Nepal – Island Peak

Nepal – Island Peak

  • Duration
  • 20 Days
  • Group Size
  • 6-8
  • Location
  • Everest
Adventure-Trip-Difficulty-Rating-Extreme
  • Physicality
  • Extreme

Trekking through the Chhukung valley towards Island peak base camp is a stunning experience. Knowing we are trekking towards summiting an iconic peak fills us with excitement. The mighty Island Peak at a height of 6,189m will be our ultimate goal and is also used as a training peak for other bigger and more technical climbs in the region. Taking time to breathe in the rich Nepalese culture, scenery and feeling of being in such a beautiful environment, with towering snow and ice covered peaks, is an extraordinary experience. Island Peak is the summit you will be standing on the top of and feeling incredible!

Date: TBC
Duration: 20 days

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EXTREME

Athlete level of fitness wanting to go to the extremes of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual strength, endurance and capacity. Often desires a summit experience in high altitude as non-technical and also technical conditions. Highly driven and wants to achieve a significant goal.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION             

Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.

All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.

WEAR  

Comfortable Clothing for the flight

DAY 1    Arrive Kathmandu

You will be met by an EDGE Travel Worldwide ground agent and transferred to your hotel from the airport. (Usually a late afternoon arrival time.)

N.B. All hotels are 3-star rating with breakfast included. (Breakfast)

DAY 2    Fly to Lukla

After early-morning breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,886m) which takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 4 hours trek to Phakding (2,640m.) You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5,885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6,367m) to the far end. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 3    Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) takes approximately 6 hours. Namche Bazaar (3,440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 4    Namche Bazaar

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation. It is an ideal place to spend acclimatising with the high altitude. For acclimatisation you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour’s walk up to Syangboche (3,800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 5    Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche

Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867m) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3,860m.) Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 6    Tyangboche to Dingboche

Trekking from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m) takes approximately 5.5 hours. Today we start our trek with a pleasant walk and descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to Deboche 3,650m, with magnificent views of mountains. Past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual up to the Pangboche village. From here onwards the lush vegetation and tree line vanishes as we enter the Imjatse valley to the Dingboche. The great view of the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snowcapped mountains, including the Island peak or Imjatse 6,189m. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chukung and further beyond for the most challenging traverses towards the Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and the Amphu Laptsa pass 5,780m. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 7    Dingboche

Acclimatisation day at Dingboche (4,240 m.) There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. Another option is to hike up to Chhukum (5,070m,) where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 8    Chhukung

Today, we have a very short day and after breakfast we head further east for 2-3 hrs gentle trekking up hill, where we will reach Chhukung. Hidden in a valley near the base of Island peak. We’ll have a full days rest at Island peak and last place to prepare the camping and climbing gear. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 9    Island Peak Base camp

We trek through the Chhukung valley to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m,) which will take us approximately 3-4 hours. A steep climb to the south we then turn east to the main line of the valley. Winding along below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Then a short pleasant walk along a stream leads to what we call ‘Big-rock.’ The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisis cross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. We’ll reach Island peak base camp and overnight at tented camp. Stay overnight at camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 10  Tuition

Today our guide will teach you techniques in how to belay the rope, ascend and descend fixed ropes with a jumar, use your harness and crampons, ice axe, ‘toeing’ techniques and other essential and useful training. Stay overnight at camp (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 11  High camp

After breakfast we pack up the camp and head on to the High camp at 5,600m taking around 2-3hrs, from where we start our climb up Island Peak. Firstly, the path leads up beyond base camp for several hundred meters before striking off left up the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As you climb the hill, you will see that the slope narrows and the path enters a steep rock channel nearby where we’ll overnight at camp.

Stay overnight at camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 12  Island Peak

We start our climb in the early morning through the rock gully which be an 8-10hr day reaching the top of Island Peak (6,189m.) The rock gully is not difficult but there are several short rock steps to climb before you emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses, but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m/330ft snow and ice slope of 45 degrees, on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge lead to the top. You can enjoy the success of getting to the summit and after taking photos of the incredible scenic view, we will descend all the way to Chhukung for an overnight stay at the teahouse. Stay overnight at lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 13  Chhukung to Tyangboche

The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3,867m) which will take us 4-5hrs walk. The walk is pleasant all the way to Tyangboche. After the Dingboche valley and getting down to bridge, our route descends following the stream towards pangboche village, and further down to Tyangboche. This is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya with the first thing that comes to your eye being the big Monastery or Gumba, then the large field with campsites and teahouses and lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak of Ama Dablam, Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards the north east and more peaks surrounding you. Stay overnight at lodge. ( (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 14  Phungithanka

We Trek down to Phungithanka; a small settlement with couple of teahouses. Todays walk should take between 4-5hrs. The trail leads downhill through the forested path of silver fir, blue pines, rhododendron, magnolia and birch trees and then onto crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river leading onwards to the Sanasa and Namche bazzar at 3,440m. Stay overnight at lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 15  Monju and Phakding

Todays final day trekking will take 6-7hrs to Lukla (2,800m.) We descend crossing a bridge and walking to Monju and then onto ten Phakding for lunch. The lush green scenery around is refreshing along with passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa villages before arriving in Lukla. Final evening to say goodbye to our local crew. Stay overnight at lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

DAY 16  Fly to Kathmandu

The flight time to Kathmandu is usually scheduled for the morning (and takes 35 minutes to Kathmandu,) because of the wind in the afternoon. Sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather which is beyond our control. Your guide will transfer you to the hotel on arrival back into Kathmandu. Farewell dinner and celebration. Stay overnight at hotel. (Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 17  Kathmandu

 Opportunity to explore this incredible City and Culture (Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 18  Depart Kathmandu for home

(Breakfast)

Introduction to the Himalaya

A few years ago most people who came to visit the Himalaya already had a lot of experience hiking in their home Countries. These people needed to be warned of the subtle hazard of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS,) but in general, they were aware of mountain safety. This fact is no longer true, as many people start into the high mountains of Nepal with very little thought for the difficulties they might encounter. This document is intended to serve as a brief reminder of several important points you should think about before you go trekking.

The Trails

The trekking trails in Nepal vary from wide, road-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through theview finder of your camera. Sometimes your routes will become confusing and you may take a wrong path. If you are tired, as one often is at altitude or after a long day, there is a great temptation to try to climb up or down a steep hillside to regain the correct trail. Several people have died from a long fall while trying to do this and others have been painfully injured. Retrace your steps to find the correct path rather than moving cross-country. Never trek alone.

The weather

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on Earth, from 200 meters in the Terai to 8,848 meters on the top of Everest. Each altitude will have it’s own weather problems, from tropical heat to arctic cold. It is often difficult to plan for bitter cold winds and snow while walking past banana trees in the hot sun. In the main trekking seasons in Spring and Autumn, the weather is often stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. Those trekkers who encountered an easy day at altitude may spread the word that boots and warm clothing are not required. This is a mistake! Sudden storms can occur at any time, dumping one or two meters of snow on the passes. At that point, anyone with simple running shoes will not be able to proceed and may even be stranded for a number of days. Frostbite is a constant risk if one walks in snow at high altitude.

If you trek in the Winter, you must be prepared for cold and snow. If you trek in the monsoon you might be faced with slippery trails and difficult river crossings but there are much less people on the trail.

You are heading into the world’s highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes in temperature and weather!

Final preparations

If your trekking route will go over 4,000 meters, take a warm sleeping bag, boots adequate for snow, a warm jacket and good quality sunglasses. If you are hiking with porters, make sure they have sunglasses, warm clothing and shoes if they are trekking over high passes. Since most trekking routes do not have medical care for most of their distance bring an adequate first aid kit.

Altitude

The Himalaya begins where other mountain ranges leave off. Everest Base Camp is at the foot of huge mountains, yet it is 1,000 meters higher than the highest point in Europe. Your body can adjust to these altitudes, but only if given enough time. Being in a hurry in the mountains of Nepal can be deadly! It also seems that excessive exertion at altitude (e.g. carrying a heavy pack) may predispose some people to altitude illness. So it may be advisable to carry a light pack and use a porter. Acclimatisation is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends. You should adjust your schedule so that you average no more than 300 meters per day of ascent above 3,000 meters. If you fail to allow time for acclimatisation, you may develop symptoms of AMS. The AMS may be mild enough to go away with a day’s rest of if ignored may lead to death. All that is required to ensure a safe trek is basic awareness of AMS and a willingness to rest or descend if you develop symptoms. As a result of the growing awareness of altitude problems there is only one death from AMS in Nepal out of every 30,000 trekkers. Even these deaths would be avoided if everyone knew how to respond to AMS. There are no reliable figures casualties among porters.

Recognising Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can develop at any altitude over 2,000 meters. The early symptoms are headache, extreme fatigue and loss of appetite. Some people become breathless at rest. AMS is

the result of fluid accumulating in parts of the body. Where it does not belong: in the brain, in the lungs, or both. When mild symptoms develop, it is a signal that you must stay at that altitude until symptoms have gone away. Never ascend with any symptoms of AMS! Usually within one or two days you will feel well and can continue your trek.

If you are resting at the same altitude and your symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend. Worsening symptoms of AMS include increasing tiredness, severe headache, vomiting and loss of coordination. These are signs of High Altitude Cerebral Edema or HACE. HACE can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours if progressive symptoms are ignored. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness are signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edmea or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored. For both HACE and HAPE descent is mandatory.

A person suffering from AMS may not have clear thinking and may have to be forced to descend. Even if someone is willing to descend they should never be allowed to descend alone. Keep descending until the person shows some sign of improvement, usually after 300-500 meters of descend. Even if the diagnosis is not clear, but might be AMS, you should descend. You can always re- ascend when the person feels better.

It is best to start descending while the person who is ill can still walk. If the person can no longer walk, a yak or horse might be obtained. Porters can often be found to carry a sick person down. Do not wait for a helicopter. If you choose to administer oxygen or medications do not delay the descent to watch improvement. In summary, if you are not doing well at altitude, most likely you have some mild symptoms of AMS. Rest at the same altitude until you feel well. If you are getting worse at the same altitude, descend to at least the last point at which you felt well. If you are not sure of the diagnosis, erron the side of being too cautious. Remember severe altitude sickness is entirely preventable if you follow these guidelines.

EDGE Travel Worldwide does not recommend taking any drug to try and prevent AMS for the usual trekking routes in Nepal. It is safer to rely on a planned slow ascent. You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have known heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant (recommended to stay below 3,600 meters.) For other chronic medical conditions consult your Doctor.

Physical Fitness does not Prevent AMS

Do not expect everyone in your party to acclimatise at the same rate. You may have to wait an extra day for some members or be prepared to split the group. Children are more susceptible to AMS and need to be watched closely. It is risky to trek to high altitude with infants who cannot tell you when they are not feeling well. Sleeping pills, sedatives and alcohol should not be used at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. It seems that drinking 4-6ltrs of fluids (boiled water, iodinated water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatisation process. Consider use of the drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a treatment for mountain sickness. Talk to your Doctor about its use and side effects.

In addition, other drugs are Nifedipine which is used for HAPE and Dexamethasone which is used for HACE. But remember not to take medications indiscriminately. Sometimes the side effects can be lethal. You should also know about the Gamow bag which is used. When blown up, these bags simulate pressures of lower altitude and the patient inside benefits significantly. No special precautions are needed on descent.

Helicopter Rescue

Evacuation by helicopter these days has become more common due to the advent of private helicopter companies and easy access of communication. However, someone in Kathmandu must guarantee the payment of the flight before the rescue. If you are trekking with a Kathmandu based trekking agency, send a rescue request to them and they will arrange the flight. If you are trekking on your own, send a message to your embassy. Send your name, nationality, location and details of the injury or sickness (that is: altitude illness, frostbite, heart problem, fracture, dysetry etc.) It almost takes at least a few hours to twenty-four hours to arrange a rescue, including passing a message. Now-a-days, the private airlines provide effective helicopter services to evacuate trekkers in an emergency. Arranging helicopter rescues through private airlines may be prompt but the charges are a bit higher. One going trekking/mountaineering should have an insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation. If your Country has an embassy in Kathmandu register with them before you trek and record the details of insurance, if you have insurance it will speed up the rescue process.

