Island Peak Climbing with EBC - 16 Days

Island Peak Climbing with EBC - 16 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Lodge/Tea house/Camping during the trek/climb
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 16 Days
Max. Altitude Island Peak (6,183m)
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-12
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge /Camping Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip Code DWTIS1
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Very Strenuous

Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

Island Peak (6189m/20299ft) Climbing is a lifetime experience that demands great effort and determination. Your experience gets even richer when you step onto Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The trek is challenging, but the rewards in terms of the sense of achievement and the views from the top are totally worth it.

Highlights

  • Scenic mountain flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Summit Island Peak (6189m/20299ft)
  • Stunning views - Mount Everest (8848m/29021ft), Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), Lhotse Shar (8,383m).Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7,162m) and Ama Dablam (6,812m)
  • Kalapatthar Excursion (5,545m/18187ft)
  • Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
  • Namche Bazaar - famous Sherpa town
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • Khumjung monastery - said to have housed yeti scalp

Benefits of Island Peak climbing with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport arrival and departure transfer to/from the hotel on a private transport
  • Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store for the duration of the trek
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes to recognize early signs of altitude sickness and other health risks
  • Medical kit
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangement (if you do not have your own)

Island Peak Climbing with EBC

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most enriching experiences in the Khumbu region. This mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its location - in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an island rising from a sea of ice. It was renamed Imja Tse in the early 1980s, but most people still call it - Island Peak.

The Island Peak (6,189m /20,305ft) lies above Chhukung in the Khumbu region, and you can clearly see it from Dingboche. The peak arises from the middle of the Chhukung valley and is surrounded by Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers. 

Island Peak is an adventurous climb, and from the top, you can see the panoramic views of the entire Khumbu region - Mt Nuptse (7,879m), Mt Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), and still unclimbed - Lhotse Shar (8,383m) to its north. In the east lies the red granite mass of Mt Makalu (8,475m) and Cho Polu (6,734m), Mt Baruntse (7,720m), and the majestic Ama Dablam (6,856m).

There is no doubt that Himalayan peaks have drawn adventurers, climbers, and cultural enthusiasts to this region for many decades. Among trekking peaks in Nepal, the Island Peak is the most popular as it is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers/climbers. 

Island Peak Climbing offers an exhilarating experience beyond simply trekking to Everest Base Camp(5,364m/17,598ft). By climbing the Island Peak, you will stand on the summit of a mountain that rises to 6,189m.  

You will gain almost the same exceptional sense of accomplishment as you would on top of mt. Everest. The Island peak climbing is physically demanding but not technically challenging.

To submit Island Peak, you need to have a high level of physical fitness and a moderate level of technical climbing experience. Throughout the journey, we will help you develop your mountaineering skills, and by the end, you will have acquired a lot of climbing skills. 

Our journey to Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a 40 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. After reaching Lukla, we take a short hike to Phakding, and with the extra time, we will visit the local monasteries at Phakding. 

The following day, you will trek to Namche Bazaar, crossing many suspension bridges, and past dense forests. We will be spending a day acclimatizing at Namche.

From Namche, we will further continue our trek to Tangboche and further north to Dingboche, spending a night in each of these places.

Then, we continue from Dingboche, passing Thukla to reach Lobuche, our destination for the day. The following morning, we will trek from Lobuche to reach Gorak Shep, where we will leave our belongings and ascend to Everest Base Camp (5,364m). After enjoying the views from Everest Base Camp to the heart's content and clicking plenty of pictures, you will return to Gorak Shep, with a sense of accomplishment. 

The following morning, before dawn, you will be heading to Kala Patthar (5,555m) to enjoy the views of early sun rays hitting the high Himalayan peaks. The whole scenery will transport you to a whole new world. You will by now have completed the Everest Base Camp part, but climbing to Island Peak has not even started.

From Gorak Shep, it is time to head to Island Peak and to do exactly this, we trek to Chhukung, passing Kongma La Pass. We will be resting and acclimatizing for one more day at Chhukung. 

Now even more challenging part of the journey begins. You will leave Chhukung early morning and head to Island Base Camp, which will require the use of crampons and an ice ax. We will set up a tent at the Island Base Camp and spend a night there, waiting for the big day. 

The next morning, you will start early, following the Sherpasand using ropes when required. By noon, you will have summited Island Peak. Then you will return to Chhukung. We have allocated one extra day at Chhukung to account for the chances of bad weather.

