Classic Everest Trekking
Classic Everest Trekking is the historic route of Everest Base Camp. All early expeditions including first successful Everest Summit by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary made use of this route. Even all trekkers used to pursue this path for any destinations of Everest region until Lukla Airstrip was built. The trail of this route is linked by road access with Kathmandu. Now also many trekkers who desire to chase the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary use this route to reach Everest Base Camp.
As compare with the route starts from Lukla airport, this is longer by few days but it grants to explore whole Everest Region (Solu as well as Khumbu area) while the other trekking trails of Everest trekking take to only Khumbu territory. The highlights of Solu area are the lush valleys with forest, rare animals, birds and beautiful Sherpa villages. Similarly alpine areas with world tallest mountains, glaciers, lakes, high passes are the salient attractions of Khumbu zone.
Everest Classic trekking starts with a long drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya. The trail from Shivalaya to Cheplung passes through typical middle hills villages, terraced farms, rhododendron forests with different species of birds and animals. At Cheplung it meets the trail come from Lukla and goes ahead to Namche Bazaar through Dudh Koshi valley. Here one day rest for acclimatization then trek upward to Lobuche and finally to Everest Base Camp. After the visit to Everest Base Camp, the next morning hiking up to Kalapathar offers the spectacular views of Mount Everest, its surrounding high peaks, and the Khumbu glacier. Then the trekking will be all the down to Lukla.
From Lukla, the return journey to Kathmandu will be by 40 minutes mountain flight. All program of this trip ends in Kathmandu with cultural sightseeing of World Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley.
“Classic Everest Trekking is the legendary trekking trail with pursuing the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to be at Mount Everest Base Camp.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (Alt. 1810m/5938ft) via Jiri. Driving 8 to 9 hours (219km).
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our trekking guide. Then you drive to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya via Jiri by Express public bus. It’s little bit long but scenic mountain drive. Upon arrival at Shivalaya, you will be check in to the lodge and rest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 3: Trekking from Shivalaya to Bhandar (2200m/7218ft). Walking 5 hours.
After breakfast, the trekking starts climbing to Sangbadanda where local hotels sell bottled cold drinks. Leaving this next climb is to Khasrubas passing a number of houses with wide terraces. Then the trail runs mostly level towards the head of the canyon. After crossing few wooden bridges you will begin the steep ascent to the Deurali passing forest. In Deurali village you see a grid of mani walls inscribed with Tibetan Buddhist mantras and Buddhist Sherpa culture. From here you follow the path down into the valley on steep stone steps. Then after an hour of walking, you arrive at Bhandar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 4: Trekking from Bhandar to Sete (2575m/8450ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
From Bhandar you follow the path downhill to the stream. You stroll along the east bank of the Likhu Khola. You cross a suspension bridge to reach Kinja, a bustling market at the confluence of the Likhu Khola and Kinia Khola. From Kinja you begin a steep ascent towards the Lamjura Bhanjyang that is in the vertical slope above the village. About two of climbing you arrive at Chimbu. Leaving this village you ascend between farms and tea houses to the next beautiful village of Sete which is located behind beehive shaped ancient Buddhist stupa. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 5: Trekking from Sete to Junbesi (2670 m/8760ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
Today half of the journey is a long and climb to Lamjura Bhanjyang pass (3530m). About an hour above Sete the trail reaches Dagchu village. From here it ascends along the narrow muddy chute. After another hour of climbing, you arrive at Goyom spread over three settlements in the forest. Then you start to climb the pass which is long, bit tiring and often cold. If the skies are clear you can see white tipped peaks. Lamjura Bhanjyang is marked by prayer flags and khata (ceremonial scarves). From the pass, the trail makes a long descent to the bottom of the valley through fragrant fir and rhododendron forests. On the way, you meet small villages of Taktor at first then Serlo. While descend you can see looming peak of Numbur Himal (6959m) to the north. This peak is worshiped as the guardian deity of this area. Eventually, you enter Junbesi, the village of Sherpa culture passing some colored mantras carved into the rock face and steep terraced fields. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 6: Trekking from Junbesi to Nunthala (2220m/7280ft). Walking 6 hours
After breakfast, you follow the pass crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge and reaches a trail junction. You follow the route to Khumbu climbing steeply uphill into the trees, looping in and out of side valleys used for grazing herders from Junbesi. The landscape here is very beautiful with all the pines and cows. You continue climbing to ridge top village of Phurteng. From here you see the first views of Everest and other peaks of Thamserku, Kantega, Kusum Kangaru, and Mera. Then it descends to the small settlement of Salung then to Dudhkunda. Then crossing on suspension it heads up to Ringmo. Above this village, the trail climbs steeply through pine and rhododendron forest to Pangoma. From here the side trail branches towards Dudh Kunda. You follow the path that leads to Nunthala. The trail passing through Trakshindu La and Trakshindu Gompa through a forest of conifer and rhododendron forest having plentiful strawberries descends to Timbu and then to Nunthala. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 7: Trekking from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 m/7740 ft). Walking 5 hours.
Leaving Nunthala the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River passing forest and farmland of Phuleli. It crosses long suspension bridge on this river and turns towards Jubing village through fields of barley, wheat, and maize. Then the trail climbs via Chyokha and enters Khari Khola valley. In Khari Khola, you find a number of possible sidewalks. As you are not stopping here for a rest day you walk towards Khari Khola (stream) and cross it the by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m with water powered mills that grind the corn grown both sides of the valley. After that, the paths makes a steep climb and arrive at Bupsa. This village is located among the cascading wheat and maize terraces below the dense oak forest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 8: Trekking from Bupsa to Surke (2290m/7282ft). Walking 5 hours
After breakfast, the trekking starts walking through wheat fields. Then the trail climbs through forest to Kharte near the trail junction for Pangum. From Kharte the trail climbs uphill to the pass at Khari La (2840m). From the pass, it enters into an oak forest that brings to lost valley of Dinosaurs. After crossing an old landslide it comes to across the Paiya Khola. Short steep climbs through the forest take you into Paiya. Above this village, you will get first views of the Dudh Koshi canyon. The path climbs steadily through the forest to Chewbas. Leaving this village the path follows to Paiya La (2805m) then to Pakhepani. From Pakhepani the trail plunges downwards on a muddy path through forest beneath the Lukla airstrip and eventually arrives at the pretty village of Surke which is hanging above the Dudh Koshi River.
Day 9: Trekking from Surke to Phakding (2652m/8700ft). Walking 4:30 hours.
From Surke the trail climbs above the stream on crude stone steps for about 20 minutes to a junction by a small stream and a mani wall. You follow the path that climbs steadily to Chheplung. From the Chheplung village, the trail joins with the trail come from Lukla. Then it descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 10: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 5 hours.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is a checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterward, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 11: Acclimatization day. Day trip to Shyangboche and Khumjung Village (Alt. 3780m/12402ft) and trek back to Namche Bazaar. Walking 5 hours.
Today you stay at Namche Bazaar to avoid symptoms of Altitude Sickness (AMS). This doesn’t mean you have to stop walking. You hike up the Shyangboche. You cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Then you continue walking to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in Everest region which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5761m). The houses here are large and ostentatious and many locals own tracts of land further north along the valley. You visit Khumjung Gompa. One of the treasures kept here is a Yeti Skull. From the flat area in front of the Gompa, there are views east to Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbila. After the visit of Khumjung village, you return directly to Namche Bazaar following the path behind the village school. Today you will have also option to visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor center where you can see some well-preserved displays on Himalayan flora and fauna and the culture of Sherpa people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 12: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Alt. 3860m/12664ft). Walking 5 hours.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You follow the trail to Tengboche runs gently downhill towards the river traversing Lawichasa, Tashinga, and Phunki Thenga. Then it crosses the river on the bridge. From here the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of rhododendrons. On the way, there are many porter rest stops. Eventually, you will reach to Kani and a pair of chortens and arrive at Tengboche. The major attraction of this place is Tengboche Gompa. Inside the monastery are incredibly elaborate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 13: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (Alt. 4350m/14272ft). Walking 6 hours.
