5 to 6 hour trek (Distance 10.4 km, approximately 14,000 steps)
After breakfast we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Our trek follows a more or less smooth trail with a few ups and downs that should not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps us company all through the day. Along the way, we can spot many species of native wildlife such as: musk deer, Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track continues through the pine forests and after we cross a prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. You may start to feel the effects of lower oxygen levels today so pace yourself, or as the locals say bistari, bistari. (Steady, Steady). Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay a visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness a ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region.
Overnight in Tengboche.
Included meals: Breakfast