Island Peak Climbing 17 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Trekking and Peak Climbing
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,189m/20,306ft

Highlights

  • Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Kathmandu, including temples and stupas
  • The exhilarating Himalayan flight on the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu route
  • The ideal route along the Dudh Koshi River
  • The natural diversity of Sagarmatha National Park: Flora and fauna
  • Namche Bazaar- the cultural hub and a trade center of Khumbu
  • Acclimatizing hike and altitude adaptation
  • Pre-climbing training at Island peak base camp
  • Adventurous climbing to Island peak summit (6189 meters), which is an iconic trip
  • Spellbinding Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse peaks
  • Explore the olden monasteries of Tengboche and Pangboche

Island Peak Climbing Overview 

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a (6,189m/20,305ft) tall mountain in Nepal’s eastern Himalayas, the peak falls in Sagarmatha National Park which also hosts the famous Everest Region.  When you view the peak from Dingboche, it appears as if it is an island surrounded by a sea of ice. So, Eric Shipton’s expedition party named it Island Peak in 1951. Our 17-day-long Island Peak Climbing expedition aims to take you to the top of the Island peak through some of the most challenging parts of the Everest region. Island peak was first climbed in 1953 by a British expedition group that included Tenzing Norgay who along with Edmund Hillary became the first ever to climb Mount Everest.

Adventure Club Trek and Expedition offers you the opportunity to make history with its Island peak climbing-17 days itinerary. With Alpine PD+ difficulty level Island Peak Climbing Journey is one of the most sought-after climbing expeditions for mountaineers looking to climb higher mountains in the future. Our climbing expedition begins from Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We then take a flight to Lukla. The 35-40 minute long flight is one of the most scenic flights in the world with views of some of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt.Everest.

From Lukla, we trek to Phakding and then to Namche Bazaar. We take an acclimatization rest day in Namche and trek further on to Tengboche then to Dingboche and eventually to Chukkung where we take another acclimatization day rest. From checking we trek to the Island Peak Base Camp and stay there the next day for pre-climb training. On the 12th day of the expedition, we summit the Island Peak. The climb takes 10-12 hours. Even though challenging and strenuous, the climb is rewarding. Glorious views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and Lhotse along with a gorgeous spread of the Khumbu Himalaya from the top of Island Peak is something to cherish forever.

We then trek from Pangboche to Namche to Lukla and take a flight back to Kathmandu. For a more challenging form of Island Peak Expedition, we offer Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing-23 Days and Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek- 19 Days. For a shorter and less challenging climbing expedition in Nepalese Himalaya, we have Yala Peak Climbing-15 days. 

When is the best time of the year for Island Peak Climbing?

In terms of clean weather and crystal-clear views, spring and autumn are the best seasons for the Island's peak climbing. The first climbing season begins in March and lasts in May, which is regarded as the busiest peak climbing time of the year. Another season is autumn- from September to November. The temperature is mild and the undisturbed views appear which is a fantasy of the travelers. Attempting Island peak in winter will be extremely challenging. Of course, monsoon is not a recommended season for peak climbing.

Physical constitution and Experience Required

Physical fitness is required for the trip. Although Island peak climbing is recommended also for beginners, the altitude and thin air region can be a challenge to you. Adapting to the high altitude, the trekking option to Everest base camp is highly beneficial, but the itinerary should be customized for that. Being a less technical peak, it still challenges you with the vertical slopes and icy route. So, you need to follow the guideline of the peak climbing guide, and use the climbing gears appropriately. If you go through some of the fitness routines or take climbing lessons, you will catch the technical part of Island peak climbing. To build up stamina, daily ascending with about 20 kg load, outdoor jogging, running, and other activities increase your physical fitness, which is an essential part of this trip. If you stay keep in touch with Adventure Club Treks and Expedition, we will recommend some way out to prepare for the Island peak climbing.

How Difficult is Island Peak Climbing?

Island peak climb is basically recommended for beginners willing to step into the world of mountaineering. Even then, climbing the Island peak requires having the experience of trekking at a high altitude. Island peak is a difficult climb at an extreme altitude with a steep ascent and thin air to breathe. The foot of the headwall is the hardest part of the climb. Nevertheless, the climbing route is safe with fixed lines all the way to the summit.

Weather and Temperature

Autumn (September, October, and November) is the best suitable time to climb the Island peak. The temperature in autumn remains around 15°C and the maximum temperature range up to 20°C on sunny days. The morning and night hold chilling weather of -10°C. The weather at the Island peak summit is chilling and freezing.

The Spring Season (March, April, and May) is another favorable season to climb the Island peak. In spring you will get wonderful sunshine days. The temperature in the higher regions, i.e., above 4000m, is colder with a usual temperature of 17°C during the daytime. Similarly, the maximum temperature is around 25°C on sunny days, and the minimum temperature is -15°C.

Island Peak Emergency and Evacuation

In the Himalayan terrain, emergency conditions may arise at any time. In case of emergency, the fastest and safest way of evacuation is by helicopter, as there aren't any sophisticated hospitals in the mountain region. For this, you need to have an insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue. First, we take you to the place, where the helicopter can do a landing and you will be evacuated. In some conditions, even the rescue by horse can be made, but the trend has been overtaken by the helicopter due to its effectiveness.

the helicopter evacuation, we need your insurance details prior to your journey to Island Peak Climbing. It should mention your policy number, name, address, and further details. Your evacuation must be approved by your insurance provider, so we stay updated with your trip, safety, and emergency condition. For communication, you can still use the normal sim card of Nepal Telecom and Ncell that offers signals in mountains too, so you don't need a satellite phone. In case of need, we also provide a satellite phone. In general cases like high altitude sickness symptoms, fever, and the common cold, it's better to take a rest or descend downwards. Acclimatization is always mandatory and the best way of adaptation. You are recommended to consult your doctor before you come to Nepal and use appropriate drugs or medications.

Island Peak Support Team

Planning Island Peak Climbing with a professional team of Adventure Club Trek means you will be fully assisted in the trip-related activities, information, and up-to-date information. We provide all the trip-related information prior to your arrival in Nepal, which helps you to prepare wonderfully. Once you arrive in Nepal, we are ready to organize the trip and offer services being stand-by from our office. Mainly, they include accommodation, food, staff, and peak climbing equipment, required permit works, and being aware of an emergency evacuation. Even when you are in the field, we make a regular follow-up from our office.

Mr. Birendra Chudal assists you with the required information and offers you a briefing about the trip after your arrival in Kathmandu, who will look after the entire trip arrangement and trip operation. On the trip, you will be assisted by a government-authorized licensed guide, assistant guide, and experienced porters. They will operate the trip being fully responsible, being aware of your safety and security.

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 transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

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. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

We catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,187ft). Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla takes about 40 minutes, which is an exhilarating flight with the great Himalayan views of the Everest region. Landing at Lukla, we meet the porters and head further through the enchanting trail above the Dudh Koshi River. Our gentle hike for the first day concludes at Phakding in about 3 hours. Overnight in Phakding.

Note:Sometimes, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport of Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you don't have to face traffic and catch the flight on time. The situation comes in special conditions like harsh weather and ground maintenance.

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

Getting up in the morning, we have breakfast around 8 am and begin the trek around 9 am. We cross a couple of steel bridges that look beautiful with Buddhist prayer flags. We pass Bengkar and Monjo village. Getting Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, we head further to Jorsalle, where we stop for lunch. We need to walk all the way uphill to Namche Bazaar after lunch, which is like a caravan with trekkers and mules. We get the first view of Mt. Everest on the trekking. The horseshoe-shaped Namche Bazaar is a densely populated town and a trade center of Khumbu.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

Hiking above 3000 meters is rewarding, but at the same time, it can be challenging due to the lack of acclimatization. So, we have a whole day to explore around the Namche Bazaar, local market, monasteries, chhortens, and the nearby attractions. We visit the Hillary school, Khunde hospital, walk to the Everest view hotel (witness the charismatic Everest region peaks, including Mt. Everest (8848.86 meters), and extend the hike to the culturally impressive land of Khumjung. The tale of the yeti skull at Khumjung monastery is quite interesting as well. Exploring around, we hike down to Namche and take a rest.

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

Namche Bazaar remains crowded from the morning. Having breakfast, we begin to climb towards the ridge of Namche. The trail remains busy with the ascending and descending of the trekking in the season. From the ridge, the trail is quite easy and far more rewarding. After walking about a couple of miles, we reach Kyangjuma and continue descending to Phunki Tenga, nearby Riverside, which is a great location for the lunch stop. Then we cross the bridge and extend our trek all the way up to Tengboche through the uphill route. Overnight in Tengboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

The spectacular pyramid-shaped peak of Ama Dablam shines early in the morning that can be seen from Tengboche. Having breakfast, we march on our way passing some of the typical Sherpa hamlets like Deboche and Milingo. Reaching Pangboche, we explore the olden monastery of Everest- the Pangboche monastery, which was destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Heading further, we stop at Somare and have lunch. We resume the trek following the Imja Khola River and reach the picturesque town of Dingboche. It is also known as a windswept village, surrounded by stone walls. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,360m/14,305ft

The trip begins from Dingboche, witnessing the mani stone and the alpine terrain. We have an easy walk with a short distance to cover (about7 km). This short trek helps us to adapt to the alpine climate as the oxygen level in the air decreases more and more. We reach Chhukung and stop for the lunch. It is also our ultimate destination today. Overnight in Chhukung.

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

It is important to acclimatize especially at this altitude before attempting an adventurous climb to the Island peak. So, after having breakfast at Chhukung, we climb the nearby Chhukung Ri, which exceeds an altitude of 5545 meters. The climbing is not technical, but the oxygen level makes it harsher to climb. The hiking is a lot of rewarding trips to witness the breathtaking views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Pumori, Lhotse Wall, Makalu, and Baruntse peak. Then we hike down to Chhukung and prepare for the following day.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,546m/18,196ft

Chhukung is the last human settlement on the Island peak route. We begin the trek right after having breakfast, the glacial route escorts us to the Island peak base camp, located at an altitude of 4970 meters. The trail is short, but we need to adapt to the less oxygen altitude. Reaching early, we have lunch and walk around. We get the beautiful sight of Imja Tso, Lhotse, and Imja glacier.

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

Before heading towards the peak directly, it's better to prepare for the climbing, which informs us about the equipment, climbing skills, route, difficulty, and peak climbing communication. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the tented camp. We may climb up to 5500 meters and come back. This typically is beneficial for adaptation and makes climbing on the following day easier.

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

We wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier to a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the 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 up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows, and the trail enters 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. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fix rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses

There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. 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 our successful Island Peak climb.

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

We kick off the excursion after breakfast at Island peak base camp heading towards Chhukung. We pass this beautiful alpine settlement and hike further towards Dingboche. We stop for the lunch in this picturesque town. After lunch, we bid farewell to this stone-walled town and follow the Imja Khola River, passing through the enticing towns like Orsho and Somare all the way to Pangboche. Overnight in Pangboche.

 

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

Descending from Pangboche, we pass through Milingo and Deboche, which takes us to Tengboche. It continues to Phunke Tenga, where we stop for the lunch by the Dudh Koshi Riverbank. Then we climb up to the ridge and walk through the gentle trail all the way to the ridge of Namche Bazaar. We head through Kyangjuma before descending to Namche. The view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche and Thamserku look dramatic. Today, we take a rest at Namche.

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

Having breakfast at Namche, we continue descending through the steep downhill route, cross the suspension bridge and reach Jorsalle. We check out from the Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint. We head further to Monjo, pass Bengkar, and reach Phakding. We have lunch at this point at the beautiful location with the River sound. Crossing the bridge, we walk through the gentle trail passing the potatoes field all the way to Lukla. This is the last point where we celebrate the trip's success with the entire team.

  • 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
  • MealsFarewell 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, RaftingBungeejumping, 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 illness 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.

Trip Map

Island Peak Climbing 17 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • 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 and climb
  • 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.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • 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
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents, and Kitchen equipment)
  • Island Peak climbing certificates are issued from the respective body of the Nepal Government.
  • Trekking cook, 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, and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  • 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).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 03, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 21, 2022End DateEnd: SundayNovember 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 24, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2249

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

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.

  • DanielBago
    DanielBagoHungaryDate: May 22, 2014

    Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes with Island Peak climbing in March 2014

    I did Gokyo Ri - Kala Patthat - Everest Base Camp - Island Peak trek with Adventure Club Trek in March 2014. It was very good, definitely one of my best trips. Our guide, assistance guide, and porters were very professional, friendly, and helpful with an intensive knowledge of local life, mountains, nature, and Khumbu village.
    I traveled with a group of 18 and it was not an easy job to manage necessary needs for us in such a remote area but our guide managed it efficiently that makes me feel like we were still in the homeland.
    I would like to thank to Adventure Club and especially Birendra for their kindness during the trip, they proved professionalism on the trek and provided good information and assistance.I would definitely recommend using Adventure Club Trek for any adventure trips in Nepal.

  • Balázs N
    Balázs NHungaryDate: May 19, 2014

    Unforgettable Everest base camp trek with island peak climbing

    It was my first time trekking to Everest base camp through the most amazing Gokyo Lake with Adventure Club trek and its team. I found them very professional and friendly with lots of knowledge about local life, villages, culture, and mountains.
    Our guide Birendra ( also the owner of the company) and his team took care of us as family members and did not let us feel away from home, we always have had services on time.
    It was a very hard trip for me because I had got diarrhea on the first date because I ate everything together :) I could manage it and made my trip successful, we also climbed Island Peak and it was a great experience.
    As I have had an incredible time with the team of Adventure club trek and I enjoyed every moment of the trek, I would like to highly recommend them.

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