Before the Lukla was recognized as the gateway to the Himalayas, all expeditions to the Himalayas began from the village of Jiri. Embark with Adventure Mission Nepal on this traditional journey that will take us back a half a century, but with all the modern accompaniments. The attractive feature about this trail is that fewer hikers throng to this route and it offers spectacular views that most others do not get to see. We set out on our adventure on a jeep that takes us from the Kathmandu airport to the head of the trail at Bhandar (2190m), via Jiri. The quaint town still maintains its rustic roots and charm although it doesn’t see as much tourist traffic as in its heyday. We head out on the first day with our sights set on the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, finding our path on a seldom used trail that has laid dormant for almost five decades. The hike is not taxing as we hike at modest elevations and rest in simple lodges thereby avoiding any occurrence of altitude sickness. We will however, encounter lots of undulating sections that will have our adrenaline pumping for short stretches of the trek for a wholesome Himalayan Trek experience. We proceed east and cross a succession of rivers and forest ridges, all the while staying below the tree lines. The crowning glory of this trek is the spectacular view of the famous pinnacles of the Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest. If you are looking to experience the best of the Himalayas with little trekking and a quiet journey through the Khumbu, this itinerary comes highly recommended by us.
The superlative trait of this particular trek is that while there is not much net elevation gain, we will gather considerable elevation gain and loss as we traipse eastward across established paths and silent valleys. We will traverse several high passes for picturesque views of our surroundings, the highest of which is the Lamjura Pass located higher than Namche Bazaar at 3530m. Our highest point of ascent is the Everest View Hotel situated above Namche at 3800m, which by Himalayan standards is moderate elevation and we don’t expect any victims of altitude sickness due to our passive pace that will allow us to acclimatize well to our surroundings. Due to the undulating nature of the path followed, Adventure Mission Nepal suggest this trip only for fit hikers and avid trekkers as 11 days of sustained hiking is no small feat.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Your flight to Kathmandu will be scenic as you will see the panoramic view of Himalayan Range with natural beauty. Upon your arrival in the country of Mt. Everest, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) will greet you at the airport of Kathmandu and assist you to the hotel.
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing and Trek preparation
Today after breakfast you will be picked up by your city guide and takes you to some of the landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and so on. You will visit some of these and rest of the time you can do last moment shopping for trekking by consulting with your guide.
Day 03: Jeep drive to Shivalaya (1810m) via Jiri
We begin our expedition from Kathmandu where we feast on a sumptuous breakfast, following which we embark on a spectacular drive that takes us past Jiri, the original starting point for Himalayan expeditions. Expect a spectacular drive through the foothills of the Himalayas as we make our way to Shivalaya (1810m). The drive quickly takes us from the hustle and bustle of the city to one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. All through the day we are greeted by pleasing views of green pastures, yaks and locals going about their daily routine, in this safari-style experience for the day. We spend the night at Shivalaya were a warm bed and essential dinner awaits us.
Day 04: Trek to Bhandara (2110m)
We begin our trek earnestly today as we head up to the Deurali Pass gaining almost a 1000m in elevation. Hence, you can expect grueling but short stretches of steep ascents through the day. We take brief respite at Deurali Pass (2730m) following which we can optionally visit the nearby cheese factory at Thodung. Alternatively, we can simply descend down to Bhandar (2110m) from the Pass where we halt for the night.
Day 05: Halfway to Lamjura Pass
After a quick breakfast we descend down paced terraced fields, a common occurrence in the region, and into the forest. Since we are hiking below the tree line, we will be privy to various species of flora and fauna. We cross the Likhu Khola River and begin our winding ascent to the Lamjura Pass. We settle in for the night at Sete (2520m).
Day 06: Reaching Lamjura Pass (3530m)
We set out from Sete on the fourth day and continue onwards to the Lamjura Pass (3530m). From the Lamjura Pass we will have some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding summits in the Khumbu region. Being the high point of our trek, we will rest at the Pass providing ample opportunity for hikers to drink in the sights. Once everyone is satiated with the astounding views this pass readily offers up, we will descend through fir trees and reach an open hillside that houses our lodge close to Junbesi (2580m).
Day 07: Trek to Nhunthala (2220m) via Traksindo La (3071m)
Continuing our descent on this day, we can look forward to rare sights of the Everest at Khurrtang. We surpass Ringmo, a region well known for its apple orchards and cider. We make a sharp ascent past Traksindo La (3071m) followed by a quick descent to Nhunthala (2220m).
Day 08: Trek to Bupsa (2360m)
We give ourselves a little boost in our adventure when we traverse a large suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. We then proceed towards Everest and track the gradient of the valley up towards Bupsa (2360m) where we halt for the night. Most of the trek is along well maintained paths as there are dedicated Sherpas who care for these paths.
Day 09: Trek to Surkhe (2290m)
The hike follows a high trail just above the river and we will come across multiple valleys on the other side of the ridge. We pursue our goal further to the north and spend the night at Surkhe (2290m), where the trail diverges to allow us to return to the Lukla Airstrip
Day 10: Trek to Monjo (2835m)
We set out walking towards the main Everest Trail from Lukla. We find ourselves passing Chheplung (2660m) in a couple hours from where we begin our ascent to Monjo (2835m). The scenery is primarily one of farms and villages allowing us to catch a glimpse of the majority occupation of the country, besides tourism.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Assuming the trek so far has helped acclimatize the hikers, we proceed to take on the sharp ascent into Namche Bazaar (3420m) where we will spend the night. The bright prayer flags and wheels dotting the turrets of Namche Bazaar add a certain charm to the place that is unique in every way.
Day 12: Day hike to Syanboche & Sherpa Village
Today we will visit one of the most attractive and charming places throughout the world – Syanboche which is situated at the lap of Khumbila at the summit of Namche Bazaar. From this place we can see the crystal clear view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbila, Tawache, Amadablam, Thamserku, Tashi Lapcha, Kusum Kangaru, Nangbala and so on. Similarly, we will visit the Sherpa Village, where we can see the distinct lifestyles, culture and hospitality of the people.
Day 13: Return to Lukla
Returning to Lukla along the banks of the Dudh Kosi on this day is a very pleasant experience as we will head mostly downhill. However the final short climb into Lukla is a final sting in the rear, but necessary as we lodge there for the night.
Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu
Our last day is spent in a spectacular flight across the Lamjura and Trasingdo Passes of our trek. We spend the night at Kathmandu in a cozy hotel, a welcome change after having spent the week in basic lodges.
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Although, it is sad moment for us to say goodbye however representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight and takes the feedback of the trip. Hope to see you again in next holidays!!
NOTE: This itinerary is only a guideline and we can customize it as per your request. You can add rest days in between, ask for an alternate route (if available) and add other destinations like Pokhara and Chitwan if you wish to visit any before or after the trek. We can arrange for trips to Bhutan, Tibet or India upon your request before you travel back to your home country.
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Dates:18 AUG, 27 AUG, 7 SEP, 10 SEP, 26 SEP, 3 OCT, 15 OCT, 21 OCT, 27 OCT, 31 OCT, 5 NOV, 11 NOV, 22 NOV, 28 NOV, 7 DEC, 20 DEC
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