Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak

Hey there 🙂
I’m looking to complete an independent Everest Base Camp Trip somewhere between September-October 2016 (I’m very flexible on dates at the moment), and am also looking to summit Island Peak (6189m) from Chukkung.

I’m on a shoestring budget, so will not be looking at hiring any guides or porters – only for the Island Peak Summit. I am also avoiding flying into Lukla because, quite honestly, that plane looks TERRIFYING 😀 and I figure an extra 6 days or so of trekking will be great, and less populated. So, I will be starting the EBC Trek from Jiri. This means the EBC trek itself would be around 20+ days, depending on the detour to Island Peak from Chukkung.

I have completed several multi-day, high-alititude hikes in South America, and summitted Cotopaxi Volcano (5897m) in Ecuador in 2014. Thus, I have confidence at high-altitude, have previous experience of snow-and-ice climbing, and enjoy camping in the wilderness! 😀

If you are interested in either the EBC Trek or/and the Island Peak Summit, drop a comment below 🙂 I am flexible with routes (i.e. Gokyo)/dates/suggestions.

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  1. Hi Kiki,

    I am planning a similar trip, with a flexible start date of early to mid September, most likely arriving in Kathmandu on a saturday. At this stage allowing 4 weeks to complete Everest base camp and three passes starting from Jiri.

    Which agency are you looking at for the Island Peak climb? I did have earlier plans to do Island Peak, but was deterred by the high cost.

    I will be booking flights in April and would enjoy trekking with a independent group around the everest region. I have previously complete Annapurna circuit in 2013.

    Cheers
    Graeme

    • Hey Graeme,

      That sounds awesome! Have been looking into the three passes and am pretty keen to go for that route.

      Can I PM you? I can then send you a few links of some climbing agencies – ranging between 900-1100 USD for a multi-day climb rather than a full-blown expedition.

      Fab, I’m looking to book end of February/March.

      Thanks,
      Kiki

    • Doing to EBC Gokyo Lake is very beautiful and also it’s known as strenuous part in Everest region. Crossing Cho-la Pass (5354m) and hike to Kalapatar(5545m) is quit challenging. So, if you are beginner then I suggest you to use organized trek that gives you more comfortable and safety. Sometime cheapest money does not mean you will make it happiness but also you have to consider safety issue that often happen for illness while you hike over 4000m. so, organize trek provide you quality service with top experience guide(with wilderness first aid kit) that you can hike with relax face that you may not get from simple guide or by individual trek. Organized trek they keep your update for your secure while you hike specially if something happen even for air ambulance service. If you visit this link (www.stepbystepadvt.com) you may got some useful information which they providing budget, standard and deluxe adventure services.
      Keep update if you needed any further information.

  2. Hi. I plan on starting the EBC trek on 17/09. I fly back to the UK on 10/10. I was initial lu considering EBC and gokyo. I have read about Island Peak only recently and I am very interested in it. But looks like agencies do only full expedition which wouldn’t accomodate me in term of budget and time. Also need mountaineering equipment which I don’t feel carry all the way from lukla to island peak. Please let me know if you have some good info. Would be happy to do that with you but not sure how we would meet up since I would fly to Lukla.
    Romain

  3. Hi Kiki,
    I went to Base Camp last year. I’m thinking about climbing a trekking peak this year. Does it have to be Island Peak? Cholatse looked such a better option.
    I managed fine without porters or guide.

  4. HI,my plan is a little different with yours, I am planing to go Lukla from Salleri (Sep.24.2016), then go on 3passes trekking, Kathmandu to Salleri is 12hours jeep trip if those tips on LP are right. if anyone have the same plan as me, pls im me, we can share the jeep and lower down our cost

  5. Hi Kiki,
    I would be interested in joining! Have been mountaineering for 3 years now, rock and ice climbing, been to 5,400m and was fine at that altitude. Also, do you have a breakdown of costs? I am being as stingy as possible!
    Thanks 🙂

  6. Hi all,

    I am very interested in joining the trek to EBC and Island Peak in September. I definitely agree to hiring a guide only for Island Peak. I would also be interested in doing Mera Peak as well/ instead. I think the more people we get involved the cheaper it will be for all of us.

    • Hi jiey
      Namaste greeting from subas NEPAL.After reading your message –it seems you are interested to trek EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK & ISLAND PEAK.Doing to Everest base camp & island peak and hike to Kalapatar(5545m) is quit challenging also island peak So, if you are beginner then I suggest you to use organized trek that gives you more comfortable and safety. Sometime cheapest money does not mean you will make it happiness but also you have to consider safety issue that often happen for illness while you hike over 4000m. so, organize trek provide you quality service with top experience guide(with wilderness first aid kit) that you can hike with relax face that you may not get from simple guide or by individual trek. Organized trek they keep your update for your secure while you hike specially if something happen even for air ambulance service. If you visit this link (www.stepbystepadvt.com) you may got some useful information which they providing budget, standard and deluxe adventure services.
      Keep update if you needed any further information.

  7. And I also think that if we actually hire the guide while we are in Katmandu it will be way cheaper than booking ahead from out-of-country.

    • Dear Joey,
      We are based in this industry since long year.our information always truth becoz our job doesn’t give attitude for say wrong information to valuable customer.in fact, hiring the guide from KATHMANDU and booked thru from your country than you should alert whether they are expert on field or not.cheaper is not mean your trip will guaranty success.and your ambition is not a small trip which is provide you conformable.there have thousand of expedition company around in Nepal and you can compare the cost by asking.even you just hire the guide-almost cost become what general charges.but you will be more reward and achieved if you follow the Govnt authority company and booked from your country.our first priory is your enjoyable success trip within best reasonable cost.

  8. Hi every one I am from India my name is Sashi. I have done small treks before.. I am very much interested in joining you guys. I have been to Nepal before couple of time .. Even was there last week, I am up for anything thing as the group decides. Please let me know if I can join you guys !! As Iam a lover of nature and like mountains very much! So let me know if yes I will plan accordingly..

  9. Hi, is this trip still going? If not would people be interested in organising something similar? just without Island Peak – no moneys 🙁
    Thanks
    Kitty

  10. Hi Kiki,
    I have a similar plan too. Details are here http://www.trekkingpartners.com/requests/everest-base-camp-trek-following-island-peak-climb

    Are you ON for your trip?

  11. Are you flexible with the dates ?? as i am keen to do this in March

  12. Hi kiki, how are you. I am interesting to join you if it’s still rellevent. I am in Katmando right now and looking for a partners.

    Elnatan

  13. Hi kiki,

    Hi i am from chile, i am at nepal now and i did the abc camp its was awesone. I am now at pokhara and i have plane go to EBC by go Kyo mid of september. I like idea to joins us.
    For times and my knees i can going to do the summit.
    Let me know when you want to go

    See you