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Everest Base Camp Trek Via Jiri

everest base camp trek via jiri

Everest base camp Trek via Jiri is the most classic and best way to do an Everest trek following the footsteps of the old route followed by Everest expeditions in late 1950’s including Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary and great expedition groups at that time. Enjoying life in extremes and exploring number of the finest natural and cultural wonder of Nepal is the primary goal of this trek as it provides a decent chance to envision the densely inhabited middle hills and the high altitude splendor of the Khumbu or Everest region.

Everest base camp Trek via jiri (1905m) path heads eastward through the beautiful forested hills of Solu Area where Monasteries and uninterrupted mountain view lies ahead. The portion of the trek from Jiri to Lukla is commonly uncrowded, and so far better for trekking route. The varying altitude throughout the trek leads one from the lower hills to the high Himalaya where we follow the Dudh Koshi River to join the main Everest trail below Lukla. Once in the Khumbu region the mountain views improve with every step with Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam , Mt. Kantega and of course the summit of Mount Everest itself. The visit to Sagarmatha National park enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and hiking to Kala Patthar from Everest Base Camp are the major highlights of this trek. Then with the benefits of increased fitness we make the ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Namche the trek follows the Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp then flies out from Lukla to Kathmandu.

This is the route to take if you are not in hurry and have enough time to explore the Mount Everest region in its full glory observing ethnic tribes and exploring varieties of flora and fauna.

Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

-Crossing Lamjuraa pass,Experence the Sherpa Cultural in Junbesi, Explore the Monestery. Explore Sherpa museum in Namche Bazar

– Panoramic view from Syanbuche.

– Experience Sherpa culture in Khumjung village

– Ascent Gokyo Ri, Grand view of Everest, Choyu, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam.

Recommended Packing list for Everest Base camp trek via Jiri

Clothing.

  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • 1 wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • 1 down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.

Toiletries

  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your  hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri

Day 04:  Jiri to Deorali

Day 05: Deorali to Sete

Day 06: Sete to Junubesi

Day 07: Junubesi: - Rest Day

Day 08: Junbesi to Nuntala

Day 09: Nuntala to Khari khola Or Bupsa

Day 10: Khari Khola to Puiyan 0r Surke

Day 11: Puiyan or Surke to Phakding

Day 12: Phaking to Namche

Day 13: Namche (Acclimatization day)

Day 14: Namche to Tengboche

Day 15: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 16: Dingdoche to lobuche

Day 17: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) kala patthar Everest Base camp

Day 18: Goraksep -to Pheriche

Day 19: Pheriche to phorshe

Day 20: Phorse to Khumjung

Day 21: khumjung to Lukla

Day 22: Lukla to Kathmandu. Early in the morning fly back, Tranfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your  hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri

We begin our trek with drive to Jiri situated about 187 km from Kathmandu with the help of bus or Jeep.

Day 04: Jiri to Deorali

The trek begins with a steady climb through cultivated fields and tiny tamang villages crossing forested areas before descending to Shivalaya. From Shivalaya we can climb straight towards the Deourali Pass at an elevation of 3000m.

Day 05: Deorali to Sete

From Deourali, we move ahead towards Bhandara, a sherpa village with various small gompas. We then descend towards the riverside town of Kenja through forest area covered with rhododendron flowers to sete at an elevation of 2575m which consists of beautiful hilltop monastery.

Day 06: Sete to Junubesi

We view the first glimpse of Mount Everest from the Lamjura Pass at an elevation of 3500m passing by fragrant pine and oak jungle. Now to decend downwards to Junubesi, one of the largest Sherpa Village where we can have the amazing view of Gaurishankar and Dudh Kunda.

Day 07 Junubesi

Rest Day

Day 08: Junbesi to Nuntala

Trek to the Soulung ridge and descend down to Ringmo Khola covered with apple trees. Finally decend to Nuntala woodland crossing traksindo La at an elevation of 3071m.

Day 09: Nuntala to Khari khola Or Bupsa

From Nuntala the descent continues to Dudh Kosi (Milk River) the largest river on the trek. Then ascend through several Sherpa and rai villages, Terraced fields and forest to the spread out village of Khari Khola.

Day 10: Khari Khola to Puiyan 0r Surke

The path ascends through Sherpa village and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Kosi canyon to Puiyan.

Day 11: Puiyan or Surke to Phakding

The trail climbs for about an hour to a ridge of Puiyan at an elevation of 2800m passing the path to lukla airport. Then we march towards phakding.

Day 12: Phakding to Namche

We begin our trek from Phakding and climb towards Jorsale through wonderful waterfall. Our trails passes through beautiful woodland covered with rhododendron and magnolia trees before climbing to Namche bazaar situated at an elevation of 3440m.

Day 13: Namche (Acclimatization day)

Acclimatization is required before proceeding to a higher elevation. During our acclimatization in Namche Bazzar we can take a short day hike to thame, khunde or Khumjung and explore the Sherpa culture.

Day 14: Namche to Tengboche

From namche a steep one hour climb to syangboche ( 3720 m) provides excellent views of Everest and ama Dablam. From there we descend to punki thanka via khumjung, then trail climbs though forests where you can spotmusk deer. Thengboche resides on a saddle at 3870m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons where we can have the paranomic view of mountain range like Kwangde, Tawachhe. Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama dablam and Thamserku. We also visit the famous monastery at tengboche.

Day 15: Tengboche to Dingboche

It is a short, steep and mudy descent to Deboche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. We then cross the bridge and ascend through the forest, past magnificently carved mani stones to pangboche at 3860m. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching dingboche at 4240m.

Day 15: Dingdoche to lobuche

The trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climbs steeply into the terminal moraine of the khumbu glsciers. It then crosses the bridge and climbs higher on the moraine to a row of stone monuments erected in memory of many Sherpa and foreign mountaineers who have died climbing Everest before reaching lobuche (4930m).

Day 16: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) kala patthar Everest Base camp

After lunch we will be heading E B C and kala patthar for sun rise and view which takes about approximately 3 hours. The trail from lobuche follows with great views of pumori then crosses a tributary glacier to reach the dry lake bed of gorak shep. Then climb the 5545m kala-pattar or incredible views of Everest and Everest base camp (5300m).

Day 17: Goraksep to Pheriche

Day 18: Pheriche to phorshe

Day 19: Phorse to Khumjung

Day 20: khumjung to Lukla

Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu. Early in the morning fly back and tranfer to the Kathmandu Hotel.

Trip Cost US$ 1240 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Two night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Bus sharing Land transport from Kathmandu to Jiri.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • flight fare one way from Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes in Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • A trekking route map
  • Medical supplies, first aid kit box.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
  • Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse
Cost Excludes:
  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Extra  night hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Activities in Kathmandu.
  • Porter carrier if you need ( 290 USD ) per porter.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Jiri / Kalapathar / Everest base camp
  • Group Size: Min - 1
  • Minimum altitude: 1850m.
  • Maximum altitude: 5545m.
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June.
  • Grade Info: Fairly Strenuous
  • Transportation: Car, Land Cruiser, Bus or Aeroplane.
  • Total Days: 20 Days ( Kathmandu - Kathmandu)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 8 hours each day.

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