The Khumbu region of Nepal is the Sherpa heart of the Himalaya, and home to the most famous trekking route in the world.
Beginning our journey in the medieval city of Kathmandu, we explore the fascinating Bhoudanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple, before taking a spectacular flight across the Himalaya to the starting point of our trek at Lukla. Taking ample time to acclimatise we make our way slowly up the Khumbu Valley, each night accommodated in luxury eco lodges. Once reaching the famous gateway of Namche Bazaar, we branch off on less travelled trails to the picturesque village of Thame and then onto Kongde, where our exclusive lodge is positioned to capture stunning views of Himalayan giants such as Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and the unforgettable pyramid of Ama Dablam (6812m). From Kongde we take a helicopter flight above snowy summits to Mount Everest, where we sight the route to the top of the world’s highest peak, before swinging to the south and returning to Lukla, where we pick up our Himalayan Mountain flight back to Kathmandu. This is Himalayan trekking at it’s best, an unforgettable journey amongst the worlds tallest peaks in the company of expert leader Tashi Tenzing.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu – Nepal|
1 October 2019 – 12 October 2019
|DURATION||12 days/11 nights|
|PRICES per person||AU$5,690 twin share rate|
AU$7,540 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||6-12 Guests|
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal!
On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to your accommodation at the Gokarna Forest Resort. The resort is situated in the serene Gokarna Forest, the former private hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road leads us through the forest to the main complex, the architecture is a mix of subtly majestic Malla period, with Rana period lodges and sanctuaries. The resort also has a spa and health club, and one of the world’s most spectacular resort golf courses. On arrival we will hold a group briefing with your trek leader, where you will be issued with a duffle bag for use during your trek. You will need to pack your clothing and equipment that you will take with you on trek into the duffle bag, which will be carried by our porters. The luggage allowance for flights to Lukla is 15kgs, be mindful that this includes your hand luggage, and so please pack only what you need for the trek.
The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to relax and unwind, in the evening we will venture into Kathmandu to a traditional Nepali restaurant for our first group dinner of the trip.
Overnight Gokarna Resort.
Kathmandu is a fascinating city with many world heritage listed sights to explore. The tourist quarter is known as Thamel, and here there are many shopping opportunities, from Thanka paintings to prayer flags and small trinkets from Tibet, to beautiful carpets and rugs. There are also many gear stores in the precinct, which is very handy for last minute purchases before heading into the mountains.
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of some of the key sights around Kathmandu including Bhoudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square and finally lunch at the Garden of Dreams, before returning to the resort by approximately 2pm.
The remainder of the day is free for final preparations and packing for our trek.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort.
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2610m), walk 3hrs
A very early transfer to the domestic airport for our flight into the mountains. Lukla airport is serviced only by STOL aircraft, our flight from Kathmandu takes approximately 45 minutes and is one of the world’s most spectacular mountain flights. On arrival in Lukla we meet our porters and staff, who will accompany us over the coming days. We then take breakfast in Lukla and afterwards commence a three hour trek to Phakding.
Taking it slowly to assist with acclimatisation we begin with a gentle climb up by the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Koshi drains the Khumbu region, from Mount Everest and down to the west of Lukla, it is a fast running river of rapids, and will accompany us on the days ahead as we cross and re-cross by suspension bridges, as we make our way further up the valley. The snowy peaks of Nupla 5885m and Kusumkang 6367m can be seen in the distance. Continuing on the left bank of the river we reach Phakding. After settling in we take a one hour hike to the monastery of Sano Gomila, Rimijung Gompa. This gompa, as well as those at Thame and Pangboche are homes to small idols, housed in a metal cask, and are rumored to be made from the branches of a white tree which once grew here. From the Sano Gomila Village & Primary School we enjoy views of Thamserku and Kusumkang.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Home, Phakding.
Trek to Monjo (2835m), walk 3hrs
After breakfast we follow a fairly level trail along the right bank of the Dudh Khoshi, with the bulk of Thamserku (6623m) looming skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, we pass through Benkar, and following the riverbed on the left bank through a forest we arrive at Chumow, where we may visit a local vegetable farm.
In the springtime from April to early June the rhododendrons and magnolias are in bloom, adding to the visual beauty of the region with patches of vibrant colour. The trail is now undulating as we near our stop for the night at the small village of Monjo. It is an advantage that todays trek is a short one, which greatly aids our acclimatization. We highly recommend you relax once reaching the lodge, take in the mountain air, stay well hydrated and enjoy the unforgettable experience of being in the Himalaya.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Home, Monjo.
Trek to Namche (3440m), walk 5-6hrs
Descending the stone steps we reach a suspension bridge, and after a short climb we arrive at Jorshale, and the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park where a park entrance fee is collected. Once formalities are completed we trek along the river and then enter a forested mountainside and pass by a rocky area. After crossing a high winding path we again descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. Here the river forks, the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi which leads to the Nangpa La, the ancient trading route with Tibet. Crossing a suspension bridge and walking a short distance along the Bhote Koshi we finally ascend to the bustling village of Namche, the gateway to the Everest region, built into the curve of a steep valley. Once we reach our lodge it is time to rest and allow our bodies to further acclimatise to the new altitude. For those who may be feeling a little more energetic a visit to the Mountaineering Museum is worthwhile, or you may wish to visit one of the number of bakeries in the village. We are now deep in the Sherpa heartland – historically the Sherpa people were herders and traders, using Namche as the staging point for trading expeditions over the Nangpa La and into Tibet, where they would trade manufactured goods for commodities such as wool, salt and yaks. This is an unforgiving landscape to etch out a living, and the hardy Sherpa people manage to produce barley and potatoes as the main crops in the Khumbu, Of course, tourism is the main source of income for the local people these days and many of the young men of the region become porters or trek guides, with some progressing to much sought after climbing sherpas, working with the many high altitude climbing expeditions who converge on the high peaks during the pre and post monsoon seasons.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Home, Namche
In Namche (3440m), optional trek to Khumjung and Kunde
After breakfast we have the option of a picturesque two-hour hike to the lovely village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his famous ‘Schoolhouse in the Clouds’. The trail offers particularly pleasant trekking through old growth rhododendron forest and is one of the most beautiful pockets of the Everest region. On reaching the Khumjung Hillary High School we have the opportunity of meeting some of the school children and gain a first hand appreciation of the positive impact the school has had on the families of the Khumbu valley.
After lunch at Khumjung we visit Khunde hospital. The hospital and school were both built by Sir Edmund Hillary and are still supported by the Hillary Trust. From here we gain views of the majestic mountains of Thamserku and Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and of course Mount Everest. Our return trek to Namche is no less inspiring than our morning’s journey as we traverse the ridgeline, all the while taking in the majestic Himalayan views.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Home, Namche.
Trek to Thame (3800m), walk 5hrs
After breakfast, we set off towards Thamo, a small village situated close the Nangpa La, which passes near the 8012 meter Cho Oyu. One of the fourteen 8000 metre peaks, Cho Oyu sits on the border with Tibet, and was first summited in 1954 by an Austrian expedition via the north west ridge, only two years after the first reconnaisance expedition by Sir Edmund Hillary. On reaching Thamo we pause for lunch. Many famous climbing sherpas come from this region, amongst them Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record of summiting Mount Everest 10 times without supplementary oxygen. Also from this region is Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa, also known as Apa Sherpa, who has summitted Everest a staggering 21 times. After lunch we continue on, eventually crossing the Bhote Koshi River we reach the stunning setting of Thame Village and our stop for the night. In the evening we are treated to a taditional Sherpani dance by a local mothers group.
Overnight Yeti Mountain Home, Thame
Trek to Kongde (4250m) (7-8hrs)
From Thame we descend for approximately 30 minutes, following an old Khumbu Sherpa trail which leads to the Khumbu Electric Power House, and into beautiful rhododendron, pine and bamboo forest. Passing through a small Sherpa village we reach the glacier of Kongde Peak and fantastic views of Mount Everest. We take a brief pause for lunch before continuing on to our lodge at Kongde.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Kongde.
Kongde, optional trek to Farrak Ri (4750m) (3hrs)
Farrak Ri is a stunning viewpoint that affords panoramic views of the entire Khumbu Valley. Today we have the option of a three hour walk to the viewpoint, and for those who are so inclined it is well worth the effort. We will be rewarded with views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dalam, Thamserku and many other peaks of the Khumbu Valley such as Cholatse and Island Peak, and it is truly one of the highlights of our journey.
We return to the resort for lunch and dinner, whilst taking in spellbinding panoramic views of Tengboche Monastery, Namche and Khumjung village, and the entire Solukhumbu Ranges Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Kongde
Helicopter flight from Kongde to Lukla via Mt Everest, return Kathmandu, contingency day
This morning we take a thrilling helicopter flight from our lodge at Kongde, up into the heart of the Nepal Himalaya where we gain close up views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. From March to June there will be plenty of activity around the big peaks as climbers attempt to scale their lofty heights, and we may view the many base camps set up at the foot of the Khumbu icefall as we fly by. From here we turn south and eventually touch down in Lukla to connect with our fixed wing STOL aircraft flight out of the mountains and back to Kathmandu. *We have factored one contingency day in our itinerary, which may need to be utilized should inclement weather conditions prevent us from taking our scheduled flight to Kathmandu. We require your patience and understanding should this occur, and your trek leader will keep you updated at all times and make every effort to accommodate those who may need to connect with international flights.
Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort.
Trip concludes in Kathmandu
Our trip concludes today, and we hope that you have enjoyed your journey in Nepal. It is often said that first time visitors to Nepal come for the incredible mountain scenery, but what keeps people coming back is the warmth and generosity of the hardy mountain people who etch out a living in the unforgiving regions that we westerners only pass through. The culture of the Sherpa people in Nepal is certainly one of the highlights of a visit to this Himalayan Kingdom, and it is our hope that you will take away with you fond and special memories of this incredible land and it’s people.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for onward arrangements.
Born in Darjeeling in November 1965, Tashi Tenzing is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay, who alongside Sir Edmund Hillary made the first successful summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest on 29th May, 1953. An experienced and talented climber in his own right, Tashi completed his mountaineering training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, which was founded by his famous grandfather, and later went on to summit Mount Everest three times, as well as other notable ascents of Himalayan peaks. Tashi has worked extensively as an expedition and trek leader in Nepal, Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, Pakistan and Antarctica. He also co-authored the best selling book, “Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest” and works as a motivational and key note speaker. Tashi’s wealth of knowledge and experience stands him in good stead to lead this exclusive luxury lodge based trek in Nepal.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||AU$500 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.