Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing - 18 Days

Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing - 18 Days
Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing - 18 Days
Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing - 18 Days
At a Glance
Duration18 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude6,165m at Island itself
Group Size2-10
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking and Climbing
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trekking and Island Peak Climbing is an extremely enriching, comprehensive high-altitude journey in the Everest Himalayas that combines trekking through the culturally abundant Khumbu region with the thrill of an extraordinary mountaineering experience. This expedition is an ultimate opportunity to get insider insight into the rich cultural, historical, and natural heritages of the Khumbu/Everest region conserved under the Sagarmatha National Park, around 200–300 km away from the capital city of the country, Kathmandu.

Officially commencing from Lukla, this long Himalayan voyage takes trekkers and climbers through the beautiful Sherpa dwellings, thicket rhododendron forests, and high-altitude landscapes. It also offers a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs faced by the early mountaineers in the Himalayas, offering stunning sights of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

The trekking route to hike the Everest Base Camp and climb Island Peak is through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep before reaching the base camp of the highest snow-capped peak on the planet, at 5,364 m, providing ample opportunity to acclimatize and soak yourself in the distinctive culture and genuine hospitality of the Sherpa people, and continuing towards Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak, at an altitude of 6,189 m.

It is technically not as demanding as Everest yet presents you with a significant challenge due to its high altitude, requiring the basic need for climbing skills, a good level of fitness, and adequate acclimatization so you can push yourself through glaciers, crevasses, and the headwall climb, which is equally rewarding and provides one of the most breathtaking views of the awe-inspiring panoramas of Lhotse and other surrounding peaks.

Therefore, the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek and Island Peak Climbing is a fantastic outdoor adventure to explore and discover the raw Himalayan wilderness passing through mountains, glaciers, snow, and ice that takes you above 6,000 m to Island Peak, the legendary destination named in 1952 for being located amidst the Chhukung Valley rising like an island from a sea of ice to must take yourself on that fills you with a true sense of achievement and appreciation, whether for standing at the base camp of atop Island Peak, one of the most iconic destinations in the planet.

Highlights

  • The beginning and end of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the most thrilling mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Get to experience the traditional trekking route to Everest Base Camp by crossing several suspension bridges along the hiking route.
  • An intimate insight into the Sherpa culture, tradition, and customs is gained by hiking through several typical Himalayan villages such as Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and others.
  • Embrace the serenity and tranquility of the diverse ecosystem of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Take blessing at numerous big to small ancient Buddhist monasteries and other religious sites, such as Tengboche, the largest monastery in the Everest region.
  • Awe-inspiring views of Island Peak, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle Peak, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ama Dablam.
  • An adventurous chronological summit to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Island Peak.
  • Be at the mythical land, Everest region, and Khumjung monastery that has yet passed the legends of “Yeti” and many more.

What to expect at the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing?

The Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing is an 18-day adventure that takes you to the base camp of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and the Island Peak itself, demanding a great deal of effort, mental resilience, and determination. The overall journey is challenging but rewarding in terms of thrilling adventure, natural beauty, and cultural immersion.

Trekkers, travelers, and climbers fly over to Lukla, hiking through several small, lovely, and warm Sherpa villages, witnessing the stunning Himalayan panorama, and climbing through glaciers and high altitudes not only to the Everest Base Camp but also to Island Peak, with the most expansive sights of the Everest region and its Himalayas, making every step worth taking. Expect the following en route to the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing:

Adventure and adrenaline during the flight to Lukla

Flying to Lukla is an integral part of the adventure to the Everest Himalayas, be it the classic Everest Base Camp Hiking, simple Everest View Trekking, or other long high Himalayan expeditions to the Everest Treking region, such as the combined trek to the Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp or the Everest Three High Pass Odyssey, offering one of the most sensational and goosebumping experiences in aviation.

