This is presumably a most popular trek in the Khumbu region for anyone who wishes to enjoy the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas in a special way while also enjoying an easy trek as the maximum elevation gained in this trek is 3870 meters only and as the name suggest the panoramic views of the Himalayas of Nepal including Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest are beautifully observed.
This 12-day trip begin from Kathmandu with cultural tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and then from Lukla, trekking through the sub- tropical Pine and Rhododendron forests to Namche Bazaar (3440 mt. above the sea level) the hometown of the Sherpas, and reaching to the Tengboche Gumba which is situated at 3,867 m and is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. There are more cultural experiences on this trek and unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative and transferred to your Hotel. If arrive early mid-day is free to venture around the city close to your hotel. Introduction meeting at the hotel in the evening.
Ater breakfast, We will have a full day guided cultural tour to three of the famous UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will first visit; the stupa of Swayambhunath (Moneky Temple) with its all-seeing eyes is perched on top of a hillock overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the best example of the religious harmony of Nepal where both Hindus and Buddhists flock to pay their homage. This Buddhist shrine is considered to be over 2000 years old. It is interesting to visit the temple in the early morning when devotees flock the temple for their morning worship. The front access to the temple has 365 steps leading to the top and each step represents a day of the year. We take an alternate route with a drive to the top and a 5 minutes climb to the temple.
It is a 30 minutes drive to Patan, Once, an independent and mighty kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley, Patan became a melting pot of two influential religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The pious Krishna (Hindu) temple, which rests in the middle of the town; into the very own town, whose entire city's architecture was dedicated to the philosophy of the Buddhist Dharma-Chakra (Wheel of Righteousness) molds Patan, to this date, as a glorious city of culture, religion, art, and heritage. [Lunch at Patan]
From Patan, It is about 30 minutes drive to Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of Bagmati River also considered the holiest cremation ground for Hindus. The existence of Pashupatinath temple dates back to 400 B.C. and is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. The main temple is built in Nepalese pagoda style having four main doors all covered with sheets and covered by copper roofs of gold plating. It comprises of 264 hectars of land including 518 ancient temples and monuments and is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the “Pashupati Bagmati Aarati” which usually starts at 6:00 PM. The Bagmati river divides the temple into two sides, with the main Pashupatinath Temple being on one side and the location of this Aarati on the other.
After early breakfast, we drive to domestic airport to catch a plane to Lukla (9,184ft). In this 40 minutes flight, we enjoy magnificent views of hillside surrounded by great mountainous peaks.
Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we meet our other crew members and after final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat. The trail follows the right bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons. Lunch will be served in Lukla or on the way.
After breakfast, we continue our trek along the river crossing it at different points by means of wooden bridges at Benkar (2,713 meters), Jorsale (2,804 meters) and two Hillary bridges at the confluence of the Bhotekosi and Dudhkosi Rivers and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, the entrance to Everest National Park. And then, it is an uphill climb of over 304 meters towards Namche Bazaar, the biggest Sherpa village in Nepal. There are shops, a health clinic, and banks. From Namche Bazaar, if the weather permits, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
A day to relax and acclimatize. There is an option of 2 hours hike to Everest View Point or just take a look around Namche Bazaar, the main Centre of the Khumbu region that has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can also visit the Sherpa Museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.
Today’s adventure begins with ascend to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Simply over the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel from where we can have a very close perspective view of the mighty Everest. We keep trekking to Khumjung village which is surrended by Kondge, Thamserku and the sacred mountain Khumbila. While here, we visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Khumjung.
Today we walk downhill to Dudhkoshi River and pass through some beautiful settlement on the way. We go through the forest trail which will take us to a riverbed. Then, we hike for around two more hours through pine and fir forests to reach beautiful village of Tengboche, which is also a home to the famous Tengboche Gumba situated at 3,867 m and is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. We visit the Monastery and enjoy a breath taking panoramic view of the Great Himalayas, including Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest. Overnight in Tengboche.
From Tengboche, a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m will take us through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. We continue on our trail and pass Tashinga and Sansa villages before reaching Kyangjuma. While here, we get to appreciate spectacular views of Ama-dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Overnight in Kyangjuma.
We have to reach Namche Bazaar first then continue to Monjo. The trail clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep an eye for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc. when passing through a forest trail. A steep descent takes us to a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the river twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo.
The trail descends steeply before it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. On the way we pass Phakding and Chopling villages. The climb from Chauri Kharka is the final climb of the trek. As the local staff you met in Lukla will not be accompanying you to Kathmandu, today is last day you celebrate your accomplishment together. Overnight in Lukla.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! After Breakfast, Free till departure transfer to the airport to connect with the onward flight. Return home to tell the tale of legendary adventure
Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture, Panoramic view of Mt. Everest
Breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
4 Star hotels in Kathmandu. Tea House Lodge during the trek
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