Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Island Peak Expedition fulfills trekkers’ mind by taking them to Chukkung, Kalapathar, and the Everest Base Camp. But no less are other places where it makes them stop for nights. These places are beyond their imaginations in terms of the picturesque mountains. This expedition takes them to the top of Island Peak in one day and gives an ultimate satisfaction after visiting the interesting points of the Everest region.

The trekkers taste uphill, downhill, ridgeline, streamline, moraines, glaciers, vantage point, hill tops, and the Himalayan forest of rhododendron. They like the mountains that surround the from all sides, and they get the happiness of a lifetime during this trip which is a combination of the world’s best trek and the world’s easiest expedition. Please contact us for the final trip quotation.


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m, 40 mins), trek to Phakding (2600 m, 4 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 03: Namche Bazar (3450 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 04: Acclimatization Day overnight at lodge
  • Day 05: Phortse (3810 m, 7 hrs) via Mongla Pass overnight at lodge
  • Day 06: Pheriche (4250 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 07: Lobuche (4930 m, 4 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 08: Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m 5 hrs] overnight at lodge
  • Day 09: Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp [5364 m] - Gorak Shep (6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 10: Kalapathar (5550 m), trek to Dingboche (4350 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 11: Chhukung (4750m/ 3 - 4 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 12: Chhukung Ri
  • Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,100m, 4 hours) overnight at lodge
  • Day 14: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp overnight at lodge
  • Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,100m, 12 hours)
  • Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3900 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 17: Jorsale (2810 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 18: Lukla (2800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at lodge
  • Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu (40 mins), overnight at hotel
  • Day 20: Kathmandu – leisure day and evening farewell dinner, overnight at hotel
  • Day 21: Departure to connect next destination or you may extend the trip as per your desire and time
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel.

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Waves carrying a placard will receive you. Private transportation to the office or directly to the hotel if arrival is late at night is arranged by the representative. At the office we proceed to discuss about the travel plans and introduce the trek guide through a meeting. We recommend you to bring your passport along with 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of the travel insurance to swiftly proceed with permit papers and other arrangements. During the meet, you can also ask the guide and the manager any questions regarding the trip. Any overdue balance is to be cleared along with the filling of legally binding trip form and non-liability disclaimer form. Overnight stay in a hotel (Bed And Breakfast).


Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m, 40 mins), trek to Phakding (2600 m, 4 hrs) overnight at lodge

After having breakfast, a private transportation will take us to the domestic airport for Lukla fight. When we reach Lukla, our guide will introduce us to our porter.

Himalayan Waves assigns one porter to two trekkers. Then we trek by following our guide and descending to the Dudh Kosi River , and then we reach a village called Ghat, and then we reach a village called Phakding where you spend our first trek night. If we have an extra time, then we will explore a nearby monastery.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 03: Namche Bazar (3450 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge

We walk through an evergreen pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River and cross this river by the suspension bridges. One of these is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. During the walk, we see the breath-taking view of Thamserku (6618 m), and we pass through small settlements, such as Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo.

Before we reach Namche Bazaar, first we have to get through the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. From this entrance, the trekking trail climbs upward and leads to forests and bridges and also takes us to the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. When we reach a steep ascent, we see the first view of Mt. Everest, including the ridges of Lhotse.

To enjoy this view completely, we halt at Chautara, and to reach Namche Bazaar, we have to walk for 1.5 hours more
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 04: Acclimatization Day overnight at lodge

One of the important phases of high altitude trekking is acclimatization for the gradual exposure to altitude. We walk over to nearby hills and get back as a good acclimatization training for the day.

On an acclimatization day, we can do a short trek up to Syangboche Airport, which offers a nice view of mountains, such as Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Khumbila (Holy Peak).

From the Everest View Hotel, we will see a panoramic view of mountains, such as Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Khumbila, and Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar is not only the main center of the Everest region, but also the only place of the Everest region which has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, hotels, bakeries and a colorful market.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 05: Phortse (3810 m, 7 hrs) via Mongla Pass overnight at lodge

After breakfast, we head off to Phortse, seeing the mountains, such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. We really enjoy a close-up view of Thamserku.

We follow the trekking route and reach the Mongla Pass, from where we see Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as a sacred mountain of the Khumbu region (Everest Region). Descending to the Dudhkosi Khola (river), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, and arrive at the walled fields of Phortse, which stands between and Cholaste peaks.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 06: Pheriche (4250 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge

The trekking route goes up and down and runs along the Imja Khole River valley. The route is picturesque. We see deer, pheasant, and eagles.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 07: Lobuche (4930 m, 4 hrs) overnight at lodge

We climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, and then we pass through boulder slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, which offers the dramatic mountains view.

At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest sumitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide).

As the trekking route drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks, such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. Mt Nuptse towers to our right as we cross the Khumbu Glacier.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 08: Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m 5 hrs] overnight at lodge

Once again, we pass through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead, we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest, including Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc.

A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we can see 360 degree vista of mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a vantage point to see Mt. Everest. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains surrounding us,
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 09: Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp [5364 m] - Gorak Shep (6 hrs) overnight at lodge

After having lunch and doing a short rest, we head off to the Everest Base Camp by passing the lake.

From the base camp we, can see mountains, such as Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori, however Everest is not visible from here.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 10: Kalapathar (5550 m), trek to Dingboche (4350 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge

From Gorakshep, we head off to Kalapathar to see the breath-taking view of Mt. Everest. On the way we see Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, and so on. We trek back to Gorak Shep, then to Dingboche
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 11: Chhukung (4750m/ 3 - 4 hrs) overnight at lodge

We walk through the Imja Khola Valley; we also walk on the land affected by the glacier moraines, and we also walk in the middle of the mountains. As we walk in the valley, we see Lhotse Mountain towering on our left and Ama Dablam on the right.

Later, we reach a place called Bibre. As we walk further, we see beyond a terminal moraine Island Peak soaring up with its steep rock and icy south face. Then we cross the icy streams and reach Chhukung.

As we walk further, we will be surrounded by glaciers and massive snowy mountains. If we want to see the stunning view of mountains of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Baruntse, then we may hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 12: Chhukung Ri

The moraines stretching towards the Island Peak has an indescribable view. We climb the Chhukung Ri or head off to the base camp of the Island Peak.

The great south face of Lhotse stands on the north of our trekking route, while Amphu Lapcha (5780 m), a pass, and its immense fluted ice walls flanks to the south and dominates it.

To our southwest is the eastern face of the Ama Dablam which provides a picturesque view. We trek back to Chukkung.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 13: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,100m, 4 hours) overnight at lodge

We trek to the Island Peak Base Camp by walking on a steep trekking route. Later, the trekking route enters the valley and is winding. We also walk by the stream and on the moraine. We also see the Lhotse glacier moraine which leads to the South-West side of Island Peak.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 14: Pre-Climb Training on Island Peak Base Camp overnight at lodge

Today, we do pre-climbing training with our climbing guide. Our climbing guide teaches us about peak climbing techniques and how to use ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. We spend the remaining day hiking to a high camp.
Stay overnight in a camp (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp (5,100m, 12 hours)

We wake up early in the morning. have our breakfast and climb towards Island Peak. We have to reach the summit before the noon because we face strong wind which blocks us from reaching the summit in the afternoon.

The trekking route constitutes of a steep hillside, sandy path, and boulders. Island Peak also has a narrow slope. It also has a steep rock channel, as well as rocky gully.

There are also several short rock steps, crevasses, including a ridgeline and the snout of the summit glacier. Before we reach the summit of Island Peak, we come across a steep snow slope.
Stay overnight in a camp (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3900 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge

We descend through various towns, such as Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche and reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River , and then we ascend gradually through Debuche to reach to Tengboche.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 17: Jorsale (2810 m, 6 hrs) overnight at lodge

Today, we trek up by following the hillside trekking route; we pass through the forest of rhododendron and juniper trees to reach to Phunki Tenga.

We come across the colorful prayer flags; we walk in the gorge of the Dudh Koshi River, as well as in the pine forests. Here, we may see wild animals, such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants.

After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. From Namche, we head off to Jorsale.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 18: Lukla (2800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at lodge

Then we trek by following our guide and ascending to the Dudh Kosi River and a village named Phakding to head off to Lukla.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu (40 mins), overnight at hotel

As we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, we see the mountains through the window of a plane, and from the domestic airport, the private transportation of Himalayan Waves will transfer us to a hotel.
Stay overnight in a hotel (Breakfast Provided)


Day 20: Kathmandu – leisure day and evening farewell dinner, overnight at hotel

In the evening, we will be invited for a farewell dinner with cultural show.
Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast and farewell dinner provided)


Day 21: Departure to connect next destination or you may extend the trip as per your desire and time

We are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our flight.
(Breakfast provided).

Trip Inclusion

Cost Includes

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin share basis
  • 14 nights full board (BLD) teahouse trek with accommodation in mountain lodge<
  • 3 nights full board (BLD) Island peak camping trek with necessary camping supports
  • Airfare for guest and guide
  • An english speaking trekking guide & porters from Lukla (2 guests = 1 Porter & Max 25 kg)
  • Peak Permit, Climbing Sherpa, National Park and TIMS (required pp copy and 2 picture for permit).
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural dance show

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance for rescue operation if any form (USD 2500 per hour for helicopter charter)
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fee
  • Extra night accommodation or accommodation if earlier return from trekking by any reason
  • Extra cost occur by any reason which is not in our control such as strike, landslide and accident etc
  • Personal expenses and trekking & climbing gears
  • TIPS for staffs and other things which is not included above
Reviews

Everything was perfectly organised and prepared for us

Himalayan Waves Trekking gave us excellent service on our Expedition to Island Peak. The Guide, Sagar Ghising, was very hospitable and took care of the whole team really well. Everything was perfectly organised and prepared for us. From the flights to the Sherpa’s, everything was taken care for and that made the Expedition highly enjoyable. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is willing to have an adventure!

Kudos to Mr Narendra Bohara, Shagar Ghising and the whole HWT team.

Thank you !

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