Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu—city of temples.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, one of our team members will receive you at the airport and drive you to the hotel in Thamel.
You will meet your guide today who will be assisting you throughout the trek. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and make your mood.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing/Climb briefing
Early in the morning after breakfast, our sightseeing beings. The city tour guide will be with you throughout the day and he will lead you to four UNESCO listed cultural sites—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
In late noon, we will prepare with the things to bring for our much-awaited adventure—Island Peak Climbing.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla(2,800m)/Trek to Phakding (2,650m)
Flight to Lukla is quite unpredictable, so we try to catch the first flight which will leave Kathmandu early in the morning. We will drive you to TIA domestic terminal along with the guide.
Flight to Lukla is of 40 minutes. This scenic flight will offer you an astounding view of several mountains located in the region of Khumbu.
By the time we arrange porters in Lukla, you can give glace to this beautiful airstrip of the world—Tenzing-Hillary Airport—with a sip of coffee.
Finally, we proceed toward Phakding. Walk today is relatively easy through the trail is uneven. On the way, you will witness a school which was also built by Hillary like Lukla Airport, Tenzing-Hillary Airport.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
We head toward Namche Bazaar—biggest commercial hub of Khumbu region—after breakfast. We arrive in Monjo where we will produce the permit. The trip continues to Jhorssalle. Here we will have our lunch.
Now we will walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi river. The trail keeps on going and the distant view of suspension bridges—one over another—will tempt you to take photographs. It’s really awesome!
After crossing the suspension bridge, the steep climb of Top Danda (cannon Hill) begins. We arrive at check post where we have to produce trek permit. Namche Bazaar is not that far from here.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is essential to adjust your body to the gained elevation. Any negligence in this regard can be fatal as altitude sickness can grip you.
Despite being a rest day, we will take you to Everest View Hotel which is at an elevation of 3,880m. From here you will get curtain raiser view of world’s tallest peak—Mt. Everest, 8,848m.
We retrace the path to Namche Bazaar. We will pave the way to the Sherpa Museum and a couple of local monasteries here. In noon, you can roam around yourself and enjoy this beautiful town of Khumbu.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,880m)
Today’s trail can be divided into three parts. The first part of the hike is easy as you will be walking on the flat and easy surface. The astounding view of Ama Dablam just in front of you is the key attraction.
In the second part, we will follow a downhill course which will bring us to Phurki-Tenga. We will take a break here and have our lunch.
The third part of the trail is a steep climb to Tengboche. We cross suspension bridge built over Dudh Koshi river, produce trek permit in a check post and start hiking uphill toward Tengboche. The ascend continues till we reach Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4,200m)
Initially, for nearly half an hour, the trail is downhill. We will be passing through forests until we cross the river. Now begins ascending course. We cross one of the beautiful Sherpa settlements of Khumbu region—Pangboche. Finally, we arrive in Pheriche.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)
The walk today is interesting as you will get astounding views throughout the hike to Lobuche. We arrive in Duglha and steep trail from this place will lead us to Chupki Lhara followed by Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170m)/Hike to Everest Base Camp (EBC) (5,364m)
Your dream to be in Everest Base Camp will be realized today! Crossing rocky dunes, moraine, and streams, we arrived in Everest Base Camp. But prior to this, we get in Gorak Shep.
The major attractions of EBC are Nuptse, Khhumbuste, and Pumori along with towering majestic beauty of Mt. Everest.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545m)/Trek to Lobuche
It is going to be one of the longest hikes of the entire trek campaign. We will head toward Kala Patthar early in the morning to get a sunrise view. Here, you will be surrounded by mountains in 360 degrees. The view of Mt. Everest along with Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse are majestic from here. After spending nearly an hour here, we proceed back to Gorak Shep for breakfast and then head toward Lobuche.
Day 11: Trek to Chukung (4,740m)/Cross Kongma La (5,528m)
The hike today will lead us to a remote part of Everest region. We will get closer to the Nuptse wall. From the top of Kongma La Pass, we will get a beautiful view of Khumbu glacier and peaks such as Cholatse, Taboche, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse and Ama Dablam.
A further couple of hours walk from the pass will bring us in Chukung.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5,200m)
Relatively, the trail today is challenging. Following steep ascend we head toward south followed by east to arrive in south-east face of this beautiful peak—Island.
Day 13: Climbing training in Island Peak Base Camp
You will be introduced with climbing expert or guide here. He will brief you about climbing and prepare you about dos and don’ts while climbing. We will recheck our gears, equipment, and ropes.
Day 14: Climb Island Peak (6,189m)/Back to Base Camp
Normally, climbing is early morning affair. It is because in the late morning or during the noon one cannot climb due to strong wind.
We wake up nearly at around 3 am, have breakfast and start climbing. The trail is challenging so be careful and concentrate on the trail. We will be spending nearly an hour on the summit and get back.
We will enjoy the night today because it is one of the nights of achievements. CHEERS!
Day 15: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)
Passing through silent and beautiful settlements of Sherpa—Orsho, and Shomare, we head toward Pangboche. We can also pave the way to a gompa in Upper Pangboche. The monastery is regarded as the oldest monastery of this region, Khumbu.
Pangboche will reveal us the beauty of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtaiga, Kongde, and Imja Tse River.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar
We follow descend course to Imja River followed by an uphill climb to Tengboche. From here, we will follow a downhill trail until we cross Dudh Koshi river followed by an uphill trail and flat course to Namche Bazaar.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla
Leaving the beauty of Khumbu behind, we proceed ahead to get in Lukla. We will be walking for nearly six hours to arrive in Lukla.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu
We will try to catch the first flight to Kathmandu and this will get us in the capital by 8 am. From the airport, we will escort you to the hotel. You will have ample time to roam around Kathmandu.
In the evening we, Northern Trekking team, will offer you dinner. We want you to share your experience along with feedback on the trip so that we can improve ourselves.
Day 19: Back to your Destination
Here ends your Island Peak Climbing and with it, your Nepal stays as well. We will drop you in TIA three hours prior to scheduled flight. See you next season for another trip in the different destination as Nepal is a country with more than 100 trekking trails!