Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Trip At Glance
  • Group Size2-15 Persons
  • Max Elevation5545 Meters
  • GradeModerate to Adventurous
  • DestinationNepal
  • TransportationBus/Flight
  • AccommodationHotel/Lodge
  • CostContact Us
  • Trip Length21 Days
  • Best MonthSpring & Autumn
  • WIFIAvailable
  • RegionEverest Region
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • MealB/L/D
  • Trekking StyleTea House
overview

Trip Overview

‘adventure on old, original trail from Jiri on the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary to Everest’

Tramping Himalaya Adventures offers Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking, which is different to other Everest programs on this marvelous journey, walking on historical and original route to high Khumbu valley at Everest region.

A perfect and ideal country walks for people with time for more than three week duration of holiday in Nepal, where this fabulous Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking fits in, for you to enjoy the quiet and peaceful environment of lower areas of Everest around Solu with villages of mixed tribe of hill people with much Sherpa community and impressive monasteries to visit.

Since Lukla airstrip was built in the early 1970’s by late Edmund Hillary, the trail from Jiri was almost forgotten where you can revive this old classic trail back to action trekking into its nice traditional farm villages within high scenic hills covered by enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-oaks-pines and fir tree lines.

Truly a fascinating adventure on Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking, starting with exciting overland drive from Kathmandu to Jiri town, also called as Switzerland of Nepal and then heading further east to start our wonderful walks heading ups and downhill within Solu district, encountering lovely villages of Kinja-Sete-Junbesi-Nunthala and Kharikhola as walk proceeds crossing some high scenic pass to reach the main trail of Everest near Lukla at Phakding village.

Adventure continues on reaching Khumbu areas at Phakding following the glacial Dudh Kosi River to reach at high Namche Bazaar the capital of Khumbu Sherpa, with rest day for short scenic excursion to viewpoint of Everest-Lhotse-Ama Dablam and adjoining peaks that dominates throughout the trek to Everest base camp.

Walking further high terrain where tree lines fade to moon like landscapes of rocks and moraine hill with high snow clad peaks that decorates the beauty of Khumbu areas, slowly our journey enters to our main highlight at Everest base camp with tremendous views of giant mountains with notorious massive Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers, with climb of highest spot of the adventure on top Kalapatthar for sweeping panorama of peaks with views of Everest at close range.

Finally our mesmerizing long journey and adventure concludes walking towards Lukla town for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu ever-lasting memories and exciting times on Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking.

Trip at a Glance

Trip Mode: Hotel – Lodge (Tea-House).

Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Trekking Region: Nepal Far Mid East Himalaya around Solu & Khumbu region People & Culture : Sherpa tribes of Buddhism religion with interesting old traditions and colorful cultures.

Highest Elevation: 5,545 m on top Kalapatthar and at Everest base camp 5,367 m high. Trekking

Duration: 18 Nights & 19 Days (with drive and flights from Lukla).

Hours of Walks: From minimum 04 hrs to maximum 06 hrs.

Total Trip: 20 Nights & 21 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Seasons: Nearly all months of the year except monsoon / wet season July & August March to May flowering times on hills, October to December, January and February clear day with blue sky (cold morning and nights with chances of snow)

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • Scenic exciting overland drive to lovely Jiri town the original old route to Everest Trekking both sides of Everest around Solu and High Khumbu exploring Sherpa villages Visiting Sherpa traditional farm villages and monasteries of immense Buddhist cultures Enchanting pristine forest filled with tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines-oaks and fir trees
  • Adventure to world highest Mt. Everest base camp with sweeping views of peaks and glacier Walking with views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse, majestic Ama-Dablam and beautiful landscapes
ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome and greetings and then transfer to your hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into your rooms getting refreshed from Jet-Lag, a quiet environment after getting refreshed join at main hall or in lobby where our guide will provide briefing on treks-hotels with necessary information. Evening includes group dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk culture program with various dances of Nepal while having your authentic Nepalese dinner with local entertainment

 

