Island Peak Climb - 14 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityPeak Climbing In Nepal
AccommodationLodge/Tea house/Camping during the trek/climb
RegionEverest Region
Start / End pointKathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration14 Days
Max. Altitude6,183m at Island Peak
Meals IncludedAll Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size2-12
Nature of TrekLodge to lodge/Camping Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWTTK002
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla) and private vehicle (Transportation)
GradeStrenuous

Brief Island Peak Climbing Insight

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305 ft), one of the easiest and most affordable peaks to climb, provides you with a high-altitude climbing experience and great views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam. This peak offers you a chance to hone your climbing skills.

Highlights of Island Peak Climbing

  • Summit Island Peak (6189m/20299ft)
  • Stunning views of the world’s highest mountains - Everest (8848m/29021 ft), Mt Nuptse (7,879m), Mt Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m), Mt Makalu (8,475m) and Cho Polu (6,734m), Mt Baruntse (7,720m), and the majestic Ama Dablam (6,856m).
  • Scenic mountain flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Namche Bazaar - famous Sherpa hometown
  • Ancient Tengboche monastery
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people

Benefits of Island Peak Climbing with Discovery World Trekking

  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Free airport arrival/departure transfer to/from the hotel on a private vehicle
  • Oximeter for blood oxygen monitoring at high altitudes to detect altitude sickness early & other medical kits
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Duffle bag for porters
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Island Peak Climbing Comprehensive Overview

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a famous climbing peak beautifully located on the top of the Chukung Glacier between Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The Island Peak height rises to 6,189m (20,305ft) above the sea level. 

Island Peak Mountain extends the southern ridge of Lhotse Shar, separated by a small col, and appears to look like an island in the sea of ice. Hence, Eric Shipton from the 1953 Mount Everest expedition named it Island Peak.

Climbing this peak is physically demanding but not challenging, making it perfect for novice climbers.

For climbing Island Peak, you need to have a high level of physical fitness and a moderate level of technical climbing knowledge. During the trip, we will help you develop your mountaineering skills, and by the end of the Island Peak Climb, you will gain enough climbing skills to overcome the Island Peak difficulty. 

Your trek to Island Peak starts with a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Gateway of Everest Base Camp). After landing in Lukla, you will take a short trek to Phakding, taking the first steps of the path to Island Peak. You are free to spend the remaining time as you wish. We suggest you visit the local monasteries.

The next day, we trek to Namche Bazaar, where you will spend a day acclimatizing. After acclimatizing at Namche, you will hike to Tengboche. After spending a night at Tengboche, you will reach Dingboche and, finally Chhukung.

From Chhukung, the trail goes northwards to the high Imja valley and finally to Island Peak's south ridge base camp. From here, you will see striking views below the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. We will be camping at the Island Peak Base Camp for the night, aiming to summit the peak the next day.

On the summit day, we will wake up early and climb a rocky ridge. You will be following our lead Sherpa. Just above the rock ridge lies a snow headwall that leads to the summit. We will just follow this snow headwall.

From the peak, you will get stunning, surreal views of mountains Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Central (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) that form a semi-circle in the north, you can see Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Baruntse (7,129m) in the south, and Makalu (8,475m) in the east.

On the top of the Island Peak, you will experience the feeling of accomplishment that will last for your entire life. After enjoying the views to our heart's content, we will descend to the Island Peak Base Camp and retrace our trekking trail to reach Lukla. This adventurous Island Peak Climbing ends with a scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You can see the Island peak climbing itinerary section below for a detailed itinerary. 

This climb trains you for mountaineering expeditions by giving you enough time to learn how to use crampons and ice axes.

We request all trekking/climbing guests to arrive at Kathmandu by 3 pm, at least a day before the trek departure date for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person trip briefing. We will provide you with vital information about the trek and recheck your luggage to ensure that you have not missed packing any required gear/equipment during the trip briefing.

Island Peak Climbing Expedition Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40/20 minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Your flight to Lukla will originate from either Kathmandu or Manthali, depending on the trekking season. In the peak trekking seasons (March, April, May, September, October, and November), there is a possibility that flights from Kathmandu to Lukla might be redirected to Manthali Airport due to traffic congestion at Tribhuwan International Airport. To catch a flight from Manthali to Lukla, we will pick you up at your hotel around 12:30 am and take you on a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The subsequent flight from Manthali to Lukla takes approximately 20 minutes.

    For those looking to avoid the Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla route, an alternative is booking a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, be prepared to incur around 550 USD per person to cover the helicopter expenses, provided five people share the cost.

    If you are trekking in December, January, February, June, July, and August, you will directly fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a picturesque 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

    The trails begin from the prosperous village of Lukla and reach Phakding. Today's trek will be short and enjoyable as you will also be acclimatizing. In your spare time, you can visit the local monasteries around Phakding and prepare for the long trek the next day.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft) to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    We begin the six-hour trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing several tributaries of this majestic river many times on thrilling suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply, providing you with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to several quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, internet cafes, shops, and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest towns along the Everest trail.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11,285ft)

    We will spend a day at Namche to adjust to the high altitude. You should not miss visiting the Sherpa museum celebrating Sherpa traditional customs. Further, we will hike to the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel. From Everest View Hotel, you can see rewarding views of the Himalayas (including Everest) with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    After our early morning breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tengboche. On the way, we will enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Island peak. The trail leads us up and down as it becomes challenging, but you’ll enjoy great views of the Himalayas. You may also spot wildlife on the way, such as musk deer, pheasant, and Himalayan tahr.

    We will further trek down to cross the Dudh Koshi River. After passing through dense alpine forests, you will reach a small settlement called Phunki Thenga. As you trek ahead from Phunki Thenga, you will eventually get to Tengboche after a steep climb through a pine forest. In Tengboche, you will see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region - Tengboche Monastery.

    This monastery was founded in 1923, but destroyed twice - first in 1934 by an earthquake and then by a fire in the early 1990s. With the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary Fund, the monastery was restored. With spare time, you can visit the monastery and observe their prayers in the afternoon.

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge.
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Duration 12km / 7.45miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    We continue trekking uphill to Pangboche, past many chortens, mani walls, and small villages. You can see spectacular views of the Mt. Island peak from the trails. You will be entering the Imja Valley following the Lobuche River and trek on a steeply ascending trail to Dingboche. From Dingboche, we can see the Island peak (6,812m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m).

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Chhukung (4735m / 15,535ft) 3 Hours

    After breakfast, we head east towards the Chukhung Valley, passing through the stone-walled fields of Imja Khola Valley. While walking on the rocky trail, you will get stunning views of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Eventually, you will reach your destination, Chhukung. At Chhukung, we check into our lodge rooms and meet our guide, who will brief us about the climb and preparations.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge in Chhukung
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  7. day7

    Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Chukung (4735m / 15,535ft)

    Today is another day for acclimatization. Our Sherpa climbing guide will train you on peak climbing and teach you how to use the ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harness, etc. Island Peak does not require prior training experiences. However, past climbing experiences will boost climber confidence and increase the chances of scaling the summit.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge in Chhukung
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Chhukung (4735m / 15,535ft) to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m / 17,050ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5km / 3.1miles
    Highest Altitude 5000m / 16,690ft
    Trek Duration 4 hours

    From Chhukung, we ascend northwards and follow this valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier to the east. A short hike by the river leads up to a big rock, and after a 40-minute climb, we reach Island Peak Base Camp. After setting up our tents, you will get short training on peak climbing techniques, including using gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, and rope skills.

    • Overnight stay at a camp
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  9. day9

    Summit Island Peak (6,183m) and return to Chukung (4735m / 15,535ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Duration 11km / 6.8miles
    Highest Altitude 6,189m / 20,305ft
    Trek Duration 10 -11 hours

    We start early morning to reach the Island Peak summit before noon to avoid afternoon wind. You will follow our experienced Sherpa guides. First, we will ascend to the rocky ridge before reaching the base of a glacier. Then using ropes, we continue up the glacier to the south ridge and follow this ridge to the summit. From the Island Peak top, you can see outstanding views of Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Island peak (22,493 feet), and Baruntse (25,328 feet). After spending some of the best moments at the top, you will return to the base camp, then descend to Chhukung for an overnight stay.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge.
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  10. day10

    An extra day for the climbing if the scheduled summit day was unsuccessful.

    We added this extra day to compensate for summit day if the weather was not favorable on our scheduled summit day. If summit day was successful, we will relax and enjoy staying in the Himalayas. If not, we will use this day to scale Island Peak. We will be spending the night at Chhukung.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Chhukung (4,730m /15,518ft) to Tengboche (3,870m / 12,304ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.9km / 8miles
    Highest Altitude 4,730m /15,518ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    Today, you will retrace your steps on the same rocky trail to Chhukung and then to Dingboche. You will descend to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in the Everest region, lies.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  12. day12

    Trek from Tengboche (3,870m / 12,304ft) to Namche (3440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.9km / 3.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,870m / 12,304ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests teeming with wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. We will be trekking on the steep slopes and trails with several bends, past prayer flags hung along the way. While heading back, you can click pictures and enjoy the views of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. After finally arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Namche (3440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2850m / 9,350ft) 6-7 hrs

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    Our last day on the trekking trails will be rewarding as we return to the Dudh Koshi Valley. The route is generally quite gentle back uphill to Lukla from the Kusum stream. Before rushing to Lukla, the trail heads steeply up to the west. After the first climb, the path reaches a small village, and then we take a left turn up into the trees. The trial ahead leads down to the main trail joining at the sidestream before reaching Toktok Village. 

    From Toktok, the views will be entirely different. Eventually, you will reach the large town of Lukla, from where you will catch a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  14. day14

    Fly from Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft) to Kathmandu/Manthali

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes

    At the end of your trek, you will fly from Lukla to Manthali or Kathmandu, depending on the trekking season. If you are trekking in March, April, May, September, October, or November, you'll take a 20-minute flight to Manthali, followed by a subsequent 5-hour drive to Kathmandu. For treks in other months—December, January, February, June, July, or August—you'll enjoy a direct flight to Kathmandu.

    For those who want to avoid Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu, there is an option to book a helicopter. However, this option entails an additional cost of approximately 550 USD each, based on a five-person sharing of the helicopter costs.

    We hope your journey back to Kathmandu will be relaxing, as you will feel a sense of accomplishment from climbing Island Peak. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will head to your respective hotels, and you can decide to spend the rest of the day however you like. 

    • Included meal (Breakfast)

What is included in the Island Climbing package?

  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight costs (includes tax and government fees)
  • All standard meals (14 Lunches, 13 Dinners, and 14 Breakfasts) during the trek/climb.
  • Total 13 Nights. Five nights twin sharing room with attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche (3N), and Phakding. Seven nights twin sharing accommodation at Tengboche, Dingboche(2N), Chhukung (4N). Accommodation at camp/tent in the Island Peak Base Camp (twin sharing room) - 1 night.
  • Government licensed trekking/climbing leader and porters to help trekkers with luggage. (one porter for every two trekkers. Max load per porter is 18-kg.
  • Cook and helpers for Island Base Camp stay.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit, Island Peak Climbing Permit fees
  • Experienced and licensed Sherpa Climbing Guide fee
  • Tent and camping staff with the kitchen crew
  • Medical kit
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Discovery World Trekking Peak Climbing Certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu after the trek/expedition
What is excluded?
  • International flight costs
  • On arrival visa fees at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport (30 days- USD 50)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude heli- rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Costs due to itinerary modification for safety concerns, illness, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in the Island Climbing package?" will be counted as excludes

Official Island Peak Climbing Expedition Map

Equipment list for Island Peak Expedition

We recommend you to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Porters will carry your main luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9kg. Two trekkers will share a porter, and they will not carry a load of more than 18kg. However, we also expect you to bring with you a backpack with your essential documents and expensive items. You can buy gear and equipment in Kathmandu but make sure to get the right size if buying or renting. 

Although we understand that you have your preferences, here is a list to help you pack.

 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Expedition grade down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Thick thermal Merino bottoms (Icebreaker 200, Odlo Revolution Thick)
  • Polar fleece trousers or similar mid-layer trousers
  • Gore-Tex (over)trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • Goose-down trousers or bibs. Or a down suit
  • Liner gloves for tying knots
  • mitten
  • Use waterproof stuff sacks to keep your clothes dry.

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Gore-Tex hiking boots with ankle support

Essentials

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Island Peak Climbing Cost, Difficulty, Food & Best Time

The beginning of the journey towards Island Peak.

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm, at least one day before your trip departure. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will provide us time to conduct an in-person trip briefing. You will need at least one overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu, but this package does not include this cost. On the trek departure date, you will take a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Island Peak Climbing package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights.

