This vintage trail offers trekkers the opportunity to walk on the very trail used by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first persons to climb Mount Everest, to reach Everest Base Camp. As the main trail from Lukla is very crowded, this trail offers trekkers the best trekking experience far away from the madding crowd. While on this trail, you getb opportunity to experience a new facet of Solukhumbu district. The first section of the trail passes through mid-hills and makes a gradual climb to the Everest Base Camp. You walk through beautiful villages like Sete, Junbesi and Nunthala, among others, who used to be filled with trekkers and mountaineers before the Lukla airport came into operation.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m).
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 3: Drive to Shivalaya (1,767 m) — Approx 8-10 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Bhandar(2,200 m) — Approx 5-6 hrs trek.
Day 5: Trek to Sete (2,520 m) — Approx 5-6 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Junbesi (2680 m) — Approx 7 hrs.
Day 7: Rest Day.
Day 8: Trek to Nunthala (2250 m).
Day 9: Trek to Buspa (2,360 m).
Day 10: Trek to Ghat (2,590 m) — Approx 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) — Approx 5-6 hrs.
Day 12: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m) — Approx 5 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Dingboche (4410 m) — Approx 5 hrs.
Day 15: Rest Day for Acclimatization.
Day 16: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m) — Approx 6 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Gorakshep (5140 m) and further to EBC (5364 m) and back.
Day 18: Hike to Kalapatthar ridge (5,643 m), and trek to Pheriche (4,200 m) — Approx 8 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3444 m) — Approx 8 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla — Approx 7 hrs.
Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure.
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will pick you up transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for independent activities. In the evening, you will meet your guide and participate in a trek briefing session.O/N: Hotel.
After sightseeing, we will organize a guide sightseeing tour for your. We will be touring four UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will begin from Swoyambhunath Temple, which sits on a small hilltop commanding sweeping views of Kathmandu Valley.
Next, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square — a medieval temple complex rich in wooden and stone art. We then move Pashpatinath Temple — the largest Hindu temple complex in Nepal — seated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The impressive 5th century Bouddhanath Stupa is our last destination for sightseeing.We then return to our hotel.O/N Hotel.
After we breakfast, we begin a long drive to Shivalaya from where we start our trek. We drive onn the Araniko Highway, the first road link between Nepal and China, for about three hours. We then cross the Sunkoshi River, which originates in Tibet, and dive uphill till the hill station of Mudhe. From here, it’s a scenic drive along terraced fields and typical villages. Some places along the road offers sweeping views of mountains from Ganesh Himal in the west and Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar toward the east. We cross the mighty Tamakoshi River and climb to Jiri and further to Shivalaya. O/N: Lodge.
Our Classic Everest Trek begins today. Shivalaya is a small marketplace with few houses and lodges. We cross a stream and make a steady climb to Sangbadanda pass at 2150m. We trek along the beautiful countryside and forest area to a place called Mabhir and continue further to cross another pass at Deurali (2705m). A long mani wall here indicates that we are entering into Buddhist settlements. The pass provides beautiful view of Likhu Khola Valley and Bhandar — a large Sherpa settlement in the region. From Deurali, a walk of around two hours will take us to
Bhandar. O/N: Lodge.
From Bhandari, the trial descends through the farmland of village along a small stream. After crossing the stream, we enter a dense forest which open Baranda settlement. We descend further to riverbank to another Sherpa village of Kenja (1570m). From here, the trail climbs toward Lamjure pass. The first part of the climb is very difficult and tiring. However, it becomes less severe as the walk progresses. A walk of around two hours from Kenja will takes us to
Chimbu (2140m). Two trails meet here. Take the right trail to Sete. O/N: Lodge.
Today is going to be the longest day of our trek so far. The trail climbs up gradually. But the last leg of the walk to Lamjure Pass is steep. The walk is pleasing though, as you walk through rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch forest with Himalayas peaks glittering in the background. In the spring, the ridge becomes all red due to blooming of rhododendron — the national flower of Nepal. As it will be past noon when we reach the pass, the ridge can be cold
and windy. However, it gets warmer once we start walking down the side of the pass about 400 m through fir and hemlock forest. After crossing a stream, the trail climbs up again huge mani wall at the head of the valley. It then climbs a ridge that overlooks the beautiful village of Junbesi. Junbesi is a bustling village inhabited by Sherpa people. There are plenty of lodges as well as a monastery. O/N: Lodge.
We take the much needed rest today. We can spend the day exploring the bustling villages and observing the lifestyle and tradition of the Sherpa people. You can also visit the school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. But we will hike to Thuptencholing Monastery — one of the most beautiful monasteries in the entire Everest region. The monastery is believed to have been founded by Trulsuk Rinpoche, who fled to Nepal from Rongbuk Gompa in Tibet, with a large group of nuns and monks in the 1960s. Junbesi used to be the busy market place for trekkers and mountaineers before the shorter Everest Base Camp route via Lukla airport was built. O/N: Lodge.
We resume the walk refreshed and rejuvenated. We cross the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge and take the left trail to Nunthala. The trail is steep but trees provide the much-needed shed. We reach to a place called Khurtang (2980m) where we get the first view of Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608m) and Mera Peak (6461m), among others. From here, Everest looks smaller than other smaller neighboring peaks. From Khurtang, the trail climbs northward but descend to Ringmo Khola and to the beautiful Ringmo village toward Takshindo Pass (3071m). Below the pass, we can see the beautiful Takshindo monastery. From the pass, the trail descends through dense conifer and rhododendron forests. We cross many streams on wooden bridge before we reach Nunthala — another bustling village in the lower Everest region. O/N: Lodge.
From Nunthala, we descend to Dudh Koshi which drains the famed Khumbu Glacier that flows from Everest. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge, we climb through terraced fields and sparse settlements to the Rai settlement of Jubing and then to Khari Khola (2010m). From We can see the beautiful Buspa village seated on a ridge from Kharikhola itself. We descend to the riverbank, cross Khari Khola River on a suspension bridge. One final push from here will take us to our destination — Bupsa. O/N: Lodge.
As usual, we continue our walk after breakfast. The trail makes a gradual climb through a forest to a ridge, passing along a mani wall. We can have stunning views of Khumbila and Cho Oyu (8201m) peaks from the ridge. We continue our walk and climb another ridge which overlooks beautiful Sherpa settlement of Paiya (2720m). The settlement looks surrounded by forest from all sides. Form here, the trail turns east and descends to Paiya Khola. After crossing the river, it climbs again toward a small tributary of Dudh Koshi River at Surke. From Surke, the trail climbs to a trail junction. A stone-paved trail to the right leads to Lukla, while the one to the north climbs up to the village of Chauri Kharka (2630m) which literally means pastureland for yaks. From Chaurikharka, we meet the main Everest Base Camp trail coming from Lukla. It continues along the Dudh Koshi valley to Thado Koshi and then to our destination at Ghat. O/N: Lodge.
The trail suddenly looks bustling with trekkers are we are on the main highway to the Everest Base Camp. We pass through beautiful and lively villages of Phakding, Benkar, Chimoa and Monjo. We show our permits at the office of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo where we can have stunning view of Mt Thamserku. The trail continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi riverbed to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River on a suspension bridge, we make a gentle climb toward a ridge through beautiful pine forest. We catch glimpses of Everest as well as Nuptse and Lhotse. A walk of about three hours though the pine forest will take us to Namche Bazaar — the unofficial capital of the Sherpa land. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we will have a free day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. We will utilize the day by hiking to Syangboche ridge (3880 m), and further to Everest View Hotel. The hotel offers 360 degree view of snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mount Everest, all around us. We return to our lodge for lunch. O/N: Lodge.
We begin the day after breakfast at our lodge. Form Namche Bazaar, the trail heads to Kyangjuma(3600m) which offers magnificent view of Mount Everest, Amadablam and Lhotse. From here, we make a descent to Dudhkosi River. We have lunch at a place called Phungi Thanga (3250m) which sits on the banks of Dudhkoshi River. After lunch, we walk gradually toward Tengboche (3,860m). The main attraction here is Tengboche Monastery and in the backdrop lies the magnificent Amadablam mountain. In the evening, you can explore the monastery and interact with the Lamas. O/N: Lodge.
As usual, we begin the day after having breakfast at our lodge. We bid adieu to Tengboche Monastery and trek through an impressive rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom in spring, to Dingboche. You will notice change in vegetation on this day as trees now look shorter and landscape turn a bit barren. After a shot spell of trek on flat land, we make a descent to Imja Khola River which drains the famous Imja glacial lake. We crossing, the trail goes up to the
beautiful village of Pangboche (3900m) through the Imja Valley. We can stop here for lunch or proceed further to Shomare for lunch. The trail after Pangboche runs parallel to the Imja Khola River. After passing through small villages, we finally reach Dingboche. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we take a rest day for acclimatization. We will spend the day hiking to a viewpoint named Nagarjuna HIll (5050m) which offers spectacular views of mountains like Ama Dablam (6812m), Makalu (8485m) and Cho Oyu (8201m). We return to the lunch for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you can explore the Dingboche village or take a rest in your cosy lodge. O/N: Lodge.
The trail to Lobuche maybe shorter but it’s difficult nevertheless. Greenery is gone. We trek on barren and often dusty area. Villages look small and amenities basic. All we see is mountains and rocky hills. We continue our walk along the river gorge. The walk is easy initially, but we make a climb to reach Dughla (4620m). We have lunch here and make a steep climb to Thukla Pass. There you can see chhortens built in memory of climbers who lost their lives in Everest.
We continue our work. We are approaching Khumbu Glacier. Very soon we can see Mount Pumori (716m), Lingtren (6749m) and Nuptse (7861m) rise above us. We are arriving at the top of the world. A gradual descent from here takes us to Lobuche (4940m). O/N: Lodge.
From Lobuche, the trail slopes gradually upward through the moraine of Khumbu Glacier toward Italian Pyramid. The distance from Lobuche to Gorakshep is only about four kilometers and we gain some 230 meters altitude. But the walk is exhausting as we are crossing 5,000 meters! After gentle initial incline, the trial goes down before the final climb leading to Gorakshep — the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. The trail is dustry and full of loose rocks due to years of glacial activities. We cross a large moraine of Changri Shar glacier before reaching Gorakshep. Mount Pumori stands right above us while Nutpse and other mountains of Everest range are to our right. After having lunch and taking some rest, we start walking toward Everest Base Camp — the ultimate destination of this trek. As we are gaining height of 200 meters, the walk is tiring. We negotiate difficult trail along the Khumbu Glacier for nearly three hours. After crossing a difficult moraine of Khumbu Glacier, we make one last climb and we are finally at our dream destination! If it’s spring, we can see lot of activities here. The area looks buzzing with climbers from all over the world. But on other seasons, it’s mostly empty. After taking photographs to record our landmark feat, we gradually retreat to the comfort of our lodge at Gorakshep. O/N: Lodge.
We begin walk early today to catch some of the world’s tallest mountain glitter in morning sun. We will be climbing to the highest point of our trek today. The trail is easy but high altitude will slow our progress. A tiring walk of around two hours will take us to the top of Kala Patthar ridge. The view from the top, however, is rewarding. The view of sun rising between Everest and Nuptse will remain etched in our memory for long. You can get panoramic views of Mt Chantse, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse and Khumbu glacier below you. We then return to Gorakshep, have breakfast and trek toward Lobuche. After lunch, we continue our descent to Pheriche.,O/N: Lodge.
We lose around 800 meters in elevation today. We make a descent to the Dudh Koshi River through a beautiful hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the river, we make climb to Tengboche where we have lunch. We continue our walk through winding trail which offers us breathtaking views of Amadablam, Thamserku and Nuptse, among other mountains. A short walk through a forest and we reach to our destination in Namche Bazaar. O/N: Lodge.
Our last day of the trek! We resume the walk after having lunch at our lodge. We make a descent through pine forest to Jorsalle at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. A walk of three hours along the banks of Dud Koshi River will take us to Phakding via Monjo. After having lunch, a leisurely walk of around three hours will take us to Lukla. We celebrate the success of our trek in the evening with our support team. O/N: Lodge.
After breakfast, we walk to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, which is named after the first persons to climb Everest — Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy the thrilling takeoff and bid adieu to the mountains from the comfort of your aircraft seat. A flight of 35 minutes will take you to Kathmandu. Board a waiting car and drive to your hotel. Take the much needed rest or you can stroll in the neighborhood to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. In the evening, we will organize farewell dinner for you at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the Nepali meal and the performance of typical Nepali songs and dance. O/N: Lodge.
Your last day in Nepal! Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to home. Adieu, until we meet again.