Everest Base Camp via Jiri

This trek is believed to be one of the most extravagant destinations for walkers and it offers some of the most mesmerizing trekking. The 1st person to climb Mt. Everest Sir Edmund Hillary used this itinerary during the 1st expedition to the Mt. Everest. This trek begins with a long drive to Jiri and the trek starts from here, the trek follows many farm villages en-route. Trekking through the Solu area visiting charismatic villages of Junbesi and Ringmo, and over the great Lamjura along with snow clad mountains and local culture/tradition and daily activities prevailing since thousands of years. Trekkers can experience the extreme landscape up and down the hill. We include all the places of significance of the Everest National Park including Namche Bazaar, Khumbu's Sherpa capital, unmatched view point of Kalapatthar (5,545m) and ever exciting Everest Base Camp which are astonishing scenery for Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse. With ample time and opportunity to visit the Buddhist monasteries of Pangboche, one of the oldest and historical place, at Tyangboche, or can be called the most newest as it was re-built in after being collapsed by fire. This is long trek with many features and highly recommendable to all the trekkers who are enthusiastic to walk quite long and experience the unique and extreme landscape.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu
Arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representative will receive you at the airport and Transfer to Hotel.

Day 2: A guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Full day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and surrounded areas. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu durbar square and swayambhu (Monkey temple).

Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri by drive
7-8 hours driving from Kathmandu via the Araniko highway with a scenic countryside.

Day 4: Jiri to Bhandar
We start our adventurous walk with a climb to the ridge top at 2,390m and drops down to Shivalaya at 1,760m. From Shivalaya the trail climbs to Sangbadanda, at Deurali Pass. From Deurali Pass it’s all downhill to small settlement at Bhandar, it a Sherpa village with huge Tibetan Buddhist monuments situated on the meadow and terrace field.

Day 5: Bhandar to Sete
Early morning walk drops down to Likhu Khola, crossing river at 1,580m, and leads along it to a small nice village at Kinja at 1580m. After lunch we make a long climb to Lamura pass with great excellent views of the surrounding landscapes. The first part of the climb is very steep, after few hours of long haul it traverses to Sete, a village inhabited by Sherpas which is situated on the ridge in the middle of the Rhododendron forest.

Day 6: Sete to Lamjura, pass to Junbesi
Today’s walk leads to a long but gradual climb to Lamura Pass at 3,530m. There you are rewarded with the frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with flowering rhododendrons in the spring. Goyem at 3300m. The pass which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. From the top we descend to Taktor, then to the Sherpa village of Junbesi.

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Junbesi
Junbesi, at an altitude of 2,700m, is one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages in the Lower Solukhumbu region, with its astonishing landscape, cultural wealth and the hospitable Sherpa people. The region around Junbesi is well worth exploring and a day spend here can offer a variety of alternatives. The north side of Junbesi is the village of Phugmochhe, where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. In route to Phugmochhe a short diversion will allow a visit to Thubten Chhuling, a huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery about one and half hour’s walk from Junbesi. Junbesi falls on the Pikey-Dudhkunda trail. Visitors will have a choice in food varieties ranging from local apple pie to fresh organic vegetables cooked as desired or relax whole day exploring around with the overnight in Lodge.

Day 8: Junbesi to Nunthala
Below Junbesi, the trail crosses Junbesi Khola on the wooden bridge. There is a trail junction just beyond the bridge. This day we climb to a ridge at 3,080m, from where Everest slowly begins to appear infront of our eyes, then on at Salung at 2,650m. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards north east. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2650m and then towards the Tak-shidno Pass, then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name Nunthala at 2,320m.

Day 9: Nunthala to Bupsadanda
From Nunthala, our path descent towards Dudh Koshi River in the warmer area at 1,500m and crossing this river way get ahead just before Jubling 2900m. From Jubling the path meanders to a slow climb to the village around the ridge, and continues for the prominent notch in front of you.

Day 10: Bupsadanda to Surkhe
The trail moves up from Bupsadanda which heads onward to Bhumsing (2,300m). Before, we climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly oak and rhododendron, where languor monkeys may sometimes be seen. We then move downward 305m and cross the next tributary one hour later. To reach Puiyan (2,796m), we need to continue walking on the north side of the valley. The small village on the midway to Surkhe is an idol spot for lunch stop. From Surkhe, we can view the Lukla airstrip and the town of Lukla. An hour walk downward will bring us at Surkhe for the overnight stop.

Day 11: Surkhe to Phakding
After Surkhe, we will climb up for about an hour before continuing on the ridge. The trail then leaves this tributary valley and heads directly north towards village of Chaurikharka. Before, we move downwards to Chaurikharka (2,713m), we will cross an awesome deep gorge with a high waterfall. Chaurikharka is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area. Chaurikharka is a village development committee in Solukhumbhu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. A few hours of good, scenic walking will take us to Phakding for the overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar
After we cross the suspension bridge over the Dhud Koshi, with little ups and downs, until we re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the impressive view of Thermasarkhu (6,608 m). We will then cross the long suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, which is situated below the dramatic peak of Thermasarkhu. Then, we will have walk for few minutes’ entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. A short walk downward will again takes us to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River which will lead us to a bridge to Jorsalle village. This village is the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. We need to follow the river until we reach to the last brigde over the Imjatse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar with awesome view of Kwangde Peak and its other two sister peak towards the east. As, we climb higher, we can view the Mount Everest – Nuptse wall, Lhoste and Taweche Peak. From here, we need to walk 1-2 hrs which takes us to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Starting early in the morning, we can have a short walk uphills to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a beautiful spot perched on the top of Namche bazaar, with some breathtaking views of the surrounding and the deep valleys way down below. We can enjoy the beauty of Namche’s quaint village as well as friendliness and hospitality of its local people. We will spend time by resting and trekking high altitudes, this will allow our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m.

Day 14: Namche to Thyangboche
After breakfast, the trail will lead us down a good, winding path with fantastic views of Mt. Everest, Lhoste and Nuptse to northeast, Ama Dablam to the east, Kangtenga and Thermasarkhu to the southeast and Kwangde to the south. Thyanboche, the Buddhist monastery is further above after a long climb. A trek in immense cultural experience and a glance of Everest in a short period of time, Thyanboche Trek is a life time experience.

Day 15: Thyangboche to Dingboche
After a valuable time time in Thyanboche, the trail moves down through forest of birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron before it finally reaches Debouche, a beautiful spot situated at 3650m, with splendid views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Debouche, the trail meanders past a long mani wall. We need to walk through this path until we reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of Imjatse River. From here, you can see the northern face of Kangtenga peak. We head towards the east after having a break in Shomare. After an hour of walking, just before a small wooden bridge, the road splits in two directions. We head towards the east and reach Pheriche. From here, you can see a totally different view of Ama Dablam. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you arrive at a big Mani stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as it enters the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse, with a view of the eastern snow-capped mountains, including Island peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is situated amongst beautiful patchwork fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect the crops of barley, buckwheat, potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Dingboche has about ten teahouses and it is also the gateway to Chhukung.

Day 16: Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Today is acclimatization day. We have enough time to explore this part of Khumbu region. Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. We can take an optional trek towards Chhukung or we can simply hike to the top of the hill for the view of Makalu and other peaks. After scenic views, we will move back to Dingboche for an overnight stop. After 3 pm, The Himalayan Rescue Association will brief us about high altitude sickness.

Day 17: Dingboche to Lobuche
Leaving Dingboche, the trail leads us uphill to a small prayer monument and past the village down below with awesome views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. After a walk for about two hours, we reach Duglha. A short steep climb on the moraine to a row of stone monuments, established in the memory of six sherpas and climbers who perished as the result of an avalanche at Lobuche.

Day 18: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep
After breakfast, we will continue the trek to Gorakshep, crossing through an area with large boulders and glaciers. The trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quiet vague, waving between heaps of debris. After moving through the moraine section, there is a short descent, which brings us to Gorakshep. We will take a break here, and continue walk towards Everest Base Camp. Base Camp is located at the snout of the infamous Khumbu Icefall. It offers us the insight of extra-ordinary flora and fauna which we have never heard of or seen before. Over the years, many good camping spots have been developed, and once the spring snow has melted it can be warm and pleasant. Then, we return back to Gorakshep.

Day 19: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar to Pangboche
In the early morning, we hike to Kalapatthar. It’s a few minutes of easy walk on a sandy field, and then a steep climb of 45 minutes brings us to a near level field. After an hour of walk we will reach a rocky spot and after another steep half-hour climb brings us to the top. On reaching at the top, we will be exhilarated, having achieved the accomplishment that we have been dreaming of since the beginning of the journey. The top of Kalapatthar is a small, rocky ridge on the southwest of Mt. Pumori; the view from here is beyond imagination, as Everest appears to be a stone’s throw away, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse at the back.The panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and it’s worth the hard climb. To the south, the Khumbu glacier sweeps below us, and we can also see Everest Base Camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Afternoons can be very windy here, and after taking in the panoramic view, we will descend towards Gorakshep for breakfast before trekking to Pangboche.

Day 20: Pangboche to Namche Baazar
After breakfast, we descend steeply to Namche Baazar (3,441m).

Day 21: Namche Baazar to Lukla
Easy walk down to Lukla for the final night stay in the Khumbu region, enjoying a farewell dinner from the Everest region Sherpa families.

Day 22: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Evening at your own.

Day 23: Free Day in Kathmandu
Leisure day in Kathmandu. You can relax for a day after a long journey or you can do some shopping on your last day.

Day 24: Transfer to the airport for final departure
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

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