Everest Luxury Trek with Cultural Tours

Duration: 14 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT4322

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Easy

  • Max Elevation: 3860

  • Total Duration: 14 days

  • Best Time: Jan-May & Sept-Dec.

  • Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

The Everest Luxury Trek with Cultural Tours is the ultimate combination of the majestic mountains, the comfortable accommodations and the cultural opulence of Nepal. Experience the breath-taking beauty of the Himalayas in a quaint and comfortable fashion as you enjoy the high-class hotels and lodges along your trek. Delight in the exotic nature of multicultural aspects that Nepal is famous for. Get ready to revel in the mountain surrounding of the beautiful Khumbu with Mount Everest and many neighboring peaks as your constant companion in this epic adventure. Savor the hidden river valleys and isolated villages located at the foothills of Himalayas all the while getting the best services and world-class accommodations even at desolate terrains that seem to be situated at mountain crevasses. It is a grand escapade that you surely do not want to miss out on!

Start the Everest Luxury Trek with Cultural Tours with a beautiful flight from the capital to Lukla. The flight in itself is a little adventure as you will get to see the changing terrains of the land from the hill-belt to that of Rocky Mountains and deep green gorges. Enjoy the forthcoming views of the distant Himalayas as well upon landing at Lukla. Take in the Himalayan surrounding so different from the bustling city of Kathmandu that you can immediately feel as you enter the Khumbu. Furthermore, make your way to various highlights of the Khumbu- like the mountain town of Namche Bazaar and the holy Tengboche Monastery. Correspondingly, you will also get to enjoy the rich Sherpa culture of the Khumbu along the trip as you make your way into popular villages like Thame and Tashinga.

Finally, the Everest Luxury Trek with Cultural Tours brings you back to Kathmandu for an educational and amazing cultural tour of the old city. As a matter of fact, the Kathmandu city is considered to have one of the densest concentrations of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world lying close to one another. As such, you can enjoy the four UNESCO Sites that consist of Hindu and Buddhist temples and revered Stupa along with an excursion of the famed Durbar Square of the city that dates all the way back to the medieval times. Each of the cultural and historical sites of the city presents a deep-rooted beauty and legend behind their perseverance. The woodwork, metal work and stone masonry done on the doors and windows of the buildings and monuments are definitely something that will give you the feel of authentic Nepali dexterity.

Moreover, on the final part of the trip, you can enjoy a flight from the capital to the much-celebrated tourist hotspot of the country- the Pokhara city. The Everest Luxury Trek with Cultural Tours takes you to famous landmarks of Pokhara, like the Tal Barahi Temple, the city’s Shanti Stupa, the Bindhyabasini Temple and the Davi’s fall among others. You can also enjoy a serene boat ride on the clam waters of the Phewa Lake that is situated right next to the city. Similarly, get ready to enjoy the panoramic views of the city itself as well as the Annapurna Mountains from the vantage point of Sarangkot along the trip. 

Likewise, on the aspect of comfort and services- the trip is also not lacking in this regard. You will be staying at the five-star Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, and on Everest Summit Lodges and Yeti Mountain Homes while trekking in the Khumbu. It is a perfect blend of the natural, cultural and the Himalayan beauty of Nepal. It is an adventure that presents the best aspects of all ethos of the country in a short amount of time. Thus, do not miss out on this wonderful trip with Nepal Hiking Team! 

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 -  ARRIVE AT TRIBHUWAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, KATHMANDU

You may arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and help you get transferred to your Hotel. He will also explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into the hotel and relax.

Day 02 - FLY TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2652M/8699FT), DURATION: 3 HOURS

Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at a high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only! The short flight also provides great views of the forthcoming distant mountains of the Khumbu. Situated at an altitude of 2,860 meters, Lukla is one of the most popular places for visitors to the Himalayas to arrive. From Lukla, you will then trek to Phakding, walking on a trail that is blessed with the beauty of the green Himalayan landscape. The view of the Kusum Kangraru also makes its appearance along the journey. While trekking into Phakding, you will be entering the Dudh Koshi River Valley. Similarly, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Himal is the first of many Himalayas that you will be encountering on the trip. As a matter of fact- the name of the mountain- “Kusum Kangraru” itself means “Three Snow White Gods” in the Sherpa language; a characteristic that refers to the triple summit of the mountain. The trail is blessed with amazing Himalayan topography and green foliages.

Overnight Stay at the Yeti Mountain Home in Phakding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 03 - PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M/11283FT), DURATION: 6 HOURS

After an early breakfast, y will begin today’s trek with a slight climb to Munzu, passing waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring sites of interest. Today’s trek along the mud-trail is quite steeply uphill, but this is quite the scenic part as you will be walking through beautiful Pine forests. From some point along the trail, you can also spot your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Mount Thamserku (6648m), the Kwangde RI (6187m) and Mount Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in. A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar (3440m) will reward you with further spectacular views of the Himalayan terrain. Namche Bazaar is known as the Gateway to Mount Everest and is the main trading center of this region. As a matter of fact, Tibetan and Nepali traders used to meet at Namche for exchanging salt, textiles and dried meat in ancient times. It is a popular Sherpa town of the Khumbu that is as famous for its Sherpa culture as it is for its amazing beauty and wonderful amphitheatre-like town structure lying surrounded by giant Himalayas.

Overnight Stay at the Yeti Mountain Home at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - NAMCHE TO TASHINGA (3450M), DURATION: 2-3 HOURS

From Namche, the trail to Tashinga is much more interesting. We will pass many prayer flags and Mani stones and chortens along the trail to the village. Following a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Koshi River, we will be walking the classical route to Everest through winding trail for about 2.5 hours.

Overnight Stay at the Everest Summit Lodge at Tashinga.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 - DAY EXCURSION TO TENGBOCHE MONASTERY (3860M/12660FT), DURATION: 6-7 HOURS

Across the valley from the lodge, one can see the trail sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Tengboche. The day begins with a descent to the small hamlet of Phunki Tanga, beside the Dudh Koshi River. From here, we will cross a suspension bridge before beginning a steep ascent for about an hour.

This part of the trek is quite heavily forested by rhododendron and pine woods, so it is well shaded and cool. You will be walking under the beautiful canopy of the rhododendron flowers and the scent of fresh forest pine lingers in the air. Once out of the forest, the trail becomes gentle and gradual for another 1.5 hours, all the way up to the monastery.

The setting of Tengboche is quit magical. The Tengboche Monastery itself is the largest Gompa of the Khumbu and it stands upon a knoll at the end of a big spur, which is flung out across the Imja River. Surrounded by quaintly constructed and oddly medieval-in-appearance satellite dwellings, the monastery provides a grandstand beyond comparison for the finest mountain scenery in the Nepali Himalaya. It is incredible to think that the temple was burned down a few years ago and re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. We will return back to our accommodation after lunch, after exploring the monastery and its surroundings.

Overnight Stay at the Everest Summit Lodge at Tashinga.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06 - TASHINGA TO THAME VILLAGE (3800M/12465FT), DURATION: 5 HOURS

After breakfast, we will begin to trek downhill to the hidden valley of Khumjung. The path leads gently up the shallow valley and onto the Khumjung village, also known as the education center of Khumbu. Here, we can visit the Khumjung monastery and the Kunde hospital.

A three hours walk through the magnificent Himalayan foothill and verdant trans-Himalayan forests leads you to the charming village of Thame (3,800m) situated on the old trading route from Tibet. Also the birthplace of both Tenzig Norgay and Apa Sherpa (who climbed Everest 21 times), Thame is a dainty mountain village of great delights. During the day, you can explore the 16th Century Thame Gompa which can be reached within an hour. This village is at the end of the Khumbu Valley and a terrain and the people untouched by the effects of modern civilization. This village is also called “the village of the Snow Leopard”.

Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home at Thame.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07 - THAME TO PHAKDING (2652M/8699FT), DURATION: 5-6 HOURS

This morning after a great Himalayan experience at Thame, we will hike to Namche Bazaar and finally to Phakding. After Lunch at Namche, we will retract back to Phakding, walking though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peaks before arriving at the village.

Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08 - PHAKDING TO LUKLA (2800M/9184FT), DURATION: 3 HOURS

From Phakding, we will trek back to the Lukla village. It is a beautiful and easy walk through blue pine and rhododendron forest, back-dropped with views of the holy Kusum Kangaru Himal. Confirm your ticket, enjoy the local market and have a keen look in traditional lifestyle and customs. Enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and spend overnight at Hotel.

Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09 - FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

You will have a 30-minutes amazing scenic flight back to Kathmandu, bidding adieu to the mountains.

Overnight Stay at Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Meals: Breakfast Included.

Day 10 - KATHMANDU VALLEY CULTURAL TOURS

Today, you will have a cultural tour of the Kathmandu valley. City tour of Kathmandu valley includes the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa, and the Pashupatinath temple. Our tour starts at around 10am and ends about approx. 4pm. All of the listed sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Swayambhunath Stupa is a revered ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city.  For the Buddhist Newars of the city, in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites, as well as for Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism all over the world.  

The Pashupatinath Temple is another famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the holy Baghmati River. This extensive Hindu temple precinct is a sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred river. You can also sometimes see the cremation ceremony of the Hindu people being performed here, as well as many Shadus in colorful and bright attires.

The Bouddhanath Stupa on the other hand, is one of the largest spherical Stupas in the world. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.

Likewise, the Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, and the whole complex presents amazing temples and buildings that are decorated with fine architectural beauty done on the doors and windows.    

Overnight Stay at Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Meals: Breakfast Included.

Day 11 - FLY TO POKHARA, DURATION: 30 MINUTES FLIGHT

With a morning drive to the Kathmandu airport, you will have a short flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you may check in at the hotel. If the weather permits, you can also drive to the World Peace Stupa for the sunset photograph. The city of Pokhara is known as “the Tourism Hub of the country”, and rightfully so! The city is situated right beside the gorgeous Phewa Lake and is also within close proximity with the Annapurna massif. 

Overnight Stay at Hotel Temple Tree and Spa.

Meals: Breakfast Included.

Day 12 - POKHARA – SARANGKOT – POKHARA SIGHTSEEING

Today, you will have a morning drive to Sarangkot for the sunrise view. The village Sarangkot is one of the most beautiful villages near the Pokhara city. It is located west of Pokhara at the height of 1,592 meter from sea level. Sarangkot is the best place to see the sunrise and the panorama of the mountain ranges of the Annapurna. Then we shall drive to hotel for the breakfast.

The sight-seeing tour of the Pokhara city will start at 11:00. Various prominent places of the city will be visited today, like the Bindabasini Temple, visit the old Pokhara and the Davis fall. Later, we will drive to the world peace Stupa to see the Himalayan ranges and the view of Pokhara valley as well. Finally, we will drive back to city for a tranquil boating experience on the pristine Phewa Lake and visit the temple of Taal Barahi.

Overnight Stay at Hotel Temple Tree and Spa.

Meals: Breakfast Included.

Day 13 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

At late morning after breakfast, we will fly back to Kathmandu, after which you will transfer back to hotel.

Overnight Stay at Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Meals: Breakfast Included.

Day 14 - FAREWELL

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport from where you will depart.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private AC vehicle including airport transfer
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Yak and Yeti or Radisson, depending on availability.
  • Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu and Pokhara including knowledgeable tour guide, entry fee and private vehicle.
  • All accommodation during the trek at luxury lodges as per itinerary
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and including their meals, accommodation, salary, equipment etc.
  • Airfare between Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Airfare between Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Temple Tree and Spa or Fishtail Lodge, depending on availability.
  • Duffle bag for the trekking, T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate as Souvenir
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit
  • All require permits and entry fees
  • Government taxes & office service

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • 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 foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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Reviews

Kim Phipat , Australia

The Short Everest Trek with cultural tours was perfect for me and my friend because we had a limited time in Nepal because of our deadline. We were still able to enjoy the mountains with the Short Everest Trek and the experience was just amazing! From our first commutation with Mr. Ganga, we knew that we would be fine doing the trek because he was very prompt with the responses and very reassuring. Narayan was our guide and he was perfect at his work as well. The schedule was followed to the tee and fortunately, we did not have any delays during the Lukla return flight either. Everything worked out extremely well, and we are both very happy with the experience. We got good transport to the airport, the guesthouses were good, we enjoyed our meals, the village people were very friendly, the mountain sceneries from the villages were also amazing, everything was done in the most professional way and we had the best time of our lives! Nepal Hiking Team is the best! 

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