Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking - 22 Days

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking - 22 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration22 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude5,545m/18192ft
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch to May/ September to November
Highlights

​​​​​​"ON AN ORIGINAL CLASSIC TRAIL FROM JIRI TO SOLU AREAS TOWARDS HIGH AND SCENIC KHUMBU VALLEY"

  • Panorama of Himalayan peaks with  Mt. Everest  at close distance from high Kalapathar top.
  • Exciting overland to Jiri with scenic flight out of Lukla to Kathmandu with views of snow capped peaks.
  • On least trekked route around Solu south of Everest within interesting remote Sherpa villages.
  • Grand views on daily walks following legendry mountaineers Tenzing & Hillary steps.
  • Trekking into  Sagarmatha National Park World's Heritage Sites with great range of scenery.
  • Exploring traditional Sherpa villages and impressive monasteries enriched with Buddhist culture.
  • In the heart of world highest Mt. Everest Southern base camp with massive Khumbu Ice Falls.

Trip Introduction

Jiri is a municipality in Dolakha District which is located in the Bagmati Province of Nepal. This beautiful location has become a favorable alternative for travellers embarking on trek to Everest Base Camp. The route from Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking encompasses the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. These are the first people to summit the Mount Everest also known as “Roof of The World.” This adventure leads trekkers to an original route towards Solu and Khumbu district within Everest region. However, this route was forgotten due to the introduction of Lukla airstrips built by late Edmund Hilary in the late 1970s.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp route is considered a favorable trail for those who desire walking on isolated trail away from mainstream trekking path. This will be an ideal way to enjoy your adventure holiday visiting villages of Nepalese mid hills tribes of mixed Tamang, Newar, Rai, Chettris and Sherpa people around the walk within Solu areas of Southern part of Everest.

During the trek, visitors can witness rolling rivers, symbolic prayer wheels and Mani walls with majestic mountains which provide visually arousing landscapes. The thrilling cross hair-raising suspension bridges coupled with prayer flags add extra beauty to the path. The dense green vegetation consisting beautiful flowers, vibrant leaves and the symphony of wildlife creates a breathtaking natural paradise for visitors and trekkers. Yaks, horses, donkeys, cattle and sheep can be seen in the residential areas whereas wild animals like snow leopards, musk deer, mountain weasel, Himalayan goral reside in these areas.

Jiri to Everest base camp trek welcomes fellow visitors with stunning views of Himalayas at around every turn. Enormous mountains like Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m), as well as several other snow-capped Himalayan peaks, provide the glimpse of nature's beauty. 

Thukla to pheriche

How does the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek start and end?

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking route and the traditional Lukla starting point are the two main paths leading to Mount Everest, with each offering its own unique trekking experience. Typically, Jiri to Everest base camp trek starts from Jiri which is located about 188 km/ 116.818 miles away from Kathmandu. Jiri is also known as Switzerland of Nepal due to its natural beauty and mountainous landscape. This comparison is made as landscape of Jiri is similar with that of Switzerland. The region surrounding Jiri is home to green valleys, sloping terrain, snow-capped mountains, and wooden log homes that may resemble those in rural Switzerland.

As the journey starts from Jiri the actual trek begins after reaching Bhandara by vehicle or road. The route encompasses remote village, scenic landscape and snowcapped mountains. The next destinations are Sete, Junbesi, Nuntala, Bupsa, Surke and Phakding until reaching the gateway to Everest Namche Bazar. Hiking past Sete visitors can pass through lush pine forests. The national flower of Nepal, rhododendron can be seen across these forests while reaching a small settlement known as Ghurasey. Upon descending Lamjura- la- pass can be crossed along the way to reach Junbesi. 

After moving past Junbesi trekkers descend to Solung danda along the banks of Beni khola ro reach Ringomo village. After trekking away from Ringmo khola the trails moves towards Takshindu pass to reach Nunthala. Then trekkers move towards Bupsa through Jubing and Kharikhola which are the notable settlements along the route. The next stop after Bupsa is Surke. This section contains magnificient views of Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains.  The next location on this journey is Phakding. It is a small village which serves as stoppage point for trekkers en route to Everest Base Camp. From Phakding trekkers continue to move towards Namche Bazaar. This part involves crossing the famous suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River where visitors can see the majestic Himalayan peaks including Everest itself.

Upon reaching Namche bazaar, acclimatization day for trekkers begins. This rest day is essential for allowing the body to adjust to high altitude and thinning oxygen levels. In addition to preventing health problems associated with altitude, this acclimatization day offers a chance to take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and fully immerse oneself in the distinctive culture of the Khumbu region.

After acclimatization in Namche bazar trekkers proceed to Tengboche: home to famous Tengboche Monastery. This monastery showcases the Buddhist ritual in the Khumbu region. Continuing further, trekkers move towards a picturesque Sherpa Village known as Pangboche. This village offers excellent views of Ama Dablam (6,812 meters/22,349 feet). The trek then takes onto Dingboche which serves as another acclimatization stop. The journey proceeds to Lobuche however this area is comparatively remote as compared to other stops because of fewer settlements. The last inhabited stop before Everest Base Campis Gorkashep. Trekkers can hike to the actual base camp from this location. Amazing views of the surrounding peaks and the Khumbu Glacier may be seen from the trek.

The next place on route is the ultimate destination which is Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the base camp visitors tend to feel a sense of accomplishment and awe as they stand in the shadow of world highest peak. It becomes a moment of both physical exhaustion and overwhelming inspiration as the overwhelming size of the mountains and the difficulties of the hike combine with a profound sense of amazement and gratitude for this extraordinary natural marvel. Similarly, trekkers frequently take a detour to Kala Patthar for a sunrise view of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan giants, even though it's not a place to stay for an extended period of time.

The trip returns to Namche via Pheriche following an unforgettable stay at Everest Base Camp. Travelers can take a detour to retrace their steps and see the stunning villages and scenery they saw en route, giving them a fresh perspective on the region's natural splendor. Trekkers frequently return to Tengboche, Pangboche, and Dingboche on the return journey, where they can re-experience the area's natural and cultural treasures. Enjoying the peace of the place, they continue their descent through verdant forests of rhododendron, rhino deodar, and pine.

 After returning to Namche, trekkers take a return flight to Kathmandu marking the end of the journey.

What is the best time/season for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking?

The optimum times to trek in Nepal are in the spring and fall, between the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons, to reach Everest Base Camp. While the post-monsoon season starts in September and lasts until November, the pre-monsoon season starts in mid-February and lasts until May.

Trekking is ideal during these seasons because of the frequently dry, stable weather with clear skies and good visibility. At lower elevations, daytime temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, whereas at higher elevations, they are between 0 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Holiday Tours Nepal advises against trekking in the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Region during the monsoon season (June to August) due to the likelihood of landslides and flash floods, as well as the possibility of muddy and treacherous pathways. It's also not advisable to go during the winter months of December through January because the paths are prone to snow and ice and it may become rather chilly.

Holiday Tours Nepal generally recommends that the best time to trek from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons because of the reliable weather and comfortable, warm temperatures.

Climate and Weather during Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

The climate and weather around the Solu-Khumbu region varies according to time of year and specific elevation along the route. This region experiences four seasons like spring, summer, autumn and Winter.

Spring which lasts from March to May is one of the most popular time to trek towards Everest Base Camp starting from Jiri. The temperature range during these months is 17 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature is 25 degree Celsius. This moderate temperature enables clear skies making an excellent time for panoramic mountain views. This provides an optimum time for photographs embarking to capture striking views.

Summer which lasts from June to august is considered monsoon season of Nepal. This means the weather around the region becomes unpredictable. Lower elevations can have extreme rainfall making the trail slippery and muddy. Upon ascending in higher elevation rainfall gradually decreases. With that in context, the landscape is covered with clouds obstructing mountain views. The daytime temperature around these months increases up to 22° Celsius. Nights remain frigid at higher elevations, although daytime temperatures are gentler.

