The Everest region is justifiably regarded as one of the highest rated trekking destinations in the world. You will catch magical glimpses of far away lands, sunrises and sunsets, within your face views of the mightiest peaks this planet has to offer – Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Yu, Makalu and many other named and unnamed massifs.
Imja Tse, or Island Peak as it’s popularly known in eastern Nepal, was first scaled in 1953. To experience that inexplicable feeling at the 6,189 m summit – awe struck as you stare around you, when you look back at what you’ve achieved, when you feast your eyes and savour that special, exhilarating moment of success, is something no human can fathom unless you do it yourself!
An island in a sea of ice, scaling Imja Tse affords one the opportunity to explore remote mountain monasteries, walk amongst the greatest mountain scenery ever, along trails lined with Mani walls engraved with Buddhist chants and expose yourself to the unique culture of the world’s best mountaineers – the tough, mysterious and highly spiritual Sherpas.
Our trek starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The airstrip at Lukla is guaranteed to be the most exciting airstrip you will ever land on or take off from.
We trek along the Dudhi Kosi river till we start our deliberate climb up to Namche Bazaar, nestled at the edge of the tree line. This trek is arguably one of the most exciting itineraries in this region.
Come to explore this intruiging corner of the planet with one of the most stunning landscapes our world has to offer!
DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. We meet our group leader; physical gear check.
DAY 2: Fly to Lukla (9,184 ft) and trek to Phakding (8,700 ft).
DAY 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,283 ft).
DAY 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (11,283 ft).
DAY 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (11,800 ft).
DAY 6: Trek from Debuche to Dingboche (14,300 ft).
DAY 7: Trek from Dingboche to Chukung (15,518 ft).
DAY 8: Rest day at Chukung. Climb up to Chukung Ri (18,190 ft) and back. This climb would be dependent on how our bodies are acclimitizing.
DAY 9: Trek from Chukung to Island Peak base camp (17,060 ft).
DAY 10: Rest day at base camp. Final Gear check – size up crampons and to train in use of crampons, ice axe, ropes, harnesses etc.
DAY 11: Early AM start for the summit of Island Peak (20,305 ft) and back.
DAY 12 & 13: Trek from Island Peak base camp to Dingboche to Debuche.
DAY 4 & 15: Trek from Debuche to Namche Bazaar and Lukla.
DAY 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and discover the vintage city through the eyes of an award-winning photographer! Walk through the streets as you discover majestic architecture and experience local gastronomy. You will also get a chance to cruise in classic convertible cars!
Day 2: Continue imbibing the charming Cuban capital as you stroll around neighbourhoods, bike along the Malecon, and be regaled by a private music concert.
Day 3: Embark on a catamaran fishing excursion, enjoy an authentic rum and cigar tasting event, capped by a Latin salsa dance session.
Day 4: Community service at a Spanish nunnery housing destitute and aged Cubans – a humanitarian excursion.
Day 5: Departure
You could also add an additional 2 days to include an outdoors hiking excursion into the mountain region of Vinales.
A US regulation compliant itinerary and documentation of your trip is essential. Interacting with locals, support of individuals and small independent business is a must do component. .