- Stand at the base of Mt Everest in awe of its majesty and size. Witness the sun setting over Everest from –
- Kalapatthar, known as the Everest viewpoint
- Fly into the high altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience in itself.
- Visit Sherpa villages with their Tibetan-like peoples and yak herders.
- Be stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls.
- Pass through Sagarmatha National Park with its unique flora and fauna.
Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, is the greatest challenge and one of the most famous mountains on earth. It has unique beauty, mystery, and mood. Successful historical Everest Expeditions leave one with the sense of the proudest and adventurous people on Earth. Mt. Everest’s local name gives you a sense of how the mountain commands from all who see her. Standing incredibly tall silhouetted against the shared sky of Nepal and Tibet, this mountain has many names: Chomolungma, Sagarmatha, and of course, Mt. Everest. Whichever name one chooses. its vagueness still lives on. Most of the mountaineers dream to reach the summit of Everest in their lifetime
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu airport
Arrive Kathmandu airport. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We will stay in the Thamel district of Kathmandu, centrally located close to all amenities. Today can be spent at leisure in Thamel or sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 02: You will be up early and our team will go out and explore Kathmandu
You will be up early and our team will go out and explore Kathmandu. We will run a half-day sightseeing tour visiting most of the most important sights in the Kathmandu valley. Free time to spend as you wish in Kathmandu and pick up any last-minute items needed for the trip.
Day 03: We will leave early this morning for the scenic flight into the Himalayas
We will leave early this morning for the scenic flight into the Himalayas, landing at Lukla at 2,800m/ 9,186 feet. We will begin our trek from here and walk to either Phakding at 2,600m/ 8,530 feet or Monjo at 2,850m/ 9350 feet for our first nights stay in the mountains. This will either be a 3 or 5/6 hour hike.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding or Monjo to Namche Bazaar at 3,440m/ 11,286 feet
Trek from Phakding or Monjo to Namche Bazaar at 3,440m/ 11,286 feet. We will trek along the Dudh Khose River, before crossing the river on many suspension bridges, before making the steep climb into Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main trading town for the Sherpa people and a busy market town, frequented by Tibetans selling their wares. We will have 3 nights in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazar is the perfect place for the necessary acclimatization
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for the necessary acclimatization. We take an acclimatization walk up to the Sherpa Museum at 3,600m/ 11,811 feet before returning to Namche and the Himalayan lodge for Lunch. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the town and enjoy the local bakeries and a few games of pool at Cafe Danphe bar.
Day 06: Shangbouche hill at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet
After breakfast, we will make our way up Shangbouche hill at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. It will take a few hours to reach our summit. You will be treated by some of the best Himalayan views including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Thamserku and so many more. We will spend 30 minutes at this high point before dropping back at the lodge for lunch. Once again you can rest in Namche for the afternoon.
Day 07: Travel from Namche to Tengbouche
Today we will travel from Namche to Tengbouche. We enjoy a walk around the valley, getting views of many of the great Himalayan peaks, including Ama Dablam. Tengboche has an important monastery in the area, where people congregate for the Mani Rimbdu festival in November every year. We will sleep in Tengboche tonight at 3,867m/ 12,687 feet.
Day 08: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. After trekking for about an hour, we cross through a dangerous landslide area of the trail, before moving to Pangbouche for a tea break. We can enjoy spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then continue walking up the Imja valley until we reach the picturesque village of Dingboche at 4,410m/ 14,468 feet above sea level.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Today is spent as another acclimatization day in Dingboche. There is the option to walk to Pheriche 4,200m/ 13,779 feet to attend a seminar on Altitude Sickness run by the Mountain Rescue Association, then return to Dingboche. We will also try and acclimatize up to 5,000m/16,404 feet on the ridge above Dingboche.
Day 10: Hike up to Chuckung at 4,700m/ 15,419 feet.
Today the team will hike up to Chuckung at 4,700m/ 15,419 feet. We will head deeper into the Imja valley into the shadow of Lhotse. We will do some ladder crossing training. We will also rig up some ropes and do some Jumaring, safety, and abseiling training just outside our lodge in Chuckung.
Day 11: hike up Chuckung Ri at 5,500m
Today we will get up for breakfast and then hike up Chuckung Ri at 5,500m and return to the lodge for lunch. You can relax and make sure all equipment is ready before moving into Island peak base camp the next day. Some items can be left at the lodge and retrieved on return from Island peak.
Day 12: Trek into the Island peak base camp
We will have a relaxed morning and early lunch before making the 3-hour trek into the Island peak base camp. We will plan on arriving at Island peak base camp by 2 or 3 pm. We will set up our base camp and relax at our new altitude of 5,100m/ 16,732 feet.
Day 13: Some training for higher on Island peak
Today we will wait until the sun comes up before we get out of the tent. We will have breakfast and then start training. We will rig up a big abseil, along with some training for higher on Island peak. We will spend the morning and afternoon if needed to train and prepare for the climb ahead of us.
Day 14: High camp on Island peak at 5,500m/ 18,044 feet
From Everest Base Camp today we will go halfway into the icefall and do some training; getting used to crossing ladders and using our equipment in the tricky Khumbu Icefall. After breakfast, we will hydrate and rest in base camp. We will pack up tents, equipment, and move our operation to high camp on Island peak at 5,500m/ 18,044 feet
Day 15: Summit attempt on Island Peak 6,189m/ 20,305ft
Today we will make our summit attempt on Island Peak 6,189m/ 20,305ft, however, this may be delayed due to weather conditions. This is a long hard climb; initially there is a steep 400m/1,312ft zig-zag rocky scree path with some scrambling, before a scramble and traverse across to a steeper section of rock. This is straight forward trekking, but very strenuous and once you hit 5,900m/ 19,357ft the altitude slows the pace dramatically and the final rock section never seems to end, but once you dig deep, we top out onto a narrow ridge which takes us to the start of the glacier. We get all our gear on, rope up and cross the glacier before the 100m/ 328ft head wall which is fixed by our climbing Sherpa’s, before the tricky final section to the summit. After we enjoy our summit success, we begin the long decent back to high camp. We will rest for a couple of hours before making the journey all the way back to Chuckung.
Day 16: From Chuckung to Lobuche
From Chuckung we will have another long day as we head to Lobuche. We will have to be up early to gather gear we left in Chuckung, repack and then head towards the kongma la pass at 5,528m/ 18,136 feet before dropping down the other side towards Lobouche 4,920m/ 16,141 feet. This is a long 8 hour day.
Day 18: Getting used to Everest life on the glacier
Today we will leave for Everest Base Camp and start getting used to Everest life on the glacier. You will get into your tent and join the rest of the people looking to climb higher on the mountain.
Day 19: Rest day
Today is a rest day. Taking time to clean up and reorganize equipment personal gear and start preparing to go into the icefall.
Day 20: Cross a few ladders and aim for 5,500m/ 18,044 feet
Today we will have breakfast before gearing up to head halfway into the icefall. We will cross a few ladders and aim for 5,500m/ 18,044 feet. We will manage this and limit the risk of climbing in this area. We will return to Everest base camp and rest up.
Day 21: Back up the Khumbu Ice Fall to Everest Camp One 6,100m/ 20,013 feet
We will head back up the Khumbu Ice Fall to Everest Camp One 6,100m/ 20,013 feet, where we will stay overnight camping on the mountain.
Day 22: Head to Mount Everest Camp 2
After our night's stay at Camp One, we will wake early and head to Mount Everest Camp 2, where we will have an overnight stay at the 6,400m/ 20,997 feet.
Day 23: Trek up to the base of the legendary Lhotse Face at 6,750m/ 22,145 feet
Today we will trek up to the base of the legendary Lhotse Face at 6,750m/ 22,145 feet before returning back to Mount Everest Camp 2 for a second night and enjoy the success of climbing high on Mt. Everest.
Day 24: Return to Everest Base Camp
From Mount Everest Camp 2 we will return all the way to Everest Base Camp, where we will camp overnight before moving back down the valley.
Day 25: Head down the valley to Dingboche at 4,410m/ 14,468 feet
From Base Camp, we will head down the valley to Dingboche at 4,410m/ 14,468 feet for our night's stay.
Day 26: Head from Dingboche down to Tengboche
We will head from Dingboche down to Tengboche to stay the night.
Day 27: Trek from Tengboche back to Namche Bazaar
Trek from Tengboche back to Namche Bazaar, where we can spend the evening celebrating our success in cafe Danphe
Day 28: Back to Phakding
We will make the journey back to Phakding and break up the journey back to Lukla.
Day 29: Final day of trekking from Phakding back to Lukla
Today we will have our final day of trekking from Phakding back to Lukla, where we will spend the night awaiting our early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 30: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and spend the day at leisure in Kathmandu, taking that well-deserved shower!
Day 31: Transfer to Airport for your international flight
Transfer to Airport for your international flight.
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