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Highlights

  • A great trek and climb combination
  • Sensational summit view from Island Peak
  • Everest Base Camp & the Khumbu - home of the Sherpas
  • Led by an IFMGA qualified mountain guide
  • Full trek support and high altitude Sherpas

High in the Khumbu, close to Everest and closer still to the precipitous south face of Lhotse, the aptly named Island Peak (6189m) rises above a tangled knot of glaciated valleys. With its outrageous location and elegant summit ridge, this peak has been a favourite with KE leaders and clients for 2 decades. Trekking via Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche, we follow the Everest Base Camp trail to Lobuche beside the Khumbu glacier. As part of our acclimatisation programme we visit Everest Base Camp and make an ascent of the classic viewpoint of Kala Pattar, where we enjoy some of the finest views of the world's highest peak. Then crossing the Khumbu Glacier, we climb up to the Kongma La which gives access to the valley of the Imja Khola and the summer grazing settlement of Chukung. From here we move up to the base camp for our main objective, Island Peak. The ascent of this 6000 metre peak in the shadow of the huge Lhotse face is an ‘alpine experience’ in every sense, involving fine climbing in exposed situations amongst breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best of all Nepalese adventures.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a sustained trip trekking for up to 8 or 9 hours on some days and climbing above 6,000 metres. However, most of the itinerary follows good paths and yak trails, providing straightforward walking conditions. The trek to the top of Kala Pattar and across the Kongma La (5400m) will present more difficult underfoot conditions including scree and boulders. As this trip is primarily aimed at those wishing to climb Island Peak, the difficulty of the trekking should not be a major consideration. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes over 3000 metres is of itself demanding.

Climbing difficulty

The term ‘Trekking Peak’ was coined when trekking was a relatively new phenomenon. Few of the trekking peaks can be simply ‘trekked’ up, and perhaps ‘Alpine’ peak would have been the better term. For these peaks, experience in the use of crampons, of roped climbing, occasionally in exposed situations, and competence on such terrain, is a requirement. If you are in any doubt as to your capability, please give our office a ring. The ascent of Island Peak is not technically very difficult and warrants an alpine grade of F+/PD. Much of the climb is on glacial terrain or 45 degree snow slopes with some steeper sections and with a summit ridge which is narrow in places. Fixed lines are used to protect climbers on all steep or exposed sections.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
  • Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek mainly downhill following the river to Phakding.
  • Trek from Phakding to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m).
  • Rest/acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional hike to viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
  • Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) or Deboche (3734m)
  • Trek to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
  • Acclimatisation ascent of Nangkartshang Peak (5083m)
  • Trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep. (5140m)
  • Morning ascent of Kala Pattar (5500m) for classic view of Everest. Descend to Lobuche(4910m).
  • Trek across the Kongma La (5400m) to Chukung (4730m)
  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5040m)
  • Acclimatisation or move to High Camp (5760m)
  • Ascent of Island Peak (6189m) and return to Base Camp or Chukung
  • Trek via Dingboche and Pangboche to Deboche (3734m)
  • Trek via Tyangboche and Namche Bazaar to Monjo (2835m)
  • We trek mostly downhill following the Dudh Kosi river, before the final short climb to Lukla.
  • Fly to Kathmandu and check into our comfortable hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.
  • Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing, shopping or relaxing.
  • After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for flight home.
2017
Mon 03 Apr - Sat 22 Apr Code IPC /01/17/
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  • Everest Base Camp & Island Peak - Island Peak with Everest Base Camp
  • The departure reference for this tour is IPC /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 03 Apr and departs on Sat 22 Apr
  • Single Supplement $290 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
Mon 09 Oct - Sat 28 Oct Code IPC /02/17/
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  • Everest Base Camp & Island Peak - Island Peak with Everest Base Camp
  • The departure reference for this tour is IPC /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 09 Oct and departs on Sat 28 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
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  • Everest Base Camp & Island Peak - Island Peak with Everest Base Camp
  • The departure reference for this tour is IPC /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 30 Oct and departs on Sat 18 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - Group hotel nights (single tent not included)
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • trek
  • internal flight

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek mainly downhill following the river to Phakding.

    After breakfast, we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 40 minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. To assist with acclimatization, we allow 2 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar and we start our trek with a downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding beside the river. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower than Lukla at 2610 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 630m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs walking

  • Trek from Phakding to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m).

    A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge section. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded and then drop down again to the river that we cross on a suspension bridge. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half long ascent to Namche (3400m) on a wide switch back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trek. About an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Rest/acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional hike to viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

    Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.Namche Bazaar is tucked away between 2 ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) or Deboche (3734m)

    A relatively easy day of trekking, although at this altitude it will still feel tough on the uphill section to Tyangboche at the end of the day. The trail today is spectacular in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply out of the town to a ridge crest where a wonderful view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam is revealed. Our trail now follows a contour high above the river with occasional short climbs as we cross a series of ridges. At the end of this contour trail is the tiny settlement of Kangjuma where various items of local art and craft, jewelry and even yak bells are laid out to entice passing trekkers to buy a souvenir of their visit. From Kangjuma the trail descends to a bridge across the Imja River at Phunki. Beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche (3860m) one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. We have the chance to look around the monastery and the visitor centre there. This is a popular place to overnight as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam. However, water is scarce here and the lodges are often crowded so we may opt to continue for a further 20 minutes, descending to a lodge beside the river at Deboche.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 985m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Trek to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.

    Three hours trekking takes us to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours walking, gaining height very gradually, to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 870m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 420m

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Acclimatisation ascent of Nangkartshang Peak (5083m)

    In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation we will spend two nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu valley. We make a day hike up to the fantastic viewpoint of Nangkartshang Peak (5083m). This will be a tough climb at this stage of our acclimatisation but well worth it for the sensational views of Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lobuche Peak and Taboche. For the most part this is just a walk up peak with some minor scrambling to reach the final rocky summit.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 680m

    • Distance 5km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 680m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs walking

  • Trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).

    The trek today follows the Khumbu Valley and climbs to the tiny settlement at Dugla where we may decide to take a break for a leisurely lunch. Shortly thereafter, we reach the memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m) opposite the towering pyramids of Nuptse and Lhotse.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 640m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep. (5140m)

    Making an early start, we begin by following a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier gaining height steadily. At this point the glacier is still hidden from us by the moraine, but as we climb to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier, we can see the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and also up towards the area of base camp. Beyond this tributary we reach an island of sparse grasses below the famous hill known as Kala Pattar. This place is Gorak Shep, once a summer yak herding meadow in the middle of nowhere, this remote spot now boasts several of the highest lodges in Nepal. As to be expected at this altitude and in this remote spot, the lodges here are quite basic but they do have heated dining rooms and offer a degree of comfort. After taking some rest here we continue along the moraine crest for a further hour or two before descending to the churned rubble of the glacier itself and our final approach to the site of the climbers' base camp is on the ice itself. Outside of the main Spring climbing season, it is unlikely that we will see any tents here but the place itself is quite inspirational, situated close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall. Afterwards we return as far as Gorak Shep. It is possible to return all the way to Lobuche in one long day, but spending a night here at these high lodges will greatly assist our acclimatisation for Island Peak.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 470m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 245m

    • Time 7 - 9 hrs walking

  • Morning ascent of Kala Pattar (5500m) for classic view of Everest. Descend to Lobuche(4910m).

    This morning we have the opportunity to make the approximately 2-hour ascent of Kala Pattar. At around 5500 metres, this is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. Depending on the weather and the condition of the group at this point, it is also possible to swap these two excursions (Kala Pattar and Everest) around so that we visit the Base Camp today Returning to Gorak Shep for some refreshment we then retrace our steps to Lobuche.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Trek across the Kongma La (5400m) to Chukung (4730m)

