Everest Luxury Lodge Trek -itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345m):
You will be meet by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Breakfast at hotel, visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phakding (2652m):
An early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft takes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust's hospital at nearby Khunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal.
During the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world's highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world's 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane.
After sorting out our gears, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikhaka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding, our night stop by the river. (3 hours walking), Over night at luxury Lodge.
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3445m):
After breakfast, we begin our walk continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu region. Along the way there are two suspension bridges to cross as we zigzag up the Dudh Kosi River. Today will be one of the harder days of the trek but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as we climb gradually up to Namche Bazaar (3445m). To reach Namche there is a long steep climb but with a slow plod and several stops to catch our breath, we make our way steadily upward. The trail to Namche Bazaar is a comfortable broad well-marked trail. Walking in the cool part of the morning it is easier to breathe allowing us to accustom ourselves to the increasing altitude. At about halfway up the hill, a gap in the trees allows us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market; fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to be bought by the Sherpas. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. (5 hours walking), over night at Luxury Lodge.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3445m):
Today is a rest day for acclimatization; we visit the National Park museum just above Namche or the almost level trail up the Bhote Kosi valley, towards Thame, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags and Mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan/Buddhist culture of this region, back to Namche for overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 06: Teshinga (3400m):
From Namche the trail to Teshinga follows the classical approach route to Everest. We follow an almost level, winding trail for about 2 ½ hours before we take a short detour (about 15 minutes) from the main trail and arrive at the lodge. (3 hours walking), Overnight at Luxury lodge.
Day 07: Teshinga - Day Excursion to Tengboche (3860m):
Looking across the valley, we can see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Tengboche. We begin today's walk by descending down to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga, which lies beside the Dudh Kosi River. Here we cross a suspension bridge before beginning a climb with a steep ascent for about an hour. This part of the trek is quite heavily forested by rhododendron and pine so it is well shaded and quite cool. Once out of the forest line the trail gradient is quite gentle and gradual for another 1½ hours, all the way up to the monastery. The setting of Tengboche is nothing short of magical. It is a spectacular building and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. We will explore the surrounding area and visit the monastery. After lunch we will retrace our steps to Teshinga. (5-6 hours walking), Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Mende (3700m):
Leaving Teshinga lodge we retrace the trail to Namche Bazaar for about an hour until we detour off the main trail to Khumjung village (3770m). The path leads gently up the shallow valley and onto Khumjung, the education centre of Khumbu. If time permits we will visit the Khumjung monastery and Kunde hospital. Taking the high trail above Namche Bazaar, bypassing Shyangboche airport we head northwest. The valley ahead is extremely rugged but beautiful and as you wander along the forested track you might chance upon Monal pheasants or small herds of Thar. At the small village of Tesho, we turn off the main trail and make our way slowly up a closed valley. The last half hour climb to Mende will literally take your breath away, but with our gradual acclimatization over the past few days a steady pace and determination will get us to the top. (6-7 hours walking), Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 09: Mende - Day Excursion to Thame (3801m):
About half an hour walk from the lodge is an old Tibetan trade route. This well-formed, wide path makes for a mostly easy walk all the way to the village of Thame. Thame retains many of its original buildings and culture and is perhaps one of the prettiest villages in the Khumbu Region. It has scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. We will visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house is situated near the top of the village where he lived with his first wife; in fact Thame is also the home of Nepal's most famous mountaineers: Ang Rita Sherpa (10 times Everest summiteers) and Apa Sherpa (20 times Everest summiteers). We will then retrace our steps back to Mende. (5-6 hours walking), Overnight at Luxury lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Monjo:
Before starting descent back down to Monjo, we will first visit the Monastery, a 15-minute walk above Mende. The main temple is only 40 years old; it has a remarkable meditation room built beneath a huge rock, where people go on retreat for 3 years /3 months/3days. Until recently it was used as a meditation school for western Buddhist students. The friendly caretaker will be more than happy to serve butter tea and explain a little about the monastery. After Your visit you will retrace our route and continue to Phurte, from here we will take the lower trail to Namche. After three hours of easy walking we will arrive at Namche Bazaar for lunch. The rest of the descent to Monjo will be along the same route as on the way up. (5-6 hours walking), Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2880m):
Today we return trek to Lukla via a slightly different route so as to avoid walking through Phakding again. We take a trail high above and on the other side of the Dudh Kosi. Along the route we will stop for a visit at the old Gumila Monastery before we descend down to the main trail. After a short lunch break at Thada Kosi, at the base of the Kusum Kangru Himal, Continue for a further two hours or so before reaching Lukla. (5-6 hours walking), Overnight at Luxury lodge.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu:
Today weather permitting, we pack up early and fly to Kathmandu (35-minute flight). Transfer to Kathmandu hotel. Evening dinner with culture show, Overnight hotel.
Day 13: Kathmandu: Free day for relaxing, shopping and sightseeing. Overnight at Hyatt hotel or similar standard.
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for your flight departure.