Starting with an 8 hour (188km/118miles)
drive to Jiri (2,100m/6,888ft) the Jiri
to Everest base camp trek follows the
traditional route taken by the early
Everest expeditions and still serves as
main artery to the roadless Sagarmatha
(Everest) region. Known as the
Solu-Khumbu it is the home of the
Sherpas. This relatively tiny society of
8,000 people is the best known and most
admired of all Nepal's ethnic groups.
According to their oral history Sherpas
migrated to high valleys south of Mt.
Everest from eastern Tibet about 450
years ago, hence the name Sharpa,
"peoples of the Himalaya." Many families
along this route have converted their
homes into trekkers' lodges catering to
foreign trekkers. Although a popular
trekking route the Everest area is
visited by only some 8,000 visitors each
year - a fraction of the number that
visits the Annapurna region. Trekking
through the Sherpa villages we share
many of their hearths and enjoy their
generous hospitality. Trekking in from
Jiri has the advantage of helping you to
acclimatise en route. This trek is about
190km/120miles long and the total
altitude gained on the inumerable uphill
portions totals 9000m - much higer even
than Mt. Everest! After Namche we follow
the main trail to the base camp. It is a
legendary trek to a legendary
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
(1300m.). Arrive at Kathmandu where we
are met and transferred to our hotel. In
the evening we will conduct a briefing
Day 02 : Full day sightseeing in
Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Early morning drive to
Jiri and trek to Shivalaya (1800m).
Day 04 : Shivalaya to Kenja (1640m).
An usual town giving you the chance to
meet various ethnic groups.
Day 05 : Kenja to Sete (2575m).
You may need a rest so we plan to stop
here (no other reason), but if you are
fit enough we can go on to Junbesi.
Day 06 : Sete to Junbesi (2700m).
An interesting town with some very good
lodges and Tea Houses.
Day 07 : Junbesi to Trakshindo
The views are amazing from this tiny
place, so make sure you get up early and
leave enough time to stand and be
Day 08 : Trakshindo to Monjo (2815m).
We go through Phakding and on to Monjo,
in the hope of dinding a quiet place for
the night (we are now in the most
popular section of the trail) where we
camp by the river.
Day 09 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar
We continue north following the Dudh
Kosi river and on to Jorsale where we
enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National
Park. From here it is a short walk to
the confluence of two rivers, the lmja
Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo
Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep
climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche
Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu
region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa
town and an important trading centre
with a weekly Saturday market.
Days 10 & 11 : In Namche Bazaar to
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two
ridges amongst the giant peaks of the
Khumbu. Once named the 'Trekkers Mecca
of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance
of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an
ideal place to spend a rest day,
acclimatising to the new altitude of
3450m before heading off towards Gokyo.
Options for acclimatisation walks
include a visit to Khunde Hospital and
also the one hour walk up to the Everest
Hotel above Namche for the sunset view
of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and
Days 12 & 13 : Namche Bazaar to
A very spectacular day in terms of
scenery. The main trail out of Namche
heads north to Everest. Following this
trail, a short climb to a crest reveals
a wonderful view towards Everest and
Lhotse, whilst nearer at hand our route
is a Yak trail, contouring around the
hillside. The way to Gokyo is via
Phortse Tenga and follows this main
trail for a while longer, passing many
traders selling Tibetan handicraft, to a
crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi
(Milk River). The main trail to Everest
drops down the hill to Phunki, whereas
our trail climbs to cross the Mon La to
reach Phortse Tenga. The Nepal Kingdom
Foundation is involved with various
projects in this area. An extra night is
spent here to see how the community
lives and also to further acclimatise.
Day 14 : Phortse to Machermo (4410m).
From Phortse we drop down a little and
then climb steadily along the side of
the valley, Rhododendron forests giving
way to scrub juniper as altitude
increases. The trail passes many summer
settlements (yersa), used when yaks are
taken to these pastures to graze in the
summer months. Ahead of us are excellent
views of Cho Oyu while back down the
valley are the peaks of Kang Taiga and
Thamserku, both over 21,500ft./ 7481m.
Day 15 : Rest day in Machermo.
We plan is to stay at Machermo for an
extra day to acclimatise. There are
plenty of possibilities for exploration
above the camp. Just above the village
there is an excellent view encompassing
Cho Oyu (8210m) and all the mountains
that flank the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Day 16 : Machermo to Gokyo (4794m).
