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Duration: 14 Days Starts in: Kathmandu
Trip Code: NPSS-003 Ends in: Kathmandu
Country: Nepal
Group Size: 2-12
 
Local Payment: • There is a local payment of US$259 on this tour. • This will have to be paid to the Tour Leader in US Dollars cash on Day 1 of the tour.This system has been designed to help us pass cost savings on to you. • This payment is non-refundable.
 
 
 
 
Itinerary Details
 

Days 1&2: Kathmandu
We kick start the trip on arrival at Kathmandu. Since no activities are planned. You can arrive at your own time. A briefing of the trip will be given by the tour guide.
We will begin by our visit to Boudhnath Stupa, a place of worship for the Buddhist, the shrine is one of great importance to the Buddhist religion. Here we shall visit monasteries and watch the monks in prayer. We will continue and make our way to Pashupatinath temple, considered one of the holiest sites dedicated to lord Vishnu. This temple holds great importance as a place of worship to the Hindus. It forms a major part of the people on a day to day basis. Here you can watch devotes offering prayers and watch the activities that are undertaken in the temple premises. The rest of the afternoon you can engage in relaxing and shopping.

Day 3: Phakding
Early in the morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m). The flight itself is mesmerizing as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. The airstrip is built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will meet with our porters for the trek. We will have time to explore the village before starting the trail. The trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Koshi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar. The walking is easy and we will soon reach our lodge at Phakding.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar
Today the trek will be a little strenuous as it will involve more walking than the previous day, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. The track follows the Dudh Koshi for the first part of the morning, sometimes crossing from side to side, until we reach Monjo. From here, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to Jorsale. The trek continues upstream on a flat terrain to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. After crossing a large suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche come into view. The effects of high altitude will slow down your pace a little, thus we encourage you to advance slowly. In Namche, we move into our lodge in the midst of the village and the rest of the afternoon is free to bargain for artifacts or embrace the spectacular scenery.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar
We will continue our stay at Namche Bazaar to adjust to acclimatization to the high altitude meanwhile it will enable us to take full advantage of exploring the town and its surroundings. Namche is a prosperous village, in the high altitude. It has symbolic importance of that of a trade route that linked trading amongst Tibet and Nepal. Tibet’s salt was traded with grains from the lowlands of Nepal. We advise you to take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The panoramas can be stunning at both times of the day, with a superb view of the Khumbu peaks, including great sightings of Everest. After breakfast, there are various options, including perhaps a walk towards Thami , up the beautiful and generally flat Bhote Khola river valley. You can choose to visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and to escort you on the walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the flatter areas around and above Shyangboche where beautiful views are displayed – however this is probably the same path that we will tread through tomorrow.

Day 6: Khumjung
From Namche we will walk up towards the park headquarters and then climb steeply above the main trail towards the small airstrip at Shyangboche. From here you can get a glimpse on the roofs of Namche way below, and to the huge mountains across the valley. Our path then heads onto a flatter terrain to the Everest View Hotel, well known for its viewpoint, and if weather favours us we can view an excellent panorama of the towering Himalayan snow peaks. These include beautiful Ama Dablam, and mighty Everest prominently standing above all others at the head of the Dudh Koshi valley. On a small ridge seen far below the summit of Everest we can spot the monastery at Thyangboche, a small speck against the gigantic mountain. We will lunch in the twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung where we check into our lodge.

Day 7: Monjo - 5 hours walking approx
In the morning we shall take a different route back to the Shyangboche airstrip on the way to Namche. Today is a relatively easy day and we have time to stroll along, at a leisurely pace and absorb the magnificent surrounding scenery. We will lunch at Namche Bazaar and there will be plenty of time to explore the bazaar and shops before we descend back to the Dudh Koshi River Valley and to the village of Jorsale. We then head to the next village of Monjo where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Lukla - 5 hours walking approx
We retrace our steps along the Dudh Koshi, crossing to the western bank at Benkar. It is a beautiful and easy walk through blue pine and rhododendron forest, back-dropped with views of Kusum Kangaru. An early lunch will be taken at Phakding. In the afternoon we ascend out of the river valley back to the airstrip and to our lodge accommodation in Lukla. In the evening, after dinner we may have a few drinks followed by some dancing with our Sherpa companions.

Days 9 - 10: Fly to Kathmandu
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel .for dinner it is to one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants.
We have an added day in Kathmandu to get the laundry done, shop or just relax before heading south to the jungles of Nepal's Chitwan National Park.

Days 11 - 12: Chitwan National Park
We aboard a bus in the morning and descend towards the Terai, or the flatlands of the country. Our stop is at Chitwan, where we shall spend time in the Chitwan jungle region set against the Himalayan range. Here we engage in jungle activities, which include elephant ride through the jungle, with the opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, it is likely that you will see rhinos, bears, deer and numerous birds. If lucky you may even see the tigers taking a stroll through the jungle. Other optional activities include jeep, canoe or walking safaris and bird watching.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Early morning we will drive back to Kathmandu. We will lunch along the way or you may choose to carry snacks with you on your bus ride. We will check into a hotel and relax.

Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
Around morning our trip comes to an end. You may choose to extend your vacation or join another of our trips.

Trip Itinerary Variation :
DRIVING/WALKING TIMES: This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may compel variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate, and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather and track conditions.

 
 
 
 
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