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Island Peak climb

Island Peak climb

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

15 Nights 16 Days

Difficulty Level

Extreme

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

6189 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
  • Intensive exploration of Namche Bazaar and  soak up in the Sherpa Culture
  • Enough days for acclimatization
  • Explore the Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in Everest region
  • Climbing the Island Peak and enjoying the magnificent view from the summit
  • Best view of valleys and mountains along the journey

The Island Peak climb is an ideal choice for all those who love mountain climbing and are seeking for the start. Climbing Island Peak is relatively easier and best for beginners. In this journey, first, you will be going for the trek starting from Lukla and all the way to Chhukung village before climbing the peak.

The trek will take you through Sherpa villages where you will receive warm hospitality from the Sherpas, often known as mighty climbers. Local hot beverages are served at tea houses along the way with traditional Nepali cuisine. They are sure to fill your taste buds with some unique flavors. Although the community life is not so prosperous, the service they provide is homely and welcoming. Ancient monasteries are seen decorated with prayer wheels and prayer flags which exhibit the religious inclination of Sherpa people towards Buddhist culture. After walking for days along the trekking trail, you will finally reach Island Peak Base Camp on the 9th day.

As you will be climbing the steep peak you must be in good physical health but no prior experience of scaling up mountains is required. Our experienced guides will orient you before climbing the Island Peak. You will reach the summit and experience the sense of achievement and enjoy the success when you get back to the base camp. You will be reaching the highest point of the summit at 6,189m/20,305ft. In addition to exploring the Island Peak, the trek will involve experiencing the great beauty of mountainous peaks in the Khumbu region including Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Ama Dablam and many others.

Mountain climbing is a great experience and this trip will surely give you the experience that you will remember for long. If you are seeking for more challenging mountain climbing then you may go for 29 days’ Ama Dablam expedition.

 

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Itinerary

We receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport with a warm welcome and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After getting fresh and taking some rest, we host a welcome dinner for you at the finest restaurant in the city with Nepali cuisine. We brief the team of trekkers about the trip and take you back to the hotel for the night’s sleep.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We begin the day with the flight from Kathmandu to Luka. The flight lets you enjoy the beauty of green hills with a background of snowy mountain peaks. The flight to Lukla is taken to be most thrilling and exciting as the pilot gracefully flies between hills and lands on a small strip atop a hill. The trek begins from Lukla and we head towards Phakding. First we will be passing through the Cheplung village enjoying the sight of Mount Khumbila. We will further move downhill and finally reach Phakding village. We are welcomed by the grand sight of mountain Kusum Kangraru. We can get a sense of increasing tourism business in the village as there are number of lodges and tea houses serving the guests. We stay for the night at Phakding.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight / Walking

Moving ahead from Phakding, we take the trail ahead and cross the Dudhkoshi river several times by suspension bridges as we pass through the Sherpa villages of Tok Tok, Benkar, Monjo (from where Sagarmatha National Park area begins). We will take care of all the required formalities at the entrance) and Jorsalle. From here, we ascend the valley gradually to the foot of the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. In the halfway up this climb, we may get the first view of the Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse and Mount Lhotse. A final 1 hour climbing takes us to the Namche Bazaar, the land of Sherpas, where we spend our night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We will go for an acclimatization hike this morning, ascending out of Namche past the world highest airstrip at syangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, from where we can have a great panoramic view of the highest peaks on earth - Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, everyone's favorite mountain Ama Dablam and many other Himalayan giants. This spectacularly located hotel with stunning view of the highest peaks on earth is an amazing place for a short tea break. We will then be descending through the Syangboche airstrip to the National Park head quarter where there is a statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary and there is also the Sherpa museum. We spend some time to visit this wonderful place. We then return to Namche Bazaar and stroll around the village and visit ancient monasteries. We stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, we descend to the Dhudhkosi river where the trail passes through small settlement of Sherpas and along lush rhododendron forest. We then climb steeply 1hour and 30 minutes through the forest to Tengboche. Reaching Tenngboche, we get to visit the most famous and largest monastery in the Khumbu region .The magnificent panorama view of the highest mountains on earth - Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, kongde and everyone’s favorite mountain Ama Dablam provide a stunning backdrop to the monastery. Rare species of flora and fauna can be spotted in the forest surrounding the monastery. We will spend the night in Tenngboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Descending through the beautiful forests to Debuche and a little further we cross the wooden bridge over the Imja river. We then ascend about an hour to Pangboche. The upper trail of Pangboche rewards us with spectacular views of the giant Himalayas. We will also spend some time exploring the Pangboche monastery. Ascending the Imja Valley, we stop for a lunch break at Somare. After that, we leave this wonderful village and trees behind and cross the wooden bridge over the Khumbu Khola. From here, a short steep climb takes us to the beautiful Sherpa village of Dingboche. At Dingboche, you will see a beautiful stone wall surrounding a field to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from cold winds and grazing animals. We will spend the night in Dingboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Dingboche and head towards Chhukung today. We walk past the settlement areas enjoying the nice view of mountains around. The walk will take us to the fields surrounded by walls to keep off the cold strong winds and save the crops. The walk further continues and we reach Imja valley. From here, going further ahead, the trail passes through glacial moraines accompanied by the eye catching peaks like Mount Ama Daablam and Lhotse. We get the amazing sight of Island peak when we cross the Bibre village. Walking ahead, we head for Chhukung village which has small settlement. We enjoy the great sight of mountains around and will spend night at Chhukung.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We have yet another day for acclimatization. The increasing altitude requires acclimatization to adjust our body to the surrounding. We will be climbing the small and easy Chhukung Ri that is located right above the Chhukung village. The climb is relatively easy and will take around 3-4 hours. Reaching the summit will offer us a nice view of valley down below with the majestic view of Mount Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa. After this, we will climb down and head back to Chhukung where we will be spending today’s night as well.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Leaving Chhukung behind, today we will be reaching the Island Peak Base Camp. There will mostly be uphill climbing through the glacial trails. We begin the trek with uphill climb and after a while walk along the main ridge of the valley. The winding trail then takes us along the Lhotse glacier. We further walk ahead and cross the jig jag path that eventually will lead us to the South Western side of Island Peak. This is where the base camp lies. We will spend our night at the base camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will get ready for climbing the Island Peak. Before the climb begins our guides will provide training on climbing techniques, proper ways of using the climbing gears and ropes. You will also be provided information on safety measures to be followed during the climb. You are not required to have prior climbing experience and the training provided by our guides will be enough to scale the peak. After the training we will get on with the climbing. We will be climbing through the steep rocky areas for a while and after that there will mostly be icy paths. We will have to make use of ropes wherever necessary. We might reach up to the high camp and then get back to the base camp or may choose to get back and take rest at the base camp. Overnight at the base camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the steep uphill trail from the base camp through the rocky path. Walking through the rocky areas we take the route through the moraine towards the summit. We make use of ropes whenever required. Our guides will be there to help you in scaling up. Enjoying the majestic view around, we climb further ahead, towards the peak. Upon reaching the summit the success of finally reaching the summit will leave you feeling elated and exhilarated. We take the pictures together and then head back to the base camp. We reflect on our days climb enjoy together and take a good night’s sleep at the base camp.

Accommodation
Tent

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the downhill walk through the valley and passing Khumbu river We walk ahead through the Sherpa villages and head ahead towards Pangboche village. We visit the oldest monastery in the village and finally reach the Pangboche village. From there you get to view the beauty of mountain peaks as well as watch the flowing Imja river down below. Overnight at Pangboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We walk ahead from Pangboche through the downhill trail towards the Imja river. The walk then takes us through the rhododendron and pine forests and towards the Tengboche village. Further ahead, we cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river and take the trail ahead towards the village called Sansa. We continue walking ahead until finally reaching Namche Bazaar. We spend the night at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the rocky trail downward towards Dudh Koshi river. Upon crossing the river we head towards Lukla crossing Monjo (Sagarmatha National Park entry and exit). We can see prayer flags, mani walls and chhortens all along the way. Walking downhill and crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river, we walk ahead to Phakding. We can see number of peaks in the backdrop. From Phakding we catch the trail uphill until finally reaching Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we give a rest to our aching body and spend the night in a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take a flight back to Kathmandu enjoying the scenic flight and bidding goodbye to the mountains. Upon reaching Kathmandu we might roam around the city for some souvenir shopping. We organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of trek and exchange final greetings and wishes.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Flight

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye. If you like you can also continue your stay in Nepal and choose the next trip.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private Car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (2 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Professional Sherpa climbing guide

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Climbing permit

Other

  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for trekking and climbing, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking and climbing Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. 

Winter in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Internal Flight Delays

Nepal is an incredible country of mountains and valleys, rivers and green rolling hills. With this incredible diversity of landscapes, road travel can be extremely time consuming and flights within Nepal to reach popular trekking destinations is a must. Along with this mountainous terrain also comes the possibility of in climate weather. Not to mention the incredibly high number of visitors during peak seasons makes internal flight delays a very real possibility. To manage this possibility, it may be helpful to have a few extras days on either end of your tour. If any cancellations or flight delays do occur (high chances of flight delays from around Kathmandu to Lukla, Everest region), we also provide services to arrange helicopter to help you to be on your schedule on the premises of Civil Aviation Rules in Nepal which state that helicopters can fly if the visibility is 1500m. The cost ranges from USD350 to USD650 according to the number of passengers. The payment can be made either to the helicopter company or to us directly and can be made either by cash or using a credit card. It will also be helpful to purchase and review your insurance as some of the alternative measures for travel may be covered. Flight insurance too may cover changing your international flight if necessary.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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