Overview

This package is a perfect combination of two marvelous adventures found in the Khumbu region of Nepal: trekking and climbing.  You have the chance to take on both activities in a world-class environment. Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing includes all the highlights of the EBC Trek with a special added bonus.  Island Peak (6189m), locally known as Imja Tse, is the most popular climbing peak in Nepal.  The climb is challenging, but accessible enough that a beginner could participate.  In fact, it is often referred to as a ‘climbing peak,’ as it requires very little technical climbing.  Beginners and experienced climbers alike will enjoy this thrilling adventure.  

After a short, scenic flight from Lukla, we begin our journey through the Khumbu Valley, exploring its natural and cultural diversities. We enjoy our time in the Sherpa villages. The Sherpa ethnic group is known for their mountaineering skills as well as their neighborliness towards guests.  The trail to Everest Base Camp (5364m) is the standard trail found in the Everest Base Camp Trek.  We stay in Namche Bazaar, the trading and tourism center of the area, and Tengboche, home to the largest monastery of the region.  It is suggested to take our time in these places, not only to acclimate to the altitude, but also to enjoy their attractions and build excitement for the trek ahead.  From Tengboche, we follow our path through the pristine, striking alpine landscape.  The beautiful Sherpa villages along the way add much charm to our hike.  Who knows, maybe we’ll run into one of the many exotic species that inhabit Sagarmatha National Park.  

We eventually arrive at Everest Base Camp and feel a pure, natural Himalayan high.  It is necessary to spend some time taking in the incredible views of surrounding peaks and the notorious Khumbu Icefall.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand at the base of the world’s tallest mountain, so make sure you snap some photos.  Next, mentally prepare to climb Kala Patthar (5540m). The views from the top take our breath away.  We can see several of the world’s tallest peaks, as well as a clearer view of the Khumbu Glacial Valley.  Then, we reach Island Peak Base Camp (5200m) and stay there for the night.  We wake up the next morning full of anticipation to climb to the summit.  A hot drink and the sunrise over the mountains warm our spirits.  If the weather is bad, we may have to descend and try again the next day.  Following the icy trail of Island Peak, we reach the summit and are rewarded with mind-blowing views of the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8848m), as well as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Ama Dablam, and the surrounding peaks. The sights from the peak are unforgettable and well worth the challenge.  Following the same trail, we climb down to Island Peak Base Camp to sleep.  The following days, we trek at a leisurely pace all the way to Lukla. 

Climbing is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather with an awesome view.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek require fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness.  Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management, including Island Peak Climbing Permit. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Note: If you have done Everest Base Camp already or have only two weeks in Nepal and still looking for Island Peak climbing, please contact us. We can organize 12 days safe Island Peak Climbing from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

Unforgettable Island Peak Climbing experience in the Himalayas, non-technical and suitable for both novice and expert mountaineers

Constant mountain sceneries, from Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar to Island Peak

Explore Sherpa culture and religion at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, etc.

Extraordinary Himalayan views, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Ama Dablam

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
  • Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
  • Day 04: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), visit Tengboche monastery – 5 hours
  • Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) – 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5083m).
  • Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m). – 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164m), hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorakshep – 7-8 hours
  • Day 10: Hike to Kala Pattar (5540m) in the morning, backtrack to Lobuche – 6-7 hours
  • Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung Village (4730 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours.
  • Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp, 4 hours. Overnight at tent camp.
  • Day 13: Climb from Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6189m) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tent camp.
  • Day 14: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche, 5 hours.
  • Day 15: Trek from Pangboche to Namche, 6 hours.
  • Day 16: Trek from Namche to Lukla, 7 hours.
  • Day 17: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 18: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

Island Peak Climbing package includes accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included only during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2/3 star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability.  During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.  We spend two nights at Island Peak Base Camp in a tent. Our guide will fix the tent in a safe place.

Food

Everest region has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek and climbing period, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we will order our meals from teahouses.  While camping at Island Peak base camp, we will prepare the meals for you. After our successful Island peak climbing, we celebrate a happy moment within a typical Nepali restaurant at Thamel.

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek and the trail to Island Peak summit.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the Himalaya and are passionate about the trekking/ climbing industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking /climbing in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek and climbing ,our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two climbing guides.

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our peak climbing lead us high into the high Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our peak climbing have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for Island Peak Climbing. On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, this peak can be climbed with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the climbing. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going for Island Peak climbing.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for Island Peak Climbing in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.

