Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

A Classical Trekking Itinerary to Everest base camp from Jiri
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek - 22 Days
  • Duration22 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5555m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transport and Flight
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is a historic trekking journey that follows the original route to the Everest Base Camp. The Jiri to EBC trail was made famous by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they reached the summit of Everest in May 1953, for the first time in the history of the Everest Expedition. Since then, thousands of trekking and mountaineering expeditions have followed their footsteps and reached the Everest Base Camp and even the summit of Mt. Everest, starting their hike from Jiri.

Jiri is a beautiful town surrounded by verdant hills all around it. The Classic Jiri Everest Base Camp trail takes you along scenic, fertile hills and valleys up to the mountain landscape of the Khumbu region. The unparalleled natural paradise of the surrounding Himalayas in the Everest region is a favorite of trekkers from around the globe. You will be standing at the spectacular location where history was made providing a direct view of the legendary Khumbu Icefall and a thrilling feeling like nowhere else in the world.

This trek sometimes referred to as the "Classic Everest Trek," is ideal for those with plenty of time because it allows hikers to properly adjust to the altitude before reaching the Everest Base Camp and eventually to Kalapatthar, the highest point of the journey. This walk offers a wide range of landscapes, including sub-tropical and alpine forests, Sherpa settlements, yak pastures, glaciers, glacier-fed rivers crossed by breathtaking suspension bridges, and thriving market towns.

The journey is well-liked by those who want to spend more time in the Himalayan region and get a deeper understanding of Sherpa culture and daily life away from the more well-traveled touristy route which they will eventually face later on the journey. Not a trip for the easily agitated, the Jiri EBC Trek is also the only way to avoid the nerve-wracking flight into Lukla! The trek highlights include spending the first week mostly in the Solu Khumbu region, which is home to immaculate terraced farmlands, woods, and the stunning Dudh Koshi River.

Jiri EBC Trek takes you to one of the best viewpoints on earth, the Kala Patthar (5545 m), with an unequaled view of Everest and nearby mountains above, and the Khumbu Glacier and picturesque valley below. You be treated to tremendous mountainous scenery with majestic peaks including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nupste, Pumori, Thamserku, Kangde, and many more. This Himalayan landscape is populated by the famous high mountain people named the Sherpa following a customary way of life. The Jiri Everest trekking offers a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa and visit holy Buddhist monasteries.

The 22 days Classical Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is available to book with Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition. Outfitter Nepal has a great deal of experience leading hikes in the Himalayas of Nepal. Experience the most exhilarating 22 days of your life with our Jiri to EBC Trek program. Come along on one of our departure dates, or get in contact with us to customize an Everest hike to your unique requirements.

Best Features of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic drive from kathmandu to Bhandara along verdant hills
  • Walk through the Classic Everest Trekking route taken by mountaineering pioneers
  • Spend more time in the Himalayas hiking through villages, valleys, and passes
  • Experience the peaceful and off-the-beaten trail from Jiri to Phakding 
  • Get to know about the Sherpa people and culture in Namche and Khumjung Village
  • Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery and attend the prayers
  • Reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain
  • Enjoy the unforgettable views of Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier
  • Observe Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbu Ice Fall from Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5545 meters
  • Get on a thrilling yet scenic flight from Lukla to kathmandu on your way back

What to anticipate during the 22-day Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Classic Everest Trek starts with an exciting tour of Kathmandu and busy marketplaces. Then, you enjoy a picturesque drive to the starting point of the trek, Bhandara, in a lovely valley at the entry point for the Solu-Khumbu region. The trek heads east through the scenic foothills and valleys and their charming villages. You cross a few high passes before reaching the Dudh Koshi River valley and follow this dramatically steep valley to Namche Bazaar, the gateway of the Khumbu Region. Namche is located in a natural amphitheater overlooking the valley with the astonishing beauty of the surrounding mountains. You take a day of rest in Namche to get accustomed to the altitude with the chance to explore the surrounding area and villages of Kunde and Khumjung.

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp hike continues further with a stopover for the night at the magnificent Tengboche Monastery, with unforgettable views of several mountain peaks there. The Jiri to EBC trek then moves to the north through one of the original Sherpa settlements in this region, Dingboche, where you spend another acclimatization day. The landscape becomes more remote and desolate as you make your way closer and closer to the highest mountain on earth.

Finally, you are rewarded for your efforts with a great feeling of satisfaction as you reach the Everest Base Camp, the ultimate goal of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Classical route. Enjoy this extraordinary surroundings and follow it up with a hike to Kala Patthar's viewpoint to see the great views of the Everest and Himalayas. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Hike continues with the peaceful journey back to Namche Bazaar, then trek back to Lukla and take a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla to conclude the trek. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you take a leisurely day to rest your body and fly back to your loving home the next day. 

