Private vehicle / By Air
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season February to May and October and November
- The reasons for choosing Jiri as a trek route are:-
- You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
- It is a free trekking site that introduces trekkers with reomte and rural part of the country
- View wonderful monasteries and white stupas on the way.
- The rhododendron forests make the trip more pleasant.
- You will acclimatize better by gaining altitude much more gradually (including walking over a pass that lies higher than Namche Bazaar) as well as get into the rhythm of the hills before you reach the added challenge of high altitude.
- You will be supporting villages, teahouses and lodges that have fallen to the wayside since the construction of the airport at Lukla.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trekking is such type of life time event which a trekker does not like to miss in his/her travel bucket list. To add essence in life, it is one of the most do events. The trek not only has historical importance but also is popular for its hospitality of local people. Furthermore, the trek gives you charm of Switzerland as Jiri is also known as 'Switzerland of Nepal'.
It is the route that was followed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa before conquering the Mt. Everest in 1953. Trekking to Everest Base Camp usually starts from Jiri although Lukla is another gate way for the EBC.
It is a popular trekking route to Everest Base Camp and reaching here justifies your determination and endurance. En route you will enjoy alpine forests and glacial rivers. Warm welcome of local inhabitants makes your trip more interesting and memorable.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 01:Arrival and get to the hotel in Kathmandu
- Day 02:Preparation for trekking
- Day 03:Kathmandu to Jiri drive
- Day 04:Jiri to Deurali
- Day 05:Deurali to Sete
- Day 06:Sete to Junbesi
- Day 07:Junbesi to Nunthala
- Day 08:Nunthala trekking to Kharikhola
- Day 09:Kharikhola trekking to Puiyan
- Day 10:Puiyan treeking to Phakding
- Day 11:Phakding to Namche Bazaar
- Day 12:Namche Bazaar(Acclimatization Day)
- Day 13:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
- Day 14:Thyangboche to Dingboche
- Day 15:Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatization Day)
- Day 16:Dingboche to Lobuche
- Day 17:Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp
- Day 18:Gorak Shep to Dzongla
- Day 19:Dzongla to Chola Pass to Thangnak
- Day 20:Thangnak to Gokyo Lake
- Day 21:Rest day at Gokyo Lake
- Day 22:Gokyo to Renjola Pass Lungden
- Day 23:Lungden - Thame
- Day 24:Thame to Manjo
- Day 25:Manjo to Lukla
- Day 26:Lukla to Kathmandu by air
- Day 27:Flight to your Country
- Day 01:Arrival and get to the hotel in Kathmandu After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be brought to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight.
- Day 02:Preparation for trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing our trek. You will meet trek leaders and other team members of the expedition.
- Day 03:Kathmandu to Jiri drive Today, we will have a drive for about 7-8 hours from Kathmandu to Jiri over a distance of 187km. It might be a tricky but picturesque full day’s bus ride up the Sun-Koshi river valley to the town of Jiri. Jiri is the largest settlement of the Jirel people, a Tibeto-Burman people with cultural links to the Sherpa and Sunuwars.
- Day 04:Jiri to Deurali We begin ascending to the ridge top at 2400m and incline down to Shivalaya (1800m). We move on through cultivated fields and small Tamang villages. The unswerving way to Deurali moves to a grubby channel up the end of the spur. After crossing a couple of flat wooden bridges, you will begin the vertical ascent to the Deurali pass on a twisting forest trail. Deurali (2705m) is sheltered by mani walls adorned with the Tibetan Buddhist mantra. Tonight at lodges of Deurali.
- Day 05:Deurali to Sete From Deurali, the main trail falls in a straight line down the hillside. Reaching at the periphery of Bhandar (2200m), you will observe a Sherpa village which is filled with prayer walls and small Gompas (Buddhist temples). After following the muddy road east you will encounters two suspension bridges at the bottom of the valley. The final turn is restful next to the east bank of Likhu Khola, crossing one last suspension bridge to arrive at Kinja (1630m). And from Kinja, the trail begins a vertical way up switch back up almost vertical slope above the village. The trail climbs steeply up a ridge richly forested with oak and rhododendron to Sete (2575m). A small but ancient Ihakhang (Buddhist temple) is a important for visit.
- Day 06:Sete to Junbesi Today, the first half of the day is a long and difficult climb to the Lamjura Bhanjyang (3530m). You will see frost and often snow along the trail in winter. The track picks its way all the way through a drenched, moss-cloaked forest of knotted rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch tree. Lamjura Bhanjyang is the peak point on the trek between Jiri and Namche Bazzar. From here, the trail makes a long, slow fall underneath the valley through aromatic fir and rhododendron forests. The final stage to Junbesi passes some decorated mantras carved into a rock face and drops steeply through terraced fields. You will have some excellent views of Mt. Gaurishankar, Number Himal and Dudh Kunda.
- Day 07:Junbesi to Nunthala On this day, the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge at 2560m, reaching a significant trail intersection. The way to Khumbu leads abruptly uphill into the trees and scenery with all pines and cows. The original sight of Everest, popped between the snowy crowns of Thamserku (6608m), Katenga (6685m) and so on. The trail turns north and descends through meadows and copses of pines to the hamlet of Salung (2860m).
We come across a large suspension bridge over Dudh Khola at 2510m and incline through the incant Buddhist Chorten and several Mani. Below Tarkshindu (3071m), the trail descends through the conifer and rhododendron forests alive with birds. The route crosses charming stream and mixes into the clutter of loose rocks as it reaches Nunthala.
- Day 08:Nunthala trekking to Kharikhola From here the fall continues to Dudh Kosi and the trail drops abruptly for an hour all the way through mixed forest and farmland. The track switches back onwards through fields of barley, wheat and maize to the Rai village of Jubling (1680m). The path took us a slow way up around a point to the village of Khari Khola.
- Day 09:Kharikhola trekking to Puiyan We come across the Kharikhola by crossing suspension bridge at 1930m. The trail makes a vertical climb to Bupsa (2360m), situated among wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest. The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan. Spend your night in any of the lodge.
- Day 10:Puiyan treeking to Phakding The track climbs for about an hour from Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Passing through Lukla Airport follow a tender way up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way you will have a sight of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde Range. We then take a simple walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.
- Day 11:Phakding to Namche Bazaar From Phakding we cross the river and stroll up the valley. The trail is nearer to the river valley and is in a sequence with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very magnificent when flowers bloom in the spring. After crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar we can sight on appealing snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and includes the vertical inclination to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short march to the doorway of the national park, prior to crossing the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek goes on upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers. After passing a large and stable suspension bridge far above the river, we gradually mount at a steady pace. There are some incredible striking prospects as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (6542m) are observable.
- Day 12:Namche Bazaar(Acclimatization Day) We take a rest day in Namche Bazaar for appropriate acclimatization to the height. Namche is an affluent village situated in a large protected hollow. From the national park headquarters above the village, one can take the chance to witness both the sunrise and sunset views. The dazzling panorama includes superb scenery of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, we can either walk towards Thami (3810m) above the stunning Bhote Khola River Valley or choose for going to the national park headquarters to observe the out of the ordinary displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna.
- Day 13:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche From Namche Bazaar, we walk towards the park headquarters and go on up to high above the Dudh Kosi River. Higher than Namche the path to Tengboche turns out to be noticeable with the monastery situated below the summit of Everest and bordered by other Himalayan peaks. Also, one can spot local flora and fauna as well as the striking Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan tahr, on the high ground above the trail. After coming at the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the track slopes down abruptly until we come across the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m). After lunch, in the afternoon we go up, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Tengboche. The monastery and our lodge are sited in a fine-looking grazing land surrounded by huge Himalayan peaks in a calm and tranquil environment. The most prominent peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam and, for sure, Mt. Everest.
- Day 14:Thyangboche to Dingboche We steadily go up high above the Imja Khola (River) and get further on to the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on our track to our hotel in the community of Dingboche. The scenery is extraordinary while Everest here is hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge; the giant peaks that rise above the eastern ending of the valley.
- Day 15:Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatization Day) Definitely, Dingboche is an attention-grabbing jumble of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the chilly winds. It is engaged mainly through the monsoon months, when big numbers of yaks are made to graze in the valley meadow. At the back of the lodge, the enormous rock looks of Taweche looks as if we are moving towards the heaven. Chukkung is another sensible option. The sights are unbelievable in this valley; the soaring south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the core of the valley and the fluted ice walls of nameless peaks is lined up in the southern end of the valley.
- Day 16:Dingboche to Lobuche When the sun rises, we come up the small point following the village above Pheriche Valley. At the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) strikes us with its image which seems to tilt ahead from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuche Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La is prominent. The walking is now by and large flat on wide-open fields, but make sure that you are well hydrated. Then, we cross the Khumbu Khola (River) at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier. The fantastic view of Pumori (7145m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m), are seen at the top of the valley at the same time Everest disappears behind the gigantic walls of Nuptse and Lhotse.
