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Distance
97.24 mi
Elevation gain
40,394 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
40,394 ft
Max elevation
20,201 ft
TrailRank 
60
Min elevation
8,366 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
14 days 7 hours 54 minutes
Coordinates
24599
Uploaded
November 1, 2021
Recorded
November 2018
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near Lukla, Province 1 (Nepal)

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Trekking carried out between 10/28 to 11/11, 2018

The moment has come. The dream that every mountaineer yearns for all his life opens before us as a wish come true. We are in Nepal, in the Himalayan mountain range next to the highest mountains in the world, about to start the greatest adventure of our life. It will be 15 days of travel where the common goal is the Everest Base Camp at 5,380 m of altitude, and for seven of us the ascent to the Island Peak of 6,189m.

This incredible tour will allow us to contemplate mythical mountains such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Pumori, Nuptse, as well as Everest itself, the highest peak on the planet.

The group is made up of 13 mountaineers of various origins, the majority from Rioja. Alejandro, Jose Luis, Jorge, Sergio and Laura, from Calahorra. Alberto, Felix and Toño de Aldeanueva de Ebro. David and Dioni, Asturian. Eduardo, from Vitoria and Jose the Valencian who comes from Switzerland, where he lives. Finally, a server, which is incorporated with great enthusiasm from Burgos.

We cannot forget our guide, organizer and especially friend Tika Lamichhane, thanks to whom we have had incredible experiences in this fantastic country of his. Exceptional guide, he has always sought our comfort and well-being to make this trip unforgettable. His huge smile has accompanied us at all times and we will never forget it. Nor can we forget Moti, his nephew, or Radju, this charming and mischievous Sherpa who took us to the top of the Island Peack.

Tika's company is called Aventura Trek Nepal and she speaks fluent English and Spanish, making it a great option for groups of Spaniards who want to trek through Nepal. His website is https://aventuratreknepal.com

We started the trip in Barajas, where we flew with the Turkish Airlines to Kathmandu in a trip of approximately 16 hours, stopping in Istanbul. We will spend two nights in the capital of Nepal visiting the main attractions and monasteries, and on the third day we will get up early to fly to Lukla where the trekking begins. The program for these 15 days is the one indicated below:

Day 1. Lukla - Phakding (2,700 m). Three hours
Day 2. Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). 6 hours.
Day 3. Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization day (3,440 m).
Day 4. Namche Bazar - Deboche. (3,733 m). 5 hours.
Day 5. Deboche - Dingboche. (4,413 m). 6 hours
Day 6. Dingboche. Acclimatization day.
Day 7. Dingboche - Lobuche (4,930 m). 5 hours.
Day 8. Lobuche - Everest base camp (5,364 m). 4 hours - Gorakshep. (5,140 m). 4 hours.
Day 9. Gorakshep - Kalapattar (5,580 m) - Dingboche. (4,200m). 7 hours.
Day 10. Dingbohe - Chhukung (4,760 m). Three hours
Day 11. Chhukung - Island Peak Base Camp. (4,970 m). Three hours. We will dedicate that day to preparing all the material and solving all doubts about it and how to use it. For this we will have the advice of a Sherpa.
Day 12. Island Peak Base Camp –Chhukung. (4,760 m). We will start the ascent at two in the morning to reach the summit of Island Peak (6,189 m) and we will go down to Chhukung to sleep. 10/12 hours
Day 13. Chhukung- Pangboche. (4,000 m) 6 hours.
Day 14. Pangboche- Namche-Bazaar. (3,440 m). 6 hours
Day 15. Namche Bazar - Lukla. 7 hours. End of the trek.

In this post I am not going to elaborate on details of each day, as I will leave that for the individual entries of each stage. Say that days 3 and 6 were acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. We were extremely lucky with the weather, as most of the days the sun shone brightly. We slept in the Lodges well chosen by Tika, although as we went up the lack of services was becoming more evident, as well as the price of the drinks. Also meat was disappearing from meals as we gained height, dedicating ourselves almost exclusively to pasta and rice, but that level of discomfort has made the trip more authentic and genuine.

The trek goes through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1976, and runs through the entire Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp. On the way back, while the rest of the group returns through the Chola Pass, Alberto, David, Eduardo, Jorge, Felix, Toño and I will detour from Dingboche through the Chukhung Valley to reach what will surely mean our greatest milestone in our mountain life, the ascent to Imja Tse, known as Island Peak, at an altitude of 6,189m.

Finally, clarify that this trek is not a walk through the mountains that you can do to spend a vacation. We are walking at altitudes that go up to more than 5,000m, so good physical shape is essential. Even with that, the altitude will take its toll on a large part of the mountaineers, being essential to follow the acclimatization and nutrition indications provided by our guides. Two of our colleagues had to evacuate by helicopter in the last days due to severe fevers and flu, and most of us suffer at one time or another some consequence of altitude sickness, but despite everything, this experience will remain engraved in our hearts and in our memory for the rest of our life.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,344 ft
Photo of001 Lukla Photo of001 Lukla

001 Lukla

001 Lukla

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,866 ft
Photo of002 Stupa Cheplung Photo of002 Stupa Cheplung

002 Stupa Cheplung

002 Stupa Cheplung

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,618 ft
Photo of003 Stupa, Chorten Photo of003 Stupa, Chorten

003 Stupa, Chorten

Stupa, Chorten

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,618 ft
Photo of004 Phakding Photo of004 Phakding

004 Phakding

Royal Sherpa Lodge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 8,850 ft
Photo of005 Stupa Photo of005 Stupa

005 Stupa

Stupa, Chorten

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,403 ft
Photo of006 Sargamatha National Park Entry Photo of006 Sargamatha National Park Entry

006 Sargamatha National Park Entry

Sargamatha National Park Entry

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,323 ft
Photo of007 Pasarela Jorsalle Photo of007 Pasarela Jorsalle

007 Pasarela Jorsalle

007 Pasarela Jorsalle

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,610 ft
Photo of008 Pasarelas Hillary Photo of008 Pasarelas Hillary

008 Pasarelas Hillary

008 Pasarelas Hillary

PictographWaypoint Altitude 11,369 ft
Photo of009 Namche Bazaar Photo of009 Namche Bazaar

009 Namche Bazaar

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 11,540 ft
Photo of010 Sherpa Culture Museum Photo of010 Sherpa Culture Museum

010 Sherpa Culture Museum

Museo/Histórico

PictographWaypoint Altitude 12,493 ft
Photo of011 Everest View Photo of011 Everest View

011 Everest View

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 11,675 ft
Photo of012 Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa Photo of012 Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa

012 Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 11,774 ft
Photo of013 Kyangjuma Photo of013 Kyangjuma

013 Kyangjuma

High Mountain Bakery

PictographWaypoint Altitude 11,276 ft
Photo of014 Tashinga Photo of014 Tashinga

014 Tashinga

014 Tashinga

PictographWaypoint Altitude 12,673 ft
Photo of015 Tengboche Photo of015 Tengboche Photo of015 Tengboche

015 Tengboche

Tengboche

PictographWaypoint Altitude 12,219 ft
Photo of016 Deboche

016 Deboche

016 Deboche

PictographWaypoint Altitude 12,901 ft
Photo of017 Pangboche Photo of017 Pangboche

017 Pangboche

017 Pangboche

PictographWaypoint Altitude 13,315 ft
Photo of018 Shomare Photo of018 Shomare

018 Shomare

018 Shomare

PictographWaypoint Altitude 13,497 ft
Photo of019 Orsho Photo of019 Orsho

019 Orsho

Orsho

PictographWaypoint Altitude 13,732 ft
Photo of020 Tsuro Photo of020 Tsuro

020 Tsuro

Tsuro

PictographWaypoint Altitude 14,177 ft
Photo of021 Dingboche Photo of021 Dingboche

021 Dingboche

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 14,491 ft
Photo of022 Stupa Photo of022 Stupa

022 Stupa

Stupa

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,326 ft
Photo of023 Trail to Nangkartshang Photo of023 Trail to Nangkartshang

023 Trail to Nangkartshang

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,053 ft
Photo of024 Thukla Photo of024 Thukla

024 Thukla

024 Thukla

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,741 ft
Photo of025 Everest Memorial, Chukpi Lhara Photo of025 Everest Memorial, Chukpi Lhara

025 Everest Memorial, Chukpi Lhara

025 Everest Memorial, Chukpi Lhara

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,932 ft
Photo of026 Cruce Chola Pass

026 Cruce Chola Pass

026 Cruce Chola Pass

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,974 ft
Photo of027 Lobuche Photo of027 Lobuche

027 Lobuche

027 Lobuche

PictographWaypoint Altitude 16,805 ft
Photo of028 Lobuche Pass Photo of028 Lobuche Pass

028 Lobuche Pass

028 Lobuche Pass

PictographWaypoint Altitude 17,002 ft
Photo of029 Gorak Shep Photo of029 Gorak Shep

029 Gorak Shep

029 Gorak Shep

PictographWaypoint Altitude 17,095 ft
Photo of030 Everest View

030 Everest View

030 Everest View

PictographWaypoint Altitude 17,249 ft
Photo of031 Everest Base Camp Photo of031 Everest Base Camp

031 Everest Base Camp

031 Everest Base Camp

PictographWaypoint Altitude 18,259 ft
Photo of032 Kala Patthar 5648 m Photo of032 Kala Patthar 5648 m

032 Kala Patthar 5648 m

Foto

PictographWaypoint Altitude 14,771 ft
Photo of033 Island Peak Trek Trail Photo of033 Island Peak Trek Trail

033 Island Peak Trek Trail

Arroyo

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,495 ft
Photo of034 Chukhung (Khangri Resort)

034 Chukhung (Khangri Resort)

034 Chukhung (Khangri Resort)

PictographWaypoint Altitude 15,991 ft
Photo of035 Lhotse Glacier Photo of035 Lhotse Glacier

035 Lhotse Glacier

035 Lhotse Glacier

PictographWaypoint Altitude 16,668 ft
Photo of036 Island Peak Base Camp Photo of036 Island Peak Base Camp

036 Island Peak Base Camp

036 Island Peak Base Camp

PictographWaypoint Altitude 19,170 ft
Photo of037 Glaciar Photo of037 Glaciar

037 Glaciar

Glaciar

PictographSummit Altitude 20,194 ft
Photo of038 Island Peak 6189 m Photo of038 Island Peak 6189 m Photo of038 Island Peak 6189 m

038 Island Peak 6189 m

Island Peak, 6189 m

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