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Everest trek in Luxury lodges
Trip Destination: Everest Region
Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
Highest Altitude: 3860m
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
Total Days: 15 Days
Trip Cost: USD 3700
This trip is perfect for those wishing to experience the Everest region's spectacular landscape without going to altitude extremes and whilst maintaining home comforts. This luxury trek is a perfect introduction to the Everest Khumbu area, the most famous region in the entire Himalaya. We visit Sherpa villages and Tengboche monastery, which offers views of Mt. Everest rising behind the Lhotse-Nuptse wall and other surrounding peaks.
Flying in from Kathmandu we descend amid an incredible mountain landscape to the remote yet bustling mountain airstrip at Lukla. From here we spend ten days trekking from luxury lodge to luxury lodge.
This trek provides the highest standards of accommodation in the region, featuring electricity, comfortable heated rooms, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and western styled flush toilets. We walk five to six hours a day, visiting the main Sherpa villages and enjoying excellent views.
Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Boutique Hotel.
Evening dinner with Nepali cultural show.
Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur.
Morning: Bhaktapur is a medieval city 13 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is a world heritage sight of village life.
Afternoon trek briefing and hiring or purchasing of required equipment for the trek.
Evening Tibetan set dinner.
Flight to Lukla
A spectacular mountain flight to Lukla, 2800 meters. We proceed towards our first night stop Monjo. It is about 2 hours to Phakding 2,652m where you will probably stop for lunch. First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikhirka. You will encounter porters, sherpas, trekkers and the common beast of burden, the dzo, then the path contours the mountainside, past lodges and the small hamlets of Ghat 2,490m and Chuthrawa 2,591m. The trail takes you past large stones carved and painted with prayers, a couple of large new suspension bridges and under large cliffs with trickling waterfalls. From Phakding it is another 2 or 3 hours to Monjo 2,835m. Monjo, is a picturesque small village comprising about 25 houses and located at a small, narrow valley at the base of the peak, Thamserku 6,608m and Kaysaro. It is also at the junction between the Thamserku & Dudh Kosi kholas and is just on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
DAY WALK FROM MONJO.
Monjo, 2835m is a picturesque small village comprising about 25 houses and located at a small, narrow valley at the base of the peak, Thamserku 6608m and Kaysaro. It is also at the junction between the Thamserku & Dudh Koshi khola and is just on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park. Today, to help you acclimatise, your Expert Trek Leader will take you on a day walk to Thakcho Hill, which lies a little above 3000m. From this vantage point the views of the Kongde Ri, Thamserku and the Numbur Himal are quite spectacular. The total excursion should take about 4 hours.
Overnight Monjo Everest Summit Lodge
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m).
This will be one of the harder days physically on your trek so you will have to take it slowly. The path itself is full of interesting sights. Not least of these will be your first view of Everest as you get higher up the trail. It is 15 minutes to the Everest National Park boundary from the lodge and the scenery is vastly impressive, with deep gorges, bare vertical rock faces, pine forests on some steep slopes and waterfalls. There are several tremendously impressive suspension bridges, on the trail. The path then zigzags up through the forest where trees pack themselves in between giant boulders and cliffs. you may well sYe small herds of Himalayan Tahr, a small deer-like animal, if you are lucky.
When you pull into Namche Bazaar,eventually, you will note that its’ Sherpa houses are built one above the other on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. The narrow ‘high street’ at its centre are a mixture of cyber cafés souvenir shops and places where you can rent/buy any piece of equipment under the sun. Namche is a bustling hub of everything that goes on in the Everest region. All expeditions pass through here on their way to the peaks.
Overnight Namche Hotel or similar lodge.
TREK TO TASHINGA (3360m).
It is only a short trek, less than 2 hours, to Tashinga, on the classic route towards Everest. First you have the steep pull up the hill out of Namche to the national Park HQ (good views of Everest here). Then the path is more or less level as it winds its way around the mountainsides. Before it drops down the hill to the river before Thyangboche, and after a couple of lodges, the path breaks off to the small hamlet of Tashingna. Overnight Tashinga Lodge.
TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3873m), return to TASHINGA.
You will be able to see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Thyangboche, but first you have to descend to the river. This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zigzags to the Dudh Koshi River. Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff (10,498ft/3,200m). A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga. It is about 2 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace. At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade, and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery. Emerging at the top, there is a gateway and a huge Chorten which you pass before your first sight of the Gompa. Return to Tashinga for the night.
TREK TO MONG LA (3960m), return to TASHINGA.
You will be able to climb up the hillside to reach the main path coming over from Namche Bazaar to Phortse, behind the lodge. Your object today is to climb to the small pass, the Mong La. There are a couple of pleasant quality lodges and very large chorten and prayer flags, at the pass. The
views from here are absolutely magical, particularly of Ama Dablam (6856m). It is a steep climb to the pass from Tashinga with a height gain of approximately 700m. However, the distance is not great and this walk should only take 3 hours or so. You can also look across to the beautiful village of Phortse from the pass. Return to Tashinga Everest Summti Lodge in the afternoon.
TREK VIA KHUMJUNG AND KHUNDE TO MENDE (3,738m). 5 hrs.
You will trek by the villages of Khumjung and Khunde, across the top of Namche Bazaar and then up the Nangpo Tsangpo valley to the new lodge at Mende. Leaving Tashingna Lodge you contour on a small path to reach the main trail leading to Khumjung, approximately one hour. The path leads gently up the shallow valley and Khumjung itself is another village built into a mountain bowl. The villages are surrounded by mountains and regular patterned terraced fields. The village of Khunde is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical centre instigated by The Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Take time also to visit the Edmund Hillary School. There is a bakery and a cyber café here.
Leaving Khumjung there is a short climb out of the valley and the path then descends towards Namche You take the high level path across the top of the township, turning the corner to head north again. The valley ahead is beautiful and you wander along the thickly forested track or in the open with wonderful views. You may see Monal pheasant or small herds of Himalayan Tahr. You come to the small village of Phurte after about an hour of having turned above Namche Bazaar where there is a Sir Edmund Hillary forestry project. The path continues quite easily and rounding a corner you look down at the small hamlet of Tshro. You now turn off the main trail and make your way slowly up a closed valley. This valley is closed off by the holy peak of Khumbu Yul Lha (5,761m). As you move up to the head of the valley you come to one or two lone houses and small fields and then you will cross the river before climbing steeply up the hillside to the hamlet at Mende. This lodge has a commanding position and very fine views and once reached you will feel the effort has been worth it.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
TREK TO THAME (3,801m), RETURN TO MENDE 5 hrs.
A small path contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Thamo and Thomde. After 30 to 45 minutes, you connect with the Tibetan trade route and may meet Tibetan people who come over the Nangpa La (5,716m) to trade in Namche Bazaar. The path, is well formed and wide. The path then descends to a bridge over a narrow fissure with water roaring below. There are large wall paintings of Guru Padmasambhava. The path up to Thame requires a very determined final push! (Time to Thame about 2 hrs). Zig zagging across ancient moraine you come to a lovely stream with inviting pools on the left. Suddenly there is the village of Thame, one of the prettiest villages on this trek. There are scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. It is worth the walk up to the monastery if you have the energy.
The walk up to the monastery (3,940m), which being over 600 years old is one of the four oldest in this region, takes about one hour. There are cells for the monks, piles of mani stones and a couple of chained up Tibetan mastiffs. The walk back to Mende in fact now only takes about an hour as it is mostly downhill, but you could opt to take the higher level traverse to visit another interesting monastery where Guru Rinpoche meditated.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
TREK TO MONJO LODGE 4 hrs
The 30 minute steep walk up to the Laudo monastery above Mende is highly recommended. The main temple is only 40 years old and was used until recently as a school for Western Buddhists. It has a remarkable meditation room built underneath a huge rock. The main temple is also beautiful, the main figure being Chenrizig, the Buddha of Compassion, and there is a full set of Buddha's works. From Mende you will return to the lovely lodge at Monjo. There will be time for a short stop in Namche to do some last minute shopping before making the descent to Monjo. You'll cross the Edmund Hillary Bridge and will soon be in the familiar surroundings of the Monjo Lodge.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
TREK VIA GUMILA MONASTERY TO LUKLA (9,000ft/2,743m) 5 hrs.
The trek back to Lukla will pass through the village of Phakding where you’ll have a chance to view the monastery at Gumila above Phakding. Within the monastery reside a few monks from the Gelukpa Sect. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route. From here we will retrace your steps back to Lukla.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
Farewell and flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your city hotel
Free day in Kathmandu with option of sightseeing. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Kathmandu. International departure.
My first time outdoor trekking, thank u so much... I enjoyed my trip from the start to the end. It was hard for me during the first week to adapt to Nepal, especially in the mountains but you and your boys have made me so determined to come here again. You are not just a guide but have become my good friend. I learned a lot from you while in Nepal. I am fascinated by your stamina and ability to climb throughout the trip...I will miss Nepal... especially your musical songs. It was great to see such talent in your team. I will definitely recommend my friends to you, don't worry... It was a great 3 weeks with you once again.
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