Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is for diehard who shuns the Lukla flight preferring to reach the Sherpaland overland. Jiri to Everest base camp trek follows the steps of first mountaineers on their successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Yes, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa followed the same trail through the Base Camp and ultimately to the summit of Everest. This is the same classic trail used by every consequent mountaineering expedition and trek leaders until flights to Lukla offered a short cut. Nowadays, although due to time limitation many trekkers choose to take a flight to Lukla and start the trek from there, the Everest base camp trek starting from Jiri is equally accepted and regularly used by trekkers as it has its own appeal. The great mountain country, rivers and streams, beautiful culturally rich villages, less crowded trail and most importantly the opportunity of more gradual acclimatization the route offers catch the attention of any trekkers to this trekking program. This route provides a chance to visit more Buddhist monasteries, more of the culturally rich Sherpa and other ethnic villages representing simple yet affluent mountain lifestyles and walking on this track proves to be quite a significant experience.

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a sightseeing and preparation day in Kathmandu. The following day you start your journey to Jiri. The 8-9 hours bus drive along the Arniko Highway is made pleasant by the great views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal peaks on the north. In the early days of the trek, Himalayan views will not feature very much, but shortly after leaving Junbesi the trail rounds a spur and a sudden panorama of big mountains opens up ahead; you catch a first, though only brief sighting of Everest, Lhotse, Kusum Kangguru, Thamserku, Kangtega and Makalu. There’s promise in that teasing view, but its not until you reach Namche that the promise will be fulfilled.

At Namche Bazaar, we enjoy the Sherpa village, its culture and monasteries, the mountaineers and wild life museums on the acclimatization day. Ahead we follow the classical route to reach up the base camp of the world’s highest peak and also to the famous vantage point, Kala Patthar, where a marvelous 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas awaits us. After achieving our target of Everest Base Camp, we walk back down to Lukla for a return flight to Kathmandu.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itineary:

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 03: Scenic drive to Jiri (1905m) 6-7 hrs by car/van. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 04: Trek to Bandar (1520m) 7 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 05: Trek to Sete (2500m) 7 hrs
Today the trail drops down to the Likhu Khola and crosses the river at 1580m, and tracks along it to Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura pass. The first part of the climb is quite steep, and then it traverses to Sete, and abandoned Gompa at 2575m. Then we continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpa’s and have both Nepali and Sherpa names. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 06: Trek to Junbesi (2675m) 7 hrs
The day begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura la pass at 3530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with flowering rhododendrons in the spring. Goyem at 3300m. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk at 2860m, then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi at 2675m. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 07: Trek to Nuntala (2345m) 7 hrs
This day we climb to a ridge at 3080m, from where Everest slowly begins to appear in front of your eye, then on to Salung at 2650m. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m. We make a short climb from Ringmo Khola that takes us to the 3071m Trakshindo pass, then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2320m. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 08: Trek to Khari Khola (2194m) 6 hrs
The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi (Milk River) where the trail then ascends through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 09: Trek to Puiyan (2890m) 6 hrs
We start a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 10: Trek to Phakding (2610m) 6 hrs
We continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800 meters, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we descend to Surke following the trail towards Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 12: Namche Bazar - Khumjung and return
This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow ascent into thin air. After breakfast you will start the ascent towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) – this is where the local airport is located. From a hill top above the airport, you will get your first views of Taboche Peak (6 367m), Lhotse (8 414m), Peak- 38 and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3 780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses ‐ the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3 840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascent back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa peoples. You will spend a second night in Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 5 hrs
The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 14: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) 5 hrs
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the 'summer valley'. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 15: Dingboche to Nagerjun and return
This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day – ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche – the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 16: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 5 hrs
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m), staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. Come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche (4910m). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 17: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400m) then back to Gorekshep (5181m) 8 hrs
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After couple of hours we will get at Gorekshep, and continue our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be a tiring portion- but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking you will arrive at Base Camp and enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and icefall, where Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 18: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m) 7 hrs
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Pheriche (4210m). Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 19: Trek to Namche (3440m) 6 hrs
Easy walk along the Imja Khola, short climb to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2800m) 7 hrs
The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu
30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 22: Leisure day in Kathmandu, in case of bad weather in Lukla. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast

Activities: Trekking (walking)
Difficulty: Challenging
Max Elevation: 5545m
Trekking Style: Lodge to Lodge
Meal: All Meals Included during the Trekking
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge on trek
Transportation: Flight & Private Car
Trip Duration: 22 Days

Cost Includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport pick up & transfer by private vehicle.
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Kathmandu - Jiri trasfer by private car
  • Lukla - Kathmandu flight including domestic departure tax
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

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