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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • All internal flights and domestic airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (5 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Luxury lodge accommodation on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket on trek plus a sleeping bag for nights in tea houses
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam Base Camp ‘In style’ holidays

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Everest Region | Walking & Trekking

Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam Base Camp
Vigorous

Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Vigorous ? Vigorous
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3,350,
Land only from £2,295

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A two-week trip to one of Nepal's most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam, staying in comfortable accommodation throughout.

Highlights

  • Stay in luxury lodges on trek with excellent facilities, food and service
  • Spend three nights at Dwarika's a luxurious, heritage hotel in Kathmandu
  • Trek the main trails of the Everest region including the old Tibetan trade route the Nangpa La
  • Meet climbers or simply explore the Base Camp of beautiful Ama Dablam
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Kathmandu’s key sights

Reviews          

Having just returned from your Luxury Lodges trip to Ama Dablam we feel that we must say what an excellent trip it was. It was our eighth trek in the Himalayas, our second with you, and was in every way outstanding. The lodges and food being a revelation and the guides superb in every way.
Mr & Mrs B, Norwich

Good successful trip, good weather, great views - so many mountains I have read about. Getting to Ama Dablam BC was special especially as five expeditions were there. Lots of birds and animals. The Summit Lodges were very comfortable and the staff excellent.
Ms L, Bristol

Good arrangements. Excellent hotel in Kathmandu. Instructions were clear and concise and met expectations. Enjoyed having a small group on trek, well supported by leader and assistant throughout. Summit Lodges were comfortable and gave good recovery from daily trek.
Mr & Mrs D, Wiltshire

Lodges were superb: staff, food, everything. The trip was well organised, the lodges were superb, all staff were fantastic.
Dr T, Cambridge

This was an excellent and well thought out itinerary. We particularly enjoyed the variety of walking and experiences gained. The scenery on the trek was both spectacular and varied… We were introduced into Nepalese culture, met with Nepalese families and shared an understanding of their religious beliefs. The kindness of the people we met will stay with us.
Mr & Mrs H, Lancashire

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Using the best lodges in the Everest valley, this trek leads us from the airstrip at Lukla through some of the prettiest Sherpa villages and most spectacular mountain scenery, to reach the foot of Ama Dablam. The name Ama Dablam means ’mother and necklace’ – the perennial hanging glacier resembles a ‘dablam’, which is a piece of traditional jewellery worn by Sherpa women. The Base Camp here at 4,576m/15,013ft, sees few trekkers as most tend to stay on the main paths leading to Everest Base Camp and beyond. Therefore, whilst staying in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, getting great views of Everest and visiting the famous monastery at Thyangboche, we will also enjoy an enviable sense of isolation and exploration on quieter trails.

The trek has four main areas of focus. Firstly, Namche Bazaar, the colourful and vibrant heart of Sherpa country, secondly the Everest Trail and the monastery of Thyangboche, thirdly, Pangboche and a day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp and fourthly, part of the trail that leads ultimately over the old trade route to Tibet, the track that leads to the Nangpa La. There are good views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and many other famous Himalayan giants as you walk up the Everest Trail to the famous Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Thyangboche. In fact the whole trek has magnificent mountain scenery throughout and we were the first British operator to offer these Luxury Lodges in the Everest region.

On return to Kathmandu we spend two nights at the stylish, 5* Dwarika’s hotel, one of the best hotels in the city, with time to both relax and take a walking tour to experience some of the city’s frenetic energy and colour.

Private Departures

Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam Base Camp Private Departure

Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of this holiday in Nepal for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices from £2,795 per person, land only.  International flights available from £700. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Vigorous
Vigorous

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 4,576m/15,014ft, Ama Dablam Base Camp, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 10

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Luxury Lodges, Tea House

Hotels:

Dwarika’s Hotel- Kathmandu
We use the 5-star Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu. It is built in Nepalese style and features many architectural relics rescued from palaces and temples in the valley as well as Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The building has a palace-like atmosphere and you really feel as if you are stepping back into Nepal's history. It is filled with fascinating original carvings and artefacts. Its elegant restaurant is one of the places to eat in Kathmandu. It also has a pleasant courtyard garden with swimming pool.

