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Island Peak Climbing

Trekking Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse Climbing, is a 6,189-meter peak in Nepal's Everest region. It offers challenging yet rewarding mountaineering experiences, showcasing the indomitable spirit of human endeavor. The peak, often integrated into the Everest Base Camp Trek, offers adrenaline-pumping climbs, awe-inspiring vistas, and a profound connection to the Himalayas. Ascending the slopes of Island Peak demonstrates resilience and determination, offering an unforgettable journey through rugged terrain and glacial landscapes.

Island Peak, which is also referred to as Imja Tse, is a towering peak that can be found in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. Its elevation is an astounding 6,189 meters above sea level. The mountain, which the illustrious Eric Shipton expedition gave the name "Island Peak" in 1951, has captivated mountaineers and adventurers. It was officially renamed "Imja Tse" in 1983, which came as a nod to the significance of its location and the geography of the area. The icy slopes and rugged beauty of Imja Tse will enchant you as you climb it, providing you with opportunities as well as challenges. During the journey, you will traverse a landscape that is steeped in history and adventure, and each foothold will bring you closer to the highest point of accomplishment. 

A British team successfully climbed Imja Tse, also known as Island Peak, in 1953, which was a significant turning point in the history of mountaineering. A semicircle of cliffs that rise to the summits of Nuptse, Lhotse, Middle Peak, and Lhotse Shar surround the mountain known as Imja Tse, which is located in the Himalayan landscape. The peak, which is located along the southern ridge of Lhotse Shar, is a climb that is notoriously difficult but ultimately rewarding. In the process of climbing Imja Tse, you will have the opportunity to experience the human capacity for endurance as well as the unrelenting pursuit of adventure, all while taking in the breathtaking Himalayan panorama.

You will be trekking on foot for the majority of the journey to Island Peak, which is an extraordinary adventure that takes you through difficult terrain. Trekking on foot engulfs you in the Himalayan landscape as you make your way from base camp to high camp at the end of the journey. As you make your way beyond the high camp, you will come across rocky sections that require a moderate level of scrambling ability. While climbing Island Peak, one can get a glimpse of the splendor of the peaks that are located in the surrounding area. After that, the expedition will transition into a glacier trek, during which you will traverse crevasses and seracs, demonstrating the difficulties and rewards that come with high-altitude mountaineering. As you make your way up a steep snow and ice slope, the ascent becomes more difficult, and the placement of each foothold and ice axe becomes increasingly important to your advancement. When you finally make it to the top of the mountain, it is a moment of triumph, a culmination of your perseverance and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

The island peak climbing experience is a thrilling adventure that combines the activities of trekking and peak climbing in the Himalayas. Climbers face moderate scrambling challenges, which require them to traverse rocky terrain with determination and precision. The ascent through the gully is the ultimate highlight of the adventure. It is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience that puts one's mettle to the test and rewards perseverance. The awe-inspiring view of towering peaks and winding valleys that can be seen from the peak of Island Peak is sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors and leave them with unforgettable memories. The journey is a testament to the spirit of adventure and the indomitable human spirit, and it serves as an ideal gateway to experiences that are unforgettable and beauty that is unmatched in the heart of the Himalayas. Come with us on this extraordinary journey, where each step is a demonstration of the spirit of adventure and the indomitable spirit of the human race.

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing Highlights and Attractions


Everest Region


20 Days

Starting Price

USD 3,500

Group Size

2-15 Person


Trekking Peak Climbing


Private Vehicles


Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Meal Plan

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trip Grade

Alpine Grade PD+

Max. Altitude


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-8 Hours


Physically Fit

GPS Location

27.9242° N, 86.9373° E

Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrive in Kathmandu

    Our representative from Ethic Himalaya will be present to greet you upon your arrival in Kathmandu and ensure that your transfer to your hotel goes off without a hitch. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with a warm welcome. We have planned a special welcome dinner in the evening to help you start your journey on a positive note. This memorable dinner will feature a variety of authentic Nepalese cuisine, as well as a heartwarming welcome drink to help you embrace the local culture.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic sites. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's distinct charm and spiritual ambiance.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 By a Private Helicopter: Kathmandu to Lukla (2850m). Trek to Phakding (2650m, 3hrs).

    Your day will begin as you head to Kathmandu airport to catch a flight to Lukla. Assuming the flight departs on time, you will be treated to fine weather and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks during the flight. Once you land in Lukla, the trail starts at a Kani or gateway. As you set off, you'll walk down gently descending trails and pass by rolling farmlands extending over a wide promontory with views overlooking the Dudh Koshi River canyon. The snow-capped peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), a mountain considered sacred to the Sherpa community. On the way to Phakding, you'll come across a huge boulder inscribed with Tibetan religious mantras, predominantly "Om Mani Padme Hum". After around 3 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Phakding.

    Transfer: 30 min to Lukla | Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -380 meters l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 Phakding to Namche Bazar (3450m, 5hrs).

    We will continue our trek northward, following the Dudh Koshi River until we reach Jorsale, where we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From Jorsale, it's only a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi). After that, we will begin a steep ascent that will take approximately 2 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center that hosts a weekly Saturday market. This leg of the journey will cover a distance of about 10.5 km (6.5 miles) and take around 5 hours to complete on foot.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +820 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -40 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Namche to Khumjung (3,790m)

    After breakfast, head to Namche Gompa, on the far side of the village. Then, follow the ascending path to Syangboche (3,760m), known as the Everest viewpoint, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Khantega, and other mountains. The trail becomes regular with a gentle climb through the forest, leading to a descent to the charming Sherpa settlement of Khumjung, also known as the "Green Village of Nepal." Explore the serene atmosphere and immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa cultural heritage.

    Walking duration: 2-3 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +320 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -40 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 Khumjung to Tengboche (3,860m)

    The trail winds its way through cultivated fields, mostly flat terrain, covering about 2.5km until it intersects with the Namche-Tengboche trail at Sanasa (3,600m). From there, it descends into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka, and then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley, leading to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m). Tengboche Monastery holds great spiritual significance in the Khumbu region. While the climb is long, the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Ama Dablam and, on clear days, Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks, make the journey truly rewarding.

    strong>Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +430 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -50 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 Tengboche to Pheriche (4,371m)

    Beyond Tengboche, the landscape transitions into high-altitude steppes, with elevations exceeding 4,000m. The trail descends to Deboche, crosses the Imja River, and ascends past impressive mani stones, which are intricately carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant "om mani padme hum," leading to Pangboche. Don't miss visiting the gompa here, as it is considered the oldest in the region. The trail then continues to climb to Pheriche at 4,371m, where a medical facility is available for information and medication related to altitude sickness.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +560 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -110 meters | Accommodation:Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Pheriche to Lobuche (4,940m)

    The trail continues past a small stream and the hamlet of Dughla, then ascends steeply to the Khumbu glacier's terminal moraine at Chukpo Lari, where touching memorials to fallen climbers can be found. The breathtaking view of surrounding peaks can be admired from here. The route then descends a bit and follows the western side of the valley until reaching Lobuche, a bustling area with many lodges, teahouses, and shops. Lobuche offers a stunning sight of the towering Tawoche and Nuptse Peaks, rising almost two kilometers above the village.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +630 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Hike to Everest BC (5,380m). Overnight at Gorakshep (5,164m)

    Today is an exciting and challenging day as we trek to Everest Base Camp. We'll start early and follow the undulating trail along the western side of the Khumbu valley and glacier. After 2 to 3 hours, we'll descend to Gorakshep for a light lunch. From there, we'll embark on a 5 to 6-hour round trip to Everest Base Camp. The trail takes us through the stunning landscape of the Khumbu glacier, with fascinating ice seracs along the way. At Everest Base Camp, we'll enjoy incredible close-up views of the Khumbu icefall. After a short break, we'll head back to Gorakshep for the night. This challenging day will undoubtedly be the highlight of our trek.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +750 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -750 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 Hike to EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m). Trek to LOBUCHE (4,940m)

    After enjoying a light lunch, we embark on an exciting journey to Everest Base Camp, a round trip that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours from Gorakshep. The trail initially crosses a sandy flat before ascending onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We make our way along the side of the glacier for about two hours, taking in the magnificent views as we gradually descend onto the rocky glacial moraine. The trail continues, winding its way up and down, passing through fascinating ice seracs, before finally reaching the iconic Everest Base Camp. Here, we are treated to incredible up-close views of the majestic Khumbu Icefall. After a brief stop to soak up the surroundings, we retrace our steps back to Gorakshep. Upon returning to Gorakshep, we continue our trek for approximately 2 hours, making our way to Lobuche. The journey continues as we traverse this captivating landscape, immersing ourselves in the wonders of the Himalayas.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +250 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -480 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Cross KONGMA-LA Pass (5,535m). Trek to CHHUKUNG (4,730m)

    After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your day begins with an exhilarating walk through the magnificent Khumbu Glacier, heading towards the east. As you cross the glacier and the river, the trail gradually ascends, leading you to the highest pass of this journey, the Kongma La Pass. It's important to note that there won't be any tea shops or water resources along this challenging section, so it is advisable to carry an ample supply of water for the journey. The climb to the pass will require effort, but the rewarding views and sense of achievement make it worthwhile. Once you reach the summit of Kongma La Pass, the trail steeply descends, taking you to the enchanting Chhukung Valley, where your day's adventure concludes. You will spend the night at a cozy lodge, resting and replenishing your energy for the next leg of the journey.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +675 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -850 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 Chukhung to Island Peak BC (5,200m)

    After breakfast, we continue our trek by heading further on a steep path, climbing the southern part, and then turning east to the main line of the valley. The pleasant walk along a streamside leads us to a Big-rock, and from there, the route to Amphu Lapcha is southeast. We then cross through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines, which can be a bit challenging, to reach a wide valley flanking Island Peak. This is where we'll set up our base camp for the night, staying in tented accommodations.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +390 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Island Peak BC to Island HIgh Camp (5,600m)

    This morning, we packed our camping gear and are heading to the High Camp to begin our climb. As we ascend the hill, the slope narrows, leading us to a steep rock channel where we'll spend the night at camp. At this point, our guide will secure the crampons to our climbing boots and double-check all of our equipment for safety. If needed, our climbing Sherpa will provide last-minute climbing technique instruction. If conditions permit, there may also be an opportunity for ice or rock climbing nearby. We'll be staying overnight at the high camp.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +450 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Summit Island Peak (6,189m). Back to Chukhung

    Island Peak ascent (6,189 m/20,305 ft) commences early in the morning with a climb to a rock gully, which presents no significant challenges except for a few short rock steps. Subsequently, the route follows a ridgeline, offering an exhilarating and exposed traverse leading to the summit glacier's snout. Roping up becomes necessary on the glacier due to crevasses, but the crossing itself poses no major difficulties. A 100-meter snow and ice slope (40–45 degrees) lies ahead, where guides will secure a rope for added safety. Following this slope, a sharp summit ridge spanning three rope lengths awaits, leading to the peak. Once at the summit, one can revel in the breathtaking views before descending back to Chhukung for an overnight stay.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +589 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,460 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Chukhung to Kenjoma (3550m)

    The journey takes us along a winding path alongside the serene Imja Khola, surrounded by mountains and nature. We reach a majestic suspension bridge, crossing to the sacred enclave of Tengboche, nestled beneath the towering guardians of Thamserku and Kangtega. We pay homage to the ancient monasteries of Pangboche and Tengboche, with their weathered facades whispering centuries' secrets. Tengboche's rustic lodges offer solace amidst the rugged terrain. We descend to Phunki, where the Dudh Kosi flows with a tranquil grace, reflecting the surrounding landscape. The journey continues to Kenjoma, a tranquil hamlet at an altitude of 3550 meters. Each step is a communion with nature, and every vista is a testament to the awe-inspiring majesty of the mountains.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +550 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,210 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16 Kenjoma to Monjo (2,835m)

    The trek continues to Namche Bazaar, a vibrant mountain town nestled amidst the Himalayas' craggy peaks at 3440 meters. The trail then descends towards Jorsale and Monjo, passing through verdant forests and cascading streams. The air is crisp and infused with pine and earth scents. In Jorsale, the rhythm of life slows to a gentle cadence, echoing the mountains' timeless whispers. The journey continues to Monjo, a serene hamlet at 2835 meters, where the pace of life is unhurried and the rustic charm of the village envelops us.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +90 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -920 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17 Monjo to Lukla (2,860m)

    From Monjo, the trek continues with a descent through the stunning Dudh Koshi valley, passing by picturesque villages like Phakding, Ghat, and Cheplung. Upon reaching Chaurikharka, we begin the final ascent of the trek, making our way to Lukla. Once at the lodge in Lukla, you can unwind and cherish your last evening in the delightful company of the Sherpa guides and the exceptional porters who have been instrumental in making this journey memorable. It's an ideal opportunity to appreciate their support and camaraderie while reflecting on the incredible experiences you've had during your trek.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +350 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -350 meters | Accommodation: Lodge | Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18 By a Private Helicopter: LUKLA – KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we'll take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. To avoid any potential weather-related delays, we'll be traveling via private helicopter, which will offer a scenic flight of approximately 35 minutes. This will give you one last opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains you've recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel, and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.

    Flight Duration: 35 minutes    | Transfer: 25-30 min   | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 19 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 20 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private vehicle.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel: 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing a room on the BB plan.
  • Completely lodges trekking, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Comfortable twin-sharing tented accommodation with all necessary camping and kitchen equipment, availability of mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, tables, chairs, and more.
  • Appropriate high-altitude food for all climbing crew at base camp and higher altitudes, as required.Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes during the climbing period.
  • Permit: Climbing permit for Island Peak, Sagarmatha National Park, and TIMS Card entrance fees.
  • Climbing equipment charges for a climbing guide to ensure professional guidance and safety.
  • All the monuments and entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Private Helicopter: Kathmandu to Lukla, and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Staff: Highly experienced, trained, and government-licensed mountain guide, assistant guide, and porter (1:1 porter), including daily wages and accommodation.
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Accident, medical, and helicopter insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and official charges.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu: The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance costs: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • A garbage deposit for Island Peak is required, and it will be refunded upon proper waste disposal as per guidelines.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure is not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking and climbing staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: The trekkers themselves are responsible for covering any additional costs resulting from unanticipated events like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather, landslides, or other natural calamities.

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Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a stunning mountain peak in the Everest region of Nepal, standing at an impressive altitude of 6,189 meters (20,305 feet). It offers climbers an exhilarating opportunity to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas.

While prior climbing experience is not mandatory, it is strongly advised that climbers possess some previous trekking and basic mountaineering experience. Having familiarity with using crampons, ice axes, and rope techniques can substantially enhance both the safety and enjoyment of the ascent.

Island Peak climbing expedition typically lasts for about 18 to 21 days, depending on the chosen itinerary. This duration encompasses acclimatization days, trekking to the base camp, ascending the peak, and returning to Lukla.

The best time to attempt Island Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods generally offer the most favorable weather and ideal climbing conditions for mountaineers.

  • Pre-monsoon (spring) season (April to May): This season is considered one of the prime times to climb Island Peak. The weather is relatively stable during these months, with clear skies and less precipitation. The temperatures start to rise, and the snow begins to melt, making the climbing route more accessible. The beautiful blossoming of rhododendrons and other flowers adds to the appeal of trekking in this season.
  • Post-monsoon (autumn) season (September to November): This season is another excellent time for climbing Island Peak. After the monsoon season, the weather becomes stable, and the skies are usually clear. The landscape is lush and green due to the monsoon rains, and the mountain trails are in their best condition. The temperatures are generally moderate, providing comfortable trekking and climbing conditions.

During both these seasons, the chances of encountering heavy rainfall and snowfall are lower compared to other times of the year, which reduces the risks associated with avalanches and landslides. Moreover, the clear weather enhances the overall experience, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

It's essential to note that while these seasons are generally considered the best time for climbing Island Peak, weather conditions can still vary, and it's crucial to stay updated with the latest forecasts and consult with experienced guides before attempting any mountain expedition. Safety should always be a top priority in mountain climbing.

Yes, that is indeed accurate. Climbers who wish to ascend Island Peak in Nepal are required to obtain a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Along with the climbing permit, they also need to acquire a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, as Island Peak is located within the boundaries of Sagarmatha National Park. Furthermore, climbers are also required to have a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which is a registration card designed for trekkers and climbers to keep track of their movements in the region. These permits and cards are essential for legal and administrative purposes and aid in supporting the management and conservation efforts in the area.

To climb Island Peak successfully and safely, climbers need high physical fitness. Regular cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, or hiking improve stamina. Strength training is vital for carrying gear and navigating tough terrain. Specific high-altitude training, like simulated altitude or higher elevation practice, is essential. Consulting a healthcare professional before the expedition ensures medical fitness and reduces altitude-related risks.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk during high-altitude climbs, affecting anyone regardless of fitness or experience. To minimize it, proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are essential. Experienced guides monitor climbers for symptoms and take necessary precautions, such as descent or supplemental oxygen. Recognizing symptoms promptly is crucial to prevent severe forms of altitude sickness. Prioritizing safety and following expert guidance ensure a safe and successful climb in high-altitude environments.

Island Peak climbing presents technical challenges like glacier crossings, fixed rope sections, and steep snow and ice slopes. Climbers need to possess the skills to handle these difficulties or be willing to learn under the guidance of experienced guides. Proper preparation and guidance are essential for a safe and successful climb.

