Introduction: Everest base camp luxury lodge trek
One might be surprised to know that such comfort exists in remote parts of the Nepal Himalayas around the high and scenic Khumbu Valley located within the Everest region. This is a classy and high-standard way of trekking with comfortable adventure. Our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trekking leads fellow travelers to exciting moments throughout the journey. Individuals can explore the local culture with immense interest while visiting old monasteries, that are treasured with ancient Buddhist religion and colorful customs.
Similarly, the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail is one of the most developed trekking trails in terms of luxury and facilities. Everest region has got everything from trekking souvenirs to bar pubs, cafes, snooker, stores for groceries, and ATMs to the Saturday market at Namche.
Enjoy unlimited panoramic views of mountains in the comfort of deluxe-style lodges and resorts. The addition of the traditional hospitality of the Sherpa people adds a whole new dynamic to the luxury trek to Everest.
Sherpa people are also known as the Highlanders of Everest, famous as pioneer mountain guides and mountaineers. Thus, there has never been a simpler way to reach Everest than this. The luxurious Everest trekking experience offers both adventure seekers and royalty.
Facilities provided during this Everest base camp luxary package?
In this Everest base camp package, we provide facilities like electric blankets at the tea houses, attached bathrooms, lodges with good internet connections. Hot showers can be used at an additional price. We provide fresh fruits at night after dinner and cookies upon reaching the lodges. Senior guides are provided during this trek who have a ton of experience.
Where does the Everest base camp trekking in luxury start and end?
Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trekking begins with the sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, the gateway town for many adventures around Everest. Upon landing a 35-minute flight Lukla leads on a pleasant trail through farm villages, encountering interesting prayer monuments and spinning bells on the route.
As the walk proceeds, walk to higher ground with an uphill to cope with higher altitude and enter into serene alpine woodland to reach the famed Namche Bazaar. Trekkers can find facilities such as banks, post offices, cybercafe's, and various well-stocked shops and stores with many fine good lodges and restaurants. Visitors can savor some of the most delicious meals throughout the Everest region.
After acclimatization days in Namche, the walk continues facing scenic views of Everest and the magnificent peaks of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and mighty Everest with adjoining lesser mountains. The climb then starts within a cool forest of pines and rhododendrons, arriving at the beautiful Thyangboche with its impressive monastery. Tengboche Monastery is also the oldest Monastery in the region. The monks host prayer sessions mostly after 3 p.m. however the time mainly depends upon the weather conditions and the session can be in the morning too. The best part is visitors embarking on the Everest journey can participate in these prayer sessions which help rejuvenate and part ways from their stressful lives. Some find the session useful for finding mindfulness and being closer to understanding the meaning of life. Further, Tengboche is a lovely spot with mountains all around, including views of Mt. Everest.
After a pleasant overnight stop with a tour of the monastery, our adventure leads further north to Everest Base Camp. At Everest Base Camp, enjoy the superb scenery of Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, and Everest hidden between Nuptse and Lhotse peaks. After spending quality time in Everest Base Camp, our next adventure leads to the highest point of the trek at Kalapatthar, 5,545 m/18192 feet.
From Kalapatthar one can see exceptional views of giant peaks with Everest in the mere distance, and then head back to Lukla on the same route with an opportunity to enjoy more of the area. After reaching Lukla fly back to Kathmandu after an overwhelming time and adventure on Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trekking.
What is luxury on the Everest base camp trek?
Luxury on Everest Base Camp doesn’t mean 5-star accommodation, rather it implies rooms with attached bathrooms, electric blankets, western-style toilets with amenities, good service, and good food. As the Solukhumbu region is itself located in a remote area it is advised to trekkers to not keep expectations that are so fancy. Getting a cozy accommodation with the above-mentioned amenities is itself a great deal during the peak season. Holiday Tours Nepal has made all the possible arrangements to provide a top-class service to all our fellow travelers while giving the best experience of Everest.
In addition to this, instead of trekking back to Lukla from Gorakshep, we have the option of a helicopter flight back to Lukla. The flight takes off from either Gorakshep or Lobuche, depending on the weather conditions and availability of the flight schedule. This is another thrilling experience in the package. Flying above the valleys and alongside the mountain tops will further enhance the luxury experience. Any individual will be delighted to witness lush valleys, snow-capped mountains, and glacier lakes from a bird’s-eye view. Mt Everest (8,848m/29,028 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22349 ft ), Lhotse (8,516 m/ 27939 ft), Cho Oyu (8,201 m/ 26,906 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m /25,791 ft), and other snow-capped peaks come close when standing above the clouds in this helicopter tour.
Trekkers don’t understand this often, but this is what luxury is: getting a private bathroom instead of going out in the cold, staying warm inside the cloak of warm blankets, and enjoying Western-style commodes instead of squat commodes. This is what Luxury is at during the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Note: The facilities of electric blankets may sometimes not work at Gorakshep as the village is powered by solar, and in cases of insufficient sun rays, the batteries don’t get charged enough, which causes an issue. Similarly, the Everest base camp trek in Luxury must be booked in advance to make early bookings for the accommodations, as fewer hotels in Everest provide this sort of facility.
Is luxuriously going to Everest base camp right for trekkers?
Going to Everest Base Camp in Luxury is the best option for senior trekkers, couples, or families with children who wish to travel to Everest Base Camp.
Trekkers and travelers who are not used to the cold weather and want to stay warm and cozy at night can get the best out of the next day and are even recommended for going to Everest Base Camp trekking luxuriously. Trekkers with physical disability issues or trekkers who face a hard time ascending down on their knees can even go for this package.
As the nights are warm and cozy due to the heat of the electric blankets, there is less chance of getting sick or getting caught with a cold at night.
Going to Everest Base Camp in the simple basic package can be pretty cheap compared to the luxury trip as well, but trekkers have the option to select from either one.
How to prepare for Everest Base Camp trek?
There are multiple ways to prepare for the Everest Base Camp trek, including cardiovascular exercises, engaging in small hikes (around once or twice a week), and participating in high-altitude treks. Going to the gym for half an hour to an hour per day, avoiding lifts in favor of using the stairs, and walking for 45 minutes to one hour per day with a weight of at least 5–6 kilos daily before the trek can significantly enhance the trekking experience.
The physical part is relatively straightforward; it's the mental aspect that makes the trek challenging. Therefore, trekkers must remember to respect the high-altitude environment and follow the guide diligently. Our minds can be triggered by various factors, such as anger, impatience, or a complaining nature, so it's crucial to take care of our mental state. Remaining calm, adhering to the guide's instructions, and staying focused on the situation are essential for a successful trek, allowing the guide to arrange the best possible outcome on time.
After reaching an altitude of 4500 meters, the only things keeping you alive are yourself and the will to continue. Holiday Tours Nepal openly acknowledges this reality, avoiding the concealment of challenges and presenting both the positive and challenging aspects. Preparation for the Everest Base Camp Trek demands time, dedication, and passion. Coming unprepared may result in improving fitness during the trip, but it will undoubtedly be a strenuous experience.
Acclimation during Everest base camp luxury trek
Acclimation is a crucial thing when heading for a high-altitude trekking adventure. Going slow and easy is the first and most important thing at high altitude. Trekkers and travelers must make sure that their breathing pattern and their heartbeats are normal during the trail. To do so always remember to walk slowly and acclimate to the decreased oxygen level at higher elevations.
Additionally, for acclimation, we spent two nights in the mountains which accounts for extra days, with the first one being at Namche after crossing the 3400-meter mark and the other one being at Dingboche after crossing the 4400-meter mark.
During both of the acclamation days, we go for a day hike to experience how the next day is going to be by hiking for 200 meters, at least altitude-wise, to know how our bodies are going to react the next day.
Accommodation facilities during Everest base camp luxury trek
Accommodation facilities that are provided during the Everest base camp trek are some of the best hotels that are available at those locations. We will be selecting the best-class service hotels that have a clean kitchen, fresh food, and a good room with electric blankets and showers.
Make sure that during your trek to the base camp of Everest, there is private hydroelectric power until Pangboche. Due to this, we will not get cellular connectivity after Pangboche until Gorakshep. The hotels are basic guest houses with the best-in-class services and rooms. At Lobuche and Gorakshep, there are only 6-7 hotels, respectively. Even among them, we book the best, which are Oxygen and Everest Inn, respectively.
Note: It is not recommended to use electric blankets and sleeping bags till Namche to get adapted to the cold.
Altitude sickness and how to prevent it?
Altitude sickness popularly known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) in the world of high-altitude trekking, is something we never know when it's going to hit. There are two types of AMS, which are known as High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).
These are some of the symptoms of acute mountain sickness that must be considered.
Headaches and dizziness
Lack of appetite
Pain in the chest while breathing
Anger, stress, or hallucinations
The best way to avoid altitude sickness is by going slow, eating properly, drinking at least 3-4 liters of water, having rest after the trek, sleeping at least 8 hours at night, and avoiding long naps during the day.
Internet facilities at the trekking trail of Everest
Cellular services at Everest Base Camp trekking trail work pretty well till Pangboche from Lukla. After Pangboche till Gorakshep, we don’t get cellular connectivity; however, at Gorakshep, we do get 2G signals. Ncell and NTC are the recommended companies if trekkers are going for cellular connectivity. Holiday Tours Nepal provides SIM cards to visitors who head on the journey.
Internet facilities are available all over the trail, which can range from 3 to 5 dollars per day. Internet facilities are available and can be used throughout the trek in the tea houses or lodges. Trekkers can buy WIFI cards from companies like Airlink and Everest Link, which are the most reliable for using the internet at the Everest base camp trekking trail.
Toilet facilities at the trekking trail of Everest
Toilet facilities at the tea houses and lodges along the Everest base camp trekking trail and the places where holiday tours Nepal will be providing the accommodation are very good with western-style amenities. Gorakshep and Lobuche can be problematic due to the cold, as the water in the toilets may freeze at that time.
There are problems with the public bathroom at the trekking trail of Everest Base Camp. There is a public washroom on the way to Phakding and Namche; after that, we don’t have public toilets. So there are just two options: either we have to go towards the bushes or trees or get to the guest houses and pay them around 50–100 Nepali rupees for using the toilet facilities.
Outline itinerary for Everest base camp luxary trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with a half-day sightseeing tour at places of interest
Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2,830 m) and trek to Phakding (2,640 m) in 4 hours.
Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,440 m, 06 hrs
Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion
Day 6 Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Dingboche, 4,260 m, 05 hrs
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion
Day 09 Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m-05 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and fly back to Lukla.
Day 12: fly back to Kathmandu and free day for activities at KTM
Day 13 international flight departure
Please note that:
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trekking is an adventure walk at a high altitude with overnight stops in the best available deluxe or luxury lodges or resorts eroute to base camp and back at Lukla. For travelers who are interested in this luxury trekking, we will provide a deluxe or luxury comfort lodge, but Lobuche and Gorakshep can be difficult sometimes.Due to the high altitude and rough arid terrain of arctic temperatures, rooms with attached restrooms or toilets can be frozen as the plumbing systems with a flow of water can be clogged with ice, making it hard to meet your needs and demands. But the rooms will be spacious and warm, with excellent meals served.