This journey is the ideal bundle that gives a remembrance and traveling experience alongside a Heli ride to Everest base camp.
This ten-day visit is an extraordinary choice in the event that you’re in a rush yet quick to see the Everest district. You’ll spend your evenings in the wonderful Himalayan hotel and your days either journeying or flying through the Everest area by helicopter. Kongde, the feature of the journey, is an all-encompassing ridgeline roosted about the Everest locale that a couple of travelers get to visit.
-Stay in some of the most luxurious lodges in the Everest region
-Experience Sherpa culture in Namche Bazaar
-Trek to Thame, up a remote side-valley from the major Khumbu Valley
-Get amazing views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from Kongde
-Enjoy a thrilling helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu:
Welcome to Kathmandu!
Private transfer · 45 minutes
You will be picked up by one of our office representatives at the airport. He will be holding a placard with your name written on it. Afterward, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu:
Free day, Evening Trek Briefing
Kathmandu has a special atmosphere during the early morning hours when the city is slowly coming to life yet not too chaotic. It's a great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chai overlooking one of the local courtyards or durbar squares.
After breakfast, there are then a number of ways you can spend your day given the numerous famous sights around the Kathmandu Valley. You can use this as a free day or we can provide a local English-speaking guide who knows the city well and can explain the history and significance of the sights (along with a private jeep to take you around).
Optional Day Tours:
Sacred Sites of the Valley (Full day): Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. This is a full-day tour and you'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant during the day.
Boudhanath (1 hour): A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest spherical stupa (Buddhist shrine). Check out the site’s numerous monasteries, as well as an enormous adorned statue of Maitreya Buddha.
Pashupatinath (1 hour): The most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal, located on the holy Bagmati River. This is a large temple complex where you can easily spend an hour exploring.
Bhaktapur (3 hours): A 30-minute drive outside of Kathmandu is the ancient city of Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and wood carving. Founded in the 9th century, visit the town’s narrow alleys and observe villagers going about their day-to-day life.
Everest Mountain Flight (1 hour): A unique opportunity, consider taking a mountain flight to see Mount Everest (one hour).
Shivapuri National Park (half-day): Go hiking or mountain biking in this scenic national park located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu Valley. There are hundreds of species of flora and fauna, including medicinal herbs, as well as historical and religious sites.
However you choose to spend your day, you’ll return to your hotel in Kathmandu in the early evening and meet your trekking guide who will go over the details for tomorrow’s adventure.
Later in the evening, head out for dinner at one of the city's great eateries, or your specialist can arrange a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla:
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (8,563 feet / 2,610 m)
Flight · Private group · 3 hours · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
You'll fly to Lukla (30 minutes). Try to get a window seat on the left-hand side of the plane and keep your camera close: the flight takes you between mountains and through valleys, with great views of the Himalayas on clear days.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,290 feet / 3,440 m)
Private group · 6 hours · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
After breakfast in Phakding, you'll start a steady and steep incline towards Namche. This is a challenging day as you'll start to feel the altitude. The route also consists of a number of high suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River that you need to cross.
Just beyond the village of Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment (your guide will cover your permit fees here). The trail gets steeper along the way, and if the weather is clear, you will get your first glimpses of Mount Everest.
When you arrive at Namche, settle into your accommodations and explore the town. Namche is a great place to stock up on supplies as there are numerous small shops selling snacks and trekking gear, as well as restaurants and bars. If here on a weekend, check out the Saturday market—a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Trekking time: 4-6 hours (4.6 miles / 7.4 km)
Day 5: Namche Bazaar:
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Private group · 4 hours · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
Today is a rest day so take time to relax and sleep in. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amid the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir markets. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to a higher altitude.
To speed up the acclimatization process, you can also head to the Khunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a highly-recommended one-hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for views of notable peaks like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. There are also good views from the Sherpa Culture Museum just above the town.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Thame:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame
Private group · 4 hours · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
After breakfast at the lodge, you start the day with a 2 to 3-hour walk through a forest of spruce, juniper, and pine to the village of Thamo. This trail is much less used by trekkers and you'll immediately notice the difference. It is, however, an important trail that leads all the way to Tibet via the Nangpa La on the shoulder of Cho Oyu (8012m). It is also the historical route that the Sherpas migrated from eastern Tibet 800 years ago.
A lunch stop is made in the village of Thamo, home Ang Rita Sherpa who holds the record for scaling Mt. Everest ten times without oxygen. After lunch, we continue walking for another 2 hours to arrive at a deep gorge where the Bhote Koshi River thunders through the narrow defile. We cross a sturdy bridge spanning the gorge to reach Thame (3800m).
This important village is the home of many famous mountaineers including Tensing Norgay the first man to reach the summit of Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Apa Sherpa who has reached the summit at least 18 times lives here now. The village is very picturesque and also has a magnificent 16th-century Nyingmapa gompa (monastery) built by Lama Rolwa Dorje.
From your lodge, tonight, enjoy breathtaking views of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Day 7: Thame to Kongde:
Trek from Thame to Kongde (13,944 ft / 4,250 m)
Private group · 5 hours · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
Fit and well-acclimatized, you'll have two tougher trekking days which bring great rewards in terms of the outstanding Himalayan panoramas which they allow us. You start out today with a descent of around 30 minutes and then follow a trail on the south side of the Bhote Kosi River, through the tiny village of Pare.
You then climb gradually through the beautiful rhododendron, pine, and bamboo forest to arrive at the glacier of Kongde Peak where you have stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. This is a very new trail, built specifically for the Yeti Mountain Home Lodge and you are unlikely to see many other trekkers at all on this section. Although the trail is well built it does cross some very steep ground and there is one short section where cables are used as handrails to safeguard progress.
You check into our lodge for the next two nights in Kongde. This lodge is situated at 4250 meters and has the most spectacular view, looking right across the valley to Namche and beyond to Thyangboche, with the backdrop of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. The restaurant and bar serve fine wines and delicious cuisine which you can enjoy while watching the sunset on the world's highest peak out of the window. It just doesn't get better than this!
At Kongde, you'll settle into the lodge and then head outside for a walk to enjoy some of the best views in the Everest region. From atop Kongde, you'll have panoramic views of the entire Khumbu region, and of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other mighty Himalayan peaks.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Day 8: Kongde:
Rest day in Kongde (Optional day hike to Farak Ri)
Private group · Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included
For those who wish to make the excursion to Farak Ri (16,404 feet/ 5000 m), we have an early start to catch the best views. It will take us 2 to 3 hours to reach the top of this viewpoint peak. From the summit, we are treated to a panoramic view of the entire Khumbu Valley, including four of the six highest peaks in the world, namely Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Returning to Kongde we take lunch on the terrace with our birds-eye view over Namche and Khumjung village, and the rest of the day is free for relaxing or further walks in the area.
Day 9: Kongde to Kathmandu:
Heli tour to Everest Base Camp & Fly back to Kathmandu.
Flight · Private group · Breakfast Included
After an early breakfast, instead of trekking back the way you came, you'll be picked up in Kondge for a private helicopter tour in the Himalayas. You'll get aerial views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega, Lhotse, and Nuptse, and stop at Everest Base Camp before flying all the way back to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening on your own, seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.
Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Int. Airport (KTM), Departure.