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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: $3695  
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 kind 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

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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.

Departure Notes

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

Early Sign-up Discount!

$400 discount per person
All 2015 departures

Limited to the first six sign-ups per departure. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

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 our superb trek in the spectacular Everest region! Beautiful trails bring you through traditional Sherpa villages nestled below the highest mountains on earth to exquisite Tengboche Monastery (12,650’), whose setting is nothing less than magical. From here, Everest’s unmistakable summit is visible behind Lhotse’s majestic wall. Heading even higher, you’ll enjoy 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, the comforts of a welcoming lodge at the end of each fantastic day—this is the best way to trek the Himalaya!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Kathmandu

Explore Kathmandu, where the ancient past lingers in a maze of narrow streets crowded with turmeric sellers, small golden temples, wandering cows, and traditional workshops.

Days 3-7
Lukla / Namche Bazaar / Tengboche / Pangboche

Our trek begins in Lukla and brings you to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, set in a dramatic U-shaped amphitheater. On our special Exploration Day (which is both fascinating and great for acclimatization), we explore the twin villages of Khunde and Khumjung, sites of the hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Trekking higher, you reach thriving Tengboche Monastery (12,650’), spiritual center of the Khumbu and gloriously surrounded by spectacular mountains including Kangtega (22,235’) and Thamserku (21,674’). Climbing expeditions traditionally stop here to receive the blessing of Tengboche’s high lama, and we may be able to enter the chanting hall for afternoon prayers. In Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the Khumbu where we can make an offering, 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 guest rooms with private facilities (a huge step up from camping!).

Days 8-14
Phortse / Syangboche / Lukla / Kathmandu

Circling back by a slightly 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 have a day to explore this exotic city before departing 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.

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.

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.

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

2014
Dec 21, 2014-Jan 3, 2015  Bala Kaji Magar
2015
Mar 2-15, 2015  Bala Kaji Magar
Mar 17-30, 2015
Mar 31-Apr 13, 2015
Apr 14-27, 2015
Oct 6-19, 2015
Oct 22-Nov 5, 2015  Mani Rimdu Festival*

Nov 7-20, 2015
Nov 21-Dec 4, 2015
Dec 7-20, 2015
Dec 22, 2015-Jan 4, 2016
2016
Feb 16-29, 2016
Mar 1-14, 2016
Mar 19-Apr 1, 2016
Apr 2-15, 2016
Apr 19-May 2, 2016

*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 2015
$3695 (4-12 members)
Single supplement: $1195
Forced single supplement: $995
Internal airfare: $375 (subject to change)
Mani Rimdu Festival Surcharge: $200
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2595
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge Extension
   from: $630
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $245
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Temples of Angkor Extension
   from: $850
Laos: Luang Prabang Extension
   from: $860
Burma Extension
   from: $2595
Bangkok Extension
   from: $645
Phuket Extension
   from: $795
Chiang Mai Extension
   from: $490
Tharu Lodge Extension
   from: $660

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Nepal-based Trip Leader
  • Accommodations in the best available "luxury" lodges and Sherpa lodge 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, internal flights, airport departure taxes, additional costs over and above the cost of the scheduled Twin Otter Lukla/Kathmandu flight if alternative transportation (such as a chartered helicopter) is necessitated by flight delays, hotels en route to or from Kathmandu, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional tipping or gratuities to the Trip Leader or staff (tipping the guide and trek crew is customary but entirely at your discretion), additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

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!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Gokarna Forest Lodge

Gokarna Forest Lodge

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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Everest Summit Lodge

Everest Summit Lodge

Day 7 (1 night), Pangboche, Nepal

At 13,070 feet, the well-located Everest Summit Lodge in Pangboche offers a comfortable welcome, with 10 guest rooms with attached bathroom and ...
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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.

Bala Kaji Magar

Born in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa “capital,” Bala Kaji Magar graduated with studies in English, sociology, and anthropology and decided to take on the life of a trekking guide in his local mountains. He completed numerous training courses with Nepal’s Tourism Board and has been a trek leader for over 10 years, starting when he was just 20 years old. A veteran of many treks to Everest Base Camp and  in the Annapurna region, Bala is the father of twin daughters and enjoys playing soccer and guitar.

Upcoming Trips:

Everest Lodge to Lodge, December 21, 2014-January 3, 2015
Everest Lodge to Lodge, March 2-15, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Bhala was a superb guide. His knowledge and experience very much deepened our understanding of the Khumbu and its people. He truly took care of our little group so that each participant's needs and interests were met. Roni L., Laguna Beach, CA
Everest Lodge to Lodge
Bhala was an amazing trip leader. Really the best! He has so much knowledge of the area and the people, and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Cindy M., Garrison, NY
Everest Lodge to Lodge

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

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, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Photography
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

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