Overview

Duration :
13 Days
Secondary Activity:
Sherpa Culture & Sightseeing
Max altitude :
4,393 m / 14,413 ft
Transportation:
Private vehicle and Domestic flight
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu
Accomodation:
Hotel and Lodge
Primary activity:
Trekking & Hiking
Group Size:
Min. 2 and max. 12
Country:
Nepal
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Moderate
Meals:
Nepali and continental
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Khumjung-Thamo–Thame-Khure Kharka-Thame-Gompa-Thame-Namche Bazaar–Lukla–Kathmandu

Trip introduction

The Everest view and Sherpa Culture Trek offer a dual opportunity to explore the lifestyle and traditions of highlanders along with enjoying panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. In our journey, we follow a trail through beautiful forests, culturally rich villages, monasteries, and the land of the unsung heroes of Everest, the Sherpas. Basically, we combine the Sherpa Culture exploration along with the most popular Everest View Trekking trail.

Overview of Everest View and Sherpa Culture Trek

The Everest view and Sherpa Culture Trek begin after your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu. We embark on sightseeing at the UNESCO world heritage sites around the Kathmandu Valley; followed by a pre-trip meeting and preparations. After having our early meal, we board an early morning scenic flight to Lukla airstrip and trek towards Phakding. After crossing suspension bridges multiple times above the Dudh Koshi River, and passing through beautiful Rhododendron forests; we enter Sagarmatha National Park and arrive at the popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar at the end of the day. Namche Bazaar is the trading center in the Everest region.

We then follow the trail towards Khumjung, the stone-paved path that has views of potato and other vegetable fields. There is a Khumjung Gompa at top of the town. We can see the skull of a yeti preserved since long ago at that very Gompa. From Khumjung, we ascend towards Thamo and trek down to Thame. From here you can see picturesque views of the snow-capped peaks like Kwangde and Kangpoche. Thame Gompa is located above the village overlooking the valley. Well, in Spring, the celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival take place there. We spend three nights at Thame. As we will visit the nearby Khure Kharka pasture land as well as Kyaro Gompa in two consecutive days. Leaving Thame behind, we descend to Namche Bazaar, Lukla, and catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

Who can join this trek?

Everest View and Sherpa Culture Trek is a short and comfortable trek in the Everest region of Nepal suitable for all travel lovers who want to explore Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle along with enjoying fabulous views of the Everest Himalayas. Join the trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers and you will certainly have unforgettable trekking and exploring memories from the Everest region of Nepal.

Special Note:

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft):
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3- 4 hours trek (Trekking times only):
  • Day 4
    Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs:
  • Day 5
    Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3,780m / 12,401 ft): 3-4 hrs:
  • Day 6
    Khumjung – Thamo (4,393m/14,413 ft): 4-5 hrs:
  • Day 7
    Thamo – Thame (3,820m/ 12,533 ft): 2-3 hrs (Gompa visit):
  • Day 8
    Thame Day Hike to Khure Kharka(4,230m/13,878 ft)-Thame : 6-7 hrs:
  • Day 9
    Thame Day Hike to Kyaro Gompa(4120m/13,518 ft) – Thame: 5-6 hrs:
  • Day 10
    Thame – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 4-5 hrs:
  • Day 11
    Namche – Lukla(2,860m/9,383 ft): 7-8 hrs:
  • Day 12
    Lukla – Kathmandu Flight:
  • Day 13
    Farewell Friend:

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)::

The trekking for the exploration of the natural beauty and scenic diversity of the Everest region and the unique Sherpa culture begins after you land in the medieval capital city of Kathmandu. You arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and after completing the formalities in the immigration you shall be greeted by our representative. After that, you shall be transferred to the hotel of your stay in a private vehicle. Get rest to your jet-lagged and tired body and explore the surrounding areas if you are ready for it. Experience the hospitality of the hotel staff and cherish the authentic Nepalese cuisine or other dishes of your taste. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::

