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Nepal Island Peak 2018-03-16T20:48:56+00:00

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ISLAND PEAK

ISLAND PEAK

For non climbers, Island Peak is your Everest! It is a perfect first time trekking peak in the Himalayas.

Island Peak is a step up from high altitude trekking, requiring the use of crampons, safety ropes, etc.. but perfect for non climbers. No previous climbing experience is required; everything you need to know and do is carefully taught by your qualified and experienced Climbing Guide before you get to Island Peak and also on site before you summit.

Highlights

  • Summit Island Peak; a 6000m peak right in amongst the biggest mountains on earth
  • Visit EBC first, as a warm up
  • Exhilarating flight to Lukla
  • Spare time built in to cover delays, injury or illnesses

This trek follows the Everest trail from the airstrip in Lukla up through the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar and then onto Dingbouche. From here, you can see Island Peak up the Chukkung Valley, waiting for your return. The scenery along here and up to EBC is world class, littered with many of world’s highest peaks. Savour your visit to EBC and also to Kala Patthar, a great view point for an excellent view of Everest itself and also down onto EBC.

All of this time, you have been gaining vital acclimatisation as within days, you will be at Island Peak’s Base Camp having conducted some training ready for the ascent. It’s a very early start on summit day, first to the ‘crampon’ point and then onto the glacier. The climb up the snow/ice wall is steep but it’s not long before you’re on the summit. The view from here is spectacular. A 360 degree white capped Himalayan vista, looking down on any cloud cover below; fantastic.

From here, it’s the homeward stretch through Namche and back into Lukla in 3 – 4 days.

The challenge of this exciting trip comes with the length of trek, sustained high altitude, the summit altitude of over 6000m and fairly basic conditions under which you will find yourself. A well equipped, fit and well prepared trekker will relish what is a superb trekking peak with high altitude mountain views in abundance. A true challenge.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £3295
Land Only, from £2495
Trip Duration 22 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 18 Days
Max Altitude 6189m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, lodges, tents (2 nts)
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

For non climbers, Island Peak is your Everest! It is a perfect first time trekking peak in the Himalayas.

Island Peak is a step up from high altitude trekking, requiring the use of crampons, safety ropes, etc.. but perfect for non climbers. No previous climbing experience is required; everything you need to know and do is carefully taught by your qualified and experienced Climbing Guide before you get to Island Peak and also on site before you summit.

Highlights

  • Summit Island Peak; a 6000m peak right in amongst the biggest mountains on earth
  • Visit EBC first, as a warm up
  • Exhilarating flight to Lukla
  • Spare time built in to cover delays, injury or illnesses

This trek follows the Everest trail from Lukla up through the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar and then onto Dingbouche. It continues on to Everest Base Camp (EBC), effectively as a ‘warm up’ and more importantly to cement the acclimatisation process. Within 3 days of passing through EBC, you will be at Island Peak’s Base Camp.

Having conducted some safety training, it’s a very early start on summit day, first to the ‘crampon’ point and then onto the glacier. The climb up the snow/ice wall is steep but it’s not long before you’re on the ridge that leads to the summit. The view from here is spectacular. A 360 degree white capped Himalayan vista, looking down on any cloud cover below; fantastic.

From here, it’s the homeward stretch through Namche and back into Lukla in 3 – 4 days. The challenge of this exciting trip comes with the length of trek, sustained high altitude, the summit altitude of over 6000m and fairly basic conditions under which you will find yourself. A well equipped, fit and well prepared trekker will relish what is a superb trekking peak with high altitude mountain views in abundance. A true challenge.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £3295
Land Only, from £2495
Trip Duration 22 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 18 Days
Max Altitude 6189m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, lodges, tents (2 nts)
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

6000m Trekking Peak

EBC as a warm up!

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses/Tents

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, bound for Kathmandu

Day 2. Arrive Kathmandu, settle in

Day 3. Final preparations, free day

Day 4. Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2835m)

Day 5. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 6. Acclimatisation, Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 7. Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m)

Day 8. Tengbouche (3900m) – Dingbouche (4300m)

Day 9. Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day

Day 10 Dingbouche – Lobouche (4900m)

Day 11 – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)

Day 12 – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Dingbouche (4300m)

Day 13. Dingbouche – Chukkung (4900m)

Day 14. Chukkung – Island Peak Base Camp (4970m)

Day 15. Summit Day (6189m)

Day 16. Island Peak Base Camp – Pangbouche

Day 17. Pangbouche – Namche

Day 18. Namche – Pfakding

Day 19. Pfadking – Lukla.

