Everest Base Camp and Island Peak (Imja Tse)
- Trek Code: BATE NEP 11
- Trek Name: Rowaling / Amphulepcha Pass / Lobuche East / Island Peak
- Grade: Strenuous
- Max Elevation: 6190m/20308ft
- Accommodation: Hotel / Lodge / Camp
- Meal: All meals on trek and Bed & breakfast in cities
- Transport: Flight or Private vehicle
- Trek Days: 14
- Total Days: 20
The Everest Base Camp and Island Peak Trek provide the opportunity to achieve two once-in-a-lifetime experiences in less than a month – trekking to the base of the world’s highest mountain and summiting a 6190-meter mountain in the Himalayan ranges. The mountain flight to Lukla (the starting point of the trek) is in itself an experience on its own. The trek takes you towards the Khumbu glacier where you will come face-to-face with the giants of the Khumbu region such as – to name a few – Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Everest.
What is included in the tour
- 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on (BB) Basis
- All airport transfers as per the itinerary
- Airfare: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Airfare for guide
- Domestic airport tax for guest and 1 guide
- All necessary permits e.g. Everest National Park etc.
- Peak permits for Lobuche East and Island Peak
- Service of Sherpa
- Climbing equipment for Sherpa
- Garbage deposit fee
- Full board during climbing period
- All camping equipment, climbing instructors and kitchen staff
- High altitude insurance policy coverage for climbing guide and staff
- Professional licensed Trekking Guide
- Accommodation during Trekking
- Porter (maximum 30kg luggage per porter)
- Insurance for Nepali staff (Trekking Guide and Porter)
- Fully loaded medical kit box
- Trekking Kit Bag
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
- Personal climbing and trekking gears
- Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc.
- Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)
- Gratuities for staff
- Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances
- Services not mention herein
- Trek to World’s highest Mt. Everest base camp
- Nepal’s biggest Khumbu and longest Ngozumpa glaciers
- Three great high passes (Kongma-la, Cho-la & Renjo-la pass)
- Namche Bazaar-the Sherpa’s capital
- Explore traditional Sherpa villages & experience their culture, traditions & hospitality
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)
Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met the airport and transferred to the Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you a short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites: (BB)
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 10 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last-minute questions answered. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla. Trek begins. Phakding: 2610m/8727ft, Lunch at Cheplung. (Full Board)
Take the morning flight a thrilling experience to the dramatic airfield at Lukla (2,860m) where we are immediately in amongst the peaks. The sudden change in altitude can leave some of us quite breathless, but we descend to Chaplung (2680m) before lunch to let ourselves adEPt more gradually. The afternoon is an easy introduction to the trek up the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, passing huge carved mane stones and prayer wheel shrines, to our night lodge at Phakding. The lodges on the first half of the trek are good: twin rooms with comfortable mattresses and nice glazed dining rooms with stoves for cold weather days. The menus include all sorts of wholesome favorites: pasta, noodle and rice dishes with remarkably fresh vegetables, puddings and every variety of hot drinks. The lodges have the same pattern all the way up, but understandably they become a bit more simple right at the top of the trek - though still remarkably good for the location. We always select the best of the standard lodges in each night stop. O/N Lodge at Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar: 3440m/11286ft, Lunch at Jorsale. (Full Board)
Through blue pine and Rhododendron forests, we continue gradually upriver to reach Monzo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just beyond, after crossing the river on one of the excellent new pedestrian suspension bridges, we take lunch at one of the tea houses that line the banks at Jorsale (2775m). So far our gain in height has been barely perceptible, but the afternoon sets us a fairly tough challenge, exaggerated by the early stage of our acclimatization. Rising first to cross a marvelous bridge high above the Imja Khola, we then gradually ascend the ridge opposite. And halfway up, we should be able to look out for our first view of Everest ahead. We must also look out for pack-yaks which we will see from now on; generally good-natured, we should still keep up-side of these huge beasts - avoiding a playful nudge! We arrive at Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu district capital, built within a natural amphitheater setting surrounded by peaks, and now a thriving lodge town. O/N Hotel in Namche.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche: 3440m/11286ft, Lunch at Namche (Full Board)
After breakfast, we explore this next of Khumbu region; we hike up to Khumjung village and school founded by Sr. Edmond Hilary, Namche local market, Museum. There is plenty to do and explore around Namche, including the Sherpa museum above the village. O/N Hotel in Namche.