    From Lobuche, we make a crossing of the Khumbu Glacier. The glacier at this point is very slow moving, covered with rubble and moraine debris and usually has a good trail across. We then make the ascent to the Kongma La (5535m). The climb to the pass is steep, at first following a trail on a grassy hillside and then on a good path which zig-zags its way to the top of a scree slope. From the top of the scree the summit comes into view but we have another 45 minutes more level now, over boulders and scree to reach the prayer flags which stretch across from cairn to cairn. It will take a total of 3 hours or so from the glacier to the summit of the pass, but the views more than compensate for the expended effort. As well as the tip of Everest and the fantastic 8 mile-long Lhotse-Nuptse wall, the panorama includes Gauri Shankar, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori and the distant peaks of Tibet. This relatively accessible Khumbu pass is not often crossed and is something of a hidden gem. A short distance below the summit we pass a usually frozen lake and drop steeply down into the valley where we pick up a steadily improving trail across yak pastures which takes us down to Chukung in the Imja Valley. This high Yal herders settlement which now boasts several lodges offers a sensational view onto the towering south face of Lhotse. From here we can also see our objective of Island Peak.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals ld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5040m)

    A relatively easy day’s walking to Island Peak Basecamp. The trail crosses the river by the last tea shop and follows a beautiful ablation valley for 2 hours. Basecamp is at 5040 metres by the side of the Imja Glacier, below steep grassy slopes which mark the start of the climb on
    Island Peak. We may decide to tackle the peak from here or depending on the general conditions and availability of water higher up, we may elect to start from a higher camp. The afternoon is spent sorting gear for the climb or preparing for the move to high camp the following day. If there are any group members who do not intend to attempt Island Peak,
    there is the alternative of a trek to the head of the Imja Valley.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation or move to High Camp (5760m)

    This is a day for further acclimatisation prior to our ascent of Island Peak. The group have a couple of options. We may decide to use an intermediary camp and if this option is taken, today will be relatively easy with a 2 - 3 hour climb to a high camp at 5760 metres. This camp is situated on some levelled ledges half way up the rock buttress which leads onto the Island Peak Glacier. It is quite a small campsite, and often short of water, but it suffices for one night and offers spectacular views across to Baruntse and the Amphu Labtsa pass. If the option is taken to climb Island Peak from the base camp there will be the opportunity for some skills practice before a good rest and general preparation for tomorrow's climb. Your trip leaders will decide how best to use this day.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Ascent of Island Peak (6189m) and return to Base Camp or Chukung

    From the base camp a midnight start is required. If we have elected to make the climb from a high camp we will set off around 3 am. From the area of the high camp we climb over scree and boulders for 45 minutes to an hour to reach a narrow, rocky ridge leading on to the glacier. This is the place to rope up and put on crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. The setting couldn’t be more impressive with the mountains of Ama Dablam, Chamlang, and Baruntse painted by the dawn’s light. We weave a route across the fairly level glacier to the bottom of a snow gully leading to the summit ridge. Here the guides fix a rope, and jumars are used to safeguard this section. The climbing is more interesting than technical, but steepens up to nearly 50 degrees in places. After approximately 200 metres, the summit ridge is gained and Lhotse’s vast South Face looms before us. Again the guides
    will place fixed lines on some sections of this undulating and sometimes corniced ridge. A final steep pitch brings us to the actual summit (6189m) which has space enough for everyone to sit down and take in the vastness of the surroundings. Island Peak is truly an island in a sea of ice, flanked as it is by the Lhotse and Imja glaciers and a plethora of giant peaks. Descent is by the same route and we aim to arrive back at the basecamp by early afternoon. Depending on the fitness of the group and time available, we may wish to continue our descent to the tea houses of Chukung, a further hour and a half down valley.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1150m

    • Time 9 - 12 hrs trekking/climbing

  • Trek via Dingboche and Pangboche to Deboche (3734m)

    We leave our basecamp (or Chukung) and descend the Imja Valley on our way back to Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Beyond the villages of Dingboche, we rejoin our outbound trail and
    follow this down through Pangboche to camp at Deboche below the Tyangboche ridge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 80m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs

  • Trek via Tyangboche and Namche Bazaar to Monjo (2835m)

