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Kandoo Adventures: June 1st 2020

Everest trek from Jiri Highlights

Follows the original route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary before Lukla airport was built.
A fabulous cultural journey from lowland farming villages to the barren mountain highs.
Long approach walk offers excellent acclimatisation.
Climb Kala Pattar and visit Everest base camp for amazing views.

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About the Everest from Jiri Trek  - The Pioneers trail

The Pioneers trail is so called as it was the original route taken by everyone wanting to climb Everest before they built the airport at Lukla. Rather than taking the white-knuckle flight into Lukla, it starts with a rather more sedate drive to Jiri.

From Jiri you trek for seven days over typical Nepali flat, always up or down, through the foothills of the Khumbu region, staying in remote Sherpa villages which are much quieter than on the main Everest trek routes. This eventually takes you, after a long final ascent, to the capital of the region, Namche Bazaar.  Namche is a surprisingly large town where there is fast internet, great espresso and some fabulous cake shops. Perfect for the rest day to recharge the legs and acclimatise before the final part of the trek.

From Namche you have the choice of following the classic Everest trek route or to take the detour and trek to base camp via Gokyo Lakes.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later you will meet your guide your pre-trek briefing.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri

After breakfast in your hotel you will be driven to Jiri which takes approximately 7 hours.  

Day 3From Jiri to Deurali

Today, you trek from Jiri for approx 6 hours to Deurali. The trek climbs through Sherpa villages and farmland to top of a ridge at 2370m then descends back down to Shivalaya at 1750m.

Day 4From Deurali to Sete

You trek down to Kinja (1630m) today and then climb back up through rhododendron forest and through Sherpa villages to Sete.

Day 5From Sete to Junbensi

Today you will trek to the Lamjura Bhanjyang 3530m (the highest point between Jiri to Namche Bazaar) then you descend to Tragbuk at 2860m. Later you will reach the Sherpa village of Junbensi.

Day 6From Junbensi to Nuntala

Nuntala is approximately 5-6 hours walking distance from Junbesi. The trails climb to Salung at 2980m, where you will have the first views of Mount Everest (8848m). Heading towards Ringmo Khola (2570m) and climbing up to Sherpa village of Taksindhu (3071m); you later descend through forest to the Nuntala (2330m).

Day 7From Nuntala to Bupsa

Our route starts to trek towards the Dudh Koshi river, the start of the Classic Everest Base Camp trek.   You will climb up to Khari kola (2070m) and on to Bupsa at 2360m.

Day 8From Bupsa to Chablung

It is approximately 5-6 hours walking distance from Bupsa. Today you will continue climbing still with magnificent views of the fast flowing Dudh Koshi river.   Later you will reach to the Puiyan (2730m) then trek down to the Surkhe. Your trek continues towards Mushe and Chaurikharka then Chablung at 2660m.

Day 9From Chablung to Monjo

Today will be an easier day's trekking as you wind your way along the Dudh Koshi river towards Monjo at 2840m as you join the popular Everest Base Camp trail.  It will be busier from here!

Day 10From Monjo to Namche

Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 11Acclimatisation day in Namche

Namche is tucked away between two ridges and has lots of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is a great place to spend a day acclimatizing before heading off towards Tengboche.  

Day 12From Namche to Tengboche

From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. You will get great views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu

Day 13From Tengboche to Pheriche

You descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6856m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees. A further two hours walk brings you to Pheriche.

Day 14Acclimatisation day in Pheriche

A day for rest and acclimatization. You also have an opportunity to wander up the valley to look at the Tshola Tsho lake and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Your guide will take you up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse.

Day 15From Pheriche to Lobuche

You continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. You then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach Lobuche.

Day 16From Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp

To reach your next stop, Everest Base Camp, you follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. You stop for lunch at Gorak Shep before finally making your way to base camp itself (5364m) This takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col.

Day 17From Gorak Shep to Dingboche via Kala Pattar

A very early start is required to reach the top of Kala Pattar (5554m) for one of the best viewpoints in the Himalaya. From here you can see the face of Everest and deep into the Khumbu icefield. After lunch you then descend to Dingboche for the night.

Day 18From Dingboche to Namche

From Dingboche you drop down again to follow the river. After crossing it you climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest back to Tengboche. From Tengboche you descend over the Dudh Koshi before making your way back to Namche.

Day 19From Namche to Lukla

Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience

Day 20Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, you will head to the airstrip for your return journey to Kathmandu. Later, you have free time to explore. You stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21Depart Kathmandu

Our Kandoo representative will take you to the airport for your flight home.

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