Classic Route to Everest

Most of the trekking in Everest regions now starts from Lukla after a short flight from Kathmandu. Trekkers with good walking experience and who gain good physical health will find this rewarding. Starting from Jiri, the trekking passes through parts of Solukhumbu that are relatively undeveloped compared with the northern part of the district around Namche Bazaar. This enables trekkers to experience many traditional aspects of the culture of the local people that are less easy to see above Lukla. The trail passes through numerous settlements of the different ethnic group including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin and Chhetri and, in the highlands, of course, the Sherpas. Trekkers will also have the chance to visit its many colorful gompas, and have tea with their monks. The trekking trail below Namche is also worth visiting.

Jiri Everest Base Camp trekking is best for acclimatization since the trail follows a gradual ascent. After one rest day at Namche Bazar, the trail continues to the Monastery at Khumbu Region Tengboche where trekkers will be rewarded by the panoramic view of Everest (8848 m) Cho Oyu (8152m) Lhotse (8516 m) Makalu (8463m) and Ama Dablam (6456m), Thamserku and many other surrounding mountains. The trekking continues across wide trails to different small settlements, gaining altitude steadily. The part of Kalapaththar and Mt. Everest follows many peaks through Base Camp built on a rocky glacier just near the Khumbu Ice Fall. When trekkers reach Kalapaththar, the southwest face of Everest can be clearly seen. The return trek leads to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights of the trek

Scenic drive to Jiri, panoramic land scene views while walking from Jiri, real Nepalese lifestyles, settlement of mixed ethnic groups visit to the Edmond Hillary School, past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, sandy plain of Gorakshep, the broad summit of Kalapathar (5,545m), Amazing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and many other mountains and Khumbu Glacier.

Recommended Itinerary for Classic Route to Everest Trekking

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Day 01: Kathmandu to Jiri- Jiri Shivalaya 200km from Kathmandu

Early morning drive to Jiri by bus, only 188 km away from Kathmandu but due to the mountain road it will take about 7/8 hour drive. From Jiri we take bus or jeep to Sivalaya.

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Day 02: Trek from Shivalaya to Deurali

The trek begins from here with a steady climb to the top of the Deurali pass (3000m) where we spend the night.

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Day 03: Trek from Deurali Dada to Sete village

From Deurali, it's a short walk to the Sherpa village of Bhandar which is littered with prayer walls and small gompas ( Buddhist temples) Descending to the valley floor at the river side town of Kenjo, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron to Sete (2575m) whose beautiful hilltop monastery is a worth a visit.

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Day 04: Trek from Sete village to Junbesi village

We climb through fragrant pine and oak forest to the Lamjura pass (3500m) for our first glimps of Everest. Then it's downhill again to the large Sherpa village ofJunvbesi. From here there are good views Gourishankar, Number Himal and Dudh Kunda.

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Day 05: Trek from Junbesi village to Nuntala village

From here we walk up the Solung ridge, from where Everest is again visible and then descend to Ringo Khola, ringed with apple orchards. The trail crosses the Traksindola (3071m) before descending once again through the forest to Nuntala

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Day 06: Trek from Nuntala village to Kharikhola village

From Nuntala the descent continues to Dudh Koshi (Milk river) the largest river on the trek Then we ascend through several Sherpa and Rai villages,  terraced fields and forest until we reach the village Khari Khola

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Day 07: Trek from Khari Khola to Puiyan

The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan,

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Day 08: Trek from Puiyan to Phakding

The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing the path to Lukla airport, after which we climb on to Phakding

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Day 09: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m)

Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes through a waterfall. All day we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs. Whilst walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanggru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar (3440m).

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Day 10: Acclimatization day in Namche

Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short da>)s hike to Thame, Khunde or Khumjung or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche.

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Day 11: Trek from Namche to Tengboche

After walking one hour you arrive in Phiungithanga from there the trail climbs through forests where you can spot musk deer, Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3870m In a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons Kwonqde (6187m) Tawache (6542m) Everest (8848 m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856 m) Thamserku (6608 m) provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region.

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Day 12: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Morning views of the mountains and monasteries are spectacular in Jengboche, We descent most of the morning in the Imjatse Khola, through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons. As we follow the river northward the trails pass through several chortens and mani walls and small villages. On the way we will have a good view of Ama Dablam. On arrival at Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The views are great from Dingboche, we can see Island Peak, Makalu and another face of Amadablam,. Overnight in Dingboche

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Day 13: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

We continue our journey from Dingboche through the high alpine region to the conclusion of Luboche and stay overnight. On the way to Lobuche we cross the glacial frozen river at Thukia and climb uphill, watching the magnificent view of Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, and Nuptse. Overnight at Lobuche

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Day 14: Lobuche to Gorakshep

The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorak Shep. After reaching at Gorekshep, we walk to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and explore the area famous for so many expeditions to Mt. Everest. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. After exploring Everest Base Camp, we trek back to Gorakshep

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Day 15: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar

We start early in the morning as mornings are usually sparkling and clear and the best time to climb Kalapathar. The highlight of the trek. We will be rewarded with 360 degree dramatic panorama views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. Back at Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descent down to Pheriche for a good night's rest. Overnight in Pheriche

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Day 16: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazar

We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. From Tengboche the trail goes down to Phunki Thanga, from here the trail mostly goes through pine forests with wildlife like mountain goats, snow leopard and colorful pheasant. Finally we will arrive at Namche for a out overnight stay.

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Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla

Today the trail descends steeply downward before crossing the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River. From here the trail becomes more level and natural. We will trek through rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distant snow-covered peaks before arriving at Phakding. After lunch here continue walking to Lukla

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Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu


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Trip Facts

  • Duration19 Days
  • Tour GradeModerate to Strenuous
  • Trip CostAsk
  • Trip Discount No
  • Max Elevation5545m
  • Best Month:Oct - Early Dec / Late Mar - May
  • Trip start/End:Shivalaya / Lukla

Trip Maps

  • Tims card and national park entry permit.
  • Expreienced guide and  porter  one for two guest.
  • All ground transportation during the trip.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner) and accomodation in local family house / lodge.
  • Emergency rescue arrangement.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Water Resisitant Kit Bag.
  • Walking Poles.
  • High Quality Italian Camping Equipment ( Ferino, La Sportiva, Salewa )
  • Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket air mat on request.
  • Drinks, beverage water

  • Donations, tips

  • Personal expenses

  • Visa fee on arrival