• Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing


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Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Difficult

  • Destination

    Destination: Nepal

  • Activities

    Activities: Nepal Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotel and Tea House

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast in City and 3 meals in Trekking

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Bus/Jeep/Car/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: 6160 m

  • Group size

    Group size: 1-12

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: March-May & Sept-Nov

Have you ever thought of attempting two peaks in one trip? Here is the bonanza offer to reach the Island peak and Everest (the highest peak in the world) at one challenge. The Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing in a single expedition itself are challenging and strenuous. The add-on package of Island Peak Climbing to Everest Base Camp trekking is an incredible trip to the Himalayas. The trek will follow the same route that of Classic Everest Base Camp Trek or 14-days EBC Trek for the first 10-11 days then followed by the path leading to Island Peak. En route, the settlements of local Sherpa people can be seen in Phakding village, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Tengboche, and Gorak Shep. The incomparable views of the cyan or turquoise or emerald glaciers, the beautiful waterfalls, and the stunning landscapes on the lap of the snow-capped Himalayas are heart-touching.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

The representative from Step on Himalaya will transfer you to the hotel from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can then take rest for the day or stroll around the local markets in the evening. Dinner then Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 02: Trip Preparation in Kathmandu

Today’s day is secluded entirely for the preparation of the trip. You will be visiting the office of Step on Himalaya for all the complete documentation, meet the climbing guide and co-staffs, then a thorough checking of gears and equipment as per the checklist just to make sure of their good condition and if any gear is lacking, it can be bought in the local markets nearby. After a short briefing, you can go back to the hotel for relaxing before the start of the trip or just stroll around the places. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours walk

You will be heading to the Domestic Airport of TIA after early morning breakfast. You will be catching a morning flight to Lukla. It is somewhat terrifying but interesting to get the sights of snow-capped Himalayan ranges and hover above the stunning landscapes. Lukla Airport is known as the most dangerous airport in the world, surrounded by gigantic mountains. After arriving at Lukla, you will be taken to a hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will start walking towards the beautiful Phakding. A short hike to the nearby monastery can be done if you have spare time. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

After having breakfast, you will start walking through the amazing forests of pines, firs, and junipers throughout the journey following the trail of the Dudh Koshi river. The end of today’s journey is Namche Bazar. You will come across Mt. Thamserku (6,608m.) on the right. The bright and clear sky will give a beautiful glimpse of Mt. Everest above the ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. Continuing the walk, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and then reach the Namche Bazaar. It is the main gateway to Everest as well as the sole center of trade and business in the Khumbu region. There are a total 5 (of five) suspension bridges until you arrive at Namche Bazaar, being the Hilary Bridge being the highest. After ascending from the Hilary Bridge, you will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

Acclimatization is very essential when it comes to climbing or trekking. Health is wealth. If you are fit enough, you can stay active and easily achieve your ambition. Instead of staying in the room, you can walk about the beautiful villages of Namche, interact with the local Sherpa people, know about their lifestyle and cultures, and hike to the Everest View Hotel from where you can enjoy the closest encounter with Mt. Everest. On the way back, you can visit the local Museum where the native floras and faunas are put on display and the history of Mount Everest along with the gears and equipment are exhibited. If you have more stamina, you can hike up to Khumjung village, and visit the Khumjung monastery and the Edmund Hillary School. By evening, return to Namche Bazaar and Overnight stay here.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5- 6 hours

Early morning breakfast is served. After having breakfast, you will trek heading towards Tengboche village. It is quite easy to walk from Namche to Phunki then followed by the uphill walk. Tengboche is famous for the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest/Khumbu region. Surrounded by the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Thamserku, lies the Sagarmatha National Park. It is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you could make it by afternoon, you can visit the monastery that opens at 3:00 pm. Overnight in Tengboche.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

In the morning, you will visit the Tengboche monastery in the Himalayas as its backdrop. You can either meditate for some time or take pictures for memory. After about half an hour, you will walk down through the forest just before crossing a river. Then as you ascend, the lands become arider. On the way, you will pass Pangboche village before arriving at Pheriche village. There is a small helipad usually being used for emergency rescues by helicopter. If you want, a brief class can be attended by the mountain specialist at Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

