PERSONAL CLIMBING GEAR FOR ISLAND PEAK:
Plastic Boot : a pair
Crampons : a pair
Ice Axe : one
Harness : one
Carabineer or Karabiner : two each
Snow Gaiters : a pair
Snow / Sun Glass : one each
Warm Gloves : a pair
Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser, : a set each
Down Jacket : one each
Down sleeping bags : one each with inner linear
Main Ropes : 200 m (50 m per person) as per the peak chosen
Snow Bar : 2 / 4 pieces depending upon group size.
Ski Pole (optional) : one each
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. As you arrive Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, which includes UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architectures. There are Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.
Having breakfast, drive to the domestic airport of Kathmandu and fly to Lukla enjoying the picturesque Everest region Himalayas. Landing at Lukla, you meet the rest of the crew who accompany us during the trekking. Then the trek starts smoothly through the easy trail and you can see the tiny settlements along with their potatoes fields. Crossing the steel bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phakding. Overnight at lodge.
After the delicious breakfast, we begin our trek, which is ascending high. Crossing bridges, we reach to the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Now the trail is steep high. The charming view of Everest can be seen for the first time of the trek. We walk continually till we reach to the horse-shoe shaped Namche Bazaar, which is one of the busiest settlements in the Everest region. Overnight at lodge
Today is an acclimatization and exploration day. To avoid mountain sickness, it is necessary when we walk over 2700 meters. So, we go on exploring this amazing town along with its neighboring parts as Khumjung and Everest view hotel. There are almost all the facilities and markets of all the goods. Basic facilities are available as health post/hospital, school, trade centers, and others. Hillary school is located there. The exploration hiking is also wonderful to understand the Sherpa culture and traditions, spirituality and hospitality. Back to lodge and rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Beginning the trek from Namche Bazaar, we head towards the Tengboche monastery, following the River and walking through the oak, rhododendron and birch forest. You have a chance to see the wild animals as the wild goat, blue sheep, and others. The dazzling Himalayan views accompany us throughout the trail. We have lunch at Phunki Tenga, which lies beside the River. Gradually, we walk to Tenbuche and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Mornings are normally chilling in the mountainous region. Having a warm breakfast, we begin our trek from Tengboche. The morning bells can be heard. Lamas and monks perform their rituals in the morning. The monastery is perhaps the highly located monastery in Nepal. On the lunch stop of Pangboche, we can again visit the oldest monastery of Everest. It takes a couple of hours to reach Dingboche from here. The views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and others are brilliant. Reach to Pheriche and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Having breakfast, we move out through the rocky trail. With breakfast, we begin to climb up to Lobuche. First, we pass Phalang Karpa and reach to Dugla, which is our lunch point today. There is a memorial place of the climbers who pass away during the Everest expedition. Up to reaching Dugla, we can feel if we have some symptoms of altitude sickness. If you feel that, we do not move higher. If not, we walk again and reach to Lobuche for the stop. Overnight at lodge.
We are very near to the Everest base camp. For lunch, we reach to Gorakshep, where we also put our baggage. Carrying a day pack, we begin to ascend to the Everest base camp through the rocky trail that is prevailed with moraines. At the climbing seasons, Everest base camp remains full of tents, where climbers stay and do climbing practices. Taking sufficient snaps, we descend to Gorakshep and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Getting up early, we hike up to Kalapatthar. For the breathtaking sunrise view over the snowy peaks, Kalapatthar is the best viewpoint. Also the awesome panoramas of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu can be seen. Then we trek down to Gorakshep, have breakfast/lunch and trek down to Lobuche. It’s a long walk, but superb excursion. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we descend all the way to Dingboche. Then we catch the trail that leads us to Chhukung. The trail is easy but the high altitude may cause the walk to become slower. There are few Sherpa houses in Chhukung village and it is surrounded by the potatoes fields. It is a summer settlement. After this long walk, we take a rest there. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we begin to ascend to the Island peak through the rocky trail, but it is wide. The trail is zig zag to trek down to the moraine of the Lhotse glacier. Then we follow the Imja Khola, those that emerge at the Island peak and walk continually to the base camp. Overnight at the tented camp.
For any peak climbing, you need to know the technicality of the peak. Which way to follow and what equipments mostly used in the trip. Our professional guide gives you a briefing about it and also takes you to the climbing spot. Having a pre-climbing session, it builds confidence in you and knows the peak structure. Pre-climbing practice is also highly beneficial for the physical fitness and acclimatization. Overnight at tented camp.
It is the day of summiting the Island peak. With great enthusiasm, we begin the trip with an early breakfast. Though Island peak is not highly technical, some parts of its boulder are steep and slippery. Finding the ridgeline and following the fixed rope, we reach to the peak point of Island peak. The outstanding panoramas of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks can be explored from the closest point of view. Then we retrace to the base camp through the same route. Celebrate the succession of Island peak climbing with your crews. Overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast, we trek to Dingboche and walk down to Pangboche. After exploring the Tengboche monastery, we reach the Pangboche monastery, which is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region that reflects the cultural loudness in the locality. It is surrounded by the snowy white peaks on the near horizon. Overnight at lodge.
We follow the route that goes through the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The trek is wonderful with the views of some Khumbu peaks that are familiar to us. Passing Tengboche, we reach to the Namche Bazaar. If you prefer, we can descend further to Monju and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
This is the last trekking day. We have breakfast and begin the excursion through the steep trail from Namche Bazaar. Checking out from the national park counter, we reach Monju and head further crossing the suspension bridges. Passing Phakding, the normal route begins. We gradually reach to our concluding point at Lukla. We celebrate our successful trek with all the team members. It is the last day of the trek for our crew. Overnight at lodge.
It’s time to bid farewell to this Himalayan town and fly back to Kathmandu. The Himalayan peaks that became familiar to us can be explored for the last time if the weather is clear. Landing in Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
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Any mountains or peaks around Himalaya are tough to climb, but not overall difficult as for Island peak climb, a straight-forward peak to reach the summit but with some tough technical section to cope. Our expert climbing guide will make the climb much possible guiding and supporting you all the way to the top with a safe descend.
Not much like on a major mountaineering expedition, but yes you need some excellent gear for the climb, an important for all climbers is a good ice-axe, to begin with, then crampons, harness, helmets, carabineer/karabiner and main ropes which will be provided by the company and etc. Including your personal warm clothing with good climbing boots.
Certainly, it is worth a climb to Island Peak, if you are interested in basic or high standard climbing and mountaineering. Island Peak has the highest rate of success than any other trekking peaks, besides Mera or Yala Peaks. Island Peak will be a good start for your mountaineering career as it involves all that climber needs to experience, from rocks, ice, and snow.
As altitude-wise, it won’t be a big problem but can happen to some trekkers/climbers in the group or with other illnesses, like severe diarrhea or any other medical and health issue. If the member with the worse condition has to break the journey and reach Kathmandu by the fastest means of transport for evacuation. The only fastest and reliable is taking a helicopter service, where all medical and other expenses incurred have to be borne by oneself. Where it can be reimbursed from the insurance company, with a supporting letter from Vertex Holiday and as well from medical doctors in Kathmandu.
Around high Khumbu area from Lukla onwards of strong Buddhism religion and culture of ancient heritage custom with the traditional life of farming and raising livestock. Khumbu areas dominated by Sherpa follow Tibetan Buddhism, which you can witness on walks as well visiting some monastery like at Tengboche and Pangboche.
It happens sometimes, even during the best time of the year. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, but not all time of the good seasons. In this situation, if the flight does not operate, due to unfavorable weather. Our guide will make the best effort, as well contact the head office in Kathmandu regarding the situation. If the weather does not improve for flights, even on the next day the best option is to use helicopter services if needed, especially for people with tight international flights. Staying longer in Lukla for few days and use of chopper where clients have to bear the extra expenses and to be claimed from your travel insurance company.
Nearly all seasons of the year, but best in spring from March to May with autumn/fall of September to November, including pre-winter times of December. Spring is best with wildflowers in full bloom till Tengboche Monastery, and with clear fine days, most of the time can get cloudy in the late afternoon with clear starry nights. Much cold in the morning and nighttime as well in shady areas and the wind-chill factor adds colder with freezing temperatures, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.Autumn/fall is another best time with a clear day for views and climb of Island Peak and trekking. But can be much cold morning and night time, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.
Certainly, every best lodge we use for overnight stops or lunch does have facilities to charge electronic gadgets. From cell-phone, cameras, and laptops on paying a charge per hour for each item. The price differs from one place to another. The only place that you cannot get the facility for charging is at Island peak base camp for some days.
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