Taplejung to Jiri (October-November 2012):

9. Namche to Jiri (5 days)

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In the past, before the opening of the Lukla airport, the trail between Jiri (a bazaar town connected to Kathmandu by a paved road) and Namche was used by expeditions to reach the Everest region. Today it remains used by many locals and relatively few trekkers. It does not boast the spectacular views of the higher trails in Khumbu, but it traverses several Sherpa villages of the Solu region where one can observe a way of life that is unique to this region. The trail is generally well maintained, but has many ups and downs. Whereas the first day from Namche was mostly downward, on each one of the four following days we gained (and lost) between 1500m and 2000m.

 

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Trail and forest near Surke, below Lukla.

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Porter with a large load.

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Hot chili drying in the sun.

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Taksindu La (3870m).

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Walled chorten after Taksindu La.

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Stupa in Junbesi.

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Gompa in Junbesi.

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Leaving Junbesi in the early morning toward Lamjura La.

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Chorten at the beginning of the descent from Lamjura La (3530m).

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Reaching Kinja (1650m).

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Clay stove at the lodge in Kinja.

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Two more passes after Kinja, we finally reached Jiri, the end of our trip.

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Ang Karma had sent a car to pick us up in Jiri. We left Jiri on the following morning and reached Kathmandu after a 7-hour drive.

 

Other parts of the trek:

1.   Taplejung to Olangchun Gola (4 days)

2.  Olangchun Gola (1 day)

3.  Crossing Lumba Samba pass (3 days)

4.  Tudham to Hongon (3 days)

5.  Hongon to Yangla Kharka (5 days)

6.  Yangla Kharka to Sherpani Col High Camp (4 days)

7.  Crossing of Sherpani and West Cols (1 day)

8.  Hongu basin to Namche across Amphu Lapsta (3 days)

9.  Namche to Jiri (5 days)

 

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