Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek or Classic Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the Mt Everest Base Camp through the original Everest route following the footsteps of early pioneers, explorers and mountaineers.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri rewards you with the utmost scenery of southern Solu areas of Everest region to the high scenic Khumbu valley. The trekking route is less used by travelers nowadays. You will be rewarded by the landscapes and scenery of the old trail which follows the footsteps of legendary late Tenzing and Hillary when they first conquered the Mt. Everest summit.
This trekking route starts from Jiri to Namchebazaar and leads you to EBC. The trekking route from Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp is same and Jiri to Namche Bazaar is an exciting addition to the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu. A drive will then take you to Jiri, also known as Switzerland of Nepal for its beautiful scenery of verdant valley and green hills. You will then head towards Solukhumbu areas inhabited by Sherpa and other hill tribes Rai, Magar and Tamang. The adventure then leads you into the enchanting woodland of rhododendron and pine trees. After crossing the scenic Lamjura-La pass, you will reach Junbesi village filled with Buddhist culture.
The walk will then take you further away from Solu and the southern parts of Everest region to reach beautiful Khumbu valley. You will head further higher towards the midst of the worlds highest mountains in the harmony of lovely traditional Sherpa villages of Monjo, Namche, scenic Tengboche and its enchanting monastery. Finally, steady walks will then lead you to Everest Base Camp enclosed by world’s highest mountains facing massive Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers.
Jiri to EBC Trek return journey leads back to Namche Bazaar with a visit to the highest spot of the adventure, Kalapathar at 5,545 m. Kalapatthar is renowned for its overwhelming panorama of peaks including Mt Everest. After completing our adventurous walk to the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, a slow downhill walk will take you to the gateway town of Everest, Lukla for a short scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
- Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri will take you through the classic route to Everest as walked by first Mt Everest climbers Tenzing and Hillary.
- Explore least visited areas of Dolakha and Solukhumbu villages around Southern areas of Mt. Everest.
- Explore isolated villages enriched with traditional culture and farm life.
- Walk from a green from south Everest towards high Khumbu arctic zone of ice and glaciers.
- Visit Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
- Exceptional panorama of giant peaks from Kalapathar (5,555m).
- Visit to Tenggboche Monastery enriched with ancient artifacts.
- Exciting scenic flights from Lukla to Kathmandu with ever-present views of Everest.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Distance and Difficulty
Everest Base Camp is approximately 185 kms (115 miles) from Jiri. Jiri to EBC is a challenging trek and many start this trek from lower Solukhumbu, Salleri. This reduces the difficulty to some extent and if you are looking for easier option, consider regular 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek. Unlike other Everest Base Camp Treks, this route offers you to explore the lower Solukhumbu areas and more of the Everest Region as well.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340m.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with option for a tour and trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Jiri (1,900m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Bhandar (2,195m) via Shivalaya and start the walk to Sete (2,575 m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (2,675m) via Lamjura-la (3,530m) – 5/ 6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Nunthala/Manidingma (2,190m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Bupsa Danda approx. (2,250m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Surkhe (2,295m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Phakding (2,635m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 11: At Namche Bazaar rest day with a short hike for acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche (4,980m) – 4/5 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180m) and walk to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – 5/6 hrs.
Day 16: Climb to Kalapathar (5,545m) and walk to Pheriche (4,230m) – 7/8 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche – 4/5 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla – 6/7 hrs.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 20: International departure for homeward bound.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is more of a challenging addition to the standard Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. If this itinerary does not match your needs, we also have other Everest Base Camp trekking packages: 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek and Island Peak Climb via EBC.
Landing at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, where we will receive you and take you to your respective hotels in Kathmandu. After checking in your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with another group member of Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking, where our guide/leader will brief you with information regarding the classic Everest trek, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts.
