Thile Nuru Sherpa and Sangeeta Sindhi climbing the final ridge to Island Peak. Photo Dan MazurSangeeta demonstrates proper fixed rope ascension techinique on the Island Peak headwall. Photo by Thile Nuru Sherpa. Lisa and Dee on the suspension bridge. Keith Bailey Photo
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Island Peak" to learn more about our expedition.
* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:
5 day option: We are offering a five day trip for those members that wish to meet our team on day 13 of the itinerary in Chukkung Village and arrange their own trek before and after the 5 days of climbing. All of the services provided to our full-service members will be offered to members who wish to only do the 5 day program while climbing Island Peak. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region. Five day option cost: $1350 USD.
Trekking: The full service cost of this expedition does include the Everest basecamp trek. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest Basecamp Nepal Trek.
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu, including internal/domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we DO NOT ask our members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. To learn more, please click here .
Our team on the summit on a beautiful sunny day on our October 2005 trek: Ms Elselien te Hennepe, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa, Kandu Sherpa, and Nima Dolma Sherpa. By the way, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa has led 25 climbs of Island Peak. Thats Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak, in the background (DL Mazur).
Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. On Island Peak our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.
Hotel: Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you do not wish to share, you can pay an extra $20 for a single room (during any of the included 4 nights). If you want a room for extra nights, outside of the included 4 nights, the price will be $30 (single room). Price includes good delicious breakfast and mandatory 25% Nepal government tax and government service charge. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.
Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.
Safety: Our expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!
*What is not included?
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Please also visit our Island Peak route description for more about what to expect on the trek from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera.
Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal.
1) Arrive in Kathmandu.
2) Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples.
3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 metre/9300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a teahouse at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3440 metre/11,300 feet.
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
6) Trek to Tengboche, 3900 metres/12,800 feet.
7) Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4250 metres/13,900 feet.
8) Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4620 metres/15,150 feet.
9) Walk along to the village Lobuche, 4930 metres/16,200 feet .
10) A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5160 metres/16,900 feet.
11) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5300 metres/17,400 feet.
12) Trek to Kala Patar. This evening we stay in Dingboche at 4530 metres/14,850 feet. back to top
13) Branch off from our standard Everest basecamp trek. We will take a leisurely walk up to Chukkung Village at 4700 metres/15,500 feet.
14) Today we will go up to Island Peak basecamp at 5100 meters/16,728 feet.
15) Rest in Island Peak basecamp and train to ascend and descend fixed ropes.
16) We will wake up in the middle of the night and slowly and carefully head for the top at 6189 metres/20,300 feet. Walk down to basecamp. back to top
17) Today we will make a relaxed walk down to Pangboche.
18) We will walk back to Namche Bazaar.
19) Walk down from Namche to Lukla.
20) Return flight to Kathmandu.
21) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.
22) Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you! back to top
Thank you for joining our Island Peak Expedition
Island Peak is a fun and easy, exciting, and beautiful trekking peak near Everest . It's a great trek to this mountain, known as Imja-Tse or Imja Tse at 6189 metres/20,300 feet. It is high, and nestled close to the flanks of Everest, just 4 miles away. It's extremely scenic but not a very difficult mountain, and you don't need experience to climb it.
Island peak affords an excellent opportunity to go high, but the actual climbing part of the trip is limited to just a few hours of walking roped up on snow. Our trek departs from the Everest trail at Dingboche, then up to the village of Chukkung, and then onto basecamp and high camp. The trail to the summit is a good one, on rocks and scree. Then we take out our ice-axe and put on our crampons for the final few hours of walking roped-up on the snow slopes to the summit. Once there, we can be treated to some very awe inspiring views of the 4 highest peaks in the world!
This stunning climb of Island Peak maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and many other fascinating destinations around the world. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff. Many of these excellent sherpas who work for us have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit, because this is their home region. They live in this land grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.
The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days at the end of the trip in Kathmandu as well.
Throughout the trek temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -23°c (60°f to -10°f). At night we stay in warm, comfortable teahouse lodges for most of the trek. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to brisk at basecamp. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. It is slightly chillier during April trip than in May or October. The coldest portion of the trek is the morning we walk up Island Peak, where it can get below freezing on average and it may be windy. back to top
The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated.
Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).
We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top
In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2,840 metre/9,300 foot-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650 metres/8,700 feet. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.
We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7 hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tahr, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3,440 metre/12,800 foot high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. It’s important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6,959 metres/23,000 feet) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potato field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest , we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. back to top
The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm)
We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.
From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. If you are interested in helping, please check out our Service Trek website. Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr. Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, walking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.
At the gompa of Thyangboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens).
We will then carry on for an hour through the tiny old-style hamlet of Deboche, in a high altitude birch forest, inside the inspiring Khumbu gorge, where there is a spectacular bridge crossing. We will stay in Pangboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. This is a long day of trekking, but after all is said and done, you only gain 350 metres/1,150 feet. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam , Everest , and the imposing south face of Lhotse . back to top
The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our trek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for SummitClimb and has become the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam , Pumori, and Cho Oyu . Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).
The next morning we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4,250 metres/13,900 feet, it’s where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and many others.
Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on Pangboche at 3,900 metres/12,800 feet (Steve Miscione).
A few hours of walking up a rocky slope brings us to the former yak herder's outpost of Dugla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet, where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea. back to top
Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione).
The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4,930 metres/16,200 feet (Liz Stevens).
Hiking across grassy hills, up the rest of the Dugla Hill and through enormous boulders brings us to 4,930 metre/16,200 foot Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. Along the way we cross over the Dugla Hill where we are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, monuments to fallen climbers and Sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. You will probably recognize several of the names on the memorials.
A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest , Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening. back to top
One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).
Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).
Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).
Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.
With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet) to see the breathtaking views of Everest . Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest . After climbing to the top of Kala Patar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif. If you are joining our Island Peak trip, here is where you will branch off for the village of Chukkung.
From here, you will branch off from our standard Everest basecamp trek on day 12 of that trek, and this evening we plan to stay in the lovely village of Dingboche at 4530 metres/14,850 feet.. We take a leisurely walk up to Chukkung Village today at 4,700 metres/15,500 feet.
Island Peak high camp at 5,500 metres (18,000 feet) on our October 2005 trek. We use this high camp for added safety, a more relaxed climb, and additional acclimatization and time in case of bad weather (it snowed during our October 2005 climb, but because we used the high camp we still made it to the top), to ensure we will reach the summit at an non-rushed pace with plenty of time to spare. In the background is the Imja Glacier at 5,000 metres/16,400 feet (DL Mazur).
We will go up to Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters/16,700 feet. The trail follows gently along the moraine of the massive Imja glacier. The next day we walk uphill for about two hours to Island Peak high camp at 5,500 metres/18,000 feet. We will go to bed early today so we can rest for the approaching climb. We will wake up in the middle of the night and slowly and carefully head for the top at 6189 metres/20,300 feet. The trail is mostly on stones and rocks. Only the last few hundred metres are on snow and we will be roped together, using all safety precautions. That morning, after taking our summit photos, we will walk down to Chukkung, slowly, resting quite a bit, stopping for lunch, hot drinks, etcetera. back to top
Walking roped up in total safety on the upper Imja Glacier at 5,770 metres (19,000 feet) on our October 2005 trek. Just a few metres below here the glacier has receded and there is an easy trail on a rocky slope (DL Mazur).
Our team reaching the summit at 6,189 metres (20,300 feet) on our October 2005 trek. We had perfect weather for the final walk up the 34 degree slope which is about 200 metres (650 feet) high. In the background, you can see another team starting the climb and a few people on the valley floor (DL Mazur). back to top
Two of our 2005 trek members: Kristof Wielicki from Poland and Dan Mazur from Seattle and Bristol, on the summit during a beautiful warm day in October 2005. Thats Nuptse and Lhotse in the background. Lhotse is the fourth highest peak in the world, located on the shoulder of Everest (Elselien te Hennepe).
Our team on the summit on a beautiful sunny day on our October 2005 trek: Ms Elselien te Hennepe, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa, Kandu Sherpa, and Nima Dolma Sherpa. By the way, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa has led 25 climbs of Island Peak. Thats Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak, in the background (DL Mazur).
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top
Thank You for joining our Island Peak Expedition.
Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur.
It is Dan's fifth Everest expedition. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 20 years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.
A meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition. The audience, our trekkers and climbers. Felix and Arnold demonstrating the members high mountain equipment before a shopping trip to one of Kathmandu's 50 mountain shops to purchase any needed essentials for the members (Franck Pitula).
Organization: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, American, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazur, trekking in Nepal since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety.
Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times and led treks up Island Peak countless times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other team members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They will most likely climb and trek with members most of the time.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.
Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.
Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.
Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.
Extensive experience is not required for trekking Island Peak. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.
Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure you make it up to the summit and back down safely and will be travelling with you at all times.
We welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. We plan to assemble our team members into groups so you should not have to climb alone, although occasionally it may happen. By the way, we are unable to accommodate 'soloists' who are not willing to climb together with other team members or sherpas from our team. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member or sherpa above basecamp if possible. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain. back to top
It's not necessary to be in perfect shape to enjoy this trekking peak. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can easily accomplish this trek.
To participate in this expedition you must be a fit and active walker in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. Please make sure you have physically trained yourself very thoroughly before joining this climb of the highest peak in the world. For a list of the medications we recommend you purchase, please click here . We look forward to climbing together with you! back to top
We hope that you will arrive for your Island Peak Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Island Peak and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click a link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):
Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Island Peak Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.
Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:Small personal first-aid kit.
Extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, WARNING: your contact lenses might not work well on the mountain, please carry glasses at all times in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $40. Please order prior to arrival if you are interested. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu back to top
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
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This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top
We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.
