Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative. After the completion of immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your choice, you can either visit our office site where you can meet your trekking guide or stroll around the streets of Thamel - a tourist hub in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Prepare for a guided city tour that covers several spiritual landmarks of Kathmandu. The top attractions of city tour will be Pashupatinath- the sacred Hindu temple, Swayambhunath- the famous 'Monkey Temple' and Bouddhanath-one of the largest Stupas in the world. These historical palaces and spiritual shrines reflect the superb architecture of ancient Nepal. After the city tour, you will engage on upcoming trip preparation with your trek members. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Note: B-Breakfast, D-Dinner, L-Lunch
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800m) - Phakding (2,652m): 3 - 4 hrs
In the morning you board for a scenic flight to Lukla - a gateway from where the trek begins. The scenic flight about 35 minutes gives you a perfect sight of tremendous Himalayan Range. From Lukla, the trek begins passing through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka and in due course gets in to Phakding. On the trail you come across plenty of prayer rocks. Overnight at Phakding. (BLD)
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5 - 6 hrs
Walking through a pine forest, the trail leads you along the Dudh Koshi River. While on the way you encounter with wonderful view of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,618m). Passing through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, you reach at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Next, the trail climbs through the forests and bridges to reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Prior to reaching in Namche Bazaar, the trail passes through Jorsale Village and while on the trail you will have first sight of Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche. (BLD)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day
This will be the proper acclimatization day with some excursion around the landmarks of Namche Bazaar – the trading hub of Everest region which is also known as Sherpa Capital. In the center of Namche you can visit the mountaineering museum and spend some quality time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa. Next, you can visit to Sagarmatha National Park headquarter and the Tourist Visitor Centre as well. Beyond the centre of this Sherpa Capital, you can hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. Besides, you can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche before returning back to Namche. Overnight in Namche. (BLD)
Day 06: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m): 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfast in Namche, the trek begins to Tengboche. The wonderful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Aba Dablam (6,856m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,896m) and close up view of Mt.Thamserku make you breathless. While crossing wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar, the trail gradually leads you to Sansa. Next, the trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River and then prepares for a little tough climb till to Tengboche. Tengboche is popular for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at Tengboche. (BLD)
Day 07: Tengboche - Pheriche (4,200m): 4 - 5 hrs
After capturing spectacular morning views of Tengboche monastery, today at first you will follow a descending trail till to a river. From the river, you will follow a climbing trail to cross Pangboche – a traditional Sherpa village. From the village, the forthcoming ascending trail brings you at Pheriche - a nice wide village located on a riverside inside a wide mountain valley. After reaching at Pheriche, you can attend a class with a mountain specialist in the Medical Clinic. Overnight stay at Pheriche. (BLD)
Day 08: Pheriche - Lobuche (4,930m): 5 - 6 hrs
This section the trip at first brings you at Dugla following an easy trail. From the Dugla, you will follow a climbing trail on the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You will find your way through the boulder-strewn slope as you ascend Chupki Lhara - an eerie ridge top with incredible mountains views. At the top of the ridge you will witness a memorial site of Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa from Nepal. The forthcoming descending trail brings you again at the Khumbu Glacier moraine and eventually at Lobuche. In between the trail you will enjoy views of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, and several other peaks. Overnight in Lobuche. (BLD)
Day 09: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170m) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. While trekking ahead to Gorak Shep you will see the crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. As you reach Gorak Shep, you will see snow-capped mountains looming all around you including the top of the world - Mt. Everest (8,848m). From Gorak Shep you move towards Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp of top of the world you will have the views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori. Mt. Everest is not visible from the base camp. The experience of being at the foothill of world’s highest mountain cannot be expressed in words. Next, trek down to Gorakshep. Overnight at Gorak Shep. (BLD)
Day 10: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Lobuche : 8 - 9 hrs
Today’s journey starts early in the morning to get Kalapattar. This is the place from where you can see the wide view of Everest. Your dream will come true here. During the trek to Kala Patthar familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower including Nuptse and Everest. While ascending to Kala Patthar, you can pause to catch several outstanding view points to snap pictures. As you reach the top, gigantic views of mountains and glaciers around you give a sense of heaven including close-up view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam and Pumori. You wander from one mighty massif to another at this junction. It will be a tremendous moment in your life that comes once in a lifetime. After taking photo shots of spectacular mountain massifs you again trek down to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche. (BLD)
Day 11: Lobuche - Dingboche (4,360m) - Chhukung (4,730m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today at first you will follow a descending trail to reach at Lobuche River from where you will climb a steepest trail up to Dingboche. Dingboche welcomes you with beautiful array of fields and grazing animals. Then the next section of the trip today passing through the stone walled fields and alpine landscapes at first reaches at Imja Khola valley and then to the site raven by glacier moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. The pleasant trek while passing through the trails of Imja Khola valley encounters with towering views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. While trekking forth you will come across Bibre – a yak herdsman’s place from where the straight trail ahead passes through the soaring and awesome pyramidal views of the Island peak (Imja Tse) - a most popular trekking peak in the Everest region. While enjoying the spectacular views of Himalayan peaks, the trail eventually lands you at Chhukung. Chhukung, the overnight destination of the day, is full of glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around. After reaching at Chhukung, you can hike Chhukung Ri to see the stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse, and several other peaks. Overnight at Chhukung.(BLD)
Day 12: Chhukung -Island Peak Base camp (5,200m): 3 - 4 hrs
Initially, it will be another pleasant trek today in which you will follow a slightly climbing trail in the Imja Khola valley. The next section of the trail passes through the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. In the third place, the zigzag trail through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines brings you at Island Peak Base camp - a wide valley neighboring the south western side of Island peak. Upon reaching at the base camp, you can engage on pre-climbing training with the guides to boost your climbing adventure confidence. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. (BLD)
Day 13: Base Camp - Island Peak - Base Camp (5,600m): 12 - 13 hrs
