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Classic Everest Trekking

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Classic Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri is the original trail to reach Everest Base Camp, way back when there was no airport in Lukla. The trail from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is used by many expedition teams to reach the summit of the Himalayas, most notable in history, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. We will be spending the first eight days trekking through beautiful villages, thundering rivers, ascending and descending the trail, and acclimatizing our body to reach Lukla and further. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is nearly a month-long holiday in the Himalayas to explore the beauty of these silvering mountains. Combined with the Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla, the Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri is an ideal option to spend about a month-long vacation in the Himalayas. Nepal Arun Valley Trek

Jiri to Everest Base camp trek is the oldest path in the Everest region. This used to be a famous trial during Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa’s period. Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa summited Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953, for the first time using the trail from Jiri. We will have to spend 8 days passing different sherpas villages, thundering rivers, walking ascending and descending through the trail. There is a new route and shortcut trail to do. The trekking to Everest base camp starts from Lukla with a height of 2860m  after landing at the Lukla airport. This airport was built by Sir Edmond Hillary after succeeding the submitted of Everest and named Edmond Hillary Airport. This trekking route was mainly for expedition purposes. Trek to Everest Base camp. Makalu Base Camp Trek

At the present Everest Base camp, the trek can be done directly from Lukla and stay overnight at Phakding and follow the same route Mera Peak ClimbingClassic Everest Trekking is one of the adventurous trekking trails lying in the Everest region. Due to the overland journey, you will pass several passes and get more chances to explore settlements of Sherpa ethnic groups. Experience their unique tradition, culture, customs, and lifestyles. Further, another attraction of this trekking is that you will also have breathtaking views of several mountains around the Khumbu region including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7,161m), Mt. Changaste (7,550m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6,723m), Mt. Kantega (6979m), Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6,367m), Mt. Kongde (6,011m) and many more.

Since the Classic Everest Trekking trail passes through the well-developed trekking trail, is regarded to be one of the ideal trekking trails, especially for those who are fond of taking pictures of the white Himalayas. Moreover, the adventure of passing high hills passes, sloping and rocky hills is a lifetime experience. In addition, you will cross through the foothills of the mountains from lowland to the glacial lakes, peaks, and Himalayan flora and fauna. Especially the traditional villages and ancient monasteries make this trek so special. Overall, all these features have made this destination one of the most popular and most loved ones among visitors in Nepal.

Itinerary Outline:

 Day 01: Kathmandu to Jiri (1951m)

 Day 02: Jiri to Deurali (2705m)

 Day 03: Deurali to Seti (2575m)

 Day 04 : Seti to Junbesi (2675m)

 Day 05 :Junbesi to Numtala (2360m)

 Day 06 : Numtala to Kharikhola (2100m)

 Day 07 : Kharikhola to Surke (2293m)

 Day 08 : Surke to Phakding (2640m)

 Day 09: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

 Day 10: Rest at Namche Bazaar

 Day 11 : Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

Day 12 :Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m)

Day 13 :Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

Day 14 :Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m)

Day 15: Excursion to Kala Pattar (5545m) back to Gorak Shep

Day 16 : Gorak Shep to EBC (5364m) to Lobuche (4930m)

Day 17 :Lobuche to Pheriche (4243m)

Day 18: Pheriche to Tengboche (3867m)

 Day 19 :  Tengboche to Khumjung (3840m)

 Day 20 :  Khumjung to Phakding (2640m)

 Day 21:  Phakding to Lukla (2886m)

 Day 22: Flight to Kathmandu

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Day 01
Kathmandu to Jiri (1951m)

The first day is spent on a seven to eight hours bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri, the starting point of our trek. Jiri is the central village of this area. Sherpas, Tamang, Chhetris and various other people live together in this village. For about 100m on both sides of the bus road, there is a bazaar with many stores and lodges.

Day 02
Jiri to Deurali (2705m)

Leaving the bazaar behind, we start trekking on the Everest Trail. From the turning point of the bus take the path on the mountain flank and cross over the small ridge overlooking the whole village of Jiri. Trek through several small hamlets and you will be on the pass. Descending to the bank of the Khimti Khola, cross the suspension bridge to Shivalaya (1767m). Here you start the ascent to Deurali.

Day 03
Deurali to Seti (2575m)

Descend along the stream for a while, crossing over the wooden bridge by a bhatti, and away from the stream, a steep slope begins to descends through the woods. In the valley ahead you will soon be overlooking the hamlet of Gholunda and the river Likhu Khola. Keep descending the steep hill until you reach Gholunda. From here, we trek down the path with stone walls through farm fields to the bank of Likhu Khola. Go upstream, you will soon come to Chiddarin which has several houses and a suspension bridge. After you reach Chimbu, the path continues to go zigzagging up. When it enters the forested area, the slope becomes slightly gentler. Now you will see the houses of Seti up ahead. A little further and you will be in the village of Seti, where we stay overnight.

Day 04
Seti to Junbesi (2675m)

Today the steep ascent continues. Keep climbing up through the rhododendron forest to Dakuchi and then to Goyam. You will sometimes find stone steps. The ascent continues further from Goyam through the forested slope. From here, follow the path on the open flank, go through Takuto and trek down along the farmland. You will soon come to the edge of the ridge, which commands the view of Junbesi village in the valley and Numbur. A little more descent will bring you down to Junbesi where we stay overnight.

Day 05
Junbesi to Numtala (2360m)

Today, you will cross the third pass and reach Tragsindho. Leaving the village behind, go down along the Junbesi Khola, cross the river to the left bank using the wooden bridge and climb to the flank on the left. Do no miss this point. If you continue on the path down along the river, you will come to Phaplu, which has an airfield. Descend from the pass through the woods. You will soon come to a gompa and will be in the Tragsindho, where there are two or three lodges. Continue walk for approximately two hours to reach Nunthala where you will stop for overnight at lodge.

Day 06
Numtala to Kharikhola (2100m)

Today’s journey goes down quite a distance to the bank of the Dudh Kosi and climbs back up to Kharikhola. From Jubing to Kharikhola, the course is an ascent. Climb the path, which has stone steps here and there, on the steep flank and you will finally come to a pass like place. The Dudh Kosi can be seen far below and Khumbila (5761 m) soaring up far beyond the valley. The Sherpa regards this as a holy mountain and worship it. The path becomes level and it will soon lead you to Kharikhola village where we stay overnight.

Day 07
Khari Khola to Surke (2293m)

After the breakfast we start our trek, crossing server settlement after 5 hours trekking we reach Surkhe. Overnight stay at mountain lodge.

Day 08
Surke to Phakding (2640m)

We start the day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan. We continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 metres, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we descend following the trail towards Phakding. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 09
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Your destination today is Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the central village of the Sherpa in Khumbu region. It is situated on a horseshoe shaped flank and is crowded with about 100 buildings including lodges, stores and banks. There is a plateau on the right side of the village entrance, where they have a bazaar every Saturday. It is crowded with people especially in the morning.

Day 10
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is a very old trade point. You can see Tibetans by crossing the Nangpala Pass to sell cheap goods from China. The village itself is a beautiful place to spend a day for proper acclimatization. Along the way you can see the changing vegetation as we gain height. Trees give way to bushes and shrubs. Around Namche there are numerous ridges for day hiking. Rest to acclimatize. You can relax and take a look around the shops and Sherpa houses, observe their culture and life style. Overnight in lodge.

Day 11
Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

Today you can see very close up view of Thamserku (6618m), Ama Dablam(6814m). Also you can see Mount Everest (8848) and other world high mountains. On the way you can see Nepal national bird Pheasant and mountain animal called Himalayan Thar. The trail contour through the yak pasture land until Kyangjuma (3550m). From Kyangjuma the trail goes to all the way down to the Dudh Koshi. After crossing long suspension bridge then the trail ascends through the pine trees. The magnificent view of Kangtega (6783m) at right side of the trail. Two and half hour walking you will arrive to Tengboche (3860m). Tengboche is famous as the name of Tengboche Monastery. This monastery is open for visit after four o’clock in the afternoon. Visiting Tengboche Monastery is a exciting part of your journey. At evening you will be able to see exciting sunset on the top of the word and other high mountains. Overnight stay at mountain lodge.

Day 12
Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m)

Form Tengboche the trail moves down towards Deboche (3820m). After Deboche, the trail becomes very pleasant. Here you have chances to see Musk deer. It is very rare wild animal. After crossing iron bridge on your right side you can see the great view of Ama Dablam (6814m). Then the trail moves gradually up to Pangboche and down to Shomare (4110m). After lunch we walk around two more hours and arrive in Dingboche (4410m), where we stary overnight.

Day 13
Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

Form Dingboche the trail climb up 20m above the village. From here you can enjoy a panoramic view of Khumbu Mountains including Mt. Makalu (8463m). Tea break in Dughla (4620m). After Dughla we ascend along a pebbly and sandy trail. After half and hour climb you arrive to Dughla Pass (4830m). In Dughla pass you see monuments on the memory of Everest climbers who has lost their life while climbing Mt. Everest. From here the trail goes gradually up to the Lobuche (4910m). We enjoy an evening sunset view of the Nuptse (7864m). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 14
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m)

Today will be the longest day of our entire trek. So make early morning start, and our trek continues gently to climb and sometimes direct ascent to nearby glacier and moraine. Following this trail will finally bring us to Gorak Shep (5140m). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 15
Excursion to Kala Patthar (5545m) back to Gorak Shep

After light lunch at Gorak Shep start to climb Kala Patthar (5550m). After nearly three hour climbing, you will reach on top of the Kala Patthar. Be aware, it’s very windy here. Kala Patthar is one of the prime points for the massive view of mighty Mount Everest (8848m). Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and other towering mountains. After a while we return back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 16
Gorak Shep to EBC (5364m) to Lobuche (4930m)

Early in the morning we start trekking towards Everest base camp (5364m). The trail is narrow and rocky so that we suggest trekkers to concentrate their mind on the trail before stepping. The Everest base camp is moving up and down every year because the Khumbu glacier is moving downwards. It’s not possible to stay overnight at EBC because there are no proper facilities, and special licenses are needed for camping. Only people who are climbing to Mt. Everest stay here overnight. Spend half an hour there take photos for your memory. Then we return to Gorak Shep and have a lunch. After lunch we start walking to Lobuche (4910m).

Day 17
Lobuche to Pheriche (4243m)

Trekking from Lobuche for around 5 hours and we reach Pheriche at an altitude of 4243 metres. Overnight stay at mountain lodge.

Day 18
Pheriche to Tengboche (3867m)

Walking for about 5-6 hours from Pheriche we will reach Tengboche (3867m). We can visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu Region. Overnight stay at mountain lodge.

Day 19
Tengboche to Khumjung (3840m)

After trekking for about 2 hours from Tengboche we reach Khumjung (3840m.). Khumjung is called the green valley. In Khumjung we can visit the local Khumjung Gompa, the school. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. It is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila.

Day 20
Khumjung to Phakding (2640m)

Today we descent first to Namche Bazaar and then continue our way back down the valley and descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. From Monjo we will go through forests of magnolia, giant firs and rhododendrons to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project. We cross the Dudh Kosi river to its west-bank and continue our way down to Phakding.

Day 21
Phakding to Lukla (2886m)

Today we trek down enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountains and local Sherpa villages. After walking about 3 hours we arrive in Lukla and you can stroll around the area. Overnight stay at mountain lodge.

Day 22
Flight to Kathmandu

Today we fly back to Kathmandu. This early morning flight is because of the location of the airstrip, and the often clear morning views from the plane one of the most interesting flights you’ll ever experience. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Equipment List

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What is Included

  • Airport picks up and transfers to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3-star category with breakfast.
  • Half-day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
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  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on a twin or multi-sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Any sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Any international and domestic airfare
  • Your personal travel insurance and medical.
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter, and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls, etc.
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents, and another occurrence, beyond our control.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Any other optional services not mentioned above as included.
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