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Island Peak Expedition 19 days

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Island Peak Climbing Package offer 2021 and 2022

This itinerary offers the opportunity to capture the most beautiful sceneries from Everest Kalapathar, Kongma-La, Chhukung-Ri and Island Peak. Island Peak is one of the most preferred 6000 metres peaks by trekkers

Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people into the Everest National Park, with an area of 1,148 square kilometres with an average elevation ranging 2,845 to 8,848, the summit of Mount Everest. The name of the district Solukhumbu comes after Solu, the lower part from Monjo, and Khumbu, the upper part from Monjo. The northern part of Everest, dividing from its summit, falls into Tibet and protected under the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve. The Everest National Park is bordered with Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys, to the east and Gaurishanker National Park to the west, into the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The central park area is the ancient settlement area of Sherpa people and remained undisturbed by outsiders and even by the central government for centuries. Tourists entered in 1960, and the National park was established in 1976 and became the first national park of Nepal in 1979. Into this national park, there are various established trekking routes, and one can optionally take a scenic walk of a less than a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La and are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

Most of the villages into the Everest National Park are the primitive settlements of Sherpa people. The history relates far to pre-Buddhist time in China and Tibet. It prospers following the development of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet in the early 8th century. The Sherpas are followers of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the leading followers of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Samvaba), the 8th-century Buddhist saint and founder of the Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.

The trail leading to the north of Thame, crossing over the World famous Nangpa-La pass, is the main pass from which the Sherpas migrated in the current domain from their ancestral land at Kham, one of the most prominent regions in Tibet around eight hundred years ago. They discovered Solu Khumbu while seeking a refuge to escape war and religious persecution. Since then they continued to live in the region in peace and harmony. Their living, Buddhist practise, and the beautiful mountains attracted many spiritual travellers, trekkers and mountaineers, and it continues. The famous trans-Himalayan trail via Nangpa-La linked cultural and trans-Himalayan business, between Nepal and Tibet, for centuries and believed being in use since and far before the migration of the Sherpas. The Sherpas first settled themselves in the current Junbeshi, in Solu area, and later dispersed in various parts of Solu, Khumbu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Rolwaling, Hyelambu, Sikkim and Bhutan.

In this region, there are various established trekking routes and one can optionally take a scenic walk of a week to three weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations. The Peekye Trek is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible with options of taking a scenic walk of less than a week to two weeks.

This itinerary offers the opportunity to capture the most beautiful sceneries from Everest Kalapathar, Kongma-La, Chhukung-Ri and Island Peak. Island Peak is one of the most preferred 6000 metres peaks by trekkers.

Island Peak, known initially as Imja Tse, with an elevation of 6,189 metres above the sea level, is located along the famous Everest Trekking Trail. Imja Tse can be climbed directly from its basecamp in a single eight-to-ten-hour day. The peak is demanding not technically but physically.

Apart from being an enjoyably climbing peak, it has some of the most magnificent mountain views of Khumbu. Island Peak is an extension of the south ridge of Mount Lhotse Shar. The peak forming by a semi-circle of cliffs rise in the north to the rugged summits of Mount Nuptse. To the east lies Mount Cho Polu, and beyond it, the red granite Mount Makalu.

To the southeast lie Mount Baruntse (one of the most preferred seven thousand peaks), Amphu and lofty Mount Ama Dablam (The most beautiful peak of the region and most preferred 6812 metres peak by climbers). Ama Dablam looks like a giant sea stack guarding the entrance to the glacial bay where Island Peak stands. Imja Tse was first climbed in 1953 by a British team in the process of acclimatisation to climb Everest. The first summiteers on the peak include Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who later achieved the summit of Mount Everest.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the World famous Everest basecamp
  • See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint in its full majesty
  • Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
  • See the Khumbu glacier from its rim and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes
  • Climb the most panoramic viewpoints of Everest Region, the Kalapathar and Chhukung-Ri
  • Climb the Island Peak, the most preferred mountain peak in the Everest Region.
  • Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 19 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
  • Trek starting point: Lukla
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
  • Highest elevation achievement: 6,189. metres Island Peak
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, and tented camp on full board basis while climbing Island peak.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

DAY 6: TENGBOCHE / PHERICHE (4,243m.)

