Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Sep 11, 2020
  • Arjun Rijal

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek follows the classic route that leads to the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848 m) crossing numerous passes and picturesque villages.

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek follows the identical path that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa went on to climb Everest in 1953 AD. This is the original route that trekkers used until Kathmandu Lukla flights have not started. Nowadays, this route is followed by a handful of trekkers who are looking to spend more time in the Khumbu region. The trail moves along numerous dense forests, small mountain villages, and passes. While trekking, you get to see a diverse range of flora and fauna.

You get to see stunning Himalayan landscapes and panoramic views of Himalayas. Likewise, upon reaching the Everest base camp, you also get to see huge glaciers and glacial streams. Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek takes you close to nature and allows you to unwind yourself. You get enough time to reflect and enjoy nature. Moreover, this trek also provides you spiritual peace as you come across numerous monasteries, stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels.

To add more adventure, you hike up to the Kala Patthar from where you get to see breath-taking scenery. Located above Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar is a very famous viewpoint in the Khumbu region. We have designed Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary including ample acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust with the altitude as you move ahead.

We are also open to making a tailor-made Jiri Everest Base Camp package that suit your all needs if our offered itinerary does not match your requirements. For further information, feel free to get in touch with us anytime.

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Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary

The first half of the trial is not crowded as most of the travelers opt for a direct flight to Lukla to do regular Everest base camp trek. A scenic drive from Kathmandu take you to Bhandara from where you begin trekking towards the EBC.

The Jiri EBC trail traverses the lower Solu-Khumbu region. Crossing numerous passes, dense forests, and lovely villages, you reach Phakding village. From here, the trail moves along Sagarmatha National Park and takes you to Namche Bazar. Further, trekking through villages like Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, etc, you reach the Everest Base Camp. Before returning, you hike up to the Kala Patthar as well.

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek map

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek map presents you with the pictorial view of the trail. As the map is designed following our offered itinerary, you get to see the route that you have to walk on during the trek. On the map, you can also see major views like mountains and monasteries marked.

The Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek map

The Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek altitude chart

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. The trail offers a good blend of challenges and adventure. You have both an easy and tough walk during the Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek 22 Days. There are frequent ascends & descends through dense forests and rugged paths. Likewise, steep paths are also involved in the trek.

You have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day at a minimum. Previous trekking experience is not needed to go on Jiri Everest Base Camp Trekking, however you have to be in good health and fitness.

Best time to go on Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

Spring and autumn is the best time to go on Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek. Those two are the peak seasons to traverse in the Himalayas. Months from March to May and September to December fall under spring & autumn. The trail is more crowded, yet the stable weather and lovely climate attract hundreds of travelers every year.

Food & Accommodation during Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

Accommodations are booked for you in all the night stops in advance. The lodge is the main accommodation during Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek. The facilities in the lodges are basic. You get twin-sharing rooms to spend the night.

The rooms can get quite cold at night, therefore a good-quality sleeping bag is recommended to carry. The dining serves as the common space and is the warmest place in the lodge. Washrooms can be common or private.

Foods are served as per the menu of the lodge. The food menu is extensive in this part of the Himalayas. You can find Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental dishes on the menu. Likewise, you can also buy bars and snacks on the way, which is not involved in the package cost.

Drinking water is available almost everywhere. Carry a reusable water bottle along with water purification with you for extra safety.

An adventurous trail that involves numerous passes and goes through dense forests

Before reaching Phakding, you trek through several picturesque villages and dense forests. The trail also includes many small and moderate passes. The trail to the passes mostly is rugged with a few steep parts. Likewise, you get to see the beautiful view of the surrounding from the top of every pass.

Walk by Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazar

Sagarmatha National park begins from Monjo onwards. The trail passes through the national park and leads you to the Namche Bazar. This national park is home to hundreds of flora and fauna. Brace yourself because you get to see some of the rare vegetation and might be wildlife on the way.

The trail is tough in this part of the trek as it steeply ascends to Namche bazar.

The famous Namche Bazar

Namche Bazar is like the tourist hub of the Khumbu region, where travelers stop for a couple of nights for acclimatization. This place is the most developed in terms of tourist infrastructure. Here, you find luxury to budget-friendly accommodation.

You can visit places like the Sherpa Culture Museum, Everest Photo Gallery, Library, etc. Likewise, there are also a few short hikes like Everest View Hotel, Syangboche Airstrip, and Khumjung village near the village that offers stunning views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.

Experience rich culture and tradition of Sherpa

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek allows you to observe the daily lifestyle of Sherpas and people from other communities during your overnight stay in the mountain villages. Similarly, on the trail, you frequently see stupas, monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels, and prayer flags. Despite the remoteness of the region, it has very rich cultural diversity, unlike any other place.

Visit ancient Tengboche monastery

A very prominent place in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery is the oldest and the largest. This monastery was first built in 1961 by Lama Gulu, and later re-built twice as the monastery got destroyed because of the earthquake in 1934 and fire in 1989. Inside the monastery, centuries-old statues, paintings, murals, and antiques have been kept.

Reach Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp, the lap of the world's highest mountain is the main highlight of Jiri Everest Base Camp Trekking. Located at 5,364 meters from the sea level, the land shifts as the glacier moves on the base camp. From the base camp, you get to witness panoramic views of Mt. Everest and many surrounding mountains.

Hike up to Kala Patthar to witness 360 degrees of Mt. Everest

Kala Patthar is located just above EBC at the height of 5,643 meters. Trekkers hike up to this viewpoint to witness gorgeous sunrise along with 360-degree views of the mighty Everest. The trail to the Kala Patthar includes a steep walk over the glacier and snowy paths.

Get to see panoramic views of Himalayan Mountains and stunning glaciers

Throughout the Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek, you get accompanied by stunning views of snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. Massifs like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kangtega (6,782 m), etc. can be seen along the way. Not only that as you get closer to the EBC, but you also get to see and walk on stunning glaciers.

Take a stimulating flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

From Lukla airstrip, you fly back to Kathmandu marking the end of the journey. This fight is nerve racking. From take-off to landing, you get to see wonderful views of the Himalayas.

Other trails that you can join

Everest high pass trek : You can join the Everest high passes trek once you reach in Dingbuche, since the Jiri Everest base camp trek only goes to base camp and return to Lukla and if you have enough time and want to explore more adventure then you can join the high pass by joining the Everest high pass trek, contact for the itinerary and price for this options.

Go over Chola : We have another Trek that includes the EBC, Cho La pass and Gokyo Lake So, if you have enough time want to go over the Cho la pass then take the Cho la pass trail once you visit the EBC and contact us for the itinerary and price for this inclusion.

Summit the Island Peak : Once you visit the EBC then you have another option to go Dingbuche and go for the Island peak so, contact us for the itinerary and price to include Island peak climb on this Jiri Everest Base camp trek.

Detailed Itinerary of Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

On landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you are met with one of our team members around the terminal gate then he takes you to the hotel.

You can stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel, and later, meet with team members and get brief about the trek.

Day 2: Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu

You go on a Kathmandu sightseeing tour after having breakfast as hotel. The tour is guided by tour guide. You visit different monuments like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

During the tour, you get to see Nepali art and architecture. In the late afternoon, you prepare for the trek and meet with your trek guide.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar

After having a delicious breakfast, you drive along Araniko Highway to reach Lamosangu. From here, you continue driving towards Bhandar enjoying stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang Lirung.

Day 4: Trek from Bhandar to Sete

From Bhandar, you trek towards Sete. The route descends to Linkhu Khola, and crossing the river, you continue moving towards Kenja (1,570 m). Further, the trail steeply ascends to Chimbu and head to Sete.

Day 5: Trek from Sete to Lamjura pass to Junbesi

The trail gradually ascends to Lamjura Pass (3,530 m) from where you get to see beautiful views of snow-capped mountains.

From here, you descend through a lush forest of rhododendron and fir. Further, passing through Taktor, you walk along the north side of the valley and drop down to Junbesi.

Day 6: Trek from Junbesi to Nunthala

Leaving Junbesi behind, you descend and cross Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. You come across a junction and following the route to Khumbu, you trek in the north.

The trail then descends through Salung and takes you to Dudh Koshi River. From here, you ascend and pass by Ringmo village. Further, crossing Tak - Shindo Pass, you cross many small streams and reach Nunthala.

Day 7: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa Danda

The trail from Nunthala descends to Dudh Koshi River and crosses it. From here, you walk on the well-defined path and pass by terraced fields.

Further, the trail drops down following a steep path through dense forest to Chautara. You then walk through lush forests and ascend to Bupsa Danda via Khari Khola.

Day 8: Trek from Bupsa Danda to Puiyan

The trail heads to Bhumsing (2,300 m) and ascends through the fine valley of beautiful rhododendron and oak forests.

On the way, you might get to see animals like langur monkeys. Further, you descend and cross a tributary and to reach Puiyan.

Day 9: Puiyan to Phakding

The trail ascends to a ridge (2,800 m) and then drops down to Surke (2,293 m), located near Dudh Koshi River.

Crossing a bridge, you walk on north towards Chaurikharka. From here, the trail crosses a deep gorge and passes by a beautiful waterfall before reaching Phakding.

Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

You have breakfast and begin trekking following the Dudh Koshi River crossing it several times.

The trail takes you to Jorsale, where you have lunch and continue walking towards Namche Bazar. You ascend steeply to reach this village.

Day 11: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Today, you take a day off from trekking for acclimatization in Namche Bazar. You go on a short hike to Everest View Hotel from where you get to witness stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, etc.

Late, you visit Everest Photo Gallery, Sherpa Culture Museum, and explore the local market.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Today, you move towards the beautiful Tengboche village. The trail offers excellent views of the Himalayan Mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close-up views of Thamserku.

Trekking through dense forests of rhododendron, you descend to Kayangjuma and move towards Sanasa. From here, you pass by another lush forest of pine and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.

The trail passes by Phunki Thenga and ascends to Tengboche. Here, you can visit an ancient monastery, Tengboche monastery.

Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

From Tengboche, the trail descends through lush forests of rhododendron. You then cross Imja Khola and pass by mani wall and reach Pangbcohe.

Further, the trail gradually ascends to Dingboche, the summer valley of Khumbu region.

Day 14: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization

It is the second rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization. You can go on a short hike to the nearby hill from where you get to see wonderful views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

You can also hike up to Chhukum from where fantastic views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawache peak and other mountains can be seen.

Day 15: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

The trail ascends to Lobuche village situated at the lap of Lobuche Peak. The trail passes by many stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels.

Likewise, you get to see fantastic views of Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde Peak, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, etc on the way.

From Dingboche, the trail takes you to Pheriche and crosses a small wooden bridge. Further, walking on a steep path, you reach Lobuche.

Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep

The big day when you finally reach the lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest Base Camp. The trail follows a rocky moraine offering gorgeous views of glacial ponds and icebergs.

Crossing the last rocky dunes, you descend to Gorakshep. You check in to the lodge in Gorekshep and have lunch.

Further, you ascend towards the base camp. After spending some time at the base camp, you return to Gorakshep for a night stay.

Day 17: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and trek to Pheriche

You wake up early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar to enjoy a breath-taking sunrise along with 360-degree views of Mt. Everest.

The trail to the Kala Patthar involves a steep rocky walk. Later, you descend to Pheriche following the same path for night stay.

Day 18: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast, you retrace the path to Namche Bazar.

The trail passes by lush forests and small villages along with offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains.

Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

From Namche Bazar, the trail steeply descends through dense forests, crossing numerous bridges. You pass by small villages and reach Phakding.

Further, you ascend along a stream on a forested path that leads to Lukla.

Day 20: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Today, you take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. During the flight, you get to see the aerial view of the Khumbu region. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel.

Rest and shop for the remaining day.

Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Today is the extra buffer day to use in case you need any extra day on trek or if there is any delay or cancelation on return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

You can visit the places that you wanted to visit and don't forget to explore the local market. You can find many things to get as a souvenir for you and your loved ones.

Later, in the evening, you meet other team members for the last time over farewell dinner.

Day 22: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure

It is time to say good bye to each other.

You are transferred by our airport representative as per your flight departure time.

Service includes on Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Airport transfers.
  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek.
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit.
  • Ground transport by local bus.
  • Flight fare from Lukla - Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).

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