Luxury Holidays to Everest Kongde Ridge – itinerary
Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu - 1300m:
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders then transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 – Sightseeing:
After breakfast, a half day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley then hiring and purchase of required trekking gear. In the evening join a welcome dinner with culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Fight to Lukla and trek to Phakding:
An early morning start for the flight to the Hilary airstrip at Lukla. After lunch we begin trekking, mostly downhill to our first overnight halt at Phakding (2650m). Overnight at Luxury Lodge.
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar
Following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river to a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3441m). Overnight at Luxury lodge.
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar
Rest day at Namche bazaar for acclimatization, there is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 06 - Trek to Thame
We follow the Bhote Khosi River on a high trail passing the villages of Phurte and Thamo to a junction with the Thame Khola and the Sherpa settlement of Thame (3820m). Overnight at Luxury lodge.
Day 07 - Thame excursion
We visit Thame Monastery situated high above the village. Those who wish can continue the climb to Sumdar Ridge at 4800m for classic views of Teng Kangpoche, Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharcharmo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kanguru. Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 08 - Trek to Kongde
Today we trek a less used trail, recently renovated, which follows the traditional route into Khumbu used prior to 1950. You pass through forest of rhododendron, pine and bamboo and with spectacular views unseen by trekkers on the normal route; we reach luxury lodge, Kongde below the peak of the same name. Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 09 - Kongde excursion
We have a walk of around 3 hours and 500m to reach Farak Ri where we have a stunning view of the Khumbu Valley. The panorama includes a birds-eye view of Namche, Kumjung and Tengboche Monastery, and the 8000m peaks of Everest, Lhotse Makalu and Cho Oyu, as well as a host of other famous peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse and Island Peak. Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 10 - Trek to Phakding
We have a long descent today. The trail is very good although steep in places, so we make a leisurely pace reaching Phakding after approximately 5 hours of walking. Overnight at luxury lodge.
Day 11 - Trek to Lukla
Our final morning walk will take around 3 hours as we climb back up to the Lukla ridge. Here we check in for the return flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in Lukla around mid-day or early afternoon we check into the luxury lodge. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or souvenir buying.
Day 12 Flight to Kathmandu:
Morning a scenic flight to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 13 - Optional sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
You have an option of doing a full day's sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. Overnight Hotel.
Day 14 - Depending on flight times this morning is free for further exploration or shopping. Transfer to airport fly back home.
Note: If the above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting, Bhutan tour, Tibet tour and wildlife safari in Nepal.
Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.
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Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
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Equipment & Packing List for Luxury Holidays to Everest Kongde Ridge.
Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.