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Everest Luxury Trekking

Everest Luxury Trekking
Everest Luxury Trekking allows trekking into the Everest region and witnessing the world’s highest and celebrated mountain; Mt. Everest. Trekking into the Everest region itself is an amazing experience and considered one of the most popular trails in the world and for anyone passionate about trekking in the high mountains. The trek offers great opportunity to witness this mighty peak where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set foot in 1953. The trek also aims to give you full insight of the Sherpa culture & traditions. Another great feature of the trek is staying at the finest luxury lodges as you trek along the high mountain trails. Get a close observation of the highest mountains series of the world like Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu including Everest. Explore around the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site) with varied flora & faunas. 
 
The trekking plan is first take a trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu and landing at the air-stripe of Lukla and commence the journey. En-route, enjoying majestic views of the towering mountains in the Everest region. The trek then arrives at the busy mountain town, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest. Then on follows Pangboche, from a hike to the Amadablam Base Camp is done. Our luxury trek concludes after getting back to Lukla and eventually flying out to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing at the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City
  • Scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu enjoying majestic views of the world’s tallest mountains
  • Experience the lifestyle & traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments
  • Variety of floras and faunas to witness
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
  • Visit to Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
  • Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
  • Explore around AmaDablam Base Camp 
  • Spectacular view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 hrs

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs

Day 05 : Namche Bazaar to Tashinga (3400m) 5 hrs

Day 06 : Tashinga to Pangboche (3930m) 4 hrs

Day 07 : Rest day at Pangboche - Hike to AmaDablam Base Camp (4600m)

Day 08 : Pangboche to Phakding (2652m) 5 hrs

Day 09 : Phakding to Lukla (2840m) 6 hrs

Day 10 : Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes of scenic flight)

Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to hotel Dwarikas in Kathmandu. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our trekking plan by our company representative. O/N at Hotel Hyatt or similar – Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will organize a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu city tour also lets you understand the urban lifestyle of people of Nepal. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N at Hotel Hyatt or similar – Kathmandu.

Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 hrs

The trek for Everest Luxury Trek begins today with early morning driving out to the domestic airport for the flight to Lukla. It’s scenic flight over the Himalayas; the air-route to Lukla is considered one of the best in the world. After 35 minutes of flight you will land at the Tenzing-Hillary air-stripe at Lukla. The trek then starts towards Phakding. The trail is thru green landscape witnessing view of Kusum Kangaru. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home –Phakding.

Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs

After breakfast, trek commences with stiff walk thru a beautiful pine forest leading to Dodh Koshi River & towards Hillary Suspension bridge to reach at the check-post and the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail then follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi & Bhote Koshi Rivers. Further walking will reach Chautara from where glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over Lhotse-Nuptse ridge can be spotted. After two hours of hiking will arrive at the Namche Bazaar. Namche is the gateway to the Everest and central hub for all trekkers & mountaineers alike. It’s also the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu and trading point for Sherpas and Tibetan merchants. Namche has many lodges, restaurants, market place, shops, trekking gear stores, tea shops etc. O/N at Yeti Mountain Home – Namche Bazaar

Day 05 : Namche Bazaar to Tashinga (3400m) 5 hrs

The trail is quite smooth and easy today offering great views of Everest, Amadablam and other Khumbu giants. The trek is from Namche to Tashinga, and upon reaching Tashinga check-in lodge and the rest of the time is free to explore around the village. Tashinga is a small mountain settlement located just off the main trail to Everest. O/N at Everest Summit Lodge – Tashinga.

Day 06 : Tashinga to Pangboche (3930m) 4 hrs

The today is also relaxing for about 4 hours leading to Pangboche. The trail goes thru rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River and at the same time enjoying good mountain panorama. Soon you will reach the popular Tengboche Monastery and pay a small visit to the monastery which houses 20 foot sculpture of Buddha, collection of musical instruments and robes of Lamas. After Tengboche, the trail allows you to drop all the way down to Dengboche, crosses another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. After a climb upwards will finally arrive at the village of Pangboche. O/N at Everest Summit Lodge- Pengboche.

Day 07 : Rest day at Pangboche - Hike to AmaDablam Base Camp (4600m)

This day is for acclimatizing and we will stay at Pangboche and even on rest day, experts suggest taking a few hours of walk. Thus, you will hike to the Amadablam Base Camp to witness the great panorama of the base camp of Mt. Amadablam. The trail follows the regular path and you trek further, Mt. AmaDablam appears closer and becomes distinctly stunning. From the Amadablam Base Camp witness the stunning panorama of the Himalayan mountain drama including Mt. AmaDablam’s hanging glacier. You can also spot several colorful tents used by the climbers on the base camp. Spend some time at the base camp then later on descend down to Pangboche. O/N Everest Summit Lodge-Pangboche.

Day 08 : Pangboche to Phakding (2652m) 5 hrs

The trekking is coming closer to it’s end within a few days today onwards. You are all set to return back to Phakding from Pangboche. The trail follows the regular path crossing pine & rhododendron forests. En-route during trekking we shall stop for a while at some points to wave goodbye the great mountains of Khumbu. The trail descends down to Jorsale and reaches Monjo, later on coming to the village of Benkar. You will go for some ups & downs and after crossing the Dudh Koshi River will finally arrive at Phakding. O/N Yeti Mountain Home – Phakding.

Day 09 : Phakding to Lukla (2840m) 6 hrs

Wrap-off the trekking expedition today and you shall descend down the rocky trail to reach Lukla. The trail becomes more smooth and easy further walking and the environment is also getting warmer and cozy compared to previous days of our trekking. You can fell the fresh air coming from the Himalayas making the walk even more energetic. The trail then passed thru beautiful forests of rhododendron & pine including other natural vegetations. It’s a nice opportunity snap some pictures crossing thru Sherpa villages. Upon arrival at Lukla, check-in hotel and enjoy your time with your fellow trekkers, crew-members and the locals. O/N Yeti Mountain Home – Lukla.

Day 10 : Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes of scenic flight)

Finally wave goodbye to the mountains and catch the flight inbound to Kathmandu from Lukla which are usually scheduled in the mornings due to the windy afternoons which may cause difficulties in flying the aircraft. Upon arrival at the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the time in Kathmandu is free and at leisure, during when you can explore around the city, buying souvenirs for your near & dear ones or simply rest at the hotel. The evening is all set of a warm Farewell Dinner at a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures. O/N at Hotel Dwarika’s – Kathmandu.

Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:

Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest Luxury Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest Luxury Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:

In Kathmandu, we normally use 5 stars hotel with breakfast. During the Everest Luxury Trekking, we provide the finest luxury lodges that are available on the Khumbu region. These fine lodges are more like hotels with great facilities & services from hot showers to western food and private rooms (twin sharing). If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from lodges chosen from a menu. While Everest Luxury Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most lodges offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:

Our 11 days Everest Luxury Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days Everest Luxury Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Luxury Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest Luxury Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:

The most significant thing that makes your Everest Luxury Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

·         Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

·         Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal

·         Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)

·         English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)

·         Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN

·         Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:

Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel

Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 11 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max altitude: 4,600 meters (Amadablam Base Camp)

Daily walking: 5-7 Hours

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Accommodation: Hotel (5*) in Kathmandu, Luxury Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Meals: Full board on trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge (Luxury) Trek

Starts/Ends: Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 people

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