Everest Base Camp (EBC) with Island Peak Climbing is a popular trekking and climbing itinerary in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trip takes around 19-20 days and offers the opportunity to experience the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and the Sherpa culture, as well as climb a Himalayan peak.
The trip begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. From there, the trek continues to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally to the Everest Base Camp. The base camp offers stunning views of the Khumbu Icefall and the surrounding peaks.
After spending some time at the base camp, the itinerary includes a climb up to Island Peak (6,189 meters/20,305 feet), which is a popular peak for climbers in the region. The climb is not technically difficult but requires good physical fitness and some basic mountaineering skills. The climb provides stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.
Overall, the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers a unique combination of trekking and climbing experiences in the Himalayas. It is a great opportunity to challenge yourself both physically and mentally and to experience the beauty and culture of Nepal.
The best time to climb Island Peak in Nepal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The pre-monsoon season runs from March to May and the post-monsoon season runs from September to November.
During these seasons, the weather is generally dry and stable, with clear skies and good visibility. The temperatures are also moderate, making it more comfortable for climbers to climb the peak.
The pre-monsoon season is the best time to climb Island Peak as the weather is usually stable with low precipitation, which makes for good climbing conditions. The autumn season is also a popular time for climbing Island Peak, with the added benefit of clear skies and stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
During the monsoon season (June to August), the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can make climbing Island Peak more challenging and dangerous. Similarly, during the winter season (December to February), the temperatures drop significantly, and the peak is covered with snow, making climbing more difficult and demanding.
It is important to note that the best time to climb Island Peak can vary from year to year, and it is always recommended to check the weather forecast and the local conditions before embarking on a climbing expedition.
Island Peak climbing involves some technical climbing and requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The climb involves navigating through steep slopes, ice, and snow, and some sections may require the use of fixed ropes, crampons, and ice axes. It is classified as a moderate technical climb and is suitable for climbers with some basic mountaineering skills and experience.
To prepare for Island Peak climbing, it is recommended that climbers undertake a comprehensive training program that includes cardiovascular endurance training, strength and conditioning exercises, and specific mountaineering skills training. Climbers should aim to build their stamina and endurance through activities such as hiking, running, cycling, and other aerobic exercises.
Climbers should also focus on strength training exercises that target the upper body, core, and legs, as these muscle groups are critical for mountaineering. Exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats, and planks are highly recommended.
It is also important to undergo specific mountaineering skills training such as rope handling, crampons, ice axe use, and other techniques for navigating through steep and technical terrain. Climbers should also ensure they have the necessary equipment, including appropriate clothing, footwear, and climbing gear.
Acclimatization is also crucial when climbing Island Peak, and climbers should allow adequate time to acclimatize to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness. The itinerary should be planned to include several rest days and gradual ascents to allow the body to adjust to the altitude.
Overall, Island Peak climbing requires a good level of physical fitness, endurance, and some basic mountaineering skills. With proper training, preparation, and equipment, climbers can safely and successfully summit the peak and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Two to three months prior to your journey, you should begin a strength training program for your climb. Incorporate a lot of exercises that increase your stamina and endurance. Your preparation for your Himalayan expedition should include frantic cardio workouts, weight training, and extended hiking or trekking on difficult terrain. To strengthen your muscles, consider wall climbing as well as climbing stairs.
When climbing Island Peak, insurance is a requirement. Your insurance plan should pay for losses like emergency rescue, evacuation, and hospital expenses (lost baggage, canceled flights, accidents, etc.). Please confirm that high-altitude rescue above 6000 meters is covered by your insurance. Your insurance should provide coverage for high-altitude mountain rescue and evacuation since the greatest elevation you will reach is 6189 meters.
When walking at a high altitude, acclimatizing your body is crucial. While the altitude affects some people as low as 2000 meters, some experience it at 3000 or 4000 meters. Your plan has been modified to include acclimatization days so that your body can adjust to the thin air before climbing Island Peak.
Symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS), sometimes known as AMS, include headache, palpitations, nausea, lethargy, sleeplessness, and dyspnea. Taking a Diamox could be beneficial if the altitude starts to affect you.
We advise keeping your body hydrated by regularly consuming water and warm liquids in your diet. If you drink, don't drink, and if you smoke, don't smoke. If the symptoms do not go away even after taking medication, you should go to a lower elevation and wait for your body to get normal. If your condition deteriorates, our guide will set up an air evacuation. You'll be transported by helicopter to a hospital in Kathmandu to undergo cutting-edge medical treatment. To prevent the situation from getting worse, one should take the appropriate safety measures.
Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche clinics run by the Himalayan Rescue Association provide treatment for minor illnesses. Our guides utilize their oximeter, which they always have with them, to measure
A rescue and evacuation operation will be launched in the event of a medical emergency requiring advanced care while in the mountains. An air ambulance will be called, which will carry the injured or sick customer to a clinic in Kathmandu. Your insurance policy should include rescue coverage up to 6,189 meters in case of a high-altitude mountain rescue and evacuation (the highest elevation you will reach).
You will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at teahouses while trekking. Lunch will be consumed at a teahouse along the path, while breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse where you will spend the night.
You'll be pleasantly pleased by the variety on the menu. Most of the teahouses provide similar cuisine. Pasta, spaghetti, noodles, momos (dumplings), hash browns, oatmeal, chappatis or flatbread, apple pie, pizza, macaroni, etc. are a few examples of typical foods. The most full meal is Dal-Bhat, a typical Nepali dish made up of rice, curries, lentil soup, pickles, and poppadums.
As the meat provided on the route is not fresh, it is advisable to avoid it. The Sherpas refrain from killing animals. You will receive hot, energizing meals while camping at the Island Peak Base Camp from our team. You can fuel up for your summit quest with plenty of hot soup and broth.
You can acquire a reusable water bottle to preserve your drinking water. You can fill it at the teahouse where you eat or from a natural water source. For boiled drinking water, the teahouses charge between $1 and $4 USD, depending on the location of the teahouse. Your water can be filtered using a device like the Steripen or Lifestraw. If you don't mind the scent, iodine, and chlorine tablets are a less expensive option. While it becomes quite cold higher up beyond the tree line, you can also bring a small thermos to store hot beverages.
You will spend the night at regional teahouses run by Sherpa families while on your journey. Two travelers can share the twin beds in the rooms. You will need to pay more if you require a single room.
The lack of insulation means that the rooms can get quite chilly at night. To be warm, cover your sleeping bag with the teahouse's blanket. The sole room with heating is the common or living space, where all the guests congregate. Before going to bed, you can warm up with the yak dung or wood heater.
It is possible to book rooms with hot showers and adjoining bathrooms up till Namche. Yet as you ascend, teahouses with only minimal amenities become more common. due to the limited number of teahouses
Electricity is available throughout the whole course, with the exception of Island Peak Base Camp. For charging your electrical gadgets, there is an additional fee in the teahouses. Only charging ports are available, and these might fill up quickly during the busy season. It is essential to bring a power bank with a large capacity when traveling in order to charge your electronics.
On the route, there is a cellphone and internet connection. The network may occasionally be erratic due to the steep terrain. From Kathmandu, you can buy a local Simcard with adequate internet data to use while hiking. Teahouses impose an additional fee to access their WiFi connection.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative from Nepal Unique Treks and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Overnight stay at Thamel
Today, you'll have a guided tour of some of Kathmandu's most famous cultural and religious sites, including Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. Then earlier evening back to Hotel and prepared for trekking and climbing gear. if you do not have enough gear you can buy in Thamel. Your guide will help you.
Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then start your trek to Phakding, passing through beautiful forests and crossing the Dudh Kosi River. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Today, you'll cross several suspension bridges. Then when you reach Manjo village you have to enter your trekking and climbing permits at the Sagarmatha Nationalpark office, After 15 m walk you will arrive Jorsalle last stop for lunch. So that you will have lunch and climb up to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Khumbu region. Today you will walk 6/7 hrs. Overnight stay at Namche.
Today acclimatizing to the Everest view Hotel. Also, you can hike to the nearby villages of Khumjung and Khunde, for stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. Hike back to Namche and explore surrounded there, Enjoy Watching Sherpa Documentary at the coffeeshop. Overnight stay at Namche.
After breakfast, trek through the rhododendron forest and reach the Tengboche monastery, one of the most famous monasteries in the region.
The trail descends to Debuche and crosses the Imja River before climbing up to Pangboche. After lunch, continue the climb to Dingboche, a picturesque village surrounded by mountains.
Another rest day to acclimatize in Dingboche. You can take a short hike to the nearby hill for stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam and Lhotse. spend your day by a walk around the village. Overnight stay at Dingbuche.
Today, you'll follow the trail along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and reach Lobuche, a small settlement with several lodges. Overnight Stay at Lobuche.
The trail leads to Gorak Shep, where you'll have lunch and drop off your bags at the teahouse before hiking to Everest Base Camp. After spending some time at the base camp, return to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight stay at Gorakshep
Early in the morning, hike to Kala Patthar for stunning views of Everest and other peaks in the region. Afterward, descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast before continuing on to Lobuche.
Today, you'll cross the Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) and descend to Chukhung, a small village surrounded by mountains.
As early as 1 AM, begin. The squad needs to be on the slopes climbing as early as possible to avoid the clouds and strong gusts that pour in late in the afternoon. The ascent is challenging and demanding. You bring a packed lunch and some snacks with you because you will be climbing for the majority of the day.
After some hiking, you arrive at High Camp. From here, it takes around 3 hours to climb to Crampon Point, where you don your crampons because the trail becomes ice and treacherous. Starting around 5700 meters, man-ropes will be tied for the team's protection. You can get to the Imja Glacier's base by following a ridge. Experience the glacier
From Chhukung, one of the oldest and highest permanent Sherpa towns in the Everest region, it is a downhill trek to Pangboche. The town is home to the Khumbu Region's oldest Buddhist gompa (monastery).
You are moving from Pangboche to Namche Bazar. You can now enjoy the creature luxuries you had been lacking for the past few days in Namche, such as hot showers, flavorful meals, excellent coffee, baked goods, etc. Enjoy a luxurious spa day and a restful night's sleep. Overnight Stay at Namche.
You go return to Lukla by taking the same route. It's a lengthy downhill, and you pass the same landmark that you did a few days earlier.
With your climbing team, it's time to celebrate your successful journey in the teahouse. Your last night in the Himalayas will be spent celebrating with the Sherpa porters and guides. Songs, dances, and countless rounds of Chhyang will be performed (local liquor). Don't forget to leave a generous gratuity for your porters and guides after they safely brought you up the mountain.
Your journey is now concluded. Take a flight to Kathmandu and say farewell to the mountains, possibly promising to return in the upcoming season. At 6 pm, you are invited for a farewell dinner. Organize by Nepal Unique Treks.
Three hours before your scheduled departure, a driver will take you to the airport. Please let us know if you want to explore the Himalayas further. For you, we can plan a trip to the place of your choice.