We are the only company in the world who sends an international guide and doctor on all Island Peak (6,189m) & Everest Base Camp (5,385m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world.
Trekking Island Peak & Everest Base Camp
Our 23-day itinerary first takes you on the historic trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp offering the best possible acclimatisation profile before we turn our attention to Island Peak. We move upwards through the valley at a slow, steady pace taking the time to meet the locals in the villages we pass and absorb the sights and scents of traditional Nepalese life. Each night we stay in locally run tea-houses, enjoying the warm welcome of our hosts and the inviting heat of the stove as we remove our boots after a long day’s trekking.
We spend 10 days trekking to Everest Base Camp before we begin our ascent of Island Peak. Climbing Island Peak has since been used by many mountaineers as a preparation peak before summiting Everest.
It is frequently referred to as a trekking peak, however, the demands of a long summit night, much of which is spent on snow and ice using crampons and ice axes make this a tough challenge! We start in darkness in the early hours of the morning and ascend over 700m over mixed terrain. The last 200m are the most demanding and we use fixed ropes and ascenders to conquer the headwall and reach the summit ridge. The panoramic views of the 7,000m and 8,000m peaks surrounding you at the top make all the hard work worthwhile!
You will come away from this trek with a great appreciation of the Sherpa way of life, getting the opportunity to experience their unique mountain culture and traditions. We also spend time in Nepal’s main city – Kathmandu. This bustling city is a melting-pot of ethnicities and a great contrast to the relaxed pace of life in the mountains.
Watch our Info Talk
We held an info talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin talking all about this trek, so you can watch it below.
Island Peak & Everest Base Camp Expedition Costs & What’s Included
The total cost of trekking Island Peak & Everest Base Camp is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid two months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- International flights from Dublin to Kathmandu return (Economy Class) (UK flights not included)
- Internal flights in Nepal
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition leader
- Experienced Irish/UK expedition doctor
- Training Weekend
- Local English speaking guides, cooks and support team
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Kathmandu and in guest houses elsewhere
- All meals and drinking water except in Kathmandu where accommodation is based on B&B
- A celebratory dinner
- All transport throughout the expedition
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc
Flying from the UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kathmandu.
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!
Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,650m), 3 hrs.
Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Phakding.
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 8 hrs.
Trek along the Dudh Kosi River and then through pine forest to reach Namche Bazaar.
Rest day for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Explore the village market and the surrounding area.
Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,840m), 5 hrs.
Enjoy a scenic walk to Phortse with stunning views of Ama Dablam.
Trek Phortse to Dingboche (4,410m), 6 hrs.
Another stunning day on the trail today which offers views of Everest if the weather is clear.
Rest and Acclimatisation Day.
A rest day in Dingboche.
Trek Dingboche to Lobuche, 6 hrs.
We trek past the climber’s memorial to reach Lobuche.
Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,140m), 9 hrs.
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before descending to Gorakshep.
Trek Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Dingboche (4,410m,) 10 hrs.
An optional trek to Kala Patthar in the early morning is followed by a long walk out to Dingboche.
Rest & Skills Day in Dingboche.
We take a rest day today and practice our rope work.
Dingboche to Chhukung (4,700m), 4hrs.
Today we leave the main Everest Base Camp trail and trek to Chhukung.
Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,090m), 3hrs.
After a skills session in the morning, we ascend to Island Peak Base Camp.
Base Camp to High Camp (5,500m), 2hrs.
After a lazy start, we ascend to Island Peak High Camp.
Summit Day! Island Peak (6,189m), 14 hrs.
We climb to the summit of Island Peak and then descend back to the warmth of the teahouse in Chhukung.
Spare Summit Attempt.
A spare day in case of bad weather on Day 16.
Trek Chhukung to Tengboche (3,860m), 6 hrs.
Today we descend to Tengboche.
Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 4 hrs.
Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar.
Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m), 8 hrs.
Our last day of walking takes us back to Lukla.
Lukla to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.
Free day to explore Kathmandu before departure.
Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin.
In 1856, the mountain was named after George Everest, a retired Surveyor General who never even saw the peak. The oldest person to reach the summit of Everest is Yuichiro Miura (80 yrs old) of Japan in 2013 and the youngest person is Jordan Romero (13 yrs old) of The USA in 2014.
The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 metres above sea level.
People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
Best time to trek to Island Peak & Everest Base Camp?
The best time to attempt your Mount Everest Base Camp trek is in March through to mid-May and September through to mid-November. Summer months are considered too wet for climbing and Everest views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.
The temperature at the summit never rises above freezing, averaging -36C in winter and -19C in summer.
What you need to trek Island Peak & Everest Base Camp?
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when trekking Island Peak & Everest Base Camp. You can view this packing list here.
How to prepare to trek Island Peak & Everest Base Camp
We have classified Island Peak & Everest Base Camp as a level 7 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. With an average of six hours of walking per day, except on the days either side of base camp and the day we summit Island Peak which involve roughly 14 hours of trekking. Although this is not a technical climb, we do recommend people have experience of scrambling and abseiling. This is a relatively long trek and good stamina is essential. It is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read the expedition itinerary in full before signing up to this challenge. You can read this document here.