Everest Base Camp and Island Peak
Nepal, Climbing, 21 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €2,635 (land only) - from $3,620 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla. After lunch we have a short trek, walking mostly downhill to our first night's accommodation at Phakding (2610m). We stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 3: Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (340m). Lodge.
Day 4: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Lodge.
Day 5: Our trail now follows the Imja Khola (river) to reach Thyangboche (3860m), located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga. Lodge.
Day 6: We trek via the last permanent habitation of Pangboche to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Lodge.
Day 7: We have a second night at Dingboche. There are various options for acclimatisation walks from from here. Lodge.
Day 8: We climb up to Dugla and follow the main Everest trail beside the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m) where we check into a lodge.
Day 9: We follow the Khumbu glacier first to Gorak Shep (5140m) and on to the site of Everest basecamp (5300m). Afterwards we return to Gorak Shep where we check into a lodge.
Day 10: Our lodge is at the foot of Kala Patar and we make an early morning ascent of this classic Everest viewpoint to around 5500 metres. Afterwards we return to Goeak Shep and have some time to rest and relax before descending to the lodges at Lobuche.
Day 11: We cross the Kongma La (5400m) between the Khumbu and Imja Valleys. As well as giving further acclimatisation, the views from the pass of Makalu, Lhotse and the nearby Ama Dablam are sensational. From the Kongma La we descend to Chukung in the Imja Valley. Overnight in a lodge at Chukung.
Day 12: From Chukung, the kast settlement of the valley, we continue eastwards below the 3,000 metre Lhotse Face to the base camp for Island Peak. We set up our camp here at approximately 5040 metres.
Day 13: A day for further acclimatisation and preperation for the climb. rDepending on conditions the leader may choose to move to a high camp at 5760 metres today. (1.5 hours trekking). Camp
Day 14: From the area of a possible high camp, a short boulder scramble leads to the glacier. We put on crampons, harness and ropes here and walk across the glacier to a steep headwall which is climbed using fixed lines. A final superb curved snow ridge leads to a sensational summit (6189m). After celebrations and photographs we return to base camp.
Day 15: Descending the Imja Khola Valley via Chukung and Dingboche we reach the main Khumbu Valley where we rejoin the Everest Trail. We continue the descent through the village of Pangboche to our lodge for the night at Deboche (3710m).
Day 16: Trekking via Thyangboche where we stop for a visit to the Monastery, and via the settlements of Phunki and Tenga, we pass through Namche to reach Monjo. Camp.
Day 17: A contingency day in case of bad weather or delay. We may use this day to split the final two days of trekking into three shorter days. Camp.
Day 18: Our final days trekking following the Dudh Khosi mostly downhill but with a last climb up to Lukla. We say goodbye to our support crew in traditional style. Lodge.
Day 19: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we will have plenty of time after lunch for sightseeing or shopping. Hotel.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu. A complimentary guided sightseeing tour of the city's most important sites is provided. Hotel.
Day 21: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.