Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb

Trip Code

TTN-508

Accommodation

Hotel and Teahouses

Group Size

1-12

ALTITUDE

6,187 m / 20299 ft

Trip Highlights

  • Cross three high passes in the Everest region: Renjo La Pass (5,464 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), Kongma La Pass (5,535 m).
  • Climb Island Peak (6,187 m).
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp, the base of the top of the world Mount Everest.
  • Enjoy the 360 view of magnificent Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and associated peaks from Kala Patthar.
  • Behold the spectacular views of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall.
  • Trek to Gokyo Valley and explore Gokyo lakes, the world’s highest freshwater lakes.
  • Climb to Gokyo Ri for awe inspiring views of Gokyo valley, Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier.
  • Tented overnight accommodation at Island Peak Base Camp.
  • Take in views of quaint Sherpa villages of Tengboche, Khunde and Khumjung on the way.
  • Get a close insight into the culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people.
  • Explore the biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Enjoy a scenic roundtrip flight to Lukla.

Trip Overview

Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb is indeed the ultimate challenge for adventure lovers who want to go even further to carry out trekking as well as climbing activities in Everest region. You will trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Kala Patthar (5,555 m), cross three major passes of Everest region- Renjo La Pass (5,464 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) en route and summit the Island Peak (6,187 m) during this trip.

Beyond these major highlights, there are many more sights to behold during this 23 days Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb Trek. The trek commences with a spectacular flight to Lukla, the gateway of Everest region. From here, we hike to Namche Bazaar, a popular acclimatization spot for trekkers and a commercial hub of native Sherpa people. You will get the best views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and associated peaks from Namche.

We follow the clockwise direction for Everest Circuit Trek, making our way towards Gokyo valley. In transit, we cross the Renjo La Pass, the first high passes which connects the Thame valley with Gokyo valley.

Gokyo valley comprises splendid turquoise Gokyo Lakes, the highest freshwater lakes in the World, along with Gokyo Ri peak and famous Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. We summit to Gokyo Ri peak (5,483 m) during our stay at Gokyo village for spectacular views of Gokyo valley along with four highest 8,000 m above peaks like Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m) and Cho Oyu (8,188 m).

Next, the route turns to face Lobuche valley where we cross the second high passes of Everest region, Cho La Pass, formed in between two beautiful peaks Lobuche and Cholatse. You will witness the ever changing landscapes with dramatic contrast in valleys on the way.

From Lobuche, we follow the well established trail to Everest Base Camp, the base of the world’s highest peak and Kala Patthar for astounding sunrise views over Himalayan giants. The spectacular views of Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall and deep gorges are truly breathtaking along the journey.

Now, comes the climbing Island peak. We head towards Chhukung valley out of Lobuche, walk along glacial moraines, cross the Kongma La Pass on the way, the highest passes of the Everest region. We accommodate in a tented camp at Island Peak Base Camp, and start climbing in the early morning around 2 am. Climbing Island Peak is itself a great experience for novice as well as experienced climbers, without any prior climbing skills and expertise.

Besides the astonishing mountain views and beautiful landscapes of Everest region, you will experience the cultural diversity of Khumbu valley. The unique Sherpa culture and their practice of Tibetan Buddhism will give you a unique insight of the faith and lifestyle of mountain people. Plus, you will behold the sight of diverse flora and fauna of the famed Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For these reasons and more, the journey to Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb is truly worthwhile for trekkers and climbers. Every year, “Trekking to Nepal” organizes this trip with the help of experienced trekking guides, Sherpa climbing leaders and porters. Our experienced and dedicated trekking crews will help you in every step to make your journey of the Himalayas, a great one.

Come and be a part of this daring adventure with us.

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Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Nepal. Arrival day at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Look for a “Trekking to Nepal” sign and meet our airport representative there. Catch a first glimpse of Kathmandu as you are transferred to the hotel. 

    We meet for a trek briefing in the evening around 4 pm. Also, you can arrive earlier than 4 pm at our office located in Thamel. Make sure you utilize this time to ask important questions regarding the trip with our trekking guide. Enjoy your free time after the meeting.

    Note: Please bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy for the meeting. Also, you need to clear the due balance, if any, and make sure you sign a legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02

    Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)

    Duration: 3-4 hours

    Lukla is a quaint village with only one active airstrip in the Everest region. Our trek commences today with an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu or Manthali airport.* We meet our porters there, and then hike to Phakding. Along the way, we pass by beautiful villages, crossing swinging bridges over rushing rivers following the Everest trail. After hiking for about 3 to 4 hours, we arrive at Phakding village where we spend a night.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Note: *Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been rerouted to Manthali Airport in peak season, spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November) due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport. Besides, peak trekking season the flight operation to Lukla operates from Kathmandu airport. Considering this, we need to travel to Manthali from Kathmandu to catch Lukla flight. Manthali is 132 km away that can be reached within a 4-6  hour drive in SUVs vehicles. The roads and vehicle facilities provided remains basic, and not as top notched compared to the western countries. 

  • Day 03

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)

    Duration: 5.5-6.5 hours

    Just after sunrise, we take an early morning breakfast and head to Namche Bazaar. Hiking by the trails, we cross metal bridges over Dudh Koshi river, and walk past several villages before arriving at the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continuing through the lush forests and passing several suspension bridges along the trail, the trail rises gently up. The first view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in transit to Namche will be truly breathtaking. The route then turns to face evergreens and a short hike takes to our staging point, Namche Bazaar.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04

    Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Namche Bazar, the gateway to Everest, presents an awe inspiring view of mountains and has several restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, equipment stores, to name a few. Plus, Namche Bazaar is a popular trading hub of Everest region. If you happen to be there on Saturday morning, you will witness weekly markets, where the local Sherpas as well as neighbouring Tibetan traders gather at Namche for trading goods.

    Today, we spend a day for acclimatization to prepare ahead. We pay a visit to museum, walk past the Syangboche airport, and Hotel Everest view for panoramic views of the Himalayan giants. You will indulge in a perfect view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Tarboche, Ama Dablam and Kusum Khangkuru. 

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05

    Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680 m)

    Duration: 5-6  hours

    The trail rises gently up through forests filled with rhododendron, juniper and conifers. If you happen to trek in spring, the scenery  of blooming rhododendrons along the route are spectacular. Keep an eye on dramatic mountain views of Khumbila and Tawache along with changing landscapes during the trek. You will witness yak herders and yaks grazing on the alpine pastures en route. Continuing on, we trek to Phortse Thanga village, where we spend a night here.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 06

    Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    A short hike today. From Phortse, we climb a ridge to get an awe inspiring views of Kangtega valley and Cho Oyu. Then, the trail begins to descend and run along the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. We then follow the trail up to Machherma for our overnight stay.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 07

    Day 07 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) via Renjola Pass (5,360 m)

    Duration: 5.5-6.5 hours

    From Machherma, we headed to Gokyo valley. In transit, we cross Renjo La Pass,one of the major passes of Everest region. From the top, we come across a scenic view of Gokyo lakes, Ngozumpa glacier along with Everest, Lhotse and associated peaks. Next, we start a descending towards Gokyo village, a small settlement area on the shores of Gokyo lakes at an elevation of 4,790 m. Along the route, we behold the sights of magnificent Thamserku, Cho Oyu and Kantega. 

    Gokyo Lakes comprises five major freshwater lakes in the abode of the Himalayas. Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system, and also a sacred site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. Experience the natural beauty, peace and serenity of Gokyo Lakes.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

  • Day 08

    Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo

    Duration: 5-6 hour

    Prepare yourself today for some exciting hike to Gokyo Ri peak (5483 m). Early in the morning, we ascend to Gokyo Ri for an astounding 360 view of four highest peaks above 8,000 m: Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8511 m), Cho Oyu (8153 m),  Makalu (8481 m) and several associated peaks. This vantage point offers the impressive views of Gokyo valley, Gokyo lakes as well as impressive Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Then, we descend back to Gokyo village for our overnight stay.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09

    Trek to Thangna (4,500 m)

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Today’s trek starts with a short climb, then run along the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa glacier. The narrow icy trail is marked with cairns along the way. The trail rises gently up and down, and run along the eastern side of Gokyo valley. The scenery en route is spectacular, and continue up to a beautiful village, Thangna at the foot of Cho La Pass.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10

    Cross Cho La pass (5,300 m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,710 m)

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    Get ready for some challenging trek. Today, we cross Cho La Pass in transit to Dzongla. Early in the morning, we start hiking to cross the Cho La Pass before 10 am. The weather conditions in this region is pretty unpredictable and more likely to be exposed with snow and strong winds. So, we start walking early before 5 am, in order to avoid adverse weather at noon.

    The trek starts with a steep climb from Thangna and descends toward a larger boulder field. This trek is full of rugged trails that rise gently up to the top of Cho La. Mostly in the months of March, April, May and November, the trail is covered with snow and may be strenuous for some trekkers. After reaching the top of Cho La Pass, we will be rewarded with inspiring views of the Himalayan giants. From here, descending down starts to get a little tougher due to the steep mountain slope. The trail follows the glacier, and then crosses a gullied landscape and run along the areas of rich meadow pastures. After a short hike along the route, we reach Dzongla where we spend a night there.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11

    Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m )

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    The trail starts with a descent from Dzongla. There is plenty of spectacular scenery past stunning mountain peaks such as Awi, Cholatse and Tawache along the route. Then, the route turns to face the Everest trail below Lobuche village. A short hike leads to Lobuche where we stay overnight there. Don’t miss the beautiful sunset view over Nuptse from this place.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12

    Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) early in the Morning and Return to Gorakshep

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    Starting early to catch the sunrise view, we hike to Kala Patthar. Standing at an elevation of 5,555 m, Kala Patthar is a popular stopping point for close up 360 view of the Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori and other neighbouring peaks. Enjoy the scenic view of the great Himalayas surrounded on all sides. Next, we return back to Gorak Shep, take lunch and then head to Lobuche.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13

    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Return to Lobuche (4,910 m)

    Duration: 8-9 hours

    Be prepared for some incredible experiences. Today, we hike to the base of the top of the world, Everest Base Camp. We start hiking in the morning with a gradual ascent to reach Everest Base Camp. En route, you will see mules and yaks caravans transporting goods and equipment for Everest expeditions. As you reach base camp, you will enjoy the stunning views of the Khumbu icefall, Khumbu glaciers along with the surrounding Himalayan peaks. During spring, you will see mountaineers setting their tent for Everest expedition. From here, we leave Base Camp and return to Lobuche for our overnight stay.

    Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14

    Cross Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Chukhung (4,710 m)

    Duration: 8-9 hours

    From lobuche, we hike to Chhukung via Kongma La Pass along the journey. Kongma La Pass is one of the most challenging passes in Everest region at an elevation of 5,535 m. The trail is rugged with a steep ascent and descends along the route with stunning views of changing landscapes.

    After an early breakfast, the trek starts along the Khumbu Glacier moraine. Hiking through rugged trails might be challenging, however, the picturesque views of Pumori, Cholatse and Taboche along the route are truly worthwhile. As we reach the top of Kongma La Pass, we will enjoy the closer views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Baruntse and associated peaks. Next, we take a descent towards Chukkung valley enjoying the wonderful views of the surroundings. After 8-9 hours of rigorous hiking, we finally reach Chhukung village where we stay overnight there.

  • Day 15

    Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m)

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    It’s a short trekking day. The hike continues through Imja valley and then runs along the moraines. Along the journey, you will be rewarded with great views of gorgeous Ama Dablam. These short days walk offered with spectacular views before reaching the Island Peak Base Camp. Our professional camping team set a camp today for our overnight stay. Also, we enjoy our meals prepared on the camp.

