Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak
  • Aug 5, 2020
  • Arjun Rijal
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The island peak requires a stable fitness level to output an energetic hike to the expedition in the mountain region. You can trek to the Island peak even though if you have little or no experience in mountaineering. The Island Peak with Everest Base Camp does not need any have high technical aspects during the expedition. So, you can fulfill the wish to conquer the incredible peak with little difficulty.

Climbers from all around the world flock to Nepal every year to commence their Island Peak climbing. To be specific, the Island Peak with Everest Base Camp is a moderate adventurous trek for beginners and experts alike. The trek is a stable hike through the high altitude region with gradual acclimatization and break intervals.

The adventure takes you through the heart of the Khumbu valley as you enjoy the wonderful walk for more than 2 weeks. Throughout the trek, you will have plenty of option to choose from for accommodation. You can enjoy the comforts of warm cozy tea houses along the route on the Island peak with Everest Base Camp trek.

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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

 

Day

Place

Destination

Altitude

Trek Distance

Trek Duration

1

KATHMANDU

-

 

1,350m/4,428ft

-

-

2

KATHMANDU

LUKLA to PHAKDING

 

2860m/9380ft-2610m/8562ft

 8km

3-4 hours

3

PHAKDING

NAMCHE BAZAAR

 

3,440m/11,283ft

10-12km

5-6 hours

4

 NAMCHE BAZAAR (ACCLIMATIZATION)

-

 3,440m/11,283ft

 

--

 

5

NAMCHE BAZAAR

TENGBOCHE

 

3,870m/12,684ft

 

10km

6 hours

6

TENGBOCHE

DINGBOCHE

4,400m/14,435ft

11km

6 hours

7

DINGBOCHE(REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

)

-

4,400m/14,435ft

 

-

=

8

DINGBOCHE

 LOBUCHE

4,900m/16,076ft

11-12km

6-7 hours

9

 LOBUCHE

GORAKSHEP -EVEREST BASE CAMP

 

5180m/16,994ft - 5,380m/17,600ft

15km

6-8 hours

10

EVEREST BASE CAMP

 

KALAPATHAR - CHUKHUNG

 

5,545m/18,192ft - 4,730m/15,518ft

16km

7-8 hours

11

CHUKHUNG

ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP

6,189m/20,305ft

 

5km

3-4 hours

12

ISLAND PEAK: SUMMIT

CHUKHUNG

 

4,730m/15,518ft

 

10km

12-14 hours

13

CHUKHUNG

TENGBOCHE

 

4,400m/14,435ft

 

14km

12-14 hours

14

TENGBOCHE

 NAMCHE

 

3,440m/11,283ft

10km

6 hours)

15

NAMCHE

PHAKDING - LUKLA

 

2860m/9380ft-2610m/8562ft

16km

6-8 hours

16

 LUKLA

KATHMANDU

 

1,350m/4,428ft

-

-

17

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.

Trekking Gear

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.

Climbing Gears:

  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Tape slings
  • Screwgate karabiners
  • Ascender
  • Descender
  • mountaineering boot

Sleeping

  • 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)

Head

  • Headlamp (extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Bandana or head scarf
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body

  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Pullover jacket
  • windstopper jacket
  • Down Vest
  • shell jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket

Hands

  • lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • pair of mittens
  • fleece gloves

Lower Body

  • hiking shorts
  • fleece trousers
  • hiking trousers
  • lightweight thermal bottoms
  • waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 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.  

Distance

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.

Difficulty

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.

Acclimatization

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Arjun Rijal

Hello, Hi & Namaste every one !

I am Arjun Rijal, Founder of Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition & working as tour planner for Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. I love hiking & trekking and traveling.

I have trekked in most of the trekking regions of Nepal including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu, Langtang and have traveled Bhutan & India. Planning further travel to many other countries in the world.

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