Island Peak with Everest Base Camp

Trip Highlights:

          •   Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhu
          •   Trek for 13 days upto 2-8 hours a day walking past the Sherpa villages with stunning views of highest peaks
          •   Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Luka and back

          •   Climb for 3 days to reach the top of the Island peak at 6189m for an awesome experience
 

Trip Cost Includes:

           •   All land transportation in private vehicles.
           •   3 Nights in twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels
           •   3 Nights in tented camps during peak climbing
           •   13 Nights in best available lodge and guest house during trekking days
           •   Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
           •   19 Breakfast, 16 Lunch and 18 Dinner
           •   Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
           •   Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
           •   Island Peak Climbing Permit.
           •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
           •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
           •   Climbing Sherpa from Island Peak Base Camp for the summit and back to base camp.
           •   Group climbing equipments such as climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer, camping tents and kitchen equipments
           •   The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign 1 porter for every 2 guests).
           •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
           •   Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
           •   Satellite phone service.
           •   Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles).
           •   Flights to transfer climbing members, staff, liaison officer and cargo of the climbing gear.
           •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: KATHMANDU CITY, SWAYAMBHUNATH TEMPLE & PATAN CITY
Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.
Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2800m); TREK TO PHAKDING (2652m/8700ft ~3-4hrs)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE (3450m/) 5-6 hrs
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: REST DAY IN NAMCHE (3450m)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep. For this you can walk west to Thame for 6-7 hours of round trip.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: TREK FROM NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE (3870m) 5-6 hrs

Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: TREK FROM TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4360m ) 5-6hrs

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08 ACCLIMATIZATION AT DINGBOCHE

We spend the day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those who are adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5090m. From this hill, behind camp we see an amazing view of Island Peak rearing up from the valley floor in front of us, Ama Dablam, Chalotse and Tawoche tower above us and in the distance we can see Makalu.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: TREK FROM DINGBOCHE TO DUGHLA (4600m)  (3-4 hrs)

Overnight: Lodge in Dughla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: TREK TO DUGHLA TO LOBUCHE (4940m/ 2-4 hrs
After three hours we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m/15,153ft). We might choose to walk up to the Sherpa memorials, from where there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft).

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: TREK FROM LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP (5170m)~EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364m)~GORAKSHEP 8-9 hrs

We are now surrounded by the giant peaks; Everest, Nuptse, and Pumori and the sight of their snowy summits glowing at sunrise and sunset is unforgettable. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain.  Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.

Overnight: Lodge in Gorakshep

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to CHHUKUNG (4730m/15519ft): 

On this day we follow an epic trail along the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement nestling among ridges of moraine. Mountains and glaciers surround Chhukung from all sides. It is here where we do final preparation for the challenge.

Overnight: Lodge in Chhukung

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13-15 ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING DAYS

Leaving very early (about 2am) we scramble onto a narrow rocky ridge leading on to the glacier. We will rope up here and put on crampons for the glacier crossing. Care should be taken crossing the glacier as there are several deep crevasses. The views are amazing with Baruntse, Chamlang and Ama Dablam on the horizon. Once across the glacier we come to the bottom of a steep snow and ice headwall leading to the summit ridge. Our climbing guides will fix a rope here and we will use a jumar to climb this section. The slope is steep (up to 50 degrees in places) and after 150 metres the summit ridge is reached. Suddenly Lhotse's South Face looms before us and the most exciting part of the climb begins as we tread carefully along the narrow ridge to the summit. There's one more steep section just before the summit, but we have the fixed ropes to help. Finally we reach the summit (6,189m), which has enough space for the group to take in their surroundings. Flanked by Lhotse and the Imja glaciers and a host of other huge peaks, Island Peak really is an island of rock and snow in this grand mountain arena. We descend carefully back down the ridge and then abseil off the steep section. We return via high camp to the relative comforts of base camp.

Overnight: Tented Camps

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 5-6 hours:  

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many maniwalls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja Khola, the trail climbs many carved manistones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: TREK DOWN FROM TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE (3450m) 4-5hrs

From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: TREK FROM NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2800m) 6-8 hrs

Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: FLY BACK FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast,  Fare well  Dinner

Day 20:  AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

Please contact us for your required date and price.

Best Months 
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp.

Maximum Altitude: 6,189m

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at 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 with accurate USD

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.

Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can choose for trekking. But for mountain climbing one has to have an experience of climbing.

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.

Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

In summit base camps, the accommodation will be a tented camp.

Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.

Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs

Climbing Guides

All our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are experienced in many 6000, 7000 and 8000 meter peaks.

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made, you can pay to the guide directly.

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582

Thanks to the perfect arrangement of Eve Holidays for making my trekking and climbing days easier and entertaining one. I would be happy recommending them to every one who would want to book this trip.

Johnson P