Everest Classic via Jiri Trek -18 Days

Duration: 18 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge
  • Group Size: 1 to 20
  • Max Altitude: 5545m

Trek the same exact trail that was used by the first mountaineers who summited Mount Everest in 1963. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary began their famous ascent all the way from Jiri, a village in the foothills below the Everest region peaks. By the end of the Everest Classic (from Jiri) Trek, find yourself at the legendary Mount Everest. Observe mountaineers as they prepare to summit the highest peak in the world at 8,848 meters / 29,029 feet.

At the time, all trekkers and mountaineers came from Kathmandu to Jiri, where the road ended. For this reason, Jiri has unofficially deemed “The Gateway to Mount Everest.” Today, so few tourists visit that it is a little paradise that adds amazement and a diversity of scenery for those who wish to begin the Everest Base Camp Trek from there.

Placing yourself on the trail from Jiri not only puts you on a historically significant route, but it also provides for more time to acclimatize. With an extra few days in the itinerary to reach Phakding, where the normal EBC trail starts, trekkers are in peak condition to ascend to higher altitudes. A bonus is that those first few days are sparsely populated by other trekkers.

Start from Jiri and pass various peaceful, serene villages nestled among sprawling terraced hillsides. The small number of tourists on the trail allows us to have better connections with the villagers that we meet in the guesthouses and throughout the trail. Locals belong to the Sherpa ethnic group and trekkers find them exceptionally hospitable and welcoming. In Junbesi, we can visit Thupten Chholing, a large Buddhist monastery with several hundred nuns and monks.

At Phakding, we align with the normal Everest Base Camp Trek route. Pass more villages, mani walls, and other Tibetan Buddhist shrines, and reach Namche Bazaar – the trade and tourism center of the Khumbu region. The magical views begin to greet us.

By Gorakshep, we are surrounded by a moon-like landscape, encompassed by several 6,000+ meter peaks. Within two days of Gorakshep, we have two major highlights of the trek: Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) and Kala Patthar (5,545 meters). The reason for Everest Base Camp being a highlight needs no explanation. It’s simply legendary. Kala Patthar is notably the best place to view the peak of Mount Everest. The viewpoint also provides unbelievable views of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, AmaDablam, Lobuche, Kangtega, Thamserku, and more.

At this point, we head back down to Lukla and take a flight back to Kathmandu. The Everest Classic (from Jiri) Trek provides the best of both worlds. You take the original route up to Everest, and the exciting flight out of the area from Lukla.

You can take the Everest Classic (from Jiri) Trek all throughout the year. The best times to make the trip, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the best weather and clearest skies, not to mention that during the springtime, rhododendron and other alpine flowers are in bloom. Third Eye Adventure Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!


  • Classic Everest route the old one
  • Diversity in community and landscape
  • Relax trekking with nice views of different places
  • More acclimatization to reach EBC


Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri - 9 hours.

    Today early morning we catch the jeep to Jiri. Since it is mountain road the road is cursive having up and down. After reaching Jiri we drive to 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 2250m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Bhandar
  • Day 02 Trek from Bhandar to Sete - 7 hours.

    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 ThadoKhola’s suspension bridge before we reach Bhandara and Dokharpa. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1,600m), a big community ofNewars and Magars. Then we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2,170m) where there are chances to see Himalayan Monkeys and continue on towards Sete.

    • Max. Altitude: 2575m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Sete
  • Day 03 Trek from Sete to Junbesi - 7 hours.

    Today we will go through the original Sherpa village widely known as Sherpa Land and start climbing to the Lamajura pass at (3,570m). 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 2670m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Junbesi
  • Day 04 Trek from Junbeshi to Nunthala - 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 (3,070m), where we can see isolated Monastery of taksindhu a superb example of Sherpa architecture. Then we descend to Nunthala through forests, Kharkas and Bhattis.

    • Max. Altitude: 2220m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Nunthala
  • Day 05 Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa - 6 hours.

    After breakfast the trail descend down to DudhKoshi River. We follow the DudhKoshi 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 KahriKhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Then we steeply climb up to Bupsa.

