Island Peak Climbing Nepal
Lobuche Peak Climbing

Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb

This expedition uses three passes on the famous Mount Everest, Renjo La Pass 5430m, Cho La Pass 5330m, Kongma La Pass 5535m, to acclimatize for the Island Peak summit 6189m. Trekking Experience will be an asset but not essential for the Three High Passes and Island Peak Climb.

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been successfully organizing hiking, trekking, peak climbing and expeditions for many years. The unsurpassable beauty of the Himalayas and the welcoming manner of the local Sherpa inhabitants provide a great attraction for adventurous trekkers and climbers.

crossing ladder

This trek starts with a flight to Lukla. From Lukla we hike for two days to Namche Bazaar, and rest there for one day. The rest day will be used to explore the atmosphere of this business town, and to acclimatize. The first passes we go through are Renjo La 5430 and Cho La 5330, then we climb up to Kalapattar 5545 at the foot of the Khumbu icefall, and back down to Everest Base Camp for the night. Kongma La 5535 is the last pass before heading to Island Peak Base Camp to prepare for the summit of Island Peak.

The entire trek takes 22 days. Accommodation will consist of both the village tea houses and tent camping. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides all the camping equipment needed, as well as delicious camp-side food. The best season for Three High passes in Everest region and Peak climbing is from March to May and from September to November. The duration of the three high passes in Everest region and climbing Island Peak trek can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference.

Note I: If you are traveling on a budget, and do not require five-star accommodation, we can provide you clean and comfortable hotels at more reasonable rates, which will reduce the total cost of the package.

Note II: Our previous experience shows that two nights and three days program is sufficient to climb Island Peak. In case you would like to stay more than two nights and three days in Island Peak Base Camp, you have to pay USD 110 Per Person / Per day, and you will get all the same services as the scheduled days.

Note III: Annapurna Foothills Treks provides all the equipment you will need to climb Island Peak and Lobuche Peak and Pokalde. We have a store in Chukung which supplies equipment from Camp and Black Diamond Company, which are high quality mountaineering suppliers. The only thing you need to bring is your own plastic boots to be sure you have a comfortable pair in the proper size. You may wish to hire some in Kathmandu.

Note IV: The following climbing equipment is available in Chukung.
Crampons, Harness, Ice-Axe, 2 x Tape slings, 2 x Screwgate Karabiners, Prussic Loops, Helmet, Ascender /Abseil Device (Jumar) and Descender Figure 8      

summit glory

 

Day to day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 04: Trek to Namche bazzar,3441 m

Day 05: Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek to Thame, 3820m

Day 07: Trek to Lungdeng, 4500m

Day 08: Rest day: Trekking around Lungdeng

Day 09: Cross the Renjola Pass, 5415m to Gokyo Lake

Day 10: Morning ascent to Gokyo Peak 5360 m and descent to Gokyo lake and trek to Thagnag 4990m.

Day 11: Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzongla

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche, 4910m

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363 m

Day 14: Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545 m and descent to Lobuche,

Day 15: Cross Kongma La Pass 5535m, and descend to Chhukung, 4710 m

Day 16: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m

Day 17: Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp

Day 18: Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung

Day 19: Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)

Day 20: Trek to Namche, 3441m

Day 21: Trek to Lukla

Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 23: Free day Kathmandu

Day 24: Departure

Trip Cost:

S.N.  1 Pax 2-3 Pax 4-10 Pax
US $ 3000 2600 2400

Service Includes: 

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 16 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; Meals during 1 night camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bar
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Three High Passes and Island peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Three High Passes and Island peak Permit
  • Island Peak Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Three HIgh Passes and Island Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government.

Personal Climbing Gear Includes: 

  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet

Service Excludes:

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Trekking Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tipping (Tips)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries and Telephone calls
Fixed Departure Dates  
Start Date End Date Availability Booking
September 02, 2018 September 25, 2018 Avialable Book Now
September 28, 2018 October 21, 2018 Avialable Book Now
October 10, 2018 November 02, 2018 Avialable Book Now
October 30, 2018 November 22, 2018 Avialable Book Now
November 09, 2018 December 02, 2018 Avialable Book Now
Sherpas: the Best Guides for Climbing Island Peak     In Details

Annapurna Foothills Treks always puts safety in high priority. Our guides are experienced climbers and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) license holders.

If the climbing peak is headed by a qualified Sherpa guide, we use harness,crampons, helmet, jumar, figure 8, safety belt and ropes below every peak, whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. The guides help you to fix the rope. At the same time, we also teach the climbers how to fix the rope for glacier travel or to set up a belay using a climbing rope.

We highly recommend you recognize your personal limits and avoid unnecessary risk; hire a Sherpa guide, who is familiar with this Himalayan region, and straightforward peaks. They can ensure your safety without a shop’s worth of Karabiners, ice-screws, snow stakes and rock racks - all you need is just an experienced partner, rope, a few bits of protection, basic climbing gear, good weather and the ability to override the urge to die of altitude induced irrationality.

The routes mentioned below cover the least difficult ways up some of the main trekking peaks in the region. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinists. Safety-conscious amateurs accompanied by such a guide, can have an exciting climbing experience without facing danger. You have the right to check with the trekking company to make sure each staff is qualified for their designated role. Many trekkers cut corners here, and regret it later.

Experience: Annapurna Foothills Treks has an outstanding team of mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiasts. Climbing and trekking in the Himalayan region requires guides with this expertise and passion to add the profound richness of your expedition. We feel proud to say that our staff is dedicated to this profession, familiar with the region, and has unrivaled expertise in this region. We have been running expeditions in this region for the last seven years.

Sherpa Staff: The trek will be supported by the experienced team of Sherpas, who have been on the team for many years. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will also be carried by the porters. This will give you enough time to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Logistics: We recommend the Island Peak expedition because of the sheer beauty and location of the peak and the path leading through natural beauties and the Buddhist environment. You can fully enjoy the world of mountains, while the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics are looked after by our team. Annapurna Foothills Treks offers most comprehensive program available, utilizing a competent staff of Sherpas, huge 4 season tents and a diverse assortment of quality meals. (Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu. Although the local food is a part of our diet, we find a wide variety of food helps keep climbers and trekkers healthy and strong.)

Acclimatization and Island Peak Climbing Itinerary

What we want clients to know

It is really difficult to climb to high altitudes for the first time, even if you follow the recommended guidelines. Island Peak climbing to 6189m might be a greater challenge than you think. Therefore, acclimatization is a must: we use the 400m a day rule, not only to avoid altitude sickness, but also to allow enough time to gain strength. We also plan for a few extra days, as bad weather may affect the planned schedule. Even though we allow for a delay, we cannot guarantee a successful ascent, as factors such as weather and altitude sickness are beyond our control. We plan the peak expedition so that the trek in and out is a means of acclimatization and getting fit.

Why Climb Island Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks     In Details

There are some important points to be considered which will explain you why you should choose Annapurna Foothill Treks.

  • To make sure that you receive a quality service with a reasonable cost. Our cost is almost half than the most international companies charge. Joining a small company like ours means promoting the socio-economic status of the local Sherpa guides and porters. In addition, you save your money as well.
  • As we have born and grown up in the mountain regions, we know more about the local environment and people.
  • We have got the team of professional and well trained staffs. Therefore, we can guarantee you for the quality and professional service.
  • Our all teams members such as guides and leaders represent from the Sherpa community
  • Our staffs are trustable, faithful and hardworking and they make your trip memorable. We provide valuable trekking package.
  • We provide better care and comfortable service to our valued service clients.
  • We design trip according to your requirements. We are flexible in itinerary.
  • Single person is responsible for everyday departure and organize trip
  • You can choose the meal of your choice from the local menu
  • Our staff’s fine sense of humor will excite your trekking

Environmental Responsibility

Annapurna Foothills Treks is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member of AFT is dedicated to preserving the environment.

