Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking
Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is a breathtaking journey to the homeland of the Sherpa ethnic group, nestled at the foot of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 m), and the longest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier. It offers a lifetime opportunity for cultural sightseeing and UNESCO heritage exploration in the stunning Khumbu Valley, making it one of the world's most spectacular treks. Everest Luxury Trek offers a unique and luxurious experience where trekkers can immerse themselves in the typical Himalayan lifestyle while enjoying the magnificent scenery of the four highest peaks in the world - Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Cho-Oyu. In addition, the trek provides an incredible opportunity to explore the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park, home to a diverse range of Himalayan flora and fauna, as well as the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world.
Everest Luxury Trek stands out from the rest, thanks to its local luxury lodges and authentic Himalayan experiences, providing trekkers with a chance to experience the typical Himalayan lifestyle and the magnificent scenery of the four highest peaks in the world - Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho-Oyu. Additionally, the trek offers an immense opportunity to explore the world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park, which boasts a diverse range of Himalayan flora and fauna, as well as the world's highest Buddhist monasteries.
In summary, Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the rich culture, scenic beauty, and incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people, as well as the stunning natural wonders of the Khumbu Valley.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Manaslu Tours who will transfer you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will be hosted for a welcome dinner in the evening, featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.
Your day will begin early as you head to Kathmandu airport to catch a flight to Lukla. Assuming the flight departs on time, you will be treated to fine weather and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks during the flight. Once you land in Lukla, the trail starts at a Kani or gateway. As you set off, you'll begin walking down gently descending trails and pass by rolling farmlands that extend over a wide promontory with views overlooking the Dudh Koshi River canyon. The snow-capped peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), a mountain considered sacred to the Sherpa community. On the way to Phakding, you'll come across a huge boulder inscribed with Tibetan religious mantras, predominantly "Om Mani Padme Hum". After around 3 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Phakding.
We will continue our trek northward, following the Dudh Koshi River until we reach Jorsale, where we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From Jorsale, it's only a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi). After that, we will begin a steep ascent that will take approximately 2 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center that hosts a weekly Saturday market. This leg of the journey will cover a distance of about 10.5 km/6.5 miles and take around 5 hours to complete on foot.
Today is a rest and acclimatization day, and it is particularly important as we will be gaining altitude quickly in the coming days. We will take this opportunity to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. To aid the acclimatization process, we will embark on a 3-hour hike to Syangboche (3,760m), which offers a stunning panoramic view of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This hike will also provide us with an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and customs.
The well-maintained trail is smooth and effortless, offering a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest before descending into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From this point, the trail gradually ascends the right flank of the valley, leading to the revered Tengboche Monastery (3,865m). As the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, Tengboche holds immense significance for trekkers and locals alike. Despite the long ascent, the panoramic views of Mt. Amadablam and, on clear days, Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks more than compensate for the effort.
We will start our trek by descending for approximately thirty minutes through a verdant forest to reach the riverside. After crossing the river, we will embark on a gradual ascent to Pangboche, which is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, situated at an altitude of 3,985m/13,074ft. Along the way, we will be treated to stunning views of the alpine scenery and pass by grazing yak herds. In the afternoon, we will continue our ascent through picturesque alpine meadows until we reach Dingboche, our destination for the day.
Following breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek by making our way through the valley until we reach the bottom of the hill. From there, the trail will ascend steeply as we make our way toward Dugla. After Dugla, we will continue our climb up to the ridge, which is marked by several memorials honoring the Sherpas who lost their lives on the glacier of Mount Everest. From the ridge, the trail will gradually climb up to Lobuche, where we will spend the night.
Today is a challenging but undoubtedly rewarding day and the highlight of the trek. We will begin early in the morning to catch the breathtaking views from Kalapathar, as we witness the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we must prepare for an early departure as it will be dark and extremely cold (-10 to -14 C) outside. Along the ascent, we will encounter some of the most famous peaks in the region, including Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, and of course, Mt. Everest, between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the climb up to Kalapathar, we will pause at several viewpoints to catch our breath and snap some pictures. After two hours of ascent, we will finally reach Kalapathar. From this point, we will scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit, marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we will sit and take in the unbelievable Himalayan panorama that stretches from one mighty massif to another, leaving us in awe of the grandeur of nature.
After enjoying a light lunch, we will set off on foot to reach the much-awaited Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp will take approximately 4 to 5 hours, including the return journey back to Gorakshep. Upon leaving Gorakshep, we will cross the sandy flat and begin our ascent onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail will gradually ascend the side of the glacier for two hours, before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine. From there, the trail will wind up and down through fascinating ice seracs until we finally reach Everest Base Camp, where we will be treated to fantastic, up-close views of the Khumbu ice fall. After a short break to take in the stunning scenery, we will retrace our steps back to Gorakshep before continuing our descent to Pheriche. The journey back will take approximately 3 hours of walking.
After enjoying a hot breakfast at the lodge, we will start our trek by descending easily downhill through the dry valley until we reach Pangboche village. From there, the trail will descend to the riverside and cross a bridge before continuing up through the lush pine and juniper forest towards Tengboche. As we reach Tengboche, the trail will descend to the Dudh Koshi River before ascending up to Kyungjuna. Finally, an easy walk will lead us to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay. Here, we will have the luxury of a hot shower, which will be a welcome relief after a few days without one. We will spend the night at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
After enjoying breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek by descending downhill through the picturesque pine forest until we reach the bridge. From there, we will continue walking to Monju where we will need to complete some formalities at the National Park check post. After completing the formalities, we will continue our walk to Phakding where we will stop for lunch. This will be the last leg of our trek as we continue towards Lukla, where we will spend our last night at a lodge.
After breakfast, we'll take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. To avoid any potential weather-related delays, we'll be traveling via private helicopter, which will offer a scenic flight of approximately 35 minutes. This will give you one last opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains you've recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.
Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the cityâ€™s many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.
Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek cost on the website applies to 6-12 people groups. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can avail of a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on factors such as group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.
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Q: What is the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is a premium trekking experience that combines the adventure of trekking to the base camp of the world's highest mountain with the comfort and luxury of high-end accommodations and amenities.
Q: What is the duration of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The duration of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is generally around 12-14 days, depending on the itinerary and your preferences.
Q: What is the difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is a moderately challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. However, the luxury amenities and support of experienced guides and porters make the trek more comfortable and accessible for a wider range of people.
Q: What is included in the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek package?
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek package generally includes high-end accommodation in luxury lodges and resorts, all meals, domestic flights, permits, and fees, experienced guides and porters, and other amenities such as hot showers and Wi-Fi.
Q: What is the best time of year to do the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The best time of year to do the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is generally during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons, when the weather is clear and stable, and the views are breathtaking.
Q: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek features high-end accommodations in luxury lodges and resorts that offer comfortable beds, hot showers, and other amenities such as Wi-Fi and excellent dining options.
Q: What kind of physical preparation do I need to do before the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance, and it is recommended that you prepare by doing regular cardio and strength training exercises at least 3-4 months before the trek.
Q: Is altitude sickness a concern during the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
Altitude sickness is a potential concern during any trek to high altitude, including the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek. However, the itinerary is designed to allow for adequate acclimatization and experienced guides and porters are available to provide support and assistance if needed.
Q: What kind of gear do I need to bring for the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
You will need to bring appropriate trekking gear such as hiking boots, warm clothing, a down jacket, and a sleeping bag. However, the luxury amenities provided on the trek mean that you do not need to carry a heavy backpack or camping gear.
Q: Is travel insurance required for the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
Yes, travel insurance is a requirement for the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek, and it is recommended that you purchase a policy that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency medical evacuation.