Trip starts from
Description of Tenboche / Everest Base Camp
Drive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathamndu Durbar Square
Boudhnath: Boudhnath is one of the biggest stupa in the word. The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolising earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolising water): then comes the spire (symbolising fire): the umbrella (symbolising air); and the pinnacle (symbolising ether). The Buddha’s watchful eyes gaze out in four directions from the square base of two normal eyes and the ‘nose’ is not at all but the Nepali number one, signifying the oneness of all life. The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It’s one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India, including many colorful sadhus, those wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms. His ‘temple’ forms are probably best known, particularly his appearances in Nepal as the cruel and destructive Bhairabs, but he also has peaceful incarnation including those of Mahadev and Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. As the shepherd of both animals and humans, Shiva as Pashupati shows most pleasant and creative side. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Kathmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer lives in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It’s easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar Square and the adjoining Basantapur Square. This is very much the center of old Kathmandu and watching the would go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval is a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although many of the buildings around the square are very old.
Day 3: Swayambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Kirtipur, Chobar
Swayambunath: The Buddhist temple of Swayambunath, situated on the top of a hill west of the city, is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the ‘monkey temple’ after the large tribe of handsome monkeys which guards the hill and amuses visitors and devotees with tricks, including sliding gracefully down the double banisters of the main stairway to the temple. Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill one which Swaymabhunath stands was an island in that lake. It is said that emperor Ashoka paid a visit to the site over 2000 years ago. An inscription indicates that King Manadeva ordered work done on the site in 460 CE and by the 1200s it was an important Buddhist center. In 1346 Mughal invaders from Bengal broke open the stupa to search for gold under the Mallas various improvements were made and the great stairway to the stupa was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century. Patan Durbar Square: Patan is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. It is sometimes referred to as Lalitpur, which means ‘city of beauty’. Patan has a long Buddhist history and the four corners of the city are marked by stupas said to have been erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 B.C. Later inscriptions refer to palaces in the 5th century B.C. although Patan’s great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural feast with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Numerous other temples of widely diverse style as well as many bahals(Buddhist monasteries) are scattered around this fascinating town. Kiritpur: Strung out along a ridge south-west of Kathmandu, the small town of Kirtipur is a relatively neglected and timeless backwater despite its proximity to the capital. At one time it was associated with Patan and then became a mini-kingdom in its own right. During the 1768 conquest of the valley by Gorkha’s King Prithvi Narayan Shah it was clear that Kirtipur, with its superbly defensible hilltop position, would be the key to defeating the Malla kingdoms sot it was here the Gorkha king struck first and hardest. Kirtipur’s ridge is actually two hills, with a lower saddle between them. The Chilanchu Vihara tops the southern hill and has a central stupa with four smaller stupas, numerous statues and bells and Buddhist monastery buildings around it. Chobar: The picturesque little village of Chobar tops a hill overlooking the Bagmati River where it flows through the Chobar Gorge. Although the gorge is a regularly visited attraction, far fewer people come to Chobar itself. Perhaps they’re put off by the steep hill. The views of Himalaya and town are outstanding.
Day4: Thimi, Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur
Thimi: Thimi is the fourth largest town in the valley, outranked only by Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. It’s a typical Newari town and it’s ‘capable people'(the name of the town is derived from this Newari expression) operate thriving cottage industries producing pottery and paper-made masks. They also grow vegetables for the markets of Kathmandu. Changu Narayan: The beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan stands on a hilltop at the eastern end of the valley, about four km north of Bhaktapur. Although the temple dates from 1702, when it was rebuilt after a fire, its origins go right back to the 4th century and there and many important stone images and sculptures dating from the Licchavi period. Bhaktapur: The third of the valley’s ancient cities is another century-long rival of Kathmandu. It has an impressive number of artistic treasures; it is rightly called “a living museum” as well as the most medieval city of the valley. The oldest part of the town is around Tachupal Tole(Dattatraya Square), to the east. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the 14th to 16the centuries and during that time the focus of the town shifted west, to the Durar Square area. Much of the town’s great architecture dates from the end of the 17th century during the rule of King Bhupatendra Malla.
Day 5: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m)
Morning flight to Lukla. Flying time 40 minutes, lunch will be taken at Himalaya Lodge. After lunch excursion to Chaurikharka, Mushey and visit gompas (Buddhist Monastery) schools, typical Sherpa villages, houses and hike through different villages, forest. Overnight at Himalaya Lodge.
Day 6: Lukla to Mondzo (2835m)
We head north to join main trail at Choplung and then walk along the Dudh Koshi valley. Pass Ghat, Phakding and Benkar villages and follow the trail northwards up the valley to Mondzo. Overnight at Mondzo Guest House.
Day 7: Mondzo to Namche (3440m)
After breakfast we enter Sagarmatha National Park then cross a suspension bridge, pass Jorsalle village and walk alongside of Dudh Koshi to confluence Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. A steep ascend brings us to the principal Sherpa village of Namche bazar. Overnight at Thamserku View Lodge.
Day 8: Namche to Kayangjuima (3500m)
Morning hike to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters for sunrise, the first real views of the Himalaya peaks. Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde etc. In the museum of the park headquarters there is a very interesting display on Sherpa traditional life the flora, fauna and birdlife of the park. Return to our lodge for breakfast, after breakfast hike to Khunde/Khumjung visit Hillary’s Hospital, School, village gompa of Khumjung. Inside this gompa Yeti scalp can be viewed. Overnight at Ama Dablam View Lodge.
Day 9: Kayangjuima to Tengboche / Deboche
We descend to Phgitenga 3247m, before ascending to Tengboche monastery(3867m). St on a grassy knoll and completely surrounded by mountains. Tengboche can justifiably clean to be one of world’s outstanding beauty spots. To the east is Mt. Tawache, to the west is Ama Dablam and big three Mts. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse lie to the north and south Thamserku, Khangtega etc. The monastery is well worth a visit. Overnight at Ama Dablam Garden Lodge Deboche.
Day 10: Tengboche to Mondzo
Descend from Tengboche and follow the previous trail to Mondzo via Namche Bazar. Overnight at Mondzo Guest House.
Day 11: Mandzo to Lukla
We follow the Dudh Koshi river downstream untill after Ghat, when we start to come up the side of the valley to reach Lukla. Overnight at Himalaya Lodge.
Fly back to Kathmandu.