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Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

Day 02:  Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 - 4 hrs.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway for Everest. After an adventurous 35 minute flight with spectacular views of breathtaking Himalalays, we land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, the trekking guide will arrange the loads for the porters to carry and commence the trek. We take easy walk to Phakding for three hours and spend the night there to help acclimatize. You can make a small side trips in Phakding if you are not so tired and the time permits.

Day 03:  Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m): 5 - 6 hrs
We walk through beautiful pine forest passing Dhudhkosi River crossing several suspension bridges. We Walk through the busy trail and view the tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kangru (6,369 m), Everest (8,848 m.) and Nuptse (7,879 m ). Arrive at Namche Bazar (3,440 m). a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.

Day 04:  Acclimatization Day at  Namche Bazaar
A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery. You can make a side trip to Thame, another Sherpa town north – west of Namche for acclimatization. Another option could be a day hike to Khumjung and Everest View Hotel for a good view of Everest.

Day 05:  Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m) - 5 - 6 hrs.
It is a steep one hour walk to Synagboche. The trail descends gradually to Phunki Thanga and then climbs steeply at first and then gradually ascends through forest and mani stones to Tengboche (3870m.).The views of the Himalayas including Kwangde (6,187m.), Everest (8,848m.), Nuptse (7,879m.), Lhotse, Tawache, Amadablam are magnificent from here. You will visit famous
Tengboche monastery.

Day 06:  Tengboche to Pheriche (4,240 m): 5 - 6 hrs
We pass through the forest of briches, conifers & rhododendrons with possible sights of snow pigeons, golden eagles, goshawks in the trail. The route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche. The views of Amadablam appear magnificent. We enter into Imja valley passing through beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls leaving behind alpine meadows to Pheriche ( 4,240m).

Day 07:  Rest & Acclimatization day in Pheriche.
We make side trip hiking up to Nagazong Ri for acclimatization.

Day 08: Pheriche – Lobuche ( 4930m. ): 5 – 6 hrs.
The valley begins to narrow as we pass through Dusa, the yak herders place and Phulung Karpo. We walk up a small ridge and then contour round the base of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we take a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. We Arrive at Lobuje (4,930 m).

Day 09:  Lobuche – Kalpatthar ( 5560m. ) – Lobuche;  8 - 9 hrs.
We start our hiking early in the morning with the target to reach Kalapatthar for sunrise to witness the first day light shining on Everest and gradually making yellowish glittering mighty massive. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with the views of. Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including Mt. Everest. Walking at dark with cold temperature and chilly wind,  gasp and slow steps will be paid off as we reach Kalapatthar for the breathtaking panorama of Himalayas and the bet and closest views of Pumori, Chnagtse, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, Amadablam etc. We marvel at from one awesome massive to another taking life memorable pictures and leave before the chilly strong wind hit us. We retrace to Gorakhshep and then to to Lobuche.

Day 10:  Lobuche – Chukkung ( 4730m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
We descend to Dingboche following the terminal moraine of the glacier. Leaving behind the stone walled fields and meadows, the trail follows Imja Khola valley. As we gradually hike Lhotse towers on our left and Amadablam on our right. As we arrive at Bibre, we see the popular Island Peak ( Imja Tse) the destination for novice climbers to experience climbing on the high Himalayas and acclimatization climbing trips for Everest climbing mountaineers soars high. We hike up the moraine and arrive at Chhukung

Day 11: Chukkung – Island Peak base camp ( 5200m. ); 3 – 4 hrs.
We pass through the yak pastures and bushes gradually climbing up the slopes.  The trail further follows gently along the moraine of the massive Imja and Lhotse glacier to the wide valley flanking the South – West side of Island Peak. We will camp for the night with delicious food and lot of liquid that will keep us well nourished and hydrated for the final and long summit push for the next day.

Day 12: Summit ( 6189m. ) – Base camp  - Chukkung; 9 – 10 hrs.
Today is the day of our ultimate destination. After light breakfast at around 2:am, we start from the base camp. First we climb through the slopes and then through rock gully. After we reach ridgeline, We climb up through ice and glaciers. We cross a large snow plateau climbing 40 degree headwall on snow using fixed ropes to gain the summit shoulder. We further climb up using fixed ropes on steep slope which leads to the summit. Once we reach the summit, we will be surrounded by awe inspiring views of the four highest peaks in the world. After enjoying the magnificent views of High Himalayas and taking pictures from the summit, we retrace our steps to the base camp where hot drinks and food await us. We further descend to Chukkung.

Day 13: Spare Day for Summit
The spare day will be used as contingency if we could not climb the peak due to unfavorable weather condition or for some other reasons.

Day 14: Chukkung – Tengboche ( 3870m. ) 5 – 6 hrs.
We retrace our steps passing wide alpine valley. We cross Khumbu Khola and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge and have the great views of Imja valley, Amadablam and Kangtega. After passing Pangboche, we descend through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir. If it is in spring season, rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. We gradually ascend through the forest and arrive at Tengboche.

Day 15: Tengboche – Namche ( 2800m. )
We descend to Dhudhkosi, cross the bridge and pass through pine trees and ascend to Thasinga. Thamserku and Kangtega are still visible from here. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Sanasa. We bid farewell to the view of Lhotse, tip of Everest and Tengboche from Kyangjuma and arrive at Namche.

