Island Peak Climb

  • 18 Days
Price per personUS$2399
23 May, 2024
$2399 x 1 guests:
$2399

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  • Trip Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate - Strenuous
  • Best SeasonSpring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude6189 M

Overview

“A lone mountain stands tall in the middle of the Khumbu, rising from a sea of perpetually frozen glaciers. Join Alpine Ramble Treks and embark upon an expedition to the most popular trekking peak in the entirety of Nepal: Imja Tse, or Island Peak.”

 

Venture to the frozen summit of Island Peak on this exciting alpine adventure

Named for its striking appearance, Island Peak looks all over the world like some long-lost desert isle—except this desert is a vast field of frozen glaciers in Nepal’s high-altitude Khumbu region.

The mountain known as Imja Tse rises to a breathless 6,189 meters in altitude, and it was first climbed by enterprising mountaineers in the year 1953. Now it’s your turn to follow in the footsteps of these historical explorers, tracing a classic trekking route in the Khumbu and ascending to the very summit of this now-famous Himalayan mountain.

This is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal, and it’s got some stiff competition: Mera Peak and Lobuche East also offer rewarding climbs for trekkers with a bit of ambition.

But there’s a reason that so many travelers are drawn to Island Peak—and when you first set foot on its frozen summit, you’ll understand that it represents more than just a chance to climb a mountain.

Climbing Island Peak will allow you to understand the true scale of the mighty Himalayas—and you just might learn something about yourself along the way.

 

Acquaint yourself with the cultural and scenic splendor of the Khumbu

The opportunity to reach the summit of Island Peak is more than enough to attract most climbers, but the Khumbu has even more to offer.

On this trekking and climbing itinerary, you’ll discover the historic trading town of Namche Bazaar, which now serves as something of a hub for trekkers and climbers in this part of Nepal.

You’ll learn about Sherpa culture as you visit important museums and cultural centers, encounter friendly locals on high-altitude trails, and visit iconic regional gompas like the striking Tengboche Monastery.

Of course, the natural scenery of this grand Himalayan wilderness won’t escape your notice, either.

On this climbing expedition, you’ll explore the alpine territory of Sagarmatha National Park as you approach Island Peak—and from the summit of this lofty mountain, you’ll be rewarded with life-changing views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest.

All told it’s safe to say that your Island Peak climbing adventure will create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

 

What’s it like to climb Island Peak?

While Island Peak isn’t the highest trekking peak in Nepal, getting to the top means coming to grips with some serious altitude—and there’s no better way to prepare than by trekking through the Khumbu and reaching Everest Base Camp.

But while our expedition to Island Peak starts out much like any other Everest Base Camp trek, summiting a Himalayan mountain comes with challenges of its own.

As you approach the summit, you’ll navigate crevasses and rely upon the use of crampons and ice axes. This is the perfect adventure for travelers who have some experience with basic mountaineering skills like rappelling, abseiling, and using fixed lines.

Fortunately, the experts at Alpine Ramble Treks can help. The climb is generally considered nontechnical in nature, and we’ll prepare you with the hands-on opportunity to practice the skills you need to make the summit.

So if you’re ready to launch your own expedition to climb Island Peak, look no further: contact Alpine Ramble Treks via WhatsApp at +977 9851175531.

 

Best Time of Year to Climb Island Peak

Weather in the Himalayas is variable, and the best trekking seasons are usually determined by the arrival of the summer monsoon.

In order to avoid the wettest conditions, many hikers travel during the spring, which occurs from February to March.

However, climbing Island Peak comes with its own set of challenges. While trekking earlier in the spring is certainly possible, the strong likelihood of snow presents additional complications and requires a heightened level of preparedness.

Other trekkers might prefer to tackle Island Peak during the autumn months of October or November when days are clear and mountain views are crisp.

If you need help deciding when to travel, contact Alpine Ramble Treks: we’ll be happy to arrange a customized itinerary to plan the most rewarding adventure possible.

 

Island Peak Climbing Difficulty

While Island Peak is classified as a trekking peak, you’ll need some basic mountaineering skills to reach its summit. And because this climb reaches a maximum altitude of 6,189 meters, we’ll need to ascend safely and carefully to reduce the risk of contracting altitude sickness.

Fortunately, the best way to adjust to high altitude is to trek at high altitude—and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing on this Island Peak climbing itinerary. In fact, the first few days of our route will overlap with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, and we’ll stick close to the tried-and-true climber’s maxim: climb high, sleep low.

When it comes to any mountaineering skills, your experienced guides from Alpine Ramble Treks will be ready to instruct you with a refresher course in the use of crampons, axes, and ropes. With a little preparation and plenty of patience, you’ll find that reaching the summit of Island Peak is well within your abilities.

 

More Trekking Peaks in Nepal

Trekking peaks in Nepal offer a rare opportunity for incredible alpine adventures, and you’ve got many options to consider. If our 18-day Island Peak climbing itinerary isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll be pleased to know that we also offer 15-day and 12-day alternative versions of this climb.

If you’d like to climb another mountain altogether, consider Mera Peak: our affordable 10-day climbing itinerary will bring you to the top of Nepal’s highest trekking peak in just a little more than a week.

There are also trekking peaks in other parts of Nepal, such as the marvelous Dhampus Peak in the midst of the scenic Annapurnas. Of course, if you need help picking out the best trekking peak, don’t hesitate to contact Alpine Ramble Treks to get some expert advice.

 

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Climb to the summit of Island Peak at a staggering 6,189 meters in altitude.
  • Trek all the way to Everest Base Camp to see the world’s highest mountain.
  • Climb up and over the mighty Kongma La: a thrilling high-altitude mountain pass.
  • Experience the hospitality and traditions of Khumbu’s Sherpa culture.

 

Additional Benefits

  • Free transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival and departure.
  • Complimentary use of any necessary trekking equipment, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walkie-talkies, trekking poles, and an oximeter to monitor your oxygen and pulse.
  • Fun souvenirs of your Himalayan adventure: a trekking route map, a t-shirt emblazoned with the Alpine Ramble Treks logo, and a hat!

 

Please note: The trekking times indicated below are approximate and are best used as general guidelines. During the Everest Three Passes Trek, you’ll be able to travel freely at your own pace.

 

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! When your plane touches down at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a member of the Alpine Ramble Treks family will be ready to meet you. On the short drive to your hotel in the tourist district of Thamel, you’ll get your first glimpse of the city. The busy streets of Nepal’s capital are alive with history: Kathmandu is a place of royalty, religion, and, in recent years, rapid modernization. The city is known for its excellent infrastructure, great food, and fascinating markets. There’s a Hindu temple or Buddhist stupa on just about every street corner, and the juxtaposition of ancient stone and contemporary architecture never fails to leave an impression. Depending on the time of your flight’s arrival, you may have the opportunity to explore the local markets before spending your first night in Nepal at your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Thamel Park
  • Meal: Breakfast (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

During your second day in Kathmandu, you’ll have the chance to meet with the Alpine Ramble Treks team and learn more about your upcoming adventure. We’ll go over our itinerary and take a refresher course on some basic mountaineering skills in order to prepare ourselves to climb Island Peak. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the city at your leisure. Don’t miss the enormous Buddhist stupas known as Boudhanath and Swayambhunath before visiting the temples and historic monuments at the world-famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. The markets and shops of Thamel are great places to shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and curios, and the local food scene in Kathmandu is bursting with incredible flavors. All told, your first full day in Nepal’s capital city will be nothing short of a feast for the senses—and this is only the beginning. This evening, you’ll spend a second night at your hotel before setting out for the mountains tomorrow morning.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Thamel Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Our day begins with a brief flight from Kathmandu to Lukla: the gateway to the Everest region, or the Khumbu. The flight is short, but the views you’ll enjoy from the airplane window are nothing short of phenomenal. The Khumbu represents the country’s most spectacular alpine landscape, and many of the best treks in Nepal start right here in Lukla. After our plane touches down, we’ll meet up with our friendly Sherpa porters and set out for Island Peak. The beginning of our hike mirrors the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, leading across long suspension bridges, passing through little mountain villages, and bringing us to the town of Phakding after approximately three hours of trekking. When you’re trekking in Nepal, you’ll usually be staying in comfortable family-owned teahouses or trekking lodges. We’ll pick out the best available option and enjoy a home-cooked meal before spending the night here in Phakding.

