“Everest Panorama Trek” is one of the most popular Treks in Eastern Nepal which is suitable for family members due to its short and easy trails. This trek will commence from Kathmandu valley by a scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, you will step towards Everest region, where our English speaking local Sherpa guides will escort you and our hired porters will help you to carry your luggage to make you feel comfortable. Old style Monasteries, typical Sherpa's village and Magnificent Mountain view are some major attractions of this trek. During this short period, you have a chance to see Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kantega and other several mountains as well.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2860m/9383ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6 hrs
Day 4: Acclimatization Day/ Optional Hike to Hotel Everest View (HEV)
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3857m/12,670 feet) 4-5 hours
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Khumjung (3,810 m/12500 ft) 4 hours
Day 7: Trek from Khumjung to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft) 4 – 5 hours
Day 8: Step back Monjo to reach Lukla (2860m/9383ft) 4-5 hours
Day 9: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4264ft)
Day 10: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu City followed by FAREWELL Dinner
Day 11: Departure from TIA
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Your amazing warm morning starts with 30-minute scenic and adventurous flight to Lukla, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After short observation of Lukla, you will join for warm breakfast which will support you to embark on the trek. After crossing few villages for 3-4 hours walk, you will reach Phakding village where you will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.
In this Day, the trail will take you along the Dudh Koshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to your destination, Namche Bazaar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the tourist “hub” for Khumbu trekking. Along the way, you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as explore the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale, Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.
Yaa! It will be your perfect day at Namche where you are going for acclimatization purpose. The altitude starts increasing significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. You can spend your day visiting the Sherpa communities and exploring their cultures and livelihood. If you are still energetic, be ready for a few hours hike till Everest Hotel for breathe-taking panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Khangtega, Tawache, Cholatse, Khwangde, Khumbila, Paniyo and many others. Hotel Everest View (HEV) is situated at the highest point in the world with the elevation of 3900m, 12795ft. Overnight stay at a guest house in Namche.
Warm up your body and energize yourself digging the delicious breakfast because you are trekking 4-5 hours upwards from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. Tengboche, is a small traditional sherpa’s village which is popular for the Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbhu Region. It is the best destination from where you can observe the panoramic view of the world’s tallest peak, and other snow-capped Himalayas reflecting the rays of warm sunrays like Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse are visible. This will be the perfect point for Panoramic Everest view. Capture the smiling beauties of Himalayas in your camera and preserve them to show your well wishers. Overnight stay at Guest House Lodge in Tengboche.
Though it is bit difficult to skip away from your warm blanket, but its your compulsion since the delicious and organic breakfast will be waiting you. After loading heavy breakfast, you will be descending down back to the similar trail till Phunki Tenga following the flow of a sacred river Dudh Koshi. You have to again climb a bit up to Phungi Tenga village for 3-4 hours. Later on the stony and rocky trails continue till Khumbu region. It is densely populated with the legend of the Himalayas known as Sherpa. You can toll around the community visiting different monasteries. You will be exposed with the skull of the Yeti inside the monastery “Yeti” is regarded as a snow man and trusted that it is found in the Himalayas but its only the legend since the fact is not found yet. Your trek will continue till Khunde village. After full day exploration, back to Khumjung village. Overnight stay at Guest House Lodge in Khumjung.
The steepy declination may hurt your muscles but the natural views around the trial will act as pain-killer. The morning trek take you targeting Monjo village. On the way you will get chance to explore the Hillary school which was built in the memory of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conqure Mt Everest. During the trek, you can see many stupa and monasteries with silk clothes (Khada) for as the symbol of good luck. Slowly the trial descends towards Namche Bazar through Syangboche. The trail descends and then over a high suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi River. Trek continuously by the bank of river and pass through Jorsalle in around 3-4 hours. Finally, your destination, Monjo appear near you for overnight crossing several suspension bridges. Overnight stay at Guest House Lodge in Monjo.
You will continuously descend down towards Lukla via Phakding crossing several traditional suspension bridges. After 4-5 hours continuous walk, you will reach to Lukla which will be your end point of Trek. Celebrate your night independently with your porters, guides and family members. Spend special night in the lap of the highest Mountain of the world. Overnight stay at Guest House Lodge in Lukla.
Hurry up to back up yourself since you are going to fly back to Kathmandu earlier if you are lucky with good weather. After 35 minutes adventurous flight, check in into the hotel. Take heavy and healthy shower to erase away all the organic dirt and dust collected during the trek. Be independent whole day of plan for special yoga, meditation, Spa or massage to make you fresh or perform special shopping. Join the cultural program with Nepali cuisine in the evening. You can share all your experiences with the entire team of Great Nepal Treks. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with typical Nepalese cuisine and folk music to celebrate the successful completion of your trek. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.
WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS)
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS?
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
• Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
• Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
• Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
• Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
• Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
• Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
• Chest tightness or congestion
• Coughing up blood
• Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
• Grey or pale complexion
• Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
• Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.
LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
• A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
• Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
• Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
• Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?
• Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
• Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
• Loss of balance or coordination
• Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
HOW TO PREVENT?
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
• Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
• Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
• Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
• Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
• Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
• Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
• Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.
Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
• Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.
IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal.
Why is Tipping essential?
There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.