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Densely inhabited by the Sherpa-one of the ethnic groups of Mongoloid origin in this region. This region is also known as Sherpa Land or house of the Sherpa too. Many foreigners intending to spend the vacation with nature and in natural surroundings full of peace and tranquility choose the trekking tour in this vary region, which they believe to be a source of mental happiness and satisfaction.
This region offers you varieties of trekking exploration. The destinations of the trekking tour in Khumbu region are Kalapattar, Gokyo and Everest Base camp, which can be reached with the shortest trekking tour program. Regarding the scenery you can see very beautiful open view of mountains such as Thamserku, Amadablam, Baruntse, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Lhotse Shar and Nuptse etc. from Gokyo. You can take pictures of those terraces from Kalapattar and Island Peak . For two weeks long trekking program, you have to set out your trekking from Lukla-a place, which can be reached by air service from Katmandu .
Highlights of the Trekking Panoramic views of Everest ranges, Mt. Cho You, Thamserku, Khantaga, Amadablam, majority of Sherpa people, mysterious lakes, Khumjung village etc.
Fact of The Trekking Destination: Cho La Pass (5368m.) & Kala pathar (5550m.) Group Size: Min - 1 Minimum altitude: 2640m. Maximum altitude: 5550m. Grade : Strenuous Season : Spring & Autumn Accommodation : Lodge Duration : 20 Days with Kathmandu Entry : Lukla Exit : Lukla
DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu meet our airport representative and transfer to the hotel .Overnight at Kathmandu .
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING In the morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu , the most popular Place in the kingdom was known as kantipur in earlier times. The tour highlights are the Living Goddess " Kumari" who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees; Kastamandap temple, the temple made out of single tree and name Kathmandu is derived from durbar square and drive to Soyambhunath which lies on top of hill is the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu . The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathamandu city.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU - LUKLA - PHAKDING(2610M.) Breakfast served in the early morning and drive to Kathmandu airport for your domestic flight to Lukla. It's takes approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, you'll be met with our local guides and porters. There'll be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of 2850m and was laid out by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1964, he wanted to show the Sherpas, his true friends and companions, gratitude and respect. With the building of the airfield, the old Lukla times were over ("lukla" = place of sheep). From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley . The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat . Our destination is the small village of Phakding where accommodation is provided in the form of Tea House Lodges.
DAY 04: PHAKDING - NAMCHE BAZAAR(3440M.) After the breakfast, we start our journey to Namche Bazaar, from Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail: Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku (6608m) along the way. Our lunch spot in Monjo. Leaving Monjo, we again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park . Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have a 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. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazar . Stay in the heart of the village, with the afternoon free to bargain in the shops for "Tibetan" artifacts, relax over a cup of tea and talk with our Sherpa guides and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.
DAY: 05 ACCLIMATISE DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR Today is a full day at rest to acclimatise. As the name suggest, Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Each week, Sherpas from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialise. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland village, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Namche Bazar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning down and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Spend the morning exploring this colorful and lovely spectacle. Perhaps walk along the Thame Valley in the afternoon or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.
DAY 06: NAMCHE BAZAAR - KHUMJUNG(3780m.) Breakfast served in your Teahouse / Camping. From Namche, we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible; behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m); across the valley to the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and to the east at the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nuptse wall, towering a full three and a half thousand metres above the valley at Dingboche. Everest looms above the ridge, a black, triangular rock; Sagarmatha. On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a small speck against the gigantic mountain background. Ascending towards Khumjung, visit the Everest View Hotel enroute, where coffee or hot chocolate and views of Everest are the order of the day! We descend to Khumjung, and after staying in the more westernised town of Namche Bazar , these villages make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. The afternoon has been left free to assist with further acclimatisation.
DAY 07: KHUMJUNG - PHORTSE THANGHKA (3675m.) After breakfast, we descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River . The Gokyo route is turn north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp. Here's choice of routes in the beginning: the yak trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase-like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5716m), abode the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trails descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we'll be spend Overnight in Phortse Thanghka.
DAY 08: PHORTSE THANGHKA - DOLE(4110m.) Breakfast approx 7:00 am in the morning. After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. The trails climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendron are blooming. The trails passes many kharkas, summer settlements used when sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlement s of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there're few Hotels. The views of Khumbila and Twachee (6542m) are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley. O/N in Dole.
DAY 09 DOLE - MACHHERMO(4410m.) From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara at 4220m and Luza at 4360m. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. There're kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. People from Khumjung own all the kharkas on this side of valley. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4410 meters. It was in Machhermo in 1974 that YETI killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman. This is the most credit yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as you visit this reason. O/N in Machermo.
DAY 10: MACHHERMO - GOKYO(4760m.) The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier.It's a steep climb up the moraine, switchbacking alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green Braminy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally Gokyo at 4750m. Over night at Gokyo.
DAY 11: GOKYO After breakfast, trek around Gokyo Ri , the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, climb to Gokyo Ri , the small peak above the lake. This peaks of 5318m, it's a 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu , Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse , Makalu , Cholatse and Twachee. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake marked with the name Ngozumpa on the maps or even beyond to a fifth lake. There're several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks. O/N in Gokyo.
DAY 12-13: GOKYO CHHUGYUMA - DZOGLA - LOBUCHE) (5368m.) The trail descending from Gokyo, the route passes the second lake. About halfway between the first and second lakes a trail leads of across the moraine of the east. We've to pass Cho La (or Chhugyuma) 5420 meters. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. Allow three day from Gokyo to Lobuche on this high altitude route. An ice axe, crampons and a rope are often necessary for negotiating the small icefall at the foot of glacier on the other side of the pass, although in ideal condition there're no technical problems and there is a trail of sorts in the rocks beside the icefall. The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The pass is not possible for yaks and usually not suitable for heavily laden porters. We've to spend a night at CHHUGYUMA OR DZONGLA on other side. Continue along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for your evening stay. This will be your last stop before your climb to the base camp tomorrow. Take time to rest and acclimatise for this unforgettable day. O/N in Lobuche.
DAY 14-15: LOBUCHE-GORKSHEP-KALAPATTER-EBC-GORKSHEP-LOBUCHE(5550m.) Early this morning you begin your trek, which will prove to be both mentally and physically demanding. Above Lobuche, we follow the path running through alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Continuing on over rough ground we reach Gorak Shep, where a short break is offered to replenish fluids. A walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar, a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori. Stop and turn around: the scenery is fantastic. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. Here you are directly below Pumori's light granite and slanted snow channel. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance. To the south, the Khumbu Glacier sweeps below you; northwards rise several border peaks including the vertical Lho La, reached from the Tibetan side in 1921, the first time foreigners had seen the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest rises above them all. In 1852 it was recognised as the highest peak on earth and four years later was given the name Everest in honour of Sir George Everest, the early surveyor general. After some time out to contemplate this view, we return to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
DAY 16: LOBUCHE - THYANGBOCHE / TENGBOCHE(4940m.) After our tiring ascent to Kala patar, today is an easier walk to the lower altitudes. We follow the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper through the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m), then on to Pheriche. A small settlement, Pheriche has a number of welcome tea house. The town consists of several low stone buildings and is considered a "years" - summer settlement. Continue down to Orsho, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche, reaching our lodge at Thyangboche in the afternoon. Thyangboche is set in a beautiful meadow, high on a ridge surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. A peaceful, tranquil position, surely one of the wonders of the world and the Thyangboche Monastery is spectacularly situated. The monastery dominated by the gompa with its prayer flags and mani stones was founded in 1916 as a meditation center. Overnight at Thyangboche.
DAY 17: TENGBOCHE - MONJO(2840m.) Follow a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and go down to Phunkitenga, you continue on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. After lunch at Shanasa you make you way back to Namche Bazar. Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosil, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for overnight Overnight at Monjo
DAY 18: MONJO - LUKLA(2642m.) This morning you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. Overnight at Lukla.
DAY 19: LUKLA - KATHMANDU This morning you will be transferred to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.overnight at hotel.
Day 20:- - Kathmandu - departure or Extend other activities. Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park . The cost would be extra for rafting & safari.
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Price Includes : 04 nights hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast plan, air fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu, all meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea\coffee), accommodation in teahouses, a guide, required potters, ground transportation as per program, entry permits, all necessaries fees for Nepalese staffs (all meals, accommodation in tea houses, equipments, insurance).
Price Excludes : Lunch / dinner while in Kathmandu, bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses, sleeping bag, down jackets, airport tax ( Domestic / International ) emergency rescue flight & expenses if require, etc.