Khumbu Icefall Trek

Khumbu Icefall Trek
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Facts About Khumbu Icefall Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

6500 m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking and Climbing

Himalayan Sights

Everest range

Starts/Ends

Kathamandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

19 Days

Trip Overview

Khumbu Icefall Trek is an adventurous climbing package targeted for those climbers to experience Everest Expedition without a summit attempt. Additionally this adventurous trekking also includes visit to popular Everest Base Camp trekking and climb to Everest Expedition.

About Everest Khumbu Ice Falls

The Khumbu Icefall is located at the head of the Khumbu Glacier and the foot of the Western Cwm, which lies at an elevation of 5,486 metres on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest, not far above Base Camp and southwest of the summit.

Khumbu Ice Fall is the steep part of Khumbu glacier. We built camp in two places namely Everest Expedition Camp I and Everest Expedition Camp II. Camp I is located at the top of the Khumbu Ice Fall at the foot of Nuptse whereas Camp II 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 II.

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. Khumbu Icefall has high risk of avalanche and need to prepare for climbing ladders setting. There are many ladders placed to cross crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall on Mt. Everest. The Ice Falls crossing ladders may be more than 20 ladder crossings between Base Camp and Camp I.

Khumbu Icefall Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Ele­va­tion: 1350m/4430ft, transfer to hotel
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu via flight, a friendly representative from Life Dream Adventure will be eagerly awaiting your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, also known as Kathmandu Airport. You will then be escorted to your cozy accommodation via a private vehicle. If you have some spare time, you may choose to refresh yourself before exploring the vibrant surroundings of your hotel.

Day 2 : Exploring Kathmandu and Trip Preparation
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

On your first full day in Nepal, you'll embark on a captivating city tour that provides you with a glimpse into the country's rich history. You'll visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

Kathmandu Durbar Square: This ancient city square is brimming with historical significance and architectural marvels.
Pashupatinath Temple: A fifth-century AD temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, offering a profound spiritual experience.
Swayambhunath Temple: Perched atop a hill, this sacred site is deeply entwined with the myths of the valley's creation and holds significance in Buddhism.
Boudhanath Stupa: A revered stupa with great importance to the Buddhist community.

In the evening, you'll have an informative discussion with a company representative about your upcoming trek, covering everything you need to know to ensure a successful and memorable journey.

Day 3 : Take early flight to Lukla then trek to Phakding, Ele­va­tion: 2652m/8695ft; 4 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2652

At the crack of dawn, board a trans-Himalayan flight bound for the petite airstrip in Lukla, marking the commencement of your trek. This picturesque flight will treat you to stunning vistas of terraced hills and the majestic Himalayan range. Upon landing in Lukla, you'll rendezvous with the rest of your trekking team and embark on a 2-hour trek to Phakding. Your overnight stay will be at a cozy lodge in the area.

Day 4 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, Ele­va­tion: 3440m/11280ft 6 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Following breakfast, kickstart your trek by tracing the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, you'll traverse the river multiple times on suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. As you continue your journey, you'll enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and the trail will ascend steeply towards the elevated village of Namche Bazaar.

Day 5 : Rest day for Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Today is dedicated to acclimatization in the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar. Namche is a lively and colorful hub, adorned with a plethora of shops, restaurants, and lodges to explore. Following a delicious lunch, embark on a brief hike to the Everest View Hotel, which offers breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Khumbu peaks. Afterward, make your way back to the welcoming embrace of Namche.

Day 6 : Trek from Namche bazaar to Tengboche, Ele­va­tion: 3850m/12620ft 4/5 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3850

The journey carries on in parallel with the Dudh Koshi River, offering breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan panorama. As you trek, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of iconic peaks such as Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peak. Upon reaching Tengboche, a visit to the Tengboche Monastery is a must, as it serves as the spiritual epicenter of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery, you'll be captivated by its impressive orange wall hangings, a magnificent 20-foot Buddha sculpture, a collection of musical instruments, and the ornate robes of the Lamas. If you're fortunate, you may even witness a Lama conducting a mesmerizing ceremony, complete with enchanting music and chanting.

Day 7 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche, Ele­va­tion: 4410m/14470ft 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4410

The trail descends towards Dingboche, leading you across a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola. It gradually ascends as you make your way to Pangboche, passing by numerous Mani stones along the path. The uphill trek persists, guiding you towards Dingboche, a charming Sherpa village nestled in the mountains. From Dingboche, you'll be treated to magnificent vistas of towering peaks, including Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam, providing a visual feast for your senses.

Day 8 : Dingboche Rest day for acclimatization
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4410

Today marks another well-deserved rest day, with the option to embark on an invigorating hike up the valley. This hike offers splendid vistas of both the valley and the majestic Khumbu Mountains. You may also choose to enjoy a day excursion to the Chhukung Valley before returning to Dingboche, adding even more adventure and scenery to your Himalayan experience.

 

Day 9 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, Ele­va­tion: 4940m/162100ft 4/5hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4940

As you ascend through the Khumbu Khola Valley via Duglha, today's journey will lead you to the village of Lobuche. You'll descend through Duglha village, eventually arriving at Lobuche just before the sun sets, concluding your day's trek.

