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Combining an Everest Base camp trek with the aspirational experience of exploring Island Peak makes infinite sense. This is a truly epic partnering for those who love mountaineering and trekking, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of reaching the top of the world.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers make this challenging double act a reality. We provide the support and equipment to journey from Everest Base Camp, up Kala Patar to the next valley and Island Peak. We allow time to adapt to the environment and enjoy the full island Peak experience which for many is the “pinnacle” of mountaineering. It’s possible to adapt the expedition to those climbing in the Himalayas for the first time.
Everest needs no introduction, but what makes expeditions around Island Peak such a magnet?
Officially called Imja Tse, this 6,189 m (20,305 ft) mountain is in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, in eastern Nepal. It earned its popular name when members of the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition likened it to a beguiling island in a sea of ice.
Trekking in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp is now a much-sought-after experience. For those seeking an even greater challenge, the technical requirements of Island Peak are ideal. Whereas many trekking expeditions in Nepal are possible without specialist equipment or intensive preparation, Island Peak requires more planning.
For this reason, Island Peak has a difficulty rating of Alpine Grade PD+. It generally requires 20-day expeditions, beginning from Kathmandu.
The view from the top is of course, unrivalled. The summit ridge reveals the splendour of Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse and Baruntse and Makalu in the distance.
The geographical magnificence to be found on a combined Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Climbing trip is matched by other unspoiled wonders.
Sagarmatha National Park is a Natural World Heritage Site. Expect to see mountain wildlife, flora and fauna at its most abundant; beginning with lush forests on lower slopes and giving way to hardy alpine plants as you ascend. BirdLife International endowed the park with the status of Important Bird Area.
Trekking and climbing in this region also offer wonderful glimpses of village life, Nelapese culture and fascinating Buddhist monasteries. The welcome is always warm.
As this combination is demanding, though it doesn’t require vast climbing experience it does demand a good level of fitness. The basic level would be experience and confidence trekking with crampons and an ice pick.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers will go through detailed preparations and Health & Safety requirements for Island Peak with you when you contact us for more information. However, we make sure all relevant equipment and climbing gears are available and thoroughly safety checked.
Our excellent working relationship with local Sherpas means you can enjoy the climb without carrying heavy equipment and you have unique insights into any risks offered by major crevasses and the likelihood of an avalanche.
One of the reasons this combination is so wonderfully inviting is that it is possible for us to apply for climbing permits year round, and provide unforgettable experiences to suit your itinerary. After saying that, the optimum time to explore Everest Base Camp and Island Peak is September-December and March-May when the weather tends to be most favourable.
For more details of the best mountaineering expeditions "double act", call us today.
While you are on Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you might only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
Yes, in most of the lodges and tea-houses, the telephone and internet facilities are available during your trek. But in some places, they might charge some amount for the service as well as you can also use mobile data during your trek for Internet and communication.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
You can use ATM and Credit Cards to withdraw money during Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing only at specific and major places like Kathmandu, Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
There is a maximum possibility of getting altitude sickness during Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing since you would be climbing to the higher altitudes, but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Everest Base Camp with Island Peak because you will trek thru Sagarmatha National Park, you would need to have Sagarmatha National Park Special Permit, Peak Climbing Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Yes, it is possible to get showers during Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Day Pack (35-45 L)
Sleeping Bag (-20F/-30C recommended)
Crocs (evenings & washing)
Trekking Pants (2-3)
Long-sleeve Trekking Shirts (2-3)
Gortex (or similar) Jacket & Pants
Fleece or Thermal Top (evenings)
Fleece or Thermal Bottoms (evenings)
Lightweight Long Underwear (to sleep in or layer under clothes)
Gloves (lighter & heavier for passes)
Baseball Cap or Wide-brimmed Hat
Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
Down Booties (optional, recommended)
Water Bottles | Nalgenes (2-3)
Bladder (optional, recommended)
Toiletries, Sunscreen with SPF, Lip Balm with SPF
Watch (with alarm)
Yak Trax (for treks with icy passes)
Water Purifying Tablets, Small Water Filter or Steripen
Camp Washing Bowl (optional, collapsible for clothes)
Laundry Detergent (Kathmandu) or Bio-degradable Clothes Soap
Small Solar Panel (optional, recommended for iPods, iPhones, camera batteries, Kindles)
Zip-Lock | Plastic Bags
Soft Toilet Paper | Tissues (we supply toilet paper but you will want something softer for blowing your nose)
Baby-Wipes | Wet-Wipes (for personal cleaning)
Handi-Wipes, J-Cloth or Chux (optional: easy for a quick daytime clean, fast drying)
Rehydration | Electrolytes
Personal Medical Supplies
ALL trekking gear (Sherpa Gear, Mountain Hardwear, Tsetang’s Gear Shop all have real gear), real & knock-offs.
We strongly suggest bringing Western meds with you as there are a lot of Indian fakes on the market!
Suggested: Diamox, Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Tinidazole or Flagyl & Augmentin. Bring COMPEED for covering blisters & good tasting electrolytes &/or rehydration salts (Emergen-C is a good American brand). The local versions aren’t very appealing.
We also recommend bringing strong knee & ankle supports & braces, ACE bandages for sprains & strains, Tegaderm &/or other would coverings. Duct tape is always useful. We’re happy to take excess medical supplies off your hands when you leave if you won’t need them and pass them on to others. We use lots of the large amount we have with us to treat locals we meet when trekking.
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.
The foods provided during the trek are mostly the typical Nepalese food i.e. Dal Bhat and the accommodation are basic tea-houses and even tent-camps. Except for trekking, you can choose the food and accommodation according to your requirement during your stay in major cities like Kathmandu.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek. On the other hand, we also provide helicopter rescue service if required.
Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing can be best experienced during the months of Late February, March, April May, September, October, November and early December.
The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.
Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is one of the physically demanding and arduous trekking experience with difficult trails and high passes included in the trek so you would need to be in good physical shape. However, the previous climbing experience is not mandatory for this trek.
Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing give us an opportunity to step at the base camp of highest Himalaya and then scale the popular Island Peak which is also known as ‘Imja Tse’ in the local language. The major highlights of this trip are spectacular views of highest Himalayas especially from Kalapathar viewpoint; visiting monasteries, exploring cultures and traditions of local inhabitants; and gaining that exquisite feeling of adventure while being at the summit of Island Peak.
Generally, Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is 18-22 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
That was an absolutely wonderful adventure!!! The trek to Everest BC is one of the most picturesque I think! The views of the highest mountains are just breathtaking! And if you love mountains, you should try your holidays in the Himalayas! If you want something more than just a trek, maybe you should try to climb Imja Tse? That was the adventure of my life! Quite difficult, but not killing. And safe, because we were guided by professionals: guides from the Nepal Mountain Trekkers headed by Ramesh, who had organised everything really well. I must admit, that our guides were not only very nice, but also very careful and helpful. Unfortunately some of us have finished this adventure in the hospital due to acute mountain sickness and acute pneumonia, but even such an incident was not too difficult thanks to enormous help from Ramesh and our guides. They organised a helicopter transfer to the hospital in Kathmandu and Ramesh helped in all formalities. He is a very careful, responisble and trustworthy person. And a lover of mountains! I look forward to the next Himalayan expedition with the Nepal Mountain Trekkers!
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