Everest Region Birding Trek – 23 Days 23 Days - Private Tour

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Trip Grading:
Moderate to Challenging
Max Elevation
Varies, potentially reaching over 5,500 meters.
Major Attractions
Birdwatching in the Everest region, panoramic mountain views including Mount Everest, cultural experiences with Sherpa communities, visits to Tengboche Monastery and Sagarmatha National Park.
Best Season
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).
Meals
Provided during the trek, typically including local Nepali cuisine and international options.
Accommodation
Mix of teahouses and lodges along the trekking route.
Transportation options
Combination of domestic flights, private vehicles, and trekking on foot.
Trip Start/End
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Overview

Also called Khumbu region, Mt. Everest region is where the world’s tallest peak stands even taller. It is the home of Sherpas, the hardy local people famed for their mountaineering exploits. The Nepalese people popularly call the 8848 meters high mountain Sagarmatha. And Tibetans have christened it Chomolongma, meaning “Goddess mother of the Earth.” The name Mt. Everest was bestowed upon the tallest peak after it was discovered by Sir George Everest, the then surveyor – general of 19th Century British India.

The mighty peak holds everyone is awe. It is this very region where you can encounter with four of the world’s five highest peaks: Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature- both naturally and culturally – of the area, the government has protected much of the highland Khumbu region as Sagarmatha National park, a world Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO.

The pristine environment, however, is beginning to hear the burnt of increasing human persecution in recent years. So one has to be extremely cautions about it. Leave only your footprints.

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Itinerary Detail

It includes Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, the temple of living Goddess the Kumari. You visit Kasthamandap, top. The famous temple built from a single tree from which Kathmnadu derives her name. A short drive takes you to Swayambhunath: the oldest Buddhist Shrine, located to the west of Kathmandu city on the hill. Drive back to the hotel for lunch.
After lunch you will be taken to the city of Patan, an ancient city for fine art. The King Vira Deva built it in the year 299 AD. Its renowned for fine arts in Copper, silver and bronze. Sometime called ‘the city with a thousand golden roofs.’ The city remains a center for craftsmen and artists who are anxious to protect the tradition. We also visit the Tibetan handicraft center to watch the weavers weaving fine quality rugs. Then back to the hotel for overnight.

After breakfast we fly Kathmandu / Lukla about 30 minutes. The views of the northern Himalayan peaks are spectacular. After lunch at Lukla, we walk northwest following the Dudh Koshi valley we pass a series of well built teahouses and emerge at Phakding.

The trail follows the right bank of Dudh Koshi through pine forest to cross a wooden bridge at Bhote Koshi. Below it joins the Dudh Koshi, before a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar is a fascinating Sherpa settlement, and was a trade center where grain low regions was exchanged for salt and wool from Tibet. Many government offices, police check posts and national park headquarters are in Namche Bazaar. It is interesting to note that the people from the terai walk all the way to Namche Bazaar to sell their produce of grain as the people in the Everest region depend for their main supplies upon those from the terai and their weekly supplies must be brought from the Saturday weekly market.

Rest day is important for high altitude acclimatization, while exploring the Birds around. There the view of Everest (29,028 ft.), Lhotse (27,890 ft.), Nuptse (25,842 ft.), Ama Dablam (22,994ft.), kang Tega (22,340ft.), Twawoche (21,463 ft.) and Dwangde (20,300 ft.) all are spectacular.

Khumjung (12,400ft.)
Not so far from Namche but we will be making longer way around to Khumjung to find some good birds.
Khumjung has a large village and also have Khunde Hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Khunde and Khumjung at the foot of the Khumbila peak.

Walking on an open ridge and then slight descend to cross a glacial stream at Dhaghla. From here the trail climbs up the terminal moraine and then contours.

The trail follows north along alternate stretches of meadow and glacial moraine. Crossing a wide stretch of glacial moraines and boulder moved down by Changri glaciers, Now the trail climbs up the ridge of Kala Pattar offers magnificent view of Everest and other adjacent giant peaks. This is a most demanding and rewarding day of the trip. Descending to Gorak Shap we return to Lobuche.

A beautiful rhododendron forest. Crossing a suspension bridge at Dudh Koshi the trail climbs above Phunki through another rhododendron and Pine forests to Namche.

Return to Lukla.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.

Optional tour of Bhaktapur/ Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Post breakfast sightseeing of Bhaktapur city. After lunch sightseeing of Pashupati Nath and Boudha.
Situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, Bhaktapur (or Bhadgaon as popularly know as) covers an area of four square miles. Bhaktapur or “the City of Devotees” still retains the medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – of the valley’s three Durbar Squares, the one in Bhaktapur is the best preserved. Still emanating the medieval aura, this splendid palatial complex has its gems in such artistic masterpieces as the 55 – windows palace, the golden gate, golden spout, the taleju temple complex and nyatapolo, the five storied temple in the nearby Taunadi Square. The 15th century Dattareya temple and the world famous peacock windows at Tachpal, the terra – cotta window at Tahamala and Nepal’s largest Shiva Lingum at Hanumanghat are also there to keep visitors spell bound.

Boudhanath Stupa – which is also known as Khasti, is one of the world’s largest stupas. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design. Also set into the niches around this huge structure are the hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 images of Buddha adorning the stupa. Another notable aspect of the area is the presence of about four dozen monasteries around it. Boudhanath lies some 6 km to the east of the city center.

Pashupatinath;
It is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats including a royal ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. One of the most colorful is the women’s festival of Teej when dressed in their finest red and gold saris hundreds of women, laughing and singing converge on Pashupatinath.

What’s included?

  1. Birdwatching in the Everest region.
  2. Panoramic mountain views, including Mount Everest.
  3. Cultural experiences with Sherpa communities.
  4. Visits to Tengboche Monastery and Sagarmatha National Park.
  5. Moderate to challenging trekking grading.
  6. Best seasons for travel: Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).
  7. Meals provided during the trek, including local Nepali cuisine and international options.
  8. Accommodations in teahouses and lodges along the trekking route.
  9. Combination of domestic flights, private vehicles, and trekking for transportation.
  10. Trip starts and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal.

What’s Excluded?

  1. Extreme physical challenges.
  2. Luxury accommodations.
  3. Non-trekking related activities beyond cultural experiences.
  4. Water-based activities.
  5. Urban sightseeing beyond Kathmandu.

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