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Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa started their journeys to Everest by Jiri in 1953. This section provides the classic trekking experience in the Himalayas, offers the enchanting sights of Lukla trail in the higher Khumbu, and relaxed observation of the diverse flora and fauna in the mid altitude regions on the approach to the Khumbu valley, the famed Everest territory.
It is the most famous place to start trek to Everest. It was the most busiest trek starting point before airstrip built in Lukla. Starting with a 6 hour (188km/118miles) drive to Jiri (2100 meters/6888 feet), this trekking to Everest Base Camp, follow the traditional route taken by the early Everest expeditions and still serve as main artery to the roadless Sagarmatha (Everest) region. Known as the Solu-Khumbu it is the home of the Sherpas. This relatively tiny society of 8000 people is the best known and most admired of all Nepal's ethnic groups.
According to their oral history Sherpas migrated to high valleys south of Mt. Everest from eastern Tibet about 450 years ago, hence the name Shar-pa, "peoples of the east." Many families along this route have converted their homes into trekkers' lodges catering to foreign hikers. Although a popular trekking route the Everest area is visited by only some 8000 visitors each year. Trekking through the Sherpa villages we share many of their hearths and enjoy their generous hospitality.
Trekking in from Jiri has the advantage of helping you to acclimatize en route. This trek is about 190km/120miles long and the total altitude gained on the innumerable uphill portions. A legendary trekking to a legendary destination - Everest base camp in Nepal.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Sightseen tours of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath Stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple is One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.
Swoyambhunath Stupa is the world's oldest Buddhist shrines, Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and legends relate that the hill on which Swoyambhunath stands was an island in that lake.
After early morning breakfast, travel by Bus to Jiri on the busy scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Bus ride from Kathmandu heading towards the Bhote Koshi River Valley on the main road to Tibet on reaching at Lamosangu situated merely 30 km from the Tibetan border, the only motorable highway that connects to Tibet. From here the route divert towards east all the way to Charikot, then heads downhill to Tama Kosi River with a brief stop here crossing over the river, the drive climbs on the winding road for another few hours all the way to Jiri, just before Jiri the road descends to the town of Jiri, once a popular busy village and its bazaar, since the construction of the airstrip at Lukla in Solukhumbu. The crowds are less than it used to be in the early and late 1980's.
First day trek leads us through the Bazzar of Jiri on the easy path for a while then the route ascends to a steep climb for an hour or less on the first ridge overlooking view of the nearby landscapes and Jiri town below, from here the walk is on the gradual path passing thorough many farm villages and terrace farms. After a good walk for about two hours, leaving the farmland behind the trail climbs for another hour to a small short pass of Kharubas at 2712m where there are a Buddhist prayer flags and a chorten. From here a short descend on the grassy slope brings us to our lunch stop on the meadow, after a break here another two hours of downhill walk leads to Shivalaya (1770m.)
Start your trek after good breakfast at the very end of the village towards east, an hour steep climb brings to a small village of Sangbadanda, from here the walk is quite gradual, passing through many small rural village and forest and then coming to a stream before taking a uphill path through the cool shade of the forest of pine, oaks and rhododendron trees after 3-4 hrs of walk from Shivalaya then reaching at Deurali pass of approx 2715m. After a stop here, the path descends most of the way for nearly two hours to Bhandar (2195m). Bhandar or Chyangma has a mixture of Tamangs and Newars, but are pre-dominantly Sherpa people.
Todays trek leads on the downhill path through the cool shade of the forest and terraces with steep descend in some places till we reach to warmer area at Phedi, a Chettri village where the vegetation drastically changes with the sub tropical climate on this valley, arriving near a village then crossing a stream on a wooden bridge coming to rice paddy fields, walk continues on the gentle winding trail till Likhu River, cross the river on the long suspension bridge reaching to the other end coming across a small farm village with local tea stalls, from Likhu route heads north east with few short ups and then back to gradual path most of the way to Kenja village after a 3-4 hours of good morning trek. Kinja (1634m), a nice small village mostly of Sherpa inhabitant located in the warm valley just beneath the ridge of Lamjura and Pikey danda, with a view of Numbur peaks to the north. After Kenja, a steep uphill walk for an hour to the first farm settlement, from here the climb continues on the winding path all the way to Sete village for another 2-3 hours. Once reaching Sete the air gets much cooler along with the altitude of 2575 meters.
The trek will be much cooler from today, beginning with a steep climb through the beautiful enchanting woods of rhododendron, oaks and pines and then coming to a small settlement of Gurase in the midst of a lovely forest, where there are few houses with teahouses, journey continues up to a place where the ridge is marked by a mani-wall the way forks left to reach the pass. In springtime this place will be in a mass of rhododendron in bloom. After reaching the ridge the walk is on the gentle path till we reach a nice clearing with 2-3 lodges just few minutes before the pass. An inviting break here for a while, after a rest at Lamjura a short walk leads to the Lamjura-la pass (3530m) the highest altitude gain so far before reaching the high Khumbu area. From the pass, the paths descend through a forest of mixed fir and rhododendron all the way to a Sherpa village at Thaktor where it has a huge, intricately carved, mani rock. After reaching the bottom, the trail ahead contours to the north side of the valley, rounding the ridge Junbesi is visible the path descends all the way to Junbesi, this is a large Sherpa village with chorten, monastery and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
An essential rest day, there are many ways one can enjoy the day in Junbesi a stroll in the village, visit the Junbesi monastery or just relax. For those with an interest in Tibetan Buddism, there is an attractive alternative hike from Junbesi which leads heads north up the west bank of the Junbesi khola until it is possible in just over one hour to cross the river to the east bank and ascend to the village of Mopung. North-West of this settlement, before Pangkarma, is the Gompa of Thupten-cho-ling, a monastery which was established after the Tibet occupied by Chinese. It now has over 100 monks, who are predominantly Tibetan rather than Sherpa and it can be regarded as the most important monastery in the Solukhumbu district. The Gompa is headed by Tul-shis-rimpoche himself, regarded as the spiritual leader of Buddism.
Today will be a quite a long days walk to Nunthala, through marvelous along the hillside, passing forests of pine, oak and rhododendron and reaching to a village of Solung danda where you can have the view of Everest in the distance a dark pyramid shaped and other high snow capped mountains of Khumbu.
The route descends to the valley of Beni khola, which flows from the Dudh kund glacier, beneath the southern flanks of Numbur, Khartang and Karyolung Himal, from this river cross over the bridge then a steep up for half an hour brings to the first house at Ringmo where the road from Salleri lower Solu joins. Walk from here heads up on the gradual path through the village of Rimgmo, leaving Ringmo from the large mani 'prayer' wall, an hour or less steep climb through the pine forest reaches towards Trakshindu pass at 3070 meters marked with mani and chorten.
A great view of several striking peaks including Kusum Kangguru, Thamersarkhu and Kantega to the north-east. On the east side of the pass the path descend all the way to our destination at Nunthala passing through Trakshindu Gompa., which was set up around 1946 by a lama from Tyangboche monastery, this is also a home of the renowned late Babu Chiri Sherpa who climbed Everest 11th times and the fastest man to speed to Everest summit and the only climber who has stayed on top of Everest for more than 21 hours. From Trakshindu walk leads downhill for more than 2 hours through the cool shade of the forest to Manidingma the Nunthala.
After breakfast at Nunthala, journey begins with a descend after leaving the suburb of the village, following the steep downhill slope through the terraces and forest. Penetrating agricultural land of Sherpa and Rai settlements at Jubing at 1675 meters, we go along the Dudh Koshi river. From Dudh Koshi River, our trail continues to Kharikhola (2100m.); a village of predominately Sherpa and Magar inhabitants. After a break here at Kharikhola heading to the next ridge by crossing the river tributaries of the Kharikhola with a steep climb for an hour or more towards a small settlement of Bupsa (2350m)where you could visit Buddhist Monastery and explore the village with superb views of the rolling valley and hills.
Today we trek from Bupsa to Surkey; a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. The route leads to a climb on the wide meandering path through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and the fragment Dhaphne bholua; the Nepalese paper plant, bird life, including pheasant, is abundant along this section of the trail. Our route continues traversing the flank of the Kharte Danda high above the river to a notch in the ridge, the Kharte La pass 3880m, walk continues through a Bamboo forest and small village at Puiyan 2800m, a nice spot in the middle of the forest.
One can view excellent view of mountains such as Numbur (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.) on the way. After Puiyan the walk is gentle for couple of hours on the long winding path and rising slowly on the flank of the Sebuk Danda to the Chotok La 2945m. From this ridge high above towards North West, we can see the Lukla town and its airstrip and the Surkhe village down below, then descending nearly 700 meteres drop to Surkhe, situated just beneath the hills of Lukla, where one can see the airplane flying overhead.
Having breakfast at Surkey, we trek to Phakding. Our route diverts westward to join the main trail coming from Lukla, time permitting if some one wish to visit Lukla can do so which will take about two hours of steep uphill climb and can join later at Phakding. En route, we could penetrate the villages such as Chhiplung /Choplung (2700m) and Mushe (2650m). The walk from here is on the gradual path most of the way, with few ups in between, from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru (6369m) after crossing a short suspension bridge, and a climb brings to the Ghat village, another hour of pleasant walk reach our todays destination Phakding (2610m)
After your breakfast at Phakding, crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku (6608m), from the village of Benkar, cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge on this busy trail of trekkers and Jhopkyo (Crossed Yak/ox) and porters, finally reaching at a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thamserku and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.
After few minutes walk from Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village before Namche Bazaar is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east, with Kusum kangru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up to Thop Danda, where there's a resting stone wall for the porters and trekkers few years ago a teahouse existed here, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche, the colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.
Namche Bazaar known as the capital of Khumbu and the Gateway to Everest which is home to many good hotels and lodges here, along the whole Everest trail this is quite a big village.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. The walk is fairly easy for the first half, after a 20 minutes climb to the top ridge of Namche Bazaar. Once at the top near the park museum the walk follows on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde-ri peak after a pleasant walk of two hours coming to a small place at Shanasa.
On this area there is more chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometime even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat like large antelope) from Shanasa with short up and downhill, the trial descend to Imjatse river at Phunkitenga (3250m), a small settlement with couple of teahouses in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some few magnolia and birch trees. The walk from here is strenuous for nearly two hours on the winding trail through the shade of woods with great view of Thamserku and Kantega.The finally reaching at Tyangboche one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya beneath the majestic peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east and more peaks all around you.
On reaching Tyangboche our guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went.
From Tyangboche taking our time so we avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air , the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deboche (3650m) with magnificent view of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Deboche walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to a large mani wall gate, a little further from here the route diverts into two ways, the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the gradual low route is the straight forward main trail to Dingboche (4350 meters).
Taking the lower path with a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama Dablam, journey continues gradually towards east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imjatse river, till a big mani Stupa is reached, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak (Imja Tse 6189m), which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal. Dingboche (4350 meters) is a beautiful patchwork of field enclosed by stone walls, protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Today is acclimatization day at Dingboche (4350m). There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. You will have another better alternate hike up trip to Chhukung (4710 meters) valley, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others, then return to Dingboche in the evening.
We continue trek to the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Chola tse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail leads us zigzags through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path we continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters in Lobuche, where from you will see your targeted Peak Mt. Pumori very well.
Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Rest after some trekking and drinking of plenty of water would be better. Chocolates or Snickers would be friendly.
Leaving Loubuche early in the morning, we head up to Everest Base camp (5365 meters), and return to Ghorakshep at elevation of 5180 meters at noon for our overnight stay. It would takes about 7 hours. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with a new camp being further up the valley. Tthe trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears at the front of you.
After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is early morning climb to Kalapattar (5545 meters) the highest point of our trek.
Top of Kalapatthar a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Mount Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse on the back, with all the higher snow capped giants that surrounds a panoramic view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks..
It is truly a magnificent spot to be here on a clear sunny day to view an array of mountains up to the far horizon, to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a great moment with the panoramic view we then descend to Gorakshep and trek down to Pheriche at elevation of 4240 meters.
Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (386om) takes approximately four hours. Enjoy your visit inside to Tyangboche Monastery and enjoy your afternoon with splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views.
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung (3800m), Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here our route follows away from the main busy path, the walk winds up all the way to Khumjung-Khunde Valley. Khumjung (3800m) unlike Namche is a sleepy farm village with the only monastery believed to be scalp of a yeti.
An comfortable day downhill walk today, from Khumjung half an hour walk brings you to its sister village at Khunde, where you can visit the hospital of this high altitude Khumbu area, built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. After a visit at the Khunde hospital the trail leads south passing thorough the Sherpa's house and farm fields and coming to the long mani prayer wall. A short uphill climb from here brings to the top ridge of Syangboche air strip.
From this spot it’s a big descend to the Dudh Koshi river bed. As the walk progress on this steep downhill bit from Syangboche onwards, an aerial view of Namche Bazar is seen from this downhill slope walk, on reaching Namche Bazar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight, which is located just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit point.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, Enjoy time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
The flight time to Kathmandu are schedule for normally for morning, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon the flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a scenic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arrive Kathmandu domestic terminal and drive to your Hotel.
Reserve day. Free Day in Kathmandu. Lukla airport is mountain side airport. these types of airport some time affected by clouds or bad weather to fly or land aeroplane. so that we are suggesting all of your tourists for extend minimum a day more. this reserve day you may visit around.Kathmandu or you can do shopping or you may go to other extra activities i.e; rafting plus chitwan jungle safari. these services cost can be extra.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will take you to the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure.
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