This classical legendary foothill followed by the Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa during their expedition to the mighty Everest in 1953 offers immense opportunity to experience the greatest attraction mix of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration in Khumbu region through the grandest hiking in the land of the Himalayas. This area is the home to Mount Everest (8,848m) - world’s highest mountain in the world, along with other three of the world’s six tallest mountains Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu- towering on top of everything else. In addition to visiting Sagarmatha National Park- world heritage site, famous highest altitude Buddhist Tengboche Monastery in the world, Pristine blue Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri, Ngojumba Glacier, Khumbu Glacier and icefall, to leave footprint at Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp – an ultimate goal for every adventure lovers to achieve.
Growing numbers of travelers have made their adventure destination to Everest on the top list of their visit for the journey once of life time. As turning of dream into accomplishment of Everest Base camp trekking nowadays is easy enough and achievable through the well formed trekking routes in comparison to the time whenever it was used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa – which was just a mere of dream for keen trekkers.
Taking the classic footpath of Hillary and Tenzing to the most iconic base camp of Everest, the highest Mountain on the earth, we start our trek from Jiri with scenic drive from Kathmandu, we explore unexplored lower Khumbu valley through remote but beautifully decorated dense Rhododendron flower into off the beaten trial. Passing the confluence Dudha Koshi and Bhote Koshi River through suspension bridge, we reach to the popular Sherpa settlement of Namche – gateway to Everest Trekking and Expedition. Spending extra day here provides the time for proper body adjustable with high altitude environment, discovers the Buddhist monasteries, museum, world’s highest hotel and airport around the Khumjung and have a first glance on encircled spectacular towering peaks of Thamserku, Amadablam and many more peaks. After Namche, walking becomes more enjoyable with following yak route, stunning peaks get nearer as we hike up just feel like welcoming us with white snow smile. Visiting Tengboche monastery at the top with mesmerizing Himalayas all around, known to be the biggest and important monastery in Khumbu area, gives us strong sense of excitement and realization of trek worth continuing. Trek climbs up to the highest point at Kalapatthar to stand face to face with Mount Everest (8,848m) – world’s highest mountain and see other the most impressive daunting mountains very close up. We cross the Cho La Pass for breathtaking view of Mount Everest and visit Everest Base camp to observe renowned shimmering Khumbu icefall route used by the Everest expedition. We complete our Jiri to Everest base camp trek package at Lukla with spending some nights on the different routes. 35 minutes flight from Lukla takes us to land at Kathmandu.
We start our scenic drive after an early morning breakfast, traveling by express local bus out of the valley and through picturesque landscape. The beautiful scenery along the way includes rivers, terraced fields, villages and on clear days, sights of the snowy mountains including Gauri-Shankar (7,150 m / 23,459 ft). At about the halfway mark, we will have a lunch break a little over half way and then finally reach Jiri, a large town with a market area to explore. Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D)
After a nourishing breakfast, we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows along a pleasantly level trailout of Jiri before ascending through a peaceful forest and crossing a ridge with glimpse of the snowy peaks far ahead. The route then descends through a forest of pine and rural a farmland. We eventually reach Shivalaya a settlement named as the home of Hindu deity Shiva.From here we make another steep climb through lush jungle to reach the ridge top lodges of Deorali with a series of mani walls. The trail then descends through remote terrain to Bhandarwith a monastery and Buddhist shrines. Overnight in Lodge.(B,L,D)
Today will be be a bit of a long, challenging day as we climb to traverse a high pass and then descend through remote territory. We will have marvelous views along the way of the scenic landscapes with views of the snowy peaks. The high pass, Lamjura La (3,530m / 11,583 ft) will actually be the highest point of our trek until we reach Namche in about a week. On the other side, the remote route passes through majestic fir and rhododendron forest and then some smaller villages before reaching the large settlement of Junbesi. The majority of residents here are Sherpa people. This charming village has a lot to explore including several Buddhist monasteries in the vicinity. Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D)
If the weather is clear today, then we might have a peek at Everest, the world’s highest peak from along the trail! We head out of Junbesi through scenic forested territory where at one point rounding a ridge, Everest can be spotted. We then cross the valley to the idyllic settlement of Ringmo and from there climb through a serene forest to another pass, the Takshindo La. The trail then drops down and passes a large monastery on the way toNunthala. Here, we will register our permits at the check post. Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D)
From Nunthala, the trail descends down through farmland and forest to cross the DudhKosi or Milk River. This scenic river will be followed northward to Namche. We begin heading upriver on the other side. Following north we pass more rural settlements and their nearby fields. We then make a steady ascend to the large spread out settlement of Kharikhola in a pleasant side-valley. This scenic village has a monastery to explore and a lively bazaar at its lower end. (B,L,D)
We contour from Puiyan up and over a ridge to follow again up the DudhKosi valley. Along the way, glimpses of the snowy peaks ahead can be an inspiring sight to behold. We drop into the small settlement of Sukhe with a few lodges in a gorge. Not long after, a side trail departs to the airport town of Lukla. We avoid the detour and continue up the valley to Chaurikharka where we meet the usual route from Lukla for trekkers who flew in and the route we will be taking to Lukla on the return journey. The trail will becomes noticeably busier from this point on compared to our trek up to this point from Jiri. From Chaurikharka, it is a pleasant hike through magnificent landscape to Phakding. Overnight in Lodge.(B,L,D)
Today, we will take a day of rest from our onward and upward journey. This day we will enjoy nature’s surroundings of mountain views and majestic landscape. Additionally, we have an optional hike planned for people who wish to explore the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center and a spectacular hike to Khunde and Khumjung, Sherpa settlements an hour from Namchewith a yak farm along the way. Additionally, we visit a famous hotel with astonishing views of Everest and more. Overnight at lodge.(B,L,D)