We will rest and prepare our personal equipment before we move into Everest’s Khumbu Icefall. After a few acclimatization trips into the Icefall, we will continue up to Mount Everest Camp 2 at 6,400m. We will be moving our way up through the famous and breathtaking western Cwm, which moves gradually up to Camp 2 on Everest with the towering peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse all around. We will then head for our high point at the base of the Lhotse face at 6,800m/ 22,309 feet before returning back to Base Camp.
Arrive Kathmandu airport. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We will stay in the Thamel district of Kathmandu, centrally located close to all amenities. Today can be spent at leisure in Thamel or sightseeing in Kathmandu.
You will be up early and our team will go out and explore Kathmandu. We will run a half day sightseeing tour visiting most of the most important sights in the Kathmandu valley. Free time to spend as you wish in Kathmandu and pick up any last minute items needed for the trip.
We will leave early this morning for the scenic flight into the Himalayas, landing at Lukla at 2,800m/ 9,186 feet. We will begin our trek from here and walk to either Phakding at 2,600m/ 8,530 feet or Monjo at 2,850m/ 9350 feet for our first nights stay in the mountains. This will either be a 3 or 5/6 hour hike.
Trek from Phakding or Monjo to Namche Bazaar at 3,440m/ 11,286 feet. We will trek along the Dudh Khose River, before crossing the river on many suspension bridges, before making the steep climb into Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main trading town for the Sherpa people and a busy market town, frequented by Tibetans selling their wares. We will have 3 nights in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for the necessary acclimatisation. We take an acclimatisation walk up to the Sherpa Museum at 3,600m/ 11,811 feet before returning to Namche and the Himalayan lodge for Lunch. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the town and enjoy the local bakeries and a few games of pool at Cafe Danphe bar.
After breakfast we will make our way up Shangbouche hill 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. It will take a few hours to reach our summit. You will be treated by some of the best Himalayan views including Ama Dablam,Lhotse, Everest, Thamsurku and so many more. We will spend 30 minutes at this high point before dropping back to the lodge for lunch. Once again you can rest in Namche for the afternoon.
Today we will travel from Namche to Tengbouche. We enjoy a walk around the valley, getting views of many of the great Himalayan peaks, including Ama Dablam. Tengbouche has an important monastery in the area, where people congregate for the Mani Rimbdu festival in November every year. We will sleep in Tengbouche tonight at 3,867m/ 12,687 feet.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. After trekking for about an hour, we cross through a dangerous landslide area of the trail, before moving to Pangbouche for a tea break. We can enjoy spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then continue walking up the Imja valley until we reach the picturesque village of Dingboche at 4,410m/ 14,468 feet above sea level.
Today is spent as another acclimatization day in Dingboche. There is the option to walk to Pheriche 4,200m/ 13,779 feet to attend a seminar on Altitude Sickness run by the Mountain Rescue Association, then return to Dingboche. We will also try and acclimatize up to 5,000m/16,404 feet on the ridge above Dingbouche.
Today the team will hike up to Chuckung at 4,700m/ 15,419 feet. We will head deeper into the Imja valley into the shadow of Lhotse. We will do some ladder crossing training. We will also rig up some ropes and do some Jumaring, safety and abseiling training just outside our lodge in Chuckung.
Today we will get up for breakfast and then hike up Chuckung Ri at 5,500m and return to the lodge for lunch. You can relax and make sure all equipment is ready before moving into Island peak base camp the next day. Some items can be left at the lodge and retrieved on return from Island peak.
We will have a relaxed morning and early lunch before making the 3 hour trek into Island peak base camp. We will plan on arriving into Island peak base camp by 2 or 3pm. We will set up our base camp and relax at our new altitude of 5,100m/ 16,732 feet.
Today we will wait until the sun comes up before we get out of the tent. We will have breakfast and then start training. We will rig up a big abseil, along with some training for higher on Island peak. We will spend the morning and afternoon if needed to train and prepare for the climb ahead of us.
From Everest Base Camp today we will go half way into the ice fall and do some training; getting used to crossing ladders and using our equipment in the tricky Khumbu Icefall. After breakfast we will hydrate and rest in base camp. We will pack up tents, equipment, and move our operation to high camp on Island peak at 5,500m/ 18,044 feet
Today we will make our summit attempt on Island Peak 6,189m/ 20,305ft, however, this may be delayed due to weather conditions. This is a long hard climb; initially there is a steep 400m/1,312ft zig-zag rocky scree path with some scrambling, before a scramble and traverse across to a steeper section of rock. This is straight forward trekking, but very strenuous and once you hit 5,900m/ 19,357ft the altitude slows the pace dramatically and the final rock section never seems to end, but once you dig deep, we top out onto a narrow ridge which takes us to the start of the glacier. We get all our gear on, rope up and cross the glacier before the 100m/ 328ft head wall which is fixed by our climbing Sherpa’s, before the tricky final section to the summit. After we enjoy our summit success, we begin the long decent back to high camp. We will rest for a couple of hours before making the journey all the way back to Chuckung.
From Chuckung we will have another long day as we head to Lobuche. We will have to be up early to gather gear we left in Chuckung, repack and then head towards the kongma la pass at 5,528m/ 18,136 feet before dropping down the other side towards Lobouche 4,920m/ 16,141 feet. This is a long 8 hour day.
After breakfast we will be on our way from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,180m/ 16,995 feet. This is the site of the 1953 Everest expeditions base camp. Today you get the opportunity to climb Kala Phattar 5,545m/ 18,192 feet for the classic view of Everest. The view off Kala Phattar is truly amazing and place you need to visit. We will stay in Gorak Shep this night.
Today we will leave for Everest Base Camp and start getting used to Everest life on the glacier. You will get into your tent and join the rest of the people looking to climb higher on the mountain.
Today is a rest day. Taking time to clean up and reorganize equipment personal gear and start preparing to go into the ice fall.
Today we will have breakfast before gearing up to head half way into the ice fall. We will cross a few ladders and aim for 5,500m/ 18,044 feet. We will manage this and limit the risk climbing in this area. We will return to Everest base camp and rest up.
We will head back up the Khumbu Ice Fall to Everest Camp One 6,100m/ 20,013 feet, where we will stay over night camping on the mountain.
After our nights stay at Camp One, we will wake early and head to Mount Everest Camp 2, where we will have an overnight stay at the 6,400m/ 20,997 feet.
Today we will trek up to the base of the legendary Lhotse Face at 6,750m/ 22,145 feet before returning back to Mount Everest Camp 2 for a second night and enjoy the success of climbing high on Mt. Everest.
From Mount Everest Camp 2 we will return all the way to Everest Base Camp, where we will camp overnight before moving back down the valley.
From Base Camp we will head down the valley to Dingbouche at 4,410m/ 14,468 feet for our nights stay.
We will head from Dingbouche down to Tengboche to stay the night.
Trek from Tengboche back to Namche Bazaar, where we can spend the evening celebrating our success in cafe Danphe.
We will make the journey back to Phakding and break up the journey back to Lukla.
Today we will have our final day of trekking from Phakding back to Lukla, where we will spend the night awaiting our early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, and spend the day at leisure in Kathmandu, taking that well deserved shower!
Transfer to Airport for your international flight.
A bit more about Mount Everest Camp 2
If climbing on Mt. Everest has been a dream that you never thought possible, maybe because of the expense of it, or the time it takes to prepare, or maybe just the time it takes to actually climb the mountain, than this is the trip for you! This trip allows you to climb through the famous Khumbu Ice Fall all the way to the Lhotse Face, for a fraction of the price and time. This trip could also be for you if you are thinking about climbing Everest and want to have the experience on the mountain before you take the final step of climbing the world’s highest peak. The price is $15,500.
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