Everest Base Camp with Island Peak (#18 )

About this package

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.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m),Phakding (2434m).

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3446m)& Basic Lodge/Tea House.

Day 4

Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 5

Trek to the Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) for 5 hrs. Basic Lodge/Tea House.

Day 6

Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 6 hours. Basic Lodge/Tea House.

Day 7

Rest and acclimatization day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 8

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 9

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180m) then hike up to Everest Base Camp (5,365m) back to Gorak Shep - 8 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10

Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4200 meters) - 7 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11

Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 hrs. Overnight at a tented camp.

Day 13

Reach the summit of the Island peak (6,187m). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 14

Return to Chhukung (4,750m).

Day 15

Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) - 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 16

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 17

Trek to Lukla (2,804m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 18

Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 19

Transfer for your final flight departure.

 

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarias, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Weather

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, July,September, October, November and December are the best time to do Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up to the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

 

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

 

Spring - March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and the base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

 

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

 

July / August to Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it is also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

 

Autumn - End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn is also crowded in the Everest region, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

 

Winter - December/January/February

Cold and less crowded season. The average temperature during the fall is 10 degrees C with a maximum temp of 15 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

  1.  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  2.  Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (2 nights).
  3.  Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and ocasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).
  4.  All the meals during your tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp.
  5.  Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.
  6.  Climbing sherpa from Island peak base camp for the summit and back to base camp.
  7.  Group climbing equipment( Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)
  8. The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  9.  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  10.  Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  11.  Island Peak Climbing Permit
  12. Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airpor
  13. Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  14.  Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).
  15.  All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  16.  Official expenses.

      

  1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and all three meals during the trek when staying at the guesthouse (roughly USD 400 to USD 500 per person for the entire trip).
  2. Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. 
  3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  4. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)
  5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  6. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment
  7. Rental of Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya- USD 70 per person for the entire trip (which need to be returned after the trek)
  8. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  9. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

19 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS



Highlights

: 19 days
: 5000 m.
: Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.
: On the trek meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus.
: 20 km. per day
: Tourist Bus and Private car
: Trekking
:
summer (March – June)
autumn (September – November)
: 6
: Exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu,Visiting Tengboche Monastery
: Moderate