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Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

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Duration

Nepal

Country

Moderate

Grade

5,643 m

Max altitude

Flight and private vehicle

Transportation

Hotel/Mountain lodge

Accommodation

Mid Feb to May, Mid Sept to Mid Dec

Best season

All meals during trek

Meals

Trip Overview

Being one of the longest and challenging treks in the Everest region, Jiri Everest Base Camp is a journey to the mythical and mystical land of the Himalayas. This trek follows the same route used by the first climbers (Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay) to Everest. Due to the road facility, you can get a bus to go further from Jiri to Shivalaya where the trek begins. Mostly, Porters and pack animals used this trekking route and fewer trekkers come here than in Lukla to Base Camp Trek. 
 
Jiri Everest Base Camp trek starts at an altitude of 1800m and crosses many ridges. The trail goes down to the rivers at around 1500m and ascends over 3000m. In the first week, rest and acclimatization days are taken in two places, one in Junbesi (2680m) and another in Namche Bazaar (3440m). 

In the beginning phase of the trek, you will pass through forests, terraced farmlands, and classic middle-hill countryside. You will get enough time to acclimatize while experiencing the customs, culture, and lifestyle of Hindu and Buddhist communities.
As you go beyond Namche, the trail continues to rise and the temperature drops as you enter deeper into the mountains. Beyond Tengboche, due to the large monastery, and rhododendrons the village becomes smaller and the trek becomes tougher but more existing. 

After the final acclimatization day at Dingboche, a slow walk takes to Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally Base Camp. The main highlight of the Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is the trek to Kala Patthar, which offers breathtaking views of skied mountains such as Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse.

While returning retrace the same up-route route to Namche and from there a day's walk to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you and drive to the hotel in Kathmandu. Explore around the hotel and rest.

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and Pre-trip Meeting.

After early breakfast at the hotel, we go for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley. We will be visiting Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these sites have historical and religious significance as well as listed in UNESCO's world heritage sites. After returning from the tour, there will be a meeting regarding the upcoming trek where you will get a chance to meet with your guide.

Day 03: Drive Jiri- Bhandar from Kathmandu. 8-9 hours

We leave Kathmandu behind and take a full day ride to Jiri. Enjoy the scenic views of the countryside throughout the drive. Follow Sun Koshi River for some time and then cross it over a bridge that takes us to Mude. From here, we follow the trail through the forest to reach Jiri, a beautiful town in Dholakia. Jiri used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, there is a road facility up to Bhandar. So, Bhandar is the place where we start trek to Everest Base Camp.

Day 04: Trek to Sete village from Bhandar. 4-5 hours

After having breakfast at Bhandar, we start our trek descending to Likhu Khola and cross the bridge that takes us to the village of Kinja. The trek continues passing through several farmhouses and terrace fields and reaches Sete village. Located on the ridge in the center of the rhododendron forest, Sete village is a small Sherpa village.

Day 05: Trek from Sete village to Junbesi. 6-7 hours

Today's trek will lead us to Junbesi. We trek through the forest filled with rhododendron and reach Lamjura La pass (3530m) which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends toward the Sherpa village of Juebesi where we will stay for the night.

Day 06: Trek Junbesi to Nunthala. 5-6 hours

The glimpse of Everest (8848m) slowly starts to appear while ascending through the ridge. After Junbesi, we continue our trek following the trail that takes us to a small market in Salleri. We further climb down to Ringmo Khola and make our way to Ringmo followed by Takshindo La Pass (3200m) before reaching Nunthala for the overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek from Nunthala to Khari Khola Village. – 5-6 hours

Enjoying the amazing view of Kusum Kanguru (6367m), Karyolung (6511m), Khumbila (5761m), Gyachung Kang (7952m) and several other peaks, we trek down to the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing it over a suspension bridge, we walk through several villages which lead us to our overnight stay at Khari Khola. 

Day 08: Trek from Khari Khola Village to Surkhe. – 5-6 hours

We start our day by crossing a suspension bridge over a stream and then ascend through the steep trail to Bupsa. Next, we walk through the forest of pine and oak where we can see birds and monkeys. Further, the trail takes us to Paiya village and finally reaches Surke, our last destination for the day.

