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Road to Lukla (from Shivalaya)

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty: Medium
Hotels: Good
Seasons: October to May
Maximum Elevation: 3530m

This trek serves as a good preparatory trek to your onward Himalayan expeditions. This trail begins from Shivalaya and ends at Lukla. A bus/Jeep ride from Kathamndu will take you to Shivalaya, from where you begin your onward trek to Lukla. Most trekkers choose this route to free themselves from the hassles of flight to Lukla, which are often delayed and at times even cancelled. This trek also provides a better opportunity to acclimatize for onwards treks. If you wish to trek from Lukla to explore the Everest Regions, you may choose from our selections of Everest Base Camp, Gokyo or the Three Passes region treks. The accommodations and foodings are very basic here. There are no Internet facilities, but there are a few telephone stations along the trekking route.

Highlights

Thodung Cheese Factory, (Nepal’s first cheese factory built by Swiss), Bhandar Gompa, Ihakhang (Buddhist Temple), Gompas around Junbesi (Serlo Gompa, Thumbuk Gompa, Thubten Chholing, Tashi Thongmon Gompa, Trakshindu Gompa, and Pema Namding Gompa.

Photos of Road to Lukla (from Shivalaya)

Tour Itinerary

Day   Hour
1

Kathmandu Arrival-Transfer to Shivalaya

 
2

Shivalaya (2180m) to Khasrubas (2330m)
Khasrubas (2330m) to Deurali (2705m),
Deurali to Bhandar (2200m).
900m ascent, 600m descent

2.00
2.00
1.00

3

Bhandar to Kinja (1630m),
Kinja to Chimbu (2170m),
Chimbu to Sete (2520m).
650 descent 1050m ascent

3.00
2.00
1.30

4

Sete to Goyom (3060m),
Goyom to Lamjura Bhanjyang (3530m),
Lamjura Bhanjyang to Junbesi (2680m).
1280m ascent, 1220m descent

2.00
2.30
2.00

 5

Junbesi to Salung (2860m),
Salung to Ringmo (2720m),
Ringmo to Trakshindu La (3071m),
Trakshindu La to Nunthala (2220m)
900m ascent, 1250m descent

2.00
1.15
1.00
1.45

 6

Nunthala to Jubing (1680m),
Jubing to Khari Khola (2010m),
Khari Khola to Bupsa (2360m)
800m descent, 900m ascent

2.30
2.00
1.00

 7

Bupsa to Khari La (2840m),
Khari La to Puiyan (2770m),
Puiyan to Surkhe (2290m),
Surkhe to Lukla
1000m ascent, 650m descent

1.30
1.30
2.00
1.30

 8

Lukla to Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu

 

1.00

 

*** From Lukla you might join other trekking routes, or simply retrace your route, or even fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

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