Walk to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world on the epic trail that many successful Everest Summiteers have taken since Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of the Everest, Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand in 1953. Adventurers’ dream of making it to the Everest base camp on foot is definitely a noble adventure idea and it becomes even livelier when Everest Base Camp is combined with a peak climbing. The climbing expedition of Island Peak which is 6189 meters above sea level is an incredible expedition adventure that takes you to the base camp of Everest and to the summit of this expedition peak which was first summited in the year 1956 by a Swiss Expedition as part of acclimatization and practice to their ascent of the Everest.
Island Peak which was named Imja Tse in the year 1983 is a very popular trekking peak in the Everest region in the Himalayas of Nepal. Although some climbing is involved, this peak is not a highly technical climbing peak. So to climb to the summit of Island peak, you do not necessarily have to be a seasoned climber. This is simply a trekking peak which can be summited without much of mountaineering skills and experience under the guidance of a climbing guide.
If you love the Himalayan adventure, this expedition trip is one of the best trips to experience the Himalayas. The trip brings you an excellent opportunity to experience the spectacular Himalayas on the Everest region taking you to the Everest Base Camp and eventually bringing the summit of six thousand meters mountain. You strong will power and sincere effort under the supervision and guidance of an expert mountain climbing guide only can bring this trip come true for you.
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
Stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 03: Phakding – Namche
The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here. The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.
Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown.
Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day
We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Namche – Tengboche
We walk to Tengboche today on an uphill trail to an even higher elevation today. We will be walking higher and higher on the trek for the next few days until we reach the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. On reaching Tengboche and checking into a teahouse, we can explore the surrounding and Tengboche Monastery.
Day 06: Tengboche – Dingboche
The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche is about 6 hours on a beautiful trail. We will walk past the beautiful mountain villages of Diboche and Pangboche which are also overnight stopover places in some of the trips. We walk on the trail across a river called Imja and reach Pangboche where we will have a short break to visit Pangboche monastery. After walking some distance on the Imja valley we finally start the ascent to Dingboche, the stopover place for today.
Day 07: Acclimatization Day
As part of the acclimatization process on the high altitude climate, we are going to stay overnight at Dingboche today. We will hike up to a view point ridge behind Dingboche to find a spectacular view of high soaring mountain peaks including Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. Several other mountain peaks are also visible from the point we hike to. Later, we hike down to Dingboche and relax.
Day 08: Dingboche – Lobuche
We walk to Lobuche today after breakfast. Our walk today passes along the glacial moraine on Khumbu glacier. The walk will bring various mountain peaks into our view. The walk with the view of several spectacular mountains is worth the effort it takes.
Stay overnight at Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp
We walk to Gorakshep from Lobuche today. The trail traverses up and down on the mountains and glacial moraine. Once we reach Gorakshep, we take lunch at the tea house we are staying tonight and proceed towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the epic base of the highest mountain in the world. We walk to the new base camp of the Everest which is different than the old one where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventure journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world.
After spending some quality time at the base camp, from where we can inhale fresh air from stunning mountains of Pumori, Khumbutse and Nuptse, we start our way back to Gorakshep for the stay overnight.
Day 10: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5543m – Lobuche
We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar at the elevation of 5545 meters above, which is also the highest elevation gain on this trek, for an excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. Later we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day on the way back down to Lobuche to stay our overnight there.
Day 11: Lobuche – Kongma La 5535m – Chhukung 4730m
About seven hours of walk today takes us to Chhukung via a high Himalayan pass of Kongma La which is 5535 meters in elevation. This route to Chhukung is the most suitable one as it takes us via a high pass which gives us good acclimatization for the summit of the island peak. The walk today goes along the Khumbu glacier towards the Kongma La pass passing through its base at the elevation of 5000 meters above sea level. After crossing the cairn marked Kongma La pass, we start our descent towards Imja Khola valley and further to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
At Chhukung, we get ourselves ready double checking our equipment to our Island summit attempt in a couple of days.
