Expedition in Nepal

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak Expedition

Everest Base Camp & Island Peak Expedition
  • Total Duration

    20 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trek Duration

    16 days
  • Max Elevation

    6189m at Island Peak
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse + Camping
  • Trek Starts

    Lukla
  • Trek Ends

    Lukla
“Exhilarating climb on the summit of renowned Island Peak or Imjatse, within rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village, land of worlds heritage, high alpine valley’s in the close backdrop of the world’s highest peak ‘Mt. Everest.”

Overview

Our adventurous trek to Island Peak begins from Lukla after a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu. This adventurous route leads first to Namche Bazaar with two nights here for good acclimatization, then heading into the high valleys of Khumbu. At Gorakshep in the Khumbu valley, an opportunity to climb Kalapattar (5,550m) for the classic panoramic view of Everest South West Face and array of other giant snow capped peaks. The following day our route leads across the Khumbu glacier to the site of Everest Base Camp at the foot of the massive Khumbu icefall. Finally the trek heads for the Imja valley and the start out climb of Island Peak from Island Peak Base Camp, where we set up our own base camp at the foot of the mountain's South ridge, surrounded by stunning ice scenery beneath the immense Nuptse-Lhotse wall which towers above. Island Peak/Imja Tse (6,189m) located at the top of the Imja valley in the Khumbu region, just above the summer settlement of Chhukung, surrounded by Lhotse and Lhotse Shar glaciers. It offers a worthwhile challenge to the experienced winter mountaineer, competent in using ice axe and crampons, being technically straight forward. Some of the difficult section being a mixed rock and ice wall at a slope of around 45 degrees leading to the narrow summit ridge, approximately Scottish winter grade 2. The climb will be undertaken towards the end of the trek when everyone will be fully acclimatized. For those not attempting the climb of Island Peak, the Island Peak Trek is an opportunity to explore the Imja Khola Valley. This trip is highly recommended, as it will take you into high valleys, with plenty of time to visit Sherpa villages and monasteries and photographs the ever exciting moments from stunning view points. From Island Peak base camp our route descend along the Imja Khola to Dingboche and make way to Namche Bazaar, passing through Pangboche village with time to visit the old gompa of this area and at Thyangboche as well. After the great long descent from Namche, then following the Dudh Kosi valley to Lukla where a spectacular mountain flight brings you back to Kathmandu.

Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

06 May to 25 May
15 September to 04 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and dont's of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site,Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure.Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 04 Hrs
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the Kathmandu airport for the domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring, as you fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet/China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of (2,850m.) and means "place of sheep." From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Koshi Valley. The valley is covered with beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The walking is easy as you follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Your destination for today is a small village of Phakding, where accommodation is provided in a teahouse/lodge. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m) 05 Hrs

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608m). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area.

From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and withKusum Kangru at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest-Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters andtrekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Rest Day in Namche / Acclimatization Day
Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding giants and the deep valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum providingwith various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 05 Hrs
After breakfast, the trail leads you down a good, winding path with spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse to the north east, Ama Dablam to the east, Kangtenga, Thermasarkhu to the southeast, and Kwangde to the south. After a few hours walk, the path descends towards Fungi Thenga, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you ascend through a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees before reaching Tengboche after two hours. Upon arriving in Tengboche,you will pay a visit to the monastery with your guide.Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4252m) 06 Hrs
You walk through Pangboche village where what is claimed to be a Yeti's scalp and the fingers of a hand are kept in the Pangboche Monastery and can be seen with our guide. It is approximately five hours, walking distance from Tengboche to Pheriche. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4930m) 05 Hrs
The first part of the day you climb a small ridge contour to Dugla (4,600m) before climbing the moraines of Lobuche for the best view get of the high mountains including Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m)-Gorakhshep (5288m) 05 Hours
Today is the day for your final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakhshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakhshep has two and it used to be a base camp in the early 1950's expedition to Mt. Everest. After lunch in Gorakhshep and keeping luggage there, the trek continues towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively with commotion during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. After a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorakhshep for the overnight. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 10: Gorakshep to Dingboche (4400m) 05 Hrs
The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation; from Loboche the walk is same all the way to Thugla. After the bridge our route ascends following the ridge towards Dingboche valley, after 2 hrs of walk gets better as we reach the valley floor, brings you at Dingboche. Dingboche is situated amongst beautiful patchwork fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect the crops of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chukkung.Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 11: Trek to Chhukung (4730m) 03 Hrs
You trek over to Dingboche and enter a side valley to the main Khumbu Trek. You continue up the valley alongside the Imja Khola with stunning views all rounds. Your goal, Island Peak, is clearly visible straight ahead whilst you have Ama Dablam 6856m to our right and the Nuptse Lhotse wall towering over you on the left. You continue up to the village of Chukhung, where you will camp. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4970m) 04 Hrs
You will begin your trek to Base Camp along a ridge giving fine views of the mountains. You also have your first encounter with snow as you cross the lower reaches of the Imja glacier. Overnight in tented camp
Day 13: Trek to High Camp 5700m
The summit can be attained in one long day, but you prefer to establish a high camp on the southern slopes of the mountain. The views from this enclave are simply stunning and the sense of solitude will be, perhaps, felt for the first time as you get away from the crowds. Overnight in tented camp
Day 14: Ascent Island Peak (6189m) and Back to Chukkung (4730m) 08 Hrs
With an early start you will be well ahead of teams starting their ascent from the Base Camp. Soon after leaving the high camp you will rope up and start on the first snow slopes where you will be using our crampons and ice axe. The route is fairly easy to follow and winds its way up snow gullies and rock bands before easing off to a small plateau, where you will be able to take a good rest and enjoy the first rays of dawn. Ahead of yours lies a short steep slope that leads to the summit ridge, which you will follow to the summit itself. We will probably be well ahead of any other parties, having had a head start, and you can enjoy the summit and the stupendous views around you before descending to Base Camp and then to Chukkung. Overnight at Lodge/Teahouse
Day 15: Trek to Khumjung (3780m) 05 Hrs
The trail from Chukung descends the Imja Khola valley, and then crosses the Khumbu Khola. Following the trail downhill, it is easy to make a detour and visit the upper part of Pangboche and the village gompa, then continue to Tengboche. While continuing the journey, you will reach Shanasha, from where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here your route follows away from the main busy path, the walk winds up all the way to Khumjung-Khunde Valley. Khumjung unlike Namche is a sleepy farm village with the only monastery believed to be scalp from the yeti. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 16: Trek to Monjo (2835m) 05 Hrs
An easy day downhill walk today, from Khumjung half an hour walk brings you to its sister village at Khunde, where you can visit the only hospital in the whole of Khumbu area, built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. After a visit at the Khunde hospital the trail leads south passing thorough the Sherpa's house and farm fields and coming to the long mani prayer wall. A short uphill climb from here brings to the top ridge of Syangboche air strip. From this spot it’s a big descend to the Dudh Koshi river bed. As the walk progress on this steep downhill bit from Syangboche onwards, an aerial view of Namche Bazaar is seen from this downhill slope walk, on reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp Monjo located, just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 04 Hrs

Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.

Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu 45min
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 19: Free Day in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days and join in our extension trip White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump. Overnight in Hotel
Day 20: Final Departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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