Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel upon arrival
Rest day / sightseeing (Boudha, Swayambunath and Pashupatinath)
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
This is an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2,800m). The trail from Lukla leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2,700m), your first overnight stop. This is a two hour trek.
Phakding – Namche
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley (Kosi means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail there is a magnificent forest of magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tahr. At Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Kosi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3,440m). Namche is a very colourful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.
Rest and acclimatization day in Namche.
Namche – Thyangboche / Deboche
Trek to Thyangboche which lies on the way and visit the famous Thyangboche monastery.
Thyangboche – Pheriche
Before leaving Deboche, we visit the Deboche nunnery where old nuns live. Climb High completed a restoration project of the nunnery in 2005. We continue our trek to Pheriche.
Pheriche – Lobuche
The trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley to Phalang Karpo at 4,340m.The trail crosses small streams on boulders. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6,440m) are outstanding from along the trail. From Dugla (4,620m) the trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments built in the memory of those who have died on Everest. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche (4,930m). This is a four / five hour trek.
Lobuche – Gorakshep, visit Everest base camp
The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines.
Gorakshep –Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)
The peak of Pumori (7,145m) comes into view. On this lower slope of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak. This peak, Kalapattar, is 5,545m and it provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest. Climb Kalapattar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorakshep and trek downwards to Dingboche.
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)
Island peak base camp is five hour walk from Dingboche. Hike up the Imja Khola valley to Chukkung, a small summer settlement at 4730m. The views from Chukkung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) is tremendous. The great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north. From Chukkung, we keep heading up the Imja Khola valley to Island peak base camp.
Rest day at Island Peak base camp.
Rest and acclimatization day. The day can be used to learn climbing and check all the climbing gears.
Summit day! Island peak (6,189m)
Leave early for the summit. Return to high camp and a further 300 m to the base camp
Trek to Pangboche
Trek to Namche
Trek to Lukla
Fly out to Kathmandu
Rest day / visit Bhaktapur