Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

Two little words. They go round your head every night as you lay it down on your pillow and fall into a slumber. Base Camp. 

If you’ve got the Everest itch, then you’re not alone. And on this trek to Base Camp, you’ll not only walk among giants and revel in the rugged power of the highest mountain in the world, but you’ll also test your limits on Everest’s little sister, Island Peak. 

500 odd metres lower, Island Peak’s summit is the perfect place to go to next, if you’re not quite ready to tackle the peak of Everest herself. (And let’s face it, not many people are.) 

On Island Peak’s summit at the end of Chukkung Valley, you’ll learn new climbing skills as you make your way up the steep snow and ice slopes. You’ll feel the challenge, but you’ll have a bloody good time too. 

Want to take another step towards one day summiting the biggest mountain in the world? 

This is your trek. 

Where else can you trek remote, rugged mountain trails and witness some of nature’s most spectacular feats, safe in the knowledge that a hot meal awaits you at the end of each day? 

Only in Nepal.

That’s where you’ll experience the finest this world can offer in terms of nature and community, thanks to the inimitable hospitality of the people there. Local, ancient traditions and kindness like you’ve never known await you in the remote mountain villages that you’ll pass on your journey to Everest Base Camp. 

With iconic mountain scenery and accessible hiking along some of the world’s best-loved climbing trails, your trek to Everest Base Camp will be everything you’re expecting. 

And nothing like you’re expecting at all. 

Seriously, nothing can prepare you for the things you’ll see. Or for the friendships you’ll make. Or the stories you’ll hear. 

But one thing’s for sure. Your life will change the moment you set foot upon Everest and breathe in the possibility ahead of you. All that’s required to get you there is some careful planning, a great sense of adventure and a little bit of willpower too. 

If you’ve got experience with rope climbing, great. Crampons? Even better. Because we’ll be tackling Island Peak once we’ve made it to Base Camp, and the ridge up there is steep, narrow and a real pulse-raiser as summit approaches go. 

But having these climbing weapons in your arsenal is by no means essential, since we’ll spend a day at Chukkung, practising the techniques that you’ll most definitely need on your Island Peak summit attempt. 

It’s always worth remembering that you’ll be walking between 4 and 8 hours every day on a mountaineering trip to Nepal. Most of it’s uphill and the altitudes are, of course, rather high. But if you’ve got some grit, some guts and a hankering to set foot on the tallest mountain in the world? 

This trip is for you. 

 

 

Day 1

TRAVEL TO KATHMANDU

Depart UK and arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 2

TREK FROM LUKLA TO PHAKDING

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.

Day 18-19

Free days Kathmandu

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.

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The trekking season in the Himalayas is broadly broken down into two – before the monsoon, and after the monsoon. 

To read our article on ‘The Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp’ Click Here!

Hear “Everest” and you’re probably thinking of a gruelling climb with crampons, ropes and the whole shebang. But that’s the beauty of tacking on those two little syllables and going to Base Camp instead of the summit. 

To read our full article on ‘How Difficult Is Everest Base Camp?’ then Click Here!

Just like a good old-fashioned pub crawl, our crawl will be from teahouse to teahouse instead! That’s because Nepalese teahouses are the most popular accommodation for trekkers around Everest, providing everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep between hikes.

To learn more about these bastions of warmth have a read of our article, “Where Do You Stay On the Trek To Everest Base Camp?’.

If you stumbled here looking for the short answer to the perennial question – Do I really need to train for Everest Base Camp? – here’s your answer: yes, yes you do. 

And now that the short answer’s out of the way, read our full article ‘Do I Need To Train For Everest Base Camp?’ to find out more. 

Unlike anything we’re used to, Nepal experiences five distinctly different seasons in a year: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

To read our full article, ‘How Cold Is Everest Base Camp?’, CLICK HERE!

The baseline cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp will depend on a number of variables. The costs will change based on how inclusive you want your trip to be.

To read our article, ‘How Much Does An Everest Base Camp Trip Cost?’, CLICK HERE!

Well over eight days you will steadily trek up through the mountains to 5,364 metres to reach Base Camp.

To find out more information then head over to our knowledge centre and read our full article, ‘How High Is Everest Base Camp?’. 

One of the main concerns that travellers have before booking a Mount Everest Base Camp trek is how they will adjust to the elevation. Everest Base Camp is still high enough for you to feel the effects of altitude, and you should be well-prepared for them before setting out on your adventure.

Read our full article ‘Everest Base Camp Altitude Sickness and How To Avoid It’ to find out more. 

The food on the Everest Base Camp trek might not feature Michelin-star presentation, but let us tell you – it is tasty.

If you’re curious about what you can expect to eat whilst trekking to Everest Base Camp, CLICK HERE and read our complete guide to food on the EBC trek.

On your international flight you will have 23kg for your hold baggage plus your hand luggage. On the internal flight to Lukla you are allowed 15kg in total between your duffle bag and day bag.

To find out more read our full article, ‘What Is The Baggage Allowance For Everest Base Camp Trek?’.

If you’re going for the Everest Base Camp, then there’s no technical climbing required at all. Instead, it’s a long hike.  And when we say long, we do mean long. The whole trek usually takes around 12 days, as you’ll need to hike from Lukla, through the Khumbu Valley.

To read our full article, ‘Is Everest Base Camp Hard?’, CLICK HERE!

On all of our Nepal treks, you will have a couple of days to explore Kathmandu, with both a locally-guided tour of the city and free time to spend at your leisure.

To read all our top suggestions of what to do, buy and eat in Kathmandu, then CLICK HERE!

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