Imja Tse Trek

Imja Tse Trek

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Imja Tse trek follows the traditional route from Lukla airstrip up the Dudh Koshi valley, through Sherpa villages, past Buddhist monasteries, summer pasture to Imja Tse Base Camp.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m)

Morning flight to Lukla, flying time 40 minutes. Lunch will be at the Himalaya Lodge, after lunch excursions to Keyngma, Chaurikharka, and Mushey village and visit gompas and Hillaryâ??s School. Stay overnight at Himalaya Lodge.

Day 2: Lukla to Benker (2700m)

We head north to join the main trail at Chhoplung and then along the Dudh Koshi valley to Ghat. Pass Phakding village and follow the trail northwards up the valley to Benkar.

Day 3: Benkar to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

After breakfast we follow the bank of the Dudh Koshi river, cross over and walk on to Mondzo. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park, then on crossing a suspension bridge, pass Jorsalle village and walk along the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi confluence. A steep ascent brings us to the principal Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Camp at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Free day in Namche

Time to explore the village and also to visit the museum housed in the national park head quarters. There is a very interesting display on Sherpa traditional life and the flora, fauna and bird life on the park. For the more energetic, there is also time to visit the Everest View Hotel with its views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other peaks of the area.

Day 5: Namche to Thame (3800m)

Up the Nangpo Tsangpo valley to Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgey Sherpa, the first man to climb Mt. Everest. To the north of Thame is the Nangpa La, previously Khumbuâ??s traditional access to Tibet. There will be an opportunity to visit the Thame Gompa. Set on a hillside to the west of the village, it is one of the most important Gompas of the Khumbu region. Camp in Thame.

Day 6: Thame to Khunde (3800m)

Return down the valley and continue to Khunde. On the way we pass the Syangboche airfield. Khunde/Khumjung are important twin villages with a hospital and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Camp in Khunde.

Day 7: Khunde to Tengboche (3867m)

Morning walk through Khumjung village and down the valley, passing many prayer walls. Soon we reach the main Namche/Tengboche trail and descend gradually through Trashinga village, then more steeply to Phunki, a small settlement. It’s upwards once more, through forests and past prayer walls to Tengboche, arguably one of the finest viewpoints in the Himalayas: Kwangde, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Kangtega.

Day 8: Tengboche to Dingboche (4343m)

Cross a large open meadow and descend through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendron to cross the Imja Khola. The trail now climbs up past some magnificently carved Mani walls to Pangboche Monastery at 3900m, the oldest monastery in the region. Our route now takes us beyond the tree line. Much of the vegetation is scrub juniper, tundra and windflowers. Pass several yak herderâ’s huts and climb over a small ridge before crossing the Khumbu Khola and ascending to Dingboche.

Day 9:At Dingboche

Rest for acclimatization and afternoon visit Himalayan Rescue Association Hospital in time for the 3 oâ??clock lecture on altitude acclimatization.

Day 10: Dingboche to Imja Tse Camp

Walk through meadow to the cluster of huts Chhukhung for lunch. After lunch hike to Imja Tse Base Camp.

Day 11:

Base Camp to High Camp

Day 12:

Ascend of Imja Tse (Island Peak).

Day 13:

Extra day In case of bad weather.

Day 14: Base Camp to Pangboche (3901m)

We follow the previous trail to Pangboche and we visit the oldest monastery of the area.

Day 15: Pangbache to Kyangjuma (3600m)

From Pangboche take the spectacular high trail to Phortse and descent to river for lunch. From the river climb to Chorten and then continue to Kyangjuma to our campsite.

Day 16: Kyangjuma to Mondzo (2800m)

From Kyangjuma retrace our steps to Namche Bazaar for lunch. Then descend to the Dudh Koshi valley to our campsite Mondzo.

Day 17: Mandzo to Lukla (2800m)

We follow the Dudh Koshi river downstream until Ghat, when we start to come up the side of the valley to reach to Lukla.

Day 18:

Fly back to Katmandu, transfer to hotel.

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