Island Peak Climbing 16 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Approximately 5-7 hours trekking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1. Max. 12 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,189m/20,306ft

Trip Highlights of Island Peak Climbing 

  • Take a scenic flight from Lukla to Everest Region
  • Trekking through the Khumbu Valley's beautiful landscapes
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery, which offers stunning views of the mountains
  • Reach Island Peak Base Camp with an altitude of 5,200m/17.060ft
  • Join professional guides for a training session at Island Peak Base Camp
  • Summit Island Peak, a challenging peak located in the Everest Region
  • Experience Sherpa hospitality and culture along the way
  • Explore diverse terrain, including glaciers, moraines, and alpine forest
  • Cross over high suspension bridges and traverse steep ridges
  • Experience the beauty of the Khumbu Icefall and Glacier
  • Achieve a feat that will leave you breathless.

Island Peak Climbing Overview:

Island Peak, locally known as Imja Tse, stands out majestically amidst the towering Himalayan giants. It resembles an island between the awe-inspiring Lhotse/Nuptse South Wall to the north and Baruntse to the south. Its summit offers breathtaking views, with a thrilling ridge climb adding to the adventure.

This peak is perfect for those who dream of conquering a challenging 6000-meter Himalayan summit. It gained fame as a training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing in 1953, and the route they pioneered is still in use today. Aspiring Everest climbers often use Island Peak to hone their skills, as it provides a similar terrain and challenges, such as navigating crevasses with ladders and ascending fixed lines using jumars.

Island Peak is a 16-day adventure, including time in Kathmandu and 16 days of trekking and climbing—plan for flight delays from and to the mountains. We gradually adapt to the high elevation as we travel up the Khumbu Valley, which prevents altitude sickness. We will take a side trip up Chukhung Ri (5550 meters) to get a breathtaking view of Lhotse's south wall.

Island Peak is the main highlight of our journey. It's a famous 6000-meter mountain. Edmund Hillary and Sherpa climbed Island Peak in 1953 for Everest training. You'll have acclimatized to the altitude and be physically ready when we try the climb. You'll gain essential skills during the trip to ensure safe mountain travel. You will learn how to navigate glaciers, climb over rocks, and move through snow and ice. If you have yet to gain alpine experience, there are opportunities to practice and learn before you reach Island Peak.

Island Peak Expedition is a great training ground for climbing peaks over 7000 meters. Island Peak climbing is not only physically challenging but also technically easy. It is ideal for those looking to gain experience in mountain expeditions. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top of Island Peak. You can see the south faces of Everest, Lhotse, and other peaks. Ama Dablam, Makalu are also visible.

The adventure begins with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Lukla. From Lukla, the walk starts immediately and takes you through Phakding, Namche, and Dudhkosh Valley. 

We then descend to Chhukung, the Island Peak Base Camp, and prepare our expedition. It is essential to practice peak climbing, which involves traversing the snowy terrain and using gears like ladders, ropes, and jumars. On the 10th day of our 17-day trip, we practice climbing techniques with the proper equipment. On the next day, we summit.

The Island Peak Climbing adventure ends with a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. For a detailed schedule, see the Island peak climbing itineraries section.

How Difficult is Island Peak Climbing?

Island peak climb is popular for beginners looking to get into mountaineering. However, successfully climbing the peak requires prior trekking experience at high altitudes. Island Peak presents a challenging climb with steep ascents and thin air to breathe, particularly difficult at the foot of the headwall. At the same time, the climbing route is safe and features fixed lines to the Summit. Hiring an experienced guide is recommended for a successful climb. Experienced guides offer valuable support and assistance throughout the journey, including providing necessary equipment and knowledge. With proper preparation, training, and guidance, you can conquer this majestic Himalayan summit and create unforgettable memories. Island Peak climb is an adventure of a lifetime that requires determination, perseverance, and a love for the great outdoors.

Weather and Temperature

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

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

Island Peak Emergency and Evacuation

In case of an emergency during your Island Peak climb, helicopter evacuations are the primary method for assistance. Nepal has a well-established system for managing such situations, but it's crucial to have travel insurance and communicate your plans to your insurance provider. Initially, the responsibility for moving a casualty lies with the climbing team, guide, porters, and nearby individuals. They will relocate the casualty to the closest safe area and then to a feasible evacuation spot. However, adverse weather conditions often hinder helicopter assistance, so being self-sufficient and capable of self-management is vital in mountain environments.


Assisted descent using horses is a standard option, typically costing around USD 150 per day, payable in cash. Insurance companies can coordinate helicopter evacuations directly with the provision of policy details. Although satellite phones may only sometimes be necessary due to mobile phone coverage, there might be instances where trekking to a lodge with phone access becomes essential. If experiencing altitude sickness, descending is advised over risking further ascent, as it reduces the chances of developing severe cerebral or pulmonary edema. While medication and acclimatization techniques can be helpful, descending remains the safest choice. Fortunately, incidents are rare, and Island Peak is situated in a well-supported area of Nepal, with the Himalayan Rescue Centre located in Pheriche, not far from Chukkung.

Island Peak Support Team

Planning your Island Peak Climbing adventure with Adventure Club Trek ensures a professional team will support you throughout the journey. We provide comprehensive trip-related information before your arrival to Nepal, which helps you prepare for the climb. When you arrive, we'll be ready to organize the trip and offer standby services from our office, including accommodation, food, staff, peak climbing equipment, required permits, and emergency evacuation awareness.
Regarding the Island Peak climb, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction. Our experienced team member, Mr. Birendra Chudal, will assist you with all the necessary information and provide a detailed briefing about the trip when you arrive in Kathmandu. He'll oversee all aspects of the trip's arrangement and operation to ensure everything runs smoothly. Throughout your adventure, you'll be accompanied by a government-authorized licensed guide, assistant guide, and experienced porters who are fully responsible for your safety and security.
If you have any concerns or questions, our support team is always available to address them. Plus, we can provide additional information about the Island Peak climbing permit cost, Island Peak climbing in Nepal, Island Peak climbing season, EBC with Island Peak climbing, Mera and Island Peak climbing, and the Island Peak climb in general.

Food and Accommodation during the Climbing

The 16-day Island Peak Climbing Itinerary takes you to various remote locations with unique cultures and lifestyles. You may wonder about the type of accommodation and food provided during the trip. As the area is remote, high-quality hotel rooms are not available. However, the tea houses in beautiful villages offer twin-sharing rooms with attached bathrooms maintained with excellent hygiene. You'll be sharing a room with another trekker. Still, you can book a single room in advance, although availability is limited.

Each day, you will be served 3 delicious meals. In general, breakfast and dinner are served at the same lodge. Lunch is served at small teahouses or restaurants located along the trail. While in tent camps, we serve tea and coffee with a packed lunch. Our climbing cook prepares breakfast and dinner. Fresh fruits and organic ingredients from Kathmandu and local villages along the way are used in the meals. Nutritionists have designed a balanced meal of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Chefs are trained to prepare food hygienically. Prior notice is required for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.

Our staff ensures you receive the best nutritional food for a safe journey ahead, regardless of the location. Rest assured, you'll have comfortable accommodation and healthy meals throughout your Island Peak Climbing adventure.

Island Peak Base Camp Climbing Training

Island Peak Base Camp Climbing is an important part of Island Peak Climbing. Our guide will lead the training, demonstrate the correct equipment use, and set up fixed lines to allow for climbing practice. The training involves using ropes, Jumars, Figures of Eight, ice axes, crampons, and more. Climbers can also practice using crampons by walking in them to become familiar with the equipment. The training increases confidence and gives climbers the skills and knowledge to tackle Island Peak successfully. Adventure Club Trek provides comprehensive training to ensure a successful ascent in a few days.

Experience Required For Island Peak

Island Peak climbing can be a rewarding 'trekking peak' experience, as it doesn't require technical skills. The climb is achievable for those with good physical condition and some mountaineering skills. Moreover, trekkers who have completed the Everest Base Camp trek, anyone who climbed above 16,404 feet, or trekkers who have completed the Kilimanjaro climb can make their way up to the peak without much difficulty. However, properly equipping yourself and working on your fitness are crucial components in this journey. Climbers should undergo a series of fitness routines months before, building stamina, free weight training, other bodyweight exercises, carrying a backpack while ascending, cardiovascular training, and more. Adventure Club Trek provides essential instructions and guidance to make your journey easier before you arrive in Nepal for your climb. Also, the Island Peak climbing season, permit cost, and mera and island peak climbing are details you may need to consider.

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 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

Additional Equipment Info

Climbing Island Peak requires boots that fit crampons, are warm, and fit well. Choosing the right type of boots graded at least B1 for crampon use is essential. Investing in B2 hybrid or B3 rigid plastic boots is ideal for mountaineering on higher or colder routes. Full 8000m triple boots are unnecessary but can be used if you already have them. Our porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kg while catering to all group needs, including assisting those who need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, accommodation is in well-equipped, warm, sociable lodges or teahouses.

Itinerary

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A representative of Adventure Club Trek will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. After you have completed your customs formalities, Adventure Club Trek will take you to your hotel in its private vehicle. Your trekking/Climber leader will give you an orientation during a welcome dinner after you have rested at your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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

Today, You will be driven to the domestic airport in the early morning to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide will divide a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now, the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. You will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views would go on, revealing the natural beauties as you make it to the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you can rest and take a short hike to a nearby monastery or stroll around to get a feel of the land overnight in Phakding.

Manthali to Lukla Flight (March, April, May, October, and November)

Due to air traffic expansion, flights to Lukla will be operated from Ramechhap/Manthali during peak seasons, such as March, April, May, October, and November. The Manthali/Ramechhap airport is about a four-hour drive from Kathmandu. On this day, we wake up at 2:30 a.m., take an escorted shuttle to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle, and board a 20-minute flight to Lukla.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December)

 The flight to Lukla is typically operated from Kathmandu during nonpeak seasons, which include January, February, June, July, August, September, and December. Please be aware that the decision regarding the operation of flights solely depends on the airline and is influenced by the volume of travelers during a specific month. On this day, we wake up at 5 to 6 a.m. Our staff will escort you to the domestic airport terminal in Kathmandu and board a 35-minute flight to Lukla. Overnight in Phakding.

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

After breakfast, Begin the day with a trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, which takes approximately 5-6 hours. The journey includes a walk through pine forests and along the Dudh Koshi River, with views of Mt. Thamserku and, weather permitting, glimpses of Mt. Everest. Cross five suspension bridges, with the highest being the Hillary Bridge. Namche Bazaar serves as the gateway to Mt. Everest and is the main trading center of the region. The uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar concludes the day's trek. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

Today is an acclimatization day in preparation for our exciting Island Peak climbing adventure. Health experts advise staying active and moving around on this rest day instead of idle. We can stroll around Namche's quaint villages and get to know the Sherpas and their rich culture. Alternatively, we can hike to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy a breathtaking view of the mighty Everest. While in Namche, we may also visit the local museum exhibiting the region's native flora and fauna and the history of Mount Everest region. For trekkers looking to explore more, we propose a 5-6 hour hike to Khumjung village, where we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and the Khumjung Monastery, famous as the monastery that houses the head of the Yeti, before the overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

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

After breakfast, we make our way toward Tengboche. This easy walk from Namche to Phunki is followed by an ascent towards Tengboche village, which contains the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. It is situated within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of outstanding universal value. It offers a spectacular panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. We also visited the monastery at around 3 p.m. the same day to observe a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche

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

We continue our climb uphill, passing many chortens and mani walls. Enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. The island peak. We will enter the Imja Valley after crossing the Lobuche River and trek up a steep trail to Dingboche. We can see Island Peak (6,812m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m). Dingboche is surrounded by walls that protect crops and animals against cold winds. These stones are removed from the field and piled, creating kilometer-long stone walls. Overnight in  Dingboche.

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

After breakfast, we head to the east, towards the Chukhung Valley. En route, we pass through the stone-walled Imja Khola Valley. You will be able to see Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks are visible. You will eventually reach your destination, Chhukung. We check into our rooms at Chhukung and then meet our guide, who will brief us about the climb and our preparations. Overnight  in Chhukung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4735m /15,535ft

Today is another acclimatization day. Climb Chhukung Ri, a peak above Chhukung village, to help adjust to the high altitude. The climb involves easy scrambling near the summit. Enjoy stunning views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks from the top. Descend back to Chhukung for an overnight stay. Overnight  in Chhukung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4735m / 15,535ft

Today, we're trekking to Island Peak Base Camp, navigating a fairly steep trail. Start by climbing towards the south and then turn east to reach the valley's main line. Follow a winding path beneath the southern flank of the moraine from Lhotse Glacier and continue along a delightful trail alongside a stream. The route to Amphu Lapcha lies southeast. A crisscross route through Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the southwest side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. 

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

We woke up bright and early, at 12-1 am, to have breakfast before beginning our climb. We must reach Island Peak's summit before noon since the afternoon highland winds may pose a challenge. Our trail moves beyond base camp, first on the sand before transitioning to grass and boulders. As we progress upwards, the slope tapers and leads us into a steep rock channel, which we navigate to the right-side exit. Following a ridge walk, we arrive at an exposed traverse onto the glacier snout; ropes will be available when necessary. Next, a steep snow slope takes us to the summit ridge, leading us to fixed and man ropes for safety. The fixed rope comes into play only after successful rock climbing. It is typically 350m long (depending on the season and crevasse conditions). New crevasses of 3-4m long necessitate the use of ladders. After we enjoy the summit views, have pictures taken, and return to Island Peak Base Camp, where some of our crew awaits to celebrate our successful expedition. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. 

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

The Island Peak Contingency Day also called the Reserved Day, is important during climbing trips. If something unexpected happens, like bad weather or difficult climbing conditions, this day gives climbers another chance to try reaching the summit. Even if everything goes according to plan, the Contingency Day is still useful. It acts as a backup in case bad weather stops the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, making sure everyone can get home safely. So, this day is crucial for making sure the climbing trip goes well and everyone stays safe.

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

Today's trek descends to lower altitudes, making it more accessible. We pass through the picturesque Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare, following the Khumbu Khola valley. Those who want to explore more can visit the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region, Upper Pangboche, or take the standard route to reach Pangboche. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Pangboche offers stunning views of nearby peaks such as Everest and Kangtaiga. Overnight in Pangboche.

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

From Pangboche, we'll follow our previous route to the Imja Khola River and up through the forest to Tengboche. There, we can visit nuns at the monastery if interested. After lunch at Tengboche, we'll continue through the hillside covered by rhododendrons and juniper trees. We'll cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and follow the trail through the gorge, passing by pine forests before reaching Sansa. During the trek, we'll be on the lookout for wildlife, such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants. Overnight in Namche.

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

After breakfast, 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 potato field to Lukla. This is the last point where we celebrate the trip's success with the entire team. Overnight in Lukla.

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

Lukla to Manthali Flight (March, April, May, October, and November)

The flight from Lukla to Manthali is a 20-minute flight. After that, it is about a 4-5-hour drive to Kathmandu. Please note that the driving hours may vary according to the highway traffic conditions. You’ll be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu on a shared tourist vehicle.

Lukla to Kathmandu Flight (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December)

The flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes. After arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu via a shared tourist vehicle. Please be aware that the decision regarding the operation of flights solely depends on the airline and is influenced by the volume of travelers during a specific month.

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

Our Island Peak Climbing 16 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 in experiencing 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 while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, 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 illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Island Peak Climbing 16 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.
  • The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • 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 arrangements.
  • 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 6190 meters).
  • 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: TuesdayMay 28, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayJune 12, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2209
Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayJune 15, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2209

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

Lukla Flight Delay Information

The weather in mountain areas can be unpredictable, affecting flights to and from Lukla. When the weather is good, the Twin Otter planes are reliable. However, flights may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather or technical issues. We can arrange a helicopter to ensure you stay on schedule in case of flight cancellations or long delays. Helicopters can fly in lower visibility than Twin Otters, meeting the Nepal Civil Aviation rules. You can pay for the helicopter flight in US dollars, credit cards, or traveler’s cheques at our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for reimbursement from your travel insurance company. The cost for the helicopter flight is $500 per person, or you can opt for a Helicopter Charter at a rate of $3000. We recommend arriving in Kathmandu one day before the trek to allow time for purchasing trekking gear and adjusting to the time difference. Additionally, allocating extra days after the tour will help minimize the risk of missing your international flight in case of any trekking difficulties or flight cancellations caused by severe weather conditions in Lukla.

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 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 headaches, has Nausea, and is out of breath. It is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, 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 resting. 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 a 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 accumulates in the body's tissues. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen, leading 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 accumulates in the lungs, which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later produces frothy pink sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are rare. All our Adventure Club Trek guides know the symptoms of AMS and can handle it 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 isolated and off-the-beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, and the same goes for climbing expeditions.

  • 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 per the trekkers' special needs to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. Suppose your trek is longer or shorter than that. In that case, appropriate adjustments can be made to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. Adventure Club Trek will provide the items marked with an asterisk (*) at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the imported from China often being of higher quality. Several high-end shops in Kathmandu carry well-known brands. Since our porters will carry your pack, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you still need to send me a gear list.

* 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, two extra passport-size photos, and airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, paying for restaurants and hotels, gratuities, and snacks, and purchasing your 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

  HEAD

  • A bandana or headscarf is also useful in 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 two long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and 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 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, consisting 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 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/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

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 a visa for 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas and official overland entry points are issued on arrival at the international airport. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia have yet to be issued visas on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks to assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you must stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for the online visa within 15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo 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. 

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate 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 worldwide, you may Contact us for more information.

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 a year. These extensions are granted only at the Department of Immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, 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 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 expeditions 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. After your trek, you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We expect all trekkers to keep their baggage weight under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a total commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of severe 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. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities you undertake during your Nepal stays, 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 that 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 need help to settle a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and Battery Recharge

During your trek in the Everest region, electricity from micro-hydropower and solar panels is available to recharge your phones, laptops, and iPads on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche are the only two places offering free Wi-Fi. At other places upwards, you need to pay for 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, communication will be done through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once daily to ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly contact you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the network before the high altitude. We can provide you with a separate local SIM card for a better network upon request. 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 form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and wise travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share 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 does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is optional in Nepal, as most services include a service charge. However, you can tip drivers and hotel staff if you want to express gratitude. People usually welcome such generosity. When 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 

  • 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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