Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:21 Nights 22 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 12
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 5545m

About Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

For anyone with sufficient time, this is the ultimate way to trek to Everest Base Camp. The lowlands have a unique beauty which is well worth exploring. This trek starts at Jiri and  follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge on their first summit of Mount Everest in 1952. Between Jiri and Namche you will experience the pristine beauty of nature and culture yet unchanged by tourism.

Instead of flying into Lukla, Jiri is only a 6-hour drive from Kathmandu. The Jiri route covers a much wider range of elevation; not only is this ideal for acclimatization, it results in a wider variety of vegetation, scenery and culture as well.  The trail begins in lush, fertile fields of the lowlands, climbs into rhododendron and pine forests until, higher up, it is beyond the tree line altogether.  The nearly constant ascending and descending between the lowest point of the trek, Kinja, 1100m and the highest point, Kala Patthar, 5545m, allows gradual acclimatization and eliminates any risk of altitude sickness.

The lowland inhabitants are predominately of Brahmin-Chhetri caste and followers of Hinduism. They depend on agriculture. At higher elevations the population is primarily Sherpa, followers of ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally traders, who traversed the rugged mountains between Tibet and Nepal with yak herds, these days, they depend on the seasonal income from the trekking industry.

The Lamjura Pass, 3500m, high above the Solu Valley, provides the first of many breathtaking views of Mount Everest. From Namche Bazaar, we join the Traditional Trail to Everest Base Camp where, during peak season, you will meet many expeditions and trekkers and Sherpa guides. Going deeper into the Khumbu Valley there are awesome views of Mount Everest. On the way to EBC we get an excellent view of the Khumbu Glacier icefall; the ice appears to spring from the head of the Khumbu valley.

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek passes through the some of the most magnificent scenery on earth including splendid views of the world's highest peaks: Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and many others.

Many Sherpa families have converted their homes into a lodge, and as you enjoy tea from their hearths you will realize there is a mutual advantage to their warm hospitality.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

Highlights of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • ideal alternative to Classic EBC for those with time
  • more gradual acclimatization than Classic EBC trek
  • more variety of culture and scenery than Classic EBC trek
  • includes less travelled part of Khumbu
  • accessible by road 


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. 

  • Hotel

We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your gear. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

The time it takes to cover this 200-kilometer journey is an indication of the twisting turning road. The beautiful panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung 7227m and Dorje Lakpa 6996m help the time pass quickly. Reaching the beautiful Sherpa village of Jiri, we will spend the night before heading into the Khumbu valley. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

The terrain leaving Jiri is much different than you will experience higher in the Khumbu. The trail passes through a deep pine forest before opening into farm land and Villages mainly inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa tribes.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

From Bhandar, the trail follows downward t to Likhu Khola. Rice paddies line the valley. Trekkers often see a wide variety of wildlife on the trail, including gray langurs, a type of monkey often seen in the trees deep in this valley.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

One of the great treats of this trek is the experience of walking through the rhododendron, magnolia and birch tree forests which cover the Solu-Khumbu region. From the forests, the trail ascends to Lamjura Pass at 3500m, where you will be able to see Everest for the first time. After taking a break at the pass, we descend to the picturesque Sherpa village of Junbesi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

The journey to Taksindu pass goes over several ridges and crosses the Junbesi Khola river, heading south through more forests to reach the village of Phurtang, 298 0m, from where you will have another tantalizing view of Everest, as well Thamaserku, 6623m and Mera peak 6476m. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

From Taksindu La we descend to the village of Nunthala, continue down until it crosses the Dudh Kosi via a steel suspension bridge. Theheadwaters of the Dudh Kosi are high in the Himalayas. After we make the crossing, we ascend through several Sherpa and Rai villages until reaching the Khari-Khola village.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

We continue up the Dudh-Kosi valley, through rhododendron forests until we reach the village of Puiyan. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

the journey continues up the Duhd Kosi river valley, through the large village of Lukla, where the airport is. Most trekking journeys begin in Lukla, but we will only pass through the village on our way to Phakding. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest trail. Overnight stay at guesthouse. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

On reaching Tengbuche after our guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. You will get to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or tomorrow morning depending on how the days trekking went. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

The trail descends through a beautiful forest, then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to Dingboche, 4400m, the second place to stop and acclimatize. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

We continue trek through the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Chola Tse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail zigzags through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. We continue to climb to Lobuche, 4910 m, from where you will see the awesome Mt. Pumori Peak, 7220m, very well. (Meals: B, L, D)

NOTE: Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. To prevent altitude sickness rest and plenty of water is necessary. You will crave some Chocolates or Snickers at this point. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

Today we trek on past Gorak Shep 5130m, to reach Everest Base Camp. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return to Gorak Shep. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar we will see the sun rise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche, 4915m, and continue down to Pheruche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

gradually, we trek down to Pheruche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tea House

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu . 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 17 nights(Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid  & medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Jiri by Bus
  • Lukla to Kathmandu Flight (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.


start date01 Apr, 2020end date22 Apr, 2020Available$1850
start date23 Apr, 2020end date14 May, 2020Available$1850

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Everest Base Camp is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Best Seasons for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

The best seasons for the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!


Three meals a day are included during your Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About on the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Travel Insurance for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.