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Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp

20 Days
  • 19 nights & 20 days
  • Alpine
  • 8 people max
  • Spring and Autumn
  • 6173 meters / 20252 feet at top of Island Peak.
  • Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
  • All year round.

Overview

Imagine standing atop a Himalayan peak surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains as far as the eye can see. It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?

Reaching the top of Island Peak at 6187m, with snow under your feet and gazing out at the Himalayas, is an incredible accomplishment that will leave you with unforgettable memories and stories to share.

The journey begins by following the famous Everest Base Camp trek, passing through the colorful town of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and gateway to the high Himalaya. It then ascends to Tyangboche, where an ornate monastery sits amidst breathtaking mountain scenery.

The panoramic views from here are breathtaking, especially at sunset when the mountains seem to dance in a kaleidoscope of colors.

The route takes you deep into the heart of the Khumbu region, following sacred rivers and traversing forests filled with rhododendron, bamboo, pine and fir trees.

You will pass through charming Sherpa villages steeped in tradition where people follow time-honored customs for an uncomplicated life, and you will be warmly welcomed.

Reaching Everest Base Camp, you will be awestruck by the icy sanctuary that surrounds you.

Climbing Kala Patthar will provide you with arguably the best views of Everest on the planet.

From there, you will leave other trekkers behind to climb the summit of Island Peak, a challenging feat that will be worth it once you reach the top and feast your eyes on the outstanding, mesmerizing views of Thamserku, Makalu (8485m), Ama Dablam (6828m), Baruntse (7168m), Lhotse (8501m), Lhotse Shar (8386m), Peak 38 (7590m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m), and the Dudh Kosi Valley.

Few places on earth offer such magical views of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains.

Join us on this epic journey above the clouds, challenge yourself to reach top of a Himalayan peak and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal! We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your jet lag.

Day 2: Pre-trip meeting, any last-minute shopping for your trip, then Kathmandu sightseeing; visit – Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Patan Durbar.

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (45 minutes) and trek to Phakding.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Exploration around Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization day).

Day 6: Trek to Tyangboche.

Day 7: Trek to Pheriche.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche.

Day 9: Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Trek to Kala Patthar and return to Dingboche.

Day 11: Trek to Chhukung.

Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp.

Day 13: Summit Island Peak and back to Base Camp.

Day 14: Buffer day in case of bad weather.

Day 15: Trek to Deboche.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla.

Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Free time!

Day 20: Departure; transfer to airport.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

  • Climbing Island Peak: Reaching the summit of Island Peak at 6187m is a remarkable accomplishment, leaving you with unforgettable memories and stories to tell for years to come.
  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp: The trip follows the infamous Everest Base Camp trek, passing through the colorful hillside town of Namche Bazaar and the Sherpa capital, and gateway to the high Himalaya.
  • Stunning Views: The panoramic views from the ornate monastery in Tyangboche and from the summit of Island Peak are breathtaking, with snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see.
  • Sherpa Culture: Passing through charming Sherpa villages steeped in tradition, you will have the opportunity to experience Sherpa culture and the warm hospitality of its people.
  • Natural Beauty: The route goes deep into the heart of the Khumbu region, following sacred rivers and through forests thick with rhododendron, bamboo, pine, and fir trees, providing stunning natural beauty throughout the journey.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Breakfast

Hours of walking: 3.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 2840m in Lukla and 2610me in Phakding.

Terrain: Flat and downhill, well developed paths, stone steps.

Views on offer: Amazing Himalayan views on approach to Lukla.

Highlights: The breathtaking flight between the mountains.

What’s to see?: The traditional Sherpa people and Buddhist shrines.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, stone steps, mostly uphill, gradual with some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Spectacular approaching views of Namche Bazaar, snow capped peaks and the river valley.

Highlights: The colourful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the high Himalaya and crossing some impressive suspension bridges over the river valley.

What’s to see?: The milky waters of the Dudh Kosi River, thick rhododendron, magnolia and fir tree forests, herds of yaks carrying supplies.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 3962m at Mountain View Hotel, 3790m at Khumkung.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some steep inclines and flat tracks.
Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam.

Highlights: Your first sight of Everest!

What’s to see?: Khumjung Edmund Hillary School, Sherpa museum, shops and markets around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m.

