At a glance
Classic Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
Follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
Your adventure begins with two days exploring the vibrant city of Kathmandu. This includes a guided tour of some of the most beautiful and revered sites. You’ll discover the sights, sounds and smells of this ancient city before departing on your exhilarating, scenic mountain flight to Lukla, the start of your trek.
After touching down in Lukla you’ll meet your team of porters, shoulder your light daypack, and begin your Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
After an easy descent to the banks of the mighty Dudh Kosi river, you’ll ascend slowly along this famous route, crossing dizzying suspension bridges, weaving through scented rhododendron forests, and visiting lively Sherpa villages including Namche Bazaar and the spiritual centre of Thyangboche.
Around every corner is another photograph begging to be taken. Views of Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam will inspire. After many days on the trail, your goal is tantalisingly near. Mt Everest at sunset rewards those that ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) at dusk. The following day you’ll reach Everest Base Camp and experience all the elation that goes with it.
You’ve made it.
Why Every Classic Everest Base Camp Trek Has Been Successful
More than 1000 clients over almost 15 years. Find out why every person to undertake the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek with us has achieved their dream of standing at the famous Everest Base Camp.
Our 100% success and safety record for the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is no coincidence. Experienced and professional guides, fantastic meals and awesome accommodation are regular mentions in our 5-star Google rating.
“This was my second trip with Trek Climb Ski Nepal and I could not be happier. The skill and professionalism shown by all members of the company (admin/booking staff, guides, porters etc) before, during and after the trip has been of the highest standards and cannot be faulted in any way. Would travel with them again without hesitation.”
“What a fantastic experience it was trekking with the TCS Nepal team. This is a tier-one outfit on every level, particularly special because of the obvious respect and foundations this joint Australian/Nepalese operation is built on.”
“Just participated in the Resilience for Teens Everest Base Camp Trek and all 26 participants made it inspired, healthy and connected to Base Camp! Couldn’t recommend this company more – from the porters to the inspiring Sherpa guides to Nick, David and Tika – this was a world-class life-changing trip!”
“What an awesome experience trekking to Everest Base Camp with Trek Climb Ski Nepal. Nothing left to chance, no shortcuts, just an extremely well organised and life-changing adventure. Thank you Nick, Tika and Gyan”
“The personal service provided right from my first contact with Nick, to Gyan ensuring my bags got to the right place at Kathmandu airport for my departure, is what makes Trek Climb Ski Nepal stand out. The combined experience, knowledge, passion and professionalism of your team made a trip to an unknown country – as a single female traveller – relaxed, enjoyable & memorable. This was for me the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and with your help, I have many special memories that will last a lifetime.”
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and be transferred by Trek Climb Ski Nepal staff to your accommodation at The Yak and Yeti (or equivalent) Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks hosted by your Sherpa leaders and guides.
A fantastic buffet breakfast at The Yak and Yeti Hotel is the perfect introduction to food in Nepal. Breakfast is followed by a morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. Our staff are always available to assist guests that may need to make last minute purchases.
Our staff will be meet you very early this morning (around 6.00 a.m.) and then transfer you to the domestic terminal at the Kathmandu International Airport. Any luggage or personal possessions you won’t need during your Everest Base Camp Trek will be able to be stored (free of charge) at The Yak and Yeti Hotel. They will be waiting for you when you return from your trek. After an extremely interesting and hectic check-in procedure, you’ll enjoy an incredible mountain flight to Lukla. Here your Everest Base Camp Trek truly begins! You’ll enjoy a hearty Sherpa breakfast at Namaste Lodge then commence your trek to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding (2600m).
Today is a longer day on the trail as we start early for Namche Bazaar. After crossing the final suspension bridge above the Dudh Kosi (river), we begin up the famous Namche hill. If the weather is clear you’ll get to enjoy some brief views of Mt Everest en route. It’s a solid “up” to Namche but the rewards are great. Here we’ll spend 2 nights at the Namche Hotel which is home to the finest food, hot showers and hospitality in the Khumbu. Our hosts Ang Maya and Dorje Sherpa have been looking after us for years and our time at the Namche Hotel is a real highlight. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Today is an important acclimatisation day for us in and around Namche Bazaar given we’ve now crossed the 3000m mark. We’ll set off for an early morning walk up to the Everest View Hotel for stunning traditional views of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. An hour or so here at 3800m will really help us with our acclimatisation to come. We’ll also visit the Namche Bazaar Monastery and receive a blessing from the buddhist Lama. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the local markets, bakeries and shops in Namche which is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Today we leave Namche Bazaar and we trek to Deboche via Thyangboche. We’ll explore the famous Thyangboche Monastery (and the famous Thyangboche bakery) en route to Deboche. Overnight in Deboche (3710m) at the lovely Rivendell Lodge.
Days 7 & 8
Slowly ascend further up valley to Dingboche (4410m). Dingboche sits at the base of Ama Dablam and from here you’ll take in stunning views of Lhotse and Island Peak. You’ll enjoy a well-earned rest and acclimatisation day in Dingboche.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m). Overnight in Lobuche, right next to the magnificent Khumbu Glacier – the world’s highest glacier. Lobuche is our second last overnight stop before reaching Everest Base Camp.
From Lobuche we trek alongside the incredible Khumbu glacier as we make our way to Gorak Shep (5140m). We arrive in Gorak Shep and enjoy an early lunch. After lunch we set-off for Everest Base Camp. At a nice casual pace, the trip takes around 3 hours so you’ll have plenty of time for photos along the way. You’ll marvel at the stunning (and deadly) Khumbu Icefall and feel an overwhelming sense of achievement having reached Everest Base Camp. After the obligatory high-fives, we’ll trek back to Gorak Shep for a big dinner and a final night above 5000m. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5140m).
An early start is planned for those keen to ascend Kala Pattar (5550m). Setting off at around 4.30 am will see us reach the top in time to witness a magnificent sunrise over Mt Everest and Nuptse. This is a true highlight of this journey and weather permitting is not to be missed. We then head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast before setting off for Lobuche. Lunch today will be at Lobuche and then we’ll continue the easy trek down valley to Pheriche (4370m). Pheriche has become a vibrant Sherpa community and you’ll find plenty of interesting shops to keep you busy. Overnight at Pheriche (4370m).
From Pheriche to Deboche (3710m) for unsurpassed views of Ama Dablam. We’ll spend another night at the beautiful Rivendell Lodge and enjoy the fantastic Nepalese hospitality courtesy of Ang Jangmu Sherpa.
Today we trek from Deboche to Khumjung where we’ll visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School. We’ll also visit the Khumjung Monastery which is home to the purported Yeti’s head – which you can view for a small donation! Great bakeries and food at Khumjung is a fantastic reward as we near the end of our adventure.
An easy trekking day and all downhill again from Khumjung to Phakding.
Today we trek back to Lukla and enjoy a great celebration to the end of our trip with all our guides and porters. We stay at Namaste Lodge and our hosts – Kami Sherpa and his family – will have the food, drinks and music flowing all night. Our final night parties at Namaste Lodge are the stuff of legend!
Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu and re-check into The Yak and Yeti Hotel.
Trip concludes and all guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective international flights.
3 nights accommodation at the Hotel Yak and Yeti, beautiful 5-star rated hotel in Kathmandu with breakfasts
Welcome dinner and drinks in Kathmandu
All ground transfers in Nepal
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
Return fixed-wing flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (includes taxes)
National Park entrance fees and trekking permits
All meals while trekking (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners)
All lodge accommodation while trekking
Experienced leaders and guides
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
Emergency medical kit
Down jacket and down sleeping bag
Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag
All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
Tips for porters and guides are NOT included (allow approximately $180)
Accomm + meals
Our Everest Circuit Trek includes 3 nights at the famous Hotel Yak and Yeti (breakfasts included) in Kathmandu. Trek Climb Ski Nepal also provide a complimentary welcome dinner with drinks in Kathmandu on the first evening of your trip. While trekking in the mountains, you will stay in the best available lodges and tea houses along the route.
This trip includes 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners while you are on trek in the mountains. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided each day you are trekking. Unlimited safe (thoroughly boiled) drinking water is also provided each day you are in the mountains.
Meals in the Everest region of Nepal are not cheap. If you were to purchase your own meals from the lodges we stay at on this trek, your total food cost would be close to AUD $900.
We proudly employ an all you can eat food and fluids policy on all our trips. Proper food intake and regular hydration are critical to safe altitude acclimatisation. In our opinion, trekking companies that leave food decisions and the purchase of food for their clients to manage (when trekking at altitude) are grossly irresponsible. Trekking companies often do this because it enables them to advertise a much lower (but unrealistic) trip price. Be sure to choose a tour operator that includes all your meals and safe drinking water in your trip price.