Everest Luxury lodges trek – Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m):
You will be meeting by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at Tibet International hotel (Breakfast).
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at Tibet International hotel or similar standard. (Breakfast).
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phakding (2652m):
An early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft takes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Khunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal.
During the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane.
After sorting out our gears, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikhaka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding, our night stop by the river. (3 to 4 hours walking), Overnight at Jo’s Garden Lodge or similar standard in Phakding (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 04: Day 04: Trek to Monjo (2,850m) - 3 to 4 hours walking:
On leaving Jo’s Garden lodge we follow the trail to the Dudh Kosi valley north and soon there is a good view of Thamserku(6,608m). After a walk uphill and over a ridge there is a traverse high above the river to Benkar, and a little further on we cross over a suspension bridge to the east bank of the Dudh Kosi to reach the small hamlet of Monjo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Monjo (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m) - 6 hours walking:
Today we trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu. You will now be becoming familiar with the local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks and spinning prayer wheels and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists in the Khumbu. Walking up to Namche Bazaar will be one of the harder days of the trek but we take it very easy and slowly. Walking slowly at altitude is the key to acclimatize so this will become the norm for the trek. Five minutes beyond the lodge, you enter into Everest National Park area, where entry formalities have to be completed and the scenery is stunning. We then follow the right bank of the river to where it starts to climb to the Hilary Bridge which is a tremendously impressive suspension bridge spanning a deep chasm. To reach Namche from here there is a long climb on a trail that zig zag and switchbacks up through the forest, but with a slow plod and several stops to catch our breath, we make our way steadily upward. Half way up there is a view point which will give us our first view of Everest. We then pass through another entry point and as we traverse the hill we get our first views of the capital of the Khumbu, Namche Bazaar, which is built on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. It really is an impressive sight of colorful houses and lodges and prayer flags. Namche is a busy and vibrant place as most treks pass through here. Later in the afternoon you will be free to explore the village and or visit the Sherpa Museum. Overnight at Namche Hotel in Namche (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
Day 06: Teshinga (3450m): Scenic day with easy walk:
This morning after a short, steep climb we leave Namche on the classic approach route to Everest which contours the hillside high above the Imja Khosi. Today’s walk continues to contour the hillside with short steep sections as it crosses over ridges. There are spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam (6,812m). Ama Dablam means ‘Mothers necklace’, the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of gods worn by Sherpa women. There is no doubt that the majestic Ama Dablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The lodge is located outside the village of Tashinga with views down the valley to Ama Dablam and Everest. Overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Tashinga (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 07: Teshinga - Day Excursion to Tengboche (3860m):
Looking across the valley, we can see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Tengboche. We begin today’s walk by descending down to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga, which lies beside the Dudh Kosi River. Here we cross a suspension bridge before beginning a climb with a steep ascent for about an hour. This part of the trek is quite heavily forested by rhododendron and pine so it is well shaded and quite cool. Once out of the forest line the trail gradient is quite gentle and gradual for another 1½ hours, all the way up to the monastery. The setting of Tengboche is nothing short of magical. It is a spectacular building and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. We will explore the surrounding area and visit the monastery. After lunch we will retrace our steps to Teshinga. (5-6 hours walking), overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Tashinga (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 08: Trek to Mende (3700m):
Leaving Teshinga lodge we retrace the trail to Namche Bazaar for about an hour until we detour off the main trail to Khumjung village (3770m). The path leads gently up the shallow valley and onto Khumjung, the education centre of Khumbu. If time permits we will visit the Khumjung monastery and Kunde hospital. Taking the high trail above Namche Bazaar, bypassing Shyangboche airport we head northwest. The valley ahead is extremely rugged but beautiful and as you wander along the forested track you might chance upon Monal pheasants or small herds of Thar. At the small village of Tesho, we turn off the main trail and make our way slowly up a closed valley. The last half hour climb to Mende will literally take your breath away, but with our gradual acclimatization over the past few days a steady pace and determination will get us to the top. (6-7 hours walking), overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Mende (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 09: Mende - Day Excursion to Thame (3801m):
About half an hour walk from the lodge is an old Tibetan trade route. This well-formed, wide path makes for a mostly easy walk all the way to the village of Thame. Thame retains many of its original buildings and culture and is perhaps one of the prettiest villages in the Khumbu Region. It has scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. We will visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house is situated near the top of the village where he lived with his first wife; in fact Thame is also the home of Nepal's most famous mountaineers: Ang Rita Sherpa (10 times Everest summiteers) and Apa Sherpa (20 times Everest summiteers). We will then retrace our steps back to Mende. (5-6 hours walking), overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Mende (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 10: Trek to Monjo:
Before starting descent back down to Monjo, we will first visit the Monastery, a 15-minute walk above Mende. The main temple is only 40 years old; it has a remarkable meditation room built beneath a huge rock, where people go on retreat for 3 years /3 months/3days. Until recently it was used as a meditation school for western Buddhist students. The friendly caretaker will be more than happy to serve butter tea and explain a little about the monastery. After Your visit you will retrace our route and continue to Phurte, from here we will take the lower trail to Namche. After three hours of easy walking we will arrive at Namche Bazaar for lunch. The rest of the descent to Monjo will be along the same route as on the way up. (5-6 hours walking), overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Monjo (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2880m):
Today we return trek to Lukla via a slightly different route so as to avoid walking through Phakding again. We take a trail high above and on the other side of the Dudh Kosi. Along the route we will stop for a visit at the old Gumila Monastery before we descend down to the main trail. After a short lunch break at Thada Kosi, at the base of the Kusum Kangru Himal, Continue for a further two hours or so before reaching Lukla. (5-6 hours walking), overnight at Everest Summit Lodge in Monjo (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu:
Today weather permitting, we pack up early and fly to Kathmandu (35-minute flight). Transfer to Kathmandu hotel. Evening dinner with culture show, overnight at Tibet international hotel or similar standard(breakfast).
Day 13: Kathmandu: Free day for relaxing, shopping and sightseeing. Overnight at Tibet International hotel or similar standard (breakfast).
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your flight departure.
Note: If the above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting, Bhutan tour, Tibet tour and 3 days wildlife safari in Nepal.
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