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Island Peak Climbing

Originally known as Imja Tse
Days 18
Trip Rating 4.5/5 4 Reviews
From $3100 USD

Island Peak Climbing Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10016
  • Package: Island Peak Climbing
  • Duration: 18 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 6,189m/20,305ft
  • Trip Level:
    Advanced
    Requires prior training and some experience in trekking and mountaineering
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Guest House | Tent Camp | Hotel
  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
  • Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar - Chukhung - Island Base camp - Island Peak - Lukla

Island Peak Climbing 2023 Highlights

  • Embark in an extraordinary mountaineering venture to Island Peak.
  • Enjoy the exhilarating and scenic flight to Lukla while viewing the gleaming vistas. 
  • Trek through the diverse biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park. 
  • Traverse through picturesque Sherpa settlements, streams, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, and moraines. 
  • Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery. 
  • Ascend to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) and Kalapathar (5,545 meters). 
  • Admire the marvelous panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and others. 
  • Summit the Island Peak (6,189 meters). 
  • Explore and experience the unique culture, traditions, and hospitality of the Sherpa ethnic group.

If you are looking for a thrilling endeavor, Island Peak Climbing is one of the best choices. It is a spectacular journey into the mysterious Himalayas that will quench your thirst for challenging adventure. 

The locals call the peak "Imja Tse" in the Sherpa language, which also translates to Island Peak. The peak sits at the top of Chukung Glaciers and looks like a lone island amidst the sea of snow and ice. Hence, Sir Eric Shipton named the peak during his 1951 Everest expedition. The peak lies near the point where Imja and Lhotse Glaciers intersect. 

Negotiating crevasses in snowfield along the route to the summit of Imja Tse.

The route to Island Peak follows the classic Everest Base Camp route. Lukla serves as the gateway for the trek and passes by several famous Sherpa settlements like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, Chukung, and more. En route, you will also pass by several ancient monasteries, the most renowned being the Tengboche Monastery.  

Island Peak Climbing has been a favorite trekking peak among mountaineers as a practice climb for Mount Everest. In addition to the challenges, the summit offers mesmerizing panoramic views of the world's highest mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche Peak, Thamserku, and more.  

Island Peak Climbing has a 2 B-level Alpine Grading System. This means that the route has some technical sections, and climbers must have basic knowledge of mountaineering tools. With proper preparation, even beginners can participate in the expedition to the Island Peak. The trek combines the Everest Base Camp Trek with the Island Peak. Hence, this trek in Nepal attracts numerous trekkers and mountaineers every year.

Also: Everest Three Passes Trek In Nepal

 

Best time for Island Peak Summit

The best periods for Island Peak Climbing in Nepal are spring and autumn. These seasons have stable weather, clear skies, and warm temperatures. Hence, they are also peak trekking seasons. Here is a brief explanation of these two times:  

Spring (March to May)

As the spring season begins, the temperature slowly rises, and the days become longer. The weather is pleasant, and the sky is clear. Therefore, you can witness the scenery and mountain vistas without any obstructions. It is also when the flora and fauna are the most active. Walking along the forest trails, you will see the forests of rhododendrons and Himalayan wildflowers in full bloom. 

The temperature above 4000 meters is still cold, especially at nighttime. The average daytime temperature ranges from 10 to 17 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the nighttime temperature can drop below 0 degrees Celsius. There are minimum chances for rainfall. Similarly, the temperature will gradually become warmer as spring progresses. 

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is the next best season for Island Peak Climbing because of its stable weather conditions. The vegetation looks lusciously green and vibrant. Likewise, the colorful foliage adds to the scenic landscapes. The lower altitude region can receive little rain during early autumn, but precipitation decreases as the season progresses. Visibility is crystal clear at this time. 

The average daytime temperature ranges between 7 and 15 degrees Celsius, and the nighttime temperature is around 5 degrees Celsius. The weather becomes chilly by the end of autumn as pre-winter enters Nepal. You can also enjoy the festive atmosphere while trekking, as two of the biggest Nepalese festivals, Dashain and Tihar, fall in autumn. 

Note: The weather at higher elevations can change at any time. Therefore, please check the weather forecast before planning the Island Peak Climb. You should also consult a local agency or an experienced guide for the most current weather reports.

 

Acclimatization in Island Peak Climbing Expedition 

Acclimatization is crucial for high-altitude treks and climbs like the Island Peak Climbing. Therefore, Core Treks has crafted an ideal Island Peak itinerary that allows you to acclimate properly before ascending to higher elevations. Likewise, we will gradually climb to high altitudes to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. 

Our itinerary includes acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) and Dingboche (4,400 meters). During the acclimatization day, we must stay active, which helps our bodies better adapt to the higher altitudes. 

Namche Bazaar is Sherpa's capital and a trading hub of the Everest region. While on our acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar, we will take a short hike to Syangboche (3,720 meters), which is slightly higher. It helps to train our bodies to adapt gradually. We can witness the gorgeous scenery of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Then, we will hike to one of the world's highest hotels, Hotel Everest View (3,962 meters). After a whole day's elevation, we will return to Namche. 

Dingboche is another Sherpa village where we will spend an acclimatization day. We will take a short excursion to the Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 meters) on this day. The hike to the peak takes around 3 hours, and you can see splendid mountain vistas from the top. We will then return to Dingboche and explore for a while. 

Despite acclimatization, you can experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Thus, you should listen to your body, and if you feel any discomfort, you should immediately ask your guide. If you start experiencing severe symptoms, you should immediately descend to the lower altitudes.

 

A typical day on trek and climb on Island Peak

Our typical day during the Island Peak trek/ climb begins early morning. We will continue our trek around 7 to 8 AM after breakfast, depending on the destination. We will trek for 3 to 5 hours before taking a short lunch break. Most often, we will have lunch around midday.

After reaching our destination, we usually have dinner around 6 to 7 PM. After dinner, your trek guide will brief you on the next day's trek. Then, you are free to spend the evening as you please. 

Each day will be an exciting journey. You will witness beautiful scenery, explore new places, and have numerous opportunities to take photographs. However, sometimes, weather and route conditions can create obstacles. But do not worry. With our expert guides, you are in safe hands.

 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft (Kathmandu)
Day 02 Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding 2,652 m/ 8,698 ft
Day 03 Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding 3,410 m/ 11,184 ft (Namche Bazaar)
Day 04 Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day 3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
Day 05 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3,860 m/ 12,660 ft. (Tengboche)
Day 06 Tengboche to Dingboche 4,400 m/ 14,432ft (Dingboche)
Day 07 Tengboche to Dingboche 5,083 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak).
Day 08 Dingboche to Lobuche 4,910 m/ 16,104 ft. (Lobuche)
Day 09 Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp & back to Gorakshep 5,140m m/ 16,859 ft (Gorakshep) 5,364m/ 17,594 ft (E.B.C.)
Day 10 Gorakshep to Kalapathar & to Chukung Kala Patthar 5,545m/18,187ft & 4,730m/15,518ft
Day 11 Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp & Training 5,240m/17,187ft (Island Peak Base Camp)
Day 12 Island Peak Base Camp to Summit & Back to Chukung 6,189m/20,305ft (Island peak)
Day 13 Chukung to Tengboche 3,860 m/ 12,660 ft (Tengboche)
Day 14 Chukung to Tengboche 3,440 m/ 11,283 ft (Namche Bazaar)
Day 15 Tengboche to Namche 2,840 m/ 9,315 ft (Lukla)
Day 16 Morning flight Lukla to Manthali & drive to Kathmandu 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 17 Full day in Kathmandu (Spare day) 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 18 Departure Day

Island Peak Climbing Altitude Chart

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary


Day 01

Arrival to Kathmandu

Our Core Treks representative will warmly receive you at the airport. We'll then transport you to a hotel at a convinent location in Kathmandu. You will have some time to relax and refresh yourself from your journey. After checking in and placing your items, we request you walk to the Core Treks office. 

At the office, we will provide a briefing to set the scene for your journey. In addition to briefing, we will address your queries to the best of our ability. We will make your arrival and orientation hassle-free so that you can begin your journey on a positive note. Your comfort and satisfaction are our number one priority. 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: None
Day 02

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight from the Tribhuvan International Airport's domestic terminal. It is a 30-minute scenic and thrilling flight to Lukla. You can first glimpse some of the Everest region's highest mountain ranges and landscapes. You will land at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, one of the world's most dangerous airports.

You can also take a Lukla flight from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. The Manthali Airport is an excellent alternative for those who want to avoid Kathmandu's air traffic and crowds. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap takes around 6 hours (140km) via the B.P. Highway. If you choose this alternative, we will take an early morning drive to Ramechhap to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla's flight diversion here.

lukla

We will begin our trek from Lukla to Phakding. We will cross several suspension bridges and enter forest trails along the way. The hike to the charming village of Phakding is relatively short and easy. We will stay overnight at a guest house in the village.

Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu, according to the recent notice from the Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P. Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla's flight diversion here.

Maximum Altitude: 2,652 m/ 8,698 ft
Walk Approx.: 3 to 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 03

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding

We will continue our hike through the Dudh Koshi River valley. The trail goes alongside the Dudh Koshi River and enters the Sagarmatha National Park. Along the way, we will cross several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. It is a steep climb through the dense woodland and uneven pathways.

After about 6 hours of hiking, we will reach Namche Bazaar. It is a trading center of the Everest region. Its history dates back several centuries, and it was the meeting point of Nepalese and Tibetan traders. The town has many hotels, pubs, restaurants, and internet cafes. We will rest, recharge, and settle in for the end of our first leg of the expedition here.

Maximum Altitude: 3,410 m/ 11,184 ft (Namche Bazaar)
Flight Time: 30 min
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04

Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day

Namche Bazaar will also be our first acclimatization stop. Although it is a rest day, we must keep our bodies active to help them acclimate to the growing altitude. So, we will take a hike to Syangboche (3720m).

Syangboche is famous for having the highest airport altitude in the world. We can witness grand views of the Himalayan vistas from this impressive vantage point. We can see Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m). The towering mountains with clear blue skies on the backdrop are truly breathtaking sights. 

From Syangboche, we will continue our hike to one of the world's highest hotels, Everest View Hotel. The hotel provides a mesmerizing view that is impossible to find anywhere else in the region. You can relax in the ambiance of the mountain-top lodge while enjoying the scenery.

Namche Bazaar and its surrounding area offer a unique chance to enjoy the best views of the mighty Himalayas and their untouched beauty. After a whole day of exploration, we will return to the town to rest.

Maximum Altitude: 3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

As we begin our trek towards Tengboche, the trail becomes narrow and runs along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. We can also witness the magnificent Himalayan range at a distance. The trail is even level without any steep ascents or descents. Thus, we can focus on enjoying the nature around us rather than the rough terrain. We will reach a small settlement, Phunki Thenga, from where we must climb steeply to Tengboche. 

The Tengboche village is home to Everest region's biggest monastery, the Tengboche Monastery. We will tour the monastery and begin with the main hall. There is a splendid 20-foot Buddha statue in the main hall. Numerous fine textile pieces at the monastery reflect this region's rich cultural traditions. Similarly, we can hear the musical instruments and chanting by the Lamas. The monks perform daily prayers at this sacred site, which plays a role in spiritual manifestation. It also links us to the very heart and soul of the Everest region.

During the trek, we can watch the sunrise up close in the morning or the sunset outside in the evening, depending on our schedule. Tengboche is where nature's canvas and religion's canvas form an extraordinary masterpiece. You can marvel at the Himalayas' natural splendor in the monastery's calm atmosphere. We will stay overnight at Tengboche.

Maximum Altitude: 3,860 m/ 12,660 ft. (Tengboche)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06

Tengboche to Dingboche

We will enjoy a lovely breakfast in the serene atmosphere of Tengboche. Then, we will continue our journey through the magical Imja Khola. We will cross a few suspension bridges and begin our steep uphill climb. En route, we can see many mani walls, chortens, and colorful prayer flags. As we get closer to Dingboche, the scenic beauty of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam will greet us.

Dingboche is a serene Sherpa village that offers a unique glimpse into the local Sherpa culture and traditions. The village has several small teahouses, lodges, and age-old monasteries. Likewise, you can see many yaks and mules along the way to the village, transporting goods and commodities. The village will also serve as our second important spot for acclimatization. 

Maximum Altitude: 4,400 m/ 14,432ft (Dingboche)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07

Tengboche to Dingboche

After an enjoyable breakfast with a view of the mountains, we will take an exciting hike to Nangkartshang Peak. The hike takes 2 to 3 hours and is a perfect way to acclimate our bodies to higher altitudes gradually. The climb to the peak is challenging yet rewarding. Once you reach the top, you can see 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Tawache, and others. 

After soaking in the splendid sight, we will return to Dingboche for a rewarding lunch. Then, we will explore the charming village and let our bodies heal and restore themselves. Dingboche's serene ambiance and breathtaking views make it an excellent place for trekkers to relax while enjoying the scenery. You can also take this opportunity to dive into the local culture and experience the local lifestyle.

Maximum Altitude: 5,083 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak).
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08

Dingboche to Lobuche

On this day, we will head towards Lobuche. First, we will head towards Dhungla, a crucial aid post. There is a post between Pheriche and Dhungla. The post provides medical assistance to climbers if necessary. We will then follow the hiking trail, which gradually climbs up. We will gain more elevation with every step while the climb becomes steeper. En route, we will cross by a memorial park, which pays tribute to mountaineers who lost their lives during the Everest expedition. 

Leaving the valley, we will encounter picturesque grasslands and the incredible scenery of the Lobuche area. It is common to see herds of yaks grazing on the pastures. We will get our first look at the Khumbu Glacier as we reach the Lobuche region. Similarly, we can view stunning landscapes and mountain vistas. Finally, we will reach Lobuche, where we will stay overnight. 

Maximum Altitude: 4,910 m/ 16,104 ft. (Lobuche)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09

Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp & back to Gorakshep

It is one of the highlight days of our Island Peak Climb as we climb to Everest Base Camp. We will leave Lobuche after breakfast and head towards the village of Gorakshep. The route goes through the spectacular Khumbu Glacier. Likewise, as we hike, we will feel like the magnificent towering mountains are getting closer. It takes two and a half hours to reach Gorakshep from Lobuche.

We will continue the ascent towards Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep. The trail takes you close to Khumbu Glacier. The climb is not steep, but the terrain is rocky, and it can be physically challenging. After some time, you will see the beautiful Khumbu Ice Fall and soon reach Everest Base Camp. The base camp offers marvelous panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and several other snow-capped peaks. 

We will explore the base camp before we retrace our steps back to Gorakshep. You can soak in the views and take photographs. Then, we will descend to Gorakshep and stay there overnight. The entire hike can take 6-8 hours.

Maximum Altitude: 5,140m m/ 16,859 ft (Gorakshep) 5,364m/ 17,594 ft (E.B.C.)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10

Gorakshep to Kalapathar & to Chukung

It is another remarkable day when we will take a daring hike to Kala Patthar in the early hours. Kala Patthar is a popular viewpoint, slightly higher than Everest Base Camp. It offers stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest and several Himalayan mountain ranges. We will hike early to see the gorgeous sunrise from here. Seeing the golden sun rising amidst the snow-capped mountains is awe-inspiring.

After being utterly mesmerized by the stunning vistas, we will return to Gorekshep. We will have breakfast before continuing our journey. It will be a slightly longer trek to reach Chukung. Chukung sits at a slightly lower elevation than Goakshep. It takes around 7 hours to reach Chukung, where we will rest for the night. 

Maximum Altitude: Kala Patthar 5,545m/18,187ft & 4,730m/15,518ft
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11

Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp & Training

Our trek on this day is comparatively easy and shorter. We will head north and follow a valley along the Lhotse Glacier moraine to Island Peak Base Camp. After a three-hour hike, we will reach the base camp. We will set up camp and conduct professional climbing gear usage training with our Sherpa guides.

The guides will provide a detailed briefing and teach you how to use the mountaineering tools. You will get an idea of how to work with tools like ice axes, climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ascenders, and more. The expert instructors will teach the correct ascending and descending techniques using ropes. 

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced climber or a beginner. It will be an exciting event. We will stay overnight in a tent camp at the Island Peak Base Camp.

Maximum Altitude: 5,240m/17,187ft (Island Peak Base Camp)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12

Island Peak Base Camp to Summit & Back to Chukung

Finally, this is the day we have all been waiting for! We will begin early, at 1 a.m., and take precautions before the thrilling climb. We will fit ourselves with headlamps to illuminate the way. Timing is crucial as we begin ascending toward the enormous stone field. We will slowly climb ridges, glaciers, and even the winding crevasses. As we get higher up on the slope, we can see the unbroken snow of the plateau surrounding us.

As we continue the journey, we will use ropes to climb, usually 300m long. The climb to the peak demands a lot of strength, patience, and endurance. A splendid moment awaits you when you finally reach the top after the strenuous climb. From the summit of the Island Peak, you can get a magnificent view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Baruntse, and more. Likewise, you can get a striking view of Imja Valley and Imja Glacier. 

After ascending, we will start our slow descent to the base camp. Then, we will return to Chukung with a sense of satisfaction and achievement. We will have our well-deserved rest at a guesthouse in Chukung. 

Maximum Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft (Island peak)
Walk Approx.: 12 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13

Chukung to Tengboche

We will start our descent by remembering the breathtaking scenery of Island Peak. Once again, we will take the trail back to Tengboche village and the Tengboche Monastery. The rocky trail mostly requires you to descend. Along the way, we will pass by the Dingboche village and descend to Sagarmatha National Park.

Similarly, we will pass by small settlements, including Shomare, Orsho, and Pangboche. We will also cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River. After a 6-hour trek, we will reach Tengboche and rest there overnight. 

Maximum Altitude: 3,860 m/ 12,660 ft (Tengboche)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14

Chukung to Tengboche

On this day, we will head towards Namche Bazaar. The trail enters a dense verdant of rhododendrons, oaks, and firs. It is mostly a downhill hike on steep slopes. Throughout the hike, the stunning mountain views will keep you accompanied.

Once you arrive at the Namche Bazaar, you can explore the village and buy local handicrafts as souvenirs. You can even enjoy the nightlife of the Everest region. There are cafes, restaurants, and the world's highest pub where you can relax and rewind. 

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,283 ft (Namche Bazaar)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15

Tengboche to Namche

Our journey is slowly coming to a close, and we will head towards Lukla on this day. We will again retrace our steps to the same trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes through the subtropical forests of rhododendrons. You can enjoy the scenery as you slowly descend to a lower altitude. The trail becomes evener and gentler after you reach Phakding. Then, you will get to the small town of Lukla.

Maximum Altitude: 2,840 m/ 9,315 ft (Lukla)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16

Morning flight Lukla to Manthali & drive to Kathmandu

You will take an early flight from Lukla to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. It is a 25-minute flight, where you can get one last glimpse of the Himalayas and stunning landscapes. Once you land at Manthali Airport, you will hop on a bus or private vehicle (per the itinerary) back to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can relax and explore the area around your hotel. 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 25 min
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Drive Approx.: 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17

Full day in Kathmandu (Spare day)

We can't predict the weather in the mountains. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, it may cause a delay in summit ascension or a flight delay. So, we need to reserve a day just in case. If all things go well and as per our plan, you can book an exciting tour around Kathmandu on a spare day.

Core Treks will organize a traditional Nepalese dinner for you and your group in the evening. We will host the dinner along with a cultural dance program. 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 35 mins
Meal Included: Breakfast, & farewell Dinner
Day 18

Departure Day

Our representative will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport 3 hours before your flight schedule. We hope your time with us was enjoyable and memorable. We hope to see you back in Nepal soon, so we will say our goodbyes. Thank you for choosing Core Treks for your dream trip! 

Meal Included: Breakfast
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Island Peak Climbing Cost Mentions

Trip Includes


  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek. ( 12 Nights).
  • Tented Camp (3 Nights)
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu, including departure taxes.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Climbing permit for Island Peak (6,189m./ 20,305 ft.)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
  • Climbing Sherpa from the Island base camp to the summit and back to the base camp.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Hammer, Snow Bar, Ice Screw, Camping Tents, Group climbing equipment, dining tents, toilet tents, and Kitchen equipment), 
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


  • All kinds of beverages, including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, and hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to the crew
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee: you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from those mentioned in "Cost Included services."
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BAGS:

  • Large Rucksack or duffle bag (~80L) for a porter to carry
  • Medium daypack (~40L) to be carried by you

SHELL:

  • Shell top (jacket) and bottoms (pants) for protection against wind and rain

INSULATION:

  • Warm layered system to keep you warm in varying temperatures
  • Down jacket specifically for summit day
  • Sun hat and warm hat for sun protection and insulation

BASE LAYER:

  • One or two thin base layer tops and bottoms to wick away sweat and for layering
  • These can be stripped down when it gets hot

FEET:

  • Crampon-compatible boots for use with crampons
  • Trekking shoes for lower-altitude sections of the trek
  • Base camp shoes for comfortable resting at the base camp

HARDWARE:

  • Crampons for traction on icy surfaces
  • Walking axe for stability and self-arresting
  • Alpine harness for roped sections
  • Descender for abseiling
  • Jumar for ascending on fixed ropes
  • 4 Screwgate carabiners for attaching gear and safety
  • Helmet for head protection
  • 2 x 120cm slings for various purposes
  • Poles for additional stability and support

SLEEPING:

  • 4 to 5-season sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures

EATING/DRINKING:

  • Water bottles for hydration during the day
  • Favorite snacks for energy replenishment
  • Insulated cup for hot drinks
  • Flask for keeping beverages warm

WASH KIT AND MEDICAL KIT:

  • Wash kit to allow for personal hygiene
  • Medical kit to manage minor first-aid situations

ADDITIONAL:

  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunlight and snow glare
  • Sunscreen to shield your skin from UV rays
  • Lip salve to prevent chapped lips
  • Camera to capture memories
  • Headtorch for visibility during early morning or night-time activities

Preparing for a trek in Nepal requires careful consideration of the route and the prevailing weather conditions. To help you pack wisely, we have compiled a comprehensive Peak Climbing Packing List.

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The Island Peak expedition intimidates even seasoned climbers. It is a challenging climb that requires a few technical skills. However, the challenge is worth every moment. The summit treats you to magnificent Himalayan views in the Khumbu region. Additionally, the thrilling adventure is unlike anything you have experienced. 

From the Dingboche village, the peak looks like it sits amidst a sea of ice and snow, so Sir Eric Shipton named it Island Peak. The mountains form the southern ridge of Lhotse Shar, and the regional col joins them to create the ridge that leads to the summit of Island Peak.

En route, trekkers must ascend trails from the gorgeous Chukkung Valley and Island Peak Base Camp to reach the peak summit. Depending on the weather, reaching the summit can take 9 to 12 hours. The trails are rugged and steep, with sections of rock scrambling. As you go higher, you must cross the glacier and get to the spine of the ridge. The ridge sits over the crevasse-filled traversing terrain, which is 300 meters tall. 

Our guides and support team will fix ropes on the headwall to support climbers. These serve as the climber's lifeline, extending to about 300 m. When you reach the top, you will have scaled the 300-meter headwall and the summit ridge. Although the ridge is not steep, it is still narrow. 

The summit of Island Peak itself is quite small. It can only hold a small group of climbers at a single time. Similarly, the cold air of high altitude sets in the body and gives you the thrill of Himalayan mountaineering. The scenery from the summit is also exquisite. It offers a 360-degree vision of some of the highest peaks in the world. 

You can witness the massive Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) form a semicircle to the north. Likewise, the magnificent views of the peaks Kangchenjunga, Chokrin (8,585m) to the north, Makalu (8,475m) to the east, and Baruntse and Ama Dablam to the south complete the entire mountain scenery.

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The Island Peak Expedition requires you to trek on diverse terrains. For this, you will require cautious navigation and technical skills. Therefore, hiring an experienced guide will help you navigate the terrain and ensure your safety. The start of the journey is similar to the Everest Base Camp trek. You will have to make steep ascension on rough and irregular terrains. However, the ultimate tests come when you begin your climb from Island Peak Base Camp.

You will encounter steep scrambling sections on loose rocks beyond the horizon. These sections end when you reach the snow line, called the "crampon point." Climbers must navigate a circuitous path through rock formations. The view gradually changes into snow-covered plains. Then, rope parties of three to four will have to walk through multiple crevasses. You have to pay extra attention to avoid critical slots or crevasses.

At the base of the headwall, you will reach the fixed lines. You must inspect the latter carefully before you continue. Anchors are usually safe, and guides place them at the proper spacing. Then, you will reach the climbing part. You will have to climb mostly 40-degree slopes. Also, it is crucial to take frequent stopovers to check equipment while climbing. It is worth mentioning that having other climbing teams around can slow you down. Coordination and clear communication are a must during the climb.

As you reach the final part, the path narrows and exposes the climbers to a dangerous drop. Communication between fellow climbers is vital, particularly during climbing steeper and more exposed routes. You will use the simple one cable, which steadies to the peak. Only a few climbers can use the cable at a single time. You will then clip the safety karabiner on the anchor and proceed to the jumar. Likewise, you must clip the second karabiner at the point to keep you secured to the rope.

