Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking

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21 Days

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Nepal

Country

Moderate to Adventurous walks

Grade

5,545 M

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Sept-Nov/Mar-May

Best season

Minimum 01 - Maximum 12

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Overview


‘adventure walks on original trail to Everest from lovely Jiri town’ 

 

Main Highlights

“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.

Introduction

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.

Please Note:

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.

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu. On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief providing information on Classic Everest Base Camp trekking. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning scenic and interesting overland journey to Jiri town of more than 5 hours drives to reach Jiri and transfer to nice lodge.
A short hour drive to Bhandar to start walk for near 5-6 hours with down and uphill from Kenja village, on reaching Sete after 2-3 hrs of climb transfer to nice Sherpa Lodge.
Morning walk into nice rhododendron and pines tree forest to reach at Lamjura-la pass, after a morning climb descend to Toc-Toc village for lunch and walk to Junbesi a large Sherpa village in the comfort of nice lodge.
Walk to a bridge with nice gradual trail with view of Everest, fter the bridge climb to Ringmo village for lunch after 3-4 hours good walks. From Ringmo climb for few hours to Takshindo and descend to Nunthala village for overnight stop in a nice lodge, a moderate size village with mix hill tribes.
From Numthala long descend to Dudh-Kosi River and climb up to Khare-Khola a village of Sherpa-Magar and other mix tribes with Rai people. After a short break climb up for few hours to Bupsa Danda a hill within Sherpa territory for overnight in a nice lodge.
Morning from Bupsa into green forest with climb to Pyuin (Paya) village and then on good winding trail to reach above Surkhe village with views of Lukla airstrip, and then downhill for an hour to Surkhe villag located below Lukla town and airstrip for overnight stop.
From Surkhe entering into high Khumbu region and walk to Phakding with few ups and winding on gradual trail, after 4-5 hrs of good scenic walks overnight at Phakding village near Dudh Kosi River.
Today’s walk starts on pleasant trail within small forest of pines and rhododendron trees facing views of peaks, as walk follows river upstream to cross a long bridge to enter Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village. Sagarmatha National Park also a world heritage sites from here walk follows on river gorge and to cross a high bridge where long uphill climb leads to Namche Bazaar, a large village almost the size of a town and the hub of Sherpa as well for visitors. At Namche Bazaar the only place on route base camp with facilities of ATM, Banks, post office, Cyber Café, Trekking / Climbing stores and shops with café, bakeries and restaurants include views of Kwangde peaks.
Namche Bazaar an ideal place for rest and for acclimatization day at an altitude 3,440 m high, morning having breakfast where short excursion and hike takes you on top of Namche a place with interesting museum provide information of the Khumbu / Everest area of Sherpa religions, culture, history, mountaineering to flora and flora. High hill of Namche offers stunning views of Amadablam, Tharmarserku, Kantega, Kwangde, Khumbila with Mt. Everest and Lhotse towards North, after an impressive morning head back to lodge for lunch with afternoon free to relax and catch up with the dairy and browse around the street of Namche, where once a week Saturday market / bazaar takes place.
Enjoying rest day at Namche, morning with short climb and then walk on scenic trail along the path lined with rhododendron and pine trees with views of Amadablam and Everest. As walk then descend to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga, a small place with few tea shops, a favorite lunch stop place. After a refreshing break, where second half of the trek leads to a climb for few hours into cool shade of forest to reach on top at Tengboche and the monastery, a scenic spot with grand views of Amadablam, Kantega, Thamersarkhu, Kwangde and Mt. Everest.
Morning enjoy panorama of mountains with Everest, after breakfast downhill into nice rhododendron and pines forest, a pleasant walk to reach a bridge over Imja Khola. From the bridge slow climb to reach the last permanent village at Pangboche on the way towards Everest Base Camp, after Pangboche tree line stops, walk with views of Mt. Amadablam at close distance, after a nice day trek reaching at Dingboche for overnight stop.
After Dingboche, morning walk climb towards a high hill and then a nice pleasant trail to Thugla ( Dugla) located on midway where Pheriche and Dingboche path joins towards Everest Base Camp. Thugla a nice place for lunch stops overlooking views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam, after lunch short steep climb up at Thugla small pass and a ridge top within terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, here one can notice memorials of unfortunate mountaineers and climbers. After a short stop with gradual walk to reach at Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of nice cozy lodge.
Adventure today takes you to our main final highlights, as morning starts with climb above Khumbu glacier facing view of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest then reach at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges before Everest Base Camp; after a refreshing stop walk to Everest Base Camp as path leads over moraine to reach our ultimate goal at Everest Base Camp. A Base Camp enjoying fascinating moments within close to massive Khumbu Ice fall and glacier, where return journey takes you back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after a great day walk of the adventure.
Morning leads to steep climb of few hours to reach on the highest spot of the adventure on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters high, where you have superb vista of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at close distance. After a great wonderful panorama walk down to Gorakshep and continue trek towards Pheriche windy valley for lunch stop. Pheriche a temporary settlement near Dingboche with more than 20 lodges and teahouses with grand views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amadablam and as far to Mt. Cho-Oyu in the distance north west, from here on easy walk with short ups and down to Pangboche village for overnight stop.
From Pangboche pleasant downhill to a bridge with an hour climb up to Tengboche back within trees lines and green vegetation, with time at Tengboche retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop before Lukla.
A pleasant and relaxing walk as route heads back to Lukla on this last day trek of the adventure, with few short climb brings you back to Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest and farewell to our loyal and friendly porters.
Flight starts early morning, transfer to Tenzing and Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport on boarding the plane a sweeping flight of 35 minutes brings you back in Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
In Kathmandu a spare as contingency day just in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla or in the beginning of the trek, which occurs quite often even in the best time of the year due where bad and unfavorable weather conditions hamper the flight. If all goes well as our standard itinerary days, where people with interest can join in for optional tour around Kathmandu around place of great interest or enjoy free individual activities and shopping.
Final and last day in the country of Himalaya wonders with varied interesting cultures, after a memorable time and experience on Classic Everest Base Camp trekking, with time for your international flight, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to next respective port of call.

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Cost Includes

    • Pickups and drops
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    • 3 meals during the trek
    • TIMS and Permits
    • All sightseeing on private vehicle
    • Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu by Domestic Flights
    • Staff cost including air ticket, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodations during the trekking days
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Licensed, English speaking guide
    • Porters ( 1 porter for 2 client with maximum weight of 20 kg)
    • All government taxes and service charges
    • All entrance fees
    • Best Nepal Guide T-Shirt
    • Medical first aid box
    • Trekking Map

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FAQ

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.