- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 15+ years old
- max group size 40
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Climb a challenging peak in the Everest Region in a shorter time frame
- Experience unparalleled views of the great Himalayas
- Refresh your skills before the climb on a rock climbing adventure in Kathmandu
- Learn more about Sherpa culture and history, and have a chance to explore local villages
This aggressive climb itinerary is designed for those who have good physical fitness with prior mountaineering experience but have limited time. The peak sits at the end of Chhukung Valley, accessible from Dingboche, and via a short route that does not require acclimatization days.
You will be given a practical rock climbing course in Kathmandu before taking an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley through series of Sherpa villages from Phakding, Namche, Tengboche and Dingboche to reach finally to Chhukung which we use as our base for making a challenge to the peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung along the Lhotse Glacier, passing the bloated waters of Imja Tsho, we reach the Base Camp to prepare for the challenge. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. We endeavor the summit after one night at the High Camp perched on the South West Ridge where magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen from the top.
Travel home with a feeling of great accomplishment, new friends, a stash of stunning photographs and lifetime memories.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Rock climbing course or sightseeing
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 4: Trek to Namche (3420m)
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Day 7: Trek to Chhukung (4730m)
Day 8: Climb to Island Peak Base Camp (4970m)
Day 9: Climb to Island Peak High Camp (5600m)
Day 10: Climb to Summit Base Camp (6189m) back to Chhukung
Day 11: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazar
Day 13: Trek back to Lukla
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Fly back home or extend your holdays
- Meals as per the itinerary, including all meals while on the trek and welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Tented accommodation during the climb
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide leader, climbing guide and assistant guides
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
- Alpine Club of Himalaya trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map
- All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
- Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
- Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
- Medical kit (carried by your guide)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Tips for guides and porters
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg) if needed
- Earn US$ 84+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationAs soon as trip is confirmed, we would like to have passport details.
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.
Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.
- What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?
- 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.