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Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek - 25 Days

Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo Chola Pass EBC Trek is one of the challenging adventure trip in Khumbu Himalayan Regions. Island Peak (6187 meters), also locally known as Imja Tse, lies to the south of Mount Everest and is one of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla 2840m and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpa’s, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then trek into Gokyo Valley and ascend slowly, to ensure proper acclimatization, walking beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise lakes to reach Gokyo. From here we can climb Gokyo Ri to view of all of the region’s 8000-meters peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu – a breathtaking panorama. Our trek then heads via Cho La Pass (5300 meters) to Lobuche, where we follow Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep. From here we ascend Kala Patar (5555 meters) where we experience another breathtaking panorama of Everest and its surrounding peaks. We also visit the historical site of Everest Base Camp. Now well acclimatized for heading Island Peak, we cross Kongma La (5535meters) to Chukkung, to make our challenge on Island Peak. Though technically harder than Mera Peak, this expedition is also well within the reach of anyone looking for their first Himalayan summit.

If you wish to make your trip shorter to Island Peak then our 23 Days Everest Base Camp and Island Peak or only 18 days Island Peak Climbing Adventure is option for you.

After summiting amazing Island Peak, we return at our relaxed pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m at any time pick up and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Days 03 to 16: Fly to Lukla (2840 meters) and start trek Overnight at Lodge/ Guesthouse.
Day 17: Rest and Acclimatization day Overnight at Tented Camp.
Days 18 & 19: Summit to Island Peak (6187meters) and return to Chhukung (4750meters) Overnight at guesthouse/Lodge.
Days 20 to 22: Trek back Overnight at guesthouse/ Lodge.
Day 23: Morning flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu shopping sightseeing etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 25: Transfer to international airport for your final departure to home or any other destination.

“The above information is a guideline and standard outline of what we provide. Our Island Peak Climbing itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.” Please email us at:  for your exact requirements.

NOTE: On adventure trip of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can be result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything our best to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Cost Include

  • Airport/hotel/airport pick up and drop by private car, van, bus with an escort.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National park fee permit.
  • Island Peak climbing permit.
  • Garbage deposit fee.
  • Trekking Map of Everest region which cover Island peak, Gokyo as well.
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation “Tented & Lodge”, tea or coffee) during trek and climbing.
  • Hot drinks during camping (from Island peak base camp and above).
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast. (4nights).
  • Twin sharing Tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek and climbing (17 nights trekking lodge and 3 nights tented camp).
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with professional tour Guide by car, van, bus.
  • An experienced English speaking licensed holder climbing/trekking Guide.
  • The Required number of staffs & porters to carry your luggage during the trekking & climbing.
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, medicine and local tax for guide, porters and for all staffs,
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Higher Limits (which needs to be returned after the trip.)
  • Kathmandu –Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket & domestic airport tax.
  • General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, All quality Tent, Mattress & necessary kitchen gear etc.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card.
  • All government taxes.
  • Official expense.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu approximately 15$ to 20$ per day.
  • Entry fees for heritage site, temple and monasteries while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • International flight ticket.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15days from date of issue), US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue) and US$ 100 (duration 90 days from date of issue) you can easily issue your visa upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will require two passport size photos.
  • Any kinds of Bar bills such Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry etc.
  • Helicopter Rescue & Evacuation fee in case of emergency.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Personal Equipment for climbing &trekking.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters) at any time pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.
Overnight at Lodge/ Guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) 6 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 meters) 5 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470 meters). 5 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) 6 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo. 5 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Thangna (4500 meters) 4 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 11: Cross Cho La pass (5300 meters) trek to Dzongla (4710 meters) 7 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse /Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters). 4 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 meters) then hike up to Kala pattar (5555 meters) back to Gorak Shep. 7 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse/Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Lobuche (4910 meters). 7 hours.
Overnight at Guest house/ Lodge.

Day 15: Cross Kongma La pass (5535meters) and trek to Chukkung (4710 meters), 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse/ Lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Island peak base camp (5087 meters) 4-6 Hours.
Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 17: Rest and Acclimatization day.
Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 18 & 19: Summit to Island Peak (6187meters) and return to Chhukung (4750meters)
Overnight at guesthouse/Lodge.

Day 20: Trek back to Tengboche (3860meters). 6 hours.
Overnight at guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 21: Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3441meters) via Khumjung (2780 metres) . 5 hours
Overnight at guesthouse/Lodge.

Day 22: Trek back to Lukla (2804meters) 5 hours.
Overnight at guesthouse/ Lodge.

Day 23: Morning flight to Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 24: Leisure day in Kathmandu shopping sightseeing etc.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 25: Transfer to international airport for your final departure to home or any other destination.

Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail


OPENED: This date is available and open for bookings.
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GUARANTEED: We have reached minimum numbers and this trip is guaranteed to depart.
CLOSED: This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 25 Days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Every day’s breakfast, lunch & dinner is included in the package during the trekking and climbing. This will be a dish of Nepali, Indian or Continental source cooked by the lodgings you stay at and will be cooked by our professional cook during the camping.

While packing for “Island Peak Climbing,” warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

  • Walking (Trekking & Climbing) boots and sandals for rest (Shoes should be water proof)
  • A water & wind proof down jacket
  • Woolen T-shirt/base layer
  • T-shirts
  • A thick pullover/fleece
  • Shorts / skirt for sunny days
  • Trousers / track suit or long pants
  • Thermal long underwear
  • Water bottle
  • Warm socks (woolen is best)
  • Swiss army knife
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Towel
  • Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes
  • Warm woolen hat
  • Sun protection hate
  • Gloves

List of Climbing Equipments

Personal equipments Collecting Equipments or Group Equipments     
  1. Harness
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice-axe
  4. Alpine Climbing Boots
  5. Safety Rope
  6. Carabineer lock & unlock
  7. Ascent Zoomer
  8. Descenter
  9. Down Jacket
  10. Sleeping Bag
  1. Fixed Rope – 250m
  2. Main Rope – 50m
  3. Snow Bar -5
  4. Ice Hammer-1
  5. Carabineer
  6. Tent (2men)

Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m/16400ft and reaching at 6187m during the journey to the top of the Island Peak. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in Namche Bazzar and in Island Peak Base Camp. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us.

Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

The Island Peak Climbing involves five to seven hours walking per day and Ice climbing during the climb. However, it is some part of this trip at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical or training requirements, but if you have high altitude experience & trekking is a benefit.

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