Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base camp Trek 19 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, and Domestic Flights
  • Activity City Tour, Trekking and Climbing
  • Best Season March-May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Min 1, Max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,119m/20,076ft

Highlights

  • Explore the Cultural Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley including the Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath.
  • Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Trek in the Everest Region with its changing landscape and high mountains.
  • Get to know the culture and religion of Sherpas living in the Himalayas.
  • 360-degree view of the mighty Everest from Namche Bazaar along with other surrounding Himalayas.
  • Get close to Everest with a trek to Everest Base Camp. Also, enjoy the views of Khumbu Icefall and giants like Nuptse(7,861m), Pumori(7,161m), and Khumbutse(6,636m).
  • Climb the peak of Kala Patthar at 5,545m to get a close view of Mt. Everest.
  • Conquer one of the highest passes in the Everest Region, Kong La Pass at 5,535m.
  • Summit Island Peak at an  elevation of 6,187 meters
  • From the top of Island Peak enjoy the breathtaking views of AmaDablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516m), and Makalu(8,481m) among others.
  • Explore Pangboche Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest Region.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest gompa in the Khumbu region.

Island Peak Climbing  with EBC Trek in Nutshell

Island peak (6,183 m.) also known as Imja Tse is one of the popular peaks in the Everest region. This is one of the highly demanded peaks for climbing, so as the trip is combined with the popular trips primarily of Everest Base Camp, whereby you will have an opportunity to explore the scenic views of the white Himalayas, superb rocky hills, and many more. According to the records, the Island peak was first ascended by the British team in 1953 while making the preparations for climbing. Island peak is regarded to be a part of the south ridge of Mt. Lhotse Shar. This peak is popular for climbing in the Everest region because, Island peak climbing with EBC Trip is usually combined with other Everest region trips, whereas Adventure Club Trek usually combines this peak climbing trip along with Everest base camp trip in order to impart the experience of peak climbing. Island peak climbing with Everest base Camp begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then the trail goes through Namchhe, Dinboche, Chukung and finally you will make a trip to Island peak and making an encircle at reach to the base camp and after having successful ascend to the peak, we return from the same route.

Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trip is a perfect combination of a summit expedition, trekking in the highest region of the world, and experiencing the unique culture of the Sherpas.  Broadly categorized as ‘’slightly difficult’ (Alpine D+) Island Peak is 6,189m in height. Even though it is physically demanding, the climb to the top of the peak is not a big technical challenge. 

Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trekking starts from Kathmandu. We tour the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and hold a pre-climb meeting. The next day, we start off the adventure with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a scenic 30-40 minutes long flight alongside some of the highest mountains in the world like Mt. Everest.  We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Acclimatization is crucial in adapting to high altitudes and a thinning amount of oxygen in the air. We continue on the trail to Everest Base Camp. We set foot on the EBC site on the ninth day of the trek, and climb Kala Patthar (5,545m) the next day.  Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. Enjoy full frontal views of Mount Everest including other mountains like Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), and Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) from Kala Patthar.

Journey to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Island Peak with Everest Base camp Trek starts from Kathmandu. We tour the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and hold a pre-climb meeting. The nextday, we start off the adventure with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is a scenic 30-40 minutes long flight alongside some of the highest mountains in the world like Mt. Everest. 

We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Acclimatization is crucial in adapting to high altitudes and a thinning amount of oxygen in the air. We continue on the trail to Everest Base Camp. We set foot on the EBC site on the ninth day of the trek, and climb Kala Patthar (5,545m) the next day.  Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. Enjoy full frontal views of Mount Everest including other mountains like Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), and Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) from Kala Patthar.

Island Peak Summit Summary 

Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trip is an expedition as a whole. However, the expedition to the top of Island Peak, in the true sense, starts once we make our way from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung at 4,730m. Island Peak Base Camp is situated at 5200 m and takes us two hours from Chhukung.  On the 13th day, we conduct pre-climb training on Island Base Camp. We scale the summit on the 14th Day. We start the climb early in the morning as it takes us about 10-12 hours for climbing from the base camp to the Island Peak summit and climbing back to base camp. Once at the top, breathtaking panoramic views of Himalayan giants like Nuptse (7,879m)and semi-circle formed by Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Central (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) in the north, fascinating views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and stunning views of famous expedition peak of Ama Dablam (6812m) in the south make all the hardship feel worthwhile. After the successful summit, we trek back to Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu.

 

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. Altitude1,350m/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. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

We need to catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. So, it's better to pack breakfast and drive to the domestic airport. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 40 minutes, but offers an amazing experience of exploring the towering Himalayan peaks. We meet our further trip crew and managing the stuff, we commence through the magnificent trail, dotted with the fields, chhortens, and scattered Sherpa houses. Walking above the Dudh Koshi River, we ultimately cross the suspension bridge and reach Phakding, where we stop the walk today. Overnight in Phakding.

Note: Sometimes, due to the maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, 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.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,600m/8,187ft

After breakfast, we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir, and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest, and the main trading center of this region. On this day we cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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

Namche Bazaar, also known as the Gateway to Everest, is the biggest town in the Khumbu region. Today we spend the day acclimatizing to the thinning air. To adjust quickly to the changing environment, a short hike is planned for the day. First, we hike up to Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels which provides a great view of the mighty Everest. On our way back we make a stop at the local museum where local flora and fauna are on display along with the history of the Everest region. Our final stop would be the Syangboche Airport, an unpaved airstrip only used by helicopters. If you want to explore further the Everest region, we have the option of a hike to Khumjung village which approximately takes around 3-4 hours. The village is famously known for Khumjung Monastery which houses a Yeti’s scalp. While here visit the Khumjung School built by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust in 1961. We return to Namche where we spend the night.

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

The trail to Tengboche begins with an ascent along the Dudh Kosi gorge followed by a walk through the pine forest. After crossing Sansa, the trail continues downhill towards Trashinga. Cross the Dudh Kosi River and one gain through rhododendron, fir, and juniper forest we finally arrive at Tengboche. While here you can go see the 20-foot-long Buddha sculpture at Tengboche Monastery. Ornate wall hangings, robes of Lamas, and Tibetan musical instruments are also on display in the monastery. Overnight in Tengboche.

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

Wake up to the magnificent view of Mt. AmaDablam and Everest can be seen over peeking over Nuptse. We visit the monastery in the morning and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery and the amazing landscape. We descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Pheriche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. Here, we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopter rescues during emergencies. We may even take a class with a mountain specialist in a medical clinic at Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,288m/14,069ft

After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. We walk on a steep moraine of Khumbu Glacier and pass by boulder-strewn slopes on the way to ChupkiLhara. Along the way, we lay eyes on a number of stones with prayer flags used as a memorial to Scott Fischer(American Mountaineer) and BabuChiri Sherpa(10 time Everest summer) who lose their lives while on a mission to climb Everest. Continue climbing further up to reach Lobuche which lies on the foot of Mt. Lobuche. From here other peaks like Khumbu Tse, Pumori, Lingtren, and Mahalangur can also be seen. Overnight in Lobuche.

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

Today we trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,599ft), and on our journey to the Base Camp, we pass through Gorakshep Lake, once a vast lake. On the way, we also come across the Indian mountaineers’ memorials. Here onwards strictly follow your guide as the way can be misleading. We overcome a rocky path, moraine, and cross a stream before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the views of Khumbu Icefall and mountains including Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbuste. We then head back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorak. Shep.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,150m

With a pre-information on the previous day, the guesthouse serves us tea/coffee. If not, we proceed to our dream destination in the Khumbu region, which is the paradise setting of Kalapatthar. The total distance is 1.2 kilometers of the hike, but the thin air region is equally challenging to the impressive viewpoint. The magical vistas of the Everest Himalayan chain, glacier, and astonishing surroundings offer an awe-struck setting. Kalapatthar is also a point where the helicopters land that comes from Kathmandu or Lukla if they have a landing schedule. Retracing to Gorakshep after spending about 45 minutes taking group pictures, we have breakfast and pack the stuff, and then return back to Lobuche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4940m/16,108ft

After breakfast, we trek via Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft). The ascent to the Kongma La pass is the most difficult part of our trek today. In the Kongma La, we see cairn 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

It is mostly an uphill climb to Island Peak Base Camp. We start by following the Imja Valley and then the moraines from Lhotse towards PareshayaGyab which lies between Imja Tse and the moraines of Imja Glacier. Along the way, we are greeted by the spectacular view of AmaDablam. We will reach the Base Camp around mid-afternoon.  Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

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

Today is dedicated to basic peak climb training. Also, the safety measure to follow in case of an emergency is also discussed. Our guides teach us all the must-know techniques of peal climbing and the use of equipment such as an ice axe, crampons, harness, climbing boots, and ascender. You will also learn the use of ropes to go up and down. After training, we can practice the use of equipment by hiking to the high camp and back. The training plays a major factor to boost confidence for the big day tomorrow. Overnight at the base camp.

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

The main attraction of the trek is here! We prepare our climbing gear and head out after breakfast at around 12 to 1 am. Our goal is to reach the top before noon to avoid the strong winds that blow in the highlands in the afternoon, which is one of the major factors that determine the success of our summit. We begin on a sandy path, and as we climb higher, the trail gradually turns into a boulder-strewn path. The further we go the more the slope narrows and eventually leads to a rock channel. Follow the rock gully to a ridgeline leading to the snout of the summit glacier. It is essential that you stay alert at all times and follow the instructions given by the guide. Climb up a steep snow-covered slope to reach the summit ridge, and from there it is a short climb to the top. 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. You will get the best views of AmaDablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and Lhotse among other mountains from the summit. we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew are waiting for us. We celebrate our successful Island Peak climb.

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

Today’s walk will be much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region, or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south, and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. Overnight in  Pangboche.

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

We follow the same path that we came from. First, we descend towards Imja Khola and through the rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche. Again we walk through rhododendron and juniper forest which gradually opens up and leads to a bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. As we continue to head down, we follow the Dudh Kosi gorge and then through the pine forest to arrive at Sansa. A short walk from here we reach Namche Bazaar our stop for the night. Overnight in Namche.

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

From Namche Bazaar, we begin to trek downhill after having breakfast. We cross a couple of steel bridges that are hanged on the cliffs and decorated with prayer flags. Passing Jorsalle, we check out from the National Park check post, and head to Monjo, Bengkar, and Phakding. A gentle trail above the Dudh Koshi River follows all the way to Lukla. We enjoy a tiny trip celebration as the foothill excursion ends here. 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. Altitude1,300m

Our EBC and Island Peak Climbing 19 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, RaftingBungee jumpingand paraglidingYou 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.

Trip Map

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base camp Trek 19 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
  • All  meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Seasonal fruits 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.
  • 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
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa, and other support staff while on Island peak climbing.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates are issued from the respective body of the Nepal Government.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  •  Duffel bag for Trekking and Climbing 
  • Comprehensive 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 airfares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • 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: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 23, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 01, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 21, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 24, 2022End DateEnd: FridayNovember 11, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: MondayNovember 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 17, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2389

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

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* 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, and 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 guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conversation, first-aid, and emergency evacuation. They are all very professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about the field of tourism. They are local guides and their English is sometimes limited to trek-related topics. They know how to facilitate running a smooth and safe trip whilst appreciating the beauty of the Himalayan world.

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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