Buddhist prayer flags, Khumbu

Prayer flags are a symbol of the strong Tibetan Buddhist faith in the Khumbu region, below Mount Everest. On our Everest Private Journey, hike to Sherpa villages, savor eye-popping Himalayan views, and visit Tengboche Monastery.

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Everest Private Journey

Lodge-Based Trek Among the Highest Mountains in the World

Everest Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3695  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights in first-class hotels, 7 nights in Luxury lodges, 2 nights in Sherpa lodges
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 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


  • Alpenglow on Everest, seen from Tengboche Monastery
  • Sherpa culture, with its Tibetan Buddhist heritage and mountaineering legacy
  • Kathmandu’s captivating medieval bazaars, Buddhist stupas, and Hindu temples

Wilderness Travel did a great job creating a fantastic trip. Our journey to Nepal was amazing and we still keep in touch with our Sherpa guide.M. and R. Hilley—Great Falls VA

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.


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.

Magnificent Mount Everest is known in Tibetan as Chomolungma, Mother Goddess of the Snows. On this Private Journey, set out with your Sherpa guide for a 9-day trek, hiking each day among the most amazing mountains on earth, exploring fascinating Sherpa villages, and sleeping at night in spectacularly located lodges. The trek brings you to Tengboche, a thriving Tibetan Buddhist monastery and spiritual heart of the Khumbu region, from which Everest’s triangular diamond summit is unmistakable amid a cirque of breathtaking peaks. The joys of this mountain adventure include getting to know the Sherpa people, visiting Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and lively tea houses, and learning how Buddhism influences every aspect of Sherpa life.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Fabled Kathmandu

On a privately guided tour, explore the fascinating medieval palaces, pagoda-temples, and labyrinthine bazaars of Kathmandu.

Days 3-6
The Highest Mountains on Earth / Tengboche Monastery

From Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu region below Everest, head out on an unforgettable 9-day trek with your Sherpa guide, a member of the clan of celebrated mountain guides of the Himalaya. Carry only a daypack and hike at your own pace as you enjoy a personal introduction to this rarified world. Hike up to lively Namche Bazaar, the heart of Sherpa culture, to acclimatize and visit neighboring villages, then trek to mystical Tengboche Monastery (12,650’), the spiritual center of the Everest region. Ama Dablam, one of the most spectacular peaks in the whole Himalaya, looms above this treasured monastery, and Everest’s famous pyramid summit is unmistakable amid the cirque of breathtaking giants. In this high Himalayan world, the Tibetan Buddhist presence is evident in intricately carved mani (prayer) stones decorating the trails and brightly colored prayer flags fluttering atop every mountain pass. Accommodations are in comfortable and well-located Sherpa-owned lodges with private rooms.

Days 7-11
Pangboche / Lukla

From Pangboche (12,660'), site of the oldest monastery of the Khumbu, we circle back by a slightly different route. We explore Phortse, a traditional agricultural village off the main trail to Everest, and Syangboche (12,600'), where we stay at the Everest View Hotel, a legendary lodge in a stunning location right among the high mountains. Our trek ends in Lukla.

Days 12-14
Temples, Palaces, Bustling Bazaars

Return to Kathmandu to explore the lively markets or join a privately guided visit to the serene hilltop shrine of Swayambu (at an additional cost). Depart on Day 14.

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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 rated Level 5, strenuous. Most hiking is between 9,000 and 12,000 feet, and the maximum elevation reached is 12,887 feet (at Pangboche, you can visit the monastery at 13,000 feet with an opportunity to hike even higher). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. During the day, you will cover a maximum of 8 to 10 miles per day (3-6 hours of hiking). Accommodations on trek are in trekkers’ lodges that are somewhat rustic but comfortable, and we’ve chosen the most well situated lodges for the trek. Your private Sherpa guide is with you on the trail each day. 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). Everyone should be prepared for 10 days of hardy outdoor living. It is expected that each participant be in excellent health and physical condition. We recommend that each participant undertake a program of daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, stair-climbing, etc., as excellent preparatory exercises.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

Late September to mid-May

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$3695 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $1080
Internal airfare: $375 (subject to change)

Discount for groups of 4 or more, call for details

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • All accommodations at the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu and in lodges as noted in the Everest region
  • All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Services of a guide on trek
  • Trekking permits and national park fees
  • Airport transfers and guided sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, airport departure taxes, additional costs over and above the cost of the scheduled flights if alternative transportation (such as a chartered helicopter) is necessary due to 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 leaders or staff, 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.). Tipping the trek crew is customary but entirely at your discretion.

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

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.

Optional Extensions

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


Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2


angkor wat cambodia temples

Temples of Angkor Extension

Exploring the Glories of a Bygone Khmer Civilization

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 2


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


Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2


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


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

Wilderness Travel did a great job creating a fantastic trip. Our journey to Nepal was amazing and we still keep in touch with our Sherpa guide. M. and R. Hilley, Great Falls VA Our Nepal adventure was magical! The trip and itinerary were perfect. The Sherpa people were marvelous and the festival at Tengboche was special. Even now, as I look through the photos, I am still smiling. Looking forward to many more trips through Wilderness Travel. Jeff P., Paradise Valley, AZ
The trekking was fantastic! Mark S., North Oaks, MN