Tengboche Trek or Photo Tour
Tengboche Trek or Photo Tour (8 days)
This is a moderate trek which allows you time to savour the fantastic scenery of this area as well as serving as an introduction to the customs and culture of the local people. As such this trek is ideally suited to trekkers who have never been to this region before or who are on a tight time budget. The price includes one night at our hotel at the beginning & at the end of your trek.
The Photo Tour follows the same route as the Tengboche Trek, with the emphasis on capturing the remarkable sights of the area. The price includes everything in the trek itself of course.
Your journey with us begins with the exciting 30–40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. If you can, sit on the left side of the plane, which affords the best views of the Himalaya.
At Lukla you will be met by your guide and porters who are all local Sherpas and Buddhists, which will add to your insight of their customs and culture.
Your trek begins, bizarrely, by walking downhill! This is a short day to Phakding, which is just as well after all the excitement of leaving Kathmandu, flying to Lukla and your first taste of being in the Solu Khumbu! All this should ensure you sleep well.
Days 2 & 3
From Phakding it is a steep walk to the largest village in the area: Namche Bazaar. En route you get your first views of Mount Everest, if the weather is kind. Namche has a unique atmosphere which you will have plenty of time to enjoy as you will have an acclimatization day here. This does not necessarily mean no walking, as we will give you the option of a walk to Khunde and Khumjung on this day, which will help you acclimatize to the altitude.
From Namche the trail heads north towards Sanasa, but just before this there is a viewpoint which provides you with your first view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak, Kangtega and Thamserku.
At Sanasa a quiet side path leaves the main trekking route to Everest Base Camp and crosses the slopes of Khumbila. Sherpas worship this mountain as it is the home of the patron god of the Khumbu region and is never climbed out of respect. You will continue on this path to the village of Phortse Thanga and, after crossing the Dudh Kosi, you arrive at Phortse where you will spend the night.
From Phortse it’s an easy stroll to the village of Pangboche, which has the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. It was founded by Lama Sange Dorje in the 17th century. The trek then leads us through beautiful dense rhododendron forests with Spanish moss mixed with dwarf conifers where you can often see danphe pheasants and musk deer.
Suddenly you emerge from this forest and you have arrived at Tengboche where you will stay the night. Of course you will receive a very warm welcome here as this is the home of our trekking agency. Apart from the sheer beauty of the surrounding area, a visit to the monastery is a must for most trekkers and is often one of the highlights for many visitors. As a client of Tengboche Trekking , you are invited to morning and afternoon prayers at the monastery.
Some people have claimed that the bakery serves the best apple pie in the world!
From Tengboche it is a steep downhill start to the day but, before long, you arrive at Phunke Tenga, which is really just a collection of lodges but serves welcoming teas and coffees.
Before long you reach the point where you turned off to Phortse and so it is an easy walk downhill to reach Namche with all its great variety of amenities. If you didn’t visit the Mount Everest viewpoint on your first visit, then you will have to do so now.
The final day’s walking returns you to Lukla for your early morning flight back to Kathmandu the next day.
Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
Tengboche Trek Itinerary
Kathmandu to Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft) to Phakding (2,562m/8,700ft)
35 minute flight, 8km, 3-4 hours trek
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft)
10km, 5-6 hours
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3810m/12,496 ft)
7km, 5-6 hours
Phortse toTengboche (3864m/12,673 ft)
6km, 4-5 hours
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3450m/11,316 ft)
8km, 5-6 hours
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft)
18km, 6-7 hours
Early morning flight back to Kathmandu
Please note that the above trekking times and distances are approximate.
Cloud and turbulent weather are regular phenomena along the Himalayan range. It is therefore possible that domestic flights from Kathmandu to/from Lukla may have to be delayed for a few hours or even cancelled for a day or more.
Fortunately this does not happen very often during the high seasons of March to May or September to November, but you need to plan for this possibility.
As a safeguard, we recommend that you add on a couple of extra days after your trek, before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.