Day 20. Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 21. Kathmandu, Free day

Day 22. Depart Kathmandu

Day 1. Depart UK, bound for Kathmandu

Day 2. Arrive Kathmandu
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Kathmandu.

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected and transferred to the hotel (25 mins), which is perfectly placed in the heart of the city. You are then free to settle in and explore your vibrant surroundings. Our friendly staff will be on hand to provide any advice or assistance. Meet your trekking Guide for a briefing on final preparations and timings for tomorrow.

Day 3. Final preparations, free day, Kathmandu, B

Day 4. Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2835m)
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip. The first day’s trek is to Monjo (2835m), generally following the river. The first 3 hrs is generally downhill to Pfadking and then onto Monjo. Approx 5 – 6hrs, BLD

Day 5. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3500m)
Once you have passed through the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, you will cross numerous suspension bridges before eventually climbing the first big hill up to Namche Bazaar. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point (weather permitting). Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes (don’t expect fast speeds!). Expect to arrive early afternoon, approx 4 hrs. BLD

Day 6. Acclimatisation – Namche Bazaar (3500m)
Your Guide will take you out to a variety of places in the local region primarily to gain some additional altitude to assist your body in its acclimatisation process (trek high, sleep low) and to see more of the stunning surroundings, possibly to the village of Thame. BLD

Day 7. Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m)
A beautiful days walk out of Namche, initially contouring for about 60 – 90 mins until you reach Kenjoma. Some groups stop here for coffee (you can see Tengbouche across the valley) or you can push on for another hour, steeply downhill and across the river to a favoured lunch stop at Phunki Tenga (3250m). The next 90 mins or so is steeply up until you majestically pop out in Tengbouche itself. Famed for its hilltop Monastery, this village has one of the best views of Everest. You may go on for another 20 mins or so to use alternative tea houses in Debouche. 6 hrs. BLD

Day 8. Tengbouche (3900m) – Dingbouche (4300m)
It’s a steady trek across the girder bridge (45 mins) and then a long steady climb through Pangbouche, Shamare (4010m) before hitting Dingbouche a few hours later. 6 hrs. BLD

Day 9. Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day
An important stop for acclimatisation having crossed the 4000m barrier. Take the opportunity to go to the free presentation on altitude sickness given by the volunteer doctors that work here throughout the trekking season. Your Guide will encourage you to take an acclimatisation walk, once again to gain some altitude to assist your body to acclimatise. BLD

Day 10 Dingbouche – Lobouche (4900m)
A great day’s trekking. A short sharpe rise out of Dingbouche and onto the ‘high path’ that leads to the small cluster of tea houses known as Dughla (2 – 2 1/2 hrs). This sits at the base and the very front end of the Khumbu glacier. Your next section is to climb up the front of the glacier (although not on ice!), a steep but relatively short section (~45 mins). Be sure to spend some time at the top for there lies many memorials to climbers who have lost their lives in this region. It is a moving place. From here it is just 60 – 90 mins into Lobouche. 5 – 6 hrs. BLD

Day 11 – Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m) – Everest Base Camp (5300m)
An early start to reach Gorak Shep in 3hrs for breakfast; your final and highest tea house on this trip (5100m).  Once you have rested here, it’s onto Everest Base Camp! Savour the moment before returning to Gorak Shep. The Base Camp itself is potentially enormous; it has to house some 250 – 300 people during the main climbing season. The centre is not marked but is generally known to be a cairn with prayer flags. There is an excellent close up view of the Khumbu ice field. Climbers have to negotiate this dangerous section every time they go up for acclimatisation or to summit. This is a demanding day so be sure to rest and sleep as much as you can. BLD

Day 12 – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5500m) – Down to Dingbouche (4300m)
A pre-dawn rise to summit the highest point on this trek (although this is optional). It is a 90 min tough ascent (and potentially very cold) but gives you excellent views of the summit of Everest.

The descent is much faster; time for breakfast! At about 0900hrs, you will begin the trek back, first back across the moraine and then through Lobouche (stop for coffee), Dughla and then back onto the high path back into Dingbouche. You will appreciate the lower altitude and warmer temperatures! A long day but relatively easy going. 8 hrs. BLD

Day 13. Dingbouche – Chukkung (4900m)
There is no rush to leave Dingbouche. Chukkung is less than 3 hrs from here; you can actually see the village up the valley. It is a very easy trek so take your time and use it to aid recovery if required. BLD

Day 14. Chukkung – Island Peak Base Camp (4970m)
Another short day in terms of trekking time (under 4hrs) and a small altitude gain of 240m. The Base Camp is in a small gully and can be cold when the wind is up in the afternoon. You will be tented here for two nights, complete with sleeping tents, a dining tent and kitchen. Your food will be cooked for you by a Chef.

