Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 6,189 m
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Duration 14
  • Group Size 1 - 15


Island Peak (6,189 m/ 20,305 ft) is one of the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal. It is located very close to Everest and the trek provides a breathtaking and full-circle view of the mountains in the Everest Region. Its proximity to Everest and some of the highest peaks in the world like Cho Oyu and Lhotse makes Island Peak Climbing one of the most popular choices for climbing in Nepal.

Island Peak is known as Imja Tse in the local language. The namesake Imja Tse river flows down from the glaciers and snow sheets encircling the Island peak. Island Peak is a mid-altitude mountain in Nepal. You will need to be physically fit and have some prior experience of climbing in high-altitude snowy terrains to complete this trek. Island Peak is located at the heart of the Chhukung valley. The peak was given its current name – Island Peak – in 1952 AD because of its unique presence in the middle of Chhukung Valley, resembling an island in a sea.

Island Peak is located very close to the Nepal-Tibet border. The mountain is in fact an extension of two snowy giants to its left and right – Everest and Lhotse. The ridge of both Everest and Lhotse drop and meet at the top of the Island peak. You will get a spectacular view of the Chhukung Valley and Khumbu Region from the top of the Island peak.

From the topmost part of Island Peak, you will get a wonderful view of the southern face of Mount Lhotse. Mount Ama Dablam, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, is also best viewed from the top of Island Peak.

The climb itself is not difficult and both the ascent and descent to Island Peak can be accomplished within a day from Island Peak Base Camp which is located at an altitude of 4,970 m. We will, however, acclimatize at the base camp for a day before scaling the summit.

The trip to Island Peak Climbing starts with a short mountain flight to Lukla in Eastern Nepal from Kathmandu. We will trek to Namche Bazaar first and then venture deep into the core regions of the Sagarmatha National Park before reaching Island Peak Base Camp on the eight-day of our trek.


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our Airport Representative transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.q

We will begin our trek with a short flight to the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla from Kathmandu. This flight is one worth remembering for a lifetime. First, you will get to see the wonderful view of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding mountains as you take off. Then you will see a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of Nepal from the flight which takes you as close to the mountains as is possible.

Then the landing at the tiny Lukla airstrip which is located between the surrounding mountains is an enthralling affair. We will get off the plane and then head towards the village of Phakding. The village is located on the outskirts of the Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the largest settlements in the Everest Region.

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    3 stars level hotel
Day 02

An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours.

We will start our trek from Phakding after breakfast. We will reach the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park after walking for a short while from Phakding. We will have to submit our papers at the park entrance and then we will begin our walk along the Dudh Koshi river basin. The dense woods of the Khumbu region, dominated mostly by Rhododendron and conifers, start from here.

The view of Mount Thamserku is stunning from most part of our trek. The mountain projects are skywards like a crown jewel to our right. We will cross many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river during our trek. The last part of the trek just before reaching Namche Bazaar is a bit challenging. We will walk steeply over the ridge and catch the first glimpse of Namche Bazaar. A short stroll from here takes us to Namche Bazaar, our abode for the day.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house
Day 03

Phakding to Namche Bazaar walking 5:30 hours.

We will stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization today. There are plenty of things to do while staying in Namche Bazaar. We can visit the Sherpa Museum and get a glimpse into the history and culture of the Sherpa people. You can explore Namche Bazaar and get more knowledge about the lifestyle of the Sherpa people.

If you are interested in hiking there are plenty of options available. You can hike to the nearby spot of Thame which provides an unparalleled view of the Thamserku and Ama Dablam mountains. If you are interested in a more serious hiking challenge then you can visit the village of Khumjung. The village is home to the Khumjung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You can also take a tour of the Everest View Hotel near Namche Bazaar, which is the highest altitude hotel in the world.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house
Day 04

Namche Bazzar to Kyanjuma via Khumjung village (3790m/12432ft). Walking 5:30 hours.

We will move ahead from Namche Bazaar today. The road starts to get narrower and steeper as we get farther away from Namche Bazaar. The greenery around and ever-present waterfalls help make our journey less arduous than it is. We will get a stunning view of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Thamserku from our trail.

