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Kongde Trek

Kongde Trek - 10 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec/March-Apr-May

Group Size

+2

Duration

10 DAYS

Trek Difficulty

Easy

Maximum Altitude

4,250m-13,943ft

Accommodation

Lodge/Teahouse

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Region

Everest

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Destination

Kongde Base Camp

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Highlights Of Kongde Trek

  • Landing at Lukla Airport- listed as the world's most dangerous airport.
  • Green vegetation and landscapes.
  • The glorious view of Mt. Everest (8,849m-29032ft), Cho Oyu (8,188m-26863ft), and Ama Dablam (6,856m-22493ft) along with Rolwaling peaks.
  • Original Sherpa culture and traditions.
  • Visit Sagarmatha National Park ( UNESCO World Heritage Site).
  • Get up close and personal with legendary landmarks! Explore iconic sites like the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, Kongde Base Camp, and the Thame village.

 

Located in the Khumbu region, Kongde Trek is gradually gaining popularity among trekkers who prefer crowd-less trails in the Khumbu region. This Kongde Ri Trek takes you to a unique and unbelievable vantage point following ancient trading routes and High Mountain trails. This is the easiest way to have a glimpse view of the Everest region within a few days of trekking. 

Besides lush green vegetation and landscapes, the glorious view of Mt. Everest 8,849m-29032ft, Lhotse 8,516m-27939ft, Nuptse 7,861m-25790ft, Tabuchi 6,495m-21309ft, Thamserku 6,608m-21679ft, and Ama Dablam 6,812m-22349ft along with Rolwaling peaks are the major attraction of this trip. 

Like EBC Trek, this trip also beings from Lukla (2,860m-9383ft) where we reach by air from Kathmandu. The course to Everest Base Camp Trek and Kongde Trek separates from Namche Bazar 3,440m-11286ft. It means the trail will lead you to Thame 3,750m-12303ft instead of Tengboche 2,835m-9301ft. We pass through Samde and Thamu villages to reach Lumding Thame. 

Everest Kongde Trek is started with an exciting mountain flight from Kathmandu (1,400m-4593ft) to Lukla airport. Lukla is the main gateway to the Khumbu region/Everest region. Our trek started from here with 4 hours of easy walking and then we reach Phakding. From here you can have a great view of  Kongde, Thamserku, Kusum Kangkaru, and a scenic view of Sherpa village around Phakding. Trekking moves forward through the rhododendron forest and magnolia flower plant and arrives in Namche bazaar which is at an altitude of 3440m-11286ft height. The next day you will have rest for acclimatization to the new climate and of course, you have a great trip to Hotel Everest view. Normally, this trail is busy once a year when a couple of groups get here to scale Kwangde Peak 6,187m-20298ft. It is one of the best climbing options in the Khumbu region. 

From a cultural perspective, the trail will expose original Sherpa culture and traditions as the site is still undisturbed by modern developments.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
1400

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, one of our team members will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). He will escort you to the hotel.

We will discuss your upcoming event—Kongde Trek—and introduce you with the guide who will be with you throughout the trekking period. He will also ensure the things to bring for the trek. 

If time permits, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy the nightlife.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
2860

We will drop you at TIA, the domestic terminal, early in the morning. The flight will bring us to Lukla. It is a scenic flight of roughly 35 minutes. 

By the time we prepare for the trek and arrange porters, you can take a sip of coffee enjoying the beauty of Lukla Airport. The airport—Tenzing-Hillary Airport—was built by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1964. It is one of the beautiful airstrips of the world.

Ready? Okay, let’s start the hike—Kongde Trek. 

Phakding is our overnight stay destination. It will take us nearly three hours to get here. It is the flat but uneven trail. The lush green vegetation and countryside lifestyle are major attractions of the day. 

Elevation
3440

We head toward Namche Bazaar—the biggest commercial hub of the entire Khumbu region, after breakfast. Walk today is not as easy as it was yesterday but the uphill climb will reward you with scenic beauty. As we proceed, we will be walking along the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. The two suspension bridges that you witness from a distance will make your mood. I bet you will not miss this moment to capture forever! 

If weather permits, you will also get a distant view of a couple of peaks—Khumbila, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, and Mt Everest—while on the way to Namche. 

Normally, it takes seven hours to get in Namche Bazaar from Phakding.

Elevation
3440

The beauty of this hike—Everest View—begins from today. Yes, we will take you to Everest View Hotel on this rest day. It takes nearly two hours to get there, the first half is a steep climb and the second is flat. 

We will sit in the hotel and enjoy coffee with the heart capturing a view of Mt. Everest ahead. This is the essence of this trip.

