Island Peak Summit

Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

23 Days / Nepal
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training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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4,499.00

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Overview

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Everest Base Camp and Island Peak (6,189m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our EBC & Island Peak expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

Our 23-day itinerary first takes you on the historic trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp (5,385m) offering the best possible acclimatisation profile before we turn our attention to Island Peak. We move upwards through the valley at a slow, steady pace taking the time to meet the locals in the villages we pass and absorb the sights and scents of traditional Nepalese life. We stay in locally run tea-houses each night, enjoying the warm welcome of our hosts and the inviting heat of the stove as we remove our boots after a long day’s trekking.

After spending our first 10 days trekking to Everest Base Camp we will be ‘trek fit’, acclimatised to life to on the trail and prepared for our ascent of Island Peak (6,189m). Island Peak was named in 1953 by the Everest expedition team who could see the peak from Dingboche where it appeared as an island floating in a sea of ice. Climbing Island Peak has since been used by many mountaineers as a preparation peak before summitting Everest.

It is frequently referred to as a trekking peak, however, the demands of a long summit night, much of which is spent on snow and ice using crampons and ice axes make this a tough challenge!  We start in darkness in the early hours of the morning and ascend over 700m over mixed terrain. The last 200m are the most demanding and we use fixed ropes and ascenders to conquer the headwall and reach the summit ridge. The panoramic views of the 7,000m and 8,000m peaks surrounding you at the top make all the hard work worthwhile!

You will come away from this trek with a great appreciation of the Sherpa way of life, getting the opportunity to experience their unique mountain culture and traditions. We also spend time in Nepal’s main city – Kathmandu. This bustling city is a melting-pot of ethnicities and a great contrast to the relaxed pace of life in the mountains.

We held an info 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.

    breakfast
    plane
    trek
    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
    relax
    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
    relax
    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
    camping
  • 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
    camping
  • 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
    tea house
  • 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
    plane
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 22

    Depart Kathmandu.

    Free day to explore Kathmandu before departure.

    breakfast
    relax
    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

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 9th, 2020 - Oct 31st, 2020
    Good availability
  • March 26th, 2021 - Apr 17th, 2021
    Good availability
  • Oct 11th, 2021 - Nov 2nd, 2021
    Good availability
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