Today’s walk is basically easier towards Dugla. After breakfast, you will walk uphill towards the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and further ascend Chupki Lhara where you can find a display of stones along with the prayer flags. These are the memorials to the American mountaineer, Scott Fischer, and 10-time Everest Summiteer, famous Babu Chiri Sherpa. The trail continues towards the Khumbu Glacier which is situated at the base of snowy peaks like Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight in Lobuche.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft): 6-7 hours

Today is the day to hike to Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, you will trek towards Gorak Shep from Lobuche. There are the memorials of the Indian Army Mountaineers. The path is misleading here to most travelers so it is always advisable to follow your Guide attentively. The walk is very strenuous today as the air gets thinner as you walk up the higher altitude. After walking pass through the rocky hills, meadows and rivers, you will arrive at the Everest Base Camp where you can see a number of colorful tents of mountaineers with the backdrop of monotonous gray colors of the mountains. From EBC, you can see the extraordinary views of the Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and Mt. Khumbutse. After spending some time, you head back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Kala Patthar is the famous vantage point of the Everest Region from where it is believed to view the best sights of the Himalayan ranges. We will wake up pre-dawn and depart from Gorak Shep towards Kala Patthar enjoying the chilling winds at the freezing temperature ranging from -10C to 14C. As you hike up and the morning rises, the peaks like Lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse, and Everest start revealing. You can capture the amazing moments in pictures and spend some time at the base of the giant panorama of the Himalayas and then return to Lobuche for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

The trek begins after having breakfast. Today’s destination is Chhukung village passing via the Kongma La Base Camp at the elevation of 16,404 feet. En route, you will pass via Khumbu Glacier. The Kongma La pass is the toughest part of today’s trek. There are prayer flags in the Kongma La which is a milestone for the trekkers. You will then gradually descend to Chhukung passing via the Imja Khola valley. Upon arriving at Chhukung village, you will take a rest as well as check the gears and equipment to make sure there arise no problems for tomorrow’s climb to Island Peak. Overnight in Chhukung village.


As mentioned earlier, if you want an easier trail compared to the Kongma La pass, there is another route to Chhukung via Dingboche. This way the trekking is not much tiring as the Kongma La pass.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Chhukung village to Island Peak base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

Today is the achievement day at the Island Peak Base Camp. You will start with a steep trail leading the way to Island Peak base camp. En route, you will encounter amazing views of the beautiful glaciers of Imja and Lhotse. The serpentine pathways will boost up the wilderness of the trekking to the Island peak base camp. After a few hours of trek, you will reach the destination. A short resting period is followed by a short pre-climbing training in the evening. The guide will give you the training on the basic climbing techniques and demonstrate and teach you the proper ways to use the climbing gears like the Ice Axe, climbing boots and Crampons, ascender, harness, ropes, etc. Even though it is not compulsory to take this training but it is advantageous to attend this session prior to climbing. It helps build self-confidence and teaches how to use stamina in a proper place and in a proper amount. After training, rest again then dinner. Overnight stay in the tents at the Island Peak Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Climb to Island Peak base camp to Island Peak summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours

The Summit day: Waking up at around midnight and then after taking breakfast ahead of the climb. It is very important you reach the summit by the noon as the winds are stronger in the highlands during the afternoon. This might create a problem while climbing. You need to walk for several hundred meters beyond the base camp before you strike off the vertical hillside. At the beginning of the trail, it is sandy which soon changes to the grassy path. As you go higher, the slope gets narrower and then it enters a rocky, steep channel. You climb the channel gradually. It’s not difficult but the rocky steps are short. After crossing this gully, it then catches the route of a ridgeline. Here, the rope is fixed by the guides. This route is nerve-wracking, tiresome and directly traverses onto the snout of the Summit. After fixing the rope, you will then walk towards the summit ridge. The fixed rope and the man rope are being used for the safety. The usual length of the rope is around 350m., which also depends on the season and the crevasses. The ladders are used to cross the two big crevasses which are newly formed. The moment of being at the summit is awesome. Spend some time at the summit and then descend back to the Island Peak Base Camp. Celebration for the successful feat. Overnight at the tented accommodation in the Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche village (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

