Trip Facts

Grade: Moderate
Daily Walk Duration: 3 - 7 hours
Altitude: Max. 5500m
Group Size: 1 - 10 Pax
Season: October to May

Description

It is one of most popular trekking destination since many decades. The most attraction is the chain of Great HIMALAYAN RANGE
including the world tallest mountain Mt. EVEREST 8850 meter.  From the 2nd day of trekking you will be in the Nepal’s first national park which was established in 1976 and is World Heritage site covering 1148 sq. km.  
It is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers, deep valleys and settlements of Sherpa people inhabited the region since 16th century and follows Tibetan Buddhist. They have been protecting the nature and culture in many ways with their true hardship.
 Since Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenjing Norgay Sherpa the first persons to set foot on the top of Mount Everest on 29th May, 1953, the constantly increasing numbers of tourists visiting the property has immensely boosted the local economy and standard of living with better health, education, and infrastructure facilities. In addition it is an attraction to educate the impacts of global warming and climate change on flora, fauna and Sherpa communities.
For the first two days we trek slowly, to aid acclimatization, heading north up the Dudh Kosi valley. Our route takes us through beautiful tracks of pine and rhododendron forest, with the peaks Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru soaring above the trail. It is the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar (3446m), the capital of the famous Khumbu Sherpa, where we are rewarded with spectacular mountain vistas. We allow a rest day here for acclimatization and there will be the option of short walks towards the Khumjung village.
From Namche, we follow the trail to the famous Thyangboche Monastery, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360- degree panorama of Himalayan giants is laid before us. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful spiritual location, surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world. We continue to Imja Khola valley of Upper Pangboche to Chukkung valley for excursion for acclimatization. Further to Gorakshep and Kala Pathar the highest view point we reach at 5550m.
During trekking, we use local lodges. Almost all the places have solar or local hydro power electricity available.  Even due to extreme climate,  facilities are improving with extra possible knowledge and hardship, during last few years.
 
NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.
Day 01-02: Fly to Lukla 45 minute flight. Meet with staff and start smooth trek to Phakding by crossing Dudh Khosi river. Next day continue trek, enter in Sagarmatha National Park and steep uphill to Namche Bazaar.
Day 03: Visit to Khumjung village which is at the foot of Sacred mountain, Khumbila, 5761m and to famous Hotel Everest View, Yeti’s skull kept at the monastery and Kunde hospital
Day 04-05: A steep trek with stunning views of Ama Dablam and traditional Sherpa villages at Phortse, Pangboche. Continue to glacial valley passing some of the Khumbu’s most beautifully carved Mani (prayer) stones to Dingboche (4360m).
Day 06: Excursion to Chukkung valley. the great south face of Lhotse on north, Amphu Laptsa pass at fluted ice walls, Ama Dablam on south. This hike is one of the highlights of trek.
Day 07: The trail climbs gradually to tiny settlement of Dughla (4620m) and to Lobuche (4930m). Impressive views of the sunset on Nuptse.
Day 08: The trail follows through glacier, moraine with a lot of possible difficulty to due to high altitude. Views of Kala Pathar (5550m) and Mt .Pumori, can be seen. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 09: Climb to Kala Pathar (Black rock) to have best view of Mt. Everest of west and south faces. This is certainly the best mountain viewpoints in the world. The climb is hard work, but offers the best.
Day 10-12: Return back to Dughla, Pangboche. Tengboche monastery at 3860 is another highlight of the trip, Namche for hot shower and to endless switch backs to the Dudh Khosi river to Lukla for final night.
Day 13: End of Sherpa village trek of Sherpa land, enjoying Sherpa Culture by giving Sherpa Smile. Flight back to Kathmandu.

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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