Total Duration: 22 Days
Group Size: Min 2 to Max 14 persons
Best Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November.
Max Altitude: 5,365 M.
Trip Cost: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a highly praised trekking route of the Everest region. It was in 1953 when two renown figures Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. Tenzing Norgey Sherpa had taken the same route for the Mt. Everest expedition.
After an eight hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, our trek starts the following morning, by passing through the lower parts of Everest region that are relatively undeveloped compared to the northern side of the district around Namche Bazaar. This enables trekkers to experience many traditional aspects of culture and local people. The trail passes through numerous villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri and of course the Sherpa’s. Walking along this trek involves many ups and down hills with the trail being well serviced with tea houses and good campsites in most of the villages.
Being a combination of two treks that passed from Namche Bazaar, the main trading village of the Khumbu area continuing via Gokyo valley, Chola pass, Lobuche, Everest Base Camp and up to Kalapattar then back down to Tengboche monastery and all the way to Lukla. We also offer the popular Everest Base Camp Trek from starting from Lukla.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: From Kathmandu drive bus to Jiri 187km. (1935 meters) 8 hrs.
Today we take an early morning drive to jiri, scenic bus ride up the Sun-Kosi river valley to the town of Jiri, the trail-head of the Everest trek and our first camp. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Deurali / Bhandar (2190 meters) 6 hrs.
We start our trek at the paved road in Jiri, after crossing a stream the track leaves the road and starts to climb uphill through trees to several wooden bhattis at the tiny settlement of Bharkur. We keep climbing to the Mali Danda (2440m), from where there are good views of the peaks near Rolwaling. Away from Mali Danda we drop into the Khimti valley through the sparsely populated Sherpa settlement of Mali at 2220m and continue our way to the crossing of the Yelung Khola river at 1800m. After crossing the Khimti Khola rivere on another suspension bridge we will reach Shivalaya It takes approximately 4 hrs. We will have lunch here, from Shivalaya, at first steep ascent towards the pass at Deorali (2710m). On our way to this pass we will cross numerous streams and walk through the villages of Sangbadanda (2180m), Khasrubas (2330m) & Mahabhir (2590m). From Deurali pass we steeply drop on stone steps through fields & pastures Bhandar. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Sete (2525 meters) 6 hrs.
From Bhandar the trail descents through the lower fields of the village, passing the small settlements of Doharpa and Baranda before crossing the Tharo Khola River on a steel bridge at 1480m. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kinja (1630m), a settlement populated by Newars and Magars. As we leave Kinja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu and continue on towards Sete where we will spend the Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Junbesi (2700 meters) 6 hrs.
From today our trek is completely in Sherpa country and starts by climbing from Sete to the top of the 3535m. high Lamjura Bhanjyang. The way is scenic and varied through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch. This section of the trail is also well known for spotting birds like sunbirds. Lamjura Bhanjyang is the highest point on the trek between Jiri & Namche Bazaar & is marked by a tangle of stones, kindling & prayer flags. On the eastern side of the pass the route descents steeply for about 400m through fragrant fir & hemlock forests, then levels out passing the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). Continuing our way down we will enter in Junbesi, a impressive Sherpa village among beautiful surroundings. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Nhuntala (2330 meters) 5 hrs.
After leaving Junbesi in the morning we cross the Junbesi Khola river and then climb steeply uphill, contouring above the houses to the end of the ridge. From here we have excellent views of Everest, Thamserku, Kantega and Mera Peak. This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks in the foreground seem to dwarf the higher, more distant mountains. After passing the Ringmo Khola river, the trail ascends to Ringmo village, with its abundant fruit orchards. Beyond Ringmo we climb to the Trakshindu La pass (2930m), where we can see the isolated monastery of Trakshindu, a superb example of Sherpa architecture. We now descent through forests of conifer and rhododendron, passing sheepherds huts & alongside the trail until we reach Nhuntala Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Bupsa (2360 meters) 6 hrs.
From Nhuntala the descent continues to the Dudh Kosi (Milk River) and cross this river using a 110m long suspension bridge (1500m).Our trek then climbs out of the river valley through fields of barley, wheat & corn to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680m). We continue to climb up a ridge to a Sherpa village named Khari Khola (2010m). Beyond this village we climb past some water driven mills to Bupsa. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 09: Trek to Chheplung (2660 meters) or phakding, 5 hrs
Our trek will start with a gentle climb, passing the village of Kharte & continues on through forests populated by monkeys. From this part of the trek we can esteem views of Cho Oyu (8201m). We keep climbing the rim till we reach the teashop on Khari La pass at 2840m. From the pass, the trail downhill into the deep gorge of Paiya Khola. After crossing this river on a wooden bridge we reach the small settlement of Puiyan (2730m). The trail climbs up and down for about an hour after Paiya to a rim that offers a good view of the Khumbu region and then descents 500m towards Surke (2290m). Continuing our trail upwards again, we climb through a jumble of boulders, passing some wonderful mani walls until we reach the village of Chablung. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) 6 hrs.
After leaving Chablung we will cross the Tharo Kosi (2580m) river on a local-style suspension overpass. The trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2600m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones & climb to Phakding. From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi (milk river), staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a stony rim towards Benkar (2630m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn & late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola River and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just away from Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was well-known in 1976 to guard a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Away from the national park entrance station. After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region & features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 11: Namche Bazzar Acclimatization Day.
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will rest or take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airport (3720m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow some ascent and continue descending trail to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse
Day 12: Trek to Tyangboche (3890 meters) 5 hrs.
we will leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangru. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi, slightly visible on the valley floor below. As we make our way around a branch ridge, Am Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; we will approach to the fork leading to Gokyo. Now we descend past two tea houses and through the village of Trashinga. Though we cannot see it, we can hear the Dudh Kosi and soon we descend to the river and enter at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche. the first half is chiefly steep. As we climb through the forested zone, the favoritism eases and impressive view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside transversely until we approach to the stone gate built by lamas which marks our entry into Tyangboche. we might use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as our campsite. There are a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this track, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Dingboche (4450 meters) 5.30 hrs.
After having breakfast we leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. Pass a long chorten stone wall to enter the village of Deboche. leaving to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola.Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega as they appear on the opposite bank. Ascend the chorten-lined route, approach to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche monastery, take the lower path to Pangboche and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path shirking a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb 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 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 guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche ( 4930 meters ) 5 hrs.
The onward journey leads north for ups to 40-minutes until we approach to a chorten-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. We will walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde Kongma-tse and the great wall of Nuptse. After two & half hours walk,the trail from Pheriche joins near Dukla (4610m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stop at Dukla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and cozy from the wind. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp then back to Gorak-shep (5180 meters) 7.30 hrs.
Trek ups to the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori, 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, Lho-Latsee and Khumbutse appear at the front of us. Sometime the mass can be seen on the way. After a great moment, we repeat back passing through Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Pumori and Tabuche. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5645 meters) and Trek back to Pheriche (4250 meters) 6.30 hrs.
Early morning climb to Kala Patthar, and enjoy the view of sunrise, From here we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. we can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There we can see the vertical walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is to be found Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: Trek to Khumjung (3780 meters)
As the trail descends, the travel is easier and faster in pace. Following back the same trail with stone walls around, passing by places like Pangboche, Deboche, and Tengboche, we arrive at Phunke Tenga. Heading downwards and crossing suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, this trek onwards to the Khyangjuma well-known as the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazaar. Views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Lhotse are stunning from here. Some species that are found in the rhododendron forest are Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goats will let you experience the wildlife here. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 18: Trek to Monju (2835 meters) 4 hrs
Descending from Khumjung, we visit Khumjung Gompa, Khunde Hillary Hospital, Government Yak Farm in the Khumjung valley. Crossing Syangboche where there is a Syangboche airstrip, the world’s highest air strip, we walk towards Namche and have our lunch there. From Namche, we walk back downhill and reach Monju. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2840 meters) 3 hrs
Following back the same trail towards Lukla via Phakding and the same glorious views as well the Sherpa valleys around, we step in Lukla. We will stroll around the Lukla and also reconfirm the flight ticket on this day. Enjoying the very last moments of our Everest Base Camp Trek, we celebrate and have dinner with the crew members.
Day 20: From Lukla morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer you to the International airport for your final departure.
The trip concludes! Our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?
A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).
Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.
Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.
Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.
Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?
A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).
Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.
Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?
A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.
Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?
A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?
A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.
Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?
A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.
Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?
A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, email@example.com.
Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?
A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.
Q. What happens in bad weather periods?
A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.
When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.
Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?
A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?
A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).
Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.
On an adventure trek of this type, weather, political strikes, 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 necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Trek Leader and Crew
Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.
We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;
So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.
In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.