- Itinerary in Short
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Trip FactTrip name: KONGDE RIDGE
Duration: 12 nights /13 days
Trip activity: Comfort lodge trek
Max. Altitude: 4250m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov
Level 14/20 7 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 4250m. Stages average 5hours except for Kongde. Khumbu climate is cold and dry.
Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde Ri…mythical Khumbu mountain names within reach! This 7 days trekking allows the best panoramas of the Khumbu massif while avoiding walking higher than 4250m: a really feat of strength! What is more: all the nights spent in the highest quality lodges of Khumbu.
|Day1||Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel||Gokarna Resort on FB|
|Day2||Ktm sightseeing; hotel||Gokarna Resort on FB|
|Day3||Fly to Lukla, trek 1 to Phakding||YMH Phakding on FB|
|Day4||To Namche||YMH Namche on FB|
|Day5||To Namche Excursion||YMH Namche on FB|
|Day6||To Thame||YMH Thame on FB|
|Day7||To Kongde||YMH Kongde on FB|
|Day8||To Kongde excursion||YMH Kongde on FB|
|Day9||To Phakding||YMH Phakding on FB|
|Day10||To Lukla||YMH Lukla on FB|
|Day11||Fly to Kathmandu, hotel||Gokarna Resort on FB|
|Day12||Kathmandu free day, hotel||Gokarna Resort on FB|
|Day13||Depart Kathmandu, transfer airport|
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Gokarna Resort by private vehicle.
Upon your arrival after customs and immigration formalities our officer will welcome you at the airport exit with a garland of flowers and by a short drive will take you to your hotel. Upon arrival in hotel you will be offered a welcome drink and our officer will help you in checking in and brief you about your program. Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter’s lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting
forest walks, and time close to nature.
Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
First visit of the extremely rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur -12km east of Kathmandu, the holiest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river, sacred place for cremations. Then drive to Boudhanath for a taste of Buddhism, circumambulating the huge stupa of Bodhnath along with the fervent devotees.
Day 03 Flight Kathmandu – Lukla (2800m).
Trek to Phakding (2600m). 3h
After a 40mn morning Twin Otter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gate of Khumbu. We meet our local staff at the airport and walk till the end of the village. The trail goes down steeply to cross a river with Kusum Kangaru at the back. The path climbs a bit, then contours around a ridge to Ghat on the bank of the Dudh Kosi. Then it makes some ups and downs before reaching Phakding. Overnight in Yeti Mountain Home.
Day 04 Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m). 6h
The trail continues north of the Dudh Kosi valley, climbing through fields to Benkar with its huge mani stone in the centre of the trail. Then the trail climbs up through magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. Soon after Taktok, Thamserku Peak is on sight and the trail enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale. After crossing on a suspension bridge high over the Dudh kosi and Bhote Kosi confluence the trail makes a long climb till a ridge where there are first views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail climbs steadily through forest to Namche, a town lying in a natural amphitheater protected from the weather and blessed with a major natural spring. Overnight in Yeti Mountain Home Namche.
Day 05 Around Namche for acclimatization. 5 to 6h. Because of the gain of elevation we need to stop one day there to walk around in order to well acclimatize. After breakfast we can climb up to Shyangboche and make a visit of Everest View Hotel which offers superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanggaru and Kongde Ri. After that superb panorama we continue to Khumjung, a typical Sherpa village at the bottom of the towering Khumbila and back to Namche for a visit of the town.
Day 06 Namche Bazaar – Thame (3800m) 4h
Leaving Namche, the trail goes through pine and rhododendron forests and crosses small villages such as Gangla, Phurte and Samshing, quite over the Bhote kosi valley and offers nice views of Kongde Ri. Reaching Thamo, there is a police check post and after the trail climbs steeply for a short while before becoming more gradual till Samde. The path is much less frequented now and we descend to a bridge before our last ascent to reach Thame, a typical Sherpa village, known for its famous climbers such as Ang Rita and Appa Sherpa.
There is a nice monastery to visit there. Overnight in Yeti Mountain Home Thame.
Day 07 Thame - Kongde (4250m) 6h 30
Today is our longest, hardest but also most adventurous trekking one requiring an early start with a picnic because there are no villages on that section of the trek. The trail gently descends west bank of the Bhote Kosi , passing by the KBC Power house and reaching Pare through pine, rhododendron, bamboo forests. The trail is wild and climbs above the river valley, offering nice views of Namche Bazar. We find a nice spot for picnic made of three round-like –table stones and with good views of the valley below. After the lunch the trail climbs steeply during one hour before reaching Kongde Yeti Mountain Resort, built just at the bottom of the Kongde Ri eastern face huge icefall. This resort is certainly one of the best high mountain resorts in Nepal, offering spectacular sunset and sunrise over the world’s highest mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, etc..
Day 08 Kongde at leisure.
In this unforgettable site we will spend one more day to enjoy walking around in the wild nature and becoming intoxicated with the panoramic views of the world’s highest mountains.
Day 09 Kongde – Phakding (2600m) 3h
Today we get up early for the super sun rise over the mountains so close and we will stay around our very comfortable lodge till lunch in order to enjoy that unforgettable spot. We can raise our hat to the genius man who got the idea to built a lodge of that type in that so remote area!
After lunch with regret we leave that place to plunge down the valley. The trail is narrow and with rocks through forests till Taktok where it meets the normal route to Lukla.
Day 10 Phakding – Lukla (2800m)3h
On the same way we walked at the beginning we descend slowly to Ghat, cross the river enjoying views of Kusum Kangguru then we remember the descent of our first day trekking, but now it becomes an ascent till Lukla, end of this beautiful walk through khumbu area and we enjoy a last comfortable stay at YMH Lukla.
Day 11 Flight Lukla – Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Early flight back to Kathmandu by Twin Otter and transfer to Gokarna Resort to enjoy relaxing in the green environment after your efforts done in the trekking.
Day 12 Free day in Kathmandu.
Being your last full day in Kathmandu, this day is dedicated for relaxing and fully shopping.
Day 13 Transfer to airport for return flight.
Upon your international flight time, we’ll transfer you to the international airport about 3 hrs before your flight departure.