Mountain and Monasteries - 17 days
Take an adventure around some of the highest mountains and most holy Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The trek starts with a flight to Lukla and passes through beautiful Sherpa villages of , Namche, Thame, Kunde and Khumjung to Thyangboche in the lap of the highest mountains on earth. However, the trip is not only about mountains. In its spiritual aspect it will visit the most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in this part of the world where you will have the opportunity of meeting locals as well as monks who live and study and meditate in among these giants of the Himalaya. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trail side singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller.
Landing at the air strip of Lukla, set off up the Dudh Kosi Valley to discover and learn about the Sherpa way of life. The trip visits the villages and monasteries of Phakding, Namche, Thame, Khunde and Khumjung, Phortse, Pangboche and Thyangboche. The monasteries at Thame and Thyangboche are sites of the Mani Rimdu Festivals Descend the valley back to Lukla filled with impressions of monumental peaks, images of Tibetan Buddhism in practice and the stories and legends of the Yeti.
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ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met by a representative of Third Eye Travel at the airport and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, representatives from Third Eye Travel will visit your hotel and brief you about your trek.
Day 02: Kathmandu
Final day in Kathmandu to make preparations for your trek or do some shopping or exploring on your own.
Day 03 Kathmandu - Phakding
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 200 feet / 60 meters!Meet with your sirdar and the rest of the crew. You will need to identify your luggage which is to be made into loads and then while you have lunch your crew will load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters. After lunch trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Phakding at 9200 feet/ 2800 m. Visit the Gompa at Phakding.
Day 04 Phakding – Namche
The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is a police check post just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected. Continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 11480 f/ 3500 m., the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Namche Bazaar.
Day 05 Namche
Rest day at Namche.
Day 06 Namche - Thame
A moderately easy and beautiful walk to the village of Thame 12646 f/ 3800 m., situated at an important junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass). The trail leads west past a large array of prayer flags and mani stones - some of them very picturesque. After the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and makes a steep climb to Thame. About 4 hours from Namche.
Day 07 Thame - Khumjung
Morning visit to the Thame Monastery, then trek to the serene Sherpa villages of Khunde (12759 feet) and Khumjung 12431 feet Sir Edmund Hillary established his first school and hospital in these villages.
Day 08 Khumjung -Phortse
Climb high on a ridge and then descend to the village of Phortse, another Sherpa village.
Day 09 Phortse -Thyangboche
The trail passes descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Thyangboche at 12693f/ 3870m., home to the famous Thyangboche Monastery, spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means "Mother\'s Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya.
Day 10 Thyangboche
Enjoy the beautiful views of Amadablam and Mt. Everest and Visit the monastery.
Day 11 Thyangboche -Dingboche
Morning Hike up the Imja Khola Valley to Pangboche (12660 feet), the highest permanent village in the Khumbu. The gompa here was founded some 300 years ago and is the oldest in the Khumbu Valley possibly from the time when Buddhism is thought to have been introduced in the region. If you feel like going further, then climb a bit further to Dingboche. Camp.
Day 12 Dingboche- Thengboche
Back to Thyangboche through the same trail .
Day 13 Thengboche - Namche
The trail drops sharply down to the Dudh Kosi and up toward Namche Bazaar, winding high above the river with views north towards Everest.
Day 14 Namche – Lukla
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you. You would be expected to join in the singing and the dancing!!
Day 15 Lukla -Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 16 Kathmandu
At leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Departure
Transfer to airport for final departure.
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