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17 Nights 18 Days
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Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Climb Details

Everest Base Camp and Island Peak climbing is a dream adventure for many outdoor lovers, offering a mixture of trekking through breathtaking landscapes and mountaineering challenges.

The Everest base camp and island peak expedition begin with a trek to Everest Base Camp, a renowned destination at the foot of the world’s tallest Mountain. Trekking through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and rugged terrain, adventurers gradually ascend to the base camp and Kala Pattar, greeted by panoramic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks.

After Everest Base Camp, climbers then set their trek to Imja Valley for Island Peak summit, an Island peak also known as Imja Tse, a majestic peak standing at 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) above sea level. The ascent of Island Peak requires basic technical skills and physical endurance. Climbers must pass through crevassed glaciers, steep ice slopes, and rocky terrain, all within the high altitude and unpredictable mountain weather.

Reaching the Everest base camp and Island Peak summit is a momentous achievement, rewarded by awe-inspiring panoramas of the Everest region. From the summit, climbers are treated to unparalleled views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and other towering peaks, stretching across the horizon in a magnificent panorama. The accomplishment and excitement accompanying standing atop Island Peak is unmatched, making the expedition an unforgettable experience.

Journey throughout the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak, adventurers are supported by experienced guides and Sherpa staff who provide guidance, assistance, and encouragement every step of the way. Together, they form a supportive team, united by a shared passion for exploration and a determination to conquer the challenges of the Himalayas.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • Lukla flights both way
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Twin sharing accommodation arrival to departure.
  • Climbing guide including all the necessary climbing gears

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Everest Base Camp trek and Island Peak climbing is a demanding yet massively rewarding adventure that offers a unique opportunity to test your limits, immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas, and forge lasting memories. Proper preparation, determination, and the support of experienced guides can be the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s what you can expect from this challenging journey:

  • Physical Challenge: Expect a physically demanding journey, starting off Everest Base Camp and island peak climb, which involves hiking for several days at high altitudes. The ascent of Island Peak requires some mountaineering skills including the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes to navigate glaciers and need more endurance.
  • High Altitude: Prepare for the effects of high altitude, such as decreased oxygen levels and altitude sickness. Acclimatization days are built into the itinerary to help climbers adjust gradually to the thin air, reducing the risk of altitude-related health issues.
  • Stunning Scenery: On the journey of Everest base camp and Island peak, Anticipate awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan landscape, including snow-capped peaks, valleys, and pristine glaciers. Along the trek to Everest Base Camp and during the climb of Island Peak, trekkers are treated to breathtaking panoramas that showcase the natural beauty of the khumbu region.
  • Variable Weather Conditions: Be ready for changing weather conditions on Everest base camp and island peak journey which can range from clear skies to snowstorms and high winds. Flexibility is key, as weather conditions may impact the timing of the climb and the overall itinerary. Experienced guides will monitor weather forecasts and make informed decisions to ensure safety.
  • Technical Climbing Sections: Prepare for technical climbing sections during the ascent of Island Peak, including steep ice slopes and rocky terrain. Climbers must be capable in basic mountaineering techniques and comfortable using specialized equipment under the guidance of experienced climbing leaders.
  • Sense of Achievement: Look forward to the sense of achievement and fulfillment that comes with reaching Everest Base Camp and Island Peak summit. Standing at the base of the world's highest peak and conquering a challenging Himalayan summit are milestones that leave climbers with a deep sense of accomplishment and memories to last a lifetime.
Itinerary
Please note that Everest base camp and island peak climbing itinerary is a general guideline and may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, group pace, and individual preferences. It's essential to consult with your trekking agency (Sali Trekking) to customize the itinerary according to your needs and preferences. Additionally, travel insurance is highly recommended for this adventure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

Day 1Arrival Kathmandu (1350M)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be warmly greeted by our representative who will be holding a placard with your name and you’ll be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once you arrive at your hotel, our representative will assist you with the check-in process. Same time there will be a trip briefing and get ready for a big adventure.