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri the right choice for me?

We suggest this trek for everyone who has enough time and is willing to spend that time strolling in the Himalayan landscape of the lower Solu region before entering the high-altitude Khumbu region. It is also a great idea to skip the hazardous flight landing at Lukla Airport. This is a tried and tested path as it used to be the classic route to Everest followed by the mountaineers until the construction of Lukla Airport. The route is also a heaven for solitude lovers who want to experience a peaceful journey, which is impossible in the standard Everest route.

While the EBC Trek via Jiri has many advantages, it is not a journey for the faint-hearted. The walk offers a wealth of experiences, including enticing scenery vistas, the expansive Himalayas, the rich culture and traditions of the locals, adventure, challenges, bright, rushing days, and serene, starry nights. Achieving those rewards is no simple task. It requires two weeks of intense hiking in the untamed high-altitude Himalayan landscape. The trail demands excellent physical fitness as you have to trek in the tough Himalayan terrain for an extended period of time. In comparison to the standard trail, the Jiri - EBC trail has more ascends and descends that require sound physical and mental health, great fitness, and strong perseverance. 

Why choose Outfitter Nepal for this Jiri to EBC trek of 22 days?

While you may find hundreds of websites and organizations online providing their trekking services in the Everest region, not all of them can be trusted. Travelers should conduct independent research before making any travel plans, as there are innumerable accounts of people falling victim to scams. Outfitter Nepal is a reliable local business that has been approved by the government with over 20 years of expertise in the trekking industry. Positive reviews from our guests on TripAdvisor and our website serve as evidence of this.

Here are a few more reasons to choose us for your Jiri to EBC trek:

  • We understand what our clients anticipate from us, and we have never disappointed them.
  • Our utmost concerns are the security and safety of our customers. Customer satisfaction is the most essential thing to us.
  • We make the trip to the EBC fun and enjoyable while still providing all the necessary information about the region.
  • We exclusively use knowledgeable and skilled local porters and guides. We evaluate each employee's effectiveness on a regular basis.
  • Our expert local trekking guides speak several languages, including English. 
  • We provide a selection of essential hiking equipment, such as an oximeter, first aid kit, sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and more.
  • As an environmentally conscious tour company, we encourage ethical travel and take part in sustainable tourism.
  • We guarantee the best services and the best price package in the market.
  • We offer fixed departure dates and we never cancel on you.
  • We are open to last-minute reservations.

Major Attractions of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Strolling through the lower regions of Everest

The trail begins in Jiri and travels through numerous fascinating communities of Solu or the lower region of Everest for a week before it meets the standard route in Phakding. While trekking, we pass through terraced agricultural fields, sub-tropical jungles with blooming Rhododendron and oak trees, numerous suspension bridges, and high passes. Nature is spectacularly beautiful and what adds a cherry on top is the warm welcome by various ethnic groups along the way. The trail passes through numerous villages belonging to various ethnic groups. The Sherpas make up the majority of them, along with Tamang, Jerel, Rai, Brahmin, and Chhetri. It is such a wonderful experience witnessing their diverse culture up close. 

Hiking in the Sagarmatha National Park

While hiking in the Everest region, visitors can encounter a vast range of climatic zones and vegetation. You travel through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to many different kinds of plants and animals. UNESCO has inscribed this park as a World Natural Heritage Site. There are numerous stream crossings, dense forest passageways, and ascents and descents along the route. The stunning Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang are all visible from the hike in this national park.

For a long time, birds and other species that were in danger of going extinct have found safety and protection at Sagarmatha National Park. The national park is home to two endangered species: snow leopards and red pandas. Sagarmatha National Park's plethora of birds has long drawn visitors keen on bird-watching. While taking in the landscape, guests can watch a variety of birds typical to the region. You may easily enjoy the seclusion of Sagarmatha National Park with our 22-day EBC trekking tour via Jiri.

The beautiful Himalayan town of Namche Bazaar and its prominent Sherpa culture

Situated at an elevation of 3440 meters above sea level, Namche Bazaar is regarded as the “Gateway of Everest.”. Everything from trekking and climbing gear to Tibetan antiquities can be purchased in this small but bustling town. Along with providing information about the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpas, Namche also acts as a memorial for several mountaineering expeditions. This little village in the Himalayas is famous for its yak cheese and butter.

Namche Bazaar is a significant hub in the Everest region. Namche used to be a major center for trade in the Khumbu region because of its prime location on the side of an arch-shaped mountain and breathtaking views of the main Himalayan peaks all around. You will stay in Namche Bazaar for the whole day to acclimate, which will give you time to explore the city and discover Sherpa culture. You can interact with the amiable locals to add even more special touches to your rest day.

