The Short Everest Panorama Family Lodge trekking is an ideal trek for those who have a limited amount of time, are new to trekking or trekking with a young family. It is a total of 10 days, with seven actual days of trekking in the beautiful region of Mt. Everest. The Mt. Everest region is literally the roof of the world. Three of the world's highest peaks are here including Mt. Everest (elev. 8848 m). These snowcapped peaks rise majestically above the surrounding area.
This is the land of the famed Sherpa people. We will visit the capital city of the Sherpas (Namche Bazaar) along with some very ancient Buddhist monasteries. The monastery at Tengboche is the highest monastery in the world. This is also the land of the mysterious yeti. The cries of the yeti can still be heard at night in the mountains. Don't believe in yetis, you say? Well, the locals do, and they have stories about them that will entertain you in the evenings before going to bed.
There are, of course, incredible scenic views of Mt. Everest and the other high peaks along the way. There are incredible glaciers to see, beautiful waterfalls and so much more. This trek is the best way to get acquainted with the Everest region without having to make the difficult trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). This is a great family trek, but not just for families only.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Fly to Lukla (elev. 2840 m), trek to Phakding – 3 hours
DAY 3 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m)
DAY 4 – Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
DAY 5 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3860 m)
DAY 6 – Trek to Khumjung (elev. 3780 m)
DAY 7 – Trek to Monjo (elev. 2835 m)
DAY 8 – Trek to Monjoto Lukla (elev. 2840 m)
DAY 9 – Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 10 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu: You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will greet you and take you to your Three Star Hotel by private car. You will enjoy a welcome drink as well as an evening orientation about your trip as well as equipment check. Spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Flight to Lukla (elev. 2840 m), Trek to Phakding (elev. 2610 m): After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to Lukla where we begin our trek in the Everest region. It is just a 45 minute flight, and what a flight it is! We literally follow the backbone of the Himalayas eastward. On the flight you will see not only Mt. Everest, but also the peaks of Kanchenjunga III, Mt. Lhotse IV, and Makalu V. Each of these peaks is over 8,000 meters, literally forming the roof of the world. We land in Lukla village where we begin our trek. There are no roads to Lukla, so this village is only accessible by air or a seven day trek from Jiri village. We will be heading toward Phakding village. We actually go downhill from Lukla as we travel through the rugged foothills of the Everest region. Trekking time is around three hours and we will stay in a local lodge at Phakding.
DAY 3 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 3440 m): Our walk begins early in the morning. It is a fairly easy trek, even starting out rather level as we follow the Dudh Koshi River. The land will start to move uphill gradually as we make our way toward the main district city of Namche Bazaar. We will cross the Hillary suspension bridge, and until we finally come to the steepest part of today's trek that leads us to Namche Bazaar. There are plenty of views of the high mountains along the way, as well as becoming immersed in the local Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people. We will check into a local guesthouse for the night.
DAY 4 – Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar: It is important to spend a day acclimatizing to the higher elevation as altitude sickness can be quite serious. The day will not be spent just lying around, but we will hike to Everest Viewpoint for a magnificent view of Mt. Everest. From here, you will see the spectacular peaks of Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse and many more. It is only a two hour hike to Everest Viewpoint and we will spend a few hours there enjoying the view as well as having lunch. We will return to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the afternoon exploring the village. There is a lot to see here. We will spend the night in our local guest house.
DAY 5 – Trek to Tengboche (elev. 3860 m): Today's trek will lead us to the famed monastery of Tengboche. It is the highest monastery in the world at 3,860 meters. This monastery features the footprint of the Buddhist lama St. Milarepa. This monastery is famed for its incredible views of Mt. Everest and the 8,000+m peaks in the area. It is a pleasant trek to this place, taking around seven hours. There is some steep climbing just before reaching Tengboche, but otherwise the trail is relatively level. We will spend the night at a mountain lodge.
DAY 6 – Trek to Khumjung (elev. 3780): It is a shorter day of trekking today as we leave Tengboche and make our way to the Sherpa village of Khumjung. This is the largest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. We will trek downhill to the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it and then up again on the other side. There is a wonderful monastery to visit here as well as enjoying great views of the roof of the world.
