Jiri to the Everest Base Camp Trek follows the classic route that mountaineers took on their way to attempt Everest. On this route, you will be following the footsteps of the late Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on their way to Everest Base Camp in 1953. Of course, they went on to be the first people to summit the world’s highest peak. Along the way, the trails pass through the fertile landscape with lush scenery. Cross through several valleys of unforgettable beauty on the way to the alpine paradise of the Himalaya.
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trekking from Jiri allows for better acclimatization to altitude on the way up to the highlands. Eventually, the scenic trails arrive at the base of the world’s highest peak, the very nearest to the summit that trekkers can reach without being a mountain climber on an expedition. The majestic natural surroundings bring travelers from all over the globe to admire the beauty and historic setting of the world’s most famous climb. From Everest Base Camp, we will have up-close views of the challenging Khumbu Icefall and the desolate surroundings.
Our Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking journey includes some of the best mountain scenery in the Himalaya. The celebrated viewpoint of Kala Patthar (5545 m, 18,192 ft), offers up-close panoramas of Everest and surrounding mountains! At the base of the peaks is the scenic Khumbu Glacial Valley. Along with this trek, we can enjoy a wider range of biodiversity and topography than any of the other Everest treks as we begin in the vibrant mid-hills and ascend to barren heights. Along the way, we will have memorable views of lofty peaks that soar into the blue sky.
This Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek passes through the homeland of the famed Sherpa ethnicity. The Sherpa are especially renowned for their mountain skills. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking gives us a chance to observe the Sherpa lifestyle with wondrous Buddhist monasteries. Wildlife in this area includes exotic alpine animals including the elusive snow leopard and some people even think the yeti lives in the Himalaya here.
Our Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek starts after a scenic drive through terraced farmland to the pleasant town of Jiri. The drive takes most of the day and then our trekking begins as we ascend through charming villages and rural farmland over high passes. When we reach the Dudh Kosi Valley, then the trail follows it to the north up to the destination known as Namche Bazaar, a town at the gateway to the higher Himalaya. After visiting the famous Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung we continue to the famous setting of Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the region. From here the trail becomes more desolate as we move higher and closer to the expedition base camp of the highest peak on earth.
Base Camp is the highest point of our trek and a thrilling achievement. We enjoy the moment and the surrounding natural splendor along with views from nearby Kala Patthar. Then we make a pleasant return journey to Namche Bazaar and a finally a scenic flight from the mountain airport at Lukla.
Recommended: Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Kathmandu to Lukla is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In the event of prolonged delays, one option is to arrange a helicopter evacuation at your request. The additional cost of a helicopter flight would be between 500 to 1000 USD per traveler, exact cost dependent on demand and capacity. That said, we would also like to mention that it is also likely that there will be no delays whatsoever. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Please Note: Our Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and to Bhandara. Driving approx. 8-9 hours by bus. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Bhandar to Sete (2500 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Sete to Junbesi (2675 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Junbesi to Nunthala (2345 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 mt). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Bupsa to Surke (2230 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Surke to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12Tengboche to Dingboche (4450 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13Rest Day at Dingboche for acclimatization and exploration around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
Day 14Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 15Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC (5359 mt.) and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and retreat trek to Pheriche (4210 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 17Pheriche to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 18Namche Bazar to Lukla. Overnight at guest house.
Day 19Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Flight 30 min. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri and to Bhandara. Driving approx. 8-9 hours by bus. Overnight at guest house.Starting out early on a local bus, we head off to Bhandar, our trailhead. Although this eight-hour long travel may come as a bit tiring, this ride on hilly roads in these parts of Nepal has a lot on offer. From a hill to the next and through settlements from dense to sparse, the bus also happens to pass through end to end of patches of forests, dominated by rhododendrons in bloom in places, pines at others and a mix of a variety at still others. Upon arrival in Bhandar, we check-in for the night.
Day 3Bhandar to Sete (2500 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.We start out on a downhill that should last for around three hours or so. Many find this descent all the way to Kinja slightly demanding on the knees. Just before the settlement, we cross a few suspension bridges, which for is fun for some and a bit not to the comfort zone for others. Kinja, where we stop for lunch, is also our checkpoint, the last one before Namche Bazaar. The remaining trail from here on is a sharp uphill. The key to walking ascents like these, since many others will follow, is to go slow, maintaining a decent steady pace. Once we arrive in Sete, we check-in and settle for the night. Many find the sunset view from this place inspiring.
Day 4Sete to Junbesi (2675 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Once again through a landscape that keeps captivating, we start out after breakfast. The steep climb to Lamjura Pass, which lasts for around three hours, is taxing on the legs that have just walked up a steep ascent the previous day. As the air starts to thin a little at these heights, slow-and-steady is no more a cliché. Once crossing the Pass, the route still shows no sympathy, however. This steep downhill on a slope covered with the screen just not is harsh on the knees but also consistently demands that extra caution if one is to avoid sprained ankles. While some make it to Junbesi in three and checkpoint half hours, others are likely to take four or even an additional half an hour or so. The arrival of Junbesi is a welcome relief since we stop for the night here.
Day 5Junbesi to Nunthala (2345 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.We set off today after breakfast on a relatively steady uphill for an hour or so. The next two hours or so and we take a turn round a hill. The sky to the North all of sudden now is covered with mighty elevations festooned in snow and ice: the Himalayas in the Everest Region. The view that makes checkpoint awe in wonder also includes a glimpse of the tallest on earth, Mt Everest. The next to follow is screen downhill to a river and an uphill of around three-fourths of an hour should bring us to Ringmu for lunch. From here on, it’s an uphill to one more Pass, followed by yet another steep downhill. We finally arrive in Nunthala and stop for the night in this town.
Day 6Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 mt). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Leaving Nunthala after breakfast, we start our trek on a downhill. Now that the donkey trains join in, the traffic becomes a bit congested as our fellow mammals seem to demand a little respect as they too are trudging on the same path. We stop for lunch somewhere on the way screen and Dal-Bhat is a filling option for many. Dal-Bhat does not just come with the Dal (a thick lentil soup) and Bhat (rice); it comes with at least vegetables and pickles checkpoint one can ask for some more helpings for no extra charge. After all, ‘Dal-Bhat-Power, 24-Hour’ is how the common saying goes. We move on and arrive in Bupsa after a final ascent of about an hour and a half or so. This is where we stop for lunch.
Day 7Bupsa to Surke (2230 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.We start out today on an uphill, through forests and still side by side with the donkey trains with farting donkeys. Once we walk past Kharte, the uphill now takes us all to Khari-la Pass. Many people choose to stop here for some time. It is the view of the mountains including Ghyachung Kang and Khumbila that keeps most engaged. The trail now is a downhill to Puyan. The ups and downs that follow next for some time brings us all to Surke, where we stop for the night.
Day 8Surke to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, once again, we start out up an ascent until a settlement known as Chiplung. Once we finish our lunch here, our walk now is a downhill all the way to Phakding, a pretty large as well as better equipped village. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 9Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Along the banks of the Dudhkoshi River and over a number of suspension bridges, the route enters and leaves Monjo Village on the way and heads for Jorsalle, where we stop for lunch. After lunch in this only settlement until Namche Bazaar, we move on. The pine forest, perhaps, is the only relief in those final two hours of the steep demanding climb just before the arrival of Namche. This headquarters of the Khumbu Region is where we stop for the night.
Day 10Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.The day today is for acclimatization. Once in higher altitudes, it is important that we allow the body the opportunity to adapt since the amount of oxygen in the air now becomes less and less. This process requires us to walk higher up but come down for the night. As a part of this process, we first visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, where those of us interested get to know about the landscape, wildlife and people for whom the Everest Region is a home. After this visit, we go further up to Everest View Hotel. This is a location that offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas in its proximity including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and the awesome Mt Ama Dablam. The Khumjung Valley, along with its famous Monastery, is yet another sight most find intriguing. After we return, a walk around the bazaar keeps many travelers engaged in one or the other acts of personal interest.
Day 11Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our stop for lunch today is Phunke Thanga, a small settlement, around three hours away. With pines and rhododendrons thick in the area and the raging Dudhkoshi somewhere close, a lunch here in Phortse Tenga is something of an experience. On a sharp ascent and still through forests, Tengboche is yet another three hours from here on. With its highly revered Monastery, the biggest in the area, along with a breathtaking view of Mt Ama Dablam, the village is certain to inspire many upon arrival. Tyangboché is where we spend the night.
Day 12Tengboche to Dingboche (4450 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Pangboche, our stopover for lunch today, is around three hours away. Downhill to Dingboche then up a gentle prolonged incline, from end to end of patches of forests along the way and crossing a suspension bridge, we arrive in Pangboche. After a decent lunch, it’s three hours to Dingboche in the presence of the majestic Mt Ama Dablam. Dingboche, with around forty households, is home to approximately two hundred locals. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 13Rest Day at Dingboche for acclimatization and exploration around the valley. Overnight at guest house.Like in Namche, this acclimatization day built into this programme also requires all to go up a sharp ascent towards Nangkar Tshang (5,616). Atop this vantage point, the wonder can only be rightfully explained by those who have made it there.
Day 14Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Before that demanding ascent to Dugla, we pass a Chorten and some memorials on the way. After a steep uphill to Chukpo Lari, the trail arrives in Lobuche with the walk for the last twenty minutes or so gentle on the legs. Lobuche, where we stop for the night, is a very small settlement with only two or three constructions. Mt Nuptse close by, however, sufficiently keeps everyone engaged.
Day 15Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC (5359 mt.) and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.Up a three-hour climb with winds blowing at uncomfortable speeds, the trek arrives in Gorakshep, where we check-in. After lunch, the next to follow is a two-hour walk up a gradual but exhausting uphill, owing much to the thinning of the air at higher altitudes. Everest Base Camp (EBC) sits right on the Khumbu Glacier. Once in the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth, it’s a time for celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We walk back to Gorakshep for the night.
Day 16Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and retreat trek to Pheriche (4210 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today’s early morning is for that two-hour climb to Kala Patthar almost four hundred meters up. The famous vantage point is famous for a good reason: surrounded by all those gigantic elevations including two of those that have risen more than 8000 meters, Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. Back in Gorakshep for lunch and we head off to Pheriché, starting off by entering the glacial valley. It is in one of the many lodges that the village has on offer that we stop for the night.
Day 17Pheriche to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.A downhill to Tengboche for lunch and we retrace our footsteps to Namche Bazaar. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 18Namche Bazar to Lukla. Overnight at guest house.Stopping only in Phakding Village for lunch, the walk back to Lukla takes about seven hours to some and eight to others.
Day 19Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Flight 30 min. Overnight at hotel.Weather willing, the flight back to Kathmandu should bring most of us for lunch on time. With the day still young, many people choose to spend the afternoon walking around Thamel.
Day 20Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.
Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspects also play a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Lukla to Kathmandu is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.