Standing at the base camp of Mt. Everest

The feeling of being at the foot of the highest mountain peak in the world is surreal. At the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, the base camp is surrounded by some of the most famous mountains. The Himalayas and glaciers are breathtakingly beautiful to see. Reaching the base camp of Everest alone is a significant achievement. Overnight stays are not allowed at the Everest Base Camp; access is only available during the day. From here, the enormous Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall offer two of the most amazing views. Before departing from this little piece of heaven, make sure to take in the views as much as you can. Your time at base camp is the most inspirational part of the entire trek.

Morning hike to the magnificent viewpoint at 5545 m, Kala Patthar

As you may well know, the whole face of the mountain cannot be seen from Everest's base camp. Still, you shouldn't worry because Kala Patthar, a rocky ridge that provides an excellent spot to view Everest, is only a short climb from Gorakshep. Offering 360-degree views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, Kala Patthar (5545 m) is located above the Everest Base Camp. The EBC excursion would be incomplete without a visit to Kala Patthar. Reaching the top of this rock offers a wide-angle perspective of both Ama Dablam and Everest, making it one of the most spectacular mountain vistas on Earth. Furthermore, as the sun reaches the summit of Everest at sunrise, the view of its peaks looks spectacular.

Visiting the ancient Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery is a popular tourist site in the Khumbu region. This historic monastery is a wonderful spot to view the peaks of the mountains and a highly significant religious site. The monastery was rebuilt by Lama Gulu in 1961 after the 1934 earthquake destroyed it. In 1989, the monastery caught fire again. It was later successfully fixed. The Tengboche Monastery remains Khumbu's oldest and greatest monastery despite these terrible incidents. Here you can also learn about the culture and religion of Buddhism. 

Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

At the end of the trek, you take a short 35-minute flight from Lukla that gets you to Kathmandu. As you soar over the Himalayas with glittering mountain peaks below you, you will experience something incredibly thrilling and beautiful. The short runway at Lukla Airport is what adds to the excitement of this journey. At just 525 meters (1,729 feet), it has one of the shortest runways in the world, and at 2,845 meters (9,334 feet), it has one of the highest airports globally. The runway at Lukla Airport is particularly steep and perches on a mountain, making it an unusual place to take off and land.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The trip begins the day you land in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will meet you at the arrival gate of Kathmandu International Airport and escort you to your hotel in Thamel. The rest of the day is free. Depending on your arrival time, you can rest for a while and head out to have the first look at the touristy streets of Thamel. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs to have some food and drinks.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

After having breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we will take you on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in a private vehicle to show you around the city. Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. There will be a full-day guided tour to the famous tourist destinations of Kathmandu city such as the biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After a day full of sightseeing, you will be returned to your hotel in the evening. You will have time to shop your trekking gear if you need any.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We start our journey quite early in the morning and drive via the Araniko highway to Bhandar. While passing the old Newar towns of Banepa and Dhulikhel, you will get excellent panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorjee Lakpa. The scenery changes as we travel through verdant hills and valleys, raging rivers, cascading waterfalls, and distant views of snow-capped mountains. The people living along the way also exhibit a diversity of cultures and traditions. The road descends to Panchkhal, then climbs over a ridge behind Dolalghat and follows the Sunkoshi North to Lamasangu. After passing several villages you will reach Jiri and then continue to Bhandar, where you’ll spend the night at a lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 2190m/7185ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 840m/2756ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today is the first day of your trekking journey to Everest Base Camp. After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our day hike. Our trail first drops down to the Linkhu Khola, crosses the river at 1490m, and then follows it to Kenja at 1570m and another steep ascent to Chimbu. Continuing further through terraced farming and several farmhouses, we finally reach Sete. Situated on a ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest is a little Sherpa village called Sete, where we spend the night at a mountain lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 2575m/8448ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 385m/1263ft,
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

It’s going to be a challenging hiking day today. After a warm breakfast at the lodge, we start our day. We begin hiking on the trail that passes gradually up through Lamjura Pass (3530m), which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. It then descends through fir and rhododendron forests and emerges after one and a half hours at Taktor. We continue on the north side of the valley before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi. We spend the afternoon here exploring the village and the way of life of its inhabitants.

