Jiri to Namche takes most people 9 to 10 pleasant days walking and this trek is less popular than the trail which starts from Lukla. Mostly people who want to visit the Everest region come to Lukla by flight. On this itinerary, landscapes are really beautiful, patchwork valleys and dense forests of rhododendrons and you will visit many villages Sherpa and Ra. However the walk is not easy, following a route that goes against the grain of the land with a lot of ascents and descents. This route is also often called the expedition route because it follows the trail that the majority of expeditions took.
After Lukla we follow the main trail to the Everest BC, the most famous trek in the world for its awesome views of the Himalayan giants but also for its friendly Sherpa people and charming villages.
>GRADE :Moderate / Strenuous (grade explanation)
>BEST SEASON : from september to december, from february to may.
>MODE OF TREK : tea house.
>MAX.ELEVATION : 5535m (Kala Patar)
-Kathmandu city tour.
-Following Hillary and Tenzings footprints
-Crossing pass over Lamjura.
-Experience Sherpa culture and life style as mountain people in the heart of the Himalaya.
-Side trip around Namche Bazar.
-Visiting Gokyo Lake and valley.
-Amazing views of the Himalaya including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu.
-Crossing over the Chola Pass at 5300 meters.
-Impressive views of Khumbu Ice fall & Ngozumpa Glacier.
-Climbing up to Gokyo peak and Kalapattar.
-Walking on Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu glacier.
-Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
-Scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.
D-2: visit of Kathmandu: Durbar Square and its bazar, temples, Royal Palace, the goddess Kumaris home. Afternoon: visit of the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath, one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal, worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus. Visit of Pashupatinath, the Benares of Nepal, dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati River and visit of Bouddhanath and its famous Stupa, one of the biggest in southern Asia.
D-3: bus to Jiri (7h)
D-4: walk to Shivalaya (1750 m): 4h The route climbs a ridge at 2400 m and descends gently to Shivalaya.
D-5: Shivalaya-Kenja (1580 m): 7h Long ascent to a pass (2700 m) (4h): many stone steps and we pass some hamlets with few lodges. Descend is long through pastures and cultivated fields, we pass the village of Bhandar and following the Likhu Khola we arrive in Kenja, inhabited by Magars, Sherpas and Newars.
D-6: Kenja-Sete (2575 m): 6h After Kenja we start the ascent of the Lamjur Himal. The trek takes place now in Sherpa area. The ascent is relatively steep through terrace fields and cultivated areas. Few lodges in Sete.
D-7: Sete-Junbesi (2675 m): 7/8h Ascent of the Lamjura pass (3550 m) through rhododendrons and pines forests (5h). Gentle descend until the Sherpa village of Junbesi, one of the most beautiful villages in Solu Khumbu.
D-8: rest day in Junbesi
D-9: Junbesi-Nuntala (2320m): 6/7h The route leads us to a ridge at 3100m, the first view point over the Everest range. We descend to 2600 m, we cross the Trakshindo pass (3071 m) where there is one monastery, and again we start the long descend through forests to the Dudh kosi river. Overnight in Nuntala.
D-10: Nuntala-Kharikhola (2070 m): 6h We continue to descend through terrace fields until the riverbed. We cross a bridge and start a long ascent until Kharikhola: many villages and cultivated areas.
D-11: Kharikhola-Puiyan (2730 m): 7h Short ascent to Bupsa, a beautiful Sherpa village, after the path ascents gradually on the side of the deep Dudh Kosi valley, many up and down and stone steps.
D-12: Puiyan-Phakding (2640 m): 7h The route winds around the side of the valley, after passing a ridge we descend to the valley where we join the main path which comes from Lukla. The path follows the valley: many villages, cultivated areas
D-13: Phakding-Namche (3400 m): 5h. We continue in the Dudh Kosi valley through rhododendrons and pines forests. At Monjo, we enter the National Park of Sagarmatha. We finish the day by a steep ascent to Namche: first view of Everest and Lhotse peak.
D-14: Acclimatization in Namche
D-15: Namche-Tengpoche (3860 m): 5/6h We follow a level mountainpath that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, AmaDablam the route enters a forested area and descends to the riverbed (3200 m), then its a long ascent to the monastery of Tengpoche, an important lookout point on Everest range, especially for the sunset and sunrise.
D-16: Tengpoche-Pheriche (4200 m): 5/6h Ascent increases now gently. After the last permanent inhabited village of Pangboche (3900 m), the landscapes changes: yaks pastures and moraines.
D-17: acclimatization in Pheriche
D-18: Pheriche-Lobuje (4900 m): 5h First we follow a grass-carpeted valley and we climb on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier.
D-19: Lobuje Gorakshep (5100 m) Kalapatar (5535 m) and overnight in Gorakshep: 6 to 7 h We start early in the morning; the route follows the left bank of the Khumbu glacier through the zone of ablation until Gorakshep (2h30). The ascent of Kala Patar is steep at the beginning and becomes easier. Splendid views from the top and during the ascent: South col, Western cwn, Everest south west ridge, Nuptse, Pumori
D-20: walk to Everest BC (5300 m) and return to Lobuje: 6h Foothpaths and cairns onto the glacier until the BC: impressive view of the Ice Fall. Descend to Lobuje by the same way.
D-21: descent to Pheriche (4200 m): 4h. We descend by the main route, following the moraine on a good path.
D-22 to D-23: descent to Namche via Tengboche (3867 m). We follow the Imja Khola, many Sherpa villages, Tengboche is famous for its monastery.
D-24: return to Lukla: 6h.
D-25: flight Lukla-KTM (45 min).
D-26: rest day in KTM.
D-27: Transfert to airport and return.
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