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Duration: 14 days
Minimum Age: Min Age : 15+
Grade: 3 - Mildly Strenuous
Max Elevation: 12,900 ft
Accomodation: Lodge

The Tengboche trek visits the famous Tengboche Monastery (12,900 ft) in the Everest region. The Tengboche trek is at a relaxed pace allowing trekkers more time to savor the culture and the views and also more time to acclimatize to the altitude.

Mount Everest(8,850m), better known as Sagarmatha among Nepalis and Chomolongma among Tibetan -speaking communities, is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Many visitors come here to glimpse the world’s highest peak but come away with much more including an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape and a spirit of adventure that calls them back to the Himalayas again and again!

As you trek through the villages of the famous Sherpa people, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. This trek follows the popular Everest Base Camp trail to Tengboche. Return to Lukla via Khumjung, one of the largest Sherpa villages and site of the famous Khunde Hospital and the Khumjung school, both legacies of Sir Edmund Hillary.

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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding Phakding 2,651m/8,700ft
Day 4 Phakding to Monjo Monjo 2,835m/9,290ft
Day 5 Monjo to Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 6 Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 7 Namche to Tengboche Tengboche 3,931m/12,900ft
Day 8 Tengboche Tengboche 3,931m/12,900ft
Day 9 Tengboche to Khumjung Khumjung 3,790m/12,400ft
Day 10 Khumjung to Monjo Monjo 2,835m/9,290ft
Day 11 Monjo to Lukla Lukla 2,860m/9,390ft
Day 12 Lukla to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 13 Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 14 Depart for home    
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (8,700 ft.)

Your day will start very early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the early morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and the landing at Lukla airport is very dramatic. After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your hike to Phakding. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding. Overnight local lodge. (All meals)

Day 4Phakding to Monjo (9,200 ft.)

(For this trip, we have added an extra day for the trek from Phakding to Namche; on this trip, you spend the night at Monjo so you are better prepared for the ascent on the steep trail to Namche.)

The day’s trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970’s, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years – farming and running the Hatago Lodge – before being deported. Overnight local lodge. (All meals)

Day 5Monjo to Namche (11,270 ft.)

Just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 6Namche (11, 270 ft.)

Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum or wonder around Namche town. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 7Namche to Tengboche (12,900 ft.)

Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies. Overnight local lodge. (All meals)

Day 8Tengboche (12,900 ft.)

Today, you have the option to climb a short distance to view Tengboche Monastery from a hillock. You may also opt to trek to Debuche where there is a nunnery. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 09Tengboche to Khumjung (13,100 ft.)

Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Follow the slopes of Khumbila towards the hidden valley of Khumjung. At Khumjung, visit the Khunde Hospital and then the Khumjung School – both projects of the Himalayan Foundation. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 10Khumjung to Monjo

Descend to Monjo. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 11Monjo to Lukla

Last day of trekking to Lukla. Overnight lodge. (All meals)

Day 12Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast)

Day 13Kathmandu

Full day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)

Day 14Depart for home

Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

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Detailed Cost Information

Per person price (valid until December 31, 2019)

1 person:  USD 2,500 (includes Single Supplement)  

2 – 5 persons: USD 2,000 per person  

6 or more persons: USD 1,875 per person

Single Supplement:  USD 300

Price Includes

Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information | Motivated, well-cared-for staff | All airport transfers | Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments. | 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu. | Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla | Meals as indicated in the itinerary | Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary | Three meals a day | Boiled water for your bottles twice a day | Use of Steripen for water sterilization | Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals | Guide and staff insurance | Sagarmatha National Park Fee

Price Excludes

Your international airfare | Nepal Visa | Meals not indicated in the itinerary | Tips and gratuities | Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you) | Travel insurance (Required) | Other expenses of a personal nature

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Options

Our Tengboche trek is at a relaxed pace so if you don’t have 14 days for a trek, we can organize the same trek in 10 days. While this shorter trip does not compromise on acclimatization, it is imperative that you be in excellent shape for the shorter trip as you would have to hike up to 15 miles on a couple of days on the descent back to Lukla. The shorter trek will also not have an extra day in Tengboche.

