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Island Peak Climbing
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Island Peak Climbing

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate to Adventurous.

Accomodation

Hotels (Twin room)

Transportation

Private vehicle and flight

Best Months

Feb-May/Sep-Dec

Max Elevation

6189m

Trip Length

19 Days

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Trekking Style

Tea House for Trekking and Tent for Peak Climbing

Acclimatization

2 Days

Wi-fi

Every day

Activity Per Day

6-7 Hours

Trekking Region

Everest

Island Peak Climbing Highlights

  • A popular trekking summit for an exciting once in a lifetime experience of the Himalayan peaks
  • A great combo of trekking for a climbing experience in the Himalayas
  • Exceptional summit success rate with the most experienced climbing guides who have climbed more than 200 times
  • Climbing with Top 10 Climbing Operators in Nepal (4th in 2017)
  • Safety backup with supplemental oxygen cylinders and medical kits
  • All individual and group climbing gear provided
  • Climbing training at Imjatse base camp
  • Fixed departure guaranteed group joining dates
  • All full board meals with tea, coffee, drinking water on the journey
  • Responsible Travel Policy 2 Trekker: 1 Porter
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall and Makalu Himalayan Range
  • Visiting biggest Tengboche Monastery of Khumbu region
  • Eco-friendly tent camping base camp with solar power
  • Hassle-free all-inclusive adventure

Island Peak Climbing in Nepal

Island Peak Climbing known as Imja Tse offers a fun climbing experience beyond trekking in Nepal. Island Peak Climbing is the most popular trekking peak in Nepal Himalaya. Everest base camp trek along with island peak is suitable for all novice climbers and experienced trekkers. By scaling this trekking peak, you will stand at the peak of the amazing mountain at 6189 meters. Stand at the top and appreciate the same unforgettable sense of accomplishment that you do at the top of Mt. Everest. Generally speaking, this expedition-style climb, classified as Alpine PD+, is not technically challenging but it can be physically demanding. Thus good physical fitness with a positive outdoor attitude is essential for a safe and successful adventure.
Usually this climbing adventure is often the first step for most climbers to take part in before any summit attempt of the giant peaks of the Himalayas.

Travel responsibly with safety first

There is no doubt that the Himalayan peaks have attracted adventurers, mountaineers and cultural enthusiasts for decades. We run all our trips with the most reliable safety and comfort possible, including island peak climbing expeditions.Most importantly we ensure that a medically trained and experienced guide leads your climbing journey. Furthermore, we carry proper safety backups such as oxygen or a portable altitude chamber. Moreover a comprehensive medical box to deal with any problems that may arise during the journey. We are proud to share with you that Mountain Magic Treks is a pioneering company with a responsible trekking policy.
Dedicated 01 Trekker: The 01 Porter allows for every 02 trekker to have their own pace and flexibility on the journey. There No doubt you feel proud that you have your own private trip with Guide and porter. All the porters who carry light weights and walk past you with big smiles.

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

We take an exciting flight to Lukla to start the island peak with Everest base camp trek. We climb the less trodden trail to Everest base camp and Kalapathar 5364m EBC and 5545m Kalapatthar. In particular, we customize a special climbing training session at the Island Peak base camp. In fact, the training covers the climbing skills needed to scale the summit safely and successfully.

Summit day reaching 6189 meters in the Himalayas

Importantly the summit day starts early in the morning with an interesting scramble up the rocky cliffs to the glacier. Further above the rock ridge, there is a steep snow headwall leading to the summit. Of course, it is physically challenging but a great day of achievement. Obviously, our permanent and highly experienced climbing guides fix new ropes at the beginning of the season. Thus ensure a safe climb with harness and harness for the tough and challenging section. A final climb of 60 - 70 degrees leads to a face of about 150 meters on the summit ridge.

From the peak of the island, one can see a panoramic view of the huge mountains of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Middle and Lhotse Shar. It forms a semi-circle in the north. Panoramic views of Makalu (8475 m), Baruntse (7129 m) to the east and the famous climbing peak of Amadablum (6812 m) to the south.

Bookings are open for the spring and autumn of 2023 and 2024

We have been organizing island peak climbs regularly for the past 2 decades. Padayatra is one of the top and award winning climbing companies organizing peak climbing in Nepal. We have several sets of fixed and guaranteed departure dates for this island peak expedition trip in spring and autumn in 2023 - 2024.  Indiviauland hikers and groups of friends are welcome to join on any of these fixed departure dates. In March, April, May, September, October or November 2023 and 2024. If you would like a private group departure date and itinerary, let us know and we will customize it to suit your interests for island Peak Climbing safely and successfully.

Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

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Day 1 : Upon your Arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu from International Airport.
Accomodation 3 star rated Hotel
Elevation 1250

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal, our company members will welcome you and drop you off at your hotel. In the evening you will meet your guide and have a welcome dinner with company members in a cultural restaurant. You can talk about your trip with your guide.

Day 2 : Free overnight stay at hotel Day/Trek preparation
Food Breakfast
Accomodation 3 star rated Hotel
Elevation 1250

The second day of the Island Peak Climbing trek is for trek preparation by purchasing essentials for mountain climbing. You will visit Thamel with your guide, all the information about the climbing requirements will be provided by the guide.
If you have more time, you can also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath.
 

Day 3 : Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2800m) 4 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 2610

Trekking starts after breakfast in Lukla by morning flight. A four-hour walk along the banks of Dudhkoshi, a stone-paved path between houses, Chorten, Dudhkoshi's suspension bridge led to Phakding. Phakding is a small and beautiful village full of hotels and teahouses. Have lunch and rest at one of the teahouses.
Your fun mountain flight, 4-hour long walk in the peaceful Everest region, chirping of birds, bubbling of flowing river, sportsman's flag, monastery make your day enjoyable.
 

Day 4 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3440

After leaving Phakding with a delicious breakfast, your trek begins from the banks of Dudhkoshi. Following the uphills and downhills, crossing the suspension bridges, you will reach the village of Monzo.
Monzo village is located in Sagaramatha National Park. There is a checkpoint where you need to get permission to trek in the Everest region. Pine trails and cobbled paths continue until you reach Namche. Namche Bazar in the Himalaya is a small town with high development. Markets with ATMs, attractive hotels, restaurants and bars, small cottage industries, tea houses, colorful buildings full of Buddhist culture, hospitality of Sherpas have made the place more beautiful.
In the evening you will visit Namche market but it depends on your body condition. If you are tired, you might take rest.
 

Day 5 : Namche Bazaar – Visit Khumjung Valley (3,790m) 3 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3790

To adapt your body, we will stay at Namche Bazaar today. We will have breakfast and visit the Khumjung Valley (3,790m). It takes only 1.5 hours to reach Khumjung Valley from Namche. If time permits, we will also visit the 3800 meter high Everest View Hotel. The clear view of Mount Everest from the hotel and its location at a high altitude make it more special.  After returning from Khumjung Valley, have lunch and rest. We need proper rest to make our body fit for the upcoming day's walk.
 

Day 6 : Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3,860m) 6 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3860

We will walk towards Tengboche early in the morning for a panoramic view of Mount Everest, Mount Lost. Lostesar Himal Amma Doblam, Tabuche, Cholache, Thamsekhu, Khakteka, Khusum and Khangagru Himals have been included in the trial. During the day, the view can hide behind clouds. We reach Thengboche after 6 hours from Namche, passing Kenjuma Village, Sannasa, Fungi Thanga. You will see the oldest monastery named Tengboche, the place is named after this monastery. Various chortens, gem walls and prayer flags give a glimpse of Buddhism.  Somewhere you will see rare yak, Georges deep down, and somewhere snowy landscape. The route to Tengboche is a scheme of less steep uphills and downhills, the so-called Everest Base Camp as well as the best test of the island's peak climbs.

Day 7 : Tengboche - Feriche (4,270m) 5 hours walk, overnight at tea house.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4270

Today we will wake up very early so as not to miss the great mountain view of Thengboche. After taking photos we will have breakfast with a magnificent view of the high snow capped mountains and surrounding ranges. Our walk starts downhill from Thengboche and reaches Dingboche after 20 minutes. After crossing the river, you reach Pagboche, seeing various gem walls, chortens, stupas.
Upper Pagboche is a Sherpa village while Lower Pagboche is more famous for tourism. The magnificent view of Amdabalam along with the bubbling of the river creates a peaceful atmosphere. After the ascent, you will cross the Sommer and walk the other way.
A 30-minute walk brings cool air and peace to you, the destination ferry.

Day 8 : Feriche - Lobuche (4,910m) 4 hours walking
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4910

High altitude and rocky trail add more challenges but the trekking trail from Feriche to Lobuche is comfortable and easy. The trail is also easy, we have to keep calm and walk slowly to maintain our health condition and protect ourselves from altitude sickness.
After breakfast we will take a slow walk enjoying the scenery in our comfort zone. As rare yaks, herdsmen and yaksheds enliven Himalayan life, we become an explorer. Our path goes uphill, we cross the river and reach Thukla. If you are tired you can rest here. The low oxygen area becomes really a challenge, thus you have to be very careful and mentally strong. We will pass the monument, and finally reach Labuche after four hours from Friche.
 

Day 9 : Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) 5 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 5364

After breakfast at Lobuche, we will proceed to Gorkshep, the final destination with a tea house. We will start walking early in the morning to spend more time at Everest base camp. The rocky test at higher altitudes continues as we progress. You may find it hard to breathe due to the altitude but slow walking, long breathing and body alignment will benefit you.
Seeing Everest, Numste, Khubusta, Chagaste, Pumori Himal, Labuche Peak, we reach Gorakshep after 2-3 hours from Lobuche. After keeping our bags and resting at the tea house, we headed towards Everest base camp. A walk of about 1.45 minutes on the Glacier Path takes us to Everest Base Camp. Yes you will be in front of Everest, the world's highest peak standing near your eyes. We will spend about 1 hour at EBC, take videos, photos and return to Gorkshep. 
 

Day 10 : Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar) – Dingbouche (4,410 m) 6 hrs walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4410

We reach Kalapather early in the morning at 4:30 am to watch the sunrise from Gorakshep. Clear view of Mt., Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori attracts us while proceeding from Gorakshep, some trekkers return after seeing Mt. but it is better to reach Kalapathar to see sunrise.  The sun rising behind the mountains and spreading its rays over the snow cap makes for a truly mind-blowing sight. Capturing the moment on video and pictures, we will return to Gorkshep for breakfast.
Today's goal is to reach Dingbouche, so we pack our bags and start walking through the gorge. Descending the rocky path, we reach Dingboche, enjoying mountain scenery, snow-capped scenery and yak sheds.
 

Day 11 : Dingboche - Chhukung (4700m) 3 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4700

After breakfast at Dingboche, we proceeded to Chukung. We reach the destination only after three hours of walking. Chukung is a small village at the foot of the peak of the island, developed especially to serve trekkers and climbers.
We relax at the tea house in Chukung to prepare our bodies and climb the mountain. We will arrange and collect all the necessary equipment for Island Peak Climbing.
 

Day 12 : Chukung - Island Peak Base Camp (5087m) 5 hrs walking
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Tent
Elevation 5087

Breakfast in the courtyard of Chukung's tea house brings joy with its hilly surroundings. We will load all the climbing equipment we will start our trek towards Island Peak, it takes about five hours to reach Island Peak Base Camp. As we need different equipment to climb the island peak, it will be difficult to carry them all by ourselves. We will hire a yak or porter to carry the equipment up to the basecamp.
Imja Valley, Glacier Lake and Island Peak are the major attractions of today's test. After a five hour walk we will reach the base camp of the island Peak. We will gather our equipment, set up our tent and relax. Tonight is quite a challenge as we will spend the night in camp.

Day 13 : Island Peak Base Camp- High Camp (5500m) 3 hrs walk, Overnight at High Camp.
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Tent
Elevation 5500

Finally, after twelve days of trekking, we will climb the summit of the Island Peak. Leaving the base camp after breakfast, we will start climbing the summit of the island. Weather conditions determine when to start climbing.  Riding the snow mountain, holding the rope is a tough job and also interesting. Before starting the climb, the Sherpa will give instructions about the use of tools and mountain climbing.
After three hours, you will reach the high camp, take some rest and arrange the tent. We will spend the night in tents.
Night at the high camp, under the twinkling stars, surrounded by snow everywhere and the excitement of tomorrow's peak climb, here comes the great moment to remember. It is important to drink plenty of water to hydrate your body, get proper sleep and rest to peak within 12 hours.

Day 14 : Island Peak Summit (6189m) and down to Chukung. After walking for 6 hours
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 6189

We will wake up early in the morning, ready to climb the summit of the island. Before starting our climb, the Sherpas will check the weather and give you directions.
Climbing the island's peak summit (6189 m) is not an easy task, you will scramble along a rocky path, sometimes zig-zag and sometimes steep. Sherpas will guide you, your courage and confidence take you to the summit. Finally, you'll reach the final point of the Island Summit climb, Island Summit. After spending some time on Mt. and sharing the joy of a successful climb, you will descend to the high camp under the guidance of a Sherpa.
After resting for an hour at the high camp, you will start walking towards Chuking with other equipment and tents. You will pass the summit base camp of the island, enjoy the Imja valley, glaciers and mountainous surroundings and reach Chukung. Leave the climbing equipment at the base camp to be brought by yak or porter and hand over all the equipment at Chukung.

Day 15 : Chukung – Tengboche 4 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 3867

After breakfast we descend towards Tengboche. We reach Tengboche after an hour's walk, seeing Gumba, Chorten, Mane, Everest, Amdblam, Nuptse, Lhoste and other ranges.
 

Day 16 : Tengbouche - Namche (3440m) 5 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 3440

From Tengboche, we will descend, enjoy an easy route, and reach Namche. It takes about five hours to reach Namche from Tengboche.
The trail will be quite normal on the way back.

Day 17 : Namche – Lukla (2840m) 6 hours walk
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 2840

Going down the stone steps, you will reach Lukla through Manjo and Phakding villages. A long journey comes to a rest point with all the beautiful events as memories.
It takes about 6 hours to reach Lukla. Suspension Bridge, Monastery, Chorten, Rhododendron Forest, Mane, Dudhkoshi Bank and Himalayan Screens close after the trek.
 

Day 18 : Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, flight 40 minutes and 20 minutes drive to the hotel
Food Breakfast
Accomodation 3 star rated Hotel
Elevation 1250

We will pack our bags early in the morning and take a flight to Kathmandu. The Himalayan flight offers a clear view of the Himalayan mountain ranges which evokes the joy of the island peaks and base camp of EBC. The Lukla flight to Kathmandu lands after 40 minutes. We will  be check out from the domestic airport and drive to the hotel around Thamel.
After resting for a few hours, one can visit Thamel, go shopping and even make a short visit to Shyambunath. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with company members in a cultural restaurant.
 

Day 19 : Final departure back home
Food Breakfast
Elevation 1250

Our company member will drop you at the airport depending on the flight time. Until your departure back home, we will be with you.
Thus, the Island Peak climb ends with a lifetime of memories.
 

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea / coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Island peak climbing permit fee
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented accommodation during the climbing
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • English speaking trekking guide and highly experienced (2-3 times Everest Submitter) climbing guide for Island peak including their foods, accommodations, salary, insurance etc.
  • Require porters (two clients: 1 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Round trip flights Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Mountain Magic Treks T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit
  • Boiled water will be provided during the climb
  • All require permits including TIMS, Sagarmatha NP, Island Peak climbing etc.
  • General climbing equipment such as rope, ice screw, snow bar etc.
  • All taxes and service charge
  • Everest Trekking and Climbing route Map

Cost Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Drink including - water, coke, Fanta, alcoholic beverage, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Group Joining Fixed Departure Dates

SN
Start Date
Trip Duration
Cost Per Person
Availability
Join Group
1
2024-11-29
19 Days
USD 2999
Available

FAQs

Have you heard of Lukla, the world's most dangerous airstrip? Is there any alternative?

Nepal Airlines is very strict on these small planes flying at high altitudes in remote Himalayan airstrips like Lukla, so flights are likely to be delayed and sometimes cancelled. Although Lukla is a hidden settlement within the magnificent valley, the airport is closed for some time in case of slight weather chaos or high speed winds. So no need to panic while flying in or out of Lukla. To address bad weather conditions we have prepared an itinerary with a 2 night stay in Kathmandu. If you spend your time exploring it after the trip, we welcome the idea of ​​spending a few more days in Kathmandu. People have many legends about flying in and out of Lukla but in reality, this 35 minute flight is actually quite exciting rather than blood curdling. In case of bad weather there may be an option to fly the group by helicopter at an additional cost. With the recent construction of a road in the Everest region near Lukla, there is also an option to drive in or out of the Everest region.
 

Is there any possibility to customize Imjatse climbing?

You always reserve the right to modify the climbing itinerary according to your time and fitness level. Depending on your schedule you can book for the entire circuit via the high passes (Renzo Pass, Chola Pass) or the half circuit that includes Gokyo, Chola Pass, and Everest Base Camp or you can do only Everest Base Camp and Island Peak. Mountain Magic Treks has always been customizing the trip as per the needs of the customers. We are happy to customize this Imj Tse Peak Climbing Tour as per your requirement and time period. Let us know.
 

Is it possible in winter? What is the best time for Island Peak Climbing?

In fact, one can attempt to reach the summit of the island all year except monsoon. However, the best time to climb the peak of the island is during spring from April to mid-June and autumn from September to November before the harsh winter when the 360 ​​degree mountain ranges and stunning landscapes are at their best. 
No doubt people have climbed the peak of the island even in December despite the severe cold as winter always offers crystal clear weather with exceptional mountain views. However, 3 nights of camping at the island's peak base camp in winter with a very cold factor may not be very appealing to many. So winter climbing depends entirely on how comfortable you are with the cold. All you need to do is prepare for the worst cold weather conditions.
 

What permits are required for this summit?

For this climbing trip, you need (Everest) Everest National Park Permit, TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System), Mountain Magic Treks obtains all these permits and travel documents. 
 

Do I need emergency travel insurance to join the climb?

We strongly suggest that you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy that covers all aspects of your adventure although we ensure you that your leader is medically trained and knowledgeable enough to deal with any life there is any evacuation or any There will be no health disaster. Dangerous situation. But in any case it is always wise to have insurance as your backup.
 

Can I charge my devices and take a hot shower on the adventure?

Being exceptional from the rest of the company, at Island Peak Base Camp we can purchase solar batteries for lighting and charging facilities at no extra charge. However, charging facilities for any of your electronic devices are possible around the teahouses in the Everest region but charges may apply. 

However, it is wise to carry some extra batteries or fully charged power bank batteries to save some money and your batteries will run out quickly in the cold. Hot showers are available in the area with minimal fees but your leader may prohibit hot showers at high altitudes in case of health issues. There is no hot water at Island Peak Base Camp but we provide a bowl of hot water for basic cleaning.
 

How can I communicate in an emergency? Is there a communication facility?

With the development of technology, the availability of network in Nepal Himalayas is miraculous. Mobile and 4G data coverage is available in most areas of Everest including the base camp which is a luxury. Every tea house in the entire region offers you internet facility at a minimal charge so that you can update your family and friends about your whereabouts. The stunning island summit has great cell phone coverage.
 

What kind of food and accommodation should we expect on the trip?

While in the Everest region, Mountain Magic Treks uses excellent family-oriented lodges with two-bed sharing rooms with clean shared toilets and sometimes with attached toilet bathrooms. The lodges are excellent offering you a relaxing experience and its unique local atmosphere.
You have various options for food and most lodges prepare better food than most restaurants in Kathmandu.

At Imjatse Peak Base Camp, our professional cooks vary the menu as much as possible to provide nutritious, rich and tasty meals that are hygienically prepared to entertain you even in ideal conditions in the mountains. There have been no complaints regarding the food and accommodation provided by us.

What is the average hour of walking per day?

Usually not more than 6-8 hours excluding lunch. As for the time to summit Island Peak and back to base camp, it just depends on your speed. We give you enough time to set your own pace to acclimatise and have more fun each day but the walking time is up to you and your group. We usually start early so that you can reach your destination on time leaving enough time to explore and enjoy the tranquility of the place.
 

How difficult is Island Peak Expedition? Can anyone join?

Although the island summit expedition is not technically challenging it is undoubtedly physically demanding which is classified as Alpine PD+. Among all the trekking peaks in Nepal, Island is the most popular as it is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers which offers an exciting climbing experience apart from trekking in Nepal along with trekking to the world famous Mt Everest base camp.

This tough plus expedition rises to a height of 6189m / 20,305 feet. However, anyone with healthy fitness can join as height and adaptation process rather than fitness level is the main issue. Mountain Monarch has an itinerary so designed to allow ample time for adaptive strategy with a slow pace and multi-sided tour.

Why always choose a reputable company with professional leaders for Imjatse Peak?

In case of emergency, the required immediate assistance will be available only if you are associated with a reputable company. Moreover, if you are looking for a hassle-free vacation in terms of issuing climbing permits, hotels, flights, and transportation, etc., it is better to go with a reputable company that provides you with knowledgeable guides and professionals.
Reputed companies are there to provide you quality service at very competitive prices and are there to guarantee your safety which I think is the biggest concern. The leaders, apart from giving you all the information you need, are there to cater to you in any crisis be it mountain sickness or any weather calamity.
 

How does Mountain Magic Treks guarantee protection against altitude sickness?

Most altitude sickness and tragedies are reported among trekkers on Everest region treks and climbing routes. Acute mountain sickness is what we get with rapid ascents and when our bodies fail to adapt to the thin air environment.
Mountain Magic Treks provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders with regulators, or portable altitude chambers to combat any altitude-related illnesses. Furthermore, your group leader will present some basic guidelines for avoiding altitude sickness which are expected to be strictly followed, and also there are many things you can do as a precaution to avoid AMS such as taking Diamox, etc. 

The leader is there 24/7 as long as you are away from the danger zone. So far there have been no records of fatal altitude sickness with Mountain Magic Treks groups.
 

How is Ascension Day? Do we start early in the morning?

Climbing day is the main day and obviously, it is a hard and long day. We start the climb early in the morning to beat the windy conditions and bad weather in the afternoon. Usually we scale the summit of the island at 9 am and return to base camp for lunch. A long day of about 9/10 hours but undoubtedly the most memorable day. 
 

What is the success rate on island summit expeditions?

We, Mountain Magic Treks, have been organizing island summit expeditions for over 2 decades. Every year more than 100 trekkers have climbed the island's peak with us. So far we have managed to achieve 85% summit success rate.
 

Does it refer to hiking peaks and climbing clinics?

Peaks below 5600 meters in the Nepal Himalayas are classified as "trekking peaks" which are relatively less technical but physically demanding. Physical and mental fitness is required to join the trek to the peak but previous climbing experience is not required.
To make your climbing experience safe and great, we organize a special climbing training course at the base camp where our experienced climbing guides give you hands-on training in all aspects of climbing skills required to safely and successfully scale.  

What gear does the company provide on climbing trips?

Mountain Magic Treks offers you a very warm sleeping bag with a warm fleece liner and feather duvet jackets which are the mother of all warm clothing. We also provide you with a personalized waterproof trek duffle bag to fit all your gear.  No need to buy or rent any expensive climbing gear to join us on a climbing trip, Mountain Magic Treks offers you La Sportiva Climbing Boots, Black Diamond Crampons. Ice Axe, Ice Bar, Ice Screw, Jumar, Harness, The Figure of Eight, Safety Helmet, Plain and Locking Carabiner, Prusik Cord and New Climbing Rope, etc. Furthermore, Island Peak is different from many other companies at Base Camp.  
MOUNTAIN HARDWARE 2 member tent, EXPED down-filled mattress, and solar lights with facility to charge your device. We use solar energy at Island Peak Base Camp to be environmentally friendly.
 

Why climb an island peak with Mountain Magic Treks?

Mountain Magic Treks is renowned for responsible travel with quality service, proper safety backup, detailed logistic support throughout the journey. 
We invest in manpower and gear. We have a local climbing guide and we provide all individual and group climbing gear including climbing boots which means you can join us on a climbing trip with normal trek gear - no need to worry or invest in any climbing gear in a journey.

Every year we are growing and more hikers and climbers are joining us because they have seen us in action on previous trips or heard of the excellent and reliable service we provide. Adventurers who have joined us once come back with us because they know we do our best to make the trip responsible, safe and a trip of a lifetime.
 

Do I need any prior climbing experience for island Peak Climbing?

Island Peak is a tough plus trek which includes trekking as well as climbing with all expedition equipment. Although previous climbing experience definitely helps but no prior experience is required to join us on this trip. However, anyone with a pre-medical history of knee, leg, heart, or lung problems needs to seek medical approval before considering Island Peak. Furthermore, at the base camp, our climbing Sherpa guide will organize a special climbing training session on the necessary climbing skills and use of climbing equipment.
Pre-physical training is essential to prepare yourself to find out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. Some cardio workouts and a few miles of regular walking will definitely help you before you arrive in Kathmandu.
 

Additional Information

Information for Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Island Peak Climbing Grading

All our Nepal Trekking/Climbing Grades describe the difference between trips from LEISURELY PLUS to STRENUOUS PLUS. This trip grading of Nepal Trekking and Himalayan Climbing Tours is intended as a guideline only and is designed to give you an idea of ​​the required participation.

Grade 1- Comfort Plus
This journey usually involves 4 - 5 hours of slow but steady walking a day. This rating is for less than 7 days below than 3500m. If you are physically fit, you will enjoy more.

Grade 2 - Moderate
Moderate trekking involves walking for 5 – 6 hours daily at a steady pace below 4000 meters for a 10 day trekking trip.

Grade 3 - Medium Plus
This trip grade includes trekking for up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters during a 10-15 day trip. Any reasonably active person should be able to manage these trips.

Grade 4 - Hard
Among the most difficult treks available in Nepal, but still, these treks are accessible to most people but one must be fit. These treks go above 5000 meters and walk for 8/9 hours a day for a duration of 15 – 20 days.

Grade 5 - Hard Plus
This trip grading in Nepal includes climbing peaks and demanding treks in remote areas. Participants with basic knowledge of using crampons and ice axes are appreciated, however first time climbers/experienced trekkers can also join as we organize a climbing clinic course on all our climbing trips.

Nepal Visa and Entry Process

All visitors, except Indian citizens, must obtain a passport and a valid visa to enter Nepal. Nepal visa can be obtained from Nepalese embassies or consulates abroad. Nepal entry visas are also issued at entry points upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. The Children under age of 10 years get free visa, they don't have to pay. Those interested in applying for a Nepal visa should fill the online visa form along with the passport photo.

Note:

Currently, Nepal government has suspended visa on arrival due to the epidemic of covid-19. You can get Nepal visa at foreign embassies and Kathmandu International Airport only after the government approves the necessary travel documents. After coming to Nepal, it is mandatory to stay in hotel quarantine for 7 days.

Nepal Tourist Visa (Multiple Entry) Duration and Fees
(1 Month Free Nepal Entry Visa till 16 July 2022)
15 days: US$ 30 only

30 days: US$50 only

90 days US$125 only or equivalent convertible currency

If you are planning to get a Nepal entry visa at Kathmandu airport, we recommend all our guests to complete the online Nepal visa application form before boarding the flight to Kathmandu. You can get reference number after filling online Nepal visa form which is valid for 15 days only.
After receiving the visa reference number, you can pay the visa fee at Kathmandu Airport. (Make sure you have US$ cash to pay the visa fee.) You can then stay online to get the visa stamp along with your passport and visa fee receipt. This saves you time at Kathmandu airport to get Nepal entry visa.

Tourist visa extension

Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US$ 30 or convertible currency equivalent and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 3 per day.
Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a single visa year (January-December).
Free (free) visa
Free visa available only for SAARC countries tourist for 30-day 
Indian citizens do not need a visa to enter Nepal

Transit Visa

A one-day transit visa can be obtained by paying US$ 5 or equivalent in convertible currency at the Nepal Immigration Office at the point of entry after producing a departure flight ticket from Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport.

Note: The Government of Nepal grants visa on arrival to all nations from the African continent except Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia and Ethiopia as well as Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan from the Asian continent.

Click here for Online Nepal Tourist Visa Form

Trek Safety in Nepal

Your safety is our top priority:

Trek  safety in Nepal is at the top of any agenda when planning any adventure trekking and climbing trip in the Himalayas. All our tour leaders and trek guides are medically trained, experienced, working for us permanently. Every year, they refresh the training and update their skills in wilderness first aid training as part of trekking safety in Nepal. They are experts in dealing with any issues that may arise on any trip to ensure you all have a safe and perfect Himalayan adventure. You can have full confidence in our expertise and knowledge. Your safety is a top priority when trekking or trekking in Nepal. We carry a comprehensive medical kit with a portable altitude chamber (hyperbolic bag) or oxygen on every high altitude trek and climbing trip in the Himalayas.

We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised. Acute mountain sickness, also known as AMS, can be a life-threatening problem while trekking at high altitudes in the Himalayas. Our responsible trekker retention policy: A porter adds a layer of security to your Nepal trek provided there is enough trek team. Of course, our porters carry less weight and they are ready to help anywhere in the high Himalayan adventure.

One of our customer feedback on AMS

I want to thank everyone at Mountain Magic Treks for the excellent service you gave me and friend on our recent Island Peak Climbing. As you know I experienced a several case of high altitude cerebral edema at Gorak Shep and had to be put in a portable altitude oxygen chamber for several hours before descending the next morning.
The quick action of the trek leader and other Mountain Magic Treks staff probably saved my life. They are all a credit to your company. I would have no hesitation in using Mountain Magic again on any future trip to Nepal - perhaps with the help of Diamox I would do a full day ascent of Island Peak.

Lau Chi Ling, Hong Kong
Everest Base Camp with Island Summit Tour 2016

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

This acute mountain sickness can be a major safety issue if not taken care of on time during a Himalayan adventure. Basically, AMS occurs when our body fails to adapt to the reduced amount of oxygen available at high altitude as we climb above 2500 meters. Mountain Magic Treks itineraries are professionally designed to minimize the effects of altitude sickness. Comprehensive medical kits are carried on all our trips to ensure trekking safety in Nepal. Also, a portable altitude chamber (a life-saving device in case of AMS) is carried as a precaution during high altitude trekking and climbing expeditions. All our group leaders/guides are well trained in Wilderness First Aid Course. They are able to recognize any symptoms and act accordingly. However, we recommend that you seek advice from your travel physician or health advisor beforehand. By keeping a close eye on AMS and traveling with a medically trained guide, we can minimize the risks and safety issues of AMS.

This is how we ensure trekking safety on your once-in-a-lifetime Nepal adventure.

  • Prevention of acute mountain sickness (AMS).
  • Allow enough time for acclimatization (after 3000m).
  • Don't rush or go too far too fast.
  • Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking. 
  • Drink 3 to 4 liters more fluids a day, clean water - boiled or treated / tea / coffee / soup / juice, etc.
  • Climb higher and sleep less.
  • Do not trek/travel alone, take a guide/porter.
  • Follow the advice of your group leader and guides.
  • Reduce if mild symptoms worsen rapidly.
  • Never leave a sick person alone or fall.
  • Avoid catching cold. 

AMS is common above 3000 meters and presents in the following ways:

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the most common and is not life-threatening.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) is a life-threatening disease that can result from AMS.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) is a life-threatening disease; It can occur on its own or with AMS or HACE.
AMS symptoms and signs should be expected but not alarming
Headache (usually worse for throbbing, bending, or lying down), plus one or more of the following symptoms:
Fatigue, weakness.
Dizziness, headache.
Loss of appetite, nausea (or vomiting).

Treatment

Rest (do little exertion if possible) at the same (or lower) altitude until symptoms clear (up to 4 days)
Drink enough to keep your urine pale and plentiful.
Use ibuprofen or paracetamol for headaches.
Consider Diamox (125 to 250 mg 12-hourly) for 3 days, or for the remaining time at elevation if symptoms return.
Consider Stemetil (or other anti-emetic) for persistent nausea/vomiting. omnia, disturbed sleep, frequent awakenings.
If AMS symptoms are severe, give oxygen (1 to 2 L/min) or use a pressure bag until symptoms clear.
Check the victim regularly for signs of HAPE and HACE, especially at night.
If AMS symptoms do not improve or worsen, descend far enough to clear symptoms (at least 500m/1640ft).

Facts on HAPE and HACE

  • HACE or HAPE occurs in about 1 to 2% of people who travel to high altitudes.

  • HAPE and HACE can occur alone or together.

  • HAPE is about twice as common as HACE.

  • HAPE causes more deaths than HACE.

  • HAPE can appear without any prior symptoms of AMS.

  • People with colds or chest infections are more likely to develop HAPE.

  • HAPE usually occurs after a second night spent at high altitude.

  • HAPE can also develop after descending from high altitude.
  • HACE usually develops after the onset of symptoms of AMS and often worsens rapidly at night.
  • HACE may develop into later stages of HAPE.
  • HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema)
  • Symptoms of HACE are caused by an accumulation of fluid in or around the brain. Usually the signs and symptoms of AMS worsen and HACE develops. Anyone with HAPE can develop HACE.

Symptoms and signs

Severe headache, which often feels worse when lying down and is not relieved by ibuprofen, paracetamol, or aspirin.
Fatigue, severe fatigue.
Nausea or vomiting can be severe and persistent.
Loss of coordination, disorientation. The victim may need help with simple tasks such as tying shoelaces or packing a bag.
They can't do nose-to-finger tests.
To fall, to fall. They cannot perform the walk test or stand test.
Blurred or double vision, seeing halos around objects.
Loss of mental abilities such as memory. They cannot perform a simple mental arithmetic test.
Delusion, illusion.
Behavioral changes (aggression, depression, etc.)
Drowsiness, difficulty waking, coma, death

Test for HACE

Heel-to-toe walking test: The victim is asked to take 10 small steps with the heel of one foot resting on the toe of the other foot. Proper level ground is essential and the victim should not be supported.
Standing test: The victim stands with eyes closed, feet together and arms at sides.  Finger-nose test: With eyes closed, the victim alternates repeatedly and rapidly between touching the tip of his nose with his finger and then extending this hand to point into the distance (a useful test if the victim is in a sleeping bag).
Mental Arithmetic Test: Give the victim a mental arithmetic test, eg. 100 to 7, 93 to 7, and so on (but remember that some people can be poor at arithmetic even at sea level).  If the victim cannot perform any of the above tests easily (or refuses to cooperate), or shows more wobbles or falls during the first two tests (be prepared to catch the victim if!), assume they are suffering from HACE. . If in doubt about the victim's performance, compare with a healthy person. Be prepared to repeat these tests.

How to treat (instructions)

Descend immediately (immediate descent will begin to reverse symptoms). Descend as low as possible, at least 1000 meters / 3280 feet. Descend if necessary at night or in bad weather. Carry the victim if possible, as the exertion of walking can make the illness worse. If landing is not immediately possible (such as hazardous terrain or weather, not enough helpers, or while waiting for a helicopter), the use of oxygen or PAC and appropriate medications will keep the person alive until a descent is possible.
Give oxygen:

A) from a bottle using a mask (2 to 4 L/min), or
B) Using a pressure bag (this is equivalent to about 2 to 4 L of oxygen/min).
Note:
If both oxygen and a pressure bag are available, administer oxygen while preparing the bag and after the victim is out of the bag. Do not give oxygen inside the bag unless it is designed for this purpose and you have been trained to do so.

Administer medication:

A) 8 mg of dexamethasone at once (by mouth, IV, or IM) followed by 4 mg 6-hourly. Dexamethasone takes several hours to work. Stop it once below 2500m/8200ft AND after at least 3 days of treatment by tailing off the dose slowly (give the last 3 doses 12-hourly)
B) Diamox 250 mg 8 to12-hourly
C) Treat persistent vomiting with anti-vomiting medication
Prop the victim up in a semi-reclining position as lying down flat may make their condition worse
Avoid even the slightest exertion if this is possible. Even walking a few steps may make their symptoms worse or reappear. Do not leave the victim alone.
If a person is turning blue or is falling into unconsciousness, give them rescue breathing before they stop breathing.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)
Symptoms of HAPE are due to the accumulation of fluid in or around the lungs. It may appear on its own without any preceding symptoms of AMS (this happens in about 50% of cases), or it may develop at the same time as AMS. HAPE can easily be mistaken for a chest infection or asthma: if in doubt treat for both.

Possible Signs and Symptoms

A reduction in physical performance (tiredness, severe fatigue) and a dry cough are often the earliest signs that HAPE is developing.
Breathlessness. In the early stages of HAPE, this may mean just taking a bit longer to get one breath back on resting after mild exercise. Later on, there is a marked breathlessness with mild exercise. Finally, breathlessness occurs at rest. Record the respiratory rate (NB: At 6000m/19700ft, class="normal" acclimatized respiration rate is up to 20 breaths per minute).
The dry cough may later become wet with frothy sputum, which may be bloodstained (pink or rust-colored). This is a serious sign.
Wet sounds in the lungs when breathing in deeply (place your ear on the bare skin of the victim back below the shoulder blades; compare with a healthy person). Note: There may be NO wet sounds in even quite severe HAPE: this is called dry HAPE.
There may be mild fever up to 38.5 C, a sense of inner cold, pains in the chest.
Blueness or darkness of face, lips, tongue, or nails due to lack of oxygen in the blood (cyanosis).
Drowsiness, difficulty waking up, coma, death.
Treatment Guidelines

Same general treatment as for HACE, EXCEPT:

Use oxygen or the PAC and appropriate medications will keep the person alive until descent can be undertaken Give medications:
A) Nifedipine. This should only be used if bottled oxygen or a pressure chamber is not available and the victim is warm and well hydrated. Give the modified release (MR) form of the tablets (20 mg 12-hourly for 2 or 3 days). If a fall in blood pressure occurs due to nifedipine (pallor, weak rapid pulse, dizziness on standing), treat as a shock
B) Diamox 250 mg 8 to 12-hourly
C) An asthma reliever spray (2 puffs 4-hourly) may help.

Our Medicine box checklist:

  • Acute Mountain Sickness: Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbolic bag).
  • Acute Mountain Sickness- Diamox, dexamethasone.
  • Antiseptics (disinfectant): Dettol, iodine solution, Burn cream (Silvazine, Burnol).
  • Pain Killers (analgesics): Paracetamol (Panadol), Aspirin, Ibuprofen.
  • Antibiotics (infection): Amoxycillin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Cotrimoxazole, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Metronidazole, Tinidazole.
  • Eye and Ear Infection: Chloramphenicol.
  • Fungal infection: Miconazole.
  • Nausea and vomiting-Stemetil.
  • Indigestion Antacid tablets.
  • Constipation Durolax.
  • Anti Motility Immodium, Lomotil.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness Diamox, dexamethasone.
  • Respiratory Medication: Sinutab, Lemotab, Asthma spray.
  • Anti Allergy and Anti Inflammatory: Hydrocortisone cream Calamine, Polaramine.
  • Dental Clove oil
  • Instruments: Thermometer, tweezers, scissors.
  • Dressing and wound: cotton buds and roll, square and sterile gauze, triangular, adhesive, and elastic bandages.

Food and accommodation

Mountain Magic Treks book hotels for you in Kathmandu and Pokhara for two weeks. Depending on the trekking mode, we stay in local tea houses or tented camps during your Himalayan Nepal tour. We take care of your trek food and accommodation to ensure a safe and great adventure holiday experience of a lifetime on your Nepal tour.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing Meals, and Accommodation

We provide full board meals while trekking to EBC and Island peak climbing. We offer an open and selective menu at our tea house trekking where you can select your favorite food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure you get clean, plentiful and nutritious food. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle, Momos, Spring roll dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables.

A variety of cereal, bread and egg dishes are usually available for breakfast. Lunch is usually a selection of salads, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta, and traditional bread. A hearty and healthy dinner includes soup, various vegetables, rice, momo and pasta dishes, etc. as per your section and availability. Tea or coffee is also provided with all meals. Properly boiled water is given for drinking at breakfast and dinner.

On camping expeditions, our trained and experienced cooks whip up scrumptious meals to tempt you even in less-than-ideal mountaintops. Thus we ensure the best food and accommodation on your Nepal trekking.

Trekking and climbing gear for Nepal Himalaya

In our constant endeavor to make trekking and climbing travel in Nepal hassle-free and affordable, we provide free use of quality trekking and climbing gear on your Himalayan trips.  Gear for camping treks and peak climbing trips: we take care of you
Mountain Hardware or equivalent 2 man sleeping tent.
EXPED down filled mattress for extra comfort.
Dinner tent with table and backrest chairs.
Kitchen and staff tents.
Toilet tent with commode.

Free gear for everyone:

Company t-shirt and trek duffle bag

Climbing Gear: Company provides
We provide all individual and group climbing gear. You don't have to worry about expensive gear to buy or rent in Kathmandu just for a trip. Getting the right size is always a problem when renting.

We offer La Sportiva Climbing Boots, Black Diamond Crampons, Ice Axes, Ice Bars, Ice Screws, Zoomers, Ice Axes, Harnesses, Figure of Eight. In addition safety helmet, plane and locking carabiner, pry cord and climbing rope etc. to each member of the peak climbing group. So, for trekking in the Himalayas with us, you need good mittens and some layers of warm gear.

Suggested Personal Gear Checklist: What you should bring

Lower Body:

Suitable trekking shoes (1 size bigger than normal size), pair of runners, 4 pairs of shocks (minimum), 2 pairs of thin nylon shocks, wind and rain resistant Gore-Tex pants, 2 pairs of warm underwear, shorts for hot temperatures, pair of warm trousers , 1 pair of light pants,

Middle Body:

2 pairs of t-shirts, 1 pair of polar fleece or woolen jumper, pair of long-sleeved warm underwear, gloves, mittens for climbing

Upper Body:

Warm hat, pick hat, neck cover, dust mask,

Other Essential Items:

Day pack 30+ liters (preferably lightweight and comfortable) UV polarized sunglasses, minimum 50+ sunblock lotion, good quality 2 metal water bottles 1 liter each, head lamp with spare battery, camera spare battery or charging device with 2 pin holder, personal medicine , lock,

Optional items:

Money Belt, Penknife (Leatherman/Swiss Knife), Binoculars, Personal Diary, Novel, Swing Kid, Energy Bar, Water Purifying Drops/Tablets, Playing Cards, etc. Snow gaiters are essential for high altitude trekking and summit climbing.

Guidelines on some selection of trek gear:

Walking Shoes:
Appropriate shoes are made of leather or leather/cordura, depending on the length and difficulty of your trek, and should have knee support and a durable sole.

Preferably Vibram for good grip in muddy or snowy/snow conditions. Boots should be a generous fitting with enough room for the toes. Thick weight socks are worn even in cold weather and it is mentioned that the feet swell a little while trekking in summer and trekking at the height of Nepal Himalayas.

Light Pants:

Should be loose-fitting and quick-drying if possible for polyamide or microfiber. Note that cotton takes longer to dry in the mountains. Jeans are not suitable for trekking.

Warm trousers:

For camping wear and cold day hiking. Thick wool (200 or 300wt) or fleece is recommended or fleecy tracksuit pants, but this is ineffective when wet.

Water bottle:

At least 1 liter, we recommend two 1-liter bottles as a minimum to ensure maximum hydration. They must be of good quality to withstand daily flooding with boiling water and remain watertight at all times.

Day Pack:

At least 35-45 liter capacity, with a comfortable harness, so that most of the weight stays on the hips rather than the shoulders. A more durable fabric will be more waterproof.

Physical fitness for the trek

Although physical fitness and trek preparation are an important part of any outdoor activity, you don't need to be an athlete or a marathon runner to enjoy a trek in Nepal. Most people with good fitness for their age can complete our trek. Trekking in Nepal is a walking holiday at your own pace, enjoying the Himalayan vistas and its stark cultural contrast.  

Most first-time hikers worry that they won't keep up but quickly discover that a steady pace will get them to their destination sooner than they expect. These treks are not running competitions but walking holidays for people of all ages. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. 

Fitness for Nepal Tour: Aerobics, Hiking, Cycling, Running, Tai Chi, etc

Nepal trek preparation has three basic components – aerobic, strength and mental. Aerobic conditioning is important mainly because you will be trekking in thin air, 40% below sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize the available oxygen. 
You should plan to do aerobics for at least an hour 3/4 times a week for 1 month or more before coming to Nepal. Walking, running, cycling, hiking the valley floor and a day back at ridgeline climbing are some great forms of exercise, as long as you're strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed ​​is not the essence; Endurance, confidence and persistence.

Rather than being long, gradual ascent paths, most Himalayan trails point almost straight up, requiring a lot of effort, and especially when descending, a lot of concentration. Many people think that the biggest challenge while trekking in the highest mountains is going up, but the biggest problem is coming down. Tai Chi can be an excellent trek preparation exercise as it not only focuses on strengthening the quads muscles of the legs but also on balanced weightless light and safe stepping techniques.

Physical and mental preparation is required to enjoy it

Many hikers who are well prepared in all other areas often neglect mental preparation. Although trekking requires a lot of physical effort, something that can be tolerated as the only means of seeing remote parts of Nepal, it can be a very enjoyable exercise in itself.  Trekking in the Himalayas is a relatively safe activity and accidents or problems are usually minor. However, unpleasant things can happen on a long trek so physical fitness and mental preparation are essential on the trek. You may have mild illness, not sleep well, in general, find the pace of trekking too fast or too slow, some parts of your trek may have annoying or stressful things.

