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Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak 20 days

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This trip combines the classic Everest Base Camp trek with climbing one of Nepal's trekking peaks at 6,189m. After visiting Everest Base Camp and climbing to Kalapatar we enter the next valley and hike to Island Peak BaseCamp. There are three days for the Island Peak climb which includes anextra day in case the weather does not co-operate on our first attempt.

The Island Peak expedition would be suitable for either a climber visiting the Himalayas for the first time or keen hill walkers with some previous experience of using crampons and ice axes. Island Peak is a more technical peak than some of the other trekking peaks. There is an easy scramble and arock ridge to a glacier, and above here there is a steep snow headwall leadingto a classic summit ridge. The views from the top are superb including the south face of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others! This itinerary has been carefully designed to allow for gradual acclimatization which increases your chances of summiting Island Peak but also makes the trip more enjoyable and safer! As a safety precaution we bring a portable altitude chamber, a comprehensive first aid kit and an oxymeter which is a small device which measures the oxygen saturation of your blood- ie how well your body is acclimatizing.

Fact of the Trek

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Place Covers

Namche Bazaar/Kala Patthar/Lobuche/Island Peak Base Camp/Summit/Tengboche/ Lukla

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

2640m

Max. altitude

6187 m

Best Season

February to June and September to November

Transportation

Aero plane (Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu)

Trek Duration

20 Days

Age Limit

17 to 60

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. Upon your arrival our representative transfers you to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) and it takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours. An early morning start takes us to Cinternational Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610meters. After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to C. Overnight at Guesthouse. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04:Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people to visit. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport, and around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise or sunset over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3860 m.) which takes about five hours. The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Tyangboche to Pheriche (4200 m.) and it takes about five and half hours. We descend for half an hour to river side through nice forest,, cross the river and start trekking up towards opposite hill and landscapes starts more dry and desert afterwards. We will cross a traditional and cultural sherpa village Panboche where we can see a close up daily activities of sherpa people. After this, we make a gradual up towards a small hill afterwards trail goes to wide mountain valley called pheriche. This is a nice wide village located on the riverside. A small helipad is available here for helicopter rescue and daily High altitude Mountain sickness class available here with Mt. Specialist. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Pheriche. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4931 m.) which takes about six hours. Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180 meters) then hike up to Kalapattar (5555 meters) back to Gorak Shep and it takes about seven hours. This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. If possible we can stay and watch the awe-inspiring sunset on Everest and its neighbours. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Lobuche (4910 meters) which takes about seven hours. This is another big day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365meters. , the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return down to Lobuche for the night. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4710 m.) and it takes about six hours. From Lobuche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche. Then we slightly ascend into the Chukkung Valley. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12:Trek from Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5240 meters) which takes about four hours. From Chukkung we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8501meters) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Today is only 4 hours walking as we are becoming acclimatized to the thinning of air, from today the accommodation will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. Stay overnight tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 & 14 :
Summit to Island peak (6187meters) and return to Chhukung (4750meters).  We have allowed two days to climb Island Peak, although we will probably not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our trek leader at the time, taking into account the group's acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. Generally we rest in the morning and after lunch ascend from Base Camp to High Camp (5700m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on a well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline. The following morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four and six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both the ascent and descent. Although it is not a difficult climb technically, the snow slopes are crevassed, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6000-meters giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of 'lesser' peaks. Given good conditions we should be able to descend back to Chhukhung from our summit attempt. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15 : Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche (3860meters) and it takes about six hours. Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche at 3800 meters. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3441 m.) via Khumjung (2780 metres) which takes about five hoursFrom Tengboche we descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar - our stop for the night. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2804 m.) and it takes about five hours. This is our last day of trekking, finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. In the afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower! In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions. Stay overnight at tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 18: Morning flight to Kathmandu. We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu . It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 20: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal to home or your onward journey.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport & from airport to hotel)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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