Island Peak Climbing with EBC
- Spectacular views of Himalayan Range
- Hike to Kalapatthar
- Trekking through the Everest region to Namche Bazaar
- Sherpa people with its unique culture
- Whats Included
Everest base camp trek and Island peak climbing gives you both test of trekking and climbing which is a bit challenging and one of the most exciting adventure trip in the world. There are several ways to start this life time adventure trip. The most common is flying to Lukla and Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla to fly out to Kathmandu. This trek takes you through the most popular village of Khumbu region to the Base Camp of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft).The highlights of the trek is spectacular views of Himalayan range and Everest Base Camp and of course Island peak climbing which is lifetime experience. Hike to Kalapathar (The literal meaning is Black Rock) is an interesting with its most dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Pumari, Nuptse, and Lhotse along with incredible peaks of entire Khumbu region. This is a great fusion of spectacular views of Himalayan range and richest Sherpa people with its unique culture.
Island peak also called Imja Tse 6189m is the most popular trekking peak to climb in Everest region. It is located on top of the Chukung glacier between Ama Dablam and Lhotse Mountain. This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest. Island Peak climbing trip fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climbers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to take adventure climbing trips beyond simply trekking in Everest.
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If mention program itinerary doesn't suit to you and wish to modify above itinerary then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary especially for you. It is also possible to combines above trip with Jungle safari, rafting, Mountain flight or with any travel plans, just shares your interested with us. We will design and arrange your holiday accordingly.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from A One Treks. You will be meeting your guide on the same day.
After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and climbing gears and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
We drive to airport early in the morning as per flight departure time to take our flight to lukla (2,800m). It is scenic flight about 35 minutes which gives you a perfect site of mountain range. Once you are at Lukla airport, meet our other trekking member there and breakfast at the lodge. By the time prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.
After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time. Stay overnight at Namche.
After breakfast at the lodge at Namche, the trail leads short up towards ridge and easy way to Kyamjuma then descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m. After that a steep ascent will bring you to the famous Tengboche monastery, with its picturesque background of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest and other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.
At the beginning hike half an hour down to riverside though lush forest to cross the river and gradual climb up to Pangboche which is popular Sherpa settlement. Then the trail continue leads uphill towards north of the valley which has lovely views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and more peaks around. Once you get to the ridge the trail drops down to the valley at Pheriche for overnight.
Today we again acclimatize at Pheriche as a 2nd acclimatize day on this trip. Today you hike up to the ridge for the view and also to get acclimatize. Afternoon walk around the village and overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continue climb upto the ridge where many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The trails gently climb up to the Lobuche for overnight.
The trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. This is a day which will fulfill your dreams to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. It is 3 hour walk through the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. You will enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. There are Buddhist prayer flags which are the symbol of the Base Camp. During the climbing season there will be many tends with colorful looking around. After exploring around, trek down to the lodge and remaining of the day chill out at the lodge. Stay overnight.
Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Today you walk towards east of Chukung valley. It is rocky trail today an had beautiful views of mountains and peaks. Once you get in to Chukung at the lodge meet with our Climbing guide and at the same time check climbing gears and equipments. Our guide will brief you about the further expedition towards our targeted point. You can also ask questions to our guide which relates climbing and our guide also tell you his climbing story to different peaks and mounts. Stay overnight at Chhukung.
After breakfast at the lodge, follow our climbing team towards south part then turn east to the main of the valley. Continue walk to the huge rock and cross Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines to get in to the wide valley where we can set the tent. Overnight at tented camp.
After hot breakfast at the camp, climb up the hill where you will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel nearby where you will stop for overnight at camp. At the mean time you guide will fix crampons on your climbing boots and re-check the entire climbing gears and personal equipment once again for better safety. If required, you may learn last minute climbing technique with our climbing Sherpa at this stage. If possible, you will be also taken for the ice/rock climbing nearby but subject to the availability and depends up on weather. Stay overnight at High Camp.
At very early morning (also depends on the weather condition we may have to wait for another day so be prepare for this) your expedition starts. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m(330ft) snow and ice slope (40-45 Degree) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge leads to the top. After enjoying the summit views you will descend all the way to high camp and you’re your gears to get down to Chhukung for overnight.
After breakfast the lodge, follow the valley towards Pangboche and short climb to Tengboche through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. After that the trail drops steep down to the valley to cross the suspension bridge and continue up to Khumjung for overnight.
After short climb to the ridge the trail drops down through the ridge where you can see the village with its U angle settlement. Evening explore around the town and overnight at the lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities has to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our Sherpa and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.
The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. At last approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from A One Treks escorts us to the airport. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal.
At A Glance
|Elevation||20,305 feet / 6,189 meters|
|Location||Khumbu region of Nepal|
|Latitude||20,305 feet / 6,189 meters|
|Longitude||86° 56’ 10″ East|
|Best season for climbing||May, July, August, September – November|
|Year First Climbed||1953|
|First Climber (s)||Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and Tenzing Norgay|
|Convenient Center (s)||Lukla, Chhukung valley|
|Nearest Major Airport||Kathmandu (Minor Lukla or Phaplu)|
|Itinerary Type||Fixed / Customized|
|Accommodations||Lodge / Camping|
|Total days||20 days|
- Personal Climbing Gears
- Ice axe
- Tape Slings (2)
- Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
- Descender/Abseil Device
- Plastic Mountaineering Boots
- Helmet (optional)
Group Climbing Gears
- Snow bar
- Ice Hamer
- Ice Screw
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket
Accomodation and Meals
We will be staying in a four-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights), standard teahouses during trekking (15 nights) and tents when climbing (3 nights). Most teahouse accommodation will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, a 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodation is on twin-shared basis. However, single room will be provided on request and by paying a single supplement of USD 350. Also, understand that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only up to Namche Bazaar. Above Namche Bazaar single accommodation is not always feasible.
During our trip we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisines (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu. During trekking/climbing, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, clean freshly cooked food will be provided.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island peak can be climbed during the other months, the cold temperature might not sit well with some people.
Your health and safety are always major concern while traveling with A One Treks. Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure leads to travel in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deflect from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary.
The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be adjustable if required.