Waking up with the chirping of the birds, whispering of the breeze, murmuring of the River and the very first glimpse in the fresh new morning after your dreams is the natural fortress of snow capped peaks.
Khumbu Highlights trek is perfectly designed for those who simply can't afford to have more than 2 weeks holiday, who are retired and above the age of 50, who wishes to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.
Khumbu is a threshold to the tallest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, and a cradle of Sherpa culture; where the fragrance of Juniper and the charming smile of Sherpa people never get tired of greeting their valued guests from every nook and corners of the Globe.
Meandering through scenic River-banks, intricately terraced fields, picturesque hamlets, and lush rhododendron and Himalayan Birch forests, you realize just how far from home you are.
Fluttering prayer flags stretched across mountain passes, prayer stones lined along the footpath, and the frequent sights of Buddhist monasteries remind you of the region’s sacred geography and rich Buddhist history.
A place famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Khumbu (Everest region) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.
A very warm welcome to the Kingdom of Himalayas. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists you transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu i.e. Utsav or Nepali Chula (Kitchen). Here you will not simply experience the traditional Nepalese dish but will be entertained with Nepalese traditional dance and folk songs. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Bauddhanath: Stupa with its 130 ft. dome. One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Pupshupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. -After the city tour, our leader or guide will do the final briefing of the expedition. They will also take the opportunity to check the members' personal equipment as the city bazaars and climbing shops will provide the last chance to correct any deficiencies. Overnight at Hotel.
It's a panoramic thrill flying into Lukla in a Twin Otter plane on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling around you outside your plane are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. Don't forget to grab the left hand sit of the plane to catch the astounding glimpse of the Himalayas. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staffs and porters and set off straightaway for our first night's stop at Phakding 2,652m. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night. Overnight at Phakding.
The walk from Phakding to Monjo continued through pine forests, dusty trails and with glimpses of distant snow capped peaks. En route we pass several impressive waterfalls, lots of mules that always kicked up a choking dust, porters with all manner of goods strapped to their backs, and of course the throng of trekkers of all nationalities and ages. We will walk pass several little villages today and Bengkar being one among the biggest, we'll take a tea break here. We will then continue up the bank of the Dudh Kosi and cross the suspension bridge before reaching the village of Monjo. In the afternoon we'll take a short hike towards the Kusumkhangaru peak (6367m) and try to gain couple hundred meters of altitude than the sleeping elevation. Overnight at Monjo.
The first thing we'll do in the morning after breakfast is to check in at the Khumbu National Park gate in Monjo. Walking pass Joreselle village we will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi (River) and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up 'Namche Hill' to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Khangtega, both very impressive mountains with the altitudes of 6300 to 6650 meters. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
We take an interesting side trip up to famous airstrip at Syangboche and climb up to the Everest view hotel (3800m) which is just above the airstrip. Everest view hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. We can have a tea break at Everest View hotel which is a perfect place for the majestic views of the Himalayan giants viz. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and more. After spending some wonderful time amidst the towering peaks we'll descend to Khumjung village for lunch and for overnight stay. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku, and the sacred peak the Khumbiyul-lha hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. After lunch we'll visit the Hillary School which is at the same site and walk up to Khunde village to visit the Hospital. Overnight at Khumjung.
From Khumjung we’ll descend for around 20 minutes and then take left turn and then follow gradual uphill climb for around couple hours, until we arrive at Mongla (3900m). After having lunch in Mongla we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Descending to Phortse Tenga (3250 m), we cross a bridge over Dudhkosi River and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer, musk deer, Impeyan pheasant, and Blood pheasant. Finally, we arrive at the walled fields of Phortse. Phortse is nestled under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse. It's a nice little village, only a few lodges and a fair number of traditional houses/farms. It's probably a bit like Namche used to be before tourism took it over. It's on a quieter trail so a bit nicer than the trail through Tengboche. Overnight at Phortse.
Today we continue along the high trail to old Pangpoche which is a lovely walk. En route there is a funeral rock where dead bodies are cremated. The path contours along the side of the valley from here. After about an hour, Pangboche is visible in the distance below. The path zigzags upwards a little at this point. Eventually the path reaches its highest point and then it's all downhill to Pangboche. After having our lunch in our hotel, we'll meet personally and get blessings from the revered holy monk of Sherpa land, Lama Gheashe. Old Pangboche is less crowded with tourists and it's a typically Sherpa village with traditional Sherpa houses. Overnight at Old Pangboche.
Today we'll take a leisure walk through the meadows and summer yak pastures leaving the main trekking trail. We first trek down the trail to the bridge at new Pangboche and cross the Dudh Kosi before climbing up the far side of the river and following the trail and ridgeline up to base camp (3.5 hours from Pangboche). The trail to Amadablam Base camp is isolated with the stunning views of the Himalayan giants all around. Amadablam Base camp is an idyllic spot and one among the best base camp of all in the Himalayas. In the month of mid October till mid November is the peak season for climbing Amadablam and there will be a city of Tents in this base camp. After spending some wonderful time in the Base camp we'll then trek down to Mingbo which is just half an hour away.
Today is just an easy walk of around one and half hour to Tengboche and we can start little late in the morning. We'll have our breakfast at Mingbo and retrace our path back down to Pangboche. Then following the main Everest trail it's downhill to the river and a nice walk through the woods of Himalayan birch and Rhododendron, we are finally there in Tengboche. Tengboche is a home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. There are about 35 monks in this monastery and it is one among the oldest monastery in Khumbu. We have plenty of time to look around Tengboche, visit the monastery and have a cake and coffee in the in bakery. Overnight at Tengboche.
From Tengboche, a steep descent of around 1500ft/500m leads through bird filled Rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Kosi River. Crossing on a newly built suspension bridge at Phunki Tenga, we climb up the opposite side of the valley to reach the contouring path leading back to Namche Bazaar. We should have enough time in Namche to shop and relax in the bakery with a coffee and a cake, or even to check the Internet. Good news is that there are Wifi in most of the lodges of Namche bazaar.
I always call this day as the final reminder of the Himalayas. A steep descent for 600m/2,000ft down Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River and the small village of Monjo. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last one week. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile! Overnight at Lukla.
Saying final goodbye to our porters, we fly back to Kathmandu after our wonderful mountain journey. The flight time to Kathmandu are scheduled in the morning normally because Lukla suffers a lot of wind afternoon. Sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reasons. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu and the Grand Himalaya van or coach will transfer you to the hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan expedition. Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together in the finest restaurant in Thamel, in occasion of successfully completing your trip in the Himalayas!
Rest and relax at the hotel after such a wonderful trip. The day is also reserved as a contingency day due to flight delays or other unforeseen conditions. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel. In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show or go out to Thamel.
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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