Lobuche Peak Climbing
One of the most thrilling adventure in Himalayas

Lobuche East and Island Peak Climbing- 22 Days

Overview

  • Duration22 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Max Altitude 6,189 m ( Island Peak)
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Best TimeSeptember to December and April to June

Highlights

  • Climb two famous trekking peaks in the eastern Himalayas in Nepal, Lobuche Peak & Island Peak
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of some of the highest mountains in the world along the trail
  • Adventurous trek through remote mountain villages and dense forests
  • Close encounters with locals, meet with Sherpas and get to see their lifestyle
  • Catch gorgeous mountain panorama from Everest View Hotel and Kala Patthar
  • Stand on the lap of the highest mountain in the world, Everest base camp
  • Push yourself and test your endurance while climbing two 6,000 meters above mountains
  • Diverse landscape, ancient monasteries, thrilling suspension bridges, steep moraines, glaciers, and lovely streams

"Embark on a 22-day Lobuche East and Island Peak Expedition in Nepal, a lifetime venture amidst giant Himalayan mountains and lovely mountain people. Test your endurance, push yourself and enhance your climbing skills with our expert on-field supporting crew." - Scenic Neppal Treks 

Lobuche east and Island peak expedition combines summits of two famous trekking peaks in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. You'll scale two 6,000 meters above the peak under the guidance of top climbers. Lobuche East (6,119 m) and Island Peak (6,160 m) both offer a great introduction to peak climbing in Nepal, especially to beginner climbers. You'll need a high level of cardiovascular fitness to do the Lobuche east and Island peak expedition for 22 days. The best thing about this climbing package is it doesn't demand advanced mountaineering skills.

The Lobuche east and Island peak expedition in Nepal will help you sharpen your climbing skills. You'll learn a lot about technical climbing and test your endurance. Our advanced team will fix the ropes and give you pre-climbing training to boost your confidence. You'll be accompanied by an experienced team, so you do not have to worry about anything in the mountains. Our team will take care of you and your needs. We'll do our best to offer you a smooth peak climbing experience with us.

Lobuche East and Island Peak Expedition Trekking part

The initial part of the journey involves trekking through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests, picturesque Sherpa villages, lovely valleys, and verdant foothills. You spend nights in remote villages like Phakding (2,610 m), Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), Tengboche (3,860 m), Dingboche (4,340 m), Lobuche (4,940 m), and Chhukung (4,730 m). This part of the venture offers a good insight into the daily life of the locals and their rich cultural heritage. You'll be visiting ancient monasteries like Tengboche & Pangboche. 

Along the adventurous trekking route, high Himalayan mountain views will accompany you. You get to see panoramic vistas of Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), and numerous others. Similarly, you'll enjoy many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets along the trail. 

Before you move towards climbing Lobuche Peak and Island Peak, you explore the Everest base camp (5,364 m), the lap of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. And hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m) and Chhukung ri (5,546 m). The views along the way are breathtaking. You'll gradually gain elevation and acclimatize too. We have ample acclimatization days in our Lobuche east and Island peak expedition itinerary that'll let you slow down and soak in the fresh mountain air.

Lobuche peak climbing

Lobuche Peak is situated between the Cho La pass and the Everest base camp. Lobuche has two summits- Lobuche East (6,119 m) and Lobuche West (6,145 m). We’ll climb Lobuche east, which is a trekking peak. Lobuche west is much more technical and considered an expedition peak. The peak stands above the Lobuche village and Khumbu Glacier. Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse is located 13.5 km east of Lobuche peak. 

Climbing Lobuche peak is not that difficult if we take the technical aspect into consideration. However, the route to the summit does involve a steep slope, an ice wall, and numerous crevasses. From the Lobuche base camp, you'll ascend to the Lobuche high camp. The summit is located very close to the high camp. You walk on the sharp snow ridge and turn northwest. Just below the summit, there is a 45° slope. Crossing this section is quite difficult. 

Island peak climbing

Island peak is known as Imja Tse in the local language. It is one of the most sought-after trekking peaks in the Khumbu region. Island Peak climbing is suitable for first-time climbers and doable with the support of a strong climbing team. Standing 6,160 meters above the sea, the Island peak is graded as Alpine PD+. Even though summiting this peak is not technically challenging but demands good physical fitness. 

