About Bhandar to Everest Base Camp Trek
The ‘Bhandar via Jiri to Everest base camp’ is a classic trekking route in the Khumbu region. Back in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took the same route for the expedition of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Before the establishment of Lukla airport in 1964, it was the only route everybody used for the Everest Base Camp trek. Nowadays, most of the trekkers take a flight directly to Lukla, which makes the trek a week shorter. Bhandar is 217 km northeast from Kathmandu, and it takes approximately 8-10 hours of a bus ride.
Everest Base Camp trek is probably one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. Even though starting the trek from Lukla is more popular these days, this particular classic trail rewards the trekkers with an amazing experience of the less explored lower Everest region. This trekking trail begins from Bhandar passing through the numerous beautiful villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri, and of course, the Sherpa with the amazing scenery of terraced farmlands & dense rhododendron forests of the lower Everest region, magnificent view of Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Numbur, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and many others snow-capped mountains.
This particular trail provides the trekkers with the opportunity for encountering the typical culture of multiple ethnic groups especially of the Sherpa’s. If you want, we can extend our journey to Cho-La Pass to Gokyo Valley or 3 High Passes. Other major attractions of this trek are beautiful Buddhist monasteries, Namche (The gateway to Everest/Hub of the Everest), and Khumjung. At the end of the trek, we will take a scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.