Luxury Lodges on trek
In both the Annapurna foothills and the Everest region, there are high quality lodges that offer a greater level of comfort then the more traditional tea houses. The lodges have comfortable lounges, excellent food and service, and ensuite bedrooms with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. They are built in eco-friendly style with landscaped gardens and are situated to take full advantage of the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Dwarika's Hotel, all meals elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo. Day walk from Monjo.
5-6
Trek to Namche Bazaar. Trek to Tashinga.
7
Trek to Thyangboche and on to Pangboche.
8
Day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp, 4,576m/15,013ft.
9
Trek to Tashinga via the Mong La.
10
Trek via Khumjung and Khunde to Mende.
11-12
Trek to Thame, return to Mende then trek to Monjo.
13
Trek via Gumila Monastery to Lukla.
14-15
Fly to Kathmandu. Morning walking tour and afternoon at leisure.
16
Transfer to the airport and fly to London.
Leader: Local leaders, Everest luxury lodge treks
Local leaders, Everest luxury lodge treks

Our Nepal 'lodge' treks are led by professionally trained English speaking Sirdars. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the trekking regions of Nepal and will make your trek a memorable experience.


Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam Base Camp Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Fly overnight London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to Dwarika's Hotel, a luxurious and stylish 5* hotel filled with Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues with a cool elegant courtyard where it is a pleasure to relax. The hotel has a swimming pool and a superb restaurant where you can where you can try traditional Newari cuisine. It is a peaceful haven and an excellent place to unwind after the long flight from London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Lukla, 2,743m/9,000ft. Trek to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft - 5-6 hours.

    The early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and the landing at the small mountain airstrip is something you will be talking about for many years to come. The scenery is fantastic and as you fly like an insect up the vast valleys towards Lukla, the giants of the world appear on the horizon.

    It is then about 2 hours to walk to Phakding, 2,652m/8,700ft, where you will probably stop for lunch. First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikhirka. You will encounter porters, sherpas, trekkers and the common beast of burden, the dzo, then the path contours the mountainside, past lodges and the small hamlets of Ghat, 2,490m/8,169ft, and Chuthrawa, 2,591m/8,500ft. The trail takes you past large stones carved and painted with prayers, a couple of large new suspension bridges and under large cliffs with trickling waterfalls. From Phakding it is another 2-3 hours to Monjo, 2,835m/9,301ft, which lies just past Chumoa. Before you get to Monjo, there will be time for tea at Benkar, at a lovely lodge in a wild spot. Memories of the day will include the sounds of porters listening to radios, a cacophony of different languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters and loads resting on sticks outside tea houses, tired trekkers making their way back to Lukla, prayer flags, the gaudy colours of the tea houses and, of course, the dramatic scenery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  4. Day 4 - Day walk from Monjo.

    Monjo is a picturesque small village comprising about 25 houses and located at a small, narrow valley at the base of the peaks Thamserku, 6,608m/21,680ft, and Kaysaro. It is also at the junction between the Thamserku & Dudh Kosi kholas and is just on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park.

    Today, to help you acclimatise, your Sherpa sirdar will take you on a day walk to Thakcho Hill, which lies a little above 3,000m/9,843ft. From this vantage point the views of the Kongde Ri, Thamserku and the Numbur Himal are quite spectacular. The total excursion should take about 4 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  5. Day 5 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,445m/11,302ft - 3-4 hours.

    This will be one of the harder days physically on your trek, so take it slowly. The path itself is full of interesting sights. Not least of these will be your first view of Everest as you get higher up the trail. From the lodge it is 15 minutes to the Everest National Park boundary and already the scenery is truly inspiring, with deep gorges, bare vertical rock faces, pine forests on some steep slopes and wispy waterfalls. Having completed the paperwork, it then takes 15 minutes following the right bank of the river to where it starts to climb to the Hillary Bridge, named after Sir Edmund of Everest fame. This is a tremendously impressive suspension bridge, spanning a deep chasm. The path then zigzags up through the forest where trees pack themselves in between giant boulders and cliffs. If you are lucky, you may well see small herds of thar, a small deer-like animal. Eventually, you pull into Namche Bazaar. The Sherpa houses are built one above the other on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of cyber cafés, souvenir shops and places where you can rent/buy any piece of equipment under the sun. Namche is a bustling place and the hub of everything that goes on in the Everest region. All expeditions pass through here on their way to the peaks and there is a huge cross section of nationalities staying in lodges, or camping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Tea House- Namche Hotel Or Sherpaland
  6. Day 6 - Trek to Tashinga, 3,360m /11,023ft - 2-3 hours.
    luxury lodges to ama dablam base camp on trek v sydenham.

