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Classical Everest Base Camp trek with Kalapathar and Gokyo

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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: CEKNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Jiri

Trek Days: 21 Days

Maximum Altitude: 5550m.

Age: 10 year to 70 years

Season: Spring, Summer and Autumn

Accommodation: Lodge

Service: full board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Lukla

Trip Durations: 25 Days

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2-18

Theme: Walking and Observation

Meals: Standard

Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have devised this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla.

The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.

From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good views of Everest and then head towards Thyangboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top with commanding views of the Everest landscape. The view from this spot, seen to best advantage in the morning, is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world.

We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for a breather.

We also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pathar [5550m] from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it. This also includes fantastic views of the south west face of the colossal Mt. Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall before finally making our way back down to Lukla

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m. and transfer to hotel

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Day 02 Rest and Preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Day 03 Drive to Shivalaya 1790m.

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya, we pass by Sunkoshi River while enjoying amazing views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges. We have a short stop at Mude for lunch. We then continue to drive on the country road to reach Jiri. We start trekking immediately after reaching Jiri. After a few ascents and descents through Sherpa villages, we reach Shivalaya.

Day 04 Trek to Kinja 2120m

After breakfast, we move on a trail that is steep and goes uphill through the forests to reach Deurali Pass (2730m). Crossing the pass, we descend till we reach the village named Bhandar.  After a short stop in Bhandar, we keep moving downhill along the river until we reach Kinja village.

Day 05 Trek to Lamjura3530m

The trail goes mostly uphill from Kinja to Lamjura La (3530m). In the morning, we ascend on a sharp hill passing several tea houses and through the forested hill until we reach Sete village. Then the track turns challenging till we cross Lamjura La Pass.

Day 06 Trek to Ringmu2700m

Today, we descend through Rhododendron forests and trek down along the countryside. Descending down the ridge, we soon enter Junbesi, a beautiful Sherpa village. We will pay a quick visit to the Buddhist monasteries of Junbesi. Then, crossing Mani walls and bridges, we climb down on stone steps to reach Ringmu. Ringmu is a small Sherpa village which hosts a stunning view of Numbur Himal (6958m).

Day 07 Trek to Kharikhola2500m

In the morning, trek through thick forests on a steep trail until reaching Takshindo La Pass (2960m). Takshindo La offers a panoramic view of Numbur Himal (60958m) along with other snow-capped peaks. Then, the trail descends through jungles until Jubing and again continues slowly uphill until Kharikhola village. In the evening, we will visit the monastery situated on the top of the hill.

Day 08 Trek to Surke 2290m.

We cross a suspension bridge and continue climbing uphill until we reach Bupsa. Trekking through the forests, we cross Khari-La Pass (3145m) to reach Paiya. We descend further to reach Surke.

Day 09 Trek to Phakding 2610m.

We cross Surke Khola and continue walking alongside Dudh Koshi River, en route to Phakding. Walking past a Mani wall and crossing Chheplung Khola, we reach Chheplun, Thado Koshigaon, and Nurning, where we get an amazing view of Kusum Khangkaru (6367m). Then, we walk on a serene trail filled with prayer flags, prayer wheels, and painted Mani walls to reach Phakding.

Day 10 Trek to Namchebazaar 3440m.

After breakfast, we trek through rhododendron and magnolia forest with an amazing view of the mountains on the background until we reach Monjo. Crossing a suspension brige over Dudh Koshi River in Jorsalle, we now enter Sagarmatha National Park. We reach the confluence of Bhote Koshi River and Imja Khola at Larja Dobhan, from where we continue on an uphill trail to reach Nanmche Bazaar. From the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, we will have a stunning panorama of Mt Everest (8848m) along with several other peaks of the Khumbu Region.

Day 11 Rest day for AMS

Today, we will hike up to Everest View Hotel for an excellent view of Mt Everest (8848m) along with other snow-capped mountains. Enjoying the splendid view of the mountains, we then descend to the largest Sherpa village of the entire region, Khumjung. Upon visiting Khumjung Gompa, we can have a look of a Yeti's skull that is kept safely inside the monastery. We will then ascend to Khunde and then descend to Namche via Syangboche.

Day 12 Trek to Tengboche 3860m.

Walking alongside Imja Khola, we cross a big stupa on our way to Kyangjuma village. Continuing on our walk uphill we can see prayer wheels driven by water right before we arrive in Phunke Tenga. Then, we follow the Imja River uphill on a sharp ascend to reach Tengboche village. We will visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and enjoy an amazing view of Ama Dablam (6856m), Kangtega (6782m), and Thamserku (6623m), and Taboche Peak (6542m) among other.

Day 13 Trek to Dingboche4410m

The trail goes downhill through the rhododendron forests towards Deboche village. Passing by several monasteries and Pangboche village, we arrive in Somare. Crossing several bridges and stone walls whilst walking alongside Imja Khola, we reach Dingboche. Enjoy the views of Ama Dablam (6856m), Island Peak (6189m), Lhotse (8516m), Taboche (6542m), Lobuche (6119m) and other peaks.

Day 14 Rest day for AMS

Today we have a day off to acclimatize. So, we cross a yak grazing land to reach Chhukhung village. Then, we continue walking on steep trail uphill towards Chhukhung-Ri (5550m) to have a close view of Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Island Peak (6189m), and Baruntse (7129m) as well. We then descend to Chhukhung, and then to Dingboche.

Day 15 Trek to Lobuche4910m

Walking alongside a glacial river, we pass through Sherpa settlements of Dusa and Thukla before crossing Thokla Pass (4830m). Along the way, we will have stunning views of the majestic peaks like Pumori (7161m), Nuptse (7861m), Lobuche (6145m), Cholatse (6440m), Taboche (6542m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and other surrounding peaks. Walking on a steep trail on the moraines of Khumbu Glacier, we reach Lobuche.

Day 16 Trek to Gorakshep 5140m. and Explore to Everest Base Camp 5364m.

Continuing our trek on the bank of Khumbu glacier, we pass Lobuche glacier and ascend towards Changri glacier. The trail is steep and icy, so we need to be careful while ascending. Walking on the Khumbu glacier, we reach Gorakshep and continue trekking on the moraines to reach Everest Base Camp. Standing below the giant Mt. Everest (8848m), we can have a breath-taking view of the widespread mountains of the Khumbu region. After spending some time at the base camp, we head back to Gorakshep.

Day 17 Early morning ascent Kalapathar 5550m. and trek to Dzongla 4830m

Early morning, we will hike up to the best view point of Everest, Kalapatthar (5545m). The trail goes sharply uphill and may need strenuous effort to reach Kalapatthar. However, the sunrise view of the mountains, mainly Mt. Everest (8848m), is worth going on a strenuous trek for. After some time, we head down to Gorakshep and retrace our trail to Dzongla via Lobuche.

Day 18 Trek to Thangnak 4700m via Cho-La Pass 5420m,

The trail starts with a gradual climb which then turns sharp to reach the top of Cho-La Pass (5420m), one of the three high passes of Khumbu region. Enjoy the amazing views of the snow-capped mountains. Afterward, descend to Thangnak after a difficult icy crossing on a slippery path.

Day 19 Trek to Gokyo 4790m & Hike to Fourth Lake

The trail moves up and down by crossing Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier of Nepal, to reach the beautiful Gokyo valley. An amazing close-up view of Cho-Oyu (8201m) and other adjacent peas can be observed throughout the way. After a tough walking through the Ngozumpa glacier, we arrive at the third Gokyo Lake and spend some time enjoying the tranquility of the place. We then enter Gokyo village to have a good rest amid the mountains.

Day 20 Trek to Dhole 4120m

Early morning, we trek to Gokyo-Ri at 5360m. Ascending on a steep trail, we reach Gokyo Ri to view a mind-blowing panorama of Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Makalu (8481m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori, Ama Dablam (6856m) and other peaks during the sunrise. We then climb down to Gokyo, come across two Gokyo lakes, and then follow Dudh Koshi River downstream to arrive in Dhole.

Day 21 Trek to Namche 3440m.

Descend to the track that leads us to Phortse Thanga. Then, the trail goes sharply uphill until we reach Mongla. We continue going downhill to reach Kyangjuma from where we cross the Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa to finally arrive in Namche Bazaar.

Day 22 Trek to Lukla 2840

Leave Namche Bazar and descend through pine forest. Cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. Then, our trail continues by the riverside till Jorsalle. We continue walking to Phakding by passing several bridges. Stop for lunch and then continue until Lukla.

Day 23 Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

We take a flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning, which takes about 45 minutes. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Refresh and relax. Stroll on the streets of Thamel.

Day 24 Final shopping day

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements

Day 25 Departure to your next destination

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.


Lodge basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Domestic Air fare (LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Everest National Park Entry fee
Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis

Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)

All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)

All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc


  • International flight with airport tax.
  • Nepalese Entry Visa fee
  • Food during stay in Kathmandu
  • All personal equipment and personal expenses
  • Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
  • Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
  • Personal Medicine
  • Telephone and internet charges
  • Laundry charges
  • Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
  • Rescue evacuation charges if required
  • All Tips...

Equipment List

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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