Meditational Trek to Buddhist Sacred Sites Trail of Khumbu Region, 16 Days
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Meditational Trek to Buddhist Sacred Sites Trail of Khumbu Region, 16 Days

Days: 16 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)

Meditational Trek to Buddhist Sacred Sites in the Khumbu region is one of the most sacred trails with numerous monasteries, Chortens, and hermitages to meditate at. This sacred sites trail of Khumbu region is less visited by the trekkers and has especially been designed for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of the city and want peace to heal their stresses with a spiritual touch of ancient Buddhist sacred monasteries, caves and hermitages. The trek doesn't just focus on meditation but also allows you to experience and feel the serene beauty of the high Himalayas whilst walking in nature. 

Khumbu region consists of more than 250 years old Vajrayana and Mahayana monasteries which give trekkers an opportunity to witness as well as participate in the practice of meditation. The 16 days Meditational Trek takes you to the most prominent monasteries of Khumbu region, allowing you to meditate by yourself in the tranquil environment. The trail passes through several ancient monasteries, hermitages, caves, nunneries, Mani walls, and Chortens starting from Lukla, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. The trail also takes to several sacred sites like Thame Monastery, Khunde Monastery, Khumjung Monastery, Pangboche Monastery, and Tengboche Monastery, which is the biggest monastery situated in the Khumbu region. Walking through these ancient monasteries along with the majestic view of mountains and waterfalls, help you feel rejuvenate and overcome your stress.  The trekking trail passes through many Sherpa villages, which provides a fine opportunity for trekkers to understand the Sherpa culture and tradition. The trek to Buddhist sacred sites ends as you trek back to Lukla, where you catch a flight back to Kathmandu. 

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is one of the well-reputed trip organizers in Nepal. Our company has been sharing unforgettable memories of the Himalayas since 2002 with our clients from all over the world. Our good reviews and ratings on our website is a proof that we are one of the trusted and beloved organizations in the tourism industry. An experienced English speaking local Sherpa guide will travel with you and assist you throughout the trip. Kindly, note that you should check-in for all the domestic flights at least one hour prior to the flight schedule, and also understand that the flights are subject to delay due to bad weather.

If you need Meditation instruction you can get this at day 2 a short introduction to Shamata Practice and then you meditate on your own on the trek.


Fact of the Trek;
Trek Region: Everest Region
Types of Trek: Trekking and Meditation 
Duration: 16 Days
Highest Elevation: 4800m
Mode of Trek: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Strenuous 
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trek Start/End: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May) 
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Sherpa and their way of life
Major Mountain Sights:  Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m), Amadablam (6812m), Pumori (7165m), Lingtren 6749m, Khumbutse 6665m, Cho Oyu 8188m, Island Peak 6189m, Makalu 8463m, Khongde Himal (6200m), Thamserku (6430m) and the holy mountain Khumbila (5761m). 
Highlights of the Trek:  Guided sightseeing tour in World heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, the definitive Himalayan trek to the foot of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes, visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries along the trail, spectacular touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya, crossing over high suspension bridges, homeland of Sherpa people and their pictureaque villages along the trail, mirror the towering landscape all around, stunning view point at Kalapattar, following in the footsteps of great mountaineers, smooth walking up and down through the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest, scenic mountain flight in and out of Lukla, meeting with local Sherpa people, passing several Buddhist monuments, well-maintained trails and confortable lodges, but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher.  

ITINERARY 
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our team picks you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfers you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
Today, we visit few of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley that includes Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist pilgrimage site that lies on a hilltop and hosts a panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Hindus all over the world. Likewise, Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and is considered the holiest in Tibetan Buddhism.  Overnight stay at Hotel. 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phakding 2610m/3 hours,
We catch our 45-minutes scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. After landing, we begin our trek to Phakding passing along the Dudh Koshi valley. We also come across the Buddhist monuments on our way to Phakding. Upon reaching, we get a great view of Kusum Kanguru (6367m) and Khwangde Range. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/6 hours,
Today, we begin our trek crossing several suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River until we reach Monjo. We then enter Sagarmatha National Park and continue to trek through steep hill up to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to Everest. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 5: Acclimatizing and hiking to Everest View Hotel for Stunning View,
We take a short and pleasant hike up to Everest View Hotel (3962m) which offers the splendid view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Khumbila (5761m), and several other mountain peaks. We hike back to Namche Bazaar and explore the town visiting the ancient monastery, the Sherpa Museum, and the market of Namche. Overnight at Lodge. 

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame 3800m/5 hours,
Moving alongside the bank of Bhote Koshi River, we walk past several Chortens on our way. Relishing the view of stunning snow-capped peaks in the background, we arrive in the village of Thamo. We then cross the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, which will lead us to Thame. Overnight at Lodge in Thame. 

