Everest, Gokyo and Island Peak Haute Route
Day 1 PARIS - KATHMANDU
Flight from Paris to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.
Accommodation : Airplane
Day 2 KATHMANDU
When we arrive in Kathmandu, we are welcomed at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the city center. Lunch and afternoon as you wish, according to your choice and to the arrival time : rest, sightseeing, or last preparation.
We meet with our guide for the first presentation briefing of our trip. Welcoming diner with our guide and the rest of the group.
NB : The welcome diner might be rescheduled to the last day of our trip in case the whole group hasn't arrive that day.
Hébergement : Hôtel
Day 3 KATHMANDU - LUKLA (2850m) - PHAKDING (2660m)
We return to Kathmandu's airport and take a flight in direction of Khumbu's mountains. We arrive at Lukla's airport, and start our trek ! We cross the village and descend in the valley of Dudh Khosi, that we'll then climb up little by little towards Phakding, tonight's step. The first snowy peaks are already in our sight on each side of the valley, like the Kusum Kanguru (6367m) or the Kongde Ri (6187m).
Positive difference in altitude : 250m | Negative difference in altitude : 420m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 4 PHAKDING - NAMCHE BAZAR (3440 m)
We pursue our climb of the valley of Dudh Khosi passing from a shore to another on suspended bridges. In Monjo, we officially enter the National Parc of Sagarmatha. To our right, the impressive peak of Thamserku (6623m) overcomes the valley. The pathway is getting steeper when we arrive to the junction between Dudh Khosi and Imja Khola. A great ascent is waiting for us to join Namche Bazar, the big market town of the region.
Positive difference in altitude : 1200m | Negative difference in altitude : 350m | Altitude Max : 3440m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 5 NAMCHE BAZAR - THAME (3820 m)
We leave the classic (and popular) pathway of the Everest base camp to move towards the West in the valley of Bhote Koshi. A balcony path on the left shore, facing the Kongde Ri, allows us to climb up the valley between pine forests and typical villages. We thus cross the villages of Thamo and Samde before joining the riverside and Thame, sherpa village preserved from tourism. We are at the feet of Sundur Ri, at the junction between the valley of Tashi Labsta La, the entry gate of the Rolwaling valley, and Bhote Koshi's one, descending from the Nangpa La glacier (leading to Tibet).
Positive difference in altitude : 700m | Negative difference in altitude : 350m | Altitude Max : 3820m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 6 THAME - SUNDER RI (4830M) - THAME (3800M)
Active acclimatization day. We climb up to Sunder Ri, ideal acclimatization walk for the next steps. We slowly ascend and admire splendid panoramas on the valleys of Nangpa La and Tashi Labsta La. A great collection of peaks are standing in front of us : Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6782m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m), Kongde Ri ridges (6187 m) and to the North a summit taller than 8000m high, Cho Ovu (8201m) ! Before returning to Thame, we have the possibility to visit the monastery of the village.
Positive difference in altitude : 980m | Negative difference in altitude : 980m | Altitude Max : 4830m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 7 THAME - LUMDE (4365 M)
Today is a short step to join the base camp of our first high pass, the Renjo La. We climb up the valley of Bhote Koshi by a pathway on the right shore, and pass sheepfolds and yaks, wandering freely in the surroundings. We arrive in Lumde, located at the feet of the first slopes of Renjo La.
Positive difference in altitude : 600m | Negative difference in altitude : 70m | Altitude Max : 5365m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 8 LUMDE - RENJO LA (5 350 M) - GOKYO (4 790 M)
We start today early in the morning to reach the top of the pass before the wind comes up. After a regular climb, we join two pretty lakes in the middle of a spectacular mountain circus. Then, the slope gets steeper and we arrive on a completely mineral terrain. The pathway rises lacing and we'll get to the top of Renjo La in an hour and a half. A breathtaking view is waiting for us : facing us, a 180° panorama with three summits over 8000m and countless peaks over 7000m ! From left to right : Cho Oyu (8201 m), Gyachung Kang (7952 m), Pumori (7161 m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Makalu (8485 m), Cholatse (6440 m) and Taboche (6542 m)... Difficult to have a better view then this...
After enjoying this unforgettable view, we leave the Rolwaling summits in our backs and descend towards Gokyo and its superb glacial lake.
