Everest Base Camp Classic Trek

Duration: 19 Days

Everest Base Camp Classic Trek takes the road less traveled to land on the base camp of Mount. Everest at (5,364m/ 17,594 feet) You make people along the way, teahouse owners, and any porters you may hire very happy as they don’t get to see much business in this route. So, you are helping the local economy by making this journey. Our journey starts in Kathmandu; we go sightseeing in and around the city visiting various UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, Swyambhunath, Pashupatinath and a few other places.

We leave Kathmandu for Salleri the following day. The rather long drive to Salleri is thoroughly scenic and enjoyable, high chances you will be glad you took the road instead of the flight to Lukla which you’d have to take while coming back. We are on the classic trail to Everest Base Camp until the eighth day of the trip, the next day we join the main route.

Through forests of rhododendron and deciduous trees, Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, suspension bridges, waterfalls, high current whitewater rivers, and deep gorges, we reach the Everest Base Camp on the 14th day of the trip. This trek also gets you to Kala Patthar, the best-known viewpoint in the Everest region. You can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the Khumbu Himalaya spread including the mighty Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and AmaDablam among other surrounding mountains.

 Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is for those who want to take them off the beaten path, avoid the seasonal crowd, get to know Sherpa culture and Nepalese lifestyle that is not tamed for touristic purposes and simply enjoy the Himalaya.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath and Durbar Squares.
  • The classic route to Everest, from Salleri till Monjo.
  • Namche Bazaar, Everest region’s busiest market.
  • Tengboche Monastery, the largest of its kind in the Khumbu region. Tengboche is also a viewpoint and provides fantastic views of AmaDablam and Mount Everest.
  • Everest Base Camp with views of Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbutse
  • Kala Patthar, it is the ultimate viewpoint of the Everest Region. This is from where you can see Everest the closest; also enjoy views of other surrounding mountains.
  • Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m) : 8-9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m) : 6 -7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Nunthala to Bupsa ( 2,360m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m) : 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m) : 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 3-4 hours
  • Day 09: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 10: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 12: Acclimatization at Dingboche
  • Day 13: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Lobuche to GorakShep (5,170m) Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to GorakShep: 7-8 hours
  • Day 15: Climb GorakShep to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and trek to Pheriche (4,288m) : 7-8 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,804m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Final Departure
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

    oday, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m) : 8-9 hours

    Instead of taking the conventional way to Everest via a 40-minute flight to Lukla, we take a scenic and adventurous road to Salleri. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Highlights of Day 3
    a. Jeep Ride from Kathmandu
    b. Hills, local communities, river, and forests in the way
    c. Overnight at a teahouse in Salleri
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m) : 6 -7 hours

    If you have been waiting for the real trekking, it starts today. Buckle up for a 6-7 hours of hiking today. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Highlights of Day 4
    a. Your first views of mountains, Makalu and Gaurishankar among others.
    b. Climbing 600 meters up
    c. Descending 800 meters
    d. Overnight in Nunthala, a quiet and scenic village in Khotang district
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek Nunthala to Bupsa ( 2,360m) : 5-6 hours

    You will wake up to the chirping of birds and donkey bells rattling outside and of course and warm and hearty breakfast.
    Highlights of Day 5
    1. Climbing down 700 meters
    2. Pretty countryside views
    3. Climb up 400 meters
    4. Kharikhola for lunch
    5. Rhododendron forests
    6. Reach Bupsa at 3-4 and explore around
    7. Overnight at a guesthouse in Bupsa
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m) : 5 - 6 hours

    Wake up to Himalayan morning rituals; incense, prayers and soothing mountain air. Not to forget, your locally made delicious breakfast.
    Highlights of day 6
    1. Trek on the trail climbing up a ridge
    2. Crossing the gorge all the while enjoying up-close views of a waterfall
    3. Descend to Chaurikharka, a village with green fields, a Buddhist monastery, and great hospitality. Spin the manes (Buddhist prayer wheels) for good luck.
    4. Overnight in Chaurikharka at a guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Trek Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m) : 4 - 5 hours

    Today is the day we reach the entry point to Sagarmatha National Park, where the Everest region falls. You will wake up to mountain views if the weather is clear in the morning, and Buddhist prayers, sounds of bells from donkey processions and local daily rituals. We will start the day with a filling breakfast.
    Highlights of Day 7
    1. Cross the ChheplungKhola ( a local stream)
    2. Trek alongside the DudhKoshi River
    3. Pass through Buddhist monasteries, magnolia and rhododendron forests and a few scenic villages
    4. Cross DudhKoshi river before reaching Monjo
    5. Overnight at guesthouse in Monjo.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 3-4 hours

    Every step we take today will bring us closer to the Everest. After walking a little ahead from where we stayed last night in Monjo, we reach the entry point to Sagarmatha National park.
    Highlights of Day 8
    a. Walking on the trail alongside DudhKoshi River
    b. Stop at a popular chorten on the way to pay respects
    c. Reach Namche Bazaar; a traditional Sherpa village often called the gateway to Everest. It is also the busiest village in the Everest region and has ATMs, check posts, health posts, internet cafes, shops, restaurants and a bustling market. Enjoy views of Mt. Everest. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

    Adventure doesn’t mean carelessness, so we take this day to acclimatize. We are well above 3,000 meters and the air is already thinning, increasing chances of Altitude sickness.
    Highlights of Day 9
    a. Explore the Namche Bazaar market sites
    b. Hike to Sagarmatha National Park to enjoy views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Nuptse, and Thamserku among other neighbouring mountains.
    c. Option to hike to Khumjung village (12,401 ft.), a picturesque Sherpa village. Take a visit to Khumjung Hillary School
    d. Overnight at guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5-6 hours

    Since you are officially in the Everest region, you will wake up to views of Mt.Everest and a very Himalayan morning. As always we will start our day with a filling breakfast, it is going to be quite the trek after all.
    Highlights of Day 10
    1. Descent to the DudhKoshi River, enjoy views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Nuptse, and Thamserku among other neighbouring mountains.
    2. Climb up to Tengboche via rhododendron forests trail
    3. Tengboche monastery in Tengboche-it is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Up and close view of Mt. AmaDablam.
    4. Overnight at guesthouse in Tengboche.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m) : 5-6 hours

    The trek is only getting better each day. After a healthy and a hearty breakfast, we begin our trek through the luscious forests, green hills and views of snow-capped mountains. Today is the last of tree line you will see.
    Highlights of Day 11
    1. Trekking through birch, conifers and rhododendron forests.
    2. Views of Lhotse, Mt. Everest and AmaDablam
    3. Crossing Imja River, Pangboche village, and Pangboche monastery
    4. Pass through Imja Valley and Lobuche River
    5. Reach Dingboche for overnight stay. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Acclimatization at Dingboche

    We are well above the tree line now, so taking a day to acclimatize here is practical. Dingboche is popular with Climbers headed to Everest, AmaDablam or ImjaTse as an acclimatization stop, and trekkers alike.
    Highlights of Day 12
    1. Excursion to the beautiful Dingboche village
    2. Day hike to ChukkungRi or Nagarjun Hill for mesmerizing views of Chalotse, Tawache, Makalu, Lhotse and AmaDablam.
    3. Overnight at guesthouse in Dingboche
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m) : 5-6 hours

    Energized and rejuvenated from the acclimatization day earlier, after the breakfast, we start today’s trek with a steady climb.
    Highlights of Day 13
    1. Climb up to Duglha on the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier
    2. Climb up to ChupkiLhara, memorial site for Everest legends like Scott Fischer ( American mountaineer) and BabuChiri Sherpa ( Nepali mountain guide, summated Everest 10 times)
    3. Views of great peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur, and Pumori from Khumbu Glacier moraine.
    4. Reach Lobuche Valley for the overnight stay. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Trek Lobuche to GorakShep (5,170m) Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to GorakShep: 7-8 hours

