Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek was the first trekking route to the Everest region. This route was the only way to access the Everest region before Lukla airport was constructed. Hence it is also known as the classic route to Everest Base Camp.
Other routes to trekking in the Everest region start after a thrilling flight to Lukla. But the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek starts after a scenic ride to Jiri.
Jiri is a picturesque town in the eastern part of Nepal in Dolakha district. It has an altitude of merely 1905 meters. It lies in a lower altitude compared to Lukla. So, if you start your trek from Jiri, it is easier for you to adapt to higher altitudes in the Everest region.
After trekking for 8 days from Jiri, you will reach Phakding. From Phakding, you will start trekking inside the premises of Sagarmatha National Park. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to many exotic species of animals like snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda.
Along the trail, you will get to various villages in the Everest region like Tengboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. From these villages, you will get to see some spectacular views of mountains in the Everest region like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu etc.
The best vantage point for viewing the mountains in the Everest region is Kala Patthar. It is considered to be one of the best spots in Nepal for viewing sunrise amidst the mountains in the Himalayas.
The total length of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is 23 days. An average of around 5-6 hours of the trek a day makes this trek more difficult to the Everest Base Camp trek.
There are also a few days for acclimatization in the trek. You will spend one day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar while another day for acclimatization is at Dingboche. These two places are located at altitudes of 3440 meters and 4358 meters respectively.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is also a wonderful way to get to learn the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Everest region. The Tengboche Monastery is a serene location where the practitioners and adherents of the Buddhist culture some on a regular basis.
All in all, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best ways to explore the iconic Everest region.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
- Visit the Namche Bazaar- the capital of Sherpas
- View the largest monastery in the Everest region- Tengboche Monastery
- Breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Tawache and others
- A trek inside Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site
- Splendid views of the sunrise from Kala Patthar
- Comfortable stay in Guest houses with friendly owners
- Visit some picturesque villages like Phakding, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep.
- Learn about the culture of Tibetan Buddhism by interaction with guides, porters, and locals.
Best Time to Trek Jiri to Everest Base Camp
Two of the best seasons to complete the Jiri to Everest Base Camp are Spring and Autumn. Spring in the Everest region falls in the months of March, April, and May. September, October, and November mark the autumn months.
The temperature of the various places along your EBC trek in the spring season is warm. You can catch some awesome views of the rhododendron forests in Spring. However, you might find the mountains hidden behind the clouds from early afternoon in the spring season.
Autumn is regarded as the best season to do the Jiri to EBC trek. Autumn begins after the monsoon season in Nepal. Therefore, the temperature is moderate. The views of the mountains are crisp and clear. Therefore, autumn sees the largest influx of trekkers to the Everest region.
You can also complete these treks in other seasons like the winter and the summer. If you want to trek here in the winters, you must bring additional clothes to deal with the cold. You can get off season discount in food and accommodation as well.
The main thing to prepare for the summer trek is the possibility of rain and leeches. To trek here in the summers, you must have some spare days in order to accommodate for rain. You must also watch out for some slippery trails and leeches.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is ranked as a strenuous trek. There are various reasons for this. One of the most obvious is the altitude of the trek. You will reach at the maximum altitude of 5545 meters in Kala Patthar.
In addition, the total number of days where you will be involved in trekking is 18 days. You will be walking for an average of 5-6 hours during your trek.
So, it is compulsory for you to be engaged in some form of training before coming to complete the Jiri to EBC trek. You need to train for around 3-4 months prior to coming of this trek.
You can spend a few morning hours of a few weeks with jogging, running, swimming or cycling as a preparation for this trek. You can also hit the gym to increase your strength and endurance.
Likewise, you can go hiking and short trekking before heading to this trek. These short hikes will give you a feel of how well your body has adapted to trekking for long hours.
Classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Jiri 1,900m. 6 – 7 hrs bus rides. (Tea House)
Day 04: Trek to Shivalaya 1,770m. 5 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 05: Trek to Bhandar (Chyangma) 2,195m. 5 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 06: Trek to Sete 2,575m. 6 – 7 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 07: Trek to Junbesi 2,675m. via Lamjura-la 3,530m. 6 – 7 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 08: Trek to Nunthala (Manidingma) 2,190m. 6 – 7 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 09: Trek to Bupsa Danda 2,250m. 5 – 6 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 10: Trek to Surkhe 2,295m. 5 – 6 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 11: Trek to Phakding 2,650m. 5 – 6 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. approx. 5 – 6 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 13: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar. (Tea House)
Day 14: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m. approx 5 hours. (Tea House)
Day 15: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m. approx: 5 – 6 hour. (Tea House)
Day 16: Rest day for acclimatization. (Tea House)
Day 17: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m. approx: 5 hours. (Tea House)
Day 18: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170m. continue to Everest BC 5,357m. (Tea House)
Day 19: Hike to Kalapathar 5,555m. continue to Pheriche 4,288m 5 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 20: Trek to Namche approx. 6-7 hrs. (Tea House)
Day 21: Trek to Lukla 6 hrs walk.
Day 22: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu.
Day 23: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.