- duration 19 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 12+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 6187 meters
- Trek difficulty Very Hard
- Summit Island Peak at 6187m
- Trek to Everest Base Camp and walk on the Khumbu glacier
- Visit an ancient Buddhist monastery and interact with Sherpa villagers
- Climb Kala Patthar at 5555m
Take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu Sherpas. Be greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.
Trek to Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp. After enjoying magnificent views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, continue to descend to Chukhung. After a day of walking from Chukhung, reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for the summit attempt. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people, reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day's activity! After a successful summit, return back to Namche and Lukla for your return flight to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m) -
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hours
Day 4: Namche Bazaar acclimatization day
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 5 hours
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) - 5 hours
Day 7: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) -
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 hours
Day 9: trek to EBC(5,365 m) and back to Gorakshep(5,180 m)
Day 10: Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and trek to Pheriche
Day 11: Trek to Chukhung (4,710 m) - 3 hours
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 hours
Day 13: Climb Island Peak (6,187 m) and return to Chukhung
Day 14: Climb Island Peak (6,187 m) and return to Chukhung
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hours
Day 18: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 19: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
- Twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (2 nights).
- Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (14 nights).
- Tented camp accommodation during the 1-2-nights stay at the Island Peak Base Camp (We will provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table,etc).
- All meals whlie on Island Peak
- Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Sherpa climbing guide
- Group climbing equipment (climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar and ice hammer).
- Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (one porter for every two guests.)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- All permits and documents necessary for climbing the Island Peak.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- All three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the part of the trek where you will stay at the guesthouses
- Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa
- Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
- Rental of down jacket and sleeping bag, if needed (70USD p/p)
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Earn US$ 56+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationNote: On day 1, if you arrive after 4 pm you will be briefed about the trip by our guide. This will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all your questions. If you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting will be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- How high is the chance to summit Island Peak in February?
- How does it work with a porter?
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.
When is the best time to summit Island Peak?
The ideal time for climbing Island Peak is around April to May and October through November. The winter and the monsoon months will likely have fewer crowds but wet weather and snow and cold may make the climb more challenging. Some tours do not ever offer climbing in these months. Your guide will have enough knowledge about the weather and geography to advise the exact right time while you are on tour as well.