Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek of a lifetime, following in the same route trekked by all legendary mountaineers to get to Everest Base Camp. This three week journey was the only trek to Everest Base Camp before the airstrip at Lukla was built. The thrill of watching a distant Everest and other mountains slowly grow into towering giants with each passing day is one of the highlights of Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek.
Jiri Everest Treks offers a chance to explore the whole Solukhumbu region with the added incentive of following in the footsteps of mountaineering heroes of Himalayas. The trek is also popularly known as the Classic Everest Trek due to the history involved with the trek. The famous trek to Everest Base Camp, serene and tranquil Gokyo Lakes, and treacherous climb of Cho La Pass, terraced fields of the villages at lowlands, contrasting culture and lifestyles of various ethic groups makes Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek one of the best treks in the country.
Starting in the hilly regions at a lower altitude of around 1700 meters, the trek passes through terraced fields, lush valleys with pasturelands and forests, and climbs onto higher altitude of above 5000 meters with rocky moraines and glaciers, displaying the diversity of the trek. Along with the geography, culture and lifestyles throughout the trek changes as the trek passes through villages inhabiting various indigenous groups of the country. The villages on the lower lands exhibits the true everyday life of countryside of Nepal before the trek enters the more popular westernized settlements while en route to Base Camp of Everest.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Drive to Shivalaya (1790 meters) .
We leave early in the morning and drive towards to the eastern part of the country. The drive takes a whole day but also provides views of the Rolwaling Himal Range, with Gauri Sankar (7134 meters) looking the most impressive. The proper main road ends at Jiri and the remaining drive is on a bumpy secondary road up to Shivalaya. Shivalaya is a village with a big market at the banks of the Khimti River. (8-9 hours drive) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 03: Trek to Deurali (3000 meters) .
The trek starts with a steep climb and then continues to stay steep until the trail reaches the end of the day at Deurali. Being the first day of trek, it is relatively short compared to other days. However, there are a few good side trips; a walk to the Thodung Monastery or to one of the oldest cheese factory of the country, Thodung Cheeese factory. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Trek to Sete (2400 meters) .
The trail starts to drop down to the village of Bhandar and again continues to drop for the most part of the morning to the Kinja River. The trail also passes through couple of suspension bridges and the terrain briefly remains almost flat to the village of Kinja. Another extreme steep climb waits after Kinja. After an hour or so, the climb becomes bit more easier and ends at Sete. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (2700 meters) .
The trail still continues to climb and near to the top of the climb the terrain becomes easier. After a brief easy walk, the trek crosses the Lamjura La (3530 meters) and then starts to drop through the pine forests to the small village of Taktor. The trial once again steadies a bit for a while and a brief drop finally ends the day at Junbesi. The village is one of the main Sherpa villages in the lower parts of the Khumbu. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Nunthala (2194 meters) .
After crossing a small stream, the trail once again gradually starts to climb for a while and then turns easy once more and reaches the village of Phurteng. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed here. The trail continues to undulate and after a brief drop into the river, the trail now once again starts to ascend. The climb passes through a lovely village of Ringmo with apple fields and continues to ascend to the top of Takshindu La (2960 meters). The trek starts to descend steeply through a forest for the rest of the afternoon and ends at the village of Nunthala. The trek will have similar days for most part of the trek, as the trail always drop and climb when trekking on the mountains. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Kharikhola (2100 meters) .
The trek continues to ascend and descend again for yet another day. The trail descends for the most of the morning through forests and terraced rice fields. After crossing Dudh Koshi River at near Juving, another ascent continues and only ends at Kharikhola. The day’s trek passes though villages of Phuleli, Juving and Kharikhola. The Rai and Magar, two of the major ethnic groups of the country, inhabit these villages. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Trek to Paiyan (2730 meters) .
Again, the trek moves forward following the same pattern from the previous days. The trail climbs in the morning and then undulates through the woods. The trek continues on easier landscapes in the afternoon and ends at Paiyan. It is a stretched village on a face of a hill. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Trek to Phakding (2610 meters) .
A descend through the forest starts the day and after passing Surkhe Village, a gradual ascend leads to the village of Chaurikharka, a small village just below the famed Lukla. After a brief climb, the trek joins the main Everest trail at Cheplung. The trail enters into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) .
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 11: Acclimazation day at Namche Bazaar .
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Trek to Dole (4200 meters) .
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole. (5-6 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Trek to Machhermo (4440 meters) .
Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) .
The trail moves up into the valley on a easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the lakes of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyo (8201 meters) towering in the background. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters) .
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. Breakfast at Gokyo is followed with a return to the first lake and then the trail crosses the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (3 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 16: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters) .
Another early start to the day leads to a steep climb to the top of the pass. A steep drop follows a brief walk on the glacier into a new valley with Chola Tse (6440 meters) towering to the southeast and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) appearing towards east. The terrain starts to get easier and finally reaches Dzong Lha. The day is the toughest and the longest day of the trek and the most basic accommodation of the whole trek at Dzong Lha do not help either. (7-8 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 17: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
The trail undulates in the morning but slowly starts to get gradually later in the day. The terrain feels easier compared to the previous day and joins the traditional Everest trail near the end of the days trek. Once on the main trail, a short gradual climb leads to Lobuche. (4 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 18: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters) .
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 19: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 20: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters) .
Staying on the main Everest trail, the trail gradually goes down and reaches Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the Khumbu region. From the pass, the path drops down to Thukla and then continues to drop gradually all the way to Dingboche. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 21: Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters) .
The path drops and then climbs out of a valley in the morning and follows the Dudh Koshi River gradually on a leveled terrain, through the villages of Pangboche and Somare. The path finally returns to go through the forests and a gradual climb leads to Thyangboche. Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Thyangboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kang Tega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours approximately) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 22: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters) .
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously travelled route taken during the way up. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 23: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters) .
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu .
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 25: Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to the Himalayas or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 26: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
ITINERARY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE . Bad weather has been a recurring problem at Lukla in the last few years and caused a lot of trouble with flight cancellations. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights. The problems of bad weather at Lukla and people missing their international flights have been well documented in the last few years.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 3 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- Kathmandu - Shivalaya land transportation in a private car.
- Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- Group First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.