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Expedition At A Glance

15 days, 14 nights

Difficulty Level: 4

Price (US$): From $3,950.00

Months Available: October through May

OVERVIEW


Everest Luxury Trek:

More than 50 years ago, when Edmund Hillary first led his team to climb Mt. Everest he could never have imagined that it would be possible to trek in the Khumbu area staying in luxury lodges. Now any trekker can hike in the high altitudes of the Everest region, enjoy the dramatic views of towering Himalayan peaks from Everest to Ama Dablam and retire for the night in luxury lodges with rooms with ensuite bathrooms, gas-heated sleeping and dining rooms, and comfortable queen-sized beds. Come join us on the Everest Luxury trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, sacred Buddhist monasteries and inspiring landscape of the Everest region.

On the Everest luxury Trek, you will trek up to Pangboche (13,100ft./3,985m), past the famous Tengoche monastery, with an option to hike to the Ama Dablam Base camp. Return to Lukla is via Thame towards the Rolwaling valley.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Highlights

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley for two full days.
  • Visit Sherpa villages including the famous Namche village.
  • Stay at luxury lodges that are most comfortable option in the area
  • Hike to the Amadablam Base Camp

 

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Shambala. (Dinner)

Day 02 - Kathmandu Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Shambala. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Phakding (8,700 ft.) Your day will start early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and the landing at Lukla airport is very dramatic. After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your Everest trek. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding.

Overnight Yeti Mountain Home lodge. (All meals)

Day 04 - Phakding to Namche (11,270 ft.) The day's trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970's, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years - farming and running the Hatago Lodge - before being deported. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked. Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or the village of Jorsalle inside the park.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.

Overnight Yeti Mountain Home lodge. (All meals)

Day 05 - Namche to Tashinga (11,300 ft.) Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam. Then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! Hike through the forests to Tashinga.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 06 - Tashinga to Pangboche (13,100 ft.) The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests where we stop for lunch.

Visit Tengboche monastery where there is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies.

From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche, where quietly tucked away in the trees is a nunnery. Well past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche. Past Pangboche, the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 - Exploration day in Pangboche (13,100 ft.) Today you have the option to hike to the Amadablam Base Camp (15,010 ft.). The hike to the base camp and back can take up to 7 hours. Return to Pangboche.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 - Return to Tashinga (11,300 ft.) Return to Tashinga via Phortse. This is the village which is renowned for the most number of Everest climbers.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 09 - Tashinga to Mende (12,200 ft.) Retrace trail to Sanasa and then divert to Khunde and Khumjung. Trek through Mende village and climb steeply to the lodge.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 10 - Mende to Thame (16,200 ft.) Today is a short trek day today. Past Mende you will come to a path that leads to the Nangpala used by Tibetan traders who bring Chinese goods on yaks to Nepal. This village does not lie on the main trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and is visited by very few people - only those coming over the Tashi Lapcha from the Rolwaling valley and over the Renjo la from Gokyo visit Thame. Thame is the home of the famous Tenzing Sherpa.

Overnight Yeti Mountain Home lodge. (All meals)

Day 11 - Thame to Monjo Today is a long day of about 7 hours. Descend to Namche and then retrace trail to Monjo.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 12 - Monjo to Lukla Last day of trekking in the Everest region. The Everest Base Camp trek ends in Lukla.

Overnight Everest Summit lodge. (All meals)

Day 13 - Lukla to Kathmandu Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Shambala. (Breakfast)

Day 14 - Kathmandu Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel Shambala. (All meals)

Day 15 - Depart for home Final departure. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person Price for 2018

2 - 4 persons: $4,395 USD per person

5 or more persons: $3,950 USD per person

Single Supplement: $1,200 USD

Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys' Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters' prices? It's because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff - without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they'll tell you we provide more for less.

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Shambala (4 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for drinking
    • Use of Steripen for water purification
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber)
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


Daily private departures for groups of 2 or more participants for a date of your choosing. Discount available for groups of 6 or more participants.

BOOK THIS TRIP


 

“Just trekked to Everest Base Camp with Grand Asian Journeys and had an incredible adventure!  They have strong roots in Nepal organizing treks since the 1990’s.  We had excellent guides and porters, and saw the best of the Himalayas.  Also, we were invited to a local’s home to take a cooking class and learn about the culture.  The trip was competitively priced and a great value.  Can’t wait to sign up for another trek with Grand Asian Journeys.”

-Patricia S., Seattle, WA, Everest Base Camp Trek, November 2014

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