Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Expedition via Gokyo~Ri / NPL – 18

Island Peak climbing takes you into the heartland of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. An ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) and Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft), proves a good acclimatization hike and gives you magnificent close-up views of the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. Further, cross the less frequented Chola pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) while ascending one of the most popular peaks in the Everest region.

The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular. From the Base Camp, it may take two or more days to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. Experience tells us that it is better to spend two nights at the base camp for acclimatization and training and then attempt the Island summit (6,189m/20,305ft) in one push directly from the Base Camp. The journey begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region.

This itinerary is actually designed for adventurers in quest of a challenging and "off the beaten path" climbing plus trekking experience crossing some of the most famous high passes & peaks in the world. If you are energetic, physically fit but have a limited amount of time to trek, our 19-day Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary would be ideal for you.

Brief Itinerary


01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
02 Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Swayambhunath
03 Fly Kathmandu - Lukla and then trek till Phakding.
04 Trek Pakding - Namche Bazar
05 Trek Namche Bazar – Thame
06 Trek Thame - Kumjung
07 Trek Kumjung – Phortse
08 Trek Phortse - Pangpoche
09 Trek Phangpoche – Dingpoche
10 Trek Dingpoche - Lobuche
11 Trek Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Kalapathar
12 Trek Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Lobuche
13 Trek Lobuche – Chukhung
14 Trek Chukhung - Island Peak Base Camp
15 Ascent summit and back - Chukhung.
16 Reserve Day.
17 Trek Chukhung – Thyangboche
18 Trek Thyangboche - Namche - Monjo.
19 Trek Monjo – Lukla
20 Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel. Visit Patan Durbar Square
21 Visit Bhaktapur and then transfer to the airport for onward journey

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Swayambhunath
In the morning after breakfast start sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath - One of the holiest Hindu shrines situated on the banks of Holy Bagmati River. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, (or phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva. This is also a cremation site for Hindus, where the dead bodies are burned with ritual ceremony on the banks of the holy river. Just a few minutes drive from Pashupatinath is Boudhanath which is one of the biggest stupas in the entire world. With its four pair of eyes in four cardinal directions, it keeps watch for righteous behavior and human property.

