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Trip Report    

Trek to Mount Everest Basecamp and Kala Patar, Lobuche Peak, Island Peak

In April, traveled to Nepal to trek to Everest Base camp, then climb both Lobuche Peak and Island Peak.

  • Road rough but passable
  • The trekking route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is highly maintained.  The trails are clear, and there is an abundance of tea houses and shops to provide any food and water needed.   In fact, many of the tea houses also rent most climbing equipment.  If you are ok with renting equipment, one could easily show up with nothing, and outfit completely in Kathmandu, Lukla, or even some of the larger tea houses.

    The Kathmandu Airport in 2019 was closed to air traffic between KTM and Lukla.   So all trekkers had to take a 5 hour bus ride through extremely bad road conditions to a small make shift airport.   

    Do not be shocked with the volume of trekkers, from all countries and all ages.  Passing other hikers is quite common, and there is generally plenty of room to get around the slow folks.    

    Buy the global internet pass, so you can access the internet from the tea houses.  Also, pick up a Nepal sim card for your phone.  Your normally phone service will not work there.

    The food is good, but very limited.   It really helps to bring a jug of protein mix.

    The porters are amazing.  Most are very helpful, although language barriers are very obvious.

    During April, the mountain peaks are full of snow, and makes for good climbing.   If you are just trekking, then later in the year works as well.  But if you want to climb >20,000 ft, go in April.

Everest Base Camp has been in my bucket list for quite some time.   I finally just had to do it, and invited a friend to go with me.   I found an excellent tour guide (incredibletreks) who did a great job of taking care of all arrangements.  Here is the basic itinerary

 

09 Apr: Morning flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2660m) (Walking time:3 hrs)
10 Apr: Hike to Namche Bazaar (3420m) (Walking time: 6hrs)
11 Apr: Acclimatization day (Climb to Everest View Hotel to get first sight of Mt.Everest or visit Khumjung village)
12 Apr: Hike to Tengboche (3870m) (Walking time: 5hrs)
13 Apr: Hike to Dingboche (4360m) (Walking time:5hrs)
14 Apr: Acclimatization day.
15 Apr: Hike to Lobuche (5000m) (Walking time: 5hrs)

16 Apr: First hike to Gorakhshep (5165m) then to Everest Base camp (5364m) and return back to stay at Gorakshep (Walking time :7 hrs) .

17 Apr Gorakshep to Kalapattar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (Walking time: 7-8 hrs)
18 Apr: Hike to Lobuche high camp (5400m) and afternoon pre climbing training (3-4 hrs)

19 Apr: (Climbing day ) Lobuche high camp to Lobuche summit (6119m) and back to high camp. (Walking time: 8-10 hrs)

20 Apr: Hike to Chhukung (4730m) (Walking time: 6-7 hrs)
21 Apr: Rest day at Chhukung.
22 Apr: Hike to Island Peak base camp (5200m) (Walking time: 3-4 hrs)

23 Apr: (Climbing day) Island peak base camp to Island peak summit (6189m) and back to base camp (10-12 hrs)

24 Apr: Buffer day
25 Apr: Hike to Pangboche (3985m) (Walking time: 5-6 hrs)
26 Apr: Hike to Namche (Walking  time: 4-5 hrs)

27 Apr: Hike to Lukla (Walking time: 6-7 hrs)

 

trip of a lifetime.  If you are considering, DO IT!

 

 

 

 
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