Emergency Services for the Visitor in Nepal

Police Emergency – 100/110/122

Nepal International Clinic (Lal Durbar) – 4434642/4435357

Teaching Hospital (Maharajgunj) – 4412808/4412303

Patan Hospital (Patan) – 5522266/5522295

CIWEC Clinic – 4424111

Embassy

British Embassy – 4411281/4410589

Helicopter Companies

Fishtail Air – 4112230/4112217

Dynasty Heli Services – 4497418/4477560

Mountain Helicopters Pvt. Ltd – 4111031/4111032

 

Background to region and culture

Sagarmatha National Park (SNP,) declared in 1976, is situated in the North-East part of Nepal and covers 1,148 square km’s of the Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The mountains for the park are geographically young and are broken up by gorges and glacial valleys. The prime attraction, 8,848m high Mount Everest, lies in the park, which is home to two other eight thousands: Lhotse and Cho Oya, besides several other prominent peaks above 6,000m, namely; Thamserku, Nupste, Ama Dablam and Pumori. The park includes upper catchment areas of Dudhkoshi River and is largely composed of rugged terrain with deep gorges, glaciers and huge rocks. Recognising its superlative natural characteristics and unique ecosystems of international significance popularly known as universal outstanding value, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site in 1979. Gokyo and associated lakes in SNP were declared wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2007.

The Sherpa people, whose lives are steeped in Buddhism, live in the region. The famous Tengboche and other monasteries are common gathering places where festivals such as Dumje and Mani Rimdu is celebrated. In addition to the Tenboche, some other famous monasteries are Thame, Khumjung and Panboche.

In 2002, an area of 275 square km’s surrounding the park was declared as a buffer zone, consisting of forests and private lands. The park management and local people jointly initiated community development, conservation activities and manage the natural resources in the buffer zone. The National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 has made provision of ploughing back 30-50% of the park’s revenue into community development and conservation of the buffer zone.

Major Flora and Fauna

Sagarmatha National Park and its buffer zone consists of a temperature to nival zone which is rich in floral and faunal diversity. The vegetation found at lower altitudes of the park include Blue pine and hemlock forests and in between Rhododendron scrub. Alpine plant communities are common at higher altitudes including Silver fit, Juniper and Birch. Altogether 865 plant species have been recorded here out of which 62 species are globally significant. The park has a comparatively low number of mammalian species as a result of geologically recent origin of Himalayas and other climatic factors. The park is home to Red panda, snow leopard, Musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Marten, Wolf, Himalayan black bear and Himalayan mouse hare (Pika.) Many of these mammals are listed as endangered and threatened species. In addition, eight species of reptiles, seven species of amphibians and 30 species of butterflies have been recorded in the area. The park and its buffer zone provides habitat for at least 194 species of birds including the Himalayan monal, Snow cock, Blood pheasant, Red billed chough and Yellow billed chough.

Kit List

Luggage

One main piece of baggage which should be waterproof (a kit bag or holdall). A daysack to carry camera, water bottle etc. on trek. This should fit properly, be comfortable with a waist strap.

Total allowance 10kgs Maximum. Please note that it will be possible to store surplus kit not required on the trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Please note that flying from Kathmandu to Lukla your main luggage should not be over 10kg and your day sack should not be over 5kg.

Equipment to bring

Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. Be sure that you have what you need for the actual trek.

Luggage

Trek Kit Bag: Before leaving Kathmandu there is plenty of time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left in Kathmandu. Your trek luggage, including sleeping bag, needs to be packed into a kit bag, soft holdall, frameless rucksack or similar, to be carried by the porters/yaks. The weight limit for this is 10kg.

Advice on how to pack will be given at the trek briefing. A nylon or canvas bag with a zip along the top is suitable. Whatever you choose, it must be strong and water proof, as porters/yaks are not very gentle with baggage. Soft luggage is preferable! Framed rucksacks are unsuitable.

Daysack (38ltr to 55ltr)

During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage which is being carried for you by the porters/yaks. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daysack should, therefore, be large enough to carry the following: Waterproofs, fleece, long trousers (if walking in shorts), camera, warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle (4 litres), tissues, lighter and your packed lunch.

