EVEREST BASE AND ISLAND PEAK

Trek and Climb in the Khumbu

Island Peak Climb

The mountain was names by 1952 by Shiptons party and although it was later renames Imja Tse, many of the locals still refer to it as Island Peak.From base camp, the trek to the summit involves some steep sections, where the use of crampons, Ice-axe and ropes are necessary, and for this reason we use highly experienced guides who know the mountain very well, to guide you to the summit.

With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. The trek to Everest via the Goyko Lakes gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu Valley. Compared to the standard Everest Base Trek, this route is far more challenging as the trek includes Gokyo Ri, Renjo La, Kala Patthar and a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m. That's 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. However, walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu region. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu.


EVEREST ISLAND PEAK OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

Day-9: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Day-10: Summit Island Peak (6160m).

Day-11: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-12: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-13: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-14: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-16: Free day

Day-17: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

ISLAND PEAK CLIMB ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Our early morning hike to Island Peal begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 460 meters! After meeting with guides and porters and a short break for tea we hike away from Lukla towards Everest base for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m. Once you have trekked through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is a short walk away.

Day-4: Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m).

After leaving the village of Phakding the path takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant fir trees alongside the Dhud-Kosi river through small villages like Bekar and Monju. You will crisscross over the river a few times on high suspension bridges until you eventually come to the Sagarmatha Check Point where your permits needs to be checked. The climb then starts with a downhill trek down to the river and then all the way back up again to Namche. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. The trail heads up through blue pine forests and as you climb there are rhododendron trees which bloom in Spring time. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu, gateway to the high Himalayas. This relatively small town is a bustling tourist zone and trading hub literally is perched on a sloping hill. It is surrounded on all sides by mountains, from Thamserku to Kongde Ri. Trekkers heading to Mt. Everest, Gokyo, Island Peak and many other destinations for both trekking and expedition, have at least two nights stopover in Namche to acclimitise.

Day-5: Namche bazaar (acclimatisation 3,440 m)

We will spend time here on short treks to acclimatise. Although it says acclimatisation, this means you need to walk for the principle of climb high and sleep low, meaning we gain altitude, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatisation is key to a successful trek. So we hike up to Everest View hotel for just that, a view of Mt Everest, assuming the weather is clear.

Day-6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

With incredible views of the Thamserku we steadily descend to the Imja Khola where we see a series of water driven prayer wheels at the little river spot of Pungi Tanga. After a lunch break we begin the slow long steep climb to the famous Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) - one of the most beautiful places in the world. Apart from natural scenery and mountain views, many festivals take place here, such as Mani Rimdu festival. This festival performed at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang, and Thame. This sacred ceremonies held for nineteen days; culminating in a 3-day public festival. Lamas and monks dress in colorful attire with elaborate masks and dance to the victory of Buddhism over Bon. We will get amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam, meaning Mother's Charm Box. According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet's Rongbuk Monastery, founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992. We may continue down to Deboche for the night where it is warmer and accommodation options better.

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

We set off up to Imja Khola valley towards Pangboche at 3,900m and stop for lunch. Later, we will visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp before moving on towards the summer village of Pheriche (4,260m).

Day-8: Trek Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m / 3 hrs)

From Dingboche , we then head east into the Chhukhung Valley, which lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Ama Dablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.

Day-9: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

We trek along the Imja Khola to the base camp for the Island Peak Summit climb, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse. Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organized for your ascent of the peak tomorrow.

Day-10: Summit Island Peak (6160m). Return to Base Camp.

You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, you will descend back down to the Base Camp.

Day-11: Contingency / Return to Chhukung (4730m).

As the weather can be unpredictable, we have added extra time in case the weather is not clear for summit, on our summit bid. If all is fine, we return back to Chhukung.

Day-12: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

The trail will descend quite steeply as we head back down towards Namche. To get to camp, there will be a steep climb to reach our overnight stop.

Day-13: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

We trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.

Day-14: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing!

Day-15: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-16: Free at leisure

Day-17: Final Departure.  

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Everest Variations

 
Everest Island Peak Everest Kongma La Island Peak

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Day-10: Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp to Lobuche (4,920m)

Day-11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m).

Day-14: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free day

Day-20: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Day-1 Arrival to Kathmandu

Day-2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day-3 Fly from Kathmandu Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)

Day-4: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m) (5-6 hrs).

Day-5: Rest day at Namche

Day-6: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) (5 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche (4,312m) (5 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).

Day-10 Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,550m) to EBC (5,364m) to Lobuche

Day-11 Lobuche via Kongma La to Chukkung

Day-12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)

Day-13: Summit Island Peak (6160m).

Day-14: Contingency Day/ Return to Chhukung (4730m).

Day-15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).

Day-16: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours).

Day-17: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).

Day-18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) - Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.

Day-19: Free day

Day-20: Transfer to airport. Final departure.

Your Questions Answered

This is a lodge trek so you will spend your night in lodges in your room. Beds are provided along with mattresses. However once you reach base camp you will be in tents and we will provide a mattress so you will need a warm sleeping bag.
The government of Nepal has designated the term Trekking Peak to 18 Peaks, which can now be climbed once you have a permit via the Nepal Mountaineering Association. The category was created by the Nepal Mountaineering association as an intermediate stage between hiking and mountaineering. The climbs are of an intermediate level yet despite their names, are certainly not just an extension of a walking trek. Tackling a trekking peak should not be undertaken lightly as they require physical stamina, mental focus and require basic mountain climbing skills. On these treks, you will be trekking and climbing above the snow line using ice axe, crampons, ropes and other climbing equipment. Prior experience though not essential, is certainly an advantage. Glacial recession over the last few years has made the climb more technical than in the past and at times, a ladder may be needed to cross the bergschrund/crevasse that can form at the base of the wall. For this reason of the most important elements of your preparation will be mountaineering skills and you should learn competency in abseiling/ repelling using a figure of 8 and practicing moving on fixed lines prior to arrival if you can.
Yes it is. It is the route to various other areas as well as some climbing peaks. There are other routes that are slighly less popular at the start such as via Cho La or Gokyo. Once you leave Dingboche to go towards Island Peak base camp the route is very quiet.
The average is around 6 hours a day though days when you cross passes will be longer and extended if you added Cho La or Gokyo. Your summit day will be a good 12 to 18 hours
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The climb can be done during Autumn (Sep - Nov) which is the best time or Spring (March - May)

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options


Island Peak at a Glance


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