Price & Schedule

Prices

$6,700.00 – Spring Climb

$6,800.00 – Fall Climb

Our price includes helicopter to be used Lukla to KTM or on return to KTM after the trip (we use KTM to Lukla if the domestic airport is closed to alleviate a 5 hour drive to start the trip). If no issues or delays with the flight to Lukla, we use the heli at end of trip to avoid back ups at the Lukla airport. The use of helicopters provides a much more reliable as plane flights can be cancelled. Having helis built into the program provides a far better service to trekkers.

Payment Policy:

  • A deposit of $700.00 is due at the time of registration to reserve a space on the expedition.
  • Each deposit includes a $300.00 nonrefundable registration fee.
  • All balances are due 120 days prior to expedition start date, unless otherwise specified, and can be paid by check, wire transfer, ACH or by credit card with a surcharge of 3%.
  • Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition.

Price Includes

  • Transportation to and from airport in Kathmandu
  • Hotels and breakfasts in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • All group camp supplies, such as tents, stoves, etc.
  • All group climbing gear
  • All meals while trekking
  • Park fees and trekking permits
  • Sherpa, porters and guides

Price Does Not Include

  • $25 wire transfer fee (if applicable)
  • International round-trip air fare USA-Nepal
  • Helicopter departure. (Optional)
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Personal gear
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
  • Personal items
  • Please note that climbers have been delayed in Lukla awaiting return to KTM. At times helicopters can fly when planes cannot. Helicopter cost is approximately $400 to be paid by the trekker
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Alpine Ascents

Current Schedule

Fall 2020
October 17 – November 12, 2020
Arrive Kathmandu 10/19. Depart Kathmandu 11/11.
Lead Guide: Vern Tejas
Early departure options available via heli

Spring 2021
March 27 – April 21, 2021
Arrive Kathmandu 3/28. Depart Kathmandu 4/20.
Lead Guide: Vern Tejas
Early departure options available via heli

Fall 2021
October 16 – November 11, 2020
Arrive Kathmandu 10/18. Depart Kathmandu 11/10.
Lead Guide: Vern Tejas
Early departure options available via heli

  • All schedules account for round trip-travel from home country.
  • Please contact our office for the most up-to-date availability for each departure.
  • All land prices listed below, round-trip international airfare not included.
  • All land prices are per person, based on double occupancy. SRS available for an additional charge.
  • Dates and prices are subject to change.
  • Please purchase trip cancellation insurance within 21 days of booking your trip.
  • Please contact us with any questions as we look to provide excellent customer service answering your climb and gear questions.

Island Peak Cancellation/Refund Policy

Note: Alpine Ascents International highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all programs. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Alpine Ascents International must adhere to a stringent refund policy.

Refund Policy

  • Full refunds, less the nonrefundable registration fee, will be provided for cancellations made 120-days prior to the expedition start date.
  • 50% refunds, less the nonrefundable registration fee, will be provided for cancellations made 90-119 days prior to the expedition start date.
  • No refunds will be provided for cancellations made 89-days prior to the expedition start date.
  • Alpine Ascents International will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible.
  • All cancellation/refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the deadlines stated above.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

As there are many unforeseen circumstances that may occur during or leading up to the trip, we highly recommend trip cancellation insurance.

In many situations, this may be the only way to receive a refund for unused services.

In brief, trip cancellation insurance may allow you to get reimbursement if you need to cancel your expedition when you are not entitled to a refund from Alpine Ascents.

Alpine Ascents International offers a plan in conjunction with our travel insurance partner.

Truly an outstanding experience. All guides were extremely knowledgeable and their skill level was at the top.

A similar view on our approach to base camp.
Touring the Swayambunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu.
Looking down into the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Sadhus or holy men of the Pashupatinath temple.
A view down the impressive landing strip in Lukla.
Trekking through villages below the town of Namche.
Approaching the summit.
A view into the Khumbu valleyÁs largest village, Namche Bazaar.
Memorial cairns for Sherpa climbers, who have passed away.
A group inside the childhood home of Lakpa Rita, in the village of Thame.
Standing in the courtyard of the 300+ year old Thame Monastery.
Along the trail one continuously sees these ever-present mani stones or prayer stones.
The entrance to Tengboche monastery.
Evening light in Tengboche.
Young monks during the Mani Rimdu Festival at the Tengboche Monastery.
A thanka painting of the White Tara on a rock wall along the trail.
From the top of Kala Pattar a trekker looks out north towards Tibet with Mt. Everest summit ridge off to the right.
On the way out to Everest base camp with the Khumbu Icefall recognizable in the distance.
A traditional home with slate roof, along the trekking route.
Everest base camp during a spring expedition season.
Views south from the top with Baruntse in the distance on the far left and Ama Dablam on the far right.
The spectacular summit ridge of Island Peak.
View from the summit.
A similar view on our approach to base camp.

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