Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Trip Information
  • Duration27 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Altitude 5,364m
  • Best Time March to May and Sept to Nov

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is for trekkers wanting to experience a serious pathway to Everest Base Camp. It is considered the ‘classic route to Everest base camp’. As well as experiencing the extraordinary landscape, culturally rich village and farming life, and the plants and animals of the forests, you will come away with a greater sense of achievement and added credibility from your peers for not taking the easy way. You will share the trails with farmers going to work, school children going to school and porters, both man and beast, carrying village supplies. Buddhist monasteries, mani walls (prayer inscribed rocks) and water driven prayer wheels spiritually enlighten the way. Remember to always walk to the left of the mani walls and you will be rewarded with added respect from the locals.

This trek follows the path the first mountaineers took on their successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Yes, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa came this way, as did following mountaineering expeditions until flights to Lukla offered a short cut. Nowadays, because of time constraints, many trekkers choose to fly to Lukla. But starting your trek in Jiri exposes you to an entirely different landscape to that from Lulka to Everest. And this extra trekking will help you to acclimatise to the altitude you will experience as you approach Everest Base Camp.

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a sightseeing and preparation day in Kathmandu. The following day we start with a drive to Jiri, which is located to the east of Kathmandu. Jiri is only 187 kilometres away but the ride will take eight to nine hours – such is life in mountainous Nepal. Along the way the Arniko Highway provides great views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal peaks to the north.

From Jiri we trek westward to Namche Bazaar before heading north towards Everest Base Camp. This trek in itself is an amazing experience but there is still so much more to come. We now leave the Everest Base Camp trail to head eastward over Chola Pass to get to Gokyo and its beautiful lakes. Depending on the time of the year, some will be frozen solid.

If you have the time and energy, this trek is one of Nepal’s finest. It is a visual, cultural and spiritual experience like no other but you will also come away with a real sense of achievement. You have succeeded in doing the ‘classic route to Everest Base Camp’, and beyond.


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Namaste! Info Nepal Treks and Expedition heartily welcomes you to the city of temples – Kathmandu. We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our office representative will be there holding placard on which either client’s or company's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and after your reception, we will drive to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and you will settle rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be with 3 P.P. size photographs, copy of passport and copy of travel insurance.

    This is the day visiting to Tour in Kathmandu is a tour of the valley which is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites including historical, religious and cultural importance. The sites consist of Swyombhunath (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa.The valley is prominently known as the live museum for age-old culture, history, and civilization. Even the tourist can have historical, cultural and religious insight from 200 years back. , the tour commences after your breakfast. You will have lunch during the visit and the tour ends at around 4 in the afternoon. Some of the sites were destroyed by April Earthquake and now they are being renovated. Overnight in hotel. 

      After breakfast, we board the bus to Jiri. The destination is 187 kilometers east of Kathmandu but takes around eight hours to complete. Jiri is also known as the ‘Switzerland of Nepal’ and it’s a typical Sherpa village.
      Overnight in Jiri.

        Now we start walking. After breakfast, we follow a descending trail to Shivalaya. On the way we pass through Tamang villages where you will experience Tamang culture before crossing a few bridges before an uphill walk to Deurali.
        Overnight at Deurali

          After breakfast, we start our trail. Bhandara is the first destination where we arrive. We cross few Sherpa villages before reaching Bhandara. The prayer flags, prayer wheels, and mani walls are distinct on the way. Crossing suspension bridge we arrive at Kinja.

          It is an uphill climb from Kinja. You pass through rhododendron forests and this brings us at Sete.
          Overnight in Sete

            It is tough to walk till Lamjura Bhanjyang from Sete. We walk along the way to jungle. Situated in between Jiri and Namche, Bhanjyang is the highest point. While on the trail you see rock carved with Buddhist mantras. It is a walk in Buddhist area.

            On the way, you get a view of gradually appearing peaks such as Mt. Gaurishankar, Number Himal, and Dudh Kunda are spectacular from Junbesi and this is the essence of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trail. Finally, we arrive at Junebeshi.
            Overnight in Junebeshi

              We cross Junebeshi Khola (River) and this will lead us towards Khumbu Region. It is an uphill walk. Today you get the chance to view Mount Everest while on the way to Nunthala.

              We cross suspension bridge built over Dudh Koshi River. The path shows you mani walls, prayer flags, and chortens and this is mesmerizing for trekkers to Khumbu Region. Penetrating conifer and rhododendron forests we reach Nunthala.
              Overnight in Nunthala

                After breakfast, we start our trek following downhill track. We arrive at Jubling. It is a Rai village. The further walk brings us to Khari Khola.
                Overnight in Kharikhola

                  We cross the suspension bridge. Now we climb vertically to arrive at Bupsa. We cross Sherpa village and enjoying few ups and down bring us at Puiyan.
                  Overnight in Puiyan

                    We walk for few hours and arrive at the ridge. It is located at an elevation of 2,800m. We go through Lukla Airport and enjoy the Valley. We walk along Dudh Koshi Riverbank. You get the view of few mountains like Mt. Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde. From here walk for around four hours and this will bring us at Phakding.
                    Overnight at Phakding

                      It is inspiring walk today as we will be passing through woods. Following the route of Dudh Koshi River, we head ahead. Monjo is one of the on the way destinations. It (Monjo) is regarded as an entrance gate to Sagarmatha National Park. A couple of hours further walk will bring us at Namche Bazaar.

                      The name is quite a busy area of Khumbu Region. Generally, Sherpa is the main inhabitants of this place. People get here to purchase essential commodities and also to socialize.
                      You get ample time to roam here. There are few monasteries here where you can pay your visit. Most of the inhabitants of the place follow Buddhism here.
                      Overnight in Namche Bazaar

                        Today is a kind of leisure day with a purpose. It is essential that you prepare your body for the low-oxygen environment that exists at higher altitudes. Altitude sickness can not only impact on your trekking comfort, it can stop you from trekking any further. We want you to succeed on this trek so we include these ‘acclimatization days’ into the itinerary to prepare you for high altitude.

                        You can visit Sagarmatha National Park today. The park shelters different species of animals and, if lucky enough, you will get a chance to see snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan Thars (native mountain goat), musk deer and blue sheep among others. It is reported that more than 170 species of birds are found here including Himalayan pheasant known as Danphe. Danphe is the national bird of Nepal.
                        Overnight in Namche Bazaar

                          The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mount Everest, then descends into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From here it ascends to Tengboche Monastery (3860m), the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. This monastery is the largest in the Khumbu Region and enshrines a Yeti skull as well as a statue of Lord Buddha.
                          The climb up to Tengboche is long but you get rewarding views of the distinctive Mount Ama Dablam and on a clear day view of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full
                          Overnight in Tengboche

                            It is a wonderful walk today. We trek through lush green vegetation filled by rhododendron and the majestic views of mountains will take your breath away.
                            Overnight at Dingboche

                              Dingboche is a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of north-eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. Despite being a leisure day we will visit the Dingboche Monastery today. We will also take a short walk to another Sherpa village – Chhukung. From here we get stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Tawache and Everest.
                              Overnight in Dingboche

                                Our trek begins after breakfast. We arrive at Dugla. A further couple of hours walk takes us at Khumbu Glacier. The view of Tawache and Cholaste above you will make your trip worthy. We arrive at Lobuche.
                                Overnight in Lobuche

                                  We continue to ascend at an easy pace to reach Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is where we will stay the night but before we camp, we will hike to one of the highlights of this whole trek – Everest Base Camp. To do this we walk beside and over the Khumbu Glacier before finally reaching the famous base camp. Outside of the climbing season (April-May), there is nothing here but a marker to show where the camp is located. The camp is actually located on the glacier itself so it’s moving. Each climbing season the base camp has to be rebuilt from scratch.

