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Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking

Nepal Nepal

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Island Peak (6,189 m) is one of the most popular climbing peaks in the Everest Region with its impressive, glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier.

This tour is intended for experienced and physically fit adventurers who want to experience both trekking and climbing all in one on their trip.
Our adventure begins with a short flight to Lukla and a two day easy walk to Namche Bazaar. Then our path leads through the high valleys of the Khumbu region to Everest Base Camp (5,357 m) and the viewpoint on Kala Patar (5,545 m), where we have the classic view of the south-west face of Everest, the Lhotse, Nuptse and the Khumbu Icefall to enjoy. The ascent also supports acclimatization for the ascent of Island Peak. After climbing Island Peak, we take the classic Khumbu route down via Tengboche and Namche to Lukla. From there we fly back to Kathmandu the next day.

Our Island Peak Tour is carefully planned. We offer extra breaks and acclimatization days to keep you fit and healthy. However, for this tour you should have very good mountain hiking experience, good climbing experience as well as surefootedness and a head for heights.

Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Introduction, equipment check and welcome dinner
Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to your reserved hotel. In the afternoon we will discuss the course of the trip with you, and in the evening you are invited to dinner with your mountain guide. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for trekking
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. This day can be designed flexibly according to your wishes. The most popular places and most impressive sights include Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple with cremation places, Swayambhunath – also known as the monkey temple – and the Boudhanath Stupa.

In the late afternoon you should return to the hotel and pack for the trek the next morning. You can also leave a bag with items that you won’t need on the tour at the hotel. The rest of the day can be used as freetime. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 4 to 5 hours walk
You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport. The morning flight to the airstrip in Lukla is waiting for you there. A spectacular start to the trek, where you fly over the Himalayan foot-hills of Nepal, whose mighty peaks can then be admired in the north. On arrival, your mountain guides will organize the porters. After that we start the tour and follow the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding village. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m) – 5 to 6 hours of walking
Today we have a long and steep climb ahead of us. We arrive at the trading town of Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the mountain, we are rewarded with the first brief glimpses of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is the largest village in the Khumbu region and basically also the capital of the Sherpas. From there are wonderful views to Thamserku (6,648m), Khumbila (5,700m) and Kwangde (6,220m). Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar – Ascent to Everest View Hotel
Today is the first of two important days of acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, so that your body can adapt to the increasing altitude and the associated reduced oxygen content in the air. In the beginning, we can expect a lighter sleep up here. We climb the steep mountain ridge above Namche on a morning walk. During the ascent on the path, we have beautiful views of the main route to Everest Basecamp, on which we will hike for the next few days. High up at the ridge, we bypass the mountain side and get to the Everest viewpoint. The views during the hike uphill and downhill are simply spectacular. On the way back we will have our lunch very close to the interesting Sherpa cultural center and the Everest Mountaineering Museum. A visit here is always worthwhile. After lunch we come back to the lodge and in the afternoon you can either relax or go on a discovery tour in Namche. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 6: Trek to Deboche (3,770 meters) – 5 to 6 hours of walking
From Namche Bazaar we cross the Dudh Kosi on our path. The route leads us through rhododendron forests including wonderful views up the valley to Everest and Ama Dablam. After passing the river at Phunki Tenga, we begin the ascent through forest to Tengboche. From the Tengboche monastery we enjoy spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Tobuche. We reach our lodge in Deboche after a 15-minute walk from Tengboche. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 7: Trek to Pangboche (3,930 meters) and Ama Dablam Base Camp
After the descent to Imja Kola, we cross it and climb gently to the village of Pangboche. After arriving at the hut, we will have an early lunch and start our way to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This gives us the opportunity to branch off the actual Everest Base Camp path and discover a quieter area in the Khumbu region, at the foot of one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. Should you prefer to take a shorter route, you can also hike to the viewpoint above the Pangboche River and visit the small monastery. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 8: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) – 5 to 6 hours of walking
The hike that begins behind the gompa leads us today past the summer pastures of the yaks, here the modest life of the Sherpas becomes clearly visible and tangible. So the overnight accommodations are also simple and reflect the roughness of this environment. Most of the footpaths here are comparatively gently rising, in keeping with the serenity and tranquility that is recommended anyway at these heights. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 9: Acclimatization day, hike to Chukhung Ri (5,550m) and back to Dingboche – approx. 6 hours
A second day of acclimatization, with the opportunity to hike to Nagajun Hill (around 5,050m) or to Chukhung Ri at 5,500m, with beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Pumori, Island Peak, many other peaks, lakes and glaciers. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,931m) – 5 hours walk
From Dingboche we bypass a ridge above Pheriche on our path and approach the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We cross the moraine and finally reach Dughla. On a steep path we reach the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and have to keep to the left to reach the Sherpa monument after an intermediate ascent. From the monument, the route slopes down a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. Tawache and Nuptse are spectacular peaks that tower al-most 3000 m above the village. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,357 m) and back to Gorakshep (5,160 meters) – 5 to 6 hours walk
After an early start, we follow the path on the western side along the wide Khumbu Valley. The conical summit of the over 7,000m high Pumori is now visible. Tomorrow we will marvel at it and also Mount Everest from a different perspective, standing much higher on Kala Patar. The path drops off briefly to a sandy area near Gorakshep. It takes about 2 and 3 hours to reach Gorakshep from Lobuche. After a light lunch, those of the group who wish to, leave for Everest Base Camp. The hike there and back to Gorakshep will take around 5 to 6 hours. This path mainly runs on a rocky moraine before we finally walk over the glacier itself. From the base camp we have a spectacu-lar view of the Khumbu Icefall at the foot of Mount Everest. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 12: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patar (5,545m), then hike to Dingboche (4,350m) – 6 to 7 hours
In the morning we slowly climb up to Kala Patar, which with the highest point at 5,545m represents the apex of our trekking trip. A definitely worthwhile destination, as from up there we can enjoy fascinating views of Everest, the summit of which we could not see from the base camp the day before, as it is covered from below by huge walls of rock and ice. From today’s summit we now have a clear view of the other Himalayan giants Pumori, Changtse, Nuptse and Lhotse. After enjoying the unique distant and deep views, we descend again and have lunch in the tea house in Gorakshep. Then we start our further descent and return to the deeper Dingboche in the afternoon, where the higher air pressure provides us with more oxygen again. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) – 5 hours hike
Today our team will set up the tents at the base camp. There are no teahouses to stay overnight here. The way to Island Peak Base Camp will take about 5 hours. Overnight in tent camp, (B|L|D).

