Starting with 8 hours (188km/118miles) drive to Jiri (2,100m/6,888ft) the Jiri to Everest base camp trek follows the traditional route taken by the early Everest expeditions and still serves as the main artery to the roadless Sagarmatha (Everest) region. Known as the Solu-Khumbu it is the home of the Sherpas. This relatively tiny society of 8,000 people is the best known and most admired of all Nepal’s ethnic groups. According to their oral history Sherpas migrated to high valleys south of Mt. Everest from eastern Tibet about 450 years ago, hence the name Sherpa, “peoples of the Himalaya.” Many families along this route have converted their homes into trekkers’ lodges catering to foreign trekkers. Although a popular trekking route the Everest area is visited by only some 8,000 visitors each year – a fraction of the number that visits the Annapurna region. Trekking through the Sherpa villages we share many of their hearts and enjoy their generous hospitality. Trekking in from Jiri has the advantage of helping you to acclimatize en route. This trek is about 190km/120miles long and the total altitude gained on the innumerable uphill portions totals 9000m – much higher even than Mt. Everest! After Namche, we follow the main trail to the base camp. It is a legendary trek to a legendary destination.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m.). Arrive at Kathmandu where we are met and transferred to our hotel. In the evening we will conduct a briefing session.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Early morning drive to Jiri and trek to Shivalaya (1800m).
Day 04: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2200m). A usual town giving you the chance to meet various ethnic groups. Distance: 8km/5miles approximately of 6 ½ hours walk.
Day 05: Bhandar to Sete (2575m). The trail descends to field, crosses the streams, reaching a cluster of houses and small lodges. Distance: 11km/7 miles approximately of 8 hours walk
Day 06: Sete to Junbesi (2700m). An interesting town with some and good lodges and Tea Houses. Distance 10km/6.6 miles approximately of 7 ½ hours walk
Day 07: Junbesi to Nhuntala (2220m). The views are amazing from this tiny place, so make sure you get up early and leave enough time to stand and be amazed. Distance: 16km/10miles approximately 8 hours walk.
Day 08: Nhuntala to Kharikhola (2050m). The amazing views of Karyolong (to the north), Kusum Kanguru, Kyachung Kang, Khumbila and many more peaks with rapidly descending to Dudh Koshi River and crossing suspension bridge and experienced densely populated by Rai and Sherpa villages. Distance: 12km/7.5miles approximately 6 hours walk.
Day 09: Kharikhola to Surkhe (2300m). The trail descends to cross the suspension bridge over a stream and then climbs very steeply for an hour to Bupsa. The trail rises through forested stretch alive with monkeys and birds. Distance: 10km/6.6miles approximately 7 ½ hours walk
Day 10: Surkhe to Phakding (2650m). We go through Phakding in the hope of dining a quiet place for the night (we are now in the most popular section of the trail) where we camp by the river. Distance: 11km/7miles approximately 7 hours walk.
Day 11: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m). We continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and onto Jorsale where we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market. Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles approximately 5 hours walk.
Days 12: In Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Namche Bazaar has tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the ‘Trekkers Mecca of Nepal, Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest.
Days 13: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3640m). A very spectacular day in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads north to Everest. Following this trail, a short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse, whilst nearer at hand, our route is a Yak trail, contouring around the hillside. The way to Gokyo is via Phortse Tenga and follows this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicraft, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). The main trail to Everest drops down the hill to Phunki Thanga, whereas our trail climbs to cross the Mon La to reach Phortse Tenga. The Nepal Kingdom Foundation is involved with various projects in this area. An extra night is spent here to see how the community lives and also to further acclimatize.
Day 14: Phortse to Machermo (4410m). From Phortse Tenga we climb steadily along the side of the valley, Rhododendron forests giving way to scrub juniper as altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements (yersa), used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Khantega and Thamserku, both over 21,500ft. / 7481m.
Day 15: Rest day in Machermo. We plan is to stay at Machermo for an extra day to acclimatize. There are plenty of possibilities for exploration above the camp. Just above the village, there is an excellent view encompassing Cho-Oyu (8210m) and all the mountains that flank the Ngozumpa Glacier.
Day 16: Machermo to Gokyo (4750m). Rested, we head for the holy lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka (4548m) and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the ablation valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path that heads across the glacier to the Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its east shore is the summer settlement of Gokyo (4791m). Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. There are several dwellings, including two lodges that boast solar shower and heating.
Day 17: Excursion to Gokyo Ri (5483m). We leave camp just after first light, crossing the ablation valley and following a zig-zag path up the hillside. As we climb, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly come into view. From the summit of Gokyo Ri, we have one of the finest views of Everest to be had in the Khumbu. Some say it is a finer view than that from Kala Pattar, but you will be able to judge for yourself. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views to be had by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo.
Day 18: Gokyo to Thangnak (4680m). Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked by cairns and in places; the path is actually quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Thagna and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small Kharka.
Day 19: Thangnak Cho-la Pass (5368m) to Lobuche (4928m). An Early start is necessary as not only do we have to cross the Cho-La Pass of 5368m, but we also have to make the long descent to reach Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we follow a ridge to our right, at approximately 5000 meters and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass, there are excellent views westwards across to Rowling and of Ama Dablam to the south-east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (often snow-covered) which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Everest and Nuptse as we descend to the grazing pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes of Chola Tso to join up with the main Everest trail from Dugla. On route, we pass a memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. The trail flattens out and follows the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 20: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5184m). To reach our next objective, Kalapattar (5545m), the trail at first follows the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place for the night, Gorak Shep. Later in the afternoon, when the sunset colors begin to appear on Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints for Everest, the hill known as Kala Pattar (5549m). As the light begins to fade we stroll back to Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
Day 21: Excursion to Everest B.C (5357m). For the trek, to Everest Base Camp a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier to reach the traditional base camp site. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and of the route to the south Col. Returning to Lobuche for our night’s camp.