Terrain: River bank path, some steep inclines, some flat and some short descents.

Views on offer: Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest.

Highlights: Tyangboche monastery, magnificent panoramic views from Tyangboche.

What’s to see?: The Lamas and Monks in the stunning Tyangboche Monastery, ornate wall hangings and a 20 foot statue of Lord Buddha.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 :
Pheriche.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4280m.

Terrain: Forest paths, riverbank trails, some gentle ascents and descents.

Views on offer: Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam.

Highlights: The meeting of the Imja and Khumbu rivers, walking along side the river listening to the gushing waters in this tranquil environment.

What’s to see?: A Yeti scalp in the Pangboche Gompa, the fast flowing waters of the Imja Khola, sacred mani stone walls and chortens inscribed with Tibetan texts.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 :
Lobuche.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4940m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks where you will need to scramble for a short time.

Views on offer: The Khumbu Icefall and Pumori amongst other beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Highlights: Reaching the top of a steep incline (the Thukla Pass) for breathtaking panoramic views amongst Buddhist chortens.

What’s to see?: Memorial sight for people who sadly lost their lives attempting to summit Everest, traditional Sherpa houses, Italian weather station and resource centre nearby our teahouse.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5354m at Base Camp and 5170m at Gorak Shep.

Terrain: Uneven, ridge tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Too many to mention! You will be surrounded by an icy wonderland, get your cameras at the ready!

Highlights: Congratulations, you made it! You reached the base camp to the highest mountain in the world.

What’s to see?: You may see a group of mountaineers preparing to attempt an Everest summit. Sunset views from your Gorak Shep teahouse.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5545m at Kala Patthar, 4360m at Dingboche.

Terrain: Steep, rocky climb to Kala Patthar and a gentle descent over rocky and some well defined paths to Dingboche.

Views on offer: Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: The most spectacular, panoramic views from the top of Kala Patthar.

What’s to see?: Sunrise from 5545m amidst a mountain wonderland, simply amazing.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 :
Chhukung.

Hours of walking: 2.5.

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation reached: 4750.

Terrain: Flat and downhill trails, rocky but well defined paths.
Views on offer: Chhukung Ri.

Highlights: Climbing Chukung Ri for magnificent views or exploring the Imja and Lhotse Shar glaciers.

What’s to see?: It all depends which optional hike you decide to do. The views from Chhukung Ri and the glaciers are worth a visit.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of Walking: 5.

Difficulty: moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 5090m.

Terrain: Steep ascents, lots of “up and down” on uneven tracks.

Views on offer: Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Imja Peak, Baruntac, Ama Dablam and Island Peak.

Highlights: Walking across the Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Imja glaciers.
What’s to see?: Mountains, mountains and more beautiful mountains! You will also be introduced to your climbing equipment and given training to use it correctly.

Accommodation: Camping in a tent.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: We have 2 days here to complete the summit; everything depends on the weather conditions.
Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 6173m.

Terrain: Rocks, snow and ice.

Views on offer: Makalu, (8485m) Ama Dablam, (6828m) Baruntac, (7168m) Lhotse, (8501m) Lhotse Shar, (8386m) Peak 38 (7590) and the long Imja Valley and Glacier.

Highlights: The achievement of conquering a Himalayan peak! Congratulations!

What’s to see: What’s not to see! The mighty Himalayas in all their glory.

Accommodation: Camping in a tent.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day depending on our summit time we may stay in Base Camp or further down from Base Camp towards Deboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 :
Deboche.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3770m.

Terrain: Riverbank trails, well defined rocky paths.

Views on offer: The Imja River and surrounding mountains and peaks.

Highlights: Returning to lower altitudes!

What’s to see: The villages of Chukkung, Dingboche, Shomare and Pangboche

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of Walking: 5.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Steep descents, stone steps, rocky trails and grassland

Views on offer: The River Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance.

Highlights: Returning to this vibrant Sherpa town.

What’s to see?: Check out the local markets, bars and restaurants.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17 :
Lukla.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: moderate.

Elevation reached: 2840m.

Terrain: By the banks of the river, stone steps and some steep descents and last ascents up to Lukla.

Views on offer: The glistening river amidst a mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Last day of walking in the Khumbu region. Well done, you completed your trip!

What’s to see: Thick forests, an array of birds and some final views of the mountains.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights: Another breathtaking airplane ride on a twin-engine otter amidst the mighty Himalayas.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Breakfast
Day 19 :
Free time!

Highlights: Time to shop, relax, get a massage.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Breakfast
Day 20 :
Departure.

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

Breakfast

Island Peak Climbing Inclusion/Exclusion

What are included?

  • Required transfers by private vehicle
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (twin/double bed sharing room)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle with entrance fees
  • All required permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Standard meals (Brekfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climbing
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Camping accommodation during climbing
  • English speaking guide, and required number of porters (includes their wages, accommodation, food and insurance)
  • General climbing equipment like ice screw, snow bar, rope etc
  • All tax and official expenses

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory), international flight fare, Nepal visa
  • All beverages, bar bills, laundry, personal expenditure
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Any cost that occurred due to unforeseen circumstances

Additional Information to help you plan and prepare for Island Peak Climbing

Booking Your Island Peak Climbing Adventure

Welcome to our Island Peak climbing adventure! We offer various dates throughout 2024 and 2025, allowing you to choose the one that best fits your schedule.

During the booking process, you’ll be directed to our payment page where you can choose to either pay a 20% deposit to secure your spot or pay the full amount upfront. If you opt for the deposit, you can settle the remaining 80% in cash (in USD or other widely accepted currencies) upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

Booking Your International Flight

For our Island Peak climbing expedition, plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 20.

To ease the transition and offset jet lag, we recommend arriving a day early, especially for travelers from western countries.

Additionally, we suggest allocating a few extra buffer days after the climb to account for potential flight delays due to weather conditions.

Packing for the Island Peak Climbing Expedition

Preparing for the Island Peak climbing expedition requires thoughtful consideration.

To assist you, we have prepared a comprehensive packing list tailored to the specifics of the climb, taking into account the season and your individual preferences. Please review it carefully and pack accordingly.

Arrival Information

Once you’ve booked your flight, please share the details with us.

If you arrive ahead of schedule, we can arrange accommodation at the same hotel for an additional fee and arrange airport pickup for your convenience.

Look out for our representatives at Tribhuvan International Airport, holding a sign with our company name, ready to welcome you upon arrival.

Flight to Lukla and Return

During peak seasons, typically from mid-March to mid-May and late September to late November, flights to Lukla depart from Ramechap airport. At other times, they leave from Kathmandu.

Rest assured, we will organize a complimentary approximately 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap during non-peak seasons.

Island Peak Climbing Schedule

The climbing expedition spans from Day 3 to Day 18.

You’ll fly to Lukla on Day 3 to begin the climb, return on Day 17, and fly back to Kathmandu on Day 18, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

For example, if your expedition is scheduled from April 5th to April 24th, 2025, you’ll fly to Lukla on April 7th, 2025, and return to Kathmandu on April 22nd, 2025.

Standard Climbing Days

Prepare for 15 days of thrilling Island Peak climbing.
Your journey will take you from Lukla to Island Peak Base Camp, summiting Island Peak and descending, with overnight stays at various campsites and teahouses.

Activities usually start around 7:00 AM and end by late afternoon, punctuated by rest stops and breathtaking views.

Everyday basis, our experienced guides will provide detailed briefings regarding the itinerary and resting points.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, accommodations feature 3-star hotels with twin/double sharing beds.

During the climbing expedition, expect comfortable teahouse accommodations, though basic, they offer warmth and rest. During the climbing period above Chhukung, you will spend your nights in tented camping.

Food

In Kathmandu, breakfast is included and typically served buffet-style, except on the day of your Lukla flight, when you’ll receive a packed breakfast.

During the climb, choose from a diverse menu of local and international cuisines for your meals.
After a day of climbing, enjoy nourishing meals to replenish your energy.

Baggage and Weight Restrictions

For the flight to Lukla, adhere to a total baggage weight limit of 15 kilograms (33 pounds) for both checked and carry-on luggage.

Ensure you distribute your baggage weight accordingly to comply with the limit.
Excess items can be stored at the Kathmandu hotel at no additional charge.

Don’t forget to retain a photo of your bag-tag for identification purposes.

Drinking Water

While bottled water is available along the trail, we encourage the use of reusable water bottles and water treatment to minimize plastic waste.

Stay hydrated by drinking over 4 liters of water daily during the hike and climb.