Your day starts with following the trail through conifers and rhododendrons forest. The trail sooner reaches Debuche. Then the path continues through rhododendron forests to Milinggo. From here the trail descends steeply to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. Crossing the bridge it climbs. You find the good photo shooting place of beautiful Stupa mirroring towering Ama Dablam. Afterward, you will soon arrive at Pangboche. Leaving Pangboche the trail climbs above the tree line and enters the arid landscape of alpine meadows. It follows the path of Imja Khola (stream) and passes Shomare and Orsho. After Orsho the trail splits. You will follow the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola that leads to Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can have good views of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 14: Acclimatization day. Walk around Dingboche. Walking 4 hours.
Today you spend a day in Dingboche for the acclimatization. In the morning you have refreshing breakfast while admiring views of the looming Ama Dablam (6,856 m). Then after our guide take you a short walk to Nangkartshang Gompa. This Buddhist monastery is 400 m above Dingboche on the ridge. From there you can enjoy the view of Makalu (8463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu. From this vantage place, you can also see Imja valley as well as picturesque fields and pastures. Then you walk back to Dingboche and get relaxed at your lodge. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 15: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (Alt. 4910m/4910ft). Walking 5 hours.
From Dingboche, you follow the path climbing slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa. On the way, you can have a spectacular view of twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Then the trail drops down to a glacial stream following rising up to Dughla. From this village, the trail goes directly up gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Afterward, it moves at the top of the ridge which covered with memorials to lost climbers and Sherpas. From here you can enjoy an impressive view of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), Changtse (7550m) Nuptse and Lhotse. Then trail meets the junction. You follow the path that ascends north over the loose moraine and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 16: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5365m/17602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7:30 hours.
Today your trek begins following narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall past the Italian Pyramid. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles into the glacier. To find the trail look for cairns of stones left as markers and hoof prints and dung left by yak trains. After rounding the trail you will have your first views of Kalapathar (5545m). As you climb take the time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. Then the trail passes Changri Shar Glacier and reaches at Gorak Shep, flat sandy bowls at the foot of Kalapathar. You continue walking to Everest Base Camp following the path across the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall at 5365m. Visiting Everest Base Camp you trek back to Gorakshep for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 17: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft) then trek down to Pheriche (4200m/13780ft).
Wake up early in the morning then hike up to Kalapathar through grassy ridge above the Gorak Shep. It takes one and half hour to two hours to reach the summit which is marked by prayer flags. As you climb it the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. By climbing 200 m you will find yourself in front of world’s definitive mountain views- a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche to Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible. After taking photos this world class scenery you back down to Gorakshep. Have a lunch in Gorakshep. In the afternoon you trek to Pheriche retracing your steps along the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 18: Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
After breakfast, you descend to the valley of Orsho then follow the west bank of Imja Khola to Shomare and on to Pangboche. From Pangboche you retrace your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche and Tengboche. From Tengboche, you trek down to Phunki Thenga then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 19: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Alt.2804m/9199ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 20: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu. After you land in Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time rest of the day. You can have a hot shower, spa for relaxing your body in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Sightseeing tour to World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley. Evening farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show.
After breakfast, you will be offered cultural sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley accompany with a professional guide. By our private vehicle you will visit Pashupatinath, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu city; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet which is the center of Tibetan culture; Bhaktapur Durbar Square, medieval royal palace that glimpse you Nepalese authentic art and architecture and unique culture. After sightseeing, you have free time for your last minute shopping. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Final Departure.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Transportation to trekking starting point and from ending point
- Trekking Information Management System Fee (TIMS Fee)
- National park Conservation Fee
- Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
- Services of English speaking trekking guide and porter (one porter for two people and the maximum weight carry by one porter is total 25kg)
- Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment and allowance of guide and porter.
- All applicable government taxes and service charges.
- Lukla to Kathmandu flight ticket
- Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Any international airfare
- Your personal travel insurance and medical.
- Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter, and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
- Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents, and other occurrence, beyond our control
- Nepal visa fee.
- Any other optional services not mentioned above as included.