Exploring Sherpa Villages and Himalayan Peaks

Overview

Trek into the cloud-perched villages of the Sherpa mountain realm below mighty Everest. Our beautifully designed journey is the Himalayan experience you’ve dreamed of, with WT extras that set it apart, including incredible Trek Leaders who welcome you into the heart of Sherpa life, from the lively trading town of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, to remote Phortse, well off the main trekking route. Soak up the atmosphere of the venerated Tengboche Monastery (12,500'), where Everest’s summit is in view, visit Pangboche, with its legends of the “yeti,” and hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp! You’ve come for the mountains, but the Sherpa people will capture your heart. Our Sherpa-owned lodges provide a convivial place to stay (no camping!).

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche

After exploring Kathmandu, we fly to the mountain airstrip at Lukla—“the airstrip in the air” at 9,350 feet. Hiking up to bustling Namche Bazaar, we have vital time to acclimatize in this charming Sherpa trading center. Namche holds the headquarters of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, the first national park in the Himalaya. Glorious mountain vistas surround us as we hike up to the picturesque twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde, home to thriving Sherpa communities.

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Days 6-7
Tengboche / Pangboche

Trails past mani (prayer) walls and through a rhododendron forest bring us to Tengboche Monastery, festooned with prayer flags and always alive with activity. From the village of Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the region, our hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') gives us phenomenal panoramas of this stunning peak.

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Days 8-14
Phortse / Lukla / Kathmandu

We circle down a high trail along the Imja Khola Valley, enjoying views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we make our way to tranquil Phortse, set off the main Everest trail. We fly to Kathmandu on Day 12. Depart on Day 14, or extend your journey for game viewing at Tharu Lodge near Chitwan National Park, a spectacular Everest overflight, or a stay at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge for Annapurna views.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike spectacular trails below the majestic giants of the Himalaya
Enjoy a warm welcome into the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people
Overnights in the Khumbu’s best lodges—no camping!

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $4195  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotel, 9 nights mountain lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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 (optional hike to 15,400')

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