Luxury Kongde Trek with EBC and Kala Patthar Heli Tour - 11 days

Luxury Kongde Trek with EBC and Kala Patthar Heli Tour - 11 days

Luxury Kongde Trek is the ideal package that bestows memorial and luxurious trekking experience along with a heli ride to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar. Trek to Kongde village, helicopter flight landing at Kala Patthar, and best luxury services and accommodations are the major highlights of this trek. In a short time frame with comfort and style, you'll experience the best of the Everest region in every possible way.

Your 11 days trip begins with exploring the historic Kathmandu city. Pashupatinath, a famous Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva, Swayambhunath- monkey temple, and ancient Patan durbar square are some of the major landmarks of Kathmandu sightseeing.

Next, you'll begin the Kongde trek adventure with a scenic flight to Lukla, a small Sherpa town. After landing at Lukla, the trail winds through the remote Sherpa villages and dense forests. On your way to Kongde village, you'll make a stop along with historic Sherpa settlements such as Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Monjo, and Thame.

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar allows you to visit the best vantage points of the region, such as Everest View Hotel and Syangboche Airstrip. You can also go Namche sightseeing. There are ancient monasteries, stupas, cultural museums, galleries, shops, cafes, where you can have a wonderful time. The trail to classic Everest Base Camp trek and Kongde trek separated from Namche Bazaar.

Further, leaving the main trekking route to EBC, you'll head to Thame village. From here, typically, the Everest Three High Passes trek continues. It is also home to some famous Everest climbers, including Tenzing Norgay and Apa Sherpa. On the way, you'll cross Same and Thamo villages. The trail is less crowded and leads towards a more remote region of Khumbu valley.

Afterward, from Thame, continue your walk through the off-beaten path. The trail takes you to the comfort lodge of Yeti Mountain Home lodge at Kongde (4,250m/13,944ft). From here, witness the astonishing panorama of Mt. Everest along with Thamserku and Ama Dablam.

Likewise, the prominent feature of the Luxury Kongde trek is staying in comfortable lodges for each of the overnights. The hotel rooms are quite spacious and have comfortable beds with a heated blanket to keep you warm all night long! The meals are also hygienic and organically prepared from the vegetables plucked from their greenhouses.

Moreover, while staying in Kongde, you can choose an optional day hike to Farak Ri at an altitude of around 4,800m/15,748ft. From the top, the panoramic sight of the entire Khumbu valley and four of the Highest Peak in the world (Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse) will stun you!

In addition, the Everest Heli tour rewards you with an amusing aerial perspective by hovering over points of interest. You'll fly right by the magnificent Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Icefall. The short joyride is the most thrilling part of your entire trip. So rather than trekking back on the same trail, you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the whole region by taking a helicopter ride back to Lukla.

The flight lands at a scenic lookout point at Kala Patthar. It is a famous vantage point above Gorak Shep that offers a 360-degree sight of panoramic mountain vistas. You'll witness some mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,484m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,816m), Thamserku (6,623), Pumori (7,161m), Khumbutse (6,636), etc. Enjoying the glorious sight, then fly back to Lukla.

Finally, after getting a unique blend of two distinctive experiences: a magnificent helicopter flight, you'll leave Lukla. The regular schedule flight brings you back to Kathmandu with fun memories and experiences of 11 days of Luxury Kongde Trek. The next day, your memorable trip concludes with a flight back home.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cultural walk around Kathmandu valley; Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square
  • A cozy stay at Dwarika's Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel, reflects Kathmandu Valley's rich history and cultural traditions.
  • A short and scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Excellent chances of seeing endangered species of flora and fauna around Sagarmatha National Park
  • Sightseeing at Namche Bazaar and visit Sherpa Cultural Museum
  • Hike to Everest View Hotel and enjoy the dramatic scenery of mountains and Namche Bazaar
  • Walkthrough less crowded and isolated trail from Namche to Thame village
  • Explore Thame Village, home of many famous mountaineers, including Tensing Norgay
  • Visit Nyingmapa gompa built by Lama Rolwa Dorje
  • Trek to Kongde, one of the historical village of the Everest region
  • Hike to Farak Ri and relish the magnificent sight of the Khumbu Valley
  • Get on EBC Heli Tour and admire the beauty of the entire Khumbu region of Nepal
  • Enjoy the breathtaking aerial views of the Kumbu Icefall
  • Flyover the Everest Base Camp, the base of the world's highest peak
  • Land at Kala Patthar, one of the best vantage points to get the close-up view of Mt. Everest
  • Experience luxurious homestay in Nepal's Himalayas
  • Spend the fabulous night at Yeti Mountain Home Lodge throughout the trek
  • Admire the Everest region's incomparable beauty by both air and land

