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Everest Classic Trek offers a wonderful opportunity to climb Kalapathar Top

22 Days
Duration
7/10
Trip Grade
Package Basis $1550 Per person
5,545 Meters
Max. Altitude

Everest Classic Trek is ever since the days of early climbing expeditions, Sagamartha (Everest) at 8,848m has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to gaze on its icy faces. The trek to base camp of the Mt. Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, yet few people return from the trek unmoved by the experience of being right in among the highest peaks in the world.

This fascinating trek offers a wonderful opportunity to climb Kalapathar Top (5,545m), overlooking the Everest base camp area, superb view of the highest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu etc, and to interact with the indigenous people. It follows the same route taken in 1952 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. Tenzing Sherpa. After a seven hours scenic drive to Jiri, we follow spectacular route via Solukhumbu area through the heart of fine Sherpa villages, each village having something new to offer. It offers an ample chance to explore beautiful forest, farming country sides and several monasteries situated at high elevation on the way to Lukla. Once we have passed Lukla, we climb on to Namche, the main trading village of the Khumbu area continuing via Thyangboche monastery to Pherche and Lobuche.

The Everest Classic Trek has got several numbers of attractions, chief of which are the spectacular scenery, the unique culture of the Sherpa people of the Solukhumbu, the region where Mt. Everest and its attendant lesser peaks are located.

Much of Everest Classic Trek takes place at high altitude, and so we spend a few days at the beginning of the trek acclimatising. This is vital in order to ensure a successful trek.


Day by Day Itinerary for Everest Classic Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Jiri (187 km)

Day 03: Trek to Bhandar (2,200m)

Day 04: Trek to Sete (2,575m)

Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (2,675m)

Day 06: Trek to Nuntala (2,320m)

Day 07: Trek to Khari khola 

Day 08: Trek to Puiyan

Day 09: Trek to Phakding

Day 10: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,535m) 

Day 11: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar

Day 12: Trek to Phorste Drengka (3675m)

Day 13: Trek to Machherma (4470m)

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790m)

Day 15: Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5350m)

Day 16: Trek back from Gokyo Lake to Lungdeng (4600m—6/7 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge

Day 17: Trek back from Lungdeng via Renjo La pass to Sumna Phugwalk (6-7 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge

Day 18: Trek back from Sumna Phug to Thame (3800m/4-5 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge

Day 19: Trek back from Thame to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge

Day 20: Trek back from Namache Bazaar to Lukla. Overnight at mountain lodge

Day 21: Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Day 22: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for departure

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Jiri (187 km)
7- 8 hours interesting car / van / jeep driving from Kathmandu.

Day 03: Trek to Bhandar (2,200m)
We begin the the walk with a climb to the ridge top at 2400m. Then the trail drops down to Shivalaya at 1800m. Before the Jiri road was opened the trek used to go through what, at that time was the busiest market town between Lamosangu and Namche bazaar.
After reaching Shivalaya, we make another climb to Sangbadanda at 2150m, Kosaribas at 2500m, then to Bhanjyang, a pass at Bhandar at 2200m. We can possibly take a detour between Sangbadanda and Bhandar to visit Thodung at 3090m. 
 
Day 04: Trek to Sete (2,575m)
Today the trail drops down to the Likhu Khloa and crosses the river at 1580m, and tracks along it to Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura pass. The first part of the climb is quite steep, and then it traverses to Sete, and abandoned gompa at 2575m. Then we continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpa's and having both Nepali and Sherpa names. 
 
Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (2,675m)
The day begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura pass at 3530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with flowering rhododendrons in the spring. Goyem at 3300m. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar ,there you have good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk at 2860m, then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi at 2675m.
 
Day 06: Trek to Nuntala (2,320m)
Today we climb to a ridge at 3080m, from where Everest slowly begins to appear in front of your eyes, then on to Salung at 2650m. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m. The trail ups to Ringmo. There we see garden of apples and other fruit; the Apple House offers apple juice, pie and rakshi (rice spirit). The new trail from here to Namche Bazaar was built in the 1980s and avoids many of the steep descents and ascents of the old route.We make a short climb from Ringmo Khola that takes us to the 3071m Trakshindo pass, then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2320m.

  
Day 07: Trek to Khari khola
Leaving Nunthala , the trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) where the trail then ascends through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola. 
 
Day 08: Trek to Puiyan
We start a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan.
 
Day 09: Trek to Phakding
This day we continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 m, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we descend to Surke following the trail towards Phakding. 
 
Day 10: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,535m)
From Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail, with porters from the lower Solu district in the south carrying supplies to Namche, and Sherpa's with their half yak,half cow beasts "Zopkio" taking trekking and climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. We continue along beside the Dudh Kosi through beautiful alpine scenery - fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6,369m) and Thanserku (6,608m) along the way. Crossing the Dudh Kosi again to the western bank at Jorsale, we make our way to the entrance to the Sagamartha (Everest) National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the meeting of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have a fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,879m), Arna Dablam (6,856m) and Taweche (6,542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the village of Namche Bazar.
 
Day 11: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
Today is an all important full day to rest and acclimatise. Namche is famous for its local market,as each week Sherpa's from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialise. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland villages, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Namche Bazar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. In the afternoon you can walk along the Thami Valley, or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.
 
Day 12: Trek to Phorste Drengka (3675m)
 
Day 13: Trek to Machherma (4470m)
 
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
 
Day 15: Hiking to Gokyo Ri (5483m)
Today very early in the morning, we begin steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m), provides us ample rewards as one attempts this trip. We are fascinated by stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. People those explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded here. We will have time for acclimatization after noon back to the camp.

Day 16: Trek back from Gokyo Lake to Lungdeng (4600m—6/7 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 17: Trek back from Lungdeng via Renjo La pass to Sumna Phugwalk (6-7 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 18: Trek back from Sumna Phug to Thame (3800m/4-5 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 19: Trek back from Thame to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours). Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosi, we cross the river and follow the bank to Jorsale, then on to Monjo. In the afternoon we depart Monjo and continue our descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau. On arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek.
 
Day 21: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning we transfer to the small airfield for the return flight back to Kathmandu. We will transfer you to your hotel, arriving before lunch, and have the rest of the day at leisure.
 
Day 22:Departure Day - Transfer to the airport for you onward flight

  • One of the most popular trek routes in Nepal which is a 22 days’ trek to the Kalapatthar.
  • Same route that is taken in1952 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. Tensing Sherpa which offers the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, Makalu etc.
  • Explore Sherpa villages, farming country sides, beautiful forests and several monasteries on the way to lukla.
  • Explore Namche the main traditional village of the Khumbu area, Thyangboche monastery, Pherche and Lobuche.
  • Most of the places in this trek are at high altitude so we have to spend few days at the beginning due to trek Acclimatization.

INCLUSIVE COST HEADING :-

  • 2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 19 nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners at typical Nepali surrounding.
  • All accommodation during the trek.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all other necessary trekking gears on Hire.
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes; local and government.
  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.

 

    EXCLUSIVE COST HEADINGS:-

    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
    • Tips for guides and porters. (tips are only expected not mandatory).
    • Any other cost not included in ‘inclusive cost’ heading.
    • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs).
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
    • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees.

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