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Classic Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Trip Facts

Trip Start/Ends
Kathmandu, Nepal
Trip Difficulty
Fairly Challenging Trek
Accomodation
Hotel & Lodges
Group Size
Min. 2- Max.10

Overview

Everest Base Camp at the altitude of 5364m, situated at the south base of Mt. Everest (8848 m)- the highest mountain in the world, is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventure of lifetime experience trekking in the world's highest mountain range- Khumbu Region Mountain of Nepal. 

Everest Base Camp Trek is at Sagarmatha National Park, situated in north-eastern part of Nepal at himalayan ecological zone in Khumbu Region/ Everest Region. 

Everest Base Camp Trek is famous for its spectacular himalayan views, including Mt. Everest ( 8848 m), Lhotse (8501m), Cho Oyu ( 8153m), Nuptse (7896m), Pumari (7220m), Ama Dablam (6820m) & other mountain panoramas. This trek to Everest Base Camp has a great himalayan valley walk, landscape section, and natural surroundings. Everest Trek is largely composed of rugged terrain with deep gorges, glacier valleys and huge rocks so the trek days could be demanding as we ascend. 

Everest is the home of the Sherpa Peoples who have lived here for generations. Sherpa Peoples are known for their richest tibetan buddhist culture, lovely peoples with warmest hospitality and high altitude climbing skills.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek-16 Days has been carefully planned with extra days in Kathmandu to adjust the local nepalese environment and weather prior to the trek. While at trek, we take you slow and steady with enough extra days of acclimatization to ensure full acclimatization in altitude, and safety trip. You will have an extra day acclimatization day in Namche at 3400m and another extra day acclimatization at Dingboche at 4410m for a full acclimatization process prior heading to Everest Base Camp at 5364m. 

This trek is not a rush to reach Everest Base Camp, but a gentle walk in the valleys to enjoy the full himalayan experiences, beautiful valleys and local Sherpa lives. Literally, this itinerary suits both experienced trekkers and novice trekkers planning this himalayan trekking in Everest Base Camp (5364m) with us.



Comfort Accommodations at Trek & Meals
To ensure a possible comfort trek to Everest Base Camp, this 16 Days Classic Trek to Everest uses the best mountain lodges and guest houses available during trek days. Staying at Namche, Gorekshep & Lukla, we use a room with an attached bath/ hot shower with an electric blanket so it will be comfortable to sleep during these cold and high altitude nights.

While staying at Phakding, Dingboche & Pheriche, we use nice and comfortable lodges with an attached bathroom/ hot shower. Only at Tengboche & Lobuche, rooms are comparatively basic, but nice and clean. 

We use all our meals from mountain lodges and guest houses we stay at every night for our dinner and breakfast, but lunch will be at himalayan restaurants or tea shops along the day walk time. We are careful choosing foods for our trekkers. We always make sure that we get fresh and hygienic foods at every place we stay during trek days. Staying in Lukla and Namche has meat ( Chicken) available but in general, we mostly have a great choice of Veg. foods during this trek. 



Trek Route
Our Classic Everest Base Camp Trek- 16 days will have a 2 nights pleasant stay in Kathmandu deluxe hotel with a cultural tour of the valley prior to flying to Lukla. This flight is a breathtaking trans himalayan flight to a small mountain airstrip in Lukla. From Lukla, we trek a classical route to Namche through the interesting sherpa villages of Phakding, Manjo and Jorsale. Namche is the famous sherpa town, and the gateway to Mt. Everest. We will have two nights acclimatization stays in Namche prior heading to Tengboche- one of the biggest buddhist monasteries in Everest Region. Onward, we trek to Dingboche, a nice himalayan valley where we stay 2 nights for complete acclimatization before heading to Lobuche & Gorekshep valley. We will visit Everest Base Camp in the afternoon, which is a great khumbu glacier section surrounded by snow capped peaks, and it is an incredible glacier place to visit. 

Kalapathar (5545m) offers a close-up and incredible view of Mt. Everest ( 8848 m) and 360 degree views of all the Khumbu region's prominent peaks. Now onward, we retrace back to Lukla in 3 days time, then fly back to Kathmandu


 

How Tough Is Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek is an altitude walk in the Himalayas, thus physically demanding, and a fairly challenging trek in Nepal. If you are not an active outdoor person or have not trained & prepared enough, this trek could be tougher than you expected. You must do proper training and preparation to be well prepared prior to this adventure trekking in Everest Base Camp. 

Typical trek days will be 5-7 hours uphill and downhill every day in rough mixed mountain terrain, rocky trail and steep steps so you should be prepared for every day walk. You will be gaining a minimum of 300-500 m altitude every day on your ascent at trek days (Except acclimatization day in Namche & Dingboche). 

Everest Base Camp Trek is not a technical walk. It does not even involve mountaineering walks. Even if you do not have any altitude trek experience previously, you should still be able to plan this trek. But obviously, previous trek experience is highly recommended. Active trekkers at excellent health and physically in shape could trek to Everest Base Camp without any hesitation.   


 

Training & Preparation
It is important that you train to be physically fit prior to Everest Base Camp Trek with us. Aerobic training is necessary. Go for hikes in your surroundings. Hike with a small day pack for a minimum of 3-4 hours a day, twice a week is recommended. In addition, go swimming, cycling, running which will build up your cardiovascular endurance. You should train yourself for 3 months minimum before your trek to Everest Base Camp starts with us. 

During a Trek
Walk slow and steady every day. Have a positive attitude all the time. Stay hydrated. Drink a minimum of 3-4 little water every day. Mental strength and determination is equally important for safe and pleasant trekking in Everest Base Camp. Be prepared for basic trek conditions, unpredictable weather change, and altitude sickness as we ascend. Bring proper trek gear, trek with good hiking boots and proper clothes always. 


 

Other Famous Trekking in Everest Region
Apart from classic trek to Everest Base Camp, we also have other popular trekking options in Everest & Khumbu Region. You may trek to Gokyo Valley, or the most adventurous trek of the entire region- Everest 3 Passes Trek. If you wish to add on himalayan climbing experience on your trek to EBC, then you should join our Island Peak Climbing trip. 


 

Lukla Flight:
Flight to Lukla is weather dependent, so delays or even a cancellation happens sometimes even in the Spring and Autumn months. If flights are canceled, you have to stay an extra night in Kathmandu and we shall reschedule your flight to Lukla the next morning, and reschedule your entire trek program accordingly. In the event of flight cancellation, trekkers could also have the option of chartered helicopter flight to Lukla with paying an extra cost of US$- 350- US$- 500 depending on group size. Helicopters could fly in little visibility so even if planes could not fly to Lukla, helicopters usually could fly. 

So, we always recommend trekkers to come with one or two spare days at the end of the trek days, and these extra days could be used as a back up day for trek rescheduling in the event of flight cancellation. If Lukla flight has no cancellation, you could use your spare days for cultural and historical sightseeing and tours in Kathmandu Valley, or extension trip to Pokhara or Chitwan as per your interest, and Classic Vacations Nepal will assist you accordingly to your request. 

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Important Trip Note

Itinerary

Inclusion

  • Transportation: All ground transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicle- Including airport pick up at your arrival and departure transfer
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner: Welcome dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants eating local food (Dal Bhat) & Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: (Twin Share): Hotel Ramada Encore (4 *)  by Wyndham Kathmandu at BB plan
  • Sightseeing & Tour: Half day guided tour of Kathmandu valley with fluent english speaking tour guide, sightseeing entrance fees and ticket, tour transfer by private vehicle 
  • Flights: Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Flight, transfer and taxes Or via Ramechhap
  • Trekking Meals: Full Board of meals during trek days- Choice of fresh and hygienic Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea or coffee, seasonal fruits etc. 
  • Trek Accommodation: Comfort Lodges staying at the trek days as per suggested in the day to day itinerary & Water purification tablets 
  • Classic Vacations Nepal Trek Guide & Porter: One Classic Vacations Nepal Trek Guide, Assistant guides in a group, One trek porter to carry trek luggages for every two trekkers in a group ( Maximum weight that one porter carry at altitude trek is 22 kgs so each trekkers could give him 11 kgs luggages to carry)- All payment, trek equipment and insurance
  • Government Taxes: All government and local taxes as per applicable during the tour

Exclusion

  • Nepal Visa & Fees: Nepal Visa is easy to obtain upon arrival in Kathmandu. It cost US$- 30 for 15 Days, US$- 50 for 30 Days. You could also get a Nepal Visa from the Nepal Embassy abroad. If you plan to get a Nepal Visa at arrival, prepare to pay in US$ cash
  • Travel Insurance: You must have travel insurance with coverage of medical expenses, helicopter evacuation from mountains to city and trip cancellation for your Nepal Trip
  • Vaccination: Covid-19 Full vaccination including booster dose is a must. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are highly recommended
  • Personal Expenses: Cost of extra meals apart from offered in the trip, personal nature expenses, cold and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips: Tips to local guides, assistant guides and porters
  • Any Extending Trips: Cost of any extending trips beyond this trip itinerary suggested.

Meals & Accommodation

Meals

Accommodation


Dates & Price

2023
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FAQ's


Reviews(4)

Michael Blanchflower

Canada

Everything that was promised was delivered. Thank you Chet
4.45

It was super time. Everything that was promised was delivered. Thank you Chet.

In October, Chet Bhatta of Classic Vacations Nepal organized a trek and tour of Bhutan for 4 of us.It was super time. Everything that was promised was delivered. When planning the trip, there were many questions which Chet responded to promptly. We had about 4 1/2 days of touring around Paro and Thimbu with a guide and private van and driver. In between we had a 9 day trek in the Jomolhari region. It was spectacular. There was a guide, cook, assistant cook, helper, pony man and 12 mules carrying our gear. After the 3rd day we did not see any other trekkers, only nomads and villagers. Our guide, Thai, who was with us throughout, was excellent. This is the second custom trek that Classic Vacations Nepal has organized for me, and I am looking forward to having Chet organize another trek. I recommend Classic Vacations Nepal and Chet Bhatta to those who want a unique experience and a custom trek and tour. Thanks so much Chet.

Pekka Anderma

Sweden

Really good support from Chet Bhatta at a difficult time
4.45

Really good support from Classic Vacations Nepal at a difficult time. Started on a wonderful trek up Gokyo Valley and a few high passes on the way to EBC. Only got to Gokyo before I was sick from a flu that became serious at high altitude. Our excellent guide Anuj got me in a helicopter for transport to hospital in Kathmandu and expedition manager Chet Bhatta visited me at the hospital and put me at a hotel in Kathmandu to recover and then helped with organizing less strenuous activities :-). Thank you for everything

Trevor Maggied

Columbus, USA

I cannot say enough good words about Classic Vacations Nepal
4.45

I cannot say enough good words about Classic Vacations Nepal

I have been in a number of countries, and on a number of tours, but none of the companies I have toured with have been as good as Classic Vacations Nepal

They went above and beyond to see that my cousin and I were taken care of, had all necessary information and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our guide and Sherpa were both excellent, not only informative and hard working, but also very kind, friendly and good people. In Kathmandu, a big big thank you to Chet Bhatta, who immediately made us feel like welcomed friends, and our time spent in Nepal most enjoyable, with many good memories for many years to come. 

Without hesitation, I would recommend Chet Bhatta to anyone looking to trek in Nepal, or surrounding countries.

Ivan Chow

KL, Malaysia

Best Trekking Company I have know
4.45

We did EBC Trek with Chet and his company, Classic Vacations Nepal.  Out of 5 vendors that we have requested for quotation and Chet be shortlisted after a thorough review by my team members. It may not be the lowest price we have received but through the engagement with CHET, his professionalism impressed us and gave us the confidence that his team would provide the best service as per the price we paid. Long story short, our 15-day trip proves that we have made the right choice, the tour guides and porters provided by him were professional, experienced and friendly. Despite the marvelous views we enjoyed throughout the trip, the friendship and support we have built in the journey was just another highlight of the trip.

Post my trip, I have recommended a few of my friends to Chet Bhatta and unsurprisingly, they came back safely with a happy face as they have been well taken care of by his company as I experienced.

I plan to revisit EBC via Gokyo in the next 5 years and I have no doubt that Chet and his company will be my 1st choice to go with. Happy trekking 

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