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Classical Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration 18 days
Max-Altitude 5,364m/17,594ft
Transportation Flight/Drive
Grade Moderate
Accommodation 3 * category hotel in kathmandu and Teahouse During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during the trek
Best Season March, April, May, September, October, November
Communication Avialable
Group Size 2+

We start the Classical Everest Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu by jeep. The jeep goes using various highways and the last one being the Everest Highway. The highways connect to Chaurikharka village which is just a little ahead of Lukla. Then, our first stop is at Salleri. From here, again we take a drive through a dirt road until Nunthala; and from this point, we start our trek to Everest. In this trek, we pass through Namche Bazaar (the Sherpa capital), Tengboche Monastery (the largest in the region), DingbocheGorakshep, and we finally reach Everest Base Camp.

In this trek, your journey involves many ups and downs that are nerve-shaking; but you get the rewards of awesome nature. Visiting the different monasteries on the way with prayers flag throughout the trail lifts your spirituality. Interaction with local people lets you know about their culture and lifestyles. The mountainous life people are very attractive their great hospitality makes you feel homely.

During the trek, you can get the chance to interact with an amazing conventional route of beautiful farmlands, lush landscapes, stunning waterfalls, pine and rhododendron forests, etc. When you reach the Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Patthar, you get majestic views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserku, etc.

Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Pvt. Ltd. has designed 18 days Classical Everest Base Camp Trek that is of great experience and thoughtfulness. The package has separated proper days for acclimatization required with the rising elevation. So, get ready to endure whatever comes your way. Experience the wilderness and challenges on the way to Everest Base Camp.

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m).

Day 02 – Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,300 m) by Jeep – 11 hrs.

Day 03 – Drive to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 1 hrs and Trek to Paiyun (2,760 m) – 7 hrs.

Day 04 – Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 6 hrs.

Day 05 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours.

Day 06 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day.

Day 07 – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours.

Day 08 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 5 hours.

Day 09 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours.

Day 10 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours.

Day 11 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours.

Day 12 – Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & Descend to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours.

Day 13 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours.

Day 14 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours.

Day 15 – Trek to Khari Khola (2,020 m) – 6 hrs.

Day 16 – Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 7 hrs.

Day 17 – Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m) – 13 hrs.

Day 18 – Final Departure.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
One of our representatives receives you from the Tribhuvan International airport terminal gate, Kathmandu. Then you are transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,300 m) by Jeep – 11 hrs
After breakfast in the morning, we start the jeep drive to Salleri. It takes us around 11 hours or more depending upon the road traffic. The road is newly constructed and is connected up until Chaurikharka and is called the Everest Highway. On our long drive through the Himalayan foothills, we are greeted with splendid views.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 03: Drive to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 1 hrs and Trek to Paiyun (2,760 m) – 7 hrs
The road isn’t in good condition as in the city. It is a dirt road. Expect a bumpy ride. You might even have to walk at a few places to get to Nunthala. So be prepared for that. After Nunthala, it is a 7-hour walk to Paiyun. We descend to the Dudh Koshi River. The trail is mostly ups and downs. We see mountain peaks such as Numbur, Pikey, etc along the way.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 04: Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 6 hrs
A descend walk to the village of Surkhe. From there, walk on a twisting trail to the village of Choplung. A gateway point of the trail leads to the Everest Base Camp trail. A gradual ascend walk to reach Phakding. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours
Enter the vicinity of Sagarmatha National Park after walking on the trail traversing the Dudh Koshi River over the bridges multiple times. Climb uphill and trek further to reach the Sherpa capital Namche. Namche Bazaar has many quality restaurants, cafes, money exchange stops, and markets at such altitudes. Stay Overnight.

 Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
An acclimatization day stopover at Namche Bazaar to adapt to the thinning air and higher altitudes. Explore around Namche. Visit the Sherpa museum and hike up to the Everest View Hotel. The superb views of the Himalayas and Khumbu peak. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours
A pleasant trek witnessing amazing views of mountains and traversing glacial waters. Upon reaching Tengboche, visit the largest Tengboche Monastery. Observe the prayer in the monastery in the evening or else the next morning. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 5 hours
Walk on the trail to Debuche traversing a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. The sight of mani stones upon climbing Pangboche. Continue trekking until Dingboche. A beautiful Sherpa village in the vicinity of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Stay Overnight.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 09: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours
An acclimatization rest day at Dingboche to adjust to the altitudes. A short hike to Nangkartshang Peak above Dingboche. A stunning view of Ama Dablam upon reaching the top of the peak. Descend following the same trail and explore around Dingboche later. Stay Overnight.

 Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours
Walk on the trail that leads to the glacial moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ascend uphill to reach Lobuche village in the surrounding Lobuche Peak. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

 Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) – 8 hours
A challenging and adventurous day as we head towards the Everest Base Camp. Walking along the Khumbu Glacier in the vicinity of snow-capped mountains reach the Everest Base Camp. The impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall from the base camp. Take some photos and return to Gorakshep. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12: Kala Patthar Hike (5,555 m) & Back to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours
A tough yet fruitful trek towards Kala Patthar. The gradual uphill climb to the Kala Patthar. Upon reaching Kala Patthar, get close-up views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and other snowy peaks. Make some memories, take some snaps and return to Pheriche via Gorakshep. Stay Overnight.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours
A trek to Namche Bazaar descending the villages of Pangboche and Tengboche. Enjoy the scenery and backdrop of mountains on the trail. Reach Namche and stay overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours
A comfortable downhill walks and reaches Phakding. Stop for lunch. From onwards, a little ascend walk towards Lukla. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 15: Trek to Khari Khola (2,020 m) – 6 hrs
We trek to Khari Khola by walking downhill to the Surkhe village. From there, a steep walk up to Cheubas. Continue walking on ascending and descending trails until Khari Khola. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 16: Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast, we take a trail down to Tubing. Walk through the Junbesi village and traverse the Dudh Koshi River. Proceed to ascend uphill walk till Nunthala. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m) – 13 hrs
A long hour drive on a bumpy road to reach Kathmandu. Be prepared for an adventurous ride and admire the natural sceneries on the way back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at a hotel.Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 18: Final Departure
Our trip concludes and you are dropped at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Breakfast included.

 

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
  • 3-star category  hotel  in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation  including Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  during the trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip
  • Transportation by Private Jeep from  Kathmandu to Salleri to Nunthala to Kathmandu.
  • City tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment,  food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Entrance Fee for Sightseeing
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

1. Trekking equipment

The following information will give you some idea about what you need o to bring for the trek as the backpack and the gear play vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be used for the trip.

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself
  • A down Jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  • T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • A pair’s nylon hiking shorts quick drying one
  • Underwear
  • Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  • A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair sandal (Optional)

2. Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

3. Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
What is trekking or walking holidays
Trekking is an adventurous multi-days walk to a certain destination. In Nepal, trekking includes walking in the Himalayas and green hills.
How to know if I’m fit enough to trek?
Trekking requires good physical fitness. It means you should be able to walk 5-7 hours a day. If you have adverse health, it is not suitable for the altitude trek, so choose lower altitude trekking. To ensure that you can go to the high altitude, visit your doctor and get advice.
How can we get acclimatized at high altitudes?
Well, there are several ways that you can follow. Nepal Kameleon Holidays applies some of the easiest ways for the acclimatization. Trek high sleep low is our method of trekking. Another way is to take a rest and acclimatization day and you can walk around that habituates your acclimatization level. It is the most important part.  Eating foods with soup and drinking warm soups keep you warm and energized.
What if I get altitude sickness or any injuries during trekking?
High altitude sickness if often asked question. And it is in fact really necessary to know about this matter. Our guide applies first aid treatment, and if it is an emergency and does not have another way out of the medical access, helicopter evacuation is the ultimate way. But, you need to know that it is an emergency. Otherwise, trekking down or taking a rest day can be effective.
How much money should I bring along?
We provide food and accommodation along with any transportation service on the fully inclusive trips. However, if the trip is extended to your interest or due to unavoidable situations, you need to cover the extra cost. Also, if you want to have things not included in our cost, it is easy for you. So, bring some cash with you ( USD $ 15 – 20 )per day.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking? During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stop working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency, there you would be getting very fewer exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea.
Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I HAVE to pay the deposit at booking/reservation? The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% non-refundable deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa, and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of that 4% amount.)
When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu? How do you take that money? US cash or credit card?
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.
What is the best season for this trekking?
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek. Form July to mid-September is the rainy season in Nepal.
What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur on a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.
Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flowers are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter starts from mid-December till mid-February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. The view is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as the hotel provides the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide is about -10°C (14°F). Our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on a trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use the first-aid kit and have the knowledge to use oximeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk. Guides also carry local sim cards, both Nepal Telecom and Ncell, in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when a client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Is Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure’s staff insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters.
If I am sick, can I continue the trek the next day after a day rest?
It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are on a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status. If you are in a group, then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with a guide and catch up with the group later on.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking? There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update the whereabouts and the situation of every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection for the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.
Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of the tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
All your departure is guaranteed to run?
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.
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