Jiri to Namche Everest Trek
Overview The Jiri to Namche Everest Trek is a classic and adventurous journey in the Himalayas, offering a unique perspective on the legendary Everest region. This trek is an alternative approach to the Everest Base Camp, following the footsteps of early mountaineers who used to begin their ascent from Jiri before the establishment of Lukla airport. The trek typically spans around 18 to 21 days, taking trekkers through lush green forests, picturesque villages, and challenging terrains. The journey starts from Jiri, a scenic hill town located at an altitude of approximately 1,905 meters (6,250 feet). From there, trekkers gradually ascend,…
The Jiri to Namche Everest Trek is a classic and adventurous journey in the Himalayas, offering a unique perspective on the legendary Everest region. This trek is an alternative approach to the Everest Base Camp, following the footsteps of early mountaineers who used to begin their ascent from Jiri before the establishment of Lukla airport.
The trek typically spans around 18 to 21 days, taking trekkers through lush green forests, picturesque villages, and challenging terrains. The journey starts from Jiri, a scenic hill town located at an altitude of approximately 1,905 meters (6,250 feet). From there, trekkers gradually ascend, passing through culturally rich settlements, including Junbesi, Nunthala, Bupsa, and Phakding.
The trail is also adorned with stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil landscapes. Trekkers get to experience the unique hospitality of the Sherpa people, immersing themselves in their ancient traditions and vibrant culture.
After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, the trek reaches the bustling town of Namche Bazaar, situated at an altitude of around 3,440 meters (11,286 feet). Namche is a significant acclimatization point and a hub for trekkers and climbers. Here, adventurers can explore the local markets, visit monasteries, and soak in breathtaking views of Everest and other towering peaks.
From Namche, the journey continues towards Tengboche, renowned for its ancient monastery and panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and other Himalayan giants. The trail then descends to Lukla, where trekkers catch a flight back to Kathmandu.
Conclusion and Summary
The Jiri to Namche Everest Trek is a physically demanding but immensely rewarding experience, providing an opportunity to connect with nature, embrace the serenity of the mountains, and marvel at the majesty of Mount Everest. It’s an ideal choice for those seeking an authentic and less-traveled route to the Everest region while savoring the captivating beauty of the Himalayas at every step. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast or a cultural explorer, this trek will undoubtedly leave you with cherished memories of a lifetime.
- 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
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel
Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in morning to go for Old bus park to catch the bus to Jiri if you are wishing to take express public bus transportation to go for Jiri but if you prefer private vehicle then private vehicle will pick up from hotel to transfer to Jiri. Although Jiri is only 188 km away from Kathmandu, the journey will take approximately 7/8 hours to reach at Jiri through the Banepa, Dhulikhel, Panchkhal, Dolalghat, Khadichaur, Pakhar, Mude, Charikot, Namdu, Kabre, Mina Pokhari and Thulo chaur then finally you react at Jiri Bazaar (1950 m). Overnight at teahouse.
We start our trek at the end of the paved road in Jiri. After crossing a stream the track leaves the road and starts to climb uphill through trees to several wooden bhattis at the tiny settlement of Bharkur. We keep climbing to the Mali Danda (2440 m), from where there are good views of the peaks near Rolwaling. Beyond Mali Danda we descent into the Khimti valley through the sparsely populated Sherpa settlement of Mali at 2220 m and continue our way to the crossing of the Yelung Khola river at 1860 m. After crossing the Khimti Khola rivere on another suspension bridge we will reach Shivalaya (1810 m) Overnight at Teahouse.
