Destination Himalaya
Sanjay Saxena recipient Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist Award for India, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka
India, Tibet, Nepal & Sri Lanka


Trek to Everest
A Walk in the Khumbu Himal

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Himalaya – the name says it all.  Straddling the border between Tibet and its southerly neighbor, the Kingdom of Nepal, the world’s tallest mountains soar to the heavens, seemingly piercing the unimaginably blue Tibetan skies.  For the peoples of the Himalayan kingdoms, these mountains are sacred; for on their lofty heights dwell the gods and goddesses of the Indic religious traditions of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. 

Rising above them all is the “goddess” of all mountains, the colossal Everest.  Reaching a stupendous 29,017 feet, the world’s tallest mountain exerts a powerfully magnetic pull.  Indeed, for many an intrepid explorer, the lure of the summit has proved irresistible, albeit at times tragically so.  Known as “Peak XV” by the early Indo-British surveying team that established its summit as the world’s highest, the mountain was later named after Sir George Everest, head of the Great Trigonometrical Survey.  While this is the name by which most Westerners know the mountain, to Nepalis it is Sagarmatha, “The Forehead of the Sky.” 

Outline Itinerary – 2014

Days 1 & 2: USA to Nepal
Depart North America: Note: Flying over multiple time zones you “lose time” as you head east. International Flights: Please let us know if you require assistance in booking your flights. Trans-Pacific connections are via Hong Kong or Bangkok. Trans-Atlantic via Abu Dhabi or Delhi. Depending on your choice of international carrier you may be required to depart the USA a day earlier.

Day 3: Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu, customs, immigration and meet your Nepalese Guide who will escort you to the Yak & Yeti Hotel. Afternoon orientation, guided walking tour including Dubar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient palace of the Gorkha Kings and the old bazaar, ending with a welcome dinner.
Yak & Yeti Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Kathmandu to Lukla - Start Treking
Fly to Lukla (9,380 ft.) and start trekking to Munjo.
Mount Kailash Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft.)
A long and challenging day with many ups and downs, towards the end of the day we get our first views of snow-capped summits of Lhotse and Mt. Everest. We’ll walk about the bazaar and explore the heart of the Sherpa community.
Khumbu Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6 Trek to Kumjung
An easy day to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a two hour hike to the village of Kumjung.
Amadablam Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7 Trek to Thyangboche (12,700 ft.)
Hiking today brings us to the monastery of Thyangbouche where we stay in the adjacent Guesthouse.
Thyangboche Guest House (B,L,D)

Days 8, 9 & 10 Trek to Lobuche
Hiking through the high country surrounded by Everest and all of its satellite peaks we reach Lobouche, en route to Everest base camp.
Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 11 Kala Pathar Excursion (18,200 ft.)
Relaxed morning and early lunch we start our slow but steady climb reaching the black stone peak of the mountain. Being directly opposite Everest, Kala Pathar offers some of the best panoramic views, the most famous photographs of Everest are taken from this position.
Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 12 Everest Base Camp Excursion (9,380 ft.)
An early start for a few hours at Base Camp, returning to Lobuche for overnight stay.
Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 13 & 14 Return Trek to Namche (11,300 ft.)
Today we start our return trek to Lukla Airport. First stop is the monastery of Thyangbouche and then to Namche with enough time to do some shopping in the bazaar and a “hot shower.”
Khumbu Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 15 Trek to Lukla
Farewell dinner with trekking staff.
Northface Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 16 Fly to Kathmandu
Yak & Yeti Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 17 Kathmandu
Full day to explore Kathmandu Valley - this day also serves as our 'back-up' day in case on inclement weather casuing a delay on our trek of the flight from Lukla.
Yak & Yeti Hotel (B,L,D)

Days 18, 19: Return Home
Kathmandu to Bangkok or other transit city to USA

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Detail of mural showing the Sakyamuni Buddha
Hiking to Everest base
Photo: Alan Plisskin

UC Davis CME Certification
Exploring Kathmandu Valley
Sherpa Culture
Everest South Base Camp
Everest views
11 day trek

It's Included:
Medical & evacuation insurance
All hotels, meals, ground transportation, local guides and entrance fees
Special welcome & farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All fees related to trek (permits, conservation fee, park fees)
Internal Nepal flights
Full trek support (camping gear, sleeping bag, etc)
All Tips/gratuity to local staff (camp crew, porters, drivers, bellboys, etc)
Fully escorted trip

Trip Dates:
April 21 to May 9, 2014

Land Cost:
$4800 per person

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Statue of Maitreya lighted by butter lamps, Drepung Monastery
Kathmandu Valley Temple

Monk at Buddhist Festival
Traditional Nawari doorway, Kathmandu

Photo: Alan Plisskin

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