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The Top of the World
 
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Duration: 18 Days Starts in: Kathmandu
Trip Code: NPTW-004 Ends in: Kathmandu
Country: Nepal
Group Size: 2-12
 
Local Payment: • There is a local payment of US$319 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: Monjo
We will ascend slowly on the route to Everest Base Camp. Advancing slowly will ensure acclimatisation. We shall tread slowly from Phakding crossing the river to walk through tracts of blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We will cross the Dudh Koshi at Benkar and enjoy great views of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku. From here it is only a short walk to Monjo where we arrive for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free, presenting us with the opportunity to do some exploring around the village.

Day 5: 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 to Jorsale. The trek continues upstream on 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 6: 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 7: 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 Kosi 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 8: Thyangboche
From Khumjung, we descend through the village and perhaps stop for a cup of coffee and cake at the local bakery before rejoining the main trail to Everest at Shanasa. Do look out for Danphe Pheasant and Himalayan Thar often seen on the high ground above the trail. We continue on to Trashinga and then descend steeply to cross the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenga (3250m), where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a long and steep climb through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forest towards Thyangboche Monastery. We stay here for the night and experience great views of the peaks Kantega, Ama Dablam - perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region - and of course Mount Everest.

Day 9: Dingboche - 5 hours walking approx
In the morning we will visit the monastery before descending through forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron. The walking today is uphill yet done very slowly to adjust to the altitude thus pace yourself slowly .After crossing the Imja Khola the trail heads to the village of Pangboche, backed by the peak of Ama Dablam, where we will take lunch. Later our trail climbs through open alpine hillsides before we re-cross the Imja Khola and old glacial remains to our lodge in Dingboche.

Day 10: Dingboche - Acclimatization Day
Before we ascend any higher we will take a day to relax and acclimatize, thus exploring the beautiful Imja Khola Valley. Dingboche is located in a patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops. An ascent of the hill behind our lodge will showcase great views of the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu, which is not visible from the valley floor. A walk up the valley towards Chukung is worthwhile. The views are fantastic in this valley; to the north is Lhotse, Island Peak in the centre of the valley, and the crimped ice-walls of unnamed peaks that line the southern end of the valley form a hauntingly beautiful sight. Unfortunately Everest is not visible from the village.

Day 11: Lobuche - 4 hours walking approx
Today the walk is relatively tiring up the valley to Lobuche so we advise you take your time and are well hydrated. From Dingboche we ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the top, the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse dramatically line the valley to the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak and the snowfields of the Cho La can be seen. At Dughla we take a light lunch at the foot of the huge moraines of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest and in the afternoon we will climb steadily to reach a ridge with a line of cairns, built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last 50 years. From here the view is enthralling, Pumori , Lingtren , Khumbutse , and across the border in Tibet, Changtse are seen at the head of the valley, whilst Everest is hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje where we will be arriving early afternoon.

Day 12: Gorak Shep - 3 hours walking approx
After breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends only gradually to the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier but from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to Gorak Shep . After lunch we will set off uphill to Kala Patar to experience a comprehensive sunset views from this amazing point. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest. As we will be descending in fading light, do take a head-torch for this excursion.

Day 13: Lobuche - 7 hours walking approx
We will advance early to trek along the glacier to Everest Base Camp, which takes around 3 hours. If you are trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Base Camp we do not get views of Everest but we will be able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. We return to Gorak Shep for an early lunch before re-tracing our steps to Lobuche. Be prepared for a strenuous day. The trek to Base Camp is optional so if you are feeling tired you can rest at Gorak Shep instead. Please note: Depending on how everyone is feeling it may be possible to descend to the lower altitudes of Pheriche rather than spending the night at Lobuje.

Day 14: Thyangboche - 6 hours walking approx
It is amazing how quickly we retrace the trail that was a challenge to ascend en route to Everest Base Camp. We should be well acclimatized and we head quickly back down hill to Dughla and then taking a different route following the wide alpine valley to Pheriche for a relaxed tea break. Here is a Trekkers’ Aid Post, supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which, although not in operation year round, is well worth a visit if open. From Pheriche we ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of the Imja valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega to take lunch at Orsho. In the afternoon we again descend to Shomare and later pass through Lower Pangboche to reach the bridge over the Imja Khola River and re-trace our steps to Debuche and then onto Thyangboche.

Day 15: Monjo - 6 hours walking approx
From Thyangboche we descend steeply to the bridge at Phunkitenga and after a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa before returning to Namche Bazaar where we take lunch and enjoy a final opportunity to visit the shops in the Bazaar. In the afternoon we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi and follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo where we will spend the night

Day 16: Lukla - 5 hours walking approx
There is no haste today as we retrace our steps back to Lukla. We will take lunch in Phakding and the final ascent up to Lukla; we will reach the airport in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for its end of trek celebrations. Though do not over do, it as you will circum to hangover and thus neglecting on the fantastic scene on the plane ride back to Kathmandu

Day 17: 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.

Day 18: Kathmandu
Around morning our enriching 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 compell 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. An Experienced leader, trekking staff and porters. All transportation, trek permits, twin-share accommodation, First-Aid Kit. The following sightseeing trips are included in Kathmandu - One visit to Boudhnath and Pashupatinath with trip leader including transport and entrance fees. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla return is not included in the cost of the tour and must be paid for at the time of final payment.

 
 
 
 
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