Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climb - 19 Days

EBC trek
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EBC
Duration19 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude6165 M
ActivitiesTrekking & Climbing
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and April to May

Starting on the 19-day Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak climb is an unforgettable adventure that promises stunning scenery, cultural immersion, and the thrill of conquering a Himalayan summit. This epic journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital, where trekkers soak in the rich culture before flying to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region.

From Lukla, the trek winds through picturesque Sherpa villages, where colorful prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze. Along the trail, trekkers encounter breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests teeming with wildlife. The traditional hospitality of the Sherpa people adds warmth to the journey as trekkers make their way to Namche Bazaar, the bustling heart of the Khumbu region.

After acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, trekkers continue their ascent, passing through remote mountain hamlets and crossing high-altitude passes. Each day brings new challenges and rewards, from navigating rocky trails to soaking in panoramic views of Everest and its neighboring peaks. The journey to Everest Base Camp is a highlight, where trekkers stand in awe of the towering mountain and reflect on the courage of those who dare to summit its peak.

But the adventure doesn't end at Base Camp. Trekkers then set their sights on Island Peak, a majestic summit standing over 6,000 meters above sea level. The climb is a test of skill and endurance, requiring careful navigation of steep terrain and icy crevasses. But the reward is worth it—a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas stretching as far as the eye can see.

After conquering Island Peak, trekkers descend back to Lukla, where they bid farewell to the mountains before flying back to Kathmandu. The journey may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime. From the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the serene beauty of the Everest region, the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak climb is an adventure like no other, offering a truly immersive experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla: The adventure begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and valleys below.
  • Trekking through Sherpa Villages: As you trek through picturesque Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, you'll immerse yourself in the rich culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Panoramic Views: Along the trail, you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of some of the world's highest mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Reaching Everest Base Camp: Standing at the foot of the world's highest peak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll trek through the Khumbu Glacier and navigate rocky terrain to reach Everest Base Camp, where you'll be surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Island Peak Ascent: The highlight of the journey is climbing Island Peak, a majestic peak standing over 6,000 meters tall. The climb is challenging but offers incredible views of the surrounding Himalayas from the summit.
  • High-Altitude Passes: You'll cross high-altitude passes like Kongma La and Cho La, where you'll be treated to stunning views of the Himalayan landscape stretching out before you.
  • Cultural Immersion: Throughout the trek, you'll have the opportunity to interact with local Sherpa communities, visit ancient monasteries, and learn about the unique culture and traditions of the region.
  • Acclimatization: Adequate acclimatization is built into the itinerary to ensure that you safely adjust to the high altitude, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey without the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Spectacular Landscapes: From lush forests and alpine meadows to glacial moraines and icy rivers, the Everest region is home to some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on earth.
  • Sense of Achievement: Completing the Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climb is a remarkable achievement that will leave you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that you've conquered some of the most challenging terrain in the world.
Itinerary
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Your Himalayan adventure begins as you touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by our representative, who will warmly welcome you to the country. They will assist you with your luggage and escort you to a comfortable vehicle waiting outside. From there, you'll enjoy a scenic drive through the bustling streets of Kathmandu to your hotel, where you can rest and rejuvenate after your journey.

Kathmandu, nestled in the Kathmandu Valley, is the vibrant capital city of Nepal, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and ancient architecture. As you settle into your hotel, take some time to soak in the sights and sounds of this bustling city, which serves as the gateway to the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 1,300m Accommodation: Hotel

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you'll embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll visit some of the city's most iconic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your tour may include stops at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic palace complex showcasing intricate wood carvings and ancient temples, and Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, offering panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley. You'll also visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. After a morning of exploration, you'll return to your hotel to relax and prepare for your upcoming trek.

Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning, you'll head to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for a thrilling flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Flying over the majestic Himalayas, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys below. Upon landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, one of the most scenic airports in the world, you'll meet your trekking crew and set off on your trek to Phakding.

The trail to Phakding descends gently through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and dense forests of rhododendron and pine. You'll cross several suspension bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags and follow the course of the Dudh Koshi River, which originates from the melting snow of the Everest region. After approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you'll reach the quaint village of Phakding, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house.

