Those who wish to follow in the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary must do this Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri. Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri provides an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural splendor. The immense contrasts in altitudes, type of vegetation and mix of lifestyles are the main highlight of this trek. One can enjoy beautiful mountains views, verdant terraces and Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through villages and landscapes covered by rhododendron, magnolia and giant forests.
Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri has a number of stunning attractions; including trekking through the Solu area and traversing the great Lamjura pass filled with excellent views of the high, snow-capped peaks. The portion of the trek from Jiri to Phakding is often quiet and the terraced hillsides and small villages are much better trekking to the country. Other attractions include the spectacular scenery of the Himalayan ranges, the prevalent Himalayan culture, the pristine forest of rhododendron and pass through traditional rural farming villages. The Everest trek involves a great deal of uphill and downhill walking and gives you an opportunity to observe the daily activities of the local people and their traditional way of life that has been preserved and practiced for thousands of years. Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri include all the highlights of the Everest National Park including Namche Bazaar, Khumbu's Sherpa capital, an extraordinary viewpoint of Kalapatthar (5545m/18,187ft) and ever exciting Everest Base Camp.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valleysightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370m/7,774ft), 8-9 hrs drive
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Everest. Drive by local bus to Jiri through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Jiri is big town and also a hill station, explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Jiri to Bhandar (2,190m/7,183ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today we start our adventurous trek and this trails offers us beautiful country side scenery from each ridge top and we passing through friendly villagers and farm fields. We pass many down hills and uphills till reach to a small settlement at Bhandar. You can enjoy the remaining day exploring the local villages.
Day 05: Bhandar to Sete (2,575m/8,446ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we start our trek leads to a down hill at Likhu Khola, after crossing the bridge, the winding path leads us to a small nice village at Kinja. After lunch a slow long up hill climb continues passing through numerous farm houses and terrace fields with great excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and distance villages and after few hours of long haul, finally reaching at Sete, a small Sherpa village situated on the ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest.
Day 06: Sete to Lamjura pass (3,530/11,578) to Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Today's' walk leads to a gradual climb passing through few small scattered farm houses and teahouses through the beautiful rhododendron forest, reaching at Lamjura Pass, which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends through the forest and emerges after one and half hrs at Taktor. Traverse on the north side of the valley round a notch before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for an overnight stop.
Day 07: Rest day at Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft)
The region around Junbesi is well worth exploring and a day spent here can offer a variety of alternatives. Two hours' walk to the north of Junbesi is the village of Phugmochhe, where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. En-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 or relax whole day exploring around with overnight in the Lodge.
Day 08: Junbesi to Nunthala (2,330m/7,642ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Below Junbesi the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge there is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill. This trail turns north, descending through Salung. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards north east. We follow the shepherds' huts and the hidden route in dense forest with several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala (Mani dingma) at 2,320m and overnight stay here. Nunthala is a village an ideal spot for the overnight stop.
Day 09: Nunthala to Bupsadanda (2300m/7,544ft), 5-6 hrs walk
From Nunthala our path descent which continues to the Dudhkoshi River Bridge and the trail lead through terraced fields and yards of houses. Walk continues through forests then climb on the terraces to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1,667m/5467ft). From Jubing the path took us a slow climb to the village around a ridge, and continues to the village of Khari Khola to push on up the steep hill to Bupsa.
Day 10: Bupsadanda to Surkhe (2,290m7, 511ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Today our trail ascends from Bupsa and head on to Bhumsing village (2,300m/7544ft) and the trail continues to the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan village (2,796m/9170ft). After Puiyan trail leads us on the long winding trail with few small ups and downs to Surkhe.
Day 11: Surkhe to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we start to climb to north to Chaurikharka(2,713m/8898ft) a large scattered village with monastery and high school. Chaurikharka is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area because the land is very fertile for barley, wheat and enough green vegetables. Today our trail joins from Lukla towards Phakding, making the path quite busy with more trekkers, porters and pack animals and few hours of good scenic walk brings you at Phakding for the overnight.
Day 12: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river to Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region.
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/11,283ft). You have full day leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Day 14: Namche to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today after breakfast we start our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak with view of the eastern snow capped mountains. The trail leads up hill through the forested path and the hardly walk to get to Tyangboche. One of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam.
Day 15: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The trail descends down from Tengboche, winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. Hug the valley wall, and then traverse the plains to Dingboche, the start of the Imja Tse Valley. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6,100m/20008ft and Amphu Laptsa pass 5,780m/18958ft.
Day 16: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
On this day you will rest before the last leg of the journey. You may have full day rest or there are some places where you can go for a day walk like trek to Chhukung (4,730m) is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east with in the Imjatse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukung. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers After enjoy stroll back to Dingboche for overnight.
Day 17: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Tackle the steep incline to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, continuing along the rugged route to your resort at Loboje. Above the huts looms the famous Lhotse Ridge.
Day 18: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft) & Everest base camp (5,316m/17,437ft), 7-8 hrs walk
After breakfast we continue our trek in a windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After check in the hotel at Gorekshep we continue climb to the top of Kalapatthar (the famous view point). This small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam you can get without climbing. Stroll back to Gorekshep for overnight.
Day 19: Kalapathar (5,550m/18,204ft) hike and stroll back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft), 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. We are continuing the trek for return back to Gorakshep and continuous back to Pheriche for overnight.
Day 20: Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Heading down now, the going is easier and the pace faster. Take back great memories with you and walk down hill towards the Phungithanka vis Tangboche and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Great view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Lhotse as well as dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goat can be found insides the rhododendron forest, evening explore small surrounding area with magnificent scenery.
Day 21: Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m/9,348ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Today after breakfast short climb to hidden valley called Khumjung village, probably the biggest village of the areas and visit Hillary school established by Sir Admund Hillary and visit to Khunde village where a place of famous climber and big hospital running by charity, after a great moments take back to Namche Bazzar for lunch via Syangboche airstrip which is the world highest airstrip. We walk back to the downhill for overnight at Monju.
Day 22: Monju to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. And finally today the trail leads you back to Lukla. After your arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.
Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu.
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us.
Day 24: Leisure at Kathmandu
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner.
Day 25: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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