Island Peak + Everest Base Camp, 6189m

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Island Peak + Everest Base Camp, Nepal

After visiting the iconic Everest Base camp, combine your trek with the a climb to the summit of a Himalayan 6000er - Island Peak.


The Mountain

Where: Imja Valley, Nepal
Altitude: 6189m
Duration: 24 Days
Summary:
Trek through the heart of the Khumbu region to the iconic Everest Base Camp. In itself this trek is an unforgettable mountain lovers trip of a life time. Following an early morning ascent of Kala Pattar (5545m) for magnificent views across to Everest, you will begin your trek to Island Peak base camp. The mountain sits like an island in a 'sea of ice' (hence it's name), and surrounded by the giant peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse South Wall to the north and Baruntse to the south. 

The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a col. On reaching the summit via its magnificent snowy ridge, you will be treated to spectacular views across the Himalaya with high peaks in all directions. 

If you have ever wanted to summit a 6000m Himalayan peak, this is the one. It was used in the 1953 Everest expedition by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing for training and acclimbatisation. The route they discovered is the same one that is used today.

The Challenge

For an experienced trekker or mountaineer, Island Peak is an achievable but challenging goal. It is also an ideal objective as first high altitude ' technical' Himalayan peak. 

As you approach Island Peak, it seems dwarfed by it's 7000m and 8000m neighbours. But the mountain has a beauty and finesse of it's own. Your approach to it's summit features scrambling terrain, roped glacial travel, the use of fixed ropes on the snow and ice head wall followed by an 'airy' snowy summit ridge. Truly spectacular views await you and worth all of the effort.

The first part of your journey follows our traditional Everest Base Camp (EBC) itinerary. We combine our Island Peak trip with teams visiting EBC. This allows for a more sociable experience and an opportunity to meet new friends and share in this incredible journey. The EBC route also offers an ideal acclimatisation programme. For further details on this aspect of the trip, please visit: Everest Base Camp

Island Peak is not 'Trekking peak', there are certainly technical aspects to this summit with steep terrain on snow and ice up to 45 degrees. Technical training sessions will take place whilst on the trip, but participants should have already have some basic mountaineering experience, and be able to use crampons and ice axes as a minimum.

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Dates and Prices

DepartReturnNo. DaysTotal PriceDepositAvailability 
 21st October 2019 12th November 2019  24 days  £2580 £645.00 Taking bookings  Enquire Now

This is a ‘Land Only’ package meaning you are responsible for arranging your own flights and your trip will begin on arrival in country. We will inform you of the best flight deals and times to suit your itinerary. However, feel free to search for an alternative. If you are arriving via another airport is it your responsibility to ensure you coordinate with our groups flights to arrange meeting point.

NOTE - DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT HAS BEEN PAID AND THE TRIP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.

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  The Expedition at a Glance

DAY ONE
International travel to Kathmandu (please note: flights are not included in this package)

DAY TWO
Arrive Kathmandu – After arrival we will transfer to our beautiful hotel in the Thamel district of the city. The streets are bustling with life, colour and vibrance. You will have time to explore and soak up the atmosphere or relax in the cool and peaceful gardens of the hotel.  We will also use the evening to prepare our bags in readiness for our early flight to Lukla.

DAY THREE
An early start will see us flying to Lukla and trekking to Phakding (approx 3-hours) – Flying into one of the world’s most iconic airports is always a thrill and, weather permitting, the flight allows amazing views of the Himalayas enroute.  Once in Lukla we’ll descend to the mighty Dubh Kosi river and follow a winding trail to our overnight teahouse accommodation.

DAY FOUR
Trek to Namche Bazaar, The Sherpa capital – The days trek will cross a number of awesome cable bridges, looking as though they are straight of an Indiana Jones film! After soaking up the stunning scenery the final lung busting 800 metre climb brings us to the mecca that is Namche.  The village is a bustling place with a rich history as the gateway to the Khumbu for decades of ground breaking expeditions and a trading post for locals.  The village has a full range of bars, internet cafes and small shops plus a highly recommended bakery where we can eat pastries while sitting on the terrace enjoying the views..  

DAY FIVE
A valuable acclimatisation day around Namche Bazaar 3450m. We will not be resting all day as we will acclimbatise better if we keep a little active. Walking to the viewpoint above the town, we'll get our first sighting of Everest and its surrounding peaks. We also take in the local museum before heading up further, stopping at the Everest View hotel for a well-earned hot drink, having gained approx 400m. Heading back to town, we can explore the markets and relax in the local bakery where we would have earned that chocolate cake and coffee!.

DAY SIX
From Namche our route takes us up the valley to Dole. This leads us via the Mong La Col which is a great place to relax and drink with the bonus of stunning views across to Ama Dablam. After the long climb up to the Mong La we’ll drop down a long way before climbing back up to the isolated village of Dole.

DAY SEVEN
From Dole a pleasant short walk takes us to Machermo. We won’t go further today as we’re getting higher and need time to acclimatise. It’s a very good place to relax and we may also be able to attend the daily 3pm altitude talk at the medical base.

DAY EIGHT / NINE
This stunning day follows a beautiful valley leading to the famous Gokyo Lakes. The views get better and better the further we go and, as we approach Goyko Village, we’ll see the cirque of mountains where Cho Oyo sits and left of the village we’ll see the trail of tourists ascending Gokyo Ri (we can take this walk later in the afternoon if the team would like to).

It is well worth us giving Gokyo a day of our lives to continue the acclimatisation process. We’ll stretch our legs with one of the pleasant walks nearby. One popular option will take us up to Noddy’s Point for some excellent Everest views.

DAY TEN
After leaving Gokyo we head across the moraine to the small settlement of Dragnag. This is a short walk (about 2 hours) but we need to take care as the exact route changes frequently due to the increasing lake size.

DAY ELEVEN
This is a big day. Our route takes us on a long climb over the Cho La pass and into the next valley – but it’s worth the effort! We’ll make an early start to ensure we have plenty of time in hand. Once over the pass we’ll get amazing views into the next valley and the surrounding peaks will take your breath away. This valley is the one you now follow (there’s some fairly steep but straight forward scrambly sections) down to Dzongla. We can stop at the lodge here or, time permitting, we will most likely decide to plough on to Loboche.

DAY TWELVE
Depending on what we did yesterday we can either trek round to Loboche today or take a rest day if we arrived there last night. There are plenty of lodges in Loboche and it’s a famous stopping point.

DAY THIRTEEN
From our lodge at Loboche we’ll make an early start to get to Gorak Shep, continue up Kala Pattar then return to Loboche in the same day. This means we get to keep the same room in Loboche, can travel light, and we still get plenty of time of Everest viewing. It’s a round trip of about 8 hours. An alternative option for this day is to head to Everest Base Camp.

DAY FOURTEEN
It’s all downhill from here – physically at least! The walk from Loboche follows a lovely valley before we break round to the village of Dingboche. There are plenty of great lodges here as well as internet access and great views up the valley towards Island Peak and the South Face of Lhotse and, as always, Ama Dablam is visible from here too. As an alternative place to stay we may stay at Pheriche which is nearby.

DAY  FIFTEEN
The walk to Chukhung follows a stunning valley that takes us under the imposing north face of Ama Dablam. Ahead of us there are stunning views of Island Peak.

DAY SIXTEEN
Once we arrive at Island Peak Base Camp we’ll get settled and have the chance to relax before our ascent. 

DAY SEVENTEEN / EIGHTEEN
The ascent route of Island Peak begins up steep scree covered slopes then weaves an intricate line amongst rock bands up to the snowline. After donning crampons we’ll head up the steep snow slopes to reach the famous headwall that guard’s access to the summit ridge. Our training weekend will have given us the skills to ascend this ground and, after following the fixed ropes, we’ll be set to finish up the steep summit ridge that leads to one of the most spectacular summits in the Himalayas.

DAY NINETEEN
Luckily most of this route is downhill so those tired legs won’t have to work too hard!

DAY TWENTY
Again we are gradually losing some of the height gained and, as we are getting onto the classic Everest Trail, the paths are likely to be busier. That said, this is one of my favourite stretches to walk as the terrain is varied, the views sublime and it always feels like we are right in the teeth of the mountains. We’ll arrive at the village of Tengboche in good time and it’s well worth us checking out the famous monastery which marks the villages place as a religious centre of the Khumbu.

DAY TWENTY-ONE
From Tengboche we are now completing the loop back to Namche. Today follows a stunning valley with fantastic views so we’ll leave enough time to enjoy it. We’ll be in Namche in about 4-5 hours so it is worth us dropping down the steep hillside we climbed all those days ago and staying for the night in Monjo instead. This is a small village with a good range of lodges and this sets us up nicely for our final day.

DAY TWENTY-TWO
We know this bit but it will certainly feel like a long time since we were last here! After heading along the valley floor we have the final long hill back up to Lukla.

DAY TWENTY-THREE
The flight back to Lukla leaves in the morning so we should be back to Kathmandu in plenty of time to relax and enjoy a final celebration meal.

