• "The whole Backwoods Adventure, from the slideshow, to the advice/shopping at the Norman store to the conference calls to the actual trip itself was fantastic. I hope to continue these trips as they provide a lot of value for the cost!"

    - Terry B `2011

  • "Not only was the food good, but the variety & impulsiveness was fun... keep it up. The lunch at Silencio was pleasantly unique, as were the roadside stops and new foods. I traveled with Backwoods as the positive result of a previous Backwoods trip and would be pleased to do so again."

    - J. Rogers `2008

  • "Thank you to Joe for being our trip leader. His sense of humor and patience played a huge part in the success of the trip. It was a great experience that was planned well!"

    - R. & M. Hall `2009

  • "I’m speechless. Having just returned from this very trip all I can say is – can I do it all over again? This trip is absolutely unbelievable at every level. The accommodations, the food, the people, the ruins, the hiking-I find I have to pinch myself while reviewing my pictures in order to believe that I was actually there!"

    - Jim R. – Utah Canyons 2011

  • "The Salkantay/Machu Picchu trip was amazing. The icing on the cake was Joe's fantastic sense of humor, patience and unassuming nature. Backwoods Adventures was exceptionally well represented by Joe on this trip. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life list goal."

    - Pam C. – Machu Picchu 2008

  • "Great success overall. Definitely and experience I will remember for a long long time. The flexibility offered on the trip was greatly appreciated. Great call on gear list and was able to get all the appropriate gear at Backwoods."

    - Dan M. – Costa Rica 2011

  • "This trip far exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was more beautiful than I expected. I knew the good would be good, but it was better. I knew Joe would be good, but then there was Beatrice and Caroline. I knew the group would be good and fun loving…but it was even more fun than I thought!"

    - Rich C. – Mont Blanc 2011

  • "My general comments are…this was THE BEST trip of my life, by far(and I have been places). The group, Joe, the supporting company, the hike, the safari, the whole overall experience was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who loves Nature, adventure and physical challenges."

    - Carlos Q. – Kilimanjaro 2011

Something Life Changing Is Just One Adventure Away!

Island Peak Climb Extension

When trekking (or exploring) the Himalayas’ there are many opportunities to “bag” smaller peaks along the way. Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. Backwoods Adventures will take care of all of the logistics to make the dream of climbing to over 20,000 feet a reality. Join us for this once in a lifetime climbing experience.

What’s Included?


• Climbing permits
• Group climbing gear
• Expert local guide Lhakpa Sherpa and Backwoods Adventures guide Joe Koehly
• Minimum 3 pre departure information conference calls with head guide
• All meals, park fees, all guide & porter fees

What’s Not Included?

• Required general mountaineering courses
• General Mountaineering classes
• Personal gear and clothing
• Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and snacks
• Gratuities
• Extras; laundry, massage, internet, etc.

Our ascent of Island Peak takes place within our trip to Everest base camp to allow for acclimatization prior to the climb. After visiting base camp of Mount Everest we will trek up the valley to Dughla and onto Island Peak base camp. The days after this short hike, climbers will get the chance to attempt Island Peak subject to conditions. Once we have completed our attempt on Island Peak we will join the rest of the group on the descent back to Lukla.

During the duration of the Everest Base Camp Trek, our team will travel in full Sherpa supported “expedition” style with yaks carrying your gear while you hike with a light daypack, allowing you to acclimatize and enjoy the trip. Our experienced Sherpa staff will trek and climb with the group, sharing sights, and providing a support system for the duration of the expedition.


All meals and accommodations are exactly the same as the Everest Base Camp trek. During the ascent of Island Peak we will be staying in 4 season expedition tents. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the same manner.

The menu includes a variety of Nepali and western style foods including rice, noodles, vegetables, Nepali pizza, soups & stews, eggs, porridge, cereal, peanut butter, jam, bread, yak cheese, fish, canned & fresh fruit, crackers, cookies, snacks, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. Please let us know ahead of time if you have extreme personal food preferences or dietary restrictions. You are welcome to use your own purification treatment.


Altitude – Most of our adventures in Asia take us to remote regions of high altitude. When gaining in altitude above 10,000 feet, we have included sufficient rest or “layover” days to ensure that you acclimatize properly. While many people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms that require returning to a lower altitude or, in extreme cases, emergency evacuation. We do our best to set a pace at which everyone has a chance to acclimatize appropriately. Listening to your guide will help a great deal. We cannot determine how you will do at altitude, but being in the best shape possible and having a lower body fat percentage will help greatly.

If you are over 50 years old, please talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Nepal are not reliable or guaranteed though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip.

Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), altitude sickness (Diamox pills), prescriptions you are currently taking.

Climbing Experience

Backwoods Adventures will require that all participants attempting Island Peak have certified and documented high altitude mountaineering experience. This focus should be on glacier travel, crampon and ice axe skills, crevasse rescue, and rope team work. Please contact Backwoods Adventures director Joe Koehly for more information and recommendations.

Visa Requirements

You must hold a valid passport and visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa at the airport upon your arrival in Nepal. You will need to present your passport, two passport size photos and $40.00 in USD for a 30+ day single entry visa. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date of your trip. Visas can also be obtained through the Royal Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country prior to departure. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.



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• Island Peak was first climbed in 1953 by C.Evans, A.Gregory, C.Wylie, T.Norgay (pretty significant names in the mountaineering world) and accompanied by seven porters
• It was named Island Peak by Eric Shipton’s 1952 expedition because it was thought to resemble “an island in a sea of ice”
• The world famous Mount Everest is only 10 kilometers away from Island Peak; allowing some of the best shots of the peak