Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu and at Nepal international airport, received by our Boundless staff and representative or guide, for short transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city around Thamel.
Thamel the an interesting and exciting area of the city, after checking into your rooms, then join at the lobby for group briefing provides you with trekking and other necessary information.
Include group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese authentic restaurant with local culture of folk musical program to entertain along with dinner.
Day 02: Morning tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.
Morning at the hotel having breakfast then leave for interesting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu famous world heritage sites, with time in afternoon preparation for climb and trek.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m - 30 mins and walk to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Leaving your hotel in Kathmandu for short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport where short flight in a smaller aircraft reaches you at Lukla.
Lukla located at 2,820 m with views of Naulekh Himal and Kongde peaks, a Sherpa town with unique airstrip named as Tenzing and Hillary airport in tribute to late conqueror of Mt. Everest.
From Lukla walk starts on easy gradual path heading through nice Sherpa farm villages to reach first overnight stop within Khumbu at Phakding village close to Dudh Kosi River.
Day 04: Trek to famous Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
From Phakding morning on nice pleasant slow climb crossing bridge to reach at lovely village of Monjo facing views of Tharmarserku peak, then enter Sagarmatha National Park.
Sagarmatha a name in Nepalese for Everest while Sherpa calls Chomolungma, as walk takes you to last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar, walking around river bed with short climb to cross the high bridge.
After the bridge with climb on winding path within forested surroundings of pines, firs, oaks and rhododendron trees as route leads into famous Namche Bazaar for overnight stop.
Day 05: At Namche for acclimatization and short scenic hikes.
Namche a famous large village nearly size of a town an important spot for Khumbu Sherpa as well for trekkers, where one can find nearly all types of facilities from banks, post-office, nice lodge and hotels with many restaurants and bakeries including Pubs and Bar to enjoy on the way back.
Namche holds busy colorful market once a week on Saturday, an interesting bazaar to observe local custom and cultures of Khumbu Sherpa native.
Places to visit on rest day at Namche Bazaar:
Short walks to National Park museum an interesting place on top of Namche Bazaar, where you can catch views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam with series of peaks.
Everest View Hotel, a climb of an hour to Syangboche and then easy uphill to the highest deluxe hotel of Khumbu at 3,880 m rewards grand views of Mt. Everest and range of peaks in serene environment.
Khumjung and Khunde Village located on a glacial valley different to Namche, with traditional life style houses and to witness Sherpa lively custom and culture.
Visit Khumjung old monastery the only place believed to be of Yeti scalps, visit Khunde and the hospital built by Hillary Foundation.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Spending pleasant and exciting time at Namche morning walk heads east on wide scenic trail with views of Everest and range of high peaks, as walk continue downhill to a small place Phunge-Tenga for short break or lunch stop.
Afternoon climb leads for few hours within lovely cool rhododendron, pine and fir tree forest to reach Tengboche, a famous spot for marvelous panorama of mountains that surrounds with views of Everest.
Tengboche with famous and interesting monastery with time here to visit into the monastery to witness Buddhism religion and culture, where once a year in the month of October or early November a great colorful festival held called Mani-Rimdu.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4,230 m - 05 hrs.
From Tengboche enjoying grand mountain views walk downhill to reach a bridge over Imjatse River, after crossing walk takes you with slow climb within dry area, as tree lines drops for few short juniper and rhododendron bush, short uphill to reach Pangboche village at 3,900 m.
Pangboche the last permanent village on the way to Mt. Everest base camp, from here short climb to Somare for lunch stop, afternoon uphill for short while then to enter windy and scenic Pheriche valley where Pheriche located, a large and temporary settlement for overnight stop, facing views of Amadablam North Face with Taboche and Cholatse peaks.
Day 08: At Pheriche for acclimatization and rest day.
A rest day to support acclimatization where short hike takes you to the top of Nakarjung hills above Imjatse valley where Dingboche situated, the hill offers wide panorama of peaks with Mt. Makalu in the east direction includes range of high mountains that encircles Imjatse valley.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche 4,960 m - 05 hrs.
From Pheriche after pleasant two overnights morning begins facing views of peaks, as walk continues on nice gentle wide valley with uphill to reach a small place at Thugla for lunch, where massive Khumbu glacier melts into torrential river.
Here where path of Pheriche and Dingboche trail meet on-route Mt. Everest Base Camp, after a nice stop continue with steep climb for an hour to reach on top of a ridge called as Thugla pass, here you can observe stone built memorials of many unfortunate climbers on climb to Mt. Everest, Lhotse or other high mountains, from here a nice pleasant walk to reach Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 10: To Mt. Everest Base Camp 5,364 m via Gorakshep-06 hrs both ways.
Morning our great adventure heads towards bottom of Mt. Everest at base camp.
As walk lead to steep short climb over glacier and moraine to reach Gorakshep, a small settlement on a flat glacial valley situated beneath lofty peaks of Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill.
From here having short rest as walk continues to Mt. Everest base camp, enjoy views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers standing beneath world number one peak, after a great exciting moment walk retraces back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.
Day 11: Climb Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Chukung 4,730 m - 6 hrs.
Early morning steep climb to the top of Kalapathar Hill located 5,545 m high, highest spot on walks enjoy glorious panorama of giant peaks with Mt. Everest at closest distance.
After a great moment on top descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk past Thugla, then on downhill to Imjatse valley a pleasant walk to Chukung, the last settlement east of Khumbu and Imjatse valley as well on route to Island Peak base camp.
Day 12: Trek to Island Peak base camp 4,900 m - 04 hrs walks.
After a pleasant overnight at Chukung, from here onward sleeping in tents with full camping facilities for few nights till climb completes, morning walk leads towards our main goal reaching at Island Peak base camp located around a place known as Parshya Gab, after settting base camps with afternoon free for practice climbing.
Day 13: Climb to high camp 5,380 m - 04 hrs.
Adventure continues heading high to set high camp at above 5,380 m, adding extra camp makes climb much easier and accessible, on leaving base camp head towards moraine and at open gully, between two well defined ridges then reaching high camp beneath a small hanging glacier above 5,380 m high, afternoon for final preparations for the big climb next early morning.
Day 14: Ascent day to the summit of Island Peak 6,160 m back at base camp - 08 hrs.
Final day of the adventure as climb starts early to cross a broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow covered scree between glaciers facing a top ridge.
Adventure continues with tough climb towards a stone with icefall within steep snow and ice ramp that leads you above 100 meters high (300 ft) to reach our target on top island Peak / Imjatse Himal.
On reaching on top Island Peak summit rewards you with superb panorama with Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,501 m, Mt. Amadablam 6,856 m, Mt. Makalu 8, 463 m, Chamlang and Baruntse peaks, after a great successful climb feeling in high spirit descend safely back on the same route to base camp.
Day 15: Reserve day in case of unfavorable weather condition.
Spared extra day in case of bad and unfavorable weather condition for the climb, where weather plays the main role in this type of adventure around Himalaya, if all goes well according to our planned itinerary days, using this free day on route Lukla having shorter days.
Day 16: Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m - 06 hrs.
After a great moment on top Island Peak where return route leads Dingboche for possible lunch stop, afternoon on downhill to with pleasant walk to Somare and then taking an hour to reach Pangboche village for overnight halt.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs walks.
From Pangboche on completing our adventurous walk and climb as morning take you on same route to Tengboche Monastery, with more time to enjoy views of mountains or another short visit to the monastery located within green woodland and mountain views.
From Tengboche downhill to a river and then with short up to reach a near level path to reach Namche Bazaar on walk enjoy views of Everest and Amadablam with other peaks till Namche is reached for overnight stop after a pleasant walk of short ups and downs.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs
Last day walk of our adventure, as morning starts with long descend to reach Dudh Kosi River and at Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village, from here walk and cross a long bridge to Phakding.
From Phakding head towards Lukla where route lead with up and downs with last final climb of short hour to reach Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest region.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Morning catch early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla facing grand panorama of Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest, soon landing at Kathmandu airport and then transfer to your respective hotels, with afternoon free to enjoy your own personal activities and shopping.
Day 20: In Kathmandu as reserve and contingency day.
In Kathmandu reserve as free or contingency day in case of flight delay might lead to cancellation sometimes, due to unfavorable and bad weather condition which can happen before flying to Lukla or on the way back.
On this day enjoy rest and explore places of interest around Kathmandu when all things go well according to our standard planned itinerary days.
Day 21: International Departure homeward bound.
Enjoying marvelous time around high hills and mountains of Nepal Mid East Himalaya, last day in Nepal after a great experience on Island Peak Climb, as time for your international flight depart from the hotel, where Boundless Adventure staff transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective countries.