Island Peak Climb with EBC

Duration: 20 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Trip Grade Very Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 6200

Highlights

  • Climb 6000 meters above the peak in the Himalayas along with trekking to Everest base camp
  • Explores the eastern Himalayan of Nepal, Khumbu region
  • Trek within the Sagarmatha National Park, crossing suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi river and passing by dense rhododendron forests
  • An adventurous package with stunning landscapes and breathtaking mountain panorama
  • Assisted by an experienced mountain guide, you will be in safe and reliable hands
  • Highly recommend it to travelers looking to join something next level in the Himalayas
  • Perfect peak to climbing for beginner climbers as the technical difficulty minimal
  • Learn about Nepali culture and traditions and get to know about Sherpas and other mountain communities
  • Stop at ancient monasteries for blessings and hike to viewpoints to acclimatize and witness surreal sceneries

Island Peak Climbing with EBC 20 Days

Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek is a long package that also involves climbing a peak in the Himalayas. This is a 20-day long program in the eastern Himalayan of Nepal, Khumbu region. The Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trekking is the most adventurous package out there.

You will be reaching great heights during this trip. And as the journey is guided by an experienced mountain guide, you will be in safe and reliable hands. If you already have done treks in the Himalayas previously and are looking to join something next level, then we highly recommend our Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek package.

You just have to be fit and have some sort of high-altitude experience to join us on our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek departure. Island peak is one the easiest peaks to climb in the Himalayas if we consider technical difficulty.

Island peak climbing is beginner friendly. Even though the technical difficulties are minimal, the climb is very physically demanding, so you have to be strong and fit. The overall journey takes you very close to Nepali culture and traditions.

You will get to know about Sherpas and other mountain communities closely as you will trek through different villages. Along the trail, you will cross suspension bridges, trek through lush forests, and stop at ancient monasteries for blessings.

Trekking & climbing parts

The Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek has two parts- trekking and climbing. Both are equally exciting and rewarding. The trekking parts let you experience and understand the mountain lifestyle. You will acclimatize before ascending to Island peak base camp and above.

The trek takes you to the base of the world's highest mountain, Everest base camp, and further hikes to Kala Patthar (5,545 m). After trekking to Everest base camp (5,364 m), we then head to Chhukung valley and ascend to Island peak base camp. From Chhukung village (4,730 m), our climbing part begins.

To reach the summit, we will be climbing on slippery glaciers and cross ice headwalls using fixed ropes and other climbing gear. Our mountain guide will help us navigate through strenuous parts, whereas the supporting crew will make sure all the tents and meals go smoothly.

Island peak climbing with EBC Trek attractions

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

We'll take you on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. You will be touring monuments like Monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These are some of Nepal's ancient temples, palaces, and courtyards.

There couldn't be a better way to learn about Nepali art, architecture, culture, and history than visiting these places. Our friendly guide will tell you all about these tourist sites and the myths related to them. You will also be exploring local markets surrounding these places.

Explore Sagarmatha National Park and its wonders

The Sagarmatha National Park begins from Monjo village onwards, on the way to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. The national park goes up to the top of Mt. Everest, so you will be pretty much trekking inside the national park. The Sagarmatha national park protects the flora and fauna, along with all the villages, mountains, and river valleys inside it.

You will not come across any wild animals during trekking through dense forests, but you can expect to see exotic birds and numerous vegetation. Likewise, in the upper part of the trail, you will navigate through glacial moraines, glaciers, and snow headwalls.

Beautiful villages and welcoming mountain communities

During these 20 days of Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek, you will spend nights in many beautiful Sherpa villages. Your first night will be in Phakding village, followed by the famous Namche Bazaar and then Tengboche.

Further up, spend nights in villages like Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is the last settlement before the Everest base camp, and Chhukung village is the last settlement before the Island peak base camp.

The villagers are very welcoming and will treat you like their family. Get to experience the mountain lifestyle and come across their daily lifestyle. Apart from Sherpas, you will also meet with other communities like Bhotiyas, Limbus, Rais, etc.

