A Glimpse of Everest

“Because it’s there”…….Late Sir George Mallory

For many people trekking in the Himalayas can be very strenuous because of the high altitude. Other reasons may be time constraints. This does not mean that you cannot see the Himalayas, the Sherpa culture, the fluttering prayer flags, mani’s and prayer stone walls at close range.   This ‘A Journey to the Everest Region’ trek would be ideal for such visitors giving us a chance to relish trekking in the amazing Himalayan trails while also exploring the wide range of spectacular scenery combined with monasteries and rich local traditions of the Sherpas.

This trek starts from Lukla after an unforgettable flight from Kathmandu on a twin otter. From here we head northwards crossing hanging bridges, monasteries, Sherpa villages to reach Phakding. The next day we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park and we head towards Namche Bazar, the biggest village in Khumbu region (‘Khumbu capital’).  Namche Bazaar with its many restaurants and bakery and internet cafes is a central hub for people going up or coming down.

The next day an hour’s hike up from Namche Bazaar and we are in Syangboche from where you can get magnificent views of Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Nupste along with Ama Dhablam, Thamserku and Kagtenga. We hike up to the Everest View hotel and after taking pictures we hike towards the hidden village of Khumjung to spend the night. The following day is we reach the famous Thyangboche Monastery where views of Himalayas are astounding. We visit the monastery for the evening prayers.

Our return journey takes us back to the airstrip at Lukla, where we bid farewell to our new found Sherpa friends and fly back to Kathmandu.

our lodge at Gorak Shep. From here we hike to the famous and historic site of Everest Base Camp. Finally we will climb Kalapathaar (5545 meters ) to get some mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

 


Description

Day 01:     Kathmandu Arrival.

Day 02:     Half Day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.                 

Day 03:     Fly Lukla (2880m) & trek to Phakding (2652m) 

Day 04:     Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Day 05:     Khumjung (3780 m)

Day 06:     Thyangboche (3867m)

Day 07:     Retrace steps to Namche Bazaar

Day 08:     Lukla

Day 09:     Lukla / Kathmandu by Flight 

Day 10:     Free day (Options of doing sightseeing) 

Day 11:     Final Departure  

Trip Facts

Best Period:                  Feb to May – Oct to Dec

Time Period:                 10  Nights / 11Days.

Trek Period:                  06 Night / 07 Days

In Kathmandu:              04 Nights

Flights:                          2 Ways (domestic Lukla flights)

Trek Type:                     Difficult

Highest Altitude:          3780 meters

Warning:                        Altitude Sickness.

Trek Start / End Point: Lukla

Accommodations:       Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek 

Features

National Park:    Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq. kms) 

Mountains:         Everest, Lhotse, Tamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse,  Kantega, Pumo-ri, etc.

Rivers:                Bhote Kosi, Dudh Kosi and Imjatse Khola etc. 

Villages:              Lukla, Namche, Thyangboche, Pheriche,  etc 

Tribes:                Mostly Sherpas & Tibetans 

Forests:              Of Rhododendron and Pine.

Landscapes:      Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu, met by a Khempalung Adventure representative and hotel transfer. Relax the rest of the day.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 02: Am: Sightseeing PM: Trek Briefing/Last minute essentials purchase

In the morning, travel through time as you explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Visit the temples and palaces of the Durbar Square with beautiful architecture, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple) and watch the Kathmandu Valley atop a hill.

In the evening a short brief about the trek and allow time to purchase last minute essentials.

Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu – Lukla, Trek: Lukla to Phakding (2652 m)

Catch an early morning amazing flight to Lukla – a trailer to your journey. The short flight will provide you glimpses of the Himalayas – your home for the next few days. Be met by Sherpa team and a short stroll around Lukla.

After we are set and porters have been assigned the luggage, we follow the trail towards the north-east. We cross a suspension bridge to leave Lukla behind. Cross small picturesque villages of  Chaunrikharka and Ghat and descend to reach Phakding just by the river.

Overnight:  Phakding           Trek Duration: 3 hours.

 

Day 04: Namche Bazaar (3447 m)

Follow the trail with the gushing Dudh Kosi on your right – a pleasant walk as we pass through agricultural fields, small villages and a beautiful monastery. Cross Dudh Kosi at Benkar and be greeted with tantalizing glimpses of snow-capped peaks Kusum Kanguru(6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). Steep climb for 20 mins to reach Monjo – our lunch stop.

Head to the check post to clear our permits and enter Sagarmatha National Park. A busy trail with several interests – small villages, pine forests. After crossing the river again, a steady climb to reach Namche Bazaar – halfway through the climb catch your first glimpse of the mighty three – Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7879m), and Lhotse (8383m).

Reach Namche Bazaar – a bustling little prosperous town in the Khumbu region surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks.

Overnight: Namche             Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours.

 

Day 05: Khumjung (3780 m) via Everest View Hotel

Set out from Namche Bazar and reach a small pass – a steep ascent awaits you. Reach Syangboche which features an inoperative airport with a stone plowed runway. A pleasant hike through meadows and small remnants of coniferous forests with beautifully scattered rhododendrons. Kongde Ri (6186m) is behind you.

We reach Everest View Hotel which features unspoiled views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse amongst other Himalayan peaks. Head towards towards Khumjung– the largest Sherpa village in Khumbu.

Overnight: Khumjung           Trek Duration: 3 ½ – 4 ½ hours.

 

Day 06: Thyangboche (3867m)

We pass the village pf Khumjung and start our descend towards Phunki Tanga located at the bottom of the valley.  We enjoy magnificent views of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kang Taiga as we follow the meandering downhill trail

From Phunki Tanga a steep trail leads us to Thyangboche where we can get spending views of the Himalayas, including Everest. Thyangboche features a monastery, the most revered in the Khumbu Region where all Everest Expeditions receive their blessings before heading towards the challenge they are about to embark on.

Overnight: Thyangboche                             Trek Duration: 4 ½ – 5 hours

 

 

Day 07: Namche Bazaar (3447m)

Retrace our steps through the forests of juniper, rhododendrons and fir to Phunki Tanga. Cross Dudh Kosi, ascend to Trashinga. Stop for a short break and Shanasa – a small town where Tibetan traders have traditional artifacts and souvenirs for sale. Indulge yourself.  An easy walk brings us to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight: Namche                                      Trek Duration: 5 ½  hours.

 

Day 08: Lukla

We exit the Sagarmatha National Park at the same point we had entered a few days ago. Follow the same footsteps, take in the views of the mountains – our abode for the past few days and make way to Lukla – where we officially finish our trek.

In the evening, a farewell dinner, and may be followed by a few celebratory drinks and dance with our Sherpa companions.

Overnight: Lukla                                           Trek Duration: 6 – 6 ½ hours.

 

Day 09: Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu

A hearty breakfast – our last meal in the lap of the Himalayas and take a short flight to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, be met by a representative and transferred to hotel.

The remainder of the day is free.

Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu.

 

Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu

Take the day to explore Kathmandu – a city where the modern meets the traditional.
Note: If you wish to go sightseeing, please contact our representative for tour options.

Overnight: Hotel

 

 

 

 

Day 11: Departure

Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu for onward journey.
Watch the Himalayas pass by as you relive the memories spent only days ago in the heart of the mountains. Relish on the achievement of a lifetime experience.

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