Island Peak Adventure – 17 Days

Island Peak Adventure – 17 Days

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, towering at 6,187 meters makes your dream of summiting a Himalayan peak come true and prepares you for bigger giants.
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US $2,650 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3271
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Advanced Beginners
    Climbers should have basic snow and ice-climbing skills and should be comfortable with glacier travel, which includes moving in a rope team, self-arrest, and basic crevasse rescue. Climbers who have the prior climbing experiences like our beginner or similar peaks can have the maximum chances of success in this category. Our Three Peaks Climbing Course, Pisang Peak, Lobuche peak, and Khumbu Icefall climb etc lie in this class.
  • Max Altitude: 6,187 m /20293.36 ft
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Chukung - Island Peak - Tengboche - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March, April, May, September, October, November

Trip Highlights

  • City tour in 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
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall and Makalu Himalayan Range
  • Summit to Island peak at elevation of 6,187 meters

Trip Information

Island Peak is 6,187 m high and one of the most popular and busy climbing peak in Nepal, also known as Imja Tse, lies in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Climbing this peak gives the best satisfaction every amateur and the serious climber can dream of. If you are seeking the thrill of adventure and wish to widen your experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond simply trekking in Nepal, this is the mountain for you.

Our professionally designed itinerary offers you a couple of days extra at the same town to get acclimatized.

We head for Island Peak Climbing after the essential climbing practice course which is briefed and instructed by our Climbing Sherpa on various aspects of climbing techniques. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village Tengboche famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital and cultural center of Khumbu.

If you are looking for longer trip to Island Peak then our 21 days Everest Base Camp and Island Peak or 25 days Gokyo, Everest base camp and Island Peak Adventure are another options for you.

Our Island peak Group trek departure every week from Kathmandu, private trek can be arranged any time, view our selected departure Dates.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 – Morning fly to Lukla (2,804 m), trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Dingboche(4,350 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Chukung (4,710 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Island peak base camp (5,240 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 10 – Rest and Acclimatization day Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 11 – Summit to Island peak (6,187 m) and return to Chhukung (4,750 m)- 9 to 12 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 12 – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 15 – Morning flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 16 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 17 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 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.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a 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. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 8:45 am in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 3 - Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2,804 m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the 3 hours trek to Phakding (2,610 m).

After landing there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then 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), Phakding is just a short walk.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m).

We begin the 5 hours trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.

A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6 - Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m).

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. After 5 hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m).

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8 - Trek to Chhukung (4,710 m).

From here we have four hours of walking to Chhukung, as it is very important to adjust to the high altitude in order to climb Island Peak. Our guide will give provide important information about climbing Island Peak and the next day’s activities.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 9 - Trek to Island Peak base camp (5,450 m).

Today is another short trek of 4 hours to the Island Peak base camp. Beginning today, accommodations will be tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our professional chef.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 - Acclimatization day.

We will spend a day here in adjusting to the thinning of the air. We’ll also make a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6,000 m adventure tomorrow morning.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 -Summit to Island Peak (6,187 m) & return to Chhukung (4,750 m) - 9 to 12 hrs.

Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll start early in the morning for the climb up Island Peak (6,187 m). After Camp 1, we ascend through a gully and traverse to the right. After making our way up a wide stone field, we cross the ridge to the glacier and crevasses. After a safe trip to the top, we make our way back down the same day back and return to Chhukung.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 - Trek to Tengboche.

Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3,860 m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us from Tengboche Monastery to the town of Namche Bazaar (3,441 m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a 5 hours walk. We’ll enjoy an evening of talking with follow trekkers over a nice meal.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 - Trek to Lukla.

Finally, we make the 5 hours return to Lukla (2,804 m), where the trek began. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and on the personal achievements of all who took part.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15 - Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla

On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 16 - Leisure day in Kathmandu.

There’s much to see and do in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. This is also a spare day in the event of bad weather in Lukla.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 17 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

An Ace airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu 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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  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and ocasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking trekking guide.

  • Climbing sherpa from Island peak base camp for the summit and back to base camp.

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)

  • 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 permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Island Peak Climbing Permit..

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).

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

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst 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 Tribhuvan 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 in 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 windproof 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, snow bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing gear

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

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

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

Lower Body – Legs

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

Feet

  •  4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them 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 Kathmandu 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 a technical peak and 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 two or 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. We can also offer you 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 bonfire. 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 accommodation will be Tented camp.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Island Peak 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 your 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.

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 jeep, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

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

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

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

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 vegetarian meals.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days 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, we do have PAC but it is not necessarily required for the trip. If someone requires oxygen cylinder then it can be hired from the guesthouses as we use the guesthouse that has facilities of oxygen cylinder.

If one needs PAC we will surely provide one if required and extra charge would be applicable for it.

Please note: Using oxygen in the mountain can be very expensive so please make sure you are covered with good travel insurance policies so that you can claim your emergency medical expenses.

Yes, all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6,000 and 7,000 meters peaks and also been to 8,000 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. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

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, hot water in the 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.

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$1000 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