DAY TWENTY-FOUR
Fly Kathmandu to UK

IMPORTANT:
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. Your Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

  Expedition Highlights
  • An ideal first 'technical' Himalayan climb.
  • Experience the warmest of welcomes from the local Sherpa people
  • Spectacular views of some of the worlds most iconic mountains
  • Grab an early morning opportunity to climb Kala Pattar to see a unique view of Everest
  • Explore the vibrant and unique city of Kathmandu
Unique Character

There is no doubt that trekking and climbing in this Himalyan region in Nepal is a mountain lovers paradise. The breathtaking scenery changes daily as you traverse under some the worlds highest and most famous mountains - Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and the mighty Everest.

Our itinerary links the classic Everst Base Camp trek with an ascent of Island Peak. The mountain sits surrounded by 7000m and 8000m peaks but holds its own as a peak with lots of interest for the budding mountaineer. You will expereince galcial travel, interesting rock scrambling and a final summit ridge with steep slopes on each side of you. There is no doubt Island Peak is an incrediable objective. 

  Fitness and Training

Who is this Trek best for?

Island Peak and Everest Base Camp are a high altitude trek and climb. These are feasable to achieve with a good level of hill walking fitness and some technical mountaineering experience in using crampons and and ice axe. The trails are well trodden but are continually undulating with an average altitude of approximately 3,900m.The trail crosses approximately three modern suspension bridges, all of which have mesh sides but some are quite long and high. 

Participants should be fit and you should be comfortable walking 4-6 hours per day.  This trip requires strength & endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for trekkers to maximise their enjoyment and potential success. 

Island Peak is a more technical peak than some of the other trekking peaks in Nepal, it starts with an easy scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier and above there is a steep snow headwall leading to a classic summit ridge. 

This is an ideal trip for those who have already summited Kilimanjaro or the higher peaks in Morocco in winter conditions or Stok Kangri.

Preparation for trekking to Everest Base Camp and to climb Island Peak

Trekking to Everest Base Camp and climbing Island Peak are a serious undertaking. Just because you exercise regularly (four to six times per week) does not mean you have the conditioning needed to reach the summit. Particiapnts will also need some techincal mounaineering experience in teh use of crampons and an ice axe. However, these skills are refreshed as part of the itinerary.

We'd highly recmommend joining one of our Winter Skills Courses in Scotland as part of your training.

Prioritise your training efforts in the following way, assuming that you are in good health and injury- free:

  1. Bag-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing
  2. Strength training for the lower body and core
  3. Cardiovascular training, including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight
  4. Flexibility training

Most people will need to train specifically for trekking to Everest Base camp for at least three to four months. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hiking time, distance and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your trekking-specific conditioning. Trying to rush this will increase the risk of experiencing some sort of training injury and not being ready for your trip.

Altitude

This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude. 

Our route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude and allows you to follow the golden rule of acclimatisation ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’.

Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. All of our leaders have experience of trekking at altitude and are medically trained. The leader will assess your progress as you climb and their decision is final if you need to descend for safety reasons.

For more information regarding the effects of altitude, please read our recent article. 

Recognising altitude sickness and how to prevent it

 

  What's Included in the Price

Whats Provided?

  1. In-country accommodation - Hotels and Tea Houses. Based on 2 people sharing.
  2. All meals excl. celebratory meal and final day lunch 
  3. All drinking water whilst trekking 
  4. In-country transportation
  5. National Park trekking fees and permits
  6. Local Guides, Cooks and  Porters
  7. Experienced UK Expedition Leader throughout

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats not Provided?

  1. UK Transport to and from the airport
  2. International flights and taxes 
  3. Personal Equipment 
  4. Travel Insurance 
  5. Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals. approx. £30.00 per night.
  6. Tips for local staff. (£70 - £100)
  7. Entry Visas.
  8. Alcoholic or soft drinks not supplied during meals
  9. Entrance fees to monuments or tourist sights
  10. Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
  11. Transport to airport or from airport due to differing departure times.
  12. Vaccinations

 VISA INFO:
All international citizens are required to have a visa.  For British nationals you can obtain this by one of 2 ways;

1. Prior to Departure
Apply to the Nepalese Embassy prior to departure (www.nepembassy.org.uk). Tourist visas are normally processed within 48 hours upon the submission of the visa application form to the Embassy in person, or 14 days by post.

Currently the visa fee is £35 for up to 30 days. Please read all of the visa information before applying.

2. On Arrival
Visitors may also obtain the tourist visa on arrival at Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.

The requirements on arrival are: 2 passport size photos, completed prescribed visa form available at entry point and visa fee which is currently $40. You can only pay in $US and the process is usually very quick and simple. If you are not a British national please double check the requirements with the Embassy. 

 

 

 IslandIIsland Peak + Everest Base Camp Kit List

CLOTHING

FEET

  • Double skinned Mountaineering boots 6000m. i.e.Scarpa Vega, La Sportiva Spantiks or G5
  • Trainers or light footwear.
  • Hut slippers (optional)
  • 6 - 8 x pairs of trekking socks + Pairs of thicker socks for very cold conditions 
  • Gaiters - For keeping scree out of boots 

TREKKING WEAR

  • 4-5 x Thermal t-shirts (long and short sleeved / not cotton!) 
  • 2 x Fleece tops (1 thick, 1 thin) or Primaloft jacket. 
  • Walking type trousers (zip off legs are ideal) 
  • 1 x Shorts (if you don’t have zip off leg trousers) 
  • 1 x Pair light weight trekking gloves or liner gloves 
  • 1 x Pair Heavy weight Glove or Mitten. Must be big enough to fit over liner gloves 
  • Warm hat to cover ears & Sunhat / Cap 
  • Neck gaiter or Buff
  • Fully waterproof over-trousers with taped seams. i.e. Gore-tex or eVent 
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket i.e.Gore-Tex +with hood 
  • Down Jacket with hood. Heavy weight. Essential for cold days and evenings around camp

GENERAL CLOTHES

  • Extra pair of trousers for evenings 
  • Long Sleeved Shirt 
  • Long Thermal top and bottoms 
  • Underwear
  • Swimming costume

DOCUMENTS AND MONEY

  • Passport + Photocopy
  • 2 x Passport photographs
  • Visa Money 
  • Money to be changed in country. We recommend approx £300 (In US dollars)
  • Money for tips £70 - £100 (in US dollars)
  • Credit Card 
  • Insurance Documentation 
  • Immunisation Card 
  • Airline Tickets 
  • Money Belt 

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

  • Climbing Harness and Helmet
  • Ice Axe - Mountaineering or walking axe + leash
  • Crampons - C2 crampons as a minimum
  • Jumar - e.g Petzl ascender 
  • 1m sling, 3 x screw gate carabiners, 3m of 5mm prussik cord
  • Belay device

 

 

 

NOTES

  1. No suitcases! Using a zip top expedition bag is easier for access. Also a small mesh bag is useful forleaving item at the hotel.
  2. You must only carry 1 bag and your day bag. Weight on the flight is limited and porters can only carry a certain amount of weight so please pack responsibly.  
  3. Each item is required unless specified as optional.
  4. It is possible to hire items of equipment. Our preferred provider is: www.expeditionkithire.co.uk 

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CAMPING AND GENERAL KIT

BAGGAGE

  • Soft Expedition holdall 90 - 110 Ltr
  • Waterproof Rucksack liners or small dry bags to keep clothing dry and organised 
  • Rucksack - 35 - 50 Ltr with ice axe carryig loops

CAMPING AND SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag - 4/5 season minimum 
  • Sleeping mat - Thermarest type. Needs to be suitable for winter use
  • Light Weight Dry bag for sleeping bag
  • Pillow case 
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional) 
  • Head Torch (Battery operated only) 
  • Spare batteries for head torch 
  • Wide necked pee bottle (optional) 

HYDRATION

  • 2 x 1ltr Water bottles (wide necked is better)
  • Water bladder (Caution - tubes are prone to freezing)
  • Water Purification Tablets (for back up only) 
  • Vit C Tablets and/or Hydration Tablets 
  • Water Flavouring

HYGIENE

  • Hand Sanitiser (LOTS!)
  • 1 x Toilet roll in a zip lock bag + plastic nappy bags 
  • Ear Plugs 
  • Wet Wipes 
  • Essential wash kit/personal hygiene items 
  • Light Weight Towel 

EXTRAS

  • Camera 
  • Trekking Poles - highly recommended 
  • Sun Glasses. Cat.3/4 100% UVA/UVB(Wrap Around style is preferred)
  • Extra snacks. High energy and lightweight (a couple per day. Can be bought in Nepal)
  • Luxury treats which you can share with the group. i.e. chocolate or coffee 
  • iPod / Book / Kindle / Diary 
  • Charging cables and plug adaptor 

 

PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT

  • High Factor Sun Block SP50+ and Lip Balm / Block
  • Anti- Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium) 
  • Painkillers 
  • Rehydration Sachets 
  • Plasters 
  • Blister Plasters (Compeed)
  • Throat Lozenges 
  • Personal medication 
  • Vaseline petroleum jelly to rub on your feet, to reduce friction with boots / socks&nbsp
  • Diamox (Acetazolamide). Seek advice on its use 

  

COTSWOLD OUTDOOR 15% DISCOUNT

As a company we've recognised that the additional cost of having to buy clothing and equipment can be a barrier to booking on some of our programmes and expeditions. 

With this in mind we've teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor. Arguably, the UK's largest outdoor retailer with stores across the country and an online shop to make purchasing as easy as possible.

All clients will recieve a 15% discount code once your deposit is paid.

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