Island peak climbing with Gokyo Chola pass and EBC trek

Island peak climbing with Gokyo Chola pass and EBC Trek is a comprehensive package that caters the need of every adventure lover who would love to experience every aspect of Everest region of Nepal at once. It is an only journey where you can take advantage of trekking to the top of the world along with the thrill of climbing Island peak. Island peak climbing with Gokyo Chola pass and EBC trek is not just confined to trekking and peak climbing experience but the trek offers an opportunity to rejoice the glory of turquoise colored Gokyo Lakes in the beautiful valley of Gokyo.

Island peak climbing with Gokyo Chola pass and EBC Trek starts with a sightseeing tour to the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu. After visiting the UNESCO listed heritage sites, the trek takes you to the Khumbu region of Nepal with a thrilling flight to Lukla airport. From the Lukla airport, you will be escorted to the popular town of Namche via Phakding and other villages in between. At Monjo, you enter Sagarmatha National Park which is home to various species of floras and faunas in the Himalayan region of Nepal. From Namche, you diverge from the regular trail to Everest Base Camp and take a trail that leads you to the beautiful valley of Gokyo. The trail takes you to Gokyo valley via Dole and Macchermo. Leaving Gokyo valley, you will be escorted to the Chola Pass. Chola Pass in Everest region offers some magnificent views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt Cho-Oyu and many other surrounding peaks.

Leaving the pass, you will be headed to the Everest Base Camp. Upon arrival, you will be rewarded with some striking and close of views of mountains in the Everest region. Being at the top of the world i.e. Everest Base Camp is nothing less than any achievement. After relishing the glory of mountains from so close, you will hike to Kalapattar for the glorious views of sunrise and sunset amidst the mountains. Next on the package is the adventure of peak climbing. You will be headed to the Island peak base camp for climbing up the peak. With the help of climbing gadgets, you follow the climbing leader that will take you to the summit of the Island Peak. After conquering the top, you will be escorted down to the Lukla via the normal trail of Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Day 2 – Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla(2850m) then trek to Phakding(2650m) – 3 hours
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche(3443m) – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche/Hike to Everest View Hotel
  • Day 6 – Namche – Dole
  • Day 7 – Dole – Machhermo
  • Day 8 – Machhermo – Gokyo Lake
  • Day 9 – Hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Day 10 Trek from Dragnag to Dzongla via Chola pass (5420m) – 7 hours
  • Day 11 Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep via Lobuche – 8 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Gorekshep & day EBC (5364m) then back to Gorekshep(5180m) – 8 hours
  • Day 13: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise then trek back to Lobuche
  • Day 14 Trek to Dingboche - 5 hours
  • Day 15 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) – 7 hours
  • Day 16 Summit the Island peak (6189 m) – 9 to 10 hours climb and descend down to the base camp
  • Day 17 Descend down to Dingboche – 7 hours
  • Day 18 Trek to Namche – 7 hours
  • Day 19 - Trek to Lukla – 7 hours
  • Day 20 - Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 21 - Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 22 - Farewell

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As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Intrepid Treks will welcome you and transfer you to a pre booked three star hotel at Kathmandu. A luxurious cab drive will drop you at the hotel. Check in and rest for a while. If there is enough time, you can roam around the Kathmandu city in the evening. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu! (Breakfast included)

Before starting your trekking journey, we have set aside a day in Kathmandu that will help you learn about the unique art, culture and architecture of Nepal. You will be guided to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. First, you will be escorted to Kathmandu Durbar Square where you can visit the museum, palace, its premises and temples built around. Next, you will be escorted to the monkey temple – Swayambhunath. We walk up the stairs to the stupa. From the height, we can get an excellent view of Kathmandu city. Then, we visit a popular Hindu temple – Pashupatinath temple and head towards the largest stupa in the world – Boudhanath stupa. In the evening, we return back to our hotel for overnight stay. You can pack your bags and arrange for left out items required for trek if any. (Breakfast included)

