The Everest Cultural Trek is a fascinating journey through the Khumbu region of Nepal, offering a unique opportunity to explore the rich culture and traditions of the Sherpa people who inhabit the region.

This cultural trek is perfect for those who wish to have a cultural experience along with the adventurous trekking trail of the Everest region.

Starting From USD 1600
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Group Size

2-16 pax

Trip Duration

13 days

Max. Altitude

3,985 m



Best Season

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


Private Ground Transfer | Commercial Flight to Lukla


BB in Kathmandu | All meals on the trail


4* Hotel in Kathmandu | Local Lodge on the Trek

The Everest Cultural Trek

  • Scenic views: The flight to Lukla and the trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more.
  • Visiting Sherpa villages: The trek takes you through a range of traditional Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Thame, where you can experience the local way of life and learn about their unique culture and customs. 
  • Trekking through the Sagarmatha National Park: The trek takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard. 
  • Meeting the Sherpa people: The trek offers the opportunity to experience the life friendly Sherpa people, who are renowned for their mountaineering skills and hospitality. 
  • Visiting monasteries and shrines: The trek takes you to iconic monasteries; Gumila, Mende, Thame, Khunde, Pangboche, Tengboche, Namche, and other monasteries. The Tengboche Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the region, where you can experience traditional Sherpa religious practices and rituals. 
  • Exploring local markets: The trek offers the opportunity to visit local markets, where you can purchase traditional Sherpa handicrafts and souvenirs, and interact with local vendors.

Everest Cultural Trek is an incredible journey to appreciate the beautiful high mountain views along with the traditional and cultural lifestyle of the Sherpa people. Sherpa's are historically and culturally wealthy people who live in the mountain region and are most famous as mountaineering experts. The trek takes you through traditional Sherpa villages around the Khumbu region, enjoying the rugged route, stony terrain, Mani Walls, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries.

You will get to explore the Gumila Monastery, one of the most prominent gompas in the area and home to the Gelugpa Sect monks, the youngest Tibetan Buddhist group, followed by other famous Monasteries in Namche, Thame, Kunde, Photse, and Pangboche. Then visit the main attraction of this trek, the famous Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is one of Nepal's most prominent monasteries, possibly owing to its unrivalled Mt. Ama Dablam backdrop. In this monastery, a resident Rinpoche blesses passing pilgrims, mountaineers, and travellers, and it is also the Khumbu region's leading Buddhist centre. If you arrive at the time of the Mani Rimdu Festival, you will witness the mask dance of the monks of Tengboche Monastery. On the way back to Lukla, we will explore the monastery of Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest Cultural Trek is an ideal short trek with a perfect combination of Nepal's culture, traditions, and adventure in the Everest region.

Everest Culture Trek Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up at the airport and drive to the assigned hotel where you will meet the rest of the group. The hotel is located in a quiet quaint neighborhood, where you can enjoy shopping, restaurants, and cafes.

    Please look for the I.A.M TREKKING board at the opposite railing of the terminal.

    Meals: B
  • Day 02

    Fly to Lukla (2,840 m; 35 min) & trek to Toktok (2,760 m). Evening excursion to Gumila Monastery

    Early in the morning we will take a short 35 mins flight to Lukla. After breakfast, we leave Lukla behind and trek a 3-4-hour walk to Toktok village on the Everest Base Camp trekking route.

    Once we reach the village, we will rest at the lodge. In the evening, we will explore Gumila Monastery, one of the most prominent gompas in the area and home to the Gelugpa Sect monks, the youngest Tibetan Buddhist group.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Distance: 10.3 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 6 hrs
  • Day 03

    Trek from Tok Tok to Namche (3,440 m)

    After an early morning breakfast, we will trek slowly via a dense oak and pine forest along with the Dudh Koshi River. Then, after a 3-hour walk, we will cross Monjo, crossing many suspension bridges with a great view of Mt. Thamserku (5,874 m).

    We register our permit and move up steeply through the high suspension bridge to Namche Bazar (‎3,440 m), the Everest region's commercial centre, which takes about 3 hours.
    Before arriving at Namche, we will be greeted with glimpses of Kusum Kangaru (6,367 m), Mt. Thamserku, Konde-Ri, and Taboche Peak (6,367 m).

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Distance: 8 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 3-4 hours
  • Day 04

    Morning excursion to Everest View Hotel & trek to Thamo (3,490 m)

    We will start early in the morning for a sunrise view hike to Everest View Hotel (3,962 m) behind Namche. The ascent is gruelling but rewarding with a fabulous view of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), and others. 

    After breakfast at Namche, we will visit the Namche Gumba and then head northwest along a dusty, rocky track that winds leisurely up and down through alpine forest of pines and juniper. Along the way, we will explore the Mende Gumba, get lunch and head continue towards Thamo village.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Distance: 5.3 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 05

    Trek to Thame (3,781 m) and visit Thame Gumba in the evening

    We will continue on the high trail above the river to the small village of Samde and then descend to the valley floor, cross a suspension bridge and ascend briefly to arrive at Thame. In this section, the settlements are sparse but the villagers are more welcoming.

    Thame, a.k.a, the valley of mountaineers, has a long history and was the most important settlement in the Khumbu. It was the highest village, inhabited year-round when salt trading was at its peak between Nepal, Tibet and India.

    We will have the afternoon at leisure and in the evening we will visit Dechen Chokhorling Monastery, also called Thame Gumba. 

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Distance: 4.1 km
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 06

    Trek to Khunde - visit Gumba (lunch) - Trek to Khumjung

    At first, our trek was a mild descent back along the Bhote Kosi Valley trail, which we climbed yesterday. Nevertheless, before entering Namche, the path turns south and we climb a steep valley path that winds its way along the valley slopes above Namche and leads us to the pretty little village of Khunde.

    You are rewarded from here with spectacular views of Mt. Thamserku(6,608 m) and Mt. Katanga (6,685 m). We will have lunch and visit the village of Khunde once we reach it and walk uphill towards the village of Khumjung.

     For the rest of the day, we will explore Khumjung village.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hours
  • Day 07

    Trek to Phortse

    The road to Phortse Village is rather steep, but it offers marvellous landscapes over Phortse and underneath the river's majestic gorge, including a rare natural rock bridge. Moving ahead, we walk through the steps of the stone and enter Mong, from where we get a magnificent view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Khumbila.

    Going down to Dudh Koshi Khola, we cross a bridge and walk through the rhododendron forest. Finally, we reach Phortse. Phortse is just below the Taboche Peak (6,367 m) and Cholatse (6,335 m) snow-dusted summits.  In the evening, we will visit Phortse Thakri Chholing Gomba and back.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hours
  • Day 08

    Trek to Pangboche, vist Pangboche Gumba. Continue to Debuche, visit Ani Gumba Debuche on the way

    Today, we head east to the village of Phortse continuing on the rugged trail of the ridges overlooking Amadablam's fantastic scenery and the Pangboche Gumba, the oldest monastery in the region.  Visit the monastery and walk down to Debuche. And in the evening, we'll visit Ani Gumba.

    The rest of the day is leisure.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hours
  • Day 09

    Visit Tengboche gumba in the morning for an exotic Everest view and trek to Monjo via Namche

    Today, we'll reach the Tengboche Monastery after a few hours of descent. Tengboche Monastery is one of Nepal's most prominent monasteries, possibly owing to its unrivalled Mt. Ama Dablam backdrop. In this monastery, a resident Rinpoche blesses passing pilgrims, mountaineers, and travellers, and it is also the Khumbu region's leading Buddhist centre.

    In October, the Tengboche Monastery celebrates the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival, which is a celebration of Buddhist festivities with a religious assembly, songs, ceremonial dances, and iconic figure life enactments.

    We will descend back to Monjo after visiting the monastery, passing several suspension bridges and the villages.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hours
  • Day 10

    Trek to Lukla and visit Lukla Gumba in the evening

    Leaving Monjo, we walk past several Sherpa villages along the Bhote Koshi River, and we arrive in Lukla through rhododendron and magnolia forest.

    We rest for a few hours, and in the evening we will visit Lukla Monastery and its surroundings.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: B,L,D
    Time: 5-6 hours
  • Day 11

    Fly back to Kathmandu

    Today after breakfast, we will take a short 50-minute flight back to Kathmandu with our guide. Once at Kathmandu airport, we will drive back to our hotel.

    The rest of the day is leisure.

    Accommodation: 4* hotel
    Meals: B
  • Day 12

    Free shopping day in Kathmandu, Farewell dinner

    We have a free day in Kathmandu to rest your sore muscles, indulge in shopping activities or just visit key places of interest in Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur.
    The full day is at leisure and in the evening, farewell dinner with the guide and staff of I.A.M TREKKING.
    Accommodation: 4* hotel
    Meals: B,D
  • Day 13

    Final departure - Transfer to TIA airport

    Our office staff will drop you off at the airport 3 hrs before your flight departure.
    Meals: B

Everest Culture Trek Services

Includes & Excludes

    Package Includes:

    • Airport pick-up and drop 
    • 3-night hotel BB in Kathmandu 
    • Lodges during the trek 
    • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa 
    • Trek guide, up to 4 packs one assistant guide, up to 10 then 2 assistant guide 
    • One porter for two members to carry the double bags. 
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu 
    • Entry fees

    Package Excludes:

    • International air ticket 
    • High-risk Medical Insurance 
    • Lunch and Dinner during Kathmandu stay 
    • Alcoholic beverages and telephone calls 
    • Tips for the trek guide, porter, and staff 
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed 
    • Nepal visa fee 
Equipment List for Everest Culture Trek

    Clothing List

    • Hiking shorts
    • Hiking trousers
    • Fleece Windstopper jacket
    • Light thermal tops
    • Non-cotton underwear briefs
    • Down vest
    • Waterproof, breathable fabric shell jacket
    • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and two long sleeves)
    • Waterproof shell pants with breathable fabric
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex jacket
    • Lightweight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool trousers

    Footwear List

    • Lightweight inner socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Heavy poly or wool socks
    • Cotton socks Gaiters
    • Trainers or running shoes

    Headwear List

    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • A warm hat (wool or synthetic)
    • Prescription sunglasses
    • Bandana or headscarf
    • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

    Personal Medical Kits

    • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
    • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    • One skin-blister repair kit
    • Anti-diarrhea pills
    • Anti-headache pills
    • A cough or cold medicine
    • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
    • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant
    • Water purification tablets
    • 1 set of earplugs


    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Toilet paper
    • Medium-sized towel
    • Anti-bacterial handwash
    • Multi-purpose soap
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Wet wipes

    Miscellaneous (if required)

    • Camera with extra Batteries
    • Headphone
    • Power Banks
    • Oximeters
    • Chargers
    • Maps
    • Adapter Plugs
    • Journal for Writing
    • Travel knife
    • Book / Kindle for reading
    • Smartphone
    • Snacks
    • Protein bars, Snickers, granola bars, dark chocolates
    • Lightweight pillowcase

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