Mt. Everest is the number one goal of almost every trekker coming to Nepal. But a full trek into the region can often take a long time. The Everest Mini Trek is the ideal trek that takes you into the very heart of the Sherpa community while experiencing the amazing views of Mt. Everest.
This trip is designed for 11 days, with two days assigned for exploring Kathmandu; the capital city with many historical places.
The trek begins on the second day of your trip as you reach Phakding from Lukla. The next day, you will arrive at the cultural and administrative capital of the Sherpa people; the village of Namche Bazar. The village offers good restaurants and wonderful accommodations. Here, you will get an acclimatisation day before heading to Tengboche. All throughout your trek, you will witness the beauty of not only Mt. Everest, but also other incredible snow capped peaks like Ama Dablam and Lhotse.
An extra day is planned in the itinerary because of the unpredictable weather conditions at the Lukla Airport. If the weather cooperates, then we fly back as planned originally and go for a short Kathmandu tour.
The Everest Mini Trek is not a difficult one and is ideal for travellers on a limited time schedule. But your physical condition must not be overlooked.
It will be a trek concerning high altitudes but you can trust Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks as we do not compromise on your safety and comfortability. Make sure to talk to your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks about this incredible trip. Our experienced and qualified guides will assist you on your excellent adventure.
The following program can be tailor made as per your request. We can adjust the program as per your time and interest. Activities such as Rafting, visit to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, Jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu, etc can be customised in your trip. We can use the morning 8 am flight to Pokhara, which only takes 30 minutes and we can make a short trip to Pokhara after the Everest Trekking. Please do not hesitate to write to us about your interests and concerns; we will make the itinerary to fit your needs.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the Hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.
From Kathmandu, you will take an early flight in the morning to Lukla (2827m.). You can get a close view of massive mountains adjacent to Nepal and China (Tibet) in the 40 minutes flight. The same afternoon, you begin your trek by moving down from Lukla to Dudh Kosi River and take the main track to Namche Bazaar, located just over Chaurikharka (2713m.). The trail will be a moderate descent. After you reach the tiny village of Ghat (2550m.), you have a short walk to Phakding. On your way, you will come across beautiful monasteries and stone carved prayer walls. Today will be about a 3 hour walk. Overnight in Phakding.
From Phakding, you start off with a small climb to Jorsale. You advance through a waterfall, from where the path is filled with splendid rhododendron forests, giant firs and magnolia trees. You trek to Namche coming across a few bridges and then go up quite a few hundred metres, a vertical descent and another steeper climb through the forest. Today, you trek for about 4 hours and stay the night at trekkers lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Today, you stay in Namche Bazaar to become accustomed to the altitude. Namche Bazaar is a bustling town located in a large sheltered hollow. After breakfast, you can go for a walk towards Thami (3810m.) over the Bhote Khola River Valley. You can also go to the National Park Headquarters to watch the amazing sunrise and sunset views. You can observe the Sherpa lifestyle and cultures too. The place offers you a beautiful panorama including scenery of the Khumbu peaks and arresting views of the Everest. You can take a healing break before your trek tomorrow..
Today, you will begin your trek to Tengboche enjoying the splendid views of peaks like the Everest and Ama Dablam. From Sansa, the track goes down to Phunki Thanga, then ascends to Tengboche. You will reach a stone gate i.e. the doorway to the Tengboche. It is the religious centre of Khumbu region. Finally, you will set your evening in one of the guest houses and rest the remaining day in Tengboche.
From Tengboche, after making your way up all the way through the birch and rhododendron forest, you move down to the bridge above the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga. Then, you come back to Namche Bazaar; the bustling town. Today, you trek for around 5 hours and stay the night in Namche.
From Namche, you follow the Dudh Koshi river and arrive at Lukla after about 6 hours of trekking. You will stay the night at a lodge in Lukla.
Today, you fly back to Kathmandu by morning flight. On onset in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to yourself, you can go hang around the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, you will stay in Kathmandu as there might be chances of cancellation or delay of flights. You can either go on a Kathmandu tour or take a rest in the hotel.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
2. Track shoes
A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.
A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
4. Shirt and Sweaters
Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.
A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.
A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.
Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter.
8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection. A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck. A woollen hat is a must during winter.
9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks
A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly.
10. Sleeping Bag
As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)
11. Personal First Aid Kit
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipments and Accessories :
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.
c) Water bottle
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
g) Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
k) Snow gaiters required during winter
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.
m) Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs
Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.