This trek is ideal for good acclimatization with overnight stop adjacent to quaint villages with their own monasteries. The root of the Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhism lie in these steep slopes of Solu. As this traditional route passes equal to the elevation of Namche Bazaar, discover the fertile valleys and the hospitality of the Sherpa people without the large crowds usually found beyond Lukla on this classic Everest trail.
The original expedition route between Jiri and Namche Bazaar has mostly been ignored since the construction of the Lukla airport sponsored by Sir Edmund Hillary in order to deliver supplies to the schools and hospital he founded.
The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and a spectacular destinations for walkers as it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking. This walk begins from the legendary classic trail of Jiri and thus ending with a sweeping scenic flight from Lukla. The trek follows many farm villages en route with beautiful views of the high snow-capped peaks of the world, and then heads to the highest spot at Kalapathar for the outstanding panoramic view of peaks and its glacier including Mt. Everest at close stone throw distance.
Arrival at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don'ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal
A day in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Drive to Jiri 1,900m. 6-7 hrs bus rides.
Early breakfast, then travel by Coach to Jiri on the 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 Valley on the main road to Tibet on reaching at Lamosangu, a busy small bazaar where most of the bus on route Jiri and to Tibet border stops here for local meal, situated merely 30 km from the Tibetan border. From he our route diverts towards east through the strong steel bridge over the Bhote Koshi or upper Sun Kosi River. Drive climbs for an hour 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 2 hours nearly all the way to Jiri, the town of Jiri, once a popular busy village and its bazaar, since the construction of the airstrip at Lukla and at Phaplu in Solu. The crowds are less than it used to be in the early and late 1980's. On arrival at Jiri, check into the best Lodge available.
Trek to Shivalaya 1,770m. 5 hrs.
First day trek leads past the bazaar of Jiri on the easy path for a while then our 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 through 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 2,712m 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 2 hours of downhill walk leads us to the overnight stop at Shivalaya.
Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma) 2,195m. 5 hrs.
After breakfast, start walking 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 we take the uphill path through the cool shade of the forest of pine, oaks and rhododendron trees after 3-4 hrs of walk from Shivalaya reaching at Deurali pass of approx 2,715m. Depending upon the time might have lunch at Deurali or earlier near the stream. From Deurali a great view of Bhandar down below and up above the trail as far to the ridge with Lamjura pass almost visible. After a stop here, descend most of the way for nearly two hours to camp on the grassy slope field at Bhandar, coming across a beautiful large Stupa enclosed inside a wall and by passing many scattered house's and farm-fields. Bhandar or Chyangma has a mixture of Tamangs and Newars, but are predominantly Sherpa people.
Trek to Sete 2,575m. 6-7 hrs.
Today's morning walk, leads to downhill path through the cool shade of the forest and terraces with steep descend in some places till reaching warmer area at Phedi, a Chettri village where the vegetation drastically changes with the sub tropical climate on this valley, arriving near a village cross a stream on a wooden bridge coming to rice paddy fields, then back to gradual path most of the way to our lunch stop at Kenja village after a 3-4 hours of good morning trek. Kenja 1,634m, 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 lunch at Kenja, a steep uphill walk for few hours to Sete village. Once reaching Sete the air gets much cooler along with the altitude
Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m. 6-7 hrs
From here onwards the walking will be much cooler, beginning with a steep climb through the beautiful enchanting woods of rhododendron, oaks and pines and then coming to a small settlement of Ghurasey in the midst of a lovely forest, where there are few houses with teahouses, after here our journey continues up to a place where the ridge is marked by a mani-wall the way forks left to reach the pass, an inviting break here, after a rest walk leads us to the Lamjura-la pass the highest altitude gain so far before reaching the high Khumbu area. From the pass, the walk descends through a forest of mixed fir and rhododendron all the way to a Sherpa village at Toctoc where it has a huge, intricately carved, mani rock. After reaching the bottom, the trail ahead contours on the north side of the valley, rounding the ridge one can see Junbesi below, the path descends all the way to Junbesi, and this is a large Sherpa village with chorten, monastery and a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Rest day at Junbesi for local hike or at leisure.
An essential rest day free from hassle of packing, there are many ways one can enjoy the day in Junbesi a stroll in the village, visit the monastery or just relax. For those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, 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 Thubten -cho-ling, a monastery which was established after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. 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 Solu / Khumbu district. The Gompa is headed by Tul-shis-rimpoche himself, regarded as the spiritual leader of Buddism
Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190m. 6-7 hrs.
Today a long day walk to Nunthala, leaving earlier than the previous day to enjoy more of the scenery along the way. A short descend to the river below the chorten and taking the left-hand fork and then the path leads to a climb around reaching to a village of Solung danda where one can have the first view of Everest in the distant a dark pyramid shaped and other high snow capped mountains of Khumbu. After a short break here 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 the river crossing over the bridge a steep up for half an hour brings to the first house at Ringmo where the road from Salleri lower Solu joins. The walk then 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 at Trakshindu pass at 3,070m marked with mani and chorten. As the trail pass through an arch of prayer flags with great view of several striking peaks including Kusum Kangguru, Thamserku and Kantega. On the east side of the pass the trail descend all the way to the overnight destination at Nunthala passing through Takshindu Gompa, which was set up around 1946 by a lama from Thyangboche 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 stayed on top of Everest for more than 21 hours. From Takshindo walk leads downhill for than 2 hours through the cool shade of the forest and then coming to a farmland heralding that the Nunthala is close by. A short walk from the stream brings to the overnight stop at Nuntahla also known as Manidingma. Nunthala a fairly large hill village of the Rai and Sherpa people.