Visit ancient monasteries and amazing side hikes

Along the Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trail, you will come across many monasteries and stupas. Khumjung monastery, Tengboche monastery, and Pangboche monastery are some of the religious places you will visit during trekking. These three are the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region.

Our Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek itinerary has two acclimatization days and multiple side hikes. You will hike to Hotel Everest View, Nangkartshang peak, and Kala Patthar. All these are viewpoints and offer breathtaking mountain panoramas,

Trek to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar

Before you begin climbing Island peak, you will trek to the lap of Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp & also hike to Kala Patthar. Adding trek to EBC makes this package very special. You will be tackling the two most famous parts of the Khumbu region in one trip. Likewise, a hike to Kala Patthar offers a stunning sunrise and helps you acclimatize.

Climb Island peak

The summit day starts very early. You will be waking up between 2:00 to 3:00 AM to push towards the summit of Island peak. There will be a guide with you. Leaving the Island peak base camp, you will scramble along a rock ridge to a glacier.

The route then goes above a rocky hill and follows a steep snow path to the headwall. The summit is above the headwall. The guides will fix the ropes and ensure the safety of the trail. Before the summit, you will be climbing a 60 to 70-degree face for about 150 meters.

Stunning mountain views and diverse landscapes

You will get to see an uncountable number of hills, peaks, and mountains on this trip. With the increase in elevation, the grandeur of the Himalayas will open to you. There will be times when you will be standing face-to-face with some of the highest mountains in the world.

Before the mountain gets prominent, the lush green landscapes will tease you as you trek from one village to another. You will hike to viewpoints to observe the best mountain panoramas throughout the Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trekking.

Snow-capped giants like Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Kanchenjunga (8,56 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Pumori (7,161 m), and numerous others are seen during Island peak climbing with EBC trek.

Learn how to use climbing gear

Before you being Island peak climbing, our team leader will give you pre-climbing training at the Island peak base camp. The training involves route briefing and teaching you how to properly use climbing gear like crampons, harnesses, fixed ropes, ice ax, etc. You will also learn to understand the instructions of the guide during climbing. This training will boost your confidence.

You'll Experience

Everest Base Camp

Itinerary

We have designed a 20-day itinerary to summit Island Peak. The Island Peak climbing itinerary also includes trekking to Everest Base Camp as the trek to EBC is helpful to gain altitude and there is a high chance of success on the summit of Island peak. So, you reach the Everest Camp and also summit the Island on the same program.

The Island peak climbing itinerary also includes a heritage tour in Kathmandu, your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, and a buffer day at the end of the trip, the extra buffer day is used if you need any extra day during the trek and climb or if there is any delay or cancelation on Lukla flight which may happen due to the unfavorable weather conditions.

The Island Peak climbing begins with a scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla. From Lukla, you trek towards Phakding and ascend through Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazar. The trail then passes through lovely dense forests and takes you to Dingboche via Tengboche. At Tengboche, you visit an ancient monastery.

Further, you pass by several villages and reach Everest Base Camp and hike up to the Kala Patthar. These ascend helps you in acclimatization. You then move to Chhukung Valley and gradually ascend towards the Island Peak Base Camp. From here, following the steps of your Sherpa guide, you scale the Island Peak and reach its top.

The offered 20-day itinerary is a guideline itinerary, however, we at Outfitter Himalaya are always happy to craft and offer you an itinerary as per your desire and requirements. Let us know your needs.

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The team of Outfitter Himalaya will welcome you at the airport on your arrival day. They will take you to the hotel we have booked for you and help you with check-in. If you have any questions feel free to ask them.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We have this full day in Kathmandu to prepare for our EBC trek with Island peak climbing. Before we begin preparing for the trip, we will spend the morning visiting some UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The tour will be guided, so one of our experienced and friendly tour guides will be with you explaining to you about the monuments.

You will visit the Monkey temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath Temple. Later, The mountain guide will introduce himself and brief you on the program. We then proceed with final packing and last-minute shopping.

