Days: 25 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is starting in Jiri was very popular before the Lukla Airfield was opened. This route was trekked by many expeditions to climb the mountains of Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest at the head of the list. This is the classic Everest trek. We will experience an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural splendor. The immense contrasts in altitudes, type of vegetation and mix of lifestyles are the main highlight of this trek. One can enjoy beautiful mountains views, verdant terraces and Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through villages and landscapes covered by rhododendron, magnolia and giant forests. The trek from Jiri involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking. A glance at a map will show why. All the rivers in this part of Nepal flow south from Himalayan glaciers, but the trek route proceeds east. Therefore the track must climb to the ridge that separates two rivers, descend to the river itself, and ascend the next ridge. Even though the trek begins at an elevation of 1860m, on the sixth day it crosses the Dudh Koshi at only 1500m — after considerable uphill (and downhill) walking . If we total all the uphill climbing, it comes to almost 10,000m of elevation gain from Jiri to Everest base camp. This trek has a number of stunning attractions, cross over small three high passes like Deurali Pass 2705m, Lamjura-La Pass 3530m and Thaksindo-La Pass 3071m before reaching the Lukla. It’s long and strenuous but the trek takes you through spectacular mountain country and beautiful villages. The primary trail is following the Dudh Kosi River and its tributary, the Imja Khola, passes through Namche Bazaar, the largest settlement, where most of the trekkers take a day off to acclimatize, and Tengboche village with its great mountain views and famous ancient Buddhist Monastery. This trek gives to you the opportunities of summit in Chhukung-Ri, Kalapathar and Gokyo-Ri for the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse and Ama Damlam. Then a visit to Everest base camp will give you the chance to have a closer look at the spectacular Khumbu Icefall and Glacier. The traversing across the high Cho-La pass gives to you in the highest elevation.
Fact of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek;
Trip Region: Everest Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 25 Days
Highest Elevation: 5550m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Sherpa and their way of life
Major Himalayan Sights: Mt. Numbur Chuli 6959m, Khatang 6853m, Karyolung 6511m, Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m), Amadablam (6812m), Pumori (7165m), Lingtren 6749m, Khumbutse 6665m, Cho Oyu 8188m, Island Peak 6189m, Makalu 8463m, Khongde Himal (6200m), Thamserku (6430m) and the holy mountain Khumbila (5761m).
Highlights of the Trip: Guided sightseeing tour in World heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, the definitive Himalayan trek to the foot of Mt. Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes, visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries where Yeti Skull kept, spectacular touching the tops of some of the most famous mountains in the Himalaya, crossing over high suspension bridges, homeland of Sherpa people and their pictureaque villages along the trail, mirror the towering landscape all around, stunning view point at Kalapattar, following in the footsteps of great mountaineers, smooth walking up and down through the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest, scenic mountain flight in and out of Lukla, meeting with local Sherpa people, passing several Buddhist monuments, well-maintained trails and confortable lodges, but the trekking routes here start higher and stay higher and high glacial Gokyo Lake.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya 1760m/8-9 hours via Jiri,
In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya by private vehicle passing the Sunkosi River and great views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. You have lunch in Mude where the bus stops for the lunch. After lunch, again continue until reaching in Shivalaya passing scenic landscapes and terraced fields. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Shivalaya to Kinja 2120m/5-6 hours,
In the morning, after breakfast, the trail steep ascends until reaching Deurali Pass through the forests which takes about 2 and half hour. Then you climb steep down till the village name is called Bandar. It takes about 1 hour. You have lunch here. After lunch, you keep descending along the upstream until reaching Kinja village. It takes about 3 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Kinja to Lamjura 3530m/6-7 hours,
The trail start ascent from here to Lamjura La. In the morning, you climb steep up until reaching Sete village which takes about 4 hours. You have lunch break here. Then the trail continues till Lamjura passing the several Bhatti and through the forested slope. It takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Lamjura to Ringmo 2700m/5-6 hours,
Today, you pass the Lamjura La and you walk steep descents through Rhododendron forests and trek down along the farmland. You soon come to the edge of the ridge which brings you to Junbesi. It takes about 3 and half hour. There is a beautiful Buddhist monastery and you can visit the monastery. You have lunch here. After lunch, you cross the bridge and follow to the left flank until reaching Solung which takes about 2 hours. Then you continue your trek gently down till suspension bridge and cross the bridge. Now you have many steps trail until reaching Ringmo village. You have a great view of Numbur Himal which Shepa peoples is called Holy mountain of Solo. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Ringmo to Kharikhola 2500m/5-6 hours,
In the morning, you start your trek through forests until reaching Thanksindo La which takes about 1 and half hour. You can see huge Chhorten and have a great view of Numbur Himal and other snow-capped peaks. Then the trail is gently descending through forests until reaching Jubing which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch, again your trail continues gradually up until reaching Kharikhola village. It takes about 2 and half hour. You can visit monastery which is situated on the top of the hill. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Kharikhola to Surke 2340m/5-6 hours,
After breakfast, you climb up until Bupsa by crossing suspension bridge which takes about 1 and half hour. Then the trail continues through the forested area and passing Khari-La until reaching Puiyon which takes about 2 and half hours. You have lunch here. After lunch, you climb down further more until reaching Surke. It takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Surke to Phakding 2640m/5-6 hours,
In the morning, you start your trek from there. You pass the stream and continue about 20 minutes to reach a Mani wall. There are two ways, one way follow to climb till Lukla and another follow Phakding. So you follow the left trail. The trail continues until reaching Cheplung, the trail meets from Lukla. It takes about 1 and half hour. Then you continue again your trek passing many Buddhist monuments during the trail until reaching Phakding which takes about 2 and half hour. You have lunch and stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast you start from hotel and you reach in Monjo after 3 hours walk passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and you must entry your permit and have a lunch in Jorsalle. Then you start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River till reaching Namche Bazar which takes about 2 and half hour. In the evening time you go with your guide to visit the monastery of Namche village. You have a superb view of Khongde Himal, Thamserku and Kangaru Himal. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Everest View hotel and trip to Khumjung and Khunde village for visiting Monasteries:
In this day, you should hike to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach in there and after 1 hour enjoy with the superb view mountains then you climb down to Khumjung village for the visit monastery. It takes about 1 hour. You can see Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Again you continue your trek to Khunde village which takes about 1 hour. You have a lunch there and visit the old monastery and back to your hotel in Namche via Syangboche village. It takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m/4-5 hours,
In the morning, you start your trek like as before days and the trail continues straight passing Big Stupa until reaching Kyanjuma village and takes about 1 & half hour walk and then the trail climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and cross by suspension bridge. You have a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then you have lunch in Phungi Thangna. The steep ascent brings you to Tengboche village. You can visit Monastery in evening time to take a meditation with many monks and nuns. You have a great view of Amadablam, Khngtega, Thamserku, Tawache peak and other peaks. The views of the mountains are spectacular in the morning and evening. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4410m/4-5 hours,
After breakfast, you leave the Tangboche village and the trail descends through the Rhododendrons forests until reaching the Debuche village which takes about 20 minutes. There is a Buddhist nunnery. Then your trail keep continuing through the deep forests till reaching the Steel Bridge near the Pangboche and the trail gently climbs up until reaching Pangboche village. It takes about 2 hours. There is a oldest monastery which was established in 1667. You can visit the monastery and continue your trek to Somare which takes about 1 hour. It is the nice point to stop for the lunch and you have lunch break here. After lunch the trail continues in the isolated pastures and fields till Orsho, left trail goes to Pheriche and right trail continues to Dingboche. Then you continue your trek to following the upstream of Imja Khola. Finally you arrive in Dingboche which takes about 2 hours. Now you have a good view of Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche and other peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Acclimatization day, Side trip to Chhukung-Ri 5546m
Today you have a day off to acclimatize. So, your trail continues in the Yak grazing land until reaching Chhukung village which takes about 2 hours. Then you continue your steep ascent trail till Chhukung-Ri which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a close view of Lhotse, Makalu, Island peak and Baruntse himal as well. Then you descend till Chhukung and have lunch break. It takes about 1 hour. After lunch you come back same way until reaching Dingboche village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m/4-5 hours,
In the morning, after breakfast, the short climb brings you to the ridge above Dingboche and past the small Chhorten and descends to the broad terrace above the Khumbu Khola valley. You continue your trail passing the terrace until reaching Thukla which takes about 2 and half hour. You can see a short glimpse of the majestic peak of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Tawache, Amadablam and other small peaks. You have lunch break here before climb the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends until reaching at the top of the ridge, is an array of cairn memorials and large heaps of stones with prayer flags, remembering mountaineers who perished on missions to climb Everest. You have a dramatic mountain views like Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Lobuche, Tawache and Amadablam etc. then your trail continues until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 and half hour. In the evening time you go with your guide to look Khumbu Glacier. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak shep 5140m/2-3 hours & trip to Everest BC 5360m/3-4 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, you continue your trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you continue to your round trip to Everest Base Camp which takes about 2 hours to reach. You can enjoy with Evrest icefall and glacier as well as great view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Then you come back same way till Gorak shep which takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Gorak shep to Dzongla 4830m/4-5 hours,
Early in the morning, you go Kala Pathar 5545m with your guide. The trail steeply ascends until reaching Kala Pathar view point which takes about 2 hours. Kala Pathar means Black rocks. Now you have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Changtse (Chinese mountain), Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then you climb down till your hotel and it takes about 1 hour. You have your breakfast. After breakfast you continue your trek passing the Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, the trail continues short descends and follow the right side way before reaching Thukla. Then you continue your trek passing the Tsola-tso(lake) and Chola Khola until reaching Dzongla which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Zongla to Thangnak 4700m/6-7 hours via Cho-La Pass 5420m,
Early in the morning, you start your trek after breakfast. The trail continues gradually up for few hours and again steep ascends until reaching Cho-La Pass which takes about 3 hours. You can see good view of mountains and you can enjoy with snow as well. After few minutes rest, you steeply descends rocky trail and it takes about 1 hour. Then the trail continues gently up and down until reaching Thangnak which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch here and you stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 19: Trek from Thangnak to Gokyo 4790m/2-3 hours & Hike to Fourth Lake
In the morning after breakfast, the trail continues up and down by crossing Nzojumba glacier until reaching Gokyo which takes about 2 and half hour. Now you have a great view of Cho-Oyu and other now peaks. You can see the second lake during the trail before reaching Gokyo. Gokyo Lake is third lake which is also known as Dudh Pokhari. You have lunch break and take rest. After lunch you go with your guide to explore till fourth Lake which takes about 2 hours round trip. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 20: Trek from Gokyo to Dole 4120m/4-5 hours,
Early in the morning you hike to Gokyo-Ri 5360m. The trail steep ascends until reaching Gokyo-Ri which takes about 2 and half hour. This is another super view point after Kala Pathar. You have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Amadablam and other peaks. You have also unobstructed view of Sunrise and sunset. After that you steep climb down to hotel. It takes about 1 and half hour and you have breakfast. Then you continue descents upstream of Dudh Kosi River till Machhermo which takes about 2 hours. You have lunch break here. After lunch, then the trail again descends until to reaching Dole. It takes about 2 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 21: Trek from Dole to Namche 3440m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, you walk descending till Phortse Thanga and it takes about 1 and half hour. Then the trail steep ascends until reaching Mongla which takes about 1and half hour. Then you continue your trek keep gently descending till Kyangjuma. It takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch here. After lunch, you continue passing the Stupa until Namche Bazaar which takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 22: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours,
In the morning, you leave the Namche Bazar and trail descents through pine trees and cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then your trail continues River side and you arrive in Jorsalle and it takes about 2 and half hours. You continue again your trek until to reach Phakding with crossing several bridges about 1 and half hours walk. You have your lunch there. After lunch your trail continues until Lukla with passing up and down which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 23: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
You fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning which takes about 45 minutes. Then transfer to Hotel by Taxi. Refresh and relax. Overnight in Hotel
Day 24:Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 25: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Domestic flight ticket Lukla/KTM and domestic airport tax.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* All teahouse accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters(1 porter for 2 persons) if necessary, their food & accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
* All transportation by private car.
* Sagarmatha National Park permit and all necessary permits.
* Office Service charge.
* Government tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
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* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone, internet
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Horse renting and addtional porters used during the trek.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
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NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.