Everest Panorama Trek - 9 Days

The nine days Everest Panorama Trek is a fantastic option for those who don’t have enough time or dare to hike the full length of Everest Base Camp Trek. In this trek, you’ll get an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of early mountaineers but, in short period of time.

This short Everest Panorama Trek starts from Lukla after a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu. You’ll continue your trek from Lukla-Phakding -Namche Bazaar; the Sherpa capital of Nepal. Namche Bazaar is popular as the gateway to Everest.

In Namche, you’ll explore the beautiful scenery and the lifestyle of the Sherpa people. From there you’ll continue the trek towards Tengboche where you’ll come across an ancient Buddhist monastery.

Undoubtedly, the main feature of this Everest Panorama Trek is to hike to the holiest Sherpa Buddhist religious monastery: Tengboche monastery.

Tengboche offers 360-degree panoramic views of the world's’ highest peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, and other snowy peaks.

Apart from the mesmerizing view of Everest, this short trek has many others highlights as well. It includes the Sherpa village Khumjung, Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, Everest View Hotel, and Syangboche Airstrip.

Though this trek is short, you’ll still experience the beautiful mountain sceneries, diverse culture, and tricky trails. In short, you’ll still experience the wilderness of the Everest region.

Although Everest Panorama trek is all year doable trip, the best time is from March to May and the beginning of September to end of December.

Any type of travel enthusiasts, from adventure seekers to those wishing for family tours, can opt for this trek. You will get awesome experiences regardless of your age,fitness level or, any risks of altitude sickness.

Get ready to experience the epic view of Mt. Everest and the Himalayas on nine-day Everest Panorama Trek!

Highlights

  • Experience the scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Get breathtaking views of Mt. Everest and the adjoining mountains like Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Phortse.
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park, world’s highest national park
  • Namche Bazaar, gateway to Mt. Everest and world’s highest trade market
  • Explore the Sherpa villages-Khumjung (3,790 m)
  • Syangboche airport (3,780 m)-one of the highest altitude airport of Nepal
  • Everest View Hotel (3,880 m)- one of the highest altitude luxury hotel in the world
  • Visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung
  • Visit the Buddhist monasteries in Tengboche (3,870 m)-one of the largest gompas in the Khumbu region
  • Trek via the homelands of the ethnic Sherpa people
  • Experience a unique culture, tradition, hospitality of Sherpa people
  • Mani Rimdu Festival in October/November

Days Itinerary Time
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m) -
Day 02 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,804 m) 3 hrs
Day 03 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) 5.5 hrs
Day 04 Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,962 m) 5 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) 5 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Namche (3,860 m) 5 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Lukla (3,441 m) hrs
Day 08 Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening 45 min flight
Day 09 Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure -

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal. Upon arrival, our representative will welcome you and safely escort to the respective hotel. After freshening up, you’ll attend a small team meeting where our guide will brief you about the trip.

During the evening, you’ll join a welcome dinner where you’ll get a chance to meet your fellow trekkers. You’ll spend overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

Walking Distance: 8 km

After a proper breakfast, you’ll head towards the Tribhuvan International Airport to catch a flight to Lukla. Following the trail of the Dudh Koshi river, you’ll begin your journey towards Phakding via the prosperous village of Lukla.

Once you reach Lukla, you’ll take a short break and continue your trek towards Phakding. Walking along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and passing via several mani walls, stupas, and prayer wheels you’ll reach Phakding.

You’ll spend a night at the teahouses in Phakding.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

Walking Distance: 11 km

Early morning after breakfast, following the banks of Dudh Koshi river, you’ll cross several suspension bridges, Hillary Suspension Bridge is one of them. The trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park where you need to show your trekking permits.

Moving ahead, the trail include steep climbs and passes via dense forests. Though the trail becomes little challenging at the end of the day, you’ll get a jaw-dropping view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks.

Namche Bazaar is the main gateway to Mt. Everest. This place is like a tourist hub full of restaurants, hotels, shops, a bakery cafe, money exchange, etc.

You’ll spend a night at one of the finest tea houses in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

Before proceeding ahead, you need a rest day to adjust with thin air of high land. So, this is the day for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a great place to explore with plenty of souvenir shops, restaurant, bars, and good German Bakery cafe too.

You’ll explore around Namche Bazaar and take an acclimatization walk up to the Everest View Hotel. From here you’ll get an awesome view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse.

After then you’ll visit Sherap Museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa people. Also, you can see great photographs of Everest summiteers. You’ll spend overnight at teahouse of Namche.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3860 m, Tengboche

Walking Distance: 10 km

Early in the morning, after breakfast, you’ll head towards Tengboche. From Namche, you’ll climb several uphills and downhills to Sanas, and then trail descends gradually to Tashinga and finally drops steeply to Phukin Thagna where you’ll be crossing Dudh Koshi river.

After climbing for two hours, you’ll reach Tengboche. It is one of the religious places for the Sherpa people. Here you’ll visit the Tengboche Monastery which is one of the largest in the Everest region.

From the top of the monastery, you’ll get a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Here you can also meet many mountaineers and summitters who visit the place to collect blessings from Lamas before their expeditions..

After exploring Tengboche Monastery, you’ll walk to the teahouse of Tengboche for an overnight stay.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

Walking Distance: 10 km

Early in the morning, after visiting Tengboche Monastery and take blessings from Lamas you’ll head back to Namche Bazaar. Enjoying the splendid mountain views of Khumbu valley, walking via the dense rhododendron and birch forests you’ll reach Namche for an overnight stay.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

Walking Distance: 17.7 km

Namche Bazaar to Lukla will be one of the best trekking phases during this Everest Panorama Trek. After breakfast, you’ll trek back to Lukla. The walk is quite downhill so you may have to put a huge effort on your knees.

Though the Namche to Lukla trek will be a little hectic, you’ll get ample opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the Everest region. The dense rhododendron forests, plenty of waterfalls, diverse landscapes will surely please your eyes.

Enjoying the last day of the trek, you’ll continue your walk to Lukla. Once you reach Lukla, you can take rest or spend time with other fellow trekkers.

Overnight stay at the teahouse of Lukla.

Day 8
Day 08: Flight to Kathmandu an Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

You’ll take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the 45-minute scenic flight. On arrival to the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the respective hotel.

You can take rest and can do some shopping for your close ones around Thamel area. In the evening, you’ll partake a farewell dinner where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese dishes.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 9
Day 9: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

It’s your last day in Nepal. After having some breakfast, our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

For more details about this trip or any other tour or trekking packages, please feel free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • During sightseeing tours guide
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Everest region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that, it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgement to decide on what to take.

Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look;

Important Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Enough Cash

Headwear

  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Beanie or Headband
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Bandana Scarf

Upper Body

  • Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Down Vest
  • Sports Bra
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Wind Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket

Handwear

  • Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
  • Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
  • Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof)
  • Camp Sandals
  • Hiking Socks
  • Thermal Socks
  • Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
  • Gaiters

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Small Lock for Duffel Bag
  • Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
  • Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes

Sleeping Accessories

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Air mattress
  • Mat
  • Pillow (small)

Important Accessories

  • Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight/ Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

Medical and First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Pain relief gel
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiallergic
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Electrolytes
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Water purification tablets

Personal Gear and Toiletries

  • Trekking Towel
  • Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
  • Small Locks
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant and Soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectant tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Cotton buds
  • Toiletries bag

Extra/Luxuries

  • Books
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
  • Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
  • Binoculars
  • Plug Adapter
  • Swim Suit
  • Portable Solar Charger

Q1. Is Trekking in the Everest Region Difficult or Easy?

The difficulty of treks in the Everest region depends on the trek you choose to do.

If you’re looking for a little more challenging adventurous trail rather than a simple walk, then you can go for Everest Base Camp trek! This base camp trek takes you from 2,804 m at Lukla to 5,545 m, the summit of Kala Patthar.

The trails in the Everest region include moderate uphill and downhill walk, steep ascents and descents. Generally, the trekking route is well-maintained but also involve some mix- rough terrain.

So, with a good health condition, you can complete this base camp trek with ease. With enough acclimatization day and proper training, you can complete the trek with success. You should train yourself before embarking this adventurous trek. The more fit you are, the more pleasant your journey will be.

Q.2 Do I Have to be Extremely Fit to Trek in the Everest Region?

There is no specific requirement of fitness for trekking in the Everest region. However, a basic level of fitness is required. After all, you’ve to hike with your daypack for 4-6 hours, on various types of terrain, over the course of several days.

You need a basic level of fitness, but you don’t need to have a pro-level athlete’s fitness. Before trekking, you can do an exercise like jogging, running, swimming, or hiking.

Thus, if you attempt Everest Base Camp Trek with proper training, you can enjoy every moment of the trek. Remember to walk at your own pace, drink plenty of water, and allocate enough acclimatization day.

Q.3 How to Reach Lukla from Kathmandu?

Lukla village serves as the main entry point of world famous Everest region. It is a small town located at the height of 2,860m and inhabited by Sherpa community. This small mountain village hosts Tenzing Hillary Airport, one of the most adventurous airports in the world.

At present, the airport is the only convenient way to reach the Everest region from Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla take around 45 minutes. Buddha Airlines, Sita Airlines, Yeti Airways, and Tara Airways are some of the airlines that operate daily flights between Kathmandu and Lukla.

Likewise, the monsoon season (June-August) is highly prone to flight delays and cancellation due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, if you’re traveling to Nepal during monsoon time, it is recommended to add 2-3 spare days in your itinerary.

Q4. Am I Prone to Altitude Sickness while Trekking in the Everest Region?

While trekking in the high altitudes of the Everest region, the symptoms of altitude sickness are very common in all trekkers, regardless of their age and fitness level. At higher elevation, many experience symptoms like occasional headaches, shortness of breath or mild nausea. These symptoms are easily treated with proper rest, hydration, and over the counter medications.

Due to this uncertainty, most trekkers use Diamox, a medication which can help you fight the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Unfortunately, some people may experience more serious symptoms that demand intensive treatment like oxygen therapy and a portable hyperbaric bag.

Q5. How Do I Prevent Altitude Sickness?

  • Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 3-4 liters per day.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and meat.
  • Don’t go up until symptoms go down. People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure to acclimate properly before ascending further.
  • Listen to your body. Take your time. The pace is a critical factor on all routes.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization days.
  • Walk high and sleep low. If you have enough energy, take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain although you descend to sleep.
  • Consult your doctor before you start your trek. Your doctor may prescribe you an altitude sickness tablet.

Q6. What Happens if I get Mountain Sickness?

If you get altitude sickness while on the trail, let your guide know immediately. They’ll help you. For this, you need to be familiar with the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Most people experience mild symptoms like a headache, loss of appetite above 12,000-14,000 feet. These mild symptoms are not serious and will disappear within 48 hours. But, if symptoms become more serious, there are two options:

  • Descend to a lower elevation- possibly resume the trek once you recover.
  • Get into a portable hyperbaric bag- it is an inflatable pressure bag large enough to accommodate a person inside. A person is placed inside the bag, then sealed and inflated with a foot pump. By doing so, within minutes, the effective altitude is decreased by 1000 to 3000 meters depending on the elevation.

Q7. Do I Need Travel Insurance to Trek in the Everest Region?

In the Everest region, most of the trekkers face the problem of high altitude sickness. So, it’s important you should get proper insurance for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Make sure that your travel insurance package covers:

  • Trip cancellation
  • Travel delay
  • Loss/damage of baggage
  • Medical emergencies
  • Medical evacuation.

If you’re confused about the insurance, you can contact us, we are happy to help you.

Q8. When is the Best Time for the Trek in Everest Region?

The best time for Everest region trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). In the spring season, the weather is dry and stable, and the mountain views are at their best.

One of the best part of trekking during spring is the fantastic view of the lower hill blooming in rhododendron flowers.

Autumn is one of the peak trekking seasons in Nepal. If you opt autumn season for Everest Base Camp Trek, then you’ll get the magnificent snow-capped mountain views.

During spring and autumn, the trail is overcrowded because of the large inflow of the tourists. During this time, almost all tea houses get packed with the trekkers. So, you need to make advance-booking for accommodation and flight.

Moreover, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June-Aug) and winter (Dec-Feb) are a good time to do it. Also, if you opt these seasons, you may need to add extra days in your itinerary as flight delays and cancellations are common due to bad weather conditions.

Q9. What are the Accommodations Along the Trail?

The accommodation facilities along the Everest Base Camp trail are pretty great! You can opt from the luxurious hotel to basic tea houses according to your budget. In luxurious accommodation, you’ll get a luxury room with attached bathrooms and hot showers.

Likewise, teahouse has a simple room but comfortable to sleep. Most of the teahouse have squat toilets. Also, as you move to higher altitudes, the accommodation facilities become more simple. So, don’t expect luxurious accommodation at higher altitudes.

Q10. What is the Food like on the Everest Trail?

