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Original Way to Everest

22 days

Trip Summary:

Overnights: Hotels and in nice local Lodge on trekking.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with high altitude.

Highest point: At Everest base camp 5,364 m and at Kalapathar top 5,545 m

Activities: Scenic drive - trekking and sweeping flight with sightseeing tour.

Trekking duration: 18 nights & 19 days (From Jiri-Shivalaya ending at Lukla)

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Life Himalaya Trekking presents an awesome classic adventure following early pioneers and mountaineers route on “Original Way to Everest”. This is the same original and scenic trail to reach higher Khumbu and Everest base camp.

Truly a mesmerizing walking journey, starting with an interesting overland drive from Kathmandu to a lovely town at Jiri, (also known as Switzerland of Nepal) and heading further at Shivalaya village to begin this wonderful adventure following Tenzing-Hillary footsteps to Everest base camp.

On this Original Way to Everest enjoy the low Solu areas which is of mix tribes Tamang-Magar-Rai and predominately of Sherpa people, this makes this walk far interesting to witness the culture and traditions of the hills and farm life villages in the backdrop of high snowcapped peaks.

Crossing several high passes leading into lovely woodlands of tall rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-firs and pine tree lines visiting impressive villages of Kenja-Sete-Junbesi-Nunthala-Kharikhola to reach the main popular trail near Lukla.

From here on the mainstream trekking routes to Everest base camp with interesting time around famous Namche and scenic Thyangboche Monastery as the walk leads to higher moonscapes country enclosed within world highest peaks at Everest base camp.

After visiting spectacular areas of ice and snow fields beneath towering Everest then heading back downhill to Lukla for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on completing most enjoyable and fascinating Original Way to Everest.

Original Way to Everest Trekking offers views of 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) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Amadablam ( 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.

Brief itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival in 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 Thyangboche 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 - 06 hrs.

Day 16:            Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.

Day 17:            Trek to Tengboche - 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 free day with sightseeing tour.

Day 22:            International departure for home ward bound.

Trip Highlights:

“Mesmerizing high country walks following Tenzing & Hillary footsteps to Everest.

An amazing trekking with day to day impressive views of hills and mountains,

Exploring Solu and Khumbu areas with traditional Sherpa villages of Buddhist cultures,

Tour of interesting old monasteries in the shade of high Mt. Everest.

An exciting scenic drive with panoramic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu”

Trip Summary:

Overnights: Hotels and in nice local Lodge on trekking.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with high altitude.

Highest point: At Everest base camp 5,364 m and at Kalapathar top 5,545 m

Activities: Scenic drive - trekking and sweeping flight with sightseeing tour.

Trekking duration: 18 nights & 19 days (From Jiri-Shivalaya ending at Lukla)

Total Trip: 21 nights & 22 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Season: All months of the year except June to August (monsoon months).

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on fresh arrival where you will be warmly received by Life Himalaya Trekking staff and then with transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide / leader will brief you with Original Way to Everest base camp trekking, includes other information related to this trip, includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

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 Dhulikhel, Charikot 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 Takshindu 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 Paiya village at 2,800m, a nice place in the middle of a forest.

From Paiya 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 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

After Surkhe morning heads towards the main trekking trail passing Muse and Chowri-Kharka 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 - 05 hrs.

After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.

Day 11: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

An ideal and perfect place for rest with acclimatization day, before heading higher altitude area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum.

Day 12:Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

From Namche on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks.

On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam.

Day 13: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.

Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after the bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fades for few short juniper and  dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters. Last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located in Imjatse valley with panorama of mountains.

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.

After a great rest at Dingboche morning walk with steep climb for an hour commanding excellent views, and then on gentle trail to Thugla for lunch where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, here trail from Pheriche joins after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thulga pass, with stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for overnight stop.

Day 15: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m - 06 hrs.

Today reach the highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar.

Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a lifetime experience return back to Gorakshep for overnight stop.

Day 16: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.

Early morning hike on top Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, highest point of this adventure, offering incredible views of mountains including Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great moment return to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Thugla, and then downhill to Pheriche windy valley after a nice pleasant walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.

Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.

Return journey much easier on losing heights every few hours, walking downhill with few short ups to Pangboche and then to the bridge with two 2 hours climb to Thyangboche for overnight stop.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.

After a great time descend to Imjatse River, with steep climb for an hour to Sanasa, from here on gradual path with short ups and downs to Namche Bazaar, a break here and then walk back to Dudh Kosi river valley and to Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.

Morning walk to Phakding from here a pleasant walk back to Lukla with last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 21: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.

We reserve this day in Kathmandu as spare day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla, due to bad weather which might happen sometimes, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable if all goes according to our program, enjoy a free day with sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 22: International departure homeward bound.

Last day in amazing Nepal and its massive Himalaya, after a memorable and fantastic adventure on Original Way to Everest trekking experience, Life Himalaya staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight back home or to next respective countries.

The Cost include

  • Airport picks up and drops international and domestic.
  • Complete departure information, about trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service (if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  •  nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu only 15 kg luggage aloud.  (10kg Big bag & 5kg hand bag) 
  • Trek flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Kathmandu for member and involved staffs.
  • Private transportation picks up and drops. 
  • Best Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek.
  •  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included chosen from lodge menu.
  •  Hot tea and coffee in a cup with each meals.
  •  Nights twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government license holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the EBC trekking ( down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip )
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)
  • Sagarmatha national park (Mt. Everest) trek permit fee. Everest base camp trail map.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations 
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  •  Farewell dinner at reputed restaurant 

    The Cost exclude

    • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.
    • Travel insurance.
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa charge.
    • All beverages and others personal expenses.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses.
    • Battery charge,hot showers & international phone calls.
    • Service not mentioned above.

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