Jiri Everest Trek
Jiri Everest Trek: An Adventurous Journey to the Roof of the World Introduction to Jiri Everest Trek: The Jiri Everest Trek is an adventurous and less frequented trekking route that takes you through the picturesque landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal. This trek also offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience, allowing you to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture. With its diverse terrain, charming villages, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas, the Trek is also a true gem for trekking enthusiasts seeking a challenging and rewarding adventure. Route and Highlights: The Jiri…
Jiri Everest Trek: An Adventurous Journey to the Roof of the World
Introduction to Jiri Everest Trek:
The Jiri Everest Trek is an adventurous and less frequented trekking route that takes you through the picturesque landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal. This trek also offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience, allowing you to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture. With its diverse terrain, charming villages, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas, the Trek is also a true gem for trekking enthusiasts seeking a challenging and rewarding adventure.
Route and Highlights:
The Jiri Everest Trek starts from the town of Jiri, located in the lower Solu region of Nepal. From Jiri, you begin the ascent through lush forests, terraced fields, and remote Sherpa villages. The trail also gradually gains elevation as you traverse the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through vibrant settlements like Bhandar, Sete, Junbesi, and Nunthala. These villages also provide a glimpse into the traditional Sherpa way of life and offer warm hospitality to trekkers.
As you continue your journey, the trail merges with the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek route, taking you to popular highlights such as Namche Bazaar , Tengboche Monastery, and Dingboche. The breathtaking views of towering peaks, including Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse, accompany you throughout the trek, filling you with a sense of awe and wonder.
The climax of this Trek is reaching Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek at an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet). From the summit of Kala Patthar, you are also rewarded with an unparalleled panorama of the majestic Everest, along with other neighboring peaks. The sight of the world’s highest mountain towering above the surrounding landscape is an unforgettable and humbling experience.
Challenges and Considerations:
The Trek is a physically demanding adventure that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. The trail involves steep ascents, rugged terrains, and high-altitude sections, making proper acclimatization crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience. It is also recommended to undertake pre-trek fitness training and consult with experienced guides or trekking agencies to ensure a well-planned itinerary that allows for adequate rest and acclimatization days.
Conclusion of Jiri Everest Trek:
Embarking on the Jiri Everest Trek is an incredible opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Everest region while exploring less-crowded trails. With its stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the sense of achievement that comes with reaching Kala Patthar, this trek also promises an unforgettable journey to the roof of the world. Prepare yourself for an adventure of a lifetime as you embrace the challenges, savor the breathtaking vistas, and create lasting memories along the Jiri Everest Trek.
- While travelling to Jiri from Kathmandu, travelers enjoy the natural beauty on the way. Trekkers can see the green terraced farm, people rafting in the Bhote Koshi River, Himalayan view, different waterfalls, swift flowing rivers, and traditional villages.
- Visitors can also be part of adventurous experience of bungee jumping in the Bhote Koshi River on the way.
- Once the travelers start trekking from Jiri, they will be overwhelmed with the Nature’s beauty as well as the untouched culture of the ethnic inhabitants.
- On the way to Everest Base Camp from Jiri, the terraced green farm, beautiful rhododendron and pine forest, numerous ethnic settlements, valleys with the amazing view of the mountains and surrounding landscapes dominate the journey.
- Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the classical trekking route to the heart of Everest region which was employed by the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary in their Mt. Everest expedition in 1953.
- This route is one of the popular trekking trails in the world which offers the combination of natural and cultural beauty. The trekking in this trail provides the opportunity to explore the landscape of the whole Khumbu region, green forest with rare wild animals and birds, lush valleys with the spectacular view of the giant world tallest mountains.
- Besides enjoying the fantastic vistas of Mt. Everest (8848m) – the tallest mountain of the world, travelers enthrall into the arresting beauty of Mt. Lhotse , Mt. Nuptse , Mt. Amadablam , Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Thamserku.
- It will be a trek into the heart of Sherpa culture and tradition. The cultural performances in the monastery and festival celebration really cater unique experience in the Himalayas.
- The hiking to the Kala Pattar-the perfect view point of Everest, Tengboche monastery are other remarkable features of this route.
- The views of Khhumbu glacier and ice fall together with Sagarmatha National Park really intoxicate the travelers. Sagarmatha National Park is spread in an area of 1,148 square km in Himalayan ecological zone.
- Follow the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
- Control your budget with drive to Jiri from Kathmandu and then trek to Lukla
- Enjoy the pleasant trails from Jiri
- Enjoying longer days in the trekking trail.
