Monday, June 25

Island Peak, EBC Trek and Everest Base Camp Marathon 2013

Something to look forward to for the year 2013, Nepal Himalayan trekking and high altitude running. Could be the beginning of my high altitude training, in  preparation  for a future high altitude climb. A wish. 

This is a plan I did not push of doing this year, I hope and wish I can do it next year.  Three major activities, one trip. An introduction to a technical climb, trek to Everest Base Camp, trail running on the high altitude (full marathon). I wish to do all together in one trip, giving me the chance to be familiar with technical ice climbing and start to hone my skills and learn the techniques while enjoying the view of Nepal Himalayas by trekking to base camp (and have the chance to sleep at Everest Base Camp, such a dream come true) then do a full marathon on the way back down to Namche Bazaar. That is the plan, I hope I can do it. (Note: The first two activities can be done on a separate package with a separate rate, Everest Basecamp Marathon needs to be with a trek to basecamp for at least 14 days to acclimatize, that is the only way to do the marathon.) 

Island Peak Climb - ( 6,189MASL)
Everest Base Camp Lodge Trek (5, 364MASL)
Everest Base Camp Full Marathon

Day 01 – Arrival / transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1,303m.) – O/nt. hotel.
Day 02 – Process peak permit & national park entry permit / free day in Kathmandu find & hire personal
               climbing gear if needed – O/nt. hotel.
Day 03 – Fly (35 min.) Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m.) & trek to Phakding (2,610m.) – 4 hrs. –O/nt. lodge.
Day 04 – Trek Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,440m.) – 6½ hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 05 – Acclimatization / excursion of Syangboche (3,720-m.), Khumjung (3,780m.) and Khunde
               (3,840m.) – 4 to 5 hrs. – O/nt. lodge in Namche Bazar.
Day 06 – Trek Namche – Tengboche (3,860m.) – 5½ to 6½ hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 07 – Trek Tengboche – Dingboche (4,410m.) – 5½ to 6 hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 08 – Trek Dingboche – Island Peak Base Camp (4,970-m.) – 6½ to 7 hrs. – O/nt. Camp.
Day 09 – Rest day but with climbing clinic.  Today, we will familiarize you with climbing the snow / ice peak, some techniques and acclimatize at the same time as you are climbing the summit of Island Peak (6,189-m.) – O/nt. camp at Island Peak Base camp (4,970-m.).
Day 10 – Ascend Island Peak (6,189m.) from base camp then return to base - 10 to 12 hours (you’ll start the climb in the early morning; 3 to 4 a.m.) – O/nt. camp at base camp.
Day 11 – Buffer (contingency) day to summit Island Peak incase of bad weather or health – O/nt. camp.
Day 12 – Trek Island Base Camp – Chhukung (4,730--m.) – 5 hrs. - O/nt. lodge.
Day 13 – Trek Chhukung – Lobuche (4,910-m.) via Kongma La (5,535-m.) – 7 to 8 hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 14 – Trek Lobuche – Gorakshep (5,140-m.) then visit Kalapatthar (5,550-m.) – 6 hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 15 – Trek Gorakshep – Everest B. C. (5,364-m.) – 4 hrs. – O/nt. camp set up by THEM with dinner.
Day 16 – Briefing and a Mock race.  A look-over by doctor to ensure runners are not afflicted by altitude sickness then rest – O/nt. camp.
Day 17 – Early breakfast at 5:30 a.m. assemble at 6:30 a.m. with final briefing with the course route event starts at 7 a.m. sharp from Everest Base Camp to Namche – O/nt. lodge Namche.
Day 18 – Trek Namche  – Monjo or Phakding – 4½ to 6 hrs. – O/nt. lodge [Due to leg muscle problem].
Day 19 – Trek Phakding or Monjo – Lukla – 4½ to 6 hrs. – O/nt. lodge.
Day 20 – Fly (35 min.) Lukla – Kathmandu / transfer to hotel in Kathmandu – O/nt. hotel.
Day 21 – Free day in Kathmandu (Buffer day incase of bad weather or domestic flight cancellation or
                just incase more days are for the Island peak climb due to weather) – O/nt. hotel.
Day 22 - Departure from Kathmandu / transfer to airport for onward flight.

COST in US Dollar for trek & climb:
Particulars / details
Trek + climb + Hotel (see below for details) + service charge & taxes
THEM from EBC + taxes (price subject to change without prior notice)*
Airfare (Domestic flight KTM/Lukla/KTM + tax) (subject to change)*
Total cost per person in US Dollar
 **US $3,549.00
* Cost for Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and domestic airfare to/from Lukla are subject to change without prior notice.  If increased occurs then the increased portion of the cost is extra payable.
See below for more info…
Cost include (Please read carefully):
01. Airport transfers in Kathmandu with non air-conditioned private vehicle.
02. 4 nights at Hotel Marshyangdi (Annex) or similar with breakfast in single room in Kathmandu.
03. Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee.
04. 12 nights / 13 days Everest base camp lodge trek with 3 meals and twin sharing room in lodges.
05. 1 x trekking guide, 1 x porter to carry your personal luggage for the trek with their daily wages, food, lodge and insurance (for crew only) including airfare for guide (KTM – Lukla- KTM).
06.  Island peak climbing Royalty and other government taxes, climbing clinic course at Imjatse B. C.
07.  Accommodation on tented camp as the Island peak base camp during climbing; 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner); personal and group climbing gears (includes: plastic climbing boots, campons, ice axe, zoomer, figure of 8, carabineer, harness, safety rope, climbing rope, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet with commode, dinning table with backrest chair, Portable Altitude Chamber, first aid kit, climbing guide with his allowance, trekking cook, camp staff and their allowance & insurance.
08. Accommodation at the Base Camp (27th to 28th) will be in tents. Mattress and tent will be provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag.  Meals: 27th – Dinner / 28th – Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
09. The accommodation on the 29th is will be at a lodge. Porters will carry the luggage from the start line to Namche. Meals: 29th – Breakfast at EBC / Lunch & dinner at lodge in Namche Bazar.
10.  Domestic airfare for flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu + airport tax (shown separately above).

Cost excludes (Please ready carefully):
01. Lunch, dinner and bar bills during stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
02. Any activities in Kathmandu such as sightseeing (can arrange on additional cost).
03. Soft drinks, hard drinks, beer, bottled water and shower during the trek and climb.
04. Sleeping bag & liner (can hire in Kathmandu on a reasonable cost or you could also buy one)
06. Nepal entry visa (can also obtain at airport on arrival for 30 days multiple entry for US $40 per pax)
07. International airport tax.
08. Comprehensive travel insurance is a must.  Your insurance must cover: trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delay including rescue by helicopter, medication, hospitalization & repatriation.
09. Expenses of personal nature and tips to the crews.

** There is a need of US $250 to be deposited garbage deposit at Nepal Mountaineering Association who provides the peak
      permit.  I have not charged this to you as it is refundable which IATE will do it and get the refund after completion.

01. Flash light (better, if headlight for climbing)      02. Sun glasses (covering whole area of your eyes)
03. Woolen hat/cap.                                                   04. Fleece shirt & trouser.
05. Down jacket w/ hood.                                         06. Goretex trousers.
07. A set of windproof jacket & trousers.                 08. A pair of ski gloves.
09. Thermal underwears.                                           10. Sun cream (enough for 3 weeks) above 30 SPF.
11. A pair of gaitors.                                                  12. Thermal socks (3 pairs)
13. Trekking boot & sports shoes (1 pair each) and proper long sleeved shirt + trouser for marathon.
14. T- shirts, full sleeve shirts and casual pair of clothes for Kathmandu after trek.


Map of Climbing Island Peak (6, 189MASL)

 Everest Base Camp Marathon

I am always at home with the mountains,  the reason I really want to visit the Himalays, I am also into running which I want to experience running on the high altitude. But aside from those that I mentioned,  I also want to see and witness the great culture and meet  great people of this great place.  

Tibetan Prayer Flags of rectangular cloth panels, which is often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. The flags five colors symbolizes blue for sky, green for air, red for fire, white for water and yellow for earth. 

Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek only. (Note: Rates may change on the next climbing season) If one intends to join the Marathon after the trek, it is plus USD999.00. 

Possible cheaper air fare to Kathmandu, Nepal via Air Asia. I hope this will still be available by May 2013. Cheaper Fare to Nepal via Air Asia


  1. Great plan .I did this year 29th May

    1. wow....congratulations for doing the everest base camp marathon this year. I hope I can get some tips from you. Though I hope to do first a trek to Island Peak prior to the race.

  2. Looks like you had a great trip to climb Island Peak. How about trying to climb Mera Peak next or maybe visit Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro.

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thank you for leaving a note after ready my blog. I summitted Kilimankaro September 1, 2009. Climbing Mera Peak would be a great idea if I will be back in Tanzania one day. I always always that place.

  3. Clear blue skies and fantastic vistas every day in late October 2012. My wife and I trekked with Independent trekking guide, Mr Sanjib. We had one Guide Mr. Sanjib and one Porter and trekked and talked a took photos and rested when we wanted to. I was 51 at the time and found the trek to be very doable. There were trekkers much older than me that accomplished it as well. In the teahouse dining rooms each evening, we enjoyed the Sanjib of travelers from the most diverse nationalities I have ever encountered in such a short time frame. There seemed to be an almost equal number of females as males. The menus are surprisingly full given that almost all of the food must be carried in. Every day brings rewarding scenery and passage through isolated villages. After Dingbhoche, the villages are there only to service the trekkers and the altitudes are probably to high to support farming. All in all a wonderful fulfilling experience. With sanjib , personal and experienced service. He started as a porter, worked up to being a guide in company and is now he is independent trekking guide

  4. Welcome to island peak climbing Nepal Himalaya. It is the best option to give mount. Everest base camp as well as other Everest region trekking in Nepal. If you have 17 days, you finished both island peak and Everest base camp.

  5. Any trek in the Everest or any part of the world is simply magnificent. Keep travelling and keep posting!