From Chhukung village, we walk on a steep path following the main valley. The tail ascends through the Lhotse Glacier moraine southern flank. Further, we cross the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines to reach the Island peak base camp. On the summit push day, we wake up around midnight and begin preparing. We walk on a rocky ridge to a glacier. Above the ridge is a steep snow headwall that leads to the summit of Island Peak. The final climb includes a 60° to 70° slope to the summit ridge. 

You can also do Island peak climbing separately with us. Likewise, we also have Mera Peak climbingand Pisang Peak climbing.

Itinerary

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Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International airport, do the custom and immigration obligations. You can see our airport representative at the terminal gate. He'll greet you and guide you to the hotel. You can relax in the hotel and explore the busy streets of Thamel in the evening. Later at the evening at Your hotel, we will give you program briefing. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsNone
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m / 4429.134 ft

The day begins early with a fantastic 30 minutes flight to Lukla. Here, the supporting crew (porters) join us. On this day, we spend the night in Phakding village instead of Lukla to acclimatize. Phakding is situated a few hundred meters below Lukla. The trail descends through small villages alongside the forested path and Dudh Koshi river. We'll cross a few bridges on the way and get to see views of Kongde Ri. Overnight stay in lodge

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,651m/8,700ft)

On this day, we make our way to the biggest Sherpa settlement area called Namche Bazaar. From Phakding village, we trek to Monjo. On the way, we'll cross numerous suspension bridges and remote villages. The trail goes through lush forests. From Monjo onwards, we walk inside the Sagarmatha National Park. We keep trekking via rhododendron and magnolia forests, cross many old bridges, and walk past villages. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft):

We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. We'll hike to Hotel Everest View and have the option to continue the hike to Khumjung monastery. The hike gradually ascends along rock stair slabs and narrow, rough foothills. Upon reaching Everest View Hotel, we get to witness the stunning view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc. We descend back to Namche Bazaar and explore the town. There are many shops, cafes, and restaurants around the town. We'll also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft):

From Namche Bazaar, the trail descends to Phunki Thanga. We walk by lush rhododendron forests and ascend to Tengboche village. The first part of the trail has a gentle walk and gradually gets steep. The views of the snow-capped mountains along the way are stunning. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc accompany us. If we reach Tengboche village by 3:00 PM, we'll get to visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. 

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,870m/12,694ft):

You can notice the route getting steeper and rough day by day. From Tengboche onwards, we begin to walk through lush forests of rhododendron, conifers & birch. We descend to Deboche and cross the Imja river. From here, we ascend to Pangboche village and continue walking on terraced fields. Further, we drop down to a river bed and walk on an uphill route to Dingboche village.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,360 m/14,300 ft):

As part of acclimatization before ascending higher that 4400 m height we hike today the Nagarshan Hill (5100 m). Some trekkers prefer to go Chhukung Valley as well. We will come back to our tea house and relax. You can stroll around the village as it is the last large village on this route.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,360 m/14,300 ft):

The day begins with a slow ascend to Dughla. We have left the treeline behind and trek on rocky & glacial paths on this part of the route. Walking alongside the Khumbu Glacier, we steeply ascend to Chupki Lhara. The trail goes past arrays of stones. We soon begin to walk by the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche village. The views of Pumori, Khumbtse, Chamlang, and Lingtren are stunning on the way. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4940 m/16,207 ft)

From Lobuche village, walk up to Everest base camp. Trekking past the memorial chortens, we ascend to Gorak Shep. From here, we walk, following a steep, boulder-filled area. The route is open and goes amidst giant mountains. Upon reaching EBC, we'll spend some time looking around and taking some pictures. The views of Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, and Khumbtse are breathtaking from the base camp. Later descend to Gorak Shep to spend the night because there is no lodge at Everest base camp.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(5,170 m/16,961ft)

We'll wake up early in the morning today and depart for Kala Patthar. It is a short hike that also helps us in acclimatization, and the view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar is the best. The trail is steep and hugged. Upon reaching the viewpoint, we get to see a gorgeous sunrise and snow-capped Himalayan giants. Soak in the view and descend to Gorak Shep. We'll retrace the trail back to Lobuche today for the night stay.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4940 m/16,207 ft)

Today, we will ascend to the Lobuche base camp and continue the climb to the Lobuche high camp. From Lobuche village, we walk on a plain path that slowly gets steeper & rugged as we approach Lobuche base camp. The climbing route passes by Lobuche Glacier. From the base camp, we walk on a rocky moraine to the high camp. We ascend a rocky surface up to 5,770 m. From here onwards, we use ropes to walk on ice and cross crevasses. The guide will fix the ropes wherever needed. 

