Do you want to push yourself to new heights? Well, look no further than Gokyo-EBC-Island Peak. Our journey is the ultimate test of your spirit as you trek through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Nepal, cross an icy mountain pass, and summit Island Peak.
The trip is the perfect sync of trekking and climbing. The name Island Peak comes from a mountaineer, Eric Shipton. He named it so because the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice. Reaching the top of the summit can be seen as a personal challenge and sometimes even a stepping stone to one’s climbing journey.
Further, this 22-Day journey will take you to hike up the viewpoints such as Gokyo Ri and Kala Pathar. And the views from these viewpoints are well worth the struggle. You will see the panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks, such as Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and many more.
This trek sounds exciting, right? Well, now it's time to dive into the details of this journey.
- Begin the journey by catching a thrilling flight to Lukla and witnessing the birds-eye view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.
- Unwind at the heart of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. It is the largest town in the Khumbu.
- As you acclimatize, get a taste of the art culture and vibe of the bustling town!
- Appreciate the rewarding views of the Everest range, other mountain peaks, and fascinating backdrop along the way.
- Experience the rich Sherpa culture and witness their way of life up close.
- Climb up to Gokyo Ri for the magnificence and serenity it offers.
- Celebrate reaching the first base camp of Mt. Everest and stand beneath the massive mountains.
- Hike up to KalaPathar for the close-up view of Mr. Everest.
- Catch the panoramic views of the world’s most famous peaks, all 4 reigning over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse) and other peaks above 6000 meters.
- Begin your expedition as you challenge yourself to the summit of Island Peak (Imja Tse).
When you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be greeted by one of our staff. He’ll then transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The following day will be for preparation. You’ll check all the necessary trekking equipment and leave behind your other luggage. The journey initiates with a flight to Lukla. Upon landing, you’ll hike to Phakding for an overnight stay.
After Phakding, the next stop is Namche Bazar. You’ll stay here an extra night for acclimatization and walk up to Everest View Hotel. Now, you’ll pass through the small Sherpa settlements like Dole and Manchhermo to reach Gokyo Lakes. Subsequently, you’ll ascend to Gokyo Ri. Commencing the trek, you’ll make your way to Thangna and cross the Thorong La pass. After crossing the high pass, you’ll descend to Dzongla.
Further, you’ll pass by Lobuche and reach the Everest Base Camp. You’ll descend to Gorekshep to stay for the night. To get a close-up view of Mt. Everest, you’ll hike up to Kala Pathar. Thereupon, you’ll come down to Dinboche. Thereupon, you’ll reach the Island base Camp and summit Peak. After the summit, you will descend to the base camp for an overnight stay. Taking a day for contingency, you’ll backtrack to Namche Bazar and then to Lukla.
Bidding farewell to the Himalayas, you’ll end the journey by flying back to Kathmandu. The next day is for relaxation in the bustling city. You can also explore and buy souvenirs for your friends and family before flying back home.
When Are The Best Times For The Climb?
We want you to experience the most out of your journey. Hence, here are the recommended times to embark on this trek.
Spring and autumn are the perfect time to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. The temperature during these times is mild, with clear blue skies and beautiful landscapes. These two seasons are the peak seasons in Nepal. Hence, you'll get to see the Himalayas in all their glory.
Embarking in winter and monsoon is not recommended for the climb. The heavy snowfall and slippery trails will make the climb risky. Also, the mountains hide behind heavy clouds during these times, making the hike unworthy.
Is This Adventure Right For You?
Are you overwhelmed by all the information on this journey? And wondering if you could complete it successfully.
Well, to start it off, the journey is considered a challenging one and is not for the faint of heart. The trek involves long days of walking on rocky and uneven terrain, with several steep ascents and descents. You'll need to be in good physical shape to endure the demanding hikes and maintain a steady pace throughout the journey. The climb to Island Peak is where the real challenge lies. You'll need basic mountaineering skills, such as using crampons, ice axes, and ascending steep snow and ice slopes.
But don't let the challenge scare you away! With the help of our guide, proper training, and preparation, you can successfully conquer this climb and reach the summit of Island Peak.
If you want to embrace this challenge, reach out to us for the best experience in the Himalayas. We are here to make your holidays worthwhile.
If this adventure didn’t suit your preference, you can always look for an alternative adventure.
The EBC Trek with Island Peak Climb is a great alternative to this trek. The 19-day journey offers a unique and unforgettable experience that skips the visit to the Gokyo Lake and takes you to the Everest Base Camp and then climbs the Island Peak.
We hope that the above option has provided you with inspiration for the type of adventure package that appeals to you. If you have any particular preferences or needs, we are more than happy to personalize your trekking experience to suit you. Our team is committed to fulfilling all of your requirements, so don't hesitate to share your preferences with us, and we will take care of everything else.