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Island Peak Climbing

Duration
17 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Island Peak
 Climbing, situated on the top of the glacier known as Chukung, which connects the two mountains Ama Dablam and Lhotse, is another exciting destination for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Because of its tough geographical location, Island Peak is considered as one of the most challenging and the most sought after destinations for Peak Climbing in Nepal. As many as close to 300 groups of trekkers and adventure seekers try to scale this peak every year. Island-Peak-in-Nepal provides a great opportunity to ascend the Himalayan summit as well as complete the thrilling hike towards the Everest Base Camp and also the Kala Patthar. The most difficult part of the Island Peak Climbing comes when the trekkers have to cross a mixed rock, ice wall which lies on the slope leading next to the thin summit edge. The best time for Island Peak Climbing is the month of March- May and September- December.

Nepal Island Peak Climbing begins with a mountain flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla from the Capital City of Kathmandu. After 35 minutes of flight while enjoying the views of the nearby mountains, we will reach the Lukla Airport from where the Peak Climbing begins. Reaching the summit of the Peak is a challenging task, and once the trekkers reach the top of the Peak, they will be properly rewarded with the splendid views of the mountains from there. During the course of the trekking and climbing, you will also walk along the trail that passes nearby from the Dudh Koshi River. Besides the adventures of trekking along the popular trail in the country, the trekkers will also be blessed with perfect views of the villages of Sherpa, the artistic monasteries and also learn more about the way of life of the people and the villagers. After finishing the Peak Climbing, you will then return following the route back through Namche to Lukla. You will have great memories of the Peak Climbing and from Lukla you will take a flight back to Kathmandu.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Day 02- Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding  
Day 03– Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435m)
Day 04- Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
Day 05- Trek to Tengboche (3,867m)
Day 06- Trek to Pheriche (4,371m)
Day 07- Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 08- Trek to Gorakhshep (5164m)
Day 09: Trek to Chhukhung
Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp  
Day 11: Trek to High Camp
Day 12: is the important one in the itinerary
Day 13: Extra day to attempt summit
Day 14: Trek to Tengboche
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar  To Phakding
Day 16: Early Morning Trek Lukla (2850m) and flight backed to Kathmandu noon  time
Day 17: Departure
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu, our team members will welcome you and explain briefly about the travel itinerary. You will then be taken to the hotel where you will be staying for the overnight.

Day 02: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding  
On the second morning, you will board a flight to the Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, you will take light breakfast and embark on the trek. In around 3 hours, you will reach Phakding village where you will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435m)
 On the third morning, we resume our trek and follow the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.

Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
The fourth day of the trek will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purpose. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. One can spend the day in Lukla visiting the local Bazaar of Namche or visiting the nearby Sherpa villages. If you are not much tired and are ready for a few hours of trek, then you can go to Everest Hotel for great panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and others. Located at an altitude of 3900m, Everest Hotel is the hotel that is situated at the highest altitude in the world. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m)
 Tengboche (3,867m) is another village of Khumbu region which lies in North Eastern Nepal. Tengboche is famous for the presence of a Buddhist monastery thought to be built in 1923.Tengboche offers panoramic sight of Himalayas, Mountains and different popular Peaks. Tengboche is also the birth place of mountaineer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06- Trek to Pheriche (4,371m)
 The next day, after having breakfast in the morning, we resume our trek and head towards Pheriche. Pheriche is another village of Eastern Nepal of Khumbu Region with an altitude of 4,371m. It is famous for trekkers as well as climbers as it is the stop point for them where they can have some rest. Initially, this place was known for farming potatoes, buckwheat and rearing Yaks. At present in summer, people especially male are engaged in trekking as a trekkers or guide or bearers. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

 Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
On the 7th day, we will head towards Lobuche after having breakfast in Pheriche. Lobuche is a beautiful place with beautiful mountains. Basically it is inculcated with two major Peaks which are named as Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 Day 08: Trek to Gorakhshep (5164m)
Gorakhshep is an ending trail for numerous trekkers in the Khumbu Region which is decoded as “Dead raven” in Sherpa idiom. Apart from the habitat it is known as a residential territory for large flocks of soaring ravens. It is interesting to know that Gorakhshep is the final village before you reach to Mount Everest. You can stop here for the lemon tea too. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Chhukhung
On the 9th day, we will be moving to Chhukhing as it is the famous place in the Khumbu region and all the trekkers and climbers take rest before climbing to peak . Chhukhung. We need to walk a little bit more than the usual days as it a long days trek. Chukkang is just a little bit far from the Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight staying guest house

Day 10: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp  
We start early in the morning on the 11th day as we aim to reach the Island Peak Base Camp. We eat breakfast in the morning and start our trek to the Island Peak Base Camp. Island Peak Base Camp (6189 m) is a gigantic Peak and this Peak is not designed for all the Peak Climbers as it is very difficult to climb especially because of its high altitude. Many trekkers also suffer from high altitude sickness. You can also see Glacier Lake from the Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

 Day 11: Trek to High Camp
The next day, we will hike further up to High Camp from the Island Peak Base Camp. You will be walking for 4 hours and be ready for the High Camp and put together preparation for the next day so that you can get to the summit next day. Overnight stay at tented camp.

 Day 12: is the important one in the itinerary
 Day 12 Trek to Summit-Chhukhun  as you will scale the summit from where you can view Pumori(7161m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Lobuche (6145m), Cho Oyu ( 8201m). These are the most fantastic views that you can see from the summit. Again after the trek we will go back over to Base Camp. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

 Day 13: Extra day to attempt summit
Today  an extra day for attempting summit. This is like a bonus day for the exploration. There are enough things to explore in the Summit and you will be lost seeing the beauty. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

 Day 14: Trek to Tengboche
After breakfast today, we will resume our downhill trek from the Island Peal. Trek to Tengboche will take around 4 hours. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar  To Phakding
The next day, we resume our downhill trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche is amazingly amazed place where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. On the way you can even take a break to visit the typical villages of Khumjung along with Khunde. You can even visit the monasteries which are very unique in its structure. And keep walk down to Phakding Overnight stay at a guest house.

 Day 16: Early Morning Trek Lukla (2850m) and flight backed to Kathmandu noon  time
The trek continues further downhill as we reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the same day. On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 45-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you will be shopping and buying souvenirs to your loved ones. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 17: Departure to TIA, “Farewell!"
On the 19th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
 
Cost Included:
  •  From Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket
  •     Guide flight ticket too
  •   All airport/hotel transfers 
  •   02 Night Kathmandu  Hotel with BB ,
  •   All meals during trekking (Lunch , dinner and breakfast)
  • Tented accommodation during climbing for 3/4 days Lunch, dinner and breakfast
  • All necessary staffs with experienced 01 English speaking  Trekking guide and 01climbing guide,each two customer 1 porters to carry luggage and during climbing time 3 Pothers . including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and lodging
  •      Trekking permits ,
  • Island Peak climbing permit & TIMS Card
  •  Group mountaineering camping and climbing equipments-very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipments during the climbing period.
  •  Welcome and farewell dinner
  •   Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded:
  •   Nepal entry Visa fees,
  • Travel insurance
  • Rescue Evacuation Cost in case of emergency.
  •  International Airfare.
  • Alcohol, cold and hot drinks 
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone,
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent/ Guesthouse
Seasons : March- May :: September- December.
Type: Modarate
Activities : Climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Island Peak, situated on the top of the glacier known as Chukung, which connects the two mountains Ama Dablam and Lhotse, is another exciting destination for Peak Climbing in Nepal.
  • The best time for Island Peak Climbing is the month of March- May and September- December.
     
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