Free Airport Transfer

We understand that navigating around in a new country is difficult. So, Discovery World Trekking provides free airport to hotel transfer during arrival and hotel to the airport transfer during departure on any flight for valuable clients who have booked Island Peak Climbing with us. When you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. 

Accommodation details during Peak Climbing

This 14-day trek includes 13 nights lodge to lodge stays at trekking regions where you will stay at the best available lodges. We provide you with five nights of twin-sharing rooms with private attached bathrooms at Lukla, Namche (3N), and Phakding, and seven nights of twin-sharing accommodation at Tengboche, Dingboche (2N), Chhukung (4N). You will be staying in a camp/tent at Island Peak Base Camp for a night.

You will need at least two nights' hotel stay in Kathmandu, one before the trek start and another after the trek. Our Island Peak Climbing package does not include these accommodations because Kathmandu has a range of hotel choices to appeal to different tastes and budgets. 

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at lodges for an extra cost.

The Meals

Island Peak Climbing consists of trekking all over high elevations in addition to climbing Island Peak. So, your body needs enough nutritious food. During Island Peak Climbing, we will provide you with plenty of tasty, hygienic, and nutrient-rich food. 

We will provide you with 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 13 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Breakfast - Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

The food we will serve you will be fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious. The menu consists of traditional local, Asian, and Western cuisine almost everywhere, but the choices get limited as you ascend. 

We recommend you take fresh vegetables and lots of liquids like green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes.

Though plenty of non-veg items are available in trek regions, we won’t recommend them because the meat in trek regions may not be hygienic and healthy. Similarly, we highly encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, and hot chocolates.

 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best time for Island Peak Climbing

The weather is a crucial factor to consider when deciding to undertake Island Peak Climbing. During spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, there is no rain, and the temperatures are just right. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. Here is a brief description of the weather at high altitudes during different seasons.

March to April

It is one of the best seasons to hike/climb Island Peak. You will enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas ranges and glaciers. From March, the weather starts to warm up. The flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter come back to life, feeding, and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their best. 

Temperature - Around 18°C during the daytime, around -12 °C at night

 

May to June

It is also the perfect time for trekking, right before the rainfall. The monsoon starts in Nepal at the end of June and lasts till mid-August. The mix of spring and summer makes climbing very enjoyable during these months. 

Temperature - Around 25°C during the daytime, around -5 °C at night

 

July to August

The monsoon rain gets intense from July to August at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to visibility problems, flights to Lukla have a high chance of getting canceled at the trek start or end. The trails can get wet and slippery. Climbing Island Peak gets challenging but not impossible. 

Temperature - Around 27°C during the daytime, around 5°C at night

 

September to October

It is also one of the perfect seasons for Island Peak Climbing. As the monsoon ends, a perfect trek season sets itself. At high altitudes, the temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night.

Climbers during this season enjoy the most, with clear skies and stunning mountain views. We recommend Island Peak Climbing, usually from mid-September until its end. If you come to Nepal in these months, you will also get a chance to observe how Nepalis celebrate their two most important Hindu festivals - Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature - Around 20°C during the daytime, around 5°C at night

 

November to December

As winter begins, snowfalls start in the trek region, and it eventually gets tough to reach Island Peak. However, November climbs are popular due to sparkling days that allow amazing views. From December, the temperature dips, and there is heavy snowfall in high altitudes.

Temperature - Around 18°C during the daytime, around -10°C at night

 

January to February

This is the coldest time with heavy snowfall, especially during JanuaryThe winter eases in February. The daytime temperatures start to rise, and the skies are blue, but it is still cold during the night. It is fine to trek/climb during February, and we conduct this trip safely in February. However, if you are allergic to colds, please do not trek during these months.

Temperature: Around 15°C during the daytime, around -15°C at night

 

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, and the temperatures may change quickly.

Acclimatization in Island Peak Climbing Expedition

Altitude sickness is common among trekkers, but it requires immediate treatment. However, altitude sickness is preventable. We have designed the trip itinerary to allow slow and steady ascending, so the body can adapt to the new altitude.

