Island Peak Climbing
‘Adventure on world highest valley and mountains with awesome panorama’
- Adventure within high Khumbu valley to Everest base camp with a climb of Island peak
- Exploring high altitude Sherpa villages enriched with the ancient culture of the Buddhist religion
- Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and junipers trees
- Visiting old monasteries of great interest in the backdrop of giant snow-capped peaks
- Scenic and panoramic flight both ways from Kathmandu and Lukla with amazing views
Awesome Nepal Treks presents fascinating, scenic and enjoyable high altitude adventure Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trekking, leading you with exciting moment within world highest mountains in the backdrop of Sherpa ‘High Landers of Himalayas’ immense culture and traditional villages interwoven with Buddhism religion.
Island Peak climbing rewards you with alluring views from Mt. Everest (8,848 m / 29, 028 ft) Lhotse (8,516 m/24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855 m/25,772 ft) and Lho – La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m / 19,992 ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft) Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far towards world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328 ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft).
A great combination fully loaded adventure where the climb of Island Peak is undertaken after much acclimatization and practice with a visit of Everest base camp overlooking notorious Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, and then a climb of scenic viewpoint at Kalapathar with Everest at its closest. The adventure continues to our main goal and highlights for the climb of Island peak around beautiful Imjatse valley, Island peak also called Imjatse peak due to its positions as it stands in the midst of scenic Imjatse valley surrounded by giant and towering peaks.
Island Peak Climbing at 6,160 m /20,328 ft high with grade PD +, taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification the grade means a straightforward climb to the summit with some technical effort to encounter, where our expert guides will place on the top and bring you back safe and sound after an exciting and adventurous on top of Island peak. After a wonderful and glorious time on Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp Trekking a short early morning flight brings you back to Kathmandu with grand services of Awesome Nepal Treks and its guides and staff.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 07 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,200 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Pheriche.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180m – 08 hrs.
Day 11: Visit Kalapathar 5,550m and trek to Dingboche 4,400m – 08 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung 4,700 m – 03 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 03 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to High Camp 5,400 m – 03 hrs.
Day 15: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak and back to Chhukung-4,700m – 11 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m – 07 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 20: International departure for homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp Trekking.
(other options on a tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range including Mt. Everest, after 30 mins of great flight reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.
From Lukla walk to Phakding village for overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Koshi a glacial River.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 07 hrs.
After breakfast, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Bengkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, the trek begins steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears, and other necessary goods
Day 05: Acclimatization and exploration in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is at 3,440m, this level is considered the threshold of altitude sickness. Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. Go high and sleep low is the best way to acclimatize,best acclimatization hike for the day we recommend is to Everest view hotel, a perfect place for proper speed acclimatization before heading higher area, morning hike to Everest View Hotel which is about 2 hrs uphill walk, great spot for magnificent view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and adjoining peaks of the Khumbu Himalayan panorama.
Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 07 hrs.
From Namche on a gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phungi-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks. On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with a magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam. The afternoon with time for the tour of the monastery, which was burnt by accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,230 m - 06 hrs.
Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after crossing a bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fade for short juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters.
The last permanent village before Pheriche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue to walk with the short climb and then downhill to Pheriche valley and its settlement with a nice number of lodges for an overnight stop.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Pheriche.
Another rest day for proper acclimatization, a short hike to Nagarjuna hills for best views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining. within Imjatse valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam, after a nice day back to Pheriche for rest and overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 06 hrs.
After a great rest at Pheriche morning walk leads to a wide open valley and then climb for an hour, and then on gentle trail to Thugla for lunch where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, here trail from Pheriche joins after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thukla pass, with stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for the overnight stop.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 08 hrs.
Today reach the highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with the short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar. The walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a grand time with the experience of a lifetime adventure at base camp retrace the journey back to Goarkshep for the overnight halt.
Day 11: Climb Kalapathar 5,550m and trek to Dingboche 4,400m - 08 hrs.
