Island Peak & EBC

Trip Duration

18 Days

Trip Grading

Strenuous Plus

Max Altitude

6189m

Price

$ 2,600 pp

Starts at

Kathmandu

Ends at

Kathmandu

Best Time

September - June

Trip Mode

Camping + Tea House

Introduction

Following the footsteps of Everest pioneers Tenzing Norgey and Sir.Edman Hillary,this trek will take you from lush forest to barren glaciers as you ascend to the world highest peak. Adding an ascent of Island peak to this expedition will allow you a taste of Himalayan climbing in the jaw-dropping Imja valley.

The trek begins with the exhilarating flight into a village of lukla(2845m) and the trail opens with a light descent through the green and pleasant environment of khumbu valley, passing numerous quaint farms and villages on the way to Phakding(2610m). The first day is not strenuous. The second day of trekking is when the true majesty of the himalaya can be viewed for the first time. The trail winds along the dudkoshi(milky river) and involves several exciting bridges crossing along the way, taking in views of some towering peaks including Thamserku(6623m) and if you are lucky, Mt.everest itself. The afternoon involves steep climb up to the town of Namche Bazar (3440m) the main settlement of khumbu valley. You will spend a day acclimatising in Namche,enjoying a magisterial vista of mt.everest, mt.lhotse(8516m) and the elegant tower of mt.Amadablam(6812m) from the Everest view point.

Day four from Namche to Tangbuche(3860m) is truly stunner. The trail meanders along the side of gorge above dudkoshi river,hopping between Buddhist stops in the shadow of the mighty Amadablam. Tangbuche sits atop a hill in the middle of Khumbu valley and you will be able to visit the famous monastery in afternoon of your arrival. Between Tangbuche and Dingbuche(4410m),the landscape begins to shift dramatically as you ascend out of the tree line and enter the eerie emptiness of the line zone. weather is colder up here, giving a sense of the magnitude of surrounding peaks draped in their icy cloaks. Second acclimatisation day is spent in Dingbuche and you will see Island peak(6180m) and be able to spy my.Makalu(8451m) the world6fifth highest mountain, far in a distance. Following day is another stupendous walk as you ascend to Lobuche(4930m) via climbers memorial. Perched in a beautiful spot overlooking the valley back towards Amadablam,the memories prove to be the most poignant experience for the many walkers. Trail above Lobuche is very barren and alpine surrounded by the giant peaks of mt.Pumori(7200m), my.Nuptse(7861m) as you approach Everest basecap(5364m). The night after reaching EBC is spent in Gorakshep(5180m) ang you will have the option of an early start to hike Kalapathar(5545m) and see the magnificent sunrise over Everest, a highlight for many.

And you will continue to Island peak, you will spend couples of days hiking to Chhukung(4700m) in Imja valley vis Dingbuche. From here it’s mornings walk to Island peak basecamp(5100m)where you will spend the afternoon resting and preparing for the ascent the following morning. The climb involves an alpine start at around 1am and you will begin in the dark before the rising sun reveals the majesty of the peaks in the isolated corner of the Khumbu. The trip section of the climb is on the glacier and you will required to use climbing equipment such as crampons, ice-axe and Jumar to ascend the fix lines. A small ice fall is traversed, including some short ladder crossing, before the final pull up a steep 200mtrs seawall to the Summit. Following the completion of Island peak you will descend back to Lukla in a few days and fly back to ktm.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 2: Pre-trip meeting, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla(2845m) and trek to Phakding(2610m), 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 4: Trek to Namche(3440m), 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 5: Acclimatisation day in Namche, Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 6: Trek to Tangbuche(3860m), 5 hrs, visit monastery in afternoon, Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 7: Trek to Dingbuche(4410m), 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8: Hike to Ngangkarsang Peak (5000m) and free afternoon, Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 9: Trek to Labuche(4930m), 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep(5180m) and to EBC (5364m), 7 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 11: Hike up to Kalapathar (5555m)& trek down to Dingbuche, 7 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Chhukung(4700m), 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek to Island peak basecamp(5100m), 3 hrs and preparation for the next day. Overnight at tented Camp.

Day 14: Summit peak(6180m)and back to chhukung(4700m). Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek down to Tangbuche (3860m), 5-6hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek back to Namche(3440), 4hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 17: Trek down to Lukla(2845m), 6hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

When you book a trip through Beyond Base Camp Treks we require that you obtain a travel insurance policy. We recommend your insurance includes medical coverage for high altitude, emergency repatriation, trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, or loss of luggage and personal effects). The medical and emergency repatriation are compulsory for your trip. Medical care in the Himalayas is remote and the coverage in your insurance will ensure the best care and transport should an emergency arise. Altitude Sickness is a very real possibility, although our guides are trained to detect and help curb the effects, it is never a guarantee that you may not suffer some serious symptoms that require medical attentions.

Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS), is a group of general symptoms that are brought on by rapidly climbing or walking to a higher altitude too quickly. It happens because the body doesn’t have enough time to adapt to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen level in the air at high altitudes. Altitude sickness can affect anyone and does not discriminate by age, sex, or general health. We try to manage and minimize the effects of altitude sickness by building in acclimatization days during the treks above 3000m. Most people will experience some common effects of altitude including shortness of breathe and lightheadedness. Your trained guide will monitor you daily and it is important to be honest about any effects of altitude you may be feeling, signs of mountain sickness typically present with enough advanced notice that we can minimize severe symptoms.

There are three stages of AMS:
1) Normal AMS symptoms- expect but no worries
2) Mild AMS symptoms- Don’t go higher
3) Serious AMS symptoms- Decent immediate

Please Note: Also our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an experience that you will soon not forget. The Lukla airport is unique because it is situated between two mountains and requires a skilled pilot to land safely. The planes are also small but do not let this frighten you, the flight is generally safe. Weather in the mountains is unpredictable and this may cause flight delays and cancellations. If this were to occur we will try our best to book you on the earliest flight the following day. On rare occasions the poor weather has caused delays for a few days up to a week. We recommend that you plan for a few extra days at the end of your trek to accommodate alternative travel that would include a two day trek to Salleri and then a 10 hour Jeep ride to Kathmandu. If this is not a suitable option due to time or desire you may also charter a helicopter from Lukla to Kathmandu. A helicopter charter typically costs $400 to $600 pp, although when demand increases and availability decreases the cost has been know to increase. The most cost effective way to charter a helicopter is to share amongst 5 or 6 people. If all seats are not occupied you will have to pay for the unused seats. As always, we will keep our fingers crossed for good weather and no delays!

  • Airport/hotel/airport pick up & drop.
  • Lodges, guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All your standard meals in the trek. (Breakfast,lunch & dinner).
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter to carry your luggage.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and medicine for all staff.
  • National park permit, Rural municipality ticket fee & TIMS permit.
  • Airfare from kathmandu – lukla – kathmandu including airport departure tax in kathmandu and lukla airport.
  • Farewell dinner in kathmandu.
  • 2 night hotel in kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alchoholic drinks.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry Visa, which you can obtain upon your arrival at airport in Kathmandu. ( Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 15 day- USD$ 25, Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 30 to 90 days- USD$ 40/100. Need to bring 2 copies of your pp size photos)
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers( tipping is always expected)