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Solu Khumbu Trek 22 days

  • From Dole to Machherma

Trip Overview

Duration: 22 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘350 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November

The Mount Everest or Sagarmatha as it is called by the Nepalese or called Chomolungma in Tibet, is 8'848 meters high and the highest mountain in the world. It is located in Khumbu Himal in Nepal on the border to Tibet. The Sagarmatha Natinal Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Khumbu region: the home of the Sherpa.

After approximately 8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, the route leads us through the Solokhumbu and the heart of the Sherpa homeland. The name "Sherpa" (East-man) stands for the people who settled east of the Bhote Kosi River. Our route takes us through forests, farming areas, we will pass monasteries and having magnificent views to the Himalayas.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (187 Km)

Day 04: Jiri -Bhandar 2‘190 m

Day 05: Bhandar – Sete 2‘575 m

Day 06: Sete – Junbesi 2‘680 m

Day 07: Junbesi – Nunthala 2‘330 m

Day 08: Nunthala – Khari Khola 2'040 m

Day 09: Khari Khola - Phuiyan

Day 10: Phuiyan - Phakding 2'610 m

Day 11: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3'440 m

Day 12: Acclimatization day

Day 13: Trek to Phorste Drengka 3‘680 m

Day 14: Phortse Drengka - Machherma 4‘470 m

Day 15: Machherma - Gokyo 4‘790 m

Day 16: Acclimatization day

Day 17: Gokyo – Renjo La Pass - Lungdeng 4‘650 m – ca. 6 – 7 hours

Day 18: Lungdeng - Thame 3'820 m

Day 19: Thame - Phakding 2'610 m

Day 20: Phakding - Lukla 2'840 m

Day 21: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 22: Flight home


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (187 Km)
7 - 8 hours drive

Day 04: Trek to Bhandar 2‘910 m
We start our trek with a climb on a ridge at 2‘400 m. Then the trail leads down to Shivalaya 1‘770 m. Before the road to Jiri was opened, this part was one of the most actively traded markets between Lamosangu and Namche Bazar.

After Shivalaya it goes up to Sangbadanda 2‘150 m, Kosaribas 2'500 m, Bhanjyang, then over a pass in Bhandar 2‘910 m. Maybe we can make a detour between Sangbadanda and Bhandar to make a visit in Thodung to 3'080 m.

Day 05: Bhandar – Sete 2‘575 m
The road takes us down to the Likhu Khola, we cross the river and begin our long ascent to Lamjura pass. The first part is quite steep. Sete welcomes us with its old vacate monastery.

Day 06: Sete – Junbesi 2‘680 m
We're still on the climb to pass Lamjura 3'530 m. On the way you will be rewarded either with frost and snow in winter or in spring with blooming rhododendrons. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazar. After the pass, we descend to Tragdobuk 2‘860 m on and afterwards down to Junbesi a pretty Sherpa village.

Day 07: Junbesi – Nuntala 2‘330 m
First, we climb on a ridge 3'080 m before reaching Salung 2‘960 m. Afterwards we cross the Ringmo Khola and reach Ringmo where we can enjoy fresh apple juice, apple pie or Raksi (a kind of rice wine).  We climb more up and reach the Takshindo pass 3’071 m. On the way down we pass the monastery of Nuntala. 

Day 08: Nuntala – Khari Khola 2'040 m
We walk through various villages, passing terraces fields and forests and arrive in Khari Khola.

Day 09: Trek to Puiyan
The way to Puiyan takes us through Sherpa villages, forests inhabited by monkeys and finally through a narrow gorge.

Day 10: Trek to Phakding 2'610 m
Today we walk on two different ridge before we arrive first in Surke and finally in Phakding.

Day 11: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3'440 m
From Phakding we climb up the valley and meet among others Sherpa's with their "Zopkio‘s" half Yak half cow transporting equipment for expeditions to their camp. We follow the Dudh Kosi river upstream and can sneak a peek at Kusum Kangru 6'369 m and Thanserku 6‘608 m, finally we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park.
For the first time we have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Mount Everest 8'848 m, Lhotse 8'511 m, Nuptse 7‘879 m, Ama Dablam 6'856 m and Taweche 6‘542 m. We reach Namche Bazar.

Day 12: Rest day in Namche Bazar
Today we let our body time to adjust to the high altitude. This is very important; altitude sickness can be life-threatening. Stroll through Namche, which seems to be a huge bazaar and enjoy the mountain panorama and the Sherpa culture or visit the Sherpa museum.

Day 13: Namche - Phorste Drengka 3‘680 m
After an about 1 ½ hours climb we pass Khumjung and Sanasa. The trail splits here, it leads right to the Everest Base Camp and left to Gokyo. We go left and walk up to Mong La Danda; from there we descend to Phortse Drengka.

Day 14: Phortse Drengka - Machherma 4‘470 m
We begin our day with a gentle walk through a forest and passing a waterfall. Having Dole behind us, the path gradually rises and brings us through birch woods with beautiful views of the Kang Tega and in the distant yak pastures of Geyle. We follow the Dudh Kosi River and finally reach Machherrma.

Day 15: Machherma - Gokyo 4‘790 m
The trail climbs a ridge where we have an excellent view down the valley to Kangtega and also towards Cho Oyu 8'153 m. Beyond the ridge's the valley widens. We pass Pangka before we make our final steep ascent over moraine of the glacier Ngozumpa. The first small lake inhabited by Braminy ducks apears. The path at an altitude of 4'690 m is nearly level and finally we reach Gokyo at 4'790 m

Day 16: Acclimatization day
Early in the morning we start either with the climb to the top of Gokyo Ri 5'483 m where we will be rewarded with an excellent view, or we visit the 5th Gokyo Lake.

From Gokyo Ri, we have wonderful view of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glaciers and the incredible panorama of the Khumbu Himalaya, such as the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gychung Kang. We have time to acclimate before we go back to our camp.

Day 17: Gokyo – Renjo La Pass - Lungdeng 4‘650 m
Today a long day awaits us. We continue in a northerly direction up to the Renjola pass 5'420 m. It is worth to have a glance behind us. Once on the pass we have magnificent view of the valley Nangpa, Everest and Makalu. Because of the debris, the way down is a little harder. After a while we reach the lake glacier. The valley widens and we descend on open grassland. Soon we reach the small village of Arya and Lungden.

Day 18: Lungdeng – Thame 3'820 m
On our way further down, we follow the Bhote Kosi River. We walk through the valley and pass small villages like Nangpa, Marlung, later Taranga and finally Thame. 

Day 19: Thame - Phakding 2'610 m
We cross the Bhote Khola via a suspension bridge and passing painted Buddhist rock. In this region it is possible to see Himalayan Tahrs. We continue through Thamo and back to Namche Bazar where we have a lunch before continuing down the Dudh Koshi River. We leave Jorsale and Monjo behind us and walk through pine and rhododendron forests and reach Phakding.

Day 20: Phakding - Lukla 2'840 m
Our last stage awaits us.

Day 21: Flight back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we go to the small airport in Lukla. We have enough time to enjoy the rest of the day in Kathmandu

Day 22: Departure


Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.