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Everest and Sherpa Villages Luxury Trek
Kathmandu- Central Region- Nepal
15 Days
20 Persons
English
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Brief

Trekking in the remote Everest region and explore the Sherpa Villages and Buddhist Monasteries staying in the luxury mountain lodges ! Yes, it's possible with our chain resorts of Everest Summit Lodges that provide the highest level of services with landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges and bedrooms as well as hot showers and western toilets. Our Mount Everest and Sherpa Village Treks is the best way to explore Nepal Himalayas in style while staying in comfortable lodges of the Everest region. Trekking in the Everest had never been so easier before! The itinerary is designed keeping in view the beginners and or slow paced trekkers. The walking duration will be usually 2-4 hours but some days can be longer.

After a couple of days in Kathmandu, exploring the cultural heritage sites, we take an exciting Twin Otter flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla, from where we follow the footsteps of famous mountaineers on the trail to Mount Everest. We traverse through the Sherpa Buddhist land with colorful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries. We share the trails with the locals, monks, other trekkers and the yaks ferrying goods. We stop in the villages, meet the locals, visit the schools and the temples and soak up the views of the highest mountains on earth. The trip will be led by a local experienced guide who will be always willing to show you the wonders of this Sherpa land that you will otherwise never discover on your own . Your luggage and gears will be carried by porters or pack animals, leaving you free with a small back pack only, to fully enjoy the trekking.

Tour Detail

Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by Highland Asia representative and you are transferred to your hotel in the city center.
After some rest, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square with former Royal Palace complex and an array of ancient and medieval temples with rich wood carving and stone sculpture. We walk through the traditional bazaars of Indrawchowk and Assan and end up in touristic Thamel.
This evening, we will enjoy Nepali welcome dinner in amidst folklore dances.

OvernightDwarika Hotel
Meals: Welcome dinner

Day 02 Patan, Bungamati Village, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

Following breakfast, we drive to Patan-one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We visit Patan's Durbar Square with former Royal Palace complex and a cluster of temples in front of the palace. We walk on the cobbled street with wood, metal and thangka painting workshops lined up in either sides. We visit Golden Temple-the major religious center for Patan's Newari Buddhists, 5 storied Nyata Pola Temple and Mahaboudha Temple with 10 thousand Buddha imprints on the bricks!
From here, we drive out of Patan and visit Bungamati-a traditional Newari Village with old houses, cobbled streets and temples. Majority of the villagers are farmers and artisans.
In the afternoon, we drive to the north-east corner of the city and visit Boudhanath Stupa-which is believed to be the largest Buddhist monument in Nepal. The stupa is surrounded by numerous Buddhist monasteries, thankga and art workshops and handicraft outlets. The area is dominated by Tibetan refugees. Late afternoon, we visit Pashupatinath Temple-the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Nepal. The temple sits on the bank of holy Bagmati River. Admission to the main temple is reserved for Hindus only but we can see the complete temple and ritual activities of the temple from the eastern embankment of the river. If we wait till late, we will have opportunity to witness the aarati ceremony with oil lamps that wraps the day's rituals.

Day 03 Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2846m) and a short trekking to Phakding (2652m).

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2846 m./ 9335 ft.) then trek to Phakding (2652 m./8699 ft.)
3 hours walking,300 m. ( 984 ft.) descent and 100m (328 ft.) ascent.

Following early morning breakfast at our hotel, accompanied by a Trekking Guide, we are transferred to the domestic airport for flight to Lukla. Its 40 minutes long scenic flight operated by Twin Otter craft. Lukla-the gateway to the Mount Everest and the Sherpa land is an interesting town with many tea shops, lodges, hotels,bank, monastery and convenience stores.
We meet rest of the crews at Lukla airport. After porters are assigned the pack of luggage and gears, we begin the trek of the day following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the right bank of the Dudh Koshi River (translated into English, its Milky River). The milky colour of the water is the result of constant white foam as the water cascades over thousands of rocks and boulders. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kangaru (6,369m/20, 890 ft.) The river approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue walking on the small trail on the right bank of Dudh Koshi,River and make several ascents and descents before we arrive at Phakding.
We check in Yeti Mountain home which is ideally set at the bank of Dudhkoshi River, in a quiet and tranquil environment. After wash and change, we take a light walk to the neighboring Rimjung Village of Sherpas and visit its 350 years old Pema Choling Gompa Monastery. It takes 30 minutes each way for the walks to the monastery.

