Days: 17 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Buddhist Sacred Sites Trail was proposed to create a new circular tourism trail, to encourage tourists to visit less known sacred sites and villages. Working through local communities, the trail aspires to help restore and enhance local cultural skills and traditions and distribute tourism benefits more widely by encouraging tourists to visit villages off the established tourist route. The Sacred Sites Trail offers unexplored yet significant cultural sites with beautiful mountain scenery and green valleys. Unlike the most popular trail, the circular route takes one to the uncharted and less known villages in the Khumbhu where the turmoil of tourism is non existent and one can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Majestic, rugged mountains and waterfalls flowing off the steep mountain sides are indeed a sight to sore eyes. All along the trail, ancient Monasteries, Mani Stones and Chhortens and Kanis all insert and enhance a spiritual feel to the trails pristine mountain environment. The Sacred Sites Trail follows existing trekking route, encouraging visitors to extend their stay in the region, and explore additional cultural and natural sites. This circular trail passes clockwise through 10 Monasteries, Caves, Hermitages and Nunneries, starting from Namche Bazzar, visiting several sites in the Thame Valley and ending at the Tengboche Monastery. The Sacred Sites Trail is to promote indigenous culture and traditions through restoration of a circular route linking natural sacred and cultural sites in Sagarmatha National Park; improving livelihoods through mountain-based tourism and conservation.
Monasteries, Caves and Hermitages of the Sacred Sites Trail
Monasteries are the centers of the practicing religious rites where various festivals are performed. A Monastery can either be a common village property or an institution. The Mani Rimdu Festival, held in May and November, is one example. The distance stated in the following, Gompa profile is calculated from Namche Bazzar.
Fact of the Trek;
Trip Region: Everest Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Meditation
Duration: 17 Days
Highest Elevation: 4800m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 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 Himalayan 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 Trip: 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.
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Trek Itinerary in detail
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phakding 2610m,
Early in the morning and transfer to domestic airport by private car, fly to Lukla 45mins; then have a breakfast. After breakfast, we will start our trek to Phakding. We will walk along the Dudh Koshi valley passing the Buddhist monuments with great view of Kangaru Himal and Khwangde Range. We will have our lunch and afternoon free for explore villages. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazzar 3440m,
Morning after breakfast, start to trek passing many suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River until reaching Monjo and we will entry our National Park Permit; then continue to Jorsalle where will have our lunch. After lunch, we will continue to steep climb up after crossing long high suspension bridge over the situated confluence between Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi until reaching Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Acclimatizing and hiking to Everest View Hotel for Stunning View,
We will hike to Everest View Hotel for spectacular views of High Mountains like as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Holy Khumbila and other snow-capped mountains. We will back to Namche and have a lunch. Afternoon free to explore the town and visit the monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Thame 3800m,
We will start to trek along the Bhote Koshi River following ancient salt trading route traverse Nangpa-La to Tibet. We will pass the many Chhortens during the trek. We will also have a great view of mountains. We will have our lunch in Thamo. Then, we will continue again after cross by suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River until reaching Thame. Evening we will hike to Monastery which situated just above the village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Thame to Khumjung 3780m,
We will trek back down to same way along the Bhote Koshi River and ascends to Khumjung Village via Khunde. We will have our lunch in Khune after lunch we will visit Khunde Monastery. We will also visit the Hillary Hospital. Then, we will walk on the valley till Khumjung. We will visit Khumjung Monastery, where we can see the Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Khumjung to Phortse 3810m,
We will trek down to Sanasa though the Rhododendron forest and follow the left hand trail which goes to Gokyo Lake until reaching Mongla where we will have lunch. We will have a great view of Amadablam, Thamserku, Khwangde and other peaks. After lunch, we trek steep descent to Phortse Thangna from where we skip the trail to Gokyo and follow the right hand trail, cross by a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and climb up though the Rhododendron forest until reaching Phortse. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Phortse to Pangboche 3930m,
We trek to Pangboche in the small narrow trail. We can see again closed view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and other peaks. We will have a lunch and afternoon free to rest. Then, evening we will visit the Pangboche Monastery which is situated just above the village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Pangboche to Dingboche 4410m,
After breakfast, we start to trek along the left upstream of Imja Khola until reaching Dingboche. We will have a lunch there. Afternoon free to explore and rest. We can see very close view of Mt. Amadablam and of course; one of the popular Island Peak. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Acclimatizing and hiking to Nakarjung Hermitage,
We will hike to Nagarjung Hermitage from where we can see very spectacular view of mountains and valley of Dingboche and Pheriche and back to Lodge; have a lunch. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche 3860m,
We will start to trek back down to Pangboche and cross by an Iron bridge over the Imja Khola and follow the trail though the dense forest of Rhododendron until reaching Debuche. We will visit the nunnery gompa and we will have lunch. After lunch, we climb up though the forest until reaching Tengboche where biggest monastery situated in the Khumbhu Region. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazzar 3440m,
We trek down to Phungi Thangna and cross by a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing we climb up until reaching Kyangjuma where we will have our lunch. After lunch, we will continue in the level trail until reaching Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Lukla 2840m,
We will trek down to Monjo along the Dudh Koshi River and check out (exit) our permit, and then we will continue to Phakding where we will have our lunch. After lunch, we will continue our trek to Lukla passing small ups and downs. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Early in the morning wake up and have breakfast, then after breakfast fly back to Kathmandu 45mins and transfer to Hotel.
Day 16: Rest day in Kathmandu for relaxing and shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights deluxe double bed/ twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel Marshyangdi in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with tour guide and all entrance fees.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM-Lukla-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Attached/Common Room at lodge/tea-house 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 as per group.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS.
* All other necessary entrance fees.
* First Aid Medical Kit box and medicines.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) Kathmandu other than breakfast during the Kathmandu stay.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* 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.
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 email@example.com
Note: 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.