Island Peak Base Camp Trek

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18 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Island Peak (6189m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20
Trip Highlights of Island Peak Base Camp Trek:
  • Lifetime experiences in Island Peak summit (6189m)
  • View of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse where all these mountains stand above 8000m
  • View mesmerizing mountains and peaks from Kalapathar (5545m)
  • Khumbu Glacier: the highest glacier in the world
  • Imja Tse lake 
  • Observe lifestyle of Sherpa community
  • Visit ancient monasteries including oldest monasteries in Tengboche (3876m)

Island Peak Base Camp Trek

Island peak base camp trek is the combination of popular trekking with peak climbing in Nepal; Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing. Both trekking and peak climbing is situated in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. 

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region of Nepal with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. It is designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience in mountain expedition.

Our first trekking stop is Everest Base Camp and then we will get ready to climb Island Peak. All required trekking gears and types of equipment will be provided to climbers.  

Foods & Accommodation:
  • 16 – Nights Teahouse accommodation during the Island peak base camp Trek
  • 16 – Breakfast, 15 – Lunch, and 15 – Dinner during the Island peak base camp Trek
  • 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
Best Time:
  • Spring (March to May)
  • Autumn (September to November)
Difficulty Level:
  • Tough
Trekking Gears:
  • List of trekking gears can be found HERE. 

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Note: You can also rent trekking gears in Kathmandu

Island Peak Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about Island Peak Base Camp Trek

Day 2Flight to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)

After a morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. After having a short break in Lukla. You will start your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Thadokoshi to Ghat (2,530m). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,610m), where you will be staying for the night at a teahouse. You can enjoy the view and vibe of Teahouse accommodation.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Maney stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. We will stop for Lunch, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our trekking path along the riverbank crossing one of the highest bridge in Khumbu Region- which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. From Top Danda, you will see the first glimpse of Mount Everest. After one hour trek, we will overnight at Namche Bazaar – One and only gateway to Everest.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar (3440m)

Next day is all about acclimatization. We will hike to Everest View Hotel (3880m) where you can view Mt. Everest, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Nutse, Mt. Amadablam and other mountains. This hike will help speed acclimatization for trekking to Everest Base Camp. Also, you can check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and gears. Namche Bazaar, is the last stop for exchanging foreign currency and withdrawing money from ATM.

Day 5Trek to Tengboche (3876m)

After Breakfast in Namche Bazaar. Get ready towards Everest Base Camp trek. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights you don’t want to miss. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest monasteries in Khumbu. Enjoy the guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks. At this monastery, Lama will give you a blessing for successful trekking and expedition ahead.

Day 6Trek to Pheriche (4,280m)

After breakfast, we will follow the trail with the Himalayas as its backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is in an excellent location. We will visit the monastery in the morning and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery and the amazing landscape. We descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. Here, we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopter rescues during emergencies. We may even take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche. Overnight at a Teahouse in Pheriche.

Day 7Acclimatization in Nagarjuna (5081m)

After breakfast, today we should take 800m climb from the Pheriche to Nagarjuna peak (5081m). This trail has an amazing view of the mountains including Mt. Makalu – 5th highest mountain in the world. This hike helps a lot for acclimatization. There are chances to see Snow leopard on the hike to Peak. Hike to Nagarjuna peak takes about 3-4 hour to get to the top and come down about one and a half hour. Enjoy the view from the top and descend down to Pheriche. Overnight stay in Teahouse.

Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)

After having a hot breakfast, we start the trek with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and tenth time Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight in Lobuche teahouse.

Day 9Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5180m)

After breakfast, we will take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is tough due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through a rocky ridge, moraine and, streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and, Pumori are the mountains that we can view from the Everest base camp. Lastly, we will get back to Gorak Shep for a rest. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 10Climb Kalapathar (5545m) and Trek Down to Dingboche

After breakfast, we will prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Also, there is always the potential for cold winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. Don’t forget to take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Dingboche for an accommodation. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 11Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m)

Next day, we are quite close to Island Peak. The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Labtsa lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 12Trek to High Camp (5,560m)

On this particular day, we will trek from Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5560m). Overnight at High Camp.

Day 13Summit Island Peak (6189m) and Return to Chukung

If the weather is favorable, then we will climb Island Peak. Climbing strategy will be decided by one of the climbing Sherpa leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Sherpa will provide you ice climbing training to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons etc. The following morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four to six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both ascent and descent. Although it is not a technically difficult climb, the snow slopes are crack, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6,187 m giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is just fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of smaller peaks. Later, we should be able to descend back to Chukkung from our successfull summit attempt. Congratulations!

Day 14Trek to Tengboche (3876m)

After having a hot breakfast, we will be leaving the mountains behind us. Our descent path takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 15Trek to Manjo (2860m)

After having breakfast in Tengboche, we will trek from Tengboche to Manjo. Monjo is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It lies in the Dudh Kosi river valley just north of Phakding and south of Jorsale, at an altitude of 2,860m, just below the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate and check-point, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Overnight stay in Teahouse.

Day 16Trek to Lukla (2860m)

Early morning after having a breakfast, we will trek for the last day from Manjo to Lukla. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. You can take a hot shower and relax. Watch all your amazing pictures having a sip of coffee in Lukla. In the evening, if you want we will have a few celebratory drinks and fun with your trek team. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 17Flight to Kathmandu (1320m)

After early breakfast in Lukla, we will take a 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. This ends the trekking part of the journey. One last you can revel in the different sights of the landscapes while on the flight. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be directly transferred to the Hotel where you will stay overnight. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy to the fullest.

Day 18Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee, TIMS, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality)
  • Medical kit including Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse in high altitude (Carried by Trekking Guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • Other services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
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