Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 19 days

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 19 days

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek is a perfect blend of trekking and climbing in the Everest region. This trip offers the best peak climbing experience for novice climbers and mountain lovers. The Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, rises like a spectacular island of rock and ice surrounded by glaciers and 8,000 and 7,000-meter peaks. One of the easiest trekking peaks in Nepal, the ascent to Island Peak’s summit at 6,189m involves a traverse through the glacier and moderate snow and ice climbing.

Take a high-altitude hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar and stand beneath the frozen summit of Mount Everest. Cross a high mountain pass Kongma La and arrive at Island Peak Base Camp. Put on your gear and follow your guide to the summit of this beautiful peak. Walk past mountainside Sherpa villages, high mountain passes, and glaciers to reach the Island Peak Base Camp, from where you make your summit bid. The ample acclimatization days will ensure that your body adapts well to the rarefied air before your Island Peak Climbing summit bid. For most of you, this will be a ‘first’ and thus your most extraordinary summit. We are sure there will be many more in the future, but the taste of your first victory lingers for a lifetime.

Since your safety is our number one priority, we do a double check on all our climbing equipment and gear that we use for this Island Peak Climbing. We make sure that safety procedures are in place at the start and during the trip. Your climbing guide has more than 20 years of experience in mountain climbing. He has submitted several 8,000 and 7,000-meter peaks, including Mount Everest, and has reached the top of Island Peak several times. To ensure that everyone makes it to the summit, every 2 climbers will be assisted by 1 assistant guide.

Moreover, during the pre-climb training at the Base Camp, you will get valuable inputs from our experienced guides. This is also a good opportunity to brush up on your climbing skills. Our guides will help you reach the top and achieve your goal safely. What's more, we provide you with all the climbing gear and equipment you will need to scale Island Peak!

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek has the best combination of Himalayan trekking and climbing.
  • Trek to EBC  and climb up Island Peak, the most popular trekking peak in Nepal
  •  An easy ascent up a 6,000-meter peak for first-time climbers. Thrilling traverse through Imja, Khumbu, and Lhotse glaciers and the high pass of Kongma La
  • Experience Sherpa culture and  Himalayan  views of 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks
  • Ideal peak to acclimatize and refresh your technical skills if planning to climb an 8,000 or 7,000-meter peak

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Island Peak Climbing is for experienced trekkers with a high level of physical fitness and endurance level. If you have done some high-altitude trekking and feel confident about scaling your first mountain, then Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek is the trip for you.
  • No previous climbing experience is needed. First-time climbers can easily make the ascent.
  • Basic mountaineering skills would be an added advantage pre-climb training at Island Peak Base Camp.
  •  Walk 5 to 6 hours daily on the trail.12 to 14 hours of climbing on Summit Day.
  • Challenging traverse through glaciers, river valleys, and mountain passes above 5,000m
  • If you have weak knees, heart, or lungs, you need to consult your physician before booking this trip.

Why Travel with Us

  • Climb with Everest summiteer Sherpa Climbing guide with +20 years of experience. He has summited Island Peak more than 300 times.
  • Well-crafted Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek itinerary with enough acclimatization days, contingency plan, and pre-climb training at base camp to ensure a high summit success rate 
  • All personal (climbing boots, harness, ice axe, crampons, helmet) and group (ropes, snow bar, ice hammer, ice screw, etc. ) climbing gear provided
  • High-quality accommodation. 3-star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu and the best available teahouses on the trail. Single 1 man tent for comfort and privacy while camping. 
  • 1 chief climbing guide. In addition, for 2 clients, 1 assistant guide will be assigned for personalized care and safety.
  • All-inclusive climbing. We take care of the permits, domestic flights, accommodation, food on the trail, etc.  
  • Satellite phone for emergency use. Cybercasts to help you connect with your family during your trip through our social media pages.  
  • Outstanding 98% summit success.
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters and guides

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and trip preparation
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 4 At Namche Bazaar : 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 5 Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek to Dingboche(4,410m/14,469ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 7 At Dingboche : 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 8 Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 9 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 10 Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,2019ft) and trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 11 Trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,518ft) via Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 12 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m/16,728ft) and pre-Climb Training - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 13 Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak High Camp (5,500m/18,040ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 14 Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) and return to Chukkung - 8 to 9 hours trek/ climbing
Day 15 Contingency Day for Summit
Day 16 Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 17 Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9318ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 18 Fly to Kathmandu(1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight
Day 19 Final Departure

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Route Map

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and trip preparation

If you have a day flight, you will be lucky enough to glimpse the Himalayan mountains from the flight before landing. Our representative will be at the airport waiting for you at the terminal. He will drive you to your hotel and help you check in. Take a rest, and later on, if you feel like it, stroll around Thamel, a lively tourist hub.

Late afternoon or evening you will meet your guide who will brief you about your upcoming adventure. You can go through the gear and equipment list and rent or buy any item that's not with you. There are plenty of rental shops in Thamel from where you can rent gear and equipment. Have an early night as we will be leaving early tomorrow.. 

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek

Take an early flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is filled with inspiring views of the Himalayas and a hair-raising landing at the Tenzing Hillary Airport. This tiny airport lies on a plateau surrounded by high mountains. It is regarded as one of the highest and extreme airports in the world.

Once your plane lands, meet your porters and the rest of the crew. Sort out your luggage and pack for the final time before hitting the trail. Make your way out of the colorful Lukla bazaar and descend the trail to Phakding. Do walk carefully as there will be mule trains and yaks sharing the trail. Cross a metal suspension bridge and arrive at the riverside settlement of Phakding. Head to a teahouse where your rooms have been booked. Rest and afterward explore the village or make your way down to the Dudh Koshi Khola (Milky River) and take pictures of the scenic valley. Later, head back to the teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight in Phakding.

Day 3
Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - Gateway to the Everest region and sherpa capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal

The walk to Namche is filled with magnificent views. For the first time, you get to see Mount Everest and a host of other mountains. Walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River, you take a trail decorated with mani stones and prayer flags. These are placed at various places on the trail by Buddhist monks to safeguard and protect the travelers from negative forces. The path goes through a forest of juniper, pine, and rhododendron. En route, you cross five metal suspension bridges, including the Hillary Bridge over the Imja River.

Make your way across the Sagarmatha National Park and hike up to Namche, the Sherpa capital. Carved like a bowl on the side of a mountain, Namche is one of the prettiest and most important Sherpa settlements in the Everest Region.

Overnight in Namche.

Day 4
At Namche Bazaar : 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)

Spend a day acclimatizing in Namche. A bustling town lined with high-end as well as budget lodges, shops, restaurants, bakeries, and the only ATM beyond the 3000m mark, Namche is the economic heart of the Khumbu region. Traders from all over Khumbu converge in Namche Bazaar to buy or sell food items and other commodities.  Start your day early and walk up to the Sagarmatha National Park for a sunrise view. Watch the sunrise over the snowy summits of Mount Everest, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.

After breakfast, takes an acclimatization hike to Hotel Everest View through Shyangboche. It is a steep ascent filled with incredible views of some of the highest views in the world. Hotel Everest View, which was at one time the highest hotel in the world, offers 360-degree views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mount Everest. After enjoying the splendid views, head down to Namche. If you still have the stamina, you can trek further to the historic village of Khumjung. Visit the Hillary School, the first school in the region established by Sir Edmund Hillary. At Khumjung Monastery, you can view the scalp of a Yeti, the abominable snowman.

Overnight in Namche.

Day 5
Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Tengbouche Tengboche Monastery- Tibetan Buddhist monastery The Largest Monastery in the Everest Region

Take a scenic walk to Tengboche, a small Sherpa settlement. The Tengboche Gompa, the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest Region, dominates the skyline of this small settlement. Your teahouse lies close to the Gompa. You can visit the monastery and witness the monks praying and chanting. Send out a silent prayer for the success of your expedition and seek blessings from the monks. The Sunrise and sunset view of Ama Dablam from Tengboche is not to be missed. Keep your camera ready for this magnificent sight.

Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 6
Trek to Dingboche(4,410m/14,469ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

From Tengboche, you head to Dingboche, descend a forested trail, and cross a couple of suspension bridges. En route, you cross a couple of Sherpa villages, including Pangboche, the village with the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. As you ascend higher, the tree line vanishes, and you enter a rocky and barren landscape. The gain in elevation leaves you a bit breathless.

Dingboche is where many trekkers start feeling the effects of high altitude. Once you reach the settlement, head to a teahouse and take a rest, keep yourself hydrated by including plenty of fluids in your diet. Dehydration leads to AMS (acute mountain sickness), so do take good care.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 7
At Dingboche : 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Dingboche Dingboche Village

You spend your second acclimatization day at Dingboche. This is a small farming village with few houses and fields with stone walls. This settlement lies at a trail junction that forks towards Everest Base Camp and Island Peak. This is a popular overnight stop for climbers and trekkers.

For your acclimatization hike, you ascend a hill that lies right above Dingboche. Locally known as Nagarjun Hill (5,100m), this hill is also called Nangkartshang Peak. This hike is important as this ascent will acclimatize your body for the tough high altitude ascents in the coming days. It is a straightforward climb with no technical maneuvers.

Nagarjun Hill is one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. Enjoy 360-degree views of Lhotse, Cholatse, Kantega, Ama Dablam, and Makalu. You can view the entire Ama Dablam peak from the base to the summit from the vantage point. You also get a close-up view of Island Peak, Imja Tse, Imja Glacier, and Cholatse. After soaking in the views and taking pictures, you head down to Dingboche. Take a late afternoon stroll around the village.

Overnight in Dingboche. 

Day 8
Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Keeping your pace slow but steady, you walk through the Khumbu Valley and reach Thughla. At Thughla Pass, you visit the memorials of mountaineers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest. The ones dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, and Late Babu Chhiri Sherpa (the daredevil Sherpa who climbed Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen and spent 22 hours at the summit) are covered with prayer flags and khatas (scarves offered as a mark of respect). Jon Krakauer has detailed Hall and Fischer’s ill-fated Everest expedition in his best selling book “Into Thin Air” and the movie “Everest.” The trail evens out, and we follow a rocky moraine to Lobuche.

There are only a handful of teahouses in Lobuche and you follow your guide to the teahouse where your rooms have been booked. Lhotse and Nuptse appear very close.

Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 9
Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

gorek-shep View form Gorek Shep

Today you have a long and tiring walk ahead. But the hike is filled with thrilling moments as you reach the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Leaving Lobuche, we follow the ablation valley beside the Khumbu Glacier and head up. The walk proves to be difficult because of the altitude gain and thin air. Gorak Shep lies below the dark mound of Kala Patthar. We head to our teahouse, take some rest and refreshments and continue onwards to Everest Base Camp. We walk on the moraine crest and carefully make our way through rubble and loose stones.

The Everest Base Camp lies beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall. Colorful tents of expedition groups dot the grey and frozen landscape. Take photographs and spend some moments taking in the views before retracing your steps to Gorak Shep. Spending a night at Gorak Shep is crucial for acclimatization before you head onward to Island Peak for your big climb.

Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 10
Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,2019ft) and trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Kala Patthar Kala Patthar - Most popular viewpoint in Everest region

We wake up early and hike to the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region, Kala Patthar. While the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp, one can view the rocky summit of the world’s tallest mountain from Kala Patthar. 7,000 and 8,000-meter peaks surround the viewpoint. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse.

After taking pictures and soaking in the views, it’s back to Gorak Shep. Have some refreshments, carry your bags, and head onward to Lobuche.

Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 11
Trek to Chukkung (4,730m/15,518ft) via Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Chhukkung Chukkhung Village - Final equipment and gear check Point for Island Peak Climb

Leaving Lobuche, we cross the Khumbu Glacier and make an ascent up the Kongma La pass. Today we take a packed lunch with us as we pass across an isolated route with no teahouses. The walk is difficult as we make our way past a trail filled with rubble and moraine debris. We walk over boulders and scree and reach Kongma La. Cairns covered with colorful prayer flags mark the pass. The views of the 8 miles long Nuptse and Lhotse walls are stupendous, and we pause for a moment to take in the glorious sight before heading descending to the Imja Khola Valley. We walk past a frozen lake and arrive at the valley before making the final descent to Chukkung. Formerly a yak herder’s camp, Chukkung is now an important stop for climbers en route to Island Peak.

Apart from teahouses and lodges, there are gear and equipment rental outlets from where you can hire good quality stuff. There will be final and thorough equipment and gear check. Good quality climbing equipment and gear are available for hire, and you can rent any item you need. But please do note large sized climbing boots (size 12 and above) won’t be available.

Overnight in Chukkung.

Day 12
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m/16,728ft) and pre-Climb Training - 3 to 4 hours trek

Island Peak Base Camp island-peak-base-camp

Today’s walk brings us to Island Peak Base Camp. We inch closer to our destination. It is a steep climb, and we take the uphill path that winds below the southern flank of the Lhotse glacier. The trail snakes past a stream and a striking glacial valley. We walk across the stunning Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines before finally arriving at the Island Base Camp. Base camp is located on a grassy slope beside the Imja Glacier. By the time we arrive at the base camp, our crew has already set up camp, and we make our way to our tents.

Pre-climb training will begin right after lunch. We sort our gear for our climb, and the climbing guides will offer special tips on climbing techniques. You can use this session to brush up on your climbing skills. The guides will demonstrate the proper use of a harness, ascender, carabiner, rappel device, ice axe, etc. As part of the training session, you will have to climb up and descend using ropes. This pre-climb training is very important, especially for first-time climbers, as this will boost your confidence level. As the climbing sherpas assigned to your group are seasoned climbers with several years of experience, you will be receiving very valuable inputs from these experts. It’s like being coached by the best mountain climbing experts. 

Overnight at tented camp. 

Day 13
Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak High Camp (5,500m/18,040ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

This is another acclimatization day before ascending Island Peak. So, today will be a relatively easy day with a few hours of climbing to a high camp at 5,500 meters. Gradually you will climb steep uphill, and after reaching the top, you will make your way through a steep rocky path and reach the high camp of Island Peak. It is a small campsite with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. You'll get enough time for a good rest and general preparation for tomorrow's climb.

Overnight stay in Island Peak High Camp. 

Day 14
Summit Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) and return to Chukkung - 8 to 9 hours trek/ climbing

Island Peak - Summit Day Island Peak - Summit Day

Wake up at midnight and make an early start by 3 AM or earlier. It is important to start as the wind begins to pick up speed in the mountain as the day progresses. We have to make it to the summit before the wind gathers force and halt our ascent to the top. We carry a packed lunch and some energy bars and take the trail away from the High Camp.  From High Camp, it takes around 3 hours to reach Crampon Point. It is called Crampon Point as the route becomes icy, and we wear our crampons from this point. At around 5,700m, we begin to use man rope for safety. We follow a narrow ridge that leads to the base of the Imja glacier. From the glacier, we enjoy stunning sunlit views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Chamlang, Cho Polu, Peak 38, and other Himalayan giants. Our guides will fix ropes, and we cross the glacier following the rope line.

The climbing is not too technical as the path tilts to an angle of about 45 to 50 degrees. Depending on the weather and season, there will be crevasses or no crevasses en route. If there are crevasses en route, we will be using ladders (longest 8 meters and shortest 2 meters) to cross them. The number of crevasses may vary as per the weather. We are welcomed by the massive frozen wall of Lhotse’s south face as we reach the summit ridge. The guides will fix the ropes at some sections for safety. We follow the snowy ridge and finally reach the summit of Island Peak.

From the summit, it becomes clear why the peak is so named. The peak stands alone like an island surrounded by jagged mountains and glaciers. This is a moment of triumph, and we capture this momentous occasion in our camera. Before we head down, we soak in the panoramic views of the highest mountains in the world for one last time. We take time to enjoy the magnificent views of Imja glacier and Lhotse before arriving at the base camp. Evening we celebrate our success with our teammates and crew.