Autumn lasts from September to November making it a popular trekking season in the Everest region. The daytime temperature ranges from 6° Celsius to 22° Celsius. The weather is stable with clear skies. This makes up for an excellent viewing experience of nearby mountains including Everest. Even though nights are cold especially at higher elevations, autumn months offer best mountain experience.

Winter lasts from December to February which is the coldest and least popular trek for Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek. Temperature drops significantly which can reach up to -17°C. At higher altitudes the trails are covered with snow and ice, making it a very uncomfortable and dangerous route. There are also prominent chances of closing of Teahouses along the route causing extra trouble for visitors.

Holiday Tours Nepal leaves a crucial note: No matter the season, Visitors should always be prepared for everything because the weather in the Himalayas can be utterly unpredictable. Since high altitude can be dangerous for trekkers, it's also critical to take the right precautions to prevent altitude sickness.

Everest

Altitude Sickness during the trek: Reasons and Precautions

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is considered a tough trekking route. This is mainly due to high altitude and difficult trekking trails. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a major problem for trekkers travelling in Everest region due to lack of Oxygen in high altitude. As trekkers ascend in higher altitude the air pressure decreases. This is due to rapid ascent in higher altitude without giving proper time to acclimatization. In severe situations, it can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Other reasons can be Dehydration, Poor Physical Condition, Alcohol and Smoking, Poor Nutrition and Individual Variability. The symptoms can be headaches, nausea, dizziness and difficulty during sleeping.

To solve the problem of AMS one should consider the following things:

  • Stay warm and hydrated at all times
  • Get adequate rest and do not rush your walk
  • Avoid overexertion and identify AMS symptoms
  • Prepare physically prior heading on the journey
  • Carry all the essential gears and equipment
  • Be aware of local weather condition and potential risks

Remember that anyone, regardless of age, fitness ability, or past experience at high altitudes, might get AMS. Precautions and careful planning can considerably reduce the risk and make your high-altitude journey more fun and safer. If any symptoms of AMS is seen then please notify your guide provided by Holiday Planner Nepal, and consider an immediate descent to lower altitudes for your safety and well-being. Visitor safety is our top priority.

Accommodation, Food and Bathroom Facilities during Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek provides hotel and food alternatives in a range of locations. The majority of the communities along the road have teahouses and hotels that provide basic amenities like beds and blankets. Restrooms in these locations are frequently shared, and squat toilets are popular. Travelers should be prepared for rudimentary restroom facilities, so bringing your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer is a good idea.

Teahouses and lodges often provide a mix of local and international dishes. Visitors can eat big meals that will provide the energy needed for the journey. Dal Bhat, a classic Nepali rice and lentil soup, is a favorite and is frequently served as an all-you-can-eat option. Noodles, soups, and a variety of snacks may also be on the menu.

Additionally, some lodges can give hot showers, but this service may be charged extra. Holiday Tours Nepal advises all passengers to bring a sleeping bag for extra warmth and comfort, especially on longer trips.

In addition to their housing, meal options, and personal cleanliness, they must be well-prepared for the hike. This includes having the proper clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions, such as warm clothing, rainproof gear, and sturdy footwear. Adequate hydration is still required, so they should bring a reusable water bottle and consider water purification methods.

Furthermore, because medical services in distant places are scarce, it is important for them to carry a thorough medical kit on hand. This kit should include basic first-aid materials and any personal prescriptions that may be required. It is strongly advised that tourists obtain medical counsel before beginning their voyage, especially if they have pre-existing medical concerns.

Itinerary
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Upon arrival you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshments, your will have enough time to explore the town. Later this evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    Today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swyambhunath” a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

      The drive starts after breakfast. According to given time, you will meet with the guide at your hotel and transfer to public bus station for scenic countryside drive to Jiri. We often drive along the Kosi River and enjoying the panoramic view of the high mountains. The bus will stop on the way to lunch. Dinner and stay overnight in Jiri.

        Breakfast in hotel, the adventure started with gradually uphill for about 1 and half hours then descend the trail through forest crossing few streams passing few villages and reach Shivalaya where we stop for the lunch. After the trek ascends trail through several villages to Deurali. Check in hotel and explore the town, cheese factory. Dinner and stay overnight in Deurali.

          Breakfast in hotel, start walking down a hill through forest crossing few streams reach Kinja for lunch. We are enjoying the nice view of the high green mountain with the deep valley. After lunch ascends trail through vice view of the mountain and finally reach in Sete. Dinner and stay overnight in Stet.

            Breakfast in hotel, start walking with an uphill climb to Lamjura La (3530 m) through the forest of pine and rhododendrons. Lamjura La is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, offers the fantastic view of the surrounding green mountain. Descend down the pass to Junbesi. Check in hotel and later in the afternoon explores the village. Dinner and stay overnight in Junbesi.

              Breakfast in hotel, cross the stream beyond Junbesi climb uphill through the forest with the nice view of the greenery mountain. After about 1 and half hours walk you will see the amazing view of the Himalaya mountains include Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and many more other peaks. This is the first view of the Mt Everest of the trek. Continue the trail across the Ringmo Khola, ascend to Ringmo cross the Trakshindo La and descend through the village, terraced field and forest finally reach Nuntala Village. Dinner and stay overnight in Nuntala.

                Breakfast in hotel; descend down the trail to the Dudh Koshi River. We follow the Dudh Koshi River as we head upward to Khumbu. Cross the bridge, climb to Jubing and continue straight to Churkha. Climb the trail eastward to reach Kharikhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Another steep climb finally takes us to Bupsa. Overnight at Bupsa.

                  Breakfast in hotel; the trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uphill climb takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Descend to Puiyan and go through the ups and downs to Surke.

                    Breakfast in hotel; From Surke, our trail climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail moves down to Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.

                      Breakfast in hotel/lodge; Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, from Larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay overnight at a tea house In Namche Bazaar.

                        Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above the town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay overnight at the tea house.

                          The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Tengboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. Stay overnight at the tea house.

                            Today we depart Tengboche. The trail drops to Debuche crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imia Khola through a rhododendron forest and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exciting views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight at a tea house.

                              Today we take another rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.

                                From Dingboche the trail diverts towards the north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is begin gentle, with a nice view of Pheriche village. Today’s walk offers a beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains. Thugla is the only place with teahouses before Lobuche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is a good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Finally, reach Lobuche for an overnight at a tea house.

                                  After an early morning start, we ascend through the glacier to Gorakshep. After meals with some time rest, we begin trekking to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. Back to Gorakshep and stay overnight at the tea house.

                                    Today, Early morning Guide will lead you to the best viewpoint of Everest Base Camp trek i.e. Kala Patthar top from where you will see Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Changtse, Khumbu glacier and south-west face of Everest. You can take your time to see this panoramic view. Back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we re-trace our steps to Pheriche. The trail from Gorakshep descends all the way to Pheriche. Stay overnight at a tea house.

                                      As we are coming back, Today we will follow the trekking path through the beautiful rhododendron hill jungle along the Dudh Koshi river and beautiful white waterfall. Afterward, before reaching Namche, we will trek through the wonderful pine trees forest where we will have a great chance to see a grazing musk deer. After arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpa, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time. Stay overnight at a Tea house.

                                        Re-trace our steps back to Lukla with a big descend till Monjo along the Dudh Koshi river then the trail continues with gentle ups and downs to Lukla. Stay overnight at a tea house in Lukla.

                                          Today an early morning breakfast then fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel.

                                            Today we will transfer you to the international airport for your departure back home.

                                              Cost Details
                                              What's Included
                                              • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic)
                                              • 03 night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                                              • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
                                              • Kathmandu to Jiri by public bus/private vehicle and Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
                                              • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
                                              • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
                                              • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment paid
                                              • twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
                                              • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
                                              • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                                              What's not Included
                                              • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                              • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                              • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
                                              • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                              • In case of extra more nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
                                              • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                                              • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                                              • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                                              • Anything not included in service includes column
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