Nepal Tengboche Monastery Himalayan Trek 2019

Experience Trekking in the Himalayas
with Amazonia Expeditions

October or November 2019 (11 Days / 10 Nights)

We are excited to announce the revival of one of our all-time favorite and most exciting treks the Trek to Tengboche Monastery. Hike your way along the Khumbu valley of Nepal following the same path so many famous explorers and climbers have gone before. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on the face of this Earth. Explore Namche Bazaar, the thriving Sherpa capital. See Himalayan villages dotted with fluttering prayer flags and become familiar with colorful Buddhist traditions. Along the way, you will overnight at simple lodges run by the charming Sherpas who have won many admirers for their hard work and endurance. The highlight of this trip is the arrival to the spectacular Tengboche monastery, the religious center of the Sherpa people. Experience the unique and mysterious Mani Rimdu festival the most fascinating high Himalayan Buddhist festival observed every year filled with colorful masks and dances by the Tengboche monks. At Tengboche, you can also see some of the best views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks.
Amazonia Expeditions founder Paul Beaver has called this trek his “all-time favorite trek in the world.” Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity as there is a strict traveler limit.
This trip is available for $1990 per person, with a 15-traveler limit. We look forward to guiding you on this adventure!

NOTE: The dates for Mani Rimdu Festival have not been declared yet. It will be published after Tibetan New Year and the Superior Lama from Tengboche Monastery will announce the exact dates. This confusion will be clear only after the official Tibetan calendar is published which will happen in Feb / March 2019.

Group Size: 15 Traveler Limit

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Interested in joining us for this expedition? Let us know here!

Trip Highlights

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche – Tengboche – Namche – Lukla – Kathmandu

Experience the awesome experience of trekking in the Himalayas

The highlights of the trip include:

  • The Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest of its kind in the world.

  • Tengboche Monastery – one of the most famous in Nepal with amazing views of Mount Ama Dablam with the Mani Rimdu Buddhist dances.

  • Namche Bazaar famous for the views of several Himalayan peaks, and the shops

  • The wonders of Kathmandu – a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • and more…

Accommodations

 

During your trip, you will experience many locations in the region. Amazonia aims to provide you with the best experience. Accommodations in Kathmandu are very similar to western standards, however, during trekking we will stay at very simple and rustic lodges run by the Sherpa people. Although these are clean and pleasant lodges they often have limited accommodations and amenities due to their remote location. Please note that locations are subject to change with equivalent accommodations based on availability.

Day 1

Arrival to Kathmandu

 

  • Arrive in Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. (Rooms will be available from 12:00 hrs)
  • Kathmandu – It is the capital city of Nepal at the altitude of 4500 feet above sea level. Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Changu Narayan Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa.

Accommodation: Kantipur Temple House

Day 2

Explore Kathmandu

  • After breakfast, enjoy a visit to Kathmandu including following:
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square: Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence. Kasthamandap – the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty. We continue to the Kumari Bhal or the Temple of the Living Goddess.
  • Swayambhunath: Located approximately 3km from the center of Kathmandu, this Buddhist stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth which supports a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of gilt copper. Painted on the four-sided base below the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The whole area around the Stupa contains an array of small stupas and temples. This is one of the best places from which to view the Kathmandu valley, as it is situated on a small hillock.
  • Patan: Patan, as it is known today, is located on the southern banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the three main cities in Kathmandu Valley. The city is believed to be the first settlement in the Valley and was established by the Kirat dynasty who ruled for more than 1200 years from the 3rd century BC. Patan is famous for its amazing collection of fantastically carved temples, palace courtyards, water spouts, public baths and houses with their equally elaborate wood, stone and metal carvings under the patronages of the Kirat, Lichivi and Malla kings. Patan has more than a 1000 temples and monuments dedicated to the uniquely Nepali mix of Buddhist and Hindu gods, chief among which are the mounds erected by the great Indian Emperor Asoka in the four corners of the city when he visited Nepal in 250 BC. Patan Durbar square is one of the seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Accommodation: Kantipur Temple House

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Flight to Lukla

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport & trek to Phakding (8563 ft / 2610m) 3-4hrs walk approx.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla.
  • The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an amazing experience in itself and is considered one of the most dramatic flights in the world. As the plane banks right and enters the Khumbu region you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the Himalayan giants. The airhead at Lukla serves as the gateway to this region. Here you will meet the Sherpa crew.
  • After spending some time organizing our packs we are embarking on our adventure. It is an easy gradual 3-4 hours descent to Phakding where we will stop for lunch and for the night.
  • Overnight at the lodge. 

Accommodation: Sunrise Lodge / Namaste Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4

Namche Bazaar

  • Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,317 ft / 3,440 m) approximately a 5-6 hours walk.
  • After breakfast, we trek through a cluster of stone houses, past caravans of Dzos until we reach the settlement of Monjo. From here the trail climbs quite dramatically today.
  • As the path snakes upwards the vistas open up revealing the imposing Himalayan giants. The next village Jorsale is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park where the entrance ticket to the park is checked. The trail follows the river until the last suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River is reached where the trail crosses the river at a dizzying height.
  • From here the trails wind uphill all the way to Namche Bazaar against the backdrop of the beautiful Kwangde, Kusum Kangru, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache and a host of lesser-known peaks. Namche Bazaar situated on a horseshoe amphitheater is the capital of Sherpa country.
  • You can spend the afternoon exploring the stone paved alleys or rummage through the cyber cafes, souvenir and rental shops that line the streets. 

