Everest Sherpa Land

9 Days
Day 01: Arrival in KTM transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Flight: Ktm-Lukla, Trek to Monjo
Day 03: Trek to Namche
Day 04: Namche – Excursion
Day 05: Trek to Phakding
Day 06: Trek to Lukla
Day 07: Flight: Lukla -Ktm, transfer to Hotel
Day 08: Kathmandu free day
Day 09: Final Departure, transfer to airport

DAY 1: KATHMANDU (1300 M) (B)
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you’ll be met at the airport by our representative. There’s a short drive to the Gokarna Forest Resort, our peaceful haven on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This is your hotel base before and after trek. Your program on the hotel will be on Bed & breakfast plan.

You’ll be served with welcome drink and will start briefing about your programs and collect necessary documents for permit for the trekking.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort (27°43’35.61”N 85°23’53.37” E)

Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter’s lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature.

We make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla, the start point for our trek. Our trekking crew meets us at the Lukla airstrip and we’ll spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc before setting off through this winding village to the trek start proper at the Khumbu gateway. It is gently downhill on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small garden farms and old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River.

There will be plenty of short stops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery and the clear mountain air as we meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. The gently undulating trail follows the right bank of the Dudh Koshi through Phakding village before the first of several river crossings on wire suspension bridges. Continuing through pine forest and small villages we come to a break in the trees to catch sight of the mighty Thamserku (6623m) towering way above. A couple more hours of woodland trails and swaying bridges brings us to the small village of Monjo. Our lodge for the night is located above the village with spectacular views of Thamserku and KusumKangri. Dinner is included. 6hrs walk Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Monjo

DAY 3: MONJO TO NAMCHE (3440 M) (B, L, D)
A short walk from our lodge brings us to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park. We stop to have a look at the interesting 3D map and information boards whilst our guide sorts out our permits and entry. From here we’ve another 40 minutes or so along the sides of the Dudh Khosi before crossing the Bhote Khosi, raging in form a side valley, and beginning our climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. The trail zigzags up away from the river, gradually ascending to the tree line opening out into a high mountain bowl and the vibrant village of Namche. We pass through the many tiny shops and colourful stalls picking our way slowly up hand cut stone steps to our wonderful Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. This is our first night above 3000m so it’s important to take it easy and let your body adjust. Relax with a tea or coffee and maybe even take a massage in our spa.
4 to 5hrs walk
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Namche

Today we’ll take a gentle walk to gain a little height and then have the afternoon free to explore the shops and cafes of this delightful little town. Your guide will take you to a couple of wonderful viewpoints to see the rockstars of the mountain world spread out before you: Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Ama Dablam… they ring the deep valley sides in a magnificent arena. You should also be able to see the trails to Everest. If you’re feeling energised we’ll continue on to the delightful villages of Kumjung and Kunde with their health post and school both started by the Sir Edmund Hilary Fund. After lunch you are free to head down to the Namche market to browse the shops, chat to the locals and maybe pick up a souvenir or two. You may also see the Tibetan traders who make a yearly journey over the high passes from the Tibetan plateau with their yaks laden with goods to sell at the markets. Late in the afternoon there’s an option to visit Namche Monastery. The monastery is about 80 years old and has beautiful Thanka paintings of Tibetan deities. You are most welcome to burn a butter lamp for your loved ones. Dinner at the lodge.
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Namche

We might choose to spend a little more time around this lovely town, and then it’s time to turn away from the mountains and re-trace our steps down the winding forest trails to the lush greenery of the valley bottom. Look out for Danfe, our stunning national bird  a very colourful type of pheasant, sometimes found searching for food on the forest floor. And of course don’t forget to look around and enjoy the views from this new and very different perspective. We stop for lunch at Monjo lodge after which we proceed further to Phakding. Dinner at the lodge.
5 to 6hrs walk
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Phakding

Our last day trekking, with a bit of a sting in the tail! It’s around three hour walk to Lukla, with the last hour or regaining 200m+ height  it’s uphill. On the way we’ll have some drink stops and a chance to visit Chaurikharka High School and Kyongma Monastery. On reaching Lukla we could take a quick stop for a congratulatory group photo at the gateway arch then we’ll check-in to our lodge for lunch and a rest. The afternoon is free to explore  you may like to visit the Pasang Lhamu Foundation hospital or potter up to some nearby hamlets. We celebrate our success on the trail with a final. This is also a good time to give your gratitude to your porter and trekking crew for their wonderful support and to bid them farewell. Dinner at the hotel in included.
3hrs walk
Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla

Wave goodbye to the Himalaya on a short, but spectacular flight back to Kathmandu! In clear weather this can be one of the highlights of your tour, with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. On arrival in Kathmandu we’ll transfer to Gokarna Resort. Then you’ve free time to relax or head into the city. We find most people want to simply unwind and enjoy the hotel facilities  whatever you choose, we’ll help!
Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort

Free Day in Kathmandu. If you wish to visit Kathmandu valleys most spectacular and important sites and some vibrant, colourful markets, we can provide a cultural guide as well as transportation but there would be a supplement charge. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you so we will ensure the day has a good balance
between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit:

Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva;  One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city
Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora
Overnight at the Hotel

Final departure depending on your flight schedules.

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From majestic Everest to the mystical valley of Kathmandu, Nepal really is an enchanted country. With gentle trekking in the heart of the Himalaya plus plenty of time in our ancient capital city, the Everest: Sherpa Land trip offers you the time and space to soak up the magic and enjoy the richness of the Nepal experience all in fabulous comfort and style.

Starting and ending our holiday in Kathmandu we have opportunities to discover some of the worlds most important Hindu temples and palaces and to explore and shop in the maze of cobbled lanes and streets of the fabled Thamel area.

Flying directly in to the high Khumbu, relish the fantastic trekking under the eyes of many of the worlds highest mountains including Sagamartha, Mother Goddess of the Earth (Everest) herself. The Everest Sherpa Land trek takes us from the tiny airstrip at Lukla to the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, for many hundreds of years the high mountain market for traders from Tibet and Nepal. Following in the footsteps of some of our greatest Sherpas and climbers along the traditional expedition route we spend the mornings trekking with an experienced team of local guides and Sherpas reaching our Yeti Mountain Home luxury lodge with plenty of time to chill out and relax or explore the locale.