NEPAL ISLAND PEAK CLIMBING (with Everest Base Camp)
In the valleys of Khumbu & Imja,
Everest and other massive peaks of the Eastern Himalayas dominate the
skyline. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, and intricately carved mani
stones line every
hilltop, rock wall and trail side, singing prayers for everyone's
well-being. With eight of the worlds ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded
with spectacular mountains vistas. Everest Trek in justifiably famous,
not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8,850m) but
also for its friendly Sherpa people,
picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions,
colourful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other
ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is
still a mystery in the world from the Khumbu region. So, must be why it
has been selected among world's 20 Journeys of Lifetime by The Observer,
UK. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags prayer wheels and intricately
carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trailside singing
prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller...
Arrive in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
Full day guided sightseeing inside the Kathmandu valley. Join us for the
welcome dinner at evening. Hotel Overnight
Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) -
Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours).
Early morning transfer
to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime
experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference
between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters!
Meet with your sirdar (Trekking Guide)
and the rest of the crew. You will need to identify your luggage, which
is to be made into loads, and then while you have lunch your crew will
load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters.
After lunch, trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the
village of Phakding 2,610 m & Camp or Lodge overnight.
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche
(3,440m) (5-6 hrs).
The trail continues
north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially
enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just
beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park
fees collected. Continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River
to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3,440m the administrative
centre of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society.
Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the
way to Everest! Overnight the Camp or Lodge.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche for
You will explore the surrounding of Namche this day, Namche Bazar Rest
and acclimatization. Namche is the famous picturesque Sherpa village and
we have rest in the afternoon to enjoy walking round the village and
visiting the Sherpa museum. Overnight Camp or Lodge.
Day 06: Trek Namche to Tengboche
(3,860m) (5 hrs).
Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) 5hrs walk. We walk with beautiful view
under the soaring peaks of Thamserku and steadily descend to the Imja
Khola and lunch at Phunki along a very pleasant trail. Here in Phunki,
we see series of water driven prayer wheels. After lunch 2 hrs ascent
will take us to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m) surely is one of the most
beautiful places in the world. Overnight Camp or Lodge.
Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Pheriche
(4,312m) (5 hrs).
Pheriche (4,260m) 5 hrs walk. We move forward up to Imja Khola valley
Pangboche (3,900m) and lunch. After lunch we visit the Monastery and
look at the Yeti scalp. We again move to the summer village of Pheriche
(4,260m). Superb scenery at all time. Overnight Camp or Lodge.
08: Trek Pheriche to Lobuche (4,920m) (4-5 hrs).
Lobuche (4,920m) 4 hrs walk. We move up a small ridge and contour around
the base of Khumbu Glacier and lunch at Dhugla (4,600m). After lunch, we
take a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where
the views are stunning. We continue again along the moraine and camp at
the foot off the Lobuche Ice Fall (4,930m). Overnight Camp or Lodge.
09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) (4 hrs).
The actual distance is not so far for this day but we wake up in the
early morning and move forward to Gorek Sherpa where we take a rest.
10: Hike up to Kalapatthar / Everest Base Camp / Retrace your steps to
Lobuche (4,920m) (8 hrs).
This day, we climb Kala Patthar. From here we have a steep ascent up to
the top of the Kala Patthar top. The actual distance is not so far but
we take it very slowly to make up for the altitude. This top (5,545m) is
a hard pull but the view from the top surpasses anything you can
imagine. All around us flows, huge glaciers and the creaking of the
mobile glacier ice only disturbs the silence of these altitudes. The
mountains of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m)
separate us from Tibet and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge
rock of Changtse (7,750m) in Tibet itself. But Sagarmatha, or Mt.
Everest the queen of them all towers over everyone. This is the roof of
the world. Continue to the Everest Base Camp. We return at Lobuche for
the stay overnight.
11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m / 7 hrs)
Trek east from Dingboche into the Chhukhung Valley. Chhukhung (4730 m)
lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with
Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of Amadablam
(6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.
12: Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs)
Trek along the Imja Khola to Pareshaya Gyab, a pleasant site by a small
lake with fine views of the Lhotse Glacier and Nuptse-Lhotse wall. You
will reach the Base Camp of Imja Tse today. Once camp has been set up
you will be free to get your climbing gear in order and get organised
for your ascent of the peak tomorrow, weather permitting.
Day 13: Summit Island Peak (6160m)
Weather permitting, you will begin your climb today. The day's climb
will continue through high camp on a col. at 5,700 meters. You will
start early for the summit. The going gets difficult once you reach the
bottom of the steep icefall below the summit. Great care and caution
must be exercised while scaling the wall to emerge on the ridge leading
to the summit. After the summit, descend to the Base Camp.
Day 14: Extra Day / Summit / Return to Chhukung (4730m).
We keep this day extra
just in case weather or any condition will change the summit plan early
on. Return back to Chhukung
15: Trek to Namche (3,440m) (4 hrs).
The trail descends steeply and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar.
Camp or Lodge Overnight
Day 16: Trek Namche to Phakding
(2,610m). (3-4 hours).
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.
Overnight Camp or Lodge.
Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs).
Trek further to the mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return
flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare
a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing
and the dancing! Overnight Camp or Lodge at Lukla.
Day 18: Flight: Lukla (2,840m) -
Kathmandu (1,310m). Hotel Overnight.
Free day to explore, and enjoy Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.