This trek lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is a very remote area. Through the trails of Nangpa La Trans Himalayan business happens in caravan style. People from Tibet walk all the way down to Namche to sell their home made stuffs and salt to trade. The most wonderful experience would be to explore this area during the end of monsoon season when flowers pop out in Nangpa la, giving the trekkers the illusion that they are walking on textured carpet. From Kathmandu we fly to Lukla and follow the traditional route to Namche Bazaar, where we leave the main trail to Everest Base Camp and head to Thame, at the foot of Bhote Kosi Valley. We trek towards Nangpa La, the pass on the ancient trading route that linked Tibet with Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,800m) – Phakding (2,652 m) 35 min flight; 3 – hours trek
Early morning after breakfast, we get transferred to domestic airport and fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minutes flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Overnight in lodge on full board.
Day 04: Phakding -Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5 – 6 hrs
Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Cross some more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.
Overnight in lodge on full board.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
This is first scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters and observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and climb up to famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak of Khumbila hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, walk back down to Namche Bazzar. Overnight in lodge on full board.
Day 06: Thame (3,801m) Traverse westwards with view of Kwangde (6,011m) and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Koshi as trail goes high on its bank through yellow & white rhododendron forest (in full-bloom in May). Cross river, look back down valley for beautiful views of Thamserku (6,623m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). Climb up through rhododendron forest to pasture lands in front of village of Thame. The secluded village is the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, who first climbed Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. Camp in meadows at the edge of village. An hour climb to the Cliffside monastery is of great interest.
Day 07: Trek to Marulung (4 – 5 hours)
Day 08: Trek to Lhahuche (5 hours)
Day 09: Trek to Dzibka (7 hours)
Day 10: Trek to Kangchung (5 hours)
Day 11: Trek to Nangpa glacier for sightseeing and return back to Lunak (6 hours)
Day 12: Trek down to Lungdeng (6-7 hours)
Day 13: Longden – over Renjo La Pass(5360 m) to Gokyo (4750 m): 8 hrs
Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain in the backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lake, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms.
Overnight in Gokyo on full board
Day 14: Gokyo Valley: Visit Gokyo Ri (5,330 m)
A full day for rest and acclimatization – but we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone’s throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, one may even try to go sixth lake too but depends on interest and time. Back to Gokyo village.
Overnight at Gokyo on full board
Day 15: Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m):2 hrs
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas. Overnight at Thaknak on full board
Day 16: Thaknak-Cho La- Dzongla (4830 m) 7 hrs
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak. Overnight at Dzongla on full board
Day 17: Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m): 4 hrs
Today, we head for Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla. Upon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Overnight at Lobuche on full board
Day 18: Lobuche (4,910m) to Everest Base Camp(5,364m)& back to Gorak shep (5,185m) 6 hrs
Today we will begin our very early morning trek heading to the Everest Base Camp! We will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We will arrive at Gorak Shep(lodges settlement ends here), where we can see snow-capped mountains looming all around us. Further continuing our exciting journey to the base camp, we’ll see the Army Mountaineers Memorials. After much effort of trekking, we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we will ever be to the highest mountain in the world where you’ll leave your footprints over the highest peaks of the world which will definitely be a lifetime memorial experience. With a rush of pride in our body, we will appreciate our efforts and dedication to reach here. Spending some time here as we’ll click pictures and enjoy the view. We will also see the deepest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier. With much satisfaction, we’ll head back to Gorak Shep for the evening. Overnight in lodge on full board.
Day 19: Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m) viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4,910m) 3 hrs
Today is definitely the climax of the trip. We will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn very early morning to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint, gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. After spending a while in the viewpoint, we’ll back to Gorak Shep for breakfast and after breakfast we trek to Lobuche. we. will get Lobuche by the lunch time after lunch You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in lodge on full board.
Day 20: Lobuche – Kongma La (5,535 m) – Chhukung (4,730 m): 7 to 8 hrs
After Breakfast we pass through Khumbu Glacier. Climbing up we reach Kongma La. There is a Pyramid shaped Italian Research Center at just over 5,000 m. We enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. Again we enjoy the marvellous views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Then we turn and walk through the stony trail. While descending down the Niyang Khola valley, we enjoy the great views of Amphu Lapcha Pass and Island Peak. Trekking further we get to Chukkung. Overnight at Chhukung on full board
Day 21: Chhukung to Tengboche(3860 m) 5 – hrs
Chhukung is also the starting point for the Island Peak Climbing. Now we are getting closer to the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous old monastery at Pangboche . From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Overnight at Tengboche on full board
Day 22: Tengboche – Namche Bazaar (3440 m) 4 hours
This trip would require about four to five hours of descent, and would take you to Namche Bazaar, with access to a multitude of guest houses and lodges, telecommunications, internet and various leisure and traditional Tibetan and modern western medical facilities. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here.
Overnight at Namche on full board
Day 23: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2800 m) 7 hrs
After breakfast the trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. 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 or Mani stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages.
Overnight at Lukla on full board
Day 24: Lukla – Kathmandu(1,350 m)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll head to your hotel. Today is a well-earned day to put your weary feet and gratefully rediscover all of civilization’s perks. You could catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 25: Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 26: Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your departure flight to your on wards destination.
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