Overview

Enjoy trekking to one of the most popular destinations in Nepal and climb the Island Peak (6189m) on the EBC with Island Peak Trek. On this trek, you will not only climb the Island Peak but also trek to Everest Base Camp, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The trek will take you through lush forests followed by the Himalayas desert while giving you a skyline with mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8414m). Experience the ethnic Sherpa settlements and Buddhism while indulging in a unique adventure suited for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts.

The 17-day Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Without any delay, you’ll prepare your permits and head off to the Everest Region. You’ll embark on a scenic 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to the small airport of Lukla. The trek begins at Lukla and gradually goes along the traditionally rich Sherpa villages like Phakding to arrive at Namche Bazaar. Namche is a unique experience while trekking in the Himalayas with cafes, internet facilities, ATMs, and restaurants. Next, you will trek through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp. The entire trail lies inside Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trek offers a unique chance to observe the unique lifestyle and culture of the ethnic Sherpa tribe. Kalapatthar (5545m) is the highest point on the trek. From here, you see an amazing up-close view of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its ranges. Afterward, you’ll head down to Chhukung village and trek to Island Peak Base Camp. After a brief climbing training, you’ll climb the peak early the next morning. From the summit, you can enjoy the majestic panorama of the nearby towering peaks, namely: Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Makalu (8463m). You’ll descend to Chhukung village and retrace your path back to Lukla via Namche Bazaar.

Highlights

  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Khumbu region.
  • Trek to the popular Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar
  • Climb one of the most popular small-peaks, Island Peak (6189m), in the Everest region
  • Experience the unique lifestyle and culture of Sherpa community

Itinerary

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Day 1:Kathmandu: Arrival Day

You’ll be received by one of our company representatives at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. He’ll escort you to your hotel located at the heart of the city. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your Sherpa guide and discuss the trip in detail. There are no other scheduled activities today so, feel free to explore as you please.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

Today, you’ll leave Kathmandu and fly off to Lukla. After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to the airport and embark on a short flight to the domestic Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Located almost 140km northeast of Kathmandu, Lukla serves as the gateway to the Everest region. After a brief layover, you’ll begin trekking downhill and gradually advance northwest to the village of Phakding.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2610m

Leaving Phakding, you’ll begin trekking uphill along Dudh Koshi River to Monjo village. Monjo serves as the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll obtain the national park permit and enter the park. The trail goes through the forested path and follows the Dudh Koshi River all the way to Namche Bazaar.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

You’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar and exploring the nearby villages of Khumjung and Kunde. Namche is the largest village in the Khumbu region and remains popular for its many lodges, shops, and restaurants. You will make a short hike to Khumjung village. Tourists visit Khumjung Monastery to witness the supposed Yeti scalp and palm preserved inside a glass box. Afterward, you can visit Khunde village and then head down to Namche.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

Leaving Namche, you’ll continue along the Dudh Koshi Valley and head to Phunki Thanga. The trail from Phunki Thanga ascends through rocky terrain to arrive at Tengboche. Once at Tengboche, you’ll be welcomed with the beautiful sight of Ama Dablam (6856m) in the distance. Tengboche is home to Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the entire Everest region.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3860m

Leaving Tengboche, you’ll head down to Debuche village and cross a bridge over the Imja Khola trekking through rocky terrain to arrive at Pangboche village. From there, the rocky trail will lead you to a narrow path that opens up thousands of Mani stones (engraved Buddhist prayer stones). From here, you will hike uphill and the trailheads directly to Dingboche village, a Sherpa settlement.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4410m

You’ll rather spend the day acclimatizing in Dingboche. As you’re above 4000m, it is essential to spend time acclimatizing. From Dingboche, you can enjoy the fabulous scenery of the surrounding Chhukung and Imja valley, and you also see the panoramic views of Everest Mountain Range. Imja valley connects Dingboche with Chhukung valley, Island Peak (6189m), Amphu Lapcha Pass, and Makalu Barun National Park.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4410m

