Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing - 24 Days

Everest High Passes Trekking and Island Peak Climbing is for a climber and trekker like you, who loves to climb the easiest peak of Everest Region, and who wants to cross passes, such as Kongma La (5,535 m), Cho La (5,300 m), and Renzola La (5,340 m). Finally, you summit Island Peak (6,187 m) within 1 day or within 2 days, depending on mountain weather condition. Moreover, Everest High Passes Trekking and Island Peak Climbing takes you to the famous viewpoints, such as Gokyo Ri, and Kalapathar, which offers the satisfying view of the mountains, such as Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, and Lhotse.

Of all the treks that take place in Everest Region, Everest High Passes Trekking and Island Peak Climbing is challenging because of its three passes. This trekking and climbing also includes a walk in the moving glacier and the spectacular and stunning view of Ngozumpa, the largest glacier of the Himalayas. It also takes you to Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa village of Nepal, to Tengboche monastery, the most beautiful monastery of Everest Region, to Gokyo, the most beautiful village of Everest Region, and to the Sagarmatha National Park, an important bird area declared by Bird Life International.

Crossing the Renzo La Pass is exciting, you also see the Renjo Lake. Passing the Cho La Pass, you head off to Lobuche, see Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur mountains and then you reach Everest Base Camp. From the Kongma La Pass, you see the dramatic views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kongtega, and glacial Lakes and head off to Chukkung and to Island Peak Base Camp. On the way to Chukkung, you see a grand view of Ama Dablam, the world’s beautiful mountain, dominating the skyline. This view is so impressive that you find Everest High Passes Trekking and Island Peak Climbing rewarding, satisfying, challenging, and fulfilling.

Day 1

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight at a Hotel

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2800 m). Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 4

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5

Trek to Thame (3,820 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6

Trek to Lungden (4,470 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Cross Renjo La Pass (5,340 m) and Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8

Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,438 m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 9

Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 10

Cross Cho La Pass (5,300 m) then Trek to Dzongla (4710 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 11

Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) then Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 m) Back to Gorak Shep - 8 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then Back to Lobuche (4910 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 14

Cross the Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Chukkung (4, 710 m ) - 7 hrs. Stay overnight at a guesthouse

Day 15

Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp

Day 16

Acclimatization Day. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp

Day 17 and 18

Reach the Summit of Island peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chhukung (4,710 m) - 13 hrs. Stay overnight at a guesthouse

Day 19

Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 5 hrs . Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 20

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 21

Trek to Lukla (2,800 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 22

Morning Flight to Kathmandu - 35 mins. Stay Overnight at a Hotel

Day 23

Leisure Day in Kathmandu. Farewell Dinner in Traditional Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Program. Stay Overnight at a Hotel

Day 24

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain Flight over the Himalayas
  • Glaciated Dudh Kosi River (Milky River)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest Sherpa Village of Nepal
  • Summer Settlements, Gokyo Lake
  • Ngozumpa Glacier - The Largest Glacier of the Himalayas
  • Renzo La Pass
  • A Beautiful Gokyo village - One of the Highest settlements of the world
  • Gokyo Ri, one of the Best Vantage Points in the World to see the most Satisfying and Stunning View of 8000 m peaks, Mt. Everest, Cho - Oyu, and Makalu
  • Cho La Pass
  • The most Satisfying View of the World's Beautiful Mountain - Ama Dablam
  • Kalapathar, the most Accessible Viewpoint in the World to see Mt. Everest
  • Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Kongma La Pass
  • Island Peak Summit
  • Tengboche Monastery, the Stunning Monastery of the Everest Region
  • Day 1 Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he/she will be displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

    Note: We will organise your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2Fly to Lukla (2,800 m), and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)- 3 hrsIn the morning, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, where we will introduce you to your porters. Now, you start a trek by following your guide and descending to the Dudh Kosi River, you pass through the village, called Ghat on the way to Phakding (2,610 m).