After a successful summit of Island Peak, you will return to Lukla-passing Tangboche and Namche on the way. 

This challenging but equally rewarding climb prepares beginners for mountaineering expeditions, providing them time to learn how to use crampons and ice axes.

We recommend all our valuable clients to arrive in Kathmandu by 3 pm, at least a day before the departure date, to participate in the trip briefing. During the trip briefing, we will recheck your luggage to ensure you have all gear, equipment, and other things required for the trip. Moreover, we will also provide vital information, proper guidance, and motivation for the trek during our briefing. We also advise you to allocate one or two days extra for the trip, as there are chances that Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu flights might get delayed or canceled due to bad weather. It ensures you will not miss your international flight back home.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m / 8562ft )

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

    We will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. After our exciting and scenic 40 minutes flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. We will begin our trek from Lukla, passing through Chaurikharka Village and then descending to Dudh Koshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft) to reach Phakding. 

    Today's trek will be short and enjoyable as you will also be acclimatizing. In your spare time, you are free to visit the local monasteries (Rimishung Monastery) and brace yourself for the long trek the next day. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

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

    We continue along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, enjoying the majestic views all around. We will be crossing several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Again, following the trail, we will arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park Check Post, where we will have our permits registered.

    Inside the Sagarmatha National Park, we climb through dense forests and continue on a path that provides us with the first views of Mount. Everest. Trekking further, we will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    We will be acclimatizing today. You are free to explore Namche Bazaar, throbbing with numerous Wi-Fi-linked cafes and restaurants, souvenir and gear shops, etc. Additionally, you can hike to Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center and even visit Khumjung.

    We will not miss visiting Hillary School and old monasteries on our way to Khumjung. Then we will hike up to Khunde. There is a Sherpa settlement an hour away from Namche Bazaar. If you want to know about Sherpa culture, lifestyle, and traditions, you must visit this settlement.

    We will also take you to Syangboche Airport - one of the world's highest airports. Unfortunately, this airport is not currently in use. If you want to see mt. Everest even more, you can hike to Everest View Hotel. Before it starts to get dark, we will head back to Namche Bazaar, visiting yak farms on the way. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

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

    After our early morning breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tengboche, known for panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku mountains. Tenzing Norgay, one of the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, was born in the area of the village of Thani and was once sent to Tengboche Monastery to be a monk.

    On the way, you will enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Island Peak. The trail leads us up and down as it becomes challenging, but you will be rewarded with great views of the Himalayas. 

    You can also spot wildlife on the way, such as musk deer, pheasant, and Himalayan tahr. We will further trek down, and cross the Dudh Koshi River, past the dense alpine forests to reach a small settlement called Phunki Tenga. After trekking some more, we will eventually reach Tengboche, home to the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region -Tengboche Monastery. This monastery was built in 1923, but the 1934 earthquake destroyed it, a fire during the early 1990s also gutted it. After the fire destroyed it, the monastery was rebuilt with the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary Fund. 

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

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

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

    We continue our trek uphill to Pangboche, past many chortens, mani walls, and small villages. You will be able to see spectacular views of the 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 (6,812m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m). Dingboche sits surrounded by stone walls to protect crops from cold winds and animals. While plowing, these stones are removed and piled up, creating kilometers-long stone walls. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,930m / 16,175ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The trek to Lobuche will be an interesting one as you will be able to see the stunning mountain views nearly throughout the path. Following the wide valley, the trail proceeds to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine. Then you will cross a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. 

    As the trek elevates, you will get better views of more snow peaks throughout your way to Thukla. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who could not succeed in this harsh region. The hike to Lobuche is enjoyable. 

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorakshep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    It will be a long-awaited and rewarding day. From Lobuche, we follow the glacial moraine up as the views keep getting better. Eventually, we reach the lodges of Gorak Shep, where we will be spending the night. However, as soon as we reach Gorak Shep, we will have lunch, leave our belongings here, and proceed to Everest Base Camp (5,364m).

    After reaching Everest Base Camp, you will probably realize that this is the nearest you will ever be to the world's highest mountain - Everest. You will be savoring the views from the base camp, including the incredible Khumbu Icefall, and may even feel emotional to achieve this feat you had planned long ago. After spending some quality time at EBC, you will head back to Gorak Shep to spend the rest of the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) Viewpoint, trek to Gorakshep, then to Chhukung (4,730m /15,518ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.5km / 5.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    You will be hiking to Kala Patthar (5550m / 18,208 ft), on rocky trails, at dawn to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint that provides splendid panoramic views of Mt. Everest and other peaks. You will find prayer flags hung along the way.

