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Jiri-EBC-Kalapatthar Trek is characterized as one of the less crowded treks in Nepal, as most adventure seekers prefer flying to Lukla and walk only the high altitude portion of the route. This trek includes a tremendous amount of walk on the hillsides and finally the trek reaches to the ridge that separates two rivers, descends to the river itself, and then ascends the next ridge.
Jiri-EBC trek kicks off at an elevation of 1860m. This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Khumbu area where we meet hospitable Sherpa people, view picturesque village as well as a huge cultural diversity, colorful festivals and monasteries. The floras and faunas are the other assets profusely in the region of Sagarmatha National Park. The tales of the Yeti, a legendary creature is still a mystery in this region.
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) about 188 km which takes about eight hours. The first part of our journey drives eastwards from Kathmandu passing through Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu and part of the Araniko Highway before turning right on the road to Jiri, which passes through green hilled scenery as well as snowcapped mountains. The road is quite narrow but it is smooth. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people inhabited in and around the town.
Trek from Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.) which takes about six and half hours. The beginning of our trek is a gentle ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it follows a gently descending path to Shivalaya (1800m.) where we can take lunch and hang around. After our lunch, the trail turns steeply up before turning into a gentle ascent to Deorali. We can enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow-capped mountains at a far distance.
Trek from Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.) and it takes about six and half hours. The starting of our trek is a steep descent for nearly an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then a gentle descent to Kenja (1600m.) where we can enjoy our lunch. After our lunch, our trek is goes steeply up to our destination. En route, we can enjoy the agricultural farm scenery where locals are always working hard. In addition to this, we pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views.
Trek from Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.) and it takes about six and half hours. To begin our trek, we climb steeply for an early two hour passing through Dagchu and Goyem, small Sherpa settlements. Then our trek starts gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. After the pass, the rest of the trek is a gentle descent to our destination. On this route, we can enjoy viewing some of the snow capped mountains such as the "Goa of the Solu" along with spotting some wildlife such as monkeys and many species of birds.
Rest day at Junbesi. Take the day to enjoy the cultural surroundings and the beautiful scenery, or we can visit Thubten Chholing Monastery known as Nunnery Monastery on a two hour side trip after 3 days of hard trekking.
Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) which takes approximately six hours. The beginning of our trek is a gentle ascent for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). From this place, we can see our first views of Mount Everest, Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) Our trek is flat and a gentle descent to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, our trail goes steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). From this point, we can see excellent mountain views. At the end of our trek is a steep descent to the town of Nunthala (2200m.) through a small Sherpa settlement and forest.
Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) and it takes about six hours. The beginning of our trek is a gentle descent to the Dudh Koshi river (Milk River) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farm land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From the Dudh Koshi river, our trail is a gentle ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farming lands. From Kharikhola our trail follows a flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply up to the camp (Bupasa) where we can visit a Buddhist Monastery in ruined state.
Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which takes about six and half hours. At the beginning of the day, we ascend steeply for the early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking we pass through rhododendron and oak forests, including a small Sherpa settlement and teashops. From this point, we can see excellent views of different mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). Now, our trail is a gentle descent and flat to Chaubar (2730m.) passing through Bamboo forests and Puiyan (2770m.) with views of the Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, our trail steeply descends to our destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla.
Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about four hours. The first part of the trek is a gentle 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, our trail is almost flat and gently descends before ascending again to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days on the trail. We can hang in and around Phakding village.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo(2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy views of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Another highlight to this day is being able to visit some of the village monasteries on the way to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market.
Rest at Namche Bazaarfor 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. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital, which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Center and Museum just above the town.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m.) and it takes about five hours. Leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. Make our way around a branch ridge, and Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawetse (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends and we will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. Descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. Though we cannot see it, we can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tengboche; the first half is especially steep. As we climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and splendid views appear. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks our entry into Tengboche (3860m). We may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as our campsite. There is also a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tengboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 m.) and it takes approximately five and half hours. Leave Tengboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. 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. Ascend the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as we 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 or Imjatse (6,189m) Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) Today is a very important acclimatization day. 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.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) which takes about six hours. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's 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 trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of the Khumbu glacier. 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 which is hidden and sheltered from the wind.
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 an icy glacial pond and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us 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 a rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear at the front of us. Sometimes an avalanche can be seen along the way. After a picturesque moment, we retrace our path back through the Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4250m.)and it takes about five hours. Enjoy an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the spectacular sunrise. From Kala Patthar we 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 others.
Pheriche is a place where we can make phone calls to any part of the world. We can also see the mountain yaks in Pheriche, which are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Here is also located the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.
Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3867m.) which takes approximately 4 hours. Enjoy a morning visit to the research center, then trek back to Tengboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest. Tengboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering us splendid views of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views
Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about four and half hours. The walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. Along the way we will visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde, and have an opportunity to visit a special monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings to the village of Khunde, where we can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by the Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings us to Namche for the overnight stay.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Surkey (2400m.) and it takes about six hours. The trail descends gently for some distance. En route we pass a few villages, terraces and enjoy the beautiful mountain views. From Chhuplung the trails again move down until Surkey via Chaurikharka, a relatively big village mainly inhabited by Sherpa. Moreover, we find mani walls, chorten, monastery and significant Sherpa culture. To describe Surkey, it is apt to mention that it lies at the bottom of hill. It is surrounded by forests covered with pine and oaks.
Trek from Surkey to Bupsa (2350m) via Phuiyan which takes about five and half hours. To reach Phuiyan La we follow an ascending path passing through a few trees. The trail now stretches out on a flat level until we reach Phuiyan where there are human settlements of Rai and Sherpa people. It is surrounded by forests. Leaving this village, we gently ascend crossing a small stream to reach Kharte Danda. En route, we pass through bamboo and oak forests. Then our journey starts descending until we reach Bupsa. On the way, we find some tea houses and feel exhilarated at the sight of natural vegetation.
Trek from Bupsa to Nunthala (2200m.) and it takes about five and half hours.The early part of our trek to Kharikhola is a steep descent. Kharikhola is a big village mainly inhabited by Rai, Sherpa and people of other castes. We find terraces, schools and the way to Mera Peak used by climbers. The trail now goes downwards to Jubing and we cross the Dudh Koshi over the suspension bridge. We then begin to follow an ascending path passing through forests covered with rhododendron, oaks, pine and other natural vegetation. To reach Nunthala, we follow the same ascending path. It is a village occupied by Sherpa, Rai and other castes. There is a handicraft factory where trekkers can visit.
Trek from Nunthala to Junbesi (2675m.)and it takes about seven hours. This day we begin our trek following a steeply ascending path through forests until Trogsindho. There is a beautiful, old monastery here. We can enjoy mountain views of Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.). While ascending, we cross Trogsindho La. Here we see chorten, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. We can enjoy a few tea shops available here. The green scenarios compel us to fall in love with nature. Leaving this place, we descend to Ringmu where there is an apple orchard and terraces. Passing through this village, we reach Sallung Danda. Here is situated a cheese factory and we can enjoy views of Everest, Thamserku, Mera Peak, Makalu, Kusum Kantega and local villages at some distance. To reach Junbesi, we have to go down way through bare hills and pine forests before we cross a small stream. Junbesi is a big village, rich in Sherpa culture and home to a monastery, school, hydro power project, communication facilities and fruits and vegetable gardens.
Trek from Junbesi to Sete (2400m.) which takes about six hours. The early part of the trails goes upward and then stretches at a flat level until Tractor. We enter a village here with a monastery, chorten and terraces. To reach Lamjura, we follow a steeply ascending path crossing forests covered with rhododendron, pine and oak trees. There are a few tea shops in and around this area. Now we descend all the way to Sete through rhododendron and oak forests. Sete is a small village with chorten, prayer flags and terraces.
Trek from Sete to Deurali (2705m.) and it takes almost six hours. We walk downwards all the way to Kenja (1600m.) passing through villages, terraces and green hills. The Solukhumbu district ends at Kenja and Ramechhap district starts from here. The inhabitants belong to different community. The trails now turn upward until we reach Bhandar, a beautiful big village with good sceneries, monastery, tea garden, terraces, weekly market and communication facilities. To reach Deurali, we ascend all the way passing through forests covered with oak and other natural vegetation. From here, we enjoy the spectacular view of Gaurishankar. Deurali is a Sherpa village is surrounded by forests and displaying chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
Trek from Deurali to Jiri (1905m.) which takes approximately six hours. The beginning part of our trek is a steep descent to Shivalaya through forests, villages and terraces. There is actually a motorway to Shivalaya, but some disruptions occur during the monsoon season. This village is densely populated by a mixed community. As we cross a stream over a suspension bridge we head upwards for Mali Gaon (Mali village). From here we see green hills and fields where people grow wheat, millet, maize and green vegetables. Leaving Mali Danda we begin our trek to Jiri following some ups and downs along the way. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people inhabited in and around the town.
Drive from Jiri to Kathmandu which takes about nine hours.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
- Airport pick-up and drop off services
- Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
- All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- First Aid kit
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for all articipants including Nepali staff
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- Porter/s (1 porter can carry two people's luggage up to 30 kilograms)
- Rescue Assistance
- Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Nature of personal expenses
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