Positive difference in altitude : 1050m | Negative difference in altitude : 650m | Altitude Max : 5350m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 9 GOKYO - GOKYO RI (5357M)- DRAGNAG (4 690 M)
For the most motivated, you can wake up when the sun rises to ascend Gokyo Ri (count around 5 hours walk back and forth and 570m difference in altitude). Back at the lodge, you have some rest before starting a short day, perfect to recover before tackling the second pass, the Cho La, the next day. We cross the moraines of the immense glacier bordering Gokyo, and enjoy the incredible view on the Cho Oyu. Arrival in Dragnag and rest our weary feet.
NB : GOkyo Ri ascent is totally optional. We recommend is when weather conditions weren't good the day before (panorama more or less similar of the Renjo La one). In the contrary case, it might be preferable to keep our strengths for the next steps or to leave our body more time to acclimatize slowly to the important altitude. In case of doubt, the guide will advise you on the more appropriate choice.
Positive difference in altitude : 100m | Negative difference in altitude : 200m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 10 DRAGNAG - CHO LA (5 350 M) - DZONGLA (4 840 M)
Today we ascend the second high pass of this trek : the Cho La. From Dragnag, the rise starts slowly towards a first pass. A small descend allows us to join a small valley separating us from the final climb : a pretty steep slope in screes which imposes a safe and slow pace. We evolve in a great glacial ambiance once at the pass, at the feet of the Lobuche summits. At first, the descend is technical : glacial passage for around 20 minutes (flat, but slippery !) before getting back in screes. After 200m steep descent, we arrive on a plateau, and then to the hamlet of Dzongla, facing the impressive North face of Cholatse.
Positive difference in altitude : 770m | Negative difference in altitude : 610m | Altitude Max : 5350m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 11 DZONGLA - LOBUCHE (4 940 M)
Today is a short walking day to recover from our efforts the day before. We descend the valley of Cho La Khola to join the large valley of Khumbu. We climb up the valley in the North direction and with the South side of Pumori (7161m) facing us. We walk slowly through the last pastures which, little by little, leave place to a mineral universe of high mountain.
Arrival to Lobuche and free end of day. You have the possibility to wander freely in the surroundings, notably on the ridge that overcomes the village : it offers a pretty view on the valley and on Nuptse's ridges (7861m).
Positive difference in altitude : 250m | Negative difference in altitude : 150m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 12 LOBUCHE - EVEREST BASE CAMP (5 364 M) - GORAKSHEP (5164 M)
A memorable day for mountain lovers, the "pilgrimage" to Everest base camp !
We climb up moraines of the valley facing Pumori and soon pass Gorak Shep, where we'll sleep tonight. We ascend to the feet of the "Ice Fall", famous seracs fall located on the path between the Everest base camp and the camp 1. We descend on the ridge and step onto the glacial plateau on which the base camp is settled. We are surrounded by Pumori and Nuptse, the glacial circus around us is impressive. After savoring the moment, we then return on our tracks to join the touristic hamlet of Gorak Shep.
NB : The back and forth trek to the base camp is optional
Positive difference in altitude : 500m | Negative difference in altitude : 200m | Altitude Max : 5364m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 13 GORAKSHEP - KALA PATTAR (5 545M) - LOBUCHE (4940M)
Early morning wake up to ascend Kala Pattar, the "black hill" overcoming Gorak Shep. The ascent doesn't have technical difficulties, but the altitude imposes an easy pace. In the night, we climb up the pathway rising progressively until the summit marked by a cairn and prayer flags at 5600m. From thee, we enjoy the most beautiful panorama on the Everest massif, the roof of the world in our sight... We then get back down to Gorak Shep, and get back on our path until we reach Lobuche.
Positive difference in altitude : 450m | Negative difference in altitude : 600m | Altitude Max : 5545m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 14 LOBUCHE - KONGMA LA (5 535 M) - CHUKUNG (4 730 M)
Today, we ascend the third pass, the Kongma La, peaking at 5535m. After crossing the moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we start ascending the pass. The slope is pretty steep and soon the pathway leads its way across screes. We perceive the prayer flags marking the summit of the pass. from the Khotse to the Ama Dablam, passing by the pyramid of Makalu, it is once again an unforgettable panorama just in front of us ! A long descent is waiting for us in an astonishing environment, facing the splendid Ama Dablam. When getting out of the valleyn the pathway branches off towards the East leading to Chuukung.
NB : In case of fatigue, it is possible to get round the Kongma La pass and to take the pathway towards Pheriche and Dingboche to join Chukung. This possibility might be necessary in case of snowy or bad weather.
Positive difference in altitude : 650m | Negative difference in altitude : 800m | Altitude Max : 5535m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 15 CHUKUNG - CAMP DE BASE DE L'ISLAND PEAK (5100M)
From Chukung, we climb up towards the Island Peak base camp, small village of tents located at the feet of the East side of the mountain. The pathway offers a fabulous view, surrounded by the ridges of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After lunch, we'll check up on technical aspects waiting for us the next day. We'll train ascending with a fixed rope. We have diner early this evening, the night will be short...
Positive difference in altitude : 250m | Accommodation : Camp or Lodge
Day 16 CAMP DE BASE - ISLAND PEAK (6 189M) - CHUKHUNG
We leave in the night to ascend the Island Peak. At first, we evolve on a pretty steep rocky terrain until we find the glacier, at around 5800m altitude. From there, we put on our crampons and take our ice axe in our hands for the next step. According to the seasons, we cross crevices more or less large to join the glacial plateau at the feet of the peaking ridge. The final climb towards the top is steep : we'll have to use the fixed ropes. We'll make it to the top , at 6189m ! Up there, we'll enjoy the panoramic view on the Nuptse, Baruntse and Ama Dablam summits, and savor the moment before getting back on our tracks... Once we're back at the camp, we'll have a well deserved rest before pursuing the descent to Chukung.
Positive difference in altitude : 1100m | Negative difference in altitude : 1500m | Altitude Max : 6189m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 17 CHUKUNG - TENGBOCHE (3840)
We start today by descending towards Namche Bazar. We first pass the village of Dingboche, which has manages to maintain its traditional agricultural activity. We then arrive to the junction between the valley of Imha Khola and Khumbu. We walk along the river until we reach Deboche. One last slope will leading us to Tengboche, famous for its Buddhist monastery located in an astonishing environment. From there, the view on Ama Dablam is fantastic !
Positive difference in altitude : 100m | Negative difference in altitude : 1000m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 18 TENGBOCHE - NAMCHE (3440 M)
We pursue descending with the silhouette of Ama Dablam in our backs. We descend in the small valley until we join Imja khola, 600m lower. The pathway climbs then back up abruptly on the opposite side to join a balcony path which gets around the mountain to finally lead us to Namche Bazar.
NB : Depending on the group's fatigue, the guide can decide to extend the step, in order to reduce the walking time of the following day.
Positive difference in altitude : 650m | Negative difference in altitude : 1050m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 19 NAMCHE - PHAKDING - LUKLA (2800m)
Today we descend to Lukla. We get down to the Namche Bazar big slope and walk along the Dudh Koshi to join Phakding. One last climb will lead us to Lukla.
Positive difference in altitude : 350m | Negative difference in altitude : 950m | Altitude Max : 2800m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 20 FLIGHT KULKA - KATHMANDU
Early morning to take a domestic flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer and settlement in the hotel before enjoying the rest of the day freely. [Meals at your own convenience]
NB : In case of bad weather conditions, the flight might be rescheduled for the next morning.
Accommodation : Hotel
Day 21 KATHMANDU
Free day in the nepalese capital. From the hotel, it is possible to visit on foot the touristic neighborhood of Thamel, the old town, as well as Durbar Square and historical monuments listed in the World Heritage. Historical sites of the valley of Kathmandu are also accessible with a taxi. [Meals at your own convenience]
NB : This day can be used as a spare day in case our Lukla Kathmandu flight is cancelled the day before (planes don't take off is the weather is bad).
Option "Visit the valley of Kathmandu" (to pay when registering) : we offer a guided tour of the principal sites of the valley of Kathmandu : Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boddnath. In case of cancellation of our flight Kulka - Kathmandu, fees will be refunded.
Accommodation : Hotel
Day 22 KATHMANDU - PARIS
Last morning in Kathmandu. You have the opportunity to purchase your last souvenirs, pursue visiting the capital freely, or rest. For those having a night flight, transfer to Kathmandu's airport in the evening. Night at the hotel for those leaving the next morning. [Meals at your own convenience]
Accommodation : Airplane/hotel
Day 23 ARRIVAL IN PARIS
Arrival in Paris depending on the group's flight. We'll say goodbye after a wonderful and unforgettable adventure, with our heads full of incredible memories...
Dates & prices
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Trip code: ATVHRIP
- The international and domestic flights
- A high mountain guide's supervision
- Ground transportation
- The detailed excursions in the itinerary : National Parc, TIMS, Island Peak...
- Safety equipment necessary to the trip : first aid kit, hyperbaric chamber and satellite phone (only in case of emergency)
- The access to a specialized medical service in altitude 24/7 (in case of emergency only)
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Registration fees : 18€
- Transfers to the airport (if your flight is different than the group's one)
- Drinks and mineral water during the trip, also during meals
- Meals mentioned as "free" in the itinerary (around 10€ per meal)
- Showers in the lodges (from 2 to 8€ per shower)
- Entrance in the cultural sites of Kathmandu (optional visits, from 30 to 45€)
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Nepalese french and english speaking guide from our partner Atalante, assisted by a sherpa in high altitude, specialized in the Island Peak for the ascent
- Carrier : a team of carriers will ensure the portage of the group's bagages. The portage is a historic tradition : the mountain pathways are craggy and no vehicle can have access. Only animals and humans can pass. Thank you for limiting your trekking bags to 12.5kg per person.
- For treks in lodges, you will be able to fill up your bottes, but it is mandatory to treat is with purifying tables (micropur or hydrochlonazone) or to filter it. It is also possible to buy mineral water in lodges (please avoid buying plastic water bottles as much as possible, the recycling of plastic being impossible up there).
- For camp travels, boiled water will be at your disposal every day to fill up your bottles.
- In Kathmandu, you will sleep in a comfortable 3-star hotel (local norms) located near the city-center. You will be in twin rooms with air conditioning and private bathroom (hot water available)
- Lodges during the trek : nepalese houses fitted to welcome hikers. Most of the time, we find twin rooms (2 individual beds per room), with 5-6 centimeters thick mattresses and pillows. In certain altitude lodges, rooms can be dormitories from 3 to 6 beds. Rooms aren't heated : plan to bring a sleeping bag adapted to cold temperatures and potentially glacial temperatures over 5000m altitude (-15°C).
- In Nepal, we will use the regular flights between Paris and Kathmandu with Qatar Airways and Oman Air, companies with whom we buy a stock of places (allotments) from Paris on certain dates, in order to guarantee as long as possible the best prices and the best flight schedule. Depending on availabilities when registering, we can also offer you to fly with other companies. A direct flight to Kathmandu doesn't exist : every company has a stop over (in Doha with Qatar AIrways and in Mascate with Oman Air).
- Terrestrial transfers in private minibus
- Domestic flights between Kathmandu and Lukla
- 3 spaces tents for 2 people
- "mess" tent for meals quipped with tables and chairs as well as the necessary items to cook
- Equipped kitchen tent for cooks
- Toilet tent
- Telescopic walking poles
- Sleeping bag (T° comfort -15°C/-20°C)
- Survival blanket
- Toilet bag (prefer natural and biodegradable products)
- Fast drying towel
- Thermos (2L minimum)
- Water purifying tables
- category 4 sunglasses, type glacier
- Total protection sun cream
- Headlamp and extra batteries
- Biodegradable toilet paper
- Alpinism crampons
- ALpinisme helmet
- Climbing harness
- Ice axe
- A descender
- Three screwing carabiners
- A self locking ascent handle (type Jumar)
- Belt ring of 120cm minimum
- A climbing rope
- A small rope of 8mm diameter, 1m long
- Hat or cap
- Warm bonnet
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Thermic under clothes for the night and days in high altitude
- Polar jacket
- Jacket adapted to high mountain trek : wind stopper, waterproof and breathable
- Thick jacket for the night
- Walking shorts and trousers
- Walking shoes adapted to high mountain : robust, comfortable, waterproof and that fit crampons
- Sandals for evenings or when crossing rivers
- Hiking socks
- Warm gloves
- Adapted outfit to alpinism in cold temperatures (-20°C)
- Alpinisme isolating and waterproof shoes, adapted to very cold conditions
- Large format travel bag (front opening or backpack). Important : an 80L "duffel bag" will be given to you at your arrival in Kathmandu. The carriers will be in charge to carry them with your belongings at every step of the trek. Ideally, please do not exceed 12kg of belongings each to avoid overloading the carriers. The rest of your bagages will stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
- 25/40L backpack for the day, containing your belongings for the day (jacket and additional layers, head lamp, pharmacy, food, etc.). Important : nepalese mountain flights (Pokhara-Jomsom, Katmandou-Lukla...) have strict demands in terms of luggage. They are systematically weighed at your registration. Also, on our trips, the maximum allowed weight is 15kg per person (cargo + cabin), 20kg for the travellers doing a "trekking peak" ascent over 6000m altitude.
- Personal medicine
- Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Local disinfectant
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light sleeping pills
- Broad spectrum antibiotic
- Vitamins C
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.