Sherpas and stupas tourBook
The Sherpas and Stupas tour has been especially design for those who wish to satisfy sense of adventure, cultural and spiritual curiosity in journey to Nepal. From the Kathmandu we fly to the the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar , visit ancient monasteries and witness cultural life of kindhearted highland Sherpas. This sherpas and stupas package is ideal to those who wish to have cultural insights, enjoy the beautiful landscape and have easy hiking in Everest.
Our Cultural Everest 11 days trek is designed by the team of experts working in himalayan adventure field for more than decade. This trek itinerary carefully covers the best parts of the Khumbu Region providing safely against the altitude problems. On the high altitude adventure we never rush a trek and taking a few extra days is good to enjoy more of the trek of life time.
Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked.
06 a.m : Breakfast
07 a.m : Pashupati Nath
Pashupati Nath is the biggest Shiva Temple in the world located in the located 5km east of Kathmandu city.The holiest Pashupatinath temple , with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. This is one of the oldest temples,situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has a jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. The Pashupatinath complex consists of around five hundred temples, more than one thousand Shiva lingams, bathing and cremation ghats
11 a.m :Boudha Nath
Boudha Nath ,the biggest stupa of Nepal has been an central place of pilgrimage and meditations for Buddhists. Located 7 km east of Kathmandu,the stupa stands on a three-tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles. Its is best place in Kathmandu to observe the Tibetan lifestyle, Tibetan Buddhist monks & nuns.Regarded as the "Little Tibet" of Nepal.
01 p.m :Lunch
02 p.m :Swyambhu Nath
Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex located on a lovely little hillock west of Kathmandu. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as holy monkeys believed to be guarding the hill.There are 360 steps leading all the way to the top offers the magnificent views of Kathmandu valley and the breath taking panorama of snow clad Himalaya range. The main swayambhu stupa has lofty white dome and glittering golden spire. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
04 p.m : Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathamndu Durbar Square located at the center of Kathmandu city in Basantapur never fails to impress first time visitors with its intricate wood carvings and rich history. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, is an oasis of culture, religion and history. Once the residence of Nepal's Royal family, all coronation ceremonies were held here. The palace is an amalgamation of eastern and western architecture with additions by Rana and Shah rulers over the centuries. An unbelievable 50 temples lie within the vicinity including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors have been converted to museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings. Some important monuments to see in this area are The Taleju Temple, The Jagannath Temple,The Kal Bhairav, Swet-Bhairav, Kaandasthamp and Nautalle Durbar.
Day 3 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding.Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding. Today we end up with the Short hike to assist in acclimatization.
Trek Time : 3 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 : Trek Phakding- Namche Bazaar
Today cross the high suspension bridge trek through the forest and pasture land. Steep ascent to the Namche offers the first glimpse of mighty Everest along with Thamserku, Konde Ri and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. Namche (3440) the largest Sherpa town is Mecca of Himalaya culture.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : Rest and Explore Namche
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Namche serves as an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards altitude. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike instead of being idle for a day. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. We may also take an hour's walk up to Syangboche where Everest View Hotel deluxe hotel build by Japanese is situated above Syangboche airstripe for an outstanding view of Everest. Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities & Attractions: Visit Sherpa Culture Museum, Sagarmatha National Park Visitor's Center, Tourist Visitor Center, Tibetan Healing Centre , Namche Monastery, Namche Library , Hotel Everest View, Khundi Hospital, Hillary School, Namche Market
Day 6 : Trek Namche - Thame Village and explore monasteries
Today we take a trail to west of Namche Bazar and begin with gentle ascent up to the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way you pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. There is a monastery in Thame believed to have incarnated monks.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : Trek Thame - Khumjung and explore Sherpa village
Today, we retrace our route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and start the ascent towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche – this is where the local airport is located.Above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese deluxe hotel with great views of the Mt. Everest. From a hill top above the airport, we will get your first views of Thamserku, Kantega, Tawache and Ama Dablam. On arrival at Khumjung, we could visit the Hillary School and explore the sherpa village. It is a picturesque village, which also has famous monastery that houses a yeti scalp.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 : Trek Khumjung - Tangboche
After breakfast,we climb through the forested zone, enjoying the excellent views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Thamserku amongst others. Along the way we walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan Thar can be easily spotted.We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tengboche. Tengboche has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu and regarded as the religious centre of the region.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 : Trek Tangboche - Monjo
Today, we Trek from Tangboche to Monjo. While on the trekking we come across few Sherpa settlements and will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 : Trek Monju - Lukla
From Monjo we re-trace our steps along the Dudh Koshi, crossing the western bank at Benkar. We will have a leisurely walk watching the blue pine and rhododendron forest, and with views of Kusum Kangaru at the background. This is the final day Cultural Everest trek ,in evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your Guides and Sherpa companions where you will be able to taste Chang (a purely brewed local beer) and try some Sherpa cultural dancing.
