Khumbu valley trek, khumbu region

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Khumbu valley trek

a dream destination for mountaineers and trekkers marvels with little Sherpa villages, carved prayer stones, stupas, swaying suspension bridges festooned with fluttering prayer flags and prayer wheels along emerald beauty of Gokyo lakes standing on the base of world highest mountain - Mount Everest.

Khumbu region settled by Sherpa people ingrained to Tibetan Buddhism and renowned for strength, friendly behavior overwhelming hospitality encompasses Namche bazaar gateway to world highest mountain and main tourist hub of Khumbu region furnishing multiple food items for tourists on hotels and tea houses. Khumbu region famed as Everest region and influenced by world highest mountain is also blessed with four over 8000 meters’ height mountains. Everest base camp trekking is major trekking route along with other popular trekking routes like Gokyo lake trek, EBC valley trek, EBC Chola pass, Everest three passes of this Khumbu valley.

Itinerary Overview

Day one    : Arrival on Kathmandu.

Day Two   : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Day Three : Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day Four   : Day for acclimatization

Day Five    :  Trek to Tengboche

Day Six     : Trek to Dingboche

Day Seven: Trek to Lobuche

Day Eight : Trek to Everest base camp

Day Nine   : Trek to Kala Patthar

Day Ten     : Trek to Namche Bazar

Day Eleven: Trek to Lukla

Day Twelve: Fly to Kathmandu

Day Thirteen: We drive you to airport on the basis of schedule flight.

Day 01 : Arrival Day

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel and short orientation about trekking. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

 

Day02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

You are transferred to the domestic airport for boarding the aircraft to Lukla.  The flight is thirty-five minutes long above green luscious fields and beautiful snowy mountains.  After you reach Lukla you will be introduced to your porters and as your hiking equipment is made ready, you can stroll around the town which has a variety of shops and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers, providing western-style meals and trail supplies.

A descent leads out of Lukla and on to the trail towards the mountains up ahead. You approach the clear Dudh Koshi and follow its left bank with many ascents and descents to arrive at Phakding.

 

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

When you set from Phakding, you will be bounding over many boulders but the beautiful scenes and the old Mani stone carvings will power you up. When you cross a stream and climb a terraced hill to Bengar, the trail climbs from the riverbed into the mountain, through your way to Chumoa. You pass a tiny village called Monjo, climb up and down and cross many streams till your way to Sagarmatha National Park entrance, near the village of Jorsale, where an entrance fee is collected. From Jorsale the landscapes unravel themselves at each turn as you enter a forested mountainside. The river forks along this V-shaped valley and after a short ascent along the Bhote Koshi river, you begin a steep walk to the Namche. Along the way you’ll discover many traditional huts as well as the many new buildings that are being built to accommodate the ever increasing and booming tourist trade. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. After passing the plateau you enter the Namche village where you will be spending the night.

Day 04: Day for acclimatization

Located on crescent shaped mountain slopes, Namche is the first place on the Khumbu trek that is above altitude sickness threshold so a day is needed for acclimatization. For acclimatization, you can walk up to the Sherpa culture Museum where the plateau offers some great views of the Himalayas as well Namche Bazaar now sitting well below you. You could also walk up to the Khumjung monastery which is densely populated by the Sherpas, and from where we can enjoy the Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. You’ll notice that when the sun dips behind the mountains the air suddenly feels a lot colder.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche

The trail to Tengboche follows contour from Namche and then descends to the Dudh Koshi River before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche offers magnificent view of Everest and Amadablam, making it an important lookout point. The climb to Tengboche is a long one with an especially steep first half. The climb then eases somehow as you climb the forested mountainside, and with the trail continuing down a diagonal mountainside, you are greeted by a stone gate which marks your entry to Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. There is a lodge and a hotel managed by National Park service at this point.

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche

With the khumbu mountains as a backdrop, we leave for this five-hour trek from Tengboche. The descent through a canopy of Rhododendron leads to the Deboche wall where a long Mani stone wall welcomes you. Continuing to Minlinggo you cross yet another suspension bridge over the Imja river. It is followed by a chorten-lined route to the forked way where the upper fork leads to Pangboche. You take the lower route to Pnagboche Oiln which has a remarkable potato field with stone fencing. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes.

Day 07: Trek to Lobuche

The trek to Lobuche is pretty long but with a vast landscape which makes it a beautiful walk. You will cross several frozen streams starting from high on the mountain with juniper bushes. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes till you arrive at a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to the Pheriche village below. After two hours of walking you stop near Dugla for lunch after which the climb gets more strenuous. On the way you will come across many memorials for the people who lost their lives during the Everest like Scott Fisher. One can see Mt Pumori 7165 meters, Lingtren 6713 meters and Khumbutse 6639 meters. Lobuche gives beautiful views of Nuptse and other mountains. Mt Everest and Lhotse although taller peaks are blocked by Nuptse.

Day 08: Trek to Everest base camp

We continue our trek to the base camp via Gorakshep, which was the original base camp before it got shifted to further up the valley. The path from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is short - only about five kilometers. On the other hand, it leads at a height of more than five kilometers above sea level, so it is quite difficult.  There is a large moraine of the glacier Changri on the way. You have to descend the glacier through the stone fields and ascend the second side moraine to reach Gorakshep. The trail to Everest base camp winds through Khumbu glacier with views of Nuptse and Khumbutse on the way and also occasional avalanches. When you finally reach the base camp, the place is pretty crowded and you come across piles of stones and prayer flags. After spending a while here you head back towards Gorakshep.

Day 09: Trek to Kala Patthar

The trek to Kala Patthar should begin early in order to capture the beautiful sunrise. This trek, though one of the toughest, is the most rewarding in this journey. You can see the sky paint itself in hues of orange and red above the Everest which now stands right in front of you, surrounded by other looming giants like Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, and many more. After a beautiful moment in this place, you trek back to Pheriche. Calls to any part of the world can be made from Pheriche. It is a windy town with porters, yaks, shops and also a rescue aid post with foreign doctors.

Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazar

We trek our way back to Namche via Tyangboche and it takes about six hours. You can have an early morning visit to the research center after which the journey heads on through a rhododendron covered forest to Tengboche. Tengboche to Namche takes around four and half hours descending a hill with an hour of steep climb at Phelitenge. You pass the village of Khumjung and visit its monastery which is believed to be the only monastery having a yeti scalp. After a thirty-minute walk from here you reach another traditional village of khunde which is famous for Khunde hospital built by the Edmund Hillary Trust. A very scenic walk from here brings you to Namche.

Day 11: Trek to Lukla

Trekking through Namche, Phakding (2640m), and Monjo, you will follow the Dudh koshi trail back to Lukla at a sweet pace. You can buy special souvenirs like the yak bell on your way back. The last evening will be spent among the amiable Sherpa sipping on a traditional drink chhyaang and enjoying the Sherpa dance in the lap of Himalayas.

Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes thirty minutes.

Day 13: Departure Day

We drive you to airport on the basis of scheduled flight.

 

 

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