Early morning we will catch up an early flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), the starting point of the trek. The flight will be an interesting one since we will be flying amidst the grand Himalayas in a Twin Otter airplane. This will probably be the shortest but the most scenic flight you will ever catch up. Skirting narrow gorges and contouring some incredible scenery, we land on the 30 degree angulated runway of Lukla, where we will have a short tea break and introduction to our trekking crew. Then we begin descending towards Monjo passing through many shops and small villages along with the marvelous scenario enroute. You could also take a glance of looming mountains surrounding you. The walk takes us through lush vegetation with blossoms on the trees and vegetables such as Pak Choy, potatoes and cauliflower growing in abundance, pine forests, hamlets and crop fields. You can also have an opportunity to observe mountain views like: Kusum Kanguru (6369 m), Nupla (5885 m), Kongde Ri (6093 m), Thamserku (6808 m) etc. The trail is meandering and we have to cross the river a number of times on cable bridges made famous by this area. Upon arrival at Monjo, explore around the area and stay overnight.
Your destination today is Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the central village of the Sherpa in Khumbu region. It is situated on a horseshoe shaped flank and is crowded with about 100 buildings including lodges, bhattis, store and banks. There is a plateau in the right side of the village entrance, where they have a bazaar every Saturday. It is thronged with people especially in the morning. After breakfast at Monjo, we follow the ascending trail towards Namche Hill. Crossing the bridges and reaching at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, our trekking permits will be checked. After entering the National Park boundary, we descend towards the suspension bridge-Koshi River. The walk is pleasant today with few ups and down. If the weather is clear on this day, then you will get an opportunity to have the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Further continuing our trek, we walk along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and its other sister peaks towards east with Kusum Kanguru on the back. As you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the closer view of Taboche peak can be seen from some part on the way to Namche. Finally we reach at colorful houses called Namche Bazaar via main gate of Khumbu region. The fusion of Tibetan and Sherpa cultures surrounds you – just like the mountains which tower above this bowl-shaped town, giving you a genuine sense that you are finally, in the Himalayas. We stay overnight at Lodge.
On the following day, you will have breakfast in Namche and then commence your trek towards Thame, our today’s destination. You will pass through a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest, typical Sherpa house and small villages today. This trail forms part of the entry route to Tibet, which passes near Cho Oyu (8012 m) peak which was first climbed in 1954. It is also the historical route from where the Sherpa’s migrated from eastern Tibet 800 years ago. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail descends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains. Today’s trail offers you the magnificent views of Kongde Ri. You will stop for your lunch near monastery where nuns live. After lunch, you continue your walk and reach the village of Samden from where you descend down to the bridge crossing Bhote Koshi River. From here, it is half an hour ascent up to Thame. Thame is a small Sherpa village close to the border of Tibet. It is also the home of Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for scaling Mt Everest ten times without oxygen and is thus known as “The Snow Leopard”. You will spend your overnight in this village.
On the following day, we will pass through the scenic & peaceful valley endowed with rich biodiversity and culture. We come across Sherpa settlements and interact with the friendly Sherpa people. Enroute you can admire the pristine beauty of Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharchamo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kang. Upon arrival at Monjo, we get into one of the best lodges of the area.
On the last day of our trek, we take breakfast at Monjo and then commence our trek to Lukla. Descending through the bank of Dudh Koshi River, we gradually walk passing through the shops and beautiful villages. You walk through lush vegetation with blossoms on the trees and vegetables such as Pak Choy, potatoes and cauliflower growing in abundance, pine forests, hamlets and crop fields. On the way, you can also have an opportunity to observe mountain views like: Kusum Kanguru (6369 m), Nupla (5885 m), Kongde Ri (6093 m), Thamserku (6808 m) etc. The trail is meandering and we have to cross the river a number of times on cable bridges made famous by this area. Upon arrival at Lukla, check in to the lodge and stay overnight.
Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon. But sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other unprecedented reasons that are beyond our control. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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