Mt. Everest remains the ultimate challenge for any mountaineers and no place on earth has inspired a 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, a 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 being in the footsteps of Everest.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Khumbu Icefall Treks
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
Today, you reach Kathmandu by flight. A representative from Breakfree Adventures will be waiting to welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, also known as Kathmandu Airport. He/she will then take you by private vehicle to your home away from home. If you have any time left, you can either use it to freshen up and then haunt the vicinity of your hotel to see what new. You stay the night at that hotel.
Today being your first full day in the country, you are taken on a sightseeing tour of the city to get a feel of what the country might be like from its history. You are namely taken to four historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites called Kathmandu Durbar Square; the old city square with it place, Pashupathinath Temple; a temple built in the fifth century AD to honour Lord Shiva, Swayambhunath temple; which is atop a hill dedicate to Buddhism and associated with the myths of the creation of the valley, and to Baudhanath Stupa; a stupa very important to the Buddhist faithful.
In the evening, a discussion will be held with you regarding your forthcoming trek about all that you should know about it with a representative from the company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla where we will spend the night.
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.
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!
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.
The best season is from pre-monsoon springtime (February, March, April, May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). December and January is the winter and is colder and June, July, August is the summer/monsoon, so rain might be an issue.
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in any way.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Khumbu Icefall Treks. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Khumbu Icefall Treks the only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Khumbu Icefall Treks, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are traveling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore, as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interact with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Khumbu Icefall Treks, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 23 days Khumbu Icefall Treks is challenging trek and is limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness of an outstanding sense of humor and high tolerance levels. The high level of stamina and previous trekking experience helps you to trek in alpine trekking trails. Challenging treks will be high altitude trips and you need the cross high passes, snow filled lands.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Khumbu Icefall Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have an ability to operate your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills, and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following training to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however, there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travelers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.