Everest Panorama Trek - A journey to the Sherpa land begins here!

Everest Panorama Trek The popular Everest Panorama trek is a short and altitude free hike in Everest Region offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest ranges. This trek is suitable for those Solo or group travelers who want to explore the world’s tallest mountain in a short period of time. Compared to some of other treks, this trek is moderately easy and takes you up to Tengboche (3890m), the highest elevation of the entire trek.

Everest Panorama trek offers breathtaking peaks including Mount Everest 8848m. Lhoste 8516m, Thamserku 6623m, Ama Dablam 6812m, Kantega 6780m, and many other snowcapped peaks.

Everest Panorama trek begins from the vibrant city of Kathmandu from where we fly to Lukla and trek up to Namche Bazzar, a beautiful Sherpa capital. We continue our trek to Tengboche (famous for its legendary Tengboche monastery) and into the Khumjung village, a brilliant settlement of Sherpa people. This trek is a great introduction to Sherpa land and its culture with breathtaking mountain views, a best trek for first time trekkers in Nepal.

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Everest Panorama Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu 91350m).
Day 02:
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m.) trek to Phakding (2640m), 5 hrs trek.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.  
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek from Khumjung village to Phakding (2652m), 5 to 6 hrs trek. 
Day 08: Trek from Phakding to Lukla, 4 hrs trek.
Day 09: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Panorama Trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu 91350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu you will be greet by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, join a welcome dinner offered by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the delicious meal with short brief about Everest Panorama trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m.) trek to Phakding (2640m), 5 hrs trek.
Early morning you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 35 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will be meet our porters and will head north from the airstrip to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will spend our first night. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi River, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect an area of 1148 sq km surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3445m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and hike to Everest view hotel.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep switch backing trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.  
Our route of today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3880m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village. Overnight  at guest house.  

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Today we return halfway back to Namche Bazaar before starting our hike up to the largest Khumbu settlement of the valley, Khumjung village. From Khumjung village a great view from Mt. Everest can be seen. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from Khumjung village to Phakding (2652m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.  
Today we descent first to Namche Bazaar and then continue our way back down the valley and descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. From Monjo we will go through forests of magnolia, giant firs and rhododendrons to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project. We cross the Dudh Kosi river to its west-bank and continue our way down to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 08: Trek from Phakding to Lukla, 4 hrs trek.
Today we retrace our route from day 01 back to the transit village of Lukla, where we have to reconfirm our flight tickets for the next day. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.

Day 09: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Today we fly back to Kathmandu. This early morning flight is because of the location of the airstrip, and the often clear morning views from the plane one of the most interesting flights you’ll ever experience. In the Evening join us for a wonderful fare well dinner with live culture show. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Final departure.
After breakfast, drive to international airport for the flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.

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Everest Panorama Trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking/Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Namche/Tengboche

Trip Duration:  10 days

Max. Altitude: 3880 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season:  February to June and September to December

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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