- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 16 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 10+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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- Summit Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse
- Enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest
- Traverse the Khumbu Glacier
- See sunrise from Kala Patthar
The name Island Peak was coined in 1951 AD by Eric Shipton's team. Apart from providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains, Island Peak is the perfect mountain for those planning to hone their mountaineering skills and prepare for a bigger climb.
Start your trip with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Trek past hills and valleys, following the trail along the banks of the thundering Dudh Koshi River. Get the chance to learn more about the local culture on the way. Reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m) on the 8th day of the trip before heading for Kala Patthar, famous for the stunning, 360-degree view of the Himalayas that it offers.
Learn more about mountaineering from your climbing guide before heading for Island Peak on the eleventh day of the trip. Don't worry if you have never summited a peak before or do not have the technical chops. Our pre-climb training along with experienced climbing guides will make sure that your dream comes true.
Time to head back to Lukla now. Continue your downhill journey to Lukla via Chukhung and Pangboche and catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Please go through the itinerary to learn more about this trip.
Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla (flight) and trek to Phakding
Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
Day 3: Namche Bazaar (acclimatization)
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche Monastery or Debuche
Day 5: Debuche - Dingboche
Day 6: Dingboche (acclimatization)
Day 7: Dingboche - Lobuche
Day 8: Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep
Day 9: Kala Patthar - Chukhung
Day 10: Chukhung - Island Peak Base Camp (pre-climb training)
Day 11: Island Peak summit & descend to Chukhung
Day 12: A buffer day (in case of bad weather)
Day 13: Chukhung - Pangboche
Day 14: Pangboche - Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
Day 16: Lukla - Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel you have booked
- Airport pickup and drop-off services. All transport as per the itinerary, including Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets
- Full board meals during the trek, including fresh, seasonal fruits as per the availability
- Accommodation in tea houses, lodges & tented camps as per the itinerary
- Everest National Park entrance fees. Island Peak climbing permits. All necessary paper works, government and local taxes for all members
- Experienced, English-speaking trekking guides. An assistant trekking guide for groups of over 6 people
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and duffel bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- An American Medical Association-approved oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude & a first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- High quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping during the climbing. Group climbing equipment (rope, harness, etc) during the climbing
- Help with rescue and medical evacuation arrangements in the worse case scenario
- Porter (Trek)
- Private Guide (Climbing)
- International airfare
- Nepal visa fees along with two passport-sized photos
- Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu (this also applies in case of early returns and late departures)
- Personal climbing equipment (boots, helmets, etc) & private climbing guides
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (costs are non-refundable and non-transferable if you leave the trek midway voluntarily
- Expenses that are personal in nature
- Tips for guides and porters
- Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section or the itinerary
- Travel and medical insurance (with emergency evacuation options included)
- 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 InformationImportant Note: We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staff to be in an as safe environment as possible, and also authorise the trekking leader to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety reasons. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. promises that we will do our best to stick with the original itinerary. Natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may, however, force us to change the original itinerary and we would seek for your understanding under such circumstances. Equipment List Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp Upper Body: - T-shirts - Light and expedition weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket * Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal) Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * - Basic First Aid Kit - Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people in group are snoring) Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guidebook - Journal & Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble - Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)
What is the weather going to be like when I travel to Everest Base Camp?
The weather in Nepal varies by season. For example, November to January is the dry season with sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures at this altitude will be cold, particularly at night. February to May and September to October is the most popular time to travel to EBC, with usually fairly dry and stable weather, although there may be the occasional shower. June to August is monsoon season in Nepal, but once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is less and less rain. Check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal for more on specific monthly climate and seasons.
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.
- Are there bag weight restrictions for the small aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?
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?