Island Peak Summit

Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

23 Days / Nepal
Inclusions
training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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Overview

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

On the Everest Base Camp part of this trek we stay in Tea Houses, but on the Island Peak part, we camp. This gives you the best of both worlds and gives both parts of the trek a very different feeling. We return to a warm Tea House after climbing Island Peak, which is a welcome change after summit night!

Everest Base Camp

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.

Island Peak

After Everest Base Camp we are well acclimatised and ‘trek fit’ to take on the challenge of Island Peak. It’s classified as a trekking peak, but 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 700m 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 worthwhile!

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

We did a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin talking all about this trek, so you can watch it below.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kathmandu.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!

    arrive
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,650m), 3 hrs.

    Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Phakding.

    plane
    breakfast
    tea 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 Bazaar.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 5

    Rest day.

    Rest day for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Explore the village market and the surrounding area.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 6

    Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,840m), 5 hrs.

    Enjoy a scenic walk to Phortse with stunning views of Ama Dablam.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 7

    Trek Phortse to Dingboche (4,410m), 6 hrs.

    Another stunning day on the trail today which offers views of Everest if the weather is clear.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 8

    Rest and Acclimatisation Day.

    A rest day in Dingboche.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 9

    Trek Dingboche to Lobuche, 6 hrs.

    We trek past the climber’s memorial to reach Lobuche.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 10

    Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,140m), 9 hrs.

    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before descending to Gorakshep.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 11

    Trek Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Dingboche (4,410m,) 10 hrs.

    An optional trek to Kala Patthar in the early morning is followed by a long walk out to Dingboche.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 12

    Rest & Skills Day in Dingboche.

    We take a rest day today and practice our rope work.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 13

    Dingboche to Chhukung (4,700m), 4hrs.

    Today we leave the main Everest Base Camp trail and trek to Chhukung.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 14

    Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,090m), 3hrs.

    After a skills session in the morning, we ascend to Island Peak Base Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
  • Day 15

    Base Camp to High Camp (5,500m), 2hrs.

    After a lazy start, we ascend to Island Peak High Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
  • Day 16

    Summit Day! Island Peak (6,189m), 14 hrs.

    We climb to the summit of Island Peak and then descend back to the warmth of the teahouse in Chhukung.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 17

    Spare Summit Attempt.

    A spare day in case of bad weather on Day 16.

    breakfast
    trek
    relax
    lunch
    dinner
  • Day 18

    Trek Chhukung to Tengboche (3,860m), 6 hrs.

    Today we descend to Tengboche.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 19

    Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 4 hrs.

    Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 20

    Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m), 8 hrs.

    Our last day of walking takes us back to Lukla.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    tea house
  • Day 21

    Lukla to Kathmandu.

    Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.

    breakfast
    dinner
    plane
    hotel
  • Day 22

    Depart Kathmandu.

    Free day in Kathmandu. Evening departure for Dublin. Overnight flight.

    breakfast
    plane
  • Day 23

    Arrive in Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin.

    arrive

Facts

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

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.

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.

Nepal and Sherpa Facts

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.

Nepalese 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.

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.

Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp

The best time to attempt your Mount Everest Base Camp trek 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.

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.

Available Dates

  • Oct 18th, 2019 - Nov 9th, 2019
    Full
  • May 4th, 2020 - May 26th, 2020
    Good availability
  • Oct 9th, 2020 - Oct 31st, 2020
    Good availability
  • May 3rd, 2021 - May 25th, 2021
    Good availability
  • Oct 11th, 2021 - Nov 2nd, 2021
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