Follow the footsteps of the very first climbers to Everest – Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary with Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri. In 1953, when these two pioneers had successfully climbed Everest, there was no access to flight to the Khumbu region. Hence, they took a roadway path via Jiri. Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri is the best example of exploring the most beautiful form of natural glory and cultural value.
Starting from the altitude of 1800 meters at Jiri, the trek allows you to traverse to the height of 5550 meters at Kalapatthar. You can taste the diversity in terms of vegetation, weather, climate, people, culture, and lifestyle. Nevertheless, you will be able to relish the grandeur of the mighty Mt. Everest along with other mountains like Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho-Oyu, etc.
The seven hours scenic drive along the countryside landscape of Nepal takes you to Jiri, which is followed by a walk through the route that brings us to the Solukhumbu region. Solukhumbu region is a center of Sherpa people. People of Sherpa origins have inhabited the area for ages. On the route, we pass many villages, farmlands, alpine forests, monasteries, etc. in the backdrop of the beautiful Himalayas. Every part of this journey has something more to offer. You will never get enough of the scenic beauty, pristine environment, and the spectacles of mighty mountains.
The trail follows a route that will lead us to Lukla from where we follow the path of the standard Everest Base Camp package. We descend to the river, cross suspension bridges several times and ascend via the villages of Phakding, Monjo, and Jorsale to Namche. We further ascend to Tengboche, Lobuche, and Gorekshep, before we step at the Everest Base Camp, the top of the world.
This classic journey to Everest can be quite longer than another trek, but it highlights the cultural and natural richness of the Everest region. It is among the strenuous treks to Everest; however, the fantastic views of mountains and jovial interactions with locals will help us ease the pain of travel. If you have already undergone this trek, we have Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri as an option for this trek.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
The second day is a day tour just to warm up prior to your trekking journey. Kathmandu is a city enriched with artistic palaces, beautiful monuments, ancient temples, and other constructions of historical and cultural importance. No wonder, the city has seven out of ten UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. Today, you will be guided to the UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. These heritages are perfect examples of the rich history, fine culture, and architectural treasures of Nepal. At first, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The art, crafts, and carvings in the palaces, temples, and other monuments of the durbar square are excellent. After that, you will be escorted to Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath stupa respectively. (Inclusive of breakfast).
Today, we leave Kathmandu and hop on our ride for a long drive to Jiri. Jiri is a beautiful town that lies 187 km away from Kathmandu city. As we leave Kathmandu city, we follow a route full of natural glories and countryside landscapes. Upon arrival, we explore the fascinating beauty of lush hills and lush landscapes around. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Jiri. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
From Jiri, we begin our trekking journey along a trail that ascends up to a ridge at an elevation of 200 meters and then declines down to Shivalaya at an elevation of 1800 meters. We pass cultivated farmlands and Tamang villages on the way to Bhandar. The trail undulates up and down the path until we reach Bhandar. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Bhandar. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
After breakfast at the guesthouse, we start our walk towards Bhandar Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk along with the dense forests. The trail slowly descends downhill to Kinja. As we walk further, we come across a tourist checkpoint. Our TIMS and entrance card will be checked here. After the checking formalities, we continue will our journey and ascend up until we reach Lamjura pass. from the pass, we follow a steep trail that goes in a zigzag manner to Chimbu. Further, we continue along the trail to the Sherpa village of Sete. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Sete. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We leave Sete and follow a rough path that ascends up through the rhododendron forests and a narrow ridge to Dagchu. We climb up to the top of the pass enjoying some splendid views of snowcapped mountains, mountainous terrain, and pristine environment. In the spring, you can spot rhododendron blossoms in the entire forest accompanied by birds chirping. The mani walls, prayer flags, and shortens add beauty to the trail and give it a spiritual touch. descending down the pass, we come across a dense forest of rhododendron and apple. We follow our trail until we reach the village of Junbesi. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Junbesi. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We resume our trek after breakfast. We cross a wooden bridge over the Junbesi River and continue a route to Phalpu on the right. Further, the trail ascends steeply into the pastures of Khumbu. We will catch a route that joins the Everest Base Camp Trail today. The trail undulates up and down via a lush forest to Phurteng. Phurteng is a beautiful point that offers some astounding views of mountains that includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Mera Peak, Kangtega, etc. From Phurteng, we descend down through a forest with wonderful views of forests and terraced farmland on sight. We then cross Dudhkunda Khola and ascend up to Takshido La pass. we cross the pass and descend down a steep and slippery path to Nuntala.Tonight, at a guesthouse in Nuntala. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We leave Nunthala and descend down to the Dukh Koshi River. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk ahead for around five hours to Khari Khola. We pass various farmlands and settlement areas on the way to Khari Khola. The area around Khari Khola is dominated by people of the Rai and Sherpa communities. We stay at one of the guesthouses in Khari Khola for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
