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Jiri-EBC-Kalapathar-Lukla Trek (28 days) drive in/ fly out

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This is the classic trek of the region, but the trail from the road head at Jiri to Lukla can be surprisingly quiet, with many people electing to fly directly to Lukla and missing out on thisfantastic part of thetrail.Initially the trek is strenuous as you are crossing the country against the grain of the mountains and rivers. You will pass through beautiful scenery of ancient rhododendron forests, fields of barley and apple orchards, as you climb ridges to descend in to green river valleys. You begin to get a real feel for the country and way of life as you hare the route with local porters carrying all manner of goods up beyond the road head, and pass other goods flowing down towards the markets in Kathmandu. Above Lukla you pass through the Sherpa heartland of Solu Khumbu rich in culture and mountaintradition before reaching the high point of the trek on Kala Patar (5600m) famous for its view of Everest.

Fact of the Trek

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Place Covers

Jir/Deurali/Junbesi/ Surkey/Namche Bazaar/Dole/Gokyo/Cho La Pass/EBC/Lukla

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

1905m

Max. altitude

5420m

Best Season

February to June and September to November

Transportation

Bus (Kathmandu to Jiri) Aero plane (Lukla to Kathmandu)

Trek Duration

28 Days

Age Limit

17 to 75

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) takes about nine hours.

Day 03: Trek from Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.) takes about five and half hours. The beginning of your trek is 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 rest of the day is gently up to the Deurali.

Day 04: Trek from Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.) takes about six hours.
The starting of your trek is steeply descends for early an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descends to Kenja (1600m.)

Day 05: Trek from Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.) takes about six hours.
You climb steeply for early two hours passing through Dagchu, Goyem, a small Sherpa settlements. Then, cross over the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest.

Day 06: Rest day at Junbesi and hang around or visit Thubten Chholing.

Day 07: Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) takes approximately six hours. The beginning of your trek gently ascends for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). Your trek is flat and gently descends to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail ascends steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.).

Day 08: Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) takes about six 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.

Day 09: Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) takes about five and half hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend steeply for the early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking you pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlements and tea shops. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends up to the destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla.

Day 10: Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) takes about five 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 and gently descends and then ascends to Phakding.

Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about five 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.

Day 12: 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 the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital or a 1 hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m. where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m) takes about four hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the c 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.

Day 14: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m) takes about five 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 which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.

Day 15: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m) takes about five and half 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 the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.

Day 16: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) takes about five 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.

Day 17: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) takes about four and half 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-water. 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 and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.

Day 18: Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre 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.

Day 19: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) and trek back to Thangna (4650m) via Gokyo village takes about four and half 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.

Day 20: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours. Now you ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The Chola pass is most of the time 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 down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla.

Day 21: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche which takes about 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).

Day 22: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep which takes about 4 and half 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 expedition team on the Everest Base Camp. The number of team 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.

Day 23: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.) takes about 6 and half hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of 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. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 24: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3850m.) takes about 4 hours. To reach Tyangboche you pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in 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 centre 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, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs.

Day 25: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about 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 the Tibetan goods.

Day 26: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for 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.

Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes.

Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport & from airport to hotel)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
  • Rescue assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Jiri
  • Flight tickets from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, batter recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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