Jiri - Everest BC Trek

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This is the classic hiking route to approach Khumbu region, and scenically magnificent and tough hike. The major valleys draining the highlands in this area run north-south, and the trail cuts the grain of the land from west to east before finally turning north into the valley of the Dudh Koshi at Jubling. The trail follows the classic Everest expedition route through hill villages. There are many long-bustling ascents and knee crunching descents, which, of course offers a good chance to acclimatize before heading to higher elevation. It is also said that the time you reach Namche Bazar you will already have more than climbed Everest in terms of the total amount of climbing done.

Day 1

Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to airport.

Day 2

Free day in Kathmandu. Optional: valley tour

Day 3

Private car to Jiri (1,905 mt.) It’s about around 8 hours plus to drive to Jiri. Jiri is the little market and starting point for the trek to Everest. It is also popular and has become necessity trail for those who can not afford the flight fare of Lukla via Kathmandu, and, especially, for the villagers who’s destination is around or near by Lukla and above. The Jiri Bazar resides of Sherpas’ Chhetirs, Tamangs with other various people who live together. Reaching on time would get nice opportunity to visit the village and the surroundings to know more on Jiri.

Day 4 Jiri – Shivalaya (1767 mt.)

The trail that we start is known as an “Everest Trail”, we cross the small ridge overlooking the whole village of Jiri, we also cross many hamlets and come to the pass called Milke Danda (2440 mt.), good for the views of peaks near Rolwaling. We descend now by the bank of Khimti River and cross it by the suspension bridge to Shivalaya (1,767 mt). Today it would be good idea to rest here with the short walk as tomorrow it would be steep climb to cross Deurali pass. And we should also take care of the porters who would be carrying your stuff as well theirs.

Day 5 Shivalaya- Bhandar (2195 mt.)

Today’s walk would be steep climb and tiring until we reach Deurali. We start the ascent to Deurali, the first pass. We climb up the hill , following the path ascending up to Ghatekhola and continuing moving by passing few hamlets. We keep on climbing up though the forest area and finally reach the final destination of today that is Deurali. We descend by the trail of stone steps through the forested flank and later on come a cross to chorten. We finally reach Bhandar or also called Changma (2194 mt.).It’s about 4-5 hours walk.

Day 6 Bhandar- Sete (2575 mt.)

We descend along the stream, cross the wooden bridge and a steep slope begins to descend through the woods. We come cross to the hamlet called Gholunda and the river Likhu Khola. We are descending the steep hill till we reach Gholunda village. From Gholunda, the trai passes with stone walls, paddy field by the bank of Likhu Khola and again another hamlet with few houses called Chiddarin where we also cross the suspension bridge. There comes a junction where crossing one bridge the trail goes to Pike Peak but, we cross another bridge to continue our intentional trek. We continue our trek walking gently upward and finally Kinja Khola could be seen flowing on the right. We cross the river on the suspension bridge and come to Kinja (1,634 mt.), settlement of Newar and Magars. KInja would be perfect place for the lunch break. After the lunch the tough part begins. The steep ascent of 1,900 meters starts to reach Lamjura La, the highest pass of Solu Khumbu region. It is a hard work for the first half as we keep on walking the steep part until we reach Chinbu, where the path becomes zigzag and the trail enters the forested are then the pass becomes slightly gentle and soon you will see some houses at Seti. This is village Seti (2,575 mt.) Today we have gained almost 1000 meters after starting form Kinja. Today’s night stop after a hard work is in Sete. It is about 7-8 hours walk.

Day 7 Sete- Junbesi (2,675 mt.)

