Everest Luxury Lodge Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,035 (land only) - from $2,795 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the 5-star Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu. KE Land Only package services begin with a complimentary airport transfer which is provided for all flights. After briefing by our guide the rest of the day is free to explore and we meet for dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: We have an early start for the flight to the airstrip at Lukla. After lunch we begin trekking, mostly downhill to our first overnight halt at Phakding (2640m). Overnight at the Yeti Mountain Home - Phakding.
Day 3: Following the valley of the Dudh Kosi River upstream, we cross and recross the river and make a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Overnight at the Yeti Mountain Home - Namche.
Day 4: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We spend a second night at the Yeti Mountain Home - Namche.
Day 5: We follow the Bhote Khosi River on a high trail, passing the villages of Phurte and Thamo to a junction with the Thame Khola and the Sherpa settlement of Thame (3820m). Overnight at the Yeti Mountain Home - Thame.
Day 6: After breakfast, we visit Thame Monastery situated high above the village. Those who wish can continue the climb to Sumdar Ridge at 4830 metres, for classic views of Teng Kangpoche, Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Percharmo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru. We spend a second night at the Yeti Mountain Home - Thame.
Day 7: Today we travel a little used trail, recently renovated, which follows the traditional route into Khumbu used prior to 1950. Passing through forest of rhododendron, pine and bamboo and with spectacular views unseen by trekkers on the normal route, we reach the place known as Kongde, below the peak of the same name. Overnight at the Yeti Mountain Home - Kongde.
Day 8: After breakfast there is an optional ascent of Farak Ri, which takes around 3 hours. There are sensational views of the Khumbu Valley and several 8000 metre peaks. Alternatively, just relax in our comfortable lodge with its own stunning panorama. We spend a second night in Kongde.
Day 9: What goes up must come down and we have a long descent today, dropping around 1400 metres to reach the main Everest trail and our accommodation at the Yeti Mountain Home - Phakding.
Day 10: Our final morning's walk will take around 3 hours as we climb back up to the Lukla ridge. We check in for our final evening in the Khumbu, at the Yeti Mountain Home - Lukla.
Day 11: We take the 45 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Arriving at the domestic airport, we are met by our private transfer and drive through the bustling streets to the Gokarna Forest Resort. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or souvenir buying.
Day 12: We have a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu visiting several of the city's most important sites including the ghats of Pashupatinath and the great stupa at Boudhanath. Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort.
Day 13: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.