DAY 7: PHERICHE (4,243m)

DAY 8: PHERICHE / LOBUCHE (4,887m.)

DAY 9: LOBUCHE / GORAKSHEP (5,164m.)/KALAPATHAR (5,545m.) LOBUCHE

DAY 10: LOBUCHE / KONGMA-LA (5,535m.) CHHUKUNG (4,730m.)

DAY 11: RESTING DAY / SUMMIT CHHUKUNG-RI

DAY 12: CHHUKUNG / ISLAND PEAK HC (5.600m.)

DAY 13: SUMMIT ISLAND PEAK AND BACK TO CHHUKUNG

DAY 14: CHHUKUNG / DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE / PHORTSE (3,840m.)

DAY 15: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

DAY 16: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

DAY 17: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

DAY 18: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 19: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

THE 19-DAYS EVEREST KALAPATHAR & ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

• Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night.

• Estimated duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley".

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.

• Estimated duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.

Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions.

Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.

Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.

• Estimated duration is 2h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

This day's trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe.

We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue on gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery.

From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.

• Estimated duration is 4h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 6: TENGBOCHE / PHERICHE (4,243m.)

The trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and past beautiful mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dingboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. We arrive at Pangboche village and then go on to Pheriche. Pheriche is Nepal's gateway to Everest. From here the local people walk to Everest Base Camp and back in a day, which is a 3-day trek for most others.

• Estimated duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 7: PHERICHE (4,243m)

Rest day in Pheriche, in the morning or the afternoon we'll take some uphill walk for acclimatization. For example, an exciting and easy route to the Nangkartshang Gonda through a ridge crowned with stupas. Pheriche offers a view of Tawotse to the west and Ama Dablam to the east.

• Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 8: PHERICHE / LOBUCHE (4,887m.)

The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The world's most prominent mountain masses surround you so may feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its noisy cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.

• Estimated duration is 3h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 9: LOBUCHE / GORAKSHEP (5,164m.)/KALAPATHAR (5,545m.) LOBUCHE

We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar lookout. From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further one hour’s walk put us on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest location. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast, relax and probably Lunch and in the evening retrace back to Lobuche.

• Estimated duration is 4h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 10: LOBUCHE / KONGMA-LA (5,535m.) CHHUKUNG (4,730m.)

From Lobuche, we cross the Khumbu glacier and continue climbing through a rocky slope that leads till the top of Kongma-La. On reaching to the Kongma-La pass, 5,535m., one can see a vast meadow toward the Chhukung valley. From here, weather permitting, the views across Ama Dablam are usually some of the best to picture. This small section, Lobuche to Chhukung, in the Khumbu Region is one of the most isolated areas so will have a great chance to enjoy the incredible surroundings with complete silence. Just below the top of Kongma-La pass is a crystal clear lake providing beautiful reflections of mountains around, where we will stop for our packed lunch.

We then continue trekking down till Chhukung where we will spend two nights. Chhukung is the last village and gateway to the Island Peak.

• Estimated duration is 6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 11: RESTING DAY / SUMMIT CHHUKUNG-RI

Today is a relaxing day. But before lunch, we may be dedicated for Chukung Ri, 5,540 meters from the sea level. It is a hilltop above the Chhukung village and just below the terrific Mount Nuptse and Lhotse wall. The view from Chukung Ri is beyond that of Everest from Kala Patar. The Nuptse and Lhotse wall, the red granite Makalu, and the southern wall fluted with ice gulley from the 7000m Baruntse to 7000m Ama Dablam. Many feel that the Chhukung Ri Peak is the most beautiful in the world compared to its easy access.

• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 12: CHHUKUNG / ISLAND PEAK HC (5.600m.)

We leave Chukung with only some porters and our very necessary climbing equipment and our climbing guide. The porters drop our luggage and tents at High Camp and return to Chhukung. The High Campsite is panoramic with great narrow mountain barrier and glacial lakes.

• Estimated duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay the tented camp.

