Classic Everest Trek

11 DAYS from AU$7,700 per person

This journey is the perfect introduction for hikers keen to explore the roof of the world. With the assistance of local Sherpas, helicopters and staying in comfortable Yeti mountain homes, this is trekking in style.

LEVEL 3 - Difficult Hiking Style
Most demanding trek, challenging terrain; can have multiple long +5-hour hiking days. Likely to be impacted by high altitude. Extensive hiking experience required.

Expedition Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Himalayan Mountains!
  • Cross the the Dudh Khosi (“Milk River”) on steel suspension bridges
  • Explore colourful town of Namche Bazaar
  • Visit old Sherpa villages and learn about their way of life
  • Enjoy views of Mt. Everest from your breakfast table
  • Optional flight over Everest Base Camp

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Kathmandu

On arrival into Kathmandu, Nepal, a representative of Aurora Expeditions will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. Get to know your fellow trekkers and guide at a welcome dinner featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine, together with a brief cultural program.

Day 2 – Kathmandu

After a traditional Nepali breakfast, we will begin our sightseeing trip. We will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at our disposal. We will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world. There, we will observe Buddhist monks and other faithful followers of Buddha saying prayers, walking clockwise around the stupa, spinning prayer wheels, or prostrating themselves underneath the colourful prayer flags to show their devotion. On the outer circle around the stupa are many shops selling local artwork and souvenirs. Afterwards, we will visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country. It is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here, we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating and pilgrims bathing in the river to purify themselves spiritually. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is the plaza in front of the former Royal Palace, one of three of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. The square contains a collection of pagodas and shikharas. A shikhara, literally meaning “mountain peak,” is a highly-stylised, elaborate Hindu temple. The attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square include The Lion Gate, The Golden Gate, The Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, and Art Galleries. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in the Thamel area near your hotel.

Day 3 – Helicopter flight to Lukla; trek to Monjo

We will take a 45-minute chartered helicopter flight to Lukla, where all treks towards Mount Everest must begin. As we will be flying eastward, try to get a seat on the left side of the plane to get a good aerial view of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and the Dudh Kosi (“Milk River”) below. Our path to Phakding will be relatively easy, as most of it is downhill through lush green valleys. We will pass through the region of Pharak, which lies in between the Solu region (south of Lukla) and the Khumbu region (the upper part of Lukla). We will pass by a small monastery high on a hill and many mani stones along the way. From Phakding, we will follow the Dudh Khosi (which you will have seen from the air), reach where it intersects with the Imja Khosi (river), and continue northward to Monjo, a small village in the Dudh Khosi river valley.

Total hiking time, approx. 4-5 hours. Max altitude 2,652 metres (8,700 feet)

Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar

We will begin our long and steep climb to Namche Bazaar. We will ascend almost 800 metres (or about 2,625 feet) in one day. Again, our guides may go over some safety precautions to assist you in acclimatising to the higher altitudes. Along the way, we will be treated to a gigantic waterfall that often resembles a long, thin ponytail. As we climb further up the rocky trail, we will come upon a magnificent mountain called Thamserku. It vaguely resembles a giant fan-shaped scallop shell with vertical snow-covered ridges. During this portion of the trek, we will cross the Dudh Khosi several times over steel suspension bridges built not too long ago by Swiss design and engineering to replace the old wooden ones.

Total hiking time, approx. 5-6 hours. Max altitude 3,440 metres (11,286 feet).

Day 5 – Namche Bazaar

At an elevation of 3,440 metres (or 11,280 feet) above sea level, Namche Bazaar is the main trade and administrative centre for the Solu Khumbu region. It is also a popular resting spot for trekkers and mountaineers alike to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. The village is built against a mountainside and is shaped roughly like a shallow bowl. It is nestled beneath the sacred Mount Khumbila. Roughly translated as the “God of Khumbu,” Khumbila is too sacred to be climbed. Lodges and houses with colorful roofs are huddled together, connected by an intricate maze of dirt roads and footpaths. Here, we will find a museum, a monastery, and many shops, restaurants, and bakeries. We will have access to the Internet and can relax with a cup of tea. This is a day of rest and acclimatization, due to the high altitude.

Day 6 – Trek to Thame

It is a beautiful and easy walk to Thame. On the way we will see beautiful old Sherpa small villages and traditional houses. On arrival into Thame, we will explore one of the oldest Sherpa villages and their livelihood

Total hiking time, approx. 4-5 hours. Max altitude 3,780 metres (12,401 feet).

Day 7 – Trek to Kongde

We will be walking through the small bamboo and Rhododendron forest to Kongde. Being the longest walking day, we will be carrying our pack lunch and will be stopping in the middle of forest for a picnic lunch. Before reaching Kongde, we will be climbing the rock cliffs with the support of fixed ropes. It can be challenging for some trekkers.

Total hiking time, approx. 6-7 hours. Max altitude 4,270 metres (14,009 feet).

Day 8 – Kongde

Optional rest day, or hike up to Kongde peak, offering spectacular panoramic Mt Everest views.

Total hiking time, approx. 2 hours. Max altitude 4,650 metres (15,255 feet).

Day 9 – Helicopter flight to Kathmandu & Everest Base Camp flight*

From your breakfast table, enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of Mount Everest, along with views of beautiful mountains like Loste, Nubste and Ama Dablam. After breakfast, board your group’s chartered helicopter to fly directly back to Kathmandu.

*Optional Everest Base Camp helicopter fly-over (early morning on Day 9 or Day 8, weather dependent): AU$525 per person

Day 10 – Kathmandu

You may enjoy the full day in a leisurely manner, catch up on some last minute shopping, or explore any landmarks you may have missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a farewell celebration dinner together.

Day 11 – Kathmandu

Today your trek will end in Kathmandu with a transfer to the airport, where you can continue your adventure at your own arrangement

Inclusions

  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Yeti Mountain Home accommodation throughout the trek
  • Hyatt Regency hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Exclusive group helicopter flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, and Kongde to Kathmandu
  • Full day Kathmandu city sightseeing with private vehicle and guide
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • All guide fees and National Park entrance costs
  • English-speaking trek leader throughout
  • Sherpa assistance
  • Local porters to carry bags on treks

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within Nepal, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

Dates & Rates

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6 Apr '20 16 Apr '20 11 DAYS

Classic Everest Trek

Trip code: CEV17

6 Apr '20 16 Apr '20 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • All meals during trek days, breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Yeti Mountain Home, tea house or lodge accommodation during trek
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Classic Everest – helicopter transfers from Kathmandu to Lukla and Kongde to Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Base Camp – flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Sherpa assistance
  • Local porters to carry bags on treks
  • All guide fees and National Park entrance costs
  • English-speaking Aurora Expeditions' trek leader

Voyage Exclusions

  • All international and domestic flights, unless specified.
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes, unless specified in itinerary
  • Transfers not specified in itinerary
  • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation charges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverage, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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