Day 10 : Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep,Ele­va­tion: 5164m/16942ft 2/3hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5164

Set out on an early morning hike towards Kalapathar, renowned for its panoramic 360-degree vistas of the world's tallest mountains, including the majestic Mt. Everest. Your destination for today is Gorakshep, where you will establish your camp beneath the awe-inspiring presence of Kalapathar

Day 11 : Trek form Gorakshep to Everest Base camp, Ele­va­tion: 5364/ 17598ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent.
Elevation
5364

The trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a challenging and awe-inspiring journey in the heart of the Himalayas. Starting from Gorakshep, a small settlement at 5,164 meters above sea level, trekkers embark on a roughly 3-kilometer hike to EBC, situated at an elevation of approximately 5,364 meters. The trail weaves through rocky terrain, crosses glacial moraines, and offers panoramic vistas of towering peaks like Nuptse and Khumbu Icefall. Trekkers often navigate their way among colorful prayer flags, rocky outcrops, and frozen streams. Reaching EBC is a momentous achievement, granting a close-up view of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.Over night at Camp.

Day 12 : Explore around the EBC / rest day
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5364

We will dedicate today to rest and a review of climbing skills. Following breakfast, our morning will be dedicated to preparing our technical gear and revisiting specific climbing techniques essential for navigating the challenging Khumbu Icefall.

Day 13 : Khumbu Icefall, Ele­va­tion: 19,000 ft / 5791 m
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5791

In the early morning, we'll embark on an acclimatization ascent into the Khumbu Icefall. Team members will navigate this challenging terrain with its ice seracs and crevasses, relying on fixed ropes and ladders for safe passage. Upon reaching the halfway point in the Icefall, we'll pause for a brief rest before descending back to base camp, where we'll spend the night.

Day 14 : Everest Base Camp, Ele­va­tion: 5357m/17380ft 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5357

Today is a designated rest and preparation day for tomorrow's ascent to Camp 1. It's an opportunity to exchange climbing stories and immerse yourself in the Everest expedition experience, gaining insights into life on the mountain.

Day 15 : West­ern CWM Camp 1 Ele­va­tion: 5883m / 19,300 ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5883

In the early morning, you'll retrace your steps into the Khumbu Icefall, progressing towards Camp 1. As you continue, you'll enter the remote and stunning Western Cwm valley. Upon reaching Camp 1, you'll have the opportunity to unwind, enjoy some tea, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Day 16 : West­ern CWM Camp 2 Ele­va­tion: 6401m / 21,000 ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
tent
Elevation
6401

Following a night at Camp 1, you'll seize the opportunity to ascend to Camp 2, situated at an elevation of over 21,000 feet (6,401 meters). The vistas of the immense southwest face of Everest and Lhotse are truly awe-inspiring! At Camp 2, we'll take a well-deserved break, capture stunning photographs, and then descend back to Camp 1 on the same day.

Day 17 : Ever­est Base Camp/​Weather Day Ele­va­tion: 5357m / 17,575 ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
5357

We've set aside these extra days as additional rest periods or contingency days in case of unfavorable weather conditions. Alternatively, they can be utilized for an optional side trek as part of our descent towards Lukla.

Day 18 : Trek from EBC to Pheriche Ele­va­tion: 4252m/ 13,950 ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4252

We descend from the glacier and return to the vibrant and picturesque valleys, encircled by breathtaking snow-covered peaks. As we reach the village of Periche, we make a stop to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Trekkers' Aid Post.

Day 19 : Trek pheriche to Namche Bazar Ele­va­tion: 3440m / 11280ft 7hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Today's journey involves retracing our steps alongside the Dudh Kosi River, surrounded by a splendid rhododendron forest and cascading waterfalls. As we approach Namche, we traverse a pine forest where musk deer are often spotted during the early hours. Upon reaching town, we might witness a bustling market scene in Namche, with lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan traders exchanging goods and supplies.

Day 20 : Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla, Ele­va­tion: 2652m/ 8,700 ft
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2652

The trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a picturesque journey through the heart of the Khumbu region in the Nepalese Himalayas. As trekkers descend from Namche, they retrace their steps along the Dudh Kosi River, passing through charming villages like Phakding and Monjo. The trail winds through lush forests, suspension bridges, and vibrant rhododendron groves, offering glimpses of the towering peaks. Trekkers cross the thrilling Hillary Suspension Bridge before reaching Lukla, where they bid farewell to the rugged mountain terrain. Lukla's bustling atmosphere welcomes weary trekkers with cozy lodges, marking the end of their memorable Everest region adventure.

Day 21 : Early Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu 35 Minutes flight
Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

The early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is a brief yet thrilling 35-minute journey. This scenic flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas before landing in Kathmandu. It's a quick and efficient way to transition from the remote mountain region to the bustling capital city, concluding a memorable trekking adventure in Nepal.

Day 22 : Final detarture
Food
Breakfast

We transfer you to the airport for the final departure 3hrs before your flight. Trip End

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • All accommodation and meals during the trekking
  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I hire a personal porter to carry my bags?

With a weight allocation for personal gear, we provide porters for group equipment. Any weight in excess of that must be carried by you or a separate porter. On the majority of journeys, we may make arrangements to hire a porter for your personal belongings; however, the fee is not included in the trip price.

What kind of Accommodations do I expect during Khumbu Icefall Trek?

There are several accommodation options available for trekkers. Trekkers can either stay in tents or teahouses. Tents are more expensive but provide more comfort. Teahouses are cheaper but are more crowded. Trekkers can also choose to stay in homestays, which are cheaper than both tents and teahouses. However, it is always preferred to bring a sleeping bag and mattress.

What is the best season for Khumbu Icefall Trek?

The best season for an expedition is typically either spring (March to May) or autumn
(September to November), when the weather is most stable. But even then, conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Is hot shower available during the Khumbu Icefall Trek?

Yes, there are plenty of hotels you can find during the Khumbu Icefall Trek that provides a hot shower bath. But, all the showers are available by solar power, so, during cloudy or raining days, you might not get hot water for a shower.

Will I have safe drinking water?

Yes, you will have safe drinking water in tea houses or hotels. However it is advised to bring a water purifier medications along with you.

Is there a telephone network available during the Khumbu Icefall trek?

Yes, the telephone network service is available during the trek, but in some areas in the middle of nowhere, the service is often not reachable. However, you can always have a satellite phone to use the network service throughout the trek.

How do I prepare for an Khumbu Icefall Trek?

The ideal technique to get ready for the trek will depend on your own fitness levels and
experience levels. However, there are some suggestions on how to be ready for an Khumbu Icefall trek, such as doing regular strength- and aerobic-training activities and sharpening your climbing abilities by practicing on lower peaks beforehand.

Can I get rented trekking gears in Kathmandu?

Yes, you can rent your trekking gears including sleeping bags, tents, trekking poles, etc at
Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Can I have a solo trek?

No, it is not recommended to have a solo trek without hiring a guide because the high altitudearea is completely unpredictable and several people got lost on their trail because of solo trek as well.

How many hours should I walk per day?

During this trek, you might have to walk around 6 to 7 hours per day as per the length of the destination.

Is there Wi-Fi availability during the trek?

Wi-Fi is not available at every locations during the trek but, it might be available on some of the hotels but, it will cost you around $1 to $ 2 for the use of Wi-Fi.

What is the highest altitude point of Khumbu Icefall Trek?

The highest altitude point where an trekker can place his/her foot during the Khumbu Icefall trek is 5,486 meters (17,999 ft).

What equipments do I need for this trek?

A sleeping bag certified for cold weather, a tent, and climbing pole are some important pieces of gear for an Khumbu Icefall trek. Again, this may vary based on your specific needs and the route you are taking.

Do I need to carry a water bottle?

Yes, keeping yourself hydrated is the number one rule that everyone should follow in every trekking. So, make sure that you bring water bottle and water purifier if possible.

What are the permits required for this trek?

Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card are the permits required for this trek. Also, please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit.

How do I prepare for an Khumbu Icefall Trek?

Your degree of fitness and experience will determine the best way to prepare for an Everest expedition. The best way to prepare for an Everest trip, though, is to engage in regular strength- and aerobic-training exercises and hone your climbing skills by doing so on smaller peaks first.

How often do I encounter tea houses or hotels during the trek?

You can find several tea houses throughout the trek. Tea houses are located in every 2-3 hours of trekking.

Can I buy snacks during my trek?

There are various shops on the route to the Khumbu Icefall Trek that are glad to sell trekkers chips, bars, and refreshments. However, because to the topography and transportation constraints, food supplies must be transported from the city. As a result, they become significantly more expensive.

How safe is Khumbu Icefall Trek?

As a difficult and dangerous climbing job, the Khumbu Icefall Trek requires strong climbing, crampon, fixed rope, and other technical abilities. The Khumbu Icefall has a severe avalanche danger, thus climbers should be ready to use ladders. However, with a proper trekking guide and fitness, Khumbu Icefall Trek is doable.

What is Khumbu Icefall?

Khumbu Icefall is a ten-mile (17-kilometer) river of ice rises from snowfields high on the Lhotse Face at an elevation of roughly 25,000 feet to form the Khumbu Glacier (7,600m). It is the planet's tallest glacier. This glacier carves out the Western Cwm valley for two kilometers before plunging over a rocky ledge between 19,500 feet (5943m) and 17,300 feet (5270m).

What happens in case of Emergency?

In case of Emergency, you will be rescued by a rescue helicopter and delivered directly to the safer zone or a hospital if required. That’s why it is required for a travel insurance which will recover the cost of helicopter.

How much money do I need to carry for the trek?

Besides the cost for the trek required for the travel company, it is suggested to carry around $25 to $30 per day which will help you to cover the basic costs such as snacks, wi-fi, water bottle, electric charging costs, etc.

Can I bring children in this trek?

Well, it is not recommended to bring children below ten years of age, however, young kids can join the trek if they are well experienced in trekking and has a proper fitness.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Khumbu Icefall Trek-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.

Qualification

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.
Trekking Staffs

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!

Best Season

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.

Equipment

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.

Insurance

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]

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