Electricity, Charging, and Wi-Fi

Please note that Island Peak climbing prioritizes natural landscapes over urban amenities.

While charging and Wi-Fi facilities may be available for an additional cost, they are not guaranteed.

We recommend immersing yourself fully in the mountain experience and refraining from work or online engagements during the climb.

Financial Considerations

Budget Nepali rupees for miscellaneous expenses such as beverages, Wi-Fi, and souvenirs.

Plan to allocate approximately 200 to 250 USD equivalent in Nepali rupees, with an additional 250-300 USD earmarked for guide and porter gratuities, based on the service quality provided.

Temperature and Climatic Conditions

The Island Peak climbing expedition exposes you to diverse temperatures based on altitude and terrain.
Refer to historical data for estimated minimum temperatures for each month during the climb.

Solo Travelers

Solo adventurers are welcome to join our Island Peak climbing expedition!

Enjoy a congenial atmosphere throughout the journey, with solo climbers sharing accommodations with individuals of the same gender.

Consider a single supplement in Kathmandu for added privacy, securing your own room for four nights pre- and post-expedition for an additional USD 180.

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Extensions and Side Trips

Extend your Kathmandu stay with day tours around Kathmandu or opt for pre-climb acclimatization treks to destinations like Poon Hill.

Feel free to contact us to explore these options pre or post Island Peak climbing expedition.

Join us on an epic journey and conquer Island Peak with ease!

Overall Trip Rating:
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  1. EBC and Island Peak Climb
    By Dave Barton March 5, 2024
    Mosaic Adventure had planned this adventure well to ensure proper acclimatization before heading to climb Island Peak. We reached Everest Base Camp first with acclimatization days along the way. After we were properly acclimatized, they took us further to climb Island Peak. We had different guides for parts of our trekking and climbing and both guides were really good. Pralhad on our trek to EBC, and Phurba on our Island Peak climb were amazing. Both of them speak good English, have guiding skills and always provide helpful information to prepare us for the next day's adventure. Follow Phurba's advice and you can reach the top without much problem. I am sure you will have an excellent trip with this team.
  2. An Amazing Experience
    By Terry Cook January 2, 2024
    We had a fantastic time with Pralhad during our recent Island Peak climbing expedition. Prlahad was really attentive and dedicated throughout our trip. Raj was also friendly and professional and if we go back to Nepal, we'll definitely reach out to them to arrange our trip. Also, the price for climbing Island Peak was fair and better than other places we looked at. Overall, our experience with Raj's agency was excellent and special thanks to Pralhad!
  3. Great expedition with amazing views
    By Erin Colman September 14, 2023
    Climbing expedition to reach the top of Island Peak is one of the best trips I have ever taken. Views from the top can't be described in words, it's a great feeling to be surrounded by the high Himalayan peaks and it's truly a privilege to stand on top of Island Peak. The arrangements by Mosaic Adventure and guide Phurba are really great. I only have positive feedback for the company and the guide, as there is no better way to arrange or execute this adventure. Highly recommended and great value for money.
  4. Perfect
    By Adam J May 4, 2023
    I am proud to have made it to the top of Island Peak, even though it was not an easy task. The view from the top was incredible, and we were lucky to have such wonderful weather. I would like to thank Phurba and the Mosaic team for organizing a great trip, and a special thanks to Madhav for his perfect coordination. I am already looking forward to climbing Mera Peak next year!
  5. An unforgettable adventure climbing Island Peak
    By Steve Banks June 16, 2022
    I joined Mosaic Adventures' Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp trek in May 2022. It was not easy trip but we made it with help of our hiking guide Santosh and climbing guide Phurba. From arrival till departure the whole experience is one to remember. it was a trip of a lifetime and I highly recommend Mosaic Adventure for Island Peak climb and Everest Base Camp.
  6. Akbar Hasan Khan
    Had an awesome trip
    By Akbar Hasan Khan October 10, 2012
    Had an awesome trip. Mosaic arranged everything - Madhav was helpful at the office in ktm. Our guide Krishna was excellent. It seemed that he truly cared about our experience and safety. Have used multiple out fitters ang guides around the world and these guys are one of the best. Reasonable prices especially when compared to western companies. Climbing island peak was definitely the highlight.

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Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp
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