12 days

Everest Adventure

Everest Adventure

Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the High Himalaya

Kathmandu’s hidden old town

Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world

Trip rating
  • 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

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • 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.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • 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.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Phakding (2652m)

    • 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.)
    Breakfast

    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)

    • 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.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar

    Day 12 - Kathmandu (1360m)

    • 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.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • 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

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Airport departure transfer
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • 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
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Everest Adventure

    Thomas Kenny - Australia, 26 Nov, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    The trip surpassed all my expectations. Great scenery, fantastic tour management.

    Everest Adventure

    Anne - Lurnea, NSW, 14 May, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    The guide was professional at all times, had a good sense of humour and showed care and concern for those who needed extra help from him. Always willing to answer questions. The sherpa guides were always helpful, friendly and also had a cheeky sense of humour. On the days that I struggled they were close by if needed but inobtrusive at other times.

     

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PHEV
Group size 4 - 14
Start City: Kathmandu
End City: Kathmandu
Style: Small Group

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.

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