Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure. As we walk along the trail, we pass through quaint villages, alpine woodlands, and Glacier Rivers with the almighty snow-clad mountains in our backdrop. The trip through this trail encompasses several ups and downs that are nerve shaking but the rewards of breathtaking serene nature will keep you going. In addition, the trek provides an opportunity to interact with locals and let trekkers immerse themselves in their culture and lifestyle. Similarly, the interesting life of mountainous people and their warm generosity will make trekkers feel homely.
The Classic Everest Trek commences a long scenic drive (Approx. 8 hrs.) to Shivalaya from where the trail begins. The trail follows the footsteps taken by the legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Everest Base Camp classic trek is most exciting as it begins from the low land of Shivalaya and reaches the high altitude at Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp all the way to the beautiful valley of Gokyo. We conclude our trek trekking back to Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu.
- Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to the hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to your hotel
- Day 2: Optional Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and popularly known as “City of temples”. After having hearty breakfast, we will explore a vibrant and culturally rich Kathmandu valley. A guided cultural tour will be conducted inside the valley.
We will start off visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “om mani paddle hum” resound everywhere. The candles and aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Next, is the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing a religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
Visit Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath
- Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1,838 m/6,030ft ): 8 hours driving
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private vehicle. It is a scenic drive with several picturesque gorges and occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. Overnight at teahouse lodge
- Day 4: Trek to Bhandar (2,180m/7,152 ft.)- 6 to 7 hours walking.
The trek continues with a steady climb through cultivated fields and tiny Tamang villages. The direct route to Deurali climbs a muddy gully up the end of the spur. After crossing a couple of flat wooden bridges, you will begin the steep ascent to the Deurali pass on a winding forest trail. Deurali (2705m) is covered by a grid of mani walls inscribed thousands of times with the Tibetan Buddhist mantra. From here the trail plunges straight down the hillside. After an hour, you will reach the outskirts of Bhandar (2200m), a Sherpa village which is littered with witty prayer walls and small Gompas. Overnight at teahouse lodge
- Day 5: Bhandar to Sete (2,575m/8,448 ft.): 7-8 hrs
We further descend the trail from Bhandar through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small settlement of Dokharpa. Again passing through some streams ahead we reach Likhu Khola Valley. Crossing over the second suspension bridge, we ascend the ridge to reach the settlement of Kenja. The trail to Lamajura La pass begins from here. Snow clad peaks are visible as we ascend. Some hours of hard climbing takes us to Chimbu. Taking the right trail we continue about 2 hours to get to Sete. Overnight at Sete
- Day 6: Trek Sete to Junbesi (2,670m/8,759 ft.): 7-8 hrs
We take an uphill climb to Lamjura La through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons. Pass by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem, we reach the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazzar at Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters covered with prayer flags, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding green mountains. We descend down the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi. We spend the afternoon here exploring the most delightful village (Junvbesi) before Namche. Overnight at Junbesi.
- Day 7: Rest day explore Thupdten Chholing Monastery above Junbesi Village
In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the surrounding hills and some Buddhist Monasteries. Junbesi is a good place to take a rest day and there are some of the interesting sidewalks to Buddhist Monasteries in the surrounding valleys. The valley of Junbesi Khola runs north towards Thubten Chholing Monastery, a huge Tibetan Buddhist Monastery founded by the revered Lama Trulsik Rinpoche, who fled to Nepal from Rongbuk Gompa in Tibet with a large group of Anis (Nuns) and monks in the 1960s. Since then, many more refugees have fled to Thubten Chholing en route to join the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala in India. The small monastic cells dotted around the hillside are reserved for private meditation by resident monks and nuns. The trail to Thupten Chholing starts in front of the Junbesi Gompa and follows the west bank of the Junbesi Khola upstream past a Chorten. Cross to the east bank by the powerhouse at Mopung, and then climb the ridge to the Gompa. After visiting the Monastery, we retrace our way back to our Lodge.
- Day 8: Trek to Nunthala (2,250 m/7,381 ft.)- 7 hours walk
Head up the valley through the forest again, where you will catch your first sighting of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The closer mountains will appear much taller than Everest at first. Cross the suspension bridge of Ringmo Khola then ascend to the village of Ringmo, where you will pass extraordinary examples of Tibetan architecture. Descend through one more dense forest packed full of life before reaching Nunthala where you will spend the night.
- Day 9: Trek to Bupsa (2,300 m/7,545 ft. )- 6 hours walk
Shortly after leaving Nunthala you will reach the Dudh Koshi River – Milk River in Nepali. You will see why as you cross the suspension bridge above the foaming white rapids of the river. From here you turn north and head towards the overnight destination of Bupsa – a gradual ascent up the valley.
- Day 10: Trek to Surkhe (2,290 m/7,513ft.)- 6 hours walk
From now the remainder of the trek will be largely uphill as you slowly make your way to the base camp. The day starts with an ascent through a forest bustling with monkeys and verdant foliage before reaching some barren hillside. You will pass some small villages before you reach Surkhe, a small village located just below the Lukla airstrip.
- Day 11: Trek to Monjo (2,840 m/9,318 ft.)- 6 hours walk
We start to climb to north to Chaurikharka, a large scattered village with a monastery and a high school. It is known as the breadbasket of the Khumbu area because the land is very fertile for barley, wheat, and enough green vegetables. Today we can see many trekkers from Lukla and coming back from Everest Base Camp. From here the path is quite busy with trekkers, porters, and pack animals. Additionally, there are a few hours of the good scenic walk which will bring us to Monjo.
- Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445 m/11,302 ft.)- 4 to 5 hours walking
Today there is a long and steep climb up to the trading town of Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the hill, we are rewarded with our first views of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is the largest town in the Khumbu and has superb views of Thamserku (6,648m), Kwangde (6,220m) and Khumbila (5,700m).
- Day 13: Acclimatization day in Namche
Today we take a rest day to allow us to adapt to the gain in altitude. There is plenty to do in and around Namche, we can take a short walk above the town to get a view of Everest. There is also an interesting Sherpa Culture Museum which is well worth a visit. We will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or visit the Bazaar.
- Day 14: Trek to Tengboche (3,867 m/12,687 ft.) )- 5 hours walking.
Straight through Namche’s town, join the main trail emerging onto a precipitous canyon wall above the Dudh Koshi. Continue to a junction in the trail then descend to the river, crossing the bridge at Phutenga, 2 hours from Namche. Ascend steeply up a forested ridge to a saddle, a little less than 2 hours away. Thyangboche’s monastery lies here with its spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, and Thamserku.
- Day 15: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,271 ft.)- 5 to 6 hours walking.
Trekking past the Gompa, which holds the famous Yeti scalp, at Pangboche, are the summer yak pastures and here lies no doubt as to the Spartan lives of Sherpas. Beyond this, it is as well to understand that overnight sleeping facilities can reflect the harshness of our surroundings. Much of the walking in this area is of comparatively gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is anyway recommended due to the high altitude.
- Day 16: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche
The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained an altitude above 4,000m. Hence, today we have one more acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Hike to the Nagajun Hill (5,050m/16,568ft) or Chhukung Village would be the best options. We will return to Dingboche and after lunch, you would basically have free time to rest and relax.
- Day 17: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 ft.) 5 – 6 hrs hike
Today, after the early breakfast, we start our trekking uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters, which is an amazing trek, beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. After 2 and half hours of gradual walk, we will reach to Dughla, from Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here, Away from the tree line area, the trail descends gradually and flows to the western side until we reach the valley of Lobuche where we will rest overnight.
- Day 18: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m) & back to Gorakshep (5,288 m/17,349 ft.) 8 hrs hike
This is the most important day of Everest Base Camp Trek as today we reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche this trail to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. After a light lunch at Gorak Sep we then walk to Everest base camp, the trail is mainly on rocky moraine before crossing over on to the glacier. There is a dramatic view of the infamous Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After few times in the base camp, we walk back to Gorak Shep for overnight.
- Day 19: Trek to Kala Pattar (5,545 m/18,192 ft.) and back to Lobuche (4,930 m/ 16,174 ft.)- 6-7 hours walk.
