This trek is the best way to experience Nepal's unbeatable
combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. The immense
contrasts in altitudes, types of vegetation and spectacular
mix of lifestyles of the local people is the main highlight
of this trek. During the trek one can enjoy the view of the
beautiful mountains, terraced fields, crystalline beauty of
Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through
several villages and the beautiful green landscape covered
by Rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir forests. The breath-taking
views of major mountains can be sighted during the trek are:
Mt. Twache, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamsherku
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu-Jiri.
After breakfast, drive to Jiri 187 km with the intresting
vies of terraced fields, gorges & the crystalline beauty
of Sunkoshi River.
Day 02: Jiri-Shivalaya.
After breakfast, we set for the first day trek on the onward
journey to Everest. After an hour walk, we reach to Chitre.
After Chitre cross a small pass where some tea shacks and
some new vistas are situated. Now the path heads down, it's
easy to follow and in about 10 minutes you pass a school.
Around here is the ususal spot for groups to have lunch. Another
five minutes walk along the trail brings to you Mali, wher
few tea houses & lodges are situated. Leaving Mali the
trail leads down. One hour later cross a small stream, then
past a couple of building is a long suspension bridge over
the Khimti Khola to Shivalaya, resting on the east bank of
the stream & Shivalya is a hamlet of few lodges, they
are all modest & pleasant.
Day 03: Shivalaya-Bhandar.
The trail out of Shivalaya is steep from the first step, and
will get sweat flowing. The gradient relents only after the
next village. After on hour or so the trail reaches to Sangbadanda,
this is a mainly Sherpa settlement and has a couple of simple
lodges with shops. After Sangabadanda the trail continues
from the lower route & after couple of hours reaches to
Deurali. This village is set in two neat rows divided by a
set of Mani Walls, the first real sign of Bbuddhist Sherpa
Country & you should pass to the left of Mani Walls or
a wall of prayer wheels. From some rocks immediataley above
the lodges there are superb views into the distance on aclear
day, you can see much of the route ahead. Below the hill side
stretches down where the twin chortens of Bhandar are clearyly
visible. Take the left fork a couple of minutes below the
pass, the descent is initially steep & reach to Bhandar
for the night halt, where few lodges are situated.
Day 04: Bhandar-Sete.
From Bhandar to the covered wooden bridge, the trail is fairly
easy to follow. Turn sharp left after crossing the bridge
& keep left for a few minutes, dropping down to a group
of buildings, immediately after them are some stone steps,
follow them not the trail that continues straight ahead. There's
a similar trap at the next few houses, follow the path that
sometimes resembles a stream descending to the left. Once
across the next wooden bridge there are few tea houses, turn
left here and follow the Likhu Khola to Kenja. This place
is a set of few lodges & good hotels. It's a mixed village
mainly Sherpa with other castes. From Kenja it's an altitude
gain of 1900 m to the top of Lamjura Pass so it's recommendable
to stay in Sete. Sete is not a big village with almost as
many lodges as houses but it does have a small gompa.
Day 05: Sete-Junbesi.
Around an hour from Sete is Dagchu a village of few simple
lodges atop the ridge. Out of the forested area there are
some good views. To the South-east you can see the twin tops
of Pike Peak, home of local benevolent spirit. The trail to
the pass continues up the ridge. Ignore all trails that lead
off it. From some parts you can see the pass, well to the
left of the ridge. Another half an hour from Dagchu brings
you to Goyem with groups of lodges. Apple juice, cider and
apple brandy are all available here. After Goyem the trail
is slightly steep & reaches to Lamjura Pass 3530 m. The
prayer flags and chortens mark the gateway to Solu (Everest
Area). Heading down from the pass, there are many paths weaving
through the forest but all they head to the same place to
Tarktot. Continue straight through the ong village and at
junctions avoid trails that descend these go to Salleri not
to Junbesi. The scenic trail stays fairly high & rounds
a major ridge and a large rock, with views of Junbesi and
its distinctive yellow roofed gompa. Junbesi is one of a most
plesant Sherpa villages en-route to Namche & it boasts
some particularly good family-run lodges offering delicious
fresh bread, pizzas, apple juice and cider.
Day 06: Junbesi-Noonthala.
Cross the Junbesi Kholaon a wooden bridge & reach to Everest
View Lodge, from which you can see Everest, the first point
on the trek. After Everest View Lodge is Sallung. This hamlet
also boasts magnificent views including a fraction of Everest
and down the valley to the Phaplu airstrip. Leaving Sallung,
the clear trail wanders gently downwards. After few gullies
you round another ridge for a charge of view, the amazing
knife-edge ridge of Karyolung whose ridge extends down to
Ringmo and the Takshindo La, the next pass. The trail winds
around ridges and streams to the old suspension bridge across
the Dudh Kunda Stream. Fromg here the trail climbs, steeply
at first to Ringmo. Ringmo is a spread-out settlement set
among apple orchards and famous for all things apple. Try
the apple pie, apple cake, juice, cider, and the pink apple
brandy. At the top of Ringmo are two 50 metre mani walls.
After pass, the route begins the ascent to the Takshindo La.
The pass marked by white stupa, has few tea-shacks. After
the pass continue the walk through the wide stone steps for
half an hour down & reach to Takshindo, where a Buddhist
gopma is situated, and from the gompa Noonthala is visible,
and when leaving the path contours around immediately below
the gompa fence and past a house before descending. The route
down continues to contour in and out of gullies with step
descent. After passing some Camping Spots reach to Noonthala
for the night halt, a Sherpa village with few Rai inhabitants.
