Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing takes you to some of the highest passes in the world and the top of Island Peak (6,189m). We cross three high passes in the Everest region in this expedition- Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).This 23-day-long journey with Adventure Trek Club and Expeditions starts in Kathmandu exploring centuries-old Newari architecture, alleys, UNESCO world heritage sites, and monasteries. A 30-minute-long exciting mountain flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla, popular known as the gateway to the Everest region. Our trek ahead is dominated by views of soaring Thamserku (6,623 m) and KusumKanguru (6,367m).
We will spend a spare day at Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu Himalayas. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest ( 8,8848) from the Sherpa town. The spare day here is for acclimatization. We can go on short hikes during the day. We gradually ascend into Gokyo Valley in the days to come. Walking alongside Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise glacier lakes to reach Gokyo is beautiful heaven. Once at the top of Gokyo Ri views of the region’s eight thousand- Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu – make for a breathtaking panorama. We will then head to Lobuche crossing Cho La ( pass) at 5,300m on the way. From Lobuche, we trek to GorakShep via Khumbu Glacier.
Everest High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing also takes us to Everest Base Camp and then makes our way to Kala Patthar to enjoy the Panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks from the top. We make our attempt to summit Island Peak from Chukhung where we arrive after crossing Kongma La ( 5,535 m).Island peak is technically more difficult to climb than Mera Peak, but like Mera Peak climb it is perfect for anyone seeking to climb their first Himalayan mountain. We have a contingency day in case the weather on the day of the summit isn’t favorable. Once the mountain is made, we trek back to Namche and then to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu.
For those who want to climb Island Peak but without trekking the Everest region, Adventure Club Trek and Expeditions also provides Island Peak Climbing- 17 Days option. Pisang Peak through Thorong La Pass-18 Days, Mera Peak Climbing-17 Days, Yala Peak Climbing-15 Days and Island Peak through Everest Base Camp-19 Days are other options for a shorter expedition.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air routes in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching at Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m).We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight at Guesthouse.
From Phakding we continue through pine, fir and juniper forest and then follow the path along the DudhKosi River. On our trek today we cross the river several times via suspension bridges and on the way we are greeted by a fantastic view of Mt. Thamserku(6,608m). Again we enter a pine forest which gradually clears out and if the weather permits we get to see mighty Everest(8,848m) over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and from here the path steepens, and along the way, we also cross Hilary Bridge, known by the name for being the highest suspension bridge. A few hours uphill climb to Namche Bazaar also known as the Gateway to Everest. Overnight in a guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is the biggest town in the Everest trail and consists of many restaurants, hotels, shops, bakeries and also exchange services.Today we acclimatize. Many activities are planned for the day to adjust to the high altitude. After a filling breakfast, we hike to the Everest View Hotel, considered one of the highest placed hotel. From here you can enjoy the magnificent up-close view of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. As we return we take a detour to a local museum which houses local flora and fauna along with the history of Everest region. We also explore the Syangboche Airport. If you wish to hike more, we have set aside an option to visit the Khumjung village. It is approximately 5-6 hours walk, and upon reaching the village, we explore the Khumjung Monastery where a Yeti’s scalp is on display. You can also visit KhumjungSchool built in 1961 by Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. Overnight in a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Our trail heads west along the valley of the Bhote Koshi River. The views of the Himalayas including Kongde Ri (6187 m), Khumbi Yul La (5765 m), Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m) are fantastic. The first village we pass through is Phorte where a nursery was established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. We continue along the balcony path. After descending to the river, we cross a bridge before making a steep climb to Thame, situated at an important juncture along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass). Overnight in Thame.
After breakfast we visit Thame Gompa which is a 350-year-old monastery beautifully located in the cliffs above Thame. After spending some time here we continue our trek to Lumde. The trail climbs gently over the moraine and continues our ascent to Lumde. We follow the route used for centuries by the Himalayan traders who ferried salt and grains across the Nangpa-La pass into Tibet. Overnight in Lumde.
This is the second day set aside for us to acclimatize to the high altitude thus preventing any symptoms of AMS. Taking the time to acclimatize today should help us with the next day’s climb over the Renjo La pass. We can spend this day resting and hiking. There are many spots in the area that guarantee amazing views of the surrounding and of course the Himalayan vista. Overnight in Lumde.
Today we cross the first of the three passes, Renjo-La. It is a tough climb but the view from the top makes the climb worthwhile. As we trek further we see prayer flags that signal the pass. The view from the top of the pass is spectacular. We see Gokyo Lakes, Ngozummpa Glacier, Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayas. From here we descend to Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Time to soak in some fantastic views of the Himalaya and get those postcard photos for friends and family back home. Today, we hike to Gokyo Ri; it is a small peak that stands above the Gokyo village and makes for an excellent viewpoint. Enjoy the views of four eight-thousanders, Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from Gokyo Ri and the view of Gokyo village at the edge of the third lake with Ngozumpa Glacier and Cholatse. Not to forget the golden hour on Everest!. Afterward, you will also bask in the tranquil serenity of Thonak Tsho, the fourth holy lake. Given the surplus time and your physical condition, we will decide on whether or not to hike to the fifth sacred lake, Ngozumba Tsho from where you can observe the Himalaya’s longest glacier Ngozumpa glacier. Back to Gokyo village for overnight. It’s a much shorter trek today. We trek through the magnificent Ngozumpa Glacier to reach the mountain on the other side. Then, traveling along the mountain’s edge, we gradually enter Thagnak. Since we have already climbed Gokyo Ri, it will be a short hike with ample afternoon rest today. Given that we are aiming for higher altitude tomorrow, today’s short trek will give you the much-needed rest, Overnight in Thagnak.
