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Everest Sherpa Village Trek

Jiri

This trek is one of the classic treks in the Khumbu region. Beginning in Jiri you traverse the many ups and downs of the Himalayan foot hills and head up into the heart of the mountains that make up the Everest Range. Along the way you will pass through many traditional Sherpa Villages and at times stay in them amongst the Sherpa people. The Sherpa people are native to the area and are world famous for their climbing skills at high altitudes. They have a different and fascinating culture and way of life. This trek allows you to explore their culture and interact with the Sherpa people, visiting their villages and homes, eating their food and experience their religion and way of life. Its one of the rare chances in life to gain an insight into a mostly unchanged cultural system, and a chance that will live with you throughout your days.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing in Kathmandu at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Explore unique culture and tradition 
  • Get to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital.
  • View the Worlds Highest Mountain (Mt. Everest) includig other Khumbu gaints. 
  • Discover Authentic Sherpa Villages.
  • Explore the lifestyles of the Himalayan people.
  • Visit Khumjung valley, Hillery School and Khunde Hospital
  • Witness Panoramic views of Cho Oyu , Gyachung Kang , Everest, Lhotse , Makalu , Cholaste and Tawachee
  • Explore flora and fauna

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Jiri (2100m) 8-9 hours

Day 04 : Jiri to Bhandar (2150m) 6-7 hours

Day 05 : Bhandar to Sete (2575m) 6-7 hours

Day 06 : Sete to Junbesi (2675m) 6-7 hours

Day 07 : Junbesi to Nuntala (2250m) 5-6 hours

Day 08 : Nuntala to Bupse (2300m) 5-6 hours

Day 09 : Bupse to Shurkha (2740m) 5-6 hours

Day 10 : Shurkha to Phakding (2640m) 5-6 hours

Day 11 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Day 12 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m) 5-6 hours

Day 14 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours

Day 15 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) 5-6 hours

Day 16 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) to Gorak Shep 6-7 hours

Day 17 : Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pangboche 5-6 hours

Day 18 : Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

Day 19 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

Day 20 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

Day 21 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu to Jiri by private jeep.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Gaurishankar National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide, driver and porter

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Jiri (2100m) 8-9 hours

The trek to classic Everest route will start with a drive to Jiri from Kathmandu via Araniko highway. During this 8-9 hours, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of Nepal. After you reach Jiri, you can go around the beautiful hill city to make the most of your remaining time in the day.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Jiri to Bhandar (2150m) 6-7 hours

On the day, you will start hiking on undulated tracks towards Bhandar, a small settlement in the region. The settlement is habitat of mostly Sherpa people where you can see huge Tibetan Buddhist monuments all over the place. You will reach your destination of the day by the evening. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Bhandar to Sete (2575m) 6-7 hours

Walking downhill towards Likhu Khola, on the day, you will proceed towards a small village of Kinja.  From this point, the trails ascend to Lamura pass which is loaded with picturesque views of surrounding landscapes. After passing few more villages, you will reach Sete, situated on the ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Sete to Junbesi (2675m) 6-7 hours

This is going to be an exciting day as you start the trip with an ascent towards Lamjura pass at 3,530m.This is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar.  After leaving the Lamjura behind, you will have to walk though aromatic rhododendron forest to reach Junbesi, a well known Sherpa village in the region.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Junbesi to Nuntala (2250m) 5-6 hours

Crossing Junbesi River by embarking on a wooden bridge the expedition towards Nuntala will follow in the morning. In between the routes, you will see the glimpses of Mt. Everest on the north east side. The trails lead to shepherds’ huts and the hidden routes via forests to reach Nunthala.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Nuntala to Bupse (2300m) 5-6 hours

The day’s hike will start with a steep descent towards Dudh Koshi River to reach Jublingn. From the point, the trail descends further to reach another river on the way named as Khari Khola.  You will have to follow a steep climb of an hour to get to Bupse for an overnight stay.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Bupse to Shurkha (2740m) 5-6 hours

The day will start with a further climb through small valleys and forests to reach Mushe. The more you climb the vivid the views of Khumbilia and Cho Oyu get along the way.  Once again, you have to walk uphill to reach Shurkha. O/N at Lodge.

