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Everest via Kalapather

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You can find a lot less crowd if you take this trek because most people prefer to fly to Lukla. But this trek begins from Jiri and involves a good amount of ups and downs whilst walking. The trek ascends to the point that separates two rivers. Then descend to the river itself, and climb up the next point.

As the trek begins at an elevation of 1860m, it crosses the Dudh Kosi at only 1500 m after continuous uphill and downhill walking on the sixth day. This trek is not only famous for its word wide recognition as the highest mountain on earth, but also for its Sherpa people for their great hospitality, picturesque villages, different cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries n above all beautiful sceneries.


Day 1: This trek starts from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) about 188 km which takes about eight hours. The first part of your journey drives eastwards from Kathmandu through passing Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu, a part of the Araniko Highway and turn to right from Lamasangu for the Jiri road passing through Green Hills scenery as well as snow capped mountains. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people inhabited in and around the town.

Day 2: On this day after your lunch, the trail steeply goes up for an hour and rest of the day is gently climbs up to the Deorali. On the way you can enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow-capped mountains at a far distance.

Day 3: The starting of your trek is steeply descent for early an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descent to Kenja (1600m.) where you could enjoy your lunch. After your lunch, your trek is steeply up to destination. En route, you could enjoy with agricultural farm scenery where locals work hard on their fields.  Also, you could pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views.

Day 4: To start your trek, you should walk uphill for an early two hours passing through Dagchu, Goyem, a small Sherpa settlements. Then your trek begins gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. After the pass, rest of the trek is gently descent to the destination.On the way, you could enjoy some of the snow capped mountains such as the "Goa of the Solu". Rest of the day u could enjoy at Junbesi and hang around or visit Thubten Chholing Monastery known as Nunnery Monastery on a two hours side trip after 3 days uphill and downhill climbing.

Day 5: Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) which takes approximately six hours. The starting of your trek is gently ascent for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). This is the place from where you could see first view of Mount Everest including Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) Now the trek is flat and gently descent to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail is steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). This is the point from where you could see excellent mountain views. Towards the end, your trek is steeply descent to the town Nunthala (2200m.) through small Sherpa settlement and forest.

Day 6: Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) which takes about six hours. The starting of your trek is gently descent to the Dudh Koshi river (Milk River) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi river, your trail is gently ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farming lands. From Kharikhola your trail follows flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply up to the camp (Bupasa) where you could visit Buddhist Monastery. .

Day 7: On the way you pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlements and teashops. Now, your trail is gently descent and flat to Chaubar (2730m.) passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770m.), where you can have a glimpse ot Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends up to ‘Surkey’  a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla.

Day 8: Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) This takes about four hours. The first part of the trek is gently ascent for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, your trail is almost flat and gently descent and ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days walk where you could hang in and around Phakding village.

Day 9: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. On the way you cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo(2800m.) there  is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 10: Now you can rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook which is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.  In addition to these,there are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which takes about five hours. Now you have to climb to the top of a ridge leaving the villages and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will reach to the fork leading to Gokyo. Descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche; the first half is especially steep. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). There are some lodges and hotelels managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this trek, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially magnificent.

Day 12: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) and it takes approximately five and half hours. Leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area  in order to emerge to a pleasant level area. Now you have to pass a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Deboche. Go on to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) appears on the opposite bank. The trails climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak.

Day 13: You can rest at Dingboche (4260 m.) There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon.

Day 14: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) which takes about six hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. This walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After 1 ½ to 2 hours walk, the course from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You can stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue (1 ½ to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.

Day 15: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) and back to Gorakshep which takes about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a gentle decend brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through rocky path and Khumbu glacier.  Some momments later, you retrace back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.

Day 16: Early morning, while climbing to Kala Patthar (5545m) you can enjoy the splendid view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more.
Pheriche is the place where one can make have communication facility to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There is Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and where foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 17: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (12,687 m.) really fascinating where you can enjoy a morning visit to the research center. Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest, continue walking Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views.

Day 18: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (11,286 m.) which takes approximately about four and half hours. The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. Enroute you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde, an opportunity to visit one of its monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Trek from Namche Bazaar to Surkey (2400m.)  takes about six hours. The trails descend gently for some distance. On the way, you find mani walls, chorten, monastery and significant Sherpa culture. It is surrounded by forests covered with pine and oaks.

Day 19: To reach Phuiyan La you follow ascend path passing through few trees. The trail now stretches at flat level until you reach Phuiyan. There are villages of Rai and Sherpa people. It is surrounded by thick forrests. Leaving this village, you move gently ascend crossing a small stream to reach Kharte Danda. En route, you pass through bamboo and oak forests. Then your journey starts descending until you reach Bupsa.

Day 20 : The early part of your trek upto Kharikhola is steeply descent. Kharikhola is a big village mainly inhabited by Rai, Sherpa and people of other castes. You find terraces, schools and way to Mera Peak used by climbers. The trail now goes downwards to Jubing and cross Dudh Koshi over the suspension bridge. Now you begin to follow ascending path passing through forests covered with rhododendron, oaks, pine and other natural vegetation. As cross forests you see the fields where villagers cultivate wheat, millet, oat, maize, soyabeans and vegetables. To reach Nunthala, you follow the same ascent path. It is a village occupied by Sherpa, Rai and other castes.

Day 21: Trek from Nunthala to Junbesi (2675m.)  takes about seven hours. This day you begin your trek following steeply ascent path till Trogsindho through forests. There is a beautiful and old monastery here. You can enjoy mountain views of Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.). While ascending, you cross Trogsindho La. Here you see chorten, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. You can enjoy at few tea shops available here. Passing through this village, you reach Sallung Danda. There is  a cheese factory and you can enjoy views of Everest, Thamserku, Mera Peak, Makalu, Kusum Kantega and local villages at some distance. To reach Junbesi, you have to go down way through bare hill and pine forests before you cross a small stream. Junbesi is a big village which is rich in Sherpa culture.

Day 22: Trail from Junbesi to Sete (2400m.) takes about six hours. The early part of the trails goes upward and then stretches at flat level till Tractor. You enter a village here with monastery, chorten and terraces. To reach Lamjura pass you follow steeply ascent path crossing forests covered with rhododendron, pine and oak trees. On the way you cross scattered villages. Sete is  described as small village with chorten, prayer flags and terraces.

Day 23: Now the trek from Sete to Deurali (2705m.) takes almost six hours. You walk downwards all the way to Kenja (1600m.) passing through villages, terraces and green hills. Here the inhabitants belong to different communities. The trails now turn upwards till you reach Bhandar, a beautiful big village with good sceneries, monastery, tea garden, terraces, weekly market and communication facilities. To reach Deurali, you ascend all the way passing through forests covered with oak and other natural vegetation. Deurali, a Sherpa village is surrounded by forests. There are chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Day 24: Trek from Deurali to Jiri (1905m.) which takes approximately six hours. The beginning part of your trek is steeply descent upto Shivalaya through forests, villages and terraces. This village is densely populated by mixed community. As you cross a stream over a suspension bridge you head upwards for Mali Gaon (Mali village). From here you see green hills and fields where people work on their fields. To reach Mali Danda you walk uphill through forests. Leaving Mali Danda you begin your trek to Jiri following ups and down way. .

Day 25: It takes nine hours drive from Jiri to Kathmandu on returning.