One of the shortest among Everest treks, the EoE trek affords magnificent views of the Everest and its neighboring peaks, a chance to witness Buddhism in the remote Himalayas and to learn about the indigenous people that call a living Shangri-La their home. Spend a day in a quaint Sherpa village and get to see the monastery, learn a little about the culture and make friends with some of the warmest people in the world.
A hair-raising landing at the short and steep Lukla airstrip marks the start of a great trek in one of the most beautiful places in the world revered by trekkers everywhere. This is a teahouse trek, which means we will stay in little mountain lodges along the trail in the little scattered villages we’ll walk through. A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete this trek.
Our representative will pick you up at the airport. Get a feel for the streets the first day, absorb the sights and sounds, or rest at the hotel. We discuss the journey in the evening.
Kathmandu, the capital city, boasts an intense mix of cultures and religions unique to Nepal. Turn the Buddhist prayer wheels at Swoyambhu- the monkey temple, and meet the steady gaze of the Buddha’s eyes at the famous Boudhanath stupa. Experience the valley’s olden days at the Kathmandu Durbar Square which has remained authentic even as modernization has crept in all around it. See Kathmandu, with your Advout guide. (or skip this and fly to Lukla)
Flights take off early in the morning in clear weather for Lukla and afford fantastic views of the mountains.(It is advisable to be seated to the left of the aircraft) Lukla is a beautiful town and boasts sights of the Kongde and Kongde South mountains. Look around Lukla and start trekking. We spend the night in Phakding, around three hours away from Lukla on foot.
We head North, on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river (dudh means milk in Nepali and the river owes this name to its color) which is a white water river considered too dangerous for kayaking, till we enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Jor Salle. We cross a suspension bridge above the intersection of two white water rivers (Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi)and get to Namche Bazaar at 3340m, a bustling Sherpa village. We see the Everest for the first time, on foot, today.
This is high altitude. We allow our bodies to acclimatize today and spend the day walking around Namche and then to Syangboche, two hours away at a hilltop which houses an emergency airstrip and an area offering great views of the Everest and Thamserku mountains. We can then walk to Khumjung, another Sherpa village at 3900 meters famous as a home to Sherpa climbers. Back in Namche, we can visit a museum of Sherpa culture, indigenous plan and animal life, and mountaineering, at the HQ of the National Park.
We start by walking uphill through forests of pine to Tyangboche at 3885m, roughly 5 hours from Namche. This is where the winter snow line begins in the area. We can also trek on to Pangboche an hour away if we feel up to it. This area has an optional deluxe hotel along with the regular teahouse.
Today we spend the day in the beautiful Buddhist Sherpa village of Tyangboche. Along with breathtaking mountain scenery, the village boasts a very old and important Buddhist monastery. A 1989 fire devastated the famous monastery, but most of its extensive collection of books, paintings, and relics were saved, many of which are up for display. The Gompa which was completely devastated was rebuilt with the help of local and international organizations. Daily 6AM and 3PM ceremonies at the monastery are interesting events to behold, even though you are expected to be utterly silent during them. Relax in this spiritual atmosphere, and laze around the quiet village the whole day. Tomorrow, we start walking back.
We retrace our steps back to Namche, the prosporous trading village we stayed in earlier on the way up.
Today is a long day, but our bodies should be accustomed to walking by now. We make our way back to Lukla, where celebrations might be in order. Try the local rice wine(chyaang) or other local refreshments with the guide and porters on your last day of the trek.
Take the scenic flight back to Kathmandu, and spend the evening shopping, or clubbing, or the good old doing nothing.
We take you back to the airport and say our goodbyes hoping to see you again the following year.