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18

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Very Strenuous

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Are you willing to become a mountaineer ? Do you want to embark on the journey that many do not because of fear ? If yes, this trek and Peak climbing is for you. Island Peak Climbing with Everest base camp is for adventurous souls looking to conquer fear. Island Peak is one of the first level peaks in Nepal and often a practice peak for those attempting Everest. Although it may be around 6000 meter in elevation, it is no ordinary peak and will put you on your knees if you let it.

You will begin this once in lifetime trek from Lukla and then head towards the base camp of Everest. Make your way through the most beautiful Sherpa villages and experience their culture. You will make your way through suspension bridges and share the trail with the yaks. Furthermore, you trek beyond clouds, through the prayer flags draped rocks and hills. You will pay homages in the monasteries and make your way to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. This is not just a trek but it is a journey, a journey of enlightenment, happiness, fear, achievement and what not.

On your way back from Island Peak Climbing, you not only lose weight but everything that weighs you down. By the end of the trek, you will have seen the world’s several tallest mountains. Also, the rarest animals, rarest cultures and rituals and above all warmest hospitality.

Who is Island Peak Climbing with Everest base camp for?

  • If you are willing to begin your climbing career
  • For those who have few trekking experience
  • If you are in good shape
  • If you are looking for thrill and adventure

Come join our trips and experience the most sought trek and peak climbing in Nepal!you can also write us at info@budgettrekking.com

trip overview

Trip Code: BT - 140 Total Duration: 18 days
Destination: Climbing Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Very Strenuous Group Size: 2 - 12
Max Elevation: 6189

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Arrival in Kathmandu

On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. On this day you rest and rejuvenate of days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture. If you arrive early on this day, we will join for dinner in the evening. In case you arrive late on this day, the dinner will be arranged on day 2.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS:

The flights to Lukla and back are heavily dependent on weather conditions. As a result, flight being cancelled for one day, couple of days or for several days is a known phenomenon for flight companies in Nepal. In case we face such circumstances with your holiday plans in the Everest, we will be following a contingency plan and the plan would be as follows:

Day 2

In case your flight was cancelled on the previous day, we will attempt to board our flight on the second. This will be our second attempt to make that flight. In case we make it to Lukla on this day. We will follow our original itinerary from Lukla for the next 14 days.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 3

This will be the third and last attempt made to board your flight to Lukla. In case if you are not able to board the flight on this day as well, we would do our best to find an alternative. The best practiced alternative will be a helicopter to Lukla. The helicopter in a sharing basis will cost USD 500 per passenger. In case you take the Heli, you will be dropped in Lukla in around 45 minutes. In case we make it to Lukla on this day, we will still follow the original itinerary to Everest Base Camp and head back to catch our flight on the last day from Lukla.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Day 4

In case we had no luck on Day 3, we will no more wait for the flights or the weather to clear up and head towards Phaplu by road. Depending upon the package you select and the number of people in the Group, we will either take a private vehicle or a public jeep. The drive takes around 9 hours. This route to Everest Base camp was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first to scale Mt. Everest. It takes 4 days from here to join the main trail to the base camp. The trek joins the main trail in Monjo.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

It is advised to have some extra days towards the end of the trip for the same reason. Flights might get called off for the same reason and you may have to wait for couple of days or more.

Trek preparation and Last minute shopping

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking to Everest Base Camp with Island Peak. The back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking and you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

The day starts early and as early as 4 in the morning to catch an early flight to Lukla. The flight is completely dependent on the weather conditions of Lukla and at times the flights get rescheduled as well. We have our breakfast in Lukla and embark on the trails follow the stone trail downhill around 45 minutes and walk along with Yak and mules at times. We make our way through beautiful Buddhist communities with prayer flags, chorten and mani. Relatively today’s trek is easy and the the first day on the trails of Everest base camp. We trek for 3-4 hours until we arrive Phakding

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Phakding (2610 m / 8563 ft) - Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11286 ft)

We start strolling on the same undulating trail we had left the earlier day. On this day we walk on the trail, carved on the hills, on the bank of Dudh koshi river. Several times we cross rustic suspension bridges to walk on the left and the right banks. The beautiful river side Buddhist settlement intermingled with sparse forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir is the main attraction of this day. We get the first glimpse of Thamserku 6608m, on this day. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and pine scented trail is the most difficult section of the day. In this section of the trek you will also feel the thin air kick in. On a clear day Namche offers the distant yet nice view of Mt. Everest

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Namche acclimatize

We take rest on this day to acclimatize with high altitude and an excellent day to explore Namche, its culture and the periphery. Namche is interesting town which has terrace like settlement and looks like an amphitheatre. This is the most happening and biggest town along the trail. The idea is to remain active during the day and not fall asleep, which is why we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. We also take the opportunity to visit Khunde and Khumjung where we see the school built by Sir. Edmund Hillary. This village is famous for the monastery which claims to hold the Yeti skull. Furthermore, it is as well the hometown of renowned sherpa’s Appa Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. We get back to Namche we relax and enjoy the view, meanwhile we get ready for the next day’s trek.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Namche (3440m / 11286 ft) - Tengboche (3860 m / 12664 ft)

On this day the trail initiate with gentle ups and downs but every spur we take towards Tengboche seems to bring the mountains closer. As we make our way on the trails through the forest of Rhododendron we have to keep our eyes open for Himalayan Tahr and Musk Deer. The final 2 hours ascent is the most demanding section of the trek but we encounter water charged mani wheels and view of mountains which helps fuel us to walk further. We arrive at Tengboche which is a wide open grassy flat land where resides Tengboche monastery; famous and one of the largest in the Everest region.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Tengboche (3860 m / 12664 ft) - Dingboche (4410 m / 14649 ft)

On this day we leisurely walk down hill at first and slowly start scale on the trail beside the Khumbu stream for almost 3 hours, until we reach Dingboche. We get gorgeous view of Island peak 6189 m, Peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8501 m), towards the right of Dingboche. We call it a day here and rest for the night.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Acclimatize in Dingboche

Dingboche is a lovely place; even is such altitude it receives prolonged sunrise and the wind blows more calmly , compared to that of Periche. We spend a day in Dingboche which is a must to acclimatize. In order to acclimatize it is very important to stay active throughout the day and the idea is to not fall asleep in the day time. We trek around 400m to Nangkartshang Gompa, a viewpoint which offers slightly different angled views for mountains in Everest region and even East Makalu (8463 m). After climbing up to see the mountains we head back to have our lunch and further do photography, play card games or invent our games to spend the day.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dingboche (4410 m / 14649 ft) - Lobuche (4940 m / 16207 ft)

Ascending from the very first moment, we make our way through small patches of village with splendid views of twin peak Taboche and Periche, above a barren created by vanished glacier. The trail further surpasses gravelly ridges which showcases the views of Ama Dablam and Kantega. We take a utter nerve wrecking uphill to a memorial that commemorates mountaineer who lost their lives in 1996, this is the most difficult ascend of the day. Further we ascent with the view of soaring Thamserku in front. We reach Lobuche and spend a night here.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep

It is very important to be careful on this day as we may feel the signs of AMS (acute mountain Sickness) but cautiously we head towards Gorak Shep. initially we follow the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. We make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 5180 m which is at the base of Kalapatthar 5545m, is a flat land and a sand basin, where we have our lunch. It is recommended to visit Kala Patthar on this day to view Himalayas of Everest region. Many people prefer Kala Patthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kala Patthar and trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Dingboche (4400 m)

If we made it to Kala Patthar on the previous day, we hike to Everest base camp on this day before we descend to Pheriche. We make a very nominal ascent of 200m this day but is very technical and takes almost 3 hours. We start our trek early at around 6 am to our destination which is a semi-permanent village made out of bright dome tents and boulder covered by prayer flags. Everest base camp is the hub of mountaineers who are waiting for green signal to climb further up, the view of the mountains are spectacular but Everest is not visible due to the towering mountains upfront. After spending brief moments in base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Dingboche in Next 2 hours.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dingboche - Chukung Ri (5550 m / ) - Dingboche (acclimatization trip)

Once you head out of Dingboche, you will walk through the prickly shrubs and in between the hills. Once you are out of Dingboche, you will come across herding areas of Bibre and Dusum, which often acts like snack stop points in peak tourist seasons. The views of Island peak from here is beautiful. The average time to reach to Chukkung valley is around 3 hours with couple of rests in between. This is a long day trip and there are other substitutes as well but this is one of the most demanding side trips. Once in Chukkung, the time to summit the peak of Chukkung Ri and back to Chukkung is just around 1 hour to the maximum. The view of the valley and the surrounding mountains is very rewarding. Overall, this side trip could take around 6-7 hours.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Dingboche - Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)

