Island Peak is mostly non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills required to achieve the ascent. These skills will be taught or revisited during the early stages of the climb. During the trip you will get to experience altitude firsthand while getting to appreciate the inner workings of an expedition to a peak in the Himalaya.

The trip initiates in Kathmandu where we enjoy the diversity of this ancient city before embarking on a flight into the alpine village of Lukla, the entranceway to the Everest region.

We approach the mountain following the wide trails of the Khumbu Valley, famous for its fascinating villages and hospitable inhabitants.

An excellent first expedition objective, this ascent will satisfy your desire to experience Himalayan Climbing. Non-climbing friends and family can also join the Khumbu Trek that travels alongside the climbing team.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your Kasthamandap boutique hotel, Thamel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing
Kathmandu Valley is probably one of the most interesting cultural valleys with superb blend of Hinduism and Buddhism and mega edifices dedicated to deities of these religions. Moreover, the historic courtyards and palaces inside Kathmandu are artistically fascinating, which date back to ancient and medeival eras.

Firstly we will visit to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus- Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is an abode of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba). The sights of cremating deads most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati is offbeat cultural experience. From Pashupatinath we drive to nearby Buddhanath, the biggest Buddhist monastery in Asia- This Stupa is one of the holy Stupas for the entire Nepalese. You can circumambulate around this mega shrine clockwise to witness authentic Tibetan culture scattered everywhere at Boudhanath.

Next, we visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old Royal palace of Kathmandu where we can see lot of temples built in different eras by different kings. The home to Kumari (Living goddess) manifests extremely fascinating architecture and walk in a freak street nearby reminds of Hippy era in Kathmandu.

Day 03:Fly to Lukla (35 mins flight) and trek to Phakding 3-3.5 hrs trek
Altitude: Lukla- 2800m, Phakding-2650 (B/L/D)
We drive to airport early in the morning to take our flight to Lukla. The scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla caters the panorama of the peaks of Langtang, Rolwaling and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is a thrilling adventure. Instantly, after making the final arrangement for the Island Peak Climbing, we kick off. Trekking 200m downhill to Thado Koshi River, we cross the suspension bridge over it. The view of Mt. Kusum Kangru looming dramatically to the East is wonderful view from the bridge. Beyond the bridge the trek begins to gain altitude gradually to Ghat. Ghat is a Buddhist Village with wonderful Black Mani walls engraved with prayers in white. The final push from Ghat through scattered viallges and yak herder’s camps brings us to Phakding. The first day of Island Peak Climbing Adventure ends at Phakding.Explore remaining with this local village. Overnight at Mt. Lodge.

Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar 6-7 hrs trek Altitude: 3440m (B/L/D)
The Island Peak Climbing Adventure today crosses suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River five times. The first bridge we cross comes after five minutes of walk from our hotel in Namche. Crossing it we trek through the forested trail on the left bank of the river for 35 minutes to Taktak. Exiting out of Taktak we get to see the magnificent view of Mt. Thameserku 6608m. Almost thirty minutes of gentle walk brings us to Banker. We cross the second bridge over Dudh Koshi River while making our way out of Banker. Trekking on the right bank of the river on the stony trail that goes uphill and down like the waves in the ocean, we arrive to Monjo. Walking through the typical Sherpa Village, we arrive to the Entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Trek downhill for twenty minutes on the stony trail to the river, cross the third bridge and arrive to Jorsale, where we stop for the lunch.

Post lunch, we cross the fourth bridge and trek along the right bank of the river for forty minutes to arrive at Larja Doban. At Larja Doban we sight the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. There are two elevated bridges at Larja Doban. We cross the higher one and begin the uphill climb on the stony trail towards Namche. Almost after 1 and half hour of trek we arrive to Top Danda. Savoring the first view of Everest from Top Danda, we trek uphill for the next ninety minutes through pine forest to Namche.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar- Rest and Acclimatize Altitude: 3440m (B/L/D)
Rest day during trek means to hike to higher elevation and trek down back for proper acclimatization. Today we will walk up to the Everest view Hotel, which lies at the altitude of 3880m (440m higher than Namche). 2.5 hours of uphill hike on the stony trails of open hill brings us to Everest View Hotel. Savor the views of Thameserku, Kusum Kangru, Kantega, Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam among others from the site. Trekking down back to Namche on the same trail is easy 1.5 hrs walk.

