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  • Starting Price: $2,799
  • Length: 17 days
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    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, Nepal
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Tour Description

Shrouded in clouds and steeped in tales of tragedy and triumph, Mt. Everest is a more than a mountain; it is the stuff of legends. On this trek through the foothills of Everest, you have the opportunity to experience the majesty of this massive peak without risking life and limb to climb it!

Start in Kathmandu, where you can explore the temples and monuments that make it such a sacred city. From there, fly to the charming town of Lukla and start your trek. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and other peaks are well worth the demanding uphill climbs for the next few days. Besides the scenery, highlights of the trek include a visit to the Thyanboche monastery, one of the Khumbu region's most important cultural centers and a day in Namche, a thriving town clinging to the hillside. Your descent is just as enjoyable and the warmer climate allows you to shed those sweaters.

Itinerary

Day 01 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU, NEPAL

On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

This afternoon, enjoy an early afternoon exploratory walk in the old part of Kathmandu; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses, stupas and temples, cows pestering the vegetable vendors and more.

The Shangri-la Hotel is a luxury 4* hotel located in the quiet diplomatic enclave, just 7 kilometers from the airport and 2 kilometers from the heart of the city. The rooms are furnished in contemporary elegance, fully air-conditioned and heated with individually controlled thermostats, complimented by an excellent variety of dining, sports and recreational facilities, Shangri-La is the perfect blend of international standards and grateful tradition.

Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Day 02 - KATHMANDU (4,265 FT ELEVATION)

Today you have a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu and Swayambhunath.

The Kathmandu Valley is the historical center of Nepal and each of its three cities, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhakatapur, has a strong artistic and architectural tradition. Today's sightseeing tour of Kathmandu will include the following:

The Temple of the Living Goddess - The Kumari Devi

Chosen at the age of four or five, the Kumari Devi is the most important of the several living goddesses in Nepal. Selected using very strict criteria, she moves into the temple with her family, leaving only to attain a few festivals each year Durbar Square: 'Durbar' means 'palace' and takes its name from the old Royal Palace, who no longer inhabited by the King. The center of the old city, there are number of other interesting temples including Kasthamandap, (house of wood) which give the Kathmandu city its name.

Swayambhunath:

Perched on a hill, this is one of the most popular symbols of Nepal. Its great stairway leads up to the temple complex dominated by the soaring central stupa, with the all seeing eyes of Buddha gazing out over the valley in each direction from the four sides of a block on top of the spire. Believed to be over 2,000 years old, Swayambhunath was an important Buddhist center by the 13th century.

Breakfast

Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Day 03 - KATHMANDU - LUKLA - PHAKDING (8,700 FT ELEVATION)

This morning you will be privately transfer to the domestic airport for your 40-minute flight to Lukla.

During the flight, look out and enjoy views of the Langtang and Jugal ranges that surround the Kathmandu Basin. Fly over Rowling Himal where Gaurisankar and Menlungtse are particularly striking. Upon entering the Khumbu Region, the nose of the plane dips down for a thrilling, but safe, landing at Lukla.

Begin today's 3-4 hour trek in Lukla. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load of camping equipment and baggage on the Ghopkyo, which is a mix breed of yak and normal cow, as the yak cannot survive below 3,000 meters. The walk is along a pleasant trail most of the way, with a few steep climbs from Tarhe khola, where you have a superb view of the Kusum-Kangru (6,369m) crossing.

After a short climb you reach Ghat village followed by another one and a half hours of trekking, which brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at a Local Lodge

Day 04 - PHAKDING - MONJO - NAMCHE BAZAAR (11,286 FT ELEVATION)

Today's trek of approximately eight miles and will take five to six hours.

Depart Phakding, crossing the suspension bridge on a pleasant walk with a few short uphill climbs and magnificent views of Thermasarkhu (6,608m).

From the village of Benkar, cross the bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River once more and then continue to the small village of Monjo where you can see an interesting water-mill grinding roasted corns and barley making tsampa, one of the staple foods of the Tibetans. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasharkhu and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. This is where your trekking permit will be checked to keep a record of all trekkers entering the park.

