Island Peak With Everest 3 Passes Trek - 18 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March to April and Oct to Nov
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545m.|18,192ft.

Highlights

  • Summit of the Island peak (6165 meters)
  • Cross Three High passes of the Everest Region.
  • The most captivating views of the snow-capped mountains
  • Warm up and practice to prepare for the climb.
  • Closely view of the culture and lifestyle of the people of the Everest Region
  • Experience the night climbing and early morning sunshine from the summit.

Island peak is one of the most thrilling and challenging expeditions in the Khumbu Region. Imja Tse is another name for the island summit, which rises 6165 meters above sea level. Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Buruntse (6,770 m), Amphu Lapcha (5,245 m), and Ama Dablam (6,856 m) are to the north of Island Peak. For many tourists, climbing the eight-thousanders starts with the Island Peak ascent. Island Peak climbing is a training peak before the summit of the higher mountains.

The views from the Island peak make it all worthwhile after the strenuous climb. From the Island peak, you can see Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and other summits. The Island peak is close to the Chukung glacier, roughly halfway between the Ama Dablam and Lhotse ridges. It is the most well-known and desired peak for many people looking for a wild adventure. At a 45-degree angle, you will come across the giant rocks and ice wall that ascends to the little summit ridge and provides excellent views of the snow-covered white Himalayas. Similarly, on an Island peak climbing, you can visit a beautiful Sherpa village and several monasteries on the way, learn about their unique cultures and local food, and experience the diverse biodiversity.

Island Peak climbing with Everest Three Passes Trek Route: 

Island Peak climbing with Everest Three Passes Trek begins with a half-hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The mountains will shine in your direction during the Everest Trail. We will continue on our way to Phakding from Lukla. On the first day of our walk, we will stop in Phakding. On the second day, we will arrive in Namche Bazar, and following the Everest Trail, we will gradually ascend to Kala Patthar via Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep. The view seen from Kala Patthar is the best view of Everest seen from anywhere.

We have seen Everest, but the most exciting and adventurous thing is yet to come. We still need to win Island Peak. We will make our way down to Chhukung and ascend to the northeast, towards Island Peak. We begin our ascent at midnight to reach the peak before daylight and enjoy the breathtaking views from the ridge of Island Peak.

The Major Attractions along the Island Peak Climbing With Everest 3 High Passes Trek Route

Lukla 

Lukla serves as a gateway to Mount Everest. The majority of tourists begin their hike in this charming little town. It also hosts the Lukla Airport and hundreds of trekkers and visitors regularly. There are numerous luxury hotels, restaurants, cafes, guest rooms, and lodges in Lukla. Lukla is the starting point for exploring the various Himalayan scenery.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is a proud city for its authenticity and popularity. Namche is proudly serving as a significant stoppage point during Everest trekking for most trekkers. Namche hosts hundreds of tourists every day, and the hospitality of Namche people towards the visitors is marvelous. 

Apart from its natural beauty and authenticity, Namche is most known for its Saturday market. Saturday Market provides visitors with local and ancient goods that are useful to both locals and visitors. The Saturday Market is a market organized by the inhabitants of the north to sell and exchange items with the people of the south. Apart from trekking, the Saturday Market is probably one of the top recreational activities in the Everest region.

Gokyo Lakes

The Gokyo Lakes has one of the world's largest natural freshwater resources. The Gokyo Lakes are located at an elevation of 4700-5000 meters above sea level. Apart from the lakes themselves, they provide the greatest views of the Himalayas, making you forget about the exhaustion and discomfort of the journey thus far. Migratory birds from Tibet and China comprise Brahminy ducks, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Woodsnipe, and Eurasian Woodcock. The birds add to the natural magnificence of the Gokyo Lakes.

