Everest Base Camp & Island Peak

Island Peak, NepalEverest Base Camp and Island Peak (6,189m) – April 2017. Price starts at 2,690. Read on for more information…

A fantastic experience in the heart of the greatest mountains on the planet. Not quite Everest summit but close enough… 

Contact us now to express your interest in the trip of a life time.

Himalayan peaks have drawn people from all over the world for many decades. Island peak is the most popular summit challenge on the trekking routes in Nepal, as it is suitable for novice climbers and experienced trekkers. It combines an exhilarating climbing experience with the breath taking trek to Everest Base Camp (Nepal). Arriving at the summit of Island Peak (6,189 meters above sea level) provides an unforgettable sense of achievement. Not quite Mt. Everest but close enough…

This expedition is physically demanding but not technically challenging, it’s graded Alpine PD+. All our trip’s are run in a responsible way with a focus on your safety and comfort. A trained and experienced group leader will accompany you on your trip to Island Peak, ensuring safety back up as well as dealing with any issues/problems that may arise for you along throughout the trip.

Expedition to Island Peak with Everest Base Camp trek

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is often the first step for climbers before they go on to attempt other giant peaks in the Himalaya. After checking all the gear and exploring the sights and sounds of bustling Kathmandu, we take an exciting flight to the STOL airport of Lukla to begin our trek. The trail to Everest Base Camp, taking in the summit of Kalapathar, provide for proper acclimatization on the way to Island Peak. At Island Peak base camp we provide training on the skills required for a successful ascent to summit and a safe return.

Island Peak summit day starts very early in the morning with an interesting scramble along a rocky ridge to a glacier and above this there is a steep snow head wall leading to the summit. Of course this is physically challenging but it makes for a great day of achievement. The local guide team ensures ropes are in place for a safe ascent, with jumar and harness for the most strenuous and challenging section about 100 meters that climbs up a 60-70 degree face to the summit ridge.

From the top of Island Peak, you can see a breathtakingly panorama of gigantic mountains – Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi circle in the north and the stunning views of Makalu (8,475m), Baruntse (7,129m) in the east and famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6,812m) in the south – an experience you will never to be forget.

Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Lodge during trek, Camping at Island Peak base camp

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Trek briefing. Welcome dinner.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla. Meet trek staff, mules & porters. Trek to Phakding (2,663m).
Day 03: Trek along river, cross suspension bridges, enter National Park at Monjo. Lunch at Jorsale. Ascend to Namche, legendary Sherpa capital (3,440m).
Day 04: Namche is an ancient market town and an ideal place to spend a rest day getting used to the altitude.
Day 05: Superb views of Mt. Everest & surrounding mountains. Flat to Sanasa, an easy climb up to Mongla Pass (3,975m), descend to Dudhkoshi khola (3,250m). Trek through rhododendron forest, habitat for Himalayan deer, arrive Phortse (3,810m).
Day 06: Continue to climb today, slowly so as not to be effected by the thinning air. Pass through Pangoche village to arrive Pheriche (4,280m).
Day 07: Nice easy walk on the wide plain until we reach Thugla 4,600m. Hike up Dugla Hill & through enormous boulders to Lobuche (4,930m), stunning views of Lobuche peak & Cholatse.
Day 08: An early start, follow along the side of Khumbu glacier gaining height steadily. Reach a grassy island known as Gorakhshep. After a quick lunch continue along the crest for a further 2 hours before descending to the glacier itself, returninig to Gorakhshep (5,207m) for the night.
Day 09: Very early in the morning head up to Kalapatthar summit (5,545m) for a spectacular view of Mount Everest. Arrive Gorakhshep for breakfast then walk to Lobuche for lunch. After lunch descend to Dingboche (4,410m) to overnight.
Day 10: Lunch at Chukkum then hike to Chukkum ri (5,500m) for magnificent Himalayan views then return to Chukkum for overnight stay.
Day 11: A relatively easy walk to Island Peak base camp (5,050m) by the side of Imza Glacier. The afternoon is spent sorting gear for the ascent to high camp the following day.
Day 12: A day for further acclimatization at Island Peak base camp. In the morning crampon fitting & rope training. After lunch hike to high camp (5,750m).
Day 13: Wake at 2 am, start the ascent at 3 am. Scree & boulders followed by a narrow rocky ridge. Rope up & put on crampons for the glacier crossing. Glimpse Amadablam, Changlan and Barun Tse as the sun rises. Walk across the fairly level glacier to a gulley leading to the summit ridge. Safety equipment & a rope is used to safeguard this section. A final steep climb brings us to the summit (6,169m). A quick photo call, as the summit is not very spacious, & then return to base camp.
Day 14: Leave base camp for Chhukkung & descend the valley to Dingboche.
Day 15: Visit Tengboche Gumba, descend to the Bhoteykoshi, then climb up to Samare for lunch. Easy walk to Namche to spend the night.
Day 16: Retrace our steps to Phakding then walk back to Lukla for the night.
Day 17: Very early breakfast, transfer to the airport, flight to Kathmandu
Day 18: Buffer day at Kathmandu in case of flight. Sightseeing and shopping. Farewell dinner.
Day 19: Fly home.

Cost should be around 2,690 euro per person. Cost is calculated based on currency exchange rate at date of posting, offer is subject to numbers.

Cost estimate includes:

– 3 nights in Kathmandu in twin sharing with BB
– Welcome and farewell dinner
– All ground transportation including airport transfers
– Climbing & trekking permits
– Accommodation during the trek
– All meals during trek and climb
– Accompanying group leader
– Experienced local climbing & trekking guide
– Required number of porters
– Gear: ropes, first-aid kits, etc.
– Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla and return)

Cost estimate does not include:

– International airfare
– Nepal visa
– Travel Insurance & medical evacuation by helicopter
– Personal climbing gear (can be hired locally)
– Drinks, hot showers, personal expenses
– Tips

If you have read this far then you are probably interested. So I can tell you that we have priced this way to allow you to compare like for like with other similar offerings. In fact many will set out pricing as above, but we believe in a “no surprises” approach and in being transparent as to what is involved from the get go.

You will need to budget for the full cost of the trip so here is an estimate of the costs which are not included in the price.

Explore More are not a travel agent, we will make arrangements through a designated travel agent for this trip and they will organise a group booking on the flights. Outlook on International flight costs: from 850 euro per person based on costs available on date of posting. Cost of insurance, gear, drinks etc. will vary depending on your own circumstances and preferences, likely to work out around 200-300 euro. Tipping of the local guide company is expected, we will manage that so that you are able to avoid any hassle, you should budget about 200 euro for tips.

You will also need to be  physically fit and mentally prepared for the undertaking. By the time we set out on the trip you should be able to walk for several days back-to-back, and also should be prepared for  steep ground, for safety on snow and ice and for operating roped up and in a harness. To help you to prepare and to allow us all to get to know each other before we set out we will provide an assessment/training weekend, dates to be decided in conjunction with the group, venue most likely Kerry. You should budget 100 euro to cover our costs for this essential weekend, and you should also also allow for your preferred choice of accommodation. That weekend will enable us to assist you in setting out your own personal preparation plan. After that, if you require and wish it we can provide other tailored activities to help you to get prepared.

Contact us now at: info@exploremore.ie or call us at +353 (0)86 2475280   

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