Legends of Everest Trek - 11 days

Legends of Everest Trek - 11 days


The Legends of Everest Trek will take you on an exciting hike to the native villages of mountaineering legends and Sherpa heroes - Tenzing Norgay, Apa Sherpa, and Ang Rita Sherpa. You leave the busy Everest Base Camp trail and head towards the secluded trail to Thame and Thamo. Home to the mountaineering legends, these villages have a rich past and a pristine beauty. On this inspiring journey, you will be staying at the luxurious properties of Yeti Mountain Home.

After flying into Kathmandu, you will make your way to the remote Sherpa settlement of Lukla by air. It is an unforgettable flight filled with stunning mountain views and a hair-raising landing. From Lukla, you will trek to Phakding and Namche. Enjoy an excursion to the Sherpa village of Khumjung and the popular Everest viewpoint beyond Shyangboche.

Leaving the crowded EBC trail, you will head to the villages of Thamo and Thame. The path is part of an ancient route used by caravans plying on Tibet's old salt trade route. You get to explore the villages and interact with the local Sherpas. You can experience their culture while savoring terrific views of the Khumbu mountains.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the Sherpa villages of mountaineering legends – Tenzing Norgay, Ang Rita Sherpa, and Apa Sherpa
  • Walk through the biodiverse Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
  • Interact with villagers and experience Sherpa culture
  • Panoramic views of 8000 and 7000-meter peaks
  • Accommodation at the luxurious Yeti Mountain Home properties

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft)
Day 3 Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m/11,284ft)
Day 4 At Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) – Hike to Khumjung village (3790m/12,430ft)
Day 5 Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3735m/12,254ft)
Day 6 Explore Thame – Visit Monastery or Hike to Sumdur Ridge
Day 7 Trek Thame to Monjo (2840m/9405ft)
Day 8 Trek to Lukla ((2,840m/9,316ft)
Day 9 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 10 Free Day
Day 11 Depart Kathmandu


Route Map

Route map for Legends of Everest Trek Legends of Everest Trek Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

From the airport, our guide will drive you to your hotel. Check in and take a rest. Later in the day, there will be a trip briefing at Third Rock Adventures' office or the hotel lounge. You will meet your trekking guide and other team members if you join a group.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft)

Duration: 35 minutes flight and 3-4 hours Trek (8km)
Lukla Airport Lukla Airport

The flight for Lukla leaves early in the morning. So you pack up and head to the airport very early in the day. As Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla can accommodate only small planes, you will be flying there in a tiny aircraft. It is a thrilling experience as the aircraft flies close to mountains and cliffs.

After arriving in Lukla, your luggage will get sorted, and the porters will carry the heavier bags. You follow your guide, walk past the market area and head down the trail to Phakding. It is a short walk of about three to four hours to the Dudh Koshi River. You cross a suspension bridge and enter Phakding, the first Sherpa village where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Phakding.

Day 3: Trek Phakding to Namche (3,440m/11,284ft)

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours Trek (10.5km)

Today you have a strenuous hike in store, but the stunning views make up for the painful leg work. The trail meanders past mani stones with Buddhist mantras carved on them, prayer flags, and thick pine and rhododendron forests. At Monjo, you step into the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. With the Imja and Dudh Koshi rivers flowing below, you cross the high Hillary suspension Bridge before reaching Namche. You also get to feast on your first view of Mount Everest.

Namche Bazaar is known as the capital of the Khumbu region. It is a busy town filled with shops, teahouses, cafes, bakeries, etc. There's also a bank and an ATM booth. On reaching Namche, you make your way to the picturesque Yeti Mountain Lodge, your overnight stop.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: At Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) – Hike to Khumjung village (3790m/12,430ft)

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours
Namche Bazaar Prayer wheels at Namche Bazaar

The mountains look incredible from Namche. To capture more fabulous views, you hike up to Namche and reach the deserted airstrip of Shyangboche. No aircraft have landed here for a long time, and the airstrip is just a large grazing field. Climb further up and reach the Everest View Hotel. You can enjoy a panorama of the Himalayan mountains (Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse) and the Dudh Koshi Valley. Later descend and take the trail to Khumjung Village, the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region.

Filled with traditional stone houses with green roofs, Khumjung has the oldest school in the region. Established by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961, the school imparts education to Sherpa children of surrounding areas. Another place worth a visit is the Khumjung Gompa, where a scalp, said to be of a Yeti (the abominable snowman), is displayed. If you are not too tired, you can visit the neighboring village of Kunde too. Afterward, hike back to Namche.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3735m/12,254ft)

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours Trek (9.7km)

Set off from Namche to Thame, leaving the crowded EBC trail. You hike up, enjoying mesmerizing views of the mountains. You can enjoy walking in solitude. Soon you walk past the traditional Sherpa villages of Phurte,  Samde, and Thamo en route. Thamo is the native village of mountaineering giant Ang Rita Sherpa who broke the world record by climbing Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen ten times.

The trail meanders high above the Bhote Koshi River, which flows down from Tibet. After crossing a bridge across the Thesyo River, you arrive in Thame, one of the ancient villages in the Khumbu Region. The old trade route to Tibet went through this village.

Thame is the native village of legendary mountaineers Tenzing Norgay (the first Everest summiteer) and Apa Sherpa (world record holder with most ascents to Mount Everest).

Overnight in Thame.

Day 6: Explore Thame – Visit Monastery or Hike to Sumdur Ridge

Explore the village and hike up to Thame Monastery overlooking the village. The magnificent monastery set on the base of a rocky cliff is one of the oldest in the region. Your guide can show you the homes of local heroes Tenzing Norgay and Apa Sherpa. 

You can enjoy panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Mount Everest, Kusum Kangaru, Kantega, and many other peaks. You can also ascend the rocky Sumdur Ridge, which lies close to the village. Renjo La Pass, Tashi Lapcha Pass, and Nangpa La pass are also visible from the top of the ridge.

Overnight in Thame.

Day 7: Trek Thame to Monjo (2840m/9405ft)

Walking Distance: 6-7 hours Trek

You start early and leave Thame for Monjo. You retrace your steps to Namche, savoring the picturesque views of the mountains and green hillsides. With their stone houses and low stone walls, the Sherpa villages look pretty. As you descend, the vegetation becomes lush and green. You head to Yeti Mountain Home as your trek ends for the day. Take advantage of the luxurious amenities provided by the lodge and relax.

Overnight in Monjo.

Day 8: Trek to Lukla ((2,840m/9,316ft)

Walking Distance: 3-4 hours Trek (13km)

Take a leisurely descent back to Lukla. You reach the busy settlement after an easy hike. Spend your final day in Khumbu, sharing stories with other trekkers, updating your journal, or taking a tour of the busy village. Get together with the local crew in the evening and celebrate the completion of your Everest journey.

Overnight in Lukla.

Day 9: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Flight Duration: 35 minutes

Leave the inspiring mountains behind and head to Kathmandu. The flight is anything but boring. As the plane taxis down the steep runway, your heartbeat increases. As the tiny plane gets airborne, you catch a glimpse of the Khumbu mountains one last time. Kathmandu Valley looks impressive from the sky. After landing, head to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing day. You can visit a spa and pamper yourself, hunt for souvenirs or explore the local market. The rest of the day is yours, and you can spend the day as you wish.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Free Day

Today is a contingency day for emergencies such as flight cancellation, bad weather, or other instances that may delay your trip. If everything goes as planned, you can utilize this day to explore Kathmandu independently.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the airport on time to catch your flight. If you want to explore more of Nepal, then let us know. We at Third Rock Adventures are always ready to help you plan your itinerary.



Trip Reviews

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Adriana Cooper
flagsUnited Kingdom
May 01, 2022
EBC Legend Trek
The itinerary when I read surprised me as it don't take you to Everest Base Camp. But it takes you to secluded trail to Thame and Thamo. It avoids the crowded trail to EBC. And I loved the idea, so I went there with Bimal my guide and enjoyed a lot. I also got an opportunity to stay at the popular Yeti Mountain Home. It was really amazing experience.
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Harley Green
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 10, 2022
Beautiful trek in Everest region
I have to say this, This trek is unique as well as beautiful. It takes you to native villages of mountaineering legends. We explored the beautiful villages of Thamo and Thame. I highly recommend this trek to you if you do not like crowded trail.
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Craig Strickland
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 10, 2022
Legends of Everest Trek
My friend Steven suggested me this itinerary to Namche and then to Thame and Thamo. I loved the trek. The guide was a cool person. He had all the knowledge and details for the trek and specially his contact with local people there. The weather was good, the food was good and specially the local people were warm-welcoming. I am in love with Nepal, and I guess will be back again and do unique trek like this one.
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