Why Climb Island Peak with Alpine Ascents?
"The Everest Base Camp Trek / Island Peak climb program was planned, communicated, and executed perfectly. Honestly, it is quite difficult trying to identify any true flaws with the program. The acclimatization schedule was spot on. Our gear that traveled by Yak / Porter was ready & waiting for us each evening (despite the gear bag the airline "lost" on the way to Lukla). The food was amazing, especially Dipak's cooking! Accommodation was comfortable and generally, very "clean" considering the environment. The knowledge, professionalism, and general attitude of the guide staff and support staff is why I will be returning to the Khumbu with Alpine Ascents in the future. Without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life thus far." John P.
While some outfitters take inexperienced climbers up the glaciated Island Peak, we expect our climbers to have prior crampon and self-arrest experience. In turn, we treat this as a serious mountain climb giving respect to the climb as well as a goal of summiting. Alpine Ascents guides are revered as outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiasts. Climbing and trekking high peaks in the Himalayas fully encompass our expertise. Their passion and knowledge of Nepal is contagious, and will add to the already profound richness of this expedition. We are confident that our expertise in this region is unsurpassed. We have been guiding in Nepal over the past two decades and have consistently run expeditions from year to year. The familiarity with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge around the world, lend a depth and richness to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community.
Part of Alpine Ascents' success is based on our small and select group of experienced guides. We're fortunate to have close friends and an expert staff in Nepal. (Note: While guides are subject to change, your guides will be Himalayan veterans. This is what separates this expedition from others, you will have the opportunity to climb with some of the foremost climbers from the United States and Nepal. Previous lead Island Peak guides include Todd Burleson, Lakpa Rita Sherpa, and Ben Jones. Small teams may be led by our Everest Sherpa guides.
In addition to our Western guides, the trek will be supported by a team of Sherpa. We have been working with the same team for over 15 years, and our deep-rooted friendship with each member makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Porters and yaks will move the majority of our gear and personal packs up the mountain (for the Island and Kala Pattar portion), enabling trekkers time to fully appreciate the surrounding environment.
Lodging& The Khumbu
We lodge in Sherpa villages, many of them remote, giving us a rare look into traditional and monastic communities. Our lodging along the way is usually in tea houses. We access these villages through our longtime Sherpa friends with the belief that a sharing of cultures is paramount to our understanding of the world. While the environs are often primitive by Western standards, they are balanced by the warmth and tremendous support of the Sherpa people. Our nights before the climb will be in a fully stocked camp tent at Island Peak Base Camp.
Two Seasons Offered
Our spring trip often has you traveling with our Everest climbing team en route to Everest Base Camp (17,300 ft.), affording a unique opportunity to experience the excitement of an Everest expedition. Our fall trip can offer a less crowded time in the Khumbu, and is considered by many to be the prime trekking season.
All our treks will have a cybercast (blog) page on the Alpine Ascents website, with either audio or text updates every few days, often with photos. Family, friends, and the public can follow the team on its trek from Kathmandu to Base Camp and back.
As part of the expedition we have selected the climb of Island Peak because of its sheer beauty and location in this Buddhist-influenced region. We believe that the climber should be lost in the world of mountains and travel unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Alpine Ascents offers the most comprehensive program available, using a distinguished staff of Sherpa, huge four-season tents and a diverse assortment of quality meals. (Some of the food is flown in from the U.S. Although the local food is a part of our diet, we find a wide variety of food helps keep climbers and trekkers healthy and strong). Our nights before the climb will be in a fully stocked camp tent at Island Peak Base Camp.