  • Accommodation: Khumbu Lodge/ Azalia Hotel
  • Hiking Hrs: 3-4 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 2,800m/9,187ft

Our first full day of hiking on the way to Island Peak will bring us to one of the most important landmarks in the entirety of the Khumbu: Namche Bazaar. This sprawling town is cradled within a bowl of vast Himalayan mountains, and it once served as a vital trading hub for travelers carrying goods and supplies over dangerous alpine passes. Today, the town is better known as a stopping point for trekkers and mountain climbers, and there are plenty of tasty bakeries and quirky pubs where travelers are welcome. But first, we have to get there—and it’ll take us about five hours of trekking from Phakding to arrive. We’ll start by climbing along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, treading through the dappled shade of pine forests, and ascending to ridgelines with breathtaking mountain views. When we arrive in Namche Bazaar, we’ll settle in at our trekking lodge and make ourselves at home—we’ll be spending the next two nights in Khumbu’s most important town.

  • Accommodation: Skaura/ Alpine Lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 6-7 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Before we can climb Island Peak, we need to allow ourselves the time necessary to acclimate to the high altitudes of the Himalayas. Today is therefore reserved as a rest day, where you can take the time to enjoy the splendid scenery and engaging cultural attractions of Namche Bazaar. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to sit idly: there’s always a trek in Nepal for the traveler who wants to stay active. The day hikes around Namche are especially interesting. We can ascend to the Hotel Everest View for an excellent alpine panorama of Everest, Thamserku, and Taboche; by any metric, this is one of the finest views in the Khumbu. We can also visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung monastery during our excursion, learning more about the religious and cultural traditions of the Sherpa people who call this region home. However you choose to spend the day, we’ll return to our guesthouse in the evening to spend a second night here in Namche.

  • Accommodation: Sakura/ Alpine Lodge
  • Hiking time: 2 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

After breakfast this morning, we’ll continue our journey to Island Peak by striking even deeper into the mountains of the Khumbu. To get started, we’ll trek beneath the overhanging boughs of aromatic pines and climb mountain switchbacks to earn unbelievable views of the true giants of the Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. From here, we’ll descend to cross a high suspension bridge leading off into another evergreen forest, reaching Tengboche after about five hours on the trail. The town is perhaps best known for its important historic monastery, the largest of its kind in the entire region. The mountainside locale of this Buddhist gompa is spectacular enough, but the beautiful artistry of its interior statuary and murals has to be seen to be believed. When we arrive in Tengboche, we’ll get checked in at a local trekking lodge and spend the rest of our day exploring the monastery and the town itself.

  • Accommodation: Himalaya/ Buddha Lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 3,870m/12,697ft

As we travel further across the Khumbu, we’ll tread ever closer to the heights of Island Peak. The double summits of Ama Dablam will serve as our constant companions throughout today’s hike, beckoning us ever-forward as our path winds through conifer forests and past the little mountain towns of Deboche and Pangboche. If the monastery at Tengboche has whetted your appetite to learn more about Buddhist culture, ask your guide about the nunneries and gompas that can be visited throughout the course of the day’s hike. Another of today’s highlights is our ascent above the alpine tree line. From here, the altitude and weather prevent the growth of large trees and shrubs: this is real mountain territory. It’s here that we’ll find Pheriche, a small collection of guesthouses and homes laid across a broad Himalayan valley of astonishing beauty. After checking in at our lodge, we’ll enjoy a hot meal and watch the sunset over the mighty peaks of the Khumbu.

  • Accommodation: Local trkeking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 4,360m/14,305ft

Before we get the chance to climb Island Peak, we’ll find ourselves on the approach to Everest Base Camp. Our route continues in that direction today, departing from Pheriche and trekking further into an entire world of colossal mountains with permanently frozen summits. With the tree line far behind us now, our journey will be characterized by barren rock, snow-crusted trails, and blistering winds. But our rewards on the trail to climb Island Peak are worth the struggle—the Himalayan views we’ll earn today are better than ever, especially as we begin to climb the rocky moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We’ll stop for lunch and a brief rest at Dughla before making the final push for today’s hike. As we approach our destination of Lobuche, we’ll stop to pay our respects at a memorial chorten honoring those climbers who have perished on the slopes of Everest over the years. When we arrive in Lobuche, we’ll check in at our guesthouse and enjoy the evening at our leisure.

  • Accommodation: Local trkeking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: (4,910 m/16,105 ft)

Are you ready to visit Everest Base Camp for yourself? This is the holy grail of trekking in Nepal, and it’s almost within your grasp. To get there, we’ll set out from Lobuche and continue following the line of the Khumbu Glacier, treading carefully on scree-covered ridges before arriving at the community of Gorak Shep. We’ll be returning here this evening, so we’ll pick out a comfortable teahouse and drop off some of our bags before tackling the final stretch to base camp. When we arrive at this busy climbing hub with its iconic yellow shelters, jubilant hikers, and determined mountaineers, you’ll feel an overwhelming sense of achievement. After celebrating our accomplishments and taking plenty of photos, we’ll turn around and return to Gorak Shep over the course of another three hours. When you retire for the evening in your trekking lodge, you’ll have successfully reached Everest Base Camp—but Island Peak still waits on the trail ahead.

  • Accommodation: Local trkeking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 5,364m/17,599ft

Now that we’ve reached the heart of Khumbu, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying the best views of any trek in Nepal. We’ll set out in the very early hours of the morning today, shouldering our day packs and grabbing our headlamps before the sun rises over the mountains. Our destination is Kala Patthar: a magnificent mountaintop vantage point situated at 5,644 meters in elevation. Reaching the viewpoint is a matter of climbing some steep switchbacks over the course of about two hours, and we’ll time our arrival to coincide with the morning sunrise. With the first light of day breaking across the gilded peaks of Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse, you’ll have front-row tickets to what might just be the greatest spectacle in the Himalayas. After enjoying the show, we’ll make the descent from Kala Patthar and begin our trek to Chhukung. This is a small village even by the standards of the Khumbu, and we’ll get there by retracing our steps to Lobuche and then climbing up and over the mountain pass of Kongma La (5,535 meters). When we arrive after several hours of hiking, we’ll be more than ready for a good night’s rest!

  • Accommodation: Local trkeking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 4,730m/15,519ft

Before we can make the final approach to Island Peak, we’ll need to spend another day adjusting to the exceptionally high altitude here at Chhukung. Fortunately, there are plenty of day hikes we can use to pass the time. Foremost amongst our options must be the mountain viewpoint of Chhukung Ri. Not unlike Kala Patthar, this minor summit offers a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan summits at sunrise: Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam are the stars of today’s show. We can also make a detour to get a better look at some of the frozen lakes that you likely glimpsed during yesterday’s descent from Kongma La. Of course, there’s no shame in taking a rest day, either—the friendly villagers in Chhukung will be happy to chat with you, and the magnificent views you’ll enjoy from town are their own reward. Whichever option you choose, you’re sure to feel the thrill of building anticipation: tomorrow, we’ll stand at the foot of Island Peak.

  • Accommodation: Local trkeking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 2-3 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 4,730m/15,519ft

Are you ready to climb Island Peak at long last? We’ll set out from Chhukung after a fortifying breakfast, trekking south as our path ascends, twisting and turning towards the east in the direction of Lhotse’s massive glacier. We’ll travel amongst low-lying scrub, treading beneath the outstretched shadows of towering Himalayan peaks and walking near the frozen shores of the glacial Imja Tsho lakes before reaching Island Peak Base Camp after about three or four hours. Once we’ve put up our tents and set aside our packs, we’ll take some time to relax and enjoy a casual meal. During the remainder of the afternoon, we’ll practice the proper use of our climbing equipment. While technical skills aren’t generally required for climbing Imja Tse, some familiarity with basic mountaineering techniques will be important in the event that we encounter inclement weather or unexpected conditions on the trail.

  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Hiking Duration: 2-3 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 5,200m/17,061ft

Now that we’re standing at the base of Island Peak, our goal is nearly within reach. But Imja Tse sits at an elevation of 6,189 meters above sea level: this is extreme altitude, and we’ll spend one more day at base camp to acclimatize before making our approach to the summit. As usual, there are a few different ways we can stay active today. While we passed near the alpine lakes known as Imja Tsho yesterday, we can get an even better look at them now. Depending on the route we took on the previous day, the frozen surface of the lakes may have been partially hidden by some low hills. We’ll make an acclimatization hike over these hills to reach the lakeshore today, where we’ll make a point to sit in silence and listen to the otherworldly stretching and cracking of the ice. We’ll also get in some more practice with our climbing gear. Your expert team from Alpine Ramble Treks will make sure you’re fully comfortable with the techniques and equipment at your disposal before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s climb.

