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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 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 will pass through Namche Bazaar (the Sherpa capital), Tengboche Monastery (the largest in the region), Dingboche, Gorakshep 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 will lift up your spirituality. An interaction with local people will let 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 Kalapattar, you will get the 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 22 days Classical Everest Base Camp Trek will great experience and thoughtfulness. The package has separated proper days for acclimatization required with the rising elevation. So, get ready to endure whatever comes in to 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 will be waiting for you holding your name at Tribhuvan International airport terminal gate, Kathmandu .then you will be 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 will start the jeep drive to Salleri. It will take us around 11 hours or more depending upon the road traffic. The road is newly constructed and will be connected up until Chaurikharka and called the Everest Highway. On our long drive through the Himalayan foothills, we will be 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 seven-hour walk to Paiyun. We will go down to the Dudh Koshi River. The trail is mostly ups and downs. We will 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
We will descend down to Surkhe village, which is an hour or so behind Lukla. From Surkhe, we will take a winding trail and arrive at Choplung. This is a point where the path from Lukla meets the main Everest Base Camp trail. After a few hours of gradual walking, we will reach our destination village of Phakding.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, Internet cafes, and a bakery. Namche is the largest village along the entire Everest trail. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 07: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m) – 5 hours
From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 09: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours
This day is planned as acclimatization day. We don’t make progress towards Everest Base Camp. Instead, we will take a hike to the Nangkartshang peak just above Dingboche. The peak is an excellent viewpoint. Especially of the gorgeous Ama Dablam. If the weather is clear, we will get to see Ama Dablam from its summit to its feet. You can spend the afternoon strolling around the village or resting. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the village of Lobuche which is located at the foot of a giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

 Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and then back to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours
This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 12: Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & Descend to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 7 hours
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Pheriche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours
Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours
At first, we will walk down the last part which we climbed so hard on the day when we reached Namche Bazaar on the way up. Then it is an easy walk to Phakding where we will have our lunch. From this point, the trail slowly climbs towards Lukla. It is the gateway to Everest for those who choose to take flights.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 15: Trek to Khari Khola (2,020 m) – 6 hrs
We will start today’s walk by descending down to Surkhe. After Surkhe, the trail goes quite steep up to Cheubas. We will walk slightly upwards for some time and then we will take a mostly downhill trail to our destination village of Khari Khola.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 16: Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast, we will take a trail down to Tubing. We will pass through Junbesi and reach the Dudh Koshi River. Then, from here onwards, we will make an uphill walk to Nunthala.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m) – 13 hrs
We will have our long drive by jeep to Kathmandu. The road isn’t exactly in a good condition; it is a bumpy ride in many places, so be prepared for it.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 18: Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan 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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