Trekking in Nepal

Gokyo Tsholapass and Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

  • Total Duration

    28 days
  • Trek Grade

    Adventurous
  • Trek Duration

    24 days
  • Max Elevation

    5550m at Kalapatthar
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Jiri
  • Trek Ends

    Lukla
“On the classic trail of Solu / Khumbu with rugged scenery and an awesome mountain backdrop”

Overview

This trek, with diverse landscapes and scenery from Jiri to the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo/ Tshola, is one of the most popular and outstanding treks after entering the Khumbu region.

It offers stunning attractions, including a colorful local culture, traditional villages, and a wide range of flora and fauna. Trekking through the Solukhumbu area, you will visit the charming villages of Junbesi and Ringmo and traverse over the great Lamjura pass with excellent views of the high, snow-capped peaks. You can take the opportunity to learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist culture for which this area is known.

The Everest trek involves a great deal of uphill and downhill walking and gives you an opportunity to observe the daily activities of the local people and their traditional way of life that has been preserved and practiced for thousands of years. This trip also gives you a chance to climb Kalapathar, the highest point reached on this trek and one of its highlights, which offers breathtaking panoramic scenery of the giant, snowy mountains and of Mt. Everest, which seems to be a stone’s throw away. After a memorable time in the high valleys and mountains, a smooth, sweeping flight brings you back to Kathmandu.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

05 March to 01 April
10 April to 07 May
12 September to 09 October
15 October to 11 November

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Jiri (2840m) 07 Hrs
Today, you will board a private bus in the morning and drive via the Araniko highway to Lamosangu. While passing the old Newar towns of Banepa and Dhulikhel, you will have an excellent panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas, including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorjee Lakpa. The road descends to Panchkhal, then climbs over a ridge behind Dolalghat and follows the Sun Koshi River north to Lamosangu. After passing several villages, you will reach Jiri. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 04: Trek to Bhandar (2190m) 07 Hrs
The first day of this adventurous trek starts with a climb to the ridge top at 2,370 m., then drops down to Shivalaya at 1750m offering beautiful scenery from each ridge top and winding through friendly villages and farm fields, the walk passes through placid forest of oak and rhododendron trees. From Shivalaya, the trail climbs again to Sangbadanda, at Deurali Pass. From Deurali Danda it’s all downhill to Bhandar, a small Sherpa village with a huge, beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monument (Chorten) situated on a vast meadow. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Sete (2575m) 07 Hrs
This morning’s walk leads you down a hill at Linkhu Khola. After you cross bridge at 1490m, the winding path leads to the small, pleasant village of Kenja at 1,570 m. After lunch, a slow, long uphill climb takes you past numerous farmhouses and terraced fields with excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and distant villages. After few hours, something of a long haul, you finally reach Sete, a tiny Sherpa village situated on a ridge in the middle of a rhododendron forest. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06: Trek to Lamjura Pass (3530m) to Jubesi (2680m) 07 Hrs
Today’s walk begins with a gradual climb on a good path, passing through a few small, scattered farmhouses and teahouses. After a few hours of pleasant walking through a beautiful rhododendron forest, you reach Lamjura Pass (3,530 m.), which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends through a fir and rhododendron forest and emerges at Taktor after one and half hours. You then traverse the north side of the valley before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 07: Rest day at Junbesi
The region around Junbesi is well worth exploring and a day spent here offers a variety of adventurous and leisurely alternatives. A two hour walk to the north of Junbesi takes you to the village of Phugmochhe (3,100 m.), where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. En-route to Phugmochhe, a short diversion will allow you to visit Thubten Chhuling, a huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery, a one and a half hour walk from Junbesi. Alternately, you can relax and explore Jubesi itself. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 08: Trek to Nunthala (2330m) 07 Hrs
Below Junbesi, the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge, there is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill. This trail turns north, descending through Salung. From Salung, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards the northeast. Past Salung, the walk leads downhill to the stream; after crossing the bridge, a short climb brings you to Ringmo and then towards the Tak-Shidno Pass. From Tak-Shidno, the walk is mostly downhill through the alpine forest of oak, rhododendron, pine, and hemlock trees. On the trail, there are a few shepherds’ huts, but the route is mostly hidden in dense forest. The trail crosses several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala (Manidingma) at 2320m, an ideal spot for the overnight stay. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 09: Trek to Bupsadand (2300m) 06 Hrs
From Nunthala, the path descends and continues to the Dudh Koshi River in the warmer area at 1480 m. You cross a bridge over the raging river; after the bridge, the trail is well-defined, although it sometimes meanders through terraced fields and farmyards. It then descends steeply through forests to a chautara (resting place) overlooking the river, before continuing through forest and climbing up terraced fields to reach the Rai village of Jibing (1667m). Depending upon the time, lunch can be taken here, the warmest area on this trek. From Jibing, the path meanders, slowly climbing to a village around a ridge before continuing to a prominent notch. From this notch, you walk to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) and push on up the steep hill to Bupsa danda, a small settlement perched on top of a ridge an hour climb from Khari Khola. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 10: Trek to Surke (2290m) 06 Hrs
The trail ascends from Bupsa danda and heads onwards to Bhumsing (2,300 m.) before climbing through a tributary valley filled with prickly oak and rhododendron, where languor monkeys may occasionally be seen. You then descend 305m. and cross the next tributary one hour later. You continue on the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan (2796m), a small village midway on the trail, before plunging downhill on a winding trail with a few small ups and downs to Surkhe, an ideal spot for lunch. From Surkhe, you can view the Lukla airstrip and the town of Lukla, as it is an hour’s walk below Lukla. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 11: Trek to Phakding (2610m) 05 Hrs
After Surkhe, the trail climbs for about an hour before continuing on a ridge. The trail then leaves this tributary valley and heads more directly north towards the village of Chaurikharka. Before ascending to Chaurikharka (2713m) the main trail crosses a spectacular deep gorge with a high waterfall (2,408 m.). Chaurikharka, a large scattered village with a monastery and a high school, is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area, as the land is fertile and bears crops like barley, wheat, and green vegetables. After this village, the trail from Lukla joins towards Phakding, making the path quite busy with trekkers, porters, and pack animals. A few hours of good, scenic walking brings you to Phakding for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 12: Trek to Namche (3440m) 05 Hrs
After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608 m.). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes' walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area. From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and with Kusum Kangru at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Taweche Peak, all the way up to Thop Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters and trekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 13: Rest day in Namche / Acclimatization day
Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum providing with various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 14: Trek to Dole (4200m) via Phortse Thanga (3680m) 05 Hrs
Journey continues towards Gokyo region, crossing through the Chorten with grand scenery of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Kusum Kangaru, Tawache and more peaks around the area. You can see the 360 degree view of snow capped mountain from this route and reaches at Kyanjuma. This is also most popular places for Himalayan wildlife such as Musk deer, Pheasant (Danfe), blood pheasants, Himalayan goat etc (BBC planet Earth has filmed in Apr 005 through the Gurkha Encounters support) and trek ascents the left side to Monga hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga for lunch. After lunch the path winds up through the beautiful countryside and through the gorge to Dole for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 15: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 04 Hrs
From Dole the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The track continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machermo at 4410m. It was in Machermo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are three hotels and good mountain views in Machhermo. Visit Himalayan rescue association and Overnight at Teahouse
Day 16: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 05 Hrs
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you can find the Lama Foot prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 17: Rest day in Gokyo
After your Gokyo breakfast you may have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great an opportunity to see full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-yu with a lake view in Himalayas. Northern part you can see the Cho-yu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Na-jumpa glacier. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, some snacks and packed food, hat, gloves and sunglass and back to lodge. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 18: Trek to Thangnak (4700m) via Gokyo Ri (5357m) 05 Hrs
Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri with a sunrise view and for the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and many more Himalayan scenery, including Mt. Cho Oyu the world’s 6th highest and Mt. Makalu which is the world’s 5th highest you can view this great giants all at one go. This will be your one of the most unforgettable memories and after an hour back to Gokyo for breakfast. Trek down to Thagnak passing the lakes and crossing the glacier towards Thaknak for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 19: Trek to Dzongla (4620m) via Chola Pass (5330m) 06 Hrs
After breakfast guide will lead you to the Tsho-La pass (Chhugyuma) at 5,420m. The pass is not difficult (except on heavy snow condition) but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. After crossing the Tshola (Cho-la) pass the downhill path reaches you at Dzongla for the overnight stop at the Lodge where lodges have basic facilities, with very simple dormitory room but with cozy dining. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 20: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 04 Hrs
From here the trail is quite gradual on the winding side of the hills and the walk follows along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching Lobuche at (4,910m) for your evening stay. This is the last stop before the climb to the base camp the next day. It is important to take the time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day. You can see the best view of Mt. Nuptse from the lodge at Lobuche. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 21: Trek To Everest Base Camp (5364m) and to Goakhshep (5140m) 06 Hrs
Today wake up early and after tea, trek to Gorakhshep crossing through the huge boulders and glacier part. The walk is pleasant except for the high altitude gain, the trail is gentle for an hour with few short steep climb before reaching the moraine and glacier portion, great view of the Khumbu glacier down below with striking scenery of the high snow capped mountain in front of you, after going through the moraine section a short descend brings you at Gorakhshep, after a break here continue towards Everest Base Camp for another two hours, the path is quite rough in some section. Base Camp is lively in the high climbing season, after being here at the foot of Number One retrace the journey back to Gorakhshep. Overnight at Teahouse Note: On the day to EBC packed lunch or some snacks will be arranged by our guides to take with you for EBC.
Day 22: Trek to Pangboche (3930m) with visit to Kalapatthar (5550m) 06 Hrs
In the early morning trek up to the Kalapathar. On the trail, a great view of beautiful Mt. Pumori. This section of the trek also provides good views of the Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance. It is approximately two hrs climb to the top which offers breathtaking views. After the wonderful memorable experience head back to Gorakhshep for breakfast and trek back to Pangboche. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 23: Trek to Khumjung (3780m) 04 Hrs
Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here our route follows away from the main busy path, the walk winds up all the way to Khumjung-Khunde Valley. Khumjung unlike Namche is a sleepy farm village with the only monastery believed to be scalp from the yeti. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 24: Trek to Monjo (2835m) 05 Hrs
An easy day downhill walk today, from Khumjung half an hour walk brings you to its sister village at Khunde, where you can visit the only hospital in the whole of Khumbu area, built by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. After a visit at the Khunde hospital the trail leads south passing thorough the Sherpa's house and farm fields and coming to the long “Mani” prayer wall. A short uphill climb from here brings to the top ridge of Syangboche air strip. From this spot it’s a big descend to the Dudh Koshi river bed. As the walk progress on this steep downhill bit from Syangboche onwards, an aerial view of Namche Bazaar is seen from this downhill slope walk, on reaching Namche Bazaar retrace the journey all the way to Monjo for the overnight camp Monjo located, just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and exit. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 25: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 04 Hrs
Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu 45 min
The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. As we get hold of the boarding pass depending upon our flight time we make our way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 45 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, one of our Tour Officers will be waiting to receive and escort you back to the Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days and join in our extension trip White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump. Overnight in Hotel
Day 28: Final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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