THE FOOTHILLS OF EVEREST

Stunning combination of beauty, magic and mystery, like moments out of time when one feels the happiness of a fleeting eternity. Real places are discovered in the slowness, at the rhythm of the steps, at the bend of a path. They don’t appear suddenly in full evidence; like foxes, they have to be tamed… This circuit gently is great to discover the high places of the Kathmandu Valley with a few hours of daily walking.
HIGHLIGHTS
- An original trek, not so difficult, far from the major tourist paths, with accommodation in lodge.
- A visit to the Buddhist shrine of Namo Buddha and the most beautiful of the three royal cities in the valley: Bhaktapur
- A superb trek in the Sherpa country between chortens, monasteries and prayer flags
- A climb to the Pike Peak at 4065 m. with a 360° view of the mythical Himalayan summits
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Moderate
  • Best Period: April - May & October - November
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Number of walking days: 8
  • Highest Altitude: 4065 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Homestay during trek

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Day
Pick-up at the airport by the local team, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Free time.
- Accommodation: Hotel Shambaling on a B&B basis
We visit the great stupa of Boudhanath, a symbol of Kathmandu. It is surrounded by many Buddhist monasteries amongst them the Shechen Monastery where Matthieu Ricard lives. We then go to the old town of Patan, one of the three ancient royal cities in the valley, mostly Buddhist and known for its statue founders.
- Accommodation: Same hotel on a B&B basis
Early in the morning, we drive east to the Solukhumbu region at the foothills of Mount Everest. First, we cross Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel, from where we have beautiful views of the Himalayas. We then leave the Kathmandu Valley and reach the Sunkoshi River and follow it for a while.
In Dhap, beautiful panoramic view of Numbur Himal (6959 m.) and Mount Everest (8848 m.).
We drive down to the Sisa Khola River in a beautiful bucolic and rural landscape. Finally, after a 20 min transfer by a local jeep, we reach Chyangba, a pretty Sherpa village at 2500 m. high. We spend the night with the locals at our guide’s home
- 8 h drive
- Accommodation: Homestay
This first day of trekking is easy and let us warm up. The path climbs gradually through the terraced crops and rhododendron forests. We continue our walk to Jhapre, a small bucolic village around a small country monastery.
- Hours of walking: 3
- Ascent: + 450 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
One of the most beautiful trekking days you could dream of! Easy walk on a ridge, infinite view of the middle mountains and the highest peaks and, in point of view: Mount Everest. The landscape is bucolic and switch from forest to pastures. On a pretty easy path, we gradually climb to the Pike Peak Base Camp. The prayer flags and the mani walls (stones engraved with mantras) shows that we are on a Buddhist land.
As we approach the refuge, the path climbs steeply. We have a clear view of the western part of the Himalayas: Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu ... The Pike Peak Lodge is very simple but the sunset over the Himalayas is the most beautiful reward.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Ascent: + 850 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We wake up at dawn to climb the Pike Peak, one of our trip highlights. We have about one hour of gradual climb with a nice view of Numbur Himal and the Langtang Range. Arrived at the top of Pike, we are gratified by a sunrise in a 360 ° panorama on the mythical summits of the Himalayas, six of them are more than 8000 m high: Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, Annapurna ... We walk down gradually on a ridge path with beautiful views of Mount Everest. Then, we face a fairly steep descent through a magnificent rhododendron forest to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3500 m.). After a tea break in Jasmane, the walk becomes relatively easy to Lamjura where we join the "Hillary Way", the path that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa took to reach the Everest Base Camp.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 800 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
After the Lamjura La Pass (4065 m.), we walk down to Junbesi. On our way, we cross the villages of Taktur and Saling and discover the daily life of the locals. We stop at the Selo Monastery. After the visit, we continue our descent to Junbesi.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Ascent: + 100 m.
- Descent: - 900 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Easy day to rest and discover the beautiful region of Junbesi. After breakfast, we walk to Thupten Choling, the region’s largest monastery which housed a Tibetan refugee camp. Thubten Choling is also a monastic school where more than a hundred monks and nuns live and study. If possible, we participate in the prayer ceremony. We take time discussing and exchanging with the monks and nuns to better understand their way of life. From the monastery, we have a beautiful view of the Junbesi Valley.
- Hours of walking: 3
- Ascent: + 250 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Accommodation: Same lodge
We walk on a superb balcony path with a panoramic view of Everest and Thamserku. We cross the Junbesi Khola and gradually climb to Phurten (3000 m.), a nice viewpoint on Mount Everest. Then, we gradually descend to Ringmu. We cross the Dudh Khola whose source is in the Numbur Himal Glaciers. After the Sherpa village of Ringmu, perched on the other side of the Dudh Kund valley, we walk up to the Tarshindu Danda Pass.
- Hours of walking: 5
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 200 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
After the sunrise on the range, we walk down to Ringmu and climb to the monastery of Chiwang perched on the mountainside. Founded in 1923, it annually hosts the festivals of Mani Rimdu, the most important Sherpa religious festivals.
Depending on availability and size of the group, simple night at the monastery or descent to Surke (2500 m.).
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 350 m.
- Accommodation: Monastery or lodge
Through a dense rhododendron forest, we descend to Surke and Phaplu. There, we take a local jeep to Namo Buddha, a famous Buddhist shrine.
- Hours of walking: 1 to 2
- 5 h. drive
- Accommodation: luxury lodge in Namo Buddha on full board
In the morning, we visit Namo Buddha, a famous pilgrimage site for the Buddhist. It shelters a small stupa in tribute to the sacrifice of Buddha who donated his body to a hungry tigress and her young. Depending on the occasion, we attend the service. Then, we drive to Bhaktapur, a great pedestrian town and the most beautiful of the three royal cities in the valley. We visit the place. Finally, we are transferred to Kathmandu, 15 km-far. The late afternoon is free.
- Accommodation: Hotel Nepali Ghar on a B&B basis
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- Transport and transfers by private vehicle according to the program (local jeep from Dhap to Chyangba)
- Local jeep from Phaplu to Namo Buddha
- Trek full board in lodge out of Kathmandu
- Trekking team: assistant(s) & porters (1 porter for 2 and 1 sirdar for each 4 persons)
- English-speaking guide for the whole stay
- Guided tour in the Kathmandu valley with an English-speaking cultural guide and the entrance tickets according to the planned sites
- Staff routing and insurance
- Carrying of luggage up to 13 kg / person during the trek
- 2 nights at the Shambaling Hotel in Kathmandu on a B&B basis
- One night at Namobuddha resort with full board at Namo Buddha
- 1 night in Nepali Ghar on a B&B in Kathmandu

What's not included

- Meals in Kathmandu, except breakfasts
- Visa for Nepal (30$ + Photos) and international flights
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, battery recharging during the trek, etc.

Suppliments

>> Single room for 4 nights in Kathmandu and Namobuddha : 180$
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