5 Best Moderate Trekking Routes in the Everest Region


9Min to Read | By Himalayan Windows | Jul 30, 2020

‘The trek in the Everest region gets you right into the high altitude heart of the high Himalaya, more so than any other teahouse trek, there are some lovely Sherpa villages and Monasteries (Gompas) and ever-welcoming locals of this region make your trek through the area is fun.’

 

For many travelers, Nepal is a beautiful place on earth, this small nation is wedged between the mountain wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, this is the land of Yak and Yetis, monasteries and temples, snow peaks and Sherpas, magic and mystery. Mount Everest is one of the several highlights in Nepal. The Everest region always fascinates people from all over the world because the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest (8848m) stands here. The Everest Region trek has a number of stunning attractions, not least of these is being able to say, you have explored the highest mountain in the world. The trek in the Everest region gets you right into the high altitude heart of the high Himalaya, more so than any other teahouse trek, there are some lovely Sherpa villages and Monasteries (Gompas) and ever-welcoming locals of this region make your trek through the area is fun.

We have a list of the 5 best moderate trekking routes in the Everest region where every mountain lovers want to visit once their lifetime. We have mentioned the itinerary to and from Kathmandu and it is suggested to have 3/4 extra days for weather unforeseen situation.

5 Best Moderate Trekking Routes in the Everest Region Recommended by HimalayanWindows.

  1. ·       Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 days

  2. ·       Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri – 18 Days

  3. ·       Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri – 15 Days

  4. ·       Pikey Peak Trek- 8 days

  5. ·       Everest view Trek- 7 Days


Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar View

1.      Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 days

From: Kathmandu to Lukla by Flight

To: Lukla to Kathmandu by Flight

 

The return trek of Mount Everest Base Camp from the Lukla airport takes 12 days with two days full acclimatization. Because of unforeseen weather of Lukla airport, it is always wise to keep few extra buffer days (2 days at least) for this trek. We recommend start your EBC trek right after a day you arrive in Kathmandu and keep other activities like sightseeing and exploration in and around Kathmandu after the Everest Base Camp trek. The trek reaches a high point of 5545m at Kalapattar, a small peak offering views of Mount Everest and the Khumbu icefall. Kalapatthar is the a-must-go place for the impressive view of the surroundings. The itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek can be as follows in a nutshell.

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days Itinerary (To/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Kathmandu – Lukla (By Flight) – Phakding (2610m/8561ft). Trek for 3-4 hrs; 7.2 KM
DAY 2Fakding (Phakding) – Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) – Trek for 5-6 hrs; 9 KM
DAY 3Rest day at Namche Bazaar – Hike around (2-3 hrs; 4 KM)
DAY 4Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3860m/12661ft)- Trek for 5-6 hrs.
DAY 5Tengboche – Dingboche (4360m/14301ft) – Trek for 5-6 hrs.
DAY 6Another Rest Day at Dingboche – Hike Around or Proper Rest
DAY 7Dingboche – Lobuche (4840m/16203ft) – Trek for 5-6 hrs.
DAY 8Lobuche – Gorek Shep (5181m) – EBC (5364m/17594ft) – Gorek Shep – Trek, 8 hrs.
DAY 9Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5545m/18188ft);3 hrs – Pheriche (4280m) – Trek, 3/4hrs.
DAY 10Pheriche – Namche – Trek for 5-6 hrs; 9.6 KM
DAY 11Namche –Lukla (2800m)- Trek for 5-6 hrs.
DAY 12Lukla – Kathmandu by Flight.

 

2.     Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri – 18 Days

From: Kathmandu to Jiri by a drive

To: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight

 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri – 18 Days could be taken as the classical, purest, and most authentic trek in the Everest region as it follows the routes that early pioneers in the 1950s would have used. While most people prefer to fly in and out of Lukla these days, it is still possible to trek in from the classical route at Shivalaya. Instead of taking flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you can take a day drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya/Bhandar via Jiri town where the trek begins. Before the Lukla airport, this trail was used for the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. Sir Edmund Hillary and his colleagues used the same trail via Jiri to climb Mount Everest for the first time in history. Here is the itinerary summary of 18 days Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri, 18 Days Itinerary (To/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri
DAY 2Trek from Bhandar to Seta (2575m) – Trek for 6-7 hours
DAY 3Trek from Sete to Junbesi (2670m) – Trek for 6-7 hours
DAY 4Trek (Descend) from Junbesi to Nunthala (2200m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 5Trek (Descend) from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 6Trek from Bupsa to Surkey (2400m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 7Trek from Kurkey to Phakding (2610m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 8Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)- Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 9Acclimatization Day – Hike around
DAY 10Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3870m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 11Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4360m) – Trek for 5-6 hours
DAY 12Trek from Dingboche to Dughla (4600m) – Trek for 4-5 hours
DAY 13Trek from Dughla to Lobuche (4940m) – Trek for 3-4 hours
DAY 14Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m) via Gorakh-Shep (5180) and return to Gorakshep- Trek for 6-7 hours
DAY 15Trek From Gorakshep to Kala Pattar (5545m) and return down to Pheriche (4250m) – Trek for 4-5 hours
DAY 16Trek down from Pheriche to Pangboche to Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar – Trek for 6-7 hours
DAY 17Trek down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) – Trek for 6-7 hours
DAY 18Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla airport

 

3.      Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri – 15 Days

From: Kathmandu to Salleri by a drive Or Kathmandu to Phaplu by a Flight

To: Lukla to Kathmandu by Flight

Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri can be done either taking flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu and Rumjatar airports or take a long Jeep Ride from Kathmandu to Salleri. Jeep ride to Salleri from Kathmandu for the Everest base camp trek has also become popular these days. The road is pitched and good to drive. On this trek, you will again fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport or can take the same day back to Kathmandu. The choice is yours! Everest Base Camp Trek from Salleri begins from BP Highway and separates from Khurkot and you will drive northeast to Okhaldhunga. The total time of the drive to Salleri from Kathmandu is about 8-9 hours. You can enjoy the diverse landscape of the countryside along the Sunkoshi River. This trail includes a picturesque landscape, Sherpa and other communities, Himalayan views with flora and fauna. You will meet the classic route of Everest Base camp from Phakding and continue the trek to Everest Base Camp. Here is the outline itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri 15 Days Itinerary (T0/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri via Okhaldhunga by private jeep (8-9 hours)
DAY 2Trek from Salleri to Taksindo. 5-6 hours
DAY 3Trek from Taksindo to Kharikhola. 5-6 hours
DAY 4Trek from Kharikhola to Paiya. 5-6 hours
DAY 5Trek from Paiya to Phakding. 5-6 hours
DAY 6Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. 5-6 hours
DAY 7Rest day in Namche Bazaar
DAY 8Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. 4-5 hours
DAY 9Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. 4-5 hours
DAY 10Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. 4-5 hours
DAY 11Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep and hike to Kalapatthar, enjoy the view of Everest ranges
DAY 12Early in the morning, hike to Everest Base Camp and trek back to Pheriche. 6-7 hours
DAY 13Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar. 6-7 hours
DAY 14Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
DAY 15Fly back to Kathmandu

 

4.      Pikey Peak Trek- 8 days

Prayer Flags at Pikey Peak (Danda)

From: Kathmandu to Salley by drive via Okhaldhunga

To: Salleri to Kathmandu by Drive or Phaplu to Kathmandu by flight

Pikey Peak trekking is also one of the popular trekking destinations in the lower Everest region. Pikey Peak is situated at the Lower region of Solukhumbu district at an altitude of 4070 meters above sea level.  From Pikey Peak (Danda), you can get the grand views of mountain peaks including Mount Everest, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, AmaDablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gaurisankhar, Langtang to the war west. Pikey Peak is also famous for its best Sunrise and Sunset views. This trail offers dense forests of Sunpati, Pine, Rhododendron, the attraction of birds and animals like Lophophorus, Crimson Horned Pheasant, wild bear, Panda, Ghoral, and so on. Here is the outline itinerary for Pikey Peak Trekking for 10 days.

Pikey Peak Trekking 8 Days itinerary (To/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Drive Kathmandu to Bamti Bhandar (7-8 hours)
DAY 2Bhandar – Namkheli
DAY 3Namkheli – Golla
DAY 4Golla – Pikey Base Camp
DAY 5Pikey Base Camp – Pikey Peak – Junbesi
DAY 6Junbesi –Thupten Chholing- Junbesi
DAY 7Junbesi – Chiwang-Phaplu
DAY 8Phaplu – Kathmandu or drive to Kathmandu

 

5.      Everest view Trek- 8 Days

 From: Kathmandu to Lukla by Flight

To: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight

Everest View trek is one of the popular trekking trails for those who have a short time and have difficulty hike in the higher altitude. This is like a half-way trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. You can do two types of trek on this itinerary one is Everest View Trek and another is Everest Cultural Trek. The main objective for both treks is to watch Mount Everest as closest as possible. We can also include this trek as a luxury one. On this trek, you spend two nights in Namche Bazaar and do the hike to Tengboche and back to Namche next day or you can hike to Everest View hotel and back to Namche. Here is the outline itinerary for Everest View Trek for 10 days.

Everest View Trek – 8 Days (To/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m); flight is about half an hour and trek to Phakding – trek for 3-4 hours.
DAY 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – trek for 5-6 hours.
DAY 3Day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around
DAY 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyanboche (3867m) – trek for 5-6 hours.
DAY 5Trek from Tyangboche to Shanasa (3670m) – Trek for 3-4 hours
DAY 6Trek from Shanasa to Monjo (2835m) – Trek for 5-6 hours.
DAY 7Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2886m) – Trek for 4-5 hours.
DAY 8Fly back to Kathmandu

Or,

Everest Cultural Trek – 5 Days (To/From Kathmandu)

DAY 1Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m), takes half an hour by flight, Trek to Phakding (2640m) – Trek for 3-4 hours.
DAY 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)- Trek for 5-6 hours.
DAY 3Day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around
DAY 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
DAY 5Fly back to Kathmandu.

 

These are the most popular trekking routes in Everest Regions. However, there are still more places to trek around like Gokyo Lake, Three Pass trek (Considered as Strenuous), and etc. Everest Region offers several world’s famous and exciting trekking destinations and trekkers can do exploration for months and so on.

Happy and Safe Trekking!


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