Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri - 17 Days

Highlight

  • Stand face to face with the world’s tallest mountain i.e. Mount Everest from its base camp
  • Understand the mountain culture while living with the Sherpas
  • Witness the Rich Floral and fauna biodiversity of rear Himalayan species within Sagarmatha National Park
  • Wander within the peaceful trail from Jiri to Phakding that has been able to keep the beauty of nature absolutely intact
  • An exciting return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Overview

Without a second thought, Everest Base Camp is the world’s most popular trekking route. This magnificent trek route in Nepal has been opened for tourists almost a century back and has been thriving ever since. 

The breathtaking view of the Himalayas and the classic settlement of the Sherpa people make this awesome journey to the Himalayan exciting. Either you take the classic Everest Base Camp route after flying to Lukla or decide to trek from Lukla by completely skipping the domestic flight, it is all equally exciting. If you plan to trek to Lukla instead of flying, you get to spend five more days in the mountains on an almost similar budget. Now, for someone looking for a longer holiday in Nepal, that’s a quite good deal, isn’t it?

For this Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri, we shall first get a bus from Kathmandu to Jiri. Driving all the way up to Bhandara, we start the hike to Sete. Only on the 7th night, do we get to Phakding and join the classic Everest Base Camp route. After one day of the hike, we get to Namche Bazaar and stop here for acclimatization. Climbing upwards, our next destination shall be Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and then Everest Base Camp. On the way back, we trace the same route to Lukla and then fly to Kathmandu.

So, here is all the detail you need to know about Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri.

Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri
Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri

Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu- Jiri– Bhandar

Bhandara – 2190 m / 7185 ft – 8 to 10 hrs

Leaving Kathmandu, we start the ride towards Mount Everest. Partaking in the remote region all through the drive, we follow the Sun Koshi stream and cross the river at Mude. Then we progress forward midst the woods to arrive at the town of Jiri. Jiri, a small town in Dolakha is very popular for its picturesque magnificence. Then, we further drive off-road to Bhandar where we spend our first night on the Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri.

Day 2: Trek to Sete town

Sete – 2575 m / 8448 ft – 6 to 7 hrss

Following our way that takes us right down to Likhu Khol, we cross the river and move towards Kinja. Continue walking through the fields and farmhouses, we arrive at Sete town. Sete town is a classic Nepalese town that is arranged on the river. Here, we have a great Nepalese dinner and end our day beautifully.

Day 3: Hike to Lamjura pass and Junbesi

Jun Beshi – 2670 m / 8759 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Abandoning Sete town, we will start the journey towards Junbesi. In the first hour of the morning, we claim Lamjura La Pass (3530m). Going through a backwoods brimming with rhododendron, the view from the Lamjura Pass is just magical. After a few moments here, our path leads us to the Sherpa village of Junbesi, where we crash for the night

Day 4: Trek to Nunthala

Nunthala – 2220 m / 7283 ft – 6 hrs

Climbing through the forest, we can see that the Everest top (8848m) gradually starts to show up. From Junbesi, we do follow the path that leads to the little town of Salleri. Then, we descend to the Ringmo Khola before climbing to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m). This pass is our biggest victory before our trail still takes us to Nunthala for an extended stay.

Day 5: Trek to Bupsa

Bupsa – 2360 m / 7742 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Appreciating the stunning view of Karyolung (6511m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m), Gyachung Kang (7952m), Khumbila (5761m), and various other different pinnacles, we drop to the Dudh Koshi River. Few more ascent and descent for the day takes us to Bhupsa for the night. It’s an exciting day at our Everest Base Camp via Jiri.

Day 6: Trek to Surkhe

Surke – 2290 m / 7513 ft – 5 to 6 hr

Climbing to the hilltop over a stream, we rise through the precarious way to Paiya. We will hike through the thick forest of pine and oak trees while spotting the monkeys and birds in these forests. The short walk then brings us to Surke, marking the end of our day.

Day 7: Trek to Phakding

Phakding – 2652 m / 8700 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Following the ways of Dudh Koshi River, we will climb to Chaurikharka. Then going through numerous Buddhist landmarks, and Chortens, we slowly head towards Phakding. For the night, we crash in one of the well-built lodges of Khumbu. At Phakding, we will be joining the classic Everest Base Camp trek route.

Day 8: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3440 m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

 This is going to be a long day. Firstly, as we leave Phakding after dinner, we’ll first enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Now, crossing the confluence of the Dudh Koshi on a Suspension Bridge, we climb steeply for about two hours. The walk on the ‘Namche Hill’ along the thick subtropical forest will be the most satisfactory experience on the mountain. Shortly after that, we will enter the Namche Bazaar. Namche is the final stop for the Everest View trek.

Day 9: Rest Day at Namche

This prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region was one of the trading centers of the Khumbu region. Even today, Namche is known for its finest guest houses, restaurants, and shops. In the evening, we might visit the monasteries, museums, and viewpoints around the town. We stay here for an additional day of our Everest Base Camp via Jiri.

Day 10: Trek to Tengboche

Tengboche

Tengboche – 3870 m / 12696 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

 From Namche, the well-worn path contours around the side of the valley. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River, we’ll get our first specialized views of peaks in the Khumbu area. Passing some traditional Sherpa villages and various tea shops, we do a steep climb to Tengboche. Tengboche is known as the home to the powerful and recently rebuilt monastery. This is the most significant Buddhist heritage in the entire Khumbu region, and we ought to explore it. Also, we suggest that you have some cake at the bakery and enjoy the relaxing evening. 

Day 11: Trek to Dingboche

Dingboche – 4360 m / 14304 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

The route to Dingboche at an elevation of 14,470 ft is such an enchanting experience. On the path, we’ll face the entire range of the mountain, smiling at us. One will literally fall for the spectacular creation of nature. We’ll encounter peaks such as Lhotse (27,940 ft), Nuptse (25,791ft), Makalu (27,838 ft), Cho Oyu (8,189 m), Ama Dablam (22,349 ft), Thamserku (21,680 ft, Island Peak (20,305 ft), Mera Peak (21,247 ft), Lobuche (16,210 ft), and more. 

Along your way, we shall encounter many stupas that appear out of nowhere. Then, there’s the most renowned “Pangboche Monastery” built in the 16th Century. It is drained by the frozen river streams that directly come from the mountains. And then the magical view of the sunset from Dingboche brings your day to an end.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 

Lobuche – 4940m / 16207 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

The 11th day of the tour will be enjoyable as we witness the spectacular mountain during the entire hike. Further trekking, the trail leads to the wonder of dreams- the beautiful alpine flora and rear fauna forest. On the way, you can see the memorial statues of the mountain climbers who passed away in this same region. 

 The hike to Lobuche is fun and memorable. At an elevation of about 4,940 m ft, Lobuche is approximately 8.5 km South-West of Everest Base Camp. Upon arrival, we enjoy a warm dinner and prepare ourselves for another exciting day. 

 Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp and then back to Gorak Shep 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri
Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

Gorakshep – 5368m / 17611 ft – 7 to 8 hrs

 After spending a chilling night at Lobuche, we first head towards our final lodging place, Gorakshep. With much excitement built up, we begin the trek early in the morning trek. Walking through the lateral moraine around Khumbu Glacier, we arrive at Gorak Shep in a short time.

After a few hours, we crash right at the Everest Base Camp– our final destination. Base Camp is the closest we are getting to the highest mountain in the world; you get to leave your footprints right on the base of the world’s highest peaks. With much satisfaction, it’s time to head back to Gorak Shep. Treat yourself to a yum dinner after such an accomplishment.

Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m) viewpoint, trek to Pheriche

Pheriche – 5545m / 18192 ft – 7 to 8 hrs

 Without a doubt, today is the climax of our The Budget Everest base camp trek. Before dawn, we hike to Kala Patthar to witness the most stunning sunrise on Mt. Everest.During spring, the overall surroundings would be so magical. Kala Patthar is the most popular viewpoint in the Khumbu region. The trek is quite challenging, but in the end, it’s worth so much. After some fantastic hours at the top, we’ll trek back to Gorakshep for breakfast. Then it’s time to get back to Pheriche, the small stunning village. Reflecting on an unforgettable memory of Mt. Everest, the trek moves further downwards. The trail to Pheriche is full of forests and meadows along the way. 

Day 15: Trek Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3440m / 11286 ft – 5 to 6 hours

 Another day of the easy walk! We will resume the descent after some hot breakfast at our teahouse. We commence the trek as we cross the river and walk on the riverbank’s right side toward Shomare and Pangboche. A short walk from Pangboche takes us above a suspension bridge. 

The further walk takes us to the valley of Tengboche, a place with beautiful monasteries. The entire trek takes 7 to 8 hours, but the path is mostly downhill and easy. After a short uphill, we reach the ridge that leads us to Namche.

Day 16: Trek Lukla

Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri
Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft -7 hr

 Get ready for your final day on the trekking trail of the Khumbu region. The day is going to be a rewarding day as we return down the Dudh Koshi valley. The course is generally quite gentle and fun. Before rushing on to Lukla, the path heads steeply to the west. As we arrive in a small village, we stop for some rest before taking a junction that takes us into the trees. The village’s path leads down to the main trail as we join the sidestream before Toktok. From Toktok, we walk for some time before crashing into the large town of Lukla. You can stroll around the area the enjoy nature while still living in the Khumbu region. Let your body relax with the cool mountain breeze hitting you. 

Day 17: Flight to Kathmandu

If everything goes right to the schedule, we will fly back to Kathmandu in the early morning. Wave a final goodbye to the Sagarmatha region before you hop into the plane. The 45 minutes flight back to the capital city will indeed be a relaxing one. Further, the unforgettable and successful memory of Everest will accompany you. 

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, we drive to our hotel. For the rest of the day, you can enjoy the beauty of this remarkable city.

FAQ

Why choose the Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri?

Although this route is unusual, there are many tourists who travel from Jiri to Everest Base Camp. A few reasons for that are:

Flight cancellation due to unfavorable weather: Happens often in summer due to rain and winter due to Spring

Flight cost to Lukla: The cost of a two-way flight to Lukla is $360. Some might find it high, thus choosing to trek.

For a peaceful trek: Well, the trail from Bhandara and Phakding is also equally beautiful, offering a different view and cultural insight than the one seen from Everest.

What are the people of Everest Base Camp like?

The Khumbu region between Tibet and the bank of the Bhotekosi River is home to the Sherpa people. These great mountain conquerors are the brave soul of the Himalayas. Even after years of cross-cultural conflicts between foreign visitors and Sherpas, the locals have deliberately maintained their life’s fundamental values and culture. Their unique festivals, lifestyle, and beliefs have established a great interest among visitors. 

What are the permits for the Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri?

It’s the same as the permits one needs from Everest. You need Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit that costs NPR 2000 ($20). You can get this permit upon landing in Lukla. Next, you have the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit issued at the National park gate. The cost for this permit is USD 30.

What kind of accommodation is available on Everest?

EBC trek bestows an impressive range of tourist-friendly accommodation. After a long day of the walk, you can have a warm sleep in a soft bed. The local villagers mostly well manage tea houses on Everest. They are specially made to provide a basic facility in a cozy space. The wooden bed has a simple mattress, pillow, and blanket.

From Sete to Surke, the hotels are quite old and basic. Some hotels in Phakding and Namche have very luxurious rooms with great amenities. The western-style toilet is standard in the EBC route. Only in higher elevations, there are squat toilets. Read all about Everest Base Camp accommodation.

What kind of food is available for the Everest Base Camp trek.

An impressive variety of Nepalese and international cuisine is available at each tea house. You can enjoy Dal-Bhat with unlimited supply for the most fulfilling experience. For lunch and dinner, other options are soups, momos, and fried rice. Chinese and continental items are also available.

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Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri