Island Peak Climbing with EBC 20 Days
Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is a long package that also involves climbing a peak in the Himalayas. This is a 20-day long program in the eastern Himalayan of Nepal, Khumbu region. The Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trekking is the most adventurous package out there.
You will be reaching great heights during this trip. And as the journey is guided by an experienced mountain guide, you will be in safe and reliable hands. If you already have done treks in the Himalayas previously and are looking to join something next level, then we highly recommend our Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek package.
You just have to be fit and have some sort of high-altitude experience to join us on our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek departure. Island peak is one the easiest peaks to climb in the Himalayas if we consider technical difficulty.
Island peak climbing is beginner friendly. Even though the technical difficulties are minimal, the climb is very physically demanding, so you have to be strong and fit. The overall journey takes you very close to Nepali culture and traditions.
You will get to know about Sherpas and other mountain communities closely as you will trek through different villages. Along the trail, you will cross suspension bridges, trek through lush forests, and stop at ancient monasteries for blessings.
Trekking & climbing parts
The Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek has two parts- trekking and climbing. Both are equally exciting and rewarding. The trekking parts let you experience and understand the mountain lifestyle. You will acclimatize before ascending to Island peak base camp and above.
The trek takes you to the base of the world's highest mountain, Everest base camp, and further hikes to Kala Patthar (5,545 m). After trekking to Everest base camp (5,364 m), we then head to Chhukung valley and ascend to Island peak base camp. From Chhukung village (4,730 m), our climbing part begins.
To reach the summit, we will be climbing on slippery glaciers and cross ice headwalls using fixed ropes and other climbing gear. Our mountain guide will help us navigate through strenuous parts, whereas the supporting crew will make sure all the tents and meals go smoothly.
Island peak climbing with EBC Trek attractions
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
We'll take you on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. You will be touring monuments like Monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These are some of Nepal's ancient temples, palaces, and courtyards.
There couldn't be a better way to learn about Nepali art, architecture, culture, and history than visiting these places. Our friendly guide will tell you all about these tourist sites and the myths related to them. You will also be exploring local markets surrounding these places.
Explore Sagarmatha National Park and its wonders
The Sagarmatha National Park begins from Monjo village onwards, on the way to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. The national park goes up to the top of Mt. Everest, so you will be pretty much trekking inside the national park. The Sagarmatha national park protects the flora and fauna, along with all the villages, mountains, and river valleys inside it.
You will not come across any wild animals during trekking through dense forests, but you can expect to see exotic birds and numerous vegetation. Likewise, in the upper part of the trail, you will navigate through glacial moraines, glaciers, and snow headwalls.
Beautiful villages and welcoming mountain communities
During these 20 days of Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek, you will spend nights in many beautiful Sherpa villages. Your first night will be in Phakding village, followed by the famous Namche Bazaar and then Tengboche.
Further up, spend nights in villages like Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is the last settlement before the Everest base camp, and Chhukung village is the last settlement before the Island peak base camp.
The villagers are very welcoming and will treat you like their family. Get to experience the mountain lifestyle and come across their daily lifestyle. Apart from Sherpas, you will also meet with other communities like Bhotiyas, Limbus, Rais, etc.
Visit ancient monasteries and amazing side hikes
Along the Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trail, you will come across many monasteries and stupas. Khumjung monastery, Tengboche monastery, and Pangboche monastery are some of the religious places you will visit during trekking. These three are the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region.
Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek itinerary has two acclimatization days and multiple side hikes. You will hike to Hotel Everest View, Nangkartshang peak, and Kala Patthar. All these are viewpoints and offer breathtaking mountain panoramas,
Trek to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar
Before you begin climbing Island peak, you will trek to the lap of Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp & also hike to Kala Patthar. Adding trek to EBC makes this package very special. You will be tackling the two most famous parts of the Khumbu region in one trip. Likewise, a hike to Kala Patthar offers a stunning sunrise and helps you acclimatize.
Climb Island peak
The summit day starts very early. You will be waking up between 2:00 to 3:00 AM to push towards the summit of Island peak. There will be a guide with you. Leaving the Island peak base camp, you will scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier.
The route then goes above a rocky hill and follows a steep snow path to the headwall. The summit is above the headwall. The guides will fix the ropes and ensure the safety of the trail. Before the summit, you will be climbing a 60 to 70-degree face for about 150 meters.
Stunning mountain views and diverse landscapes
You will get to see an uncountable number of hills, peaks, and mountains on this trip. With the increase in elevation, the grandeur of the Himalayas will open to you. There will be times when you will be standing face-to-face with some of the highest mountains in the world.
Before the mountain gets prominent, the lush green landscapes will tease you as you trek from one village to another. You will hike to viewpoints to observe the best mountain panoramas throughout the Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trekking.
Snow-capped giants like Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Kanchenjunga (8,56 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Pumori (7,161 m), and numerous others are seen during Island peak climbing with EBC trek.
Learn how to use climbing gear
Before you being Island peak climbing, our team leader will give you pre-climbing training at the Island peak base camp. The training involves route briefing and teaching you how to properly use climbing gear like crampons, harnesses, fixed ropes, ice ax, etc. You will also learn to understand the instructions of the guide during climbing. This training will boost your confidence.