A trek in Sagarmatha National Park.
Visit many magnificent Sherpa villages.
Experience the warmth of the local Sherpa culture.
Get spectacular panoramic views of the Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and other mountains.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.
Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: Around the year. Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Expedition Duration: 12 nights / 13 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium. Maximum Altitude Gain: 3,985 meters /13,074 feet. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 500 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
There are distant dreams in everyone’s life that they wish to conquer as they grow up. Some dream to ride a Lambo, while some dream of a castle, some even dream to just earn enough daily bread & butter. Among these vast dreams, the idea of traveling the world, the dream of reaching to different destinations remains underlying.
It’s time that you show some respect to that beautiful dream of yours, make justice to what you have been wanting for long and gear up to experience the thrill of traveling. Once you get bitten by the travel bug, no antidote will be strong enough to shrug off the addiction.
Traveling is not only visiting beautiful places, staying in luxury hotels and stepping on the famous landmarks. There is much more to traveling than just flying to different places and have a relaxing weekend. True travelers understand what the thrill of adventure tastes like, what it means to reach the destinations by sweating out and that is why Trekking has become one of the most popular ideas among the mass.
There are innumerable trekking routes that open up new dimensions to life, The Sherpa culture Trek is one such trek in Nepal that revitalizes your spirit and makes you aware of the daring Sherpa culture of the region. Our 13-day itinerary will help you plan out something amazing certainly.
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu.
The capital of the beautiful country is the ideal place to start the exciting journey. Kathmandu is rich in culture and heritage and has some of the amazing places that you can visit for sightseeing. Take your time to explore the beautiful and historic Durbar Square, the famous Monkey Temple and also the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupathinath. There is a Buddhist Shrine, which is also one of the largest Stupas in the world.
Kathmandu’s top places to visit are listed in UNESCO world Heritage sites and these will certainly give your soul a spiritual upliftment that you have been longing for. Learn about the culture and food and taste the most awesome authentic Nepalese Cuisines in the heart of the Capital. Sleep the night out as you will be scheduled to start early the next day.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 meters / 9,184 feet), trek to Phakding (2,652 meters / 8,700 feet) : 40 minutes flight, 3 - 4 hours trek.
You will start the journey early and at first, you will be boarding a flight from the domestic airport of Kathmandu to reach Lukla. The flight takes up around 40 minutes to reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport and is recognized as one of the most beautiful air routes in the whole world.
The journey over the lush green and white mountains and landing on a hillside surrounded by mountains will leave you awestruck. The trekking starts after some arrangements through the village of Lukla, the destination is Phakding and will take up around 3 – 4 hours. You will be spending the night in Phakding.
Day 3 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 meters / 11, 283 feet) : 6-7 hours.
Start off the journey early through the beautiful pine forests and juniper forests. The nature-filled journey will be till Namche Bazaar which is also the main trading centre of the region and is called the gateway to Mt. Everest. Your journey today will be along the pine forests and you will also witness the Dudh Koshi River.
After around an hour walk, the beautiful Mt. Thamserku will be in sight and if you are lucky and the weather is kind enough you will also catch a glimpse of the majestic Everest.
Our journey to the Sangarmatha National Park will be over a number of suspension bridges and you will also cross the famous Hillary Bridge on your way. Walk uphill from the famous Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar and stay the night there.
Day 4 : Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is your ideal stop to take a day off. Spend your day knowing about the cultures of the Khumbu Valley and know about the various daring dimensions of the Sherpa people. You can explore the villages of the place knowing the culture, mixing with the people or tasting the delicacies of the place or you can hike up to the Everest View-point to catch a close-up view of the majestic Mt. Everest.
The local museum in Namche Bazaar is a good place to gain knowledge about the flora and fauna of the region and also various history and facts surrounding the Mt. Everest. If you need the ATM or an internet cafe you get it all in this place, spend your day wisely and sleep the night out in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 : Namche Bazaar to Thame (3, 736 meters / 12, 255 feet) : 5 - 6 hours.
The trail to Thame heads west of Namche Bazaar and in the journey, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Kogde Li, Kusum Kanguru and Kumbhu Yul La. The journey will be along the valley of the Bhote Khoshi River and Phorte is the first village you will be crossing on your way to Thame. Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust established a tree nursery in this village that deserves a lot of appreciation.
Thame is located at an important junction of the old trade route connecting Tibet via the Nangpa La. Spend the night in Thame village filled with peace and serenity.
Day 6 : Thame to Khumjung (3, 786 meters / 12, 419 feet) : 5 hours.
Your journey to the next stop, Khumjung will start with a steep climb to reach the airstrip of Syangboche. The famous Everest View Hotel is located just above the airstrip and it allows a magical view of the might Everest.
The valley of Khumjung is surrounded by the famous Mt. Thamserku, the sacred Mt. Khumbila and the tall Mt. Kongde. You will reach Khumjung within 5 hours of starting the journey. Spend the time visiting the famous Khumjung Monastery as well as the Edmund Hillary School. Have a quaint sleep in the night in the beautiful Khumjung Valley.
Day 7 : Khumjung to Phortse (3, 542 meters / 11, 617 feet) : 5 hours.
Phorste is located at 3452m and takes up around 5 hours to reach from Khumjung. The village is located at the south of Mt. Everest off the primary trekking routes in the Khumbu region. The hiking journey from Khumjung will be filled with exciting views all around and you will get the chance of clicking the best pictures. Cross the lower slopes of Khumbila to witness astounding views of the Cholatse, Ama Dhablam, Taboche, Thamserku, and several other peaks. Appreciate the beauty of the place and click some mesmerizing photographs to cherish the memories.
Day 8 : Phortse to Pangboche (3, 985 meters / 13, 070 feet) : 4 - 5 hours.
The journey to Pangboche village will be a moderately difficult yet short climb of 4-5 hours from Phortse. Pangboche stands at an elevation of 3985m and the trail to Pangboche moves along a ridge.
The landscape of the place is beautiful and the terraced farmlands and the well-placed houses on the lands give out pretty amazing experience to the eyes. On the way visit the Pangboche Gomba and check out the footprints of the famous Lama Sangwa Dorje. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam is most spectacular from this village along with Everest and Lhotse. Nestle in the beautiful culture of the region, taste some local culinary delicacies and have a tight sleep in Pangboche.
Day 9 : Pangboche to Tengboche (3, 864 meters / 12, 673 feet) : 2 hours.
The following journey from Pangboche will be along the main trail to the Everest Base camp as you head east. After a few steps forward you are going to follow a descend, down to the Village of Tengboche. The total walking today will of around 2 hours before reaching the Tengboche Village, which is famous for having the largest monastery of the Everest region.
The Tengboche village gives incredible panoramic view all around of the famous peaks like Nuptse, Ama Dhablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and the mighty Mt. Everest. Try reaching early to be a part of the religious ceremony in the Monastery, and lose yourself in the lap of the Himalayas and spend a night filled with joy and positivity.
Day 10 : Tengboche to Namche Bazaar.
From this day forward the climax of the journey has reached and you are going towards the end of the circuit trek. The trek down will certainly give you an awesome experience as you will be filled with Rhodendron and juniper trees all around you. You will be crossing the Prayer Flag Bridge over the Dudh Koshi river that commemorates the famous personalities like Babu Chiri. Follow the steep slope down through the Pine forests to reach Sansa. Walk your through several bends before finally reaching back to Namche Bazaar. Sleep the night in Namche bazaar.
Day 11 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
The trail down to Lukla is mostly through a rocky terrain so cautious and patient walking is very important. The trail will smooth out as you will move forward to cross several suspension bridges over the rushing Dudh Koshi river. On your way down you will miss the glimpse of the famous peaks but cherish yourself over the memory you have created for yourself that is meant to last a lifetime. Overnight stay in Lukla, before finally leaving out for Kathmandu.
Day 12 : Fly back to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu by catching an early flight and give your body the deserving rest after the tiring trekking. Make your last day in the capital a memorable one, visit the left out places from your bucket list, shop your heart out for your friends and family and indulge yourself in the best of Nepalese cuisine. Get to know the culture, learn the stories of the locals and prepare yourself to fly back to your hometown.
Day 13 : Final departure.
The adventure, thrill and the journey through nature come to an end as you head back to your hometown. Cherish the memories, surf through the snaps and keep the memories alive. There are many other treks in the region that are waiting to be explored by you and enhance your experience of travel. Plan the next to Nepal journey soon enough.
What does it include?
Airport pick up and drop for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (10 nights).
Domestic return flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes. Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
Items to bring with you
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
Small, basic first aid kit(cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).