An exciting trek through the Khumbu Valley, from Lukla to Pangboche, via Namche and Mende where your photography skills will be developed with the help of Lukasz Warzecha - one of the world’s top outdoor and adventure photographers. Each day will have a theme where you will get special insights in how to maximize the quality of your photography and developing your creative skills while being surrounded by the impressive mountains of the Himalayas.
About Everest Summit Lodges
Everest Summit Lodges offers you the best personalized services and the best accommodation in the region. We have made this possible by choosing great locations, using traditional Sherpa architecture, environmental friendly solar power solutions to attain a great level of comfort at each lodge. High tea at the end of the day, welcomed at every lodge by local Sherpa girls, serving home brewed organic coffee, or our famous masala tea, is a treat after a day's walk. Evening meals are a three-course fare served with a smile and a very nice glass of wine. You will sleep in private rooms with warm beds, private toilets and hot showers. Every new day starts with a sumptuous breakfast to charge you up for the exciting trekking day ahead.
Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Max trek altitude: 4,850m
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
On Trek: 09 days
Photographic Leader: Lukasz Warzecha
Trek Leader: English Speaking Mountain Guide
About Lukasz Warzecha (workshop leader): Over the past 6 years Lukasz has carved out a formidable reputation as one of the top adventure photographers in the world. Living everyday life by his own words that ‘This is the most exciting time to be a photographer ever!’
From documenting the efforts of the world’s best athletes, shooting portraits of Reinhold Messner at the London’s Royal Geographical Society, mountain biking in the Outer Hebrides (cover story of The Guardian Travel), and filming short feature films (i.e. ’Sub-Zero’ EpicTV video series, with over 2 million views), his work spans across a whole spectrum of outdoor activities. Over the past couple of years, he has photographed and filmed on four continents on assignment for National Geographic, Allianz, Bremont Watches, Fáilte Ireland - Ireland Tourism Board, Bridgedale, The North Face, WL GORE, Mountain Equipment, Petzl, the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Black Diamond (among others).
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Lukla
Day 03: Trek to Monjo
Day 04: Trek to Namche
Day 05: Trek to Mende
Day 06: Trek to Tashinga via Khumjung
Day 07: Trek to Pangboche via Tengboche
Day 08: Pangboche ( Morning Helicopter Flight ) Afternoon trek back to Tashinga
Day 09: Trek to Monjo
Day 10: Trek to Lukla
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu , Transfer to Hotel , Farewell dinner
Day 12: Transfer to Airport for Departure
Day 01 / 04th May : Arrival at KATHMANDU, transfer to Hotel
You are met at the airport by our office representative and then transferred to the Hotel. In the evening you will be met by Lukacz and our Mountain guide for a briefing.
Day 02 / 05th May : Flight to LUKLA (2,743 m) (3-4hrs)
On arrival at Lukla, check in at the Summit Lodge, Lukla. After an early lunch, take a walk up Bom Danda (app. 3000m) to its village, an ideal way to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead. Walking along, you get very good views of Lukla and its airfield. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla
Day 03 / 06th May : Trek to MONJO (2850m) (5-6 hrs)
An early start after breakfast is planned to avoid the rush of trekkers and porters arriving from Kathmandu. Passing by lovely Sherpa settlements, along gentle undulating trails and enjoying the marvelous scenery of the Dudh Kosi valley, we arrive at the village of Phakding (8700'/2652m). After a break for lunch, we continue on for approximately three more hours to Monjo. The sounds of plodding porters with transistor radios stuck to their ears, the cacophonic mix of myriad languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters, loads aside, resting outside tea houses, weather-beaten, windblown trekkers winding their way back to Lukla, prayer flag a-flutter, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery are memories to treasure of this first day on the trail. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo
DAY 04 / 07th May : TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,445m/11,300ft) (3-4 Hrs)
A principal benefit of walking as far as Monjo on the second day is that you can walk up the steep hill to Namche when fit and fresh in the early morning. You leave Monjo and continue to the park gates of the Sagarmartha National Park at Jorsale where you complete entry formalities. You then walk on alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the Imja Drangka and the Nangpo Drangpo, which combine to form the Dudh Khosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge you start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, if the sky is clear, your first views of Everest and Lhotse come into sight. You then continue the climb, less steeply now, to Namche. Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,618m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes mingled with cafes, handicraft shops and shops selling or renting trekking and climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. Don’t be surprised if, after the exertion of the climb and the rise in elevation, you feel a little tired and head-achey. You will feel better after a cup of tea and a rest. Overnight Hotel Namche
DAY 05 / 08th May : SIGHTSEEING IN NAMCHE, TREK TO MENDE (3,850m) (3-4 Hrs)
This morning you will walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters and visit the very interesting Sagarmatha National Park Museum. From here there are the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam – a wonderful panorama. If you are feeling energetic you might also make the worthwhile excursion to the Everest View Hotel, situated above the village of Khumjung. Although rather an ugly building and out of keeping with its surroundings there are very good views from its terrace and you can have a cup of tea or a glass of hot lemon there and take in the mountain views. After lunch in Namche you head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). As you walk up the valley, up to your left you have fine views of Kwangde (6,343m) and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. You continue high above the river on a contouring trail through rhododendron forest that will provide a wealth of colour in the spring months. You should be on the lookout along here for colourful Impeyan Pheasant (the Nepalese national bird) and small deer. Just before the village of Thamo you cross a side valley (Kyajo Kola) and from there you can look back for fine views of Thamserku (21,806ft/6,648m) and Kusum Kangru (20,896ft/6,370m). Before you reach Thamo you take a path to the right which weaves steeply up the hillside for about 45 minutes to an hour, until you reach the hamlet of Mende. The lodge has a commanding position and very fine views and once reached you will feel the effort has been worth it. Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
DAY 06 / 09th May : TREK TO TASHINGA (3450m), (5-6hrs)
Today you descend back down the valley. Crossing back over the Kyajo Khola you will take a high, scenic trail up to the left which by-passes Namche and ascends past the high airstrip at Syangboche and continues over the top of the ridge before descending to Khunde. You may visit the controversial Everest View Hotel (lots of good stories behind that!). Situated above the village of Khumjung in a spectacular position this is an extremely ugly, Alcatraz-like building and although out of keeping with its surroundings there are really superb views from its terrace. You can enjoy a cup of tea or a hot lemon while looking out at Everest and other Himalayan giants. It might also be possible to visit the clinic in Khunde and the Khumjung school (both projects supported by the Himalayan Trust). The picturesque little gompa in Khumjung, set in a grove of trees above the houses of the village, is also well worth a visit. On payment of a small donation to the caretaker you may be allowed to see the so-called head of a yeti which is kept there. The trail descends from Khumjung with chortens forming a dramatic frame to a view of Ama Dablam (6,696m), and Kangtaiga (6,779m), flanked by the towering heights of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. You descend from the village, first through walled fields and then through rhododendron and blue pine forest to the village of Tashinga Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga
DAY 07 / 10th May : TREK TO TENGBOCHE AND ON TO PANGBOCHE (3,985m)( 4-5 hrs)
This morning, looking across the valley, you will be able to see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Tengboche, but first you have to descend to the river. This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zig-zags to the Dudh Kosi River. Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff (3,200m/10,499ft). A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga, where you could stop for a cup of tea. It is 2-3 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace. At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade, and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery. Emerging at the top, there is a mandala gateway and a huge chorten which you pass before your first sight of the gompa. The setting is nothing short of magic and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and was re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Conch shells are blown, the monks arrive and visitors are expected to sit quietly on the right hand side of the temple. A small donation is appreciated. Then, leaving Tengboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and ‘mani’ walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees. After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls to pass, as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very picturesque village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibly dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
Day 08 / 11th May : Pangboche (4295 m) ( 5 -6hrs)
Depending on the weather conditions, Today you will take a helicopter ride to view the majestic mountains, the flight is around 20 -25 minutes, that takes you into the Gokyo Valley and then the Mighty Everest and will drop you off in Tashinga. In case of bad weather conditions and the flight is not possible, you will trek back to Tashinga. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge – Tashinga
Day 09 / 12th May : Return to Monjo
On the way down to Monjo, lunch is at Namche bazaar, time is spent for last moment souvenir, then the path is followed by descent all the way to Monjo to our already familiar lodge. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo
Day 10 / 13th May : To Lukla via alternate route over the Gumila
We try to avoid the crowded trail leading to the village of Phakding by walking on the opposite side of the Dudh Koshi river. A visit to the Gumila monastery on the way before we cross the river for the last time and arrive at Ghat. After the lunch at Ghat, it is not too long before we make it back to Lukla for the last night in Everest country. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla
Day 11 / 14th May : FLY TO KATHMANDU
Today we leave the mountains behind and fly back to Kathmandu. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable ‘cushion’ against missing your flight home, should the Lukla flight be delayed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel of your choice.
Day 12 / 15th May : Departure
Your Guide or our office representative will pick you up at the Hotel and transfer you to the airport.
|Price per person on Sharing Basis:
|Price per person on Single Occupancy:
Helicopter Supplement: The Flight cost USD.2000 per flight that will carry 4 – 5 pax depending on the weather and the Helicopter available at that particular date and time.
- 30 days before the trip - no charges
- 15 – 29 days before the trip - 25 % of the given cost
- 6 – 14 days before the trip - 50% of the given cost
- Less than 5 days before the trip - 75% of the given cost
- Airport Transfers
- 2 nights at 5 Star Hotel Yak and Yeti, Hotel on BB
- 9 nights at Everest Summit Lodges on Full Board
- Drinks and Beverages, Happy Hours while on Trek
- Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with airport tax
- National Park Fee + Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Guide, Assistants and Porters (Trek Luggage: 13kgs per person)
- Staff Insurance
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- All Logistic Support
Cost does not include:
- Meals unless stated
- International Airfare
- Personal Expenses
- Drinks and Beverages while in the city
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Helicopter Medivac
- Tips and Gratuities
- Medical Insurance
- Visa Fee USD.40 for 30 days
- Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of Weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities.
Temperatures in the Everest region are quite cool after sundown but due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes, very warm during the day. If the weather is good you will certainly be trekking in a t-shirt and long shorts or light trekking trousers, and sun hat. End September/October/November
The monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and clears away by the end of September leaving clear skies, warm or even hot temperatures during the day and cooler ones by night. Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards the end of November and in December it can be very cold on the trail – particularly at night and at altitude.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary but as this is adventure travel, we cannot guarantee it! By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected, particularly in remote and/or mountainous regions. A variety of factors such as adverse weather conditions, difficulties with transportation and the health of group members can all contribute to the need to make changes, often at the very last minute. Changes can affect any part of the itinerary including overnight stops, duration of walking days, choice of accommodation and routing. Your trek leader will make every effort to maintain the integrity of the original itinerary and minimise the impact of any changes, but an easy-going and flexible nature is a real asset! Please note that all timings and distances given are approximate. Being in the mountains, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions, thus the first night at Lukla gives us the buffer day in case of any delays or cancellation.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING? DO YOU HAVE A PACKING LIST?
- – Cotton short-sleeved shirts or DryFit T-shirts
- – Long-sleeved shirts
- – Fleece or wool sweater and/or trousers
- – Lightweight pants
- – Regular and long underwear (consider you’ll be above 12,000 ft)
- – Medium weight parka with fiber fill or down
- – Light cap and wool hat
- – Rain poncho (or rain gear)
- – Light gloves
- – Medium weight socks
- – Hiking boots
- – Small day pack
- – Strong waterproof duffel bag
- – Sun glasses, sunblock, lip balm
- – Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
- – Towel
- – Water bottle
- – Personal Photography Equipment