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Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Tea house/Camping during the trek
Duration 16 Days
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2-12
MAX. ALTITUDE Island Peak (6,183m)
TRIP CODE dwt001
NATURE OF TREK Tea House /Camping trekking
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
GRADE Very Strenuous
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Ever dreamt of summiting a Himalayan peak like Island Peak via Everest Base Camp? The alluring Himalayas in Nepal are a sight to behold. Trekking to the renowned Everest Base Camp and then climbing Island peak is a lifetime adventure to experience. With both thrilling and breathtaking views, this trek is an opportunity not to miss. The magnificent views from the summit, however, are certainly a fitting reward for any trek lovers efforts. Before climbing Island Peak. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular all over the world.

Highlights

  • Summit Island Peak (6189m/20299ft)
  • Stunning views of the world’s highest - Mount Everest (8848m/29021ft)and several snow-capped peaks
  • Kalapatthar Excursion (5,545m/18187ft)
  • 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 Thar
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people

Overview

Island Peak Climbing via EBC trek is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal in the Khumbu region. Island Peak also is known as Imja Tse  (6,189m /20,305f) is located above the summer settlement of Chhukung and can be clearly seen from Dingboche. The peak is located at the middle of the Chhukung valley like an Island in a sea of ice surrounded by Lhotse and Lhotse Shar Glaciers. It's an adventurous climb and we can see the spectacular scenery of the world’s highest mountains in the Khumbu region. Mt Nuptse 7879m, Mt Lhotse 8501m, Lhotse Middle Peak 8410m and still unclimbed - Lhotse Shar 8383m to its North. To the East the Red granite mass of Mt Makalu 8475m and Cho Polu 6734m. Mt Baruntse 7720m and the majestic Ama Dablam 6856m.

There is no doubt that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventurers, climbers and cultural enthusiast for many decades. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular as it is suitable to all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. It offers an exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking in Nepal with a hike to Everest base camp at one go. By climbing the Island peak, you will stand on a summit of the wonderful mountain at 6189 meters with almost the same unforgettable sense of achievement as you would on the top of mt. Everest. The Island peak climbing is physically demanding but not technically challenging which is graded as Alpine PD+.

To submit all three peaks you need to have the 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 towards Island peak via Everest base camp trek starts with a 40 minutes’ flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will get ready and trek to Phakding. In Phakding, we may visit the local monasteries with spare time in our hands. The next day we trek to Namche Bazaar We will be crossing many suspension bridges and passing through dense forests. When arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will be spending a day to acclimatize. We will further continue the trek to Tengboche where we will visit the ancient Buddhist monastery.From Tengboche to Dingboche and Pass  through the settlement of Lobuche and Gorakshep we head towards Everest Base Camp and the viewpoint at Kalapatthar going 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, from the peak you will be, rewarded with stunning, surreal views and a feeling of accomplishment that will last you a lifetime then 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. For Island peak climbing, trek to Kala Patthar and Everest base camp are the most appropriate to have perfect body and mind fitness.

Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we departed and start our Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The Reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day. This pre-meeting will give a Clear idea about the necessary types of equipment and the challenges you may face in the trek, information about the climates and weather condition and emotional support by the officials which will be a kind of motivational seminar for you to be prepared and excited about the trek. Similarly, it is best to have at least 1 or 2 days extra cause the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather and that might make you miss your international flight back to home.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Flight to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding ( 2650 m/ 8562 ft ) - Walking Distance (6.2km/3.85 miles) - 3 hours

Our journey towards Island peak after landing at Lukla heading to Phakding is going to very exciting as it'll be our 1st day of the trek. After our exciting and scenic 40 minutes’ flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. We will begin our trek through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudh Koshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft) 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 (Rimishung Monastery) around and prepare ourselves for the long trek the next day. Doing all these things our 1st day of the island peak climbing will be successful.

  • Overnight in Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 2
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft)- Walking Distance (7.4km/4.6 miles) - 6 hours.

We'll continue along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River with the majestic view around. We will be crossing many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge. Again, following the trail, we will arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park Check Post where we will have our permits registered.
we'll again climb through dense forests which is a bit challenging for trekkers. We will also see the first sight of Mt. Everest there. Trekking further, we will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar; the gateway to Everest crossing the woods and stones over the slopes. In this way, our 2nd day towards island peak will be Successful.

  • Overnight at guesthouse
  • Standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 3
Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.

