EBC Trek with Island peak Climbing Highlights
- Scenic mountain flight above the high mountains to and from Lukla.
- Indulge yourself with the comforting hospitality and service of the Sherpa people in the heart of Himalayas.
- Explore the brilliant buddhist monastery at Tengboche.
- Get an opportunity to spectate the splendid views of the Khumbu Icefall.
- Enjoy the magnificent viewpoint from Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,545m/18,192ft.
- Experience the presence of the world’s highest Mt Everest at 8848 m.
- Summit the gorgeous Island Peak overlooking the majestic Everest masiffs.
Outline Itinerary for Everest Base camp Trek with Island Peak Climb
LUKLA to PHAKDING
NAMCHE BAZAAR (ACCLIMATIZATION)
DINGBOCHE(REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
GORAKSHEP -EVEREST BASE CAMP
5180m/16,994ft - 5,380m/17,600ft
EVEREST BASE CAMP
KALAPATHAR - CHUKHUNG
5,545m/18,192ft - 4,730m/15,518ft
ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP
ISLAND PEAK: SUMMIT
PHAKDING - LUKLA
KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
Accommodations on Island Peak and Everest Base camp
During the start of your trek, you will have well-established Hotels and lodges for accommodation at Kathmandu. Further, on the trip, the trail follows the remote area of the Everest region to Everest Base camp and Island Peak trek. So, you will have to accommodate yourself for the night at tea houses along the way for at least 12 nights of the trek.
The tea houses at the higher elevation won’t have standard facilities compared to the ones at lower elevation like Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Most of the tea houses along the trail will have shared toilets. It is common to find western style toilets in the Everest region with a flush system.
During the climbing to the Island peak, you will have toilet facilities with the objective of natural preservation. You have to accommodate on a twin-share basis in the tea houses at the high altitude region of the Everest region. However, you can book yourself a single room on request but it will cost you around 35$.
Meals on Everest base camp and Island Peak Trek
Your Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak begins from Kathmandu city. So, there is no doubt you will enjoy lavish delicacies during your stay in the capital city of Nepal. However, you won’t have the same facility of an exquisite meal to enjoy further on the trekking expedition. You will have the option of Nepali, Tibetan and Indian cuisine on the menu in most of the tea houses and lodge.
You will enjoy Breakfast and Dinner in the same tea house where you sleep for the night. The tea houses serve an excellent traditional meal like Dal Bhaat with additional side dishes like Vegetable curry, Aahcar, and lentils. You spend a total amount of 20-25$ per day on food and meal on your trek to the Island peak.
You can buy or rent the equipment and gears in Kathmandu at a cheaper price with plenty of choices to choose from. The porters will carry the trekking gears and the equipment with an allowance of 20 kg per person.
The following listed equipment and gears will help you remain comfortable and mobile in the weather conditions of the high altitude region.
- Ice axe
- Tape slings
- Screwgate karabiners
- mountaineering boot
- Fleece sleeping bag liner
- 1 sleeping bag (-30 degree centigrade)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag
- waterproof rucksack covers
- Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags
- Daypack/backpack of 35 to 50 liters (Good shoulder padding)
- Headlamp (extra batteries and bulbs)
- Bandana or head scarf
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Polypropylene shirts
- Pullover jacket
- windstopper jacket
- Down Vest
- shell jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket
- lightweight poly-liner gloves
- pair of mittens
- fleece gloves
- hiking shorts
- fleece trousers
- hiking trousers
- lightweight thermal bottoms
- waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
- lightweight inner socks
- Cotton socks
- hiking boots (spare laces)
- heavy poly
- running shoes
Best Season for Island Peak Climbing
Everest Base Camp with peak climbing is doable throughout the year. However, we do not recommend you to plan your trekking expedition for the month of June to August. Since this month falls under the monsoon season, the climbers will have to face the unpredictable rain and weather patterns during the trek.
Yet, some of the climbers have shown the determination to conquer the peak even during the extreme winter season. You can also conquer the summit of the Island peak if you're are comfortable with the extremely cold temperature during the winter.
Whereas, if you prefer stable weather condition than the month of March to June is the perfect time of the year for Island Peak Climbing. The early March welcomes the spring season to the Everest region as the whole valley is buzzing with travelers and trekkers.
You will come across many Everest Expedition climbing team this time around of the year. You can enjoy the crisp weather condition with warm sunny days and crystal clear mountain view. In spite of this, the increasing number of trekkers along the route tea houses might annoy you.
So, Autumn might be the best option alongside the spring season to visit the Everest region. The Everest region is blooming with exotic flowers and vibrant rhododendrons during the months of September, October, and November.
The season of Autumn decorates the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak trek with an amazing view of the mountain ranges. The trails are also quieter and the compared to the Spring Season.
The hike to the Everest Base Camp and Island peak trek is an incredible 140 km round trip journey in the magnificent Everest region of Nepal. Due to the distance, you must cover during the trek, it can be quite strenuous and difficult for most of you.
However, the trek is designed strategically and conveniently to make the hike easier and enjoyable for the trekkers and travelers. The difficulty also depends on the itinerary that you choose for the Everest Base Camp and Island peak trekking.
You will have to hike for 6-8 hours each day on the trekking expedition in the foothills of the Himalayas. It might seem easy for most of you but most of the days the hike passes through awkward terrains making the 6 hours trek incredibly exhausting.
The climb to the Island Peak is not easy but not yet demanding and challenging either. However, you must not take the expedition lightly since you must require a stable fitness level to conquer the summit. So if you ignore the physical training and guidelines for the Everest Base Camp with Island peak trek, you might face uncertain difficulties on the trek.
Everest Base Camp and Island peak trek is a high altitude trek so you will have to hike through the terrains at over 5000m. The ascend up the high mountains is certainly difficult as the rising altitude gradually affect your body. You are prone to the risk of Altitude sickness at the altitude of 5000m. So, you must stay hydrated and commence the entire everyday trek with a steady pace and rest.
The climb to the summit of the island peak is not to be taken lightly as you have to make use of the assistance of rope and crampons in the climb. You will climb at a slow pace rising above the glacier field and snow-covered crevasses. Ladders will be strapped in places to cross the daunting crevasses on the icy terrains.
You must be highly aware of the symptoms of Altitude Sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak Climbing. You must make sure the travel agency organizes the trekking expedition with a plan to avoid such circumstances.
The itinerary must include a steady hike up at the higher altitude region as faster ascend might cause a medical condition like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). After you suffer from AMS, you will experience symptoms like headaches, loss of appetite, fever.
The oxygen level keeps on decreasing as the altitude gradually increases on your trek. At the altitude above 5000m, the oxygen level falls down to 50% less oxygen than at sea level. So, you must adapt to the changing surrounding and oxygen level with proper acclimatization process.
Your acclimatization starts at Namche Bazaar to help your body to prepare itself for the trek ahead. Further, on the trek, places like Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar will assist you to acclimatize to the higher altitude. The proper acclimatization will help your body adapt to the surrounding altitude before you embark on the Island Peak Climb.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
A good level of stamina and fitness is a must to submit the Island Peak. You do not need to have prior climbing experience but gathering knowledge about the use of climbing equipment will be an asset.
A pre-ice climbing training will commence prior to the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak trek. During the training regime, you will have a proper insight on the usage of climbing gears such as ice pick, ropes, harness, and crampons.
You will have to hike for the total duration of 5-6 hours every day on the Everest Base Camp with Island Peak trek. However, during the summiting day, you will have to hike up the icy terrains for at least 10-12 hours. Therefore, we advise you to prepare for the long hike on the trek ahead with proper exercise and training.
Hence, you will have to develop your stamina and durability for the trek prior 3 months before the actual expedition. Jogging for 12 km each day will develop your endurance level and keep your fitness level stable. Aerobic exercises like Swimming and Kickboxing will also help you develop the core strength of your body.
The Everest Base Camp trek with Island peak expedition is an incredible journey into the heart of the Mountains. You will have incredible close-up views of Mt. Everest 8848m,Lhotse 8516m, Nuptse 7861m and Makalu 8485m.
The awe-inspiring climb to the Island peak allows you to explore and acquaint the remote valley and icy terrains of the Everest region. Even without proper climbing experience, you can enjoy the perfect mountain expedition with Everest Base Camp trek with Island peak trek.