Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal
on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable
experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna
mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali
support team will meet you at the airport and escort
you to your hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing of
Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of
Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers
and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful
mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence
in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major
neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural
and religious significance. There will be a half day
guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine
PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in town BOUDHANATH,
the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH.
In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla
& Trek to Phakding [2652m]
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep
mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at
the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew,
we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail
to our first camp near the river at Phakding.
Day 4 Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high
suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to
the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order
to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment.
We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the
way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse
of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading
village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market
- a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands
and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated
Nangpa La. Camp is near the bazaar at Namche.
Day 5 Rest day in Namche
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the
giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges,
tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent
outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing
to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche.
Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to
Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary,
or a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above
Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse
and Everest. There are also good views from the national
park centre and museum just above the town.
Day 6 trek to Tengboche [3867m]
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the
valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now we get our first
really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including
mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by
several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend
steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga.
The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we
can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche.
Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous
distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds
and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for
its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.
We camp near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and
Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of the tent.
Day 7 Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
We descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja
Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche.
This is directly opposite Ama Dablam [6856m], and has
exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani
walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A
further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche.
Day 8 Rest day in Pheriche
A day to rest and acclimatize and a chance to wander
up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and
the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Alternatively,
we can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche
for the view up the Imja Valley and the incredible south
face of Lhotse.
Day 9 Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
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 have died while climbing Mt
Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier,
to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
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.
Day 11 Trek to Everest base camp [5357m]
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.
Day 12 Trek to Dingboche [4350m]
We head back down today, through Duglha, to the summer
village of Dingboche, where the houses are dotted about
in the fields.
Day 13 Trek to Chukhung [4750m]
Today, we have an easy walk for about 2 hours, climbing
up gradually to the small settlement of Chukhung. Along
the way we have great views of Island Peak and the challenge
that awaits us.
Day 14 Trek to island peak base camp
Another easy 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 mark the
start of the climb on Island Peak.
Day 15 Trek to high camp
We ascend a little further to high camp where we will
relax and make final preparations for our climb tomorrow.
Day 16 Ascent of island peak [6173m]
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 airy 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 dramatic mountain views. We descend along
the same route, down to base camp.
Day 17 Spare day
A contingency day allocated for weather etc.
Day 18 Trek to Pangboche [3950m]
After descending along the trail to Chukhung, we continue
on to Dingboche for lunch. It is then another couple
of hours to the lovely village of Pangboche where we'll
camp for the night.
Day 19 Trek to Namche [3450m]
Today we follow the river and, after crossing it, climb
back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche.
Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam,
Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan
giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the
bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there
are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way
back to Namche.
Day 20 Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back
down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is
the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the
Sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some
chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable
Day 21 Fly to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the airstrip for the flight
back to Kathmandu
Day 22 Depart Kathmandu
Our The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport
for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours
such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet
tours, mountain biking etc).