22 days Everest Trekking and Island Peak Climbing

Extermly Popular
Name Everest Trekking and Island peak Climbing / Island Peak climbing in Everest
Transportation options Private vehicle in Kathmandu & Flight to Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Island Peak (6160m)
Best Season March-May & September-November
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu Tea Houses in Trekking plus Camping for Climbing part
Trekking hours Approximately 5-6hr a day
Protected Area Sagarmatha National Park
Major Attractions Mount Everest(8848m),Mount Lhotse(8516m), Mount Cho-Oyu(8188m),Mount Nuptse(7861m),Mount Pumori(7161m),Mount Amadablam(6170m) and a lots of named and unnamed peaks.

Everest Trekking and Island Peak climbing/ Imjatse Peak (6160m) on Everest region particularly from Chhukung is popular because of flexible itineraries options and easy accents to the top of the Island Peak. The peak is actually the continuous flank of Lhotse-Shar. The peak is the first choice of amateur climbers and beginners because of the low difficulty level.

This notable Everest trekking and Island peak climbing itinerary covers the Gokyo valley trekking and Everest Base Camp trekking along with Island peak climbing. Adding Gokyo valley and Everest Base camp, has two advantages. Trekker can properly acclimatize for peak climbing and can trek to both the popular regions of Everest in a single itinerary.

The Everest trekking and Island peak climbing begins after a short flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport. Trekker has easy and comfortable trek till Namche Bazaar, at least altitude-wise. The itinerary follows to Gokyo valley gradually passing by numerous sub-alpine and alpine teahouses. The trekking becomes more demanding and exhausting from Gokyo to Base camp, especially around the Cho-La pass. After the exceptional thrill of reaching base camp, trekker descends to Chhukung valley.

The surrounding view from summit of the peak is absolutely astounding. The panoramic view of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse shar, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam is rewarding for all those hard efforts put. The trekker descends gradually from Chhkung valley walking in beautiful settlements and landscapes of Dingboche, Tengboche and Namche. The Everest trekking and Island peak climbing finally ends reaching Lukla and flying to Kathmandu next morning.

There are other itinerary options to climb the peak so that, a trekker can experience the ultimate thrill of Everest trekking and Island peak climbing. Trekkers have an option to combine peak with Everest Three passes, which cover around 75% of Everest trekking region. For short and cheap itinerary trekkers can trek to Everest Base Camp and climb the peak.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Fly to Lukla(2845m) and Trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 4 Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole(4200m)
Day 7 Trek from Dole to Machhermo(4450m)
Day 8 Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo(4780m)
Day 9 Acclimatization day in Gokyo, Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) in the morning.
Day 10 Trek from Gokyo to Dragnag (4750m)
Day 11 Trek from Dragnag to Dzonghla(4440m) Via Cho-La Pass(5370m)
Day 12 Trek from Dzonghla to Lobuche(4930m)
Day 13 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5160m) Continue to EBC(5364m) back to Gorakshep
Day 14 Gorakshep to Kalapathhar (5600m) and trek back to Lobuche(4930m)
Day 15 Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung(4730m) through Kongma-La pass(5535m)
Day 16 Trek from Chhukung to Island Base Camp(5100m)
Day 17 Summit Island Peak(6160m) and Back to Island Peak Base Camp(5100m)
Day 18 Trek from Island Base Camp to Tengboche(3860m)
Day 19 Trek from Tengboche to Monjo(2440m)
Day 20 Trek from Monjo to Lukla(2845m)
Day 21 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 22 International Departure

Detailed Day to Day Itinerary

We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land Tribhuvan international Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.

There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square,Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.

Flying to Lukla is always a thrill. The 45 mins flight from Kathmandu highly depends upon vulnerable weather. You need a lot of patience to fly to Lukla since most of the time the flights are delayed. As you fly you can see beautiful Himalayan ranges on Northern part. You can take a short tea break in Lukla until your guide finds porters to carry your luggage. You are already in upper temperate region so you can already see some peaks as soon as you land in Lukla. Easy walk for 3hr to reach Phakding.

After crossing suspension bridge we trek by the bank of Dudhkoshi river .The beautiful pine forest dominates the most of the vegetation. The trail is fairly easy with gentle up and down with numerous suspension bridges. Passing by Monjo and entering Jorsalle valley the trek continues by the bank of river fairly straight until we reach a suspension bridge from where we climb steep up for about 2 and half hour to reach the biggest permanent sub alpine village of region the Namche Bazaar. You can see a glimpse of Everest for the first time as you trek to Namche.

In order to adopt our body with new environment ,humidity,temperature and altitude it is highly important to acclimatize yourself. You will make a day hike. You can see magnificent views of numerous peaks and high mountains from the top. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde peak are some notable peaks and mountains. Spending an hour at the top and you will trek to another nearby beautiful village Khumjung. Most of the young men of Khumjung are engaged in tourism while women spend their days in household and seasonal agriculture. You can see lots of contribution made my sir Edmund Hillary on this village .Namche village is seen awesome from top while you trek back down to Namche.

Instead of following traditional route to Everest Base Camp,we head further North to reach Dole from Namche Bazaar.The trail is fairly easy gentle and flat till we reach Sanasha. From Sanasha the trail is steep climb up for an hour and the trail becomes flat and dusty just before reaching Mongla. Mongla is another beautiful spot to view the massive Everest valley .Passing by sub-alpine forest there is always good chances to spot Musk deer,Himalayan Thar,and numerous alpine pheasants. The road is steep down to Phortse Thanga at the bank of Dudhkoshi river followed by alpine pine forest .The trekking path becomes more pleasant accompanied by rhododendron forest with gradual up to reach Dole from Phortse Thanga.

The trekking hour has been gradually reduced for your body to acclimatize automatically in high altitude. The day is easy and short from Dole to Machhermo with about 3-4 hr walk. The sub-alpine vegetation starts to appear, mainly the dry meadows with small bush of juniper trees. The wide and open terrain let you see the magnificent Cho-yu(8201m) just upfront your trekking path accompanied by other peaks Cholatse, Tawache,Khantega,and numerous black rocky hills all around you. Ascending and descending numerous small gullies will finally take you to hidden settlement of Dole. You may take short and easy walk around the ridges of Machhermo to see the magnificent glacial landscapes after enrolling in your lodge.

You climb the small section of Machhermo ridge as the day starts. A small descend to Pangka gives the beautiful sight of isolated icy and rocky terrain consumed by Ngozumba glacier. The path is easy and flat but the altitude makes the footsteps heavy and time consuming. Climb the last section of the rocky path to reach one of the sixth sacred lakes in Gokyo valley. The path continues to be flat and wind-up just to spot another lake which is much bigger than the first one. You can see Gokyo ri peak as you continue and soon you are in third lake, Dudhpokhari lake .Few seasonal trekking lodges are seen by the bank of the lake where you spend tonight.

As the daybreak we climb to Gokyo Ri the most awaited moment of the trekking trip. The trail is zigzag up demanding lot of energy to climb. You will get exhausted with few steps but the panoramic view that gradually appears at your back motivates you to continue. After 2 hr of climbing you are at the top from where you can see vistas of Everest region with Cho-yu,Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache on horizon with stretched and infinite Ngozumpa glacier. A small ridge separates the Ngozumpaglacier and Gokyo village an amazing landscape worth to stare at. Returning back to Gokyo village you will have plenty time to explore around fourth and fifth lakes that lies on the foothill of Cho-yu and in the deep heart of Gokyo valley. Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse ranges has entirely new view than usually you had seen before.

The trekking distance is short for today about 2 hr walk but still altitude and low level of oxygen in the atmosphere makes the climb time consuming. Every steps cost high level of energy and stamina. The path remains icy for most of the time and late in autumn most of the time you need to abandon the trekking due to harsh weather. We cross the section of vast Ngozumpa glacier to reach Dragnag at the foothill of Cho-La pass.

The most difficult and demanding part of the trekking is just awaiting you. The steep climb on icy and rocky path need some experiences on mountain. The weather keeps changing so it is always better to keep eye on each other and remain as group and follow the instructions. The narrow trail leads to the top of the pass adorned by prayer flags and voila you made it. The beautiful view of Ama Dablam , Cholatse, Tawache and Lobuche east makes all hard walk worthy. The path now mostly descends to reach another temporary alpine settlement Dzonghla.

The trekking starts to get easier as the trail descends down. You can see wide Pheriche valley down and beautiful view of Tawache,Lobuche,and Pokalde surrounding you while Pumori, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are seen far in horizon. The lively vegetation appears mainly green meadows as you trek down to Thugla ridges. The path is winding flat and rocky as you trek further to reach hidden settlement of Lobuche.

The long awaited day has arrived .The first part of trekking is gentle up the valley of Lobuche on icy meadow and the path becomes more rocky and hostile as we proceed further to Gorakshep. ThePumori peak is seen more beautiful than ever before. Gorakshep is the last temporary human settlement seen in this region situated in open and flat land that lies on the foot of Kalapatthar. After short break on Gorakshep our trekking continues for Everest Base Camp. The path is rocky and is eaten up by massive glaciers. Huge icebergs and small natural water ponds are seen as we make Everest Base Camp. The prayer flags are seen on the piled up stones and Congratulation to you,You have made to Everest Base Camp. We retrace same path to Gorakshep.

Early in the morning we climb to Kalapatthar a windy hill that lies on the top of Gorakshep and on the south ridge of mount Pumori. From Kalapatthar close up view of Mount Everest is seen surrounded by Changtse and Nuptse. We can even spot northern flank and summit of Lhotse .The massive glacier are seen below down the foot of mountains. After picture session we trek back down to Gorakshep. Take breakfast and easy descend to reach Lobuche retracing same path while we spend rest of the afternoon preparing and resting our self for Kongma-La(5535m) pass.

As usual the day starts with early morning breakfast .The trek begins eastward following the direction of huge Khumbu glacier. Though this is the highest pass among other two passes still it is not considered much demanding. After crossing the section of Khumbu glacier the trek continues uphill a zigzag path to reach the top Kongma-La decorated with piled-up stone and prayer flags. Lhotse sar, Makalu, Baruntse,Ama Dablamare some major Mountains seen along with other numerous peaks.The vegetation starts to appear mainly meadows as you descend to Chhukung which is a small Sherpa settlement that lies on the southern glacier of Lhotse and Nuptse mountains.

Crossing Imja Khola from Chhukung village we head south east on rough terrain which normally takes around 3-4 hr.The first section is steep climb and continues to be flat alongside the river bed of Imja Khola and again turn south west direction passing Lhotse and Imja glaciers to reach Island Base Camp. A brief introduction about the Island peak is given by climbing guide along with some basic technical information required to summit the peak.We also check the climbing equipment for the final time.We spend night on tent.

Usually the morning starts around 2 am with breakfast on tent to avoid the bad weather . It is easy climb up to High camp (5600m) which takes about 2-3 hr climb however the climbing becomes moderately steep just above High Camp. The 100m section before summit is really demanding due to steep and icy slope as well as climbing guides have been complaining of slow widening of crevasses. Upon summiting the peak you can enjoy magnificent Lhotse peak(8516m) and flangs, Nuptse(7861m), Ama Dablam(6812m), Makalu(8485m) and Baruntse(7162m).Few quick photographs and we head down to base camp and spend another night on tent.

From Island base camp we retrace same path to Chhukung then trekking continues to descend towards much more friendly lively and easy landscape passing by other settlement like Dingboche and Pangboche. The sub alpine vegetation gradually appears nurturing musk deer Himalayan Thar and Himalayan pheasants. We will spend our night by the side of Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche.

We retrace and head the same path to Namche we took earlier.Descend down to Phortse Thanga and climb in between sub alpine forest to reach Namche Bazar.From Namche Bazar the trai is steep down the pine forest. After crossing the suspension bridge we trek small ups and downs to reach Monjo followed by green upper temperate region forests of pine juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees.

The path is generally easy from Monjo to Lukla. .You need to climb in between green upper temperate region forests of pine juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees just before the trekking path becomes flat to reach Lukla. You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute for making your trekking successful.

A final good bye to Everest trekking region. We take a short flight from Lukla to reach Kathmandu. After refreshment and relaxing in your hotel you can walk around the town to buy some souvenirs for your relatives in the evening.

Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

what's included?

  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House plus Camping Accommodation during Trekking & Climbing.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking & Climbing with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
  • All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the Trekking & Climbing including 1 English speaking Trekking guide plus Climbing guide.
  • All the paper works and documents required for the Trekking & Climbing including all the permits.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during Trekking & Climbing.
  • Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during Trekking & Climbing.
  • First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
  • All local taxes and fares.

What's not included?

  • International Flight Fare.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
  • Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
  • Tip to Trekking & Climbing staffs.
  • All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Everest Trekking with island Peak

1. What is trekking peak /NMA peak climbing in Nepal?
27 Mountain peaks in between the altitude of 5844m and 6501m that can be climbed with addition of 2-3 days (depending upon the technical requirement) in standard itinerary are known as trekking peaks or NMA peaks.

2. Where is Island Peak (6160m)?
Island peak (6160m) lies at Imja valley particularly on Chhukung of famous Everest trekking region of Nepal as a continuous flank of Lhotse shar.

3. How can I go to Island Peak climbing (6160m)?
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and start your trekking the same day from Lukla to reach Island peak base camp.

4. Why Island peak (6160m) extremely popular?
In simple word Everest is the busiest trekking region of Nepal in addition Island peak (6160m) is one of the easiest peak to climb that does not require special experience and techniques.

5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking and climbing of island peak (6160)?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region has tolerable cold.

6. What equipments or mountain gears do I need to climb Island peak (6160m)?
For trekking good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days .

For climbing you can hire most of the climbing equipments in Nepal if you don’t have. However you need Crampons, Ice axe, Tape slings, Harness, Ice Hammer, Ice screw, Karabiners, Ascender, Descender, Plastic climbing boots, Helmet, Snow bar, Rope.

7. I am amateur climber in Nepal, is this peak suitable for me?
Yes being one of the easiest trekking peaks we highly recommend for amateur trekkers and climbers, in fact it is the first choice we recommend for climbers and trekkers.

8. How flexible is island peak (6160m) climbing itinerary?
Amateur trekkers and climbers are strictly suggested to follow the long standard itinerary to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) but the itinerary is highly flexible for experience trekkers and climbers. You can climb the island peak either trekking through Gokyo ri or Everest base camp or trekking three passes of Everest region.

9. What if I finish trekking/climbing before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking and climbing money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to climb Island peak (6160m)?
Island peak climbing permit issued from NMA, National park fee (Np fee ) and Pasang Lahmu VDC local tax is required to trek and climb on this region.

11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during trekking and climbing?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks in tea houses while in base camp we assign our experienced cooking staffs. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking but Everest is extremely busy trekking region with countable tea houses so sometime it is really difficult to get good room in advance. In base camp we provide you good climbing tents.

12. What about drinking water during trekking/ climbing?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.

13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. We also assign experience climbing guide for successful accent of the peak. Nepalese trekking staffs are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up fo any any conversation you like.

14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.

15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting trekking /climbing?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But, if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.

16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes there is always risk of Acute Mountain Sickness if you choose random trekking itineraries and do not follow the standard itinerary whereas we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.

17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter and take you for further medical examination to designated hospitals and clinics.

18. What is the price of Island peak climbing?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking and climbing in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any and we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.

You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Everest Trekking with Island peak. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.


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