Everest Panorama Trek is one of the finest short treks in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is a short trekking experience to the Namche Bazaar, a gateway of Mount Everest and the renowned Tengboche monastery. Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Namche Bazaar is the homeland of the Sherpa people, who are the conquerors of Mt. Everest summit. Hiking to the Everest View Hotel will also reward you with close-up views of the Himalayas in the Everest region, including Mt. Everest.
The short Everest Panorama Trek begins in the capital city, Kathmandu. From here, embark on a flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport. The short trekking journey starts from picturesque Lukla village. It is a small village that is the starting point of almost all treks in the Everest region of Nepal. Further, the trail goes through Himalayan foothills and several small rivers, streams, glaciers, and thick forests. The trekking area is an epitome of pristine natural beauty, attracting thousands of photographers, trekkers, and mountaineers every year.
After Lukla, continue your trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding village. From here, enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to famed animals such as the snow leopard, the Himalayan Thar, musk deer, bears, red panda, and Himalayan mouse hare. Throughout this short adventure, you get ample time to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the tallest peaks.
Passing through diverse terrain, crossing several suspension bridges, you will reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the Everest region. Next, hike to Everest View Hotel to enjoy astounding mountain range views and head to Khumjung. The trail further meanders through the rocky trail to Tengboche. The itinerary entails trekking to Monjo, a beautiful village just below the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate and check-point. Finally, retrace your steps back to Lukla and end your trekking journey by taking a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The flight is still worth experiencing as you will witness the magnificent sight of the highest mountain ranges in the world, such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Thamserku. The bird’s eye view of mountains will leave you spellbound!
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation|
|Day 2||Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight, 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 3||Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 4||Hike to Khumjung (3,780m/12,401ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 5||Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 6||Trek from Tengboche to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek|
|Day 7||Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 8||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 35 minutes flight|
|Day 9||Depart from Kathmandu|
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Enjoying the incredible views of the Himalayas (on a clear day) and green hills, you will land at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After completing airport formalities, representatives from Third Rock Adventures will receive and drive you to the hotel. After getting a refresh, you can head out to explore the city.
Later in the evening, attend a small team meeting where your guide will share trip details. After a short meet-up, explore the tourist hub of Thamel. You can also walk to the busiest bazaar in the city, Asan and Indrachowk. End your day trying some authentic Nepali cuisine and get familiar with the surroundings.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, finish your breakfast and drive towards the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan international airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is pretty short. Enjoying the aerial view of the mighty Himalayan Mountain range, you will land on a steep mountain runway.
Upon arrival at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, start your trek towards Phakding village. Trek downhill to Thado Koshi River, cross the suspension bridge, and get an impressive close view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru. Finally, after crossing a small village of Gha and walking a short distance, you will reach Phakding.
Overnight stay in Phakding.
Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal, located at 3,440 meters.
After having breakfast, head towards Namche Bazaar, the main destination of the Everest Panorama Trek. Leaving Phakding, you will walk for 6-7 hours to reach the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, which is popular as the stopping point for altitude acclimatization.
Gradually, climb uphill through the dense forest’s tail. In the clear weather, you will get the first close sight of mighty Mt. Everest. After a few hours of walking and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge, you will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar, a famous Sherpa town or gateway to Mt. Everest. It has a large number of guest houses, restaurants, and bakery-cafes. Also, it was once a major trading center of the Khumbu region.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
Hike up to the Everest View Hotel. Enjoy mesmerizing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from the hotel. This hotel was listed on the Guinness Book of the world record (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world. Generally, trekkers stop here for a break on an acclimatization walk.
Explore Khumjung Monastery and witness the ancient Yeti’s scalp and a giant statue of Guru Rinpoche. You can also visit the Khumjung School established by Hillary. Likewise, you can also explore Sherpa Culture Museum built in traditional Sherpa architecture. It has a collection of photographs of Sherpa climbers who climbed Mt. Everest, including the legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.
Overnight in Khumjung Village.
Follow the trail descending to Dudh Koshi. The trail bestows stunning views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and surrounding peaks. Traverse through rhododendron forests, cross the suspension bridge over the refreshing white water and hike up the rocky trail to the village of Tengboche.
Tengboche is famous for its monastery and highest bakery in the world. Tengboche monastery, set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Visit the monastery and soak up the beauty of the monastery. Grab an opportunity to witness monks performing rituals, praying, and chanting sacred mantras.
Overnight in Tengboche.
The trekking trail today leads to Monjo, a small village at an altitude of 2,835m. The trail is adorned with Mani walls and prayer flags, and few monasteries. Monjo is a stopping point for trekkers, boasting a number of guesthouses and tea houses.
Slowly descend along the Dudh Koshi River and continue to Jorsale. En route, you may come across Blood Pheasant, Impeyan Pheasant, and red panda. The trail further weaves through the well-trodden trail, demanding you to cross several rivers before reaching Monjo.
Overnight in Monjo.
After having breakfast, you will follow the Dudh Koshi River trail. Cross suspension bridge and head to Ghat before trekking towards Phakding village. Walk through lush birch and juniper forests, gradually ascending and descending to reach the Pasang Lhamu Memorial gate.
Continue for a while, and the beautiful town of Lukla welcomes you. Today marks the official end of trekking. Rest and rejuvenate your mind and body; you can explore the area and grab some locally brewed drinks. The team shall join you and celebrate!
Overnight in Lukla
After early morning breakfast in Lukla, you will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu Valley. Upon your arrival, drive back to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the time by exploring the local streets on foot, rickshaw, bicycle. In the evening, you can have dinner at one of the fine restaurants in Thamel and celebrate the successful trip. You can also buy souvenirs in Thamel as it has some fabulous local stuff such as thangka paintings, singing bowls, yak wool, Himalayan tea, and so on.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
A representative from Third Rock Adventures will transfer you to the international airport to connect flights for onward destinations. Get back home with a fantastic experience of the Everest Panorama Trek, or you can also extend your vacation in Nepal.
Besides, we also offer a range of customized itineraries in these beautiful Himalayan countries- India, Bhutan, and Tibet. We hope to meet you soon for your next adventure!
The difficulty level of Everest Panorama Trek is easy to moderate. Anyone with no prior trekking experience can embark on this trek. This trek itinerary is devised by trekking experts and is suitable for all age groups. On a normal day, you will be walking for an average of 5-6 hours, and the trek from Tengboche to Monjo demands 7-8 hours of trekking. If you are physically fit and can walk for a couple of hours on a rugged trail, this trek is doable.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are the best seasons to trek in the Everest region. The weather remains dry and clear, granting the stunning views of the mountains. The days are ideal, with good visibility and favorable conditions to trek. During spring, the hillside brims with wildflowers, and the trails are embellished with colorful rhododendron. The autumn season as well features a clear sky, fresh air, and pleasant temperature. Although the rule of thumb is not to trek in winter, this trek is doable in winter.
If you trek around October (autumn), you will have the opportunity to witness and celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival, the most important festival in the Everest region. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame.
During the Everest Panorama Trek, the highest point is 3,860m; Tengboche is the highest place you will trek to. The trek starts from Lukla at 2,840m and follows the route to Tengboche at 3,860m. Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek that deals with an altitude of 5,364m, this trek stretches up to an altitude of 3,860m. This signifies that there is less probability of altitude sickness. In addition, the well-designed itinerary entails a slow-paced trekking style that allows your body to adjust to high altitudes gradually.
Please be informed that you should not try to hasten and walk fast. Altitude sickness can occur at altitudes above 2,000m; it is advised to take necessary precautions like staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol, and trekking slowly.
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