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14 Days Nature tour itinerary for nepal: Holiday In The Himalayan Region

Dole, Gokyo, Kathmandu, Lukla, Monjo, Mount Everest, Namche Bazaar, Patan, Phakding, Pokhara

Mountaineering
Mountaineering Tour
Nature
Nature Tour
Trekking
Trekking Tour
Holiday in the Himalayan region

Snow clad moutains

Mount Everest-Nepal

Come for an incredible journey through some challenging yet highly rewarding landscapes.  See the majestically soaring high mountains, the blue lakes, friendly Sherpas and colourful monasteries as you climb the popular Gokyo Ri. Capture candid clicks of Everest, and maybe Kanchenjunga as well, far in the east and Cho Oyu Peak to the north. 

DAY 01

Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1320 m)

  • Welcome to Nepal. Here the representative will meet you with a name card as you leave the airport. You will be welcomed by receiving a garland (floral wreath) around your neck, this means welcome to Nepal.

  • You will then be driven to your hotel by car. Here you can have a rest and enjoy the day around Thamel, the tourist centre of Kathmandu.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu - B.

DAY 02

Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

  • Your Nepalese tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel.

  • Make the first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground.

  • Visit Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square.

  • After lunch, go to the medieval temples at Patan Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley; it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.

  • Last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city sitting on a hilltop. The ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner.

  • In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure that you are prepared and explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions that you may have.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu – B.

DAY 03

Flight to Lukla/ Start Trek to Phakding (2650 m), about 3 hours

  • Early morning your Nepalese guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Domestic airport. Your flight this morning will be to Lukla (2827 m), an exciting and scenic flight. The flight runs parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet. Flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa’s in the mid-1960s.

  • After an exciting landing, you will meet with your porters who will carry your equipment during the trek.

  • Explore the village before hitting the trail.

  • The trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Kosi River, passing through prayers stones and prayer flag and then joining the main trail towards Namche Bazaar. (Dudh means ‘milk’ as the waters of the river are a milky white colour from the glacial melt).The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Chheplung (2650 m) and Ghat (2550 m), we soon reach our lodge at Phakding.

  • Your guide will be happy to accompany you for a short walk around the area, or just rest and read a book.

  • Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D.

DAY 04

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450 m), about 7 hours

  • Start the day by Crossing the River to walk through blue pine and rhododendron forests, in the spring when the flowers are in bloom it is a magical sight. Enjoy great views of the snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369 m) and Thamserku (6623 m).

  • From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch.

  • From here the walking gets a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. It is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to again cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers.

  • After crossing a large stable suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first time. You may notice you are travelling a little more slowly as the effects of altitude start to become apparent. Take your time on this path which is used by the local peoples as a ‘foot highway’ on this important trading route.

  • At Namche, we stay in a lodge in the heart of the village.

  • Tea House in Namche – B, L, D.

DAY 05

Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

  • Due to the high altitude, we stay in Namche Bazaar for a second night to help with acclimatisation. This also enables you to fully explore the town and its surroundings. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. The town grew in importance when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today trade still continues at Namche and Tibetans are sometimes seen in the village trading rugs, Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is highly recommended that you see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The panorama can be stunning at both times of the day with a superb view of the Khumbu peaks, including great sightings of Everest.

  • After breakfast, there are various options, including a walk with a series of great peaks rearing to well over 6,000 meters just to the west. Alternatively, you can visit the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

  • Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and to escort you on the walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the Everest View Hotel where beautiful views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawoche, Peak 38, and Thamsherku can be enjoyed.

  • Tea House in Namche – B, L, D.

DAY 06

Trek from Namche to Phortse (3810 m), about 6 hours.

  • After breakfast, climb the hill to Khumjung. Turning from the north Gokyo, we will reach Mong the place called also the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnation Lama of Rongbuk Monastery.

  • From where we could see the gorgeous view of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close to Thamserku. Then the trails descend to the Dudh Koshi and enter to the Phortse.