Everest trekking trail is a lot more developed in comparison to other trekking routes in Nepal. You’ll find several teahouses that serve good food.

Along the trail, you can get everything from rice and lentil dishes (dal bhat power 24 hr) to pizza. Almost all tea houses have similar menus. You’ll get momos, noodles, soups, and burgers.

Beer and soft drinks are available everywhere but at a highly inflated price. Snacks like candy bars, chips are widely available, but for a higher price than Kathmandu valley. As you move towards higher elevation, the price gets higher too.

Tips: Bring your snacks from Kathmandu. Yes, it’ll increase the weight of your luggage, but it’s better to pay NRS. 80 per bar in Kathmandu than NRS. 200 on the trail.

Q11. Is Drinking Water Readily Available During the Trek?

Most of the tea house along the trail serve bottled, boiled, and filtered water. It is not safe to drink tap water without treating it. The best options are to bring a reusable water bottle and a water purification tablet. It’s cheap and doesn’t hurt the environment too.

You can also buy mineral water bottle everywhere. It is cheap in Kathmandu (USD 2 for a liter bottle) but expensive on the Everest trail (USD3-5 for a liter bottle).

Q 12. Can I Charge My Electronic Devices?

Yes, you can charge your electronic devices during the trekking period. Almost all tea houses have charging plug points. However, charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially a the higher elevation. So, it’s a good idea to carry spare batteries for your camera.

Q13. Can I Trek Alone?

Yes, you may trek alone actually there is no any law these days that tourists need to travel with guide or travel company. However, trekking alone in the Everest region is not advisable.

For your convenience hire a guide or porter. A guide will not only help you in route navigation but also will help you to get the best places to eat and sleep. Also, they’re familiar with the local culture and tradition.

A guide will help you to get a close insight into local culture and traditions. They’ll also assist you with gears, medical emergencies, and travel arrangements.

A porter is one who will carry your baggage throughout the trekking journey. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks as you don’t have to carry heavy backpacks.

Q14. Do I have to Carry my Luggage on the Trip? If Not, What is the Weight the Porters Carry?

Trekking is a long journey for which you’ll need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/ duffel bag and a daypack for personal items.

Throughout the entire trekking journey, our porter will carry duffle bag whereas you have to carry a daypack of your own. A daypack is a small backpack where you can keep your personal items like camera, battery chargers, snacks, and water bottle.

If you’re taking a flight to Lukla, there is a certain weight limit of your baggage. The maximum weight of the check-in baggage is 10 kg whereas that of hand carry is 5 kg.

Our porter can carry up to 25kg during the trek, whereas your other personal items will be safely kept at the respective hotel.

Q15. What Qualifications Do the Guides Have?

Our guides are knowledgeable in the areas of history, culture, and geography of the Everest region. Also, our guides and porters are well trained and licensed. Last but not least all of our guides are friendly, helpful, honest, humorous, and hardworking.

During the trekking journey, they’ll provide you with a good knowledge of the local culture. They’ll assist you in every aspect of your trips like arranging the rooms, meals, and flight.

Q16. Can I Hire a Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket with the Quality Thermal Required for the Trip?

Yes, you can hire a sleeping bag and down jacket with the thermal quality in Kathmandu. There are plenty of shops in Thamel that sell trekking gears. You’ll find many shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively low price.

Further, you can also hire most of the trekking equipment from Kathmandu. The rental cost may range from NRS. 3 – 4 per day.

Q17. How Much Do you Recommend to Tip the Porters or Local Guides?

Tips are not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. However, at the end of the trip, if you wish to show your gratitude, it is always welcomed.

Tipping can be in USD or Nepalese Rupees (NRS). So, it is good to carry small denominations of USD for small tips to driver, hotel staff, porter etc. If you want to tips someone you are free to do so but there is no hard and fast rule about how much you should tip.

Q18. Are ATMs Available in Everest Region?

Yes, there are some ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla but not in places higher than that. Also, sometimes ATMs might run out of cash or the machines may not work properly. So, it’s a good idea to carry some hand cash.

Q19. Is There Any Alternate Way to See Mt. Everest Closely Without Trekking?

Yes, if you don’t have ample time for a number of days trek, then you can opt Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around Everest region to get a close-up view of Mt. Everet.

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Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 3,962 meters, Everest View Hotel
  • 9 Days
  • 6 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Moderate
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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