everest trek lodge twith ama dablam as backdrop

Ama Dablam, Khumbu, Nepal

We can't think of a better way to end the day! Our lodge-to-lodge trek offers comfortable accommodations (no camping!) and fantastic views of the Khumbu's most spectacular peaks.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3895  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotels, 7 nights luxury lodges, 2 nights Sherpa lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 9-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 3-6 hours a day, altitudes between 9,000-13,035 feet
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Highlights

  • Enjoy a spectacular trek among majestic giants of the Himalaya
  • Overnights in the Khumbu’s best lodges—no camping!
  • Experience the renowned Sherpa culture, visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries


This was an outstanding experience. The cultural experience was beyond that of any trip I've taken.Glenn K.—Enid OK

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Bird's Eye View, Carol Hemminger
Alluring Ama Dablam, Robert Rosell

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Pre-Departure Information

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Imagine trekking amid the glorious peaks of the Himalaya by day and retreating to the warmth of a lodge each night—you can do it on this superb trek! Beautiful trails bring you through traditional Sherpa villages nestled below the highest mountains on earth, to exquisite Tengboche Monastery, where Everest’s unmistakable summit is visible behind Lhotse’s majestic wall, and to vantage points for jaw-dropping views of Ama Dablam, one of the most revered mountains in the Khumbu. Fabulous Himalayan panoramas, warm encounters with the friendly Sherpa people, expert Trek Leaders, welcoming lodges—this is the best way to trek the Himalaya!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-7
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche Bazaar / Tengboche / Pangboche

After exploring Kathmandu, fly to Lukla and hike to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, set in a dramatic U-shaped amphitheater. On our special Exploration Day (essential for acclimatization), explore the twin villages of Khunde and Khumjung, sites of the hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Trekking higher, we reach thriving Tengboche Monastery (12,650'), spiritual center of the Khumbu and gloriously surrounded by spectacular mountains. In Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu, enjoy incredible views in every direction, including the spire of Ama Dablam, and have the option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400'). All along the way you’ll stay in comfortable lodges offering unforgettable views, most with guestrooms with private facilities (a huge step up from camping!).

Days 8-14
Phortse / Syangboche / Lukla / Kathmandu

Circling back by a different route, explore Phortse, a traditional farming village off the main trail to Everest, and Syangboche (12,730'), with its enchanting views of Everest and other towering peaks. From Lukla, fly to Kathmandu and depart on Day 14 (or join one of our extensions).

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 5, Strenuous. Most hiking is between 9,000 and 12,000 feet, and the maximum sleeping elevation reached is 12,660 feet (at Pangboche, we will visit the monastery located at 13,000 feet and there is an opportunity to hike even higher). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day to cover a normal maximum of 8 to 10 miles per day (3-6 hours of hiking). Trip members carry only a daypack with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities. Trail conditions can be primitive, and there is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition.

Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are steep ascents and descents, so for your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

Trek Leaders
Our lodge-based treks are led by an experienced English-speaking Sirdar (leader) who is ably assisted by a team of assistants and a trail crew. He and his team have a deep connection with the Himalayas and are wonderful trailside companions, hiking with you throughout each day on the trail, providing good company, and making sure that you are comfortable and hiking at a pace that suits you.

A Typical Trekking Day
Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down winding mountain trails. On a typical trek day, wake-up is around 7:00 am. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast, we set off on the trail. There is always a guide in the lead and a “sweeper” who trails behind the slowest hiker to ensure that no one is lost on the trail. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. We typically walk for three to four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more. After lunch, we walk for another three hours or so until we reach our next night’s lodging, where we can enjoy a cup of tea and relax before dinner. All our meals are taken at the lodges. On our exploration days, we occasionally have more time in the morning or afternoon near the lodge to rest or for further individual exploration. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun falls behind the peaks, and it’s easy to get chilled after exerting yourself for several hours, so have an extra layer of clothing ready.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Oct 6-19, 2015  Rajendra Rai
Oct 22-Nov 5, 2015  Mani Rimdu Festival*

Nov 7-20, 2015  Rajendra Rai
Nov 21-Dec 4, 2015  Chhimi Tenzing Sherpa
Dec 7-20, 2015  Bhala Kaji Magar
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 4, 2016  Chhimi Tenzing Sherpa
2016
Feb 16-29, 2016  Bhala Kaji Magar
Mar 1-14, 2016  Chhimi Tenzing Sherpa
Mar 19-Apr 1, 2016  Rajendra Rai
Apr 2-15, 2016  Chhimi Tenzing Sherpa
Apr 19-May 2, 2016  Bhala Kaji Magar
Oct 4-17, 2016
Oct 25-Nov 7, 2016
Nov 10-24, 2016  Mani Rimdu Festival*
Dec 6-19, 2016
Dec 20, 2016-Jan 2, 2017
2017
Feb 7-20, 2017
Feb 28-Mar 13, 2017
Mar 14-27, 2017
Apr 4-17, 2017
Apr 18-May 1, 2017

*Please note the Mani Rimdu Festival departures are 15 days in length (one day longer than our standard trip) and spend an extra night in Deboche. Please call for separate itinerary.

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$3895 (4-12 members)
Single supplement: $1240
Forced single supplement: $1040
Internal airfare: $385 (subject to change)
Mani Rimdu Festival Surcharge: $200
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2495
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $255
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2395
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2195
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1395

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of an experienced Trek Leader
  • Accommodations in the best available "luxury" lodges and Sherpa lodges on trek and first-class hotel in Kathmandu
  • All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Land transportation, airport transfers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; any additional hotel nights that may be needed due to your international travel schedule; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), visa fees, travel insurance; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). In the event of non-availability of Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights, our Wilderness Travel representative will try to arrange alternative transport (at extra cost to you).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Kathmandu, Nepal. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Arrival:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code: KTM)
Suggested arrival time: by 6:00 pm

Departure:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: Day 14

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code: KTM)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Gokarna Forest Resort

Gokarna Forest Resort

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Kathmandu, Nepal

Perched on a hillside about four miles outside of Kathmandu, this resort is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Yeti Mountain Home Phakding

Day 3 (1 night), Phakding, Nepal

With its organic gardens and peaceful riverside location, YMH Phakding (8,563') is a welcoming place. It is a half-day hike from Luka, set on the ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Namche

Yeti Mountain Home Namche

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Namche Bazaar, Nepal

This 20-room lodge is perched at 11,155 feet on the upper slopes of the bustling Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. A 20-minute hike up behind the lodge ...
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Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse

Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse

Day 6 (1 night),
Day 8 (1 night), Deboche and Phortse, Nepal

There are no "luxury lodges" in Phortse and Deboche, so we stay in rustic but comfortable local lodges on our overnights in these villages. These ...
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Lodges in Pengboche

Day 7 (1 night), Pengboche, Nepal

In Pengboche, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability:

Hotels in Syangboche

Day 9 (1 night), Syangboche, Nepal

In Syangboche, we stay at one of the following properties:

Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Yeti Mountain Home Monjo

Day 10 (1 night), Monjo, Nepal

At 9,348 feet, YMH Monjo is on the edge of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, just a short day from Namche Bazaar. The lodge has 12 comfortable ...
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Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Yeti Mountain Home Lukla

Day 11 (1 night), Lukla, Nepal

Located in Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu, YMH Lukla (9,383') offers 20 guest rooms, all with en suite bathroom and hot and cold running water. The ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trek Leaders

Our lodge-based treks are led by an experienced Trek Leader who is ably assisted by a team of assistants and a trail crew. He and his team have a deep connection with the Himalayas and are wonderful trailside companions, hiking with you throughout each day on the trail, providing good company, and making sure that you are comfortable and hiking at a pace that suits you.

Rajendra Rai

Rajendra Rai, raised in the foothills of eastern Nepal below the mighty flanks of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga, attended his local Himalaya Secondary School then studied at Hattisar Science College in the Sunsari District in eastern Nepal. He completed numerous guide training courses and first ...
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Santosh Rai

Santosh was born in the foothills below Mt. Kanchenjunga in eastern Nepal and raised in Darjeeling, India, graduating from college in that famous hill town. He has been guiding treks since 2000, has completed numerous first aid and eco workshops, and has also led climbing expeditions to Mt. Mera ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Burma

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Cambodia

angkor wat cambodia temples

Temples of Angkor Extension

Exploring the Glories of a Bygone Khmer Civilization

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 2

India

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

taj mahal agra india cultural tour

Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Laos

Laos: Luang Prabang Extension

Gilded Temples and Traditional Buddhist Culture of Laos

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 2

Myanmar

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Nepal

Karnali Lodge Extension

Exploring Bardia National Park

Photography, Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 1

everest flying views himalaya

Scenic Everest Flight

Admire the Giants of the Himalaya from a Close Perspective!


Level 1

Tharu Lodge Extension

Cultural Encounters, Jungle Walks, Elephant Rides

Cultural Adventures, Photography, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 1

tiger mountain pokhara lodge

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge Extension

Spectacular Scenery and Enchanting Villages of the Annapurna Foothills

Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking, Walking
3 days  -  Level 3

Thailand

wat arun bangkok thailand

Bangkok Extension

Discover the Beautiful Cultural Monuments of Bangkok

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Chiang Mai Extension

Explore the Wonders of Northern Thailand

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Phuket Extension

Explore a Jewel Set in the Andaman Sea

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

This was an outstanding experience. The cultural experience was beyond that of any trip I've taken. Glenn K., Enid OK The trip was awesome. Amazing scenery and the cultural experience was great. Ken G., Orlando, FL Everest Lodge to Lodge was everything I hoped for and more. Samantha L., New York, NY This trip was epic! Harder than anticipated but really seven vacations wrapped into one! A lifetime of memories. Lynn M., Huntington Station, NY The trip was masterfully designed. We had an absolute ball. Nepal is a beautiful country with wonderful people. The memories we took home will be cherished for a long time to come. Matthew F., Fort Worth, TX Could not have been better—itinerary, staff, organization, food, everything was perfect. WT did a fantastic job. Ivy S. , Brooklyn, NY
Perfection! Charlene R., Scottsdale, AZ I have nothing but raves for the trip—the design, the people, the accommodations, the logistics. Roni L., Laguna Beach, CA This was an outstanding adventure travel experience! The trekking, scenery and cultural experiences were phenomenal! Helane L., Salt Lake City, UT This was a magnificent trip, perfect from beginning to end. I loved every minute of it. Julie O., Alexandria, VA A great trip! Bala and his staff were wonderful and took care of us like we were a part of their family. I will never forget the first views of the mountains, the smiling people, the temples, the prayer wheels, the food, our fellow travelers, everything that made it one of life's great adventures. Woody H., Evergreen, CO

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Bird's Eye View, Carol Hemminger
Alluring Ama Dablam, Robert Rosell