Khumbu Panorama and Monastery Trekking
13 oktober till 3 november 2012

Day 1
Arrival Kathmandu 08u35 morning
Meeting mr Rishi from Encounters Nepal and wondering in Thamel

Day 2
Kathmandu seightseeing Pashupathinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhu

Day 3
Kathmandu Durbar Square (ask for a vistors pass for several days, no extra charge)

Day 4
Kathmandu: taxi to Budhanikantha (Hindu temple) hike to Nagi Gompa in
Shivapuri NP

Day 5
Kathmandu (1400m) to Lukla (2840m) Fly to Lukla (35 minutes) and Phakding (2610m): trek. +1210m
8,83km / 03u00
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain airport

Day 6
Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m Trek.
11,90km / 07u00 +830m
we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges
Intens walk!

Day 7
Rest day at Namche Bazaar 3440m for acclimatisation
Namche: busy Friday and Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Walk to Everest Viewpoint (2 h up, 1 h down)
A two hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the village.

Day 8
Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820m): Trek
10,39km / 05u00 +380m
Lovely valley walk of the beaten trek
From above the village, Thame Gompa overlooks the valley

Day 9
Thame to Khumjung (3790m): Trek.
10,77km / 05u00 -30m. ( take the pad via Namche Airstrip)
At first light and in a frozen landscape we walked to the Edmund Hillary Memorial Stupa above the village, great views!
Khumjung: picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town

Day 10
Khumjung to Phortse Tanga ( 3680m) (Phortse 3542m)
7,0km / 03u30.
Here we change the plan and stay at Photse Tanga and we make the clim to Phortse tomorrow ( 1/2 hour)

Day 11
Phortse Tanga to Pangboche 3985m.*
5,5km / 03u35. V+305m

Day 12
Pangboche to Dingboche 4530m
5,00km / 02u30. +545m

Day 13
hike in the vally towards Chukhung (4780m). And back to our lodge for a soup 2u25 and return to Pangboche. 2u30
Island Peak en Ama Dablam , Lhotse, views.
The original plan was to stay overnight at Chukhung but because of the cold weather (-10°C at night and some snow) and the difficult sleep at this alltitude we decided to go back lower.

Day 14
Pangboche to Tengboche 3864m.
We arrived at Tengboche arround 10u00 in the morning, the sun warmed up the village, a very lovely place!
We joined for puja at the monastey

Day 15
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar3440mTrek.
7,00 km / 04u15. -424m
We stayed in Tengboche till after lunch to enjoy this village and the sunny lawn*

Day 16
Namche Bazaar to Monjo 2835m Trek.
7,24km / 03u15. -605m

From Monjo to Thado KoshigoanTrek. 2727m
We could split up the 14,50km / 7u35. +5 m to Lukla because we did not sleep at Chukhung
Monjo and Lukla are at the same altitude but the pad is like a rollercoster up and down time after time...

Day 18
Thado Koshigoan to Lukla 2840m
Plenty of time to see the vally and explore Lukla

Day 19
Lukla to Kathmandu: Fly to Kathmandu (35 minutes). -1440m
Evaluation meeting with Rishi

Day 20
Kathmandu to Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day 21
Kathmandu back to Bouddhanath and to Gokarna Temple

Kathmandu visit Patan Zoo, quiet park with lake and animals like Tiger , Leopard, Beer,
departure flight 23u40 evening

Trekking :
105 km - 56u hiking in 13 hiking days en 1 acclimatisation day– ad the time for teastops + 1u and lunch + 1u to all treks
hights 2460 m en 4500m
Oxygen between 85% en 55% compared to ocean level- breathing is fast, walking goes slow

Do not rush to Everest Base Camp where everyone comes together but chose the remote valleys, quiet villages, take care to go higher graduatly and not to get altitude sickness!

Tip: Alternatieve route Dingboche 4360M Nangkartshang Gompa 4760M *Nangkartshang Summit 5090M *Dingboche 4360M ...

* VIP ! check if the trekking company is registerd:

*Encounters Nepal by Rishi ( ) is a very good trekking agent in Kathmandu, good quote, good service. TAAN en TIMS registerd company. All agrements are fullfilled. Rishi gave us his cell mumber for emergencies but all went perfect.

* trekking poles (walking sticks) are very usefull on trek

* buy a good down sleeping bag ! Warm wind and rain proof gear

*hotel in KTM : Fuji hotel very quiet place in Thamel, modern rooms, real homefeel, simple breackfast, internet computer for guests
* Gaia restaurant and Coffe shop is great for a dining outside on a lovely courtyard
*Food Bazaar serves a honest tasty meal from an open kichen, loungy restaurant & bar above Food Bazar shop