Everest View Trek
Everest View TrekAs an alternative to Jiri or Lukla the Everest trek can be started or ended by trekking across to the valley in the eastern side of Nepal. The starting point can be Hile if traveling by road or Tumlingtar if a flight is preferred. Getting to or from Hile involves a lengthy bus journey from Kathmandu of around fourteen hours. If this route is taken an entry permit for Makalu Barun National Park is required.
If using the Arun valley as an alternative exit, the route leaves the main Everest trail at Kharte, the village above Khari Khola. It generally travels south east crossing the major rivers in the area, the Hindu Khola and the Hongu Khola, and two high passes, the Pangkoma la (3350 meters) and the Salpa La (3350 meters). Both of these passes give good views of the mountains to the north. The scenery along the trail ranges from mixed farming land and scattered Sherpa and Rai villages to stands of forest including rhododendron and oak. After trekking for five days from where several flights a week connect with Kathmandu and Biratnagar. A further two days trek to the south is Hille from where daily buses operate to Kathmandu.
Your trekking preparation:
This trek is considered as a non-technical trek and suitable for average people. If you are moderately fit and have a sense of adventure will enjoy this trek. The program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and not expected high altitude sickness. However you are requested to check your altitude fitness and the itinerary.
We suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, biking, aerobics is recommended, but mostly hiking on steep hills, or running up and down, steps are preferable. Please note that the following program is prepared in the fact basis however, things can be change in some circumstances but adjustments will have to make during the trekking. We request you to be flexible with the situation to enjoy yourself.
While the trek is designed for teahouse arrangement, our professional mountain guide and porters handle everything. The meal will be provided in the available restaurant en route and accommodations in the available lodges (with most of the days hot/cold shower) en route.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1 – Fly Kathmandu / Lukla and start trek to Phakding.
From Kathmandu (Domestic Airport) you will fly to Lukla which takes around 45 min. The plane passes over the fertile middle hills, with their scattered villages and terraced fields, with an amazing panorama of the high Himalaya as a backdrop. After reaching Lukla, stop to have tea or coffee and start the trek to Phakding, a place 3 hours from Lukla. This place would be your first night stop.
Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding we trek to Namche Bazaar, which was once a small village but since grown in size to accommodate the influx of trekkers, and now is the unofficial capital of the Sherpas. It was once an important trading centre on the route from Tibet to Nepal but has now been largely given over to catering for the needs of trekkers. For acclimatization, we suggest you to spend 2 nights in or around Namche.
Day 3 – Namche Bazaar (Rest)
We take a rest at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize, which gives the opportunity to explore some of the less developed and more traditional villages in the area. Easier options for passing the acclimatization day can be found by visiting the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, which are about a 2 hour walk above Namche. While in Khunde, visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of one of the alleged Yeti scalps that are to be found in the region. Having lunch in Everest view hotel and enjoy with gorgeous view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam is other attractions having one day free in Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 – Namche/Tengboche
Moving on from Namche Bazaar the trail follows the valley of the Imja Khola with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam and dominating the skyline ahead, Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola, at Tengboche. This is the site of one of the most significant Buddhist Monastery in Solukhumbu Region and a visit is well recommended.
Day 5 – Tengboche/ Khumjung
On this day we trek from Tengboche to Khumjung “the sister city” of Kunde.
Day 6 – Khumjung/ Phakding
From Khumjung we trek back to Phakding, our previous 2nd day trekking place.
Day 7 – Phakding/ Lukla
Trek from Phakding to Lukla, situated high above the river on shelf, Lukla is another classic paradox in determining altitude because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 meters between the lower and upper ends of the runway.
Day 8 – Lukla to Kathmandu, From Lukla we fly back to Kathmandu.
The cost includes the following services:
All arrival, departure transfers as per the program by Pvt. Non AC vehicle.
Everest conservation fee
Lodge trek with all meals and accommodation in tea house lodge
Service of one English-speaking trekking guide from Kathmandu and porter from Lukla
Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipments, and allowances of guide and porter
Airfare of guide including domestic airport tax
All applicable government taxes and service charges
Cost does not include:
Accommodation, meals and and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
Bottled drinks (mineral water, any clod drinks, and alcoholic drinks) while on trek
Your travel insurance
Airfare of USD 232 per person for Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu flight
International and domestic airport taxes
Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary
Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, bar, tips, etc.