The descent is even more dangerous than climbing. You must be cautious when descending on a vertical surface from the summit ridge. For experienced climbers, using the supports on the platforms to help them proceed is a piece of cake. On the other hand, those with less experience may need more time. 

When you return to trekking on the glacier, you must modify light conditions. It requires extreme caution, as the positions of ladders may shift when the snow gets squished. You must keep the ropes tight and follow proper climbing rules to rappel down safely. By following the correct instructions and techniques, you can make a safe return to the base camp.

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During the Island Peak Trek, you will find many teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the route. Locals run these accommodations and offer only basic services. Every lodge usually has a communal area with a stove. They provide bedrooms with two beds, mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Similarly, most of these places have shared squat-style bathrooms. You can also find rooms with attached bathrooms in lower altitude regions. 

The rooms are mostly unfurnished and may not be well insulated. Therefore, it is best to carry sleeping bags to keep you warm at night. Most lodges have gas heaters in the showers. You must pay extra for hot showers/ water, charging electronic devices, laundry, and internet. 

Another accommodation option is tent camps. However, accommodation options are abundant, so most trekkers stay at lodges. You will stay at tented camps at the Island Peak Base Camp. Core Treks will provide a two-person tent with trekking poles for easy set-up and takedown. Since the temperature is significantly lower at the base camp, you will need a 4-season sleeping bag.  

You can enjoy delicious food during the trek, including local Nepali/Sherpa cuisine and Western recipes. You can enjoy diverse food options, including burgers, chips, and dal bhat, a staple Nepali dish. The menu can include options such as momo, noodles, pasta, sandwiches, soups, stews, breads, porridge, curries, and more. Note that the food options can get limited as you go to a higher altitude.

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Before embarking on the Island Peak expedition, you must learn a few climbing skills. Although the trek does not require extensive skills, you must learn some basics. For example, you must be able to tie into a harness and onto a man rope, which is also essential for anchoring. You must walk on varied terrains, glacial ground, cross crevasses, and climb ridges. 

Although the Island Peak Climbing is ideal for beginners, prior experience is beneficial. Similarly, you must hire a licensed, experienced guide to navigate Island Peak's terrains and provide logistical support. They will guide and deliver correct instructions during the climb. Likewise, they will help you avoid hazardous paths to ensure your safety. 

There is a rope ascending device ( jumar, also known as 'cow's tail') along the headwall of the Island Peak and a descender for abseiling back down. Similarly, you must correctly use ropes, crampons, or an axe. Therefore, we recommend that you receive training and practice beforehand. You want to avoid being in the position to use any of these equipment and gear for the first time right before the climb. 

En route to the summit, you will encounter several narrow crevasses requiring ladders to cross. Some can find crossing the ladder difficult. So, the best way to cross the ladder is to climb across the rungs with the metal tips of the crampons facing down the ladders. Some climbers may find crawling more effective.

The headwall of Island Peak has wide ledges but is relatively steep. Many climbers prefer to go up by "jugging" along the ropes via their jumars. They use it to pull themselves up as the ropes act as suspension. But multiple people using a single rope simultaneously can be dangerous. You should only trust an anchor if you have personally set it up or seen the position with your own eyes. We recommend using your crampons and axe to climb with rope protection instead of trusting it all on the rope.

The summit of Island Peak is exposed, with steep drops on either side. Thus, concentration and mental toughness are crucial for climbing Island Peak. People with vertigo or acrophobia may find climbing difficult. In addition to the skills, a positive mindset and mental resilience are essential for the climb.

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Island Peak Climbing is not the easiest peak climb and is more challenging than the Mera Peak Climbing. However, it is still relatively easier than other peak climbs in the Everest Region. It requires technical skills to climb to the summit. Let us look at the different levels of difficulty in climbing Island Peak.

Suitable for Advanced Beginners

A few mountain destinations in the world significantly resemble tropical islands. Island Peak is among them and is ideal for advanced beginners. Its need for technical skills and climbing experience may only be suitable for some beginners. The tech part of the climb can be tricky if you have no prior knowledge and experience. Any climbers with intermediate-level climbing gear skills can take part in the climb. 

Altitude Sickness

Climbing Island Peak, at 6189 meters, has the risk of altitude sickness. Trekkers can succumb to the sickness due to the depleting oxygen level in the atmosphere. Acclimatization is crucial to minimize the risk. It allows your body to adjust to the changing elevations and surroundings. Core Treks' Island Peak Climbing itinerary includes two acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar (3720 meters) and Dingboche (4400 meters).    

Weather Conditions

The weather at higher altitudes is unpredictable and can be a real surprise. It is one of the factors contributing to the expedition's difficulty. While climbing the peak, we strongly advise you to begin as early as possible. You should avoid noontime when strong winds could make the climb further challenging.

Technical Aspects

Although Island Peak does not require extreme technical skills, you will need a few. There are sections where climbers must demonstrate some mountaineering skills. Experienced or intermediate climbers with a basic knowledge of the climbing gear can successfully overcome those sections. The guidance of professional guides is also crucial. These technical sections may be challenging for beginners without prior experience.

Trekking Routes

The Island Peak trek route shares the same course as the famous Everest Base Camp Trek. The daily average trek time can vary from 7 to 8 hours or  9 to 10 hours, depending on the destination. The trail deviates from the Everest Base Camp Trekking route from Chukhung. From here onwards, the trails and terrains become more difficult and steeper with uphill climbs.

In short, Island Peak climbing is a relatively easy venture but involves some challenges. Trekkers have basic rock climbing experience, technical skills, and gear competence. When evaluating the difficulty of the Island Peak, you must consider its routes, terrains, weather conditions, and technical details. You must also assess your health and fitness level before joining the expedition.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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Core Treks commits to providing a safe and enjoyable Island Peak Climbing experience. Our trek guides are fully equipped and carry all necessary gear and safety kit during the trek/ climb. Trekkers must also follow the guidelines and make adequate preparations for the climb. Although the journey is challenging, you can safely climb the Island Peak with proper planning and preparation.

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The Island Peak Climb is a challenging expedition with technical sections that require basic mountaineering skills. Trekkers must use ropes, ice axes, and rock climbing to overcome the technical sections. In the Alpine Grading System, it has a difficulty grade of 2 B. The route to the summit is physically demanding, with rough terrain and an arduous climb. Likewise, the high altitude can make the trek further strenuous. 

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Prior experience is not mandatory for Island Peak Climbing, but having one is helpful. Trekkers must have good fitness and learn basic mountaineering skills to overcome the challenges of reaching the summit. Prior experience will help make the climb more comfortable and safer and increase the rate of success. 

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You will need a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card, a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and an Island Peak Climbing Permit. You can obtain the TIMS card from Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Similarly, you can get the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Monjo. You can obtain a permit for climbing Island Peak from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  Core Treks' Island Peak Climbing package comes with all the necessary permits. 

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Travel insurance is mandatory to climb Island Peak. The insurance should cover high-altitude climbs and treks, medical and emergency expenses, and expenses for altitude-related sickness and helicopter rescue and evacuation. Some insurances cover baggage loss, electronic device damages/ loss, trip postponement, and trip cancellation. Ensure that you clearly understand the terms and conditions while getting travel insurance.

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During high-altitude treks, one can succumb to altitude sickness due to a lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. The best way to avoid or minimize the risk of altitude sickness is to take acclimatization days. Acclimatization helps your body adapt to changing altitude, temperature, and humidity.  Gradually ascending to higher elevations, staying hydrated, eating a nutritious diet, and getting proper sleep also aid in minimizing the risk.

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You will mostly find teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the routes of Island Peak. There are luxurious hotels available at Namche Bazaar. But other than that, most accommodations you will find during the trek are basic. Generally, they have room on a sharing basis with limited furniture, shared bathrooms, and communal dining space. You will have to stay in a tent at Island Peak Base Camp.

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Spring and autumn are the two best times of the year for Island Peak Climbing. These seasons have warm and pleasant weather and a climate suitable for climbing or trekking in the Himalayas. Additionally, there is minimal chance of rainfall, and the trails are dry. There is no obstruction to viewing the stunning mountain vistas and landscapes. 

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Numerous shops in Thamel sell quality and branded trekking equipment and gear. Moreover, these shops also provide rental services. If you want, you can invest in buying quality equipment. But those who want more budget-friendly options can also rent equipment and gear for Island Peak Climbing.

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To book the Everest Base Camp trek with Island Peak Summit in Nepal, Core Treks offers you several booking options, which include:

  • Online booking
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival.

We recommend you review our booking policy before proceeding to the payment. If you have further inquiries, please feel free to contact us.

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The accommodations along the route provide boiled and filtered water. Similarly, you can also buy bottled water, but we suggest you bring a water bottle. Do not drink from water sources directly, although they look clean. We also provide water purification tablets as an extra precaution.

Additional Information


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Trekkers must have good fitness and basic technical mountaineering skills to conquer the Island Peak Climbing successfully. It is an adventurous journey that requires walking on varied terrains, including rocky paths and glaciers. You will also have to cross crevasses and climb high ice walls. Hence, you must have the skills to use jumar, ice axe, crampons, etc. 

Anyone with the mountaineering skills and fitness level can join the expedition. There is no need for prior experience. However, it is helpful. In addition to physical capability, trekkers must have the right mindset and mental resilience to climb Island Peak. You must also heed the instructions of your trek guide and follow the guidelines for safe climbing. 

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As mentioned above, trekkers must be physically fit to climb Island Peak. The trails to the peak's summit are arduous, and the terrain is treacherous. Each day during the trek, you have to make steep climbs and descend on varied terrain. You will have to trek for 5 to 7 hours on average daily. 

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp involves walking through forest routes, uneven rocky trails, stone-paved paths, and suspension bridges. From the base camp, you will trend on icy paths, cross crevasses and ridges, and climb an ice wall. 

Therefore, trekkers must be physically fit and train for the climb. Physical exercises and training help to boost physical endurance, stamina, and strength. Similarly, yoga and cardiovascular exercises enhance breathing techniques, which are handy at high altitudes. 

Those with medical conditions should consult healthcare professionals before participating in the trek. Our guides have first-aid training; professionals will monitor your health during the expedition to ensure your safety.

