In this trip, we will be trekking for about 4 – 5 hours each day for about a week, to reach the maximum height of about 4,000 m. This trekking is suited for beginners.
Our trekking starts right after landing in Lukla Airport (2,900 m). Our trekking will take us all the way to up to Pangboche (3,985 m) – the highest point of our trekking. We will be passing through Dudh Koshi river valley, through various Sherpa villages including Namche (3,450 m), Khumjung (3,786 m) and Khude. Along our way lie dark forests, open pastures and several suspension bridges. If you are taking this trek during pre-monsoon period you will see blooming rhododendrons along your path. In autumn, post monsoon, you will be walking over red and gold rhododendron leaves covering your path.
This region is home to high-alpine wildlife including Himalayan mountain goats, musk deer, snow leopards and Himalayan yaks and you will be seeing most of them. If you look up in the sky, you might see giant lammergeiers, with their huge wingspans (up to 3 meters), circling in the sky looking for their next prey. In the background, you will see some of the tallest and the most pristine views of Himalayan mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Kantega (6, 685 m) and Thamserku (6,608 m).
As you trek through, you will interact and have a first-hand experience of polite, hospitable and tough Sherpas.You will also see the hardships of living in high altitudes and the impact high altitude has over to humans. The whole a region has dozens of Stupas and Chortens that carry the popular eyes of the Buddha and prayer flags flying high in the wind. The notable monasteries that you will be seeing include Thyangboche (3,864 m), Pangboche (3,985 m) and a rare Buddhist nunnery -Deboche (3,820 m), which is also the oldest Buddhist nunnery in Nepal, in between them.
|TRIP STARTS: Kathmandu||TRIP Ends: Kathmandu|
|duration:11 Days||max. altitude:3985m|
|ACCOMODATION:Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)||transportation:Flights, private car or tourist bus||trip type:FOT /TH/GAP|
Note: FOT: Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek TH: Tea House (Lodge) GAP: Guide, Accommodation & Porter)
- Day 1:
Arrive Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel
- Day 2:
Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan visit
- Day 3:
Lukla flight & Trekking begins to Phakding (2,656 m)
- Day 4:
Namche (3,450 m)
- Day 5:
Khumjung (3,786 m)
- Day 6:
Thyangboche (3,864 m)
- Day 7:
Pangboche (3,985 m)
- Day 8:
- Day 9:
Lukla (2,900 m)
Fly back to Kathmandu and free day
Depart from Kathmandu
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1,400 m) and transfer to hotel
When you arrive at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, you will find one of our office representatives, holding a card with your name on it, ready to receive you. After an introduction, our representative will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. If you have plenty of time, you may ask our representative to suggest what you can do for the remaining part of the day. They will be happy to advise you.
Day 2:Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan visit
Kathmandu has a quite rich historical, cultural and religious significance. Within this vibrant city, you can see a mix of cultures, religions and lifestyle. We will provide you the time to see the major destinations within this valley. You will be visiting three UNESCO heritage sites – Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal, while Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu Temple in Kathmandu. Patan Durbar Square is full of Hindu and Buddhist monuments and other Malla Era architectural wonders. The major attractions include Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, Kumbeswor Temple and Mahaboudha Temple.
Day 3:Lukla flight & Trekking begins to Phakding (2,656 m)
On the third day, we will be flying to Lukla (2,900 m). After landing in Lukla Airport also called Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we will start our trekking to Phakding but before the trekking starts, we will have breakfast, lunch or simply a cup of tea or coffee, We will then introduce you to our guides and porters. The trekking trail is well marked and it gradually descends through Chheplung and Ghat villages to Phakding.
Day 4:Namche (3,450 m)
This day, we will be heading from Phakding to reach Namche. On our way, we will be passing through several suspension bridges and typical Nepali villages. Sagarmatha National Park starts beyond Monjo. If the sky is clear, you will also be able to get the first glimpses of Mt.Everest. Namche is regarded as an unofficial capital of Khumbu region, and it contains three small museums, a stupa and a monastery. Namche Bazar also serves as a trading place for Tibetan Yak Caravans and Hindu traders.
Day 5:Khumjung (3,786 m)
From Namche, we will be heading upwards to reach Khumjung. On our way, we will pass through an airstrip at Syangboche and the world’s highest placed Hotel in the world – Hotel Everest. This hotel was constructed by Trans Himalayan Tours LTD, a Japanese construction company. From Khumjung, you will be able to enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest. Near Khumjung, lies Khunde village where you can find Edmund Hillary built hospital.Khumjung in itself consists of traditional houses and a gompa lies at its top end. We will spend our night at Khumjung.
Day 6:Thyangboche (3,864 m)
This day, after breakfast, we will continue to trek eastward to reach the famous monastery – Thyangboche. On our way, we will pass Chorten, cross Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga, and continue to ascend through a forest full of pine and rhododendron trees. On this day, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Mt.Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. To cap it all, you will get to view the renowned – Thyangboche monastery. This is the largest gompa in Khumbu region of Nepal. It was rebuilt in 1989, after a fire destroyed it.
Day 7:Pangboche (3,985 m)
We will leave for Pangboche from Thyangboche. This will be the highest place, we will be visiting for this trip. From our path, we will see stunning views of Ama Dablam, and in fact Pangboche serves as a base camp for climbing Ama Dablam. We will be visiting Pangboche monastery (founded in 1667) and Deboche Nunnery. We will spend our night at Pangboche.
Day 8:Namche(3,450 m)
From Pangboche we will descend towards Namche. We will travel downwards through Phungi Tenga forest, on our way we will get to see a water driven prayer wheels while the Mt Everest and Lhotse slowly recede from the background.We will reach Namche and continue to descend to Chumoa.
Day 9:Lukla (2,900 m)
On this day, we will descend to Lukla. This would be our last night stay at Everest region. Hence, it would be a perfect time to celebrate a farewell party, along with Sherpa Guides, Porters and the whole team. In the evening, if you want, you can try Chang (local beer) and even dance to a Sherpa tune.
Day10:Fly back to Kathmandu and free day
After breakfast at Lukla, we will head to Lukla Airport and take a flight back to Kathmandu. You are free for the rest of the day – you can explore Kathmandu some more, buy your souvenirs and bid goodbye to your near ones. You will probably be spending your last day in Kathmandu.
Day11:Depart from Kathmandu
This will be your final day in Kathmandu, after breakfast, we will be taking you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell. We hope you will have had pleasant and joyful trip with us. If you like you can join our other trips, we will be happy to suggest.
Includes & Excludes
- English speaking local expert guide, porters.
- Insurance for all staff & porters.
- Sagarmatha National park fees.
- Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
- Kathmandu to Lukla & Lukla to Kathmandu airfare.
- All meals during trek (except for GAP trek).
- Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek, lodge on GAP and lodge trek).
- Airport transfers and escort.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System fees.
- 3 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
- All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
- Nepal visa: Multiple Entrée 15 days -USD 25 .
- Meals during GAP trek, hot shower.
- International flight & all domestic departure tax (NRS 200 (Subject to change) per person each way).
- Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table.
- drinks, snacks while walking.
- Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu.
- Extra baggage charges.
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire) .
- Your insurance.