Everest Panorama Trek
A great trek for the novice or weekend hiker who wants to enjoy the unrivaled views and Sherpa hospitality of the Khumbu region without enduring the stresses of high altitudes and extreme temperatures. This easy trek begins with a dramatic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where we begin the journey, stopping at Phakding and following the Dudh Khosi river to the region’s major commerce center at Namche Bazaar. We’ll visit several Sherpa villages and enjoy spectacular views of peaks like Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Mt. Everest. The famous monastery awaits us at Thengboche, with an option to climb to the valley’s highest settlement at Pengboche. For a journey that’s tall on spectacular views and culture, and short on the rigors of trekking at high altitude, this is a great chance to take in the Khumbu region’s wonders at a relaxed and easy pace.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
You will be greeted at the airport by a representative from Outdoor Expeditions and transported to your hotel. Unwind from your flight and meet us in the evening for a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trip preparations.
Relax for the afternoon and enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu’s unique attractions. We’ll spend the day exploring several of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks like the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bhagamati, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple), and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest and most revered Buddhist stupa. In the evening we’ll meet with your trekking guide and team members for a trip briefing and preparations for the journey.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding 2652m/8700ft: 3 – 4 hours walk
You’ll be picked up at your hotel after breakfast and transferred to Tribhuvan airport for an amazing flight to the Tenzing-Hillary airstrip at Lukla. Greeted by Kongde’s towering peak, we’ll begin our moderate ascent to Phakding where we spend our first night.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/11280ft: 5 – 6 hours walk
Today’s climb takes us along a wonderfully scenic trail following the Dudh Koshi, with an outstanding view of Mt. Thamserku for much of the journey. We catch a peak of the distant Mt. Everest near Chautara. We’ll pass the checkpoint into the Sagarmatha National Park, and after crossing a high suspension bridge spanning the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, we’ll make the final climb to Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Spend the day enjoying the sights around Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu region’s main commercial center. Several short climbs to spots of interest are available to help us acclimatize, including the Tourist Visitor Center and museum, or the Everest View Hotel, from where breathtaking views can be enjoyed.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung 3810m/12500ft: 4 hours walk
Beginning with a steep climb to the Syangboche airstrip, we stop for an epic view at the Everest View Hotel. We travel through the Khumjung valley, surrounded by the peaks of Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila, to the village of Khumjung, nestled in a hillside dotted with colorful monastery.
Day 7: Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche 3870m/12694ft: 4 – 5 hours walk
Descending to the Dhud Koshi, we follow a winding trail through lush forests past several settlements, making a final short climb to Tengboche. The scenery surrounding the famous monastery at Tengboche is amazing, with Ama Dablam dominating a skyline dressed with stunning ridegelines.
Day 8: Acclimatization at Tengboche
Wake up early to watch the monks perform their morning rituals in the elaborate inner chamber of the Tengboche monastery. Enjoy an amazing desert from the town’s famous bakery. It is our option to take a day hike to the highest settlement in the valley here at Pengboche.
Day 9: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo 2950m/9676ft: 6 -7 hours
A scenic descent along an alpine hillside will bring us to a bridge across a spectacular expanse of the Dhud Koshi. Our trail wanders past several chortens on the descent to Namche Bazaar, then further on to our overnight stop at Monjo.
Day 10: Trek from Monjo to Lukla: 4 -5 hours walking
The final descent to Lukla is steep and rocky, but the oxygen-rich air will bring great comfort. Descending into the lush jungles against the roar of the Dudh Koshi below, we’ll leave the Himalayan giants behind us and stop for our final rest in Lukla.
Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
A morning flight will bring us back to Kathmandu. You’ll be escorted from Tribhuvan airport to your hotel. Enjoy the sights and sounds of bustling Thamel for the evening and reminisce upon an amazing journey.
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
Take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing as time permits. You’ll be picked up at your hotel three hours prior to your departure flight. Thanks for traveling with Outdoor Expeditions. Farewell and Namaste.
- Airport pickup and drop off in private vehicle
- Hotel with included breakfast in Kathmandu
- Private transportation and government licensed guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
- Government licensed, experienced trekking guide and porters during trekking
- Insurance for trekking crew (guides and porters)
- All required equipment for trekking crew, kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent
- Accommodations in hotels, tea-houses, or camps during trekking
- Three daily meals while trekking
- All required conservation fees and trekking permits (TIMS)
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
- Entrance fees for attractions (UNESCO world heritage sites, museums, etc.) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Personal insurance or cost of air rescue in the event of emergency
- Air ticket to and from Nepal from your point of origin
- Visa fee for entry into Nepal
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, hygiene items, staff tips, etc.)
Chosen specifically for the novice adventurer, there is no need for acclimatization during this trek, as we’ll remain at reasonable altitudes for the journey’s duration. This is the least challenging route we offer in the Everest region. Expect to walk between 4 – 6 hours daily at an easy pace and grade. The best seasons for this trek are Spring (Mar – May) and Autumn (Sep – Nov), providing for sunny days and cold (but not freezing) nights. Keep in mind that these are obviously the seasons with the most traffic on the trails. The winter and summer seasons will appeal to those who yearn for a more private experience. Winter season (late Dec – Feb) can bring some beautifully crisp days, but the nights will be very cold. Summer season (Jun – Jul) is usually doused in monsoon rain, but the vegetation will be exceptionally lush.