Rest of the time you may just explore Namche Bazaar, visit its Sherpa museum- a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and if this happens to be Saturday, you would have a wonderful local market (Hatt Bazaar) at Namche Bazaar. It is interesting and a wonderful experience to understand how the locals exchange their goods or buy the necessary stuffs from the market itself. Namche Bazaar, itself is a tourist shopping hub with all the required trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. O/N at Namche.

Day 06:Trek to Tengboche 6 hrs trek Altitude: 3867m (B/L/D)
We begin the trek with the uphill walk to emerge out of Namche. Thirty minute walk along the twisted trail savoring the views of Everest, we arrive to Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa. Almost two hours of walk on the open hillside from the stupa brings us to Kyangjuma. The view of Dudh Koshi River Valley from Kyangjuma is exceptional. 300m downhill trek through the pine forest from Kayngjuma brings us to Phungitenga, where we have our lunch. Post lunch we cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and begin the uphill climb to Tengboche. The first one and half hour uphill walk to Tengboche is tougher along the stony trails whereas, the next one hour is a pleasant and gradula climb through the beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. Tengboche, one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya, is famous for its amazing views of Ama Dablam Mountain at the backdrop of Tengboche monastery itself. The Tengboche monastery is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries of Khumbu region, your guide will take you to see this monastery surroundings, chant with Buddhist monks, enjoy the praying ceremony. O/N at Tengboche.

Day 07:Trek to Dingboche 6 hrs trek Altitude: 4375m (B/L/D)
Breakfast at Tyangboche, then will start walking of this day. The trail descends down winding through the rhododendron forest to Devoche. Crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River beyond Devoche, we hug the valley wall, and then traverse to the plains of Pangboche village which is the biggest Sherpa village of Khumbu. Here we have great chance to see the typical Sherpa people, culture and traditions. We will take a short hike to the monastery over to hill at Pangboche- probably the oldest monastery of Khumbu. Then, we walk thirty minutes through the village and hike for an hour through the open valley to Somare 4040m. Somare is the treeline border during high altitude treks in Everest Region. We have our lunch at Somare and then begin the real adventure of trekking in Everest Region. Climbing gradually on a uphill trail through the glacial moraines and yak grazing lands for two and half hours we arrive to Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 5 hrs trek Altitude: 4900m (B/L/D)
From this day onward, the trek is gradual up hill; due to the altitude it is harder and tough. However for two and half hours until reaching to Dungla, we walk mostly on the leveled trail that winds through yak herders shelters and grazing lands. At Dughla, we have short breather and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. One hour of uphll climb from Dughla brings us to Dugh-La Pass 4620m, which has the memorials of famous climbers who lost their lives during Everest Expedition. The memorials here include of Scott Fisher and Babu Chiri Sherpa. From the pass the Everest Base Camp Trek now winds on the trail beside Khumbu Glacier for almost an hour to Lobuche. From Lobuche we see the best views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumori and the Nuptse. O/N at Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep & to Everest Base Camp – trek back to Gorekshep 7-8 hrs trek, Altitude: Gorakshep- 5180m, Everest Base Camp 5360m (B/L/D
The first hour of the trek today is an easy walk on the leveled trail. Then we climb up for 25 minutes or so follwed by next thrity minutes of easy hike to catch the glacial moraines of Mt. Pumori all the way to Gorakshep. Though it is quite early to have lunch at Gorakshep, we will have light lunch before kicking off the adventurous walk to Everest Base Camp.

Post lunch the walk of your lifetime to Everest Base Camp begins. Two and half hours of up and down trek on the glacial moraines extended from Khumbu Icefall is an adventurous roller coaster. Going down to the glacier crossing half of it all the way to Everest Base Camp is amazing fun walking. At Everest Base witness the colorful tents of Expedition Groups if it is peak season of climbing. Take enough photographs and feel the world’s highest summit from the nearest proximity possible. At the latter half of the day trek back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Day 10:Trek to Gorakshep & to Everest Base Camp – trek back to Gorekshep 7-8 hrs trek Altitude: Gorakshep- 5180m, Everest Base Camp 5360m (B/L/D)
The first hour of the trek today is an easy walk on the leveled trail. Then we climb up for 25 minutes or so follwed by next thrity minutes of easy hike to catch the glacial moraines of Mt. Pumori all the way to Gorakshep. Though it is quite early to have lunch at Gorakshep, we will have light lunch before kicking off the adventurous walk to Everest Base Camp.

