Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek - 19 Days

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Trip Facts

Trip Name:
Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek
Activities:
Climbing and Expedition
Trip Grade:
2B
Trip Duration:
19 days
Accommodation:
4-star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouse/lodge during trekking and tent during climbing
Transportation:
comfortable vehicle/aeroplane
Altitude:
6,189m/20,305ft
Meals:
All meals during trekking and expedition and breakfast in Kathmandu
Group Size:
min 2 pax, max 12 pax
Price from:
US$ 2850

Trip Introduction

Embark on a wonderful adventure with Island Peak trekking and climbing that takes you into the heartland of the Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. Our Island peak climbing itinerary has been designed very professionally taking care of proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals. Before scaling the peak, we also take you to the most popular trekking destinations - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar - for the close up views of Mt. Everest and other highest mountains. After enjoying the magnificent views of Mt Everest and surrounding peaks from Kala Patthar and at the same time acclimatizing properly for the climb, we descend to Chhukung and prepare for the Island Peak ascent. The journey begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region.

 The Island Peak is located at the heart of Khumbu region which is recognized as a moderate Climbing peak of Everest area. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton's who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular. Our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek can also be very interesting to the climbers who are planning to attempt even higher altitude peaks afterwards. Island peak climbing fulfills the dream of the climbers who are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen their experience towards peak climbing & expedition.

This trek is designed for those adventurers who are energetic and physically fit and are wishing for both trekking and climbing experience within a limited amount of time to trek. If you're really an adventurous soul in quest of a challenging and "off the beaten path trekking & climbing experience, we recommend you to try our Island Peak Climbing with Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek - 22 Days that crosses some of the most famous high passes in the world with the Island peak climb. However, if you wish to climb one of most famous mountains in the world in just two weeks, we highly recommend you to try our Island Peak Expedition - 14 Days itinerary that takes you straight to Island Peak.  You may also be interested in some other HGT Peak Climbing itineraries: Mera Peak Climbing & Amphu Lapcha pass - 22 Days, Mera Peak Climbing -19 Days

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu -1,350m/4,428ft
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office - it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: (D)
Day 02 Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]: Sightseeing and Preparation
After breakfast, we can enjoy a free day on our own or participate in a sightseeing program. The sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After some hours' sightseeing, we get to the office and get our equipments checked by the climbing leader, prepare things as per need, introduce with fellow participants, and after Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us about the trip, we get chance to ask questions we might have regarding the trip. Overnight at hotel. Included meal: Breakfast (B)
Day 03 Kathmandu to Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] to Phakding [2,652 m/8,700 ft]: 35 min flight; 3-4 hours trek
Early morning after breakfast, we get transferred to domestic airport and fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minutes flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)
Day 04 Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Cross some more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Overnight in Namche Bazzar. (B,L,D)
Day 05 Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: Acclimatization Day
This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters and observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and climb up to famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak of Khumbila hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, walk back down to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
Day 06 Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) - 5 to 6 hrs walk
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. We visit the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Over night stay at lodge in Tengboche.(B,L,D)
Day 07 Tengboche to Pheriche [4,200m/13,776ft]:4-5 hrs
Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We snap pictures of the monastery and the sceneries. We descend for about half an hour to riverside through nice forest. We cross the river and start trekking up towards opposite hill and landscapes starts more dry and desert afterward. We will cross a traditional and cultural Sherpa village Pangboche where we can see a close up daily activities of Sherpa people. After this, we make a gradual up towards a small hill while trail goes to wide mountain valley called Pheriche. This is a nice wide village located on the riverside. We can see a small helipad here that is used for helicopter rescue in emergency. We can take a class with a mountain specialist in the Medical Clinic at Pheriche. Over night stay at lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 08 Pheriche to Lobuche [4,930m/16,170ft]:5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we start easy and straight walking towards left corner of the river and make a gradual walk-up to reach Dugla. Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right "in front of" several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. By this stage the effects of the altitude will be kicking in and we can feel colder nights. Overnight in Lobuche. (B,L,D)
Day 09 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] and back to Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]: 6-7 hrs
Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading, hence follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier - the walk is quite strenuous due to thin air in high altitude, passing through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams - until we reach the base camp. As we reach Everest Base Camp, we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers who take the hazardous route through the Khumbu Icefall. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in spring). Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp but Everest itself is not visible from here. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar our guides and Sherpas coordinate a hike to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep.(B,L,D)
Day 10 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] and back to Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7-8 hrs
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the likelihood of chilly winds. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take views in with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descending down to Lobuche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Lobuche.(B,L,D)
Day 11 Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft]: 6-7 hrs
After breakfast trekking via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft) continues ascending to Kongma pass the ascend is difficult part of our trek today. After gaining the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Then we descend a gradual walks up the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. Overnight in Chhukung where we make final preparation for Island Peak Climbing. (B,L,D)

Note: If we do not like to undertake the Kongma La pass, instead of following the Lobuche to Kongma La pass route, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung.
Day 12 Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp [5,200m/17,060ft]: 3-4 hours
The path from Chhukung leads fairly steep way climbing south then turning east to the main line of the valley. It then winds along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. We continue short pleasant walking along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A criss-cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. (B,L,D)

Pre-Climb Training : After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot and crampons, harness, ascender, etc and on how to go up and down using ropes. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training experience for Island Peak Climbing, we believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Day 13 Island Peak Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp [5,600m/18,372ft]: 12-13 hrs
Today is the climax of our trip, so we wake up very early at around 1 to 2 am so that we can reach the summit before noon because subsequent to afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might be our barrier for successful summit.  We eat breakfast and start the venture. The path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the path enter a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. We need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The guides will fix a rope wherever necessary. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew is waiting for us. We celebrate on our successful Island peak climb. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Reserve Day for Contingency
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit, so this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Island Peak on the planned day due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. If weather gets exceptionally unfavorable we wisely have to postpone the program of summiting the peak for today. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent; the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche [3,985 m/13,074 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Today is much easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We might take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trial to reach Pangboche, a scenic village which is blessed with Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imjatse river flowing through the wide fertile valley itself. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Pangboche to Namche Bazzar: 4-5 hrs
From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche or if interested, we might pay our visit to nuns at the Tengboche monastery. Upon having lunch at Tengboche, we continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We would like to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. Upon reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. Walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival at Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla. (B,L,D)
Day 18 Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing the adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.(B, D)
Day 19 Farewell Friend
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your adventurous trip in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.(B)

Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits both at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both!  We do our utmost to avoid such delays, and fix you on next flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellation, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. We also organize heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. If everything runs smoothly and if interested, you can also enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, etc during your buffer days.

In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.  If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for the trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose your time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancelation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc) included in the package that you would not use later. 

Important Note and Optional Activities: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

What Is Included

Himalayan Glacier Trekking has a philosophy with trip inclusions: as much as possible expenses is included so that customers know the total cost of the adventure trip up front
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with temple/monuments entrance fee
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and departure taxes
  • Three nights in 4-star hotel (Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel) in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

The Climbing Group

For the Island Peak Climbing trip, there will be one climbing and trekking leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter) and other helpers as per requirement in climbing section. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Island Peak Climbing trip for at least a group of two, and include maximum of twelve people only, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

Accommodations are included in the trip cost and HGT has chosen the best deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu in a 4-star Hotel, and 12/13 nights in standard teahouse/lodge, and two/three nights in two-men camping tent. We provide attached rooms in major towns like Namche, Lukla, however teahouses/lodges in most of the places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. To sleep in tent, 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room/tent with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement USD 350. However, we like you to understand the fact that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only up to Namche Bazzar only during the trek. Above Namchhe Bazzar single accommodation is not always feasible. However, we will try our best to provide you with single rooms in all places as much as possible.

Meals

During your Island Peak expedition trip, you can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse/lodge where you will spend the night. During climbing session, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) will be provided. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Acclimatization

Our Island Peak climbing with Everest Base camp trek itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in the air. For example, on the high camp & at summit, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to adapt to this less-oxygen environment. Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time to acclimatize. So for a safe trek and climb, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff HGT's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible, but it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes your Island peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek trip successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and climb leader and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of our trekking/climbing leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier Trekking employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek/climb leaders of HGT are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet - TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP
  • Conservation and Biodiversity - KEEP
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering - Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking and climbing Leaders obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Porter Care:

Though often overlooked, it's no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it's very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group)

Responsible Tourism Practice:

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Health & Experience Requirements

Island Peak is not a technical peak but you need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb Island peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. Island Peak climbing usually requires normally 5-6 hours of walking everyday and some days even 8-10 hours- such as in summitting day. We suggest you to get prepared with about 12 Km of walking or jugging exercise everyday before 3 months of your Island Peak trip because on choosing Island Peak trip, you are considering to walk in high altitude and remote area for many days and more than five hours most of the days.To join the Island Peak climbing trip with a good chance of success, you must have: Lots of willpower, ability to tolerate harsh conditions, reasonable fitness and stamina with sound health. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Himalayan Glacier at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking your trip.

A Typical day in Trekking and Climbing ...

Soon after first light your Sherpa wakes you up and offers you a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up your tea, you will have hearty breakfast before setting off. After approximately 3 or more hours of trekking you take a break for lunch in a teahouse in the trail. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire and take pictures of the fascinating scenery. After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your teahouse/lodge. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If you are so inclined, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhood. After checking into your room you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers and your Himalayan Glacier crew. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall your trek leader briefs you on the next day`s itinerary. You place your order for breakfast which allows your guide to have everything ready for you for the next morning. Extra time can be spent reading, enjoying some drinks or playing cards. Your Himalayan Glacier crew loves to teach various Nepali card games as well as learning new Western games. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.

Your schedule of climbing day (esp., summit day) is different than other days. Your crew will wake up around 1 am to prepare. They prepare breakfast and pack some food for lunch. You also should wake up around 2-3 am and will have an early breakfast. After packing and putting on the gears, you set on for the journey to summit. After summiting, you get back to your camp where the cook and helpers prepare food for you. You will find the food more delicious today after the toughest day of your adventure. You get back to sleep very tranquilly as you strike goal of your adventure today.

Best Seasons

Best Time for Island Peak Climbing
The best months for Island Peak Climbing trip with Everest Base Camp Trek are Spring( Mid March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November) although Island peak can be climbed during the months of December, January and February.

    Equipments & Packing List

    You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Island Peak Climbing Trip. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc.  You can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality.  You can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores here. 

    The gears in the list below with an asterisk (*) are also provided by Himalayan Glacier Trekking included in the service but if you are choosy or want to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own. Many of the personal climbing gears can be hired in the base camp, however the quality of equipments at base camp can be not as high as those found in Kathmandu to hire.

     CLIMBING GEARS

     Personal Climbing Gears:

    • Ice axe
    • Crampons
    • Harness
    • Tape Slings (2)
    • Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
    • Descender/Abseil Device
    • Plastic Mountaineering Boots
    • Ascender
    • Helmet (optional)

     Group Climbing Gears:

    • Snow bar*
    • Rope*
    • Ice Hammer*
    • Ice Screw*

     CLOTHINGS

     Head:

    •  Sun hat or scarf
    •  Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    •  Sunglasses with UV protection


    Lower Body:

    •  Under Garments
    •  Hiking shorts
    •  Lightweight cotton long pants
    •  Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    •  Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    •  Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


    Feet:

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
    • Gaiters


    Upper Body:

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *


    Hands:

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


    ACCESSORIES

    • Sleeping bag rated to -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season)*
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)


    Toiletries:

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror


    Personal Hygiene:

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash


    Extras/Luxuries:

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book
    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal & Pen
    • Walkman
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
    • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)

    Additional Information

    Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

    Source:www.himalayanglacier.com