Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you information of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with GA.
Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
In Kathmandu, half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley is rich in World’s Heritage Sites.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Approx: 30 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m with 3 hrs walk to Phakding at 2,652m.
An early morning start with a drive to domestic airport board as per the flight time board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, our trekking guides will receive you. The walk from here is gradual most of the way, with few ups offering views of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m after 2-3 hrs of good walk reaching at Phakding for the overnight stop in one of the best available lodge, Phakding village situated by the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Phakding crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend with a gradual walk to the Jorsalle village is reached, the trek continues to the last bridge over the Imjatse river, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum kangru Mt.Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up, from here 1hour walk up to the Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, the houses and lodges are placed in an amphitheatre shape.
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Necessary rest day for acclimatisation optional activities a short hike uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with grand views of snow capped peaks and valleys, visit the museum with all types of information regarding the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon free at leisure.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. approx 5 hours.
Trek uphill for 20 minutes to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar, once at the top walk follows on the gradual winding path with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde-ri after a good trek descending to Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement in the middle of alpine forest of silver firs, blue pines, rhododendron with few magnolia and birch trees. A climb of two hours after lunch on the winding up-hill path through the serene woods till Thyangboche Gomba (Monastery) is reached for the night stop. An amazing spot offering views of the majestic towering Mt. Ama Dablam with Mt. Everest above Nuptse wall to the North, Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar on the north east. Visit the monastery and observe the monk prayer an absolute perfect harmony blending well with the peaceful surrounding.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,243m. 5 hrs.
Morning descend woods, cross the Imjatse Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite of Ama Dablam at 6,856 m., from here Pheriche is a good walk of three hour’s situated beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse 6,440 m. and Taweche 6,542 m.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4,930m. 5 hrs.
Trek up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taweche on the left, then a climb towards the foot of Khumbu Glacier at Dughla a good spot to have lunch, before the steep up, the top Thugla pass has numerous stone cairns-memorable of unfortunate climber’s natives and of foreigners who have died while climbing on Mount Everest and other high peaks of this area. The path continues on the left side of the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche for the overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep 5,140m. / and continue towards Everest BC 5,360m.
Walking along the side of the Khumbu Glacier which is straight forward at first, but later the path becomes rocky and awkward, climbing across the moraine. The peak of Pumori at 7,145 m. lies ahead and to the right, on the opposite side of the glacier, Nuptse rises high, the last moment to Gorak Shep with a small cluster of lodges. Directly above Gorakshep is Kala Pattar 5,545m walk continues towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till it reaches at base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. Return back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar and trek to Dingboche 4,360m. 4 – 5 hrs.
Morning hike of two hours to Kalapatthar, on reaching the top enjoy the panorama views of the surrounding snow peaks and the closest view of Mt.Everest, from here return to Gorakshep for the walk towards Dingboche. Journey back to Thugla, after Thugla a nice walk leads to Dingboche in the Imja-tse valley with great views of the surrounding snow capped peaks, including the classic view of Island peak.
Day 11: Trek to Chhukhung 4,730m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Today, an easy walk for 3 hours climbing up gradually to a small settlement of Chhukhung for the night stop, afternoon is spent relaxing and necessary preparations or for an optional hike around, for great scenery of the surrounding high peaks and glacier.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m. 3 – 4 hrs.
The route to Base Camp, the path at first climbs quite steeply to the south before following the moraine east along the main valley below the southern or true left bank of the Lhotse Glacier. The trail then follows glacial streams to the snout of the Imja glacier. At this point the path swings north-east and crosses a dried up lake bed between the Lhotse and Imja Glaciers, from a base camp at Pareshaya Gyab.
Day 13: At Base Camp Rest day.
A rest day to acclimatize and for preparations the climb of Island peak.
Day 14: Trek & Climb to High Camp 5,400m. 2 – 3 hrs climb.
From the base camp the route skirts south-east around the base of Imja Tse between the moraine and the mountain before turning north-east and climbing steep grassy slopes and small rocky steps. Occasional cairns are to be found marking the path. Easy scrambling up an open gully leads between two well defined ridges and the site of high camp on the left-hand ridge below and to the right of a small hanging glacier at 5,280m / 17,323ft. Care should be taken pitching of a camp or bivouac to avoid possible avalanche danger from the ice above. At high camp relaxing and planning, making necessary preparations for the next early morning day climb.
Day 15: Climb to the Summit at 6,189m.
From a high camp on the left-hand ridge scramble across the broad open gully and gain the right-hand ridge. Following this, this gives easy scrambling to the snow-covered glacier above. A route needs to be found out leftwards, avoiding seracs and crevasses before turning back northwards over snow covered scree in the margin between the glacier and the base of the main summit ridge. After crossing a gully with some stone and ice fall danger, a steep snow and ice ramp leads upwards for nearly 100 meters (300ft), to the summit ridge. The last moves on to the ridge often prove difficult and many climbers leave a fixed rope in place to aid descent. The ridge itself is a classic and undulates towards the main summit which is reached by a final tricky snow pitch. Standing atop we have the stunning close-up view of the South face of Lhotse (8,501 m.) in vastness that looms before us. We have the impressive dramatic views of the mountains -Amadablam (6,856 m.), Chamlang and Baruntse in the far horizon. Descent is made by the same route to the low base camp.
Day 16: Trek back to Dingboche 5 – 6 hrs.
Descend to Pareshya Ghyab, continue further along (4,343 m.) the easy trail to Chukung. After lunch we will walk for about 3 hours finally reaching to a village of Dingboche and camp for the night.
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the tree-lines and green vegetation, an hour up to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Day 18: Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5 – 6 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. After Namche Bazaar down hill walk most of the way to Monjo for the overnight, Monjo village located near Sagarmatha National Park Entrance.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
Today the end of this great adventure trekking back to Lukla, a leisure and pleasant walk, with few short up-hills to encounter, on reaching at Lukla, last dinner with the fellow Sherpa guides and porters.
Day 20: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu.
As per the flight time, (sometime the flight delays due to bad weather and other technical reason). Check in for the scenic flight to Kathmandu with panoramic views of high mountains during 30 minutes flight. On arrival at domestic terminal, GA staffs transfer you back to the Hotel.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, inform our GA staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, Great Adventure Trek staff will transfer you to international airport for your final departure from Nepal, the land of high Himalayas.