The afternoon is dedicated to ensuring that you are proficient in the use of your climbing equipment. This will include fitting it (if required) and practicing ascending and descending with the Jumor and Fig 8 respectively. Prepare your daysacks for the ascent tomorrow. BLD

Day 15. Summit Day (6189m)
A very early rise (around 0100hrs) in order to make use of the cold temperatures on the ice when you summit. Once the sun gets on it, it softens making the surface more difficult. The first phase is to trek up to the point at which crampons (and other safety equipment) are put on. It can be a tough ascent through the night. Your aim is to be at the crampon point as dawn is breaking (3 – 4 hrs ascending). Crampons and harnesses on, you move onto the snow/ice and up to the base of the hard packed snow wall. Gather your strength, clip onto the fixed rope and slowly, up you go, step by step until you reach the narrow ridge. Once on the ridge (it is only about 1.5m wide), you can make your way up to the plateau and finally up to the summit itself. Time to celebrate!

Your descent is much faster but you will be tired so some care is needed to avoid any unnecessary accidents. By the time you reach Base Camp, you will have been on the go for over 12hrs. Time to rest, eat and sleep. BLD

Day 16. Island Peak Base Camp – Pangbouche
Have a good breakfast; you will have earned it! By comparison to other trekking days, you will fly down to Chukkung (coffee stop), continue through Dingbouche and cross the river with Pferiche just to the right. A stop, probably at Shamare before pushing on to Pangbouche. Although you will still be tired, it is a nice tired! You are descending, any altitude problems will be disappearing fast and it is getting warmer. 6 hrs. BLD

Day 17. Pangbouche – Namche
An easy first hour to 90 mins as you descend into the valley, crossing the girder bridge before the short sharp ascent into Tengbouche and a rest at the ’German Bakery’! The long descent followed by the equally long ascent awaits (2 – 3hrs) before the contour path back into Namche Bazaar. 7 hrs, BLD

Day 18. Namche – Pfakding
Out of Namche and back down the big hill, across the susupension bridge and onto Monjo. Phakding is your planned night stop and whilst it may appear to be a short day, it also acts as a spare day. Lukla can be reached in a single trekking day if needs be. BLD

Day 19. Pfadking – Lukla.
It is just 3hrs back up to Lukla from here so enough time to have a relaxing start and take your time. Spend some time watching the aircraft come and go in the afternoon; an amazing airport. BLD

Day 20. Lukla – Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer.
You have 2 nights in Kathmandu to continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. B

Day 21. Kathmandu, Free day, B
A completely free day to do whatever you wish.

Day 22. Depart Kathmandu, B

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
29 Sep - 20 Oct 2018 £3295 £2495
6 - 27 Apr 2019 £3295 £2495

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

The prices above are for a group an overall group size of 4 or more. Add just £100 pp if the overall group size is 2 or 3 pax.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu, return, economy
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis
  • 15 nights lodge accommodation, twin share, all meals
  • Sleeping tents and logistics at Island Peak’s Base Camp
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local climbing guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek, climbing and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging
  • Climbing and safety equipment (we have equipment for hire)

What the Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 3 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 15 nights lodge accommodation, twin share, all meals
  • Sleeping tents and logistics at Island Peak’s Base Camp
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local climbing guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek, climbing and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging
  • Climbing and safety equipment (we have equipment for hire)

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £120.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

In general terms, you will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

The exception is Summit Day, which on average is a 12 hr day, commencing at something like 01:00hrs. This is a physically demanding day due to the altitude, the trek up to the ‘crampon point’ (3 – 4 hrs), a further hour on the glacier before you get to start to final climb up to the summit ridge. And then you have to return to base camp.

Your time on trek prior to arriving at Island Peak’s base camp is long enough to enhance your strength but it can equally lower your reserves if not enough attention is paid to maintaining your fitness and health.

A good – high level of fitness is required.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is it perfectly achievable. The altitude is highly likely to be more of a challenge than the hills. The maximum altitude is 6189m (Island Peak) although your max sleeping altitude is 5100m (Gorak Shep/Island Peak’s Base Camp).

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can comfortably walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek. The Summit Day is worthy of note that it is far more demanding than this though.

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Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – 2 nights in tents at Island Peak’s Base Camp. Tents/mats supplied.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120 (hotel only, see ‘Sole Occupation’ tab above).

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip are return domestic flights Kathmandu (KTM) – Lukla. The flight takes approx 25 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 18 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 – £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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