Everest Luxury Trek

Posted by Andy on Friday, January 14, 2011

This is a special Everest trek itinerary that combines spectacular scenery, rich Himalayan cultural experiences, and very challenging trekking. You will also enjoy accommodations, transportation and trekking services that are the best in Nepal. During the trek you will stay in “luxury lodges” where you will have comfortable beds, delicious and nutritious meals using local ingredients, cozy fireplaces, and spectacular views from every angle.

After experiencing the color and excitement of traditional Hindu culture in the Kathmandu Valley you will be amazed by the contrasting lifestyle and customs of Sherpa Buddhist culture as you trek through mountain villages in the Everest region.

Highlights of the trek
Sherpa museum in Namche Bazaar. Tengboche Monastery. Sherpa culture in Khumjung village. Superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam

Trek dates
Daily departures all year

Check list
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Detailed Itinerary

After your arrival and greeting at the Kathmandu airport it is a short ride to our resort hotel close to the airport and the city center. The day after arrival we’ll complete our trek preparations and visit some local temples.  The next day we depart very early in the morning aboard a flight to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla.  Arriving before 9am we set out together with our team of Nepali guides and Sherpas to the village of Monjo, a fairly easy 3 hour trek with moderate elevation gain. Here we spend the evening at the Summit Lodge.

The second day of our mountain trek will be the most challenging with a 600 meter (2000 ft.) ascent from Monjo up to Namche Bazaar at 3420 meters. Our trail follows the course of the Dudh Kosi, the “river of milk”, which we cross over several times on high suspension bridges while climbing steadily through forests of rhododendron, magnolia and fir. We will arrive in Namche by mid-day in time for lunch and a bit of relaxation in this lively Sherpa capital of the Everest region. From here it is a fairly level trail that is on the direct route to Everest Base Camp. As we crest the steep hill above Namche we will get our first views of the peaks of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. After a few hours we will arrive at our lodge just outside the village of Tashinga which is set in a deep, broad valley.

On day three of our Everest trek the trail climbs steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The monastery (gompa) at Tengboche is the most important in the Sherpa region and houses an abbot and about 80 monks. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. After visiting the Gompa and having lunch we will descend back to Tashinga where we will spend the evening again.

Leaving Tashinga lodge the next morning we will head back towards Namche Bazaar for about an hour until branching off the main trail leading to Khumjung village. The path follows a shallow valley up to Khumjung, the education center of the Khumbu region. Here we will be able to visit the Khumjung monastery and Sherpa museum. From here we will take the high trail above Namche Bazaar. At the small village of Tesho we turn off the main trail and make our way slowly up a closed valley. The last half an hour climb up to Mende is a steep, challenging ascent that will leave you breathless yet happy by the time you reach the lodge.

On the morning of our fourth trek day we will connect with an old Tibetan trade route half an hour from our lodge in Mende. The trail is mostly easy hiking all the way to the village of Thame. Thame is one of the most attractive villages in Khumbu with scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. We will have time to visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s house is situated near the top of the village. After our visit in Thame we will return to Mende by the same route.

On the last day of our trek we will head back east from Mende to Syangboche where we will arrive at the famed Everest View Hotel, the highest luxury hotel in the world at over 13,000 ft. elevation. From the hotel’s patio and from your hotel room there are jaw-dropping views of the of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam peaks. We will enjoy a relaxing afternoon here savoring the views and memories of our trek. A celebratory dinner will cap off a perfect trekking experience.

In the early morning we will board our flight for the 45 minute return flight to the Kathmandu airport from where we will transfer to our hotel. We will have time after our return from Lukla to visit other World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. That evening we will celebrate our achievements together with a traditional six course Newari dinner at the beautiful Krishnaarparn restaurant inside Dwarika’s. Dwarika’s is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum of Nepali (Newari) history, architecture and culture. Everywhere you turn where you will be surrounded by carvings, artifacts, furniture and other exquisitely restored masterpieces of medieval Nepal.

Program inclusions:

  • Private ground and air transportation in Nepal
  • Three nights deluxe hotel accommodations with breakfast  in Kathmandu
  • Luxury lodge accommodations during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages during trek
  • Trekking permits
  • English-speaking, certified trek and cultural guides
  • Porters for all luggage on trek
  • Insurance for trek staff
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu