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21 Days
Availability : Jan 1-Dec 30
Kathmandu
Lukla
Min Age : 15-85
Max People : 50
Tour Details

Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. This route 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

This trail passes through classic middle hills country that is blissfully free from the crowds that mob the trail further north. Facilities on this trek are basic but adequate.

Even though the trek begins at just 2200m/7218ft, it climbs to 5545m at Kala Patthar, a dark mound of mountain rubble that provides the best views of Mt. Everest, and drops as low as 1500m at the Dudh Koshi crossing east of Nuntala.

  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
    • Day 2 Drive to JIRI (2100m/6890ft)
    • Day 3 Trek to BHANDAR (2200m/7218ft)
    • Day 4 Trek to SAGAR (2440m/8006ft)
    • Day 5 Trek to JUNBESI (2680m/8793ft)
    • Day 6 Trek to NUNTALA (2220m/7284ft)
    • Day 7 Trek to KHARIKHOLA (2070m/6792ft)
    • Day 8 Trek to PUIYAN (2770m/9088ft)
    • Day 9 Trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft)
    • Day 10 Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent
    • Day 11 Acclimatize at NAMCHE BAZAR
    • Day 12 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent
    • Day 13 Trek DINGBOCHE (4360m/14305ft) 3-5 hours; 70m descent, 580m ascent
    • Day 14 Trek DUGHLA (4620m/15158ft) 2 hours; 400m ascent
    • Day 15 Trek LOBUCHE (4930m/16175ft) 2 hours; 300m ascent
    • Day 16 Trek GORAK SHEP (5160m/16930ft) and EBC (5340m/17521ft) and back to GORAK SHEP
    • Day 17 Trek KALA PATTHAR (5545m/18193ft); return trek PHERICHE (4240m/13911ft)
    • Day 18 Trek back NAMCHE BAZAR
    • Day 19 Trek back LUKLA
    • Day 20 Fly back KATHMANDU
    • Day 21 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Tribhuwan Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 3 Nights in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • 17 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
  • Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )
  • During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee each time only.
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
  • National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
  • Serene Kitbag and T- shirt for you

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Desserts, Hot Water, Hot Shower, Mineral Water, Wi-Fi,

Complementaries

  • Trekking Stick/Pole
  • Nepali Sim Card
  • T-Shirt
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Itinerary
Start and end in Kathmandu! With the mountain hikes tour 21 Days Jiri – Everest Base Camp Trek , you have a 21 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 15 other destinations in Nepal. 21 Days Jiri – Everest Base Camp Trek includes accommodation as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Overnight at hotel. Meals:Welcome Dinner

Day 2Drive to JIRI (2100m/6890ft)

From Kathmandu, we take a drive to Jiri on a 188km/117 mile journey. There are great views of Langtang and the Ganesh Himal peaks on the north as our journey heads towards Lamosangu (78km/49miles) through the Arniko Highway that connects to Tibet. From Lamosangu, a nice branch road takes us to Jiri. The further road carries on to Shivalaya and Bhandar but buses do not ply further. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Trek to BHANDAR (2200m/7218ft)

We cross the bridge over the Khimti Khola River, and we reach the Shivalaya village on the river bank. After Shivalaya, a long steep ascent leads us to Sangbadanda village. Just beyond the village, the trail meets the jeep road from which, after a short distance, a trail breaks away to the left and heads up along the ridge towards Thodung. The more trail branches off from the jeep road someway ahead, climbs about 150m/495ft, past isolated farmsteads to Khasrubas. The trail now is easy and crosses two streams, then again ascends through the rhododendron forests to Deorali. There are mani walls here; we are entering the Buddhist Sherpa country. After descending in about one and half hours we are now at Bhandar with two large chortens and a gompa. From here, we can see good views down the valley. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Trek to SAGAR (2440m/8006ft)

The trail now descends to fields, crosses a few streams, in about 45 minutes we are at Dokharpa. There are some confusing forks on the trail now; but we keep on walking left as the path winds down to the Surma khola stream. Continuing to descend and curving left, it reaches the broad Likhu Khola Valley. There are two suspension bridges here, we take the second. The steep climb to Lamjura La begins from here. We can now see some snow peaks. After a hard climbing of about two and half hours we reach Chimbu from where we take the left at the trail intersection beyond, and after walking for two hours, we are now at Sagar. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Trek to JUNBESI (2680m/8793ft)

As we continue, the first village that we pass is Dagchu (2840m/9372ft). As the forest thins and we climb higher after Goyem, distant snow peaks come in sight. We ascend the top of the ridge where there are mani walls and cairns. Another half-an-hour’s climb brings us to Lamjura la pass (3530m/11,649ft).Now, the way down is steep zigzag. Descending, less steeply, through open country now, with stonewalled fields and pastures, reaching the settlement of Tragdobuk(2850m/9405ft). We continue, keeping to the left; as the trail rounds a bluff, the large, picturesque village of Junbesi (2675m/8827ft) appears below with the snow peaks of Karyolung and Numbur away to the east. It takes about an hour to descend to Junbesi. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Trek to NUNTALA (2220m/7284ft)

After walking about two hours, the trail rounds a spur and suddenly a dramatic panorama of snow-mountains greets us. On a clear day, we can see Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu besides Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kanguru and Mera peak. The trail continues, almost level, to Salung(2860m/9438ft) following the ascending trail to the village of Ringmo(2800m/9240ft), full of apple, peach and apricot orchards. The trail descends steeply and leads us to the village of Trashingdo where there is a beautiful gompa and good views of the Kusum Kanguru peak.The trail then descends through the forests and then across terraced field, we cross over a suspension bridge to reach Nuntala. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Trek to KHARIKHOLA (2070m/6792ft)

After descending to cross a suspension bridge over a stream, the trail climbs very steeply for an hour and we arrive at Bupsa. Now we have to pass through a forest settlement of Kharte to reach Khari La (2840m/9318ft), marked by a mani wall. From here, we can view Khumbila and Gyachung Kang. The Dudh Koshi River flows down below; this is a cavernous canyon, at places as deep as 1000m. After descending a while, we are now at Puiyan. The usual time taken in this route is 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Trek to PUIYAN (2770m/9088ft)

After descending to cross a suspension bridge over a stream, the trail climbs very steeply for an hour and we arrive at Bupsa. Now we have to pass through a forest settlement of Kharte to reach Khari La (2840m/9318ft), marked by a mani wall. From here, we can view Khumbila and Gyachung Kang. The Dudh Koshi River flows down below; this is a cavernous canyon, at places as deep as 1000m. After descending a while, we are now at Puiyan. The usual time taken in this route is 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft)

There are many ups and downs as the trail passes and a ridge crest from where we can spot the Lukla airfield and Surkhe (2290m) down below. This village is settled around the terraced fields. Continuing our journey through the cultivated fields, the trail meets the Cheplung (2700m). Just beyond Cheplung is a French run health post, in the village of Nachipang. The trail eventually descends to a smaller steel box bridge over the roaring Thado Kosi, a tributary stream. If we are trekking in May, then we can spot rhododendron flowers. Further down is the farming village Ghat on the river bank. The path eventually drops almost to the river, opposite an ugly scar left by a landslide. Now the trail sharply rises to Phakding village. A popular excursion from here is the short climb to the Pema Choling Gompa (30 minutes) high on the forested west bank, and the nearby villages of Sano and Thulo Gumela. There are superb views of Kusum Kanguru and the peak of Thamserku. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent

Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Acclimatize at NAMCHE BAZAR

This is our day to have great pleasure of scenic beauty of nature. There are many things to explore around Namche and Great Mountain views to savour. The village, sprawling around the natural bowl, looks amazing from up here, its houses and terraced fields seeming like the steps of a giant amphitheatre. If we walk a further, our excursion would take toward Army post and the Sagarmatha National park Headquarters. Fro here, we can see the astonishing views of the great Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest. In the west, Kwangde range looks spectacular. On the southeast area succession of high peaks: Kusum Kanguru with its three summits, Thamserku standing tall and Kangtega. The familiar Khumbila peak rises in the north while Thange Ragi and Pharchamo soar to the right of Kwangde. If it is Saturday, we could consider ourselves lucky as we can enjoy the colorful Saturday market. Sherpas from across the Khumbu gather at the street-side market to buy provisions sold by lowland Nepalese we will be amazed by the variety of goods on sale. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent

From Namche we take the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chhorkung to reach the end of a bluff which is a viewpoint over a grand panorama of peaks, from thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. From here we reach Kyangjuma (3550m) and a short walk from there takes us to animportant trail junction at Sanasa (3600m) from where we take the trail to Tengboche that runs gently downhill towards the river. This trail drops gradually to Lawichasa and on our descending way the thumb like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. From Lawichasa a narrow trail branches north to reach Tashinga (3380m) and now the trail drops down on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3250m) and then to a bridge. From the bridge the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. We might see musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees to eventually follow the path that reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche village which is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and rhododendrons. The focal point of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche monastery. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Trek DINGBOCHE (4360m/14305ft) 3-5 hours; 70m descent, 580m ascent

From Tengboche we follow the trail through a forest of conifers and rhododendrons, keeping an eye out for monal pheasants and musk deer that leads us to a village of Debuche where we vsit Debuche Gompa which has some expressive old thangkas and murals painted on wooden panels. Debuche also has a small Buddhist nunnery on the east hillside. The trail continues through dense forest to reach Milinggo and then drops steeply to a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and climb the hillside opposite to a white stupa with Buddhist eyes and after a hundred yards we see a stupa that crowns an exposed bluff, mirroring the soaring tower of Ama Dablam at the end of the valley. East of the stupa is a footprint of Khumbu’s patron Saint Lama Sange Dorje. We soon reach Pangboche village that has the oldest monastery in Khumbu, Pangobche Gompa founded by Lama Sange Dorje. Following the Imja Khola the trial climbs towards the village of Shomare and crossing the treeline beyond this village we are walking up rolling arid stretch, an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures and fields and the yak grazing. Crossing through the yak pasture and herdsmen’s stone huts at Orsho and Tsuro Wog, we turn right where the trail descends to a point near the confluence of Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola. Finally climbing a low ridge we reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche which is a cold and windy place with sub-zero night temperatures even in summer. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14Trek DUGHLA (4620m/15158ft) 2 hours; 400m ascent

On this trail we find ourselves truly in the lap of Himalayas with awesome mountains on all sides. From Dingboche we take the trail that climbs slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa (4503m) where we have outstanding views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse and Ama Dablam appears as a perfect pyramid, while the summit Kantega is visible far to the left of the prominent saddle seen from Tengboche. The trail drops down to a glacial stream, rising up the other side to Dughla. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15Trek LOBUCHE (4930m/16175ft) 2 hours; 300m ascent

From Dughla the trail goes directly up the gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and the path bears left at the top of the ridge on to Chupki Lhara where we see large heaps of stones with prayer flags remembering the mountaineers who perished on mission to climb Mt.Everest. At the top of the valley is the Chola Lake where we get a glimpse of blue waters from high trails. From Chupki Lhara, the trail drops to the Khumbu glacier moraine after which we see three great peaks-Khumbutse, Lingtren and Pumori straight in front. Now walking the final steps along a murmuring stream we reach Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16Trek GORAK SHEP (5160m/16930ft) and EBC (5340m/17521ft) and back to GORAK SHEP

This day will be a long hard day for us. Walking by a somewhat grassy terrain and a few scattered boulders, all along we see the snowy wall of lofty mountains ahead. The 60m/200ft ascent takes us to the top of the lateral moraine wall of the Changri glacier, to a level spot called Thangma Riju from where there is a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the mountains all around-Taboche and the Lobuche peaks, Pumori and the rest of Mahalangur Himal peaks, with Changtse in Tibet now more visible; and Nuptse filling the eastern horizon.The trail now crosses the moraine of the Changri glacier which joins the Khumbu glacier from the west and climbing steeply up a stony slope we reach Gorak Shep from where we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar. From Gorak Shep we move towards EBC, to be amidst of mountains, not to see them from afar as EBC is not a viewpoint. Walking by the shallow blue waters of Gorak Shep Lake, the Changtse peak in Tibet and the Lho La depression can be seen straight ahead. Crossing through several of the glaciers, icefalls, frozen pools of melt water, exposed icy walls and large boulders we finally reach EBC from where trekking ends and mountaineering begins. We descend back to Gorak Shep for the night stay. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17Trek KALA PATTHAR (5545m/18193ft); return trek PHERICHE (4240m/13911ft)

Finally, this is our date with Everest, the climax of the trek. We start after an early breakfast without hurry. Crossing through the wide sandy bed of the dried up lake and steep zigzags we ascend about 100m to have the great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. As the climb begins again, we get a grand view of Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif and finally we climb to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar. It’s a slow tough climb but every meter ascended is rewarded by a bit more of Everest and finally we find ourselves sitting on the Kala Patthar rocks in middle of unbelievable Himalayan Panorama. Now we return downhill which takes much less time. Retracing the way we came up we pass through Gorak Shep, Lobuche and from Dughla, instead of moving towards Dingboche we descend to Pheriche making our way along Khumbu Khola, for the night stay while being back. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18Trek back NAMCHE BAZAR

From Pheriche the trail descends to Tsuro Wog after crossing the bridge across Khumbu Khola and great mountain views. From Tsuro Wog we again start the descending path retracing the way we came up proceeding through Orsho, Shomare and upper Pangboche and finally to a most beautiful place of Tengboche. The Tengboche monastery is Khumbu’s largest gompa. From Tengboche we move towards Phunki Tenga and now descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma and then finally to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19Trek back LUKLA

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20Fly back KATHMANDU

Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 21Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.

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