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The most comfortable trek that the Everest area can offer where you stay in the best lodges. Everest Summit Lodges sets a new standard for trekking in Himalayas, both in terms of food and accommodation. Along with your Sherpa guide, you trek along the old caravan routes through the famous Khumbu Valley, visiting the Sherpa people villages and monasteries. The route offers stunning views of Mount Everest and one of the World's most beautiful mountain, Ama Dablam.
On arrival in Kathmandu we will meet at the airport and drive to Himalayan Heights Resort. The drive takes about an hour and goes through the Kathmandu valley's more rural areas. The resort is located at a peaceful spot high above the Kathmandu Valley. There is a spectacular view to more than 200 km of the Himalayan Mountains. (L, D)
After a nice breakfast you hike up on the ridge of Champa Hill, 2,278m (7,471 ft.). The hike is a nice preparation for your coming trek. From Champa Hill, you have a unique view of Himalaya range, from Manaslu in the West to Everest in the East. You will be back in time for lunch and can choose to spend the afternoon visiting the villages Pharding and Dhaksinkali, or you can go into Kathmandu. (B, L, D).
You leave Himalayan Heights Resort early in the morning and drive to the airport and fly to the small mountain village of Lukla. The city lies at 2,743m (9,000 ft.) Lukla is located on the edge of the valley and is best known for its small airport. Upon arrival you check in at Summit Lodge. After a nice lunch you take a walk up to Bom Danda. The village is located in approximately 3,000m (9,840 ft.) overlooking Lukla and the small airstrip. The trek is a perfect way to acclimate to the altitude. You return to Lukla to enjoy dinner in the lodge. (B, L, D).
After breakfast you begin the trek to Monjo. The trail winds up and down along the Dudh Kosi River, through countless small villages. You have lunch in Phakding, 2,652m (8,700 ft.). The village is a bustling place with trekkers and porters who carry luggage and goods up to the higher-lying villages. After lunch you cross the river on a suspension bridge and continue up the valley, past the white painted houses and colorful prayer flags. During the afternoon you arrive at the Summit Lodge Monjo, where a cup of tea and homemade cookies is waiting for you. You will have plenty of time to relax before dinner is served. (B, L, D)
The programme for today is a trek up to the lookout point of Thachok Danda at 3,000m. (9,840 ft.) There is a truly breath taking views to Kongde Ri, 6,187m. (20,298 ft.) and Thamserku, 6,608m. (21,680 ft.). You will enjoy you pack lunch at this amazing place before you return to Monjo Summit Lodges mid-afternoon. (B, L, D).
Todays trek from Monjo to Tashinga is the most strenuous day you will have on this trek. Take is easy, go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery. You will have plenty of time to reach your destination for the day. Shortly after you leave Monjo you will enter the Everest National Park. You will have your trekking permit checked here before continuing along the river. After a couple of hours you cross the river by the Hillary suspension bridge, decorated with colourful prayer flags. From there it goes steep upward through the forest for the next couple of hours. When you leave the forest you will walk into the big Sherpa village Namche Bazar, 3,450m. (11,320 ft.). The village is shaped like a horseshoe and has a fantastic view of the valley and Kongde Ri. You will have a well-deserved lunch in Namche Bazar and there is plenty time to explore the village before continuing to Tashinga. The Everest Summit Lodge is located just off the main route, with a great views of Ama Dablam, 6814m. (22,355 ft.)
The day begins with a short descent to Phunki Tenga, a collection of houses and a water mill, situated on the cliffs of the Dudh Kosi River. You cross the river via a suspension bridge, before you enter the rhododendron forest. It is steep climb, but after about an hours walk you will walk into Tengboche, 3,837m. (12,588 ft.). The Tengboche monastery is located on an outcrop in the valley, with an incredible view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and the beautiful Ama Dablam. The monastery burned to the ground back in 1989, but has been rebuilt with the support of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. There is plenty of time to explore the monastery and have lunch before you return to Tashinga Summit Lodge. (B, L, D).
You leave Tashinga and trek south. After an hour you leave the main trekking route and take a route that leads up to the twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung. The villages is inhabited by the Sherpa people, and you will find Khumbu’s largest school and hospital here. You have plenty of time to visit both places. Further up the valley you will enter the forest and a short steep climb leads you up to the Everest Summit Lodge in Mende. (B, L, D).
After a short steep descent you will catch the old caravan route that leads to Tibet. It is a nice trail that winds its way up through the valley and the walk is easy. After a few hours you will cross the river on a bridge that is stretched over a narrow rock canyon. Shortly after you will walk into Thame, 3,801m. (12,470 ft.). The village is one of the oldest settlements in the area. Usually you will find a lot of yaks grassing on the slopes around the village. Many of the strongest Nepalese climbers comes from Thame, including Ang Rita Sherpa who has climbed Everest 11 times, and Apa Sherpa who has stood on summit of the world's highest mountain 18 times! After lunch in Thame you return to the lodge in Mende. (B, L, D).
You start the day with a visit to the local monastery. Until recently the monastery was used as a meditation school for Western Buddhists who wanted to retire from the hectic Western life for a while. The monk often serves a cup of butter tea, and tells some great stories. After the visit to the monastery you walk down to Namche Bazar. You will have your lunch in Namche Bazar, before you start the descent to Monjo. Overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge in Monjo. (B, L, D).
Todays route from Monjo to Lukla follows different route, bypassing Phakding. You follow a trail high above the river to Gumila. You will have lunch at Thada Kosi located at the foot of Kusum Kangguru. You will probably not meet other tourists on this trail. After a few hours of trekking you will walk into the Lukla, where you will spend the night at the Summit Lodge Lukla. (B, L, D).
Hopefully the weather is clear so your flight to wont be delayed. It is almost a culture shock to come back to Kathmandu's vibrant life after so many days in the mountains. You will be picked up at the airport and shortly after check in to one of the Kathmandu’s best hotels, The Yak & Yeti. Rest of the day at leisure. (B).
After breakfast you are picked up at the hotel for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will visit the great Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The main attraction is outside the temple at the bank of the Bagmati River. Here you will meet the colourful Sadhu’s. Holy men who have devoted their lives to their religion. You will also visit the great Buddhist stupa Boudanath, as well as the 2,500 year ancient Swayambunath temple, perched on a hill high above the town. In the afternoon you visit Kathmandu's old city center, where you will find some of the valleys finest pagodas. (B, L, D).
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