Expeditions by Janet Belarmino
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Coron & El Nido Island Boat Expeditions  and Mountaineering Expeditions

Belarmino Ventures-

Island Peak

 Island Peak Expeditions

 


 

This Expedition will be organized by Janet Belarmino.


Trip Brief

 

Trip Introduction

On your 16-day Island Peak Expedition you will not only reach the summit of the magnificent Island Peak but also experience trekking in the most coveted Everest region. Island Peak also called Imja Tse by the Nepalese is a popular choice among novice climbers who wish to begin their mountaineering journey by summiting Island Peak and then move on to other peaks.  The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an island on a sea of ice. Island Peak has an impressive, highly glaciated west face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier which is a bit tough to do; however, the magnificent views from the summit are certainly a fitting reward for your efforts. 


Included in the Cost
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours
Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5- 6 hours
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours
Day 09: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Pre-Climb training on Island Peak Base Camp
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 10-12 hours
Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours
Day 13: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16: Final departure

Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own CUSTOMIZE IT !

Accommodations

We will be staying at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu , standard teahouses during trekking and tents when climbing . Most teahouse accommodations will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodations, a 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. In climbing sections, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. However, a single room will be provided on request and by paying a single supplement of USD 350. Also, understand that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only up to Namche Bazaar.


Meals
During our Island Peak Expedition, we can enjoy traditional Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental cuisines.  During trekking/climbing, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Team Composition

Trekking : While trekking, we will provide you a fully trained, English speaking, experienced trekking guide. Every 4 members are entitled to 1 assistant guide, also 1 porter for every two members to carry the luggage.


Climbing : We will provide you a licensed, English speaking, veteran climbing guide. There is also the provision of assistant guides, for a group size of 2-4 people; there will be 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide. In a group size of 5-8 people, there will be 1 main guide and 2 assistant guides. Finally with a group of 9-12 people, we shall be offering you 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides. Other staff members will include one experienced cook and necessary Sherpa staff, mostly assistants who will assist in setting up camps during the climb.

This arrangement of staff will ensure the safety of each and every member in the group; also if any member falls ill, the trip will still go ahead as planned. Please also note that the maximum number of people in a group will be 12, as this is the optimum size for a successful trip.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Island Peak is not a technical peak but you will still require a good stamina to summit it. No prior climbing experience is required; however, having some knowledge on using climbing equipment will still be an asset. You will also need to have ample high altitude trekking experience. There will also be a pre -ice climbing training for participants in the Island Peak base camp. The training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, and crampons.

A 14- day Island peak expedition itinerary takes you to the summit very fast, it is recommended only to those who have sufficient high altitude trekking experience and good health.

Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island Peak can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

 

Meals

Freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided throughout the teahouses (lodge restaurant) during the trek. Each day, dinner and breakfast will be provided at the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch, during trek, will be provided at teahouse in fairly pleasant surrounding on the trail.    During your stay at hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast is provided at the hotel that you stay.  You can choose to eat lunch and dinner either at the restaurant at the hotel that you are staying or venture out to different restaurants that are located near your hotel.

 

Experience

Chances of success in summiting peaks depends on tolerance to hard conditions, general physical condition, reasonable fitness and lots of will power.  Lobuche East and Island (Imja Tse) can be climbed without previous climbing experience as they are categorized as non-technical peaks. However, it requires stamina and endurance, as it involves a longer period of climbing at high altitude where amount of Oxygen is less.  For your kind information, Oxygen cylinders are not provided during peak climbing.  Yet, if you have some skills on rock climbing, skills of using climbing equipment and if possible experience in high altitude trek then it will be an added advantage.  


Health

Every participant on this trip should be in sound health.  I would also suggest for you to have a regular check up during the preparation period.  It is important that participant informs us of any pre-existing medical problems or conditions at the time of confirming his/her trip with our company.  Consult your physician regarding your pre-existing medical condition in connection to your trip and vaccination or medical requirements. Remember to pack prescribed medicines as it may not be available in Nepal (especially not up in the mountains).   Please note that our company is not responsible for medical treatment, hospitalization and rescue by any means of transportation and this service is excluded in our package.  We will, however, arrange / assist, if there is assurance that you will bear the cost.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and not an option when joining trekking, tour and mountaineering trips.   Your insurance policy should include helicopter rescue flight/s, medical treatment, hospitalization and repatriation apart from the normal coverage of loss of baggage, theft, flight / trip delay, cancellation etc.  


List of personal equipment and gears
List provided below doesn’t represent what you must take but is simply a guide, an aide memoire to help you tick off the things you might need and have to pack.


Personal Climbing Gears:
- Ice axe
- Plastic double boots for mountaineering
- Crampons
- Harness
- Tape Slings (2)
- Carabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
- Figure of Eight

- Descender
- Ascender
- Helmet (optional)

Personal Clothing:
Hands:
- A pair of woolen / fleece gloves
- A pair of insulated ski gloves

 

Feet:
- trekking/hiking boots that supports your ankle with spare laces

- Light socks (2 pairs), cotton or thin woolen

- Thick socks (2 pairs), woolen

- Gaiters (protects your foot wears from fresh snow)
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Head:
- Sun hat or scarf or both
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries (if not torch / flash light)


Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof jacket / top (preferably with breathable fabric)
- Down jacket with hood

- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts or trouser that can be detached
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof trousers (preferably with breathable fabric)

Personal accessories:
- Sleeping bag with cotton and fleece liner (rated to -15 to -20 degree centigrade)
- Large plastic bags - to keep items dry inside rucksack or duffle bag.
- Daypack (approximate capacity 35 to 50 liters)
- Trekking Poles (serves well when trekking down hill).
- Water bottle with wide neck (2 pieces with 1 liter capacity) or camel bag.
- Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, paste, saving machine, nail clippers, lip balm etc.) & personal necessities.
- Small quick drying towel

- Ear Plug (would be useful; who knows some people in group snores)
- Sun screen lotion 30 SPF or higher

- Pee bottle (for night but make sure to empty it yourself the next morning)

- Basic First Aid Kit

 

Additional:
- Digital camera or handy cam

- Route Map / Guide book
- Binoculars (optional)
- Music set with headphone (optional)
- Pocket sized notebook and pen (optional)

- Reading book (optional)

- Travel games (such as scrabble, playing cards, chess etc.) 


 Island Peak- 6,189m/20,305ft


Dates: 2017-2018


Price:  2,150 USD