Ultimate Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Expedition

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Ultimate Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Expedition is the ultimate experience in the Everest region for anyone looking to attempt a Himalayan peak. You will firstly not only climb Island Peak at 6189m(20,305ft) but also reach the historic Everest Base Camp (5364m) whilst also heading over 2 of the high passes of Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535m) along with the hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m). One heck of a trip!

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Adrenaline, Discovery, Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Ultimate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Ultimate Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Expedition.

High in the Khumbu region of Nepal, close to Mt Everest and closer still to the steep south face of Mt Lhotse, the aptly named Island Peak (6189m) rises above the of glaciated valleys below. With its outrageous location and challenging summit ridge, this peak has been a favourite with our guides, leaders, and clients for a number of years. Trekking via Namche Bazaar we follow the route to Everest Base Camp via the Gokyo valley and Cho La Pass route and into Lobuche beside the Khumbu glacier. As part of our acclimatisation programme we visit Everest Base Camp and make an ascent of the classic viewpoint of Kala Pattar, where we enjoy some of the finest views of the world’s highest peak. Then crossing the Khumbu Glacier, we climb up to the Kongma La pass which gives us access to the valley of the Imja Khola and the summer grazing settlement of Chukkung. From here we move up to Island Peak base camp for our main objective, Island Peak. The ascent of this 6000 metre peak in the shadow of the huge Lhotse face is a real ‘alpine experience’ in every sense, involving fine climbing in exposed situations amongst breathtaking scenery. This is one epic challenge.

Our trip includes three days to climb Island Peak which includes an extra time in case of bad weather or if you require extra time for acclimatisation.

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Join us on the Ultimate Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Expedition

  • A unique trip designed by EverTrek as no one else offers this itinerary. This circuit combines our 2 favourite trips. It may not be on your Bucket List but it should be.
  • Climb a Himalayan Peak reaching an altitude of over 6000m with spine-tingling views.
  • We not only reach Everest Base Camp but traverse 2 of the high passes, Cho La Pass and Kongma La Pass.
  • Our Team in Nepal have been guiding to Island Peak and Everest since 2001. In the spring season, you can meet climbers at base camp.
  • You stay in comfortable lodges (or “Tea Houses”) on the trek and looked after by our finest cooks whilst camping
  • We take special care of our porters & guides. They are probably the best equipped in Nepal.
  • Your kit bag is carried for you, so you only need carry a day pack
  • Prices include all permits
  • You can take advantage of our free duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag for the trek.

Experience Required

The Ultimate Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Expedition with 2 high passes is a tough and arduous trek and climb. It is meant to be challenging. You must be a fit, regular hillwalker to take part, used to long, consecutive days walking in the British Mountains, preferably in Winter. You should have experience of walking steep, boulder-strewn paths where the use of hands has been essential to scramble upwards over rocky steps. Previous experience of Himalayan trekking is preferable, but not essential as long as you are a very regular and committed hill-walker. As this route takes you over remote high passes and a Himalayan peak, experience of having been to 5000-metres before is ideal.

We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However, you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »

Over the years, we have gained an incredible amount of experience and expertise in outdoor equipment and clothing. We have applied this to each trip that we offer and recommend what we believe to be the most suitable items for your trip.

Tour Package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle

  • 3 nights accommodation in the excellent Apsara Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • Trekking permit and TIMS permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek/climb
  • All accommodation whilst on trek/climb (Lodge/Tea house/tent)
  • Fresh fruit after dinner
  • Tea/Coffee
  • 3 days on camp during the climbing
  • One experienced Climbing guide for climbing section & One trekking guide for trekking Section
  • Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
  • Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Duffel bag if required
  • EverTrek mountain Goody bag
  • Oximeter & Heart Rate Monitor– To calculate Oxygen Levels and Heart rate to help with Altitude
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Nepal arrival visa ($40)

  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special meals

  • Personal expenses including soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and beverages

