Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri, the classical route used by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary is renowned for its majestic views of Mount Everest, beautiful villages, monasteries hospitable Sherpa people and their deeply rooted culture and traditions et cetera. Myths on yeti also arise from the Khumbu region and you will hear plenty of them from the locals.
Kathmandu to Jiri and climb to Mali Danda then descend to Shivalaya.Pass Deurali and stay at Kenja. As we pass Sherpa villages, we subsequently move through Lamjura to Junbeshi passing rhododendron forests. En route to Nunthala, the next stop, beautiful panoramic views of Everest, Kantega, Thamserku, Mera Peak et cetera can be seen. From Nunthala, a gentle descent to Dudh Koshi River and then climbing through Sherpa and Rai settlements to Bupsa. Moving through Kharte, we enjoy the scenic beauty and descent to Puiyan and the climb to Chauri Kharka. Passing through Jorshalle, we then make our way to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Here we acclimatize whilst observing the Sherpa culture and traditions. The next day we trek to Dole where we stay overnight and then climb to Machhermo. The increase in altitude can be easily felt with change in vegetation. As we move to Gokyo, the scenic beauty is captivating with turquoise lakes and glaciers. Gokyo lies in the eastern shore of Dudh Pokhari. We rest at Gokyo for a day and take a short excursion to Fifth Gokyo Lake. The views from Gokyo Ri of Everest is considered much better than at Kala Patthar. The trail then moves to Thangna, Zongla and then to Gorakshep at 5180m. We stop at Gorakshep and take an excursion to Everest Base Camp the next day. After an early sunrise at Kala Pathar, we move to Periche which takes about 7 hours. Kala Pathar is the closest site to Everest that offers a panoramic view of Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, Ama Dablam et cetera. From Periche, we take the trail back to Namche and Lukla in the successive days. Our flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu marks the end of the trip.
EBC Trek via Jiri is not only about the incredible views from Gokyo, Kala Pathar and other viewpoints. Exploration of flora and fauna of these highlands and absorption of the cultural practices of the highland dwellers, the Sherpa people gives a different approach to the trek.
Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1770m) by privet transportation or Express Bus
Day 03:Shivalaya to Kinja (1030m), Trek 6-7 hrs
Day 04:Kinja to Lamjura La (3530m), Trek 6-7 hrs
Day 05:Lamjura-la to Junbeshi (2700m), Trek 4 hrs
Day 06:Junbeshi to Nunthala (2194m) via Taksindu Pass (2960m), Trek6- 7 hrs
Day 07:Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m), Trek 6-7 hrs
Day 08:Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2700m), Trek 6 hrs
Day 09:Chaurikharka to Jorshalle (2730m), Trek 5 hrs
Day 10:Jorshalle to Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trek 4 hrs
Day 11:Acclimatization Day
Day 12:Namche to Dole (4200m), Trek 5 hrs
Day 13:Dole to Machhermo (4470m), Trek 4 hrs
Day 14:Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m), Trek 4hrs
Day 15:Excursion day to fifth Gokyo Lake
Day 16:Gokyo to Thangna (4750m) after early Sunrise at Gokyo, Trek 3 hrs
Day 17:Thangna to Zongla (4710m) via Cho-La (5420), Trek 7 hrs
Day 18:Zongla to Gorakshep (4910m), Trek 5 hrs
Day 19:Excursion day to Everest Base Camp (5365m)
Day 20:Gorakshep to Pheriche (4200m) after early Sunrise at Kalapather (5550m), Trek 7 hrs
Day 21:Pheriche to Namche (3440m) via Exploring Tengbuche (3860m), Trek 7hrs
Day 22:Namche to Lukla (2800m), Trek 7 hrs
Day 23:Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 24:Final departure onward destination
Day 01Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1770m) by privet transportation or Express BusThe drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya is a scenic one, winding along hilly terrain, passing small villages. Overnight stay at Shivalaya.
Day 03Shivalaya to Kinja (1030m), Trek 6-7 hrsThe trail climbs steeply before the gentle ascent to Deorali. The landscape of snow peaks atop the green hills forms a beautiful assortment. From here, we descent for an hour to reach Bhandar and then and easy downhill to Kinja where we stop for the night.
Day 04Kinja to Lamjura La (3530m), Trek 6-7 hrsThe trail climbs steeply passing along the Sherpa settlements at Dagchu and Goyem. Then a gradual uphill takes us through rhododendron forests to Lamjura La where we stay for the night.
Day 05Lamjura-la to Junbeshi (2700m), Trek 4 hrsIt’s a gentle descent to Junbeshi that takes around four hours. En route many species of birds can be spotted along the forest trail. Junbesi is a beautiful traditional village with Tibetan influences, where we stay overnight.
Day 06Junbeshi to Nunthala (2194m) via Taksindu Pass (2960m), Trek6- 7 hrsThe trek today begins with a gradual ascent to Phurtung where the first views of Everest, Kantega and Thamserku among others form a beautiful chain. After an easy descent to Ringmo Khola, the trail takes a steep uphill to Takshindo La Pass, another viewpoint. A steep descent from here leads to the small settlement of Sherpas at Nunthana where we stay for the night.
