- You will be picked up at the hotel.
While booking this trip, mention a tentative schedule of your flight. Make sure you provide your arrival details at least 3 days before arriving in Kathmandu.
Every skill needs a proving ground and there is no better choice than the Himalayas when it comes to mountaineering. Chosen by hundreds of climbers every year, Island Peak touches the sky at 6189m, challenges wannabes and rewards those who succeed with incredible views of higher peaks further north.
The journey begins with a short domestic flight to Lukla and continues to unfold a series of exciting discoveries till its end. You will follow the same trail that leads to Mt. Everest, and as far as its base camp. The itinerary has been carefully designed, leaving enough room for your acclimatisation to the temperature and altitude, both being extreme. The intermediate destinations include Namche Bazar (one of the oldest Sherpa settlements), Gorak Shep, Kalapathhar (5,545m) and Everest Base Camp.
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- You will be picked up at the hotel.
Day 1: Arrival/Transfer
Based on the details provided by you, you will be picked up from the airport and then transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Preparation
You will be briefed about the whole expedition and introduced to other participants if possible. All necessary documentation includng permits will be prepared. You are encouraged to share your past experiences as well as to ask any questions you might have. The experienced tour operator/s will help you to get prepared for the adventurous journey. Besides these routines, you can enjoy a complimentary sightseeing around the city with a guide and car/van.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding
You will fly to Lukla on a pre-arranged domestic flight. From Lukla, your on-foot journey begins and you will trek to Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding - Namche
After crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Koshi and Bhoti Koshi rivers on old suspension bridges, we reach Namche Bazaar. The trail is typical of Everest treks: ups and downs. The final part of the climb to Namche is steeper than the others, but there will be a lot of mountain scenery to relieve the strain.
Day 5: Acclimatisation
After climbing to this altitude, it is a necessity to spend a day here for our health. But this necessity can turn into a luxury if you climb out of the bazaar and go on hikes around. Consider Khunde and Khumjung if you want to explore the Sherpa life and culture at its very origin in Nepal. If you think they are not near enough, just up towards the national park headquarters or to the Sherpa museum. These trips do not only help you better acclimatize; you will taste the full majesty of Himalayan panorama.
Day 6: Namche - Thyangboche.
Tengbpoche or Thyanboche is a small Sherpa village sitting with a fabulous backdrop of towering Ama Dablam, Mt Everest and others. The small village is also famous for the Tenboche Monastery, culturally, historically and artistically rich monument of the region. To reach this amazing location, you mostly make an uphill trek leaving aside some short downhill movements. But the trail probably will not come to your mind because your sight is full of sublime, wonderful, indescribable sceneries.
Day 7: Thyangboche - Pheriche
Another day of high mountain trek soaked with fabulous scenes takes us to Pheriche. You climb into the area above the tree line today. Your eyes will be fixed on the gorgeous mountains all day which makes you literally forget your time on the trail.
Day 8: Pheriche - Lobuche.
Again the usual gorgeous scenes greet us during the day in our journey from Pheriche to Lobuche, a collection of a few teahouses.
Day 9: Lobuche - Kalapathar back to Gorekshep
This is going to be one of the most memorable day of the trek, since we reach Kalapathar. This is the best vantage point to have awesomely close view of Mt Everest and other peaks of the Khumbu region. The 360 degree mountain panorama is so incredibly beautiful that it drives you crazy with your camera! You know why many visitors coming to Nepal have just one dream, that is, to climb for a while at the top of Kalapathar. We return to Gorakshep to spend our night at the foot of Kalapathar.
Day 10: Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp back to Gorekshep.
Today we visit the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, walking on the glacial moraine and return to Gorakshep.
Day 11: Gorekshep to Chhukung.
We reach the last settlement before establishing our base camp and make necessary final preparations.
Day 12: Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp.
The base camp is located under the southwestern face of the mountain. It takes about 4 hours to reach the base camp, at the head of a broad glacial valley, from Chukkung
Day 13: Island Base Camp - High Camp.
We start confronting the challenges head on, that come in the form of steep ice, sand, rock and boulders to reach the high camp.
Day 14: Acclimatisation
This day is set aside for the altitude adjustment.
Day 15: High Camp - Summit & back to Base Camp.
In the final day of our ascent, we start quite early in the morning just about an hour after midnight. There are sections on the glacier with deep crevasses where we move up with the help of ropes. Once stand at the top, you bask in the full glory of your effort and achievement as well as the mountain panorama to be had from here. Then we return to base camp to spend our night.
Day 16: Base Camp - Pangboche.
Amazing scenes can still be seen and the return is much more relaxing than the approach.
Day 17: Pangboche - Namche.
We move rapidly downward to Namche from Pangboche. But there are steep uphill walks as well along the trail.
Day 18: Namche - Lukla.
We come back to Lukla from Namche.
Day 19: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu.
We fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Day 20: Drive to airport for departure
We drop you at the airport and pay you farewell.
- Cancellations made before 7 days to departure, encounter a cancellation charge equal to 33 % of the total cost. Please be informed that this is to cover the expenses made by the operator for arrangements.
- Cancellations made less than 7 days to departure, encounter a No-show charge equal to 100 % of the total cost.
- Children below 12 years are not allowed in this trip.
Health - An overall physical checkup of all participants is strongly recommended. Due to the strenuous nature of this expedition, only those declared fit for high altitudes and alpine conditions will be permitted to join.
Skill - At least an intermediate level mountaineering skill is required. Past experience is preferred, though not compulsory.
Insurance - Participants must be insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
Equipment - The following items should be bought/rented by the participants themselves:
- Trek boots
- Down Jacket
- Thick, warm and comfortable clothing (jackets, trousers, socks, gloves)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, snow goggles
- Flashlight & batteries
- Sleeping bag
- Ice -jack
- Safety belt
- Snow bar
- Walking poles
- Three passport sized photographs for climbing permit documentation
What are included in the price?
- Necessary climbing equipment
- Domestic flights including airport tax (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Ground transport
- Food (three meals daily)
- Entry/Climbing permits
- Garbage deposit fees
- Climbing guide and porter
- Insurance for the guide
What do I have to pay extra for?
- Hot showers
- Battery charger
- Personal expenses
Are there any special terms/conditions I need to comply with?
If an emergency evacuation is required, you should and will provide provide details of your insurance policy and authorise the operator to contact/deal with your insurance company directly.