Classic Everest Trek

The Classic Everest Trek is a classic route to the Everest Base Camp, which used in the first successful expeditions to Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when there was no airport in Lukla. A spectacular extended trek takes us from the beautiful villages in the foothills to all the way up into the heart of the Himalaya at the foot of the highest mountains on earth.

The Classic Everest Trek starts from the quiet and a less traveled route of Jiri through the Lamajura Pass to the upper Khumbu region with the land full of uninterrupted mountain scenery. The trekking through Jiri provides the opportunity to the trekkers to explore the unique landscape of the Khumbu region, Himalayan flora with exotic wildlife, lush valleys with the spectacular mountain views and diverse culture and ethnicity of the Himalayas. The route offers a different aspect of the Everest region as it traverses diverse villages of Chhetri, Magar and Rai settlements crossing the Lamjura Pass to enter the land dominated by the Sherpas. This is a very scenic trek, which offers terrific views of the world's highest peaks, including Gaurishanker, Number Himal, Kwangde, Twache, Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and many others. We enjoy the verdant terraces, spectacular mountain views and Himalayan waterfalls as the trail passes through the villages and landscapes covered with rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs.


The Trek Cost Includes;

  • All the International Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • Pre and Post Trek deluxe star Hotel  Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport Transfers
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Full Day Guided Cultural Sightseeing
  • Comprehensive Trekking Map
  • Authentic Nepali Welcome Dinner
  • All the  available best accommodation and full board meals and
  • hot beverages on the trek
  • Everest Trekking permit
  • Private Vehicle to Trekking put in Point
  • Our  Extensive Knowledgeable Licensed Guides and porter
  • services with porter gears
  • Field staff Insurances
  • Domestic Airport Taxes
  • Dawn Jackets, Sleeping bag, walking poles, duffel bag, facilities provided
  • Extensive First aid medical kit
  • Quick  Rescue supporting services in case of Emergency
  • Post Trek Private Vehicle for Three Hours so that you will cover
  • Kathmandu Exploration
  • Extra snacks services
  • Satellite phone/Communication services in case of Emergency
  • Applicable government Taxes
  • Himalayan Eco Trek Management Team


The Trek cost excludes;

  • All the personal expenses like Alcoholic beverages, Bottled drinks etc.
  • Medical and Travel Insurances
  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Visa Fees
  • Gratuties/ Tips
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue charges
  • Main Meals in Kathmandu
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to the vibrant Kathmandu. Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we get transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu Valley. A brief orientation regarding any outstanding formalities of the trek will follow after the hotel check in.  After the briefing, we are free to relax in the comfort of our hotel or wander around to explore the lively surroundings. In the evening, we will pick up to savor a wonderful welcome dinner along with  cultural program at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panauti

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will set out for a guided tour around Banepa, Panauti, and Dhulikhel in the Kavre District. The Kavre district flaunts the rich Newari culture which shows a unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist influences. The palaces, temples and shrines have intricately carved arts and designs with historical, cultural and architectural values. There is plenty time to time to explore this mystical land in our own pace. After the tour, we will be met by our guide for he Trek, who will give us the trek briefing and help us in the final preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri

We will get up early for our trekking guide to pick us for a 7 hour drive to Jiri from Kathmandu. Jiri is around 190 km east of the Kathmandu. The drive to Jiri follows an ancient Tibet Trade route on Araniko Highway. We enjoy the exciting white water, fresh air and rich flora and fauna as we drive to Jiri. We can also enjoy beautiful views of the central Himalayas in the case of clear sky.  We stay overnight at Jiri, which was the main headquarter to supply food and necessities to the Everest region prior to Lukla airport. (7 hours)

Day 04: Jiri to Shivalaya (1810m)

On the first day of our trek, we walk on the motor-able road  through a circular market of Jiri, which once used to be very busy.  We leave the road by crossing a stream and start to climb uphill through pine trees to reach a tiny settlement of Bharkur. We continue our ascent to the Mali Danda enjoying an astonishing view of Mount Gauri Shankar and Rolwaling peaks. Further from Mali Danda, we descend into the Khimti valley through the sparsely populated Village of Mali. We continue walking to cross Yelung Khola an Khimti Khola to reach Shivalaya. Overnight at Shivalaya. (4hrs)

Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2250m)

We start from Shivalaya with a steep, rough uphill climb towards a pass at Deurali (2730m). We cross several streams and walk through several villages to reach Deurali.  Further from Deurali pass, we steeply descend on stone stairs along the pasture and terraced fields to Bhandar. Bhandar is an interesting village with diverse ethnic groups living in peace and harmony. (5 hrs)

Day 06: Bhandar to Sete (2520m)

The trail to Sete descends and ascends several times through deep forest and farmlands. We cross several  streams and pass through the village of Dokharpa and Baranda to climb through a dense forest. After crossing Shurma Khola and Likhu Khola , we ascend on a ridge to reach Kenja inhabited by Newars and Magars. From Kenja we ascend to Chimbu and continue to walk until we reach Sete, where we will spend our night. (7hrs)

Day 07: Sete to Junbesi (2580m)

The day begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura La pass at 3570m. The trek to the pass is a scenic walk through the forest of rhododendron, Magnolia, Maple and Birch. We may even spot some exotic birds like Sunbirds, Minavets, Flycatchers and Laughing thrushes. The Lamjura Pass is the highest point on the trek from Jiri to Namche Bazaar. It is interspersed with triangular prayer stones ad prayer flags. We descend to the east of the pass through aromatic fir and hemlock forest to pass through a small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). We continue walking from Tragdobuk to reach Junbesi, a splendid Sherpa village with beautiful views. (6 hrs).

Day 08: Junbesi to Nunthala (2200m)

We leave Junbesi in the morning to cross the Besi Khola river. We enjoy excellent views of the Everest, Thamservko (6608m), Kantega (6779m) and Mera Peak (6654m) as we walk along the ridge. This is the first view of Everest on the trek, although the lower peaks look closer and higher than the distant 8,000er mountains. We walk to Salung and descend to the Ringmo river to reach Ringmo village which is abundant with fruit orchards. We climb to the Takshindu La pass (3071m) and pass an isolated monastery of Takshindu exhibiting  superb Sherpa architecture. We descend through the forests of conifers and rhododendron to reach Nunhala, where we will spend our night. (6hrs)

Day 09: Nunthala to Bupsa

We start from Nunthala to continue our descent to the Dudh Koshi river.  We continue walking along the Dudh Koshi river as we gradually head up to the Khumbu region. We climb out of the river valley through barley, wheat and corn fields to the stunning Rai village of Jubling (1680m).  The trail then climbs eastward to cross a suspension bridge over KhariKhola(2010m).  We continue our steep climb passing several water mills until we reach Bupsa. (5hrs)

Day 10: Bupsa to Chheplung (2570m)

The trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing the village of Kharte. We relish admirable views of Cho Oyu (8153m) as we climb the ridge to Khari La pass (2840m). The trail descents into the deep canyon of Poyan river and crosses the river on a wooden bridge to a small settlement of Poyan (2770m). We enjoy a good view of the Khumbhu region and descend to go to Surkhe (2290m). We pass through several boulders and mani walls to reach the village of Chheplung (6hrs).

Day 11: Chheplung to Namche Bazaar (3450m)

We leave Chheplung by crossing a suspension bridge over the Thado Koshi river.  The beautiful view of Kusum Kangaru will accompany us throughout the day. We pass through the village of Ghat and the collection of Mani stones to reach Phakding. Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Beyond the national park entrance, the trail makes a steep rocky descent to cross the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). The trail climbs until the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers is reached. We admire the view Mount Everest, Lhotse and Taboche and continue through the forests of pine, conifers, birch, rhododendron forests until we reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. (6 hrs).

Day 12: Acclimatization Day in Namche

Today is acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. Namche is an amphitheatre interspersed with colorful shops, houses, lodges and restaurants. Namche is the trading center of the Khumbhu region and holds a colorful market on every Friday and Saturday. The extra day at Namche is a great opportunity to view both the sunrise and sunset over the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas from the national park headquarter. After the breakfast, we will hike to Syanboche airstrip enjoy magnificent view of Amadablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kusum Kangru and Mount Everest. We walk back to Namche bazaar to enjoy our lunch. We can also visit the Sagarmatha Museum inside the Army Barrack to explore about the life, culture and mountaineering in the Everest region. The stay at Namche will help us with acclimatization by adapting our body to the new mountain atmosphere (4 hrs)

Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

After a breakfast in Namche, we start our trek to Tengboche enjoying fantastic view of  Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We set on an undulating path through the teashops at Kyanjuma and mani stones on the trail from Khumjung. We pass a small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops to Phunki Tanga (3250m), a small settlement amidst the alpine woods. We pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest to come to a small hill on which sits the monastery of Tengboche. The view of  Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku from the monastery is considered to be one of the best views the world. We spend the night in the Tengboche village.(5 hrs).

Day 14: Tengboche to Dingboche (4345m)

The Tengboche Monastery looks beautiful in the morning with the magnificent mountains in the background. We descend through the forest of birch, conifers and rhododendrons  to the village of Dibuche. We pass through several mani walls into the dense rhododendron forest to cross the Imja Khola to Pangboche(3901m). The Pangboche Gompa, the oldest monastery in the Khumbhu region, was once said to have contained the relics of the skull and hand of a yeti. The route enters alpine meadow above the tree line to cross the Imjatse river to reach Dingboche. Dingboche is a beautiful valley created by the Imjatse river. We spend the night in the beautiful valley in the lap of Mount Amadablam and Kantega. (5hrs)

Day 15: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

We spend our second night at Dingboche to aid acclimatization in the higher altitude. The best way to acclimatize is by travelling high ad sleeping low. We hike to Nzagazong Parbat (5000m) to see the spectacular view of the Island Peak (6189m) standing south of Lhotse, Amadablam and Makalu. We enjoy the magnificent view and return to Dingboche amazed. (4hrs)

Day 16: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

We start the day with a climb to the meadow to reach the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trek along the arid terrace is awarded with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupkilhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. Colorful prayer stones and prayer flags mark the memorial for the Sherpas who had lost their lives in an Avalanche on an expedition to Everest.  The trail drops as we trek along a murmuring stream to follow the western side of the Lobuche Valley. We enjoy a stunning sunset view over the Nuptse as we rest in Lobuche for the night. (4hrs).

Day 17: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5200m)

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We walk along the western side of the broad Khumbu valley to gradually climb through meadow beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and more rough as we cross the moraines to view the conical peak of Pumori. We catch our first glimpse of Kala Pathar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mount Pumori. The trail makes a short descent into a sandy, flat area of the Gorak Shep. We will continue our hike to the current Everest Base Camp. We cannot view Everest from the Everest base camp, but the atmosphere around the base camp is something that makes the hike worthwhile. We return to the small settlement of Gorak Shep to spend our night. (6hrs)

Day 18: Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4930m)

The sunrise over the majestic peak of Mount Everest from the Kala Pathar is one of the best view of the Mount Everest. We rise early to hike to the Kala Pathar(5550m) to enjoy this splendid view of the Everest. We can enjoy the entire South Face of the Everest along with Lho La pass, Mount Changtse and many other mountains from here. After being mesmerized by the view, we retrace our way back to Gorak Shep. We further descend back to Lobuche to spend the night. (6hrs)

Day 19: Lobuche to Pangboche (4360m)

We retrace our way back to Dughla and steeply descending to cross the Khumbu Glacier over the bridge to valley trail.  We enjoy the Yak grazing in the meadow at Pheriche. The panoramic view of Lobuche, Chola Pass and Amadablam leave us astonished. We cross the Khumbhu glacier to join the Imjatse River to Sommare.  We eventually reach Pangboche enjoying magnificent views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest and Tawoche. We spend the night at Pangboche. (5 hrs)

Day 20: Pangboche to Kyangjuma (3650m)

We start from Pangboche walking along the Imjatse River through the forest to the Tyangboche Monastary. We enjoy the stunning view of the monastery with the giant mountains in the background. We descend through rhododendron forest host to the exotic wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr and musk deer. We spur our spiritual side as we go along the prayer wheel at the Phungi Tenga. We cross the suspension bridge to climb through the forest of birch and rhododendron and finally reach a beautifully located lodge at the Kyangjuma. (5hrs)

Day 21: Kyangjuma to Namche Bazaar

We walk into the Khumjung valley which lies in the lap of the Holy Mountain of Khumbila. We retrace our way back to the Syangboche Airstrip to descend into the hollow where the vibrant town of Namche awaits us. This is our last opportunity to visit the colorful shops and savor the delicious delicacies of the bakery in Namche. (3:30 hrs).

Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Today we enjoy the amazing mountain scenery and the clear mountain air as we retrace our way back to Lukla on the last day of the trekking.  We descend steeply to the Dudh Koshi river and continue our way past the check point right before Monjo. We continue our walk to take the final ascent to Lukla. Lukla is famous for its end of the trek celebrations. We will enjoy the fun filled mood of the Lukla but settle down early to prepare for an early flight to Kathmandu tomorrow. (7 hrs).

Day 23: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

We rise early to catch our 30 to 40 minutes long flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We bid good bye to the serene mountain atmosphere and look at the giant Himalayas for the last time as we fly back to the lively Kathmandu. Upon reaching the domestic airport in Kathmandu, we will be transferred to a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Leisure in Kathmandu

The leisure at Kathmandu valley is an ideal time to relax the exhausted muscles from the weeks of trekking in the mountains. We can go to a spa, massage or troll around the pool in the comfort of the Kathmandu Valley. This is also an ideal day for visiting any missed out places in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu boasts several temples, shrines and palaces listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. This may be an opportunity to go for souvenir shopping. Himalayan Eco Treks and Travel offers an extra drive and drop facility around the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu

It is finally time to bid farewell to this amazing country. Our Tour officer will meet us to help us in our transfer to the International Airport. We play the pleasant memories of the last few weeks in the Himalayas as we fly back to our next destination.  Himalayan Eco treks and Tour Nepal is always happy to serve you with the Himalayan Adventure in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India.

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