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Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days

Trip Highlight

    • Most achievable climbing peak of Nepal above 6000m
    • Visit Everest Base Camp, climb Kalapatthar, cross the Kongma

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  • Spectacular views of Himalayan giants: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and hundreds of Himalayan peaks
  • Carefully designed itinerary with adequate acclimatization and contingency day
  • Exploration of ancient monasteries like Tengboche Monastery
  • Insight to Sherpa culture and a glance into village life of locals
  • Scenic mountain flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
  • City tours to heritage sites like Swayambhunath, Durbar square, Pashupatinath and Bhoudhanath

Trip Overview

Go for Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek if you are looking to jump a step ahead from trekking to mountaineering.  Island peak (Imja Tse) is the most attainable climbing peak. Situated only 10 km away form Mt. Everest summit of Island peak provides 360 degree panorama of many of the highest mountains in the world. Island peak, the most climbed climbing peak of Himalaya is an extension of south end of Mt. Lhotse Shar. If you are looking for trekking in Nepal and want to test mountaineering in Nepal, then  Island peak climbing is the perfect ice climbing trip to try first among the 33 “trekking peaks” of Nepal. Although Himalayan Peaks should not be underestimated, Island Peak has the potential to offer the fit and experienced hill walkers a window into the world of mountaineering in the greater ranges.

Our Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp provides an excellent experience for first stage mountaineering to novice adventure lovers. Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek program starts in Kathmandu. We spend a day in Kathmandu preparing for the venture with brief UNESCO heritage sites visit. We take an exhilarating flight to Lukla and start trekking through the classic Everest base camp trekking trail through different beautiful Sherpa villages. During the trek, we spend two nights in Namche and Dingboche to aid acclimatization. Also, we trek to Everest base camp to acclimatize ourselves for our Island peak climbing target. We also trek up to Kala Patthar for best views of Everest and its neighboring peaks well as for acclimatization. Then we trek back to Chhukung to start our next part of adventure, i.e. Island peak climbing.

Summit Journey, Island Peak climbing with Everest base camp trek

As we reach Island peak base camp, we learn and revise our knowledge of using climbing equipment and our climbing skills. Next day is the toughest day but as we reach the summit, we realize the reward we get from the top is worth the effort. We begin the ascent with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge. We put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevassed in places. From the bergshrund at the base of the head wall, we climb 100m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° and reach airy summit ridge. Finally, we enjoy fabulous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu’s west face, the north face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam’s north ridge and many other mountains from the summit.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Four nights twin sharing accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Best available accommodation in local lodges during the trek and tented accommodation during climb; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking climbing leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and necessary porters and helpers including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek and climb
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Island peak climbing Permit, National Park Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival (1338m / 4390ft):

It shall be your first day in Kathmandu, Nepal after your arrival at TIA airport in Kathmandu. As you enter the airport, complete your formalities, then you can see one of our office representatives welcoming you at arrival terminals. You will be then warmly welcomed and transfer to your chosen hotel. Take a good rest, sleep or simply stroll around culturally affluent streets of Kathmandu valley nearby Thamel area. Later you will be staying  in your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in hotel. Included Meal: B

Day 3: Take a flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m / 8700ft):

Your adventure at Everest region begins as we pick you up from your hotel to airport and check into domestic terminals that boards you to small aircraft. Amazing views of snow capped mountains is seen if you sit at left side of the plane. In just 27 minutes, you will be landing among the heart of Himalayas at Tenzing Hillary Lukla Airport. This is the site from where your trekking activity begins. You will be amazed as soon as you step outside the airport feeling the cool air breeze. We do meetup our porter team at one of the restaurant where we also have a cup of coffee. Porters will arrange and assign our baggage and head ahead of us. In this way, slowly, checking into Pasang Lhamu gate, our Everest adventure begins. There will be a gradual ascend, descend, walking through left side raging Dudhkoshi river, have our lunch at Thadokoshi and finally stop at Phakding where our first day of adventure ends. Later we stay overnight at local lodge in Phakding. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours. Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11283ft)

We spend our first night at heart of Himalayas, today after having our early meal, we look forward to culturally affluent Sherpa village of Namche bazaar. There shall be plenty of incidents where we cross the suspension bridge, after lunch, great ascend starts including iconic Hillary bridge. Also we shall enter an entrance into Sagarmatha National Park. While taking a great ascend, we get to the point from where on a clear weather day, we get first view of Mt. Everest.  We have a short rest at Chautara to get back our energy level. In this way, utilizing our first challenging ascend, taking choco-bars and dry fruits, finally we arrive at beautiful village of Namche Bazar. Later we stay overnight at local teahouse in Namche. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours. Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day: Ascend to Hotel Everest View

We will have a very important and very first of our acclimatization day today. This place is ideal for acclimatization at an altitude of nearly 3500m to 4000m. It is also called the rest day, but it starts with an active hike to nearby national park museum, and ascend to Syanboche, and finally up to Hotel Everest View for upclose views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku and other nearby peaks. At Namche, there are plenty of amenities, attractions and services on offer as bazar refer to market, we shall get anything required from simply lodging and fooding to gears and equipments required for trekking, peak climbing and even expeditions. There will be also an option to hike towards Khumjung from where there is an ancient monastery where we can see the Yeti scalp. We shall also give our visit to nearby Hillary school. Later we return to our same teahouse for second overnight stay. Walking hours 4-5 hours. Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860m / 12660ft):

Today we look ahead at out next stop of Tengboche. Our day starts with a gradual hike across the hill with excellent views of Amadablam, Lhotse and other surrounding peaks. Then our trek follows more of descends to the site called Phungi Thenga where we have our lunch. Then after having our lunch, we cross the beautiful river and another challenging up-hill walk begins to top of hill called Tengboche. We reach at the top in late afternoon, so at that time it will be mostly chilly and as the altitude approaches nearly 4000m, it will be usually cloudy and cool in the evening. We will visit nearby monastery if its open and to bakery located next to it. A big ground is there where monks shall be playing football, hikers tenting camp and overall it will be wonderful to see great Himalayan views next morning and go for prayers at ancient large Tengboche monastery. Later we stay overnight at local lodge at Tengboche. Walking hours 5-6 hours. Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m / 14464ft):

We will be more or less gaining 400 to 500m elevation with all descending via Deboche upto Imja Khola and hike up towards Pangboche, have our lunch and finally arrive at Dingboche. Here after arriving at Dingboche, we shall start to feel the difference in altitude after being there at 4410m above sea level. Dingboche also makes us feel that there is change in vegetation, as only small shrubs are visible. We can see the rocky settings, touching distance to Mt. Amadablam and after checking into our local lodge, we simply get flat on bed and take rest. We will stay overnight at local lodge in Dingboche. Walking hours 5-6 hours. Meals includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche and Hike to Chukkung ri:

It will be second acclimatization day of our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trekking trip. Adjusting according to elevation is very important as it gives us a good chance for not to fall ill and move on towards our destination. We have our heartly meal as our breakfast and then take an uphill walk towards northern side to Chukkung valley. Cross a small river tributary, catch mind blowing views of Amadablam, Island Peak and other Himalayas while it will be a great adventure to be at top and enjoy the surrounding views. Cholatse, Lobuche, Amphu Gyabjen, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamserku and Chola Tsho Lake is seen from the top of hill that surround us from all directions. There is small tea shop there at top, where if open, we shall have a cup of ginger lemon tea. We return through the same path, have our lunch at tea house we stayed in and spend rest of the day in between. Overnight stay at local tea house in Dingboche. Walking time 3 to 4 hrs. Meal includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m / 16105ft):

We make our way towards Lobuche tonight ascending on the hill that moves gradually passing along Chortens that gives you chance to view the Himalayas. Soon an easy walk through valley takes us towards lunch site of Dughla. There is couple of resting points and restaurants to serve us. We have a quick rest here and walk forward to ascend Chukpo Lari. We get at even more higher elevation that offer even more majestic views not only of Nepal, but also upto Tibet himalayas. There are many memorials of mountaineers who lost their lives trying to climb Everest expedition. Slowly then the rocky path move ahead towards Lobuche witnessing Lobuche peak. And after one hour we finally arrive at one of the few tea houses over there. Straight to bed for rest, dinner and flat on bed to get ready for next day’s walk to Gorakshep. We stay overnight at local teahouse in local lodge. Walking time will be 4 to 5 hours with meals included Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft):