Day 14: Reserve day at Island Peak Base Camp
We keep this day free as a reserve day to better prepare for the summit. If you need more time to acclimatize, this day can be used to get your body used to the altitude even better. In the event of bad weather, the reserve day increases the chance of a successful ascent to the summit. Overnight in tent camp, (B|L|D).

Day 15: Day to Island Peak Summit (6,189m) then trek to Chukhung (4,730m) –10 to 12 hours hike
At around 1:00 a.m. we start the ascent, first over a narrow and stony path, then over a rubble cirque to the edge of the glacier at 5,800m. Climbing harnesses and crampons are put on here and we slowly climb to the base of the wall (6,000m). From here on, fixed ropes help us through the 45 degree steep snow flank. The last 30m long key point is about 60 degrees steep, then it is done, we are at the summit! Fantastic views of Makalu, Lhotse and numerous 7000ers will make you forget the troubles. This is followed by the descent via the ascent route to the base camp. After a short break at the base camp, we continue to Chukhung. Overnight at tea house lodge (B|L|D).

Day 16: Trek to Tengboche – 6 hours of walking
After breakfast, we head back to Tengboche. Before we reach the village of Pangboche, we take another path that goes around the hill side and now arrive in the village of Phortse. Here we are rewarded with a great view of the Tengboche monastery and the 6,783m high Mount Kangtega in the background. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 17: Trek to Monjo (2,835 m) – 5 to 6 hours of walking
After leaving Tengboche, we descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forests to Dudhi Khosi. After we have crossed the river, there is a steady upward walk to the Mong La Pass at 3,963 meters. From here we now descend to Tashinga and return to the main path of the base camp to Monjo. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 18: Return to Lukla – 6 hours walk
From Monjo the route continues downhill through the Dudh Kosi Valley and the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we begin the ascent over one last hill of the trek to reach Lukla. After getting to the sunrise hut, we can relax and enjoy our last evening with our mountain guides and our wonderful porters. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 19: Flight back to Kathmandu – rest of the day free time
You will be picked up from the airport and driven to Kathmandu. The rest of the day can be used as free time. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar, (B).

Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is at your disposal, which you can spend relaxing, sightseeing or shopping in Thamel. One last good opportunity to get some souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu, (B).

Day 21: Flight back home
Farewell and transfer to Kathmandu Airport. End of the journey, (B)

We reserve the right to change the program due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

 

German guided tour
English guided tour

This trekking tour can also be booked for your group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 21 days
Costs: € 2.590 per person
Group size: min. 4 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only four persons)
€ 200 for single room and single tent supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B,L,D)
  • All internal flights (with Tara Air, Sita Air, Summit Air or Yeti Air), inclusive Airport Taxes and 15kg free luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Trekking Permit, Island Peak climbing permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Mountain guide, climbing guide and porters
  • 15 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Climbing equipment like two-men tents, fix and main ropes, snow bar, carabiners, ice screw, kitchen equipment
  • Cook and kitchen staff during Island Peak.
  • Quality service
  • Portable Altitude chamber/Oxygen set
  • Oxymeter
  • Satellite Phone

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas (US $50)
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Important notes for mountain climbing
In order to participate in our mountain tours, you must meet specific physical requirements. This includes no fear of heights, absolute surefootedness, and excellent health. You should have also mastered independent walking in a rope team and climbing with ice axes and crampons. You should also be able to independently and safely walk in difficult terrains such as on moraine, in scree, on grassy slopes, and scree covered glaciers.

On the tours, you will have to master steep ice passages of up to 60° and other physical challenges. Your cardiac and circulation system should of course be healthy. Proof of good health from your doctor is required for booking.

Opinion and behaviour compromises are necessary for these sort of trips. Tolerance and willingness to help the group members as well as the guides and local helpers are absolute requirements for this.

Reaching the summit can be extremely difficult and in extreme cases impossible due to adverse weather conditions (fog, heavy rain, snow, wind) and other adverse conditions. In this case, our responsible mountain guides are authorised to cancel further ascent for the protection and health of all concerned. In such cases, personal interests must be put on the back burner. There are no recourse claims.

We point out that all domestic flights in Nepal are visual flights and in bad weather may be delayed or even cancelled. Keeping to the programme can depend on the feasibility of flights, among other things.

Additionally, the travel programme for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. However, it is possible that roads need to be blocked or are impassable as a result of climatic events in the destination country. It is also possible that there may be delays of several hours due to traffic congestion or fuel shortages. This may also mean that access to attractions is blocked.
Our travel guides adjust to such situations and will endeavour to nevertheless achieve all the programme points to the satisfaction of the participants. The inconvenience is therefore usually kept within limits. Nevertheless, it should be noted at this point that the above-mentioned reasons can always result in changes to the programme. The pressures of such changes are beyond the responsibility of the organiser. The resulting costs are borne by the traveller. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Visa
Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 100 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Insurance
Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at https://www.reiseversicherung.de/vrv/partner/ep-Assistent.html?/data/agent/hagtnr=027256&/data/agent/nagtnr=000000.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.
It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Sita Air, Summit Air, Yeti Air or Buddha. Air


Trip Details

  • Duration: 21 days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge - and Camping Trekking
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: Island Peak 6.189 m
  • Group size: Min. 4 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only four persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain and climbing guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 2.590,00 
  • Single room supplement: 200,00 €
    single room and single tent supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).