Island Peak and Everest Base Camp 20 Days
Duration: 20 days
Trip level: adventurous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 6189 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and fixed tent camp at Island Peak base camp
Season: March, April, May,October, November
Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Island Peak is locally known as Imja Tse. Locals called the peak Island, due to the fact that the peak appears like an island in the icy belt of the Imja Tse valley. It starts with a trek to Everest Base Camp. After you have visited base camp and climbed Kala Patar you have acclimatized perfectly for your ascend to climbing Island Peak. Island Peak is a challenging climbing peak, but not too technical. Since November 2018 the climbing rules for climbing peak has changed, sharing a group permit is not possible anymore, only personal climbing permit possible.
After your arrival we will have a gear check with you, and make all the necessary preparations for the permits. The adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Luka Airport it is a short walk to Phakding. From here on you hike towards Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. At Namche you will enjoy an acclimatization day with a day hike to the famous Everest View hotel. After Namche you will hike in a few days to Everest Base Camp. After visiting base camp you will hike up the easy viewpoint of Kala Patar peak. From this viewpoint the Khumbu mountains are up close and personal. You can almost touch Pumori Mountain. After Kala Patar you will 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. At Chukung you enjoy the remote wilderness of the Khumbu region. Island Peak base camp is located at an altitude of 5100 m near the huge Imja Lhotse Glacier. During your ascend you will have time to learn know how to use the jumar for ascending and descending. The final ascent to Island Peak 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 you 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 Arrival Kathmandu; pick up International Airport Kathmandu
Day 02 Preparations for climbing gear and permits
Day 03 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 04 Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (0,5 hrs.) and trek to Phakding (2640 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 07 Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Dingboche (4260 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Lobuche (4930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Gorakshep & Everest Base Camp (5364 m), overnight at Gorakshep (5170 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Kala Patar (5545 m) en Thukla (4620 m- 6.30 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross over Kongma La pass (5535 m) to Chukung (4720 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Island Peak base camp (5150 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14 Island Peak (6189 m) ascent and overnight Chukung (11 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to trek to Dingboche (4290 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche Monastery (3440 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Lukla (2800 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 18 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (flight 0,5 hr.)
Day 19 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 20 Departure; drop off International Airport Kathmandu
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 the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
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 & peak climbing. 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
-5 nights private room in 3* hotel including breakfast in Kathmandu
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Licensed and certified climbing Sherpa. Well experienced and English speaking (prepares fixed ropes during ascent)
-Porter service for carrying luggage and climbing gear. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Climbing gear including: climbing harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, climbing ropes, prusik ropes, karabiners, and jumar
-Sleeping bag and down jacket
-Salary, food, accommodation, clothing&gear and insurance for the mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters
-Camping in tents Island Peak base camp on days 13 and 14. Full board including: breakfast/ lunch /dinner ; tea/ coffee/hot water
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, personal 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
-High altitude mountain boots (category D/E) and gaiters
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek except on days 13 and 14
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Kathmandu city guide for sightseeing
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters