Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative who will take you to a hotel in Thamel, the heart of the tourist district of Kathmandu, where you can find abundance of restaurants and trekking supply shops. Your fellow trekkers will arrive at the same hotel at varying times over the course of the day. In the evening, our guide will meet you for the discussion of the trip with a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic delicious Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 - Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation
After breakfast, our guides will take you to different temples and various other monumental places of interests. Pasupatinath, regarded as the holiest temple of Lord Shiva, Bauddhanath Stupa known as Little Tibet and Swayanbhunath known as Monkey Temple will be main sightseeing destination. The view of Kathmandu Valley from the top of Swayambhunath Stupa is breathtaking. Then, after lunch, you can visit shops and purchase items for your trek and peak climb. Then, after the visiting Kathmandu Valley, you will return back to hotel and make preparation for tomorrow.
Day 3 - Fly to Lukla (2800m) and then Trek to Phakding (2610m), 3-4 Hours
After breakfast early morning, we will take mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport to Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world with view of great ranges of green and snow capped mountains from the top culmination in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains. Upon your arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and we start our trek through the prosperous Sherpa villages of Lukla before reaching Phakding. Here, you can explore Phakding village and also visit the nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 5-6 hours
After delicious breakfast in the cool morning, we will continue our trek viewing the unbelievable natural beauty all around us including a glistening Mt. Thamserku (6608m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. We will then register your permit number and group details at the National Park office in Monjo, the entrance gate for Sagarmatha National Park. We will have crossed five suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river on this day; the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. Then we ascend the trail to Namche Bazaar, the centre of the Khumbu region, which is the gateway to Everest. Here Sherpas and their families come to trade and also trekkers and climbers prepare for their upcoming journeys. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 - Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Ganesh Himal Hiking Team suggests one day for acclimatization to adjust to high altitude. You will have a full day at your leisure to explore the shops or hike to the Everest View Hotel which is the highest hotel in the world, and enjoy an up-close amazing view of the mighty Everest and a panorama of other major peaks in the region. After the hike, you can also visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area's native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mt. Everest region. You can also stroll around the Namche's quaint villages and come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture.
For Trekkers, who want to see more, a hike to Khumjung village(5-6 hours) may also be an option. While in the village, we can visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (famous for housing the head of the Yeti). Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 6 - Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m), 3-4 hours
From Namche, we separate from the traditional Everest Base Camp route and walk into the left corner onward Thame village full of beautiful views. Situated along the route, which historically led to the Tibetan border, Thame is the oldest village of the Sherpa people. The villages that you pass through will give you a better understanding of the Everest people and their culture. About 150m above the village, is the Thame Gompa, a picturesque Buddhist monastery set amongst the many homes of Lamas and lay people. Thame is famous for being the home of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (first person along with Sir Edmund Hillary to climb the Mt. Everest). Overnight at Thame.
Day 7 - Thame to Lumde (4137m), 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we continue our walk to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley and several small villages such as Chanakpa and Taranga. Overnight at Lumde.
Day 8 - Lumde to Gokyo (4800m) via Renjo La Pass (5465m), 7-8 hours
This is a big day! Crossing the Renjo La Pass (first High Pass) will be one of the more difficult days of the trip due to the altitude. Normally, the weather is clear from March to May and from September to November when the prospects for favourable conditions are excellent. Upon reaching the top of Renjo La, you can enjoy the outstanding and breathtaking views of the world's highest peaks: Mt. Everest (8848m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516m) and Cho Oyo (8201m). Careful walking is required as the glacier trail sharply descends to Gokyo. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 9 - Relax Day at Gokyo
After the tough trek through Renjo La, you would love to have this day to rest and relax at Gokyo. Here, you can enjoy exploring the 5 spectacular Gokyo Lakes. This is a great place to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu with its full glory. You can see the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and biggest glacier of the world, Ngazumpa Glacier. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 10 - Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5330m) to Thaknak/Dragnag (4750m), 7-8 hours
We will leave early in the morning and hike up to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of splash of sunrise on the top of the mountains and many more HImalayan scenery. The view of the massive HImalayas will take your breath away. After the hike, we will stroll back to Gokyo for breakfast. Then, we will trek down to Thaknak/Dragnag passing by the second lake and an unforgettable walk across the Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight at Thaknak/Dragnag.
Day 11 - Thaknak/Dragnag to Cho La Pass (5367m) to Dzongla (4850m), 5-6 hours
This is one of the tough days of the trip. We will start right after the breakfast, and hike uphill for a while to Cho La pass (second High Pass). The pass is not difficult to cross, but it's steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After completing the pass, we will descend to Dzongla with outstanding views of Cholatse Peak (6335m) and other enormous Himalayas. Overnight at Dzongla.
Day 12 - Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5160m), 5-6 hours
After hot breakfast, you will have a gradual uphill and downhill trek today until you reach the Sherpa village of Lobouche. Then, we will continue our trek along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori. You can also get the best view of Mt. Nuptse right in front of you. The trail, rocky and windy, but it offers amazing view of Pumori and Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic mountain view, finally leads to Gorakshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar.
Day 13 - Hike to Everest Base Camp (5357m), 6-7 hours
After breakfast, we will hike uphill towards the Everest Base Camp with views of the famous Khumbu Glacier. The hike is daily strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air. We will pass through the rocky dunes, moraines and streams until you reach the Base Camp. Upon reaching the Base Camp, we will see tents of other mountaineers that stand out in bright colours against the monotony of tray surrounding (especially in the spring). You can also see lots of Buddhist prayer flags. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. After exploring around, we will get back to Gorakshep for a good night's rest. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 14 - Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) and Descend to Lobuche (4940m), 6-7 hours
Today, we will start very early morning, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C), to a 2 hour hike up to Kala Patthar. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar, that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then trek back to Lobuche for a well deserved good night's rest. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 15 - Lobuche to Kongma La Pass (5535m) to Chhukung (4730m), 7-8 hours
After breakfast in Lobuche, we will begin the trek by crossing the Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5000m) and then continue ascending to Kongma La Pass, the third and the highest of the 3 passes; this ascend is difficult part of our trek today. After gaining the Kongma La, we will see cairn wrapped in prayer flags - marks of the pass. The glacier crosses and ascent up is a difficult trek, but well worth the views of the surrounding peaks once reaching the summit. Then we descend gradually to Imja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small settlement, where you will be in a valley surrounded by incredibles glaciers. Overnight at Chhukung.
Day 16 - Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m), 3-4 hours
From Chhukung, the trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south and then turn east to the main line of the valley. Then the trail twists below the southern flank of the moraine form the Lhotse glacier. Then, we continue walking on a short but pleasant trail along the river side which leads to a Big-rock. On the southeast of this rock, the Amphu Lapcha route lies. The criss cross route through Imja and Lhotse glacier leads to a wide valley flanking the southeast side of the Island Peak. You will set up your tent at the base camp and will be served meals here. Overnight at Island Base Camp.
Day 17 - Preparation Day for Island Peak Summit Climb
We will begin our pre-climb training today after breakfast. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although, it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak CLimbing , we strongly believe that some training will boost up your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. You can rest and relax the rest of the day for the next day's climb or you can also take a short hike to the high camp and back. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 18 - Island Peak Base Camp to Island Peak Summit (6180m) and Return to Base Camp, 10-12 hours
The day you have been waiting for has arrived! We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am, as it is important we reach the summit before noon because any later and high winds in the high lands could affect the climb. Our team will be monitoring and assisting you during the ascension. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not that difficult, there are many short rock steps to be crossed before you come across the right side of the gully. Then the trail leads to the ridgeline and it ultimately leads to exposed traverse on to the snout of the summit glacier. We will need to rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses but it leads without difficulty, to a 100m snow and ice slope on which the guides will fix the rope. From the top of this slope, 3 rope lengths along a sharp summit ridge leads to the top of the Island Peak. The view is overwhelming at the top. After enjoying the summit views, and taking pictures, we will descend all the way back to Island Peak Base Camp. We will celebrate on our successful peak climb -- a huge personal achievement. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 19 - Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m), 5-6 hours
Today's walk will be relatively easy, as it a walk downhill to a lower elevation. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we will pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a side trek to visit a Buddhist monastery in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to the oldest in the Khumbu region. Pangboche is a scening village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley. Overnight at Pangboche.
Day 20 - Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 4-5 hours
From Pangboche, we will trace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. We can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. Then, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we will walk through the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. Here, we will keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colourful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a shorten, we will reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 21 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m), 6-7 hours
The trail descends steeply downward, so you will need to be careful as the terrain is rocky and difficult to walk through. After walking through the pine forest and crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. Your journey will end where it started in Lukla where you can rest you exhausted body and celebrate the amazing experiences of the past few weeks. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 22 - Fly to Kathmandu (1300m)
After an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, our guide will assist you back to your hotel. You can rest or visit nearby places and also shop some souvenirs to take back home. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the success of the trip with your guides and all the crew members on this final night in Nepal. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 23 - Final Departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! After breakfast, one of our representatives will take you to the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA); 3 hours before your scheduled flight, for your final departure to your onward destination. We are certain that you will be leaving Nepal with fond memories of your incredible experience.
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 23 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 23 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla:
Only domestic mountain flight is only available to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition so, that why we have kept the extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situation like delay or cancel the flight. In case if the flight is canceled for 2 or more than that, then we will have to charter a helicopter and make sure that you reach on scheduled flight and reach safely in your own home. This extra service cost can be deposited directly to the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team office and the expense is carried out by the Insurance Company as the helicopter charter cost will be maximum US$ 500 or the US $ 3500 which depends on a number of people in flight.