Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking route follows in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to summit Mount Everest. This trek takes you through the serene and lush landscape in the lower altitudes to the glacial moraine and snow covered landscape in the higher altitudes. Furthermore, this area boasts culturally rich settlements and ancient heritage such as monasteries and gompas.
En route to the ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp you will encounter mighty rivers, enchanting prayer wheels, and Mani walls. As an added adventure, you will cross hair-raising suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags along the way. The lush forests adorned with beautiful flowers, diverse flora and fauna, warm welcoming local Sherpa community, caravans of fellow trekkers, and animals such as Yaks makes the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek an amazing experience for any trekker. Stunning views of the imposing Himalayas are around every turn of this trek.
Jirit to Everest Base Camp Trekking Details
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking route is one of the two major trekking trails to Mount Everest, other being the classical route starting from Lukla. In this trek, we shall start our journey from Jiri, a beautiful hill town in eastern Nepal. As we begin, the trek meanders through the lush green landscape. Become part of the Hindu and Buddist communities as you travel through villages such as Shivalaya, Bahandar, Set, Junbeshi, Nantahala, Bupsa, and Ghat.
Gradually make your way into the Dudh Koshi valley. The trek continues across terraced farmlands, green hills, suspension bridges with deep canyons, and lush forests. These diverse forests boast the beautiful rhododendron tree which blooms each spring. After trekking on both steep and gentle terrain, you arrive at the town of Lukla and its famous airstrip.
Next, we follow the Dudh Koshi River upstream and traverse the valley dominated by the Sherpa community through villages of Chheplung, Nurning, Benkar, Monjo (the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park). The vegetation and scenery begins to change as you reach Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Sherpa capital of Khumbu region. Furthermore, we shall also have several views of majestic Himalayas watching over us along the trail.
Beyond Namche, after a day of acclimatization, we will gradually enter the alpine ecosystem. In the alpine we will enjoy a visit to Tengboche, Dingboche and other settlements that host ancient and culturally rich monasteries. Along the way you will be rewarded with the spectacular view of Ama Dablam and Lhotse from Tengboche. Next, we shall continue to Pheriche and Kala Patthar (at 5545m it is the highest elevation of our trek). Lastly, we will stop at Gorakshep for the spectacular view of Everest.
After Goraksep we will retrace our steps back down the trail and reach Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu. This is where our trek shall come to end. In Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking you will experience an unbeatable combination of natural beauty, cultural splendor and panoramic view of mountains such as Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamsherku, Mt. Everest and many others.
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking route is a moderate to strenuous trekking trail through a variety of landscapes and cultures. January to May as well as September to December are the preferred seasons to trek. With different ethnic cuisines, warm hosts, and professional and quality service from Nepal Trekking Planner this is the trek of a lifetime. Nepal Trekking Planner carefully plans each itinerary with focus of your safety, acclimatization and comfort. This trek will leave you with the best of memories. Be a part of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking and experience the magic of Himalayas.
- On old classic route to high Everest Base Camp from Solu to high Khumbu valley
- Following footsteps of early legendry mountaineers and explorer to Everest
- Enjoy trek on less visited areas by mass flow of trekkers within serene country
- Jiri to Everest Base Camp leads you to visit rural farm areas with fabulous scenery
- From quaint areas of Solu joining at main scenic trail to Everest Base Camp
- Pleasant walk from Namche Bazaar with marvelous views of high mountains
- Reaching at world number one Mt. Everest base camp within ice-falls and glaciers
- Standing on the highest point of the adventure at Kalapathar with fabulous views
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)
- Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trekking prepare day
- Day 03: Drive to Jiri (1950 m) about 8 hrs. Drive
- Day 04: Trek to Deurali (2750 m) about 7 hrs. Walk
- Day 05: Trek to Sete (2650 m) about 7 hrs walk
- Day 06: Trek to Junbesi (2675 m) about 6 hrs walk
- Day 07: Trek to Nuntala (2440 m) about 6 hrs walk
- Day 08: Trek to Bupsa (2360 M) 5/6 hrs walk
- Day 09: Trek to Surke (2290m) 5/6 hrs walk
- Day 10: Trek to Phakding (2,780 m) 4/5 hrs walk
- Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 12: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
- Day 13: Trek to Tengboche (3850m) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 14: Trek to Dingboche (4350m) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 15: Rest day Dingboche
- Day 16: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 17: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m) 2-3 hrs walk
- Day 18: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m) 2-3 hrs walk and to Pheriche (4280m) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 19: Trek to Namche bazaar (3440m) 4-5 hrs walk
- Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2828m) 5-6 hrs walk
- Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu
- Day 22: Final departure
- All airport pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
- Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
- 03-night twin/double sharing accommodation in BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with a private vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Jiri by public bus/private vehicle and Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
- 02 guest to 01 porters with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment
- We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
- First, add the kit box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
- All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay the departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in a city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of an itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights accommodation.
- Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes the column
Suggested Equipment list for this trip;
- Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
- Day pack
- Trekking shoes
- Sports shoes or sandals
- Sun Hat/cap
- Warm woolen cap
- Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
- Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
- Pullover or warm sweeter
- 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
- Hand gloves
- 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
- 3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred)
- Sun glasses
- Water bottle
- 4 season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
- Flash or Torch light
- Camera and batteries
Activity Level rating of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Someone who is easily able to hike 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. There are stone steps up and down which are uneven. Due to some long descents your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m, so you need to be careful about your health and altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize one needs to walk slowly and drink lots of water.
Safe drinking water on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude but it gets harder to find it at higher elevations. Furthermore, it gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes we recommend you drink previously boiled water which can be purchased at tea houses for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets or a backcountry rated water filter to purify your water if you wish. Due to the lack of regulation and difficulty of disposing of plastic bottles it is highly encouraged to use boiled water. This is very helpful to protect our environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like cameras, batteries, iPods, phones etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hour for charging facilities. We recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
In your trekking you might come across some cute, sweet children that you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens. Many trekkers have felt the same. But it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. While trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage until dustbin facilities are available. Do not litter on the trail. Please be conscious of conserving the environment.
Spending Money per Day
This mainly depends on your spending habits. Normally you should allocate US $9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While trekking, US $10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
You should be sufficiently protected. It is required to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
All guest houses offer hot showers, which can be a shower stall or a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated for ecological reasons. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water is frozen simply ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are mainly Asian style squat toilets. Toilets are outside of your room. You are in the mountains: Cleanliness will vary. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet. Instead use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet room.
On this trekking route local people have built tea house lodges. The are quite charming and include food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two single beds. While staying in the tea houses you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality. Don't be shy, say Namaste!
Altitude Sickness can affect anyone. At high altitude the decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). Signs and symptoms are as follows:
- Sleepy but can’t sleep
- Loss of appetite
Prevention for this is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink plenty of water, eat well, and walk slowly. It is a good idea to climb higher than you sleep. Keep hydrated and make sure you avoid alcohol.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking Planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal. You can see photos of legal documents in about us section. We accept your booking under following terms and conditions:
- Bookings must be done 48 hrs. in advance
- Free Cancellation
- No Down payment
- No Deposit
- Accept Cash Payment, Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card.