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Duration : 15 Days
Grade : Strenuous
Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, is located in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. It is the homeland of the Himalayan Sherpa people and their fascinating Buddhist culture. After a spectacular flight from Kathmandu flying over towering mountains, the trek begins at Lukla and progresses slowly towards the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar, which we reach on day 2 of the trek. After a rest/acclimatization day, we follow the trail trodden by the climbers of Mt. Everest, take to the base camp. The next stop is Thyangboche where we camp and visit the monastery. We continue hiking up this trail, camping at Dingboche (2 nights) and Lobuche. At Gorak Shep we turn off the base camp trail and hike up to the peak of Kala Pattar at 18,450 ft. The majestic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse make this trek a memorable one.
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
If you are flying through Bangkok, the flights usually arrive around midnight. The Amari Hotel at the airport is convenient. Take the morning flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Flight time is 3.5 hours. Just before landing in Kathmandu you will catch your first glimpse of the mighty Himalayas. You will be met after clearing immigration and driven to the Vajra Hotel, which is situated on a hill above the Thamel district of Kathmandu. We will then meet with the local trekking company for orientation and last minute questions. You have the rest of the afternoon and evening to relax and explore Kathmandu.
A good day to rest up from the international flight, adjust to the jet lag, and purchase any last minute items for the trek. This day provides a cushion in case you experience flight delays or lost luggage. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Thamel. Climb the 300 stone steps amid the monkeys to the great stupa of Swayambhunath.
The 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla offers amazing views of the tallest mountains in the world. After landing at the 9,300 foot high airstrip, we meet our trekking crew and head out for the half day walk to Phakding. The trail follows the steep sided Dudh Kosi valley, passing through forests of blue pine, birch, oak, juniper, and rhododendron. We descend to the village of Chaplung and then on to Thado Kosi where we cross the bridge over the Kusum Khola. The next village is Ghat (or bridge in Nepali). We hike up the Dudh Kosi river to Phakding, 8,660 ft, where we camp for the night.
At Phakding we cross the river and continue up the valley through the villages of Zamphute, Totok, Bemkar, and Chumoa. Each village is dotted with teahouses, small shops and lodges. After a few hours we reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park just outside of Monjo at 9200 ft. Park permits will be checked and then we will hike down to a long suspension bridge across the river. At the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi the trail crosses another long and high suspension bridge. Now begins a steep hike to Namche. From the ridge you catch the first views of Everest. We finally reach Namche at 11, 300 feet for a well deserved rest.
This prosperous town is the gateway to the Khumbu. It is surrounded by three majestic mountains: Khumbila to the north; Kwangde Ri to the west; and Thamnserku to the east. There is plenty to do in Namche. A pleasant walk up to the National Park Information Center to view Mt. Everest can be combined with a visit to the Namche Monastery. An optional scenic day hike to Thame to visit the monastery there can be arranged.
As we leave Namche we can visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum and view the photographs of past ascents of Everest in the adjoining hotel. From Namche the main trail is high above the river and fairly level. We come to the village of Kyangjuma where the panoramic views are outstanding. The top of Mt. Everest is visible above the Lhotse Ridge with the impressive Ama Dablam to the right. We pass through the village of Sanasa and soon begin the descent to the bridge across the Dudh Kosi. You might see pheasant and Himalayan Thar (wild goats), but they are more plentiful on the other side of the river. The trail crosses the suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga (10,600 ft). The walk up the hill to Thyangboche passes through forest and shrub. The entrance to Thyangboche (12,700 ft.) is through an arched kani, whose purpose is to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering this sacred area. In addition to the impressive monastery, a Sherpa Cultural Center shares the meadow where we will be camping. The monastery is open to visitors.
Upon leaving the camp, we descend through a beautiful forest to Deboche where there is a nunnery. After crossing a narrow little gorge on a short suspension bridge over the Imja Khola, we follow the main trail up to Pangboche. The trail passes walls of mani stones and rises above the tree line to Pangboche at 13,000 ft. The oldest Sherpa monastery in the Khumbu is located here. It was established around 1660. Soon the canyon widens into alpine meadows and the trail passes the yak herding areas of Shomare and Orsho. The route to Dingboche veers to the right after Orsho and descends to a bridge and then on up to Dingboche at 14,270 ft.
Another all important acclimatization day above 14,000 ft. A half day hike up to Nangkartshang peak will help to acclimatize, as well as provide spectacular views of Ama Dablam and the other nearby peaks.
We hike up over the ridge and follow a gently climbing path until we descend to the bridge at Thuklha at 15,000 ft. After Thuklha, the hill becomes steep. At the crest there are many memorials to Sherpas and climbers who did not return from Everest. The stupendous views are the reward for this tough ascent. From here the trail climbs gently to Lobuche at 16,200 ft. At this altitude the nights can drop well below freezing, but when the sun comes up, the mornings should be pleasant. Mt. Everest is hidden from view by the impressive Nuptse.
The trail continues up the valley, rising gently at first and then twisting and turning through the rough moraine of the Kangri glacier. The trail then smooths out as it nears Gorak Shep. Here we turn off the main trail to the Everest base camp which is another 3 hours farther. There are no good views of Everest from the base camp. We begin the ascent of Kala Pattar, or Black Rock in Hindi. Upon reaching the summit, and out of breath, we are rewarded with breath-taking views of Everest, the Khumbu ice fall, Lhotse, and Nuptse. There are incredible views in every direction. After taking it all in, we descend back to Lobuche.
Coming down is a breeze compared to the hike up. Instead of returning through Dingboche, we continue on down the valley through Pheriche to lower Pangboche and then on to Thyangboche.
We retrace our steps to the village of Sanasa, where the path splits. Those who want to return to Namche by the quicker and easier route can take the same route as we took on the way up. Those who are up for more adventure can take the path that climbs up to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. We can visit the Khumjung Monastery which houses the last remaining yeti scalp in the Khumbu. In the adjoining village of Khunde we can visit the hospital that was established by the Himalayan Trust in 1966. We then descend to the abandoned airstrip at Syangboche and down into Namche. It is possible to get a hot shower here. Pick up those last minute bargains.
This is a long day, but it is the last day of the trek, and the last night in a tent.
Check back into the Vajra Hotel. Wash away the glacier silt in the hot showers. Sleep in a bed.
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Avoid trekking during the nights. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.
Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh
a. As a Guest – Respect local traditions- protect local cultural- maintain local prides.
b. While taking Photographs- Respect privacy-ask permission and restraint use of flashlight for photography and filming inside National Monuments and smoking and alcohol drinking is strictly prohibited
c. Respect Holy Place- preserve what you have come to see- never touch or remove religious objects- purchase and sale of antiques which is more than 100 years old is against the law and it attracts punishment under rules.
d. Keep stream water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in stream and springs- if no toilets facilities are available- make sure are at least 30 Meter away from water source and Bury or cover waste.
e. Giving to Children encourages begin- a donation to project like Health Centre or School is a more constructive way to help.
f. Visitors who value local traditions encourage local prides and maintain local cultures-please help them to gain a realistic view of life in other parts of the World.
g. The beauty of the place and loving kinds of the people may change you but please do not change them.
Eating and Drinking
Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served.
Note:- that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available while camping.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.
During the trek the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.
We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)
The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some higher places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.
Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.
Note:- While on a trek or expedition in a remote area if any client suffers from altitude sickness or any other serious injury, the sirdar/guide sends a runner to the nearest telephone/army post/road head to ask for help. Emergency evacuation becomes necessary in the following cases:High Altitude Sickness – If the client suffers from High Altitude Sickness, he/she needs to descend immediately. Injury – In case the client is badly injured – broken bones/fractures or sickness like thrombolysis (blood clotting), paralysis, loss of eyesight – in these cases as well he/she needs to be evacuated/descend immediately.
What to bring
Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers and raincoat Good hiking shoes Flash light Sun hat/baseball cap Sunglasses, Lip balm Sun lotion cream and toiletries