Chola Pass

Chola Pass is well-known for its difficulties. It is regarded as one of the most difficult passes on the Everest path. Because you will be walking on the glacial path, the maximum altitude grows to a massive 5420 meters, and walking becomes extremely difficult and emotionally exhausting. It links Dzongla village in the east to Thangnak in the west. During the winter season, you must take an alternate route due to significant snowfall. Without the correct equipment, hiking through the pass will be very hard. 

Gorak Shep 

Gorak Shep is a significant stopover point on the way to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. It is one of the world's highest settlements. The village lies at 5164 meters above sea level. The last accommodation-equipped rest break before reaching Everest Base Camp is this little settlement.

Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar is the highest place, where a close-up view of Everest may very well attain. It is located at an elevation of 5545 meters above sea level and is one of the highest heights reached by the high pass trek. Aside from Everest, Kala Patthar provides a breathtaking overview of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, and many others.

Everest Base Camp 

Everest Base Camp is the most coveted item for any aspiring trekker. This accomplishment requires plenty of guts, adversity, dedication, and grit. Everest Base Camp is the ultimate destination for many individuals, but for many others, it is just the beginning of an experience at 5364 meters above sea level. This is the Everest Summit's entryway, as the summit expedition efforts begin here. Apart from that, reaching Everest Base Camp is a remarkable milestone for the average person.

Local Festivals in the Everest Region

The Khumbu region's people celebrate their holidays magnificently. They feast on their festivities and party all over the place. You could also take part in those festivals. Lhosar, Dumje, and Mani Rimdu are three significant festivals that Khumbu inhabitants celebrate in style. Lhosar is the largest of these festivals in the region.

Dumje is a festival celebrated for the Sherpa people's prosperity and happiness. It occurs in July. It is observed for seven days to recall the joy of the successful cultivation of agricultural products such as potatoes, paddy, and barley. Locals go to monasteries and pray to their respective gods.

The longest-running festival in the Khumbu region runs for 19 days. The festival is known as Mani Rimdu. It generally falls in October and November. Tourists can also join the festival if they wish to. The first 16 days are celebrated inside and among the family members by regularly following rituals and offering prayers to their respective gods. The last three days are known for feasting on foods, and drinks and doing mass parties in society. 

Lhosar is the biggest and most celebrated festival for the people who follow Buddhism in the Khumbu region. Primarily known as Gyalpo Lhosar, it is celebrated as the new year in Tibetan Lunar Calendar. This festival falls in February or March and is celebrated for two weeks. The locals offer their prayers for their god going to monasteries. Even in Kathmandu city, Boudhhanath hosts the celebration riot of Buddhists on the day of Gyalpo Lhosar. People in big numbers come and join the celebrations. 

Chhukung

Chhukkung is the central stopping point on the way to Island Peak. It is a village serving many trekkers and visitors. This is one of the top stoppage points during the trail of the Everest region. The village stands at a height of 4730 meters from sea level. Chhukung used to be the pastureland of yaks without any permanent inhabitants. The habitat was established only after the Island peak expedition emerged. Chhukkung is a good place for acclimatizing process before heading to the Island Peak expedition. 

Island Peak

Island Peak is one of the most adventurous and challenging expeditions in the Khumbu region. It is elevated at an altitude of 6165 meters. Island Peak rises close to Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and other taller mountains. Island peak offers a majestic view of different mountains and ridges from its top. The night climb and morning view from the top is one of the best experiences for anyone. The island peak climb is a straightforward route to the summit with few challenging portions. This peak climbing requires physical fitness. Both experienced and new climbers scale Island Peak. However, past high-altitude hike experiences leads to a high success rate of climb.

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Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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We will travel to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport early in the morning, where we will take the flight to Lukla. Witnessing the magnificent mountain vistas and lush hills, we will arrive on the runway of the small Sherpa hamlet of Lukla. The trip today is a short ascent to Phakding. The route next passes through the monasteries, small human settlements, prayer flags, and mani walls and continues till it reaches Phakding hamlet.

