The Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri is taken as the “purest” and “long-established” route to reach the top of the world, Mt Everest(8,848m). Jiri to Everest is the same route walked by pioneers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa for climbing Mt Everest. Hence, it is also called classical trek. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the most exciting trek of Nepal. The strenuous journey that challenges every step taken forward. You have to push your limits to make it to the top.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a thrilling trek for those trekkers who are physically fit and fine and determined to push themselves beyond limits. Visitors enjoy the trails through woods of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to hasty Snow leopards and Red Pandas. Hills are stretched with wide varieties of vegetation and wildlife. Observing settlements of mountainous ethnicities like Sherpas, Tamangs, Manangis, and Lepchas and their traditional monasteries.
Stunning glaciers, rapid rivers, and crystal clear streams also add to major highlights of this voyage. The trail is also joined by the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier of Nepal. Let’s not forget The Kalapathar(5545m) which provides an exclusive view of Mt Everest. To sum up, it’s an adventure that covers the whole Himalayan life.
Major Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek Via Jiri:
- Following the footprints of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa( 1st to climb Mt Everest summit)
- Mesmerizing views of High alpine forests and snow-capped mountains
- Touring through beautiful villages and monasteries
- Glancing at beautiful glaciers and rivers
- Inhaling fresh and cold breezes
- Walking in the woods of Beautiful Sagarmatha National Park
- Stunning view of Mt Everest from Kalapathar
- Witnessing the Sherpa Culture
Best Time for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring and Autumn – Best Seasons
March, April, May, October, and November are the most popular months for trekking in the Everest Base Camp via Jiri. During these months the conditions are all in favor of the visitors. The lesser or no rainfalls, no snowfalls, mild temperature, clear skies are the likely conditions during the Spring and Autumn season.
It’s not that you cannot travel during these seasons. The temperature can turn really cold. It is possible to trek during winter if you can cope with the minus degrees. The skies will be seen more clearly in winter than ever, which provides an excellent and clear view of the Mountains.
Monsoon(June to early September)
This season is not an ideal time to travel to EBC. June to early September months are rainy months in Nepal. Rainy seasons can lead to muddy trails, landslides, rain clouds covering mountain views, and snowfall. In muddy trails, you will be accompanied by the leeches too.
Everest base camp trek from Jiri is rated as 3 out of 5 in the strenuous assessment. It’s an achievable trek for anyone with average fitness and health. This trek does not require any prior experience of climbing but a strong mindset to walk constantly. Most of the trails are steep and ascending ones, which need a continuous strenuous effort to climb them. Several acclimatization day and periodic rest are enough to make your trek successful.
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Food Obtainable During Trek
Throughout the trek, you have to take in the proper food and beverage to not to stop walking. For that, Trails are crowded with tea houses that provide varieties of foods to visitors. In the morning they provide breakfast menus like pancakes, chapati, toast, eggs, potatoes, etc. Similarly, you can also get juice, tea, muesli with hot milk, coffee, and hot chocolate and many more. Some of them also serve continental breakfast as well.
As a lunch, these houses provide food items like spring rolls, pizza, Noodles, hash brown, boiled and fried potatoes. Likewise, fried rice, Dal Bhat, spaghetti, MoMo, pasta/Macaroni, etc. These menus can differ from the food house you pick to dine.
Accommodation Available During Trek
The accommodations during Everest base camp trek are lodges, hotels, commonly known as tea houses. These houses have a good couch with quality breakfast, lunch, dinner with great hospitality. The service is contrary to the type of houses. Average to medium kinds of tea houses are available on the trekking route.
Everest Base Camp Trek From Jiri Detailed Itinerary:
Like the other treks in Nepal, it also starts by landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the lone international airport of Nepal. After sightseeing in Kathmandu, the actual journey starts. From Kathmandu, the bus will take you to Jiri for a true adventure ahead. This is an 8-9 hour bus ride with scenic views of hills all along the way to Jiri.
Throughout this journey, you have to walk on the footprints of early visitors. An average of 6 to 7 hours of walks per day. There is a lot to be walked in this trek so tie your laces tighter, it is not that easy to reach in the vicinity of Mt Everest. Other than trek days, there are some days to acclimatize as well. So you will have time to rest as well. Don’t worry, here is the detailed 21-days Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary.
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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/ 4,265ft)
Welcome to the land of Mt Everest!. You will be received and be transferred to the Hotel.
Day 2:City’s Popular Heritage Sightseeing.
There are some popular UNESCO World Heritage sites around Kathmandu. You will get to visit Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath temple. Each of these places conveys their unique culture and design significance. More than that, you can also enjoy the views of hills and Himalayan ranges over the city.
Day 3:Scenic Bus Ride From Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1760m);8-9hrs drive.
Bus rides in Nepal’s roads are not boring at all. You will get to enjoy amazing views of hills and Himalayan ranges from the window. The 9 hrs bus ride ends by reaching Jiri. After that, a short walk to Shivalaya is made. Overnight stay will be made in the Shivalaya “Sherpa Village”.
Day 4: Start of the Trek, Shivalaya to Kinja (2120m); 5-6 hours trek
From here the real trek is started. We have to move towards Deurali Pass (2730m) which needs an uphill trek through the woods. A tiring steep hill walk is worth it when you reach the top. Then we slope down till we reach the Kinja Village. Overnight at Kinja.
Day 5: Trek From Kinja to Lamjura(3530m);6-7 hours trek
Bypassing through Kinja village, we reach Lamjura. The trail is mostly steep as we have to scale Lamjura La Pass(3530m) the highest point of this area. After the long steep trail, we reach Sete Village. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 6: Trek From Lamjura to Ringmu(2700m); 5-6 hours trek
On day 6, we descend through beautiful forests filled with vegetation and flowers. Junbesi, a typical Sherpa village welcomes you when you make it to the bottom of the hill. There are some Buddhist monasteries in the surroundings. We then cross Junbesi village to reach Ringmu. You can enjoy the view of Numbur Peak(6958m) from there. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Trek From Ringmu to Kharikhola(2500m); 5-6 hours walk
At dawn, trail over the thick forest is continued until reaching Takshindo La Pass. It is a viewpoint to watch some snow-capped mountains. After the steep hill, the walk descends slowly until Kharikhola village. Overnight at the top of the hill.
Day 8: Trek From Kharikhola to Surke(2340m);5-6 hours trail
After crossing Kharikhola there is a steep hill to reach Buspa. We then take a walk through a dense forest of pine and oak trees where we encounter Khari-La Pass(3145m). The trail moves towards Paiya village and then reaches Surke. Overnight in Surke.
Day 9: Trek From Surke to Phakding(2640m);5-6 hours trek
Leaving Surkhe behind, we trail along Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding. After crossing Chheplung Khola we end reaching Nurning, there we get to observe an incredible view of Mt Kusum(6367m). From there, the trails are all colored with prayer flags till reaching Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 10: Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m);5-6 hours walk
After a quick breakfast, the sail through the green forest continues. Crossing several bridges we enter the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, the trail continues towards Namche Bazaar “The Gateway to Everest”. Namche Bazar is a town of Sherpa’s ample restaurants, hotels, bakery, etc. From Namche, you will have a panorama of Mighty Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, and several other peaks. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar(3440m)
It’s a day off from trek to acclimatize. During this day you can enjoy short hikes to some villages around. There you can explore livelihood, antique houses, and monasteries. Upmost, these vicinities provide serene views of Mount Everest and other peaks. After this visit, you sail back to Namche for the night stay.
Day 12: Trek From Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3860m);4-5 hours trek
Now, trails are accompanied by dense forest with magnificent views of mountains at the backdrop. Amid the thick forest, you reach a beautiful village “Tengboche ” named after the sacred Tengboche Monastery. It’s home to bravest Sherpas. Besides peaceful vibes, Tengboche Monastery also poses alluring views of high peaks including Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Overnight at lodge in Tengboche village.
Day 13: Trek From Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m); 4-5 hours trek
This trek starts with moving downhill to reach Deboche village. Bypassing Pangboche village we arrive in Somare. From there, Imja Khola guides you to Dingboche village. While in Dingboche, you can enjoy the sights of popular Mountain Ama Dablam (6856m) and several other snow-capped peaks. Brief Night in the lodge.
Day 14: Acclimatization day, the Optional trip to Chhukung-Ri (5546m)
It is a little pause from a long trek to acclimatize. Optionally, you can do a short hike above glaciers to Chhukung Ri(5546m). From up there, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the snow-kissed mountains like Mt Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse, and Mt Nuptse. Overnight stay will be back in Dingboche.
Day 15: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche(4910m); 4-5 hours walk
Walking along the glacial shore, we travel through the Sherpa villages of Dusa and Thukla before reaching the Thokla Travel (4830 m). Along the way, we’ll have stunning views of towering peaks like Pumori (7161 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Lobuche (6145 m), Cholatse (6440 m), Taboche (6542 m), and other surrounding peaks. Walking on a steep slope along the Khumbu Glacier, we reach Lobuche. Overnight at the Lodge.
Day 16: Trek From Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m); 2-3 hours & the Trip to Everest BC (5360m); 3-4 Hours
We carry on moving towards the steep terminal of the Khumbu Glacier. Observing the glaciers along the route we reach GorakShep and continuing the trails we summit Everest Base Camp. Pausing the breath you can enjoy views of the mountains of the Everest region. After consuming views we head again to GorakShep for overnight stay.
Day 17: Trek From Gorakshep to Dzongla (4830m); 4-5 hours
In the early morning, we will ascend towards the Kalapatthar(5545m) “Blackstone”, Everest viewpoint. Kalapathar is the farthest point of this entire Classical trek. The view of Mt. Everest from here is like nowhere else.
You are standing right down facing the mighty Mt. Everest. If you want to observe early sunrise you have to wake up and reach Kalapathar before dawn. After a heart-filling view, you head down via Gorakshep and Lobuche to reach Dzongla for overnight stay.
Day 18: Trek Back to Namche Bazaar; 6-7 hours.
Leaving past the village Dzongla, we’re headed towards Namche. Walking with the Dudh Koshi river, we walk back to Namche. And, passing through villages of Mong and Khyangjuma, we finally reach Namche. In this return to Namche, spend some time hanging around the most happening places of Namche.
Day 19: Trek Back to Lukla; 7-8 hours
The descending trail continues through Sagarmatha National Park. After passing several villages and suspension bridges on the way, we will reach Monjo. The walk is continued downward via beautiful villages and monasteries to arrive at Phakding village. Views of mountains will accompany throughout the whole trek. Continuous downfall amidst villages full prayer wheels and flags will end up when you reach Lukla. Overnight in Lukla
Day 20: Flight From Lukla to Kathmandu. 35-40 minute Air travel
Breathtaking and scenic flight from Lukla airport(one of the world’s dangerous) will thrill your soul. Soon after reaching Kathmandu, you can stroll around most happening streets like Thamel and Durbarmarg.
Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu
There will be an arrangement for your return to your home. And we drop you at the Airport for Departure. See you again!
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