An early flight from the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport will take you to the Lukla airport. The flight to Lukla is a thrilling experience owning to the dramatic location where this airport is placed. During the flight, you will be able to get some stunning views of mountains arranged like a row of thorns from the windows of the plane. Once you reach the Lukla airport, you will step of the Khumbu region of Nepal which treasures the highest peak of the world – Mt. Everest. Lukla is nothing but an airport and few guesthouses around. From Lukla, your guide will lead you through a trail that takes you to Phakding. At first, we descend down to Dudhkoshi river and then cross a suspension bridge over the river. Then we continue through the well paved path to Phakding. Phakding is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal and our stopping point for the day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Phakding, we follow the trail that undulates up and down through some villages and rhododendron forests to Namche. We enter Sagarmatha National Park and walk to a village named Jorsale from where we follow a river. We cross a suspension bridge over two rivers today and pass another village called Monjo. From Monjo, we walk uphill for around three hours to Namche. Namche bazaar is a popular place in the Khumbu region. It used to be a trading capital for people residing there and Tibetan people in ancient area. Even now it is a happening place in Khumbu region with many shops stalled and nice hotels. If you want to buy anything, you can find it here. Namche bazaar is also the only way to Everest Base Camp therefore, it is also known as the Gateway to Everest. Today, we stay at a guesthouse in Namche for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

With the rise in elevation, acclimatization becomes a must. Therefore, we spend our day acclimatizing in Namche. In the morning, we set off for a hike to Everest view hotel. It is a vantage point in Everest region that offers some stunning views of mountains in Rolwaling range like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam., Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse,Mt. Nuptse and many more. On the way to Everest view hotel, we come across Syangboche airport and on our return journey from the hotel; we visit a museum and photo gallery. In the evening, we return back to our guesthouse in Namche for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We continue our trek with an easy walk up to Kyangjuma. We then climb up steep out of the valley through rhododendron forests. The juniper and other conifer trees can also be seen as the elevation increases.We pass many summer settlements used by Sherpas while bringing their yak herds for grazing in these high pastures. We pass the settlements like Tongba and Gyele to Dole. The views of Mt. Khumbila and Mt. Tawache are fascinating which comes in sight throughout our journey today. There are few lodges around Dole. We stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We continue ascending to Lambara and then to Luza. In most of the places, the trail climbs steep through the junipers. We can find a summer settlement known as Kharkas at the flat lands wherever there is a slight hint of water available. We continue climbing up along the side of the valley and cross the sandy projection to reach Machhermo. It is said that in 1974, a Yeti had killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa women at this place. Overnight at a guesthouse in Machhermo (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we climb up a ridge. The views of valley down to Katenga and up to Cho Oyu are outstanding from the ridge. Moving ahead from the ridge, the valley widens as our trail passes through Pangka.We start descending to the riverbank before beginning our climb to the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. Our climb up to the glacier is steep and we walk until we reach the first lake in the Gokyo valley. Overnight at guesthouse in Gokyo Lake (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We wake up early in the morning and climb up to the Gokyo Ri, for the fascinating views of Mahalangur Himalayan range. We ascend for around two hours to climb up to the peak from where we get spectacular views of mountains like Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Tawache, In addition to the mountains, the view of the largest Ngozumpa glacier is amazing. After beholding the beauty of the mountains, we descend down back to Gokyo lake.Overnight at guesthouse in Gokyo Lake. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our walk for the day is quite challenging. At first, our trail ascends up through narrow and rocky trail to Chola pass. The path is icy and sloppy making our walk through the pass difficult. Nevertheless, the trail is adorned with mani walls, colorful prayer flags and chortens which gives a true spiritual vibes. From the pass, you will be blessed with wonderful views of mountains in Everest region and other neighboring glacier and peaks. From Chola pass, we descend down and make our way to Dzongla. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Dzongla. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Dzongla, our path undulates up above the glacial lake through the beautiful peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. We leave the peaks and head towards the peak of Ama Dablam. Continuing with the trail, we descend down into a valley and walk until we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we walk a little further along the trail to Everest Base Camp until we reach Gorekshep. We stay at a guesthouse in Gorekshep for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today is the most important day of your journey as you will come across your ultimate dream of standing in front of Mt. Everest in the Everest Base Camp. Leaving Lobuche, we head towards Gorekshep with the views of northern ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. As we walk down to ThangmaRiju, we will be blessed with the 360 degree view of snow clad mountains. We then climb up steep through the Changri glacier where Kalapattar comes to our sight! We continue walking until we reach Gorekshep. As we reach the place, we can see mountains all around us. The towering peaks standing right in front of us, one after another, our eyes will wander where to look at! The moment is truly the moment of our life as we will be standing on the Everest Base Camp, the dream of ultimate adventure lover; the top of the world. After accomplishing our goal of being on the base camp, we retrace our steps back to Gorekshep. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Gorekshep (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today will be the best day of your journey as you will be able to see the golden sun rise above the White Mountains. The glittering ray of golden sun over the white snow is a superb combination. Kalapattar is the best place to take beautiful snaps of mountains, sunrise and wild landscape. If you are an enthusiastic photographer then this place is probably the one for you! It is an opportunity to views the mountains in Everest region with the mighty Mt. Everest which was quite invisible at Everest Base Camp. This place will give you a picture of heavenly beauty that is described by many authors in many ways. After beholding the beautiful memories from Kalapatthar, we descend down to Lobuche, our halting station for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

From Lobuche, we descend down to Dingboche. We walk for around five hours enjoying the pastures and views of Himalayas all around us. The path seems familiar as we take the same path that we had taken earlier from Dingboche to Lobuche. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Dingboche. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Dingboche, we ascend up to the Chukhung valley. From Chukhung, we head towards the Imja valley with stunning views of Mt. Ama Dablam on sight. Today, we walk for around seven hours until we reach the Island peak base camp. Our walk for the day is quite reviving as the path offers splendid views of mountains all the way to the base camp. We spend our night in a tented camp in Island peak base camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we climb up the summit of the Island peak. Prior to the climb, our climbing leader will give you some tips on do’s and do not’s during the climb. At first we fix the ropes up to ease our climbing journey. We use axe and follow our climbing leader to the summit of the peak. During the climb, you will be blessed with some magnificent views of mountains in the surrounding area. After achieving the top, we descend down to the base camp for overnight stay. We stay at a tented camp in the base camp for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we descend down to Dingboche. We retrace our steps back through Imja valley and Chhukung to the pastures of Dingboche. We stay at a guesthouse in Dingboche for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

From Dingboche, we retrace our steps back through same undulating paths – up and down through rhododendron and juniper forests to Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival, we stay at a guesthouse in Namche for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We retrace our journey back through same path to Phakding and continue with the well paved path to Lukla. The Dukhkoshi river, suspension bridge and the lush landscape would be a flashback to the path you had taken earlier. The walk today would be an accomplishment to the task you had started. Overnight at a guesthouse in Lukla (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we bid a goodbye to the Khumbu region of Nepal. After all the beautiful memories that this region has given, we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel room. The rest of the day is on your own; whether you want to stay and rest or wander around. Your stay will be at the hotel in Kathmandu for the night. (Breakfast included)

It’s a free day in Kathmandu. After an exhilarating journey, you can either relax or opt for shopping in the streets of Thamel or in other shopping malls in Kathmandu. Overnight stay will be at your hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast included)

After twenty one wonderful days of trekking, it’s finally time to bid you a goodbye. You will be escorted to the airport for your journey ahead! But we hope to serve you and your friends once again. We look forward to your suggestions if any! (Breakfast included)

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We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
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Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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