This Classic Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri follows in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa as they did on their famous expedition to be the first to conquer the world’s highest peak.
This trek takes you into the lap of the Himalayas and the home of the highest mountain in the world Mt Everest at 8848m. Everest Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 5364m and brings you as close as you can get to the highest peak in the world (without a climbing permit). The viewpoint from Kala Patar 5545m allows a classic view of the Everest range including 4 of the world’s 8000m+ peaks. This magnificent trek will bring you to the starting point of summit attempts and in spring you can even view the hustle and bustle of the climbing expeditions preparing for summit attempts.
During this trek, you will enjoy crystal clear view of The Himalayan range including Mount Everest, AmaDablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumoriamong others. Trekking to Mt Everest Base camp takes only 14 days. The local people in this area are Sherpas, they are very welcoming and consider every tourist as their own guests. Guests are regarded as Gods according to Nepalese tradition and culture. You will be greeted with a soft voice saying “Namaste” accompanied by the joining of palms together. Save plenty of space on your memory card as you will witness countless photographic moments. You will be immersed in the fascinating Sherpa community, culture and traditional way of life.
This is not an easy trek but if you have courage, persistence and endurance then you can accomplish this strenuous trek.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri 8 hours (by road)
Day 3: Bhandar to Sete (2575m/8,450ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Sete to Junbesi (2670m/8,760ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Junbesi to Nunthala (2220m/7,280ft) 6 hrs
Day 6: Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m/7,740ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Bupsa to Surke (2290m/7,282ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 8: Surke to Phakding (2652m/8,700ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
Day 11: Namche to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5 hrs
Day 12: Tengboche – Dingboche (4360 m/14,300 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 13: Dingboche –Dughla (4600m/15,090ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 14: Dughla – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) 2-4 hrs
Day 15: Lobuche- Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft)- EBC (5364 m/17,594 ft)- GorakSherp 7-8 hrs
Day 16: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5545m) – Pheriche(4,280 m/14,070ft) 7-8 hrs
Day 17: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft) 5-6hrs
Day 18: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 20: Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
Day 21: Departure from TIA.
You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in hotel.
Our trip starts with a long day of driving. We are heading to Jiri, 187km north-east of Kathmandu. The drive takes around 6-7 hours to reach Jiri. From there we continue driving to Bhandar which is our starting point. Overnight at Bhandar.
Our trek starts today with a descent through deep forest and crossing over some streams as we pass through the settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda before heading through more forest down to the SurmaKhola. We continue to the LikhuKhola Valley before climbing the ridge to the settlement of Kenja and then Chimbu and Sete. Overnight in Sete.
Today we walk through forests of pine, magnolia, birch, maple and rhododendron passing through the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. From here we cross the Lamjura La Pass (3530m) from where we have a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and hills. From the pass we descend to Tragdobuk and Junbesi where we spend the afternoon exploring the village. Overnight at Junbesi.
After crossing the stream beyond Junbesi we climb up the forested slope and are rewarded with amazing views of the Himalaya’s including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamserku, Mera Peak and others. This is our first glimpse of Mt Everest on the trek. We continue along the trail through villages, terraced fields, pine and rhododendron forest before arriving at Nunthala. Overnight at Nuthala.
oday we descend to the DudhKosi River and we follow it up to the Khumbu. After climbing and crossing some suspension bridges we reach Bupsa. Overnight in Bupsa.
After leaving Bupsa the trail heads through forest to Kharte before an uphill climb sees us at the Khari La Pass. From here we can enjoy magnificent views. From here we descent to Puiyan and eventually arrive in Surke. Overnight in Surke.
From Surke the trail heads up to Chhiplung before descending to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Today, the trail will take you along the DudhKoshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to your destination, Namche Bazaar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the tourist “hub” for Khumbu trekking. Along the way you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as KusumKangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as exploring the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale. Overnight in Namche.
Today will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Options for today include a visit the Everest View Hotel which is situated at 3900m for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range and our first proper view of Mt Everest. On our way we pass the Syangboche airstrip and there is an option to visit Khumjungvillage which is the location of the Hilary School. Overnight in Namche.
Trekking today we walk about 4-5 hours from Namche to reach Tengboche which is the location of one of the regions biggest Buddhist monastaries. Tengboche is a small traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbhu region from where there is a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Everest and other Mountain peaks including Mount Lhotse & Mount Nuptse. The highlight of the day is stunning views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and AmaDablam. You will have the opportunity to see wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer or Himalayan Thar.
Today’s trek we will get the chance to spot several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. The feature of the walk today is a close-up view of Mt. AmaDablam, the Lobuche River and a beautiful vista of fields.
We start today with a climb up the KhumbuKhola Valley. The vegetation here is rather arid with incredible views of mountains all around. We soon arrive at Dusa, a yak herder’s place. From here the valley begins to narrow and soon we get an amazing view of Mt Purmori (7138m). From here the track descends before crossing a small wooden bridge over a roaring stream and then ascending to Dughla. Overnight in Dughla.
From Dughla the trail heads up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Trekking through the boulder strewn slope we ascend ChupkiLhara, a ridge from where we get amazing views. Here there are memorials to famous mountaineers Scott Fischer and BabuChiri Sherpa. From here the trail drops down to the Khumbu glacial moraine and we are confronted with close up views of several huge peaks, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and MahalangurHimal. Nuptse towers over our right as we cross the Khumbu Glacier and arrive in Lobuche.Overnight in Lobuche.
The trail will bring you to ThangmaRiju for a 360 degree view of the mountains where you will catch the very first glimpse of Kala Patthar before reaching GorakShep. After you reach GorakShep and will proceed to Everest Base Camp. You will get mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori today.Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Early this morning you will climb Kala Patthar for a panoramic sunrise view of Mt Everest. This is the highlight of the trip and includes the classic view of the entire Everest Range and surrounding peaks including 4 of the world’s highest peaks all over 8000m. We then head down the valley to Pheriche overnight.
We back track down to Namche Bazaar today. Through beautiful hillsides covered in juniper and rhododendron with mountain views and picturesque villages. Don’t forget to watch out for wildlife on this stretch.Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Today you will descend from Namche Bazar. Along the trail you cross the Cross the suspension bridges on DudhKoshi River and its tributaries. Also you will get a chance to witness Sherpa culture and their impressive devotion to God.
You will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoying exhilarating mountain views for 30 minutes. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you can spend time shopping or for buying souvenirs. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with typical Nepalese cuisine and folk music to celebrate the successful completion of your trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek.Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.