The classic trek to Everest Base Camp/Kala Patthar via Jiri. This avoids the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, since we reach the start of the trek by bus rather than by plane. Like all of our treks, this one first allows some time for sight-seeing in Kathmandu, and includes trek preparation, in which we review the trekking gear and clothing needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. At this time the drive extends beyond Jiri through Shivalaya and all the way to the rural village of Bhandar, where we spend our first overnight. The next morning we hit the trail made famous by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, who successfully conquered the summit of Everest (8848m/29.028') back in 1953. While this route involves a longer trek than those starting with the flight to Lukla, it offers exposure to a broader cultural experience as we pass through varied villages, and also promotes healthy acclimatization through a gradual ascent over more days at the start of the trek. It's also an interesting way to experience daily life in a beautiful, rural setting, before joining the well-traveled path used by most trekkers to EBC.
The first five days of trekking bring us through different villages in which we we overnight, before reaching Surke and then heading north to Phakding. At this point we will have met up with trekkers who just started north from Lukla. We may even be able to offer some cultural insights and acclimatization advice to these "newbies", since we will have already nearly a week of experience under our belts! Making our way along the famous Dudh Kosi River, we will soon enjoy views of the illustrious peaks that the Khumbu region is justly famous for, including Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7855m), Pumori (7,161m), Changtse (7,550m), Amadablam (6856m),Thamserku (6,723m). Kantega (6979m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367m), and Kongde (6,011m), among others.
As you trek from lowlands to high glacial lakes and peaks, you will see the Himalayan flora and fauna and visit some of the traditional villages and ancient monasteries that have made this region one of the most popular and beloved ones in Nepal. Like the Everest Region trails that start at Lukla, this one also passes through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep it's just a half day to Kala Pattar and a half-day to EBC. In good weather the views of Everest from Kala Pattar are enthralling, and upon reaching EBC you will see before -- but from a safe vantage point -- the notorious Khumbu Ice Field. Your journey then takes you south to Lukla, from which you will fly back to Kathmandu, a farewell dinner, and your flight home.
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$2500. 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.
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.
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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