Day 10 : Shurkha to Phakding (2640m) 5-6 hours

Passing beautiful Sherpa villages, on the day, you will head towards Phakding. This is a scenic route with the panoramic views of mountains all along the way.  You will meet many trekkers coming from Lukla as this is the orthodox route for Mt. Everset exploration. You should reach Phakding before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 11 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

From Phakding, the route gets a head start by crossing suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar.  On the way, you will pass by the Sagarmatha National Park where you could see varieties of floras and faunas. Soon, you will have to make a descent towards Jorsalle village crossing Bhote- Koshi River through a suspension bridge. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 12 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Getting acclimatized is very important while embarking on the high altitude trek. For the purpose, the day is reserved for the acclimatization process where you will spend a full day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. After lunch, you will be taken for a short hike towards Everest view hotel. From the hotel premises you can see the panoramic view of the Everest region. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m) 5-6 hours

The day will start with a hike towards Tengboche traversing different forests. The route offers magnificent views of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. After reaching Tengboche, you will visit Tengboche Monastery which is renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region.  The monastery is situated in a beautiful location from where you could witness amazing sceneries. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours

The day’s trek will proceed towards Dingboche also known as Summer Valley. The route will start by descending through rhododendron forests to reach the village of Pangboche.  After few hours of hike, you will reach Dingboche, a small village in the Chukhung Valley. O/N at Lodge.

Day 15 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) 5-6 hours

Climbing through Duglha via Khumbu Khola Valley, on the day, you will proceed towards Lobuche.  Descending via Duglha village, you will reach Lobuche before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 16 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) to Gorak Shep 6-7 hours

This is going to be one of the most exciting days in the trek as it leap your steps towards the Everest Base Camp.  You will have to make some steep ascent towards the base camp. However, during the climb, you can enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and ice fall from the base camp site.  Also, you will have to pass over rocky dunes, moraine and streams to make you way towards the base camp. After a brief stay at the amazing high altitude site, also known as the point form of Everest expedition, you will have to hike backwards on the earlier route until you reach Gorak Shep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 17 : Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pangboche 5-6 hours

On the day, you will hike towards Kala Pathar known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest.  At the Kala Pathar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. After getting enthralled at the amazing place for some time, the trek descends to Pangboche via Gorak Shep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 18 : Pangboche to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours

From Pangboche, you will head towards Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading town also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest in the Khumbu Region before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 19 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 5-6 hours

This is the final day of the trek as you prepare yourself to hike to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. Traversing various Sherpa settlements, and hiking past some dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees, you will slowly proceed towards Lukla. On the way, you will also see few monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. You will reach Lukla before sunset.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 20 : Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 min

You have completed your trekking as you wait to board a Kathmandu bound flight from Lukla. You excitement level will proliferate as the plane flies between hills before it reaches to a required elevation. The 40 minutes flight will also give you a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. After landing at the Tribhuvan airport, the company representative will transfer you to you designated hotels.  The remaining day in the capital city will be all yours. You can do whatever you like.  You can relax at the hotel or visit markets for the final day shopping. O/N at Hotel.

Day 21 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Everest Sherpa Village Trek privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 20 nights/21 days. The sightseeing is done at the cities of the Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu & Patan).

Clothing
Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Meals
Breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu. During the trek, all meals – local/traditional (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) are provided.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises. The stupa is towards the western side of the Kathmandu valley atop a hillock commanding great view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines located 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temples existence prior to 400 AD. The holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple is also the cremation ground for Hindus.

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
The Bouddhanath Stups is the largest stupa in the valley located about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating
specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure. In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind. It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas. The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks. The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.
 
Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you. It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.
 
Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help. Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations. Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.
 
What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system. Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks. Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.
 
What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily. Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.
 
What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks. Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.
 
Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly. The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee. You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.
 
How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain. On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers. What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 
 
Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do! This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world. Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. 

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 21 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max Altitude: 5550m

Daily walking: 5 - 6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Starts/Ends: Jiri / Lukla

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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