The trek starts by
following the trail leading to the northwest
direction through the narrow street, which
immediately descends from the end of the
village on a trail through the open hillside.
The trail is well defined and there are
many shops and lodges catering to the
trekkers. The trek this day is a very
easy one and ultimately descends to the
river at Phakding (2652m). Lunch at Phakding
and spend a relaxing afternoon acclimatizing
around the Phakding Village area. Dinner
and overnight at Phakding.
Leave the main village, and follow the
trail on the left bank of the Dudh Kosi
River. It is a pleasant walk for the first
half of the day as one passes through
agricultural countryside, small wayside
villages and a monastery. Just before
lunch, there is a steep climb of about
20 minutes to arrive at Monjo for Lunch.After
lunch, trek up to the checkpost to get
the permits checked and enter the Sagarmatha
National Park. Descend for 10 minutes
and then cross a suspension bridge to
arrive at Jorsale (2800m). Pass through
several small villages and beautiful pine
forest. This is a busy trail with plenty
of human interest. Our first good views
are of the west ridge of Kusum Kangru
(6339m). Follow the Dudh Kosi River, cross
a rickety suspension bridge, which is
in a dilapidated condition, and then slowly
climb up a very steep trail to Namche
Bazaar. Near half waypoint, we enjoy our
first views of the big three Mt. Everest
(8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m).
The climb is for nearly 3 hours as one
gain in altitude breathing gets difficult
due to rarified air. Arrive at a gate
with a sign reading, "Welcome to
Namche Bazaar" but it is very misleading
as it takes another 20 minutes to arrive
at the main town. We camp in the heart
of the Namche Bazaar (3447 m). This prosperous
town is the largest in Khumbu. Mt. Thamserku
(6648 m) and Kwangde Ri (6624 m) loom
along in the east and west of the village.
The sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 m)
dominates the skyline along the west.
Duration of trek- 6 hours. Dinner and
overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Side trip to Syangboche and descend down
to Namche Bazaar. Dinner and overnight
at Namche Bazaar.
A very long days walk can also be made
to Lukla but it is recommended to take
an extra day to get there. From Namche,
head to the end of the village and then
immediately start to descend to the river.
If going up tough then it is equally hard
to get the footing and walk down hill.
Head along the banks of the river and
then further descend to Monjo for lunch.
It is interesting to watch others starting
enthusiastically on the trek ahead as
we head down to Lukla. Dinner and overnight
Early in the morning, transfer to the
Lukla airport for a 30-minutes flight
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, commence the sightseeing
tour of Kathmandu city, Sywambhunath Stupa,
Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple
and Patan city. Evening: Farewell dinner
at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight
at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Transfers to airport for final departure.