Everest Vista Trek - Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters):
Our representative will be standing at in front of arrival terminal with your name card, welcome and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment.
Day 02: Sightseeing:
The day is for packing and making everything ready for your great trek. Upon your request we can organize sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) and Trek to Phakding:
A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes about 3 and half hours to Trek to Phakding (2640 m.), early morning transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. We begin today's trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.). The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.):
Today's trail starts through a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. We cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. WE continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now we descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank. After a short climb we come to Jorsale's teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park entrance counter where National Park fee is collected. After our departure from Jorsale we enter a forested mountainside. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Kosi we begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, we will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.), The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as we travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization:
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khhumjung where we can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. We can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche and kongde. Or we can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. .There is also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.):
We leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kanguru. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. As we make our way around a branch ridge, Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; we will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. Now we descend past two tea houses and throsugh the village of Trashinga. Though we cannot see it, we can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As we climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3867m). We may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. There are a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful.
Day 07: Trek from Tyangboche to Shanasa (3670m.):
In the 17th century AD, the Lama Sange Dorjee, from Tibet's Rongbuk Monastery, according to legend, founded the monastery here. 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.
We have a full morning at Tyangboche to visit the monastery and after we retrace our steps down hill through the beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After we cross the Dudh Koshi, we ascend steeply to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley to Shanasa where we spend the night. Here Tibetan traders, resident in the area, have numerous ''artifacts'' and worthwhile traditional souvenirs for sale.
Day 08: Trek from Shanasa to Monjo (2835m.):
It takes approximately five and half hours. The villages of Kunde and Khumjung are only a short trek off the main trail and are well worth a visit. Khumjung has a beautiful monastery and Kunde has a small hospital run by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust and we shall return to Namche via this route. The walk also heads past the Everest View Hotel and the Shyangboche airstrip before dropping into Namche where we take our lunch. In the afternoon we descend steeply and then walk along the river bank back to Jorsale where we leave the national park entrance counter before continuing on to our lodge at Monjo where we stay overnight.
Day 09: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2886m.):
We re-trace our steps along the Dudh Koshi, crossing the western bank at Benkar. It is a beautiful and easy walk through blue pine and rhododendron forest, back-dropped with views of Kusum Kangaru. An early lunch will be taken at Phakding and in the afternoon you ascend out of the river valley back to the airstrip and we are offered lodge accommodation at Lukla.
Day 10: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 11: Transfer to international airport for our final flight departure.