Classic Everest Trek
Everest Base Camp is probably the best known, and one of the most popular treks. It follows the trail used by the first mountaineers who summited Everest. On this trail you will see nature in all its wild and powerful glory. From the high Himalayan peaks - thrust up by tectonic forces as the Indian sub-continent collides with Eurasia - to the deep canyons carved out by rivers and glaciers.
Our tour begins in Kathmandu where we will visit cultural and historical monuments and places of interest. Next day we drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar where our trek begins. We trek from Bhandar to Sete and Junbesi, which are traditional Sherpa villages. We pass through beautiful alpine forests along river valleys.
We follow the trail that leads to Nunthala and trek further to reach Buspa. The trail further continues until we reach Surke and then to Phakding. From Phakding we travel to Namche Bazaar and enter the Bravura region offering great views of the spectacular Himalayan range. Leaving Namche behind we trek along a high path where we have our first sight of Mt. Everest. Walking further we reach Thyangboche Monastery – home to Buddhist Monks. Steady walking following the glacier takes us to Lobuche from where we get to see the panorama of Mt. Ama Dablam, Taweche. Hiking further we reach to Gorak Shep. We continue our journey to reach the famous vantage point, Kala Patthar, which offers the unique and wonderful panoramic view of the world's tallest mountains.
DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Altitude 1350m
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
DAY 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. :1350m
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure
DAY 3: Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri 6/7 hours
Today we take an early morning drive to Jiri, about 187 km north-east of Kathmandu. Since, we would be travelling on the mountain roads, it takes around 6-7 hrs to reach Jiri. From Jiri, we continue driving to Bhandar, our trek start point. Although still a single lane road, the road conditions have improved a lot nowadays than what it used to be till some years ago. Enjoy the views of Kosi River and panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya ranges.
DAY 4: Bhandar to Sete: 2575m6/7 hrs
Descend the trail from Bhandar through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda. Climb through the forests winding down to the Surma Khola. Continue to Likhu Khola Valley. Climb the ridge making up to the small settlement of Kenja. Another steep ascent to Chimbu and continuing further we finally reach Sete.
DAY 5: Sete trek to Junbesi :2670 m6/7 hrs
An uphill climb to Lamjura La through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons. Pass by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters, the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazar, offers a paroramic view of the surrounding green mountains. Desend down the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi.
DAY 6: Junbesi trek to Nunthala :2220m 5/6 hrs
Cross the stream beyond Junbesi climb up the forest slope and after an hour's trek, the mesmerizing views of the Himalaya mountains appears before our eyes. The mountains that are visible include Everest, Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu, Thamseruku, Mera Peak, and many other high mountains. This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks look closer and higher than the distant 8,000er mountains. Continue the trail to Salung and descend to Ringmo Khola. Ascend to Ringmo, cross the Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashingdo. After another hour's desent through conifer and rhododendron forests, and terraced fields, we finally arrive at Nuntala.
DAY 7: Nunthala to Bupsa :2360 m5/6 hrs
Descend down the trail to the Dudh Koshi River. We follow the Dudh Koshi River as we head upward to Khumbu. Cross the bridge, climb to Jubing and continue straight to Churkha. Climb the trail eastward to reach Kharikhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Another steep climb finally takes us to Bupsap.
DAY 8: Bupsa to Surke: 2290m 5/6 hrs
The trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uhill climb takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Descend to Puiyan and go through the ups and downs to Surke.
DAY 9: Surke to Phakding: 2,652m4/5 hrs
From Surke, our trail climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail moves down to Phakding
Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Namche :3446m / 5 hours
This day, we will have an early start. We follow the trail provided by the Dudh Koshi river as we ascend throught the steeps and to the Namche Bazaar the headquarter of the Solukhumbu district, which is a perfect example of dream land for tourists. We will also cross the Hillary suspension bridge in our way. Along the way, we will be accompanied by high mountains, interesting Buddhist culture of the local Sherpa People, natural beauty and many more. We will stay at a local lodge or guest house in the Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar 3440m
Since you and your body might have never experienced such a high altitude environment till now, you have to give your body the chance to adapt with the new environment. So, we spend this day acclimatizing to the higher elevation as altitude sickness can sometimes be quite serious and dangerous. The day will not be spent just lying around (unless you want to), but we will hike to Everest Viewpoint for a magnificent view of Mt. Everest. From here, you will see the spectacular peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and many more. It is only a two hour hike to Everest Viewpoint and we will spend a few hours there enjoying the view as well as having lunch. We will return to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the afternoon exploring this delightful village. There is a lot to see here. We will spend the night in our local guest house.
Day 12: Trek from Namche to Tengboche :3867m/5 hours
We start trekking after a hearty breakfast with a destination of what could be considered the spiritual center of the Everest Region: Tengboche. Here there is the highest Buddhist monastery in the world. It is a place filled with mystery and spirituality. One of the highlights is the preserved footprint of St. Milarepa, one of the most famous of the Buddhist lamas who brought Tibetan Buddhism to Nepal. We will overnight in a mountain lodge. Trekking time is 7 hours
Day 13:Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche :4252m/ 6 hours
This day, we will trek from Tengboche to Pheriche. Today's trail takes us upwards while enjoying close-up views of the awesome and splendid high peaks of the Himalayas. We cross the Imja Khola River today and make our way to the scenic village of Pheriche where we will spend the night in a mountain lodge. Trekking time is 8 hours
Day 14: Rest Day at Pheriche
With these high elevations, it is important to let your body adjust and avoid altitude sickness. Today will be some short hikes around the village to enjoy the scenery and overlooks of the mountains.
Day 15: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche :4910m/ 6 hours
Today, we will trek to Lobuche from Pheriche, which might take approximately6 hours. Our trek takes us upwards as we are getting nearer to EBC. There are stunning views along the way as we gain in altitude. Tonight we will spend the night at a mountain lodge in the beautiful mountain village of Lobuche.
Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to EBC :5360m to Gorakshep :5160m/5 hours
Today is a big day for our trek because we reach our destination today: EBC (Everest Base Camp). We reach to the place where Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Tenzing Norgay Sherpa made history by being the first men to climb the highest point of the world in 1953. We can't go any farther without a climbing permit, but we can explore EBC and enjoy the stunning views from this location. We will spend the night in Gorak Shep at a mountain lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar :5545m to EBC, return back to Lobuche – 8 hours
Today, we trek to Kalapatthar which lies at an altitude of 5545m. We reach the highest elevation today at Kalapatthar which will afford us the best view of Mt. Everest. We will spend a little time at Kalapatthar before moving on with the goal of Pheriche village where we will spend the night.
Day 18: Trek from Lobuche to Dingboche (4360m) – 4 hours
This day, we will have a short trek as we try to descend to Dingboche. On the way, we will pass through a famous sherpa village named Kyangjuma. We cross the Imja Khola River and will stop again at the monastery at Tengboche. There will be many places to see the snowcapped peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku, Lhotse as well as Mt. Everest. We will stay at a mountain lodge in Kyangjuma.
Day 19: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche : 4 hours
Today, we continue our trek by further descending to the Village of Monjo. You will spot variety of wildlife and vegetation including the rare blue sheep, snow leopard, colorful pheasants, mountain goats and more. There are some steep places we will descend as we cross again the Dudh Koshi River and officially exit from Sagarmatha National Park.
Day 20:Trek from Namche to Lukla – 6 hours
Today is the last day of our trek as our last destination Lukla will be welcoming us through its warmthness. After reaching Lukla, we will stay at a loddge or a hotel and wait for tomorrow. Today, we will only trek for maximum of 6 hours.
Day 21:Flight back to Kathmandu – 35 minutes
We will fly early morning to Kathmandu where you will have a free day to explore the city, do some shopping or just have relaxed.
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matte.
UPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it is can be cotton
Thermal base layers top -1mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester ,capilene or polartec power dry
Insulating layers -1mid wight fleece that can be worm over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential its very cold up high or depend how high are you going.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light wight trousers no cotton but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light wight yoga style evening sleeping but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. but SHTT provides duffel bags for the duration of trek these are easier for the potters to cary.
Day pack with rain cover -1for cary your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worm and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and worm enough
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light wight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder as you like.
Water purification drops -1 it is cheep and easy to buy in kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Worm woolen head -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light wight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel itms for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hand clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cadrs for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in mountain.
Trekking poles optional advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves worm enough.
Nack wormer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IT IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE .
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in kathmandu.If you have any queries please feel free to ask.
Local Sherpa Village and Pikey Peak Trek
I went on a trek with Sarki Sherpa. We started at Okhaldhunga and then took a Jeep Ride up to his local Sherpa Village where we stayed one night. We had local Dhal Baat for dinner and potato curry for breakfast. He showed me how the locals farmed and lived off the land, and showed me the local school where 280 students attend everyday.
He then took me on a one night trek up Pikey Peak where I had spectacular views of Everest, Loche, Khunde, and Numbur mountains. We stayed the night at a Sherpa Tea House where we talked and laughed with locals. Highly recommend if you are looking for an adventure off the beaten path.