TENGBOCHE MONASTERY TREK
GRADE: Easy Family Trek
DURATION: 12 Days (8 days on the trail).
BEST SEASON: March – May. Sept. to Nov.
GROUP SIZE: Min 2 PAX.
TREK COST: US$ 1850/p
If you are looking for an easy trek in the Everest region with family including kids, this is the one!
With only 3-4 hours of walk per day on average allowing you plenty of time to take breaks and soak in the stunning views of some of the highest mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam and many other smaller peaks. The trails passes through many beautiful rhododendron and pine forests as if playing hide and seek with the mountains. There are high chances of rare and endangered wild animals sightings too. Crystal clear flowing rivers and streams, spectacular Sherpa villages are the perks.
So come join me and my friendly porter Sabin Tamang on this specially designed easy trek for families.
Sherap Sherpa – a biker, a hiker, a photographer, a foodie. Loves reading and exploring.
DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to hotel. Rest day. B&B Only.
DAY 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
Trek preparation. Full day sightseeing of Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Sightseeing tour and heritage entrance fees included. Back to hotel. B&B only.
DAY 3: Fly to Lukla. 2800m. Trek to Phakding. 2600m. 3hrs.
Early morning flight to Lukla (Flights start from 6:00am till 11:00am. Flight time 25 minutes. Check out of Lukla Airport. A short walk to Lukla market. Breakfast at one of the Café’s. Lukla altitude is 2800m.
Trek to Phakding. 3 hours of easy trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forest. Phakding is 2600m, just a few hundred meters below Lukla. Check into one of the lodges. Lodges have attached bathroom. B/L/D.
DAY 4: Trek to Monjo (Jorsale). 3450m. 3hrs.
Trek to Monjo. 3 hours. Once again easy trek following the Dudh Kosi river passing thru beautiful pine and rhododendron forests till Monjo or popularly known as Jorsale. No climbing, just pretty straight trail. Popular places to take a break are Tok Tok and Benkar before arriving at Jorsale. 2740m. B/L/D.
DAY 5: Trek to Namche Bazar. 3450m. 3-4hrs.
Trek to Namche Bazaar. 3 hours. Easy trek till the most incredible Hillary bridge, a suspension bridge that hangs approx. 200 meters deep gorge decorated with fluttering prayerflags. The final climb to Namche takes about 1.5 hours. Arrive in Namche, check into one of the many finest hotels with attached bathroom. Namche altitude is 3450m. B/L/D.
DAY 6: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization.
Rest day at Namche. It is important to spend a day at Namche to acclimatize. The Namche Bazaar has a pleasant little market along with great hotels, restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries. A leisurely walk to the monastery on the top of the Bazaar is enjoyable. Visit the National park information center at the monastery as well as enjoy the magnificent view of the entire horseshoe style Namche Bazaar. A short climb to the top of the hill opposite the monastery has a view point offering first view of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam mountains. On the right is the beautiful Kongde mountain. The Sherwi Khangba Museum and Sherpa Culture Center is worth a visit. Next to the museum on a slight climb by the viewpoint is National Park's museum. B/L/D.
DAY 7: Trek to the world famous Tengboche Monastery. 3860m. 4hrs.
Trek to the beautiful Tengboche Monastery. 4 hours. Once again quite an easy trek with the views of the Everest and Ama Dablam visible most of the time till we start our descent towards the Riverside. On the way a small view point with hotels and restaurants named Sanasa offers good place to take a break. A bakery shop offers choices of amazing bakery products. Tengboche Altitude 3860m.
The second part of trek after the Riverside hotel is a pretty steep climb all the way to the Tengboche monastery. Once you reach the monastery, you will instantly feel the spiritual power of the place. A very quiet and peaceful monastery sitting at such altitude where world famous expeditions offer their first prayer seeking blessings for their successful summit of the world’s tallest mountains. Check into a hotel. B/L/D.
DAY 8: Trek back to Sanasa. 4100m. 3hrs.
Enjoy the morning sunrise views over Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku mountains and Kagtega. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and start our return trek back to Sanasa. 3hrs. We will stay in one of the lodges and enjoy the magnificent views of the tallest mountains throughout the evening. Sanasa has fantastic bakery and coffee shops with one of the most undisturbed views. B/L/D.
DAY 9: Trek back to Namche. 2hrs.
Trek back to Namche Bazar. An easy 2 hours trek at the max. Check into our hotel and rest. Explore the market in the afternoon. B/L/D.
DAY 10: Trek back to Phakding. 3 to 4 hrs.
It's all downhill and easy trek back to Phakding. B/L/D.
DAY 11: Trek back to Lukla. 3 hrs.
Last day of our trek. Easy 3 hours to Lukla. Check into one of the best hotels. Rest. B/L/D.
DAY 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.
We take one of the morning flights back to Kathmandu. 25 minutes. Check back into our hotel. Done and dusted! Celebration dinner.
INCLUDES: Airport pickup and drop. Hotel in Kathmandu on B&B basis on twin share. Domestic flight to Lukla and back. Sightseeing around Kathmandu and entrance to Heritage sites. Hotel/Lodges during the trek with all three meals. Licensed trekking guide. Porter (1 per two trekkers during the trek). Porter and Guides insurance. National park entry tickets. Trekking permits. Duffel bags and sleeping bags during the trek. Wild Tracks t-shirts, cap and trek completion certificates. VAT and other government taxes. First aid kit with portable oxygen canister.
EXCLUDES: International air tickets, Nepal visa fee, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except celebration dinner on Day 12. Bar bills, personal refreshment drinks and laundry. Mobile expenses, personal gadgets charging, etc. Hotshower after Namche. Personal trekking gears. Use of Wifi and phone calls unless they are free. Tips and gratitude. Emergency rescue. Travel and medical insurance.
NOTE: Flight to Lukla often gets cancelled due to constantly changing weather conditions at Lukla. In such cases we arrange helicopter to Lukla. Costs extra. Same situation could apply on the way back from Lukla. Please be prepared for extra heli costs. One helicopter can accommodate 5 people along with the pilot.