The adventurous journey today brings you to the climax of the trip. Hence, you will wake up very early at around 1 to 2 AM so that you can conquer the summit of Island Peak successfully. The adventurous trek today commences from the base camp following the sandy trail initially and then the trip walks over the boulder strewn on the route. The next section of the trail climbs a hill. The more you climb the hill the more you face narrow slope and the trail enters into a steep rock channel. The forthcoming trail climbs a rock gully. After crossing several rocks on the route, you will follow a ridgeline till to reach at an exhilarating snout of the summit glacier. The forthcoming trail passes through the glacier and hence you trek in the several crevasses zone. The trip onward in the glacier needs the support of guides to fix ropes wherever requires. While crossing glacier crevasses, the trail ahead passing through a steep snow slope brings you to the summit ridge. After conquering the peak you can enjoy magnificent mountain vistas in the Everest region and even capture the fantastic picture from the summit. At the end you will retrace down to Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp. (BLD)
Day 14: Reserve Day for Contingency
You are adventuring in the tallest and remote mountain range in the world and hence there is no such guarantee that you can get quite a favorable weather condition suitable to planned itinerary. Therefore, this day is used as a contingency in case if you are unable to summit the peak on the planned day due to bad weather or some other reasons like problems in acclimatization. If the weather gets extremely unfavorable it will be better to postpone the program of summiting the peak for today. If everything goes smoothly, we are not in-need of this spare day. Overnight at Base Camp. (BLD)
Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp - Pangboche (3,985m): 5 - 6 hrs
After celebrating the climax of the trip, today you will follow a descending trail that brings you to Pangboche - a scenic village which is blessed with Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga to the east, and the Kongde range to the south. Overnight at Pangboche. (BLD)
Day 16: Pangboche - Namche Bazzar: 4 - 5 hrs
Today you will follow a descending trail enjoying the company of impressive mountains and forests views. From Pangboche the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. While on the trial you come across Tengboche Monastery - the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The journey stops at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a tranquil lunch. At this place you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse. Next, the trail to Namche passes through pleasant valleys and pasture lands. Ultimately, you reach in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (BLD)
Day 17: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2,800m): 6 - 8 hrs
Even if you are trekking in the same trail, you feel completely different experiences. You walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flags. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can stroll around. Overnight at Lukla. (BLD)
Day 18: Lukla - Kathmandu Scenic Flight
It will be your fly back time to Kathmandu. This short and scenic flight makes you feel nostalgic because of the glimpses of snowy mountains. In Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel where you can take rest or may stroll around the streets of Thamel for souvenir shopping or may explore around popular tourist attractions nearby Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu. (BD)
Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It will be an extra day set aside to manage any unintended hindrances like flight delays or cancellations that may occur during the trip. Since, the 15th day of your trip will be schedule according to your desire. You may roam around UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley or make a short excursion around the hilltop station near Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a trip celebration dinner with your team. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 20: Departure from Nepal
The adventure trek to the tallest mountain range in the Himalaya offering you the chance of intermingle with Sherpa culture and conquering Island Peak expedition with Everest Base Camp trek formally comes to end today. Hence, before 3 hours of scheduled flight, Himalayan Pleasure Trekking representatives will take you to airport. On your way to home, we hope, you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure trip in the Himalayas. Or you can extend your Nepal stay for more couple of days. (B)
You are preparing to trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence, during this the physically demanding mountain trek you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Himalayan Pleasure strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung, and blood diseases make known to us before booking this trip.
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in every day basis and at times it even exceeds to 8 – 9 hours. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit for few weeks before booking this trip.
Himalayan Pleasure does not sell or arrange insurance. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise during the trip. Your insurance must cover medical issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur during the trip. In such cases, you have to take the facility like air ambulance, helicopter rescue, clinical attention and so many others.
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers. The more you go higher altitude the lesser will be availability of Oxygen. Therefore, your body requires many days to adopt the newer situation in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Himalayan Pleasure’s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem. With our expert team you can easily cop with altitude sickness problem.
Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Himalayan Pleasure has arranged most hospitable, more professional and long time experienced crew members. Your local trip members will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide, Eco Trekking, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity trainings.
During the trek in the mountains you will be served with typical Nepali food along with Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian dishes. You will have access to hot chocolate, breads, drink, and snack as well. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea houses or at the local lodges where you spent the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnight sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails. The lunch will be prepared with your team member. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
During your stay in Kathmandu, you will enjoy the best class hotel accommodation where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses. You too can request for single room but it costs around USD 250. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible.
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate travelers’ adventure dreams in the Himalayas. It is our serious-concern that the porters should be paid well and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situation, we give equal rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude. Besides, we too are concern about Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of protecting the rights of porter. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 15 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly.
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural order, to conserve environment, and to love nature. Himalaya region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalaya region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby ecotourism.
Trekking Group Arrangement
Himalayan Pleasure generally provides one leader for the trip operation and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers there will be one assistance guide. In case of porters there will be one porter for two trekkers. This arrangement helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at time as well.
The best seasons for travelling in the Himalayas are Autumn and Spring. Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking the Himalayas even in the Winter and Summer seasons. In the Winter season, cold slightly affects the trips. But, travelling in the Summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist.
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