Lukla » Phakding » Namche » Hotel Everest View
Early morning flight from Kathmandu (1400m) to Lukla (2840m), flight duration is approximately 35 minutes. After an hour’s rest while the guides and porters prepare for the trip, begin trekking towards Phakding (2610m). The day’s journey will take around 3-4 hours.
Enjoy the charming Sherpa villages, the pine tree forests and the gushing Dudh Koshi river as you walk. Throughout the trek, it is possible to observe the different angles of the famous snow covered mountains from the different locations. Upon reaching Chheplung village (2660m), Mt. Khumbu-yul-Iha (5761m) will rise before you. This is a revered peak by the local Sherpas and is believed to be the home of the God of Khumbu. Mt. Khumbu-yul-Iha provides a constant stream of water to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde, and this water is also supplied to Hotel Everest View.
After having lunch at Thado Koshi, an hour’s walk will get you to Ghat village, where you can observe the beautiful mani stone carving work (Buddhist stone carving). Upon reaching Phakding, you can relax after your first day of trekking!
Today you will be trekking all the way up to Namche Bazaar (3440m), the journey taking around 6-7 hours. The full day trekking will be rewarded by the majestic forests containing fir trees and rhododendrons (blooms during spring), along with crossing 6 suspension bridges and amazing waterfalls.
After an hour walk from Phakding, you will be able to see the spectacular Thamserku peak (6608m). At Monjo, the trek enters Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which covers approximately 1200 square kilometres of the Khumbu region. The park has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site Since1979. After 3 hours of walking, lunch will be taken at the base of Jorsalle, from where a climb of 600m awaits to reach Namche Bazaar.
The first glimpse of Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m) and Lhotse (8414m) are generally seen upon reaching Toap Hill. From this point, Namche is 2 hours walk. Upon reaching Namche, trekkers can enjoy this vibrant village which features numerous restaurants, bakeries, shops and hotels.
The climb from Namche Bazaar to Hotel Everest View (3880m) will take around 2 hours or 3 hours if you take a slight detour and visit the National Park Museum. This museum provides interesting information in regards to the Himalayas, the traditional ways of the Sherpas, and the surrounding flora and fauna. Visitors can also take excellent pictures at the View Point (near the Nepal Army camp) with the alluring snow capped mountains in the background.
The path leading to the hotel is a charming walk across a hill. It may be possible to spot yaks grazing nearby, or a Himalayan Tahr (wild goat) balancing perfectly on the cliffs. You cannot see the hotel until you are almost there as it is hidden behind a ridge, surrounded by tall fir trees. Once you have reached Hotel Everest View, you will be served a refreshing glass of hot lemon with honey, which you can enjoy with the spectacular view of the Everest range.
Relax for the day at Hotel Everest View/go on a day trip to nearby attractions. Overnight at HEV.
Trek back to Phakding from Syangboche, similar to Day 2. Walking time will be around 5-6 hours as the path will be mostly downhill.
Retrace the trail from Phakding to Lukla, trek for approximately 4 hours.
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, transfer to hotel