  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 5,200m/17,061ft

We’ve come a long way to climb Island Peak, and our big day has come at last. We’ll get an early start in an effort to make the summit by sunrise. Our ascent starts easily enough, but we’ll soon need to trek with crampons and ropes as we climb nearer to the peak of Imja Tse. As always, heed your guide’s advice: we may encounter crevasses as we approach the summit, and safety is our number one priority. As the light of morning brightens the sky, we’ll soon see the very top of Island Peak rising above the scenery like the crest of a frozen wave breaking across an endless sea of ice.

Our final push to this spectacular summit will require us to surmount a steep headwall using ropes and jumars—but we’ll proceed at a slow and steady pace, ensuring that we reach the summit of Imja Tse in excellent condition. When we arrive, we’ll celebrate our incredible accomplishments, take plenty of photographs, and enjoy the mind-blowing panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas. From here, it’ll take us two or three hours to return to base camp and another three or four hours to reach Chhukung, where we’ll spend the night.

  • Accommodation: Local trekking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 10-12 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 6,189m/20,306ft

We’ve got another long day ahead of us, but we’ll be trekking in the warm afterglow of our successful ascent to the summit of Island Peak. Today’s trail leads all the way back to Namche Bazaar, beginning our descent from the heights of Khumbu’s wildest places. After about an hour of walking, we’ll reach Dingboche, another of the region’s most well-known and charming villages. Our path continues from here, bringing us back to Tengboche about a week after we last passed through the town. We’ll stop for lunch, enjoying the scenery and ambiance of this splendid alpine community—you’ll also have one last chance to visit the exceptional Tengboche monastery. Then it’s onward to Namche, retracing our steps and arriving at our destination in the afternoon. We’ll get checked in at our guesthouse and spend the rest of the day at our leisure. Make sure to sample the goods at one of Namche’s famous bakeries—after climbing Island Peak, you deserve it!

  • Accommodation: Local trekking lodge
  • Hiking Duration: 8-9 hrs approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Included)
  • Max. Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

We’ve traveled this road before, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that the trail doesn’t hold any surprises for you. Life in the Himalayas is beautifully unpredictable, and never moreso than when you’re exploring on foot. As we tread the boards of hanging bridges and walk in the spray of cascading waterfalls, marvelous photographic opportunities will present themselves around every corner. And because we’re now trekking downhill, our progress will be that much faster—but that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. We’ll descend slowly and carefully in order to minimize the impact on our knees, relying upon our trekking poles and taking plenty of breaks to appreciate the pastoral scenery amongst the alpine villages of Phakding, Monjo, and Jorsale before finally arriving in Lukla. After settling in at our lodge and getting a well-deserved shower, we’ll have one final celebratory dinner with our trekking team to recognize our accomplishments in climbing Island Peak.

  • Accommodation: Local trekking lodge
  • Hiking Duration:7-8 hrs approx
  • Max. Altitude: 2,800m/9,187ft

Now that we’ve successfully climbed Island Peak and descended from the heights of Nepal’s Khumbu region, it’s time to return to Kathmandu. Our morning flight will only take about half an hour, but it offers one last glimpse of the length and breadth of Nepal’s highest mountains. While it may seem hard to believe, we stood at the top of one of those Himalayan peaks just a few short days ago—and that’s an accomplishment worth bragging about. When our plane touches down in the Kathmandu Valley at last, we’ll get checked in at our hotel. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the markets of the bustling Thamel neighborhood, purchase any last souvenirs of your trek in Nepal, and enjoy a decadent meal bursting with local flavor in one of the city’s many fine restaurants.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Thamel Park
  • Flight time: 30 m
  • Meals: Breakfast (Included)
  • Max. Altitude:1,350m/4,429ft

After more than two weeks in the mountains, it’s time to bid farewell to the high Himalayas and the enchanting Kathmandu Valley. We’ll bring you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your outgoing flight today. Thank you for choosing Alpine Ramble Treks—we hope that you’ve had an unforgettable adventure while climbing Island Peak, and we trust that the memories you’ve made on the summit of Imja Tse will endure for a lifetime. When you’re ready for another trek in Nepal, we’ll be here to welcome you with open arms.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Thamel Park
  • Meals: Breakfast (Included)

Trip inclusion

  • Airport Transfer on arrival and departures for both international and domestic. 
  • Meals on a full board basis; Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner during the trek and climbing 
  • One experienced trekking guide with his salary, food, accommodations, transfer, insurance, etc. 
  • 1- Experienced climbing  guide (1 guide + 2 climbers ratio/) for a solo traveler it is a private guide at the same cost)
  • Khumbu Municipality community fee 
  • All the Climbing permits
  • Fee for Garbage Deposit 
  • Trekking permits 
  • Camping Equipment (kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair, and kitchen utensils
  • Teahouses or trekking lodges during the trek
  • Rental-Free Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag
  • Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, etc.
  • Round-trip flight from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with applicable taxes
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars, crackers, cookies, etc.
  • Seasonal available fresh fruits 
  • ART's Certificate of appreciations after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional performances
  • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free hiking T-shirt, and route map.
  • Oximeter to monitor the heartbeat and oxygen level in the high-altitude areas
  • Comprehensive first aid box including Diomox etc.
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance is arranged in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses

 

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Surplus luggage charges for domestic airport
  • Additional costs by out of management control due to the landscape, weather conditions, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical conditions, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, wifi, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Tips for guide and staffs

Trip Info

 

Foods (Meals)

Trekking in the Himalayas is an amazing adventure experience of a lifetime, for multiple days of trekking, we obviously need a solid diet and hygienic foods to keep us strong and energized. As we trek in the mountain our body obviously needs a good level of dieting foods like protein and carbohydrates to maintain our fitness level for the trekking. However, the meal on this trek is very handy but it might be slightly different in size/taste than it is in city areas.

During the trek, we have a pretty wide selection of food items on the tea houses menus which are originated and prepared by the local community, the names of the most common meals of the region as given below.

Common Breakfast options - Tibetan Breads (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named Gurung bread in the Annapurna area), Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey, and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano

Common Lunch options – different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

Common Dinner options- Momos (dumplings) different verity of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapatti bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a verity of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.

At the tea houses, the menu has plenty of non-veg items mentioned but officially any of the meats are not on our list of recommendations because the meat in the mountain such as in high areas is not sanitary and healthy. However, we would like to persuade you to avoid taking meat, Alcoholic drinks, and smoking.

 

Deseret and Snack options,- Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruit snicker/ mars bar, popcorn, cake, pastries, etc.

 

Hot Drink options – Varieties of hot drinks like black/milk coffees, black/mint/ginger/Green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, etc.)

 

Note; you will be staying for 2 nights in tents with the basic meals at the base camp before we climb to the peak. 

Water

Everest region has many shops or even tea houses you will easily be found the regular bottle of mineral water to buy, also we have plenty of water sources along the way, refilling the water from random taps or water source is potable but it will be fine to drink with a Lifetraw or using the water purification pills. Remember, water is one of the most important factors while trekking at such a high altitude and it might be replaced as oxygen – at least 2-4 L water per day is recommended.

 

Accommodation facts

Accommodations on the mountain are very simple in tea hoses. The rooms typically have only 2- 3 single beds with nice and warm blankets, pillows, comfortable matrices, attached bathrooms (not everywhere), and nice views. However, a single private room will be provided during the trek without any extra cost for solo female travelers.

During the trek, we will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries.

 

NOTE: Kathmandu has a large range of luxury stars hotel offers to select for your stay. However, we will also be pleased to be part of this help to make the reservations for the 4 and 5-star hotel booking as well on request.

 

Passport and Visa

If you are traveling to Nepal you need to have a visa to enter Nepal. However, the arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu where you can simply get an On Arrival Visa” and you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

You will be charged $40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to the forefingers except for Chinese and Indian. For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you do not need a visa (Free Visa)!

 

Best Time to Lobuche Peak Climbing 

Choose the best month for your remarkable trekking experience of a lifetime! Nepal has five seasons like many other countries; spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. Among all these seasons there is mainly two distinct trekking season for Island Peak Climb with EBC - 17 Days or any region treks in Nepal which are autumn and spring.

