Plan Nepal Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Duration

26 days

Activities

  • Trekking in Nepal

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Overview

Trip highlights

This classic trek to the region, is less crowded and surprisingly quiet, with many people electing to fly directly to Lukla and missing out on this fantastic part of the trail. The trek can be strenuous as you are crossing the country against the grain of the mountains and rivers at the beginning.But with every close encounter with the beautiful scenery of ancient rhododendron forests, fields of barley and apple orchards, as you climb ridges to descend in to green river valleys, the feeling of tiredness seems to fade away from the memory and you are eager for more adventures.

The trek leads you to the magical landscape of huge and pristine glaciers, rugged and highly challenging but beautiful trails bringing to the world of the legendary Sherpas.

Activities:
Trekking in Nepal
Grading:
4
difficult

Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) takes about nine hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.) takes about five and half hours. The beginning of our trek gently ascends for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it descends to Shivalaya (1800m.). The trail then steeply goes up for two hours and the rest of the day is gently up to Deurali. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.) takes about six hours.The beginning of our trek steeply descends early for an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descends to Kenja (1600m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.) takes about six hours. We climb steeply early for two hours passing through Dagchu and Goyem, small Sherpa settlements. Then, cross over the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest day at Junbesi and hang around or visit Thubten Chholing. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) takes approximately six hours. The beginning of our trek gently ascends for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). Our path then levels out before gently descending to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, our trail ascends steeply for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) takes about six hours. The beginning of our trek is gently descends to the Dudh Koshi river for the early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi river, our trail goes up all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a big Rai village and farming lands. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) takes about five and half hours. At the beginning of the day, we ascend steeply for early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking, we pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. At the end of the day, our trail steeply descends to our destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) takes about five hours. The first part of the trek gently ascends for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). Our trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascends to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about five hours. This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. For acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital or a 1 hour walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m) takes about four hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m) takes about five hours. We retrace our route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village that has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m) takes about five and half hours. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. Our trek steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and then begins to climb steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forests festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) takes about five hours. From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of us,are majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) takes about four and half hours. Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-waters. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), our route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari, and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Rest day at Gokyo when we may go for excursions in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village takes about four and half hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours. Now we ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time, the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving us a chill feeling. Here we can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche which takes about 5 hours. From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge

Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.)and back to Gorakshep which takes about 4 and half hours. While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet some of the expedition teams on the way to Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. We return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then trek to Pheriche (4250m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Early in the morning, climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town; from there we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Here is located the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers and local people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850m.) takes about 4 hours. To reach Tengbochewe pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon our arrival at Tengboche village we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about 4 hours. From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell their Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes.

Includes & Excludes

  • A trekking guide
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • Airport tax at Lukla domestic airport
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Car drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and from Kathmandu domestic airport to hotel
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • First Aid kit
  • Flight ticket from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries up to 25 kgs. of luggage)
  • Rescue Assistance
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
    • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Nature of personal expenses
    • Tips

     

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