Below are some short video clips taken along our Island Peak Climb & Everest Basecamp Trek by team members. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.
|Panoramic shot on the summit of Island Peak on a clear day. Views of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11.5 MB).|
|A look at Everest basecamp and the Khumbu Icefall (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11 MB).
|Views from the top of Kala Pattar, next to Everest (Dale Wagner). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).
|A shot from above Everest basecamp, showing the west face of Everest and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).|
|A panoramic view from the Dughla Pass, looking at Lobuche East, Pumori, and other peaks in the Himalaya (Dale Wagner). 1 minute. (8.5 MB).|
|Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people (Scott Darsney). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).|
|Short clip of the bustling streets of Kathmandu (Dale Wagner). 1 minute (8.5 MB).|
|The view approaching Gorak Shep, looking at Pumori, Changtse, the Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6 MB).|
|A few scenes of the trek to basecamp, including the town of Tengboche (Scott Darsney). 0:55 seconds (7.5 MB).|
|Teahouse||Team members enjoying a delicious meal at one of the comfortable tea houses we stay in along our trek to basecamp (Scott Darsney). 0:40 seconds (5.5 MB).|
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Here is what Kevin says: That was an amazing trip! Thanks to the leader and his organization and a great group of adventurers! -Kevin
Here is what Kevin says: Went on this trip and it was amazing! Great climb with a great organization!
Here is what Island Peak member Gary has to say:
The Island Peak trip was great. We had great weather for the summit and the climb was really fun. And excellent views from the summit as well. Also, I can't say enough good things about the Sherpa leader - he's an awesome guy. After the trip, we, along with Pasang our porter, walked down from Dingboche to Lukla and we had a great time sampling all of the teahouses along the way! Everything went like clockwork (which you know all too well is pretty unusual for Nepal...) so thanks again for arranging such a great trip. It's just too bad I didn't have more time to do a longer trip. Maybe next time...
I'll look for photos from the trip and send some good ones. Feel free to use them on your website if you choose.
One of our team members approaching the summit. Our team on the summit on a beautiful sunny day on our October trek: Ms Elselien te Hennepe, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa, Kandu Sherpa, and Nima Dolma Sherpa. By the way, Lakpa Kongle Sherpa has led 25 climbs of Island Peak. Thats Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak, in the background.
Here is what Nathan, who reached the summit of Island Peak in October, says:
I had a great time, and it was a very memorable trip I hope to go on another climb with Summit climb in the future, just need to get the time, energy and finances together.
I thought that it was really great the flexibility that you provided, you gave options of what was possible along with a sense that it was flexible as to what was possible, and what we could do. You gave us a lot of information and then let us make decisions based on what was best for us. I really liked this. It was not a tour like we go here now, we do this, and then we do that, next we are here at this date, etc.
It would be hard to improve on this, because like I said I liked this type of approach, and in an environment where things like weather make exact planning all but impossible to guarantee, I think it is the best approach.
If I were to go again, what would I do differently? I guess I would plan some more time into it, or some more flexibility about when I had to leave.
Other than that, all was good wouldn't change a thing.......oh I would bring less snacks as I didn't eat that many.
If I was advising someone who was thinking of joining, what would I tell them?
I would suggest that they join if they are looking for a customized like tour. For all expedition climbs I would highly recommend SummitClimb and SummitTrek to anyone I know. Also, I would tell them there is a lot more in the valley that is available to buy that I previously though.
Hope my comments weren't too direct, I figured you would rather hear what I think truthfully than me telling you that everything Summit climb did was perfect and there is nothing to change.
Regarding the photos, I put mine in Dropbox. Did you see that?
Also, I forgot whether I told you this or not, the place that you chose on the return to Namche, I forget the name, was owned by the son of the guy in Lukla, was an awesome great place with a great shower and nice clean warm rooms.
If was a lot of fun getting to know you, and hiking with you. I appreciate all your help, advice and friendship you offered along the way. Hope to see you again, either climbing or not, in the future.
We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trips a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.
Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says:
"I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are. I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future.
The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"
Here is what Dennis from Utah says:
"It was quite an experience of which I will never forget. The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome. You have a great team of guides and staff assembled and I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for the trip. The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well. Thank you for a wonderful, life fulfilling dream come true. Your program is awesome and I have told several people already of the quality of Summit Climb."
Here is what Patty had to say:
"What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!
We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the
trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!
To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.
What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.
I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!
Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."
Here is what Wanda says: "My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."
Here is what Wanda says:
"My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."
Here is what Elselien says: "I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definately higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard. I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions.
Here is what Elselien says:
"I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definately higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard.
I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions.
It's a real good way to do a fun little climb in the big Himalayas. It has some scrambling, glacier crossing and a nice headwall. It's a fairly safe climb with a possibly high succes rate and a good summit (because of the small size and the scenery) feeling. Using the high camp makes the summit more achievable and that day a little easier.
The trip is ideal to start a Himalayan climbing career and whatever happens it will be a great and worthy experience."
Here is what Brad says: Just got back to Kathmandu from a successful Island Peak expedition and loved every minute of it! I appreciate all that Summit Climb did to make this experience so memorable for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another climb with you guys in the future." - Brad
Here is what Christine says: A big thank you to our leader as well as to all the sherpas of summit climb and the porters who perform a herculean work... I was so happy to leave with a group that considers the life of the locals and the environment as the sacred part of the approach in the high mountain.