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Island Peak (6,187 m) is high and one of the most popular and busy climbing peaks in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and the serious climber can dream of. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you. Our professionally designed itinerary offers you a couple of days extra at the same town to get acclimatized.
We head for Island Peak Climbing after the essential climbing practice course which is briefed and instructed by our Climbing Sherpa on various aspects of climbing techniques. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village Tengboche famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital and cultural center of Khumbu.
Note: If you are looking for longer trip to Island Peak then our 21 days Everest Base Camp and Island Peak or 25 days Gokyo, Everest base camp and Island Peak Adventure are other options for you.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,300 m) overnight at hotel.
Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley overnight at hotel.
Morning fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804m) trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 3 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Namche Bazaar acclimatization day overnight at guesthouse.
Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) – 5 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) 6 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Dingboche trek to Chukung (4,710 m) 4 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Chukung trek to Island peak base camp (5,240 m) 4 hours overnight at Tented Camp.
Rest and acclimatization day overnight at tented camp.
Summit to Island peak (6,187 m) and return to Chhukung (4,750 m) 9 to 12 hrs overnight at guesthouse.
Summit trek back to Tengboche (3,860 m) 6 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Tengboche trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) 5 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Khumjung village trek to Lukla (2,804 m) 5 hours overnight at guesthouse.
Morning flight from Lukla to Kathman overnight at hotel.
Leisure day in Kathmandu overnight at hotel.
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,300 m).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Adventure White Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Then overnight stay at hotel in Thamel
Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning breakfast around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, and Adventure White Himalaya’s logo printed a T-shirt. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9 am in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagodas and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Note: The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.
Morning fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,804 m), trek to Phakding (2,640 m) 3 hours.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,804 m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the 3 hours trek to Phakding (2610 m).
After landing there will be time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), Phakding is just a short walk.
Phakding Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5 hours.
We begin the 5 hours trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.
Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
Namche bazaar Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) 5 hours.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. After 5 hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed.
Tengboche Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) 6 hours.
From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of many stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.
Dingboche Trek to Chukung (4,710 m) 4 hours.
From here we have four hours of walking to Chhukung, as it is very important to adjust to the high altitude in order to climb Island Peak. Our guide will provide important information about climbing Island Peak and the next day’s activities.
Chukung Trek to Island peak base camp (5,240 m) 4 hours.
Today is another short trek of 4 hours to the Island Peak base camp. Starting from today, accommodations will be in tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef.
Rest and Acclimatization day.
We will spend a day here in adjusting to the thinning of the air. We’ll also make a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6,000 m adventure tomorrow morning.
Summit to Island peak (6,187 m) and return to Chhukung (4750 m)- 9 to 12 hrs.
Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start early in the morning for a climb up the Island Peak (6,187 m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, we make our way back down the same day and return to Chhukung.
Submit Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) 6 hours.
Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3860 m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours.
Tengboche Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) 5 hours.
Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us from Tengboche Monastery to the town of Namche Bazaar (3,441 m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, 5 hours walk. We’ll enjoy an evening of talking with fellow trekkers over a nice meal.
Khumjung Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) 5 hours.
Finally, we make the 5 hours return to Lukla (2,804 m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and on the personal achievements of all who took part.
Morning flight from lukla to Kathmandu from Lukla
On the scenic thirty-five-minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Leisure day in Kathmandu.
There’s much to see and do in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. This is also a spare day in the event of bad weather in Lukla.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.
Our airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Cost Included (✓)
✓ Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
✓ Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
✓ Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
✓ All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
✓ Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).
✓ Local Adventure White Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.
✓ Climbing Sherpa from Island peak base camp for the summit and back to base camp.
✓ Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipment)
✓ The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
✓ Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
✓ Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
✓ Mera Peak Climbing Permit.
✓ Sleeping bag by Adventure White Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
✓ Airfare from Kathmandu Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
✓ Adventure White Himalaya duffel bag/kit bag and T-shirt (yours to keep).
✓ Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
✓ Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
✓ All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
✓ Certificate of climbing which provided by Adventure White Himalaya treks when you will be back from the expedition
✓ Official expenses.
Cost Excluded (✗)
✗ Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
✗ Personal nature of expenses such as drinking water, hot shower Wi-Fi etc.
✗ Lunch and dinner in city
✗ Your personal trekking gears
✗ Food and accommodation in city
✗ Light weight trekking boot
✗ Down jacket Two pairs of loose-fitting long skirts
✗ Two pairs of cotton T-shirt
✗ Sun glass and sun hat
✗ One pairs of sandals
✗ Two pairs of thin and two pairs of thick woolen socks
✗ First aids kits
✗ Flash light
✗ Sunblock cream
✗ Water bottle
✗ Chlorine for the water purification
✗ Some dry food and candy as well
✗ Personal trekking and climbing Equipment.
→ Travel insurance: Travel Insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (you can buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
→ Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
→ Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 30 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
→ Tourist Visa with Multiple entries for 90 days: This VISA can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
→ Alcoholic, hot and cold (each meal one time during the trek) drinks.
Hint: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).
The Climbing equipment’s are more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipment’s at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipment’s are essential for climbing Mrea peak.
→ One pair plastic shell mountaineering boot with high altitude liners
→ One pair of crampons
→ One alpine climbing harness.
→ One mountaineering an axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
→ One Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
→ One belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
→ Two D-Shaped locking carabiners
→ Two non-locking carabiners
→ One pair expedition style gaiter
→ Neck gaiter
→ Ski goggles
→ Climbing helmet
→ Four seasons Sleeping bag (we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
→ Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
→ Upper Body Head, Ears and Eyes
→ Shade hat or baseball cap
→ Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
→ Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
→ Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
→ A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
→ One pair liner glove, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
→ One pair warm glove.
→ One pair shell gloves.
→ Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
→ Fleece jacket or pullover.
→ Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket.
→ Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
Lower Body – Legs
→ Two pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilano or other synthetic.
→ One pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
→ Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
→ One pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
→ One pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
→ All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
→ Four pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilano.
→ Three pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
→ One pair light weight sock, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
→ One pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
→ One pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
→ One pair hiking gaiter, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
→ One pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well Medical kids is not allowed without check without certified person)
→ Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
→ Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
→ Imodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
→ Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
→ One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important!
→ Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
→ Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
→ Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
→ Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
→ Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
→ Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
→ Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
→ Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
→ Two bandanas.
→ One pair adjustable trekking pole. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc., especially when going downhill (Optional).
→ Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds
→ Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
→ One light weight point & shoot camera, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
→ Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
→ A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late-night trip.
→ One small stainless-steel thermos.
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment’s can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
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