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Original Way to Everest Base Camp Trekking

‘on the old original route to the heart of Everest area’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Everest
Trip Basis
On Lodge / Tea House
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5,545 m
Total Trip
Moderate & Adventurous
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
On the original route to world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m / 29,028 ft from Himalayan mediterranean climate, alpine to arctic climate zone awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks from the highest point at Kalapatthar hill top, amazing traditional Buddhist culture of the Highlanders ‘Sherpa’ Sweeping scenic flight with parallel views of snow capped peaks.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination Original Way to Everest Base Camp, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its amazing landscapes from both side of high Khumbu Valley. On this trek Original Way to Everest Base Camp you can marvel the scenery from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Chnagtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Ama Dablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with trekking peaks Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other smaller unnamed peaks.
 
Original Way to Everest Base Camp least trekked area till Lukla and then on the most popular and trekked region due to its easy accessibility from the small airstrip at Lukla or from the classic trail Jiri, our trek Original Way to Everest Base Camp starts from Jiri the classic route and then concludes at picturesque touristic town at Lukla, the trek is moderate  in the beginning and to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy lodge known as tea houses along the route. 
 
Original Way to Everest Base Camp is the second busiest trekking destination after Annapurna region, one of the most unique journeys leading from mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in the high valleys and mountains of Khumbu area with dramatic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
This trek leads through many traditional Sherpa villages famous as mountaineers and warm hospitality and has been a high altitude porters and guides since last five decades.
 
This remarkable trek starts from Jiri the old and original gateway to Everest area and then over to famous Junbesi, Takshindo and Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters over the high pass Lamjura-la 3,530m with enough rest day for proper acclimatization and then heading higher to Imjatse valley through the scenic spot of Thyangboche Monastery and Pangboche then finally reaching our destination at world’s highest Mountain base camp at 5, 364 meters and then climb up to Kalapathar the highest point of this trek at 5,545 meters and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at scenic valley at Lukla for the scenic sweeping short flight back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking Original Way to Everest Base Camp.
Day 01:           Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:           Drive to Shivalaya 1,770 m via Jiri 1,900 m - 07 hrs journey.
Day 03:           Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma). 2,195m - 05 hrs.
Day 04:           Trek to Sete 2,575 m -0 6 hrs.
Day 05:           Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m - 06 hrs.
Day 06:           Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m - 0 6 hrs.   
Day 07:            Trek to Bupsa Danda approx. 2,250 m 06 hrs.
Day 08:           Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09:           Trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Day 10:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 12:           Trek to Tyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
Day 13:           Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.
Day 14:           Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15:           Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
                        5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 16:           Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.
Day 17:           Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.
Day 18:           Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
Day 19:           Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Day 20:           Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 21:           In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 22:           International departure for home ward bound.

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK 1,148 SQ. KMS:


LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world,
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)
Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted. Other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), jackal and languor monkey.
The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.
But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:

Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
 
For more information and trip details please contact us:
Trip basis:                                On Lodge / Tea House.
Trekking grade:                      
Trekking duration:                  18 / 19 days.
Highest elevation:                   5,545 m at Kalapathar top.
Total Trip:                               .
Seasons:                                 


Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02:           Drive to Shivalaya 1,770 m via Jiri 1,900 m -07 hrs journey.
A long day journey, so starting early morning from Kathmandu for the drive to Jiri unto Shivalaya village, this interesting scenic drive passing through interesting towns and villages through Himalayan foothills, through towns of Dhulkhel, Chrikot and then to Jiri after few good stops drive continues on the winding dirt road to the first overnight stop at Shivalaya village a fair size village with number of lodges for travelers.


Day 03:           Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma) 2,195 m - 05 hrs
From Shivalaya walk to Bhandar a moderate trek, after a long day drive of previous day, morning starts with a an hour slow ascend to a small village of Sangbadanda, then on the gradual path passing rural farm villages and mixed forest, then reaching a stream with a climb through cool shade of rhododendron  pine, oaks tree lines, after few hours of morning walk reaching at Deurali pass at 2, 715 meters, after a break here for lunch a long descend for nearly two hours to Bhandar village for overnight stop, walk passes an interesting large Stupa enclosed inside a wall and then through villages and farm-fields till Bhandar or Chyangma village, this area are of mix tribes of people Tamangs, Newars, but predominantly Sherpa people.
 
Day 04:           Trek to Sete 2,575 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk continues with an downhill walk into cool shade of forest and farm terraces and passing several farm villages to reach at Kenja village at 1,634m, Kenja a nice moderate size village, situated in a warm valley just beneath the high hills of Lamjura and Pikey danda, offering views of Numbur peaks. After Kenja, a steep uphill climb all the way to overnight stop at Sete village from here onwards the temperature gets cooler.
 
Day 05:      Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la  3,530 m -06 hrs.
Starting the trek with a cool morning then heading towards Lamjuta-la pass with a slow steep climb into dense forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees then through many small farm lands and hamlets, after few hours of steady uphill walk reaching at the top of Lamjura pass with a big stupa and lodges, from here a long descend through forest of firs and rhododendron trees all the way to Sherpa village at Toctoc, from here continue walk on the gradual winding path to Junbesi, from the ridge looking at Junbesi way below, then with a final descend to Junbesi, a nice large village inhabited mostly by Sherpa people, this village with a nice interesting monastery and a high school sponsored by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust.
 
Day 06:      Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m - 06 hrs.    
After a wonderful time at Junbesi, morning walk leads on the winding smooth path with first glimpse of Mt. Everest with other snow capped mountains, after a break here head down to the river, after crossing the bridge with short climb to Ringmo village, stop here for lunch as time permits after leaving Ringmo, an hour of gradual slow climb into forest of pines and rhododendron trees then reaching at Trakshindu pass at 3,070m marked with mani and chortens with grand views of Numbur, Kusum Kangguru, Thamersarkhu and Kantega peaks.
 
From here a long downhill walk to Nunthala through Takshindo village with an old monastery, continue descend through the forest and then reaching a farmland on the outskirt of the village, after reaching the bottom of Takshindo hill a short walk to Nuntahla also known as Manidingma, a large mid hill village of Rai tribe and Sherpa people.
 
Day 07:      Trek to Bupsa Danda 2,250 m - 06 hrs.
The air gets much cooler as the walk leads closer to Khumbu area after being in the Solu region, morning walk starts with an downhill through forest area to the bridge over Dudh Kosi River, from here crossing the raging Dudh Kosi River, then leading on the slow winding uphill trail to Jubing village, around this area are warm with citric trees and plants, after Jubing following an uphill path to Kharikhola 2,200m, a large village with Sherpa and Magar inhabitants, after a  break here heading towards next hill, after crossing a river tributaries of Kharikhola, then it leads to a steep climb for an hour to our overnight stop at Bupsa a small village, located on the ridge overlooking fabulous views of rolling hills and valleys.
 
Day 08:      Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m - 06 hrs.
From Bupsa a slow with steady walk reaching into Khumbu region as the air gets much cooler from here onwards, morning walk starting with an uphill climb through mixed alpine forest and some small wild and bird life, like pheasant, which is abundant along this area. Walk continues climbing over Kharte Dande pass at 3,880m high above the Dudh Kosi river, morning walk reaches at Puiyan village at 2,800m, a nice place in the middle of a forest.
From Puiyan after lunch, walking on the winding trail, with view of Lukla town and its airstrip, from the ridge top, our route descend to Surkhe village for the overnight stop, Surkhe located just below Lukla.
 
Day 09:      Trek to Phakding 2,650 m - 05 hrs.
After Surkhe morning heads towards the main trekking trail passing Muse and Chowrikharka farm village near below Lukla. Being on the isolated area for many days, from here onwards on the famous route to Everest Base Camp where the trail from Lukla joins at a small Choplung village, walking is easier and pleasant on the gradual path all the way to Phakding with few small ups in between, reaching at Tarhe khola, with wonderful view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m, after crossing the bridge with a short climb reaches to Ghat village, from here onwards an hour of pleasant walk to Phakding village for overnight stop by the bank of Dudh-Kosi River.
 
 
Day 10:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
Today’s morning walk leads to the bank of Dudh Koshi, then crossing bridges to reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After checking the Park & Trekking tickets and permits, further walk leads on the bank of the river, then after the last high bridge an uphill walk for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here we will have two nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful
Saturday market.
 
Day 11:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Namche an ideal place for acclimatization, this rest day one can relax or take a short hike up to the park museum which houses great range of information from mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, from this spot offers grand panorama of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and stunning peak Ama Dablam, with time here an optional walk up to Everest View Hotel for another beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
 
Day 12:           Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
After a good rest at Namche, morning walk starts along a gradual winding trail through conifer and rhododendron woodland, with the striking views of Ama Dablam, the walk further offers striking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, then the path descends towards Imjatse river at Phunge Tenga, after a rest here on the uphill path through a nice serene forest to reach at Thyangboche Monastery. A scenic spot with awesome views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place is also a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here.
In this monastery, mountaineers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe expedition.
 
Day 13:           Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk descends to Debuche through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, from here a nice pleasant walk and then the path leads crossing a bridge over Imja Khola. From here a gentle climb to reach Pangboche a Sherpa village with several houses made of stones with an old monastery and this is the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp, from here leaving the tree lines behind for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. The trail leads slowly through exposed landscapes with superb views of Mt. Ama Dablam at close range after a good walk of the day, then reaching at Dingboche for overnight stay.
 
Day 14:           Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche, following the path uphill for an hour then with a pleasant walk to  place called Thugla ( Dugla) the midway spot, as the trail joins from Pheriche valley, Dingboche and Cholatse pass towards Everest Base Camp & Kalapthar, this place with stunning views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Makalu towards east and tips of Mt. Cho Oyu  in the west,  the climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, and continues till Lobuche our overnight stop spot.
 
Day 15:           Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m, Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m.
The trail today is quite hard due to altitude gain with tremendous views of
Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest world’s highest peak at 8,848 meters / 29,028 ft. After few hours of strenuous and scenic walk reaching at Gorakshep through moraine and icy path, Gorakshep houses 4 lodges, this place with the last lodge before Everest Base Camp, after a break here our journey continue to Everest Base Camp walking along then moraine with view of Khumbu Icefall and then reaching at Everest Base Camp our goal and destination of this adventurous memorable trek. After spending some time at the base camp, return journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop after fulfilling the high light of this trip.
 
Day 16:           Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4, 240 m - 05 hrs.
Morning climb with a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for the most fantastic view of
Mt. Everest with other surroundings peaks all the way to south eastern horizon. Kalapatthar at 5,545 m the scenic view top for entire south face of Mt. Everest and other high snow capped peaks, after a memorable moment here and the highest point of this awesome trek, spending some time here a steep downhill back to Gorakshep and continue the journey all the way to Thugla after Lobuche and finally towards Pheriche valley for the overnight stop.
 
Pheriche a temporary settlement near to Dingboche with more than 20 lodges and teahouses with fabulous views of snow capped peaks of Taboche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Cho-Oyu in the distance.
 
Day 17:           Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Pheriche with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings you back to the famed Tyangboche Monastery with amazing surrounding scenery.
 
Day 18:           Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.
Morning walk begins with a descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village for overnight stop in this quaint nice village.


Day 19:           Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs.
After a memorable trip to Everest base camp, today the last day walk of this fascinating journey, from here retrace the trail back to Lukla on the gradual winding trail passing Phakding and Ghat village then with the last uphill climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening time enjoy the last meal with fellow trekkers, staffs and porters.
 
Day 20:           Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
 
Day 21:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
 
Day 22:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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