The Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak climbing is a wonderful experience in the Nepal Himalayas. It is suitable for physically fit, energetic and interested trekkers from around the world. Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the most popular climbing treks in Nepal. Every year many trekkers reach this peak. Island peak itself is not a technical climb but it would be quite challenging for a beginner. Before climbing Island Peak, we will visit the most famous trekking in the Nepal - Everest Base Camp. Everest is in the Sagaramatha National Park which is the highest national park in the world; UNESCO declared the park a world heritage site in 1979.
A hearty welcome to Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital and cultural hub. We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel by private tourist car. In the early evening, you will be introduced to your guide and briefed about the trek.
After breakfast, we will go on a cultural tour to some of the most historic and architectural attractions in Kathmandu valley which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. We visit the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and Hindu divine temple of Pashupatinath. In the evening, you will be introduced to fellow participants, and we will briefly discuss the trip.
Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding). Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) Flight time: 30 min.
Your big moment is finally here and we wish you good luck with each step to view the highest mountain in the world. After a short morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will be introduced to your porters. These men are the unsung heroes of Nepal. They will carry your luggage all the way to Base Camp and back.
The walk from Lukla to Phakding is easy. We will probably stop for our first mountain lunch in the Chaurikharka village depending on our hunger and time of our flight arrival in Lukla. We will descend towards Dudh Koshi Ghat, 2,530 (8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi River until we arrive at our overnight village, Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft). Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a very popular shopping village.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Walking Distance: 11km (6-7 hours)
Today is the day of suspension bridges along the Dudh Koshi River. After breakfast, we will hit the trekking road to Namche Bazaar, the biggest Sherpa Village in Nepal. Our trail will take us over the Dudh Koshi River via a long suspension bridge and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park (the world’s highest National Park) for a brief permit check. Then we will descend to the Dudh Kosi River (Spotting Mani Stones along the way) on route to Jorsale. We will stop for a well deserved lunch here, before we start the uphill to Namche Bazaar. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It is quite a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar where we will stay overnight.
Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to acclimatize to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is well known as the gateway to Mt. Everest and is the main village of the Khumbu region. You will find Government Offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Our guides can take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. Hiking to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kongde.
There is an optional two hour trip to the Everest View Point. From here, we can decide if we want to walk another three hours uphill to explore the beautiful Khumjung village (Mt. Hillary School) which will help with acclimatization. For those of you who do not want to walk to the Everest View Point and to the Khumjung Village, you will have time to explore Namche Bazaar and can check out the Sherpa Museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours)
After breakfast, we will start another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp. Breathtaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde are some of the highlights that can be observed. A short drop takes us to the riverside where we will stop for lunch. The trail then starts 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 grade! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views including Everest, Ama Dablam and Kantaga are legendary. We’ll visit the Tengboche monastery, one of the largest in the Khumbu region.
Our trek today continues with a walk through the rhododendron forest for the first half hour heading down to Deboche. We then cross the Imja Khol River on a wooden bridge. We’ll pass the valley wall and then climb up to Pangboche village, a local settlement of traditional Sherpas. This will be a unique opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village. We continue on the trail to the lunch place in Somera with incredible views. From here, the trail heads up to Pheriche, a village along the riverside. We may even take an afternoon class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
After breakfast, our hike starts with an easy walk towards Dughla where we will stop for a refreshment break. From Dughla, a steep trail leads to the top of a high hill where there are memorial stupas dedicated to climbers and trekkers who have lost their lives to Everest over the years. We then walk over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Lothse, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Pumori. We will have lunch in Lobuche. After lunch, we will prepare for tomorrow’s big destination trek.
Finally our dream comes true!! Our big and long day starts early in the morning with an easy trek from Lobuche to Gorek Shep. Gorek Shep, situated at an altitude of more than 5,000m, is the last settlement in this trek. We will stop for a lunch break here. After lunch and a rest, we will trek slowly to our destination. We will approach the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Mt. Everest. Our goal will be fulfilled as soon as we reach Base Camp. During the spring climbing season, you might meet climbers who will attempt to scale the summit of Mt. Everest. Just before sunset, we will return and walk all the way back to Gorekshep for some much needed rest and relaxation. If you would like to walk up Kala Patthar to view the sunset please let us know. Weather permitting, we can arrange for the hike.
You can decide if you would like to wake up early the next morning and walk all the way up to Kala Patthar to view sunrise over the mountains, weather permitting.
We prepare for an early morning departure to Kala Patthar (which means black rock), amid pre-dawn darkness and super cold temperatures (5°C to -14° C) for an amazing and glorious view of Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate spectacular views of Nuptse, Pumary and Lhotse mountains. This might be one of the main attractions of your journey. You will have time to capture amazing moments of Everest and its neighboring peaks. After this wonderful sunrise, we will rerturn to Gorek Shep and enjoy a lovely warm breakfast before we start our trek back down to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
After breakfast, we will trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. On Kongma La, prayer flag wrapped rock cairns mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. At Chhukung, we will check our equipment in preparation for our ultimate climb. Overnight in Chhukung.
Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.
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 southwest side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
After breakfast, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper way to use climbing gear such as the ice axe, climbing boots with crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will include using ropes to ascend and descend. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills. This will increase your chances of scaling the summit and your enjoyment of the experience. We can spend the rest of the day hiking to high camp and back or resting for the next day’s climb. Overnight at the base camp.
We wake at around 12 to 1 AM and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important that we reach the summit before noon. The afternoon strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, the slope narrows and the trail enter a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully; this is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we 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. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fixed rope after successfully climbing onto rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views and taking photos, we will descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew will be waiting to celebrate our successful Island Peak climb.
Today’s walk will be much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We can take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south with the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley.
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If you are interested, we can visit monks at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch, we continue through the rhododendron and juniper forests. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We will watch for wildlife such as mountain goats, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. We descend and cross the bridge at Phunke Tenga. We will then hike an hour uphill to the Everest highway and back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar for a good rest and relaxation.
After breakfast, we will trek towards the Hillary Suspension Bridge and pass through several local villages. As the trail descends steeply, you will notice more greenery and forests along the Dudh Koshi River. From Phakding, the trail ascends slightly to Lukla. Finally, we made it! Well done to your great achievement and teamwork. You have accomplished a physical feat of which others may only dream. Tonight, is our last night in a teahouse and in the mountains. We will organize a farewell dinner party for our trekking crew.
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, Zam Zam Treking will take you to your hotel where you can enjoy a hot shower, a rest and some afternoon souvenir shopping. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, you can arrange it with your guide. There will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! We wish you all the best!! We can exchange emails and photos with travel companions and Zam Zam Trekking P. LTD. A representative from Zam Zam Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
You are most welcome to create your own itinerary list. Please note that, if possible, we always suggest that you plan one or two extra days in your trip.