Pe-climbing training: We'll reach the high cam in 3- hours of walking. So, we'll have lots of time to rest and get pre-climbing training from the team leader. The guide will teach us the proper way to use climbing gears such as crampons, harnesses, ascenders, ax, ropes, etc. This training will boost our confidence and help us reach the summit successfully.  

 

  • Accommodation Tent
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,400m/17,717ft

On this day, we pretty much wake up at midnight and get ready to push towards the Lobuche summit. As the day begins to break, the winds get stronger and make it impossible to climb. So, we start climbing at dawn. From the Lobuche High Camp, we walk on the rock surface and further climb on ice. We'll be using fixed rope as per the instructions of the team leader. Upon reaching the summit, we can see the jaw-dropping panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse, etc. We’ll spend some time at the summit and descend to high camp for the night's stay.

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4940 m/16,207 ft)

After a successful summit push, we all will be feeling super excited, happy, and confident. The adventure is still left. The route moves towards the Chukkung valley. We walk alongside the Imja Glacies, enjoying tempting views of the Himalayan mountains to Chhukung village. It is the last settlement area before we push towards the Island peak summit. 

*Note: There is an alternative route to Chhukung village. We can cross the high Kongma La pass if we wish. This route involves strenuous walking.

 

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,730m/15,519ft

We have an acclimatization day in Chhukung village. At this point, we need a full day of rest to get our bodies ready for upcoming peak climbing. If we feel energetic, we can go on a hike to Chhukung Ri. 

Here you will meet our Sherpa Guide. If you wish to rent your personal climbing Gears to Island Peak, you can rent here. 

Overnight stay in lodge

 

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,730m/15,519ft

The trail from Chhukung village follows a steep path to the Island peak base camp. We walk south and then turn east to join the main valley. Further, we walk through the Lhotse Glacier moraine southern flank. The path is zigzag. On the southeast is the route to AmphuLabtsa. Soon, we pass by the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines. The trail ascends to a wide valley flanking the southwest side of Island peak, which is the base camp.

Overnight at Tent. 

 

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,200m/17,061ft

Today is another great day as we push to the summit of one of the most famous peaks in the Khumbu region, Island Peak. Like last time, we’ll wake up super early in the morning (1:00/2:00 AM). Leaving the base camp, we ascend several hundred meters before walking off a steep hillside. The initial part of the trail is sandy and later turns boulder strewn. 

We walk on a narrow slope and numerous short rock steps before passing by a gully. Further, walking along the ridgeline, we traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. From here onwards, we use fixed rope up the glacier and cross many crevasses. Before reaching the summit, we use ladders to cross two newly formed crevasses. 

The view from the summit of Island peak is phenomenal. We'll be finding ourselves standing in the clouds for the second time. The feeling of being on top of a Himalayan peak is out of this world. After embracing the moment, we descend to the Island peak base camp and further to Chukung for our overnight 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,730m/15,519ft

We have kept a reserve day increase if we see bad weather and do get a summit window. This extra day will also come in handy if there is any delay or cancellation in the Lukla Kathmandu flight. If everything goes as per our plan, we'll have an extra day in Kathmandu to spend.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,730m/15,519ft

From today onwards, the trip gets easier because all we have left with is mostly a downhill walk. We collect all of our garages before leaving the base camp. The trail retraces back through a wide Chhukung valley. We further pass by small villages like Orsho and Shomare. Upon reaching Pangboche village, we'll reset and visit the Pangboche monastery, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,985m/13,075ft

The trail descends to the Imja Khola and goes through lush forests of rhododendron to Tengboche village. From here, we walk on the downhill trail to Imja Khola and cross a suspension bridge. Further, walking alongside the verdant foothills, we pass by Sansa. It's a forested route up to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we may get to see colorful pheasants and flowers. 

