Khumbu Adventure: Everest Base Camp & Peak Ascents

  • Duration24 Days
  • GradeTechnical
  • Max. Altitude6189 m
  • AccommodationHotel, Teahouse & Camping
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn
  • Group Size2+

Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC) (5,364 meters / 17,598 feet)

Highlights:

  • Iconic base camp beneath Mount Everest, offering a glimpse into mountaineering history.
  • Stunning views of the Khumbu Icefall, surrounding glaciers, and towering peaks.

Description:

At Everest Base Camp, trekkers stand at the doorstep of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 meters). The base camp is a hub of activity during climbing seasons, with colorful tents and prayer flags against the backdrop of glaciers. It's not just a destination; it's a pilgrimage for adventurers seeking to experience the spirit of Everest.

 

Kala Patthar Trek (5,643 meters / 18,514 feet)

Highlights:

  • Spectacular viewpoint offering close-up views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Ideal acclimatization hike before tackling higher peaks like Lobuche and Island Peak.

Description:

Kala Patthar, meaning "black rock" in Nepali, is a sought-after vantage point near Everest Base Camp. The climb up Kala Patthar is challenging but rewarding, providing unparalleled views of Everest's summit and neighboring peaks. The sunrise view from Kala Patthar is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, making it a perfect acclimatization hike before further adventures in the Khumbu region.

 

Lobuche Peak Climb (6,119 meters / 20,075 feet)

Highlights:

  • Challenging trekking peak with stunning panoramic views of the Everest region.
  • Technical climb requiring basic mountaineering skills.

Description:

Lobuche Peak is a classic trekking peak that commands respect despite its "trekking peak" classification. The ascent involves technical sections and requires proper acclimatization. Surprisingly, Lobuche Peak was first summited in 1984, showcasing its relatively recent history in climbing circles. From the summit, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and the surrounding Himalayan landscape.

 

Imja Tse (Island Peak) Climb (6,189 meters / 20,305 feet)

Highlights:

  • Iconic trekking peak with a challenging but achievable ascent.
  • Offers panoramic views of the Everest massif and neighboring peaks.

Description:

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is tucked amidst the striking summits of the Khumbu Valley. Although technically demanding, the climb is manageable for experienced trekkers with some mountaineering experience. The ascent involves fixed ropes and ice climbing, culminating in a rewarding summit with sweeping vistas. Island Peak is a dream climb for adventurers aspiring to conquer a Himalayan peak.

 

Each of these destinations offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural immersion. Together, they form an unparalleled expedition that showcases the best of the Khumbu region.

 

Overview

Embark on the ultimate Himalayan expedition combining Everest Base Camp with ascents of Kala Patthar, Lobuche Peak, and Island Peak. This trekking and climbing adventure take you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Khumbu region, from the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar to the tranquil turquoise lakes of the Gokyo region. You'll traverse high mountain passes like Cho La Pass, trek through rhododendron forests, and stand at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and Everest Base Camp.

The route provides ample acclimatization opportunities, with Kala Patthar serving as a strategic acclimatization hike before ascending Lobuche and Island Peak. As you journey through Sagarmatha National Park, the majestic peaks of the Everest region keep a watchful eye on you, creating an unparalleled expedition that blends adventure with mountaineering history. Professional guides and support staff will accompany you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and unforgettable experience in the shadow of Mount Everest.

 

Experienced Team and Safety

Our expedition is led by a highly experienced team dedicated to ensuring your safety and enjoyment throughout the journey:

  • IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide (28+ years of experience): Your expedition leader is a certified mountain guide with extensive experience in leading treks and climbs in the Himalayas.
  • Climbing Guide (30 years of experience): Assisting the team is a seasoned climbing guide, well-versed in technical aspects of mountaineering and peak ascents.
  • Senior Cook (35 years of expertise): Our dedicated cook brings over three decades of culinary experience to cater to your nutritional needs at high altitudes.
  • Safety Priority: Fluent in English, our Mountain Guide ensures safety and security as the foremost priority. From guiding proper acclimatization to managing any unforeseen challenges, our team is committed to making your expedition a safe and memorable experience.

Day 01Departure from Your Respective Country

Today marks the beginning of your remarkable journey to Nepal. Depart from your home country with a sense of anticipation and excitement for the adventure ahead. As you board your flight bound for Kathmandu, reflect on the upcoming experiences that await you in the heart of the Himalayas.

Day 02Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by the vibrant sights and sounds of this bustling city. Meet our team from Everest Sherpa Expedition and transfer to your hotel. Take some time to explore Kathmandu's cultural landmarks, such as Durbar Square and the sacred Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. In the evening, join your fellow trekkers for a group briefing and enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner, immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Nepalese hospitality.

Day 03Kathmandu to Mulkot

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Mulkot, a charming town nestled amidst rolling hills. Enjoy breathtaking views of rural Nepal along the journey. Arrive in Mulkot and settle into your accommodation, taking in the serene surroundings and preparing for the next leg of your adventure.

 

Accommodation: Hotel in Mulkot

Day 04Lukla (2,800m) to Phakding (2,610m)

Rise early for an exhilarating flight to Lukla, where your trek into the Khumbu region begins. Marvel at the stunning aerial views of terraced hillsides and snow-capped peaks during the flight. Upon landing, meet your trekking team and set off on the trail towards Phakding. Traverse through lush forests of pine and rhododendron, crossing picturesque suspension bridges adorned with colorful prayer flags. Arrive in Phakding and unwind in a cozy lodge nestled along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Phakding

 

Trekking Time: 3–5 hours

Day 05Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Continue your ascent along the Dudh Kosi River, immersing yourself in the stunning scenery of the Sagarmatha National Park. Cross thrilling suspension bridges and ascend gradually towards Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa capital. Catch your first glimpse of Everest and neighboring peaks as you approach this vibrant mountain town, nestled amidst towering mountains.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Namche Bazaar

 

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours

Day 06Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Take a well-deserved rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimate to the altitude. Explore the Sherpa Museum, where exhibits showcase local culture and mountaineering history. Embark on a hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic vistas of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Spend the day soaking up the unique ambiance of Namche, surrounded by traditional Sherpa architecture and bustling markets.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 07Namche Bazaar to Dhole (4,035m)

Bid farewell to Namche Bazaar and venture off the main Base Camp trail towards Gokyo. Ascend through rhododendron forests and traverse scenic valleys, encountering picturesque villages along the way. Pass by sacred sites and immerse yourself in the serene mountain landscapes of the Khumbu region.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Dhole

 

Trekking Time: 7–9 hours

Day 08 Dhole to Machhermo (4,410m)

Embark on a scenic trek towards Machhermo, following trails that lead to expansive mountain vistas. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the landscape, with views of snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows. Arrive in Machhermo and savor the peaceful atmosphere of this remote mountain village.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Machhermo

 

Trekking Time: 3–5 hours

Day 09Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800m)

Ascend towards Gokyo, passing by glacial lakes and awe-inspiring mountain scenery. Explore the Gokyo Valley and its pristine surroundings, surrounded by towering peaks and shimmering lakes. Witness the magic of the Himalayas unfold before your eyes.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Gokyo

 

Trekking Time: 3–5 hours

Day 10Gokyo Valley - Acclimatization Day

Enjoy a rest day in Gokyo, with optional hikes to additional lakes or viewpoints offering panoramic mountain vistas. Absorb the tranquility of this high-altitude sanctuary and prepare for the days ahead.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Gokyo

Day 11Gokyo to Thagnak (4,695m)

Embark on a trek through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Gokyo Valley, traversing glacial terrain and rocky paths. As you ascend towards Thagnak, relish the challenge and beauty of the high-altitude environment.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Thagnak

 

Trekking Time: 3–5 hours

Day 12Thagnak via Cho La Pass (5,420m) to Dzongla (4,900m)

Embark on a challenging traverse of the Cho La Pass, navigating steep terrain and glacier crossings. Marvel at the panoramic views of towering peaks and pristine glaciers as you conquer this high-altitude pass. Descend to Dzongla and revel in the sense of accomplishment.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Dzongla

 

Trekking Time: 7–9 hours

Day 13Dzongla to Gorak Shep (5,190m) & Kala Patthar (5,550m)

Embark on a memorable trek to Gorak Shep, the final stop before Everest Base Camp. Ascend Kala Patthar for sunrise views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Capture breathtaking moments amidst the highest peaks on earth.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Gorak Shep

 

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours

Day 14Gorak Shep & Everest Base Camp (5,364m)

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Everest Base Camp, trekking through glacial moraines and rocky landscapes. Explore the iconic base camp and soak in the historic surroundings before returning to Gorak Shep.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Gorak Shep

 

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours

Day 15Gorak Shep to Lobuche East High Camp (5,200m)

Descend to Lobuche Village and prepare for your summit attempt on Lobuche East. Traverse glacial terrain and rocky paths, surrounded by towering peaks.

 

Accommodation: High Camp

 

Trekking Time: 3 - 5 hours

Day 16Lobuche East (6,119m) - Summit Day

Set out before dawn for the summit push on Lobuche East. Ascend snow slopes and rocky ridges, utilizing fixed lines for security. Reach the summit and bask in the glory of panoramic Himalayan views.

 

Climbing Time: Up to 11 hours

 

Accommodation: High Camp

Day 17Lobuche to Dingboche (4,410m)

Descend to Dingboche, enjoying a shorter trekking day and a well-deserved rest in this picturesque mountain village.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Dingboche

 

Trekking Time: 2–4 hours

Day 18Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (5,100m)

Embark on a scenic trek towards Island Peak Base Camp, surrounded by towering peaks and alpine landscapes. Prepare for your summit attempt on one of Nepal's iconic trekking peaks.

 

Accommodation: Island Peak Base Camp

 

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours

Day 19Island Peak (6,189m) - Summit Day

Begin your summit push on Island Peak, navigating rocky terrain and glacial features. Ascend fixed lines to the summit and revel in 360-degree views of the Himalayas.

 

Climbing Time: 12–16 hours+

 

Accommodation: Island Peak Base Camp or Tea House

Day 20Contingency Day

Use this day as needed for descent or summit attempts, depending on weather conditions. Consider options for an exhilarating helicopter flight back to Lukla.

 

Trekking Time: 4–7 hours

 

Accommodation: Tea House along the trail

Day 21Descend to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Retrace your steps towards Namche Bazaar, descending through familiar terrain and enjoying the comforts of the vibrant mountain town.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Namche Bazaar

 

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours

Day 22Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)

Cross scenic suspension bridges and return to Lukla, marking the end of your trekking expedition. Celebrate your accomplishments with the team and reflect on the journey.

 

Accommodation: Lodge in Lukla

 

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours

Day 23Fly Lukla to Ramechhap. Transfer to Kathmandu

Catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Ramechhap and transfer back to Kathmandu. Enjoy leisure time exploring the city and reliving the memories of your Himalayan adventure.

 

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 24Departure from Kathmandu

Bid farewell to Nepal as you depart for your respective countries, carrying with you memories of the majestic Himalayas and the camaraderie forged along the journey.

 

Important Note:

The itinerary presented above is a suggested plan and can be customized according to your preferences. At Everest Sherpa Expedition, we understand that every adventurer is unique. If you have specific needs or wants, or if you wish to modify the number of days and explore different destinations, our team is here to help. We are committed to creating the best possible experience for you. Contact us to discuss your ideas and embark on a personalized adventure.

The price of your trip includes the following:

  1. Island & Lobuche Peak Expedition and Climbing royalty fees.
  2. Certified IFMGA mountain guide with his daily wages and full insurance (Medical + Accidental + Search & Rescue).
  3. Garbage disposal & management fees.
  4. Sagarmatha National Park permits fees.
  5. Khumbu Pasang  Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance fees.
  6. TIMS entry fees.
  7. Summit route fixing.
  8. Hotel / Airport pick up and drop by private tourist vehicle.
  9. Standard accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast for three nights.
  10. All required Transportation for Staff and Members.
  11. Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for all members, guides, and necessary Nepalese staff (Two Way).
  12. Personal baggage weight limit of 20 kilograms.
  13. Base Camp single tent per person.
  14. Technical Climbing Gears, Rope, Rock Pistons, Ice Screw, Crampons, Ice Axe, etc.
  15. Everest Sherpa Expeditions duffle bag, Cap, and T-shirt per member.
  16. Accommodation & food in the local lodge is on full board during the trip.
  17. All necessary equipment, including cooking gas, fuels, and utensils for self-cooking.
  18. Medical kit during the trip.
  19. Porters to carry trekking and expedition gear up to & back from Basecamp.
  20. High food for members and guides.
  21. The facility of hot drinking water as per the need.
  22. Accommodation, wages, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  23. Experienced Sherpa support with his wages, and full insurance (Medical + Accidental + Search & Rescue).
  24. All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges, etc.
  25. Satellite Phone for emergency cases.
  26. All official expenses.

USD ACCOUNT

Bank Name: Nepal Investment Mega Bank Limited (NIMB) 

Account Name: Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Account No: 13201100003780

The Trekking Day

The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am, with breakfast. During breakfast, the crew members make up the loads for the porters. You often start hiking by 7:30 am, though we wait for the sun to warm the air at higher altitudes.

The pace for the day is set at a lower speed. Instead, you will have time to become aware of everything around you and to enjoy it. Our guides are excellent timekeepers but cannot make you rush over the mountains!

The afternoon walk follows a similar pattern to the morning; it is often shorter, and your lodge is usually reached between 4 pm and 5 pm. There is plenty of time to relax or explore the surrounding area until the evening meal is served at about 6.30 pm. After dinner, there is time to chat, read or enjoy a game of cards with our crew. Most members are asleep by 9 pm.

