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Jiri Walking holiday Everest and Gokyo 29 Days

This trek gives us a magnificent tour of the famous Khumbu area. This is a laborious trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La Pass at 5330m which takes us into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje. The trail continues up to Kalapattar and then back to Lukla via Thengboche and Namche Bazaar.

With eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Trekking in the Everest area through Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is an awesome experience! Not only do we have the proximity to the world’s highest mountains, but we’ll also encounter friendly Sherpa people with their picturesque villages and great variety of cultural traditions.
The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery and the legend lives on in the Khumbu.
Strenuous trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the world’s eight highest peaks: Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516 m), Lhotse Shar (8400m) and Everest (8850m). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.
Lukla to Everest Base Camp Route is almost always busy with the Yaks, mules and horses who disturb the trekkers often. Also the path from Lukla to Gokyo is the same, busy with Yaks, horses and mules. They are the animals of the burden for all the villagers and trekkers in this region.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu –Jiri Bazar (1995m) by bus
Day 04: Jiri Bazar- Shivalaya (1790 m)
Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2190m)
Day 06: Bhandar- Dakachu (2985m)
Day 07: Dakachu-Junbesi (2700m)
Day 08: Junbesi- Nuntala (2194m)
Day 09: Nuntala – Bupsa (2350m)
Day 10: Bupsa – Surkhe (2290 m)
Day 11: Surkhe-Monjo (2835 m)
Day 12: Monjo – Namche (3450 m)
Day 13: Namche Rest/ Acclimatization day
Day 14: Namche – Tengboche (3860 m)
Day 15: Tengboche – Dingboche (4410 m)
Day 16: Dingboche – Chukung hiking (4730m) Dingboche
Day 17: Dingboche – Lobuche (4910 me)
Day 18: Lobuche – Gorakshep 5140m
Day 19: Gorakshep – Kala Pattar (5550m) – Dzongla BC (4830 m)
Day 20: Dzongla – Cho La Pass (5330m) – Dragnag (4700m)
Day 21: Dragnag – Gokyo (4790 )
Day 22:  Gokyo Ri hiking (5360m)
Day 23: Gokyo – Kele (Gyele) (4110 m)
Day 24: Kele – Sanasa (3520m)
Day 25: Sanasa- Namche Bazar – Phakding (2610 m)
Day 26: Phakding – Lukla (2880 m)
Day 27: Lukla – Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 28: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 29: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

 

 

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

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 representative 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)

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
It is 215km 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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 hiking tour   (4730 m) Dingboche  
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)
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)
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 Pattar (5550m) – Dzongla BC (4830 m)
Today in the early morning first we climb Kala Pattar, grassy dark hill. This is the highest point of this trek.  From the top we view the Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Lhotse (8516m), Lhoptse shar (8400) near to Tibet and many other peaks, glaciers including Changrishar glacier, Pumo Ri Ridge etc. We spend about half an hour on the top of Kala Pattar. But it depends on the weather condition. Then we come down to Lobuche through the Memorial park of the ones who died on the Everest. Then from Lobuche we head to Dzonglha. The path goes slightly uphill. Dzonglha is the place with just a couple of lodges. So during the trekking season, the lodges are always full.
Day 20: Dzongla – Cho La Pass (5330m) – Dragnag (4700m)

The path we are going to walk today may be covered with snow in many places. Hence rope and crampon are recommended. We cross glaciers and the risk of crevasses is to face today. We walk to the top of Cho La Pass which is called Chhugyuma in the local tongue. The view of Ama Dablam and Chholhatse are spectacular from here. The path after the pass is risky since it is icy, slippery and the rocks may fall from time to time from a landslide. Finally we camp at Dragnag.

Day 21: Dragnag – Gokyo (4790 m)

Today first we walk through the Ngozumba Glacier. No bridge over the glacier at all but moraines and ice everywhere. No need to worry because the path is not so difficult to cross through the glacier but must be careful. We meet the first small lake of Gokyo region called Longpogo. Then we meet second lake called Tabache Tsho on the way. We head to Gokyo where there is the main lake called Dudh Pokhari, means, the pond of Milk. In this lake the local people gather on the day of Full moon called Janai Purnima that falls in the month of August. Gokyo is the campsite with the internet and telephone facility.

Day 22:  Gokyo Ri hiking (5360m)

We have a rest in Gokyo today. This is not acclimatization rest but free day to entertainment. The entire day is on our own. You visit to the shore of lake. But if we want then we can visit to Gokyo peak along with the trekking leader/guide. The view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu is spectacular from the Gokyo peak (5360m). Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 23: Gokyo – Kele (Gyele) (4110 m)
The path goes slightly downhill After we cross the first lake Longopongo we view several spectacular water falls on the way. We head to Kele via Machherma. After Machherma we walk to Luza and Lhabarma before we reach our campsite Kele.

Day 24: Kele – Sanasa (3520m)The path goes downhill upto Phortse Tenga. On the way we walk through Dole where there are a few lodges. Then we cross the place called Tenga. After Tenga we walk nearly along the Dudhkoshi River. On the way we view power house, waterfalls and Rhododendron forest. Also there is an army barrack on the way. After Phortse Tenga, we have to walk at least for one and half hours. We cross a small pass called Mong Deurali which is the birth place of a famous Lama Sange Dorje. After Mong Deurali we walk downhill to Sanasa our campsite. The view we get today is definitely spectacular.

Day 25: Sanasa- Namche Bazar – Phakding (2610 m)
The route is flat and slightly downhill up to Namche Bazar. Yaks, horses, mules are seen on the path in great number now. We feel much warmer now compared to Lobuche. We head straight to Phakting instead of camping in Namche Bazzar.

Day 26: Phakding – Lukla (2880 m)
A short day. In a few hours we walk to Lukla where we spend our last night of the trek. The village is not huge but there is a lot of activity on the airfield from where we fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

Day 27: Lukla – Kathmandu (1350 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 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 28: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu (1337m)  or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours 

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 29: 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.