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Island Peak Climbing - 14 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Peak Climbing In Nepal
Accomodation Selected hotel in Kathmandu and tea house/Ten during the trek
Duration 14 Days
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Goup size 2-12
MAX. ALTITUDE 6,183m at Island Peak
MEALS INCLUDED Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWTTK002
NATURE OF TREK Tea House/Camping Trekking
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
GRADE Strenuous
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Climb Island peak , one of the easiest and affordable peaks to climb for a high altitude experience and great views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama. Situated 20, 000 ft above sea level This place offers basic skills short climb and walks with rope on snow.

Highlights

  • Summit Island Peak (6189 m/20299 ft)
  • Stunning views of the world’s highest - Mount Everest (8848m/29021 ft)and several snow-capped peaks
  • Scenic Mountain Flight to Lukla KATHMANDU.
  • Visiting Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • Stunning view of peaks over 8000m including Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • Namche Bazaar; famous Sherpa hometown
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Wild life like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard and Himalayan Tahr
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people

Overview

Rising 6,189m above the sea level Island Peak ,also known as Imja Tse is popular climbing peak beautifully located  on top of the Chukung Glacier, between Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The mountain is an extension of the ridge from the southern end of Lhotse Shar,separated by a small col it  sits like an island in the sea of ice.Thus, it was named ‘Island Peak, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton in 1953 AD. This peak is physically demanding but not challenging . making it perfect for novice climbers

To summit this peak you need to have high level of physical fitness and moderate level of technical climbing,Throughout the journey we will help you develop your mountaineering skills and by the end you will know much more than you originally did.

Our journey start with a 40 minutes’ flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will get ready and trek to Phakding where we will spend rest of the day visiting local monasteries The next day we trek to Namche Bazaar where we will be spending a day for acclimatization sake. We will further continue the trek to Tengboche then  Dingboche to Chhukung, from here the trail goes upwards the high Imja valley and finally to base camp of Island Peak's south ridge, from where we will see striking views beneath the Nuptse-Lhotse wall.the next day we summit Island Peak .We start the summit day very early morning scrambling along a rock ridge to a glacier. Above the rock ridge there is a steep snow head wall leading to the summit,from the peak you will be ,rewarded with stunning , surreal views of mountains Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse central (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi circle in the north and the stunning views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) and famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m) . You will be left with a  feeling of accomplishment that will last you a lifetime .Next we descend down and retrace our trekking trail for our return journey to reach back to Lukla. This exciting adventure climbing trek at Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp ends with a mind capturing scenic mountain flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

This climb is the beginner's steps to up to mountaineering expeditions  for beginner mountaineers who would be very keen on hill walkers with previous mountaineering experience using crampons and ice axe. 

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Flight to Lukla(2850 m/9,350 ft) ¾ hr, trek to Phakding (2,650 m / 8,690 ft) – 3 hrs

we head to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. After our exciting and a scenic 40 minutes’ flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. We will meet with our crew members and begin our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla till we reach Phakding. The trek today will be short and enjoyable as we’ll also be acclimatizing to the weather. With spare time on our hands, we may visit the local monasteries around and prepare ourselves for the long trek the next day.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ).
day 2
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,285 ft) - 6 hrs

We begin the six hour trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

  • Overnight at guesthouse.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
day 3
Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

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

  • Overnight at guesthouse.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
day 4
Trek to Tengboche(3,855 m/12,850 feet) - 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 we’ll be getting a great view of the Himalaya. We can also spot wildlife on the way such as musk deer, pheasant, Himalayan Thar. We will further trek down to cross the Dudh Koshi river. Passing through dense alpine forests we will reach a small settlement called Phunki Thenga. Continuing ahead, we will eventually reach Tengboche after a steep climb through a pine forest. We will see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region; Tengboche Monastery.This monastery was founded in 1923, but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934, and again by a fire in the early 1990’s. It has been rebuilt with help from proceeds of the Sir Edmund Hillary fund With spare time, we can visit the monastery and observe their prayers in the afternoon.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
day 5
Trek to Dingboche(4,360 m / 14,290 feet) - 5 Hours

We continue trekking uphill to Pangboche.we will pass by many chortens and mani walls and small villages.We will be able to see spectacular views of Mt. Island peak.Following the Lobuche river we will be entering the Imja valley and trek on a steeply ascending trail to Dingboche From Dingboche we can see Island peak peak (6,812m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m).

