Everest Base Camp Trek Via JiRi

Duration: 20 Days

The classic trek to Everest Base Camp/Kala Patthar via Jiri. This avoids the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, since we reach the start of the trek by bus rather than by plane. Like all of our treks, this one first allows some time for sight-seeing in Kathmandu, and includes trek preparation, in which we review the trekking gear and clothing needed for a safe and enjoyable trek.  At this time the drive extends beyond Jiri through Shivalaya and all the way to the rural village of Bhandar, where we spend our first overnight.  The next morning we hit the trail made famous by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, who successfully conquered the summit of Everest (8848m/29.028') back in 1953.  While this route involves a longer trek than those starting with the flight to Lukla, it offers exposure to a broader cultural experience as we pass through varied villages, and also promotes healthy acclimatization through a gradual ascent over more days at the start of the trek.  It's also an interesting way to experience daily life in a beautiful, rural setting, before joining the well-traveled path used by most trekkers to EBC.

The first five days of trekking bring us through different villages in which we we overnight, before reaching Surke and then heading north to Phakding.  At this point we will have met up with trekkers who just started north from Lukla.  We may even be able to offer some cultural insights and acclimatization advice to these "newbies", since we will have already nearly a week of experience under our belts!  Making our way along the famous Dudh Kosi River, we will soon enjoy views of the illustrious peaks that the Khumbu region is justly famous for, including Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7855m), Pumori (7,161m), Changtse (7,550m), Amadablam (6856m),Thamserku (6,723m). Kantega (6979m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367m), and Kongde (6,011m), among others.

As you trek from lowlands to high glacial lakes and peaks, you will see the Himalayan flora and fauna and visit some of the traditional villages and ancient monasteries  that have made this region one of the most popular and beloved ones in Nepal.  Like the Everest Region trails that start at Lukla, this one also passes through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorak Shep.  From Gorak Shep it's just a half day to Kala Pattar and a half-day to EBC.  In good weather the views of Everest from Kala Pattar are enthralling, and upon reaching EBC you will see before -- but from a safe vantage point -- the notorious Khumbu Ice Field.  Your journey then takes you south to Lukla, from which you will fly back to Kathmandu, a farewell dinner, and your flight home.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Following Hillary and Tenzing’s footprints
  • Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
  • Climbing Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5,483 m
  • Crossing over the Cho La Pass at 5,300 m
  • Impressive views of the Khumbu Icefall & the Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Climbing Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5,555 m
  • The world’s highest Mt Everest
  • Visiting the Tengboche monastery
  • Scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing tour and trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri : Drive 8- 9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Bhandar to Sete.
  • Day 05: Trek Sete to Junbesi
  • Day 06: Trek Junbesi to Nunthala
  • Day 07: Trek Nunthala to Bupsa
  • Day 08: Trek Bupsa to Surke.
  • Day 09: Trek Surke to Phakding.
  • Day 10: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 11: Namche Bazaar : Rest and Acclimazation Day
  • Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5 -6 hours walk
  • Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Day 14: Trek Dingboche - Duglha to Lobuche (4,940 m) : 4 -5 hours walk
  • Day 15: Trek Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and hike to Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep
  • Day 16: Gorak Shep: Climb to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and trek back to Pheriche.
  • Day 17: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 18: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
  • Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 20: Farewell, flights home
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing tour and trek Preparation

    The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation.Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri : Drive 8- 9 hours

    It’s a long and tiresome bus/jeep ride to Bhandar via Jiri. Jiri is a picturesque town, which used to be a gateway of all the Everest treks. The road has extended and we can drive directly to Bhandar. Then we stay there. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 2,190m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 04: Trek Bhandar to Sete.

    We trek down to Likhu Khola, cross the stream and walk to Kenja. The tough trail of Lamjura hill remains a challenge for us on today’s excursion. The route is comparatively steep and we should walk through the traverse. Crossing the ridge, we gradually trek down to Sete. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6- 7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,575m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 05: Trek Sete to Junbesi

    Trek starts with a tough trail and we climb up to the Lamjura Pass (3530m). It’s so spectacular to trek in spring if you want to see the wonderful rhododendron blooming while walking. Then we climb down to Tragdobuk and gradually head towards Junbesi. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6- 7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,670m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 06: Trek Junbesi to Nunthala

    After breakfast, we ascend to the ridge and get the fascinating view of Mt. Everest. From Salung, we trek down to the Ringmo Khola and gradually climb up to the Ringmo village. From there, we heads towards the Taksindo via Taksindo pass (3071m). The rail had so many ups and down before but later it has been rebuilt. Crossing the Taksindo pass, we gradually reach to Nunthala. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,220m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 07: Trek Nunthala to Bupsa

    First we trek down to the Dudh Koshi River from Nunthala and follow its bank while heading towards the stunning Khjumbu region. Then we cross the bridge, walk to Jubing and to Churka. Again, we walk up to Kharikhola and climb down to the stream, cross the stream and gradually reach to Bupsa. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5- 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,360m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 08: Trek Bupsa to Surke.

    We begin a day walk from Bupsa to Surke. The trail is dotted by the Sherpa villages and dense woods. The forested stretch as we pass Kharte. From here, we climb uphill to reach the Khari La pass. Descending through a narrow canyon, we climb down to Surke and rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5- 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,290m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 09: Trek Surke to Phakding.

    From Surke, we continue walking to Phakding. The trail is flat but rocky. Crossing the ridge of Surke and the nearby hill, we follow the main trail that leads to our destination at Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4 - 5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,652m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 10: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

    We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipments. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 - 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 11: Namche Bazaar : Rest and Acclimazation Day

    Spending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world renowned Himalayan leaders and also forward in mountaineering. After the breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nupste and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 3-4 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) : 5 -6 hours walk

    After breakfast, we begin the trek to Tengbouche. As we walk in the high altitude region, we need to be aware of the altitude sickness. We walk gradually at the underneath of the fabulous peaks as Ama Dablam. Phunki Tenga can be a lunch point, near the River. With a splendid time there, we begin to ascend the Tengbuche monastery. Depending on your interest, we can visit the monastery and witness the evening prayer or wait till the morning of the following day to observe the Morning Prayer. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 -6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,870m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche

    With a Morning Prayer bell, we leave our bed and walk there to view the ritual processes. Tengbuche monastery is one of the important monasteries in the Khumbu region, which was built in 1921 and destroyed by fire in 1989 and again re-established. Then return back to the hotel, have breakfast and begin the trek. Pangboche is the best lunch stop today. the Gompa of Pangboche is regarded as the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. Dingbuche is about 2 to 2.5 hour walk from here. The view of Kwandge, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantenga, and Thamserku are amazing. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 -6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,360m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 14: Trek Dingboche - Duglha to Lobuche (4,940 m) : 4 -5 hours walk

    With a breakfast, we begin to climb up to Lobuche. First we ascend to Phalang Karpa and to Dugla, where we stop for the lunch. If you receive the altitude symptoms, better to stay here or if you are ok, then we walk to Lobuche. The accommodation can be crowded, but we are almost one day to reach our final destination. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4 -5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,940 m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 15: Trek Gorak Shep (5,170 m) and hike to Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep

    It’s a heavy day to walk gradually to Gorakshep and to Everest base camp. The trail is not that much technical, but the thin air region make us gasping. We reach Gorakshep via Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass. Reaching to Gorakshep, we have lunch and put our belongings at the hotel room. Then we hike to the Everest base camp with the views of Pumori, Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. The trail is dotted with the rocky moraine and reaches to the tented town where the expedition groups stay. Spending some time with snaps, we retrace to Gorakshep and stay there. Overnight at Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7- 8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 5,364m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 16: Gorak Shep: Climb to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and trek back to Pheriche.

    Getting up early in the morning, we prepare for the climb to Kalapatthar. It is located at 5555 meters altitude. Kalapatthar is a superb view point of various mountains including the East Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu along with the Khumbu Glacier. Descending to Gorakshep, we have lunch and descend to Pheriche. Overnight at Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 7-8 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,280m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 17: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.

    Following the trail that we used for ascending, we reach to Pangboche then Tenbuche and finally to the Namche Bazaar. It is pretty much a long walk but the excursion is fantastic. Overnight at Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6 -7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 18: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

    The last day of our trekking, we walk down through the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew. Overnight at . Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,800m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    We start our 13th day on the EBC trek early in the morning with a hearty breakfast to get to the Lukla airport to board our flight to Kathmandu. Flights depend on weather conditions; so, you might experience some delays. However, in case of any delays or emergencies, your guide will do his best to make situations more favorable to you. Once you land in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel where you can rest. Later in the evening our company will treat you to a farewell dinner and receive your feedback. Overnight at Hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Farewell Dinner
  • Day 20: Farewell, flights home

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

    • Accommodation: N/A
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • 16 nights’ accommodation during the trek in a twin shared lodge (tea house)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Airfare from  Lukla to Kathmandu including airport departure tax
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Bhandar by bus.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandator).

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$2500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
Start Date End Date Availability Price
February 24, 2019 March 15, 2019 Available US$ 1579
February 28, 2019 March 19, 2019 Available US$ 1579
PRICE FROM US$ 1579 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1579

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-110
  • Trip Duration 20 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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