Everest Monasteries and Wildlife-New – 12 Days
Everest monasteries and Wildlife trekking is a new trekking style which combines two outstanding places to visit. The first part is trekking to the monastery in Tengboche whereas the second part includes jungle safari in Chitwan. Everest monasteries trekking is an outstanding trek, visiting the high valleys of the Khumbu with time to explore villages and monasteries and to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. This is an exciting trek to one of the oldest monastery. Trekking to this Monastery is one of best choice while you have short time. During the trekking, you could have best chance to have nice view of the world’s Highest Mountain Mt. Everest with some other major Peaks. The Monastery is surrounded by various Mountains.
This trip starts with a mountain flight to Lukla, then trek upto Phakding-Namche-Tengboche Monastery and then trek back to Lukla and fly back Kathmandu. We then drive all the way to Chitwan where we immerse ourselves in the jungle activities in Chitwan National Park in Chitwan. After 2 nights in Chitwan we drive along Trisuli river back to Kathmandu.
The Chitwan National Park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Heritage Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Gangetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park. A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan. The forest cover is predominantly sal forest, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.
Day 1: Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city.Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft) 2-3 hours trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent
We have early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent
Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Acclimatize at NAMCHE
This is our day for rest and acclimatization. There are many things to explore around Namche and Great Mountain views to savor. Acclimatizing in Namche is important for the onward trek and to help the body to adapt to the high altitude. If it is Saturday, we could consider ourselves lucky as we can enjoy the colorful Saturday market. Sherpas from across the Khumbu gather at the street-side market to buy provisions sold by lowland Nepalese we will be amazed by the variety of goods on sale.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent
From Namche we take the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chhorkung to reach the end of a bluff which is a viewpoint over a grand panorama of peaks, from Thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. From here we reach Kyangjuma (3550m) and a short walk from there takes us to animportant trail junction at Sanasa (3600m) from where we take the trail to Tengboche that runs gently downhill towards the river. This trail drops gradually to Lawichasa and on our descending way the thumb like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. From Lawichasa a narrow trail branches north to reach Tashinga (3380m) and now the trail drops down on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3250m) and then to a bridge. From the bridge the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. We might see musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees to eventually follow the path that reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche village which is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and rhododendrons. The focal point of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche monastery.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Trek back NAMCHE
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply towards Phunki Tenga(3250m/10,660 ft) crossing the Dudhkoshi river. Passing by the several villages and numerous teashops, the trail steeply ascends to Sanasa which is a place for local Sherpa to sell the Tibetan goods. The way to Namche has many small ups and downs with stunning views of forests, scenery and mountains.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Trek back LUKLA
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Fly back KATHMANDU
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel and prepare for the next day drive to Chitwan National Park or roam around in the market in evening for shopping.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Drive to CHITWAN
From Kathmandu we drive to Chitwan. This is the second phase of the trekking and involves a completely new place to visit popularly known as Chitwan which means ‘heart of the jungle’. Its chief attraction is Chitwan national Park, the world heritage-listed site. It is famous as one of the premier wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia and we will have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys and 450 species of birds. The reserve protects over 932 sq km of Sal forests, water marshes and rippling elephant grassland and, with the snowcapped Himalaya in the distance, its no wonder this place is very popular.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Activities in CHITWAN
The most famous activities in Chitwan include:
For jungle safari, four wheel jeep is easy to go deep into the park, viewing some of the rare species of flora and fauna. We can also go on foot in to the park escorted by our experience guide who will interpret us the concealed secrets of the jungle. Elephant safari is popular in Sauraha jungle safari. Elephants are accessible in almost all resort and lodge in Sauraha
Another popular activity in the park is the boat/canoe trip down the Rapti and the Narayani Rivers. This is one of the most serene ways to explore the area as float downstream with the river’s flow.
Chitwan National Park is home for about 500 species of residential and migratory birds. During Jungle safari and canoe trip, we have a great opportunity to see many species of birds including water fowl, Brahminy ducks, pintails, bar-headed geese, cormorants, woodpeckers, hornbills, peacocks, peahens, floricans, red-headed trogons and many others.
THARU VILLAGE TOUR
The other activities include the observation of the Tharu community, their culture, living style and many other traditional customs. We can also go for Tharu village tour.
ELEPHANT BREEDING CENTER is another attraction in Chitwan National park. And if we are lucky enough, we might have the chance to enjoy the elephant polo and Sauraha festival.
For more adventure and intimacy with nature, we can walk through the jungle which will be accompanied by a well-trained nature guide. This is very enjoyable program that allows us to have a close watch and learn about the flora and fauna of the park.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Drive back KATHMANDU
We drive back from Chitwan to Kathmandu and are dropped to the hotel. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip.Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
- 3 Nights in Hotel Peak Point in Kathmandu including breakfast
- 12 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
- An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
- Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee during trek.
- Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
- National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
- Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
- Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
- ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- International airfare and departure tax.
- Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel insurance including evacuation.
- 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
- Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.