Island peak climbing with gokyo lake and EBC Trek 21 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 21 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Tour, Trekking and Peak Climbing
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,189m/20,306ft

Highlights

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

Gokyo – EBC with Island Peak Climbing Overview 

 Gokyo -Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing is an extreme adventure form of outdoor excursion in the Khumbu region. This trek leads you to the stunning Gokyo valley, crossing the Chola Pass; you can trek to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar. Then you cross the Kongma La pass and have a memorable Island peak climbing experience. Heading from Lukla, you pass the striking Sherpa town-Namche Bazaar and Khumjung.Gokyo valley is a stunning valley beside the Dudh Pokhari. First, you hike to the Gokyo Ri before crossing the Cho La pass, which is similar to peak climbing. Ascending to the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, you descend to Lobuche and via Kongma La Pass; the final destination-Island peak is a step forward. The beautiful peak has become the first choice of peak climbers in Nepal due to its salient features as not easy, not too technical, white-covered peak, and the surrounding. Practicing the climbing techniques at the base camp, you can climb the Island peak, which is the most demanded climbing peak in Nepal.  

Our trip shifts gear the moment we hop a flight to Hillary’s Lukla, the highest and most well-known airstrip in the world. We sort out our gear, meet up our crew, and hit the road for Namche, the bustling capital of the Khumbu where we get our first acclimatization experience and finally bunk out here for our first night in the mountains. After this, we move on to the placid Thyangboche Monastery, with chocolate box views of the Everest massif and Ama Dablam. We continue to plod on to the king of all base camps: Everest Base Camp and clamber up to Kalapathar at (5545m) for more lovely views of Everest and her sibling peaks.

Technically, doing Island Peak, also known as ‘Imja Tse’, is a more difficult peak to the summit after you’ve done Mera peak, and you’ll notice it straight away, but you’d love the challenge. Most trekkers the world over would prefer to stick with the original name that’s Island Peak’ as we all know it. What’s exceptional about this trek is takes you on a whirlwind swing of most of the Khumbu valley that most other treks of this type don't offer. Standing literally in the shadow of Everest in the upper Everest region, to get to Island peak means we cut across Gokyo Ri with EBC & the less frequented passes of Cho ‘La’ {means pass} till we finally make our climb to this fantastic peak that stands tall in the midst of the Chhukung valley.

Our acclimatization process continues as we move on to the Gokyo Lakes and over Cho La at 5420m making a course of Tawache at (20883 ft/ 6367m.) and Cholatse at (6440m). This brings us into the Khumbu valley above Lobuche and continues on the main trail to EBC and Kala Patthar before we make a beeline heading over the Lhotse and Imja glaciers for our key target, that of Island Peak. Our grueling trekking does not go in vain because we are continuously rewarded with some superb Himalayan scenery that’s probably the best anywhere in the world, this includes four of the world's eight highest peaks: Cho Oyu (26741 ft/ 8153m.), Makalu  (8475m), Lhotse (8500m.) and Everest (8848m.). jaw-dropping mountain vistas accompany us as we go through bubbling Sherpa villages, homes, and quiet monasteries that give you deep insights into the religious but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life. We finally revert back via Thyangboche and Namche to Lukla from where we hop our twin otter plane back to Kathmandu. This is one of those trips that may change us forever.

We manage your  Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing with an experienced peak climbing guide, a camping team, and using branded climbing equipment. Please, contact us for more information. (Note: peak climbing is really an adventurous act, so physical fitness, acclimatization, and proper rest should not be undermined. We always emphasize these aspects along with hygienic foods, so we manage a good kitchen team for all the groups. Also, it is better to manage the extra day, which is useful, if the weather is bad).

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. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

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

Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport and fly to the tiny airstrip in Lukla with the picturesque Himalayan views. We will meet our crew and make a short introduction. Packing our things, we begin the trek above the Dush Koshi River. The cultivating land, Sherpa settlements, and the forest are great to see while walking along with the Mani walls with prayer mantra inscriptions. The trail leads us to Phakding for a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude2652m/8699ft

We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipment.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

Spending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world-renowned Himalayan leaders and are also forward in mountaineering. After breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us have a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

After breakfast, we begin the trek to Dole. As we walk in the high-altitude region, we need to be aware of altitude sickness. We walk gradually underneath the fabulous peaks like Ama Dablam. Near Chimcho, the trail splits and we take the route that leads us to the Gokyo valley. We can see the monastery at the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje. Steadily, we reach Dole.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4200m/13776ft

Today we walk from Dole to Machhermo. We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing Dole, we walk to Luza and explore the nearby monastery. The views mostly include the glacier and the alpine meadows. Machhermo is today’s destination that we reach with a gradual walk.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4400m/14432ft

Heading to the Gokyo Valley from Machhermo, we pass two glacial lakes and the third one lies in the Gokyo valley, which is known as Dudh Pokhara. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is just an awesome night with a warm meal.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4700m/15416ft

It is a superb day to visit Gokyo Ri. It helps us to maintain our fitness and is also helpful for acclimatization. From the Gokyo Ri, we can view the panoramas of the Everest region, including the Ngozumba glacier, Everest's five lakes, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and others. Then we back to Gokyo valley and take a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude5360m/17880ft

From Gokyo, we retrace to Longpongo passing two glacial lakes. Then we head towards Dragnag and finally to Thaknak. It is not so long walking because we save our energy for the following technical day.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4700m/15416ft

This is another huge and technical day during the trek. We commence early in the morning after having breakfast. Crossing the Cho La Pass (5368m) is regarded as an expedition trip, especially when there is snow around the top level. The beauty of Cho La Lake is grand. The Himalayan views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and the surrounding peaks can be explored excitingly. The descent trail is again more challenging with steep rocks and strong wind blow. Both physical fitness and acclimatization is necessary to face this real challenge. A few hours of descending leads us to Lobuche via Zongla.(4940m/16,207ft)

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude5,367m/17,604ft

It’s a heavy day to walk gradually to Gorakshep and to Everest base camp (5,364 m/17,594 t). The trail is not that technical, but the thin air region makes us gasp. We reach Gorakshep via Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass. Reaching Gorakshep, we have lunch and put our belongings in the hotel room. Then we hike to the Everest base camp with the views of Pumori, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. The trail is dotted with the rocky moraine and reaches the tented town where the expedition groups stay. Spending some time with snaps, we retrace to Gorakshep and stay there.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude5181m/16994ft

Getting up early in the morning, we prepare for the climb to Kalapatthar (5545m/18187ft). It is located at 5555 meters altitude. Kalapatthar is a superb viewpoint of various mountains including the East Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu along with the Khumbu Glacier. Descending to Gorakshep, we have lunch and descend to Lobuche.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4410m/14464ft

From Dingboche, we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and following the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. We will reach it in the mid-afternoon. We will be a tented camp for the next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude5240m/17187ft

t’s our pre-climbing training session at the base camp. Our guides provide you the information about the peak, challenges, and the way of using climbing equipment (ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness, ascending and descending zumer, rope, and other equipment). Also, it’s a time for acclimatization and checking our physical fitness.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude5240m/17187ft

We get up early in the morning, have breakfast, and prepare for the final summit. It is also because. The trip is long and we need to retrace before the sun rises. It is not extremely technical however it is challenging enough. Time and again we deal with the steep rocky boulder and exposed traverse. Following the ridgeline, we climb to the top of Island Peak with the help of the fixed rope. The stunning Himalayan peaks are dazzling and we take sufficient snaps before retracing. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks are amazingly seen from there. Then we climb down to the base camp and celebrate the success of the trip with other crews.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude6189m/20300ft

With a smile on our faces after gaining the height of the Island peak, we begin to trek down after breakfast. Passing Chhukung, we trek down to Dingboche, Syomare, cross the bridge and finally reach Pangboche. It is an awesome place with the most ancient Gompa of the Everest region- Pangboche Gompa, which was caught down on fire and later it was rebuilt.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3,985m/13,987ft

First, we descend to Tengboche and then to Phunki Tenga. Continuing our trek, we descend to the Namche Bazaar through the stone step trail. There is nothing to hurry about as we have an easy trek down. Get a shower and enjoy the evening meal in a warm dining hall.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

On the last day of our trekking, we walk down the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude2,860m/9,186ft

We take a Himalayan flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We bid farewell to the airborne peaks. From the airport, we drive to the hotel. Then the whole day is for you to do your personal things like laundry, rest, and walk around. Then we enjoy the farewell dinner in the evening.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1300m

Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

  • MealsBreakfast

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

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • 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 trekking and climbing
  • 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 walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • 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 
  • 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: ThursdayOctober 06, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2378

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.

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