Overnight in Chukkung. 

Day 15
Contingency Day for Summit

A spare day that can be used in bad weather or sickness foils your summit attempt on Day 14. This day can also be used as a contingency day in case of flight delays or cancellations. If everything goes as planned, you can use this spare day to explore a village en route on the trail. You can also walk at a leisurely pace on your return trek. If you would like, you can use this spare day to explore Kathmandu once you get back to the city.

Day 16
Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

We have a long and arduous walk to Namche. But this tiring walk is filled with inspiring Himalayan views. We will find the trail covered with rare Himalayan wildflowers like the Himalayan Edelweiss, Black pea, and Spiny Mountain Poppy if we are lucky. A Himalayan Tahr or a Musk Deer may cross our path. We walk past Dingboche, Shomare, Tengboche and Sansa en route. As we walk through pine and juniper forests, we are greeted with grand views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Everest, and other peaks. Once we get to Namche, we enjoy a hot shower and have our favorite meal.

Overnight in Namche.

Day 17
Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9318ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

The final leg of your trek takes you from Namche to Lukla. Tread carefully as it is a steep descent. Once we reach Lukla, we head to a teahouse and rest our aching knees. As this is our last day in the mountains, we celebrate with our crew. There is local brew (chhyang) and Sherpa music to get us in the mood.  

Overnight in Lukla

Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu(1,400m/4,593ft) - 35 minutes flight

Lukla-Airport Lukla Airport - Regarded as one of the world’s most extreme airport.

Take an early flight to Kathmandu. Once you are back in the city, you can rest at your hotel, visit a spa, pamper yourself, or go shopping for souvenirs. Your hotel lies close to business hubs and local markets where you can buy locally made gift items. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner hosted by us.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19
Final Departure

Today is your last day in Nepal. Bid goodbye to the friends you have made. You will be driven to the airport at least three hours before your flight departs. If you want to explore Nepal or extend your trip and visit other Himalayan destinations, please let us know.

Daily departure available for peak season, from March to May and September to November. Please contact us for date, price and more information.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons for Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek. The weather stays stable and clear during these times, which makes it ideal for trekking and climbing. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons, and the trails get crowded and busy.

Spring is the most popular climbing season in Nepal. During this season, the weather is warm, and there is less snow on the mountains, making climbing easier. While trekking, you enjoy breathtaking views, as the verdant hillsides are covered with wildflowers, including rhododendron blooms.

The second season preferred for climbing is Autumn. With the end of the wet monsoon season, which clears the skies of dust and impurities, one can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your climbing around October will allow you to experience the most important festival in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame. 

Timing this climbing during the monsoon or late winter season is not recommended as the precipitation and snow make climbing risky.

Lukla Flight

Your trip to Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu then flying to Lukla on day 3. The easiest way to reach Lukla (2,840m), the starting point of your Island peak adventure, is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own challenges. The chief among them is the weather.

The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear, and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.

The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens, your climbing may get extended by a day or two. A contingency day is included in your itinerary, but we recommend you keep additional buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.

If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the heli flight is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.

Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during the high season (spring and autumn), flights to and from Lukla now operate from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.

However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.

Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Entry Permits and Requirements

The permits you need for the Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek are 

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit.

While individual trekkers can get permits for trekking, climbing permits can only be obtained by government-registered trekking agencies. So one needs to book a climbing with a registered agent to get the climbing permit.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate in Monjo by paying NRS 3,000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport.

To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2,000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter, which lies at the edge of the village.

If you are planning to trek from Jiri, you will be required to pay the Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry Permit fee of NRS 2,000. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu before the start of your trek.

The climbing permit fee for Island Peak varies according to season.

  1. The permit fee for Spring (March to May) -  USD 250
  2. The permit fee for Autumn(September to November) – USD 125
  3. Off seasons (December to February and June to August) – USD 70

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company, or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Acclimatization on Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Trek is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher elevation.

Island Peak lies at an altitude of 6,189 meters. Though a dwarf compared to Mount Everest (8,848m), Island Peak is higher than the tallest peaks in four continents - Africa, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. You will be walking to the world’s highest destination, Everest Region, where the views are incredible, but the environment, harsh and unforgivable. Here the air is thin and trails treacherous. You should be cautious at every step as one small mistake may cost you your life.

One of the main concerns of this climbing adventure is altitude sickness. As you go higher, the oxygen level in the air decreases, and it gets difficult to breathe. To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2,000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.

Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.

There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored, can take your life.

Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization and a contingency day for summit delay or emergencies. You will be spending extra days at Namche (3,440m) and Dingboche (4,410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea of the oxygen level in the atmosphere on the trail.


Oxygen Level



















6,500m/21,320 ft


Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.

We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover, like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.

We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water on your whole trip to Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek.

You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse uses a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, i.e., 4 USD.

While climbing, drinking water will be treated and boiled by the kitchen staff.

Internet Connectivity

Despite being the world’s highest inhabited region, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.

You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

It will be cheaper and easier to get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. Ncell offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).

Everest Link, another local internet provider, also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.

For emergencies, our climbing guide carries a satellite phone. Even if there is no network, our guides will contact us in case there is an emergency. 

Packing Checklist for Island Peak Climbing With EBC Trek

Here’s a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Island Peak climbing and EBC trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • Hard Shell Trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Summit Mittens (warm insulated gloves with safety straps)
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • Gaiters
  • 5 Season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pee Bottle

Climbing Equipment:

  • Climbing Boots(insulated stiff-soled, ideal for high altitude)
  • Crampons that fits your climbing boots
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Ice Axe
  • Carabiners (lockable and non-lockable)
  • Prussiks
  • Harness
  • Jumar or ascending device
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape Sling

These are only some of the essential items. We will provide the mountaineering equipment. But please do note climbing boots of large size (size 12 and above) is not available at the rental outlet from where we rent our gear and equipment. If your shoe size is 12 and above, please bring your own climbing boots.

If you want to use your own personal climbing gear, you can bring it from home.

Most of the trekking equipment is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    

Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world and one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal.

It is important to have an experienced guide with you while climbing and trekking. A guide who is experienced and has an in-depth knowledge of the mountain will enrich your experience and keep you safe and secure.

When you book with us, we pair you up with our best climbing guide, who has more than 20 years of experience in mountain climbing. Our guide has climbed many 8,000 and 7,000-meter peaks, including Mount Everest. He has guided several groups to the top of Island Peak numerous times.

There will be one chief climbing guide or leader to ensure a successful summit attempt, and every 2 climbers will be aided by 1 assistant guide. A pre-climb training at the Island Peak Base Camp will be used to warm up and help you get helpful tips from our guides. This training will especially help novice climbers hone their climbing skills.

While trekking, you will be guided by our trekking guides. Our guides have experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as mountain guides. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

A chief guide or trek leader will lead the trek. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion of the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.

Travel Insurance

For Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. You reach an altitude of 6,189 meters, and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment, and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, proving to be fatal if not treated on time.

Walking and climbing in a treacherous mountain environment also expose you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can face during this trekking and climbing adventure.

Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency, as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you to choose a company that offers insurance cover on domestic and international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.

Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have climbed Island Peak innumerable times.

To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The climbing guides assigned to you have climbed several 8,000-meter peaks and have more than 20 years of mountaineering experience. They have guided several climbers to the top of Island Peak and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management. To communicate during emergencies, our guides always carry a satellite phone with them. 

While climbing, our guides will keep you safe by taking care of all the hard and risky jobs – fixing ropes, ladders, setting up tents, etc. You will only have to follow them and pay heed to their instructions to reach the summit safely.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps needed for the client's well-being.

If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.

A typical day Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek


A typical day on the trail begins with a wake-up call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle before you hit the trail by 8 AM, along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and enjoy clear mountains' views, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check-in, and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers and sherpas till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 6 to 7 hours daily. On Day 11, a hike to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view is scheduled. So you will have to wake up before 4 AM to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Your guide will share the details of the hike at the post-dinner briefing on Day 10. 


On Day 12, there will be pre-climb training at Island Peak Base Camp. This training is very important for novice climbers as you get some valuable insights from our guides. You learn how to use the equipment and gear safely and effectively.

You spend a night camping at the Island Peak Base Camp. After the pre-climb training, you can spend the day exploring the Imja Glacier or saving your energy for the summit push by resting in your tent. Our Climbing cook will keep you nourished and hydrated by serving you healthy and nutritious meals. There will be a briefing by the chief climbing guide on the evening before the summit push.

On Day 14, you wake up early at 3 AM. To beat the winds which batter the summit during the day, you make the summit push early. You carry a packed lunch and some energy bars with you to keep you energized. After reaching Crampon Point, you climb up using the man-rope.

From Imja Glacier, a rope will be fixed by our guides, and you climb using the support of the fixed rope.  Follow our guides safely to the summit of Island Peak, take pictures, enjoy the magnificent views and descend back to High Camp. After a brief rest, continue descending to Chukkung. This day is probably the toughest day of your journey as you climb and walk for 9 to 12 hours.

Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We, as a company, support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we make sure that our trips are environmentally friendly.

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek FAQs

Technically Island Peak is more difficult to climb than Mera Peak. Even though Mera Peak is the highest Trekking Peak in Nepal, the route up the mountain is straightforward and non-technical. Climbers get up to the mountain using ‘man-ropes’ (walking roped up), ice axe and crampons. On the other hand, the route up Island Peak is more technical and involves crossing crevasses on ladders and using fixed rope to reach the summit. While both the peaks can be attempted by novice climbers, Island Peak is more technical and challenging.

Our top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips. We have incorporated the requisite number of acclimatization days  in all our trekking and climbing itineraries. Our guides are all thoroughly trained and highly experienced in leading groups through the Himalayas. Our climbing guides have more than 15 years’ experience. They are the most reliable and trustworthy guides you would want while traveling in the wild and remote mountain regions. They are trained in first aid and as well as crisis management.  At the Island Peak Base Camp, a pre-climb training will be conducted. Novice climbers will be taught how to best use the climbing equipment and abseil and rappel using ropes, harness, carabiners, descenders etc. To ensure that everyone makes it to the summit we assign 1 assistant climbing guide for 2 climbers. 

