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07 May, 2014

Luxury Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal

After my Inca Trail Trek last year, the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek appeared to be a logical next step. Obviously I knew that this trek is one among the most beautiful ones in the world; however at the same time also one among the most challenging. This didn't scare me off but what did worry me a bit is that I read in many on-line Everest Base Camp journals that for most people the basic accommodation, the cold nights, not being able to wash yourself properly for at least 2 weeks, the monotonous food ... were the hardest to endure ...



Yeti Mountain Home on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Yeti Mountain Home Monjo
Although I love hiking, I also love comfort so I started searching on-line for an "Everest Luxury Trek" and found the Yeti Mountain Homes, a group of luxury lodges located on the classic trekking route in the Khumbu area. I contacted them and as from that moment I was blown away by the Yeti Mountain Home experience ... a lovely lady called Pasang patiently and very professionally answered all my questions and created a customized itinerary for us. 


Yeti Mountain Home bedroom on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Yeti Mountain Home Monjo bedroom
Unfortunately there are no Yeti Mountain Homes (yet) all the way up till Everest Base Camp but Pasang made sure that we had the best possible accommodation in every place. I totally understand that when you are high up in the mountains it is impossible to have a luxury lodge but I can ensure you that it makes a world of difference staying the majority of nights throughout your trek in a luxury lodge and only a few nights in a basic one compared to staying all nights of your trek in a basic lodge. 


Yeti Mountain Home Bathroom on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Yeti Mountain Home Monjo Bathroom
The Yeti Mountain Home rooms are all spacious modern rooms containing a private bathroom (hot water) and a private western toilet. Although it is not possible to have heating in the rooms so high in the mountains, all beds have electric blankets ensuring a good and warm night sleep. Everything was very clean, the service was great and the cuisine delicious. There was free WIFI in the Mountain Homes in Lukla and Namche and in your room you could recharge for free your phone, camera, i-pad ...


a normal lodge on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Normal lodge on the trek
Quite a difference with a normal lodge on the Everest Base Camp Trek that usually only has a room with 2 beds to put your sleeping bag on, toilets are shared (and unfortunately not always clean), you have to pay for a hot shower when available, you also have to pay to recharge anything (when electricity is working), you have to pay for WIFI when available etc.


Our guide Janzing Sherpa on the Everest Base Camp Trek
With our fabulous guide Janzing Sherpa
Pasang arranged for us a very knowledgeable guide as well as a porter so we only had to carry our day backpacks. Our guide - Janzing Sherpa - was amazing, spoke perfectly English and ensured we had a great time. 


Reaching Everest Base Camp Nepal
Everest Base Camp
Although the trekking was hard and probably the hardest trekking I have done in my life so far - especially around the 5000m zone - we successfully made it to Everest Base Camp as well as to the top of Kalapathar ... it was an incredible experience ... a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Everest Memorial Place on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Memorial Place
While we were in Namche we heard about the dramatic avalanche on the Everest making the 18th of April 2014 the deadliest day on the Everest so far. Our sincere condolences go to the families and friends of the Sherpas that lost their lives that day. Our thoughts also go to the family and friends of Thomas Princzkel, a Slovakian tourist who went missing from Dingboche on the 21st of April 2014. That mountains can be unpredictable and dangerous showed again when we were nearly hit by falling rocks on our way back from base camp, usually this only happens during monsoon season. 


Me on the Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal
during the trek

Here's an overview of our customized private Luxury Everest Base Camp itinerary:

EBC Day 1: Lukla to Phakding: 15th of April 2014: 
   => flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
   => trek from Lukla (2800m) to Phakding (2610m) - about 3 hours walking
   => in the afternoon acclimatization hike - about 2,5 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Phakding (luxury lodge)

EBC Day 2: Phakding to Monjo: 16th of April 2014: 
   => trek from Phakding (2610m) to Monjo (2835m)  - about 3 hours walking
   => in the afternoon acclimatization hike - about 1,5 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Monjo (luxury lodge)

EBC Day 3: Monjo to Namche Bazaar: 17th of April 2014: 
   => trek from Monjo (2835) to Namche (3440m) - about 5 to 6 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Namche (luxury lodge)

   => acclimatization day in Namche
   => Namche sightseeing + acclimatization hike to Everest View Hotel (3880m)
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Namche (luxury lodge)

   => trek from Namche (3440m) to Tengboche (3850m) - about 5 hours walking
   => visit Tengboche Monastery
   => Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge (normal lodge)

EBC Day 6: Tengboche to Pangboche: 20th of April 2014: 
   => trek from Tengboche (3850) to Pangboche (3930m) - about 3 hours walking
   => in the afternoon relax
   => Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge (luxury lodge)

EBC Day 7: Pangboche to Dingboche: 21st of April 2014: 
   => trek from Pangboche (3930m) to Dingboche (4358m) - about 4 hours walking
   => in the afternoon acclimatization hike - about 2 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Family Lodge (normal lodge)

