Best Of Everest
December is a magical time of the year to be in the Everest Region. Clear blue skies, crisp days and the feeling of having the place to your self- do something extraordinary- be in the Everest region on the 25th of December an experience like none other. Finish the year on a high take advantage of our fixed guaranteed to run departures dates.
This is our signature program. This trek has been designed to take you to some of the prettiest Sherpa villages with easy walking and the best lodges that surpass anything in the region with excellent food and services, en-suite facilities, with beautiful landscaped gardens, where one may enjoy the comfort at the end of the day. The entire trek has magnificent mountain views and first-hand experience into the lives of the people of the region. Paths are carefully chosen, avoiding the main trails yet are equally scenic, providing ample rewards for our efforts with the breathtaking panorama of the many of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.
Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
Max trek altitude: 4,510m
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
On Trek: 9 days
Trek Leader: English Speaking Mountain Guide
- Experience Kathmandu and stay at Himalayan Height Resort
- Enjoy the Mountain Flight to Lukla
- Stay at the most comfortable lodges in Khumbu
- Visit the beautiful Sherpa villages enroute
- Enjoy the breath taking Himalayas
- Great view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam
- Visit the ancient Sherpa monasteries
Your guide or our office representative will meet you at the airport and then transfer you to the 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: 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 are 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: Himalayan Height Resort.
On arrival at Lukla, check in at the Summit Lodge, Lukla. After an early lunch, take a walk up Bom Danda (app. 3000m) to its village, an ideal way to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead. Walking along, you get very good view of Lukla and its airfield. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
An early start after breakfast is planned to avoid the rush of trekkers and porters arriving from Kathmandu. Passing by lovely Sherpa settlements, along gentle undulating trails and enjoying the marvellous scenery of the Dudh Kosi valley, we arrive at the village of Phakding (8700'/2652m). After a break for lunch, we continue on for approximately three more hours to Monjo. The sounds of plodding porters with transistor radios stuck to their ears, the cacophonic mix of myriad languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters, loads aside, resting outside tea houses, weather-beaten, windblown trekkers winding their way back to Lukla, prayer flag a-flutter, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery are memories to treasure of this first day on the trail. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Today, to assist acclimatization, your Sherpa guide will take you on a day's hike to Thakchok Danda, which lies a little above 9842'/3000m. From this vantage point the views of Kongde Ri, Thamserku and Numbur Himal are quite stupendous. The total excursion will take about 6 hours. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
A scant five minutes from the lodge you enter the Everest National Park, where entry formalities will have to be completed. Today will be one of the tougher days of the trek but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as we hike along the river, crossing and re-crossing it on suspension bridges till the climb begins to Namche Bazar. A long steep climb but with several stops to catch our breath, and a slow plod, we make our way steadily upwards. The trail to Namche Bazar is well marked, comfortably broad trails and walking in the cooler part of the morning, it is easier to breathe and get used to the increasing altitude. After an easy-paced three hour walk, we arrive at the heart of Khumbu - Namche Bazar, (3450m). A well deserved break for lunch and enough time to look around this amazing amphitheatre, and then we take the trail to Tashinga, following the classical approach route to Everest. Keeping to the almost level, winding trail for about 2 1/2 hours, we make a slight detour off the main trail to arrive at the lodge within the next 15 minutes. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
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 Tenga, beside the Dudh Kosi. From here we 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, so it is well shaded and cool. 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 magical and 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. After lunch, visit the monastery and its surroundings. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
Leaving Tashinga. Retrace the trail to Namche Bazar for about an hour to detour off the main trail, taking the trail leading to Khumjung village (3770 mts). The path leads gently up the shallow valley and into Khumjung, the education center of Khumbu. Time permitting; visit the Khumjung monastery and Kunde hospital. Taking the high trail above Namche Bazar, bypass Syangboche airport and head northwest. The valley ahead is extremely rugged but beautiful and as one wanders along the forest track, you might chance upon monal pheasants or small herds of thar. At the small village of Tesho, turn off the main trail and make your way slowly up a closed valley. The last half hour climb to Mende is short, steep and guaranteed to take your breath away. This is where the past few days of hiking into shape will be appreciated! Once at the lodge, however, the awesome views and commanding location will make the extra effort of getting there well worth while. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Half an hour down from the Mende Lodge, the trail connects with the old Tibetan trading trail. The path is well formed, wide and mostly easy walking all the way to the village of Thame. Thame is very original in many aspects and perhaps one of the prettiest villages in the Khumbu. It has a scattering of houses, stone-fenced fields and a backdrop of massive snow and icy summits. Visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house, where he lived with his first wife, is situated near the top end of the village. Thame is, in fact, home to two of Nepal's most famous mountaineers: Ang Rita Sherpa who summitted Everest eleven times and Apa Sherpa, who outdid his fellow climber by making it 21 times to the top of Everest! Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Before beginning the descent down to Monjo visit the Laudo monastery 15 minutes above Mende. The main temple is only 40 years old and was used until recently as a meditation school for western Buddhists students. It has a remarkable meditation room built underneath a huge rock, where people go on retreat for 3 years /3 months/3 days. The friendliest caretaker in the whole of Khumbu will be more than happy to serve butter tea and explain a little about the monastery. Retrace along the same route to Phurte and from here take the lower trail to Namche. After three hours of easy walking we arrive at Namche Bazar for lunch. The rest of the trail is an easy descent to Monjo. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
The return trek to Lukla follows a slightly different route so as to avoid walking through Phakding again. Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dudh Kosi, we visit the old Gumila monastery before descending down to the main trail. After a short lunch break at Ghat, at the base of the Kusum Kangru Himal we continue for a further two hours or so before we reach 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 Boudnath Stupa then Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces. You will end your tour in Kathmandu’s busy main bazaar, Thamel. The afternoon is at your 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 if the below fixed departure do not 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 or Hotel Shangrila)
- 9 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 (Luggage: 13kgs per person)
- Staff Insurance
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Farewell Dinner
- All logistic support
- Meals unless stated
- Personal Expenses
- Drinks and Beverages
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Helicopter Medivac
- Tips and Gratuities
- Medical Insurance
- Visa Fee USD.40 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 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. Being in the mountains, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions, thus the first night at Lukla gives us the buffer day in case of any delays or cancellation.