Nepal Classic Trek

Luxury Everest Panaroma Trek

Duration
9 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate

Home to eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is blessed with spectacular mountain vistas. The Everest Region (or Solukhumbu, Khumbu for short) itself is famous, not only as home to the world’s highest mountain, but also for its friendly Sherpa people, colorful festivals, and Buddhist monasteries.

Tour code: GE021

On the cultural, scenic trail of diverse Sherpa land

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to Hotel Hyatt Regency
  • Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
  • Day 05: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Trek to Phortse (3,810m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) via Pangboche (3,930m)
  • Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu via Mountain Flight
  • Day 09: Final departure

Home to eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is blessed with spectacular mountain vistas. The Everest Region (or Solukhumbu, Khumbu for short) itself is famous, not only as home to the world’s highest mountain, but also for its friendly Sherpa people, colorful festivals, and Buddhist monasteries. But probably the Khumbu’s best known inhabitant is Mount Everest. Called Chomolunga, meaning “Mother Goddess of the World” by the local Sherpa communities, and known as Sagarmatha by Nepalese, Everest is indeed mother to the world as she rises majestically above the clouds. And because of Mother Nature that created this wonder at 8,848m, and more recently because of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norbu’s assent, this region is perhaps the most celebrated climbing and trekking area in the world. Also found in this region is the Sagarmatha National Park, with its unique flora and fauna, and the fabled and mysterious Yeti. Just more reasons to trek, climb or simply visit the Everest Region of Nepal

Our Everest Panorama Trek visits the deep, lush valleys of the Khumbu Region, where you will have time to explore villages and monasteries and sample the incredible Sherpa hospitality. The adventure begins with a beautiful, scenic flight to Lukla, which is the closest fixed wing planes can get to Mount Everest. On landing you will trek slowly to Phakding where we overnight before heading on to Namche Bazaar, capital of Sherpa life. From here the adventure really begins!

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
9 Days
Trek Duration
5 Days
Mode of Trek
Tea House / Lodge
Max. Elevation
3,930m
(Pangboche)
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate
Start / End
Lukla

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVE AT KATHMANDU (1,300M) AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel. After some refreshments our Sherpa guide or other representative will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu. Transfers by private vehicle.

Overnight : Hotel Hyatt Regency

Day 02: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU VALLEY

After breakfast, precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here we take in the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, known as the living goddess, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandap Temple. From our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about Nepalese history, architecture and religion.

From here, proceed by private vehicle to the Buddhist site of Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. From Swoyambhunath you can look down over the city while learning about the local Buddhist culture. Then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. Being that the Bagmati is considered a holy river, many funeral cremations take place along its banks.

Before returning to the hotel, visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. The area is particularly vibrant and colourful in the early evening when locals come out to circumambulate around the stupa, reciting prayers as they walk. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before the next morning's departure.

Overnight : Hotel Hyatt Regency

The Hyat Hotel, Kathmandu

DAY 3: FLY TO LUKLA (2,840M) AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2,610M) 4 HRS (35 minutes flying time)

This morning you will be transferred to the Kathmandu airport for the flight to Lukla. The flight itself will give you a sense of awe as you have your first views of the Himalaya mountains as you fly parallel to the snowcapped peaks bordering Nepal and Tibet/China.

On landing there will be time to explore Lukla while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla, whose name means ‘place of sheep’ lies at an altitude of 2,850m. From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Koshi Valley. The valley is covered with beautiful pine and rhododendron forests where the walking is easy as you follow the river’s course, passing through the village of Ghat. Your destination today is the small village of Phakding.

Overnight : Yeti Mountain Home Lodge (Phakding)

DAY 4: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M) 5 HRS

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar. On the way, take in in the magnificent view of Thamaserku (6,608m). Crossing another suspension bridge, again over the Bhote Koshi River, you reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thamaserku and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Here your trekking permit and park entrance ticket will be checked to ensure a safety record is kept of all trekkers entering the area.

From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge, over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach the bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village before Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The trail to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its sister peaks in the east and Kusum Kangru behind you. As you climb higher, view the Mt. Everest-Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda. From here, another one to two hours walk takes you to Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are laid out amphitheater style.

Overnight : Yeti Mountain Home Lodge (Namche)

DAY 5: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN NAMCHE

We stop today in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the high altitude. You can either rest around the lodge and explore the town or take some short treks. A short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters is a magnificent spot with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. Another walk will take you to the Hotel Everest View (3,880m) where you can eat lunch while enjoying a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other mountains. Return to your lodge via the Khumjung Valley.

Overnight : Yeti Mountain Home Lodge (Namche)

DAY 6: TREK TO PHORTSE (3,810M) 5 HRS

After a 20 minute climb to the top of the ridge over Namche Bazaar, the trek follows an easier, gradual trail with a few short up and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-Ri. After approximately two hours we come to Shanasha where the trail climbs up to Mong La where we stop for lunch. From Mong La the path descends steeply down to the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, we again ascend for about 30 minutes to reach the beautiful village of Phortse where we overnight.

Overnight : Lodge/Teahouse

DAY 7: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,860M) VIA PANGBOCHE (3,930) 6 HRS

With no tea shops between Phortse and Pangboche (3.5 hours) we suggest today you carry plenty of water with you.

