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Everest Base Camp with Island Peak

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak

21 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Challenging

    Obviously we hope to fulfill our objectives but realistically we can only guarantee start and finish times with these treks. The treks are limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness and a sense of humor, with high tolerance levels. During the trek you may have to cross snow-covered passes in very remote areas and/or climb up to 6,000m in altitude. All our peak climbing and expeditions fall under this section.

    Challenging

  • Trip Code: ATH403
  • Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November & December
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: Everest and Island Peak
  • Trip Route: Lukla-Namche Bazar-Tengboche-Lobuche--EBC-Island Peak-Namche Bazar-Lukla
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trekking and Tented camp Stay at Island Peak Base Camp
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking, Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe
  • Max. Altitude:
    6,187 m /20293.36 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 1 pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hr walking, minimum 12 hrs walking on the climbing day
  • Trip Category: Everest Region
  • Trip Highlight

    • Exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu
    • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
    • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
    • Visiting Tengboche Monastery
    • Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall
    • Everest Base Camp, walking on the Khumbu glacier, Climbing Kalapattar
    • Attempting Island Peak

This professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton's who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as "Imja Tse" in Sherpa Name.

We take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.

We continue trek to Tengboche Pheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorak shep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, some climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

If you are looking for longer trip to Island Peak then our 25 days Everest High passes and Island Peak Adventure is Great Option OR if you are looking for shorter trip then our only 17 days Island Peak Adventure is option for you.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02  - Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 03  - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 04  - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05  - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06  - Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07  - Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08  - Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09  - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10  - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) & Back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) - 8 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11  - Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning & Trek Down to Periche (4,200 m) - 7 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 12  - Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13  - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 14  - Summit Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chhukung (4,750 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 15  - Spare Day (In Case of Bad Weather). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 16  - Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 17  - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 18  - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 19  - Morning Flight Back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 20  - Rest Day & Farwell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 21  - Transfer to Airport for Flight Departure. 

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla 

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. 

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler's cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org