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Jiri-Everest Trek

Posted by: NTN Admin | Date: January 02, 2010

This is the classic Everest trek. You will experience an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural magnificence. The immense contrasts in altitudes, type of vegetation and mix of lifestyles are the main highlight of this trek. One can enjoy beautiful mountains views, lush terraces and Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through villages and landscapes covered by rhododendron, magnolia and giant forests. The mountains to be sighted during the trek are Gaurishanker, Number Himal, Kwangde, Twache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamsherku and Everest.

The trek begins at Jiri (1905m). The trail heads eastward through the lovely forested hills of Solu and over the 3530m Lamajura Pass. Monasteries and uninterrupted mountain views lie ahead. The portion of the trek from Jiri to Lukla is often quiet, and therefore much better trekking country. We cross the Lamjura La, and Thaksindo before descending towards the raging river of the Dudh Kosi. We follow the ?Dudh Koshi river? north through terraced hillsides and small villages to join the main Everest trail below Lukla.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary in Details::

Day 01 Arrival in kathmandu(1320m.)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (TIA) transfer to your hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city?s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised.

Day 03 Kathmandu to Jiri
Today you drive to Jiri by bus or private transport. Although Jiri is only 188 km away from Kathmandu, the trip will take us still around 6 hrs by private car if you take a bus it takes about 8 hours. Overnight in Jiri.

Day 04 Jiri to Shivalaya (1810m)
You trek at the end of the paved road in Jiri. After crossing a stream the track leaves the road and starts to climb uphill through trees to several wooden bhattis (local tea shops) at the tiny settlement of Bharkur. you keep climbing to the Mali Danda (2440m), from where there are good views of the peaks near Rolwaling. Beyond Mali Danda we descent into the Khimti valley through the sparsely populated Sherpa settlement of Mali at 2220m and continue our way to the crossing of the Yelung Khola river at 1860m. After crossing the Khimti Khola river on another suspension bridge we will reach Shivalaya (4 hrs).

Day 05 Shivalaya to Bhandar (2250m)
From Shivalaya start the day with a steep ascent towards the pass at Deurali (2730m). On our way to this pass we will cross numerous streams and walk through the villages of Sangbadanda (2180m), Khasrubas (2330m) and Mahabhir (2590m). From Deurali pass you steeply descent on stone steps through fields and pastures Bhandar, where you will spend the night (5 hrs).

Day 06 Bhandar to Sete (2520m)
From the village square at Bhandar the trail descents through the lower fields of the village, passing the small settlements of Doharpa and Baranda before crossing the Tharo Khola river on a steel bridge at 1480m. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1600m), a settlement inhabited by Newars and Magars. As we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2170m) and continue on towards Sete where we will spend the night (7 hrs).

Day 07 Sete to Junbesi (2580m)
From today your trek is completely in Sherpa territory and starts by climbing from Sete to the top of the 3530m high Lamjura Bhanjyang. The way is scenic and varied through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch. This section of the trail is also well known for spotting birds like sunbirds, minavets, flycatchers, laughing thruses and so on. Lamjura Bhanjyang is the highest point on the trek between Jiri and Namche Bazaar and is marked by a tangle of stones, twigs and prayer flags. On the eastern side of the pass the route descents steeply for about 400m through fragrant fir and hemlock forests and then levels out passing the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). Continuing our way down you will arrive in Junbesi, a splendid Sherpa village amid beautiful surroundings (6 hrs).

Day 08 Junbesi to Nhuntala (2200m)
After leaving Junbesi in the morning cross the Junbesi Khola (river) and then climb steeply uphill, contouring above the houses to the end of the ridge. From here you have excellent views of Mt. Everest (8848m.), Thamserku (6608m), Kantega (6779m) and Mera Peak (6654m). This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks in the foreground seem to dwarf the higher, more distant mountains. After passing the Ringmo Khola river, the trail ascends to Ringmo village, with its abundant fruit orchards. Beyond Ringmo we climb to the Trakshindu La pass (3071m), where one can see the isolated monastery of Trakshindu, a superb example of Sherpa architecture.(6 hrs).

Day 09 Nhuntala to Bupsa
From Nhuntala the descent continues to the Dudh Kosi (?Milk River?) and cross this river using a 109m long suspension bridge (1510m). Your trek then climbs out of the river valley through fields of barley, wheat and corn to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680m). You continue to climb up a ridge to a Sherpa village named Khari Khola (2010m). Beyond this village climb past some water driven mills to Bupsa (5 hrs).

Day 10 Bupsa to Chablung (2700m)
Your trek today starts with a gentle climb, passing the village of Kharte and continues on through forests inhabited by monkeys. From this part of the trek you can admire views of Cho Oyu (8153m). Keep climbing the ridge till you reach the teashop on Khari La pass at 2840m. From the pass, the trail descents into the deep canyon of Puiyan Khola. After crossing this river on a wooden bridge we reach the small settlement of Puiyan (2770m). The trail climbs up and down for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge that offers a good view of the Khumbu region and then descents 500m towards Surkha (2290m). Continuing your trail upwards again, we climb through a jumble of boulders, passing some wonderful mani walls until we reach the village of Chablung (7 hrs)

Day 11 Chablung to Namche Bazaar
After leaving Chablung you will cross the Thado Kosi (river) on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge you can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called ?trekking peaks?. Beyond the Thado Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), you will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding. From Phakding you follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. Climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. Cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi River on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (7 hrs).

Day 12 Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
Acclimatisation is most important before proceeding higher. Today you can take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. Start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m) which is world highest airstrip, from where you can slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten. From Khunde follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here follow a steep switch backing trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).

Day 13 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
Your route of today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. Pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on whichh the monestary of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the worlds most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village (5 hrs).

Day 14 Tengboche to Pheriche (4240m)
From Tengboche descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Devuche. From here the level trail passes many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche (3860m). This is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola river and arrive in Pheriche, which is a labyrinth of walls and pastures (4:30 hrs).

Day 15 Acclimatisation day in Pheriche
The most important thing to acclimatisation to high altitudes is a slow ascent. Therefore it is very important that you spend an additional night at Pheriche to aid the acclimatisation process. A good way to spend the day is to hike to the small summer settlement of Chhukung at 4730m. From here tremendous views of Island Peak (6189m), the south face of Lothse and the south eastern face of Ama Dablam. After enjoying the views here return back to Pheriche (4 hrs).

Day 16 Periche to Duglha (4620m)
The trail of today ascents the broad, gently sloping valley from Pheriche to Phalang Karpo at 4320m. In many places the trail crosses small streams on boulders. Beyond Phalang Karpo the trail climbs steeply onto the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, then joins the trail from Dingboche and contours down to a stream, crossing it on a bridge just before Duglha (3 hrs).

Day 17 Dughla to Lobuche (4930m)
From Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about an hour to the memorial area known as Chukpilhara, whichh was build in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing expedition on Everest. From here the trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer settlement at 4930m that has become a major trekking stop. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from here, is a memorable sight.

Day 18 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m)
The first section of today?s trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascents gently through meadows besides the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5545m), meaning 'black rock'. The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a 4 hours return walk from Gorak Shep.(6 hrs).

Day 19 Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4930m)
After an early morning rise start your day by climbing the Kala Pattar (5545m). This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route. Return to Gorak Shep and continue to descent to Lobuche (6 hrs).

Day 20 Lobuche to Dingboche (4360m)
To go to Dingboche straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail, staying high above the valley floor. The views from here are great. You can easily recognize Island Peak and the top of Makalu is visible in the distance over the pass to the right of Island Peak. After passing a chorten we will descent to Dingboche, where you will stay the night (4 hrs).

Day 21 Dingboche to Tengboche
The route from Dingboche descents the Imja valley, then crosses the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge and climbs to rejoin the upward trail at some stone huts. Following the trail downhill from here we will arrive at Tengboche (3 hrs).

Day 22 Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
Today you heading down to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).

Day 23 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
It is a long walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, probably all in good shape by now. From Namche, descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. The trail then continues back towards Lukla, where you can reconfirm your flight tickets for the next day and spend the night (7 hrs).

Day 24 - Lukla to Kathmandu
The 35 minutes flight from Lukla will bring you back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel.

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