    After an early breakfast we set off and make a short climb through the woods to Tyangboche Gompa where we have a great retrospective of the Everest/Lhotse massif and Island Peak. This is a second opportunity to visit the impressive gompa if we were not able to do so on the outbound trek. Leaving Tyangboche we descend the steep path to Phunki, where we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb to the lodges of Kangjuma. Following the contouring trail around the hillside we suddenly arrive at the top of the bowl in which Namche Bazaar nestles. A final steep descent on stone steps leads to the main bazaar. After taking some refreshment here (or lunch if we have made good time) we continue the trek, dropping steeply down to a high suspension bridge. We follow the Dudh Kosi down with the wooded valley sides rising steeply above us. We cross the river again and climb stone steps to the entrance of the Sagamartha National Park. Here we must show our permits before continuing just a short way to our overnight halt at Monjo.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 13km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1280m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • We trek mostly downhill following the Dudh Kosi river, before the final short climb to Lukla.

    From Monjo the trail descends the valley, which becomes more enclosed as we pass the villages of Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka. Here we begin the final climb of the trip, the sting in the tail, with a 45 minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at the bustling town we check into a lodge and tonight we will no doubt celebrate the end of a great trek.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 665m

    • Distance 13km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 580m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Fly to Kathmandu and check into our comfortable hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.

    We take the flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in one of Kathmandu’s popular restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing, shopping or relaxing.

    This is an important contingency day in case of delays to the flights from Lukla. If we have experienced no delays this is an opportunity to explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. There is an optional complimentary half-day guided tour of some of the city’s most important sites. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or shopping in the colourful bazaars.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for flight home.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A local IFMGA qualified climbing guide
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Island Peak permit Fee; National Park & TIMS Permit Fee Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. The food served while at the base camp for Island Peak is a mixture of local and international cuisine, cooked by our highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants.

All meals are provided throughout the holiday from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 20. This applies whether you are staying in a city hotel, a lodge on trek or while at base camp.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay at the prestigious Yak & Yeti Hotel, situated in the heart of the city close to the former Royal Palace. Kathmandu's oldest and most famous hotel provides a touch of history combined with luxury and is an excellent place to relax pre and post trek. Whilst on trek there are 14 nights in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges normally have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $2 - $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. While climbing Island Peak there are 3 nights spent camping. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available). If you are travelling by yourself you will join other single clients of the same sex in twin or occasionally, triple rooms. Single accommodation in Kathmandu and while at Island Peak Basecamp is available for a supplementary cost. Payment of the single supplement does not guarantee single rooms in lodges but we will make every effort to procure a single room in the lodges when these are available. A single tent is not available for any nights spent at High Camp on Island Peak. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

During the trek to Everest Base Camp we quickly settle into a routine. Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the lodge dining room we will be served with a hot breakfast before setting off on the days trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch taken at a teahouse along the route usually takes about an hour and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the evenings stop as we set off again. It is usual for the afternoons walk to be shorter than the morning session. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer or soft drink on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep. In the base camp for Island Peak we will be part of a tent village in the climbing season. Here we take our meals in the dining tent equipped with table and chairs. If your leader decides to use a high camp, facilities will be more basic and here we have a small kitchen and meals will be delivered by the crew to your tent.

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2015. KE uses only four airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air and Simrik Airlines. In addition to this both Tara Air and Yeti Airlines have fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) - a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft www.iata.org/whatwedo/safety/audit/issa/Pages/index.aspx. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

Please note that poor weather can cause delays on internal flights. If at the start of your holiday internal flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night near the airport and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. On the majority of trips there is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up 1 or possibly 2 lost days, but alternative arrangements must be made if internal flights are cancelled for a subsequent day. For trips that end with an internal flight out of the mountains with no alternative road access, we have included 2 nights in Kathmandu as a contingency against delay. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up from or back to Kathmandu, the cost will be shared between those choosing to take this option. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

The group will be accompanied by a local IFMGA qualified mountain guide and will be assisted during the climb on Island Peak by an experienced team of high altitude Sherpas. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a trek support team including porters and/or baggage animals. During the camping nights the group will also have the services of a trained camp cook.

