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Everest Explorer Trek - 12 days

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Day 1Arrival
Day 2F/D tour of Kathmandu City, Swoyambhunath and Patan City
Day 3Kathmandu ~ Lukla ~ Phakding
Day 4Phakding ~ Namche
Day 5Namche
Day 6Kongde
Day 7​Thyangboche
Day 8​Thyangboche
Day 9Monjo
Day 10Lukla
Day 11Kathmandu
Day 12Departure
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Day 1
​Arrive Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Enchanting Adventures Nepal will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2
​Tour of Kathmandu / Swyambhunath / Patan

After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city.

KATHMANDU CITY: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation.

SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there.

PATAN CITY: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Licchavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. One remarkable monument here is 16th century temples dedicated to the Hindu go Krishna, built entirely of stone.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3
Kathmandu ~ Lukla [2880M] ~ Phakding [2652M]

Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft takes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Khunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal.

On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane.

After sorting out our gear and meeting our Sherpas and trekking crew, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikhaka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding, our nights stop by the river (3 hours walking).

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D)

Day 4
Phakding ~ Namche Bazaar [3445M]

We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we enter the Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. At about halfway up the hill, a gap in the trees allows us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market; fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to be bought by the Sherpas. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in (5 hours walking).

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D)

Day 5
At Namche

A day for acclimatisation. Visit the National Park museum just above Namche or the almost level trail up the Bhote Kosi valley, towards Thami, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags and Mani stones, all indicative of the Tibetan/Buddhist culture of this area.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D)

Day 6
​Namche ~ Kongde[3840M]

Leaving Namche we will walk to the airstrip at Shyangboche directly above Namche and on to the Everest View hotel. This hotel was built with Japanese money to provide very expensive accommodation for people flying into Shyangboche. This has never really worked as Shyangboche at 3900 metres is too high to just fly into from Kathmandu and many people doing this suffered serious altitude problems. However the hotel does provide a wonderful view of Everest and sipping tea on the veranda overlooking the valley with Everest above is a pleasant way to acclimatise. From here we take the trail to Kunde, a much quieter village than Namche and provides excellent views of Ama Dablam. Kunde is well known for its excellent hospital, which was set up in 1966 and funded by the Himalayan Trust. It is staffed by either New Zealand or Canadian doctors and is well worth a visit (and a donation). The village of Kunde virtually joins the village of Khumjung but the two villages are quite separate communities (3 hours walking).

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D)

Day 7
​Kongde ~ Thyangboche [3860M]

After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through a wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time will average 1 ½ hours. On the way back to Pokhara, the vehicle can stop on request at the Tibetan refugee camp where you will have time to explore the temple complex. After reaching Pokhara take a schedule flight back to Kathmandu.

Day concludes-Overnight at Hotel

Day 8
Thyangboche ~ Pangboche ~ Thyangboche [3860m]

Today there is time to visit the monastery and make an optional excursion to Pangboche village, situated on the banks of the Imjatse River it is the highest year round settlement in the valley and has the oldest Gompa (monastery) in the Khumbu. We return to Thyangboche.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9
Thyangboche ~ Monjo [2835m]

From Thyangboche we descend through forest to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels. We follow the contours around the hillside climbing to Sanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. This is a lovely days walk, the descent is easy and relaxed with the hard work behind us and our return journey provides different views of the mountains and villages that we passed on our ascent. We continue descending from Namche to Monjo. Most people leave Namche and the Khumbu with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills. Our night’s stop at Monjo is midway between Namche and Lukla (6 hours walking).

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D).

Day 10
Monjo ~ Lukla[2880m]

Continue descending, although it is not all downhill. At Choplung we leave the valley trail to ascend gently and contour around the hillside to Lukla (4 to 6 hours walking).

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Yeti Mountain Home (B,L,D)

Day 11
Lukla ~ Kathmandu

Today weather permitting, we pack up early and fly to Kathmandu (35-minute flight). Transfer to hotel and welcome hot showers.

Farewell dinner with cultural program at Local Restaurant.

Overnight hotel.

Day 12
Final Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.

Our representative from Enchanting Adventures Nepal will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.

Have a Pleasant Journey!

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