Classic route Paphlu to Everest Base Camp 17 Days
Duration: 17 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5554 m
Season: all year
This walk is the original route towards Everest Base Camp. Today, the largest group of trekkers flies directly to Lukla to start their adventure. But for many years, the trekking route began in Jiri, let’s call it the retro route. You start in Paphlu because the road to Jiri is in terrible condition and the road to Paphlu is much better. This trekking route has a number of benefits. You acclimatize considerably better, and the section to Lukla is a quiet trail. You will encounter fewer tourists, making it easier for you to make contact with the local Sherpa people.
The adventure begins with a long drive through the mountains to Paphlu. The first days you walk through rhododendron and spruce forests. Passing through local villages you encounter the local live in the Khumbu. From day 5 you walk the same path to Everest Base Camp as from Lukla airport. From Lukla it is a two days walk to the village of Namche Bazaar where you stay an extra day to acclimatize your body to the altitude. From Namche Bazaar a day hike to the Everest View Hotel, where you have a beautiful view of the mountains is optional. This walk is ideal for further acclimatization, for you walk higher and sleep lower. A visit to the visitor center of the Sagarmatha National Park offers an interesting introduction to the local flora and fauna, and the Sherpa culture. The trek continues its path along the two Buddhists Monasteries of Thyangobche and the Gompa of Dingboche. These monasteries are important cultural centers in the Khumbu region. In Dingboche follows another day for you to acclimatize. During this day it is possible to make a small climb to a ridge with views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and Amphu Labtsa peak. After Dingboche the trek takes you to Gorakshep and you walk along moraines and an icy path. Slowly you hike towards Everest Base Camp and get a view of the impressive looking Khumbu icefall. At Everest Base Camp endpoint you can have a good look at the impressive snow moutain peaks all around you. After a night sleep in Gorakshep you climb to Kala Patar for the following day. From this mountain spot you can almost touch the Pumori mountain. This beautiful scenery will take your breath away. The next few days we slowly descend towards Lukla. You pass back the lively Thyangboche monastery once more. Back in Lukla you leave the mountains of the Sagarmatha National Park by plane.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Paphlu (2470 m – 9 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Thaksindu (3060 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Khari Khola ((2040 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Surkhe (2295 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Phakding (2640 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07 Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 08 Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Dingboche (4260 m – hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Lobuche (4930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Gorakshep & Everest Base Camp (5364 m), return Gorakshep (5170 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Kala Patar (5545 m) en Thukla (4620 m- 6.30 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Monjo (2880 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Lukla (2830 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 16 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (0,5 hrs.)
Day 17 Buffer day for acclimation during trek, or flight delay
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for over two passes days is:
€ 485,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 635,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Drive Kathmandu to Paphlu and flight Lukla to Kathmandu , and transfer from domestic airport to hotel
Certificate of CO2- emission free return transport Kathmandu to Khumbu
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
Lodging and food during trek
Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)