Classic Everest Base Camp Trek - 21 Days

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Overview

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

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

On this day, you arrive in Kathmandu by flight. A representative from the Breakfree Adventures will welcome you at the International Airport and will take you in a vehicle to your allotted three star hotel. If you have time left in the day, you can use it to freshen up and relax, or stroll around the streets of the city doing as might please you. You stay the night at that hotel

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Today, it’s sightseeing time in Kathmandu. We start the day, by first going to Kathmandu Durbar Square, which was the historical palace of the Kings of Kathmandu along with the many temples dedicated to various deities. From here go to visit the temple of Pashupatinath which was built by a King of Kathmandu in the fifth century in honour of Lord Shiva. On having lunch, we head to the west of Kathmandu to a hillock, to pay a visit to the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, built in the nearly centuries. Then it is to the Stupa in Boudhanath, the biggest in Asia and is said to have a single strand of the Buddha’s hair buried in it. All of the four are UNESCO, World Heritage site.
In the evening, there will be a seminar with the company guide, giving you details of your hike and other aspects of it. We stay the night at the same hotel.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Jiri (2100m) 8-9 hours Hike Approx

The trek to classic Everest route will start with a drive to Jiri from Kathmandu via Araniko highway. During this 8-9 hours, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of Nepal. After you reach Jiri, you can go around the beautiful hill city to make the most of your remaining time in the day. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 4
Jiri to Bhandar (2,250m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx

On the day, you will start hiking on undulated tracks towards Bhandar, a small settlement in the region. The settlement is habitat of mostly Sherpa people where you can see huge Tibetan Buddhist monuments all over the place. You will reach your destination of the day by the evening. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 5
Bhandar to Sete (2575m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx

Walking downhill towards Likhu Khola, on the day, you will proceed towards a small village of Kinja. From this point, the trails ascend to Lamura pass which is loaded with picturesque views of surrounding landscapes. After passing few more villages, you will reach Sete, situated on the ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 6
Sete to Junbesi (2675m) 6-7 hours Hike Approx

This is going to be an exciting day as you start the trip with an ascent towards Lamjura pass at 3,530m.This is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. After leaving the Lamjura behind, you will have to walk though aromatic rhododendron forest to reach Junbesi, a well known Sherpa village in the region. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 7
Junbesi to Nuntala (2250m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx

Crossing Junbesi River by embarking on a wooden bridge the expedition towards Nuntala will follow in the morning. In between the routes, you will see the glimpses of Mt. Everest on the north east side. The trails lead to shepherds’ huts and the hidden routes via forests to reach Nunthala. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 8
Nuntala to Bupse (2300m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx

The day’s hike will start with a steep descent towards Dudh Koshi River to reach Jublingn. From the point, the trail descends further to reach another river on the way named as Khari Khola. You will have to follow a steep climb of an hour to get to Bupse for an overnight stay. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 9
Bupse to Shurkha (2740m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx

The day will start with a further climb through small valleys and forests to reach Mushe. The more you climb the vivid the views of Khumbilia and Cho Oyu get along the way. Once again, you have to walk uphill to reach Shurkha. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 10
Shurkha to Phakding (2640m) 5-6 hours Hike Approx

Passing beautiful Sherpa villages, on the day, you will head towards Phakding. This is a scenic route with the panoramic views of mountains all along the way. You will meet many trekkers coming from Lukla as this is the orthodox route for Mt. Everset exploration. You should reach Phakding before sunset. We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 11
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 Hour Hike Approx

Today, we hike to Namche Bazaar that stands at a height of 2652 metres. It is a trail along the Dudh Kosi River till you get to Tok Tok. Here you get a lovely view of Peak Thamserku. Then the trail begins to ascending and we come a farm for agricultural project. Then you continue climbing to Manju where you enter a bit of the Sagarmatha National Park. Still climbing till Jorsale, we cross the fifth bridge and land in Namche Bazaar. While on the way we get a lovely look of Everest and Nupste (7879m). We stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 12
Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar with Short Hike to Everest Hotel and Back

It is vital that we periodically stay at a place to acclimatize when at and going to a higher elevation. So today we do just that with a short hike to Hotel Everest and back, where at a vantage point and with some lunch and a beer in hand, we get a cinematic view of Everest. We stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 13
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5 Hours Hike Approx

Today, we trek to Tengboche (3860m) and should take us about 5 hours to reach. We begin the hike with a cool descent through a rhododendron forest till Kenjoma where we join the Kumjum route, all the while getting magnificent views of the mountain. Passing Sanasa, the path goes downwards to Phunki Thanga. Then goes up all the way to Tengboche Monastery. After a while we get to Tengboche. We stay the night here at a guesthouse.

Day 14
Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5 Hours Hike Approx

Today, we hike from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) which is about a 5 hour hike approximately. The route is ascending through a rhododendron wood till Deboche. Over the fast flowing Imja Khola, we cross a bridge then follow the trail to Island Peak and on ascending we get to Dingboche where stay at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 15
Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5 Hour Hike Approx

Today, we get to hike to Lobuche (4910m) for about five hours approximately. The trail climbs all the way to Duglha offering us wonderful views of Tawachee and Cholatse. Turning north, we follow the Khumbu glacier and turn left at a memorial and hours walk, we get to the village of Lobuche. Here we stay the night at a guesthouse.

Day 16
Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep – 8 Hour Hike Approx

Today, we head for Gorak Shep which stands at a height of 5140 metres above sea level which would take us about eight hours hike to. We first head to Everest Base Camp which is at a height of 5360 metres. Here besides, straining to catch a sight of the Peak of Everest, we get to see and meet, aspiring mountaineers preparing to summit Mount Everest. Once satiated with what we came for, we trek off to Gorak Shep, reaching it in a couple of hours. We stay here at a lodge for the night

Day 17
Gorak Shep to Kalapathar to Gorak Shep to Pherichi – 8 Hour Hike Approx

Today, it is onto Pherichi, but first we take a quick early trip to Kalapathar, meaning blacking rock and boulders so because of the exposed colour forming somewhat of a vantage point of seeing Mount Everest from the west as the sun creeps over from the east. It gives a totally different angle from which it is seen. After a while, we return to Gorak Shep and head in the direction Pherichi (4240m). We stay the night here at a guesthouse.

Day 18
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar – 7 hour Hike Approx

Today, we head to Namche Bazaar while covering a distance of 14.5 kilometres which should take us about seven hours to reach approximately. While on the way, we should get of the various form of the Everest region which will stick in memory for eternity as it is a downhill ascent to Namche Bazaar most of the way. Here, we stay at a guesthouse for the night.

Day 19
Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 7 hour Hike Approx

Today we head to the airport town in our hike, which shall take us past Phakding the starting point of trek into Everest. It should take us about seven hours to reach as it is now mostly a downhill ascent. At Lukla, we stay the night at a guesthouse to catch our flight to Kathmandu, the next morning.

Day 20
40 minutes Flight to Kathmandu

We hope the first plan back to Kathmandu in which we get the first and last chance to view the peak of Everest from the top and other place where we had hiked to. The terrain slowly changes back to the Mid-Himalayas, with its lush green hills, valleys and gushing rivers. At Kathmandu, we are taken to our hotel by vehicle where we can spend the remaining part of the day window shopping and doing what pleases you.
In the evening, you will be taken to an authentic Nepalese restaurant for a farewell dinner by the staff of the Company.

Day 21
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Now, that you have accomplished what you came for, a representative of Breakfree Adventures will take you to the airport, three hours of your scheduled flight for your check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we wish you all the best and hope that you had had a successful hiking holiday with our itinerary package tailor made keeping your security and comfort in minds.

Cost

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Salleri transfer by a private vehicle
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
What do you mean by Classic Everest Base Camp trek?

Classic Everest Base Camp trek is the most interesting trek since it’s the hiking towards the Everest region without taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla but instead drive to Salleri and start the hike to Everest witnessing passing along small Himalayan villages witnessing it’s culture and traditions.

What is the best time for Everest classic trek?

The best time for Everest classic trek is Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) during when the weather is at it’s best with clear mountain views and fewer chances of snowfall. The trek can be done in winter too but be prepared for snow and in monsoon, it will be too wet.

Where does Everest Base Camp Classic Trek starts and ends?

Everest Base Camp Classic Trek starts from Salleri where you drive from Kathmandu taking about 8-9 hours. The trek then starts towards the Everest region going up till the Everest Base Camp. It ends at Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

How much is the daily walking hour of Classic Everest Base Camp trekking?

The daily walking hour of Classic Everest Base Camp trekking is average 6-9 hours but that isn’t every day at some days the walking hour can be as less as 5 hours.

What is the difficulty level of Classic Everest Base Camp trek?

The difficulty level of Classic Everest Base Camp trek is strenuous trek since the trek days are longer and in high elevations. It requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparedness. But the trek is achievable with proper preparation before the trek starts like going for daily walk, running. Climbing stairs up and down will be beneficial since the trek involves many ascents and descents.

How many days will it take to get to Lukla from Salleri?

To get to get around Lukla from Salleri it takes 4 days to Phakding near Lukla passing along Nanthala, Khari Khola, Puiyan and on day four reach Phakding.

What about Classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek?

Classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is the old trek which was followed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjing Sherpa during 1953 and the trekking is to follow the same route up till the Everest Base Camp.

Will I get altitude sickness on Classic Everest Base Camp trek?

Altitude sickness on Classic Everest Base Camp trek can occur since the trek is into the high altitude. But it can be avoided by following simple things like drinking plenty of water, walking slowly. Besides, the trek itinerary is well planned with slow altitude gain and enough acclimatization days to reduce altitude sickness.

Is insurance for Classic Everest trek required?

Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing insurance for Classic Everest trek and read their policies.

How is the accommodation on Everest Classic trek?

Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Accommodation on Everest Classic trek is basic and usually will be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.

What foods should I bring with me?

Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.

Is permit for Classic Everest Base Camp needed?

Permit for Classic Everest Base Camp is needed which are entrance permit to the Sagarmatha National Park and municipality entrance into the Everest region. Both of these permits are handled by your company and you don’t need to worry about it.

Is charging my camera, mobile possible?

All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.

Do I have to take along a guide for the trek?

A guide is essential for such a long trek at the high elevations which will be much helpful during the trek. An experienced trek guide shall lead your trek and assist in any emergencies like sickness or suffering from altitude.

How safe is the trekking trail?

The trail to the Everest Base Camp is among the safe trekking routes in Nepal with the least news of casualties and unforeseen happenings. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals. Besides, the trails are well-marked so the least chance of getting lost.

How often do Lukla flight cancellations occur?

Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occur even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.

What if I get tired to walk back after reaching Everest base camp?

The goal of this trek is to walk to the base camp but for those who do not wish to return back on foot, there’s an option of flying back by helicopter after attending the base camp and Kalapathar. This way, you won’t have to trek back the same way but instead fly direct back to Kathmandu on a helicopter. If you get tired or feel monotonous to walk back, you can choose this option or already pre-arrange this option as well. You will out from Gorekshep straight back to Kathmandu.

Will I get wifi on Classic Everest base camp trek?

Wifi on Classic Everest base camp trek is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.

Can Everest base camp can be reached without trekking?

If you wish to quit 2 weeks long trek or those who are physically unfit to accomplish this long walk, there is an option of Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. This package allows you to fly over the Khumbu region and land at the Kala Patthar to witness the finest views of the chain of Himalayas including Mt. Everest from closer proximity.

Taking children on this trek is possible?

Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.

How much money is required each day?

You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.

Is there ATM on Classic Everest trek?

ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.

Can credit cards be used?

Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.

Staying overnight at Everest base camp can be done?

The base camp of Mt. Everest Base Camp is a moraine during fall or dead season. Climbers come and make tented camps there only in the spring. It’s risky to spend overnight at Everest base camp in such a high altitude and cold location without a proper sleeping facility. So, you need to come back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.

From where can I call home, my families or friends?

Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.

What is the gear list for Classic Everest base camp trekking?

Packing along warm clothes is suggested for gear list for Classic Everest base camp trekking. These include down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exist with both local and foreign brands.

What will be the temperature Classic Everest base camp trek?

Temperature Classic Everest base camp trek depends upon the season. Temperature is normal during April to September with below 05° C to 20° C morning and evening are cold while the day time is good with sunshine. It gets below minimum -10° C to a maximum 15° C during the day Around October to March.

What is seen from Kalapathar?

One can witness the closest view of Mt. Everest including it’s adjacent peaks and other Khumbu region mountains from Kalapathar located at 5,545 meters. It can be reached with a few hours of hike from Gorekshep.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Jiri to EBC Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Jiri to Gokyo EBC Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Jiri to EBC Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Jiri to EBC Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 21 days Jiri to EBC Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 26 days Jiri to Gokyo EBC Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Jiri to EBC Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Jiri to Gokyo EBC Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Jiri to EBC Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 20 Nights/21 Days
  • Feb - May and Oct - Nov
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • 5550 meters
  • Strenous
  • Salleri
  • Lukla
  • Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking
  • 5 - 6 hours each day
  • Lodge/Teahouse trek
  • Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Kalapattar, Hotel Everest View, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery
  • Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

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