khumbu climber

Khumbu Climber

Climb the three most iconic peaks in Khumbu

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:26 Days
  • Max Altitude:6,189m/20,305ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse / Camping
  • Activity:Peak Climbing In Nepal
Package difficulty Strenuous
All inclusive cost$ 4,050.00
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Trip Overview

  • Climb three most famous peak in Everest region
  • 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days
  • An ultimate climbing holiday
  • Island, Pokalde and Lobuche Peak

Khumbu Climber Overview

Highland Expeditions offers ultimate climbing holiday in Everest through its Khumbu Climber package. Our Khumbu Climber allows you to climb three famous peaks in Everest region, which are Island [6,189m/20,305ft], Pokalde [5,806m/19,049ft] and Lobuche Peaks [6,119m/20,075ft] in a single package. Enough acclimatization days and contingency days have been allocated to ensure the successful peak climbing. We will begin our Khumbu Climber from the Island Peak and end with the Lobuche peak.

You will not only rejoice the scenic mountain views in Everest region but you will also enjoy the warm hospitality of amiable Sherpas in central Khumbu valley.

Island Peak Climb (6,189m/20,305ft)

(Grade: PD with 45 Degree snow slopes and exposed ridge climbing)
Island Peak is one of the easiest 6000 meter trekking peaks. So, this is the perfect climbing peak for beginners. The route is not technical but climbing the steep section and tapered summit ridge demands better physical strength.

Pokalde Climb (5,806m/19,049ft)

(Grade: F Mixed ground with some easy rock scrambling)
Climbing Pokalde does not require special technical skills but you will need strong stamina to conquer steep rocks to the summit. Passing via Khongma La Pass, we will attempt Pokalde Climbing through the north ridge. We may need to use fixed ropes at few points. The summit offers views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam Mountain and other peaks and mountains.

Lobuche East Climb (6,119m/20,075ft)

(Grade: PD with 45 Degree snow slopes and exposed ridge climbing)
Lobuche is the toughest peak to climb among these three. Lobuche climbing route is relatively easy up to far eastern summit afterwards which it offers challenges of climbing an unstable ridge. The summit offers spectacular views of Khumbu valley with Everest, Pumori, Ama Dablam and other peaks and mountains.

Why climb with us?

At Highland Expeditions we always believe in ‘Safety first and Service paramount’. The success of any climb depends largely on carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed in maintaining the climb safe and success with quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional guides who have experience of successfully climbing several national and international peaks. At Highland Expeditions, we provide 1:3 guide to client ratio on summit days.

We are dedicated for providing highest professionalism throughout the climb by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed.

Is this trip for you?

  Grade   Strenuous
  Physical Rating   7-8
  Total Duration   25N/26 Days
  Trekking Duration   16N/17 Days
  Climbing Duration   5N/6Days
  Maximum Elevation   6,189m/20,305ft at Island Peak

Khumbu Climber Route begins through yak trails in valleys and progresses through few high passes to the base of trekking peaks. Previous experience of climbing at high altitude will be beneficial and you will need a very strong physical stamina level. This grade trip involves usages of climbing equipment (Harness, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Ascender). Previous experience is essential and we also provide a climbing course at base camp before the actual climb where your guides will teach you the proper way to use the equipment.  However previous experience of trekking/climbing at 5000m+ elevation will be beneficial.

Other Similar Climbing Holidays:
1. Island Peak with Everest Base Camp
2. Lobuche East Climbing

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Trek & Climb leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions.

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek/climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your exploration tour in Kathmandu, which includes Bouddhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. However, sometimes, depending on your flight arrival, if it’s too late into the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you some sleep and rest so that you can get rid of that jetlag before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour. In the evening, you will be briefed by your trek and climb leader about your trekking program the next day. In case you have fallen short of any trek and climb equipment that you may need, this time can be used to arrange for it.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan Airport, domestic terminal for Kathmandu to Lukla flight. It takes 30minutes of pleasant flight to take us to
    Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The flight allows panoramic views of many snow-clad peaks and mountains. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Khumbu region. After reaching Lukla, you will be introduced to other crew members. We will take breakfast at one of the lodges. Once porters prepare necessary luggage, we will begin our trek for Khumbu Climber. We will walk through the stone pathway downhill. After few hours, we will meet the straight trail which is decorated with Mani rocks. We can rejoice the striking view of Lukla village. We will finally reach Phakding. After refreshment, you will have short walk to nearby village. If time permits, we will also visit a local monastery. Return to lodge in Phakding for dinner. You will get briefing regarding following day’s trek. Overnight stay in lodge in Phakding.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will move along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. This is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. At Monjo, our trek leader will deal with all necessary national park formalities and then we will enter Sagarmatha National Park. Lowering down from the park, we will arrive at river. Crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains. We will stay overnight in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6 - 7
  • Day 05 - Rest and acclimatization day [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Namche Bazaar is regarded as gateway to the high Himalayas. It is also the main trading center and a capital of Sherpa land. Rest is recommended in Namche for acclimatization purpose. Short hike will be arranged to the ancient Sherpa village of Thame to observe the rich Sherpa culture or we can also visit nearby Khumjung, Khunde or Khongde villages. Shopping in marketplace of Namche is another fine idea. National Park Head office, Museum and monasteries are other places of interest. The area is clustered with cafes, shops, bakeries and restaurants. The place supports facilities of post office, hospital, government health post. Internet access is also available at Namche so that you can contact your near ones. Overnight stay in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 4 - 5
  • Day 06 - Trek to Deboche [3720 m/12,205ft]

    Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will walk along the glacial water of Dudh Koshi River. We will be greeted with views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife like musk deer and different colorful local birds. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the paths leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other one leads us to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains. We will visit the monastery and walk through forest of birch and rhododendron to Deboche where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]

    After breakfast, we will descend to Imja River. The trail takes us uphill to Pangboche (3860m) through the lush forest. We will visit the Pangboche Monastery. The village is also decorated with Chorten and Mani walls. The trail allows us an access to Imja Valley. We will take steep climb to Pheriche and continue further to Lobuche River. The final steepest climb of the day will take us to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops. We will stay overnight in Dingboche.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]

    We will take final rest day in Dingboche before climbing Island peak. Dingboche is a summer settlement for locals. We can get panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and other several big and small peaks from the ridge on the north behind the village. We can also get view of Imja River which flows directly east of the village. You can visit one of the world’s highest billiard parlors. You can also find internet café in Dingboche. So, take rest and save your energy for climbing on forthcoming days.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 09 - Trek to Chukung and acclimatize [4,730m/15,518ft]

    Leaving Dingboche, we will move through Imja River valley to Chukung. The magnificence of Lhotse Mountain can be seen from most of the point. Chukung offers spectacular views of moraines towards Island Peak. Chukung Ri is located near to our camping site in Chukung.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 10 - Trek to Island Peak Base Camp [5,200m/17,060ft]

    From Chukung, we will reach Island Peak Base Camp. Climbing south from Chukung, we will head east and proceed through Lhotse glacier through Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines to southwest side of Island Peak where we will set our camp. The site offers scenic views of surrounding mountains and moraine valleys.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 11 - Pre climb training [5,200m/17,060ft]

    You will receive a pre climb training from our climbing guide on this day. You will get instructions on peak climbing techniques. You will also be taught how to use the climbing gears like ice axe, crampons, harness and ascender properly. You will learn how to use ropes while you move up and down. We will follow the trail through rock surface for up to around 5770m and then the terrain shifts to ice which is when ropes become life saver. We can also climb up to the High Camp and return to the Base Camp for practice.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 2 - 3
  • Day 12 - Summit Island Peak [6,189m/20,305ft] and back to Base Camp

    Since heavy wind blows during afternoon at the summit, our target will be to reach the summit before noon. Hence, we will wake up much early on this day. We will take breakfast and leave Base Camp. We will take moderate climb for the first part of the climb before reaching the steep hillside. The terrain frequently changes from sandy area to meadow to boulder. From the hill, we will follow the tapered path through a steep rock channel to emerge to the gully. Walking through a ridgeline, we conquer challenges proposed by seracs and crevasses. We will proceed through the snout of the summit glacier with the help of ropes and move through 40- degree snow slopes to reach the summit. The challenge of the climb is rewarded with the gratifying views of Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Makalu, Baruntse and Amadablam Mountains. We will capture the memories in camera and then prepare ourselves for long descend to the Base Camp. We will celebrate the successful climb and stay overnight in Base Camp.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 8 - 9
  • Day 13 - Trek to Chukung [4,730m/15,518ft]

    Leaving Island Peak Base Camp, we will follow the easy descending route that allows plenty of photographic opportunities. We will lower down to the valley following the trail that is adjacent to a large glacial lake to our left. On our right will be Pokhalde peak. Passing through yak pastures and tiny settlements, we will reach Chukhung where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 14 - Trek to Phokalde Base Camp [4,900m/16,077ft]

    From Chukung, we will return to Dingboche. Walking through the valley, we will later follow the ascending trail uphill for about 4-5 hrs and then turning left, we will reach Pokhalde Base Camp. The Base Camp of Pokhalde Peak exists at altitude of 4900m close to large circular lake. It is located below Kongma La Pass. The Base Camp offers panoramic views of Makalu, Amadablam, Nuptse and other surrounding mountains. Stay overnight in Pokalde Base Camp.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 6 - 7
  • Day 15 - Rest/Contingency day/ Move to Pokalde High Camp [5,400m/17,717ft]

    Leaving Pokalde Base Camp, we will move towards Kongma La Pass. The Pass offers views of wide valley that is dotted with frozen lakes. We can also observe panoramic view of Pokalde Peak including Cholatse peak, Nuptse Mountain, Lhotse Mountain, Makalu Mountain and Ama Dablam Mountain. Little further from Kongma La Pass is Pokalde High Camp where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 2 - 3
  • Day 16 - Summit Poklade [5,806m/19,049ft] and descend to Base Camp

    We will climb to the summit of Pokalde Peak on this day. Waking up early in the morning, we will move along the rugged pass. Walking through the snow ridge, we need to cross few rocky pinnacles. The journey continues through the ridge. From this point, the climbing is going to be bit tough. We will reach to the narrow rocky pinnacle. Moving past boulders and snow, we will reach to the summit. Pokalde Peak can be attempted from North, North East, North West or South Face. We will enjoy the spectacular views of Mountains in Everest region including Everest, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori and then descend to Pokalde Base Camp for night stay.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7 - 8
  • Day 17 - Trek to Lobuche base camp [4,950m/ 16,240ft]

    From Pokalde Base Camp, we will head towards Lobuche Base Camp. This is going to be a bit long day for trek where you might need to walk for about 7-8 hrs. After following the straight path for couple of hours, we need to follow the steep rocky trail towards Lobuche Glacier. The path offers spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Thamserku, Kantega, Pokalde and other peaks.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7 - 8
  • Day 18 - Contingency day for any delays

    This is a free day which has been allocated in itinerary to ensure that our schedule will go on smoothly without interruption even if there occur complications during climbing peaks. The successful adventure depends on multiple factors like weather condition and fitness of our fellow crew members. In such case, the contingency day will be useful for sticking up to the plan.

    • Meal: B, L, D
  • Day 19 - Move to Lobuche High Camp [5,400m/17,712ft]

    Leaving Lobuche Base Camp, we will move along rocky moraine path towards Lobuche High Camp. We will move through Lobuche glacier. We will climb through the rocky terrain to Lobuche High Camp.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3 - 4
  • Day 20 - Summit Lobuche [6,119m/20,075ft] and descend to Base Camp

    We will wake up quite early this day as we aim to reach summit before noon. We head out to summit during predawn. We need to cross ice slopes for which crampons and ice axe proves really useful. We may need to pass crevasses before climbing to the summit. The summit allows enticing views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Pumori and other mountains in Everest region. After spending some quality time in summit, we will lower down to Lobuche Base Camp where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 7 - 8
  • Day 21 - Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]

    We will follow the easy descending trail from Lobuche Base Camp. The path from Lobuche to Pheriche is scenic with close-up view Ama Dablam Mountain. From Pheriche, we will move further to Pangboche through rhododendron and juniper forest.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 22 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Leaving Pangboche early in the morning, we will follow the return trail along Imja River that takes us through the forest of birch and spruce to Tengboche village. After brief stop in Tengboche, we will follow the trail through forest of blooming rhododendron to the bridge. We will cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River and move through Dudh Koshi gorge and pine forest to Sansa village. The region is rich in Himalayan wildlife like mountain goats, Thars and local birds. We will pass through the chorten to the army camp at Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6 - 7
  • Day 23 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    Our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek & climb with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 24 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from long and tiring peak climbs.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 25 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate our successful climb. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles
    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 26 - International departure

    Finally, the undeniable day of departure arrives. Thank you for joining us on this climb and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time.  We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon.  Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • Fully guided climb with experienced climbing guides on 1:3 ratio (Guide to client ratio)
  • Meals and Accommodation at Teahouses/Lodges during trekking period
  • Meals and High-quality mountain tents for during climbing period
  • All peaks permits with garbage deposits. 
  • National Park Fees
  • KTM-LUKLA-KTM Airfare
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with supplementary oxygen system
  • Personal/Group climbing gears
  • Porterage of equipment required during trekking and climbing
  • Waterproof Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Peak climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
  • Staff summit bonus, insurances and allowances

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses and tips 

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