Island Peak trek takes into the high valleys of the Khumbu region to the Eastern part of Nepal. This trek provides magnificent views of the tremendous Khumbu peaks as acclimatize for the trekking ahead. And also, have the opportunity of conquering Imjatse Peak (6200 m). This trip offers you not only enchanting views of Mt, Everest (8848m.) Lhotse (8516m) Amadablam (6856m.) and numerous others peaks; draws your attention towards monasteries and traditional Sherpa villages. Such a massive glance of the Himalayan peaks can create in you a pleasant wave of internal felicity.
Our adventure begins with a short flight to Lukla and two days of easy walking to Namche Bazaar. On the way up, there is also time to explore this magnificent valley towards the fourth and fifth lake and submit some of the nameless peaks, for the best view of Everest in the whole of the Khumbu Valley. Our camp at Gorakshep (5160 m) provides time to walk up to Kalapattar (5545 m) for the classic views of Everest’s Southwest face, Lhotse, Nuptse and Khumbu icefall. Whilst, Imjatese peak is within the capabilities of any fit and determined hill walker but it can be demanding and it requires some basic climbing experience. The trek descends through the Khumbu classic route via Tyangboche, Namche, to Lukla to fly back to Katmandu the following day.
- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- 3 night Hotel (3 star standard) in Kathmandu on b/b basis
- Peak permit fee of Island Peak, Sagarmatha National park fee and all applicable permits
- Camping Equipments - Tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Mattresses for trekking and climbing period
- Twin sharing accommodation at guest house or lodge at trek
- Food : 3 times meals a day during trekking and Peak climbing period, tea and coffees
- Staff: 4 clients : 1 climbing guide , 2 Cook, Cook assistance, helper and necessary porters
- Salary, daily allowances and insurance for Nepali
- Round trip flight : Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu, airport tax & cargo clearance
- Sightseeing at as itinerary, 1 tour guide, includes entrance fees.
- Welcome & farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant.
- International flights tickets, departure taxes and visa
- Lunch and dinner during stay in Kathmandu (if not mentioned)
- Personal trekking and climbing equipment
- Expenses of personal nature :Bar and beverage bills, telephone calls etc
- Medical expenses
- Rescue evacuation (if required)
- Tips for Nepali staffs
- Any other items not mention above
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Everest Cho La Pass and Everest trek demands previous experience and walking over the passes on snow taking you into the heart of the mountains
Pikey Cultural Trekking will take you to Pikey Dada (4,065m), one of the tallest hills of Solukhumbu region. The name Pikey is derived from the name
Rolwaling Khumbu Trekking provides an experience of the remote places near to the Tibetan border, west of the Khumbu region and just south of the
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Dudh Kunda trekking is unique and popular trekking trail which provide an insider's look at the high mountains in Solu Khumbu region. Although, less high
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The beauty of its mountains and hospitality and warmth of its Sherpa people are legendary. From the beginning the mountains dominate AS we fly along
Everest Panorama trek is also known as Tengboche trek; which offers you panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Mt
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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m).
Arrival in Kathmandu. You’ll meet Ramdung Expedition guide at airport and taken to your hotel. If time allows you will have time to visit some Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting local traditions.O/N Hotel.
Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Visit Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu durbar square, Swayambhunath temple is said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock and offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. O/N Hotel.
DAY 03 FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA (2800M) AND TREK TILL PHAKDING (2652m.)
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek to Phakding. Early in the morning you will be driven from hotel to Kathmandu airport, after 30 minutes spectacular flight you will land to Lukla airport (2800m.).You begin your trek to Phakding (2652m.) and you walk for about 2 and half to 3 hrs. While trekking, you head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding (2652m.) O/N Lodge
DAY 04 TREK PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about 5 to 5 and a half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri, Tawache peak. O/N Lodge
DAY 05 REST DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. O/N Lodge
DAY 06 TREK NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TYANGBOCHE (3850M)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.) and it takes almost 5 hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now, you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making your trek exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. O/N Lodge
DAY 07 TREK TYANGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4350M)
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m.) which takes about 4 and a half hours to 5 hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests as the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings us to Dingboche. O/N Lodge
DAY 08 REST FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 09 TREK DINGBOCHE TO CHHUKUNG (4730M)
Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) which it takes about 2 and a half hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhuking.
DAY 10 TREK CHHUKUNG TO ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP (5087M)
Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) which it takes about three hours. You trek through gradual ascent path all the way to Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak and many others. O/N Camping
DAY 11-12 CLIMBING PERIOD OF ISLAND PEAK (6189M)
Climb to Island Peak (6189m.) Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here, it is time to rope up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully airy and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more dramatic mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp. O/N Camping
DAY 13 TREK ISLAND BASE CAMP TO CHHUKUNG
Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Chhukung which takes about three hours. O/N Lodge
DAY 14 TREK CHHUKUNG TO PANGBOCHE (3985M)
Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3985m.) After descending along the trail to Chhukung, we continue on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where we'll stay at lodge for overnight. O/N Lodge
DAY 15 TREK PANGBOCHE TO KHUMJUNG (3790M)
Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung (3790m.) and it takes about six hours. In the beginning you trek gradual down path and after crossing Phortse Tenga you trek through steep ascent path up to Mongla and then gradual down to Khumjung. O/N Lodge
DAY 16 TREK KHUMJUNG TO MONJO
Trek Khumjung to Monjo which takes about five hours. All the way you walk downwards. En route, you pass Namche Bazaar. O/N Lodge
DAY 17 TREK MONJO TO LUKLA (2800M)
Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m) and it takes about 3 hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience. O/N Lodge
DAY 19 FLY FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. O/N Hotel
DAY 20 CONTINGENCY DAY
Today is full leisure day. You can either visit some World heritage sites in Kathmandu or do shopping of souvenirs and soon to take back to your home. O/N Hotel
DAY 21 TRIP ENDS, FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport as per your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Ramdung Expedition will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
While on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN KATHMANDU-LUKLA
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Kathmandu at beginning of the trip due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.
Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average. It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant. While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on. It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February. The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Water bottle Toiletries
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.
DAY 01- ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
DAY 02 - SIGHTSEEING AND PREPARATION DAY
DAY 03 - FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA (2800M) AND TREK TILL HAKDING (2652m.)
DAY 04 - TREK PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)
DAY 05 - REST DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 06 - TREK NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TYANGBOCHE (3850M)
DAY 07 - TREK TYANGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4350M)
DAY 08 - REST FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
DAY 09 - TREK DINGBOCHE TO CHHUKUNG (4730M)
DAY 10 - TREK CHHUKUNG TO ISLAND PEAK BASE CAMP (5087M)
DAY 11-12 - CLIMBING PERIOD OF ISLAND PEAK (6189M)
DAY 13 - TREK ISLAND BASE CAMP TO CHHUKUNG
DAY 14 - TREK CHHUKUNG TO PANGBOCHE (3985M)
DAY 15 - TREK PANGBOCHE TO KHUMJUNG (3790M)
DAY 16 - TREK KHUMJUNG TO MONJO
DAY 17 - TREK MONJO TO LUKLA (2800M)
DAY 19 - FLY FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
DAY 20 - CONTINGENCY DAY
DAY 21 - TRIP ENDS, DEPARTURE AND FAREWELL.