Day 12: Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp 5,200m
The walk to the base camp of Island Peak today takes us along the Lhotse glacial moraine. Although a short walk of about four hours today, we go through such a diverse range of terrains with beautiful scenic views along the glacial moraine and river valley. After mapping the beautiful winding trail, we eventually reach the base of Island Peak at the elevation of 5,200 meters above sea level to spend our night there.
Day 13: Pre-Climbing Orientation and Acclimatization Day
We spend the whole day today at the base camp. We will have a full day to prepare ourselves for the adventure that lays ahead of us for tomorrow. We will talk about all the climbing techniques and use of climbing equipment. As a group adventure, we will feel motivated by the expectation of each other in the group, their skills and determination for the adventure. Doing so, the day will allow us ample time to well acclimatize for the summit attempt.
Stay overnight at the Island peak base camp.
Day 14: Base Camp – Summit 6189 m – Base Camp
The day for us starts really early today soon after the midnight. The big day to climb Island peak which is also known as Imja Tse has come. We are going to set our feet on the path that a Swiss climbing team had successfully put in the year 1953. We begin our climb through sandy trail and proceed ahead on some grassy trail before we meet the trail filled with boulders. We tirelessly keep our spirit high and effort up to go higher toward the stunning summit. As we move higher ahead we feel the narrowing of the mountain trail before it turns completely into a snowy ridgeline and then leads us to the summit glacier. The glacier part is the trickiest part of the climb as it has several crevasses. We need to be roped up to walk along the glacier towards the summit. After the ropes are set, we begin our walk on the final section towards the summit. Eventually, after the strenuous effort and dodged will power, the summit of the Island peak is blessed to us. We celebrate the achievement of the peak, enjoy some quality time at the peak and take pictures before making our way down towards the base camp.
We stay our overnight at the base camp after the successful adventure.
Day 15: Island Base Camp – Pangboche 3985m
We walk to Pangboche village today. To our relief, we are walking back to a lower elevation after our successful Island peak summit ascent. While walking to Pangboche, we will be able to experience the Sherpa culture in a deeper level as we walk past the Sherpa villages of Shomare and Orsho. When we reach Pangboche village after about six hours of walk, we find ourselves surrounded by the stunning mountains of Everest from the north, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Ama Dablam from the east and Kongde from the south. The scenic beauty of the village adds more to our joy and excitement of achievement of walking to the base of the highest mountain in the world and summiting the Island peak.
Stay overnight at Pangboche.
Day 16: Pangboche – Namche 3440m
We take our breakfast at our lodge in Pangboche and start the trek for the day to Namche. The walk takes us via Tengboche where we can visit a monastery and explore the surround for a while until our lunch is ready. After lunch at Tengboche, we start our descent towards Namche bazar through beautiful serene forested area full of juniper and rhododendron trees. Following the trail along the Dudh Koshi river gorge, we still continue further down towards our destination for today. Our day will be even more beautiful if we get chance to see some wildlife during our walk. On reaching Namche after around five hours of walk, we check into a lodge and relax.
Stay overnight at Namche bazar.
Day 17: Namche – Lukla 2860m
Today we map the Everest trail all the way back down to Lukla. We take the same trail we took to go up and come across several suspension bridges and walk past several local villages. Dudh Koshi River flow adds more beauty on the trail and makes the walk more enjoyable. And we eventually reach the town of Lukla where our trek to the Everest Base Camp comes to end.
We bid farewell to our supporting crew members expressing our thankfulness for everything they did to take us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak and bring us back safely. We stay overnight at Lukla today waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu
We take another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. Before boarding the plane, we will have a look on the Everest region and be grateful for offering us such incredible days which will stay in memory forever. The flight takes us back to the chaotic charm of Kathmandu. We reach hotel; check in and spend the day at leisure or find some massage, yoga etc. to rejuvenate our somewhat tired body.
Day 19: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 20: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.
• Airport drop and pick up.
• 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
• Lodging and fooding during the trek.
• Welcome and farewell dinners.
• Trekking guide, assistant guide, and poters with their salary.
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• Medical kit
• All government and local taxes
Nepal Visa fee
• International flight ticket both ways Kathmandu to home.
• If early come back to Kathmandu or late due to any reason, then the hotel charges will be personal expenses.
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters