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Classic Everest Trek

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 19 Days
Difficulty: Medium- Hard
Hotels: Excellent
Seasons: Feb- Mar, Oct – Dec
Maximum Elevation: 5545m

In the Classic Everest Base Camp trek, you will be following the footsteps of great mountaineers like Reinhold Messner, Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay. As you climb through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, the terrain soars on all sides like jagged shards of glass. The trails are steep and the altitude hangs on your belt, but the sense of achievement at the end of the trek is quite profound. However, this is not a mountaineering expedition or a wilderness survival experience, there are trekking lodges every few hundred meters along the trails and tens of thousands of trekkers storm the trails every year. Because of the risk of AMS, it takes minimum of two weeks to climb to Everest Base Camp or Kala Pattar and return to Lukla. In this expedition you will be visiting the famous Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The getaway to the Classic Everest Trek is Lukla, which can be reached from Kathmandu by flight.

Highlights

Pema Choling Gompa, Buddhist nunnery at Gomla, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Sherwi Khangba Sherpa Cultural Museum at Chhorkung, Thamo Gompa, Khumjung Gompa (which claims to enshrine the “yeti skull”), Tengboche Monastery, Kopan Monastery, Thame Gompa, Debuche Monastery, Tengboche Gompa, Debuche Monastery, Pengboche Monastery, Nangkartshang Gompa, Island Peak, The Italian Pyramid (Research Station), Khumbu Glacier, Kala Pattar (5545m), Everest Base Camp

Peaks at Sight

 Ama Dablam (6856m), Everest (8850m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m), Taboche (6542m), Cholatse (6443m), Island Peak (6189m), and Pumori (7165m).

Photos of Classic Everest Trek

Tour Itinerary

Day Section and Altitude Hours
1

Kathmandu Arrival & Transfer to Hotel

 
2

Kathmandu to Lukla flight

Lukla to Cheplung (2700m),
Cheplung to Phakding.
200m descent, 50m ascent

1.00

1.15
1.15

3

Phakding to Benkar (2710m),
Benkar- Monjo (2840m),
Monjo - Namche Bazaar (3420m).
1000 ascent, 100m descent

1.30
1.00
3.00

4

Acclimatization Day at Namche
Side Trips
a) Thame (600m ascent. 600m descent).
b) Sherpa Villages of Khumbu (460m ascent, 460m descent).

6 – 7.00
4 – 5.00

5

Namche Bazaar to Sanasa (3600m),
Sanasa to Phunki Thenga (3250m),
Phunki Thenga to Tengboche (3870m).
350m descent, 750m ascent

1.00
1.30
1.30

6 Acclimatization Day at Tengboche  
7

Tengboche to Pangboche (3860m),
Pangboche to Orsho
Orsho to Pheriche (4240m)/ Dingboche (4360m)
70m descent, 450 ascent

1.15
1.15
1.00
8

Acclimatization day at Pheriche / Dingboche
Side Trips: Chhukung (4730m)

5 – 6.00
9

Pheriche/ Dingboche to Dughla (4620)
400m ascent

2.00
10

Dughla to Lobuche (4930m)
300m ascent

2.30
11

Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m)
250m ascent

2.30
12

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
200m ascent 200m descent
Side Trip: Kala Pattar (5545)

6.00

4.00

13

Gorak Shep to Lobuche
250m descent

2.00
14

Lobuche to Pheriche/ Dingboche
640/500m descent.
Alternative Routes
a) Dingboche via Kongma La & Chhukung (2 Days)
b) Via Cho La & Gokyo (2 Days)

3.00
15

Pheriche/ Dingboche to Tengboche
550m descent, 70m ascent

2.30
16

Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
750 descent, 350m ascent

4.30
17

Namche Bazaar to Lukla
950m descent, 100m ascent

5 – 6.00
18

Lukla to Cheplung (2700m),
Cheplung to Phakding.
200m descent, 50m ascent

1.15
1.15

19

Kathmandu to Lukla flight

Departure from Kathmandu

 

Side Trips

Day 3: Namche Acclimatization Day at Namche

  • Thame (600m ascent. 600m descent) 6 – 7.00 hrs

Thame (3750m) is a secluded village, set among the alpine meadows beneath the mountain wall of Kongde Ri. From Namche, the trail runs west towards Tesi Lapcha, the 5775m pass leading towards the Renjo La (5345m) and the Nangpa La (5716m) to Tibet.

  • Sherpa Villages of Khumbu (460m ascent, 460m descent) 4 – 5.00 hrs

Another rewarding acclimatization trek is the full-day circuit through Syangboche (3790m), Khunde (3849m) and Khumjung (3780m) and back to Namche.

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Pheriche / Dingboche

  • Chhukung Ri (490m ascent, 490m descent, 5 - 6 hrs)

A more strenuous acclimatization trek is the full day trek to Chhukung at the head of the Imja Valley. The views are stupendous even by Khumbu standards. This trek forms part of the approach to Island Peak, one of Nepal’s most popular trekking peaks.

Alternative Routes

Stitch the Everest Base Camp trek and Gokyo treks together via the breathless, snowy pass at Cho La (5420m).

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