Leaving Dingboche, you’ll advance along the snow moraines of Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche village. You will cross through Dusa, Palrung Kharka, and Thokla Pass (4830m) to arrive at Lobuche. Lobuche or Lobuje is a small Sherpa settlement located at the foot of Lobuche East Peak (6119m). Here, you can enjoy the charming village while catching the magnificent sights of Lobuche East, Pumo Ri (7,165m), and Nuptse (7861m). Overnight in Lobuche.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4910m

In order to get to Everest Base Camp first, the trail from Lobuche heads towards Gorakshep village. En route, you will pass Pyramid village, Lobuche Pass (5110m), and Lake Camp to arrive at Gorakshep. This is a comparatively easier trail, and once you reach Gorakshep, you head northeast towards Everest Base Camp (5564m). After exploring the camps site and the nearby Khumbu glacier, you’ll head down to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5364m

You’ll begin the hike to Kalapatthar early to avoid drastic weather changes. Kalapatthar is a popular landmark in the Everest region as it is a great viewpoint for Everest and its range. From the Kalapatthar viewpoint, you can enjoy the close-up view of the Everest summit (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumo Ri (7165m), Lhotse (8414m), and numerous other mountains. Following the Khumbu Glacier, you trek all the way down to Dingboche village.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4410m

Leaving Dingboche, you’ll head east to the quaint Chhukung village. Chhukung lies en route to Island Peak Base Camp. A comparatively shorter trek, you’ll walk along Chhukung Glacier to arrive at the small settlement located on the lap of Chhukung peak. A short trek from Chhukung along the Lhotse Glacier will bring you to Island Peak Base Camp. Once at the campsite, you’ll prepare for the upcoming climb.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4970m

Today is the big day. You’ll wake up early, approximately at 2 am, have your breakfast, and begin the climb. The initial ascent remains comparatively easy. The steep trail goes along a ridgeline that leads to an exposed traverse onto the snout of the glacier. You will use a fixed rope to climb the summit. Once at the top, you can enjoy the magnificent sight of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,414m), and Makalu (8,463m), before heading down to Chhukung village.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4730m

Leaving Chhukung, you’ll head to Tengboche village crossing Dingboche, Pangboche, and Debuche on the way. You’ll begin heading down to Dudh Koshi Valley walking along Imja Khola. It will be easier to descend; hence you’ll reach Tengboche early. At the noon, you can choose to visit the Tengboche Monastery.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3860m

From Tengboche, you’ll continue along the Dudh Koshi to reach Phunki Thanga. From here, the trail descends through the rocky terrain and stone steps through the forested path covered by rhododendron and juniper trees to arrive at Namche Bazaar. In Namche, you can explore the vibrant town and even visit the many monasteries and gumbas nearby.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

You’ll leave Namche, and head back down to Lukla via Phakding. The trek will be long walking through many villages and rhododendron and magnolia forest. You’ll exit Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo and head to Phakding. An uphill trek from Phakding will bring you to Lukla. Once at Lukla, you can enjoy the completion of a trip with your colleague and staff.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2840m

You’ll leave the Everest region as you catch a flight back to Kathmandu from Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Lukla. It may take almost 35-40min to reach Kathmandu. This marks the end of the trek. Once in Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted back to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to do as you please. Maybe you can souvenir shop around the local market. In the evening, you will participate in a farewell dinner organized by the company to celebrate the completion of your trip.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

Our company representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport today so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. On the way, you can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us. Goodbye!

  • MealsBreakfast

Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basic
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained, and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), and assistant guides
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment’s
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipment, Gifts, and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included the section

Useful Info

Eternal Himalaya has been specializing in climbing and expeditions around Nepal for many years. You can either join our fixed groups or undertake an entirely private trip at a reasonable cost. Our Sherpa leaders and guides are well experienced and have led countless number of trips to Island Peak.