    It is only a short trek, less than two hours to Tashinga, on the classic route towards Everest. There is a very interesting museum housed in the ground floor rooms of one of the tea houses on the left hand side of the path; it is well worth a visit. First you have the steep pull up the hill out of Namche to the National Park HQ; you should have good views of Everest from here. Then the path is more or less level as it winds its way around the mountainside. Before it drops down the hill to the river before Thyangboche, and after a couple of lodges, the path breaks off to the small hamlet of Tashinga. The afternoon can be spent relaxing in the lovely lodge gardens.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Thyangboche, 3,863m/12,671ft - 2-3 hours and on to Pangboche, 3,860m/12,664ft - 2-3 hours.

    This morning, looking across the valley, you will be able to see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Thyangboche, but first you have to descend to the river. This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zigzags to the Dudh Kosi River. Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff, 3,200m/10,498ft. A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga, where you could stop for a cup of tea. It is 2-3 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace. At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery.

    Emerging at the top, there is a mandala gateway and a huge chorten which you pass before your first sight of the gompa. The setting is nothing short of magic and it is incredible to think that the temple was burnt down only a few years ago and was re-built largely through the efforts of the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. There is a very good Visitors’ Centre and in the afternoon it is possible to sit down inside the temple for afternoon prayers. Conch shells are blown, the monks arrive and visitors are expected to sit quietly on the right hand side of the temple. A small donation is appreciated.

    Then, leaving Thyangboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and ‘mani’ walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees. After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls to pass as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very photogenic village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibility dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. There used to be a ‘yeti’ scalp and claw kept here, but they were stolen some years ago.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  8. Day 8 - Day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp, 4,576m/15,013ft - 6-7 hours.
    luxury lodges to ama dablam base camp view of ama dablam a raynsford.

    Ama Dablam, 6,812m/22,349ft, is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka River, via a steep descent, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma, you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its foothill and absorb the enormity of the mountain.

    Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m/15,013ft on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m/7,500ft almost straight up above. The climbing route follows the southwest ridge the right hand skyline as you look at it moving onto the face above the hanging glacier three-quarters of the way up. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kan Tega, 6,783m/22,254ft, Thamserku, 6,618m/21,712ft, and Tawoche, 6,542m/21,463ft. Well worth taking your picnic lunch here.

    Your trek coincides with the main climbing season and it is more than likely that you will find climbing groups at Base Camp either acclimatising, or fixing the route. With a pair of binoculars it may well be possible to see climbers descending the 50/60 degree ice-slopes from the summit. In 1998 an Austrian paraponted off the summit reaching base camp in less than 10 minutes substantially quicker than the normal 2-day descent.

    Ama Dablam, 6,812m/22,349ft
    This beautiful mountain was initially deemed by early Everest explorers to be 'impossible', and was finally first climbed in 1961 by an Anglo-American-New Zealand expedition, eight years after Everest. After a failed 1958 summit attempt, British team leader Alfred Gregory wrote "a journey was made around the mountain and all ridges and possible routes were examined. We found no feasible way of climbing the mountain". Despite this slow start Ama Dablam is now one of the most popular Himalayan peaks in Nepal for mountaineers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Tashinga, 3,360m/11,023ft, via the Mong La, 3,980m/13,058ft - 6-7 hours.