  • Tea House in Phortse – B, L, D.

DAY 07

Trek from Phortse to Machhermo (4470 m), about 6 hours.

  • Today the trails climb steeply through Rhododendron forest, passing many kharkas (Temporary settlement for yaks) to Dole.

  • Then the trails climb through a huge rock at Lhabarma (4330 m) and go to Luza (4340 m).

  • From Luza, we continue to climb up till Machhermo, the last major settlement of Gokyo Valley.

  • Tea House in Machhermo – B, L, D.

DAY 08

Machhermo to Gokyo (4650 m), about 6 hours

  • After breakfast, climb through Chorten to and reach Pangka (4390 m).

  • Beyond Pankha, the trail drops down first and start to climb steeply.

  • Once we climbing up to the Gokyo we could see the massive view of Ngozmpa glacier and other small lakes on the way and finally reach Gokyo.

  • Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D.

DAY 09

Hike to Gokyori (5420 m) and stay at Gokyo, 4 hours

  • The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views, we will climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) today. From here, we will have panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee.

  • After that, we will return back to Gokyo village for the night.

  • Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D.

DAY 10

Trek from Gokyo to Dole (4200 m), about 5 hours

  • After breakfast at the lodge, we go back from Gokyo, which is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River passing by Ngozumpa Glacier. We can see the Cholatse and Taboche Peaks right infront of us.

  • The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slopes on the far side of the hillside.

  • Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we will be treated to great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega.

  • We slowly walk down to the sprawling village of Machhermo.

  • Then head towards Dole.

  • Tea House in Dole – B, L, D.

DAY 11

Trek from Dole to Namche bazaar, about 4 hours

  • Our hike today is mostly downhill. On the trail, we will see some animals like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants as well as other local plants and vegetation including that of rhododendron forests. 

  • Finally, an easy walk leads you to the Namche Bazaar for overnight where you can enjoy a really hot shower which is the best after few days of no shower.

  • Tea House in Namche – B, L, D.

DAY 12

Trek from Namche to Lukla, about 5 hours

  • After breakfast at the lodge, continue on your trail that drops downhill through pine forests till the bridge that will take you to Monjo.

  • After checking out from the park check post, continue walking to Phakding where you will have your lunch. Your last day of the trek will then continue to Lukla.

  • Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D.

DAY 13

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m /4,428 ft), 35 minutes flight

  • Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So your Nepalese guide will organize all the airport formalities by the time you have finished your breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will also be taken to the airport for you. Once your guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will get the chance to watch how these small aircrafts land onto these small airstrip. After a quick photograph, head to the airport and catch your flight to Kathmandu.

  • On arrival at Kathmandu airport, your Nepalese guide will take you to your hotel by private vehicle.

  • The rest of the day in Kathmandu is yours to rest or explore. Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural program.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu – B, D.

DAY 14

Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home

  • The agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada is for good luck and protection. Afterwards, they will drop you to the airport.

  • 1135 USD Per Adult (* 5 +)
  • 1185 USD Per Adult (* 2 - 4 Persons)
  • 1240 USD Per Adult
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary.

  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.

  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.

  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara per itinerary.

  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.

  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.

  • Government/Local taxes, Tourist service charge, Nepalese guide/porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.

  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit.

  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

  • International airfares.

  • Trekking equipment.

  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.

  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from the date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.

  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

  • Tips & gratuities.

  • This is a difficult and challenging trek suitable only for physically fit and experienced hikers who love the challenge.

  • Gokyo Lake takes you on an incredible journey through some challenging yet highly rewarding landscapes.  See the majestically soaring mountains, the blue lakes of Gokyo, friendly Sherpas and colourful monasteries. Climb the popular Gokyo Ri along the way, which provide magnificent photo opportunities of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, and views as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000 m peak Cho Oyu to the north. 

Dole, Gokyo, Kathmandu, Lukla, Monjo, Mount Everest, Namche Bazaar, Patan, Phakding, Pokhara

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