trekker walking to the hotel everest view in everest trek region in Nepal

Namche Bazaar day trip: Hike to Hotel Everest View

Feb 20, 2024
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A popular day outing from Namche Bazaar is the hike to Hotel Everest View. The trail there is uphill, takes two hours, and gifts you astonishing views. Once there, you can have a drink or meal on the terrace and enjoy the incredible sight of Mt Everest!

Facts about the hike

  • Distance: 5.4 km (3.4 mi) round trip
  • Namche Bazaar elevation: 3,440 m (11,286 ft)
  • Hotel Everest View elevation: 3,962 m (13,000 ft)
  • Duration: About 2 hours there, 1 hour back
  • Difficulty: Moderately challenging (because of the altitude)
Panoramic view at the valleys on the hike from Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel on Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal

An incredible view en route to the hotel

Why visit Hotel Everest View?

Hotel Everest View is a special place. Not only does this luxury hotel offer guests and visitors an incredible view of the peak of Mt Everest, it's also the highest luxury hotel in the world. It opened in 1971 after taking years to build, as all of its materials had to be portered in or flown in by helicopter.

Hotel Everest View, website's picture

It's hard to top Hotel Everest View for setting (pun intended)

Sitting on a ridge above Namche Bazaar, the hotel commands not just a view of Everest, but also of many other storied peaks, like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, all of which seem to strain upwards to touch the heavens.

For most people trekking to Everest Base Camp, the sight of Mt Everest from Hotel Everest View hotel is their first (proper) view of the famous peak.

View up stairs to entrance of Hotel Everest View, EBC trek, Nepal

One last climb to reach the hotel entrance

Once at the hotel, hikers are welcomed to have tea or a meal at the restaurant. If the weather isn't great, you can sit inside and look through the large glass windows at the famous view. But if the weather is kind, the ideal place to sit is on the terrace.

There's also a piano inside that you can tinker on should you feel inspired.

After a short but tough hike, it's deliciousness itself to sit down to a hot drink and tasty plate of food in such a one-of-a-kind location!

Close up of tea and treats on terrace of Hotel Everest View, EBC trek, Nepal

Tea and treats on the hotel terrace

How hard is the hike?

The hike from Namche Bazaar to Hotel Everest View is a tough little climb as you ascend 440 m (1,445 ft). At sea level this wouldn't mean much, but most folks who do the hike are still busy adjusting to the high elevation of Namche Bazaar. At this sort of altitude, every bit of exertion is a little tougher than normal for visitors.

It's the high altitude that makes the two-hour climb from Namche Bazaar to Everest Hotel View decently challenging.

The Google Earth screenshot below shows the location of Hotel Everest View in relation to Mt Everest.

Hotel Everest View Google map

Google Map showing Mt Everest and Hotel Everest View

The good news is that this day trip should actually help you to acclimatise (acclimate). This is because the hike has you ascend to a new elevation but then drop back down to sleep at a safer altitude. Ascending in such a 'dancing back and forth' pattern is a great way to acclimatise well.

That said, please don't attempt the hike to Hotel Everest View if you're really struggling with the altitude in Namche Bazaar. Rather rest in your lodge for a day or two before attempting the hike. Remember that every body is different, and some people just need more time to acclimatise than others.

Panoramic view at the valleys on the hike from Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel on Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal

Another gorgeous scene as snapped along the hiking trail

What should I wear and pack?

We recommend that you treat this day hike the same as you would any other day on the Everest Base Camp trek. This means wearing or putting into your daypack the same items that you would on any other day of the trek, most notably:

  • Trekking boots and warm socks
  • A warm winter jacket, scarf and gloves
  • Rainproof gear
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sunhat
  • Drinking water and a snack
  • Your camera
  • A small first aid kit


Is it worth the time and effort?


There are three great reasons to hike from Namche Bazaar to Hotel Everest View:

Firstly, the hotel has become a destination in its own right thanks to its status as the world's highest hotel as well as its showstopper, can't-say-enough-good-things-about-it view. Also, while there, you're going to enjoy an upmarket experience, as the hotel offers some of the best food and service along the entire EBC trek route.

Trekkers sitting at a table on the terrace of Hotel Everest View on the EBC trek, Nepal

The hotel terrace is the best place to sit on a nice day

Secondly, the hike to the hotel is supremely pretty and rewarding. The series of views that you witness en route are epic. You're truly in the heart of the highest sector of the Himalayas here, and so record-breaking peaks rise up all about you. Please also note that there's a tiny detour you can take on the trail to Syangboche Viewpoint โ€“ don't miss this, as it rewards you with a spectacular view that includes Everest, Nuptse, Loche and Ama Dablam.

As mentioned, this hike should help you to acclimatise faster to the high altitude because you will be climbing high and sleeping low. You can learn more about this important topic in Altitude gain on Everest Base Camp trek.



Finally, one last tip. Check the weather forecast in Namche Bazaar before setting off for the hotel. If there's lots of mist around the hotel or the peaks, perhaps push the hike back by a day if you can to ensure you get to enjoy that iconic Mt Everest view.