Today the trek from Shivalaya we start the day with a steep ascent towards the pass at Deorali (2710 m). On our way to this pass we will cross numerous streams and walk through the villages of Sangbadanda (2180 m), Khasrubas (2330 m) and Mahabhir (2590 m). From Deorali pass we steeply descent on stone steps through fields and pastures to Bhandar. Overnight at teahouse
Today the trek from the village square at Bhandar the trail descents through the lower fields of the village, passing the small settlements of Doharpa and Baranda before crossing the Tharo Khola River on a steel bridge at 1480m. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1600m), a settlement inhabited by Newars and Magars. As we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2170m) and continue trek on towards to Sete (2520m). Overnight at teahouse
Today our trek is completely in Sherpa country and starts by climbing from Sete to the top of the 3530m high Lamjura Bhanjyang. The way is scenic and varied through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch. This section of the trail is also well known for spotting birds like sunbirds, minavets, flycatchers, laughing thruses and many others. Lamjura Bhanjyang is the highest point on the trek between Jiri and Namche Bazaar and is marked by a tangle of stones, twigs and prayer flags. On the eastern side of the pass the route descents steeply for about 400m through fragrant fir and hemlock forests and then levels out passing the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). Continuing our way down we will arrive in Junbesi, a splendid Sherpa village amid beautiful surroundings. Overnight at teahouse
Today trek from Junbesi after we cross the Junbesi Khola river and then climb steeply uphill, contouring above the houses to the end of the ridge. From here we have excellent views of Everest, Thamserku (6608m), Kantega (6779m), Kusum Kanguru (6367m) and Mera Peak (6654m). This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks in the foreground seem to dwarf the higher, more distant mountains. After passing the Ringmo Khola river, the trail ascends to Ringmo village, with its abundant fruit orchards. Beyond Ringmo we climb to the Trakshindu La pass (3071m), where we can see the isolated monastery of Trakshindu, a superb example of Sherpa architecture. We now descent through forests of conifer and rhododendron, passing shepherds’ huts and bhattis alongside the trail until we reach at Nunthala (2200m) Overnight at Teahouse.
Today trek from Nunthala the descent continues to the Dudh Kosi (‘Milk River’) and cross this river using a 109m long suspension bridge (1510m) then climbs out of the river valley through fields of barley, wheat and corn to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680m). We continue to climb up a ridge to a Sherpa village named Khari Khola (2010m). After cross the suspension bridge at Khari Khola then trail ascent with pass some water driven mills then continue climb to Bupsa (2360m) overnight at teahouse
Today trek starts with a gentle climb, passing the village of Kharte and continues on through forests inhabited by monkeys. From this part of the trek we can admire views of Cho Oyu (8153m). We keep climbing the ridge till we reach the teashop on Khari La pass at 2840m. From the pass, the trail descents into the deep canyon of Puiyan Khola. After crossing bridge we reach the small settlement of Puiyan (2770m). The trail climbs up and down for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge that offers a good view of the Khumbu region and then descents about 500m towards Surke (2290m). Continuing our trail upwards again, we climb through a jumble of boulders, passing some wonderful mani walls until we reach at Chablung (2700m). Overnight at teahouse
The trail drops steeply for bit then descends to Thado Khosi gaon there is suspension bridge that you have to cross after that you see the head of the valley Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6367m). After bridge climbs bit to reach at Ghat (2590m) on banks of the Dudh Koshi River just short visit at monastery then little easy walk then after climb again to reach at Phakding (2610m) after that the trail we cross the Dudh Koshi river and climb gently the valley to Toktak (2760m) and Benkar (2710m) The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom and also you will see the beautiful waterfall. We will see the snow-capped peak of Thamserku (6623m) & Khumbi La (5765m) at Benkar. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar. From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond the Monjo trek enters the Sagarnatha (Everest) national park where you need to check your permits. After checking the permits the trail steep rocky descend to large farm aftermath cross bridge at Dudh Kosi and follow the west banks. Just short distance up the river is Jorsale (2830m). The trail follows the river for a while, then re-crosses the Dudh Koshi along the river bank and after short ups and downs, makes a steep climb near the confluence of the two rivers (Bhote Koshi & Dush Koshi) then little climb and re-crosses bridge at Dudh Koshi after that the trail follows steeply ascent towards the Namche Bazaar(3440m). One hour before arrive Namche Bazaar from where we may see the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7879m) first time in your life. Namache bazaar is gate way to khambu. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La pass. Overnight at teahouse.
Acclimatization is most important before heading higher. Most off the trekker’s acclimatization at Namche on their trek schedule. Today you may excursion either Thame village or viewpoint as your wish but better to consult with your guide regarding the day trip earlier night. If you prefer to Thame it takes approximately 7/8 hours walking both way go and return to Namche. it is popular for visiting Thame monastery but most of the trekker’s choose the easy option just to go Viewpoint in the stand point of splendid view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m) etc. overnight at teahouse.
Today the trail at first slightly climb up for a while up to the Chor camp at Namche Bazzar then continue easy level walk to kyangjuma 3550m. Along the way from chor camp at Namche bazaar to kyangjuma you may enjoy incredible view of Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). From kyangjuma the trail follows for a while easy level walk through Rhododendron forest to sanasa .There is three way directions from where one way right hand side leads to the direct Everest base camp trek and another way up ward left hand side leads to the Gokyo valley trek. From here the trail steep climb up approximately one and half hour to reach at Mongla danda (3978m) where there are a few teahouse and a chorten so you may rest here for a while and enjoy magnificent view of Mt. Ama dablam including numerous mountains. The trail from Mongla danda descends in steep bends trail to Phortse thanga (3680m). From Phortse thanga you will meet two trails one higher route left hand side lead to Gokyo valley trek and lower trail right hand side lead to Phortse village. From after Phortse Thanga the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and junipers forests then after small part level walks before to reach at Dole (4090m). Overnight at teahouse.