Early morning steep climb to Kalapathar for a fantastic panorama of surrounding giant peaks including Mt. Everest at close distance, this will be the highest point on trekking at 5,545 m / 18,192 ft. After a fantastic time with super views downhill to Gorakshep and continue trek to reach Imjatse valley towards Dingboche for the overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Chhukung 4,700 m - 04 hrs.
After an overnight in Dingboche within scenic and beautiful Imjastse valley a short walk of few hours where morning walk leads further east of the valley facing tremendous views of snow-clad peaks where trail is gradual with few short and ups crossing several icy streams with last short climb to Chhukung for overnight stop with grand views of Island Peak and other giant mountains
Day 13: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m - 04 hrs.
From Chhukung walk on Imjatse valley to Parisya Gyab at Island Peak Base Camp, which leads to a steep climb over moraine of rocks and Lhotse glacier, follows a glacial streams to the snout of Imjatse glacier and then crossing a dry lake between Lhotse and Imjatse glaciers to reach at base camp around a small place at Pareshaya Gyab, afternoon free for practice climb and short hike.
Day 14: Climb to High Camp 5,400m - 03 hrs.
From base camp, climb leads further to set up High Camp to make the climb to the summit more approachable, normally climbers make it from base camp to the summit but it is always safe and best to add more camp, morning on leaving base camp to high camp of Island Peak leading over moraines and then scrambling up on open gully leading in between two well defined ridges and to high camp below a small hanging glacier at 5, 280m afternoon with last and final preparations for the big climb next day.
Day 15: Trek to the Summit of Island Peak and back to Chhukung 4,700m – 11 hrs.
A Grand day of this awesome adventure! After full preparations start before dawn climb across the broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow-covered scree in the margin between a glacier of the top ridge. Climb leads to cross a gully with some stone and ice-fall danger, a steep snow, and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100m to the summit, on reaching top fulfilling adventure of a lifetime experience with success with unmatched views of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang, and Baruntse peaks, after an exciting and tough climb descend on the same route to base camp for rest after a vigorous ascend.
After a refreshing break continues to walk back to Chhukung for last overnight at Imjatse valley in the comfort of the nice and cosy lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.
The return journey is much easier losing heights every hour, walking downhill with few short ups to Pangboche and then to the bridge with two 2 hours climb to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
After a great time descend to Imjatse River, with a steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on the gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Koshi river valley and to Monjo for the overnight stop.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Morning walk reaching at Phakding from here retrace the journey back to Lukla with the last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotel.
From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 20: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Island Peak Climb and Everest Base Camp trekking, our staff transfer you to the airport as per your time for an international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
- Two nights Standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
- Welcome & Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at one of the typical Nepalese local restaurant
- Required private transport at Kathmandu
- Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport taxes and transfer
- 16 nights/ 17 Days Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek (3 Days on climbing excursion with tented camp), full board of meals and accommodations.
- Everest National Park Permit/ trekking & TIMS Card
- Island Peak Special Climbing Permit
- Necessary group climbing gears
- One Climbing guide for climbing section & One Trek Leader for trekking Section, both leaders are English speaking, first aid trained, Climbing leader is trained & licensed from Nepal Mountaineering Association- Rock climbing and mountaineering trained), the cost of camping and trekkers crew/ insurance/s
- Medical kit bag
- All necessary Gov. Taxes and service charges
- Nepal Visa fees, intl. airfare in/out Nepal
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu except welcome dinner
- Personal Climbing equipment (Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Zoomer, Descender, Carbines & climbing boots etc.)
- Travel and rescue Insurance
- Personal nature expenses- phone calls, laundry, hot shower, bar bills, cold beverages etc.
- Personal tipping
- Cost of any extending trips
Useful Trip Notes & Activities
Please be informed that you are joining for the adventure around remote and isolated pockets of Himalaya region, where weather conditions can be unpredictable sometimes.
Where health, and fitness of the member requires sound medical background and approved by your doctors if you are joining on extreme adventure treks and climbs. While for other moderate and adventurous treks all needs to be physical fit with some exercise to cope with long uphill and downhill walks in Himalaya.
Booking in all our treks requires medical history and insurance to cover if illness and other injuries and accidents might occur on treks and climbs.