The infamous Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Lukla, at an altitude of 2,860 m above sea level, has a runway of only 527 m (1,729 ft), one of the shortest in the world, and hence is often regarded as one of the most dangerous airports, guaranteeing you the adventure of a lifetime right from the moment you board the aircraft.

Though the flight time is relatively short, spanning around 30 to 40 minutes, the flight to Lukla offers you awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, including that of the dynasty sight of Mt. Everest, followed by Lhotse, Nuptse, and others, along with an out-of-this-world aerial view of the rugged terrain, cascading waterfalls, streams, and so on, especially from the left window of the airplane, even during the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing.

The visual treat of Khumbu Glaciers and Icefall of the way to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak

Among some of the major highlights of the Everest trekking region, such as flights to Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and the Everest View Hotel, the Khumbu Glacier stands out as the most thrilling and adventuresome section of the trek to the Everest Base Camp and the summit of Island Peak.

Located in the northeastern part of the Nepalese Himalayas, nestled in the heart of Mt. Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, the Khumbu Glacier is also the glacier at the world’s highest altitude that stretches about 17 km/10.5 miles, descending down to the base of the Khumbu Icefall at an elevation of approximately 5,486 m/17,999 ft just above the Everest Base Camp.

Both of these landmarks are noted for their majestic ice formations, glacial lakes, morning lights, and Everest backdrops, along with other panoramic views of surrounding peaks such as Pumori, Nuptse, and others, adding much to the alpine jaunting of Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing.

The true Himalayan wilderness through the diverse landscapes of the Everest Region

Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life in northeastern Nepal is the Everest region, which is a part of the Sagarmatha National Park. This UNESCO World’s Heritage Site is a testament to the raw and unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas, offering a diverse range of landscapes, from lush forests to serene high-altitude lakes to towering peaks dominating the skyline and remote valleys, providing the most authentic wilderness experience and captivating the hearts and souls of every adventurer and nature enthusiast alike. It is a paradise for trekkers and climbers.

Further, Sagarmatha National Park is home to the highest mountain range in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m), along with some other tops of the globe such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, which also protect the rich biodiversity of Himalayan flora and fauna, including Himalayan tahrs, a wide array of species of rhododendron, juniper, and pine trees, and extremely elusive snow leopards.

During this 19-day Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing, the region’s dramatic topography, showcased by alpine meadows, dense forests, arid valleys, and cascading rivers, offers a remarkable variety of natural environments, represents the pure Himalayan wilderness to delve yourself into completely.

An incredible tea house experience and Sherpa culture

The Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing are not only scenically astonishing but also culturally enriching, which lets you get a deep immersion into the Sherpa culture and their warm hospitality as you spend nights and rest at several traditional tea houses along the way, blending natural beauty with the cultural heritage of the Everest region instead of camping in a remote location usually at a distance from the local residents.

Throughout the high Himalayan expedition, you will be warmly greeted by natives, Sherpa with a smile sharing their daily meals, offering you a home away from home atmosphere and adding a personal touch to the journey, while these tea houses also offer you typical cozy rooms with basic amenities like beds and blankets, along with the local cuisine that tends to be mostly hearty, such as Dal-Bhat (rice and lentils).

Originally from Tibet, Sherpas possess a unique culture rooted in the Buddhsim in the rugged Himalayan environment, giving you an opportunity to get insider insight into a resilient mountain lifestyle that has helped them carry on the long history of guiding mountaineers through treacherous peaks that have earned them global recognition and respect. On exploring the villages, you will come across intricate woodcarvings, thangka, paintings, and handwoven textiles to appreciate the Sherpa's craftsmanship, while the itinerary crafted by Ammonite Adventures and Treks allows you plenty of time to do so.

Therefore, staying in a tea house en route to the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climb isn’t just about resting for the night; it is a magnificent chance to engage yourself in the enriching cultural beauty of the region as well, which contributes massively to crafting an unforgettable experience around the roof of the world, Tibet.