  • Max. Altitude: 2675m/8776ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 100m/328ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

As usual, we start our trek after a warm breakfast at our lodge. Below Junbesi, the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill then turns north, descending through Sailung. From the Dudh Koshi River, the trail ascends to Ringmo and the Tak-Shindo Pass. There are a few shepherds' huts beside the trail but the route is mostly hidden in dense forest. The trail crosses several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala (Manidingma). Nathula is where we spend today’s night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2200m/7218ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 475m/1558f
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After having breakfast at the lodge, we descend from Nunthala to the Dudh Koshi River at 1480m and cross it to follow the other bank. Most of the trail is well-defined, although, it sometimes meanders through terraced fields and yards of houses. It then descends steeply through forests to a Chautara (resting place) overlooking the river. We follow the river for a while, then climb through terraced fields to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1667m). We climb through the village around a ridge and aim for the prominent notch in front of us. From this notch, the trail continues to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) and goes onwards up the steep hill to Bupsa Danda, which is our today’s destination.

  • Max. Altitude: 2360m/7743ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 160m/524ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

On the eighth day of the trip, you will wake up in this beautiful hilltop village of Buspa Danda. Like previous days, we start our trek after a delicious breakfast. The trail ascends from Bupsa on to Bhumsing (2300 m), then continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasionally be seen. The trail now descends and crosses the next tributary after one hour, and continues on the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan. We spend the night at a tea house in Puiyan.

  • Max. Altitude: 2780m/9121ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 420m/1378ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After breakfast, we start our trek ascending for about an hour after Puiyan to the ridge at 2800m, followed by another ridge. The trail descends to Surkhe (Buwa) at 2293m, situated on a tributary of the Dudh Koshi. The trail remains above the village of Surkhe encircling it. The trail now leaves this tributary valley and heads directly north towards Chaurikharka, another dispersed village. Before ascending to Chaurikharka (2713 m), the main trail crosses a spectacular deep gorge with a high waterfall. After some time, you’ll reach Phakding, where you meet the standard EBC trail coming from Lukla. We spend the night at a lodge in Phakding. 

  • Max. Altitude: 2610m /8563ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 170m/557ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Following a brief breakfast at the lodge, we continue trekking following the Dudh Koshi River, which we cross many times on the way. At Monjo, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to numerous flora and fauna. We stop here for lunch and rest our weary muscles for a while before continuing our trek. After lunch, we pass a plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held. Namche Bazaar appears ahead as we travel along a path surrounded by pines. After a few hours of walking, we reach the bustling town of Namche, where we will spend the next couple of nights.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 830m/2723ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We have included an extra day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization in order to help our body get used to the lower oxygen levels at high elevations. Nevertheless, you shouldn't spend the entire rest day in bed. Getting your body moving is the best way to acclimatize. Your trekking guide will make plans for quick trips to Everest View Point and the Sherpa Museum. In addition, you can stroll around the community market and talk to the Sherpas, who will be happy to exchange a few words with you.

If you would like to witness the Himalayas in all their grandeur, you can trek to the Everest View Hotel. This is one of the tallest hotels in the world. The further you go uphill, the more brilliant the sights get. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the majestic mountains, which include Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest, from a location near the hotel.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 440m/1443ft
  • Elevation Loss: 440m/1443ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After a rest day at Namche, we continue our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and close-up views of Thamserku. Our hike follows the gradual trail with a few ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalayas. Along the way, we may spot wild animals like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail gradually descends to Kayangjuma and eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp.

The track then follows through the pine forests. After we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. We have our lunch at Phunki Thenga we then take a tough climb steeply up through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 420m/1378ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We start our trek after having breakfast at the lodge by descending through the Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola. We cross an exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and walk forward passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche. Pangboche is located at 3985 meters in a stunning valley with breathtaking views of the mountains. We continue on our path toward the high-altitude Sherpa village of Dingboche, flanked like trail guardians by yak herds, prayer flags, chortens, and Mani walls.

As you approach Dingboche, at 4410 meters, you could begin to experience the effects of the thin air. You have to be composed and hydrated at all times. Using an oximeter, your guide will assess the level of oxygen saturation in your body. If you exhibit any signs of altitude sickness, you should slow down and stop your ascent.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1804ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today is a much looked forward day to acclimatize, after two days of continuous ascending. It also gives us a breather to rest our lungs. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley.

We hike to the neighboring hill Nagarjuna after breakfast so we can see the surrounding mountains. Perched at 5,100 meters, Nagarjun Hill offers stunning vistas of the Everest region. Some breathtaking panoramas exhibit the summits of Lobuche, Thamserku, and Nagarjuna, among other notable peaks in the area. We get back to Dingboche after a fantastic day hike, where we explore the town and its environs. We head back to our accommodation in the evening and get ready for the climb the next day.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft
  • Elevation Loss: 675m/2214ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We start our trek in the morning after having breakfast at the lodge. The onward Himalayan journey leads us north for up to 1 hour until we arrive at a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail then gets somewhat gentle as we look down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde (5741m), Kongma Tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours of walking, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dughla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. We then continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where we get to see beautiful views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break here, we continue trekking up to Lobuche, which is where we stay the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 4910m/16109ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 500m/1640ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

After early breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek by following the rocky moraine path, viewing icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch and leave all our stuff at the lodge, as this is the last place where lodges are available.

We then continue on our Himalayan journey to the Everest Base Camp. Congratulations! You have hiked up all the way to set foot on the foothills of Mt. Everest. Your dream has finally come true! After spending some time in the Base Camp, we return to Gorakshep for the night. It was a wonderful day after all. But this is not the end. We have something exciting for the next morning.

  • Max. Altitude: 5364m/17598ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 454m/1489ft
  • Elevation Loss: 200m/656ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

This is the day to witness the full face of Mount Everest gleaming in the early morning light. If you're too exhausted, you can skip it. Arriving at the Everest Base Camp (5364 m) is more than enough. However, we highly advise that you gather your courage and embark on this early morning walk to Kala Patthar, which is also the highest point of the trek. It could end up being the most wonderful thing you've ever done.

Early in the morning, we trek to Kala Patthar before the sun comes up. When the sun's golden rays hit the shimmering snow of Mount Everest and other high peaks in the vicinity, they seem stunningly beautiful. After admiring the magnificent mountain view for a bit, we get ready to descend. After eating breakfast at the teahouse in Gorekshep, we'll climb down to Pheriche, a charming little hamlet where we'll spend today’s night.

  • Max. Altitude: 550m/18208ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 386m/1266ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1894m/6217ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Our trekking journey has almost come to an end. After having breakfast at the lodge in Pheriche, we begin our day hike. Now we are trekking back to Namche Bazaar along the same route we took to ascend. It is an easier descent passing through the rhododendron forests. We eat lunch at Tengboche which is a small village with the famous Tengboche Monastery offering you a splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills, and river views. Then we trek back to Namche, our destination for the day. At Namche, you can have your celebratory dinner with a few drinks.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1170m/3839ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today is the last hiking day of the entire journey. The trekking is pleasant as we head down from Namche to Lukla, except for a few short uphill climbs. We go down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it a few times over suspension bridges. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla. Enjoy this evening as you celebrate the accomplishments of your Jiri to EBC expedition with your entire crew and staff. Savor every moment of your last night in the Everest region by singing and dancing.

  • Max. Altitude: 2840m/9318ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 600m/1969ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Your adventure comes to an end with an exciting flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After breakfast, you board a short 30-minute flight from Lukla Airport. Say goodbye to the hills and mountains and savor the vistas from the air. Take some time to relax once you've reached Kathmandu. Explore the bustling alleys of Thamel if you're feeling particularly energized. You can also buy mementos for your family and friends back home. 

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft;
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today is a leisure day for you to rest and relax. It's also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we cannot fly on the scheduled date and time. If you wanna go out, we can organize a day tour of Patan and Bhaktapur, a shopping tour, etc. Or we can remove this extra day from the tour itinerary if you want and go back home on the same day. Contact us and consult about options available for the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Today, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure to your loving home or to your next destination. Outfitter Nepal takes pleasure in serving you. You counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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What's Included
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 4 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast)
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Bhandar
  • Flight fare Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations in mountain lodges or tea houses during the trek
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers; each porter has a 20-22 kg weight limit)
  • Paperwork such as National Park entry permits
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag – if necessary (return after the trek)
  • Well-equipped first aid kit with oximeter and oxygen
  • All the government Tax, VAT, and service charges
  • Outfitter Nepal T-shirt, cap, and trek map
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid for through your travel insurance
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu or apply beforehand in your home country)
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses like drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charges
  • Tips for the guide and porters (tipping is expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section
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Starts:WEDNESDAYJUL 31, 2024
Ends:WEDNESDAYAUG 21, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1500

If your preferred dates are not mentioned or are closed for booking, you can book a private trip by clicking on "make it a private trip" below. Private trips are available every day throughout the year. 

  • Departure dates are fixed for group joining trips. Please select a date and reserve your spot.
  • Guaranteed dates are confirmed to depart, as we already have people booked for those dates. 
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • The price listed above is only for up to 10 people. If you have a group of more than 10 individuals, you can either make it a private trip or contact us for the further booking procedure. You may be eligible for a discounted group price.
  • Solo travelers are welcome to join the trek. While you'll be allocated a single room in Kathmandu, you have to share a room with other travelers in the group while on the trek because of the lesser availability of rooms in remote mountain lodges.
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

The Everest Region Weather Conditions

Keep in mind that the weather in the Himalayas, particularly in the higher elevations of the ascent, can be erratic. You may experience severe cold, rain, and, in the worst case, deep snow at the higher levels of the ascent. Make sure you have the resources necessary to handle unanticipated events. We suggest packing extra clothes and weather protection even if you're traveling in the summer to be prepared for such situations. There's a faint probability that an avalanche could occur, so you should exercise extra caution.

The weather is usually good and constant at the busiest time of year. That is why it’s a busy time. But the temperature drops quickly and suddenly at night even during the favorable season. Trekking in this region may be quite uncomfortable in below-freezing weather, so be sure to pack plenty of layers of clothes and warm innerwear.

In addition, inclement weather may cause the expedition to be delayed. On our way back, we're taking a flight. Because of bad weather, the early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is often delayed or even canceled. An aircraft cannot safely take off from the Lukla airfield in adverse conditions. If you are trekking in the Everest region, you may want to consider adding a few more days to your itinerary to ensure that everything goes according to plan and to finish your tour in time.

Best Season for Jiri to EBC Trek

As the saying goes, "Nepal for all seasons," trekking is a great option year-round in Nepal. However, the optimum seasons to hike in the Everest region, are spring and autumn. These are the seasons when travel is most enjoyable because of the consistent and pleasant weather. During these months, there is warm, moderate weather, which makes hiking enjoyable. Autumn in Nepal spans from September to November, while spring lasts from March to May.

Trekking in monsoon season is difficult. The monsoon's heavy rains cause the path to become dangerously muddy. You might face roadblocks due to landslides on the way from Kathmandu to Jiri. As a result, it is advised that novice hikers stay away from the monsoon season. If you're an experienced hiker and do not mind some obstacles on the way, you'll enjoy the trek year-round. In any case, it doesn't rain frequently in the higher altitudes of the Everest region, but navigating the lower regions below Namche can get tricky.

Although it is possible to trek in the Everest region during the winter, most people opt not to due to the difficult weather. The Everest region experiences total wintertime snow cover. You won't see as many other hikers in winter as you would during other seasons. This will make hiking more difficult. However, because the mountains are completely covered in snow throughout the winter, it is unquestionably the best season to take pictures of the Himalayas. 

Trek Difficulty

A moderate level of difficulty is involved in the 22-day trek from Jiri to Everest Base Camp. Since you have to walk for 5 to 7 hours a day on average, this journey may be difficult for first-timers, especially on the high-altitude Himalayan Trail. With many ups and downs, the journey can be challenging and steep at times. Thus, to begin this journey, you need to be in excellent health and shape. It's a good idea to start working out and training a few months before the trek to increase your strength and preparedness.

Do you worry that the challenge of the hike will make your trip less enjoyable? Don't worry; with enough preparation and awareness, you can conquer any obstacles that may arise. During the hike, trekking guides will help you at all times. Is going on a hike really worth it if there are no obstacles to overcome? The obstacles you will conquer will make your journey one to remember.

Transportation to and from the trailhead

The Everest region hikes usually begin from Lukla, which is only connected to Kathmandu by airways. However, in this Jiri to EBC trek, we begin the hike from Jiri itself, which is situated at a much lower elevation. So, we take a jeep ride from Kathmandu to Jiri which takes about 7 to 8 hours. On our way back, we hike to Lukla and take a flight from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu. It is a short 30-minute flight above the Himalayas in a small Dornier plane that makes the journey both scenic and thrilling. Traveling by air from Lukla to Kathmandu is a convenient and pleasant experience that offers the opportunity to witness the Himalayas with a birdseye view.

Accommodation during Jiri to EBC Trek

For your Everest trip, there are luxurious hotels to choose from as well as affordable lodges and guest houses. Our package cost includes accommodation in basic guest houses; however, you can upgrade to more luxurious accommodation options. The guest house has conventional amenities including food and common restrooms, along with beds with comfortable mattresses, pillows, blankets, and bedsheets. Two people usually share the basic yet quaint rooms with two beds. We can make private accommodations if you're traveling alone, but if it's peak trekking season, you could have to share a room with other hikers. You can charge your electronic equipment in the guest houses’ common room. The tea houses also have access to hot showers for additional cost. 

Food on the trail

We make great efforts to select the best lodging options, restaurants, and resorts to guarantee excellent, freshly prepared, and healthful cuisine. The tea establishments along the trekking trail serve simple, basic food. Since eating food that is produced locally is much more hygienic, we encourage everyone to do so. Frozen food, which must take days to reach the trails, is the worst option. We won't suggest the non-vegetarian options even though they are available because the meat may not be as hygienic there. You can't afford to get sich in the remote mountains.

Your body will require adequate proteins and carbohydrates as you traverse the foothills of the world's tallest peak at a high altitude. We recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese dish that gives your body the right balance of protein and carbs. Another favorite is "Syakpa," also referred to as "Sherpa stew." There will also be seasonal veggies served, giving your body the nutrition it requires.