Domestic Flights

Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days.  It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margins to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.  If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days.  In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.  Again, we recommend added a couple of extra days to your arrival and departure dates to prevent any problems.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your climbing.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m) – 30-minute flight, 2-3 hours trek
    Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu domestic airport. The views from the plane build our anticipation and excitement for our Island Peak Climbing. After landing, we are welcomed by our crew and the cool Himalayan breeze. We pass beautiful Sherpa villages, their agricultural fields, and many mani stones and prayer wheels. We see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we reach to Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6-7 hours
    After breakfast, we start to head to Namche Bazaar. Today we cross 4 suspension bridges, enjoying views of Thamserku. Following the Dudh Koshi River bank, we pass other small Sherpa villages, reaching Monjo and officially entering Sagarmatha National Park. We stop at Jorsalle village for lunch and continue along the riverbank through pine forests. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region and trek upwards. We catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 04: Acclimatization and exploration day in Namche Bazaar
    Wake up with a pleasant view of Mt. Kongde Ri as we have our breakfast. Today is our acclimatization day. In higher altitude, there is less oxygen in the air. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference. To help acclimatize, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. The supposed Yeti scalp at the monastery and the Everest Viewpoint are memorable moments of the hike. Also, from the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more pristine peaks. On the way down, we can stop at the world’s highest 5-star hotel and enjoy a cup of tea. Afterward, we explore Namche Bazaar. Namche is a major trade center in the Khumbu region and is densely populated by the Sherpa people. The city is bustling with trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the Island Peak Climbing. Bakeries, cafes, equipment stores, jewelry shops, and restaurants line the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3880m
  • Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), visit Tengboche monastery – 5 hours
    After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, we head to Tengboche. We warm up quickly on our steep ascent towards Tengboche. After about 25 min., we pass the museum once again and take in the views. We hike on the gentle flat trail to Kyanjuma, which is being built by Pasang Sherpa( legend of Everest base camp trail), and stop for lunch at Phungi Thanga. Now we reach a junction, and continuing on the EBC path, we hike up the steep trail. The rhododendron and pine forests, distract us during the strenuous hike. After a couple of hours, we arrive at Tengboche, which gives us awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain views. At the Tengboche monastery, there is a daily ritual at 6am and 3pm, which we can observe. The sunset over Mt. Everest from this little village is something you will never forget. Overnight at guest house.
    • Tengbuche Monastery
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3860m
  • Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) – 5-6 hours
    After breakfast, we continue along the gorgeous trail through the day at a leisurely pace. After walking half an hours on the downhill we reach a little village Debuche. We follow the birch forest for half an hours to the suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we walk with an awesome view of mt. Amadablam and the little chortens along the way. Then we reach a little beautiful village Pangboche, Where people stop on the way down from Everest Base Camp and those who want to hike up to Amadablam Base camp. We stop at Somare for lunch and after lunch, we head to Dingboche. The trail is gradually up but a bit windy and chilly with the cool breeze from the Himalaya. After walking about 2 hours from the lunch spot we arrive at Dingboche pass, from where we can see the first glimpse of Island Peak! Today, We do not walk for too long, though the altitude takes its toll, so it’s best to take it easy. Overnight at guest house.
    • Dingboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4410m
  • Day 07: Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche, hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5083m).
    Wake up face to face with the beautiful mountain Ama Dablam and have breakfast. With our day packs, we head up to Nagarjuna viewpoint. As we climb, the village in the distance looks beautiful, and we also have an awesome view of the Mt. Khangtega, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Though the viewpoint looks close, it normally takes about three hours one-way. At the top, we have the most incredible views. On the left, we see Cholatse Peak and Lake, and on the right, we see small blue glacier lakes at the bottom of Mt. Ama Dablam, as well as amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Island Peak, Chopolu (Holy mountain), Baruntse and Mera Peak. The six-hour roundtrip hike is well worth it. After the day hike, we have lunch and hang out around Dingboche. Overnight at guest house.
    • Dingboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5083m
  • Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m). – 4-5 hours
    We start our day and warm up our bodies with a 15-minute uphill hike towards Dhukla. The distance from Dingboche to Lobuche is short, but in the high altitude, we walk a bit slower than the previous days. After walking for a couple of hours on the gentle flat trail with views of the gorgeous Tawache and Cholatse Peak, we arrive at our lunch spot in Thukla. It is located at the bottom of the Khumbu Glacier tongue from where we can see the fresh glacier water flowing like a little river. After lunch, the trail is steep up to the Everest Memorials. These are monuments of those people who have lost their lives during Everest expeditions. After we visit this legendary place, we head to Lobuche through the gentle flat trail. The sunset view of Mt. Nuptse in the evening is splendid. Overnight at guest house.
