Everest Base Camp with Island peak is a combination of trekking and climbing. Exploring the temples, shrines, durbar squares, bazaars of Kathmandu and take a short but scenic flight to Lukla.
Everest Base Camp with Island peak is a united trip. It combines the trek, peak climb, and a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. We visit Kathmandu (1338m) and fly to the Himalayas for trekking and mountain expedition. After a short but scenic flight, we land at Lukla. Following the footsteps of Tenzing-Hillary through Dudh Koshi River and reach Phakding (2610m). By crossing the highest suspension bridge of Everest and reaching Namche Bazaar(3441m).
Namche Bazaar is the central town of Everest and the first market in the Khumbu region. Exploring the Sherpa museum, learn the history of summiteers Mr. Tenzing Norgey and Sir Edmund Hillary. Additionally, the trek collects insights into Sherpa history, lifestyle, language, culture, and costume. Tengboche is a hill station where the oldest monastery is situated. The Syanboche Monastery is a building that can see from the summit of Mt. Everest (8848m).
Everest Base Camp is one of the prime destinations of this trip. It is the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. It is a pleasure and quite a feat to reach the base camp. We hike up to Kalapathar (5,555m), the most popular viewpoint of Everest. From the top of Kalapathar (5,555m), we can see incredible views of the sunrise over the Himalayas - Mt. Everest and the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall. The moment of reaching Chhukung (4710m) is another highlight of the trek. It is the trail of Island peak. The summit view of the Island peak is incomparable. Himalayas, rivers, lakes, valleys, glaciers, and Sherpa settlement, just down view of Pheriche valley. After a successful climb, you return to Lukla (2840m) via Namche and fly back to Kathmandu. We have dinner at a Nepali restaurant and share our experiences of the trek we completed.
Day 1 Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you at the airport and transport you to the hotel.
Day 2 Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
After breakfast, we organize a short meeting in the hotel lobby. The meeting finalizes the preparation of the trek. Soon, the day tour will start, and visit the most highlighted places of Kathmandu.
- PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most visited and sacred places for Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, Pashupatinath is one of four Dham. It is not only a religious place but also a cremation place. The dead body is burning with firewood on the bank of the holy river Bagmati.
- BOUDDHA STUPA
Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. While touring Buddha, you can meet the monks, learn about Buddhism, and gather information about Thankas and their significant.
- BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a royal palace built centuries ago when Nepal had 22 and 24 state kingdoms. The Royal Palace is famous with the name - fifty-five windows durbar, Nyatapol Mandir, the tallest temple in Nepal. The Lion Gate, Golden Gates, The statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, and the pottery where the potter makes are the main attractions of Bhaktapur.
After finishing the tour, the evening time is to review the luggage for the trek. If you are interested, you can walk around Thamel and choose the restaurant for dinner.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
Wake up early in the morning and head to the airport for a flight to Lukla. We take a packed breakfast today. After a short scenic flight to Lukla, we begin the trek after meeting our local trekking staff. We reach Phakding today, located on the banks of Dudh Koshi River.
Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m)
Following Dudh Koshi River and climbing to reach Namche takes approximately 6 hours. We cross the river several times, encountering yaks and mules along the trail. Finally, the path on the banks finishes. We start ascending on a steep gradient up, crossing the highest suspension bridge in Everest Region. The climb is steep, so we walk at a comfortable pace. Finally, we reach Namche, the biggest town in the region.
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,441m)
Today is a rest day of the trek. It is crucial to take a rest and acclimatize as we gain altitude. Today you will hike up to Syangboche and visit a museum that belongs to Sherpa culture and the historical records of the Mt. Everest expedition by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first ones to scale Everest. The view of Namche, Khumjung village, and the massive summits in front are superb from Syangboche.
Day 6 Trek to the Tengboche Monastery (3,880m)
After breakfast at the hotel, we head towards Tengboche, a great hill for photography and Himalayan view. The monastery at Tengboche is one of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek. To reach Tengboche, we need to walk steep uphill in the second half of the day. We walk around the Tengboche monastery and explore the walk around the monastery and enjoy the beautiful evening with spectacular views at Tengboche Hill.
Day 7 Trek to Pheriche (4,270m)
After breakfast, we start walking to Pheriche. The first leg of the trail descends to Debuche through rhododendron forests, after which we cross a suspension bridge and upwards to Pangboche and then Somare, which is our lunch spot. The gradual climbs toward a hill which leads us to Pheriche. After reaching the valley, we will be above the treeline so we may feel the thin air.
Day 8 Rest and acclimatization day
Today is an acclimatization day, and we will hike up to Nangkartshang Peak (5090m) to acclimatize to thinning air. The Nangkartshang Hill gives you magnificent views of mountains - Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Island Peak, Chheplu Chuli, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kangteka, Mt. Taboche, Mt. Cholatse, and the path to Chola Pass as well as glacial lakes.
Day 9 Trek to Lobuche (4,910m)
After breakfast in Pheriche, the journey to Lobuche begins. We pass Thukla Pass - called Memorial Pass as well, as it has quite a few small stone memories and prayer flags to commemorate the loved ones who perished in the Everest region. Today, the trail is much easier than on previous days as it is on grassland. The view of the Himalayas, Khumbu Valley, Cholatse Glacier Lakes, Thukla Pass, and so forth make the walk enjoyable. Once we reach Lobuche, we have lunch and take some rest, after which we walk up to the Khumbu glacier on the edge of Lobuche.
Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170m) then hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555m) back to Gorak Shep (5,170m)
Today is another challenging day of the trek. Trails lead you to Gorakshep village first, which takes about 4hrs along the Khumbu glacier and Stoney way from Lobuche. Once in Gorakshep, we take a tea break before climbing to Kalapathar (5555m) viewpoint. From the top, you will see fantabulous panoramic views of high Himalayan peaks; the closest views of Mt. Everest – the highest peak in the world, along with others like Nuptse, Pumori, Chagastse, Lhotse, etc. If weather permits, you can stay there until sunset. The view of the sunset over the Himalayas is rewarding. And then back to Gorakshep.
Day 11 Trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,365m) then back to Lobuche (4,910m)
Today is another achievement day of the trek. You will be off to Everest Base Camp after breakfast on glacial rocks. When you reach base camp, it is a feeling that is a tremendous achievement, and we can revel in the stunning views of Khumbu Icefall. We spend about half an hour at the base camp and head back to Gorakshep before descending to Lobuche.
Day 12 Trek to Chukkung (4,710 m)
We’re off to Chhukung via Dingboche valley; the trail starts descending and ends with a gradual climb. When you reach Chhukung, the trek guide will introduce you to your climbing guide. The climbing guide will check all your equipment and give some lessons about using the equipment. Give some idea on technical parts of mountaineering.
Day 13 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m)
Today you will have a short trek in thin air to acclimatize the body. The walking pace will be a bit slow in high altitudes by Imja Lake, with giant views of Mt. Amadablam. Our next two nights are in a tented camp with meals prepared by a professional camping crew. After lunch, you will get further significant training about climbing and equipment.
Day 14 Reach the summit of the Island peak (6,189m) and return to Chhukung (4,710m)
There are two days in the itinerary to climb up to the summit of Island peak. It will not require two more days if the weather is good. The climbing guide will decide the climbing plan and strategies after checking the weather conditions and other issues. Usually, after lunch, the trip begins to high camp from base camp. The climbing guide again gives you some tips for using climbing equipment, the technical part of mountaineering, and checking your physical conditions. The climbing guide will arrange everything before going to bed and wake up at about 1 am, have a small breakfast/snacks, and then start to climb high camp and climb with ropes, which are already fixed previously by the guide. Submit views is outstanding panoramic of the mountain - Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, etc. After spending some time at the summit, we start descending back to Chhukung.
Day 15 Trek to Tengboche (3,880m)
The descending trail continues towards Dingboche, Pangboche, and Debuche. A small climb after Debuche takes us to Tengboche Monastery. It is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries at high elevation. You will be able to see thick rhododendron forests along the way and visit Tengboche Monastery and the jaw-dropping views we can see from here.
Day 16 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m) via Khumjung (3,780 m)
Our journey to Namche from Tengboche starts after breakfast on steep slopes to reach Phungi Thanga by a river. The trails start climbing up to the small village of Sanasa, after which undulating trails take us to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung Village. It is the largest Sherpa Settlement in the region, where we can see the skull of the Yeti.
Day 17 Trek down to Lukla (2,840m)
After trekking for 15 days in the region, we make our way to Lukla. Lukla is our final stop in the Solukhumbu region. For lunch, we stop at Phakding, a village that lies on the banks of Dudhkoshi River.
Day 18 Morning flight back to Kathmandu
This morning you will fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu and check in to the hotel. A good rest after a long trek will be crucial. In the evening, you have leisure time to stroll around Thamel and purchase souvenirs if you think.
Day 19 Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes today. Your guide will drop you off at the international airport.