Combine 2 of the best experiences in the Everest region of Nepal with Narba Treks’ Everest Base camp trek with Island Peak. This incredible 17 days adventure in the Nepalese Himalayas is a true challenge. Test your limits as you head up to the famous Everest Base Camp trek and summit the legendary Island Peak at 6,189m/20,305ft! See some of the best mountain views during this stunning trek and peak climb in Nepal!
As any other adventure in Nepal your Everest Base Camp trek with Island peak package starts in Kathmandu, the capital and the most cultural city of Nepal. Our Narba Treks team will be awaiting you at the airport for a quick meet & greet as well as transferring you to your booked hotel. For your first day in Nepal we suggest to take a walking tour around Thamel. This area is filled with trekking gear shops, boutique and souvenir outlets, and restaurants that serve traditional and international dishes. Before we start your trek to Everest Base Camp and climb Island Peak, we’ll need a day to get all your permits in order. Don’t worry we won’t make you queue in lines, instead while our team does all the paperwork we send you on a cultural journey through Kathmandu.
You’ll be able to visit and sightsee at some of the most famous places of Kathmandu. Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, once a pristine palace square filled with temples and palace buildings, this square is now packed with local markets and ancient monuments. Next up is a visit to the Swayambunath Stupa also known as the Monkey Temple thanks to the hundreds of monkey families that reside in the jungle surrounding the stupa. In the afternoon we plan a visit to the legendary Boudhanath Stupa one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu! And for our last stop we visit the most sacred Hindu Temple in Kathmandu, the Pashupatinath Temple. Also used as a burial site, this temple is said to be home of Shiva’s trident!
After your exciting sightseeing tour we meet back at your hotel and go over the itinerary of the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak as well as safety rules.
In the morning of day 3 we leave Kathmandu behind and make for the Himalayas! A short flight to Lukla will bring us there. As the 38 th highest airport in the world the flight itself is quite scenic with an adventures landing as well. Arriving at Lukla gives such a surreal feeling, you are now officially at the lower Himalayas home to some of the highest mountains in the world including the highest, Mt Everest! After meeting up with our porter team it’s time to start your Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak.
First up is making our way to Everest Base Camp. We follow the classical Everest trail for this part of the trek. From Lukla we head to Phakding. Still in the lower elevation this first part of the trek is quite easy going and mostly downhill, following the Dudh Khosi River. The next day we make way to reach Namche Bazaar, the last big village we’ll encounter during our trek to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak. To reach Namche Bazaar we’ll pass by Monjo and the gateway into the Everest or Sagarmatha National Park.
Trekking more and more upwards the jungle starts to disappear, a more barren landscape with thundra starts to appear instead. And with it Namche Bazaar.
Acute Mountain Sickness is something we at Narba Treks take very seriously. AMS which is a condition that can ruin your trek occurs if one raises in elevation to fast. To prevent this and making sure you’ll be able to complete this incredible Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak we’ll be holding acclimatization days during the trek. And as you might have guest our first acclimatization day will take place at Namche Bazaar. While Namche is a great place with some museums to visit we’ll make a hike up to Syangboche’s Everest View Hotel. Not only will this hike help you acclimatize better, but also at the Everest View Hotel you’ll get to see your first glimpses of Mt Everest!
The trek to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak continues and we make way for Tengboche and the Tengboche Monastery. Known as the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Everest region, the views from Tengboche are just incredible. Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and Ama Dablam are just some of them! Build in 1916 the monastery itself was rebuild two times and still stands strong today. The next stop is Dingboche in the Imja Khola Valley. At the Dingboche we hold a second acclimatization day as we are reaching at an elevation of 4,358m/14,295ft now. During this acclimatization day we take a hike up the Nagarsyang Peak where the first good views of Island Peak come in sight.
We are now on day nine of the Everest Base Cmap trek with Island Peak itinerary, and we make way for Lobuche village. From here it’s just a short trek the next day along a part of the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep, the last village before Everest Base Camp! After checking in to the guesthouse in Gorakshep we make way for Base Camp. The trail goes along the mighty Khumbu Glacier and reaches up a rising with Everest Base Camp just laying below in a clearing at the foot of Mt Everest. Congrats you have made it through the first part of the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak! After enjoying the moment and taking in the sight we make our way back to Gorakshep.
We have an early morning wake-up call to hike up Kala Pattar Hill for a special sunrise view over the Himalayas as well as some of the best views of Mt Everest. It’s quite scenic seeing the sun warm up the snowcapped peaks as well as the valley below. Besides Mt Everest, you also be able to see excellent views of Mt Nuptse, Pumori and Lhotse. We make our way back to Gorakshep for breakfast and check out. Now we start the second part of the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak.
First we’ll have to head back to Lobuche. From there we take the path of the Everest 3 Pass trekking trail in reverse and head up to Kongma La Pass. Be warned the pass has an elevation of 5,545m/18,192ft and this part of the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak is considered the most challenging! The views from atop the pass are just amazing and we reach closer to Island Peak. Descending the Pass brings us to Chukung. Once a yak herder’s village, due to the popularity of climbing Island Peak this village now is equipped with guesthouses to take care of those attempting to summit Island Peak and those on the Everest 3 Pass trek.
Leaving Chukung behind the next morning we head for the Island Peak Base Camp. It’s a steep uphill climb over the Imja and Lhotse moraines. Our porter team well experienced in the trail will head up ahead to set up our tented camp. Once at Base Camp we hold a detailed climbing gear and safety training. Considered as one of the best training peaks in Nepal, the Island Peak climb is not so technical and the entire route is prefixed with ropes allowing for a safe and successful summit. Once at the top of 6,189m/20,305ft at the summit of Island Peak you’ll feel like king/queen of the world. The views are incredible. See the Baruntse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Peak 38, and Mera Peak up-close! After enjoying the sights we descend back to Base Camp and make our way back to Chukung.
From Chukung we begin the trek back to Lukla via Dingboche retracing the first part of the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak back. Along the way we’ll stop back at Tengboche and Namche Bazaar s well as enjoying some of the last views of the Himalayas. Once back in Lukla we hold a small celebratory party with our team and prepare to fly back to Kathmandu the next morning. At Kathmandu Narba Treks invites you to a special farewell and thank you dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant to congratulate you on the success of your 17 days Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak.
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