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Khumbu Icefall Treks

Mt. Everest remains the ultimate challenge for any mountaineers and no place on earth has inspired horde of mountaineers to scale it’s sheer height and to be on it’s summit. Even if not climbing the mountain itself, trek into the Khumbu Icefall is a great opportunity to truly experience the mountain and to be a part of an adventurous Everest expedition. This trek allows challenging yourself in one of the most outstanding locations on earth. Mt. Everest was first climbed by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 from the southern side and though the mountain doesn’t pose substantial technical climbing difficulty but it does require a high level of climbing proficiency on steep and exposed terrain at high altitude. 
 
Khumbu Icefall Trek ascends the famous glacier to Camp I in the Western Cwm where the team members will have to follow the footsteps of the legendary mountaineers who had climbed over astonishing ice towers, crevasses and ladders. After spending a night at Camp I proceed towards Camp II at over 21,000 feet. At this point, great view of the Southwestern face of Mt. Everest can be witnessed. The program is ideal for those mountaineering enthusiast who may not have the desire or time to scale the summit but looking forward to be at the footsteps of Everest.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness majestic panorama over the world’s highest mountain onboard flight to Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu visiting UNESCO World’s Heritage Sites
  • Hiking past Mountain Rivers, alpine meadows, glacial valleys
  • Kala Patthar located at 5,550 meters with a panoramic 360-degree view of the world’s tallest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse 
  • Explore the popular Khumbu Glacier at the footsteps of Mt. Everest
  • Attend Camp I & II with majestic views of southwestern face of Everest and Lhotse

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 3-4 hrs

Day 04 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar 5-6 hrs

Day 05 : In Namche – Acclimatization

Day 06 : Namche – Tengboche 5-6 hrs

Day 07 : Tengboche – Dingboche 5-6 hrs

Day 08 : In Dingboche – Rest Day

Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Kalapathar – Gorakshep 5-6 hrs

Day 11 : Acclimatization Day

Day 12 : Everest Base Camp

Day 13 : Everest Base Camp

Day 14 : Khumbu Icefall

Day 15 : Everest Base Camp

Day 16 : Western Cwm Camp 1

Day 17 : Western Cwm Camp 2

Day 18 : Everest Base Camp- Rest Day

Day 19 : Everest Base Camp – Pheriche

Day 20 : Pheriche – Namche Bazaar

Day 21 : Namche – Lukla

Day 22 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 23 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges/tents.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 3-4 hrs

Early in the morning, take the trans-Himalayan flight to the small air-stripe at Lukla where the trek begins. It’s a scenic flight passing along terraced hills with great Himalayan views. Upon arrival at Lukla meet the rest of the trekking crew and trek to Phakding which takes about 2 hours. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, start the trek with passing the banks of Dudh Khosi River. En-route this river is crossed several times on suspension bridges with prayer flags. The trek then enters the Sagarmatha National Park from where the trail climbs steeply towards the high settlement of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05 : In Namche – Acclimatization

Today is spent at Namche Bazaar for acclimatizing. Namche is a colorful with many shops, restaurants, lodges. After lunch, take a short hike up to the Everest View Hotel from where spectacular views of the Khumbu peaks can be seen. Afterwards, return back to Namche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06 : Namche – Tengboche 5-6 hrs

The trek continues alongside the Dudh Khosi River witnessing spectacular Himalayan panorama of peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. Upon reaching Tengboche, visit the Tengboche Monastery- the spiritual centre of the Khumbu region. The monastery has impressive orange wall hangings, a 20 foot Buddha sculpture, musical instruments and robes of Lamas. If you are lucky you might encounter the Lama performing a ceremony with music and chanting. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 07 : Tengboche – Dingboche 5-6 hrs

The trial drops to Dingboche crossing suspension bridge o the Imja Khola. It then climbs to Pangboche alongside many Mani stones. The uphill trek continues heading towards the Dingboche, a traditional Sherpa village from where great views of Lhotse, Island peak and Amadablam can be spotted. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08 : In Dingboche – Rest Day

This day is another rest day and there’s an option for hike up the valley from where some great views of the valley and the Khumbu Mountains can be witnessed. Take a day trip to Chhuking Valley and return to Dingboche. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5-6 hrs

Climbing through Duglha via Khumbu Khola Valley, on the day, you will proceed towards Lobuche.  Descending via Duglha village, you will reach Lobuche before sunset.  O/N at Lodge

Day 10 : Kalapathar – Gorakshep 5-6 hrs

Early in the morning hike towards Kalapathar known for panoramic 360 degree view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. Today you will camp beneath Kalapathar at Gorakshep. Overnight Camp.

Day 11 : Acclimatization Day

In the event of bad weather the other day, you will have the second chance to hike Kalapathar again. If not then trek towards the Everest Base Camp located at the foot of the Khumbu glacier. You also have the option to take this day to acclimatize with a possible side-excursion to the Amadablam Base Camp. Overnight at Camp.

Day 12 : Everest Base Camp

Enjoy the morning tea at the base camp and have a late breakfast and soak in the mountain sun. You can hike to the base of the icefall for a closer view of the route that weaves it’s way through huge jumbled seracs. Overnight at Camp.

Day 13 : Everest Base Camp

Today is spent as the rest day and also review the climbing skills.  After breakfast, prepare our technical equipment and go through special climbing skills which will be applied during our ascend through the Khumbu glacier. Overnight at Camp.

Day 14 : Khumbu Icefall

Early in the morning, make the acclimatization ascent to the Khumbu Icefall. Team members will climb through the icefall with it’s ice seracs and crevasses using fixed ropes and ladders. Take a rest after climbing the halfway through the icefall then later on descend down to the base camp. Overnight at Camp.

Day 15 : Everest Base Camp

Today is again spent as the rest day and also the preparation day for the next morning’s ascent to Camp 1. You can share climbing stories with others and get the real feel of being in an expedition to Everest. Overnight at Camp.

Day 16 : Western Cwm Camp 1

Early in the morning return to the Khumbu icefall and working your way through towards Camp 1.  Shortly the climb enters a remote and absolutely incredible valley known as the Western Cwm. Upon reaching Camp 1, get some rest, have a tea and witness the awesome surrounding mountains. Overnight at Camp.

Day 17 : Western Cwm Camp 2

After spending a night at Camp 1, today you will proceed towards Camp 2 over 21,000 feet. Camp 2 offers some spectacular views of the southwestern face of Everest and Lhotse. Take a rest and grab the opportunity to take photographs from here. Afterwards, descend back to Camp 1 the same day. Overnight at Camp.

Day 18 : Everest Base Camp- Rest Day

This is an extra day reserved for additional rest or weather day. The day can be used as an additional side-trek as a part of the descend towards Lukla. Overnight Camp.

Day 19 : Everest Base Camp – Pheriche

The trial goes down the glacier and through the lush and beautiful valleys with great views of the snow-capped mountains. Soon the village of Pheriche will be reached. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers’ Aid Post here. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 20 : Pheriche – Namche Bazaar

Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time.

Day 21 : Namche – Lukla

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla where we will spend the night.

Day 22 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, take the flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the domestic terminal, met by our representative and transfer to hotel. PM: At leisure/Free for shopping or relax. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 23 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 23 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

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