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Everest family holiday in Nepal
Trip Destination: Everest Region
Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
Highest Altitude: Thyangboche 3860m
Grade: Moderate / Strenuous
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
Total Days: 11 Days
Trip Cost: USD 1400 per person
Trip Code: FET-DN
A short, scenic trek in the Khumbu Valley to see Everest and the mighty Himalaya
On this carefully designed holiday, you can experience the beauty and rich history of the Everest region on a six-day trek. You start in Kathmandu, with time to explore the many markets and colourful Buddhist and Hindu temples.
The Everest Valley
A short flight takes you to Lukla and the start of your trek in the Everest valley. Setting off on trek, you’re soon immersed in one of the world’s most magnificent mountain landscapes.
Staying in locally run tea-houses along the way, you walk to the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar. There’s time for an acclimatisation (rest!) day, before continuing to the celebrated monastery of Thyangboche, for incredible views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and, of course, Everest!
Day to Day Itinerary
Kathmandu After your flight, you transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Today your Group Leader will brief you on relevant aspects of the trek and make sure your family is set for the challenging days ahead. The evening is free to dine at one of Kathmandu’s many excellent restaurants. Hotel - 2 nights (Swimming pool)
Kathmandu After breakfast you’ll see some of the spectacular sights of Kathmandu during a full-day guided city tour. Out towards the edge of town you’ll visit Swayambunath, a 2000 year old stupa (shrine) set on a hill as well as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The eyes on the stupa follow you as you walk around it, turning the prayer wheels as you go. There’s plenty of time to do your own thing or to buy any last-minute items for the trek. The city itself is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic produce and a bewildering mix of people. You’re likely to see Gurkhas from the area east of Pokhara, proud Tibetan women in their striped aprons, traders from India and sadhus, the Hindu holy men who are perhaps on a pilgrimage to one of the countless ‘power places’ (shrines or temples) of the valley. The afternoon is left free for you to explore at your own leisure and your Group Leader will advise of any optional sightseeing such as a flight over Everest or a trip to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. (B)
Scenic flight to Lukla Early in the morning you transfer to the airport to board your flight. This sometimes involves some waiting so remember to pack a book in your daypack. Once up and away your destination on this breathtaking flight is the Sherpa village of Lukla, perched above the Dudh Koshi ('River of Milk' - so named because glacier melt water makes it appear pale). Years ago, Lukla meaning 'place for sheep', was a herding pasture but it is now the gateway to the Everest region and many trekkers pass through this prosperous village. On arrival in Lukla you begin your trek by heading downward on the trail to Phakding. Here you will immediately notice the difference between the Newari people of the Kathmandu Valley and the local Sherpa people who migrated from Tibet 500 years ago. They dress very similarly to the Tibetans and in language are closely related. Along the trail are mani, stone walls made from hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly coloured paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and believe that they gain merit in their next life by praying as they go past. As a sign of respect to the local people you must always pass these in a clockwise direction. Tea-houses - 6 nights (B)
Day 4 -8
Everest Trek From your first night’s stop, the trail follows the river through stands of pine and oak until Jorsale, where the track starts to rise and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees predominate. Here you start up the famous Namche Hill - your first big ascent – where you take a slow, steady pace. This is an excellent place to learn to walk from the masters - your porters. Their ability to climb such hills with enormous loads is mainly due to technique and following them allows you to learn the rhythm that makes each ascent seem almost effortless. Best of all, Namche Hill allows you your first view of Everest up the valley to the north. At the top you reach Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa ‘capital’. It is also an important trading centre for the local people. A rest and acclimatisation day is spent here allowing you time to sightsee and soak up the local atmosphere. Leaving Namche, the mountain views start to open as you approach the holy ground of Thyangboche and its wonderful gompa (monastery) where the Rimpoche (Lama Reincarnate) resides. This is the traditional site for mountaineering expeditions to receive their blessing from the High Lama but from a trekker's point of view Thyangboche is the place where one of the best mountain panoramas can be found: Kwangde, Tawoche, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest loom above. The final two days on trek are spent retracing your steps to Lukla. The first day involves around five to six hours walking to Monjo (2840m), the second around five hours back to Lukla. The continuous descent allows you to do this surprisingly quickly. You spend your last evening in this beautifully atmospheric village and will probably enjoy a celebratory party in one of the lodges. )
Return to Kathmandu Early in the morning you take off from Lukla’s short, steep airstrip for the return mountain flight to Kathmandu. From the airport, you transfer to your hotel, leaving the rest of the day and tomorrow free for personal exploration. Roam around the Thamel area if you’re looking for bargains, try out some of the many restaurants in the city, or simply relax at the hotel and reflect on the previous week's trek. Hotel - 2 nights )
RRaj organised and led a trek on the Everest Trail for me and my family. From conception to execution, the whole trip was fantastic. It was challenging enough for the kids, without being overwhelming for them. Raj and his team did us proud. Despite a pretty arduous and full on walking experience, our kids all rated the holiday 9/10 - a relief to their parents and a tribute to Raj. I highly recommend Raj if you are thinking of trekking in Nepal or Tibet."
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