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Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is the best opportunity to follow the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. This route was followed by Hillary and Tenzing during the 1953 Everest expedition. The Most striking feature of this trek is that you will visit two Himalayan protected areas of Nepal. You have to go along Gaurishankar Conservation Area besides Sagarmatha National Park. For a few days, you will follow the route of Pikey Peak trekking.
Flora and fauna of the Himalayan conservation areas make your trip more than memorable. While walking along the dense pine, oak, fir, birch and rhododendron forests, you have the glimpses of various animals and birds. You can see the animals like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan thar, Himalayan black bear, etc. during this trip. You will see 118 species of birds like Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed and yellow-billed chough.
The ancient monasteries, chortens and mani walls reflect the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Junbesi Monastery, Tengboche Monastery and Pangboche Monastery are the must-visit shrines. Jiri Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the best vantage points of Everest region. Everest View Hotel (3,880 m) is one of the highest placed hotels in the world. From here, you can have the 360-degree view of Mt. Everest and other peaks.
The Next vantage point is Kalapatthar (5,550 m) that is visited after reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). From Kalapatthar, you can shoot the photos and videos by keeping Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other Great Himalayas on the background. Other peaks seen during Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri are Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,812 m) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m) and many more.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Everest Base Camp trek is everyone’s dream once in a lifetime! They all want to reach the closest place of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 m). However, it is not everyone’s cup of tea! Jiri Everest Base Camp trek itinerary ranges from 9 days to 21 days depending upon a few things. The route you follow and the rest days you want to play a vital role to size the itinerary.
If you begin Everest Base Camp trek from Kathmandu by flying to Lukla, you can do it in around 9 days. On the other hand, if you make it from Jiri, Dolakha, the itinerary changes. Similarly, you have two days acclimatization in Namche Bazar and Dingboche in Everest region. If you cut off these days, you can minimize the proposed itinerary.
Similarly, you can extend this itinerary by connecting to other popular treks in Everest region. Everest Gokyo Lakes trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, Everest Cho La Pass trek, etc. are some packages, which can be connected with this trek. You can consult with the local tour operator about the best trek itinerary for Everest region trekking. NTR is one of the most reliable agencies that conduct tour and trekking in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan respectively.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
To talk about Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty, we need to discuss the responsible factors for this. Trekking hours every day, presence of high passes, condition of the trails, altitude gain and availability of food and accommodation facilities are those factors. Except altitude gain, Jiri Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate type of trek. Even if you are beginners, you can do this trek if you prepare yourself a little more. In case you have the previous trekking experience, it will be an added benefit.
You have to walk for about 6/7 hours along the rugged trails every day. You don’t have to cross high passes but only below 3,200 m. As the teahouses, hotels and lodges are in enough numbers along the route, you don’t have to worry about food and accommodation. The condition of the trekking trails are good as thousands of the trekkers traverse to this region. The altitude is the main challenge during this trek as you have to spend most of the days above 2,500 m.
As soon as you reach above 2,500 m, you have the threat of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You need to follow some precautions to avoid this challenge. Walking with slow paces, having enough rest, food and drinking water can be really to help us cope with this. Similarly, taking medicines like Diamox Oral can also keep you away from AMS. Moreover, as soon as you feel any of the symptoms like shortness of breath or extreme fatigue or dehydration, you need to consult with the trekking guide.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek Permits
Everest Base Camp trek is a free area trekking in the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal. There is not any restricted area included in this region. Therefore, you don’t need any special trekking permit to make this trip. Jiri Everest Base Camp trek is open for even a solo trekker, or you can do this trek independently. But we recommend you to book the trip via a well experienced local tour operator located in Kathmandu.
To make this trip, you need the following permits:
- TIMS Card
- Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project Entry Permit
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
Jiri Everest Base Camp trek cost is different from Kathmandu-Lukla EBC trek cost. You don’t have to use domestic flight to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. Rather, you drive up to Jiri by road for about 7/8 hours. Similarly, to start an Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri it takes a little longer than from Lukla. The itinerary adds up 7 days that it determines a different cost from following the traditional EBC trekking trail.
Kathmandu-Lukla EBC trek requires only two permits while Jiri EBC trek needs three legal documents. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP) Entry Permit is an added obligation for this trek.
The cost of GCAP permit is USD 30 per person per entry while the SAARC nationals must pay USD 10 per person per entry. And 13% VAT is added in this price. You can get this permit either from Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu or Shivalaya nearby Jiri. NTR is always ready to provide its customers the best trekking package by charging the minimum price. To know more about the itinerary and cost Jiri Everest Base Camp trek, click here
- Opportunity to follow Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
- Helpful in minimizing the cost by avoiding domestic flight
- Ethnic villages of Rai, Tamang, Sherpa, Brahmins, Chhetri and others
- Less crowded trails
- The ancient monasteries as well as Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, culture and tradition
- Flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park and Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project
- Closest view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m) Pumori (7,161m) and other peaks
- Scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
On your arrival day, the representative of NTR receives you at the Kathmandu Airport. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel. When you become fresh, you can visit Thamel on your own.
The tour guide of our agency takes you out for Kathmandu Valley guided tour. You will explore the art and architecture of the World Heritage Sites. You will go around The Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.
When you come back to the hotel, the team leader tells you all about Jiri Everest Base Camp trek itinerary. Now, you can collect the trekking gears as advised by the trekking guide.
You begin the roadway travel along the Araniko Highway across Dhulikhel up to Khadichaur. Moving along the zigzagging road across the Bhote Koshi River, you reach Mude. From here, the one-lane road runs through the dense forests and reaches Jiri.
Jiri is a small town of Dolakha district and is also called the Switzerland of Nepal. Before the construction of the off-road track up to Bhandara, Jiri used to be the starting point of Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri.
You drive alongside the dusty road to Bhandara by enjoying the alluring view of the Himalayas and amazing terrains.
Ascending along the banks of the Likhu Khola, the trail goes across a suspension bridge and reaches Kinja Village. Walking further alongside the terraced farmlands and small huts, you reach Sete. It is a small Sherpa village situated on the edge of a cliff nearby the dense rhododendron forests.
After having breakfast, you climb up towards Lamjura La Pass (3,530m) by walking along the path amidst the rhododendron forests. From this pass, you descend to a beautiful valley named Junbesi (the Moon Basin).
As the name suggests, people believe that the moon comes down to this plain to take a short rest. After reaching in this village, you can take side trips to the local monasteries situated here.
Junbesi Monastery built in 1635 AD is one of the oldest Buddhist shrines of the whole Solukhumbu region. It is popular for the 6-feet statue of Lord Buddha and Dumji Festival.
This is celebrated in the last week of May or the first week of June at the monastery premises. If you make Jiri EBC trek in the this time, you can observe and even participate the masked dances!
Having the first glimpse of Mt. Everest (8,0848m) and the astounding landscapes, you walk past Salleri. It is another main trading hub of this district. Following the banks of the Ringmo Khola, you reach Nunthala Village by crossing Thanksindo La Pass (3,100m).
It is a beautiful villages resided by the people of Sherpa, Rai and Tamang ethnic people. It is situated on the bottom of Karyolung Peak (6,511m) and has stone paved paths and typical houses.
Today’s destination is Buspa Village to reach where you have to walk about 5/6 hours. Walking along the rugged trail across the Dudh Koshi River, terraced fields and small cottages, you reach Jubing Village. In this Rai village, you see the women dressed in their cultural dress and traditional jewelry, especially the nose ring.
Moving onwards, you reach Khari Khola (2,000m) where you can visit the local monastery. You can talk with the monks of this monastery to know more about the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Finally, crossing the Dudh Koshi River, you reach Buspa to spend the night.
Moving along the dense rhododendron forests, you move towards Khari La Pass (3,081m). You will have the enchanting sight of Kusum Kangaru (6,367m), Gyachung Kang (7,952m), Khumbila (5,761m) and many more.
Going across a large mani wall and a few teahouses, you reach Pyuyan. It is a popular stop during Arun Valley Everest trekking or Makalu Base Camp trek. By traversing through the alpine and rain forests, you ascend towards Surke Village.
Walking along the Dudh Koshi River banks, you move ahead to meet the traditional trail to Lukla Namche Bazaar trek. On the way, you go across Chaurikharka which is a mountain village having scattered houses.
Then, moving across few Buddhist shrines largely beautified by prayer flags and chortens, you reach Phakding. Enjoy the breathtaking veiw of Mt. Nupla (5,885m), Kusum Kangaru and Kwangde Ri (6,011m).
Walking along the pine and rhododendron forests of Sagarmatha National Park, you move upwards to Namche Bazar. After that, you walk past Monjo and Jorsalle villages. Thereafter, a suspension bridge over the confluence of the Bhote Koshi River and the Dudh Koshi River.
On the way, you will watch the enthralling view of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku (6,623m), Everest, Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Tawache (6,542m) and many more. At the end of the day, you reach Namche Bazaar.
Nanche Bazaar is the main trading center of the entire Solukhumbu region. You get all the modern facilities like ATM booths, cafes, restaurants, hotels, etc. Most of the trekkers take an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
You have a few things to do in Namche Bazar for acclimatization purpose. Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,880m) for the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. It is one of the highest altitude hotels in the world.
There is the Sherpa Museum to get more knowledge about the Sherpa lifestyle, culture and tradition. The Hall of Fame has preserved the photos of Hillary and Tenzing from the 1953 Everest expedition.
You can also go to Thami Village, KhumjungVillage or Khunde Village. There is the Sagarmatha National Park Office at Monjo that gives you information about the biodiversity of this highest altitude conservation area.
Relishing the breathtaking view of Mount Everest (8,848m) and other peaks, you walk along Sagarmatha National Park. The trail takes you further along the dense forests of pine, oak, fir, birch and rhododendron. You might see birds like pheasant, the national bird of Nepal and animals like musk deer and Himalayan thar.
Finally, you reach Tengboche Monastery from where you can have the astounding view of the Himalayas. Some of the prominent peaks are Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mt. Khumbila (5,761m) and Mt. Thamserku (6,608m). It is the largest monastery of the Everest region, which is famous for Mani Rimdu Festival.
This is the most colourful festival of the Sherpa people living in the Everest region. It is celebrated for 19 days between October and November at the premises of Tengboche Monastery. The monks and nuns perform mask dances in the traditional songs of the Sherpa community.
Crossing a bridge over the Imja River and then following the rhododendron forests, you reach Dobuche Village. Then, the route crosses some Sherpa ethnic villages like Pangboche, Milingo and Somare. At Pangboche, you observe the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region. Finally, you end up the trek at Dingboche.
This is another rest day in the Everest region. You can walk around the valley to pass the time. In case, you love some challenges, you have two things to do. Hike to Chhukung Ri (5,550m) for the lifelong memory of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Alternatively, hike to the Nagarjun Hill (5,100m) to have the 360-degree view of Lobuche East (6,119m), Lobuche West (6,145m), Taboche Peak (6,367m), Thamserku, Kangtega (6,685m) and Ama Dablam. From the top, the scenery of Periche Valley is beyond description!
At first, you cross the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, the largest of this type in this region. You walk past the memorials of the climbers who lost their lives during Everest trekking and expedition.
Moving a few miles ahead, you reach Lobuche Village. It is a traditional Sherpa village having well maintained tracks and helpful people. You can have the clear vistas of Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East from here.
Today is the most remarkable day of the whole Jiri Everest Base Camp trek. You reach Gorakshep, the base camp of Mount Everest until the 1953 Everest expedition made by Hillary and Tenzing.
By witnessing the mesmerizing view of the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall, you move to Gorakshep. And then,by keeping the backpack at the hotel, you move towards Everest Base Camp.
From the highest possible place of the world’s highest peak, you have the alluring view of the Great Himalayas. Except Mt. Everest itself, you see the welcoming view of the snowcapped peaks from here.
Then, you climb down to Gorakshep for the night station. In this way, you make the Everest dream come true!
Get up as early as you can so that you will reach Kalapatthar, the best vantage point of Everest region. By walking for about 2 hours along the icy trail, you reach Kalapatthar (5,550m).
From here, you have the 360-degree view of the Everest Summit and other gorgeous mountains. The first rays of the sun striking the looming snowcapped peaks are really amazing!
After getting the lifelong memories of the astounding view of the three 8,000m plus and other peaks, you climb down to Gorakshep. After having breakfast, you move downhill to Periche.
Periche is the windiest town, which is famous for wonderful sight of Cholatse and Tawache Peaks. You can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post. It provides medical treatment to trekkers and local people by the foreign volunteer doctors.
Encountering with hundreds of trekkers going up towards Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and other fauna of Sagarmatha National Park, you continue the retreat trip. By crossing Pangboche, Tengboche and other villages, you arrive in Namche Bazar.
Walking along the same trail and enjoying the views of the Himalayas and landscapes, you arrive Lukla after 7 hours of trekking. This is the last day trekking of Jiri Everest Base Camp trek, so, make it as memorable as you can.
You have breakfast while enjoying the sunrise view of the gorgeous mountains of the Khumbu region. Then, you catch morning flight to Kathmandu by enjoying the aerial view of the snowcapped peaks, lush valleys and green forests.
After landing at the Kathmandu Airport, you will be relocated at the hotel. In the leisure time, you can takes a short walk around Thamel for shopping relics and garment items.
In the evening, the agency organizes farewell dinner party at a cultural restaurant around Thamel.
The member staff of NTR takes you to the Tribhuvan International Airport to catch up with your flight.
- Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
- Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, accommodation during the trekking
- Three star level hotel in Kathmandu
- Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
- Trekking permit of National park,
- TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
- Flight fare lukla to kathmandu
- Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
- First aid kit
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali resturant
- Personal expenses
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide and porter
- Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary )
Mount Everest (8,848m) is in Solukhumbu district of far western Nepal that shares its border with Tibetan Autonomous Region. It is a member peak of the Khumbu Himalayan region of the Himalayas and is accompanied by two other eight-thousanders: Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m).
Junbesi, is the most interesting place for cultural sites, myth and natural prettiness. Junbesi is a Nepali word meaning “Moon” and “Basin.” People believe that the moon comes down to the earth to take a short break in this place. Junbesi Monastery, Ngagyur Segon Lungrig Sedrup Monastery and Thupten Choling Monastery are the must-visit cultural site while in this region.
Everest Base Camp is approximately 185 kilometers away from Jiri. You need 17 days with two days’ acclimatization at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche to reach Everest Base Camp.
No, you cannot! Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu and then begin the trekking along the Sherpa settlement areas is an option. Next, flying to Ramechap and then driving to Jiri is another way to begin the classic trek to Everest Base Camp via Jiri. Due to the topographical complexities, there is not roadway connection up to Everest Base Camp.