The aim of this trek is to give a taste of the Himalayas and the local Sherpa life in these mountains. You trek to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazar or Khhumjung where you will be treated to superb views of the 8000metre peaks. As standard the trek begins with a 35min scenic flight to Lukla and follows the main Everest trail along the Dudh Koshi (River of Milk) before gradually climbing through forest of rhododendron and magnolia, pine forest, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries. Visiting the main central hub of the area Namche Bazaar located at 3,440 meters and known as the gateway to the high Himalayas. The village has many hotels and shops where one can make their stay more enjoyable and find anything required for trekking. In the rest day in Namche Bazaar one can make an excursion to the small air steep to Shyangboche and can visit a Everest view hotel from where you can get a close up view of the world’s greatest mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku, Tawache and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.
On arriving at the Kathmandu international airport you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will welcome you and assist in your transfer to a hotel. They will be available for any questions along the way and will make sure you have the chance to refresh before briefing you on the upcoming trek.
The day begins with an early morning wakeup call as you need to catch the first flight to Lukla (2886m). Where on arrival you will have the chance for breakfast at one of the local hotels before setting off on your trek to Phakding (2640 m) village just several hours walk along the trail. This consists of a gentle climb along a stone path trail the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Along the way you can get your first up close look at the first peak of Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in a stone throw distance on the opposite bank before aiming to reach Phakding in the late afternoon.
Breakfast will be taken on your first real day of the trek in the guesthouse you have stayed in and then you begin the trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi with Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank till you reach Bengar. Where it then starts to climb from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa before continuing along the trail with many ups and downs before crossing a stream and passing the tiny village of Monjo. Where you come to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be paid which your guide will take care of. From here it’s a short walk along the river bed of this V-shaped valley where the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi (rivers) meet each other. Here it’s time to cross the Hillary suspension bridge and begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. Along this particular stretch there is the chance to have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m) before reaching Namche Bazar (3440m) a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Today it’s advisable to take an acclimatisation day and this is the best place because there are a number of things you can do. A trip to the Khhumjung monastery, visit the small settlement of Sherpa community and enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on from here. Here it’s an ideal time to prepare for the coming days on the trek.
After breakfast the trek leads towards the Thame village at the end of the Khumbu valley. During the day you will be walking past a large array of prayer flags, Chorten and carved Mani stones before reaching the Thame Sherpa
village of Thame. It’s worth spending a little time in the village as it still remains relatively untouched by the effects of modern civilisation and here you will spend the night.
Breakfast at Thame before you head back to Khhumjung (3780m.) by first climbing up to the Shyangboche airstrip just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Before following the trail right the way to Khhumjung where you will stay overnight.
A leisurely breakfast at the tea house before setting off to Tyangboche situated at 3860m. Where on the way you can take some time out to visit the famous Tyangboche Gompa which is situated at (4100m) from where you would also have a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Everest and other peaks.
It’s all downhill from here so it’s an early morning start as the aim is to reach Jorsalle (Thumbug) at 2830m. Where on arrival you will find several lodges along the main street of Jorsalle where you will spend the night. Jorsalle is best known for its main street and the fact you have to make many detours around wandering cows and groups of porters hanging around the main street.
The plan is to leave early in the morning as you spend hike at a relaxing pace because it’s your last day on the trek. The trail ascends & descends along the way until you meet the confluence of two rivers- the Bhote Koshi from the west and Dudh Koshi from the east. Where you cross the Dudh Koshi and follow the river along to Lukla where you spend the night.
Up early the next day to catch the early morning flight to KTM where on arrival you will be met by a member of the team who will help you transfer to the hotel. This should all be done by late morning so you will have time to rest before heading out for a shopping trip in the afternoon for souvenirs.
A common sight on the trail
A standard tea house on the Everest trek
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