EBC Trek via Jiri | Everest Base Camp Trek by Land

Trip Overview
  • Duration 24 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionNamche, EBC
  • Maximum Altitude5545 Meters
  • Best TimeSpring-Autumn

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri is the vintage trekking trail to reach Mt Everest. It was more popular before the establishment of Lukla Airstrip. Likes of early Mt Everest pioneers like Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary took the same trail to do the impossible task of summiting Mt Everest. 

It is a favorite pick for those looking to have a long, adventurous, and rewarding journey to Everest Base Camp. You will start with an adventurous bus ride to the beautiful Jiri village by dodging the flight to Lukla. Then, you will trek via a peaceful trail from Jiri to join the regular Everest Base Camp Trek map from Namche Bazaar. Next, you will pass through less frequented villages like Lamjura, Junbesi, Nunthala, Bupsa, etc. And then the journey will continue as ever, like what happens on the standard Mount Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Via Jiri is a 24-day excursion that you can join if you want to have a longer time in the Everest Region. You’ll retrace the footprints of earlier explorers of Everest to explore the less-explored side of the Khumbu Region. Also, you will get enough time to enjoy the madness of the divine home of Mt Everest. 

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, an old route flowed by tensing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary is best to view trek including mt. Everest with surrounding Himalayas, Sherpa and Tamang villages, and monasteries. This trek represents Nepal's old trekking trail and the main getaway to Everest base camp by road. The Everest base camp trek starts from Kathmandu with 7-8 hrs. of a drive to Jiri.  The trekking trail follows mali danda and down to Shivalaya pass Deurali. We subsequently move through Lamjura to Junbeshi, passing rhododendron forests as we pass Sherpa villages. En route to Nunthala, the next stop, beautiful panoramic views of Everest, Kantega, Thamserku, Mera Peak, et cetera can be seen. From Nunthala, gentle descent to Dudh Koshi River and climbing through Sherpa and Rai settlements to Bupsa. Moving through Kharte, we enjoy the scenic beauty and drop to Puiyan, and climb to Chauri Kharka. Passing through Jorshalle, we then make our way to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Here we acclimatize while observing the Sherpa culture and traditions. The next day we trek to Dole, where we stay overnight, and then climb to Machhermo.

You can quickly feel the increase in altitude with a change in vegetation. As we move to Gokyo, the scenic beauty is captivating with turquoise lakes and glaciers. Gokyo lies on the eastern shore of Dudh Pokhari. We rest at Gokyo for a day and take a short excursion to Fifth Gokyo Lake. The views from Gokyo Ri of Everest are considered much better than at Kala Patthar. The trail then moves to Thangna, Zongla, and Gorakshep at 5180m. We stop at Gorakshep and take an excursion to Everest Base Camp the next day. After an early sunrise at Kala Pathar, we move to Periche, which takes about 7 hours. Kala Pathar is the closest site to Everest that offers a panoramic view of Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, et cetera. From Periche, we take the trail back to Namche and Lukla on successive days. Our flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu marks the end of the trip.

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Itinerary

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport and completing all procedures, a staff member will greet you there and transport you to the hotel. The next day we will take a drive from  Kathmandu to Shivalaya. Following the route, we will head towards Kinja. The following day, as it ascends sharply, the trail passes via the Sherpa communities of Dagchu and Goyem. Then, a steady ascent leads us to Lamjura La, where we spend the night through rhododendron trees. The next day, it will take us around four hours to travel to Junbeshi. The hike then starts with a gentle ascent to Phurtung.

The trail descends gently to Ringmo Khola before ascending steeply to Takshindo La  Pass. From here, it is a steep drop to Nunthana, a small Sherpa town where we spend the night. The following day, we will travel to Bupsa, passing through the Dudh Koshi River and the Sherpa hamlet of Kharikhola. Then we will trek towards Chaurikharka for about 6 hours. The short trek the next day passes through Buddhist structures. The short hike takes you to Jorshalle, where you can spend the night at a teahouse. Then we will reach Namche Bazaar after trekking for about four hours. On the eleventh day, we will enjoy our acclimatization day at Namche bazaar and take a  quick climb to a local viewpoint. We set out on our walk in the early morning. After descending, we pass Kayangjuma and arrive at the EBC and Gokyo valley intersection. We ascend to  Mong La pass from here. We arrive at the small settlement of Dole after crossing a few bridges and waterfalls. The trail travels past Lhabarma and reaches Luza after ascending a ridge. At  Machhermo, our destination for the day, the five-hour hike concludes. The trail climbs through a hill from Machhermo to a Chorten. We descend to the bank of the river and start the strenuous walk up to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. Next, we'll arrive at Dudh Pokhari, a third lake, where the Gokyo settlement is located.

