Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp

Trip Overview
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypePeak Climbing
  • Major Attractionworld’s second-largest glacier – Ngozumpa, Everest Base Camp
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Island Peak, located in the middle of Chhukung valley, is a beautiful mountain rising above the Lhotse Glacier. The peak takes good effort to scale as it is glaciated in the west face, yet is equally rewarding with magnificent views from the top. Outstanding views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, et cetera make the climbing enthusiastic. Climbing the peak along the Everest Base Camp trek is advisable for acclimatization.

The expedition begins at Lukla, a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu. Then, we slowly gain elevation while we pass through Phakding to reach Namche Bazaar, stop for acclimatization, explore the area, climb to nearby viewpoints, and walk through the villages.

The next day, we move to Machhermo and pass the world’s second-largest glacier – Ngozumpa. From Machhermo, we move on to the beautiful Gokyo valley and rest at the Gokyo village. We stay a day here for acclimatization again and hike to Gokyo Ri, where views of the Everest massif are awe-inspiring. Then, we climb higher to Lobuche from Thaknak through the Cho La Pass. Passing Gorakshep, we move to the Everest Base Camp and get back through the same route to Kalapathar, which bestows breathtaking views of Everest, the best in the journey. Climbing to Kalapathar(5545m) also acclimatizes us for peak climbing. We move back to Lobuche and then head to Chhukung through KongmaLa(5535m). Island Peak Base Camp is a short hike where we stop and prepare to scale the Island Peak. After summiting the peak, we return via Pangboche to Namche Bazaar and Lukla, where we take an airplane back to Kathmandu.

 

The trek passes through deep hidden valleys, high monasteries, and viewpoints, making the endeavor enjoyable. In addition, an ethnic village that primarily consists of communities influenced by Tibetan culture pass along the trek, the people being friendly and hospitable. 

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1,350m/4,428ft

After breakfast, Mountain Rocks Trek and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1,350m/4,428ft

Early morning the drive from the hotel to the domestic airport terminal after breakfast. The flight to Lukla gives outstanding views of the early sunrise on the snowcapped mountains. On landing Tenzing-Hillary Airport after 40 minutes at Lukla, we reach the gateway to the Himalayas. The trek begins from the airport, after meeting our crew from where Phakdung is a short walk. Today is the first day of the trek. We rest in Phakding.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2,652m/8,700ft

 The route passes through beautiful pine forests, Dudh Koshi River, and views of MauntThamserku. After passing a few settlements, we a check post, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We further walk through the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River and take a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, where the first sight of marvelous Mount Everest and the ridges of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse welcomes us.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3,440m/11,283ft

Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, et cetera. Although it’s a rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place, including the Tourist Visitor Center, where we find information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, and their culture and flora and fauna of the region.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3,440 m/11,283 ft

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges, including Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the luscious vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant, et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass, where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get abundant as animal life. Finally, passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 4,110m/ 13,152ft

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza, where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. The scenic hillside walk leads continue with the deep Dudh Koshi valley views. Finally, the five-hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from KyajoRi and PhariLapche runs through this village, where you can hear stories of the first sighting of Yeti.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 4,470m/ 14,663ft

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge. We can see views of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho-Oyo, along with the valleys below. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we then begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and TabocheTsho and reach a third lake, DudhPokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated village and its outstanding periphery are our shelters after this adventurous day.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours
  • 4800 m/15,744 ft

We start early today to GokyoRi (5360m), which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, among others. The fourth, fifth, and sixth lakes also lie along the way. Next, we take a short walk to Machhermo, where we stay for the night in a teahouse.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5,330 m/17,483 ft

Today, we set out after breakfast through the Ngazumpa glacier along a ridge and further move along the other side of the mountain to Thaknak. The sort of hike prepares us for strenuous gain in altitude in the days ahead.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 5,330 m/17,483 ft

The trail takes a rocky path that crosses a ravine and proceeds along the periphery of a frozen lake. Prayer flags mark the top of the Cho La pass, where you can see outstanding views of AmaDablam and other mountains. We must be cautious during the climb as the trail is steep and slippery. When we climb down to Dzongla, we see the views of the snow peaks along with the village of Periche. Walking down a grassy drail, we bend along the riverbed and reach Lobuche, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8-10 hours
  • 5367 m/17,604 ft

At Thangma Riju, one can experience the 360-degree panoramic view of snowcapped mountains. Unfortunately, We cannot see Mount Everest from here. However, We can view Mount Nuptse, Mount Nuptse, and Mount Pumori. Below Mount Pumori,  we see a grey grassy land of Kalopaththar after climbing up the steep terrain of Changri glacier.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours

We start early today to witness a glimpse of Mount Everest when the dusk turns to a bright morning with the light of the day. On the way, Peak s, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse are viewed. We suggest that during the ascent to Kalapththar, which takes hours, one pauses and catches one breath while snapping the photos at times. Finally, we descend back to Lobuche, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7-8 hours

We move on to Kongma La early in the morning through the beautiful Khumbu Glacier. The trail to Kongma La pass is a strenuous one. The top is with Buddhist prayer flags. Descending to Imja River, we head towards Chhukung, checking our equipment and preparing for the peak climbing.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours

The steep trail ascents along the south and takes a twist at the Lhotse glacier. An easing walk alongside the riverbed continues till a big rock. The zigzag route passes Imja to Lhotse Glacier and opens a broad valley. The base camp lies Southeast of the Island Peak, where we set the tent and stay overnight.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3-4 hours
  • 5,200m/17,060ft

We will hold a short briefing and training on climbing at the base camp. Techniques on peak climbing and efficient use of climbing gear, including ice ax, climbing boots, harness, et cetera, are given with demonstrations. Then, we can spend the rest of the day resting in the camp.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

We start early today, waking at around 2 am and taking our breakfast before heading out. Strong winds blow around the summit towards mid-day. We have to start early. After a short walk, the trail changes into a steep climb. The sandy path in the beginning soon changes to a rocky ascent, with the slope getting narrower. Soon we ascend along plenty of rock culverts along the route.

Further on, we walk along the ridgeline that leads to the glacier's snout. With rope to support, we cross this snow and ice slope. The summit is just three rope lengths away from the top of the hill. After observing an elevated and outstanding view from the summit, we take the route back to the base camp.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 10-12 hours

The pleasant walk on the trail is consoling to the lungs. Passing the villages of Orsho and Shomare, we move towards the Monastery in upper Pangboche, which is the oldest in the region. We see a scenic view of the mountain ranges above and the valley below with the ImjaTse River.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours

Descending to Imja River and crossing the forest to Tengboche, we continue along with rhododendron and juniper forests. Crossing the Dudh Koshi, we descend through pine forests rich in wildlife to Sansa. Further ahead, we pass a Chorten marking the entrance to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a lodge.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4-5 hours

The last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk slow, very controlled, and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying the distant view of snow-covered mountains. Finally, We arrived at Lukla.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours

Today we take the Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu once again. On reaching Kathmandu, it is time to enjoy shopping and walking around the city. The evening is to celebrate for successful completion of the Everest Base Camp trip.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Departure from Kathmandu. We arranged a drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

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  • Adventure of Nepal (climbing and trek)

    Everest base camp trek with pass and island peak climbing is perfect for acclimatization. In this way, I did this trip. Most recommended place for island peak climbers. this route is good.

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    DanelCanadaJune 20, 2022
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