Trip Overview

Trip Overview

Everest Classic Trek takes us to the world’s second extreme airport, makes us close our eyes, but the views of the snow-covered mountains make us open our eyes, just like forever opened. Such is the power and reason of the Everest Classic Trek. And from the most famous viewpoint of the Everest Region that is from an altitude of 5000 m plus, we see the highest mountains of the world which impress our minds, which attract our eyes, and which win our hearts. The trekking trail that we have covered is rewarding in terms of Nepal’s largest Sherpa Village, world’s 5 highest lakes, and the Himalaya’s largest glacier, as well as in terms of the snow-covered mountains. Please contact us for the final trip quotation.


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m, 40 mins), trek to Phakding (2600 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 03: Namche Bazar (3450 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 04: Acclimatization Day Overnight at a lodge
  • Day 05: Khumjung (3800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 06: Dole (4000 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 07: Machherma (4400 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 08: Acclimatization Day Overnight at a lodge
  • Day 09: Gokyo (4750 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 10: Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and back to Na* Overnight at a lodge
  • Day 11: Phortse (3800 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 12: Periche* (4300 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 13: Lobuche* (4900 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 14: Everest Base Camp (5500 m), overnight at Gorak Shep (5130 m, 8 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 15: Kala Pattar (5550 m) and trek to Dingboche (4350 m, 6 hrs) Overnight at a lodge
  • Day 16: Tengboche (3980 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 17: Jorsale (2810 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 18: Lukla (2800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge
  • Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu (40 mins) and, transfer to Hotel
  • Day 20: Kathmandu – leisure day and evening farewell dinner, overnight at a hotel
  • Day 21: Departure to connect next destination, or we may extend the trip as per your desire and time
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Waves carrying a placard will receive you. Private transportation to the office or directly to the hotel if arrival is late at night is arranged by the representative. At the office we proceed to discuss about the travel plans and introduce the trek guide through a meeting. We recommend you to bring your passport along with 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of the travel insurance to swiftly proceed with permit papers and other arrangements. During the meet, you can also ask the guide and the manager any questions regarding the trip. Any overdue balance is to be cleared along with the filling of legally binding trip form and non-liability disclaimer form. Overnight stay in a hotel (Bed And Breakfast).


Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2800 m, 40 mins), trek to Phakding (2600 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge

After having breakfast, a private transportation will take us to a domestic airport for Lukla fight. When we reach Lukla, a guide will introduce us to our porter.

Himalayan Waves assigns one porter to two trekkers. Then we trek by following our guide, by descending to the Dudh Kosi River by passing through a village, called Ghat, and by reaching a village named Phakding where we spend our first trek night. If we have an extra time, then we will explore a nearby monastery.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 03: Namche Bazar (3450 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge

We walk through an evergreen pine forest, along with the Dudh Koshi River and cross this river many times on suspension bridges. One of the suspension bridges is a famous Hillary Bridge. After passing this bridge, we will see a breath-taking view of Thamserku (6618 m), and then we also pass through small settlements, such as Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo. Before we reach Namche Bazaar, we come to a check post which is a door to Sagarmatha National Park.

From this door, we follow a trekking trail that climbs upward that leads to the forests and bridges that takes us to the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After reaching a steep ascent, we see the first view of Mt. Everest, including the ridges of Lhotse and Nuptse.

To enjoy this view both from our eyes and our minds, we stop at Chautara, and to reach Namche Bazaar, we walk another 1.5 hours.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 04: Acclimatization Day Overnight at a lodge

One of the important phases of high altitude trekking is acclimatization for the gradual exposure to altitude. We walk over to nearby hills and get back as a good acclimatization training for the day. On our acclimatization day, we can do a short trek up to Syangboche Airport, which offers a nice view of mountains, such as Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Khumbila (Holy Peak). From the Everest View Hotel, we will see a panoramic view of mountains, such as Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Khumbila, and Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar, where we are acclimatizing, is the main center of the Everest region and is the only place of the Everest region which has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, hotels, bakeries and a colorful market.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 05: Khumjung (3800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge

From Namche, we walk upward to reach Khumjung, and we see Ama Dablam towering above us. On the way, we also come across numerous prayer walls.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 06: Dole (4000 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge

Today, we walk from Khumjung to Dole through Phortse Tenga.Today’s difficult ascent is Mong La Pass; on the top of this pass is a small village. From this top, we admire the surrounding snow-capped mountains namely Thamserku, Katenga, and Ama Dablam mountains. On the way to Dole pasing through forest, bridges and waterfalls, we may spot pheasants, and an endangered musk deer.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 07: Machherma (4400 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge

From Dole, we climb steadily up to a scenic ridge, looking at a breath-taking view of mountains, such as Cho-Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku, and we pass through many summer settlements. When we reach Luza, we will be at an altitude of 4360 m, and from here, we ascend further and see the Dudh Koshi Valley, a deep canyon.

Walking on a hill side and passing through small villages and sandy spurs, we reach Machherma, the last village, located on the way to Gokyo. This village has a beautiful river, flowing in the middle of it.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 08: Acclimatization Day Overnight at a lodge

As an earlier day 04, we walk over to nearby hills and get back as a good acclimatization training for the day.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 09: Gokyo (4750 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge

Today, we climb up through a ridge, and from there, we see a grand view of the valley, and we also see Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, there is a wide valley. Later, we descend to the river bank. We also climb Ngozamba’s steep terminal moraine.

After crossing an iron bridge and a river, we will be impressed by the turquoise color of Taboche Tsho Lake, sparkling in the sun. There are 2 lakes that we come across before we reach Gokyo village, which lies by the lake, and there is Cho-Oyu Mountain that we see in the background of this village. We spend a night in one of the lodges of Gokyo.

Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 10: Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and back to Na* Overnight at a lodge

If the weather is favorable then we will climb Gokyo Ri today, instead of tomorrow. Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Ri but also for the six lakes. From the fifth lake, we get a beautiful view of mountains, such as Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu.

Beyond the fifth lake, there is Cho-Oyu Base Camp and a mountain, called Gyachung Kang. The northern part of the fifth lake provides an amazing view of Cho-Oyu Base Camp, including the largest glacier in the world called Ngazumpa glacier.

Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

* If possible cross Cho La and save one day which day you can visit Ama Dablam Base Camp as well.


Day 11: Phortse (3800 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge

From Gokyo, we descend to Phortse and see the different views of Khumbila. The route to Phortse heads off to Pangka, and it turns east and climbs across the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The route is characterized by upward and downward trails.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 12: Periche* (4300 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge

The trekking route goes up and down and runs along the Imja Khole River Valley. The route is picturesque. We see deer, pheasant, and eagles. There is a bit of a steeper climb just before Pheriche.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 13: Lobuche* (4900 m, 4 hrs) overnight at a lodge

We climb to Dugla through the Khumbu Khola Valley. The trekking route is picturesque. As we near Dusa, we see a narrow valley. We also see the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m).

After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We see the tip of Nuptse from this juncture as well as of Cholatse. We climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, and then we pass through boulder slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, which offers dramatic mountains view.

At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide).

As the trekking route drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks, such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal, and Mt Nuptse towers to our right as we cross the Khumbu Glacier.


Day 14: Everest Base Camp (5500 m), overnight at Gorak Shep (5130 m, 8 hrs) overnight at a lodge

Once again, we pass through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead, we see a crest of the north ridge of Everest, including Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc.

Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a vantage point to see Mt. Everest. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains surrounding us, including the top of the world - Mt. Everest.

After having lunch and doing a short rest, we head off to the Everest Base Camp by passing the lake. From the base camp we, can see mountains, such as Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori, however Everest is not visible from here.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 15: Kala Pattar (5550 m) and trek to Dingboche (4350 m, 6 hrs) Overnight at a lodge

From Gorakshep, we head off to Kalapathar to see the breath-taking view of Mt. Everest. On the way we see Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, and so on. We trek back to Gorak Shep, then to Dingboche
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 16: Tengboche (3980 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge

From Dingboche, we descend towards Tengboche village where we visit the famous Tengboche monastery, one of the biggest monastery of the Everest region which is located within the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 17: Jorsale (2810 m, 6 hrs) overnight at a lodge

Today, we trek up by following the hillside trekking route; we pass through the forest of rhododendron and juniper trees to reach to Phunki Tenga.

We come across the colorful prayer flags; we walk in the gorge of the Dudh Koshi River, as well as in the pine forests. Here, we may see wild animals, such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. From Namche, we head off to Jorsale.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 18: Lukla (2800 m, 5 hrs) overnight at a lodge

We trek by following our guide and ascending to the Dudh Kosi River and a village named Phakding to head off to Lukla.
Stay overnight in a lodge. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)


Day 19: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu (40 mins) and, transfer to Hotel

As we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, we see the mountains through the window of a plane, and from the domestic airport, the private transportation of Himalayan Waves will transfer us to a hotel.
Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast provided)


Day 20: Kathmandu – leisure day and evening farewell dinner, overnight at a hotel

In the evening, we will be invited to a farewell dinner with cultural show.
Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast and farewell dinner provided)


Day 21: Departure to connect next destination, or we may extend the trip as per your desire and time

We are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our flight.
(Breakfast provided).

Trip Inclusion

Cost Includes

  • Airport arrival and departure private transfer
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathamndu with breakfast on twin share basis
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket for guest and guide
  • 17 nights full board (BLD) teahouse trek with accommodation in mountain
  • An english speaking trekking guide and porters from Lukla (2 guests = 1 Porter & Max 25 kg)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrace Permit & TIMS (required passport copy and 2 picture for permit).
  • Farewell dinner with Nepalese cultural dance show

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature of expenses and trekking gears
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fee
  • Travel Insurance for rescue operation if any form
  • Extra night accommodation or accommodation if earlier return from trekking by any reason
  • Extra cost occur by any reason which is not in our control such as strike, landslide and accident etc
  • TIPS for trekking staffs and other things which is not included above.
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