Day 06: Namche-Khumjung, option via Thame: 3820m/12529ft, Lunch at Thame. (Full Board)
This allows us to either take the short direct route up to Khumjung, or the more strenuous option up the beautiful Nangpo river, through undisturbed little villages, to the lovely village of Thame. After lunch here we can visit the monastery perched on the hillside above. This is one of the best active gompas in Khumbu, with marvelous paintings and approached by a path winding along the longest carved Mani wall in Nepal. Returning, we detour to the ridgeline that separates the village from the amazing long view north toward the Nangpa La over into Tibet and Cho Oyu dominating the skyline. We return down the river before contouring above Namche to reach the less touristy twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung (3780m), fine villages populated by more affluent Sherpa families, and dominated by the beautiful peaks of Ama Dablam. Those who took the short option straight up from Namche should at least go up to one of the many viewpoints, for a bit of a preview of the peaks to come including Everest, and to boost their acclimatization process. O/N Lodge in Khumjung.
Day 07: Khumjung-Deboche: 3820m/12529ft, Lunch at Phungithanga: (Full Board)
A lovely morning making our way down through the forested hillside to the Imja Khola (3245m), with Tham Serku peak straight across the valley and the beautiful form of Ama Dablam ahead. It is worth taking a good break at the tea houses of Pungo Tenga over the bridge, as it is a continuous climb up from here to lunch. There are some wonderful water-driven prayer-wheels here. On the winding way up through the rich forest, we are very likely to encounter groups of Himalayan Tahr grazing on inaccessible slopes above our heads. We reach the famous monastery of Thyangboche (3930m) for lunch. As well as giving us our next view of the summit of Everest above Nuptse ridge, this is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and its second rebuilding this century is now nearly complete, after burning down in 1989. There is increasing importance to comfortably integrate its religious role with the demands of western visitors so that the sanctity of this wonderful site is maintained. Some lodges have been built here, under some pressure, fine to eat in and base our afternoon visit to the monastery itself, but they can get uncomfortably crowded at night. So, after plenty of time to absorb the tranquility and atmosphere of the whole set, we head on a bit, a 20-minute gentle descent to our peaceful, comfortable lodge at Deboche in a garden set amongst these beautiful forests. O/N Lodge in Deboche.
Day 08: Deboche-Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft, Lunch at Somare: (Full Board)
This is a short easy morning, first continuing down to recross the Imja Khola at a dramatic bridged gorge, before continuing the short way to Pangboche (3900m), where there is plenty of time before lunch to climb to the gompa above the village. This dates from the original settlement of the area by the Sherpas from their origins in Tibet, and is a more private and intimate gompa than Thyangboche; respect should be shown to not be obtrusive with cameras or dress. After lunch, we continue up through beautiful mossy forests as the landscape starts to feel distinctly more elevated. The dramatic towers of Ama Dablam dominate overhead as the valley splits, the Imja to the right and the Khumbu to the left. We will be heading up the Khumbu to Everest, but now we have reached the right altitude to take another acclimatization day. Of the two villages that head the valleys, Dingboche on the Imja Khola is far the nicer, out of the wind-down from the north that can make Pheriche, where the Himalayan Rescue Association post is located. O/N Lodge in Dingboche.