This is the day for exploration of the magnificence of the ancient heritages and cultural masterpieces in the Kathmandu valley. The sightseeing shall take you to the heritage of national importance for Nepal and the heritages are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The star attractions of this sightseeing are the Hindu holy pilgrimage of Pashupatinath Temple with ornate carvings, historical temples, and other heritages, the Buddhist heritages of Boudhanath, and Swayambunath Stupas as well as the Royal palaces, courtyard, and temples in the Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. After exploring the astonishing glory of Nepal’s ancient heritages, we shall have an interaction with the trekking guide for the trek that shall begin the following day. Get your queries clarified and pack your bags for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3- 4 hours trek (Trekking times only)::

This day shall begin with the flight to Lukla airport and end after trekking to the famous site of an overnight stay, the village of Phakding. We shall begin early from Kathmandu in a short and scenic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. An adventure in itself, the flight takes us through the vicinity of marvelous and majestic Himalayas, over and above the lush green hills and valleys, and to the breathtaking landscape of the airport in Lukla. This flight will give trekkers a glimpse of the adventure and excitement ahead in the trek. After meeting with the remaining members of the trek in Lukla, we shall have an introductory trek to Phakding. Through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo, past pristine rivers, lakes, and the scenic landscape we reach the destination. Intermittently we have the breathtaking view of green valleys and snow-capped peaks overlooking the trail, encounter the train of yaks, fellow trekkers, and locals, cross several suspension bridges with prayer flags, get blessed with the Prayer stones and Mani walls, and get amused at the beauty of the landscape. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4 : Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs::

A big and beautiful day for trekking waits for us today as we shall be heading to the famous Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. The initial section of the trek is a relatively easy uphill trek with some rocks, gravel, and stones along the trail. Expect the train of yaks and locals passing by and the colorful and dense forest of rhododendrons and magnolias with an almost constant view of the marvelous and majestic mountains. After a couple of hours of trekking, we reach the settlement of Monjo (the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park) and then head to Jorsale. Heading further on the trail we encounter the famous Khumbu River (originating from the rather infamous Khumbu Glacier) and cross it on a suspension bridge that may give a feeling of vertigo to some, though you also have a view of Tabuche Mountain. With all switchback trails en route, we have a final steep climb of a couple of hours before reaching Namche Bazaar. Before reaching Namche we have a viewpoint that provides the first view of Everest in this entire trek. Welcomed by the gate, we reach the Namche Bazaar as the end of our trek for today. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5 : Namche Bazaar – Khumjung (3,780m / 12,401 ft): 3-4 hrs::

This is a relatively shorter trek from Namche Bazaar, where we head for the beautiful village of Khumjung. The trail shall pass through the other beautiful village of Khunde. Initially, we shall have an hour of the steep climb to the old airstrip of Syangboche. Continuing on and around a ridge has the view of Ama Dablam mountain and further ahead is the Everest View Hotel, famous for the panoramic view of Everest and other mountain peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse. Ahead in the trail, we encounter a slow ascent to the village of Khunde, the village with green-roofed houses after exploring several Chortens, prayer flags, and prayer stones. The trail then turns eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu and at the foot of the sacred Khumbila Mountain. Overnight in Khumjung.

Day 6 : Khumjung – Thamo (4,393m/14,413 ft): 4-5 hrs::

Today we shall head to the settlement of Thamo, which is halfway to the trek to the settlement of Thame. The trek shall start with the trek to Syangboche through the settlement of Khunde, a beautiful village with a terraced landscape. Further along the trail, we pass through the village of Phurte before which we turn right on the trail around a small Buddhist monastery. In a trail twisting and turning, we hike past several smaller streams, a couple of suspension bridges, and across the torrential Bhote Koshi River and up in a steep rise before we reach the destination for today, Thamo. The main attraction of Thamo is Khari Gompa, the home to nuns from Tibet and lead by a Rinpoche. With flowers along the route and the marvelous scenery, this section is a beautiful trek. Overnight in Thamo.