Overnight stay in lodge

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,438m/11,280 ft):

We steeply descend alongside the foothill and enter a densely forested route. Walking through small settlement areas and crossing thrilling suspension bridges, we reach Monjo village. From here, we continue walking on the same path as last time to Phakding and ascend to Lukla. 

Overnight stay in lodge

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,860m/9,186ft)

We fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. You have a full day in Kathmandu if the flight is on time. You can visit the spa to get a massage and do some shopping. Dine in as per your cravings and do not forget to explore the local market. We met in the late evening over a farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m / 4429.134 ft

It's your last day in Kathmandu. Today, our airport team will help you with check-out and airport departure. The journey has come to an end, and you'll fly back to your home. Please note that you have to be Airport before 3 hours of your flight time. 

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m / 4429.134 ft
Not satisfied with this itinerary?

We are happy to offer you Combined Trip of Island and Lobuche Peak climbing 22 Days. If you have your time limit and budgets, please let us know we can prepare customize program for you. 

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What’s Included

Included

  • 2 Nights Good Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • 2/2 Domestic and International Airport Transfer by Private Vehicle
  • Tea-house / Lodge in Mountain
  • 1/1 Night Tent Accommodation at Island and Lobuche Peak Base Camp 
  • Experienced, Government Licensed English- speaking Guide
  • Domestic Airfare of Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu - Round Trip 
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while in Trek and  Climbing Buffed
  • All our Nepali Staff including Climbing Guides Insurance
  • Necessary Trek/Climbing Permits 
  • Good quality Tents and Kitchen utensils for camping
  • Climbing equipment (Ropes, Tents, Kitchen Tents)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements - Payment of Rescue mission will be paid by Climber or Insurance 
  • Government and Service Taxes 

Excluded

  • Your personal Equipment for Climbing such as Jackets, Boot, Ice Axe, Helmate etc. ( Can be rented here)
  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Porter to carry Your Bags ( Optional) 
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

Useful Info

How difficult is the Lobuche East and Island Peak Expedition?

Lobuche East and Island peak expedition difficulty are considered demanding and strenuous. This package pushes towards the summit of two 6,000 meters above peaks in the eastern Himalayas. Not technically difficult but demands strong cardiovascular fitness and determination. The journey will definitely test your limits and ask you to push yourself.

You spend more than two weeks in the mountains, so the limited facilities and a drastic change in your day-to-day, may get very tough as the days progress. The terrain is trodden and steep. And the increasing air pressure may tire your body sooner than you may realize. The climbing period likewise is most strenuous as you'll be dealing with exposure to cold, wind, and snowy paths with occasional classes & ice walls. 

Altitude Sickness

Given the very high altitude, you must have guessed by now that the Lobuche East and Island peak expedition involves risks of altitude sickness. Our first part of the itinerary traverses through villages and lush forests for a handful of days with acclimatization in between. This lets you adjust to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness. Similarly, we also spend enough time on base camp and high camp before walking towards the summit of either peak.

Even with our best efforts, you may suffer from altitude sickness. But there's nothing to worry about. Our team will take necessary precautions right away, and if needed, we'll rescue your hospital in Kathmandu through emergency air evacuation. Our climbing team is well trained and has led many individuals & groups to the summit of high peaks in the Himalayas. So, You are full in our safe hands. 

Weather conditions

We regularly keep ourselves updated with the weather. One thing you should know is that, the weather in the Himalayas is not predictable at all. It may take a turn anytime. During the climbing period, the team will keep on checking the weather and push to the summit at the best time. If we see any setbacks, then do not worry, our Lobuche East and Island peak expedition itinerary have a contingency day. 

Planning and Preparation of Island Peak Climbing

Climbing a mountain in the Himalayas may sound very scary, but it's doable with the right support. We help you reach the summits of these two peaks under the guidance of the best climbers in the field. Even if you do not have previous climbing experience, no worries. It'll not hinder your climbing experience. You can prepare your body and mind for the journey.

