Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 22 DAYS

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Classic Everest Base Camp trek

Opt out to a comparatively less travelled, strenuous and challenging trail to the Everest Base Camp. Classic Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the top of the world – Everest Base Camp through a trail taken by the first climbers of Mt. Everest – Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norway! Making your way to Khumbu region with a flight to Lukla is an ordinary journey taken by anyone who would like to step in the homeland of Everest. However, to take a trail through Jiri, one needs to be physically fit and should possess an attitude to take anything that comes by in the unpredictable mountain terrain.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect combination of nature, culture and adventure. As we walk along the trail, we pass through alpine forests and Glacier Rivers with the inspiring vistas of mountains in our backdrop. Your journey through this trail involves many ups and downs that are nerve shaking but the rewards of awesome nature will keep you going. Visit to the monasteries on the way with the flag prayers throughout the trail will lift up your spirituality. A blend of interaction with local will let you know about the people, their culture and lifestyle. The mountainous life of people is appealing and their warm hospitality will make you feel homely.

The conventional route of Jiri starts after seven to eight hours drive from Kathmandu. The beautiful farmlands, lush landscapes, stunning waterfalls, pine and rhododendron forests that you pass by on the route are amazing. As you reach the Everest Base Camp and hike to Kalapattar, you will be blessed with the majestic views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse , Mt. Amadablam , Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserku etc.

Nepal Hiking Team has designed 22 days Classic Everest Base Camp Trek will great experience and thoughtfulness. The package has separated proper days for acclimatization required with the rising elevation. So, get ready to endure whatever comes in to your way. Experience the wilderness and challenges on the way to Everest Base Camp with Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Day 02 : Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03 : Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370m/7,774ft) Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Day 04 : Jiri to Bhandar (1520m/4985ft) Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Day 05 : Bhandar to Sete (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 06 : Sete to Junbesi (2675m/8774ft) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 07 : Junbesi to Nuntala (2345m/76916ft) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 08 : Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194m/7196ft) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 09 : Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m/9479ft) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 10 : Puiyan to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 11 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 12 : Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel
  • Day 13 : Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 14 : Tengbuche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 15 : Hike to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, 6 hours
  • Day 16 : Dingbuche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 17 : Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) Duration: 8 hours
  • Day 18 : Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration : 7 hours
  • Day 19 : Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 20 : Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 21 : Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 22 : Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Lukla to Kathmandu flight including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • WiFi internet during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel

Day 02 - Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast included.

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370m/7,774ft) Duration: 8-9 hours

This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Everest. Drive to Jiri through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Jiri is big town and also a hill station, explore the surrounding area. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Jiri to Bhandar (1520m/4985ft) Duration: 7-8 hours

Today we start our adventurous trek and this trails offers us beautiful country side scenery from each ridge top and we passing through friendly villagers and farm fields. We pass many down hills and uphill till reach to a small settlement at Bhandar. You can enjoy the remaining day exploring the local villages. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Bhandar to Sete (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 7 hours

Today the trail drops down to the Likhu Khola and crosses the river at 1580m, and tracks along it to Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura pass. The first part of the climb is quite steep, and then it traverses to Sete, and abandoned Gompa at 2575m. Then we continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpa’s and have both Nepali and Sherpa names. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Sete to Junbesi (2675m/8774ft) Duration: 7 hours

The day begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura la pass at 3530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with flowering rhododendrons in the spring. Goyem at 3300m. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk at 2860m, then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi at 2675m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Junbesi to Nuntala (2345m/76916ft) Duration: 7 hours

This day we climb to a ridge at 3080m, from where Everest slowly begins to appear in front of your eye, then on to Salung at 2650m. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m. We make a short climb from Ringmo Khola that takes us to the 3071m Trakshindo pass, then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2320m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194m/7196ft) Duration: 6 hours

The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) where the trail then ascends through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m/9479ft) Duration: 6 hours

We start a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Puiyan to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 6 hours

We continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 meters, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we descend to Surke following the trail towards Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel

This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours

The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 - Tengbuche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours

Descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 - Hike to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, 6 hours

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 - Dingbuche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This trek is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 17 - Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) Duration: 8 hours

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) for overnight.
After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hours of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18 - Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration : 7 hours

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest, in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range. We then trek back to Gorekshep, for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19 - Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours

Easy walk along the Imja Khola, short climb to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 20 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours

The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 21 - Fly back to Kathmandu

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 22 - Farewell

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.

