14 days, 13 nights
Difficulty Level: 3
Price (US$): From $2,195.00
Months Available: February through June and October through December
This trek is to the famous Tengboche Monastery (12,900 ft) in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek is at a relaxed pace allowing trekkers more time to savor the culture and the views and also more time to acclimatize to the altitude.
Mount Everest(8,850m), better known as Sagarmatha among Nepalis and Chomolongma among Tibetan -speaking communities, is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Many visitors come here to glimpse the world’s highest peak but come away with much more including an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape and a spirit of adventure that calls them back to the Himalayas again and again!
As you trek through the villages of the famous Sherpa people, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. This trek follows the popular Everest Base Camp trail to Tengboche. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages and site of the famous Khunde Hospital and the Khumjung school, both legacies of Sir Edmund Hillary.
Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – owned by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide with references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.
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The day's trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970's, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years - farming and running the Hatago Lodge - before being deported. Overnight local lodge. (All meals)Day 05 - Monjo to Namche (11,270 ft.) Just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked.
Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest. Overnight lodge. (All meals)Day 06 - Namche (11, 270 ft.) Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum or wonder around Namche town. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 07 - Namche to Tengboche (12,900 ft.) Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.
Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies. Overnight local lodge. (All meals)Day 08 - Tengboche (12,900 ft.) Today, you have the option to climb a short distance to view Tengboche Monastery from a hillock. You may also opt to trek to Debuche where there is a nunnery. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 09 - Tengboche to Khumjung (8,700 ft.) Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Follow the slopes of Khumbila towards the hidden valley of Khumjung. At Khumjung, visit the Khunde Hospital and then the Khumjung School - both projects of the Himalayan Foundation. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 10 - Khumjung to Monjo Descend to Monjo. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 11 - Monjo to Lukla Last day of trekking to Lukla. Overnight lodge. (All meals) Day 12 - Lukla to Kathmandu Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast) Day 13 - Kathmandu Full day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals) Day 14 - Depart for home Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)
“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”