If you have ever wanted to experience Nepal but felt you never really had a lot of time to get on a trail and gain some altitude, well then this is the trip for you. Expedition Base has developed some Nepal trips of 10 days or less to give you a nice ‘taste’ of Nepal to take back home with you. On this trip, there is an optional add-on to take a scenic helicopter flight to see a bit more of Nepal that you would otherwise not see in the short amount of time that you have, and to get right up close views of Mt Everest.
It is also a trip that can have a lot of trekking or not so much - based on what you would like to see and do. The itinerary for this trek takes you through the beautiful and awe-inspiring regions of the popular Sagarmatha National Park, home to the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest. This trail journeys into the heartland of the Sherpa people. Sherpas live in this lush low alpine landscape of ever changing vegetation and dry high altitude scrubland, alongside the highest mountains in the world.
This adventure will provide an insight into the rich Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people and their traditional way of life. Expect to see sights of Ama Dablam (6,856m), Mt Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse, as you make your way along the trail. In the northern spring, the valley is awash with towering rhododendron trees of various colours and large white magnolia trees. The northern spring also brings mountaineers from around the world with their goal being to stand at the summit of Mt Everest.
Our route begins from the gateway airport village of Lukla at 2,840m. We will follow along beside the Dudh Khosi river on the valley floor, passing through farming villages of mixed Tamang, Rai and Sherpa communities. After Monjo, we then make a steep ascent over several hours up to Namche Bazaar, the main village of the Khumbu and the traditional trading centre of the Sherpas. On our way, however, we have a chance if weather permits to get our first view of Mt Everest, part way up to Namche. We have lots of time to see Namche, with the option of also walking to the villages of Khumjung, Khunde and Thame. Then, after a little bit more time in Namche, we descend back down the valley to Phakding for the night, before trekking a couple more hours to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu. Once here, you will have another full day to experience Kathmandu – we can arrange some sightseeing for you at some of Kathmandu’s 5 World Heritage sites, or the day is yours to explore as you wish.
This trip involves short trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 4-6kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 2-3 times per week for the period of around 3 months before this trip.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5-6 hrs
Day 3Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs
Day 4Rest day in Namche
Day 5Trek Namche (3,440m) to Thame (3,750m) ~ 6 hrs return
Day 6Namche Bazaar (3,740m) to Phakding (2,610m) ~ 3-4 hrs
Day 7Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) ~ 2-3 hrs
Day 8Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu
Day 9In Kathmandu
Day 10Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.