Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking- 22 Days

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.


Trip Highlights


  • 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 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : By bus to Jiri, 1905m, 7-8 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Bhandar, 2200m, 7-8 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Sete, 2645m, 7-8 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Junbensi, 2675m, 7 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Taksindu La, 2800m, 6-7 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Khari-Khola , 2020m, 6 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Puiyan, 2700m, 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Phakding, 2646m, 5-6 hrs

Day 11 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar, 3441m, Trek 6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 13 : Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m, 5-6 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m, 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Lobuche, 4915m, 5-6 hrs

Day 16 : Trek to Gorak Shep and back to EBC (Everest Base Camp), 5363m, 5-6 hrs

Day 17 : Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar, 5545m, and descent to Pheriche, 4200m, 5hrs

Day 18 : Trek to Namche, 3441m, 6-7 hrs

Day 19 : Trek to Lukla, 7-8 hrs

Day 20 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 21 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 22 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • 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.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • 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.

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 Trek

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 Trek

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 Trek

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.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 22 Days

Price : US $1999 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Minimum Group Size:2 Persons

Maximum Group size:12 Persons

Minimum Height:1300m

Maximum Height:5545m


Transport:By Air & Bus



Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:Local Lodges 18 days (17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms: beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

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