Everest's Hidden Gem, Kongde Trek - 13 days

Everest's Hidden Gem, Kongde Trek - 13 days


If you think Everest Base Camp is the only destination worth visiting in the Everest Region, think again. Many unexplored trails in Khumbu offer stellar hiking experiences through varied terrain. Everest's Hidden Gem, Kongde Trek, is one such adventure that takes you to one of the least visited parts of the Khumbu Region. This trip is a luxury lodge trek to the hidden gem of the Everest Region, Kongde.

You walk through the Sherpa settlements of Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Khumjung, and Kunde, experiencing the unique Sherpa mountain culture. From Namche, you choose the less-crowded trail to Thame via Thamo. The tiny villages of Thame and Thamo are homes to mountaineering legends like Tenzing Norgay, Ang Rita Sherpa, and Apa Sherpa.

The hike to Kongde from Thame takes you on a trail filled with a pristine forest of rhododendron and juniper, streams, waterfalls, and fantastic mountain views. Kongde sits on a high plateau flanked by the massive snow-covered Kongde Ri. Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde while savoring 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, and other peaks.

En route Thame to Kongde, you have to walk on narrow paths on some patches with a sheer drop on the exposed side. It can be overwhelming to those not used to walking on high mountain terrain. Therefore some experience of high altitude trekking would help to do this trek.

Dust your hiking boots and head to Kongde! Trust us; this adventure can be one of the most memorable walking journeys you have ever taken.

Trip Highlights

  • Epic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Experience Sherpa culture and Buddhist spiritualism
  • Inspiring walk through Sagarmatha National Park, a natural World Heritage Site
  • Walk off-the-beaten trail from Namche to Kongde
  • Spectacular 360-degree view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, etc. from Kongde
  • Overnight stays at the luxurious lodges of Yeti Mountain Home

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours Trek
Day 4 At Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) – Hike to Khumjung (3790m/12,430ft) and Kunde (3867m/12,687ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 5 Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3735m/12,254ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 6 At Thame – Visit Thame Monastery or Hike to Sumdur Ridge
Day 7 Trek Thame to Kongde (4,250m/13,944ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 8 At Kongde – Optional hike to Farak Ri (5000m/16,404ft)
Day 9 Trek Kongde to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 10 Trek Phakding to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 11 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 35 Minutes flight
Day 12 Free day
Day 13 Final Depature

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Route Map

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

After flying into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you complete the immigration formalities and enter the airport terminal. Our guide will be waiting for you, and he will escort you to your hotel. Check-in and get refreshed. There will be a trip briefing later in the day by your trek guide.

Overnight in Kathmandu at Shanker Hotel.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek

You make an early start and head to the airport in the morning to catch your flight to Lukla. The flight, lasting for less than an hour, is filled with amazing views of the Himalayan mountains. After landing in Lukla, you meet the porters who will carry your heavy luggage.

You start your trek and head towards the trail leading to Phakding. Make a descent to the beautiful Dudh Koshi or Milky River and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the Yeti Mountain Lodge in Phakding.

Overnight in Phakding at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 3
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours Trek

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - the capital of the Sherpas

You make an early start as you have to cover a long distance. Nature is breathtaking as the path inches past a dense forest of birch, pine, and rhododendron. The trail goes up past huge mani stones and Buddhist shrines. You cross some of the highest suspension bridges in Khumbu before reaching Namche. Everest rears up in the distance, and you get the first view of the world's tallest mountain as you enter Namche, the capital of the Sherpas.

Overnight in Namche at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 4
At Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) – Hike to Khumjung (3790m/12,430ft) and Kunde (3867m/12,687ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Namche is a trading center and a commercial hub for the Sherpas living beyond Namche. Situated on a hollow side of a mountain overlooking the frozen Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, the town is a popular acclimatization spot.

Today's acclimatization hike takes you to the ancient Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde. After breakfast, you hike up a staircase leading out of Namche and reach Shyangboche. From the hotel's verandah, you walk up to Hotel Everest View and enjoy stellar views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, etc.

Later, you walk down to the village of Khumjung, situated at the base of Khumbila, the holy mountain of the Sherpas. You visit the first school in the Khumbu Region established by Sir Edmund Hillary. You also visit the sacred Khumjung Gompa, where the scalp of a (supposed) 'Yeti' is stored in a glass showcase.

Explore the adjacent village of Kunde and the Kunde Hospital, the only large hospital in the Everest Region. The hospital, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966, provides services to more than 8000 villagers and trekkers. After exploring the village, you return to Namche.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 5
Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3735m/12,254ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Yeti Mountain Home Thame Yeti Mountain Home Thame

You leave behind the busy Everest Base Camp trail and take the path leading to Thame. Walk in peace, enjoying the nature and twitter of birds. You pass through Sherpa villages on this trail, which rarely see tourist traffic. As there is less commercialization, the lifestyle of the villagers on this side of the Khumbu seems more authentic and pure. You walk past Thamo and the Bhote Koshi River before reaching Thame, your stop for the night.

Overnight in Thame at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 6
At Thame – Visit Thame Monastery or Hike to Sumdur Ridge

Thame is a peaceful Sherpa village set on the side of a rocky mountain. Not many trekkers pass through this village, so the place has an old-world feel about it. You spend the day exploring the settlement and hike up to the picturesque sixteenth-century Thame Monastery.

Or you wake up early and trek to Sumdur Ridge, located near the village. From the ridge, you can enjoy glorious views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Kusum Kanguru,

Thamo and Thame have produced legendary mountaineers who have created world records climbing the world's tallest mountain Mount Everest. Some well-known names are Ang Rita Sherpa, Apa Sherpa, and Tenzing Norgay.

Overnight in Thame at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 7
Trek Thame to Kongde (4,250m/13,944ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Yeti Mountain Home Kondge Yeti Mountain Home Kondge

Today's trek takes you to one of the wildest and most spectacular trails on the whole of Everest. Not many trekkers take this route, and the trail is mainly isolated. It goes through rhododendron and juniper forests and past narrow foot trails carved on the side of a rocky mountain. If you are not used to walking on hilly and rocky terrain, this portion of the course can be challenging, especially if there's ice on the ground. Though cables are fixed as handrails, one needs to be extra cautious in this section. There's a sheer drop on the exposed side of the trail.

After an exhausting ascent, you will reach a grassy meadow. The cheerful red roof of the Yeti Mountain Home lodge looks inviting. Make your way in and enjoy a hot shower and a warm meal. 

Overnight in Kongde at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 8
At Kongde – Optional hike to Farak Ri (5000m/16,404ft)

Kongde is a hidden gem of the Khumbu Region. Set at the base of Kongde Ri, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the snowcapped giants - Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, Cholatse, Nuptse, and Kusum Kanguru.

You can spend this day chilling out at the lodge or hiking to a nearby hill Farak Ri. You can enjoy inspiring views of Mount Everest and other mountains, plus sweeping vistas of the valleys and the Sherpa villages. It takes around 2-3 hours to climb the hill.

Overnight in Kongde at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 9
Trek Kongde to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

After taking the grand mountain views, you leave Kongde and head down to the lower elevation. It is a long walk down to Phakding via many of the Sherpa villages you crossed on your way up. Walk slowly and watch your footing on the stone steps.

Overnight in Phakding at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 10
Trek Phakding to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Today's trek is short and sweet. Walk slowly and drink in the views of the mountains and river. Make your to your lodge in Lukla and get together with the crew to celebrate the completion of your trek.

Overnight in Lukla at Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 11
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 35 Minutes flight


Bid goodbye to the mountains for the last time and take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Our guide will pick you up and drop you at your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day as you wish – chilling out at your hotel or exploring the city.

Overnight in Kathmandu at Shanker Hotel.

Day 12
Free day

A day reserved for emergencies like flight delay or cancellation, bad weather, minor sickness or injury, etc. If everything rolls out smoothly, you can use this day to spend time on your own in Kathmandu. You can book a guided tour or explore the city on your own.

Overnight in Kathmandu at Shanker Hotel.

Day 13
Final Depature

Your trip ends, and you will be driven to the airport well on time to catch your flight. If you want to visit other destinations in the Himalayas. Third Rock Adventures runs tours in Bhutan, India, and Tibet too.



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Yandel Rivas
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Apr 17, 2022
Hidden Gems Trek
On this trek, we explored beautiful Sherpa villages Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Khumjung, and Kunde. Make sure your guide is local or has the knowledge of the villages. Otherwise, you'll regret sure. I had best guide from Third Rock and off course best trek.
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Charlie Johnston
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Oct 17, 2021
Everest's Hidden Gem Trek
This trek was different than the world-famous EBC trek. Although I never heard of it, I was somewhat sure I should be doing it. I booked this with two of my classmate and did it with Bimal guide. He was young and energetic. He was fantastic in every way. We had good room, and facilities I never would expect. The beautiful people of Monjo, Namche, Khumjung and other village were welcoming. Everything was simply amazing.
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