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Amadablam View - Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

Jiri, Namche Bazaar, Gorakshep  and Kalapathar are the major hubs of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Jiri , also known as the gateway to Everest,  is situated in the north-east of Nepal, in the Dolakha District. Jiri itself is not a well-trodden tourist area because it lacks the sought-after mountain views, but there are several lodges in the Jiri Bazaar. The main attractions in this area of Nepal include the alpine forests, Buddhist monasteries, numerous rivers and charming ethnic villages of the Tamang, Brahmin, Sherpa, Chhetri and Magar people. Good walking experience is recommended if you are planning to travel to Jiri.

Gorakshep is a village in the Sagarmatha National Park. This is the original base camp for Everest and from here, one can enjoy stunning views of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.

Namche Bazaar is known amongst trekkers as a welcome place for a day of acclimatisation in preparation for the trek ahead. Here, trekkers can enjoy a break in order to explore and purchase items of interest and, if necessary, replenish necessities for their trip. On Friday evenings and Saturdays, special markets are put up in the bazaar.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02: In Kathmandu free day for sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Jiri 1,900 m – 06 hrs journey.
Day 04: Trek to Shivalaya 1,770 m -05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to  Bhandar (Chyangma) 2,195m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Sete 2,575 m -0 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Junbesi 2,675m via Lamjura-la 3,530m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190 m – 0 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Bupsa Danda approx. 2,250 m 06 hrs.
Day 10: Tek to Surkhe 2,295 m – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs walks.
Day 13: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 14: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Dingboche 4,360 m – 05 hrs.
Day 16: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 17: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs walks.
Day 21: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m – 06 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 26: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for optional tour and trek / climb preparation.

    Today, we have allowed a free day with optional sightseeing tour for interested people, as well for trek preparation with last hour shopping for grand adventure from Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking.

  3. Day 03: Drive to Jiri (1,900 m), 6 hrs journey.

    Starting early morning for an overland drive to the mid hills around Dolkha to reach at Jiri town, as the ride takes through nice and wonderful areas of Dhulikhel and Charikot with ups and downhill drive heading towards Tama Kosi River, from here on winding uphill and finally with a descend to Jiri town, a mixture of Nepalese mountain people of Sherpa-Jiral-Tamang-Magar and Rai tribes. Jiri is also known as Switzerland of Nepal due to its beautiful location with green verdant valley and snowcapped peaks of Gaurishanker, Melun Tse and other mountains surrounded by lovely alpine forest. At Jiri transfer into a fine lodge for an overnight stop with time to browse around this small town full of interest culture and activities.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Shivalaya (1,770 m), 5 hrs.

    From Jiri our real adventure to Everest Base Camp begins taking the old classic route where in earlier days this was the original route to high Khumbu and Everest area,, our first day walk leads past Jiri bazaar and then avoiding motorable road with a climb on hilltop to reach a high ridge overlooking beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and mountains. From the ridge top, a long descend to Shivalaya village as the walk leads past farm villages and terraces then reaching our overnight stop at Shivalaya, a nice moderate size village with the number of lodges for trekkers by the bank of a river.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Bhandar Chyangma (2,195 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning starts with steep climb to a ridge top within farm villages and terraced fields and then into a cool shade of alpine forest of rhododendron-oaks-pines trees to reach a small pass of Deurali at 2, 715 meters, here with lunch stop along descend for two hours to Bhandar village for overnight stop, after walking past large Stupa and villages. Bhandar also called as Chyangma village, the area around of mixed tribe with Tamang, Newar, and Sherpa people.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Sete (2,575 m), 6 hrs.

    With the cooler and fresh morning to start our third day of the walk with a downhill into farm areas passing and villages to Kenja, a nice village, situated in a valley beneath high hills of Lamjura and Pikey, offering views of Number peaks. After Kenja, a steep uphill climb all the way to overnight stop at Sete village from here onwards the temperature gets cooler.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Junbesi (2,675 m) via Lamjura-La (3,530 m), 6 hrs.

    Starting walk towards cooler areas into alpine forest and farm villages towards Lamjura-la a pass of (3,530 m) high, where steep climb into forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks trees leads through small farmlands and hamlets, after few hours of climb reaching the top of Lamjura pass, the area marked with a large Buddhist monument known as stupa, where few lodges are located, from the top descend leads through forest all the way to Sherpa village at Toctoc. After a short stop continues to walk on a winding path to Junbesi, and then downhill to Junbesi, a lovely large Sherpa village with an interesting monastery and a high school funded by Hillary Trust.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Nunthala Manidingma (2,190 m), 6 hrs.

    After a wonderful time at Junbesi, morning walk starts on winding path with views of Mt. Everest and other snowcapped peaks, then heading towards river to cross over a bridge, a short climb brings you at Ringmo village, stopping here for lunch after a refreshing stops an hour climb into forested areas to reach Trakshindu pass (3,070 m) high, decorated with mani and chortens offering views of Number, Kusum Kangguru, Thamersarkhu, and Kantega peaks. From here downhill to Nunthala past Tak Shindo village with an old monastery, continue to descend to the bottom of the hill at a large village of Nuntahla also called Manidingma, a village with Rai and Sherpa people.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Bupsa Danda approximately (2,250 m), 6 hrs.

    From here onward air gets much cooler heading close to Khumbu area, on leaving Solu region, morning starts with a long downhill walk into the thick forest to reach a bridge over Dudh Koshi River, after crossing the raging Dudh Koshi River heading up on winding uphill to Jubing village. After Jubing an hour climb to Kharikhola at 2,200 m high, which is a large village of Sherpa and Magar tribes, after a short break heading uphill after crossing Kharikhola with steep climb for an hour to our overnight stop at Bupsa, a small village perched on a ridge with superb views of rolling hills and valleys.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Surkhe (2,295 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning walk from Bupsa leads to a slow, steady walk approaching high Khumbu area where the temperature gets much cooler as walk continues into an enchanting alpine forest. Trekking over Kharte Dande pass of above 3,880 m high, high above Dudh Kosi River and then reaching at Puiyan (Paya) village at 2,800 m high a nice place in the midst of the forest. From Puiyan after having lunch leading on a winding trail with views of Lukla town and its airstrip, then descends to Surkhe village for an overnight stop in Khumbu area.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Phakding (2,640 m), 5 hrs.

    From Surkhe onward into high Khumbu and Everest region, as the trail leads towards Phakding on gradual trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Kanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Kosi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Thamserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  13. Day 13: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snow-capped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m), 5 hrs.

    With a marvelous stop at Namche Bazaar, morning with a short steep climb and then on the pleasant winding trail into alpine woodland with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading downhill at Phunki-Tenga, a small place by the Imjatse River for lunch. After lunch with few hours climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with a constant view of peaks, finally walk leads on a small plateau at Thyangboche Monastery the highest spot of the trek at 3,867 m high offering mind-blowing views of Mt. Everest-Amadablam and arrays of peaks that surrounds this lovely spot. Here with time to visit it's interesting and famous Buddhist monastery, where in October a great festival Mani Rimdu is held and as well mountaineers take blessing from the priest for safe and successful climbs.

  15. Day 15: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m), 5hrs.

    From Thyangboche after catching the morning glorious panorama of mountains and then heading downhill through serene woodland reaching at a metal bridge over Imjatse River, from here with uphill walk to Pangboche, the last permanent Sherpa farm village before Everest base camp, as our walk leads to Somare for lunch with super views of Amadablam at close distance, and then heading on gradual path with short climb to reach at Imjatse valley. Dingboche at (4,360 m) located within beautiful Imjatse valley with close North Face views of Amadablam including Lhotse and stunning Island peak towards east.

  16. Day 16: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.

    Another important rest day at Dingboche for proper acclimatization before heading towards higher zone to base camp and climb of Kalapathar, Dingboche with many fine lodges with some cyber facilities a summer pasture for yaks, with grazing fields. Here the Sherpa from nearby village tends their barley and buckwheat fields as well as catering the needs of the trekkers. At Dingboche, one take short acclimatization walks up Nagarjung hills for super views of surrounding mountains with Mt. Makalu towards further east.

  17. Day 17: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads to Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river here with rest and lunch then climb up to Thugla ridge, where you can observe many memorials of climbers and mountaineers who died on Everest expedition including other peaks within Everest region. After a pleasant stop, another hour of high altitude walk brings you at Lobuche with 10-12 good lodges to stay facing Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.

  18. Day 18: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and return to Gorakshep (5,180 m), 6 hrs.

    Today a big marvelous day with an adventure towards our main goal and highlight of the trip reaching at the foot of world number Mt. Everest at base camp, morning walk leads on a gradual uphill slope with a short steep climb near Glass Pyramid, optional side walks to visit at this glass pyramid a metrological station and a lab, established by Italy and Nepal government to track and read the Himalayan weather and the flow of the glacier. From here few hour of good walk over moraine and glacier brings you at Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar hilltop, Gorakshep with 3-4 nice lodges for overnight stops, from here our walk leads further east over glacier and moraine then reaching at Everest base camp of above (5,364 m) high with sweeping views of Khumbu Ice Fall and glacier. During peak expedition season this place is flooded with climbers-guides and porters with many tents pitched above the glacier. After feeling high with an adventure of a lifetime experience head back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop before heading back to Lukla.

  19. Day 19: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m), trek to Pheriche (4,240m), 5 hrs.

    Early morning optional walk up to the top of Kalapathar, the highest spot of the adventure at above (5,545 m) high offering a breathtaking panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at close distance, after a vigorous climb descends to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek on the same path till Thugla. From here our route diverts towards Pheriche windy valley on near level ground with fabulous views during the walk all the way to Pheriche for the overnight stop. Pheriche with many good fine lodges here you can visit HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) office with a small medical post.

  20. Day 20: Trek to Thyangboche, 5 hrs walks.

    From here onward on long descend with few climbs as the trail leads towards Pangboche village and then to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery for an overnight stop with marvelous views of surrounding peaks.

  21. Day 21: Trek to Namche Bazaar, 5 hrs.

    After catching the morning views of Everest with the sound Lama and monks chanting, and then head downhill to Phunki Tenga, on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with a gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal). From here another hour of good walk on winding trail brings you at Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop with time to browse around this famous Sherpa village.

  22. Day 22: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m), 6 hrs.

    Today a short walk to Monjo, after a wonderful time at Namche walk down within serene alpine woodland as the trail descends towards Dudh Koshi River where the final walk of the day ends at Monjo for an overnight stop.

  23. Day 23: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    Our fabulous Jiri to Everest Base Camp treks concludes with a walk back to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with a climb to reach Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  24. Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  25. Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  26. Day 26: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking.

What's included !

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

What's not included !

  • Nepal visa fee 40 USD for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at your country in Nepalese consulate office before arrival in Nepal or you can get Nepal visa after arrival in Kathmandu airport.
  • 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 dinner in Kathmandu (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
  • Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipments, gears, cloths etc.
  • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc).
  • Tips for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long though this is not obligation if your trip is not satisfied with our staffs.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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