Jiri-Everest Walking holidays 25 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu  (1337 m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A staff member will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m) 9am to 5 pm

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu –Jiri Bazar (1995m) by bus 8-9 hours drive
It is 185km from Kathmandu to Jiri. Hence we will drive almost for the whole day today i,e for about 8 hours. The road is metalized and comfortable. But it has a number of bends in the several places. The bus runs smoothly. We catch the road to Khasa (Tibet) in the beginning. After driving for 3 and half hour, at the place called Khadichaur, the road splits. One leads to Khasa and the other, definitely, to Jiri. We cross the bridge over Bhotikoshi at Khadichaur. Then the road goes through the small and beautiful villages where the people of various tribes live together in peace and harmony. The view we can see through the window of the bus is spectacular: green hills, white Himalayas, beautiful villages. We cross Charikot, the head quarter of Dolakha Districts on the way. It’s a small city in the hilly region of Nepal. The earthquake that took place on May 12 has devastated this city recently. The path goes down from Charikot. Then we cross Tamakoshi and the path goes uphill for sometimes, then flat for sometimes and then finally again downhill to Jiri Bazar. Jiri is small town in the Everest Region. We have camp here for the night. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04:Jiri Bazar- Shivalaya (1790 m) 3-4 hours
The path goes flat in the beginning. Then we go uphill through the villages upto Mali, a Sherpa village. I t is a small pass (2334m). Then the path goes down through the light forest and small villages again. We can witness the Himalayas of the Everest region from Mali Danda. We cross a couple big Rivers: Yalung Khola and Khimti Khola. We camp at the bank of Khimti Khola beside the bridge. Lodges and tea houses are found here. We cannot have communication facility in this point of trekking. There is a check post for the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area.

Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2190m)4-5 hours
Today we start climbing in the beginning then the path goes slightly flat and again uphill to Deurali. We cross a pass at Deurali that is of about 2600m. The view from the pass is, of course, beautiful since we are walking in the Everest Region. The stupas everywhere on the way prove that the Buddhist people the Sherpa community reside in this area. From Deurali we go downhill up to Bhandar where we camp for the night. Bhandari is a beautiful village of Sherpas. Telephone facility is available in this point. Stupas and the school building are the views other than the small houses of Sherpas. Jiri to Bhandari has a rough road where Jeep service is available in dry season.

Day 06: Bhandar- Dakachu (2985m)4-5 hours
The path goes downhill in the beginning upto Likhu Khola. Then we reach Kinja, a junction of 3 dirstricts pof hilly region of Nepal: Solu, Ramechhap and Okhaldhunga. It is big market place. The locals gather here every Sunday for shopping. After Kinja we walk uphill to Dakachu.

Day 07: Dakachu-Junbesi (2700m) 6-7 hours
We climb the uphill through the light forest from Dakachu. No villages but tea houses (lodges) on the way. We cross a pass called Lamjura La (3530m). Then the path goes downhill through the light forest for about 2 hours. Then the path is flat up to Junbesi, a Sherpa village. In Junbesi, we camp in a lodge for the night. Internet, telephone facility is available here. We can visit to the beautiful gompas overhere.

Day 08: Junbesi- Nuntala (2194m) 5-6 hours
We cross Junbesi Khola, a small stream in the beginning then in about one hour’s uphill walk we can get the first view of Mt. Everest, Thamserku and Mera. So today is the special day.Then we walk slightly flat path. We cross Dudhkunda Khola, a river, through a suspension bridge. After the bridge the path goes uphill to a pass called Taksindu La (3870m). We can visit a beautiful gompa here. The stupas, chyortens in the several points are the normal scenery in this section of trekking. After the pass the path goes downhill to Nuntala, again a Sherpa village which is called Manidingma also. A paper factory lies here that produces Local Nepali paper. Telephone facility is available here.

Day 09 :Nuntala – Bupsa (2350m) 4-5 hours
We walk through samall and beautiful villages in the beginning. The path goes downhill to Dudhkoshi River. We cross a long suspension bridge (109m) over Dudhkoshi. The view from the bridge is spectacular. After the bridge we climb gradually again through several villages. The surroundings is charming because of friendly village people, beautifully decorated houses, colorful flowers in the gardens and cultivated beautiful lands. We cross Kharikhola village where there are Mani walls, prayer wheels, health post, tea houses and small hydro power. The route to Mera Peak, Makalu Barun National Park meets here. Finally we camp at Bupsa, a small Sherpa village near the forest. We can visit to Gompa here. Telephone facility is available here.

Day 10: Bupsa – Surkhe (2290 m)4-5 hours
Today first we have to make a quite steep climb to a pass the Khari La (3145m) then it is an easy trek for today because the path goes either flat or downhill. We walk in the shade of the forest for a long time. Small beautiful waterfalls, streams and wooden bridges are the common scenery in this area. We walk to Chutok La (2945mm) From the Chutok La; we can see the Lukla airport in a distant. Then we walk downhill to Surkhe where we spend the night for today.

Day 11: Surkhe-Monjo (2835 m) 5-6 hours
Today our path goes both downhill and uphill. Small but beautiful Sherpa villages are attractive scenery for today. Chyortens, stupas, pray wheels on the way prove that we are in the place of Buddhist Culture. Shortly after we begin our trek we pass the Lukla airport, which lies about 300 meters above our path. We can view the big writing OM MANI PADME HUM on the rock face. We can see the cultivable terraced field over here. The yaks are seen in the village. This is the animal tamed for milk, meat and also for carriage in the high Himalayan region. We finally reached to Monjo. There is check post for Sagarmatha National Park here. We can visit to Uche Chholing Monastery here. We spend the night in Monjo. Telephone, internet facility is available here.

Day 12: Monjo – Namche (3450 m) 3-4 hours
Today we pass the entrance to the Sagar Matha National Park just in 10 minutes of our departure. Then the path slightly goes downhill upto a big suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi. Then we walk along the Bhote Koshi River. We cross the Larja bridge again over the Bhote Koshi River. The path goes uphill to Namche Bazar. After we cross Larja Bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we can view the panoramic glance of Mt. Everest in about one and half an hour’s walk. We head to Namche Bazar, the very famous village in the Everest Region. We can hire horse if wish/need in this point. We have a camp here.

Day 13: Namche Rest/ Acclimatization day (3450 m) HikingEverest view hotel or khumjung village 
Since we are in the Everest Region Trek, we can view the Mt Everest almost from everywhere. We rest in Namche Bazaar today especially for the acclimatization. The tribes living in Namche Bazzar are the Sherpas in majority. We can experience somehow the life style of Sherpas who has close culture with the Tibetan. We can visit to the museum about the Himalayan people. This is the place with army camp, health post, school, police check post, head quarter of Sagarmatha national park bakeries, internet cafes, disco theque, bars, snooker, pool, foreign money exchanger etc. We can have a taste of local wine, alcohol, food etc. Number of shops and lodges welcome the tourists over here. Many trekkers stay here at least one or for several days for acclimatization. Especially the Friday and Saturday markets are very famous here.  People from far and near come to make their business. Various things (local and imported) are displayed for sale. Especially people from Khumbu area (upper Namche Bazzar) come for shopping here on those market days. We can have a view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Kangtaiga and Thamsherku from here. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 14: Namche – Tengboche (3860 m)4-5 hours
The path goes slowly uphill in the beginning. We walk through almost barren lands; just a few small bushes in some places. We can have a view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche,Kangtaiga amd Thamsherku on the way. Then we walk downhill to the Phungi Thanga Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and walk uphill to Tangboche. We can visit to Monastery in Tangboche which is the biggest monastery of Khumbu region. A big water driven prayer wheel (Maane) is the matter of attraction in Tengboche. An army barrack is also set up here. Internet service is available in this campsite. We can use telephone, mobile overhere.

Day 15: Tengboche – Dingboche (4410 m)4-5hours
We walk downhill in the beginning until we Deboche. Then the path goes flat along the Imja Khola, a stream originated from a glacier. We have to cross the same stream in several places through the wooden and suspension bridges. We see some jungles too in some places on the way. In Pangboche we visit a monastery where the skull and bones of a hand of a yeti had been kept previously, this is what Lamas in the monastery and people in the village talk. But these have been already stolen by the smugglers so they are unfortunately no longer visible. The peaks of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobuche Peak, Pumori and many other peaks give us the feeling that we are walking in the area among the highest peaks of the world. We may see blue sheep also in this part of our trek. Dingboche which is the highest permanently inhabited place in the world is located at the altitude of 4400 meters. Feriche lies just opposite to Dingboche just 50 minutes walk from Dingboche. We can go to Feriche if any health problems occur while walking.

Day 16: Dingboche – Chukung (4730 m) hiking or resting day
It’s a rest day today specially for acclimatization. So we can stay in one place and look around or we can visit to Chuking and come back. This day we find out about the dangers of altitude sickness by the doctor of the Himalayan Rescue Association team from Pheriche. In Chukung which is the last village in this valley, we can have lunch. From here we have a wonderful view of the Lothse, Makalu, Island Peak and Amphulaptcha-La, Ama Dablam Parchamo and the Tashi-Labtsa. After lunch at Chukung we walk back to Dingboche.

Day 17: Dingboche – Lobuche (4910 m)4- 5 hours
The path goes slightly uphill. We walk slowly since we are walking in the high altitude. The view is spectacular from all the parts of this trek. We view the famous Khumbu glacier.  We have to cross the glacier along the path through the wooden bridge. After Dhukla the route goes straight uphill for about an hour. Then we walk through the moraines of the Khumbu glacier.  In Lobuche, there are some lodges where we spend the night. Telephone service is available here.

Day 18: Lobuche – Gorakshep (5140m) 3-4 hours
Today we begin our trek from the route that goes to Everest Base Camp. Gorakh Shep is the highest campsite of this trek. So we trek slowly. We walk for few hours through the glacier of the great Khumbu icefall. Very big rocks are seen on the path since we are in the lap of Himalaya. Gorak shep has internet and telephone facilities. This is the last site with the hotel facilities. There are only 3 hotels for the trekkers to spend the night in Gorak Shep.

Day 19 :Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5550m) Pheriche (4240 m) 8-9hours

Today is the day we walk to the highest point of our trip. We begin early in the morning to catch the spectacular views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day touch the peaks of the highest mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure is spite of severe cold weather. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. While climbing to Kala Patthar, we can have a break to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we rush up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and trek to Pheriche. In the beginning we walk the same path back upto Thukla that we walked previously. Then from Thukla we go downhill to Pheriche crossing Phulaji Kala. At Pheriche there is a clinic run by Tokyo Medical University. Telephone and internet service is available.

Day 20: Pheriche to Sanasa (3,600m)6-7 hours

Just after start of our trek we walk through the path in a big plain area. We cross a stream that emerges from the Chola Glacier and Khumba Glacier and named as Khumbu Khola (stream). Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through the villages of Orsho, Somare and reach Pangboche. We cross the bridge over Imja Khola and walk down to Deboche village and climb for an hour to Tengboche . We spend a short time at Tengboche monastery; observe its many prayer wheels. From Tengboche, a steep down to the first bridge over Dudh Koshi on our return trip at PhurkeTenga. Further, we pass the village of Tashinga and reach Sanasa. Sanasa is a very beautiful place infront of Mount Amadablam. It seems like lying in the lap of beautiful natural Mountain Amadablam. We spend the night at Sanasa.

Day 21:  Sanasa- Namche Bazar – Phakding (2610 m) 5-6 hours

The path to Namche Bazar goes flat in the beginning then hangs to the steep slope winding through several bends. We cross Kyangjuma on the way. We have enough time in Namche to shop and relax in a bakery that serves coffee and cakes, and provides Internet access. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi River near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. We lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards,and colourful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail. We cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park  at Jorsalle with security check post. After exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Phakding Village.Phakding  is a quieter place to stay than Namche where we stay overnight today and we will have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow.

Day 22: Phakding  to Lukla (2840m) 2-3 hours

We walk downhill to Dudhkoshi River in the beginning then the path goes along the river almost for the whole trek today. We cross several wooden bridges over the small streams that finally go to Dudh Koshi. We cross Dudh Koshi River in every now and then through the suspension bridge. On the way we meet several mani walls, prayer wheels, prayer flags and stupas since we are trekking in the Buddhist area. From the place called Thado Koshigaon we can have the beautiful view of the peak called Kusum Khangkaru (6367m). Now, from Chauri Kharka the path goes uphill to Lukla. Since Lukla is a small city in the mountain region there is facility of bank too. A small hydro power station supplies electricity for the whole city here. Telephone, mobile and internet services are available here. Also bakery and café are here to enjoy western meals. Since our trekking is over today, we can have a party here. Every Thursday the local people around Lukla gather here for weekly fair for their marketing/business and get together.

Day 23: Lukla – Kathmandu by flight 35 minutes  (1337 m)

Today we wait for the plane to fly Kathmandu. Who knows, we will come back to this region again or not in our life. So we may have look around for the last view of the Everest region. The flight depends on the weather condition. Flight delay or cancellation for the day is common phenomenon in this region. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu.

Day 24: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu  Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 4 housr  

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.