Day 07Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m), Trek 6-7 hrsAfter descending to the Dudh Koshi River passing through small Rai and Sherpa villages, we take an easy ascent to KhariKhola and pass through Juving, a lovely Rai settlement. From here, the climb to Bupsa is a steep one for about 45 minutes where you can find the ruins of an old Buddhist Monastery.
Day 08Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2700m), Trek 6 hrsAscending through hill and again a ridge, we leave the valley behind and head northwards. Crossing a gorge, the trail further ascends to the village of Chaurikharka. This farming settlement is among the largest producers in Khumbu and is a busy junction. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 09Chaurikharka to Jorshalle (2730m), Trek 5 hrsThe short trek today passes through Buddhist structures that decorates the route. Prayer flags, mane walls, stone tablets and giant carved stones form a noticeable array along the beautiful natural landscape. The easy trail leads to Jorshalle where we stay overnight in a teahouse.
Day 10Jorshalle to Namche Bazaar (3440m), Trek 4 hrsThe trail crisscrosses with Dudh Koshi River a number of times today, along suspension bridges. Pine and oak forests pass along the way. A chorten marks the entrance to Namche Bazaar, like any other Tibetan influenced settlement. Views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam among many others are amazing from here. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.
Day 11Acclimatization Day Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries et cetera. Although it’s rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place including the Tourist Visitor Center where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people and their culture and flora and fauna of the region are briefed.
Day 12Namche to Dole (4200m), Trek 5 hrsWe start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the pleasing vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wild flowers get abundant, and so does animal life. Passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay.
Day 13Dole to Machhermo (4470m), Trek 4 hrsAfter climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. Passing small villages on the way, the scenic hillside walk leads continues with views of the deep Dudh Koshi valley. The five hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche runs through this village where you can hear stories on the first sighting of Yeti.
Day 14Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m), Trek 4hrsFrom Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge where views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho-Oyu along with the valleys below are magnificent. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we then begin our steep climb to moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and Taboche Tsho and reach a third lake, Dudh Pokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well facilitated village and its outstanding periphery is our shelter after this adventurous day.
Day 15Excursion day to fifth Gokyo LakeThe views of Himalayas including Everest and Cho Oyu from the fifth lake is a unique treat. We pass the fourth lake on to the fifth, which both stand tranquil in these highlands. Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa glacier can also be seen along the trail.
Day 16Gokyo to Thangna (4750m) after early Sunrise at Gokyo, Trek 3 hrsToday, we set out after breakfast through the Ngazumpa glacier along a ridge and further move along the other side of the mountain all the way to Thaknak. The sort hike prepares us for strenuous gain in altitude in the days ahead.
Day 17Thangna to Zongla (4710m) via Cho-La (5420), Trek 7 hrsWe start early today towards the Cho-La pass. The climb is steep and can be dangerous if covered in snow. We enjoy outstanding views from the top of the pass and descent to Zongla. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.
Day 18Zongla to Gorakshep (4910m), Trek 5 hrsAlong a glacial moraine, the trail today is backdropped with Pumori and Kalapathar. Further on, the rocky ascent with views of EBC, glaciers and mountains leads to Gorakshep. Overnight at a guest house.
Day 19Excursion day to Everest Base Camp (5365m) It’s an early start towards the Everest Base Camp. Through icy cone formations and crevasses along the Khumbu glacier, the trail wavy continues for several hours and reaches the base camp. After spending some time here, we return back to Gorakshep.
Day 20Gorakshep to Pheriche (4200m) after early Sunrise at Kalapather (5550m), Trek 7 hrsWe early in the morning so as to witness the glimpse of the Mount Everest when the dusk turns to bright morning with light of the day. On the way Peak s Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse are viewed. It is recommended that during the ascent to Kalapththar which takes hours one pauses and catch breath while snapping the photos at times. Panaromic view of Himalayas can be seen at Gorakshep. The descent to Periche begins after Lunch.
Day 21Pheriche to Namche (3440m) via Exploring Tengbuche (3860m), Trek 7hrsThe trail takes downhill along Imja River and climbs to Tengbuche, which offers a panorama of the mountain ranges. A downhill to Pungi Thanka then further to Kyangjuma finally makes for an easy trail to Namche. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day 22Namche to Lukla (2800m), Trek 7 hrs The last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk really slow very controlled and in a balanced manner on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying distant view of snow covered mountains. Finally Lukla is reached.
Day 23Fly back to KathmanduThis is the day when Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is enjoyed over once again. On reaching Kathmandu it is time to enjoy shopping and walking round the city. The evening is to celebrate for successfully completion of Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri.
Day 24Final departure onward destinationThe final day in Nepal is the last time one can enjoy shopping and have pleasant sightseeing around the cultural city of Kathmandu valley before leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport on scheduled flight time.
Australia Published: Monday, September 18, 2017
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