Everest Base Camp Original Way   |  23 Days

following the footsteps of Tenzing Hillary on classic route to Mt. Everest base camp

Explorer Adventure offers Everest Base Camp the Original Way Trekking, a perfect walk which leads you on classic and original trail from Jiri to Everest Base Camp with visit of old Solu areas the southern part of Everest which is linked as Solu-Khumbu district mostly populated by Sherpa and other mixed tribe of people which makes this trek more interesting.

Everest Base Camp the Original Way where the trail was almost forgotten due to Lukla airstrip was built in late 1970s, as trekking is more popular with flights from Lukla onward to base camp, wheres this nice pleasant follows the footsteps of earlier mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary to Everest base camp on the original route.

Starting this fascinating walk taking a long and exciting overland journey from Kathmandu heading east to reach at nice lovely Jiri town (also known as Switzerland of Nepal), from here heading towards further east at Bhandar to begin our wonderful trekking passing nice and cultural villages of Kenja-Sete and over Lamjura-la pass covered within green woodland vegetation rhododendron-pines trees and then downhill to impressive Junbesi village inhabited by Sherpa tribes.

After Junbesi heading north east with views of Khumbu Himal with Everest and over Takshindo-la pass to Nunthala large village and slowly walk enters high Khumbu region from Surkhe village onward to reach at famed Namche Bazaar, here with rest after a long walk having acclimatization days and then towards our main highlight of the adventure reaching at Everest Base Camp.
On reaching Everest Base Camp with time to enjoy marvelous views of high peaks including massive bulk of Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers and then climb on top a scenic hill top at Kalapatthar the highest spot of the adventure above 5,545 m high with sweeping panorama of Khumbu giant peaks with Everest at close distance.

Completing all the main highlight of this wonderful adventure Everest Base Camp the Original Way return journey to Lukla where a scenic short flight brings you hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu with remarkable and marvelous time and adventure on Everest Base Camp the Original Way Trekking with great guidance and service of Explorer Adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Great adventure and walk on original route to world highest Mt. Everest base camp
  • Daily views of high Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest, Amadablam and series of peaks
  • Exploring Sherpa traditional farm villages in the country of famous highlanders of Everest
  • Adventurous walks beneath towering Mt. Everest within scenic views of giant mountains
  • Following classic trail from Jiri to Khumbu region visiting Solu southern areas of Everest
  • Beginning with scenic drive and ending with super exciting flight to Kathmandu from Lukla


  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Everest Base Camp the Original Way trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.
  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day drive to Jiri and Bhandar for Everest base camp the Original Way Trek.
  • 3 Day 3: Drive to Jiri town 1,900 m and towards Bhandar 2,195 m - 07 hrs.Morning depart from the hotel for exciting long overland journey towards east of Nepal and Kathmandu with drive to reach the starting point of the trek from Bhandar, as ride leads on ups and downhill past rural farm villages and town to reach at Jiri town. An interesting place with lively markets, from here few hours drives past Jiri on bumpy and winding rough dirt road to reach at Bhandar a nice pleasant village of mixed tribe of people mostly Sherpa, Tamang, Magar with some Hindu Brahmins and Chettries people and for overnight stop in this lovely village after a long interesting drive of more than six hours .
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Kenja 1,770 m - 04 hrs with afternoon free to enjoy the village life.From Bhandar our first day walk starts to Kenja another lovely village a short trek of few hours where walk leads on winding pleasant trail with some ups and downhill past farm villages and terraced fields to reach at Kenja for overnight stop with views of Numbur Himal towards north, here with time to explore the village mostly populated by Sherpa people and observe its colorful culture and traditional life.
  • 5 Day 5: Trek to Guranse 2,940 m via Sete 2,575 m near Lamjura-La pass - 06 hrsWalk begins with steep climb into cool serene forest to reach at Sherpa village in Sete then heading further up past several scattered farm houses and into deep woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks-pines-magnolia and fir tree lines to reach at Guranse for overnight stop, located in the midst of rhododendron forest with few tea-houses serving as lodges.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m - 06 hrs.Morning walk leads to first pass of the trek reaching at the top of Lamjura-la pass after few hours of good climb, a high cooler area with some nice lodges for refreshment, with some time here having break then heading over the pass with downhill to reach the base of the past at Toc-Toc small village. Here for possible lunch stop, as afternoon walk leads on a winding gradual up to a ridge and then downhill to reach a large Sherpa village at Junbesi, a lovely and interesting place for overnight stop, with time to browse around the village.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m - 06 hrs.After a pleasant and wonderful stop in Junbesi, morning walk leads to slow winding uphill path to reach at Syalung danda village with first glimpse of Mt. Everest with other Khumbu Himal and peaks, from here on near level path with downhill to a river after crossing a bridge climb up to Ringmo village. Afternoon walk having lunch at Ringmo heading up into lovely forested area to reach on top Takshindo pass with great views of peaks within Khumbu region, from here downhill to Takshindo village and its monastery with further descend to reach a nice and a large village at Nunthala for overnight stop. Nunthala of mixed people of Sherpa-Kirat, Rai some Magar-Tamang with Hindu Chettries and Dalits which make this village more interesting with lots shops-teahouses, lodges and many shops and stores.
  • 8 Day 8: Trek to Bupsa Danda 2,250 m - 06 hrs.Morning walk leads past village with long descend past farm areas and into forest to reach at the bottom of the hills near raging Dudh-Kosi River, after crossing a bridge with gentle winding uphill to Jubing village of Rai farmers and then with more climb for few hours to reach a fairly large village of Khari-Khola with mixed tribe of hill people mostly Sherpa with lots of shops and lodges around. From here crossing Khari-Khola (Stream) with steep hill climb for few hours to reach a top ridge at Bupsa Danda a moderate size village with lodges to stay offering super views of landscapes and mountains.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m - 06 hrs.From here on air gets much cooler as walk leads into high Khumbu areas heading uphill into enchanting woodland to reach at Pyuin village (pronounced as Paya) in the midst of a forest, as walk progress on gentle path with views of Lukla towards North, then walk downhill to Surkhe village for overnight stop the village located at the bottom of Lukla town and its runway.
  • 10 Day 10: Trek to Phakding 2,657 m - 05 hrs.From Surkhe a gradual walks to begin with ups and then on winding trail past nice farm villages of Sherpa enriched with Buddhism religion and culture as you encounter rows of Mani (prayer) monuments and large spinning bells. Slowly our pleasant first day walks completes reaching at Phakding a moderate size village with many good lodges for overnight stop by the bank of glacial Dudh Kosi River.
  • 11 Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.Today walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar where altitude gains as walk progress, morning walk starts following the river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees. After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 4,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.
  • 12 Day 12: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursionRest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs.Enjoying pleasant time at Namche, morning walk leads to scenic and gradual walks overlooking Everest and other giant peaks, as our route leads downhill to Imjatse river at Phunki Tenga, a small place with few lodges an ideal spot for refreshing break or lunch stop. Afternoon walk leads uphill into enchanting alpine forest to reach a beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery offering grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Amadablam at close distance, here with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer. Thyangboche also holds a ‘Mani-Rimdu’ a colorful religious festival where monks with mask dancing wading evil spirits which falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.