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge/Hilton Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 5

Explore Namche Bazaar

  • Acclimatization Day Namche Bazaar (11,317 ft / 3,440 m)
  • Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information 

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge/Hilton Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6

Arrive Tengboche Monastery

  • Trek to Tengboche (12,687ft /3867m). (approximately 6 hours walk)
  • While Namche can be deemed the Sherpa capital, Tengboche is the religious center of this region. The murmur of the monks chanting prayers, the blowing of conchs and the chance to sit with them for afternoon prayers amidst the serene and amazing environment is an experience that will linger on. The views of Everest and Amadablam from Tengboche is one that you will cherish for years 

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge/Tashi Delek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 7

Tengboche Monastery – Mani Rimdu

  • Enjoy the day at Tengboche and spent time at Tengboche Monastery.
  • Tengboche Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries of Nepal, probably because of its unrivaled backdrop of Mount Ama Dablam. Tengboche Monastery is the leading Buddhist center in the Khumbu with a residing Rinpoche who blesses pilgrims and travelers to the area.
  • Every October, Tengboche Monastery hosts the colorful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs, dances, enactments of legends. Visitors are also welcomed to partake in the festivities. Tours of the monastery are conducted every afternoon.
  • Mani Rimdu: The dances performed during the festival convey Buddhist teachings on many levels – from the simplest to the most profound. They are perfect for those interested in learning about Buddhism who does not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. It is performed on the day of the full moon of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The Dances take place of the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. The day after the dances, the fire puja is performed in the courtyard. The fire puja is an offering to the Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala – to allay all harm in the world. 

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge/Tashi Delek Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 8

Return to Namche Bazaar

  • Trek back to Namche (about 6 hrs walk)
  • Today after breakfast, you will back trek to Namche for an overnight stay.  

Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge/Hilton Lodge

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 9

Return to Lukla

  • Namche / Lukla (7-8 hrs walk)
  • Today you will walk down all the way to Lukla.  

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10

Return to Kathmandu

  • Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to connect flight to Kathmandu in the morning.
  •   On arrival in Kathmandu, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
  • In the evening enjoy a visit to Boudhanath.
  • Boudhanath – This stupa, situated 11 Km. from the center of Kathmandu, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions, keeping a lookout for righteous behavior and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base and is contains inset prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by the homes of Lamas, or Buddhist priests.
  • Rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel.  

Accommodation: Kantipur Temple House

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Kathmandu Departure

  • Kathmandu Departure
  • After breakfast, drive to the airport to board flight for onward journey / back home. (Rooms will be available till 1200 hrs) End of Services

Meals: Breakfast

Reserve Your Expedition Today!

Deposit – $750

$1990 per person in double occupancy room

Single in a room adds $350.

 

Airfare Supplement:

Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu USD $425.00.  Airfare cost is subject to change

NOTES:

  • Itinerary subject to changes only if beyond our control
  • Reservation made with a deposit of $750 per person
  • Balance is due by August 1, 2019
  • Payment can be made by credit card on our PayPal site

Cancellation Policy: 50% of cost up to 120 days before departure. Purchase of travel and evacuation insurance is required.  https://buy.travelguard.com/TGI2/proc/stateselector.aspx?br=agentlink&arc=51868&agentlinkasp=yes




This Trip Includes:

  • Daily breakfast and all meals and during trekking program.
  • Last night celebration dinner
  • All transfers and sightseeing, as detailed in the itinerary using A/C Vehicle.
  • Services of Accompanying English speaking tour escort from arrival till departure
  • 07 nights trekking program as mentioned in the program including the trip leader, trekking guide, and porters
  • Entrances to the sites as mentioned in the program.
  • 02 Bottles of Mineral water per person per day during trekking only
  • Everest Area permit fee
  • Currently applicable taxes.

This Trip DOES NOT Include:

  • International Airfare, excess baggage
  • Any airport taxes
  • Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers, etc.
  • Any new tax imposed by the government

Erika

Our time in the jungle was an absolute highlight on our trip to Peru! Truly amazing! …Again, we had the most wonderful time. Almost more than words can say. The jungle and the Tahuayo Lodge hold very special places in our hearts and CAN NOT WAIT to return. Thank you again for offering such an amazing trip.

Renee

Our trip was INCREDIBLE. The lodge was great, the food was amazing, and the staff were all so friendly. We loved our stays at the B&B, the main lodge, and the ARC.

Tia & Paula

It was incredible and a trip of a lifetime Paul! My sister Paula and I had an amazing time and loved everything — your facilities and staff are top notch and I want to come back with my husband and daughters!!

What Our Guests

Have to Say…

Erika

Our time in the jungle was an absolute highlight on our trip to Peru! Truly amazing! …Again, we had the most wonderful time. Almost more than words can say. The jungle and the Tahuayo Lodge hold very special places in our hearts and CAN NOT WAIT to return. Thank you again for offering such an amazing trip.

Renee

Our trip was INCREDIBLE. The lodge was great, the food was amazing, and the staff were all so friendly. We loved our stays at the B&B, the main lodge, and the ARC.

Tia & Paula

It was incredible and a trip of a lifetime Paul! My sister Paula and I had an amazing time and loved everything — your facilities and staff are top notch and I want to come back with my husband and daughters!!