Island Peak Climbing

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Sagarmatha Region - Nepal
  • Max Altitude 6189m/20,305ft.
  • Group Size 2 - 15
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking/Climbing
  • Best Season March - May and September - December

Island  Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trip Overview:

Peak climbing in Nepal has so much to offer in comparison to regular alpine trekking. With the number of peaks and varied destinations that Nepal has to offer to travelers, it certainly is the ultimate destination for peak climbers. Island Peak is indeed filled with spectacular scenery and has certainly proved to be an experience not found elsewhere. Island Peak Climbing with EBC is an awesome way to experience the thrill of both Trekking and Climbing in Nepal.

Of 6000 meter Peak Climbing in Nepal, Island Peak surpasses all the other climbing peaks of its elevation category. This 20-day trek is filled with tons of adventure and excitement. It certainly combines the joy of being at the base of the world's highest mountain and climbing the celebrated Mountain.

Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp is designed for people who are ready to go the extra mile to experience the pleasure of adventure. Furthermore, it is for those who are ready to undertake the challenge of achieving the nobler part of themselves. This expedition is an excellent choice to experiment with yourself on how far you would go to question your weakness.

NOTE: To make it hassle-free and less expensive we provide all the climbing gears that include twin sharing member tent, ropes, boots, Alpine Climbing Harness, Rappel device, crampons, ice-axes, etc.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” - Edmund Hillary

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Key Features:

  • Epic Summit Views: Stand atop the 6,189m summit of Island Peak for stunning 360-degree Himalayan panoramas - Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more
  • Iconic Everest Base Camp Trek: Make the legendary trek through the Khumbu Valley to stand before the towering ice walls of the world's highest peak at Everest Base Camp.
  • Technical Climbing Challenge: Put your mountaineering skills to the test by tackling steep headwalls, exposed ridges, glacier travel, and fixed rope ascents.
  • Up Close with Sherpa Culture: Spend enough time in the traditional villages, and monasteries, and know the way of life of the high-altitude Sherpas and their Buddhist traditions.
  • Gateway Peak for Climber Progression: Island Peak introduces critical mountain climbing techniques without extremely technical or risky terrain - excellent for climber development
  • Maximum Acclimatization: Proper preparation and gradual ascent over two weeks allow safe adjustment to thin air and minimize altitude sickness
  • Adrenaline-Fueled Summit Push: Channel electrifying pre-dawn energy as you make your final ascent to Island Peak's airy and exhilarating summit
  • Sense of Achievement: Stand on top of Island Peak knowing you've earned lifelong bragging rights by conquering a highly coveted 6,000m Himalayan climb

More About Island Peak: 

Like an island standing in the middle of the sea of ice is ‘Imja Tse’ or Island Peak. This glorious peak below the lofty Lhotse in the Chhukhung Valley has long captured the hearts of veteran adventurers. It is solitary but its unique shape and location make it stand out among the mighty Himalayan mountains around it.

The local Sherpa people have called it "Imja Tse" for generations. Imja means 'Middle' and Tse means "Peak or Sit" in Tibetan Sherpa Language. So, Imja Tse literally means ‘Peak or Sitting in the Middle’. Now the route that leads to the base of Island Peak is known as Imja Valley.

In 1951, British explorer Eric Shipton saw Imja Tse while surveying the region after his unsuccessful Everest Expedition. Its appearance reminded him of an island in a frozen sea. Shipton's team named it "Island Peak," and later this name was accepted globally. Though the Sherpas had always revered the peak in their myths, this new English name connected it to the outside world drawing international climbers to scale it.

Since then, Island Peak has starred in the first chapter of many prominent mountaineers as their primary foundation. Though the journey is hard, it lets climbers write their story into Island Peak's growing legend.

Island Peak’s two different names - one Nepali, and one English - represent two different cultures united by these sacred mountains. Together, their passion gives Island Peak a royal place among Himalayan giants. As long as there are dreamers, this gorgeous mountain will call them to adventure.