From Dingboche we leave early in the morning to reach the Imja valley. Be careful as the land is very rocky and the gust of wind is heavy and a lot of dust in the air. Once in Island Peak, you will call it a day. You will make ready of all the gears and also learn few things from your climbing sherpa. Overnight in Island peak base camp.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Island Peak Base Camp - Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), and back - base camp: 10-12 hours

You do not need any prior peak climbing experience to reach to the peak of Island peak and it is an absolutely perfect peak to embark your journey as a climber. We will begin early and as early as 1:00 a.m. and begin towards the summit. By late morning, you should be on the top of the summit even at a very slow pace. The process to the top of the summit is extremely slow because of the elevation and arduous due to the slopes and icy condition. It is okay to feel worn down in every 5 minutes. Once on the top, you will be mesmerized by the views of towering mountains in the surrounding. We will spend brief moment in the summit and enjoy the victory and head down towards the base camp of Island peak. We will have packed and canned food for the day.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Island Peak Base Camp - Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

After such breathtaking and knee wrecking climb to the Island Peak and back, this section of the trek will be much easier. We would take the same trail back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola. On your way, you will come across some beautiful sherpa villages of Shomare and Orsho. We will follow the regular trail back to Pangboche. Pangboche is a beautiful village with the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Kongde range and many others. Overnight in Pangboche.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Pangboche - Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

From Pangboche we will head towards the Gompa and head down towards Phortse Thanga before again ascending back to Namche Bazaar. You will mostly follow the Dudh Koshi and walk through much warmer climate. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Namche Bazaar - Lukla: 6-7 hours

Buckle up for another long descent  from Namche to Lukla. There is no change of route from that of taken in the beginning of the trip. You will cover twice the distance downhill than that taken while on your way up. Once in Lukla, we will call it a day and your guide will further check in the airport to confirm your flights for the next morning. Overnight in Lukla

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Fly to Kathmandu

You will take an early morning flight back to kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel. Once we check you in the hotel, your Everest base camp and Island Peak trek comes to an end officially.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Only

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • National park permit, TIMS and climbing permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • English speaking Trekking Guide and climbing sherpa
  • All accommodations on the trails and  3 times meals during the trek
  • Shoes, helmet, crampons and axes for climbing
  • Ropes, accommodation, food while on peak climbing
  • Packed lunch and basic meals while climbing the peak
  • 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail
  • Best available local lodges / Teahouse  in mountain
  • 2 way flight
  • Taxi to and from airport  
  • A certificate for summiting the peak
  • Garbage   

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Porters
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

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Important Notes

  • This trip starts in Kathmandu on Day 1 at 2pm. This allows time after the joining meeting to explore Kathmandu.
  • Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip and is applicable only to nights spent in Kathmandu.
  • Please bring 2 passport sized photos to your joining meeting for your trekking permits.
  • In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary. Please see Day 1 of the itinerary for more details.
  • You must bring an emergency fund of 500 USD in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights.
  • We advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.
  • The minimum age for this trip is 20 at time of travel.

Essential Trip Information

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
  • You are advised to have at least 3-4 days towards the end of the trip. This is because of uncertainty of flights from Lukla.

 

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by Kristine Lindborg on Blank Business Name
Everest base camp and Island peak

I did a 19 day trek in the Everest region, including Island peak. I planned the trip from home, comunicating with Sameer. It was really easy to plan as Sameer and Budget trekking did everything, and made all the arrangements for me, before I came down to Nepal. I had a great time during the trek, and can highly reccomend both Budget trekking and trekking in the Everest region. Got to see so many amazing views. I also highly reccomend climbing island peak if you are up for the challenge. My guide Dave was really nice, and made sure I had a good time and that everything went smoothly.Budget trekking also has a hostel in Kathmandu, Dorm Nepal, which I reccomend staying in. The environment is great and the people really nice and welcoming.All in all I had a great time in Nepal!

Island Peak climb

I climbed Island Peak with Budget Trekking, meeting the group at base camp. They were very responsive prior to my trip about all questions and logistics, the guides were fantastic and everything meticulously planned. We did a skills/climbing/safety clinic the day before our climb and the guides were clearly very experience and prioritized safety on the mountain. Our group had a fantastic time and I would highly recommend Budget Trekking and their price was very reasonable. Thank you BT and all the team.

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