Are you looking for a different route to the Everest Base Camp? Well, we bring you the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, which takes you along a different route to the Everest Base Camp. Instead of taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you’ll travel to Jiri from Kathmandu and then start the hike from that location.
The 21-day adventurous journey allows you to explore the villages of the Sherpas, the rich culture, and the beautiful topography of the Khumbu region. It captures the right blend of adventure, culture, nature, and wildlife.
Additionally, the trek is also a treat for the ones who love exploring Buddhism culture and traditions. As the villagers residing in these regions follow Buddhism, along the way, you’ll get to see various monasteries, chortens, prayer walls, and wheels that are beautifully decorated with Buddhist scriptures.
Overall, the Classic Everest Base Camp has a different touch to it with a different route. Let’s begin the overview.
Highlights of Classic Everest Base Camp Trek
- Explore the UNESCO heritage sites located in Kathmandu and enjoy your time when you’re there.
- Enjoy an adventurous ride from Kathmandu to Jiri and watch the villages as you travel by.
- Explore the artifacts and households of the Sherpas at the Sherpa Museum.
- Indulge in the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas.
- Look for Himalayan birch, rhododendron, Juniper, and fir inside the Sagarmatha National Park.
- Witness the spiritual aspect inside the Tengboche monastery and sit with the monks for the prayer session.
- Celebrate the triumph of reaching the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain.
- Hike to Kala Patthar, the famous vantage point of Everest at 5,545 meters, and enjoy the views of the Khumbu Glaciers.
- Witness the breathtaking view of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse.
- Thrilling flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu
Firstly, upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be greeted by our staff and transferred to the hotel. Then, a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO sites is organized per the itinerary to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu.
Initially, you’ll take a road trip from Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri, the following day. In this trekking journey, you’ll be trekking for several hours and pass through several beautiful villages like Sete, Junbesi, Nuntala, Khari Khola, and Puiyan.
After reaching Puiyan, you’ll be hiking to Phakding, which starts the hike connecting to the standard route of the Everest Base Camp Trek. From Phakding to Namche Bazaar, you’ll cross high-suspension bridges soaring high.
At Namche Bazaar, you’ll have a rest day for acclimatization purposes. A small hike to the Everest View Hotel is organized that day. From the top, we’ll get to see the mesmerizing views of Mt Everest, Thamserku, Tamache, and also Ama Dablam.
The other day, you’ll cross several villages of Tengboche and Dingboche. This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m.
From this Nagerjun, there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). Then the hike will continue to Lobuche and finally to Everest Base Camp. After exploring the EBC, you’ll return to Gorakshep. An early morning hike is arranged to Kala Patthar at 5545m, where you’ll see the closest view of Mt Everest. Then, we’ll hike to Pheriche, Namche, and descend to Lukla to catch a flight to Kathmandu.
Spring and Autumn seasons mark the ideal time for trekking in the Everest region. The spring season starts in March and lasts till May, and Autumn starts in September and continues till November. The temperature is moderate, and the sky is clear during this time, making it an ideal time to relish the panoramic views of the mountains fully.
Spring welcomes warm weather after the cold winter. The trails during this time are beautiful as the rhododendrons will bloom, and the skies will be clear. Likewise, the Autumn months make you witness breezy weather, which adds bliss to your hike.
Trekking during the months of winter and summer/monsoon is possible. However, it has its cons. During winter( December-February), hikers will experience heavy snowfalls on the paths. Having said that, the monsoon is also not an ideal season for the trek. The trails can be muddy and slippery, and visibility can be poor due to heavy clouds and rain. Moreover, high flight delays and cancellations will also occur during these seasons.
On a scale of 0-10, the Classic EBC Trek can be graded at 6-7 in the difficulty level. The number is high due to various factors like long hiking days and altitude.
In total, you’ll be hiking for 16 days. Even though there are rest days, you’ll still be hiking to small hills and viewpoints to acclimatize your body. Therefore, to be fit for the trek, you must rigorously train your body by walking, running, jogging, and exercising.
Altitude sickness is a severe problem in the Everest region. You’ll hike to the maximum altitude of 5545m at Kala Patthar. High chances of altitude sickness will be high, but you need not worry.
Our trekking guides are professionals who are trained exceptionally well. They will carry first-aid kits with all the essential medications for high-altitude sickness. Hence, even though the trek is challenging, we’ll help you complete the trek.
If you are still unsatisfied with the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek, we’ve some other trekking packages that will keep you interested. These packages are mentioned below-
For those with minimal time, we want to suggest the standard 16-Day Everest Base Camp Trek. In this trek, you’ll take the route from Kathmandu to Lukla, besides the ride from Kathmandu to Jiri.
Keeping this aside, we also have Everest Base Camp Short Trek, which comprises a 14-day trek. It follows the same route as the above package.
With this, we’ve reached to the end of the overview. We hope that you enjoyed reading the fascinating highlights of this trek. If you want to learn more about this trek, you can contact us and send us inquiry.