Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Pioneer Adventure representative will come to receive the Island peak climbing group members at the Tribhuvan international airport and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Make sure to check a billboard with the name of Pioneer Adventure at the exit gate of the airport. Today is simply an arrival day, so there is no organized activity. One can take free time to relax or just walk around leisurely.
Day 02: Trip preparation Day
After breakfast at 9 a.m., After breakfast there will be a sufficient time to purchase necessary equipment and other necessary items needed in trekking and climbing. During the time we will prepare all necessary permits including Island peak climbing. A pre-departure meeting will be held in the evening at the hotel lobby for a briefing on Island peak climbing and introducing to our trekking/climbing guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
An early morning wake-up and we will transfer all the members to the Kathmandu domestic airport to board the flight to Lukla. It will be a short scenic mountain flight which will take about 35 minutes. After we land at the airport, the guide will introduce to porters before we begin our trek to Phakding. We will have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew loads our trekking equipment. Then, we begin our trek by slowly descending to the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, which is located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), we reach Phakding village. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) 6 hours
After breakfast, we begin our trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi river. While trekking we cross the majestic river several times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the gateway to Everest) is home to many best restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange centers, internet cafes, and bakeries. Namche is the biggest and most popular town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 05: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. After breakfast, we hike up the Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From Everest View Hotel, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m)
Our trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We will have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m after reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche (4371 m)
Beyond Tengboche, the landscape enters the steppes where the altitude starts increasing beyond the 4,000m. The trail drops down to Dingboche, crosses the Imja River and climbs past superb mani stones (carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani Padme hum) to Pangboche at 3860m. The gompa here is worth visiting since it is considered to be the oldest in the region. Then, the trail climbs to Pheriche (4371 m.) Here, you can find a medical facility where you can get information and medication for Altitude Sickness. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Today, we trek to Lobuche from Pheriche, which might take approximately 5- 6 hours. Our trek takes us upwards as we are getting nearer to EBC. During the trek, we enjoy the stunning views along the way as we gain in altitude. Tonight, we spend the night at a mountain lodge in the beautiful mountain village of Lobuche. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 09: Trek to EBC (5,365 m) and back to Gorakshep (5,180 m)
This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can reach Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there are likely some expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return to Gorak Shep for the night stay in a lodge.
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and back to Lobuche (4,910m)
It is one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent Hiking up to Kala Patthar, at 5,545 m. The ascent is demanding but the climbers gets the most magnificent mountain panorama including Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless other peaks. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m)
After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000 m). The ascent to Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairns wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then, we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung, we will also check our equipment in order to get ready for our ultimate climb. Overnight in Lodge
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,087m)
From Chukhung we trek to Island Peak Base Camp on a fairly steep trail with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline. First, we climb south then turn east to the mainline of the Imja valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. We follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8,501 m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to the Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Accommodation will be in a tented camp at Island Peak Base Camp and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional camping crew. Overnight at a tented camp in Island Peak Base Camp
Day 13: Pre-climb training at Island Peak Base Camp
Our guide will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots, and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually, we will be climbing on the rock surface for up to around 5770 m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses. Overnight at a tented camp in Island Peak Base Camp
Day 14: Island Peak summit (6,165m) then back to Chhukung
If the weather condition is fine, today we climb the Island Peak. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our climbing Sherpa leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions, and other factors. He provides ice climbing training to improve the skills of the team members using climbing gear such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons, etc. The site of the camp is just beneath the permanent snowline.
We leave very early morning for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four to six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both ascent and descent. Although it is not a technically difficult climb, the snow slopes are crevassed, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are most important, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6,165 m giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of smaller peaks. Given good conditions, we should be able to descend back to Chukkung after our summit. Overnight at a Lodge
Day 15: Chhukung to Pangboche
Today’s walk is easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. Overnight in Lodge
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit Nunnery at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc. while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Lodge
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
We descend on a steep trail so it is important that we walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes leveler. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight at lodge in Lukla
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
Normally we take the morning flight to Kathmandu. Sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. Anyway, we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer you to the same hotel where you stayed before. You may have time to relax after a long journey. You may go shopping at Thamel or rest at your hotel.
Day 19: Final Departure
A representative from Pioneer Adventure will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. (Tour ends)
International & Domestic Airport pick up and drop off
3 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast twin/double bed sharing room
Welcome dinner in Typical Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Show in Kathmandu
Both way domestic flights (Ktm – Lukla – Ktm)
Climbing permit fees, National Park fees, Pasang Lhamu VDC fees etc.
Stool shipment transfer & Garbage deposit fees
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner including tea and coffee during the entire trip
Teahouse accommodation during the trekking & Tent during peak climbing
Certified trekking & climbing guide
Necessary porter for the trip
Everest Trekking Map and Pioneer Adventure’s Duffle bag
Accident and Medical Insurance of the Guide and Porter
General climbing equipment like Ice screw, Snow bar, Rope, EPI gas etc.
Comprehensive Medical Kit
╳ Nepal entry visa fee
╳ Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
╳ Travel, Medical and Emergency evacuation
╳ International flight tickets
╳ Trekking & climbing gears, water, bar bills, laundry, shower, Internet, battery recharge etc.
╳ Tips for your Guide and porter