At Annapurna Foothills Treks environmental stewardship remains one of our core values and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices very seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principals and practices.

Each 12-member group requires an Island Peak Permit, and pays a refundable garbage deposit of US$ 500.00 at Kathmandu. The check post records items taken in by the group. Upon return, clients present their used EP gas, plastic bags, tin and batteries to the check post. The check post will give a declaration data of garbage hand over and refund the money.

Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment. AFT is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.

Island Peak Trip Accommodation     In Details

Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.

Our clients enjoy four nights  Holy Himalayain Kathmandu, before heading into the remote regions. During the trek, seventeen nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses/lodges and two nights camping in two-man tents. In major towns like Namche and Lukla, the rooms have attached washrooms; however rooms in the more remote villages have shared washing and toilet facilities. For the nights in tents, four-season and foam mattresses will be provided. We take extra precautions to ensure your comfort even in adverse weather conditions.

Although you will enjoy the luxury of Hotel Yak and Yeti before your trek, be sure that the relaxing facilities will be a very welcome oasis to return to! after completing the strenuous trek in the mountains. There is a swimming pool, business center, beauty parlors, and the Club Nirvana Fitness Center.

Note: If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room/tent with someone else of the same sex in your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference in advance, and pay a single supplement of USD 150. You should understand however, that several lodges in the remote regions beyond Namche Bazar cannot provide single room occupancy. We will however, make every effort to arrange a single room throughout the trek. Please confirm if you wish to stay in Hotel Yak and Yeti when you return from the trek, and we will take care of room reservations.

Meals

Three meals a day are included during your Island Peak expedition trip. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinner and breakfast will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunch will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day. Throughout the expedition, freshly cooked hygienic food will be served. Often on the day we summit a peak, we take prepared food for the group to eat on the trail. A welcome dinner and a farewell dinner will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Menu

Soup Varieties:
Tomato, Vegetable, Mushroom, Chicken, Chicken - Mushroom, Onion, Garlic, Potato, French Onion, Mixed- Vegetable, Chicken-Vegetable, Noodle Soup, Egg-Noodle Soup

Potato Varieties:
Mashed, Boiled, Fried with Vegetables, Fried and topped with egg, Fried with cheese, vegetable and egg, and French Fries

Delicious Pasta/ Noodles
Plain Fried Noodles, Fried Noodles with vegetables, egg, or cheese, or chicken, or a combination of your choice

Italian Items:
Spaghetti Cheese, Macaroni Cheese, Cheese Lasagna
Pizza: Cheese-Tomato, Cheese-Vegetable-Tomato, Salami, Mushroom, Tuna, or a combination of your choice

Indian Cuisine:
Vegetable Curry, Chicken Curry, Egg Curry, Potato Curry
All curries are served with Rice or Chapati (flat pan cooked bread) and Padpad (flat round crispy chip made from pulse)

Sherpa/Tibetan Cuisine:
Sherpa Stew (meat and vegetable), Chicken or Vegetable Thukpa, (delicious noodle soup) Vegetable Egg Soup, Chinese Noodles, Tibetan Bread, Chicken, Vegetable or Vegetable-Cheese-Egg Mo:Mo (vegetable filled pastry served steamed or fried), Chicken Fried Rice, Mixed Mushroom-Vegetable Fried Rice, Plain Fried Rice

Traditional Nepali Specialties:
Rice, Vegetables & Dal (pulse) soup, served with Pickle, Papad and Salad

Breakfast:
Eggs: Boiled, Fried, Scrambled, Poached, and Omelet ( plain, vegetable, cheese, tomato, potato
Breads: Chapati, Tibetan Bread, Pancakes or Toast with jam/honey/butter
Cereals: Muesli with dried apricots and hot milk, Porridge or Corn Flakes with milk

Mouth-Watering Desserts
Apple Pie, Apple Pancake, Lemon Sugar Pancake, Custard Pudding, Rice Pudding

Occasional Taste (only available in main villages)
Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak

Details Itinerary     In Details

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city.