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
day 6
Trek to Chukung(4735 m / 15,535 ft)- 3 Hours

After breakfast we walk towards the east of the Chukhung valley through stone walled fields of Imja Khola valley. Walking through the rocky trail we will be able to see iew of Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam.eventually we reach our destination, Chhukung. At chhukung we check into out lodge rooms and have a meeting with our guide who will brief us about the climb and preparations .

  • Overnight at a lodge in Chhukung.
  • (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
day 7
Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Chukung

Today is another day for acclimatization.Today we will be trained on peak climbing under the guidance of Sherpa climbing guide and learn the best ways to use our climbing gears , ropes and knots, how to use the ice axe, climbing boots , crampons, harness etc. Island Peak does not require mandatorily prior training experiences. Although without doubt, such training opportunities will boost up climber confidence, sharpen climbing skills and increase the chances of scaling the summit.

  • Overnight at lodge
  • (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
day 8
Trek to Island Peak Base Camp(5,200 m / 17,050 ft)

From Chhukung, we ascend southwards and follow the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier to the east A short hike by the river leads up to BIg rock and after a 40 minute climb we reach Island peak base camp After setting up our tents we get short trainings on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses,and rope skills.

  • Over night at camp
  • Included Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
day 9
Summit Island Peak (6,183m) and return to Chukung

We start early morning and so we can reach summit before noon as the afternoon winds can be a problem. Following our experienced Sherpa guides we will ascend up to the rocky ridge before coming to the base of the glacier .then using ropes we continue up the glacier to South Ridge and follow this ridge to the summit. We can see outstanding views of Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Island peak (22,493 feet) and Baruntse (25,328 feet). We then continue down to base camp then We descend all the way to Chhukung for overnight stay.

  • Overnight at guest house
  • Included meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
day 10
This is an extra day scheduled in for the climbing in case of poor weather and other factors that might delay the summit attempt by a day.

An extra day allowance just incase we don't have favorable weather on our summit day.If the weather is favourable we will just continue as planned If not we will use this day to relax and enjoy staying in the Himalayas.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ).
day 11
Trek to Dingboche (4360 m, 14,304 feet) - 6 Hours

Today we will retrace our steps on the same rocky trail go through Chhukung and then all the way back to Dingboche for the overnight stay.

  • Overnight at guest house
  • Included meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
day 12
Trek to Namche(3440 m/11,285 ft) – 6-7 hrs

The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests where we may eye a wild life like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats or even snow leopard. We will be climbing on the steep slope and winding through several bands. We will pass prayer flags hung along the way and chortens. As we are heading back, we can click pictures and enjoy the view of tip of Everest and back side of Lhotse. After finally arriving to Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ).
day 13
Trek to Lukla(2850 m/9,350 ft) – 6-7 hrs

Our last day on the trekking trails will be rewarding day as we make a return down the Dudh Koshi valley. The route is generally quite gentle back uphill to Lukla from the Kusum stream. Before rushing on to Lukla, the trail heads steeply up to the west. After the first climb, the path reaches a small village. At the junction take a left turn up into trees. The trial ahead through the village leads down to the main trial joining at the side stream before Toktok. From Toktok, From this direction the views will be entirely different. Eventually, we reach the large town of Lukla with airport where tomorrow we will have a flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ).
day 14
Fly to Kathmandu

If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes' flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one as we will be carrying an unforgettable and a successful journey to the Everest Base Camp. Upon the arrival to Kathmandu, we will head to our hotels respectively and then it is entirely up to the you what you wish to do. Upon your request, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar Squares, Tourist places etc. with our well informed and experienced guide.

What is Included?

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Return Flight (Domestic) from Kathmandu to Lukla (includes tax and government fees).
  • Tea House/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • All Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek.
  • Official DWT (Government registered and licensed) Expert Guide with accompanying porters (generally, 1 porter per 2 trekkers) to assist with carrying gear during the trek. (We cover the porters’ meals, lodging, salary, transport, insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fees. Island Peak climbing permit fees.
  • Our experienced and licensed High Altitude Climbing Sherpa climbing guide fee
  • Tent and camping staff with kitchen crew.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Medical kit.
  • We use pulse oximeter on our clients everyday during the trekking for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitudes as it is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket for the trek.
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Certificate of Completion.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

What is Excluded?