Island Peak climbing requires specialized equipment to ensure climbers' safety and success in challenging environments. While the specific gear may vary depending on the peak's difficulty and altitude, here is a general list of essential equipment for peak climbing:

  • Climbing Helmet: Protects the head from falling debris and potential impacts during the climb.
  • Climbing Harness: Used with ropes to secure climbers during technical sections and for glacier travel.
  • Climbing Rope: Dynamic and static ropes are used for belaying, rappelling, and securing climbers.
  • Crampons: Metal spikes that attach to mountaineering boots, providing traction on icy surfaces.
  • Ice Axe: Essential for self-arresting during slips and for stability on steep snow and ice slopes.
  • Carabiners and Quickdraws: Used to connect ropes, slings, and other gear for anchoring and protection.
  • Prusik Cord: Used for ascending the rope in a self-rescue situation.
  • Snow Pickets or Ice Screws: Anchors that provide protection on snow and ice.
  • Mountaineering Boots: Sturdy and insulated boots designed for technical climbing and to handle cold conditions.
  • Gaiters: Protect lower legs and boots from snow and debris.
  • Climbing Gloves: Insulated and dexterous gloves for handling equipment and maintaining warmth.
  • Layered Clothing: Including base layers, insulating layers, and waterproof and windproof outer layers.
  • Sunglasses and Goggles: Essential for eye protection against snow blindness and glare.
  • Headlamp: Necessary for early morning or late-night starts and for navigating in low light.
  • Backpack: Large enough to carry personal gear, food, and water.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated for the expected temperatures during the climb.
  • Sleeping Pad: Insulated to provide comfort and warmth during the nights.
  • Trekking Poles: For added stability during approaches and descents.
  • High-altitude Medications: As advised by medical professionals to cope with altitude-related challenges.
  • Personal Climbing Gear: Including ascenders, descenders, and any specialized equipment needed for the specific peak.

It's crucial for climbers to be familiar with the gear and undergo proper training before attempting peak climbing. Experienced guides or mountaineering schools can provide valuable guidance on equipment selection, usage, and climbing techniques, contributing to a safe and successful climbing experience.

Travel insurance is a necessity for Island Peak climbing and similar high-altitude expeditions, with comprehensive coverage for mountaineering activities, high-altitude trekking, and emergency medical evacuation strongly recommended. Given the inherent risks and challenges of the climb, travel insurance offers financial protection and peace of mind for any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the journey.

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical treatment and evacuation in case of injury or illness during the climb.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Coverage for helicopter rescue or other emergency transportation to the nearest medical facility if needed.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Coverage in case you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Lost or Delayed Baggage: Coverage for the loss, theft, or delay of your personal belongings and climbing equipment.
  • Adventure Sports Coverage: Ensure that the insurance specifically covers mountaineering and high-altitude trekking.

When getting travel insurance for Island Peak climbing or similar high-altitude expeditions, it's crucial to thoroughly examine the policy to confirm it meets the specific requirements and adequately covers all activities and altitudes involved. Furthermore, disclosing any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider is vital, as it can affect the eligibility for coverage. Having travel insurance not only offers financial protection but also guarantees access to timely and appropriate medical care and support in case of emergencies during the climb. It is a responsible and essential step in preparing for any high-altitude adventure.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Island Peak Climbing will be led by an experienced and skilled professional in the climbing industry, who has successfully conquered various trekking peaks in Nepal.

4:1 Sherpa to client ratio on summit day: Our team includes Sherpa guides who have achieved previous summits and possess extensive expertise in high-altitude expeditions. For the summit day, we maintain a favorable 4:1 Sherpa guide-to-client ratio. Each of our Sherpa guides boasts considerable experience in scaling high-altitude peaks.

We prioritize small group sizes to ensure efficient coordination and cooperation, particularly during high-altitude climbing. Our Trekking peak climbing expeditions comprise a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers in one group. This approach allows for personalized attention, better communication, and enhanced safety during the adventure.

As part of the requirements for high-altitude climbing, our Mountain Guides receive compensation for their services, which includes equipment allowance, daily wages, food, and insurance coverage. Additionally, there is a Summit bonus provided as Tips, following the Mountaineering system, to motivate and encourage the Mountain Guides in their efforts towards a successful summit bid. The specified amount for the Summit bonus is detailed in each mountain program, ensuring transparency and general information for our clients.

During tea house trekking, you'll have breakfast and dinner at the guesthouses or lodges, while lunch will be at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali meal "Dal Bhat Tarkari" (rice, curry, and lentil soup) is commonly served at these places. However, guesthouses also offer a variety of other food items like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups, with some even having Western options. Soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are available at most guesthouses and trailside restaurants. Food safety is a top priority, and we select the cleanest and most hygienically-kept hotels for our routes. During camping, our cook prepares the food based on your preferences, and we shop for the required items before the trip.

If you have specific dietary requirements, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us when booking the trip. Our teams will do their best to accommodate your requests, but due to local constraints, we may not always guarantee a wide variety of alternative menus. For strenuous trips, we recommend planning for additional groceries like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure sufficient caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Helicopter flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu (flights subject to climatic and operational hazards).

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, your accommodation will be arranged at a locally recognized three-star hotel, featuring double rooms. During the trekking, we provide accommodations at guest houses and lodges, particularly in key trekking regions. These guest houses and lodges offer running hot and cold water amenities, and private rooms are readily available. While private rooms are a common feature, it's important to note that bathroom facilities are often shared. Drawing upon our extensive experience in the trekking domain gained over numerous years of organizing diverse treks in Nepal, we assure you of our meticulous selection process. We choose guest houses and lodges that are meticulously maintained, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene. These establishments are known for their amicable ambiance and exceptional vistas.

Upon reaching the base camp, the arrangement transitions to full board camping. Our camping setup is comprehensive and well-supported by a team of proficient guides, skilled cooks, capable Sherpas, and diligent porters who accompany you throughout. The porters are responsible for carrying trekking equipment, food supplies, fuel, and personal belongings. Our adept cooks diligently prepare nourishing hot meals. When the sun sets, we provide well-equipped tents for dining, sleeping, and ablutions. These tents are thoughtfully furnished with comfortable mattresses, cozy down-filled sleeping bags, tables, and seating arrangements.

A typical day on a camping trek commences at around 6 or 7 AM, with a rejuvenating cup of hot tea to invigorate you. Following this, a bowl of warm water is provided for your washing needs. Breakfast is then served, setting you up for the day ahead. The trek usually gets underway between 7:30 and 8 AM. Trekkers have the flexibility to pace themselves, allowing for pauses and sightseeing along the route. The morning walk typically culminates at the lunch spot after approximately 3 hours. Here, you'll be treated to a hearty, hot lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll continue your journey for another 3 to 4 hours, arriving at the next campsite around 4 or 5 PM. Tea and snacks are thoughtfully served to invigorate you while our dedicated staff prepares the camp. Dinner is typically served around 6 or 7 PM in the well-appointed dining tent, illuminated by lanterns, and thoughtfully furnished for your comfort.

Porters will be responsible for carrying your baggage, which will not be accessible to you during the course of the day. To ensure your convenience, it is recommended that you pack all your essential items for the day in your daypack. This typically includes warm clothing, a water bottle, camera equipment, sunscreen, lip balm, and other similar necessities. Your guide will provide you with information each evening about any additional items that may be required for the upcoming day's activities. With a well-designed and comfortable daypack, your load will only amount to a few kilograms, making it hardly noticeable and allowing you to fully enjoy your trekking experience.

To do a Trekking Peak expedition in Nepal, it is vital to have prior experience with high-altitude trekking and a basic understanding of climbing. Previous ascents of peaks above 4,000 meters or traversing passes at 5,500 meters are expected. Equally important are fierce determination, strong mental health, and a burning desire to conquer the mountain. Adequate preparation is required to handle challenges like high altitude sickness, harsh weather, and exhaustion. Being familiar with climbing equipment, walking on snow and ice, and maintaining good physical fitness are necessary. Proficiency in rope skills, ice axe arrest, crampon techniques, the use of ascenders (Jumar) and descenders, and harness usage are essential for a successful expedition.

Prior to booking, it is mandatory for clients to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that may impact their ability to travel or require medical attention during the trip. Failure to disclose such conditions and subsequent cancellation will incur a 100% cancellation fee for the client.

Island Peak Climbing typically involves daily walks lasting 3-8 hours, sometimes even up to 8-10 hours, especially in high passes. Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends preparing with approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercise each day for at least three months before the expedition. This training ensures participants can endure physically demanding conditions at high altitudes and in remote areas for extended periods. Success and enjoyment on the climb require strong willpower, the ability to withstand harsh conditions, excellent fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses, and it is essential to consult a doctor for vaccinations and other health requirements for the trip. Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Participation in a Island Peak Climbing expedition necessitates:

  • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: A considerable background in mountaineering.
  • Team Dynamics: Adaptation within the team and with Sherpa staff.
  • Himalayan Trekking: High and demanding trekking experiences in the Himalayas.
  • Self-Control and Safety: Being accountable for personal control and safety.
  • Mental and Physical Fitness: Robust mental and physical well-being.
  • Chosen Route: Selection between Nepal or Tibet side.
  • Weather and Temperature: Awareness of weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Physical Condition: Adequate physical conditioning.
  • Climbing Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques.
  • High Altitude: Consideration for high altitude sickness.
  • Clothing and Gear: Proper clothing and equipment.
  • Experienced Guides: Presence of skilled climbing guides.