  • Climbing gear (Climbing rope, ice axe, ice screws and snow bar) We will help you to hire or buy these before or in Kathmandu)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter Evacuation

  • Monument entrance fees

  • Any other extended trips and accommodation

  • Tips for trekking guide, climbing Sherpa & porters
  1. Day 1 Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Welcome to Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. Today is your first day with EverTrek. Therefore, we send one of our company reps to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), who will transfer you to the hotel in Thamel. If possible, and depending on what time your flight arrives, we sometimes schedule a catch up at our office to chat about the trek and for you to get to meet the rest of your team and your Sherpa or guide. Today is all about relaxing and getting to see some of Kathmandu. We will also have our welcome dinner at one of our favourite Nepalese restaurants with some traditional dance and music. You can join in too if you like! If your flight arrives a little late, we can adjust this plan for the next day.

    Meals included: Dinner

    (Highlights of the day:  Welcome to Kathmandu! Local food and dance at out favourite Nepalese restaurant.

  2. Day 2 Kathmandu valley sightseeing and expedition preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is an amazing place with it’s natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hours touring the city and major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your equipment & gear (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bag, ice axe, crampons etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    (Highlights of the day: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square ,Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath and Boudhanath Stupa. 

  3. Day 3 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

    Phakding is the destination for the day. One of our company reps will pick you and the group up at the hotel and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board an early morning flight to Lukla. After about 30-35 min scenic flight the plane will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport located in Lukla.

    We will meet the other members of our team, the porters who will organise your baggage for you. Once everything is ready, the trek finally begins. It all starts here!

    We descend towards Phakding leaving the beautiful village of Lukla behind. After about 3 hours or so, we reach the settlement of Phakding where we can freshen up and explore the village of of Phakding. The night will be spent at a lodge in Phakding.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: A scenic flight to Lukla, a thrilling landing experience at one of the most dangerous airports in the world at Lukla. The trail accompanied by various small Sherpa settlements, ancient monasteries, Chortens, Mani Walls, prayer wheels, the spectacular view of Kusum Khangkaru, the very first view of Kongde RI and the beautiful village of Phakding, where you can visit a 500 year old monastery.)

  4. Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)

    The destination for today is Namche Bazaar. We cross the river over the Dudh Koshi River where we say farewell to the beautiful village of Phakding and head towards Namche Bazaar.

    Following the trail along the Dudh Koshi River, take in the views and soak up the energy of the Khumbu region.  We cross 3 suspension bridges over the river and hike up to the village of Monjo, which is also known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. Your team leader or guide will take care of the necessary formalities required to enter the national park. The trail from Monjo descends to Larja Dobhan, which is at the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the Hilary bridge over the river 150 feet below, you will hopefully get your first view of the majestic Mt Everest. This is always a powerful moment. We then continue on for a tough couple of hours hiking until we reach Namche Bazaar. The remaining day can be spent exploring Namche Bazaar. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Small settlements like Zam Fute, Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa, Gumela, the views of various ancient monasteries, Chortens, the view of Rhododendron and Magnolia forests, the roaring Dudh Koshi River along the trail, and the first view of Mt. Everest.)

  5. Day 5 Acclimatisation day at Namche

    Reaching Namche Bazaar means we are already above 3000m which is great for acclimatisation. Although this is a day to stick around this height, there is no rest. In order to acclimatise, we will take a challenging hike to the nearby villages like Khunde and Khumjung or hike up to the old Sherpa village of Thame. We will also have enough time to visit the museum and National Park Headquarters. Once we are back after our hike, you can spend the remainder of the day exploring the amazing streets of Namche. Grab a coffee or visit the German Bakery. You will spend the night at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: An insight into the lifestyle of the Sherpa people in the villages of Khunde, Namche, Khumjung or even Thame. Enjoy the surrounding views of Mt. Everest, Shyangboche panorama and the view of the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu Region. Museum, the National Park Headquarters.)