  • Guest House
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • 2652m.|8700ft

After breakfast, we will pack up our belongings and hike to Namche Bazaar. The path today is pleasant and takes you through a pine forest. After a couple of hours of walking, we will reach the Sagarmatha National Park entry point where permits are checked by the officials. We then move forward, crossing a suspension bridge, and start to ascend the slope towards Namche Bazaar. Our first breathtaking view of Mount Everest will be about halfway up this slope in Namche, which is the finest section of this trek.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3440m.| 11286ft.

Before ascending towards a higher elevation, spending a rest day in Namche Bazaar is appropriate for acclimatization. We may either stroll in Namche Bazaar all day or take a detour to the world's highest hotel, Hotel Everest View, Syangboche airport, and Khumjung Valley. We are capable of taking in the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse. Additionally, the Khumjung settlement is a lovely tiny community situated at the revered peak of Khumbila. This community is referred to as the "Valley in the clouds" since it is encircled by the enormous peaks of Kongde or Thamserku. We may tour the Sir Edmund Hillary-founded school and monastery in Khumjung. We may then visit Kunde Hospital by making a short, uphill climb to Kunde.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3440m.| 11286ft.

Today, we will leave the overcrowded EBC path behind and travel west along the Bhote Koshi Valley area. We'll enjoy the breathtaking Himalayan views along the way, like Khumbila, Kongde Ri, and Kusum Kangaru. The Phortse village will be our first stop, where we may visit a nursery built under Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Foundation. The walking route winds endlessly through a thick rhododendron forest till it reaches Thamu village. We'll reach Thame village after ascending a steep slope through a suspension bridge above the river.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3800m.|12470ft.

After a hearty breakfast, we'll depart from the lovely hamlet of Thame and go to Lumde. We will first arrive in Taranga, traverse the desolate terrain admiring stone homes, and then visit Marlung Village, which is located on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. As we continue walking, we will eventually reach Lumde after going through a little valley covered by stones. We shall be greeted by the breathtaking scenery of Kongde Peak here.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4380m.|14370ft

The journey today entails traversing Renjo La, the first of the 3 passes. Although it is challenging, the view from the pass's summit makes the ascent worthwhile. We can enjoy the sight of the lovely Gokyo Lakes as well as the magnificent view of the Ngozumpa Glacier, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and other nearby Himalayas. We'll eventually descend to the picturesque alpine valley of Gokyo. The third Gokyo Lake's eastern bank, at the base of Gokyo Ri, is where it proudly stands.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5360m.|17580ft.

For high-altitude climbs like the Everest Three Passes Trek and the ascent of Island Peak, acclimatization is important. So, on another thrilling day, we'll climb to Gokyo Ri to take in the breathtaking view of over 8000 snow-capped glaciers, peaks, and lakes. We'll descend to Gokyo Valley after a wonderful time at Gokyo Ri. Since we will be traversing the Ngozumpa glacier, we must get out early for our relatively short trek today. Snowmelt during the day causes the trail to become slippery. Therefore, it makes sense to traverse the glacier as soon as possible. We will trek in the direction of Thagnag, also known as Dragnag, after exploring the glacier.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5357m.|17570ft.

The second pass of the Everest Three Pass trip, Cho La Pass, must be crossed today, making it a somewhat difficult and lengthy trekking day. After a substantial breakfast in Thagnag, we'll start the hike early in the morning. We will gradually ascent a slope near the Cho La Pass. We should use additional caution since this part of the route may be slick. But as we get to the pass, the breathtaking views of the majestic Cholatse peak, Aba Dablam, and Cho-La Glacier will take our breath away. We'll move downward while taking in the stunning views. On the way, we'll see flying, vibrant prayers flag, and the huge, empty Valley will surprise us. We initially arrive at Dzongla after descending the ice route and through a few glacier parts. The distance to Lobuche is a short, downhill stroll from here. It is a well-known rest station for hikers making their way to Everest Base Camp. We will be able to take in the vista of the enormous Khumbu Glacier once we reach Lobuche.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5420m.|17782ft.

