The trek from Jiri to the Everest Base Camp is to walk in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary when he conquered the mountain back in 1953 long before the mountain airstrip at lukla was built.One real benefit of taking the longer route in is the fantstic alpine like scenary you experience along the way towards Lukla. Another benefit is that there are far less trekkers and at times you can believe you have the Himalayas to yourself. Most people who trek this route get a real satisfaction of starting at the begining and seeing it through to the end.

This trek is likely to appeal to people who enjoy more remote settlements and different cultures on the way to reaching the ultimate goal of E.B.C. where they are rewarded by some fantastic high mountain views of Mt. Everest-8848m, Cho Oyu-8153m, Lhotse-8516m and Makalu-8463m.

Jiri – EBC trek 23 days & 30 days program

A. Itinerary in Detail (23 Days)

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)

Accord warm welcome at the airport then transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and briefing about the trip

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more.Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Shivalaya (1,767m): 8-10 hrs bus drive.

Morning drive along with Kathmandu/Kodari (overland Tibet entry point) highway in the beginning 3 hours and cross Sun Koshi river toward Mude(3540 m) following crumble ascended bumpy road . It’s a scenic drive along with terraced field, typical villages and panoramic view of eastern Himalayan including Ganesh Himal, Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and many more snow-capped ranges. Finally, a long picturesque bus journey arrives a little river bank town Shivalaya. Overnight at Hotel in Shivalaya.

Day 04: Shivalaya – Bhandar(2,200m): 5-6 hrs trek.

From Shivalaya the route crosses a stream, then starts a steep climb toward the next pass Sangbadanda at 2150m) Climb continue less steeply pass several isolated , but large and prosperous houses. The trail climbs steeply in the forest to another tea shop at Mabhir, cross another stream and final climb to pass at 2705m Deurali. This pass signifies now we are entering an area donated by Tibetan culture because of an impressive array of long mani wall including beautiful mountain range though on distance. There is sweeping view of the Likhu Khola valley and Bhandar, a large Sherpa settlement far below in a hanging valley. Trail drops about two hours to arrive our day destination Bhandar. Overnight at Hotel in Bhandar.

Day 05: Bhandar – Sete (2,520m): 5-6 hrs.

From the village square of Bhandar the trail descends through the lower fields of village, then follows a small stream. It cross the stream and descends through deep forest. Leaving the forest, the trail drops into a canyon, passing Barandas, where local kids sell walking sticks to help you out on the steep descent toward another riverbank little Sherpa town Kenja. (1570m) Trail ascends steeply toward Lamjura pass , the first part of ascend is very steep, then it become less severe as you gain elevation. After about two hours of climbing you reach Chimbu, at 2140m. There is a trail junction, take right hand fork to Sete. Overdnight stay at Hotel in Sete.

Day 06: Sete – Junbesi (2,680m): 6-7 hrs.

It’s a long day, but fairly gradual climb although in spots it gets steep from Sete to the top of Lamjura Pass (3530m) The way is scenic and varied through the rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch forest long ranges of Himalayas on the background. In spring the ridge is alive with blooming rhododendron – white, red and pink blooms over the entire hillside. The day also delightful for bird lover, some of most colorful ones are found in this zone. Since you probably be crossing the pass about noon or early afternoon, it will be cloudy, cold and windy. The route descends down steeply eastern side of the pass about 400 m through fragrant fir and hemlock forest to the stream and small wooden Hotel. Trail climbs again to the huge painted mani wall at the head of the valley, then climbs over the ridge to a vintage point overlooking Junbesi a splendid Sherpa village amidst beautiful surroundings at 2680m.

