Jiri to Everest base camp trek (21 days)

  • Everest Base Camp
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Everest Base Camp

The Everest base camp trek via Jiri route lets you follow the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa. This trek begins from Jiri in a scenic village located in the eastern region of Nepal. Enjoy exploring some of the finest natural and cultural wonders Nepal has to offer as you hike to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. Pass through the alpine forests and glacial rivers, enjoy the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people of the region and visit Buddhist monasteries covered in prayer flags. Hike up to Kala Patthar to enjoy scenic panoramic views of Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse.

This is the longer route to Everest base camp but highly recommended as it lets you experience the unique and extreme landscapes of eastern Nepal.


Trip Overview

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1320m).

Welcome to Nepal! Here our representative will meet you with a name card as you leave the airport. You will be welcomed by receiving a garland (floral wreath) around your neck, this means welcome to Nepal.  You will then be driven to your hotel by car.  Here you can have a rest and enjoy the day around Thamel; the tourist centre of Kathmandu.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley; it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swyambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar (2250m) via Jiri about 9 hours.

Today early morning we catch the bus to Jiri. Since it is mountain road the road is cursive having up and down. After reaching Jiri we take jeep to reach Bhandar our trek start point. During the drive we enjoy the view of Koshi River as well as panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa.

Tea House in Bhandar – B, L, D

Day 04 –Trek from Bhandar to Sete (2575m) about 7hours

Our first day trek, we ascend and descend several times through the deep Jungle and lower terrace of the multi ethnic farmer settlements. Then we cross Thado Khola’s suspension bridge before we reach Bhandara and Dokharpa. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1600m), a big community of Newars and Magars. Then we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2170m) where there are chances to see Himalayan Monkeys and continue on towards Sete.

Tea House in Sete – B, L, D

Day 05 – Trek from Sete to Junbesi (2670m) about 7 hour 

Today we will go through the original Sherpa village widely known as Sherpa Land and start climbing to the Lamajura pass at (3570m). Lamajura pass is the highest point in between Jiri to Namche bazaar offers panoramic views of green mountains and where we can see the total destination we will heading to experience the classic Sir Edmund Hillay started. Then we descend down to the Junbeshi. Send the rest time by roaming in the village and know their life style.

Tea House in Junbeshi – B, L, D

Day 06 – Trek from Junbeshi to Nunthala (2220m) about 6 hours.

After crossing the small stream we start to hike up through the forest from where we could see the first stance of mountains including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, mera peak, Thamserku and many other high mountains. After passing the Ringmo River, the trail ascends to the Ringmo village then we climb to Taksindhu La pass (3070m), where we can see isolated Monastery of taksindhu a superb example of Sherpa architecture. Then we descend to Nunthala through forests, Kharkas and Bhattis.

Tea House in Nunthala – B, L, D

Day 07 – Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m) about 6 hours.

After breakfast the trail descend down to Dudh Koshi River. We follow the Dudh Koshi River upward as we are entering Khumbu region. We pass the river valley through barely, wheat and corn to the sprawling Rai village Jubing. We continue to climb up to Sherpa village named Kahri Khola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Then we steeply climb up to Bupsa.

Tea House in Bupsa – B, L, D 

Day 08 – Trek from Bupsa to Surke (2290m) about 6 hours.

Today, at first we gently climb with forestry trail passing by Kharte village. From kharte we climb uphill takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoy the stunning views of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Then descend to Puiyan and some ups and downs to surke.

Tea House in Surke – B, L, D

Day 09 – Trek from Surke to Phakding (2650m) about 5 hours.

We continue our trail upward again; we climb through a jumble of boulders, passing some wonderful mani walls until we reach Cheplung. Then the trails moves down to Phakding.

Tea House in Phakding – B, L, D

Day 10 –Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m) about 7 hours

We start the day by Crossing the River to walk through blue pine and rhododendron forests, in the spring when the flowers are in bloom it is a magical sight.  Enjoy great views of the snow-capped peaks of KusumKanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch.  From here the walking gets a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. It is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to again cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, to the confluence of the BhoteKosi and Dudh Kosi rivers.  After crossing a large stable suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first time. You may notice you are travelling a little more slowly as the effects of altitude start to become apparent. Take your time on this path which is used by the local peoples as a ‘foot highway’ on this important trading route. At Namche we stay in a lodge in the heart of the village.

Tea house in Namche – B, L, D

Day 11 -Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Due to the high altitude, we stay in Namche Bazaar for a second night to help with acclimatisation.  This also enables you to fully explore the town and its surroundings. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow.  The town grew in importance when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal.  Today trade still continues at Namche and Tibetans are sometimes seen in the village trading rugs, Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is highly recommended that you see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The panorama can be stunning at both times of the day with a superb view of the Khumbu peaks, including great sightings of Everest. After breakfast there are various options, including a walk with a series of great peaks rearing to well over 6,000 meters just to the west. Alternatively you can visit the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and to escort you on the walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the Everest View Hotel where beautiful views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawoche, Peak 38, and Thamsherku can be enjoyed.

Tea house in Namche – B, L, D

Day 12 – Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) about 5 hours.

Today’s route toTengboche weaves in and out of side valleys. We head past the teashops of Kenjoma and then join the trail from Khumjung passing by collections of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek and we encourage you to take your time.  We pass by the small settlement of Sanasa, the trail drops towards PhunkiThanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and by more mani stones.  Following the side of a hill, you will reach a saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is said to be one of the world’s most breathtaking.Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserkuall provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village.

Tea house in Tengboche – B, L, D


Day 13 – Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4345m) about 5 hours.

From Tengboche the day starts by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Dibuche.  Here the level trail passes by many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest.  After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche (3901m). This village is the highest year-round settlement in the valley. The Pangboche gompa is the oldest in the Everest region; it once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We cross the Imjatse River and arrive in Dingboche; the valley is made by Imjatse River that flows down from the Island peak. Enjoy the incredible views of the beautiful Mountain Ama Dablam,Kantega and other peaks.

Tea house in Dingboche – B, L, D


Day 14 – Rest day at Dingboche 

Todayagain acclimatize at Dingboche as second acclimatize day on this trip. You might hike up to Chhukung towards to Island peak or explore Dingboche valley or hike up to Chhukung Ri or relax.

Tea house in Dingboche – B, L, D

Day 15 – Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) about 5 hours

After breakfast at the lodge the trail leads through the valley and get in to the bottom of the hill from where uphill begins to get in to Dugla. After that the trail continues climb up to the ridge where you can see many memories of Sherpa who died on the glacier of Mount Everest. The trail gently climbs up to the Lobuche for overnight.

Tea house in Lobuche – B, L, D

Day 16 – Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5200m)/ Excursion to EBC (5420 m) about 6 hours

After a leisurely breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends only gradually to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier; from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to GorakShep (5200m). After lunch we set off on our excursion to Everest Base Camp.  This will be a fun filled high altitude walk along the Khumbu glacier to this triumph and tragedy spot at the elevation of 5430m.

Tea house in Gorakshep – B, L, D

Day 17 – Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) and trek back to Pheriche (4240m) about 5 hours.

We start early this morning to catch an Everest sunrise.  We climb up to the Kala Pathar (5550m) below the giant Mount Pumori. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of GorakShep. From Kala Pathar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest),Nuptse, Lingtren and many other peaks.  After enjoying the sunrise, we return to Gorakshep and continue the descent to Lobuche to get to Pheriche.

Tea house in Pheriche – B, L, D

Day 18 – Trek from Pheriche to Namche about 6 hours

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail goes easy downhill through the dry valley till Pangboche village. Then the trail goes down to the riverside and cross a bridge and continues up through the pine forest to the Tengboche. The trail descends to the Dudhkoshi River and continues up to Khyungjuma. Finally an easy walk leads you to the Namche Bazzar for overnight where you will have really hot shower which is the best after few days having no shower.

Tea house in Namche – B, L, D

Day 19 – Trek from Namche to Lukla 5 about hours

After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monjo. After check out from the park check post continue walking to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continues to the Lukla.

Tea house in Lukla – B, L, D

Day 20 –Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) 35 minutes flight

Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So your guide will organize all the airport formalities by the time you have finished your breakfast at the lodge.  Your luggage will also be taken to the airport for you.  Once your guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will get the chance to watch how these small aircraft land into this small airstrip.  After a quick photograph, head to the airport and catch your flight to Kathmandu.  On arrival at Kathmandu airport, your guide will take you to your hotel by private vehicle.  The rest of the day in Kathmandu is yours to rest or explore.  Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural program.

Overnight in Kathmandu – B, D

Day 21 – Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards they will drop you to the airport.

Note of above Itinerary:

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Drive to Bhandar (2250m/7380ft)

Day 04- Trek to Sete (2575m/8446ft)

Day 05- Trek to Junbeshi (2670m/8758ft)

Day 06- Trek to Nunthala (2220m/7282ft)

Day 07- Trek to Bupsa (2360m/7741ft)

Day 08- Trek to Surke (2290m/7511ft)

Day 09- Trek to Phakding(2650m/9348ft)

Day 10- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m/11316ft)

Day 11- Acclimatization day at Namche

Day 12- Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/12661ft)

Day 13- Trek to Dingboche (4345m/14252ft)

Day 14- Acclimatization day at Dingboche

Day 15- Trek to Labuche(4903/16082ft)

Day 16- Trek to Gorakshep (5200m/17056ft), excursion EBC

Day 17- Trek to Pheriche (4240m/13907ft) after hike to Kalapathhar (5550m/18204ft)

Day 18- Trek to Namche bazaar

Day 19- Trek to Lukla (4650m/15252ft)

Day 20- Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 21- Fly back to Home country


Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.


Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
  • Domestic flight ticket for the guide and airport tax.
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pohkara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Respective region ( Everest) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities



Pricing Per Person

The more people joining your trip the cheaper it becomes, so why not grab a few friends and bring them along.

  • 1 Person -$1560
  • 2-4 People -$1470
  • 5+ People -$1430


Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary

Duration: 21 Days

Grade: Challenging

Maximum Altitude: 5,545m

Best Season: Feb- may, Sept-Nov

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car, Plane

Are you looking for a Tailor made trip? Your enquiry is greatly appreciated and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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