Classic Everest trekking

Classic Everest trekking, EBC, Cho La Pass, Gokyo circuit trek is best way to explore the Khumbu region and it will be prefect Himalayan holiday for every adventure hikers. When we propose you a classic Everest trekking trip, some travelers might understand it as Jiri to Everest base camp, but we want to make it clear to you that it is not this route, but this is the trekking trail where you explore the Everest base camp on classic way. This  means, your trip will be up to Cho La pass (5300m), Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri; not only EBC.  The trek will start same as other treks in Everest area, 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and we follow the same route as we follow Everest base camp (Phakding (2610m) to Namche Bazaar (3500m) and other days, Tengboche (3850m), Dingbuche (4350m), Lobuche (4950m), Ghorakshep (5140m) and finally Kalapatthar (5545m)). In between these days we will acclimatize at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche for 2 days to reduce acute mountain sickness.  After exploring the Everest Base Camp, next day, in early morning i.e. dawn, we will cross the Cho La pass (we need to cross Cho La pass in the morning as soon as possible because in the afternoon there might be problems of rock sliding or rock falling down). On that day we will stay at Thangnak (4700m) and other days continually visit Gokyo Lake (4790m), Gokyo Ri (5360m), Dole (4200m) and very known Namche Bazaar.  From Namche, our hiking will be for couple of days to get Kathmandu and conclude the trip.

This trip is known as Everest circuit trek because we will walk from Namche Bazaar to Namche Bazaar as circuit.  We will cross Khumbu and Imja Khola valleys and various Sherpa villages in the trail so we ensure you that the trip will be not only adventurous walking holiday but also cultural journey toward the Sherpa villages. Thus, this is one of the best trips for 20 days to explore entire Everest region.

Classic Everest trekking itinerary

Trek major spots: Everest Base Camp/ Kalapatthar/Chola Pass/Gokyo Lake

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport Nepal. Up on arrival meet our office representative at airport and transfer to hotel/ after refreshing complete the official formalities/ briefing about the preparation and rest of the day free for your own leisure/overnight at hotel in BB Basis.

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing around Kathmandu city- Historical  Durbar Square area, Pasupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Swyambhunath Stupa which will take you to visit Nepal’s most popular attractions and lunch break will be during the tour at best restaurants available/overnight at hotel in BB Basis.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m), start trek to Phakding (2610m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 04: Trek Phakding (2610m) to Namche Bazaar (3500m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3500m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar (3500m) to Tengboche (3870m) /overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 07: Trek Tengboche (3850m) to Dingbuche (4360m) /overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 08: Exploration day trip to Chhukung valley/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 09: Trek Dingbuche (4360m) to Lobuche (4950m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 10: Trek Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5140m)/Visit Everest Base Camp (5365m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 11: Visit Kalapatthar (5545m)/Mt. Everest view/trek to Dzongla (4830m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 12: Trek to Cho La Pass (5420m)/ Thangnak (4700m) /overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 13: Trek Thangnak (4700m) to Gokyo Lake (4790m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 14: Explore around/morning visit Gokyo Ri (5357m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 15: Trek back Gokyo Lake (4700m) to Dole (4200m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 16: Trek back Dole (4200m) to Namche Bazar/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 17: Trek back Namche Bazar (3500m) to Phakding (2610m)/overnight at teahouse. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 18: After breakfast from Phakding Village trek back to Lukla (2800m) via same route again, be refreshed, have a lunch and rest at tea house lodge or afternoon free for personal activities and overnight stay there at teahouse lodge. (All meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be served at teahouse lodge restaurant)

Day 19: Early in the morning, transfer to airport and fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, end the trip and transfer to hotel, rest and afternoon free for personal activities. Evening fare well dinner with culture show at Nepalese Traditional Kitchen you will be enjoyed very authentic way of Nepalese hospitalities and overnight at hotel in BB Basis.

Day 20: Transfer to airport for International departure
OR if you wish to have onward programs- wildlife safari tour, whitewater rafting/ kayaking, paragliding, sightseeing or visiting main tourist attraction of around please let us know we are happy to organize as you wish. 

  • Trip Highlights
  • Cost Includes/Excludes
  • Equipement for Trip
  • Useful Information
Trip Highlights

Everest classic trek highlights

Whole Package Duration: 20 days

Trek Duration: 17 days

Region of Trek: Everest Region Trek- Everest Base Camp/ Kalapatthar/Chola Pass/Gokyo Lake

Maximum Altitude: Kalapatthar (5545m)/Cho La Pass Gokyo Ri (5357m)

Trekking Grade: Moderate- Strenuous

Mode of Trek: Tea House Organize  

Food & Accommodation: 3 meals per day & Tea House stay

Starting and Ending Point: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Maximum per day walking: 5-6 hour in average

Transportation: Flight- Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu

Best of the trek: Unique Sherpa culture experience/ breathtaking views from Kalapatthar/ Gokyo Ri peak/ Namche Bazaar

Sightseeing Tour: One day in Kathmandu Valley

Best Time to Do: Spring and Autumn Season

Altitude chart for Everest classic circuit trek

Altitude chart for Everest classic circuit trek

Cost Includes/Excludes

Trip Cost for Everest classic trekking: Please contact us for cost details

The package includes:

  • Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure 
  • Entry permit to Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS fee
  • Supporting staffs (trekking guide and porter), as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in tea house lodge along the trail.
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax round trip (Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu for the trekking )
  • 3- Nights accommodation in Kathmandu in BB basis before and after the trek.
  • City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry permits, tour guide and transportation
  • Comprehensive First Aid kit pack

The package does not include:

  •  International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner during the Kathmandu stay
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral/hot water/shower, tea-coffee, chocolate hot drinks), tips for the guide, porter & other staffs etc. 
  • Additional costs- extra days stay, incase of flight cancellation due to the natural calamities, bad weather forecast and other unforeseen circumstances
  • Personal trekking gear for the trip
Equipement for this trip

Equipment or clothing required for trip

Personal Equipment

  • 3-4 season sleeping bag with hood
  • Thermo rest self-inflating pad or foam mat
  • Main luggage- Rucksack or Duffel
  • 30 - 40 liter Daypack- to carry water bottles, camera, lunch & extra clothing
  • Stuff sacks and plastic bags for keeping your gear dry and organized
  • Water bottles with a wide mouth
  • A pair adjustable trekking poles
  • Insulated plastic mug (optional)
  • Pocketknife Swiss army style (optional)
  • Toiletries bag for toilet paper, soap, saving items, tooth paste & toothbrush etc

Footwear

  • Running shoes or sandals-to used in camp/ teahouse lodge
  • Hiking boots- good quality
  • Gaiters- a pair to use to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground
  • Woolen or Pile Socks-heavy weight wool to be worn over the liner socks
  • Liner Socks-smooth thin liner socks to reduce of getting blisters
  • Knee or ankles support pad

Clothing items for trip

  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket with hood
  • Medium weight down jacket with hood
  • Light trekking trouser
  • Long sleeve light colored polypropylene shirts
  • Polar Tec fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear for both top & bottom
  • Polar Tec fleece pant
  • Personal under garments
  • Quick dry type towel
  • Casual wears before after the trek

Hand wear

  • Polypropylene liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Good quality mittens or gloves

Headwear

  • Warm woolen or fleecy hat/balaclava
  • Sun hat or cap with bandana for shading the neck
  • Bandana or scarf
  • Headlamp for use at night around the camp with extra batteries and spare bulbs
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Dust mask

Other Travel Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip salve SPF 30 or above
  • Insect repellant
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • Favorite snack items
  • Reading & writing materials, ipod and cards
  • Camera, memory card and extra battery
  • Passport photo copy & photos
  • Insurance certificate copy
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Baby wipes (optional)
  • Anti bacterial hand gel (optional)

Personal first aid kit pack

  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Antibiotics capsules
  • Imodium and anti amoebious, bacterial tablets
  • Blister treatment plasts
  • Dehydration solution
  • Analgesic- Paracetamol, aspirin
  • Anti cold tablets
  • Diclofenac gel
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic cream & throat lozenges
  • Diamox for AMS
  • Sanitary pad (for women)
  • Ear & eye drop
Useful Information

Useful Information

Consideration on Classic Everest trekking

The proposed itinerary for this trek  is just an outline guide and standard model of package basis given here provided by Himalayan Mentor (P) Ltd. The entire trip package can be customized according to your specific requirements and services standard as you wish to have for your holiday. Generally in fact an adventure trip package of this type sometime affected by unforeseen circumstances like bad weather forecast, flight delay and multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can result in a change of original itinerary.

However, Everest classic trek is very rare case that the original itinerary would be considerably altered, so if alterations are needed the trip leader or guide (person in charge) will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where as if a change does arise, we do everything as we can reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays affected your original schedule.