On this severe conditions where there is no medical facilities and hospitality needs victim to be evacuated immediately where quick means of transportation applies including Helicopter services.
Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.
Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.
• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
In this Island Peak Climbing trip, the minimum group size would be 2 and maximum group size is 10. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.
Our Guides, trip, and safety
Our hikes / Climbs to Mera Peak involves walking on remote region of high Himalaya terrain, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for safe and successful trip. We at Awesome Nepal Treks employee are native guide and staff who are trained and qualified for this type of trips. Our guides are trained and licensed by Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) & NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
All of our Trekking and Climbing Guide experience of more than decade in this adventure and tourism field. We have trained them especially for this adventure for safe and enjoyable trip with us,
On every trip, there would be our one Trek leader/ Climbing Leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek/Climbing- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers get sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still work smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also, every two trekkers would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.
Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and any other cities, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels ( Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower) similar of 2 to 3-star standard hotel. and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and local tea houses, they are clean and comfortable.
While Mera Peak Climbing Excursion, below the group of 2, there would be tea House/ Mt. Lodge accommodation during trekking up to Khare then onward climbing is with tented camp. Above 3 or more than 3 peoples in a group, your entire accommodation is on tented camp throughout the trip
Our entire accommodation/ tented camp is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 250.
In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.
Foods provided depend on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on trek.
While in Climbing Excursion, you would be provided a freshly cooked hygienic food from our cook who would accompany your climbing days. During climbing, we do also provide you boiled drinking water-3 lts each person/ per day.
(Upgrade hotel to 4 stars or 5 stars is possible in Kathmandu, please write us if you interested)
Seasons for Mera Peak and other Climbing Adventure:
Nepal Himalaya have two best seasons for the trek and climb of Mera Peak. As this trip is an adventurous, we always advice and suggest joining at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Spring is considered as Best time to climb Mera Peak. Excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn:- (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Recommended time to attempt this Mera Peak Climbing
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. Summit to the Top is Pretty Cold.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the climbing at this time.
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.
Facilities and Care for Porters:
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.
The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Communication on-route Trek and Climb:
At present, available communication facilities on-route trek and as well on climb, villages do have local telephone ISD and STD phones if required, you can easily communicate with friends and family, however, the cost will be expensive as per call per minute.
Nowadays, on clear days, reception of Nepalese cell phones is on throughout walking trail, your guide will also have Cell phone on every trip.
When Booking with Us:
Once! you choose the trip with us, write us with full information or by phone using our number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking options, you may visit the link, choose your trip and dates and then follow instruction with enough information required then submit the booking.
Once your trip booking received, we will suggest for the final trip procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 25% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Thirty (30) feet of 6mm accessory cord is required. Please contact the Gear Department with any questions related to cord lengths you already own.
A general mountaineering ice axe. Size according to height; under 5'2'' use a 50 cm axe, 5'3'' to 5'5'' use a 55 cm axe, 5'6'' to 5'9'' use a 60 cm axe, 5'10'' to 6'0'' use a 65 cm axe, above 6'0'' use a 70 cm axe. If you already have and prefer to use a waist leash, you are welcome to bring it to your gear check.
General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. We do not recommend 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece rigid crampons. The traction offered by a 12-point crampon is superior to that of a 10-point; steel crampons stand up to the rigors of potential time spent walking on rock in crampons; one-piece crampons often break or do not fit modern boots well.
CLIMBING HARNESS PLUS TWO LOCKING CARABINERS
A fully adjustable alpine climbing harness with gear loops. Fully separating leg loops & waistbelt are required. Bring two locking carabiners in addition to the harness, which will be used only with the harness.
Two non-locking, lightweight D-shaped wire gate carabiners. Wiregate carabiners are stronger, lighter, and easier to use than older round-gate carabiners.
Modern tube-style belay device. Avoid super-specialized belay devices which cannot accept a wide variety of rope diameters.
Collapsible skiing/trekking poles. Three-section varieties are preferred.
One right or left-handed ascender (pick your dominant hand to choose which style ascender). This item must be in good condition.