We will then cross Gokyo Lake. We then move further to Thangna. The following morning, we leave early for the Cho-La pass and arrive at Zongla. We'll hike for roughly five hours to reach Gorakshep. The journey to the Everest Base Camp begins early. The trail winds for several hours till it reaches the base camp along the Khumbu glacier via glacial cone formations and crevasses. We stay a while here before heading back to Gorakshep. After taking in the magnificent vista of the Himalayas, we will continue to Pheriche. After a 7- hour journey the following day, we will arrive at Namche. The steep downward trail continues on the trek's last day. We reach Lukla at last. We will take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The next day we will depart for home.

Day to Day Info

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We can arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1320m

The drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya is scenic, winding along hilly terrain and passing small villages. Overnight stay at Shivalaya.

  • Shivalaya
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1770m

The trail climbs steeply before the gentle ascent to Deurali. The landscape of snow peaks atop the green hills forms a beautiful assortment. From here, we descent for an hour to reach Bhandar and then and easy downhill to Kinja where we stop for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 1030m

The trail climbs steeply passing along the Sherpa settlements at Dagchu and Goyem. Then a gradual uphill takes us through rhododendron forests to Lamjura La where we stay for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3530m

It’s a gentle descent to Junbeshi that takes around four hours. In route, many species of birds can be spotted along the forest trail. Junbesi is a beautiful traditional village with Tibetan influences, where we stay overnight.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4 hrs
  • 2700m

The trek today begins with a gradual ascent to Phurtung where the first views of Everest, Kantega and Thamserku among others form a beautiful chain. After an easy descent to Ringmo Khola, the trail takes a steep uphill to Takshindo La Pass, another viewpoint. A steep descent from here leads to the small settlement of Sherpas at Nunthana where we stay for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6- 7 hrs
  • 2960m

After descending to the Dudh Koshi River passing through small Rai and Sherpa villages, we take an easy ascent to KhariKhola and pass through Juving, a lovely Rai settlement. From here, the climb to Bupsa is a steep one for about 45 minutes where you can find the ruins of an old Buddhist Monastery.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2360m

Ascending through hill and again a ridge, we leave the valley behind and head northwards. Crossing a gorge, the trail further ascends to the village of Chaurikharka. This farming settlement is among the largest producers in Khumbu and is a busy junction. Overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hrs
  • 2700m

The short trek today passes through Buddhist structures that decorates the route. Prayer flags, mane walls, stone tablets and giant carved stones form a noticeable array along the beautiful natural landscape. The easy trail leads to Jorshalle where we stay overnight in a teahouse.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 2730m

The trail crisscrosses with Dudh Koshi River a number of times today, along suspension bridges. Pine and oak forests pass along the way. A chorten marks the entrance to Namche Bazaar, like any other Tibetan influenced settlement. Views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam among many others are amazing from here. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4 hrs
  • 3443m

Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries et cetera. Although it’s rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place including the Tourist Visitor Center where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people and their culture and flora and fauna of the region are briefed.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3443m

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the pleasing vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wild flowers get abundant, and so does animal life. Passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 4200m

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. Passing small villages on the way, the scenic hillside walk leads continues with views of the deep Dudh Koshi valley. The five hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche runs through this village where you can hear stories on the first sighting of Yeti.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4 hrs
  • 4470m

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge. The views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, and the valleys below the ridge are beautiful. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we then begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and Taboche Tsho and reach a third lake, Dudh Pokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated village and its outstanding periphery are our shelters after this adventurous day.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4hrs
  • 4790m

The view of the Himalayas, including Everest and Cho Oyu, from the fifth lake, is a unique treat. We pass the fourth lake to the fifth, which both stand tranquil in these highlands. Cho Oyu base camp and see Ngazumpa glacier along the trail.