Approximately £250 - £300 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, snacks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. It is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Most people will want to tip their local crews and normally tips are given at the end of the trek. This is best done as a group rather than individually. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Groups quite often give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a rough guide, we recommend that a contribution of around £75 - £80 by each group member should create a good tipping pool. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. Your personal mountaineering equipment (boots, axe, crampons etc) will be carried separately. On arrival at Lukla you will hand these items of equipment to your trek leader who will pack them in communal bags until you reach the base camp for Island Peak. For all STOL flights in Nepal, the normal allowance for hold baggage AND hand baggage combined is 15kg. We do recognise that it is difficult on a climbing holiday to keep your total baggage below 15kg and we have arranged a special allowance for these trips of 15kg hold baggage and 5kg cabin baggage. You may also wish to consider wearing your heavy mountaineering boots and any heavier clothing on these flights. Please be aware that you will have to pay any charges for excess personal baggage above this allowance at check-in, and that excess baggage may have to be flown separately. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. Use your own experience and judgement to determine what to bring with you but please ensure you have all of the mandatory items. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Please make sure you have read the section on baggage allowance in the trip notes. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots - see ‘Mountaineering Equipment’
  • Snow gaiters
  • Windproof and waterproof overtrousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
  • Warm jacket (e.g. down)*
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat and thermal balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Thin gloves
  • Warm and insulating gloves or mittens
  • Daypack minimum 40 litres
  • Headtorch with spare battery
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Selection of plastic bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Sleeping bag comfort rated down to minus 20 C*
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Mountaineering double boots - see below
  • Ice axe *
  • Crampons (that fit your boots!)*
  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*
  • Karabiners (screwgate)**
  • Ascender or Jumar (provided)
  • Descender (rappelling device) **
  • Prussik loop **
  • Climbing helmet*

Packing checklist:

  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Underwear
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts or similar
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Scarf or buff
  • Trainers for camp use
  • Thermal underwear
  • Pee bottle
  • Nail brush
  • Spare laces
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera
  • Penknife (remember to pack all sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Basic repair kit (gaffer tape, sewing thread and needle etc)

Notes

Cultural sensitivity: The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

Equipment hire: Items marked* can be hired through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Items marked ** are provided with hire of a harness but are not available for individual hire. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. All equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items during travel to the start of your trek. During the trek your mountaineering equipment including double-boots will be carried separately in communal equipment bags.

Mountaineering boots: Climbing at altitudes of up to 6000 metres, the temperatures can be very cold (as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade) and the air is very thin. Mountaineering boots which work well in the Alps or during a Scottish Winter are not necessarily suitable for these cold, high altitude conditions. Double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1 light), are the best to keep your feet warm at altitude. Also, you can sleep in the removable inner boots to ensure warm toes in the morning! You must make sure that you are suitably equipped for these extremely low temperatures.

Gear Advisor

  • PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the world’s lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. It’s a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.
  • Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres and approximately 3ºC at 5000m. During the climb, particularly before dawn, temperatures can be quite low - possibly down to minus 10 or 20 Celsius. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures close to or below freezing once above approximately 4000m and at the base camp forIsland Peak the night time temperatures may drop as low as –20ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur. It is very important that you are equipped and prepared for these extremely low temperatures.

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti.
  • Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry B.Ortner
  • A History of Nepal. John Whelpton
  • Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram Grewal
  • Portraits of People:Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli

Island Peak (Imja Tse). Himalayan Maphouse

Includes a map at 1:50,000 covering the approach routes and a map at 1:11,236 covering the climbing routes and the summit area. Contour interval is 40 metres, with numerous spot heights. The map is indexed and shows settlements, tracks, lodges and campsites, places of interest, etc. Margin ticks show latitude and longitude.

Extend Your Holiday

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Yak & Yeti

From $152 per room per night

The Yak and Yeti, is a luxury 4/5-star hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Modern day sophistication greets cultural heritage in the grounds of the 100-year-old Rana palace that the hotel is built around. Find refuge amongst its antique fountains, gilded temples and quiet gardens, just a few minutes’ walk from the shops and adventure of Durbar Marg. This iconic hotel has a shopping arcade, 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and all amenities. At the hotel’s centre is the meticulously restored, Lal Durbar, with 2 historic restaurants, a grand ballroom and casino. 

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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