Now we enter the Sherpa community, form here on to the Everest region the Sherpa density is clearly witnessed, except Jubing village. The steep walk still continues through the rhododendron forest to Dhakuchu and then to Goyam. The ascents keep on becoming tougher till the Goyam through the forested slope. We now come to a pass like spot passing few small inns, this is spot where steep ascent ends. Now we walk gentle ups and down until Lamjura La (3,530 mt.), where there is a chorten and a stone hillock. We steeply descend entering the colorful rhododendron forest with especially blooming in March and April and come to the hamlet, which is still the part of Kinja, we can have lunch here before starting the trek. We walk through the open flank, farm fields and come to the edge of the ridge, form here the Junbesi village can be seen with the stunning views of Numbur Himal (6959 mt.). We come down to a village with a chortens and gompa, Junbesi.(2,675 mt.). Junbesi is considered the largest village in the slor region. We stop over night in one of the lodges, 7-8 hours walk.

Day 8 Junbesi- Nunthala (2,220 mt.)

After leaving Junbesi, we descend down the Junbesi Khola and climb up to the flank on left. And the down hill or right hand trail leads to Phaplu, which has an airfield. We follow the Khumbu trail climbing steep uphill crossing some houses, until we come to the height of about 2,900 metres above sea level to Khurtang which is the best and first spot to view of Everest (8848 mt.) of the trail. We also witness Thamserku (6608 mt.), Kusum Kangru (6367 mt.) Mera Peak (6654 mt.) and some more. The trail continues until we reach to Solung (2,860 mt.) crossing suspension bridge over the Ringmo Khola at 2,510 mt. We soon ascend to Ringmo and enter the forested area. We continue our climbing until we come cross to Chorten and mani wall, this is Tragsindho La (3,071 mt.). There is Tragsindho monastery few minutes below the pass on the eastern side, isolated and was built at the height of 2960 meters. . But we start walking down through the rhododendron forest and crossing few small houses but, almost walking in to the forest until we reach the paddy field at Timbu (2590 mt.). From Timbu the trail crosses stream over the suspension bridge and at last reaching Nunthala (2,220 mt.). It is 6-7 hours of walk.

Day 9 Nunthal-KhariKhola (2,027 mt.)

We trek upstream and reach Jubing (1,676 mt.). From Jubing up to Kaharikhola the trail becomes upward and sometime walking on the stone steps. The views from the pass like spot of Dudh Koshi is pleasant to watch and the views of Khumbila Himal (54,761 mt.) erases the tiredness of ascent that we have just come all the way. From here the path becomes gentler and leads us to Khari khola ( 2,027 mt.), this is Sherpa village, though few Magar community do live here. It’s about 6 hours walk.

Day 10 Kharikhola-Surkhe (2,290 mt.)

The trail descends and cross the Kahri Khola on suspension bridge, climb the hill and come up to Kharte. In Kharte there are chorten, now it enters the forested area and keep walking until coming to Khari. The stunning views of Khumbila & Cho Oyu (8153 mt.) form here is unforgettable. We keep on walking to a pass commanding a wide view from Khari La (2,840 mt.). This is the border of Solu and Khumbu region. The trail becomes level and crosses around the number of branch ridges that are stretching from the upper right side, and you will reach Phuiyan (2,770 mt.). The rail becomes ups and downs from here, also entering the forested area. On the top like pass spot, we can see Dudh Koshi River and Lukla area. The trail deep descends about 500 meters to Surkhe at 2,290 mt, where we can have our night stop.. It is about 6 hours walk.

Day 11 Surkhe- Lukla-Monjo (2,840 mt,)

From Srukhe climb about 15 minutes to a junction of mani wall where a stone stair case leads up to Lukla to reach the air strip. It is about one hour more the steep climbing to reach Lukla. This would be also nice to spend some time there. The trail slightly descends down by the bank of Dudh Kosi. Many tea houses and the small restaurants are on the way. We come cross Tahro Kosi on a suspension bridge and walk steep climb about 10 to 15 minutes and come to Ghat. We cross the painted mani wall and some houses with walking down until reaching Phakding. There are several comfortable and cozy lodges here, but we still continue our trail. We cross Dudh Kosi over suspension bridge, and come to Zhamputi. We take the straight up the hill, thorough field and to a water fall at Toktok. The excellent views of Thamserku Himal (6608 mt.) can be seen from here. We climb steeply rocky ridge then high above the river to reach Benkar (2710 mt.). The trail follows pleasant route along the river side, magnificent forested area and villages are fun to cross when we reach Chomoa. The flowers on this part are beautiful to watch both in Autumn and late Spring. In the cliff, the musk deer can be visible sometime. The trail from here becomes upward for a while and descends steeply in to a big valley below Thamserku. The trail crosses the Kyashar Khola and climbs out of the valley to reach Monjo (2840 mt.), our night stop of the day. It is about 5-6 hours walk.

