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Everest High Passes and Island Peak – 25 Days

Take on three challenging mountain passes of Everest region, while being greeted by spectacular mountain vistas, and then climb to the summit of Island Peak (6,187 m) which prepares for you for higher Himalayan giants.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing, High Altitude Trekking and Climbing
Trip Duration: 25 Days
Max Altitude: 6,187 m/20,299 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Machherma - Gokyo Ri - Cho La Pass - Everest Base Camp - Lobuche - Kongma La Pass - Island Peak - Namche Bazaar - Lukla

Trip Information

After exploring temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu, we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Khumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then trek into Gokyo Valley and ascend gradually, walking beside the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise lakes to reach Gokyo. From here we can climb Gokyo Ri to view of all of the region’s 8,000 m peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu – a breathtaking panorama. Our trek then heads via Cho La Pass (5,300 m) to Lobuche, where we follow Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep. From here we ascend Kala Patthar (5,555 m) where we experience another breathtaking panorama of Everest and her surrounding peaks. We also visit the historical site of Everest Base Camp. Now well acclimatized, we cross Kongma La (5,535 m) to Chukhung, to make our attempt on Island Peak. Though technically harder than Mera Peak, this expedition is also well within the reach of anyone seeking their first Himalayan summit. After summiting Island Peak, we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Cross Cho La Pass (5,300 m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 13 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m), Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and Return to Gorak Shep – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 14 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Return to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 15 Cross Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Chukhung (4,710 m ) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 16 Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 17 Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 18 & 19 Climb Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chukhung (4,710 m). Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 20 Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 21 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (3,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 22 Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 23 Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 24 Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 25 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

    Overnight at a hotel.Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hours

    An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610 m).

    After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hours

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

    We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06 - Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) - 5 hours

    The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest. Juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Taboche are magnificent throughout the day.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07 - Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) - 5 hours

    We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 5.5 hours

    The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790 m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have a sightseeing and hiking trip around Gokyo.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo - 5 hours

    Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 - Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) - 4 hours

    Trek to the foot of Cho La pass. Accommodation in Thangna will be very basic and in a dormitory-based room because of its remoteness.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Cross Cho La pass (5,300 m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) - 7 hours

    We start walking before sunrise at 4:00 or 5:00 am so as to reach the pass by 9:00 am – 10:00 am and dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5,300 m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply the trail that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory-style room because of its remoteness.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) - 4 hours

    A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 hours of trekking.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13 - Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m), Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) and Return to Gorak Shep - 7 hours

    This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. If possible, we can stay and watch the awe-inspiring sunset on Everest and its neighbors. We make a quick descent to Gorakshep, a tiny hamlet at 5,180 m.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Return to Lobuche (4,910 m) - 8 hours

    This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Lobuche for the night.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 15 - Cross Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Chukhung (4,710 m ) - 8 hours

    From Lobuche we ascend past a series of small glacial lakes with fine views of Makalu to the south-east. As we are near the pass, we cross glacial moraines before a final rocky scramble which leads to a narrow ridge adorned with prayer flags. The top of the pass is usually very windy. After a short rest, we head down towards the Chukhung Valley. It is a tiring walk today, but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 16 - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,240 m) - 4 hours

    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.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 17 - Acclimatization Day

    We spend a day at the base camp to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. Our climbing sherpa/guide will provide you pre-ice climbing training to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons etc. We will also have a short trek around the base camp to prepare us for the 6,000 m adventure the next morning.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 18 & 19 - Climb Island Peak (6,187 m) and Return to Chukhung (4,710 m)

    We have allowed two days to climb the Island Peak, although we will probably not require more than one if weather conditions are fine. The strategy for the climb will be decided by our climbing Sherpa leader at the time, taking into account the group’s acclimatization, weather, snow conditions and other factors. The site of the camp is just below the permanent snowline. In the morning we leave very early for the final climb to the summit. This may take between four to six hours, depending on snow and weather conditions. We will fix a rope on the summit headwall for safety on both ascent and descent. Although it is not a technically difficult climb, the snow slopes are crevassed, the headwall is reasonably steep and a head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, willpower and stamina are required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6,187 m giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from the summit is utterly fantastic! Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse are the dominant giants rising above a sea of smaller peaks. Given good conditions, we should be able to descend back to Chukhung from our summit attempt.

    Overnight at a tented camp or a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 20 - Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) - 6 hours

    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.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 21 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) via Khumjung (2,780 m) - 5 hours

    From Tengboche, we descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunki Tenga. After a welcome break and a cup of tea, we cross the Dudh Kosi River and climb to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through to Shanasa, where we have the option of visiting Kunde and Khumjung villages before returning to Namche Bazaar – our stop for the night.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 22 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hours

    This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trekmates.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 23 - Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 24 - Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

    After exhausting climbing and trekking, this is a rest day for you. Get your body massaged, leisurely stroll around Thamel and buy souvenirs, visit Garden of Dreams for some relaxing time. This is also a spare day to use for flight back to Kathmandu in case there wasn’t a flight the day before due to bad weather.

    And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 25 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (17 nights only)

  • Tented camp accommodation and all meals during the 2/3-nights stay at the Island Peak Base Camp (We will provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.)

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • Climbing Sherpa to guide you in summiting the Island Peak

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar and ice hammer)

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • All permits and documents necessary for climbing the Island Peak

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek)

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu

  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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