    From Pangboche you take a wonderful high trail above the Imja Drengkha River. This trail undulates along the valley side and you have fabulous views across to the mountains and Thyangboche perched on its ridge. Also, as you walk, look out for Himalayan thar grazing among the boulders and lammergeyer vultures, Himalayan griffon vultures and golden eagles flying overhead. Finally, after about 2-3 hours, you round a corner and the isolated village of Phortse lies below you, situated in a spectacular spot on a promontory overlooking the Dudh Kosi in one direction and the Imja Drengka in the other. You continue your trek from Phortse, 3,810m/12,500ft, towards Tashinga. Walk down to the valley and climb up towards Mong La. This part of the trek is quite heavily forested. From Mong La the commanding views of the mountains are breathtaking. You then descend to Tashinga.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  10. Day 10 - Trek via Khumjung and Khunde to Mende, 3,738m/12,264ft - 5 hours.

    Today, you will trek by the villages of Khumjung and Khunde, across the top of Namche Bazaar and then up the Nangpo Dzangpo valley to the new lodge at Mende. Leaving Tashinga Lodge you contour on a small path to reach the main trail leading to Khumjung, approximately one hour. The path leads gently up the shallow valley and Khumjung itself is another village built into a mountain bowl. The villages of Khumjung and Khunde are surrounded by mountains and regular patterned terraced fields. Khumjung has the best bakery in the Everest region and a stop for coffee and cakes is a must! The village of Khunde is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical centre instigated by the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Take time also to visit the Edmund Hillary School.

    Leaving Khumjung behind there is a short climb out of the valley and the path then descends towards Namche. You in fact take the high level path across the top of the township, turning the corner to head north again. The valley ahead is extremely beautiful and you wander along a dappled forest track or in the open with wonderful views. Again, you may see monal pheasant or small herds of thar. Having turned the corner above Namche, after an hour you come to the small village of Phurte where there is a Sir Edmund Hillary forestry project, a large chorten and some very attractive mani walls (prayer walls).

    The path continues quite easily and, rounding a corner, you look down at the small hamlet of Tshro. You now turn off the main trail and make your way slowly up a closed valley. This valley is closed off by the holy peak of Khumbui Yul Lha, 5,761m/18,900ft; massively impressive and awe inspiring. As you move up to the head of the valley you come to one or two lone houses and small fields and then you will cross the river and climb steeply up the hillside to the hamlet at Mende. This is the sting in the tail at the end of the day! The lodge has a commanding position and very fine views and once reached you will feel the effort has been worth it.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Thame, 3,801m/12,470ft. Return to Mende - 5 hours.

    A small path contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Dramo and Thomde. After approximately an hour, you connect with the Tibetan trade route and may well in fact meet Tibetan people who come over the Nangpa La, 5,716m/18,753ft, to trade in Namche Bazaar, or to seek escape from the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The path then becomes an airy traverse with big dark cliffs above and large drops to the river below. The path, however, is well formed and wide but do stand on the uphill side if there are trains of yaks passing through. The path then descends to a bridge over a narrow fissure with water roaring below. Here, there are large wall paintings of Guru Padmasambhava. The path up to Thame requires a very determined final push, (time to Thame is about 2 hours).

    Zig-zagging across ancient moraine you come to a lovely stream with inviting pools on the left. Suddenly you breast a slope and there is the village of Thame, one of the prettiest villages you will visit. It has scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. Rest and have a cup of tea in one of the lodges and if you have the energy the walk up to the monastery is well worthwhile. Incidentally, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house is situated near the top of the village where he lived with his first wife.

    The walk up to the monastery, 3,940m/12,926ft, which being over 600 years old is one of the four oldest in Sherpa country, takes about one hour. The main temple has a fantastic atmosphere, and not surprisingly, the monks that live here smile permanently. The walk back to Mende in fact now only takes about an hour as it is mostly downhill, but you could opt to take the higher level traverse to visit another interesting monastery where Guru Rinpoche meditated. It is not occupied but well worth a visit if you can find the energy. Today you may well see Griffon Vultures.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Monjo Lodge, 2,835m /9,301ft - 4 hours.
    luxury lodges to ama dablam base camp monjo lodge.

    We would highly recommend the ½ hour steep walk up to the monastery above Mende. The main temple is only 40 years old and was used until recently as a school for Western Buddhists. It has a remarkable meditation room built underneath a huge rock. The main temple is also beautiful, the main figure being Chenrizig, the Buddha of Compassion, and there is a full set of Buddha's works. A handful of people still live here and an old stout nun may well serve you tea in her house.

    From Mende you will return to the lovely lodge at Monjo. You will take the lower path to trek back to Namche. There will be time for a short stop in Namche to do some last minute shopping before making the descent to Monjo. You will cross the Edmund Hillary Bridge and will soon be in the familiar surroundings of the Monjo Lodge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  13. Day 13 - Trek via Gumila Monastery to Lukla, 2,743m/9,000ft - 5 hours.

    Today you will trek back to Lukla. You will pass through the village of Phakding where you’ll have a chance to view the monastery at Gumila above Phakding. Within the monastery reside 12-15 monks from the Gelukpa Sect; it is also a Buddhist teaching monastery. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route. There is also a local school which is worth a visit. From here you will retrace your steps back to Lukla.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Luxury Lodge
  14. Day 14 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    This morning you will take the small fixed wing flight back to Kathmandu, to be met on arrival and transferred to the Dwarika's Hotel, for some well-earned relaxation. Enjoy the swimming pool and the superb restaurant, where you will be able to eat in traditional Nepalese style.

    Please note that flights into and out of Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu, or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable 'cushion' against missing your flight home to the UK should the Lukla flight be delayed.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  15. Day 15 - Morning walking tour and afternoon at leisure.
    luxury lodges to ama dablam base camp swayambhunath temple kathmandu a harrison.

    In the morning you will be taken on a walking tour of Kathmandu, visiting the Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple) and the Durbar Square in the heart of the city. Many of Kathmandu’s most historic and important temples are located here. The afternoon is free to do some more sightseeing and shopping, or just to relax.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.

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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • All internal flights and domestic airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (5 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast, twin share basis
  • Luxury lodge accommodation on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket on trek plus a sleeping bag for nights in tea houses
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Tips


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 7 reviews)

Luxury Lodges to Ama Dablam base camp          

Amazing holiday, it was everything I had hoped for. For starters the trip was well organised, it is important to have that level of trust in the company you are travelling with. In terms of the destination, amazing! The scenery was mind blowing, it was fantastic to be so close to the great mountains of the Khumbu region. Most people were heading to Everest Base camp but Ama Dablam is a beautiful mountain too! I felt this holiday was perfect for me as I suffer a lot form the cold. As the trail does not go as high as Everest base camp the temperatures are lower but lodges do offer a level of comfort that aids relaxation and aids recovery from the days exertion. I loved the small quiet side trails, off the main busy EBC trail. They were beautiful and quiet with less tourists.

Wonderful accommodation          

Everest Summit Lodges were great in beautiful settings. The staff were super. The hot water bottles were invaluable. Our hotel in Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Hotel, was superb, and we were upgraded to a wonderful suite for our return stay. We cannot speak highly enough of our Sherpa ‘Prem’. He tailored the trek to our speed perfectly. He spoke very good English and was friendly, conscientious and hardworking.

Ama Dablam Base Camp          

This was an excellent and well thought out itinerary. We particularly enjoyed the variety of walking and experiences gained. The scenery on the trek was both spectacular and varied. We were introduced into Nepalese culture, met with Nepalese families and shared an understanding of their religious beliefs. The kindness of the people we met will stay with us.

Outstanding trek          

Having just returned from your Luxury Lodges trip to Ama Dablam we feel that we must say what an excellent trip it was. It was our eighth trek in the Himalayas, our second with you, and was in every way outstanding. The lodges and food being a revelation and the guides superb in every way.

Well supported trek          

Good arrangements. Excellent hotel in Kathmandu. Instructions were clear and concise and met expectations. Enjoyed having a small group on trek, well supported by leader and assistant throughout. Summit Lodges were comfortable and gave good recovery from daily trek.


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  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal

Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Relax in luxuriously furnished accommodation with stunning Himalayan views
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Enjoy locally sourced organic food at the resort's restaurant

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension

Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.


Chitwan National Park extension

Chitwan National Park extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Bardia National Park extension

Bardia National Park extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


Bhutan extensions from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu

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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese.
Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour
This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour
This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.


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