Trek Highlights

  • The trekking trail between comfort lodges of Everest region leads through picturesque Nepalese villages with spectacular backdrops of the Khumbu and the Everest region.
  • Views the colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries along the way
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
  • Thrilling and scenic Himalayan flight to Tensing Hillary Airport at Lukla
  • Visit the oldest monastery of Pangboche and Thame.
  • Enjoy view of Khumbu Region Mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8393m).
  • Explore and observe the ethnic Sherpa villages, along with their local culture, arts and traditions.
  • Encounter with blue sheep, yaks, Tibetan snow cocks and many more fauna.

Trek Overview

This Everest lodge trek is an ideal way to explore Nepal without undertaking sturdy terrains and going to extreme altitudes, whilst maintaining comfort and savoring amazing views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of the ‘Himalayas’. This trek is perfect for those wishing to experience the Everest region and also for those seeking for holidaying experience

To look into the heart of the villages of these people we offer an exceptional trek featuring a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions. This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks

Apart from natural scenery and mountain views, Mani Rimdu festival is one of the major highlights of this trek. It is a traditional festival observed in Solukhumbu and the ceremony is performed at the monasteries in Tengboche, Chiwang and Thame. This sacred ceremonies is held for nineteen days; culminating in a 3-day public festival

During this festival, Lamas and monks dress in colorful attire with elaborate masks and present ritual dances to stage the victory of Buddhism over Bon.

 The festival falls in autumn season between mid-October and mid-November month. According to the Tibetan calendar, it is held on the tenth Lunar month.

 

Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Stay overnight in hotel of Kathmandu.

     

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Highlights

    • UNESCO Heritage sites
  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35 mins spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching at Lukla we meet our crew of cooks and porter and set off our hike to Phakding following ridge on the left bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding . Stay overnight in lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and mani wall
    • Splendid backdrops of Kusumkang, Kongde Mountain.
  4. Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today we will leave Phakding behind and climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ and town of Sherpa Ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Cross 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
  5. Day 05: Namche – Tashinga (3,450m/11,318ft) - 5hrs walk

    Today after breakfast, we leave Namche on the trail contouring the hillside high above the Imja Koshi; there are amazing views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam also known as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. We will reach Tashinga and refresh ourselves in the lodge with views down the valley. We will stay the night here in the lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Incredible views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and Ama Dablam
    • Bird’s eye view of valley from Tashinga
    • Pass numerous prayer flags and mani stones and chortens.
    • Follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Imja Koshi
  6. Day 06: Tashinga – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) - 6hrs hike

    Today we will trek to our final destination towards this direction as we will be returning downwards from there. The trail descends steeply down the DudhKoshi River, where we will cross the river and continue to Phunki Thang and climb through rhododendron forest until we reach Tangboche by late morning. Tengboche monastery is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and home to the abbot and about 80 monks and novices following Nyingmapa Buddhism, the predominant Sherpa sect.  Explore the area and its awesome panoramic views of the Himalayan giants and Everest before making the descent to Imja Khola River and the lovely village of Pangboche for accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • Walk through shaded forest of rhododendron trees.
    • Visit Tangboche monastery
    • Enjoy the view of Everest
    • Stay at picturesque Pangboche village
  7. Day 07: Exploration and rest day at Pangboche

     Today we take rest or explore Pangboche; the village is inhabited mainly by Sherpas, and Sungdare Sherpa, a native of the village. After breakfast we can start exploring around. It is worth walking to Upper Pangboche to visit the gompa and also walk to the viewpoint. If you are feeling energetic then you could walk towards Ama Dablam Base Camp, this is an opportunity to get off the main Everest Base Camp trail and explore a quieter area in the Khumbu below one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. We will stay the night here.

    Highlights:

    • Visit Pangboche monastery
    • Enjoy views of majestic mountains from the viewpoint of Pangboche.
  8. Day 08: Pangboche – Tashinga (3,450m/11,318ft)- 6hrs hike

    Today we descend towards Tashinga but through another trail, along the way back we cross the Mengbo and the Dudh Koshi rivers to the quiet trail on the other side. The panoramic vista with old stone houses and the absence of the usual trekkers along the way is bliss until you reach Tengboche.

    From here follow the normal trail back to Tashinga. We will stay the night at Tashinga.

    Highlights:

    • Pass through picturesque villages
    • Walk through tranquil trails
    • May spot native musk deer and pheasants
  9. Day 09: Tashinga - Mende(3,700m/12,193ft)- 7hrs hike

    Up to this point we have been heading towards Everest base camp on the main trail. While, we head back towards Lukla by a different trail via Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung.

     Khumjung is the site of the first school built by Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. . We visit the village gompa above the village and will have the chance to see the infamous ‘yeti scalp’. After lunch, we continue our walk towards our next destination, Mende. At the small village of Tshro we turn off the main trail to Thame and follow a small but steep path to Mende. We will spend the night at Mende.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the Khumjung monastery
    • Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains like Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kang Taiga, Kusum Kangru and Khumbila at Mende.
  10. Day 10: Day hike to Thame (3,750m/12,303ft)- 5hrs hike

    Today we trek to the beautiful village of Thame. It is less visited than the main trail to Everest base camp. Thame is at the end part of Khumbu Valley and representation value of Thame is its landscape and the people which are untouched by the effects of modern society.

    We will visit pristine Thame village after walk about 6 hours.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the monastery located above the village of Thame
    • Walk through hand – carved Mani stones.
    • Thame village is known as the village of Snow Leopard and on our return to Mende we take time to explore the small but impressive Karag Monastery near Thamo
  11. Day 11: Mende – Monjo (2,850m/9,351ft)- 6 hrs hike

    Following the same trail back up to Phurte and then going towards Namche, after few hours of easy trekking we will reach Namche for lunch and continue the trek descending easily until we reach Monjo for accommodation. 

    Monjo comes in between after we cross Dudh Kosi from Jorsalle and before we cross it again at Benkar.

    Highlights:

    • Traverse DudhKoshi (Milky River)
  12. Day 12: Monjo – Lukla approx 5hrs hike- 6 hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trek and today’s the last day of our trek. The return trek to Lukla follows an isolated different trail so as to avoid trekking the same trail through Phakding again.

     Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dudh Kosi, we visit the old Gumila monastery before descending down to the main trail. Taking a meal break at Thada Kosi we again continue descending and within 2 hours we will be inbounding Lukla for overnight.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the old Gumila monastery
  13. Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight

    We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek. Stay overnight in hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Scenic flight to Kathmandu
  14. Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own.  Stay overnight in Hotel.

  15. Day 15: Fly Back Home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

     

     

Fast Facts

  • Thrilling and scenic Himalayan flight to Tensing Hillary Airport at Lukla
  • Explore Sherpa culture and lifestyle
  • Spectacular view of Khumbu Region Mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8393m).
  • Rare wildlife habitat such as snow leopard, Himalayan bear, Himalayan goral, red panda, Himalayan Tahr 
  • Likely to encounter with  blue sheep, yaks, Tibetan snow cocks , Lophophorous
  • Mount Everest is the home of “black jumping spider”. It has been found at altitudes as high as 6700 meters above sea level.
  • Major plants that are found including birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, wild rose, rhododendron, and hemlock etc.
  • Various  types high elevation mushroom and herbal plants also found in Everest base camp trek route. 
  • The home of Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti.
  • Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhist culture is everywhere throughout the region
  • Visit horseshoe-shaped Namche Bazaar

What's Included

  • Airport transfers, 
  • Four nights Hotel**** in Kathmandu with breakfast 
  • Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,  
  • National park fee, trek permit, 
  •  Accommodation in luxury lodges along the trek on full board, 
  • Staff wages and insurance. 
  • Trek guide and porters.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
  • Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag

 Cost: US$ 2,635 per person (min 2 pax)
            US$ 910 for single room supplement

What's not Included

  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned, 
  • Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
  • Beverages, 
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • Visas, 
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or
  •  Tips

Reviews

Just a note to let you know everything turned out perfectly on our Nepal Trip.  All members of our group were absolutely delighted.  You and Prashant were very professional and made all arrangements for us on schedule and did all transfers perfectly.  

We had no waiting.  We met our Sherpa guide at the hotel and he flew with us to Lukla where we met the rest of the crew and were off on the trail in minutes.  Lakpa, the guide, was very entertaining and was with us at all times in case we had any questions.  

The Lodges were really great, and the food way beyond our expectations.  We ate everything and stayed healthy. 

The two teen Rai porters were very congenial and smiling and quick to join in for a group picture.  They usually got to the destinations way ahead of the rest of us, and then ran down to assist anyone who found that their daypack was getting heavier!

 All in all a great trip and you are to congratulated for running such a smoothly oiled operation ( with the exception of the London Post, over which you probably have little control)  So far I have traveled with many of adventure trip operators from the US, and I must say you’ve topped the high standard in the adventure travel industry.  All of our group is in agreement.  Again we cannot praise our guide, Lakpa Sherpa too highly since he was there to meet our every need and answer our every question.   

If you have any clients who would like to speak to me about our experience you can have them contact me at this email and I would be glad to contact them by phone.  

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Robert S. Weiner , U.S.A

“Just a note to let you know everything turned out perfectly on our Nepal Trip.  All members of our group were absolutely delighted.  You and Prashant were very professional and made all arrangements for us on schedule and did all transfers perfectly.  

We had no waiting.   Lakpa, the guide, was very entertaining and was with us at all times in case we had any questions.  The Lodges were really great, and the food way beyond our expectations.  We ate everything and stayed healthy.

 I asked if I could take a run up to Ama Dablam Base Camp from Pangbouche and Phouri, who functioned as an assistant guide went up there with me in 2 1/2 hrs and we got invited into almost every mess tent for coffee.  We then went back to Tashinga by the more direct route, while the girls took a longer route.  

The two teen Rai porters were very congenial and smiling and quick to join in for a group picture. They usually got to the destinations way ahead of the rest of us, and then ran down to assist anyone who found that their daypack was getting heavier!  

All in all a great trip and you are to congratulated for running such a smoothly oiled operation ( with the exception of the London Post, over which you probably have little control)  So far I must say you’ve topped the high standard in the adventure travel industry.  Our entire group is in agreement.

 Again we cannot praise our guide, Lakpa Sherpa too highly since he was there to meet our every need and answer our every question.   

 

100
Robert & Linda Weiner ,

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