Khumjung valley trekRecommended Equipment
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
Day 01 – Kathmandu: Arrival (1,350 metres)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl. Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Pinnacle Treks waiting, well in time, to receive you shall welcome you to this land of towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served. We then visit Pinnacle Treks and expedition office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.
Day 02 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing Day
We’ll meet up today bright and early after breakfast for a full morning of sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. The capital and surrounding geographical area contain more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else on Earth, and we’ll be visiting some of the highlights. Bring your camera as we tour Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (the ‘monkey temple’), and Durbar Square. Afternoon and early evening bring a final briefing and preparations for trekking.
Day 03 – Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Phakding
2,840 metres and 2,610 metres – Duration: 3-4-hour walk
We fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in the morning. This 30-minute flight comes with spectacular views of the hills and the Himalayas, forcing many to take their cameras out or simply use their mobile phones with attempts to capturing the beauty. We walk to Phakding Village for 3 to 4 hours after breakfast in Lukla. The trail is relatively comfortable and passes through four Sherpa villages. Houses with stone walls and colourful roofs, huge prayer stones with mantras from the teachings of Buddha carved in them, monasteries with busy budding Lamas, several mountains already in sight and rivers and waterfalls along the way, the trail already offers us a glimpse of what to expect. Once in Phakding, one thing we can do is walk around the village or just relax on a bench in the porch of the hotel and absorb as much as we can after lunch.
Spend the night in a hotel.
Day 04 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
3,440 metres – Duration: 5-6-hour walk
After breakfast, we walk for about 2 hours to Jorsalle Village for lunch. The route starts along the banks of Dudhkoshi River and crosses two suspension bridges before reaching Monjo Village. A 20-minute descent towards the end, finally, leads to Jorsalle Village, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park as well as the last village until Namche Bazaar. After lunch, we walk for around 3 hours to Namche Bazaar. With the raging Dudhkoshi River mostly to the left for about half an hour before crossing a suspension bridge, the trail in its final 2 hours ascends through a pine forest. In reaching Namche, the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu Region, the ascent often demands a little extra even from seasoned legs.
Spend the night in a hotel in Namche.
Day 05 – Around Namche Bazaar then to Khumjung Village
3,800 metres – Duration: about 2-hour walk
It’s time for a trip to Sagarmatha National Park Museum after breakfast. Most people use their time at the Museum trying to gain some insight into the Everest Region – about the highest peaks, animals and vegetation that rule the region as well as the Sherpa culture and experiences of many trekkers and climbers. We then leave the Museum and walk for about an hour to the Everest View Hotel for lunch. Constructed on a site in an altitude higher than any other on earth and ideally positioned, the hotel presents all its guests with ample individual space to appreciate the grandeur – a typical Sherpa village in the Khumjung Valley below to the North-West; on a hilltop above the village, the Khumjung Monastery; Mt Khumbila, a massive rocky elevation worshiped as a deity by the locals and, thereby, a restricted peak for climbing, right above the valley; and to the North, captivating views of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse and the beautiful Ama Dablem.
After climbing down to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, our walk now heads towards Khumjung Village. Via Syangboche airstrip at the highest altitude on earth, the trail, in about an hour and a half, brings everyone into the Khumjung Village – a typical Sherpa village in the Khumjung Valley. The Khumjung Monastery, where a preserved skull which the locals believe to be that of a Yeti can be witnessed upon request, on a hilltop above the village and the Hillary School established by Sir Edmund Hillary himself are places worth a visit.
Spend the night in a hotel.
Day 06 – Khumjung to Phakding
Duration: about 5-hour walk
After breakfast, we start our return journey. Crossing Namche in just about an hour, this almost 5-hour trail heads further down to Monjo, our stopover for lunch. After lunch, we walk again for about 3 hours to Phakding Village, the stopover for this day.
Day 07 – Phakding to Lukla
Duration: about 4-hour walk
We leave Phakding after breakfast and walk for almost 4 hours to Lukla.
Spend the night in a hotel in Lukla.
Day 08 – Lukla to Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu and reach the hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is for shopping for some, for buying souvenirs. Farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the sucessful completion of our journey.
Inclusive of costs
- Airport pick up and drop
- Sightseening in Kathmandu valley (by car or jeep)
- 5 days adventure, 5 days include 3 meals a day
- 3 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
- Round trip flight fare Kathmandu to Lukla
- Domastic airport taxes
- Accommodation while trekking
- National park permit
- TIMS (traveler security) Card
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service (if needed)
- Local and government taxes
- Office expenses
- Farewell dinner
Exclusive of costs
- Your insurance (compulsary for your safty)
- International air fare
- Beverages, water, beer, chocolates
- Shower, charge for your equipements, laundry
- Personal gears and clothing (aviable on hire)
- Tip for guide porter
- Incurred in emergancy evacuation/road block due to any reason
- Drinks and snacks while walking
Why you should book the tours with Pinnacle Trek?
- Best price with better hospitality
- You have a big group? We can help!
- Local experienced guide and porters
- Top-notch customer service
- Depature date is guaranteed
- We can help you to make it fits for your budget
- We can customize the trip for your need
- 15 years of experiences of trekking field
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $170 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.