From Phortse the path rises slightly, leaving Tengboche village and Kangthenga mountain on the right. Today the trek is extremely pleasant, with no settlements, only grazing yaks and blue sheep on the trail. On reaching Pangboche we have lunch. Another two hours walk takes us to Tengboche, home of the famous Buddhist monastery, largest in the region, with breathtaking panoramic views.

Overnight : Lodge/Teahouse

DAY 8: FLY TO KATHMANDU VIA HELICOPTER (including mountain flight) 1.5 HRS

Today we enjoy an early champagne breakfast in the lap of the snow-capped mountains, after which a private charter B3E helicopter will land near the monastery to take you back to Kathmandu. On route, experience a short tour over Mt. Everest and the valley below. The flight back to Kathmandu follows the Dudh Khosi River, and takes a total of around 1.5 hours. Please note: the helicopter may stop at Lukla airport for about 15 minutes for re-fueling purposes.

On arrival at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our tour officer will escort you back to Hotel Hyatt Regency. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. We bid you a safe trip home.

Overnight : Hotel Hyatt Regency

DAY 9: FINAL DEPARTURE

Today our staff will take you to the airport for your international flight. Please advise us in advance of your flight time and please ensure your ticket is confirmed. We can do this for you.


Highlights of Our Services

Our programmes are a little different from the rest. Here is why:
  • We use the latest model B3E helicopter for our Tengboche – mountain flight – Kathmandu flight.
  • We provide you with a luxury suite in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • We provide the only luxury hotels in the Everest Region - Yeti Mountain Home Lodge - Phakding and Namche
  • We take our own bed sheets, pillow covers, bathroom towels and sanitary items to ensure you have the highest level of hygiene possible on the trek.
  • We provide a champagne breakfast at Tengboche and champagne with the lunch in Hotel Everest View.
  • Our guides are highly experienced, educated, dedicated and able to take decisions in any unforeseen difficult situation.

Complimentary Services

The following services are provided complimentary to our clients:
  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Services Included

  • 3 nights luxury suite accommodation in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu with AP meal plan (3 meals per day).
  • 3 nights luxury deluxe accommodation in Yeti Mountain Home in the Everest Region with AP meal plan.
  • 2 nights standard accommodation in the Everest Region in the best available lodges with AP Plan. Here we use our own bed sheets, pillow covers, sleeping bags, towels, and sanitary items in the bathroom.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla flight ticket by regular schedule fixed-wing flight.
  • Latest model B3E helicopter for Tengboche – Mountain Flight – Kathmandu flight.
  • Dry foods such almond, peanuts and chocolate bars where necessary during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits provide every evening after dinner as dessert.
  • We provide unlimited tea/ coffee in the trek.
  • Pure mineral water for drinking.
  • License holder, experienced, English speaking guide (we also have other language speaking guides, please ask us) for the city sightseeing on day 02.
  • License holder, experienced, English speaking guide (we also have other language speaking guides, please ask us) for the entire tour.
  • High altitude experienced porters for the entire trek.
  • Ground transportation in Kathmandu including airport pick up and drop by air conditioned luxury Land Cruiser and/or Land Rover.
  • Entry Fees and Trekking permit fees.

Services Excluded

  • Emergency rescue evacuation charges.
  • Medical charges.
  • Extra beverage and bar bill during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance fees.
  • Extra charges borne by any natural calamities or political strikes.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of the quoted amount. This amount will depend on the time between booking and departure for Bhutan. Payment can be made by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.

If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
GPO Box: 20195
Third Floor, Bhattachan Complex,
Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4417959
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www.gurkhaencounters.com

Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.


Terms & Conditions

  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made not less than 48 hours before departure. There is a minimum 40% cancellation charge PLUS any tax, transportation and permit fees. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the programme ends before the stated itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for the early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feel it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed. We suggest you leave adequate time between the end of your trek and your international flight.
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue, should it be necessary. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal.
  • Our staff are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety. Therefore, their decision regarding safety is final. The Company is not responsible in any way, for any outcome, should you refuse to follow their advice.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • 60 days before departure : Loss of deposit - 40% of total trip cost
  • 29 days to 59 days before departure : 50% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure : 70% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure : 100% of total trip cost

General Information

EQUIPMENT LIST (GENERAL, RECOMMENDED ITEMS, MAY VARY DEPENDING ON YOUR TREK)

  • A pair of light hiking boots (please wear them before arrival to ensure comfort)
  • A pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
  • 1 medium poly pro shirt
  • 1 pile jacket
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 woolen hat
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 long sleeve tshirt or shirt
  • Two pairs of loose trekking pants
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • One trekking back pack of 7 or 8 litre capacity
  • A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (optional)
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • A pair of light hiking boots (please wear them before arrival to ensure comfort)
  • A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (optional)
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • One trekking back pack of 7 or 8 litre capacity
  • A pair of woolen gloves
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • 1 four seasons sleeping bag (we also provide a four seasons sleeping bag for your convenience)
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF
  • Sunscreen stick with a high SPF
  • Two books for reading (optional)
  • ipod or similar, camera and necessary chargers (optional)
  • A one litre water bottle
  • One flash light with 4 sets of batteries

Things to Bring

Miscellaneous Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children on the trails.
  • Reading/writing materials

Toiletry Items

Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras incase of flight delays.

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What Our Client Says

Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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