Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$1737.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,554M
Total Duration:
21 days
Best Time:
All around the yrar
Group Size:
Minimum 1 pax
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Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the base of the “head of the world”, Mount Everest, through a different route that gives you more hours and days to spend trekking through the diverse landscapes of the beautiful Nepal. The most common route to Everest Base Camp Trek is via Lukla, which, however, we will only visit during our return. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers this amazing long journey to the Everest Base Camp Trek which helps in the gradual acclimatization as well.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek starts from the Jiri of the Dolakha district of Nepal. This route was made famous by the legendary Mt. Everest Climbers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay. Therefore this is considered as the Classical trekking route to the magnificent Everest Base camp. As similar to the Annapurna Circuit trekking in Annapurna Region the Everest region’s circuit trekking is this one named as Khumbu Circuit Trek.

The longer hours and more days of trekking through the hills of Nepal add up to the excitement and adventure of this trip. Although uncommon, this trekking itinerary has been designed in consultation with professional mountaineers and guides so as to ensure adequate time for proper acclimatization. Passing through the alpine forests, glacial rivers and warm and welcoming ethnic people of the country makes this trek more enjoyable and memorable.

This 21 days trek, Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek requires, however, good health and physical fitness for the trekkers since it is more challenging because of the longer trekking hours. However, if you want to try shorter treks, then we recommend you visit our Everest Base Camp Short Trek or Everest View Trek. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. comprises of the highly professional trekking crew with more than 10 years of experience in mountains. Therefore, your Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek journey will be the mesmerizing tale of wilderness adventure. That’s why trek with us in this route which helps in the quick acclimatization as well.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Drive to Bhandar via Jiri
  • Day 04: Bhandar to Sete [2,575m/8,450 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 05: Sete to Junbesi [2,670m/8,760 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Junbesi to Nunthala [2,220m/7,280 ft]: 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Nunthala to Bupsa [2,360m/7,740 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Bupsa to Surke [2,290m/7,282 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Surke to Phakding [2,652m/8,700 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 10: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 11: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3,870m/12,694 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 13: Tengboche to Dingboche [4,360m/14,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 14: Dingboche to Duglha [4,600m/15,090 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 15: Duglha to Lobuche [4,940m/16,207 ft]: 2 – 4 hrs
  • Day 16: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5,170 m/16,961 ft] to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,594 ft] to Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 17: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545m/18,192 ft] to Pheriche [4,280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 18: Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
  • Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu: 35 min
  • Day 21: Farewell Friend
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
A representative from Bharal Adventure shall greet and escort the guests to their hotel upon arrival. The guests will be flattered with savory taste of authentic Nepali delicacies introducing them to Nepali food culture for dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between trek leader, crew and the guests.
Day 03: Drive to Bhandar via Jiri
On this day, we will start the early morning drive to Jiri which is about 187km north-east of Kathmandu which will take about six to seven hours. From Jiri, we continue our drive to Bhandar from where our trekking starts. You will be accompanied with the views of Koshi River and mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa.
Day 04: Bhandar to Sete [2,575m/8,450 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Descending down the trail through deep forests across few streams, we will pass a small settlement of Dokharpa and Baranda. From here, we climb through the forest winding down to the Surma Khola from where we continue walking to Likhu Khola Valley. Climbing a ridge up to a settlement of Kenja, we take a steep ascent to Chimbu from where we walk further until we arrive at Sete.
Day 05: Sete to Junbesi [2,670m/8,760 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Climbing up to Lamjura La through the forests of magnolia, pine, maple, birch and rhododendrons, we pass the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. The Lamjura La Pass stands at the height of 3,530m which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. From here, after enjoying the mountain and panoramic views, we descend down to Tragdobuk and Junbesi where we will spend the evening exploring the villages.
Day 06: Junbesi to Nunthala [2,220m/7,280 ft]: 6 hrs
We climb up the forest slope after crossing the stream beyond Junbesi and trek for an hour to come to the point where we can enjoy the views of the mighty Himalayas such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu, Thamseruku, Mera Peak among others. From here, we continue on our trail to Salung and descend to Ringmo Khola then ascend to Ringmo and cross Trakshindo La Pass and descend to Trashingdo. Descending further for a hour through the rhododendron forests and terraced fields will bring us to Nunthala.
Day 07: Nunthala to Bupsa [2,360m/7,740 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
On this day, we descend down to the trail to Dudh Koshi River from where we follow the river as we head up to Khumbu. Crossing the bridge, we climb to Jubing and continue along the straight path to Churkha. From here, we climb the trail eastward to reach Khari Khola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Another steep climb from here will take us to Bupsa.
Day 08: Bupsa to Surke [2,290m/7,282 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Climbing up the trail through forested stretch, we pass Kharte and take an uphill climb to Khari La Pass where we enjoy the mesmerizing views of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. From here, we descend to Puiyan and further up and downhill walk will take us to Surke.
Day 09: Surke to Phakding [2,652m/8,700 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Climbing toward Charurikharka (yak pasture), we trek up to Chhiplung from where we descend down to Phakding. We will spend the remaining afternoon hours exploring the village.
Day 10: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
A hike through the villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale will start until the team disembarks the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, followed by a final steep ascent of about two hours, the team is rewarded with the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. It requires an hour and half hike from here to Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
This is a day for acclimatization that is spent either with a day’s hike to Syangboche Airport (3,700m), supposedly the highest airport in the world. From here, climb to Everest View Hotel will be taken from where we shall have panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache, etc. A visit to Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery will be made on our way back. If not, exploration of Namche Bazaar itself could be arranged where the travelers will have a chance to discover and learn about the Sherpa culture, biodiversity of the Everest region and assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3,870m/12,694 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Enjoying the marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche comes to an end. The team treks towards Pangboche and then descends to Kayangjuma. After passing through Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, the team disembarks at Phunki Thenga for lunch and rest. It requires a short tough climb from here to Tengboche. Lunch is provided at Phunki Thenga.
Day 13: Tengboche to Dingboche [4,360m/14,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
The day begins with the flawless view of the monastery at Tengboche with the mountains at its backdrop. The team will take the upper trail to Pangboche village passing through a number of Chortens and Mani walls and small hamlets. The afternoon will be made blissful with a walk north to Pheriche or eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. A moderate walk to Imja Valley, descending through the confluence of the Lobuche River followed by the steepest climb of the day takes the team to Dingboche.
Day 14: Dingboche to Duglha [4,600m/15,090 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
The climb to Duglha traverses through Khumbu Khola Valley. The valley from Dusa, a yak herder’s place, begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo and ascend to Chola Lake to Duglha accompanied throughout the journey by tranquil views of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Thamserku and a number of other magnificent peaks.
Day 15: Duglha to Lobuche [4,940m/16,207 ft]: 2 – 4 hrs
A steep climb through the terminal in moraine of the Khumbu Glacier passing through boulder-strewn slopes ascends to Chupki Lhara, on top of which memorials to American mountaineer Scott Fischer and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) is located. The trail from here ascends to Lobuche where the team stays overnight.
Day 16: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5,170 m/16,961 ft] to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,594 ft] to Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
On this day, the trek along the trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier convoyed with the revelation of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern and many more. A small ascend to Thangma Riju with further steep climb through the torrent of Changri Glacier takes us to Gorak Shep. A quick lunch is served at Gorak Shep after which the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once immense Gorak Shep Lake is taken. The team returns back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 17: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545m/18,192 ft] to Pheriche [4,280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
The several hours ascend to Kala Patthar sets off before the first day light breaks to see the mystifying sight of sunrise engulfing Mt. Everest into its embrace. Breakfast is served upon the return to Gorak Shep. The team visiting Everest Base Camp on this day will have early breakfast and start their hike. After the return of both teams, lunch shall be served at Gorak Shep and descend to Pheriche commences.
Day 18: Pheriche to Pangboche to Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: 5 – 6 hrs
The route traverses through Dunghla, Khumbu Khola, Pheriche, Orsho and Shomare until Pangboche from where the footsteps are retraced down to Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche. If the trek is organized during the full moon of November or December, the convoy acquires a chance to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche. After lunch in Tengboche, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests disembarking at Sansa moving further down up to Namche Bazaar.
Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
Despite the route being the same, the journey from Namche Bazaar to Lukla feels completely different blessed with the views of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and snowcapped mountain peaks.
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu: 35 min
The flight back to Kathmandu arrives early giving the guest time for planning a short excursion in and around the city or spending the day taking respite in their comfortable hotel rooms. In the evening, the last supper of the expedition is hosted by Bharal Adventure to cherish the successful closer of the journey.
Day 21: Farewell Friend
The journey of a lifetime along the Himalayas comes to an end on this day. The guests are accompanied to the airport by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their schedule flight takes off.
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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from Chinawhich are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

Cost includes the following:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Bhandar transport in private vehicle
  • Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure tax
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Adventure’s Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt,Cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes following:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Cost Excludes

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I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

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Cahors, France