Rested, we head for the holy lakes at
Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to
Pangka (4548m) and then descend
slightly, following one of the
melt-water rivers which flow down the
west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We
climb a steep rocky incline into the
ablation valley by the side of the
glacier, passing the first of the holy
lakes. We soon arrive at the second of
the lakes, crossing the path that heads
across the glacier to the Cho La - our
route to Lobuche and Everest, later in
the trek. The third lake is known as
Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is
the summer settlement of Gokyo (4791m).
Walking by the side of the lake, the
scenery is magnificent with the summits
of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected
in its emerald green waters. There are
several dwellings, including two lodges
that boast solar shower and heating.
Day 17 : Excursion to Gokyo Ri
We leave camp just after first light,
crossing the ablation valley and
following a zig zag path up the
hillside. As we climb, Everest, Lhotse
and Makalu slowly come into view. From
the summit of Gokyo Ri we have one of
the finest views of Everest to be had in
the Khumbu. Some say it is a finer view
than that from Kala Pattar, but you will
be able to judge for yourself. For those
who still have some energy, there are
more good views to be had by dropping
back down to the main path and following
it north to the fourth and fifth of the
Gokyo lakes, the latter being about
three hours from Gokyo.
Day 18 : Gokyo to Thagna (4690m).
Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to
cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend
to the second lake and drop down onto
the glacier. The route across the
glacier is well marked by cairns and in
places, the path is actually quite well
defined. We climb off the glacier by a
small dwelling known as Thagna and
follow a shallow valley to our camp by a
Day 19 : Thagna to Lobuche (4928m)
An early start is necessary as not only
do we have to cross the Cho La, but we
also have to make the long descent to
reach Lobuche. Continuing up the valley,
we follow a ridge to our right, at
approximately 5000 metres and an old
lateral moraine, before beginning the
rocky scramble to the pass. From the
pass there are excellent views westwards
across to Rowaling and of Ama Dablam to
the south-east. The descent from the
pass involves the crossing of a small
glacier (often snow covered) which is
fairly straightforward. There are more
excellent views of Everest and Nuptse as
we descend to the grazing pastures
below. The way to Lobuche contours the
grassy slopes of Chola Tso to join up
with the main Everest trail from Dugla.
On route we pass a memorial to those
Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest.
The trail flattens out and follows the
lateral moraine on the west side of the
Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 20 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep
To reach our next objective, Kala Pattar,
the trail at first follows the valley
beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers
superb views of the surrounding
mountains, especially where the path is
forced to rise to cross a tributary
glacier. We stop for lunch at our
camping place for the night, Gorak Shep.
Later in the afternoon, when the sunset
colours begin to appear on Everest, we
make our way to the top of one of the
finest viewpoints for Everest, the hill
known as Kala Pattar (5549m). As the
light begins to fade we stroll back to
Gorak Shep and have an early night in
preparation for our trek to Everest Base
Camp the following day.
Day 21 : Excursion to Everest B.C
For the trek to Everest Base Camp a very
early start is required, as it takes
several hours on a trail alongside the
Khumbu Glacier to reach the traditional
base camp site. On the return leg we can
take a higher route to get a spectacular
view of the Khumbu icefall and of the
route to the south Col. Returning to
Lobuche for our nights camp.
Day 22 : Lobuche to Pangboche
Down hill most of the way, past Duglha
and descending to Pheriche. The
Himalayan Rescue, Association has a
trekkers aid post here and it is quite
interesting to visit. After lunch we
cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden
suspension bridge and follow the Imja
Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 23 : Pangboche to Namche
We continue to follow the river and
after crossing, climb up through birch
and rhododendron forest to the ridge
where Tengboche ("Great High Place")
sits magnificently. This site is the
spiritual and social centre for the
people of the surrounding area. From
here are marvellous views of most of the
giant peaks in the area. From Tengboche
we descend to the bridge over the Dudh
Kosi at Phunki where there are water
driven prayer wheels, then climb and
contour around the hillside to Namche.
Day 24 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla
From Namche Bazaar the trail descends
steeply to the village of Jorsale.
Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m)
and Choplung, we reach Chaunrikharka and
the trail that cuts up to the airstrip
at Lukla. We will camp on the lawn of a
lodge at Lukla.
Day 25 : Early morning flight to
Kathmandu. Afternoon free to shopping in
Day 26 : Final Departure from