  6. Day 6 Trek to Dole. (4,200m/13,779ft)

    Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Dhole. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, an easy walk will take us to Kyangjuma that offers one of the best views of towering peaks around. The walk continues through the rhododendron forests until we reach Sanasa, which is a major trail junction of the Gokyo Valley and the Everest Base Camp trek. Leaving the Everest Base Camp trail, we follow the stone steps trail that lies on our left hand side and walk towards Mong. From Mong, a slight descent will take us to the bank of the Dudh Koshi River as we cross Phortse Thanga. We hike up till Tenga, following the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. From here, leaving the bank of the river, we further hike up to Dhole through birch and rhododendron forest. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dhole.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Splendid views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Khumbila (a sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu region, first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtega & Thamserku, longest Mani wall (prayer stone) in the Khumbu region.  Local Fauna like musk deer, Himalayan thar, pheasants)

  7. Day 7 Trek to Gokyo Lake(4,700m/15,715ft)

    Today is the fifth day of the trek and will take us to one of the most scenic places on the entire trip and the entire region, the amazing Gokyo Valley.

    We first climb up the valley ridge and hike for a couple of hours before we then climb to the base of the first lake after crossing another bridge. The first Gokyo lake (Lonspunga Tso) has an amazing backdrop so we will stop for a rest and some photos. We continue towards the second Gokyo lake (Taujung Tsho). Following the west bank of the glacier, we walk up to the third Gokyo lake (Gokyo Tsho). On reaching the lake the walk continues till the east bank of the lake where lodges are located. The remaining day will be spent exploring the lakes and glacier. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gokyo.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day:  Amazing Gokyo valley, the turquoise coloured lakes and amazing views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Thamserku, Gokyo Village)

  8. Day 8 Acclimatisation day at Gokyo Village 4700m/15,580ft

    Today is the sixth day of the trek and is spent exploring the valley for more acclimatisation. Firstly, we climb up the Gokyo RI (5,630m) above the village on the northern edge of the lake. We spend some time relishing the views of the magnificent mountains around at this significant height which again helps with our ’Hike high, sleep low’ plan. We then descend and hike back down to the village where we relax and enjoy some lunch on the glacier. Depending on how the group are doing, we can choose to hike further up the valley to see Cho Oyu and the additional Gokyo lake at the top of the valley.

    The night will be spent at a lodge in Gokyo Valley.

  9. Day 9 Trek to Dragnak (4,700m/15,419ft)

    Today is the seventh day of the trek and our destination is Dragnag. Leaving the Third Lake behind, we start the hike super early as we need to walk across the Ngozumba glacier.

    We cross the glacier before the sun gets stronger, as during the sunny days the ice melts making the trail a little bit challenging and difficult to walk. After crossing the glacier, following the east bank of the glacier, we slightly descend to Dragnag. The rest of the day can also be spent hiking nearby hills, which helps to acclimatise. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dragnag.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day:  Classic trail across Ngozumba glacier, view of small ice lakes formed by the glacier)

  10. Day 10 Trek to High Chola Pass and walk down to Dzonglha (4,830m/15,846ft)

    Today is the eighth day of the trek and our destination is Dzongla via Chola pass which is our destination for the day, Chola Pass (5,420m).

    Initially, we hike up the steep section crossing Chola Phedi. Th trail then drops down to the bottom of the Chola pass. The trail here is icy, slippery and difficult to cross so we will take our time here. We then have another steep section which a rocky ascent and will eventually take us to the top of the Chola Pass. As you reach the top, you will be met by prayer flags blowing in the wind and the awesome views below of Gokyo Valley. After spending some time here to rest, we will descend to Dzongla (use of crampons are sometimes needed) The hike into Dzongla is fairly an easy walk. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dzongla.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Magnificent views of Ama Dablam & Cholatse and the Gokyo Valley from Cho La pass. Experience the steep and diffcult ascent of Cho La pass and take in the grand view of Cholatse North face from Dzongla.)