Today will be acclimatization day for us. Trekkers are recommended to explore Namche Bazaar, this town is comprising of numerous cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi, souvenir and gear shops etc (urban area of the mountainous region ). Additionally, we also have an optional hike to visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor centre and a remarkable hike to Khumjung, to add some spices during the acclimatization we'll have to visit Hillary school and old monasteries on our way to Khumjung and hike up towards khunde. There is also a Sherpa settlement which is an hour away from Namche Bazaar to have a look at Shera's Culture, Lifestyle and traditions which carries decades of history. To have a buttery scope of the milk, We'll also see syangboche airport and hike up to Everest View Hotel to have a spectacular breathtaking view of Mt. Everest over there. At the end of the day, we head back to Namche Bazaar by visiting yak farms over there. After a relaxing acclimatization, we’ll brace ourselves for the trek next day towards island peak via Everest base camp trek.

  • Overnight at guest house.
  • Standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 4
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft)-Walking Distance (9.2km/5.72 miles) - 5 hours

After our early morning breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tengboche (The place Which has a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Tenzing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, was born in the area in the village of Thani and was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to be a monk.)
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 Tenga. 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 standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 5
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m/14,290 ft)-Walking Distance (12 km/7.45miles) - 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) One of the characteristics of Dingboche is the kilometers of stone walls, built using the stones of different sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja. These stones are removed in order to plow the soil and end up being piled one over the other creating kilometers of walls.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 6
Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175 ft)-Walking Distance (6.6km/4.10 miles) - 5 hours

The trek to Lobuche will be an interesting one today as we will be able to see the stupendous mountain views nearly the whole trek. The trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. Then we'll be crossing a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. The trek becomes higher and we start seeing a better view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases while reaching "Thukla"- Partial view of Lobuche from the trail leads to wonder of dreams. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awed gazing. The hike to Lobuche is very enjoyable. Upon arrival, we can see Lobuche is below our shoot. In this way, our 6th day of Island Peak climb trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 7
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back (5,364m/17,598ft)to gorak shep (5,185m/ 17,010 ft)-Walking Distance (15 km/9.32 miles) -6-8 hours

Today is a long awaited and rewarding day. From Lobuche, we follow the glacial moraine up and the views keep on getting better. Eventually we rise to the lodges of Gorak Shep our overnight point for today, but other than to leave our gear in our rooms and enjoy a lunch, we continue on to base camp. The terrain on the way to Everest Base Camp is otherworldly. Finally we reach the ultimate destination of this trek and we are as close as possible to the world’s highest peak without being a climber. Savor the moment and our congratulations at the effort it took to make it here! We take in the views including the renowned Khumbu Icefall. After some time we head back to Gorak Shep for the evening. It’s been a wonderful day after all!

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 8
Hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint(5,555m/18,208ft)-walking distance (1.2km, 0.7 miles), Gorak Shep to Chhukung(4,730 metres (15,518 ft) - 5 hours

Today is definitely the climax of the trip. We will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn very early morning to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint, gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. we'll trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a bit and before a pre- dawn climb to the famous Kala Patthar viewpoint at 5550 m(18,208 ft). From Kala Patthar we can witness a marvelous sunrise on Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After savoring the panorama, we trek return to Gorakshep for breakfast and to pick up our gear. We then descend back down the beautiful valley to Chhukung. . In this way, our 8th day of island peak climbing will be successful

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 9
Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Chhukung.

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
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 10
Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5000m/16,690 ft): 4 hours

From Chhukung village, 4,730 metres (15,518 ft), is on a left fork of the Imja Khola Administratively it is in the Solukhumbu District of the Sagarmatha Zone. This area was traditionally used as a yak pasture with no permanent habitation.
The ascent of Island Peak is challenging and will requires use of crampons and an ice axe to navigate the glaciers and ice headwall that characterises the climb. Some prior mountaineering experience is recommended before you take on Island Peak, and a good level of fitness is mandatory!
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 blg 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.

  • overnight at tent
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 11
Summit Island Peak (6189 m/20305 ft ) ,return to Chukhung 8-10 hours

Imja Tse, Popularly known as Island Peak, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it feels as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular choice. The peak is actually an extension of the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.
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 standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 12
Contingency Day

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

  • Overnight at the tent
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 13
Chukkung to Tengboche (3870 m, 12,304 feet) Walking Distance (12.9km/8.01miles) - 6 hrs

We descend down to Tengboche village located within the Sagarmatha National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the famous Tengboche monastery ,the biggest monastery of the Everest region.is located From the monastery we will be able to see panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

  • Overnight at the lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 14
Tengboche to Namche Bazar (3441 meters/11285ft), Walking Distance (5.9km/3.6miles) 6 hours.

