Classical Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most preferred treks in all of Nepal. Apart from the beautiful, majestic views, and the thrilling experience that it offers, it also gives the trekkers the opportunity to come face to face with the world’s tallest giant, the Mount Everest, and even for moments, have an audience with it.
It’s every trekker’s dream to one day go on this trekking route, experience the journey and reach the Everest Base Camp. It’s their purpose to share the same feeling of accomplishment that a lot of trekkers and mountaineers in the past have sensed.
The Classical Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary is usually 12 days long, but as per the convenience of the trekkers, it could be further modified. They could either extend it so that they could spend more time exploring the different settlement areas, or they could shorten it if they’re on a tight schedule.
Highlights of the Trek
Travel Style: Active
Physical Rating: Hard
Group Size: 1+
Max. Altitude: 5545m
Overview of the Trek
Classical Everest Base Camp Trek takes you on a wonderful journey through the most astounding elements of nature, the most wonderful centuries-old cultural and historical settlements, and finally the Everest Base Camp Tour. Everest Base Camp Tour is the main event in the journey. We could proceed our journey through the comfort trek to Everest.
The trekkers make their way through the beautiful forests of rhododendron that are full of amazing sceneries and sounds. They come across various geographical terrains ranging from lush greenery to dry and rocky landscape to completely whitish snowy environment.
One of the best things about trekking in this region is that one gets to have the most amazing up-close views of a few of the tallest peaks of the country. These include Mt. Nuptse (7861 m), Mt. Pumori (7161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6170 m), Mt. Everest (8848 m) and so on.
The trek is also medium through which the trekkers get to know about the centuries-old cultures and traditions of the Khumbu region that have been followed by generations of people. Heritages like the monasteries and gompas at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and so on are sure to interest the visitors and make them explore further.
It’s quite an interesting thing to experience the semi-western semi Nepali socio-cultural lifestyle present in the villages in the region, especially in business hubs like Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Also, many tourists wonder how people are able to survive in such extreme circumstances, esp. in the areas that are close to the base camp, and where people and population is scarce apart from peak tourist seasons.
Throughout the journey, you’ll come across murals and memorabilia built in the memory of those brave souls who lost their lives trying to conquer the beast. Yet another attraction on the route.
Apart from the various settlements covered in this itinerary, as mentioned above, trekkers can choose to stay in the region for a longer period of time and explore other areas and landmarks that are out there. There is no better way to spend the time than getting to know the sweet locals, be a part of their festivals, eating their local food, and experiencing their culture first hand.
Undoubtedly, Classical Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the best things to do when you’re in Nepal.
The following Classical Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days itinerary touches the most significant locations on the route to Everest Base Camp. The trekkers either pass through these settlements or spend the nights here.
Day 1 – Kathmandu (1400 m) to Lukla (2860 m) to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 3 - Rest Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m)
Day 5 – Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 m)
Day 6 – Rest Day at Dingboche
Day 7 – Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m)
Day 8 – Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164 m) to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) to Gorakshep
Day 9 – Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to Pheriche (4371 m)
Day 10 – Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Day 11 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 12 – Lukla to Kathmandu
√ Airport pick up and drop by private vehicles
√ Hotel stay in Kathmandu (2 nights)
√ Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare
√ Government license holder and the experienced Himalayas guide
√ Porter to carry your baggage (1 porter= 2 hikers )
√ Kathmandu-Lulka-Kathmandu guide Airfare
√ Full board meals during trekking period as mentioned in the itinerary
√ Basis tea house and lodge accommodation during trekking
√ All government and local taxes
√ TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) and Permit for Restricted Area
√ Basic First Aid Kit
√ All company service charges and necessary paperwork
√ Rescue arrangement
√ Typical Nepali farewell dinner
× Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
× Travel insurance for trekking
× Nepal entry visa and excess baggage charge
× Tips for Guide and porter (20% of your total spent is normally given as a tip for a guide and porter )
× Wifi, shower, camera and mobile charging cost
× Basic drinks (mineral water, Beer, cane juice, and Hot water )
× Personal shopping
× Things not mentioned in Cost includes a section
Notes:- Cost is prone to change in itinerary. So the cost will be recalculated if anything changes.
We are local experts. We have a well-designed package and our field staff is very professional. We have a 100% success rate Even you are a solo hiker. We have designed local food which prevents you from high altitude sickness. Once give us a chance then we will never let you down. We assure you that you can fully trust us and you get the things what you have paid for.
It is very easy to book the trip with us. At first, we need your Passport photocopy to book everything here for you. And once we got 20% of the total cost in advance through bank or Money transfer then we will confirm your trip with us. A flight detail is optional but you have to provide before 1 week of arrival to pick up.
It is hard to say that you will have altitude sickness or not because everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. In general, most of the trekkers have suffered from normal altitude problem during trek but if anyone highly suppers from altitude problem we manage Helicopter rescue. So be sure before starts trek that your insurance cover Helicopter rescue as well. Otherwise, you have to pay extra for a Helicopter rescue.
Mainly you have to be fit physically and mentally for this trek. I already mentioned above about physical conditions. Normally you have to walk 4-6 hrs per day so you have to prepare your body and mind that you can walk 4-6 hrs per days. Besides this, you have to care what kind of guide and which company you are following because your guide is a doctor in Mountain and company is a hospital.
In my experience, I would like to say you need to have an above average level of fitness, but no means need to be an athlete. It is a completely different world being that high up and everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. Simple training before you go.
Yes! The Lukla airport is one of the dangerous airports in the world. The runway is tiny and built on a slope with a mountain at one end and a huge drop into a valley at the other..,
Yes! You can buy a SIM card (Ncell) in Kathmandu before starts trek but the 3G only really works the first and last couples of days of the trek. But you know you could buy wi-fi cards at tea houses which cost 3-6$ for 200mb and the signal is medium.
Well, below are the suggested trekking equipment list for Everest base camp trek:
-Daypack (25–35 liters), Pack cover, Sleeping bag comfortable too – 20 °c (depending upon the season, weather forecast and personal preference) and it is possible to rent it from Kathmandu which cost 2$ per day.
-Waterproof (optional) hiking boots, Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes) LED headlamp with extra battery, trekking poles. Camelback water bladder or sipper (water bottle).
-Chocolates, Energy bar, Dry fruits, ORS. Down jacket cover comfortable too -15 • c which you can hire or buy in Kathmandu and cost will be cheap for you to compare your country and another normal jacket. T-shirt, goggles (UV protected) and 5 pair thermal pants and cap for sun cover, Waterproof gloves, woolen gloves, and socks. Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm and sanitizer handy.
Normally we operate this, Everest Base Camp, trek all around a year but Sept-Nov and Feb-May is a best suggested time for Everest base camp trek.