You can also sample noodles, sandwiches, baked goods, tea, coffee, and more. A few more cuisines that can be prepared are fried rice, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, and several curry dishes. We recommend consuming fresh vegetables at high altitudes together with hot lemon, ginger, and garlic soup, green tea, and lemon tea to prevent altitude sickness.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

During your journey, you will travel into the Himalayas and reach a height of 5,500 meters. The amount of oxygen in the air decreases with increasing altitude. Therefore, it makes sense to be worried about developing altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS). In certain people, the sudden drop in temperature might also result in altitude sickness. The initial signs and symptoms of the AMS include headaches, nausea, vertigo, and vomiting. It is therefore advised that you proceed cautiously.

Notify your trekking guide right away if you have any of the aforementioned symptoms. They will examine you and provide you with necessary advice regarding possible treatments for altitude sickness. You may need to return to the lower elevation if the symptoms get worse. You can use medicine to control minor symptoms. In order to avoid AMS, one should acclimate appropriately, hike at a moderate pace, maintain a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water. 

Guides and Porters

Hiring a knowledgeable guide is the easiest approach to guarantee your safety during the hike. Outfitter Nepal usually employs experienced, licensed guides when carrying out trekking trips in the high Himalayas and this trip is no different from the others. A certified guide knows the route, the weather in the area, and how to react to it. A competent guide is also knowledgeable about emergency protocols and first aid. 

In addition to our professional trek guides, we also provide competent and well-fitted porters to assist with your luggage. A porter is provided to two hikers to assist them in carrying a combined weight of 24 kg at max.

Permits required for Jiri-EBC Trek

For trekking in the Everest region, a TIMS permit is no longer required. Two other permits are essential to enter the Everest region, particularly the Everest Base Camp: one is issued by the National Park and the other by the local government.

  • Here’s a list of permits required for the trek:
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit - US$ 30
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit - US$ 20

Equipment List

Usually, we tell guests to pack as little as possible. It will be challenging for you and the potters to move around with a lot of luggage. The Lukla flight permits a maximum of 15 kilograms of check-in luggage together with the hang baggage. Thus, pay attention to the things you're carrying but do carry all the essential items.

Here, we've outlined some essential trekking supplies you'll need for the hike. Please read them through. 

  • Trekking Boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Woolwn socks
  • Down jacket and pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Thermal clothing
  • Light pants and T-shirts for trekking
  • Several sets of underwear
  • One set of gloves
  • A wool hat
  • A sun hat
  • Trekking poles 
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • A book or playing cards
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Nutrient bars or chocolates
FAQsJiri to Everest Base Camp Trek - 22 Days frequently asked questions
  • On this hike, altitude sickness is a serious risk. You will spend a portion of the voyage traveling in high altitudes and challenging conditions due to the harsh landscape, which occasionally includes dangerous glaciers and trails over rocky terrain. Before embarking on this strenuous excursion, we advise people who are new to high-altitude hiking to try their hand at other less difficult terrain. However, with enough preparation and training, you can embark on this journey and complete it successfully. 

  • Most tea houses, lodges, and settlements along the Everest routes offer Wi-Fi, albeit for a fee (except in a few isolated areas). However, we can not rely on it because it may not function properly at all times. If you must communicate with friends, family, or coworkers while on the hike, the Everest Link Wi-Fi card is your best bet. All the communities including Gorakshep have access to the same internet connection. If you do not need to access the internet at higher altitudes, your options include NCell and NTC. 

  • The majority of lodges, guest homes, and hotels in the area have solar panels installed, so you can recharge your phone and camera batteries there. While traveling in the Everest region, it's best to bring extra batteries in case there's a risk of not having enough electricity to charge your devices. It is because the sun does not always show up.

  • Since the Everest Base Camp is so far away from civilization, it lacks an ATM. In the Everest region, Namche is home to the final ATM. There are no ATMs after Namche. Remember that the hike starts in Jiri, so make sure you take out enough cash for the trip in Jiri itself. Even better, get cash out from ATMs in Kathmandu before you depart. Why take any chances?

  • Tipping is expected in the travel and tourism industry in Nepal, even though it is not traditional in the country's other hospitality sectors. A valuable way to express gratitude to someone for their service is to leave a generous tip. On the last day of the walk, the majority of our guests give the potters and guide their tips. It's really up to you how much you tip; it could depend on your experience with the service, how long the trip takes, how much money you have, and how much you value their work. Tipping, however, is customarily suggested at a minimum of 10% of the excursion cost.

  • The monsoon season, which runs from June to September, is when Lukla experiences its most unpredictable weather. As a result, you need to plan an extra few days in case your flight is postponed or, worst still, canceled! In case it’s canceled, you have to wait until your flight the next day, which is scheduled to depart at the end of the following day or charter a helicopter service. It's important to keep in mind that the helicopter may not even take off in very bad weather.

