Mt. Everest the highest peak of the world also known as Sagarmatha - means higher than the sky. The trek to Everest Base Camp is the majestic walk in the land of the Himalayas. Trekking through the Everest region offers surprising and hidden mountain views, and opportunities to get a glimpse into the culture and lifestyle of The Sherpas (World Famous Mountain climbers). This trek submerges you in the unique natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. The adventure can defiantly be for lifetime. Discover a land where the people and the environment are as stagnant as the mighty Himalayas. This trek is not only famous just because of the world’s highest mountain but also for its villages, local inhabitants, their unique traditions, festivals and extraordinary years old Monasteries that are bound to amaze you.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Meet, welcome, assist by our representative & transfer to hotel. Welcome drink followed by tour briefing. Get refreshed and rest of the day is free for your own personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2610m)
Flight Duration : 40 mins
Hiking Duration: 3 to 4 hours
You will start the program with a flight from TIA to Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu. The flight takes you over the Himalayas giving you a breathtaking panoramic view of the higher mountains, including the famous Mt. Everest, standing there with the snow covered peak in all its glory. As the flight continues, you can feel Mt. Everest growing towards you. The altitude will hit you with the panoramic surroundings exactly when you get off from the flight. From Lukla your trek will begin by the side of the DudhKoshi (Milk River) which can be seen meandering into the horizon. You will be trekking amidst rhododendron forest smelling the strong aroma of evergreen oak. The sighting of snowy peaks acts as an indicator that the trek is going to be more challenging and gradually the beginning of an adventure will test one’s mental and physical strength. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3480m)
Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
The trail will start off relatively easy but will gradually become harder. You will be able to get your first glimpse of Everest as you are crossing the mighty DudhKoshi. As you proceed on further, the trail will lead you to Monjo where you could make a lunch stop over. The next part of the trail will be more difficult. The trail becomes vertical and the altitude will add on as we head towards Namche, leaving one with shortness of breath. One should not increase the walking pace but rather progress slowly and steadily. You will be making a pit stop at Namche Bazaar for overnight. The people of and around the Solukhumbu region conjugate in this area to do business. There are the facilities of shops, restaurants, hotels, a bank and internet services which enables you to get in touch with your loved ones, friends and relatives. Namche Bazaar offers an interesting insight on how the people survive in the region. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is also known as the Sherpa Capital. You can use your time to acclimatize, relax and explore the surrounding places. Most of the trekkers prefer to get up before sunrise to view the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Thamserku, AmaDablam and other glorious peaks from the Sagarmatha National Park. One can get a chance to observe the shadow of the mountains being projected onto the clouds above and truly appreciate their magnitude. As an energy supplier, one should try salt-butter tea and Champa – a kind of barley often consume by the sherpas in the region. The lively cultural Saturday market is worth a visit and is usually full with traders who are trying to desperately sell off their products. Overnight will be in a local lodge.
Day 5: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3870m)
Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
After having Breakfast, we will start trekking towards Tengboche. Walking will start through the old but still used, Everest Expedition Trail. The trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic view of the Mount Everest (8,848 m), Thamserku (6,618 m) and AmaDablam peak standing at 6,856m located exactly at east side of Mt. Everest, and leads you upwards through thick forest of rhododendron. There is high probability of you, coinciding with the Himalayan wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, pheasants, monkeys etc. The lovely aroma of Juniper bush welcomes you and shows the way towards Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for the Buddhist Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja) and the view point.
The Tengboche Monastery is the largest and Most Dynamic Monastery of Khumbu region. Many young Buddhist monks live and receive excellent education there. From the courtyard, you can see spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The Mani Rimdu (a Sherpa dance-drama festival) takes place here during the full moon in November-December. Mani Rimdu is the worship of Phakpa Chenrezig, the god of Compassion and the prayers are meant to benefit all beings. The elaborate and very meaningful dance performance attracts a large crowd during Mani Rimdu.
Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 6: Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m)
Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours
Beyond Tengboche you can fell the altitude difference which might affect you. The trail to Pheriche leaves one wanting for more. The trail drops down to Devuche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past many unique Mani stones in Pangboche. The stones have carvings of the famous Tibetan Buddhist chant (Om Mani Padme Hum) that virtually speak about the rich culture of the area. Pangboche was the original settlement of the Sherpa’s in Khumbu region. Due to pressure of famine and feudal conflict, they migrated from Kham, in eastern Tibet. Pangboche Gompa is the original Gompa established by Lama Dorje, who guided the Sherpas from Kham to Khumbu. The Gompa is worth visiting and donating some money to the lama will ensure viewing of some yeti relics. The village is the best place for a stopover for lunch. The trail then climbs to Pheriche which stands at 4240m. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 7: Explore day in Pheriche
Today, you will acclimatize here or either walks around to explore the Pheriche village. Pheriche is a village in the Khumbu region above the Tsola River which is situated at an altitude of about 4,371 m (14,340 ft). The village is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers especially for acclimatization. There are also many lodges where trekkers and climbers on their way to the Everest Base Camp can stay. In the clear weather, early in the morning one can see the crystal clear view of the stunning Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Taboche, Lobuche Peak and most especially Cho Oyo. Pheriche was primarily a farming village producing potatoes and buckwheats and keeping yaks (mountain Cows). However, now in summer most villagers especially men are employed by trekkers as guides and porters. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 8: Pheriche to Lobuche (4950m)
Hiking duration: 4 to 5 hours
Due to the climate at the altitude, the trail that leads Lobuche is sparse. Along the way the trail will be covered by snow. From this high vintage point, you will be able to get unbelievable panoramic view of the giant Mt. Everest and its Neighbour Himalayas. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160)
Hiking Duration: 3 to 4 Hours
Today you will start ahead for Gorakshep. On the trail you will see the Khumbu Glacier - Snow River, and Highlands. Similarly, you will be blessed by the Mt. Everest all the way to Gorakshep.
