EVEREST BASE CAMP & ISLAND PEak

Why not tick off two bucket list challenges by combining your Everest Base Camp trek with an expedition to Island Peak. As an experienced Himalayan operator, Summit Expeditions will be with you every step of the way by providing individual support pre-travel and the best guidance to Everest Base Camp and then onto Island Peak.

This expedition is perfect for any avid adventurer wanting high-altitude trekking experience and an entry-level technical climb, as well as those aspiring mountaineers preparing for the Seven Summits. Join Summit Expeditions on our next Everest Base Camp & Island Peak expedition and discover why we are the top expedition company in the Himalayas.

UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS
Sep 30 - Oct 16, 2023
Available
EXPEDITION PACKAGES
Expedition Package
Price for 1 climber (16+ years old)
$3,990
Deposit: $750
OFFERS & DISCOUNTS​
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Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more – Contact Us for more details.

EXPEDITION Profile

Duration
17 Days
Grade
CHALLENGING
EXPERIENCE
REQUIRED
Max Altitude
6,160m
group size
4-12
Arrival
KATHMANDU
AIRPORT
Departure
KATHMANDU
AIRPORT
accomodation
TEAHOUSES AND CAMPING
meals
all inclusive
season
DRY SEASON

Overview

The Everest Base Camp & Island Peak expedition takes you to the foothills of the mightiest of mountains in the world. We traverse through rhododendron and pine forests, over rivers, through Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries, and from forest to snowlined regions. After visiting Base Camp, we continue to Island Peak which is one of the most accessible 6,000m peaks and a great introduction to high-altitude Himalayan climbing.

This is a fully supported expedition with extensive assistance from Summit Expeditions and our support team in Nepal. We will look after you every step of the way towards an amazing adventure.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, your Summit Expedition team leader will be waiting for you and we will transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu.

After welcome refreshments, we will conduct a short briefing about the trek and do a final a kit check, with the option to rent any items in Kathmandu.

In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional welcome dinner before getting some rest , ready for an early start the next day.

After an early breakfast, we transfer to Kathmandu Airport for our morning flight to Lukla.

This 35-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. The highlights include the snow line of the Himalayan Range in the north and the final rugged landing at Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world.

We will start trekking as soon as we arrive at Lukla (2,860m) and today’s trek is an easy one that descends to the river at Phakding (2,652m). We will arrive at Phakding after a few hours, where we will stay overnight.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Max altitude: 2,860m

Today we follow the trail on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It will be a pleasant walk in the morning as we pass through the countryside and small wayside villages. Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo.

After lunch, we have our permits checked and enter the Sagarmatha National Park (Everest National Park). We then pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forests. Almost at the halfway point, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m) – the big three.

Soon we arrive at a gate with a sign reading “Welcome to Namche Bazaar” but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town. This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt. Thamserku and Kwangde Ri loom along the east and west of the town. The sacred mountain Khumbila dominates the skyline along the west.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

Max altitude: 3,440m

The trail takes us from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m).

In the morning, we trek to the Dudh Koshi River and stop for lunch at Phunki Thanga (3,200m), which is next to several large water-driven prayer wheels.

The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Tengboche Monastery. The Tengboche Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in the Khumbu Region

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

Max altitude: 3,860m

Today, we rise early to the enchanting bells of the monastery. After this spiritual experience, we will explore the sanctuary and then continue our journey crossing the suspension bridge and walking alongside the Imja River.

We pass through the settlements of the Tengboche before arriving at Dingboche (4,360m). The majestic views of the snow-clad mountains, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Island Peak, are another prime attraction of this trek. Finally, we will rest for the night in the teahouse.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Max altitude: 4,360m

Today we trek to Lobuche at 4,940m.

We start with a very steep ascent for about 1 hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance of those brave mountaineers who died during expeditions. We also pass the memorials of Rob Hall, Yasuko Namba and others who perished during the Mt. Everest disaster of 1996.

We reach the Lobuche teahouse where we will spend the night.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Max altitude: 4,940m

Rising early, we will start trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a beautiful settlement and the highest settlement in the region before Base Camp. The gentle hill climb will take around 2 to 3 hours.

After having lunch, we will continue our trip to Everest Base Camp. The trek section gets quite challenging but after arriving at the base camp of the highest mountain in the world we see it is worth the effort.

After spending some time at Base Camp and observing the famous landmarks of the region, including the Khumbu Icefall and glacier, we will return to Gorakshep.

In the evening, we will celebrate this incredible achievement with a celebration dinner.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 7-8 hours

Max altitude: 5,360m

You will notice when up in the Base Camp that Everest is not completely visible. Hence today we trek to Kalapathar walking on undulating terrain for about 2 hours. We will have the best view of Mount Everest, Nuptse and Changtse with a little of Lhotse from here.

Once we’re done relishing the mountains we trek back to Gorak Shep and then descend to Pheriche. Pheriche is another beautiful valley surrounded by rocky hills and mountains.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 7 hours

Max altitude: 5,545m

From Dingboche to Chukkung, the trek will be about 2 hour long and easy. Chukkung is a beautiful valley nestled between mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Imja Tse etc. The river Imja Khola runs past the Chukkung village where we will be lodging.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 6 hours

Max altitude: 4,760m

After breakfast, we will trek towards south, turn east and enter the main valley. We will walk along the stream and pass Imja and Lhotse glacier moraine before reaching the valley where we will camp in tents. From the camp you will see the southwestern face of the Imja Tse (Island Peak).

