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The sight of the mighty Mount Everest is nothing but a surreal experience for mountain lovers! Being an ideal trek for a first-time trekker, the Everest Panorama Trek is an easy walking holiday that combines the expansive Himalayan vistas along with the Sherpa culture. During the trek, you will weave through the green valleys, cross the boundless canyons, climb to a remarkable panorama of the noble peaks, and finally reach the summit of magnificent Mt. Everest. As you proceed towards the heart of the Khumbu, you will get to stay at cozy mountain lodges in the fascinating villages, where you can relax and make yourself feel at home!
After having a comfortable journey, you will arrive at Kathmandu for your Everest Panorama Trek. Upon your arrival, you will be met by our guide who will transfer you to your hotel.
You will be free to shop for equipment, snacks, other essentials that you will require for the trek.
Later in the evening, you will get a briefing regarding the trek and other information on topics like acclimatization, your visiting areas, and the culture of the region.
On the second day of your Everest Panorama Trek, you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Lukla. Your journey in the flight will be spectacular as the plane will be a twin otter plane that journeys up the Kathmandu valley and into the heart of the Himalayas. After an enthralling journey, you will land at the Lukla airstrip and meet the porters to begin your trek.
You will pass the mani walls (boulders inscribed with Buddhist prayers), prayer wheels, prayer flags, ancestral villages with terrace farming, and yak trains while trekking your way up the undulant Dudh Kosi Valley. After arriving in the valley, you will meet and interact with the locals of the Khumbu, known as Sherpas. The Sherpas migrated from Tibet about 500 years ago and have made these mountains their home.
You will stay overnight at Toc Toc.
You will start the day of your Everest Panorama Trek with the brilliant views of Thamserku while heading north and into the Sagarmatha National Park. You will climb up the steep 'Namche Hill' after crossing three breathtaking suspension bridges located high above the Dudh Kosi. The Hill is bordered by beautiful magnolia, rhododendron, and fir forests, and you will get to catch your first sight of Mt. Everest!
Later, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar, which is the de facto capital of the Khumbu. The Namche Bazaar is set in a striking bowl-shaped terraced valley. Bordered by the Thamserku, Kongde, and Kangtega peaks, you will feel as if you have entered the Himalayas. You will spend your evening exploring the captivating town of Namche.
On day four of your Everest Panorama Trek, you will aim to follow the adage that says ”climb high, sleep low” by exerting a half-day acclimatization hike. You will start your day by paying a visit to the Namche gompa, which is a 100-year-old monastery. After exploring that, you will climb up to the Sherpa cultural museum at Chhorkung. The museum has a captivating collection of the cultural pieces of Sherpa. You will explore the museum and the photo gallery situated next door, and spend some time gaining the benefits of climbing to the elevated altitude.
Later in the evening, you will have an opportunity to meet Kancha Sherpa, who is the last surviving member of the 1953 excursion to Mt. Everest. You will spend the whole evening listening to his engaging tale about the first ascent of the highest mountain in the world.
For you to view the stunning Mount Everest, it is necessary that you start the fifth day of your Everest Panorama Trek early in the morning. Early mornings give an added advantage of settled weather. You will hike out to a viewpoint where you will get incredible views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
You will detour to another wonderful area before continuing your hike towards the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung. You will spend your time walking through the small stone-walled lanes of the villages and you will also visit the monasteries in those areas. Post lunch, you will make the dramatic inclination to Namche. You will spend the evening shopping souvenirs and exploring the town.
On the sixth day of your Everest Panorama Trek, you will take a long descent towards the valley downwards. You will descend ‘Namche hill’ and again cross the suspension bridges above the Dudh Kosi, and exit the Sagarmatha National Park.
After arriving at Phakding, you have the option of taking a short return trip to the charming 350-year-old Pema Choling monastery. You will stop overnight at a large boisterous village that has a good collection of bakeries, pool parlors, bars, and coffee shops.
On day seven, you will retrace your steps to Lukla, and pass the legendary farming villages of Khumbu that you passed while climbing up. Later, you will arrive at Lukla by late afternoon and then you will enjoy your last night in the mountains before taking your flight back to civilization.
You will have a customary farewell dinner, which will provide you with a deeper insight into the lives of the locals.
You will bid goodbye to the Himalayas, as you will fly out of Lukla for your flight to Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax after your trek.
After eating a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.