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight, 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 5 Acclimatization Day at: Namche Bazaar
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,800m/12,467ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 7 Trek from Thame to Kongde (4,250m/13,944ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 8 Rest Day in Kongde (Optional day hike to Farak Ri)
Day 9 Heli tour to Everest Base Camp /Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) and fly back to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 45 minutes Helicopter flight
Day 10 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 35 minutes flight
Day 11 Final Departure from Kathmandu

Route Map

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Detailed Itinerary

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

Welcome to the land of Everest! Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and completing airport formalities, a representative from Third Rock Adventures will escort you to the Dwarika's Hotel. Take your time to refresh, and after settle in, you can explore the hotel. While strolling around the hotel, you'll get an authentic experience of Nepal's ancient cultural heritage.

Later that evening, there will be a short meet-up for trip briefing covering all the essential aspects of the trek.

Overnight stay in Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Patan Durbar Square Patan Durbar Square

Visit some major culturally significant landmarks such as Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square. After a hot breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Patan Durbar Square and Golden Temple in the Patan, Lalitpur. It is more fun to see beautiful ancient architecture. Newa people also had built so many Hindu and Buddhist temples and monuments around the area.

Extend your tour toward Swayambhunath, famous as Monkey Temple. The top of the temple offers you stunning panoramic vistas of the valley and city below. At the center of the temple sits a stupa surrounded by smaller shrines and temples.

Further, the Kathmandu tour proceeds to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Also, the temple is a sacred pilgrimage center for devotees of Shiva. The area stretched along the bank of the Bagmati River and consists of more than 500 other small temples, ashrams, and living quarters. After completing your sightseeing tour, get back to the hotel and prepare for the next day's trip.

Overnight stay in Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu.

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

Lukla Bazaar, Solukhumbu Lukla Bazaar, Solukhumbu

Fly early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu. Enjoy the short mountain flight with splendid views of dramatic landscapes and snow-clad peaks. Landing on the steep runway of Lukla will bring you to the main starting point of the trek.

From this small town, the trek commences entering through Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial gate. Gradually the trail descends to Cheplung village, and you'll witness the striking scenery of the surging Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the suspension bridge over Thado Khola brings you the Ghat village. On the way, you notice the first mountain sight of Khumbila peak (5,761m/18,901ft).

Well, today's trek is relatively easy as the trail is flat. The trail continues toward the first stop of the hike, Phakding. The village has numerous ancient gompas, mani stones, prayer wheels. Once you reach Phakding, check into the Yeti Mountain Home. Located on the bank of the Dudh Koshi River, this lodge offers utterly beautiful scenery.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home Phakding.

Day 4
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Namche Namche Bazaar - A tourist hub, is the major meeting point for trekkers and mountaineers

After a delightful breakfast, begin your journey towards Namche Bazaar. Today, the trail continues on the forested area along the bank of Dudh Koshi River. You have to cross several suspension bridges. The spectacular mountain scenery completely dominates the entire route.

Further, walking through the small settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, arrive at the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here, the trail ascends through the dense forest and continues until you reach the Jhorsale village. This village is a confluence of the Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River.

Finally, the trail proceeds through the Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River and concludes at Namche Bazaar. It is the prominent tourist hub in the Khumbu region. Here you'll find plenty of internet cafes, shops, restaurants, ATMs, and even Government offices.

Once you reach Namche, you can check into Yeti Mountain Home. Enjoy your deluxe accommodation with a hot, fresh, and organic meal.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Acclimatization Day at: Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar Prayer wheels at Namche Bazaar

Namche is a great place to spend a day for acclimatization purposes. During Namche sightseeing, a must-visit spot is the Syangboche airport (3,780m), the highest airport in the world, and hike to Everest View Hotel. From the hotel, enjoy the amazing scenery of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks.

Likewise, you can also choose to take a walk in Namche Bazaar. Visit the globally famous Sherpa Culture Museum, local schools, and Buddhist monastery. If you are in Namche on any Saturday, you can also visit the famous "Saturday Market" where merchants from Tibet come and trade. After completing your sightseeing, you can relax in your luxury accommodations and prepare for the next day's trek.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Namche Bazaar.

