The idea of holidaying in the Everest region in luxury seems paradoxical, to say the least. After all, this remote corner of the world has always evoked memories of a strenuous trek and luxury hardly pops into your mind when thinking about a journey into the heart of the Everest region. The usual mode of travel has been staying at regular teahouses or even camping, living mostly on local food menu and utilizing the most basic of facilities to get you going through your journey. In other words, the antithesis of a modern comfort that you are used to by global standards. That is up until now!
Contrary to what you may have been thinking, it is now entirely possible to trek through the Everest region staying in luxury lodges with accommodation standards and comfort rivaling that of a modern hotel in a city. The idea behind the luxury lodges on the Everest trail is simple: to transform your arduous trek into a pleasant and enjoyable one by providing the best possible services throughout.
The luxury lodges are at a standard way above anything else you could get in the area. You can expect to find landscaped gardens, comfortable lounges, and well-decorated spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms with running hot and cold water. To cap it all, a hot-water bottle in the bed, and on request you will also have the option of ordering a hot-water bag to ease your sore muscles after a long day outside. And of course, these lodges are purposefully located to give you the best views of the surrounding Himalayas, sometimes right outside from your room windows.
Likewise, you can count on well-prepared hygienic meals during your stay, and you will also have a wider selection of food items to choose from. Your choices can range from authentic Nepali food and other local delicacies to international cuisines like Indian, Tibetan, Italian, and Continental. Additionally, you will also be served with a dessert after meal.
One of the premier hotel chains in this trek is the Hotel Everest View, which has been listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world at 13,000ft. From every room in the hotel, you have an unparalleled view of Mt. Everest itself and a great opportunity to enjoy the surrounding mountainous landscape in style and luxury. It also offers an ideal opportunity to pay a visit to the nearby villages and monasteries so that you get a taste of the rich local culture.
Rest assured, this will be a different experience altogether if you are looking for the ultimate comfort in a rugged terrain that is Sherpa country where luxury as such is hard to come by. It is surely a rare treat in a place where the old ways and traditions are still the norm. You will get to taste firsthand all the warmth and hospitality of ethnic Sherpa culture while you get the feel of being home away from home.
If you want to be pampered further, instead of the regular Everest Base Camp Trek, you also have the option of a helicopter ride from Namche to the base camp and nearby Kala Patthar and Gokyo Lakes. The view of Everest from Kala Patthar and Gokyo Lakes is exquisite, even topping the view from the base camp itself. Plus, you will be duly awarded with an unmatchable bird’s eye view of the whole region that only few travelers get to witness. And it would add a bit of a variety to your already luxurious and exciting rendezvous with the highest mountain on earth.
As you will discover, the Everest luxury lodge trek will be a whole new way to experience the region, a rare treat for locals and tourists alike. By the time you complete your journey back home, you will be more than thankful to have chosen this option to experience Everest.