The Jiri Trek - Nepal Foothills to the Khumbu
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: After breakfast we depart for the spectacular drive through the foothills of the Himalaya to the remote settlement of Jiri (1950m) where we set up our first camp.
Day 3: Today we trek across the Mali Danda Ridge (2440m) and descend to the valley of the Yelung Khola. After 4 to 5 hours of walking we reach our camp in Shivalaya (1810m).
Day 4: Today we trek to the Deorali Pass (2730m) with the option to take the detour via the cheese factory at Thodung. Beyond the pass, we make the steep descent to Bhandar (2110m).
Day 5: We descend through terraced fields and forest to the Likhu Khola (river). Crossing the river, we start the long climb towards the Lamjura Pass. We make camp halfway to the top at Sete (2520m).
Day 6: We continue the climb to the Lamjura Pass (3530m). In Sherpa country now, we descend through forests of fir and hemlock and open hillside to our camping place close to Junbesi (2580m).
Day 7: Today we get our first views of Everest at Khurrtang. We pass Ringmo, famous for its apple orchards and cider and cross the Traksindo La (3071m) to reach Nhuntala (2220m) where we camp.
Day 8: We reach the Dudh Khosi River and cross on a suspension bridge. Heading north now towards Everest, we make a gradual ascent of the the valley, stopping tonight at Bupsa (2360m).
Day 9: The trail travels high above the river and negotiates several side valleys. At Surkhe, we pass the trail junction for Lukla Airstip and continue to Chuplung (2710m).
Day 10: Today we join the main Everest Trail from Lukla. Being well acclimatised from our trek, we will enjoy the climb to Namche Bazaar at 3420 metres, where we overnight in a lodge.
Day 11: A day to explore in and around the Sherpa capital. We will all wish to make the hike to the classic viewpoint for Everest above Namche at approximately 3800 metres. Another option is to visit the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde. We sepend a second night at our lodge in Namche.
Day 12: It's mostly downhill today, retracing our route beside Dudh Kosi River, but there's a sting in the tail as we make the final short climb to Lukla. We stay in one of the lodges in Lukla.
Day 13: We take the dramatic and spectacular flight from the Lukla ridge. In good weather the plane will cross the Lamjura and Trasingdo passes of our trek. Arriving in Kathmandu, we check in at our hotel.
Day 14: This morning we have a guided city tour of some of Kathmandu's best known sights. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing, souvenir buying or just to relax by the hotel pool.
Day 15: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.