Kala Patthar Summit, EBC & Island Peak Climb - 05 Days

Kala Patthar Summit, EBC & Island Peak ClimbThe majority of our summits lie in the heart of the Sherpa Peoples world. We follow the classic Everest approach through the SoluKhumbu. Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Sherpa people. Namche veers off the trail to Everest Base Camp but we will go there anyway (you don’t want to come this far and missNamche Bazaar). We will enter the magnificent Gokyo valleys which is a land of high altitude lakes and magnificent glaciers. We will also make one more detour, to Chhukuma La at 6183m. and the Gokyo Valley area. Again, would you want to come to “the top of the world and miss something”?

From here we proceed towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). We will climb towards the Khumbu glacier en route to EBC (17,575ft.) and you will be awestruck at the panorama from Kala Patthar at 18,192ft. Our route then descends to Dingboche and goes through Chukung valley and ‘Island’ (ImjaTse) Base camp. We will attempt the summit (20,305ft.) after one nights rest at the ‘high-camp’ on the South West Ridge. Magnificent vistas of the Khumbu can be seen from here. On the descent to EBC you will have great photo ops of Chukung Valleys' Landscape Island Peak. It is an easy side trip everyone chooses to make (even if this is not their first time up here!) There are so many vistas of the Himalayan range here I can’t name them all. Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse (over 8,000m) and many others. The journey comes to end at Lukla airstrip then we fly back to Kathmandu! So, let’s begin

Trip day to day itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. After you arrive at Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate. Our airport representative will meet you and take you to your hotel by car. We will help you check-in and settle your gear (maybe a short rest?) and then it’s time for a short briefing about the trip; we can do this at the hotel or our office. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan. After breakfast a tour guide will take you for a full day of sightseeing to famous cultural spots such as Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and Patan (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s also a good day to get our trekking papers organized and do any last minute shopping. You decide how you feel and let us know your wishes. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu (KTM) to Lukla (2,840m). Short Trek to Phakding (2,610m).Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a once in a lifetime (maybe) experience in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters. Hang on, it’s fun! Now you will be greeted by your Lead Guide (‘Sirdar’ in Hindi )and the rest of the team. You will need to identify your luggage, which is to be made into ‘loads’, and then while you have lunch your team will load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters. After lunch we will trek for a few hours along the DudhKosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m. Camp or Lodge overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m), 5/6 hr. The trail today continues north up the DudhKosi valley to Jorsale where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees are collected. After entering we will continue along the trail, crossing the BhoteKosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3,440m., the administrative centre of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest! Overnight the Camp or Lodge here in Namche. This is probably the last stop to have a ‘Raksi’ nightcap. Raksi is similar to sake, very local, and not suggested at higher elevations.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization. You can explore the surrounding of Namche today and let your lungs adjust to the altitude. Namche is a famous picturesque Sherpa village and we will rest in the afternoon by enjoying a walking around the village and visiting the Sherpa museum. Overnight Camp or Lodge again in Namche. No Raksi tonight, thank me tomorrow!

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