Day 02: Preparation Day in Kathmandu We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2804m takes only 35 minutes. On arrival in Lukla, a guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma, 2610m. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Namche bazzar,3441 m Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest trail. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 05: Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Thame, 3820m We start trekking from Namche bazaar towards Thame. Thame is at the far end of the Khumbu valley, and you may feel it is also almost the ends of the earth! The local inhabitants are still untouched by modern civilization. We go past the large prayer flags, the entrance monument, Chorten and the carved Mani stones. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Lungdeng, 4500m The trail to Lungden today passes though ancient Sherpa villages with stone walls encircling them, such as Tarang. This is a dry area, so the flora and fauna is different than what you have seen so far. We may also have to share trail with Tibetan yak caravans, as this is a trading route from Namche to Tibet. Overnight stay at a simple lodge at Lungden.

Day 08: Rest day: Trekking around Lungdeng Today we rest in preparation for a big day tomorrow. We visit the Nakpa valley, the old trade route to Tibet, and take a short hike to the nearby Darkyachhulung peak and Lake Cho Relmo. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 09: Cross the Renjola Pass, 5415m to Gokyo Lake The trail starts out with steep ups and downs over rocks before leveling out to Yak Kharkas (pastures) and Twin Renjo lakes before reaching the sandy ridge of Renjo La pass. We cross a frozen stream and scramble over boulders on the way down to reach Gokyo Lake. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 10 Morning ascent to Gokyo Peak 5360 m and descent to Gokyo lake and trek to Thagnag 4990m. In the morning we climb for around two hours up to Gokyo Peak, 5360m. This is a straight-forward, but steep climb and also tiring, due to the altitude. It will be worth the effort, as this is one of the best panoramic views in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit, four peaks over 8000 metres can be seen: Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyo, 8153m, Lhotse, 8511m and Makalu, 8481m and other awesome peaks. Besides the peaks, when you look downward, you will see the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa glacier snaking its way down the valley. From Gokyo we follow the lateral moraines and walk for two hours on glacial scree across the Ngozumpa glacier, a series of ups and downs. After crossing the glacier we reach the yak herders' huts and tea houses of Thagnag. Overnight stay in guesthouse.

Day 11: Cross Cho La pass, 5420m and descend to Dzongla This day will be a big challenge. You should carry at least 2 liters of water, as it is impossible to buy in this area. We have to start early morning, between 4:30-5:30. The first two hours we have a steep climb up to yak pastures, which we call the Chola High Camp, though there aren’t any houses there, rather you will see Buddhist prayers flags blowing in the wind. The next 1.5 hours is not so steep, but because of loose stones and uneven ground, we recommend that you use walking sticks, be careful and take the advice of our guide. The ascent to the snowy Cho La pass is very steep and it will take about 2 hours. From the pass, there is a superb view of Dzonglha Valley and its lake as well as the impressive North face of Jobo Lhaptshan, 6300m. The descent to Dzonglha, on the Cho La glacier is an endurance test. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche, 4910m Continuing along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, we will reach Lobuche, 4910m, the last stop before your climb to the base camp of Island Peak the next day. It is important to take time to rest and acclimatize. Overnight stay in guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363 m Today we trek on past Gorak Shep 5130m, to reach Everest Base Camp. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 14: Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5545 m and descent to Lobuche, 4910m An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar we will see the sun rise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche, 4910m. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 15 Cross Kongma La Pass 5535m, and descend to Chhukung, 4710 m After gaining the Kongma La, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Then we descend a gradual walks up the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 16: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, 5200m From Chhukung, the path climbs steeply toward the South and the turns East, following the valley along the moraine from the Lhotse glacier. We continue a short yet pleasant walk along the river side which leads to Big-Rock. From this point a 40 minute climb will take us to Island Peak Base Camp. We set up tents at base camp for eating and sleeping.

