Arrive in Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Flight Lukla- Trek to Phakding
This is a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840m. The trail from Lukla leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding 2,610m, first overnight here.
Phakding to Namche
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Koshi Valley. (Koshi which 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. From Monjo, the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Koshi and makes a steep climb to Namche 3,440m. Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.
Rest day and acclimatization day in Namche
Namche to Thame 3,800m
This day is meant for acclimatization and hence we do not embark on any serious trekking. Instead we go to a slightly lower altitude of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the first man on Everest. We conduct some sightseeing of the monastery there and generally rest.
Thame to Lumde 4,210m
We leave after a leisurely breakfast and trek to Lumde 4,210m. It is possible to hike up the hill to visit a small settlement where yaks are grazed during the summer season. Superb views of the mountains around Langmoche.
Lumde – Renjo la pass 5,417m – Gokyo
An early start for the ascent to the Renjo la pass we start off on a path through the alpine meadows that eventually leads us to the highest alpine lake in the area at 5,000m. From here we enter a boulder field and moraines. We climb up through this before traversing under a large rock buttress The trail ascends steeply to the pass 5,417m where we have one of the best views in the world – Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Cholatse, Pumori and Taweche to name but a few. A steep descent takes us down through a moraine field and finally towards the third lake at Gokyo after 5-7 hours and descend to Gokyo.
Climb Gokyo Ri peak – Thangnak 4,750m
For a majestic and a spectacular view, climb Gokyo Ri 5,357m. It is a two hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachong Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taweche.
About half way between the first lake and second lake a trail leads off across the moraine to the east. This is the route to the 5,420m Cho la into the Everest region.
Thangnak – Cho la pass 5,420m – Dzongla 4,843m
About half way between the first lake and second lake, a trail leads off across the moraine to the east. This is the route to the 5,368m Cho la Pass into the Everest region. The Pass is not difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. After crossing the Pass, we rest at Dzongla from where you have splendid view of Lobuche East, Ama Dablam, Taweche and Cholatse.
Dzongla to Lobuche 4,940m
Start heading down to Thukla (Dughla). From Thukla, head up towards Lobuche 4,940m. The trail climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing Expedition. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer village. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical views peak of Pumori 7,145m comes into view.
Lobuche – Gorakshep 5,160m & trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364m
Trek to Gorak Shep 5,160m and then to Everest Base Camp 5,364m and again return to Gorak Shep. The trail to Gorak Shep crosses the shallow brook that flows past Lobuche, runs through a gully that has the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier on the right hand side. On it’s left side rises the terminal moraine wall of the much smaller Lobuche glacier.
Kalapattar – Dingboche (4410m)
On the lower slope of Mt Pumori, a ridge extending to the south terminates is a small peak. This peak, Kalapatthar 5,545m provides the best vantage point for viewing Mt. Everest. Climb Kalapatthar in the morning and spend some time on the top. Return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and trek downwards to Dingboche.
Dingboche – Island peak base camp (5087m)
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 in base camp
Rest and acclimatization day. The day can be used to learn climbing and check all the climbing gears.
Summit day! Island peak (6189m)
Leave early for the summit. Return to high camp and down further to base camp.
Spare / contingency day
Island Peak base camp – Pangboche 3,940m
Start heading down to Pangboche. This is 5 hrs walk.
Pass through the Deboche nunnery which is the oldest nunnery of Nepal established in 1925. Stop here and tour the nunnery. Visit the famous Tengboche monastery too.
Trek to Namche
Trek to Lukla
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel