Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek , leads you to great and wonderful experience following the classic trail and footsteps of early explorer and legendary mountaineers as this was the early and pioneering route to Khumbu and Everest, before Lukla airstrip was built in early 1980’s.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek with Nepal Base Trek provides you with expert guides to show you the beautiful areas of Solu and high Khumbu valley of immense Sherpa culture of Buddhist religions with tour of interesting monasteries on route trekking, with never a boring moment always full of excitement and enjoyable walks on this wonderful Jiri to everest base camp trek.
Our adventure starts with an exciting overland drive which takes you to witness in-depth of the country and rural life of mid hills and mountain villages with views of snowcapped peaks all along the drive to reach a pretty and active Jiri town, regarded as Switzerland of Nepal due to its scenic and fascinating landscapes of green hills-valley and high mountains.
Walking from Jiri follows ups and downhill path with ever present scenery of tall Himalayan peaks passing through nice rural farm villages of Shivalaya-Bhander and Sete, and as the walk leads to cross few scenic passes of Lamjura and Takshindo to reach beautiful areas of Junbesi, Nunthala-Kharikhola Sherpa villages trekking in himalaya.
Finally our adventure reaches high Khumbu area of Everest region walking through Phakding and famous Namche Bazaar continues towards beautiful spot at Thyangboche monastery surrounded with pristine woodland of firs-pines and rhododendron trees facing stunning views of Everest and Amadablam with chain of snowcapped peaks.
As the walk progress on high altitude area where tree lines vanish for short alpine bushes and shrubs heading further to reach our main final destinations at Everest Base Camp, after walking through some moraine and glaciers.
Enjoying superb and excellent views of massive Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers with array of giant peaks with climb at scenic Kalapathar at 5,545 m, the highest of the adventure with sweeping panorama of mountains with close views of Mt. Everest and then retracing the journey to Lukla for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, after a most mesmerizing and enjoyable adventure of a lifetime on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu 1,315m and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jiri 1,900 m – 06 hrs journey.
Day 03: Trek to Shivalaya 1,770 m -05 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma) 2,195m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Sete 2,575 m -0 6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m – 0 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Bupsa Danda approx. 2,250 m 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
5,334 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Hike to Kalapathar5, 545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m via Pangboche- 05 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Monjo 2,840 m via Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 21: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 22: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 23: International departure for homeward bound.
Size of group: 1-12 people
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
On 23 days Everest Base Camp Trek we experience the astounding iconic mountain views including Mount Everest and the glimpses of the life of the world famous Sherpa people (the climbers) after entering Sagarmatha National Park,a highest world heritage tour site of high altitude Himalayan Buddhist monasteries before accomplishing our unleash goal-reaching Everest Base Camp of the world’s tallest peak, Everest. Trip to the popular Everest Base Camp also provides us the lifetime opportunity to embark on an epic journey that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary set off to in 1953.
Our 23 days itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those trekkers who are in good physical shape with good health. Some time if you wish to take much challenge and trek off the beaten trail, then Everest Base Camp Trek to Gokyo Lake valley via alternative Chola Pass would be ideal. Another option for trekkers with limit experienced time would be 14 day Everest Base Camp
We will be staying at Hotel International Guest House,a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu; and tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis during the trek. Twin sharing or Single supplement will be served in Kathmandu.
Nepal Base Camp Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.
Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.
As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture and of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
An interesting drive towards east from Kathmandu on Nepal-Tibet/ China Friendship highway for few hours, on reaching at Khalichaur at Bhote Kosi River and then leaving the main highway and the river behind on winding uphill road to Charikot, a nice town of Dolkha area with views of Gaurishanker and Melung tse and as far towards Langtang and Everest on east directions.
From this town downhill to Tama Kosi River and climb back to reach at Jiri a nice hill town, regarded as Switzerland of Nepal, due to it beautiful location of hills and valley cooler climate and views of snow-clad peaks.
After our first overnight in Jiri, our first day walk begins through the town market place and then avoiding the motor road, climbing a hill to reach a high ridge with nice scenery of surrounding landscapes and mountains.
From the ridge top a long downhill walk takes you at Shivalaya village for overnight stop, a nice fair size village with number of lodges for travelers located by the bank of a river.
From Shivalaya morning leads to a steep climb to a ridge pat farm villages and terrace fields and then into a cool shade of alpine forest of rhododendron-oaks-pines trees to reach a small pass of Deurali at 2, 715 meters, here with lunch stop a long descend for two hours to Bhandar village for overnight stop, after walking past large Stupa and villages.
Bhandar also called as Chyangma village, the area around of mix tribe of people with Tamang, Newar, but predominantly Sherpa people.
Morning starts with downhill through farm areas passing farm villages to reach at Kenja village a nice moderate size village, situated in a warm valley just beneath the high hills of Lamjura and Pikey danda, offering views of Numbur peaks. After Kenja, a steep uphill climb all the way to overnight stop at Sete village from here onwards the temperature gets cooler.
Starting with cool morning walk towards Lamjuta-la pass with steep climb into forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees then through many small farm lands and hamlets, after few hours of climb reaching on top of Lamjura pass marked by a big stupa with few lodges, from the top descend leads through forest all the way to Sherpa village at Toctoc.
After a short stop continue walk on winding path to Junbesi, and then downhill to Junbesi, a lovely large Sherpa village with an interesting monastery and a high school funded by Hillary Trust.
After a pleasant stop at Junbesi, morning walk leads to a winding path with glimpse of
Mt. Everest and other snowcapped peaks, and then down towards a river to cross over the bridge, a short climb brings you at a nice Ringmo village, stopping here for lunch after a refreshing stopan hour of slow climb into forested areas to reach at Trakshindu pass of 3,070m high, which marked with mani and chortens with views of Numbur, Kusum Kangguru, Thamersarkhu and Kantega peaks.
From here downhill to Nunthala past Takshindo village and old monastery, continue descend to reach a farmland on the outskirt of the village, a short walk from the bottom of the hill brings you at big village at Nuntahla also called Manidingma, a village of Rai and Sherpa people.
Air gets cooler as the route leads close to Khumbu area, on leaving Solu region, morning begins with downhill into forest to reach a bridge over Dudh Kosi River, after crossing the raging Dudh Kosi River on winding uphill to Jubing village.
After Jubing an hour climb to Kharikhola at 2,200 m high, which is a large village of Sherpa and Magar tribes, after a short break heading up hill after crossing Kharikhola with steep climb for an hour to our overnight stop at Bupsa, a small village perched on a ridge with superb views of rolling hills and valleys.
From Bupsa a slow and steady walk reaches high Khumbu area where the temperature gets cooler as the walk continues through mixed alpine forest.
Walk leads over Kharte Dande pass at 3,880m high, way above Dudh Kosi River and then reaching at Puiyan (Paya) village at 2,800 m high a nice place in the midst of forest.
From Puiyan after having lunch leading on a winding trail with views of Lukla town and its airstrip, then descends to Surkhe village for overnight stop in Khumbu area.
Morning on pleasant undulating trail close to Lukla reaching at Choplung village where trail from Lukla and Jiri meets, from here to Phakding for overnight stop, as our walk leads past villages and farm lands with grand views of hills and valleys then finally reaching at Phakding village by the Dudh Kosi (river) for overnight stop.
After Phakding walk leads to famous Namche Bazaar a major town of Khumbu region, walking on gradual winding path crossing rivers few times and into pine and rhododendron forest.
On reaching at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo, afternoon walk continues on river banks, and then with a long climb to end the day trek at Namche Bazaar and for overnight stops.
At Namche a necessary acclimatization and rest day, before heading higher onward to Everest base camp. Namche a large village or a town with many shops, stores, banks and ATM with Cyber Café, optional hike to park museum with excellent information of the area includes grand views of Mt. Everest and Amadablam peak.
