This expedition combines a trek to Everest Base Camp with a climb of Island Peak at 6189 m. The first 10 days of our Island Peak expedition is identical to our Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. Over this period we take in all the highlights of a classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
With a solid acclimatization in place, we return to Dingboche and start preparing for our climb. The next day we trek to Chhukhung and that afternoon we practice ascending fixed ropes, abseiling and the mountaineering techniques we’ll need when we get higher.
Our expedition itinerary includes plenty of rest days allowing for safe altitude acclimatization. This is a challenging high altitude trek combined with an introductory mountaineering experience that assumes guests have no previous climbing experience. Guests with previous climbing experience will also find this expedition challenging, particularly if they are new to high altitude mountaineering. Fit and determined people that are looking for a more challenging undertaking than a trek only should consider this trip.
Leaving at around 3.00 a.m. the next morning will see us safely on the summit around 6 – 7 hours later. The views from the summit of Island Peak are stunning and we celebrate a fantastic achievement. After enjoying our time on the summit (around 30 minutes is typical if the weather is fine) we begin the long descent back to Base Camp. If time and energy levels permit, we may even return to Chhukhung this same day.