Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

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Destination: Nepal
Trip Grade: Strenuouss
Max Elevation: 5,380m
Total Duration: 21 Days
Best Time: Spring, Summer & Autumn
Group Size: 2+

Karma Eco Adventure Nepal

Boudha-06, Kathmandu Nepal.
karmaeco2203@gmail.com, info@karmaecoadventure.com

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

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    Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the most classical trek in Nepal. This is the most primitive trail that leads the expedition of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The expedition is the first to reach the summit of Everest for the first time. With the construction of the new motorway, the trek no longer begins from Jiri but from Shivalaya. However, you have to make your way through Jiri to reach Shivalaya.

    With the recent regular flights to Lukla and after the earthquake the trail of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is very less traveled and can be compared to any off-the-beaten trek. The first thing is the feeling of pride walking on the trails. The trail is famous as the very way of Tenzing and Hillary. These hills settled by Sherpas and people of mixed race are religiously rich and very blissful. This trek is highly recommended if you are willing to avoid or minimize altitude sickness on the higher ground.

    Jiri to EBC Trek Route Was Used by Early Explorers of Mt. Everest

    Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek begins on foot from the village of Shivalaya. The only option to reach Shivalaya is by bus or private vehicle via Jiri. You will see significant damage from the earthquake even 2 years after the earthquake. However, the people of the region have already reconstructed their facilities and have been welcoming the guests as early as 3 months after the quake. The trail initially traverses through the forest of rhododendrons, pine, hemlock, maple, birch, and several other vegetation. These forests are home to hundreds of flora and fauna. These forests intermingle with Chortens, prayer flags, mani walls, hamlets, and villages of culturally unique Sherpa people.

    Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a non-commercial trek that leads to the first base camp of the highest mountain in the planet. Most people fly out to Lukla but you will be much fitter and better acclimatized if you take the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. There is no Wi-Fi and very less telephones until you join the streamlined, Everest trek from Phakding. The accommodations are very basic with shared bathrooms and the meal is basic but good enough to provide all necessary elements to go on. With hotels serve meals of Daal-Bhat, potatoes, and local liquor of change and Tongba. you will complete this trek with a lot of memories and stories.

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

    Day 02: Trek Preparation and shopping

    Day 03: Drive to Shivalaya via Jiri

    Day 04: Shivalaya to Bhandar

    Day 05: Bhandar to Sete

    Day 06: Sete to Junbesi

    Day 07: Junbesi to Nunthala

    Day 08: Nunthala to Bupsa

    Day 09: Bupsa to Phakding

    Day 10: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend

    Day 11: Rest Day

    Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (350m descend – 750m ascent)

    Day 13: Tengboche – Dingboche (70 m descent, 580m ascent)

    Day 14: Rest day

    Day 15: Dingboche – Lobuche (500m ascent)

    Day 16: Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

    Day 17: Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascent, descent 700+m)

    Day 18: Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)

    Day 19: Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

    Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu

    Day 21: Departure Your Destination.

    Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

    Thank you for choosing Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive in Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can also explore the surroundings and get to know a little about the country and culture.

    Day 02: Trek Preparation and Shopping

    You will meet your trek leader on this day and he will brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last-minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready to prepare permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

    Day 03: Drive to Shivalaya via Jiri

    The drive to Shivalaya, which makes its way through Jiri, is around 260 kilometers and takes around 8 - 10 hours depending on the road condition and the vehicle on board. You would begin the journey on Araniko Highway and then further branch off to BP Highway and finally to Sagarmatha Highway. The road, although narrow, to Jiri is blacktopped. Further from Jiri, the 61-kilometer ride on off-road is bumpy and an amazing experience. Since you will have to walk on motorable roads if you decide to walk from Jiri it will not be a pleasant experience. Overnight in Shivalaya

    Day 04: Shivalaya to Bhandar

    Around 50 meters from the riverside settlement of Shivalaya you will begin climbing. From the very beginning of the trek, the trail climbs through hamlets, Bhattis and villages. Mostly you will climb up the dirt road and at times through the forest and Sherpa villages. It is not a long trek but within 4 - 5 hours you will make 900 meters in ascent and 600 meters in descent. You will make your way through Sangba Danda, Khasrubas, Deurali and then finally to Bhandar. Overnight in Bhandar

    Day 05: Bhandar to Sete

    Another day on the trail in the tropical region, making around 1000 meters in ascending and 650 meters in descending. The trail first drops to Likhu Khola and then further climbs up to Kinja where you will see the destruction caused by the 2015 earthquake. However, the renovation process is very speedy and the scene of devastation may not last over few more years. From Kinja the trail gets very steep and climbs upwards to Chimbu. From here the trail descends through a gully and occasionally makes its way through mani walls until Sete. Overnight in Sete.

    Day 06: Sete to Junbesi

    The first half of the trail is the most difficult section of the trek as the trail directly picks up to Lamajura Pass. This pass as well is considered the highest point between Jiri and Lukla. The trail however is through moss moss-covered dense forest of rhododendron, hemlock, magnolia, maple and birch. If around lunchtime on the top of the pass, you may get good views of snow-clad peaks on the Rolwaling side. From the pass, the trail drops very easily and gradually to Junbesi. The trail traverses through beautiful villages, a few mani walls and matra-painted rocks. On this day, if weather permits, you will see the peak namely Numbur. Overnight in Junbesi.

    Day 07: Junbesi to Nunthala

    It is going to be a lot of ups and downs on this day as you ascend slightly above 900 meters and drop more than 1200 meters. The entire day is going to last for around 7 - 8 hours with easy pace. You begin climbing in a pleasant forest to Phurteng from where you will be rewarded with the first view of Everest. If weather permits, you will also see Thamserku, Kantega, Kyashar, Kusum Kangru, and Mera Peak. From this view, the trail descends through the pine forest to the hamlet of Salung. You make your way through some traditional villages homing apple and peach orchards, high passes and Gompas to reach Nunthala. Overnight in Nunthala

    Day 08: Nunthala to Bupsa

    The trail drops outside Nunthala and then the uphill journey begins. Mostly, the trails remain along the Dudh Koshi River crossing it several times. The trails make their way through villages and hamlets and their fields of wheat, barley and maize. Furthermore, you will come across Pema Namding Gompa run by Sikkim Buddhists before you make your way to Bupsa. Overnight in Bupsa.

    Day 09: Bupsa to Phakding

    From beyond Bupsa, the trail branches and one of the trails leads to Lukla whereas the other leads to Phakding via Cheplung. The trail to Cheplung is more easier and gradual than the trail bound to Lukla. It takes around 7 hours until you reach Phakding from where you will be joined by the trekkers trekking from Lukla. Overnight in Phakding.

    Day 10: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend

    You will embark on the same undulating trail that you had left on the previous day. Immediately outside Phakding keep your eyes open while the trail traverses through the forest of Rhododendrons, pine and fir as it is home to some wild habitats. On this day, the majority of the trail stays on the banks of the raging Dudh Koshi river. On several occasions, you will cross a rustic suspension bridge that leads in and out of beautiful Sherpa village and hamlets. From Monjo, you will make an entry in the Sagarmatha National Park and soon you will be greeted by snow-clad Thamserku 6608m. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscrossing and traverses scented trail. This section of the trek is the most difficult section of the day. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 11: Rest Day

    This day is set aside for acclimatization. Although it is mentioned as a rest day it is recommended to remain active and ascend to higher ground and fall back in Namche. It is a very good day as well to explore the town its rich Sherpa culture and impeccable short hikes in the periphery. Namche is an interesting village or town which has house built in cascading hills and looks like an amphitheater from a distance. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest base camp trek or even in the region of Everest. On this day we hike to Syngboche airport; one of the high-altitude, noncommercial airstrips. Depending on the weather conditions a short hike to higher ground and back will be done. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 12: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (350m descend – 750m ascent)

    You will walk through a dense forest of Rhododendron and Pine immediately past Namche. This is the very community forest where you will hear yak bells zingle made by the grazing yaks. As we make our way on the trails through the forest of Rhododendron we have to keep our eyes open for Himalayan Thar and Musk Deer. The trail is almost gradual uphill but the final 2 hours ascent is tough and probably the most difficult section of the day’s walk. You will see some water-charged mani wheels and some amazing views of Twin Peak, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and even Everest before even reaching the final destination. You arrive at Tengboche which is a wide open grassy flat land where resides Tenboche monastery; famous and one of the largest in the Everest region. Overnight in Tengboche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 13: Tengboche – Dingboche (70 m descent, 580m ascent)

    With every spur you take towards your final destination of the day, the mountains appear closer and get bigger. On this day you will leisurely walk downhill at first and slowly start climbing. The trail is almost uphill to Dingboche from a stream namely Khumbu Khola. Walking almost 3 hours uphill you will reach Dingboche. You will be welcomed to the village by the gorgeous view of Island Peak 6189 m, Peak 38 (7,591m) and Lhotse (8501 m). We call it a day here and rest for the night. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 14: Rest day

    Dingboche is a lovely place; even is such altitude it receives prolonged sunrise and the wind blows more calmly, compared to that of Periche. Acclimatization is again important at this elevation and will help you to cope up with rapid increase in elevation in days to come. Like Lukla and although a rest day, you will spend a day in Dingboche hiking to nearby viewpoints or peaks or higher ground and fall back to Dingboche. It is uttermost important to stay active when in Dingboche and try avoiding sleeping. You will trek around 400m most likely to Nangkartshang Gompa, an excellent viewpoint for the mountains in Everest. Nevertheless, the hiking destination will be decided then and there by the guest and the guide. Overnight in Dingboche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 15: Dingboche – Lobuche (500m ascent)

    Every single stem and the mountains look at a stone's throw distance or within the reach of your palms. The views of Kantega, Ama Dablam and other mountains will help you forget the pain of walking. The trail is not completely uphill but at times it gets horizontal as well. The terrain of today’s walk is barren and with no or very little vegetation. At one time, you will have to take an utter and nerve-wracking uphill to a memorial that commemorates mountaineer who lost their lives in 2001. This is the most difficult ascend of the day. Further, you will ascent to Labuche with the view of soaring Thamserku in front and the smell of Rhododendron in the air. Overnight in Lobuche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 16: Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)

    The trek is going to be slow and very tedious as you will be walking beyond 4000 meters. Most of the day's initial trek traverses through the narrow gap between Glacier Moraine and the mountain. You will make a very small but difficult climb to a more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a temporary hamlet just to serve trekkers trekking to the base camp of Everest. Moreover, this place acts as the launching pad for the peak of Kala Patthar. We recommend you visit Kalapatthar on this day as the sunset view is more beautiful. However, many people prefer Kalapatthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 17: Gorakshep – Pheriche (200m ascent, descent 700+m)

    If you scaled Kalapatthar on the previous day, you will most likely hike to the first base camp of Everest on this day before you start descending to Pheriche. The trek to base camp is comparatively easier than Kalapatthar. However, you will ascend 200m to the base camp which will consume around 3 hours. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in the next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 18: Pheriche – Namche (Ascent 400+m and ascent 50+m)

    From Periche you will descend to the scenic Imja River and make a small and easy ascent and walk through the forest of Rhododendron and Fir. You walk majorly through the banks of Imja Stream and Dudh Koshi until an uphill to Tengboche. From here you will descend to Phunki Thanga and finally uphill for around an hour to you will reach Namche. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 19: Namche – Lukla (Ascent 950m, descend 250m)

    Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to Lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. The remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easily. Once you reach Benkar the trail is almost horizontal to Phakding and further down, Lukla and very easy for the knees. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B, L, D.

    Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu

    We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right, we head towards Kathmandu.

    Day 21: Departure Your Destination.

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
    • All government and local taxes and permit.
    • A comprehensive medical kit.
    • Domestic flight from kathmandu to lukla to kathmandu.
    • A comprehensive medical kit.
    • Highly an experienced Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide and Porters.
    • All accommodations on the trails and  full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu ).
    • Best available local lodges/Teahouse  in mountain
    • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
    • Certificate of trek Completion.
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc).
    • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
    • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
    • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
    • Tips for trekking crews.
    • Note: Hotel & airfare rates might increase in-between than now given prices.
    • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.

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    Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

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