    After savoring the panoramic views from Kala Patthar, you will return to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, our descent begins. It will be a long trek, at first, from Gorakshep, we reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, we continue to trek east, across Kongma La Pass (4,910m), and finally arrive at Chhukung. 

    • Overnight stay at a lodge.
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Rest day to relax and acclimatize at Chhukung

    You will spend this day acclimatizing. Your Sherpa climbing guide will train you on peak climbing. You will learn the best ways to use your climbing gears - ropes and knots, ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harness, etc. Island Peak climbing does not require prior training experiences. Although without a doubt, such training experiences will boost climbers' confidence, sharpen climbing skills, and increases the chances of scaling the summit.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Chhukung (4,730m / 15,518ft) to Island Peak Base Camp (5000m / 16,690ft)

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

    Chhukung Village (4,730m/15,518 ft) lies on a left fork of the Imja Khola in the Solukhumbu District of Sagarmatha Zone. This area used to be a yak pasture with no permanent habitation.

    The ascent of Island Peak is challenging and will require crampons and an ice ax to navigate the glaciers and ice headwalls. You also need to have a good level of fitness.

    We ascend southwards along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier to the east. A short hike takes you by the side of rock blocks, and after a 40-minute climb, you reach Island Peak Base Camp. After setting up the tents, you will get short training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, and ropes.

    • Overnight stay in a tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Summit Island Peak (6189m / 20305ft ) return to Chhukung (4,730m /15,518ft)

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

    Imja Tse, popularly known as Island Peak, lies in Sagarmatha National Park. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it looks like an island protruding from the sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse, but the older name Island Peak is still in use. This peak extends the ridge coming down off the south end of Lhotse Shar.

    We start early morning to reach the summit before noon so that you can avoid afternoon winds. You will follow our experienced Sherpa guides and ascend the rocky ridge before reaching a glacier. Then using ropes, we continue up the glacier to the south ridge and follow this ridge to the summit. From the top, you can see outstanding views of Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Island peak (22,493 feet), and Baruntse (25,328 feet). After enjoying the views from the top, we descend to Island Base Camp and further down to Chhukung. 

    • Overnight stay at a lodge.
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Contingency Day

    We have allotted an extra day allowance, just in case we don't have favorable weather on our summit day. If the weather was not suitable yesterday, we will summit Island Peak today. Otherwise, we will use this day to relax and enjoy being surrounded by the Himalayas.

    • Overnight stay at the tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

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

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

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

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Trek from Tengboche (3,870m / 12,304ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,441m / 11,285ft)

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

    The trail to Namche Bazaar, from Tengboche, takes us through forests teeming with wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. We will be climbing on the steep slopes and winding through several bends passing numerous prayer flags and chortens. 

    While heading back, you can click pictures and enjoy the views of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. After finally arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,441m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,441m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    Our last day on the trekking trails will be rewarding as we return to Dudh Koshi Valley. The route is generally gentle back uphill to Lukla from the Kusum stream. Before rushing to Lukla, the trail heads steeply up to the west. After the first climb, the path reaches a small village and then leads down to the main trail, joining at the sidestream before Toktok. From Toktok, the mountain views will be entirely different and unique. Eventually, we reach the large town of Lukla, from where we will take a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 16

    Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Minuets

    If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu in the early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes flight back to Kathmandu will be relaxing, with no more trails to trek and no peaks to climb. You will probably be looking back at your journey, recreating the unforgettable memories you formed. Your trek package ends at Kathmandu.

    After arriving in Kathmandu, if you request, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour for you. Kathmandu has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Durbar Squares, and tourist places worth visiting.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included in the package?

