- & Everest Base Camp -
Trek to over 6000m up Island Peak and visit Everest Base Camp all in one trip
A trip that ticks so many boxes you'll lose count of the highlights. Island Peak is a popular trekking peak not far off the main Everest Base Camp trail that just breaks the 6000m mark at 6189m. This two week trek provides you with the opportunity to journey up to Everest Base Camp and watch the sun set on Everest from the 5545m peak of Kala Patthar. Not only is this a fabulous trail but it provides excellent acclimatisation for an attempt on Island Peak (alternatively known as Imja Tse) on the return journey. This peak gained it's name by the British Everest expedition in 1953 as they felt it looked like an Island in the middle of a sea of ice. It's surrounded by giant infamous Himalayan peaks such as Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse and Ama Dablam. Although regarded as a trekking peak, there is still the opportunity to get technical with the use of campons, fixed lines and an ascent of a steep head-wall and summit ridge.
This trip really does have a bit of everything and plenty of kudos to go with it.
Dates: 20th October - 7th November 2024
Trip Duration: 21 Days - 14 Trekking Days
Difficulty: Strenuous - but not too technically demanding.
Price (Land Only): £3150 (Single Supplement +£150)
Bespoke Date Option: Organised upon request.
Roughly £3150pp based on 7+ people.
19 Day Trip without a visit to EBC also Available.
Internal Transfers - inc flight to Lukla Airport
All food except Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Trekking Staff, including a Nepali Guide
Experienced LMG Trek Manager
2 Day Lake District based Winter Training Weekend
2 Days Lake District based Summer Trek Training
Team t-shirt & discounts for UK outdoor shops
Days 1 & 2 are spent leaving the UK and arriving in Kathmandu. Upon our arrival we are transported to our hotel accommodation.
Day 3 is spent finalising details before driving to Ramechap (5 hours) in the afternoon in preparation for our flight to Lukla.
Day 4 will see us take an internal flight to the famous mountain airport of Lukla. We will then trek for a few hours to the village of Phakding (2,650m).
On Day 5 we gain much more height and head to the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Day 6 is also spent at Namche acclimatising. Acclimatisation days usually include a trek of 3-4 hours too.
Day 7 and 8 are 5-6 hour trek days as we head for Pheriche (4,200m) via Tengboche (3,870m)
We spend Day 9 trekking to the village of Lobuche (4910m)
On Day 10 we will head to the infamous viewpoint of Kala Pattar. This viewpoint will give us a great view of Everest and the Khumbu Glacier. If the evening is clear we may even head up again to watch an Everest sunset! We will spend the night at Gorak Shep (5,170m)
Day 11 we will reach the infamous Everest Base Camp and return to Lobuche Village. On Day 12 we start to turn our sights to Island Peak and trek to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma La (5,535m).
Day 13 will be a day getting ourselves established a Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m) and is also an opportunity to refresh our technical skills such as using fixed lines and abseiling. Day 14 is a big day as it is our attempt at the summit of Island Peak (6,189m), Expect to be on your feet for about 12 hours on this day. Days 15, 16 & 17 are all about descent as we visit the villages of Pangboche, Namche Bazaar and finally Lukla to conclude the trek. At Lukla we will enjoy a celebratory meal with our trekking team.
All being well we will fly out of Lukla on Day 18 and then drive back to Kathmandu from Ramechaap. The afternoon can be spent in Kathmandu. We will enjoy a celebratory meal on this evening. Day 19 offers another chance to explore Kathmandu and we will go on a half day sight seeing tour also. time. We will aim to leave Nepal on Day 20 unless you are extending your trip and by day 21 you'll be home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why climb Island Peak?
Island Peak is nestled in the Khumbu valley and hosts some amazing views. As part of this expedition you get to see some of the greatest mountains in the world, visit Everest Base Camp and climb to over 6,000m!
How fit do I really need to be and what skills do I require?
The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, and the more chance you'll have of getting to the top. Being able to complete 2-3 days of big hill walks in the UK is a good gauge that you're ready. You can join us for one of our International Trekking Training weekends (Guiding Only) to help build this fitness.
Being able to walk proficiently with crampons and use a walking axe for safety will be a good skill to have before heading to the Himalaya. Again, as part of this package you will be able to join us for a two day winter skills weekend here in the Lake District (Instruction only)
In order to reach the summit you will spend a day in crampons and you will ascend using 'fixed lines'. There is a steep headwall and a narrower summit ridge. Matt is also a qualified Personal Trainer so if you want some formal training just get in touch with us via LMG Personal Training
What about Altitude Sickness?
Having concerns about AMS is very natural and it unfortunately unpredictable. Even the experienced could struggle to get over 6,000m if they get ill. We have however designed our itinerary to help us best acclimatise. This combined with walking slowly, drinking lots and eating well all give you the best possible chance.
What Technical Kit do I require?
Apart from the usual walking equipment you'll require crampons, a walking axe, double boots (Insulated for the altitude - Hired in Kathmandu if you don't want to purchase) a climbing harness and a quality sleeping bag rated to -15 / 20.
All of this kit can either be hired direct from us or when out in Nepal.
What about the Food and Accommodation?
The food in Nepal is fab. Expect a lot of rice, noodles and vegetables. If you have specific allergies or dietary requirements it may be worth researching what's on offer before committing. Eating well throughout is key to success on such an expedition. Our accommodation whilst on the trek will be teahouses, apart from 1 night (possibly 2 nights if the contingency day is used) will be spent in a tent.
Why should I trek with LMG?
Join our trek if you want a personal experience right from the start. We will help you get ready for this trip here in the UK, both physically and mentally. We'll do what we can to get you prepared and you'll then have our friendly faces to guide you through the experience once in Nepal. We work closely with an agent in Nepal to ensure we have the best possible service throughout. You won't be disappointed.
Are there any hidden costs?
We appreciate that when a trip comes with a price tag of £3000 and then a list of exclusions you want to be sure you won't get stung with extra costs. We've tried to be as transparent as possible, and depending on how much equipment you need / want to buy this trip will probably cost you between £4000-4500 all in. International flights are on average £850 and your personal trekking insurance will be £150 - £250. Other major exclusions include the Nepal Entry Visa (£50) and tips for the trekking team.
More info can be found in our Resources section
This trip requires 7 participants to run. There are a maximum of 14 places available.
Please Contact Us for more information on this trip or to secure your place with a £300 non-refundable deposit. Our trip terms and conditions can be viewed upon request.