Trek Time : 4 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu after mountain journey. You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment. You can rest throughout the day or if interested you can explore the nearby market for shopping typical Nepalese gifts for your friends and family.
Day 12 : Fly Kathmandu - Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini & Sightseeing
Today we fly from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa which takes 30 minutes and drive from Bhairahawa to Lumbini and it takes 30 minutes. The rest of the day we can observe the Lumbini Garden and surrounding areas. The most significient visit is Mayadevi Temple the exact place where Lord Buddha was born. We also visit the museum, peace pagoda, Ashoka's Piller and other important landmarks including Royal Thai Monastery, China temple, Japanese Monastery, Ladaka Monastery, German Monastery, Meditation center etc.
Day 13 : Lumbini Circuit Tour
Today we explore the Lumbini Buddhist Circuit Tour. We drive and visit the religious and archelogical sites at Gotihawa, Kundan, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, sagarhawa.
Gotihawa is an important religious and archaeological site for the Buddhist world community and also historically and archaeologically important. Located about 3 km southwest of Taulihawa, it is believed that Krakuchanda Buddha, who came before Shakyamuni Buddha, was born in Gotihawa and attained Nirvana here. Brick structures of stupa and monasteries can be seen in the area outside modern Gotihawa village.
Kudan is located some of 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot. It is a huge mound of structural ruins and a pond nearby appears to be the ruins of stupa and monasteries. These are believed to the Kasya Stupa, where a Kasaya (yellow robe worn by monks) was presented to Lord Buddha. This is where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha for the first time after he returned from Enlightenment.
Tilaurakot has been identified by archaeologists as the actual capital of Kapilvastu and the home of King Suddhodhan, father of Prince Siddhartha who later went on to become the Buddha. This is believed to be the place where Lore Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life as prince. The Chinese pilgrims Fa-Hien and Hiuen-Tsang noted that they saw Kapilavastu in complete ruins and counted 10 deserted cities within Kapilvastu.
Niglihawa is the significant archelogical site about 7 km north of Taulihawa where the remains of broken Ashokan Piller lie close to the large pond. Emperor Ashoka built a stupa and set up a piller when he visited the site during his pilgrimage. it is belived that kanakmuni Buddha was born and enlightened here.
Sagarhawa is the forest site where the ruins of an ancient pond were excavated in 1895. Archeologist have identified this place as "Place of the Massacre of the Shakyas" .
Day 14 : Explore Devadaha & Ramagrama and Drive to Kathmandu
Today we drive to Devadaha and to Ramagrama making an end of to Buddhist Cultural Tour. On the same day we drive to Kathmandu.
Devadaha 54 km east of Lumbini across the Rohini River, is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Maya Devi, Prince Siddhartha's mother, Prajapati Gautam, his stepmother, and Princess Yasodhara, his consort. This is where Prince Siddhartha spent his childhood. Seven years after his Enlightenment, Lord Buddha visited Devdaha and ordained the followers of Jain Sadhu Nirgrantha Nathputra. There are several other sites around Devdaha such as Kumarbarti, Khayardanda, Bairimai / Kanyamai, Bhabanipur / Devidamar, Mathagadi (ancient weapons).
Day 15 : Farewell
Your trip to Nepal has come to an end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast