Everest 11 Days Trek
Welcome to Kathmandu, the land of Everest. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up in our private vehicle and take you to Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza where you will be spending the night
After breakfast, you will board an early morning 30 minute flight to Lukla. The landing at Lukla is pretty exciting as the runway sit atop a lofty hill. The fresh air at this altitude and the surrounding mountains is surreal. From here on out your trek to Everest will commence. The walk is intentionally easy to allow you to get used to this altitude. The walk to Phakding will take you across several suspensions bridges. As you pass the Thado Koshi suspension bridge, you will catch a glimpse of Kusum and Kangru. The trail will take further along to Ghat village and further ascend to Phakding where you will spend the night.
After a hearty breakfast, you will head upstream Dhud Khosi river and continue walking to Thamserku. The trail will take across several suspension bridges and after 2 hours you will reach a small settlement of Jorsale. You will find a few shops here and it is advisable to stock up on water and snacks because you will not be able to until you reach Namche which will take another 3 hours. You will head further north and cross another suspension bridge and pass through a forest of cedar, pine and rhododendron before you finally reach Namche bazaar. Your legs might give out but once you see the first glimpse of Everest, you will find every step worth it. Namche used to a trading hub where Tibetans and Nepalese exchanged goods.
You will spend another day here in Namche because of the acclimatization process. To do that you could hike to Syangboche Airport lying 3700m high making it the highest airport on earth. The bazaar has tons of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. You could also walk up to Everest View hotel and Sagarmatha National Park for more exploring.
From Namche, you will hike to Syangboche which will take about 2 hours. You will spend the night here.
From Syangboche, we will ascend further to Tengboche. The route will descend deep into Dudh Koshi Valley. Along this route you will come across a lot of monasteries making it a spiritual experience. From Dudh Koshi, you climb another ridge top and ultimately reach the Tengboche monastery. The view at this altitude is truly magical. This place offers the best view of Mt Amadablam, Mt Everest and other adjacent peaks of the Khumbu region. The ambience is definitely worth a night stay.
After breakfast, you will return back to Namche bazaar before your hike down to Monjo. The route will take you steeply down along the Bhote Khosi river. Cross the river, you will follow the trail along to Jorsale and continue on across a few more rivers before you finally reach Monjo. You will spend the night here.
This is your final day of trekking. The walk back to Lukla consists of easy downhill slope mostly but the last portion of the trail takes you uphill. From Monjo, you will head along to Ghat and continue to make your way through the villages of Chumoa, Benkar, Phakding and Chuthawa before you finally reach the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. This gate will signify the end of your long and arduous trek. Here at Lukla, you chose to chill out in cafes and reflect on your experience.
After breakfast, you will catch a flight back to Kathmandu and the rest of the day you are free to explore the city.
The Kathmandu Durbar square offers plenty to see. Also known as Hanuman Dhoka, this palace square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was named after Hanuman, the monkey god and has statues of Hanuman that is said to protect the palace by standing guard right at the entrance. Within the palace is the residence of the living goddess Kumari known as Kumari Bahal. Young pre-pubescent girl from the town is chosen to be the living goddess and a glimpse from these Kumaris is believed to bring good fortune. With the palace square, there are prominent temples such as the Kal Bhaira. Kal literally means death and Bhairav is the vicious form of Lord Shiva. Together it literally stands for “Lord of death”. The temple served as a supreme court back in the 6th century and anyone found lying in front of the temple would die by the powers of the lord.
After you are done exploring the palace, you can visit another popular place which is Swoyambunath. Also known as the monkey temple, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The whitewashed dome represents the earth while the thirteen tiers above represent the 13 stages to nirvana. Visiting the stupa is considered equivalent to meeting the Buddha in person. The stupa is said to bring in peace and heal people from all kinds of physical and emotional difficulties. Thousands of prayer flags flutter above the stupa which contains the sacred mantras that are carried to heaven by the wind.
Today you can visit Thamel Marg. Thamel is probably the most popular tourist spot amongst not just tourists but the locals as well. There are tons of restaurants to chill in, souvenir shops, and hiking stores. You will even face street vendors trying to sell all kinds of trinkets. If you would like to buy some souvenirs, you can check out pashmina scarves which are a staple in Thamel. These scarves are made from hair of the goats found deep in the Himalayas. The more goat hair there is, the more expensive it is and the softer it gets. Prayer flags are iconic in Nepal and you might have seen them almost everywhere in Nepal. You can buy these prayer flags here in Thamel.
After a 10 day long stay in Nepal, you will finally be flying back home. We hope you had a great time. After breakfast you will prepare for your departure and it advisable to reach the airport at least 2 hours before your flight.
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