Everest Three High passes Trek with Island peak Climbing 23 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 23 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Tour, Trekking and Peak Climbing
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,189m/20,306ft

Highlights

  • Climbing the Island Peak (6,189m)
  • Explore centuries-old Newari architecture in the Kathmandu valley, tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and explore the culture of Nepalese people.
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla alongside some of the world’s tallest mountains like Everest.
  • Getting to know the culture of the Sherpas in the Khumbu Himalaya.
  • The beautiful Gokyo Valley with several turquoise lakes and climbing Gokyo Ri for a spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayan spread.
  • Crossing Everest Region’s three highest passes are Cho La at 5,300 m, Kongma La at 5,535 m, and Renjo La at 5,338m.
  • Closely observing the Khumbu Icefall
  • Setting foot on the Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier
  • Getting to see the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest, from up close.

 

Everest High passes with Island peak Climbing in Nutshell

Everest Three High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing takes you to some of the highest passes in the world and the top of Island Peak (6,189m).  We cross three high passes in the Everest region in this expedition- Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). This 23-day-long journey with Adventure Trek Club and Expeditions starts in Kathmandu exploring centuries-old Newari architecture, alleys, UNESCO world heritage sites, and monasteries.  A 30-minute-long exciting mountain flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla, popularly known as the gateway to the Everest region.  Our trek ahead is dominated by views of soaring Thamserku (6,623 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,367m).

Mount Everest Three High passes Trekking and  Island peak Climb In Nepal is for those who are adequately fit and have done some treks at fairly good altitudes and want to move on to something that’s bigger that provides a sense of achievement for self-motivation in the great Himalayas of Nepal…then Island Peak at (6187m), also locally known as Imja Tse, is your one-stop green light for a foray into the mountain wilderness as you seek to cut across 3 high passes before summiting at Island Peak and then you’re psychologically prepared for the bigger massifs where only eagles dare. Imja Tse lies to the south of Mount Everest and is one trek peak that beckons the seasoned & novice trekker year after year.

We will spend a spare day at Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu Himalayas. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest ( 8,8848) from the Sherpa town. The spare day here is for acclimatization. We can go on short hikes during the day. We gradually ascend into Gokyo Valley in the days to come. Walking alongside Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise glacier lakes to reach Gokyo is beautiful heaven. Once at the top of Gokyo Ri views of the region’s eight thousand- Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu – make for a breathtaking panorama.  We will then head to Lobuche crossing Cho La ( pass) at 5,300m on the way. From Lobuche, we trek to Gorakshep via Khumbu Glacier.

23 Days Everest High Passes with Island Peak also takes us to Everest Base Camp and then makes our way to Kala Patthar to enjoy the Panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks from the top. We make our attempt to summit Island Peak from Chukhung where we arrive after crossing Kongma La ( 5,535 m). Island peak is technically more difficult to climb than Mera Peak, but like Mera Peak climb it is perfect for anyone seeking to climb their first Himalayan mountain.   We have a contingency day in case the weather on the day of the summit isn’t favorable. Once the mountain is made, we trek back to Namche and then to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu.

If you are cramped on time and want a shorter trip to Island Peak, go for our 19 days at Everest Base Camp with Island Peak or you could take our 17 days Island Peak Adventure that takes you straight down there without the meandering. The choices are yours for the asking.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and giving you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude,350m/4,429ft

We rest for most of the day and unpack. We will meet in the afternoon and discuss with your climbing leaders and we will check your set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude,350m/4,429ft

Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air route in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sorts out and divide the load of baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and cross several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight in Phakding.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800m/9,187ft

From Phakding we continue through pine, fir, and juniper forest and then follow the path along the Dudh Kosi River. On our trek today we cross the river several times via suspension bridges and on the way we are greeted by a fantastic view of Mt. Thamserku(6,608m). Again we enter a pine forest which gradually clears out and if the weather permits we get to see mighty Everest(8,848m) over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and from here the path steepens, and along the way, we also cross Hilary Bridge, known by name for being the highest suspension bridge. A few hours uphill climb to Namche Bazaar also known as the Gateway to Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

Namche Bazaar is the biggest town on the Everest trail and consists of many restaurants, hotels, shops, bakeries, and also exchange services. Today we acclimatize. Many activities are planned for the day to adjust to the high altitude. After breakfast, we hike to the Everest View Hotel, considered one of the highest placed hotels. From here you can enjoy the magnificent up-close view of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. As we return we take a detour to a local museum that houses local flora and fauna along with the history of the Everest region. We also explore the Syangboche Airport. If you wish to hike more, we have set aside an option to visit the Khumjung village. It is approximately 5-6 hours walk, and upon reaching the village, we explore the Khumjung Monastery where a Yeti’s scalp is on display. You can also visit KhumjungSchool built-in 1961 by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

Our trail heads west along the valley of the Bhote Koshi River. The views of the Himalayas including Kongde Ri (6187 m), Khumbu Yul La (5765 m), Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m) are fantastic. The first village we pass through is Phorte where a nursery was established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. We continue along the balcony path. After descending to the river, we cross a bridge before making a steep climb to Thame, situated at an important juncture along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass), and finally, arrive in Thame. Overnight in Thame.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,736m/12,258ft

After breakfast, we visit Thame Gompa which is a 350-year-old monastery beautifully located on the cliffs above Thame. After spending some time here we continue our trek to Lunde. The trail climbs gently over the moraine and continues our ascent to Lunde. We follow the route used for centuries by the Himalayan traders who ferried salt and grains across the Nangpa-La pass into Tibet. Overnight in Lumde.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,368m/14,331ft

his is the second day set aside for us to acclimatize to the high altitude thus preventing any symptoms of AMS. Taking the time to acclimatize today should help us with the next day’s climb over the Renjo La pass. We can spend this day resting and hiking. There are many spots in the area that guarantee amazing views of the surroundings and of course the Himalayan vista. Overnight in Lumde.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,368m/14,331ft

Today we cross the first of the three passes, Renjo-La. It is a tough climb but the view from the top makes the climb worthwhile. As we trek further we see prayer flags that signal the pass. The view from the top of the pass is spectacular. We see Gokyo Lakes, Ngozummpa Glacier, Everest, Lhotse, and the other Himalayas. From here we descend to Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,800m/15,749ft

Today, we hike to Gokyo Ri; it is a small peak that stands above the Gokyo village and makes for an excellent viewpoint. Enjoy the views of four eight-thousanders, Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu from Gokyo Ri and the view of Gokyo village at the edge of the third lake with Ngozumpa Glacier and Cholatse. Not to forget the golden hour on Everest! Afterward, you will also bask in the tranquil serenity of Thonak Tsho, the fourth holy lake. Given the surplus time and your physical condition, we will decide on whether or not to hike to the fifth sacred lake, Ngozumba Tsho from where you can observe the Himalayas ’ longest glacier Ngozumpa glacier. Back to Gokyo village for overnight. It’s a much shorter trek today. We trek through the magnificent Ngozumpa Glacier to reach the mountain on the other side. Then, traveling along the mountain’s edge, we gradually enter Thagnak. Since we have already climbed Gokyo Ri, it will be a short hike with ample afternoon rest today. Given that we are aiming for a higher altitude tomorrow, today’s short trek will give you the much-needed rest,

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,357m/17,576ft

If the weather was not good for climbing Gokyo Ri the previous day, we then do so today. After breakfast, we climb out of the Gokyo village to a ridge then trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thaknak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. Overnight in Thaknak.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,600m/15,093ft

Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of the pass which is decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rise sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche Peak, and the Pheriche village far below. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,940m/16,208ft

Gear up for a trek to the Everest Base Camp! We start by following the trail through Gorakshep Lake and past the Indian army mountaineer’s memorials. Maintain a steady pace to prevent AMS and follow the guide at all times as the path can get very confusing from here onwards. Walk along a rocky trail and past the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp. We are rewarded with spectacular views of Nuptse(7,861m), Pumori(7,161m), and Khumbuste(6,640m). Also, enjoy the view of the Khumbu Icefall. We conclude the day by heading back to Gorakshep where we spend the night. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,170m/16,963ft

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,940m/16,208ft

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000 m/16,404 ft). The ascent to the Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairns wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. After reaching Chhukung we will also check our equipment in order to get ready for our ultimate climb. Overnight in Chhukung. 

Note: If we do not want to undertake the Kongma La pass, we can follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,730m/15,519ft

After breakfast, we head towards our destination for the day, Island Base Camp. The path to the base camp is fairly steep but overall it is quite an easy trek. We begin by climbing south and turn east towards Imja Valley. Along the way, we are greeted by the magnificent AmaDablam. The trail then continues through the moraines from Lhotse Glacier and Imja Glacier. Here onwards it is a pleasant trail to Island Peak Base Camp. Upon arrival, we rest for a while before beginning our pre-climbing training. The guides will teach you all the basic tricks and techniques required for tomorrow’s summit. You will be taught the proper use of an ice axe, crampons, harness, climbing boots, and ascender. The training also includes basic safety measures and things to do in case of an emergency. To build up more confidence before the big day we practice using our climbing gears and go on a short hike on ice.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,200m/17,061ft

Big day today! We wake up early at around 2 am have breakfast and pack all the necessary gear for the summit. Our goal is to reach the top before noon to avoid the strong wind that blows in the highlands in the afternoon, a major factor for a successful summit. In the beginning, the path is sandy, and as we climb higher, it changes to boulder-strewn. The further we go the slope narrows after which we come across a rock channel. Follow the rock gully to a ridgeline leading to the snout of the summit glacier. Follow the guide at all times and listen to the instructions given. Ascend a steep snow-covered slope to reach the summit ridge. Throughout the climb, both fixed ropes and man ropes will be used as safety measures. The length of the rope line depends on the weather condition and the crevasses. The feeling of being at the top of Island Peak is one memory that will stay for a lifetime. All your effort of reaching the summit will be rewarded by eye-popping views of AmaDablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and Lhotse among other mountains. After a successful summit, we then return to base camp.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude6,189m/20,306ft

A day is set as a contingency just in case the weather condition does not favor our planned day for the summit. Usually, the weather in high altitudes is unpredictable and can change in a few seconds. If everything goes as anticipated this day will not be used.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,200m/17,061ft

Descend to Tengboche through the Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare. We also pass by the beautiful village of Pangboche. This village is surrounded by the mighty Everest to the north, other mountains including Thamserku, AmaDablam, and Kangtega to the east, and Kongde range to the south. As we leave the village behind, we come across a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and ascend to Debuche. The trail then climbs up through a forest to arrive at Tengboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,985m/13,075ft

From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

We descend on a steep trail so it is important that we walk cautiously 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 leveler. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800m/9,187ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It's time to release the tiredness, enjoy walking around the local market and buy souvenirs in the afternoon. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening.

Note: In case of a flight delay, either you will have to stay in Lukla till the weather becomes clear or you have the option to take a helicopter ride. In case of maintenance of a domestic airport in Kathmandu, you may have to fly from Lukla to Manthali Airport and drive further to Kathmandu. The 4 to 5-hour drive may extend due to the traffic congestion.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Island Peak Climbing 17 Days ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 nights)
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • Island Peak climbing certificates are issued from the respective body of the Nepal Government.
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa, and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage up to 6190meters).
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Useful Info

Meals

During our Island Peak Climbing, All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided on the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes. During the climbing session, Two men's tent accommodation, and foam mattresses will be made available, and toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle them with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.
  • Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

This is the list of guidelines to help you pack what is needed to bring in on the trip. The packing list may vary depending on the season you set off on the journey. Please take note that a trekker's luggage should not exceed the limit of 11kg as there will be one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers. Apart from the luggage, each trekker will have to carry a day-pack including valuables or what is important. It will be better if you pack only the items that are necessary for you.

  • The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.
  • Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

CLIMBING

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Screw gate
  • Descended abseil device
  • Prussic loops
  • Plastic mountaineering boot

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Experience Required For Island Peak

Island Peak is sometimes called a ‘trekking peak’ because of its non-technical nature. Trekkers with good physical condition and some mountaineering skills could possibly accomplish this feat without difficulties. Moreover, people who have already done the Everest Base Camp trek or the Kilimanjaro climb, or any other trek or climb up to 5,000 m (16,404 feet) can easily do the Island Peak climb. You need to be physically strong at the same time because you will be climbing on ice and rock on vertical slopes with ropes, snow boots, and crampons. However, just being fit and healthy does not mean that you are ready to scale the peak. We recommend climbers go through a series of fitness routines several months prior to the actual climb. Make climbing a regular part of your daily activity or simply start an outdoor hiking routine carrying around 20-25 pounds of the backpack while ascending to build up stamina. Next, build up your overall body strength by doing free weight training and other bodyweight exercises. Incorporate some cardiovascular training to build up your body conditioning, including jogging, running, walking on an inclined treadmill, aerobic workouts, and walking up and down a hill. Adventure Club Trek will send you instructions and guidelines before you arrive in Nepal for your climb.

Best Time to do Island Peak 

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Climbing Guides and Porters

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Climbing Guide Training 
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our Trekking/Climbing guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Communication On Island Peak Climb

On  Island Peak Climbing in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can also contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost. During peak climbing, you will be using sat phones.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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