Classic Khumbu Trek with Kala Pattar & Cultural Experience
24 Days – Classic Khumbu Trek with Kala Pattar & Cultural Experience – Deepen your experience and knowledge of the Khumbu region’s mountain valley systems, and less visited villages and monasteries. Very strenuous.
Day 1 – International flight arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport. Private transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. In the late afternoon we visit the Buddhist Swayambhunath stupa. This evening we enjoy a traditional Nepalese welcome dinner. (dinner)
Day 2 – We begin the day with a visit to the Buddhist Boudhanath (Bodnath) stupa and hear the chanting of the monks. This is the largest stupa in Nepal, and the religious center for Tibetans exiled to Nepal. We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath temple and ghats on the holy Bagmati River. The afternoon and evening are at leisure for additional sightseeing and shopping. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3 – We fly to Lukla, 9,380 ft. elevation, to begin our trek to Phakding. we begin hiking on a broad trail leading down to the Dudh Kosi River. Here we join the main trail coming up from Chaurikharka. The trail leads along the east bank, gradually gaining elevation to the village of Phakding, our first camp is located just a few hours away. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4 – The trail takes us up through pine, cedar and rhododendron forests, and crosses the Dudh Kosi River several times, entering Sagamatha (Everest) National Park at Jorsale on our trek up to the trading post town of Namche Bazaar at 12,500 ft. elevation. Namche is the largest and most prosperous community in the Khumbu, a historical trading center where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 5 – Our trail takes us up to the village of Thame where we will camp tonight. We hike up 400 year old active Buddhist monastery to learn more about Buddhism and the culture of this region. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6 – From Thame we hike to the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung, the home of the hospital and school established by Sir Edmund Hillary. These villages are the home of some of our Sherpa guides. We camp at Khunde, elevation 12,600. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7 – The trail up the Dudh Kosi River takes us to summer yak-grazing country. Today's hike up to the village of Dole is a long one and includes two long ascents (over 1,000 feet) as well as one long descent. We camp at Dole, elevation 13,300 ft. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8 – We only hike a short 2 hours up to Macherma, 14,650 ft. elevation, to allow for acclimatization. We have most of the day to explore remote spots to the west, or simply relax surrounded by a blissful panorama. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 9 – We hike along the banks of the glacier fed river that flows down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. As we pass two small, deep blue glacial lakes, we finally reach Gokyo, 15,720 ft. elevation, the home of summer herders on the stark eastern shore of the third lake. We camp here for the next two nights to help us acclimatize to the higher elevation. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 10 – We have the option today to dayhike up to 17, 990 feet elevation to see Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, 27,762 ft. elevation, the 5th highest mountain on earth on the Nepal-China border. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 11 – Today’s dayhike option is up to 19,000 feet elevation at the base of Cho Oyu. From here we can see four of Nepal’s 8,000 meter peaks. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 12 – Today we leave Gokyo, crossing the Dudh Kosi River once again and hiking up across the windswept terrain, passing hanging glaciers on our way to Chugima, 16,174 ft. elevation where we camp for the night. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 13 – We are challenged today as we cross over Chugima Pass, 17,778 ft. elevation, and descend through loose rock and large stone slabs to reach the village of Dzongla. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 14- - Today’s hike to Lobuche/Lobuje, elevation 16,175 feet, is short and we can relax this afternoon to get ready for our ascent of Kala Pattar, where the best, most famous pictures of Everest are taken, tomorrow. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 15 – Our 6 hour hike to the summit of Kala Pattar, elevation 18,514 feet, is very steep, but the view from the top definitely makes the effort worthwhile. Here we are presented with the most famous views of Everest (29,021 ft. elev.), Nuptse (25,843 ft. elev.) and Kala Pattar’s neighboring peak Mt. Pumori (23,494 ft. elev.). (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 16 - We leave Lobuche/Lobuje and begin descending through high pastures, hiking past fields of winter wheat, to the village of Dingboche in the Imja River Valley, 14,450 ft. elevation, where we will spend the night. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 17 – Free day today to rest or leisurely hike in the area. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 18 – We descend steeply to Pangboche. At 12,800 ft. elevation, it is the highest year-round settlement in the Imja Khola Valley where we will camp this evening. Above the main village is the Buddhist monastery constructed about 300 years ago when Buddhism was introduced into the Khumbu. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 19 – We begin the day with a short, steep climb up to Thangboche and the monastery there which is the spiritual center of the Everest region. From Thangboche we descend about 5 hours to Khumjung where we will camp this evening. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Days 20/21 – Today we begin the descent down Namche Bazaar and on to Lukla. Depending on our progress, we will spend the night in Namche and finish the trek back to Lukla on Day 21 or we will hike all the way down to Lukla today. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 21 – Back in Lukla we enjoy a farewell dinner and celebration with our Sherpa staff and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 22 – After our arrival back at our hotel in Kathmandu, you will have the rest of the day on your own to rest and explore the city as you wish. Lunch and dinner on your own. (breakfast)
Day 23 – Spend the day taking care of any needed shopping or exploration before your departure for your home city tomorrow. Lunch on your own. Tonight we celebrate our success and new friendships with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (breakfast, dinner)
Day 24 – Transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport for your flights back home.
INCLUSIONS & COSTS
Includes roundtrip Kathmandu-Lukla internal air, 19 nights tented camping, 4 nights hotel accommodation, all meals while trekking, fully supported with guides, sherpas, cooks, safety and first aid gear, park fees and trekking permits. Group sizes—8 persons.
USD $2,305 per person based on double occupancy / USD $2,565 per person based on single occupancy. Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.
Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city
Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members
October 21-November 13, 2008
Call 713-492-0179 for availability.