Start early since we'll be hiking to Everest Base Camp after a journey from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. We'll go nearer the foot of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, with excitement in our hearts. We will arrive at Gorak Shep by traveling along the glacier trail, even on unforgiving terrain with some ups and downs. Here, we'll have a breathtaking view of Mount Pumori, Mount Nuptse, and other nearby peaks. We'll go to Gorak Shep for a little break before heading to our desired destination, Everest Base Camp. Depending on the season, we may have to navigate frozen boulders, slick streams, and glacial moraines on our way to base camp. From the base camp, we will be able to see the exhilarating Khumbu Icefall, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Khubutse.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5364m.|17594 ft.

Prepare yourself for the walk toward the Kala Patthar, arguably one of the greatest locations to see Mount Everest up close. Slowly up a difficult zigzag path to Kala Patthar. The journey to the summit will take about two to three hours. We will be amazed by the 360-degree vista of massive snow-covered peaks, including Mt. Everest, once we reach the summit. Following taking in the breathtaking vistas, we'll hike back to Lobuche. We may take in beautiful views as we travel through the rocky terrain of the path to Lobuche via areas of snow.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4940m.|16207ft.

We must travel across Kongma-La Pass, among the highest in the Everest area, to get to Chukkung. Begin traveling as soon as you can. The earlier we get going, the easier it will be for us to navigate the snowy terrain. The walking route meanders through glacial meadows and paths, providing us with a breathtaking view of the mountains and glaciers in the area. We will pass out across Kongma La Pass as we gradually gain altitude. When you arrive at the Kongma La Pass, take in the breathtaking vista of the snow-covered mountains. After taking in the view, we'll make a leisurely descent to Chukkung village.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5535m.|18159ft.

This day will be devoted to acclimatization. We will ascend to Chhukung Ri (5540m) in the morning, a peak, via climbing difficult and sharp ascents. Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and several other peaks can all be seen magnificently from this location. After delighting in the stunning view of the snow-capped peaks, we will make our way down to Chhukung. Then, following lunch, our climbing instructor will guide us in peak climbing. The proper use of our climbing equipment, including ropes and knots, climbing boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, etc., will be taught to us. Climbing Island Peak does not need any prior training. Although it goes without saying that such training opportunities will increase climbers' self-assurance, improve their climbing techniques, and raise their chances of reaching the top.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5550m.|18208ft.

Prepare to travel to Island Peak Base Camp, the major entry point for climbing Island Peak. The hike we're taking today is rather challenging; after ascending to the south, we'll turn east to follow the main valley line. Then, we'll follow the winding route that runs beneath Lhotse Glacier's southern flank. We will spot the Amphu Lapcha path to the southeast as we stroll along a streambank. We'll go zigzag-style to Island Peak Base Camp by traversing the moraines of the Imja and Lhotse glaciers.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4970m.|16305ft.

Obtaining our ambition of scaling one of the stunning peaks in the Everest region will be accomplished today, so brace yourself. Around three in the morning, we'll start the trail by climbing up over rocks to get to a rugged, narrow ridge that climbs to the glacier. We will traverse the glacier with the assistance of a rope and crampons. The magnificent sights of the rising sun lighting up the mountains will leave us speechless. The actual adventure of peak climbing starts from this point. Although this isn't particularly challenging or technical, we should still exercise caution because the trail may include some rock steps. We'll eventually reach the top. One of the most beautiful vistas we'll see in the Everest region is from the summit of Island Peak. After all, the most difficult climb offers the best photograph. After enjoying a spectacular time at the summit, we will make our way down to Island High Base Camp. We'll resume our walk to Chukkung after a short period of rest or, according to our health or the health of the other team members.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4730m.| 15518ft.

