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.