And from here the snowy tip of Karyolung can be seen.
Day 07: Noonthala-Kharikhola..
Leaving Noonthala there is a steep descent of at least a couple
of hours to the suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi. Half
an hour uphill from the bridge is the only non-Sherpa village
(Jubing) of Rai, specially attractive in winter when the Khumbu
appears brown and dry. After Jubing the path heads over a
small pass which offers good views up the valley. Afteran
hour reaches to Kharikhola, a large spread-out village with
houses dotted among the countless terraces.
Day 08: Kharikhola-Phuiyan.
After Kharikhola, the first interesting stop is Bupsa, perched
on top of the ridge, this is a very welcome refreshment after
the long climb from Kharikhola. There is a gompa in Bupsa,
which can be interesting visit too. The trail continues steeply
up and crosing a small pass reaches to Phuiyan.
Day 09: Phuiyan-Phakding.
After Phuiyan is Chutok La, from here one can have the views
of Khubi Yu La and Cyachung Kang, the steep rock peak is Gonghla
above Lukla and the bigger Mountain is Kusum Kangguru. Part
of Lukla airstrip can be also seen from here. After Chutok
La is Surke and from here sre the first good views of Nupla.
After 10 minutes out of Surke by some stone steps heading
up, lead you to Lukla in about an hour. And in Chaplung the
trail meets with the trail from Lukla. The trail still continues
for 2 hrs along the forest & reaches to Ghat and after
an hour walk takes you to Phakding where few numbers of lodges
are situated. We stop here for the night Camp.
Day 10: Phakding-Namche 3450m.
After the breakfast & the crews got ready, we set for
another day walk. Cross the long suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi
& the trail goes straight passes a forest & few villages
& after 2 hrs reaches to Jorsele. Where Everest National
Park check post is located, where national park permits are
checked. Jorsele is also the true beginning of Khumbu region
& from this point no firewood allowed. Leaving the park
entrance the path drops steeply to the long suspension bridge
across the Dudh Koshi. The trail still continues through the
straight path for an hour & becomes a bit steep &
passes through the forest & several Sherpa villages &
after 2 hrs reaches to Namche, a great spot for the first
closer views of the Everest & local Sherpa hospitality.
Day 11: Rest Day at Namche.
It is an acclimatisation day to avoid AMS problems. Or one
can have a picturesque excursions to Khumjung village .
Day 12: Namche-Tengboche. 3860m
Leaving for Tengboche, the trail that traverses from Choi
Gang to Kyanjuma Foundation. Here descent to the suspension
bridge across Dudh Koshi begins. After passing few tea houses
the trail reaches to Phungi Tenga. Now the walk up the hill
to Tengboche is pleasant. You passthrough a blend of forest
and shrub on a wide trail with many shortcuts leading from
it's also a better place for spotting pheasant, thar and deer.
The end of the climb is heralded by a kani, an arched entrance
with ceiling paintings of deities and forms of Buddha. Its
function is to cleanse people of the many feared spirits before
entering the sacred area. The trail from Phungi Tenga to Tengboche
takes about 3 hours. And during the walk one may have the
best views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku
& Kangi Tenga. You can also visit the famous Tengboche
Day 13: Tengboche-Pheriche 4280m
The trail passes on a slope track then climbs gently becoming
steeper & passes the forest & small lodges & reaches
to Pangboche. Pangboche is a village of Sherpas but famous
for its Monastery & it is claimed that the Yeti's scalp
& the fingers of hand are kept in this Monastery. After
Pangboche the trail passes through the meadow fields &
several tea houses & after 3 hrs reaches to Pheriche for
the night camp.
Day 14: Rest day at Pheriche.
Day 15: Pheriche-Lobuche 4940m
Leaving Pheriche, the trail meanders up the open valley, beautiful
when the weather is fine. A smaller trail then branches off
to the left and heads directly to the bridge over a few slippery
boulders, while the main path heads up to join the trail directly
from Dingboche just a minute before the bridge to Tukla. Climb
the ridge behind Dingboche on one of the many trails to the
higher plain. There are several paths to follow, all leading
to the bridge across Tukla. Beyond Tukla, the hill immediately
is tough. And the trail climbs gently and reaches with in
2 hrs to Lobuche.
Day 16: Lobuche-Kalapatthar
5545m -Gorakshep 5170m
Today the trail is the longest trail as it may take about
8 hours for the roundtrip. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep
gently climbs and takes about 4 hrs but the walk to Kalapatthar
is a bit harder as it's steep climb for about 3 hours. And
may have breathing problems. Kalapatthar is situated in the
bottom of Pumori and provides the panoramic views of the whole
mountains in the area of Everest. Then we descend down to
Gorakshep for our night camp, which takes about 1 hrs, descend.
Day 17: Gorakshep-Everest Base camp 5400m-Lobuche.
Today the trail takes you to the foot of Mt Everest. The trail
passes through the yak meadows & mostly on yak trails.
The trail also passes the Khumbu Glacier. Have a complete
rest at Everest Base camp & return back to Lobuche for
the night halt.
Day 18: Trek back Lobuche-Dingboche.
Day 19: Trek back Dingboche-Tengboche.
Day 20: Trek back Tengboche-Namche.
Day 21: Trek back Namche-Phakding.
Day 22: Trek back Phakding-Lukla.
Day 23: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.