    • Max. Altitude: 2360m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Bupsa
  • Day 06 Trek from Bupsa to Surke - 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 2290m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Surke
  • Day 07 Trek from Surke to Phakding - 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 2650m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Phakding
  • Day 08 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar - 6 hours.

    After our breakfast the trek begins following the bank of Dudhkoshi River till Jorsalle then crossing suspension bridge we head to Namche through the Jungle which is all the way up. Namche is a gateway of Everest and the biggest bazaar of the region.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 09 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

    Namche bazaar is known as capital of Khumbu region as well as gateway of Mt Everest. Perhaps Namche is a highest mountain city which is modernize and facilitated city like pub, bank, hospital, and bar all available. Today we do some side hiking trip by hiking to Everest view point Hotel (3,880m) from where we can see spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam and many more.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 10 Trek from Namche to Tyangboche - 6 hours.

    Today after breakfast we will begins our trek with extra energy. Due to scenario of snow capped mountain and alpine forest it makes automatic excitement/ After 3 hour walk we will have lunch at Fungi Thanga then head up to Tyangboche by crossing rhododendron forest. Tyangboche is very popular for it’s more than hundred years old monastery.

    • Max. Altitude: 3867m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Tyangboche
  • Day 11 Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche - 6 hours.

    The trail goes down to Deboche then by crossing hanging bridge and up arrive Pangboche. From Pangboche gradually up two hours arrives Dingboche a big human settlement at the end.

    • Max. Altitude: 4410m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dingboche
  • Day 12 Acclimatization at Dingboche.

    Today we take rest at Dingboche for acclimatization by doing side trip. We climb as much as we can and the highest point is Nagarjuna hill which is 5,000m from where we can see Mt Makalu and other mountains.

    • Max. Altitude: 4410m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dingboche
  • Day 13 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche - 5 hours.

    Trekking starts from Dinboche, walk around 2 hours gradually up arrives Thukla. After short break we hike steeply up till the memorial area where we can find statues of those people who lost their life in Everest expeditions. Then one hour easy walk to Lobuche.

    • Max. Altitude: 4928m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerr
    • Place: Lobuche
  • Day 14 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep with visit EBC (5364m) - 7 hours.

    After breakfast at Lobuche we walk toward Gorakshep which is mostly flat trail and will take about 2-3 hours where we stay overnight. After a quick lunch at Gorakshep we do day hike to Everest base camp for what you are coming. We take our cameras, water and small backpack to experience Everest base camp. This will take 5-6 hours for both ways including roaming time.

    • Max. Altitude: 5160m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gorakshep
  • Day 15 Trek down from Gorakshep to Pheriche - 7 hours.

    This morning we do early hike to Kalapathar (5,550m/18,210ft) to catch stunning view with sunrise. It will be freezing cold while climbing Kalapathar for that have to be prepared with proper clothing. Kalapathar is one of the best sunrise view point with closest Mountain above 8,000m. All Everest ranges can be seen from here. After sunrise view we back down to Gorakshep, have breakfast and all the way down to Pheriche for overnight

    • Max. Altitude: 5550m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Pheriche
  • Day 16 Trek down from Pheriche to Namche bazaar - 6 hours.

    Since we trek down it is almost the way down hill except some up hills arrives Namche where you can enjoy hot shower, nice coffee or enjoy pub bar etc

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 17 Trek down from Namche bazaar to Lukla - 7 hours.

    Same way we trek down to Lukla while we going up for the trekking. Lukla where we take our flight back to Kathmandu for next day

    • Max. Altitude: 2860m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lukla
  • Day 18 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla - 45 min.

    Today after breakfast we proceed to the Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive you will be driven to the hotel. Whole day you have time to rest shop and have good food.

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu


  • All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers as per itinerary.
  • During the trek, three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek including a private bathroom in Lukla. Phakding and Namche.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Flight fare Lukla – Kathmandu.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required permits for trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Kathmandu Hotel and food
  • Nepal entry visa fee is 15 days 30$, 30 days 50$ and 90 days 120$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks, and water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs.
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