Sat on the chilly lap of Kongde Ri, surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides, Kongde Lodge is hours away from, and several thousand feet above, the closest bazaar. While the trail from Lukla all the way to Everest Base camp is dotted with hamlets, and busy with tourists and locals alike, the Kongde path—taken by Khumbu Sherpas in centuries past—offers a purer interaction: just you and the landscape.
The ten cozy rooms don’t cut back on any of the standard amenities, and all come with not only panoramic views of five of the world’s highest mountains, but also extra blankets, an electrically heated mattress and an attached bathroom with hot shower, all to keep you toasty—something you’ll appreciate up here!
To say the Kongde lodge is an exceptionally rare Himalayan experience would be an understatement. Its deeply layered north view of the Khumbu valley, capped by Mount Everest in the horizon, is stunning and unmatched. Stars are so numerous and bright, you’ll feel like one of them. And all of it can be soaked in from a warm, comfortable indoor setting, or the lodge’s wide-open grounds.
Kongde Lodge is the last lodge on the Yeti Trail, and but it is not the apex of your trek.Experience Details
There’s nothing like taking in five of the world’s highest mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyo, Gyajung Khang, and Ama Dablam. Early mornings are often when the weather is clearest, so set an alarm and check the view from your windows between 5.30am and 6am. Sunrise over Thamserku peak right in front of the lodge is itself a sight to behold. Kongde Lodge can also be ideal for night photography of the Himalayas against the stars, which the weather often favors.
We went here as part of the Everest Helicopter tour. The views were spectacular. We had a light breakfast in this lodge as part of the stopover.
Guest of Kongde, Feb 2018
This hotel was the highlight of a longer trip through Asia. Staying here will give you some of the best views in the Himalayas, views of not just Everest but the greater Himalaya range. Staying here will also give you the time to see a sunrise and sunset falling on Everest.
Guest of Kongde, Nov 2017