The returning route comparatively is much easier as you will be descending. The same route follows the beautiful Sherpa villages as Orsho and Shomare. It’s your choice if you want to take a different route to visit the oldest Gompa in the Upper Pangboche village. En route, you can again enjoy the scenic views of the beautiful villages and the Himalayan ranges like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga at the east; Kongde range at the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the broad valley. Overnight stay in Pangboche village.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Pangboche village to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft): 4-5 hours

After breakfast, heading back to Namche Bazaar retracing the same trail. If you desire to visit the Tengboche monastery, we can visit the nuns there. After eating lunch, you will continue the wall through the dense forests of rhododendron and juniper. The walk following the trails of Dudh Koshi gorge will pass through the dense forest, a chorten and then arrive at the army camp in Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6-7 hours

The walk begins after having breakfast at Namche Bazaar. It is steep while climbing down towards Lukla, so better to walk cautiously. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk will be much settled and leveled. Upon arrival at Lukla, stretch out the sore legs and take a deep breath for relaxation remembering the tiring but awesome expedition to Everest Base Camp and the Island Peak. Overnight stay in Lukla.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

You will catch the same thrilling flight in the morning as early as possible. After breakfast, the guide will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. upon arriving at the Kathmandu, the staff from Step On Himalaya will receive you at the airport and then you will be taken to the hotel. Rest or stroll around. The choice is yours. A farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 18: Final Departure

Finally, the Island Peak Climbing and the Everest Base Camp Trekking ends here. Final day at Kathmandu. You will be taken to the International Airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled time so that the check-in can be done on time and easily. Exchanging emails or gifts or taking photos can be done among the team members. Enjoy the flight. Have a safe journey. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport arrival and departure Transfers in a private vehicle
  • All the basic ground transportation
  • Accommodation in Twin sharing basis hotels or lodges according to the location and in tented accommodation at the Island Peak Base Camp
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Climbing guides and assisting staffs (1 staff: 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry the luggage, gears and equipment.
  • All the necessary climbing and trekking permits, national park fees
  • All the local and government taxes
  • Salary, insurance and expenses of the Tour leader, Climbing guides and other staffs.

What is not included?

  • International Air Tickets
  • Entry Visa Fee to Nepal
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Rescue Services
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, etc. to be hired prior the trip
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities 


Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized as Moderate, Adventurous, and Challenging/Strenuous.

There are different types of packages for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Depending upon the trekking you choose, the duration varies from 12 days to 22 days.

It totally depends upon your fitness level. If you are able to walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can attempt the Everest Base Camp trekking. The duration of the trekking also matters.

The temperature varies as per the season of the year. It also depends upon the alterations in the elevations. It is from 5° C to 20° C normally in the morning during the months of April to September. While from the month of October to March, the temperature might fall below a minimum of - 10° C to a maximum of 15° C during the day time. It is usually cold in the night time.

The higher you go, the more change in the climate. There are abrupt changes in the weather at the Base Camp on Everest.

The best season to trek to Everest Base Camp is Spring during the months of March to May. The post-monsoon fall (September to November) is also considered to be the better season while Winter(December, January, February) is colder and rain might halt the trek during Summer or Monsoon (June to August) season.

The shortest and most convenient route is via Lukla. But there are various routes to reach Everest Base Camp. The route via Jiri is the oldest one. Another route is from Arun valley in Eastern Nepal, from the Makalu area passing through 2 high passes, from Rolwaling crossing the Tashi Labtsa high pass, etc.

The cost depends on what type of selected package. There are various types of packages to Everest Base Camp like 14 days-Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Luxury Trek, Short Everest Trek, Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. For example, all the facilities are arranged in the five-star level to a possible extent in Everest Luxury Trek while there are some limitations in Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. In Budget Trek, you have to hire a porter with an additional cost, arrange the accommodation and meals in Kathmandu by yourself, etc.

No, there isn’t any age bar or limit for trekking to Everest Base Camp. But it is always essential that the trekker be in good shape of fitness and possess an optimistic attitude.

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Many people confuse trekking with climbing while these are completely different activities. Trekking is a walking activity in the mountains below snowline while climbing goes way above snowline to the top of a mountain. Trekking is much easier than climbing because you need to learn technical skills to climb a mountains. 

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.