During Island Peak Climbing, we will be acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar and Chuukung. At Namche, you are free to explore this famous Sherpa town while adjusting to the thin air. You will also be acclimatizing at Island Peak Base Camp, where we will climb the ridge to get stunning views of several peaks. You will be taking a lot of rest throughout the expedition. During your rest days, you will spend your time recovering, eating and drinking, reading, relaxing, listening to music, or strolling around. 

Discovery World Trekking trek leaders/guides are well-trained and experienced at high altitudes. They have completed extensive wilderness first aid training. Your safety and security are of utmost concern to us.

If someone is severely affected due to altitude sickness, the only cure would be to descend immediately. In such situations, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately, based on the overall condition of the trek team.

Level of climbing skills you need

Island Peak requires a moderate level of technical climbing skills. You need to be energetic and physically fit. 

Island Peak climbing is not difficult for beginners. The trip is very suitable for adventurous, motivated trekkers who can walk on snow ridges and trails. If you have any prior climbing experience or simply enjoy trekking, it will help you, but it is not mandatory. However, you must have a fierce determination and desire to climb the mountain. Your climbing leaders are highly trained, and they have fabulous decision-making abilities.

Your age doesn't matter as long as you meet the health and skill requirements. Generally, people between the ages of 20 to 60 undertake this adventure. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

Island Peak Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding trek. You will be hiking for about 5 to 7 hours a day, depending on the day's destination, taking regular breaks to soak in mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and steep forward trails, often on rocky paths and forested areas. So, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek/climb. 

We do not recommend this climb for those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease.

We have medical personnel at the base camp to monitor your health throughout the expeditions, and Island Peak Base Camp contains medical equipment and provisions. All our guides and leaders leading the trek have medical training and know-how to look after you efficiently. 

Trekking group/single

We organize groups and private treks. If you have a group, you are eligible for group discounts. The bigger your group, the more discount, you will get. However, you are not entitled to any discount for groups we assemble. We can handle all group sizes and provide one assistant trek lead for groups of 12 or more. 

A typical day on trek and climb on Island Peak

Every day, you will enjoy the scenery, click pictures, and explore the local villages. Our experienced, friendly, and qualified guides and porters will accompany you on the trails. 

The day begins with an early morning breakfast. Then we pack our bags and set off to our destination between 7 to 8 am, depending on the length of trails to cover. You will trek for 3 to 5 hours before taking a short break for lunch. We will serve you lunch around midday, often at the mid-way to the next destination.

You will be having dinner from around 6 to 7 pm. After dinner, your trek leader will brief you about the next day's plan. Then before going to bed, you can engage in reading or play fun games such as cards, monopoly, or chess. If available, you might also watch mountaineering videos or learn light Nepali words from our crew. 

The itinerary while climbing depends on the climber, weather, and route conditions. We will always pick the safer option. At times, we will have to cross difficult ice rocks through steep snow climbing. For your climb, our highly experienced climbing guides will fix new ropes to ensure a safe ascent.

Communication during the trip

During the Island Peak Climbing Trek, you can use internet service at lodges paying a small service charge. You can contact your family and friends via these lodges, but once we reach high altitudes, we use phones to communicate for safety.

We'll communicate with all our trek teams through our trek guide at least once a day to ensure the smooth progress of the trek. You can contact our head office for help. You have the option to buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but the mobile signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes.

You can pay to use Wi-Fi available at lodges/teahouses you will be staying in.

Extra personal expenses during the trek/Climb

This package covers most of the cost during the trek/climb, but it does not cover all costs. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients, as Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels to fit all budgets and tastes, and we honor your choices.

In addition, all our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs, such as visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks for the trek, alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (Dollars) which you can easily exchange for Nepali Rupees as trek regions only accept Nepalese currency. 

Island Peak Climbing Travel insurance

This trip grade is most challenging as it entails the risks of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events, including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is compulsory for the Island Peak Climbing trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m).

We can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. Please send us your detailed insurance policy certificate within a week of booking Island Peak Climb. 

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book the trekking. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us for a quick rescue and transfer to treatment centers. 

Before buying travel insurance, call the insurance company and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Don't just believe what they say on their website.

Passport and visa Info

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. However, citizens from most countries can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport and other immigration checkpoints along Nepal's borders. 

The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current rate is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. Chinese and SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka) get free visas with some limitations. Children under 10 receive free visas.

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive the visa on arrival, so nationals from these countries will have to contact their local Nepalese embassy. 

The Nepal government can change visa rules without prior notice. Hence, for the latest visa information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR)

You can exchange most major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all-over Thamel. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of cash. 

Legal money exchanges display their exchange rates publicly. 

If you have Indian Rupees (INR), please note that only INR notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite having the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we recommend you cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high bank commission rates.

You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using your foreign card. 

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, the service fee is about 4% or more, depending on the bank. Trek regions have no banks and money exchange services, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on your spending estimates. We estimate that you might require USD 10 to 20 per trekking day.

Most established Asian banks do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currencies. So, make sure you have new, clean and crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Island Peak Climbing Trek?

The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. Two trekkers will share a porter, and the maximum luggage weight limit per porter is 18 kg. We never overload our porters. Moreover, we expect you to carry a small backpack with your valuables and important documents in it. You can store your excess luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free for the duration of your trek. 

We will recheck your luggage during the trip briefing before starting the trip to ensure that you have not missed packing crucial things.

Island peak climbing safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction, safety being the utmost concern for us. We will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits for the trip. Moreover, we carry the best equipment available in the market. Our leaders and guides have undertaken extensive first-aid training. 

You will be climbing with a Sherpa guide who has summited Island Peak multiple times. Island Base Camp has a medical doctor as a staff member. If a participant falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trek leader to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. We will be trekking together for group safety.

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we must save our environment against the adverse effects tourism might bring. Unsustainable tourism activities are detrimental to tourists and the entire tourism industry. So, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly and sustainable treks that meet the expectations of travelers and local communities in tourist regions.

We dispose of the waste properly and encourage trekkers to store items in reusable containers. Furthermore, we try our best to conserve water and not pollute it. It is always better to carry a water bottle instead of packed water. Our effort is to leave campsites in better condition than before our use. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Island Peak Climbing, our local, licensed, trained, and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. We will assign one porter for every two trekkers, and the combined luggage weight limit for a porter is 18 kg. We never overload our porters. Further, we add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. 

Our crew members are locals from remote high Himalayas, which allows them to endure perfectly in the high Himalayas. 

All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition. They receive medical care when ill or injured. Our effort is to keep our staff members happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. 

Our professional guides have:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training Certificate
  • Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages (Spanish/Japanese)
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

Tipping

Tipping is at travelers' discretion and should reflect the quality of service received, trek length, and cost of trek/climbing. Nepali culture accepts trekking and views it as a validation of quality service. We encourage you to tip collectively at the end of the trek. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal-government authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator. 

We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). So, you can book the Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence. 

We require a 10 percent payment advance to confirm the booking. You can pay this advance through bank transfer, western union, or online. You can pay the rest of the trip cost after arriving in Nepal in cash, bank transfer, western union, or using credit cards. Furthermore, we will email you payment details, including modes of payments available.

After your booking, please send us other necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited, and this airport is very busy during the trekking seasons. Hence, it is better to book Lukla flights in advance.

Trip extension

After the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. During this time, we can organize several activities for you, such as the Kathmandu valley tour, the Nagarkot view trip, the Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing.

Feedback

After completing the Island Peak Climbing, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a trek/climbing achievement certificate (hardcopy). It is also a great time to provide us with your feedback. Feedback will help us serve our future guests better. 

Useful Info

We recommend adding extra days to your itinerary as a safety margin for your return flight home. The flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu are frequently behind schedule. Sometimes flights get backed up for a day, and if this happens, we will reschedule your flights. So, we advise that you schedule at least an extra two days as a cushion in your itinerary to avoid problems with your international flight back home. In the event of delays, we can arrange a helicopter at your request, at a cost of around USD 500-1000 per person, depending on demand and capacity. In case of no delays, we can arrange additional activities with your extra time in Nepal.

Please Note: The Island Peak Climb includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review your designated departure dates for this climb, and if they do not suit you, let us know we can arrange your trek/climb at a time convenient for you.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline that might require modifications due to factors beyond our control, including but not limited to bad weather, inaccessibility, unavailability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental decrees, and bad trail conditions.

Although the probability of itinerary changes is minimum, you cannot hold us accountable for the delays or circumstances that arise due to delays. 

In the event of an itinerary adjustment or the need to redirect to other trails and areas, your guide will ultimately decide after consulting with the group members and keeping the interests of the party as a whole.

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