We wake up early in the morning and our day begins after walking slowly through trek route full of rocks and dust. Facing the strong wind through Lobuche pass, we will first check in into our guest house in Gorakshep. First suggestion to do after getting here is to have a bowl of garlic soup. It really helps you to get out of altitude sickness and makes you easier to breathe. Slowly then we pass through the lateral moraine falling from Khumbu glacier. We can even hear the crackling sound of ice falling through Nuptse. We have our lunch, take rest, get a boost to our energy and walk to our destination Everest base camp. It shall be a great challenge to make it happen walking up, down, rocky path and finally in between a land of ice and rock. After this great achievement to step at base of Everest, we return towards our tea house at Gorakshep. Late we spend our night there too. Total walking time of 8 to 9 hours with meals that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Or, we shall also have a small twist today by heading to Gorakshep from Lobuche and later hiking up to Kalapathher for excellent sunset views, as the sunset views are more striking than sunrise. It will be the toughest task to get at top of Kalapathher. Spend overnight at Gorakshep and head to EBC tomorrow morning (next day) and walk back to Dingboche.

Day 11: Ascend Kalapathher (5545m/ 18188ft) and trek back to Dingboche:

We hike up to Kalapathher today before sunrise to witness great views of Nuptse, Everest and other nearby himalayan peaks. While ascending the Kalapathher, we stop at several points to take lots of pictures, catch our breath, take a sip of water and again continue walking towards the top. Weather radar and prayer flags can be seen at top of Kalapthher hike. Later as the sun rises, we get down towards Gorakshep. We have our breakfast at local teahouse where we had stayed in and after few time hike to Dingboche via Lobuche and Thukla.  We shall walk for 6 to 7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Dingboche/Chhukung to Island peak base camp

Today is short trek to the Island Peak base camp. From today we will stay in tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our staff in the camp. The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a moderately steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the contour of the valley. We then walk on a zigzag path below the southern flank of Lhotse Glacier moraine. We continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. At southeast, we see the Amphu Labtsa route. A network route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a spacious valley (Pareshaya Gyab) nearby the southwest side of Island Peak where we will set our tents. After a brief rest, our climbing guide will instruct you the methods of using climbing equipments and some technical climbing skills. Along with practical knowledge on using climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc., you will also learn using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit safely together with a fun experience. Walking time 4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 13 & 14: Reach the summit of the Island peak (6,189m/) and return to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

We have allowed two days to climb the Island Peak, although we will probably not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our climbing leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Generally we ascend from the Base Camp to the High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline. On the summit day, we wake up very early in the morning (at around 2 am) to take advantage of the calm mountain weather in the mornings of Himalayan region. We climb through the steep rock gully. We get to the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which follows to steeper 100m headwall section, just below the summit ridge, about 60 degrees steep. Our climbing guide will fix rope in this section as the glacier has several crevasses. From the top of Island peak, you can see a breathtaking panorama of gigantic mountains – Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi circle in the north and the stunning views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m) in the. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend back to Chhukung. Walking time 10-11 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: Contingency Day in case of bad weather

 It is always an better idea to plan at least one extra day. It comes into play incase of bad weathter, flight delays and cancellation. However if everything went according to planned itinerary, this day can be used as sightseeing around Kathmandu or other exciting one day activities nearby capital valley.

Day 16 : Trek back to Chhukung to Namche Bazar

We follow the main route from Chukkung to Dingboche, Tengboche and to Namche. Therefore we can feel the drop in altitude and breathing becomes much easier than at Chukkung. We won’t miss our opportunity to immerse in natural beauty from different perspective. After reaching at Namche, we take shower and relax. Walking hours will be approximately from 7 to 8 hours and meals includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

We return towards Lukla today through steep downhill through surrounding hills, forests, crossing the suspension bridges over river tributaries. The trekking route passing through the lower valleys gives excellent views of rhododendron forests, pine trees, snow covered peaks and the amazing feeling that strikes our heart after completion of our Island peak climbing and Everest base camp trekking adventure. We walk for around 6 to 7 hours today with meals including Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Our final trip conclusive day at Lukla as we shall board a flight towards Kathmandu in the morning. It shall be most probably a morning flight as weather are usually clear in the early time. After arriving at Kathmandu, you will check into your hotel and rest. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Meals included breakfast only.