Max Altitude: 2,651m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 7.5 km

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you prepare for another day of trekking, which will take you deeper into the heart of the Khumbu region. The trail from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is a scenic journey that offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks and lush greenery. As you ascend higher, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, signaling your ascent into the high altitude environment of the Himalayas.

The trek to Namche Bazaar involves several steep ascents and descents, as you navigate rocky terrain and cross suspension bridges suspended high above the roaring river below. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages, where you'll have the opportunity to interact with local Sherpa communities and learn about their unique way of life. After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Namche Bazaar, the bustling commercial hub of the Everest region, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house.

Max Altitude: 3,430m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 9.2km

Today is a well-deserved rest day in Namche Bazaar, allowing your body to acclimatize to the higher altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead. Acclimatization is essential for minimizing the risk of altitude-related illnesses, such as altitude sickness, and ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in the Himalayas.

During your acclimatization day, you'll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant streets of Namche Bazaar and immerse yourself in the local culture. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum to learn about the rich history and traditions of the Sherpa people, or hike to the nearby Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks. Alternatively, you can simply relax and enjoy the mountain scenery from the comfort of your tea house.

Max Altitude: 3,430m Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, you'll continue your journey towards Tengboche, a charming village nestled amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, making each step more challenging but rewarding.

After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll reach Tengboche, home to one of the most important monasteries in the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery. Perched atop a hill overlooking the valley below, the monastery offers stunning views of Mount Everest and is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. You'll spend the night in a cozy tea house in Tengboche, where you can rest and recharge for the days ahead.

Max Altitude: 3,870m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 9.2km

Today's trek takes you to Dingboche, a picturesque village located at the foot of the towering Himalayas. The trail ascends gradually, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and pristine mountain landscapes. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the temperature dropping and the air becoming thinner, signaling your ascent into the high altitude environment of the Everest region.

The trek to Dingboche involves crossing several suspension bridges and traversing rocky terrain, as you make your way through remote mountain villages and alpine meadows. Along the way, you'll pass by fields of barley and buckwheat, cultivated by local Sherpa farmers, who have inhabited this region for centuries. After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Dingboche, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house.

Max Altitude: 4,360m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 12km

Another well-deserved rest day awaits you in Dingboche, allowing your body to acclimatize to the higher altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead. Acclimatization is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in the high altitude environment of the Himalayas, as it helps minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses, such as altitude sickness.

During your acclimatization day, you'll have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. You can hike to the nearby Nagarjun Hill for panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of Dingboche. Be sure to stay hydrated and listen to your body, as you prepare for the days ahead.

Max Altitude: 4,360m Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Dingboche behind, you'll continue your trek towards Lobuche, a small settlement located amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and glacial moraines. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the temperature dropping and the air becoming thinner, signaling your ascent into the high altitude environment of the Everest region.

The trek to Lobuche involves crossing rocky terrain and traversing glacial moraines, as you make your way towards the base of the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way, you'll pass by memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives on Mount Everest, a sobering reminder of the risks involved in high altitude mountaineering. After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Lobuche, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house.

Max Altitude: 4,940m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 8.5km

Today's trek is one of the highlights of your journey, as you make your way to Gorak Shep, the final settlement before Everest Base Camp. The trail meanders through rocky terrain and glacial moraines, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, making each step more challenging but rewarding.

After approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking, you'll reach Gorak Shep, a small settlement located at the base of Kala Patthar. After a short break and some refreshments, you'll continue your trek to Everest Base Camp, the iconic staging point for climbers attempting to summit the world's highest peak. As you stand amidst the towering Himalayas, you'll be filled with a sense of awe and wonder at the sheer scale and beauty of your surroundings. After soaking in the breathtaking views and capturing some memorable photos, you'll retrace your steps back to Gorak Shep, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house.

Max Altitude: 5,364m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 15km

Today's trek begins before dawn, as you set out to conquer Kala Patthar, one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. The trail ascends steeply, offering panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other towering peaks bathed in the golden light of the rising sun. As you climb higher, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, making each step more challenging.

After approximately 2 to 3 hours of trekking, you'll reach the summit of Kala Patthar, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Take some time to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery and capture some memorable photos before beginning your descent. After descending back to Gorak Shep, you'll enjoy a well-deserved breakfast before continuing your trek to Chhukung.

The trail to Chhukung descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. After approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Chhukung, a small village located amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. You'll spend the night in a cozy tea house in Chhukung, where you can rest and recharge for the days ahead.

Max Altitude: 5,545m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 15km

Today marks the beginning of your Island Peak climbing adventure, as you make your way to Island Peak Base Camp. The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and glacial moraines. As you trek higher into the mountains, you'll notice the air becoming thinner, making each step more challenging but rewarding.

After approximately 4 hours of trekking, you'll reach Island Peak Base Camp, a scenic campsite located amidst the rugged Himalayan landscape. You'll spend the night camping in tents at Base Camp, where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by your trekking crew. Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude, as you prepare for your summit bid the following day.

Max Altitude: 5,240m Duration: 4 hrsDistance: 6.8km

The next two days will be the most challenging and rewarding part of your journey, as you attempt to summit Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse. You'll wake up before dawn and set out under the light of the stars, following the well-defined trail towards the summit. As you climb higher, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

The final push to the summit involves traversing steep terrain and negotiating icy slopes, using ropes and crampons for safety. After several hours of challenging climbing, you'll finally reach the summit of Island Peak, where you'll be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding Himalayas. Take some time to celebrate your achievement and capture some memorable photos before beginning your descent.

After descending back to Base Camp, you'll enjoy a well-deserved rest and some hot meals prepared by your trekking crew. The following day, you'll retrace your steps back to Chukhung, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house. Reflect on your incredible journey and the challenges you've overcome as you prepare to return to lower altitudes.

Max Altitude: 4,710m Distance: 11km

Leaving Chukhung behind, you'll begin your descent back towards lower altitudes, as you make your way to Tengboche. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. As you trek downhill, you'll notice the air becoming thicker and the temperature becoming milder, providing relief from the cold temperatures at higher altitudes.

After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Tengboche, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house. Take some time to explore the picturesque village and visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, which offers stunning views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. You'll spend the night in Tengboche, where you can rest and recharge for the days ahead.

Max Altitude: 3,870m Accommodation: Tae houseDistance: 12.9km

Leaving Tengboche behind, you'll continue your descent towards Namche Bazaar, the bustling commercial hub of the Everest region. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages and lush forests, where you may encounter local wildlife such as Himalayan thar and musk deer.

After approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Namche Bazaar, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house. Take some time to explore the vibrant streets of Namche Bazaar and visit the local market, where you can shop for souvenirs and handicrafts. You'll spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where you can rest and recharge for the days ahead.

Max Altitude: 3,430m Accommodation: Guest houseDuration: 5-6 hrsDistance: 9.8km

Today marks the final leg of your trek, as you make your way back to Lukla, where it all began. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys below. As you trek downhill, you'll pass through charming villages and lush forests, where you can soak in the natural beauty of the Himalayas one last time.

After approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Lukla, where you'll spend the night in a cozy tea house. Take some time to reflect on your incredible journey and the challenges you've overcome as you prepare to return to Kathmandu the following day. You'll spend the night in Lukla, where you can rest and recharge before your flight back to the city.

Max Altitude: 2,860m Accommodation: Tea houseDistance: 13.5km

Today, you'll bid farewell to the mountains as you catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The flight offers stunning views of the Himalayas one last time, as you soar above the snow-capped peaks and winding valleys below. Upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by our representative, who will transfer you to your hotel in the city.

After settling into your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day to explore Kathmandu at your own pace. You can visit the local markets, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax and unwind after your trek. In the evening, you'll enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow trekkers, where you can reminisce about your incredible journey and share stories of your adventures in the Himalayas.