  • International Flight.
  • Accomodation,3 meals (breakfast, meal and dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters.
  • weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

Route Map

route map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for Island peak Expedition

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well. We provide all the group climbing gears. Always remember to get the right size of gear if buying or renting

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
  • Heavy weight winter gloves
Body
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Expedition grade down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof 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
  • Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks
Footwear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs 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
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Getting there

You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuwan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. Then the next day, at early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Free Transfer

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Island peak Expedition. You will be received from our representative crew from Discovery World Trekking regardless the flight you take, with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel.

Accommodation

The Island peak Expedition is a includes 7 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Two nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost always twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.
During climbing period in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent , very high quality like Mountain Hardwear or similar that you will share with one other member. Each tent will have thick down filled mattress for extra comfort and warmth. We will also have dinner, kitchen tent with table and chairs, tent for staff and Toilet tent with commode at the base camps.

Meals

The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of breakfasts,lunch and eleven dinner are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine.Once in the basecamp you will be assigned a specific tent and your climbing guide/leader will prepare food suitable for high altitude.All  of your climbing equipments and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc at high altitude for health benefit.
At the base camp our cooks will prepare high altitude food , you will be served with variety of Nepalese and western cuisines such as Italian pizza and pasta,French fries and sandwich, Indian and Nepalese veg. curry rice, noodles and steamed dumplings, Tibetan stew and Tibetan bread and desserts

During the climbing period you will be served high altitude food .the food will range from instant meals to dry food . All the meals will be prepared hygienically by our experienced cooks keeping nutrients requirements in mind. All your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porters or yaks up to the base camp.

Best Season

The weather is one of the most important factor to look at when deciding to trek to Island peak. It is best suited to go during the spring and the autumn. During the winters and monsoon it becomes difficult to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature

March – April-May

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Island peak Expedition. The weather is very favorable through the expedition and there is lower snow risks. Stunning views of the Himalayan ranges and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many people often succeed their expedition in this time.This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. The trails would be very slippery. Flights to Lukla may get cancelled due to landslides and flooding.

September –November

This is also one of the perfect season for the Island peak Expedition. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect climate sets itself. In the mountains specially towards the peak the temperature goes up to -15 degrees in the daytime and falls down to -24 degrees during the night time. This season we can enjoy a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Island peak Expedition, usually between mid-September to end. The day time temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

The weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. Altitude sickness is preventable but can be fatal if the symptoms are ignored .Our trip itinerary is designed for slow and steady ascending so the body can adapt to the new altitude In this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places; Namche Bazaar and Chuukung At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore the famous Sherpa town and adjust to the thin air. We will also be having a second acclimatization at Island peak Base camp where we will climb the ridge to take a look at the stunning views of the peaks. We will be taking a lot of rest throughout the expedition. During your rest days you will be working on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams. For the climb our itinerary is crafted for a slow and more calculated schedule with more plenty of rest and acclimatization days with more flexibility.
Our trekking leader and guide are well trained and experienced at high altitude and they have extensive first aid training as well. Your health and safety is important to us and we guarantee that it will be our very first priority. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. Also, it is important to know that your group leader has the definitive responsibility to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.

Level of Climbing Skills required

Island peak requires moderate level of technical climbing skills.It is designed for energetic and physically fit trekkers with little or no experience in mountain expedition with little technical skills required .Island Peak is not difficult for beginners .The trip is very suitable for any adventurous motivated trekkers who have ability to walk in snows ridges and trails. if you have any prior experience in 7000m mountains or simply enjoy trekking, it will be an advantage for you. Also you must have a fierce determination and desire to climb the mountain.As for the leadership , tactics and overall decision making during the climb we have trained highly experienced guides and expedition staff.

Age doesn't matter as long as you meet the health and skills requirements. Generally we have people from ages 20-60 joining us for expeditions

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

The Island peak climbing is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

We have a medical personnel at the basecamps to monitor your health throughout the expeditions and all base camps are equipped with medical equipments and provisions.All our guides and leaders leading the trek have medical training and know how to look after you efficiently. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

The group is generally about 2(minimum) to 10 packs on trek. A group of 8 will be accompanied by a sherpa leader, assistant guide and porters.All our staffs are well trained and have prior climbing and high altitude experience. We are also happy to organize a single private trek with your own family time frame.