Post lunch the walk of your lifetime to Everest Base Camp begins. Two and half hours of up and down trek on the glacial moraines extended from Khumbu Icefall is an adventurous roller coaster. Going down to the glacier crossing half of it all the way to Everest Base Camp is amazing fun walking. At Everest Base witness the colorful tents of Expedition Groups if it is peak season of climbing. Take enough photographs and feel the world’s highest summit from the nearest proximity possible. At the latter half of the day trek back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Day 11:Trek to Chhukung 2.5- 3 hrs trek Altitude: 4,730m (B/L/D)
Our walk today is easy. We walk up for 15 minutes and take a smooth way till to Dingboche for lunch. Then, we hike nother 2 hours to reach Chhukung. Upon on arrival in Chhukung, our climbing guide will check your climbing equipments and brief island peak summit plan. Over night at Chhukung.

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base camp 3-4 hrs trek Altitude: 5,200m (B/L/D)
Today after the breakfast, our Island Peak Climbing Adventure begins. We exit out of the village and climb steeply up to the south turn east to enter the main trail into Chhukkung Valley. Continue short pleasant walking along a streamside that leads to the Big –rock. At this point, the route to the Amphu Lapcha Pass stretches on the southeast direction; however, we tread the trail on the north. A moderately challenging trail cross passesImja and Lhotse glacier moraines that leads you to a wide valley flanking Island peak where we will set up our base camp for over night at tented camp.

Day 13:Trek to Island Peak High Camp 2-3 hrs trek Altitude: 5,600m/B/LD This morning we pack our camping stuffs and we’ll head towards the High camp from where we start our Island Peak Climbing Adventure. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enters a steep rock channel nearby where we’ll overnight at camp. This is where our guide will fix crampons on your climbing boots and re-check the entire climbing group and personal equipment once again for better safety. If required, you may learn last minute climbing technique with our climbing Sherpa at this stage. If possible, you will be also taken for the ice/rock climbing near by but subject to the availability. Over night at High Camp

Day 14: Island Peak summit & return back to Chhukung 8- 10 hrs trek Altitude: At Island Peak summit 6,189m/20,305ft & Chhukung 4750m/15500ft B/LD
Early morning through the rock gully; we start our climb. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the drain. The route follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m/330ft snow and ice slope (40-45 degree) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. You can enjoy with success of getting a summit and after taking some pictures and savoring the scenic view you will descend all the way to Chhukung for over night at tea house.

Day 15: Chhukung to Tengboche 4-5 hrs trek Altitude: 3,867m B/L/D The trek comes down from Chukkung following towards Panboche. After this, we take a same trail back which is used to trek up. The trail comes all the way down to river. We cross the river and take an hour walk up through the forest to reach Tengboche. And over night at lodge.

Day 16: Trek back to Namche 6-7 hrs trek Altitude: 3440m (B/L/D
From Tengboche trek back along the main trail of Everest Base Camp Trek, then retrace on the trail back to Namche. O/N at Namche.

Day 17: Trek back to Lukla 6-7 hrs trek Altitude: 2800m (B/L/D
After the breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continue walking over several local villages and most of walking is through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings. Upon reaching at Lukla, freshen up at your hotel and relax. Evening, you could have a party with your trekking crew as it is your celebration of successful Island Peak Climing also the last night in the Everest Region. O/N at Lukla.

Day 18:Fly back to Kathmandu, Altitude: 1400m (B/B)
Our flights is in the morning for Kathmandu from Lukla. After breakfast at Lukla hotel, you will check in to the airport and take your flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. You will have free time to relax, freshen up and rest. In the evening, we will meet you again, take you feedback of Island Peak Climbing and host a farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu. O/N at Kathmandu

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

  • International & domestic arrival/departure transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary on B/B basis
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit Fee
  • TIMS card
  • Full Board meals during trekking & climbing period
  • Twin share tent at base camp & high camp
  • All group climbing gear
  • Climbing Sherpa & a Nepali speaking guide
  • Porterage of all gear & client luggage
  • GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation costs
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Any Personal expenses like phone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, internet etc
  • Tips for Sherpa, cook, porters
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