Everest Base Camp Classic Trek

Overview

This section provides the classic trekking experience in the Himalayas because Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa started their journeys to Everest by Jiri in 1953. The route offers the delightful sights of Lukla trail in the higher Khumbu.

It is the most famous place to start trek to Everest. It was the most busiest trek starting point before airstrip built in Lukla. Trek starts with a 6 hour (188km/118miles) drive to Jiri (2100 meters/6888 feet).

According to oral history of Sherpas, they migrated to high valleys south of Mt. Everest from eastern Tibet about 450 years ago. Hence they were named Shar-pa, "peoples of the east." Many families along this route have involved into tourist activities, especially trekking. They also have operated  lodges catering to foreign hikers. Trekking through the Sherpa villages one can get an opportunity to know about Sherpa culture and way of life style but also enjoy their generous hospitality.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration

27 days

Facts

Country: Nepal
 
Trekking region : Khumbu 
 
Total Duration: 27 Days
 
Max. Elevation: 5545 meters
 
Group Size: Min. 2 / Max. 12
 
Best Season: March- April -May - Jun , Sept - Oct - Nov

Trip Details

Day 01 - Arrive to Kathmandu

Arrivival to Kathmandu, the beautiful view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight. The No Name Travel and Treks Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, you will have short briefing and final payment procedures

Day 02 - Kathmandu Sightseen (Pashupati, Bouddha, Swoyambhu)

Sightseeing of Kathmandu includes Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath.Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a pagoda houses with a lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plat pagodahouses a ed roofs and silver-coated doors. Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.

Day 03 - Drive to Jiri (1951m) 6-7 hrs.) by Bus.

After early morning breakfast, travel by Bus to Jiri on the busy scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Bus ride from Kathmandu heading towards the Bhote Koshi River Valley on the main road to Tibet on reaching at Lamosangu situated merely 30 km from the Tibetan border, the only motorable highway that connects to Tibet.

Day 04 - Trek to Shivalaya (1770m)

First day trek leads us through the Bazzar of Jiri on the easy path for a while then the route ascends to a steep climb for an hour or less. After a good walk for about two hours, the trail climbs for another hour to a small short pass of Kharubas at 2712m. From here a short descend on the grassy slope brings us to our lunch stop on the meadow, after a break here another two hours of downhill walk leads to Shivalaya (1770m.)

Day 05 - Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma) - 2195m.)

Trek stsrts after good breakfast at the very end of the village. The walk is quite gradual, passing through many small rural village and forest. After 3-4 hrs of walk from Shivalaya then reaching at Deurali pass. After a short rest here, the path descends most of the way for nearly two hours to Bhandar (2195m). Bhandar or Chyangma has a mixture of Tamangs and Newars, but are pre-dominantly Sherpa people.

Day 06 - Trek to Sete (2575m.)

Trek leads on the downhill path through the cool shade of the forest and terraces with steep descend. A Chettri village is a place where the vegetation drastically changes with the sub tropical climate. Arriving near a village,crossing a stream on a wooden bridge cominu River, we reach to the other end coming across a small farm village. Kinja (1634m), a nice small village mostly of Sherpa inhabitant. After Kenja, a steep uphill walk for an hour to the first farm settlement, from here the climb continues on the winding path all the way to Sete village for another 2-3 hours. Once reaching Sete the air gets much cooler along with the altitude of 2575 meters.

Day 07 - Trek to Junbesi (2675m) via Lamjura-La pass (3530m)

The trek will be much cooler from today, beginning with a steep climb through the beautiful enchanting woods of rhododendron, oaks and pines. An inviting break here for a while, after a rest at Lamjura a short walk leads to the Lamjura-la pass  (3530m) the highest altitude gain so far before reaching the high Khumbu area. After reaching the bottom, the trail ahead contours to the north side of the valley, rounding the ridge Junbesi is visible the path descends all the way to Junbesi, this is a large Sherpa village with chorten, monastery and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.

Day 08 - Rest day at Junbesi (2675m) for acclimatization

An essential rest day, there are many ways one can enjoy the day in Junbesi a stroll in the village, visit the Junbesi monastery or just relax. For those with an interest in Tibetan Buddism, there is an attractive alternative hike from Junbesi which leads heads north up the west bank of the Junbesi khola.

 Day 09 - Trek to Nunthala (2190m.) 6-7 hrs.

Today will be a quite a long days walk to Nunthala, through marvelous along the hillside, passing forests of pine, oak and rhododendron.  Reaching to a village of Solung danda where you can have the view of Everest in the distance a dark pyramid shaped.

Walk heads up on the gradual path through the village of Rimgmo, leaving Ringmo from the large mani 'prayer' wall, an hour or less steep climb through the pine forest reaches towards Trakshindu pass at 3070 meters marked with mani and chorten.

On the east side of the pass the path descends all the way to our destination at Nunthala passing through Trakshindu Gompa. From Trakshindu walk leads downhill for more than 2 hours through the cool shade of the forest to Manidingma the Nunthala.

Day 10 - Trek to Bupsa (2350m)

After breakfast at Nunthala, journey begins with a descend after leaving the suburb of the village. Penetrating agricultural land of Sherpa and Rai settlements at Jubing at 1675 meters, we go along the Dudh Koshi river. From Dudh Koshi River, our trail continues to Kharikhola (2100m.); a village of predominately Sherpa and Magar inhabitants.  After a break here at Kharikhola we head to the next ridge by crossing the river tributaries of the Kharikhola with a steep climb for an hour or more towards a small settlement of Bupsa (2350m).

Day 11 - Trek to Surkhe (2293m) 5-6 hrs.

We trek from Bupsa to Surkey; a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. The route leads to a climb on the wide meandering path through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron. Our route continues traversing the flank of the Kharte Danda high above the river to a notch in the ridge, the Kharte La pass 3880m, walk continues through a Bamboo forest and small village at Puiyan 2800m.

After Puiyan the walk is gentle for couple of hours on the long winding path. The Surkhe village down below, and then descending nearly 700 meteres drop to Surkhe, situated just beneath the hills of Lukla, where one can see the airplane flying overhead.

Day 12 - Trek to Phakding (2610m.) 5-6 hrs.

Having breakfast at Surkey, we trek to Phakding. Our route diverts westward to join the main trail coming from Lukla. The walk from here is on the gradual path most of the way, with few ups in between, from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru (6369m) after crossing a short suspension bridge, and a climb brings to the Ghat village, another hour of pleasant walk reach our todays destination Phakding (2610m)

Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.

After your breakfast at Phakding, we cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi. After few minutes walk from Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River. From here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche, the colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.

Namche Bazaar known as the capital of Khumbu and the Gateway to Everest which is home to many good hotels and lodges here, along the whole Everest trail this is quite a big village.

Day 14 - Acclimatization day- Namche Bazzar (3441 meters)

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. Suggested activities here are a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down.

Day 15 - Trek to Tyangboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.

We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar.

On this area there is more chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat like large antelope). The walk is strenuous for nearly two hours on the winding trail through the shade of woods with great view of Thamserku and Kantega.The finally reaching at Tyangboche one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya beneath the majestic peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.

Day 16 - Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Tyangboche we avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air. The trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, a little further from here the route diverts into two ways, the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the gradual low route is the straight forward main trail to Dingboche (4350 meters).

Taking the lower path with a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama Dablam, journey continues gradually towards east. Dingboche (4350 meters) is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Day 17 - Acclimatization at Dingboche(4350m) , Trek to Chhukung (4710m) and back.

Today is acclimatization day at Dingboche (4350m). There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You will have another better alternate hike up trip to Chhukung (4710 meters) valley, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others,  then return to Dingboche in the evening.

Day 18 - Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters)

We continue trek to the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Chola tse and Tawache. We take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest.

Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Rest after some trekking and drinking of plenty of water would be better. Chocolates or Snickers would be friendly.

Day 19 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m) then trek back to Gorak Shep (5180m) 7 hours.

Leaving Loubuche early in the morning, we head up to Everest Base camp (5365 meters), and return to Ghorakshep at elevation of 5180 meters at noon for our overnight stay. It would takes about 7 hours. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with a new camp being further up the valley. Tthe trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears at the front of you.

Day 20 - Trek / Climb to Kalapattar (5545 meters) then trek down to Pheriche (4240 meters) 6 hours.

After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is early morning climb to Kalapattar (5545 meters) the highest point of our trek.

Top of Kalapatthar a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Mount Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse on the back, with all the higher snow capped giants that surrounds a panoramic view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks..

Day 21 - Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3860m) approx 4 hours.

Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (386om) takes approximately four hours. Enjoy your visit inside to Tyangboche Monastery and enjoy your afternoon with splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.

Day 22 - Trek to Khumjung (3800m) approx 4 hours.

Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung (3800m), Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here our route follows away from the main busy path, the walk winds up all the way to Khumjung-Khunde Valley. Khumjung (3800m) unlike Namche is a sleepy farm village with the only monastery believed to be scalp of a yeti.

Day 23 - Trek to Monjo (2835m) approx 4 hours.

An comfortable day downhill walk today, from Khumjung half an hour walk brings you to its sister village at Khunde, where you can visit the hospital of this high altitude Khumbu area, built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. After a visit at the Khunde hospital the trail leads south passing thorough the Sherpa's house and farm fields and coming to the long Mani prayer wall.

As the walk progress on this steep downhill bit from Syangboche onwards, an aerial view of Namche Bazar is seen from this downhill slope walk, on reaching Namche Bazar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight, which is located just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit point.

Day 24 - Trek to Lukla (2804m) 5 hrs

Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, you can enjoy time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.

Day 25 - Flight back Lukla to Kathmandu

The flight time to Kathmandu are schedule for normally for morning, but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. This scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a scenic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arrive Kathmandu domestic terminal and drive to your Hotel.

Day 26 - Reserve day. Free Day in Kathmandu.

Reserve day. Free Day in Kathmandu.

Day 27 - Departure from Kathmandu

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure.The trip ends, our Airport Representative will take you to the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure.

Cost Details

Trip cost:

Per Person US$ 2360 (2 Persons)

Price Include

 

Airport pickup and drop.

Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu (Maximum 4 Nights).

Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in private vehicle.

Bus transportation to Jiri.

Domestic flight ticket of Lukla-Katmandu.

Twin sharing accommodation in lodge during the trek.

Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Drinks (tea, coffee) during the trek.

Guide/Sherpa, Porters wages and their insurance.

Trekking permit TIMS and Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees.

First Aid Kit.

Culture Dinner Program.

Agency Service Charge of our office.

Price Exclude

 

Airport taxes and Nepalese visa fee.

Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.

Extra nights Accommodation in Kathmandu.

Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages.

All; Trekking equipments and personal items.

Tips for Guide/Sherpa and porters.

Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation insurance.

Any extra cost arose due to natural calamities, political disturbance and flights delay arrival etc.

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