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3 Pass Trek with Island Peak (20 Days)


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    3 Pass Trek with Island Peak


Do you have what it takes to climb a peak above 6000 meters? Are you seeking adventure ? Are you willing to become a peak climber ? Do you want to challenge yourself? If the answer is yes 3 pass trek with Island peak is for you. The trek is entirely in the Khumbu region and begins from Lukla. You will begin the trek making your way through sherpa villages witnessing culture and religion. Beautiful monasteries and the Sherpa communities make way for you to the heart of the mountains.

You will witness some high mountains including the Everest, Makalu and Lhotse from different vantage points. You will cross 3 highest man walkable passes namely Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La which are as well one of the best vantage points. Furthermore, you will ascend to 2 of the peaks and that of Gokyo Ri and Khumbila, the peaks which requires no climbing permits. 2 weeks of adventure, crossing passes and climbing peaks finally would prepare you for the ultimate goal of this trek and that is climbing to the Summit of Imja Tse aka The Island Peak (6189 m).

Island peak is also known as the beginners peak and as well a practice ground for the climbers for Everest. It may be beginners peak but it requires ropes, crampons, axes and a climbing sherpa to reach the peak. After 2 days of hardship of sleeping in the tents and climbing with the help of Sherpa you will finally be able to witness Kantega, Ama Dablam, Kongde, Khatang, Parchamo, Numbur, Taboche and many others. Book your 3 pass trek with Island peak today for utter adventure !

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 2Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 3Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 4Namche Bazaar to Thame (3736m/12255 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 5Thame to Lumde/Lungde/Lungden (4368 m/14328 ft): 3- 4 hours
Day 6Lumde: acclimatization day
Day 7Lumde to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 8Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330 m/17,483 ft)
Day 9Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 10Thaknak to Cho La pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hours
Day 11Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) & back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 12Gorak Shep to Base Camp(5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m /16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 13Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14Chukhung to Chukhung Ri to Chukhung
Day 15Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), pre-climb training: 3-4 hours trek
Day 16Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), and back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 17Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 18Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 19Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 20Fly to Kathmandu
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July), Fall(September, October, November),
Number of Days:
20 Days
Day 1
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

Places Visited: Kathmandu Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla) Phakding Tribhuvan International Airport

Activities: Briefing, Flight, Trekking and Hiking

The 200km flight to the northeast region of Nepal is a majestic experience but the best view is offered to the one’s seated on the left side of the aircraft. We would take an early morning flight to Lukla and as early as 6am in the morning to dodge late morning cloud formation in the mountains resulting in flight cancellation. After landing on a 465 meter runway within 30 minutes after takeoff, you will immediately retrieve your luggage and head towards the north to the village and embark on the trail to Phakding. Today, you will walk through community forest, chortens; small buddhist stupas made from local resources, prayer walls, manis and finally through rustic suspension bridge that leads to Phakding. You will walk a very short distance today and spend a night in Phakding and get prepared for next day. Overnight in Phakding. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 2
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

Places Visited: Phakding Namche

Activities: Hiking, Briefing, Trekking and Hiking

Today you will begin early as usual to cover a distance of 1000m in ascent and in 5-6 hours. As you begin early you would have plenty of time to rest in between and not rush from destination to destination and exhaust yourself. Only after you fuel yourself with highland breakfast you embark on the trail left behind the previous day. You start on the trail along raging Dudh Koshi river and make your first sheer uphill walk to Toktok, where awaits the beautiful view of Thamserku. You will walk through astounding sherpa villages intermingling with beautiful forest of Rhododendron, fir, magnolia and Pine. In between Phakding and Namche we will halt for around an hour for lunch and take mini breaks often. The trail is gradual uphill throughout except the final ascent to Namche which becomes a little challenging as it is steeper compared to the day’s walk. In this very final ascend you may feel the first symptoms of altitude kicking in as you would already be above 3000 meters from the sea level. Overnight in Namche.

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

Places Visited: Namche Namche acclimatization

Activities: Hiking, Briefing, Side Trips and Acclimatization

Since you are already above 3000 meters, which means you are in thin air, It is uttermost important for you to spend a day in Namche in order to acclimatize for higher grounds. The day is a rest day but it is important to be active even on a free day. Staying free and inactive may result in sleeping during the day time and staying awake at nights and staying awake at nights results in exhaustion which further contributes in falling sick. Hence, you will do small side trips of 2-5 hours to higher ground and return to Namche to acclimatize. Even when you are not hiking you will stroll around Namche or play board games, poker or read books but not fall asleep. Namche as well is the last stop in the Everest, if you wish to buy any forgotten things for your trek this may as well be a last chance. We spend this day as well on Namche. Meal plan B, L, D.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar to Thame (3736m/12255 ft): 5 - 6 hours

Places Visited: Namche Thame

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

You will start from Namche early and after breakfast to Thame (3736 m). The route usually takes around 3 hours but you will walk with normal pace which might take anywhere from 5 to 6 hours. As you would not be surpassing 300 meters of altitude you will have to accommodate in Thame. From Namche the trail ascends gradually and soon enters a forest which is wood and leaves collection ground for women in Namche. This forest is as well playground of national bird namely Danfe which is very colorful. The first village you will come across is Phurte. Phurte has a hospital run by Himalayan trust and few local shops but not real lodges and a small stupa towards the end of the village. From Phurte comes the village of Thamo which also is the base for power supply in Thame. From Thamo you will begin ascending properly on stone stairs and further on trail to reach Thame. In between Thamo and Thame you will see a beautiful Gompa and Nangpo Tsangpo river. Overnight in Thame. Meal plan B, L, D.

