This trek is a moderate type and as cool as it gets as you hike through the middle hills of the ‘Khumbu’ into tranquil monasteries where the Lamas warmly greet us and offer us some hot butter tea, briefly enlightening us about their surroundings and religious superstitions, it’s interesting to interact with them. This helps us release our own demons in the quiet of these Himalayas while relishing the views of some of the tallest and most scenic peaks on earth…
After we-off load at the Lukla airport, our hike begins on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river walking through pretty Sherpa villages brimming with life and stop by for a chat with these happy-go-lucky folks who take life as it comes despite the harsh conditions they live in and the congenial warmth they greet us with is truly heartwarming. Walking the paths in this sublime region with flowing meadows and pasturing animals gives us a sense of McDonald’s farm or like it is at home. Altitude wouldn’t be a worry hereabouts, the highest elevation we go up to is Pangboche at [3908m] where we find an old monastery that still retains its originality, without any renovations but well maintained since the time of its construction. The renowned Thyangboche monastery will also be a welcome visit on the way as it stands high on an inclined ridge, commanding some of the most jaw-dropping views of Mt. Amadablam - a spectacle to watch. This trek is also known as the‘Everest Panorama Trek’ making ‘An Everest View’’ a short homely journey of pleasant surprises, lingering in your memories for one long time to come… this program also includes an exciting absorbing cultural tour of Nepal’s iconic heritage monuments.
This odyssey of almost 2 weeks presents us a grand array of famous peaks that include: Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kantega, peaks that have seen the footfalls of legendary climbers for decades. We view huge glaciers, rambling snowfields and gleaming ice ridges that radiate bright blips of light in the sunshine. We experience some lovely nature walks through dark forests, rolling pastures and stroll by groups of rhododendron flowers in the pre-monsoon, and the reds and gold ones of autumn in the post-monsoons. ‘An Everest View – At Your Pace’’ is a nutshell venture and the perfect choice for those cramped on time but don’t want to miss the exceptional beauty of this gorgeous region…
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Trekking Code: STE/ER/04
Trip Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
Trek duration: 4 Nights/5 Days
Destination: Lukla/Khumjung/ Thyangboche
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Meals: Healthy meals provided on the trail
Transportation: Flights/Private vehicle
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Grade: Moderate trek
Maximum Altitude: 3908m
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding [2656m]
Day 3 : Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 4 : Trek to Syangboche [3762m]
Day 5 : Trek to Namche [3440m]
Day 6 : Trek to Lukla [2900m]
Day 7 : Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 8 : Final Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and over night at your hotel.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m]
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. Overnight lodge [teahouse]
Day 3: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight lodge [TH]
Day 4: Trek to Syangboche [3810m]
After breakfast make gradual ascent to the airstrip at Syangboche. It is about two hours walk. Visit to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam is recommended. You may visit Khunde and Khumjung villages beyond Syangboche to know the Sherpa way of life, many mountaineers and climber were born in this village, retrace tail via Everest View Hotel. Return to Syangboche.
Overnight at Syangboche.
Day 5: Trek to Namche [3450m]
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
Overnight at Namche.
Day 6: Trek to Lukla [2900m]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains presents an ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters. We get to sample chang (local beer), try some Sherpa dance steps and end the trek on a merry note. Overnight at our lodge
Day 7: Fly back to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Day 8: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc - please don't hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it's been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
Please Note: That although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.
A ‘TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cozy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites…Bon Appétit!!
NOTE : If there will be any changes in the schedule due to natural disaster (force majeure), Incentive Holiday will not be responsible for any extra expenses incurred.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.