The road from
Kathmandu now extends as far as Jiri almost into Sherpa Country.
The 6 to 8 hours drive is in itself interesting passing through
divers countryside, crossing the Sunkoshi river (river of gold)
and climbing high over forested ridges before reaching Jiri.The
first day, the camp is gradually located fairly near Jiri which
has become somthing of a boom-town since the road was built.
The trail leeds up
the east ridge of the river, through Tamang villages, to Kharubas
Pass (2713m) climbing through rhododondron forest. Past old Water
mills and Mani Walls to Budlers Pass, marked by Mani Walls.
Descend to Chyangma has some Tamang and Newari people but is
predominantly Sherpa. Mani Walls welcome the travelers to the
village. An interesting shop display Chang (local Beer) bottles,
tea Churns, essential items of Sherpa homes. Continue past Mani
village to a grassy field campsite.
through forest then more gradually past Terrace fields to Phedi, a
small Chhetri settlement. Cross suspension bridge and walk along
rive too Kenja at the juntcion of two rivers, a bustling Bazar
with a primary School, tea-house and fabric shops.The village
population is a combination of Sherpa, Newar and Chhetri, climb
steeply through rhodondron forest. View to the south of receding
hills and lush valleys.Mani Walls mark the entrance to the
monastery village of Sete, the first Tibetan Buddhistmonastery on
the Everest trail. A visit to the hilltop monastery is worthwhile.
Climb up to Lamjura
Pass (3530m) through pine forest, the trekket is met by a mass of
colour (in season) as the pass is ascended through a rhododondron
forest. Some unnamed rocky summits as the head of the Rolwaling
Valley are visible from the Pass. Lamjura marks a transition point
between the receding hills to the southwest and the Solukhumbu
Valley ahead. Descend through rhododondron and pine trees to
Thakdor, a sherpa village with a huge carved Mani rock. Continue
down through fields of premulas down to Junbesi, a large Sherpa
village with a Chorten, large monastery, and a School build by Sir
Edmond Hillary. Nice views of Number (6957m),. Camp near this very
interesting village.7 Hrs.
The trail climbs
out of the Junbesi valley and side hills, Running north and
traversing high above the nest river valley to the east. A glimps
for Everest summit pyramid is possible on a clear day. Continue
along the ridge to Salung, a Sherpa village with small water spun
prayer wheels. Descend through pine forest and grassy slopes to
the Ringmo khola. Cross the river and climb through the Apple
orchards of the Sherpa village of Ringmo.Takshindu Pass (2988m)
with shorten marking the top of the pass set off the towering
views of Kangtega (6779m) and hamserkhu (6623m) across the Dudh
Koshi Valley, drop down through forest to the pagoda like
monastery of the Takshindu, 5 Hrs.
KHARI KHOLA (2027m).
to Manidingma, a Rai and Sherpa village by a stream continue
through mustard field and through forest with chance of seeing
anguor. The descend continue into the valley of the Dudh Koshi,
which drains the Southern slope of the Everest massive cross
suspension bridge and gradually climb to Jubing, arrive village
with bambo0 stands aroud its houses, continue to the Magar and
Sherpa villages of Khari Khola, with water mill and Mani Walls
which has a colourful market every Wednesday. 5 Hrs.
Cross small river,
then steep climb climb to Kharte through Rhododendron and Oak
trees as well as the Fragrant Dhampe. Continue through forest to
Khate danda, with a chance of seeing pheasant. Descend to river,
thriough rhododendron and brich pine, and bamboo to camp in forest
near the stream. 5 Hrs.
Trails continue to
travers high above the river, nice view of the valley, including
the air-strip at Lukla. Along, steep descend to small river at
Surkya. Continue to village of Chauri Kharka, set among the
terraces on the hillside. Camp near bridge at the Phakding. At the
site of the brideg is a brightly painted Mani Rock, carved in
commemmoration of several families who diewd when Dudh Koshi
became a raging torrent from an avalanche that originated high on
the slopes of Amadablam (6812m) on 5th Aug'95. 7 Hrs.
NAMCHE BAZAR (3440m).
Follow the Bhote
Koshi through forest and pasture land, along the valley dotted
with small Sherpa settlement. Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb
steeply along switch-backing trail to large Sherpa village of
Namche. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m) come into site. This
prosperous town is the largest in Khumbu. A traditional trading
centre, the Bazar is held every Saturday. The wares on dispaly
including grains and vegetables, tennis shoews and tricots as well
as hand-woven aprons and Tibetan boots. Thamserkhu (6623m) and
Kwangde (6011m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain
Khumbila (5707m) domitanes the sky-line to the north behind the
village. 6 Hrs.
NAMCHE BAZAR - Rest and acclimatization day.
Your trek will lead
down to Phungi Thyanka for lunch. After lunch ascend of northern
two and half hour will reach at Thyangboche.
Rest and acclimatization day at Thayangboche.
This is a day to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery that
surrounds you. Everest
Lhotse, Nuptse, Taboche(6367m). You
can visit the Monastery and the monks will happily show you
around. This is just the spot for a rest day.
We move up the Imja river valley to Pangboche
(3900m) We stop here for lunch and visit the Monastery and look at
the 'Yiti Sculpt'. In the afternoon we continue on to the summer
village of Dingboche (4360m). The Secnery all day is superb.
Dingboche - Chhukung (3 hours walking)
Chhukung - Island peak Base Camp (3 hours
Island Peak Base Camp - Island Peak High Camp
I.P. High Camp - Summit the peak and return
back to Chhukung.
Chhukung - Tengboche ( 7 hours walking)
Tengboche - Monzo (2815m) 6 hours' walking.
Monzo - Lukla. (5 hours walking)
Lukla - Fly back to Kathmandu (45 minutes).