A human is more bonded to nature than anything else. It is often called nature is the best resolution for healing humans mentally and spiritually. Trekking to one of the most popular destinations in the world has never been more adventurous. Indulge in a life-changing trek to Everest Base Camp with the Himalaya Land Treks along with scaling one of the most frequented trekking peaks in Nepal - Island Peak (6189m). Everest Base camp trek with Island peak climbingsuits anyone with the utmost interest in outdoor adventures.
Although an Alpine PD+ peak, you are not required to obtain an expedition permit to climb Island Peak. A normal climb permit, along with assistance from an experienced Sherpa guide, will be enough to undertake this trip. The trek takes off at Lukla and goes all the way up to Kala Patthar (5545m) before taking a plunge towards the Chhukung glacier.
The trip begins once you arrive in Kathmandu. This city is blessed with architectural and historic beauty. Palaces and temples from long years ago stand erect still in this town, despite many natural disasters. You visit some of its popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. The city takes your eyes on the stone carvings decorated in each corner of the heritage site. Your one-day stay in the city of god (Kathmandu) gives you a view of hundreds of religious places.
You’ll embark on a brief flight from Kathmandu to the small airport town of Lukla that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. Your journey to Everest base camp trek with island peak climbing starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla airport. It is the most dangerous airport in the world also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport located at an altitude of 2845m. The flight takes you to the lush green forest of pine, juniper, rhododendrons etc along with massive majestic views.
You’ll gradually advance through the traditionally rich Sherpa villages along with unique cultural essence. Experiencing the unique tradition with the warm hospitality of ethnic Sherpa people we pass the cold Himalaya region. The Island Peak Climbing with Everest base camp trek passes through stunning hamlets like Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep towards the Everest Base Camp while observing the endemic lifestyle and culture of the region. Almost the entire trail lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO-dedicated site in the Everest region.
A short hike will take you to Kala Patthar (5545m), the highest point of the trek, from where you can catch close sight of many peaks in the Everest region. The view of the summit is not seen clearly from the base camp. As Kala Patthar viewpoint offers a stunning view of the summit it is very famous for tourism. Kalapatthar viewpoint is the most loved place in Everest base camp trek by the most trekkers.
From Kalapatthar, you’ll begin descending towards Lobuche village that takes you towards the Chhukung Ri located at the Chhukung village. Chukkung valley is famous for chhukung Ri or chhukung glacier. This Chhukung Ri gives you a great view of the southern wall of Lothse and Kongma La pass. It also gives you an alluring view of Khumbu glacier and Island Peak.
Located in the beautiful Imja valley Island peak also known as Imja Tse is situated at an altitude of 6189m. You’ll approach Island Peak Base Camp and camp for a night. The entire Island Peak climbing may last around 10 hours and will offer majestic vistas of the mountains including Mount Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Makalu (8475m). You’ll retrace your path and head back to Lukla. The trip concedes once you arrive in Kathmandu. It is better to have prior experience before climbing the Island peak as the trail is strenuous.
The best time to do this trek is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-December) seasons because the weather is favourable during these months. Regarding the trial route and views in favour of trekkers, these seasons are enlisted as the best time to travel. As the weather conditions are unpredictable in the Himalayas, the flight to/from Lukla can be delayed or cancelled sometimes. So, it is best if you keep a day or two as buffer days and prepare for such conditions beforehand.
Behind this trekking route if you want to access a different and more adventurous trek route then you can go through the following link of our next package Mt. Lobuche East Peak Climbing. If you want to experience a less difficult trek route and experience a similar view then you can go through the following link of our next package Everest Base camp trek. For the one who is looking for a short trek to Everest then, simply click on the following link to find out the suitable package for you, Everest Short Trek, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek.
Himalaya Land Treks specializes in climbing and expeditions around Nepal. You can choose to join our fixed groups or undertake an entirely private trip at a reasonable cost. Our Sherpa leaders are amply experienced and have led the countless number of trips to Island Peak.
Welcome to the historical Kathmandu City! Upon your arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed by a representative from Himalaya Land Treks at the airport. He will then escort you to your hotel located at the heart of the city. You’ll meet your trek guide and discuss the itinerary in detail.
You’ll embark on a scenic sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu City along with your tour guide. The tour begins with a visit to Swayambhunath, located atop the hill. You’ll also climb the 300+ steps to reach the top that offers one of the best panoramic views of the city. Afterward, you’ll drive towards Pashupatinath, a revered Hindu site in the entire country. After exploring the site, you’ll embark on a short drive towards Bouddha to witness the largest spherical Stupa in the world of Boudhanath. If time permits, you can explore few of the other UNESCO heritage sites around Kathmandu City as well, like the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
The day starts early as you have your breakfast and drive towards the airport. You’ll embark on a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. En route, you can catch the beautiful aerial sight of the forested hills of eastern Nepal. Once at Lukla, you’ll pack your bags and embark on the first day of the trek. A 3-4hr trek will take you towards Phakding village located just 11km from Lukla.
Leaving Phakding village, you’ll gradually begin trekking along the DudhKoshiRiver to reach Monjo. Monjo village serves as the gatewayto the Sagarmatha National Park. After obtaining the permit, you’ll begin traversing through the park while enjoying the exotic flora and fauna of the region. A short trek from here will take you towards the uphill trail that leads directly toNamche Bazaar (3440m). Overnight at Namche.
As you're already above 3000 meters, it is essential that you spend the day acclimatizing before advancing. You can enjoy this free time to explore the valley and make a short hike towards the nearby villages of Khumjung and Khunde. Khumjung village is home to Khumjung monastery that is known to have preserved the supposed scalp and limb of a Yeti inside a glass jar. You can choose to visit the largest school in the region at Khunde before heading back to Namche as well.
Leaving Namche, you’ll continue climbing the stone-steps going along the DudhKoshi River towards PhunkiTenga. From here, the trail ascends through the rocky terrain to reach Tengboche. Tengboche will welcome you with the beautiful sight of Ama Dablam (6856m) in the distance. It is also home to the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the entire region
After visiting the Tengboche monastery, you’ll begin trekking downhill through the forested path towards ImjaKhola. After crossing the river, the path rises steadily and climbs towardsPangboche. Pangboche village lies directly opposite to the Ama Dablam(6856m). A further two hours of the hike will bring you to the Pheriche village. Overnight stay at the guest house at Pheriche.
You’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Pheriche and give your body a much-needed break. However, you won’t remain idle. You’ll make a short hike towards Tshola Tsho, located just below the Cholatse (6335m) and the Taboche (6367m). You can climb onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche that offers the best view of the Imja Valley and Mt. Lhotse (8516m). Afterward, you’ll head down to Pheriche village.
Leaving Pheriche, you’ll begin trekking up the wide valley overlooking the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. You’ll make a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and have lunchat Duglha. You will find numerous Mani stones, prayers flags, and memorial dedicated to the climbers en route to Lobuche village. The trail climbs gently along the glacier to reach Lobuche.
Leaving Lobuche, you’ll begin ascending the rocky trail going all the way to Gorakshep. Gorakshepvillage serves as the transit to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. A comparatively easier trail, you will ascend to Gorakshep and take a turn right to head towards Everest Base Camp. A short hike will take you to the base camp located just beside the Khumbu Glacier. After exploring the site, you’ll make your way back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
The day begins early as you leave Gorakshep and make a short hike towards Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is one of the popular landmarks in the Everest region that offers a panoramic view of the entire valley along with the close view of the Mt. Everest (8848m). After exploring the site, you’ll make your way back to Gorakshep. After having your breakfast, you’ll begin heading down towards Lobuche village.
Leaving Lobuche village, you'll begin descending the moraines and make way towards the Kongma La Pass (5535m). One of the highest mountain passes in the Everest region, it can be quite difficult to cross the Kongma La. You’ll cross the Khumbu Glacier and head uphill towards Kongma La Pass. From the top, you can catch the beautiful sight of the ChhukungRi (5550m) and Chhukung Glacier. Afterward, you’ll begin descending along the snowy and rocky trail to reach Chhukung village located at the base of the ChhukungRi.
Leaving Chhukung village, you’ll begin climbing steeply up the southeast trail to enter the Chhukung Valley. You'll continue trekking along the pleasant path. One of the turns leads to the AmphuLapcha Pass (5845m). However, you’ll take a different route and head north towardsthe Lhotse glacier moraines. A short distance from here laysthe Island Peak Base Camp where you’ll set up the tent for the overnight stay.
Today is the big day as you make your way to the summit of Island Peak. You’ll wake up approximately at 2 am and have your breakfast. Afterward, you’ll prepare your backpack and begin the climb to the summit. The initial ascent is comparatively easy, but you may encounter difficulties crossing the numerous crevasses before arriving at the right side of the gully leading to the top. The steep trail goes along a ridgeline towards the exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. Once at the top, you can relish in the magnificent sights of some of the pristine Himalayan peaks- namely the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Makalu (8475m), before heading down to Chhukung village.
A contingency day is kept in hand in case you fail to climb the peak the earlier day due to bad weather or other difficulties. If you’ve already climbed the summit, you can consider heading down towards Tengboche village
Leaving Chhukung village, you'll begin trekking away from Chhukung Glacier and make your way down towards the DudhKoshi Valley. A short distance from here lays Dingboche. From Dingboche, you’ll begin descending the valley and cross the KhumbuKhola. You’ll eventually cross the ImjaKhola before reaching Deboche. A short trek through the forests of birches, oak, and rhododendron will lead you back to the Tengboche village.
Leaving Tengboche, you’ll continue traversing along the DudhKoshi valley to reach PhunkiTenga. From here, the trail descends along rocky terrain and through stone steps towardsNamche Bazaar. You can choose to shop around the place and visit the popular restaurants around Namche before resting for the night.
You’ll leave Namche Bazaar and begin heading towards Monjo village. At Monjo, you’ll exit the Sagarmatha National Park and trek downhill towards Phakding. A short trek from Phakding will lead you to Lukla. Once at Lukla, you can enjoy celebrating the end of the trek with your guide and colleagues.
You’ll bid farewell to Lukla and catch the last glimpses of the mountains before heading back to Kathmandu. A short flight will take you over the lush hills of Nepal towards the historical Kathmandu city. You can catch the scenic aerial sight of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu from the flight. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted back to your hotel. At the end of the day, you will participate on a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks.
Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport today so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. You will leave for the airport approx. 2 hours early. On the way, you can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us.
With a challenging geographical structure and unpredictable climate, internal flight delays are quite frequent, especially so in the Himalayan regions of the country. The flights are even canceled if the weather conditions worsen. As such, we advise you to travel to Nepal during autumn and spring seasons. These seasons offer the most stable of climatic conditions and see far fewer flight delays and cancellations. We also recommend the travelers to include a few extra days in their travel itineraries as contingencies. You should also be careful to get travel insurance to cover the additional expenses due to these conditions.
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