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Core Treks organizes both private and group treks. We offer group discounts; the larger your group, the more discounts you are eligible for. We provide one licensed and highly experienced guide for single or group trekkers. In the case of large groups, we provide an assistant guide. Likewise, we provide one porter for two trekkers.

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Almost all accommodations along the Island Peak routes provide internet services. You can use the service by paying extra fees of around USD 2. Although the connectivity is poor, contacting your family and friends is enough. However, the service can get limited or non-existent when you reach higher altitudes. 

You can also buy a local SIM card at the airport. They can buy data packages that provide better connectivity. There are different mobile network operators, but Nepal Telecom (NTC) is the better option for rural areas and traveling. However, the mobile signals may weaken as you move to the higher altitudes.

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Our Core Treks Island Peak Climbing package covers accommodations, transportation, meals during the trek, permits, and guide and porter fees. The rest of the cost is the trekkers' expenses. The package also does not cover visa and insurance costs. 

All the beverages, including mineral water during the trek, will be extra personal expenses. Meanwhile, the facilities of phone calls, laundry, hot showers/ water, internet, device charging, etc, will also come under extra personal expenses. 

There are no ATMs or money exchanges along the Island Peak route except in Namche Bazaar. Therefore, you should bring sufficient cash for the journey.

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The Island Peak Climbing is a challenging climb with high-altitude risks. The treacherous trails, unpredictable weather, and risk of unforeseen events make the climb physically and mentally demanding. Travel insurance helps to cover the possible damages and expenses during the trek. 

Travel insurance is mandatory for Island Peak Climbing. It should cover altitudes above 6,000 meters and altitude sickness. Similarly, it should cover medical and emergency expenses, including helicopter rescue and evacuation. You must provide us with a copy of your insurance before the journey. 

We do not sell travel insurance here at Core Treks. However, if you need assistance, we can recommend reliable insurance companies.

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Foreigners must have a valid visa to enter and travel across Nepal, except for Indian nationals. You can get the visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. If you are traveling on land, you can get the visa at the immigration checkpoints at the Nepali borders. 

Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity date before expiry. Similarly, you will also need a passport-size photo. The visa fees will vary depending on the duration of your stay. The costs are as follows:

  • 15 days: USD 30
  • 30 days: USD 50
  • 90 days: USD 125

Children under 10 are eligible for a free visa. If you want to extend your visa, you must apply for it before your current visa expires. You can extend your visa for 150 days from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara. 

Citizens from Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Palestine are not eligible for an on-arrival visa. Therefore, they should contact the Nepalese Embassy in their home country for the visa. 

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Your safety and security is our number one concern. At Core Treks, we believe in providing reliable services and satisfaction while ensuring your safety. Our guides have years of experience in the field. They are registered under the government of Nepal and have first-aid training. 

Our staff carry high-quality equipment, supplies, and first aid kits during the journey. Our expert Sherpa guide will help you ascend to the peak's summit. They will navigate the terrain carefully to avoid any hazardous paths. If you begin experiencing altitude sickness or discomfort, the guide will take the best action to ensure your safety.

Island Peak Climbing Reviews


Totally satisfied with the service


From: United States | On: 11 Oct, 2019
5

Being an active trekker, I was looking forward to climbing the Island peak in Nepal along with the Everest Base Camp. It turned out to be a great adventure. Besides the challenging climbing and intense weather conditioning we managed to complete our journey and it felt great.

I want to thank all the people who helped me from CoreTreks to achieve one of my biggest achievement in life. I will forever remember this time. I could not recommend CoreTreks more. Thank you.

 

Beautiful mountains and delicious food


From: Australia | On: 28 Sep, 2018
4

Have been planning the Everest summit for the last few years. I finally had time to fly out to Nepal and trek to the world’s tallest mountain, the Everest. It is surprising that Nepal has way more to offer than just the landscapes.

The cuisine of Nepal is really delicious. You might find it spicier but that’s the way to go for me. Talking about the trekking itself.

It was fairly challenging but CoreTreks and the guiding team helped me through it. That is why recommend CoreTreks if you are looking for future trip to the mountains.

An amazing experience with Nepal and Nepalese


From: United Kingdom | On: 16 Apr, 2018
5

Really had an amazing experience with all the Nepalese people. They are so kind and helpful it’s mind blowing. I recommend all the people that are thinking of visiting Nepal to take the leap.

 

The country is such a blessing. Thanks to the team of CoreTreks for helping me from choosing the best package for climbing the Island peak to returning back home.

They are best at planning your journey and highly recommended among many other travelers. Nevertheless, the climb to Island peak was a difficult challenge and you should go through all the guidance to accomplish your journey. Hit up CoreTreks and you should know why I recommend this particular company. Have a safe journey to Nepal.

Challenging trek but worth it


From: United States | On: 12 Apr, 2017
4

It was one hell of a trekking and climbing. We completed the trek with Atma Ram Bhatta and Narendra Bhatta who were both helpful and hardworking individuals from CoreTreks.

Nepalese people are very kind and that filled my heart with joy as we continued to hike up through local Sherpa Settlements.

 

I would suggest the team to consider more comfortable transportation means as some of them were somewhat uncomfortable. Besides that, love the trip, love Nepal, will definitely visit again.

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