Overnight Yeti Mountain Home or Khumbu Resort
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04 Trekking from Phakding (2,652 m./8, 699 ft.) to Monjo (2,840 m./9, 315 ft.)

2 hours walking, 200 m. ( 656 ft) ascent and 100 m. ( 328 ft. ) descent.

Following breakfast, we find ourselves on the trail, following the caravan of porters and pack animals who ferry supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley, goes through the beautiful blue pine trees and rhododendron bushes that become spectacular during spring months when the flowers come into blossom. We will come across numerous, pretty multilevel cascading waterfalls where we can see locals taking bath or washing laundry. We pass through tiny villages of Zamfute, Toktok Benkar and Chumoa before we arrive at Monjo. Today, we will have the glimpses of snow capped peaks of Kanguru (6,369 m./20, 890 ft.) and Thamserku (6,808 m./22,330 ft.). Today's hiking is deliberately kept short to aid acclimatization.
We check in our accommodation at Everest Summit Lodge and soon set out to explore the village. We visit the school and the monastery of the village.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo

Day 05 Trekking Monjo (2,840 m./9, 315 ft.) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m./11, 283 ft.)

4 hours walking, 600 m. ( 1, 968 ft.) ascent and 50 m. ( 164 ft.) descent.

Following breakfast, we find ourselves on the trail to Namche Bazaar-the commercial hub of the Everest region. Today's walk is mostly uphill at a very demanding gradient. The track is quite level for the first half hour as it follows just above the Dudh Kosi River .
We get our permits checked at the entrance of the Everest National Park which lies just above Monjo. Shortly, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the river on a suspension bridge and then leads north to Jorsale (2,805m/9,200 ft.), the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers; it is here that you start the steep ascend to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large suspension bridge floating at a hair raising height above the milky river, we ascend slowly and at a steady pace towards Namche Bazaar. The trail is steep up, zigzags through dense pine forests and in about 2 hrs, bring us to an elevation where we may start experiencing the effects of altitude. Then the trail levels out and climbs gradually to Namche Bazaar. We will have some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Tawache (6,542 m./21, 458 ft.), Nuptse 7861 m (25791 ft)., Everest ( 8, 848 m./29, 021 ft) and Lhotse ( 8, 516 m./27, 932 ft.) loom in front of us.
We check in our lovely Sherpaland Hotel. We enjoy a hearty lunch and after that take rest to adjust with the altitude.We may take some light stroll in the streets of Namche Bazaar and browse through the bargain shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts.

Overnight Sherpaland Hotel, Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 06 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m./11, 283 ft.)

Its important to have an additional day at this altitude to get properly acclimatized.We want to get up early before sunrise and walk up to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter to take in the impressive views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,493') and other magnificent peaks and visit the museum. Continuing the trail above the turn off to the visitor center, brings us to Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Culture Museum that has an captivating collection of Sherpa Cultural objects .
We return to our lodge for breakfast and rest of the day is to wander about the cobbled streets of Namche Bazaar. We visit Namche Gompa that enshrines the statue of Guru Rinpuche and some fine murals. We will walk down to the bottom of the town to visit a large white washed stupa decorated with Buddha eyes or stay relaxed in the town and soak up the views.If we are here on Saturday, do not miss the market. If you want to try something harder, an acclimatization hike to Everest View Hotel will be an excellent idea. This an hour hike straight above Namche Bazaar. Everest View Hotel at 12779 ft (3880 m) is believed to be the highest hotel in the world. The hotel offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas, surrounding you from all directions. In the middle of all these white giants, peeks out from far behind them, the one and only, Mt. Everest. We will sit for a while at the world’s highest hotel, feeling lost in the clouds, sipping a hot cup of tea, mesmerized by our first glimpse of the goddess mother of the Earth and later we descend to our hotel in Namche Bazaar.

Overnight Sherpaland Hotel, Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 07 Trek to Tashinga (3,450 m./11, 316 ft.)

2 hours walking.

It is only a short trek, less than 2 hours, to Tashinga, on the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chorkung. If we take the tougher trail via Everest View Lodge and Khumjung Village, it can take 4-5 hrs to Tashinga but as we have hiked the Everest View Lodge the previous day and we plan to trek via Khumjung Village on the return trip down from Tengboche, we will take the classic route via Chorkhung. The trail begins by the large Mani boulder and heads up north along a long stripped ridge. The end of the ridge serves as a great view point over a great panorama of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Thamaserku.

A short push further brings us to the village of Kyangjuma (3550m) with lodges and souvenir shops and then comes an important trail junction at Sanasa (3600). We follow the trail that goes gently downhill towards the river. Before the trail drops to the river ,it branches north of Tawichasa village and leads to the hamlet of Tashinga. We check in our lodge, situated at an idyllic spot with full advantage of plunging views across the valley.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 08 Excursion to Tengboche Monastery (3,873 m/12,670 ft)

5 hrs walking.

Today, we hike Tengboche ( Also spelled as Thyangboche)-the highest point on this trip. The trail drops on steep stone steps to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga (3,250 m/10, 660 ft.) that lies beside the Milky River. We cross the river on the wood-and-stone bridge and soon begin the steep ascent through heavy rhododendron bushes and pine trees for about an hour. As we emerge out of the forest, the trail becomes gentler and more gradual for another one and half an hour to the Tengboche Village and the monastery. Tengboche Monastery is the region's one of the most important religious center and has a magical setting with some of the Himalaya's most brilliant peaks in the backdrop.
We hike the viewpoint at the top of the hill and enjoy the awe-inspiring views over the Himalaya. We will see the distinctive peaks of Ama Dablam (6,856 m./22, 488 ft.), Everest (8,848m/29, 021 ft.), Nuptse (7,861 m./25, 784 ft.), and Lhotse (8,501 m/27, 883 ft.) at the north and lesser high Kangtega , Thamserku and Kongde Ri at the north.

After a leisurely lunch with the great views of the Himalayas, we retrace down to our hotel in Tashinga.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 09 Trek through Sherpa Villages of Khumjung , Khunde and Mende (3,700 m/12, 136 ft.)

5 hrs walking

We backtrack on the small path to the trails junction at Sanasa which takes about an hour.The path leads gently up the shallow valley. Khumjung (3780 m/12, 398 ft.) is the largest village of the area, that sprawls below Khumbila (5,761m./18, 896 ft.) small village built into a mountain bowl. The village is surrounded by mountains and regular patterned terraced fields. It has the best bakery in the Everest region and a stop for coffee and cakes is a must! We visit the original Edmund Hillary School that provides primary and secondary education to 350 children. We will visit the village monastery and take chance to see the "Yeti Skull". The village of Khunde (3,840 m./12, 595 ft.) is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical centre instigated by the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Above the village is the Khunde Chamkhang Temple, built by a Tibetan Lama who fled here from Tingri in Tibet in 1970s.

Leaving Khunde, the trail climbs out of the valley and then drops towards Namche Bazaar. Having turned the corner above Namche, and continuing for an hour through for pine and rhododendron forests abundant with monal pheasant and musk deer, we arrive at the small village of Phurte (3,390m/11, 192 ft.). We stop to visit the nurseries established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust.
Leaving Phurte, we follow the forest path around the ridge to a boulder with a painted image of Guru Rinpoche and a pair of large chortens, cross a stream to another small village of Tesho. A side trail right after the bridge climbs north along the valley of the Thesebu River to Mende (3,700 m/12, 136 ft). We check in our Everest Summit Lodge that has a commanding position with very fine views.

OvernightOvernight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 Thame Village Excursion

5 hrs walking

Following breakfast, we leave for an excursion to Thame Village ( 3, 750 m/12, 300 ft.). The trail contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Dramo and Thomde and little beyond Thomde, rejoins the main trail to Thame that is traditionally used by Tibetan merchants who come across the Nangpa La pass (5,716m/18,754ft) to trade in Namche Bazaar. The trail then turns to an open traverse, with giant dark rock faces above and big drops to Bhote Koshi river below. Watch out for the caravan of yaks passing through and stand on the hillside if one passes through as the animal doesn't give way to the pedestrians.