Kindly brings a comfortable medium-sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. Special items such as sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu as well. But highly recommend bringing it from your own country.

    Climbing Gear
  • Ice Axe: Bring a lightweight axe with a pick that will stick easily in hard glacier ice. Attach a lightweight wrist leash that is usable for climbing steeper terrain.
  • Crampons: These must be sharp and must fit your boot perfectly.
  • Harness: Make sure the buckle is easy for you to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg loops.
  • Helmet: Be sure you can comfortably fit a warm hat underneath.
  • Hardware: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. It is helpful if at least one of the locking carabiners has a "key gate", like the Petzl Attaché. Bring one handled ascender and one Petzl Tibloc for ascending the fixed rope. You will need rigging material--two sewn 48" nylon slings and 10' of 8 mm perlon should be sufficient. Also, include one small 5 mm prusik loop (about 4 feet of cord tied with a double fisherman's knot) for a rappel backup. For rappelling the Black Diamond ATC Guide is good since it can handle ropes from 7.7mm to 11mm. Figure 8 is an old standby and works on a variety of ropes and also icy ropes. While it twists the ropes more, it is quite foolproof. You might consider both, in case you drop one of them and lose it. Our guide has an Ice tool, Ice screws, carbineers, Locking carabineers, Short-5- millimeter accessory cords, and Slings.
  • Others Accessories
  • Headlamp: Bring a good LED headlamp with 2 sets of lithium batteries for cold conditions.
  • Water Bottles: 2 wide mouth plastic water bottles with insulated covers. A small Thermos bottle is great for cold mornings. Bring a pee bottle too.
  • Water purification: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar) or iodine crystals (Polar Pure). One bottle of Potable Aqua (enough to treat 25 liters) should be more than sufficient.
  • Utensils: Bring an insulated mug with a lid, a decent-sized bowl, a spoon, a pocket knife, and a lighter.
  • Backpack: Climbing Backpack: Medium-size internal frame pack (60-liter capacity). Look for a pack that is comfortable to carry, very durable, as light as is reasonable, and has a minimum number of bells and whistles.
  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a sleeping bag comfortable to -20. Down is lighter and much more compressible. Be sure to bring a compression stuff sack. Keep in mind that many of your nights will be much warmer than -20, especially on the trek into base camp.
  • Sleeping Mats: A stuff sack helps prevent punctures.
  • Footwear
  • Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners: Make sure your crampons can be adjusted to fit them!
  • Approach boots: Which will work on the trek and approach to Camp 1, and even up to Camp 2 if conditions warrant.
  • Gaiters and Yaktrax or Kahtoola Microspikes in case of snow.
  • Socks: Three/Four sets of climbing socks.
  • Climbing Clothing
  • Insulated Parka: Heavyweight insulated expedition parka with hood.
  • Jacket: Lightweight waterproof-breathable construction with a hood.
  • Pants: Lightweight waterproof-breathable shell pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers. ALSO very useful are synthetic insulation full-zip pants, for example, Mountain Hardwar Compressor Pants--for evenings and cold summit days.
  • Mid Layers: Fleece or Soft Shell layering pieces that work well with the rest of your clothing. A Soft Shell jacket and an expedition-weight long-john top will work well.
  • Climbing Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. The fabric should be a breathable synthetic that preferably holds up to abrasion.
  • Base Layers: - 2 synthetic tops and 1 bottom. Zip-neck tops are the way to go.
  • Mittens: Fleece mittens with an over mitten. Nothing competes with a mitten for warmth when the going got tough.
  • Ski Gloves: A warm insulated glove with leather palm will be worn a lot of the time.
  • Light Gloves: Polypropylene or fleece. Leather palms handle the fixed line better.
  • Leather gloves or good abrasion-resistant climbing gloves for the rock sections.
  • Stocking Hat: Wool or fleece stocking hat with ear protection.
  • Neck Gaiter and/or a Buff (highly recommended).
  • Baseball hat and Bandana.
  • Personal Accessories
  • Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses with side protection. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions. The ski goggles are essential for all climbers in really stormy conditions and can serve as an emergency backup for broken or lost sunglasses.
  • Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Nepal, bringing enough for the duration.
  • Wrist Watch: With alarm and night light. An altimeter watch is useful.
  • First Aid: Hand sanitizer (Purell), moleskin or Compete, athletic tape, aspirin (some climbers take a baby aspirin every day up high) and/or ibuprofen/acetaminophen, Imodium, Band-Aids, antacid, insect repellant, ear plugs, and two rolls of toilet paper in quart Ziploc bags (we will have a supply at Base Camp), small towel, soap/shampoo.
  • Prescription Medications: Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems, Antibiotic for GI problems, Diamox for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended; enough for a week or more), Tylenol 3 or similar for severe headaches, Asthma medication, if any history.