   => acclimatization day in Dingboche 
   => acclimatization hike to Chhukung (4730m)
   => Accommodation: Family Lodge (normal lodge)

EBC Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche: 23rd of April 2014: 
   => trek from Dingboche (4358m) to Lobuche (4928m) - about 5-6 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Mother Earth Hotel (normal lodge but very nice and clean)

   => trek from Lobuche (4928m) to Gorakshep (5160m) - about 2-3 hours walking
   => in the afternoon trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m) - about 4-5 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Himalayan Lodge (normal lodge)

Day 11: 25th of April 2014: 
   => climb to the top of Kalapathar and back (5545m) - about 3-4 hours 
   => trek from Gorakshep (5160m) back to Pangboche (3930m) - about 7-8 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge (luxury lodge)

Day 12: 26th of April 2014: 
   => trek from Pangboche (3930m) back to Namche (3440m) - about 5-6 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Namche (luxury lodge)

Day 13: 27th of April 2014: 
   => trek from Namche (3440m) back to Lukla (2840m) - about  7 hours walking
   => Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Lukla (luxury lodge)

Day 14: 28th of April 2014: 
   => flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu 


Detailed day-by-day posts will follow soon. In the meantime I hope you will enjoy our Everest Base Camp Trek Photo slide show


Have you done the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek? Do you want to?

Freya - Holiday Nomad, a Travel and Photo Blog



80 comments:

  1. What a great trek and challenging itinerary. I didn't know there was such a thing as luxury accommodations along part of the way on an Everest Base Camp trek. Perhaps I'll consider doing this after all..... Congrats on your success!

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    1. Hi Cathy thanks. There's no luxury accommodations (yet) all the way up to Base Camp but for a big part of the trek it is available. Loved it.

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  2. My congratulations. You are very brave.

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  3. First of all: WOW. This hike looks amazing. I would love to do it, but I think even up to the base camp I'd need an oxygen tank starting at around 4000 metres. I hike all the time in th Alps but never above 3000. I definitely need to train a lot before this. Excellent post, Freya!

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    1. haha indeed as from 4000 meters it gets really hard but you would not need an oxygen tank yet. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Gosh, what a fabulous trip! After reading your post though, I have to admit that luxury would definitely be the only path I'd take. If love to do a hiking holiday one day but don't think I'd be brave enough to conquer such extreme weather conditions!

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    1. Hi Mandy we had actually great weather the entire time. Only the last day, there was a storm. Of course it gets really cold as you get higher but all by all it was quite manageable.

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  5. Nice post Freya, great photos! I'd love the hiking but got to admit the recent stories would make me nervous about going to Everest right now.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    1. Nothing to be nervous about as long as you're hiking (not climbing) and have a guide with you. It's an amazing experience.

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    2. Yes, as far you are not climbing .. no need to be nervous ... just need to acclimatize ...

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  6. Sounds absolutely amazing and what a civilized way to do the trek. I did a 4 week trek around Manaslu staying in tents for 28 days and bathing where possible. Good for weight loss as the food way lousy - guides though were great.
    I'll look forward to reading more.

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  7. Simply Wow to your perseverance! And a big applause, you made it to Everest base camp. And thanks for the tips you've shared about luxe accomodations. We will definitely take this into consideration while planning our trip there!

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    1. Thanks and it's definitely a trip of a lifetime

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  8. Wow Freya! What an accomplishment and as you say a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And I'm with you on the comfort thing! I cannot even begin to imagine such an adventure as trekking to the base camp. My biggest trek wish is to walk the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. We are hoping to do so in the fall of 2015.

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    1. WoW that's amazing, looking forward to read all about your Camino de Santiago trip

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  9. I must say you're incredible and so passionate about hiking. I love it two, but two weeks would be definitely too long for me. Your apartment looks so nice and charming. I would give up hiking and stay there for the entire week! :)

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    1. Hi Agness, it's definitely worth it.

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  10. Fabulous post! Obviously I would love to do this trekking at least once in a lifetime! Thanks for the tips - so useful!

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  11. Wonderful post Freya and I look forward to your future ventures.

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  12. I really want to do this now! It looks like Machu Pichu is in our sights. This would be next obviously. HOw much did your itinerary cost?

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    1. Looking forward to your Machu Picchu adventures. I'm sure you will love it. It was a customized itinerary so it all depends on what you want during the trek. You can always contact Yeti Mountain Home and I'm sure they would be happy to give you some suggestions & prices

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  13. I'd love the scenery but I think the altitude would be too much. Avalanches usually only happen during monsoon season, I wonder if the avalanches have increased in frequency due to the rapid weather changes the planet is experiencing.

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    1. Hi Mike, yes that might very well be the case

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  14. I had no idea places like this existed at Everest, that's awesome! I'll leave the roughing it to the gung-ho 20 somethings.

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  15. Freya, I have to admit I've always been leary of the the hike, but maybe if I have a nice warm bed and clean bathroom to look forward to most nights I would be more amenable to it. I think the photos are stunning. Do you think it's possible to take twice as long as what you did? Between the altitude and the hiking, 4-5 hours of hiking may be enough for me. Thanks for writing this piece, it made me feel a little better about it.

