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Packages » Everest Packages » Package E001

Namche Bazaar Trek

Package Code: E001
Duration:  11 Days / 10 Nights
Best Time: March to May and Mid-September to Mid-December
Accommodation: 7 Nights at Tea Lodge, 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL
Minimum People Required: Two
Level of Endurance: Moderate moderate
MaxIMUM Elevation: Khumjung (12434 ft.)



Introduction:

Namche Bazaar Trekking Map

It is a perfect trek for beginners. Namche is a famous town in the Everest region, which every mountaineer has to pass through, on their way to Mt. Everest. Having said that, the trekkers will still have to ascent to 3,441 mts. or 11,319 ft. to reach Namche. The trek takes you through the lives and culture of the inspiring Sherpa people and stunning snow clad landscapes interspersed with waterfalls, forests, ancient Buddhist monuments and fairytale-like villages.


The town is called Nauche by the Sherpas and is possibly derived from Nakmuche or Nakuche which mean ‘big dark forest’, something Namche once was. Today, it the administrative headquarters of the area and boasts of an electricity system installed by UNESCO that uses separate grids for day and night usage.

You can visit the Namche Gompa, a short walk away and also the Everest View Hotel for a beautiful look at the colossus that is Mt. Everest. The Saturday Markets are a highlight and a weekly get-together for the Sherpas with trading and bartering of supplies, which have been carried up the mountain from the lower villages, in full flow.


EXPEDITION MAP:

Namche Bazaar Trekking Map


Itinerary:

Day 01: Your Port of Embarkation to Kathmandu
A Nomadier representative will be waiting for your flight to land at Tribhuvan International Airport and welcome you to the beautiful country of Nepal. You will then be transferred to your hotel and assisted in the check-in process as well. Your expedition permits and if you book them through Nomadier, flight tickets to and from Lukla, will be handed over to you in the hotel room itself. You can choose to spend the evening roaming the streets of Kathmandu, go shopping in Thamel for your trekking gear and clothing or just relaxing in your room. Overnight at hotel.

 

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and situated in a valley, approximately at a height of 4,600 ft., surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. The city is the gateway to Nepal Tourism and the centre of the country’s economy. Its history dates back to over 2000 years ago and it was on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet which caused a fusion of artistic and architectural traditions of other cultures that can be witnessed even today.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
Today is your flight to Lukla and our representative will transfer you to the domestic airport in Kathmandu and see you off. Your flight to Lukla and especially landing at the Lukla airport is a fair indicator of the adventure in store ahead. The airstrip at Lukla is one of the highest in the world with an altitude of 9,350 ft. (2,850 mts.) and was built by the Sherpas under the supervision of Sir Edmund Hillary who along with Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Mt. Everest. It is very tricky for pilots to land planes here as it is one of the shortest and most dangerous airstrips in the world and has a rock wall at the end of the airstrip! On arrival, you will be met by a Nomadier representative who will introduce you to the Expedition Guide, other members in your Group and your Support Staff. He will give you basic tips and guidance and will also answer all your queries.  After a light breakfast, you’ll begin your trek to Phakding.


Phakding is around half day’s walk from Lukla and this initial part of the trek is a good acclimatizer for the tougher challenges ahead. Along this route are views of Mt. Nupla (5,885 mts.) Kusum Kangaru (6,367 mts.) and the Kwongde range and you will also cross several Mani stone walls which are revered by the Buddhists. You would always pass them through from your left-hand side. These walls are made from stone tablets and carved boulders and are beautifully painted with bright colors. Overnight stay at a lodge.

 

Lukla
Namche Bazaar Lukla Aeroplane
Lukla means a place having many goats and sheep but only a few are found in the area today. An old Sherpa monastery, built around the start of 19th century by Lama Kyamgon-Deltsen-Donden is situated in Lukla. Lukla also boasts of the Pasang Lhamu Nicole-Nicky Hospital which was established in honor of the first Nepalese women to summit Mount Everest, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa and the first Swiss mountain guide, Nichole Nicky.

 

Phakding
Namche Bazaar Phakding
Phakding is located between Lukla and Namche and is a good place to stop by for a meal. It is also the first overnight stay for most trekkers in the region. Located centrally in Phakding is the Rimijung Monastery established by a Sherpa Lama, Khempo Dorje in the 16th century. The village is bisected by the Dudh Kosi or Milk River and the Pema Choeling Monastery is only a short distance away and worth visiting.

 

Day 03: Phakding to Monjo
Phakding to Monjo Treks
The 2-3 hours trek from Phakding to Monjo is not too strenuous and helps you acclimatize for the higher altitudes ahead. You’ll pass by many owners of tea shacks inviting you in for a sip before reaching Monjo at 2,815 mts. (9,235 ft.). There are few lodges in this village and a few simple inns and tea shacks. Signs welcoming donations herald a monastery situated a hundred metres or so off the main trail. The gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park is also in very close proximity. Overnight stay at a lodge.

 

Day 04: Monjo to Namche

Monjo to Namche Treks
The route from Monjo to Namche takes you across the Dudh Kosi River before ascending trough rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir trees, and arriving at Namche Bazaar (3,441 mts. / 11,319 ft.). All routes to Mt. Everest have to pass through Namche and hence facilities are well-developed. The town is built around a spring which acts as the only water source and has many interesting shops and vendors and exquisite views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight stay at a lodge.

 

Day 05: Rest in Namche and Sightseeing

Namche and Sightseeing
Today is a day of rest which is very important to allow the body to get used to the altitude. You are free to walk around the village and on a clear day, take in gorgeous views of sunrises and sunsets on the snow clad mountains all around.  There are many lodges in Namche with a variety of culinary delights and the yak steak is simply not worth missing. Namche also has a privately run heritage display of the traditional Sherpa lifestyle, The Sherpa Cultural Centre. Overnight stay at a lodge.

 

Day 06: Namche to Khumjung to Namche

Namche to Khumjung to  Namche
Khumjung at an altitude of 3,790 mts. (12,434 ft.) is a beautiful little place that soothes your senses after the trek from Namche. This is a picturesque village with many beautiful houses and the direct impact of tourism is low (few trekkers stay here) but every family has some involvement with the trekking industry and hence the apparent wealth. Khumjung’s Gompa is at the top end of town amid a pleasant stand of protected trees. Surprisingly, there is a school in Khumjung, now expanded to a considerable size, but which was first built by Sir Edmund Hillary with a little help from his friends. After exploring the town, you begin your trek back to Namche for overnight stay at a lodge.

 

Day 07: Namche to Phakding

After you are done sightseeing and shopping at Namche bazaar, you start your trek to Phakding. You would retrace your trek down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi through Jorsale and the beautiful National Park to stay at Phakding once more. Overnight at a lodge.

 

Day 08: Phakding to Lukla

The trek back to Lukla would mostly be an uphill walk. When you return to Lukla you may explore the town of Lukla or visit the local attractions like ‘Thangka Painting School’ and witness first hand the students learning the art of intricate and beautiful religious paintings. In the evening you prepare for your journey to Kathmandu as you take away with you, beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. A Nomadier representative will see you off at the airport the next day.

 

Day 09: Lukla to Kathmandu

Back in Kathmandu, a Nomadier representative will receive you at the Domestic Airport, transfer you to your hotel and help in the check-in. The rest of the day is left free for you to recover from the recent strain or for the super-fit, walk around in the city. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a wonderful place for sightseeing and you’ll spend half of this day visiting the major and most renowned sights in the city like Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square. This extra day will also acts a contingency if bad weather delays your flights to Kathmandu from Lukla and reduces the chances of you having to reschedule your international flight tickets. In the evening, you can choose to go shopping for mementos and local craft as a remembrance or just relax in your room. Overnight at hotel.


Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most important Hindu temple and stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The temple is located 100 mts. away from the end of the runaway at Kathmandu’s International Airport and is a powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power to where, devotees of Shiva and Sadhus flock from across the entire sub-continent. Non-Hindus cannot enter the main temples but the surrounding complex of Shaivite shrines, Lingams and Ghats (stone steps) is fascinating and definitely worth the visit.


Bodhnath
Bodhnath
Famed for its Stupa, Bodhnath pulsates with life as thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfettered. The lanes around the Stupa are crammed with Monasteries and workshops that make butter lamps, ceremonial horns, Tibetan drums, singing bowls, plumed hats for Lamas and other essential Buddhist paraphernalia.


Swayambhunath
Swayambhunath
Swayambhunath is a place that offers one of the definitive experiences in Kathmandu. This sacred locale, a monkey temple, is always mobbed by monkeys and is a chaotic jumble of Hindu and Buddhist iconography. A gleaming white Stupa makes for its centre and is topped by a gilded spire painted with the eyes of the Buddha. What makes it an absorbing experience are the ancient carvings made into every spare inch of space and the smell of incense and butter lamps hanging heavy in the air. 


Durbar Square
Durbar  Square
In history, Durbar square was the king’s seat of ruling and it is here that kings were crowned and their undisputed authority legitimized. Today, it is the traditional heart of the old town and still boasts of some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. The entire square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made up of three loosely linked squares and many terraced platforms which make for a great spot to view Kathmandu in motion.

 

Day 11: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination

Today is the last day of an exhilarating part of your life as you leave Kathmandu. A Nomadier representative will transfer you to the international airport and wish you goodbye.