  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) cost and airport taxes
  • All standard meals (16 Lunches, 15 Dinners, and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek/climb.
  • Total 15 nights. Five nights twin sharing room with private attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche (3N), and Phakding. Eight nights twin sharing accommodation at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche, Chhukung (3N), Lobuche, and Gorakshep. 2 nights accommodation at camp/tent in the Island Peak Base Camp (twin sharing)
  • Group gears and supplies (ropes, ice screws, snow bars)
  • All camping equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair, and kitchen utensils)
  • Government Licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced trekking/climbing leader, cook, and porters to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers will share a porter) Max load 18 kg per porter.
  • Guide and porters' costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment.
  • Permits for Island Peak (6189m)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee & Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Garbage deposit
  • Medical kits
  • The arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets, if needed
  • All government and local taxes
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & a cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek/climb appreciation certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
What is Excluded?
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal visa fees. 50 USD for 30 days.
  • Excess baggage charges (limit is 9kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and climbing gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude heli- rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays or consequences of delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, including landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in the package?" will be counted as excludes

Island Peak Expedition Map

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Equipment list for Island Peak Expedition

We recommend you to carry only the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Though porters will carry your major luggage, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We assign a porter for every two trekkers, and the maximum combined luggage weight limit for a porter is 18-kg.

Although we understand that our clients have their own clothing preferences, here is our list to help you with your packing. Remember that you can buy equipment in Kathmandu as well. Make sure that you have the right size of gear if buying or renting.

Climbing Gear for Island Peak Climbing with EBC

  • Ice ax for sure!
  • Climbing harnesses - to 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 climber's kit to wrap around the section of rock and hitch to other pieces of equipment
  • Figure 8 Descender to use it as a 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
  • Prescription sunglasses (if you have medical prescriptions)

Face

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

For Hands

  • A pair of mittens containing 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 liters max for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding.
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (if you need them)

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 for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Thick thermal merino bottoms (Icebreaker 200, Odlo Revolution Thick)
  • Polar fleece trousers or similar mid-layer trousers
  • Gore-Tex (over)trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • Goose-down trousers or bibs or a down suit
  • Liner gloves for tying knots
  • waterproof stuff sacks to keep your clothing dry 
  • A pair of hiking shorts, trousers, lightweight thermal bottoms
  • A pair of fleece or woolen 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)
  • Gore-Tex 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
  • 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
  • Cough and cold medicine for sure
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • Water purification tablets or the 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 handwash
  • 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)

Island Peak Height, Elevation, Cost, Difficulty

Island Peak climbing in Nepal

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. We provide free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for trekking guests who have booked Island Peak Climbing with the Everest Base Camp Trek package.

At the TIA airport, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name and our company name. They will welcome you, present you with a marigold garland and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will need at least an overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu, but this package does not cover this. 

On your trek departure day, we will take you to TIA to catch a domestic flight to Lukla that lasts about 40 minutes.

This package covers Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights.

Accommodations during the Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp includes 15 nights lodge stay in mountain regions at the best available lodges. We provide five nights of twin sharing room with a private attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche (3N), Phakding, and eight nights of twin sharing accommodation at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche, Chhukung (3N), Lobuche, and Gorakshep. You will be spending two nights in camps/tents in the Island Peak Base Camp.

You will need at least two nights of hotels in Kathmandu - one before the trek and another after the trek. However, this package does not include these accommodations.

Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests, and we do not want to restrict your choices. 

Hot showers and Wi-Fi at trek regions will be available at an extra cost.

The Meals

Your trek takes place at high elevations, near the world’s highest peaks, which means your body needs enough nutritious food. We will arrange plenty of nutrient-rich, hygenic, and tasty food, but you will not have all the food options available in cities.

We will provide you with 16 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 15 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

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

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

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

The menu includes traditional local, Asian, and western cuisine almost everywhere, but at high elevations, the food choices get restricted. We highly recommend liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes. Similarly, you should intake fresh vegetables for health benefits.

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

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

Best Time for Climbing Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek

The best time for Climbing Island Peak with Everest Base Camp Trek depends on the weather. Though you can get online weather forecasts in the Everest region, it is very difficult to get an accurate prediction.

People trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, but treks are easier with clear skies during certain months. 

Spring and autumn are great seasons for Climbing Island Peak with the Everest Base Camp trek. During these seasons, the skies are crystal clear from dawn to dusk, the temperature is cool, and there are minimum chances of rain. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. 

January to February

This time is the coldest time with heavy snowfall, especially during January, so we do not conduct this trek in January. The winter eases in February. The daytime starts getting warm and admirable with clear skies, but the nighttime will be cold. However, it is perfectly fine to trek during February, and we conduct this trip safely in February. However, if you are allergic to extreme colds, we advise you not to trek during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C

March to April

It is one of the best times for Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is very favorable, allowing you to enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas ranges and glaciers. From March, the weather starts to warm up, and all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter spring to life, feeding and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures start increasing in the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains will look their best.