    • Lobuche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4940m
  • Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164m), hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorakshep – 7-8 hours
    We wake up full of energy today, excited to make it to Everest Base Camp. We have breakfast earlier than previous days and head up to Gorakshep via Khumbu Glacier. The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. Sometimes we can see avalanches on Nuptse mountain (from a safe distance) and hear cracking sounds from the Khumbu Glacier while we are heading up to Gorakshep. After having lunch and dropping our bags off at Gorakshep, we head to Everest Base Camp with our day pack. The trail is a steep, rocky incline. Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, where we can see deadly Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori, though we cannot see Mt. Everest. In March and April, Everest Base Camp is full of colorful tents because of the different summit expedition groups. It is quite a sightseeing some of the best mountaineers preparing to take on the world’s highest mountain.
    • Gorakshep
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5364m
  • Day 10: Hike to Kala Pattar (5540m) in the morning, backtrack to Lobuche – 6-7 hours
    After waking up early in the morning, we begin our climb to Kala Patthar. The breath-taking view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many others right in front of us is incredible. After enjoying the view and taking some photos at Kala Patthar, we come back to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. After breakfast, we head down to Lobuche. The trail to Lobuche goes downhill via the Khumbu Glacier. On our way, we can visit the solar house. Overnight at guesthouse.
    • Lobuche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5540m
  • Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung Village (4730 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours.
    Today, we walk all the way to Chhukung, retracing our steps for a while. At a certain point, we start the new trail up to Chhukung village, which we find much less populated than the previous days. We are no longer on the Everest Base Camp Trek trail. We check in at one of the five or six accommodation facilities for the night. While resting, we make sure all of our gear is in tact and ready to go. Overnight in guest house.
    • Chukung Village
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5540m
  • Day 12: Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp, 4 hours. Overnight at tent camp.
    We’ve got an exciting day ahead of us, as we trudge closer and closer to Island Peak. Today’s destination is Island Peak Base Camp. After breakfast, we begin our journey. We don’t hike for a long time today, only about four hours, but we exert a lot of energy due to the altitude. We set up our camp and do some training before we attempt the climb. Overnight in tented camp.
    • Island Peak Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 5087m
  • Day 13: Climb from Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6189m) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tent camp.
    We begin the intense climb around 1 in the morning. First, we make sure our equipment is ready to go and have a breakfast. It is a sharp ascent for about three hours. When we reach the snowline, we prepare our gear and forge ahead. Our crampons hold us to the mountain, as without them we would be in much danger. From here, we have 5 hours of exhausting uphill until the summit. At the top, we have a celebration of hugs, photos, and smiles. We don’t have much time at the top, due to possible dangerous weather conditions, so savor these precious moments. Then, climb down to Base Camp, where we stop for the night.
    • Island Peak Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 6189m
  • Day 14: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche, 5 hours.
    Retracing our footsteps back to Dingboche, we are full of happiness after the thrilling climb. The trail is the same we took before, so keep an eye out for anything you may have missed on the way up. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Pangboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3985m
  • Day 15: Trek from Pangboche to Namche, 6 hours.
    In the morning, we have breakfast and head down to Namche Bazaar. After walking about one hour, we are on the trail that is shared with trekkers headed to Everest Base Camp. After lunch, we climb up to Kyanjuma for one and half hours and enjoy the gentle flat trail to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 16: Trek from Namche to Lukla, 7 hours.
    After having breakfast with gorgeous mountain views, we start head down to Lukla. We head down for half an hour while enjoying the last view of Mt. Everest and say bye to the mountains. We will cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages today before arriving in Lukla. After crossing the highest bridge, we walk another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after 2.5 hours of walking the beautiful trail through Sherpa settlements. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla!
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 17: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu.
    Have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Overnight in hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 18: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport. 

Two nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla. 

Island Peak Permit

Local guest house accommodation in mountain.

Government-authorized, experienced climbing guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters 

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Sagarmatha National Park entry fee

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary