Classic Everest Base Camp trek -25 days

Classic Everest Base Camp trek -25 days

You follow original route used by first Everest expedition that starts from Jiri to the base camp of Mt. Everest. En-route you come across wide valley at Bhandar and Sherpa settlements at Junbesi. Cross the pass at Takshindu (3048m), there is a Buddhist monastery. Continue the journey to Phakding and enter into the home of Sherpa people perched in the nook and corner of the valleys in Khumbu. Visit village at Thame (3811m) and Khumjung. Stop overnight at Namchebazar and Thayngboche on the way to base camp. As you approach base camp you stop overnight at a remote settlement at Dingboche and Lobouje. From Lobouje make a day trek to Kalapattar to see great view of Mt.Everest. Retrace the trail back to Lukla. The trek ends with flight to Kathmandu.

Day 01:   Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. In Kathmandu- Hotel accommodation

Day 02:   Free day to explore Kathmandu own - Hotel accommodation

Day 03:   Drive to Jiri and to Bhandar (2195m) - Guest House accomodation

After breakfast, drive to Jiri by private car/coach. The road from Kathmandu now extends as far as Jiri almost into sherpa country. The 6 to 8 hours drive is in itself interesting passing through diverse countryside, crossing the Sun Koshi (river of Gold) and climbing high over forested ridges before reaching Jiri. The first day, overnight at lodge , Jiri Jiri now has become something of a boom town since the road was built.

The trail leads up the east ridge of the river, through Tamang villages, to Kharubas pass (2,713m). Climb through rhododendron forest, pass old water mills and mani walls to Bulders Pass, marked by mani walls. Descend to Chyangma through forest of rhododendron and oak, passing a large Chorten. Beautiful valley marks the entrance to sherpa country. Village of Chyangma has some Tamang and Newar people but predominantly Sherpa. Mani walls welcome the traveller to the village. An interesting shop display Chang (homemade wine) bottles, tea chums, essential items of sherpa home.

Day 04: Sete (2,575m)- Guest House accomodation

Steep descend through forest then more gradually past terraced fields to Phedi, a small Chhetri settlement. Cross suspension bridge and walk along river to Kenja at the junction of two river, a bustling bazaar with a primary school, tea houses and fabric shops. The village populace with the combination of Sherpa, Newar and Chhetri. Climb steeply through rhododendron forest. View to the south of receding hills and lush valleys. Mani walls mark the entrance to the monastery village of Sete, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the Everest trail. A visit to the hilltop monastery is worthwhile.

Day 05: Junbesi (2,675m)- Guest House accomodation

Climb upto Lamjura Pass (3,530m), through pine forest. The trekker is meet by mass of colors (in season) as the pass is ascended through a rhododendron forest. Some unnamed rocky summits at the head of the Rolwaling valley are visible from the pass. Lamjura marks a transition point between the receding hills to the south west and the Solu Khumbu Valley ahead. Descend through rhododendron and pine trees to Thakdor, a Sherpa village with a huge carved mani rocks. Continue down through fields of primulas down to Junbesi, a large Sherpa village with a chorten, large monastery and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Nice view of Numbur (6957m).

Day 06: Takshindu (3200m)- Guest House accomodation

The trail climbs out of the Junbesi valley and side hills, running north and traversing high above the next river valley to the east, the Solu valley. A glimpse of Everest is seen on a clear day. Continue along the ridge to Sallung, a Sherpa village with small water spun prayer wheels. Descend through pine forest and grassy slopes to the Ringmo Khola. Cross the river and climb through the apple orchards of the Sherpa village of Ringmo. Takshindu Pass (2988m) with chorten marking the top of the pass sets off the towering views of Kangtega (6779m) and Thamserku (6623m) across the Dudh Koshi valley. Drop down through forest to the pagodalike monastery of Takshindu.

Day 07: Kharikhola (2,072m)- Guest House accomodation

Descend steeply to Manidingma, a Rai and Sherpa village by stream. Continue through mustard fields and through forest, with chance of seeing langurs. The descent continues into the valley of the Dudh Koshi, which drains the southern slopes of the Everest massif. Cross suspension bridge and gradually climb to Jubing, a Rai village with bamboo stands around its houses, continue to Magar and Sherpa villages of Kharikhola, with water mills and mani walls which has a colorful markets on every Wednesday.

Day 08: Payan (2773m)- Guest House accomodation

Cross small river, then steep climb to Kharte through rhododendron and oak trees as well as the fragrant Danphe. Continue through forest to Kharte Danda, with a chance of seeing pheasant. Descent to river, through rhododendron and birch, pine and bamboo.

Day 09: Phakding (2611m)- Guest House accomodation

Trail continues to traverse high above river. Nice view up the valley, including the airstrip at Lukla. A long steep descent to small rivers at Surkya. continue to village of Chaurikharka, set among the terraces on the hill side. Camp near bridge at Phakding. At the side of the bridge ia brightly painted mani rock, carved in commemoration of several familieswho diedwhen the Dudh Koshi became a ragging torrent from an avalanche that originated high on the slopes of Ama Dablam (6812m).

Day 10: Namche Bazaar (3440m)- Guest House accomodation

Follow the Bhote Koshi through forest and pasture land, along the valley dotted with small Sherpa settlements. Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply along switch backing trail to large Sherpa village of Namche. Everest (8848m) and Lhoste (8516m) come into sight. This prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. A traditional trading center, the bazaar is held every Saturday. The wares on display include grains and vegetable, tennis shoes and trinkles as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. Thamserlu (6648m) and Kwangde (6011m) loom to the east and west, and the scared mountain Khumbila (5707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village.

Day 11: Thame (3801m)- Guest House accomodation

Traverse westwards with view of Kwangde (6011m) and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Koshi as trail goes high on its bank through yellow and white rhododendron forest (in full bloom in May). Cross river, look back down valley for beautiful views of Thamserku (6623m) and Kusum Kanguru (6367m). Climb up through rhododendron forest to pasture lands infront of valley of Thame. This village is the birth place of Tenzing Norgay, who first climbed Mt.Everest with Sir Edmond Hillary. Camp in meadows at the edge of village. An hour climb to the Cliffside monastery is of great interest. From here, the trekkers can traverse above the village, then climb across the ridge to view the route of the Nangpa La, a Pass to Tibet frequently used by Sherpas and their Yaks during the summer.

Day 12: Khumjung (3791m)- Guest House accomodation

Walk back down the valley by way of Thame, a hillside nunnery, take the high trail which by passes Namche and drops into Khumjung. This village is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. Its symmetrically laid out stone houses have the families of many Sherpas. The Sherpas may extend their hospitality and offer a tea time visit to one of their houses an experience.

Day 13: Thyangboche (3863m)- Guest House accomodation

The trail descends from Khunjung with chortens framing a dramatic view of Ama Dablam (6812m) and Kangtega (6779m) flanked by the towering heights of Sagarmatha (Nepalese name of Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse. Descend through moss covered rhododendron forest, watching for blood pheasant and the impala pheasant in the undergrowth. Cross the Dudh Koshi at Phungithanga and climb through the rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. Here lies, Thyangboche, the main monastery of the Khumbu area. The views from here are unforgettable. Thyangboche lies at the base of Kangtega and the spur of the ridge affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku,Tawoche and Khumbila.

Day 14: Dingboche (4343m)- Guest House accomodation

Descend from Thyangboche and again cross the Imja Khola (river), then side hill gradually to Pangboche. An interesting gompa site above the main village. The trekkers is in the midst of the Himalayas here, with spectacular views all around. For acclimatization, there is a need to spend two nights around the 4268m level and Dingboche lying in a shelter spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive than Pheriche. It is however of note that the Himalayan Rescue Association have their aid post at Pheriche.

Day 15: Dingboche (4412m)- Guest House accomodation

A day walk up to Chukhung (4743m) is highly recommended. The road gradually ascends to the low scattered stone huts that make up the settlement. To the south are ever changing views of Ama Dablam and to the north the massive walls of the Nuptse ridge and the south face of Lhotse.The Chukung valley lies beneath the largest ice wall of Amphu Lapcha. Chukung village lies directly under a rock ridge which connects Nuptse and Lhotse peaks. Return to Dingboche for o/n stay.

Day 16: Lobouje (4930m)- Guest House accomodation

Make steady ascend to Dingboche andt then follow very much level path to Pheriche. There is a high altitude aid post at Pheriche (4238m). It is staffed by European and American voluntary doctors during trekking season. Continue to ascend gradually to Dhugla (4603m); walk though moraine to the yak pasture at Lobouje.

Day 17: Kalapattat (5546m) or Everest Base Camp -  Guest House accomodation

Start early morning to walk along glacial terrain and wide field of big stones. You reach the very edge of Khumbu glacier. Nuptse (7881m) and Pumori (7147m) is just above the camp site. Continue further hike up to the summit of Kalapattar. The ascend to the summit is steep and very gradual. It would take about 2 to 3 hours depending upon your condition from Gorakshep. Once at the summit you get a great view of Mt.Everest just in front of you. After spending sometime at the summit descend to Gorakshep and trek to the base camp of Everest only if you are physically alright and fit otherwise overnight at Gorakshep for those who wish to do Everest base camp or Kalapattar.

Day 18: Pheriche (4238m)- Guest House accomodation

Retrace the trail back to Pheriche.

Day 19: Thyangboche (3866m)- Guest House accomodation

Retrace the trail back to Thyangboche. It is one of the most beautiful walk in the valley.

Day 20: Namche Bazar (3445m)- Guest House accomodation

Retrace the trail back to Namche Bazar. The trail make a sharp drop to Dudh Kosi (river) and make steep climb to Namche Bazar.

Day 21: Lukla  (2810m) - Guest House accomodation

Retrace the trail back to Lukla. You make easy descent to Phakding and to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu - Hotel accommodation

Upon arrival, pick up at the airport, transfer to hotel.

Day 23: In Kathmandu-free day - Hotel accommodation

Day 24: In Kathmandu-free day - Hotel accommodation

Day 25: Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu

Private arrangement trek cost: 

1    pax       US$1885 p/pax
2    pax       US$1665 p/pax
3-5 pax       US$1605 p/pax
6-9 pax       US$1535 p/pax
10-15pax   US$1425 p/pax
16+ pax      US$1375 p/pax
SGL Supplement: US$ 150

Cost includes:

01. All meals and accommodation in standard lodge/tea house during the trek
02. Service of trek guide and Sherpa assistant for bigger group
03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters.
05. Domestic Airfare according to programme
06. National park and trekking permit,
07. Arrival and departure transfers.
08. Passenger bus to Jiri
09. 5 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB using 3 star hotel

Cost dest not include:

01. Personal clothing, and sleeping bag
02. Personal accident and health insurance
03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies

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  • Price : USD 1375
  • Destinations : Everest, Solukhumbu
  • Max Elevation : 5545
  • Weather : Spring and Autumn are best time to explore these region
  • Trip Duration : 25 days
  • Trip Grade : Streneous
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