The Kathmandu and Lumbini Luxury Tours is a journey that presents the best of both ancient cities of Nepal. Kathmandu-…
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Elevation: 5545m/18188ft
Total Duration: 16 days
Best Time: March to May and Sept to Nov
Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek is a perfect combination of luxury trekking with one of the most famous and sought-after trekking journey in the world. Trek to the base camp of Mount Everest, all the while taking in the amazingly diverse and vibrant landscape and topography of the Khumbu region, its rich Sherpa culture and prominence and it’s ethereal Himalayan ranges as you enjoy the height of luxury that is available in the remote and isolated mountains of Nepal. It is an ideal package that caters towards finer hotels and better accommodations at locations in the Khumbu like Phakding, Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Start off the trek with an amazing tour of the Kathmandu valley where you will visit cultural heritage sites like the city’s Durbar Square and its Buddhist and Hindu temples. Take a dramatic short flight to Lukla from the capital and enjoy the fascinating views of the changing terrains below as the plane flies around mountains and tall hills to land at the Lukla Airport- one of the most daring airports in the world. Feel the difference in the air as you inhale fresh crisp Himalayan wind when you arrive at Lukla to begin your trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. Furthermore, revel in the luxury of the grand accommodation while there, and savor the opulence of first-class service that is the specialty of the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek.
Make your way through the deep river valleys and cross glacial rivers like the Imja and the Dudh Koshi to arrive at famous Khumbu villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Observe the Sherpa culture and traditions of the local mountain people and immerse yourself in the sight of magnificent mountain peaks like Everest, Changtse, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kongdi RI, the Kusum Kangraru and the Thamserku among many others as they appear at the foreground of the valleys and towns while on the trekking trail. Hike under the canopy of rhododendron and azalea flowers as you walk on paths surrounded by verdant alpine woods of the Sagarmatha National Park. Then celebrate your accomplishment as you reach the base camp of Mount Everest, a base that is located right in the centre of the Himalayas and surrounded by vast expanses of ice and snow. Follow the trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall as you trudge besides the icy moraine. Visit Kalapatthar, a famous vantage point of the region popular for its panorama of the entire Mount Everest massif. The Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek presents the opportunity to really saturate oneself in the Khumbu region’s many attributes with the added revelation of finer accommodations.
If you are tight on your travel budget, you can also choose our standard 16-Days Everest Base Camp Trek package as well which includes three-star category hotel in Kathmandu and the best available lodges throughout the trekking journey rather than the 5-star hotel in Kathmandu and the Yeti Mountain Home between Lukla and Namche in the Luxury Trek.
With the best care, optimal services and flexible itineraries, we are guaranteed to make your trekking vacation an absolutely amazing affair. So get ready to be basked in the many glories of the Everest region’s beautiful hallmarks like its diverse terrain, its prominent Sherpa culture and its Himalayan presence for an experience that really is breath-taking and a once in a lifetime adventure!
- Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek
- Day 03 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) (Walking Distance: 8 KM), Duration: 3 hours
- Day 04 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 10-12 KM), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 05 : Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest View Hotel (Walking Distance: 3-4 KM), Duration: 3-4 Hours
- Day 06 : Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) (Walking Distance: 10-11 KM), Duration: 5 Hours
- Day 07 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
- Day 08 : Acclimatization Day - Hike to Nagerjun and return (Walking Distance: 5-6 KM) Duration: 4-5 Hours
- Day 09 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
- Day 10 : Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (Distance: 14-15 KM) 8 Hours
- Day 11 : Gorakshep - Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Pheriche (4210m), (Distance: 13-14 KM) 7 Hours
- Day 12 : Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 14-15 KM), Duration: 7 Hours
- Day 13 : Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) (Walking Distance: 18-19 KM) Duration: 7 Hours
- Day 14 : Lukla to Kathmandu
- Day 15 : Reserve day in Kathmandu
- Day 16 : Farewell
- All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 5-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
- Five nights’ accommodation with full board meals at Yeti Mountain Home including at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
- Best available twin sharing lodges for accommodation above Namche.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
- Duffle bag for trekking
- Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
- Personal Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
- Soft drinks including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
- Personal trekking equipment
- WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You can arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of Nepal Hiking Team’s representatives, who will help you get transferred to your hotel as well. Further plans and programs will also be explained to you. Since you have no plans on the first day of your arrival, you may check into your hotel, get your bearings and enjoy the time.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek
The Valley of Kathmandu is known as “Nepal Proper” and has most of the cultural heritage sites located within its three main old cities. The Kathmandu city has it’s Durbar Square, the Pashupatinath Temple, the Temple of Swayambhunath and the Bouddhanath Stupa as the main World Heritage Sites listed under UNESCO. The tour will start late in the morning and you will visit the heritage sites of the city. The cultural sites are revered by the people and the religious places are held in high regards by the Hindus and the Buddhists. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu consists of many old palaces, buildings, temples and statues from medieval times. The buildings are built in unique Nepali architecture and contain amazing wood-crafting, stone masonry, metal works and intricate carvings done on their doors and windows. Pashupatinath is considered the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva and the cremation ceremony of the Hindus can be seen along the Bagmati’s river bank. Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world and the Swayambhunath- located atop a hill, is a temple sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The heritage sites provide good insight into Nepal’s history and it’s past. They are great carriers of the country’s cultural and religious tenor. After the tour, you will return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Yak and Yeti. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) (Walking Distance: 8 KM), Duration: 3 hours
A dramatic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu begins the trekking journey. The flight is considered one of the most dramatic short flights in the world. The Lukla Airport itself is located on a hill and contains a single runway that drops off towards its end to the deep gaping valley below. Surrounded by tall mountains and green hills, the airstrip at Lukla is quite fascinating and the flight is deemed as a little thrilling adventure. Upon arriving at Lukla, the change in the scenery is immediately felt. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness to it that only the Himalayas carry. From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is beautiful. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. From Phakding, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourism and trekkers. Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 10-12 KM), Duration: 6 hours
After breakfast at Phakding, the trail further opens out to reach the celebrated mountain town of Namche Bazaar. En route to Namche, several smaller villages are crossed, like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo lies north of Phakding and is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ventures through the national park and finally arrives at Namche. Walking along the trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park presents many virtues, like its alpine woods, small rivers and brooks and deciduous forests. The Sagarmatha national Park is included in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape and is listed under the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Containing upper catchments of the Dudh Koshi River and the Bhote Koshi River basin, the national park is riddled with Blue Pine, Birch and Juniper Berries that are home to many endangered species of animals like Himalayan Thars, Langur Monkeys, the Musk deer and Himalayan Black Bears. Thick acreages of Pine and Cedar cover the lands and provide a pleasant atmosphere to trek through. Namche Bazaar, because of its strategic location, is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is located on a mountain side and views of the Thamserku Peak and the Kongdi RI Himal from here are amazing. Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Everest View Hotel (Walking Distance: 3-4 KM), Duration: 3-4 Hours
Namche is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. After breakfast, you can visit the Syangboche Airstrip that lies on a hill above the town. From here, you can get panoramic view of Namche and can see amazing sights of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks from all of its windows. Back at Namche, you can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum as well. Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) (Walking Distance: 10-11 KM), Duration: 5 Hours
An easy trail from Namche opens out towards the Dudh Koshi Valley at the settlement of Phungki Thanka. From the settlement, the views of Mount Everest are magnificent. Following the trail that marches along the right side of the Dudh Koshi River, the village of Tengboche is reached. The journey from Namche to Tengboche is filled with amazing natural scenery of rivers, hills and Himalayan peaks. The village of Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is surrounded by tall hills that are covered in rhododendron trees. The village is also famous for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is surrounded by forests that are inhabited by Impeyan Pheasants and eagles. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
The trekking trail crosses the Imja River via a suspension bride and moves towards the village of Dingboche. Along the way, the village of Pangboche is passed. Dingboche is called the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu and contains a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops from the cold winds that descends down the Imja Valley. Dingboche, as the name reflects, receives more sun too. Graceful views of Lhotse, the Ama Dablam and the Island Peak from Dingboche are quite amazing. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 08 - Acclimatization Day - Hike to Nagerjun and return (Walking Distance: 5-6 KM) Duration: 4-5 Hours
Dingboche is also a great village for acclimatizing. A hike to Nagerjun is a great way to spend time at Dingboche. Nagerjun is located at the height of 5100 meters and lies just above Dingboche on a hill at the edges of the Chhukung valley. The hike is uphill and steep, and requires a bit of a strenuous energy. Walking for approximately 3-4 hours, we will reach Nagerjun from where marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and the Ama Dablam (6856m) can be seen. If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. Returning back to Dingboche is also very beautiful. After finishing our lunch, we can take a rejuvenating sunbath and relax at the village. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 09 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) (Walking Distance: 11-12 KM) Duration: 5 Hours
Making our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, you will come across the Trekkers Aid Post- situated at Pheriche (4210m). It is run by the Western Volunteer Doctors and assisted by The Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post helps in the treatment of trekkers. The Chupki Lhara is then reached. It is a rock-strewn oblique from where sight of magisterial mountains can be seen. The path follows further down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine from there. The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are amazing. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 10 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (Distance: 14-15 KM) 8 Hours
An anticipated day of the trip, it will commence with a slow walk. Avoiding altitude sickness, a slow walk further on from Lobuche runs alongside the sight of the world’s highest glacier- the Khumbu Glacier, to the right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. From here, the path moves all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp. Here, the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly. After spending some time at the base camp enjoying the sights and the environment, we shall return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 11 - Gorakshep - Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Pheriche (4210m), (Distance: 13-14 KM) 7 Hours
An early morning hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is another highlight of the trip. Kalapatthar is a famous vantage point popular for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and the Pumori among many other peaks. Hike to Kalapatthar is done early at dawn because the sight of the rising sun seen from the vantage point is absolutely amazing. The sun rises from amidst the Mount Everest Mountains and it changes the color of the mountains from silver to gold. After spending time at Kalapatthar, we will return to Gorakshep and walk down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 12 - Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) (Walking Distance: 14-15 KM), Duration: 7 Hours
The trail follows the Imja River again all the way to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we will move down towards Phungki Thanka, pass the Kyangjuma and reach Namche. It is a relaxing hike back and the sight of the landscape and the Himalayas can be enjoyed pleasantly. The villages are also lively with people and you can observe their customs and activities as you pass through. Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 13 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) (Walking Distance: 18-19 KM) Duration: 7 Hours
The hike back to Lukla follows a trail that moves steeply downwards and crosses a suspension bridge. Chortens, prayer flags, Mani-stone walls and small Gompas line the villages and the trail. The Dudh Koshi River gushes by and adds a beautiful ambiance to the natural setting. Open plains, pine and rhododendron forests as well as snow covered peaks decorate the beautiful picturesque settings. As we reach Lukla, we can just relax. In the evening, we may celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek as well. Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 14 - Lukla to Kathmandu
A 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends the trekking part of the journey. You can revel in the changing sights of the landscapes one last time while on the flight. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to Hotel Yak and Yeti where you shall stay overnight. Meals: Breakfast included
Day 15 - Reserve day in Kathmandu
On this day, you can proceed to relax and can have another tour of the city or go shopping at the hub of “all things-tourist” at Thamel. Overnight stay at Yak and Yeti. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 16 - Farewell
The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transport you to Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart. Meals: Breakfast included.
Benjamin Voorhoeve , 34 Hackthorne Road. Cashmere. Christchurch New Zealand
My whole family went to Nepal in May and we had a very detailed plan about specific things that I wanted with the whole journey. Upon my conversation with Mr. Ganga, everything was arranged for my family’s requirements. My mother was also with us and because of this, NHT arranged for a pony for her. The accommodations at the Yeti Mountain Homes were very comfortable. The best thing about the journey that I really liked was the flexibility. One of my family had a mild case of altitude sickness and so arrangements for her to stay at the hotel until we returned back after trekking further on was made. Everything was handled with care and no hassles. It was all very professional. We were provided with good transportation services, and the meals in the mountains were also of good quality. My two guides, Narayan and Paban were always on the lookout for my family and showed good care for them. The Himals were also gorgeous and the villages were very fascinating to explore. It was a good vacation with my family and Nepal Hiking Team’s good services and flexibility helped make vacation into what it is. It is one of the best trekking agencies and definitely is deserving of my recommendation.
Important Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Elevation: 5545m/18188ft
Total Duration: 16 days
Best Time: March to May and Sept to Nov
Group Size: Min. 2 Pax