We provide a highly experienced team of IFMGA/UIAGM guides, assistant guides if required, cook and kitchen staff, rope fixing team, and high-altitude workers. Our team is committed to ensuring your safety and satisfaction during your adventure.

The Everest Sherpa Expedition recommends the following gear and equipment.

Climbing Gears

  • Ice Axe with Leash
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Ascender (Jumar)
  • Belay Device
  • Prussiks
  • Trekking Poles
  • Helmet

Headwear

  • Headlamp (min. 200 lumens) with sufficient batteries (Li-Ion batteries)
  • Sunglasses (poliarized or UV-protected)
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunhat
  • Buff Scarf
  • Balaclava

Bodywear (Clothing/Layering)

  • Down suit
  • Down jacket
  • Down pant
  • Gore-Tex set \ Hardshell set
  • Insulated mid layer
  • Fleece jacket
  • Thermal set
  • Quick dry (half and full-sleeved)
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Additionally, as per necessity,

Handwear

  • Liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Expedition Gore-Tex gloves (heavy duty)
  • Mittens

Footwear

  • Trekking shoes
  • Expedition climbing shoes (7000er series)
  • Camp shoes or slippers
  • Gaiters
  • Liner socks
  • Woolen socks or trekking socks
  • Summit socks (7000er series)

Personal Kit

  • Trekking backpack
  • Expedition backpack
  • Sleeping bag (-20°C for base camp)
  • Sleeping bag (-40℃ for climbing)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Hygiene kit (toiletries)
  • Sun screen (min. 50 SPF)
  • Lip Guard
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos

First Aid Kit

  • Personal medications
  • Personal first aid kit

Miscellaneous

  • Camera and associated gear
  • Camp knife and multi-tool
  • Binoculars/ magnifiers
  • Personal reading accessories
  • Games and entertainment mediums
  • Pee bottles
  • Dry bags or compression bags

The Company offers a variety of trekking, peak climbing, mountaineering expedition, and tour services through its website (everestsherpaexpedition.com).

Our Terms & Conditions contain legal obligations, we encourage you to read them carefully. They form the basis on which bookings are accepted by the Company.

Inquire, Booking & Payment Details

  1. You can make further queries about your desired trip through the “Get a Quote” form available on each trip detail page, we will reply to you within 24 hours with the best possible answer, and the rest of the communication will be through our official mail info@everestsherpaexpedition.com.
  2. To make confirmation of the booking, you need to make a non-refundable deposit prior to your departure date (the prior deposit and amount required to pay will notify you through our official mail because it depends on the season, and the nature of the trip you have chosen).
  3. You can pay non-refundable deposit via wire transfer to our company bank account. Or any payment method that is easy for you. For our banking details see the Bank Details section.
  4. The service charge taken by Bank or service provider during the money transfer whether that is wire transfer or credit card use will be your liability.
  5. The rest amount of the trip needs to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu before the departure date.
  6. If you are not able to pay the due amount before your trip departure will be treated as the cancellation of the trip.
  7. Unforeseen situations like domestic flight delays, bad weather, and natural disasters causing trip delays are not our responsibilities and additional personal expenses will not be covered by us.

Payment Refunds & Cancellations

  1. If the trip is cancelled 45 days before the trip start, 50% of the deposited amount will be charged, but if the trip is postponed for some other date within 1 year time period, no charge will be made.
  2. If the trip is cancelled two weeks before the departure date, No refund will be made.
  3. If you are not able to continue your trip once it begins because of health or another other situation, no refund will be made.
  4. Trip cancellation because of an unforeseen situation like bad weather, we will assist you to follow other trips because most of the thing required for the trip has already been purchased, and making a refund for such thing is not possible therefore by mutual understanding, a certain percentage of amount will be refunded.

Only Staff Insurance

  1. Our company is responsible to make proper insurance (accident and medical insurance) for all the field staff including guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staff, and porters.
  2. We are not responsible for any type of insurance for the clients, therefore, we would like to suggest you to make proper insurance before you travel. If you need to know further about this you can contact us at info@everestsherpaexpedition.com

Disclaimer

  1. Our field leader and guide of the company have full rights to make decisions on changing the trip routes, and walking hours to make your trip comfortable and secure because of bad weather, and health-related issues.
  2. Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Can cancel any fixed departure but we will notify you prior to one month. The cancellation of the trip can be because of bad weather, natural disaster, or insufficient group size, all the deposit will be refunded in this case.
  3. It is your responsibility to take care of your valuable belongings in a safe place, if anything went wrong because of your carelessness, we are not responsible for such cases.
  4. Activities like Trekking, peak climbing, and mountaineering in the remote area could have high levels of risk, if anything goes wrong like serious injuries or death (very rare case), the company is not responsible which is beyond anyone’s hands.

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