Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek could be considered the ‘purest’ and most authentic trek in the region as it follows the same trails that the early pioneers in the 1950s would have used. Instead of taking the short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the Jiri variation starts with a 7-hour long bus ride to the town of Jiri where the trek begins.


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Before the famous Sir Edmund Hillary and his associates built the Lukla airport, reaching what is now considered the starting point for most Everest treks involved hiking for a week through the countryside of the Solu Khumbu region. From Lukla, the trek follows the classic Everest Base Camp Trek through the towns of Phadking, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pheriche and Gorak Shep before reaching Everest Base Camp situated on the south side of the mountain.


The trek is popular among individuals looking for an extended stay in the Himalayan countryside and a greater exposure to the real-life workings of the Sherpa people and their culture, untainted by the more popular tourist route that will be encountered later on the trek. The Jiri variation is also the only alternative to taking the nerve-racking flight into Lukla – not a flight for the easily unsettled!


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Highlights of the trek include the first week spent chiefly in the Solu Khumbu region among pristine terraced farmlands, forests and the beautiful Dudh Koshi River. Most of the Sherpa people live in this region so expect to encounter the friendly hospitality of the locals while you learn about their culture and customs as you slowly acclimatize to the high altitude.


Past Lukla you will be greeted with breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding peaks as you make your way up the Khumbu Valley towards base camp. Mingle with some potential summiteers at base camp before ascending Kala Patthar, the iconic viewpoint of the region.


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Outline Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)


Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation


Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m/7,841ft): 8-9 hours


Day 4: Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m/7,280 ft): 6 -7 hours


Day 5: Nunthala to Bupsa (2,360m/7,740 ft): 5-6 hours


Day 6: Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m/8,694ft)


Day 7: Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft): 4 - 5 hours


Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 3 - 4 hours


Day 9: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)


Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours


Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours


Day 12: Dingboche: acclimatization


Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours


Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours


Day 15: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours


Day 16: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours


Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours


Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu


Day 19: Final departure


Detail Itinerary of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)


After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Peregrine Treks will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit Peregrine Treks’ office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Peregrine Treks. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Included meals: Dinner


Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation


After breakfast, we begin our tour of four amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the architecturally rich Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the interesting 'Monkey Temple' (Swyambhunath), and the Bauddha Nath Stupa, which is one of the largest stupas in the world. After completing our tour late in the afternoon, we drive to Peregrine Treks’ office for a brief meeting about our trek and get to know our team leader (guide) and fellow travelers.


Included meals: Breakfast


Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m/7,841ft): 8-9 hours


We begin our drive to Salleri after breakfast. Our drive will be on the Madhya-Pahadi Highway and across the Sun Koshi River. We pass through beautiful riversides, jungles and villages. We continue to Okhaldhunga and begin to notice a change in the climate and landscape. The views of Numpur Himal and Everest are ours to admire. We continue our drive higher up and reach Salleri. Overnight in Salleri.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 4: Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m/7,280 ft): 6 -7 hours


We begin our trek after breakfast and pass Ringmo Village from where we begin ascending on a steep trail until Namche Bazaar. The trail passes through some great ruins before reaching Nunthala, which is a located at a lower elevation than Salleri. Roughly, we ascend 600m and descend 800 m. Overnight in Nunthala.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 5: Nunthala to Bupsa (2,360m/7,740 ft): 5-6 hours


We begin our trek after breakfast and descend for the most part of the trek. We cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and climb up for a little over an hour. The trail passes through Khari Khola village and the scenery starts to get more picturesque. We trek through a beautiful rhododendron forest before reaching Bupsa. Overnight in Bupsa.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 6: Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m/8,694ft)


We begin our trek after breakfast. The trail climbs up a ridge. We walk on the ridge and climb another ridge. Next, we cross a deep gorge with a great view of a waterfall and begin ascending to Chaurikharka. It is a wonderful small village with fields of barley, wheat and a few green vegetables. The village also houses a Buddhist monastery. Overnight in Chaurikhara.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 7: Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft): 4 - 5 hours


We trek for some time and cross a bridge over the Chheplung Khola (stream). We continue our trek on a trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. On our way to Monjo, we also pass through a few villages, rhododendron and magnolia forests and Buddhist monasteries. We also cross Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries several times before reaching Monjo. Overnight in Monjo.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 3 - 4 hours


We walk a little further from Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We continue walking on the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River and pass a chorten on the way before reaching Namche Bazaar. The traditional Sherpa village is one of the busiest villages in the Khumbu region with government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 9: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)


Our guide(s) can take us to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar today. Hiking to Sagarmatha National Park rewards trekkers with a sunrise view and the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. We can also enjoy a day hike to Khumjung village (12,401ft), which is a beautiful Sherpa village. In exploring Namche Bazar, we observe traditional Sherpa life, Khumjung Hillary School and enjoy flora and fauna found at such altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours


This segment of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh Koshi River and the equally popular ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region and soak in the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours


We decent and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. At Dingboche, we see a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stonewalls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 12: Dingboche: acclimatization


Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stonewalls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours


We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours


We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.


However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is recommended that we visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow-capped mountains, the resulting scenery is incredible. Therefore, for those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar today instead of the next day please inform your guide and he/she will coordinate accordingly.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 15: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours


We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds, which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360-degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Pheriche for a good night's rest.


Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together; afternoon time is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 16: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours


We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours


The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu


We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Included meals: Breakfast


Day 19: Final departure


Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Peregrine Treks will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home, you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Important Note


Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Peregrine Treks. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.


Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities, which can be arranged by Peregrine Treks upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.


In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.