Classical Everest 

Season Sept-Dec, Feb-May
Clothing Cottons & light woolens during summer, warm clothing during winter
Trek Grade Strenuous
   

 

Royal Trek
  Ghorepani Trek

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 

Annapurna Round Trek

 

Glimpses of Everest
  Everest Base Camp

 

Everest Gokyo Trek

 

Classicial Everest Trek

 

Gosainkunda Trek

 

Dhaulagiri Trek

 

Mustang Trek


This trek is the best way to experience Nepal's unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. The immense contrasts in altitudes, types of vegetation and spectacular mix of lifestyles of the local people is the main highlight of this trek. During the trek one can enjoy the view of the beautiful mountains, terraced fields, crystalline beauty of Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through several villages and the beautiful green landscape covered by Rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir forests. The breath-taking views of major mountains can be sighted during the trek are: Mt. Twache, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamsherku etc.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu-Jiri.
After breakfast, drive to Jiri 187 km with the intresting vies of terraced fields, gorges & the crystalline beauty of Sunkoshi River.


Day 02: Jiri-Shivalaya.

After breakfast, we set for the first day trek on the onward journey to Everest. After an hour walk, we reach to Chitre. After Chitre cross a small pass where some tea shacks and some new vistas are situated. Now the path heads down, it's easy to follow and in about 10 minutes you pass a school. Around here is the ususal spot for groups to have lunch. Another five minutes walk along the trail brings to you Mali, wher few tea houses & lodges are situated. Leaving Mali the trail leads down. One hour later cross a small stream, then past a couple of building is a long suspension bridge over the Khimti Khola to Shivalaya, resting on the east bank of the stream & Shivalya is a hamlet of few lodges, they are all modest & pleasant.

Day 03: Shivalaya-Bhandar.
The trail out of Shivalaya is steep from the first step, and will get sweat flowing. The gradient relents only after the next village. After on hour or so the trail reaches to Sangbadanda, this is a mainly Sherpa settlement and has a couple of simple lodges with shops. After Sangabadanda the trail continues from the lower route & after couple of hours reaches to Deurali. This village is set in two neat rows divided by a set of Mani Walls, the first real sign of Bbuddhist Sherpa Country & you should pass to the left of Mani Walls or a wall of prayer wheels. From some rocks immediataley above the lodges there are superb views into the distance on aclear day, you can see much of the route ahead. Below the hill side stretches down where the twin chortens of Bhandar are clearyly visible. Take the left fork a couple of minutes below the pass, the descent is initially steep & reach to Bhandar for the night halt, where few lodges are situated.

Day 04: Bhandar-Sete.
From Bhandar to the covered wooden bridge, the trail is fairly easy to follow. Turn sharp left after crossing the bridge & keep left for a few minutes, dropping down to a group of buildings, immediately after them are some stone steps, follow them not the trail that continues straight ahead. There's a similar trap at the next few houses, follow the path that sometimes resembles a stream descending to the left. Once across the next wooden bridge there are few tea houses, turn left here and follow the Likhu Khola to Kenja. This place is a set of few lodges & good hotels. It's a mixed village mainly Sherpa with other castes. From Kenja it's an altitude gain of 1900 m to the top of Lamjura Pass so it's recommendable to stay in Sete. Sete is not a big village with almost as many lodges as houses but it does have a small gompa.

Day 05: Sete-Junbesi.
Around an hour from Sete is Dagchu a village of few simple lodges atop the ridge. Out of the forested area there are some good views. To the South-east you can see the twin tops of Pike Peak, home of local benevolent spirit. The trail to the pass continues up the ridge. Ignore all trails that lead off it. From some parts you can see the pass, well to the left of the ridge. Another half an hour from Dagchu brings you to Goyem with groups of lodges. Apple juice, cider and apple brandy are all available here. After Goyem the trail is slightly steep & reaches to Lamjura Pass 3530 m. The prayer flags and chortens mark the gateway to Solu (Everest Area). Heading down from the pass, there are many paths weaving through the forest but all they head to the same place to Tarktot. Continue straight through the ong village and at junctions avoid trails that descend these go to Salleri not to Junbesi. The scenic trail stays fairly high & rounds a major ridge and a large rock, with views of Junbesi and its distinctive yellow roofed gompa. Junbesi is one of a most plesant Sherpa villages en-route to Namche & it boasts some particularly good family-run lodges offering delicious fresh bread, pizzas, apple juice and cider.

Day 06: Junbesi-Noonthala.
Cross the Junbesi Kholaon a wooden bridge & reach to Everest View Lodge, from which you can see Everest, the first point on the trek. After Everest View Lodge is Sallung. This hamlet also boasts magnificent views including a fraction of Everest and down the valley to the Phaplu airstrip. Leaving Sallung, the clear trail wanders gently downwards. After few gullies you round another ridge for a charge of view, the amazing knife-edge ridge of Karyolung whose ridge extends down to Ringmo and the Takshindo La, the next pass. The trail winds around ridges and streams to the old suspension bridge across the Dudh Kunda Stream. Fromg here the trail climbs, steeply at first to Ringmo. Ringmo is a spread-out settlement set among apple orchards and famous for all things apple. Try the apple pie, apple cake, juice, cider, and the pink apple brandy. At the top of Ringmo are two 50 metre mani walls. After pass, the route begins the ascent to the Takshindo La. The pass marked by white stupa, has few tea-shacks. After the pass continue the walk through the wide stone steps for half an hour down & reach to Takshindo, where a Buddhist gopma is situated, and from the gompa Noonthala is visible, and when leaving the path contours around immediately below the gompa fence and past a house before descending. The route down continues to contour in and out of gullies with step descent. After passing some Camping Spots reach to Noonthala for the night halt, a Sherpa village with few Rai inhabitants. And from here the snowy tip of Karyolung can be seen.

Day 07: Noonthala-Kharikhola..
Leaving Noonthala there is a steep descent of at least a couple of hours to the suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi. Half an hour uphill from the bridge is the only non-Sherpa village (Jubing) of Rai, specially attractive in winter when the Khumbu appears brown and dry. After Jubing the path heads over a small pass which offers good views up the valley. Afteran hour reaches to Kharikhola, a large spread-out village with houses dotted among the countless terraces.

Day 08: Kharikhola-Phuiyan.
After Kharikhola, the first interesting stop is Bupsa, perched on top of the ridge, this is a very welcome refreshment after the long climb from Kharikhola. There is a gompa in Bupsa, which can be interesting visit too. The trail continues steeply up and crosing a small pass reaches to Phuiyan.

Day 09: Phuiyan-Phakding.
After Phuiyan is Chutok La, from here one can have the views of Khubi Yu La and Cyachung Kang, the steep rock peak is Gonghla above Lukla and the bigger Mountain is Kusum Kangguru. Part of Lukla airstrip can be also seen from here. After Chutok La is Surke and from here sre the first good views of Nupla. After 10 minutes out of Surke by some stone steps heading up, lead you to Lukla in about an hour. And in Chaplung the trail meets with the trail from Lukla. The trail still continues for 2 hrs along the forest & reaches to Ghat and after an hour walk takes you to Phakding where few numbers of lodges are situated. We stop here for the night Camp.

Day 10: Phakding-Namche 3450m.
After the breakfast & the crews got ready, we set for another day walk. Cross the long suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi & the trail goes straight passes a forest & few villages & after 2 hrs reaches to Jorsele. Where Everest National Park check post is located, where national park permits are checked. Jorsele is also the true beginning of Khumbu region & from this point no firewood allowed. Leaving the park entrance the path drops steeply to the long suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi. The trail still continues through the straight path for an hour & becomes a bit steep & passes through the forest & several Sherpa villages & after 2 hrs reaches to Namche, a great spot for the first closer views of the Everest & local Sherpa hospitality.

Day 11: Rest Day at Namche.
It is an acclimatisation day to avoid AMS problems. Or one can have a picturesque excursions to Khumjung village .

Day 12: Namche-Tengboche. 3860m
Leaving for Tengboche, the trail that traverses from Choi Gang to Kyanjuma Foundation. Here descent to the suspension bridge across Dudh Koshi begins. After passing few tea houses the trail reaches to Phungi Tenga. Now the walk up the hill to Tengboche is pleasant. You passthrough a blend of forest and shrub on a wide trail with many shortcuts leading from it's also a better place for spotting pheasant, thar and deer. The end of the climb is heralded by a kani, an arched entrance with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Buddha. Its function is to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before entering the sacred area. The trail from Phungi Tenga to Tengboche takes about 3 hours. And during the walk one may have the best views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku & Kangi Tenga. You can also visit the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Day 13: Tengboche-Pheriche 4280m
The trail passes on a slope track then climbs gently becoming steeper & passes the forest & small lodges & reaches to Pangboche. Pangboche is a village of Sherpas but famous for its Monastery & it is claimed that the Yeti's scalp & the fingers of hand are kept in this Monastery. After Pangboche the trail passes through the meadow fields & several tea houses & after 3 hrs reaches to Pheriche for the night camp.

Day 14: Rest day at Pheriche.
Day 15: Pheriche-Lobuche 4940m
Leaving Pheriche, the trail meanders up the open valley, beautiful when the weather is fine. A smaller trail then branches off to the left and heads directly to the bridge over a few slippery boulders, while the main path heads up to join the trail directly from Dingboche just a minute before the bridge to Tukla. Climb the ridge behind Dingboche on one of the many trails to the higher plain. There are several paths to follow, all leading to the bridge across Tukla. Beyond Tukla, the hill immediately is tough. And the trail climbs gently and reaches with in 2 hrs to Lobuche.

Day 16: Lobuche-Kalapatthar 5545m -Gorakshep 5170m
Today the trail is the longest trail as it may take about 8 hours for the roundtrip. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep gently climbs and takes about 4 hrs but the walk to Kalapatthar is a bit harder as it's steep climb for about 3 hours. And may have breathing problems. Kalapatthar is situated in the bottom of Pumori and provides the panoramic views of the whole mountains in the area of Everest. Then we descend down to Gorakshep for our night camp, which takes about 1 hrs, descend.

Day 17: Gorakshep-Everest Base camp 5400m-Lobuche.
Today the trail takes you to the foot of Mt Everest. The trail passes through the yak meadows & mostly on yak trails. The trail also passes the Khumbu Glacier. Have a complete rest at Everest Base camp & return back to Lobuche for the night halt.

Day 18: Trek back Lobuche-Dingboche. 4 hrs
Day 19: Trek back Dingboche-Tengboche. 5 hrs
Day 20: Trek back Tengboche-Namche. 4-5 hrs
Day 21: Trek back Namche-Phakding. 5 hrs
Day 22: Trek back Phakding-Lukla. 4 hrs
Day 23: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.

 

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