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Jiri to Everest Base camp and Gokyo Ri Trek – 25 n 26 d
 

Jiri-EBC-Kalapathar-Lukla Trek (26days) drive in/ fly out

Jiri everest kalapatharThe Everest or the Khumbu region is justifiably the most famous of all the trekking and mountain regions. Populated by the Sherpas, the attraction of this area are the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, charming monasteries and the congenial people. This area includes the highest mountain in the world, Everest (8,848 m.) and many peaks of altitude 8000m., such as Lhotse, Cho Oyo and Makalu.

This section is less crowded as most people fly to Lukla and walk only the high-altitude portion of the route. The trek from Jiri involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking. The trek climbs to the ridge that separates two rivers, descends to the river itself, and then ascends the next ridge.

Even though the trek begins at an elevation of 1860m, on the sixth day it crosses the Dudh Kosi at only 1500m after considerable uphill and downhill walking. The Everest trek is not only famous for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain (8848m.) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery in the world and originates from the Khumbu region.

Trip Hightlights:
Duration:                   26 Days
Type of Trek :           Teahouse / Camping
Max Altitude:           5545 m.
Minimum Pax:         1 +
Mode of travel:        Land /Flight
Grade:                          Moderate

Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu (1350m.) – Jiri (1905) [9 hours]
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) takes about nine hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 2: Jiri (1905m.) – Deurali (2705m.) [5.5 hours]
The beginning of your trek gently ascends for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it descends to Shivalaya (1800m.). The trail then steeply goes up for two hours and the rest of the day is gently up to Deurali. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 3: Deurali (2705m.) – Sete (2400m.) [6 hours]
The beginning of your trek steeply descends early for an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descends to Kenja (1600m.) Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 4: Sete (2400m.) – Junbesi (2675m.) [6 hours]
You climb steeply early for two hours passing through Dagchu and Goyem, small Sherpa settlements. Then, cross over the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 5: Rest Day
Rest day at Junbesi and hang around or visit Thubten Chholing. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 6: Junbesi (2675m.) – Nunthala (2200m.) [6 hours]
The beginning of your trek gently ascends for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). Your path then levels out before gently descending to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail ascends steeply for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 7: Nunthala (2200m.) – Bupsa (2350m.) [6 hours]
The beginning of your trek is gently descends to the Dudh Koshi river for the early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi river, your trail goes up all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a big Rai village and farming lands. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Bupsa (2350m.) – Surkey (2400m.) [5.5 hours]
At the beginning of the day, you ascend steeply for early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking, you pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends to your destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 9: Surkey (2400m.) – Phakding (2652m.) [5 hours]
The first part of the trek gently ascends for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). Your trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascends to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) [5 hours]
This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Rest Day
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. For acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital or a 1 hour walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Thame (3800m) [4 hours]
From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Thame – Khumjung (3790m) [5 hours]
You retrace your route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village that has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 14: Khumjung – Dole (4040m) [5.5 hours]
Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. Your trek steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and then begins to climb steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forests festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Dole – Machhermo (4150m) [5 hours]
From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 16: Machhermo – Gokyo (4750m) [4.5 hours]
Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-waters. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), your route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari, and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 17: Rest Day
Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for excursions in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 18: Gokyo – Gokyo Ri (5340m) – Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village [4.5 hours]
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Thangna – Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) [5 and half hours]
Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time, the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving you a chill feeling. Here you can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 20: Dzonglo – Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche [5 hours]
From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp (5337m.) – Gorakshep [4.5 hours]
While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some of the expedition teams on the way to Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 22: Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5545m.) – Pheriche (4250m.) [6.5 hours]
Early in the morning, climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town; from there you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Here is located the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers and local people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 23: Pheriche – Tyangboche (3850m.) [4 hours]
To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tyangboche village you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker’s visiting center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 24: Tyangboche – Namche Bazaar (3440m.) [4 hours]
From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell their Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 25: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2886 m.) [6 hours]
The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 26: Lukla – Kathmandu [35 minutes flight]
You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes.

Cost Includes:

  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries up to 25 kgs. of luggage)
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Car drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and from Kathmandu domestic airport to hotel
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets
  • Rescue Assistance
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • First Aid kit
  • Flight ticket from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Lukla domestic airport
  • Airport pick up and drop off services

Cost Excludes:

  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Hotel Accomodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • All other expenses which are not included on the above cost includes

 

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