For energetic people take a hike to Everest View hotel, Khumjung and Khunde village located on a glacial valley beneath holy Khumbi-la peak (patron God of Khumbu area)
From Namche a moderate walk on winding scenic trail with views of Everest, Kwangde, Tharmasarku, Amadablam, after crossing Imjatse River to a small place Phunge-Tengawith few shops and lodges a popular lunch spot.
After lunch few hours climb into lovely forested and then reaching our overnight stop at Thyangboche monastery. A beautiful spot perched on a small plateau surrounded with high peaks includes wonderful views of Everest.
At Thyangboche with afternoon tour of the monastery where you can observe monks and priest on prayer and religious activities.
Morning catch wonderful views of Everest with adjoining peaks Amadablam, starting with downhill walk to a steel bridge over Imjatse River where we leave behind lush green vegetation for arid and barren landscapes, as the walk leads closer towards mountainous area, after few hours of good walk and climb reaching at Pangboche village of 3,900 meters high, this is the last permanent village towards Everest base camp, while other night stops are temporary settlement to cater the needs of the trekkers.
From here a short climb leads to Somara for lunch and then continue walk with last climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop.
Dingboche located on Imjatse valley with grand views of Lhotse-Nuptse including North Face of Amadablam and Island Peak.
After Dingboche morning begins with steep climb for an hour commanding excellent vista, then on gentle trail most of the way to Thugla for lunch, where Khumbu glacier ends into a raging river, after a nice stop a steep uphill climb for an hour to Thulga pass with memorials of climbers who died climbing in mountaineering expeditions to Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Today our adventure leads to final destinations and highlight at Everest Base Camp, morning walk begins with gentle up for few hours and then short climb to Gorakshep, after walking on glacier and moraine, on reaching Gorakshep located at the bottom of Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar view top hill.
After a short rest continue walk to Everest Base Camp leading above Khumbu glacier, and then reaching our target at base camp catching fantastic close views of stunning Nuptse, Lho-la with Changtse which across the border in Tibet, separated by icy ridges and wall of Lho-La with tip of Everest and tumbling massive Khumbu Ice Fall.
After a breathtaking experience at world’s highest peak base camp head back to Gorakshep for last overnight stop on the roof of the world.
Early morning climb on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 m, this will be the highest point of the adventure with awesome views of snowcapped peaks, includes Mt. Everest at close distance.
After great scenery descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue return trek to Thugla, here onwards on new route to Pheriche valley, can be windy in the afternoon after a nice pleasant walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.
From Pheriche with grand views of Amadablam peak, our morning walk leads on a gradual winding uphill and downhill to Pangboche, and then downhill back into tree lines after the bridge an hour or more climb brings you at scenic Thyangboche Monastery with beautiful woodland offering fantastic views of Amadablam-Mt. Everest and other adjoining peaks.
At Thyangboche after checking into a nice lodge with time to explore the monastery (which was badly damaged by fire in 1991 and rebuilt back into original shape) with magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam.
After a blissful moment in the harmony of mountains and lush vegetation, morning walk leads on downhill path for an hour reaching a bridge over Imjastse River, from here a climb for an hour to reach a small village at Sanasa, and then on the winding nice trail to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with refreshing stop, afternoon walk leads downhill back at Dudh Kosi river valley and then to Monjo for overnight stop.
Our last day trek of this wonderful journey leads to a pleasant walk on gradual winding path to Phakding and continue towards Lukla with last final climb of an hour, on reaching Lukla check into a nice hotel or lodge with free afternoon to immerse with local Sherpa culture and surrounding views.
From Lukla take an early morning flight to Kathmandu with fantastic panorama of mountains during 35 minutes flights, on reaching Kathmandu domestic airport and then transfer with a drive back to your hotel around Thamel area, with free afternoon for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Nepal Base Camp reserves this day as contingency or spare day in case of flight delay and cancellation in Lukla due to bad and unfavorable weather, which can occur sometimes as Himalayan weather are unpredictable, if all goes well according to our itinerary days one can have a leisure day or book for another sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.
Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome time in the high Khumbu valley around Everest on Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.