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Following the steps of the victorious mountaineering duo Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek leads you through the classic trail that ushered them to summit of Everest. Preferred by those who want an alternative to the Lukla flight, you will reach the highlands through trail used by every consequent mountaineering expedition team and trek leaders, until direct flights to Lukla were provisioned. Jiri, a village in Dolakha district, is referred to as the “classic route to Everest”. The lush, scenic hills, rivers, streams, culturally prosperous villages, uncongested trail and primarily, the opportunity of achieving a gradual acclimatization the route, entices many trekkers to this program. This route provides a chance to visit additional Buddhist monasteries, explore more of the culturally rich Sherpas and other ethnic villages, representing simple yet, upscale mountain lifestyles.
The journey that commences with a sightseeing and preparation day in Kathmandu proceeds to the next day, where all roads lead to Jiri. The lengthy bus drive passing through the Araniko Highway is made pleasant by awe-inspiring views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal towards the north.
After leaving Junbesi, a sudden panorama of big mountains opens up ahead; you catch a first, though only brief sighting of Everest, Lhotse, Kusum Kangguru, Thamserku, Kangtega and Makalu. There’s promise in that teasing view, but it’s not until you reach Namche that the promise will be fulfilled.
An astounding vista of grand mountains is revealed, after advancing through Junbesi. You catch first glimpses of Everest, Lhotse, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega and Makalu. An assurance is lies in these moments, which is fulfilled after arriving at Namche, the dynamic trading hub, at the heart of the Solukhumbu district.
Celebrate the fervor of the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries, the mountaineers and wild life museums on the day distinguished for acclimatization.
Trekking through extensive areas in the Himalayas, witness the monumental Mount Everest, from the Everest base camp, the arresting sight that never fails to live up to the prestige.
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel
Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast included.
Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar (1520m/4985ft) Duration: 7-8 hours Today we take an early morning drive to Jiri, about 187 km north-east of Kathmandu. Since, we would be travelling on the mountain roads, it takes around 6-7 hours to reach Jiri. From Jiri, we continue driving to Bhandar, our trek start point. Although still a single lane road, the road conditions have improved a lot nowadays than what it used to be till some years ago. Enjoy the views of Kosi River and panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Sete (2500m/8200ft) Duration: 7 hours Today the trail drops down to the Likhu Khola and crosses the river at 1580m, and tracks along it to Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura pass. The first part of the climb is quite steep, and then it traverses to Sete, and abandoned Gompa at 2575m. Then we continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpa’s and have both Nepali and Sherpa names. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Junbesi (2675m/8774ft) Duration: 7 hours The day begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura la pass at 3530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with flowering rhododendrons in the spring. Goyem at 3300m. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk at 2860m, then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi at 2675m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Nuntala (2345m/76916ft) Duration: 7 hours This day we climb to a ridge at 3080m, from where Everest slowly begins to appear in front of your eye, then on to Salung at 2650m. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m. We make a short climb from Ringmo Khola that takes us to the 3071m Trakshindo pass, then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2320m. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Khari Khola (2194m/7196ft) Duration: 6 hours The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) where the trail then ascends through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Puiyan (2890m/9479ft) Duration: 6 hours We start a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 6 hours We continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 meters, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we descend to Surke following the trail towards Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours Descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the 'summer valley'. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Hike to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, 6 hours This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This trek is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hours After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek - but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hours of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration : 7 hours The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest, in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range. We then trek back to Gorekshep, for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours Easy walk along the Imja Khola, short climb to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Fly back to Kathmandu 30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Leisure day Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Farewell Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing.
Arrival: Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will receive a warm welcome from our airport representative. We will review your itinerary and introduce you to our guides. We also help you with any final preparations for our journey. Meals and Drinking Water: We ensure you with the quality and quantity (breakfast, lunch, dinner) of food in the guesthouses during the trek. We will stop in the guesthouse chosen by us. The guide will help you select the menu. You will get delicious food as much as you want but due to the extreme location, only seasonal vegetables are available. Soup, noodles, rice and seasonal vegetables are easily available in these areas. You generally get bread, eggs and cereals for breakfast. Biscuits, soft drinks and chocolates are available at various stores for snacks. In some areas, you may also find fresh fruits.
You can buy mineral water at the lodges or ask to fill your bottle with boiled water at the guesthouses or lodge.
Visa requirement: You can obtain a Nepal entry visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport itself. A multiple entry tourist visa for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD 40. Similarly, 90 days multiple entry tourist visas can be obtained for USD 100. Do not forget to bring 2 passport size photos with you.
International flight accessibility to Nepal: Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situated in Kathmandu, Nepal. Best connecting flight from Europe to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok and Dragon Air via Hongkong. Similarly, from USA, we have North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.
From Australia, we have Silk Air and Dragon Air that connects directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.
Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for both domestic and international flight.
Customs Formalities: Your luggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring dutiable goods like tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed limit free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited.
Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.
Green Channel: The passengers who arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying any dutiable articles, you will have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Import: Visitors are allowed to bring some items to Nepal free of duty too. You can bring cigarettes (200)/cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring the following articles free of duty on a condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.
Export: It is strictly prohibited to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts). They are valued for culture and religious reasons. So, do not purchase such items. They are Nepal’s cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ram shah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.
Currency and Foreign Exchange: At the airport, there are foreign exchange counters where you can exchange your currency. We advise you to exchange the currency only through banks and authorized foreign exchange centre. Daily foreign rates are determined by Nepal Rastra bank. The exchange rates are published on daily newspaper or the banks official site www.nrb.org.np.
The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000.
Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to have travel insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.
High Altitude sickness: One can suffer from mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness along their trek trial which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting , loss of appetite, insomnia, persistent headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, disorientation, drunken gait, weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face, difficulty in breathing, reduced urine output.
Generally, the symptoms may appear at an altitude above 300 meters. When we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen falls. So, we recommend you to take adequate time acclimatizing in the mountain atmosphere. Intake of plenty of water and liquid in regular basis is very essential to minimize AMS effect.
Our trekking team will have the medication box in case necessary. While you trek in the Himalayas, we suggest you to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse. If the symptoms are serious, it becomes necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.
Equipments: Find the list of the recommended equipment here on our website: https://www.nepalhikingteam.com/upload/equipments.pdf
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