Although it’s officially classified as a trekking peak by the Government of Nepal, Island Peak is technically the same grade as the normal route on Mont Blanc; it’s not suitable for complete novices.

We recommend that you are familiar with mountaineering ropework and the use of ice axe and crampons and advise clients to gain experience climbing grade 1-3 winter routes in the UK before joining this trip. We can cover some of these basic skills onsite. Previous experience at altitude is also beneficial. We consider this a mountaineering expedition rather than a trekking expedition.

You'll be trekking and climbing for multiple consecutive days, at high altitude and in varied temperatures (as low as -20C), so good cardiovascular fitness is required – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your experience. You should aim to walk regularly in the hills with a light pack (7-10kg) and follow a comprehensive exercise routine to strengthen your core and legs and to increase your cardiovascular fitness.

You can find out more about how to prepare for high-altitude here.