- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 15+ years old
- 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
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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.
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 much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.