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Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climb and Everest Three Passes Trek takes us to a series of beautiful turquoise lakes in the Gokyo valley, the famous Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535m) passes and the base camp of Mt. Everest before climbing the Island Peak (6,189m). On our 22-day journey we also ascend GokyoRi (5357m) and Kala Patthar (5,545m) which provides magnificent close-up views of the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more.

The Island Peak Climb and Everest Three Passes Trek incorporates proper acclimatization to its itinerary and is ideal for adventure seekers in a quest for a challenging trekking and climbing experience.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Thame (3736m/12255 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 07: Thame to Lumde (4368 m/14328 ft): 3- 4 hours
Day 08: Lumde: acclimatization day
Day 09: Lumde to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to GokyoRi (5,330 m/17,483 ft)
Day 11: Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Thaknak to Cho La pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hours
Day 13: Lobuche to GorakShep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours
Day 14: GorakShep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours
Day 15: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours
Day 16: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), pre-climb training: 3-4 hours trek
Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), and back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 18: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 19: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Final departure

Cost Includes

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Accommodation in hotel  in Kathmandu, teahouses and tents during trekking and climbing
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Services of English speaking, trained and experienced staff including trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals on the mountain
  • Porter services for trekking
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties

Cost Does not Include:

  • Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc).
  • Personal clothing.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Any unseen expenses, etc.

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Useful Information

Accommodations
We will be staying at hotel  in Kathmandu (3 nights),  teahouses during trekking (15 nights) and tents when climbing (3 nights). Most teahouse accommodation will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, foam mattress will be made available. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodation are on twin-shared basis. . Also, understand that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only up to Namche Bazaar. Above Namche Bazaar single accommodation is not always feasible.

Meals
During our Island Peak Climb and Everest Three Passes Trek, we can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Indian and the more common continental cuisines. There will also be welcome dinner. In Kathmandu, a buffet-style breakfast will be available whereas all meals will be provided during the trek and climb. During trekking/climbing, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, clean and freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Team Composition

Trekking : While trekking, we will provide you a fully trained, English speaking, experienced trekking guide. Every 4 members are entitled to 1 assistant guide, also 1 porter for every two members to carry the luggage.

Climbing : We will provide you a licensed, English speaking, veteran climbing guide. There is also the provision of assistant guides, for a group size of 2-4 people; there will be 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide. In a group size of 5-8 people, there will be 1 main guide and 2 assistant guides. Finally with a group of 9-12 people, we shall be offering you 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides. Other staff members will include one experienced cook and necessary Sherpa staff, mostly assistants who will assist in setting up camps during the climb.

This arrangement of staff will ensure the safety of each and every member in the group; also if any member falls ill, the trip will still go ahead as planned. Please also note that the maximum number of people in a group will be 12, as this is the optimum size for a successful trip.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Island Peak is not a technical peak but you will still require a good stamina to summit it. No prior climbing experience is required; however having some knowledge on using climbing equipments will still be an asset. There will also be a pre -ice climbing training for participants in the Island Peak base camp. The training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

Island Peak climbing usually requires 5-6 hours of walking every day. In the summiting day however, you will be required to walk for up to for 10-12 hours. Therefore, it is advised that you prepare yourself by jogging or walking 12 km every day for around 3 months before your actual trip.  Understand that by choosing Island Peak trip, you are considering walking in high altitude and remote area for many days. In order to make your Island Peak climbing successful you must have lots of willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh weather conditions along with reasonable fitness and stamina. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. Also make sure you make your conditions known to mayadevi trekking at the time of booking.

Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island peak can be climbed during the other months,the cold temperature might not sit well with some people

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