Your adventure and cultural trip to Nepal begins after your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. After you will land, get your hand bag and go to immigration office where you can get your Nepal visa. There must be many people; need fill form before apply for visa and get down to 1 st floor where you will wait your suitcase. After getting suitcase, go outside where our office member shows your Name in white paper sheet and transfer to Hotel. We have booked your hotel in Thamel which is the touristic hub of Nepal. Meet with our director Narayan Khanal in hotel.
After breakfast, your cultural tour begins where our Guide will brief to you about whole Nepal including history, culture, people, religion, geography and living standard of People. You will visit popular world Heritage sites of Nepal such as Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) - Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site, Patan Durbar Square – Old King Palace with Beautiful Temples and Houses, Pashupatinath Temple - popular Hindu temple of South Asia and Boudhanath Stupa – biggest Buddhist stupa with monastery around. It is full day guided city tour where you will learn most important historical and cultural things of Nepal. After you will return back to Hotel from sightseeing, meet with your Trekking Guide and brief about trekking program.
Early morning, our guide comes in your hotel and be ready your bag pack and transfer to airport; have 35 minutes scenic mountain flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Our Guide will arrange porters here so you can take first mountain tea/ coffee in local lodges. Today, you have very short and easy trekking trail to Phakding from Lukla having picturesque images of suspension bridges, Chortens, Mani Wall, prayer flags and Dudh Koshi River. You will hike through local Sherpa villages till reach to Phakding where some terraced potato field can be seen on the route. Today is your first day, so you feel relax and comfortable downhill walk to Phakding from Lukla with first mountain scenery called Kusum Kagaru.
You will start your trek after having breakfast in Tea House with pleasurable walk alongside the Dudh Khoshi River towards Monjo which is the permit check-Point of Sagarmatha National Park. The trekking trail goes through pine, rhododendron, Magnolia, Giant fir, Himalayan Pine forests, crossing many suspension bridge via the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jhorsalle. After your permit is checked by national park office, go little down along with Dudh Koshi River and cross amazing Tenzing Hillary suspension bridge from where the trail is slightly strenuous with a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar by inspiring first Mt. Everest View. Today you are very tired due to nearly 900 meters climb from Phakding. Namche bazaar is the commercial and administrative center of entire Khumbu region from where one can explore amazing Himalayan view.
Today is acclimatization day but you are not staying at Tea House rather our Guide will help you to encounter around Namche Bazaar. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health proficient suggest to stop for one extra night here due to keeping body strong and balance. So be active and roam around than sleep and rest; climb high, sleep low and drink more water which is the theory of acclimatization in Himalaya. That is why, you hike to Japanese build Everest View hotel from where can have magnificent view of Himalaya such as Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Cholatse (6,440m), Taboche (6,542m), and many mountain peaks. Also visit the Khumjung village where you can encounter head of yeti inside ancient monastery. Namche Bazaar is a beautiful Sherpa Village full of Tea houses, Lodges, markets, Café, Bakeries, ancient culture and lively atmosphere. You can also have pleasurable walk around this Sherpa settlement.
After exploring Namche Bazaar, we will trek to Tengboche having overlooking view of Mt. Ama Damlam and Mt. Everest. The trail is full of up and down with spotting wildlife on the way such as Musk Deer, Pheasant, and Himalayan Thar. We cross alpine woodland by leaving up trail of Gokyo valley and trek down to Imjatse River at Phunki Tanga which is a small settlement with few lodges. Mostly, trekkers take lunch here due to challenging steep climbing to Tengboche for next step. Again we walk through Rhododendron, Oak, Magnolia, Pines, and Fir trees till reach to Tengboche nearby there is famous and historical Buddhist monastery surrounded by Himalayan peaks. Our guide takes to you visit monastery which opens after 3:00 pm every day for peace meditation. You can meditate with local Buddhist Monks inside monastery.
Leaving Tengboche, having hill at the backdrop, we walk down through rhododendron and Juniper forest of Dubuche and further walk to Imja River by crossing a suspension bridge and reach beautiful Sherpa settlement of Pangboche village; explore old Pangboche monastery here. Further, the path climbs to Somare and cross Imja stream with super view of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam Himalaya. Finally, your trail reach to another classical Sherpa village Dingboche.
It is mandatory to have one more night in Dingboche for acclimatization and make body strong and balance. Dingboche is also known as “Summer Valley” of Khumbu region because of receiving rain during Monsoon, contributing to farming lands. Today, you are not staying in Hotel rather our guide takes you to climb Nagarjuna Peak, offers complete view of Khumbu Himalaya including Mt. Makalu with panoramic vistas of the entire Imja valley. You can also hike to Chhukung village which presents magnificent view of Island Peak, Amadablam, Makalu, Taboche which is optional. There will be many alpinists who are heading to Chhukung for climbing Island Peak.
After having good time in Dingboche, we start climbing up having impressive view of Cholatse and Taboche on the left and steep climb towards Khumbu glacier with amazing view of Mt. Ama Dablam on backdrop. After crossing glacier, reach to small settlement of Thukla having few lodges. It is a good ridge to have lunch and zigzags trail having memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awed gazing. Then the path climbs along the glacier and rock finally reach in Lobuche.
Today, we have short walk to Gorakshep, climb through meadows and moraine stone steps having amazing view of Glacier. First we check in Tea House, having Lunch and start our exploration to Everest Base Camp. We hike 2 hour alongside the Khumbu glacier and reach to Base Camp; if it is spring season, can see many Camping Tents of climbers who are heading up to Everest summit. Later, we will return back to Gorakshep for stay.
Early morning, we climb Kala Patthar to explore virgin Himalayan beauty and sunrise view of top of the world. Kala Patthar, it represents black rock. We descend down to Gorakshep for breakfast and hike all the way down to Dingboche via Lobuche, Thukla and Khumbu Glacier.
Today, we have very short walk to Chukung from Dingboche having amazing view of Island Peak. In chukung, we will meet our Sherpa climbing Guide who will brief you all about climbing part and be ready for your next trip to Island Peak Base Camp.
After we have amazing night in Chukung, we will hike towards Island Peak Base Camp following Imja river valley enjoying the dramatic scene of Himalaya. The trekking trail goes further ahead through Lhotse glacial moraine with diverse range of terrains and views. Eventually, we reach in Island Peak Base Camp.
Today is the most important and adventure day during whole trip to Everest Region and today is the main highlight of the trip too. We start our climbing section after midnight around 2 or 3 am. First section of climbing part is just hiking part to High Camp and second section of climbing part is more challenging and exciting; need fixing rope and crampons. There are many short rock steps after high camp then the climbing trail leads toward ridgeline of glacier. Our guide fix the rope for the glacier to make successful climbing having several crevasses until glacier slope. From the top of this slope, we go further ahead and we will reach on the top of Island Peak. After encountering magnificent view of Himalaya from summit, we will descend all the way down to Chukung.
Sometimes weather can be change in Himalaya so we need one extra day for successful attempt to Island Peak. This is one day extra in case of bad weather in Everest region.
After having successful Island Peak climbing, we descent to Pangboche village following Imja valley river with stunning view of Ama Dablam in the front. Pangboche is big mountain village can explore local historical monastery and villages.
As usual, we begin our trekking to Namche Bazaar from Pangboche which is a big Sherpa settlement with many lodges. The trekking trail goes down to Imja River all the way to Tengboche via Debuch. From Tengboche, the trail moves down to Phunki Tanga and climb to Namche.
Today, is your last day trekking in Khumbu region, we will hike down to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. We will hike through many suspension bridges, Sherpa villages, terraced potato fields, and local forests along with Dudh Koshi River. Your permit of Sagarmatha Natonal Park is exit in Monjo and hike down to Lukla for your next day flight to Kathmandu. You feel warmer today due to low elevation. In Lukla, you can have last night dinner with your trekking Guide and porter. You can have some tipping to porter saying Thank you to him.
Today, you will leave Khumbu region, feel long memory of your adventure trekking. Early morning, you will fly to Kathmandu with your Trekking Guide having scenic Himalayan view. From airport, drive to Hotel tell good bye to your Guide. You are totally free today and have good rest in Hotel. In the evening our director will invite to you having typical Nepali food with cultural local dance in Thamel. Enjoy your Nepali meal with folk song and dance with our director and also discuss about your trekking experience.
After completing, Gokyo Lake Trekking, you are free in Kathmandu or you can have shopping as gift of Nepal to your family and friends. You must be very tired after trekking, can also have good body massage in Spa center. You will feel free and explore local markets and also enjoy your time in good restaurant in Thamel. Or Today, you can also visit 800 years old town Bhaktapur to see the historical and classical king palace with art and architecture.
Our staff help your departure to Tribhuvan International Airport for your respective destination. Hopefully, we will wait your recommendation and suggestion and also review about your trek to Everest Base Camp and and Island Peak Climbing. Our Guide and Porters can wait for your next adventure journey to Nepal Himalaya. See you again and good bye.