Day 16:  Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m): 6 - 8 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward. We walk slowly through rocky terrain. We cross suspension bridges over Dhudh Koshi River for server times pass through rhododendron and pine forest, Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla.

Day 17:  Lukla – Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel after a long mountain journey. We take you for a farewell dinner at one of the finest typical Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepali culture program.

Day 18: Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
We will transfer you to the airport and bid good bye.

Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu -  Lukla or vice versa.  It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Ang Rita Trek & Expedition can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost  if  the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.

If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.

Climbing Group Size

We organize climbing on Island peak for any number of people above two pax. The maximum number of members in the climbing group will be 8 pax. If the group consists of more than 8 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, and necessary number of climbing guides for the group. We arrange one porter between two members to carry the luggage during the trek and provide more porters to take the members climbing equipment and camping equipment directly to Island peak base camp.   This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member’s illness on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Island peak is not a technical peak rather a popular trekking peak for trekkers to test their climbing ability in high Himalayas.No previous climbing experience is required to climb it, however,   mountaineering skills will be an asset to climb the peak.What is required is the good physical fitness, strong will power, ability to tolerate harsh conditions. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking and preparing for the climbing.  It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in hiking on the high altitude and reaching to the summit of the peak.

The climbing guide of Ang Rita Trek will have a demonstration of using gears as well as the basic skills required for climbing such as ascending and descending on ropes safely at the base camp. The climbing guide makes the fixed line on the difficult sections and assists the climbers in every aspects while climbing.  It is highly recommended for the climbers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trip. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution on this trip.

Travel Insurance

Members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.


Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The members will have to share washing and toilet facilities. Ang Rita Trek can arrange rooms with attached bathroom in some places in the trekking with extra cost for the separate groups. For this kind of arrangement, the request should be made at least four months prior to the trip date. We make camping arrangement at Island peak base camp and two members of the same sex will have to share a tent.


Members are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Everest base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allows members to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking. As we make the camping arrangement at Island peak base camp, our cook prepares delicious food for the climbers.


Anyone can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekking and preparing for the climbing Island peak. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS. Khunde clinic (above Namche ) and the clinic run by Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche provide treatment for any health problems including AMS. Trekking to Kalapatthar serves the best way of acclimation to climb the Island peak.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for trekking as well as climbing Island peak. While choosing the equipment one needs give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Weight limit ( 15 kg including the hand carry ) for the flight to Lukla is another aspect to consider

Personal Climbing Gears:

-    Plastic boots
-    Crampons
-    Harness
-    Tape Slings / prussic  ( two )
-    Karabiners ( 2 unlock, 2 lock )
-    Joomer (  Ascender / decender )
-    Gaiters
-    Ice axe
-    Helmet

Group Climbing Gears ( Ang Rita Trek provides group climbing gears )

-    Climbing ropes
-    Snow bars
-    Ice screws
-    Ice hammer


-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves for climbing

Foot Wear

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks


-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All the climbing guides who lead trekking to Kalapatthar and Island peak climbing through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about Sherpa culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream to stand on the foot of the Everest a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our Sherpa Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate climbing trips in the Himalayas. Most of our climbing guides have successfully climbed Everest and other peaks and trained by legendary climber Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, the chairman of this company.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trips smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.


Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Everest region and Island peak climbing are Spring ( March – May ) and Autumn ( Mid Sept. – mid Dec. ).  Trekking and climbing in Autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December, Flights to Lukla will be frequently disturbed during the monsoon season (June – mid Sept.). However, for those who can afford extra spare days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking and climbing for the flight to Lukla and back can plan their trip in beginning of September as well as the trail will not be so crowded.

Departures Cost
March 20, 2016-April 6, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
March 28, 2016-April 14, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 2, 2016-April 9, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 12, 2016-April 29, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 20, 2016-May 7, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
September 15, 2016-October 2, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 2, 2016-October 19, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 8, 2016-October 25, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 20, 2016-November 6, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 28, 2016-November 15, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 5, 2016-November 22, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 12, 2016-November 29, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 20, 2016-December 7, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
December 8, 2016-December 23, 2016 US $ 2770. For one pax US $ 1990. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1970. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
Cost Includes
  1. International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  2. Accommodation at tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
  3. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare including airport tax
  4. All necessary paperwork for permit (Peak permit, national park entrance).
  5. Climbing guide’s equipment allowance and wages
  6. Group climbing gears (ropes, snow bars, ice screws etc.)
  7.  High food
  8. Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail and camping      arrangement at base camp (cook. Kitchen boy, tents, mattresses, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment )
  9. All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  10. An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  11. First aid medical kit
  12. All government and local taxes
  13.  Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes
  1. International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  2. Members personal climbing gears
  3. Nepal visa fee
  4. Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  5.  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  6. Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
  7. Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
  8. Any other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking).
  9. Gratuity for the trekking and climbing staffs

Trip Price

USD 1990 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 6189m.
  • Trip Duration:: 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level:: Moderate
  • Best Time:: March – May, Mid Sept. – December
  • Trip Mode:: Lodge Trek / Camping
  • Trip Highlights:: Climbing of the most popular trekking peak in Everest region. Trekking to Kalapatthar for majestic views of Mt. Everest and other giant mountains and for proper acclimatization. Lodge trekking during the trekking and camping for climbing part.

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