Day 7 : Thamo – Thame (3,820m/ 12,533 ft): 2-3 hrs (Gompa visit)::

Today we have a short trek to the Thame village where we shall be spending a couple of days as a hub and explore the surrounding areas. We trek today in the company of Bhote Koshi River and on the ridge that has beautiful scenery of the humongous mountains. Thamo is an old Sherpa village and we can also have a view of the Thame village. After an hour and a half trek from Thamo we reach the destination for today, the Thame village. Intermittently we move past the powerhouse and across smaller streams, temples, gompas, prayer flags, and prayer stones. After reaching Thame we shall explore the famous Thame Gompa, which lies a little ahead of the settlement of Thame. This monastery is a 17th-century monastery that provides spectacular views of the surrounding areas and the snow-capped mountains. Overnight in Thame.

Day 8 : Thame Day Hike to Khure Kharka(4,230m/13,878 ft)-Thame : 6-7 hrs::

Today we shall explore one of the surrounding settlements and other spots near the Thame, the Khure Kharka. This day hike to the Khure Kharka starts with a short walk to the junction wherein the trail to Sunder peak, the Thyangbo, and to the Namche meet. We move past the small Chorten and trek along the trail parallel to the Thame river on the right. Passing through the Gokpuche we finally reach the Khure Kharka at 4230m. This lies before the Thyangbo glacier and the Thyangbo peak. After exploring the surroundings and marveling at the view, we trek back to Thame after a long trek. Overnight in Thame.

Day 9 : Thame Day Hike to Kyaro Gompa(4120m/13,518 ft) – Thame: 5-6 hrs::

This is a relatively shorter trek for exploration around the Thame village. The trek to Kyaro Gompa goes northwest of the Thame village and along the Bhote Koshi River in the direction to the source of this perennial river. Intermittently we pass through Thambuteng and cross a small bridge before we reach the vicinity of the Gompa. Parting away from the main trail we join a minor trail and with some trek, in a slow and gradual fashion we reach Kyaro Gompa. We explore the ancient gompa and observe the ornate hangings as well as get blessed with the Lama. After this hike, we trek back to the hotel of our stay in Thame. Overnight in Thame.

Day 10 : Thame – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 4-5 hrs::

After spending a couple of days in the beautiful settlement of Thame we shall now trek back to the hub of Namche Bazaar marking the return trip towards the completion of the trek. In a relatively easy trek, we leave Thame and trek along the Bhote Koshi River and pass through the settlements of Thamo and in the same trail that led us to Thame a couple of days ago. Crossing some suspension bridges, monasteries and Chortens, smaller hamlets, and a view of mountains to the far we reach to the buzzing city of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 11 : Namche – Lukla(2,860m/9,383 ft): 7-8 hrs::

This trek marks the end of the enriching trek in the Everest region. The trek passes through the high suspension bridges, the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers near Larja Dobhan, the gateway of the national park at Monjo, dense forests and diverse varieties of vegetations, Mani stones, and prayer wheels, and many more we reach to the settlement of Lukla. After we reach the Lukla we shall pack our bags for our return to Kathmandu. Intermittently we shall also move past summer settlements, viewpoints that provide an opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the landscape and interact with the unique settlements en-route that give us an insight into their culture and traditions. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 12 : Lukla – Kathmandu Flight::

This is the return flight to the Kathmandu valley after an exciting and adventurous trek in the Everest region. We shall start early for the flight as the afternoon brings uncertainty about the flights being conducted. The scenic and short flight provide views of lofty mountains, green hills and lush valleys, terraced fields, and diverse landscapes. The attraction provided by these sights is as enchanting as it was in the initial flight to Lukla. After landing in the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport we shall move to the hotel of your stay. You may go for some souvenir shopping and explore the surrounding areas of the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13 : Farewell Friend::

The trek officially comes to an end. We shall transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport at least three hours prior to the scheduled flight to your respective onwards destinations. If time permits you may go for some last-minute shopping and engage in any activity if booked with us. We hope that you took wonderful memories with you and we are also hopeful of welcoming you to other adventurous activities in this beautiful Himalayan nation. Farewell friends!

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop service (International and Domestic)
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) and all required land transportation.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Tax, and Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • First aid medical box
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters

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Trip Map:

Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals

Feet

  • Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Shower sandals

Hands

  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
  • Creams
  • Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Knee Caps
  • Bandages
  • Ointments
  • Blister Tape

Miscellaneous

  • Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
  • Light-weighted Towel
  • Swiss Knife
  • Passport and extra passport photos
  • Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
 

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