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Everest Base Camp and Island peak – 17 Days

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Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN2930 Duration: 17 Days Trekking
Region: Everest Maximum Altitude: 6189 M. / 20423 ft.
Start: Kathmandu End: Kathmandu
Best Season: Sept – Nov, March – May Trekking Type: Tea House/ Camping
Group Size: Min 2 Price From: $ 2610/Person

Everest Base Camp and Island peak – Climbing Island Peak is an incredible experience for the adventurous trekker and the perfect introduction to full alpine mountaineering. Standing at 6,189m Island Peak is a real Himalayan summit and from the top there are the most spectacular views across the whole of the Khumbu region. Although you cannot actually see the summit of Everest because of the massive wall of Lohtse, the panorama of Ama Dablam, Lohtse and Mera Peak is incredible.

Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet. Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. Its massif includes neighbouring peaks Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft); Nuptse, 7,855 m (25,771 ft) and Changtse, 7,580 m (24,870 ft).

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345 meters. / 4,438 ft.)

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla (2,804 meters. / 9,253 ft.) Above the sea level. (35 Minute fly) then Trek to Phagding. (2,652 meters. / 8,751 ft.) Approx. 04 hrs. 

Day 03: Phagding to Namche Bazar (3,440 meters. / 11,352 ft.) Approx. 05 – 06 hrs.

 Day 04: Acclimatize day around Namche. I recommend to go to Everest view hotel as highest top star hotel in the World. (3,880 meters. / 12,804 ft.) Then visit Khumjung and Khumde village and back to Namche. Approx. 04/05 hrs.

Day 05: Namche to Tangbuche (3,870 meters. /12771 ft.) Approx. 05 hrs. 

Day 06: Tangbuche to Dingbuche (4360 meters. / 14,388 ft.) Approx. 05 hrs.

Day 07: Acclimatize day to climb Nagajun hill (5,160 meters. /17,028 ft.) Approx. 04 hrs.

Day 08: Dingbuche to Labuche (4,910 meters. /16,203 ft.) Approx. 05 hrs. 

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters / 17,701 ft.) & back to Gorekshep (5,180 meters / 17094 ft.) Approx. 08 hrs.

Day 10: Excursion to Kalapathar (5,550 meters. / 18,311 ft.) Back to Gorakship, continues walking down to Dingbuche. (4360 meters. / 13,893 ft.) 05 hrs. (If you can walk better , walk More down)

Day 11: Dingbuche to Chhukung (4,730 meters. / 15,609 ft.) Approx 03 hrs.

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970 meters. / 16,104 ft.) Approx 04 hrs.

Day 13: Climb up to Island Peak ( 6,189 meters. / 20,423 ft ) And trek back to Chhukung. Aprox 09 hrs.

Day 14: Chhukung to Tengboche ( 3870 meters. / 12771 ft.) Approx 05 hrs. 

Day 15: Tengboche to Monjo (2835 meters. / 9355 ft.) Approx 06 hrs.

Day 16: Monjo to Lukla (2804 meters. / 9253 ft.) Approx 06 hrs.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters / 4438 ft.)

We will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle.

Day 02: Transfer to airport for Kathmandu / Lukla flight (35 minute flight). (2804 meters / 9253 ft.) Then trek to Phakding (2652 meters / 8751 ft.) Approx. 4 hours

Early in the morning we drive to Tribhuwan domestic Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute flight to Lukla. Upon arrival we take you to a restaurant for a short stop to introduce you to your porters. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River. On our way to Phakding we can explore different villages. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat it is a short walk to Phakding. There we stay Overnight.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters / 11352 ft.) Approx. 5 – 6 hrs

Today, the walk is pleasant with a few ups and downs. We will have a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m / 21,675ft) from the Benkar village. After crossing the bridges we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. When entering the National Park boundary, we descend towards the suspension bridge of Dudh Koshi River to reach the last village till Namche which is call Jorsale village. We will also cross the highest bridge in this region over the Imja Tse River. Then continuing our trek, we walk along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with a magnificent view of Kwangde peak and Kusum Kanguru on the back. As you climb higher, you will have a view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse on the way to Namche.

Finally we reach colourful houses. Namche Bazaar is the central village of the Sherpa in Khumbu region. Moreover it is situated on a horseshoe shaped flank and it is crowded with about 250 buildings including lodges, store and banks. There is a plateau on the right side of the village entrance, where they have a bazaar every Saturday. Especially in the morning it is thronged with people. Namche Bazaar is the main gate of Khumbu region. We stay overnight.

Day 04: Acclimatization day around Namche Bazaar. Approx. 4 – 5 hrs.

On the following day we take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is a view point to see Mt. Everest, Lotse, Amadablam and many more mountains. You can also visit Sherpa Museum, a great place to learn about Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. Then we walk to the Syangboche airstrip & luxury Everest view hotel for acclimatization. After that stroll back to Namche. Namche Bazaar is a very old trade point. You can see Tibetans by crossing the Nangpa La Pass to sell cheap goods from China. Also you will enjoy Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. The village itself is a beautiful place to spend a day for proper acclimatization. Stay overnight.

Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3870 meters / 12771 ft.) approx. 5 hrs.

We start our trek with magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupste, close up of Thamserku and Amadablam. After some easy walk with view a of these mountains we walk down to Phungi Thanga. When crossing the suspension bridge uphill to Tengboche we reach the place of biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We will visit this monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went. Stay Overnight.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 meters / 14388 ft.) Approx. 6 hrs.

With witnessing the wonderful view the trail drops to Dibuche and crosses the suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. We climb to Pangboche, a village of the oldest Monastery in Khumbu Region. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Dingboche is one of that village where we have agriculture over the 4000 metres. Stay overnight.

 Day 07:  Acclimatization day in Dingboche.

Today is another day for acclimatisation. This day, we take a day’s hike to Nagarstang hill (4 – 5 hrs.), all the way to top is 5060 metres. If you reach the top it is great for your acclimatisation. If you don’t want to reach that top, we recommend you to go 400/ 500 metres from Dingboche and than back down for lunch. After than we have free time to take a rest. Stay overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters / 16203 ft.) Approx. 5 hrs.

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla. When continuing up the valley along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we pass a trail decorated with stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. Then we are heading to an altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Stay overnight.

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters / 17701 ft.) & back to Gorekshep (5180 meters / 17094 ft.) Approx. 8 hrs.

Start early and get to Gorakshep. After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. We will have early lunch then we head up to Everest Base Camp. During the main climbing season, we will see the encampments of expeditions from all over the world whose common aim is to make successful ascents of the world’s highest mountain. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek to Base Camp. Enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and ice fall, where the Everest expeditions begin. After spending some time there then walk back to Gorakship. Stay overnight.

Day 10: Excursion to Kalapattar (5549m meters /18311 ft.) & back down to Dingbuche (4210  meters / 13893 ft.) Approx. 7 hrs.

You will notice when up in the Base Camp that the Everest is not completely visible. From Gorak Shep, you walk down, up and up again to Kalapathar. You will climb up to Kalapather either sunrise or sunset time.  It will take 1 and half to 2 hours. All the effort is worth it as you get the best view of Mount Everest, Nuptse and Changtse with a little of Lhotse from here. Then we return to Gorakshep for food and descend to Dingboche.

Day 11: Dingbuche to Chhukung

From Dingboche to Chukkung, the trek is of 2 hours and easy. Chukkung is a beautiful valley nestled between mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Imja Tse etc. You can get a really good and close view of these mountains and their glaciers. The river Imja Khola runs past the Chukkung village where we will be lodging. We prepare for the climb.

Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp

From Chukhung we make a leisurely start following the Imja Valley with great views of Ama Dablam dominating the skyline and follow the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8,501 m) towards the sand flats at Pareshaya Gyab. It is only a short distance from here to the Base Camp, which we will reach in the mid-afternoon. Accommodation will be in a tented camp and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional camping team.

Day 13: Climb up to Island Peak and trek back to Chhukung

Today very early start from the base camp  around 01:00 am to 02:00 am need to start for the summit. It takes about 2 hours to reach the High camp then, we begin by climbing the rock gully. Then, we follow a ridge-line to the summit glacier and climb up a steep snow slope to reach the summit. Here, we will get an excellent view of the mountains. After spending some time here, we go back to high camp to base camp and all the way back to Chhukung.

Day 14: Chhukung to Tengboche

Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through various towns of Dingboche, Orsho, Shomare and Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend gradually through Debuche and then to Tengboche.

Day 15: Tengboche to Monjo

Crossing on yet another suspension bridge, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back through Namche Bazaar. A steep descent for down Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River and the small village of Monjo. Not only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means our porters have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.

Day 16: Monjo to Lukla 

Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi we make our final ascent down to Lukla, arriving sometime in the middle of the afternoon, affording ample time to relax and enjoy the feeling of a job well done. Lukla itself is a thriving community that is an eclectic mix of Sherpas, trekkers and soldiers and makes for a fascinating place to explore at the end of the trek.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Take a 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. We have to fly to Kathmandu in the morning time, because of the wind problems to fly the aircraft in the afternoon. Sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other unprecedented reasons that are beyond our control.  After reaching Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel you can rest and enjoy. When the trip ends, our airport representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

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Cost Includes: 

☛ Pickup / Drop international airport and Domestic airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Deepen on size of group)
☛ Flight ticket to Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. And Domestic airport tax.
☛ Everest National Park fee and Peak climbing permit.

☛ Garbage deposit fee (refundable)

☛ TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛ Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge

☛ Service of English speaking trekking guide. And Porters in trekking  Period. (We provide 1 porter for 2 Persons and    Maximum weight carried by one porter is total 25 Kg).

☛ Experience climbing Sherpa and more porters for climbing Period.

☛ Necessary staffs, and porters equipment

☛ All necessary camping and kitchen equipment: tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen tent, toilet tent.

☛ Climbing gears like rope, ice bar and all necessary things for climbing Period.
☛ Allowance, all food, accommodation, flight ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. And domestic Airport tax of guide.
☛ Allowance, all food, and accommodation of Porters.
☛ Insurance of guide and porters.
☛ All applicable government taxes and service charge.



Cost Excludes: 

☛ Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛ Personal Travel Medical and high-risk insurance (Compulsory.)

☛ Personal equipment, climbing gears and Climbing Bonus,

☛ Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek.
☛ Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛ Nepal Visa fee.
☛ Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

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  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer


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