The classic trek in the Everest region, including Kala Pattar and Everest Base camp, with an optional climb of Island Peak. This is a classic Nepal experience that will take you into the heart of the world’s majestic Himalayas mountains. Island peak expedition offers a unique chance for beginning mountaineers to climb in a relatively lesser traveled region amidst the mighty Himalayas. The summit of Island peak stands adjacent to one of the world’s largest ice walls and offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and the pyramid of Makalu. This trip walks us through the renowned Khumbu region. In the “land of the Sherpa” We partake in Nepalese and Tibetan cultures as they have existed for centuries. Our Khumbu journey offers striking scenery as we venture through unspoiled terrain.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal:
You will be met and assisted by Earthbound Expeditions representative and transferred to 3 star hotel which is located close to the tourist district of Thamel and offers comfortable accommodation.
Day 02: Kathmandu:
Sightseeing A pre-trek briefing will be conducted today , also introduce with guide. This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have. A half day sightseeing tour of World Heritage sights will also be arranged. Overnight in hotel. (B)
Day 03 : Kathmandu – Lukla (2880m), Phakding (2740m):
Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. Once we are in Lukla Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. We stay there. (B, L, D)
Day 04 : Phakding – Namche (3445m):
The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but stay at Phakding allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit. Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. (B, L, D)
Day 05 : NAMCHE BAZZAR- THAME (3,800m):
A day to acclimatize. We hike to Sangbuche for superb views of the snow peaks of Teng Kangpoche (6,500m) and Kwangde (6,187m). (B, L, D)
Day 06 : TYANGBOCHE (3,800m):
From Namche we trek to Khumjung at the foot of sacred Khumbila peak (5,761m). Khumjung Gompa possesses what is said to be the skull of a yeti! Continue to Phunki and Tyangboche monastery for one of the most magnificent views in the world; an awe inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants: Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kategna and Thamserku. (B, L, D)
Day 07 : DINGBOCHE (4,300m):
Cross the Imja Khola and continue through terraced fields and rolling pastures where yaks graze to Pangboche (3,860m). (B, L, D)
Day 08 : DINGBOCHE (4,300m):
Rest day Rather than just sitting around in the tents or tea house, we encourage you to attempt one of two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche, to drop steeply down to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons or longer option is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam / Cho oyu from here are outstanding. After a few hours Chukung is reached, and after a rest return down the valley. (B, L, D)
Day 09 : LOBUCHE (4,900m):
The trail climbs through a grass carpeted valley to Khumbu Glacier and reaches Dughla – Lobuche. (B. L. D.)
Day 10 : Lobuje – Kala Pattar (5545m):
Lobuje. A long day and an early start. We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straight forward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point. (B, L, D)
Day 11 : EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,300m):
From the dry sandy area of Gorakshep, it is a day trek to the Everest Base Camp. Later return to Lobuche via Gorakshep. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Lobuche to Chhukung (4730m):
The Chhukhung Valley, which lies directly under an incredible rock wall that links Nuptse with Lhotse. From here you will also have magnificent views of the incredible Amadablam (6856 m.), probably the most photographed mountain in Nepal.
Day 13 : Island Peak Base Camp (4 hrs):
Today, we 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 organized for your ascent of the peaktomorrow.
Day 14 : Summit Island Peak (6160m) and Return to Chhukung:
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, you will descend back down to the Base Camp and Chhukhung.
Day 15: Extra day for in case to use.
Day 16 : TYANGBOCHE (3800m):
We walk back via Pheriche and Pangboche to Tyangboche. (B, L, D)
Day 17 : MONJO (2500m):
We continue our descent via Namche Bazzar to Monjo. (B, L, D)
Day 18 : LUKLA (2,800m):
Return to Lukla where we spend the night. (B, L, D)
Day 19 : KATHMANDU:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel, evening cultural show and dinner. (B, D)
Day 20 : Final Departure, transfer to airport.
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Note: You can bring the necessary gears from your own country or can buy or hire from the stores at Kathmandu.