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Classic Everest BC

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Trip Fact

Duration: 17 days
Grade: strenuous
Type of program: Trekking
Max. Altitude: 5543m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov


  • The world’s highest mountains within reach
  • High mountain environment and many Sherpa villages
  • Altitude maximum 5543m, the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest
  • Accommodation in lodges

  • Level 14/20 14 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 5543m. Stages average 4 to 6hours except for Kala Pattar ascent. Khumbu climate is cold and dry.

    Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Ama Dablam…mythical Khumbu mountain names within reach! This 14 days trekking allows a true discover of the Khumbu Massif and the Sherpa culture in a very high mountain environment. Following expeditionary footsteps, the route goes up the Dudh Kosi Valley till Namche Bazar, capital city of Sherpa people before going upstream the Imjatse Khola Valley till Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement. Then we go west to reach Gorakshep from where we have our Kala Pattar ascent, unique view point of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and unobstructed view all the way to South Col. Further on the trail reaches the base camp of Everest, giant of giants, where thousands of climbers are staying before trying to summit the top of the world. Our way back will be to Namche via Pheriche.

    Day1 Arrive Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day2 Flight: Kathmandu – Lukla, trek 1 – Phakding,3h 2600m Lodge
    Day3  Trek 2 – Namche Bazaar, 6hrs 3440m Lodge
    Day4 Trek 3 – Phortse, 4/5hrs 3840m Lodge
    Day5 Trek 4 – Pangboche, 3hrs 3960m Lodge
    Day6 Trek 5 – Dingboche, 4hrs 4410m Lodge
    Day7 Trek 6 – A/R Chukung - Dingboche 4410m Lodge
    Day8 Trek 7 – Lobuche, 4/5hrs 4910m Lodge
    Day9 Trek 8 – Kala Pattar 5543m – Gorakshep, 5/6h 5160m Lodge
    Day10 Trek 9 – Everest BC 5360m–Gorakshep, 5/6h 5160m Lodge
    Day11 Trek 10 - Dingboche, 5/6hrs 4410m Lodge
    Day12 Trek 11 - Thengboche, 4/5hrs 3860m Lodge
    Day13 Trek 12 – Namche bazaar, 5hrs 3440m Lodge
    Day14 Trek 13 – Lukla, 6hrs 2850m Lodge
    Day15 Flight: Lukla – Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day16 Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing hotel
    Day17 Departure transfer to airport

    Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle.

    Day 02 Flight Kathmandu – Lukla (2800m)
    Trek to Phakding (2600m). 3h [100m ascent – 290m descent]

    After a 40mn morning Twin Otter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gate of Khumbu. We meet our local staff at the airport and walk till the end of the village. The trail goes down steeply to cross a river with Kusum Kangaru at the back. The path climbs a bit, then contours around a ridge to Ghat on the bank of the Dudh Kosi. Then it makes some ups and downs before reaching Phakding.

    Day 03 Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m), 6h [815m ascent – 35m descent]
    The trail continues north of the Dudh Kosi valley, climbing through fields to Benkar with its huge mani stone in the centre of the trail. Then the trail climbs up through magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. Soon, Thamserku peak is on sight and the trail enters the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale. After crossing on a suspension bridge high over the Dudh kosi and Bhote Kosi confluence the trail makes a long climb till a ridge where there are first views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail climbs steadily through forest to Namche, a town lying in a natural amphitheater protected from the weather and blessed with a major natural spring.

    Day 04 Around Namche for acclimatization, 5 to 6h
    Because of the gain of elevation we need to stop one day there to walk around in order to well acclimatize. After breakfast we can climb up to Shyangboche and Kunde hospital and back to Namche for a visit of the town.

    Day 05 Namche Bazar – Phortse (3500m) 4h 30 [880m ascent – 365m descent]
    The path climbs up the Khumjung hill and descends to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi. There are two trails: a gently one and a steep-staircase like one which reach a large chorten on the top of a ridge at 3973m. From there the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Kosi. Due to rapid increase of altitude we will stay at Phortse.

    Day 06 Phortse – Pangboche (3895m) 3h
    From Phortse, passing through fields, a stream and two white chortens, we descend along the trail to Pangboche. It takes a couple of hours to reach Pangboche. Our highest trekking point is Pangboche (3985m). Its highlight is the charming and unspoiled monastery. The monastery is believed to have been founded around 1667 which makes it the oldest Sherpa gompa in the Khumbu.

    Day 07 Pangboche – Dingboche (4400m) 4/5h
    The route enters alpine meadows above the tree line and most of the vegetation is scrub juniper, tundra and wild flowers. After Shomare the trail passes several yak herders’ huts as it ascends on a shelf above the river to Orsho. Beyond that point the trail divides and we follow the lower, more important looking trail leading to Dingboche. From here great views of Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse…

    Day 08 Dingboche – Chukung - Dingboche (4400m) 5/6h
    Today there are two choices: either to rest around Dingboche avoiding physical efforts before going up to Everest BC, or to trek up to Chukung and return back to Dingboche. The path goes upstream the Imjatse Khola to Chukung, a small summer settlement at 4700 m. The views from Chukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island peak (6189m) are tremendous. The great southern face of Lhotse towers above to the north and Amphu Lapcha and the immense fluted ice walls that flank it dominate the horizon to the south. To the south-west, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak. It’s time to get back to Dingboche for a second night.

    Day 09 Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m) 6h
    The trail climbs up to a white chorten at the head of the valley through the pastures at Dusa. The trail is high above the valley floor till Dugla, then climbs higher on a moraine to a row of stone monuments in memory of Sherpas who died in an avalanche in 1970 expedition of Everest. The trail then drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche.

    Day 10 Lobuche – Gorakshep – Kala Pattar (5543m) – Gorakshep (5140m)
    The first section of the trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley and ascends gently through meadows beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak Pumori comes into view. The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy flat expanse of Gorakshep.

    After lunch we will climb the Kala Pattar, a peak providing the best vantage point for viewing Mt Everest.

    Day 11 Gorakshep - Everest BC (5364m) – Lobuche (4930m)
    The walk to base camp is about a 6hour round trip. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. The walk is especially intriguing for the views of the 15 metres high seracs of ice, a feature peculiar to Himalayan glaciers. The descent to Lobuche is easy, but seems endless because of the many uphill climbs from Gorakshep.

    Day 12 Lobuche – Thengboche (3860m) 6h
    On the same trail we took while going up we descend till Dughla, cross a bridge then descend steeply to Phalang Karpo. From that point the trail descends gently the broad, sloping valley till Pheriche then beyond that village we meet the trail of the way up till Pangboche. The path descends to a steel bridge, swaying a terrifying distance above the river at a spot where the river rushes through a narrow cleft the trail passes through a deep rhododendron forest passing Devuche then makes a short, steep ascent to Thengboche. Monastery visit.

    Day 13 Thengboche – Namche (3440m) 4h 30
    Leaving that morning magnificent views of Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku we make a descent through forest till Phunki Thengka. After crossing the Dudh Kosi on a bridge, the trail climbs steeply to Teshinga then gradually to Sanasa then to Namche.

    Day 14 Namche – Lukla (2840m) 7h
    From Namche, the trail makes a steep descent back to the Dudh Kosi river to Jorsale then follows the upward route as far as Chablung, then turns off above the village of Chaurikharka towards Lukla.

    Day 15 Flight Lukla – Kathmandu
    The flight takes 40mn and is a jarring return to the noise, confusion and rush of a large city. Transfer to hotel.

    Day 16 Kathmandu sightseeing
    All day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.

    Day 17 Transfer to airport for return flight.