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Lukla-Kala Pattar-Lukla -Everest Region 12 days
Home of Miyo-langsangma, the protector Goddess of Mt. Everest. offer stunning views of the highest mountains in the world, brilliantly clear blue sky, and invigorating high altitude hiking. But most importantly for us at Nepal Sherpa Treks, Everest treks take us to Nepal's eastern Solu-Khumbu (Shar-khumbu) district, where most Sherpas were born and raised. Our Sherpa family guides at Nepal Sherpa Treks are Everest Experts. We know every trail in Solu-Khumbu! Let us show you our homeland, with knowledge and warmth.
Everest Trek Daily Itinerary - 12 days: Lukla-Kala Pattar-Lukla
Day 1: Flight to Lukla then trek to Phakding (2650m) F ly in to a stunningly narrow Lukla airstrip at about 10 a.m. Stop in a local tea shop of this busy Sherpa village for a snack of tea & noodle soup. While you are relaxing, your Sherpa guide will enlist porters & distribute carry loads. With your Sherpa guide & porters, begin the leisurely uphill walk toward Phakding (about 4 hours). Tea House Style: Stay the night at Lodge in Phakding. Camping Style: Sherpa guides set up tents in an empty barley field. Cooks prepare a delicious hot supper, and you fall asleep in alpine quiet, under the stars.
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Nauje) (3440 m.) Leaving our Phakding lodge early in the morning, we proceed upward toward Sagarmatha National Park gate. Passing through Benkar (2700 m.), and Jorsale (2850 m.), the trail criss-crosses the Dudh Kosi [Milk River] by means of long swaying bridges. After Jorsale it's a demanding uphill hike up to the edge of the tiny plain of Namche Bazaar. About 6 hours.
Day 3 Rest Day in Namche Bazaar (Nauje) In the days of the Sherpa kings, Namche Bazaar [Sherpa = "Nauje"] was the capital of the Khumbu. Through trade with India & Tibet, the Sherpa village of Nauje became a prosperous bazaar on the cold, dry Himalayan frontier. When the Tibet border closed in 1959, Nauje (and most Sherpa trading villages) went into decline. But trekking & climbing services soon replaced mercantile trade as major income producers, and Namche Bazaar bounced back to health in the late '60's.
Peopled by world-traveled climbing Sherpas, Nepalese government officials, and scores of international tourists, Namche is beginning to resemble a Swiss resort village! You will find good food, hot showers, moneychangers, peddlers, and many tales of adventure. A day hike west to Thame Gompa [Monastery], while optional, is much recommended for benefit of acclimatization.
Tea House Style: Linger in lodge. Buy meals in lodge kitchen. Private rooms, if available, have a padlock for securing your gear. Dormitory accommodations... Listen to many trekking stories told by westerners. Few local Nepalese frequent tourist lodges.
Camping Style: Your gear secure in your guarded tent, wander the streets of Namche or walk up to Thame for acclimatization. Cook prepares all your hot drinks & meals. Socialize with fellow trekkers and your Sherpa staff.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Gompa [Monastery] (3870 m.) Leaving Nauje in the morning, we walk gradually uphill toward the flat helicopter landing zone called Syangboche (3720 m.). Walking across the Syangboche ridge, we continue across a relatively flat trail to the twin Khumbu villages of Khunde & Khumjung, hosts of the first Hillary school & hospital for Sherpas. Then, a definitely steep hour's climb through dense blue pine forest bring us to Tengboche. About 6 hours.
Tengboche Gompa was built by Sherpa merchants in the early part of this century; it collapsed once after an earthquake in the 30's, and burned to the ground in an electrical fire in 1989. The gompa, an important center of Sherpa Buddhist learning, has been splendidly rebuilt. Lodging at offers stunning views of Mt. Everest [Sherpa = Chomolungma] & Ama Dablam [Mother's Necklace].
Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche (41840 m.)
Gradual but persistent uphill walking through yak pastures above and fields of ripening barley below. Visit the Sherpa Culture Center started by Frances
Klatzel & the Tengboche Rinpoche, just north of the gompa. Devoche Nunnery's gate can also be seen along the trail, and donations can be made if you are inspired. However, these hardy Sherpa & Tibetan Buddhist nuns prefer to remain in seclusion.
Reach the stone yak & sheep enclosures at Pheriche after walking all day - about 7 hours.
Day 6: Rest day in Dingboche (41840 m.)
Today in Dingboche we rest & allow our bodies to acclimatize. After the luxury of a slow morning sipping tea in the lodge kitchen, we can hike to Dingboche ridge and enjoy the himalayan views.
Day 7: Pheriche to Lobuje (4930 m.) The trail climbs from Pheriche up a series of treeless glacial moraines to the yak herder's huts at Phalang Karpo (4340 m.) and Duglha ( 4620 m.). Begin to see many chorten, ritual stone-piles representing travelers' prayers to the gods for a safe mountain crossing. Lodge at Lobuje. Walking day about 5 strenuous hours. Nights can be very, very cold up here.
Day 8: Lobuje to Gorak Shep (5160 m.) & Kala Pattar (5545 m.)T oday's plan depends entirely on the trekkers' comfort. If people are feeling good, the best possible day involves waking at 4:30 a.m. - not difficult since you will not have slept much at this altitude!
Then walk three hours up to Gorak Shep.If we still feel comfortable, we can continue another three hours up on the strenuous hike to Kala Pattar [black rock] for some otherworldly photos, before the clouds roll in.Ideally we would be returning down Kala Pattar by 10 a.m., return to Lobuje by noon, and race downhill drinking the oxygen like exquisite wine, all the way down to Pheriche by early afternoon. A well-deserved toast will be raised by all!Alternative plans for some or all trekkers include walking from Lobuje to Gorak Shep only, then coming back to Lobuje & winding down to Pheriche; or simply leaving
Lobuje in the early morning for a slow & easy descent all the way to Dingboche.
Day 9: Lobuje to Pangboche (4110 m.)W hew! All downhill today! Trekking day lasts about 7 hours,
with a nice break for lunch.
Day 10-12: The last few days - mainly downhill! - follow the trail through, Tengboche Monastery, Namche Bazaar, and finally to Lukla Airpstrip board an airplane for the 40-minute trip back to Kathmandu.