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Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

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Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

I am interested in hiking form Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery. I have looked at the maps and see that this appears to be a relatively straightforward journey, so I would rather do it on my own rather than hire a guide or a porter. Is it feasible to hike in this area without a guide or porter? How do you make arrangements for accommodations if you do this as a DIY trip rather than going through an agency?

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1. Re: Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

Yes, you CAN do it on your own: as you say the route is obvious. For accommodation you merely arrive at one of the many lodges and ask if they have a room available.

As to whether it's better to do it on your own, a few thoughts.

Carrying your own sack can be painful, particularly on the ascents

You score no 'Brownie points' for back-packing - generally the Nepalese are unimpressed by what is perceived as a cheapskate option. Employing a guide / porter, although a minimal cost by western standards, contributes to the local economy

A guide / porter will probably add greatly to your appreciation of the local culture

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2. Re: Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

ditto above, take it easy and for the relitively few bucks a day, support the local economy and gain some personal insight into the economy, culture and sights along the way. This is something most of us don't do more than once, so get all you can out of the experience.

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3. Re: Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

A female friend of mine and her friend did the Tengboche trek from Lukla recently. It can be trekked on your own. However, as suggested above, you might get a better insight by having a company of a local person. That person might just be handy and make your trip a lot easier so that you can relax and enjoy the trip rather than worry about small things.

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4. Re: Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

Hello there,

I would recommend you to hire either a guide or a porter as suggested above. But still if you want to trek this part alone yourself then it's not so hard. The trail is without confusing junctions so that you won't be following wrong trail. For the accommodation arrangements, there are numbers of lodges available and you can ask in the lodge to provide you rooms. But, always have your dinner at the same lodge that you are staying.

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5. Re: Trek from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery

Don´t forget to inform yourself about altitude sickness and the symptoms and the ways to avoid it the best you can.

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