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Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

Group size: 

Minimum 2 pax

Max-Altitude: 

5644

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Trek House during the Trek

Overview

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp via Jiri is a classic old-school route to this region sending back to good old days of expeditions and exploration. This route was originally taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Norgay on their very first ascend which created history & has lasted as a legend while making many captivated.  

At present, there are multiple trails to the EBC ( click the link for regular route to the base camp) but this route via Jiri has its own distinct charm and requires guts which suit best for those who want to kick start their adrenaline going with the flow to have an actual first-hand exploration experience as it is the toughest yet the best trekking trails that exist.

Highlights of EBC via Jiri

The main attraction of this route to the base camp lies in the level of your dedication, commitment, and patience as you unfold the vigor of nature once at a time. On the way to Everest Base Camp via Jiri, we use an old school method getting a bus and drive to Jiri giving an adequate amount of time to acclimatize with the climate developing an understand to appreciate nature. 

Starting from Kathmandu - eight hours drive to Jiri - a cool green lustrous hilly region at an altitude of 1905 meters. The more you go further, the more gets amusing when you start to enjoy the green vegetation, wildlife and occasional small villages followed by glimpses of these majestic peaks. 

Bhandar appears as first stop followed by Sete - home to Lamjura Pass garnered with the beautiful maple and rhododendron forest dotted with sparse magnolias (pink creamy looking flowers) spreading a wonderful fragrance in the entire area. While reaching Junbesi - we take a day off to get accustomed to the climate and the altitude which provides an opportunity to utilize this time for visiting Tashi Thongmon Ghompa giving a refugee on its serenity. 

If you are fond of children and share some of your experience - you may take a trip to Junbesi Secondary School and enlighten them with your valuable thoughts. While this journey continues off - you reach Nunthala and unfold your very first treasure as the first glimpse of Everest along with Mera Peak and Mount Kantega.

After walking for ten days finally, we reach Lukla and enjoy the nature wonderful backdrop giving you the best view in town of the gigantic mountains. Finally reaching at Lukla, climbing the steep slopes and terrains crossing numerous villages, monasteries, meadows - we reach Tengboche which welcomes you with a panorama of a picturesque Khumbu region including ice falls, Island peak,NuptseAma DablamPumoriThamserkuLhotseChantse & finally the Everest Base Camp

On reaching Kala Patthar, we get the stunning views of Mount Everest in front of our very eyes.

We, GHHteam organize this 22 days package deal to enjoy this exquisite experience enjoying the panorama while taking a stopover at the monasteries, gompas, and villages. Experience the spirit and recall the past with us through the adrenaline pumping experience on the trek to the world famous Everest Base Camp via the classic route - Jiri. 

 

Itinerary Summary:

 

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Jiri

Day 3 - Jiri to Bhandar

Day 4 - Bhandar to Sete

Day 5 - Sete to Lamjura Pass, Junbesi

Day 6 - Junbesi: Acclimatization

Day 7 - Junbesi to Nunthala

Day 8 - Nunthala to Bupsa

Day 9 - Bupsa to Lukla

Day 10 - Lukla to Phakding

Day 11 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 12 - Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization

Day 13 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 14 - Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 15 - Dingboche: Acclimatization

Day 16 - Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 17 - Lobuche to Gorakshep, EBC & EBC to Gorakshep

Day 18 - Gorekshep to Kala Patthar, Pheriche

Day 19 - Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 20 - Namche to Phakding, Lukla

Day 21 - Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 22 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

First and foremost - Welcome to the Himalayan Paradise of Nepal. A representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will meet you at the airport and after welcoming you & will transfer you to your respective hotel. Once you’ve checked in and freshened up,  after a while at your convenient time - we’ll introduce you to our trekking guide and other members joining you (if any). This will be an exciting moment as you’ll be seeing each other over the next three weeks and just to let you know - our guides consistently get excellent reviews. 

Later on this day, your first evening, we’ll go over some last-minute details over the welcome dinner in a nice beautiful authentic Nepali restaurant.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pickup in a Private Car.

