Classic Everest Base Camp Trek can be called a trek in a lifetime unless you choose to other treks in the Himalayan Range. It is so said, that one should hike their way in after being dropped off at the starting point by road. It is the closest to the Everest region one can get by road from anywhere else from Nepal and for that fact, from anywhere else in the world. The rest is all the way on foot, practically going in the footpaths of the pioneers of the Everest Conquests. Back then, it was all on foot. Once you reach the region where most have flown in and where you will be flying out to see what you had been up to and where you had been, you trek to where summit attempts are made now and were made in the past.
Ever since Everest was discovered to be the highest peak or place on Earth by George Everest, from which it has got its name in the West (it is and was locally known as Sagarmatha), people had broken themselves to be the first one to conquer it. People have, and people are still trying to conquer it and by doing so, their spiritual self. In the bargain, the trekking trails around Everest have its fame. This is because the region also allows one to break the physical barriers on these hike in Everest. In addition to this, hiking in Nepal to any other region gives you the exhilaration that we all aspire for. Everest region also known as the Khumbu region, has culture and tradition built into its landscape and terrain by the Sherpa so as to show reverence to the mighty infallible Everest, which trickles all the way down to the starting point of your Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
In our classic Everest Base Camp Trek, Instead of fly into Lukla, like most of the treks in the Khumba region take place like (Note: place three trekking itinerary names here and separate them by commas and “and”, and give hyperlinks to those pages of the Everest region). Instead, you drive to the closest point, near to the Everest Region and start off your Everest Classic trek. This is somewhere in the Mid-Himalayan range at a place called Salleri. From, there it trails along river banks pass villages, such as Nantala, Khari Khola, Puiyan and eventually arriving at Phakding, which officially tells you that you are now at the inner part of the Everest region. Then you get to Namche bazaar, the center of the Sherpa community and the Everest area. Then your hike takes you in the circuit trail in this region is known for villages, like Dingboche, Tangboche, Everest Base camp, Lobuche, and finally ending up at Lukla, the airport and the only means of getting and out fast from the region. It is here, that you are flown back to Kathmandu, giving you an aerial view of Mount Everest and the region you now have completed trekking in, and much more of rural Nepal.
There is much one can take away from a hiking trip of this sort. The foremost being, somewhat following in the footsteps of the pioneers that first made it to the Khumbu region, in hopes of summiting Everest. Failed but got their names written in the books of history for their brave attempts into the unknown. The next being, practically, all other hiking trips made in this region flow in and out on, completion from Lukla, making this itinerary really a classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The next being, is that this Everest base camp trek from Jiri, being in the Mid-Himalayan region in the Lush green hills, giving you the feel of the changing topography of landscape that the Himalayan range has created. Green hills and valleys give way to alpine vegetation that slowly fades away to more sparsely rugged terrain and Changing to snow-capped mountains. This is also the same with the cultural aspect of the tour, because as we move further north to the Everest region, there is also a dramatic change from the Hindu Cultural aspects of Nepal to Buddhist where at some instances, it is an olio of faiths and culture entwined living in secular harmony, not see elsewhere in the world.
Then the Everest Region, gives you a taste of how living here in the shadow of the world’s highest peak is. The culture, faith though Buddhism, is so imbued into the landscape with the prayers flags, the Mani Walls, and Choten Gates and the yaks in addition to the flora, fauna and birds that have also made their region their home. Then the Everest gives you the Base Camp, where mountaineers got ready and still do to the summit to the pinnacle of Earth. Then the trek takes you to vantage points, from where, you get to see this mastiff, look different, pictorially from Kalapathar, which in itself is an anomaly to the terrain, so getting its name locally. Where all is white or rocky colour, the massive boulders and rocks pile high as if a peak of its own, gives you a look of the sun creeping over to zenith till noon from the east from behind to over Everest. The pudding on the cake is, that after all being done in the trek, you fly out, giving you the look of where you have been from the top view of Everest to the part of the Himalayas where it all began.
Is this a secure holiday trek?
Very much to the very last detail with us. Right from the tour guide, who is with you right from the start to the finish and who becomes a friendly companion, to the porters that are used to carrying much of the load. The nightly stops are at a guesthouse, which might have the bare necessities but are comfortable and secure for a night’s sleep. Since, the porters and guides are expertise in the regions, they make the hike as comfortable to a person’s ability, and warn and tell you how to go about walking over various topographical terrain. So much so, you might feel that it is more a stroll in the park and exercise to the body in an undulating pristine environment that has not been touched by the outer world. Then, when is something worth noting and hidden from the eye, it will be shown to you and explained its importance either from an ecological viewpoint or from its cultural aspects. If any danger seems to be lurking, which the blunt is very rarely, of is somehow mitigated, by those who are actually controlling your trekking holiday. So much so, 99% of the chances are, that you would comment, that you had had, one of the securest hiking holidays and have physically and spiritually surpassed your own boundaries of human endearment.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri (2100m) 8-9 hours Hike Approx
Day 4: Jiri to Bhandar (2,250m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx
Day 5: Bhandar to Sete (2575m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx
Day 6: Sete to Junbesi (2675m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx
Day 7 : Junbesi to Nuntala (2250m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx
Day 8 : Nuntala to Bupse (2300m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx
Day 9 : Bupse to Shurkha (2740m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx
Day 10 : Shurkha to Phakding (2640m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx
Day 11: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 Hour Hike Approx
Day 12: Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar with Short Hike to Everest Hotel and Back
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5 Hours Hike Approx
Day 14: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5 Hours Hike Approx
Day 15: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5 Hour Hike Approx
Day 16: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep – 8 Hour Hike Approx
Day 17: Gorak Shep to Kalapathar to Gorak Shep to Pherichi – 8 Hour Hike Approx
Day 18: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar – 7 hour Hike Approx
Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 7 hour Hike Approx
Day 20: 40 minutes Flight to Kathmandu
Day 21: Transfer to airport for your onward destination
- Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
- Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites
- Board terrific Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight known for mind-blowing sceneries
- Enjoy sight of ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
- Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m, also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest
- Pass through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
- Visit to Tengboche Monastery renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region situated at a height of 3860m
- Explore Everest Base Camp which provides the eye-popping view of Mt. Everest, and spend few days at romantic Gokyo region
- Witness splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains that includes Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc from Kalapathar
- Experience authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages where inhabitants follow different traditional ways of livings
- Witness variety of floras and faunas