This is a fantastic trek visiting the high lush sub-tropic Arun valley all the way to Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a sweeping flight to Tumlingtar, a local destination which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountainscapes as it approach nearer. Trekking slowly by the Arun River on the less visited area will finally lead way to the popular Khumbu area at Phakding. Next day’s walk is headed to the Sherpa capital in Namche Bazaar, with time to acclimatize ourselves, before following the quiet trail to Thame, Gokyo. The trek further follows off beaten tracks seldom embarked on by other trekkers, entering an absolute wilderness. The Everest region is undoubtedly one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers, and it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking, accompanied by beautiful views of the high snow-capped peaks of the world. It also heads to the highest spot in Kalapathar from where one can relish the outstanding breathtaking views of panorama of peaks including Mt. Everest and their glaciers. This is a fantastic trek visiting the high lush sub-tropic Arun valley all the way to Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a sweeping flight to Tumlingtar, a local destination which provides a fascinating contrast to the high mountainscapes as it approach nearer. Trekking slowly by the Arun River on the less visited area will finally lead way to the popular Khumbu area at Phakding. Next day’s walk is headed to the Sherpa capital in Namche Bazaar, with time to acclimatize ourselves, before following the quiet trail to Thame, Gokyo. The trek further follows off beaten tracks seldom embarked on by other trekkers, entering an absolute wilderness. The Everest region is undoubtedly one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers, and it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking, accompanied by beautiful views of the high snow-capped peaks of the world. It also heads to the highest spot in Kalapathar from where one can relish the outstanding breathtaking views of panorama of peaks including Mt. Everest and their glaciers.
Arrival at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to Hotel, where our Sherpa guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking /Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal
A day in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Fly to Tumlingtar 650m 45 minutes flight and trek to Kartike ghat 840m.
After breakfast, our staff will transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 45 minutes sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tumlingtar airport and its village town located on a shelf above the Arun River, we walk across to meet our trek crew beside the airstrip, one can clearly see, far off to the north, the white peak of Makalu. From here, first day of the trek, starts from Tumlingtar the walk is pleasant for an hour through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail narrows and leads gradually towards Khartikeghat in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm fields along the way, overnight camp by the bank of Arun River, crossing the suspension bridge before reaching to the camp.
Trek to Gothe Bazaar 800m 6 hours.
After breakfast, leaving the Arun River down below with a climb of few hours the path meanders gradually towards north through the sub tropical forest around Baluwabesi, crossing Brahman, Chettri and Rai villages, finally reaching overnight camp at Gothe Bazzar, a small farm village and it is popular for Rudrakchhhaya (Hindu’s holy beads
Trek Salpa Phedi 2,415m, 6 hours
The walk today leads through terrace land with rice paddies, Citrus fruits, Banana groves etc. sparsely populated by Rai and Sherpa people, who makes Nepali paper by local plants Lokta (Dampne papaerius). Trail leads upwards, almost imperceptibly gaining in elevation, through the rice fields, crossing numerous bamboo bridges, flimsy and substantial and re-crossing the river and there are many pools large enough for swimming. Finally reaching at the base of Salpa pass known as Phedi where there are few tea-shops and local lodges
Trek Salpa Phedi to Guranse 3,075m 5-6 hrs
The walk leads uphill most of the way ascend through bamboo then rhododendron, from the steamy Arun valley to near the Salpa Bhanjyung Pass, the trail in between are gradual in the meadows, following the forest path passing several Sheppard’s shades, then reaching at Guranse for the overnight stop in the midst of the rhododendron forest.
Trek to Gudel 1,640m via Salpa pass 5-6 hrs.
Morning walk leads to a short uphill to the top of the pass at Salpa top at 3,349m where a large chorten marks the pass and the beginning of Sherpa influence. This is long descent to the Hongu Khola, through hemlock and fir forest that abounds with bird and animal life including Himalayan bear, barking deer and lesser panda. From the top the trail descends and continues reaching the base at Sonam village from here another few hours treks to the large Rai village of Gudel for the overnight stop.
Trek to Khiraule 2,360m 3-4 hrs
The walk today is shorter than the previous day; the walk leads past the Gudel village reaching the bridge over the torrent Hinku River, crossing the suspension bridge reaching at Bung village, although steeper, and ascent to Bung. This rice growing area is one of the most fertile regions of Nepal and is almost exclusively Rai, although you begin to find some Sherpa villages at higher elevations. From Bung another hour of good gradual reaches at Khiralule overlooking both the villages of Gudel and Bung down below.
Trek to Ghai Kharka 2,450m via Surkie La (pass) 3100m -6 hours.
After a wonderful time at Khiraule the walk leads to uphill climb away from the villages passing through the cool shade of the forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks and hemlock reaching at Surki-la or Ghai-Kharka pass a small narrow spot, from here a long descend leads to the overnight camp at Ghai-Kharka a small farm area, at present there are 4-5 tea houses to serve the travelers.
A Spare day / Contingency Day
This is a spare day in case of flight delay in the first day or for alteration of itinerary days if required.
Trek to Pangbung 2,670m 6hours.
After breakfast, the trail descents continue across the Hinku Khola towards the Dudh Kosi, after crossing the bridge the walk leads to a steep ascent leading north to Kharte a small village inhabited by Sherpa tribe. From here the walk leads on the gradual good winding path all the way to the large village of Pangbung.
Trek to Puiyan 2,800m 5-6 hrs.
From here onwards the air gets much cooler heading close to Khumbu area, walk leads to a small climb on the wide meandering path through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and the fragment Dhaphne bholua; the Nepalese paper plant, bird life, including pheasant, is abundant along this section of the trail. Walk continue traversing the flank of the Kharte Dande high above the river to a notch in the ridge, the Kharte La 3,880m, journey continues through a small village at Puiyan 2,800m, a nice spot in the middle of the forest.
Trek to Phakding 2,650m. 5-6 hrs
After Puiyan the walk is gentle for couple of hours on the long winding path and rising slowly on the flank of the Sebuk Danda to the Chotok La 2,945m. From this ridge high above towards North West, one can see the Lukla town and its airstrip and the Surkhe village down below, then descending nearly 700 meters drop to Surkhe after 2-3 hours of good walk from the lunch place. Surkhe situated just beneath the hills of Lukla, where one can see the airplane flying overhead. From Surkhe route diverts westward to join the main trail coming from Lukla, time permitting if some one wish to visit Lukla can do so which will take about 2 hours of steep uphill climb and can join later in the camp at Phakding. Our walk leads to a climb on the winding path, coming to a village at Muse and Ghaikharka after two hours of good walk, from here a gentle climb brings at a place called Choplung where the road from Lukla joins. The walk from here is on the gradual path most of the way, with few ups in between, from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m after crossing a short suspension bridge, and a climb brings to the Ghat village, another hour of pleasant walk reaches at Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar
Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours
The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. Once at the top walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-Ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement with couple of teahouses and a small Nepalese Army barrack serving as park wardens in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. Walk from here is strenuous for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa, is reached for the overnight stop. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.
Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deoboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deoboche walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, a little farther from here the route leads to Pangboche at 3,900m from here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break journey continues gradually towards east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam, from here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.
Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani Col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.
Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours.
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-Tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1.5 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1.5 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses. After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. After a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight.
Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m continue walk to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapathar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapathar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the walk is downhill most of the way, after Thugla where the Dingboche trails branches off from here our route descends further to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon can be very windy here, after an hour of good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.
Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs.
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the woodlands and vegetation with an hour up hill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Trek to Monjo. 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here the route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. On reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit.
Trek to Lukla 2,830m 5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take about 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staffs receives and transfer you back to the Hotel.
Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
4. Internal flight Kathmandu / Tumlingtar and Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
5. Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
6. Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
7. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
7. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
8. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
9. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.