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Phakding
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) – 6 hrsAfter breakfast, you trek along the bank of the Dudh Kosi River, cross this river many times by the suspension bridges and see the spectacular view of mountains and valleys as you head off to Namche, which has lots of restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, bakeries, and internet cafes. It is the largest village in the Everest Region.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche BazaarToday, you enjoy a short trek up to Syangboche Airport, which offers the view of Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Kamtega, Amadalam, Tawache Peak, Khumbila (Holy Peak). From Everest View Hotel, you can see a panoramic view of Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Tawachwe, Khumbila, Island Peak, and Everest.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5Trek to Thame (3,820 m) – 5 hrsToday, you trek along the glacial water of the Dudh Kosi River to Tengboche, seeing the magnificent view of mountains. Inside Tengboche Monsatery, there is an incredible ornate a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, musical instruments and robes of the Buddhist Religious Leaders.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Thame
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Trek to Lungden (4,470 m) – 5 hrsWe descend for half an hour to the river side through forests and cross the river. Trekking up towards the opposite side of the hill, the land starts to become more dry and desert-like. We cross a traditional and cultural sherpa village, called Panboche where we can observe the daily activities of the Sherpas. After this, we make a gradual climb towards a small hill and to a wide mountain valley called Pheriche, situated by the river.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lungden
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7 Cross Renzo La Pass (5,340 m) and Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 7 hrsToday, we have to start at the dawn. After 3 hours, you reach the Renjo La, which offers a vista of mountains, such as the Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. As you continue walking from the pass, you will come across the winding trail of stones staircase, loose scree and a small lake. Along the trail, you will see Relama Tsho and the Renjo Lake. You also walk through a narrow valley and giant boulders. You walk for an hour from Lumde to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi River.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gokyo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,438 m) and Back to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5 hrs. In the morning, you will climb a steep trail to reach the top of Gokyo Ri, which offers the stunning view of the Gokyo valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gokyo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) – 4 hrsToday, you will cross the moving glaciers. The trekking trail is flat most of the time. From Thangna, you can see a stunning view of Pheri Lepcha Mountain, standing right in-front.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Thangna
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10 Cross the Cho La Pass (5,300 m) and then trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) – 6 hrsYou start before sunrise between 4 A.M to 5 A.M to reach the pass by 9 A.M to 10 A.M to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. You cross over at an altitude of 5,300 m where you could be exposed to strong winds if you are late. You start to climb steep region that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered with snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then you descend to Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room because of its remoteness.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Dzongla
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 4 hrsToday’s walk is beautiful under the towering peaks of Awi (black rock) and the snowy face of the North face of Cho-La Tse.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lobuche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) and hike up to Kalapathar (5,555 m) – 8 hrsCross the Kangri Nup Glacier and the trekking trail rises constantly up and down, probably more ups and downs on the glacial moraine. The hike up to Kalapathar is rewarding, for it offers the views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Shagatse and of course down valley, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, and Thamserku.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Gorak Shep
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and back to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 6 hrsThe walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lobuche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14 Cross the Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Chukung (4,750 m) – 7 hrsYou start before sunrise between 4 to 5 a.m. to reach the pass by 9 – 10 a.m and to dodge the bad weather conditions of the noontime. You really enjoy the remoteness of the area, as well as, the beauty of nature. You can go via any of these trails: the hill northwest of Chhukung or the moraine of Nuptse Glacier or down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola (river). After walking for some time, you see great view of Island Peak valley, as well as the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, you turn off west.
    Note: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If you do not want to go through a strenuous Kongma La pass and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, you will get an option.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Chhukung
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) – 4 hrsFrom Chukung, you will take 3 hrs to reach the base of Island Peak.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Island Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16 Acclimatization day. Before submitting the peak it is important to acclimatize. So, we are going to rest, acclimatize today and get prepared for summit.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp in Island Base Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17 & 18Reach the summit of Island peak (6,187 m) and return to Chhukung (4,710 m) – 13 hrsAce Holidays has allowed two days to climb Island Peak, although you probably do not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb is decided by your climbing leader, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions, and other factors. Your climbing sherpa/guide provide you a pre ice climbing training to make you skillful on using climbing gears, such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons etc. Generally you rest in the morning and after lunch you ascend from the Base Camp to the High Camp (5,700 m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the snowline. The following morning you leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between 6 to 9 hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. Your climbing guide fixes a rope on the summit headwall for safe ascending and descending. Although it is not a technically difficult climb, the snow slopes are crevassed and the headwall is reasonably steep. To reach the summit, you need both will power and stamina, but the incredible feeling of achievement, that is, on the top of this 6,000 m giant remains a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of smaller peaks. Given good conditions, you should be able to descend back to Chhukhung from the summit.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Chhukhung
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 19Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hrsLeaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche. You cross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tengboche
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 20Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) – 5 hrsFrom Tengboche we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea, we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here, the trail contours high above the valley to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Namche Bazaar
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 21Trek to Lukla (2,800 m) – 7 hrsThis is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. The afternoon is free, so you can wander, relax and enjoy a hot shower.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Lukla
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 22Morning flight back to Kathmandu – 35 minsOn your flight back to Kathmandu, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 23Leisure Day in KathmanduTake a walk in the streets of Thamel and stroll in Basantapur area. If you are interested in Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start by hiring Ace Holidays.(Day 23 is also a spare day just in case a flight get cancelled from Lukla). In the evening you will have farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural program.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 24Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for DepartureToday is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, we do everything to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Flight Delays in Lukla

