Departure from the hotel as early as possible by the latest 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Having breakfast, and leaving unwanted items for storing in the hotel. Our staff and guide will transfer you for the short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport. After checking in for security, and then proceed to an airfield to board in a small aircraft, either Dornier or Twin Otter. With a maximum of 15 to 18 seated planes, as the plane lifts off enjoy a panorama of Himalayan peaks, where the route leads North East with views of Mt. Everest as the plane makes landing at a small airfield in Lukla.
The airport is named Tenzing and Hillary, a tribute to the first legendry conqueror of Mt. Everest. At Lukla getting organized with the heavier baggage to be carried by porters and on pack animals known as Jhopkyo (a mixed breed of Yak and lower region cows or ox). The trail leads around many lovely Sherpa villages adorned with Buddhist prayer walls and monuments to reach Phakding for an overnight stay in a nice moderate lodge.
Walk today takes you to the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as trekkers. Where once a week, a colorful and busy market is held every Saturday walk leads to cross few bridges over Dudh Koshi glacial rivers to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where a ticket to be shown of purchased. Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepal, while the Sherpa knows as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language.
From here reach the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, for a lunch break, and then continue to walk following the river on a bank, within the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest. On crossing the last high bridge, along undulating uphill for a few hours to reach Namche Bazaar for two overnights stops. Enjoy the views of Kwangde and Tharmasarku peaks from the lodge in Namche and then check into your rooms for refreshing rest before dinner time in a large warm and cozy dining hall.
The morning after breakfast, an easy stroll after a short climb to the top of Namche facing excellent views of Khumbu peaks with Everest, and then down to Imjatse River at PhunkiTenga, a small settlement popular mid-day stops of trekkers for lunch or refreshments. From here on steep winding uphill for some hours within the cool forest to reach a small scenic plateau at Tengboche and its colorful monastery.
The area is surrounded by an array of peaks with grand views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam with a range of adjoining high mountains. Herewith time to visit the impressive monastery interior of great Buddhism religion interest and then retire back to your lodge for the rest of the afternoon.
Slowly our adventure heads towards our first highlight to reach Everest base camp and climb Kalapathar high hilltop. The morning starts with a steep climb of less than half an hour to a ridge festooned with prayer flags and Buddhist monuments. Enjoy the great views, as the walk continues on easy up to reach a small settlement of Thugla. Where massive Khumbu glaciers melt into torrential cold streams. A favorite stop for trekkers heading both ways to Everest base camp, Lobuche, or down to Dingboche and Pheriche valley.
After lunch at Thugla, afternoon an hour climb towards Thugla's small pass where you can notice many tombs and memorials of unfortunate climbers. After a short good rest, a slow and easy walk but strenuous due to thin air and high altitude to reach overnight stop at Lobuche. Lobuche at 4,940 m / 16,210 feet, situated about 150 km (93 mi) east of Kathmandu, located near the foot of Khumbu Glacier, approx. 8.5 km South-West from Everest Base Camp.
One of the best classification systems on alpine-style climbing, which is popular and widely used and much simple to understand the nature of the climb. We have been using the French / Swiss Alpine Climbing in all our climbing trips and expeditions.
Normally we have a minimum of 2-3 people and a maximum of 4 to 12 persons also, depending upon the time of booking and trip departure for Island Peak Climb. Where interested climbers need to book at least a minimum of a month, so that we can suggest all other people to join in, then we know after the booking is closed with how many were have joined in for Island Peak Climb. In some cases, we also arrange for solo or a single person also, where the cost comes slightly higher than in a group.
Yes only for a few days during the climb from the base camp of Island Peak, after leaving the last lodge accommodation of Chukung. Where tented camp will be well organized with all meals included, prepared by our expert cook with separate kitchen cooking varieties of dishes to keep you healthy and fit for the climb.
Springtime from March to May is good for Island Peak to climb as well as trekking to Everest base camp when most days are clear for views and pleasant walks. Cold in the morning and from late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall sometimes during the trek and climb.
Next, the best season is in autumn from September to November, where days clear most of the time, but with shorter sun-light hours. Much a colder morning and nighttime but with the bright starry night sky.
Only at Lukla and Namche Bazaar facilities to change the money as well with ATM. From Namche onward, there are no banks or ATMs, but some lodge owners can accept the foreign bills and will exchange them into local currencies as per the standard rate, or slightly higher.