Day 1: KATHMANDU • 4,383 feet
Arrive in Kathmandu,
where our representative will receive you. You will then check into a
classic four-star hotel located in the popular Thamel district.
Day 2: KATHMANDU •
While we wrap up last minute paperwork with the Nepali government,
you have a casual day for shopping and sightseeing, visiting such palaces
Square, Hindu temples and shrines, and Buddhist stupas - or you
may choose to just relax at the hotel. A favorite destination is
the Buddhist Monkey Temple, situated on a small hill that offers
panoramic views of the city. Or, join the thousands of Hindus who
venture to the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most famous Hindu
temples in Nepal and the most famous Shiva temple in Asia.
Day 3: PHAKDING •
We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we
begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane
are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the
distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla
(9,350 feet) we'll meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek
for about two and a half hours to Phakding.
Day 4: NAMCHE BAZAAR •
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing
this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden
with prayer flags. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail
climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar the gateway
to the Khumbu region.
Day 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR • 11,300 feet
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche
is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops
and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding
mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in,
rewards climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views
of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and
the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa
Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and
a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One
room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another, Sherpa high
altitude climbers are presented.
Day 6: THYANGBOCHE • 12,887 feet
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh
Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night
next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu
region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings,
a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes
of the Lamas. If our group is lucky, we will see the Lama perform
a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.
Day 7: DINGBOCHE •
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting
suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche among
thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to
the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with exquisite
views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.
Day 8: DINGBOCHE •
Rest day. There is the option of taking a light acclimatization
hike up a nearby peak for a better view of the valley
and surrounding mountains.
Day 9: CHUKKUNG •
Today we hike to 18,231’ Chukkung Ri, a beautiful hike with
a stunning location below the Lhotse/Nuptse Wall. This is the largest
rock wall in the Himalaya. From here we get great views of Ama Dablam,
Island Peak and Makalu.
Day 10: ISLAND PEAK BASE
CAMP • 15,520 feet
After we enjoy breakfast we will continue to Island Peak base camp
at 15,520 feet and prepare for moving to high camp.
Day 11: ISLAND PEAK HIGH
CAMP • 17,323 feet
Today we take a 2-3 hour hike to high camp. We ascend grass and
scree slopes to where we find a tent platform at 17,323 feet. After
establishing camp, we relax while taking in the magnificent amphitheater
Day 12: SUMMIT ISLAND PEAK
(IMJA TSE) • 20,305 feet
Using an early morning start, we continue up a rocky gully before
traversing to the right. We gain elevation up the rocky ridge before
coming to the base of the glacier. Here we rope up and continue
up the glacier until the South ridge is reached. We follow this
superb and classic ridge to the summit where outstanding views of
Lhotse (27,890 feet), Makalu (27,805 feet), Ama Dablam (22,493 feet)
and Baruntse (25,328 feet) are revealed. We then continue down to
base camp for the evening.
Day 13: REST/WEATHER DAY
• 14,250 feet
In case of bad weather, we built in an extra day for the summit.
The next day we rise early, disassemble camp and continue back down
the valley to the village of Chukkung. We arrive in Chukkung by
lunchtime, and relax and relish from our summit success.
Day 14: DINGBOCHE •
Descend back down the Khumbu Valley to Dingboche or Pangboche. If
we climb Island Peak the first summit day we will have the opportunity
to visit Ama Dablam base camp.
Day 15: NAMCHE BAZAAR •
The downhill trek along the river allows for breathtaking photos
of Ama Dablam that towers ominously above us, and the Southwest
ridge comes into clear view. At Pangbouche, we say goodbye to the
Ama Dablam climbers and wish them good luck. We then descend to
Namche. If we are lucky, it will be market time in Namche. Regardless,
there is always fabulous food to be found, including real espresso,
yak steaks and chocolate cake with frosting! This market is where
lowland porters bearing supplies meet the highland Sherpa and Tibetan
people who have journeyed over high passes from many miles away
to trade food and supplies for their home or village.
Day 16: Lukla • 9,000
Our last day on the trail, we hike from Namche to Lukla, crossing
eleven suspension bridges and reentering the fertile valleys of
the lower Dudh Kosi. We overnight in Lukla.
Day 17: KATHMANDU •
The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance
to say farewell to the mountains.
Day 18: KATHMANDU •
The morning is open and provides a chance to get out early and watch
the people of Kathmandu rise in prayer at Pashupatinath along the
banks of the holy river Bagmati with burning ghats similar to the
Ganges in India. You may wish to visit the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath
or explore the temples in the city of Patan just south of Kathmandu.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart from Kathmandu.
In this day, our representative will come
to pick up from Hotel and drop you off to the Tribhuvan Internationla
Airport for your final departure.