Island Peak 6189 m 19 Days, with possible extension to Everest Base Camp
Duration: 19 days
Trip level: adventurous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 6189 m
Season: February, March, April, October, November
Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. This itinerary ensures you acclimatize gradually whilst trekking up the Khumbu Valley, before climbing Island Peak.
The adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Luka Airport it is a short walk to Phakding. A good start for you to acclimatize to the high mountainous air. From here on you hike towards Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. From Namche Bazaar you walk the trail into the remote Nangpa Valley towards Thame and hike to Khumjung. A day hike at the same level of altitude for acclimatization. From Khumjung you walk into the valley of Cho Oyu towards Gokyo Lakes. At the Gokyo Lakes you can enjoy a resting day, but for acclimatization it is better to climb to the high peak of Gokyo Ri (5483 meters). The views from this mountain top are stunning. After Gokyo you continue the trek over a glacier and climb towards the Cho La Pass. After this pass you will enter the main trail to Everest Base Camp. It is an easy climb to Kala Patar peak. From this viewpoint the Khumbu mountains are very close. You can almost touch Pumori Mountain. After this viewpoint you descent to Lobuche before heading over the Kongma La pass to Chukung. In half a day you hike to the east in a moraine landscape. Suddenly the huge Lhotse wall rises before you; so close you have never been so far. Your camp is located at an altitude of 5100 m near the huge Imja Lhotse Shar Glacier. The ascent begins with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge where you 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. The base of the headwall is covered for 100 m with snow and ice. The climb is as steep as 45° before you arrive on the airy summit ridge. This is followed to the top, where you can enjoy fabulous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu’s west face, the north face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam’s north ridge. In the course of the afternoon we want to be back in the base camp. After the descent and after a break we will return to the lodge in Chukhung . From Chukung you will return to Lukla, passing beautiful Sherpa villages and the impressive Thyangboche monastery.
A flight back to Kathmandu ends this peak climbing adventure.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2640 m – flight 0,5 hr. – 3 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Khumjung (3790 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Dole (4200 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Gokyo Lakes (4800 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Climb Gokyo Ri (5483 m), overnight at Gokyo Lakes (6 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Thangnang (4750 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 08 Cross over Cho La pass (5367 m) to Dzongla (4830 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Lobuche (4930 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Kala Patar (5554 m) and overnight in Lobuche ( 4930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Cross over Kongma La pass (5535 m) to Chukung (4720 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Island Peak base camp (5150 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Resting day at Island Peak base camp for acclimatization
Day 14 Island Peak (6189 m) ascent and overnight Chukung (11 hrs.)
Day 15 Buffer day Island Peak
Day 16 Trek to trek to Dingboche (4290 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche Monastery (3440 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 18 Trek to Lukla (2800 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 19 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (flight 0,5 hr.)
Extension trek to Everest Base Camp 21 days:
Day 11 Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m), overnight in Gorakshep ( 5170 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Cross over Kongma La pass (5535 m) to Chukung (4720 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Island Peak base camp (5150 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Resting day at Island Peak base camp for acclimatization
Day 16 Island Peak (6189 m) ascent and overnight Chukung (11 hrs.)
Day 17 Buffer day Island Peak
Day 18 Trek to trek to Dingboche (4290 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 19 Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche Monastery (3440 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Lukla (2800 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 21 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (flight 0,5 hr.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla and transfer to and from domestic airport
Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Licensed and certified climbing guide during peak climb and descent. Well experienced and English speaking
Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, climbing guide and porters
Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, Island Peak climbing fee, TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
Lodging and food during trek in teahouses
All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porters