Everest Sherpa Adventure

Days 13
Price On Request

Everest home of the Sherpas. Culture, laid back trekking, stunning mountain scenery

At a Glance

Trip Style
Lodge Treks
Region
Everest
Grade
Moderate
Best Time to Travel
late Sept - mid May

This adventure follows a circular route, through the heart of the Khumbu Sherpa community. You pass through Namche Bazaar, Kunde- where you will see the Yeti Scalp, Phortse – home to many Everest summiteers and the famous Tengboche Monastery. Throughout the trek there are stunning views of the worlds highest peak Mount Everest and a sea of surrounding Himalayan giants. Whilst less strenuous than undertaking the trek to Base Camp this adventure is no less spectacular.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – KATHMANDU (1360m)

Kathmandu, the incredibly diverse capital of Nepal is a fascinating blend of centuries old Hindu and Buddhist shrines, traditional architecture and a city embracing the 21 century. Upon arrival, your leader will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Your hotel is in the heart of the city close to Thamel, a popular choice with tourists, with colourful handicraft stalls, trekking gear shops and excellent restaurants. In the evening, after your trek briefing, you have the option of going out for a group dinner with your trek leader.

Day 2 - PHAKDING (2650M)

Trekking: 3 hours
The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2830m). is spectacular with sensational views of the Himalayan range. The Lukla airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-sixties and after landing your crew will sort and load our trekking equipment and you begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trading trail to Namche Bazaar. The walking is delightfully easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), you cross the river to our lodge at Phakding (2650m) and our overnight stop.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)

Trekking 7 hours
You make an early start and head up valley following the trail that keeps close to the river. You walk through beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest and cross the Dudh Kosi again at Benkar where you have beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m) where you arrive for lunch. From Monjo you enter the National Park, where permits are checked, and then pass through the village of Jorsale (2805m). The trail leads to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, from where you start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing the high suspension bridge we suggest you walk at a slow and steady pace and make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. You will arrive in Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M)

Acclimatization
To aid acclimatisation your guide will organise a morning walk towards the village of Thame. This trail is part of the old trading link with Tibet following the valley through small Sherpa settlements. Depending on how you feel lunch maybe taken in a small local restaurant. After returning to Namche we do suggust you take the opportunity to see the sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - KUNDE (3810m) – Yeti scalp at Khumjung Monastery

Trekking: 2.5 hours
For the next few days you will head away from the main trail and follow a route used by few trekkers. There will be a later departure today and from Namche Bazaar, you climb above the village, with fine views of the Kongde, Thamserku and Kantega mountain range, to the small airstrip at Shyangboche where you can stop for a short tea break. It is then a gentle climb to reach the ridge where the holy peak of Khumbilya (5761m) towers above the trail. The village of Khumjung can be seen below and from here the trail descends past a long mani wall, close to the Sir Edmund Hillary school, where stones are carved with religious scriptures. Your trail then bears left ascending gradually for the short walk to Kunde village and your lodge located close to the Sir Edmund Hillary hospital. You will arrive in time for lunch and in the afternoon we will take a short walk to the monastery in Khumjung where the Yeti scalp is housed.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 - PHORTSE (3820m)

Trekking: approx 6 hours
You rise early in the morning to walk below the Kunde monastery and then ascend, through forest, to the memorial for Sir Edmund Hillary, his wife and daughter. Few trekkers make this side trip where there are sensational views of the peaks of the Khumbu region including Everest, Ama Dablam and the nearby Kongde range. You return to your lodge for breakfast and then you descend through the walled fields of Kunde and Khumjung villages to Shanasa for your first stop of the day. From here you ascend on the main trail to Gokyo to the ridge line at Mongla (3975m) from where there are superb views of the surrounding mountains and the village of Phortse, seen across the valley amid a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the pass the trail descends steeply over 300 metres into the Dudh Kosi Valley. At Phortse Bridge you take lunch and then cross the river to make a short ascent to the village of Phortse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - THYANGBOCHE (3890m)

Trekking: 6 hours
Today the walk climbs out of the village and then undulates high above the Imja Valley. Look out for the Himalayan Thar, a large mountain goat, that is often seem on this part of the trek. Few trekkers follow this route and you continue to traverse before a short descent leads directly into the village of Pangboche where you rejoin the main trail to Everest. Here the peak of Ama Dablam towers above the skyline. You have lunch here and whilst lunch is being prepared you can visit the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. You make a liesurely start from Pangboche descending down the valley to cross the Imja River to ascend through rhododendron and birch forest to Thyangboche Monastery where you have plenty of time to visit the monastery and its grounds. The monastery is located on a ridge line with fine views of Everest and the peaks of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - NAMCHE (3440M)

From Thyangboche you descend steeply downhill through forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga where you cross the Dudh Kosi river. From here you ascend to the small village of Trashinga from where the the trail contours high above the valley back to Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - PHAKDING (2650M)

Trekking 4 hours
There is a final opportunity to visit the shops in the bazaar and maybe send an email or indulge in an apple pie before you descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Back at lower altitudes, fit and well acclimatised the walking is now easy as you follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you take lunch. In the afternoon you take a liesurely stroll down the valley through Benkar and back to Phakding.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 - LUKLA (2800m)

Trekking: 3 hours
This is your last day of trekking and, it is only a short walk following the valley downstream before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. You take lunch and the afternoon is free to wander around, relax or perhaps enjoy a hot shower. In the evening you enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and, perhaps try out traditional Sherpa dancing moves with your companions.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 - FLY LUKLA TO KATHMANDU (1360m)

Flight time - 35mins
The flight to Kathmandu is scheduled to leave early in the morning. Weather permitting, you have exceptional mountain views as you fly parallel to the Himalayan range. On arrival in Kathmandu you are met and transferred back to your hotel with the rest of the day free to do souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Enjoy a final evening out tonight.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 - KATHMANDU (1360m)

We have allocated a full day in Kathmandu for you to relax and explore after your trek in the Everest region. Please ask your leader for sightseeing options. This also serves as a contingency day in case of delays in Lukla due to inclement weather. You can visit either the ancient city of Bhaktapur or Patan.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - DEPART KATHMANDU

Your trip ends today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Price Includes

  • International Airport Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu on BB
  • 10 nights lodge accommodation on trek Twin Share
  • All Meals on the trek
  • Experienced English speaking local leader
  • Porters with appropriate clothing, boots and insurance
  • Down Sleeping bag, Fleece Inner Liner, Down Jacket & Duffel Bag for use on trek
  • Domestic airport transfers
  • Medical Kit
  • Trekking and national park permits
  • Flights Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Pre departure Trek Dossier
  • Trekking map

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu where not indicated
  • Items of a personal nature, drinks, snacks, laundry,etc.
  • Tipping

Information

The trek in the Everest was just wonderful, being my first in Nepal. Loved the cultural insight and the Sherpa villages of Kunde and Phortse. A big thank you to Dil for being such a wonderful guide. Will definitely be back for more.

Sally Greene

Australia

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