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Everest Luxury Lodge Trek

We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the Hotel Shanker in the quiet Lazimpat area of Kathmandu. The hotel is set in its own grounds and features an outdoor pool area, but is still just a 15min stroll from the touristy Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Meals:

 

Day 2 - Fly to Lukla & trek down to Phakding

A private transfer to the airport for the 40min spectacular flight to the airstrip at Lukla. Here you'll meet your porter team and then your first day of trekking is actually downhill and relatively short as you descend a trail to the bottom of the river valley below. It's around 2-3hrs of walking to the village of Phakding (2610m) and your overnight halt staying in a typical comfort trekking lodge.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Comfort Lodge, Phakding

Meals: BLD

 

Day 3 - Up to Namche Bazaar

Todays walk begins in a straightforward manner as you follow the trail alongside the river and through pine forests to Jorsale. You'll cross the river a couple of times by suspension and plank bridge and in around 2hrs you'll hopefully get your first glimpse of Everest's summit poking over the Nuptse ridge in the far distance. It's then a stiff climb of 2-3 hrs as the Everest Base Camp trail winds it's way up and up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Walking time approx. 5-6hrs to an altitude of 3440m. Altitude gain 840m

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Comfort Lodge, Namche

Meals: BLD

 

Day 4 - Acclimatisation in Namche

Now at 3440m you really have to have an acclimatisation day today and let your body take it easy. Namche is a fascinating place to explore with plenty of souvenir shops, cafes and bars, as well as a particularly good German bakery too! If you like you can take an acclimatisation walk up to the Museum of Sherpa Culture. Near to the museum is an excellent Everest viewpoint and magnificent views of the iconic peak of Ama Dablam.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Comfort Lodge, Namche

Meals: BLD

 

Day 5 - Trek to Tashinga

A steep climb up from Namche, but before long as you turn into the main valley you'll be treated to a spectacle of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Reaching the Everest View Hotel (3880m) it's de rigeur to stop for a cuppa and soak up the magnificent vista of giant Himalayan peaks and study 'in the field' your next couple of days trekking which by and large stretches out before you. The trail now descends steadily to Khumjing where you'll stop for lunch. Your descent down the Dudh Khosi Valley then continues for a couple of hours and to the village of Tashinga (3400m), from where there are particualy good views across to Thamserku and Kantaiga. Walking time is approx. 5-6 hrs with around 570m ascent and 500m descent. Altitude loss 40m.

Accommodation: ESL Comfort Lodge, Tashinga

Meals: BLD

 

Day 6 - Thyangboche Monastery and to Pangboche

For much of todays walk there are breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everests summit. Across the valley and upwards you'll also see where you're heading first, the village of Thyangboche which astrides a forested ridge. It's downhill to start though to cross the Imja Khola via a footbridge. The trail then climbs steadily up to Thyangboche, which lies at an altitude of 3860m. From here as well as the impressive peak of Kantaiga looming above, there are classic views of the Everest/Lhotse Massif. The village is home to the famous Thyangboche Monastery, where many an Everest climbing expedition has visited to gain blessings for their summit attempts. From here you now walk down to the Imja Khola River and cross a bridge to the oposite side and head upstream before a final, shortish climb up to the spectacularly located lodge at Pangboche (3930m). Here you have views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantaiga, Thamserku and more. Arguably one of the best views in the world you can have getting out of a proper bed in the morning! Walking time approx. 6 hours with around 850m ascent and 700m descent. Altitude gain 500m approx.

Accommodation: ESL Comfort Lodge, Pangboche

Meals: BLD

 

Day 7 - Pangboche

Clearly with the views and the effort you'll not want to turnaround today. Still, at 3900m even easy walking feels much harder. So, your guide will take you on a moderate walk around the area and to explore Upper Pangboche village and the Gompa there, with those views with you all the way. However, if you are feeling particularly well acclimatised, fit and strong one option would be to take the stiff walk up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4900m). It's quite the slog and takes around 6-7hrs for the return trip with around 1000m of ascent and descent.

Accommodation: ESL Comfort Lodge, Pangboche

Meals: BLD

 

Day 8 - Trek to Namche

Time to turnaround and begin the 2 day walk back to Lukla. Today you retrace your footsteps as far as Namche. Walking time approx.6 hrs.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Comfort Lodge, Namche

Meals: BLD

 

Day 9 - Back to Lukla

Remember the start of your trek at Lukla was a welcoming downhill? Today you will be walking back up the same trail. However, it is a down to begin with and a rather steep descent to Chaurikharka. Here begins the final climb, and no doubt reaching Lukla you'll be glad it's all over. Walking time approx.7hrs. Of course you could break up todays walk and overnight at Phakding, and make the ascent back to Lukla the next morning adding an extra day to the trip.

Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Comfort Lodge, Lukla

Meals: BLD

 

Day 10 - Fly to Kathmandu

An adrenalin filled take off from Lukla for the short flight out of the Himalayas and back to Kathmandu.You'll be met upon arrival and receive a private vehicle transfer to your downtown hotel, with the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Meals: B

 

Day 11 - Kathmandu

Today is necessary as a contingency day should there have been any delays to the return flight from Lukla.

If not, then you're in Kathmandu with a free day! We can pre-arrange a guided tour of the principle sights of Kathmandu and to medieval Bhaktapur, or other ways to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu

Meals: B

 

Day 12 - Depart Nepal

A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

 

 

Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

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