Island Peak Climbing - 16 Days

During Island Peak Climbing, you ascend the mountain, located in the middle of the majestic snow – covered Himalayas, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Makalu, Cholatse, Baruntse, Arkam Tse Range, Nagartschang, and Chukung Ri. Island Peak is too easy to climb. That is why; it comes under the category of the most – climbable peak of Nepal. Above all, you can reach the summit of Island Peak (6187 m) either in 1 day or in 2 days, depending on the mountain weather conditions.

Before climbing Island Peak, you trek from Lukla to the base camp. During trekking, you come across Phakding, a UNESCO World Heritage Village, including other Sherpa villages. Spending 2 nights at Namche Bazaar, ‘The Gateway to Everest,’ which is the largest village of the Everest region, you head off to Tengboche, which has the largest and impressive monastery of the Everest region. Further, Tengboche is the birthplace of Tenzing Sherpa, the first Nepali to climb Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. Other Sherpa villages are Deboche, Dingboche, and Chukkung, where you will spend your nights. Of all the villages, Chukung has a beautiful valley that offers a stunning view of the most beautiful mountain of the world – Ama Dablam.

At the base of Island Peak, you learn pre-ice climbing, that is, you learn how to use the climbing equipment. At midnight, you ascend to a High Camp (5,700 m) of Island Peak, by following a well-defined trail. Some of the characteristics of Island Peak Climbing are crevasses, steep headwall, and ridge. Your climbing guide will support you completely, as well as, fixes a rope on the summit headwall for your safe ascending and descending.

Day 1

Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (1, 345 m), Kathmandu, Nepal. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 804 meters) - 35 mins and Trek to Phakding (2, 610 m) - 3 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3, 441 meters) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 4

Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5

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

Day 6

Trek to Dingboche (4, 350 meters) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Trek to Chukung (4, 710 meters) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8

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

Day 9

Rest and Acclimatization Day. Stay Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 10

Summit to Island peak (6, 187 m) and Return to Chhukung (4, 750 meters) 9 - 12 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 11

Trek to Tengboche (3, 860 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3, 441 m) via Khumjung (2, 780 m). Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13

Trek to Lukla (2, 804 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 14

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 15

Leisure Day in Kathmandu. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 16

Transfer to Trubhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Phakding, a UNESCO village
  • Tengboche Monastery, the most beautiful monastery of the Everest Region. See puja (worshipping of god at 3 p.m.)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest village of the Everest Region
  • Beautiful Chukkung Village
  • Ama Dablam, the most beautiful mountain of the world
  • Island Peak Summit Ascent
  • Majestic views of mountains: Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Makalu, Cholatse, Baruntse, Arkam Tse Range, Nagartschang, and Chukung Ri.
  • Day 1Tribhuwan 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 organize 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 (2,804 m) – 35 mins and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hrs

    In the morning, you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m), and after landing, you are introduced to your porters, and then you start a trek by following your guide and descending to the Dudh Kosi River, and on the way to Phakding (2,610 m), you pass through the village, called Ghat.

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

  • Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar(3,440 m) – 5 hrs.

    After breakfast, you trek along the bank of the Dudh Kosi River, cross this river by the suspension bridges and see the spectacular view of mountains and valleys as you head off to Namche Bazaar, which has lots of restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, bakeries, and internet cafes.

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

  • Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

    Today, you enjoy a short trek up to Syangboche Airport, which offers a panoramic view of Island Peak (6,189 m), Pokalde Peak (5,806 m), Lobuche East (6,119 m), and Gokyo Ri (5,367 m).

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

  • Day 5Trek to Deboche (3,860 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you trek along the glacial water of the Dudh Kosi River to Tengboche, seeing the magnificent view of mountains. Inside Tengboche Monsatery is an incredible ornate, a 20 – foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Buddhist Religious Leaders.You will see puja (worshipping of god) at 3 p.m. and then trek down from the Tengboche monastery to Deboche for 15 mins.

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

  • Day 6Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 6 hrs.