Day 07: Explore Junbesi surrounding include Thubten Choling Monastery

With its attractive lodges and bazzar atmosphere, Junbesi is a good place to take a rest day and there are some interesting side walk to Buddhist monasteries in the surrounding hills. Away to the north, Numbur (6959m), known in Sherpa as Shorong Yul Lha (god of Solu), over the large green valley. In the middle of Junbesi, the Tashi Thongmon Gompa was founded in the sixteenth century butt the monastery building destroyed several times by fire. By the large yellow- topped Stupa in the middle of the village, the Junbesi school is one of the largest Hillary school, with more than 300 pupils attending classes primary to higher secondary. In the opposite direction the valley of Junbesi Khola runs toward Thubten Choling monastery (300m)a large Tibetan monastery founded by the revered Trulsuk Rinpoche who fled to Nepal from Rongbuk Gompa in Tibet with large group Anis (nuns)and monk in the 1960s. Since then, many more refugees have fled to Thubten Choling en-route to join the Dalai Lamaat Dharmashala in India. It makes worth to visit either before lunch or after on the rest day.

Day 08: Junbesi – Nunthala (2,250m): 5-6 hrs.

The trail cross the Junbes Khola on the wooden bridge at 2610m. The route to Nunthala follows the left hand trail that leads steeply in the trees looping in and out of side ridge to Khurtang at 2980m which has first view of Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608m) and Mera Peak (6461m). Everest seems like dwarfed by its much lower neighbors. The trail turns north, still climbing, then descend down to suspension bridge over the Ringmo Khola and ascends to Ringmo village toward Takshindo La at 3071m. marked by large chorten. A few minutes below the pass, on the eastern side, the trail passes the isolated monastery of Takshindo., a superb example of Sherpa monastic architecture at 2900m. The trail descends through conifer and rhododendron forest alive with birds through dense forest. Trail crosses many picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before it reaches Nunthala (Manidingma) at 2250. Overnight at Hotel in Nunthala.

Day 09: Nunthala – Bupsa (2,360m): 5-6 hrs.

From Nunthala the descends continues to Dudh Koshi (milk river), cross large suspension bridge then trail ascends through terraced field and yard of houses Jubing a Rais settlement to Kharih khola at 2010m. From Khari Khola you can see your next destination a cluster of building above on the ridge Bupsa. The trail descends from the village and crosses the Khari Khola on a suspension bridge near some water-driven mills at 1930m, then makes a steep climb to Bupsa(Bumshing) at 2300m. Overnight at Hotel in Bupsa.

Day 10: Bupsa – Ghat (2,590m): 5-6 hrs.

Today, our trail climbs steadily, but gently, through forest inhabited by monkeys. Climb to the ridge, pass mani wall, which has the view of Mt. Khumbila and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) Keep climbing up to a clif in the rock, then into another canyon on the ridge at 2840 overlooking Paiya (Chitok) a Sherpa settlement completely surrounded by forest at 2720m. from the ridge, the trail turns almost due east as it descends into the deep canyon of Paiya Khola. The trail climb up and down for an hour after Paiya toward small tributary next to Dudh Koshi at 2290m Surkhe. After Surkhe trail climbs about 15 minutes to trail a junction where stone staircases on the right leads to Lukla and north up the sleep canyon leads to Chauri Kharka a large green Sherpa village at 2630m. A gentle flat trail along the middle of village encounters another trail from Lukla to Everest Base camp. The trail continues along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley passing villages and crossing Thado Koshi before to Ghat Overnight stay in Ghat.

Day 11: Ghat – Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5-6 hrs.

Our trail ascends to ridge and trough rocky path of Phakding. Cross long suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river and trek leads through a beautiful pine forest, along Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges via Sherpa villages Benkar, Chimoa, Monjo and Jorsole. National Park permit check point with the tranquility view of glistering Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) Trail continues through the Dudh Koshi riverbed to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Trail climbs steadily crossing high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge. On the way inspiring glimpse of Mt. Everest right up next Nuptse- Lhotse ridge. About 3 hours ascend through the wonderful pine forest finally reach a prosperous trading and administrative village Namche Bazar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: (3,440m)

It’s a scheduled acclimatization day of the trek.Namche Bazar has ATMs, cyber cafés, finger licking delicious restaurants, bakery, colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday morning. There is day trip starts visiting Sagarmatha (Everest) National park visitor centre on the hillock where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animal life of the Everest region. Then take entertaining acclimatization side trip to large traditional Sherpa village Khumjung with the view of Thamserku, Khaantaiga, Ama Dablam, Mt, Everest aqnd many more. Evening back to Namche Bazar for overnight.

