Trip Facts

Grade: Adventure/ Vigorous
Daily Walk Duration: 6 - 8 hours
Group Size: 2 - 15 Pax
Altitude: Max. 4880m
Season: March to October

Description

This new route trek involves driving to extended road to Shivalaya via Jiri, along the "Friendship Highway" which connects Kathmandu to Lhasa. The trek goes below Rolwaling Himalayan range and culturally diverse area. Many hairpin bends with stunning views of Dorje Lhakpa (6975m), Gauri Shanker (7134m), Langtang, Melung Tse (7033m), Choba Bamara (5933m), Numbur Chuli (6959m), Big Phere Go, Pathibarra  and many more other peaks. It passes throughout profound river gorges, frosty lakes, rice fields, subtropical jungle and Sherpa Gaun to the Likhu river glacier. Also get chance to visit Nepal’s first cheese factory, established in 1957 and the famous Thodung Monastery on the way.
 
During April to May, rhododendrons and wild flowers bloom in abundance. There is a massive chance to see eagles and musk deer as well as Himalayan Thar (goat), a species of goat antelope and many other animals. If lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. Camping in the wilderness and sometime there will no people enroute. 
The mountain views from Panch Pokhari La (4605m)(meaning five lake), Gyajo La (4880m) Ramdung Go (5930m),  Yalung Ri (5630m), Chukyima Go (6259m), Nangpa Teng and Og are the most dramatic that it covers north into Tibet and south to Pike Peak (4065m). 
En route start and end around many villages populated by Brahmin, Chetri, Newar, Tamang and Sherpa people with their unique lifestyles. Religious symbols and structures like Stupa, Chorten (dome shape memorial kind), Mani prayers carved on rock slates can be seen. Sherpa houses are noticed with colorful flags and with herds of cattle, potato field mostly higher area.
Trek back through Nupche Khola and Likhu Khola bed to Gumdel to Thode and drive back to Kathmandu finally.
 

NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.

Day 01-02: Drive to Jiri - Shivalaya
Day 02-13: Trek to Panch Pokhari Nge Ju - Serding - Bhandar
Day 13-22: Drive back to Kathmandu

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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