We now proceed toward Khumjung. It is a small settlement and Sherpa are the natives of this village. The monastery called Khumjung is the major attraction of this place. You can observe the Yeti scalp here. After spending nearly an hour here, we will get back to Namche Bazaar where we will be visiting a couple of monasteries and the Sherpa museum. 

Elevation
3750

Well, time to move on. We will head toward Thame. Nearly a walk of five hours will bring us to Thame. 

Do you know Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa were born in Thame? Norgay along with Hillary was the to climb Mt. Everest whereas Apa scaled the tallest tower of the world for record times, 21. 

Elevation
4250

Early in the morning after breakfast, We process toward Kongde. It is going to be one of the longest and toughest parts of the entire trek campaign. It will take us roughly 5/6 hours to get to Kongde. You will be surrounded by mountains in 360 degrees with a great view of the Himalayan ranges and you will get heart capturing a view of Mt. Everest along with other peaks.

How exciting it is to imagine a day that makes your dream tangible. You will explore Kongde, after breakfast. The excitement of the trek will not come to the end. On this day you will start hiking to a small peak. you will get an awesome view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tabuche, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. Furthermore, you can enjoy the great view of Everest Base Camp trail.

Elevation
2643

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will descend through the brown hill and green forest. You can see some Himalayan Thar, birds, and the great view of Phakding.

The view of  Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,745m), Amadablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), and Mt. Everest are the major attractions of this day.  

We cross settlements like Ghat and Cheplung to get in Lukla. The trail today is relatively easy and gradual walk will bring us in Lukla where you can spend a wonderful night. Cheers!

Elevation
1400

Here ends our Kongde Trek. We will catch a flight to Katmandu early in the morning. It is a scenic flight of nearly 35 minutes. Upon your arrival in the capital, we will transfer you to the hotel. 

You will have ample time to roam around Thamel. We will offer you a farewell dinner this evening and share your Kongde Trek experience.

*Note—we request you have a spare day for this trek as a flight from Lukla is unpredictable due to unavoidable circumstances, weather.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up and Drop by car/van.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • 2 Nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing basis with breakfast(on the arrival day and after the Trekking).
  • 2 nights luxury hotel in Kongde YMH (https://yetimountainhome.com/ymh-lodges/ymh-kongde) with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits & Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket (Ktm-Lukla, Luk-Ktm) / domestic airport Tax.
  • All accommodations in lodges/Tea Houses During the Treks.
  • Daily Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and tea/coffee during the Trekking.
  • Local fresh fruits like oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes.
  • A first aid kit will be Available.
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket and Duffie bag. ( Refundable)
  • Trekking T-shirt, Trekking map and Waterdrop.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide/Porter with their Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Personal expenses laundry, telephone calls, snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging.
  • Health and travel Insurance.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information

Everest Base Camp Trek

UPPER BODY

►Windproof/waterproof jacket. (1)

►Fleece jacket. (1)

 ►Shirts and t-shirts. ( 3/4 pairs)

►Down jacket. (1) (provided by Company)

►Raincoat. (1)

LOWER BODY

►Warm cotton long pants. (1/2 pairs)

►Waterproof pants. (1)

►Long thermal underwear. (2)

►Short underwear. (3/4 pec)

HEAD

►Sun hat or scarf. (1)

►Warm fleece hat. (1)

►Sunscreen sunblocks, and Lipbalms with UV protection.

►Sunglasses. (1/2 pairs)

FOOTWEAR

►Comfortable trekking boot.

►Thick shocks. (3/4 pairs)

►Light shocks. (3/4 Pairs)

►Camp shoes and sandals.

HAND

►Warm waterproof (gore-tex) gloves.

OTHER EQUIPMENT

►Basic First Aid Kit.

►Sleeping bag ( Provide by the company)

►Water Bottle

►Towel

►Day-pack or Backpack

►Swiss Knife

►Torchlight or Flashlight

►Hand Sanitizer

►Hiking Pole

►Smartphone or Compact Camera

►Power-bank

Travel Insurance

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries, or accidents (together with the ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). Your insurance policy should cover the entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, and doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation costs. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal takes you 5,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,000 m. 

We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining us, as it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.

Meals And Accommodation

While you’re in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a standard hotel (Arrival time and departure time). Your accommodation is at the best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. The Lodges are fairly basic and the room is spare with twin beds. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall and warm fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lit.

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Travelling with Northern Trekking Team, you experience a vast array of wonderful Nepalese food, Italian, Thai, Chinese, and several local foods. While on the trek you will be on full board all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea/Coffee) included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic special food during your trips. Generally, chosen menu items are Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), boiled and fried potatoes, kinds of pasta, and even pizza. So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek. During this trek, you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same guest house.