The trail later descends to a bridge over a narrow crack with water gushing below. Here there are large wall paintings of Guru Rimpoche. A determined final push on a path zigzagging across old moraines brings us to a pretty stream with alluring pools and soon pops up Thame Village which is among the prettiest villages in the Everest region.

The village with scattered houses, patch-worked fields and massive snow-capped mountains in the backdrop is worth visiting. The village is also the hometown of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay-who first reached at the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. The 21 times summit record holder Appa Sherpa also hails from Thame Village.

We will have our lunch in Everest Summit Lodge. If we have still energy, we will hike up the monastery above the village. In the afternoon, we walk back to our lodge in Mende which takes about little more than 2 hrs.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Trek to Monjo via Namche Bazaar.

4 hrs walking

In the morning, we hike 30 minutes to the monastery above Mende. Until recently the monastery served as school to western Buddhists. The main temple houses the image of Chenrisig-the thousand armed Avalokiteshwara-the Buddha of compassion.

We will take the lower path towards Namche Bazaar. We will have a brief stop in Namche, probably for last minute souvenir shopping before making descent to Monjo. The total walk should take around 4 hrs.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 Trek via Gumila Monastery to Lukla (2,743m/8,999ft)

5 hrs walking

Following breakfast, we set out for the final day of the trekking. We basically backtrack the path we used before. Above Phakding, we will visit the Gumila Monastery dedicated to Gumila sect.It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu

We bid farewell to our Sherpa crews and we take the small fixed wing flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we are met and transferred to Dwariak Hotel.

Overnight Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 A reserve day in Kathmandu

An additional day just in case of any changes on the schedule. You can visit Bhaktapur-the third medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley or take tricycle rickshaw ride through the streets of Kathmandu or just relax and update your diaries.

Overnight Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Fly back home.

Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Everest and Sherpa Villages Luxury Trek
Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal
15 Days
20 Persons
English
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Brief

Trekking in the remote Everest region and explore the Sherpa Villages and Buddhist Monasteries staying in the luxury mountain lodges ! Yes, it's possible with our chain resorts of Everest Summit Lodges that provide the highest level of services with landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges and bedrooms as well as hot showers and western toilets. Our Mount Everest and Sherpa Village Treks is the best way to explore Nepal Himalayas in style while staying in comfortable lodges of the Everest region. Trekking in the Everest had never been so easier before! The itinerary is designed keeping in view the beginners and or slow paced trekkers. The walking duration will be usually 2-4 hours but some days can be longer.

After a couple of days in Kathmandu, exploring the cultural heritage sites, we take an exciting Twin Otter flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla, from where we follow the footsteps of famous mountaineers on the trail to Mount Everest. We traverse through the Sherpa Buddhist land with colorful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries. We share the trails with the locals, monks, other trekkers and the yaks ferrying goods. We stop in the villages, meet the locals, visit the schools and the temples and soak up the views of the highest mountains on earth. The trip will be led by a local experienced guide who will be always willing to show you the wonders of this Sherpa land that you will otherwise never discover on your own . Your luggage and gears will be carried by porters or pack animals, leaving you free with a small back pack only, to fully enjoy the trekking.

Tour Detail

Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you are met by Highland Asia representative and you are transferred to your hotel in the city center.
After some rest, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square with former Royal Palace complex and an array of ancient and medieval temples with rich wood carving and stone sculpture. We walk through the traditional bazaars of Indrawchowk and Assan and end up in touristic Thamel.
This evening, we will enjoy Nepali welcome dinner in amidst folklore dances.