  • 14 Day 14: Trek to Dingboche 4,320 m - 05hrs.Morning catching super views of high peaks with Everest, our route descends into forested areas reaching a metal bridge, from here a slow climb encountering mani (prayer) walls along the walks to Pangboche village, this is a last Sherpa permanent village on route to Everest base camp. From here walk leads on barren and arid country where tree lines drops for small bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron (azalea). Walk leads uphill into a river gorge and then finally opens up into a wide glacial valley on reaching Dingboche with many good lodges around facing views of Imjatse or Island peaks towards east.
  • 15 Day 15: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.From Dingboche walk climbs to a ridge marked with prayer flags and Stupas, then walking on nice gradual uphill facing marvelous scenery to reach at a small place in Thugla where Khumbu glaciers melts into a torrential river. A perfect place for rest and lunch stop, where afternoon walks leads to a steep climb at Thugla hill a place with memorials of unfortunate climbers who died on climbs around mountains of Khumbu and Everest. Walk continues for another few hours on nice gradual up to Lobuche for overnight stop, a place with several nice lodges with views of Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.
  • 16 Day 16: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and back to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 06 hrs.Today a great walk towards our main highlight and final destinations to reach Everest Base Camp, as morning walk leads on open wide valley with slow climb to reach above Khumbu glaciers, walking past moraine dunes reaching at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges on the junction of Everest base camp and Kalapatthar route. Gorakshep was a base camp of Everest expeditions in early 1950’s to late 1970’s before the route was made further away to present base camp. From Gorakshep few hours walk over moraine and glacier to reach our ultimate destination at base camp with sweeping views of giant peaks of Nuptse-Lo la, Nuptse with notorious huge Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. In high mountaineering season this place will be active with climbers and crews with many camps set on top of moraine and glaciers. After a grand time then head back to Gorakshep for highest overnight stop of the adventure with fantastic memories of the day walks to Everest base camp.
  • 17 Day 17: Morning hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m descend to Pangboche 3,900 m - 06 hrs.Morning climb to Kalapatthar above 5,545 m, the highest point of the trek offering incredible panorama of mountains with Everest at stone throw distance. With amazing time on top head back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek downhill past Lobuche and Thugla, where walk leads to windy Pheriche valley with many good lodges with time for lunch break at Pheriche. After Pheriche walk leads down with short climb and then a long descend to reach our overnight stop at Pangboche village with unique views of Ama Dablam at close distance.
  • 18 Day 18: Trek to Kyanjinma 3,645 m on route Namche - 06 hrs.From Pangboche morning walk downhill to cross a bridge over Imjatse Rive and then an hour climb to Thyangboche Monastery within green vegetation and tree lines, with time here to relax and enjoy the scenic views, and then head downhill to Phunki Tenga with climb for an hour to reach a small place at Kyanjinma for overnight stop, which is on route to Namche, a pleasant peaceful spot facing views of Everest-Ama Dablam and Tharmasarku with other range of peaks. Here chances of spotting some wild-life like musk deer, herd of Himalayan Thar and pheasant Danfe (national bird of Nepal).
  • 19 Day 19: Trek to Monjo 2,860 m via Namche Bazaar - 05 hrs.After a pleasant morning with super views of Everest and adjoining peaks, a nice walk leads you at Namche with time for lunch break and stroll around its bazaar with stores and shops, afternoon walk downhill to Dudh Kosi River to reach at Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla.
  • 20 Day 20: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs with afternoon at leisure.Our last walk of the adventure a short trek of few hours following on the same trail back to Lukla past Phakding and Ghat villages crossing few times over Dudh Kosi, with last final climb to reach Lukla town For last overnight stop around high scenic Khumbu and Everest region.
  • 21 Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.Morning transfer to Lukla Tenzing and Hillary airport for sweeping short flight to Kathmandu facing scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields with nice villages and towns as flight lands at Kathmandu airport and then back to your hotel, with free afternoon to relax of great memorable adventure on Everest Base Camp the Original Way Trekking.
  • 22 Day 22: In Kathmandu spare and contingency day with optional tour.A free day in Kathmandu reserved as contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla, which can occur sometimes as Himalayan weather pattern can be unpredictable with bad unfavorable day for flights. Just to be in the safe side if all goes perfect as per the itinerary days, one can enjoy the rest day for individual activities and relaxing or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur.
  • 23 Day 23: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Everest Base Camp the Original Way Trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

Cost Includes:

    • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis  in standard hotels on bed and breakfast basis.     
    • Full board trekking includes all meals with twin sharing rooms in local lodge on route trekking,
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Accompanied by our expert guides and field staff with their wages-transportation and insurance            
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Sagarmatha National Park permits fees
    • Domestic flights fare as per the itinerary from Lukla-Kathmandu.
    • Bus or car drive from kathmandu 
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • Welcome Dinner.

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu as well gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit.
    • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

  • Trip Duration 23 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
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