The Everest Base Camp trek offers some of the most exquisite mountain views in the world, taking in all the sites from Nepalese mountain villages, to waterfalls, to Buddhist temple. On this trip, we combine Everest Base Camp trekking with an Island Peak trek. Because of its easy access, Island Peak climbing has become popular for adventurous trekkers.
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The Everest Base Camp Trek
Nepal is wedged between the Himalayas and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains. It is a land of snowy peaks, Sherpas, yaks, yetis, monasteries and mantras. Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. This tiny mountain nation has been an allure for travellers ever since. The world’s best climbs lie here with trails to Everest and beyond.
Only in Nepal can you trek for days or weeks in mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you. The sheer diversity that Nepal includes steamy jungle to the icy peaks of the world’s highest mountains. Trekking, mountaineering and rafting in spectacular scenery are just three things Nepal is famous for.
Our Everest Base Camp tours offer some of the most exquisite mountain views in the world, taking in all the sites from Nepalese mountain villages, to waterfalls, to Buddhist temples, to suspension bridges and, of course, Mount Everest itself.
The Island Peak Trek
For the Nepalese, Island Peak is known as Imja Tse and the first Everest expedition party used it as a trial peak. The end of Chukung valley is where the peak is located and a high camp is set for climbers to go to the summit and return to base camp in one day. Because of its easy access, Island Peak has become a popular trek for enthusiastic climbers. Island peak climbing is used as an add on of trek to Khumbu. The walk combines the route to base camp of Mt. Everest and Kalapattar.
After flying to Lukla, we will start the trek, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding, a further 3 hours to the North. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops on to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung.
From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding for the overnight stay.
DAY 3: PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)
The trail heads beside the Dudh Kosi and continues upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazar where we will stop overnight.
DAY 4: REST DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)
Today will be a rest day for acclimatization. Namache is famous for it’s market, so offers some brilliant opportunities to discover the local produce and culture.
If you rise early, those who go for a climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks.
DAY 5: TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3867M)
Today we will steadily descend to the Imja river. We will then climb steadily for about 2 hours to Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful places in the world.
DAY 6: THYANGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (4530M)
Today we will trek up the Imja river valley to Pangboche where we will be given the opportunity to visit the Monastery.
After lunch, the trek will take us through to the village of Dingboche.
DAY 7: REST DAY AT DINGBOCHE
Today is another rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche.
DAY 8: DINGBOCHE – LOBUCHE (4930M)
Today the aim is to trek around the base of the Khumbu glacier and have a light lunch at Dhugla, before a steep climb to Lobuche village.
DAY 9: LOBUCHE – KALA PATTHAR (5545M) – GORAKSHEP
Today we will climb to Kalapattar. The actual distance is not too far but we take the day very steady to compensate for the altitude. We stop at Gorakhshep for lunch before climbing to Kala Pathar.
We will then return to Gorakshep for our nights stay.
DAY 10: TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5360M) AND RETURN TO CHHUKUNG
A trek of approximately 2.5 hours of up and down glacial moraines extended from Khumbu icefall is an adventurous roller coaster trek to Everest Base Camp.
Once we have taken our time to take in the amazing atmosphere and surrounding views of EBC, we trek to reach Chhukung.
DAY 11: CLIMBING PRACTICE DAY AT CHHUKKUNG
At Chhukkung, we will spend the day going through climbing practice, learning the techniques you will need for your Island Peak summit attempt tomorrow.
DAY 12: CHHUKUNG TO HIGH CAMP
From Chhukung we will follow the trail that skirts around the base of Island Peak.
The main camp is made at a spot known as Pareshaya Gyab at 5087m. After lunch we will continue the trek to our High Camp for a further hour or so.
DAY 13: ISLAND PEAK SUMMIT DAY
We will set off early today for the summit at about 3am. From here, the trail leads up the glacier until a broad snow basin which leads to the final part of the climb. We will use fixed rope for approximately 100m to access the ridge, climbing up a steep snow and ice slope. The ridge very quickly leads up to the east up to the main summit at 6189m.
Once we have taken in the fantastic views, we will return to Base Camp.
DAY 14: ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP TO DINGBOCHE
Today we take the trail that leads back down to the Imja Valley, firstly to Chhukung and on to Dingboche for the overnight stay.
DAY 15: DINGBOCHE TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
From Dingboche the trail heads down the main Everest trail, before reaching the Tengboche Monastery.
Once we have visited the Monastery, we will continue on the Namache Bazaar.
DAY 16: NAMCHE BAZAAR TO LUKLA
The trail starts by descending steeply out of Namache and back across the suspension bridge.
We will lunch in Phakding before arriving back in Lukla by mid-afternoon.
DAY 17: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Today we fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
On these days, we have free time in Kathmandu. The days can also be used as summit day buffers in case the conditions are unsuitable on the first attempt day.
Take your time to explore the vibrant streets of Thamel, taste some delicious momos and visit the temples in the city.
DAY 20: DEPART FOR THE UK:
In the morning, we transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu and fly back to the UK.
What our Customers Say
Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:
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Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu
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