The Ulimate Everest Trekking Experience!
This Classic Everest Trek is the original route of Everest expeditions before Lukla airport was built (1954). Then, all treks to Everest started at Charikot or Jiri; now, the road goes to Bandhar, a little further on than Jiri. A chance to experience the changing landscape, the beckoning mountains, a chance to get fit, ready oneself for the enormous vista of Everest from Kala Patar, and to witness the culture of the Himalayan foothills and how it changes as the altitude gets higher. This is really a full experience – The Trek that started trekking in Nepal, gave Nepal the reputation of being the greatest walking destination in the world. This classic Everest teahouse trek was the route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing in 1953. The long walk in takes you through the Sherpa villages of Solo Khumbu into Sagarmatha National Park , over some challenging passes and through beautiful scenery and cultivated landscapes. Highlights of this trip include Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and Kala Patar (5545m where the classic Everest view can be seen, as in the main photo of this trip). This trip includes three incredible high trekking passes – Cho la, Renjo la and Kongmara la and the lesser Lamjura la pass; the high points of: Gokyo Ri, Nabe Peak and Kala Patar; the base camps of Everest, Cho Oyo and Island Peak. Outstanding!
Itinerary: (Remember if you have a group of 2 or more we can arrange this trip for you on your prefered date during any of the available months listed.)
KTM to Bhandar or Kinja by bus
Day 02 – Trek Starts
Bhandar/Kinja to Sagar/Sete (2,440m.).
Sagar/Sete to Junbesi (2,675m.) via Lamjura Pass (
Junbesi to Nuntala (2,320m.).
Nuntala to Khari Khola (2,070m.).
Khari Kola to Puiyan (2,800m).
Puiyan to Phakding (2,652m).
Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3,440m).
Acclimatisation Day. Rest and explore around Namache Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar – Thame (3800m): 5-6 hours. Trekking high above the Dhud kosi river gorge with great views of the snowy peaks of Rowaling Himal.
Thame – Lumde (4368m): 4-5 hours (an acclimatissation day can be done here, spending an extra night at Lumde and doing a day hike towards Renjo pass and back – same trek cost but one day more: 27 day trek)
Lumde – Renjo la pass (5360m) to Gokyo (4368m – 4900m): 8 hours
Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) – Gokyo : 3/4 hours
The views around Gokyo are tremendous. From the top of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) you view beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes It is a two-hour climbing to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. You will take this easy day for rest and acclimatization.
Gokyo – Cho Oyo Base Camp (5000m) with a chance for an easy scramble up Nabe Peak. Great views of the entire ridge from Cho Oyo to Everest, along with Lobuche and Kala Patar along the glacier. If you don’t opt for Nabe Peak, you can walk to the glacial lakes at Base Camp to be in a truly isolated, frozen Himalayan spot. This is an early start and a long day, but worth it. If you want to camp here, let us know in advance.
Gokyo – Thangna: 3 hours.
The trail returns the same way for a short while and then crosses the Ngojumba glacier where we will reach Thangna with a few teahouses.
Thangna – Chola pass (5,420m) – Dzongla: 6-7 hours.
We trek up through the morraine – the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Chola la (5,420m/17,782ft). From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongla (4,850m/15,912ft) passing through pine forests.
Dzongla – Lobuche: 3-4 hours.
From Dzongla, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up to the small Sherpa settlement of Lobuche (4,930). This is a small village situated by the Duhd Khosi stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. Overnight in Lobuje.
Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patar (5643m) – Gorak Shep: 7-8 hours.
The trail continues to climb to Gorak Shep. It takes a couple of hours from there to walk up to Kala Pattar (Black Rock) 5643m/18,192ft; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft).
Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5380m) – Gorak Shep (5164m) : 4-5 hours.
Gorak Shep – Lobuche: 3-4 hours.
We have a short day to help prepare for the following long day.
Lobuche – Kongma La pass (5,535m) – Chhukung: 7-8 hours.
After breakfast we trek over the Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft) and continue ascending to Kongma la pass (5,535m/18,159ft), then gently descending to the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung a small summer settlement. Overnight in Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft).
Chhukung – Island Peak Base camp (5,100m) – Chhukung: 6 / 7 hours.
The path from Chhukung is fairly steep climbing south then turning east to follow the main line of the valley. It zigzags along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. A short trek along the stream then leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. Another zigzag trek through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak. The adventurous can circumnavigate the small glacial lake between Amphu Lapcha la and Island Peak Base Camp. Plenty of options.
Chhukung to Pangboche: 5 -7 hours.
The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests. After crossing after the Imja khola the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu – well worth a visit.
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours.
We walk down the valley where the trail is gentler through alpine meadows, followed by a gradual climb up to Tengboche (3,870m/12,697ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.
We trek down from the rear of monastery and continue down until we reach Phunki Tenga. We trek up gradually through a forest. Once we are out of the forest we will be walking along a ridge from where we can seeon the left one of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. We arrive at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) for overnight stay.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 -7 hours.
We trek back to Lukla along the same trail. On arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.
Lukla – Kathmandu – early morning flight to Kathmandu.
Minimum Group of 02 – Euro 2250 Per Person
The Price includes:
Accommodation in available hotels or guesthouses in route, food (except bar bill), Guide and their all expenses including insurance and equipment, Everest National Park entry fee, Tims Card, ground transportation, governmental taxes and internal flight – Lukla – KTM. International flight pick up and drop off (within a thirty day period)
3 nights in a hotel in KTM – two night before leaving for the trek and one when
returning – 3 star with breakfast! Sightsee ing trip to Bhaktapur included.
Prices Do not include:
Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc, visa, international flights and personal trekking gear.