The altitude sickness and the trilogy of iconic places on the earth, the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Island Peak

Undoubtedly, the journey to Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing does not miss any of the epic destinations of the Everest region: Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Island Peak Imja Tse, all in highly elevated areas with a reduced level of air pressure and a high potential for acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness.

Serving as the starting point for mountaineers attempting to summit Mt. Everest, the Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of around 5,364 m (17,598 ft), which alone is a prime destination for numerous trekkers and climbers across the globe. Known for its stunning sights of the Negibhouring Peaks, Khumbu Icefall, and the closest you could be to Mt. Everest without summiting the peak, EBC is a wonder in itself, while the fellow trekkers, travelers, and climbers keep you motivated and inspired.

Similarly, nearby is the Everest Base Camp, a noteworthy viewpoint of the Everest Trekking region called Kala Patthar, translating to “Black Rock,” which has one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several others, particularly during sunrise and sunset, while most prefer to hike early in the morning for seemingly pleasant weather conditions.

Lying at an altitude of 5,644m/18,514ft, the combined Himalayan expedition to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak climbing grants you access to this iconic vantage point as well, while the summit to Island Peak (Imja Tse/6,189m/20,305ft) is going to be one of the most enthralling experiences as you mark the route generally through rugged terrain at high altitude with several steep ascents and descents and the unrivered views of the Himalayas followed by a unique perspective of the Everest region.

Trekking or climbing to these high altitudes requires careful consideration of acute mountain sickness (AMS), which includes symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping that can occur to anyone regardless of age or fitness level; hence, it is crucial to acclimatize well and consume healthy food on the way to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak.

Why the 18-day itinerary is best Himalayan route for the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Climbing?

You have guessed it right: Among several itineraries and trekking routes to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Summit, the 18-day journey includes numerous buffer days, such as those in Namche and Dingboche, reducing the potential altitude sickness, providing a comprehensive experience without missing any of the attractions of the region behind, be it cultural or the scenic natural diversity, and maintaining a balanced pace without rushing the step.

In addition, the 18-day itinerary also affords ample time to develop climbing skills before attempting Island Peak, ensuring the safety of climbers mentally and physically, while the acclimatization days also allow flexibility and contingency, increasing the chances of successfully completing both the EBC trek and Island Climb. Hence, the 18-day itinerary and route are considered the best trail for it because the number of days you want to spend in the Everest region can be extended and reduced as per the needs and preferences of trekkers and climbers.

Remember Ammonite Adventures and Treks for such personalized and tailored trekking routes and budget plans for Himalayan voyages to the different parts of the country, such as the Annapurna region with the classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and others, including the pilgrimage trip to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak.

Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing Cost 2024/2025

The average package cost for the amalgamated adventurous for 2024–2025 can vary from USD 2,500 to USD 4,000 per person, depending largely on several factors such as the trekking agency, whether local or international operator, inclusions and exclusions in the package, trekkers personal preferences in the level of services, and others.

On buying a trekking and climbing package from any of the reputed travel, tour, and trekking agencies, such as Ammonite Adventures and Treks Pvt. Ltd., it covers the expenditure of most of the essential needs such as permits, guides, accommodation, meals, domestic flights, and others that you can check on cost details, ensuring a balanced, well-supported, and enhanced trekking and climbing experience.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel by the Ammonite Adventures and Treks airport’s representative.

In the evening, you will be briefed on your upcoming Himalayan trekking and climbing journey to the Everest Base Camp and Peak Climbing by your mountain guide over a dinner hosted by us. Make sure all your doubts and concerns are cleared by then.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: Complimentary-DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

Today, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport early in the morning to board an amazingly scenic flight to Lukla, amidst the grand hills and mountains, to relish its views at their finest while savoring your first-ever Himalayan breakfast.

Thereafter, you will head to the destination of the day, Phakding, which involves a short, steep climb through the traditional Sherpa villages along the Mani walls, prayer flags, and monasteries to rest for the night.

