Everest Monasteries trek is perfect for those who have less time or who prefer to stay at lower altitude, but who still wish to set their foot in the legendary land of the Sherpas and to see Mt Everest and visit many monasteries, stupas and gompas along the way. During this trek we get to look into the heart of the villages of mountain dwellers as this trek features a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions and with Buddhist tradition of the region. The journey begins in the city of Kathmandu, from where a short flight will transfer us to Lukla, the heart of the Khumbu region in just 45 minutes.
From Lukla this trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron trees and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,300ft). A day of rest is necessary in Namche in order to get acclimatized to higher altitudes. We take a walk into Thame and Upper Thame and we visit local Thame Buddhist Monastery on our acclimatization day. Thame monastery is one of the oldest in the Khumbu region, and is famous for the annual Mani Rimdu festival. Thame is also home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times and it’s a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who was one of the first men to climb Mt Everest.
The following days trekking will bring us to the village of Tengboche (3,870m/12,700ft), home to the famous Tengboche Buddhist monastery reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m/29,000ft) and its neighbouring peaks. Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa of Khumbu region and from here we have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
The concluding days of this adventure will be spent in the delightful and scenic village of Khumjung where we visit Khumjung Monastery which has a Yeti scalp on display and later on we visit Syangboche Stupa, one of the most photogenic stupas with a backdrop of white peaks. Then we walk back down to Lukla from where we will take a short flight back to Kathmandu, enjoying the last views of the awe-inspiring Himalayan range.
|Best Season||:||Sep - Dec / March - May|
|Trekking Duration||:||10 Days|
|Trekking Grade||:||II (Moderate Trek)|
|Maximum Altitude||:||3,870m / 12,700ft|
|Destination||:||Namche Bazaar & Thengboche Monastery|
|Trip Region/Area||:||Everest Region|
|Trip Route||:||Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Thengboche - Khumjung - Syangboche - Monjo - Lukla - Kathmandu|
|Trip Style||:||Lodge / Tea House|
|Group Size||:||Min. 2 People|
|Starting From||:||Kathmandu and Lukla|
|Ending Point||:||Lukla and Kathmandu|
|Culture||:||Local communities with ethnic majority of Sherpa & Tibetan|
|Mode of Trekking||:||Tea house style (lodge trek)|
|Himalayan Sights||:||Everest Range, Cho La, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Nuptse|
|Highlight||:||Cultural Highlights - Buddhist Monasteries & Sherpa Villages, Varied Landscapes, Dense Rhododendron & Pine Forest, Rice-Terraces, River Valleys, Local Flora & Fauna, High Pastures|
|This is your introduction day to meet our representative in Kathmandu. Full trek briefing will follow about any necessary formalities and program itinerary, appropriate gear to pack, time for last minute shopping. This is a day of preparation for your trek. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.|
|02||Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding 2,650m/8,700ft||40min flight, 4hr trek|
|After breakfast, we take an early morning flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breath taking mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. Overnight at Phakding.|
|03||Phakding - Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,300ft||6hr trek|
|We cross the DudhKosi by the first of several bridges built by the Himalayan Trust. Continuing gradually up the valley the trail undulates through the forest through Benkar and Chumoa before reaching Monjo where we will have lunch. After lunch we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and we follow the DudhKosi further north, crossing from one bank to the other. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. After Jorsale the trail climbs over a spur and alongside a dripping moss-grown cliff, to cross the west fork of the river, the BhoteKosi, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. About 300 m. up this ascent we should have a first view, cloud permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another short climb brings us to Namche Bazaar, administrative centre of the Khumbu region and headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly market.|
|04||Namche Bazzar - Day hike to Thame Buddhist Monastery||5hr hike|
|This is the day for acclimatisation to altitude. We spend the day taking a hike to Thame valley and Thame Buddhist Monastery. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. We can visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.|
|05||Namche Bazar - Tengboche Monastery 3,870m/12,700ft||6hr trek|
|Start to walk up to the spectacular situated Everest View Hotel where we have tea. We will be rewarded with excellent views of the Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many other magnificent Himalayan peaks.
The fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us includes Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and AmaDablam. Tengboche has long been a sacred spot. The Lama Sange Dorje, who first brought Buddhism to the region, is said to have flown from his monastery in Tibet over the Himalaya, landing and leaving his footprints here and at Pangboche.
Visitors should be careful to respect the spirit of this special place, particularly by observing the ban on killing or hurting any living creature in the area.
Tengboche is home to the region’s largest monastery, a destination for monks of all ages throughout the country to practice and study Buddhism. The public is invited to witness their puja ceremonies, where they chant prayers and perform rituals inside the ornately decorated gompas. We stay overnight is a teahouse.
|06||Tengboche Monastery – Khumjung Monastery 3,810m/12,500m||5hr trek|
|We descend for around 2 hours through a pine and fir forest, then we walk across Dudhkoshi River riverside and make a final ascend from here, passing through small villages and finally reaching Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known Khumjung Monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village. We stay overnight is a teahouse.|
|07||Khumjung – Syangboche Stupa 3,720m/12,200ft||3hr trek|
|From Khumjung we have a gentle day’s walk, through the stone-lined pathways of the extended village area until we reach the next village of Khunde. Khunde is a big Sherpa settlement where we can see the traditional way of life in this part of the world. This is a pretty and neat village, with plots of land divided by charming stone walls and green roofed buildings. People grow potatoes and buckwheat here as their staple food. After Khunde, we leave the village life behind a follow a very secluded path. On the way we get spectacular mountain views and occasionally we may meet yaks and their herders. Once we reach Syangboche, we climb a little further to see the famous airstip and Syangboche Stupa. Overnight in Syangboche in a teahouse.|
|08||Syangboche - Monjo 2,835m/9,300ft||5hr trek|
|It takes us about one hour to descend the stone stair trail back to Namche Bazaar. We have enough time in Namche to shop and relax in a bakery before moving on. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the DudhKosiriver near the confluence of the DhudhKoshi and the BhoteKoshi Rivers. We cross the DudhKoshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. Upon this juncture, we are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Monjo is comparatively a quieter place to stay than Namche. Overnight in Monjo in a teahouse.|
|09||Monjo - Lukla 2,860m/9,380ft||5hr trek|
|We are trekking by the same route down, crossing through open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance we can still see snowy mountain peaks. We take time and walk leisurely today as this is the last day of our trek. We re-experience the Sherpa’s culture, life and faith in expressed by the plentiful prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those sore legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. Overnight in Lukla in a teahouse.|
|10||Lukla - Kathmandu|
|We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
NOTE: Occasionally the flight back from Lukla is cancelled due to bad weather. In this case we would try to fly back to Kathmandu on the morning of the next day. Our program ends on day 10 of the itinerary however our staff will look after you until you get back to Kathmandu. In case of further delays in Lukla past Day 10 of the itinerary, any extra costs for accommodation and food will need to be covered by the guest.
Note: Each day & trek is different, depending on a number of factors ranging from availability of some facilities and trail conditions to the general pace of the whole group. Exact timetable cannot always be followed and would in fact destroy the free and easy going atmosphere of the trek that you have come along to enjoy. Therefore the following schedule serves as a general guideline only.
On your request we can arrange an extension of your holiday and there are many activities you can choose from, depending on your personal preferences. Here is what we can help you arrange:
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Take this 1 day tour and journey through intimate passages of contorted rock and powerful blasts of water as experienced guides lead you climbing, abseiling, jumping, scrambling, sliding & swimming down steep canyon walls to pristine natural pools below. Jalberi Canyoning Zone, which is located half way between Pokhara and Kathmandu, features breath-taking scenery of untouched jungle, karst rock formations and multiple cascading waterfalls dropping one after the other into refreshing pools and rainbow gardens.
Pokhara has the world's longest, fastest and steepest zipline, which is over 1.8km long, with a 600 metre vertical drop and which can travel at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The descent is only 2min long but it is sure to leave a lasting impression as you're flying over treetops, Pokhara Valley with Seti River below you and a vast space in front of you with beautiful mountain panorama in sight. Make the most of your trip, you can't zipline to such extreme anywhere else in the world.
Pokhara offers a range of ultralight flight experiences. The shortest flight is just 15min and it takes you around Pokhara Valley with a mountain panorama view. A 30min flight can take you around the valley and also bring you close and personal with the Fishtail Mountain.
The 60min flight takes you into the heart of the mountains, where you will fly in between the Himalayan mountain ranges for a once in a lifetime experience and an incredible vantage point to snap some stunning photos.
Mountain flights operate from Kathmandu airport and once you take off you don't have to wait long before you see spectacular mountain views beneath you. You get to fly over the highest mountain ranges in the world and you will also see what Mt Everest looks like from above. This is as close as you can get to the world's tallest mountain without trekking. This flight is operated in a 17 seater Beech aircraft and everyone gets a window seat, the flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
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The cancellation charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price
|DATE OF CANCELLATION||CHARGE INCURRED|
|60 days or more before departure||Loss of deposit|
|59 - 21 days before departure||50% of services booked|
|Less than 21 days before departure||80% of services booked|
Please note no refunds will be made if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals and any other services not utilized. Under no circumstance will there be a refund of any kind if you don't show up on the trip departure date or if you leave the trip after the trip has started for any reasons.
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The tour once confirmed will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so due to circumstances outside of our control (force majeure) such as major natural disaster, major political unrest or war - only when it directly affects our operations, not due to singular localized events in any part of the country.
In the event of cancellation of the booked trip due to reasons out of our control, you are free to reschedule your trip or take an alternative trip of the same category. While rescheduling the trip, you will receive the full credit from your previously booked trip, and you will only pay the difference amount between old and new prices if the price increases for the rescheduled departure. Refunds are not possible in such circumstances but credit transfer is offered. toward an alternative trip within 24 months.
Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as flight costs, insurance, accommodation and any other costs).
4. Change of itinerary due to reasons beyond our control
Travelling in Nepal requires a degree of flexibility, good humour and understanding as unforeseen changes to the itinerary, modes of transportation and accommodation can occur at any time. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as government restriction, extreme weather, road blockage, political unrest, flight cancellation or delay, sickness or accident, any natural disaster (earthquake, landslide, flood, snowfall, avalanche, etc) or any other circumstances beyond our control. The given itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation. No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. But we will always do our best to keep your itinerary unchanged as much as possible.
If a domestic flight is part of the itinerary at the end of the trip (ie Jomsom-Pokhara or Lukla-Kathmandu) and the flight becomes cancelled or delayed, the guest is responsible to bear all additional expenses incurred including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as helicopter flight to avoid international flight delays, all additional cost would be your responsibility. Moreover, Purna Yoga & Treks does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flights, but would assist to make alternative transport arrangements wherever possible.
5. Risk & Liabilities
Your safety is our number one priority and the tour leaders have an authority to make changes in the itinerary based on their risk assessment due to weather or trail conditions while the trek is in progress. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd will not be liable for any accident, injury, health problem, emotional distress or any other health condition suffered by the client during the trip. Our packages do not include any kind of personal insurance so it is guests' own responsibility to purchase travel insurance from their own country before their trip starts. Similarly Purna Yoga & Treks will not be liable for any loss or damage of property, lost or stolen valuables or luggage.
Personal travel insurance is not included in the prices quoted. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of all participants at all time, it is a condition of booking that you take out a personal travel insurance policy. To protect against unforeseen circumstances it is advisable to take a comprehensive travel insurance cover from your own country and before your arrival to Nepal. Such insurance should cover personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation expenses, land and helicopter rescue from high altitude (up to the max altitude of your trek - please check this carefully with your insurance provider before booking).
We also recommend that the insurance cover includes trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
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