DAY 13: SUMMIT ISLAND PEAK AND BACK TO CHHUKUNG

Today we begin very early in the morning to make the summit earlier since Summit route is long and the cold could make you feel a hard climb. But this peak is one of the most climbed mountains in Nepal, so climbing is undoubtedly exciting. The first 300m of the blocky ridge up brings us to an icefall at 6000m level. The long climb up the glacier to the bergschrund and then 120 metres of 60-degree ice and snow climb takes us to a ridge top. Then we follow a steep snaking ridge to the summit of Mount Imjatse. If the weather supports, then the view from the summit of Island is indescribable.

Island Peak, known initially as Imja Tse, with an elevation of 6,189 metres above the sea level, is located along the famous Everest Trekking Trail. Imja Tse can be climbed directly from its basecamp in a single eight-to-ten-hour day. The peak is demanding not technically but physically.

Apart from being an enjoyably climbing peak, it has some of the most magnificent mountain views of Khumbu. Island Peak is an extension of the south ridge of Mount Lhotse Shar. The peak forming by a semi-circle of cliffs rise in the north to the rugged summits of Mount Nuptse. To the east lies Mount Cho Polu, and beyond it, the red granite Mount Makalu.

To the southeast lie Mount Baruntse (one of the most preferred seven thousand peaks), Amphu and lofty Mount Ama Dablam (The most beautiful peak of the region and most preferred 6812 metres peak by climbers). Ama Dablam looks like a giant sea stack guarding the entrance to the glacial bay where Island Peak stands. Imjatse was first climbed in 1953 by a British team in the process of acclimatisation to climb Everest. The first summiteers on the peak include Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who later achieved the summit of Mount Everest.

• Estimated duration is 10h.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 14: CHHUKUNG / DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE / PHORTSE (3,840m.)

From Chhukung the trail is a pleasure going down with great panoramas through the village of Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. We further descend to Pangboche, an ancient village with a Monastery. We'll pay a visit to the village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region.

After lunch, we’ll set off for Phortse village, which offers a beautiful view of Thamserku and Kongde. Tourists less frequent the trail so one can see wild animals and the colourful national bird of Nepal. The magnificent mountain sceneries are in every direction. At Phortse village we check into the lodge. This village is one of the typical Sherpa villages of Khumbu region and offers a beautiful panorama containing Mount Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru and Tengboche Monastery.

• Estimated duration is 6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.  

DAY 15: PHORTSE TO JORSALLE

We go down to Phortse Tenga and cross the river that flows from the Gokyo Valley, and then begin a steep climb to the hilltop to Mongla. There we take tea-brake and enjoy the magnificent panorama from this beautiful lookout. The trail further descends to Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche.

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in altitude.

• Estimated duration is 5hrs trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 16: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp!

• Estimated duration is a 5-6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 17: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

We'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu at around 14:00 hour. The rest of the day is free.

• Breakfast • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 18: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant in Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 19: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at our hotel to serve us till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities and departure. Continue the rest of the distance on your own.

  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 3083$ 3032$ 3158$
2 - 3 Persons 2438$ 2491$ 2557$
4 - 5 Persons 2217$ 2270$ 2336$
6 - 7 Persons 2103$ 2156$ 2222$
8- 9 Persons 2084$ 2137$ 2203$
10- 12 Persons 2030$ 2083$ 2149$
13- 15 Persons 1983$ 2036$ 2102$
Single room supplement 125$ 133$ 199$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu / Manthali / Kathmandu transportation by a private vehicle
  • Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
  • Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits.
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
  • Island Peak climbing permit
  • Tents, cooking utensils, all food, climbing rope and fix rope, and other technical equipment to climb Island Peak.
  • A Climbing mountain guide for Island Peak.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff.
  • A Trekking Map in the group.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if required)
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff & National Park entry and other regional permits
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well).
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
This itinerary could be taken from the second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the end of November, every year.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Island Peak Basecamp, we sleep in two-men-domed-tents on a sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 6000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Island Peak Base Camp?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while in a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Manthali, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Manthali and Lukla, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognised by Nepal mountaineerings Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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