Why take this trip?
- Learn essential mountaineering skills for tackling bigger objectives.
- Experience true Sherpa culture as you are led by experienced Nepali guides with dozens of Everest summits to their name.
- Explore the Khumbu valley as you trek to base camp.
- Summit a Himalayan giant higher than any mountain in the alps.
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,330m)
Upon your arrival, a representative from Wild Guanabana will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu (B)
Today you will wake up to your first breakfast in Nepal and you get to enjoy the day as you please, explore the city, buy any missing gear or simply just chill with the rest of the group. Make sure you get enough rest on that day as you will need it!
Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,652m), Trek to Phakding - (B/L/D)
Transfer to domestic airport to board an incredible 45-minute mountain flight through the Himalayas. From Lukla, we trek downhill towards the Dudh Koshi (milky river), a raging river that flows from the glacier of the highest mountains. The trail is fairly easy and well marked and meanders around the fields of potatoes and wheat. We will pass through many traditional villages to reach the vicinity of Phakding for our first overnight stay. Average trekking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - (B/L/D)
After Breakfast we start our trek passing through pine forest, rhododendron, magnolia and cultivated terraces. We cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river of the day before to reach the mountain capital aka Namche Bazaar. We are now in the Sagarmatha National Park property. We will often see groups of yaks carrying trek gear and goods being traded along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks like Nupla (5,885m), Kongde Ri (6,093 m) and Thamserku (6,808m) rise majestically above us throughout most of the day. Average trekking time is 5 to 6 hours.
Day 5: Acclimatization day hike to Shyangboche (3,833m) - (B/L/D)
It’s important to spend an extra night at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization purposes before venturing higher. There is plenty to do around the valley’s central trading hub. We will do a short day hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche for stunning views of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest. Average trekking time is 4-5 hours.
Day 6: Trek to Thyangboche (3,780m) - (B/L/D)
We leave for Thyangboche early in the morning after breakfast. The trail follows around the ridges and offers spectacular views of Ama Dablam. Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross Dudh Koshi river once again and begin a long winding ascent that takes us to the famous Buddhist monastery of Thyangboche (built in 1912 and considered the spiritual and cultural center of these highlands). The monastery has been recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wild life is unharmed so there is always a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat and Pheasants in the forest. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) - (B/L/D)
The trail now ascends up to Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wideopen trail to a small mountain village named Pangboche (3,901m). Incredibly, there is a similar number of Sherpa’s here who have climbed Everest than the rest of the world combined! We may take a slight detour to visit an old monastery where Lama Geishi gives his blessings to those attempting to stand on Sagarmatha’s highest point. Then we head gradually uphill to Dingboche as the trail passes through the valley surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains all around. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 8: Rest at Dingboche (4,350m) - (B/L/D)
Today will be a rest day at Dingboche where you can go for a short acclimatization hike before we head further up
Day 9: Trek to Chukhung Ri (4,710m) - (B/L/D)
We leave DIngboche this morning to go up another 500m to Chukhang Ri at 4.710m. Today is a long day of trekking, around 7-8 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization at Chukhung Ri (4,710m) - (B/L/D)
Today we will go on an excursion around Chukhung Ri to better acclimatize ourselves on this high altitude and to rest a bit before we start the climb
Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp (5,240m) - (B/L/D)
The real stuff begins today as we head towards Island Peak Base Camp for our first night spent out in tents.
Day 12: Summit Day! (6,187m) - (B/L/D)
Today is the big day as we head off to the summit early in the morning. Your guide will be teaching you all the needed techniques for climbing all the way up to the summit and you will be rewarded with magnificent views and a great sense of accomplishment. After taking some pictures, we will start heading back to base camp for our night there.
Day 13: Trek to Pangboche (3,975m) - (B)
After breakfast, we pack our tents and continue with the descent all the way down to Pangboche at 3,975m
Day 14: Trek to Namche (3,440m) - (B)
After breakfast we head back down to Namche Bazar for our last night there and to bid this beautiful town farewell. Trekking aroung 6-7 hours
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2,810m) - (B)
We retrace our steps along the river. It is a beautiful and easy walk through pine and rhododendron forest with a view of Kusum Kanguru and other splendid mountains behind us before a gradual climb out of the river valley to the trek starting point Lukla to savor our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Average trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Day 16: Mountain flight back to Kathmandu (B)
Early morning we once again board our flight through the Himalayan mountain range back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. This day also acts as a buffer day in case our flight to or from Lukla is cancelled for weather reasons.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple or you may wonder down town Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you some recommendations.
Day 18: Homebound (B)
We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- All public transfers during the trip including airport pickup and drop off
- Three daily meals during the trek (B=Breakfast,L=Lunch,D=Dinner)
- Internal Flight to and from Lukla including airport tax
- Basic lodging during the trek
- Accommodation in tents for the climbing part
- Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Experienced English speaking guides
- Public transport from Kathmandu to and from trek start and end points
- Group climbing equipment as well as a few personal equipment (harness, ice axe, zoomer, figure of 8, carabiner)
- First-aid kit and trained professionals in its use
- Trekking permit (Everest Conservation fee)
- Insurance for all staff including porters
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental
- International flight to and from Kathmandu, Nepal & airport tax
- Drinks, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Electricity and charging, hot shower, snacks and extra drinks during the trek
- Personal climbing equipment such as crampons, sleeping bags, boots...etc
- Your travel and health insurance
- Nepal Visa fee
- Tips to guides and porters