Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
There is plenty of choice for those looking for accommodation in the Everest Region. With prices starting as low as USD 3 to as much as USD 200, the choice is yours! Naturally in the high altitude places such as Gorakshep, Dzongla, Thagnak and Mislung accommodation is limited. At the other end of the scale is the 5 star Everest View Hotel located between Namche and Tengboche. This is the world’s highest 5 star hotel! Its rival is Kwangde View Resort where, if you don’t fancy the six days walk to get there, you can always hop on a helicopter and go for the world’s highest breakfast tour. Seriously!
Lukla is the starting point for Everest Base Camp Trek. Despite the fact there are plenty of hotels, including the expensive chain resort of Yeti Mountain Home, Lukla can get very crowded if the weather turns bad and people cannot board flights. In some cases people can be stuck in Lukla for up to 10 days!
This small town is located 3 to 4 hours from Lukla, and 5 to 6 hours from Namche Bazaar. Since most flights into Lukla arrive in the morning, many trekkers (about 90% in fact) like to get walking straight way and overnight in Phakding before heading to Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. With hotels on both sides of the river, Phakding has enough hotels to accommodate everyone, including a Yeti Mountain Home for those with a bit more budget and who like a bit more comfort.
The village of Monjo is not a regular stopping place for most trekkers, although some of its many hotels are famous among Everest Summiteers. Located at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park this would be the ideal place for a bit of rest and relaxation, perhaps after a long strenuous trek. Again, Yeti Mountain Home has a resort here.
Jhorsalle is situated about 750 vertical metres from Namche Bazaar and is the last settlement between Lukla and Namche. On the whole, people stop here for lunch rather than overnight. As a result Jhorsalle’s accommodation is very basic.
Namche Bazaar is the biggest commercial town in the Everest Region and famous the world over thanks to Everest summiteers. With more than 90% of the trekkers passing through spending three nights in Namche (two on the way up to acclimatize and one on the way back), it’s no surprise that there are an abundance of hotels, around 50 in fact, and a wide range of prices, from basic to deluxe.
While Namche is the largest commercial town in the region, Khumjung is the biggest residential settlement. In fact there are actually two villages, Khumjung and Khunde, but with the increasing number of houses, they are merging into one. As trekkers are required to acclimatize at Namche before going higher, many come to Khumjung on a short trek during the acclimatization day. Some may chose to stay a night here instead of returning to Namche for the second night. Between Khumjung and Khunde is found the Everest View Hotel, which is a five star hotel. Other hotels in the town are less expensive.
Tengboche is famous for its monastery, situated at 3,867m, which is the largest monastery in the Khumbu Region. The panoramic views from the monastery are spectacular. With only 5 hotels in Tengboche and many people wanting to stay overnight to attend morning prayers at the monastery, it can be crowded in the peak season. An alternative is to hike 15 minutes downhill to Deboche.
Deboche does not get a lot of overnight visitors, unless accommodation at Tengboche is full, so even in peak season the hotels in Deboche can be quite quiet. Located below the jungle of Tengboche, this village has an unmatched view of Ama Dablam.
At an altitude of over 4,400m Dingboche is the highest residential settlement in the Khumbu Region. With plenty of hotels to welcome 90% of the region’s trekkers, most trekkers spend two nights at Dingboche for acclimatization reasons. Hotels here are open all year round.
Located north of Dingboche, Pheriche has only one hotel and not much in the way of residential homes. It does, however, have a small health post. During the afternoon this area is quite windy, another reason why it is perhaps not so popular.
Situated between Pheriche and Lobuche, not many people chose to stay the night in either of its two hotels. Instead trekkers often lunch here and move on.
Lobuche is basically a village of hotels. However, apart from the high end hotels, accommodation here is quite basic and can be hard to find in the peak season. For those aiming to climb the Lobuche Peak, or for those who have their own tents, to the south west of Lobuche, there is a camping area.
