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.