At Kathmandu as a free day where one can join in our interesting sightseeing tour as options, as the capital Kathmandu of Nepal steeped with historical and religious monuments of world heritage sites. afternoon at leisure and preparation for Classic Everest base camp trekking, starting next early morning with an overland journey to Jiri.
Starting early morning after breakfast where the exciting overland journey takes you North East from Kathmandu, past scenic town of Dhulikhel and then heading towards Dolkha district at Charikot facing views of Jugal Himal with Dorji Lakpa, Langtang and Gauri-Shanker peaks. As the journey continues downhill to Tama Kosi River, and then uphill on the winding road to reach Jiri a lovely town, regarded as Switzerland of Nepal due to its beautiful location of the green valley- rolling hills with snow clad peaks. On reaching at Jiri transfer to the best lodge available with time exploring its markets with full of shops and stores.
After a pleasant stop at Jiri, morning taking a short jeep or a four-wheel drive to reach our trekking point at Bhandar village, where morning drive takes you past farm villages and forested area reaching a nice Shivalaya village, from here uphill on winding dirt tracks following the downhill road to reach pretty and nice looking valley at Bhandar. From Bhandar where our driving ends starting our walks on a wide good trail past many farm villages with long descend to reach a lovely Kenja village for lunch break, and then afternoon walk leads to a climb to Sherpa areas for an overnight stop at Sete village. Sete village on route Lamjura-la pass within green woodland, an interesting place with views for overnight in first Sherpa village at Sete after 3-4 hours of good walks and few hour drives.
Morning walk follows past Sete village on the high trail within cool nice woodland of tall Rhododendron, oaks, pines, magnolia, hemlock and fir trees as climb leads to a small farm village at Guranse (means rhododendron the national flower of Nepal). From walking higher to reach a small place around Lamjura with few tea-houses serving as Lodge and inns, from here over Lamjura-la at 3,530 m high with long descend into the forested trail to Toc-Toc village. After a possible lunch break, the walk is pleasant on winding uphill and then short steep descends towards Junbesi, one of the most charming villages within Solu areas populated by Sherpa tribe interwoven with Buddhism religion. Here with time to visit its nice traditional Sherpa village with views of Number peaks in the north direction.
From Junbesi morning a short descend to a stream and then following a wooded area past many Sherpa farmland and villages to reach Salyan danda (hill) with first views of Khumbu Himal with Mt. Everest, and then on the downhill to a river on crossing a bridge uphill to Tak Shindo via lovely place of Ringmo. As walk follows into the woodland of pines and rhododendron to reach another pass of Tak Shindo- La at above 3,130 m high, where walk leads to a long downhill past Tak Shindo village and its Interesting monastery, as our journey continues to descend to reach a nice valley and a village of Nunthala also called as Manidingma. A village of the mixed tribe of hill people mostly Sherpa and Kirat Rai, with Magar-Tamang as well some Hindu Brahmin and Chettries including Dalits. An interesting place to browse around this village of Nunthala with views of Khumbu Himal higher north direction.
With the nice overnight at Nunthala, morning walk past the village ended with downhill to reach at Dudh Kosi River after crossing a bridge on winding uphill trail to reach a small lovely village at Jubing populated by Rai people. After a refreshing break continue walk to reach at a large village of Khari-Khola where you can find many shops-stores and lodges, a place of Sherpa-Rai and Magar people, from here cross over a bridge with an uphill climb for few hours to reach a cool area and a hilltop at Bupsa Danda (ridge -hill). A scenic hilltop small village with few good lodges for overnight stops with views of unique landscapes.
From Bupsa on higher trail reaching at Khumbu area with the steep climb into the forest to reach Paulin / Paya village, located on the roadside of high Khumbu district and then on the pleasant trail to reach above Sukhe village, facing views of Lukla town and its small airstrip. After a nice rest descend towards Sukehe village for an overnight stop, situated below the runway of Lukla airport.
After Sukhe village, where morning walk leads to join at Lukla and Jiri trail at Choplung village above Muse and Ghai-Kharka village with lovely farm fields, after walking on least visited and quiet trails of Jiri, from here on encountering more trekkers, trekking porters, guides and local Sherpa. With time at the junction for refreshing stops and then continue to walk beginning with the pleasant Winding trail to reach at Dudh Kosi River valley with Sherpa farm villages as our route leads further encountering prayer walls and spinning bells to reach our first overnight stop at Phakding village.
Our second-day walk is quite long due to the increase in heights as morning starts beyond Phakding entering a river gorge crossing over a bridge to reach a nice lovely village at Monjo with views of Thermasarkhu peaks. From here short descend to enter at Sagarmatha National Park, where all trekkers have to obtain National Park permits, as TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) pre-obtained in Kathmandu. Sagarmatha a Nepalese name for Everest, where local Sherpa of Tibetan origin languages calls Chomolungma in both words means Great Mother. From here crossing over a bridge to reach at Jorsalle the last village before climb to Namche Bazaar, at Jorsalle for possible lunch stops and then walks leads towards river banks into lovely woodland of pines and rhododendron after crossing a last high suspension bridge with gradual climb on winding road facing views of Kongde-Kusum Kanguru with Everest and Lhotse to reach at famous Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar located at 3,440 m high with amphitheater landscapes adorned with the number of well-built houses serving as hotels, lodge, and resorts. At Namche for overnight stops with grand views of Kongde and Thermasarkhu peaks and time for short walks around its streets lined with well-stocked shops and stores and many restaurants
and fresh bakeries.
At Namche Bazaar for a rest day to support with acclimatization at this right altitude of above 3,000 m high, on this day taking a short hike to Everest View Hotel above Namche Bazaar, the first Porsche hotels or resort of Khumbu area. Offers grand views of Everest and Amadablam peaks with other adjoining peaks within beautiful green woodland of tall rhododendron and silver fir trees. Other options will be walking high above Namche at Park Museum area facing mighty views of Everest, Lhotse, and stunning looking Amadablam peaks, with time to visit the museum of great interest with full information of the Khumbu areas for Sherpa culture and history.
From Namche morning a short steep climb to reach a gradual scenic trail, where walk leads on winding path facing glorious views of Everest with magnificent Amadablam within the cool shade of woodland. As walk progress downhill to reach a bridge over Imjatse River to a small place at Phung-Tenga Situated forest surrounding, a possible lunch stop here where afternoon walk takes you to a climb into the cool shade of the forest and then reaching a small plateau at Thyangboche with an amazing panorama of mountains with Everest in views. At Thyangboche visit its colorful and impressive monastery and witness the priest-Lama and monks actives on prayer with the grand surrounding of tall trees and mountains. Thyangboche a scenic and beautiful spot where once a year in the month of mid-October or November a festival is held called Mani-Rimdu, where you can observe monks adorned on different deity masks wading evil spirits.
Morning walk leads on easy downhill past small place of Deboche and then leaving the green vegetation and tree lines reaching a steel bridge over Imjatse River, where walk leads on an open wide country with magnificent views of Amadablam. A slow uphill reaches you at Pangboche the last permanent village, where other places on the route are a temporary settlement to cater the requirement of travelers and trekkers, as walk proceeds into dry and arid terrain and crossing a small bridge with short steep ups to reach a beautiful Imjatse valley where Dingboche located. At Dingboche staying for overnight with views of stunning Island peak with Nuptse, Lhotse and Taboche peaks with North Face of Amadablam.
Morning on leaving Dingboche with a steep climb up to a ridge lined with prayer flags and Buddhist monuments Stupas, facing grand views of peaks where walk from here leads on the gradual uphill to reach Thugla. A small place with about 2-3 tea-house serving as lunch stops located at the end of massive Khumbu glaciers that melts into a torrential river, from here a steep climb for an hour to reach on Thugla ridge top. Here witness some memorials of unfortunate climbers around mountains of high Khumbu and Everest, after a refreshing break walk is easier with a slow climb to reach Lobuche situated in a corner of the valley beneath Lobuche peaks. Overnight at Lobuche in of its nice and cozy lodge with views of Nuptse peaks towards Everest and Lhotse.
After a pleasant stop at Lobuche, walk leads towards our main highlights of the journey to reach much-awaited destination Everest Base Camp, where the walk in the morning leads on the pleasant path and then a short climb to reach higher ground. Then back on nice trails reaching a place where you can visit Glass Pyramid place, a metrological station’s joint venture of Italian and Nepalese Government, surveying the weather and movement of ice and glaciers. From here with interesting information of the project walk leads towards moraine and ice above Khumbu massive glaciers and then a short descent to a wide-open field at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges. Gorakshep was an original earlier Everest base camp before it moved further east. After a shortstop and rest heading towards our goal of walking into moraine and rocks to reach Everest base camp in the backdrop of mighty Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. Everest hid between peaks of Lho-la and Nuptse where a tip of Everest can be seen from the base camp, with ever-present views of towering peaks after an exciting moment of the adventure heading back to Gorakshep for last overnight on the highest point of the journey.
Gorakshep located beneath Kalapathar and the lofty peak of Pumori, morning a steep climb heading into a rocky path with a vigorous breathtaking uphill to reach on top the highest spot of the adventure at Kalapathar, situated above 5,545 m facing sweeping panorama of high giant mountains with the view of Pumori and Everest at close distance. After a glorious scenic moment descends to Gorakshep and continue walking on the same trail back to Lobuche to reach Thugla, where the path from Dingboche and Pheriche splits as our walk leads downhill towards a flat windy valley of Pheriche. Walking for an hour on the scenic valley to reach at Pheriche a settlement with the number of good lodges to stay with views of Amadablam-Taboche-Cholatse with other series of peaks, at Pheriche for an overnight stop, where HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association Post situated).
From Pheriche morning walk leads to the end of the valley with short descend to a river and then climb to a ridge with a Stupa, where walk leads to a long descend past Somare and Pangboche village. After Pangboche retracing the journey back with uphill to Thyangboche and then downhill to Imjatse River with a steep climb for some time to reach Lobesa and Shanasa villages and then on an easy walk to a small beautiful place at Kyanjima. The walk continues on route Namche with wonderful views of Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with an array of peaks, some of the areas on walk lead you to a pleasant place where sometimes one can spot some wild-life like Musk Deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar with colorful Danphe (Lophoporous / Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of the country. Finally, walk ends for overnight at Namche Bazaar after a scenic walks of the day from Pheriche.
After a fine morning with mountain views for breakfast, then start walking past Namche Bazaar with long descend to reach the confluence of Imajatse and Bhote Kosi rivers that makes and joins to Dudh Kosi River. A pleasant walk leads to Jorsalle with the last short steep climb to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, after passing the area reaching at the nice and lovely village at Monjo for overnight stops. Our last walking day of the adventure, where walk follows the Dudh Kosi River all the way to Phakding village and then heading towards Ghat and Tade-Kosi small areas with the last climb to reach the main gate of Lukla. After a final climb of the journey rest of the walk is easy going through Lukla town and its markets place to our overnight stop in a nice lodge at Lukla, with time in the afternoon for short walks.
As per our normal morning flight schedule for Kathmandu, transfer to Tenzing and Hillary Airport terminal and then board in respective airlines plane for the sweeping and panoramic flight back to Kathmandu, overlooking tremendous views of mountains as our air journey ends at Kathmandu airport. After checking out then transfer back to your respective hotels with time in the afternoon for leisure moments and individual activities.
After a wonderful time in Nepal with an amazing time in high Himalayan mountains on Classic Everest Base Camp trek, your last day in the country of awesome adventures where our staff or our guide transfers you to the airport for your flight back to home or to next port of call.