Everest Deluxe is an impressive trek with spectacular views on the highest mountains in the world. Untill a couple of years ago trekking in the Everest-region was only for those wanting to sleep in basic lodges. Nowadays you can explore the area in style, sleeping in luxury lodges
Trekking in Yeti Mountain Home
On this trek you will sleep in the Yeti Mountain Home Lodges, a small group of 6 outstanding lodges, both in comfort and atmosphere. Each lodge is nicely designed, has twin rooms with attached bathroom, and serves delicious meals. What’s even more important: all the lodges are based at the best spots in the area with great views on towering peaks like Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Everest.
The 6 lodges are situated in Lukla, Monjo, Phakding, Namche , Thame and Kongde. On Everest Deluxe you will make a small circuit experiencing the warm hospitality of all of them. If you want to push on to the Everest Base Camp or to Gokyo we can adapt your itinerary and add some standard, more basic lodges.
In some of the lodges we will stay for 2 nights, making it easier to acclimatise and giving you the opportunity to explore surrounding villages or to just relax and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Start with a flight to Lukla
Everest Deluxe starts with a spectacular flight to Lukla Airport, the gateway to Everest. From this small airstrip you immediately start the trek to Monjo . The next day you continue to Namche at 3400m, where you will spent two nights and make a acclimatisation walk to one of the neighbouring villages or viewpoints.
Leaving the classic Everest Base Camp route, the trail brings you to Thame (3800m) for 2 nights. On day will be spent for a daywalk higher up in the valley or for visiting some local monasteries.
The longest and most rewarding day of the Everest Deluxe, takes you all the way from Thame to the small Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde. It will take about 7-8 hours to reach Kongde. With only 15 rooms this lodge at almost 4250m has an incredible view on the whole Everest-range. After spending two nights in Kongde you retrace to Phakding and finally to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu.
Those with limited time have an option of taking a spectacular helicopter shuttle down to Lukla
During the trek you will be accompanied by one of our local Sherpa-guides who will introduce you to the rich Sherpa-culture of the Khumbu. Your luggage will be carried by porters.
This proposed itinerary is very flexible and we can easily adapt it to your wishes.
This is a sample itinerary that can be easily adapted to your wishes
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Our representative will meet you in Kathmandu International Airport and bring you to Gokarna Forest Resort, a comfortable hotel away from the bustling citylife of Kathmandu. You will have time to relax and enjoy the peacefull surroundings of this old royal hunting ground.
Day 2 : Kathmandu
While we prepare your trekking permits, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
A local guide will take you first to Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu-temple of Nepal. Entering the inner timple is not allowed to non-hindus, but from the opposite side of the river you will have a good view on the whole temple site. Pashupatinath is famous for the cremation ‘ghats’ where every day corpses are cremated. You can witness these open air cremations ceremonies from the riverside.
Your next stop throws you back in ancient Tibetan times. The giant stupa of Bodnath is one of the iconic images of Nepal. Buddhist pilgrims from all over the subcontinent come to Bodnath to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) while making their prayers. The streets around the stupa are full of monasteries and Tibetan shops. It is a nice place to have lunch on one of the rooftop terraces and see the Tibetan community in their daily life.
After lunch you go for a visit of the central area of Old Kathmandu with the famous Durbar Square and you can walk back through the bustling medieval alleys to Thamel, the tourist area with shops, bars and restaurants.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla
A morning flight brings you from Kathmandu to the airport of Lukla (2800m). Upon arrival it is a 15 minutes walk to your first lodge. As you landed on more than 2800m, it might be a good idea to take it easy in the afternoon and spent some time on a gentle walk in or near the village to let your body adapt to the altitude.
Day 4: Trek to Monjo (2840m)
Although you don’t seem to gain much height on the first day of your trek, you first descend to Phakding (2610m) at the Dudh Khosi river. After crossing the suspension bridge, you walk all the way up to Monjo.
It takes about 6 hours to reach Yeti Mountain Home in Monjo at 2840m.
Day 5 -6: Trek to Namche (3400m)
After passing the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park, you gradually climb up to Namche Bazaar. As this is the first day above 3000m, you are advised to take it slowly and let your body adapt to the altitude. Upon reaching Namche there is time to relax in the inspiring Yeti Mountain Home or even to get a massage by the weltrained staff. (about 6 hours)
The second day in Namche you can take a walk around the vibrant village, but we strongly advise you to take a walk with your guide up to one of the surrounding higher villages or viewpoints. This will certainly help for the acclimatisation.
Day 7 – 8: Trek to Thame (3440m)
You leave the main Everest Trail and climb gently along ‘Nepali flat’ to the hamlet of Thamo where you will have luch. Thamo is the home of Ang Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest 10 times without oxygen. From Samden you descend to the Bhote Koshi river, preparing for a final climb to Thame (about 5 hours).