Booking Payment

You should book the service at least 15 days before the trek departure date. After you confirm your trip with us, you should be transferring us a photocopy of your passport or your personal information. The personal information you have to provide us is your first name, middle name, last name, passport number, date of birth, nationality, and gender. Importantly, you need to pay 20% of the total price in advance for the domestic flight tickets and hotel booking, and permit process. You can pay the remaining balance before you start the trek.

Domestic Flight Information

Generally, the Everest region has to use Twin Otter and Dornier as primary modes of transport to and from the airstrip. Since you are trekking in the geographically as well as climate-wise most difficult part of the world, it is natural that flights get cancelled. Mountain weather conditions or technical issues are something we cannot predict. In case of cancellation of flights, we can hire a helicopter for you to maintain your schedule. A helicopter facility can only be provided if our clients agree to pay the extra charges. Unwanted to say, the helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. We would like to repeat that in case the helicopter service is required, the trekkers must pay the cost. We can help you prepare the documents you need to submit to the travel insurance company for reimbursement. Please be informed that the Twin Otter and Dornier aircraft allow only 15kgs as the weight limit. This weight is equal to 33 Pounds. This weight includes both your duffel bag and daypack. This means you need to pack and prepare your luggage wisely. We suggest you not exceed the limit to avoid an additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 per kg.

Personal Expenses 

How much money or cash you should be bringing with you depends on how you do the trip and the number of days you want to spend here in Nepal. Much also depends on your spending habits. Generally, you must have to take 10 to 15 USD to spend your expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, camera, and mobile battery charging. How much you will be spending during your trekking depends on the standard of the package you have purchased. 

Our Guides And Safety

Our guides are fully trained and licensed by Nepal Government Tourism Department, and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our Trekking Guides are professionals with decades of experience in this field of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater to the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in the safe hands of professional experts.

On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistant leader on each additional 7 people in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan. 

Every 7 trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying their trekking bags.

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully strong, helpful, and friendly. Their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and Insurance on each trip with us. As you know that we are very trustworthy and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit of trekking porters. 

The load carried by our porter minimum of 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.

High Altitude

This is a high-altitude journey and elevation starts from a low of 2,860 m to 5,545 m high, where symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur due to dry air, cold wind, and less oxygen. Generally, for The Everest region trip one needs to be in good physical with sound health to avoid other medical complications on the route of the journey, just follow our guide he will advise and suggestions which keep and make you feel secure to enjoy this fabulous adventure with us.

Best Time To Visit Nepal

Three best seasons for the trek to the Everest region. We suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.

Things To Know Before Trekking

The main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Everest Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.

On booking our preparation of fitness required walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least fifteen days before your departure from the home country.

Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange them well in advance respectively. Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu, Nepal to reach at least two days ahead and earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage sites of Nepal and also in case of a flight delay (Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu) which can happen sometimes due to bad and unfavourable weather.

Passport & Visa Information

What do you need to obtain A Nepal visa?

If you are thinking of taking a visa at the airport or immigration entry point, the following are your requirements:

  1. A valid passport (The passport should have a validity of at least six months)
  2. You should fill out the application form for visas available at the airport or immigration entry points.
  3. Two passport-size photos
  4. Visa fees should be paid in cash.

 

Entry points to Nepal
  1. Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  2. Eastern Nepal – Kakarvitta, Jhapa
  3. Central Nepal – Birjung, Parsa
  4. Northern Border – Kodari, Sindhupalchowk
  5. Western – Rupandehi (Belhiya, Bhairahawa)
  6. Mid-western – Banke (Jamuna, Nepalgunj)
  7. Far western – Kailali (Mohana, Dhangadhi) / Kanchanpur (Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar)

 

Visa Fees
  1. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days.
  2. USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency for 30 days.
  3. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days.
  4. For the tourist of SAARC nationals, free visas for up to 30 days.
  5. Visa is not required for Indian nationals. However, if they enter Nepal via air, they will have to show a valid identification certificate (passport/ citizenship certificate). Children under the age of 10 do not need to show an identification certificate.

 

Visa Extension
  1. If you want to extend the visa for 15 days or less, the visa extension charge is USD 45. In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days, an additional USD 5 per day is a late fine.
  2. If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 3 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended a maximum of up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to the year starting January to December.)

 

Transit Visa

When a foreigner has to get down at a Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any forced landing for whatever reason, the foreigner can obtain a transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

Download Tourist VISA Form (.pdf)

Other General Information
  1. Entering Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
  2. A tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
  3. Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
  4. You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. A credit card or cheque is not acceptable.
  5. Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
  6. If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
  7. Always carry your passport and trekking permit while trekking.
  8. Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do activities that are strictly prohibited.
  9. The culture, tradition, and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
  10. Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.

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