The Jiri Trek - Nepal foothills to the Khumbu
- Trek through the Solu Khumbu to Namche
- Everest views from above Namche
- Trekking through unspoilt villages of rural Nepal
- Awe-inspiring flight out of Lukla
- Superb Himalaya foothills trekking holiday
Until the airstrip was built at Lukla in 1964, all treks into the Khumbu passed through the village of Jiri (1950m/ 6398ft) in the Dolkha region of east Nepal. It is an 8-day trek from here to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, on a walking trail which has been beautifully quiet for decades. Starting out at a modest altitude, this gem of a short Nepal trek accumulates lots of up and down as it heads eastwards across the 'grain' of the country, crossing a succession of rivers and forested ridges. With its picturesque terraced fields, charming villages, colourful monasteries and friendly people, this trekking holiday provides an unforgettable taste of Nepal's unspoiled Himalayan foothills. Finally reaching the Khumbu Valley, we are rewarded by inspiring views of snow-capped peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mount Everest itself. The memorable flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla is a great way to end this classic experience. This is the perfect trekking holiday for those who want to experience a quieter side of Nepal at lower altitudes while still offering exceptional views of Everest.
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Is this holiday for you?
This Nepal trekking holiday follows well established walking trails throughout. Travelling east across the 'grain' of the country means that you will have a fair amount of accumulated ascent and descent on the holiday with several high passes to cross on the way to the Dudh Kosi, including the Lamjura Pass at 3530m, which is higher than Namche! The actual high point of the trip is the Everest View Hotel above Namche at 3800 metres. By Himalayan standards these are not excessively high altitudes and the gradual increase in sleeping altitude throughout the trip means you are unlikely to experience any problem with acclimatisation. Because of the relatively modest altitudes attained on the holiday the trip does not merit our highest grading, but make no mistake, this is a sustained trekking holiday requiring a good level of fitness and you should take this carefully into account when assessing the suitability of this trip for you. This is a challenging trek for its grade but should be within the capabilities of all regular hikers and hill-walkers.