Number one on everyone’s bucket list is Everest Base Camp. But, not everyone can commit the time and effort it takes. That’s where Everest View Trek comes into the picture. Do you want unparalleled views of mountains including Everest? Or want to trek through the off-beaten trek routes? What about experiencing the warm Sherpa hospitality in the comforts of tea house? Then, without a doubt, You and Everest View Trek are a match made in heaven.
Everest View Trek doesn’t demand the time, money, and fitness required to pursue other treks in the Everest region. You can complete it in just 11 days. On top of that, it includes only the best of Everest region. Check our day-to-day itinerary for Everest View Trek to know more about it.
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Your Nepal travel will commence after landing at the country’s only international air station, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Most international carrier, including the country’s Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), fly into Nepal. There are flights readily available from the Americas, Europe, and Australia; and they will inevitably involve a transit in the Middle East or Asia. If you are coming to Kathmandu from the east, you will be awed by the view of regal eight-thousanders like Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, and Everest. Alternatively, if you are flying from the west, you will see a succession of western peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the beautiful massif of Ganesh Himal that overshadows the Kathmandu Valley.
Once you get out of the airport terminal, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of taxi drivers trying to coax you into getting in their cab. Then, I’m sure you’ll have sorted out your accommodation needs to stay in the capital. For now, you can check our guide on “boutique hotels to stay in Kathmandu” if you have a flair for finer things in life. If you want to stay true to the backpacker style, here’s another handy little guide on “Best budget hotels in Kathmandu”.
Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
Certainly, Kathmandu Valley is a veritable crucible where over the centuries, many races, religions, languages, and customs have been moulded to form a distinct identity. The City of Temples bathes in myths and legends. The cultural heritage of Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven historic monuments and buildings that fully display the perfect range of artistic achievements for which it is world-famous. The valley also holds the record for the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Site as all of these monuments are within a radius of 14 kilometres.
Certainly you can visit all seven of these heritage sites in two days. In the case of time constraint, look up the heritage sites that you find the most exciting and intriguing and visit them.
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding – Beginning of Everest View Trek
(30-minute-long flight, Lukla: 2,860m, Phakding: 2,610m, 11km, 3-4 hours trek)
Your Everest View Trek journey begins from here! In the morning, you will catch a flight to reach the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Due to its tiny, treacherous runway perched on a cliff, it is notorious as the world’s deadliest airport. Even more, landing on a 500km long runway that has been etched into a mountain ridge and sits by a risky three-kilometre drop is quite a feat for even a seasoned pilot. On a sunny day, you can relish in the panoramic view of eastern Himalayans.
At Lukla, you will get to meet and get acquainted with your guide, porters, and fellow trekkers. After loading the trekking equipment, you’ll begin the first day of your trek towards Phakding. It is a small, beautiful village in the Dudh Koshi river valley just north of Lukla.
On the first day, it is a gentle and easy walk from Lukla to Phakding. At first, descend towards the Dudh Koshi river before joining the main trail to Namche Bazaar. The walk today is easy. You will pass through several Sherpa settlements like Cheplung, Thado Koshi, and Kusum Kangru during your trek. After passing through a final Sherpa village of Ghat (2,550m) adorned with Mani wall paintings, it is a 30-minute short walk to Phakding. If the accommodation in Phakding is packed, you will be able to hotels in Zamfute, a 25-minute walk from Phakding.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
(3,438m, 11 km, 5-6 hours)
On the fourth day, your journey of Everest View Trek will begin the early morning after a wholesome Himalayan breakfast. You will continue northwards along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the milky white river five times on shaky suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. The trail passes through Sherpa villages of Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching Sagarmatha National Park. From there, the trail follows pine forests, Jorsale village, and the banks of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers.
Finally, you will have to ascend a steep trail before reaching Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. On your way, you will have stunning views of Mt. Kusum Kangroo, Thamserku and Holy Khumbiyela. From Namche, you can have the first view of Mt. Everest (8,848m). Also, the headquarter of the Solukhumbu district, Namche is home to numerous quality restaurants, lodges, hotels, internet cafes, and money exchange service centres. Here is our pick of top 5/10 hotels in Namche for great value, great service, and great views!
Acclimatisation and Exploration Day at Namche
Today, you are almost halfway through the journey of Everest View Trek. All trekkers schedule an “acclimatisation day” in Namche to avoid symptoms of altitude sickness further up the trail. So, it doesn’t mean you will stop walking and laze around. There are several short walks through the hills around Namche that will bolster your fitness, and help you adjust to thinning air.
We all know, Namche Bazaar is the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other mountains in the area. Additionally, it is also a prosperous market town that sells everything from beautiful Tibetan artefacts to climbing equipment. You will be going on short walks and hikes to acclimatise to the harsh climate and terrain. Situated on a slope of an arch-shaped mountain, Namche allows you to oversee the sights of great peaks throughout the valley.
Namche is quite happening and eventful for a small mountain town. Here, you can visit the Khunde Hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary, hike to the local museum to see ancient Sherpa artefacts, and reach Everest View Hotel in time to catch the stunning sunset as the sunlight paint Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Everest tangerine.
Namche Bazaar to Khumjung
(3,810m, 15 km, 4 hours)
On the sixth day, the trek commences with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just a stone’s throw away from the runway is the famous Everest View Hotel. From this iconic hotel/viewpoint, you can have pretty rad views of the mighty Everest. Lucky you, you will be trekking on a beautiful path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Koshi river. After hiking through the village of Phungithanga and rhododendron forests, you will reach Tengboche. From here, retrace your steps back to Shanasha, where the trails from Khumjung, Gokyo, and Namche meet. After trekking northward for 2 hours, you will reach Khumjung, the largest settlement of the Khumbu region. It is also probably the highest elevation point of your Everest View Trek.
Here, it is always interesting to see how remarkably the Sherpa culture has sustained and flourished amidst unforgiving terrain and weather conditions. After a short rest, you can hike a short distance to Khumjung Monastery to see the alleged Yeti’s scalp!
Khumjung to Tengboche
(3,870m, 11 km, 4-5 hours)
For today, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi river. After crossing the river at Phunki Thanga, the path climbs through rhododendron jungles to the saddle at the top of the hill. And, suddenly in front of you is the beautiful Tengboche!
A famous village on its own accord, Tengboche is featured in itineraries of almost all major trek routes in Everest region. Besides the awe-inspiring views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest, the village is famous for the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery.
Tengboche to Kyangjuma
(3,570m, 11 km, 4-5 hours)
You will begin the day’s trek with a sharp drop of about 500 meters. After that, your path will lead you to the Dudh Koshi river through the dense rhododendron and fir forests. As you continue on the twisted trail for some time, you will come across two beautiful Sherpa villages called Tashinga and Sansa before finally reaching Kyangjuma.
Kyangjuma is inside the Sagarmatha National Park on the western side of the Dudh Koshi river. Most noteworthy, the village rewards you with lovely views of the Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and the Dudh Koshi river valley. North of the village, the trail splits – one ascending sharp towards Gokyo and other descending to the Everest Base Camp.
Kyangjuma to Monjo (2,840m, 8 km, 4-5 hours)
First of all, you will have to retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar before continuing to Monjo. At first, the path clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through many bends. During the trek, keep an eye out to spot wild animals like snow leopards and mountain goats. Later, a sharp drop will take you to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the dwindling river twice at separate locations, you will finally reach Monjo. Located in the Dudh Koshi river valley, Monjo lies just north of Phakding and south of Jorsale.
Monjo to Lukla
(2,860m, 13 kms, 5-6 hours)
Finally, today is the last day of your Everest view Trek! Trekkers have often left longing for more of the Himalayans at this point. At first, the trail drops down sharply before cutting up to an airstrip in Chauri Kharka. On the way, you will pass through the Phakding village once again and also Chopling village. The rise from Chauri Kharka is the final climb of this journey. Finally, once you reach Lukla, you can finally stretch your legs, reflect on your trekking experience, and call it a day!
Lukla to Kathmandu – End of Everest View Trek
It’s wise to catch an early morning flight due to the unpredictability of weather. That way, you will also have a whole day left in your kitty to make the best out your day in Kathmandu city. For instance, you could go souvenir shopping, visit the culturally enriched older parts of the city, or tour any World Heritage Site if you had missed before. You can end the night at a friendly pub or restaurant with soulful live music to celebrate your successful Everest View Trek. Probably, this will be the vacation you will ever take, who knows?