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- Accommodations in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport the departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- An experienced Government license holder guide.
- Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, the shelter of staff and porters.
- Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with on the second last day.
- Go for Nepal duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
- National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
- Trekking camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, all kitchen gear/utensils if necessary
- Air travel to/from Nepal,
- Guide Potter Tips.
- Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
- Personal trekking Equipment.
- Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
- Day 01
- Day 02
- Day 03
- Day 04
- Day 05
- Day 06
- Day 07
- Day 08
- Day 09
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15
- Day 16
- Day 17
Arrival in Kathmandu via respective Airlines.
Upon your arrival at Nepal airport, you will be welcomed by one of our team members. He will introduce himself and take you to the hotel in a private car/van. You can relax on the remaining day. Later, in the late evening, you will join the welcome dinner organized by the company, and end your day strolling around Thamel.
Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m); 4 hrs.
Today, you will fly to one of the most extreme airports in the world, Lukla airport. The flight will give you first view of snow-capped mountains. Upon landing at Lukla airport, you will get freshen up and meet other crew members. After some time, you will begin gradually descending towards Phakding village through the forested trail. The trail then goes along the Dudh Koshi River and take you to this village from where a superb view of Kusum Kanguru Peak can be seen.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 5 hrs walks.
It is your rest day to acclimate your body with the altitude. You will spend this day exploring around. In the morning, you will go on a short excursion to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel to observe excellent views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Kongde Ri, etc. After the short tour, you will come back to Namche Bazar, and visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.
Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Today is your day of a rest day in beautiful Namche Bazar. You will spend this day exploring around. In the morning, you will go on a short excursion to Syangboche Airstrip or Everest View Hotel to observe excellent views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Kongde Ri, etc. After the short tour, you will come back to Namche Bazar, and visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.
Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m); 5 hrs.
From Namche Bazar, you will begin trekking through lush forests of rhododendron and pine trees along with enjoying beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, etc. Soon trail descends to Imjatse River near Phunki Tenga. You will then slowly ascend through dense forest and reach Thyangboche Monastery for night stay. You will get to see amazing views of the Himalayas from here. You will visit the monastery where you will get blessed by Lamas for a successful trip.
Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m); 5 hrs.
Crossing several suspension bridges, you will head towards Dingboche. The trail will go through many villages like Pangboche and Orsho. Similarly, you will see several monasteries, mani stones, and chortens on the way. Upon reaching Dingboche, you will witness striking views of snow-capped mountains.
Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m) from Dingboche (4,360 m); 4 hrs.
Trekking through small villages and lush forests, you will reach Chhukung for the night stay.
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970 m); 4 hrs.
After having a warm breakfast, you will begin ascending towards Island Peak Base Camp. The trail will be covered with snow and offer you stunning views of snow-capped mountains all around you. The trail to base camp will not be that difficult.
Trek Island Peak High Camp (5,400 m); 4 hrs.
You will wake up early in the morning and begin trekking after having a quick breakfast. You will ascend and shortly reach the high camp. Walking southeast over a moraine, you will climb through an open gully in between two ridges. Soon, you will reach the Island Peak High Camp situated below a hanging glacier.
Climb to the Summit of Island Peak; 6 hrs.
Today, the day begins super early in the morning. You will gradually move upwards through open gully following a snow-covered glacier. Make sure to be careful of crevasses on the way as you will find plenty of that. The trail then moves north over a snowy path that goes between glaciers. Crossing a gully, you will begin ascending on a steep snow-covered slope that will take you to the summit of Island Peak. From the summit, you will get to witness breath-taking view. After spending some time at the summit, you will drop down to base camp for night stay.
Reserve and contingency days in case of bad weather.
You will have an extra day for contingency. In case of bad weather or any other emergency, this day has been added. If everything goes well, you can spend this day on way back to Lukla or in Kathmandu.
Trek to Pangboche (3,985 m); 6 hrs.
After having breakfast, you will begin descending on a slightly tough path. The trail will take you to Pangboche where you will stop to spend the night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 6 hrs.
From Pangboche, you will descend and reach Tengboche village. Here, you will visit the Tengboche monastery. After that, you will trek through small villages and beautiful rhododendron forests to reach Namche Bazar.
Trek to Lukla; 4 hrs.
Retracing the same path as before, you will drop down to Phakding village. From here, you will ascend through dense forest and reach Lukla for night stay. Today, you will enjoy the successful completion of the journey with your team.
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be moved to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to traverse the nearby market and do shopping. Later, in the late evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour.
You can use this day for guided sightseeing of the monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, or just relax and do shopping.
Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
As per your flight departure time, you will get moved to the airport by one of our team representatives. He will drop you at the international airport terminal gate and bid you our last goodbye & good wishes.
More about this tour
Climbing Island Peak is a very good way to keep your feet into the climbing world of Himalayas. The journey is not technically challenging, but do require strong physical fitness, stamina, and will power perfect for novice climbers. It is 17-days offers a completely different perspective of the Everest region. From the rich culture of locals to the tempting beauty of the Himalayan landscape there is a lot to explore and experience during this trek. Likewise, huge glaciers and snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest 98,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), etc makes the journey more intriguing.
Island Peak Climbing landmark
Lukla is the starting point of the Island Peak. A scenic flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla in a short time. Known as one of the extreme airports in the media, flying to Lukla will be the most thrilling flight of your life.
Namche Bazar is the most popular place in the Khumbu region. It is also the biggest residence area for Sherpa's. The village has many facilities like luxury lodges, fine cafes & restaurants, WiFi, etc.
Standing 6,189 meters high, Island Peak is a gorgeous peak. The peak is located between Ama Dablam and Lhotse on top of Chukung glacier. From the top of the peak, you will get to witness a surreal view of the surroundings.
During this journey, you will trek through several villages that will present you the rich culture and tradition of Sherpa people. People here are mostly bound by Buddhism. The entire region is full of monasteries, chortens, gumba, and mani stones that will showcase you the cultural richness of the region. Similarly, you will stay overnight in several villages during the trek, which will give you a chance to interact with locals and take a deep look into their unique lifestyle, beliefs, and values.
People from the Sherpa community mostly lives in the Khumbu region. Similarly, you can also find Rais, Limbus, Sunwars, Manangis, and Lopas. All of these people are from different community and carries their own major festivals, culture, languages, dress, and delicacies.
During this trek, you will come across vegetation that ranges from subalpine to alpine zone. The trail passes by Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to many wildlife including rare ones like the red panda, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, etc. Likewise, you will also get to see many flora and herbal plants. Moreover, other parts of the trail also include beautiful forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, maple, cedar, juniper, etc.
Island Peak Climbing difficulty
It is a difficult journey not in terms of technical climbing but the journey is physically exhausting. The long steep ascends, rugged path, and high altitude makes the journey strenuous. You need to walk on slippery and snowy areas for a minimum of 5 hours a day daily. You’ll need to adapt to sleeping on hard beds and withstand sub-zero temperatures. However, it doesn't mean one cannot go on this trek. Good health and strong physical fitness are all you need to go on it.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is a common illness that travelers experience during high altitude journey. As Island Peak also takes you above 6,000 meters there are chances of altitude sickness. However, including enough rest days in between the trip and drinking plenty of water can help avoid AMS.
Transportation and Bag Pack
It is 17-days begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla. From here, you will begin and towards the base of Island Peak gradually.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during Island Peak Climbing:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Island Peak Climbing
This takes you through the bustling settlements first, and later it joins the isolated parts of the Himalayas. You will be staying at teahouses and small lodges. Food in the trails is pretty average, as it includes dal bhat tarkari, dhido, momo, noodles, sandwich, tea, coffee, etc. You can carry extra food if you want. 3-star and 5-star hotels will be your major resting spot in the city. There will be unlimited options to dig on in Kathmandu.
Best Season to go on Island Peak Climbing
The best to go on this journey is during the Autumn season, which starts in October and ends at mid-December. The snow is also not too much, and the sun is not too overpowering as well. The monsoon clears the clouds and fog, which provides you with clear views of mountains. Likewise, Spring is another good time to climb Island Peak.
However, Monsoon (June to mid-September) and Winter (December to February) is not a preferable time to go on Island Peak Climbing 17-days. The rainfall makes the views unclear and trail also become slippery & full of insects. And, the harsh cold makes the journey almost impossible.
Island Peak Climbing Cost
Its cost can vary from one travel agency to another. The cost will include food & accommodation during the trek, all necessary permits, first aid kit, and expenses of guides & porters. For more detailed information, you can check our cost includes and cost excludes part. With us, you will find the most affordable and comprehensive cost for it.
- Make sure to carry insect repellents and table salts
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Get yourself a nice map
- Maintain body hydration- drink plenty of water daily
- Walk slow and safely
- Take out insurance that will cover any emergency evacuation and property loss
- Carry hand cash as there will be no atm on the way
- Pack light
- Do not get obsessed over network and internet; spend time in nature