Gorakshep has the final four hotels before heading to Everest Base Camp. Always crowded, accommodation is very basic and do not be surprised if you have to share a room with other trekkers or have to sleep in the dining room. In fact, sleeping in the dining room is preferable as it is warmer than the sleeping rooms!
Dzongla is the settlement before crossing the Cho La Pass from the Everest Valley to the Gokyo Lakes. There are three seasonal hotels which are closed during the monsoon and winter. The hotels are very basic, however, not very busy. If you are particularly fit and have great stamina you can avoid staying overnight at Dzongla and head directly across the Cho La Pass. Be aware of your own ability before considering this option.
Situated just before the Cho La Pass when coming from Gokyo Lake towards Everest, this settlement is larger than its sister, Dzongla, on the other side of the pass. Hotels are, on the whole, nicer here and have capacity for more trekkers. However, most of the hotels are closed during the winter and monsoon, so any rooms are at a premium at that time. It is suggested trekkers who are thinking to stay in Dzongla check from Gokyo that the hotels are open.
The Gokyo Lakes area has been called ‘heaven on earth’, with impressive mountain views and the dazzling turquoise waters of the lakes. This area attracts a range of trekkers, some who trek in and out through Namche to avoid the high passes of Cho La or Renjo La. Therefore, the number of hotels reflects the popularity of the area and they are open all year round. Most of the hotels are relatively basic, but some have rooms with hot showers and attached bathrooms.
On the western side of the Renjo La Pass, and part of the Everest Three Passes trail, lies the small settlement of Mislung. North of Mislung lies the Nag Pa La border with Tibet. Mislung has a limited number of seasonal hotels, which are of a similar standard to Thagnak and Dzongla – quite basic.
Thame is a large village on the western end of the Everest Region and home to some of the world’s renowned climbers, including Kami Rita Sherpa, who reached the summit of Everest for the 21st time in May 2017! Size wise, the village can be compared to Khumjung and Khunde. From the trekkers’ point of view, most people stay here if they are doing the Everest Three Pass trail or traversing to Tsho Rolpa Lake via the Tashi Lapcha Pass, which lie in the Rolwaling Region. Accommodation ranges from the deluxe rooms of the Yeti Mountain Home to more simple hotels.
At the eastern end of the Everest Region lies the small settlement of Chukung with a handful of small local teahouses and teashops. These are used mainly for lunch by trekkers making a day trip from Dingboche and overnight by those crossing the Khong Ma La Pass towards Lobuche or by those trekking towards the Sherpani Col.
Rest are a small local teahouse and shop mostly used be climbing guide before and after they climb Island Peak.
Situated between the villages of Deboche and Somare, this interesting residential village of Pangboche has plenty of teahouses run by local villagers. With its monastery, which houses a supposed Yeti skull, hermits cave, and school built by the Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust in 1963, this is a quiet and lovely place to stay, with particularly good views of Ama Dablam. As a point of interest, also housed in the monastery was the supposed hand of the same long dead Yeti. There is a long history of theft, testing and further theft, but to sum up, it appears the hand was closer to that of a Neanderthal than that of a human. Intriguing!
Situated between Dole village and Namche Bazaar, the village of Mong La sits on a small ridge. With its stunning view, it is the perfect lunch stop for trekkers going to Namche from Dole or vice versa. With its limited and very basic accommodation, most trekkers do not stay overnight here.
Situated within the Dudh Koshi River Valley, once a yak pasture, Dole is now very much part of the tourism sector. On the route that forms the Gokyo Lake Trek and Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trek, Dole has plenty of teahouse accommodation, open throughout the year. Accommodation is basic but the beauty of the area makes up for this!
Just north of Dole on the way to Gokyo is the small settlement of Machhermo, which has four or five teahouses which are open throughout the year. Like Dole, Machhermo is on the Gokyo Lake Trek and Gokyo Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trek. Machhermo (4,410m) is home to a rescue post for trekkers, and a rescue service, dormitory and kitchen for porters plying the upper Gokyo Valley and the high passes of Renzo La (5,600m) and Cho La (5,420m) leading to it. A portable altitude chamber is available at this rescue post.