain of the world, Mt. Everest, known as Sagarmatha in the Nepali language. Therefore, your Island Peak Everest Base Camp Trek package will be the enormous opportunity to explore the peaks of Nepal and do trekking in Nepal.

As you get on board on one of the most thrilling experiences of your life, you shall also be taken to possibly the most popular trekking destinations in the world – Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The 19 days journey begins from and comes to closure at the Lukla Airport in Everest Region, one of the most famous airstrips in the world.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,428 ft]
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800m/9,184 ft], trek to Phakding [2,652m/8,700 ft]: 40 min flight, 3 – 4 hours trek
  • Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]
  • Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche [3,870m/12,694ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche [4,360 m/14,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche [4,940 m/16,207 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5,170 m/16,961 ft] – Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,594 ft] – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545m/18,192 ft] and back to Lobuche [4,940m/16,207 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La [5,535m/18,159 ft] to Chhukung [4,730m/15,518 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 12: Chhukung – Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060 ft]: 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 13: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
  • Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp – Island Peak- Island Peak Base Camp [5,600m/18,372 ft] 10 – 12 hours
  • Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp – Pangboche [3,985m/13,074 ft] 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 16: Pangboche – Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
  • Day 18: Fly Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Final Departure
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,428 ft]
The guests shall be greeted by a representative of Bharal Adventure who is responsible for taking them to their hotel upon their arrival. The dinner comprising of authentic Nepali food is the preliminary firsthand experience of the Nepali culture that the company offers you. Meeting with crew for trek preparation is also done on this day.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
One of our guides will accompany the guests for their sightseeing excursion in Kathmandu where they will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, all of them declared as the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800m/9,184 ft], trek to Phakding [2,652m/8,700 ft]: 40 min flight, 3 – 4 hours trek
An early morning flight from Kathmandu rewarded by breathtaking views of green and white mountains takes the team to the gateway destination, Lukla from where the trek begins. After assembling other crew members in Lukla, the convoy shall commence their trek through the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
Hiking through the villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale, the team disembarks the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, followed by a final steep ascent of about two hours, the team is rewarded with the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge from where it takes an hour and half hike to reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]
Exploration of Namche Bazaar itself could be done where the travelers will have a chance to discover and learn about the Sherpa culture, visit the museums, biodiversity of the Everest region and assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders. Namche is the major trading center of the region that has restaurants, ATMs, a bakery and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. Also a few hours trip to Everest View Hotel could be taken from where the mighty Everest could be observed in close proximity. Also a few hours’ side trip to Khumjung Valley could be arranged where a visit to Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti) could be done.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche [3,870m/12,694ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Enjoying the marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche comes to an end. The team treks towards Pangboche and then descends to Kayangjuma. After passing through Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, the team disembarks at Phunki Thenga for lunch and rest. It requires a short tough climb from here to Tengboche. We will visit the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery of Everest region nestled in Sagarmatha National Park, during the afternoon around 3 o’clock to witness a religion ceremony.
Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche [4,360 m/14,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
The day begins with the flawless view of the monastery at Tengboche with the mountains at its backdrop. Taking the trail to Debuche crossing over the Imja River, we will take the upper trail to Pangboche village. We visit the Pangboche monastery and take the moderate route to Imja Valley from where we approach the confluence of Lobuche River from where the steepest climb of the day takes the team to Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche [4,940 m/16,207 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
This day marks the initiation of climb through the Khumbu Khola Valley to Lobuche. The valley begins to narrow after crossing Dusa. The team passes through Phulung Karpo, the camp sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 and Chola Lake on their ascend to Dugla accompanied by the magnificent views of Pumori, Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and other peaks. The trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier will commence from here. The team passes through Chupki Lhara and memorial grounds for national and foreign mountaineers descending to Khumbu Glacier and mounting again to Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5,170 m/16,961 ft] – Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,594 ft] – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
On this day, the trek along the trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier convoyed with the revelation of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern and many more. A small ascend to Thangma Riju with further steep climb through the torrent of Changri Glacier takes us to Gorak Shep. A quick lunch is served at Gorak Shep after which the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once immense Gorak Shep Lake is taken. The team returns back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545m/18,192 ft] and back to Lobuche [4,940m/16,207 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
The several hours ascend to Kala Patthar sets off before the first day light breaks. Upon the return to Gorak Shep, breakfast is served. The team visiting Everest Base Camp on this day will have early breakfast and start their hike. After the return of both teams, lunch shall be served at Gorak Shep and descend to Lobuche sets in motion.
Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma-La [5,535m/18,159 ft] to Chhukung [4,730m/15,518 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Trekking via Khumbu Glacier, we move to Kongma-La Base Camp at 5,000m/16,404 ft from where we ascend to Kongma-La Pass, the most difficult part of the trek on this day. As we take pleasure in the sounds of prayer flags flapping in the cool mountain breeze, we capture the moments in our memory. Then we begin our descent down to Imja Khola valley followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. Upon our arrival, we check our equipments and prepare ourselves for the ultimate climb on the next day. If we do not want to undertake the Kongma-La Pass route, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.
Day 12: Chhukung – Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060 ft]: 3 – 4 hours
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp moves through a fairly steep trail where we first climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. Then the walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier begins from where it continues on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the south west side of Island Peak.
Day 13: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
The pre-climb training begins after breakfast where the training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. is given by the guides of Bharal Adventure. The training also includes using ropes to go up and down. Even though it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we, at Bharal Adventure, believe that it will be helpful in boosting up confidence and climbing skills to increase chances of scaling the summit along with enjoying the complete experience. The usual climb takes place on rock surface up to around 5,770m after which climb of ice starts where the ropes could be used. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. The rest of the day could be spent hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb.
Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp – Island Peak- Island Peak Base Camp [5,600m/18,372 ft] 10 – 12 hours
Waking up at around 12 to 1 am and having the breakfast helps us reach the summit before noon as the strong winds in the highlands in afternoon could become a barrier for a successful summit after that. The trail goes up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. The initially sandy path turns to grass becomes becoming boulder strewn again. Climb up the hill takes us to the narrow slope from where the trail enters a steep rock channel. As we climb the rock gully, the route follows a ridgeline leading to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. Here, roping up for the glacier is required because of the several crevasses it contains. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary from and around here. A steep snow slope will lead us onto the summit ridge where both the fixed rope and man rope will be used for the climb because of the safety reasons. The fix rope of about 350m is used after successfully climbing on rock, however, the length depends on the season as well as the crevasses. Capturing the picture-perfect view from the summit, we descend back to the Base Camp where we have small celebration commemorating the successful scaling of the peak.
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp – Pangboche [3,985m/13,074 ft] 5 – 6 hours
The descend to the lower altitudes is comparatively easier than the previous ascends. We could either choose descending through the same route as before, we pass the Khumbu Khola Valley, Orsho and Shomare villages or take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche which is believed to be the oldest in Khumbu region.
Day 16: Pangboche – Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours
Retracing the steps down to Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche, we can also plan a visit to the nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After having our lunch here, the walk continues through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees going across the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River following the trail descending rapidly through pine forests from Dudh Koshi gorge to Sansa. Passing through a chorten and encountering (if we are lucky) wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
The steep downward trail is traced by wobbly legs tired from continuously battling the rocky terrain. The team follows the same trail as before. The team by now shall be warmed up and whatever sickness or sore throats they had been feeling shall pass by now. The final trek of the expedition ends after arriving at Lukla.
Day 18: Fly Back to Kathmandu
The forty minute early morning flight to Kathmandu enables the team to either plan more sightseeing in Kathmandu or spend the rest of the day relaxing and shopping for souvenirs in Thamel with or without assistance of representative from Bharal Adventure. To commemorate the end of the adventurous expedition in the land of mountains, a farewell dinner shall be organized where the guests will have one more chance to indulge in the delicacy of authentic Nepali meal before they plan their next tour to the country.
Day 19: Final Departure
The journey of a lifetime along the Himalayas comes to an end on this day. The guests are accompanied to the airport by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their schedule flight takes off.
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This list is a guideline to help you pack for trekking and peak climbing. Also, please understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter, but you are required to carry a daypack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)

Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Snow bar*
  • Rope*
  • Ice hammer*
  • Ice screw*

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks
  • Gaiters

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag 30 degree DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag *
  • Daypack/backpack of 35 to 50 liters for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses and tents during trekking and expedition
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Services of English/French/Chinese/German speaking, trained and experienced staff including trekking guide(leader), expedition guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals on mountain
  • Porter services for trekking
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Adventure Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties

Cost does not includes following:

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Garbage deposit fee US$ 250.00 (Refundable)
  • Drink including – water, coke, fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost Excludes

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