Day 17: Acclimatization Day- Basic Training Ascend to 5600m and return to Base Camp Today, it is a very important day to acclimatize. After breakfast, we head up the steep hillside towards the Island Peak High Camp,5600m. At the beginning, the path is sandy but soon it turns rocky, before becoming boulder strewn. The slope narrows as you climb up the hill, entering a steep rock channel. We return to Island Peak Base Camp for the night.

After lunch, our Sherpa guides give a short training on peak climbing techniques and using climbing gear such as ice axes, climbing boots and crampons, harnesses, ascenders and on how to go up and down using ropes.

Day 18: Base Camp to Summit 6189m and descent to Chhukung We have to start early in the morning to climb through the rock channel. Although it is not difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the other side of the channel. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline where you traverse the snout of the summit glacier. You will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses, which leads with little difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope (40-45°) on which the guides will fix a rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge will take you to the top. After enjoying the summit view, you will descend all the way to Chhukung, 4710m. Overnight stay at guest house.

Day 19: Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather) Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Island Peak on due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, it is useful to have an extra day. If the trip goes smoothly, and we do not need this spare day, we will continue our return journey to Lukla.

Day 20: Trek to Namche, 3441m gradually, we trek down to Dingboche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche. Overnight Lodge

Day 21: Trek to Lukla Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips.

Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu . Over Night stay in Hotel

Day 23: Free day Kathmandu After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.

Day 24: Departure We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

Clothing and Equipment     In Details

For the Three High Passes in Everest Region and Island Peak Climb, the following equipment is essential. This list is given as a guideline; you should make adjustments according to your needs, interests, duration of your trip, season of your trip, etc. You can find all of this gear to hire or buy in Kathmandu. The majority of the gear available in Kathmandu is cheaper, as it is locally manufactured. You can also find better quality gear imported from China, as well as some very high quality branded gear.

Recommended Equipment list for Three High Passes in Everest Region and Island Peak Climb

Head gear:

  • Warm hat: wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Face mask
  • Shade hat or baseball cap
  • Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe)*.
  • 1 pair extra sunglasses (Also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks)

Upper Body

  • 4 cotton t-shirts
  • 3 polypropylene t-shirt
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts: Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
  • 3 women’s sports bras: Synthetic, no cotton!
  • 1 soft shell Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
  • Hard Shell jacket with hood waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1 Expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ down-fill, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood.

Hand wear:

We require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten over-mitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.

  • 2 pair liner gloves: thin wool or polypropylene
  • 1 pair warm gloves: fleece or wool
  • 2 pair expedition shell gloves

Lower Body:

  • 6 pair of liner socks: polypropylene or capilene
  • 4 pair light weight trekking socks
  • 2 pair med-heavy wool socks; Check if boots fit with liner and wool socks on!
  • 2 pair nylon shorts
  • 2 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp
  • 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair fleece pants w/ side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
  • 1 pair soft shell pants. (i.e., Patagonia Guide pants, Granite Pants of Schoeller fabrics)
  • 1 pair of hard shell pants: Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
  • 1 pair gaiters; Make sure they will fit over plastic boots. (OR Crocodiles or equivalent)
  • 1 pair down booties (optional)
  • 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp.
  • 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp.
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags

Sleeping gear:

  • 1 down sleeping bag rated to -30F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
  • Sleeping pad full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or ¾ length Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort

Miscellaneous

  • 1 first-aid kit with Ibuprofen and any other doctor perscribed medications
  • Lip Balm: at least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck
  • Sunscreen: at least SPF 40
  • 1 Headlamp: Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star
  • 2 Water bottles 1 liter
  • 1 water bottle insulator
  • 1 Pocket knife: small Swiss-army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
  • 3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage; large Ziplocs are also useful
  • Bandana
  • Camp towel
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand wipes
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (optional)
  • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, ipod, etc.
  • Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps)
  • 1 Camera
  • Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Passport and passport photos
  • Airline ticket

Lower Body:

  • 1 light weight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches)
  • 1 daypack for your summit pack. It must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.).
  • 1 large duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
  • 1 small padlock for duffel bag
  • 1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu
Booking Procedure     In Details

Each person must deposit 15% of the total trip cost 30 - 60 days prior to the start of the trek. There are two ways to make the deposit: credit cards/money transfer

You can send US dollars, Euro or other currencies, to the Annapurna Foothills Trek and Exp Pvt. Ltd. bank account.

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. In the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.

In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 30- 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. We will confirm your booking by email after receiving your deposit. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). You are expected to make the full payment at the time of check in to your hotel on arrival in Kathmandu

Please use any of the following bank accounts for as per your convenience.

Our company's bank address for money transfer as follows:

Money Transfer Payment:

Name of the Account Holder: - Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp (P) LTD
Account Number: 019 01983410031
Account Type: Current
Paying Bank: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh Building, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Post Box No: 20590
Bank Telephone No: 977-1-4227749, 4250201
Fax No: 977-1-4222800
Telex: 2789 HIBA NP
Swift Code: HIMANPKA
Note: Bank service charge is borne by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.

Credit Card Payment:

If you wish to make your initial deposit by credit card, please click the link given below. Next, Download Credit Card Form, print the form, fill out the form, scan it and send it to us by email. Additionally, please email us a scanned copy of your passport. For the payment we only accept Master Card and Visa card. 4% extra will be levied to you as credit card processing fee.

If you have any queries regarding your travel, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We are happy to help you in any way we can. You can book a trip simply by sending us an e-mail at [email protected]

Note: In the event of adverse weather conditions, flights between Kathmandu and Lukla may be delayed or cancelled. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. Additionally, it is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight cancellation. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

 

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. We will provide you guesthouse accommodation and lunch in Kathmandu while you wait; however, there will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Terms and Conditions, Travel Insurance and Visa Information     In Details

Term and condition

  1. If we fail to provide you the trip (completely or partially), due to unexpected circumstances such as flight cancellations by the airlines, snow, or landslide (situations beyond our control), we will offer you an alternative trip of a similar nature and value. If this doesn't fit your personal interest, we will refund you the money deducting expenses till that point of the trip. However, any extra expenses incurred to you due to this cancellation will be your own responsibility. For example, any extra cost due to a delay of flights in Lukla, Jomsom, Phaplu, Suketar or other remote airstrips, will be your personal responsibility. It is always wise and recommended to keep one or two spare days for treks involving flights to and from remote regions.
  2. All packages are based on twin sharing basis. Single accommodation will be an additional cost.
  3. Our trekking guide reserves the right to expel members from the group if they do serious unlawful acts which endanger themselves or others.
  4. If you leave the trip on your own reason, whatever the reason be, once the trip starts no refund will be given for any unused portion of the trip
  5. Our trekking guide reserves the right to alter the route, walking durations and make other amendments for the safety and interest of the group, especially due to weather conditions or in consideration of the health of a group member.

If you have any queries regarding your travel, please don't hesitate to contact our office staff. We are happy to help you in any way we can. You can book a trip simply by sending us an e-mail at [email protected]

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing. If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors' fees and repatriation costs, are the client's responsibility.

If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a rescue helicopter will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Passport and Visa Requirements

All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. You can get one from a Nepalese embassy overseas or on arrival in Nepal. Most people will obtain their visa on arrival to Kathmandu airport.

You will need one passport photo and the following fees depending upon the duration of the multiple entry visa:

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency.

You will require visa fee in cash (this is payable in any major currency but NOT travellers cheques) and 2 passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.

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