  11. Day 11 Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

    Today is the ninth day of the trek and our destination is Lobuche. From Dzongla, the trail continues to descend east, crossing Chola and then taking the trail on the left side, we continue to hike up where the trail then meets the Everest Base Camp trail. We hike for an hour or so from here until we reach Lobuche. After having lunch, we also hike a bit higher for acclimatisation to explore the Khumbu Glacier. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lobuche.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Splendid views of mountains and glaciers, memory hill where memorial stones of climbers who lost their lives in the surrounding mountains, views of the Khumbu and Lobuche glacier.)

  12. Day 12 Trek to Gorekshep and Visit Everest Base camp (5,364m/17,598ft)

    Today we reach the majestic Everest Base Camp. Following the trail along the Khumbu Glacier, the hike continues towards Gorakshep past Lobuche glacier, pyramid, Lobuche pass and the confluence of Changri Nup, Changri Shar and Khumbu glacier. As we depart Gorakshep, the walk continues on some difficult glacial moraine. This route does change year on year so we will find the safest route through this area. We will eventually reach the historic Everest base camp and also hike up to the Khumbu Icefall which is the start of the Everest summit route. We will spend some time here taking it all in and taking photos and then walk back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gorakshep.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Wonderful view of Kala Patthar, Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse, the view of Changri Nup, Changri Shar, Khumbu Glacier, north ridge of Mt. Everest, ice fall and the base camp of Mt. Everest.)

  13. Day 13 Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Chhukung( 4,730m/15,518ft), 3 to 4 hrs

    We get up super early to climb Kala Patthar to see the sunrise over Mt Everest.

    What a view!

    We then descend to Lobuche. From Lobuche, on crossing the icy trail over Khumbu Glacier, we head towards to the highest pass (Kongma La – 5,535m) out of the three high passes. It’s a tough climb to the top of the Kongma La pass as the trail is icy and slippery. Also, the area lacks water resources and tea houses. Therefore, we make sure we carry enough water to last us. After enjoying the view, a steep downward trail will lead us to Lhangbo which is a junction of Everest Three High pass trail and Island peak trek trail. Leaving the main trail, we follow the Island Peak trek trail. On crossing Nuptse glacier, a short ascent will finally take us to Chhukhung. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukhung.

    Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Sunrise over Everest on Kala Patthar. Climbing Kongma La, magnificent views of Island peak and rough ridge of Amphu Lapcha, glaciers like Nuptse, Lhotse Nup, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.)

  14. Day 14 Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft), 3-4 hours

    It’s time to get closer to the big one, Island Peak. Therefore, Island Peak base camp is the destination for us for today. We first walk towards the south and then towards the main valley in the east. Initially the trail is quite easy along the stream that heads towards the mountain. It then turns rocky trail and becomes glacial as we cross Lhotse glacier and Imja glacial moraine. We then reach the base camp Island peak.

    We also include some training for the summit attempt if you havn’t used Ice Axe or crampons previously. The night will be spent in a tented camp at the base camp Island Peak.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Experience of rocky and glacial trail, glacial moraines created by Imja and Lhotse, view of Imja Tsho and southwestern face of the Island Peak and a night in a tented camp.)

  15. Day 15 Island Peak High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), 2-3 hours

    The Island Peak High Camp is the destination for the day. A 2-3 hour hike through the narrow slopes and rigid paths will take us to our destination. On reaching the high camp, the tents will be set, the gears and equipment will be re-checked, your boots will be fitted with crampons and you will be provided with the last minute techniques for the next day’s climb. If possible, we also take you for some fun ice/rock climbing nearby high camp to practice for the next days challenge. We head to bed early as we need to get up in the early hours. The night will be spent in a tent at the high camp Island Peak. Enjoy the stars here tonight.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Narrow, rigid trail, view of mountains and glaciers surrounding Island Peak, and another night in a tented camp.)