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Malcolm Cutliffe , 4 Station Road Gowerton Swansea SA4 3AJ

I wanted something that was a bit different from the regular Everest Base Camp Trek journey for my second visit to Nepal. I was with Nepal Hiking Team the first time as well when I first did the Base Camp Trek with them a couple of years ago, and their good services back then was enough reason for me to go with them again this year. The Classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp was suggested and when I was given details about the trip, I was quite impressed with what I was getting for the price that I was paying. Also, the trek also had the added places of Jiri and other villages that I hadn’t experienced the first time, so this really made me consider doing this trek. After a prompt and informative conversation with Mr. Ganga, the trip was arranged and it was just amazing. A private trip was arranged for me, with a porter and a guide and the journey was filled with good pictures, amazing mountains, old villages and ‘Nepali culture. Although it was the end of February and the beginning of March when I did the trek, the weather wasn’t so bad and thankfully, I experienced no delays in the schedule. I was with Mr. Narayan the first time, and I requested him to be my guide this time around as well, which was arranged easily. The trek was a millpond of serene atmospheres, distant Blue Mountains and tranquil village-life. I loved walking through the pasturelands and looking at the views of the mountains, the whole experience was one of peace and aesthetics. During the journey, we did not hurry at all, but rather walked on my own pacing. Narayan was helpful and stayed with me the entire time, He arranged the guesthouses and the meals for me, and gave amazing insight into the places and the mountains. My porter was also one of the best people I have had the fortune of meeting because his hard work and dedication shone through with his constant work and punctual toil in the steep mountain trail. Overall, it was the best trekking journey and I am thankful to Nepal Hiking Team for outdoing themselves once again. A good service, caring people and amazing landscapes, the trek was a combination of good moments and satisfactory hours. Nepal Hiking Team truly is the best!

Paul Thomas , 5 Oak Drive The Hollow Littleover Derby DE23 6NT

Thank you Nepal Hiking Team for providing one of the best trekking journeys to us in Nepal. My friend and I really enjoyed our trek and it was filled with amazing and beautiful moments and nature. We would like to point out that, albeit it being an already established fact, Nepal truly is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world and we are fortunate to have been in the company of one of the best teams who showed us the country’s wonders in a very light-hearted, fun and enjoyable manner. We did the trek in May and from the first moment of contact with the agency, we were assured that we would be in good hands. Mr. Ganga answered our queries and questions very promptly and with details and information that were extremely useful in our trip. We were given a briefing and plans were also explained to us in detail when we arrived in Kathmandu as well. When we landed, we were greeted by Bhim, our guide during the trip. We enjoyed the city tour on our first day and when the trek started, we were given the best services of the transportation, the meals, the accommodations and other experiences along the way. Our guide was extremely apt at his work and we felt safe and comforted with him. Really, we cannot praise Bhim enough for his excellent work with us during the trip. Our porter was also a very hard-working man and he was always ahead of us during the trek. The villages and the environment of the mountains were extremely lovely and the weather was nice, so we enjoyed our experience in Nepal to the fullest.

It was a dream travel experience and it had everything to do with the services and care of Nepal Hiking team and its members who assisted us and arranged everything brilliantly. The trip was smooth, we did not have any problems or reasons to complain about anything, we got to experience authentic Nepali culture and met up with lots of other trekkers along the way as well. It was a very good experience and a grand trekking journey. Nepal Hiking Team really did the best work and they are certainly worthy of our recommendation!

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