Departure from the hotel as early as possible by the latest 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Having breakfast, and leaving unwanted items for storing in the hotel. Our staff and guide will transfer you for the short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport. After checking in for security, and then proceed to an airfield to board in a small aircraft, either Dornier or Twin Otter. With a maximum of 15 to 18 seated planes, as the plane lifts off enjoy a panorama of Himalayan peaks, where the route leads North East with views of Mt. Everest as the plane makes landing at a small airfield in Lukla. The airport named Tenzing and Hillary, a tribute to the first legendry conqueror of Mt. Everest. At Lukla getting organized with the heavier baggage to be carried by porters and on pack animals known as Jhopkyo (a mixed breed of Yak and lower region cows or ox). The trail leads around many lovely Sherpa villages adorned with Buddhist prayer walls and monuments to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a nice moderate lodge.
One of the best classification systems on alpine-style climbing, which is popular and widely used and much simple to understand the nature of the climb. We have been using the French / Swiss Alpine Climbing in all our climbing trips and expeditions.
Normally we have a minimum of 2-3 people and a maximum of 4 to 10 persons also, depends upon the time of booking and trip departure for Island Peak Climb. Where interested climbers need to book at least a minimum of a month, so that we can suggest all other people to join in, then we know after the booking is closed with how many were have joined in for Island Peak Climb. In some cases, we also arrange for solo or a single person also, where the cost comes slightly higher than in a group.
Yes only for few days during the climb from the base camp of Island Peak, after leaving the last lodge accommodation of Chukung. Where tented camp will be well organized with all meals included, prepared by our expert cook with separate kitchen cooking varieties of dishes to keep your healthy and fit for the climb.
Springtime from March to May is good for Island Peak to climb as well as trekking to Everest base camp when most days are clear for views and pleasant walks. Cold in the morning and from late afternoon till night time, chances of snow-fall sometimes during the trek and climb.
Next, best season is in autumn from September to November, where days clear most of the time, but with shorter sun-light hours. Much colder morning and night time but with the bright starry night sky.
Only at Lukla and Namche Bazaar facilities to change the money as well with ATM. From Namche onward, there are no banks or ATM, but some lodge owners can accept the foreign bills and will exchange them into local currencies as per the standard rate, or slightly higher.