Everest Base Camp Classic Trek – 19 Days

 

Description

Group size: Minimum of 2 people  Max-Altitude: 5,554m/18,192ft
 Destination: Nepal  Fitness level: Moderate 
 Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal  Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
 Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek

Trip Introduction

Everest Base Camp Classic Trek is a less common way to reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain. The 19-day trek entails walking on trails that very few trekkers have explored. Intially known as the Jiri to Everest base camp trek, this is the only hike to Everest that involves a long drive. Our trip begins in Kathmandu with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We drive from Kathmandu to Salleri the next day and begin trekking from there. The long drive from Kathmandu to Salleri is an enjoyable one, showcasing the diverse and beautiful Nepalese landscape. Our trek on the classic trail ends on the eighth day and we join the main trails. Lush rhododendron forests, Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa settlements, colorful prayer flags, deep gorges, fast flowing rivers, waterfalls and the unique suspension bridges are all part of our invigorating journey leading up to the Everest base camp. On our trek, we also climb up Kalapathhar, which is perhaps the best place for views of the Everest panorama. Everest Base Camp Classic Trek is a relief for any of us who wish to avoid the crowded trails but still want to experience the rich Sherpa culture, Nepalese mountain landscape and of course reach the base camp of the highest mountain on earth.

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including taxes and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m/7,841ft): 8-9 hours
Day 4: Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m/7,280 ft): 6 -7 hours
Day 5: Nunthala to Bupsa (2,360m/7,740 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 6: Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m/8,694ft)
Day 7: Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft): 4 – 5 hours
Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 9: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 12: Dingboche: acclimatization
Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours
Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Day 15: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours
Day 16: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 – 7 hours
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 – 7 hours
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final departure
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Accommodations

We will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel, Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300. Himalayan Glacier will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our Everest Classic Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Everest Base Camp Classic Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers are fit and can walk for long hours with a light backpack every day. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for the Everest Classic Trek. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Trip Start Dates and Cost

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