- Enough time to spend on the extended pastures, yak farms, and glaciers
- Stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Everest Expeditions Nepal Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Arts Kathmandu or a similar category hotel. After check-in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Everest Expeditions Nepal Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Included meal: Breakfast (B)
Today we take an early morning drive to Jiri, about 187 km north-east of Kathmandu. Since, we would be travelling on the mountain roads, it takes around 6-7 hrs to reach Jiri. From Jiri, we continue driving to Bhandar, our trek start point. Although still a single lane road, the road conditions have improved a lot nowadays than what it used to be till some years ago. Enjoy the views of Kosi River and panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa. Overnight at Bhandar. (B,L,D)
Descend the trail from Bhandar through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda. Climb through the forests winding down to the Surma Khola. Continue to Likhu Khola Valley. Climb the ridge making up to the small settlement of Kenja. Another steep ascent to Chimbu and continuing further we finally reach Sete. Overnight at Sete. (B,L,D)
An uphill climb to Lamjura La through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons. Pass by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. Lamjura La pass at 3530 meters, the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazar, offers a paroramic view of the surrounding green mountains. Desend down the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi. Spend the afternoon here exploring the village and the way of life of its inhabitants. Overnight at Junbesi. (B,L,D)
Cross the stream beyond Junbesi climb up the forest slope and after an hour’s trek, the mesmerizing views of the Himalaya mountains appears before our eyes. The mountains that are visible include Everest, Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu, Thamseruku, Mera Peak, and many other high mountains. This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks look closer and higher than the distant 8,000er mountains. Continue the trail to Salung and descend to Ringmo Khola. Ascend to Ringmo, cross the Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashingdo. After another hour’s desent through conifer and rhododendron forests, and terraced fields, we finally arrive at Nuntala. Overnight at Nuntala. (B,L,D)
Descend down the trail to the Dudh Koshi River. We follow the Dudh Koshi River as we head upward to Khumbu. Cross the bridge, climb to Jubing and continue straight to Churkha. Climb the trail eastward to reach Kharikhola and descend to cross a suspension bridge. Another steep climb finally takes us to Bupsa. Overnight at Bupsa. (B,L,D)
The trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uhill climb takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Descend to Puiyan and go through the ups and downs to Surke. (B,L,D)
From Surke, our trail climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail moves down to Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding. (B,L,D)
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the scared peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche. (B,L,D)
Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We snap pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche. (B,L,D)
We start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trek along the arid terrace is awarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, of the camp sites during first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we continue our trek the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves Mt. Pumori hides and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Dugla. We can see the tip of Nuptse from here as well as Cholatse, Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Overnight in Duglha. (B,L,D)
Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right “in front of” several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight in Lobuche.(B,L,D)
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view. For those trekkers who wish to continue our guides and Sherpas coordinate a hike to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep.(B,L,D)
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast followed by a gradual descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Pheriche. (B,L,D)
We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it’s spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. Depending on our hunger and condition, we either have our lunch in Pangboche or wait until we reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m/11,710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces! Overnight in Lukla. (B,L,D)
We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing your trek to Everest Base Camp Trek! Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,D)
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.(B)
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Certainly! The Everest Trek is a popular and challenging trekking adventure in the Everest region of Nepal. However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there was no specific trekking route known as the “Jiri Everest Trek.” Typically, there are two primary trekking routes to Everest Base Camp: the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek and the Gokyo Lakes Trek. I will provide you with information about these two treks, and please note that there may be variations or new routes available beyond my knowledge cutoff date.
- Classic Everest Base Camp Trek:
- Duration: The Classic Everest Base Camp Trek usually takes around 12-14 days, depending on the itinerary and the trekker’s fitness level.
- Starting Point: The trek often begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip.
- Route: From Lukla, the trek follows the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through several Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, until reaching Everest Base Camp. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and others.
- Highlights: Namche Bazaar (the gateway to Everest), Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu Glacier, Kala Patthar (for a panoramic view of Mount Everest), and reaching Everest Base Camp.
- Gokyo Lakes Trek:
- Duration: The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a slightly longer trek than the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek and typically takes around 14-16 days.
- Starting Point: Similar to the Classic route, the Gokyo Lakes Trek also starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Route: Instead of heading straight towards Everest Base Camp, this trek diverges from the main trail at Namche Bazaar and follows a route towards the beautiful Gokyo Valley. The trek includes visiting Gokyo Ri (a viewpoint offering stunning vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu), the emerald Gokyo Lakes, and crossing the challenging Cho La Pass before rejoining the main trail to Everest Base Camp.
- Highlights: Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Ri viewpoint, Gokyo Lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp.
It’s worth mentioning that both treks require a good level of fitness and acclimatization due to the high altitude. It’s essential to be well-prepared, pack appropriate gear, and consider hiring an experienced guide or joining a reputable trekking agency for safety and assistance.
Please note that there might be new trekking routes or variations that have become popular since my last update. It’s advisable to consult with local trekking agencies or updated sources to get the most recent and accurate information about the “Jiri Everest Trek” or any other specific trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal.
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