It was inevitable that the resourceful Sherpa people would upgrade the traditional mountain lodge to near hotel standard, providing a service and quality of experience that would attract those who really don’t want to rough it to be amongst the most spectacular and famous mountains in the world. In stunning locations, these new lodges are beautifully designed, combining traditional stone and wood-carving crafts with excellent facilities - en-suite bathrooms at 13,000ft. The trek itself takes a very leisurely pace (with side options to stimulate the most eager clients) to the most beautiful unspoiled valleys and viewpoints of the Everest foothills. Up the wonderful Dudh Kosi valley, we visit the famous Namche Bazaar market, on the way to our closest view of Everest (of many) from Thyangboche monastery, the most important in Khumbu. We visit real Sherpa villages like Khumjung with its stunning view of Ama Dablam, on the way to the gorgeous Nangpo valley, entirely unspoiled, off the tourist trail and rich with wildlife, and the stunningly located monasteries of Mende and Thame.
What is included in the tour
- 4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu in (BB) basis
- All airport transfers as per the itinerary
- Airfare: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Airfare for guide
- Domestic airport tax for guest and 1 guide
- All necessary permits e.g. Everest National Park etc.
- Peak permits for Lobuche East and Island Peak
- Service of Sherpa
- Climbing equipment for Sherpa
- Garbage deposit fee
- Full board during climbing period
- All camping equipment, climbing instructors and kitchen staff
- High altitude insurance policy coverage for climbing guide and staff
- Accommodation during Trekking
- Porter (maximum 30kg luggage per porter)
- Insurance for Nepali staff (Trekking Guide and Porter)
- Fully loaded medical kit box
- Trekking Duffle Kit Bag
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
- Personal climbing and trekking gears
- Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc.
- Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)
- Gratuities for staff
- Expenses caused due to unforeseen circumstances
- Services not mention herein
- Scenic mountain flight to Lukla (one of the highest and interesting airport).
- Sherpa home town and learn an amazing culture and tradition.
- Amazing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many more.
- Visit an ancient and the most important Tengboche Monastery of Everest region.
- Trekking to base of world’s highest mountain Everest.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft
Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu. (BB)
Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites:
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Baghmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB).
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu – Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at Lukla. (Full Board)
An early start to transfer to the domestic airport for one of the most thrilling experience of flying to the dramatic airfield at Lukla where we are immediately in amongst the peaks. There is no need to walk today, just relax at the first of our excellent lodges and adjust to the change in altitude (and pace of life!). Our Sherpa leader takes care of everything, checking us into our comfortable en-suite rooms. Guide will happily take us for a gentle stroll in the afternoon. Most standard treks do not have overnight here. But on this trek we have our first night at this level, taking it very easy, and acclimatizing perfectly before we go on. O/N in Lodge at Lukla
Day 04: Lukla – Monzo: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at Phakding. (Full Board)
After our first night at this height we are now in fine fettle for our first leisurely day’s walk. This is an easy introduction to the trek up the beautiful Dudh Kosi river valley, passing huge carved Mani stones and prayer wheel shrines typical of this wonderful Sherpa Buddhist country. The morning is more or less level, even a little downhill initially to our lunch stop at Phakding (2650m). In the short afternoon walk through blue pine and rhododendron forests we very gradually gain some height, through small villages with the peaks of Kongde Ri ahead and Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku up the side valleys on the right. There are excellent new metal suspension bridges on which we cross several times, giving great views up and down river. We will see many dzopkio, as the Sherpas call the yak-cow cross predominant at this level - a splendid beast that can both carry and give milk. We reach Monzo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, tonight’s luxury lodge situated amongst terraced gardens just above the village. O/N in Lodge at Monzo
Day 05: Monzo - Namche Bazaar: 3440m/11283ft, Lunch at Namche. (Full Board)
Entering the National Park, we cross the river and back, at the foot of increasingly spectacular scenery: great rock faces with long waterfalls, tall pine forests high overhead. We make our way up to the original steel suspension bridge, Hillary Bridge, at the confluence of the Imam and Nangpa rivers which form the mighty Dudh Kosi, and then start the long gradual climb up the Namche hill. The path is good and wide, zig-zagging at an even ascent through these beautiful forested slopes. This is the habitat of the Himalayan Tahr, and we have every chance of seeing groups of these big curved horned deer grazing in amongst the rhododendrons. We have plenty of time, all day if necessary, to take our own pace up the hill and enjoy the unfolding views particularly of the sheer many water fall flanks of Kongde RI across the valley. You will find steep hill of before you reach Namche the hardest portion of the trek later. And half way up, from a platform beside the trail, is our first view of Everest itself, and a very fine one at that. We normally reach Namche comfortably by lunch time and check into the Panorama Lodge overlooking the town. This is undoubtedly the best lodge in Namche, and run by a warmly hospitable Sherpa family, with excellent cooking by the landlady Lhakpa. It’s a traditional design with a large ornately decorated glazed dining hall, and newly built en-suite rooms. O/N in Lodge at Namche
Day 06: Namche acclimatization day. (Full Board)
Namche Bazaar (3445m) is the Khumbu district capital village, built within a dramatic natural amphitheatre setting surrounded by peaks. Today we take a carefully planned and essential rest day to allow us to adapt naturally to the gain in altitude. There is plenty to do and explore in and around Namche. In the morning we take a short walk up the ridge path above the town to catch our next view of Everest at its best, and on the way back visit the Sherpa Culture Museum. This has a fascinating collection of historical photographs and documentation that traces the origins of the Sherpa people as Tibetan migrants who set up the trade route over the Nangpa La between the high plateau and the lush lowlands, establishing the Bazaar at Namche. In the fifties, as this trade was disrupted by political events in Tibet, the first climbing expeditions appeared in Nepal to take on the highest peaks in the world, and the Sherpas took this new 'trade' on with typical resourcefulness. Finding them essential to every success on these 8,000 meter peaks, it is hugely to their credit that they have managed the popular introduction of trekking to the area with such skill. Of all the areas of the Himalayas, they have set up the best environmental protection and their deep-rooted culture has even benefited from the process rather than been eroded as elsewhere. The museum is a great insight into this cultural background, along with their pride in their mountaineering achievements. Returning to the lodge for lunch, we can relax in the afternoon or visit the Bazaar itself, and browse the artifact shops in the village. O/N in Lodge at Namche
Day 07: Namche – Tashinga: 3350m/10988ft, Lunch at Sanasa. (Full Board)
Now well acclimatized we continue from Namche on a beautifully made trail contouring the hillsides of fragrant shrubs high above the Imja Khola, where we have more chance of seeing some Tahr, or even the spectacularly colored Danphe, Nepal's national bird. We are heading straight toward Everest now and before long it comes into view again. There are excellent panoramas here, a prayer-flagged chorten in the foreground, with Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse ahead, mirrored across the valley by the twin peaks of Ama Dablam, probably the most beautiful mountain in the world. We take our time to enjoy the best time of the day, and have a leisurely lunch at the great viewpoint of Sanasa (3600m). Staying up here for as long as possible is perfect to boost our acclimatization anyway. After lunch it's a short drop on a good trail to the beautiful forests around the village of Tashinga. Our luxury lodge is just outside the village, another Everest Summit lodge, and every bit as comfortable. We are far from the power lines here, but you would hardly know it as the lodge incorporates state-of-the-art 'renewable' energy systems: photo-voltaic cells converting daylight to power to provide all the lighting, and solar hot water in all the en-suite bathrooms. O/N in Lodge at Tashinga
Day 08: Thyangboche monastery day trip: 3860m/12660ft, Lunch at Thyangboche Guest House. (Full Board)
Tashinga is the last overnight point of luxury lodge trek, so today we set out on a day trip to our final destination in this direction, the famous monastery of Thyangboche. In the crisp early morning we head down on the forested trail past large Mani carvings in the rocks beside the path, to cross the river to Pungo Tenga. Here there is some wonderful water driven prayer-wheels, seen by Buddhists to continually spiral the sacred texts contained within upward to the spiritual realm. The winding uphill trail from here all the way to the monastery is almost as long as the Namche hill. But now we have more acclimatization advantage, and it does not seem so, especially as we can really take our time to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery on the Everest route. At first we are in lush forests where we have had many wildlife sightings on previous trips, and then gradually climb out onto open hillside where the views really open out. By mid to late morning we come out on top at the monastery itself, the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and home to the Rimpoche (abbot) and about 80 monks and novices following Nyingmapa Buddhism, the predominant Sherpa sect. It is a very evocative site, no doubt inspiring its selection as the spiritual centre for the whole Khumbun area. On a wide mountain plateau, at the meeting of three great valleys, it is surrounded on all sides by dramatic ice peaks. It is significant that it is in full view of the most sacred peak of all, 'the goddess mother of the universe' - Chomolangma, as the Sherpas call Everest in their original Tibetan. We take our time to visit the monastery. The main gompa itself has a very interesting history and its second rebuilding this century is now nearly complete, after burning down again in 1989. Then we head along the trail for some 20 minute to Deboche, where we have lunch at a garden lodge set amongst beautiful forests, and visit the nearby nunnery. In the afternoon we stroll back down at our own pace to Tashinga and another comfortable night here. O/N in Lodge at Tashinga
Day 09: Trek Mende, via Khumjung: 3700m/12136ft, Lunch at Khumjung. (Full Board)
Up to this point we have been heading towards Everest on the main and only trail in that direction. Today we add a different dimension to the rich experience of this trek and head right off the tourist trail to visit some really unspoiled Sherpa areas. We head for the handsome village of Khumjung, the home of many of the most important Sherpa families, to see indigenous life at its most traditional. This is also the site of the first school built by Edmund Hillary and his Himalayan Trust, which has been gradually expanded to senior level, making it no longer necessary for Sherpa children to have to go to Kathmandu to continue their education. This has been very significant in developing the self-esteem of the local population, resulting in much pride in the school and the achievements of its dedicated staff. We visit the village gompa in its juniper grove above the village; far more intimate than Thyangboche, and occasionally home to an infamous 'yeti scalp'. The jury is still out on this one, but that certainly does not rule out the mysterious beast's actual existence, past or present! (No hard evidence either way, but a sighting by the most respected and reliable explorer ever, the great Eric Shipton, responsible for discovering the ultimately successful route up Everest, is perhaps hard to ignore.) We take a short detour to our fabulous lunch site, the Shyangboche Panorama lodge, definitely the restaurant with the best view in the world. The windows on all side of the upper dining room look out onto 360 degrees of the most spectacular peaks imaginable, including Everest - you feel you could almost touch them! From here we contour across on a little trail winding through fragrant shrubs and rocky outcrops, and then down into the lovely unspoiled forests of the Tsangpo valley. Joining a larger and remarkably level path, this is one of the most delightful sections of trail anywhere in the Himalaya, passing little villages with stupa shrines and crystal clear streams coming down from craggy side valleys. The views ahead are dominated by a completely new line of snow peaks. Rounding a corner marked by another chorten, Mende monastery comes into view on the hillside ahead. Our luxury lodge at Mende is below it, still a fair way up, but the rewards of the location far outweigh the steady plod up to reach it. This will probably be the best tea-time you are ever likely to have, sitting out on the terrace in front of the lodge with the whole valley and its line of peaks spread out in front. This is another Everest Summit lodge, and just as good as the others. O/N in Lodge at Mende
Day 10: Thame monastery day trip: 3820m/12529ft, Lunch at Thame. (Full Board)
The Thame valley has to be one of the highlights of this trip. It is much less visited than the standard route to Everest, but its beauty makes it much loved by the local population. In the morning we head on up the valley, gradually making our way up to the handsome village of Thame itself. Above is the monastery, nestled in the cliff-face, and we follow a winding path, lined all the way by a mani wall of thousands of individually carved stone mantras, to reach this amazing location. An intimate site that feels unchanged for centuries, this gompa gives us a real sense of the tranquility and gentle pace of traditional Sherpa monastic existence. Returning, we first detour to the small ridge alongside the monastery to take in the view far up the long straight Nangpo valley. This leads directly to the most frequented traditional trade route to Tibet via the glacial but relatively beneath Nangpa La pass. Depending on the current frequently changing policy on border control we may see groups of eager, friendly and very wild and hairy Tibetans who come over to sell their Chinese goods to their Khumbu neighbors. The Sherpas regard them with respect and much good humor. We have lunch in Thame and then head gently back to Mende, directly or by an alternative route via another ancient monastery. O/N in Lodge at Mende
Day 11: Mende – Monzo: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at Namche. (Full Board)
We head back down this delightful valley and contour over to arrive in Namche from the other side, where we plan to have lunch. Then we descend the hill to the Dudh Kosi and a nice easy day to return to our lodge in Monzo. O/N in Lodge at Monzo
Day 12: Monzo – Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, Lunch at ThadoKoshi. (Full Board)
Taking our time and stopping for lunch in Phakding we make our way down to Lukla, back to the lodge where it all began - a fantastic place for a little celebration. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N in Lodge at Lukla
Day 13: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft. (Full Board)
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, any hire gears will be collected and your international flight tickets will be distributed. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB).
Day 14: Day at leisure. (Full Board)
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB).
Day 15: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure. (Full Board)
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight.