Island Peak is in the heart of the Everest region and as a result, you have the best of both worlds. Island Peak Climbing has a consuming fascination for some who wish to climb a major peak in the Khumbu region. You will get to follow the Everest base camp trek and visit the base camp and Kala Patter to see the Himalayan giants in all their glory. On the way back down you will then trek to Island Peak and then climb from the south side and reach a summit of 6189m.
Island peak climbing is one of the most popular peak climbing in Nepal and the fact that Mount Everest is only 10kms away and you have great views will make you understand why. Although the climbing experience is not necessary for the peak it is good to have an understanding of using ropes, ice axes and crampons. There will be an opportunity when we reach the base camp the day before the climb to ensure that everyone is confident with the equipment needed.
From the pinnacle of Island peak we can have the outstanding view of the south of Mt Lhotse,(8516m) Mt Makalu,(8463m) Amadablam (6856m) and many more. Island peak climbing is a Two nights tented camping trek, both at the Island Peak base camp before and after the summit attempt. our kitchen staffs are a trainable and good experience where they will serve you fresh, hygienic and tasty food.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek. This will also include en-Suite rooms until Deboche.
We also use the best possible hotels in Pheriche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. This is not possible for the two nights camping where all the group will eat the same food.
Hire of camping equipment.
Return internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and internal airfare.
Climbing guide wages, accommodation and equipment.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government taxes and Service charge.
Medical Supplies (Frist aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Hire of climbing equipment if not bringing own.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu and so after about a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu to Phakding Trekking time 3 hours
After an early breakfast we will head straight to the airport where we will fly to Lukla. The flight is about 40 minutes but one that you will never forget as we fly over the foothills of the Himalayas. We will arrive and as porters are employed to carry the luggage we will have chance for a cup of tea before starting the trek. Lukla is 2800m above sea level and we will be trekking to Phakding which is 2653m. It is a short trek around 3 hours through local villages and alongside the river.
Phakding to Namche Trekking time 7 -8 hours
Today we begin the trail up the valley alongside the river. We walk up to the small village of Manjo and then after we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and then we cross the Dudh Kosi river and through to the village of Jorsale. After this the steep climb up to Namche begins and it is at a well timed rest stop where we will see Everest for the first time. Namche is at 3440m and so is where the altitude can sometimes start to effect people.
Acclimatisation day at Namche
We will stay in Namache for an acclimatisation day with a walk up to a village Khumjung which is interesting to see village life and also you get great views of the mountains. As we will be walking higher to around 3780m this will also help in the acclimatisation process.
Namche to Devoche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we make good progress both in distance and in height as we finish in Devuche which is 3750m. We will go through villages and see Nepalese Sherpa life and you will have many glimpses and photo opportunities of both Everest and also Ama Dablam. We will pass through Tengboche which is the religious heart of the Sherpa region. There is a monastery here which is the largest in Nepal. We will get a chance to visit here learn about the religion and the culture of the region. About 20 minutes from Tengboche we will reach our home for the night in Devuche.
Devuche to Pheriche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we will trek to Pangboche which is the highest all year round settlement in the region and sits at 3800m. It is a good walk and we go through the forest and many mani stones. There is also one of Nepal’s infamous bridges to go before we reach Pangboche. We will continue our trek and go through the 4000m mark and landscape changes and as walk through alpine meadows the tree line disappears and the scenery changes. Pheriche is at 4240m above sea level due to its location can be a windy place so warm clothing will be needed here.
Acclimatisation Day at Pheriche
As we have passed through a major altitude barrier it is important for us to have another acclimatisation day here so we will stay in Pheriche for a second night. Taking a walk in the day higher and then coming back down will prepare the group for what is to come.
Pheriche to Labuche Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we will gain 700m and so the hard work put in yesterday with the acclimatisation walk will pay off as we stroll up the valley and it is easy to look back and see how far we have come. In the afternoon we will come to an area called Chukpilhara and here there are stone monuments to climbers and mainly Sherpas. It is a place that will stay in your memory as a testament to the danger of the mountains. Lobuche is at 4930m.
Labuche to Gorak Shep Trekking time 8-9 hours
We will trek after breakfast to Gorak Shep which was the first base camp for the climbing of Everest in the 1950's. It is at 5160m above sea level. After a rest and lunch at Gorak Shep we will trek onto the Everest Base Camp which is used now. We will descend back down to Gorak Shep for an early night.
Gorek Shep to Dingboche Trekking time 8-9 hours
We will get up early at 5am and after a cup of tea we will climb to Kala Pattar which is the peak of our trek at 5545m. The early morning will provide memories of Everest and her neighbours which will stay with you forever. We will spend time on the top giving everyone the opportunity for photos and to soak up the experience. After this we will descend back to Gorak Shep for lunch and then after that we will walk back down to Dingboche where we will spend the night.
Dingboche to Chhukung Trekking time 4 -5 hours
It is a slow but fairly easy walk to the bank of Imja Khola today, we again have a great views of the valley and also Island Peak, Ama Dablam and Taboche. We will arrive at Chhukung (4730m) which is an old sherpa village and will give us a great opportunity to see the local and traditional culture. Chhukung is at the bottom of the south face of Lhotse.
Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp Trekking time hours 3-4 hours
We leave the village of Chhukung with a fairly steep climb towards the main path of the valley. We then walk along or below the Lhotse Glacier. We continue alongside the stream and criss-cross through the Imja and Lhotse glacier mountians and flanking the south west side of Island peak until we reach the base camp (5200m) in time for lunch. In the afternoon we will make sure everyone is confident using the equipment and that everyone is ready for the big day tomorrow.
Summit day and down to Base Camp Trekking Time 12-13 hours.
Today is the big day. We will get up very early – about 2am. This is in order for us to reach the summit before midday as in the afternoon the weather can change and strong winds can be dangerous. The path at the beginning is sandy and then becomes more rocky as we begin to steeply climb up the hill. As we climb the path becomes narrower. The route goes along the top of the ridge and this is when we begin to use the rope as we cross the glacier as it has many crevasses. A steep snow slope leads us to the summit! (6189m) After enjoying the views taking many well deserved photos we will descend back to base camp for a cup of tea and a rest.
Base Camp to Pangboche Trekking time 6 -7 hours.
We will begin our descent from Island peak down through the valley to the village of Pangboche which is 3930m. This is where we will spend the night.
Pongboche to Namche Trekking time 5 – 6 hours
We retrace our steps back down the valley to the heart of the region which is Namche Bazaar. We will spend the night here and we should arrive early enough to have some time in the village.
Namche to Phakding Trekking time 5 hours
Again retracing our steps we head down the steps to the village of Phakding. Here we will see Mount Everest for the last time before we leave the National Park. We will arrive in time for a rest in the afternoon at the tea house.
Phakding to Lucckla Trekking time 3 hours.
The final day of trekking is a relatively easy and short day for your last day trekking and we will be in Lukla hopefully by mid afternoon ensuring plenty of time for a wander through the village.
Lukla to Kathmandu
An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek/climb.
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.