Island Peak now is a prominent peak that stands at an impressive elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet). It offers an exhilarating climbing experience for adventurers seeking to conquer Himalayan summits.

Island  Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trip Summary:

This rewarding 22-day trip starts with flying to the most beautiful airstrip of Lukla. Situated at a height of 2,840 m/9,317 ft. Lukla is certainly one of the most fascinating towns in the Khumbu region. Gradually walking through the ancient trail and Sherpa community settlements with the most amazing view we get to the base of the world's highest mountain.

After the completion of the adventurous trek to Everest base camp (5360 m) and Kalapathar (5545 m), we head back 1000 m down to Dingboche (4350 m). Consequently, this would be more like a ‘walk high sleep low’ strategy.

The next day we take Imja Valley for Island Peak base camp. A distinguished British Mountaineer, Eric Shipton named 'Island Peak' in 1951 and renamed Imja Tse in 1983. At Island Peak base camp the cook is accountable for all the diverse meals. They are broadly trained regarding hygiene, preparing meal variety, and presentation. They are masters at preparing selections of food under less-than-ideal conditions.

Our accomplished climbing Sherpa will conduct a clinical course on required climbing skills and safety measures. Eventually, we climb to the summit of Island Peak at 6189 m / 20,305 feet which delivers the most breathtaking view. 

Island peak expeditions have always served as a preparation arena for mountaineers before scaling any high peaks. This Trip offers anyone with exhilarating adventure experience with its challenges and breathtaking views from the summit. Besides Island Peak, we also organize other fascinating peak climbing in Nepal like Mera Peak climbing, Lobuche East Climbing, Amadablam Expedition, and many more.

Also, look for the Top Seven 6000m Trekking Peaks in Nepal. and Best Trekking Peaks for Beginners in Nepal

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m / 4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay - 4 hrs Drive
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 4-05:Trek to Namche (3,450 m / 11,318 feet) and Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06:Trek to Phortse Village (3,810 m / 12,500 feet)
  • Day 7-08:Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m / 14,271 feet) and ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
  • Day 09:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,108 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Gorakshep (5,189 m / 17,024 feet) and Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360 m / 17,585 feet)
  • Day 11:Morning excursion to Kala Patthar (5,545 m / 18,192 feet) and trek to Dingboche.
  • Day 12:Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,000 m/16,404 feet)
  • Day 13:Rest Day + Clinical course conducted by the Climbing Sherpa.
  • Day 14:Mid night wake up and set off for Summit (6,189 m / 20,305 feet) - Achievements
  • Day 15:Extra day in case of any weather circumstances.
  • Day 16:Trek to Pangboche (3,930 m / 12,893 feet) -
  • Day 17:Trek to Namche - Back to the Civilization.
  • Day 18:Trek to Lukla 8 Hours - Last night get-together
  • Day 19:Mountain Flight to Kathmandu OR MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 20:Departure Day - Transfer to International Airport

Island Peak Climbing Detailed Itinerary

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there with the Nepal Pyramids board to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:

  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.
  • Altitude: 1400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
  • Getting together for trek briefing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
  • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
  • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 
  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132km
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

Short 18-minute thrilling flight to the Lukla airport. Soon we head out into the Buffer Zone of Sagarmatha National Park towards Phakding. This 3/4 hour easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.

Highlights:

  • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840m
  • Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
  • The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
  • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with a number of fascinating stories.
  • Altitude: 2,610 m/8,562 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7km

Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It’s not a matter of proving your physical strength, it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.

Highlights:

  • Wake-up call as set by your leader
  • 3 hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
  • Crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
  • The scenic beauty and deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
  • Being at Namche, the dream land is remarkable which is worth an effort.

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY:

  • 1 and ½ hours of amazing walk for acclimatization.
  • Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting places in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan Buddhist culture and the territory of the yaks is charismatic
  • The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)
  • Altitude: 3,450 m / 11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9km

Leaving Namche we climb north till we get to the high ridgeline. Soon we walk the most organized effortless trail that cruises through the two most stunning Stupas (Buddhist Shrine) with magnificent views of Thamserku and Amadablam. Once we reach the small settlement of Khyangjuma we climb the steep section to Mong La. Here, we skip the overcrowded traditional trial and explore the lower section of Gokyo Valley with the most amazing setting.

Highlights:

  • Beautiful walk to the village of Khyangjuma with Thamserku and Amadablam dominating the horizon.
  • Fabulous walk to the ridge of Mong-La with stunning mountain views.
  • Deep drop to the Gokyo gorge for lunch with chances to see musk deer
  • Unlike many other settlements, the terraced village of Phortse is a special of its kind
  • Altitude: 3,810 m / 12,500 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.9km

Leaving Phortse we take the high trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful trails with an outstanding view of the enormous mountain and deep valley. Dingboche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction.

Highlights:

  • A beautiful walk with the most beautiful view
  • Chances to witness the musk deer, mountain goat, and different birds
  • Effortless walk to Pangbuche and a fabulous lunch at Somare village
  • Next painless walk to Dingboche where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
  • View of countless other neighboring mountains that now opens clear.

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY:

  • Morning excursion for acclimatization after breakfast
  • 360-degree mountain view including Island Peak and Makalu (the world’s 5th highest mountain)
  • From the point of excursion, aerial view of Imja Valley and Dingboche village.
  • Free afternoon for self-exploration.
  • Altitude: 4,350 m / 14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5km

Away from the tree line area, gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape

Highlights:

  • Gradual uphill climb in the wide Himalayan meadow is peaceful
  • Walking up to the memorial plateau with hundreds of memorials built after the memory of people who met with tragedy in different mountains of Everest is remarkable.
  • Getting to Lobuche a small settlement at the foot of Lobuche Peak is significant.
  • Altitude: 4,910 m / 16,108 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8km

Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumori (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m), and of course Everest (8848 m).

Highlights:

  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
  • Trek to the fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
  • View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing
  • Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp
  • Altitude: 5,360 m / 17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: Total 12km

Now is the time for an epic climb to Kala Patthar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, we will descend down to Dingboche at least 1000 m below.

Highlights:

  • Phenomenal sunrise view
  • A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view.
  • Overnight at Dingbuche, which is way tranquil being away from all the hardship and the thin air.
  • Much relaxed after descending 1000 m of elevation.
  • Altitude: 5,545 m / 18,192 ft
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14km

We set our early this morning after breakfast for Island Peak base camp through the epic trail along the Imja River. We walk along the ridges of moraines and beautiful valleys with the view of deep gorges and soaring Lhotse at the backdrop. Beautiful accommodation at the tented camp.

Highlights:

  • Moderate walk to Chhukung through Imja Valley
  • Get to see wild sea buckthorn growing all around.
  • Pleasant walk into the Imja Valley with grandiose views.
  • It’s quite amazing to see all the lively activities at the Base Camp.
  • Altitude: 5,000 m/16,404 ft
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today it’s more of a relaxed day with morning breakfast in a tented dining hall in the enchanting land setting of island peak base camp. Later after breakfast, we gear up for your clinical course, a pre-climbing training that will be conducted by our professional climbing guide. The course basically includes the proper use of equipment, safety measures, etc. Early dinner as you will be starting around midnight for the summit.

Highlights:

  • Waking up in an isolated yet very lively island peak base camp is remarkable.
  • Have a fun time with all the climbing techniques and clinical courses conducted by your climbing leader.
  • Free afternoon to explore the tented town of Island Peak
  • Early dinner as the wake-up call is set around midnight for the Island Peak summit.
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Everyone will be waking up at midnight and soon after we are done with our quick breakfast we set out into the darkness into the unfamiliar path with our headlamps. It’s very marvelous to see the line of lights following the mountain trail that goes high up into the horizon literally seems like touching the night sky. We ascend with a very gradual pace through the vertical rocky gully that eventually lands us into the Crampon Point where we fix our climbing equipment’s and set off into the icy trail with crevasses for the Island Peak summit.

Highlights:

  • Waking up early and walking in darkness following the lights and feet of others is very adventurous.
  • Challenging walk into the rocky gullies with no established trail is daring.
  • Going over a few open Crevasses is something very exciting.
  • At the summit, great sense of accomplishment with a grandiose unbelievable panoramic view.
  • Celebration with a cake prepared by our cook out of limited or no resources.
  • Altitude: 6,189 m / 20,305 feet
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Walking Hour: 10/12 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

This is a contingency day for the Island Peak summit in case of cancellation out of any circumstances particularly bad weather.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With a great feeling of accomplishment, we will stroll our way down to the beautiful Sherpa settlement of Pangboche. Start breathing normally again since you are in a tree-lined area.

Highlights:

  • A moderate day
  • Back in the tree line
  • Getting back to normal away from the thin air after a long time is wonderful.
  • Altitude: 3,930 m/12,893 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We retrace our steps back to Namche getting ourselves back to the tree line area where you would realize your breathing getting back to normal. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to the incredible Island Peak from the Tengboche ridge. Visiting the Tengboche monastery and walking to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful about their accomplishment.

Highlights:

  • Effortless walk to Tengboche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
  • Visit the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
  • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche
  • Give yourself a break at Namche either with drinks or buying souvenirs.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m / 11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12.5km

Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.

  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 16km

From Lukla airport, the final destination can be either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport, depending on the peak or off-season. Nonetheless, we will have a Sensational flight back. 

Flying out of Lukla Airport is a divine experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. As your small aircraft takes to the sky, you're immediately surrounded by a panoramic masterpiece of nature. Towering peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, seem to reach out and touch the heavens. 

The rugged landscapes, deep gorges, and remote villages pass beneath you like a living tapestry of Nepal's highlands. The thrill of the takeoff is matched only by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes, leaving a permanent imprint of the Himalayan splendor on your soul. 

Flying out of Lukla is not just a departure; it's a final gift, a reminder of the unparalleled beauty that this region has to offer.

However, in the peak season time, all Lukla Flights are Diverted to Manthali Airport at Ramechhap District which is 132 km away from Kathmandu. If we fly to Manthali Airport transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE will be provided to transfer you to Kathmandu Hotel. 

This Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu will take 4/5 Hours approximately. 

Highlights:

  • Morning flight to Kathmandu or Manthali.
  • Scenic Drive to Kathmandu, if flights are diverted to Manthali Airport.
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Mountain Flight

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Fly Home

ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING DETAIL ITINERARY:

Please keep in mind that the provided Island Peak Climbing Detail itinerary serves as a general guideline only. While we make every effort to follow this plan, trekking in the Himalayas can be influenced by varied factors like weather, trail conditions, and the health and acclimatization of the group. Our experienced guides prioritize your safety and will make necessary adjustments as needed. This might involve changes in the daily schedule or rest days for better acclimatization. Your trekking experience is our top priority, and we're committed to providing you with the best adventure while ensuring your well-being. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: National park entry permits, Trekking Permits, and TIMS permits.
  • CLIMBING PERMITS: Island peak expedition permit that is issued by NMA.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickups and drop facility on both Domestic and International flights is included.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three-star twin bed-sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
  • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights from Kathmandu / Lukla and Lukla / Kathmandu.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yaktrax, Trekking Poles, etc.
  • CLIMBING EQUIPMENT: All climbing equipment including climbing boots.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
  • CAMPING: Two-member tents facility and kitchen crew at Island Peak base camp with hot meals.
  • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
  • CLIMBING GUIDE: Highly qualified CLIMBING SHERPA and his climbing Allowance
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips + Satellite phone.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Equipments

Packing List for Island Peak Climbing:

Packing for the Island Peak Climbing is essential to ensure your safety, comfort, and overall enjoyment during the journey. Keep in mind that the packing list may vary depending on the season and personal preferences, but here is a comprehensive list of items to consider:

WHAT WE (NEPAL PYRAMIDS) PROVIDE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HASSLE-FREE:

  • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bag (Water Proof) 
  • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c)
  • Silk Liner
  • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
  • Rain Poncho
  • Yaktrax (Lightweight ice-traction device) - Where necessary. 
  • Trekking Poles 
  • 2 Toilet Rolls each
  • Complementary Tshirt,
  • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff), 
  • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
  • Oxygen (in case of Emergency)
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies

List of Climbing Equipment we provide:

  • Climbing Harness
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Boots
  • Carabiners 
  • Belay Device
  • Quickdraws
  • Slings and Runners
  • Climbing Ropes - Dynamic ropes 
  • Helmets
  • Ascenders and Descenders
  • Anchors and Snow Bars
  • Prusik Cord
  • Two Member Tent 
  • Air Mattress
  • Kitchen Crew with Hot Meal
  • Professional Climbing Sherpas and Assitant Guide (Depending on the Group Size)
clothing

Clothing and Footwear

What you Need to Bring:

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts and lightweight shirts
  • Warm hat and sun hat

Head and Neck:

  • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
  • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
  • Bandana

Hands and Lower Body

  • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)

Footwear: 

  • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
  • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)
gear

Gear and Accessories

Accessories: 

  • Backpack (30-40 liters for the day, larger for porters)
  • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene 
  • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus) 
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal FIRST AID KIT
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
  • lip balm
gadgets

Gadgets and Supplements

Gadgets:

  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Map (physical or digital)
  • Altimeter Watch or Device.
  • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
  • Tripods
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Appropriate Sleeping bag (if you are bringing your own)

Supplements:

  • Water filters or purification tablets
  • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
  • Multivitamins
  • Altitude sickness medication like Acetazolamide (if you are going high)
  • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
  • Electrolyte supplements for hydration
  • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
  • Prescription medications
  • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable wipes
optionals

Optional Items

Other Essentials. 

  • Personal identification
  • Photo Copies of Passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of your Insurance
  • Airline Tickets
  • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
  • Travel wallet or pouch
  • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
  • Journal and pen

Optional Items: 

  • Binoculars
  • Books or playing cards
  • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
  • Ear Pods
  • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
  • Hiker Pocket Knife 
  • Whistle and multi-tool
  • Trash Bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Dry Bag.

It's advisable to pack light and prioritize essential items.  The Mera Peak Climbing can be physically demanding and challenging due to high altitudes, so ensure that you are physically prepared and have the appropriate clothing and gear to stay safe and comfortable during the journey.

Essential Trip Information

Island  Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trip Highlights:

  • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840 m is more adventurous and startling.
  • Walking on the legendary trekking trail through the Sherpa village with its exceptional culture is way more stunning than anything.
  • Visiting the Khmujung Monastery and witnessing the Scalp of the mythical creature [Yeti] will surely add up to your legendary quest.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan-Buddhist culture, and witnessing the territory of the yaks from the very first day is charismatic.
  • View of the world’s highest peak and its neighboring mountains and spectacular landscapes that get closer every day eventually makes you appreciate trekking being an ultimate holiday.
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp is a different experience that offers you a handsome opportunity to walk through the outstanding valley of Imja.
  • Camping food is what anyone would need in this situation.
  • Midnight wake-up call and eventually summiting Island Peak with exquisite scenic beauty is a great accomplishment of a lifetime where you would realize why Eric Shipton named it Island Peak in 1951.
  • Finally, we bid farewell to our island peak base camp crew and trace back to Lukla flying in a small twin-otter plane back to Kathmandu is breathtaking leaving you with so much contentment and appreciation.

Important Information

Complimentary Equipment:

During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a complimentary waterproof Duffel Bag, buff (neck gaiter), 2 Toilet Rolls, a Map, and a Baseball Cap. The duffel bag will serve as a means to pack all your necessary trekking supplies for your upcoming adventure.

Your Daypack:

In addition to the duffel bag, it is essential that you have your own daypack with a waterproof cover. This daypack will be used to carry your daily necessities such as cash, important documents, water supplies or rehydration bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, and extra clothing.

The equipment we Provide:

Besides the complimentary equipment, WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST, we provide you with PrimaLoft wind stopper jackets, a Warm Down Sleeping Bag with liners, a Walking Stick if required, and Yak-Track (mini crampons where required). However, When trekking at altitudes above 4,000 m, it is crucial to have your personal lightweight down jacket and warm fleece Jackets or hoodies. 

Drinking Water Supply:

In our commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible trekking practices, we wholeheartedly discourage the use of single-use mineral water bottles along the trekking route. To minimize plastic waste and protect the pristine Himalayan environment, our dedicated staff ensures a constant supply of safe, boiled drinking water throughout your journey. We kindly request that you carry reusable water bottles and rehydration bladder to stay well-hydrated. Together, we can make a positive impact on the delicate ecosystem of the Annapurna Circuit.

Assigning Porters:

To ensure your comfort and convenience, we assign one porter between two trekkers. The porter will be responsible for carrying the duffel bag throughout the entire trek. It is important to note that the weight of your duffel bag should not exceed 10/11 kg as the weight limitation for porters is 25/30kg max and if you are flying to any high mountain airports in Nepal your overall weight limitation including your duffle + daypack is only 15kg / 33 pounds.

Your Extra Luggage:

For your convenience, you can store all your extra luggage, and suitcases at the hotel SAFETY STORE in Kathmandu. This way, you can travel light and have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

Tipping Tips:

Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, a heartfelt way to express gratitude for the incredible journey you've embarked upon and the dedication of the remarkable individuals who have been your guiding stars throughout your trek. The practice of tipping, at 10% of the trip cost, is a tradition that allows you to give back, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of your guides, porters, and the entire team who make your adventure possible. It is a way to honor their dedication, hard work, and the stories they've shared around the campfire, deepening the bonds formed in the heart of the mountains.

Caution at the Airport on Arrival:

Upon arrival, we strongly advise against entrusting your bag to anyone other than our trusted office representatives. Unknown airport porters taking your luggage for a few seconds and claiming for TIPS is a very common incident at the airport. Our team is there to ensure that your belongings remain safe and that you can embark on your adventure with confidence. Your safety and peace of mind are our utmost priority.

We hope this information clarifies the important details regarding your trip. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at mail@nepalpyramids.com. We want to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal. Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Detail Information on Flying to Lukla from Different Airports

Nepal Aviation Authority (NAA) has recently introduced new rules regarding Lukla flights. These rules aim to enhance the safety and efficiency of air travel to and from the Lukla airport, which is known for its challenging terrain and weather conditions.

The choice of airport for accessing Lukla is primarily based on different seasons. Manthali is used as an alternative to Lukla during peak seasons when Lukla flights are often disrupted due to weather and congestion, while Kathmandu remains the preferred choice during the off-season for its convenience and more reliable flight schedules. 

Trekkers and climbers need to be prepared for potential flight delays and cancellations regardless of the airport they use, as weather conditions in the Everest region can be unpredictable.

1. Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport):

  • High Altitude and Short Runway: Lukla Airport is situated at a high altitude of approximately 2,845 meters (9,334 feet) and has one of the shortest commercial runways in the world, just 1,729 feet long. This combination of high altitude and a short runway makes it a challenging airport for both takeoff and landing.
  • Weather Variability: The weather in the Everest region, especially around Lukla, is highly unpredictable, with frequent fog, cloud cover, and high winds. These conditions can lead to frequent flight delays and cancellations.
  • Limited Infrastructure: Lukla Airport has limited infrastructure, including just one small terminal building and a single runway. This can result in congestion during peak trekking seasons when numerous trekkers and climbers are trying to get to Lukla. 

2. Manthali Airport (Ramechhap Airport):

  • Alternative During Peak Season: Manthali Airport, located in Ramechhap, is often used as an alternative to Lukla during the peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn). The advantage is that it is less congested, and flights are generally more reliable.
  • Distance from Kathmandu: Manthali Airport is approximately a 4-5 hour drive from Kathmandu. Trekkers are transported by road to Manthali from Kathmandu, and then they take a relatively short flight to Lukla. This helps in alleviating some of the pressure on Lukla Airport.
  • Reduced Weather Impact: The weather in Manthali is usually more stable than Lukla during peak seasons, making it a preferred alternative when flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are frequently disrupted.

3. Kathmandu Airport:

  • Alternative During Off-Season: During the off-peak trekking seasons (summer and winter), flights to Lukla from Kathmandu are relatively more reliable due to better weather conditions. In this case, it's more practical to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Convenience: Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is more convenient in terms of time and transportation costs during the off-season when the number of trekkers is significantly lower.

Weight Limitation while Flying to Lukla

The weight limitation for Lukla flights is typically quite strict due to the short runway and high altitude of Lukla Airport, which makes it challenging for aircraft to take off and land. The weight restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of the flight. The specific weight limitations are 15kg or 33 Pounds:

  • 1. Baggage Allowance: Passengers are usually allowed a specific weight limit for their checked baggage, typically between 10 kg to 15 kg (22 to 33 pounds) per person..
  • 2. Hand Luggage: In addition to checked baggage, passengers are typically allowed a small amount of hand luggage, which is usually limited to around 5 kg (11 pounds). This hand luggage should be small and fit under the seat in front of you.
  • 3. Combined Weight: The total combined weight of the luggage is not to exceed 15/16 kg / 33/35 pounds
  • 4. Excess Baggage: If you exceed the weight limitations, you may be required to pay extra fees for excess baggage or leave some items behind. The charges for excess baggage can vary with the airlines you choose.

Traveling light is strongly recommended when flying to Lukla. Given the weight limitations and potential flight disruptions due to weather conditions, it's best to pack only the essentials and keep your baggage within the specified limits to avoid any inconveniences or additional costs.

Lukla Flight Delays And Cancellations

Flight delays and cancellations to and from Lukla Airport are not uncommon and are often due to a combination of factors related to the airport's unique location, weather conditions, and the limitations of the aircraft used for these flights. 

1. Weather Conditions:

  • Unpredictable Weather: Lukla Airport, is highly vulnerable to rapidly changing weather conditions. The airport's mountainous terrain means it's often shrouded in fog, cloud cover, and receives high winds, making flying conditions challenging.
  • Low Visibility: Low visibility due to fog or cloud cover can lead to flight delays or cancellations, as pilots require clear visibility to navigate the treacherous mountainous terrain.

2. Limited Instrumentation:

  • Lukla Airport lacks advanced navigation and landing systems. The absence of instrument landing systems and radar technology means flights often rely on visual flight rules (VFR), which require good weather conditions to operate safely.

3. Airport Congestion:

  • During peak trekking seasons, Lukla Airport experiences congestion as numerous trekkers, climbers, and supplies try to access the region. The limited infrastructure and parking space can lead to delays.

4. Safety Considerations:

  • Safety is a top priority for airlines operating in this region. If weather conditions are unfavorable or if there are safety concerns, airlines may choose to delay or cancel flights to ensure the well-being of passengers and crew.

5. Limited Window for Flights:

  • Lukla flights typically operate in the early morning when the weather is relatively stable. This limited window means there's less flexibility to reschedule flights if conditions deteriorate.

6. Seasonal Variations:

  • Flight disruptions can vary with the seasons. Peak trekking seasons (spring and autumn) are more susceptible to delays due to higher passenger volumes and less favorable weather patterns. Off-peak seasons (summer and winter) may see fewer disruptions.

Given these challenges, trekkers and travelers to the Everest region should be prepared for the possibility of flight delays and cancellations.

Island Peak Climbing FAQs

  • Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular peak located in the Everest region of Nepal. It stands at an elevation of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet) and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains. The Peak was named "ISLAND PEAK" by a prominent English Mountaineer, Eric Shipton in 1951 during his venture to summit Everest, the world's highest mountain. 

  • It can be, especially if you have some prior mountaineering experience. However, it's important to be well-prepared physically and mentally and to undergo acclimatization in the region.

  • The cost can vary depending on factors like the trekking agency, the services included, and the group size. On average, you can expect to pay between $2,500 and $5,000 USD.

  • Risks include altitude sickness, avalanches, crevasses, and extreme weather conditions. Proper acclimatization and following safety guidelines are crucial to mitigate these risks.

  • Island peak 6189m / 20,305 feet is no doubt an Alpine PD+ grade peak which is physically challenging and demanding. However, it’s not something unattainable; anyone with reasonable health can accomplish the goal. All we need is a well-managed acclimatization strategy which we deliver - besides Nepal Pyramids itinerary for Island Peak Climbing is so designed that anyone can benefit from ample time for acclimatization which matters most in thin air. Anybody with sensible fitness can join but anyone with personal ailments, ankle problem, heart, lung, or knee problems need to seek the consent of your doctor which is mandatory before you sign up for Island Peak. 
    Little homework is a must. 

  • Yes, a climbing permit is required to climb Island Peak. It can be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Kathmandu. In addition to the climbing permit, you also need a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and Pasang Lahmu Municipality Permit

  • Climbing Island Peak solo is not recommended due to the technical nature of the climb and the risks involved. It is safer and more enjoyable to climb with an experienced guide or as part of a guided expedition.

  • Previous climbing experience unquestionably helps yet no prior experience is required for Island Peak climbing. However, sensible physical fitness is obligatory with lots of physical preparation prior to your arrival in Nepal. Additionally, at Island Peak Base Camp our skilled climbing Sherpa along with your Group leader will demonstrate a practical climbing course that gives you sufficient acquaintances about walking and all the necessary climbing skills. We typically prepare everyone with much awareness before summiting Island Peak.

  • Nepal Pyramids provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attached hoods. We also provide you with a Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gear in, a plastic bag to separate your clean clothes from the dirty ones.

    To make it hassle-free and less expensive we provide all the climbing gear including a two-member tent, ropes, boots, crampons, ice-axe, etc.

    HOT BAGS AT ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP DURING NIGHT TIME.

  • Family Oriented Lodges which Nepal Pyramids use are at their best offering you a comfortable experience and its typical local environment. It’s basically the extension of their own houses that offers you twin bed sharing room with common toilets. You have variety of choices for the food and so far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House. 

    At Island Peak base camp our cooks are professional in preparing a variety of food under less-than-ideal conditions. 
    They are the master chefs who out of glacier water, pre-packed food, and frozen vegetables can come up with astonishing delightful food items. 

  • With the progression of technology, the cell phone network is available in almost every place in the Everest region except for a few significant places. Wi-Fi and 4G data are accessible depending on where you are and the network coverage. 

    Whereas at Island Peak base camp we provide satellite phones to make calls during emergencies though not for any personal call. 

  • Yes, altitude sickness is a concern while climbing Island Peak. Acclimatization is crucial to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses. The climbing itinerary includes gradual ascent and rest days to help your body adjust to the increasing altitude.

  • It is highly recommended to hire a licensed guide or a reputable climbing agency for Island Peak climbing. They provide necessary assistance, ensure safety, and take care of logistics such as permits, accommodation, and equipment.

  • The best time to climb Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer stable weather conditions and clearer views.

  • It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation.

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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