We will reach the village of Phunki after walking for a while from Namche Bazaar. We will continue our journey after taking a small break at Phunki. The last part of the trek before reaching Tengboche is more strenuous as it consists of a steep climb. Tengboche is a beautiful Sherpa village. It is home to Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu Region. Special worship is conducted by the head Lama of the monastery at 3 pm. You can take part in the ceremony if you reach Tengboche on time and have special prayers read in your name.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house
Day 05

Kyanjuma to Debuche via Tyanbuche monastery. Walking 5 hours.

We will leave Tengboche behind and continue our journey through the beautiful forests of the Sagarmatha National Park. Many rare animals like Asian black bears, Himalayan tahr, mountain wolves, red panda, musk deer, mountain fox, jharal, and snow leopard are native to these forests. These animals seldom stay near trekking trails and maintain distance on their own with people.

We will walk uphill for a short time and then go down towards the foot of the Imja Tse river. We will cross the river at Debuche and then continue on an uphill trek once again. At the top of this particular climb is the village of Pangboche. The Pangboche monastery is also located in the village. The path gets slowly easier and downhill from Pangboche as we enter the Imja River Valley. This is the second river valley in our trail with the Dudh Koshi River Valley which we walked through earlier being the first one.

We will cross the Lobuche river after getting out of the Imja River Valley. You will see many Yak grazing pastures and farms along the way. We will reach Dingboche after a short climb and rest there for the night.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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      Hotel/Tea house
Day 06

Debuche to Dingboche. Walking 5:30 hours,

We will head towards the village of Chhukung today. Chhukung is the last settlement in our trial. It is a small village of the Sherpa people at the entrance of the Chhukung Valley. The first part of the trek welcomes us with little settlements of the local people which are circled by fields of barley, millet, and potatoes.

The second part of the trek is slightly difficult as the settlements grow scarcer and we enter into glacial regions. Walking along the slippery slopes of these glaciers is not very easy and time-consuming. We will get a wonderful view of the Island Peak, standing like a tower in Chhukung Valley as we get near the village of Chhukung. We will get a spectacular view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori from Chhukung village. We will stay at a guest house in Chhukung for the night.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house 
Day 07

: Day hiking up to Nagatsang Ri (5000m/16500ft) and back to Dingboche. Walking 4:25 hours.

We will climb to the Chhukung Ri hilltop today. Ri means mountain in the local vernacular. The top of Chhukung Ri provides a spectacular view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Amphu Lapsa, Island Peak, and other mountains in the Everest Region. The climb is not that hard except for a relatively difficult part near the top.

We will take an easy climb down from the top of Chhukung Ri hilltop and return back to the village of Chhukung. We will enjoy a local meal at our guest house and take a rest from a hard day’s trek so that we will be recharged for yet another ascent to come.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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     Hotel/Tea house
Day 08

Hiking upto Chhukung Ri ( 5536m/17502) and back to Chhukung . Walking 6 hoursMaximum Altitude: 

We will trek towards the Island Peak Base Camp today. The walk is difficult compared to previous days as we will enter the territory of the Lhotse glacier today.  Lhotse glacier is one of the famous glaciers of the Everest region which is home to many other glaciers including the Khumbu ( largest glacier in Nepal) and the Ngozumpa (the longest glacier in Nepal).

A small river that flows from the ice of the Lhotse glacier marks our way as we move further towards the Island Peak Base Camp. The base camp is reached after walking through a valley flanked by some of the tallest peaks in the world. You will see mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori at a touching distance from the base camp. We will camp at the base camp for the night.

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     Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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      Hotel/Tea house 
Day 09

Chhukung to Island peak base camp. Walking 4 hours.

Since Island Peak is located at an altitude above 6,000 m, we will need ample preparation in our part before climbing the peak. We will stay at the base camp today and prepare for the tough ascent to come. First, we will learn to use the gears for climbing and climbing that we will need to make use of the following day. Then we will learn how to communicate and coordinate effectively in the slopes if any problem arises in the slopes.

It is advisable not to walk too much today as we need to preserve energy for the grueling mountain session tomorrow. However, you can take a gentle walk along the valley and explore the mountains that are situated on all sides. You will see Mount Everest and the beautiful south face of Lhotse standing like snow walls in front of you. The view of Everest from the Chhukung valley is even more astounding than the one from Everest Base Camp.

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      Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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      Tented camp
Day 10

Extra day for acclimatization.

We will conquer Island Peak today. We need to wake up a few hours earlier than sunrise and start on our journey. It is better to start as early as we can because we do not want to be in the middle of the mountain after sunset, which is a very risky thing to do. We will first get geared up and arrange our tools following breakfast. Then we will have a short team talk before embarking on our journey.

The climb is relatively easy during the first few hundred meters. However, crevasses and sharp cut-offs make the ascent tough after we reach the altitude of 5,500 m. We might need to make use of ropes in some parts of our climb. The last two hundred meters is trickier and we need full teamwork to get through it. We will forget all our pain and hardship after we reach the top of the Island Peak. You will get a full-scale view of the mountains in the Everest Region. Lhotse and Everest rise along the ridge of the Island Peak providing a surreal view to climbers.

We will get back to the base camp after staying for some time at the peak. The descent is comparatively easier and requires significantly less time. We will stay at our campsite for the night and celebrate our success in climbing one of the most beautiful peaks in the Everest Region.

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     Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Tented camp
Day 11

  Summit (6189m/ 20305ft) and back to Island peak base camp. O/N at Tented camp.Maximum Altitude

We will trek back to the village of Tengboche today. Our path gets easy from today as we will be moving downwards. We will rest for a short while at Chhukung for tea and continue our journey out of the Chhukung valley into another valley created by the Imja Tse river.

We will be joined with the main Everest Base Camp trail after crossing the Imja Tse river. The path from here gets more joyful as we listen to the chirping of birds in the lush green forests of the Sagarmatha National Park. We will reach Tengboche after eight hours of walk and rest at a guest house there.

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     Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Tented camp
Day 12

Island peak base camp to Kyanjuma. Walking 7 hours.

Today’s part of the trek is, even more, easier as we will be walking gently for only five hours along with the solitary company of deep woods. We will first reach the village of Pangboche from where we will get a beautiful view of the Dudh Koshi river basin below.

We will bid farewell to the Sagarmatha National Park just before reaching Namche Bazaar as we exit from the park entrance/exit gate. The rest of the trek is a glorious walk to Namche Bazaar with a 360 view of the mountains on all sides.

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    Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house
Day 13

Kyanjuma to Lukla. Walking 6:30 hours.

We will get back to the airstrip town of Lukla today. This is our last day in the Everest region. We will see many Sherpa villages on our way with Phakding being the largest. There are many monasteries, stupas, prayer flags, and prayer walls in and around these villages.

The houses in the village are close together to keep the community warm and are impeccably clean. The Sherpa people are very friendly and well-known mountaineers. We will bid farewell to all villages on our way and reach Lukla in the evening. We will go through our memories in the evening and stay at a guest house there for the night.

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     Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
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    Hotel/Tea house
Day 14

After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level, inclusive breakfast. Flight time 30 minutes. O/N at hotel.

We will take the early mountain flight back from Kathmandu following breakfast. We catch the last glimpse of the mountains in the Everest region before landing at the international airport in Kathmandu.

We will transfer you to your hotel from the airport and our trek ends with your checking in at the hotel.

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    3 stars level hotel
Day 15

The trip ends,

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Driving 15 km – 10 minutes

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Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation by tourist vehicles. 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (1 night before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  • Meals 3 times a day( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking and climbing for you.
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits after dinner.   
  • Twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking part and tented camp at climbing part.
  •  Trip Map. 
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, inclusive taxes.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  •  An experienced government licensed holder trekking/climbing guide and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for trekking and climbing staffs.
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing period.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  •  Climbing permit.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System). 
  •  Climbing equipment like ice axe, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
  • Personal climbing equipment(Eight finger, helmet,  crampons, Joomer, carabiner lock, carabiner unlock, Harnex belt.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • All kinds of drinks (Hot/cold & alcoholic) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Climbing boots, gaiters and jackets.
  •  Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

February through May and September through November are the major seasons in Nepal. So, we kindly ask you to confirm your trip as early as possible for the best deal and good travel management.
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Trip Info

The full board package includes your meals 3 times daily in trekking where as budget packages does not include meals. Please do let us know which package that you would like to book we are here for your service.

Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft


Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.


Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1


Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.


Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

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  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.


  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.


  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.


  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer


Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.