Jiri to Everest Base Camp - the classic Everest Trek

22 Days | Trek: 18 Days | Lodge or Camp | Maximum altitude: 5545 m | Minimum: 1 Person

This is a classic route to the Everest Base Camp. It was used by the first expeditions to Mount Everest in very early days, including Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary and great expedition groups at that time. You get more chance for acclimatization by following this route.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

From Kathmandu, we drive for 7 to 8 hours to Jiri and continue further ahead to village at Shivalaya. The trial to Lukla passes through classic Middle Hills country. Facilities on the first part are basic but improving. Even though the trek begins at just 1860m it climbs to 3530m at the Lamjura Bhanjyang and drops as low as 1500m at the Dudh Kosi crossing east of Nunthala. After we reach below Phakding, we follow the reular route to the Everest Base Camp. Tbe trek ends in Lukla from where we fly out.

This is the route to take if you are not in hurry and have about three weeks time to explore the Mount Everest region in its full glory.


Itinerary: Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Kathmandu sightseeing tour, Cultural show in the evening, Hotel

Day 03 Drive: Kathmandu - Jiri - Shivalaya (7 to 8 hrs), alt 1820m, Lodge
Day 04 Trek Shivalaya to Bhandar, 2200m, Lodge
Day 05 Trek Bhandar to Sete, 2520m, Lodge
Day 06 Trek Sete to Junbesi, 2680m, Lodge
Day 07 Trek Junbesi to Nunthala, 2220m, Lodge
Day 08 Trek Nunthala to Bupsa, 2360m, Lodge
Day 09 Trek Bupsa to Chaurikharka, 2650m, Lodge
Day 10 Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420m), Lodge
Day 11 Acclimatization walk to nearby Sherpa villages, back to Namche, Lodge
Day 12 Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche, 3870m, Lodge
Day 13 Trek Tengboche to Pheriche, 4240m, Lodge
Day 14 Trek Pheriche to Dughla, 4620m, Lodge
Day 15 Trek Dughla to Lobuche, 4930m, Lodge
Day 16 Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep, 5160m,
            Continue to the Everest Base Camp at 5340, back to Gorak Shep, Lodge
Day 17 Hike up to top of Kalapatthar at 5545m in the morning Trek down to Lobuche, Lodge
Day 18 Trek back to Tengboche, Lodge
Day 19 Trek to Namche Bazaar, Lodge
Day 20 Trek to Lukla, Lodge
Day 21 Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
Day 22 Trip ends. Transfer to airport or continue on extension programs

Ask us anything about the Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri:

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  • When to trek?

  • Dates and Prices

  • How difficult is this

  • Equipment: what you need to bring?

  • Flights & Insurance

  • Detailed Itinerary


The trek can be organized and is enjoyable throughout the year.

The best seasons are spring (Mar to May) and autumn (Oct to Nov) but they also attract a large number of trekkers from many countries. If you want to avoid busy season then you might want to trek in other months.

It is monsoon during July/August with late rain often affecting September too. Flights out of Lukla can be delayed or cancelled frequently so you will need some extra days just in case. Otherwise, the area itself is very less affected and treks at this time are beautiful as ever.


We run a number of treks every year that you can join. Do not worry even if you do not find these dates suitable to you. We let small groups and even single trekkers to pick their own dates.

Indicators if treks are available: Available - Available, Limited - Limited Availability, Booked - Fully Booked/Unavailable

2016 - Starts Ends
Trip 1 10 Jan 2016 31 Jan 2016
Trip 2 21 Jan 2016 11 Feb 2016
Trip 3 03 Feb 2016 24 Feb 2016
Trip 4 16 Feb 2016 09 Mar 2016
Trip 5 01 Mar 2016 22 Mar 2016
Trip 6 11 Mar 2016 01 Apr 2016
Trip 7 21 Mar 2016 11 Apr 2016
Trip 8 04 Apr 2016 26 Apr 2016
Trip 9 11 Apr 2016 02 May 2016
Trip 10 21 Apr 2016 12 May 2016
Trip 11 04 May 2016 26 May 2016
Trip 12 11 May 2016 01 Jun 2016
Trip 13 21 May 2016 11 Jun 2016
Trip 14 04 Jun 2016 26 Jun 2016
Trip 15 11 Jun 2016 02 Jul 2016
Trip 16 11 Jul 2016 01 Aug 2016
Trip 17 11 Aug 2016 01 Sep 2016
Trip 18 02 Sep 2016 23 Sep 2016
Trip 19 12 Sep 2016 03 Oct 2016
Trip 20 25 Sep 2016 17 Oct 2016
Trip 21 02 Oct 2016 23 Oct 2016
Trip 22 12 Oct 2016 02 Nov 2016
Trip 23 25 Oct 2016 16 Nov 2016
Trip 24 02 Nov 2016 23 Nov 2016
Trip 25 12 Nov 2016 03 Dec 2016
Trip 26 25 Nov 2016 17 Dec 2016
Trip 27 06 Dec 2016 27 Dec 2016
Trip 28 16 Dec 2016 06 Jan 2017

Remember that if you do not find these dates suitable to you. We let small groups and even single trekkers to pick their own dates. Just email us at - [email protected]


We rate this trek as slightly above moderate. This means you have to be physically very sound for this trek.

If you can walk with a small backpack (like 10kg maximum) for about 7-8 hrs on a day, then you should be able to do this trek. There are lots of ascending and descending to do on this trek.


  • Thermal Underwear
  • Woolen hat (or balaclava)
  • Gloves
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Trekking boots and spare laces
  • Hat (warm) scarf and gloves
  • Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  • Trousers
  • Running shoes, sandals or thongs (flip-flops)
  • Shorts and trousers or skirt
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks and under wear
  • Thermal Underwear (not cotton)
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and long-sleeved shirt with collar.
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • Maps, compass and guidebook
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight), spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag (we provide this free of cost)
Miscellaneous Items
  • Toiletries
  • Quick-drying camp towel
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper and cigarette lighter
  • Sunscren (SPF 20+) and lip balm
  • Polarising sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Sewing/repair kit (for tent and mattresses)
  • Iodine, water-purification tablets or filter
  • Medical and first-aid kit (see details here)
  • Insect repellent (for lower elevations)
  • Emergency kit including a whistle and waterproof matches/lighter
  • Locks for bags and lodge rooms
  • Stuff sacks
  • Earplugs.
Optional Equipments
  • Camera, Memory card and batter charger (or spare batteries)
  • Adapters
  • GPS unit
  • Altimeter
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Small duffle bag (to leave behind in Kathmandu)
  • Backpack cover (waterproof, slip-on)
  • Trekking Poles

Where can you get these equipment? Should you buy it or should you hire it? Get all these information and answers on our trekking equipment page.


Flights -

We arrange the domestic flight (Lukla - Kathmandu) for you as required by the trekking schedule. You will need to look for international flights to Kathmandu yourself. However, we can look for the international flights upon request.

Insurance -

It is very important to have a proper travel insurance for your trip. Make 100% sure that the insurance policy you are buying sufficiently covers the trek upto 5500m. Make sure it covers helicopter rescue evacuation and medical bills - just in case.

Our insurance covers only for the Nepali staff, including guide, all field staff and porters. There is no burden whatsoever on your part for the Nepali staff - we understand it is our responsibility and we protect them all.


For detailed itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trek, please email us at - [email protected]

What is included -
1. Airport pickup/drop
2. Kathmandu hotel on twin share & breakfast, 3 star (upgrade or budget possible)
3. Kathmandu sightseeing tour with guide, entrance fees
4. Drive: Kathmandu - Jiri - Shivalaya by bus
5. Everest National Park entrance fees
6. Trekking guide, porters
7. Daily wages and insurance of guide and porters
8. Staying in local lodges while on trek
9. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
10. First-aid kits and communication devices (with guide) on trek
11. Waterproof duffel bag for your trekking kits
12. Sleeping bag (rent)
13. Flight: Lukla-Kathmandu

What is not included -
01. International flights
02. Nepal visa fees
03. Lunch and dinner while you stay in Kathmandu
04. Any kind of drinks while on trek
05. Your personal medical and travel insurance, evacuation/medical expenses
06. Tips etc

Walk above Jiri

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Who can do this trek?

If you are reasonably fit, and able to walk for 6-7 hrs with a small backpack, then you are good for this trek. Remember there is a lot of ascending/descending to do on this trek so you ned to have good knees :).


Nmache Bazar
What about altitude sickness and acclimatization?

Our itineraries are carefully planned that keep plenty of time to rest and gain acclimatization at high altitudes.

Still on, it is possible to catch Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). We suggest not to rush up to altitude. Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol. Our guides are very experienced in noticing the symptoms of AMS early on and they will very attentive to help you.

Depending on conditions, you may have to rest at a place or descend down.


Average walking time is 5 hours. But depending on conditions, you may have to walk for 7 to 8 hrs.

Everest-Jiri Trek


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