Your trek begins with a meandering 4-hour hike from Lukla to Phakding, incorporating stops to meet locals and soak up scenery, passing enormous mani stones and ancient chortens. The following day’s hike to Namche is breathtaking, touching stone farms and swing bridges. After an acclimatization day in Namche, including a hike to Khumjung village, you push on to Thame at end of the Khumbu Valley, home of the famous monastery. Your trek summits with a hike to Sumdur Peak, and then heads gently down through Monjo, back to busy Lukla.
This intensely scenic pilgrimage to the fifteenth-century Thame Monastery, perched 200m over valley on the face of Sumdur Mountain, is journey both inward and outward. Following an old Tibetan trade route, less crowded and touristy than the path to Everest, you’ll walk in the centuries-old footsteps of pilgrims and herders alike, up to one of the monasteries where Sherpa Buddhism actually started. Imagine entering its wooden gates to the sound of chants, and experiencing the surprise sight of Thame valley spread before you. The sense of being transported to a world far beyond your daily life, is inescapable —more so when rituals are being performed.
Mid of April-June.
Come and visit when the rhododendrons and alpine flowers are in full bloom. Expect clear skies and sunshine in the mornings with some light cloud cover later in the day.
Mid of September- First week of December.
October can be busy, but at this time of year, the weather is normally very stable. Expect crisp sunny days and cold evenings