If you have around 19 days but don’t wish to do a fast-paced trek, check out our Everest Base Camp Trek.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious trek with en suite rooms, Western toilets and daily showers, our Luxury Everest Trek is a good option for you. We use Everest Summit Lodges and Yeti Mountain Homes which are at a far superior standard than other lodges on the trail with a garden area, comfortable lounge and a professional staff.

If you have more time and wish to be more adventurous, check out our Ultimate Everest Trek that crosses the Cho La pass taking you from the Everest Base Camp to Gokyo lake and the Renjo La pass taking you from Gokyo lake to Thame. Both passes do not require any climbing skills though they can be icy at times.

If you’re looking to climb a Himalayan 20’er (first or otherwise), check out out our Island Peak climb.

And, YES, we would be happy to custom-design any of our program for you for a minimum of two participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

When is the best time to trek to Tengboche?

There are two preferred seasons for the Tengboche Trek: Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through December). Day time temperatures range in the 50’s and 60’s (10 to 15 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s (0 to 5 Centigrade). Expect night time temperatures of below Freezing near the Base Camp. Expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.
We highly encourage you to trek in the winter months of December, January and February when days can be quite sunny and warm (40F – 5 Centigrade) although you should expect temperatures below freezing on most nights starting from Namche (11,300 ft.). But the trails and lodges aren’t as crowded. We offer a $150 per person discount for treks in the Winter.

What kind of food should I expect?

Meals on the Everest Base Camp trek start out being quite varied especially at the beginning of the trek in Lukla. But it becomes sparser as you ascend to the Everest Base Camp. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.
Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

How fit do I need to be to do the Tengboche trek?

This is are very relaxed pace itinerary. Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 6-8 miles a day can trek to the Tengboche Monastery. Allowing for optimal acclimatization is the key. Most of the trek is on relatively level trail with some steep ascents and descents. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. Children as young as six and adults over seventy have walked to Everest Base Camp. It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.
We rate the Tengboche Trek a 3 (mildly strenuous) on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

Can a beginner do the Tengboche trek?

Yes. But do consider this. There are two aspects to completing and enjoying a trek: Physical and Mental. The daily mileage covered on a moderately-paced Everest Trek isn’t too challenging for anyone in good physical shape as you would only have to walk up to 6/7 miles per day. But on the mental side, it’s a good idea to establish that you like hiking and don’t mind basic conditions, so that you can actually enjoy the experience when you do it.

Is there mobile signal in the Everest region? How about wi-fi?

Most of the places on the Everest Base Camp trek route now has cell coverage. Lodges will offer wi-fi for between $1 to $10 per hour. You can also buy a Sim card with 5GB or 10GB data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu.

How should I prepare for the Tengboche Trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek. 1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning. 2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.
3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

Are there ATM's in the Everest region?

There are ATM’s in Lukla and Namche. But they may not always be working. So don’t rely on them. Bring cash for expenses en route.

What are the toilet facilities like? Will have the opportunity to have a shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses, especially those at the beginning of the trek, have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in almost all the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

What gear do I need for the Tengboche Trek? Can I rent/buy in Kathmandu?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

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David Austin

Group Traveller

You have a highly skilled guide in Manju. He has a remarkable ability to assess everyone in the group – he’s acutely aware of how people are doing physically and emotionally. He inquires gently of those who look tired or sick, so as to assess their status. He keeps the group together, focused on common goals and destinations. He is easy to like, and performs the leadership tasks of a guide effortlessly. It seems as though he was respected by the rest of the crew on our trek. His manner on the trail works to defuse tension, and to build a sense of community. This is all very impressive, and makes Manju highly valuable as a guide. By the end of trek, we felt as though we had a very real bond with Manju. We would love to return someday to trek with your company and with Manju as our guide.

November 17, 2016