Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Get a splendid experience of farm village across the scattered valley and subsequently towards the Himalayas along the way

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24 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15
  • Best Time: Feb - June, Sep - Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Everest Region is one of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal. The Khumbu region has grabbed a lot of international attention to itself with its number of trekking celebrations and accomplishment in the region. Among most of the popular areas for trekking in the Everest Region, Everest Base Camp Trek is the most well-known trek worldwide. Many of us have heard about the usual Everest Base Camp Trek, but what makes Classic Base Camp different from that is the ancient essence it holds with its trail that begins from Jiri. Trek from Jiri to Everest base camp is a classic and original route for trekkers to trek in. Long time ago, the trek began and concluded from Jiri to Kathmandu and vice-versa. Since the establishment of Lukla Airport, most of the tourists take the flight to, or from Lukla, and cut their journey short. The trekkers who want to take the shorter climb to the Everest Base Camp can take up the 10 days trek package to EBC as well. Classic Base Camp follow the ancient route and offers us a splendid experience of farm villages across the scattered valley and subsequently towards the Himalayas and monasteries along the way.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu from where we drive to Jiri or Shivalaya, from where our challenging yet enjoyable journey begins. Making our way up through few uphill and downhill slopes, we venture towards the beautiful Sherpa land, Namche Bazaar. The view from here grows more outstanding and we get to experience the remarkable and unique tradition and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. We stop at Namche for a day to have a proper acclimatization and we get a chance to roam around the happening markets in Namche for a day. The following day, we move up to Tengboche, Dengboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally Kalapathar, an unassuming 5545 m bump on the southern flank of Pumori (7145 m) and finally to the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is a place from where many climbers have looked at Everest with a close-up view and have experienced an adrenaline rush while climbing it having being rewarded with a splendid panoramic view of the mighty mountains.

Classic Everest base camp trek covers both low land from Jiri to highland Kalapathar (5545 m). This trek offers an eye-catching panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, exotic scenery view of the gorgeous Everest region including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8152 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam (6456 m). The trek ends at Lukla with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Classic Everest base camp trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:
Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03:
Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, 8 hrs drive. 
Day 04:
Trek from Jiri/Shivalaya to Deurali, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05:
Trek from Deorali to Sete, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Sete to Junbesi, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Nuntala, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 08: Trek from Nuntala to Kharikhola, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Khari-Khola to Puiyan, 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 12: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 15: Another acclimatization day at Pheriche.
Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 17: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapathar (5545m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walking.
Day 18: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche, 8 hrs walking.
Day 19: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 20: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 21: Trek from Kkumjung to Manjo, 6 hrs walking. 
Day 22: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 24: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m).
Arrival at Kathmandu Airport. You will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide for a full day sightseeing around UNESCO Kathmandu. Your tour guide will give you better insights on the Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri | 8 hrs drive. 
After a heavy breakfast, we leave the hotel and head towards a local bus park and take an 8 hours peaceful drive to Jiri. We can also take a private jeep drive to Shivalaya (this is completely optional), this way we can have safe and easy drive. Overnight at guest house in Jiri or Shivalaya.

Day 04: Trek from Jiri / Shivalaya to Deurali | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After driving up to Jiri, the trail from here ascends steeply through cultivated fields and tiny Tamang villages. We get to experience a culture abundance here and the hospitality of the local people here is remarkable. Further climbing diagonally, the path leads us to forested areas and open pasture land before descending to Shivalaya. From here, it's a steady climb up to the top of the Deurali pass (3000 m) where we spend the night at a local guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek from Deorali to Sete | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After night at Deurali, it's a short walk to the Sherpa village of Bhandar which is littered with prayer walls and small Gompas (Buddhist temples). Descending to the valley floor at the riverside town of Kenja, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron leading the trail to Sete (2575 m), whose beautiful hilltop monastery is worth a visit. Overnight at local guest house. 

Day 06: Trek from Sete to Junbesi | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
We climb through fragrant pine and oak forest to the Lamjura pass (3500 m) to catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. After that, we walk downhill again towards the large Sherpa village of Junibesi. The view from here is outstanding which includes mostly the peak of Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Number Himal and Mt. Dudh Kunda. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Nuntala | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
From here, we walk up the Solung ridge from where we get a glimpse of Everest in a far distance. We descend to Ringo Khola, which is rich with apple orchards. The trail crosses the Traksindola (3071m) before descending through the forest to Nuntala. Overnight at local lodge. 

Day 08: Trek from Nuntala to Kharikhola | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Early this morning, we head out from Nuntala, descend towards Dudh Koshi (Milk River) which is the largest river on the trek. The trail then ascends through several Sherpa and Rai villages, which is followed by huge terraced fields and forests, spreading out to the village of Khari-Khola. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Khari-Khola to Puiyan | 6 hrs walking. 
After an early morning breakfast, we start our today's trek ascending through the Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys. The trail then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyan to Puiyan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
After we head out from Puiyan, the trail climbs for about an hour leading up to a ridge at 2800 m, then up to another ridge. We pass the path to Lukla airport, after which we climb onto Phakding. Overnight at a guest house.

Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,445m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
The trek begins with a gentle climb to Jhorsale passing through beautifully splashing waterfall. We pass through villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs the whole day. On the way, the trail will offer (weather permitting) our first glimpse of Mt. KusumKangaru (6369 m), Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Mt. Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb takes us up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3445 m). Overnight at a guest house.]

Day 12: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Acclimatization is the most important part of a trek before proceeding to a higher elevation. We highly recommend you to take a short day's hike to Everest view hotel or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche village.

Day 13: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
A couple of hours walk takes us to Phungithanga from where the walk ascends passing through forests, where we can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3860 m surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Mt. Kwongde (6187 m), Mt. Tawache (6542 m), Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Nuptse (7855 m), Mt. Lhotse (8618 m), Mt. Amadablam (6856 m) and Mt. Thamserku (6608 m) provides an awe-inspiring panoramic view of Himalayan giants. After that we climb up the trail and will visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region. Overnight at guest house in Tengboche.

Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After we walk pass Tengboche, the altitude really starts to hit. The trail drops down to Debche followed by the Imja Khola and we eventually pass by amazing mani stones all of which is carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant ommanipadme hum. The trail leads us to Pangboche which is at an altitude of 3890 m. There are many Gompas here which are worth visiting. The trail then climbs to Pheriche (4240 m), where we will come across small health posts and medical facilities. They give us a brief presentation on altitude sickness which is very important to us at that moment of time and situation. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Another acclimatization day at Pheriche.
We rest for a day at Pheriche. We recommend you to take a light and gentle walk up and down the hill as it keeps the strength and determination going. So, we hike up to Nangkartshang Gompa (5000 m) or up the hill to look down onto Dingboche, either way we get to witness splendid views of the mesmerizing Himalayas. Overnight at a guest house.

Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We head out from Pheriche, with gentle steps the trail climbs to Phalangkarpo at 4340 m and then Duglha at 4620m. From Dughla, the trail ascends to the broad and gentle sloping valley which climbs steeply into the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We then climb up to the memorial area called Chukpilhara before reaching at Lobuche (4900 m). Overnight at a guest house in Lobuche.  

Day 17: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150 m) to Kalapathar (5545 m) | Back to Gorakshep | 8 hrs walking.
The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori. We then walk across the tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorakshep. We stop for lunch here then climb up to Kalapattar to get the best views of Everest along with other mountain peaks guarding the area. From here we embark upon the same trail back to Gorakshep for the evening for an overnight stay.

Day 18: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche | 8 hrs walking.
After an early morning light breakfast, we start an early hike to Everest Base Camp. We sense a new energy among ourselves as we stand on the highest base camp in the world even though the walk is still as chilly, tough and strenuous as it was before. We feel a different enthusiasm striking at that base camp from where all the climbers start their expedition towards the summit to the top of the world. We enjoy a quality time at Everest Base Camp, lettig the beautiful view soak into our mind and heart, then we trek back to Lobuche for overnight stay.

Day 19: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche | 6 to 7 hrs walking.
We start our trek after breakfast from Lobuche. We have to head out from Lobuche since the place is very cold and freezing for us to stand. We trek slowly down to Pangboche, where we can find a better accommodation alternative.

Day 20: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
The trail passes alongside the river as we start hiking up to Khumjung village. The trek here will be interesting and fun since it consists of a very beautiful village. Our stay at Khumjung will be exciting as we will get to explore and discover the world famous Sherpa culture and traditions. Overnight at a guest house in Khumjung village.

Day 21: Trek from Khumjung to Manjo | 6 hrs walking. 
From Khumjung, it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. We will stop at a place and give you time to make any final souvenirs purchases before continuing walking down the hill to Manjo. Overnight at guest house in Manjo.

Day 22: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2860m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Even though we are going down the valley the trek has a final sting for us. We will have to hike up one last hill to get to Lukla. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.

Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes flight.
After breakfast at hotel, we will transfer to airport in Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. After a mesmerizing 30 minutes flight we arrive at Kathmandu airport. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner and also to celebrate the successful Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 24: Final departure.
After a delicious breakfast, our representative will drop you off to the airport for you to catch your flight back home. We wish you a safe and sound flight and we hope to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transfer to Trek starting point and Necessary flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Everest National park fee with Classic Everest base camp permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (guest house / tea house) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential FAQs for Classic Everest base camp trek:

How can I book Classic Everest base camp trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Classic Everest base camp trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Classic Everest base camp trek?
From mid Feb to June and mid September to early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Classic Everest base camp trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Classic Everest base camp trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging)

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipment & Packing List for Classic Everest base camp trek. .

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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