Our adventure begins with an exhilarating bus journey to Jiri, from where we start on the traditional Jiri to Namache Bazaar of the old Solu trek. We pass through Shivalaya – Bhandar to cross the Likhu Khola then on and up to the Lamjura Pass (3,530m) before descending Junbesi (2,668m), then on again further north east to Ringmo, and over Traksindu (3,668m) to reach Khari Khola. Then we turn due north, past Lukla, to continue on the famed Namache Bazaar, crossing the Dudh Koshi (milky river) several times.
Before entering the real Khumbu country, we enjoy temperate climate while walking through the lush forest and pastures, rolling farmlands with maize, wheat, buck wheat, barley and apples. Rhododendron and magnolia are abundant in riots of colour – a delight for photographers and flora lovers!
Following the Dudh Kosi River, we climb upwards in a north/north eastern direction past Thayangboche, Pangboche and Dingboche, all places of honour and reverence to Buddhists. Then on again due north to Lobuche (4,928m) before the final stretch to the 5,357m high Everest Base Camp. The panorama of the snowy mountains in all their everlasting grandeur will take your breath away! From Gorakshep, we climb Kala Patthar (the black rock) at 5,545m elevation and have a very close up view of the rocky west face of Mount Everest, the south col and the tremendous Khumbu Ice Fall.