Classic Everest Trek
- Trip Code: N-ET-110
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
- Max Altitude: 5550 meters/ 18209 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private/ Public Vehicle & Flight
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Moderate to Stratenous
Classic Everest Trek is the historic route of Everest Base Camp. All early expeditions including first successful Everest Summit by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary made use of this route. Even all trekkers used to pursue this path for any destinations of Everest region until Lukla Airstrip was built.
The trail of this route is linked by road access with Kathmandu. Now also many trekkers who desire to chase the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary use this route to reach Everest Base Camp.
As compared with the route starts from Lukla airport, this is longer by few days but it grants to explore whole Everest Region (Solu as well as Khumbu area) while the other trekking trails of Everest trekking take to only Khumbu territory.
The highlights of Solu area are the lush valleys with forest, rare animals, birds and beautiful Sherpa villages. Similarly alpine areas with world tallest mountains, glaciers, lakes, high passes are the salient attractions of Khumbu zone.
Classic Everest Trek starts with a long drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya. The trail from Shivalaya to Cheplung passes through typical middle hills villages, terraced farms, rhododendron forests with different species of birds and animals. At Cheplung it meets the trail come from Lukla and goes ahead to Namche Bazaar through Dudh Koshi valley.
Here one day rest for acclimatization then trek upward to Lobuche and finally to Everest Base Camp. After the visit to Everest Base Camp, the next morning hiking up to Kalapathar offers the spectacular views of Mount Everest, its surrounding high peaks, and the Khumbu glacier. Then the trekking will be all the down to Lukla.
From Lukla, the return journey to Kathmandu will be by 40 minutes mountain flight. All program of this trip ends in Kathmandu with cultural sightseeing of World Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley.
About Trip Date of Classic Everest Trek
It is theoretically possible to do Classic Everest Trekking year around. But, the best weather is in autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, May) when the skies are clear and temperatures at higher are more bearable. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountains. Trekking in Everest during monsoon is also possible but the might be affected by rainfall.
The trip departure date of Classic Everest Trek will be on any date which you feel comfortable.
About Optional Activities for Classic Everest Trek
Classic Everest Trekking is an exciting trekking holiday of Nepal. You can make it further exciting by joining in extra activities/ side trips. As the interest of people is different from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost. On your request, we offer you. The list of optional activities is displayed in right column.
For any further information and queries about Classic Everest Trek, please feel free to contact us.
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our trekking guide. Then you drive to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya via Jiri by Express public bus. It’s little bit long but scenic mountain drive. Upon arrival at Shivalaya, you will be check in to the lodge and rest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, the trekking starts climbing to Sangbadanda where local hotels sell bottled cold drinks. Leaving this next climb is to Khasrubas passing a number of houses with wide terraces. Then the trail runs mostly level towards the head of the canyon. After crossing few wooden bridges you will begin the steep ascent to the Deurali passing forest. In Deurali village you see a grid of mani walls inscribed with Tibetan Buddhist mantras and Buddhist Sherpa culture. From here you follow the path down into the valley on steep stone steps. Then after an hour of walking, you arrive at Bhandar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Bhandar you follow the path downhill to the stream. You stroll along the east bank of the Likhu Khola. You cross a suspension bridge to reach Kinja, a bustling market at the confluence of the Likhu Khola and Kinia Khola. From Kinja you begin a steep ascent towards the Lamjura Bhanjyang that is in the vertical slope above the village. About two of climbing you arrive at Chimbu. Leaving this village you ascend between farms and tea houses to the next beautiful village of Sete which is located behind beehive shaped ancient Buddhist stupa. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today half of the journey is a long and climb to Lamjura Bhanjyang pass (3530m). About an hour above Sete the trail reaches Dagchu village. From here it ascends along the narrow muddy chute. After another hour of climbing, you arrive at Goyom spread over three settlements in the forest. Then you start to climb the pass which is long, bit tiring and often cold. If the skies are clear you can see white tipped peaks. Lamjura Bhanjyang is marked by prayer flags and khata (ceremonial scarves). From the pass, the trail makes a long descent to the bottom of the valley through fragrant fir and rhododendron forests. On the way, you meet small villages of Taktor at first then Serlo. While descend you can see looming peak of Numbur Himal (6959m) to the north. This peak is worshiped as the guardian deity of this area. Eventually, you enter Junbesi, the village of Sherpa culture passing some colored mantras carved into the rock face and steep terraced fields. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the pass crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge and reaches a trail junction. You follow the route to Khumbu climbing steeply uphill into the trees, looping in and out of side valleys used for grazing herders from Junbesi. The landscape here is very beautiful with all the pines and cows. You continue climbing to ridge top village of Phurteng. From here you see the first views of Everest and other peaks of Thamserku, Kantega, Kusum Kangaru, and Mera. Then it descends to the small settlement of Salung then to Dudhkunda. Then crossing on suspension it heads up to Ringmo. Above this village, the trail climbs steeply through pine and rhododendron forest to Pangoma. From here the side trail branches towards Dudh Kunda. You follow the path that leads to Nunthala. The trail passing through Trakshindu La and Trakshindu Gompa through a forest of conifer and rhododendron forest having plentiful strawberries descends to Timbu and then to Nunthala. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Leaving Nunthala the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River passing forest and farmland of Phuleli. It crosses long suspension bridge on this river and turns towards Jubing village through fields of barley, wheat, and maize. Then the trail climbs via Chyokha and enters Khari Khola valley. In Khari Khola, you find a number of possible sidewalks. As you are not stopping here for a rest day you walk towards Khari Khola (stream) and cross it the by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m with water powered mills that grind the corn grown both sides of the valley. After that, the paths makes a steep climb and arrive at Bupsa. This village is located among the cascading wheat and maize terraces below the dense oak forest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, the trekking starts walking through wheat fields. Then the trail climbs through forest to Kharte near the trail junction for Pangum. From Kharte the trail climbs uphill to the pass at Khari La (2840m). From the pass, it enters into an oak forest that brings to lost valley of Dinosaurs. After crossing an old landslide it comes to across the Paiya Khola. Short steep climbs through the forest take you into Paiya. Above this village, you will get first views of the Dudh Koshi canyon. The path climbs steadily through the forest to Chewbas. Leaving this village the path follows to Paiya La (2805m) then to Pakhepani. From Pakhepani the trail plunges downwards on a muddy path through forest beneath the Lukla airstrip and eventually arrives at the pretty village of Surke which is hanging above the Dudh Koshi River.
From Surke the trail climbs above the stream on crude stone steps for about 20 minutes to a junction by a small stream and a mani wall. You follow the path that climbs steadily to Chheplung. From the Chheplung village, the trail joins with the trail come from Lukla. Then it descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is a checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterward, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you stay at Namche Bazaar to avoid symptoms of Altitude Sickness (AMS). This doesn’t mean you have to stop walking. You hike up the Shyangboche. You cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Then you continue walking to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in Everest region which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5761m). The houses here are large and ostentatious and many locals own tracts of land further north along the valley. You visit Khumjung Gompa. One of the treasures kept here is a Yeti Skull. From the flat area in front of the Gompa, there are views east to Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbila. After the visit of Khumjung village, you return directly to Namche Bazaar following the path behind the village school. Today you will have also option to visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor center where you can see some well-preserved displays on Himalayan flora and fauna and the culture of Sherpa people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You follow the trail to Tengboche runs gently downhill towards the river traversing Lawichasa, Tashinga, and Phunki Thenga. Then it crosses the river on the bridge. From here the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of rhododendrons. On the way, there are many porter rest stops. Eventually, you will reach to Kani and a pair of chortens and arrive at Tengboche. The major attraction of this place is Tengboche Gompa. Inside the monastery are incredibly elaborate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Your day starts with following the trail through conifers and rhododendrons forest. The trail sooner reaches Debuche. Then the path continues through rhododendron forests to Milinggo. From here the trail descends steeply to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. Crossing the bridge it climbs. You find the good photo shooting place of beautiful Stupa mirroring towering Ama Dablam. Afterward, you will soon arrive at Pangboche. Leaving Pangboche the trail climbs above the tree line and enters the arid landscape of alpine meadows. It follows the path of Imja Khola (stream) and passes Shomare and Orsho. After Orsho the trail splits. You will follow the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola that leads to Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can have good views of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you spend a day in Dingboche for the acclimatization. In the morning you have refreshing breakfast while admiring views of the looming Ama Dablam (6,856 m). Then after our guide take you a short walk to Nangkartshang Gompa. This Buddhist monastery is 400 m above Dingboche on the ridge. From there you can enjoy the view of Makalu (8463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu. From this vantage place, you can also see Imja valley as well as picturesque fields and pastures. Then you walk back to Dingboche and get relaxed at your lodge. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Dingboche, you follow the path climbing slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa. On the way, you can have a spectacular view of twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Then the trail drops down to a glacial stream following rising up to Dughla. From this village, the trail goes directly up gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Afterward, it moves at the top of the ridge which covered with memorials to lost climbers and Sherpas. From here you can enjoy an impressive view of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), Changtse (7550m) Nuptse and Lhotse. Then trail meets the junction. You follow the path that ascends north over the loose moraine and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today your trek begins following narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall past the Italian Pyramid. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles into the glacier. To find the trail look for cairns of stones left as markers and hoof prints and dung left by yak trains. After rounding the trail you will have your first views of Kalapathar (5545m). As you climb take the time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. Then the trail passes Changri Shar Glacier and reaches at Gorak Shep, flat sandy bowls at the foot of Kalapathar. You continue walking to Everest Base Camp following the path across the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall at 5365m. Visiting Everest Base Camp you trek back to Gorakshep for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Wake up early in the morning then hike up to Kalapathar through grassy ridge above the Gorak Shep. It takes one and half hour to two hours to reach the summit which is marked by prayer flags. As you climb it the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. By climbing 200 m you will find yourself in front of world’s definitive mountain views- a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche to Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible. After taking photos this world class scenery you back down to Gorakshep. Have a lunch in Gorakshep. In the afternoon you trek to Pheriche retracing your steps along the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you descend to the valley of Orsho then follow the west bank of Imja Khola to Shomare and on to Pangboche. From Pangboche you retrace your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche and Tengboche. From Tengboche, you trek down to Phunki Thenga then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu. After you land in Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time rest of the day. You can have a hot shower, spa for relaxing your body in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will be offered cultural sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley accompany with a professional guide. By our private vehicle you will visit Pashupatinath, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu city; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet which is the center of Tibetan culture; Bhaktapur Durbar Square, medieval royal palace that glimpse you Nepalese authentic art and architecture and unique culture. After sightseeing, you have free time for your last minute shopping. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
|USD 1025 Per Person||For Group Size of Two People|
|USD 995 Per Person||For Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 945 Per Person||For Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 895 Per Person||For Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 845 Per Person||For Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
|USD 1395 Per Person||For Group Size of Two People|
|USD 1345 Per Person||For Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 1315 Per Person||For Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 1275 Per Person||For Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 1235 Per Person||For Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
|USD 1595 Per Person||For Group Size of Two People|
|USD 1565 Per Person||For Group Size of Three to Five People|
|USD 1535 Per Person||For Group Size of Six to Eight People|
|USD 1505 Per Person||For Group Size of Nine to Twelve People|
|USD 1475 Per Person||For Group Size of Thirteen to Sixteen People|
It is theoretically possible Classic Everest Trekking year around but flights are frequently canceled in winter and during the monsoon because of poor visibility at the Lukla airstrip. The best weather is in autumn and spring when the skies are clear and temperatures at higher are more bearable. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountains.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name card. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
Everest Classic trekking does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. They have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In the trail of Everest Classic Trekking, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Everest Classic trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s only a couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Everest Classic trek is moderate trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: * mark item we will provide you in service. If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
In Everest region as you climb through the hills mixed deciduous forests and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forests, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagles and the spectacular Himalayan Monal (danphe or impeyan pheasant) with its regal, shimmering green, blue and purple plumage. In forested areas around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan Thar and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange hoarse call of the muntjac or barking deer. Everest is also home to both leopards and snow leopards and allegedly the fearsome yeti.
Naturally Everest Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.
Classic Everest (Trekking from Jiri to Everest base camp) was excellent with the team of Excellent Himalaya Trek. We were four friends from the UK. We did this wonderful hiking in May and we were accompanied by a guide ‘Tashi’ and two nice porters ‘Hari’ and ‘Badri’. This trek was a little bit longer than the common route to EBC via Lukla. Before we start our trip to Jiri, Suman, the team leader of Excellent Himalaya briefed us all about this journey. He answered our trip-related questions and queries. We started our trek from Shivalaya. It was a scenic trek. We enjoyed walking through beautiful villages, forest, and ridge. The trail was not crowded. The views were outstanding. Meals and lodges were better than we expected to get in the mountains. Our trekking crew (guide and porters) were really experienced and helpful. After the visit of Everest Base camp, the foothill of the top of the world, we trekked back following Lukla. We ended our trek in Lukla airstrip and took a flight to Kathmandu. It was indeed an unforgettable great adventure. We thank you so much to Excellent Himalaya Trek’s team for your perfect management. We hope to come back Nepal for next trip with you.
Norman & Group
Incredible Everest Trekking, I am Alex from Uk was in Nepal as a fellow traveler. A friend of mine had recommended me Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition for my short trek to Namche. I had a really nice trek and wonderful time with this company. Especially the Ram who is running the company is very much informative and he has the young team for Adventure tourism. I would suggest using this company to anyone who wants to do a trek in Nepal. Thanks
Once-in-a-Lifetime Breathtaking Journey through the Majestic Himalayas Visiting Nepal was life-changing, as cliché, as it sounds. The trek I completed in Nepal, from Lukla to Tengboche, was amazing—crossing suspension bridges, eating amazing meals that were made to order (be patient), meeting the gracious people of Nepal, being removed (at times) from electronics (i.e. no computers, no televisions)—it really reminded me how out of touch I've gotten with the world. This journey re-connected me with myself and with basic life, mindfully: eating, sleeping, trekking. I have to advise, it is a good idea to physically train before you embark on a trek, especially, if you normally, don’t hike like myself. I recommend trekking poles—they really helped through some of the steep parts of the trek. I also, recommend wearing a hat, buff, sunglasses, as it can get really dusty, with the dirt trails plus, you’re sharing them with dzos. Also, highly recommended is a small day pack to carry while you hike, for toilet paper, water, and snacks. It was very cold in Tengboche—wearing layers is a must, also, having a warm sleeping bag & headlamp, as the guesthouse room did not have heating or lighting available at night. A good pair of high top hiking shoes is a must & staying hydrated is important, due to the altitude. My analogy on the bathroom situation in the guesthouses is, it is like a slot machine, you do not know, whether if it is going to go down or not, until you hit the flush lever. The outhouses along the trekking trails were actually, more pleasant than the western toilets. What really made the trek though was our trek leader —our leader really educated our group about Nepali culture and had incredible stories to share, so having a good trek leader does make or break the trek. Be aware when you get your visa for Nepal--how long it is valid for. Reason to note this, is that there may be flight delays, due to poor flying visibility, which may leave you stranded for a few more days longer in Nepal than planned—likely, after your visa has expired so be warned. As far as Kathmandu, it was infused with spirituality, with Hinduism and Buddhism co-existing peacefully. Be prepared to bargain for merchandise and note, that sometimes, old, torn rupees may not be accepted by all merchants. Namaste!