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.
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.
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.
In the middle of Lukla village, adjacent to a thanka painting school, stands the richly decorated monastery of Lukla Kemgun.Experience Details
As the Gateway to Everest, most trekkers pass through Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport—and many pause to admire its audacity.Experience Details
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.Experience Details
It’s feels like a setting from a movie: an eccentric, cliff’s-edge monastery sheltering dramatically under a massive rock.Experience Details
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.Experience Details
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.
Attentive service, decent size rooms with private bath, hot water for shower, electric blanket for bed
Guest of Lukla Lodge, April 2019
First off, it is located off the beaten path behind a gate. It is clean and in a nice location. You must take off your shoes before entering (this was a good sign to us)! The rooms are very clean and the bathrooms are modern. The beds have incredible heated blankets as well. The food is great and they even provide you with fresh lettuce salads from their garden (a much appreciated touch after being on the mountain for a month!).
Guest of Lukla Lodge, May 2019