Before setting out on a hiking adventure, think of travel as more than just a quest to reach a destination. Try to imagine your trip as an opportunity to experience whatever is an essential part of the journey. It doesn't really matter whether you actually reach Everest Base Camp or any other destination. 

You should be prepared to find joy and fulfillment in all moments of your trip, including the lesser pleasures that you did not expect. Good physical conditioning along with a very positive mindset on your journey will ensure that you are ready to experience all the wonders of the Nepal Himalayas. Hence, Nepal Trek physical fitness is essential to stay alive and enjoy the adventure.

Trekking season in Nepal

Nepal trekking can be done all year round. There are four trekking season in Nepal. Each season has a different attraction to offer. Trekking seasons in the Himalayas are classified as follows:  
Best time for trekking in Nepal
AUTUMN (September - November):
Autumn is considered to be the best time for trekking in Nepal, offering great weather and breathtaking views of the mountains. Moderate temperatures, clear skies with great views, it's a great time to do any of our treks.  Sometimes short storms can dump snow at higher elevations. You can choose any adventure trips in Himalayas from trekking in Nepal to trekking in Nepal this autumn season. Amadabalam expedition and climbing of Manaslu climb are excellent during this autumn.
 
Winter (December - February):
This season is noted for occasional snowfall in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas. Although it gets cooler at night, it usually offers daytime/blue skies and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. However, we need to be selective in choosing a winter trek as climbing and high pass travel will not be an ideal option. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek, Annapurna Century Trek, Everest Panorama Trek etc. Nepal Trek can also be done in winter. 

Spring (March-May):

Various species of wildflowers, especially rhododendrons, make the hills a ghostly paradise this spring. It is mildly warm at lower altitudes and at higher altitudes the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate. Spring is the best time to climb Mount Everest in the Himalayas. You can choose from over 100 adventure trekking and climbing trips this season for the adventure of a lifetime.

Summer (June-August):

Summer from June to mid-September makes the trip cool and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the high valleys and meadows bloom with flowers and lush vegetation. Northern regions of Himalayas like Upper Mustang trek and Dolpo trek in rain-shadow (places are away from the reach of rain clouds due to high mountains) can be an ideal trek selection in this summer season in Himalayas.

Trekking and Climbing Equipment

Climbing a Himalayan peak is no joke. Careful and thorough planning is essential if you want to reach the top of the peak and return to safe ground. If you are planning a trekking adventure in Nepal then having a complete packing list for summit climbing will help you in many ways. The right equipment and appropriate gear are essential to the success of your climbing adventure. 

Peaks ranging from 5,800 meters to 6,584 meters in height in Nepal are designated as trekking peaks. The time taken to reach the summit of these peaks is very short. You camp for just one or two nights at the base or high camp and descend to a nearby village or settlement after reaching the summit. But even if the climbing days are very short, it's important to scale the mountain using high-quality gear and equipment. 

We believe that a ready packing list for trekking in Nepal will be useful and save you time and energy, especially if you are a novice climber. We have compiled a comprehensive list of gear and equipment to ensure you don't miss out on the essentials for your trekking adventure in Nepal.

However, please note that this is a tentative list and you may not need all of the items listed below. Packing for your trip should take into account the time (season) and duration of your adventure, weather, differences in altitude and your personal needs.

Doing a little research on your own for daily temperatures and weather patterns while creating your personal packing list will help you in many ways. This will save you a lot of space in your luggage and additional baggage fees.  
Your porter will carry your luggage but you must carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) yourself. While climbing, all heavy camping gear and equipment (tents, ropes, food supplies, utensils, etc.) will be carried by the Sherpas. You carry your camera, lunch and other items in a lightweight day-pack.

Before heading to the mountains, you can leave your extra luggage at your hotel. Every hotel in Kathmandu offers locked storage which is completely secure and free of charge. But make sure you lock your stuff before leaving it in storage. 

Most of the items listed below can be easily rented and purchased in Kathmandu. Around Thamel in Kathmandu has many shops selling branded as well as locally made trekking and climbing gears and equipments. Please note that the list below is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. You can use this as a reference to customize your packing list according to your needs.

Important documents and items

  • Passport with 6 months validity, 2 passport size photographs, airline ticket
  • Separate photocopy of passport, visa form (easily obtainable at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Cash in dollars, pounds or euros to purchase Nepalese visas at Kathmandu airport, pay for restaurants and hotels, gratuities, snacks, and buy your own drinks and gifts. Credit cards, cash machine cards (bring a photocopy of your card), traveller's checks, etc. to withdraw funds from banks/ATMs/cash machines.
  • Nepali currency to buy snacks and other items on the trail

Personal climbing gears

  • ice ax
  • Crampons
  • the harness
  • Tape Slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/figure eight
  • Plastic hiking boots
  • Climbing/Chandelier
  • Prusik rope
  • helmet

Group climbing gears

  • Snow bar
  • the rope
  • Ice Hammer
  • Ice screw

Personal Trekking and Climbing Gear Checklist

  • Rucksacks and travel bags
  • A small daypack/backpack (30-40L) should have good shoulder padding to carry your valuables.
  • Large duffel bag (80-100 liters)
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Waterproof covers

Head

  • A bandana or headscarf, very useful for dusty conditions
  • A balaclava that covers your ears
  • Benny
  • Wide brimmed sunhat
  • Neck gaiter or heat
  • Headlights with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Snow goggles and sunglasses with UV protection (carry an extra pair in case you lose or break them)
  • Prescription sunglasses (if needed)

upper body

  • Long sleeve shirt (cold absorbent and breathable)
  • T-shirt (cold absorbent and breathable)
  • Thermal base layer of merino wool
  • A fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • down vest
  • Expedition weight insulated down jacket with hood
  • Hooded, waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex jacket

Hands

  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves or light wool or wool gloves
  • Summit Mittens (warm insulated gloves with safety straps)

Lower body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight thermal leggings in merino wool
  • Trekking trousers (waterproof, breathable fabric)
  • Hardshell trousers
  • Synthetic insulated pants

Feet

  • Double insulated climbing shoes
  • Good quality hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, "break-in")
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Light inner socks, heavy poly or wool socks and cotton socks
  • Running shoes and rubber sandals/flip-flops

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (5 season sleeping bag, suitable for temperatures down to -40°C)
  • Therm-a-rest sleeping pad (NeoAir XTherm) that provides insulation and warmth in sub-freezing temperatures.
  • Foam pad
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • the pillow

Medical

  • Small, Personal First Aid Kit (Simple and Light)
  • Aspirin, first aid tape, and plasters (band-aids)
  • Skin-to-Skin Repair Kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Paracetamol
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills - Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotics – ciprofloxacin, etc. Bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants
  • Throat lozengesWater purification tablets or water filters
  • Earplugs
  • Lip guard
  • eye drops
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lenses supplied
  • Sunscreen
  • Practical items
  • A small roll of repair tape, a sewing-repair kit
  • A small box of cigarette lighter/matches
  • Compass or GPS (optional)
  • Alarm Clock / Clock
  • Camera with extra SD card and battery
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • Mild steel thermal bottle
  • A small folding or Swiss knife
  • binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable garbage bags
  • Socket Adapter Type C (with round pin)
  • Trekking Pole (Foldable)

Cosmetics

  • Medium size quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Small sachet of shampoo
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue / toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Urine bottle (1 liter, leak proof, wide mouth)
  • Urinary funnel (for women)

Extras/Luxuries

  • reading a book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Playing cards (to help you pass the time in teahouses and/or camps)
  • A normal swimming suit
  • binoculars (optional)

Sleeping bags and liners, down jackets, trekking poles, gaiters, crampons, backpacks etc. can be rented or bought in Kathmandu. Mountaineering boots of size 12 and above are very difficult to find in Nepal. So if you have big feet (+12 size), you can also bring your climbing shoes from home.

