EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK & ISLAND PEAK CLIMB (Optional)

Come join us for an amazing journey through the Himalayas.  This is a trip of  a lifetime and we are so excited to share it with you.  do you want to see some of the world’s most beautiful mountains?  Would you like to walk with the locals and experience the Buddhist cultural of the high Himalayas and the Hindu and Buddhist culture in Kathmandu?  I highly recommend it.  I love this trek because it is easy to find deep joy in such a serene setting with prayer flags, prayer stones, chanting, and monasteries all around.  It is spiritually moving and invigorating being in this part of our world.  The people are so nice and share a deep smile of true connectedness when they greet you.  The energy of this place will seep into your bones.  It can also make you so grateful!!!  The physical challenge will boost your moral and confidence and you breath trek along breathing the thin clean air of the Himalayas.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – 3:

Depart home & arrive at Kathmandu Airport.  You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.  We will have a briefing to get you orientated.

DAY 4:

We will go sightseeing in Kathmandu’s major places like Swayambhu monkey temple and the Bodnath Buddhist Stupa, and then in the evening we will have a Welcome dinner to get connected with the group.

DAY 5:

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 2610m (3hrs)-  We will take a Twin Otter to the landing strip in Lukla where we may see great views of the Himalayan range.  We then walk through the lush tropical part of the lower Himalayas along the Dudh Kosi river.

DAY 6:

Phakding to Namche Bazar 3440m (6hrs) – Continuing along the Dudh Kosi we will cross many beautiful bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags.  After the last bridge we will ascended 2,300 ft./700m through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests to Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft./3444m). This is the largest village in the Khumbu and is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, gold, dried meat, spices and other goods. Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu and is a great place to buy local gifts.  We will take an extra day here to acclimatize and explore.   On the hike, we’ll capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks.

DAY 7:

Explore Namche – We can hike up to the Himalayan hotel for views of Everest and further acclimatization.  (1000ft gain).  Then we can visit the museum, the shops, the local marketplace as well as vista points near town.

DAY 8:

Namche to Thame 3800m (5hrs) –  We will take a journey up to Thame where many of the climbing sherpas grew up that we know.  There is a lovely 400 year old monastery here we can visit.  The valley is less traveled and very serene!  We may have an opportunity to receive a blessing from the Thame Rinpoche (head priest).

DAY 9:

Thame to Kumjung (6hr)

From Thame, we’ll walk to the beautiful village of Kumjung (12,400 ft./3780m), one of the largest villages in the Khumbu and home of Sir Edmund Hillary’s hospital and school.

DAY 10:

Kumjung to Deboche (4-5hr) – We will climb to the village of Tengboche (12,683 ft./3865m), perched high on the hillside with great views of Ama Dablam and Everest.  This is the home of the largest monastery in the Khumbu.  This is a culturally fascinating and vibrant town that is sure to move your soul.  We will attend Buddhist ceremonies and the Sherpa Cultural Center.   Views from here are spectacular and include Kwangde (20,293 ft./6185m), Tawachee (21,457 ft./6540m), Nuptse (25,843 ft./7876m), Lhotse (27,883 ft/8498m), Everest (29,035 ft./8850m), Ama Dablam (22,487 ft./6854m), Kantega (22,235 ft./6777m), and Thamserku (21,674 ft./6606m).  We will then descend a short hike down to Deboche to stay the night.

DAY 11:

Deboche to Pheriche (13,907 ft./4238m) (4hr) – There is a center here for high altitude research here they study climbers and doctors come from all over to volunteer.  We will attend a high altitude lecture here and see a gammon bag in action.

DAY 12:

Pheriche rest day and acclimatization hike up the mountain behind the village for great views of where the valley splits.  We can see Island peak from here as well and see a small home built in the rock for meditation.

DAY 13:

Pheriche – Lobuje 16,174ft/4929m) (4-5hr) – We are getting now above tree line and things become more alpine like.  We will ascend the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier to Lobuje, a small town with a stream running through.  The Khumbu glacier is nearly 5 miles long and carves through the valley.

DAY 14:

Lobuje to Gorak Shep (16,924ft/5158m),(4-5hr)

We will ascend the valley passing the Italian Research Center which is a cool glass pyramid building that stands alone.  Gorak Shep is the last inhabited village before basecamp.  There is a large sandy beach here and Kala Patar peak offers the best vistas around of Everest.  We will either hike Kala Patar this afternoon or the day we head down.

DAY 15:

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp at (17,598 ft./5364m), (6hr) – We will hike to base camp along the glacier moraine which is rock on top of ice.  In the fall not many people climb Everest so there may not be any tents there but we will see the site and the views of the Khumbu icefall and the route up the mountain.  We will be hiking beneath stunning views of Lotse and Nuptse as well.

DAY 16:

Ghorekshep to Dingboche (6-7hr) – We will head up early to watch the sunrise as we ascend up to Kala Pattar (18,300 ft./5577m).  This is where many famous photos are taken of the largest mountains in the world.  We will then descend back down to Dingboche (14,450 ft./4404m) where the valley splits and heads up to Island Peak.   There are great views here of the Imja valley and Makalu in the distance.

DAY 17-19 Trekkers:

Dingboche to Namche (8hr) – If you are not climbing you can continue the journey down valley to Namche Bazaar for more fun and celebration here. You can enjoy the downhill walks taking your time to return to Namche Bazaar.  The next day you hike to Lukla, and day 19 fly to Kathmandu.

DAY 17- 20 Climbers:

We will head up the Imje valley to Chhukung(day 17) one day and the next day to Island Peak Base Camp (16,690ft/5087m) (day 18).   We will spend and preparations day (day 19)and then start the climb in early morning.  The climb (day 20) begins with a two hour scramble up to the Imja Tse glacier up a dirt and rocky trail.  We will head up before day light under magnificent stars and watch the sunrise from higher on the mountain.   There was a 30 minute glacier walk from the crampon point to the fix line. We will have to cross two crevasses sometimes equipped with a ladder or requiring a big step.   The fix line runs directly up the Southeast face then the route continues up the ridge to the summit.  The line is sixty five degrees for four hundred feet.

DAY 21-23

We will head down to Dingboche (day 21), next day to Namche on (day 22), and the next to Lukla (day 23) again enjoying the lushness of the lower altitude.

DAY 24:

Fly to Kathmandu

DAY 25:

Extra day for acclimatization or weather delays or sightseeing in Kathmandu.

DAY 26-27:

Fly Home

EXTRAS:

Visit Chitwan National Park trip (3 days)

Take a Rafting Trip near Kathmandu

Go Rock Climbing near Kathmandu

Please inquire if you are interested in these

 

PRICE:

2-4 people $9000 climb, $8000 trek only

4-6 people $5500 climb, $4800 trek only

6-9 people $4500 climb, $4000 trek only

10+ people $3400 climb, $3000 trek only

Deposit of 50% due 3 months prior to trip and payment in full 45 days before the start of the trip.

 

INCLUDES:

  • Pick up at Airport and transfer to your hotel
  • A night’s accommodation both before and after your climb
  • All trekking costs, including salaries, food, park fees, permits, insurance for porters, etc  (please note that this does not include tips for the porters or guides)
  • In country flight to Lukla
  • Lodging on the trek
  • Transfers back to airport for your return flights

 

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Flight from your home country to Nepal, Kathmandu
  • Visa ($30 for 30 days, purchased at airport on arrival with US cash only)
  • Tips for your mountain staff
  • Additional nights beyond the standard two hotel nights included
  • Hotel upgrade costs if you request an alternative hotel outside of the standard hotels
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as soft drink, snacks, bottled water,
  • Donations to monasteries
  • Showers on the trek, laundry service on the trek, etc.
  • Travel Insurance