Exploring Sherpa Villages and Himalayan Peaks

Overview

Imagine trekking amid the glorious peaks of the Himalaya by day and retreating to the warmth of a lodge each night—you can do it on this superb trek! Beautiful trails bring you through traditional Sherpa villages nestled below the highest mountains on earth, to exquisite Tengboche Monastery, where Everest’s unmistakable summit is visible behind Lhotse’s majestic wall, and to vantage points for jaw-dropping views of Ama Dablam, one of the most revered mountains in the Khumbu. Fabulous Himalayan panoramas, warm encounters with the friendly Sherpa people, expert Trek Leaders, welcoming lodges—this is the best way to trek the Himalaya!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-7
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche Bazaar / Tengboche / Pangboche

After exploring Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and hike to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, set in a dramatic U-shaped amphitheater. On our special Exploration Day (essential for acclimatization), explore the twin villages of Khunde and Khumjung, sites of the hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Trekking higher, we reach thriving Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), spiritual center of the Khumbu and gloriously surrounded by spectacular mountains. In Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu, enjoy incredible views in every direction, including the spire of Ama Dablam, and have the option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'). All along the way you’ll stay in comfortable lodges offering unforgettable views, most with guestrooms with private facilities (a huge step up from camping!).

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Days 8-14
Phortse / Syangboche / Lukla / Kathmandu

Circling back by a different route, explore Phortse, a traditional farming village off the main trail to Everest, and Syangboche (12,730'), with its enchanting views of Everest and other towering peaks. From Lukla, fly to Kathmandu and depart on Day 14 (or join one of our extensions).

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy a spectacular trek among majestic giants of the Himalaya
Overnights in the Khumbu’s best lodges—no camping!
Experience the renowned Sherpa culture, visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $3895  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotels, 7 nights luxury lodges, 2 nights Sherpa lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 3-6 hours a day, altitudes between 9,000-13,035 feet

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