Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trekking - 19 Days

Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trekking - 19 Days
  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Hard
  • Maximum Altitude 6168m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 2-20
  • Accommodation Teahouse and Tents
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Best Season April-May and October- December

Island Peak climbing stands out as the most prominent peak in the Everest Region, attracting trekkers and climbers alike. The expedition includes an essential acclimatization phase at Everest Base Camp before making the final ascent to the peak. Can you imagine the awe-inspiring experience of standing on a Himalayan summit, surrounded by the majestic beauty of snow-covered peaks? This dream can become a reality with our Island Peak climbing package, which also incorporates the iconic Everest Base Camp trek and the mesmerizing Kala Patthar viewpoint.

Embarking on this 19-day adventure, you will witness breathtaking mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, standing proudly at an elevation of 6,187m. Conquering Island Peak alongside reaching Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is an achievement that will leave you with unforgettable memories and incredible stories to share for a lifetime. It's an audacious escapade that only the daring can accomplish!

Island Peak Climbing with E.B.C (Everest Base Camp) Trekking is an adventurous and exciting journey that takes you to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), and also provides you with an opportunity to climb the Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Himalayas. It was first tried in 1952 by Eric Shipton and Tenzing Norgay. The mountain was dubbed 'Island Mountain' because it appeared to be in the center of an ice sea. In the 1980s, it was Imja Tse once more. Nonetheless, both climbers and trekking pros prefer the moniker Island Peak Climbing.

The Island Peak is located on the southern ridge of Mt. Lhotse in the Himalayan area of Khumbu. A warm-up climb for climbers who want to tackle larger mountains. Island's highest-point Climbing is ideal for both novice and experienced climbers. All Nepal Hiking carefully designs all of its trekking and climbing itineraries in cooperation with professional mountain climbers. The professionals ensure that the trip schedule is planned with the climbers' acclimatization, pace, and intervals in mind.

The Island Peak ascent and Everest base camp expedition begin with a 40-minute flight to Lukla. The flight itself is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. You will also visit Khumjung Village, and we will spend one day acclimating in Namche Bazar. A day climb to the world-famous Syangboche airport and the Everest View Hotel on the Khumjung village ridge, followed by a descent to Khumjung town to visit historic monasteries and museums. The Sherpa people call Khumjung village home. Listen to the stories of the legendary Sherpa climbers. Similarly, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first summiteer of Mt Everest, established education and health programs that are worth seeing.

All Nepal Hiking will take you to Everest Base Camp via Tengboche before trying the Island Peak. Visit the Tengboche Monastery, one of the world's most famous Buddhist monasteries. The ascent of Kala Patthar would give another opportunity for acclimatization as well as a chance to witness the amazing vistas of Everest and the surrounding mountains.

Why Island Peak Climbing via EBC?

A spectacular outdoor adventure in Nepal is climbing Island Peak as part of the Everest Base Camp Trek.Due to its time commitment, physical demands, and high cost, climbing Mount Everest may not be ideal for everyone.For adventure seekers and fans of extreme activities in mountaineering searching for a practical choice, climbing Island Peak is the ideal substitute. You can choose an itinerary that includes a climb to Island Peak and a visit to Everest Base Camp if you are an outgoing and physically fit hiker with little experience in mountaineering expeditions.

For novice climbers, climbing to the top of Imja Tse (Island Peak) offers crucial mountaineering experiences. However, despite the fact that it is easier to climb than any other big peak, you should never underestimate a mountain.

How challenging is the EBC with Island Peak Climbing?

Island Peak is one of the most scenic and popular trekking peaks in Nepal. A beginner-level climber wishing to enter the mind-boggling universe of mountaineering can climb the peak. But it’s not an easy trek either.

To climb the peak, you need good physical fitness and a decent level of climbing technique. If compared to other mountains, this peak is tricky to climb. Nevertheless, we will use a Sherpa as a climbing guide who will help you learn more about technical skills in mountaineering. With firm determination and the best individuals in the field, you can climb and ascend quickly.

As the peak lies at a high altitude, you are more likely to get altitude sickness. So, we will make it easier by spending some days in the mountains acclimatizing to the low oxygen levels. But if you wish to reduce the number of days in the climb, you will lower the success rate of the summit.Somewhere, the weather is extreme. The path is slippery and challenging. You are always required to be alert and follow the instructions from the sherpa guides sincerely. And best of all, enjoy your journey.

You will have a climbing Sherpa guide with you, pushing for your success on the summit of Island Peak. Although any expedition is difficult, if you have a strong will and are physically fit, you can reach the summit. Climbing Island Peak with the Everest Base Camp Trek is a thrilling outdoor experience in Nepal. Climbing Mount Everest may not be suitable for everyone, as it is time-consuming, physically demanding, and expensive.

For those looking for a workable option, climbing Island Peak is the perfect alternative for adventure lovers and extreme sports enthusiasts in mountaineering. If you are a vivacious and genuinely fit trekker with next to zero involvement with mountain expeditions, then you can go for a package tour to Everest Base Camp with a climb to Island Peak.

The summit of the Imja Tse (Island Peak) provides essential mountaineering experiences for trainee climbers. And yet, although it is easier to ascend than any other high-altitude mountain, you should never underestimate the power of a mountain.

How challenging is the EBC with Island Peak Climbing?

One of Nepal's most beautiful and well-liked trekking peaks is Island Peak. The summit is reachable by a novice climber looking to explore the perplexing world of mountaineering. But it's also not a simple journey. You need to be physically fit and have a reasonable level of climbing proficiency to reach the peak.

This peak is challenging to climb when compared to other mountains. Nevertheless, a Sherpa will serve as our climbing guide and teach you more about the technical aspects of mountaineering. You can climb and ascend swiftly if you have a strong will and the greatest people in the field.

You have a higher risk of developing altitude sickness because the peak is at a high altitude. So, to make everything simpler, we'll spend a few days in the mountains getting used to the low oxygen levels. The success rate of reaching the summit will be lower if you shorten the climb's duration.

Extreme weather can be found somewhere. The path is difficult and slick. You must always remain on guard and obediently comply with the sherpa guides' directions. Enjoy your journey most of all.

Your climbing Sherpa guide will encourage you to reach Island Peak's peak while they are with you. Any expedition is challenging, but if you have a strong will and are in good physical shape, you can complete it.

Imja Tse (Island Peak) brief detail

The mountain was given the name "Island Peak" by the British Mount Everest expedition team in 1953 as the summit seemed to be an island in a sea of ice from a vantage point at Dingboche.

Island Peak continues to be associated with the summit, even though Imja Peak (6189 m/20,299 ft) was given to it subsequently.

Additionally, a ridge that descends from Lhotse Shar's southern end runs across the mountaintop. In preparation for the 1953 Mt. Everest expedition, a British expedition team made the first ascent of Island Peak.

Best Season for Island Peak climbing

 Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular holiday route and package for experienced trekkers in the Everest region. However, in order to reach our ultimate goal, we must select the appropriate moment for the major celebration. Island Peak Climbing, like most other treks in Nepal, is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During the ideal seasons, the weather is clear, with nice temperatures and magnificent visibility.

The optimum periods to climb Island Peak through EBC are in the spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November). These seasons overlap with the Everest expedition season, thus you will most certainly encounter many expedition groups along the climbing route.

Furthermore, if you are a newbie mountaineer looking for the finest ascending experience and perspective, we recommend climbing Island Peak in the spring. It's also one of the busiest climbing seasons of the year. In addition, September through November is a wonderful period to climb the Imja Tse.

In addition, summertime brings rain, which in some areas might result in avalanches. The thick fog swirling around the mountain obscures the sights, and the climbing journey is hampered by rain. As a result, we do not advocate undertaking an Island Peak trek during the summer.

If the time and season don't work for you, you could try off-season climbing in the winter. However, you must be well-equipped and prepared to deal with difficult events.

Winter presents you with additional problems due to heavy snowfall and harsh cold. In addition, the majority of tea establishments are still closed. As a result, people do not prefer ascending Island Peak in the winter.

But if you're up for the task, we'll run the tour for you. Traveling in the winter also provides advantages, such as a quieter trail and the added difficulty of conquering Island Peak.

Island Peak Climbing and Trekking Fees:

Depending on what time we leave, Island Peak climbing permits cost different amounts. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has established two types of mountaineering fees. The spring season is the best time for climbing because of the consistent weather and clear skies. During the spring, the cost of Island peak climbing is USD$250 per person. Due to weather conditions and visibility, autumn is another important season for the peak. During the autumn, the Island peak climbing charge is USD $125 per person. The following fees are applicable:

  • Permit for TIMS: $10 USD per person
  • Permit to Sagarmatha National Park: $30 USD per person
  • During the autumn season, Island Peak climbing costs are USD$125 per person.
  • During the spring season, the charge for climbing the island's peaks is USD $250 per person.

Island Peak Climbing Equipment

To be effective in expeditions and climbing, we need superior equipment and training. Better gear and a skilled staff complete the expedition in record time and at a lower cost. Mera Peak requires the following equipment.

  • High Altitude Tents: North Face Dome Tent with room for two people. A wall/cabin tent for dining and cooking, for example.
  • High Camp Lodging and Foodservice: chocolate and three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and supper) for members and employees.
  • Drinks & Beverages for Climbing: Tea with cookies and hot drinking water when climbing, and hot washing water if needed.
  • Fixing equipment includes a fix rope, a main rope, a snow bar, an ice crew, rock pitons, and a helicopter rescue/charter arrangement.
  • Climbing boot, Crampons, Ice axe/Ice hammer, harness, Jammers, Karabiners, Finger eight/ATC guide, Tap sling, Fix Rope, Main Rope, Snow bar, Ice crew, rock pitons, and other personal gear.

Island Peak Climbing and Safety at Everest Base Camp

Discovery World Trekking promises its customers satisfaction, safety, and security.For us, safety is of the utmost importance. To ensure that travels are secure, we have many checks and balances in place. We will have all the tools, supplies, and first aid kits required.

We've trained our guides and leaders in wilderness first aid. Your trip leader has the authority to determine whether to continue the journey or immediately descend in the event that a trekker becomes ill, depending on the overall health of the trekking party. In an emergency, a rescue chopper will be sent out to transport you to safety (paid for by insurance). For the protection of the group, we will also be moving together.

Responsible travel

We firmly believe that we need to defend our ecosystem from the damaging consequences of tourism. After all, this element is crucial to the viability of the tourism sector.

In partnership with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), we plan eco-friendly excursions that are fulfilling culturally and satisfy the needs of both visitors and the communities they visit. We take proper care to remove trash from the campsites and make every effort to leave them in better shape than when we came.

We urge you to refrain from dumping waste or using soap to contaminate water sources. Our employees are trained on water conservation methods. Please bring water containers to fill with treated/boiled water rather than purchasing bottled water. We do not want you to leave plastic waste in hike areas.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Amazing flight to and from Lukla
  • Very touchy experience with Mountain Sherpa people
  • Visiting the heart of spiritual monuments in Tyangboche Monastery
  • Unforgettable views of 8000 meters Mountains, including Everest and Makalu,
  • Island peak summit and Majestic Views

Upon arrival, an All Nepal Hiking representative will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our representative will transfer you to your hotel and will explain you about the trek in brief once you freshen up. You may ask our tour operator & guides for any queries regarding the trek/expedition. Our staff will also assist you with the trek preparation. In the evening, you may enjoy the Kathmandu night around your hotel.


  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:40 mins drive from airport

You will meet your trek leader for a briefing about the trek beginning the next day. After the briefing, there will be a short question and answer session about your trip in which you may ask anything regarding the trek. We all finalized our preparation for the trek along with the required equipment. We will introduce you to the team members for the expedition.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:1 Day
  • Meals:Breakfast

Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla: a panoramic view of Nepal's eastern part of the Himalayas. Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Numbre, Manglungtse, and finally, Everest appear during this flight of 45 minutes. The trek begins with a short descent to the valley of the Dudh Kosi. From the village of Chaunrikarka (2621 m), the path heads north through the Sherpa villages, where they grow wheat, potatoes, corn, and vegetables. We cross the Dudh Kosi on a suspended wooden bridge.


  • Max. Altitude:2,640m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day begins with a walk along the Dudh Kosi. The path rises gently. On several occasions, we cross the river, pass the village Jorsale (2805 m) then begin a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Half an hour later, we can see Everest. We arrive at Namche early to learn about the famous Sherpa village and its inhabitants. Some shops and traders sell Tibetan jewelry and handicrafts from Tibet. Each week is an important market in Namche where farmers sell their crops around wheat, maize, millet, etc.


  • Max. Altitude:3,440m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatization and rest in Namche (3440 m). Visit the Sherpa capital and explore more of the Khumjung Village with a regular walk.


  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Luckily, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.


  • Max. Altitude:3,870 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will today slide down through the forest of birch, juniper, fir, and rhododendron at Debuche. Here we only steady way up, but due to the elevation, we have to speed ourselves increasingly through the day. After passing the Imja Khola, the trail heads to Pangboche, where we can see the beautiful mountain of Ama Dablam. Then our route is to climb through unwrapped alpine hillsides before another crossing of the Imja Khola and reach Dingboche.


  • Max. Altitude:4240 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we leave Pheriche, and the trail goes up to the drain of the Khumbu. Then after an hour, the path mounts up to the Khumbu Glacier. Almost half of the climb to the moraine is Dughla. Moving ahead from Dughla, the trail keeps ascending steeply to the crest of the moraine. The path now mthe flatthe west part of the moraine befobeforeing at Lobuche.


  • Max. Altitude:4910 mtrs
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:5-6 hours.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar (18,450 feet) and enjoy famous views of the Himalayas without having to climb Everest! That evening we camp beneath Kala Pattar at Gorak Shep. In the event of bad weather, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar. Today we will also continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We’ll spend the day at Everest Base Camp, allowing you to meet the climbers and thoroughly explore the area. Overnight in tents at the base camp.


  • Max. Altitude:5,180m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will walk to Kala Patthar; we will have a vertical climb which will allow us to get beautiful views of Everest Peak. We can observe the peaks of Pumori (7,145m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,697m), and more which divides Nepal from Tibet, and just above the Lho La pass, we can see the giant face of Changtse (7,750m). We then move back to Lobuche.


  • Max. Altitude:5,550m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:7-9 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lobuche, today we will walk to the Chhukhung Valley, which is situated unswervingly lower than a massive rock wall that connects Nuptse with Lhotse. From here, you will have magnificent views of Amadablam (6856 m.), the most photographed peak in Nepal.


  • Max. Altitude:5535 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:9 to 10 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We then walk beside the Imja Khola to reach Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant place nearby a small lake with beautiful views of the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Lhotse Glacier. Once we set our camp here, you can keep your climbing stuff in order and prepare to climb the peak tomorrow—overnight tented camp.


  • Max. Altitude:5200m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After nearly 3 hours, the thirteenth day strolls through the tight slopes, and the hard way leads towards the aimed destination. On achieving high camp, the tents will be set along entire gears and apparatuses will be re-examined, and on the last hour, helpful techniques are reminded for the next day’s climb. If possible, we develop short ice/rock climbing nearby high camp, pack up entire tasks and stress along we snooze soon to wake up at the young hour of the next day.


  • Max. Altitude:5200 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is the time to achieve the desired destination, which makes you feel a sense of achievement. We develop our climb high as early as possible by utilizing and following the methods instructed by the climbing professionals. We support steps, crevasses, and sears to face a lengthy 40-45 degree slope climb, which finally takes us to the summit. 360° stunning view from high altitude makes your moment. After collecting full climbing gear and belongings, we walk down to Chhukung to stay overnight.


  • Max. Altitude:6189m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:8-9 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An extra day is always good if you cannot submit the Peak on schedule due to bad weather ore other reasons. If the trip goes smoothly, we can reduce this day.


  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After your dream comes true, walking down to Namche Bazaar would be satisfying. Passing Dingboche, Pangboche, and Tengboche villages, our returning journey will be fanciful by the shadows and sparks of mountains. We will have a night of rest at Namche Bazaar.


  • Max. Altitude:3440 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:6/7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, where we spend the night at a Lodge.


  • Max. Altitude:2,860 m
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Time:3-4 days
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will wake up early in the morning and prepare for our plane's entrance for returning to Kathmandu. Then, we will transfer back to our hotel. Remaining day to explore Kathmandu, overnight in hotel.


  • Max. Altitude:1300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:30 minutes

On the last day pinpointing your flight time, you can shop for some unique presents for your unique one. Our solace private vehicle will move you towards the airplane terminal (Tribhuwan International Airport), featuring your board-up time along with our agents and well-wishers, and farewell you with deference for your other safe flight.


  • Meals:Breakfast

Notes: The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is redirected to Ramechhap due to traffic congestion and a high influx of tourists during the high season. The high tourist season in Nepal is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). In the season of tourism, there are many international and domestic flights operating in different sectors which is more than capacities of the small Tribhuban international airport. Due to this reason, there is the problem with air traffic and delays in Lukla flights too. Lukla flights are only in the morning time and it does not fly during day time due to heavy wind and foggy weather on the way to Lukla. If the flights are from Ramechaap, there is no issue of air traffic and flight duration is also less than from Kathmandu. Flight to Ramechhap will add 5 hours approx. to your journey. It seems like an added inconvenience but let’s see the brighter side

Cost Details
  • Arrival & Departure by Private Car
  • Free use for Company's Trek Pack
  • All meals are prepared by our experienced cook during the climb
  • All accommodation and food in lodges before base camp
  • All Domestic Flight tickets with Airport Tax
  • All camping equipment and gear, including two-person tent, dining tent, toilet tent, porter tent, and Kitchen tent
  • All camping equipment including kitchen equipment, tables, chairs/stools, etc
  • Porters/pack animals to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Experienced Guide/Escort
  • Private Transport from Kathmandu to/ from trek starting and ending points
  • First Aid kit
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps
  • Trekking permit & fees, National Park entry fees, Conservation fees
  • Insurance for all staff


  • Late checkout and early check ins
  • Hot tea, coffee 
  • Items of personal drinks, Dessert, and main meals in cities
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  •  Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver 
Departure Dates
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Start DateStartsJun 26, 2024End DateEndsJul 14, 2024PriceUS$2200StatusAvailable
Useful Info

Altitude Sickness
Altitude Sickness, known as AMS, stands out as the predominant challenge encountered during the Everest Base Camp Trek and island peak. The elevation traversed, exceeding 3500 meters, elevates the likelihood of facing AMS, setting this trek apart with increased difficulty compared to conventional treks. With the ascent to higher altitudes, the oxygen concentration in the air diminishes. This atmospheric alteration, driven by the low air pressure in the highlands, can potentially impact human well-being. Given the elevation reached in this trek, altitude sickness becomes a tangible risk.
The 19-day journey to Everest Base Camp and Island peak commences at 2800 meters and progressively scales up to 6165 meters. Failing to adhere to proper care and a well-structured itinerary can amplify the susceptibility to altitude sickness. If symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathing challenges, vomiting, or sleep disturbances manifest, it's imperative to promptly communicate with your guide. Addressing such indicators necessitates either a pause in the trek, providing a chance for rest at the current location, or descending to lower altitudes.
It's worth noting that not everyone will encounter AMS, as its occurrence predominantly hinges on an individual's adaptability to a novel environment. However, exercising caution is vital; complacency and ignorance can potentially lead to critical health consequences.
Length of the trek
The total distance covered during the Everest Base Camp trek spans 130 kilometers when undertaken with the guidance of a trek leader. The journey's length is considerable, involving daily walks of approximately 15 kilometers throughout 9 to 10 days along the Himalayan pathways.
Each day entails 5 to 7 hours of walking across a diverse range of terrain, including rocky, flat, paved, graveled, and sometimes snowy surfaces. The challenge is further intensified by the inclusion of steep ascents and descents, adding to the complexity of the trek.
Extended hours of walking can be particularly taxing for those new to trekking, as they might lack familiarity with the trails. Consequently, beginners might experience fatigue and leg cramps, which can inadvertently affect the overall pace of the group.

 Altitude (AMS):    An altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) Island peak climb could be high risk of Altitude sickness, which can lead to altitude-related issues such as acute mountain sickness, high altitude rational edema, and high altitude pulmonary edema.

Weather situations: The weather could be unpredictable in the Himalayas, unexpected changes in temperature, snowstorms, and high winds posing risks to climbers.

Technical part: Island Peak climbing does haves some technical sections, including vertical snow and ice slopes. Climbers must have proper mountaineering experience and skills to circumnavigate these sections safely.

Avalanches and crevasses: The route to Island Peak's summit crosses glaciated terrain, increasing the risk of avalanches and unseen crevasses.

Physical and mental challenges: Island Peak climbing requires superb physical fitness, mentally very strong, and the capability to deal with long periods of exertion and exposure to high altitudes.

Weather and Climate
The weather and climate conditions in the mountainous regions are not consistently favorable for trekking. While traveling during peak seasons may present fewer challenges, opting for off-seasons yields a different scenario.
Undoubtedly, the weather and climate during the Everest Base Camp trek can be less than ideal during the monsoon and winter periods. Trekking in the higher elevations becomes arduous during winter, marked by substantial snowfall and the resultant road closures.
Conversely, lower regions are confronted with harsh conditions during the monsoon, characterized by persistent rainfall. The presence of dense clouds shrouding the peaks obstructs panoramic views. The trails become slippery, wet, and muddy during these seasons, infusing the journey with both challenges and an exhilarating sense of adventure.
Crowded Routes
Similar to the unfavorable weather conditions in the off-season, the peak season is embraced as the optimal period for the Everest Base Camp trek, leading to congested routes. Spring and autumn witness a surge in global visitors flocking to Nepal to venture to the base of Mount Everest.
During these bustling seasons, fellow travelers like yourself are a common sight at every destination and viewpoint, making it challenging for those who seek tranquility. Privacy becomes a rarity, and capturing picturesque moments might entail prolonged waiting times.
At times, you might even find yourself navigating congested trails behind other trekkers. The routes can become congested due to the presence of numerous large groups accompanied by guides and multiple porters.
High Altitude Cough
High Altitude Cough, also referred to as Khumbu Cough is a prevalent issue encountered by trekkers during their journey. Although the precise cause of Khumbu Cough remains elusive, it is commonly experienced at altitudes exceeding 3000 meters.
The prevailing belief is that the cough stems from bronchial irritation triggered by the dry and frigid air prevalent at higher elevations. As altitude increases, the intensity of coughing escalates, causing considerable discomfort. Breathing through the mouth exacerbates the situation, underscoring the importance of utilizing some form of mask.
As a precaution, it's advisable to carry an item to shield your mouth, ensuring it is not overly constrictive. Additionally, having cough drops or lozenges on hand can help alleviate throat discomfort.
P.S. - It's essential to come prepared with a method to cover your mouth, while also ensuring it doesn't create discomfort. Alongside this, carrying cough drops or candies can provide relief for throat-related issues.
Lukla Flight Delay or Cancellation
While there exist alternative routes, flying from Kathmandu to Lukla remains the most widely favored approach for entering the Khumbu region. This route offers the shortest passage to access the threshold of Everest, consequently serving as the starting point for the majority of trekkers.
It's essential to be aware that the flights connecting these two points are subject to constraints in terms of availability. Moreover, these flights exclusively operate during the early hours of the morning to mitigate challenges stemming from strong winds, compromised visibility, and low-lying clouds.
Consequently, adverse weather conditions can significantly heighten the probability of flight delays and cancellations. At times, delays can also result from heightened air traffic at Kathmandu's airport.