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Secrets of Khumbu

Nepal, Asia

from $2,050* per person 17 Days December
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Karma Quest 15 people max
  • Kathmandu, nepal
  • Active & Adventure trips
Christmas in Khumbu: The Khumbu, better know as the Everest Region, is deservingly one of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal . This trek will show you why: you’ll stand in awe of some of the highest peaks on earth - Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse - and get to know the warm-hearted Sherpa people while sharing a cup of Tibetan butter tea -- or hot buttered rum! --‘round their hearth. You'll be staying in cozy Sherpa guest houses where you'll feel like part of the family. Visit the quiet Valley , an active trade route to Tibet , where you’ll encounter Tibetan herders and yaks laden with carpets and Chinese tennis shoes. Visit the ancient Thame monastery and a cliff-top nunnery, before continuing onto Khumjung, and Tyangboche Monastery, beneath statuesque Ama Dablam. The 11-day trek is rated Moderate. Maximum elevation is 12,700 ft. Fly in and out of Lukla.

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Nepal, Asia

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Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel from US to Bangkok (or Delhi ), overnight

Day 3

Fly to Kathmandu, check in and visit Swayambunath Temple

Day 4

Full day sightseeing to Bhaktapur & Patan medieval cities and the award-winning Patan museum.

Day 5

Morning flight to Lukla (9200’). Trek to Phakding (8800’) 3 hrs.

Day 6

Trek to Namche Bazar (11,300’) Follow the Dudh (“milk”) Koshi river before climbing to Namche, a thriving trade center and trekkers’ haven. 5 hrs

Day 7

In Namche Spend a day acclimatizing, visiting the Sherpa culture museum and national park center. Optional day hike to Everest View Hotel (12,500’).

Day 8

Trek to Thame (12,500’) Watch for Danphe and Thar (a mountain goat) on the high cliffs above the trail. Enjoy the best potatoes in the world at Thame, served boiled with chilies and salt. Rhododendrons line the trail. 5 hrs.

Day 9

Visit Thame monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Khumbu region, set in a rock wall high above a beautiful view of Thame village. Take a day hike to neighboring side valleys, toward the glaciers or the Tibetan border.

Day 10

 Trek to Khumjung (12,400’) Visit a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery en route to Khumjung. Climb through fir forests and by the world’s highest airstrip at Syangboche, emerging for a full-frame view of Everest, Lhotse , and Ama Dablam. Khumjung is a bastion of traditional Sherpa farming life, with rows of stone houses nestled below the sacred mountain Khumbi-la. 5 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Tyangboche (12,900’) Hike to Tyangboche, crossing the Imja Khola, whose headwaters are Everest itself. Tyangboche is one of the most important monasteries in Khumbu region, where mountaineers obtain a blessing before their climb. Attend a guided tour of the monastery. 6 hrs.

Day 12

Day hike to Pangboche, through rhododendron forests - ablaze with red blossoms in spring - and home to the endangered musk deer. Or hike up a nearby peak for spectacular views up, down and across the valley. Sagarmatha (the Nepali name for Everest) National Park protects the natural and cultural wonders of Khumbu, including its wildlife and monasteries.

Day 13

Christmas in Namche Bazar! Descend to the Dudh Koshi, crossing a prayer flag adorned high suspension bridge. Last views of Everest. Enjoy a special Christmas dinner with your Sherpa staff and friends. 6 hrs

Day 14

Trek to Lukla. Last night celebration & goodbye to your Sherpa guide. 6 hrs

Day 15

Fly to Kathmandu in the morning and enjoy a free/shopping day in Kathmandu.

Day 16 - 17

Depart Kathmandu, overnight en route, and return to home (or extend your stay in Nepal with a 2 night/3 day Jungle Safari excursion to Chitwan, see below)

 

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