In the afternoon drive to Swayambhunath. Regarded as more than 2000 years old this stupa is situated at 77m above the level of the valley and thus has magnificent birdseye view of Kathmandu Valley. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. With more than 50 temples and shrines within a few blocks of one another, the square contains one of the most concentrated groupings of historical structures in the valley. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla and then trek till Phakding.
Early morning drive to Airport for the 40 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport of Lukla, after reaching at Lukla our guide will introduce with the porters, then start today’s trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi, it is easy trekking and takes about 3 and half hour to reach at Phakding
Day 04: Trek Pakding - Namche Bazar
We continue our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times and we enter to the park in Jorsale. After few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, laundry and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
Day 05: Trek Namche Bazar – Thame
Today you head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Koshi). As you walk up the valley, up to your left you will have fine views of Kwangde (6,343m) and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. Continue high above the river, the Bhote Khosi, on a contouring trail through fine rhododendron forest. Watch out along here for colorful Impeyan Pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Just before the village of Thamo you cross a side valley (Kyajo Kola) and from there you can look back for fine views of Thamserku (6,648m) and Kusum Kangru (6,370m). You might choose to visit the little nunnery passed just as you leave the village. Leaving Thamo you continue up the valley, still staying high above the river before descending to cross the river near some Buddhist rock paintings. For the final part of the walk you climb alongside a small stream to arrive at the cultivated fields in front of Thame village. This is where Tenzing Norgay, the first Sherpa ever to climb Mt. Everest, lived for many years with his first wife. If you are still feeling energetic on arrival you could make the short climb (about 1 hour) to Thame monastery clinging to the cliff side above the village in a truly spectacular location. The monks here have a Mani Rimdu festival every year in the late spring. You climb to the top of the ridge above the village and then ascend left to the monastery. From the monastery terrace there are fantastic views back down the valley of the mountains beyond Namche. As you descend from the monastery it is worth while walking to the end of the ridge to look up the valley towards the Nangpa La, a pass to leading to Tibet and a principal trade route between Nepal and Tibet for many hundreds of years.
Day 06: Trek Thame - Kumjung
Trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m]. You trace your route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village, which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega, Tawache and Ama Dablam.
Day 07:  Trek Kumjung – Phortse
After breakfast, we descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route is turn north, climbing above the more frequented route to Thyangboche and Everest Base Camp. Here's choice of routes in the beginning: the yak trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase-like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5716m), abode the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trails descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we'll be spend overnight in Phortse
Day 08: Trek Phortse - Pangpoche
After a sunny breakfast, we head up the hill in back of Phortse until we can look down on Thyangboche Gompa across the Dhud Kosi valley. Today's trail also has fantastic mountain views (Kim's vote for perhaps the most scenic trail in the Solu Khumbu), as we contour along for just over three hours to Pangboche, which homes one of the oldest gompas (500 years) in the Khumbu in the upper part of the village. We stay the night in lower Pangboche at Nima Lhamo's Sonam Lodge, and look out over Everest and the Nuptse wall up-valley, and Tengboche Gompa on the hillside across the river below. It's a nice walk up past the gompa to another hermitage, tucked away at the mouth of a narrow gorge, in the afternoon, and a good place to scour the small shops for left-over Everest supplies, as many of the Everest Sherpas come from Pangboche.
Day 09: Trek Phangpoche – Dingpoche
Descend throughout most of the morning into the Imje Khola only to once again gradually ascend as we follow the river northward, past more mani walls and through a few small villages. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche Khola, descend into the khola and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche (4400m).
Day 10: Trek Dingpoche - Lobuche
A few hours of trek up beside the glacier moraine to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4940 m). Passing the famed memorial, with tributes to climbers lost on Everest.
Day 11: Trek Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Kalapathar
Trek to Gorak Shep (5164 m). Further trek without backpacks to Kala Patthar (Black Rock), a mountain at 5545 m). with marvelous views on Mount Everest, Nuptse, and Pumo Ri (Pumori). Then, return to Gorak Shep (Gorakshep).
Day 12: Trek Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Lobuche
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5360 m ). Retrace the trail to Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek Lobuche – Chukhung
A long but gradual day hiking south out of the Khumbu Glacier to a lunch stop at Dingboche (14,100 ft). After lunch, we hike east up into the Chukhung Valley, last of the glacial valleys we will explore. We camp under the incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse (27,923').
Day 14: Trek Chukhung - Island Peak Base Camp
Trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant site by a small lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse today. Once camp has been set up you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organised for your ascent of the peak tomorrow, weather permitting.
Day 15: Ascent summit and back - Chukhung.
Weather permitting, you will begin your climb today. The day's climb will continue through high camp on a col. at 5,700 meters. You will start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading to the summit. After the summit, descend to the Base Camp.
Day 16: Reserve Day.
We keep this day extra just in case weather or any condition will change the summit plan early on.
Day 17: Trek Chukhung – Thyangboche
Descend to Thyangboche – the spiritual center of the Khumbu- a training center for new monks. The area is considered holy; nothing may be hunted or killed. Expeditions to the world’s highest peaks have traditionally stopped here to receive the blessing of the Thyangboche Rinpoche. Thyangboche has the high scenic treasures like Ama Dablam and Mount Everest in the background that impresses all passersby. We will camp overnight in the lovely meadows around the monastery and have ample time to visit it.
Day 18: Trek Thyangboche - Namche - Monjo.
Follow a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga; continue on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. After lunch at Shanasa make a way back to Namche Bazar. Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosil, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for staying overnight in Monjo.
Day 19: Trek Monjo – Lukla
This morning you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel. Visit Patan Durbar Square
Upon arrival in Kathmandu transfer to the hotel and in the afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan city. This sister capital is an ancient city also known as Lalitpur and is situated on the southern bank of the river Bagmati River and is 5 km southeast of Kathmandu. This city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. It is also known as the city of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans.
Day 21: Visit Bhaktapur and then transfer to the airport for onward journey
In the morning after breakfast drive to Bhaktapur. The urban city of Bhaktapur from the medieval period also known as Bhadgaon has an area of 4 sq. miles in a conch-shell shape. Bhaktapur also means the city of devotees. We also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which at 98ft. Height, is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali Temple architecture.

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
Highlight of this Trek
Island Peak climbing takes you into the heartland of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier.
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 3440m.
Maximum altitude: 5360.
Grade: Easy
Mode: Tented Camp
Duration of Trek: 17 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Lukla
Exit: Lukla - Kathmandu
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