Everest Luxury Lodge Trek
Day 1: Rendezvous at the 5-star Yak and Yeti Hotel 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: An early start for the flight to the Hilary airstrip at Lukla. After lunch we begin trekking, mostly downhill to our first overnight halt at Phakding (8530ft). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
Day 3: Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and recross the river to a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (11280ft). Overnight at 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. Overnight at 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. / 12,533ft.). Overnight at 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 4830m. / 15750ft. for classic views of Teng Kangpoche, Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharcharmo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru. Overnight at 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 village of Kongde below the peak of the same name. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Kongde.
Day 8: After breakfast there is an optional ascent of Farak Ri (3 hours, 500m. / 1600ft.) for sensational views of the Khumbu Valley and 8000m. peaks. Alternatively just relax in our comfortable lodge with its own stunning panorama. We spend a second night in Kongde.
Day 9: We have a long descent today for approximately 5 hours dropping over 1400m. / 4500ft. to reach the main Everest trail and our lodge at Phakding.
Day 10: Our final morning's walk will take around 3 hours as we climb back up to the Lukla ridge. We check for our last evening in our Yeti Mountain Home.
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 Yak and Yeti hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or souvenir buying. Overnight at the Yak and Yeti.
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 Yak and Yeti.
Day 13: KE group 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.