Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10011
- Package: Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
- Duration: 22 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Domestic flight/ Private vehicles
- Accommodation: Hotels | Guest House.
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Jiri - Shivalaya- Bhandar- Lamjura Pass - Junbesi - Surkhe- Phakding - Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar - Pheriche- Lukla
Jiri to Everest Base Camp 2023 Highlights
- Journey through the Himalayas of Nepal following the footsteps first person to climb Mount Everest
- Everest Base Camp elevation of 5,545m
- Mesmerizing views of the Everest range from Kala Patthar
- Visiting Tengboche monastery
- Scenic flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.
- Encounter with amazing flora and fauna such as Himalayan Yak, Danfe, and Rhododendron forests.
- Jaw dropping views of Himalayan ranges of Everest region such as Thamserku (6623m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8516m), Island Peak (6160m)
Following the footsteps taken by the first people who attempted in climbing Mount Everest and reach the summit of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek immerses you in the authentic Nepalese experience which might be a voyage for those who have the time to really savor Nepal. The longer and quiet trek, however, less conventional route to Base Camp involves close interaction and cultural exchange with locals, breathtaking landscapes, and less crowded lodges. Most people take the flight to Lukla on their journey toward the Everest region but this is a trek that starts after an eight-hour of scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri. If you are fond of trekking this might be the best-suited travel package for you to trek in Nepal.
The EBC trek via Jiri is the perfect combination of nature, culture, and adventure. The beautiful farmlands, lush landscapes, stunning waterfalls, and pine and rhododendron forests that you pass by on the route are amazing. The trail passes through numerous villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri, and of course the Sherpas. A blend of interaction with locals will let you know about the people, their culture, and their lifestyle. We can see panoramic views of the famous Himalayan ranges of Nepal such as Mt Everest (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,749m), Nuptse (7,861m) Ama Dablam (6,856m), Labuche (6,119), Thamserku (6,608m) Kangtega (6,685m) Pumo Ri (7,165m). During this trek in Nepal, we will also be visiting some old and historic monasteries along the way with the flag prayers throughout the trail.
Our prime destination during this trek, the EBC is one of the most extraordinary places on earth that one can experience. To be at the foothills of the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest (8,848m above sea level) is a privilege in itself but the journey is what makes this trekking in Nepal even more pleasant. The Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri offers a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders, unique geographical phenomena, and beautiful cross-cultural discovery. When Mt. Everest has been mentioned many people think about climbing Mount Everest and the cost to climb Everest might not resonate with everyone but the trek to Base Camp is definitely something anyone can do as it is both physically and economically friendly. The trek from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is considered to be one of the most adventurous treks in the world regarded by many fellow trekkers and adventurers.
|Day 01||Arrival to Kathmandu||1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)|
|Day 02||Kathmandu to Jiri||1,800m / 5,904ft (Jiri)|
|Day 03||Jiri to Bhandar||2,190m / 7,183 ft (Bhandar)|
|Day 04||Bhandar to Sete||2,575m / 8,446 ft (Sete)|
|Day 05||Sete to Junbesi via Lamjura Pass||3,530m / 11,578ft Lamjura pass, 2,680m/ 8,790 ft (JunBesi)|
|Day 06||Acclimatization at Junbesi||2,680m/ 8,790 ft (JunBesi)|
|Day 07||Junbesi to Nunthala||2,330m / 7,642ft (Nunthala)|
|Day 08||Nunthala to Bupsa||2,3000m / 7,544ft Lamjura pass, 2,680m/ 8,790 ft (Bupsa)|
|Day 09||Bupsa to Surkhe||2,290m / 7,511ft (Surkhe)|
|Day 10||Surkhe to Phakding||2,610m / 8,561ft (Phakding)|
|Day 11||Phakding to Namche Bazzar||3,410 m/ 11,184 ft (Namche Bazzar)|
|Day 12||Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar||3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)|
|Day 13||Namche Bazzar to Tengboche||3,860 m/ 12,660 ft (Tengboche)|
|Day 14||Tengboche to Dingboche||4,400 m/ 14,432ft (Dingboche)|
|Day 15||Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche||50,83 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak)|
|Day 16||Dingboche to Lobuche||4,910 m/ 16,104 f. (Lobuche)|
|Day 17||Lobuche to Gorakshep (5181m) and a walk towards Everest Base Camp||5,140m m/ 16,859 ft (Gorakshep) 5,364m/ 17,594 ft. (EBC)|
|Day 18||Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and then towards Pheriche||5,545 m/ 18,192 ft (Kalapathar) 4,240m/ 13,907ft (Pheriche)|
|Day 19||Pheriche to Namche Bazzar||3,410 m/ 11,184 ft (Namche Bazzar)|
|Day 20||Namche Bazzar to Lukla||2,840 m/9,315ft (Lukla)|
|Day 21||Lukla to Kathmandu||1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)|
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Arrival to Kathmandu
A representative from Core treks will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After you've settled in, we'll introduce you to your trekking guide and other company staff. You'll be briefed about the journey at our office and feel free to ask any questions regarding the trip during this session. After that, we'll be doing a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel.
Kathmandu to Jiri
After our breakfast, we'll be taking a long ride from Kathmandu toward Jiri. We won't be doing any trekking on this day as the ride itself is long enough to consume our day. There are some great views as the landscapes outside us roll by. Upon arrival to Jiri, we head towards our hotel and call it a day.
Jiri to Bhandar
On this day we begin our trek. This adventurous trail offers us beautiful country side scenery from each ridge top as we will be passing through lively villages and farms. We then follow the muddy trail to Deurali and cross local villages, finally stopping for the night at Bhandar.
Bhandar to Sete
We begin our trek by walking downhill through a valley to the Likhu River on this day. We make the long climb to Lamjura Pass from here. The first part of the climb is a bit steep and then it goes towards Sete.
Sete to Junbesi via Lamjura Pass
We will be heading towards Junbesi following through the Lamjura Pass. The climb to Lamjura Pass is steep and difficult. However, the amazing scenery
makes this part of the trek worthwhile as we will be passing through maple and rhododendron forests. This is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazar.
Acclimatization at Junbesi
It's time to take a break after days of walking. We'll be getting accustomed with the climate and high elevation gradually as we stay over in Junbesi to adjust our body. If you're up for it then we could visit nearby Tashi Thongmom Gompa which makes a fascinating day trip with historic interest but and if you're not feeling it then we'll just rest for the day.
Junbesi to Nunthala
Time to march again! We cross the Junbesi River as we exit the village, heading towards the Khumbu through an uphill trail. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and airstrip at Phaplu and the district headquarters and bazaar at Salleri. After a while, we'll reach Phurteng from where we'll get a glimpse of the mighty Everest for the first time along with Mera and Kantega Peaks.
Nunthala to Bupsa
The trail continues descending towards the Dudh Koshi River where the trail then climbs through the Sherpa villages, terraced fields, and forests. We'll then cross the river and trek alongside several crop fields before arriving at Jubing. We'll follow the crop terraces uphill towards Bupsa which will be our end destination for the day.
Bupsa to Surkhe
We start out towards Surkhe, a village in Lukla. Climbing through the forest we head towards the Sherpa settlement of Kharte. We walk continuously after lunch until we reach Surkhe and call it a day thereby.
Surkhe to Phakding
We start our trek after breakfast with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and then descend towards the Dudhkoshi Ghat. The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi River until Phakding which will be our destination for the day. We'll be meeting many fellow travelers trekking to the Everest region from this point onwards as this is the route many people take after landing at Lukla airport.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards the mountain town of Namche Bazaar. Several small settlements and villages are crossed en route toward Namche Bazaar. The trekking route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which carries the virtues such as its alpine woods, streams, verdant forests, and rhododendron trees. Namche Bazaar is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region because of its location and topography.
Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from here. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on Earth.
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
The journey towards Tengboche starts following the trails which marches along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. A famous monastery lies at Tengboche where a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and the musical instruments and robe of the Lamas can be seen. A prayer ceremony is done every day in the monastery and the group will be taken to observe the prayer either in the evening or morning depending on the trekking schedule.
Tengboche to Dingboche
The trail then will go through Imja Khola where trekkers can enjoy crossing the exciting suspension bridges. Then climbing towards Pangboche, thousands of mani stones can be observed. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages and finally takes to the village of Dingboche from where magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam can be seen.
Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche
Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast, a hike to Nangkartshang Peak is an amazing way to acclimatize the body. The place has an excellent viewpoint and if the weather is clear, the view of Ama Dablam Peak could be seen from its summits to its feet. Trekkers can spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the villages or resting.
Dingboche to Lobuche
The trek further resumes by walking towards Dhungla where an aid post is situated at a place called Pheriche which provides treatment for the trekkers in need. The trail continues along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials of the climbers who have passed away during their summits. As we move further upward, the risk of getting altitude sickness arises so it is important to take it easy.
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5181m) and a walk towards Everest Base Camp
The final destination of the trek is at hand this day. After breakfast, a slow walk further on from Lobuche starts to avoid altitude sickness. The trail runs alongside the sight of the world's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier. After about 3 hours of walking, we will reach Gorakshep where the burdens and baggage are laid at the lodge. After having lunch we will walk towards the Everest Base Camp, the closest one can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall can be seen from the base camp which is a pretty spectacular view to behold. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we will head back to Gorakshep for the night.
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and then towards Pheriche
The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is considered to be the most difficult walk during the whole trek but it is however the most rewarding as well. Kala Patthar is a famous vantage point that is popular for providing panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges including the best view of Mount Everest. The hike towards Kala Patthar is done early at dawn since the sight of sunrise is one of the prime attractions of the whole trek. The view is truly something to behold as the sun rises from within Mount Everest and changes the colors of the Himalayan ranges from silver to gold. After enjoying the mesmerizing views and getting all the photographs you need, we head back to Gorakshep and then walk down towards Pheriche.
Pheriche to Namche Bazzar
Saying our goodbyes to the mountains, we trek downhill the trails that follow the Imja River all the way to Tengboche. From there we will be further descending towards Phungki Thanka and finally reaching Namche Bazaar once again. That will be all for the day as we ponder upon the amazing journey we've traveled and enjoy the experiences the town of Namche Bazaar has to offer.
Namche Bazzar to Lukla
The trail from Namche Bazzar to Lukla is the same trail we will be passing through while ascending towards Namche Bazzar. The trail will be much easier as it is going downhill and lesser altitude. As we reach Lukla, we can relax, laugh about the journey, and celebrate the victory of accomplishment.
Lukla to Kathmandu
The flight usually is held during morning hours. The flight will be 35 minutes long to reach from Lukla to Kathmandu and hence the trekking comes to an end. After landing, travelers are taken back to the hotel where they shall stay overnight. Core treks will host a dinner this night where guests will be able to taste the traditional cuisine along with some cultural dance at the venue.
The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from Core Treks will transport you to Tribhuvan International Airport around 3 hours before your flight departure.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Mentions
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin-sharing accommodation during the Jiri to EBC trek. (19 Nights).
- Kathmandu to Jiri by Private tourist vehicles.
- Flight ticket Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, and hot shower during Jiri to EBC Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to the crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
The distance from Jiri to Everest Base Camp via the Classic route is approximately 160 kilometers or 99 miles. The trek takes about 18-20 days to complete and covers a diverse range of terrains and altitudes. During the trek, you'll pass through traditional Sherpa villages, cross high suspension bridges, ascend steep inclines, and traverse high-altitude passes, all while enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging but rewarding adventure that offers an opportunity to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Everest region.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and endurance. The trek covers a distance of approximately 200 km and reaches a maximum altitude of 5,545 meters at Kala Patthar.
The trail involves steep ascents and descents, and you'll be hiking for long hours each day, often on rough terrain. The high altitude and low oxygen levels can also make the trek more challenging, and altitude sickness is a real concern for many trekkers.
However, with proper training and preparation, the trek is achievable for most people. It's recommended to engage in regular exercise and hiking before embarking on the trek, to help build up your stamina and endurance.
It's also important to take proper rest days to acclimatize to the altitude and stay hydrated throughout the trek. A good trekking company will also provide experienced guides and porters to help make the trek more manageable.
Overall, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging but rewarding adventure that offers stunning views of the Himalayas and a chance to experience the unique culture of the Nepalese people.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek to the Everest Base Camp via Jiri in Nepal. CoreTreks will provide you with an experienced guide who will help and guide you throughout your entire journey to the Everest Base Camp.
Trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is generally considered safe, but as with any trekking or mountaineering expedition, there are inherent risks and safety considerations to keep in mind.
It's important to choose a reputable trekking company that provides experienced guides and porters, as well as necessary safety equipment and emergency plans. You should also ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a potential risk for trekkers due to the high altitudes involved. It's important to acclimatize properly and to follow your guide's advice regarding rest days, hydration, and altitude gain. In case of symptoms of AMS, it's important to descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible.
Additionally, you should be prepared for potential weather changes, which can include snow, high winds, and heavy rain. Make sure to bring appropriate gear and clothing to ensure your safety and comfort.
By taking proper safety precautions and using a reputable trekking company, Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek can be a safe and enjoyable adventure.
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging and rewarding trek that offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range and takes you through remote Nepalese villages and landscapes.
During the trek, you can expect to hike through rugged terrain and steep inclines, and you will be exposed to various altitudes. You may also encounter weather changes, from warm and sunny to cold and windy, so it's important to be prepared with appropriate gear.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their unique cultures and traditions. You will also have the chance to visit various Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and prayer flags that are scattered throughout the region.
As you make your way to Everest Base Camp, you will be surrounded by stunning views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and deep valleys. The trek culminates at the base of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, where you can witness breathtaking views of this iconic peak. Overall, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is a life-changing experience that will challenge you physically and mentally, while also immersing you in the beauty and culture of the Himalayas.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For accommodation, there are special Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However, due to the excellent infrastructure for trekkers, there will not be any need for camping unless that is what you want to experience.
To book the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival.
We recommend you go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to ENQUIRE US
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek shares the same peak season as other treks in the Everest region, which spans from February to May and September to October.
The weather during these months is typically dry and stable, offering optimal trekking conditions. However, the summer months experience heavy rainfall due to the monsoon season, making trekking highly unrecommended during that time. While winter treks are possible, certain paths may be closed, so it is advisable to avoid trekking during this time.
While trekking in the lower elevations of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek, you can expect to find WiFi in many of the villages. However, the signal strength and stability may be affected by the altitude, so it's important to keep this in mind.
If you need more reliable internet access, you can consider purchasing a Nepali SIM card from a local provider like NCELL. According to the company, you should be able to use data even at Everest Base Camp, but it's important to note that the network may be poor or not work at all in certain areas due to the remote and rugged nature of the region.
It's always a good idea to inform your loved ones of your travel plans and share your itinerary with them, so they know where you are and when to expect updates from you.
To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.
The reason why the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is known as the "classical route" is due to its historical significance. This was the original route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their historic ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 and was the starting point for all treks and expeditions to the Everest region before the Lukla airport was built. Other notable climbers, including Sir Chris Bonington, also used this route to climb Everest.
Apart from its historical significance, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek offers a more authentic and traditional trekking experience in Nepal. It takes you through stunning landscapes, traditional villages, and diverse cultures, allowing for proper acclimatization to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The trek lasts for approximately 20 days and is considered to be challenging due to its steep inclines and long days of trekking.
This route also passes through many traditional Sherpa villages, offering an opportunity to experience local culture and lifestyle. Moreover, it showcases the beautiful landscapes of the Solukhumbu region. Overall, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek provides a chance to experience traditional trekking in Nepal and witness the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Himalayas.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Reviews
Really beautiful country
From: United States | On: 28 Aug, 2019
I always know Nepal is a beautiful country with the Himalayas but never did I imagined the country to be this beautiful in person.
Nepal is much more than just the Himalayas. The people and the culture are diverse and the lifestyle of hard working Nepalese have really inspired me. I truly enjoyed my time in Nepal.
All thanks to the professional team at CoreTreks and highly recommend them if you are looking for the Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal.
Would love to visit again
From: Australia | On: 20 Mar, 2019
Nepal was great. I cannot believe that my 14 days are over so soon. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp was always on my wishlist which I finally got to experience. The local residents of Jiri were welcoming as well.
I want to thank the CoreTreks team for guiding me through the beautiful trials and keeping me informed about the social norms and values. I recommend CoreTreks to anyone who’s looking for trekking in Nepal.
From: Korea, Democratic People | On: 14 Oct, 2018
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp via Jiri was a journey of a life time for me. I always wanted to visit Nepal and see the Everest but was worried about planning the journey.
I’m an experienced trekker and being able to learn more about mountaineering and trekking was golden for me.
Thanks again to the team at CoreTreks for making my journey that much fun.
Excellent Guide and Helpers
From: Germany | On: 05 Oct, 2017
I recommend CoreTreks for the Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri in Nepal. Their excellent guide and helpers/porters made my trip that much easier.
I was really confused on choosing the right agency for my trekking in Nepal. I’m glad that I found CoreTreks. They provide you with everything that you need for the completion of your trek along with equipment and safety information. They are the best.