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The Lukla flight set the right mood for this adventurous venture in the Himalayas. Depending upon the air traffic, we will be flying to Lukla either from Kathmandu domestic airport or Manthali airport. If the flight is from Manali airport, we drive to the airport around 2:30 AM at dawn to reach the airport right on time for the flight.

Once you land at the Lukla airport, our supporting crew (porters) will join the group. We will load the duffel bags and begin trekking towards Phakding village for the night stay. The trail descends to Dudh Koshi river and passes by Ghat village. From here, it is a short walk to Phakding. On the way, we'll cross many suspension bridges.

Note: Lukla Flight Updates!

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

From Phakding village, the trail goes along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi river. We get to see mountains peeking through tall trees. Crossing numerous suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi river, we will trek through rhododendron forests. Just after Monjo, there is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. From here, we gradually ascend to Namche Bazaar following a steep uphill route.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Today, we will go on a short hike around Namche Bazaar and spend the rest of the day here acclimatizing. We will hike to Hotel Everest View, from where the first view of Everest is seen, along with Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. We will be visiting the Hillary school and an ancient monastery called Khumjung and we will back to Namche Bazaar.

Similarly, in Namche Bazaar, we can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Namche Bazaar is the biggest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region. Spending an extra day here will give us a golden opportunity to have a close look at the daily lifestyle of the villagers.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
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We leave Namche Bazaar today and trek to Tengboche village. The trail offers a stunning panorama of mountains like Nutpse, Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. From Namche Bazaar, the trail drops down to Phunki Tenga. From here, the trail ascends to Tengboche village. In this village, we'll visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam is exceptionally fantastic from here.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

Trekking through rhododendron forests, we will reach Deboche. From here, the trail goes to Pangboche village. Walking along a downhill trail, we descend to Imja Khola. From here, it is an uphill walk to Dingboche village. The view of Island peak and Lhotse stands out today. Before reaching Dingboche, we will walk past mani stones and terraces.

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  • Max. Altitude4410

Our second acclimatization day is in Dingboche village. These halts will allow your body to adjust to the elevation and make it to Everest base camp. Today, we'll go on a hike to Nangkartshang peak. The hiking track is rugged and steep, but at the end of the hike, a breathtaking mountain landscape awaits us.

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The trail gets difficult and more remote from Dingboche onwards. We leave Dingboche after breakfast and walk uphill to a ridge. From here, we will cross a glacial moraine and gradually ascend to Thukla. Further, the trail goes past memorial statues and leads us to Lobuche village.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4910

On this day, we will be reaching the Everest base camp. From Lobuche village, we trek following the Khumbu Glacier via the glacial moraine to Gorak Shep. The trail then goes to EBC via a boulder-filled steep track. Towering mountains dominate the skyline.

As we reach Everest base camp, we can see many tents of mountaineers. Likewise, we can see the Khumbu Icefall right in front of our eyes. After spending some time at the base camp, we will return to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5364

Early in the morning, before sunrise, we'll go on a hike to Kalapattar. The hike will be fantastic, and the mountain scenery will be equally enchanting. We can see numerous mountains from Kala Patthar, along with an outstanding view of Everest.

After enjoying the view, we will descend to Gorak Shep and have breakfast before leaving. Following the same trail back, we will drop at Lobuche village. The trail then ascends to Thukla and descends to Dingboche village.

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From Dingboche, we have two routes to reach Chhkung village. We can cross the Kongma La pass (4,910 m) or take another route without a pass to Chhukung village. The trail offers a very impressive mountain landscape today.

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Leaving Chhukung village, we will ascend to the Island peak base camp. The climbing route is steep and trodden. We have to navigate through rock blocks, and the trail involves 40 minutes of straight climbing to the base camp. Upon reaching the Island peak base camp, the supporting crew will set up the tents and prepare meals for us.

Later in the day, the team leader will brief the climbing program and also give us pre-climbing training. We will learn to understand the instructions of the guide during the summit push. Similarly, the team leader will also teach us how to properly use climbing gear involved in the Island peak climbing.

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  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • Max. Altitude4970

We have a big day ahead of us today. We will be pushing toward the Island's peak summit on this day. The island peak is the extended ridge coming from the south end of Lhotse Shar. To reach the summit, we have to navigate through slippery glaciers and ice headwalls. Leaving the base camp at dawn, we'll follow in the footsteps of our Sherpa guides and climb onto a rocky ridge.

From here, the glacier walk begins. We use fixed ropes to reach the summit. From the top of the Island peak, we can see the surreal view of the Himalayas. After spending some time admiring the view, we will follow the same path back to base camp. We'll clean the base camp before leaving it. The trail drops down to Chhukung village and retraces the path back to Dingboche.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude6189

We have kept an extra day in case we do not get the summit window on the day we plan to reach Island peak. The weather in the Himalayas is very unpredictable. So, having an extra day will give us room to not compromise on our safety and choose the best possible summit day.

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Leaving Dingboche, we first drop down to Tengboche village. The trail descends through rhododendron forests and beautiful villages. From Tengboche, descend to Phunki Tenga and ascend to Namche Bazaar. The mountain views and little interaction with the passers will keep us going.

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The trail from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is the same as before. We trek alongside uneven hillsides and steeply descend. Further, we walk through dense forests, crossing numerous bridges and settlements to Phakding. From here, the trail gradually ascends to Lukla.

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It is time to return to Kathmandu. We will take the earliest possible flight. The guide will drop you at the hotel upon landing in Kathmandu. You have the remaining day free in Kathmandu. Take plenty of rest and have your cravings. Visit the spa and relax.

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We have another full day in Kathmandu and this is also a reserved day to use in case there is any delay or cancelation on the Lukla flight. Today is also your last day in the city if we get no delay or cancelation on our flight.

We highly recommend visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square on this day. We can also arrange a guided sightseeing tour for you. Spend the day doing whatever you like. Explore local markets and have local food. Window shopping in Thamel sounds good too. In the late evening, we will gather in a restaurant for a farewell dinner.

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As the trip has come to an end, it is time to fly back to your home. Our airport team will be at your hotel lobby to escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time. We wish you a safe flight and see you soon.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Island Peak Climb with EBC map

Inclusions

  • All the airport transfers
  • Four nights Accommodation in Kathmandu hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
  • Meals during the trek and climb with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits, climbing permits, and TIMS permit
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek and tented camp during the climbing
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers) for the trek and climbing guide for the climbing
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance for the guide and porters
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service ( pay by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees on Kathmandu tour
  • Personal expenses and all alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and a hot shower during the trek
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide and staff

Add-Ons & Options

Single Traveller Supplement

  • For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement cost of US $300.00 applies on group join trek!

Note: When booking your accommodation for this trip, please note that while we guarantee a single room for you in the city of Kathmandu, there may be limited availability of mountain lodges and you may need to share a room with a fellow trekker of the same gender during certain parts of the trek. We will do our best to ensure your comfort and privacy throughout your journey.

Group Departures

We at Outfitter Himalaya offers small group trek to Island Peak Climbing. Find the fixed dates below to join the group trip and book your most suitable date.

The size for the group trek would be from 1 person to 12 people. If you are more than 12, contact us for the discounts and booking process.

If the offered dates are not suitable for you, or want to have private trip, Proceed booking from the right bar on your own date.

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: SundayMar 24, 2024End DateEnds: FridayApr 12, 2024PricePrice Per PersonUS$2600StatusAvailable

Essential Info

Permits for Island Peak Climbing

You need some permits to trek Everest Base Camp and Island peak climbing. And, they are Island peak climbing permits, Sagarmatha National Park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit, and A permit from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. We apply to get all these permits once you book the Island peak climbing with us.

Island Peak Climbing Difficulties

Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek is a strenuous program. This trip no doubt tests your ability to cope with elevation and trivial challenges the Himalayan trail may throw at you. However, you get equally rewarded with a blissful view in return.

