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Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek – 26 Days

If you have enough time, want to follow the original route to Everest Base Camp followed by the early explorers and want to avoid the adventurous Lukla flight, this is the one trek you definitely should do.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 26 Days
Max Altitude: 5,555 m/18225 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Jiri - Junbeshi - Puiyan - Namche Bazaar - Phortse - Thanga - Gokyo Ri - Cho La Pass - Everest Base Camp - Kala Patthar - Namche Bazaar - Lukla

Trip Information

Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is a highly praised trekking route of the Everest region. It was in 1953 when two renown figures Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Nogey Sherpa had taken the same route for the Mt. Everest expedition.

After an eight hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, our trek starts the following morning, by passing through the lower parts of Everest region that are relatively undeveloped compared to the northern side of the district around Namche Bazaar. This enables trekkers to experience many traditional aspects of culture and local people. The trail passes through numerous villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri and of course the Sherpa. Walking along this trek involves many ups and downs with the trail being well serviced with tea houses and good campsites in most of the villages.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m).Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Drive to Jiri (187 km) by local Bus – 8 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 04 – Trek to Bhandar (2,200 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 05 – Trek to Sete (2,645 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 06 – Trek to Junbensi (2,675 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 07 – Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 08 – Trek to Kharikhola (2,020 m) -5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 09 – Trek to Puiyan (2,700 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 10 – Trek to Phakding (2,646 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 11 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 12 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 13 – Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 14 – Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 15 – Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 16 – Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 17 – Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 18 – Cross the Cho La Pass (5,300 m), then trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 19 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 20 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 21 – Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4,200 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 22 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 23 – Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 24 – Morning flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 25 – Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 26 – Transfer for your final flight departure


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you arrive after 4:00 pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre-trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4:00 pm your pre-trip meeting would be done on that very day either at our office or at your hotel as per your requirement. During your pre-trip meeting, we will introduce you to your leader/guide once you are back from the sightseeing. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

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

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

    Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 03 - Drive to Jiri by Public Bus (187 km) - 8 hrs

    A difficult but scenic full-day public bus ride up the Sun-Koshi river valley to the town of Jiri, the trail-head of the Everest trek and our first camp.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04 - Trek to Bhandar (2,200 m) - 6 hrs

    We begin the walk with a climb to the ridge-top at 2,400 m after which the trail drops down to Shivalaya (1,800 m). After reaching Shivalaya, we make another climb to Sangbadanda (2,150 m), Kosaribas (2,500 m), then to Bhanjyang, a pass at Bhandar (2,200m). We can possibly take a detour between Sangbadanda and Bhandar to visit Thodung at 3,090 m.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05 - Trek to Sete (2,645 m) - 6 hrs

    The trail drops down to the Likhu Khloa and crosses the river at 1,580 m, and onto Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura hill. The first part of the climb is quite steep, whence it traverses to Sete, and an abandoned stupa at 2,575 m. We continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpas and have both Nepali and Sherpa names.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06 - Trek to Junbensi (2,675 m) - 6 hrs

    Trek begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura pass at 3,530m. There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with blooming rhododendrons in the spring. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have a good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk (2,860 m), then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi (2,675 m).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 07 - Trek to Nunthala (2,440 m) - 5 hrs

    We climb to a ridge at 3,080 m from where Everest slowly begins to appear before your eyes. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and the airstrip at Phaplu as well as the district headquarter and a small market at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola at 2,650 m followed by a small climb to Ringmo. We see an apple orchard at this spot; the Apple House offers apple juice, pie and rakshi (rice spirit). The trail from Ringmo to Namche Bazaar was built in the 1980’s and avoids many of the steep descents and ascents of the older route. Then we reach Trakshindo pass (3,071 m), then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala at 2,440 m.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 08- Trek to Kharikhola (2,020 m) -5 hrs

    The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi where the trail then climbs through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola (2,020 m).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 09 - Trek to Puiyan (2,700 m) - 6 hrs

    We begin a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and woods, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 - Trek to Phakding (2,646 m) - 5 hrs

    This day we continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at 2,800 m before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we climb down to Surke following the trail towards Phakding.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, Internet cafes and a bakery. Namche is the largest village along the entire Everest trail.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

    We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 - Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) - 5 hrs

    The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in springtime. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14 - Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) - 5 hrs

    We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 5.5 hrs

    The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790 m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will do sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs

    Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 17 - Trek to Thangna (4,500 m) - 4 hrs

    We trek to the foot of the Cho La Pass (5,300 m) for our overnight stay. Accomodation in Thangna will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 18 - Cross the Cho La Pass (5,300 m), then trek to Dzongla (4,710 m) - 7 hrs

    We start before sunrise at 4 or 5 am to reach the pass by 9 – 10 am to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5,300m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accommodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 19 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m ) - 4 hrs

    A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche after 4 hours of trekking.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 20 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep - 5.5 hrs

    This is difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 21 - Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) early in the morning and trek down to Periche (4,200m) - 6 hrs

    This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning, in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by the Himalayan standards) at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,028ft (8,848 m), towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5,180 m then trek down to Pheriche.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 22 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs

    From Pheriche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti or abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through the Tengboche Monastery at an elevation of 3,860 m before continuing back to Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 23 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hrs

    Finally, we return to Lukla where we started our trek, which might seem like a lifetime ago. We’ll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town some more.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 24 - Morning flight back to Kathmandu

    On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast  Included

  • Day 25 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

    Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and farewell Dinner Included

  • Day 26 - Transfer for your final flight departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast  Included


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (21 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English speaking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Airfare from Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Lukla airport.

  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Jiri by Public Bus (Please let us know if you want to rent a private car/jeep with a driver).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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