Day 12 Monjo - Namche Bazar (3440m):

The track cut through the rocks, edged with crops suddenly goes up till Namche Bazar, capital of the Sherpa area: several small shops, Tibetan souvenirs, market on Saturday. As Namche being the hub for every trek in Everest region, it offers plenty of Lodges around. We choose one and stop for the night. 6 hours walk.

Day 13 Rest day at Namche

Today we can explore around Namche by going to Thamo Village and it’s near by places. This will be good to know the lifestyle of dwellers around there and also good to get acclimatized for the upcoming high altitude trail ahead. We stop at Namche today for the night too.

Day 14 Namche-Tengboche (3860 m/ 5 hrs)

Today’s walk on the first phase is steep up climbing about 650 meters up which is tiring , then its almost flat trail enjoying the views of mountains like Thamserku, Amadablam, Lhotse, it is beautiful. You will come to Phunki Tenga (3190 m) crossing the suspension bridge where you n have lunch. The walk is again steep up in the wood, later the trail becomes gentler and you reach Tengboche.

Day 15 Tengboche-Dingboche (4410 m/6.30 hrs)

First walk is down to Deboche, cross the wooden bridge of the river coming from Pheriche. Keep walking gradual upward trail till Pangboche and the come to a junction where the left trail goes to Pheriche, we turn to right heading towards Dingboche. Imja Khola (river) is on your right hand side and you will soon come to a mendan and later the valley becomes wider and you are in Dingboche.

Day 16: Hike to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Dingboche, 6 hours

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche.

Day 17 Dingboche-Lobuche (4910 m/ 4hrs )

First 20 minutes is gradual up ward trail and then till Thukla Khola is almost flat, an easy walk. Now it gets little steep till Thukla nd again flat trail till Lobuche.

Day 18 Lobuche - Kala Pattar- (5630m)- Gorak Shep (5140 m)/ 6 hrs)

An easy 2h walk before reaching Gorak Shep. We climb Kala Pattar south slope, the highest point of our trek. Unforgettable views of the world highest mountains cirque. Simple lodge at Gorakshep.

Day 19 Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp (5400m) – Pheriche (4240 m)/ 8 hrs

During the climbing season you can see frequently Yak & Sherpas of the expeditions group going upward. During winter sometime trail becomes difficult to locate unless there a trail through the snow. Walk on a moraine pieces covered glacier and stop at Ice Fall foot! Back on the same way till Lobuche and then to Pheriche.

Day 20 Pheriche (4240m) – Namche (3440m)/ 7 hrs.

Retreat the trail, all the way down.

Day 21 Namche Bazar – Phakding- Lukla (2850 m/ 7 hrs)

Retreat back the same trail which we have started in the beginning. 7h day.

Day 22 Lukla - Kathmandu flight

Flight back to Kathmandu Transfer to hotel and free afternoon.

Day 23 Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 24 Final departure, transfer to airport.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 nights hotel (tourist class) in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking on tea house basis
  • Accommodation on available lodges during the trekking
  • 3 fixed meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) suggested by guide during trek
  • National park fees & TIMS fee
  • One English speaking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter, farewell dinner. by Amitayus Trekking,
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation if required, Donation, tips
  • Extra expenses due to road blockage/land slides/natural calamities/strikes
  • All personal nature expenses

Please note: Clients are suggested to give maximum of 10 Kg. of personal luggage to the porter. Also, please note that on the domestic flight you are only allowed to carry your luggage of 10 Kg and 5 Kg as a hand carry.

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