Day 09: Dingboche-Lobuche: 4910m/16105ft, Lunch at Thugla: (Full Board)
Today we start our final approach to the base camp area. It’s easy enough to start with, as we round the ridge above Dingboche by a single chorten, and contours along wide grassy slopes all the way to Duglha (4595m) our lunch stop. Then we climb steeply up the terminal moraine at the snout of the Khumbu glacier, until we come out alongside it at a ridge lined by hundreds of cairns dedicated to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives in attempts on Everest and other peaks. We continue alongside the glacier finally crossing what is now no more than a stream to Lobuche our lodge stop. There are limited individual rooms available here and in peak season we sometimes have to fall back on sleeping in the still very comfortable dormitory of the best lodge. O/N Lodge in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche-Gorak Shep, KalEPattar (5550m/18204ft) Everest viewpoint: 5140m/16859ft, Lunch at Gorakshep: (Full Board)
We make an early start, about 6.30-7.00am, to cover the few hours alongside the Khumbu glacier up to Gorak Shep (5180m) at the base of Kalapattar. Crossing open unexpected sand flat we start to climb on a good well-trodden path. Its pretty breathless walking, but we adopt a deliberately slow, steady rhythm taking plenty of short breaks to watch the view gradually unfold as we go up. The final slopes become rocky as we approach the top (5555m), decked in colored prayer flags. A stunning 360-degree panorama awaits us. The dramatic free-standing form of Pumori directly in front of us, Changtse in Tibet, and across the wide space of the Khumbu glacier, the vast black pyramid of Everest itself, down as far as the South Col which joins it to Lhotse. This is the ideal time to be here, early enough to be most sure of clear views, but late enough to allow the sun to swing southward and light the peaks directly - too early and all you see is a silhouette! The dramatic end of the Nuptse ridge dominates the foreground, and so many lesser peaks spread away southward. We look down on base camp on the edge of the glacier. It is obvious why so many people go to this effort to stand here. Taking as long as we want at the top, we descend to Gorak Shep for lunch. We stay here tonight, so we can take it easy this afternoon. Clear sunsets in the Himalaya are rarer than clear dawns, but if there is even a hint of one, we should take our chance and go up KalEPattar again. Sunset on Everest from here is pure magic, gold to pink catching the tips of the peaks, subtly fading with the light - worth every effort. It turns very cold after losing the sun - wrap up in everything you brought, down jacket and all. Don't forget your head-torch for descent. O/N Himalayan Lodge in Gorakshep.
Day 11: Options to Everest base camp (5364m/17594ft) or Pumori ridge Everest viewpoint: 5140m/16859ft, Packed Lunch: walk down to Lobuche (Full Board)
A choice of options today: base camp itself or the best viewpoint of all on the slopes of Pumori. There is no view from the base camp area except a foreshortened one of the chaos of the Khumbu Icefall. The point of the visit is purely its historic significance, and some feel duty-bound to go there. The route is over the rock-strewn surface of the glacier itself and is marked by large ice seracs, peculiar to the Himalayas. The route varies year by year, and there is not one particular site for the camp, as each expedition prefers a different location. If the visibility on the previous day was anything less than perfect, a return visit to Kalapattar is a far more rewarding option. A more challenging day's option is to take the route to Pumori base camp and then scramble the rocky path above to the best Everest viewpoint of all. Only from here is it possible to see right into the Western Cwm with the Lhotse face behind; all of the classic '53 route to the summit. It was right here on the first recce that Ed Hillary and Eric Shipton first discovered that, against all odds, the mountain would 'go' - there was a climbable route from this side. We should only take this Pumori viewpoint option if we're definitely feeling good with the altitude. Except for very small groups, we can usually run both options. We walk down to Gorakshep and further downhill to Lobuche. O/N Himalayan Lodge in Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche to Lobuche East Base Camp: 5400m/17,712ft, Lunch at Thugla: (Full Board)
Our return to Namche takes only 3 days, as we are now well acclimatized. Following the side of the glacier back to its snout at Thuglha where we have lunch, we continue in the afternoon to Dingboche. O/N Lodge in Dingboche.
Day 13: Summit day. Return to base camp: (Full Board)
We now rejoin the Imja Khola and follow down the north bank through beautiful forests to have lunch at Pangboche. Recrossing the gorge it's an easy afternoon to Deboche our nightspot. O/N Lodge in Deboche.
Day 14: Contingency Day
Day 15: Lobuche Base camp to Tenboche:
Day 16: Tenboche to Nambazaar: 3440m/11283ft, Lunch at Kyangjuma: (Full Board)
With another chance to visit Thayangboche, we descend to cross the river again, having lunch Kyanjuma, before the last leg to Namche. O/N Hotel in Namche.
Day 17: Namche - Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at Phakding: (Full Board)
Steeply down the ridge again to the suspension bridge, we follow the river down the way we came up, as far as Phakding for lunch. In the afternoon we continue down to Lukla. This is where we tip the staff (not compulsory but definitely customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except for trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N Lodge at Phakding
Day 18: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu: (BB)
We catch the spectacular flight past the mountains back to Kathmandu. We are met and brought back to a warm welcome and the comforts of the Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 19: Day at leisure: (BB)
This pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure and either relax at the hotel
Organic farm & lunch/cooking class/introductory Yoga O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB)
Day 20: Holiday extension or final departure:
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to the airport for final departure flight.