everest region

Lukla Lodge

2860m
9,383 ft
lodge exterior
lodge with mountain view
lodge interior

Chic lodge sets the tone for a new Nepal experience: pampered service, panoramic views, and—at long last—comfort in the Himalayas.

what to expect

Setting

Everest RegionLukla Lodge
Katmandu

Lying at the very end of Lukla bazaar, a ten-minute walk from the airport, past all of the town’s shops, cafes and pubs, this acclaimed lodge often serves as the first stop at the start of a trek, or the one at the end of it. But that’s still enough time to enjoy the local treats, and the sweeping views of Lukla bazaar and surrounding mountains.

lodge exterior
lukla airport
outdoor seating with mountain view

Rooms

bedroom interior
Mountain Comfort

Sizable rooms all have heated beds and private en-suite bathrooms with hot showers—a luxury in these parts. The extravagant windows, both in guest rooms and common areas, boast deep wood frames that double as lounging spaces for admiring the view—for perched slightly higher than rest of the town, guests here get a spectacular sight of the Lukla Ri peaks.

Vibe

A Must Visit

The aesthetic here, as with all the Mountain Lodges of Nepal in the Everest region, is a combination of Sherpa heritage and contemporary Himalayan home, in wood, stone and glass. A grand Buddhist shrine fitted with prayer wheels centers the sprawling lobby, shared by a fully stocked bar and typically some international guests. Upstairs, the dining room is indulgently ornate with traditional Sherpa murals on walls and ceilings.

lukla dining hall
lobby lounge
night bazaar

Experiences Nearby

thangkas experience

In the middle of Lukla village, adjacent to a thanka painting school, stands the richly decorated monastery of Lukla Kemgun.

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lukla tenxing hillary airport

As the Gateway to Everest, most trekkers pass through Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport—and many pause to admire its audacity.

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everest by helicopter

We don’t all have months free to prepare for an ascent of Mount Everest, or even two weeks to spend on the trail to EBC.

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It’s feels like a setting from a movie: an eccentric, cliff’s-edge monastery sheltering dramatically under a massive rock.

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a local man drinks chiya

Sweet milky tea is the language of hospitality in Nepal. Whether in a Sherpa or a Gurung home, along a trekking trail, or on first arrival at your lodge, you will be offered a cup—or more usually a glass—of Nepali chiya.

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Tip

If you’re visiting Kathmandu and you have but a single night free, this is your chance to experience the Himalayas up close. Take a 45-minute morning flight to Lukla, returning the next afternoon. As the sun sets in the Solukhumbu, you’ll outside be in the garden enjoying a rum punch. With clear evening weather, there’s nothing like a ringside view of those extraordinary mountains against the star-studded sky.

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