Everest Panorama Trek is an ecstatic walk enjoying landscapes, waterfalls, hills and snow caped peak of world’s tallest tower—Mount Everest. The trek begins from Lukla. Despite being small it (Lukla) is probably world’s best airstrip. It is one of the best scenic flights of the planet. Everest Panorama trek begins from Lukla spending overnight in Phakding. Next stoppage of the trek is Namche Bazar where you reach next day. After acclimatizing for one whole day at Namche Bazar, you proceed to Thyangboche (the highest point en route, standing at 3,867m), constantly enjoying view of the magnificent Mt. Ama Dablam and other peaks. When you finally arrive at Thyangboche, the incredible views of Mt. Khangtiaga, Mt. Thamserku, and the Nuptse - Lhotse wall, with Mt. Everest towering above, will make you realize the essence of beauty.
Welcome to Nepal ! Upon your arrival in Kathmandu Adventure White Mountain receives you at Tribhunvan International Airport and drive you to hotel. If your arrival is at appropriate time then you can enjoy leisurely walk in the streets of Thamel. It is a prime destination for foreigners. It is said that Kathmandu visit is incomplete without strolling in this part of the city. Overnight in a hotel.
It is a busy day with jam-packed schedule. We will visit four UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu namely, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: It is a historical site of the country which covers five acres of land at the centre of Kathmandu. The entire site is divided into two parts—inner and outer. The inner part consists of Hanuman Dhoka Palace which is one of the prime sites to visit. The statue of Hanuman (monkey god) is placed in front of the main entrance of the Palace. King Pratap Malla erected a statue of Hanuman here in 17th century with the belief that the god will keep all evils outside the palace. He also built Sundari and Mohan Chowk on the north of the palace.
According to stone scriptures, Kathmandu Durbar Square was the administration centre for Lichhavi Kings. They built palaces and temples here in 3rd century but no remains of it is found yet. The major developments of the site took place in the time of Ratna Malla in 1484. He turned the existing palaces into Royal Palace. Since then many temples and palaces were built here by different Malla and Shah Kings.
There are many things to observe in the outer part of the area such as: Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati temple, Kumari Ghar and many more. Kasthamandap enshrines Gorakhnath (Lord Shiva in the form of cow protecting god). King Laxmi Narasingha Malla built it in 16th century by using woods of a single tree. It was built in Pagoda style. This temple was completely destroyed by the quake of 25th April, 2015. The name Kathmandu was derived from this very temple—Kasthamandap.
Kumari Ghar (house) is another major attraction of this place as living goddess—Kumari lives here. This house is also severely damaged by the quake and is in reconstruction process. Kumari is regarded as a living form of Taleju Bhawani (Durga).
There are many other things to see here. It is truly a historical site with cultural outlook of Nepal. It is a centre of Newar culture.
Pashupatinath temple: Pashupatinath is located on east from Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a sacred site for Hindu where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga. The Linga is a stone of around three and half feet cylindrical black coloured stone where face of Lord Shiva is carved in four sides. There are temples of many other god and goddess in this area.
Bouddhanath stupa: Bouddhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas of South Asia. It is built in octagonal mandala structure. The entire stupa is surrounded by brick wall. The colour of the stupa is completely white. A dome like structure is made on the octagonal base where people walk in clockwise direction reciting matras.
The prayer wheels, butter lamps and prayer flags in the site are really pleasant. There are more than 50 monasteries in Bouddhanath area dedicated to Lord Buddha. The site gives glimpse of Tibet so it is also regarded as mini Tibet. It is said that the stupa was built by Lichhavi King called Shiva Dev in 590 AD but it is not proved it.
Swoyambhunath stupa: Like Bouddhanath Swoyambhunath is also regarded as prime site for Buddhist. It is a place where hundred thousand people around the world visit every year. The site is located on the west from Kathmandu. Swoyambhunath is situated at a hillock. It is a dome shaped structure with the eyes of Budddha in all four directions at top of the dome. Swoyambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple because a lot of monkeys live here.
‘Self-Existing’ is the meaning of Swoyambhu. It is said that this stupa used to be here even then when this entire valley was logged with water forming a huge lake. Later Manjushree arrived here and saw a beautiful lotus with many petals. Manjushree was moved by the lotus and he determined to settle village in this place. He cut the gorge at Chovar making passage for water flow. Since then people started living here.
Here ends our Kathmandu sightseeing today and we get back to hotel. It is also a day for trek preparation. We will introduce you with our trekking guide who will be with you for next nine days. Overnight in a hotel.
Definitively the morning is good today as you will fly to Lukla enjoying scenic beauty of mountains. The harmonious mountain will capture your heart. It is around 30 minute flight from Kathmandu. There are lots of monasteries in Lukla and if interested you can visit there. We begin our trail on foot from here and it ends at Phakding for today. The team of porter guide will join you from here. The way to Phakding is so beautiful that you will remember it for rest of your life. Hills, green lush vegetation and streams will surely mesmerize you. We will put off at Phakding at night.
We follow the route of Dudh (Milk) Koshi River to arrive at Namche Bazaar. Crossing pine, fir and rhododendron forests we arrive at Monjo. The entrance to Sagarmatha National Park is Monjo. Furthermore, after walking for few more hours we reach Namche Bazaar where we put off tonight. Namche is a big market of Khumbu region. People of different ethnic group especially, Sherpa inhabit here.
Acclimatization means adjusting body temperature with increasing altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be severe so we take rest at some places. But, at the same time we also enjoy the day. Today we visit Khumjung. The monastery at this place lures many tourists as there you see skull of yeti. It takes three hours to reach here. We get back to Namche and spend night in the same tea house where we did put off earlier.
It is uphill walk today but not that hard. in your every step you will enjoy Dudh Koshi River as the river flows below you. The way to Tengboche is really beautiful. You witness several animals and birds especially, Danphe (national bird of Nepal). Crossing Trashinga we arrive at Phunkitenga where we have our lunch. Trashinga to Phunkitenga is a descend walk. We now move upward and crossing pine and fir forests we reach Tengboche where we will spend our night. Tengboche is popular for a monastery which is a largest monastery of Khumbu region. You will pay visit here.
After breakfast we start retracing the same route that we followed yesterday to arrive at Namche Bazaar. We will put off at Namche Bazaar.
It is comparatively lengthy route of around eight hours so you need to be mentally prepared for today’s trail. Most part of the trail is descending. In Lukla you will get chance to visit few monasteries. There are lots of monasteries here. Lukla is also popular for local wine. You can enjoy today’s dinner with local wine. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Early in the morning we catch flight to Kathmandu. The harmonious mountain will capture your heart. You will spend 30 minute onboard. In Kathmandu you will get some time to enjoy Thamel. Here you can purchase gifts for your friends and families. Overnight in a hotel.
Although it is a leisure day you can tour Patan and Bhaktapur today. The tour will add essence in your trip. Patan is a place where two prominent religions, Hindu and Buddhist, and its culture grew since old age. It is popular for its Newar culture and art and architecture. The city attained its peak in Malla Dynasty. Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site is the place of our observation. The palace is unique and its architecture is the mark of excellence of Nepalese architectures. Krishna Temple is another must observe site. The stone carvings of the temple portraying Mahabaharat and Ramayan age astonish you. Bhaktapur is our next site of visit. Here you will enjoy pure Newar based culture and architect around 400 years. The palace named 55-Windows, Golden Gate and Nyatapole temple are the main place to see here. The architecture of 55-windows palace and Golden Gate will surprise you. It is really beautiful. In the evening Adventure White Mountain will offer you farewell dinner. You will spend overnight in a hotel.
Everest Panorama Trek ends here today. We will drop you at airport three hours earlier to schedule flight. We are thankful to you as you gave us opportunity to serve. See you soon!