Everest Base Camp Hike via Jiri - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transferred to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, you will be joining a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by one of our team leaders. Enjoy the meal having a nice conversation with the team, he will brief you about the Jiri Everest base camp trek Jiri. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu (1350 m) to Jiri or Sivalaya (1860 m) | 200km / 08 hours driving.
The first part of our journey drives eastwards from Kathmandu passing through Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu, a part of the Araniko Highway and then we turn to the right from Lamasangu which connects to the Jiri road, which continues alongside the green hills as well as snowcapped mountains. The road is quite narrow but it is smooth. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority of people inhabited in and around the town. We may drive up to Shivalaya. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Jiri (1905 m) to Deurali (2705 m) | 6 to 7 hours trek.
If we drive up to Shivalaya, we move further towards Deurali from here. But if we stop at Jiri, the beginning of our trek is gently ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440 m.) and then the trail follows a gently descent path to Shivalaya (1800 m) where we can have our lunch and hang around for a bit. After finishing our lunch, the trail steeply goes up for an hour and for the rest of the day the route goes gently up to Deurali. We could enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow-capped mountains at a far distance. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Deurali (2705 m) to Sete (2400 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The starting of our steeply descents for nearly an hour to Bhandar (2250 m) followed by a gentle descent to Kenja (1600 m) where we enjoy our delicious lunch. After a light lunch, the trail steeply climbs up to our destination. En route, we enjoy the view of the locals working hard on their agricultural farm. In addition to this, we could pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Sete (2400 m) to Junbesi (2675 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
To begin our trek, we climb steeply for an early two hours passing through Dagchu and Goyem, a small Sherpa settlements. Then the trek starts gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) as we pass through dense rhododendron forests. After the pass, rest of the trek gently descents to our destination. In this route, we get to enjoy some of the magnificent snowcapped mountains such as the "Goa of the Solu" along with some animals such as monkey, and many species of birds. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Junbesi (2675 m) to Nunthala (2200 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The trail begins with a gentle ascent to Phurtung (2900 m) for nearly one and half hours. This is a perfect spot to witness the first glimpse of Mount Everest including Thamserku (6623 m), Kantega (6780 m), KusumKangaru (6370 m) and Mera Peak (6650 m). Our trek is flat and descends gently to Ringmo Khola (2500 m). The trail takes a steep climb up immediately, for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100 m). From this point, we can see excellent mountain views. At the end of the trek, the path steeply descents down to the town Nunthala (2200 m) passing through small Sherpa settlement and forests. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Nunthala (2200 m) to Bupsa (2350 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The first part of our trek includes a gentle descent to the Dudh Koshi River (Milk River) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi River, second part of our trek continues with a gentle walk uphill all the way to Kharikhola (2050 m) passing through Juving (1680m.) which is a huge Rai village with farming lands. Upon walking past Kharikhola, our trail follows flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply up to the camp (Bupsa) where we can visit a Buddhist Monastery which is in ruined state. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Bupsa (2350 m) to Surkey (2400 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Early today, we ascend steeply for two hours to Khari La Pass (2880 m) while trekking pass the rhododendron and oak forests including a small Sherpa settlements and teashops. From this point, we can see excellent views of different mountains such as Numbu (6960 m), Cho-oyu (8201 m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922 m.) and Thamserku (6629 m.). Now, our trail goes gently descent and flat to Chaubar (2730 m) passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770 m) with view of Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, our trail steeply descends up to the destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Surkey (2400 m) to Phakding (2640 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The first part of the trek goes gently ascent for nearly 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700 m), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650 m). From here, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, our trail is almost flat and goes gently up and downhill leading up to Phakding. This is relatively a short trek after 3 days of long and hectic trek. We could hang in and around Phakding village. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We cross the river on high suspension bridges and beyond Monjo (2800 m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve the fragile environment, flora and fauna of the mountain. We then ascend steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, we catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest in a far distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. KusumKangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak along our way. We can visit some of the village monasteries on the way to Namche Bazaar (3445 m). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that reach there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization and excursion to Everest View Hotel.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization in the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For the acclimatization, we can walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and KusumKangaru. The National Park Centre and Museum which lies just above the town also provides an amazing view. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We head out from the village for a walk up to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and KusumKangaru. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Koshi which is faintly visible on the valley floor below. We make our way around a branch ridge and a dramatic view of Ama Dablam (6812 m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855 m) and Tawache (6501 m) suddenly appear right in front of us. After a gentle descent towards the mountain path ends; we will come to the fork leading us to Gokyo. Descending past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga, we can hear the Dudh Koshi River splashing against the rocks and soon we descent to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tengboche; the first half is especially steep. As we climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks our entry into Tengboche (3860 m). There are a few lodges and hotels managed by the National Park Service. Tengboche is the viewpoint on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Leaving Tengboche and the Khumbu mountains in the backdrop, we descend down a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. We pass through a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Deboche. We go on to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climbing the mountain path, mighty mountains like Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779 m) appears on the opposite bank. From here, the trail ascend towards the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. The route passes through a village and we cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189 m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m)| A very important acclimatization day.
There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon.
Day 15: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The journey continues leading us to the north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam and to the north lies Pokalde (5741 m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Mt Nuptse. After one to two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595 m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. We stop at Dugla for lunch before continuing for an hour climb up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks situated in the west of the Everest. After a short break, we continue (1 to 2 hours) our trek up to Lobuche, hiding and seeking shelter from the wind. Overnight at lodge.
Day 16: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486 m) via Gorakshep (5180 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path from where we view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5643 m) and Mt. Pumori (7145 m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now, the trail winds through rocky path and Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lhoste and Khumbutse appears right in front of us. Sometimes the avalanche can be seen on the way as well. After a enjoying the scene, we retrace our way back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) | Pheriche (4250 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After an early morning light breakfast, we climb to Kala Patthar (5643 m) and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sun rising amongst the high peak mountains. From Kala Patthar, you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more.
Pheriche is the place where we can make phone calls to your close ones if required. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area and the town of Pheriche is widely known as windy town. There we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Overnight at lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche | 5-6 hours trek.
We enjoy an early morning visit to the research center. We then trek back to Tengboche, an easier descent which passes through rhododendron forests. Tengboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering a splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views. Overnight at lodge.
Day 19: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar | 4-5 hours trek.
The walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route, we will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. We will also visit its monastery, the only monastery that has a Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung village, another 30 minutes' walk brings to the village of Khunde, where we can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings us to Namche for the overnight.
Day 20: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Surkey (2400 m) | 5-6 hours trek.
The trails descend gently for a few hours. En route we pass a few villages, terraces and mountains. From Chhuplung, the trail again heads down until Surkey via Chaurikharka, a relatively big village mainly inhabited by the Sherpas. Moreover, we find mani walls, chorten, monastery and significant Sherpa culture. To describe Surkey, it is important to mention that it lies at the bottom of hill and is surrounded by forests covered with pine and oaks. Overnight at lodge.
Day 21: Trek from Surkey to Bupsa (2350 m) via Phuiyan | 5-6 hours trek.
To reach Phuiyan La, we follow an ascending path passing through a few forests. The trail now stretches at flat level until we reach at Phuiyan. There are human settlements of Rai and Sherpa people and it is surrounded by forests. We gently climb up crossing a small stream to reach Kharte Danda passing through bamboo and oak forests. Then our journey starts descending until we reach Bupsa. On the way, we find some tea houses and feel exhilarated at the sight of natural vegetation. Overnight at lodge.
Day 22: Trek from Bupsa to Nunthala | 5-6 hours trek.
The first part of our trek up to Kharikhola is steeply descent. Kharikhola is a big village mainly inhabited by Rai and Sherpas. We find terraces, schools and way to Mera Peak used by climbers. The trail now goes downwards to Jubing and crosses the Dudh Koshi River over the suspension bridge. Now we begin to follow ascending path passing through forests covered with rhododendron, oaks, pine and other natural vegetation. As we pass through the forests we see the fields where villagers cultivate wheat, millet, oat, maize, soya beans and vegetables. These areas are mostly inhabited by Rai people. To reach Nunthala, we follow the same ascent path, coming across villages occupied by Sherpa, Rai and other castes. There is a handicraft factory which the trekkers can visit. Overnight at lodge.
Day 23: Trek from Nunthala to Junbesi (2675 m) | 6 to 7 hrs trekking.
We begin our trek following a steep ascent path leading us to Trogsindho through the woods. There is a beautiful and old monastery here. We can enjoy mountain views of Thamserku (6623 m), Kantega (6780 m), KusumKangaru (6370 m) and Mera Peak (6650 m) on the way. While ascending, we cross Trogsindho La where we can see chorten, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. We can stop over at tea shops and enjoy the breeze and the sceneries for a while. The green scenarios compel us to fall in love with the nature. Walking down to Ringmu, where we can find apple orchard and terraces, we pass through scattered villages and reach at Sallung Danda. We can find a cheese factory here and we can also enjoy views of Everest, Thamserku, Mera Peak, Makalu, Kusum Kantega and local villages at some distance. To reach Junbesi, we have to descend through bare hill, pass a few pine forests and cross a small stream. Junbesi is a huge scattered village and is rich in Sherpa culture. Having monastery, school, hydropower project, communication facilities and fruits and vegetable garden, it has become a remarkable resident area. Overnight at lodge.
Day 24: Trek from Junbesi to Sete (2400m) | 5 to 6 hrs trekking.
The initial part of the trail goes upward and then stretches at a flat level till Tractor. We enter a village here with monastery, chorten and terraces to reach Lamjura pass which is followed by steep ascent path crossing through forests covered with rhododendron, pine and oak trees. There are a few tea shops in and around the area. From here, we descend all the way to Sete, which is a small village with chorten, prayer flags and terraces, through rhododendron and oak forests. En route we cross scattered villages. Overnight at lodge.
Day 25: Trek from Sete to Deurali (2705m) | 5 to 6 hrs trekking.
Descending down to Kenja (1600m.) we pass through villages, terraces and green hills. The Solukhumbu district ends at Kenja, and Ramechhap district starts from here. The inhabitants belong to different community. The trails now turn upwards till we reach Bhandar, a beautiful big village with good sceneries, monastery, tea garden, terraces, weekly market and communication facilities. To reach Deurali, we ascend all the way up passing through forests covered with oak and other natural vegetation. From here, we enjoy the spectacular view of Gaurishankar. Deurali, a Sherpa village is surrounded by forests and is filled with chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Overnight at lodge.
Day 26: Trek from Deurali to Shivalaya or Jiri | 5 to 6 hrs trekking.
The starting point of our trek steeply descents upon the Shivalaya passing through forests, villages and terraces. Even though vehicles have reached the Shivalaya, there's still difficulties and disruptions driving a vehicle up here during the monsoon season. This village is densely populated by mixed community. As you cross a stream over a suspension bridge, you head upwards towards Mali Gaon (Mali village). From here, we can see green hills and fields where people grow wheat, millet, maize and green vegetables. To reach Mali Danda we walk uphill through several forests. We can see few mountains at a far distance from here. Leaving Mali Danda, we begin our trek to Jiri following a few ups and down along the way. Overnight at lodge.
Day 27: Drive from Jiri to Kathmandu | 9 hours.
This will be a nine hours long drive from Jiri to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 28: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future!
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.