The Everest region in Nepal is more than just climbing and trekking, it is a life-changing experience and some see it as a journey close to achieving Nirvana. Located in the northeastern province of Nepal, this region is in a world of its own with vast glaciers, icefalls, the highest mountains, deep valleys, precarious settlements, and hardy people challenging the harshest conditions thrown at them by nature in the thin air of high altitude.
Passing through legendary Sherpa villages, the trek is a mix of deep cultural and spiritual experiences and physical challenges that test your strength and endurance. Buddhist lamas, monks and nuns led by Rinpoches (reincarnate at mas) serve the predominantly Sherpa communities from their gompas.
The journey to Everest or Everest Base Camp begins with a dramatic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, after which you hike up the Everest region to reach your destination in the Himalayas. However, for die-hard lovers of trekking, there is another switchback starting from Jiri through the mid-hills of Solu, an ethnically diverse section of the trek rich
The Everest trek involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking. After considerable uphill climbing, it will come to almost 5,364m / 17,593 ft. of elevation to Everest Base Camp. The Nepal Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. The trekkers get a close view of the world’s greater mountains such as Mt. Everest (8,848m) and others mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Tawache.
The Everest region has been valued as the key to the evolutionary history of the Earth and is also a habitat for some rare and endangered species like the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and Himalayan wolves.
Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek
Eve: Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with culture program.
Early morning transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla (2880m). This 45-minute flight provides a magnificent entry to the trek. It highlights the snowline of the Himalayan Range in the north and the rugged landing at the Lukla airport, which is said to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. Upon arrival the guide will arrange the porters at the nearby lodge. During this break, the guests are welcome to explore this bustling town on top of a hill with rows of houses, hotels and shops lining both sides of the traditional cobbled street.
The trek starts by following the trail leading to the northwest direction through the narrow street, which immediately descends from the end of the village on a trail through the open hillside. The trail is well defined and there are many shops and lodges catering to the trekkers. This day’s trek is an easy one and ultimately descends to the river at Phakding (2,652m).
Leave the main village and the follow the trail on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is a pleasant walk for the first half of the day as one passes through agricultural countryside and small wayside villages. Just before lunch, there is a steep climb of about 20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch. After lunch, trek up to the check post to check the permits and enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. Descend for 10 minute and then cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Jorsale (2,800m). Pass through several small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of human interest.
Our first good views are of west ridge of Kusum Kangru (6,339m). Follow the Dudh Kosi River, crossing a rickety suspension bridge, which is in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly climb up a very steep trail to Namche Bazaar. Near half waypoint, we enjoy our first views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,879m) and Lhotse (8,383m) – the big three. The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one gain in altitude making breathing difficult due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate with a sign saying, “Welcome to Namche Bazaar” but it is very misleading as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive at the main town.
This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt.Thamserku (6,648 m) and Kwangde Ri (6,624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707 m) dominates the skyline along the west.
After breakfast, hike up to the airfield at Syangboche which used to be a Yak grazing ground and proceed to the world famous Everest ViewHotel for some hot tea / coffee. Keep your eyes open for the splendid Danphe Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird, Himalayan Goat and even the endangered Musk Deer. The view from Syangboche is truly awe inspiring with views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Tawache, Kusum Kangaru, Kwangde, Khumbila, etc.
After tea break at Everest View Hotel, descend down to the village of Khumjung for lunch, which is a quite sleepy Sherpa village offering great views of Mt. Amadablam. In the afternoon, visit the Monastery at Khumjung, there is what the Sherpas claim to be the scalp of a Yeti and Hillary School built by Sir Edmund Hillary. From Khumjung, (the largest village in Khumbu) proceed on to Khunde village and visit the hospital there.
The trail descends from Khumjung with chortens framing a dramatic view of Amadablam (6696 m) and Kangtaige (6779 m) flanked by the towering view of the Sagarmatha (Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse. Descend through the rhododendron forest and watching out for the blood pheasant and Imphayan pheasant in the undergrowth.
Descending down to Imja Khola (river) for a lunch stop at Phunki (3200m), next to several large water driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Thyangboche Monastery and one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kangtaiga and is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the Ama Dablam, and the Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline linking Nuptse and Lhotse. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Tamserku (6608m) and Kang Taiga (6685m). The duration of trek is 5 hours.
Am: After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu DurbarSquare) – an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.\
In addition also visit the Boudhanath Stupa – an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.
Pm: After lunch drive up to the Swayambhunath Stupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!
Eve: Group farewell dinner at nice restaurant in Thamel.
All transfers, sightseeing tours & drives as per itinerary in a private tourist vehicle accompanied by English speaking guide from Himalayan Holidays.
Welcome Garlands of seasonal flowers upon arrival.
3 nights stay at hotel (as above) in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including American breakfast and all taxes.
Nepali Welcoming Dinner at a Nepali authentic restaurant in Kathmandu.
Tea House Trek as per Itinerary including all meals, accommodation at Lodges and Tea Houses, and the service of English speaking trek leader and a team of experienced Sherpa assistant/s and a reliable porters.
Porterage tips to porters upon arrival and departures at the airport.
Sightseeing tours as per itinerary including applicable monumental entry fees
Sagarmatha National Park fees.
Services not Inclued
International airfares and airport departure taxes.
Nepal entry visa (US$25 per person
Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu (Quoted Seperately)
Items of a personal nature such as; laundry, bar bills, alcoholic beverages (except on welcome dinner), extra mileage, optional tours such as Mountain Flights, telephone calls, internet services, personal gratuities as tips to guides, bell-hops or hotel porters, drivers, etc.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation purpose.
Any items that are not mentioned in above the costs include section.