Island peak Climbing Adventures

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As Island Peak is graded Alpine 2B, suitable mountaineering experience is necessary. Island Peak is one of the most popular 6,000m peaks in Nepal. On this 3-week trip you acclimatise gradually whilst trekking up the Khumbu Valley, before climbing a lower mountain, Pokalde and then clambering on to Island Peak. For the climb you have the advantage of using a high camp placed at 5,600m, as well as a spare summit day to provide more flexibility. The ascent begins with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge where you put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevassed in places. From the bergshrund at the base of the headwall, 100m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° is climbed to arrive on the airy summit ridge.
ItineraryDay 1: Day 01: Kathmandu 1360m You arrive in Kathmandu Stop At: Thamel, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionYou arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world Meals included: 1 welcome dinnerDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Dinner: Western & local mealAccommodation included: Hotel in KathmanduDay 2: Day 02: Kathmandu SightseeingStop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionToday we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included: 1 breakfastDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel in ThamelDay 3: Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding 2652m, 3 hours trekkingStop At: Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionAfter an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Locally owned lodgeDay 4: Day 04: Phakding - Monjo 2835m, 3 hours trekkingStop At: Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionFrom Phakding, we cross the river and head up valley where we’ll see porters from the south ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is quite spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalising glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free to do some exploring around the village. The day has been deliberately kept short to aid acclimatisation, a very important process that’s good on the body. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 5: Day 05: Monjo - Namche Bazaar 3446m, 4 hours trekkingStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionToday the walking is a little roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Its your day Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 6: Day 06: Namche Bazaar HikeStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionWe remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is mesmerising and offers a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 7: Day 07: Namche Bazaar - Phortse 3850m, 4 hours trekkingStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionThe trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa you descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 8: Day 08: Phortse - Pheruche 4,312mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionFrom Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imjakhola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and Pheruche. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 9: Day 09: Pheruche - Lobuche 4930mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionWe continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 10: Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep 5184m Everest base camp 5357mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionTo reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 11: Day 11: Gorak Shep - Dingboche 4350mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionWe head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are scattered about in the fields. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 12: Day 12: Dingboche - Chukhung 4750mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionToday, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have picturesque views of Island Peak and the challenge that waits for that unique feeling of success. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 13: Day 13: Chhukung - Island peak base camp 5150mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionThis is a pretty cool day; the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which marks the first start of the climb on Island Peak. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 14: Day 14: Island peak base camp - High camp at around 5,600 metresStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionWe ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax for a breather and make final preparations for the big climb tomorrow. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 15: Day 15: High camp - Ascent of island peak 6173mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionCrossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully fresh and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more theatrical mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 16: Day 16: Chhukung 4,750 m - Tengboche 4252mStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionToday we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3,860 m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 17: Day 17: Tengboche-Namche Bazaar - Monjo 3440m, 5 hours trekkingStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionAfter breakfast we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where we have lunch and descend to Monjo for an overnight stay. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 18: Day 18: Monjo - Lukla 2800m, 3-4 hours trekking our last day on these lovely mountainsStop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern RegionToday is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps; and enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffeeDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 19: Day 19: Lukla - Kathmandu, 35-minute flight to KathmanduStop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionWe get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel and the warmth of a soft comfortable bed. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.Duration: 35 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Local lodgeDay 20: Day 20: Katmandu Departure for home sweet homeStop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionToday is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meals included: 1 breakfast.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 19x Breakfast
  • 18x Dinner
  • 17x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 19 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Thamel
  • Entry/Admission - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sagarmatha National Park Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Sagarmatha National Park Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Namche Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Entry/Admission - Kathmandu Durbar Square

What’s not included


Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu 1360m You arrive in Kathmandu Stop At: Thamel, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world Meals included: 1 welcome dinner Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Dinner: Western & local meal Accommodation included: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included: 1 breakfast Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Hotel in Thamel
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding 2652m, 3 hours trekking Stop At: Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region After an early morning b/fast, we take the super flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2827m. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort out and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Locally owned lodge
Day 04: Phakding - Monjo 2835m, 3 hours trekking Stop At: Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region From Phakding, we cross the river and head up valley where we’ll see porters from the south ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is quite spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalising glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free to do some exploring around the village. The day has been deliberately kept short to aid acclimatisation, a very important process that’s good on the body. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 05: Monjo - Namche Bazaar 3446m, 4 hours trekking Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region Today the walking is a little roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Its your day Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 06: Namche Bazaar Hike Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is mesmerising and offers a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks with great views of Everest. After breakfast, there are a number of options: perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley, or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 07: Namche Bazaar - Phortse 3850m, 4 hours trekking Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region The trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa you descend on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the Dudh Kosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 08: Phortse - Pheruche 4,312m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region From Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imjakhola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the Imja Khola and Pheruche. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 09: Pheruche - Lobuche 4930m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 10: Lobuche - Gorak Shep 5184m Everest base camp 5357m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. To reach Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche to camp for the night. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 11: Gorak Shep - Dingboche 4350m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer village of Dingboche, where the houses are scattered about in the fields. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 12: Dingboche - Chukhung 4750m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along the way we have picturesque views of Island Peak and the challenge that waits for that unique feeling of success. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 13: Chhukung - Island peak base camp 5150m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region This is a pretty cool day; the trail crosses the river and follows the valley for approx 3 hours, passing beneath the magnificent south face of Lhotse. Base camp is by the side of the Imja glacier, below steep grassy slopes which marks the first start of the climb on Island Peak. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 9 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 14: Island peak base camp - High camp at around 5,600 metres Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region We ascend a little further to high camp where we will relax for a breather and make final preparations for the big climb tomorrow. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 4 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 15: High camp - Ascent of island peak 6173m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region Crossing the gully above the camp the trail makes a climb for another hour to a narrow ridge, leading on to the glacier. Here it is time to rope-up and put on our crampons as the most interesting part of the climb begins with the glacier crossing. This is followed by the steep snow slope that leads onto the summit ridge. This ridge is wonderfully fresh and on reaching the summit we have stunning close-up views of the south face of Lhotse looming over us whilst in the other direction, there are more theatrical mountain views. We descend along the same route, down to base camp. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 16: Chhukung 4,750 m - Tengboche 4252m Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region Today we follow the same route back down to Tengboche (3,860 m). Passing through Dingboche, Pangboche and Diboche, the day’s trek will take six hours. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 17: Tengboche-Namche Bazaar - Monjo 3440m, 5 hours trekking Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region After breakfast we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where we have lunch and descend to Monjo for an overnight stay. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 18: Monjo - Lukla 2800m, 3-4 hours trekking our last day on these lovely mountains Stop At: Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Sagarmatha Zone, Eastern Region Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk along the valley before we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for you to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner party followed by a few celebratory drinks. We can taste some ‘Chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice} and do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps; and enjoy with the crew whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks being together. It’s a time to make merry after the success of our climb. We then hit the sack for some blissful rest after a truly great venture that was successful. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
Day 19: Lukla - Kathmandu, 35-minute flight to Kathmandu Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel and the warmth of a soft comfortable bed. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch. Duration: 35 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Local lodge
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Day 20: Katmandu Departure for home sweet home Stop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meals included: 1 breakfast. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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