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Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days

Trip Highlight

    • Most achievable climbing peak of Nepal above 6000m
    • Visit Everest Base Camp, climb Kalapatthar, cross the Kongma

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  • Spectacular views of Himalayan giants: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and hundreds of Himalayan peaks
  • Carefully designed itinerary with adequate acclimatization and contingency day
  • Exploration of ancient monasteries like Tengboche Monastery
  • Insight to Sherpa culture and a glance into village life of locals
  • Scenic mountain flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
  • City tours to heritage sites like Swayambhunath, Durbar square, Pashupatinath and Bhoudhanath

Trip Overview

Go for Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek if you are looking to jump a step ahead from trekking to mountaineering.  Island peak (Imja Tse) is the most attainable climbing peak. Situated only 10 km away form Mt. Everest summit of Island peak provides 360 degree panorama of many of the highest mountains in the world. Island peak, the most climbed climbing peak of Himalaya is an extension of south end of Mt. Lhotse Shar. If you are looking for trekking in Nepal and want to test mountaineering in Nepal, then  Island peak climbing is the perfect ice climbing trip to try first among the 33 “trekking peaks” of Nepal. Although Himalayan Peaks should not be underestimated, Island Peak has the potential to offer the fit and experienced hill walkers a window into the world of mountaineering in the greater ranges.

Our Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp provides an excellent experience for first stage mountaineering to novice adventure lovers. Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek program starts in Kathmandu. We spend a day in Kathmandu preparing for the venture with brief UNESCO heritage sites visit. We take an exhilarating flight to Lukla and start trekking through the classic Everest base camp trekking trail through different beautiful Sherpa villages. During the trek, we spend two nights in Namche and Dingboche to aid acclimatization. Also, we trek to Everest base camp to acclimatize ourselves for our Island peak climbing target. We also trek up to Kala Patthar for best views of Everest and its neighboring peaks well as for acclimatization. Then we trek back to Chhukung to start our next part of adventure, i.e. Island peak climbing.

Summit Journey, Island Peak climbing with Everest base camp trek

As we reach Island peak base camp, we learn and revise our knowledge of using climbing equipment and our climbing skills. Next day is the toughest day but as we reach the summit, we realize the reward we get from the top is worth the effort. We begin the ascent with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge. We put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevassed in places. From the bergshrund at the base of the head wall, we climb 100m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° and reach airy summit ridge. Finally, we enjoy fabulous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu’s west face, the north face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam’s north ridge and many other mountains from the summit.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Four nights twin sharing accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Best available accommodation in local lodges during the trek and tented accommodation during climb; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking climbing leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and necessary porters and helpers including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek and climb
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Island peak climbing Permit, National Park Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu! As you land at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), reclaim your luggage and finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours signboard with your name. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. You can rest at your hotel to recover from jet lag or if you have plenty of time you can visit Thamel market for any lacking gears for your Everest Base Camp Trek -14 days. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in hotel. Included Meal: B

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)

Wake up at dawn and be ready for the adventure. We will escort you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight. After an adventurous 35 minutes flight above the array of beautiful green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), an entry town from where your trek begins. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world concluding in a dramatic landing site on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we meet our additional crew members and do some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka, head up the Dudhkoshi valley until we reach Phakding. As we just land at the altitude of almost 3000m today, to assist in acclimatization, we only have a short walk today. Yet, if you are interested in additional activities you can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 3 -4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

We start our walk soon after breakfast. Today’s trek is exciting not only due to few uphill and downhill walks but also because of crossing and re-crossings of Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach Monjo. We get our trekking permits checked at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. We tumble down and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazzar, magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other magnificent mountains greet us. We break at the Chautara to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main trading village in the Khumbu. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time: 5-6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest view hotel

In order to assist acclimatization today is a rest day at Namche Bazzar, which is an ideal place to spend a rest day to acclimatize to the new altitude before heading off towards higher elevation. It is recommend staying active and mobile during the acclimatization day instead of resting in your lodge. If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you to properly acclimatize. You can either spend the day exploring Namche Bazzar or taking a hike to Thame or Khunde. Tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu, Namche Bazzar is centre of Everest region and has plenty of lodges, tea shops, souvenir shops, money exchangers, government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, etc. You can also even enjoy colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. You can visit Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things allied to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. You can also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung, Syangboche airstrip and Everest View Hotel, a Japanese build deluxe hotel which offers you great views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and others. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the scared peak Khumbila, Khumjung hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. You can also visit to Hillary School which is in the same location. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 4 – 5 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 06: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)

Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu r egion. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)

This part of the trek has a five hundred metres gain but it is a little more gradual. Give a good lovely look to the Everest today morning because you will not see Everest from your trial until you reach Gorekshep.  We set off and straight away through musk deer trail (the trail is called so as plenty of musk deer is seen there among birch and rhododendron forest) and the village of Deboche and descend down to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. This stage of the trek has Ama Dablam towering over us on our right the whole time with the bluest of sky showing every detail of this magnificent mountain. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. You would better have a tea break at Pangboche to enjoy the view of the most beautiful mountain on earth, Ama Dablam while sipping your tea.  After Pangboche, we spent most of the day walking close to the river with a reasonable ascent towards the end of the walk before arriving Dingboche. At this altitude 4410m the lack of oxygen in your breath is normality.  At Dingboche you will notice there are no more trees around and the only vegetation present is small spiny shrubs. While trekking in these parts you better watch where you land your foot. There are stones and rocks everywhere and accidentally kicking one really hurt. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 08: Dingboche -Acclimatization Day- Day trip to Chukkung Ri (5546m/18190 ft)

This is second acclimatization day on our trip. As per the preventative rule of altitude sickness, it is necessary to have an acclimatization day at about every 1000m gain, so we spend a day here to let our body acclimatize with the altitude and you are suggested to stay active. After breakfast, to aid acclimatization our guide will take you to climb Chhukung Ri, a hill located on the edge of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The trail becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day but the view says – keep going. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. Taweche (6367m), Cholatste (6335m), Lobuche (6119m), Awi Peak (5245m), Amphu Gyabjen (5630m), Ama Dablam (6856m) seen from a different angle, Lhotse (8516m) 4th highest peak, Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Mt Peak 38 (7590m), Makalu (8481m) 5th highest peak, Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m)  and Chola Tsho a lake at 4590m are just some of the named peaks that surrounded us, there were also the  peaks that remain unnamed. The Pheriche Valley looks beautiful as well. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche. Rest at your lodge after lunch. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 3 – 4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)

The pathway ascends steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and climbs the valley gradually to Dugla. The mountain view on our left is spectacular. We soon reach Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we have a short, steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet heart touching place where there is an array of memorials in tribute to the climbers who died during  Everest expedition. This is an eerie place and as you take in these memorials you realize the vastness of what Hillary and Tenzing achieved in 1951. From here we have a beautiful vista of the peaks that are in the Nepal-Tibet border. We move on and the trail eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche (4,910m) our next destination, a small settlement with a few teahouses. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. After a rest, walk around the place, be active and don’t miss to watch the sunset over Nuptse. It’s a big day tomorrow ultimate push to your goal, the Everest Base Camp. We know you are excited!  Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 4 – 5 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft)

We have to wake up early as we have a long and grueling day ahead of us with a minimum of eight hours net walking time. It starts with a three hours climb to Lobuche Pass. Then after three and a half hour push to Everest base camp which is an exhausting climb up. We walk past lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which is a tough path and when you stand still and quiet you can occasionally hear cracking or scraping sound of the glacier movement. Everest does not seem to get any nearer and by now we have five of the world’s highest mountains in such a small area. We see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before we finally drop onto the glacial moraine itself. Not far to go now, the trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to Everest Base Camp. We do not get views of Mt Everest but can see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. The Ice Fall is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. If its spring we will see colorful tents that arises charisma in the gray surroundings. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. Spend some time taking photos in the natural amphitheatre. Trek back to Gorekshep takes about another three hours. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 8 – 9 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Nevertheless, it is suggested (if weather permitted) to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset because the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more marvelous than the sunrise view. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who want to continue to Kala Patthar, our guide and Sherpas will coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar or you can do Kala Patthar today and do Everest Base Camp the next day, decision can be made discussing among your group and guide. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge.

Day 11: Hike to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Dingboche

Kalapattar (5,550m) is a small peak literally meaning black rock, it appears as a big brown bump below the impressive Pumo  Ri (7,165m) and above Gorak Shep (5,140m). Kalapatthar offers splendid views of the Mount Everest Panorama. We are going to conquer Kala Patthar today which provides the most assessable point to view Mt Everest and the views are said to surpass the wildest imagination. We start early in the morning to catch the outstanding views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day striking on Mount Everest. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we take several breaks to catch our breath and to take pictures from several outstanding view points. After about two hours of an ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From this juncture, we push ourselves to climb the rocky projection near to the summit manifested by cairns and prayer flags. At the very top of Kalapatthar is a small stupa and a weather station.  Standing on top of Kalapatthar can be an emotional experience for you. After enclosing as many pictures as we like of the gorgeous Everest, its neighboring peaks and as whole scenery, we trek down to Gorekshep. After having breakfast at Gorekshep, we trek down back to Dingboche (or you can trek to Chhukung 4,730m/15,518ft through the main trail or through Kongma La( if moved by the adventure and want more challenging option). Walking time 6-7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Dingboche/Chhukung to Island peak base camp

Today is short trek to the Island Peak base camp. From today we will stay in tented camps for the next two days, with food prepared by our staff in the camp. The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a moderately steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the contour of the valley. We then walk on a zigzag path below the southern flank of Lhotse Glacier moraine. We continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. At southeast, we see the Amphu Labtsa route. A network route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a spacious valley (Pareshaya Gyab) nearby the southwest side of Island Peak where we will set our tents. After a brief rest, our climbing guide will instruct you the methods of using climbing equipments and some technical climbing skills. Along with practical knowledge on using climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc., you will also learn using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak Climbing, we strongly believe that some training will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit safely together with a fun experience. Walking time 4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 13 & 14: Reach the summit of the Island peak (6,189m/) and return to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

We have allowed two days to climb the Island Peak, although we will probably not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our climbing leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Generally we ascend from the Base Camp to the High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline. On the summit day, we wake up very early in the morning (at around 2 am) to take advantage of the calm mountain weather in the mornings of Himalayan region. We climb through the steep rock gully. We get to the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which follows to steeper 100m headwall section, just below the summit ridge, about 60 degrees steep. Our climbing guide will fix rope in this section as the glacier has several crevasses. From the top of Island peak, you can see a breathtaking panorama of gigantic mountains – Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) which form a semi circle in the north and the stunning views of Makalu (8475m), Baruntse (7129m) in the east and famous expedition peak of Amadablam (6812m) in the. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend back to Chhukung. Walking time 10-11 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: Contingency Day in case of bad weather

 

Day 16: Trek back Chhukung to Namche Bazzar

We trek back following the main trail. Today, we will feel a lot better due to gradual drop in altitude. Breathing in is much easier. The walk is much easier today as we descend down to lower altitudes. You have still to go uphill trail too but most of the trail today is downhill so you will feel enjoyable if your knees do not bother. You can really enjoy the scenery and feel like chat with your friends and crew as now you don’t have to struggle to take each step. As we descend the Dudh Kosi River is raging more and more furiously with the joining of its tributary streams and the fact that the temperature that has risen quite dramatically melt water making the river to swell. The walk today is in the shadow of the pine trees and rhododendrons bushes that line these well-trodden trails. Watch out for faunas such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc too in these trails. After several ups and downs we come near by the army camp at Namche Bazzar from where we take last look at the Everest which will be no more visible ahead on this back trek. On reaching our lodge at Namche, we take a nice hot shower that will help relief our tired muscles. You will have a very relaxed sleep in one of the room with private restroom in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 7-8 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Today the trail goes steeply downwards, so we need to walk carefully having control over our shaky legs. After again multiple crossings over the prayer flags festooned suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. The more we trek downwards the more we feel easier to breathe as the air gets denser. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today. Although we are following the same route down, we feel completely different views with open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and summon up the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Celebrate your successful and safe trek with your crew. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 6 – 7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft after noon. But sometimes the flight can be delayed and even canceled due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu after arrival in Kathmandu. You can rest in your hotel, could do some last minute shopping and packing, or stroll around Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. Included Meals: B

Day 19: Departure

Today your Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks & Tour will take you to the airport for your flight back home. Hope you are overtaken by Nepal, a country of hospitable people, beautiful scenery, and a large variety of cultural traditions and you will come back again!  Included Meals: B

Trip In More Detail

Climbing group

On our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, the number of crew looking after you will depend on the size of your group. There will be one climbing leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers=1 assistant guide) and porters as carriers (2 trekkers=1 porter) and helpers in necessary numbers to make sure that if anybody in the group is sick and had to return, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours runs the Island peak climbing with Everest base camp for any group size. But generally we do not exceed more than 10 people if it is an internationally mixed group, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trek. But if you would like to make booking for a group of more than 10 people together, we can arrange that too. We can even organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation During Trip

During our Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek, you will spend three nights in three star category hotel (we can upgrade the hotel or use budget hotel too as per your interest) in Kathmandu. During the trek, you spend 12 to 13 nights in standard teahouses/lodges and 2 to 3 nights in tented camp. We provide attached rooms in Namche, Lukla, and Phakding (attached bathroom, toilet and hot shower). In rest of the places in Everest region, the teahouses have basic toilet facilities and always outside the room. The teahouses/lodges generally provide basic sleeping facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We offer you sleeping bags (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. All accommodations for Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis (two men tent while climbing). However, single rooms can be made available on request and by paying a single supplement USD 190. However, please note that there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Everest Region.

Food and Dietary Restriction

During Island peak climbing and Everest base camp trek, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most local lodges (teahouses) in Everest Base Camp trail cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp , do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. During climbing, our staff will prepare quick alpine style food in tents.  A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.</p>
<p>Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets. While on climbing, boiled water will be provided.

Altitude Acclimatization

Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS). Normally it does not become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Almost anyone can get altitude illness if they go too high, too quickly. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses. Because of the individual differences; a preventive rate of ascent for one person may be too slow or fast for another. Altitude acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude sickness and improving altitude performance. There are ways to optimize your adjustment to altitude and improve your chances of not getting altitude illness. Slow ascent to altitude is the key to acclimatizing well. Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. Drinking plenty of liquid is another preventative measure. Garlic soup is considered to do good defense with altitude sickness. So please have garlic soup during your altitude trek at least twice a day. However, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox) that helps you to breathe faster to give more oxygen to your body. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude, but it needs time. For instance, it takes about a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m. Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp itinerary is designed keeping in mind that the trekker/adventurer has adequate time for altitude acclimatization. Our hike to Everest base camp and Kalapatthar will help us acclimatize and prepare physically for our Island peak climb. However, if possible if you have booked high altitude treks or mountaineering, we suggest you for training in the attitude to make your body familiar to altitude. Useful contents on AMS and altitude acclimatization:
http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm
https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html

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Island peak climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek – 19 days Reviews

THANK YOU ICICLES ADVENTURE FOR MAKING MY ISLAND PEAK EXPEDITION SUCCESSFUL

My husband and I did the Island peak expedition with Icicles Adventure in April and trip was beyond expectation. It was my decision to book them against my husband’s will. But he was so happy at the end of the trip that he has already decided to come back again for Mera peak adventure next year. I chose them because I saw it is lady leaded company, they were so prompt in communication as well as they provided detailed information that seemed honest. All services were provided as promised and their quality was also admirable. I especially admire their CUSTOMER CARE. Kippa Sherpa is an amazingly professional climbing guide. He did a great job of making sure we were safe throughout the trip. We were allowed to be fairly independent wandering within proximity of them for parts of it but they also happily lent a hand (literally) when my nervousness of heights reared up on a few occasions jumping across crevasses or picking my way along narrow peak! They provided all the gear and everything worked as needed (nothing broken or run-down) and gave a good explanation of how to use it. It was one of the most unique experiences of our trip and we really enjoyed it compared to one that we did with another local company few years ago. And the most important thing is –I made the summit of Island peak which I think would not have happened if there was another climbing guide!! Thank you Kippa !!! Patricia Clare Melbourne,Australia

"Patricia Clare"

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Max. Altitude : 6189m Group Size : min-2 max-10 Best Season : March to May, Sep to Dec Activities : Trekking and climbing Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu