We fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla(2800m)
for about 40 minutes. This airstrip was built in the sixties by Sir Edmund Hillary
and the Sherpas. Once landed, we have lunch while our equipments are sorted out
and loaded. We then take an easy walk to Phakding and camp.
As easy day again to help for acclimatization. This is a busy trail with plenty
of human interest. There are also tantalizing glimpses of Kusum Kangru (6369m)
through the beautiful pine forests and we camp at Joresalee (2800m).
Not a long day but a hard pull up ton Namche Bazar to arrive
for an early lunch and our overnight camp. As we climb, we have our first views
of Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879m). We camp right in the heart of the village
and have the rest of the day to enjoy the splendid Sherpa hospitality.
Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazar (3444m). We
enjoy a rest day here to allow for maximum acclimatization on our way to Everest
Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas
and simply enjoying and marveling at the incredible scenery.
Today we walk along a very pleasant trail under the soaring
peak to Thamserku and steadily descending to the Imja river and lunch at Phunki
where there are a series of water driven prayer wheels. In the afternoon, we climb
steadily for about 2 hours to Thyangboche Monastery (3875m) and the views from
here are magnificent. The Monastery is literally surrounded by mountains. Yaks
graze on the small meadow and the monks drone through their prayers. Surely, this
is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Rest and acclimatization day at Thyangboche. This is a day
to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery that surrounds you. Everest Lhotse,
Nuptse, Taboche (6367m). You can visit the Monastery and the monks will happily
show you around. This is just the spot for a rest day.
We move up the Imja river valley to Pangboche (3900m). We
stop here for lunch and visit the Monastery and look at the 'Yeti Sculpt'. In
the afternoon we continue on to the summer village of Dingboiche (4360m). The
scenery all day is superb.
Another rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche. This rest
and acclimatization day should give you an excellent chance of ascending Kala
Pathar, the Base Camp of the Everest. From these yak herders' village, there are
a number of interesting excursions. A 2 hours walk to the huts at Chukung (4700m)
will take you to the glaciers flowing off Nuptse and Lhostse. We camp at the foot
We walk up a small ridge and then contour around the base
of the Khumbu Glacier and have a light lunch at Dhungla (4600m) From here, we
have a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the
views are stunning. We contour round the moraine again to camp at the foot of
the Lobuje Ice Fall (4930m).
Today, we climb Kala Pathar. The actual distance is not so
far but we take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorekh
Shep (5288m) for a light lunch. We then take the climb to Kala Pathar (5545m).
This is a hard pull but the view from top surpasses anything you can imagine.
All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren
(6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate us from Tibet, and just over the Lho La
pass. We see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen
of them all- Sagarmatha (Everest) towers over everyone. This is the Roof of the
World. We return to Lobuje at our camp.
We retrace our steps along the glacier to Pheriche (4260m)
and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we take the lower trail to Pangboche and
Thyangboche and camp.
Descending to Imja river we climb to Khumjung for lunch.
Excellent views all day and camp at Khumjung (3779m).
Descending, pass through Namche Bazar passing under the towering
Kongde ridge (6186m) and follow the Dudh Koshi to Phakding to camp.
We walk to Lukla and enjoy a farewell party with our Sherpa
Fly back to Kathmandu.
Himal 22 Nights / 23 Days Trek
KATHMANDU/BARABISE (850 M.) 1/2 HOURS.
After early lunch, drive to Barabise on the Arniko highway. The 86
km drive takes around 4 hrs. From Barabise trek for 1/2 hours and camp near the
Mahadeva Koshi temple.
BARABISE/JALJALE (2130M.) 8 HOURS.
After crossing Koshi river ascend
to Dhunge Patti for about an hour and then to Pisker (1760 m.) via Aklaigaon.
Have lunch at Pisker and then trek to Jaljale. Ascend for about an hours to Dang
Jhale (2450 m.) if the day is pleasand enough for overnight camp.
JALJALE/BONCHA (1930 M.) 7 HOURS.
Trek for about an hours to chotke pass ( 2670 m.) form Dang Jhale. Descend
to Burkosir (2480 m.). After having lunch at Daray Dunga descend further to boncha
for overnight camping.
BONCHA/DOMBAN (990 M.) 8 HOURS.
After crossing the stream ascend the trail which passes through the scattered
village of Makai Bari till Charikot is reached. the track then descends to Dolkha
( 1800 m.). Have lunch near the Bhimsensthan temple and then descend to the crest
of the ridge down to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi river foor camping.
DOMBAN/SURI DOBAN (1130 M.) 8 HOURS.
Follow the track
on the western bank of Bhote Koshi., which maintains a steady height through terraced
fields and scanty pine forests for about 3 hours. Halt for lunch before reaching
Pekuti village. From there to Barclays suspension bridge takes about 3 hours and
after crossing the same trek for another hour along the right bank to reach Suri
Doban, where you will camp for the night.
SURI DOBAN/ TASHINAM (2235 M.) 8 HOURS.
walking for about 2 hours along the right bank of Bhote Koshi, Tatopani village
is reached. The hot springs lie on the other side of the river. Trek for an hour
to mandali village (1245 m.) and halt for lunch. A steep ascend for about 1000
m. through pine and rhododendron forests brings you to Tashinam, a Sherpa village.
TASHINAM/SHAKBA (2650 M.) 7 HOURS.
After climbing a little, the trail descends gradually round a Patti ( resting
place) at around 2310 m. from where one can see the confluence of Bhote Koshi
and Rolwaling Koshi. The trail after this place is quite dangerous. Descend through
a thin forest to Senbigaon, where you will have lunch and then continue to Shakba
SHAKBA/RAMDING (3000 M.).
Shakba the trails passes through a small forest. Have lunch by the stream at Dangkhang
Dzong 3100 m. The trail then climbs gradually up to bridge. After crossing the
same and following the western bank, arrive at Ramding passing Nimeray on the
RAMDING/NANGAON (4150 M.) 6 HOURS.
After passing Jomojunja, you will reach Boding 3800 m. in an hours
time. Boding is the largest village in the Rolwaling valley. Have lunch near the
large Stupa and then ascend for 3 hours along the left bank of the stream to Nangaon.
10 TO DAY 14:
EXCURSIONS IN THIS REGION.
NANGAON/TSOBUK LAKE AREA (5000 M.) 6 HOURS.
Nangaon the trail to Ramding Himal and Tashi Lepcha separates. After gradual ascent
through the valley. Tsobuk Lake is reached in about 3 hours. Have lunch there.
The trail beyond is dangerous and rocky. Camp at the foot of the glacier.
TSOBUK LAKE AREA/DROLUMBAU GLACIER (6400 M.) 5 HOURS.
Cross the mountain to the right and climb on ice and snow for about 300 m. to
be on the flat Drolumbau glacier. Walk for about 3 hours gaining steady altitude
and climb to the camping area 350 m. short of Tashi Lepcha Pass at 5750m. You
will be provided with a paced lunch for this route.
DROLUNBAU GLACIER/TASHI LEPCHA AREA (6400 M.) 4 HOURS.
Climbing to Tashi Lepcha and descending towards Khumbu area involves technical
gear and skill. The view from Tashi Lepcha is beyoin description. You can see
the Mt. Everest with it's numerous satellites like Thamaserky, Amadablam etc.
surrounding the Drolumbau glacier.
TASHI LEPCHA AREA/THAMI (3810 M.) 6 HOURS.
along the steep slopes up to the Yak pasture at Tsangpo 4220 m. for lunch stop.
The track now descends very pleasantly to Thami village where you will camp for
overnight by the stream.
THAMI/NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440 M.) 5 HOURS.
A trek for about
3 hours brings you to Namche. During the entire walk you are in view of the Kunde
range on right and Thamaserky in the front. Camping is done about the bazaar and
on the grazing ground.
NAMCHE BAZAAR/SHYANGBOCHE 8 HOURS.
Make an excursion
to THYANGBOCHE Monastery with packed lunch which takes about 4 hours each way
and return to NAMCHE.An excursion to Khumjung, Kunde.
SHYANGBOCHE/GHAT (2510 M.) 6 HOURS.
After breakfast descend
to Hillary bridge and then follow the Dudhkoshi to Jorsale for lunch halt. Overnight
camp at GHAT by the stream.
GHAT/LUKLA (2800 M.) 4 HOURS.
After breakfast, ascend
gradually to Lukla. Camp near the air strip.
early breakfast, walk to the Lukla Airport to board Kathmandu flight.
Days Khumbhu Trek
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). This flight provides
a magnificent entree to the trek. An easy walk through several village to camp
we have a very pleasant day walking to Jorsalee (2800m). We pass through several
small villages and beautiful pine forest. This is a busy trail with plenty of
human interest. Out first good views are especially of the west ridge of Kusum
We follow the Dudh Kosi for about 1 hour and then climb slowly
up a steep trail to Namche. As we climb, we enjoy our first views of Everest (8848m),
Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m) - the big three. We camp in the heart of the
Climbing gently out of Namche, we follow the trail high above
the river, passing through numerous beautifully inscribed mani (prayer) stones.
Thami village is dramatically situated below the peaks of Teng kangboche (6500m)
and kwangde (6187m). The monastery is well worth a visit, being one of the most
beautiful and important place in the Khumbhu region.
Retracing our steps, we return to Namche Bazar.
Rest and acclimatization day.
We walk along a beautiful trail with excellent views of the
Everest massif and the southern skyline dominated by the soaring peak of Tamserku
(6623m). Descending to Imja river, we lunch at Phunki (93200m), next to several
large water driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly to the
monastery and one of the most beautiful spots on earth and camp at Thyangboche
Rest and acclimatization day.
We descend to the Imja river again and climb steadily to
the twin village of Khunde and Khumjung. Keep your eyes open for the splendid
Danphe Pheasant, Nepal's national bird. At the monastery in Khumjung, there is
what the Sherpas claim to be the scalp of the Yeti.
Dropping steadily, we pass through Namche Bazar and continue
down to join the foaming waters of the Dudhkosi river again. A pleasant walk through
the pine forests takes us to Jorsalee.
A steady walk brings us to Lukla where we enjoy a farewell
with our Sherpa crew.
Fly back to Kathmandu.