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Nepal is one of the world’s most popular and sought-after trekking experiences. After your short flight to the far-flung village of Lukla from Kathmandu, embark on a nine-day adventure through villages and rivers, and over bridges and mountain ridges. The Khumbu region is dotted with villages somehow glued onto the sides of mountain peaks. From these villages, views of the Himalayas are unbeatable. Use the town of Namchi as your base while in the region, being guided by your personal Sherpa Guide, who will educate you completely on the life and cultures of the Himalayan people. It is one of the most amazing experiences in the Himalayas.
Kathmandu Pick and drop at Kathmandu
4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.
Kathmandu-Sherpa Village Trek-Kathmandu
All Accommodation in 3-star Hotel/ Camping/Lodge/Tea House and Farm House stay.
1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.
Local English Speaking Trek Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.
First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour. Please reconfirm with us.
Our team from Excursion to the Himalayas will be there to receive you at the airport. Our guide will brief you about the program while driving back to Hotel. Check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day free after your long flight. You can explore Thamel city and hop the bar. There are varieties of restaurant that offers the best Nepali meals around the city.
Our guide will be there for a day sightseeing tour which includes visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Bhaktapur.
Pashupatinath is the most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple precincts but may look into premises from the opposite bank. It draws tens of thousands of pilgrims and devotees from Nepal and India during the festival of Mahashivaratri (the night of Lord Shiva).
Boudhanath, possibly the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration for Buddhists, around the stupa have sprung up a number of monasteries of the different sects of Tibetan Buddhism including one (on the west side of the stupa) that house enormous seated statues of Maitreya Buddha splendidly adorned.
Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and architecture, is also known as the ‘City of Devotees’. Tread the 17th century along cobbled pavements and marvel at the ancient architecture. Visit the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery, the Golden Gate, and the Palace of Fifty-five Windows.
Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft or MI-17 helicopter rushes us to Lukla (2880m), the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalayas; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane.
On arrival, we meet our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending the river at Phakding. Further on and we choose one of several good campsites in a wooded area at Chumoa (2743m), close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park.
Chuma – Namche
The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but camping at Chumoa allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about halfway up the hill, a gap in the trees allows us to spy on Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.
We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatization is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.
Namche – Thame
After our day off we traverse west, enjoying a marvelous view of Kwangde Ri and the waterfalls that cascade off its flanks. The trail stays high up on the bank of the Bhote Khose, and we wander through a yellow and white rhododendron forest that comes into full bloom in May. As we cross the river, we look back down the valley for beautiful views of Thamserku and Kusum Kangru (6369m), before ascending through more rhododendron forests to pasture lands in front of Thame. This is the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953. We camp in meadows at the edge of the village. The hour-long climb to the cliffside monastery is well worth the effort. From this point, trekkers can skirt above the village to climb across the ridge in order to view the route to the Nangpa La, a pass to Tibet frequently used by the Sherpas and their yaks during the monsoon.
We return back down the valley via Thamo, a hillside nunnery, and then take a high trail that bypasses Namche and finally drops into Khumjung. This village is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. The Himalayan Trust has a school here, as well as a medical post (for locals and trekkers) in nearby Khunde just in case you have any issues after completing 5 days of trekking. The medical staff there will help you.
Khumjung – Tengboche
The trail this morning descends to the Dudh Khosi. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam (6696m) and Kantega (6779m) as well as Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8501m). Keep a look-out too for pheasant in the undergrowth. We cross the river at Phunki Thanga and climb through the afternoon amongst the rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Suddenly in front of us is Tengboche, the principal monastery of the Khumbu area; the views from here are unforgettable.
Tengboche –Namche: From the monastery, we trek down, down, down to Phunki (3250m) and the bridge across the Imja Khola. An enjoyable climb then leads up the side of the valley and around to Namche Bazaar, the most well-known and written-about valley in the Khumbu. After the last two weeks, Namche appears to offer many of life’s luxuries.
Most people head toward Lukla with heavy hearts. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys, and it the deceptively long hard climb leading up to Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot for (hopefully) the one-night stay before the early morning departure.
Lukla – Kathmandu Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. On arrival back in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel for relaxation.
Walk around the city of Thamel. Explore the area and do some shopping. Some tourist places like Boudanath temple are within walking distance. Visit the place and enjoy the whole day in Kathmandu city.
Today is the last day for Sherpa Village Trek and our guide will assist you to Airport for your onward journey.
How to Reach Gokyo Lakes. There are two routes to visit Gokyo Lake. If you are a budget traveler and love to explore the landscape of Nepal then Take a Bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri through the bus.
By Air: Through airway means you have to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here you can reach EBC (Everest Base Camp) for trekking to Gokyo Lakes.
Both treks have their moments of difficulty due to terrain or steep inclines, but the hiking to Gokyo Lakes is well worth the extra days and effort if you’re up to the challenge.
The Gokyo lake trek is moderately difficult. You need to be in good shape and stamina for this trek as it requires walking for about 5 to 6 hours, excluding the acclimation days. The rugged trails, steep terrains, and high passes prove to be more burdensome.
The Gokyo lake system of 19 lakes is spread over an area of 196.2 ha (485 acres) lying between 4,600 and 5,100 m (15,100 and 16,700 ft). The wetland lies on the head of the Dudh Kosi, which descends from Cho Oyu.
Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level.