A typical day on trek and climb

A day on trekking will be an unforgettable day because of the beautiful mountains. You will get the time to enjoy the scenery, click pictures and explore the local villages. Your trek will be accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified guides along with porters to carry your baggage’s.

The day begins with early morning breakfast. Then we pack our bags and set off to trek to our destination between 7 to 8 am depending on the duration of the trek per day. We will trek for 3 to 5 hours before we take a short break. Lunch will be provided around midday. Some of our crew depart ahead to reach at the overnight lodge to do some preparation. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. Before going to bed, we will be discussing about the day’s experience and plan for the next day. We will be enjoying and entertaining ourselves and it is truly up to the members if they want to join us as they may prefer to rest/sleep.

During the climb, the itinerary depends on the climber , weather and route conditions. We will always pick the safer option. We will be crossing difficult ice rocks some days will include steep snow climbing .Some days we will be using fixed rope routes. For our climb our highly experienced climbing guides fix new ropes to ensure safe ascent with jumar and harness for the strenuous and challenging climb of 100 meters to the summit ridge. If all goes will we will be at the summit after 3 days of leave the base camp

Communication during the expedition

On the Island peak Expedition, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes the connection may not work. Most of the routes have local VHF Phones; in remote areas communication is not available or very limited but you can choose to get a satellite phone.Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be signal but not very strong. On your request, we can provide you a separate local sim card for good access to contacting your family and friends through your cell phone.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend to bring cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Travel insurance

Trekking in Island peak expedition requires slightly proactive and reactive preparedness. The high mountains are not a place to visit casually as serious sickness and other casualty are supposed to be unexpectedly happened. Make sure you have insured against this incident before starting the trek. Travel insurance is also a part of booking condition for an adventure trek in Nepal. All clients taking part in Island peak Expedition must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking.The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation with inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude.

We can do recommendation of insurance company in case of our help needed but we do not involve in sale of the insurance policy. policy. In case of emergency circumstances of our valued client, company put forward the travel documentation processing to insurance company based on your prior information submission details in order to assist in arranging rescue operation, and transfer to hospital for treatment.You are requested to send the details insurance information after you have booked the trek. Make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at the highest elevation of trek.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash.
Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Money exchange is not a problem in Nepal as there are plenty of ATMs that accept foreign debit and credit card or privately exchange money. Thamel; a tourist hub is always open to exchanging money. During the trek, no ATM will be available so we suggest you to change your money to Nepalese rupees (NPR). Also, the government has banned INR 500 and 1000. You should ensure you are not carrying them as you may be fined if you are caught with it in the airport. You can also choose to exchange your money in banks. They may charge service fees depending on different banks. Also, please note that banks do not accept old, torn or faded foreign currency notes.

Luggage

Your main luggage should not be over 20Kgs and they will be carried by our porters. Porters and Yaks will only accompany us till the trek they will leave our luggage with us at the base cam and leave us for a few days during the climbing period ,you will be responsible for your own luggage during the climb. Trekkers will carry a light back for easy access to water, camera, toilet paper and warm layers of clothes. During the climb the climbers must carry their own gears Any excess baggage can be kept at Discovery World Trekking and you can collect them after the trek.

Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our client’s safety, security and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the expedition, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipments and first aid kits.We make sure to only carry the best equipments available in the market Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training and you will be climbing with a Sherpa guide who has summited Island peak many times. We staff every base camp with medical doctor.If a participant's falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the leader to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. Every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone. We check in with our guided from the head office everyday to ensure the expedition is going on smoothly and safely.

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. The sustainability of this industry depends on this factor.Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.Rubbish is placed in bins provided, unless where are at high altitudes then we Porter the rubbish out, to the main city where it can be disposed of correctly. We ask that trekkers and tour groups remove unnecessary packaging and store items in reusable containers.We believe we should leave the campsites in better condition than when we first arrive , free of rubbish.We encourage you not to pollute water source, with soap or rubbish wastage.All of our staff are trained to minimizes the water usage, by limited showers and always using water sparingly.We request our clients to bring water canisters to refill for boiled/treated water instead of buying bottled water.which you have to throw after drinking.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Island peak Expedition, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All Climbing guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spend years climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage which should not exceed more than 20kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected.All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition.All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you in Island peak expedition is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

Tipping

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. It is also necessary to provide gratuities to the sherpas who lead you during the climb.Gratuities usually range from 200-500USD and are given after descending .Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bounded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer and western union. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Trip extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Island peak expedition, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

USEFUL INFO

Please be advised: We recommend adding extra days in your itinerary as a safety margin for your return flight home. The air traffic from Kathmandu to Lukla, and then Lukla to Kathmandu is frequently behind schedule and this may cause onward delays. Sometimes flights get backed up for a days. In these circumstances, we will do our best to allay problems, and re-schedule flights to and from Lukla as available. However, we must caution you about the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations. We recommend that you schedule at least an extra 2 days cushion in your itinerary to avoid problems with international flights from Nepal. 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. It is also very likely that no delays will be incurred. In any case, we can arrange additional activities with your extra time in Nepal!

Please Note: The Island Peak climb includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this climb and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a climb that is convenient for you. The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

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Trip Reviews

“Literally breathtaking”
Mitch Danger Rouse
5 - Excellent
11/19/2014

I recently completed the Everest base camp trek with Island peak included. The local crew at discovery world trekking were very professional. For example, they literally walked for an entire day in icy conditions to verify accomodation arrangements for the next day. A few of our team got sick and were well looked after by the crew who constantly monitored us for AMS symptoms and walked one of our team to a safer altitude without compromising the itinery. Our climbing Sherpa for island peak had summoned Everest 6 times so we were in safe hands for the summit day. Thanks discovery world trekking for helping me summit a mountain, challenge myself physically and mentally all while feeling safe and comfortable. Everything was 1st rate hospitality from the moment I was picked up from the airport and Paul the manager was more than happy to help with more travel advice and logistics after the trek.

“Literally breathtaking”
Mitch Danger Rouse
5 - Excellent
11/19/2014

I recently completed the Everest base camp trek with Island peak included. The local crew at discovery world trekking were very professional. For example, they literally walked for an entire day in icy conditions to verify accomodation arrangements for the next day. A few of our team got sick and were well looked after by the crew who constantly monitored us for AMS symptoms and walked one of our team to a safer altitude without compromising the itinery. Our climbing Sherpa for island peak had summoned Everest 6 times so we were in safe hands for the summit day. Thanks discovery world trekking for helping me summit a mountain, challenge myself physically and mentally all while feeling safe and comfortable. Everything was 1st rate hospitality from the moment I was picked up from the airport and Paul the manager was more than happy to help with more travel advice and logistics after the trek.

FAQ’s

Trip Grading

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. Trekking in Nepal can easily be achieved by the all levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from the diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with doctor before deciding to do trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is difficult task to determine the trip grade preciously due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek.
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • Total duration of trek and average walking per day in trek.
  • Backpacking level.
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day.
  • General level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of service.

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health, physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hrs per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek , Sarankot trek and Langtang trek .

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hrs capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hrs daily at cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevation. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Gokyo via Everest base camp trek, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

In this type of trekking at least 6-7 hrs per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time therefore high level of both mentally and physically fitness as well as stamina is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with extreme weather condition and snow covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu trek, Makalu trek, Kanchanjunga trek etc.

Grade:  challenging

Altitude remains around 6000m at this level of trekking. Trek might be longer enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hrs with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to small peak. Trekkers therefore require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World Trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

Trekking equipments and packing lists

We advise to consider below  included essential trekking equipments and packing lists in details which are prepared by focusing on tea house trekking, camping trekking and home stay trekking  in order to arrange  comfort and enjoyable  your holiday. We never recommend our valued clients to bring over equipments which are unnecessary for the trek.  Porter help carrying luggage has weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in trek.  The equipments are also available in Kathmandu for acquiring or hiring. Trekking equipments and packing lists have included everything essential for trekking.

Head

  • Sun hat or Baseball hat ( to protect face skin from sunlight during the trek)
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


Hands

  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Underwear
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


Foot wear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks ( Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)


Essential gear

  • 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 trek)
  • Sleeping Pad ( For camping trek)
  • Tent ( only for camping trek)
  • Cooking and eating utensils ( only for camping trek)
  • Toiletries ( toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror


Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

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

Trekking with Children and Family

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children can be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well-being as the highest priority.  We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honored to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when traveling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird-watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

Needed Essential Documents

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

  • A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.


Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

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