For anyone with sufficient time, this is the ultimate way to trek to Everest Base Camp. The lowlands have a unique beauty which is worth exploring. This trek starts at Jiri from which it follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge on their first summit of Mount Everest in 1952. Between Jiri and Namche you will experience the untouched beauty of nature and culture yet unchanged by tourism.
Instead of flying into Lukla, Jiri is only a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu. The route from Jiri covers a much wider range of elevation; not only is this ideal for acclimatization, it results in a wider variety of vegetation, scenery and culture. The trail begins in lush, fertile fields of the lowlands, elevates to rhododendron and pine forests until, higher up, it is beyond the tree line altogether. The nearly constant ascending and descending between the lowest point of the trek, which is Kinja, 1100m and, Kala Patthar, 5545m the highest point allows gradual acclimatization and eliminates any risk of altitude sickness.
The lowland inhabitants are predominately of Brahmin-Chhetri caste. They are the followers of Hinduism who depends on agriculture. As the elevation increases the population is primarily Sherpa, followers of ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally traders, who travelled the rugged mountains between Tibet and Nepal with yak herds and these days, depend on the seasonal income from the trekking industry.
The Lamjura Pass, 3500m, which is high above the Solu Valley, provides the first of many breathtaking views of Mount Everest. From Namche Bazaar, we join the Traditional Trail to Everest Base Camp. If you trek during peak the season, you will meet many expeditions and trekkers and Sherpa guides. Going deeper into the Khumbu Valley there are breathtaking views of Mount Everest. On the way to EBC we get an excellent view of the Khumbu Glacier icefall where the ice appears to spring from the head of the Khumbu valley.
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek passes through the some of the most magnificent scenery on earth including splendid views of the world’s highest peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and many others.
Many Sherpa families have converted their homes into a lodge, and as you enjoy tea from their hearths you will realize there is a mutual advantage to their warm hospitality.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||By bus to Jiri, 1905m||7-8 hrs|
|4||Trek to Bhandar, 2200m||7-8 hrs|
|5||Trek to Sete, 2645m||7-8 hrs|
|6||Trek to Junbensi, 2675m||7 hrs|
|7||Trek to Taksindu La, 2800m||6-7 hrs|
|8||Trek to Khari-Khola, 2020m||6 hrs|
|9||Trek to Puiyan, 2700m||5-6 hrs|
|10||Trek to Phakding, 2646m||5-6 hrs|
|11||Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3441m, Trek||6-7 hrs|
|12||Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar|
|13||Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m||5-6 hrs|
|14||Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m||5-6 hrs|
|15||Trek to Lobuche, 4915m||5-6 hrs|
|16||Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m||5-6 hrs|
|17||Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar, 5545m, and descent to Pheriche, 4200m||5hrs|
|18||Trek to Namche, 3441m||6-7 hrs|
|19||Trek to Lukla||7-8 hrs|
|20||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|21||Free day Kathmandu|
Best Seasons for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking
The best seasons for the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Three meals a day are included during your Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About on the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight. Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.