Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
For many people trekking in the Mount Everest region their goal is the personal and physical challenge of reaching Everest Base Camp and traversing high mountain passes. However, the objective of this trek is different. This trek is designed to allow you an opportunity to explore many of the cultural aspects of this wonderful region while also taking in the special atmosphere and stunning mountain scenery without the hard daily effort of a Base Camp trek. On this trek you get to explore the home of the Sherpa people away from the throng of trekkers on the Everest trail. You also have time to explore the famous Tengboche Monastery and learn about the role of Buddhist belief to the Sherpa people. You also get to explore ancient trade routes that once were the “highways” of trade and knowledge between Tibet and India. You will have time to visit small monasteries, spin many prayer wheels and spend time contemplating many Buddhist chortens, mani walls and rock carvings along the mountain trails. You guide will also show you the diversity of flora and fauna that changes with each valley you explore and change of altitude. This is a special trek that is much more than just a trek.
A Lantang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you are ready you will be collected from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your Trekking Guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you an ensure every detail is in place. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details so that we can organize any permits required for your trek and the region you will be exploring.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
We will transfer you from your hotel to the domestic airport to catch the very scenic flight to Lukla, just south of the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park and the Mount Everest region. The flight is brief and takes only about thirty minutes to complete. Once in Lukla and all your packs and equipment are organised you will start your trek with the walk northwards along the Dudh Kosi River valley to the village of Phakdings and its impressive suspension bridge over the river far below. At this stage the scenery is a well vegetated and impressively large river valley with glimpses to the north of the towering snow-capped Himalayan peaks that await you.
The first stage of the walk takes you across the river and to the village of Monjo and the actual entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will handle all the formalities of ensuring you are carrying the necessary permit to enter the national park. All necessary permits will have been arranged for you following your visit to our head office a day or two earlier. The second stage takes you upwards from 3,440m altitude Namche Bazaar – so a very substantial altitude gain of over 1,600m is achieved in this stage – so just take it slow and steady up the many steps to Namche Bazaar and enjoy the scenery and beautiful mountain summit vistas deeper in the national park.
Since yiu will now be at quite a significant altitude you must let your physiology adapt the the thinner atmosphere and reduced oxygen levels. This is an essential step in the proper management of the risk of altitude sickness. Your guide will personally instruct you on what to do during the day and how best to acclimatise and how to identify any early symptoms of altitude sickness. There is plenty to see and do in Namche Bazaar itself and in the immediate surrounding area. So taking a rest day can be an interesting and fun day too. Talk with you guide about visiting places such as the famour Edmond Hillary School established to assist the Sherpa community and residents of the region. Or perhaps pay a visit to the beautiful Everest View Hotel – the view of the Mount Everest summit can be inspiring for the next days of your trek.
Today you head west to explore the ancient salt trading route betweeb Tibet and India. The trail winds along the northern slopes of the huge valley that heads west from Namche Bazaar. For the many centuries prior to the introduction of formed roads and motor vehicles this valley was a key route for traders and yak trains from Tibet. As a result the region was heavily influenced by Tibetan culture and aspects remain to this day. The later half of the walk climbs from about 3,400m to 3,800m at Thame and so you will enjoy an opportunity to rest in Thame in the afternoon. However you might also like to do a little exploring and visit the Thame Monastery. Your guide will also tell you about the famous Sherpa mountaineering history of this region. The mountaineer Apa Sherpa comes from this region and holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times. It was also the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
The first part of today’s trek is an easy descent back along the Bhote Kosi Valley trail you ascended yesterday. However the trail turns north before reaching Namche Bazaar and you ascend a steep valley trail that winds its way along the valley slopes above Namche and brings you to pretty little Khumjung village. From here you are rewarded with spectacular mountain views to the east to 6,608m Mount Thamserku and adjacent 6,685m Mount Katenga. The views northward to gorgeous Mount Ama Dablam are also stunning. This is a great place to just soak-up the grandure of the Himalaya Mountains all around you.
The walk today involves a long descent and then a steep ascent as you traverse a central section of the famous Mount Everest Base Camp Trail. Not long after leaving Khumjung you will reaqch a vantage point on the Dudh Koshi Valley that provides a spectacular vista northward to the summits of some of the most famous and spectacular mountains in the Himalaya – Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru to name just a few of the many icy peak piercing the skyline. However, the trail then descend to the bottom of the valley before starting the steep and winding climb up to Tengboche and its famous monastery. Make sure you pay a visit to the monastery and perhaos also receive a special blessing fron the monks.
You head through familiar trails and scenes as you proceed initially downhill from Tengboche. There are still a few hills to summit but you will find it easy going today. You will also pass through Khunde where you may like to take a break and visit its little monastery. Visitors are always welcome. The end of today’s walk will bring you back to bustling Namche Bazaar – a great opportunity for a little trek celebration in one of its many restaurants.
You will not doubt remember the many steep steps you climbed a week earlier as you ascended to Namche Bazaar. Today the route is all downwards and so other muscles get a workout. After the steep descent you will then find the trail more gentle on tired leags as you wind along the valley down to Phakding where you will spend the night.
This is your final day on the trail and the walking is very easy. You make even complete the walk back to Lukla in under three hours, so take your time and enjoy the scenery and the little villages you pass through.
You will be on an early scenic flight back to Kathmandu this morning. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for those back home. This evening you have a farewell dinner at a great restaurant where you can celebrate your trek achievements with your fellow trekkers and your guide. You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the restaurant and then returned in the evening.
We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
Duration: 17 days in Nepal
Best Time to go: Mar – May, Sep – Nov
Trekking: Teahouse accommodation
Max. Altitude: 5545m
Group Size: Minimum 2 persons
Local transportation: Private vehicle / domestic flight
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