Most people normally find that this adds up to about 10kg. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. Remember to carry spare batteries with you during the day. Other optional items in a day pack might be binoculars, a diary or a book to read at lunch time. It is usually more comfortable to carry a slightly larger pack which is not full than carry a small pack which is overfull or with ‘bits’ tied on to the outside. 38 litres capacity is probably the most suitable. A shoulder bag is simply not a practical alternative.

Plastic Bags & waterproofing clothing and equipment

If you pack bits and pieces in plastic bags inside your kit bag they will stay dry in case of rain and it will be easier for you to sort through. Remember, the less you have to unpack in the evening, the less you have to pack in the morning! A bin liner to pack inside your day sac is also a good idea.

Clothing/Footwear

Walking Boots

Probably the trickiest part of all. We strongly recommend walking in good boots. Trainers, tennis shoes etc simply do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of boots. Many people now trek in the lighter weight Goretex or leather boots. They have the advantage that they take little breaking in. The slightly heavier traditional leather walking boots are also good. Avoid the types often found in high street shoe shops, which are simply cheap trainers with a higher canvas side sewn on – they give little support and will probably not last the trek.

Above all – your boots must be well broken in and comfortable.

 

We do not recommend borrowing or renting boots. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them – should your luggage be delayed, your well broken in boots are the one thing which will be irreplaceable. Gaiters are useful to keep snow and small stones out of your boots.

Trainers and Trekking Sandals

Useful around camp, in towns and when travelling.

Walking poles

Walking poles are recommended.

Waterproofs & Gaiters

Breathable waterproofs made from material such as Gore-Tex not only protects against rain and wind but also stops you from over-heating. They ‘breathe’ and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Gaiters are essential to keep your lower leg warm and prevent small stones getting into your boots on the summit and descent day.

Down Jacket

After sunset, temperatures can fall below freezing. A down jacket is the lightest and most convenient way of keeping warm when the temperature drops.

Thick sweater/fleece jacket

A thick sweater or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater of fleece.

Shorts

Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold!

Gloves & thermals

Especially useful in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes. Marks & Spencers Thermals or Helly Hansen types are most suitable. Also bring a scarf/buff to cover your face and a warm hat/balaclava.

Track Suit

Comfortable around the mountain huts and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas. Alternatively, thermal underwear is good – silk, cotton or synthetic.

Long Trousers

For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and become cumbersome when wet.

Socks

It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don’t breathe well and can cause blisters.

Wool, cotton and silk are the best materials. A fresh pair of socks every day after cleaning your feet and putting talc on them. This will help to keep them clean and free of injury.

Sunglasses/snow goggles

A good pair of sunglasses are essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes.

Sun Hat, High factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip balm

Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30spf) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sunblock/lip balm is ideal for facial protection.

Torch/Batteries/Bulb

A small torch is essential for finding things at night etc. Often a head torch is useful. Remember to bring some spare batteries.

Toiletries

Try to keep heavy cosmetics etc to a minimum. Essentials are tooth brush/tooth paste, soap, small towel, small nail brush, nail clippers. ‘Wet Wipes’ are great for a quick clean up, so bring a pack of those (non-perfumed to avoid rashes!)

Personal First Aid Kit

On each trek a First Aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin, etc. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

Sleeping Aids

You may find ear plugs and an eye mask useful at night. (Ear plugs are essential.)

Other Equipment:

Sleeping Bag & liner

As you do not carry it yourself this may be down or synthetic, but it must be a ‘4-season’ sleeping bag. A cotton, fleece or silk liner helps keep your bag clean and warm and can add another season to your sleeping bag. A small pillow that fits inside the hood of the sleeping bag may also be useful.

Water Bottle/containers

Water along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. Take a 4 litre personal water bottle or reservoir (preferably insulated), and water purifying tablets. If you dislike the taste of purified water, it is a good idea to add some powdered fruit juice. Also, energy drinks, snacks, chocolate, nuts and sweets are recommended whilst on trek.

Sleeping mat/thermarest

As comfortable as possible! If you take an inflatable thermarest then make sure you have repair patches for it too. This is needed for the occasions when we are sleeping in tents.