Overnight: Tents

Trekking time: 6 hours

Max altitude: 5,100m

Waking up at midnight, we will aim to leave camp around 1am.

It will take about 2 hours to reach the high camp, climbing up the rock gully and follow a ridge-line to the summit glacier. There is a small section of steep snow before reaching the summit.

At 6,160m we will get excellent view of the Himalayan mountains.

After spending some time at the summit we will go back to high camp to base camp and all the way back to Chhukung.

Sleeping: Tents

Trekking time: 12+ hours

Max altitude: 6,160m

Reserve day in case of bad weather on Day 11.

From Chhukung, we will walk down towards Pangboche and take the same trail we took up to descend and then climb up again to reach Tengbochhe.

After a 4-5 hour trek, we will spend the night in Tengboche.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Today we trek back to Namche Bazaar.

Again by following the Dudh Koshi river. We cross the suspension bridge and pass via rhododendron and the pine forests until we reach Namche Bazaar.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 6 hours

Today we trek back down to the small airstrip at Lukla.

After a long hike of 6-8 hours, we will reach Lukla where we will overnight.

Sleeping: Local Teahouse

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

In the morning we take the flight back to Kathmandu.

Once we’ve returned to the hotel, you will have the afternoon to explore Kathmandu before returning to celebrate our achievements with a big celebration dinner.

For those departing Nepal, transfers will be arranged to Kathmandu International Airport, where we will say goodbye. . . at least until the next expedition!

What's Included

Reviews

Farah Mehdi
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Summit Expeditions is great. I climbed Kilimanjaro with them in October 2022 and they were organized and efficient in both preparing for the trip and on the trip itself. Our team leader, Sean, was knowledgeable and did a great job with keeping everyone motivated. I would definitely go on one of their trips again. Also, I strongly recommend the luxury tent option they have for Kilimanjaro - totally worth it.
Chloe Evans
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Summit Expeditions and Sean made our trip to summiting Kilimanjaro easy and enjoyable! We had the best support team on the mountain, we were safe, well cared for, well fed and in the trusting hands of knowledgeable guides and leaders. I cannot recommend summit expeditions enough for any of your mountain adventures! Thank you for a life-changing trip, full of good memories, fun and very high success rates!
Tala Shtayyeh
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I recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Summit Expeditions. I cannot recommend Summit Expeditions enough. Their professionalism and care ensured that the whole team was able to summit safely. A special thank you to Sean, as he was super patient and motivating with me the whole way up! Thank you!!
Jess Broad
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Would highly recommend booking a mountain trip with Summit Expeditions! I went with a group of teachers to Kilimanjaro last month with this company and everything from start to finish was fantastic. We had meetings beforehand to prepare us on what to pack and the outline of the trip. Sean, Caroline and Keith all shared their experiences and offered advice before the trip. Caroline was our guide from Summit Expeditions on our trip to Kili and was beyond friendly, helpful and supportive. The team they work with in Tanzania are the best. The food is unreal too. The week ended with us all reaching the summit! Thank you for everything!
Keven C.
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Sean and the support staff were amazing. They were extremely patient and supportive and it's thanks to them that my group had a 100% success rate to summit. I highly recommend Summit Expedition who are extremely professional and who prioritize the health and safety of the entire team. We already planning our next summit with them😀
Daniel Watson
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Summit Exped went the extra mile from start to finish to ensure a safe, well prepared and amazing experience while summiting mt. Kilimanjaro. The ground team they have assembled in Tanzania is second to none. They are dedicated to the team and to the teams success while ensuring everybody is safe, warm and well fed. Highly recommended! I'll be seeking my next adventure through them for sure.
Zoe Irvine
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I climbed Kilimanjaro with Summit Ex and had the most amazing experience. Sean is proffessional and a constant support. The team where all more than fantastic, and our food/tents/planning was all completely flawless. I would highly recommend- impeccable service from start to finish.
Scott G
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I recently went to Kilimanjaro with Summit Expeditions and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. A very organised trip and even though the hike was tough, the team were very supportive throughout (seeing as this is my first mountain)
Andrea Janjua
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I highly recommend Summit Expeditions to achieve your mountaineering dreams. Sean and his team were amazing, taking care of us every step of the way with great tips, clear guidance and catering to all our needs sometimes in very tough conditions. If you are looking for a company that will give you premium support on your mountain journey, look no further, you found them. Giving a 5+ star.
Keith O'Malley-Farrell
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We had an amazingly successful trip to the top of Kilimanjaro. Right from the beginning Caroline and Sean were amazingly helpful from pre trip advice, to packing tips and kit days. Once we arrived in Kilimanjaro they filled us with so much confidence and made everything really easy. Their professionalism and strategy to get a group of 26 of us to the summit was incredible and I don't think anybody else could have done so well with the variety of fitness levels that were in our group. I can't recommend Summit Expeditions enough.
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