Max. Altitude: 2,800mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The hike to the Namche Bazaar begins early in the morning and is mostly a pleasant walk through the Dudh Koshi River that stops at Monjo to register your visit at the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park with the stunning sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Lhotse, Everest, and Tawache.

Throughout the day hike, you will make your way through several suspension bridges, including the Hillary, connecting you to the Sherpa town of Namche, the main gateway to the Everest Trekking region.

Max. Altitude: 3,440mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

A rest and exploration day in Namche Bazaar is essential so you get to acclimatize well before moving forth to the higher altitudes in the Himalayas. Therefore, you will take a morning tour either to the Everest View Hotel, Khumjung Valley, Syangboche Airport, Khunde, or others.

All of these landmarks serve as one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region, offering the alluring sights of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and others.

Max. Altitude: 3,440mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The journey towards the largest monastery of the region, Tengboche, to the west of Namche Bazaar along the Bhote Koshi River Valley, admiring the spectacular sight of the snow-capped peaks such as Khumbila, Kongde Ri, Kususm Kangaru, Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and others, looks more expanded from the stopping place of the day, Tengboche.

The trekking trail winds through thick forests of beautiful oak, pine, and rhododendron that reach Shansa, descending to the Imjatse River at Phungithanga, and lastly, Tyangboche, with the scenic terraced fields, campsites, teahouses, and lodges watched over predominately by Ama Dablam.

Max. Altitude: 3,860mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The sixth day’s trek begins slightly downhill from Tengboche, which crosses the wooden bridge to climb up to Pangboche past several Chhortens, Mani Walls, and tiny villages. Following the Lobuche River, you will arrive at Imja Valley, from where the trail to Dingboche is a steep ascent for some hours.

Throughout the journey, you will get to delve into the spectacular sight of Mt. Island!

Max. Altitude: 4,410mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

By now, you will notice a significant change in the air, and hence it is crucial to let your body adapt to the highly elevated surroundings with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, you will hike up to Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley, rest, and prepare yourself for higher Himalayan altitudes.

Both of these places serve as notable viewpoints, while you also get to spot various flora and fauna on the way.

Max. Altitude: 4,410mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The hike of the day is through Dungla Pass, with stunning mountain views such as Pumori, Khumbutse, and other peaks walking past the memorial site dedicated in the remembrance of brave mountaineers, climbers, and adventurers who couldn’t succeed in the harsh conditions of the region.

This day’s trek also includes an ascend and descent through the Khumbu Glacier, eventually stopping at Lobuche.

Max. Altitude: 4,930mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The long-awaited and most rewarding day is finally here when you will hike from Lobuche on a glacial moraine to Gorak Shep early in the morning and then hop for the footstand of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, at its base camp at an altitude of 5,364 m and make your way through the trail that is usually rugged and slippery.

In about 2 hours of uphill walking from Gorakshep through the Khumbu Glacier, you would have made it to the closet. You will never be in the presence of the top of the world without actually climbing the summit itself with numerous tents and camps to explore, after which you will return to Gorakshep for the night.

Max. Altitude: 5,364mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The day begins quite early, so you can make it to an incredible viewpoint of the Everet region, Kala Patthar, to watch the sunrise when the whole first ray of sunlight illuminates a golden hue over the horizon, magnifying the panoramic snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest.

After catching a gratifying breakfast at Gorsahep, you will head for Lobuche for the night, which involves walking past beautifully fluttering prayer flags in the wind until arriving at Lobuche.

Max. Altitude: 5,545mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

You will have to begin early so you get adequate time to cross one of the high mountain passes of the Everest Trekking region, Kong Ma La, connecting you to Chukung before dusk, which initially involves following the valley with a steep ascent through rocky terrain and moraine paths, generally covered in snow depending upon the season.

The climb is challenging and equally rewarding, offering top-notch views of the nearby peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and Imja Tse (Island Peak), which gradually descend to approach Chukung by late afternoon or early evening.

Max. Altitude: 4,930mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

It is also yet another major highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing when you make your way to the Island Peak Base from Chukkung Village, the yak pasture without any permanent habitation, requiring good knowledge of climbing methods, skills, and the use of equipment such as crampons and ice axes, along with notable physical fitness.

The sense of achievement and thrill will fill you from the very bottom of your heart when you spend the night at a tented base camp with the starry stars in the sky shining brightly over the nearby snow-capped peaks.

Max. Altitude: 5,100mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The hiking begins very early in the morning, around 2 a.m., tracing the footsteps of your local Sherpa guide, who provides excellent guidance through steep slopes and glaciers, ascending through rocky ridges, and finally summiting Island Peak in about 2 to 3 hours.

It is extremely adrenaline-rushing to have successfully ascended to the peak itself, along with the stunning views of Lhotse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Island Peak, Baruntse, and others.

On marking your victory at the peak, you will then descend directly to the village of Chhukung overnight.

Max. Altitude: 6,165mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The trekking route to Pangboche is one more time mostly downhill, with a slightly gentle ascend in between to Dingboche and a gradual descend to Orsho, passing through rhododendron and juniper trees that take you to Pangboche for a comfortable night as this day lets you maintain your walk pace as much as possible.

Max. Altitude: 4,730mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

Now, you will leave Pangboche behind and head towards Namche, the bustling Sherpa Town, passing through the woodlands of rhododendron, pine, and oak rich in wildlife and vibrant prayer flags and chortens.

En route, you will also pass by Phungki Thanka and Kyangjuma, with their majestic views of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. Stay at Namche for the night.

Max. Altitude: 3,985mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

It is the final day of trekking when you will retrace the route to the Dudh Koshi Valley, following a gentle uphill climb from Kusum stream to Lukla through the dense forest with lush greenery and several small Sherpa settlements to the west of Namche Bazaar.

Before you finally catch a flight to Kathmandu, it will be memorable to celebrate the achievement of making it to the top of the island and the base camp of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), the largest mountain giant in the world.

Max. Altitude: 3,440mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Local-Tea-House

The adventurous Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Climbing concludes this day with a scenic morning flight to Kathmandu, enjoying the alluring aerial sight of mythical mountains, rigorous rivers, and forests below.

In Kathmandu, you will be presented with ample things to do, such as explore the chaotic market of Thamel or visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is generally not included in the itinerary of simply resting the whole day at your hotel.

Max. Altitude: 2,860mMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

The trekking and climbing package ends this day, when you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) by our representative to fly back to your home country. If you are planning yet another Himalayan adventure in Nepal, here’s what you might like:

  • Tsum Valley Trekking
  • Langtang Valley Hiking
  • Anapurna Circuit Expedition
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Voyage and others.
Max. Altitude: 1,400m
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Trip Service Details
Included
  • Complimentary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights in a three-star hotel in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.
  • Comfortable tea house lodging during the trek days.
  • Domestic flights cost to and from Lukla, including airport taxes.
  • All three standard meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Trekking map and a government-licensed, professional mountain guide for their meals, lodging, transportation, flight, and other essential equipment.
  • Travel insurance for all the Nepalese staff.
  • Garbage deposit and other necessary fees related to the trek.
  • Necessary permits, such as the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit fee, and the Island Climbing Permit.
Excluded
  • International airfare and visa fees to and from Kathmandu and visa.
  • Travel insurance that has to cover emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation.
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra-night accommodations in Kathmandu before and after the journey.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, boiled water, WiFi, drinks, shopping, phone calls, and internet data expenses during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • One porter can be shared between two trekkers who can carry a maximum weight of 25 kg combined.
  • Guide and Porter's Tips are much expected.
Dates & Availability
Starts:August 04, 2024Ends:August 21, 2024
PriceUS$2575
AvailabilityGuaranteed
Additional Info

When is the best time to go for Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing?

Generally, the pre-monsoon (spring) from March to May and post-monsoon (autumn) from September to November are regarded as the best periods to trek to the Everest Base Camp and climb Island Peak, offering comparatively clear skies, mild temperatures, ideal conditions of snow and ice for Island peaks, reliable weather, and unobstructed mountain views.

