Everest Scenic Trek

Trip Overview

Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Namche – Thame – Namche – Lukla - Kathmandu

If you have ever wanted to experience Nepal but felt you never really had a lot of time to get on a trail and gain some altitude, well then this is the trip for you. Expedition Base has developed some Nepal trips of 10 days or less to give you a nice ‘taste’ of Nepal to take back home with you. On this trip, there is an optional add-on to take a scenic helicopter flight to see a bit more of Nepal that you would otherwise not see in the short amount of time that you have, and to get right up close views of Mt Everest.

It is also a trip that can have a lot of trekking or not so much - based on what you would like to see and do. The itinerary for this trek takes you through the beautiful and awe-inspiring regions of the popular Sagarmatha National Park, home to the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest. This trail journeys into the heartland of the Sherpa people. Sherpas live in this lush low alpine landscape of ever changing vegetation and dry high altitude scrubland, alongside the highest mountains in the world.

This adventure will provide an insight into the rich Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people and their traditional way of life. Expect to see sights of Ama Dablam (6,856m), Mt Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse, as you make your way along the trail. In the northern spring, the valley is awash with towering rhododendron trees of various colours and large white magnolia trees. The northern spring also brings mountaineers from around the world with their goal being to stand at the summit of Mt Everest.

Our route begins from the gateway airport village of Lukla at 2,840m. We will follow along beside the Dudh Khosi river on the valley floor, passing through farming villages of mixed Tamang, Rai and Sherpa communities. After Monjo, we then make a steep ascent over several hours up to Namche Bazaar, the main village of the Khumbu and the traditional trading centre of the Sherpas. On our way, however, we have a chance if weather permits to get our first view of Mt Everest, part way up to Namche. We have lots of time to see Namche, with the option of also walking to the villages of Khumjung, Khunde and Thame. Then, after a little bit more time in Namche, we descend back down the valley to Phakding for the night, before trekking a couple more hours to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu. Once here, you will have another full day to experience Kathmandu – we can arrange some sightseeing for you at some of Kathmandu’s 5 World Heritage sites, or the day is yours to explore as you wish.

Why join with Expedition Base?

Our goal is to ensure you have the best trip possible with our highly skilled and knowledgeable trekking guides, with a personable team, and with quality services. We do our best to ensure that your experience is in accordance with or better than your expectations. We want you to go home remembering an adventure of a lifetime with memories you will treasure for life. We have a strong reputation for high quality services and we seek to maintain our reputation with every trip that we do. To help keep our mission strong, we value your feedback at any time. It helps us to be better. When some companies keep you to a strict schedule, when needed and where you have time we work with you to adjust your timing to make your experience better. We are not selling ‘trips’ – we are offering great experiences, cherished memories, and personal challenges for you to value into the future. We provide services that many other companies do not offer – to us, they are a natural part of our service. To others, they can be add-ons at an additional fee, or not available at all. Our food offerings can be adjusted to suit your needs, season and area permitting. We have quality resources and a fun, experienced team. Our gear and equipment is fit for purpose. Our trekking guides are well-trained, experienced in leading trips and look after our clients well. We are pleased to have clients who come with us for their adventures time and again. Let us know what you are looking to experience and we will help to make it happen.

Trip Highlights

  • Views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many more
  • Buddhist culture and spirited Sherpa people
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Thame
  • Optional add-on helicopter flight for closer up views of Mt Everest.

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 1,700

  • Introductory Trekking


    Introductory Trekking

  • Duration

    10 Days, 9 Nights

  • Activity


  • Group size

    Min 2

  • Destination


  • Trip Start


  • Trip End


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Trip Map

Difficulty level

Introductory Trekking

Introductory Trekking

This trip involves short trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 4-6kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 2-3 times per week for the period of around 3 months before this trip.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Day 2

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m) ~5-6 hrs

Day 3

Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) ~5 hrs

Day 4

Rest day in Namche

Day 5

Trek Namche (3,440m) to Thame (3,750m) ~ 6 hrs return

Day 6

Namche Bazaar (3,740m) to Phakding (2,610m) ~ 3-4 hrs

Day 7

Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) ~ 2-3 hrs

Day 8

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu

Day 9

In Kathmandu

Day 10

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


Trekking permit fees, 3 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar), experienced trekking guides, team transport in Nepal, internal fixed wing flights, teahouse accommodation on trek, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on trek, plus receive complimentary trekking duffel. (All accommodation is on a twin share basis - single share can be arranged on request at an additional cost).


International flights to and from Kathmandu, optional add-on helicopter scenic flight, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, evacuation / rescue) and personal trekking gear.

Meet Our Expert Team

No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

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Managing Director

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