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Everest Panorama Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 17, 2020

Everest Panorama Trek lets you experience the complete joy of being close to the mountains of Everest region in just eleven days. Relish the beauty of the mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many more from the Everest view hotel in Namche. The close-up views of the same mountains from Tengboche would be more spectacular.

Everest Base Camp in Nepal is one of the most popular treks in the world. This unique Everest base Camp trek adds the Gokyo Lakes by taking a detour of around 6 days to the west. An awesome trek, it is best done from March to June and Oct to November, though it is possible to do the trek in the summer months. Winter, however, is another matter, as it is too cold and snowy to make the trek to Gokyo Ri. The trek is a hard-level 16-17 day journey that starts and ends in the small mountain village of Lukla, the site of the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. 

Everest Panorama Trek

The route, which takes you through Namche Bazaar and Macchermo to the area of Gokyo Ri, and then east to Dingboche to rejoin the trail to EBC is one that covers a total distance of around 145 kilometers. The highest point of the trek is actually at the base camp, at 5,400 meters, though you cannot see the summit of the mountain from this point. 

About The Everest Panorama Trek

The trail from Lukla is one of the most used trails in Nepal, and has a good number of teahouses and lodges along the route at the places where you will stop for the night. However, if you are taking the trek in the peak months, expect to have to camp out if you are not at the lodges early, as they fill up fast. Food along the trail is basic, consisting mostly of local Nepalese dishes, which are nutritious and filling. Alternatively, you can bring your own food to eat along the way.

A new permit is now required for the EBC trek, even with Gokyo Lakes included, and can only be obtained from Lukla for a fee of around 2,000 rupees, or about 28 dollars. You will still require a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, which is needed for trekking anywhere in Nepal, and can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu at a cost of around 14-28 US dollars per person. 

Visit a popular spiritual hub in Tengboche – Tengboche monastery. The artistic monastery in such a peaceful and dramatic atmosphere will lift up your belief towards God. It can also be an opportunity to get acquainted with the Tibetan Buddhist culture that is highly practiced in those regions. The friendly local people with a blend of nature and mountains, Everest Panorama Trek can be a wonderful journey to experience the beauty that resides in the Everest region of Nepal.  Walk along the rhododendron forest, hike up and down through an uneven path with your travel partner.

Day 1 Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

The trekking will start with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Lukla airport offers you with lifetime experience as it is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway of the airport lies between the two hills which is the difficult runaway for the experienced pilot also. Its airfield is at high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 metres. From here trekkers will begin their trek to the Phakding with green landscape and view of Kusum Kangaru. The trekkers will stay at the guesthouse here and enjoy the evening and night time with the local cuisine and dinner. 

Everest Panorama Trek

Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

From Phakding trekkers have to cross the river to reach the valley. The trail is near to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi at Benkar , trekkers can get the sight of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku. It is only the short walk to Monjo where trekkers gather around to have lunch. From Monjo , National Park is about a short distance. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and is an uphill way to Namche bazaar. The trail now goes to the generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi Rivers.  The trekkers have to walk through the large suspension bridge.  

The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike you will capture your first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks.

Day 3 Namche bazaar to Everest View Hotel

This is the day for acclimatization to the trekkers. The trekkers will hike to Syangboche Airport 3700 metres, the highest airport in the world. Then continue to climb to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam and Tawache. On the way back you can visit Sherpa culture museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

Everest Panorama Trek

Day 4 Trek to Tengboche

From here, trekkers have to walk towards the park headquarters and climb up above the Dudh Koshi River.  The path to Dingboche blesses with the monastery situated below the summit of Mt Everest and bordered by other snow capped peaks. The trekkers can also get the picture of local flora and fauna with the amazing Danphe( national bird of Nepal). After coming at the reforestation area of Trashinga, the track moves down until it comes across the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga 3250m. After this, it is initially steep through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Tengboche.

The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.

Day 5 Trek to Namche to Khumjung Village

Descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Khumjung village where you will visit Hilary School and Khumjung monastery then easily trek down to Namche. 

Day 6 Trek to Lukla

This trekking trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of views of landscape and some mountain scenarios. The trekkers can explore Lukla bazaar and local shops. You can also celebrate your successful trekking with special brands of drinks.

Day 7 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu Airport and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains from the window of the plane.

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