Everest Base Camp with Island Peak – 21 Days

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak – 21 Days

If you have a little more time, sign up for this climbing itinerary that not only offers you Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Island Peak but also Kathmandu’s vibrant World Heritage Sites.
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$3,150 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3253
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Challenging
    Obviously we hope to fulfill our objectives but realistically we can only guarantee start and finish times with these treks. The treks are limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness and a sense of humor, with high tolerance levels. During the trek you may have to cross snow-covered passes in very remote areas and/or climb up to 6,000m in altitude. All our peak climbing and expeditions fall under this section.
  • Max Altitude: 6,187 m /20293.36 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking, Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Lukla-Namche Bazar-Tengboche-Lobuche--EBC-Island Peak-Namche Bazar-Lukla

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November & December

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery
  • Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall
  • Everest Base Camp, walking on the Khumbu glacier, Climbing Kalapattar
  • Attempting Island Peak

Trip Information

This professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar first for the close up views of Mt. Everest before scaling the pick. Island Peak was the name given to the mountain in 1952 by Eric Shipton’s who thought it to be reminiscent of an island in a sea of ice. It is also known as “Imja Tse” in Sherpa Name.

We take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area.

We continue trek to Tengboche Pheriche and accommodate at high altitude in Gorak shep. After enjoying with magnificent views of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks, we continue descend to Chhukung to prepare for the ascent of Island Peak. After a day of walking from Chhukung we reach the Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for to attempt the peak. It may take an additional day or two to scale the peak depending on weather conditions. For some people reaching to the summit from the base camp is a day activity. However, some climbers prefer alpine style camping at high camp which adds the joy of climbing and also helps a safe ascent. After a successful climbing we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

If you are looking for longer trip to Island Peak then our 25 days Everest High passes and Island Peak Adventure is Great Option OR if you are looking for shorter trip then our only 17 days Island Peak Adventure is option for you.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02  – Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 03  – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 04  – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 05  – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06  – Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07  – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08  – Acclimatization Day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09  – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10  – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) & Back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) – 8 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11  – Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning & Trek Down to Periche (4,200 m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 12  – Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13  – Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 14  – Summit Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chhukung (4,750 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 15  – Spare Day (In Case of Bad Weather). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 16  – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 17  – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 18  – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 19  – Morning Flight Back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 20  – Rest Day & Farwell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 21  – Transfer to Airport for Flight Departure.
Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: If you arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) activities on the way to hotel. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, we will host a pre-trip meeting in our office and introduce you to your trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non- liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel.No meals included.

Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, at around 8.30 am, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Visit some heritage sites listed below:
Pashupatinath (World Heritage Site): Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier pinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath (World Heritage Site): Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style, the Batsala temple, the Bhairavnath temple, the Duttatraya temple, the Pujari Muth and the Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.
Overnight at a hotel.Breakfast included.

Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) & Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 Hrs

An early morning start takes you to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla. On arrival at the airport your trekking guide will brief you and introduce to the porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding. After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.
Overnight at a guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 Hrs

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.
Overnight at a guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

Day 06 - Trek to the Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) - 5 Hrs

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching the Tengboche Monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes on this day.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) - 6 Hrs

We descend for half an hour to the river side through forests and cross the river. Trekking up towards the opposite side of the hill, the land starts to become more dry and desert-like. We will cross a traditional and cultural Sherpa village Panboche where we can observe the daily activities of the Sherpas. After this, we make a gradual climb towards a small hill then leading to a wide mountain valley called Dingboche located on a riverside.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 – Acclimatization Day

This is another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Dingboche Ri to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening.
Overnight at a guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 5 Hrs

The trail passes along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4,910m at Lobuche which appear dwarfed at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) & Back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) - 8 Hrs

This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team about to attempt the summit in spring season. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from the Base Camp is spectacular. Return back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) Early in the Morning & Trek Down to Periche (4,200 m) - 7 Hrs

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent in ascending KalaPatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards). The ascent is demanding but you get the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft/8848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and then trek down to Periche.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m) - 6 Hrs

From Pheriche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche. Then we ascend to the Chukkung valley.
Overnight at a guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 Hrs

From Chukkung, make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to the base camp, which you will reach in the mid-afternoon. Walk for 4 hours today as you become acclimatized to the thin air. From this day, accommodation will be in a tented camp for the next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional camping team.
Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 - Summit Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chhukung (4,750 m)

Today is the main adventure day. Weather permitting, start early in the morning for the climb. After Camp 1, ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making the way up a wide stone field, cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, make your way back down the same day back and return to Chhukung.
Overnight at guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 - Spare Day (In Case of Bad Weather)

This day is useful if the climb of the previous day wasn’t successful. But if you were able to summit Island Peak, then this spare day can be used to stay and explore Tengboche or Namche Bazaar. If you want to use it in Kathmandu on your own or by signing up on one of our day trips, inform us as we can transfer your pre-fixed flight a day earlier.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 - Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 6 Hrs

Leaving the mountains behind, your descent takes you through various towns like Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River and then gradually ascend through Debuche and then to Tengboche.
Overnight at a guesthouse.Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) - 5 Hrs

From Tengboche we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar – our stop for the night.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 5 Hrs

This is the last day of trekking. You return to Lukla where the trek began. Enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your Sherpa companions.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19 - Morning Flight Back to Kathmandu

On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 20 - Rest Day and Farewell Dinner

After exhausting climbing and trekking, this is a rest day for you. Get your body massaged, leisurely stroll around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to bad weather.

If you are interested in extending your trip, you have options to take Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure and so on. Consult with your guide or our office staff once you are in Kathmandu
And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.
Overnight at a hotel.Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 21 - Transfer to Airport for Flight Departure

The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Breakfast included.

  • The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. Group discounts from 10% to 25% are available for booking of two or more than two persons. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount rate. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
     
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Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & drop off by private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast included (4 nights)

  • Guesthouse accommodation (Twin-sharing and occasionally dormitory room) during the trek and tented camp at Island Peak Base Camp

  • All the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and during the tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley including a city tour guide and a private tourist vehicle

  • Licensed Ace the Himalaya English-speaking trekking guide.

  • Climbing Sherpa for summiting Island Peak

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer) and camping tents and kitchen equipment

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Everest National Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking, Island Peak Climbing permit

  • Garbage deposit fee

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel bag and sun hat (Yours to keep)

  • Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

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.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, somw bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing gear

The Climbing equipment are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments  at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipments are essential for climbing Island peak.

  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness.
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet (optional)

General

  • 4 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 in 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.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Island Peak is not a technical peak but you need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb Island peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at three-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. You can rent Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment.The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

At Island peak base camp the accomodation will be Tented camp.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

At Tented camp stay while in Island Peak Base Camp, our professional cook will provide you the best veg-delights according to your advice and this is all included in your trip price.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Agni Air-popular domestic airlines.

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, July,September, October, November and December are the best time to do Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak.

Every trekking trip up to the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and the base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

July / August to Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it is also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn is also crowded in the Everest region, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

Winter – December/January/February
Cold and less crowded season. The average temperature during the fall is 10 degrees C with a maximum temp of 15 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, trekkers should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather is, and there is every possible scenario to be taken into account.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

On camping site, our cook will provide you the vegeterian meals.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

YES all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6000 and 7000 meters peaks and also been to 8000 meters peaks few times.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

There is no charging facilities at Island Peak Base Camp.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. Depending upon your spending habit, USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy drinks during the trekking while you are at the guesthouse.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org