Day 22: Lobuche to Pangboche (3985m). Downhill most of the way, past Duglha and descending to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue, Association has a trekker’s aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 23: Pangboche to Namche Bazar (3450m). We continue to follow the river and after crossing, climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to the ridge where Tengboche (“Great High Place”) sits magnificently. This site is the spiritual and social center for the people of the surrounding area. From here are marvelous views of most of the giant peaks in the area. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki where there are water driven prayer wheels, then climb and contour around the hillside to Namche.
Day 24: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m). From Namche Bazaar the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we reach Chaunrikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. We will camp on the lawn of a lodge at Lukla.
Day 25: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 26: Day in Kathmandu on your own/ shopping.
Day 27: Final Departure from Kathmandu.
• Completely lodges trekking which includes Breakfast, Lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking periods.
• All entrance fees
• All necessary transportations
• Airport pick up/drops
• First aid kits
• All government taxes and official charges.
• Kathmandu valley Guided city tour
• 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast
• Plane fare: Lukla to Kathmandu
• Guide, Assistant Guide and Porters
• Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs
• Road transport/ one-way flight as well.
• Personal equipment such as sleeping bags/ jackets (if you do not have we can arrange within US $1.00/day for two items).
• Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
• Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost
• Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol
• Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
• Personal equipment and personal expenses.
• Tips (usually people can keep US $2/day in total for tips and donation which is a good amount)
• In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be born by themselves.
Minimum Group size: 4
Season: all year (on a bad weather flight does not go)
Departure date: as per your convenience.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
You all package includes accommodation in Kathmandu according to you Itinerary with private bathroom, twin sharing bedroom. We always make sure our clients have the comfortable and nice stay in Kathmandu. You Hotel in Kathmandu will be in an easy location with all necessity shopping mall, restaurants, and the transportation.
Accommodation in Everest Region Trek
While you are in Everest Region Trek, you will have the twin sharing and private bathroom in Namche, Phakding, and Lukla. Thereafter, you will be spending your nights in a local tea house in your entire trekking time, and we always make sure our clients have the comfortable stay after your 7 to 8 hours of walk. All the tea houses provide common toilet which is a sharing toilet. As you reach at high altitude above 4500 m, the village and settlements become smaller and smaller, and due to the peak season with the high flow of tourist accommodation ma becomes limited. In this situation, you may have to share a common room to make sure all the other hikers get a nice and warm sleep to get ready for the next day.
Food in Kathmandu
Kathmandu offers a variety of foods and eatery to choose as it has a lot and different types of restaurant, fine dining to fast food, Nepalese cuisine, and Asian cuisine. So, you have a choice to choose the food in Kathmandu.
Food During the Everest Region Trek
During your entire trek to Everest Region Trek, All the local tea houses and local lodges offer an international standard of food as well as typical Nepalese cuisine. After we left the tea house for further hiking, we will have the lunch on our way in a suitable place which is included in your package. If you are a vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free diet, we want you to inform us in advance before we leave Kathmandu so we can organize food for your health and cultural respect.
Guide & Porter During Everest Region Trek
Without Porter, all the trekking stops in Nepal. All our guides are expert for your entire trekking route and local surroundings with fully Government Licence. We always have our regular guide who is responsible, friendly, helpful and good in communication and a perfect English speaking. You will meet your guide whether in Kathmandu or Lukla and fully equipped with trekking stuff including First Aid Kit. Our Guide will keep informing you about the altitude, high altitude, sickness during your walk so that you understand to acclimatize the high altitude.
Drinking Water during Everest Region Trek
Bottle mineral water is not included in your package. We advise you to bring a portable filter or keep your empty bottle to refill in the tea house. All the tea house or lodges provide you with hot and warm water which you can fill your bottle or even you can fill the water from a local tap. It is advisable for you to bring the tablet to filter the water or purification water which will be handier for you. As you walk up high altitude, the cost for grocery items/water goes high as well because of expensive transportation as they have to import items from a helicopter.
When you plan for Nepal for an adventurous trip, there are some necessary things that you have to bring for yourself but you do not need to bring most of the things especially the trekking equipment. There are some places where you can get trekking equipment at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.
Some Items you need to bring by your own
- Trekking backpack
- Warm clothing including Jumper /jackets, gloves, or woolen hood.
- SHELL – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
- Warm shocks / light warm socks
- BAGS – Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
- Windproof warm trouser
- Hat or cap that covers you from the direct sun heat.
- Warm Muffler
- Pair of Shoes
- Pair of Flip Flop
- DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
- TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
- PERSONAL ITEMS – cameras, books, music
1. Basic Symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbance
- Difficult to pass urine
2. Medium Symptoms:
- A headache which is bad
- Irregular breathing
- Mild weakness
3. Serious Symptoms:
- Slight swelling of hands and face
- Cannot stand upright without swaying while eyes are closed.
- Can hear the gurgling sound in the chest.
- Zero energy.
What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail, you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying/going to altitude. Sometimes the symptoms often disappear and the trek can be resumed.
If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse or porter will be arranged, or we carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes? We can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.