                                  We’ll spend some time here before going back to Gorakshep.
                                  Overnight in Gorakshep

                                    We start early today to get a sunrise view from atop Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is a peak near Gorak Shep offering spectacular views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. Climbing this peak is a very popular thing to do so don’t expect to be alone at the top.
                                    Then we pass through Lobuche before taking a trail eastward towards Dzongla.
                                    Overnight at Dzongla

                                      We start early again today because we have to get up and over Cho La Pass before bad weather rolls in. From the Pass, you will get spectacular views of Baruntse, Ama Dablam, and many other peaks.
                                      From here its downhill into Thangnak.
                                      Overnight in Thangnak

                                        Today we cross the Ngozumba glacier, giving you mesmerizing views of Gokyo Valley. Then we trek on into Gokyo village. On one side is a beautiful clear lake and at the back of the village is the edge of Ngozumba glacier. Climb up there for stunning views up and down this glacier. There is a tradition in Goyko village of travelers taking a swim in the icey waters of the lake. Try it if you dare.
                                        Overnight in Gokyo village

                                          Although it’s rest day we will spend time exploring the local area. The highlight of the day will be climbing Gokyo Ri and soaking up the unforgettable views of the surrounds. You will get a striking view of Mount Everest from here. Gokyo Ri is 5,360 meters high.
                                          Overnight in Gokyo village

                                            Today is challenging as the trail will take us up and over Renjo La Pass to the north of the Gokyo Lakes but the views of the mountains and lakes at your back will take your breath away.
                                            Renjo La Pass is at an altitude of 5420 meters. Enjoy the views of Nangpa valley before crossing a glacial lake to get to Lungden.
                                            Overnight at Lungden

                                              The trail is downhill today, following Bhote Koshi (river). We then pass through the beautiful Nangpa Valley before arriving at Marlung. Then onto Thame.
                                              Overnight in Thame

                                                Today we follow Bhote Koshi (river) to Monjo. This area is popular for viewing Buddhist rock art. Buddhists have painted mantras here. After a couple of hours, we reach Thamo before crossing a suspension bridge and onto Monjo.
                                                Overnight in Monjo

                                                  After breakfast, we follow a descending trail via Dudh Koshi (river) towards Lukla. On the way, we will pass through the beautiful Lukla valley to arrive in Lukla in plenty of time to explore this small Buddhist community.
                                                  Overnight in Lukla

                                                    After breakfast, we catch a flight back to Kathmandu. This flight in itself is a wonderful experience, giving you spectacular aerial views of Nepal’s mountainous landscape. You will arrive back in Kathmandu in plenty of time to shop for gifts and souvenirs in the travelers' district of Thamel.
                                                    Info Nepal Treks and Expedition will invite you to a farewell dinner tonight.and exchange your experience of the entire trip with us.
                                                    Overnight at hotel.

                                                      Today we say farewell. If you are flying out today, we will take you to the airport. Or you may choose to explore more of Nepal. If you do choose to do some more exploring here, talk to us. We can help you.

                                                      Thank you for choosing Info Nepal Treks and Expedition to travel with and we look forward to seeing you again. Farewell!

                                                        Route Map

                                                        Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Map

                                                        Cost Details

                                                        Cost Includes
                                                        • Airport pick up and drop in a private vehicle.
                                                        • City sightseeing with a private vehicle.
                                                        • Two-night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
                                                        • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
                                                        • English speaking Government License holder Trekking Guide.
                                                        • Trekking Permit, TIMS, and conservation Area Permit fee.
                                                        • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter).
                                                        • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with breakfast hot drinks during treks.
                                                        • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters.
                                                        • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles.
                                                        • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, and equipment charge.
                                                        • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be returned after trek).
                                                        • Government Taxes and paperwork.
                                                        • Farewell Dinner.
                                                        Cost Excludes
                                                        • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee.
                                                        • Personal expenses:(Laundry,battery charge,phone calls,wifi,shower,extra porters etc.).
                                                        • Beverage. 
                                                        • Temple/Monastery entrance fees.
                                                        • Travel Insurance and rescue flights.
                                                        • Late arrival and late departure extra night.
                                                        • Tips to guide and porter.
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