However, by being correctly geared, equipped, packed, and physically prepared accordingly, the winter and summer seasons introduce you to the unique sights and sites of the Everest region.

What are the permits for the combined Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing?

Even though trekkers and climbers do not need TIMS (Trekkers Information and Management System) cards, you will need at least three essential permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit, and the Island Peak Climbing Permit.

The Sagarmatha National Park Permit usually costs NPR 3,000 around USD 30, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit is NPR 2,000 around USD 20, and the climbing permit for the island can vary based on the time of the year you are planning to summit and is issued by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) at Kathmandu.

If you are heading for Island Peak climbing in spring, the climbing permit can cost you USD 250 or USD 125 in winter, while that may come to just USD 70 in winter and summer, which you can obtain through any locally based government-authorized trekking agency.

How to communicate on the trekking and climbing trail to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak?

Communication en route to the Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak is limited but available. Generally, the tea houses in the lower region do offer WiFi connections at some fees, while the reliability of the mobile network is uncertain, especially in the upper region, so for emergencies, satellite phones must be considered.

Therefore, it is good to purchase local NTC or Ncell SIM cards in Kathmandu city with data packages to keep up to date on your trip to your loved ones whenever you receive a stable signal. For better communication in higher elevations, such as Island Peak, satellite phones can be your reliable companion.

Who can go for the combined Himalayan Trip to trek the Everest Base Camp and summit to Island Peak?

The combined adventurous and physically demanding endeavor voyage to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak is considered a strenuous journey in the Everest Himalayas of Nepal and is convenient for any physically fit individual who is mentally and physically prepared for the journey.

However, as you will be walking several days 5,000 m above sea level, consisting of a rugged trail with several steep ascents and descents and icy and slippery crevasse, trekking to the Everest Base Camp and summiting Island Peak is said to be ideal for trekkers, climbers, and mountaineers with some prior trekking and basic climbing experience.

Must you get trekking guides, porters, and travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak climbing?

While hiring guides and porters for the Himalayan expedition for the trek to the Everest Base Camp and climb to Island Peak may not be legally mandatory unless you are hoping for a solo journey, guides and porters are highly advisable for safety, effective navigation, and overall holistic experience, while guides help you in emergency occurrences, adequate acclimatization, local cultural insight, logistical support, and porters ease the physical burden for you carrying your heavy loads so you get to enjoy and appreciate all the attractions to the fullest.

Similar goes for travel insurance, which might not be strictly mandatory but is essential for the EBC trek and Island Climb. It covers high-altitude trekking, medical emergencies, evacuation, trip cancellations, loss or theft, and other unforeseen events for peace of mind and gives you access to crucial medical care and evacuation services without incurring prohibitive costs.

FAQs

Yes, absolutely! Beginners who are notably fit and well prepared can participate in the Everest Base Camp Trek, while climbing to Island Peak may require some basic mountaineering skills and high-altitude trekking experience.

The alpine jaunting to the Everest Base Camp and summit to Island Peak is usually graded as moderate to strenuous due to the trail condition towards Island Peak, which is mostly rocky, icy, and filled with steep ascents at low oxygen levels that might not be possible to scale without mountaineering tools.

100%! From the top of Island Peak, you can delve into the spell-binding panoramic views of numerous prominent Himalayan giants such as Lhotse, Makalu, and Nuptse, including Mt. Everest.

Yes, hot showers are available at the teahouse along the trekking trail to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak, particularly at lower altitudes, which might get less and less common and charge you higher as you keep on ascending.

Without a doubt! Along the trekking route to the Everest Base Camp and climbing journey to Island Peak, you would be able to maintain your vegetarian diet route, as most of the teahouses do offer you freshly cooked hygienic, safe, and nutritious meal options such as Dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice), vegetable chow mein, momos, curry, pasta, soups, and breakfast.