Every day involves 6 hours of trekking and someday goes above 8 hours of walking. You have to be strong physically and mentally to do Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek. There are many ascents and descents through uneven hillsides and dense forests.

The trail gradually ascends to glacier moraines and rocky fields. Once you begin climbing, it will be pure snow climbing and navigating through glaciers & ice headwalls.

Altitude sickness

Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek sees a significant increase in altitude. You will be traversing multiple days above 3,500 meters, which makes your body highly prone to altitude sickness.

Combining the slow trekking part before going to the Island peak base camp allows your body to acclimatize and lowers the risk of altitude sickness. So, we highly recommend our Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek itinerary.

We cannot completely eliminate altitude sickness from this trip. But with proper measures and care from our supporting team will assure you a safe trip for you. Be attentive to early symptoms of altitude sickness and keep yourself hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

Island peak climbing with Everest base camp trek preparation

To make sure your body is ready for Island peak climbing with the Everest base camp trek, you have to be able to walk 6 hours a day with a 5 kg weight on you. Keep in mind, the trail you will be following is trodden, and elevation also increases every day. So, your body has to be able to adjust to the high altitude and compromise on the unavailability of modern facilities.

Focus on strength training and increasing your endurance. Cardio activities like swimming, cycling, hiking, running, etc will help you build your stamina. Prepare your mind to adjust to the limited services provided along the way. Get your trekking boots early to get used to it.

Optional adventurous packages in the Himalayas

We have many adventurous treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. Some of our famous packages are- Everest three high passes trek, the Gokyo lake Renjo La Pass trek, the Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho lake, the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trek, the Nar Phu valley trek, the Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu trek.

Likewise, we also have Mera peak climbing for beginner climbers. You can check out our cultural tour programs and jungle safari too.

Best time to go on Island Peak Climbing

Spring i.e., March to May is the best time to climb Island Peak because of the stable weather and pleasant climate. It can extend to early June, depending on the weather situation. Likewise, autumn (October to November) is also an ideal time to go on Island Peak Climbing. One thing to know is that the trail is crowded as spring & autumn is the peak time of the year to explore the Himalayas.

Guide and Crew on Island Peak Climbing

You have a professional tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 (The tour guide for this day may differ from the trek & climbing guide the next morning) and a trained/certified trekking guide for the whole trekking who handles the logistics and guide you. And, you have a climbing guide for the climbing period from Chukung to Chukung.

There will be a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are eight or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage, and there will be one porter for every two members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22KG.

Accommodation on Island Peak Climbing

We provide 19 nights’ accommodation on Island Peak climbing. You stay at a hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights and stay overnight in a lodge on the trek and in tented camps on the climb for about 1 night.

The lodge is available up to Gorakshep, and from there onwards, the climbing period begins. Lodge offers a twin-sharing room usually with common/private washrooms depending on the place. The dining area is the warmest space in the lodge and is also used as a common space where you can sip hot tea and chat. While climbing, all the tents are carried by the crew members. We offer high-quality sleeping tents along with dining and washroom tents.

Notes: A hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 -5-star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Meals & Drinks on Island Peak Climbing

We provide a total of 49 (19 breakfast, 15 lunches, and 15 dinners) in Island Peak Climbing. This includes daily breakfast and all three meals a day while on the trek & climbing. You have to pay for lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.

Meals get served according to the menu of the lodge. Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental dishes can be seen on the menu. Among all the options dal Bhat is the most affordable and filling, and our crew members cook and serve you a simple meal while climbing.

Likewise, you can also buy bars and snacks on the way, which are not involved in the package cost.

Drinking water is available almost everywhere. Carry a reusable water bottle along with water purification tablets for extra safety.

Extra nights in Kathmandu pre or post the Island Peak Climb

Extra night hotel is available for pre or post Island peak climbing. Let us know, if you are planning to arrive in Nepal earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need extra nights in Kathmandu.

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