Day 1: Kathmandu 1340m:
Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to the Hotel. Kathmandu is the colorful of Nepal, a fascinating blend of rational architecture and symbols of the twentieth century. It’s artistic and cultural heritages are evident where ornately carried balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. If you have time, we recommend that you check out Durbar square, home to the palace of Kumari Devi, considered to be a living goddess. It is also worth the climb to visit Swayambhunath the monkey temple. Explore the network of street Markets and ally Bazaars and witness the burning Ghats at PashupatiNath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighboring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur are well worth a visit too.
Day 2: KTM to Lukla continues trek to Phakding 2640m 3.30 hours, overnight Hotel (BB).
Early morning flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic) Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the day trek, as well as introduce you to your porters. While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipment, you have time to explore Lukla. After finishing breakfast, proceed from Lukla to Khumbu, head north, past a Chorten with praying wheels and join the main tail at Choplung (2696m) in less than one hour. They proceed from their head north crossing the Thado Khola (2554m) with the awesome trekking peak Kusum Khanguru (6483m) at its head. To reach Phakding (2640m), 1.30 hours from Chuplung or almost 3.30 hours from Lukla, overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m 5.30 hours, overnight Hotel (B/L/D).
To cross the west bank (right) of the Dudh koshi river, Continue through blue pine and rhododendron forests, pass a settlement of Metal worker (Tok Tok), village of Banker (2905m) with a small lodge, see view of Mt. Thamserku (6856m) 1 hour. In the short while cross to the east (left) bank and climb up through Chumowa, cross the Khansar Khola to reach Mondzo (2835m). Enter Sagarmatha national park here, check your permit. Descend in a cleft to the west (right) bank of Dudh Kosi on a suspension bridge to reach Jorsule (2774m) 30 minutes. This is the last village before Namche Bazar. We take Lunch here & proceed to cross Dudh Kosi (Bhote Kosi) again to the left side & again to cross the main Dudh Kosi, climb up till to Namche Bazaar (3440m), proceed in pine forest. First view of Mt. Everest between Lhotse & Nuptse reaches 2 and half hours from Jorsule, overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization rest day (B/L/D).
Today is a rest day, however, we should do some activities such as to climb Syangboche airport, visit Sherpa home in khumjung/Khunde including Adman Hilary School or view from Everest view point Hotel 2hr. Namche bazaar has many officials or offices, including army base camp and bank. Namche used to be a trading center, where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet and it remains now a trading center. Every Saturday is market day. It is headquarter of Sagarmatha National park (SNP) & Sagarmatha pollution controlled Project (SPCP). Here is the Sherpa Museum & monasteries too. Overnight Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Trek to Dole 4260m 6 hours, overnight Hotel (B/L/D).
Today, we start early, the trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Durbindanda, Photse Tanga and summer settlements. The views of AmaDablam, Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at the Guesthouse.
Day 6: Trek to Machharma 4470 m 5 hours, overnight Hotel (B/L/D).
The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descends to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon. After lunch we can climb over the feather of Machherma for acclimatization and return to the hotel. Overnight at the Guesthouse.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo 4790m 4.30 hours, overnight Hotel (B/L/D).
Today the trek takes us to one of our final destinations, Gokyo (4790m).We will start at 7.30 Am in the morning, passing through some basic tea shops and meet the first lake, second and third lake where there is a small settlement called Gokyo. We had a late lunch in Gokyo. Our hotel is near the Lake. We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have a couple of sightseeing trips around Gokyo valley, overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 8: Trek Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo 5 hours and rest (B/L/D).
Today, early in the morning we climbed up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5483 meters, ample rewards to one attempt on this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we have acclimatization and after noon back to the Hotel. Overnight at Guesthouse, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with hot drinks.
Day 9: Trek over Renjola passes 5340m – Marulung 4210m 7-10 hours, overnight at hotel/guest house (B/L/D).
Start early in the morning after breakfast, follow the right side of Gokyo Lake and start climbing up. There is some rock climbing before the top but the trekking path is very wide and steps. Nowadays the Yak also carries the load over Renjola Pass in spring and autumn season. From the top 5540m you can see excellent views from Mt Everest to Makalu. After the pass continues down to the first lake, there are some steps and then gradually flat passing through the pasture and steeply down to Lymrung where we have lunch and walk down to Marlung one hours more from Lunrung, 8 to 10 hours, Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Thame 3820 meters 3.30 hours, overnight at hotel/guest house (B/L/D).
Today is a short day trek to Thame so we start around 8 -9 O'clock. All the trekking is going gradually down. We will pass the stop place and some Chotan. The landscape and Mountain View are nice for pictures. After 10 O'clock the wind comes. After your arrival in Thame 3820m 3.30 hours, we will bring you to the Monastery over the Cave. The monastery is very appealing to see and is one of the oldest monasteries in this area, Overnight Lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m 4 hours, overnight at hotel/guest house (B/L/D).
Today we also have a short trek to Namche Bazaar around 4 hours so our lunch in Namche Bazaar after our arrival. The trekking brings you a little down to cross Bhote Kosi and the following alpine forest and the small Sherpa settlement called Thamo. You can see the huge hydroelectricity project which powers the Namche, Khumjung and Khunde valleys. It is also interesting to explore.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla 2840 meters 6 hours, overnight at hotel/guest house (B/L/D).
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, enjoying time to relax and last dinner in Mountain, Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu overnight at hotel/guest house (BB).
Early morning flight back to Kathmandu, ending your trip and free shopping.
Day 14: Departure or next trip (B).
Last minute, transfer to the airport for your onward journey or next trip.
- Airport /Hotel/Airport pick up and drop.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as itinerary (2-3 star hotel) with breakfast.
- All land transportation (Trekking starting and ending point) as per itinerary.
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Hotel/Lodge as per itinerary (for camping trekking we provide tented camp and camping meals).
- Major Meals during the trekking; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B/L/D) by Lodge/Hotel menu.
- Domestic air ticket and Cargos fees to/from (if there is mentioned on itinerary).
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS Card” (Trekking permit) and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang, Dolpa, Manaslu Tsum valley, Kanchenjunga, Simikot, Nar and Fu valley, etc.
- National Park fees/ Conservation permit.
- Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking guide.
- One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg).
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team staff.
- First Aid Kit.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- All government taxes/ service charges.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (with culture show).
- International Airfare.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
- Entrance fees in Durbar Square or Temple in Kathmandu.
- Soft/hard drinks, Drinking water, Tea/ coffee during trekking.
- Hot shower, internet & electricity bills during trekking.
- Extra porter (on request).
- Personal trekking gears & clothing (some of equipment is possible to rent in Kathmandu).
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency, Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslides, strikes, political unrest etc. in such cases extra will be charged as per actual.
- Tips or Donation (as you want).
Best guide in Mountain
My husband & I just returned from 4 weeks in Nepal and India. Can't say enough "good subject " about Suman and Asian Hiking Team. The trip was completely magnificent. Suman worked with us when we needed to adjust the itinerary, reassured us everything would be fine & always kept us safe. The guides and porter they provided were outstanding. Laxu Rai, who introduced us to the wonderful world of Nepal at the start point of trekking in Lukla, Bistarai Bistarai - walking slowly. His vast knowledge (I think he could teach an academy course in Buddhism and Hinduism) and love of the country was evident to us. Laxu rai, who showed us various sites in Sherpa village & accompanied us on the Gokyo and Everest Base Camp trekking, was always there to keep our comfort levels high. As world hikers who seek to experience and immerse ourselves into a place, not just simply see it, this trekking exceeded our expectations. Our accommodations were excellent yet, the cost reasonable. Those prices wouldn't have been possible if we were making our own reservations.
I guess the most amazing part was the verity that Suman made all the planning with ease. That type of influence cannot be underestimated. We cannot thank Asian Hiking Team enough for giving us an excellent experience that incarcerated the heart and spirit of Nepal & India.
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