Our Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek takes the same trail that was used by the pioneer Everest mountaineers – Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary – as they made their way to Everest Base Camp over 60 years ago. The two were the first to successfully summit Mt. Everest (8848m) in 1953. Join us on this memorable, historical trail to Everest Base Camp.
Most trekkers begin their Everest Base Camp Trek with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, if you would like a bit more of a challenge and/or more time to acclimate to the altitude, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the way to go. The trip begins with an 8-9 hour drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, the gateway of this trek. Jiri is a truly underrated paradise of Nepal. Many early expeditions began here, thus it is also considered the “Gateway to Mt. Everest.” The village is encompassed by agricultural fields and lush green forests.
The first days of the trek are sparsely populated by other trekkers. It is a peaceful, serene chance in our journey to build energy for our high-altitude trekking. During this time, we pass through several villages, giving us the opportunity to explore the traditional Sherpa culture of these areas. Sherpas are known around the world for their mountaineering abilities and remarkable hospitality. In Junbesi, we will visit Thupten Chholing, a massive Buddhist monastery with several hundred nuns and monks. The natural and cultural beauty of this region inspires us throughout the trek. After passing more villages, mani walls, and Buddhist monuments, we reach Namche Bazaar, the trading and tourism hub of the region. From here, we take on the standard route to Everest Base Camp (5364m), the base of the tallest mountain in the world. A visit to Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the region, is a must. It is recommended to travel during the Mani Rimdu festival (usually between October and November during the full moon).
At Gorakshep, we can see several 6,000+ meter peaks. Within a day of reaching Gorakshep, we experience two additional highlights of the trek, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar (5540m), where we enjoy the spectacular Himalayan landscapes. EBC offers us views of the Khumbu Glacial Valley, while Kala Patthar gives us incredible views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Kangtega, Thamserku and others. At each spot, we take our time, snapping photos and savoring our moments. From here, we will head back down the trail and instead of taking a bus back, we take the scenic Lukla flight back to Kathmandu.
Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.