Island Peak Climbing with EBC is a great adventure that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The experience of climbing Island Peak and reaching the Everest Base Camp is one that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek offers some of the most amazing scenery in the world. From the lush green foothills to the towering Himalayas, trekkers will be surrounded by some of the most incredible natural beauty on earth. Island Peak Climbing with EBC is a great way to see Nepal at its best.
Trekkers will also enjoy interacting with the friendly Nepalese people. The locals are always happy to welcome visitors and are always willing to share a smile and a warm greeting. Island Peak Climbing with EBC is the perfect way to experience the traditional culture of Nepal.
Trip Duration: 20 Days
Maximum Altitude: 6,189 meters
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Suitable Trekking Season: Spring/Autumn
Trekking Mode: Camping and Lodge
1. Experience and explore the ancient sherpa’s culture.
2. Witness the majestic views of the Himalayas of over 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks.
3. Climbing Island Peak and enjoying the height of 6189 meters.
4. Trekking to the base of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest at 5364 meters.
5. Trek along with nature including high peaks, beautiful alpine rhododendrons, pine forests, and multiple historical sites and monasteries.
6. Warmth hospitality of the local residents mostly Sherpas.
Best Time to Trek
One of the most favorable times and seasons for trekking on the Himalayas is during the Spring season (March to May) and Autumn season (September to November). During these periods, the weather stays stable and you get to observe a clear view of the Himalayas.
Similarly, the temperature is favorable as the days are warm and nights are chilled. Likewise, during this season, you will face crowds of trekkers and find it hard to get rooms in the local lodges as well.
During the spring season, the trail gets more beautiful with the hills covered with wildflowers and green forest. Likewise, during the autumn season, especially in the month of October, you can experience the local festivals of the people living in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu.
Well, planning the trek during winter and monsoon would be quite risky due to the heavy snowfall and blockage of the trail.
Throughout the trek, Island Peak Climbing with EBC, you will require multiple permits that include,
1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
2. Island Peak Climbing Permit
3. Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
Likewise, all the individual permits cost different to enter. To enter Sagarmatha National Park requires NRS 3000 for the Europeans while NRS 1500 for the citizens of SAARC countries.
Similarly, to have permission to enter the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, you need to pay NRS 2000. Finally, To enter the Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project entry permit, you need to pay NRS 2000 as well.
1. The cost of a permit during the Spring (March to May) is USD 250
2. The cost of a permit during the Autumn (September to November) is USD 125
3. The cost of a permit during the Off seasons (December to February and June to August) is USD 70
Packing lists for the trek
1. Trekking boots with good ankle support
2. Rucksack with waterproof cover
3. Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
4. Down Jacket
5. Extra pair of socks and underwear
6. Sunglasses, sun hat, and gloves
7. Power bank and extra batteries
8. Water bottle and purification tablets
9. Sleeping bag
10. Towel, sandal, sun protection cream, hand sanitizer, etc.
Yes, you get to charge your devices throughout the trek as Island peak base camp and Everest base camp afford solar batteries for light and charging. However, it is advised to carry some extra batteries and power banks.
Although the geographical region is tough to travel to, as the trekking trail is quite famous, you can expect a decent family-oriented lodge with twin bed-sharing and clean toilets.
Talking about the foods, you will be experiencing the local meals which are freshly picked and cooked.
The common method of communication is with smartphones with the service of 4G data as most of the Everest region including base camp has the service of the network.
You can receive safe drinking water after you reach teahouses. You can ask for either boiled or filtered drinking water with some charge.
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will pick you up from the arrival terminal. We will transfer you to your hotel. After some refreshment, you will be given a brief about the upcoming program. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Immediately after you get up, go to the airport for a scenic and exciting 40-minute flight to Lukla. Have lunch at Lukla, meet the crew, and begin the trek to Phakding. You will cross Dudhkoshi Valley and trek through scenic villages. Crossing several streams and alpine woods, the beautiful trail lined with views of mountains will entice you until you arrive at Phakding for an overnight stay.
Leaving behind Phakding, we will follow the Dudhkoshi River with scenic views of Mt. Thamserku and Khumbila. We will trek further through Benkar, Monjo – the entrance into Sagarmatha National Park, and Jorsalle. Then ascend through pines forests and villages until you arrive at Namche Bazaar. This prosperous town is where you’ll stay for the night, enjoying great views of the peaks ahead.
It’s a day set aside for acclimatization when your body adapts to the rising altitude. You will take hikes to nearby locations such as Khunde, Khumjung, or the airstrip at Syangboche. Later in the day, you can see around the town. Later in the day, grab a drink and enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse. Stay tonight in the hotel.
Starting from Namche Bazaar, we will trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron and views of the impressive valley below. Cross a river and continue the ascent through the wilderness. Here, you’re likely to spot some animals, especially the mountain goat called thar. Trek further for an hour or so before you come to a mani wall and some hamlets. Take a break and head on for another hour to reach Tengboche with its iconic monastery visible from far down before you even arrive at this village. Here at Tengboche, we’ll stay in a lodge tonight.
Leaving behind Tengboche, we will trek to a higher altitude to the village of Dingboche. First, we will cross a thick forest of rhododendron and come to a bridge. Cross it and come to the village of Pangboche. Take a small break here and continue on the beautiful ascending trail to Pangboche Monastery. Follow Imja Khola further, and arrive at Dingboche for the overnight stay at Dingboche in a lodge.
Dingboche is the de facto place for acclimatization. Trekkers and climbers headed for Ama Dablam and Everest peaks stay in this village talking about their plans for climbing the peaks of Nepal. And those who have done so, talk cheerfully about the experience. Dingboche is the place with food, hot soup, and also a couple of hiking spots nearby that are ideal for acclimatization. Stay tonight in a lodge.
Begin the day with a good breakfast. From here, we will begin along an easy trail with clear skies shining peaks. Trek along and after some time, you will suddenly come to high-altitude mountainous terrain. Plants begin to recede as you arrive at Memorial Hill with its stone figures. Trek further to Thukla and after the lunch break, head to Lobuche where we’ll stay tonight.
It’s a long day of the trek today with around eight hours of walking, but it is also the day when you’ll visit Everest Base Camp. Starting from Lobuche, we’ll walk through the unique and fairly level surface in this high-altitude mountainous terrain. After some time We’ll see Khumbu and Changri Glaciers on our left. Head along beside Changri Glacier and ascend the hills to Gorakshep. Take a break here and head to Everest Base Camp. Spend some time at this popular destination where you’ll see trekkers and climbers from around the world. Later, return to Gorakshep for the overnight stay. Note: Your guide will show you the place in Gorakshep where, in 2009, Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organized the Everest Cricket Match.
Before dawn, head to Kalapatthar for an amazing sunrise experience in the Himalayas. The mesmerizing and astounding sunrise is one-of-a-kind in the world. Take photos of Everest, Pumori, and other peaks before returning to Gorakshep. Have breakfast here and trek further to Lobuche for the night.
It’s a long day of trek from Lobuche all the way down to Chhukung. At first, cross the Khumbu Glacier and head up to the third pass on this program – Kongma-La Pass. Once you reach here, you will have majestic views that you can capture in your camera. After some time on the pass, head downwards to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
It’s a day set aside for acclimatization when your body adapts to the rising altitude. You will take hikes to nearby locations such as Chhukung-Ri and the surrounding hills. Later in the day, grab a drink and enjoy breathtaking views of peaks ahead. Return to the lodge for the night. Today, we arrange and check well our personal climbing gears and hire the necessary gears here.
After a day of acclimatization at Chhukung, we will ascend along a steep trail east of the valley. The views of Lhotse Glacier are astounding, as are the rivers near Imja Glacier. Take the elevated trail from Imja Glacier and reach the base of Island Peak, aka Imja Tse, and stay in camping services.
Get up past midnight or well before dawn. The reasons are twofold – first, it’s the winds that are unpredictable later in the morning, and second, if you reach here at dawn, you can have an excellent sunrise experience. So, with that in mind, we’ll gradually and slowly walk up the rocky path for an hour or so to reach the summit of Island Peak. And then we’ll wait for the sunrise. As the rays begin to appear, the magical feeling will permeate you through and through. Take some photos and enjoy the views. A short while later, you will see the white panoramic expanse of several peaks everywhere. Later, with the wonderful feeling, you will trek down to High Camp and pack the bags. From there, we will trek to Base Camp and all the way to Chhukung.
Pack the bags and leave Chhukung. We recommend a heavy breakfast for the pleasurable trek ahead. With close-up views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, you’ll descend through narrow trails until you enter an alpine forest. The vegetation becomes dense as we drop further in altitude. We’ll have lunch along the way and then trek further. Later in the day, we’ll come to Pangboche where we’ll stay for the overnight stay.
We’ll start from the village of Tengboche with its iconic monastery. We’ll be descending further to lower elevations today. Passing through villages and shops, we’ll come to a river. Cross it, and arrive at the point of our lunch. As we descend further, colorful houses and hamlets begin to appear. Later, we’ll come to Namche Bazaar where we can enjoy a hot bath, mutton-soup, and a comfortable bed.
As we come to the end of our trekking activity today, we will be reaching Lukla today. It’s an average descent with beautiful scenery around. Have plenty of stops including one for lunch and later in the day arrive at Lukla where we’ll check into a hotel or a lodge for the overnight stay.
Catch a flight from Lukla in the morning. The beautiful flight is around 40 minutes, bringing you to the busy capital. Later, after refreshments, you can spend the day as you like, or just decide to stay in the hotel. In the evening, do take a stroll around Thamel and have your dinner. Check into the hotel for the night.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permits and transportation.
Climbing equipment: – (Warm down jackets, sleeping bags, warm trousers, koflach shoes, trekking shoes and sandals, perfectly fitting crampons, gaiters, jumar, gloves, sunglasses, headlight, helmet, harness belt, figure – 8.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.
The spring season of March/April/May is the best for holidays in the Nepalese Himalayas. The sky and the weather are very clear and sunny in these months and the temperature is warmer. At heights below 3,500 meters, you can expect temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees during the daytime, although these will drop at night. Once above 3,500, you should expect significant temperature drops at night and early morning, often as low as -15 degrees.
There is some rain in these months, but nothing severe and this really helps to bring out the natural colors in the varied flora and fauna, especially in the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron.
This is the primary time for tourism in Nepal with trekkers and mountain climbers seen all across the country.
Nepal experiences its monsoon season during June, July, and August, and it can sometimes last until mid-September. Some treks are possible in mid-June before the rains really get heavy, however, visibility can be limited.
The rains bring other challenges and obstacles. Mountain flights are not so frequent,
while landslides can block the roads. Trekking in mid-June is still possible but we advise against the classic treks such as Everest due to the risk of long delays at Lukla which could potentially lead to missing international flights. If this is the only season possible for you, then we recommend treks in drier parts of the country such as Upper Mustang or Upper Dolpo. We can also suggest other activities such as white water rafting or visiting the National Parks at Chitwan or Bardia.
With very similar conditions to spring, the autumn season begins in mid-September and runs to mid-December, and is also ideal for trekking. This is a long window of good visibility and so there are a wide variety of trekking options available.
This time of year is also known for its festivals, especially the Dashain festival/Tihar festival and Chhad festival. There are also long national holidays so many people return to their villages to see family, making rural Nepal even more vibrant than normal. There is little rain and the skies are mostly clear with warm weather. This does mean that the trekking routes can be quite crowded in the most popular areas so we advise booking early to avoid the disappointment of full tea houses.
The less popular trekking regions such as Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpo, Mustang, and Naar Phu are great alternatives for those who want to avoid the crowds at this busy time.
December to February is the winter season in Nepal. Trekking at this time is not ideal and we advise against anything that goes into thin air as snowfall is common and temperatures can be extremely low.
Trips that can be done in winter include trekking in the hills around Kathmandu, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Nagarkot, Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, or experiencing a homestay in one of the local villages. The biggest positive of this time of year is the excellent sunsets and sunrises which can often be enjoyed in the rural areas.
There is something for everyone at any time of year in Nepal and the team at Peace Nepal Treks are happy to advise the most suitable for your needs.
Check-list of personal equipment:
Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.
While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.
This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets)
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