Summit Island Peak

Trek to Everest Base Camp and leave it behind you to climb one of the more doable 6000m peaks in Nepal (6189m). 20 days.

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Summit Island Peak

Trek to Everest Base Camp and leave it behind you to climb one of the more doable 6000m peaks in Nepal (6189m). 20 days.

This is your opportunity to climb one of the best peaks in Nepal to gain the mountaineering experience you’ve dreamed of.

Not as demanding as some of the Himalayan peaks but Island Peak will certainly set you a challenge and the views that await you at the summit will only add to the excitement.

Peak climbing alone can be one of the most exciting moments in your lifetime; add to this the experience of trekking through some of the most culturally rich Sherpa villages on route to the base of Island Peak and you know you’re in for a real treat.

This high altitude adventure includes:

  • 17 days of trekking
  • 17 nights of accommodation in teahouses and tents along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking climbing guide
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Flights from/ to Lukla
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
This is no Sunday stroll but a true climbing expedition for keen climbers. You will be taught some of the required skills as you travel, but a high fitness level is required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to the home of the Himalayas. As you land in Kathmandu (1400m), your host will greet you and take you to your hotel.

Get settled in your room before you head out to meet your trek leader to discuss the adventure-packed itinerary of your days ahead. From here you will be taken to a traditional, local restaurant for a welcome meal of typical Nepalese food while you enjoy some cultural entertainment.

Day 2: Flight to Lukla to start your adventure

It’s an early start today as you leave Kathmandu and take the short flight (approx. 35 mins) to Lukla (2840m). As you can imagine, with the breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains, this short flight is a thrill in itself.

When you land you will be welcomed by your trek guide and begin your trek to Everest Base Camp.

3-4 hours trekking

Day 3: Trek to Namche

Today will break you in nicely as the trail ascends gradually up to Dudh Koshi Valley. You’ll cross the hills via their suspension bridges and after a couple of hours, arrive at Sagarmatha National Park.

Fuel up at lunch as the afternoon is quite a different trek; a painstaking uphill climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche (3440m). Prepare yourself for the reward of your steep climb, as you are greeted by your first breathtaking view of Mt. Everest as you make it to the top.

You will spend the night right here in a tea house – what a start to your trip.

3-4 hours trekking

Day 4: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar

As the altitude begins to increase, you will spend today acclimatising. Don’t worry, you won’t be expected to just sit there and breathe in the air; today you will take a hike to a view point above Namche, with spectacular views of the Khumbu Himalayas.

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche

After breakfast you’ll start today’s trek through the ridge of the hillside followed by a descent to the river valley where you will stop for lunch. Then, on from the Himalayan mountainous views you are now growing accustomed to, to sub-tropical forested hills as you reach Tengboche (3860m) where you will stay overnight.

5-6 hours trekking

Day 6: Trek to Pheriche

Today’s trek descends steeply through the forest before you start a steady climb to the local village of Pangboche and its exceptional views of the Ama Dablam mountain. Take a breather – the perfect excuse to indulge in the views – then on a little further to your overnight stay in Pheriche (4240m).

4-5 hours trekking

Day 7: Trek to Lobuche

You’ll feel like a true adventurer today as you trek beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache. Then follow the sun reflecting glacier to the village of Lobuche (4910m) where you will rest for the evening.

4-5 hours trekking

Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp

This trip just got real – today you will reach Everest Base Camp (5364m). This is a straight forward, slow-paced walk today, over rocky terrain and along the Khumbu glacier. Take your time and grab your photo opportunities surrounded by ice falls in the spectacular ice areas of Everest Base Camp.

You’ll then head to Gorakshep (5140m) for lunch and your overnight stay.

4-5 hours trekking

Day 9: Trek to Kalapathar and back to Periche

Today’s trek could be tough and be prepared for cold winds as you climb ‘Black Rock’ to Kalapathar (5550m). The summit will certainly reward you for all your hard work with outstanding views of Mt. Everest and among the Himalayan skyline.

With luck you’ll witness the colour-changing spectacular of the sunset before trekking back to Pheriche (4240m) for your overnight stay.