On the second day in Thame you can visit the picturesque village where Tensing Norgay lived (the sherpa who climbed Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary). The 16th century Nyingmapa gompa is really worth the visit. Those who are in for an active walk can climb up to Sumdur Ridge (4830m) for majestic views of TengKangpoche, Kongde and Everest.
Day 9 – 10: Trek to Kongde (4250m)
In about 8 hours you walk up to Kongde, the longest day of the trek. The Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde boasts the best views on the whole Everest range and is a perfect place to spent 2 nights.
Day 11: Trek to Phakding (2610)
Having spent so much time on higher altitudes, descending goes much faster. You will walk in about 5 hours down to Phakding.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2850)
The trek ends today with a 3 hour walk to Lukla. In the end you’ll have a last climb up to Lukla village where you can spent the afternoon relaxing, having a post-trek massage or taking a walk around the village.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Gokarna Forest Resort.
Day 14: Visit of Bhaktapur
After breakfast you go for a visit of the second royal city of the Kathmandu Valley. Although some temples were destroyed by the 2015 Earthquake, a lot of the monuments are still untouched. It is a charming place to stroll around with less traffic than Kathmandu, large squares, old palaces and quiet sidestreets where local craftsmen can be seen at work.
Day 15: Fly back
Depending on your flight schedule your guide will bring you to the airport in time for your onward flight.
Visa and formalities Nepal
For entering Nepal you need a valid pasport and a visum.
Visa can be easily obtained in Thribuvan Airport Kathmandu upon arrival. You just need 1 pasportsize picture, 1 visaform and some cash. Visa come for 15 days or 30 days.
Best Travel Period for Nepal
The best season for trekking and travelling in Nepal is from October to May*, depending of course of the altitude you’re on. For lower treks in the foothills of the Annapurna and in the Kathmandu-valley you can easily come for a Christmas holiday e.g. without having too cold. Higher up in the mountains the months of December to February can be really cold with temperatures dropping under -10°C -15°C at night.
October – November is the ‘classic’ main season for travelling in Nepal and on most trails you’re likely to meet other groups and people from different nationalities. The weather is fairly good with blue skies, lots of sun and mild temperatures. Normally you also get good views of the mountains.
Although winter really starts in December, it is a pleasant month to travel around in Nepal. In recent years the temperatures didn’t drop too low and there are less tourists than in October.
March and April are also very nice months for trekking and travelling in Nepal. Temperatures are rising, people are working on the fields planting new crops, nature is awakening after a long winter.
Some areas in Nepal like Dolpo and Mustang who are behind the main Himalayan range have a different season: they can be visited best between May and October.
What to bring to Nepal ?
For most of the classic trekkings and trips in Nepal you do not need any special equipment.
When you book a trip with us we provide you with an specific equipment list for your tour.
If you go on a cultural tour or only go for dayhikes in the lower hills, you can just wear light normal clothing as you would wear for a dayhike at home.
Following items however are essential if you go trekking in the mountains.
- Good sturdy walking boots, preferably waterproof
- Trekking trousers
- Warm Fleece and windstopper
- Thermal underwear for chilly nights and cold days
- Sleeping bag ( type depending on the type of trek – can be rented)
- Gloves /scarf / hat
- Daypack (40-50 liters)
- Sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
- Torch or headtorch
What’s included in your Nepal trip ?
As we work completely on a tailormade basis, we can offer you the full package or a basic trip with lots of personal freedom.
As most travellers however don’t have the time to organise everything themselves, most of our clients go for a full package.
All our Nepaltrips normally include:
- All airporttransfers in Kathmandu (international or domestic)
- Meet and greet by our local partners
- Welcome diner in Kathmandu
- Hotelnights with breakfast (as per your program)
- All transportation in a private vehicle with experienced driver
- Domestic flights (if in the program)
- Local cultural guide for sightseeing
- Full board (3 meals a day) while on trekking
- All necessary paperwork: TIMS, trekkingpermits, parktaxes
- Local trekking guide and enough porters for the luggage
- Insurance for guides and porters
- All necessary taxes
- 24/7 assistance of our local partner in Nepal
This trek can be done by everyone who is reasonably fit and has an active mindset. It is definitely recommend to take your time for acclimatisation in Namche as you will be walking on altitudes above 3500m.
However, we always recommend to get some exercise before coming to trek in Nepal. You will enjoy the beauty of the mountains more if you are in good shape. Each day you will walk about 4-5 hours with sometimes serious ups and down. If you want to include Yeti Mountain Home Kongde in your itinerary you will sleep at around 4250m.
Luxury Lodges in Everest
The 6 lodges we use on this trek are the best you can get in the Everest-region. All have twinbedded rooms with sheets, electric blanket and pillows. Towels are provided. Each room has a private bathroom with hot shower.
In the cosy and heated dining rooms elaborate meals and drinks are served. You can sit together with other travellers and share your experiences.
As on all our tailormade trips you will have your own private guide and a crew of porters.
As most lodges have a helipad it is possible to shuttle you in or out by helicopter at an additional cost.