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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Everest Region
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: 4250m possible to hike to 4800m
  • Grade: Moderate/ Strenuous
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 14 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD 3500

 

Luxury Everest Trek to Kongde Ridge

Trip Overview

Luxury Everest Trek to Kongde RidgeThe Everest region has been a popular destination for trekkers and climbers, since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950's. Up until now trekking in the stunningly beautiful region involved either camping or staying at basic tea houses. It is now possible to trek in the Khumbu staying at comfortable lodges with all the modern conveniences of a proper hotel. The Yeti Mountain Home luxury lodges all offer spacious rooms which are pleasantly decorated and have attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water. Best of all, each has been carefully sited to present a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas from the lodge itself.

During our 9 days in the homeland of the Sherpas, we trek to Namche Bazaar and have a day to explore this flourishing settlement, before heading on to Thame. Here, we can hike to Sumdur Ridge (4830m) for unforgettable views of a host of big peaks, including Cho Oyu. Our return to Lukla then follows a brand-new trail, traversing rhododendron-covered slopes on the west side of the valley to Kongde, with a unique panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. A day-hike to the excellent viewpoint of Pharak Ri is an option from Kongde. Twin bedded and heated rooms, en suite bathrooms and pleasant dining areas can now be a part of your experience on your Everest ‘Luxury’ Trek.

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu - 1317m
Day 2 - Sight seeing of Bhaktapur in the morning.
Day 3 - Fight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 5 - Namche Bazaar
Day 6 - Trek to Thame
Day 7 - Thame excursion
Day 8 - Trek to Kongde
Day 9 - Kongde excursion
Day 10 - Trek to Phakding
Day 11 - Trek to Lukla
Day 12   Flight to Kathmandu
Day 13 - Optional sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 14 - Depending on flight times this morning is free for further exploration or shopping. International Departure

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu - 1317m
Arrival KTM Transfer to Hotel . Overnight in Boutique Hotel.Dinner with Nepali cultural show.
Day 2 - Sight seeing of Bhaktapur in the morning.
Afternoon hiring and purchase of required trekking gear. Evening Tibetan dinner.
Day 3 - Fight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
An early start for the flight to the Hilary airstrip at Lukla. After lunch we begin trekking, mostly downhill to our first overnight halt at Phakding (2650m). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and recross the river to a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3441m). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Namche.
Day 5 - Namche Bazaar
A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Namche.
Day 6 - Trek to Thame
We follow the Bhote Khosi river on a high trail passing the villages of Phurte and Thamo to a junction with the Thame Khola and the Sherpa settlement of Thame (3820m). Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Thame
Day 7 - Thame excursion
We visit Thame Monastery situated high above the village. Those who wish can continue the climb to Sumdar Ridge at 4800m for classic views of Teng Kangpoche, Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharcharmo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Thame.
Day 8 - Trek to Kongde
Today we travel a little used trail, recently renovated, which follows the traditional route into Khumbu used prior to 1950. You pass through forest of rhododendron, pine and bamboo and with spectacular views unseen by trekkers on the normal route, we reach Yeti Mountain, Kongde below the peak of the same name. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Kongde.
Day 9 - Kongde excursion
We have a walk of around 3 hours and 500m to reach Farak Ri where we have a stunning view of the Khumbu Valley. The panorama includes a birds-eye view of Namche, Kumjung and Tengboche Monastery, and the 8000m peaks of Everest, Lhotse Makalu and Cho Oyu, as well as a host of other famous peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse and Island Peak. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.
Day 10 - Trek to Phakding
We have a long descent today. The trail is very good although steep in places, so we make a leisurely pace reaching Phakding after approximately 5 hours of walking. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home - Phakding.
Day 11 - Trek to Lukla
Our final morning's walk will take around 3 hours as we climb back up to the Lukla ridge. Here we check in for the return flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in Kathmandu around mid-day or early afternoon we check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or souvenir buying.
Day 12   Flight to Kathmandu
Day 13 - Optional sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
You have an option of doing a full day's sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Overnight Hotel.
Day 14 - Depending on flight times this morning is free for further exploration or shopping. International Departure

Fact Finder

Duration - 14 day Journey
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Moderate/ Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, Domestic flight
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver
Accommodation - Boutique hotels, Luxury lodges
Land Cost - USD 3500
Single Supplement US$ 400

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. 5 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
  2. All transportation
  3. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader or Trek with Raj
  4. Complimentary T-Shirt
  5. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  6. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  7. 1 porter between two trekkers
  8. Good clothing for porters and crew
  9. Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
  10. Insurance for crew and porters
  11. All permits
  12. All meals on trek
  13. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. International airfare
  2. Visas
  3. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  4. Transportation outside of the tour program
  5. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  6. Tips(suggested amount; US$100 per week for staff only), Leader's tipping up to your discretion
  7. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

My first time outdoor trekking, thank u so much... I enjoyed my trip from the start to the end. It was hard for me during the first week to adapt to Nepal, especially in the mountains but you and your boys have made me so determined to come here again. You are not just a guide but have become my good friend. I learned a lot from you while in Nepal. I am fascinated by your stamina and ability to climb throughout the trip...I will miss Nepal... especially your musical songs. It was great to see such talent in your team. I will definitely recommend my friends to you, don't worry... It was a great 3 weeks with you once again.

Thank you so much... It was a great experience. I will miss your cooking too....:-))

Emli Ahmad
Central bank of Malaysia

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