We have another early morning start to climb Kala Patar in order to get the clear morning views. There is a steep climb for a couple of hours to the Kala Patar summit. It is definitely worth it for the great views of Everest along with the other Himalayan giants of Pumori, Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse and many others! After the climb to Kala Pattar, we return to Gorakshep for lunch. We then start our descent and return to the thicker air of Lobuche in the afternoon.
- Day 20: Trek to Dzong La (5,200 m/ 17,060 ft.)- 4 to 5 hours walk
We head west towards the Cho La Pass, contouring around a headland towards the picturesque Dzong La which cuts across a jagged spur that descends from the summit of Lobuche Peak. The path takes an obvious, gently ascending line, but is very narrow and in snowy conditions can be slippery. High on the flanks of Lobuche we will lunch beside a glacial lake before a long descent to a magnificent camp at the foot of Cholatse, near the base of the Cho La pass.
- Day 21: Trek to Thagnak (4,750m/15,583 ft.) over Cho La (5,400 m/ 17,716 ft.)
The views today are magnificent as we leave the Everest watershed and enter that of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. The crossing is hard work, involving a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier that caps the pass. However, the views of the route ahead, and of the glacier itself, are breathtaking. We descend steeply boulder-strewn slopes to the Gokyo valley below. This is a valley of turquoise lakes and great glaciers. For the first (and steepest) part of the descent there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside – slippery in the snow! The ground then levels out and the path all but disappears as we hop across a field of boulders. Finally, we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill (for today at least!), following a narrow river valley all the way to its base where we overnight at Tangnag, a small Sherpa settlement nestled beneath great rock walls, just a stone’s throw from the Ngozumba Glacier.
- Day 22: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,748 ft. ). 2 – 3 hours walk
We cross the glacier and ascend the lateral moraine valley past beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across the mirror-calm surface, to the village of Gokyo. An easy day, we will have the chance to climb another hill, Gokyo Ri at 5,400m, either this evening or early the next morning (or both!).
- Day 23: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 - 6 hours
We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri today. From the top of Gokyo Ri we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. We continue walking a little further and reach the 5th lake. A climb up a nearby hill will guarantee us remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From the northern part of the 5th lake, we see the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier in the world. We walk back to Gokyo to spend the night.
- Day 24: Trek to Dole (4,200 m/13,780 ft.) 3 - 4 hours walk
We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way, we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. After reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole. Overnight in Dole.
- Day 25: Trek to Monjo (2,835 m/9,300 ft.): 6 -7 hours walk
We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of the Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche, the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We retrace our steps back to Namche Bazaar and then down to Monjo village for Overnight.
- Day 26: Return to Lukla (2,840 m/9,315 ft.) 5 hours walking.
From Monjo we carry on the descent of the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat, and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start ascending the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. Overnight at Lodge.
- Day 27: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302 m/4,270 ft.) approx. 35 mins flight
We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek. Stay overnight in hotel.
- Day 28: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time by shopping souvenirs for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.
- Day 29: Fly Back Home
It is time to fly back home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
Classic Everest Trek was an absolutely amazing trek – superbly organized and led by Nepal Sanctuary Treks who were outstanding in every regard. We received such detailed and excellent pre-trek information, briefing and logistics provided by Tulsi and his team. Our 3 fabulous Guides (Kharga, Kabi and Dinesh) and our 6 Porters were just so amazing, knowledgeable, caring and super helpful. the team who worked tirelessly to ensure that we were fully supported and cared for – both individually and as a group It was indeed a magical trip and an adventure of a lifetime. Sincere thanks to Tulsi, the company, Kharga and the team for making our dreams come true.
Thank you to all at Nepal Sanctuary Treks for an unbelievable adventure of a lifetime. The trip was amazing and was definitely enhanced by the quality of the guides and the organization of all. An extremely well-designed itinerary that prepares us well for entry into higher altitude. Prior to the trip, we felt brilliantly prepared with detailed information. The women running teahouses along the trail and guides collecting rubbish en route made us aware of sustainability and environmental impact. We were incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing team. Trekking crews were just terrific, so friendly, professional, obliging and caring. The trekking crew and lodge owners always did everything to make us feel safe.