Classical Everest Trek via Jiri  / NPL – 16

Everest trek vial Jiri is the best way to do an Everest trek following the way of the old approach route followed by Everest expeditions from the 1950. It provides a good opportunity to see the densely populated middle hills and the high altitude magnificence of the Everest region.Everest trek via Jiri starts from Jiri (1905m). The trail heads eastward through the forested hills of Soul and over the 3530m Lamajura Pass. Monasteries and continuous mountain views lie ahead. The portion of the trek from Jiri to Lukla is often uncrowned and therefore much better trekking country. We cross the Lamjura La, and Thaksindo before descending towards the raging river of the Dudh Kosi. We follow the “Dudh Koshi river” north through terraced hillsides and small villages to join the main Everest trail below Lukla. By now you will have had time to adjust to life on the trail and with the benefits of increased fitness make the ascent to Namche Bazaar. Once in the Khumbu region the mountain views improve with every step-Kwangde,Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam. From Namche the trek follows the Gokyo lake to Everest Base Camp crossing 5330m. Cho La Pass, and then flies out from Lukla.

Featured Pictures (Everest Region)
Brief Itinerary


01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
02 Free day in Kathmandu.
03 Drive Kathmandu – Jiri
04 Commence trek from Jiri - Shivalaya
05 Trek Shivalaya – Bhandar
06 Trek Bhandar - Sete
07 Trek Sete - Junbesi
08 Trek Junbesi - Nuntala
09 Trek Nuntala - Kharikhola
10 Trek Kharikhola - Lukla
11 Trek Lukla - Phakding
12 Trek Phakding - Namche bazaar
13 Namche Bazaar (rest day)
14 Trek Namche - Thyangboche
15 Trek Thyangboche - Dingboche
16 Dingboche (rest day)
17 Trek Dingboche - Lobuche
18 Trek Lobuche - Gorakshep via Kalapathar
19 Trek to Everest Base Camp and descend to Lobuche
20 Trek Lobuche – Dingboche
21 Trek Dingboche - Khumjung
22 Trek Khumjung - Monjo
23 Trek Monjo - Lukla
24 Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
25 Free day in Kathmandu
26 Departure transfer to the airport for onward journey

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Jiri
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) about 188 km which takes about eight hours. The first part of your journey drives eastwards from Kathmandu through passing Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu, a part of the Araniko Highway and turn to right from Lamasangu for the Jiri road passing through Green Hills scenery as well as snow capped mountains. The road is quite narrow but it is smooth. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people inhabited in and around the town.
Day 04: Commence trek from Jiri - Shivalaya
Trek from Jiri (1905m.) to Shivalaya (1800 m) which takes about four hours. The beginning of your trek gently ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it gently descent to Shivalaya (1800m.)
Day 05: Trek Shivalaya – Bhandar
Today the trek from Shivalaya starts with a steep ascent towards the pass at Deorali (2710m). On our way to this pass we will cross numerous streams and walk through the villages of Sangbadanda (2180m), Khasrubas (2330m) and Mahabhir (2590m). From Deorali pass, we steeply descent on stone steps through fields and pastures to Bhandar.
Day 06: Trek Bhandar - Sete
Today the trek from the village square at Bhandar, descents through the lower fields of the village, passing the small settlements of Doharpa and Baranda before crossing the Tharo Khola River on a steel bridge at 1480m. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1600m), a settlement inhabited by Newars and Magars. As we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2170m) and continue trek on towards to Sete (2520m).
Day 07:  Trek Sete - Junbesi
The climb to Lamjura Pass (3530m) which began yesterday continues as the trail continues uphill – fairly gradually but at times, very steep. We pass through thick moss covered forests abundant in rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch trees. We finally contour in a wonderful rhododendron groove to reach the pass. From here on it’s downhill to on the north side of the valley to the town of Junbesi.
Day 08: Trek Junbesi - Nuntala
On today’s trek we will get our first glimpses of Everest. At a ridge at almost 2980m we have excellent views of Everest, Thamserku, Mera and a few other peaks. The trail is a series of up and downs before we reach Ringmo, a fruit haven. From here the trail passes mani walls, a forest replete with bird songs and the unique Trakshindo Monastery (2900m). A superb example of Sherpa monastic architecture! Just before Nuntala we will cross many delightful streams and wooden bridges.
Day 09: Trek Nuntala - Kharikhola
From Nuntala the trail descends to the Dudh Kosi or Milk River. We pass fields of barley, wheat and corn, and cross the river at 1480m to Jubing (1680m) – a thriving Rai village. We climb uphill for a bit before descending a little on a sandy trail, to make the long but pleasant walk into Khari Khola.
Day 10: Trek Kharikhola - Lukla
From here trek start with steep up hill to Bupsaa a Rai village and enters to woods Oaks, Pine, Rhododendron and mix trees and Bamboo bushes good mountain views with day over. Lukla is a town in the Khumbu area of the Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. Situated at 2,860 metres (9,383 ft), it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Although Lukla means place with many goats and sheep, few are found in the area these days.
Day 11: Trek Lukla - Phakding
Walking along side and down to Surke again steep up to Chaurikharka a beauty full Mani walls between villages we reach Phakding.
Day 12: Trek Phakding - Namche bazaar
From Phakding, the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley, staying 100m above the river. After Benkar (2700m), the trail follows a pleasant route alongside the river, and then climbs up to Jorsale. There are excellent views of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) en route. The climb to Namche (3440m) after Jorsale is long and steep with a gain of more than 600m.
Day 13: Namche Bazaar (rest day)
The main aim today is to allow your body to acclimatize, it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! You could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche airstrip, (3790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel with stunning views.
Day 14: Trek Namche - Thyangboche
Our route today is fairly direct and level with a short descent to Phunki Thanga, a small settlement with several water-driven prayer wheels on the banks of the Dudh Kosi. From here starts a short, steep climb and then a gradual uphill hike through forests and past mani stones to Tengboche. The monastery sits on a clearing surrounded by trees and offers arguably the finest views any where in the world. The Himalayan panorama of Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku is a breathtaking experience.
Day 15: Trek Thyangboche - Dingboche
Another 5 hour day today as you first descend through rhododendron forests to pastures below and Deboche. You begin to climb from the Imja River with great views of Ama Dablam and Kantaga (6779m), your route is lined by chortens to Pengboche the highest year round settlement in the valley and the gompa here is the oldest in the Khumbu, home to what is believed to be the hand skull of a yeti. You soon find yourself above the tree line you will pass a few tea shops and yak herders before you reach Dingboche a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls.
Day 16: Dingboche (rest day)
Here you will enjoy outstanding mountain views, particularly the north face of Ama Dablam and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. There are several walk options enabling your body to acclimatize better. Remember to drink plenty of water.
Day 17: Trek Dingboche - Lobuche
Trek from Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) and it takes about three hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the lives tocks in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley. Trek from Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4900m.) via Dongla(4620m.) and it takes almost six hours. From Chhukung Ri you can have a view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak(6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. Now you begin your trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The teahouse at Dongla is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up 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. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 18: Trek Lobuche - Gorakshep via Kalapathar
Today's destination is Kalapatthar. We start the trek from Lobuche via Gorakshep (5170m.), reach Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorakshep. We trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path and view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kalapatthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.). From this point, we proceed to Kalapatthar top. We would view the close-up views of Everest, beyond our wildest imagination within a stones throw distance between the summit of Mt. Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse on the back. The panoramic view from this spot is something special that would cherish to the rest of our life and you feel it’s worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world. With all the higher snow capped giants that dominate all around, it is truly a magnificent spot to be at on a clearer sunny day. After a great moment, we come down to Gorakshep.
Day 19: Trek to Everest Base Camp and descend to Lobuche
We go to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep and go to Lobuche. While trekking to the Everest Base Camp, we would pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. Finally, we come to Lobuche to stay overnight.
Day 20: Trek Lobuche – Dingboche
Descending all the way downhill passing Duglha, you finally reach Dingboche after trekking for about five hours. You are rewarded with the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokhalde, Thanserku, Kantega, etc.
Day 21: Trek Dingboche - Khumjung
We walk down to the river then start hiking up to Khumjung village. Many trekkers enjoy like this Khumjung village as there is a very beautiful community of Sherpas.
Day 22: Trek Khumjung - Monjo
Today we descent first to Namche Bazaar and then continue our way back down the valley and descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo.
Day 23: Trek Monjo - Lukla
From Monjo we will go through forests of magnolia, giant firs and rhododendrons to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project. We cross the Dudh Kosi river to its west-bank and continue our way down to Phakding and then to Lukla
Day 24: Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 26: Departure transfer to the airport for onward journey

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
Highlight of this Trek
Everest trek vial Jiri is the best way to do an Everest trek following the way of the old approach route followed by Everest expeditions from the 1950. It provides a good opportunity to see the densely populated middle hills and the high altitude magnificence of the Everest region.Everest trek via Jiri starts from Jiri (1905m).
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 1350m.
Maximum altitude: 5170m.
Grade: Easy
Mode: Tented Camp
Duration of Trek: 20 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Lukla
Exit: Lukla - Kathmandu
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