If the weather was not good for climbing Gokyo Ri the previous day, we then do so today. After breakfast, we climb out of the Gokyo village to a ridge then trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thaknak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. Overnight in Thaknak.
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach at the top of the pass which is decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south even as Cholatse soars to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche Peak and the Pheriche Village far below. We climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Gear up for a trek to the Everest Base Camp! We start by following the trail through GorakShep Lake and past the Indian army mountaineer’s memorials. Maintain a steady pace to prevent AMS and follow the guide at all times as the path can get very confusing from here onwards. Walk along a rocky trail and past the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp. We are rewarded with spectaculars views of Nuptse(7,861m), Pumori(7,161m) and Khumbuste(6,640m). Also, enjoy the view of the Khumbu Icefall. We conclude the day heading back to GorakShep where we spend the night.
We begin early before dawn breaks to Kala Patthar. Today is going to one of the most challenging treks of the trip. The ascent will be tough, but once we reach the top, we’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of the mighty Everest amidst other mountains including Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Chagatse among others. Kala Patthar is the best vantage point for a close-up view of the Everest.After spending quality time in Kala Patthar, we make our way back to the village of Lobuche where we spend the night.
From Lobuche, we set out to reach the top Kongma La Pass at 5,535m. The trail to Kongma La Pass is a steep climb, and along the way, we pass through many small glacial lakes. As we climb higher, we are greeted by the fantastic view of Makalu to the south-east. Before reaching the top, we come across a rocky path followed by a narrow ridge decorated with prayer flags. At an altitude of more than 5,000m, it is usually windy, so we only make a brief stop. From Kongma La pass we slowly descend to Chhukung. Overnight in Chhukung.
After breakfast, we head towards our destination for the day, Island Base Camp. The path to the base camp is fairly steep but overall it quite an easy trek. We begin by climbing south and turn east towards Imja Valley. Along the way, we are greeted by the magnificent AmaDablam. The trail then continues through the moraines from Lhotse Glacier and Imja Glacier. Here onwards it is a pleasant trail to Island Peak Base Camp. Upon arrival, we rest for a while before beginning our pre-climbing training. The guides will teach you all the basic tricks and techniques required for tomorrow’s summit. You will be taught the proper use of ice axe, crampons, harness, climbing boots, and ascender. The training also includes basic safety measures and things to do in case of an emergency. To build up more confidence before the big day we practice using our climbing gears and go on a short hike on ice. Overnight in the base camp in a tent.
Big day today! We wake up early at around 2 am have to breakfast and pack all the necessary gear for the summit. Our goal is to reach the top before noon to avoid the strong wind that blows in the highlands in the afternoon, a major factor for a successful summit. At the beginning the path is sandy, and as we climb higher, it changes to boulder-strewn. The further we go the slope narrows after which we come across a rock channel. Follow the rock gully to a ridgeline leading to the snout of the summit glacier. Follow the guide at all times and listen to the instructions given. Ascend a steep snow-covered slope to reach the summit ridge. Throughout the climb, both fixed ropes and man rope will be used as safety measures. The length of the rope line depends on the weather condition and the crevasses.The feeling of being at the top of Island Peak is one memory that will stay for a lifetime. All your effort of reaching the summit will be rewarded by eye-popping views of AmaDablam, Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse among other mountains. After a successful summit, we then descend back to Chhukung. Overnight in a guesthouse.
A day is set as contingency just in case if the weather condition does not favor on our planned day for the summit. Usually, the weather in high altitudes are unpredictable and can change in a few seconds. If everything goes as anticipated this day will not be used.
Descend to Tengboche through Sherpa villages of Orsho and Shomare. We also pass by the beautiful village of Pangboche. This village is surrounded by the mighty Everest to the north, other mountains including Thamserku, AmaDablam and Kangtega to the east and Kongde range to the south. As we leave the village behind, we come across a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and ascend to Debuche. The trail then climbs up through a forest to arrive at Tengboche. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Descend through rhododendron, juniper, and fir forest to reach PhunkiTenga. We then cross the DudhKosi River followed by a ascend to Trashinga. Follow the DudhKosi gorge leading to a downhill path through pine forest to arrive at Sansa. Keep an eye for wildlife such as mountain goats, colorful pheasants, and snow leopard while passing through the forest. If you wish you can take a detour from Sansa to Kunde and Khumjung villages before heading to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guesthouse.
We retrace our steps back to Lukla from where our incredible journey began. After arriving at Lukla, you have the day all for yourself. Relax, wander around or celebrate your success with some drinks. Overnight in Lukla.
An early morning flight from Lukla takes us back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic flight alongside the mountains. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the afternoon roaming around the streets of Kathmandu or doing some souvenir shopping. In the evening a farewell dinner is organized for you. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.