Day 13: Namche Bazzar – Tengboche (3,870m): 5-6 hrs.

The trail leads moderately flat with superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The trail continues wild lives spot of musk deer (a herd of Himalayan Thar) colorful pheasant (Danphe, National bird) Trail descend to Dudh Koshi river where few lodges and series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring you to Tenboche. The famous Gomba (Tengboche Monastery) with the background of Ama Dablam, Nupte, Mt. Everest and many more peaks. During October/November in full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with masked dancing and Tibetan opera in the monastery courtyard.

Day 14: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360 m): 5-6 hrs.

The trail descend to Deboche a small village with Chortens and Mani stone walls and nun monastery. Cross suspension bridge over Imja Khola (Imja Strasm) and gradually ascend to pangboche with the towering view of Ama Dablam (most beautiful mountain in Everest region) Trail follows upstream closer to Imja River fairly moderate up toward Imja valley. The trail fairly seen open to the confluence of Lobuche river and begin last part of the day to Dingboche the last Sherpa settlement with the beautiful terraced field enclosed by stone wall to avoid barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

It’s another scheduled rest day of the trek. This increases your fitness and oxygen level into thin air. A day hike returns 4/5 hours up to Imjatse valley to Chukkung (4730m /15600ft) is perfect destination to acclimatize. Trail leads with the breathtaking landscapes, marvelous view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Imja glacier onwards east of the Imjatse Valley. Although the trek is gradual ascend, you will feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly towards Chhukung. Lunch in Chukung observing tranquility of Imjatse valley, glacier and Himalays. Afternoon retrace to Dingboche and overnight.

Day 16: Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940): 7km, 5-6 hrs

Trail climbs to ridge with the towering view of Tawache peak & Cholatse. Trail continues through the Yak grazing pasture to Dhukla (4620 /15158ft) crossing a wooden bridge on roaring stream. Trail leads steep up to gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about one hour, then bears left to the group of memorialsto lost climbers and Sherpas, including Scott Fischer who died in the 1996, Everest disaster. This place has awesome view of Khumbutse (6623m), Lingtren (6697), Pumori (7145 m) and Mahalangur Himal.Everest is hidden behind the towering wall of Nuptse an Lhotse. Follow the valley upstream about an hour to Lobuche. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 17: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364 m): – Gorak Shep, 15km, 8-10 hrs

The trail follows windy and rocky path with crest of north ridge to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. Trail continues along side of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. Check in to Hotel, Lunch and afternoon set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. Base Camp has no view of Mt. Everest but fantastic view of Khumbu Icefall and colorful camp site of Everest expedition during expedition season. Trek back to Gorakshep for overnight.

Day 18: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m) – Pheriche (4,280m): 15km, 8-10 hrs

The trail climbs 2/3 hrs. up to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18192 ft) early in the morning to see first day sun light from top of the world (Mt. Everest) This is milestone of the trek to inspect panoramic view with the fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After accomplish Kala Patthar, trek down to Gorakshep and retrace down to Pheriche to the warmer and better night sleep. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 19: Pheriche – Phortse (3,750m): 4-5 hrs.

Trail descend down through the highest Sherpa permanent settlement whole year around. It’s believed Pangboche monastery is the oldest in Khumbu region built in 16th century. The trail continues over Imja Khola (Imja river) along the hillside with wildlife site of musk deer, mountain goat(Himalayan Thar) and many species of birds including colorful Pheasant (Danphe- Nepal National Bird) Trail alternatively offers Sherpa Cultural Heritage and more quite as most of the tourist follow Everest Highway route to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Phortse. (Gateway to Gokyo lake)

Day 20: Phortse – Monjo (2,800m): 5-6 hrs.