Day 2Fly To Lukla And Trek To Phakding (2,652m)

Your journey begins with an early morning flight to Lukla. The scenic flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas before landing on the short and thrilling runway at Lukla. Upon arrival, at Lukla, have some hot drinks repack your duffle bag and hand-carry bag than begin your trek to Phakding. The trek descends gently through picturesque Sherpa villages, crossing several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking covering 8km distance, you’ll reach the quaint village of Phakding, situated at an altitude of around 2,610 meters.

Day 3phakding To Namche Bazaar(3,440 M)

The trek from Phakding begins along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River,  and crosses multiple suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge, offering stunning views of the river and surrounding landscapes. The trail passes through Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, where permits are checked, and continues the trek to Jorsale. After Jorsale, the trail follows the river before a steep 600-meter ascent to Namche Bazaar, with a vantage point halfway up providing the first views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, after a 6-7-hour walk covering a 12 km distance, trekkers find themselves in the heart of the Sherpa community, with various amenities and serving as a vital acclimatization stop for those heading further into the Everest region.

Day 4Acclimatization Day In Namche Bazaar

After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, the trail set off ascends steeply through pine forests, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. 20 minutes of the hike, you’ll reach a viewpoint with panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. After the viewpoint, continue the hike to the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest hotels in the world, where you can take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while soaking in the breathtaking views. And then, retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar, appreciating the stunning mountain scenery at a more relaxed pace. Spend the afternoon exploring Namche Bazaar, enjoying its cafes and bakeries. This acclimatization hike to Everest View Hotel is essential for adjusting to higher altitudes and provides stunning views and insights into Sherpa culture, preparing you for your journey towards Everest Base Camp.

Day 5Namche Bazaar To Debuche (3,800 M)

Begin your trek from Namche Bazaar after breakfast, following a relatively flat trail with stunning views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After about two hours, you’ll reach Kyangjuma, where the path forks towards either Gokyo Valley or Everest Base Camp. Continue towards Everest Base Camp, passing through pine forests and rhododendron bushes, descending to Phunki Tenga (3,250 meters / 10,663 feet) to cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. From here, a steep uphill climb leads to Tengboche, home to a renowned monastery worth visiting. The trail then gently descends through birch, juniper, and rhododendron forests to Debuche, a quieter spot with a few lodges and a nunnery, offering a peaceful retreat surrounded by nature. The trek from Namche -Debuche covers a distance of approximately 13 km and typically takes around 5-6 hours to complete.

Day 6Debuche to Dingboche (4410m)

The trek begins through rhododendrons and pine forests, crossing the Imja Khola River via a suspension bridge and passing through the charming village of Pangboche, the oldest in the Khumbu region. The trail continues uphill, offering magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other Himalayan peaks, as you pass Mani walls and chortens before reaching Shomare, a small settlement with a few teahouses. The path gradually ascends through open alpine meadows, and yak pastures becoming more rugged as you climb higher. Before reaching Dingboche, the trail crosses the Khumbu Khola bridge and ascends through stone-walled pastures. As you approach Dingboche, the landscape becomes more barren, but the views of the surrounding peaks are breathtaking. The trek from Debuche to Dingboche covers approximately 9 km and typically takes around 5-6 hours.

Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Acclimatization is crucial for a successful trek in the high altitudes of the Everest region. Dingboche, at 4,410 meters, offers an excellent opportunity for this before ascending further. Begin your hike from Dingboche after breakfast, starting with a steep ascent that rewards you with increasingly impressive panoramic views of the Imja Valley and peaks like Ama Dablam. Maintain a slow and steady pace, taking short breaks and hydrating frequently to avoid altitude sickness. The trail becomes steeper as you go higher, so listen to your body and ascend gradually. Spend time at the peak, enjoying the views and capturing photographs, then descend back to Dingboche with caution on the steeper sections. Return to your lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon resting, hydrating, and preparing for the next leg of your trek.

Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)

Starting from Dingboche, nestled in stunning mountain vistas, the trail gradually ascends towards Thukla, passing through yak pastures and stone-walled fields. As you continue, you’ll cross the treacherous Khumbu Glacier terminal moraine, marked by memorials to climbers who lost their lives on Everest. The trail then climbs steeply to Lobuche, offering breathtaking views of peaks like Ama Dablam and Tawoche along the way. Upon reaching Lobuche, trekkers can rest and soak in the serene atmosphere before continuing their adventure towards Everest Base Camp or Gorak Shep the following day.

Day 9Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) and hike to Everest base camp (5364m)

The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp is an exhilarating journey that typically takes about 6-7hours. Starting from Lobuche, trekkers follow a trail that gradually ascends through rocky terrain and moraines, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. As you approach Gorak Shep, the landscape becomes more rugged, with barren terrain and scattered boulders. Gorak Shep serves as the last stop for accommodation before reaching Everest Base Camp. After a short rest in Gorak Shep, trekkers continue their journey to Everest Base Camp, trekking over the Khumbu Glacier moraine. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Khumbu Icefall and the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Everest itself. After soaking in the awe-inspiring scenery and capturing memories, trekkers return to Gorak Shep for an overnight.

Day 10

The trek from Gorakshep to Dingboche is a scenic journey that typically takes around 6 to 7 hours, covering a distance of approximately 12 to 14 kilometers. Starting from Gorakshep, descend back down to Lobuche and continue trekking down to Imja Valley. The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Dingboche, situated at an altitude of around 4,410 meters, serves as a popular stopover for trekkers on their way to the island peak.

Day 11Dingboche to Chhukung 4,730 meters

The trek from Dingboche to Chhukung spans 6 kilometers and can typically be completed in 2 to 3 hours. This scenic route showcases panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and follows the picturesque Imja River, winding through yak pastures, quaint villages, and breathtaking alpine landscapes. It’s a rewarding journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Everest region, offering a chance to marvel at stunning mountain scenery along the way.

Day 12Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m)

The trek from Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp combines breathtaking Himalayan scenery with the exhilaration of high-altitude hiking. Beginning in Chukung, trekkers follow a picturesque path that winds through challenging terrain, crossing glacial moraines and rocky trails. As the trail ascends, panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and pristine valleys unfold, while encounters with yak herders and Sherpa communities offer insights into mountain life. The journey ends at Island Peak Base Camp, nestled at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) beneath the towering peak of Island Peak (Imja Tse). Trekkers prepare for the ascent, soaking in the tranquil ambiance. The trek typically spans 7 kilometers and takes 3 to 4 hours an average.

Day 13Island Peak Base Camp to the summit (6,189m) and Back to Chukung (4730m)

The ascent from Island Peak Base Camp to the summit usually spans 8 to 10 hours round trip, depending on weather and individual fitness. Negotiating steep terrain and encountering icy patches along with technical climbing segments, climbers must equip themselves with essential gear like crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and ropes, and it’s advisable to have an experienced guide. Upon reaching the summit (6,189m), one is greeted with awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam, among others, offering a moment of reflection and accomplishment before the descent. The return journey, while typically faster, demands caution, particularly on steep and icy stretches. Upon returning to Island Peak Base Camp, a short rest eat some hot food and trek back to Chukung, retracing steps through the scenic landscape.

Day 14Chukung to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Retracing the trek from Chukung trekkers follow the familiar trail back towards Dingboche, passing through scenic valleys and alongside glacial rivers. From Dingboche, the route continues towards Tengboche, where the famous Tengboche Monastery offers a peaceful retreat and panoramic views of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Continuing downwards, the trail passes through lush forests and charming Sherpa after 7-8 hours of trekking, the journey ends in Namche Bazaar, where exhausted trekkers can relax, shop for souvenirs, and reflect on their memorable adventure in the Himalayas.

Day 15Namche to Lukla (2840m)

Retracing the trek from Namche Bazaar, trekkers initially descend through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages, passing by familiar landmarks like the Hillary Suspension Bridge and Sagarmatha National Park entrance. Continuing the descent, the trail leads through picturesque valleys, with occasional glimpses of towering peaks. As the journey progresses, trekkers gradually retrace their steps along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and encountering charming settlements like Phakding and Ghat Eventually, the familiar sights of Lukla come into view, marking the end of the trek.