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

A great exciting overland journey to Jiri heading east of Kathmandu on Lhasa –Kathmandu highway for few hours, and then heading high to reach around Dolakha district at Charikot town, as drive leads down to Tama Kosi River and then uphill on zig-zag road to reach lovely Jiri town. Jiri also known as Switzerland of Nepal, with scenic green hills, valley and views of snow peaks, overnight in this nice town with time to browse around its market place.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
1900

Today to begin a our first day walks starting with a short drive on rough road past Shivalaya and up to Deuarli then heading down into a wide valley at Bhandar with touch of Buddhist culture. From Bhandar few hours of good walks past many farm villages of great interest with surrounding nice scenery of rolling hills and valley as walk brings to an interesting village at Kinja for overnight stop in local lodge, the area mostly populated by Sherpa people with views of Numbur Himal towards north

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
1770

Walk begins with steep climb into cool serene forest to reach at Sherpa village in Sete then heading further up past several scattered farm houses and into deep woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks-pines-magnolia and fir tree lines to reach at Guranse for overnight stop, located in the midst of rhododendron forest with few tea-houses serving as lodges.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2940

Morning walk leads to first pass of the trek reaching at the top of Lamjura-la pass after few hours of good climb, a high cooler area with some nice lodges for refreshment, with some time here having break then heading over the pass with downhill to reach the base of the past at Toc-Toc small village. Here for possible lunch stop, as afternoon walk leads on a winding gradual up to a ridge and then downhill to reach a large Sherpa village at Junbesi, a lovely and interesting place for overnight stop, with time to browse around the village.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2673

After a pleasant and wonderful stop in Junbesi, morning walk leads to slow winding uphill path to reach at Syalung danda village with first glimpse of Mt. Everest with other Khumbu Himal and peaks, from here on near level path with downhill to a river after crossing a bridge climb up to Ringmo village. Afternoon walk having lunch at Ringmo heading up into lovely forested area to reach on top Takshindo pass with splendid views of landscapes and peaks of Khumbu region, from here downhill to Takshindo village and its monastery with further descend to reach a nice and a large village at Nunthala for overnight stop. Nunthala of mixed people of Sherpa-Kirat, Rai some Magar-Tamang with Hindu Chettries and Dalits which make this village more interesting with lots shops-teahouses, lodges and many shops and stores.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2190

Morning walk leads past village with long descend past farm areas and into forest to reach at the bottom of the hills near raging Dudh-Kosi River, after crossing a bridge with gentle winding uphill to Jubing village of Rai farmers and then with more climb for few hours to reach a fairly large village of Khari-Khola with mixed tribe of hill people mostly Sherpa with lots of shops and lodges around. From here crossing Khari-Khola (Stream) with steep hill climb for few hours to reach a top ridge at Bupsa Danda a moderate size village with lodges to stay offering super views of landscapes and mountains.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2250

From here on air gets much cooler as walk leads into high Khumbu areas heading uphill into enchanting woodland to reach at Pyuin village (pronounced as Paya) in the midst of a forest, as walk progress on gentle path with views of Lukla towards North, then walk downhill to Surkhe village for overnight stop the village located at the bottom of Lukla town and its runway.

 

Food
Breakfast / Lunch / Diner
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2295

Today walk leads into main trail of Lukla to Everest after being away from main flow of trekkers for some days as morning walk leads up to Ghai Kharka and Muse Sherpa nice villages and then joining the main trail at Choplung, as walk leads on gradual winding path past several Sherpa farm villages with views of Kongde and Kusum-Khanguru to reach overnight stop at Phakding, located by the glacial Dudh Kosi Rivers

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2640

Morning walk leads to nice areas on route Namche Bazaar gaining altitude as walk progress, following Dudh Kosi river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 3,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3440

Rest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3440

Enjoying pleasant time at Namche, morning walk leads to scenic and gradual walks overlooking Everest and other giant peaks, as our route leads downhill to Imjatse river at Phunki Tenga, a small place with few lodges an ideal spot for refreshing break or lunch stop. From here heading uphill into enchanting alpine forest to reach a beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery offering grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Ama Dablam at close distance, here with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer. Thyangboche also holds a colorful festival ‘Mani-Rimdu’ monks with mask dancing wading evil spirits which falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3867

Morning catching super views of high peaks with Everest, our route descends into forested areas reaching a metal bridge, from here a slow climb encountering mani (prayer) walls along the walks to Pangboche village, this is a last Sherpa permanent village on route to Everest base camp. Other places are temporary settlements with fine lodges to cater the needs of travelers and trekkers, as walk continues heading higher, from here walk leads on barren and arid country where tree lines drops for small bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron (azalea). Walking uphill into a river gorge and then finally opens up into a wide glacial valley on reaching Dingboche With many good lodges around facing views of Imjatse or Island peaks towards eas

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
4410

From Dingboche our route leads closer to Everest as walk climbs to a ridge marked with prayer flags and Stupas, then walking on nice gradual uphill facing marvelous scenery to reach at a small place in Thugla where Khumbu glaciers melts into a torrential river. A perfect place for rest and lunch stop, where afternoon walks leads to a steep climb at Thugla hill a place with with many memorials of unfortunate climbers around peaks of Khumbu and Everest. Walk continues for another few hours on nice gradual up to Lobuche for overnight stop, a place with several nice lodge with views of Nuptse and Lobuche peaks

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
4930

Today a great walk towards our main highlight and final destinations to reach Everest Base Camp, as morning walk leads on open wide valley with slow climb to reach above Khumbu glaciers, walking past moraine dunes reaching at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges on the junction of Everest base camp and Kalapatthar route. Gorakshep an earlier Everest base camp since 1950’s to late 1970’s before the route further about 4-6 k.m. From Gorakshep few hours walk over moraine and glacier to reach our ultimate destination at base camp with sweeping views of giant peaks of Nuptse-Lo la, Nuptse with notorious huge Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. In high mountaineering season this place will be active with climbers and crews with many camps set on top of moraine and glaciers. After a grand time then head back to Gorakshep for highest overnight stop of the adventure with fantastic memories of the day walks to Everest base camp.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
5177

Morning climb to scenic hill top at Kalapatthar above 5,545 m, the highest point of the trek offering incredible panorama of mountains with Everest at stone throw distance. With amazing time on top head back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek downhill past Lobuche and Thugla, where walk leads to windy Pheriche valley and then with short climb to a ridge with long descend to Pangboche village for overnight stop.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3900

Walk on same route with descend to Imjatse River and then climb to Thyangboche Monastery back into green vegetation and tree lines, with time here with scenic views, head downhill to Phunki Tenga and climb for an hour to reach a small place at Kyanjinma for overnight stop, which is on route Namche, a pleasant spot facing views of Everest-Ama Dablam and Tharmasarku with other range of peaks. Here chances of spotting some wild-life like musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar and pheasant Danfe (national bird of Nepal).

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3645

After a lovely morning with superb views of Everest and adjoining peaks, a nice wonderful walk leads you at Namche Bazaar with time for lunch break and browse around its stores and shops, then downhill to Dudh Kosi river to reach at Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2860

Morning with last day trek of this marvelous adventure leads on same scenic trail to Phakding following Dudh Kosi River downstream, from here a pleasant walk with few short ups and down to Choplung village, where an hour climb brings you at Lukla for lunch and overnight stop. In Lukla celebrate last night dinner among fellow trekkers, guides and porters after a fantastic time on Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2855

Morning transfer to Luka air terminal known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, tribute to late legendry mountaineers the first two to conquer on top Mt. Everest. As per the flight time board in small aircraft (Dornier or Twin Otter) a scenic 35 minutes flight brings you to hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Last day in the country of high beautiful Himalayas as per your international flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to next port of call after a wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Classic Trail to Everest Base Camp trekking with great service of Tramping Himalaya Adventures.

Food
Breakfast
Cost Included
  • Airport Pick up & Drop with private transport ( International & Domestic )
  • Hotel in Kathmandu 2 Nights 3-star standard with B/B  Twin Sharing Basis 
  • Kathmandu to Jiri Bus Tickets 
  • Kathmandu to Jiri Bus  Tickets for Guide 
  • Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Tickets
  • Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Tickets for Guide, 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek ( Twin Sharing Basis )
  • Meals, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner during the trek 
  • Well English Speaking of government license holder guide 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide/Assistant guides and Porters their salary, Insurance, Equipment, and lodging & fooding
  • Tramping Himalaya Adventures Duffel bag & T-shirt
  • All the necessary paperwork, Trekking/permits
  • Carried by your guide Medical Kit
  • All government taxes
  • Down Jacket If you need it ( To be returned after the trip )
  • Oxi-meter to check the pulse, Oxygen saturation, and heart rate
  • Unlimited Chlorine-treated safe drinking water 
Cost Excluded
  • Nepalese visa fee ( Bring the right cash in USD and 2 passport-size photographs )
  • 15 Days USD 30, 30 Days USD 50, 90 Days USD 125, 
  • Airfare International
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, the cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, wifi, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of  Tramping Himalaya Adventures
  • Tips and gratuities
Information

Some Additional Information

Correct Clothing & Equipments are essential for a safe and enjoyable trek. Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your travel with us.

FOOTWEAR ( RUNNING SHOES) :

1 pair for casual Comfortable support shoes wear on lighter walking days.

LIGHT HIKING BOOTS :

1 pair of sturdy hiking boots in which you should wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Sole should be flexible but still provide enough support for your feet. Boots should be very water repellent.

HIKING GAITERS (Optional) :

1 pair keeps rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.

WOOL SOCKS :

3 pair heavyweight wool socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.

LINER SOCKS :

3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

CLOTHING ( LIGHTWEIGHT LONG UNDERWEAR ) :

2 pair, tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.

LIGHT TREKKING PANTS :

Lightweight nylon pants designed to be used while trekking. They are extremely air permeable, dry quickly and provide sun protection. Zip-off lower leg sections are convenient for switching to shorts.

T-SHIRTS :

Lightweight crew style t-shirt that wicks away moisture. Shirt can be made of any synthetic material.

BANDANA :

Bring bandanas for face masks and other tasks.

SYNTHETIC/SOFT SHELL JACKET :

A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.

INSULTED DOWN-JACKET :

Medium to heavy weight with hood.

HARD SHELL JACKET WITH HOOD :

We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.

HARD SHALL PANTS :

Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.

HANDWEAR » FLEECE/SOFT SHELL GLOVES :

1 pair. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.

SHELL GLOVES WITH INSULATION :

1 pair. Insulation does not need to be removable. A good quality ski glove is sufficient

HEADWEAR » HEADLAMP & SPARE BATTRIES

A good quality climber’s headlamp. For use at night, bring extra batteries!

SUN HAT :

The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well. A Buff is recommended to reduce the amount of dust inhaled while trekking and reduces the chance of infection.

NECK GAITER OR BUFF :

Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.

GLACIER GLASSES :

100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun.

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT » SLEEPING BAG :

High quality with hood to at least - 10 Degree, Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics. (Company provide you sleeping bag for this trek)

BACKPACK :

A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000cu.in. max

ADJUSTABLE 3 SECTION TREKKING POLES : Optional » WATER TREATMENT TABLETS :

Iodine or Chloride Dioxide tablets. A small bottle or multi pack is sufficient. Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste. Chloride Dioxide formulas will not discolor water

WATER BOTTLES :

2 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.

PEE BOTTLE (Optional) :

but very useful.

PEE FUNNEL FOR WOMEN (Optional) :

Lightweight urinary director. (For minimal undressing for discreet use)

SUNSCREEN :

SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.

HAND/FOOT WARMERS (Optional) :

Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

LIP SCREEN :

SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.

MP3 PLAYER (Optional) :

Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitude (above 13,000ft). Chargers can be used at several lodges along the way.

TRAVELING » LARGE DUFFLE BAG WITH TRAVEL LOCKS :

1 for transporting and storing gear. These bags are needed to transport your clothing.

PLASTIC BAGS (5) :

For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

TRAVEL CLOTHES :

You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.

TOILETRY BAG :

Include toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush, Wet wipes 1-2 per day and hand sanitizer: Hand moisturizer.

FIRST AID » PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT (small and simple) :

Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids.

DRUGS/MEDICATIONS/PRESCRIPTIONS :

Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

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