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Island peak via Gokyo-Chola-EBC

Trip Overview

Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo - Chola – EBC gives the entire range of experience trekking through blue Gokyo Lake, gorgeous Gokyo valley, ascending Gokyo Ri at 5357meters, adventurous Chola Pass with an elevation of 5420meters, then to Everest Base Camp to Kalapatthar at 5545meters, and finally to the summit of Island Peak. It's more technically challenging than some of the other treks in the region, making it more exciting! Island Peak is an enticing peak located on the top of the Chukung glacier between the peaks of Ama Dablam and Lhotse offering what is widely regarded as the best view of the Khumbu Himalaya in Nepal. 

This climbing fulfills the goal of every climber who seeks adventure and thrill when travelling to the summits of the world's highest peaks. The beauty of the wild and frigid mountains that opens right before our eyes is a reward for all of our hardships as we ascended the ropes during this journey. 

This adventurous 23 days journey begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The journey travels to Gokyo Valley via Namche Bazaar, a well-known Sherpa kingdom. Gokyo Valley offers panoramic views of mountain lakes as well as a trip to Gokyo Ri for spectacular views of the Himalayan range. After Gokyo, the route continues across the renowned Chola Pass to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.

This trek has its obstacles, such as lengthy and strenuous walking days, but rewards in terms of personal achievement and once in a lifetime experience. 



Upon arrival our airport representative will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be transferred to the hotel, where our personnel will assist you until the check-in process is completed. You can either rest at the hotel or go to our office. Join us for a welcome supper hosted by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team in the evening.
Today, we'll finalize your trip's documentation and permission, as well as perform a final inspection of your climbing gear. If you require more hiking equipment, you will have the opportunity to purchase it today. Tours of the Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square) are also available.
We transfer you to the airport early in the morning for the flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is an once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The airfield is in excellent condition, with a difference of only 60 meters between the two ends of the runway. We then trek to Phakding for a breathtaking glimpse of Kusum Kangraru and a striking green environment.
From Phakding, we follow the Dudh Koshi and making ascents through the cool pine and cedar forests. The route towards Sagarmatha National Park offers an amazing view of Thamserku (6608m). We then pass a magnificent suspension bridge that crosses a deep gorge at the junction of the Dudh and Bhote Koshi rivers. It's a long way to Namche from here. The trail climbs further through the pine forest. There's a viewpoint point about halfway up there that gives us our first glimpse of Mt. Everest rising majestically from behind the Nuptse-Lhotse ridge. Once we reach the village, we rest.
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. We'll hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), the world's highest airport, and then continue on to Everest View Hotel for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, and other peaks. We stop by the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery on our way back.
Today, as we hike, Ama Dablam, one of the world's most beautiful peaks, will give us a view from afar. The trail follows the Khumbila mountainside and eventually reaches Mon La, our first pass, from which the trail drops steeply to Phortse Drangka hamlet. We detour from the Everest trail and follow the Gokyo Valley along the treeline until we reach Dole, a little alpine village.
We'll leave after breakfast for Machhermo, which is on the way to Gokyo Valley. In comparison to the previous day, the trek to Machhermo is very easy. We'll arrive at Machhermo about lunchtime and spend the night there.
The trail from Machhermo ascends a ridge from which you may enjoy a spectacular panorama. The great Gokyo Valley will be in front of you, with its streams and lakes, and the Cho-Oyu peak, Kantega peak, and Ama Dablam will be behind you. We descend to the riverbank below before commencing the difficult ascent up to a tiny mountain lake, where the track levels out and proceeds along to Longponga Lake, 4690m, before eventually ascending a boulder-strewn road to the peak of Gokyo.
We climb up to Gokyo Peak for around two hours in the morning (5360m). This is a simple yet steep ascent that is extremely exhausting due to the altitude. It will, however, be worthwhile because this is one of the best panoramic overlooks in the Khumbu region. Four peaks over 8000 meters can be viewed from the rocky summit like Everest, 8848 meters, Cho Oyo, 8153 meters, Lhotse, 8511 meters, and Makalu, 8481 meters. We trek for two hours on glacial scree through the Ngozumpa glacier, a sequence of ups and downs, following the lateral moraines. We arrive at Thagnag's yak herders' homes and tea houses after crossing the glacier.
This will be a difficult day. We must begin really early in the morning. We have a difficult climb up to yak pastures that we name the Cho La High Camp, though there are no homes there, only Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind for the first two hours. The summit offers a spectacular perspective of Dzongla Valley and its lake, as well as Jobo Lhaptshan's 6300m North Face. The Cho La glacier's descent to Dzongla is an endurance test.
We'll reach Lobuche by continuing down the glacier's moraine, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori.
We will travel to the Everest Base Camp via the Gorak Shep Lake today after breakfast. We'll pass by the Indian Army Mountaineers' memorial gardens, as well as rocky regions and magnificent streams. When we get at Everest Base Camp, we will be able to view the mountaineers' colorful tents, which break up the monotony of the surrounding white and grey.
We'll climb up to Kala Patthar for a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise. The first rays of the morning sun reaching the Everest are a completely different sensation. We'll return to Lobuche via Kalapatthar, passing over familiar terrain.
We will travel to Chhukung today via Kongma La. The landscape is comparable to that of the trail, with glaciers, snow, and rocky terrain. As we approach Chhukung, we will be able to take in the breathtaking vistas of the mountains.
After breakfast today, we'll head to the Island Peak base camp. We have the opportunity to meet and greet a large number of people who are traveling in the same direction as us. We'll take a well-earned rest today before heading to high camp the next day.
From the base camp, we'll travel to the High Camp today. The Mountaineers can save time and reach the summit sooner by staying at this high camp. Many people prefer to stay at this camp rather than start their trek to the summit from the base camp because it cuts the summit time in half. We'll get ready for our ascent tomorrow and get as much sleep as we can today.
We'll start climbing early in the morning, about 1-2 a.m. In the beginning, we'll come across rock steps that go to the ridge, which gives us a clear perspective of the top. Because cliffs are a huge issue here, the guides will rope us in. With the support and guidance of the Sherpas and the crew, we will make our way to the summit ridge. When we reach the summit, we will be able to take in the amazing perspective of the world below, as if we have arrived at the very edge of it. We'll return to Chhukung after taking some shots and spending some time there.
We've added an extra day to the program because we can't guarantee good weather on the scheduled summit day. It is advantageous to have an extra day if we are unable to climb the Island Peak on the scheduled day due to severe weather or other circumstances. We will continue our return trek to Lukla if the trip goes smoothly and we do not require this extra day.
We hike down to Dingboche after an early breakfast and pass through Pangboche village again, following the same trail we took up. The path descends to a river. We hike for an hour up through the forest after crossing the river and reach Tengboche after continuing on to Namche.
On this tour, today is the last day of walking. We'll take a retrace the route back to Lukla, but this time it'll be filled with memories from a previous trek.
After breakfast, we will catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you are on your own.
Today is a free day in the Kathmandu valley, and you can use it to relax your tired legs or go souvenir shopping.
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport for your scheduled flight to your home. We hope to see you soon.

