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Everest View Trek, an alias for Everest Panorama Trek, is one of the most popular short treks in the Khumbu Region. This trek offers its visitors the breathtaking views of the Everest Region without hiking far up strenuously to the Everest Base Camp. This panorama trek is also for the photographers wanting to capture the best views of the Everest.
This trekking trip starts with a short flight to the Tenzing Hilary Airport at Lukla. Tighten you seat belts while landing as this airstrip is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the whole world. During the flight, you will have the first views of the mighty Mt. Everest and such other high peaks. Experience the panoramic views of the high peaks of the world and get insights on the traditional Sherpa villages in the Everest Region. Enjoy the walk on the peaceful village of Namche Bazaar and explore the major trading hub of the Khumbu Region.
During this short hike to the Everest Region, you will come across one of the most visited vantage sites of the region. From there, you will be able to have a 360-degree view of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and such other peaks of the Mahalangur Mountain Range. Besides that, you will also come across the Sherpa way of living and their values and norms. The Everest Panorama Trek is an easy trek as compared to the other treks in the region. With no need for any kind of previous experiences, you can complete this Everest Panorama Trek with not much difficulty. However, you should be able to walk for some 4-5 hours every day.
Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. You will be welcomed by the high snowcapped peaks. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your Everest Panorama Trek program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
The amazing morning starts with a half an hour scenic and adventurous flight to Lukla. The airport at Lukla is commonly known as the Tenzing and Hilary Airport. After the short observation of Lukla, you will meet your porters and also join for a warm breakfast to embark on the trek. After crossing several villages for a few hours, you will get to the Phakding Village. Overnight in a tea house in Phakding.
Today, the trail moves along the Dudh Koshi once more. While hiking up, you will be amazed at the Himalayan Pine, Cedar, and Deodar forests. Go through the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at the Monjo Village and start an uphill climb to the Namche Bazaar. The Bazaar is the major tourist hub of the Khumbu Region. Along the way, you will get the first glimpses of Mt. Everest, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku peaks. If you are an art lover, you should visit the Benkar Village. The village is famous for its Thangkas of Buddhist deities. Also, explore the Granite stones carved with Tibetan chanting along Jorsalle. Overnight in a tea house in Namche.
The fourth day of the Everest Panorama Trek will be spent in Namche for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude increases significantly, the oxygen level starts to decrease. And, as the oxygen level decreases, the chances of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) will also increase. So, a day for acclimatization is strictly advisable for the adventure seekers. For today, you can visit the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Pass the Syangboche airstrip on your way. You can also visit the Khumjung Village for nice views of the Amadablam peaks. Overnight in a tea house in Namche.
Today, your trip will leave towards the Khumjung, where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School along with one of the popular monasteries of the region, the Khumjung Monastery. This monastery is well known for housing the head of the abominable Yeti. Also, from the runway to the Everest View Hotel, you get a close view of the beautiful mountains. Enjoy the views of the beautiful Amadablam peaks. Overnight in a tea house in Khumjung.
On this day of the Everest Panorama Trek, you will walk for a total of 5 hours from Khumjung to spring on to the Tengboche village. The village is home to the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region. The Tengboche village is a small traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbu Region. The village offers views of the Everest and such other peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse. Today, along the way, we will see the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and the Thamserku peaks. Also, enjoy the opportunity to see the wildlife such as the pheasants, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar. Overnight in a tea house in Tengboche.
In Tengboche, you will have a great opportunity to see a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and also, the Everest. After your breakfast, your guide will escort you towards Kyanjuma. Your trip will continue for at least 4-5 hours. From Tengboche to Kyanjuma, you will cross the Tashinga Pass and the village of Sansa. Overnight in a tea house in Kyanjuma.
To reach Monjo, you need to cross the beautiful village of Namche. As the village is used as a trading hub by the Sherpas, you can stroll around the village for some memoirs or gifts to your loved ones. The Namche Bazaar offers you a wide range of wildlife views. You may see some mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants too. Fortunately, you will have to cross the Dudh Koshi River and enjoy the magnificent beauty of the glacial river. Overnight in a tea house in Monjo.
You will continuously descend towards the Lukla village via Phakding crossing several traditional suspension bridges. After 4-5 hours of continuous walk, you will reach Lukla. The village will be your end point of today’s trek. Celebrate your night independently with your porters, guides, and friends. Spend your last night as a special one on the laps of the highest mountain in the world. Overnight in a tea house in Lukla.
Fly back to the Kathmandu Valley early in the morning. If you are lucky enough, you will get to the valley early with good weather. After 35 minutes of adventurous flight, check-in into the hotel. Take a heavy and healthy shower to erase away all the organic dirt and dust collected during the trek. Be independent whole day. Plan for special yoga, meditation, spa or massages to become fresh and soothe your pain from all the hiking and trekking during the trip. In the evening, enjoy a cultural program with Nepalese cuisine. You can share all of your experiences with the entire team of Great Nepal Treks. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.
You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service.
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
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:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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
– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
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
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.
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.
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.
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.