Descend to Jorsalle and trek along the Imiatse River until the last bridge is reached. From here, begin walking the winding, steep, uphill path to Namche Bazaar. Enjoy views along the way of Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangru, Mt. Everest-Nuptse wall, Lhotse and Taweche Peak.

The climb eases somewhat and Namche Bazaar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. The famed Namche Bazaar (3440m), with its colorful houses situated in an amphitheater U-shaped bowl, is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Kosi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Zhamling Guest House - Namche Bazaar

Day 05 - NAMCHE BAZAAR

Enjoy a day at leisure in Namche Bazaar. Optional activities include; a short walk to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, a magnificent spot with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys below, visit the museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Zhamling Guest House - Namche Bazaar

Day 06 - NAMCHE BAZAAR - THYANGBOCHE (12,401 FT ELEVATION)

Today's trek is approximately six miles and will take around five hours.

The trail leads along a winding path with great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Tharmserkhu. You will come to a busy place called Shanasa, where you have a high chance of seeing the beautifully colored Danphe Pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant), which is the national bird of Nepal, the elusive musk deer and even a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat).

From Shanasa, the trail descends to the Imjatse River at Phungitenga (3250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small Royal Nepalese Army barracks in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some magnolia and birch trees. At Phungitenga there is an interesting prayer wheel propelled by water, from the nearby streams.

The walk from Phungitenga is strenuous for about an hour going on a winding trail through shaded woods until you reach a small religious monument of prayer stones covered with rhododendron leaves and junipers is reached. From here the walk is uphill for another hour, with views of Thermasarkhu and Kangtenga that from this angle looks more like an icy Sphinx or a big cat. As you reach Thyangboche and see the religious Buddhist gate that the walk for the day is almost over. Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery), before a large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the peak of Ama Dablam with Everest looming above and the Nuptse wall to the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar to the northeast and many more peaks all around you.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Thyangboche

Day 07 - THYANGBOCHE - DINGBOCHE (14,469 FT ELEVATION)

Today's trek is approximately seven and a half miles and will take between five and six.

The trail descends through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and comes out at a lovely spot at Deboche (3,650m) with further views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Deboche, pass the long prayer Mani wall, to a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imja-Tse River. Continue up to the upper Pangboche village, where the old monastery is located. After passing the monastery there is a gradual walk downhill that brings you back to the main trail, where you will continue with a short climb to Shomare, a small settlement with a fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam-for lunch.

After a pleasant break, your journey continues eastwards. After an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits two ways again; the north going to Pheriche and the second leading east beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River until you come to a big Mani Stupa. Onwards from here the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m), which is a popular trekking peak in Nepal. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Dingboche

Day 08 - DINGBOCHE (14,469 FT ELEVATION)

Today is a very important acclimatization day. The day is spent visiting the monastery in Dingboche, famous for its Yeti scalp and hand and then exploring the Imja Khola. There are some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. Today's walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon and either do some laundry, photography, reading, writing, etc. or just laze in the sun.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Dingboche

Day 09 - DINGBOCHE - LOBOCHE (16,175 FT ELEVATION)

Today's trek is approximately five miles and will take around five hours.

Today's journey leads north and the path heads up for about 50 minutes until you come to a main prayer stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north of Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a walk of one and a half to two hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stop at Dugla for lunch before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. This is a good spot for a short break. There is another one and half to two hours of trekking up to Loboche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at a Local Lodge

Day 10 - LOBOCHE - EVEREST BASE CAMP-GORAKSHEP (16,959 FT ELEVATION)

The trek to EBC (Everest Base Camp - 5360m/17,585ft) from Loboche to Gorakshep follows the Khumbu glacier, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. The walk is especially intriguing for the views it has of the 15-meter high seracs of ice, a feature peculiar to Himalayan glaciers. EBC is not actually a specific site. Various expeditions have selected different locations as their semi-permanent camp during their assault on Everest. In fact the base camp is a small-tented city by itself especially during the spring climbing season, which is from April to May.

