Activities: Trekking Peak Climbing
Accommodation: Lodge and Tent Camp.
Transportation: By Flight to Lukla
Best Season: Autumn and Spring.
Maximum Altitude: 6189 m
Duration: 20 days
Trip Grade: Strenuous Plus
This 20 days Everest Base Camp Trekking and Island Peak Climbing has everything: the incredible mountain views from Chukung (4730m), Kala Pathar. Popularly known as "The Ultimate Trek," it includes all that the Khumbu has to offer including the fascinating villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and the culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people, who will surely? Win your hearts. After starting with a flight to Lukla 2,800m.
Island Peak Climbing (6189 m.) (Imja Tse 20,305 feet / 6189 meters), this lovely glaciated peak is located in the upper Imja Valley of the Khumbu, surrounded by Himalayan giants: the South Face of Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse dominate the skyline as you climb this beautiful peak. Closely linked with Everest history, Island Peak was named by Eric Shipton in 1952 and the first ascent was made by members of the 1953 British Everest team as a training climb. The climbing is challenging yet attainable for the beginning alpine climber and the summit ridge provides one of the most aesthetic mornings that a Himalayan climber could dream of.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Welcome with bunch of flower assistance at the Airport and meet with our staff (One of our company staff will be waiting you at the Airport with display your name "..............." and pick up by our private Japanese car and than 20 minutes drive to the Hotel. After few minutes rest in hotel, Visit in our office and have hot/cold drinks (Tea/Coffee) waiting to serve and have join together, One of our staff will brief you regarding the trip and introduction with your guide. O/N at hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and make Island peak climbing permit (B)
Day 03: 40 minutes flight to Lukla (2728m) with guide and meet porter then commence trek to Phakding (2640m) 2 and half hrs (B.L.D)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m) 5 hrs (B.L.D)
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (B.L.D)
Day 06: Namche to Tengbuche (3870m) 5 hrs (B.L.D)
Day 07: Tengbuche to Pheriche (4310m) 5 hrs (B.L.D)
Day 08: Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m) 5 hrs (B.L.D)
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep, and ascent of Everest Base Camp (5350m) than return back to Gorak Shep. 5hrs (B.L.D)
Day 10: Early morning before sunrise visit to Kala Pattar for the best panoramic view (5545m). And return back to Gorakshep, having breakfast than continue trek down to Lobuche (4930m). 5hrs (B.L.D)
Day 11: Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) (6 hrs). Overnight Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp. Overnight Tent Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Acclimatization day incase of due to bad weather. Overnight Tent Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Summit the Island Peak (6,189m / 21,210 ft). Return back to Base Camp.Overnight Tent Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Trek Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche (4,410m) (5 hrs). Overnight Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Trek Dingboche to Tengboche (3,860m) (4 hrs). Overnight Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Trek Tengboche to Namche (3,446m) (3 hrs). Overnight Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 18: Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m) (5-6 hrs). Overnight Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 19: Lukla Fly to Kathmandu (1310m) transfer to hotel. And rest of the time for shopping (B)
Day 20: Final departure to the Airport by our private vehicle (B)
Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.
Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.
Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.