• Thame Luxury Trek

Thame Luxury Trek

Trip Overview

Thame is a small Sherpa village located west to Namche Bazaar. This village is quite famous for being home to most of the popular Sherpa climbers who hold the world record. Yes, this village is the home to Ang Rita Sherpa who summitted Mt. Everest 10 times without oxygen and also home to Kami Rita Sherpa who has summited Mt. Everest already 24 times as on May 2019 and no one has been able to break his record till date.

The monastery located in Thame is one of the most popular monasteries in the Everest Region which shares equal importance, unlike the Tengboche Monastery. This monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region and is famous for the Mani Rimdu Festival.

Highlights

  • Visit the home village of most record holding Sherpa Climbers.
  • Overnight stays at luxury mountain lodges with great hospitality.
  • Magnificent views of the Himalayas.
  • Visit one of the oldest and popular monasteries of the region.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

After your breakfast in your Kathmandu hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport terminal reaching there 1 hour prior to your scheduled flight time. After a spectacular half an hour flight, you will reach Lukla.

The trail to today's destination descends gently downhill on pitched stone trails passing through the Rhododendron forest. As today is the first day of your trek, you will have a short day walk. Hence, you can enjoy shortstops to meet the locals, take pictures admiring the landscapes. Passing the enormous mani stones and chortens with prayer wheels, you will reach Phakding by the time for late lunch.

The rest of the day is free to rest in the riverside gardens or sun lounge.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Phakding

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After a hearty breakfast at Phakding, start the trip to Namche following the left bank of Dudh Koshi River. You will get to catch a marvelous view of Mt. Thamserku (6623m) at the opposite side of the bank. After crossing a stream, you will climb a terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route. Passing through a forest and trail with ups and downs, you will reach Monjo village after crossing another stream. Have your lunch here and rest some time.

From Monjo, you will start descending on stone steps until you reach a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge and climbing up for some time, you will reach Joshale which is the entry point to the Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will take some time to verify the permits while you can have some rest sitting there.

Walking beside the river, you will reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. After crossing a high, winding path, you descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. The river forks here: the right stream is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing another suspension bridge and walking a short distance alongside the Bhote Koshi, you ascend to Tup Dhara where you will get the first view of Mount Everest. From here you ascend gradually up to Namche Bazaar (The Sherpa capital). Check in to Yeti Mountain Home, Namche.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Namche

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Rest day at Namche.

Today, right after breakfast at Namche, you will get to explore a couple of wonderful viewpoints of Namche Bazar. 

You can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

You can also hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artifacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

After lunch you are free to head down to the Namche market to browse the shops, chat with the locals and maybe pick up a souvenir or two. You may also see the Tibetan traders who make a yearly journey over the high passes from the Tibetan plateau with their yaks laden with goods to sell at the markets. Late in the afternoon, there’s an option to visit Namche Monastery. The monastery is about 80 years old and has beautiful Thanka paintings of Tibetan deities. You are most welcome to burn a butter lamp for your loved ones. Dinner at the lodge.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Namche

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Thame (3440m)

After your breakfast at Namche, you will start your trek to Thame today. You will follow the trail passing through beautiful pine forest and typical Sherpa homes. This route is also considered to be the historical route that Sherpas used to migrate from Eastern Tibet 800 years ago. Upon reaching the Thamo Village, have some rest and enjoy your lunch.

After lunch, you will ascend gradually passing by a monastery where nuns live and reach Samden village. From here, you descend down to the bridge and cross the Bhote Koshi river. Further upward walk of 30 minutes will take you to Thame village where you will be staying today.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Thame

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Thame day excursion.

Thame is renowned for Thame Monastery, located 200m above the village and takes around half an hour walk to reach there from your lodge. It is set on the southern slope of Sumdur Mountain under a high rocky cliff. It's said that the monastery was built in the 14th century. Take some time to visit this incredible monastery after breakfast.

Thame is one of the greatest villages of Solu Khumbu that is home to many young High altitude climbing Sherpas who have climbed Mt. Everest at least 6 - 24 times.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Thame

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Thame to Monjo (2835 m)

Today, after breakfast in Thame, you'll begin the trek to Monjo. If there's time, pay a visit to the two small villages of Kunde and Khumjung, which are just a short distance off the main trail. Khumjung has a beautiful monastery to check out and Kunde has a small hospital run by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.

The walk then heads past the Everest View Hotel and the Shyangboche airstrip before dropping into Namche where you have lunch. In the afternoon, you'll descend steeply and then walk along the river bank back to Jorsale where you leave the national park before continuing on to your lodge at Monjo for your overnight.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Monjo

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,800 m)

After breakfast in Monjo, begin the final day of the trek as you head along the Dudh Kosi river to Lukla. You'll first walk from Monjo to Ghat and stop for lunch before continuing to make your way through villages like Chumoa, Benkar, Phakding, and Chuthawa, eventually reaching the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate signifying the end of the trek.

  Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 11: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trekking plan starts with a short flight to Lukla, which is also known as the gateway to the Everest. You will walk the route towards the Everest Base Camp until you reach Namche. After your Namche stay, you will then visit the Thame village and witness the beauty of the Thame Monastery. Return back to Lukla via Namche and Monjo to catch return flight back to Kathmandu.

Best time to do this trip

As this is a luxury trip with luxury stays overnight, you are recommended to book this trip at least 6 months prior to your travel dates. Earlier the better since YMH lodges have got very limited rooms at every destination and booking this property late will make the rooms fully booked before our requests are placed.

For clear weather, this trip is recommended to be commenced between March-Mid June for Spring and from last week of September to mid- December for Autumn. These lodges remain overbooked during peak season time but if you plan out this trip soon with adequate time advance then you will be lucky to have rooms in each property of YMH lodges.

12 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Homes
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 3750m
  •    Group size: 2 - 15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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