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11 days trekking in the Everest region and explore Khumbu’s Monasteries.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 11 days
Best season: October to May
Trek Grade: Moderate

This is an outstanding trek put together to allow you to explore the legendry Buddhist monasteries of the Sherpa high country in the Khumbu region below Mt Everest.

As you ascend to the stunning village of Pangboche, which at 3908 metres is the highest point in the trek, your trail winds up through the Dudh Kosi & Bhote Kosi river valleys rewarding you with incredible views of majestic Kantega and Thamserku and the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with Mt Everest rearing above.

The views along the trail throughout are tremendous, with snow-capped mountains on all sides, deep-forested river valleys and small Sherpa villages and their fields clinging to impossible looking slopes.

Each day's walk involves six to seven, hours of moderately difficult hiking. While the walking trails are not so hard, the altitude makes it more difficult for those unaccustomed to walking at these heights.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m]
Day 02: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 03: Rest day in Namche
Day 04: Trek to Thame [3739m]
Day 05: Trek to Khumjung [3786m]
Day 06: Trek to Phortse [3542m]
Day 07: Trek to Pangboche [3908m]
Day 08: Trek to Tengboche [3846m]
Day 09: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 10: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Day 11: Flight to Kathmandu

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m]
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2800m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding.

Day 02: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Camp is near the bazaar at Namche.

Day 03: Rest day in Namche
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Thame. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary or a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the village.

Day 04: Trek to Thame [3739m]
From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Kosi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags and mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. From above the village, Thame Gompa overlooks the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival.

Day 05: Trek to Khumjung [3786m]
We retrace our route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. From our camping spot we have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.

Day 06: Trek to Phortse [3542m]
Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge from where there is an excellent view of Ama Dablam. This ridge descends from the sacred mountain, Khumbila [5734m], the abode of the patron god of the Khumbu region. The trail descends towards the Dudh Kosi where we stop for lunch. After lunch we cross the river and climb gradually through rhododendron forest to Phortse, a village little changed by the advent of trekkers, where the quiet rhythm of life continues as it always has done.

Day 07: Trek to Pangboche [3908m]
From Phortse the trail climbs and contours around the west side of the Imja Khola Valley providing spectacular views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest itself. We arrive at Pangboche in time for lunch and have the rest of the day free to relax and explore. Pangboche is actually two villages - New Pangboche has the tea houses and shops and Old Pangboche is home to the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Founded in 1667, it houses relics said to be the skull and hand of a yeti.

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche [3846m]
We start the day's walk with an easy descent down the Imja Khola before crossing the river on a suspension bridge. Now we climb up through birch and rhododendron forest, possibly catching a glimpse of shy musk deer scurrying through the undergrowth, to the ridge where the new Tengboche monastery has been built. The original one was tragically destroyed by fire in 1989. The view from Tengboche is absolutely magnificent, with Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku being just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen.

Day 09: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Tengboche we descend through forest to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga where there are water driven prayer wheels. After crossing, we ascend once more on a trail which contours around the hillside to Namche.

Day 10: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
From Namche we continue descending, steeply at first, to the Dudh Kosi. We follow the river back down the valley to Phakding, retracing the route taken earlier in the trek. We will have lunch at Phakding before continuing our descent to Lukla. In the evening we join our trekking crew for a party Sherpa style.

Day 11: Flight to Kathmandu
Today we pack-up early for the flight back to Kathmandu.


IMPORTANT NOTE
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

 

 

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