Day 09: Trek from Surkhe to Phakding. 4-5 hours

We leave Surke and trek head toward Pakding on the trails of Dudh Koshi River. We ascend to the large village of Chaurikharka and then pass through several Buddhist monuments, Chortens and prayer flags along the way before arriving in Pakding for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Trek from Pakding to Namche Bazaar. 5-6 hours

We cross many suspension bridges alongside the Dudh Koshi River on the way to Namche Bazaar. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, we ascend on a steep trail to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Everest. Namche Bazaar is the tourist hub with restaurants, lodges, shops, bakery, and hotels.

Day 11: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. 

On this acclimatization day, we can either take rest or take a short hike to the neighboring village of Khunde and Khumjung. Khunde is a Sherpa village located on the base of Khmbi Yul La and Khumjung is a beautiful village that has a monastery displaying the skull of Yeti. It also offers the magnificent view of Everest along who other high peaks. We hike back to Namche for the overnight stay.

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery. 5-6 hours

We follow the trail that goes through the dense forest with the magnificent view of the mountain in the background. Trek goes uphill through the jungle and stone gate built by Lama and reaches Tengboche, a beautiful village housing the ancient Tengboche Monastery. It is considered to be the most sacred monastery of the Khumbu region. From the monastery, we can enjoy the alluring vista of the Himalayas including Everest, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse.

Day 13: Trek from Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche Village. 5-6 hours

After Tangboche, it's time to head towards the village of Dingboche. We begin the trek through the rhododendron forest to reach Deboche and then cross the bridge made over the Imja River. On the way to Dingboche, we pass through several villages like Milingo, Pangboche, and Somare. We ascend alongside the Imja Khola to reach Dingboche for our overnight stay.

Day 14: Acclimatization day.

Today is the acclimatization day in Dingboche. To get accustomed to the high altitude, we hike of about 3-4 hours that take us to Chhukhung Ri. We ascend on a rocky trail and then on moraines to reach the top. For the top of the Chhukhung Ri, we can get the fantastic views of snow-capped mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse. For the overnight stay, we hike back to Dingboche.

Day 15: Trek from Dingboche Village to Lobuche. 5-6 hours.

We begin our day trekking on the trail that passes through the village of Pheriche with the amazing view of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Nuptse in the background. The trek continues further crossing the stream of Khumbu Glacies leads to Dughla before reaching Lobuche. The later part of the trek crosses Thokla Pass (4830m) and ascends alongside the moraines of Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche.

Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp. Overnight in Gorakshep. 7-8 hours

Today is the day for which we waited for a long time. We start our trek on the trail that ascends to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You will enjoy the view of glacial ponds and icebergs below the Khumbu Glaciers on the way to Gorakshep. Check into the hotel at Gorakshep and then set the way to the Everest Base Camp, which offers breathtaking views of Khumbu Icefall along with the sky-high mountains such as Mount Everest (8848m), Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8414m), Khumbutse (6665m) and Nuptse (7861m). The returning journey to Gorakshep ends our day trek. 

Day 17: Climb to Kala Patthar Everest's viewpoint and trek down to Pangboche. 6-7 hrs

To get the beautiful view of the sunrise, we climb to Kala Patthar early in the morning. Apart from the sunrise, you enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Everest (8848m), Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6665m), Pumori (7161m), and several other peaks. We descend to Lobuche, Piriche, and then Pangboche for our overnight stay.

Day 18: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. 6-7 hours.

After breakfast, we continue our trek heading toward Namche Bazaar. We retrace our trail along the Dudh Koshi River to Namche. The trail passes through the forest and leads to the settlements of Mong, Sansa, Khyangjuma, and finally Namche. Since Namche is a very popular tourist destination, feel free to explore the restaurants and pubs.

Day 19: Trek down to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. 7-8 hours

After Namche, our next destination is Lukla. We descend to Sagarmatha National Parkcheckpoing to the green valley. We pass through several Sherpa villages to reach Monjo and then trek downhill leaving behind many Sherpa settlements and monasteries to reach Parking. The trek continues further crossing several suspension bridges and passing painted Mani walls and prayer wheels before reaching Lukla.

Day 20: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. 35-40 minutes.

From Lukla, we take an early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. After arriving at the airport, we transfer you to the hotel. Have some rest and late in the evening, join a farewell dinner held by Adventure Victory Team to celebrate the successful completion of the journey.

Day 21: Farewell day.

It is a day to say goodbye. We pick you from the hotel and drive you to Kathmandu International Airport 3 hours before your flight to yours.

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