Day 5
Thame to Lumde/Lungde/Lungden (4368 m/14328 ft): 3- 4 hours

Places Visited: Thame Lungdeng

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

You will wake up with beautiful views of the mountains in the surrounding. As elevation picks up quickly we would only walk for around 3-4 hours from Thame to Lumde. Hence, you will not rush to begin your journey and only start in mid morning. From Thame it is an uphill walk along and you would immediately find a difference in the terrain. Along the way you will find beautiful flowers and stunted Juniper in abundance. The first noticeable village on our trail today is Marlung where we may stop for a while to catch our breath. From Marlung it will take you around an hour to Lumde. Overnight in Lumde. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 6
Lumde: acclimatization day

Places Visited: Lungdeng

Activities: Briefing, Hiking

This is second day of acclimatization on your trek within 6 days but it is to help you get acquainted with the higher grounds of Renjo La. We would get to higher grounds in the surroundings for few hours and stay proactive throughout the day to avoid the symptoms of AIMS in further days to come. The views from Lumde is quite stunning although the terrain is mostly rocky and barren. Overnight in Lumde. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 7
Lumde to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 7 - 8 hours

Places Visited: Lungdeng Gokyo Renjo La

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

You will start earlier than the other days to complete your first of the 3 passes today. The trail from Lumde to Renjo is steeper and challenging than vice versa but the views awaiting on the top makes it completely worth it. The prayer flags and rock cairns mark the pass from where you will be able to see blue skies and eye popping views of gigantic peaks Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche and many others if the weather permits. On the other side of the pass awaits the most beautiful views of emerald green gokyo lakes and a small settlement in the surrounding. The end of the day is tiring yet it is very pleasing to rest besides turquoise blue, crystal clear reservoirs of Gokyo lakes, with the views of one of the ultra 8000er Cho Oyu. Overnight in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 8
Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330 m/17,483 ft)

Places Visited: Gokyo Gokyo RI

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

After Days of strenuous hike it is uttermost important for us to call it a day and embrace the striking, turquoise lakes. Since it is a rest day, the day will not involve rapid hikes or treks, you will stroll around and see all the lakes in the periphery. Furthermore, you will hike to a Peak namely Gokyo which reaches to an elevation of 5357 meters. The peak does not require a climbing permit and is a highly acclaimed vantage point. Overnight in Gokyo. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 9
Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 5-6 hours

Places Visited: Gokyo Thangnak (Dragnak)

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

If the weather did not permit for Thaknak the previous day you will climb today before heading to Thaknak but if you have already hiked to Gokyo Ri you will trek a short distance. From gokyo you climb a ridge and walk directly through Ngozumpa glacier to the peak on the next side. Trekking to Thanknak will be around 3-4 hours. After reaching your final destination you will relax and prepare for the next day. Overnight in Thaknak. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 10
Thaknak to Cho La pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hours

Places Visited: Thangnak (Dragnak) Cho La Labuche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Today’s hike is one of the most demanding days in the itinerary of Everest 3 pass trek as you will trek across second of the 3 passes. The day starts with sheer ascend on the slopes and loose boulders but the view of Ama Dablam right in front and the Ngozumpa on the back and Phari Lapche and Kyajo RI is very astonishing. The trail to Dzongla from Cho La pass is equally challenging, you will walk down looking at the broken face of Cho La glacier. After almost two hours of downhill, you will enjoy easy stroll in between beautiful peaks which seems like in the grasp of our palms and with the striking view of Ama Dablam, far down the valley. We call it a day at Dzongla. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 11
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) & back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hrs

Places Visited: Labuche Everest Base Camp Gorak shep

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Out of Lobuche the trail heads down on a grassy hillside. With the view of lake Chola Tso and the rugged Cholatse and Arakam you acent to Gorakshep. Further down the trail you will cross small streams and flat trails and one final effortless ascent to Gorakshep. You will walk through the narrow moraine and up towards Gorakshep. After resting and catching breath for a while you will get ready for either Kala patthar or Everest base camp. It is suggested that you go to Kala Patthar on the evening as in the mornings sun from behind the everest obstructs the view of Everest and the surrounding mountains. After visiting Kala Patthar you will descend via same trail up. Overnight in Gorak Shep. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 12
Gorak Shep to Base Camp(5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m /16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Places Visited: Gorak shep Everest Base Camp Labuche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Today’s walk to Everest base camp is tedious process because of the ever changing path of notorious Khumbu Icefall. Basically you will walk on loose rocks which could cause a solid damage to your boots, so be careful while walking. You will walk to this beautiful hub for climbers who have been waiting for green signal to head further north. Base camp usually takes around 2-3 hours from Gorak Shep and the walk is not very demanding but could be exhausting due to the elevation factor. We take the same route back until Lobuche and rest in the same. Overnight in Lobuche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 13
Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

Places Visited: Labuche Kongma La

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

You will start early and by the first sunlight in the morning to make it to the other side of the third and the last pass of the the trip by the end of the day. The climb immediately gets sheer and strenuous from the very first moment and on the edge of a moraine until you reach to the top. On the top you will enter a flat surface with icy patches of lake and frozen ridges of Kongma La pass. From Kongma La to Chukung is equally grinding downhill but the view of Island peak and ridge of Amphu Lapcha will sweep you off your feet.After the pass we take much required break at Chukung for two reason; one because of long day trek and 2nd for the reason that Chukung is a beautiful village surrounded from ridges and glaciers from all sides.

Day 14
Chukhung to Chukhung Ri to Chukhung

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Chukhung Ri is a popular day hike for trekkers trekking to Dingboche or Chukhung. You will today walk for 2 to 2 and half hours to reach the surface of Chukhung Ri which is similar to that of Kala Patthar. You would begin walking on marsh, boulders and depending on weather on snow as well but for most of the time you will walk uphill on grassy slope. The entire day trip would take around 4-5 hours. The views of Makalu dominating the surrounding, Lhotse Wall, Kongmaste, Island Peak, the Nuptse Glacier & Lhotse Glacier awaits at the top. After spending some time in the Chukhung Ri you will return back to Chukung and prepare for Island peak climbing scheduled on the next day. Overnight in Chhukung. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 15
Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), pre-climb training: 3-4 hours trek

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Today you will start climbing to the base camp of Island peak which would take 3-4 hours. The climb to Island peak is on a fairly steep incline and almost 500 meters from Chukung which would help prepare for next day’s climb. Comparatively this route to the Island peak has gradual climb but is often windy and dusty. Out of Chukung we head to the east and cross the streak over a bridge and go south before getting back on the main trail to the base camp. In the base camp you will accommodate in tents, where your meals are cooked by sherpa’s stationed in the tents. Overnight in basecamp. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 16
Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), and back to base camp: 10-12 hours

Places Visited: Island Peak (Imja Tse)

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

You will start just after the midnight. It is important to make it to the peak before noon to avoid strong gust of wind and to successfully summit the peak. The trail initially is sandy, later becomes grassy and furthermore becomes rock and boulder. You will, towards close to the peak, walk on a small fraction of glacier which has crevasses. You would be taking support of fixed ropes, axes and ladders to cross these debacles to finally reach the peak. After observing the views of stunning mountains in the surrounding you will descend down to basecamp and celebrate your successful summit to the peak. Overnight in basecamp. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 17
Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

After climbing to the summit of Island peak, today you will descend down to Pangboche on easy trail. You will take the regular trail back to Pangboche and not via the gumba. You will spend the night in scenic Pangboche village which is blessed by the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Kantega and several others. Overnight in Pangboche. Meal Plan B,L,D.

Day 18
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

Places Visited: Namche

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Depending on how early you would want to reach to Namche we would begin today’s trek. Compared to the trek of previous days today is going to be easy. Saying that, the first 300 meters drop to Imja Khola and the steep climb right after it to Tengboche is going to be the toughest part of the day’s trek. Tengboche is half considered halfway to Namche from Pangboche. You would take a break in Tengboche to observe the scenic monastery and the magnificent mountains in the backdrop. The second half of today’s trek is basically straightforward. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 19
Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

Places Visited: Namche Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Briefing

Although you will walk the same trail down, you will cover almost twice the distance down. Almost entire trail is downhill. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 20
Fly to Kathmandu

Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla) Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu

Activities: Briefing, Flight

You will catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Meal plan B.

Price :
USD 2,900
Note :
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Trekking guide
  • private transportation
  • climbing ropes
  • climbing axes
  • crampons
  • helmet
  • shoes (if necessary)
  • accommodation on trek
  • 3 time meals
  • tea and hot beverage on availability
  • climbing sherpa
  • insurance for climbing sherpa and guide
  • accommodation on peak climbing
  • 3 time meal on peak climbing
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • clothes
  • Anything else not mentioned on What's included
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
Checklist:
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

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Eskil Digernes Eskil Digernes

Had an incredible 17 day trek in the Everest region.

Had an incredible 17 day trek in the Everest region. My guid was excellent, he was a local with deep knowledge of the area and was endlessly patient with me. We did Three Passes and Island Peak. For Island Peak we needed climbing gear, Budget Trekking had high quality gear right by the basecamp- Such a relief to not carry this extra weight around... Eskil Digernes

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Island peak is also known as the beginners peak and as well a practice ground for the climbers for Everest.

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Trip Highlights

  • Walking across 3 highest passes in the world
  • Climbing 2 of the non permit requiring peaks namely Chukung Ri and Gokyo Ri
  • Climbing to one of the permit requiring peaks namely Island peak
  • Sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Sunset in the Everest base camp
  • Witnessing the monasteries and cultures in the Everest
  • Accommodating in the Sherpa owned teahouses



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