Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing- 21 Days

Add the exciting element of a high altitude Himalayan climb to your Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Island Peak, 6189m, is a technically straightforward climb, and therefore within reach of the average fit person who wants to have a genuine high altitude climbing experience on snow and ice. Previous climbing experience is not necessary as our highly experienced Sherpa guide will provide training/practice of relevant skills during the stops to acclimatize.

Island Peak has a low permit fee making this the shortest and most affordable 6000m peak expedition in the Himalayas. Island Peak Base Camp is easily accessible from Chhukung village, just off the Classic Everest Base Camp trail. The climb segment starts from the Chhukung Valley, and takes only 3 nights and 2 days. The group size can be from 2 to 12 people.

This expedition begins at Lukla and follows the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek up the Dudh Kosi valley through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. This Classic trek is already extraordinary; there are beautiful pine and rhododendron forests and magnificent Khumbu views and culture. By now we are much more acclimatized for the cold and altitude on Island Peak. Returning to Dingboche, the trail branches off into the Chhukung Valley where our next adventure begins.

From Chhukung village, the trail follows the moraine of the massive Lhotse Glacier, then the Imja Tso Khola (river) to Island Peak Base Camp, 5100m. We spend time ascending and descending from base camp for acclimatization and learning climbing skills. There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach high camp, 5500m. After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, but the final few hours to the top requires the mountaineering skills. There is a 300 meter headwall and a snowy summit ridge which require ropes, crampons and ice axes.

From the summit the incredible view includes Nuptse, 7879m, Lhotse, 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak, 8419m, and the unclimbed Lhotse Shar, 8383m. To the east, the perfect pyramid of Makalu, 8475m and the frozen waves of the Lhotse Shar Glacier, and to the south, Baruntse and Ama Dablam

It isnt practical to stay at Island Peak High Camp overnight. First of all, there is very big water problem at High Camp. Previously we could find ice to melt for water around 45 minutes away; now that ice field has totally melted, so we have to walk 3 hours to bring water. The second thing, it is very difficult to sleep at 5630m. For this reason we plan the trek so that you stay in Island Peak Base Camp at 5200m rather than at Island Peak High Camp.

The best season for Island Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold months of December to February the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around.

The duration of the Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will arrange every detail of your Island Peak expedition; lodge accommodation, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

Optional Island Peak packages: Island Peak climbing 05 Days | Gokyo Cho La Island Peak Climbing 20 Days | Everest High Pass and Island Peak Climbing 24 Days

 

If you have any queries regarding your travel, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We are happy to help you in any way we can. You can book a trip simply by sending us an e-mail at   info@annapurnafoothills.com or aftreks@gmail.com
 

Is Mt Everest Region travel Safe after earthquake?

Yes: The Popular Everest Region is Declared Safe for Trekking  

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Shortest and most affordable of the 6000m peak expeditions
  • Base camp is easily accessible from Everest Base Camp Trail
  • No climbing previous experience required
  • Training for high altitude climbing on snow and ice by experienced Sherpa guide
  • Stunning summit views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and others

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610 m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche bazzar,3441 m

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar.

Day 6 : Trek to Tengbuche, 3860 m

Day 7 : Trek to Dingbuche, 4400 m

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day- Hiking Chhkung Ri back to Dingbuche

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche, 4915m

Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep 5130m and hike to EBC (Everest Base Camp),

Day 11 : Ascend Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Everest. Descend to Lobuche

Day 12 : Trek to Chhukung, 4710 meters

Day 13 : Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m

Day 14 : Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp

Day 15 : Ascend Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung

Day 16 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 17 : Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 18 : Trek to Lukla

Day 19 : Fly to Kathmandu

Day 20 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 21 : Departure

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Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) eg. Hotel Holy Himalaya & Holy Shakti
  •     Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 16 night  (16 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
  •     Meals on the trail during 3 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpas; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guides
  •     Porters (2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Cook, Climbing guide and necessary porters from Chhukung – Island Peak Base Camp – Chhukung
  •     Island Peak Permit 
  •     Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  •     Garbage Deposit 
  •     Sagarmath National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Our Service charge
  •     Round Trip Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu 
  •     Local Transportation: Hotel - Airport - Hotel Car; Van, Hi-ace or Tourist bus for
  •     Local Airport Tax 
  •     Personal insurance for Nepalese guide & Porters (staff)

Cost Exclude(s)

 

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tipping (Tips)
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls

Personal Climbing Gear  Per Person

  •     Crampons
  •     Harness
  •     Ice Axe
  •     2 x Tape slings
  •     2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  •     Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  •     Prussic Loops
  •     Helmet
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2017 01 April, 2017 $ 2295 per person Available Book Now
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Everest Base Camp Island Peak Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Everest Base Camp Island Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Why Climb Everest Base Camp Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

To be safe, you dont need shops worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks- You need a Sherpa guide as a partner, some rope, a few bits of protection, good weather and overriding urge to die of old age.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

Everest Base Camp Island Peak Trip Accommodation:

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.
Our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti , in Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions and after returning trip. During the trek, eleven nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 21 Days

Price : US $2295 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2B

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Activities:Trekking/ Climbing

Maximum Height:6189m

Transport:By Air

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 14 night (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 2 nights camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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