What is Included?

    • Airport picks up & Drop off
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Best Available accommodation during the trek and climbing period
    • All meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek 
    • Hot drinks (Tea, coffee) during the trek
    • All transportation required
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry & local entry permits 
    • Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu Flight fare
    • Trekking permit
    • All temples Entry Permit in Kathmandu
    • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipment, all camping gear, transport, etc. for the staffs
    • Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters, and other necessary staff.
    • Welcome/farewell dinner
    • All government taxes 

What is Excluded?

    • International Airfares and airport taxes
    • Nepal Visa Fees
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses like phone bills, bar bills, laundry, etc.
    • Meals (lunch & dinner) in Kathmandu
    • Extra accommodation
    • Any others not mentioned in the cost includes 

Equipment Checklist

  • Climbing Gears (Personal)
  1. Ice axe
  2. Crampons
  3. Harness
  4. Tape Slings (2)
  5. Screw gate Karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  6. Abseil Device
  7. Plastic Mountaineering Boots
  8. Ascender
  9. Helmet (optional)


  • Climbing Gears (Group)
  1. Snow bar*
  2. Rope*
  3. Ice Hammer*
  4. Ice Screw*
  • Clothing (Head)
  1. Sun hat or scarf
  2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  3. Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Upper Body
  1. T-shirts
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  6. Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands
  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Clothing (Lower Body)
  1. Under Garments
  2. Hiking shorts
  3. Lightweight cotton long pants
  4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  5. Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet
  1. Thin, lightweight inner socks
  2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  3. Hiking boots with spare laces
  4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  5. Gaiters
  • Accessories
  1. Sleeping bag rated to -30 degrees centigrade and below (depends on season)*
  2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  3. Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  4. Basic First Aid Kit
  5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  6. Trekking Poles
  7. Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  8. Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, etc.)
  9. Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletries
  1. 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  4. Deodorants
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Face and body moisturizer
  7. Feminine hygiene products
  8. Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  1. Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  2. Tissue /toilet roll
  3. Anti-bacterial hands wash


  • Extras/Luxuries
  1. Binoculars
  2. Reading book
  3. Trail Map/Guide book
  4. Journal & Pen
  5. Walkman
  6. Pencils and small notebooks

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