Khumbu Icefall Trek
Trip duration: 25 Days
Grade:Strenuous Grade Trek
Activity: Trekking, Climbing and Cultural Tour
Start and End Place: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Trek type: Tea House
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Maximum Altitude: 6500m
Minimum Altitude: 1350m
Khumbu Icefall Trek is an adventurous climbing package targeted for those climbers to experience Everest Expedition without a summit attempt. Additionally this adventurous tour also includes visit to popular Everest Base Camp trekking and climb to Everest Expedition.
Khumbu Ice Fall is the steep part of Khumbu glacier. We built camp in two places namely Everest Expedition Camp 1 and Everest Expedition Camp 2. Camp 1 is located at the top of the Ice Fall at the foot of Nuptse whereas Camp 2 is located on the lateral moraine of Khumbu. We can view the Everest Expedition climbing route, Lhotse Expedition climbing route and Nuptse climbing route from the Everest Expedition camp 2.
We will accompany non-specialized Everest climbing way to Camp 2, which requires just fundamental mountaineering abilities like using crampons, ascending fixed lines, ice axes and safety harness apart of high level of fitness. Modern innovation and logistics of Everest base camp makes the Everest climb much more secure than past.
Khumbu Icefall Trek is a serious and risky climbing task, so you must be physically fit and solid skills with climbing, crampons, fixed ropes etc.
Trekking Group Size
Trekking Group is termed for the group of people with every individuals who go for a trip. A minimum of 2 people and maximum number of 12 is highly recommended as the size of the group. This planning ensures complete safety of the trekkers and convenience as well. However, with conditions applied, the group size can be customized as per the request of our clients.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the initial and the final stages of the trip, you will be residing at a 4 star hotel. The meal facilities in our Cost Includessection takes account of only breakfast facilities at this particular hotel. During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served including varieties of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate especially during the mountain part.
As mentioned above, accommodation will be facilitated at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, during the trek, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges and camps, on twin sharing basis, that is determined by the viability of accommodation facilities at overnight stops.
As a general idea, health condition in a good state is highly recommended for any kind of tour. As, Everest Khumbu Ice-fall Trek is categorized under Strenuous Level, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 6,500m/21,325ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Everest Khumbu Ice-fall Trek is between autumn [September to November] and spring [March to May]. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
No special fees or permits is required for trekking in this region as trekkers do not need to climb any of the peaks. Only an entrance fee is charged to gain access to Everest National Park [US $ 33 per person]. For trekking to the east of the main Everest region, an additional permit is required to enter the Makalu – Barun National Park [US $ 28 per person]. These fees can be paid at the National Park desk in Thamel or directly at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu [Tel: 00977-1-4222453, 00977-1-4223590] or Pokhara [Tel: 00977-1-521167]
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft), transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek
Day 03: Take early flight to Lukla then trek to Phakding 2652m/8695ft; 3/4 hrs
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/11280ft 5/ 6 hrs
Day 05: Rest day for Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek from Namche bazaar to Tengboche 3850m/12620ft 4/5 hrs
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche 4240m/13900ft 5/6hrs
Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche 4910m/16100ft 4/5hrs Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization at Lobuche
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep 5050m/16560ft 3/4hrs
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp 5300m/17380ft 2/3hrs
Day 12-17: Training period in the Base camp
Day 18: Climb Khumbu Ice Fall to Camp1 6200m/20330ft 4/5hrs
Day 19: Climb to Camp2 6500m/21320ft 3/4hrs
Day 20: Climb down to Everest Base Camp 5300m/17380ft 5/6hrs
Day 21: Everest Base Camp to Dingboche 4240m/13900ft 4/5hrs
Day 22: Dingboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/11280ft 5/6hrs
Day 23: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2800m/9180ft 7/8hrs Day 24: Take early flight to Kathmandu
Day 25: Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide
- Domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader or guide and Sherpa porters to carry including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Rescue insurance
- Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters