Everest Lodge to Lodge

Exploring Sherpa Villages and Himalayan Peaks

Overview

Trek into the cloud-perched villages of the Sherpa realm below mighty Everest. Our beautifully designed journey is the ideal Himalayan experience, with superbly accomplished Trek Leaders who welcome you into the heart of Sherpa life. We’ll explore the lively town of Namche Bazaar, remote Phortse, well off the main trekking route, and venerated Tengboche Monastery (12,650'). We also visit Pangboche, with its yeti legends, and have an option to hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp. You’ve come for the mountains, but the Sherpa people will capture your heart. Our Sherpa-owned lodges provide a convivial place to stay.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche

After exploring Kathmandu, we fly up to Lukla—the “airstrip in the air” at 9,350 feet. Hiking up to Namche Bazaar, we acclimatize in this charming Sherpa trading center, headquarters of Mt. Everest’s Sagarmatha National Park, magnificently set in a tiered, horseshoe-shaped bowl. Glorious mountain vistas surround us on our day hike up to the twin villages of Khunde (12,600') and Khumjung (12,400'). In Khumjung, we may visit the Hillary School and the village monastery—with its purported yeti scalp.

Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Days 12 to 13 (2 nights)
Yeti Mountain Home Namche
Namche Bazaar, Nepal
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Day 9 (1 night)
Days 6-7
Tengboche / Pangboche

Trails past mani (prayer) walls bring us to Tengboche Monastery, festooned with Tibetan prayer flags and always humming with activity. Tengboche is surrounded by dramatic mountains, including Kangtega and Thamserku. From Pangboche, site of the oldest monastery in the region, our optional day hike up to Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,400') gives us phenomenal panoramas of stunning Ama Dablam.

Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse
Deboche and Phortse, Nepal
Day 6 (1 night), Day 8 (1 night)
Everest Summit Lodge
Pangboche, Nepal
Day 7 (1 night)
Highland Sherpa Resort
Pangboche, Nepal
Day 7 (1 night)
Days 8-14
Phortse / Namche / Lukla / Kathmandu

We traverse along the Imja Khola Valley, enjoying views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam as we make our way to tranquil Phortse, set off the main Everest route. After a last sight of Everest’s distant summit, fly to Kathmandu on Day 12. Depart on Day 14, or extend for a spectacular Everest overflight, game viewing at Tharu Lodge near Chitwan National Park, or a stay at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge for Annapurna views.

Sherpa Lodges, Deboche and Phortse
Deboche and Phortse, Nepal
Day 8 (1 night)
Yeti Mountain Home Namche
Namche Bazaar, Nepal
Day 9 (1 night)
Gokarna Forest Resort
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 12 to 13 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike spectacular trails below the majestic giants of the Himalaya
Enjoy a warm welcome into the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people
Overnights in the Khumbu’s best lodges

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $4395  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotel, 9 nights mountain lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 3-6 hours a day, altitudes between 9,000-13,035 feet (optional hike to 15,400 feet)