Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

All group and personal climbing gears included

22 Days 6,189m/20,305ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 22 Days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 6,189m/20,305ft Best TimeApr - May
Oct - Nov
Trip ModeTeahouse / Camping Group SizeMin 1 Max 12
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • First and ideal Himalayan climb
  • Acclimatization to Kalapathar and visit Everest Base Camp
  • Trek and Climb gears provided
  • Stunning views from summit.

Trip Overview

Island Peak Climbing is the second most sought climbing destination after Mighty Everest in Everest region. Follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary to the thrilling Imja Tse peak (6,189 m) that is the first choice among climbers wishing to climb peaks above 6,000 m height. Existing atop the Chukung glacier amid Lhotse and Amadablam Mountains, this peak comes down as a wing of the ridge from southern flank of Lhotse Shar which gives it an appearance of an island floating in the sea of ice. Thus, Imja Tse got its name of Island Peak. This peak was attempted for the first time in 1953 as training base for Everest Expeditions and to this day, this peak is chosen for practice before climbing mountains.

Although challenging, this peak does not require technical skills. It is graded as Alpine PD+. Our expert climbing guide will be providing full day training on Island Peak Base Camp before the actual climb. So, this peak is for amateurs and experts alike. Be prepared for 250 m rope climb to the summit. Island Peak climbing route progresses through glacial moraines of Imja and Lhotse and stretches along Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages. Learn about the time forgotten culture, tradition and religion of Sherpa people. Spring and Autumn are two best season for Island Peak Climb.

Your safety is our prime concern and not only have we placed enough leisure days in itinerary for acclimatization but all of our climbing guides are well trained in emergency treatment.

Our package combines Everest Base Camp for acclimatization with Island Peak Climbing so that this will be the very cost effective adventure for you.

Why climb with us

At Highland Expeditions we always believe in ‘Safety first and Service paramount’. The success of any climb depends largely on carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed in maintaining the climb safe and success with quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional guides who have experience of successfully climbing several national and international peaks. At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days.

We are dedicated for providing highest professionalism throughout the climb by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed.

We provide all required personal climbing gears for the climb

[Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Crampons, Helmet, Ascender , Rope, Ixe Axe, Screwgate Carabiners (Lock & Unlock), Prusik Lope)

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Equipment check and trek/climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 05 : Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazar[3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Debuche [3720 m/12,205ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]
  • Day 08 : Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]
  • Day 10 : Trek to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft] and retrace back to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]
  • Day 11 : Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and retrace back to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]
  • Day 12 : Trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,518ft) via Khong-ma La pass [5,535m/18,1260ft]
  • Day 13 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)
  • Day 14 : Pre Climb Training [5,200m/17,060ft]
  • Day 15 : Summit Island Peak [6,189m/20,305ft] and back to Base Camp
  • Day 16 : Contingency day
  • Day 17 : Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]
  • Day 18 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 19 : Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]
  • Day 20 : Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 21 : Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 22 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Trek & Climb leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

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Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions.
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Equipment check and trek/climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for gear preparation. In the evening, you will be briefed by your trek and climb leader about your trekking program the next day. In case you have fallen short of any trek and climb equipment that you may need, this time can be used to arrange for it.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    You will be transferred to Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal early in the morning for Kathmandu to Lukla flight. It takes 30minutes of pleasant flight to take us to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. We will be greeted by aerial views of many snow-clad peaks and mountains. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Khumbu region. After reaching Lukla, you will be introduced to other crew members. We will take breakfast at one of the lodges. Once porters prepare necessary luggage, we will begin our trek for Island Peak. We will pursue the stone pathway downhill. After few hours, we will meet the flat trail. The trail has a spiritual ambience. Mani rocks decorate the path while we can rejoice the striking view of Lukla village. We will finally reach Phakding. After refreshment, you will have short walk to nearby village. Time permitting, we will also visit a local monastery. Return to lodge in Phakding for dinner. You will get briefing regarding following day’s trek.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Early in the morning after breakfast, we will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River. The trail stretches through pine forest. After crossing thrilling suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo which is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. We will take sharp descend to the river. Crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 05 - Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazar[3,450m/11,319ft]

    Namche Bazaar is known as gateway to the high Himalayas. It is also the main trading center and a capital of Sherpa land. We will take a day of rest in Namche for acclimatization purpose. We will take a short hike to the ancient Sherpa village of Thame to wintness the rich Sherpa culture. We can also visit nearby Khumjung, Khunde or Khongde villages. Shopping in marketplace of Namche is another fine idea. National Park Head office, Museum and monasteries are other places of interest. The area is clustered with cafes, shops, bakeries and restaurants. The place supports facilities of post office, hospital, government health post. Internet access is also available at Namche so that you can contact your near ones before heading towards Island Peak.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 06 - Trek to Debuche [3720 m/12,205ft]

    Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will walk along the glacial water of Dudh Koshi River. We will be greeted with views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife like musk deer and different colorful local birds. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the path leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other one leads us to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains. We will visit the monastery and walk through forest of birch and rhododendron to Debuche where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]

    After breakfast, we will descend to Imja River. The trail takes us uphill to Pangboche (3860m) through the lush forest. We will visit the Pangboche Monastery. The village is also decorated with Chorten and Mani walls. The trail allows us an access to Imja Valley. We will take steep climb to Pheriche and continue further to Lobuche River. The final steepest climb of the day will take us to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]

    We will take final rest day in Dingboche. Dingboche is a summer settlement for locals. We can get panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and other several big and small peaks from the ridge on the north behind the village. We can also get view of Imja River which flows directly east of the village. You can visit one of the world’s highest billiard parlors. You can also find internet café in Dingboche. So, take rest and save your energy for climbing on forthcoming days.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 09 - Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    From Dingboche, we will retrace our route and begin a moderate walk to Dugla. After crossing by some of the teahouses of Dugla, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 10 - Trek to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft] and retrace back to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]

    An early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 11 - Hike up to Kalapathar [5,545m/18,193ft] and retrace back to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    Be prepared to tackle thin air at this high altitude. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapatthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Lobuche with a slow descent.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 12 - Trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,518ft) via Khong-ma La pass [5,535m/18,1260ft]

    We will take early breakfast before leaving Lobuche. Following the trail through Khumbu glacier, we will reach Khong-ma La Base Camp that is located at 5000m altitude. We need to take sharp climb to the top of Khong-ma La Pass. The summit is decorated with cairn that is wrapped in prayer flags. After enjoying the pleasant sight of surrounding mountains and valley from the top, we will lower down to Imja River Valley. Brief descend from the valley will take us to Chhukung which is the small summer settlement of locals.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7 - 8
  • Day 13 - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft)

    We will head south towards the main valley in the east. Crossing streams at few points, the trail gets rough with boulders and glaciated rivers. We will cross Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines and arrive at the valley which serves as the Base Camp for Island peak. We will rejoice the striking view of southwestern face of Island peak. Stay overnight in Island Peak Base Camp.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 3 - 4
  • Day 14 - Pre Climb Training [5,200m/17,060ft]

    You will receive a pre climb training from our climbing guide on this day. You will get instructions on peak climbing techniques. You will also be taught how to use the climbing gears like ice axe, crampons, harness and ascender properly. You will learn how to use ropes while you move up and down. So, even an amateur with no prior experience of peak climb can also participate in Island Peak Climbing. We will follow the trail through rock surface for up to around 5770m and then the terrain shifts to ice which is when ropes become life saver. We can also climb up to the High Camp and return to the Base Camp for practice. Stay overnight in Island Peak Base Camp.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 2 - 3
  • Day 15 - Summit Island Peak [6,189m/20,305ft] and back to Base Camp

    Since heavy wind blows during afternoon at the summit, our target will be to reach the summit before noon. Hence, we will wake up much early on this day. We will take moderate climb for the first part of the climb before reaching the steep hillside. The terrain frequently changes from sandy area to meadow to boulder. From the hill, we will follow the tapered path through a steep rock channel to emerge to the gully. Walking through a ridgeline, we conquer challenges proposed by seracs and crevasses. We will proceed through the snout of the summit glacier with the help of ropes and move through 40- degree snow slopes to reach the summit. The challenge of the climb is rewarded with the gratifying views of Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Makalu, Baruntse and Amadablam Mountains. We will capture the memories in camera and then prepare ourselves for long descend to the Base Camp. We will celebrate the successful climb and stay overnight in Base Camp.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours : 8 - 9
  • Day 16 - Contingency day

    This is a free day. Peak Climbing is a challenging task. Multiple factor like weather condition comes into action. Also, our crew members might get injured or sick from High Altitude Sickness. In such case, our schedule might get affected. This contingency day will help us to make sure that our schedule will go on smoothly without interruption even if there occur complications while climbing the peak.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
  • Day 17 - Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]

    Leaving the Base Camp, we will follow the easy trail to the lower altitudes. We will retrace the route through the wide valley of Khumbu River and walk past pretty tiny Sherpa settlements of Orsho and Shomare to Pangboche. Pangboche is popular for its oldest monastery in Khumbu region. We can rejoice the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga and Kongde ridges and Imja Tse River from Pengboche village.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 18 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Leaving Pangboche early in the morning, we will follow the return trail along Imja River that takes us through the forest of birch and spruce to Tengboche village. After brief stop in Tengboche, we will follow the trail through forest of blooming rhododendron to the bridge. We will cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and move through Dudh Koshi gorge and pine forest to Sansa village. The region is rich in Himalayan wildlife like mountain goats, Thars and local birds. We will pass through the chorten to the army camp at Namche Bazaar.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 19 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek & climb with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 20 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from long and tiring peak climb.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 21 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate our successful climb. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 22 - International departure

    Finally, the undeniable day of departure arrives. Thank you for joining us on this climb and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time.  We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon.  Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

2017 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
25 Sep, 2017 16 Oct, 2017 USD 2650 Available Book Now
10 Oct, 2017 31 Oct, 2017 USD 2650 Available Book Now
25 Oct, 2017 15 Nov, 2017 USD 2650 Available Book Now
07 Nov, 2017 28 Nov, 2017 USD 2650 Available Book Now
2018 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
27 Mar, 2018 17 Apr, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
03 Apr, 2018 24 Apr, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
25 Apr, 2018 16 May, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
08 May, 2018 29 May, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
25 Sep, 2018 16 Oct, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
09 Oct, 2018 30 Oct, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
21 Oct, 2018 11 Nov, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
06 Nov, 2018 27 Nov, 2018 USD 2800 Available Book Now
Trip Info
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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) during trekking and climbing period with tea and coffee
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • All required permits for trek and climb
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges during trek
  • High quality tents for base camp and high camp during climbing period
  • Climbing guide/leader and Sherpa guides 1:3 (Guide to client ratio)
  • Porterage of all equipments
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen
  • Satellite phone for emergency purpose and nominal charge for personal use
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Group climbing gears
  • Use of personal climbing gears [Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Crampons, Helmet, Ascender, Rope, Ice Axe, Screw-gate Carabiners (Lock & Unlock), Prusik Lope)
  • Staff summit bonus, insurances and allowances
  • Climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons for Island Peak Climb are Autumn (from October till end of November) and Spring (April to May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between 5C to -5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking and climbing during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow.

March, April, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

TRIP GRADE – Strenuous

Island Peak is graded under APline PD+ which suggests it to be a challenging climb. Use of ice axe and crampons is a must to climb these slopes. Since you will be receiving a full day pre-climb training, where you can learn mountaineering skills and know the correct way of using climbing gears, previous experience of climbing is not essential. It would be beneficial to prepare yourself for the climb with some regular training including running, cycling or gym work. Be prepared to walk for 6-7 hrs per day on average.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek.  You will be served a hot cup of tea/coffee at your room followed by a small basin of hot water to wash up. Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter during  breakfast. We will have our lunch break after few hours of trek and  ample time to rest and perhaps some reading during that break. Trek after lunch will be generally shorter enabling us to reach camp. Evening time is free to do your own things and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm mostly. Please bring your flask and/or water bottles for refill of hot water/drinking water for personal use at night. After dinner, the evening is free to play cards and recall the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. Our Chef will prepare exceptional meals and ensure its quality preparation during the climbing period. During trekking period, meals are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). You can and is encouraged to bring along comfort food which you enjoy eating - chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Accommodation

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In Kathmandu: We stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.

On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge): Trekking in the (Everest area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets.  A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is more cost effective to stay in a Lodge as in a camping trek.

At Base Camp (Tented Camping): We provide high quality mountain tents for base camp and high camp. For every 2 persons, a tent is provided together with a sleeping bag, mattress, pillow and other for comfort.  You may consider to bring along an extra mattress or inflatable mat.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 12 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Lukla, which is connected by a short 30 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange to transfer you and your group from the hotel to the airport (Kathmandu) for departure and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

https://highlandexpeditions.com/general-info/travel-insurance/

 

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.   A suggestion of an allocation of USD 10.00 per day per person for climbing trips– this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Everest region is a plenty.  Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Everest Region. On peak climbing trips, we always provide satellite phone for emergency purpose. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors  for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications.   But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

People And Culture

Sherpas live in the upper regions of SoluKhumbu.  They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

Personal Expenses

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods has to be air-flown and then laboriously carried to their final destination by porters. You need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.  Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00   or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions. They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves (Down) and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes (Full)
  • Snow Gaiter
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag
  • Group climbing gears

Personal climbing gears:

  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
  • Helmet (Optional)
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Ascender/Jumar
  • Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
  • Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
  • Prusik loop

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours. If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighboring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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