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 standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 15
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2850 meters), Walking Distance (13.5km/8.3miles) 6 hours.

Our last day on the trekking trails will be rewarding day as we make a return down the Dudh Kosi 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 standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 16
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning.

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?

  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) Tickets and airport departure .
  • Tea house, lodge accommodation/ tents during climbing in twin sharing basis. Including meals 16 Breakfast, 16 Lunch and 15 Dinner.
  • Group gears and supplies (ropes, ice screws, snow bars)
  • All Camping Equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair and kitchen utensils)
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trekking / Climbing leader, cook, and porters to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter) max load 20 kg per porter
  • Coverage of guides and porter’s meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Permits for Island Peak, 6189m
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee & TIMS Card.
  • Garbage Deposit
  • Medical kit
  • The arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets
  • Catering extra dietary requirements
  • All government and Local taxes
  • We use pulse oximeter on our clients every day 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 potential health risks
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot 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 rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

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. Always remember to get the right size of gear if buying or renting

 

Climbing Gears for your island peak climbing:
  • Ice axe for sure!
  • Climbing Harnesses  - It will secure you to a rope or an anchor point during peak climbing
  • Crampons - A traction device that will be attached to your footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice
  • during ice climbing(island peak climbing)
  • Tape slings- An essential part of a climbers' kit to wrap around the section of rock and hitch to other
  • pieces of equipment
  • Figure 8 Descender - to use it as zip flyer either on friction mode or smoothie mode.
  • Screwgate karabiners - to be 100% sure knots don't pop open
  • Helmets'
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw
  • Snow bar
Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic which will keep you warm)
  • Headscarf (can be used in dusty conditions)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp with extra bulbs and batteries(we don't have a shop up there)
  • Prescription sunglasses (if you have medical prescriptions)
Face
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
For Hands
  • A pair of mittens containing of a Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner trek gloves
  • A pair of lightweight fleece gloves (or wool)
Sleeping
  • One sleeping bag 30 degrees DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • One medium rucksack or One large duffel bag
  • Daypack/backpack of 50 litres Max for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (if you need)
Body (Upper-Lower)
  • 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 in 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
  • Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks
  • A pair of hiking shorts, trousers, lightweight thermal bottoms
  • A pair of fleece or woollen trousers
  • A pair of breathable fabric, waterproof shell pants 
  • Non-cotton undergarments 
Footwear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Goretex hiking boots with ankle support
  • A pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Two pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Two pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • A pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • Gaiters
  • Cotton socks
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
  • Multi-purpose soap (must be biodegradable)
Medical Needs
  • personal simple and light first-aid kit
  • First-aid tapes, and plasters
  • One skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea, headache pills
  • A cough and cold medicine for sure
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • One set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lens supplies
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products for female
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet paper roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Notebook and pen (if you want to write your moments)
  • A modest swimsuit
  • A Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (optional)

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Island Peak via EBC

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in package cause there are a variety of hotels, lodge and homestays (Budget and luxury both) from which you can choose any of them online very easily and even we can do it for you but it's up to you. As you'll be in a new place it's generally hard to navigate place around so if you want us to recommend or manage hotels for you on arrival, we'll be pleased to do that for our all valuable clients, Then the next day, in the early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

When you're new to any place, it's really hard to find places and many tourists have complained about the expensive taxi fare so, Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Everest Base Camp Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Discovery World Trekking regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The Trek is a 16 days long trek with 15 nights at a mountain Best Possible lodge accommodation and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. The higher you get the lodging facility gets little bit declined as in mountain regions it's hard to provide all facilities like Kathmandu city, most of the lodges have squat toilet system up there and Generally twin Sharing room with mattresses, blanket and pillows will be available (Single room can be provided on request and it will cost some additional charge). Tho DWT will provide attached bathroom in every possible lodge, in some places, there can be a shared bathroom at higher elevation areas. Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek which is not included in the package as There is the excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets available which you can easily book online or we can manage for you if you want us to do. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.

There will be 16 Breakfasts, 16 Lunch and 15 Dinners will be provided in the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Sixteen breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)

Sixteen lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Fifteen dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu during the trek.

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 almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best Time to Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Island Peak Via Everest Base camp because no one is beyond nature. Tho live forecast of Everest Region can be gain here, it’s yet very hard to predict being 100% sure. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months.

January to February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as discovery world trekking make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these month or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.

Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

This is the one of best time of the season to hike in the Island Peak Via Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favourable during this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being beginning of the Spring season, The weather starts to warm up during these months. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter 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 will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time.

Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.

May to June

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.

Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.

July to August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get canceled at beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in those month too trekking towards everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible, if you choose to trek in these months Discovery world trekking will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favorable its not highly recommended to trek in these months but The rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.

Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually from mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very colder . November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months as its the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky.

The weather in the Himalaya is so 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. In this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places; Namche Bazaar and Chhukkung. This trek is relatively Challenging compared to the Everest Base Camp 10 and 12 days’ trek. At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore the famous Sherpa town and adjust to the thin air. We will also be having a second-day acclimatization at Chhukung, 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. . 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 are 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 response to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.

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.

Trekking group/single

The group is generally about 2 to 12 packs on the trek. A group of 8 will be accompanied by a leader, assistant guide, and porters. We are also happy to organize a single private trek with your own family time frame.

A typical day on the trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places.

Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

On the Island Peak Climbing Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access of connecting.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients 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, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on the trek

Throughout the lodges during Island Peak Climbing, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel insurance

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

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Island Peak Climbing trek. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

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 the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuwan Internation Aiport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR)

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheques, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about 4% or more depending upon the bank.

During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

How Much Luggage can I take during Island Peak Climbing Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Island peak climbing Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

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.

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.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
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 decending .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 bonded 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 ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. 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.

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Trip Reviews

“Trip of a lifetime”
Ashley Inglis
5 - Excellent
11/21/2014

Wow, what can I say. I was planning on heading to South America this year however the world cup put me off and a friend suggested we go trekking in Nepal instead. From the moment we stepped out of the airport in Kathmandu Paul and his teams were there to greet us and make us comfortable. Ive never felt so well looked after in my life. Our guides wore big smiles the whole time and were constantly looking out for our safety, making sure we had water, shadowing us down slippery slopes to make sure we didnt fall, monitoring us for symptoms of AMS etc. What a great bunch of guys.our climbing Sherpa for island peak had summoned Everest 6 times so we were in safe hands for the sumit day. The views were breathtaking, starting with the green pastures and vegetable patches through the towns at lower elevations and all the way up to the snow capped mountains outside of your window when you wake up higher into the trek. A real life changing experience that I wouldnt hesitate recommending to anyone, and if your going to do it you should definitely be doing through Discovery World Trekking.

“Trip of a lifetime”
Ashley Inglis
5 - Excellent
11/21/2014

Wow, what can I say. I was planning on heading to South America this year however the world cup put me off and a friend suggested we go trekking in Nepal instead. From the moment we stepped out of the airport in Kathmandu Paul and his teams were there to greet us and make us comfortable. Ive never felt so well looked after in my life. Our guides wore big smiles the whole time and were constantly looking out for our safety, making sure we had water, shadowing us down slippery slopes to make sure we didnt fall, monitoring us for symptoms of AMS etc. What a great bunch of guys.our climbing Sherpa for island peak had summoned Everest 6 times so we were in safe hands for the sumit day. The views were breathtaking, starting with the green pastures and vegetable patches through the towns at lower elevations and all the way up to the snow capped mountains outside of your window when you wake up higher into the trek. A real life changing experience that I wouldnt hesitate recommending to anyone, and if your going to do it you should definitely be doing through Discovery World Trekking.

Very helpful. Good trekking guide
Lynwil
5 - Excellent
11/16/2018

I wanted an extraordinary proposal for my partner so i thought EBC would be a good choice since we will be given 12 days astounding views and rewarding experiences. I searched for a good agency and luckily i came across discovery world trekking. Ive read good reviews about it so i sent them an email. Paul,the owner was quick to respond. October was our scheduled trip. But that was also the time i had problems with my back -i was diagnosed with lumbar strain 3 days before the Nepal trip. I didn’t want to spoil the whole trip with a back pain so when i met up with paul, he advised me to take a rest and do a mini trek to acclimatize and see if i would have problems with my back. It was a good advice instead of pushing me to just cancel right away. I felt the need to be honest with him regarding my purpose and he was cooperative. He said he will try his best to make our dreams come true. True to his word, he was very supportive. Paul even provided us stuff we failed to bring like comfy sleeping bags and duffle bags. He gave us a very helpful guide who spoke good english. Subraj. While we were more than half our trek,my partner experienced acute mountain sickness. In the middle of the night subras carried her on his back on the way up the hill where the mountain was located. Paul checked on us every once in a while. The following morning my parter was back on her toes again and we proceeded with our journey. It was a smooth trip . Discovery world trekking reserved good rooms for us. When we reached dingboche, my partner again experienced mountain sickness the guide and told me that it was no good to carry on. We called paul and he coordinated the rescue. Thats the good thing about discovery. They keep track or their clients and see to it that their needs are met. In those crucial times in the middle s of the everest region, we were lucky to have easily contacted paul. He sent a rescue helicopter right away. I was still able to pursue the proposal. Although it wasnt on my target location, EBC but instead on the heli rescue back to kathmandu. I felt so relieved that i could rely on discovery world trekking not just in making EBC dreams come true but making sure lives are safe and saved. He had problems with the insurance that he recommended, but he talked to the hospital management and we were given discount for our hospitalization . We were surprised that the helicopter rescue was ridiculously expensive but again he did not allow us to shoulder the burden, alone. He would always find a way to help and make his customers feel happy. I don’t think other owners will do the same. He would always visit us till my partner got well. With discovery world trekking you build also a good relationship and we were able to leave nepal knowing we have a good person to come back for in our next adventures. Just a tip. Don’t underestimate trekking in high altitudes. Prepare and get a good insurance that will cater to your needs.

FAQ’s

What is the best Season for trekking /climbing?

Spring (March to June) and Fall (September to November) are the best seasons to trek Everest Base Camp. Discovery World Trekking can make arrangements if you wish to avoid the crowds in these season, DWT can make it happen in any season you want with all the safeties and fun.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Trekking/climbing?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items.
  •  Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. 
  • Trek slow. 
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days. 
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms shows up).
    Drink Garlic Soup.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek/climbing?

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

How safe is trekking/clmbing?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees 3S for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Discovery World Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Discovery World Trekking have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

Is Lukla Airport convenient for the flight?

Lukla is at 9,500 feet 2,850m above sea level. The higher the altitude, the lower the air density. So, the planes need to land at faster speeds. The weather in this area changes constantly and the cloud cover can be extreme, leading to major turbulence, which, though not dangerous, tends to be tough for passengers to endure. However, it is actually the country’s busiest airport serving as the key port of entry and exit for trekkers hoping to ascend Everest. Discovery World Trekking will try to make your flight pleasant in any circumstances.

What if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

The flights are usually regular between October and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Discovery World Trekking charters a helicopter to make sure you are on the safe schedule either for trek or for your flight back home which would cost extra charge as an unexpected event. However, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is unable to operate helicopter facilities and Discovery World Trekking will reschedule the flight.

Do I need any permits before starting the trek /climbing?

You need Climbing Permtis, and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all those necessary paperworks and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek/climb in Everest Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members, which should be provided to us before you start your trekking. Discovery World Trekking will help you to get a travel insurance for potential altitude sickness and unforeseen events due to sudden climate change.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Yes, Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

What is the luggage limit for porter and flight to Lukla?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Everest region, basically to Lukla is a total of 10 kgs and you need to pay extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Discovery World Trekking pays upto 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 15 kgs.

What is the weather condition at Everest region?

Weather on the trail to Everest region is always changing and impossible to predict. Here is a list of probable temperature and weather conditions in each month.

Month  Temperature  Weather and Nature 
January Max 4°C in the daytime to min -17°C in the nights and mornings  Blue skies, freezing weather 
February  Max 4°C in the daytime to min -15°C in the nights and mornings  Mild and humid, good visibility 
March  Max 7°C in the daytime to min -12°C in the nights and mornings  Days are short and the temperature starts to warm up, chances of occasional snow falls 
April  Max 10°C in the daytime to min -5°C in a night  Moderate temperature with amazing landscape, rhododendron and wildflowers 
May Max 15°C in the daytime to min 0°C in a night  Days are still long, warm, and sunny 
June Max 16°C in the daytime to min -1°C in a night  Rainy season 
July  Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  Hot and humid 
Auguest  Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night 
September  Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night  End of monsoon, no clouds 
October  Max 12°C in the daytime to min -6°C in a night  Stable weather condition 
November  Max 6°C in the daytime to min -12°C in a night  Days are sunny and bright, cold during the night, sleeping bag is most. 
December  Max 4°C in the daytime to min -14°C in a night  Foggy and cloudy weather 

Documents that I need to bring for trekking/Clmbing?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via Email.

  • A copy of passport,
  • Passport size photos,
  •  Flight details,
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What are the arrangements for night stay during the trek?

For the Everest Base Camp trekking/clmbing, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges/camp, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. Generally, the toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the

Is meal easily available on the trek/Clmbing?

The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meal in special areas for its clients.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s individual tour packages for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for trekking/climbing?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommend you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Do I need to tip my porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

How is the drinking water in the trails to Everest ?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in Everest region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled filtre water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

Can I buy the gear in Nepal and sell

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Is there Wi-Fi on the trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge.

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