‘adventure walks on original trail to Everest from lovely Jiri town’
“Enjoy walk on peaceful old trail to Everest base camp with visit of Solu villages
On the original route following the footsteps of legendry climbers Tenzing and Hillary
Adventure on least and forgotten areas South of Everest often trekked by visitors
Explore amazing cultures of Sherpa around both North and Southern side of Everest
Walk into lovely tree lines and over scenic passes from Jiri to Everest Base Camp”
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu with local nice lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot: At Kalapathar 5,545 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m high.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs treks
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 16 Nights and 17 Days (with drive and flight from Lukla)
Total Trip: 20 Nights and 21 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking
Nearly all months of the year, except wet months of monsoon season from June to mid September when days are cloudy that obstructs views of mountains with rains and dark heavy clouds, but much greener with lush rich vegetations (not recommended during monsoon wet months unless for botanical people and students to study flora and fauna of the region)
Best time from March to May when most days are clear for views and as well for pleasant walks with moderate temperatures and longer sunlight hours, and on this time of season when wild flowers are in full bloom, enjoy bright and beautiful wild flower especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colored flowers (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
March to May in late afternoon can be cloudy with chances of rain and snow around higher altitude, where’s Mid September to December around autumn /fall and pre winter one of the best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high.
Sunlight is short during autumn and winter seasons but most of the morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks can snow sometimes around higher elevation.
People and Culture
High Khumbu and Lower Solu area populated by Highlanders the Sherpa of Everest, interwoven with Buddhism religion and colorful culture and fascinating heritage life style where you can witness from Lukla onwards, villages festooned with religious symbols and monuments of prayer flags, decorated walls with spinning chiming bells.
From Jiri and around Solu area with mix tribes of hill people with Sherpa, Rai, Magar, Tamang, includes some Brahmin and Chettries of various custom with Buddhist and Hindu religions and interesting culture that makes this Classic Everest base camp trek more interesting.
Classic Everest Base Camp trekking quite different from busy route of Khumbu for some days walking within quiet trail, often visited by other trekkers as this classic and original path almost forgotten since Lukla airport was built.
Where most trekkers and adventurer follows high Khumbu trail flying in from Kathmandu to Lukla and onwards, travelers joining on this classic route to Everest will surely enjoy the peaceful walks visiting remote rural villages of Solu areas located south of Everest.
Classic Everest Base Camp trekking begins with exciting overland journey from the capital Kathmandu heading due east past many nice farm villages and towns with high and downhill drive to reach at Jiri, a lovely town often known as Switzerland of Nepal.
As Jiri town located within a beautiful valley surrounded by green hills covered by tall pine trees with views of high snow capped peaks of Gaurishankar and range of mountains that resembles like Switzerland.
Walk leads after a short drive from Jiri heading further north east with grand views of Melung-Tse, Gaurishankar with Number Himal where walk lead to climb to reach Sete and over Lamjura-La pass to reach at Junbesi a large Sherpa village.
After a lovely overnight stops at Junbesi observing nice impressive culture of Sherpa people and then on the road to reach at high Khumbu area as walk leads past Ringmo, Nunthala and Khari-Khola to reach at high Khumbu where route coming from Lukla and Jiri joins.
From here on main scenic trail to reach high Namche Bazaar as walk leads through several interesting villages adorned with Buddhist cultural heritage and monuments and then reaching Monju village where Sagarmatha National Park starts and ends.
Sagarmatha a word for Everest in Nepali while Sherpa call Chomolungma, as walk continues entering within nice alpine forest and crossing bridge over Dudh Kosi River with steep climb to Namche Bazaar.
At Namche rest days for acclimatization before heading towards Everest base camp and above with time to enjoy short hike and to witness immense cultures and custom of Khumbu Sherpa, as our walk continues on scenic path with ever present views of Everest and chain of peaks.
Adventure climbs to a beautiful area at Tengboche with its famous monastery surrounded by high snow-capped peaks with Everest in the north, with time here to visit the monastery of great interest located within green woodland surroundings.
From Tengboche where walk heads to higher country on leaving green vegetation and tree lines behind for sheer wilderness of arid and dry terrain heading closer to high mountainous area to reach our major and final destination at Everest base camp.
Enjoy great views of close giant peaks with Khumbu Icefalls and glaciers where Everest stays hidden between Lhotse, Nuptse and Lola peaks being much closer and beneath world highest peaks.
For excellent close views of Mt. Everest our adventure takes you high at Kalapathar located above 5,545 m the highest point of the adventure with Mt. Everest at nearest distance includes array of mountains that surrounds you on this high hill top.
Slowly our adventure comes to an end as walk leads back to Namche Bazaar losing altitude that makes you feel much better to enjoy scenery with pleasant walks to Lukla, where short and scenic flight brings you to Kathmandu, after a wonderful remarkable experience on Classic Everest base camp trekking.
Short guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive to Jiri 1,900 m - 06 hrs journey.
Day 04: Drive to Bhandar 2,195m and start walk to Sete 2,575 m- 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m - 0 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Bupsa Danda approx. 2,250 m 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 16: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pangboche 3,900 m via - 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 20: Spare extra day as contingency and for individual.
Day 21: International Departure to respective country.
As per Nepal Civil Aviation rules and norms where flight from Lukla to Kathmandu does not takes place, since last few months from March 2019 where flight operates from a town of Ramechap which is due east from Kathmandu.
To reach Kathmandu from Ramechap takes 4-5 hrs drive on private vehicles and vice versa on the way back from Lukla also.