Everest Comfort Trek
Nowhere else in the majestic Himalaya will you find such physical, cultural and religious diversity which exists in Nepal. The Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Sherpas in the Everest region and the rich Hindu tradition in the Kathmandu Valley combined with the world's most spectacular mountains and truly warm and hospitable people offers some of the most memorable travel experiences available. This trek uses comfortable lodges that offer en-suite facilities. One experiences fantastic views of the biggest mountains on earth in relative comfort along with insight into the culture and traditions of the local people.
Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
Max trek altitude: 3,873m
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
On Trek: 6 days
Trek Leader: English Speaking Mountain Guide
Your guide or our office representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to Himalayan Height Resort, an hour’s drive through the lovely countryside. Located south-west and around 400 meters above the valley, the views from here and the peaceful environment is most welcoming after a long flight. Overnight: Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort.
An early morning hike up the Champa Devi hill is recommended as a good preparation for your onward trek. Once at the top, the views of the mountains stretching from Manaslu in the west all the way towards the eastern Himalaya is a treat. Back at the hotel you can either take the afternoon off or do some sightseeing of the local villages and small towns of Pharping and Dakshinkali. Overnight: Haatiban Himalayan Height Resort.
The exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and the landing at its small mountain airstrip is something you will remember for years to come. After landing on the newly resurfaced airstrip, a warm welcome with refreshing tea, served with cookies at our Lukla lodge before commencing the trek. Pass through several villages before stopping for lunch at a beautiful spot alongside the Thada Kosi River, below the base of the Kusum Kanguru Himal. The second half of the trek to Monjo should take no more than 3 hours. The next big village on the way is Phakding (8700'/2652m) but the trail passes many smaller settlements on its way. The entire walk from Lukla to Monjo is an easy hike over gentle undulating hills. Memories of this first day will recall the sound of transistor radios, the soft rumble of several different languages, the calls of strange birds, sights of porters resting outside tea houses, loads laid aside, travel-worn trekkers making their way back to Lukla, the flutter of prayer flags, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery. Warm welcome tea served with cookies and cakes await you at the Lodge. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Today's proposed hike to Thakchok Hill is to assist acclimatization. Your Sherpa Sirdar will take you up the hill to Thakchok's summit, which lies slightly above 9842'/3000m. From this vantage point, the views of Kongde Ri, Thamserku and Numbur Himal are quite spectacular. This excursion will take about 6 hours and may enjoy a picnic lunch enroute. Return to Lodge for the night. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Five minutes beyond the lodge, one enters the Everest National Park, where entry formalities will have to be completed. Today will be one of the tougher days of the trip, but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as you climb slowly up to Namche Bazar. Along the way there are two suspension bridges to cross as you zigzag along and across the Dudh Kosi River before reaching the base of the Namche hill. The trail is well marked, comfortably broad. Walking in the cooler part of the morning, it is easier to breathe and gradually get used to the increasing altitude. After an easy-paced three-hour walk, arrive at Namche Bazar (3450) the heart of the Khumbu. A well deserved break is planned over lunch and time enough to explore this interesting small town. Above Namche, the trail to Tashinga follows the classical approach to Everest. Keep to the almost level winding trail for about 2 1/2 hours before taking a slight detour off the main trail and arrive at the lodge in the next 15 minutes. Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
Looking across the valley from the lodge, one can see the path sloping diagonally upwards to the famous monastery of Tengboche. Begin the day's trek by descending to the small hamlet of Phunki Tenga lying beside the Dudh Kosi. Cross the suspension bridge before beginning a steep ascent for about an hour. This part of the trail passes through fairly heavy forest of rhododendron and pine so it is well shaded and cool. Once out of the forest, the trail becomes gentler and more gradual for another 1 1/2 hours, all the way to the monastery. The setting of Tengboche is magical, positioned against a backdrop of some of the Himalayas most brilliant peaks. The monastery was accidentally burned down only a few years ago and re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After a leisurely lunch and a tour of the monastery and its surroundings, retrace back. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
From Tashinga, return to the lovely lodge at Monjo, this time taking the lower trail back to Namche. There will be time enough for a short stop in Namche for some last minute shopping before making the final descent to Monjo. Crossing the Edmund Hillary Bridge, we shall soon be in the familiar surroundings of the lodge at Monjo. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Today's return trek to Lukla will bring us through the village of Phakding and a chance to visit the monastery of Gumila high above the village. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach this monastery accessible by a path leading off the main trail. It is home to 12-15 monks of the Gelugpa sect and a centre of Buddhist learning. Continue back to the main trail and on to Lukla. Overnight: Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
Today we leave the mountains behind and fly back to Kathmandu. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable ‘cushion’ against missing your flight home, should the Lukla flight be delayed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel of your choice.
Time today to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last minute shopping. In the morning there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa then Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces. You will end your tour in Kathmandu’s busy main bazaar, Thamel. Afternoon is at leisure.
Your Guide or our office representative will pick you up at the Hotel and transfer you to the airport.
PLEASE NOTE: We are operating this trek on any departure date you wish, so please contact us and we will match your travel plan.
- Airport Transfers
- 2 Nights at Himalayan Height Resort on Full Board
- 2 nights at 5 star hotel of your choice on BB (Hotel Yak and Yeti, Hotel Shangrila)
- 6 nights at Everest Summit Lodges on Full Board
- Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with airport tax
- National Park Fee + Trekking Permit (TIMS) + Local Development Fees
- Guide, Assistants and Porters (Trek Luggage: 13kgs per person)
- Staff Insurance
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- All logistic support
- Meals unless stated
- Personal Expenses
- Drinks and Beverages
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Helicopter Medivac
- Tips and Gratuities
- Medical Insurance
- Visa Fee USD.50 for 30 days
- Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of Weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities
Our treks are led by professionally trained German and English speaking Guides. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the trekking regions of Nepal and will make your trek a memorable experience.
Temperatures in the Everest region are quite cool after sundown but due to the strong sunlight at high altitudes, it is usually nice warm during the day. If the weather is good you will certainly be trekking in a t-shirt and long shorts or light trekking trousers, and sun hat. The monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and clears away by the end of September leaving clear skies, warm temperatures during the day and cooler ones by night. The best time to visit the Everest region is from beginning of October until end of May. Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards end of November and it can be quite cold at higher altitude until the end of February.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary but as this is adventure travel, we cannot guarantee it! By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected, particularly in remote and/or mountainous regions. A variety of factors such as adverse weather conditions, difficulties with transportation and the health of group members can all contribute to the need to make changes, often at the very last minute. Changes can affect any part of the itinerary including overnight stops, duration of walking days, choice of accommodation and routing. Your trek leader will make every effort to maintain the integrity of the original itinerary and minimise the impact of any changes, but an easy-going and flexible nature is a real asset! Please note that all timings and distances given are approximate.