After lunch in Gorakshep, you will continue go to the Kala Pathar and enjoy the red sun. You will be amaded with the wonderful view of sunset which the words cannot explain.Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 10: Gorakshep to Dingboche via Kalapattar
Early in the morning, start walking to KalaPatthar and enjoy the spectacular view of sun rising. From Kala Pathar, one can see Mt Everest, Mt Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku along with many other small mountains. After climbing down take Breakfast and trek back to Dingboche (4400m). Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 11: Dingboche to Tengboche
After Breakfast, you will be heading to the long but easy trail down to Tengboche. The trail is mostly lonely with only the flattering and flapping of prayer flag to remind you of the existence of human activities there. We will follow the trail down to Tengboche. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 12: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3480m)
Hiking duration: 4 to 5 hours
After Breakfast, you will be headed back to Namache Bazaar. The trail follows down to the DudhKosi where there are presence of water-driven prayer wheels. The trek continues back of the Sagarmatha National Park through paths of Pine and Cedar woods. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Hiking duration: 8 to 9 hours
After Breakfast you will follow the trail which heads down and crosses the DudhKoshi. The trek continues through the Chumoa village- a beautiful village to have lunch. After lunch you will walk along the river side until Phakding, after then you will be headed towards Lukla, the vanishing sight of the snowy peaks in the distance indicates that the most difficult part has passed away and the end of an exciting and magnificent adventure that has pushed one to their limits. Now, you will be entering through thick rhododendron forest which gives off a strong aroma of evergreen oak and trek along the DudhKoshi (Milk River). After a few hours walk, you will reach to Lukla where you can relax and dip yourself in the local culture and lifestyle. Overnight accommodation will be in a local lodge.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
After Breakfast, flight back to Kathmandu which leaves before 10:00 am finally living the Everest Region. According to weather condition, there might be some fluctuation on the flight time. When the flight lands in Kathmandu Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel by a private vehicle. Overnight accommodation in Hotel.
Day 15: Rest Day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a rest day in Kathmandu. You will have a tour briefing about your Tibet Tour by the office representatives. After then, you will be provided with all the necessary documents like air-tickets, Visas, Permits. You can enjoy your day on your own style. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu & Arrival in Lhasa
Arrive Lhasa, Situated at 3650 meters (12,000 feet), Transfer to your booked hotel. After hotel Check-in, the time can be utilized as a leisure. You can go for city walk around the Barkhor, which is in the center of Lhasa’s Old Town. Jokhang Temple surrounded by the ancient market area is a perfect introduction to Tibet and the perfect place for photography. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17: Lhasa Explore.
You can be busy for several days in Lhasa as there are plenty of things to do and enjoy. You can visit Tibet's ancient Temple Jokhang, It is also the most holy and famous temple. In the morning, large number of Tibetan pilgrims come here to worship the god and the place seems extremely crowdy, but it is the best time to visit there. The Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple of Tibet and is one of the major attractions. In the afternoon, you can visit Sera Monastery and see the famous Buddhist philosophy debates that the monks take place each day (Monday—Friday). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3660 m).
After Breakfast, you can visit the Potala Palace. It is best to explore inside of the Potala in the morning. Then, you can walk through the pilgrimage route around the Potala. In the afternoon, you can visit the amazing places such as the Norbulinka (the Dalai Lama’s summer palace), Drepung Monastery, Sangkhung Nunnery, Ramoche Temple and more. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 19: Lhasa—Yamdrok Lake—Karo La Glacier—Gyantse
Distance: 260 kms/162 miles
After leaving Lhasa city, you will drive southwest through the way along Kyi Chu River, a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The first major site is the scenic lake of Yamdrok. The turquoise colored lake lies at 4447 meters/14,590 feet. You will first see the lake as you cross the 4700 meter/15,420 foot Kamba La Pass. In the distance beyond the lake, you get a fantastic view of the glaciated peak of Nojin Kangtsang rising to 7191 meters/23,593 feet.
Descending from the Kamba La Pass, the road follows alongside Yamdrok Lake to the small town of Nakartse. Leaving Nakartse or Samding Monastery, you continue driving east towards the Karo La Pass. This pass lies just under 5000 meters/16,400 feet and presents as the boundary between Lhoka prefecture and Shigatse prefecture (not to be confused with the town of Shigatse). The high pass lies on the base of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang, the same snow-capped peak viewed from above Yamdrok Lake. From this pass, you can observe the glimpse of glaciers as they stop just above the highway.
From the Karo La Pass, the road begins to descend to Gyantse at the elevation of 4,025 meters/13,210 feet, is one of the most interesting town of Tibet. The massive hilltop military fort called the Gyantse Dzong dominates the skyline. It is one of the best preserved “dzong” (fortress) in Tibet. You can easily purchase an entry ticket and explore the old fort. Another main attraction in Gyantse is the 35 meter high Gyantse Kumbum Stupa. It is one of the highest and largest Stupa in Tibet and is found on the grounds of the Pelkor Monastery. Construction on the Gyantse Kumbum began in 1427. The stupa has 6 floors to explore, with each floor having several chapels. The Pelkor Monastery has many pilgrims from the surrounding area during Losar or Tibetan New Year, which is one of the best times to visit the region. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 20: Gyantse – Shigatse
Distance: 93 kilometers/58 miles
After Breakfast, a short(2 hours) drive from Gyantse to Shigatse passes through fertile plains where wheat and barley are grown. One of the main attraction in Shigatse is the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Tashilhunpo is one of the 6 main monasteries of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tashilhunpo Monastery is the home monastery of Panchen Lamas, the most influential line of lama’s in Tibet after the Dalai Lama. The tomb of the 5th through the 10th Panchen Lama’s are found within the huge monastery. Tashilhunpo is a major pilgrimage destination for Tibetans from across the plateau. The monastery is filled with large number of pilgrims during New Year time, though there are at least a few hundred here each day throughout the rest of the year. Nearby to Tashilhunpo Monastery is the newly rebuilt Shigatse Dzong. The Walking Street, a few hundred meters before Tashilhunpo Monastery, is available with souvenir shops, restaurants and tea houses.
Day 21: Shigatse—Suge La Pass—Nam Tso.
Distance: 380 kilometers/238 miles.
Depart from Shigatse and start driving to Nam Tso, the largest lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Along the way to Nam Tso, you will cross over the monstrous 5440 meter Suge La, one of the highest mountain passes in the world that you can drive over. This pass is over 80 meters higher than the Khardung La in Ladakh, India, which claims (but is incorrect) to be the highest motorable road in the world. From the top of the Suge La Pass, you can get an excellent view of the 7000 meter peaks of the Nyenchen Tanglha Range.
Nam Tso, elevation 4718 meters/15,479 feet, is an incredibly beautiful lake. There are often times some nomadic yak herders found along the way between the Suge La Pass and Nam Tso. Along the shores of the lake is the small monastery of Tashi Dor. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 22: Nam Tso—Lhasa.
Distance: 220 kilometers/138 miles.
Return to Lhasa. You will have plenty of time left to do some last minute shopping, walk around the Barkhor a few more times and watch all of the Tibetan pilgrims prostrating in front of the Jokhang Temple.Overnight in Hotel.
Day 23: Depart Lhasa.
The last day you can fly out of Lhasa for your onwards destination.
For Kalapathar Trekking
flight ticket for you and trekking guide.
• All necessary permits required for trek.
• One Professional Trekking guide and one porter and their wages and salaries.
Note: A porter can carry overall 18
kilograms of luggage and share between two clients. So the clients are
suggested to bring 9 kilo of luggage.
• Three times meal during the treks (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
• All necessary land
transportation as mentioned in the itinerary by the private vehicle.
• Insurance for the trekking staffs.
• Accommodation on a normal lodge/home stay during trek.
• First aid kit for trekking staffs.
• Good equipment for your guide and porter to trek.
• A kit bag for you to put all luggages.
For Tibet Tour
· Tibet Visa and permit.
· Transfer by 4WD Land Cruiser.
· Accommodation as per the itinerary on B/B basis.
· Sightseeing as per the itinerary by English speaking Tibetan guide.
· Monastery entrance fees and all necessary transport Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
· Air tickets Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu.
For Kalapathar Trekking
• Drinks / Beverages bills to you
• Tipping (Tips)
• Personal Expenses
• Entrance fees for temple and monastery
• Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc
• Personal trekking gears.
• First aid kit (for you)
• Emergency Rescue evacuation.
• Insurance of any kind.
• Items not mentioned on “Cost Included”
For Tibet Tour
· Lunch, Dinner and Drinks
· Nepal Re-entry visa fees.
· Insurance of any kind of personal, nature expenses
· Extra cost in emergency.
· Donations in temple and monastery.
Kalapathar with Tibet tour
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