This trek is as demanding as it is long. We recommend this trek only for serious hikers who are physically fit and willing to undergo the challenge! To reach the starting point of the trek, at Bhandar, we have to drive around 6 hours from Kathmandu. Even as you drive along the Koshi River, the Ganesh Himal mountain is there, waiting for you to start your adventure. From Bhandar the trail goes through forest, across streams, across Lamjura La pass and through rhododendron forests, colourful in the spring, and over another pass, the Khari La until we reach Phakding. You might be interested to know this is also known as the Classic Everest Trek
and in the days before planes could land in the region, mountaineers, such as Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, would have followed this path.
Today the route is not used as much, most people preferring to fly directly to Lukla (with the first overnight being at Phakding), but it is one of natural beauty and interesting Sherpa culture. But the mountains are the same – Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Pumori, Thamserku and more! Once we reach Phakding, the route follows the more usual one, taking us to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. At Namche Bazaar our thoughts again turn to the mountaineering expeditions of old, who would have restocked their provisions here before heading to Base Camp. At Tengboche, we take in the amazing mountain vistas and perhaps send up a few prayers for those who climbed Everest in the past. And then to reach Base Camp itself, we have a long day out of Gorakshep, walking the same way as all those mountaineers have gone. Finally, we see a 360-degree view of Mount Everest from a top Kala Patthar (5,545m) before retracing our steps and eventually flying back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Perhaps thankful that today there are
- Follow in the footsteps of mountaineers of old
- Experience Namche Bazaar
- Say a prayer at Tengboche Monastery
- Plant your feet on Everest Base Camp
- Climb Kalapatthar, the viewpoint for Everest
- Enjoy forests of Rhododendrons
- Trek along less frequented trails
- Fly out from Lukla Airport
Itinerary for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
DAY 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu drop up to Hotel
DAY 2: Strolling around Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing.
DAY 3: Kathmandu-Bhandar (via Jiri) by local bus or private jeep.
DAY 4: Trek from Bhandar – Sete around 6-8 hour.
DAY 5: Trek from Sete – Junbesi around 7-8 hour.
DAY 6: Trek from Junbesi – Nunthala around 7-8 hour.
DAY 7: Trek from Nunthala – Bupsa around 5-7 hour.
DAY 9: Trek from Surke – Phakding around 4-5 hour.
DAY 10: Trek from Phakding – Namche Bazaar 5-7 Hour.
DAY 11: Trek around Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
DAY 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Tengboche around 5-7 hour.
DAY 13: Trek from Tengboche – Dingboche around 4-5 hour.
DAY 14: Trek from Dingboche – Labouche around 4-5 hour
DAY 15: Trek from Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep Around 5-8 Hours.
DAY 16: Trek from Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pheriche around 6-8 Hour.
DAY 17: Trek from Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche Bazaar 5-6 hour.
DAY 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Lukla 6-7 hour.
DAY 19: Fly from Lukla – Kathmandu around 26 minutes
DAY 20: GOODBYE DAY
The Itinerary for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
can be changed upon your interest and the time you have. If you are looking for an option to extend, you can customise, via Chola pass and Gokyo lake. You need 3/4 days If you want to extend. We are happy to customise a plan, please let us know our team at NEST Adventure. We are happy to costamised the itinerary of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola pass Gokyo Valley Trek
Last Updates: 13.05.2019
DAY 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu
As you land upon the capital city of Nepal after completing your customs obligations, our representative will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. The representative will then take you to the designated hotel. It depends on you whether you want to hang around the city, visit our office or rest for the remaining part of the day.
DAY 2: Strolling around Kathmandu for sightseeing.
We start the day with visits to the historically prominent sites like Durbar Square followed by sacred Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Buddhanath etc. Later in the evening we will discuss about the incredible expedition and our experts will make sure that you are all prepared for this thrilling trek. You can ask queries directly to them if you have any confusions and dilemmas about the trip so that there will be no grievances and discomfort later.
DAY 3: Kathmandu-Bhandar (via Jiri)
We make 7 hour long drive to Jiri along the mountain roads which is 187km away the north-east of capital. From Jiri, we travel further to a place called Bhandar. The journey will never seem boring to you as you get the glimpse of mountain life along the highway as you remain astonished by serene Koshi River. You will also be treated by the amazing view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and Ganesh Himal. We stay at Bhandar for the night.
DAY 4: Bhandar – Sete
The real trek begins from this day. We walk down from deep forests passing small villages like Dokharpa and Baranda. Then we tread upwards to reach Likhu Khola Valley. Climbing the ridge we make it to the Kenja. Final steep climb to Chimbu and some further walk and we are at Sete. We spend the night at Sete.
DAY 5: Sete – Junbesi
Today we press the forests of pine, rohododendrons, maple and birch to arrive at Lamjura La as we pass by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters acts as a bridge between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. Walk down the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi. Then we can have a close view of local lifestyle. We stay at Junbesi until next day.
DAY 6: Junbesi – Nunthala
After an hour of walking you will be treated by aesthetic views of Himalayas like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamserku etc. Trek further first upwards to Salung and then downwards to Ringmo River. Then make an ascent to Ringmo, cross Trashindo La pass and again walk down to Trashindo. We go down further pressing upon conifer and rhododendron forests to reach Nunthala. We stay for overnight at Nunthala.
DAY 7: Nunthala – Bupsa
Today we are led by Dudh Koshi River as we head towards Khumbu. Continue the climb to Jubing after crossing the bridge to arrive at Churkha. Then we head towards Kharikhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Last steep ascent takes us to Bupsa. We remain at Bupsa for the night.
DAY 8: Bupsa – Surke
The track from Bupsa to Kharte is through forested area. A steep climb from Kharte takes us to Khari La pass. You will be mesmerized by the view of Khumbila mountains along the way. Now we stroll downwards to the Puiyan and walk further to reach Surke.
DAY 9: Surke – Phakding
Today initially we climb up to Chhiplung and then again move downward to Phakding. We walk for 4/5 hours today. We stay at Phakding for the night.
DAY 10: Phakding – Namche Bazaar
We cross many suspension bridges today among them one is popular Hillary Suspension Bridge. Walking along the human settlement of Benkar and Monjo while enjoying the sparkling Mount Thamserku we reach the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. The track takes us further upward to the meeting point of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River. A further strenuous walk upwards for 2 hours and we are repaid by the nature as she offers the tantalizing view of Mount Everest. We wait until Chautara to devour the view. Finally after trekking for an hour or so we reach the central hub of the Himalayan region i.e. Namche Bazaar. We stay at Namche Bazaar for the night.
DAY 11: Namche Bazaar
The health of our client is of paramount concern so as suggested by the experts in the field of medical science we rest for the entire day at Namche Bazaar for getting used to with the high altitude. However they also suggest that we remain active so we make short walk to the never seen before market of Namche Bazaar. For proper acclimatization we trek a few hundred vertical feet. If we go to Khumbila valley then we can visit Hillary School and a monastery that hosts yeti scalp.
DAY 12: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche
Today we trek few upward and downward trails to Tengboche while beautiful vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse etc keeps our spirit up all along the away. Then the track goes down to Kayangjuma. A little later we reach to the confluence of Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. Occasional spotting of pheasant, musk deer etc is common in this part of the route. When we reach Phungi Tenga we prepare ourselves for the steep ascent to Tengboche. Tengboche houses the largest monastery in Khumbu region besides offering great views of mighty mountains.
DAY 13: Tengboche – Dingboche
Today we walk to Pangboche village and its ancient monastery. As we tread along Chortens and Mani walls we come very close with Ama Dablam. Then we stroll to Imja Valley, descend to Lobuche River and initiate the long upward climb to Dingboche which welcomes us with awe-inspiring view of array of barley, buckwheat and potato field surrounded by stone walls to avoid cold winds. We stay for the overnight at Dingboche.
DAY 14: Dingboche – labouche
We trek through Khumbu Khola valley as we are surrounded by mountains on all sides to reach yak herder’s place called Dusa. We walk further to Phulung Karpo, and Mt. Pumori greets us with its mesmerizing view. Then we cross a wooden bridge to climb to Dugla. Dugla in its part serves us with the awesome scenery of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku. We stay at Dughla for acclimatization.Today we walk up to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We climb Chupki Lhara on the top of which an array of stones with prayer flags used as tribute to 10 times Everest summiter Babu Chiri Sherpa. As the trail brings us down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find that Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal awaits us. Though we are within the premises of Mount Everest, it is still hidden. Since we are now at the height of 4940 meters we may feel little difficulty in breathing. We stay at Lobuche for the night.
DAY 15 : Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep
As we move forward along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtren, Nuptse etc. a decent ascent to Thangma Riju which serves us with panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. As we climb the torrent of Changri Glacier, we are offered the the foremost glimpse of Kala Patthar. Then we finally reach Gorak Shep and we find ourselves surrounded by mighty peaks from all sides. We walk further to our final destination i.e. Everest Base Camp to visit the memorials of Indian army mountaineers. We get back to Gorak Shep for proper rest.
DAY 16 : Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar - Pheriche
All team members are excited as it is the climax of our adventure. After several hours of trek we reach Kala Patthar waiting for us with beautiful sunrise and chilling temperature. As we reach the top of Kala Patthar, all our hard work we did for entire trip seems nothing as Mother Nature bestows upon us aesthetic scenery of the magnificent Himalayas. Again we return to Gorak Shep, and gradually descend to Pheriche for overnight.
DAY 17 : Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche Bazaar
Enjoying the view of rhododendron and boasting of the amazing trip we just had, we descend to Pangboche. The Dudh Koshi trail leads us to Sansa and then Kyangjuma. Finally walking through Chorten we arrive at Namche Bazaar. We spend the night at Namche Bazaar.
DAY 18 : Namche Bazaar – Lukla
After crossing several suspension bridges over the roaring Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries and enjoying the package of local cultures, customs and traditions we come down to Lukla. We remain at Lukla for spending the night.
DAY 19 : Lukla – Kathmandu
We get you back to Kathmandu via amazing flight experience. You can enjoy the day at Kathmandu by collecting souvenirs around Thamel and taste some mouth water delicacies offered by the local restaurants.
DAY 21: GOODBYE
Finally your unforgettable experience to this amazing mountainous kingdom comes to an end. You will take along with you piles of mind blowing photographs and warmth and hospitality offered by our fellow countrymen. Have a safe journey!!!
NEST Adventure would like to grab your attention below about our trekking packages and service offerings, with details of what is included and excluded! We are giving you full freedom to tailor the packages to suit your needs and make your own choices during the trek. Like a menu-approach, NEST Adventure only operates the essentials or basic, and the rest, are optional if you want them to be included.
1. What is a basic package?
In one sentence, basic package includes only the essential requirements for your trek and this includes, a Guide, Porter, Trekking Permit, and your flight ticket.
2. Why choose the basic package?
A. Simply put, you have more flexibility! It allows you to make your own choices in food and trekking accommodation. You are not tied to what we choose for you.
B. You can customize your daily budget and have greater freedom on where to sleep and when or what to eat. You could go over board if you wish, or you could be as selective and budget as you want on food and accommodation.
C. It would mean less tax for you (and for us!) and less service charges you have to pay to us! You can save more and every penny counts when travelling.
3. How do other trekking companies design their packages?
Normally, a trekking company designs their package including the following which we do not deem as essentials as we believe you can organize this on your own. We are here to give you ideas as well – any questions, just give us a shout!
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Of course, if needed, we would also be happy to organize it for you and we can accommodate additional services you may want to include. Feel free to send us a quick inquiry at Info@nestadventure.com with your requirements and we will customize the package for you!
4. What is the cost of the basic package?
The cost of the basic package is US$ 711. (Per person in minimum of 2 people in-group) As we value transparency, the cost is inclusive and exclusive of the following services:
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket.
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket for guide.
Trekking Guide (Professional experience & License holder) as well as his accommodation, food, transportation and insurance
Porter (2:1 sharing basic maximum up to 25kg in one bag)
National park fees and TIMS card.
Hotel-Lukla airport-hotel transfer
Apart from everything mentioned above, below are some items you may need and excluded from our basic package.
Food and drinks – this would roughly be USD 15-25 per day, depending on how much and what you want to eat and drink of course!!
Accommodation – please budget USD 3-5 per day for this
Travel Insurance – you may want to make sure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation at more than 5000meters.
Kathmandu sightseeing - Before and/or after the trip you may want to take some time to explore world heritage sites around Kathmandu.
Tourist Entry Visa – when you get to the airport, all tourists are required to pay the visa fee of US$40 (for 30 days). Note that the fee varies by the number of days you plan to be in the country. Just a word of caution that you can pay in any major currencies, except in Nepali Rupees! So don’t bother changing that much money to pay for the visa fee! (Also, don’t forget that photo of yours which is also required!)
Trekking essentials – any trekking gears, boots, sleeping bag, down jackets, trekking poles etc! This could all be rented (or bought cheaply!) in Kathmandu. Just walk around Thamel or we could help you to find the place where you could rent or buy these gears at a fraction of the cost in your country.
Hotels in Kathmandu – this could vary widely depending on the amenities you are looking for. Generally, you can find places between US$10 (budget backpackers) to US$250 (really high-end hotels). Medium range 3-star hotels are around $30-$40 for double room. Let us know if you need our help and we could point you in the right direction of the hotels in Thamel.
Tips for guides and porters – this of course entirely depends on you, but generally it is expected!
Please Note: Up on your request, package and service might be changed and easily modified. Please give us a quick inquiry (Info@nestadventure.com) with your required list.
Last update 08.04.2016
Things to Prepare Before Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather in Nepal Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
Spring – March to May
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
Rainy – June to August
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
Winter – December to February
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
Fall – September to November
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)
As per arrival
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.