    From Tengboche, you trek downhill to cross the Imja Khola (river), uphill to Pangboche and by the mani stones to reach Dingboche, which offers the magnificent view of Lhotse (8516 m), Amabadlam (6,812 m), and Island Peak (6,189 m).

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

  • Day 7Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m) – 4 hrs.

    Trek to Chukkung Valley (4,710 m), by crossing the Imja Khola (river), and from this river, enjoy the stunning views of Island Peak (6,189 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Nuptse (7,860 m), and the outstanding view of Lho Glacier and Nup Glacier.

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

  • Day 8Trek to Island Peak Base Camp(5,240 m) – 4 hrs

    From Chukkung, you trek to Island Peak Base Camp. On your way to the base camp, you come across the Imja Valley, which offers the grand view of Ama Dablam, and which has moraines. These moraines reach the sand flats at Pareshya Gyab, which is close to Island Peak Base Camp. You reach the base camp by mid-afternoon.

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

  • Day 9 & 10Reach the Summit of the Island Peak (6,187 m) and Trek to Chukkung 9 – 12 hrs

    You take 2 days to climb Island Peak. If the weather condition is good, then you can climb it in 1 day. Your climbing guide makes a strategic decision based on group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions, and other factors. Generally, you ascend to a high camp (5,700 m) by following a well-defined trail along a grassy slope. Your guide set up a camp just below the permanent snowline. Next morning, you trek to the summit. Your guide will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safe ascending and descending. Island Peak is not difficult to climb, but it has a crevassed snow and a steep headwall. From the top of Island Peak, you can see the fantastic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Baruntse. After seeing these, you descend to the Chukkung Valley.

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

  • Day 11Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 6 hrs.

    You descend through Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare, and Lower Pangboche to reach the Imja Khola (river). Then you ascend gradually to reach Tengboche.

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

  • Day 12Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) – 5 hrs.

    From Tengboche, you descend to Phunkitenga through juniper, rhododendron, and fir trees. After this, you cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here, the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa, which offers the options of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages. After visiting one of these villages, you return to Namche Bazaar.

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

  • Day 13Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 5 hrs

    From Namche, trek to Lukla. At Lukla, share your memorable experience with other trekkers.

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

  • Day 14Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

    You will be picked up by the vehicle of Ace Holidays and transferred to your hotel.

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

  • Day 15Leisure Day in Kathmandu

    Take a walk in the streets of Thamal 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. In the evening you will have farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance program.

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

  • Day 16Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

    Today 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


    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays 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 for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it 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 of Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such a case, Ace Holidays will charter a helicopter for you, so that you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500 m, and the twin otter will fly if the visibility is 5000 m, according to Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter fare is payable directly to Ace Holidays’ office in Kathmandu 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 can claim the amount to your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be USD 500 and maximum USD 1500, depending on the number of passengers.

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. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in twin shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast and guesthouses and tented camp in the trek. The guesthouses generally provide basic facilities, clean facilities, a mattress, a quilt or a blanket. You may bring your own sleeping bag, but Ace Holidays provides sleeping bag and down jacket which should be returned after the trip.

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. This is the rule of the local guesthouse management committee of the Everest Region.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 reaching 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 at 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, 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 with your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You 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 various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays providse 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.


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 and climb, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers and climbers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their trips. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers and climbers are more vulnerable to AMS than others.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.During the expedition, you will have 1 expedition leader and porters (1 porter for 2 climbers), and you will also have other helpers as per your requirements. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive First Aid Training
-Trekking Guide Training
-Climbing Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language Course
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice climbing and Mountain climbing (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care

Ace Holidays ensures that all its porters are well treated and well paid; Ace Holidays also supports the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) and improves the conditions of the porters.

Responsible Tourism

Ace Holidays gives the topmost priority on the rules and regulations of the International Tourism. It also helps the undeveloped trekking regions of Nepal financially. It also preserves the Himalayas for the future tourists.

Best Seasons

Autumn (September to December) and Spring (February to June) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. 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 there is an issue of safety concern. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you 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. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

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

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.