Day 19: International Departure:

Finally after all your packing and everything is done, one of our office representative will drop you off towards international airport. Farewell friend. We hope you have liked our hospitality services and we look forward to see you again for next adventures in coming future. Meals includes : Breakfast.

Trip In More Detail

Climbing group

On our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, the number of crew looking after you will depend on the size of your group. There will be one climbing leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers=1 assistant guide) and porters as carriers (2 trekkers=1 porter) and helpers in necessary numbers to make sure that if anybody in the group is sick and had to return, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours runs the Island peak climbing with Everest base camp for any group size. But generally we do not exceed more than 10 people if it is an internationally mixed group, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trek. But if you would like to make booking for a group of more than 10 people together, we can arrange that too. We can even organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation During Trip

During our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, you will spend three nights in three star category hotel (we can upgrade the hotel or use budget hotel too as per your interest) in Kathmandu. During the trek, you spend 12 to 13 nights in standard teahouses/lodges and 2 to 3 nights in tented camp. We provide attached rooms in Namche, Lukla, and Phakding (attached bathroom, toilet and hot shower). In rest of the places in Everest region, the teahouses have basic toilet facilities and always outside the room. The teahouses/lodges generally provide basic sleeping facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We offer you sleeping bags (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. All accommodations for Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis (two men tent while climbing). However, single rooms can be made available on request and by paying a single supplement USD 190. However, please note that there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Everest Region.

Food and Dietary Restriction

During Island peak climbing and Everest base camp trek, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most local lodges (teahouses) in Everest Base Camp trail cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp , do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. During climbing, our staff will prepare quick alpine style food in tents.  A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.</p>
<p>Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets. While on climbing, boiled water will be provided.

Altitude Acclimatization

Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Normally it does not become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Almost anyone can get altitude illness if they go too high, too quickly. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses. Because of the individual differences; a preventive rate of ascent for one person may be too slow or fast for another. Altitude acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude sickness and improving altitude performance. There are ways to optimize your adjustment to altitude and improve your chances of not getting altitude illness. Slow ascent to altitude is the key to acclimatizing well. Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. Drinking plenty of liquid is another preventative measure. Garlic soup is considered to do good defense with altitude sickness. So please have garlic soup during your altitude trek at least twice a day. However, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox) that helps you to breathe faster to give more oxygen to your body. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude, but it needs time. For instance, it takes about a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m. Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp itinerary is designed keeping in mind that the trekker/adventurer has adequate time for altitude acclimatization. Our hike to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar will help us acclimatize and prepare physically for our Island peak climb. However, if possible if you have booked high altitude treks or mountaineering, we suggest you for training in the attitude to make your body familiar to altitude. Useful contents on AMS and altitude acclimatization:
http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm
https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html

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Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days Reviews

THANK YOU ICICLES ADVENTURE FOR MAKING MY ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION SUCCESSFUL

My husband and I did the Island peak expedition with Icicles Adventure in April and trip was beyond expectation. It was my decision to book them against my husband’s will. But he was so happy at the end of the trip that he has already decided to come back again for Mera peak adventure next year. I chose them because I saw it is lady leaded company, they were so prompt in communication as well as they provided detailed information that seemed honest. All services were provided as promised and their quality was also admirable. I especially admire their CUSTOMER CARE. Kippa Sherpa is an amazingly professional climbing guide. He did a great job of making sure we were safe throughout the trip. We were allowed to be fairly independent wandering within proximity of them for parts of it but they also happily lent a hand (literally) when my nervousness of heights reared up on a few occasions jumping across crevasses or picking my way along narrow peak! They provided all the gear and everything worked as needed (nothing broken or run-down) and gave a good explanation of how to use it. It was one of the most unique experiences of our trip and we really enjoyed it compared to one that we did with another local company few years ago. And the most important thing is –I made the summit of Island peak which I think would not have happened if there was another climbing guide!! Thank you Kippa !!!

Patricia Clare
Melbourne,Australia

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Max. Altitude : 6189m Group Size : min-2 max-10 Best Season : March to May, Sep to Dec Activities : Trekking and climbing Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu