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Lukla Flight Notice:

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 AM (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 KM drive will take us around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu.The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards.The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights. If we have a group of 4-5 members then we can make it a Private Heli flight. 

  • Duration:19 Nights 20 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6189m

About Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak (Imja Tse) 6189m, is an interesting and challenging climb in the Khumbu Himalaya, 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 will be helpful as our highly experienced Sherpa Climbing Guides will also provide training and practice of relevant skills such as using jumor, abseiling and mainly crossing the ladders section on Island Peak. Though if you have knowlegde and expereince of rock and ice climbing, already done high altitude trekking, then it will be beneficial for your Island Peak Climb. 

Island Peak Climbing combines the classic trek to the Everest Base Camp and climb of a beautiful 6000m peak.  Island Peak Base Camp is easily accessible from Chhukung village, just off the  Everest Base Camp trail. The climb segment starts from the Chhukung valley, and takes only 2 Nights and 3 Days period to do the climb. This expedition begins at Lukla and follows the Everest Base Camp Trek up the Dudh Kosi valley through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. This classic Everest Base Camp Trek is already an extraordinary experience; there are beautiful pine and rhododendron forests and magnificent Khumbu views and Sherpa culture. By now we are much more acclimatized for the cold weather 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 hiking around base camp for acclimatization and learning climbing skills required for Island Peak.There are slabs and boulders to clamber over to reach Island Peak High Camp, 5500m where we will spend our second night at tent before we approach for our summit push.

After high camp there are more rocks and scree at first, the we get Crampon point, where we put on our climbing gears. Couple of places we need to walk on the Ladders to cross the Crevases section. After the Crevases section then walking on flat glacier section before we get to the foothill of the headwall. There is a 300 meter headwall of 45 degree snow slopes leading to the exposed summit ridge of Island Peak. 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.

The best season for Island Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December  the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the Island Peak Climb 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.

 

We offer customized Trips to Island Peak Climb:

  1. Island Peak Climbing 5 Days (Chukung - Island Peak - Chhukung)
  2. Island Peak Climbing via Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass 23 Days
  3. Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb 25 Days 
  4. Three Peak in Everest Region: Lobuche, Pokalde and Island Peak 27 Days 
  5. Mera and Island Peak Climbing via Amphu Labtsa Pass 25 Days 


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Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

  • stunning summit views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and others beautiful Peaks 
  • climbing expereince of a peak is a joy that you will cherish a lot  
  • shortest and most affordable of the 6000m peak climbing 
  • base camp is easily accessible from the classic Everest Base Camp Trail
  • logistics and well managed camp set-up at Island Peak Base camp and High camp 
  • basic training for climbing on snow and ice by experienced and certified Sherpa Climbing Guide
  • spending a night at Island Peak Base Camp and High Camp before your summit push

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2804m takes only 35 minutes. On arrival in Lukla, a guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma, 2610m.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,610 m/8,562 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest trail. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 3,720m / 12,201 ft

On reaching Tengbuche after our guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. You will get to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or tomorrow morning depending on how the days trekking went. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,864 m/12,677 ft

The trail descends through a beautiful forest, then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to Dingboche, 4400m, the second place to stop and acclimatize. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 4,400 m/14,435 ft

Today  For acclimatization we will trek 3 hours to Nagarjun Hill, enjoy the view of Ama Dablam and Island Peak, and return to Dingbuche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5,080 m/ 16,629 ft

We continue trek through the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Chola Tse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail zigzags through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. We continue to climb to Lobuche, 4910 m, from where you will see the awesome Mt. Pumori Peak, 7220m, very well. 

NOTE: Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. To prevent altitude sickness rest and plenty of water is necessary. You will crave some Chocolates or Snickers at this point. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 4,915 m/ 16,125 ft

Today we trek on past Gorak Shep 5130m, to reach (Everest Base Camp 5,364m/17,598ft. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return to Gorak Shep. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5,130 m/16,830 ft

An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar 5545m/ 18,192ft, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar we will see the sun rise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche, 4915m, and continue down to Dingbuche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,400 m/14,435 ft

Today we trek Chhukung it takes 2 an half hour and From Chhukung, the path climbs steeply toward the South and the turns East, following the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue a short yet pleasant walk along the river side which leads to Big-Rock. From this point a 40 minute climb will take us to Island Peak Base Camp. We set up tents at base camp for eating and sleeping.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5,200 m/ 17,060 ft

Today We have To acclimatize and practicing climbing techniques with our guide and trek as far as  High Camp.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 2 hrs
  • 5,450 m/17,880 ft

We have to start early in the morning to climb through the rock channel. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the other side of the channel. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline where you traverse the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses, which leads with little difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge will take you to the top. After enjoying the summit 6189m/ 20,305ft view, you will descend all the way to Chhukung, 4710m. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,710 m/15,452 ft

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Island Peak on due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, it is useful to have an extra day. If the trip goes smoothly, and we do not need this spare day, we will continue our return journey to Lukla. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

We trek down to Dingboche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2,810m/9,219 ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 13 nights (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms, beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during One night at Base Camp and One night High Camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced and certified Sherpa Guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two Trekker basis in all of our Climbing Trips
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh / Can Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing Equipments and Gears 
     

Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering/Climbing Boots 
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Screwgate Carabiners ( Lock and UnLock)
  • Descender ( Figure 8, Belay Device)
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • 2 x Tape slings

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

   

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date14 Apr, 2020end date03 May, 2020GuaranteedPrivate Group$2350
start date20 Apr, 2020end date09 May, 2020GuaranteedSpace Available$2350
start date30 Apr, 2020end date19 May, 2020Available$2350

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Majestic Island Peak Climbing. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Island Peak Climbing is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 12 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.
 

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 earliest 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.

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