6-7 hours trekking

Day 10: Trek to Chhukung

An easy day today, with a pleasant, gradual climb to the small settlement of Chhukung (4730m) with unmissable views of Island Peak along the way.

You’ll spend the night here in Chhukung before heading to the Island Peak Base Camp in the morning.

3 hours trekking

Day 12: Set up camp at Island Peak

Today you’ll keep your energy reserves high for the climb ahead. Island Peak Base Camp (5150m) is situated by Imja glacier, below the steep grassy slopes that mark the start of the Island Peak climb. Yes – these are the beautiful surroundings in which you get to camp tonight.

4-5 hours trekking

Day 13: Trek up to High Camp

Today you will ascend further to High Camp (5600m) and spend a relaxing day indulging in the alpine surroundings in preparation for the final summit tomorrow.

4-5 hours trekking

Day 15: Island Peak summit

The day has come – today you will climb the summit of Island Peak. Crampons on and ropes at the ready as it doesn’t take long for the climb to get interesting with a glacier crossing.

The adventure only grows on this climb as you reach the steep snow slope that leads to the summit ridge (6173m). You’ve done it, and the views are there to congratulate you.

Take in the beauty that surrounds you and takes a moment to acknowledge your triumph before you begin the descent back down to Island Peak Base Camp where you will rest for the night.

4-5 hours trekking

Day 16: Trek to Pangboche

Retracing your steps, today you’ll travel to Pangboche. Returning through Chhuking and Dingboche, you will rest at Pangboche (3950m) where you will stay overnight.

6-7 hours trekking

Day 17: Trek back to Namche Bazaar

A picturesque trek today, as you walk from Pangboche along the river and back up to Tengboche. You’ll then begin to descend, eventually reaching Namche Bazaar (3440m) where you will spend the rest of the day exploring before resting here for the night.

6-7 hours trekking

Day 18: Trek to Lukla

The end is in sight now as you set upon your last trail of the trip back to Lukla (2840m). You’ll stay here overnight so why not say ‘farewell’ to the mountains by celebrating your amazing trip with your guides and porters.

Day 19: Return to Kathmandu

The short flight back to Kathmandu will be an early one, giving you the rest of the day to explore Nepal’s capital or simply rest. When you arrive in Kathmandu (1400m), you’ll be transferred back to your hotel where this amazing trip all began. In the evening, you’ll be invited to a farewell dinner in one of the finest cultural restaurants and say ‘goodbye’ to Kathmandu in true traditional style.

Day 20: Say goodbye to Kathmandu

Today is your last day and you can spend it as you wish; shopping, visiting classic sights, or perhaps relaxing and re-living the unforgettable achievement of reaching the Island Peak summit. You’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport for your onward flight home.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, road conditions, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge. Due to the high altitude of this trip, you will stay in tented camps that provide sufficient shelter for the conditions.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £20.00
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Pokhara £30.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Location

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Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Located in the magical Kumbu Valley of the Sagarmatha region of Nepal, the highest point of this peak is a challenging 6,189m.

As you climb to the summit, Island Peak offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Everest.

Visiting Kathmandu will be a pupil-dilating experience. Regarded by some as one enormous art gallery of architecture and museum of religion, you’ll be blown away by some of the finest wood-carvings and stone sculpted temples. Be sure to enjoy a bit of shopping during your time here, as this will be an experience in itself.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa
  • Refreshments/beverages during the trek
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8

Sure can. A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trek is classified as adventurous to strenuous, suitable for those with a good fitness level. Climbing lessons will be given, including ice climbing lessons.

Mid October to the end of November is the classic trekking season in Nepal. It is famed for clear skies and fantastic weather. At 3800m an average night time temperature is -4˚C and average daytime temperature is 10˚C. This drops with altitude and at our high camp temperatures may be as low as -3˚C.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable).

  • Climbing permit/TIMS Card
  • Necessary climbing gears
  • Down jacket and sleeping bags while on trekking (upon request) - rated to -15 degree Celsius
  • One duffle bag and t-shirt
  • Trekking Map and Adventure Certificate
  • Group medical kit box
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

When you trek in the mountains, there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes: - The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site; - The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva; - Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom; - The historical Bhaktapur monument.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottle (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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