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Namche Bazaar Trek

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Duration

6 Nights/ 7 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

2-15 people

Overview

Ideal for those with limited trekking time, this fast-paced Nepal trip takes you along the first few days of the trail to Everest Base Camp up to Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. You’ll trek through Sagarmatha National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with its famous suspension bridges, alpine forests, Buddhist sites, and, of course, panoramic snow-capped views of the Himalayan peaks including the tallest in the world: Mount Everest.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the heartland of the Sherpa people of Nepal
  • Catch views of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain
  • Follow the first several days of the famous Everest Base Camp Trek

Itinerary

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Welcome to Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (8,563 ft / 2,610 m)
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (8,563 ft / 2,610 m)

After breakfast, you'll fly to Lukla (a 30-minute jaunt) and land on the steep mountain runway that brings you to the start of your trek. Try to get a window seat on the left-hand side of the plane and keep your camera close: the flight takes you between mountains and through valleys, with great views of the Himalaya on clear days.

Your first day on the trail is intentionally easy, enabling you to get used to the higher elevation. Today you'll trek a short distance through local villages where you'll likely encounter fellow trekkers, locals, and yaks with their tinkling bells. Continue through the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and stay overnight in Phakding.

Trekking time: 3-4 hours (4.7 miles / 7.5 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Phakding

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,290 feet / 3,440 m)
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,290 feet / 3,440 m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you'll start a steady and steep incline towards Namche. This is a challenging day as you'll start to feel the altitude. The route also consists of a number of high suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River that you need to cross.

Just beyond the village of Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment (your guide will cover your permit fees here). The trail gets steeper along the way, and if the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpses of Mount Everest.

When you arrive at Namche, settle into your accommodations and explore the town. Namche is a great place to stock up on supplies as there are numerous small shops selling snacks and trekking gear, as well as restaurants and bars. If here on a weekend, check out the Saturday market—a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Trekking time: 4-6 hours (4.6 miles / 7.4 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Namche Bazaar

Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Today is a rest day so take time to relax and sleep in. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amid the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir markets. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to the higher altitude.

To speed up the acclimatization process, you can also head to the Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a highly-recommended one-hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for views of notable peaks like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. There are also good views from the Sherpa Culture Museum just above town.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Namche Bazaar

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9,186 feet / 2,800 m)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9,186 feet / 2,800 m)

Wake up for an early breakfast in Namche, then retrace your steps back to Lukla following the Dudh Kosi river valley. It's a long day, but it won't be too difficult as it's downhill and you'll be in good shape from all the previous days of trekking.

You'll make your way through villages like Chumoa, Benkar, Phakding, and Chuthawa, eventually reaching the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate signifying the end of the trek. Though most of the route is an easy downhill slope, the last section of trail before arriving takes you uphill—a fitting way to finish.

With Lukla’s handful of shops, bars, and cafes—and even a faux Starbucks!—there are plenty of things to occupy your time as you reflect on your experience.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours (11.1 miles / 17.9 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Lukla

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

After breakfast in Lukla, you'll take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel and will be able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Explore Kathmandu's streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.

Flight time: 30 min

Depart Kathmadu
Depart Kathmadu

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Included/Excluded

  • International arrival and departure transfer in a private vehicle.
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3 star hotel on BB basis in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and return airfare and airport transfer in a private vehicle.
  • Experienced english-speaking guide
  • Porter during the trek
  • Meals on full board basis( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 4 nights accommodation during the trek
  • Required trekking permits, fees, and taxes
  • Kit bags( Duffle bag)
  • Salary and insurance for the staff.
  • International flights and visa fee
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museums
  • Hot showers and hot drinking water during the trek
  • Travel insurance and emergency rescues
  • Personal expense like phone calls bills, bar bills, Wi-Fi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude, trekking gears
  • Other items not mentioned

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