Starting with 8 hours (188km/118miles) drive to Jiri (2,100m/6,888ft) the Jiri to Everest base camp trek follows the traditional route taken by the early Everest expeditions and still serves as the main artery to the roadless Sagarmatha (Everest) region. Known as the Solu-Khumbu it is the home of the Sherpas. This relatively tiny society of 8,000 people is the best known and most admired of all Nepal’s ethnic groups. According to their oral history Sherpas migrated to high valleys south of Mt. Everest from eastern Tibet about 450 years ago, hence the name Sherpa, “peoples of the Himalaya.” Many families along this route have converted their homes into trekkers’ lodges catering to foreign trekkers.
Although a popular trekking route the Everest area is visited by only some 8,000 visitors each year – a fraction of the number that visits the Annapurna region. Trekking through the Sherpa villages we share many of their hearts and enjoy their generous hospitality. Trekking in from Jiri has the advantage of helping you to acclimatize en route. This trek is about 190km/120miles long and the total altitude gained on the innumerable uphill portions totals 9000m – much higher even than Mt. Everest! After Namche, we follow the main trail to the base camp. It is a legendary trek to a legendary destination.
Note: Recently new road access connected up to Junbesi if road condition is fine then we can drive one more day to make 2 days trek less. However, it is sometimes blocked by landslide and rainfall causes damage the road).
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself to reach the base of Mt. Everest then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Preparation day for Trip
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
Drive Kathmandu to Jiri
On this day, we will take an early morning drive to Jiri, about 187 km north-east of Kathmandu. Since, we would be travelling on the mountain roads, it will take around 6-7 hours to reach Jiri. Although still a single lane road, the road side scenery is breathe taking. We will enjoy the views of Kosi River and panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa. Overnight at Jiri.
Jiri to Deurali (2730m/8956 feet), 4-6 hours
After breakfast we will formally start our trek. We will head out towards Deurali which will be our ultimate destination for the day. We will pass through some villages and explore them as well. We will have lunch at a suitable place. The walk will be about 4-6 hours with ample rest. We will reach Deurali before evening. Overnight stay at Deurali.
Deurali to Sete (2520m/8267 feet): 6/7 hours
After breakfast we will descend the trail from deurali through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda. After a short climb through the forests winding down to the Surma Khola, we will reach to Likhu Khola Valley. After another climb, the ridge will take us up to the small settlement of Kenja. Another steep ascent to Chimbu and continuing further we finally reach Sete. Overnight at Sete.
Sete to Junbesi (2580 m/8464 feet): 6/7 hours
Our trail will start as an uphill climb to Lamjura Pass (3530m) through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons. We will pass by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters, the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazar, which will offer a paroramic view of the surrounding green mountains. Descending down the pass to Tragdobuk and then finally to Junbesi. Overnight at Junbesi.
Junbesi trek to Taksindu (2700m/8858 feet), 6 hours
After crossing the stream beyond Junbesi, we will climb up the forest slope and after an hour's trek, the mesmerizing views of the Himalaya Mountains will be in sight. Visible landscapes are Everest, Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu, Thamseruku, Mera Peak, and many other high mountains. Further continuing the trail to Salung and then finally descending to Ringmo Khola. Ascend to Ringmo, crossing the Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashingdo. Overnight at Trashingdo
Taksindu to Kharikhola bazar(2360 m/7,740 feet), 5/6 hours
After breakfast, we will descend down our trail to the Dudh Koshi River. We will follow the Dudh Koshi River as we head upward to Khumbu. Cross the bridge, climb to Jubing and continuing straight to Churkha. We will also climb the trail eastward to reach Kharikhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Another steep climb finally takes us to a suitable place for overnight stay. Overnight at Khari khola.
Kharikhola to Puiyan (2290m/7282feet), 5/6 hours
The trail from Khari Khola will pass through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uphill climb will takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoying the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others, we will then descend down to Puiyan. Overnight at Puiyan.
Puiyan to Phakding (2,652m/8,700feet), 4/5 hours
From Payain, our trail will climb toward Phakding. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail will moves down to Phakding. Lunch will be on the way at suitable place. We will also rest accordingly. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 feet), 5/6 hours
After breakfast we will begin our walk via mighty pine forests along Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazaar. On the way we will come across the majestic Mt. Thamserku (6,608m). On clear weather day we may even view snowcapped the almighty Mt. Everest. Our trek will end at the gateway of Mt. Everest, Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284feet)
This is a day set aside to prepare for high altitude travel as health experts suggest one should prepare well for uphill trek. We can can roam around Namche bazzar and surrounding villages to experience local Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up the hill and view the mighty Everest unfolding its beauty. There is a museum nearby for those who prefer to stay active. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazzar to Debuche (3,870m/12,694feet), 5/6 hours
We will start Everest trail which is high above the river Dudh Koshi. We will encounter several villages and tea shops, and climb to Thyangboche. There is a huge monastery which is recently rebuilt and one can visit it on evening walk as well. Overnight stay at Debuche.
Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961feet] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 feet], 8 - 9 hours
We will follow the Everest trail to Gorak Shep which is famous for its teahouses. Our trek is below Khumbu glacier which will lead us to Everest Base Camp. Along the way we will witness god gifeeted natural beauty of Himalayas mixed with traditional and ancient culture of Nepal. We will experience native Sherpa culture and get know how tough is village life.
A small ascent will take us to Thangma Riju from where we will experience 360 degree vista of glorious snowy mountains around us. After climbing steeply up to the top through Changri Glacier, we will have our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a famous grey-green knoll just beneath the Mt. Pumori. Kala Pathhar is a well-known name among trekkers and tourist. After we reach Gorak Shep, we will witness snow-capped behemoth mountains glowing and shining all around us including the roof of the world - Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). After having lunch at Gorak Shep we will head forward towards Everest Base camp. We will really appreciate the Everest climbers who are brave to endure hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. We can view mountains like Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori from the base camp but Everest is not visible from here.
As sunset view is breathe taking and much more spectacular than sunrise, we encourage trekkers to descend down to Kala Patthar. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, we will arrange guides and Sherpas as per necessity and remaining trekkers and sherpas can set up camps at Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14,070 feet], 8 - 9 hours
Early morning we will trek to Kala Patthar for sunrise view. We shall start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the moment of our lives, the magic of first light of day shining on Mount Everest summit. Kala Patthar is perfect viewpoint to witness other peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse to the east as Everest reveal itself. After several hours of an uphill ascent, we will reach Kala Patthar. After we will reach Kala Pathar, we will sit on the Kala Patthar and cherish the moment viewing Himalayan Panorama. On the way back to Kala Pathhar we will have breakfast. For those members who wishes to visit Everest Base camp as well, we will arrange accordingly and the trek will take 4 to 5 hours. After all the members return back we will have lunch and start descending to Perish for a good night sleep.
Periche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 feet), 6-8 hours
After early breakfast we will trek back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche via Pangboche and Tengboche. The trail is very technical and the one to remember forever. We will witness huge snowcapped mountains all along as well as many glaciers en route. We will pass via various camp sites and few villages. Rest on the way will be abundant as we will rest and have lunch on the way. Overnight at Namche Bazzar.
Namche to Phakding (2,652m/8,700feet), 6-8 hours
After early breakfast we will trek to Phakding from Namche. The trail will be less technical and fairly easy then earlier treks. We will witness huge snowcapped mountains all along as well as many glaciers en route. We will reach Phakding before evening so that we will have enough time for evening walk as well. Overnight at Phakding.
Phakding -Lukla (2,800m/9,186feet), 6-8 hours
We will trek back to Lukla on this day. Lukla is a small air strip with few hotels. The airstrip is the most challenging landing spot for pilots worldwide and requires years of experience before a pilot is allowed to land at the airport. The view from Lukla is not less than then from kala Pathhar or base camp. One can explore local villages and restaurants to enjoy and cherish time spent on this trek. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Lukla – Kathmandu, (2,800m/9,186feet)
We will fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Free Day in Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. You will be invited for Last Day dinner by Sherpa Himalaya. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost