Step back in time to where Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa) prepared for their assault on the world’s tallest mountain. Let the adrenalin flow as you climb Island Peak (6189m).
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek with the ascent of Island Peak begins with a scenic birds-eye view over the soaring white Himalayan Mountains. You will land at Lukla then hit the trail and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley surrounded by the massive Thamserku (6623m) and Kusum Kanguru (6367m). Kusum Kanguru, means "Three Snow-White Gods" in the Sherpa language, which refers to the triple summit of the mountain. Island Peak is also known in Tibetan as Imja Tse. Island Peak was aptly named by earlier Mt.Everest explorers due to it appearing as an island in a sea of ice.
Before heading to Everest Base Camp and then climbing of Island Peak you will have time to acclimatize at a lower altitude. The trail offers several excellent vantage points from where you can see Mt.Everest, such as Kala Patthar (meaning 'black rock' in Nepali).
The trail leads us through many villages and towns rich in Tibetan culture and traditions, such as Namche Bazaar where we take time out to acclimatize. We then head higher altitudes to Tengboche (3860m), Dingboche (4350 m), Nangkartshang Peak (5083 m), Lobuche (4910 m), Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Kala Patthar (5545m) from where we have incredible views of Mt.Everest and other peaks. Next, we head to Kongma La Pass (5535m), Chhukung (4730m), and then start our journey to Island Peak base camp (5200m) and ultimately Island Peak summit (6189m). Prior to climbing the peak, you will have had ample time to get acclimatized beforehand. We then descend to Pangboche (3985m), Namche Bazaar (3440m), and back to Lukla (2800m) for our return flight to Kathmandu (1350m). Heading back to Kathmandu you will have a new appreciation of the vast Himalayan Ranges.
Before heading to the Himalayas we will explore the historical features in Kathmand