  • Before you depart on your trip, you can purchase water purification tablets in Kathmandu to filter your water. By getting free tap water, filtering it using tablets, and drinking the filtered water, you can save money and the environment. Water bottles are available at all lodges and teahouses, with prices ranging from 100 to 250 NPR, which isn’t preferable due to its adverse effect on the environment. You can also buy boiled water in the tea houses along the way. Drinking 4 to 5 liters of water a day is advised in order to prevent dehydration.

  • Indeed, there are numerous lodges dispersed along the trail that offer hot showers. But the Everest region, especially the higher altitude region, is particularly frigid. Thus, it's advisable to avoid having frequent showers during hiking. Showers should only be taken occasionally in low-altitude areas such as Namche, Phakding, and Lukla. It is crucial to keep in mind that having a hot shower incurs additional expenses as it costs about $2 to $4 depending on the altitude.

  • It is totally up to you if you hike in a group or privately. Outfitter Nepal accepts bookings for both kinds of trips. You will receive your own personal guide and porter when you book a private solo excursion, allowing you to travel at your own speed without feeling hurried or pressured to adhere to a certain schedule. Furthermore, compared to a group expedition, a private solo journey to EBC via Jiri will cost a little more.

  • You are welcome to hike with your family and kids who are older than 10. According to studies, altitude sickness can affect both adults and children equally. If your youngster is physically and mentally competent in ascending the high-altitude terrain, go with them. However, your kids ought to be able to walk at a high altitude for 5 to 7 hours per day on average. Remember to perform some basic physical and mental exercises before you travel. Swap junk food for a healthier diet high in carbohydrates and fiber. 

  • Nepal is a peaceful country. Nepalese are hospitable and treat visitors like family. Traveling alone or in a group, female travelers can safely trek in Nepal to the Everest Base Camp. We take great care to guarantee the safety of our female trekkers on their adventure. However, whether you're a man or a woman, it's best to exercise additional caution when visiting a foreign nation.

  • The human body is not adapted to survive at elevations of 4000 meters or above due to low oxygen levels. Observe how your body reacts to the high altitude as you ascend. Headaches, appetite loss, difficulty sleeping, blurred vision, nausea, fast heartbeat, breathing difficulties, and fatigue are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness. If the symptoms continue, it's advisable to stop hiking. If things worsen, you should drop to a lower altitude. To prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), one should take acclimatization seriously, eat properly, and stay hydrated.

  • Reaching Everest Base Camp is a moderately strenuous journey. It's an excursion that anyone in good health can take, but fitter people will have more fun. We suggest that you start doing cardio exercises that increase stamina a few months before your trip. Swimming, cycling, and jogging are some options to try out. Short hikes in the vicinity of your town are another wise choice. Because EBC is situated at such a great altitude, you must bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and other equipment. Remember to include a decent camera so you can document the splendor of the high-altitude landscape.

  • The trekking leaders at Outfitter Nepal possess the necessary competence and skill to handle any crises or challenges that may arise during a trip. You have to tell your trip guide right away if you become altitude sick so he knows exactly what to do. His extensive experience allows him to determine the seriousness of the situation and take appropriate action, such as descending you to a lower altitude or using a helicopter to rescue you. We shall arrange for an alternate rescue and treatment option using our local staff and contacts in the event that the helicopter is unable to fly for any reason.

  • Travel insurance is crucial since the EBC trip is a thrilling trek with inherent risks in the high Himalayas. You can only return to Kathmandu or the nearest cities by helicopter in the event of an accident or illness, such as severe alpine sickness. Consequently, it is a good idea to get travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    William SAustralia,July 04, 2019
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    Jiri Everest Base camp Trek

    My partner and I had booked a trekking tour through Outfitter Nepal which was supposed to start on a certain date, however when we were due to arrive in Kathmandu, there had been a minor place crash in Kathmandu airport which closed it for 4 days.

    We were worried that we weren't able to make the trip or that our trip would be cut short, but we were ensured that our trip would remain the same when we arrive. Since we were stuck in transit for 4 days we had very limited access to communication, which made us quite worried as emails weren't replied as quickly as we'd hoped.

    We arrived at the airport at 12 at night to which it took us 2 hours to get our luggage. As we had no real means to communicate that we had arrived, we were worried that we'd have to find our own transport and accommodation for the night.

    Luckily we found our guide in amongst the crowd outside still waiting for us and were taking to our hotel for the night.

    From then on it was all smooth sailing, the tour guide was great, informative and was helpful when needed.

    I'd be happy to recommend Outfitter Nepal to anyone planning to do some trekking.

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