Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking
The jiri to Everest base camp trekking route is a classic and challenging route that was popular before the construction of the Lukla Airport, which has made access to the Everest region easier. The classic route follows the traditional path taken by the early Everest expedition and offers a longer and more gradual acclimatization process compared to the Lukla – based trekking routes. However, some trekkers who have plenty time still prefer to start their journey from jiri to experience a longer and more picturesque route.
Jiri is situated in the lower hills of the Solu region- is a small town at an altitude of approximately 1905 m above sea level in the Dolakha district of Nepal. It is often referred to as the Gateway to Everest. In the past, trekkers and mountaineers would start their journey from jiri and walk all the way to Everest base camp following the traditional path. Therefore it gained significance in the trekking community due to its historical connection with the Everest region. It is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, including terraced farmland, lush green hills, and scattered settlements. The region is also known for its natural beauty and the trek from Jiri to Everest base camp offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, forests, and Sherpa villages.
The Jiri to Everest base camp trek follows a scenic trail through charming Sherpa villages, dense forests, terraced farmland, and high mountains passes. You will observe prayer flags and mani stones scattered along the trail, placed by the locals, trekkers, and mountaineers alike as an offering to the mountain, which is locally as Sagarmatha (Goddess of the sky) in Nepali and Chomolungma (Mother Godesses of the universe) in Tibetan. You will also pass through villages such as Bhandar, Sete, Junbesi, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally reach Everest base camp.
Everest base camp is located at an elevation of 5364 m on the south side of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. As a long trek, followed by a hike to the much–awaited Everest base camp will start with making your way to Gorak Shep, taking small steps as the temperature keeps dropping, and the path gets tougher. After walking an hour and a half in the rugged terrain with gravel, icy slopes, and loose stones, you will reach in your destination Everest Base Camp. The welcoming views of the 8000 m mountains of the Khumbu region, dramatic views of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall will wash away all of the tiredness.
Overall, Jiri to Everest base camp trekking is great for those seeking a longer and more adventurous trekking experience to Everest base camp. It allows trekkers to gradually acclimatize and opportunity to experience the natural beauty and explore cultural richness of the famous Everest region.
To undertake the Jiri to Everest base camp trek, you will need certain permits like other treks in the Everest region.
1) The Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit
2) The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit
2) Guide and porters
Guides can provide valuable insights into the history, culture, and geography of the region while porters can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with less weight. Moreover, Hiring a guide and porter for the Jiri to Everest base camp trek can greatly enhance your trekking experience and assure safety.
Therefore, you can join us for hiring a highly experienced, helpful, friendly, and English speaking licensed trekking guide and porter with their insurance. Your safety is our first priority. So our guide and porter are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one without compromising your safety, allowing you to fully enjoy the trek.
3) Best time to trek
The best time to undertake the Jiri to Everest base camp trek is during spring (March, April, May) and Autum (September, October, November) seasons. The weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Jiri to Everest base camp. The temperature warms up rapidly but the night remains still cold and chilly, dropping to below freezing. The weather is generally bright with clear skies, days are longer with enough sunlight hours and few clouds, and view of the summit is awesome.
Autumn is another best season for this trek, with the skies being clear once more after the monsoon rains and the landscape still and verdant as ever. Bright sunshine is warming, with highs, though the winds can still be strong and cold, making it feel cooler. The heavier clouds are gone now, and the summit of the mountain is once more clearly visible from the base camp.
4) Foods and lodging
Along the Jiri to Everest base camp route, there are teahouses and lodges available with basic facilities for accommodation and meals for trekkers. The teahouses provide rooms on a twin-sharing basis. Each room comes with two beds, blankets, pillow, mattress, and common bathroom. They offer meals like Dal Bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, and other local dishes. However, as you ascend higher, the facilities become more basic and the prices may increase.
5) Travel insurance
We strongly suggest you to get travel insurance before going on any trek in Nepal, including Jiri to Everest base camp trek. Make sure that, your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. We do our best to take care of you, but sometimes we have to face unavoidable accident that is out of our control. So in case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.
6) Altitude sickness
The trek involves significant altitude gains while ascending quickly. So you may feel symptoms like nausea, headache, difficulty in breathing, increased heart rate, and uneasiness. It’s important to follow a slow and steady pace to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. Please let your guide and your group to know, if you feel uneasy. Your guide will provide you with immediate first aid.
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On the first day; we have to drive for around 6 to 7 hours to reach Jiri which lies in the Northern East of Kathmandu. We will continue our drive to Bhandar from a single lane and rough roads which would be the first adventure of our trip. We will be enjoying the views of Koshi River as well as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorje Lakpa. We will stay overnight at a guest house in Bhandar.
We will descend on this day to Sete at an altitude of 2575 meters crossing the deep forest and few streams as well pass passing some small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Sete after 6 to 7 hours walk from Bhandar.
On this day we will be ascending to Lanjurla La through the varieties of forests including pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons. We also will pass through the settlement of Dagchu and Goyem. After reaching the highest point Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters today we will descend following the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi (2670m) where we will stay overnight after the long walk of 6 to 7 hours.
Our today’s destination point will be Numthala which is at 2220 meters of altitude and is accessible after 6 hours of walk. We will be walking crossing the stream and walking through the forest slopes and enjoying the splendid views of mountains which include Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamserku, Mera Peak and other high mountains. We will have our overnight stay after reaching Nunthala.
We will be descending down the trail to Dudh Koshi River heading upwards to Khumbu and continue to reach Churkha. We will be crossing a suspension bridge and finally reach Bups after a walk of approximately 5 to 6 hours which is at an altitude of 2360 meters.
On today; we will be heading to Khari La Pass from where we can observe the scenarios of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila Mountains. We will then descend from here to reach Surke at an altitude of 2290 meters and will stay overnight after a long walk of 5 to 6 hours.
We will climb towards Chaurikharka meaning the grazing place for Yaks from where we will continue to Chhiplung and moving down to Pkhading at 2652 meters after walking for 4 to 5 hours. We will stay overnight at Phakding.
We will walk along the Trail of Dudh Koshi River through pine forests as well as many suspension bridges and the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Mt. Thamserku (6618 meters) will be the main attraction on this day whereas the trek also includes passing through benkar, Chumoa, Monjo which small settlements are reaching near to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We then will be at Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3440 meters after the walk of 5 to 6 hours. We will stay overnight in Namche bazaar.
We will be strolling around the Namche bazaar and spend today’s day in Namche bazaar for acclimatization.
After we have taken a plenty of rest at Namche bazaar we will be heading towards Tengboche at 3870 meters of altitude and the route provides the splendid views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. If you remain lucky enough you may encounter with some wildlife found in the trail like pheasant, musk deer, Himalayan thar etc. Walking through the pine forest for most of the time in our 5 to 6 hours walk; we will be reaching Tengboche providing the excellent view of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest as well as the Biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region. We will stay overnight in Tengboche.
We will be trekking through the upper route to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche (4,360 m), we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Our today’s destination is duglha at 4600 meters altitude which can be easily reached after a short walk of about 3 to 4 hours passing the beautiful mountain views as well as Chola Lake accompanied by the splendid view of Mt. Pumori (7138 meters. Other mountains which are seen are Thamserku, Cholatseas well as other several peaks today on our trek. We will stay at Duglha on this day.
Today we will be walking for 2 to 4 hours to reach Lobuche observing the Khumbu Glacier as well as beautiful mountain ranges. Some of the peaks during today’s trek which can be observed are Khumbu Tse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We will stay overnight at an altitude of 4940 meters in Lobuche.
We will start our early morning trek to reach Gorakshep from where we will be heading to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) which is the beginning point of Everest expedition. After the sometimes of sightseeing in Everest Base Camp; we will be heading back to Gorakshep (5364) for an overnight stay after today’s 7 to 8 hours walk.
This is the last day we will be moving to any newer destinations. The peaks like Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse seen in the east will attract you a lot on this day. We will then ascent to Kala Patthar(5545 meters) from where the best scenarios can be observed where we will have rest for rest time and will again move to Pheriche(4280meters) for the overnight stay after our 7 to 8 hours long trek.
Our today’s objective will be to reach Namche Bazaar walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest and juniper trees. We will cross Pangboche and Tengboche on the way to descent to the altitude of 3440 meters where the Namche Bazaar is situated. We can take hot showers here as well as we will be staying overnight here too after walking for 5 to 6 hours today.
The trekking route descends slowly towards the rocky terrain and trough some suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River. We will stay overnight at Lukla after 6 to 8 hours of walk.
We will be flying back from Lukla airport to Kathmandu which marks the end of our journey. We will be providing a farewell dinner for you in a typical Nepali cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.
Small waterproof bags
Warm down jacket
Woolen hat and scarf
Raincoat and rain trousers
Antibacterial hand wash
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Small personal power bank
Camera and batteries
Other required equipment’s