Day 7: Trek from Thame to Khumjung 3780m/5 hours,
Leaving behind Thame, we ascend to the village of Khumjung passing through Khunde. We also visit Khunde Monastery and Hillary Hospital on the way. We continue to trek in the valley until we reach Khumjung. Later in evening, we also go to visit Khumjung Monastery where we can see the Skull of Yeti. Overnight in Lodge. 

Day 8: Trek from Khumjung to Phortse 3810m/6 hours,
Trekking through the forested path, we head towards Sanasa. We then pass through the village of Mongla and cross a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We continue to ascend to Phortse through rhododendron forest. We will be surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks in Phortse. Overnight at Lodge in Phortse. 

Day 9: Trek from Phortse to Pangboche 3930m/4 hours,
Leaving the village of Phortse, we head towards Pangboche through a small and narrow trail. Accompanied by the beautiful view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m) in the background, we make our way further up to Pangboche. After reaching, we visit Pangboche Monastery situated above the village. Overnight in Lodge. 

Day 10: Trek from Pangboche to Dingboche 4410m/3 hours,
Today, we begin to trek along the left upstream of Imja Khola. We then follow the hillside trail and reach the village of Somare. We continue to trek through massive plains and grazing land which lead us to Dingboche. In Dingboche, you can meditate with a panoramic view of Everest (8848m), Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6665m), Pumori (7165m), and other snow-capped mountains. Overnight at Lodge in Dingboche. 

Day 11: Acclimatizing and hiking to Nakarjung Hermitage,
To adjust with the thinning air, we take a short hike to Nakarjung Hermitage from where we can get the mesmerizing panoramic view of mountains and the valley of Dingboche and Pheriche. You can witness monks engage in prayers and meditation in the oldest hermitage of Khumbu region. You can also practice meditation in Nakarjung Hermitage if you wish to. We hike back to Dingboche for an overnight stay. 

Day 12: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche 3860m/5 hours,
We retrace our trail back to Pangboche and cross across an iron bridge over Imja Khola. We then walk through forested trail filled with rhododendron till we reach Deboche. En route, we will pass by several monasteries adorned with prayer flags. The trail is a surreal treat for spiritual voyagers. We continue to ascend through the forest to finally reach Tengboche. Overnight in Lodge. 

Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar 3440m/4 hours,
Crossing a wooden bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we climb down to Phunke Tenga. We trek past the water driven prayer wheels as we climb up to Kyangjuma village. Enjoying the glorious mountains vista, we continue to trek to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla 2840m/7 hours,
We trek down to Monjo following the flow of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing a bridge over Bhote Koshi River, we exit Sagarmatha National Park. We continue to trek passing through small up and down the hills to Phakding. We walk past several painted Mani walls, prayer wheels, and small monasteries before we arrive in Lukla. Overnight at Lodge in Lukla. 

Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
We catch our early morning flight back to Kathmandu enjoying the view of the snow-capped mountains. We transfer you to the hotel and give the rest of the day to yourself. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 16: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Our team drops you off at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hrs before scheduled flight.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Price Adult Status *
USD 2,000
EUR 1.884
SFr 2.006
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Round trip domestic flight tickets and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit Box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...                                                 

                                     Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Meditational Trek to Buddhist Sacred Sites Trail of Khumbu Region, 16 Days


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Email snftnepal@yahoo.de

Mrs. Ruth Petrasch, Germany, March 2017: Für meinen 3 wöchigen Nepal Aufenthalt haben Stefan und Crew einfach alles perfekt organisiert. Trotz unerwartetem Wettereinbruch hatte ich eine super Tour durch die Kumbu-Region und mein Guide Sonam wurde nicht müde, mir Dinge zu erklären und mir die zahlreichen Klöster zu zeigen. Auch als Frau allein fühlt man sich in Nepal absolut sicher, man braucht keinerlei Bedenken haben. Die Nepalesen sind ein sehr friedfertiges Volk. Stefan kennt sich in Nepal mit den Trekkingmöglichkeiten unheimlich gut aus und findet immer eine auf die persönlichen Bedürfnisse des Reisenden perfekt abgestimmte Tour. Abgerundet hat meinen Nepalreise ein dreitägiger Aufenthalt bei im Hotel Swiss-Family in der Nähe von Kathmandu, wo Stefan lebt. Hier konnte ich mich bei einem Glas Wein in der Badewanne von den Strapazen der Tour erholen. Es gab sehr leckeres Essen, ob schweizerisch oder Nepalesisch, die Köchinnen können alles und man kann sich aussuchen, was man essen möchte. Besonders lecker war das Käsefondue! Danke, Stefan!

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