2 -12 pax
Private transportation as per itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu
Lodges during trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during trek and climb
On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Regarding the wonderful adventure on Island Peak Climb with Amadablam base camp trek. On briefing includes useful information to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. Evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music.
A free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation, with a day tour of exciting places around Kathmandu city of great historical, cultural and religious interest. Most of the Hindu and Buddhist monuments including old palaces are included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our city guide will show you the ancient wonders of Nepal, afternoon relax and prepare for the trek and climb of Island Peak around Everest region.
Start early morning departure from the hotel, with a short transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport, as per flight time after going through securities board in a small aircraft. Dornier / Twin Otter or similar types. The flight heads east overlooking a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, as the plane lands at Lukla airstrip. The airport called Tenzing & Hillary tribute to the first conqueror of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953. From Lukla airport after collecting all our baggage, carried by our strong porters or pack animals called Zhopkyo (crossbreed of Yaks and normal low altitude cows or ox). After a refreshing stop, start the walk to Phakding for the first overnight stop. Walk beings through Lukla street market and then descend to a place called Choplung, with many prayer monuments. The place where the route of Lukla and Jiri meets, and then on the main scenic trail past many nice farm villages to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a moderate standard lodge.
Walk today takes you to the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as trekkers. Where once a week, a colorful and busy market is held every Saturday walk leads to cross few bridges over Dudh Koshi glacial rivers to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where a ticket to be shown of purchased. Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, while the Sherpa knows as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language. From here reach the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, for a lunch break, and then continue to walk following the river on a bank, within a cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest. On crossing the last high bridge, along undulating uphill for few hours to reach Namche Bazaar for two overnights stops. Enjoy views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks from the lodge in Namche and then check into your rooms for refreshing rest before dinner time in a large warm and cozy dining hall.
Free day and well-deserved rest day after a long climb of the previous day to reach Namche Bazaar, a necessary to have spare and leisure day for a short hike to view-points. A good way to support acclimatization, enjoy the morning with breakfast and hike to Namche viewpoint overlooking Mt. Everest and the beautiful peak of Ama Dablam with other adjoining peaks. Visit the museum offers full information about the Khumbu region. For energetic people can take a hike up to Everest View Hotel of few hours.
The morning after breakfast, an easy stroll after a short climb to the top of Namche facing excellent views of Khumbu peaks with Everest, and then down to Imjatse River at Phunki-Tenga, a small settlement with few lodge and restaurants. A popular mid-day stops of trekkers for lunch and refreshments, from here on steep winding up for few hours through the cool shade of lovely woods to reach Tengboche and its colorful monastery. The area is surrounded by an array of peaks with grand views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam with a range of adjoining high mountains. Herewith time to visit the impressive Buddhist monastery interior of great cultural and religious interest, and then retire back to your lodge for rest and marvel at the surrounding exciting vista of snow-mountains.
Today a short walk of few hours to reach the next to last village at Pangboche, from Tengboche enjoy the morning views of snow-capped peaks while you have breakfast. Then the day starts with an easy descend to reach a strong metal bridge. On crossing the bridge above Imjatse River, a slow uphill climb to Pangboche village with close views of beautiful Ama Dablam. At Pangboche, check into a nice lodge after a good lunch afternoon free for a short hike to upper Pangboche, a place with an old monastery surrounded by juniper trees and few houses that serves as lodges.
Another rest day for a lovely walk up to majestic Mt. Amadablam, carrying pack lunch for the day hike. Start the day after good breakfast, heading down to Imjatse River and then cross a small wooden bridge. A steady steep climb takes you to a high ridge, a place with few huts and shelter of Yak herder. From here with a gradual climb to reach an open wide grassy field at Ama Dablam Base Camp. Enjoy the superb panorama of high snow peaks that surrounds this beautiful spot, standing beneath the West Flank of Ama Dablam, the most impressive Face of Mt. Ama Dablam. After spending pleasant time at base camp descend to the river, with a short steep climb to overnight stop at Pangboche village.
On leaving the last permanent village of Pangboche, while other places on route are temporary settlement with lodges and tea-houses to cater the trekkers. From here onward tree lines disappear for short bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes. The walk takes you higher to reach scenic Imjatse valley, where Dingboche is located, a perfect place for a lunch stop in one of many good lodges with nice restaurants, facing the first view of Island Peak towards the east of Imjatse valley floor. After a refreshing stop at Dingboche, a nice scenic walk heading due east on a large field of grassy meadow and crossing few icy streams, with a short climb to reach a high ridge at Chukung for an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge. Afternoon and enjoy close views of Island Peak, with Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Nuptse.
Slowly our adventure heads towards our main goal and highlight to reach Island base camp for the climb. The morning starts on an easy descend with a steep climb of less than half an hour to a ridge. Enjoy the great views, as the walk continues crossing a few icy streams and then on easy up to reach at wide moraine area at Island Peak base camp where tents are set for few overnights. The area around also called Parsya Gyab with a small stone-built hut made as a shelter for porters.
Another important rest day for good acclimatization, and final preparation for the climb to the summit of Island Peak. A nice day with time to check your climbing gear as well practice climb on rocks and ice walls near to the camp. Where our expert guide will teach and instruct you on some technical techniques with information on the route to the summit of Island Peak.
Normally, most climber makes ascent from base camp but with Vertex Holiday is another story. As we care for the client’s safeness and success of the climb to make the climb easier and accessible, we have set another high camp for the climb. After a good exercise and practice with acclimatization at base camp, our adventure starts with a climb across a glacier where one needs to be careful in avoiding crevasses, as the route takes you straight north over snow-covered scree in-between a glacier to the top ridge where we will set as high camp at above 5, 280 m high, not much of altitude gain but makes the next early morning much shorter. Afternoon relaxes and plan for the big day with our expert guide, he will brief you regarding the climb with a safe descend back.
Our final big and long day, starting early before the crack of dawn, climb over rocks and icefall section, a steep snow and ice ramp takes you near 100 meters or300 feet to reach on top of the summit. Where our guide will support technical areas with main ropes to reach on top of Island Peak or Imjatse Himal as listed in NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).On top of feeling high, tired but with excitement on achieving great success of a life-time experience. Enjoy facing a grand panorama of towering giant peaks that surrounds the summit. After a wonderful moment then descend safely back to base camp, to clear the camp leaving nothing but your footsteps. After a refreshing stop with a fresh warm drink, continue a few hour walks in the late afternoon to reach an overnight stop in a nice lodge at Chukung.
From here onward, an easy downhill walk with few short ups as route leads past Dingboche village, and retrace rest of the journey to Pangboche for an overnight stop, with grand views of beautiful Mt. Ama Dablam.
Morning enjoys last close views of Ama Dablam and then morning heads to short descend to cross over a bridge and then climb to Tengboche. From here onward back into tree lines, with down and ups to Shanasa village. As the walk gets pleasant on a gradual winding path to reach Namche for an overnight halt.
The last day walk of the adventure leads to a long stretch to reach Lukla, but easier with much downhill, as the walk takes you on the bottom of Namche Hill, the walk along the riverbank, and past Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village to reach Phakding. From here on a gradual winding trail with last final climb to reach the end of the trek at Lukla. For last overnight around high Khumbu and Everest region with party time with fellow members and trekking, climbing staff including porters who made the trip a great success.
Early morning with breakfast, then depart from the lodge to Lukla airport named after famous mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary. The morning flight reaches you back in Kathmandu. From the airport, transfer to your respective hotels with a free day to enjoy the hustle-bustle city life of Kathmandu.
It is necessary and wise to reserve a spare as a contingency day, in case of flight delay and might lead to cancellation at Lukla. Due to bad unfavorable weather conditions for small planes to operate which can happen even in the best time of the seasons. On this free day, one can enjoy individual activities and shopping for souvenirs or take a tour of Kathmandu's ancient cities site within Kathmandu, Patan, or Bhaktapur.
Your last day in Nepal, enjoying a memorable adventure on Island Peak Climb with Amadablam base camp Trek, and then as time for your international flight. Our staff transfers you to the airport for homeward bound.
Any mountains or peaks around Himalaya are tough to climb, but not overall difficult as for Island peak climb, a straight-forward peak to reach the summit but with some tough technical section to cope. Our expert climbing guide will make the climb much possible guiding and supporting you all the way to the top with a safe descend.
Not much like on a major mountaineering expedition, but yes you need some excellent gear for the climb, an important for all climbers is a good ice-axe, to begin with, then crampons, harness, helmets, carabineer/karabiner and main ropes which will be provided by the company and etc. Including your personal warm clothing with good climbing boots.
Certainly, it is worth a climb to Island Peak, if you are interested in basic or high standard climbing and mountaineering. Island Peak has the highest rate of success than any other trekking peaks, besides Mera or Yala Peaks. Island Peak will be a good start for your mountaineering career as it involves all that climber needs to experience, from rocks, ice, and snow.
As altitude-wise, it won’t be a big problem but can happen to some trekkers/climbers in the group or with other illnesses, like severe diarrhea or any other medical and health issue. If the member with the worse condition has to break the journey and reach Kathmandu by the fastest means of transport for evacuation. The only fastest and reliable is taking a helicopter service, where all medical and other expenses incurred have to be borne by oneself. Where it can be reimbursed from the insurance company, with a supporting letter from Vertex Holiday and as well from medical doctors in Kathmandu.
Around high Khumbu area from Lukla onwards of strong Buddhism religion and culture of ancient heritage custom with the traditional life of farming and raising livestock. Khumbu areas dominated by Sherpa follow Tibetan Buddhism, which you can witness on walks as well as visiting some monasteries like at Tengboche and Pangboche.
It happens sometimes, even during the best time of the year. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, but not all time of the good seasons. In this situation, if the flight does not operate, due to unfavorable weather. Our guide will make the best effort, as well contact the head office in Kathmandu regarding the situation. If the weather does not improve for flights, even on the next day the best option is to use helicopter services if needed, especially for people with tight international flights. Staying longer in Lukla for few days and use of chopper where clients have to bear the extra expenses and to be claimed from your travel insurance company.
Nearly all seasons of the year, but best in spring from March to May with autumn/fall of September to November, including pre-winter times of December. Spring is best with wildflowers in full bloom till Tengboche Monastery, and with clear fine days, most of the time can get cloudy in the late afternoon with clear starry nights. Much cold in the morning and nighttime as well in shady areas and the wind-chill factor adds colder with freezing temperatures, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.Autumn/fall is another best time with a clear day for views and climb of Island Peak and trekking. But can be much cold morning and night time, can expect snow sometimes around higher altitude.
Certainly, every best lodge we use for overnight stops or lunch does have facilities to charge electronic gadgets. From cell-phone, cameras, and laptops on paying a charge per hour for each item. The price differs from one place to another. The only place that you cannot get the facility for charging is at Island peak base camp for some days.
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