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such a case, Ace Holidays will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500 m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000 m, according to Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be USD 500 and maximum USD 1500 depending on the number of group members.

Arrival and Departure Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport. Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. BUT PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. There will be many local boys wanting to help with your luggage for a fee. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should not be encouraged. Ace Holidays will not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport. Accommodation and Food Accommodation includes rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. During the trek we accommodate you in guesthouses and occasionally dormitory style in the remote Mountains. All the accommodation in hotels and guesthouse will be on twin sharing basis. The guesthouses basically are clean and provides basic facilities. You may bring your own sleeping bag, but Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jacket which should be returned after the trek. At Island Peak Base Camp, accommodation includes a tented camp. You can purchase the meals from the guesthouses easily. Most guesthouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, and desserts. You’ll find a lot of garlic on the menu, as it helps you to acclimatize against thin air. In many larger villages, you may find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, hot lemon drinks, soft drinks, and sweets. During the trek, you have to take meals in the same guesthouse, where you have checked – in, but lunch can be ordered anywhere on the trail. During the climbing, you will be provided typical Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, and Chinese foods. All these foods will be cooked by the cooks of Ace Holidays. A Typical Day on the Trail You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you start a trek. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before you reach your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once you arrive in your tea house, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, a tea or coffee. If you are so inclined to natural beauty then you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into your rooms, you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers or your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You can also give breakfast order, which allows you to have everything ready for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Ace Holidays' Sherpas love to teach you various Nepali card games. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m. On the Island peak climbing day depending on the weather condition you leave very early between 2 AM to 5 AM for the final climb to the summit. This may take between six to nine hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. The climbing guide will lead the climb and you will follow him on the fixed rope. The Group Size Our minimum group size for this trip is two people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. We provide 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), we assigned 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. For the climbing day we provide the experienced climbing Sherpa at 2:1 ratio (2 clients for one climbing guide) Acclimitazation All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out altitude mountain sickness. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than other trekkers. Guides and Staffs Arrangements The most significant thing that makes our trips successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with an ability of operating trek in the mountain smoothly. The best and most professional local leaders will lead your trek. All of Ace Holidays' leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, we only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, biking and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings: -Intensive Wilderness First Aid -Trekking Guide Training -Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet -English Language -Conservation and Biodiversity -Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders) Best Seasons Autumn (September to December) and Spring (February to June) are the best seasons for the Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain, but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. Change on the Itinerary Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. Giving to the Local Community Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote villages of Gorkha and to other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship program and partnership in various projects. Donation We donate a percentage of our business profit to the foundation on a yearly basis, and we also support the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools, community-based schools in Gorkha region Sponsorship One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace Holidays. Partnership for Volunteering Program The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trek. We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porters. The duffel bag is to be kept by yourself after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek. Please note that the luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight to and from Lukla. All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing Gears

The Climbing equipments are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments at the additional cost of USD 180 per person. The following equipments are essential for climbing Island peak.
  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet (optional)
  • Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere, which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Climbing stick
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket from Ace Holidays

    Ace Holidays provides Sleeping Bag and Down Jackets to its clients during the trek to keep you warm. It should be returned to office after trek. Or you can bring your own if you would like.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability for it, please visit our FAQs page tab or contact us.

Ace Holidays states the price per person below when booking minimum of 2 participants. For booking of the single person, there will be supplement charge of USD 400. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 6 or more than 6 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Adult PP
  • Status
  • October 28, 2017
  • Nov 20, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • November 4,2017
  • Nov 27, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • November 11,2017
  • Dec 4, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • November 18,2017
  • Dec 11, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • November 25,2017
  • Dec 18, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • December 2,2017
  • Dec 25, 2017
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • December 9,2017
  • Jan 1, 2018
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • December 16,2017
  • Jan 8, 2018
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • December 23,2017
  • Jan 15, 2018
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed
  • December 30,2017
  • Jan 22, 2018
  • USD 2900/-
  • guaranteed

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Limited:

There are a very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking is recommended.

Closed:

This date is currently unavailable. Please contact Ace Holidays if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trek as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two to three star hotel in Kathmandu (Breakfast included.)
  • Accommodation in lodges and guesthouses (Mostly twin sharing occasional dormitory style) during the trek.
  • Accommodation includes a tented camp at Island Peak Base Camp
  • License holder English speaking trek guide and climbing guide.
  • Cooks and porters(Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • All your standard Meals during the trek and climbing (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace Holidays (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter,and cook.
  • Everest National Park Permit, Island Peak Climbing Permit and other necessary permit for trekking.
  • Domestic air tickets and domestic airport tax.
  • Ace Holidays duffel/kit bag, t-shirt and sun hat (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
 
Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Drinks, chocolates and snacks in the mountain (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Travel Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
  • Tips for trek guides, climbing guides, cooks, and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain Flight over the Himalayas
  • Glaciated Dudh Kosi River (Milky River)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest Sherpa Village of Nepal
  • Summer Settlements, Gokyo Lake
  • Ngozumpa Glacier - The Largest Glacier of the Himalayas
  • Renzo La Pass
  • A Beautiful Gokyo village - One of the Highest settlements of the world
  • Gokyo Ri, one of the Best Vantage Points in the World to see the most Satisfying and Stunning View of 8000 m peaks, Mt. Everest, Cho - Oyu, and Makalu
  • Cho La Pass
  • The most Satisfying View of the World's Beautiful Mountain - Ama Dablam
  • Kalapathar, the most Accessible Viewpoint in the World to see Mt. Everest
  • Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Kongma La Pass
  • Island Peak Summit
  • Tengboche Monastery, the Stunning Monastery of the Everest Region

How far have you done Everest High Passes and Island Peak Expedition successfully?

We have 98% successful rate and 100% safety records.

How do I book the trip?

To secure your booking, we require you to fill in and return the final booking form. The word or PDF version of final booking form will be sent to you via e-mail then you can e-mail or fax the complete booking form. In addition, we also require minimum 30% per person deposit to guarantee your place as it enables us to make the pre-arrangements on your behalf. The remaining 70% can be paid when you arrive in Kathmandu. The deposit can be paid by the bank transfer or credit cards (Master, Visa or American Express cards). There will be 4% bank levy for all the payments done by the cards.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Every trekking trip up to the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that live forever in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help you ensure that you come to the Himalayas, well equipped and with preparation to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach as high as 25 degrees Celsius, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees Celsius in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months and seasons.

Spring - March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and the base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen, as well as different species of flowers in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees Celsius with a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and for areas above 4000 meters at night.

July / August to Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it is also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees Celsius during sunny days with a minimum -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees Celsius.

Autumn - End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn is also crowded in the Everest region, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, including the incredible views from the trail.

Winter - December/January/February
Cold and less crowded season. The average temperature during the fall is 10 degrees Celsius with a maximum temp of 15 degrees Celsius during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees Celsius in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, trekkers should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather is, and there is every possible scenario to be taken into account.

Does the staff of Ace Holidays come to pick me up?

Yes, they will come to pick you up in a private transportation,

Does this trip run even if I am alone?

Yes, it runs even if you are alone.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo

What kinds of food can I expect in trekking?

You can expect a range of delicious foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, 'daal bhat' (rice and lentils), bread, soup, apple pies, pancakes, custard, fresh vegetables, meat items, tea, and coffee. You find a lot of garlic on the recipes, as it helps you to overcome altitude mountain sickness.

Does the guide of Ace Holidays have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received the first aid training?

Yes, they have all received 45 days trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center of Kathmandu. They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

What safety equipment do your guides carry during the trek in order to deal with sickness and accidents?

The guides of Ace Holidays carry first aid kit bags and mobiles during the trek. Guides also carry satellites phones while trekking in remote areas, which are out of reach of telecommunication. They are well trained to deal with altitude mountain sickness, as well.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your digital camera and other equipments during the trek by paying a certain amount. Please also bring two or three pin travel adapter.

Is there any communication facility during trekking?

Yes. There is, for examples, there are telephones in some villages, from where, you can make international calls and pass the mobile number of your guide to your family for the callback. From the trekking trail, you can also make a call from the guide’s mobile, and you can pay him or her later in the Nepalese currency.

Is there toilet along the trail? Is it exactly like Kilimanjaro or can I do wherever there is a privacy?

At most cases, you can use the toilets that are nearby the teahouses and lodges, but in the case of emergency, you can pee, whenever there is privacy.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip? Yes. You can. If you want to extend your trip, then please inform to the operation manager of Ace Holidays

Yes. You can. If you want to extend your trip, then please inform to the operation manager of Ace Holidays

Is water provided and available at higher altitude also? Is it filtered or boiled?

Drinking water is not included in the trip price, but you can purchase the bottle mineral water easily from the lodges or shops. It will cost you minimum USD 1 at lower elevation to maximum USD 4 at higher elevation per litre bottle of water. Apart from this, you can also drink the normal tap water or spring water if you have your own purifying aid. It is not recommended to drink boiled or filter water from the lodges because it is not boiled that good enough.

I am a Vegetarian, is that a problem?

No problem at all. We always suggest our clients to eat vegetables in the mountain because the non-vegetarian meals are not really that hygienic to eat.

Can I use credit cards in the places while trekking?

No. You can only use the Nepalese currency. That is why, before trekking, you should change your currency into the Nepalese currency. There are lots of banks, ATMs and money exchange counters nearby your hotel in Kathmandu.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you have?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 degree Celsius, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Do you use yaks/porters in the trek, or do I have to carry all of my gears by myself?

Yes, Ace Holidays uses yaks or porters in the trek, and you have to carry all your personal belongings, such as camera, water bottle, sunscreen cream, etc in your daypack by yourself.

What type of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu and during the trek?

Accommodation includes shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast. 19 nights in guesthouses (occasional dormitory style) in the trek and 2 nights in tented camps. The guesthouses generally provide basic, clean facilities with a mattress and quilt or blanket. Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jackets to its clients (must be returned after trek) but you can bring your own if you would like to.

Does your climbing guides are trained and have done the Island peak previously?

YES all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6000 and 7000 meters peaks and also been to 8000 meters peaks few times.

What is the skill level of this climb?

You should be in a good physical condition, as well as in a mental condition. Still, you should have trekked up to the base camp of mountains, before beginning this expedition.

What is the best season to climb / which dates will have the most chance for success?

The best time to climb Island Peak is in April and October.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek and climb team members will only be carrying gear and supplies for the day. At no point do we carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. During the trek daypacks will weigh no more than 20 lbs. and during the climb the packs will weigh no more than 30 lbs.

What are the kinds of transportation that Ace Holidays use?

Ace Holidays uses different kinds of transportations, depending on the nature of the travel. It provides the transportation to and from the destination. And the transportation includes from domestic airlines to a local bus, from helicopter to yaks or mules, and from an air – conditioned private vehicle to a tourist bus and local bus. Ace Holidays provides you only those options, which enhance your local experience, and which allow you to travel comfortably and efficiently in Kathmandu and to other places of Nepal.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

The hotel we provide in Kathmandu includes the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Is Ace Holidays' staff insured?

Yes, the trek guides, tour guides, cooks, drivers, and porters are insured completely. They have health insurance, altitude mountain sickness insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, and casulty insurance.

How much should I tip to my guide and porters?

Ace Holidays recommends you to tip about 10% to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides and porters (60% to the guide and 40% to the porters). The tip should reflect the level of satisfaction. More information about the tipping is provided during the pre-trek meeting in Kathmandu.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations.

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after trekking. For more information, please check our special trips.

Do I need to book my international flight ticket to and from Nepal by myself?

Yes, you should book your International flight ticket by yourself because Ace Holidays is a local agent, and it would cost you significantly higher, if you book through us.

What vaccination will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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