  16. Day 16 Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft) & return back to Chhukung, 8-10 hours

    Today we reach the main destination of the trek that is the summit of Island Peak. We start as early as possible to get a head start. Using the techniques taught by the climbing leader over the last couple of days, we make our way through short rock steps, crevasses, seracs, 40-45 degree slopes, out of the summit glacier and finally up to the summit.

    We spend some time here taking photos and taking it all in. You did it, you climbed a 6000m peak!

    We then descend and hike all the way down to high camp. We collect our belongings and remaining gear and walk all the way down to Chhukung. It is the longest hike of the entire trip so you will need the sleep tonight. Therefore, in the evening, you can relax the tired muscles and have a beer in the lodge. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chhukhung.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Summit Island peak 6,189m, experience of seracs, crevasses, icy slopes 40-45 degree, the stunning views of surrounding peaks like Lhotse, Lhotse Middle, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse in the north, Makalu in the east and Baruntse and Ama Dablam in the south from the summit. )

  17. Day 17 Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft)

    Khumjung is the destination for the day. Leaving the Chhukung Valley, we walk all the way down to Khumjung past other major settlements like Dingboche, Pangboche and Tengboche; through the forest of Rhododendron and pine. On reaching Khumjung, we check into the lodge, where you can finally enjoy a hot shower to relax your tired muscles. The night will be spent at a lodge in Khumjung.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: View the local Sherpa culture in villages like Dingboche, Pangboche, and Tengboche, view of various monasteries, chortens and Mani walls decorated with colorful prayer flags )

  18. Day 18 Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft), 4-5 hrs

    Namche Bazaar is the destination for the day. Leaving the beautiful village under the steep rock of Khumbui Yul Lha with a number of beautiful houses and the views of Kangtega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam the walk continues through the ridge towards the fairly easier trail that takes us to the village of Namche. The remaining day can be spent exploring Namche. There is plenty to see and do. There is even a great Irish Pub here, Why not!

    The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Beautiful settlement of Khumjung and the stunning views of Kangtega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam for the village, and some quality time at Namche Bazaar.)

  19. Day 19 Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

    Lukla is the destination for the day. After a quick breakfast, we drop down to cross the Hilary bridge as we bid farewell to Everest as here is the final view of the trip.

    Take in the return trek through Monjo and Phakding where we passed on the way up and remember what you have achieved.

    We will spend the evening celebrating in the lodge in Lukla before we head to bed for our final night in the mountains.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: Last view of Mt. Everest and Kongde RI, views of other peaks, Rhododendron and Magnolia forest, roaring Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers, a dozen of Sherpa settlements and an insight on their lifestyle, view of a number of monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags.)

  20. Day 20 Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Today is the last day in the Khumbu region, which means Kathmandu is the destination for the day. The flights are scheduled early, normally between 7am and 9am. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport, while other formalities will be taken care by your team leader.  Once back in Kathmandu we will head back to the hotel and relax. The day can either be spent resting at the hotel or exploring the citiy of Kathmandu. In the evening, we meet to discuss the trip and have our farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    (Highlights of the day: 35 min scenic flight, farewell dinner)

  21. Day 21 Final departure.

    Today is the last day of your trip in Nepal with EverTrek. If your flight is scheduled early morning, then one of our company representatives will escort you to the airport as per your flight departure time. But, if the flight is scheduled later in the evening, you can go shopping and collect a few mementos or simply hang around shopping areas in Kathmandu.

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Accommodation in Kathmandu is at the Apsara Boutique Hotel. This friendly and very spacious hotel lies in the center of trekking city aka Thamel! There is a relaxing spa attached to the hotel to unwind and relax and is perfect for a post trek massage

Along the trek you will stay in comfortable lodges and Tea houses. These do change depending on the time of year you visit but all are on a twin sharing basis unless stated.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
March 16, 2019 - April 5, 2019
October 5, 2019 - October 25, 2019
April 11, 2020 - May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020 - May 23, 2020
October 10, 2020 - October 31, 2020
November 7, 2020 - November 28, 2020