DAY 7 – Trek to Monjo (elev. 2835 m): We leave Khumjung in the morning, passing the Hillary School. Sir Edmund Hillary was a great advocate of the Sherpa people, building schools, bridges and hospitals in this area. We pass through Namche Bazaar, but we keep going onto the village of Monjo. Here we will spend the night in a local lodge.
DAY 8 – Trek to Lukla (elev. 2840 m): This is our final day of trekking, and a chance to enjoy some lower elevations along the way. There are wonderful Sherpa villages along the way where we can enjoy and appreciate the local culture. Today's trekking time is 5 - 6 hours, and we will spend the night in a local mountain lodge.
DAY 9 – Flight to Kathmandu: We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. It is important to remember that the Lukla airport often experiences fog, so we may have some delays before we can take off. Upon returning to Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel where you can relax or do some sightseeing around Thamel or visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with a local cultural show and great local food.
DAY 10 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all-around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please not that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any safety concern. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling to remote areas of the Himalayas, we can't guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes in our plans. Factors enter into these decisions include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health concerns of any of our group members, etc., can all contribute to the necessity of make unexpected changes. Your SNFT trip leader will try to insure that the trip runs as planned, but we kindly request that you please be accommodating if such changes do occur.
Please note that the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight often gets delayed by a few hours or even cancelled due to critical weather conditions. The Lukla airport is notorious for fog which we have no control over. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking will do everything it can to avoid such a situations. Mr. Kishan Gurung, the managing director of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition has developed a strong relationship with the manager of the Lukla airport as well as with local helicopter companies. Mr. Gurung will try to arrange alternative flights if necessary if flights are cancelled. We have a 99% success rate for arranging such flights for our valued clients in case of flight delays and cancellations. For the successful flight in rescue or cargo helicopters, the cost is around USD 200 to $250 per person additional cost. If we must charter a helicopter, then the cost is around USD 3500 for up to five people. It is advisable to always be able to stay an extra day should weather conditions require. Normally, we can usually fly out the same day, but it is a good idea to be prepared.
If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few of your buffer days left, you can arrange alternative activities to participate in with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition upon your request. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In case of flight delays or cancellations at the start of the trip, you can also choose an alternative trip, which includes trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manaslu, Langtang, Mustang or any other region in Nepal. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can offer you some really wonderful trekking opportunities in a variety of great locations. You can also choose to spend the time in Kathmandu exploring the Valley and all it has to offer. There is no need to be stuck in a hotel room; we can provide some great experiences as you wait for the weather to clear so you can fly to Lukla.
It is recommended that you set aside two to three days as "buffer days" at the end of your trip before having to depart Nepal when trekking in the Everest region. This is just good planning and will make for a much more pleasant trip. We apologize in advance for any difficulty the weather may contribute to. It is just part of being at the roof of the world.
ADDITIONAL NOTE FOR FAMILY TREKKERS:
For the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight, you will have to leave early in the morning, reporting to the airport before 5 am and the first flight leaving at 6 am from the domestic airport. You will need to wake up early. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will prepare and pack a breakfast for you. Again, the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla may be delayed for several hours because of the fog in Lukla. Those traveling with children should bring things like chocolate and small toys to entertain children and passing the time as you wait for the flights. While flights are not cancelled and delayed all the time, the Lukla airport does have the most problems with weather. So plan ahead and be prepared.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trip, there will be a Trek Leader and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 Porter). This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group gets sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. However Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for any size group, but the maximum size is 12 people in order to make it a pleasant and enjoyable trip. However, if you would like to have a larger group, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can make the appropriate arrangements as well.
All accommodations for Short Everest Panorama Family Lodge Trek are on twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene, standard of service and food, location and more. There are two styles of accommodations during the trek. We will spend two nights in 3-Star Hotels in Kathmandu. For the remaining seven nights, we will stay at local tea houses or local lodges. Some of these places have shared toilets and washing facilities. Solo travelers may share a room with someone of the same sex, or if requested, we can arrange for a private room for an additional fee. However, please understand that in some remote places single rooms might not be feasible, even if the extra fee is paid. These are remote villages that we are dealing with. We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will do all we can to make your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
During the trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Breakfast will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spend our night. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination and usually along the trail. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea houses where we will spend the night. Note that at the tea houses and lodges, the food is good, although the menus will be limited. A farewell dinner with cultural show and breakfast will be served in our stay in Kathmandu.
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