khumbu climber

Khumbu Climber

Climb the three most iconic peaks in Khumbu

26 Days 6,189m/20,305ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 26 Days Trip Grading Strenuous
Max Altitude 6,189m/20,305ft Best TimeApr - May
Oct - Nov
Trip ModeTeahouse / Camping Group SizeMin 1 Max 12
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • 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 Kongma 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

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek/climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 05 : Rest and acclimatization day [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Deboche [3720 m/12,205ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]
  • Day 08 : Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Chukung and acclimatize [4,730m/15,518ft]
  • Day 10 : Trek to Island Peak Base Camp [5,200m/17,060ft]
  • Day 11 : Pre climb training [5,200m/17,060ft]
  • Day 12 : Summit Island Peak [6,189m/20,305ft] and back to Base Camp
  • Day 13 : Trek to Chukung [4,730m/15,518ft]
  • Day 14 : Trek to Phokalde Base Camp [4,900m/16,077ft]
  • Day 15 : Rest/Contingency day/ Move to Pokalde High Camp [5,400m/17,717ft]
  • Day 16 : Summit Poklade [5,806m/19,049ft] and descend to Base Camp
  • Day 17 : Trek to Lobuche base camp [4,950m/ 16,240ft]
  • Day 18 : Contingency day for any delays
  • Day 19 : Move to Lobuche High Camp [5,400m/17,712ft]
  • Day 20 : Summit Lobuche [6,119m/20,075ft] and descend to Base Camp
  • Day 21 : Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]
  • Day 22 : Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
  • Day 23 : Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]
  • Day 24 : Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 25 : Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 26 : International departure

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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Map & 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.

2018 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
02 Apr, 2018 27 Apr, 2018 USD 4050 Available Book Now
20 Apr, 2018 15 May, 2018 USD 4050 Available Book Now
02 Oct, 2018 27 Oct, 2018 USD 4050 Available Book Now
20 Oct, 2018 14 Nov, 2018 USD 4050 Available Book Now
2019 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
10 Apr, 2019 05 May, 2019 USD 4200 Available Book Now
09 Oct, 2019 04 Nov, 2019 USD 4200 Available Book Now
Trip Info
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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 

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons for Khumbu climber are Autumn (from October till end of November) and Spring (April to mid-May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -20C to -5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking and climbing during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow.

April, May, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

TRIP GRADE – Strenuous

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. Prepare yourself for climbing above 5000m altitude with daily exercise and gym. You need to have experience of using climbing equipments like crampons and harness. You will be allowed pre climbing training during which you will be provided skills on how to use climbing equipments and basic climbing skills will be shared.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek.  You will be served a hot cup of tea/coffee at your tent followed by a small basin of hot water to wash up. Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter during  breakfast. We will have our lunch break after few hours of trek and  ample time to rest and perhaps some reading during that break. Trek after lunch will be generally shorter enabling us to reach camp. Tea and coffee awaits you at the campsite and your tents will be set up before you arrive.  Hot water will be given for wash up before dinner is served usually at 6.00 pm. Please bring your flask and/or water bottles for refill of hot water/drinking water for personal use at night. After dinner, the evening is free to play cards and recall the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. Our Chef will prepare exceptional meals and ensure its quality preparation. He will be with us and is responsible for all meals during our trekking days. You can and is encouraged to bring along comfort food which you enjoy eating - chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Accommodation

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In Kathmandu we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.

On Camping Trek

For every 2 persons, a tent is provided together with a sleeping bag, mattress, pillow and other for comfort.  You may consider to bring along an extra mattress or inflatable mat.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 12 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Lukla, which is connected by a short 30 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange to transfer you and your group from the hotel to the airport (Kathmandu) for departure and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

https://highlandexpeditions.com/general-info/travel-insurance/

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.   A suggestion of an allocation of USD 8.00-10.00 per day per person for peak climbing trips – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Everest region is aplenty.  Connection for cell phones is fair throughout   the trek in Everest Region. On peak climbing trips, we always provide satellite phone for emergency purpose. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications.   But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

People And Culture

Sherpas live in the upper regions of SoluKhumbu.  They emigrated from Tibet about 600 years ago. The Khumbu region has provided a strong group of able bodied, hardy and fearless Sherpa porters and guides. Sherpas practice Tibetan Buddhism, which is also known as Lama Buddhism.

Personal Expenses

Everest region is more expensive than the other regions in Nepal, as most of the goods has to be air-flown and then laboriously carried to their final destination by porters. You need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves (Down) and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes (Full)
  • Snow Gaiter
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Personal climbing gears:

  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
  • Helmet (Optional)
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Ascender/Jumar
  • Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
  • Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
  • Prusik loop

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag
  • Group climbing gears

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours.

If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighbouring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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