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Our tour starts in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening. *Standard Hotel*
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi river (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where we spend our first night. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards and walk through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. Passing through Benkar and Monzo, we stop for a light snack and continue on to the small village of Jorsale (2805m). We cross the river and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. During this ascent we should have our first glimpse of the summit of Everest, appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. Namche is now a bustling town with many lodges, souvenir stalls, coffee shops and bakeries, as well as numerous outdoor stores selling trekking and mountaineering gear. Tramserku and Kwongdi Ri tower over the town and we can either take a stroll round the town this afternoon or relax in the lodge and enjoy the wonderful mountain views. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
If it is a clear morning there will be an optional pre-breakfast walk up to a viewpoint close to the National Park Museum from where we get sunrise views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam – well worth the effort on a clear day. After breakfast we climb steeply out of Namche, with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other magnificent peaks. We stop for tea at the spectacular Everest View Hotel, which was built by the Japanese and renowned for wonderful views of Everest. We continue our trek to the village of Kunde, where we have the opportunity to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital. Passing through the village of Khumjung, we visit the monastery where, for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! The monastery at Khumjung was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake and is currently being repaired - visitors donations are crucial to help fund the rebuilding. Descending to the main trail, we have excellent views of Ama Dablam and spend the night at Kyanjuma (3600m). *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
This morning we descend to the river and cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha (3250m). After a tea break we enter the forest and start the long climb to the village of Thyangboche(3867m). We should arrive by lunchtime and have the afternoon to explore this wonderful place. We stay in a small but cosy lodge on the ridge with amazing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. When it’s clear, we have the best mountain views and a spectacular sunset and sunrise. The magnificent Thyangboche monastery is right next to our lodge, so we will have plenty of time to look around. There is usually a prayer service midafternoon, which we are allowed to join. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
We descend off the ridge down to Phunki Tenga and then climb through Teshinga to Kyanjuma, where we spend one night. From Kyanjuma we have great views across the valley to Ama Dablam, and the lodge has a fantastic bakery with fresh cakes and pies. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
We take the beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi river back to Namche Bazaar. On the way into Namche we visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum at the top of town. This is an interesting museum, which documents Sherpa life and the history of Sherpas and Everest. We have lunch in Namche and then descend back down to the river, through Jorsale to Monzo. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
We retrace our steps through Benkar and Phakding. At Chaunrikhara we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to the airstrip at Lukla. *Basic Hotel (Teahouse)*
We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, where we have the rest of the day to relax or explore Kathmandu. *Standard Hotel*
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Alternatively you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu. *Standard Hotel*
The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport, which departs in the morning and arrives in the UK the same day. **
* 3 nights standard hotels and 7 nights teahouses * 7 days point-to-point walking with full porterage * Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min. age 16 yrs. * Altitude maximum 3867m, average 3200m * Travelby private minibus and 2 internal flights * Between 4 and 6 hours walking per day
Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge or muesli and toast and a hot drink. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser. If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas. All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions). SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips. If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.
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