  • Before booking the departure date, we advise you to have at least a couple of months to get your body ready for the venture. 
  • Go on regular hikes and do some short treks. This will help your body to learn about the high elevation and walking on rugged trails.
  • You can train your body in the gym. Involve strength training and work on your endurance.
  • Build your stamina and walking hours. Walking on the mountainous terrain is more challenging than it may seem. So, do not underestimate it.
  • Along with physical fitness, you also have to work on your mental capability to adjust to the bare minimum services and a very different lifestyle. 

When is the Best Time to Climb in the Himalayas?

There are two peak climbing seasons in Nepal, spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November). Climbers from around the world come to Nepal to enjoy the adrenaline of standing at the top of the Himalayan mountains in these two seasons. These seasons have the most stable weather to trek before climbing. You get to enjoy the teeming forests and spectacular mountains.

You'll be most likely to be on the itinerary and get the perfect summit window in the spring & autumn season. There's a low chance of precipitation and snowfall. The climate is wonderful to trek in the lower parts of the region. The clear sky offers vivid views of the mountains & glaciers. Climbing in monsoon/summer & winter is not possible. It's very risky and cold. 

Food and Accommodation during the Island & Lobuche Peaks Climbing

  • During the trek, you spend nights in decent lodges along the route. The rooms are usually double occupancy with a shared washroom. The blankets are clean with comfortable bedding. You can use a sleeping bag if the blanket given to the lodge are not warm enough.
  • On the base camps and high camps, we use alpine tents to spend the nights.
  • Two trekkers share one sleeping tent. We also provide a separate washroom and dining tent. All the tents are carried by porters. The supporting crew will set the tents. 
  • The food menu in the lodges along the trekking route is great. You'll have a wide range of varieties to choose from, such as dal bhat, roti, curries, porridge, momo, sandwich, pasta, pizza, burgee, thenduk, thukpa, Tibetan bread, bakery items, etc.  
  • During the climbing period, the meals are cooked and served by the crew. We carry all the ingredients & fuel to give you delicious meals. 

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FAQs

Q1. How hard is Lobuche East?

Climbing Lobuche east is not technically challenging but demands a high level of cardiovascular fitness. You have to walk more than 6 hours a day and the climbing period requires above 10 hours of walking. The high altitude and other climatic factors make the journey demanding. The final ascent before the summit has a 45-degree climb.

If we consider the technical aspect, then Island peak climbing is not challenging. However, reaching the top of 6,000 meters is no joke and not easy whatsoever. There might be fewer technical sections, but the elevation pressure, exposure to cold & sun, long ascend, etc make it tough to reach the top.

Yes, beginners can climb Island peak with the support of professional climbers. The participants have to be mentally strong and determined to reach the top of the peak. At Scenic Nepal, we provide all the assistance to help you reach the summit and come back safely.

From the Lobuche high camp, it's a 9-10 hours round walk to the summit and back to the high camp. We begin climbing between 1:00 to 2:00 AM with the goal to descend back to the high camp before the weather gets poor.

Yes, you can customize Imja Tse and Lobuche peak climbing itinerary with us. We let you do changes in the day-to-day, departure date, and service as per your requirements. You can extend the itinerary to other places in the Khumbu region.

While trekking, you can use paid charging and a hot shower facility as much as you want. It is not covered in our package cost, so do carry spare money with you. During the climbing period, we use solar chargers to charge our electronic devices. A hot shower is not available on base camp and above unless you are ready to pay. We do give hot water for necessary cleaning.

We will be in touch with our team everyday and get updates about you. In case of Emergency, depending on your conditions, we will take an action. If you are in serious condition, we will eveacute you by Helicopter. We would suggest you to have Good Insurance for your trip. Make sure that Your insurance will cover all kind of Medical and evacuation cost .  Our team carries a satellite phone to stay in touch with us. Of course, it's for emergency use only. 

If you urgently need to reach out to your family, you can use it. On the trek, you can use the internet with the help of a Nepali sim. In villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, etc there is the availability of paid WiFi.

 

No, you cannot climb any peak in Nepal without a guide because of safety reasons and as per the rules of the Nepal government. Whether you are an experienced climber or not, foreigners are not allowed to climb alone.

No, you cannot see Mt. Everest from the Island peak summit because the peak is tucked behind the shoulders of Mt. Lhotse. However, the top of the Island peak offers sensational views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, etc. 

 

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