• Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Everest Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
  •    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 meals during the trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 5,545m
  •    Group size: 1-12
  •    Best Season: March to May & Sept - Dec

Are you looking for a trek to Everest base camp but in a different way? The way that the trekkers in the past did is the best way to do it differently than most trekkers today. Take the old trekking route to the base camp as Classic Everest Base Camp Trek and enjoy the adventure.

This trek gives you some of the wonderful experiences of how people walked to the base camp of the highest mountain on earth. When you go on this adventure, you need to walk for longer than the regular Everest base camp trek from Lukla.

What is Classic Everest Base Camp Trek like?

Although it is a trekking trip to the Mt. Everest base camp, it is different because of the route it takes. It takes a week of more trekking days than the normal trekking adventure from Lukla. Classic Everest Base Camp Treks starts from Jiri instead of Lukla. The trail passes through middle hills of lower Solukhumbu and goes towards Phakding to meet the regular trail.

When you are on this trek, you will get to explore the region that most trekkers to the base camp miss. The wonderful part of the trek between Jiri and Phakding offers an amazing start of the trek. It avoids the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and takes you on a drive to Jiri from Kathmandu instead. As the trek starts from Jiri, some people also call it Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Adding a few extra days on the trek to the base camp and doing it like in the past makes this adventure classic. Although the trip gets longer with the additional trekking days, you need to go for it if you can.

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FAQ's

Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized as Moderate, Adventurous, and Challenging/Strenuous.

There are different types of packages for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Depending upon the trekking you choose, the duration varies from 12 days to 22 days.

It totally depends upon your fitness level. If you are able to walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can attempt the Everest Base Camp trekking. The duration of the trekking also matters.

The temperature varies as per the season of the year. It also depends upon the alterations in the elevations. It is from 5° C to 20° C normally in the morning during the months of April to September. While from the month of October to March, the temperature might fall below a minimum of - 10° C to a maximum of 15° C during the day time. It is usually cold in the night time.

The higher you go, the more change in the climate. There are abrupt changes in the weather at the Base Camp on Everest.

The best season to trek to Everest Base Camp is Spring during the months of March to May. The post-monsoon fall (September to November) is also considered to be the better season while Winter(December, January, February) is colder and rain might halt the trek during Summer or Monsoon (June to August) season.

The shortest and most convenient route is via Lukla. But there are various routes to reach Everest Base Camp. The route via Jiri is the oldest one. Another route is from Arun valley in Eastern Nepal, from the Makalu area passing through 2 high passes, from Rolwaling crossing the Tashi Labtsa high pass, etc.

The cost depends on what type of selected package. There are various types of packages to Everest Base Camp like 14 days-Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Luxury Trek, Short Everest Trek, Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. For example, all the facilities are arranged in the five-star level to a possible extent in Everest Luxury Trek while there are some limitations in Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. In Budget Trek, you have to hire a porter with an additional cost, arrange the accommodation and meals in Kathmandu by yourself, etc.

No, there isn’t any age bar or limit for trekking to Everest Base Camp. But it is always essential that the trekker be in good shape of fitness and possess an optimistic attitude.

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Many people confuse trekking with climbing while these are completely different activities. Trekking is a walking activity in the mountains below snowline while climbing goes way above snowline to the top of a mountain. Trekking is much easier than climbing because you need to learn technical skills to climb a mountains. 

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

Transfer to the hotel after arriving at the airport in Kathmandu. On the way to the hotel, a short explanation of the program will be given by the representative of Step On Himalaya. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: n/a

Day 2: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast included.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370 m/7,774 ft) Duration: 8-9 hours

Start of the trek to the Everest Region via Jiri, a beautiful hill station of Nepal. Wandering around the surrounding area. A mini-explanation about the Acclimatization will be provided by the trekking guide of Step On Himalaya. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Jiri to Bhandar (1520 m/4985 ft) Duration: 7-8 hours

Enjoying the ups and downs the hill of the Jiri, a beautiful countryside, passing through the farm fields, you reach a small village at Bhandar. You can wander around the surrounding villages to know about their lifestyles, cultures, and traditions.  Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bhandar to Sete (2500 m/8200 ft) Duration: 7 hours

The trail descends to the Likhu Khola crossing the river at 1580m heading to Kenja. Initially, it is quite steep to Lamjura La pass then it traverses to Sete and a Gompa at 2575m. The trail continues through the Sherpa villages. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sete to Junbesi (2675 m/8774 ft) Duration: 7 hours

Gradually you will ascend to the Lamjura La pass at 3530m. On the way, you can view the snowy trails and frost or with blossoming rhododendrons in the spring, reaching Goyem at 3300m. Lamjura La pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. Now, descending to Tragdobuk at 2860m after lunch at the pass, you will reach the beautiful Sherpa village of Junbesi at 2675m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Junbesi to Nuntala (2345 m/76916 ft) Duration: 7 hours

The first glimpse of Mt. Everest is seen as you ascend to a ridge at 3080m, then to Salung at 2650m. There are a hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. After leaving Salung, you will first descend and then ascend to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m, Trakshindo pass at 3071m then descending to Nuntala at 2320m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194 m/7196 ft) Duration: 6 hours

The trail to Khari Khola continues descending to the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) then climbing up through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields, and forests. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890 m/9479 ft) Duration: 6 hours

You will reach Puiyan slowly ascending Sherpa villages, a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then passing through a narrow canyon. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Puiyan to Phakding (2652 m/8699 ft) Duration: 6 hours

Trek from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 meters, then descending to Surke following the trail towards Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11283 ft) Duration: 6 hours

The ascendant trek to Namche Bazaar following the Dudh Koshi, through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, is exciting. The Sherpa traditional villages of Namche are a historical trade center where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. It is a shopping center for traditional crafts. Acclimatization day will predict the further program to resume. Visiting around the local markets is fun. On the hike, you will have the first scenic views of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel (3867 m/12687 ft)

The day of Acclimatization. Hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m) which is supposed to be the highest airport in the world followed by climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. The Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery are the highlights of Namche Bazaar. Please notify your trekking guide from Step On Himalaya if there is any problem regarding Acclimatization or your stay or trekking. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Namche to Tengboche (3860 m/12660 ft) Duration: 5 hours

Today’s program of the trip is to reach the Tengboche which lies on the right side of the Dudh Koshi valley. You will walk down to the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. Thought the trek is lengthy, the stunning views of Mt. Everest. Mt. Amadablam and many more will compensate it. After reaching the Tengboche, you will stay Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Tengbuche to Dingboche (4410 m/14464 ft) Duration: 5 hours

After descending from Tengboche, you will head to Dingboche, known as the “Summer Valley” at an altitude of 4410m through the traversing the Imja river and the Pangboche Village at 3900m height. Amazing views of the mountain ranges will fascinate the travelers.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Hike to Nagerjun (5100 m/16728 ft) and return Dingboche, 6 hours

As you get higher, acclimatization is necessary for the further trip. Hiking to Nagerjun at 5100m height is an amazing experience and to have clear views of Lobuche, Thamserku, Taboche, Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu (the 5th highest mountain). After spending some time at the Nagarjuna, you will head back to Dingboche via the Chhukung valley. Resting at the Guesthouse and then enjoying the meals.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Dingbuche to Lobuche (4910 m/16105 ft) Duration: 5 hours

After walking 5 hours from Dingboche, you will reach Lobuche passing through the yak pastures. On the way, there is a Trekkers Aid Post located at Pheriche, 4240m run by a volunteering team of Western doctors. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17594 ft) Duration: 8 hours

On day 9, the destination is to reach the Everest Base Camp and then return to Gorekshep. You will walk down to the Khumbu glacier through the amazing nature. On the ascends and descends, you can have an amazing glimpse of the Khumbu icefall. After way back to Gorekshep from the Everest Base Camp, you will rest at the Guesthouse enjoying our meals.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545 m/18188 ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210 m/13809 ft) Duration : 7 hours

The cardinal day to reach Kalapatthar, the best vantage point for the most fascinating views of the Mount Everest along with the Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Chagatse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Pumori, etc. The hike leads back to Gorakshep and walks down to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Pheriche to Namche (3440 m/11283 ft) Duration: 7 hours

A hike descending to PhungkiThanka along the Imja River, via Kyangjuma way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Namche to Lukla (2800 m/9184 ft) Duration: 7 hours

A walk along the steeps crossing the suspension bridges above the Dudh Koshi then ending the trip at Lukla for the day. The enchanting views of the plains, rhododendron forests, snow-covered peaks are very mind relaxing. A celebration can be organized for the success of the memorable trip to the Everest region. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft)

A 30-minutes amazing scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 22: Farewell

To reach the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. The representative of Step On Himalaya will take you to the airport in a private vehicle. Sayonara and hope to serve you again. Best wishes from Step On Himalaya team.

Accommodation: n/a

Meal: Breakfast

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Local Sim card is given by the representative upon arrival at the airport (if more than 3 members in a group)
  • All the necessary ground transportation in a private vehicle for sightseeing and airport transfers
  • Accommodation in twin sharing basis in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Accommodation in the best available twin sharing basis in the lodges/tea houses during the trek; the facility of private bathrooms with hot shower is usually available at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • All 3 meals on board with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Entrance fees to the different heritages of Kathmandu
  • Entrances fees of Sagarmatha National Park
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please submit 2 passport size photos for making the permit)
  • An experienced, friendly, English speaking trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Salary, food, accommodation, equipment, travel and medical insurances for all the trekking staff
  • Flight fare for the round trip from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • First Aid medical kit
  • All the local and government service charges
  • Step On Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Duffle bag for the trekking

What is not included?

  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation or Rescue Service charges
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section
  • International air tickets and Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Hot shower during the trek except for Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal expenses like Cold drinks, bottled water, snacks, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment
  • Tips and perks for trekking staffs
  • Any other specified expenses that are not included on “Price Includes” section
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