The great view of Everest sticking out above Nuptse and Lhotse must have been part of the reason for the monastery's foundation here in a saddle above the Imja Khola river. Amadablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, is captivating too. Sit in on morning prayers with the monks, and take an audience with the monastery's abbot, if he is receiving.
Visit the old Sherpa town of Thame on the way back (8 days total) or skip Thame and do the trek in 5 or 6 days
5 to 8 Days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu
From US$ 749 per person
Sample itinerary in 6 days
Day 1 Morning flight to Lukla. Assemble the crew and trek to Phakding for the first night.
Day 2 Trek to the fabled Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (12,500').
Day 3 Day trek to Kongde and return for a second night in Namche.
Day 4 Head to Thayangboche Monastery, in view of Everest. Meet the Rinpoche (reincarnate Lama).
Day 5 Morning prayers with the lamas, then trek back to Namche and down to Monjo
Day 6 Fly to Kathmandu