We carry normal first aid kits on all of our adventures, which is readily available for both customers and staff.  However, bringing your own  first aid kit with a set of your own medicines will also prove helpful. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip.  In the rare case of an untoward incident occurring on the trek they can organize a rapid medical evacuation. We always keeps our phone lines open 24 hours. For remote or challenging treks, where the nearest village might be a long walk away, our staff carries a mobile /satellite phone for communication and in case of emergency helicopter rescue is available but to use this service, the client’s insurance policy should cover  high altitude mountain air rescue and evacuation.

Solar batteries will be used to charge the electronic devices and light up the tents at Island Peak Base Camp. No additional charge will be levied for the use of this service. At teahouses en route you may have to pay extra to charge your electronic devices.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Yes, wifi hotspots are available on the Everest Base Camp trail. But please do keep in mind, due to the mountainous terrain the network maybe erratic. Often times the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.

No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp.  Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.

If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it. 

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget

There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.

Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.

No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.

Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk up in the higher reaches.

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:

  • Keep your body hydrated. Drink at least 4 liters of water daily.
  • Give up smoking, alcohol and caffeine, the major causes of dehydration and headache.
  • Go slow- it’s not a race. Take plenty of time to acclimatize to the increase in altitude.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization day. Take Diamox, an over-the-counter pill used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.

We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.

You need to have local currency to purchase items on the trail. While Lukla and Namche in the Everest Region may have lodges that would accept payment with cards, we strongly advise to carry enough local cash with you to buy essential items en route. You can exchange your currency at any of the money exchange centres in Kathmandu or use your credit or debit card at the local ATMs to get local currency.

Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.

Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.

You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Yes, single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.

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Olivia Olivia
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Feb 22, 2024

EBC with Island Peak summit

The trek itself was a mesmerizing journey through diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to rugged mountain passes. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a surreal moment, made even more memorable by the stunning sunrise views over the Himalayas. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the Island Peak climb. While challenging, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the summit was indescribable. The guides provided expert guidance and encouragement, making the ascent both safe and rewarding. Accommodations and meals along the trek were comfortable and delicious, offering a welcome respite after each day's adventure. Overall, the Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek organized by Third Rock Adventures was an unforgettable journey filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural encounters, and personal achievement. I highly recommend this trip to anyone seeking an epic Himalayan adventure.
Amelie Phillips
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Nov 13, 2023


5-star for CHHEWANG and his team. I thoroughy enjoyed this expedition. Carolina and I did this climbing and EBC TREK. Everything was more than expected. Naba, in Kathmandu was constantly in contact with the guide for the quick notes on how we were doing. The climbing leader is highly experienced and there was nothing to worry about. The view are beautiful and the journey was full of excitement and learning. Got to learn a lot about Nepal himalayas, local culture in Khumbu region and more. Highlyu recommended company.
Best and Selected Tours,
Tyler Brown
Oct 12, 2023

Island peak with EBC trek

Chris recommended me Third Rock and I contacted Naba for quick inquiry regarding the expedition. Considering my fitness, plan and preference, Naba assessed the best itinerary and guide for me. I had to customize the itienrary and add extra day for slow-pace ascent. EBC trek was a dream for me and Island peak was perfect treat of the year to me. We highly recommend this company to anyone thinking of trekking and climbing peak in Nepal.
Best Destination,
Annabell Berge
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Oct 12, 2023


It was great experience doing this climbing with Chewwang who was amazingly great. He was friendly, experienced and not to mention astute. All we had to do was listen to him and ascending was not-that-hard. . We double checked their team, their reviews and recommendation and everything made clear that we got to go with them. Naba who was the first point of contact was great with us. He was firm and understanding when we were confused. He made sure we were detailed with every aspect from flight to day-trek and trekking guide. Overall, it was more than expected.
Good Value,
Peter C. Green
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Oct 12, 2023

Island Peak Climbing Expedition

I recently embarked on the "Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 19 Days" organized by Third Rock Adventures, and I can honestly say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the moment we arrived in Nepal, the team at Third Rock Adventures ensured every aspect of our journey was meticulously planned and executed. The trek to Everest Base Camp was awe-inspiring, with breathtaking views of the world's tallest peaks. The challenging yet rewarding trek prepared us both physically and mentally for the climb to Island Peak. Our guides were exceptional, offering invaluable support, knowledge, and motivation throughout the journey. Island Peak itself was a test of endurance and determination. The climb was well-organized, and our guides made safety a top priority, ensuring each member of the group was comfortable and acclimatized. The sense of achievement upon reaching the summit is indescribable - a memory etched in my heart forever. The accommodations throughout the trip were comfortable and provided a much-needed respite after each day's trek. The local cuisine offered a delightful taste of Nepal, and the hospitality of the people we encountered along the way was heartwarming. Third Rock Adventures, led by their capable team, exceeded my expectations in every aspect. Their attention to detail, safety measures, and genuine care for their clients truly set them apart. I highly recommend the "Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek - 19 Days" trip to anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure in the majestic Himalayas. Thank you, Third Rock Adventures, for making this journey one I will cherish for a lifetime.
Good Value,
Kane Hale
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Oct 12, 2023

Absolutely amazing experience

It was superb experience climbing Island Peak although it was my first time. Our leader Chewwang was expert at climbing so we didn't have to worry a bit. The pre-climb training was super helpful considering my first time. This itinerary also marked EBC and it was an accomplishment for me. Thanks to naba who recommended me this itinerary when I was about to go for Mera peak climbing. It was tough due to technical aspect but with great leader like Chhewang I completed it without any hazard.
Best Destination,
Zakaria Hill
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Sep 29, 2023

Superb experience with the team

I had the privilege of experiencing the Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek by Third Rock Adventures, and it was a journey that will forever resonate with my UK adventurous spirit. From the bustling streets of London to the serenity of the Himalayas, the transition was extraordinary. The trek to Everest Base Camp and the subsequent climb to Island Peak was expertly organized. The grandeur of the mountains, the warmth of the Nepalese culture, and the thrill of the climb made this a once-in-a-lifetime expedition. If you seek a blend of challenge and awe, this trip is unparalleled. Highly recommended!
Best Destination,Good Value,
Madden Conway
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Sep 29, 2023

Great Climbing Experience

Embarking on the Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek orchestrated by Third Rock Adventures was a transformative odyssey. As an American, the allure of Everest Base Camp coupled with the pinnacle challenge of Island Peak beckoned me. The journey surpassed expectations—meticulously planned, blending thrill and tranquility. The Himalayan vistas were awe-inspiring, etching indelible memories. Navigating challenging terrains, witnessing the Sherpa culture, and ultimately conquering Island Peak was nothing short of exhilarating. The team's expertise and camaraderie made this venture an unforgettable feat. For any adventurous spirit, this trek is an epitome of triumph and a must-do on the adventure bucket list.
Good Value,
Logan Lowe
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Sep 29, 2023

Island Peak Climbing

I recently embarked on an awe-inspiring adventure with Third Rock Adventures to conquer Island Peak and trek to Everest Base Camp. As an avid outdoors enthusiast from America, this expedition was a dream come true, offering a unique blend of thrilling climbing challenges and breathtaking natural beauty. The journey commenced in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where I was warmly greeted by the team from Third Rock Adventures. Their seamless organization and attention to detail immediately put me at ease. The cultural exploration of Kathmandu was a perfect introduction to the rich tapestry of Nepalese heritage. Following an exhilarating flight to Lukla, the real adventure began. The trek to Everest Base Camp was a remarkable experience, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the stunning Himalayan landscapes. The towering peaks, serene valleys, and ancient monasteries along the way left an indelible mark on my soul. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a personal triumph, and the sense of accomplishment was beyond words. The camaraderie among our fellow trekkers and the expertise of our guides and Sherpas made the journey even more fulfilling. The acclimatization days were strategically planned, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ascent. The Island Peak climbing phase of the trip was the highlight. The climb was challenging and demanded both physical and mental strength, but the rewards were beyond compare. Standing at the summit of Island Peak, with the majestic Himalayas surrounding me, was a profound moment of triumph and wonder. Throughout the journey, the hospitality and warmth of the Nepalese people stood out. The teahouses and lodges along the trek were comfortable, and the local cuisine was a delightful culinary adventure. The Sherpas and guides were not just professionals; they became friends, sharing their culture and stories, enriching our expedition. In conclusion, the Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek by Third Rock Adventures is an adventure of a lifetime. From the captivating landscapes to the supportive team and the cultural experiences, every aspect of this trip was meticulously crafted. If you're seeking a blend of challenging climbing and awe-inspiring trekking in the heart of the Himalayas, this expedition is an absolute must. I am already planning my next adventure with Third Rock Adventures, and I can't wait to return to this mesmerizing corner of the world.
Best Destination,Recommended by Friend,
Carl Brewer
Nov 10, 2022

Everything Perfect, Great Adventure

We're grateful to Third Rock for everything. The expedition was more than I expected, and huge thanks to my guide and his assitance team for every little works. I could see my porters carring huge stuff at such altitude and my guide ensuring everything was right. The weather was great and I have to say that it was one of the best days for mountain viewing. The trek part helped me alot get used to such high altitude. Climbing part was faboulous. Everything was just perfect.
Ashton Ryan
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Nov 04, 2022


I was recommended Naba's company by a coworker and couldn't have been happier with the experience. From arriving in Nepal to leaving, I was taken care of by the whole Third Rock Adventures team. The climbing part was best experience for me. My climbing guide made sure that I was ready for every step and the climb to the top of the peak. I would highly recommend and will be using them again when I come back!
I wanted to climb a peak in Nepal with EBC hike
The last climb to the top of Island Peak
Do it with Naba's team. THEY can never disappoint you!
Hayden Roberts
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Oct 26, 2022

Island and EBC

Had a great time at the top of Island Peak, with breathtaking sceneries along the long daily drives.Third Rock was very flexible when presented some changes to the initial itinerary, which should be considered in further tours. Everything was smoothly handled which we didn't expected. Our climbing guide was fantastic. It was like a easy challenge with him climbing at such height. Highly recommended travel company in Kathmandu
Fletcher Wright
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Jun 01, 2022

Island Peak Climb with EBC trek

Climbed Island Peak and also trekked to Everest Base Camp. The crossing of Kongla Pass was an amazing experience. The pre-climb training boosted our confidence for the final climb. It was an amazing experience.
Cyrus Hudson
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Apr 17, 2022

Great Trek and Climbing

My brother who is a baseball player wanted to climb a peak in Nepal, and we stumbled on this Island Peak Climbing with EBC trek. After confirming everything with the consultant, we flew to Kathmandu and headed to climb this peak in the Everest region. We had Chhewang Sherpa as a climb-leader who was really an amazing person. On our pre-climb training, he illustrated the proper use of the gear, the rope and ax. The weather was really good up there at the top and we had the best view. Thanks to Chewang and the team. We loved the trek-n-climb.
Best Destination,
Steve Parkar
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Dec 02, 2019

Island Peak climbing -Amazing Adventure

Incredible Island Peak Climbing, a perfect combo of trekking and climbing. Soaring the height of 6000m peak and views of some of the lofty mountains, including Everest was two highlights of this trip, and I was awe-inspired continuously by it. Kala Patthar was heaven for me. I was breathing amidst the Himalayas. The hotels in Namche and the aura of Namche Bazar allured me to stay for a few more days, but I had to adhere to the itinerary. From the top of the Island Peak, the jagged-panoramic mountains were otherworldly. It was literally insane. I wanted to do it one more time. Probably next year, I will do it again with my squad. And now I am bragging about this amazing adventure and experience. I will soon be there again.
Anthony Fletcher
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Oct 26, 2019

The most adventure journey of life

The trek experience with this company went far beyond my expectations.Trustworthy with no hidden costs, our guide Deepak and the team arranged our Himalayan trip of a lifetime down to the finest detail. Be it a standard trip to EBC or a bespoke attempt to summit a high peak, these guys have the trekking and climbing guides to help you achieve your goal in style. This year I completed the Island Peak climbing with EBC. My trekking guide was Deepak who is the most professional, helpful, friendly and caring man I have met, nothing is too much. If you want the best guide when trekking, ask for Deepak. My climbing guide was Chhewang, who has climbed Everest, he guided me to the top of the challenging Island Peak with minimum fuss and tremendous skill. If you make sure you tell these guys exactly what you want, you will not find a better or cheaper way to do it. Thank you to everyone involved in this adventure trip.
Jared Payne
Oct 09, 2019

A Lifetime experience

I still remember my friends said, " You can not climb the peak.' and now they keep asking me "how did I do it?" and all the time I say, 'it's your will and determination." Hello, welcome to my review! I recently climbed Island Peak in Nepal and I am proud of it. Not just because I scaled a peak, but because I overcome my fear with strong determination. And I realized life could be better with determination and I am walking with it. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for this. I am grateful to them for this lifetime experience. Had it been with some other agency, I wouldn't have done it. All the credit to them. They guided me from the very first day, helping me amass determination to further venture. I wasn't sure of it but with their continuous support and help, I did it. A big thanks to my climbing leader, who was not just experienced but also friendly. He could have just did his job, but he cared me like a family member... all day long, every day.... making sure that I could carry on. At some time, I was totally down, but he guided me and I did it! Have to share this with you that the itinerary joins Everest Base Camp too... a perfect itinerary. The pre-Climb Training helped a lot. My climbing leader taught me some special climbing techniques. He demonstrated the proper use of a harness, ascender, carabiner, rappel device, ice axe etc. I think I will visit again Nepal soon. And this time I think my friends will accompany me.
Joe Roche
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Sep 17, 2019

Best Experience Ever

Woohoo!! Remembering my Island Peak Climbing with Third Rock Adventures brings hundreds of beautiful memories. I never experienced anything like that in my whole life. Never ever and I feel absolutely great that I did Island Peak Climbing- it was rough and tough, and above all, truly nail-biting. My guide was a hero for me, I guess his name is Chewang (sorry if I made mistake with spelling). His expertise in peak climbing has made my trip successful and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I was prepared thoroughly by my guide, pre-climb training was really impactful. My guide was attentive and pro-active. Before I even landed in Kathmandu, Naba met with me for trip preparation. My hotel was good, meals were superb and not to mention the service was expectional. There is no room for improvement. I must say, Third Rock Adventures is impressive and professional. Every single day was tough but with my guide it was easy going. The incredible views from top of the peak was breath-taking. I was awestruck right there and then. I would recommend Third Rock Adventures gor peak climbing- their guide is way too good for anyone who wants to climb, their services are quality and you would not want anything more from a travel agency. If you're thinking of Island Peak Climbing and reading my review, book with them immediately. You will not regret. At last thank you Third Rock for this lifetime experience. I will be back soon.
For new experience, I wanted to do peak climbing
Views from the top of the peak.
If you're thinking of peak climbing, go for Island Peak Climbing.
Sam Wilson
Aug 14, 2019

Climbing Island Peak and EBC Trek , an ace adventure

This is an ace adventure! Wasn’t keen on climbing Island Peak, but my mates talked me into it. Well thanks to them now I have the bragging rights of climbing a mountain that’s three times higher than Australia’s tallest peak. The climbing portion was strenuous, no doubt , but the guides were great help and motivated us to advance ahead. The acclimatization hikes also helped a lot. Altitude hit me hard in Dingboche and I thought that I may have to turn back. But a bowl of Sherpa broth, a Diamox and a good night’s sleep had me feeling better and raring to go. It was a tough climb to the top. For a person who had only climbed small hills, this was a big achievement. The pre-climb training and my wall climbing skills did come in handy. Thanks to Chhewang, our guide, Pemba, Dawa , Deepak and Ram for keeping me and my mates safe, healthy and well-fed. In the mountains, Chewwang or Pemba would always check on us making sure that we were feeling alright and not showing any signs of AMS. Thanks to all of you mates, we had an excellent expeience. I will be back for more adventures with Third Rock Adventures for sure.
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