THE FOOTHILLS OF EVEREST

This is a well-rounded itinerary that includes tours in Kathmandu valley, a trip to Namobuddha, a trek in the high Himalaya, and the ascent of a small mountain, ‘Pike Peak’. A mixed bag of city tours and a taste of the wilderness, it also takes you on a path less traveled.

This refreshing trek combines the natural splendor of the mountainous landscape with the mysterious foothills in the surrounding region. The slow pace of life, spectacular views, and discoveries at every bend of the trail bring unbound joy to the traveler. After walking in the shadow of Everest, the trek slowly winds down the hills to bring you back to civilization gradually through the surrounding hills of Kathmandu valley.

HIGHLIGHTS
- An original trek, not so difficult, far from the major tourist trails, with accommodation in lodges.
- A visit to the Buddhist shrine of Namobuddha and the most beautiful of the three royal cities in the valley: Bhaktapur
- A superb trek in Sherpa country between chortens, monasteries and prayer flags
- The ascent of Pike Peak (4,065 m) with a 360° view of the 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 our local team, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Free time in the city.
- Accommodation: Hotel Shambaling on a BB Basis
We visit the great stupa of Boudha, a landmark of Kathmandu. It is surrounded by many Buddhist monasteries such as the famous Shechen Monastery. We then go to the old town of Patan, one of the three ancient royal cities in the valley, with mostly Buddhist inhabitants and famous for statue making.
- Accommodation: Same hotel on BB Basis
We leave Kathmandu and drive past Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel heading east towards the Solukhumbu region at the foothills of Mount Everest. Along the way, there are beautiful views of the Himalayas. After leaving Kathmandu Valley we drive along the Arniko Highway to reach the Sunkoshi River and follow it for a while.
From Dhap we enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Numbur Himal (6,959 m.) and Mount Everest (8,848 m.).
We then drive down to the Sisa Khola (river) in a charming rural landscape. Finally, after a 20 min drive by local jeep, we reach Chyangba, a pretty Sherpa village (2,500m). We spend the night with the locals at our guide’s home.
- 8 hr drive
- Accommodation: Homestay
This first day of trekking is easy and a great help in warming up the body. The trail climbs gradually through the terraced hillsides and rhododendron forests. We walk on to Jhapre, a small bucolic village around a small country monastery.
- Duration of hike: 3hr
- Ascent: + 450 m.
- Descent: - 100 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
This day’s hike takes us through one of the most beautiful regions. An easy walk on a ridge allows infinite views of the middle mountains and the highest peaks including Mount Everest. The landscape changes gradually from forest to pastures. Walking along a pretty easy path, we gradually climb up to the Pike Peak Base Camp. The prayer flags and the mani walls (stones with inscriptions on them, often mantras) tell us we are on Buddhist land.
As we approach the refuge, the trail starts to climb up steeply. From here we get a clear view of the western part of the Himalayas: Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and more. The Pike Peak Lodge is very simple but the sunset over the Himalayas is incredible.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Ascent: + 850 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
We wake up at dawn to climb the Pike Peak, one of the highlights of this trek. We have ahead of us an hour of gradual climbing with a good view of Numbur Himal and the Langtang Range. Arriving at the top of Pike Peak, we are greeted by an inspiring  sunrise over a 360 ° panorama of countless summits of the Himalayas, six of them over 8000 m high: Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu and Annapurna. We then walk down gradually along the ridge enjoying fabulous views of Mount Everest. We then face a fairly steep descent through a marvelous rhododendron forest to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3,500 m). After a tea break in Jasmane, the trail becomes relatively easy up to Lamjura where we join the "Hillary Way", the path that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay took to reach the Everest Base Camp.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Ascent: + 650 m.
- Descent: - 800 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
After crossing the Lamjura La Pass (4,065 m.), we walk down to Junbesi. On our way, we come upon two villages, Taktur and Saling and observe the daily life of the locals. Our next stop is at the Selo Monastery. After the visit, we continue our descent to Junbesi.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Ascent: + 100 m.
- Descent: - 900 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge

A day of rest; we explore 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 will participate in the prayer ceremony and we also take time discussing and exchanging ideas with the monks and nuns to better understand their way of life. The monastery has a remarkable view of the Junbesi Valley.
- Duration of hike: 3 hr
- Ascent: + 250 m.
- Descent: - 250 m.
- Accommodation: Same lodge

We walk on a superb trail along a balcony with panoramic views of Everest and Thamserku. We then cross the Junbesi Khola and gradually climb up to Phurten (3000 m), a special viewpoint for watching Mount Everest. After enjoying the view, we gradually descend to Ringmu, perched on the other side of the Dudh Kund valley. We cross the Dudh Khola (river) which has its source in the Numbur Himal glacier. After the Sherpa village of Ringmu, we walk up to the Tarshindu Danda Pass.
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 200 m.
- Accommodation: Lodge
Soon after sunrise on the range, we walk down to Ringmu and climb up to the monastery of Chiwang built on the mountainside. Founded in 1923, the monastery hosts the annual festival of ‘Mani Rimdu’, the most important Sherpa religious festival and a major tourist attraction.
Depending on the availability and size of the group, we spend a simple night at the monastery or descend to Surke (2,500 m.).
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6 hr
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Descent: - 350 m.
- Accommodation: Monastery or lodge
Walking through a dense rhododendron forest, we descend to Surke and Phaplu. There, we take a local jeep to Namobuddha, a famous Buddhist shrine.
- Duration of hike: 1 to 2 hr
- Duration of drive: 5 hr
- Accommodation: luxury lodge in Namobuddha on full board
In the morning, we visit Namobuddha, a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists. A small stupa marks the spot where a Bodhisatva once offered his own flesh to a starving tigress and her cubs. Depending on the occasion, we attend the service. We then drive down to Bhaktapur, the most beautiful of the three royal cities in the valley. This old city has changed little over centuries and its traditional architecture and lifestyle is well preserved. After a tour of monuments and shrines around the city, we drive back to Kathmandu, 15 km away. The late afternoon is free.
- Accommodation: Hotel Nepali Ghar on BB Plan

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.
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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 a 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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