- Day 17:Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp From Lobuche we trek to the wide valley that is analogous to Khumbu Glacier. A firm way up permits us to put up the slow, steady pace required when walking at high altitude. When we arrive at the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a sequence of small up and down walking over an unsteady track lined with cairns that shows the way eventually to the out of the blue glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m). And then, we head off towards the Everest Base Camp.
- Day 18:Gorak Shep to Dzongla We trek to Kala Patthar (5545m) early in the morning to observe wonderful sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the hotel the way up is attractive steep, so start very gentle and try to go up at a slower pace. Kala Patar is the rocky peak below Pumori. It is a hard-hitting walk because of the elevation, but the observation from the top is beyond our imagination. We set off for Lobuche, where we stop for lunch after returning to lodge and have our breakfast. We then, tag along the Lobuche Khola (River) downstream where, after a while, we take a path to the right heading off towards Dzongla.
- Day 19:Dzongla to Chola Pass to Thangnak From Dzongla, in order to reach the peak of the pass in the best possible conditions, we will have to start walking early in the morning. From camp we go up abruptly on a narrow path passing large rock chunks and on the left we can see the main glacier. Once the track of snowfield, the situation becomes easy, we soon get to the top of the pass (5420m), where the views are amazing and include Baruntse (7220m) and Ama Dablam, as well as a sea of lesser peaks. As there are crevasses which seem to be dangerous, we do not stroll around the snowfield. The decline from the pass is vertical and care should be taken as we follow the slender rocky path down to the Nymagawa Valley. After lunch, we cross rocky chunks and come up the short expanse to a small saddle that leads simply to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak.
- Day 20:Thangnak to Gokyo Lake We move towards the Ngozumba Glacier where the views are amazing and we can take bliss from diverse views of the Gokyo Valley as Cho Oyu and adjacent mountains bordering Tibet also become visible to the right. The trail then reaches the second lake of Gokyo, where we can observe Brahminy ducks bathing in pairs and nourishing on algae. It takes another 45 minutes to reach the settlement of Gokyo where we spend the night.
- Day 21:Rest day at Gokyo Lake If you prefer to see the morning views at Gokyo Ri will have to wake up early for a climb of Gokyo Peak (5360m), whereas others can have a belatedly breakfast and maybe take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy extra glorious scenery.
- Day 22:Gokyo to Renjola Pass Lungden We have an early beginning as we have a long day in front of us. The path goes encircling to the north of Gokyo Lake and then goes up. Turning to our backside, we have the outstanding views of Gokyo and the mountains in the background. We keep on moving and also see rock hop towards Renjo La Pass (5420m). We now, reach the peak of the pass, which is noticeable by prayer flags, from where we can have a look into Nangpa Valley and on our backside we have views of Everest and Makalu. From the pass sliding down is difficult as we have to walk on loose rocks. After a while, we arrive at a glacial lake from where the valley opens up. We carry on to head down the valley through open pastures for a moment before bearing right to reach the small community of Arya.
- Day 23:Lungden - Thame From Lungden, we have a late start and we move down all the way, following the Bhote Kosi River downstream. We walk down Nangpa Valley, passing through small settlements finally reaching the village of Marlung. Here we halt for lunch. From Marlung the trail continues to descend and undulate passing through the village of Taranga to reach Thame.
- Day 24:Thame to Manjo We move from Thami and walk down to cross the Bhote Khola on a well-built suspension bridge. There are some stirring Buddhist rock painting in the area and, from here and on the rock face above and below, Himalayan thars are often seen. Our track continues through the village of Thamo and back to Namche Bazaar. In the afternoon we move down abruptly to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk passing through Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru and we return back to our lodge in Phakding.
- Day 25:Manjo to Lukla This is the last day of around one month trekking. Here we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla after a short walk on the valley.
- Day 26:Lukla to Kathmandu by air .We wake up early in the morning to be all set for the arrival of our airplane for the flight back to Kathmandu. On onset in Kathmandu we are transferred back to our hotel.
- Day 27:Flight to your Country Transfer you to the airport for your onward flight
- Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
- All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Three times meals during the trek
- Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket and sleeping bag and other necessary trekking gears (on hire) and trekking map.
- All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
- First aid kit.
- All taxes, be it local or 13% government tax.
- Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Size of Trekking Group
For the Jiri to EBC Trekking, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.
While on trek, we will spend nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for Jiri to EBC Trekking will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 350 US. But some places in Everest region do not allow single accommodations.
During our Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.