In Spring 2010, fashion designer Prabal Gurung took a quick trip to the Himlayas before heading back to New York. “As I sipped tea, I looked out the sunroom’s wall-size window in awe: In the distance, high above the deep Kumbu valley and piercing through a layer of misty haze, the unmistakable dark pyramid tip of Mt. Everest,” he wrote of his experience in a travelogue for Vogue. “It was surreal and quite fabulous. And it was overwhelming. Twenty-four hours ago I was in Kathmandu. Forty-eight hours later I was going to be half-way to New York. But at that moment, in one of the most remote parts of the world, I was having breakfast with Mt. Everest and some of nature’s most stunning works around me. I was humbled, and I had fallen in love with Nepal all over again.”
‘Everest for Breakfast,’ as the package is called by its designers and operators Thamserku Adventure Group and Yeti Mountain Homes, is perhaps one of the most unique and exclusive Everest experiences offered in Nepal. The exceptional breakfast trip is often customized for clients, but most popularly guests fly to Lukla from Kathmandu, then take a helicopter ride amongst the Himalayas, going up as high as 6,700 meters, and finally land at Yeti Mountain Homes – Kongde (4250 meters) for breakfast. Alternatively, guests can also take a helicopter flight directly from Kathmandu to Kongde, and take an airplane flight back from Lukla.
Either way, it is absolutely worth spending a night at the Yeti Mountain Home-Lukla(2840 meters) on the way in or out, and watch the colors of the sky and Lukla-Ri peaks change as the sun rises and sets. The town has several great cafes to lounge in. And at night, take advantage of the hotel’s massive garden for stunning star gazing experience.
This March, Thamserku Group and Yeti Mountain Homes outdid themselves by organizing a flawless two-day Everest for Breakfast event for around 150 guests who were flown in and out from Kathmandu in a mix of seven helicopters and two reserved airplanes. Following are scenes from that event.