Nepalese & Buddha Monastery Trekking
This is a shorter version of trekking in the Everest region for those who do not have much time for longer treks. It offers the beautiful view of Mount Lhotse, Mount Lhotse Shar, Peak 38, Mount Amadablam and the famous Everest. Leading you through the highest National Park in the world and to Tyangboche where the highest monastery is one of the highlights of this short but beautiful trek, found in the Khumbu region.
Highlights : Explore exciting Kathmandu, Visit the museum of Namche Bazaar, Experience the exhilaration of reaching Everest Base Camp, Discover remote monasteries, Admire spectacular Himalayan vistas, Stay in mountain teahouses, Learn about Sherpa culture, Take a flight over mountain peaks
Arrival in Kathmandu
You’ll fly into Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel by private bus. Before we head out for dinner, your trip leader will meet you for a briefing and answer any questions. Dinner in a restaurant in the Thamel district.
The day is free to explore Kathmandu, take excursions into the Kathmandu valley, shop, visit the spa, have a massage or just read a book. Click on the link for more Details about Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla (2,804m) – 35 mins. Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m).
After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m)
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.
Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
People are free to relax and explore the crowded main streets of Namche, the Sherpa Cultural Center (photographic museum, fantastic), the reconstructed traditional Sherpa house (next door), the National Park Headquarters Museum (where you’ll have easy views of Everest, Lhotse & Nuptse+), colorful Namche Gompa with its own new museum and the Tibetan market. The Tibetans are often encamped in the center of town in a muddy bazaar (potato fields in the summer) touting their goods from China. Indulge yourself at one of the many bakeries, shop for some yak bells or hand-woven Himalayan hats, chat with the sociable Sherpas in the village, or just relax in preparation for the trek. There are now new Mountain Hardwear and Sherpa Gear shops as well as Tsedam’s Gear Shop with a great variety of real trek gear if you find that you’re missing warm clothes. All often have gear on sale, bonus! Watch out for dzobkios and cows wandering the narrow streets …
For some peak-spotting at sunet, hike up ten minutes just past the National Park headquarters. For a higher viewpoint, climb steeply to any of several viewpoint an hour+ walk straight up the ridge (above the huge mani stone at the top of the steps). Continue just past Syangboche airstrip, worth the effort for the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kantega, Kusum Khangkuru, Tarboche and Ama Dablam.
Trek to Tengboche
The trail to Tengboche follows contour from Namche and then descends to the Dudh Koshi River before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery (3,870m). After awhile it leads us through beautiful dense rhododendron forests with Spanish moss mixed with dwarf conifers where you can often see danphe pheasants and musk deer, suddenly you emerge from this forest and you have arrived at Tengboche where you will stay the night.
Tengboche is the largest monastic community in the Everest region and one of the Khumbu’s most important monasteries. We can Spend the day chatting with monks, visiting the local area and enjoy the views of the mountains. From Tengboche, you will have spectacular views of some of the world’s highest mountains including Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tamserku, and Kantega. The ice walls of these mountains dominate the landscape and avalanches frequently can be heard rumbling high up the glaciers. From here we return back to Khumjung village. Visit Khumjung monastery and Sir Edmund Hillary school. The khumjung monastery possess unusal scalp claimed as ‘Yeti Skull’.
Trek to Namche
As we descend, beautiful and well-worn trail lined with ancient mani walls and whitewashed chortens with Bouddha eyes, down to the Imja Khola far below. After crossing the river on a new metal bridge (look below to see the old bridge), we hike on wide yak-trails through the hamlet of Devoche, passing ancient, moss-covered mani stones and the ani gompa (nunnery) of Devoche on the right. Stop for a peek into this old monastery, the equally ancient looking nuns often perform mid-day pujas. Soon after passing the nunnery we pass the few small lodges of Devoche and then ascend a relatively steep, switchbacking trail through a dense rhododendron forest. From here, we cross the Dudh Koshi on a new bridge and heading back up steeply through pine forests. From here, it’s an easy hour and a half contour around many brushy hillsides to reach Namche, the Tibetan market, the Moonlight lodge, hot showers, good food and a glass of wine or a cold beer.
Trek to Lukla
Trekking down to the river, you’ll again cross on the bridge and start your hike uphill through Chharikharka. You will finish the trek back at beautiful lodge with new en-suite rooms. In the evening you will have yet another Sherpa feast (after hot showers) and perhaps try some famous Sherpa tongba, enjoy your last night dinner in Khumbu region with your sherpa friends, porter and guide. And have a good sleep.
Fly back to Kathmandu
Bags packed and ready to go before the sun rises as we fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu early; taking off from the Hillary Airstrip is just as exciting as landing! Flights our of Lukla are sometimes delayed by bad weather.
We take you to the airport for your international flight. Namaste!