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Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

23 Nights 24 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5550 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

Trip Highlights:

  • Brings you up and down through the rugged Himalayan terrain to the lap of world’s tallest peak.
  • Observing culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people.
  • Passes through at the little settlement of Sherpa villages and colorful monasteries.
  • The close-up view of the highest mountains can be observed from the top of Kala Patthar.
  • Take in the sight of Kathmandu Valley including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek can be the best options for the trekkers who wish have a long and detailed expedition through the natural beauty and around Khumbu region. The trek can be arduous and challenging but rewarding at the same time.  It is adventurous and thrilling experience as it takes you up and down through the rugged Himalayan terrain to the lap of the world’s tallest peak.

The bus travel from Kathmandu to Jiri begins our journey. We start the trek on foot from Jiri. We pass through village areas observing culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people enjoying the traditional authentic food in their warm and hospitable tea houses along the way. We can see people using Yaks to carry goods around. We can also find rich Buddhist culture through several monasteries and stupas throughout the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. In addition, we see prayer wheels and prayer flags decorating the areas. Also, huge rocks carved and painted with Buddhist mantras can be spotted at several places around the trail.

The natural beauty of pine, rhododendron and juniper forest along the way add charm to our  Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Many uphill and downhill trails are there along the way. We pass through numerous rivers and suspension bridges as well. Despite the rugged terrain, the tea houses and lodges around the region are well kept, homely and welcoming where we get to have a comfortable rest.

The mountainous beauty fills our eyes on our Classic Everest Base Camp Trek ahead with breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Thamserku, Mount Pumori and many others. The best view of mountains can be observed from the top of Kala Patthar from where 360 ? views of a mountain range can be seen. 

 

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Itinerary

We receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport with a warm welcome and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After getting fresh and taking some rest, we host a welcome dinner for you at the finest restaurant in the city with Nepali cuisine. We brief the team of trekkers about the trip and take you back to the hotel for the nights’ sleep.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We take a trip around world heritage sites in Kathmandu which are the major attraction points. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the areas we will be roaming around for the day. In the evening we pack our bags with proper clothing and trekking equipment. We stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We take a long drive of about 8-9 hours by bus. We will be enjoying beautiful views along the journey. The bus will stop for tea break and lunch. After reaching Jiri you can take rest and stroll around the area and enjoy the evening time.

Accommodation
Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public Bus /Jeep

The first day of the trek begins with uphill climbing towards Chitre. From there we take a path downhill and through suspension bridge. We reach Shivalaya shortly. We will roam around the village and stay there for a night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We walk the trail uphill to Deurali which is at a good height from where beautiful scenic beauty can be observed from atop. Then, we descend towards Bhandar which is surrounded by hills. Buddhist monastery and smalls stupas can be spotted around. The village also has tea farm and buckwheat terraces can also be seen in the village areas. The region is surrounded by hills on all sides, magnifying its beauty. Also, crossing rivers through many suspension bridges along the way gives an enjoyable sensation.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We follow the trail across the valley and through the village. Moving ahead, we ascend and descend the hills and pass through the forest to Likhu Khola. Crossing the bridge over the river, we walk towards our destination for the day- Sete. We, then reach Chimbu. After walking a steep hill we finally reach Sete and spend our night there at the lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek starts with a climb uphill through rhododendron, pine, and juniper forest. After that, we reach Lamjura Pass and take our lunch there enjoying the stunning views of natural beauty around. Then we take a downhill trail and walk toward Junbesi, a Sherpa village. We spend the night at Junbesi.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We spend the day strolling around Junbesi and enjoying the local Sherpa culture and way of life around. We take a good rest and make our body adapt to new environmental condition and higher altitude. We stay for the night in a lodge at Junbesi.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
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We start the trek with a walk through hills towards Ringmo. On the way, we get the change to have a first glance of Mount Everest. We then move ahead from Ringmo to Nunthala. We see Buddhist prayer flags along the way. The houses are beautifully built with white coloured sloped roofs. We can also see monks playing around. Walking ahead, we reach Thaksinda pass at the top of the hill. There are several tea houses around where we can enjoy the lunch with beautiful hills around. We spend the night at a lodge in Nunthala.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek walking downhill towards the Dudh Koshi river. We cross the suspension bridge over the river and head ahead and pass through village area. Then we take uphill steep climbing until we reach Sherpa village. We then take the rest at a lodge in Kharikhola and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

From Kharikhola we take the trail down towards the suspension bridge over the river. From there we head towards Bupsa along the steep uphill trail. We pass through settlement area on the way to Paiya where we can see beautifully built stone houses. People are also seen carving stones for building houses. We take lunch at Paiya and rest for some time. We can see Lukla from Paiya and also beautiful mountain ranges like Mount Khumbilla, Mount Khwangbe and much more. We stay for the night at Paiya.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start the trek from Paiya to Surke. At Surke the trail separates. One goes to Pakhding and Namche and other to Lukla. We take a trail to Namche. Numerous huge rocks with Buddhist prayers carved on them can be seen all along the way. We then head towards Chaurikharka village and then to Chhaplu, Ghat and finally reach Phakding. At Phakding we can see many lodges and restaurants around. We give our tiring muscles a good rest and spend the night at Phakding.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Moving ahead from Phakding we take the trail ahead and cross rivers and village area and head towards Monju from where Sagarmatha National Park area begins. We will take care of all the required formalities at the entrance. We then enjoy warm drinks at the teahouse nearby. We then follow the trail downhill towards the suspension bridge and again take the walk uphill until finally reaching Namche Bazar. At Namche, there are beautifully managed lodges and well-kept home stays. We also get a chance to have a glimpse of Mount Everest and other mountains. We spend the night at a lodge in Namche Bazar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take rest for a day to adjust our body to the environment and gradually increasing altitude. We may stroll around the village and visit ancient monasteries and stupas. Also, there are many local shops in the area. We might roam around the shops and restaurants, enjoy the good food and chat with friends and family through the internet. Also, there is a statue of Tenzing Norgay, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary. From Namche majestic view of Mount Everest, Mount Thamserku, Mount Ama Dablam, and Mount Lhotse can be enjoyed.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the trail along the Dudh Koshi river. On the way, we can see various small stupas decorated with prayer flags and prayer wheels. If lucky we may get a chance to spot the national bird Lophophorus. Walking ahead we reach Sanasa from where the trail separates. One trail goes towards Gokyo RI and other to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. We take the trail towards Everest Base Camp. From Sanasa village a river can be seen down below. We take the walk uphill and head towards Tengboche. We then reach Tengboche monastery- the artistic and famous monastery in the region with the beautiful view of Mount Ama Dablam in the background. From Tengboche, we can also enjoy the beauty of mountains like Kangtega, Thamserku, Amadblam, Lhotse, Mt. Everest and many other mountains that have no names. We get a good night’s sleep at a lodge in Tengboche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Tengboche and start the walk downhill through the forest and then crossing the river along the way. Then we walk uphill towards Pagboche, a dense settlement area which lies in the lap of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. We can see people walking with Yaks carrying the goods. We then reach Somare from where the trail separates towards Pheriche and Dingboche. We take the trail to Pheriche and spend the night there at Pheriche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we take rest and explore the areas around Pheriche and observe culture and lifestyle of people. We move around in order to adjust our body to the thinning air density. We may also hike a little to have a pleasant view of mountain ranges around. We spend the day strolling around and spend the night at a lodge in Pheriche.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We leave Pheriche and head ahead where the trail that leads us towards Wide Valley. From there the steep uphill walk takes us to Thukla pass. Moving ahead we pass through Khumbu Khola valley and Thukla. From Thukla pass we get to view Mount Nuptse and Mount Pumori. We move through the trail enjoying the beautiful view of the valley. We reach Lobuche after the uphill climb and finally end the day.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail to Everest Base Camp passes through Gorak Shep Lake. The walk ahead takes us to Indian army mountaineers’ memorial. Walking through rocky terrain in such high altitude can wear out the tired body. But upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, the spellbinding view of mountain peaks and colourful tents contrasted against the snowy beauty makes you forget the arduous journey. The area is seen decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. We take pictures and after that, we return back and spend the night at Gorak Shep.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We start our hike early in the morning. After walking couple of hours, we reach the top of Kala Patthar (meaning black rock in local language), which is the sunrise viewing point. From the top, we get to see 360? views of mountains around with the closest view of Mount Everest. Down below we can see the deep and dangerous Khumbu glacier. Also, we can see the gigantic view of Mount Pumori from the top of Kala Patthar. Mount Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many other mountains can be viewed up close from the top. We return back to Gorak Shep and we'll take breakfast then return back to Pheriche and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trek back passes through brightly coloured rhododendron trees and juniper trees. Walking ahead we cross Dudh Koshi river and pine forests, enjoying mountainous views along the way. We then reach Namche Bazar and stay there overnight.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the rocky trail downward toward Dudh Koshi river. Upon crossing the river we head towards Lukla crossing Monjo (Sagarmatha National Park entry and exit). Walking downhill and crossing the suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi river, we walk ahead to Phakding. From Phakding we catch the trail uphill until finally reaching Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla we give a rest to our aching body and spend the night in a lodge.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse/Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take a flight back to Kathmandu and upon reaching Kathmandu we might roam around the city for some souvenir shopping. We organize farewell dinner for you and celebrate the successful completion of trek and exchange final greetings and wishes.

Accommodation
3 Star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Flight

Today is the final day and we get ready for the departure. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu to Jiri travel in a bus tickets
  • Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket

Permits & Paperworks

  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit
  • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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