The Everest region has arguably the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world and you don’t need to go all the way to Base Camp for the best views. This lodge-based trek offers sensational mountain panoramas and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. We fly to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Khumbu Sherpas, but well worth it for the spectacular mountain panorama. A free day provides time to explore the local market or enjoy an optional walk towards Thami. We follow the trail to the Sherpa village Khumjung, Edmund Hillary built a hospital nearby in the 1960s and you can see the famous Yeti scalp… and draw your own conclusions as to its authenticity! Then it's back to Phakding, before descending to Lukla and the spectacular return flight to Kathmandu.
Why we love it:
- The Everest region has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, but you needn’t go all the way to Base Camp for the best view. This lodge-based trek offers stunning vistas and an insight into the lives of Sherpa people
- Trekking up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru is something to behold.
- It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Khumbu Sherpas, but well worth it for the spectacular mountain panorama.
- Following the trail to the Sherpa village Khumjung, near to where Edmund Hillary built a hospital in the 1960s. You will have opportunity to see the famous Yeti scalp - and draw your own conclusions as to its authenticity
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu (1360m)
Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu
- Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting outside the airport terminal a few metres from the exit door. Look out for the Peregrine signboard. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.
- A briefing given by the group leader is scheduled for the late afternoon. They will discuss your trekking program and coordinate any last minute arrangements.
- The evening is free, but the tour leader will usually organise an evening meal (optional) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants. Alternatively you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1360m)
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu
- In the morning you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
- You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The rest of your afternoon in Kathmandu is free for further sightseeing and exploration.
- In the late afternoon you will be issued with your Trek Pack and departure information for the next morning.
- Tonight you will partake in a wonderful Nepalese banquet with traditional dancing.
Day 3: Phakding (2652m)
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- In the early morning you will take a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to the giant Himalayan Mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet).
- The flight time is about 40 minutes and you will land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the town while your Sherpa crew will sort and load your trekking equipment.
- In the afternoon you will begin your trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is only a short walk to Phakding. (Trekking: approximately 3 hours.)
Day 4: Monjo (2835m)
- From Phakding you will cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that are ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail remains close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is especially spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom.
- Next you will cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where you will catch tantalising glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m).
- From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where you will arrive in time for lunch. You will spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free, giving you an opportunity to do some exploring around the village. The day will be deliberately kept short to aid in your acclimatisation, which is a very important process. (Trekking: approximately 3½ hours.)
Day 5: Namche Bazaar (3446m)
- Today the walking will be a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before crossing the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m).
- The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where you will start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar.
- After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, you will slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
- After arriving in Namche Bazaar, you will enjoy lunch. The afternoon will free to bargain in the shops for Tibetan artifacts or simply relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery. (Trekking: approximately 4 hours)
Day 6: Namche Bazaar (3446m)
- (Acclimatisation Day) You will remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow you to properly acclimatise to the altitude.
- Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.
- It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.
- After breakfast, a variety of options are available. Perhaps a walk towards Thami (3880m) above the beautiful Bhote Khola River Valley, or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture.
- There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
Day 7: Thyangboche (3875m)
- From Namche Bazaar, you will climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi River. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible, the monastery can be seen nestling below the summit of Everest, surrounded by other Himalayan peaks.
- On today’s walk there will be opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan Thar, on the high ground above the trail.
- After reaching the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the trail drops steeply before crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m), where you will stop for lunch.
- In the afternoon you will ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Thyangboche. The monastery and your lodge for the evening are located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks in a truly peaceful and tranquil setting.
- The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest. (Trekking: approximately 6 hours)
Day 8: Khumjung (3790m)
- According to legend, the Lama Sange Dorjee from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992.
- You will visit the monastery and the nearby museum. There is a small entrance fee for the museum and a small donation to the monastery is also appreciated.
- In the afternoon you will retrace your steps and descend steeply through a beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga.
- After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea, you will cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to the village of Khumjung, where you will spend the night. (Trekking: approximately 4 hours)
Day 9: Phakding (2652m)
- Enjoy a leisurely departure from Khumjung and go to the airstrip at Shyangboche before heading back to Namche Bazaar.
- Here you will enjoy a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar before descending steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River.
- You will follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you will have lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk via Benkar, through blue pine and rhododendron forest. You will enjoy great views of Kusum Kangaru on the way back to the lodge in Phakding. (Trekking: approximately 5 hours)
Day 10: Lukla (2800m)
- Today is an easy one for the last day of trekking. Descending down to the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla.
- After settling into the lodge, you will be free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower!
- In the evening there will be a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and perhaps dancing with your Sherpa companions. (Trekking: approximately 3 hours.)
Day 11: Kathmandu (1360m)
Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu
- You will rise early in the morning today before flying back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred back to the starting hotel.
- The rest of the day will be free for further sightseeing, shopping and exploring the bazaars and markets.
- Located in the south of the city, Patan is also worth a visit with its own Durbar Square full of historic structures and statues of past kings. Alternatively, a visit to Bhaktapur is highly recommended if you have not done this already.
Day 12: Kathmandu (1360m)
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- You trip comes to an end after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is not included. Kathmandu has so much to offer and occasionally flights from Lukla can be delayed, so we recommend that you consider booking pre-tour or post-tour accommodation and a departure transfer before you commence your travels.
What to know
A very good level of fitness is required. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, anywhere betweenbout 3-6 hours per day, with an average of about 3.5 hours. Altitudes may exceed 3900 metres.
- The services of an expert English-speaking local tour leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites
- Return local flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Porterage on trek
- Trek Pack while on trek valued at over US$500 – kitbag, high quality sleeping bag designed for sub-zero temperatures, inner sheet and high-altitude jacket
- Sightseeing (and entrance fees where applicable) in Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath and the holy Bagmati River
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Airport departure transfer
- Meals not listed
- Any optional tours and activities during free time
- Camera fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Showers on trek (if available)
- Tips or gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
- Please allow US$450 for meals
- Daily budget
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
- Kathmandu - Bhaktapur entrance
- Kathmandu - Half Day tour to Bhaktapur & Patan
- Kathmandu - Mt Everest scenic flight - including transfers
- Kathmandu - Patan entrance
- Namche - Sherpa House Museum
US$2 ( small donation also appreciated)
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, the International airport, or on arrival at the India / Nepal border. Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following approximate fees in US dollars cash only:
- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
- Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100
Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required.
Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website: www.timeanddate.com to be very useful.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
For good general guides to Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, the Lonely Planet guide-books are very helpful. (They even have phrase-books which are very handy.) There are numerous books written about the Himalaya. Check your local library, new and old book-shops, and also the Internet can provide useful information on books to read. Kathmandu has many excellent bookshops where many of the books below can be found.
Travellers Tales and Guides Nepal Lonely Planet Guide: - (Hugh Finlay, Richard Everist, Tony Wheeler)
Tiger for Breakfast-Peissel-1966 Schoolhouse in the Sky-Hillary-1968
When Men and Mountains Meet-Keay-1977
Many People Come, Looking, Looking Rowell-1980
Natural History Birds of Nepal-Fleming-1976
Forests of Nepal-Stainton-1972
Stones of Silence-Schaller-1980
Heart of the Jungle-Gurung Himalayan Flowers and Trees-Meirow/Shreshta-1978
Mountaineering Into Thin Air-Krakauer-1997
Everest the Hard Way-Bonnington-1976
White Limbo-Hall-1985 Annapurna-Herzog-1952
Ascent of Everest-Hunt-1953
The Climb-Anatoli Boukreev Left for Dead-Beck Weathers
Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s Nepal office please contact +977 9862 853 740 during business hours or after hours on +977 9818 287 669
Weather Conditions Weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly and our group leader may be forced to change the trip itinerary accordingly. The months of January and February may see some of the trekking days delayed or even cancelled due to the inclement weather. Alternative itineraries will apply if this is the case. Travellers need to be prepared for all weather conditions and situations.
Internal Flights EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.
Strikes Snap bandhs (strikes) can occur at any time in Nepal with very little notice, resulting in your itinerary having to be revised. Although we will endeavour to minimise any additional costs incurred there may be occasions where the traveller will need to cover trip changes, including flights, of which you will need to use your emergency funds and then claim the money on your travel insurance.
Walking times This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather and track conditions.
High altitudes may be experienced during this trip. Please refer to our Altitude Sickness document for more info.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
8 August 2014
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