Khumbu 3 Peaks challenge 21 Days
Duration: 21 days
Trip level: adventurous
Maximum altitude: 6189 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge; camping at base camp/ high camp
Season: April, May, October, November
The Khumbu 3 peaks challenge is the ultimate peak climbing experience in the Everest region. The total tour is a perfect circuit through the Khumbu region. We have set up this circuit with an itinerary which is perfect to acclimatize to the altitude, but also every peak is a bit more technical and challenging than the previous one. The Khumbu 3 Peaks challenge is a challenging peak climbing experience with some technical sections at Island Peak and Lobuche East peak.
After your arrival we will have a gear check with you, and make all the necessary preparations for the permits. The adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The first few days you will be following the famous Everest Base Camp trail towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. At the Buddhist monastery you can ask for a puja ( blessing) for a safe climbing adventure. Soon after Thyangboche you will leave the Everest Base Camp trail and bend of towards the remote Chhukung valley. From Chukung you will ascend to Chukung Ri. A good start up for the two other peaks to come with lovely views from the summit. Island Peak base camp is located at an altitude of 5100 m near the huge Imja Lhotse Glacier. During your ascend you will have time to learn know how to use the jumar for ascending and descending. The final ascent to Island Peak begins with a scramble up a rocky gully to a ridge where you put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the south ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled, but it can be crevassed in places. The base of the headwall is covered for 100 m with snow and ice. The climb is as steep as 45° before you arrive on the airy summit ridge. This is followed to the top, where you can enjoy fabulous views of Lhotse Shar, Makalu’s west face, the north face of Baruntse and Ama Dablam’s north ridge. In the course of the afternoon we want to be back in the base camp at Chukung. The crossing of the Kongma La pass towards Lobuche is a beautiful bonus in panoramic views in this trek. From Lobuche you will hike towards the Lobuche high camp. The tented high camp is near a lake in a rocky hollow at the base of the glaciated southwest face. Early in the morning you will leave the high camp for your ascend to the Lobuche East summit. Using the south ridge to the summit is the easiest and also the most popular route to the summit. From the summit of Lobuche East peak you will get amazing views of the famous Everest, alongside Lhotse, Nuptse and the Pumori. Summiting Lobuche ends the Khumbu 3 peaks challenge, and from Lobuche you will hike back towards Lukla.
A flight back to Kathmandu ends this peak climbing adventure.
Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu; pick up International Airport Kathmandu
Day 02 Preparations for climbing gear and permits
Day 03 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 04 Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (0,5 hrs.) and trek to Phakding (2640 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 07 Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Chukung ( 4720m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09 Chukung Ri (5546m) ascent and overnight at Island Peak base camp (5150m – 6hrs.)
Day 10 Island Peak (6189 m) ascent and overnight Chukung (11 hrs.)
Day 11 Buffer day/ resting day at Chukung
Day 12 Cross over Kongma La pass (5535m) to Lobuche (4930m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Lobuche high camp (5400m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14 Climb Lobuche East Peak (6119 m) and back to high camp (9 hrs.)
Day 15 Buffer day Lobuche East Peak
Day 16 Trek to Dingboche (4260 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 18 Trek to Lukla (2830 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 19 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (0,5 hrs.)
Day 20 Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 21 Departure; drop off International Airport Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek & peak climb. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-5 nights private room in 3* hotel including breakfast in Kathmandu
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission fee return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Licensed and certified climbing Sherpa. Well experienced and -English speaking (prepares fixed ropes during ascent)
-Porter service for carrying luggage and climbing gear. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 15 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation, clothing& gear and insurance for the mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Climbing gear including: climbing harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, climbing ropes, prusik ropes, karabiners, abseil 8 or ATC guide and jumar
-Sleeping bag and down jacket
-Camping in tents at Island Peak base camp and Lobuche high camp on days 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15. Full board including: breakfast, lunch and dinner; tea/coffee/hot water
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, Island Peak and Lobuche Peak climbing fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-High altitude mountain boots (category D/E) and gaiters
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek except days 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Kathmandu city guide for sightseeing
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, climbing Sherpa and porters