As we drop to lower elevations, the hike we'll be taking today would be considerably simpler. We return to the exact path, traveling past the lovely Sherpa hamlet of Orsho and Shomare as we travel through the broad Khumbu Khola valley. We can either take the standard route to Pangboche or an alternate route to visit the Upper Pangboche Gompa, which is thought to be the origin of the Khumbu region. Pangboche is a picturesque settlement that is bordered by Everest to the north, Kangtaiga to the east, Ama Dablam, the Kongde range in the south, Thamserku, and the Imja Tse River that runs through the expansive fertile valley.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3930m.|12890ft.

Repeating our steps from Pangboche, we descend towards the Imja Khola and then ascend through the jungle to Tengboche. We can also go to the monks at the Tengboche monastery if we'd like. We travel across the slope covered with juniper and rhododendron trees after lunch in Tengboche. Before arriving in Sansa, our path traverses the Dudh Koshi canyon as it quickly descends through pine trees after crossing the Dudh Koshi River bridge. While traveling through the jungle, we keep our eyes out for animals such as snow leopards, mountain goats, and colorful pheasants. The army barrack at Namche Bazaar is reached after we cross a chorten.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3440m.| 11286ft.

Without having to rush, we can appreciate our breakfast before heading out on the path. Since the majority of the hiking path traverses a valley and the remaining portion is downhill, the journey will be rather simple. We'll c Continue your hike along the Dudh Koshi River's bank. Several lush meadows will be visible to us. Up till we arrive at Lukla settlement, the beautiful sight of hills and mountains will be our continuous companion.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2840m.|9317ft.

We'll fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu today, where we can unwind and think back on our amazing hiking and climbing adventures. When we get to Kathmandu, we may either relax at our hotel or take a trip around Thamel to buy souvenirs.

  • Breakfast

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Route Map

Island Peak With Everest 3 Passes Trek - 18 Days map

What's Included

  • Airport transfer services local flight schedule
  • All applicable Climbing Permits, National parks, and Local permits
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu/Manthali – Lukla, and Lukla to Manthali/Kathmandu 
  • Experienced English-speaking government Licensed Trekking guide
  • Climbing Guide and Trekking Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking, and tea/coffee with the meal
  • Climbing Equipment including ice axe, helmets, harnesses, Crampons, etc.  
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications tablet
  • Official expenses, and government tax/vat.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Hotel and Food in Kathmandu
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • Personal expenses like snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled-water, Hot showers, Wi-fi, battery charging, etc. 
  • Climbing boots cost $20 per day (Provided at Chhukung/Island Peak Base Camp)
  • Sleeping Bags, Gloves, and Down Jackets 
  • Tips for trekking and climbing guide

Upcoming Departures

    
Start DateWednesdayMarch 01, 2023End DateSaturdayMarch 18, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1730
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Useful Info

Island Peak Climbing With Everest 3 High Passes Trek Difficulty 

The Island Peak Climbing with Everest Passes Trek is a trek popular among adventure lovers. It requires physical stamina and a mental willingness to pass the high passes and reach the summit of Island Peak. The first stage of this trek to Everest Base Camp is exhausting enough on its own, let alone climbing Island Peak. Island Peak is not a difficult peak to summit, but it is not the simplest either. Physical fitness and experience will make this walk easier but those who do not have the best physical fitness, endurance, and a little previous experience may feel this trek is hard enough.

Best Season for Island Peak Climbing with Three Passes trek 

Every trekking region has its distinct characteristics. Therefore, every trekking region cannot match the interest of each trekker. Similarly, each season cannot match the interest of each trekker. But, looking at the experience thoroughly of the beautiful Everest three high passes and Island peak, the trekker should choose the best season to visit. 

In Nepal, there are mainly two seasons better for peak expeditions and trekking. Autumn( Oct- Nov) and Spring( Mar-April) are the most convenient seasons to have mountaineering experiences and trekking to higher altitudes. So, Island Peak climbing with three passes trek also is best to have the journey in these two seasons.

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