Max Altitude: 1,365m Accommodation: Hotel

Today marks the end of your Himalayan adventure as you bid farewell to Nepal and begin your journey back home. After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure. As you board your flight, take one last look at the majestic Himalayas, knowing that you've conquered some of the world's highest peaks and made memories that will last a lifetime. Safe travels, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Included
  • Airport pickup and drop-off: You will be greeted by a representative upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to your hotel. At the end of your trip, you will be transferred back to the airport for your departure flight.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation will be provided throughout your trip, including stays at hotels in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek. Tea houses are basic lodges offering cozy rooms and meals.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek. Meals will consist of local Nepali cuisine as well as international dishes to cater to different tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Domestic flights: The cost of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back will be included in your package. These scenic flights offer breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Trekking permits: All necessary trekking permits and national park fees will be arranged for you, allowing you access to the Everest region.
  • Experienced guide and porter: An experienced trekking guide will accompany you throughout the trip, providing valuable insights into the local culture, history, and geography. A porter will also be available to carry your belongings, allowing you to trek with ease.
  • Sightseeing tour: A half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu will be included in your itinerary, allowing you to explore the city's iconic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Acclimatization days: Acclimatization days will be included at strategic points during the trek to help you adjust to the high altitude environment and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
Excluded
  • International flights: The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is not included in the package.
  • Travel insurance: It is recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and evacuation.
  • Personal expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals, snacks, drinks, and optional activities are not included in the package.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters and other staff members are not included in the package and are at your discretion.
  • Equipment rental: The cost of renting trekking gear such as sleeping bags, trekking poles, and down jackets is not included in the package.
  • Extra accommodation: Any additional accommodation required outside of the itinerary, such as early check-in or late check-out at hotels, will be at your own expense.
  • Additional activities: Optional activities such as helicopter tours, paragliding, or mountain biking are not included in the package but can be arranged upon request for an additional cost.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu are not included in the package, allowing you the flexibility to explore the city's culinary scene at your own pace.
Essential Information

Trekking & Climbing equipment list

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  • Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Buff or scarf for neck protection
  • Undergarments and socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or mud protection)

Footwear:

  • Sturdy and broken-in hiking boots with ankle support
  • Trekking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Camp shoes or sandals for relaxing at tea houses
  • Climbing Gear:
  • Climbing harness
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Carabiners and locking carabiners
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ascender/descender device (e.g., ATC, Jumar)
  • Prusik loops
  • Rope (if not provided by the expedition company)

Sleeping Gear:

  • Four-season sleeping bag (rated for sub-zero temperatures)
  • Sleeping bag liner for added warmth
  • Sleeping pad or mattress (inflatable or foam)

Backpacks:

  • Large backpack (50-70 liters) for carrying personal gear and clothing
  • Daypack (20-30 liters) for carrying essentials during daily hikes
  • Headlamp and Batteries:
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Portable solar charger or power bank for recharging electronic devices

Trekking Accessories:

  • Trekking poles with snow baskets (adjustable and collapsible)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+), lip balm, and moisturizer
  • Personal first aid kit (bandages, blister treatment, pain relievers, altitude sickness medication, etc.)
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Insulated water bottle or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity minimum)
  • Snacks and energy bars for daily hikes
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • Lightweight towel
  • Trekking map and compass or GPS device
  • Whistle and signaling mirror
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Climbing Accessories:
  • Mountaineering boots suitable for crampons
  • Thick climbing gloves or mittens
  • Warm balaclava or face mask
  • Climbing rope (if not provided by the expedition company)
  • Personal anchor system or prusik cords
  • Snow pickets and ice screws (if required for technical climbing)

Miscellaneous:

  • Passport and permits (Trekker's Information Management System card, Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, Island Peak climbing permit)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Cash in Nepali Rupees for tipping and additional expenses
  • Duffel bag or waterproof bags for organizing gear during treks
  • Lightweight dry bags or stuff sacks for organizing clothing and equipment
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Earplugs and eye mask for sleeping in tea houses
  • Travel pillow or inflatable pillow for added comfort
  • It's essential to pack efficiently, considering weight restrictions and the need for layering clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions. Additionally, ensure that all equipment is in good condition and properly fitted before departure.