“Cultural, religious and natural interests, set within an awe-inspiring landscape below world’s summit- A Week below Everest“
A week below Everest is a wonderful trekking holiday in Everest Region that without going as high as Everest Base Camp Trek incorporates major highlights of incredibly beautiful Khumbu Region. A weeklong walking adventure in Everest Region caters astoundingly beautiful natural aspects of Khumbu and the authentic culture of the region.
This soft trekking adventure in Nepal is ideal to novice trekkers or to travelers with limited time but craving to explore the Everest Region.
Here have listed the five major landmarks trekkers get to explore during the trek.
Lukla Airport is considered as one of the most challenging airports in the world, enough to meet the adventurous wish.
There are daily flights between Lukla and Kathmandu on day light hours during the favorable weather. The airport’s paved run away is only accessible to helicopters and small fixed wing. Lukla Airport was renamed in honor of Tenzing and Hillary as the Tenzing Hillary Airport in 2008. The most convincing part is that only most experienced pilots of Nepal fly helicopters and airplanes to Lukla. Lukla is the mountainous town with various facilities of modern amenities. Lukla is servicing the region with variety of shops and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers, providing western-style meals and trail supplies .Hospital services are highly equipped with modern instruments. It is heavily funded by the foreign visitors and provides free medical services to natives of Lukla.
Sagarmatha National Park is situated at the foothills of Himalayas occupying an area of 1,148 sq. km. The dense and verdant vegetation is full of rugged terrains, deep gorges, glaciers and huge rocks. Most of the land of Sagarmatha national park is above 3000m. Main attractions of Sagarmatha national park are world highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other high mountains like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Gyachung Kang, Thamserku etc. The highest altitude wildlife park is the World Heritage Site of UNESCO for the conservation and preservation of wild species of the Himalayan region. Comprising with the valleys, passes and the human settlement within it the national park offers the unique blend of sharp wilderness and human settlement in the tough conditions.
The park houses an amazing array of plant species, birdlife and exotic animals. Plant species like blue pine, silver fir, rhododendrons, birch etc, have glorified the beauty of the park. On venturing into the park, one may encounter rare species like snow leopard, pandas, lynx etc. Birdwatchers can have the best sightseeing experience while viewing rare bird species like snow cock, pheasant, snow pigeon etc. Concisely, Sagarmatha National Park is a storehouse of Himalayan natural resources.
Tengboche or Thyangboche Monastery 3867m also known as DAWA CHOLING GOMPA, located in the Tengboche Village in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
Lama Gulu built the monastery in 1916 with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it the fire destroyed it for the second time and was rebuilt again with the help of volunteers and international assistance.
Tengboche Monastery located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park is draped with a panoramic view of Mt. Amadablam and other Himalayan Peaks, including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Themserku.
Mani Rimdu is the most popular Festival among other festivals which normally falls during the late October.
Namche Bazaar 3440m is a bustling hill town with more than a hundred houses, all of which seemed to be hotels. Namche has a cool wet summer and dry winter mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon seasons. Namche is the main trading center for Khumbu region with the facilities of government offices and a police check post. Namche is couple of days trek from Lukla Airport.
Namche is popular with the trekkers in the Khumbu region especially for altitude acclimatization and is a gateway to high Himalayas. Namche serves the best initial view of the mighty Everest. Every Saturday morning, a weekly market “HAAT BAZAR” is held at the heart of Namche. Namche has also gain a worldwide popularity as a home of great Sherpas.
Apart from the hotels the streets of Namche Bazaar are dotted with bakeries – selling pizzas and garlic breads, souvenir shops – selling Sherpa artifacts to posters of Everest, book stores – selling the latest mountain literature, mountaineering equipment stores – selling and letting out equipments and last but not least internet and sat phone cafes – helping you to keep in touch with home.
Khumjung 3970m the major Sherpa Village in Khumbu offers the dramatic view sacred mountain Khumbilla looming right above it. Around 1000 inhabitants settle in this beautifully located valley. Khumjung is famous for the purported (supposed) yeti scalp place in one of its oldest monasteries.
Himalayan Trust of Nepal has built a primary level and a secondary level school in the village. This Village is also facilitated with modern amenities such as internet mobile and landline phone. Khumjung serves as a campsite for most of the mountaineers expediting to the Himalayan ranges. Khumjung is a comparatively larger village providing fantastic view of the Mt. Ama Dablam to its visitors.
Two Danish ladies- Ms. Mira Kierulf and Ms. Veronica Maria through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel were with Explore Himalaya this spring from March 20, 2013 to March 31, 2013. They had planned for 10 days trek in the Everest region.
The weather was not favorable and hence they flew to Lukla on March 23rd – two days later to their prior scheduled flight. As their trek began they had no enough time to explore all the places as per their itinerary because of the late start. The trek in the Everest region offers the high quality natural landscapes, displays the unique affluent cultural practices, serves the tranquility in the sacred monasteries and above all brings you closer to the panorama of Himalaya giants including the zenith- Everest.
Mira and Veronica skipped Thame 3820m and hence trekked along the main Everest trial to Tengboche. On the way to Tengboche 3800m, they trekked through the Sherpa capital- Namche Bazaar 3450m and also made to the Hillary Hospital at Khumjung 3790m. As they reached to Tengboche they were mesmerized with the exceptionally and beautifully located Tengboche Monastery with the charming view of Mt. Amadablam at its background.
Though the weather forbade them to explore few places of their interest, the trek in the Everest region satisfied our visitors. As we all know “Naturally Nepal, once is not enough” we wish the better luck next time to Ms. Mira and Ms. Veronica for the perfect exploration of desired places.
Retracing their path back from Namche onwards, they arrived to Lukla on March29, and flew back to Kathmandu the next day.
Treks are adventures because of unpredictable consequences offering the challenges. Sometimes the weather is an unbeatable challenge and same thing happened here. With mixed up experiences but with memorable moments they departed back home on March 31, 2013.
Ms. Poulsen Gurli Nyander and Mr. Poulsen Stig were enthusiastic trekkers from Denmark. The senior citizens through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel spent a time more than a week at the Everest region from March 15 2013, to March 25 2013. They admirable persons had great time at the foothills of the top of the world-Everest.
Beginning with the bloodcurdling flight to Lukla they began the trek to Monjo 3200m on the very day. The trek very well was designed to allow them the time for proper acclimatization and thorough exploration. Their trek in the Everest region took them to the several villages with cultural richness. Tengboche 3800m with the monumental monastery and magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Thame 3820m yet another village with monastery along with the Sherpa Capital Namche Bazaar 3450m was on their itinerary.
They possibly had the most wonderful trekking vacation in the Everest region where they witnessed the rich culture of the local inhabitants. They also got an opportunity to get the closer view of Himalayan giants and unique landscapes.
They returned to Kathmandu Airport on March 25 and spent the couple of free days before their departure back home on March 28, 2013.
Three Danish visitors Ms. Jensen Hanne Carlslund, Ms. Petersen Alice Carlslund and Mr. Rieffescahl Per enjoyed 18 days vacation with Explore Himalaya. During the vacation that longed from November 6 to November 23, 2012 they had a trek to Everest region, cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and wildlife experience at Chitwan National Park.
The first part of their vacation was a trek. The trek longed for nine days. The Danish trekkers covered the high altitude Sherpa capital Namche 3450m, Hillary Hospital at Khumjung 3790m, Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche 3800m. The glorious views of Himalayan giants including Everest, the exploration to the wilds at Himalayan region and encountering Sherpa culture at their habitats were the major highlights of the trek.
On the second part of the vacation, they explored the cultural city Kathmandu on their own. After, the outstanding trek in the Himalayas, they encountered the different side of Nepal during this tour. Unlike, the isolated tranquil Himalayas with Sherpa inhabitants, Kathmandu showed them its cosmopolitan nature and rich primordial cultural, historical and religious treasures at its every streets and crosses.
The final part of the vacation was the wildlife thrill. They drove 136km south west from Kathmandu to Chitwan. The wildlife close to the city interlinked with every modern amenities; Chitwan National Park is the home of several endangered species including One-horned rhino and Bengal tiger. The extra-ordinary moments of wildlife safari, spotting several wild species riding on a giant Asian elephant, the campfire at the Beach of Himalayan Rivers and encounter with the cultural displays of Tharu tribe highlighted their trip at Chitwan.
After witnessing all these diversities of Nepal in 18 days period, the satisfied Danish visitors made their exodus on November 23, 2012.
Ms. Konche Sonja from Germany enjoyed her 10 days vacation with Explore Himalaya last January. She arrived at Kathmandu on January 3rd. Major time of her vacation she spent trekking in the regions below Everest. She trekked to the maximum height of 3908m at Pangboche. She also went around Kathmandu city for the sightseeing tour of historical and cultural heritages.
Before she flew to Lukla for her week long trek in the Everest region, she decided to go for the sightseeing tour of the heritage city Kathmandu. The day after she arrived Nepal, she was venturing the most elite religious and cultural heritages of the city like, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath.
On 5th, she flew to Lukla and instantly began the trek. Her trekking guide Maule Tamang led her to explore the outstanding regions in the Everest region. She covered Sherpa village Namche Bazaar, the home of Hillary Hospital at Khumjung, the high altitude sacred monastery at Tyangboche and trekked up to Pyangboche. From Pyangboche her descending trek began towards Chumoa and then to Lukla. On January 12, she boarded the flight back to Kathmandu.
As she arrived back in Kathmandu, she was very much satisfied with the tour she had. She had one of the most wonderful vacations of her life time. She was overwhelmed to witness the spiritual and supreme natural beauties in the Everest region. She thanked her guide Maule Tamang for taking good care of her.
She appreciated Anuj; her tour officer for his patience. She also admired the food and lodges during her trek, which were always enough and warm. She quoted her vacation in Nepal as a perfect one. She departed Kathmandu on January 13 with wonderful memories of week long trek below Everest.