Day 2
Kathmandu to Jiri

A local bus will drive us to Jiri today, after breakfast. It’s an eight or nine-hour drive, so it’ll be late in the day by the time we arrive at our teahouse. We aren’t trekking in earnest yet, but there are some great views as the landscape outside rolls by. Expect a final briefing with dinner, and then it’s off to sleep: our adventure kicks off in the morning! Meals: Breakfast & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 3
Jiri to Bhandar

There's nothing like kicking things off with a bang, and that's how we'll be starting this trek! The ascent to the schoolhouse at Sangbadanda is a steep one, but there are cold drinks and a bit of rest waiting at the top. After, we’ll follow the muddy trail to Deurali before stopping to dine with the Sherpas again for lunch. The afternoon will see us cross local Buddhist villages, finally stopping for the night in Bhandar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 4
Bhandar to Sete

It's downhill to Dokharpa after breakfast, through a valley to Likhu Khola, and finally to Kinja for lunch. We’ll stretch our legs with a steep climb to Lamjura, and then an almost-vertical slope to Chimbu! Sete is nearby, and will be a welcome sight after an arduous day of climbing! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 5
Sete to Lamjura Pass, Junbesi

Hopefully, you got some rest last night, as we have another bracing day ahead! The climb to Lamjura Pass is steep and difficult but the extraordinary loveliness of the scenery makes it worthwhile. There are gorgeous jungles of maple and rhododendron - all dotted with fragrant magnolias (pink flowers). We’ll get a bit of a respite as we descend to Dagchu, which is between two ponds, and then we are back up again going through Goyom on the way to Junbesi. Hear that roar overhead? Could be the planes headed to Lukla, a major starting point for many Himalayan treks. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 6
Junbesi: Acclimatization Day

It has been a rough several days - time to take an extended break. We’ll stay over in Junbesi today to adjust to the higher altitude and rest up for the next leg of the journey! If you are feeling up to it, the nearby Tashi Thongmom Gompa makes a fascinating day trip with plenty of historic interest. As a bonus, the trail to the monastery winds by Junbesi Secondary School, which is among the largest in this area. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 7
Junbesi to Nunthala

We're back on the road again! We cross the Junbesi Khola this morning as we exit the village heading towards Khumbu via an uphill trail. You'll temporarily wonder if we accidentally teleported to Europe as the deep pine forests and rustic cow pastures are a real novelty! From Phurteng, where we stop for lunch from where we’ll get the glimpse of Everest for the first time along with the peaks of Mera and Kantega as well. The afternoon will see is wend through shepherd’s huts and forest scenery en route to Nunthala. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 8
Nunthala to Bupsa

We'll follow the Dudh Kosi river (Milk River in English) as a new day begins, descending through farmland and forest trails to Phuleli and our morning break. We’ll then cross the river and trek alongside several crop fields (maize, barley, and wheat) before arriving in Jubing. We’ll follow the crop terraces uphill towards Bupsa, hiking through an oak forest before making our arrival. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 9
Bupsa to Lukla

We start out in the direction of Surkhe, climbing through the forest landscape before hitting the Sherpa village of Kharte. After that, we'll scale the Khari La Pass, passing the caves that porters occasionally use to rest on the way to Lukla. Another extended trek brings us to Surkhe, and finally the trekking hub of Lukla. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 10
Lukla to Phakding

We'll kick things off today with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudh Koshi Ghat. The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi River until Phakding - the popular stopping point. We're a bit lower than Lukla at this point, all the better to acclimatize. Enjoy a bit of free time in Phakding, and then rest up! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 11
Phakding to Namche Bazaar

We'll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche - the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudh Koshi River via a long suspension bridge and then through the beautiful pine forest to Monjo - about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Koshi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here and then it's uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with another glimpse of Everest in its majesty. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 12
Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization

At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. Spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar & check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the local marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 13
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! Breaktaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde - are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination -Tengboche is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery - the largest one in Khumbu region. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayers with the resident Buddhist monks. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 14
Tengboche to Dingboche

Our trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khola River. We’ll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village - the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery - one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche. At this point, we’ve been already trekking for two weeks - be proud of yourself! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 15
Dingboche: Acclimatization

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savor a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You'll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 16
Dingboche to Lobuche

From here on forth - the trek will move gradually but be more challenging due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mount Lobuche, Mount Pomari, and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 17
Lobuche to Gorakshep, EBC & EBC to Gorakshep

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder involving rocky dunes and moraine formed by an accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination - we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and ice fall located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we'll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 18
Gorekshep to Kalapathar, Pheriche

We'll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kala Patthar (which means "black rock") for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mount Everest. The day's first light will illuminate you with spectacular views of Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse. This may be in the whole journey - your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it's back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche - our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend and the walking is easier going this way. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 19
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We'll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 20
Namche to Phakding, Lukla

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in a proper hotel and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking Lodge.

Day 21
Lukla to Kathmandu

In the morning, you'll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. We'll transfer you to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We'll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip. Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22
Kathmandu: Departure Day

It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show to your loved ones. Meals: Breakfast. Airport Drop Off in a Private Car.

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it�s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 � 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 � 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities. Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren�t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

Included in the Price

    • All the transportation between airport and hotel
    • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) with breakfast
    • 17 nights in standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
    • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
    • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
    • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Price

    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
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 17th May YES
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 27th May YES
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 29th October YES
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 5th December YES
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