Today trek from Dole to Machhermo you will climb gradually along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu (8201m) while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega (6783m) and Thamserku (6623m). You are walking through Lhabarma (4330m), Luza (4340m) and finally reach at Machhermo (4410m) overnight at teahouse
Today trek from Machhermo to Gokyo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down valley to Kangtega and up towards to Cho-Oyu (8201m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake Longponga (4650m) where a family of Brahmin ducks has resided for many years. After first lake the trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake known as Taujung (4710m) and continue trek to Gokyo Lake (4750m). Overnight at Teahouse
This day early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo RI (5357m). There are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu mountains range, such giants as Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7879m), Makalu (8481m), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). After enjoy the beautiful views at Gokyo Ri then return to Gokyo (4750m) overnight at teahouse.
Today the trek back to Dole is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes and continue trek descends to Pangka (4390m). Along the trail you will see beautiful view of Cholaste (6335m) and Tabuche (6495m) peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Pangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega . We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhabarma then finally reach at Dole (4090m). Overnight at Teahouse
Today you taking last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Tabuche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. Now, trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse shar (8382m), Nuptse (7879m), peak- 38(7591m), Ama dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum kangaru (6367), Cholaste (6335m), Tabuche peak (6495m), Khumbi La (5765m) and Kwangde Ri (6011m). After Enjoying beautiful view from viewpoint then trek down hill to Namche Bazaar (3440m) overnight at teahouse
After Namche the trail descend to Larja dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan you may get last opportunity to see Mt. Everest and Lhotse. After cross the bridge at Larja Dobhan the trail descends for while and then walk along the Dudh Koshi River. Re-cross the Dudh Koshi continue level walk to Jorsale. Beyond the Jorsale the trail leads a bit ascend after that re-crosses the suspension bridge then short steep climb to Monjo (2835m). From Monjo the trail leads descends for a while and cross Dudh kosi over the suspension bridge then short easy level walk to Benkar. After Benker the trail follows a bit up and down and level walk along the Dush kosi valley then after re-crossing the suspension bridge you reach at Phakding (2610m). Beyond Phakding the trail follows a short descends continue level walk for a while then short steep climb up passes several Buddhist setups at Ghat village. Aftermath short steep climb up to Thado kosi and a bit descends re-cross the small bridge then climb up a short distance after that finally you re-crosses last long suspension bridge of your trek. The trail after the long suspension bridge follows the up wards route as far as Chablung, then turns off towards Lukla. The broad trail at Chablung leading uphill to the left hand side climbs steadily past a few (bhattis) local inn and houses. From there the trail follows through scrub forest above the school and houses of Chaurikharka village then final climb up of your trek about half and hour reach lukla Tamang tole where a new settlement with houses and Bhattis then short distance walk to approach to Hotel close by Lukla airport. Overnight at teahouse.
In the morning, we take the tiny aircraft to flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which is very interesting scenery flight journey on the earth. After arrival in Kathmandu airport we drive you to hotel.
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination
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.
The trek from Jiri to Everest Base Camp begins by taking road transport from Kathmandu to Jiri (approximately 8 hours) from where the trail begins. Known as the ‘Classic Everest Trek’ this trek is great for people with plenty time and also enables trekkers to acclimatize well to the altitude before climbing to the beautiful Everest viewpoint at Kalapatthar, which, at around 5,500m is the highest point of the trek.
You need to be prepared to walk between 5 to 7 hours each day but there is plenty of time given to enjoy the views and take photographs. At the end of the trek, it is a short flight from Lukla Airport back to Kathmandu.
While trekking through breathtaking scenery it’s impossible not to think about the mountaineers of old who forged not only the way up Everest but the trekking trails which are now world-famous.
Nepal, the land of Mt. Everest is popular for friendly people, beautiful scenery, and a great variety of cultural traditions. Our journey from Jiri to Gokyo in the Everest region will take into the world’s most impressive mountain range that will create lasting memories and instill a sense of accomplishment. This blend of outdoor adventure and cultural exploration is a great way to experience the Himalayan mountains!
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