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    1. Hi Corinne, it's a customized itinerary, so you can make it as long or short as you like.

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  16. Great stuff, Freya! I am considering the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek after my Inca Trail Trek last year... just following your footsteps :)
    And yes, Yeti Mountain Homes would be nice to have close by ;)

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  17. Welcome back, Freya! Congratulations on this achievement and what an unforgettable adventure! This wasn't how I expected lodging along the way to Everest Base Camp but this is certainly a great find. The scenery is just spectacular.

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  18. Delighted to read about your exciting and adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp! I am not a mountaineer but did a couple of stints in high-altitude years ago.
    Enjoyed your post and admire your passion for adventure :)

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  19. Basic accommodations, cold nights, jumping into cold lakes or rivers for washing... sounds like cabin life in Norway - no matter how much money one has, it's meant to be rough (good for you and all that) - so no probs with that, but this luxurious version does sound more tempting, I must admit. Did you have any kids/teens in your group, by the way?

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    1. We had a customized private itinerary, just the two of us so no kids/teens

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  20. What a tough trek, but I'm glad that you were able to balance out your accommodations with some more comfortable lodging options. What a huge accomplishment - congrats!

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  21. I take my hat off to you, Freya! Congratulations. The comfy accommodations make it more attractive after all that hiking.

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  22. After such long days of treking the last place I would want to end up is a tiny, dirty bed with no hot water :-p Sounds like you had an amazing experience! After a long hard hike you deserve it.

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    1. It was amazing, definitely an experience of a life time

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  23. Wow that is Luxury! I didn't have to luxury of hot water when I was there, looked like you had a fun time, I really love that part of the world too.

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    1. I had a great time and was very happy with my accommodations & hot water :-)

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  24. Those accomodations are much better than what I expected on the trek to Everest. If I ever do it, I think this would have to be the way. Perhaps if I wait long enough, they'll build luxury lodges at the few places where you stayed at a normal family lodge. I bet you are going to have that picture of you at Base Camp framed and on your wall for everyone to see. We were in Tibet, and my son was very disappointed that we did not make it to Everest. Since we had such a horrid time with the altitude, it was probably for the best that we skipped it.

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    1. haha yes it is already framed and on the wall :) Yes the altitude can be very difficult, we went really slow going up

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  25. It definitely is a once in a lifetime experience. I don't even think I can do it, as I know the expenses would be way beyond my budget. I've only seen the Himalayan Range in Pokhara and I was already bowled over by it. I can't imagine how much more beautiful it is when you're really there!

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    1. Hi Aleah, it's amazing. There are also budget options to the Mount Everest Base Camp trek.

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  26. Great comparison between the sleeping and showering options Freya! The places I stayed in were very basic but they did the job.. :)

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    1. I'm sure they do but I was nevertheless very happy with my luxury option :)

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  27. Absolute beauty, these pictures and what a great journey you are on, Freya! Kudos for your passion and thank you for sharing all your experiences with us, I love your mountain home. Good accommodation can really work wonders and make so much difference while we are travelling. Glad you got one of your choice.

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    1. It for sure made a huge difference for me

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  28. Wow, What a amazing. Well done..

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  29. Interesting post replete with lovely pictures and useful information. Thank you.

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  30. I'll opt for the comfort if it's available every time. Really useful to see the pics of the accommodation. Thanks.

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  31. Anonymous24 May, 2014

    Nice blog with beautiful pictures,Great job within this achievement as well as exactly what the memorable journey!

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  32. That is fantastic that you did the trek, and it is news to me that there is a luxury option!

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    1. I don't know whether I could have done it without this luxury option.

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  33. Good write up! The Yeti Mountain properties are great. I know everyone expects the most Spartan conditions from trekking in Nepal, but there are great high-end, if not luxury, options on most of the routes. On the Annapurna circuit you have access to the Ker and Downey lodges, which are beautiful.

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    1. The Annapurna circuit is still on my list

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  34. Wonderful accomplishment! And in style too!

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  35. I had no idea there was such a thing as luxury accommodations on an Everest Base Camp trek. Even part way makes a huge difference as you can be comfortable and clean for most of your time. I can't wait to read your day by day posts. Congrats on making it!

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    1. It for sure makes a huge difference. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  36. I'm sorry that by catching up so late I have may have missed it the answer to this. Did you ever have to use oxygen? I was fascinated with the elevation increments that you went up in each day! And you and I are on the same page. I roughed it as a kid and having worked all of my life I've earned the right to have some comfort! Great post, Freya! :)

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    1. Hi Mike, no I did not have to use oxygen although the higher you get the more difficult it becomes. Thanks Mike

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  37. Nice to read all conversation

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  38. Okay. If there's a little luxury, we'd try this :-). What an adventure! And you'll keep so fit, with gorgeous scenery to boot...

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    1. The scenery is amazing, it's a great experience. I'm sure you'll love it.

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