  • Skin Care: Sun block lotion (at least #30 protection factor -- have at least one smaller tube (1 oz) that can fit in your pocket) and lip salve. Put your lip protection on a string and hang it from your neck. That way you'll use it. It also works great for your nose.
  • Garbage Bags: 2 or 3 large plastic bags make great liners for your pack in wet weather.
  • Personal Snack Food: The food is great on the trek but you might enjoy a few snacks (not more than 5 pounds) from home and also some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle (let the iodine have 30 minutes contact time before adding). Summit climbers should bring some high-altitude snacks they prefer for hard days.
  • MP3 Player and Books: Plan on sharing books with the Base Camp Library.
  • Pee Bottle
  • Chemical Hand Warmers
  • Trekking Gear
  • Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack and fit into your duffel.
  • Backpack: You may choose to bring a smaller "daypack" for your airline travel carry-on, and this can be used on the trek if you want to carry a smaller (35 liter or so), light trekking pack. You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day.
  • Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your trekking pack.
  • Trekking Clothes: Light hiking pants and/or hiking shorts for warm weather down low- NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric is better.) Don't overdo your trekking clothes. A pair of shorts, long pants, and a couple of shirts will do. Some pair of Socks, Underpants/panties/Bra, Belt, Skirt, one set Sport sandals, and Trousers, You can hand wash them during the trek as needed.
  • Lightweight Approach Boots: Find a pair that fits and log some miles in them before your trip. A low-cut shoe is adequate, but some hikers will prefer more ankle support.
  • Sleeping Bag: Climbers will make do with their expedition bag; trekkers only can get by with a lighter bag rated to -10.
  • Sleeping Pad or Thermarest: -one light one is sufficient, you will be provided a thick open cell foam "trekking mattress" (recommend only for camping trek).
  • Travel Items
  • Duffel Bags: We normally pack all our equipment in two large duffel bags. Make sure they are well labeled with indelible ink as well as a travel tag. The duffels go on the trek/climb with you and will be carried by porters and yaks. Expect them to get wet and muddy, so rugged, waterproof duffels are good. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters and yaks don't like to carry them, so don't bring wheeled bags (or at least not two of them). You will also store some travel clothes at the hotel in Kathmandu while trekking, so a small additional bag with a lock might be handy. Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
  • Daypack: A smaller rucksack makes a great carry-on bag for your flight and is useful during the trek.
  • Travel Wallet: Some type of secure travel wallet is a must. Remember a pen for travel documents.
  • Passport: (valid for at least 6 months), It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport bring a passport photo. Bring a copy of the information pages and a couple of extra passport photographs. Carry these in a separate location. You'll be glad you did if you ever lose a passport.
  • Camera: with spare batteries, and film or memory cards, but keep it reasonable in size and weight. Consider a small USB drive to make it easy to share photos with your teammates.
  • Bathing Suit: Towel, Toothpaste, brush, floss, mini hair brush, razor, soap, a mini bottle of shampoo, travel mirror, nail clippers, etc.

Expedition participants are required to submit their passport copies, passport-sized photographs, health certificates, and personal bio-data for trekking permits prior to their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either through mail or by utilizing a post box. Please ensure that you include the following:

  • A clear copy of your passport.
  • A passport-sized photograph of yourself.
  • A valid health certificate.
  • Your personal bio-data.

Kindly arrange to provide these documents at your earliest convenience to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free process.

Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle emergencies during treks and expeditions. Their trained guides maintain direct communication with their main office in Kathmandu regularly. It is mandatory for clients to have their own insurance to address potential emergencies, and the company's staff is also covered. In extreme cases requiring urgent helicopter evacuation between 5,000m to 6,000m, they can arrange a rescue, possibly covered by insurance. For climbing weather forecasts, they recommend reputable sources like Meteo Swiss or Austrian ones and offer assistance with communication. To enhance trip security, they strongly advise trip cancellation and air ambulance/helicopter rescue insurance, ensuring policies cover the activities involved. Carrying proof of insurance is essential, as failure to provide valid documentation may affect participation without refund. Adequate insurance, including emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage, ensures expedition safety.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

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