Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek from Jiri to Everest base camp is a classic and original route. Long time ago trekkers used to walk all the way from Jiri to EBC and trek back to the same place at Jiri but now, since there is a small mountain airport in Lukla has been build most of the trekkers would like to take at least one way flight to or from Lukla. Our Classic Everest base camp trek starts from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Jiri or Shivalaya from where our adventure and challenging journey begins. Gradually uphill and downhill, the trek reaches to Lukla then to Namche bazaar where we will spend two nights to have a proper acclimatization. In next days, we trek to Tengboche, Dengboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally kalapathar and Everest base camp. Get enjoy and be thrilled being on the base camp of the world.  

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

 Classic Everest base camp trek covers low land from Jiri to highland Kalapathar (5545m). This is breathtaking trip to Everest base camp walking with its panoramic view of Everest 8848m, Cho Oyu 8152m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m and Ama Dablam 6456m. The trek ends at Lukla with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Classic Everest Base Camp trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:
Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03:
Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, 8 hrs drive. 
Day 04:
Trek from Jiri/Shivalaya to Deurali, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05:
Trek from Deorali to Sete, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Sete to Junbesi, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Nuntala, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Day 08: Trek from Nuntala to Kharikhola, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Khari-Khola to Puiyan, 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding, 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 12: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 15: Another acclimatization day at Pheriche.
Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 17: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapathar (5545m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walking.
Day 18: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche, 8 hrs walking.
Day 19: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 20: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 21: Trek from Kkumjung to Manjo, 6 hrs walking.  
Day 22: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
Day 24: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Classic Everest Base Camp trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley.
Morning Breakfast at hotel, a full day sightseeing around UNESCO Kathmandu where your tour guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, 8 hrs drive.  
After breakfast, we go to local bus park and take a scenic drive to Jiri which takes about 8 hrs to reach Jiri or Shivalaya. As an option, we can take a private jeep drive to Shivalaya, this way we can have safe and easy drive. Overnight at guest house in Jiri or Shivalaya.

Day 04: Trek from Jiri/Shivalaya to Deurali, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
If we are driving up to Jiri and start our trek from here, we trek with a steady climb through cultivated fields and tiny Tamang villages. Climbing diagonally , we cross forested areas and open pasture land before again descending to Shivalaya. From here it's steady climb to the top of the Deurali pass (3000m) where we spend the night at local guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Deorali to Sete, 5 to 6 hrs walking.
From Deurali, it's a short walk to the Sherpa village of Bhandar which is littered witty prayer walls and small gompas (Buddhist temples) Descending to the valley floor at the river side town of Kenja, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron to Sete (2575m) whose beautiful hilltop monastery is a worth a visit. Overnight at local guest house.  

Day 06: Trek from Sete to Junbesi, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
We climb through fragrant pine and oak forest to the Lamjura pass ( 3500m) for our first glimpse of Everest, then it's downhill again to the large Sherpa village of Junibesi. From here there are good views of Gaurishankar, Number Himal and Dudh Kunda. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Nuntala, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
From here we walk up the solung ridge, from where Everest is again visible and then descend to Ringo Khola, ringed with apple orchards. The trail crosses the Traksindola (3071m) before descending once again through the forest to Nuntala. Overnight at local lodge.  

Day 08: Trek from Nuntala to Kharikhola, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
From Nuntala, descend continues to Dudh Koshi (Milk river) the largest river on the trek. Then ascend through several Sherpa and Rai villages. Terraced fields and forest to the spread out village of Khari-Khola. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from Khari-Khola to Puiyan, 6 hrs walking.  
The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyan to Puiyan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding, 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing the path to Lukla airport, after which we climb on to Phakding. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
The trek begins with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes a waterfall. Full day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs and on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanggru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3445m). Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that we take a short day's hike to Everest view hotel or relax and explore the sherpa culture of Namche village.

Day 13: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.  
A couple hours walk takes us to phungithanga; from there the trail climbs through forests where we can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3860m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m) provides an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region. Overnight at guest house in Tengboche.

Day 14: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Beyond Tengboche the altitude really starts to tell. The trail droops down to Deboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani padme hum) to Pangboche at 3890m. The gompa here is worth visiting. Then the trail start climbs to Pheriche 4240m. Where there is a small health post  and medical facility, which gives lectures everyday on Altitude Sickness. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Another acclimatization day at Pheriche.
again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting in high altitude so we can make a day trip to Nangkartshang Gompa (5000m) or up the hill to look down onto Dingboche, either walk offers good views. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
The trail climbs to Phalang karpo at 4340m then Duglha at 4620m,From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climb steeply in to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier then left in to the memorial area Chukpilhara, before reaching the Lobuche at 4900m. Overnight at guest house in Lobuche.   

Day 17: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5150m) to Kalapathar (5545m), back to Gorakshep, 8 hrs walking.
The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorakshep. Stop for lunch then climb Kalapattar to get the best views of Everest and the surrounding mountains and back to Gorakshep for the evening. Overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 18: Trek from Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Lobuche, 8 hrs walking.
Wake up early in the morning, get well ready and start an early hike to Everest base camp. Although, the hike is cold and freezing, we have a new energy in our body to be on the highest base camp in the world. We are enthusiastic to be at that base camp from where all the climbers start their expedition to summit the top of the world.  We enjoy our quality time spending at Everest base camp and trek back to Lobuche for overnight stay.

Day 19: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche, 6 to 7 hrs walking.
 We start our trek after breakfast at Lobuche. We are in a hurry to leave this beautiful place since this is very and cold and freezing place. We trek slowly down to Pangboche where we can find a better accommodation alternative. 

Day 20: Trek from Pangboche to Khumjung Village (3789m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We walk down to the river then start hiking up to Khumjung village. Since this is a very beautiful village we will enjoy our stay at Khumjung exploring the Sherpa culture and traditions. Overnight at guest house in Khumjung village.

Day 21: Trek from Kkumjung to Manjo, 6 hrs walking.  
From Kumjung it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. We will stop and give you time to make any final souvenirs purchases before continuing on down the hill to Manjo. Overnight at guest house in Manjo.

Day 22: Trek from Manjo to Lukla (2860m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Even though we are going down the valley the trek has a final sting for us. We must hike up a hill to get to Lukla. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.

Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.
After breakfast at hotel, we will be transferred to airport in Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport we will be transferred to our hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a farewell dinner to celebrate the Classic Everest base camp trek. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 24: Final departure.
After breakfast, we drop you to airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Classic Everest Base Camp trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Jiri Everest Base Camp

Trip Duration: 24 days

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12

Best Season: Feb to June and Sept to Dec.

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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