Ace Holidays will supply complimentary water proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trek and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later 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 250 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 Rental

    You can rent the good sleeping bag and down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for the each item, total USD 50 per person for both items for the entire trip.
  • 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 has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 persons. 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

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips 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 trip 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 River, the Trisuli River or the 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 pick up / drop off and Hotel pick up / drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included.
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay at Island Peak Base Camp).
  • All Standard Meals during the lodge-to-lodge trek and camping Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Local Ace Holidays' licensed English speaking trekking guide and climbing guide.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipment)
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 guests)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staffs.
  • Free Ace Holidays' duffel/kit bag, sun hat (Gifts from Ace Holidays).
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Island Peak Climbing Permit.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek)
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, including airport tax.
  • All government taxes, vat, and tourist service charges.

Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure 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 flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Phakding, a UNESCO village
  • Tengboche Monastery, the most beautiful monastery of the Everest Region. See puja (worshipping of god at 3 p.m.)
  • Namche Bazaar, the Largest village of the Everest Region
  • Beautiful Chukkung Village
  • Ama Dablam, the most beautiful mountain of the world
  • Island Peak Summit Ascent
  • Majestic views of mountains: Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Makalu, Cholatse, Baruntse, Arkam Tse Range, Nagartschang, and Chukung Ri.

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

Island Peak is not a technical peak but you need a good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb Island peak without earlier experience and skills; knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in the Base Camp to make you skillful on using climbing gears, such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

How do I book the trip?

To secure your booking, you have 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 type of shape do I need to be, is this trip for me?

Island Peak is not a technical peak, but you need a good stamina for a long day effort. You can climb Island peak without any previous experience and skills of using climbing equipment, such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons, etc. Still, Ace Holidays recommends that you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure to Nepal. As guidelines, you should do an aerobic exercise, bushwalk, and uphill and downhill walks.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, the airport representative of Ace Holidays will come to pick you up at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace Holidays' sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by the tourist vehicle of Ace Hoilidays.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu,in trekking and in climbing?

Ace Holidays uses 2 or 3 star hotels in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast. Along the trekking routes, Ace Holidays uses teahouses/lodges, which provide basic clean facilities, a mattress, and a quilt or blanket. Ace Holidays also offers you sleeping bags and down jackets, which needs to be returned after the trek. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always located outside the room. At Island Peak Base Camp, your accommodation is a Tented Camp.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking and climbing?

Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it helps you to combat against Altitude Mountain Sickness. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, and soft drinks. Each day, you will have dinner and breakfast at a lodge, where you stay, but you will have lunch on the way. During climbing and at the Island Peak base Camp, Ace Holidays' cook make Italian, Chinese, Continental, and Indian foods

What is the best season for this 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 C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C 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 C with a maximum of 25 degrees C and a minimum of -15 degrees C 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 C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and at areas above 4000 meters at night. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

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.

The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters.

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.

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

The temperature of the sleeping bags is -10 deg Ace Holidays provides liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Does this trip run even if I am alone?

Yes, it runs even if you are alone.

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 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

I am a Vegeterain, is that a Problem ?

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

Does your trekking guide and climbing guide have certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they have all received trekking guide certificates and climbing 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

Does Ace Holidays provide tented camp at the Island Peak Base Camp

YES, Ace Holidays does provide a tented camp, which has a capacity for 2 people.

Is there any communication facilities while I am on trekking and climbing?

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 Nepales. During climbing, Ace Holidays uses SAT Phone.

Can I use credit cards during 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.

How much additional money do I need per day?

While trekking, you need roughly USD 20 to USD 30 per day for meals.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

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.

How much do I have for shower along the trek?

In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), Ace Holidays provides accommodation in guesthouses with hot shower. And in the rest of the places, Ace Holidays provides bucket water for shower. This shower costs you from USD 3 to USD 4.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do I have to carry gears by myself?

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

Can I add extra days to my trip?

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your trip.. For more information, please check our special trips.

What immunizations 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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