EBC Trek and Island Peak 2020 May 10th (Full- Board) & Lukla-Namche Heli Ride - 21 Days

  • Trip Code HTA-97
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
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About Trip:

Trip Introduction: -

Embark on a wonderful adventure with Island Peak trekking and climbing that takes you into the heartland of the Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks in the Everest Region with an impressive and highly glaciated West Face that rises from the Lhotse Glacier. The Island peak climbing itinerary has been designed very professionally by taking care of proper and gradual acclimatization at suitable intervals. Before scaling the peak, we also take you to possibly the most popular trekking destination in the world - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar - for the close-up views of Mt. Everest and other high mountains. The journey begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrips in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Everest Region.

Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those adventurer seekers who are energetic and physically fit and wish for both trekking and climbing experience at one go.

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary: -  

May 10th-Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

May 11st-Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trip Preparation

May 12th-Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft): 40 min flight, Reserved

Helicopter Ride from Lukla to Namche Bazaar on the same day.

May 13th-Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

May 14th-Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

May 15th-Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche or Debuche (3,870m/12,694ft)

: 5- 6 hours

May 16th-Day 07: Tengboche or Debuche to Dingboche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5

hours

May 17th-Day 08: Acclimatization & Rest Day in Dingboche

May 18th-Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

May 19th-Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back

to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours

May -20th Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and head to

Dingboche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

May -21st Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours

May -22nd Day 13: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek

back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours (Same Day Training)

May -23rd Day 14: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4

hours

May -24th Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Island peak High Camp

May -25th Day 16: Island peak high camp (5,500m/ 18,044ft.) to Island Peak

Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 8-10 hours

May -26th Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangbuche/Tengbuche

(3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

May -27th Day 18: Pangbuche/Tengbuche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

May -28th Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

May -29th Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu

May – 30st Day 21: Final Departure

Cost Includes:

What Is Included

  • Domestic flight services between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • International & domestic airport transfers from and to Hotel
  • All ground transportations in tourist vehicles as per itinerary
  • Lukla- Namche Bazaar Reserved Helicopter ride.
  • Accommodation in Star level hotel with bed and breakfast facility in Kathmandu (3 nights) as per itinerary (stay on sharing basis on whole trip)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while trekking as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges/guest houses sharing basis while trekking
  • Tents of good quality similar to North Face
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking and climbing related permits and fees like National Park Permit, TIMS, Island Peak climbing permit, etc.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu.
  • Professional, government licensed, helpful and English-speaking guide/s with necessary porters
  • All costs of Nepalese staffs including their wages, insurance, food and accommodation, domestic flights, transportation and other related costs.
  • Himalayan Traverse Adventure duffel bags is yours to take.
  • Government and local state taxes as per itinerary
  • Some necessary group equipment like ropes, ice-screw, snow bar for climbing.
  • Professional High-altitude climbing Sherpa

Cost Excludes:

What is not Included

  • International airfares to and from Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason than scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal Extra expenses by member like Laundry fees, drinks, phone calls, shower, etc.
  • Kathmandu City Tour Entrance fees.
  • All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Personal climbing gears and equipment.
  • Good Tips for guides, porters and drivers
  • Excess Baggage charges
  • Optional tours and sightseeing
  • Services more than included in “Trip Includes” section.

Itinerary: -  

May 10th-Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Traverse who will take us to star level hotel. After checking in, we may take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

-Included meals: Breakfast

 

May 11st-Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trip Preparation

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Traverse. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

 

May 12th-Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft): 40 min flight, Reserved Helicopter Ride from Lukla to Namche Bazaar on the same day.

Early in the morning we take short scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which will be about 35 minutes and we start our journey for Everest Base Camp. As we land on Tenzing Hillary Airport we hold on a bit in Lukla as the guides and porters manage the baggage. Then we have a reserved helicopter ride from Lukla to Namche Bazaar on the same day. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

May 13th-Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

After breakfast we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. This day we cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 14th-Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day

This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. There are a few options set aside for this day. We can either stroll around Namche’s quaint villages or come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. While in the Namche village or upon returning from the hike to the Everest View Hotel, trekkers may also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region.

For trekkers who want to hike for a little longer, a hike to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 15th-Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche or Debuche (3,870m/12,694ft) : 5- 6 hours

After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. It is an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery of the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value”), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:pm so we reach there by three. And, if we are lucky, we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 16th-Day 07: Tengboche or Debuche to Dingboche (4,200m/13,776ft): 4-5 hours

With the Himalayas as its backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche is in an excellent location. We visit the monastery in the morning and enjoy taking pictures of the monastery and the amazing landscape. We descend for about half an hour through a forest before crossing a river. Next, we trek uphill and notice that as we climb higher, the landscape becomes drier. We walk past a traditional Sherpa village of Pangboche before reaching Dingboche, a beautiful village located on a riverside. Here, we will also see a small helipad that is used for helicopter rescues during emergencies. We may even take a class with a mountain specialist in the Medical Clinic at Pheriche. Overnight in Dingboche.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 17th-Day 08: Acclimatization & Rest Day in Dingboche

Today we rest and do a hiking in nearby peak with height of 5300 meters. Overnight at Dingboche.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 18th-Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m/16,170ft): 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we start with an easy walk towards Dugla. Next, we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and then pass through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepalese mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. The trail then continues to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight in Lobuche.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May 19th-Day 10: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft): 6-7 hours

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May -20th Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and head to Dingboche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to dingboche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Dingboche.

-Included meals: BLD

 

May -21st Day 12: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 3-4 hours

Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawache and Chalotse surround us. We begin today’s trek to Chhukung by walking through stone-walled fields, Imja Khola valley before walking in glacier moraines. On our walk, we will be surrounded by Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Later, beyond Bibre village we see Island Peak soaring above us. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung, a small settlement in about half an hour from Bibre. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. Overnight in Chhukung.

(Hire Climbing Gears at Chukkung…)

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -22nd Day 13: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and trek back to Chhukung: 3 – 4 hours (Same Day Training)

Today is another day set aside for acclimatization. Climbing Chhukung Ri (Compulsory) should help our body adjust to the high altitude. Chhukung Ri is a peak located directly above the Chhukung village. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -23rd Day 14: Chhukung to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m/17,060ft): 3-4 hours

The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -24th Day 15: Island Peak Base Camp to Island peak High Camp

Today we make our trip to Island peak high camp only for more acclimatization and take rest before our next stop to summit. Overnight at Island peak High Camp.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -25th Day 16: Island peak high camp (5,500m/ 18,044ft.) to Island Peak Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), back to base camp: 8-10 hours

We wake up early today around at 2 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fix rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be of 350m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses

There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew is waiting for us. We celebrate on our successful Island Peak climb.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -26th Day 17: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangbuche/Tengbuche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangbuche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Tengboche. Pangbuche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse River flowing through the wide fertile valley. Overnight in Pangbuche/Tengbuche.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -27th Day 18: Pangbuche/Tengbuche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours

From Pangbuche/Tengbuche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -28th Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

May -29th Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

May – 30st Day 21: Final Departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Himalayan Traverse representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast

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