Day 16Fly Back to Kathmandu (1350)

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu marks the end of the island peak expedition. Upon landing in Kathmandu, trekkers return to the vibrant capital city, where they can celebrate their achievements, unwind, and explore the city’s cultural and historical attractions before departing for home or embarking on further adventures in Nepal.

Day 17Free day in Kathmandu

A free day in Kathmandu offers a chance to delve into the city’s rich cultural and historical tapestry. Start with a leisurely breakfast at a local café, then set out to explore iconic landmarks like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath Stupa, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wander through bustling markets like Thamel for souvenirs and handicrafts, or seek tranquility in gardens like the Garden of Dreams. Indulge in the vibrant street food scene, sampling momos, chaats, and sel roti. Whether immersing in culture, spirituality, or city energy, Kathmandu’s free day offers unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.

Day 18Departure or extend your stay in Nepal

3 hours before your flight time, you’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey or departure flight, marking the end of your unforgettable adventure in Nepal.

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Your Questions, Expert's Answers

Frequently asked questions.

How difficult is it to climb Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Both treks are physically demanding and require a good level of fitness. The trek to Everest Base Camp involves long days of walking at high altitude, while Island Peak requires some basic mountaineering skills, including the use of crampons and ice axes.

When is the best time to climb Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp and climb Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November when the weather is generally more stable.

How long does it take to climb Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

The Everest Base Camp trek usually takes around 12-14 days to complete, while climbing Island Peak typically takes an additional 3-4 days.

Do I need a permit to climb Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Yes, you will need various permits to trek to Everest Base Camp and climb Island Peak. These include the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit for Everest Base Camp, as well as the Island Peak Climbing Permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Do I need to hire a guide and porter for Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter, it is highly recommended, especially for those without prior trekking or mountaineering experience. Guides can provide valuable assistance, navigation, and safety support throughout the journey.

What kind of gear do I need for Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Essential gear includes sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a down jacket, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, trekking poles, a headlamp, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. For Island Peak, additional mountaineering equipment such as crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are required.

Are there any health risks associated with climbing Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Altitude sickness is a significant risk, especially when ascending too quickly. It’s essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Other common health risks include frostbite, sunburn, and gastrointestinal issues.

Is travel insurance necessary for Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended, covering emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses incurred during the trek and climb.

How much does it cost to climb Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

The cost can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of support (guides, porters, etc.), and the quality of accommodations. On average, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2000 to $5000 or more for the entire journey.

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“EVEREST BASE CAMP AND ISLAND PEAK CLIMB”

Hello my friends, i would like to share information about my trip to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak climb Yeah, just my trip started out wrong, my luggage was three days late, and i couldn’t start my trip, but it was good that i had an extra days for contingencies, so during those three days i had time to look around Kathmandu.

So the trip to EBC didn’t take long, because time goes so fast then you enjoying, everything was super, the planned travel schedule for the MOUNTAIN WORLD TREKS aka SALI TREKKING was amazing, like the guide of this company Sudip Aryal, he was like a real friend and brother during this trip, i just had to enjoy every minute. His knowledge and abilities made me feel safe throughout the journey, and we reached EBC and Mount Khalapattar without any problem, it was just a pleasure.

So my other goal was to climb Island peak, it was the hardest moment in my life, the climb was not easy because it was very cold and strong wind, but after a lot of effort and patience, we reached the summit.

So my dreams comes true, I’m always dreamed of visiting Nepal, seeing the Himalayas and their snowy peaks, and of course his Majesty Mount Everest.

And for all this I’m grateful to Saligram Aryal for his help in planning the trip , from beginning to the end. So if you guys want to experience the adventure of a life time, feel free to contact Saligram from MONTAIN WORLD TREKS, he and his team will make your adventure unforgettable. So all the best for everyone, good luck, and see you in the mountains😉

April 18, 2024