From here the walk is gradual till you reach the rocky spot after an hour walk. The views will be beyond your wildest imagination with Everest seeming within a stones throw distance between the summit of Mt. Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse on the back. The panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish and you feel it is worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world. With all the higher snow capped giants that dominate all around, it is truly a magnificent spot to be at on a clear, sunny day. After a great moment, an hour and half descent takes you back to Gorakshep, the location of the original Everest Base Camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Gorakshep

Day 11 - (Date)

GORAKSHEP - KALAPATHAR - PHERICHE (13,920 FT ELEVATION)

Cross over the sandy basin of Gorakshep before the steep ascent to Kalapathar (5545/18,192ft). Kalapathar is a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori. A slow, steady pace is once again the best attack. Avoid rushing. Stop and turn around; the scenery is fantastic! It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround you. The mountains of Khumbu are laid out in front of you with an incredible panorama comprising of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kangtega and Everest (Sagarmatha), which is the highest mountain in the world. Hard work, yes, but the rewards are fantastic! After spending some time at the top, an hour decent take you back to Goraskhshep and then to Pheriche.

The descent to Pheriche is long because of the many uphill climbs from Gorakshep, but it is fairly easy. Pheriche has become famous for its high altitude research center run by Himalayan Rescue Association. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyze the effects of high altitude on human physiology. You will have time to visit the research center during the stay here and chat with the staff.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Pheriche

Day 12 - PHERICHE - SANGNASA (11,876 FT ELEVATION)

Descend downhill through the forest, cross the Imja Khola and then steadily climb to the village of Pangoboche. This village is directly opposite of Ama Dabiam (6,856m) and has exceptional views of the mountain. This trek is one of the more physically difficult so you will experience a slower pace and enjoy the interesting sights along the way.

From the lodge it is 15 minutes to Everest National Park border where you will see bare vertical rock faces, pine forests and wispy waterfalls. Upon completion of border paperwork, you will follow the bank of the river for another 15 minutes to where the trail begins to climb towards the Hillary Bridge. This impressive suspension bridge spans a deep chasm. The path then zigzags up to the Dudh Kosi River. After an hour you will reach the first solitary teahouse aptly named "Good View Lodge". Continue on to Tahsinga for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local Lodge - Sangnasa

Day 13 - SANGNASA - PHAKDING (8,700 FT ELEVATION)

Start today with a short climb with several switchbacks before the path levels out on your way back to Namche and continuing on to Monjo. There will be time in Namche for any last minute shopping before making the descent to Monjo.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at a Local Lodge

Day 14 - PHAKDING - LUKLA (9,000 FT ELEVATION)

Today trek back to Lukla Pass through the village of Phakding and view the monastery at Gumila. Monks from the Gelukpa Sect reside within this monastery and it is also a Buddhist teaching monastery. The trek to the monastery is 30-45 minutes from the main trekking route. Continue on to Lukla for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at a Local Lodge - Lukla

Day 15 - LUKLA - KATHMANDU

Transfer to Lukla airport for return flight to Kathmandu. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Breakfast

Hotel Shangri-La Kathmandu

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

2011 Pricing:

$2,799 per person double occupancy.

$2,719 per person double occupancy, based on four persons traveling together.

$4,619 Solo Traveler.

$539 Single Room Supplement.

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of October, 2010. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Inclusions:

· Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

· 4 nights accommodations at the Hotel Shangri-La in Kathmandu including daily breakfast.

· 12 nights/13 days' accommodations at the best available tea house/lodge on the trek with all support staff.

· Sightseeing n Kathmandu as per the itinerary with a local English-speaking guide by private vehicle.

· Airfare for Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu flight.

· All surface transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle.

· Welcome and farewell dinners at one of Nepal's finest restaurants.

· Everest Conservation fees and TIMS's card.

· Entrance fees at all monuments as indicated in the itinerary.

Exclusions:

· International Airfare

· Nepal entry visa

· Meals, refreshments, bottle drinks (unless indicated)

· Sleeping bags while trekking (can be hired in Kathmandu)

· Cost arising out of land slides, road blockade, rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control

· Expenses of personal nature and any other items not mentioned in the above cost

· Holiday or peak season surcharges

· Travel insurance

· Gratuities

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All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

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