Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Everest base camp trek via Jiri is a classic old school route to this region sending back to good old days of expedition’s and exploration. This route was originally taken by Sir Hillary and Sherpa Norway on their very first ascend to create a history which has lasted as a legend while making many captivated.  At present there are multiple trails to Everest Base Camp though this route has its own distinct charm and requires gut which suits 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 exists.

The main attraction of this route 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 an 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 merrier when you start to enjoy the green vegetation, wild life 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 spreading a wonderful fragrance in the entire area. While reaching at Junbesi we take a day off to get accustomed with the climate and the altitude which provides an opportunity to utilize this time for visiting Tashi Thongmon Ghompa giving a refugee on its serenity. Though, if you are fond of children’s take a trip to Junbesi Secondary School and lighten up with them. While this journey continues off you reach Nunthala unfold your very first treasure as a first glimpse of Everest along with Mera and Kantega. After walking for ten days finally reach Lukla and enjoy the nature wonderful backdrop giving you a best view in town of the gigantic mountains.

Finally reaching at Lukla climbing the steep slopes and terrains crossing numerous villages, monasteries, meadows reach Tengboche to welcome you with a panaroma of  a picturesque  Khumbu region, ice fall, Island peak, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumari, Thamserku, Lhotse, Chantse to finally reach at the base camp reaching Kala Pathhar giving away a stunning view of Mt. Everest at your front. We, Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provide a 22 days package deal to enjoy this exquisite experience enjoying the panorama while taking a stopover at the monasteries, gompas and villages.  Experience valor and recall the past with us through the adrenaline pumping experience on trek to Everest base camp via Jiri. 

 

Outline Itinerary:

 

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 Kalapathar, Pheriche

Day 19 - Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 20 - Namche to Phakding, Lukla

Day 21 - Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 22 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Welcome to Nepal! A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll introduce you to your trekking guide. This is an exciting moment - you’ll be seeing a lot of each other over the next three weeks, and our guides consistently get excellent reviews. On this, your first evening, we’ll go over some last-minute details over dinner.

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!

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.

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!

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. 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.

Day 6 - Junbesi: Acclimatization

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.

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, we’ll glimpse 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.

Day 8 - Nunthala to Bupsa

We'll follow the English Milk River to Dudh Kosi 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.

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.

Day 10 - Lukla to Phakding

We'll kick things off today with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding, a 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!

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 Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a 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 Kosi 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.

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 locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.

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, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.

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 Khol 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 trekking for two weeks - be proud of yourself!

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.

Day 16 - Dingboche to Lobuche

From here on forth, the trek will move more gradually 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 Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari 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!

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 accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, 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.

Day 18 - Gorekshep to Kalapathar, Pheriche

We'll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means "black rock") for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day's first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of 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.

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.

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.

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. You'll transfer 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.

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 your loved ones.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • 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/teahouses 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 paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • 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

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 22 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 22 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment. 

Flight Delay in Lukla:

Only domestic mountain flight is only available to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition so, that why we have kept the extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situation like delay or cancel the flight. In case if the flight is canceled for 2 or more than that, then we will have to charter a helicopter and make sure that you reach on scheduled flight and reach safely in your own home. This extra service cost can be deposited directly to the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team office and the expense is carried out by the Insurance Company as the helicopter charter cost will be maximum US$ 500 or the US $ 3500 which depends on a number of people in flight. 

 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 21 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Hiking & trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Tea house

Country: Nepal

Region: Everest

Price: USD 1,430

Group size: Minimum 2 persons

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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