Three pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.
Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection.
Double boots designed for mountaineering. Plastic-shelled models are sufficient, but modern non-plastic boots are more comfortable and are highly recommended. Single boots of any kind- boots without a removable liner- will not be sufficient.
LIGHT HIKING BOOTS OR TREKKING SHOES
For any approaches across a dry trail. Lightweight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe box, and good support should be stressed here.
Two to three pairs. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.
Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.
One to two long-sleeved baselayer tops. Baselayers must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester. Note that light-colored, hooded baselayers are strongly recommended for sun protection, and are worn by most guides.
A midweight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over base layers. Hoods are optional but recommended.
Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants that should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms. Please note that "zip-off"-style trekking pants are too light to be considered softshell pants.
This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your mid layer top and baselayer top.
Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are strongly preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your footwear.
A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. Must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, and softshell. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.
INSULATED DOWN PARKA
This jacket or parka should be heavily insulated with high-quality down fill. We recommend an overall parka weight between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. For warmth, a hood is required. Down sweaters or light puffy jackets will not be sufficient.
INSULATED SYNTHETIC PANTS
A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.
LIGHTWEIGHT LINER GLOVES
Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.
Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather-palm construction is always ideal for the sake of durability.
INSULATED SHELL GLOVES
One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners. Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens. We recommend models with a durable leather palm.
Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removable liner. Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.
A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.
A must-have for all outdoor activities, the UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.
Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.
WOOL/SYNTHETIC SKI HAT
A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably.
High-quality offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.
High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.
A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 90-200 lumens of output. Freshly installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.
Whether filled with down or synthetic insulation, your sleeping bag should be rated to approximately 0-degrees Fahreheit and feature a collared hood for warmth. Be sure to include a compression stuff sack. Weather conditions and your body temperature needs may effect what rating of sleeping bag you require. Please call with questions.
EXTRA-WARM SLEEPING BAG (OPTIONAL)
Rent or purchase a -20 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag if you sleep cold. Average or warmer sleepers will be comfortable in a 0 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag. Note: only one sleeping bag is required for this trip.
An internal frame climbing/trekking pack of approximately 32-40 liters in carrying capacity. Emphasize simple, lightweight designs.
INFLATABLE SLEEPING PAD
A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style three-quarter length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.
Two to three one-liter capacity bottles. Bottles should be wide mouth made of co-polyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems (they freeze or are hard to fill) and no metal bottles (they have a tendency to freeze).
PEE BOTTLE (1-1.5 LITER)
One wide-mouth clearly marked collapsible container or wide-mouthed bottle for use overnight.
WATER BOTTLE PARKAS
Bring two fully insulated water bottles parkas with zippered openings. Neoprene 'cozy' style constructions do not provide enough insulation and are not recommended
Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR's) are ideal & work well at altitude. Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera. Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large dSLR cameras are discouraged.
Bring one one to two ounce tube of SPF 30+ sunscreen, as well as one tube of SPF-rated lipscreen. All sunscreens lose SPF ratings over time; be sure your sun protection is brand-new.
SMALL PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT
Basic medical supplies in a compact package. We recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel
MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS
Bring any personal prescriptions, plus Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Z-Paks (250mg tablets), Diamox (125mg tablets, approx. 35 total), and a variety of standard painkillers including Excedrin Extra Strength, Ibuprofen, etc. We also recommend a selection of hard candies and cough drops to handle the cold, dry air.
HAND AND TOE WARMERS
Bring three sets of each. Please note that toe warmers are different than hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.
While food is provided on this trip, we recommend bringing along a selection of familiar snacks (such as energy bars, chocolate, candy, electrolyte powder, etc.). Bring a variety of easy-to-eat snacks you enjoy
Please pack several quart-sized Ziploc bags, extra batteries for any electronic device (such as a headlamp or Steri-Pen!), and consider packing outlet adapters depending on your itinerary. An assortment of items to make your travel comfortable and secure will ensure a smooth trip.
Clean 'town' clothing is recommended for use traveling as well as the pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind, including some t-shirts.