Spring (Pre-monsoon) – Spring includes Feb, March, April, and May, the weather in this month is largely stable and dry with a moderate climate. This time of the year is fairly perfect for trekking in the Everest region offers a crystal clear view of the mountains and sceneries every day, the Temperature can reach up to 15- 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime and the temperature at the nighttime can drop down to - 8/12 degrees Celsius. The spring welcomes thousands of flora and vegetation that make the trek more beautiful and enjoyable in Nepal.

 

Autumn (Post monsoon)- Autumn is another great season for trekking on Island Pe, Autumn includes the months of September, October, November, and December. During the autumn, the temperatures should be rated as between 14-20 degrees in the daytime, and nighttime can decrease to -5/10 degrees Celsius, it’s great for trekking.

 

Travel Insurance

In Safety reasons, Travel insurance is mandatory for trekkers participating in any trek and tour programs on the mountains. Getting travel insurance, especially while traveling in the mountain areas is like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries. We highly recommend getting good compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, and medical evacuation expenses it will be assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything things that may go wrong.

Safety and Satisfactions

SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY- NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES.

On this trek, you will be accompanied by one of the experienced and friendly trekking guides/ Sherpa who originally comes from the mountain (same region) of Nepal, the guide will be carrying all the essentials equipment with a first aid kit for safety reasons; we would like you to take some of your own personal mediation on this trek. However, in emergency cases, if our clients have any trouble with mountain sickness or any unforeseen circumstances then we will always be standing by to send a rescue helicopter to bring our clients back to lower places or Kathmandu.

Note: During the trek, make sure you are always in the safe zone of the place wherever you are while trekking on the mountain because you may encounter a number of mules, yaks are carrying the suppliers for hotels, Yaks Donkey and Jokpa use for the major transportations in the Himalayas region, as we always need to be aware with them, and stay at the safe place, especially at the narrow section of the trail.

 

Responsible tourism

Our experienced field staff/team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local culture and environment. We would like to follow the important role of following the rules.

  • please respect the local people and their laws, custom, and their beliefs

  • Please always ask your guides for permission before doing something in the local community.
  • please support the keep environment clean, wherever you would travel and dispose of rubbish
  • Please help the local community to encourage the positive sides of tourism as long as possible.
  • We at Alpine Ramble Treks are involved in the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organize eco-friendly trips that teach to make the sustainable positive environmentally sensitive of both travelers and communities.

 

Transportations

Alpine Ramble provides all the necessary transportation for your trip including free arrival and departure transportation services. On your arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our airport representative with a traditional flower then you will be reassigned to the respective Hotel. Similarly, we will also provide private vehicles for the city tour like Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nagarkot Sunrise View tour, or any others in Nepal on request.

 

Booking and payment process

Alpine Ramble Treks (P) Ltd. is a government-authorized and registered trekking and adventure operator based in Nepal. The company registered number is 178805/074/075. We are also associated with various local and international tourism associations, therefore, any adventure-interested persons are heartily welcome to be booked and be part of our family now, we treat you as family members while traveling with us. we called Mountain family, home away from home with us.

To process a trip booking with us, you're required to deposit 10 % of the full trip cost in advance to the prior of time to make sure all the reservations such as Hotels, guides, trekking permits, transportation, etc. The remaining of payment can be easily made to us on your arrival by credit card or in cash - cash would be much appreciated. At the same time, we would also like to request you to send us all your documents such as passport, travel insurance copies, and flight details at the time of booking.

 

Extra personal expenses

During the trek, all your foods are included in the package (Lunch, Breakfast, and Dinner with hot drinks), the foods will be served as per the package program and besides that, any personal and Barbier bills would be extra.

 

Last-minute booking

The last-minute booking can be made by any interested travelers a day before the trip gets started. Moreover, the payment should be made 100% if you are booking this for the last minute and the booking can be made directly through the online form or, by sending us an email, messages on Whatsapp, or by calling. But, Last minute booking may not be acceptable for Bhutan and Tibet trips.

 

Climbing Gears 

Climbing/ Mountaineering Gears
Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer (Asender) , Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Clothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two-way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sunglasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottles, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knives, raincoats, Satellite Phones, Altimeter

We look forward to experiencing this trip with you in the land of the mighty mountains, and the place of Lord Gautama Buddha