Temperature: 18°C to -12°C

May to June

These are also great months for Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek, just before the monsoon becomes active. Rainfall starts from the end of June and lasts till mid-August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C.

July to August

The rainfall hits its peak during this time at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, flights to Lukla may get canceled at the beginning or end of the trek. The trails are wet and slippery. So, Discovery World Trekking does not conduct Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp trek during these months.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

September to October

September and October are favorable months for Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trek. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night.

This season is when most trekkers enjoy the most, with clear skies enabling amazing views of the snow peaks and cool temperatures. If you want to get great views hassle-free, it is the best time to trek. Moreover, the two biggest Nepali festivals, Dashain and Tihar, fall in these months, adding a festive mood to the whole nation. 

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

November to December

As winter begins, snow falls start in the Himalayas region, and by December, it gets tough to trek. However, it is perfectly fine to trek in November as November day temperatures are cool with clear skies enabling you to enjoy stunning views of the mountains. Discovery World Trekking does not organize this trek during December. 

Temperature: 18°C to -10 °C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization during Island Peak Expedition

You must acclimatize for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek.

Altitude sickness is common among trekkers and needs immediate treatment. During this trek, you will be acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar and Chhukkung.  Island Peak Climbing is a relatively more challenging trek than Everest Base Camp treks.

At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore this famous Sherpa town while adjusting to the thin air. We have scheduled second-day acclimatization at Chhukung. 

At Chhukung, Sherpa climbing guides will train you to use the climbing gears, ropes, knots, ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, etc. Island Peak does not require prior training experiences. Although without a doubt, such training opportunities will boost climber confidence, sharpen climbing skills and increase the chances of scaling the summit.

Our trekking leaders and guides are well qualified and experienced at high altitudes, and they are extensive first aid trained. Your health and safety are important to us, and they are our first priority. 

If a trekker gets rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. In such cases, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to descend immediately or continue the trek based on the overall situation. 

Island Peak Climbing Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

Island Peak Climbing is a challenging yet rewarding trek/climb. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending on the destination, taking regular breaks to admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and forests.

For Island Peak Climbing, the fitter you are, the more comfortable and enjoyable your journey will be. If you have prior experience, this may be an advantage for you. However, we do not recommend this trek for those suffering from sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease.

Trekking group/single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. You are eligible for group discounts if you have your own group. The bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. However, you will not get any discount for groups' Discovery World Trekking assembles. We can handle all group sizes and add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. Each team will have a group leader and a guide for every two trekkers. 

A typical day on Island Peak Climbing

Each day you will be rewarded with a unique trekking experience, climbing, enjoying the incredible scenery, taking photos, and exploring local villages. During your expedition, our experienced, friendly, and qualified Sherpa will accompany you while informing you about the places as you trek. We will assign porters to carry your luggage. However, we expect you to bring a small regular backpack with important items.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk from around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of that day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve you lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. We will rest for an hour after lunch and then continue on the path. 

The afternoon walk is generally shorter, about two to three hours. Once you reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can snack on the extra dietary food and explore nearby places till it gets dark.

You will be having dinner from around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner, you can indulge in friendly conversations. The expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can read books, enjoy onboard games like monopoly and cards, or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of the Nepalese language from our crew before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication during Island Peak Climbing

During the Island Peak Climbing Trek, you can use the internet at lodges by paying a small service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes, we will use mobile phones for communication.

We will communicate with all our trek teams through our trek leader at least once a day to ensure all trek members are safe and feel right. You can easily purchase a local sim in Kathmandu, but based on the network, the signals at high altitudes may not be strong enough. 

Most of the lodges/tea houses in trek regions have Wi-Fi, which you can use by paying a service fee.

Extra personal expenses

Discovery World Trekking covers major expenses during the trek. However, meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget), and you can book most of them online. 

All our valuable clients will need personal spending money for visa fees, travel insurance policy purchases, beverages, snacks, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (major currencies), which you can exchange for Nepalese currency. Trek regions only honor Nepali currency.

Battery recharge and water during the trek

Throughout your trek, you can use electricity for battery recharge at the lodges/hotels you will be staying in by paying a small service fee.

You can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges or en route shops. However, some trek regions may not allow plastic bottles. So, we suggest you carry a water bottle and fill it with boiled water available in lodges. If you need, we can provide you with water purification pills.

We advise you against drinking water from rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions, because the water may not be potable.

Travel insurance for Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Expedition

This trip grade is challenging, and it comes with inherent high-altitude trek risks, including altitude sickness and other unforeseen events like landslides.

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

We can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. 

Please send us your detailed insurance information within a week of booking the trek. We will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us during emergencies for effective rescue operations and transfer for emergency medical help. 

Before buying travel insurance, call your insurer and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Do not just believe what they say on their website.

Nepal Tourist Visa

All foreigners, except Indians, need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport and immigration checkpoints along Nepal borders. For a visa application, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport size photo, and visa fees. The current visa fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay, which you can pay in cash (major currencies). 

Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. However, there are some limitations. Citizens from certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) may not receive an on-arrival visa. If you are a national from these countries, you need to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Visa information may change without notice. For the most current information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/

Currency Exchange in Nepal

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR)

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

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

Despite the security advantage of travelers' cheques, we recommend you cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high bank commissions. You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu using your foreign debit/credit card. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, they will charge you a service fee of about 4% or more, depending upon the institution. 

Trek regions do not have banks and money exchange services, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on your spending estimates. Bear in mind that locals in trek regions only accept Nepali currencies. 

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

How much luggage can I bring to Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek?

The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9kg. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and they will carry no more than 18kg of combined weight. We never overload our porters. 

We also expect you to bring a backpack with your valuables or important documents. You can store your excess luggage at your hotel or the World Discovery Trekking store. We provide free luggage storage at our store during the length of your trek. 

We will recheck everything (luggage, equipment, etc.) you will be carrying to the trek during the trip briefing before the journey starts to ensure you are not missing anything.

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost concern for us. We have several checks and balances in place to make treks safe. We will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. 

Our leaders and guides are wilderness first aid trained. If a trekker falls sick, your trek guide has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately based on the overall condition of the trekking team. In emergencies, we will deploy a rescue helicopter to bring you to safety (funded by insurance). Further, we will be traveling together for the group's safety. 

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we must protect our environment against the adverse effects of tourism. After all, the sustainability of the tourism industry depends on this factor. 

We work together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips, which are culturally rewarding and meet the expectation of both travelers and local communities. We pay proper attention to rubbish disposal and try our best to leave the campsites in better condition than when we first arrived. 

We encourage you not to pollute water sources with soap or rubbish wastage. Our staff members know techniques to minimize water usage. Please bring water canisters to refill for boiled/treated water instead of buying bottled water. We do not want you to pollute trek regions with plastic waste. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Island peak expedition, our trained, licensed, and experienced Sherpa/guide will accompany you, providing information about the places you will be visiting. We assign one porter for every two trekkers to carry a maximum luggage weight limit of 18-kg. So your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. If you require, we can provide one porter per trekker. However, we never overload our porters. 

Our crew members are locals from the high Himalayas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is phenomenal. All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and cover their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition.

All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We try hard to keep our staff happy as we believe that only a happy person can keep others happy. 

Our trek leaders have:

  • completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • government-authorized trekking guide certificate
  • fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • conservation and biodiversity training
  • rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. However, tipping is at travelers' discretion and should reflect the quality of service received, trek length, and trek costs. We advise you to tip as a group at the end of the trek. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal-government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator in operation for more than a decade. 

We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can book our trip with us with confidence.

We require 10% of the trip cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay the advance through bank transfer, western union, or online from our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, using bank transfer, western union, or credit/debit cards after you arrive in Nepal. We will also email you payment details and the modes of payment available. 

Please send us your necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trip. 

Trip extension

After completing this trek, if you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can organize fun activities for you, including sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. 

Feedback

After your Island Peak Expedition, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a Discovery World Trekking t-shirt and a printed trek achievement certificate. This is also a great time to provide us with your feedback.

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“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

Which is the best season for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek?

We conduct this trip during all months except December, January, July, and August. The snowfall makes trekking difficult in December and January. Similarly, the monsoon makes climbing difficult in July and August. Spring (March to June) and fall (September to November) are the best seasons for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp. 

Is Lukla Airport convenient for the flight?

Lukla is at 9,500 ft (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 turbulence, which, though not dangerous, can be tough for passengers. However, Lukla Airport is Nepal's busiest airport, which serves as the key entry and exit point for trekkers hoping to ascend Mt. Everest. 

What if my flight to or from Lukla is canceled or delayed?

We recommend you to allocate extra 2 / 3 days for the hike to account for unpredictable weather. In rough weather, flights from Lukla to Kathmandu or vice versa get canceled. In such cases, the flight is automatically rescheduled for the next possible day. 

If you have a very tight schedule, you can charter a helicopter to make sure you are on schedule either for the trek or your flight back home. However, you will have to bear the helicopter cost. But, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is impossible to operate a helicopter, and Discovery World Trekking will reschedule the flight.

Do I need travel insurance to trek in the Everest Region?

There are chances that you may need a quick helicopter ride back to Kathmandu to avoid health emergencies, so adequate insurance is a must. The insurance has to cover helicopter rescue & medical evacuation expenses at high altitudes.

What about the insurance of guides and porters?

All Discovery World Trekking staff members have insurance coverage, and in addition to salary, we also cover their meals, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment costs during the trek.

What is the luggage weight limit for the Lukla flight?

The weight limit on flights to the Everest region, basically to Lukla, is 10 kg. You are allowed to hand carry 5 kg making your total 15 kg.

What is the weather condition at Everest region?

Weather on the trail to the 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 
JanuaryMax 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 snowfalls 
April Max 10°C in the daytime to min -5°C a night Moderate temperature with amazing landscape, rhododendron, and wildflowers 
MayMax 15°C in the daytime to min 0°C a night Days are still long, warm, and sunny 
JuneMax 16°C in the daytime to min -1°C a night Rainy season 
July Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night Hot and humid 
August 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 a night Stable weather condition 
November Max 6°C in the daytime to min -12°C a night Days are sunny and bright, cold during the night, the sleeping bag is most. 
December Max 4°C in the daytime to min -14°C a night Foggy and cloudy weather 

What documents do I need to bring for trekking/climbing?

You need to email us the following documents after the advance payment for the booking.

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

What are the arrangements for night stays during the trek?

You will be mostly staying at teahouses/hotels/lodges in twin sharing rooms. They also have healthy food. Generally, the toilets are outside the room. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of these places.  If you are coming for peak climbs, you might need to stay in camps/tents.

Is meal easily available on the trek/Climbing?

The meal during this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. In addition to western meals, chapati, rice, local Tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, and various soups like Sherpa stew, steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, and thukpa are available. 

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

I am a vegetarian. Will I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking does not recommend non-veg items at trekking regions because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We also strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese items along with alcohol. So, our packages are suitable for all - vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians. 

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

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

You need to pay 10% of the trip cost in advance as booking confirmation, and you can pay the remaining amount in cash, using credit cards, or bank transfer after arriving in Nepal. In the case of credit cards, banks will add an extra amount as a service charge. We recommend cash (major currencies) payment. 

How is the drinking water in the trails to Everest ?

Bottled water is easily available at a low cost on the trails, but certain trek regions do not allow plastic bottles. So, we suggest you to carry a water bottle and fill it with filtered/boiled water. We also advise you to use water purification drops or tablets, which you can bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purifier pills.

Can I buy gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking can introduce you to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at these places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can also rent the needed gear instead of buying them.

Is Wi-Fi available during the trek?

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

How to avoid altitude sickness in Everest Base Camp with island Peak climbing?

Island Peak Climbing is an expedition that comes with chances of getting altitude sickness. Our packages are optimized with acclimatizing days allocated so that you get time to adjust in high altitudes. In addition, here are some other ways you can minimize the chances of getting altitude sickness.

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic, and smoking items.
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day.
  • Trek steady, walk at your own pace
  • don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up).
  • Drink garlic soup.
  • Avoid non-veg items

 

How safe is Island Peak climbing?

We guarantee the safety, security, and satisfaction of our clients. Our trekking crew carries all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits, and our trek guides and trek leaders have completed extensive first aid training. If you fall sick at a high altitude, our trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately based on the overall condition of the trek team. In an emergency, Discovery World Trekking deploys a helicopter to bring you back to safety from the higher elevation (funded by travel insurance). Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also uses oximeters to monitor the oxygen levels at high altitudes.

Do I need any permits before starting the Island Peak climbing in Nepal?

Yes. You'll need climbing permits for Island Peak Climbing and an entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park entry. However, Discovery World Trekking will get these permits for you so that you can remain hassle-free. 

What is the luggage weight limit for a porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Porters not only carry your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity inspire them to work hard to take you to your destination.

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