Trail leads to the confluence of Everest Base Camp trek and Gokyo Lake trek. Then follow the wider trail round aside the hill to Namche Bazar. Descend down to National Park check point to lower green valley. Jorsalle then right up next is final destination Monjo. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 21: Monjo – Lukla (2,780m): 5-6 hrs.

Trail follows down steam of Dudh Koshi river retracing to Phakding. Trail leads to Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Kosh. Last section of the day, about 45 minutes ascend to accomplish entire trek. Reconfirm flight Ticket and see off to local porters. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 22: Lukla – Kathmandu by Air (1,300m): approx., 35 minutes

Fly Back to Kathmandu (35 minutes) in the morning and transfer to Hotel. Free in the afternoon.

Day 23: Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination with beautiful memory back

Trip Cost: USD 2375 per person for an entire trip


B. Itinerary in Detail (30 Days)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Warm welcome and pick up from airport / transfer to hotel / introductory briefing about the trip

Day 02: Guided city tour of Kathmandu by private vehicle

Day 03: Drive to Jiri 1955m / overnight at teahouse / Lodge in Jiri.

Day 04: Trek to Shivalaya 1770m / overnight at teahouse/lodge in Shivalaya

Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar 2190m / overnight at teahouse/lodge in Bhandar

Day 06: Bhandara to Kinja 1630m / overnight at teahouse/lodge in Kinja

Day 07: Kenja to Dakchyu 2985m. overnight / at teahouse/lodge in Dakchyu

Day 08: Dakchyu to Junbesi 2700m. / overnight at teahouse/lodge in Junbesi

Day 09: Junbesi at leisure

Day 10: Junbesi to Manidingma 2330m / overnight at teahouse lodge in Manidingma

Day 11: Manidingma to Kharikhola 2040m. Overnight at teahouse / lodge in Kharikhola

Day 12: Kharikhola to Paiya 2730m / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Paiya.

Day 13: Paiya to Phakding 3792 m /  overnight at teahouse / lodge in Lukla

Day 14: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Namche

Day 15: Rest day and acclimatization and exploration

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Khumjum 3800m / overnight at teahouse

Day 17: Khumjum to Tyangboche 3860m / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Tyangboche

Day 18: Tyangboche to Dingboche 4410m / overnight at teahouse/lodge in Dingboche

Day 19: Rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche /  overnight at teahouse / lodge in Dingboche

Day 20: Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Lobuche

Day 21: Lobuche to Gorakhshep 5140m / visit Everest Base Camp 5364m / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Gorakhshep

Day 22: Morning hike to Kalapaththar 5545m / magnificent views of the Himalaya including Everest / trek back to Lobuche / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Lobuche

Day 23: Lobuche to Pheriche 4240m. overnight at teahouse / lodge in Pheriche

Day 24: Pheriche to Kyamjuma 3550m. / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Kyamjuma

Day 25: Kyamjuma to Namche via Khumjung /  Khunde villages are places of great interest / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Namche

Day 26: Namche to Phakding 3792m. / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Phakding

Day 27: Phakding to Lukla / overnight at teahouse / lodge in Lukla

Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu / pick up from airport / transfer to Hotel

Day 29: Rest day in Kathmandu / shopping, strolling around, etc.

Day 30: Departure day/transfer to airport/fly back home or to onward destination with beautiful memory

Trip Cost: USD 2985 per person for an entire trip

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 star category hotel, on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private vehicle
  • Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
  • Local Village Development Committee Area Fee
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
  • First aid kit for comprehensive medical supplies
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service ( paid by your Travel Insurance Company)
  • Round trip / internal flights ( Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu) / overland transport if needed as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek as per the itinerary
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek and seasonal fresh fruit after every dinner
  • Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
  • Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
  • All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
  • Airport transfers for internal flights
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, rucksack, duffel bag, trekking poles if required
  • Farewell Dinner with typical local cultural program
  • Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure 

Important Note and Optional Activities

Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.

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