    You set foot on the Everest Base Camp today. But, the journey is the bigger picture here.The way to the base camp can be misleading due to thin air, high altitude, and challenging rocky terrain. So, it is essential you follow your guide thoroughly.
    Highlights of Day 14
    1. To Everest Base Camp through GorakShep, frozen lakebed covered with sand
    2. Pass the Indian army mountaineers’ memorial
    3. Reach Everest Base Camp, sights of tents belonging to climbers headed to summit Everest sends a sense of ecstasy to all. Views of Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbutse, examine the Khumbu icefall.
    4. Return to Gorakshep for rest and overnight stay.
    Optional
    5. Since sunset views for Kala Patthar are better than sunrise views, many like to push to Kala Patthar. If that’s what you want, then you can contact your guide at the moment and enjoy a golden sunset over Mount Everest from Kala Patthar today. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Climb GorakShep to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and trek to Pheriche (4,288m) : 7-8 hours

    We start early today, cutting through the pre-dawn darkness in -10 to -14 degree Celsius temperature. Also, brace yourself for chilly winds. It is all worth it when you reach the top of Kala Patthar to enjoy the panoramic mountain views.
    Highlights of Day 15
    1. 360-degree panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse, AmaDablam, Nuptse and Pumori among other surrounding mountains.
    2. Take pictures, soak in the views and relax on the top
    3. Get back to Pheriche for rest and overnight stay. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) : 6-7 hours

    Get ready to descend, well, finally! We are headed down to Namche Bazaar today.
    Highlights of Day 16
    1. Trek down hillside forests of juniper and rhododendron trees
    2. Cross DudhKoshi River over a bridge decorated with prayer flags, DudhKoshi Gorge.
    3. Trek through pine forest, chances of spotting colourful pheasants and mountain goats high
    4. Rest at Sansa with views of Thamserku, Nuptse and AmaDablam
    5. Namche Bazaar for rest and overnight stay. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,804m) : 6-7 hours

    Another advantage of following this classic trek journey is the fact that you don’t have to repeat your stops. We are headed to Lukla today.
    Highlights of Day 17
    1. Descending down on a steep rocky terrain
    2. Crossing several suspension bridges
    3. Reach Lukla for overnight. Sharing stories of past adventure over warm meal with the group and other trekkers. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu

    This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure club Trek. Overnight at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Farewell Dinner

  • Day 19: Final Departure

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 Nights).
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Domestic flights (Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary,  accommodation,  food, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt,  and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local Taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions. To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna,Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

A typical day on a trek: Live the Experience in words

A typical day on a trek organized by Adventure Club Trek will be exciting, informative, picturesque and a lot of fun, of course! Our guides do not believe in hurrying the trekkers during the trip, they take a more leisurely approach which means you can take your time to enjoy the landscapes, take your photos and explore as much of the culture as you’d like. There are, of course, exceptions; times when guides have to hurry a team for safety reasons.

Trekking in the Himalaya is an experience like no other. Experienced, strong, qualified and friendly guides along with porters who carry your luggage make every day of this journey more feasible for you. You have to carry your small regular daypack on trekking days. We start each day with a wake-up morning cup of tea. Then, we pack our bags and sit for a locally made wholesome breakfast before setting off for the trek.

We typically start the day’s hike around 7:00 am-8:00 am, depending on the nature of the day’s trek and duration. We sit for lunch after walking for 3-4 hours. We usually take the lunch break around midday and resume after an hour’s rest. The afternoon trek is usually only up to 2-3 hours long meaning we reach our overnight stay before evening, so, we munch on extra dietary snacks till the dinner is ready. Once we have our dinner (around 6 pm) we are free to explore the adjacent places.

Before going to bed, the group discusses their experience. Later, the guide will brief the group on the next day’s trip plans. If it is too early to go to bed for you, we can engage in some games and fun conversations. Most trekkers prefer playing cards, reading books or learning some Nepalese. We wake up and start the cycle again.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

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PRICE FROM US$ 1499 (Per Person)
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-6
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel in Kathmandu and lodge, and teahouses during the trek.
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