Personal medical and toiletry Kit list

Ear Plugs

Eye Mask

Paracetamol

Ibrufen

Aspirin

Propolis

Diamox

Toilet Paper

Nose tissues

Baby Wipes

Hand sanitiser

Sunscreen

General first aid kit

Foot first aid kit

Men’s toiletry essentials

Ladies toiletry essentials

Climbing equipment for Island peak

It is possible to hire the kit in Kathmandu, however it would be a good investment to get your own for future use. (Please ask EDGE Travel Worldwide to hire the kit if you need to.) Kit needed is:

X1 pair of Boots that crampons can fit to: make sure your boots have a semi or full ridged sole

X1 pair of Crampons

X1 Ice axe

X1 Helmet (that can fit over a wooly hat/ski hat)

X2 Jumar/ascender: left or right depending on your preference

X1 Alpine Climbing harness

X2 Rappel device: figure of 8 or ATC

X6 carabiners: 3 locking and 3 regular

Insurance

You must make sure you have the right travel insurance for the trip personally and also make sure you have insurance to cover medical evacuation in case of emergency. An example company to arrange this is: ACE European Group Ltd (telephone) 0207 1737796

Another consideration is what level of insurance do you need if the scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu is not possible due to the weather. An alternative to or from Lukla is by helicopter – will your insurance cover this?

 

Vary rarely but it can happen – if it is not possible to fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu due to bad weather in order to connect with your international flight home, will your insurance cover this?

General local information

Entry Visa – $25 from Kathmandu airport. (Take x2 passport photos with you.)

Lukla trekking tax – $17 payable on leaving Lukla for the trek.

Water on trek – buy bottled water en-route (price ranges from $1 to $5 per bottle) or purify

tap water en-route: Chloride, Iodine, Steri-pen.

Mobile Phone sim cards – buy in Kathmandu.

Baggage to Lukla (internal flight): Day-sack must be no more than 5kg and main luggage must

be no more than 10kg.

Food on trek – varied but the rule is best to be vegetarian! (Use supplements if desired.) The

main food is called ‘Dal bhat’ with rice (lental soup with rice.)

Tips for local crew – $4 per day for each guide and porter. Tips given at the end when at Lukla

waiting to fly back to Kathmandu.

Currency in Nepal is Nepali rupees or USD.

Summary of trek and climb with duration and elevation

Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu (approximately 35 minutes.) Lukla: 2,840m

Trek Lukla to Phakding (2,640m) 4hrs walk.

Trek Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,430m) 7hrs walk.

Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazzar (A trek will take place to 4/5hrs going over 3,850m and

return to Namche Bazzar for overnight.) 4/5hrs walk.

Trek Namche Bazzar to Tyangbouche (3,850m) 5hrs walk.

Trek Tyangbouche to Dingboche (4,250m) 5/6hrs walk.

Acclimatisation day in Dingboche 4/5hrs walk.

Trek Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4,730m) 2/3hrs walk.

Trek Chhukung valley to Island Peak base Camp (5,200m) 3/4hrs walk.

Island Peak base camp training day (5,200m)

Move from Island Peak base camp to High camp (5,600m) 2/3hrs walk.

Summit attempt from High camp to Island Peak summit and to Chhunkung (6,189m) 8/10hrs

climb/walk.

Chhukung valley to Tyangboche (3,867m) 4/5hrs walk.

Trek Tyangboche to Namche Bazzar (3,440m) 4/5hrs walk.

Trek Namche Bazzar to Lukla (2,800m) 6/7hrs walk.

Included

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off transport: private vehicle
  • One climbing guide, cook and assistant Sherpa
  • One UK EDGE Travel Worldwide Tour Leader
  • 5 porters for 10 participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage for 2 participants)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits and a cup of tea/coffee every morning
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits and a cup of tea/coffee every morning
  • Accommodation in lodges and camping during the trek and climbing phase on full board basis
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Island Peak climbing permit
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu Hotel – Domestic Airport – Kathmandu Hotel by private vehicles
  • Flight tickets: UK – Kathmandu – UK
  • Flight tickets: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment for all guides and porters
  • Group First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a live cultural performance at an authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses including drinks, beverages, Wi-Fi, laundry, showers etc
  • Personal helicopter rescue insurance
  • Tips for local crew on trekking and climbing phase
  • Excess bag charges
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (Apart from farewell dinner in Kathmandu)

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Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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