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Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

Location: Nepal
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Autumn, Spring
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Autumn, Spring
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
About Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

Island Peak is suitable for experienced trekkers who want to climb a 6,000m Himalayan Peak. Our Island Peak expeditions includes the classic Everest Base Camp trek one of the most iconic routes in the world.

Mt Everest (8,848m), the world’s highest mountain is known as Sagarmatha “sky head” in Nepalese and Chomolungma “the mother goddess of the earth” in Tibetan. The scenery is truly breathtaking with mixed forest, flower filled meadows, glaciers, rivers and spectacular mountainous panoramas throughout. Located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal our route takes us through Sherpa villages, bazaars and Buddhist monasteries.

After trekking to Everest Base Camp we are well acclimatised and ‘trek fit’ to take on the challenge of Island Peak. Although it is often classified as a trekking peak, standing at 6,189m Island Peak is a tough challenge. Like most peaks the crux of the climb is the summit day where we ascend over 1,000m on mixed terrain. The last two hundred meters to the summit require us to use fixed ropes but it is technically very easy and we provide all the training in days leading up to summit day. The views of the surrounding 7,000m and 8,000m peaks make all the hard work worth while!

As well as 19 days in the Everest region we spend two nights in Kathmandu and enjoy time to explore the city.

Why Climb Island Peak with Earth's Edge

What our clients say...

"This was my first trip with Earth's Edge and I was very impressed with the efficient and hassle free organising of the trip. So much obviously went into the behind the scenes work which I am unaware off that contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable trip. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the accommodation in the tea-houses. The food was decent and was very appropriate for the trip. Having an excellent group leader, doctor and local guides also contributed immensely to the overall enjoyment. The timing during the year was also perfect as we were finishing our trip just as the peak season was beginning and the trails were getting very crowded. Ultimately though, I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is contemplating it as I certainly found it to be extremely enjoyable and have come home with plenty of great memories from it." - Jason Dowling, Co.Dublin.

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All our Island Peak & Everest Base Camp treks are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, internal flights, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, trekking permits, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge softshell jacket.

Our 23 day expedition includes a 18 day trekking itinerary designed with acclimatisation in mind, thus maximising your chances of reaching Base Camp.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and Sherpas. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Training weekends – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Everest Base Camp trekkers two months before departure. Our training weekends consist of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it. 

Our Island Peak & Everest Base Camp Itinerary & Costs

Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu.

Day 2: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore! Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,650m), 3 hrs.
Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Phakding. Overnight guest house.

Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 8 hrs.
Trek along the Dudh Kosi River and then through pine forest to reach Namche Bazzar.  Overnight guest house.

Day 5: Rest day.
Rest day for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Explore the village market and surrounding area. Overnight guest house.

Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,840m) 5 hrs.
Today's route has some stunning views of the surrounding landscape, dominate by Ama Dablam, which towers over us for the day. Overnight tea house.

Day 7: Trek Phortse to Dingboche (4,350m), 6 hrs.
We ascend higher up the valley to reach Dingboche village. Overnight guest house.

Day 8: Rest and Acclimatisation Day.
A rest day in Dingboche. Overnight tea house.

Day 9: Trek Dingboche to Dughla (4,620m) 5 hrs.
Today we we trek to Dughla at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight guest house.

Day 10: Trek Dughla to Lobuche (4,940m), 5 hrs.
We pass the climbers memorial to reach Loboche. Overnight guest house.

Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,140m), 9 hrs.
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before descending to Gorakshep. Overnight guest house.

Day 12: Trek Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Dingboche (4,410m,) 10 hrs.
An optional to trek to Kala Patthar in the early morning is followed by a long walk out to Dingboche. Overnight guest house.

Day 13: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,700m), 4hrs.
Today we leave the main Everest Base Camp trail and trek to Chhukung. Overnight tea house.

Day 14: Rest & Skills Day in Chhukung.
We take a rest day today and practise our snow and ice skills. Overnight tea house.

Day 15: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,090m), 2hrs.
After a lazy start we ascend to Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Summit Day! Island Peak (6,189m), 12 hrs.
We rise early for an Alpine start and begin the 1,000 metre ascent to the summit. Although there is some scrambling in places the route is well used and easy to follow. We follow a rocky spur to the upper snow fields which offer stunning views of Makalu and Lhotse. At 5,900m we reach the bottom of a steep ice face which leads to the summit ridge. From here we use fixed ropes up the face and along the ridge to reach the summit. Although dwarfed by surrounding peaks Island Peak (6,189m) offers stunning views of the entire Everest region which make all the hard effort worthwhile! After descending to Base Camp for some rest we return to Chhukung for the night. Overnight tea house.

Day 17: Spare Summit Attempt.
A spare day in case of bad weather on Day 16.

Day 18: Trek Chhukung to Tengboche (3,860m), 6 hrs.
Today we descend to Tengboche. Overnight tea house.

Day 19: Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 4 hrs.
Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight guest house.

Day 20: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m), 8 hrs.
Our last day of walking takes us back to Lukla. Overnight guest house.

Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening. Overnight hotel.

Day 22: Depart Kathmandu .
Free day in Kathmandu. Evening departure for Dublin. Overnight flight. 

Day 23: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin.
Island Peak Climb

EXPEDITION COSTS:
€399 deposit at the time of booking, followed by a €1,000 payment six months prior to departure & a €3,100 balance payment due two months prior to departure - Total €4,499. Read our best price guarantee.

*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.

Costs include international flights to Kathmandu, internal flights in Nepal, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Nepal, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & tea houses, all local park and guide fees & an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket & bandana. For more details on inclusions and exclusions please review the expedition information pack.

*Prices were set on December 20th, 2017.

Interesting Facts about Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 metres above sea level.

Nepal is a small landlocked country located high in the Himalayas in between its two powerhouse neighbours India and China. Nepal is a hub for adventure tourism due to its pristine natural resources but despite being visited by hundreds of thousands each year it is still one of the poorest countries in the world.

Napalese people don’t usually greet each other by a shake of hands or hug. They hold both of their palms, bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the God living inside the soul.

Nepali Flag - Everest Base Camp Expedition

Nepali Flag

The national flag of Nepal is the world's only non-quadrilateral national flag. The two triangles represent the Himalayan Mountains and the two major religions Hinduism and Buddhism.

Many say that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an adventure in itself. The scenic journey sees you swoop though beautiful valleys alongside Everest before landing on the short runway. In January 2008 Lukla airport was renamed in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.

The best time to attempt Island Peak and Everest Base Camp is in March through to mid May and September through to mid-November. Summer months are considered too wet for climbing and Everest views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.

In 1856, the mountain was named after George Everest, a retired Surveyor General who never even saw the peak.

The oldest person to reach the summit of Everest is Yuichiro Miura (80 yrs old) of Japan in 2013 and the youngest person is Jordan Romero (13 yrs old) of The USA in 2014.

The temperature at the summit never rises above freezing, averaging -36C in winter and -19C in summer. Every year the mountain grows taller by 4mm as a result of the upward thrust generated by two opposing tectonic plates.

Eight tonnes of rubbish collected from the slopes of Everest - including the remains of a helicopter - were turned into works of art and sculpture to highlight the issue of littering on its slopes in 2012. It took 65 porters and 75 yaks to carry down the rubbish from the mountain over two spring expeditions.

How To Book

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If you would like to sign up to this expedition but need some time before you can confirm your commitment, we can hold a space for you. We will hold your space for 48 hours after which time you will need to complete the booking form & pay your deposit.

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