Trek to Bupsa Danda 2,250m. 5-6 hrs.
Morning journey begins with a descend after leaving the suburb of the village, following the steep downhill slope through the terraces and forest where you can often see Languar monkeys all the way to the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, after a brief moment here crossing over the raging river, walk leads to a gradual winding uphill climb for an hour or more to the Rai settlement at Jubing at 1,675m, the areas around here are fairly warm. From here the path meanders through stands of bamboo near to the houses and then continues towards Kharikhola 2,200m, a village of predominately Sherpa and Magar inhabitants. This is a village of Mani walls and water wheels that every Wednesday has a thriving market, peddlers from which then head off to Namche Bazaar for Saturday market, after a break here at Kharikhola head to the next ridge crossing the river tributaries of the Kharikhola and climb steeply for an hour or more to the small settlement of Bupsa, perched on the ridge overlooking superb views of the rolling hills and valleys.
Trek to Surkhe 2,295m 5-6 hrs
From here onwards the air gets much cooler heading close to Khumbu area, walk 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. Walk continue traversing the flank of the Kharte Dande high above the river to a notch in the ridge, the Kharte La 3,880m, journey continues through a small village at Puiyan 2,800m, a nice spot in the middle of the forest. 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 2,945m. From this ridge high above towards North West, one can see the Lukla town and its airstrip and the Surkhe village down below, then descending nearly 700 meters drop to Surkhe after 2-3 hours of good walk from the lunch place. We will be camping near by the stream which is idle spot for camping. Surkhe situated just beneath the hills of Lukla, where one can see the airplane flying overhead.
Trek to Phakding 2,650m. 5-6 hrs.
From Surkhet 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 2 hours of steep uphill climb and can join later in the camp at Phakding. Our walk leads to a climb on the winding path, coming to a village at Muse and Gaikharka after two hours of good walk, from here a gentle climb brings at a place called Choplung where the road from Lukla joins. 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 6,369m after crossing a short suspension bridge, and a climb brings to the Ghat village, another hour of pleasant walk reaches at Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs
From Phakding after 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 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached. The walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar.
Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
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, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. Approx 5 hours
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 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, Thermasharkhu and Kwangde-Ri peak after a pleasant walk of two to three hours coming at Phungitenga 3,250m, 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. Walk from here is uphill for an hour or two on the winding trail through the shade of woods till Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa, is reached for the overnight stop. This beautiful spot offers views of the majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east.
Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour.
After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and coming to lovely spot at Deoboche 3,650 m with magnificent view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, from Deoboche walking past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual till you reach a bridge over the narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river. From here the walk is gradual uphill most of the way, as you come to Pangboche at 3,900m from here a short climb to Shomare for lunch a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam. After a pleasant break journey continues gradually towards east, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits into two ways, the north going to Pheriche and our trail leading towards east beneath towering north face of Ama Dablam, from here onwards Ama Dablam looks completely different, from the bridge the trails climbs slowly winding above the Imja tse river to a big mani Stupa, from here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with view of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island peak or Imja tse 6,189m, which is a popular peak amongst all the trekking peaks in Nepal.
Dingboche 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. Dingboche has about more than ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukhung and further beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m and Amphu Labtsa 5,780m.
Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. Approx. 5 hours
From Dingboche the trail leads north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-Tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1.5 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1.5 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & continue to Everest base Camp 5,357m.
Today towards the final destination of this adventurous journey at the foot of number one, the first hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field, a short 20 minutes climb, the walk from here follows the rocky moraine path, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapathar 5,545m and Mt. Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses. After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching at the foot of number one, a great view of the Khumbu icefall awaits you. After a grand time here retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight.
Morning hike to Kalapathar 5,545m continue walk to Pheriche 4,243m 5-6 hrs
Early morning a steep walk towards Kalapathar, on reaching the top ridge of Kalapathar which is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse and with all the higher snow capped giants that dominates all around, with a view of Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier, after a wonderful time here descend back to Gorakshep and continue walk to Pheriche, the walk is downhill most of the way, after Thugla where the Dingboche trails branches off from here our route descends further to the flat Pheriche Valley, afternoon can be very windy here, after an hour of good walk reaches you at Pheriche for the overnight stop.
Trek to Thyangboche approx. 5 hrs
From Pheriche a short walk brings you to the bridge, after the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche and Thyangboche, on reaching the bridge back to the woodlands and vegetation with an hour up hill to Thyangboche for the overnight stop.
Trek to Monjo 2,835m. Approx: 5-6 hrs
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here the route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on the downhill and gradual path. On reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp at Monjo, located just near the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit.
Trek to Lukla 5 hrs walk.
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at on your own normal 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 about 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, 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 morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. At Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.
Free day at leisure
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
4. Internal flight Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
5. Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porters using local standard lodges on full board basis.
6. Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
7. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
7. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
8. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
9. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.