This trek commences overland to the road heading to Jiri (6 hrs). We follow the original route of the early expeditions through some truly beautiful alpine scenery. This region is relatively underdeveloped compared to the trail from Lukla onwards. The trek provides an insight into the many traditional aspects of the lives of the different ethnic groups of the area — Tamang, Kami, Brahmins, Kshetri & Sherpa. One of the highlights on the way to Lukla is the overnight stop at Junbesi, the oldest Sherpa settlement in the Solu Khumbu. An hour above Junbesi lays the monastery of “Tupten Chholing” with the villages of Mabung and Pangkarma, which are places to visit on route. The journey from Jiri to Lukla is up and down. People usually arrive in Lukla in very good shape expecting next to come by. From Lukla we follow the itinerary as described in our Lukla for Lukla tour.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu – transfer hotel – tour briefing Day 02: A full day Kathmandu sightseeing Day 03: Drive Kathmandu / Jiri Day 04: Jiri / Deurali Day 05: Deurali / Sete Day 06: Sete / Junbesi Day 07: Junbesi / Nunthala Day 08: Nunthala / Khari Khola Day 09: Khari Khola / Lukla Day 10: Lukla / Phakding (2640 m.) Day 11: Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3446 m.) Day 12: Namche / Thyengboche (3867 m.) Day 13: Thyengboche / Dingboche (4343 m.) Day 14: Dingboche / Lobuche (4930 m.) Day 15: Lobuche / Gorak Shep (5140 m.) Day 16: Excursion to Kalapatter (5545 m.) back to Gorekshep Day 17: Gorekshep / EBC (5364 m.) / Lobuche (4930 m.) Day 18: Lobuche / Pheriche (4240 m.) Day 19: Pheriche / Thyengboche (3867 m.) Day 20: Thyengboche / Kumjung (3789 m.) Day 21: Khumjung / Phakding Day 22: Phakding / Lukla Day 23: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu flight Day 24: At leisure in Kathmandu Day 25: Transfer airport -flight to onward destination