    Overnight at a tented camp or a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 16

    Acclimatization day

    Today, we spend our day at Island Peak Base Camp for acclimatization. We go for a short walk around the base camp to acclimatize ourselves. Furthermore, our climbing Sherpa guide will teach basic climbing skills using climbing gear such as an ice pick, harness, crampons, ropes etc to prepare you for Island Peak expedition.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 17 & 18

    Climb Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chukhung (4,710 m)

    Get ready for some challenging, yet rewarding climb today. The mountain climate is unpredictable. Having considered that, we set two days for climbing Island Peak though one day is enough to scale it on a suitable weather day. Our climbing Sherpa leader will decide the climbing day as well as climbing strategies by considering several factors like weather, snow conditions and team members acclimatization. Also, prepare to learn basic skills for using climbing gears like ice pick, ropes, crampons, harness from our climb leader. 

    We wake up early in the morning to attempt the ascent of Island Peak. We will follow the rope fixed on the summit headwall while ascending and descending. The climb might be a little tougher due to steep headwall and crevassed snow slopes. Getting to the top of Island Peak is itself a great achievement. The stunning view of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse and Baruntse is truly breathtaking. Meanwhile, we climb down the Island Peak and head to Chukung where we spend a night. Otherwise, if the weather is not favourable,we will accommodate at a tented camp and climb Island Peak the next day.

    Overnight at a tented camp or a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 19

    Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m)

    Duration: 6-7 hours

    We walk back down the Chukung valley and head towards Dingboche. From there, we join the main trail and descent to Pangboche. As we hike down to Imja Khola, we pass by mani walls, stupas and chortens along the journey. Then, we cross the swinging bridges over the river, pass by a beautiful Debuche village and walk through rhododendron forest. After hiking for half an hour, we reach our next destination Tengboche, where we spend a night.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 20

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m)

    Duration:  5-6 hours

    In the morning, the hike starts with a steep descent on a rugged and beautiful trail. En route, we cross the Dudh Koshi river and hike through lush forests filled with pines and rhododendrons. The trail rises gently up to Trashinga, then crosses Shanasa and headed towards quaint village of Khunde and Khumjung before reaching Namche Bazaar. Khunde and Khumjung is remotely located villages on the way to Namche that offers amazing mountain views from different angles. 

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 21

    Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)

    Duration: 6-7 hours

    The final leg journey of trekking in the Everest region. From Namche, we headed to Lukla. Along the route, we pass by villages and Sagarmatha National Park gate. We continue hiking along the trail and finally arrive at Lukla village. In the afternoon, you can take a rest, stroll around villages or have celebratory drinks with your team members. 

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 22

    Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Flight duration

    Lukla to Manthali airport- 20 minutes

    Lukla to Kathmandu airport- 35 minutes

    We fly back to Manthali or Kathmandu airport. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of your time sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, strolling around Thamel or take some rest.

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    Accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

    Note: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been rerouted to Manthali Airport in peak season Spring (March, April, May) and Fall (September, October, November) due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport. Besides peak trekking seasons, the flight operates directlyfrom Lukla to Kathmandu airport.

  • Day 23

    Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

    Congratulations! you’ve made it. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu for your final departure. Namaste and have a safe journey.

    Breakfast included.

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Price Includes
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • All standard meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tented camp accommodation and all meals provided during the 1/2-nights stay at the Island Peak Base Camp (We provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents etc.
  • Climbing Sherpa leader to guide you while summiting the Island Peak.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar and ice hammer)
  • All permits and documents required for Everest High Passes Trek and Island Peak climbing.
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek on twin-sharing basis.
  • Airport and Hotel pick up and drop off with our private vehicle.
  • A dedicated, experienced, licensed English-speaking trekking guide to manage the entire trek.
  • Porter services to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter= 2 guests).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments and medicines.
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Trekking to Nepal’s duffel/kit bag and sun hat are yours to take.
  • All local and government taxes.
  • Official expenses.
Price Doesn't Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and during the trek in the Everest region.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa. (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15/30/90 days can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).
  • Tips/gratuity for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

FAQs

    Arrival and Visas

    • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

      Yes, our airport representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal, displaying “Trekking to Nepal” signboard. After meeting up, you will be taken to your respective hotel in our private vehicle.

    • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

      You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are electronic registration machines in Kathmandu airport which read your passport, take your photo and print out visa form for immigration purposes. Further, we suggest you bring 2 copies of passport size photos (not necessary at Kathmandu airport), but it might be needed for documentation.

      You can also apply online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. For that, you require a valid passport, your hotel address and a recent digital version of passport size photo (size 1.5”x 1.5”). You can print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the Immigration officer along with visa fee in Kathmandu airport.

      A 15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please read this link about Tourist Visa.

      Also, you can follow this link- Department of Immigration to fill up online Tourist Visa form.

    • Do I need special travel insurance for trekking in Nepal?

      Yes. Our company only covers insurance for our team members. We recommend you buy a travel insurance in your country. Make sure your travel insurance covers adventure activities over a certain altitude (4000 m) and covers emergency medical as well as helicopter rescue and evacuation.

      Most importantly, if you are trekking in the mountainous region of Nepal, then you should plan ahead about possible challenges, especially altitude sickness, ill related health issues, accidents, flight delays etc. In such cases, the only possible way out of the mountains is helicopter rescue. So, we recommend you to have a travel insurance policy that covers the helicopter evacuation cost and medical services in hospitals while trekking in Nepal.

    • Do I need any extra documents?

      All you need is a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 2 passport size photos while travelling in Nepal. You are required to bring photos for trek permits.

    Expenditures and Travel

    • How much spending money do I need for Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb?

      Well, our Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak climb 23 days cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses. (See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. In general, you can spend USD 10-15 per person for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. A USD 15-25 per day is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the trek besides your included meals and accommodation. Likewise, if you like to offer tips/gratuity or give donations to monasteries, you can bring along a small amount of pocket money during the trek. (It’s optional). Please note: Everest region is comparatively more expensive than any other regions of Nepal. Everest region is mountainous region of Nepal without access to road transport in many parts. Especially at higher altitude region, consumer goods are transported by helicopter, airplanes, horses, mules and porters, that leads to high- cost at these places.

    • Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

      You are required to pay 30% deposit at the time of booking and rest of the amount prior to the trip departure date. For this trip, you need to complete an online booking form along with 30% non-refundable deposit. You can pay the remaining amount in cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card) upon your arrival in Kathmandu, at our office in Thamel. Note that a 3.5% levy will be added as card processing fee by banks. (We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee).

      Read more details in “terms and conditions”.

    • What is your Cancellation Policy?

      Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as cancelled and a cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

      If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for unused accommodations.

      Moreover, you can postpone or transfer your booking to another person, if you have genuine reasons for not taking the trip. For instance: serious illness, death of a close relative or friend etc. In such cases, if all the requirements are met, you can postpone or change on another date, but an extra fee of $200 is required.

      For more details please read “terms and conditions”.

    • Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?

      Most places in trekking route don’t accept credit cards. Though, there are few ATM booths in Namche Bazaar, they are highly unreliable. So, we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu before going to trek. Also, note that money exchanges do not accept credit cards in Nepal. Besides, few shops in Kathmandu accept credit cards for your purchases.

    Preparation and Fitness Level

    • What should be my preparation and fitness level for Everest High Passes and Island Peak Expedition?

      If you are fit, healthy person and can walk up to 5-9 hours in a day, then you can trek to Everest high passes and summit Island peak successfully. Having prior hiking or climbing experience certainly helps but you don’t require at all for this trip. As Island peak is graded as alpine PD+ which means “slightly difficult”, you must be physically and mentally fit for this particular trip. Likewise, trekking in higher altitudes is more strenuous than lower altitudes due to lower oxygen level, decreased air pressure and density in these regions. Your body needs some time to adapt in new climate and cope with decreased oxygen level at higher altitude, which is called acclimatization. While trekking to Everest Base Camp, you hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m), cross three major passes- Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass and Kongma la Pass. Besides that, the major highlight is Island Peak climbing. Certainly, you need to develop your stamina and endurance required for acing the trek and climb successfully. So, we suggest you to do regular physical exercise, running or jogging activities to enhance your fitness level and keep yourself in good health condition. To enjoy your trek to the fullest, you can start doing an hour of aerobic exercises 3 to 4 times per week for 2-3 months, before the trek commences. This will surely enhance your stamina and endurance required for the trek. With sheer determination, courage and mental strength, you can accomplish this trek successfully. Note: For aspiring trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease, we highly encourage to inform us or consult doctor before the trip.

    Trek and Climb Difficulty

    • How difficult is Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing?

      It’s all relative, and depends more on your preparation and fitness level. If you are in good physical condition, frequently hike long distances and have prior experience of trekking and climbing in hills with backpacks, you will find Everest High Passes and Island Peak trip easier. On the other side, if you are not used to trekking, any outdoor adventurous activities or physical exercises, then you will find this trek difficult. Similarly, having prior climbing experience certainly helps in Island Peak expedition. However, even if you don’t have any trekking or climbing experience before, you can trek three high passes and climb Island peak with some physical training, preparation and the help of our climbing guide. Trekking in the Everest Region and climbing Island Peak is challenging, yet rewarding. The 23 days long trip involves hiking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar (5,555 m), crosses three passes of the Everest region and climbing Island peak. Depending on your route, usually the trek consists of 5- 9 hours of hiking each day with professional guide for three weeks. You will hike through rugged trails and climb along steep terrain filled with rock, ice and snow. Certainly, this means the trek is difficult as it demands a lot of physical and mental work to accomplish it. Only when you accept and overcome challenges, you will find growth; build your strength and character in life. So, Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing is achievable for most people, but you need both preparation and obsession with the mountains.

    • Do I need any prior climbing experience?

      Island Peak climbing involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment. Though previous climbing experience certainly helps yet no prior experience is required for Island Peak climbing. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart or lungs pre medical history needs to seek medical consent before considering Island Peak. Moreover, at Island Peak base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will organize a basic climbing training session on required climbing skills and use of climbing equipment.

    Accommodation and Communication

    • What kind of Hotel can I expect in Kathmandu?

      We use Nepali standard three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu. You will be accommodated in standard room on a twin-sharing basis including breakfast during your stay.

      Furthermore, if you need to stay extra nights in the hotel or need upgraded to 4 stars and 5 star hotel accommodations, we can arrange it as you wish for a reasonable price.

    • Can I rent climbing equipment from your company?

      YES, you can rent the climbing equipment at the additional cost of USD 200 per person. You will require the following equipment for Island Peak expedition.

      • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
      • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
      • 1 Alpine climbing harness.
      • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
      • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
      • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
      • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
      • 2 Non-locking carabiners
      • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
      • Neck gaiter
      • Ski goggles (optional)
      • Climbing helmet (optional)

    • What sorts of accommodations is available during Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing trip?

      En route Everest High Passes Trek, we use tea houses/lodges for our meals and overnight stay. Usually, tea houses are managed by local families. The accommodation can be very basic, and functional. The rooms are clean with single/twin bed rooms that include mattress, quilt or blanket for your convenient stay. Occasionally, you need to stay in a dormitory style room if the guesthouses lie in remote region or due to over flow of visitors during peak season. Similarly, we stay at a tented camp for our overnight stay at Island Base Camp. Having your own sleeping bag is a good alternative to sleep comfortably as well as for hygienic reasons. Sleeping bags are available for renting (USD 35) on a returnable basis with us.

    • Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms during the Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climbing trip? If so, how much extra will this cost?

      Although Everest region is a popular tourist hub, the single supplement cannot be guaranteed due to overflow of trekkers in peak season. Again, when there is decline number of guests, the teahouses can easily provide a private room without any additional cost. In particular, the accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing and dormitory room for our trekkers. On the other side, we can assure separate room in Kathmandu upon payment of USD 35 per room per night.

    • What type of toilet/bathroom facilities are available in the teahouses/guesthouses?

      You can find western style flushing toilets as well as adjacent squat toilets in the teahouses/guesthouses. Mostly, the bathrooms are not attached to the individual rooms and are shared.

    • Where do we go toilet along the trail?

      You can use the toilet facilities provided by guest houses along the trail. Otherwise, if you arrive in places without guesthouses or public toilet in those regions during the trek, then you need to find some privacy and experience outdoor toilet adventure.

    • Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?

      Yes, we suggest you bring toilet paper along with hand sanitizer and towel for your conveniences. Indeed, toilet papers are available to buy on the guesthouses. So, no need to worry about it a lot.

    • Are hot showers/wash facilities available on the trek?

      Well, it depends on where you stay. Most teahouses in the trekking region provide hot showers at considerable cost. At higher elevation, the water gets frozen most of the time. So, you can get a bucket of hot water by paying an extra $2- $5 for hot showers.

    • Are there any laundry services available on the trek?

      Some teahouses provide laundry services for payment of an extra charge. But, it’s not guaranteed that your clothes will dry on the same day. There is a possibility that you can wash some clothes during acclimatization days. However, we suggest you pack enough clothes on the trek and wash them after returning back to Kathmandu.

    • Can I charge my electronic gadgets during the trek?

      Yes. There are tea houses and lodges that provide charging facility for electronic gadgets upon paying extra fee.

      Note: The power plugs and sockets used in Nepal are type C, D and M. The standard voltage and frequency of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and 50 Hz respectively. This means if your electronic appliances state ‘INPUT: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz’, you can used to recharge in every country all over the world. Otherwise, make sure you bring universal travel adapter that is compatible for all kinds of devices in the trek.

    • Are there any means of communication and internet access while trekking to Everest?

      Yes. There are telephone services and 3G coverage available in the Everest region. Most trekking routes have been equipped with internet access and telephone services. 

      However, being a remote mountainous region, there may be poor internet connection and uninterrupted coverage cannot be guaranteed. Likewise, our trekking guide has a cell phone from which you can make a phone call. Also, we recommend you to buy a local sim card, Ncell, in Kathmandu and use it for communication and internet access while trekking to Everest.

    Foods and Drinking Water

    • What kind of food can I expect during the Everest High Passes and Island Peak trip?

      We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner during the Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb trip. Most importantly, it is mandatory for all trekkers to take breakfast and dinner at the tea house where you stay overnight. In addition, lunch will be served at tea houses en route where you can order food as per your choice. Likewise, you can have a cup of hot drinks like tea, coffee; hot lemon included in all 3 meals during the trek. Similarly, our professional cook/ guide will provide you the best veg-delights as per your advice during our tented camp stay in Island Peak Base Camp. Usually, they provide you typical Nepali food: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry). These foods are highly nutritious and give you sufficient energy for the trek. Besides, other typical meals include delicious vegetarian foods such as pasta, noodles, French fries, boiled eggs, pancakes, omelets, toast, momo, garlic soup and many more dishes. Also, you can find meat dishes, but we suggest you to choose vegetable dishes for health reasons.

    • Is the food in the mountain region prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

      Yes. The food provided at tea houses during the trek are very safe and hygienic. We recommend you to eat local food, vegetarian meal and avoid meat for your health reasons. Please follow the suggestions of our trekking guide when ordering food in the tea houses.

    • Is it safe to drink water in the trekking region?

      For health concerns, it is unsafe to drink all types of natural sources of water in the trekking region of Nepal. So, we suggest you drink bottled mineral water, boiled water, and use purification tablets or iodine for tap water. Another possible option is using SteriPEN for water purification.

      You can purchase bottled water and boiled water at the tea houses in the trek region. As you sweat a lot when hiking to higher elevation, you must drink plenty (4-5 liters) of drinking water, hot drinks and soups each day. So, make sure you are hydrated well to avoid altitude sickness and muscle cramps in the trek.

    • Is there any problem regarding foods for vegetarian during the trek?

      This is not a problem at all because mostly the mountain teahouses serve vegetarian meals. In addition, all the meals we serve during the trek include vegetarian dishes. Moreover, we highly suggest our trekkers to avoid meat dishes as the local meat is not hygienic and refrigerated properly.

      Note: Please inform us if you have any diet restriction prior to the trek start.

    Transportation

    • Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

      Yes. You should book your own international flights to and from Nepal.

    • What mode of transportation do you use while trekking in Everest region?

      For Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off, we use our own private vehicle. Moreover, it depends on a group size, and we mostly use cars, minibus, vans or 4WD SUV as means of transportation for reaching domestic airport and city sightseeing tours.

      The government of Nepal imposed a very high tax rate (more than 200%) for importing automobiles. That’s why, Indian companies manufactured vehicles such as Toyota Hiace, Mahindra Scorpio etc. are widely used in Nepal compared to vehicles from top luxury brands. This means the mode of transportation will remain basic, yet comfortable and convenient, while travelling in Nepal.

      Everest region is not well upgraded with roadways, and mostly relies on air transport. So, we utilize domestic flights operate from Kathmandu or Manthali airport to reach Lukla airport, the gateway to Everest Base Camp.

      Another reliable mode of transportation in the Everest region is helicopter flight. However, it’s quite expensive than other modes of transportation for regular use.

      Note: Since March 2019, the domestic flight has been shifted to nearby Manthali airport due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport during peak trekking season. This means Lukla flight will operate from Manthali airport during peak trekking season, spring (March, April, May, October and November). Besides, peak trekking season, all the Lukla flights will operate from Kathmandu airport as usual.

    • I hear change of Kathmandu – Lukla flights to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport). Is this true?

      Yes, it’s true that Kathmandu Lukla flight operation is shifted to Manthali Airport. Starting from March 2019, especially during peak trekking season, spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November). As per the notice made by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, all the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla have been shifted to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap district due to heavy traffic congestion in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The current Lukla flight operation from Manthali airport is more likely to continue in the upcoming year.

    • How can I reach Manthali Airport, Ramechhap? Does Airlines provide shuttle services to get from Kathmandu to Manthali?

      You can reach Manthali airport by travelling in a vehicle. The journey is about 4 to 6 hours (depending upon traffic) by road.

      Usually, some airlines companies are providing shuttle services on morning 3 a.m to get to Manthali airport, Ramechhap from Kathmandu (depending upon flight time). If airlines’ shuttle services are not available, Ace the Himalaya has made an arrangement of private vehicles to reach Manthali. Depending upon the group size; an extra cost would be applicable if airlines do not provide any shuttle services. In such cases, we will let you know either at the time of booking or 3 weeks prior to the trip departure date.

      To catch your Lukla flights, you should travel to Manthali early in the morning around 3 am from Kathmandu. This means you need to wake up by 2:30 am, and get yourself ready as you have to transfer at Manthali for Lukla flights. Likewise, if your flight is scheduled early in the morning, then you travel to Manthali one day prior the flight day and stay overnight there.

      Besides, the return journey from Manthali to Kathmandu would remain similar to your outward journey.

    • What sort of accommodation is available at Manthali, Ramechhap?

      The accommodation conveniences at guesthouses in Manthali would remain very basic. In general, it consists of a standard room on a twin sharing basis. Due to less flow of tourists in this region, the hotels/ guesthouses in this region are not upgraded like in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    • What sort of bus services can I expect from Kathmandu to reach Manthali airport?

      Generally, vehicles such as Toyota Hiace, Mahindra Scorpio etc. that cost more than $70000 in Nepal are used extensively for shuttle services from Kathmandu to Manthali. Manthali is hilly region of Nepal. The roads to reach there are inclined with twist and turn, that’s why Indian company manufactured SUVs and 4WD are widely used for driving on those highways.

      Please do not expect popular luxurious vehicles in western countries like BMW or Mercedes Benz for travelling in Nepal. However, the transportation conveniences provided on the trip would remain comfortable and satisfactory along the journey.

      Similarly, the transport conveniences available for your return journey from Manthali to Kathmandu will be much the same as your outward journey.

    • Is there an option to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport?

      Well, it depends, and cannot be ensured ahead in peak trekking season, especially autumn (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November). Some airlines operate their first few flights in the early morning (6 to 7:30 am) directly from Kathmandu to Lukla. If it gets cancelled, there is less likely to reschedule your flight the next day due to limited number of flight operations from Kathmandu to Lukla. So, the best possible option available is flying from Manthali to Lukla airport. In general, it takes about 20 minutes to reach Lukla from Manthali airport.

      On the other hand, besides peak trekking season, spring and fall; most airlines will operate their flight to Lukla from Kathmandu directly. You don’t have to get to Manthali to catch your Lukla flight.

    • What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

      The primary modes of air transport in the mountain region are Twin Otter and Dornier. Sometimes, due to bad weather conditions or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled or delayed to and from Lukla. In this case, we can re book your flight for the next day. We highly recommend you to prepare ahead for unforeseen circumstances (flight delay, bad weather) and schedule a couple of extra days for the trek.

      Another possible option is to charter a private helicopter to ensure you don’t miss the deadline for the trek or your international flight. This option is available only if the clients agree to share the cost of helicopter charter among each other. The helicopter takes 5 passengers at a time, and the cost of trekking guide should be shared by trekkers respectively. The helicopter charter from Kathmandu to Lukla costs you extra $2500 in addition to domestic airfare. Similarly, the helicopter charter flight from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra $1800 in addition to domestic airfare.

    • How much should I pay for private Helicopter charter?

      If you choose to charter a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla, it will cost you an extra $2500 in addition to domestic airfare. Similarly, the helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra $1800 in addition to domestic airfare.

      Generally, a helicopter accommodates 5 passenger at a time, which means you can divide your total cost among group members. Note that the cost of trekking guide should be shared by group members. You can make the payment later upon using services in our office via cash or credit card.

      Note: Bank levies a 3.5% service fee for credit card payment.

      Please understand that there is a possibility of Lukla flight delay/cancellation due to bad weather conditions. In such circumstances, if you choose to charter a helicopter flight, then you can claim for travel insurance, provided that your insurance policy covers helicopter rescue under flight delay/cancellation in high altitude regions. Only if you are liable for reimbursement from travel insurance company, we can support you with money receipts for insurance claim.

    • Is there a possibility of flying from Lukla to Kathmandu directly after the trek?

      You can fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu directly during monsoon (June, July, August) and winter (December, January, February). These two seasons are considered off trekking time in Nepal, and Lukla flight operates to and from Kathmandu during those times.

      Similarly, during peak trekking season, spring (March, April, May), and fall (September, October, November), the Lukla flights operate directly from Lukla to Manthali airport. During those times, there may be some last flights returning back from Lukla to Kathmandu directly under favorable weather conditions. Usually, the flight takes place after 11 am, and depends upon available landing slots in Kathmandu. However, these aren’t guaranteed earlier. As the best available options, we recommend you fly from Lukla to Manthali airport in peak season.

    • What is the weight limit for Lukla Flight?

      The weight limit is 15 kg/ 33 lbs for Lukla flight including both your duffel bag (10kg/22 lbs) and backpack (5kg/11lbs). For exceeding weight limit, you need to pay an additional $2-$5 per kg in the airport. So, we suggest you to pack your bag carefully considering the weight limits for Lukla flight.

    Season, Weather and Temperatures

    • What is the best time to trek Everest High Passes and Island Peak Climb trip?

      The following months are the best time to do Everest High Passes and Island Peak trek: February, March, April, May, June, October, November, and December.

    • What is the weather and temperature like in the Everest Region?

      One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
      Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 C (77 F), only to dip down as low as -20 C (-4 F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

      Spring – March / April / May / June

      Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and many different species of flowers are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 C (68 F), with a maximum of 25 C (77 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Monsoon – July/August Through Mid-September

      This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it’s rainy as well as dry, that’s why very few people travel during this season.
      There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During springtime, the average temperature is 22 C (71.6 F), with a maximum of 30 C (86 F) during sunny days and a minimum of -5 C (23 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Autumn – End of September / October / November

      Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible mountain views from every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 17 C (62.6 F), with a maximum temperature of 20 C (68 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

      Winter – December/ January/ February

      Winter starts from mid-December till mid-February. People still like to trek this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period. The average temperature during the winter is 10 C (50 F), with a maximum temperature of 17 C (62.6 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 C (-4 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on the outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide sleeping bag and extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

    • What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

      The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we provide to trekkers are about -10 degree Celsius (14 degree Fahrenheit). Also, our guides can provide you liners or extra blankets if needed.

    Health and Safety

    • What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

      Our trekking guides are highly experienced, professional and well trained for higher altitude first aid training and related problems. They can measure your oxygen level in blood using oximeters and provide first aid if needed. Our guide carries medicine and a first aid kit during the trek. Besides, our guides carry a cell phone and keep on updating about the trek in our head office Kathmandu every day. If you deal with sickness or accidents, our guide will accompany you throughout the trek and ensure your safety and wellness. In case of emergency, our guide will manage helicopter rescue for your medical treatment in Kathmandu. However, the cost of helicopter charter is solely borne by trekkers.

      Make sure that your insurance policy covered medical expenses and emergency helicopter rescue in high altitude regions above 4,000 m; otherwise the cost is expensive in the mountain region. Only if you have purchased a valid travel insurance policy that covers helicopter charter and medical evacuation, then you can claim for reimbursement with your travel insurance company. In that case, we can help you with providing money receipts for your claim.

    • What immunizations will I need?

      Vaccinations are not mandatory for this trip. Still, we recommend you are vaccinated against diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus for your safety. We suggest a dental check up prior to the trek and be aware of your blood group type. Likewise, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions we recommend you to inform us while booking the trip.

    • If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

      Well, it depends on your sickness level. You should talk with your guide about your health and take necessary measures. If you get sick at a higher altitude, you need to descend at a lower altitude and take rest (3-7 days) for recovery. Depending upon your situation, our guide will put you in the next trekking group coming up in the trek. Your health matters, so you can take a rest until recovery and catch up with the next group.

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    Trip Departure and Extension

    • All your departure is guaranteed to run?

      Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. Also, we make arrangements for one person and a private trip as well. You can make inquiries while booking the trip.

    • I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

      Yes. There are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. Please visit our website for more information about treks and tours in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

    • Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

      Certainly, you can add extra days during the trek. You need to pay an extra cost that includes additional cost to cover food, accommodation, guides and porters.

      This option is more convenient and feasible for a private trip. On the other hand, if you are in a group trek, this option is often limited and should be arranged properly. So we highly encourage you to ask us in advance or talk with your guide or trekking group member so that we do our best to manage it accordingly.

Equipment Lists

For trekking to Everest High Passes and climbing Island Peak, you should be well equipped with proper clothing and trekking gear to keep yourself warm and make this trek a pleasant one.

Packing Suggestions

  • We provide you a complimentary duffel bag in Kathmandu , where you should pack the essential trekking equipment. 
  • We provide you the tents, kitchen accessories and group climbing equipment (i.e. climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, and ice hammer).
  • The duffel bag is carried by porter during the trek. Make sure it does not exceed weight limit more than 12.5 kg/27.5 lbs.
  • You need to carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily essential items. For instance: money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
  • You can store your luggage (non trekking items) at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
  • Total luggage allotment allows at Kathmandu-Lukla flight is 15 Kg/33 lbs combining both luggage (10 Kg/22 lbs) and backpack (5Kg/11 lbs).
  • Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000m. You can rent 4-season sleeping bags and down jackets for USD 35 with us. 

We advise you bring the following equipment for Everest Three Passes and Island Peak Climbing.

Climbing Gear

The climbing equipment is more expensive to buy. So, you can rent the climbing gear for USD 200 with us on a returnable basis. The following gears are essential for climbing the Island Peak.

  • 1 pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
  • 1 alpine climbing harness
  • 1 mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 ascender (right or left-handed as appropriate)
  • 1 belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options.)
  • 2 D-shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 pair of expedition-style gaiters
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles
  • Climbing helmet

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Please Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring personal medical kit.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman.

Terms and Conditions

Trekking to Nepal is owned and operated by Ace the Himalaya, a reputed trekking and tour company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These booking terms and conditions mentioned here establish a legally binding contract between Ace the Himalaya and you (Client) for our services. Please read our terms and conditions carefully prior to booking a trip with us.

Bookings (Nepal and India Trips)

You can process a booking via our website, our third-party websites or email us at info@trekkingtonepal.com.

Our trip prices are in USD. If you are booking the trip with us and making payment in your local currency, then the same day exchange rate set by Nepal’s Central Bank is applicable when converting your local currency into USD.

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 30% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 30% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • For Nepal trips, the remaining amount can be paid in USD/Credit card on your arrival day or pre-trip meeting at our office or hotel.
  • While for an India trip, the remaining balance should be paid in USD by bank transfer or Credit card at least 20 days prior to the trip departure date.

Bookings (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 50% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 50% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • The remaining balance should be paid in USD/Credit card a minimum of 20 days before the trip departure date.

Last Minute Booking

  • For Nepal and India trips, we accept the last minute booking 10 days prior to the trip departure date, only if we have space available for the trip and full payment is then required.
  • For Bhutan and Tibet trips, we will accept your last minute booking 20 days prior to the tour departure date; full payment is then required.

Payment Method (Applicable for all trips)

You can pay via wire transfer or credit card payment.

Swift/ Wire Transfer in USD
Account number:  01901576560029
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Swift/ Wire Transfer in NPR
Account number:  01901576560018
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Note: We are not liable for the bank transaction fee and should be paid by the customer.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card, and a 3.5% levy will be added as a card processing fee. We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee and is not affiliated with the total cost of the trip.

For secure and quick payment by credit card, you can fill up our direct payment form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Nepal and India Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 20 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 20 days prior to the trip departure date, then 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 20 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 30 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 30 days prior to the trip departure date, then 50% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 30 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Reschedule the Trip (Nepal, India and Bhutan)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 20 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 20 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 20 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

Reschedule the Trip (Tibet)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 30 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 30 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

INCOMPLETE TRIP

IN CASE OF ANY FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE TRIP, FOR WHATEVER REASON, BY THE CLIENTS, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS FOR ANY MEALS, ACCOMMODATION OR ANY SERVICES NOT USED DURING THE TRIP. FURTHER, IF YOU COMMIT ANY UNLAWFUL ACT DURING THE TRIP AND ARE COMPELLED TO LEAVE NEPAL, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS.

Passport and Visas (Nepal and India)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • A Nepalese visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visa costs are the sole responsibility of clients. For more details, please read this link about Nepalese Tourist Visa.
  • You can fill in the Nepalese Tourist Visa form online. Here is a link- Department of Immigration. The online form will be valid for 15 days, which means you must fill it in less than 15 days before your arrival date. You will receive a receipt by your email after filling in the form. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to produce it before the immigration authority.
  • For Indian visas and cost, please contact the Indian embassy in your home/resident country. There is no on arrival visa facility for Indian visas.

Passport and Visas (Bhutan and Tibet)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan and Tibet directly, Bhutan as well as Tibet permit and visa will be organized by Ace the Himalaya. This cost is all included in the trip price.
  • To facilitate this, you need to send a clear, color scanned copy of your passport to us via email at the time of booking.

RISK AND LIABILITIES

ALL OUR NEPAL, INDIA, BHUTAN AND TIBET TOURS ARE CONDUCTED BY FOLLOWING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TOURISM BOARD OF THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY. ACE THE HIMALAYA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGES IN ITINERARIES DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. FOR INSTANCE: LAST MINUTE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT RULES, LOCAL POLITICS, GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION, BAD WEATHER, ILL HEALTH CONDITION OF TREKKERS, DEATH, ROAD BLOCKAGE, FLIGHT DELAY/CANCELLATION, NATURAL DISASTERS (EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, FLOOD, SNOWFALL, AVALANCHE, ETC) AND ANY OTHER THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES NECESSITATED BY SUCH AN EVENT WILL BE BORNE BY THE CLIENT/S. FURTHER, WE RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WHILE TRAVELING IN NEPAL.

Travel Insurance

Having Travel Insurance is compulsory for all clients while traveling with us. The travel insurance must cover weather delays, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance, trip cancellations, natural disasters, theft of baggage, loss of gear and equipment etc.

Domestic flight delay/Cancellation

Generally, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, flight delays or cancellation are likely to happen in mountain countries/regions. In such a case, we are not liable for any extra expenses or inconveniences. Since the weather of the mountain region is quite unpredictable, we suggest you arrange a minimum of 1 or 2 extra days (especially Everest region treks) so that you won’t miss your International flight. Further, we suggest you bring some extra cash to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Changes to your trip and price due to natural disasters, flight delay etc.

In the event of cancellations/changes of the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, flight delay etc., we will arrange another trip for you of the same price value. Also, you are free to reschedule the trip. While rescheduling the trip of either the same price value or higher value, you need to pay the amount of used services from your previously booked trip. Similarly, if the price increases for the rescheduled departure, you will pay the difference between new prices and old prices.

Most of our trip packages are based on twin-sharing accommodation. Furthermore, a single-room supplement charge will be imposed on the clients who don’t have another tour participant to share accommodation with.

Likewise, we reserve the right to revise pricing rates posted in our marketing material under any circumstances or on the pressure of various external factors like changes in exchange rate, government action, etc. which are far from our control.

Health and Fitness

You should be physically and mentally fit when trekking in high altitude regions. Therefore, we suggest you undergo a medical examination with a general practitioner (GP) regarding your health and fitness before traveling with us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions or disabilities, please notify us at the time of booking.

Children

A legal guardian/parent must accompany the participant below the age of sixteen.

Privacy

Ace the Himalaya is concerned to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. No private or personal information that you provided to us when booking will be disclosed for any other purposes.

PUBLICITY

YOU AGREE THAT ACE THE HIMALAYA MAY USE IMAGES OF YOU TAKEN DURING THE TRIP WITHOUT RECOURSE TO YOU AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION TO YOU, FOR PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION PURPOSES THROUGH WHATEVER MEDIUM IT CHOOSES.

Complaints

Should you have a complaint about the trip, make it known to our staff at the earliest opportunity, so that s/he may take appropriate actions to resolve it. Your satisfaction is our top-notch priority.

Acceptance of Terms

These terms and conditions are valid only if you book the trip with us directly. If you book our trip through a third party or any agents, you are liable to their terms and conditions as well as our terms and conditions.

Applicable Law and Choice of Forum

Ace the Himalaya main office is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Nepal. Any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions shall be resolved exclusively by the District Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no case in a foreign country, and the parties agree that the court of Nepal is the appropriate forum for any claim or proceeding commenced in relation to these terms and conditions.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking to Nepal is an online booking platform of Ace the Himalaya. Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of non-profit organization Sambhav Nepal.

Ace the Himalaya covers the administration cost of Sambhav Nepal as the staff working at Ace also help in admin work of Shambav Nepal. For instance: making proposals, collecting information for the related projects, visiting the project sites, coordinating the local governments/authorities etc. That’s why, Sambhav Nepal doesn't have their admin cost in the project it runs.

Furthermore, Sambhav Nepal  provides support to people with needs such as education and health in villages of Gorkha through the children sponsorship program. We sponsor children for school which are conducted successfully in full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

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