OvernightDwarika Hotel
Meals: Welcome dinner

Day 02 Patan, Bungamati Village, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

Following breakfast, we drive to Patan-one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We visit Patan's Durbar Square with former Royal Palace complex and a cluster of temples in front of the palace. We walk on the cobbled street with wood, metal and thangka painting workshops lined up in either sides. We visit Golden Temple-the major religious center for Patan's Newari Buddhists, 5 storied Nyata Pola Temple and Mahaboudha Temple with 10 thousand Buddha imprints on the bricks!
From here, we drive out of Patan and visit Bungamati-a traditional Newari Village with old houses, cobbled streets and temples. Majority of the villagers are farmers and artisans.
In the afternoon, we drive to the north-east corner of the city and visit Boudhanath Stupa-which is believed to be the largest Buddhist monument in Nepal. The stupa is surrounded by numerous Buddhist monasteries, thankga and art workshops and handicraft outlets. The area is dominated by Tibetan refugees. Late afternoon, we visit Pashupatinath Temple-the most revered of the Hindu Temples in Nepal. The temple sits on the bank of holy Bagmati River. Admission to the main temple is reserved for Hindus only but we can see the complete temple and ritual activities of the temple from the eastern embankment of the river. If we wait till late, we will have opportunity to witness the aarati ceremony with oil lamps that wraps the day's rituals.

Day 03 Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2846m) and a short trekking to Phakding (2652m).

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2846 m./ 9335 ft.) then trek to Phakding (2652 m./8699 ft.)
3 hours walking,300 m. ( 984 ft.) descent and 100m (328 ft.) ascent.

Following early morning breakfast at our hotel, accompanied by a Trekking Guide, we are transferred to the domestic airport for flight to Lukla. Its 40 minutes long scenic flight operated by Twin Otter craft. Lukla-the gateway to the Mount Everest and the Sherpa land is an interesting town with many tea shops, lodges, hotels,bank, monastery and convenience stores.
We meet rest of the crews at Lukla airport. After porters are assigned the pack of luggage and gears, we begin the trek of the day following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the right bank of the Dudh Koshi River (translated into English, its Milky River). The milky colour of the water is the result of constant white foam as the water cascades over thousands of rocks and boulders. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kangaru (6,369m/20, 890 ft.) The river approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue walking on the small trail on the right bank of Dudh Koshi,River and make several ascents and descents before we arrive at Phakding.
We check in Yeti Mountain home which is ideally set at the bank of Dudhkoshi River, in a quiet and tranquil environment. After wash and change, we take a light walk to the neighboring Rimjung Village of Sherpas and visit its 350 years old Pema Choling Gompa Monastery. It takes 30 minutes each way for the walks to the monastery.

Overnight Yeti Mountain Home or Khumbu Resort
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04 Trekking from Phakding (2,652 m./8, 699 ft.) to Monjo (2,840 m./9, 315 ft.)

2 hours walking, 200 m. ( 656 ft) ascent and 100 m. ( 328 ft. ) descent.

Following breakfast, we find ourselves on the trail, following the caravan of porters and pack animals who ferry supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley, goes through the beautiful blue pine trees and rhododendron bushes that become spectacular during spring months when the flowers come into blossom. We will come across numerous, pretty multilevel cascading waterfalls where we can see locals taking bath or washing laundry. We pass through tiny villages of Zamfute, Toktok Benkar and Chumoa before we arrive at Monjo. Today, we will have the glimpses of snow capped peaks of Kanguru (6,369 m./20, 890 ft.) and Thamserku (6,808 m./22,330 ft.). Today's hiking is deliberately kept short to aid acclimatization.
We check in our accommodation at Everest Summit Lodge and soon set out to explore the village. We visit the school and the monastery of the village.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo

Day 05 Trekking Monjo (2,840 m./9, 315 ft.) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m./11, 283 ft.)

4 hours walking, 600 m. ( 1, 968 ft.) ascent and 50 m. ( 164 ft.) descent.

Following breakfast, we find ourselves on the trail to Namche Bazaar-the commercial hub of the Everest region. Today's walk is mostly uphill at a very demanding gradient. The track is quite level for the first half hour as it follows just above the Dudh Kosi River .
We get our permits checked at the entrance of the Everest National Park which lies just above Monjo. Shortly, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the river on a suspension bridge and then leads north to Jorsale (2,805m/9,200 ft.), the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers; it is here that you start the steep ascend to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large suspension bridge floating at a hair raising height above the milky river, we ascend slowly and at a steady pace towards Namche Bazaar. The trail is steep up, zigzags through dense pine forests and in about 2 hrs, bring us to an elevation where we may start experiencing the effects of altitude. Then the trail levels out and climbs gradually to Namche Bazaar. We will have some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Tawache (6,542 m./21, 458 ft.), Nuptse 7861 m (25791 ft)., Everest ( 8, 848 m./29, 021 ft) and Lhotse ( 8, 516 m./27, 932 ft.) loom in front of us.
We check in our lovely Sherpaland Hotel. We enjoy a hearty lunch and after that take rest to adjust with the altitude.We may take some light stroll in the streets of Namche Bazaar and browse through the bargain shops for 'Tibetan' artifacts.

Overnight Sherpaland Hotel, Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 06 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m./11, 283 ft.)

Its important to have an additional day at this altitude to get properly acclimatized.We want to get up early before sunrise and walk up to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter to take in the impressive views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,493') and other magnificent peaks and visit the museum. Continuing the trail above the turn off to the visitor center, brings us to Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Culture Museum that has an captivating collection of Sherpa Cultural objects .
We return to our lodge for breakfast and rest of the day is to wander about the cobbled streets of Namche Bazaar. We visit Namche Gompa that enshrines the statue of Guru Rinpuche and some fine murals. We will walk down to the bottom of the town to visit a large white washed stupa decorated with Buddha eyes or stay relaxed in the town and soak up the views.If we are here on Saturday, do not miss the market. If you want to try something harder, an acclimatization hike to Everest View Hotel will be an excellent idea. This an hour hike straight above Namche Bazaar. Everest View Hotel at 12779 ft (3880 m) is believed to be the highest hotel in the world. The hotel offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas, surrounding you from all directions. In the middle of all these white giants, peeks out from far behind them, the one and only, Mt. Everest. We will sit for a while at the world’s highest hotel, feeling lost in the clouds, sipping a hot cup of tea, mesmerized by our first glimpse of the goddess mother of the Earth and later we descend to our hotel in Namche Bazaar.

Overnight Sherpaland Hotel, Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 07 Trek to Tashinga (3,450 m./11, 316 ft.)

2 hours walking.

It is only a short trek, less than 2 hours, to Tashinga, on the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chorkung. If we take the tougher trail via Everest View Lodge and Khumjung Village, it can take 4-5 hrs to Tashinga but as we have hiked the Everest View Lodge the previous day and we plan to trek via Khumjung Village on the return trip down from Tengboche, we will take the classic route via Chorkhung. The trail begins by the large Mani boulder and heads up north along a long stripped ridge. The end of the ridge serves as a great view point over a great panorama of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Thamaserku.

A short push further brings us to the village of Kyangjuma (3550m) with lodges and souvenir shops and then comes an important trail junction at Sanasa (3600). We follow the trail that goes gently downhill towards the river. Before the trail drops to the river ,it branches north of Tawichasa village and leads to the hamlet of Tashinga. We check in our lodge, situated at an idyllic spot with full advantage of plunging views across the valley.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 08 Excursion to Tengboche Monastery (3,873 m/12,670 ft)

5 hrs walking.

Today, we hike Tengboche ( Also spelled as Thyangboche)-the highest point on this trip. The trail drops on steep stone steps to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga (3,250 m/10, 660 ft.) that lies beside the Milky River. We cross the river on the wood-and-stone bridge and soon begin the steep ascent through heavy rhododendron bushes and pine trees for about an hour. As we emerge out of the forest, the trail becomes gentler and more gradual for another one and half an hour to the Tengboche Village and the monastery. Tengboche Monastery is the region's one of the most important religious center and has a magical setting with some of the Himalaya's most brilliant peaks in the backdrop.
We hike the viewpoint at the top of the hill and enjoy the awe-inspiring views over the Himalaya. We will see the distinctive peaks of Ama Dablam (6,856 m./22, 488 ft.), Everest (8,848m/29, 021 ft.), Nuptse (7,861 m./25, 784 ft.), and Lhotse (8,501 m/27, 883 ft.) at the north and lesser high Kangtega , Thamserku and Kongde Ri at the north.

After a leisurely lunch with the great views of the Himalayas, we retrace down to our hotel in Tashinga.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 09 Trek through Sherpa Villages of Khumjung , Khunde and Mende (3,700 m/12, 136 ft.)

5 hrs walking

We backtrack on the small path to the trails junction at Sanasa which takes about an hour.The path leads gently up the shallow valley. Khumjung (3780 m/12, 398 ft.) is the largest village of the area, that sprawls below Khumbila (5,761m./18, 896 ft.) small village built into a mountain bowl. The village is surrounded by mountains and regular patterned terraced fields. It has the best bakery in the Everest region and a stop for coffee and cakes is a must! We visit the original Edmund Hillary School that provides primary and secondary education to 350 children. We will visit the village monastery and take chance to see the "Yeti Skull". The village of Khunde (3,840 m./12, 595 ft.) is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical centre instigated by the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Above the village is the Khunde Chamkhang Temple, built by a Tibetan Lama who fled here from Tingri in Tibet in 1970s.

Leaving Khunde, the trail climbs out of the valley and then drops towards Namche Bazaar. Having turned the corner above Namche, and continuing for an hour through for pine and rhododendron forests abundant with monal pheasant and musk deer, we arrive at the small village of Phurte (3,390m/11, 192 ft.). We stop to visit the nurseries established by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust.
Leaving Phurte, we follow the forest path around the ridge to a boulder with a painted image of Guru Rinpoche and a pair of large chortens, cross a stream to another small village of Tesho. A side trail right after the bridge climbs north along the valley of the Thesebu River to Mende (3,700 m/12, 136 ft). We check in our Everest Summit Lodge that has a commanding position with very fine views.

OvernightOvernight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 Thame Village Excursion

5 hrs walking

Following breakfast, we leave for an excursion to Thame Village ( 3, 750 m/12, 300 ft.). The trail contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Dramo and Thomde and little beyond Thomde, rejoins the main trail to Thame that is traditionally used by Tibetan merchants who come across the Nangpa La pass (5,716m/18,754ft) to trade in Namche Bazaar. The trail then turns to an open traverse, with giant dark rock faces above and big drops to Bhote Koshi river below. Watch out for the caravan of yaks passing through and stand on the hillside if one passes through as the animal doesn't give way to the pedestrians.

The trail later descends to a bridge over a narrow crack with water gushing below. Here there are large wall paintings of Guru Rimpoche. A determined final push on a path zigzagging across old moraines brings us to a pretty stream with alluring pools and soon pops up Thame Village which is among the prettiest villages in the Everest region.

The village with scattered houses, patch-worked fields and massive snow-capped mountains in the backdrop is worth visiting. The village is also the hometown of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay-who first reached at the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. The 21 times summit record holder Appa Sherpa also hails from Thame Village.

We will have our lunch in Everest Summit Lodge. If we have still energy, we will hike up the monastery above the village. In the afternoon, we walk back to our lodge in Mende which takes about little more than 2 hrs.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 Trek to Monjo via Namche Bazaar.

4 hrs walking

In the morning, we hike 30 minutes to the monastery above Mende. Until recently the monastery served as school to western Buddhists. The main temple houses the image of Chenrisig-the thousand armed Avalokiteshwara-the Buddha of compassion.

We will take the lower path towards Namche Bazaar. We will have a brief stop in Namche, probably for last minute souvenir shopping before making descent to Monjo. The total walk should take around 4 hrs.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 Trek via Gumila Monastery to Lukla (2,743m/8,999ft)

5 hrs walking

Following breakfast, we set out for the final day of the trekking. We basically backtrack the path we used before. Above Phakding, we will visit the Gumila Monastery dedicated to Gumila sect.It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route.

Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu

We bid farewell to our Sherpa crews and we take the small fixed wing flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we are met and transferred to Dwariak Hotel.

Overnight Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 A reserve day in Kathmandu

An additional day just in case of any changes on the schedule. You can visit Bhaktapur-the third medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley or take tricycle rickshaw ride through the streets of Kathmandu or just relax and update your diaries.

Overnight Dwarika Hotel, Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner

Day 15 Fly back home.

Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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