Everest Lodge to Lodge

Exploring Sherpa Villages and Himalayan Peaks

Overview

Trek into the cloud-perched villages of the Sherpa realm below mighty Everest. Our beautifully designed journey is the ideal Himalayan experience, with superbly accomplished Trek Leaders who welcome you into the heart of Sherpa life. We’ll explore the lively town of Namche Bazaar, remote Phortse, well off the main trekking route, and venerated Tengboche Monastery (12,650'). We also visit Pangboche, with its yeti legends, and have an option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp. You’ve come for the mountains, but the Sherpa people will capture your heart. Our Sherpa-owned lodges provide a convivial place to stay.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche

From Kathmandu, we fly up to Lukla—the “airstrip in the air” at 9,350 feet and hike to our lodge, set in a tranquil spot along the Dudh Kosi River. We hike further the next day to Namche Bazaar, the charming Sherpa trading center, where we have two nights to acclimatize. Dramatically set in a tiered, horseshoe-shaped bowl, the town is the headquarters of Mt. Everest’s Sagarmatha National Park. Glorious mountain vistas surround us on our day hike up to the twin villages of Khunde (12,600') and Khumjung (12,400'). In Khumjung, we may visit the Hillary School and the village monastery—with its purported yeti scalp.

Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 1 (1 night), Days 11 to 12 (2 nights)
Yeti Mountain Home Namche
Namche Bazaar, Nepal
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Day 8 (1 night)
Days 5-6
Tengboche / Pangboche

Trails past mani (prayer) walls bring us to Tengboche Monastery, festooned with Tibetan prayer flags and always humming with activity. Tengboche is surrounded by dramatic mountains, including Kangtega and Thamserku. From Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the region, our optional day hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') gives us phenomenal panoramas of stunning Ama Dablam.

Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse
Deboche and Phortse, Nepal
Day 5 (1 night), Day 7 (1 night)
Everest Summit Lodge
Pangboche, Nepal
Day 6 (1 night)
Days 7-13
Phortse / Namche / Lukla / Kathmandu

We traverse along the Imja Khola Valley, enjoying views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we make our way to tranquil Phortse, set off the main Everest route. After a last view of Everest’s distant summit, fly to Kathmandu on Day 11. Depart on Day 13, or extend for a spectacular Everest overflight, game viewing at Tharu Lodge near Chitwan National Park, or a stay at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge for stunning Annapurna views.

Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse
Deboche and Phortse, Nepal
Day 7 (1 night)
Yeti Mountain Home Namche
Namche Bazaar, Nepal
Day 8 (1 night)
Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 11 to 12 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy perfectly paced hikes each day that bring you to beautiful Sherpa villages
Meet the Sherpa people in their homes, shops, and monasteries
Savor breathtaking vistas of some of Nepal’s most famous mountains
Learn about the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Himalaya
Stay in the Khumbu’s best lodges

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4395  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 9 nights mountain lodges, 3 nights first-class hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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 (optional hike to 15,400 feet)

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