Everest Family Trek in Nepal

November 1, 2019

The appeal of Nepal’s ivory Himalayas draws in massive amounts of people from all over the world every year. The Everest Family Trek in Nepal underneath the shadows of the magnificent mountains is a lifelong dream of many people with kids. Nepal is one of the best destinations for Himalayan treks as the country is home to many of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest- the highest Himalayan on Earth.

Likewise, when people think about trekking in the mountains, the most common demographic that people think about are adults. After all, trekking in itself is a task that requires a good physical strength to do. Considering that most treks in Nepal take place in the alpine zones in river valleys towered over by the majestic Himalayan peaks, it is no surprise that most people would think as such.

But trekking to the Everest region is possible to do with the family. There are no age-limits or restrictions when it comes to Everest Trekking. It can be done by people of all age groups. Despite the journey occurring at the alpine Khumbu, the trip presents many alternate routes to take that specially cater to people with different preferences based on their capabilities and choices.

Everest Family Trek is a great opportunity to visit the Himalayan peaks of the Khumbu with your spouse and kids. It is a beautiful family vacation that presents many amazing facets to enjoy. The Everest peaks are quite mesmerizing and getting close-up views of the colossal ivory giants is a simply unforgettable adventure.

Trip Highlights for Everest Family Trek in Nepal
• Everest Family Trek can be done by people of all age groups. This, of course, is an extrapolation- the term “all age groups” is an umbrella term that covers people who are capable of undergoing trekking and are in good physical shape. Kids from the age of 5 and above can also do the trip, and the age group has no limitations.
• The Everest Family Trek also presents the opportunity to experience the ethnic Sherpa culture of the Khumbu. The region is home to the indigenous Sherpa people who have lived and adapted to the Himalayan conditions for centuries. It is a great way to enjoy the unique lifestyle of the Himalayan people.
• The journey also takes your family to famous Khumbu destinations, like the renowned Himalayan town of Namche Bazaar and Tengboche.
• Everest Family Trek also presents unforgettable views of the Everest massif, including renowned peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, the Kongdi RI, the Kusum Kanguru and many more.
• The journey is a beautiful trip through the river valleys of the Khumbu where the landscapes are embedded with Himalayan Rivers, thick woodlands and vast emerald pasturelands. The path meanders through the Sagarmatha national park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Photo: Namche Bazzar in Khumbu Region

The Everest Family Trek Journey
Taking place in the Khumbu region in northeastern Nepal, the Everest Family Trek traverses along the Dudh Koshi River through the Sagarmatha National Park, which harbors trans-Himalayan biodiversity. While trekking, elusive animals like the Musk Deer and Danphe Birds often cross paths with trekkers.

Khumbu’s elevation ranges from about 2,800 meters to 8,848 meters to the summit of Mount Everest. As a result, the trekking trails frequently change in terms of landscape, weaving from low Himalayan foothills to vast snowy fields of glacial sludge and ice moraines.

The trip begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which takes about 40 minutes. Upon landing at the Lukla Airport, the trekking trail then follows through the cliffs towards Phakding, the first overnight stop of the journey. Further ahead from Phakding, the trail leads to Namche Bazaar, the commercial hub of Khumbu.

All along the journey, enthralling sights of the Everest peaks keep trekkers company. A few miles ahead of Namche lays the Tengboche village. Just as Namche is the commercial hub, Tengboche is Khumbu’s spiritual center, located at the confluence of the Imja River and the Dudh Koshi Khola.

Finally, the Everest Family Trek then winds its trails back to Monjo and then to Lukla from where the trip ends with a flight back to the city.

Everest Family Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1400m (4600 ft.)
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m (9317 ft)/35 minutes and trek to Phakding 2610m (8562 ft.)
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m (11,286 ft.)
Day 4: Explore Namche and visit the Everest View Hotel 3880m (12,729 ft.)
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m (12,664 ft.)
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo 2835m (9301 ft.)
Day 7: Trek from Monjo to Lukla 2840m (9317 ft.)
Day 8: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 1400m (4600 ft.)/ 35 minutes by plane
Day 9: Relaxing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 10: Farewell, final departure from Kathmandu

Key Information about Everest Family Trek in Nepal
• Age Group
As stated, there are no specific restrictions regarding who can and cannot do the Everest Family Trek. Even kids aged 5 or above can do the trip if they are capable of it. In the same way, there are no age limits for older generations either; if people are capable of doing long-hour treks in the alpine foothills of the mountains, then they can do the Everest Family Trek. It is a moderate trekking journey that presents less-technical terrains that are not so difficult to overcome.

• Flight Booking, Delays and Cancellations
Summer and winter months (January-February and April-July respectively) can experience Lukla Flight delays due to bad weather conditions. Summertime experiences rainfall and the winter months can experience snowfall, both of which present poor visibility, and thus high flight cancellation chances. For this, an extra contingency day incorporated in the itineraries is a good backup idea.
In the same way, the spring and the autumn months (March-may and September-December respectively) are the best time to travel to Nepal for treks. Spring presents suitable weather conditions where the pastures turn green and the rhododendrons blossom in the mountains. It also presents clear visibility to enjoy mountain views. Autumn months present a crisp and clear atmosphere where the Himalayan forests are bright with the colors of fall. There are very few flight cancellations or delays due to weather during the spring and autumn months.
However, since the spring and autumn months are peak trekking seasons where thousands of visitors come to Nepal for treks, it is advised to book the Lukla Flights beforehand as it tends to get quite crowded. Flights can become overbooked.

• Daily Walking Hours and Acclimatization
Acclimatization is the process of letting the body adjust to the High Altitude conditions. It is an important aspect of trekking in the Everest region. Without properly acclimatizing, one can start developing symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), which, if left unchecked, can be dangerous.
Generally, the chance of Altitude Sickness occurs once the threshold of 3,000 meters and above of elevation is passed. However, the occurrence of Altitude Sickness varies from one person to the next. Symptoms of altitude sickness manifest in forms of headaches and dizziness. It is important to take care of the symptoms on their early onset, as neglecting to do so can be fatal. That is why, to avoid altitude sickness, proper acclimatization is important.
The Everest family Trek incorporates ample acclimatization time. Acclimatization occurs in Namche Bazaar where a full day is spent exploring the town. Other factors to consider while avoiding AMS is being properly hydrated at all times and not rushing the trek but rather, doing it in a comfortable pace that suits your physical state.
The Everest Family Trek presents about 4 to 5 hours of trekking every day from one destination to the next, covering elevation rise of about 1,000 to 1,500 meters starting from Lukla.

• Physical Fitness Required
Although no previous trekking experience is required to do the Everest Family Trek, it does help to prepare the body before trekking. Doing regular cardiovascular exercise about 3 to 4 weeks before the beginning of the trip to improve stamina and boost energy can help during the trek.

• Health and Medical Insurance
It is mandatory to have travel insurance while trekking in Nepal. The travel insurance policy must include emergency evacuation and helicopter rescue services in the mountains.

• Meals and Drinking Water
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available while trekking. The staple food of the country is rice and lentils, which are available at all places throughout Nepal and during treks in the mountains. Likewise, it is advised to bring your method of water purification like tablets while trekking as it is a better and cheaper alternative to buying bottled drinking water from the shops.

• Packing List
It is best to pack only the essential items while trekking and leave out things that you can simply do without. Given below is a shortlist of essential things to pack for the trek-

  1. Hiking trousers and hiking shorts
  2. Lightweight shirts
  3. Wide-brim Hat
  4. Lightweight scarf
  5. Warm Gloves
  6. A good pair of Hiking Boots (that have been broken into)
  7. Sandals
  8. Woolen socks
  9. All-season Sleeping bags
  10. Duffel Bags
  11. Small Hand-Carry Bags
  12. A Day Pack
  13. Toiletries and First Aid
  14. Water Purification Method, like Tablets or other purification kits
  15. Water Bottles
  16. Trekking Poles etc.
Photo: Mount Thamserku seen from Namche Bazzar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How to plan the trek?
    There are several options for planning the trek, but the best one is to hire a travel agency in Nepal. The agency will cover the responsibility of a guide, porters, and the majority of costs along the way, like booking flights, applying for trekking permits, making sure that there are rooms in the teahouses available every night, and all meals. With a travel agency, all you have to worry about is getting from point A to point B.
  • What is the youngest age recommended for the trek?
    As far as recommendations go (and the answer varies), age eight would be the youngest. A strong eight-year-old with experience in hiking long distances should be able to do the trip. However, there are instances where a child as young as 5 years old have completed trekking in the Everest region. The most important factor is that your child needs to be able to express accurately how they are feeling and need to be able to hike day after day. Moreover, it’s not just about the daily hiking, but also about the cold sleeping quarters, the bathroom facilities, and repetitive meal options that can make the trek difficult for children.
  • How is the communication facility?
    -There are telephones (landlines) in most of the villages along the trekking route. Mobile Phone services are available throughout Nepal, even in the mountains despite the quality of the reception varying from one location to the next. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages and they cost extra.
  • What type of toilet facility is available?
    -Most of the guesthouses on the Everest trail have squat toilet facilities. Some lodges have western-style toilets as well. It is highly recommended to carry your toilet paper and other required toiletries. Likewise, hot shower facilities are available at select guesthouses.

The Everest Family Trek in Nepal is perhaps one of the best opportunities to enjoy the magnificent Himalayan peaks of Everest with your whole family. It is a great vacation that presents many amazing features to enjoy, from the Sherpa culture to the beautiful landscape to the Himalayan views. Join us for your next family trekking in Nepal in 2020.