After breakfast, we head towards Khari Khola and cross a suspension bridge over the Khola. From the river, we climb up vertically to Bupsa. Bupsa lies just below a dense forest of oak amidst the terraced farmland of maize and wheat. From here, our trail ascends steeply through the Sherpa villages and then descends down to the Dudhkoshi Canyon. A walk further brings us to Puiyan. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Puiyan. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
As we resume our trek, the trail climbs up steep for around an hour to a ridge at an altitude of 2800 meters. We then descend down and pass the airport at Lukla and follow a trail that descends down to the Dudhkoshi River. We cross a bridge over the river and continue ascending up through a well-marked path to the village of Phakding. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Puiyan. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We wake up early and enjoy our breakfast. Then we follow our trail that goes through an undulating path up and down via traditional villages, fields, and rhododendron forests. We gradually ascend up and enter Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku on sight. We pass villages like Jorsale and Monjo on the way to Namche. Namche Bazaar is an old but lively Sherpa village. It is a gateway to all the trekking routes to the Everest region. There are many vibrant shops, cyber cafes, restaurants, hotels, and lodges. Namche Bazaar never rests. It always gets a lot of visitors and is always crowded. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
The narrow street of Namche is always crowded. Do not get surprised if the yak bells and other horns wake you up. Today is a day set aside for acclimatization purposes. As we gain height, our body needs to be well adapted to the altitude change. Therefore, we have set aside an extra day in Namche. Today, we hike up to Everest View Hotel for close-up views of the mountains in the Everest region. From the hotel, we can enjoy some striking views of mountains like Kwangde, Thamserku, Kangtega, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. We can visit a museum and a photo gallery on our way back to Namche from the Everest View Hotel. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
As we ascend up, our trail traverses through the forests of rhododendron with brilliant views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Lhotse on sight. After a while, the trail descends down to the Dudh Koshi River at Phungi Thanga. From here, the trail further ascends up through the forests of pine and rhododendron to Tengboche. Tengboche is popular for the Tengboche monastery and astonishing views of Mt. Ama Dablam along with other peaks in the region. Tengboche monastery is considered as the largest monastery in the region. Today, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Tengboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We leave Tengboche and start climbing up the trail for around six hours to Dingboche. As we ascend up, we can notice the change in vegetation. We can find ourselves moving above the tree line with pastures and meadows along the way. On the way, we can see small fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from cold winds. As we open up to the meadows of Dingboche, we will find ourselves in a spectacular location with wonderful views of Lhotse and Nuptse Ridge on sight. If the weather is favorable, one can relish the amazing views of the sunset over the Ama Dalam Himal in the Everest region. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dingboche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We spend another day in Dingboche. This day in Dingboche is a part of acclimatization. As we have already gained enough height, acclimatization is a necessity. Therefore, we enjoy our day in Dingboche today. After breakfast in the guesthouse, we hike up to Nagerjun for close-up views of mountains in the Everest region. We will be blessed with amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dalam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many more. After enjoying the spectacles of the mountains from Nagerjun, we walk back to the guesthouse in Dingboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Leaving Dingboche, the trail climbs up a ridge with some magnificent views of Taboche peak and Cholatse. Further, the trail continues through yak pastures until we cross a wooden bridge over a stream to Duglha. From Duglha, we ascend up for an hour along a steep route above the moraine of Khumbu glacier. From here, we ascend up the valley to Lobuche enjoying the views of Khumbutse, Pumori, and Lingtren. Mt. Everest becomes invisible as it is hidden behind the towering peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. On reaching Lhotse, we stay at the guesthouse/ lodge in Lobuche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today is one of the most rewarding days of our journey. Our week-long hard work is going to pay off as we will be stepping into the Everest Base Camp – the dream of every single travel lover. From Lobuche, we follow a rocky path to the last village of the trail – Gorekshep. From Gorekshep, we continue towards the world’s highest base camp i.e. Everest Base Camp through the Khumbu glacier. It is considered as one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest Base Camp Trek. As we reach the base camp, we will be showered with some mesmerizing views of glaciers, lakes, caves, and icefalls. Though the views of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse are quite clear, Mt. Everest hides back behind the shades of Lhotse and Nuptse. After spending some time in base camp, we return back to Gorekshep via the same route. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Gorekshep. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we wake up a little early to catch the sunrise views from Kalapatthar. We hike up for around two to three hours from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar. As we ascend up, we get the first glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest along with the other peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. The golden rays of sunrise glittering over the snow-clad mountains in the region look amazing. After having this amazing view from Kalapatthar, we retrace our steps back to Pheriche. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pheriche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we descend down to Namche Bazaar via the same path that we had taken earlier. We descend down through the same path to Namche Bazaar. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We further descend down to Lukla via Phakding. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Lukla for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Kathmandu. You can relax in your room for the rest of the day. (Inclusive of Breakfast).
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).
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