Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture


Everest Trekking with Buddhist Monasteries and Sherpa Culture brings you close to the majestic Himalayan peaks with breathtaking views including Mount Everest and takes you through Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries to see the culture of Khumbu valley.

Sherpa people are the indigenous inhabitants of Khumbu Valley and are followers of Buddhism. Khumbu is comprised of many villages of which Namche is the biggest and is the ancient trading spot between Tibet and Nepal. Along the route visit many Sherpa villages to explore their way of life and culture. Their way of life and education has dramatically improved as a result of development in tourism, but still many people practice traditional lifestyles such as raising Yaks and farming.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 feet) 
DAY 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
DAY 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek
DAY 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
DAY 06: Namche Bazzar to Thame [3800m/12470ft]: 4-5 hours trek
DAY 07: Thame to Khumjung (3786m/12,419 ft): 5 hrs trek
DAY 08: Khumjung to Phortse (3810m/12497ft): 5 hrs trek
DAY 09: Phortse to Pangboche (3985m/ 13,070 ft): 4-5 hrs trek
DAY 10: Pangboche to Tengboche (3864m/12,673 ft): 2 hrs trek
DAY 11: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
DAY 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6-7 hrs trek
DAY 13: Lukla – Kathmandu
DAY 14: Departure


Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 feet)
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After the check in, you can either take a rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Dinner

DAY 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kathmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddess), Kasthamandap (made up of a single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally, visit in Patan Durbar Square- the city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and masterpiece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

DAY 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek
Early morning after breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport's domestic terminal to fly over Lukla, a gateway destination for trekking in Everest Region. After 40 minutes adventurous and scenic view flight, we reach in the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and then we begin our first-day easy trek through forest, villages and along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
Today also we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross suspension bridges many times, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way, we can see the beautiful view of Mt Thamserku (6618m). Passing through the small village of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the last village of Jorsale before Namche and then gradual walk through the forest and bridges until we reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers (Larja Dobhan). After then about 2 hours steep climb we reach Chautara from where we get the first sight of Mt. Everest. From there another 1.5 hours easy walking bring us to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
After 2 days walking we take a rest in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize the body. It is recommended to stay active during the rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Morning we do hike in Thame and later explore Namche Bazaar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06: Namche Bazaar to Thame [3800m/12470ft]: 4-5 hours trek
After breakfast, we start gradual upward trek passing monasteries and follow west trail above the Bhote Koshi River. On the way, we see beautiful Khumbi Yul Lha (5761m) on right, Kongde Ri (6186m) on left and Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) on the back. Passing through the jungle of pine trees we reach Phurte village. If interested, we visit nuns in Laudo Gompa. After crossing the bridge over Canyon of Thesebu River, we see the close and wider bed of Bhote Koshi River. Following the gradual up trail we reach Samde village and small slope ahead lead us to the bridge. Further climbing almost half an hour we reach Thame. Later we visit Thame Gompa, more than three hundred years old monastery.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07: Thame to Khumjung (3786m/12,419 ft): 5 hrs trek
After breakfast, we trek back to Phurte and then head towards the airport in Syanboche which is one of the highest airports on a planet. From Syangboche, we can see the beautiful view of Amadablam and jaw dropping view of Mt. Everest. After then around 2 hours gradual ascent bring us to the Khumjung village which is also known as a second home of Hillary. We explore Khumjung village; visit Khumjung Hillary School and the monastery that houses Yeti scalp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08: Khumjung to Phortse (3810m/12497ft): 5 hrs trek
Today our trek starts with gradual ascending to Sanasa, the junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We follow the left trail towards Gokyo Valley and climb steeply up to Mong from where the very beautiful view of surrounding snowcapped mountain and valleys can be seen. On the way, we may encounter with exclusive musk deer, mountain goats and different kinds of bird. After enjoying the beautiful Mountain Views with Mt. Khumbila and exploring an ancient historical chorten in Mong village we trek steep down to Phortse Tanga. Further one hour steep climb, enjoying the mesmerizing views of Cholatse, Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtanga and many more Himalayas, will bring us to Phortse village. Later we visit Tharki Gompa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 09: Phortse to Pangboche (3985m/ 13,070 ft): 4-5 hrs trek
We started with a hard but short climb and then moved steadily along a ridge to Pangboche. Visit the Pangboche Gomba, see the footprint of the Lama Sangwa Dorje. The houses of Pangboche nestle above the terraced fields, such as a large crescent moon in a semicircle on the slope. This is typical Sherpa villages and Namche Bazar's exactly the same location. On both sides of the village attracts around a sacred grove and surrounded it like a picture frame to the village.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Pangboche to Tengboche (3864m/12,673 ft): 2 hrs trek
From Pangboche we trek down to Imja Khola and crossing suspension bridge we walk up to Debuche through forest where Musk Deer, Monal, Blue Sheep, different kinds of bird may come across on the way. Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest greeted us throughout the way. We can visit nuns at Debuche Monastery. Further little gradual walk brings us to the home of biggest Buddhist Monastery of Everest region, Tengboche. In the evening, we visit largest and famous monastery of Everest region, the Tengboche Monastery to witness the Lama puja.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
After breakfast we leave the beautiful Tengboche village and descend down through rhododendron and fir trees to Dudh Koshi River. We cross the first bridge of today trail in Phungi Thanga and then passing through the beautiful village of Sanasa, Kyangiuma as well as enjoying magnificent view of Himalayas on the way we reach at Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa. We may get opportunity to encounter mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants etc. After then about one hour gradual walk will bring us to main town of Everest Region, the Namche Bazzar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6-7 hrs trek
Today is our last trekking day and we trek back the same route but we feel completely different view. Trail is steep, so we need to walk slowly supporting own body with shaky legs. We trek back exploring attractions on the way, experiencing Sherpa culture in beautiful villages and enjoying distance view of Himalayas. Freezing cold turns to moderately warm and our body get relief today. After breakfast we begins gradual walk for few minutes and then steep down to the Larja Bridge which is the confluence point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. From there the gradual walk along Dudh Koshi River will bring us to the exit point from National Park, the Jorsale village. Again following the Dudh Koshi River, pass by the small village of Monjo, Chumoa, Benkar and walking through rhododendron forest, we reach Phakding. Few hours more gradual walk will bring us at Lukla. In Lukla we do relax and stretch the tired body. Late afternoon we can stroll around the Lukla. Evening we enjoy the last dinner with crew members.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: Lukla – Kathmandu
After early breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu memorizing those excited and beautiful days. In Kathmandu you can take a rest throughout the day in hotel or you can explore other attractions of Kathmandu. For the memorizing the Nepal trip you can buy some souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trip and enjoy dinner together.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14: Departure
After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.
Breakfast

NOTE: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight may get delay for few hours or may even cancel for few days due to frequently changeable and unfavorable weather condition of Himalayas. Such condition may arise even in the best season. So we kindly request you to keep some spare days in hand to cope with such condition. If flight is cancelled at the start of trip, either you do wait till you have spare days or do another adventure trip to other regions. If flight is cancelled after the trip, either you have to wait for following day’s flight or you have to take helicopter rescue to fly back Kathmandu. The helicopter charges around USD 5,000 and it can lift 4-5 people per flight. If everything goes as plan during trek, in your spare time you can enjoy sightseeing, jungle safari, rafting, bungee and many more luxurious and adventurous activities.

Fixed Departure Dates

2015
Jan- 5, 11, 18, 26
Feb- 1, 9, 15, 23
Mar- 1, 8, 16, 22, 29
Apr- 5, 12, 13, 19, 26
May- 3, 11, 17, 24, 25, 31
Jun- 7, 14, 15, 21
Sep- 6, 13, 14, 20, 27
Oct- 4, 12, 18, 25, 26
Nov- 1, 9, 15, 23, 29
Dec- 6, 14, 20, 27

For other dates please do contact us or email us.

Price Includes:

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availibility.
  • 10 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

The Trekking Group
For Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture, you will have experienced trekking leader/guide, assistant trekking guide (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers) and Sherpa porters for carrying the luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement ensures that if anybody in the group is sick, still we can lead the trip as planned. We can run the Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture even for 1 person and the maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Health & Experience Required
Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture is a moderate level trek suitable for nature loving trekkers who carry the ability to walk 5-7 hours a day with a light backpack in high altitude. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in lower altitude, so it is advisable as well as supportive for this trek to do light exercise, jogging in nearby hill few weeks prior the trip. For this trek, we don’t need any technical skills and prior experience of trekking. However, the most essential assets to accomplish this trek successfully are physical fitness, self confidence and strong determination.
Please do visit your medical doctor, consult him before heading to such altitude trekking destination. Those who have a problem of heart, lung, respiratory or blood should talk with their medical doctor and take his reference and report us before planning this trip with us. We deserve not to take those on our trip who are having such medical conditions.

Travel Insurance
It would be best to you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to cancellation, medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance. 

Accommodations
All accommodations for Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two types of accommodations during our trip. You will spend two nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and 08 nights in standard teahouse/lodge during trekking. Basically, there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses in mountain. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however, teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of a same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you can get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisine, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to the destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket 

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside the trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles 
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on a group are snoring)

Toiletries:
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Antibacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries:
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guidebook
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) may cause from the altitude of 2,500m and altitude above 8,000 m is considered as “death zone”. The amount of oxygen decreases as altitude increase. Strike of AMS merely depends on a person to person and it may cause even death. The initial symptoms of AMS are mild headache, loss of appetite, stomach disorder and later it increase as short breath, dizziness, fever, nausea and vomiting, and feeling very weak. Only the prevention from AMS is to ascending slowly and only the cure is to descend quickly. Black Diamond Expedition designed the itinerary of Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture allowing the plenty of time to acclimatize.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To make your Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Black Diamond only employs the experienced, trained and professional staffs who have fact and up-to-date knowledge about culture, history, flora, fauna and geography of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained on biodiversity and environmental issues, potential medical issues during their trek, English language, etc:
•    Intensive Wilderness First Aid
•    Trekking Guide Training
•    Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
•    English Language
•    Conservation and Biodiversity
•    Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care
To say the truth, Nepal’s trekking and expedition industry is boost because of tireless effort of local Sherpa porters of Himalaya. Their physical effort to carry supplies, equipments, baggage and overall support make the trip to remote areas possible. But the history of their exploitation and abuse was so regrettable. To combat this we are strictly committed to porter rights. We provide them as much facilities and care as our trekkers would get. We have made full insurance of them against all the possible bad incidents, health and even helicopter rescue insurance. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. 

Environmental Concerns
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Also in the winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) Everest Trek with Monasteries and Sherpa Culture can be done but we need to be fully prepared to fight against cold.
Weather in Himalayan region is unpredictable and change frequently. Your planned itinerary may need to be changed because of bad weather condition considering your safety. 

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us.

 

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