Day 6
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,800m/12,467ft) - 3 to 4 hours trek

Yeti mountain home Thame Yeti mountain home Thame

Leaving the main trail of Everest Base Camp behind, you'll head towards Thame village. The trekkers heading towards Renjo La Pass follow the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route. Along the way, the fantastic scenery and iconic mountain vistas of the Everest region are always remarkable.

After few hours of walk through the forest trail, you'll reach the village of Thamo. The village is home to the famous Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record for climbing Mt. Everest ten times without oxygen. Continue your walk until you reach a deep gorge of Bhote Koshi River. Crossing the river over the well-built bridge, you reach today's final destination, Thame village.

Thame village holds historical importance as it has been home to many famous Everest climbers. Two of them are Tenzing Norgay, the first to reach the summit of Everest, along with Sir Edmund Hillary and Apa Sherpa, who has climbed the summit at least 18 times.

The charming village also has the ancient Nyingmapa monastery built by Lama Rolwa Dorje. Later, spend an hour in leisure and relax at Thame village, enjoying the enchanting views of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Thame village.

Day 7
Trek from Thame to Kongde (4,250m/13,944ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde. Yeti Mountain Home - Your lodge in Kongde

After a restful night at Thame, you are ready to start the day and head towards Kongde. Today you'll follow the new trail, built specifically for the Yeti Mountain Home Lodge. So, while trekking, you get to enjoy complete solitude on the trail as rarely other trekkers will share this route.

Even it's a new trail, it is well-built with some steep ground. In one short section, you have to use cables as handrails for your safety. Although there are some challenging portions, you'll get magical vistas of the Himalayas at the end of the day. Climb gradually through a forest of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo you reach the glacier of Kongde Peak. From here, you get the mouthwatering views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

Once you reach Kongde, you'll check into your beautiful lodge. After a weary day, you can enjoy a hot shower and head outside for a drink with the best panoramas of the Everest region. You can't resist the jaw-dropping vista of mighty Everest and other peaks. Relax and enjoy the sunset behind the world's largest mountain. You can't get a better experience than this!

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde.

Day 8
Rest Day in Kongde (Optional day hike to Farak Ri)

Today is another free day in Kongde village to experience the beautiful surroundings. You can go for an optional hike to Farak Ri at an altitude of around 4,800m. You'll catch the glorious sunrise view over the four highest peaks in the world from the summit- Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. In addition, you'll also get the captivating scenery of the entire Khumbu valley.

After enjoying the beautiful moment at Farak Ri, you'll hike down to the lodge. The rest of the day will be free. You can explore nearby places or enjoy hot drinks with relishing the beautiful sunsets over the mountains. Take a moment to reflect on your day and enjoy a delicious dinner before settling in for a comfortable night's sleep.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde.

Day 9
Heli tour to Everest Base Camp /Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) and fly back to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) - 45 minutes Helicopter flight

kalapatthar Kala Patthar, also known as ‘The Black Rock’ is the highest point on your Everest Base Camp Trek

Instead of walking down to Lukla, today you'll take an exciting heli tour over Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. This mountain flight is just cherry on the top! Enjoy the unparalleled view of the tallest peaks of the Everest region and Khumbu Icefall from the air as you make your way to the Kala Patthar. After taking in some of the outstanding scenes from above, the helicopter will lower down to land at Kala Patthar.

You'll enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view and have some time to absorb the backdrop before boarding the helicopter to get back to Lukla. You'll also have enough time to take magnificent photos and explore the popular vantage point. The enchanting panorama from above will leave you breathless! After living a lifetime moment, you'll fly back to Lukla. Again, enjoy the dramatic sight of the Himalayas and Khumbu valley. Land at Lukla and get back to your hotel. Get a hot shower, enjoy the hot meal, and celebrate your successful journey.

Overnight stay in Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla.

Day 10
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 35 minutes flight

Lukla Airport Lukla Airport

Depart early morning from the lodge at Lukla for a panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the incredible sight of the highest mountain ranges of the Everest regions for the last time. Upon arrival at the airport, drive back to Dwarika's Hotel. After a memorable trek, gets some VIP treatment such as a full-body spa, hot shower, etc., in the five-star hotel.

Overnight stay in Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu.

Day 11
Final Departure from Kathmandu

Finally, the Luxury Kongde trek comes to an end with the final flight towards your home country. Take away lovely memory of the Luxury Kongde trek with heli tour.

Also, if you are looking for an extra adventure such as jungle safari, cultural tour, and short trekking packages, please do remember us. We offer various trekking and tour packages in Nepal and neighboring Himalayan countries such as India, Bhutan, and Tibet.

What makes the Luxury Kongde trek special?

Undoubtedly, the Everest region offers the best trekking trails around the globe. Of course, the Luxury Kongde trek is one of them. It is an ideal trekking package that combines the raw adventure of the high-altitude hike with a helicopter ride to EBC and Kala Patthar.

The best part of the Luxury Kongde trek is that you get a trekking experience with luxury and comfort. You'll stay in some of the best luxury hotels, such as Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu and Yeti Mountain Home in the Everest region during the trip.

Yeti Mountain Home is a luxurious hotel at high-altitude places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, and Kongde. With comfortable rooms, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, and western-style toilets, the hotel offers the highest standard of accommodation in the Himalayas.

Thus, the main highlight of the Luxury Kongde trek includes spending nights in deluxe hotels and making the trek more enjoyable. Additionally, the heli tour offers unique bird's eye views of the entire Khumbu valley and dazzling mountain sight while returning from Kala Patthar to Lukla.

When is the best time for the Luxury Kongde trek?

The Luxury Kongde trek with EBC and Kala Patthar Heli Tour is doable all year round. However, the best season for this trip is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (Mid-September and November-End). During both seasons, the temperature is stable and calm. There is a rare chance of flight delays and cancellations. Not only that, during this time, skies are clear, and the mountain views are at their best.

What is the difficulty level of the Luxury Kongde trek?

The Luxury Kongde trek is of easy to moderate difficulty level and blends adventure with luxury. Compared to standard EBC trek, the luxury treks offer the best accommodation and services throughout the tour. The trek is suitable for experienced and novice trekkers who are physically and mentally fit and can hike 6 to 7 hours a day. Also, the Kongde trek provides the added luxury with a stunning return helicopter flight from Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft), the highest point of the trek.

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Joe Fox
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Apr 10, 2021


The joy of embracing the mountain from the comfort of heli is what attracted me to go for this trip. I had already done 1 trek with Third Rock Adventures and I was fully satisfied with their service. So this time as well I booked with them. My questions were addressed and my request of going with the same guide was granted. Instead of walking down to Lukla, we took an exciting heli tour over Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. And believe me the view was unreal. I was surrounded by the mountains. I was lucky that the weather was just perfect. The trekking part was great, we walked for 4 -5 hours each day through the beautiful trail in Everest region. There were plenty teahouses and lodge along the trek and I was assigned the best available teahouse. No complaint on food, and room as well. This time as well, my guide did his best job. We are now friends. 2 words to sum up my trek: PERFECT TREK. Thanks again Third Rock for this opportunity.
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David Saunders
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Mar 10, 2021

Enjoyed Trip with my sister

This trek is one of the best treks I have come across to dream about. I checked through the itinerary and the highlights of the trek, and it made me plunge to book this trek. But I needed someone with me to hit the trail. I had hard times conviencing my friends to go to Nepal and explore the mountain. Luckily my sister agreed to go when she heard the word "EVEREST BASE CAMP." She jumped with excitement when I mentioned a heli ride to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar. We booked a month before we actually fly to Nepal. I helped my sister prepare for the hour-trek along the mountain trail. In Kathmandu, we met with the team and had brief pre-trek discussion. Our guide was great-he would care us like family member. Every daily service was good enough for us. We loved Namche Bazaar, a small town perched in the foot of Everest. The guide ensured that everything was according to the pre-defined itinerary. Glad that I was back to home on time and back to work with memories to be nostalgic for at least a week. Thanks Third Rock Adventures for your unparalleled service.
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Luca Luca Hamilton
flagsUnited States of America
Feb 14, 2021

Incredible Trek

The heli tour was the most rewarding part of this itinerary. Infact, the heli tour fueled my excitement and happiness. I never had admired such close view of the mountains. The short hike to Kala Patthar was the best part of this adventure. My guide cleared me on the name of the mountains, but I forgot it by the time I was back in Kathmandu. Speaking of Kathmandu, I got a chance to explore the beauty of world-famed UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Just before I took a flight to Ktm, I read a blog about Ktm stating " the chaotic impression" and it was true. Kathmandu is bustling with traffic, and busy streets. Overall, my trek was fantastic. My sincere thanks to my guide. He was truly amazing person.

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