"I feel that the training provided at base camp was great for getting to know the equipment and how to use it. Having a ladder set up so we knew how to walk over the crevasses was fantastic and made it very easy to use when on the mountain (the ladders over crevasses were actually my favourite part of the climb)." Kaithlyn, Canada
After a 60 to 70 degree 100m section to the summit, you will be blessed by one of the most spectacular views on earth. The names just roll off the tongue: Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse and Amadablam.
We know this may be your first time to try mountaineering so we have included most of your climbing equipment. All personal and group climbing gear including the LA SPORTIVA climbing boot, EXPED mattress, sleeping bag, down jacket ete; are supplied so there is no need bring or invest in expensive gear for just one trip.
- Trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
- Learn the finer points of Himalayan climbing from Trained Instructors
- Climb Island Peak (6,119m) with our experienced Sherpa Guides
- Trek through the Sherpa Villages of the Everest area
- Climb Kala Patthar (5550m) for views of Everest and other peaks
LATEST NEWS : Of the 60 guests we have had this season, 55 have reached the summit of Island Peak. That is a great record in anyone's book and we would like to thank our ground team for looking after everyone so well! Well done!
Our objective is not just about summiting a Himalayan peak, although this is a major accomplishment in itself. We specialise in teaching you the necessary skills to become a competent expedition member. Nepal's unique environment and consistent conditions provide the perfect classroom for our high altitude Himalayan School. A solid ratio of instructors to students guarantees you the personal attention required for a successful summit attempt.
Island Peak 6,160 meters, was first climbed by a British expedition that included Tenzing Norgay. Eric Shipton's party named the peak in 1953, as it resembled an island in a sea of ice. The peak is part of the south ridge of Lhotse and linked to the semicircle of cliffs that rise to the north of the summit of Nuptse. Our adventure begins with a short flight to Lukia and two days of easy walking to Namche bazaar. En-route to Base Camp our trail takes us through the Sherpa Villages and into the high valleys of the Khumbu region, providing magnificent views of Everest and the satellite peaks. Island Peak is a substantial undertaking, which demands hard work and commitment. However, standing on top of this Himalayan summit is a reward that you will cherish for a life time.
Day 01: Book into hotel in Kathmandu. Evening briefing
Day 02: Relax and explore Kathmandu. Chance to buy last minute supplies.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m/8k - 3hrs)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/12k - 5hrs)
Day 05: Rest and acclimatisation day, with optional hikes around Namche.
Day 06: Trek to Khunde-Khumjung (3780m/4k - 2hrs)
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche Monastary (3860m/12k - 5-6hrs)
Day 08: Trek to Pheriche (4910m/10k - 4hrs)
Day 09: Acclimatisation day. Optional hikes
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/9kms - 4hrs)
Day 11: Trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364m/15kms). Return to Gorakshep for overnight (5140m). (Total 8-9hrs)
Day 12: Morning climb Kala Pathar (5500m) for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Khumbu Glacier and many other peaks (6kms - 4 hrs return). Afternoon trek to Dingboche (4410m/14kms - 5hrs).
Start of climbing portion
Day 13 (01): Trek to Chukhung (4410m). In the afternoon meet climbing instructor and guides; have a briefing; check equipment; AMS lecture. And then camp.
Day 14 (02): Acclimatisation and instructional day. Camp.
Day 15 (03): Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m). Camp.
Day 16 (04): Summit day. Start at 2 a.m. Return to Base Camp.
Day 17 (05): Extra day to provide a second opportunity to summit Island Peak in case of bad weather or illness. Camp.
End of climbing portion
Day 18: Trek to Phortse village (3680m/12kms - 4-5 hrs)
Day 19: Trek to Namche (3440m/16kms - 6 hrs)
Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2800m/16kms - 6-7 hrs)
Day 21: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Depart for next destination.
- Trekking permits, National Park Entrance and Peak Permit
- All accommodation lodge or tent.
- Domestic Airfares
- 3 nights accommodation in Shakti Hotel - Kathmandu (or equivalent)
- Trek arrangements with guide, cook and porter/s.
- NMA Registered Climbing Guide for climbing
- Equipment Allowance for climbing guide.
- Service of Instructor and Sherpa Guide for Peak climbing.
- Group climbing equipment: (main rope, pitons, snow bars, etc.)
- Guide and porter insurance.
- Garbage deposit (US$250.00 per group) with NMA
- Sleeping bag, crampons, jacket, fleece inner, insulated mat, duffel bag etc
- Medical Kit Bag on every expedition
- Rescue arrangement and staff insurance
- First aid and eco-trained staff
- Warm clothing and other required trekking gear for porters like Gortex jacket & trousers, trekking shoes / boots, sleeping bag / blanket, woolen hat, woolen gloves, woolen socks, sun glasses etc.
- Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
- Peak climbing certificate to the successful climbers
- Climbing clinic at base camp to ensure you know what you are doing on the mountain
- Half day tour of Kathmandu.
- International airfares
- Travel insurance (Note this peak is rated as 11 on the Ewbank climbing system)