Note: Most of the usefull equepments company will provides (Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Duffel Bags, Climbing boots, Ice ax, Crampons, etc

Booking Terms and Conditions

Mountain Magic Treks Pvt.Ltd Term & Conditions:

Please read Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd. Terms and Conditions carefully prior to trip booking. Trekking or mountaineering in the higher elevations of the Himalayas is one of the most adventurous endeavors which carries the risk of AMS, injuries, or even death. Mountain Magic Treks is always concerned about trekkers' comfort, safety, and health while meandering at higher altitudes. We contribute great effort to reduce or control the risk and hazard, but sometimes nature’s curse or fluctuating climate in the Himalayas is beyond our control and we are not responsible for it.
If you are a keen adventure lover and are ready to follow the hereby mentioned terms and conditions, then you are heartily welcome at the Mountain Magic Treks Pvt.Ltd office, Galko Pakha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Booking Terms and Conditions:

1. All package bookings are handled by Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd, an authorized adventure company based in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

2. The term "trip" formally refers to walking, sightseeing, treks, tours, mountaineering, expeditions, or holidays in the mystical land of Nepal.

3. Mountain Magic Treks faithfully includes all amenities in the package's estimated price.

4. Please go through the itinerary page or trek inclusion/exclusion pages for the details of the cost transparency. The trek cost may vary from one package to another, and some packages don’t include the cost of the following:

Personal travel insurance, medical assistance, and helicopter evacuation.

Visa, passport, and transit point expenses.

Extra meals, entertainment activities, accommodation and transportation costs are not included in the itinerary.

Extra baggage and gratuity

5. For trip confirmation, travelers must pay 20% of the total trip cost up front.

6. You can pay the booking confirmation amount either by credit card or wire transfer. Both payment options are subject to additional bank service fees of up to 4% on top of the sum.

Pay deposit by wire transfer:
Pay to:
 Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd
Current A/c: 01908312510017
Paying Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd
Account Type: Foreign Currency (USD.)
Branch: Thamel
Bank Street Address: Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh Building, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
SWIFT CODE: HIMANPKA

Risk and Liabilities: (Bank service charges related to submitting a deposit are the responsibility of the client)

7. The trip will be booked once the payment is made by the travelers. We will send you the confirmation letter via email and guarantee that you will receive all of the services listed in the itinerary.

8. The final payment must be submitted at the Mountain Magic Treks office or at the hotel where you will be staying before the tip departure. Otherwise, you will not be legitimate for the trip and no final documentation will be disclosed before payment.

9. Regarding the trip cancellation, we offer a free trip cancellation service upon submission of a trustable reason before 90 days of the departure date with adequate evidence and written reasons. 

10. If you cancel the trip 60 days prior to the departure date, then a 75% cancellation fee will be levied from the booking amount.

11. An 85% cancellation fee will be levied if you cancel the trip before 30 days of the trip's departure date.

12. The company will be unable to refund the earlier paid (20%) booking fee if you cancel the trek before 15 days of departure.

13. There will be no payment refund if you voluntarily leave or cancel the trip once it has started, but if you are forced to leave due to unforeseen immediate circumstances, then payment can be refunded after proper discretion.

14. We guarantee your safe and successful trip; however, the company reserves the right to cancel the trip if there will be no minimum number of travelers. The company will postpone or manage alternative trips in this condition.

15. If the company cancels the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control (i.e. natural disaster, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, quarantine, government intervention policy, weather conditions), we will refund after deduction of the minimum operating cost involved.

16. If you want to change your booking date, the booking amendment request must be made 90 days prior to the original trip departure.

17. If trekkers demand to change the departure date prior to 60 days of the final departure, US $ 50.00 per person will be charged as a cancellation fee. The cost of the trip may also be increased if the market price soars higher during the postponed trip date.

18. The policy of our company is that trekkers must have an insurance policy contract if they want to trek with Mountain Magic Treks. The policy must feature medical coverage, air ambulance, helicopter evacuation facility, and flight cancellation insurance if possible.

19. Mountain Magic Treks and Expedition organizes various adventurous trips, which have a high-risk factor and demand more physical stamina and training. If you can’t accomplish the trek due to your physical inability or sickness, we are not obliged to refund the payment.

20. During the trip, there may be hindrances, obstacles, or circumstances such as political riots, insurgencies, accidents, climate change, or natural disasters. Make sure you are ready to deal with all of these problems.

21. The trip route, accommodation and modes of transport may be changed without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances. It is for your convenience and safety, so I hope you will display flexible human nature in this context.

22. While changing the route, transportation, accommodation, or itinerary due to the above circumstances, we may charge an additional fee or lower the cost as per the total expenses of the entire trek.

23. Mountain Magic Treks holds all the authority to decline, accept, detain, or retain any member of the trip if we find anyone suspicious or indisciplined. If you want to trek with Mountain Magic Treks, you must accept our leadership during the whole trip.

24. Mountain Magic Treks has contracted with a network of companies, the government of Nepal, and individuals to assist the travelers during the trip. These third parties are qualified to perform the duties as contracted. We are not liable in the event of loss, damage, or irregularities if the third parties don’t perform their duties properly.

25. Mountain Magic Treks is not liable for any law or rule violations committed by travelers in any country.

26. This agreement is governed by the laws of the Government of Nepal. No individual, including employees, representatives, or guides of the company, can alter the terms and conditions.

27. In exceptional circumstances, these terms and conditions may be waived by submitting a written request to the director. Only the director of the company has all the rights to amend them.

28. Travelers must be physically and mentally fit for the trek. It is compulsory to bring health certificates along with proper legal documents for trip approval if asked.

29. Mountain Magic Treks is not liable for any additional costs or compensation incurred as a result of a flight being canceled or delayed due to weather or other factors. We can manage alternative arrangements on special requests, which may require additional extra cost.

30. We have displayed authentic, genuine, and accurate information on our official website and brochure. If you notice any errors, incomplete or incorrect information, please notify us as soon as possible.

Please read all the terms and conditions mentioned above before making the bookings. You must abide by these conditions if you fancy trekking in the Himalayas with Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd.

Trip Reviews (1)

Simon Lee

Simon Lee

26th Nov, 2022

EBC Trek and Island Peak - October 2022
Wow, where to begin! We had such an amazing adventure and Mountain Magic Treks did an amazing job making it all happen. We trekked up to Everest Base Camp and connected to Island Peak. I am happy with that climbed Island Peak while my wife stayed at Island Peak Base Camp. Mountain Magic Treks was such a great company to work with, and we felt completely taken care of the whole way. 
As promised, they were there patiently waiting at the airport when we arrived in Kathmandu and took us directly to the hotel, which was excellent and comfortable! We had a half day tour of Kathmandu and our tour guide Kumar was amazing and super knowledgeable. Our Lukla flight to start the trip was smooth and they helped make everything easy. Along the trek, all accommodations were set for us, and we didn't have to do anything! Accommodation on the road was excellent.

Our guide Kumar gave us a lot of peace of mind in keeping us healthy on the trail and taking care of our health and well being (like carrying oxygen the whole way)... a wealth of knowledge about everything from first aid, knowledge of the area. , etc., we felt lucky to have him in our journey. The assistant guides were also great, we loved Kamal and Ramesh as they took great care of us. Our porters were also excellent, friendly and punctual.

They were always one step ahead and getting our gear at the next stop. At Island Peak, the camping setup was plush and the food excellent. The climbing was very good and my climbing guide was with me the whole time.
All in all, it was an amazing experience and Mountain Magic Treks delivered everything they said it would. We felt very good about everything, especially compared to other trekking companies we met that didn't seem put together. I would definitely recommend Mountain Magic Treks to anyone and I will use them again for future trips to Nepal!!!

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