The Everest region has more to offer then the views of the world’s highest mountains; it is homeland of the Sherpa people, Khumbu’s remote and fascinating monasteries with their interesting monastic life and practices. Mani Rimdu is one of the most fabulous Masked Dance festival which is the main annual festival. In the presence of the high Lama, the monks don elaborate brocade costumes of perform ancient monastic dance that have changed little for hundreds of years.
Day 1) Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2) Sightseeing and preparation for the trek
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion.
Day 3) Flight to Lukla (2886mts) and trek to Phakding(2640 meters)
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 30 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Over night at Phakding
Day 4) Trek to Namche (3340 meters)
The track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. We stay overnight in Namche.
Day 5) Acclimatizing day at Namche (3440 meters)
Today is an important acclimatizing day. Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day’s hike to Everest view hotel or relaxing and exploring Namche itself. Namche is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.
Day 6) Trek to Thame (3820 meters)
The trail to Thame is also main trail to Tibet through Nangpa la pass. The trail stays high above Bhote Koshi River most of the time. On the left we have the Kongde Ri (6187 m) and the river that flows down into a ravine. On the right is the rocky Khumbi Yul La (5765 m) and behind us is clearly visible on Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m). The trail goes through beautiful forest and passes through small Sherpa settlements. The trip continues: the steep rise of about 50m in altitude to reach a ridge around it. The river bed becomes closer and wider. We reach the village of Thamo and then the small town of Samde. Along stretch halfway up a slight slope leading to the bridge over the Bhote Koshi (3650 m). Upon crossing Bhote Koshi River and about a half hour climb’s bring us to Thame. Over night at Thame
Day 7) Trek to Thyangbo (4230 meters)
The trail goes gradual uphill to the Chorten ridge from where you will have a beautiful view of Nangpa valley, Cho Oyu, Nangpai gosum, Langmuche ri. The trail splits for Tibet and Rolwaling valley. We will follow the main trail to Tashi lapcha pass. From Thame monastery the trail goes gradual with beautiful mountains (Kongde, Tenkhangmuche, Pharchamo,) scenery to the left hand side. Trail passes through small summer yak pastures. The small river coming from Thyangpo valley looks beautiful along the trail. Thyangpo is a small village very close to mount Tenkhang muche, during the summer people from Thame comes there along with their cattle. Even during the peak season we barely see tourist around there.
Day 8) visit Parechomuche Lake back to Thame (3820 mts)
After breakfast we start hiking up higher toward Tashi Lapcha pass and then trail goes higher toward left hand side through a narrow Yak trail. After hour or two we will get to a beautiful lake. Known as secret lake, during monsoon festival (Yaar Chhang) people worship this lake. Trek back to Thyangpo, have lunch and trek back to Thame.
Day 9) Trek to Khumjung (3790 meters)
Today, we retrace the track back to Namche until Phurte village then the trail splits gradual uphill to Syangboche airstrip. Just above the airstrip, the trail descends down to the Khumjung village. Beautiful village surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the scared peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. We make today’s overnight stay at Khumjung
Day 10) Trek to Phortse (3950 meters)
From Khumjung we take higher off trail to Mongla. The first part goes uphill through narrow rocky gulley. Then the trail goes gradual to Mongla. Upon crossing the lower slopes of Khumbila, we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Phortse, Cholatse and Taboche along with the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtanga among others. Phortse village lies in the Khumbu area south of Mt. Everest, off the main trekking routes. After lunch with beautiful views of surrounded mountain, the trail goes down to the river and then back up to Phortse through old forest of Rhododendron, paperbirch, fir trees. This forest is also very important habitat for endanger animal musk deer. We often see musk deer there. This is one of the oldest Sherpa village. Overnight at Phortse.
Day 11) Trek to Deboche (3820 meters)
Beautiful off trail, from Phortse the trail goes down to the Dudhkoshi River then back up to Deboche through a beautiful forest. After Lunch visit Deboche nunnery.
Day 12) Morning hike to Prayer flag ridge and rest day at Deboche
Early morning after breakfast we hike up to prayer flag ridge above Tengboche. Beautiful view of surrounded mountains. We will hang our prayer flags on the ridge. Back to Debouche and Visit the nunnery.
Day 13) Visit Secret valley back to Deboche
After attending early morning Puja at Nunnery, we will have breakfast and follow the Everest classic trail for a while then turn to the right and gradual climb through a beautiful forest with view of mount Thamserku, kongde, khumbila and Tabuche. The trail goes level through beautiful forest of Paper birch, Juniper, Rhododendron, fir. It is the habitat for Musk deer, Himalayan thar and lots of different pheasants. End of the forest there is an open pasture land with beautiful river, end of the valley there is a glacier from Malangphulang and Khangtega.
Day 14) Trek back to Namche (3440 meters)
After breakfast the first part goes uphill to Tyangboche.From Tengboche, a steep descent of about1500ft/500m leads through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the first bridge over Dudh Koshi on our return trip at Phunki Tenga. Further we pass the village of Tashinga and Sansa,Kyangjuma before finally reaching to Namche.
Day 15) Trek back to Lukla (2886 meters)
Day 16) Flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 17) sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 18) further extension or departure home
Airport pickup and drop (All land vehicles).
Kathmandu Sightseeing tour with English speaking guide
All domestic airfare and ground transportation (Fly to Lukla and way back)
Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu as per above program.
All accommodation during your trek
Highly experience, helpful and friendly English speaking guide and strong porter.
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea and coffee during your trek.
Staff salary and insurance
TIMS card charge (Trekkers Information Management System)
All government taxes.
International air fare to Nepal.
Nepal entry visa fee
Travel insurance and helicopter charter in any cases but if you want us to arrange,
Any kinds of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, phone call, internet, laundry etc.
Tips for your crews ( Guide, porter and driver)
This is the perfect way to see the Everest range away from the crowds and gain a first hand view of the tradition, religion and culture of Sherpas.