  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Today, we set out after breakfast through the Ngazumpa glacier along a ridge and further move along the other side of the mountain to Thaknak. The sort of hike prepares us for strenuous gain in altitude in the days ahead.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3 hrs
  • 4750m

We start early today towards the Cho-La pass. The climb is steep and can be dangerous if covered in snow. However, we enjoy outstanding views from the top of the pass and descent to Zongla. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hrs
  • 4710m

Along a glacial moraine, the trail today is backdropped with Pumori and Kalapathar. Further on, the rocky ascent with views of EBC, glaciers, and mountains leads to Gorakshep. Overnight at a guest house.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5140m
  • 5 hrs

It’s an early start towards the Everest Base Camp. Through icy cone formations and crevasses along the Khumbu glacier, the trail wavy continues for several hours and reaches the base camp. After spending some time here, we return to Gorakshep.

  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5364m

We are early in the morning to witness a glimpse of Mount Everest when the dusk turns to a bright morning with the light of the day. On the way, we view Peak's, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse . We suggest that during the ascent to Kalapththar, which takes hours, one pauses and catches one breath while snapping the photos at times. Finally, we see a panoramic view of the Himalayas at Gorakshep. The descent to Periche begins after Lunch.

  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4220m

The trail takes downhill along the Imja River and climbs Tengboche, which offers a panorama of the mountain ranges. A downhill to Pungi Thanka and then further to Kyangjuma finally makes for an easy trail to Namche. Overnight stay in a guest house.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7hrs
  • 3875m

The last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk slowly, very controlled, and balanced on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying a distant view of snow-covered mountains. Finally, we arrive at Lukla.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hrs
  • 2850m

 Today,  we once again enjoy the Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, it is time to enjoy shopping and walking around the city. The evening is to celebrate completing the Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1320m

The final day in Nepal is the last time one can enjoy shopping and have pleasant sightseeing around the cultural city of Kathmandu valley before leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport on scheduled flight time.

    We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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    Cost Details

    Includes

    • Airport picks drop & pick up by a private vehicle.
    • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • Tea House hotel accommodation during the tour.
    • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly government license holder Guides his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
    • one potter between two.
    • Drive to Jiri and fly back from Lukla.
    • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes for groups and crews in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
    • National Park permits.
    • TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)
    • All ground transportation.
    • All our government taxes.
    • Official expanse.

    Excludes

    • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa fee.
    • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
    • Personal trekking Equipment.
    • Tips for guide and potter etc.

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    Essential Info

    Accommodation in EBC Trek via Jiri

    Total Cost- $2-$90 per day

    EBC trek is an unparalleled adventure, and the quality of accommodation plays a critical role in enhancing the overall experience. As you traverse the trail, you can reside in traditional teahouses, offering a distinctive and genuine way to immerse yourself in the region's cultural heritage. Not only do these teahouses provide a cost-effective solution for accommodation, but they also offer a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of the local inhabitants, providing a truly authentic experience.

    For budget-conscious travelers, teahouses offer a cost-effective option for accommodation during their trek. These establishments typically charge between 200-9000 rupees per night, providing a comfortable and basic stay. However, it's important to note that meals are typically included in this rate and must be taken at the teahouse where you're staying. This is because teahouses primarily generate income through their restaurants.

    For those seeking a more upscale experience, teahouses also offer rooms with attached bathrooms for an additional cost. These rooms offer a higher level of luxury and comfort, ranging from 500 rupees to $25 per night. In Namche Bazar, travelers can also find hotels that offer a wider range of amenities, with prices ranging from USD 7-30 per night.

    Remember that the EBC trek typically takes around 12 days when planning your trek. If you're looking to stick to a budget, it's a good idea to bring at least 10,000 rupees to cover the accommodation cost. However, if you're planning to stay in rooms with attached bathrooms or hotels, bringing more is advisable to ensure you have enough to cover the costs.

    Meals in EBC Trek via Jiri

    Total Budget - $20-$50 per day 

    Embarking on the majestic Everest Base Camp trek requires a certain level of financial planning and budgeting. To ensure that you have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, it is recommended that you allocate around $25 per day for food expenses. This Budget should provide you with three delicious and satisfying meals per day, averaging approximately $8 per meal.

    As a reference, during your 24- day trek, you will spend a minimum of NPR 62,094, equivalent to USD $480, on food. This averages out to approximately $20 per day. It's worth noting that breakfast and dinner are slightly more affordable, while lunch is the more substantial meal of the day.

    As one ascends the majestic peaks of the Everest Base Camp trail, the cost of sustenance inevitably rises in tandem with the elevation. This is because, as the altitude increases, the labor and effort required to transport provisions to these remote locations become increasingly arduous for the dedicated porters who shoulder the burden. Thus, as one climbs higher and higher toward the rooftop of the world, one should expect a corresponding increase in food prices and other necessities.

    Teahouses offer a wide array of breakfast options to suit your taste and preferences. Indulge in a hearty bowl of porridge or enjoy a classic stack of pancakes, both of which can be customized with an array of toppings such as honey, fresh fruit, and chocolate. The cost for these options is comparable, with a base price of NPR 500 (approximately $4.30) for a plain serving and an additional NPR 100 (about 70 cents) for toppings such as cheese or chocolate. They also offer a selection of hot beverages to complement your meal, including tea at NPR 100 per cup and instant coffee at NPR 150. Breakfast can be enjoyed for an affordable NPR 600 (approximately $5). Price will rise up according to high gain. 

    Dal Bhat is a beloved national dish of Nepal, highly prized by Nepalese people. The dish consists of a lentil soup (dal) served with steamed rice (bhat) and is often accompanied by a vegetable curry (tarkari), a mixture of spicy vegetables (pickles), and greens (sag). It is traditionally served on a metal tray with papadums (deep-fried dough) and can be ordered as a refillable option. Though not inexpensive, Dal Bhat is a staple in the diet of Nepalese citizens and is often consumed by porters.

    The porters in this area exist primarily on dal. Though it may not be considered a budget-friendly option, with prices averaging around NPR 700, or roughly $5.50, the great advantage of ordering dal is the flexibility to request additional portions.

    Drinking water in EBC Trek via Jiri

    Total Budget- $5-$10 per day

    As you ascend higher altitudes, the cost of necessities like water tends to escalate dramatically. For example, a 1.5L bottle of water at sea level may cost 100 Nepalese Rupees ($1), while the same bottle can cost 400 Nepalese Rupees ($4) at Gorak Shep.

    However, you can make a smart and eco-friendly decision by investing in a Lifestraw water bottle. With plenty of water sources available along your journey, you can refill your bottle and drink with peace of mind, knowing that the water has been filtered for impurities. This not only saves you money, but it also reduces the amount of plastic waste on the mountain.

    If you choose to use a Lifestraw bottle, you must not let it freeze when it's full of water. Freezing can cause damage to the filter and render it ineffective.

    As a responsible and considerate guide or organization, we ensure that our guests have access to purified water during their journey. While bottled water can be easily procured from local tea houses and shops, we highly recommend carrying sufficient hydration with you, particularly given the altitude. Trekkers should drink a minimum of 3-4 liters of water daily, including tea, soup, and other beverages, to maintain optimal health. Tea houses typically offer a range of refreshments, including tea, as well as popular brands of drinks. Teapots are available in three sizes, small, medium, and large, with the large option ranging from 1 to 2 liters. Although we strive to provide you with the best experience, kindly be informed that each teapot comes with only one tea bag. You can bring your tea bags to ensure you have the flavor you prefer.

    Ethnicity and Diversity in EBC Trek via Jiri

    Nestled in the heart of the Solukhumbu District, the Everest Region is renowned for being home to the legendary Sherpas and the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest (8,848m). With its breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring natural wonders, it's no surprise that this region has been listed as one of the 11th most visited destinations in the world and revered as one of the 7th natural wonders of the world.

    Bordered by the Everest National Park to the north and the Makalu Barun National Park to the east, the region is a melting pot of diverse cultures and ethnicities. The proud and industrious Sherpas, graceful Rai, Tamang, Brahmins, and Chhetri communities bring their unique customs, traditions, and beliefs to the region, creating a vibrant and harmonious cultural melting pot.

    Solo-Khumbu region is the proud abode of the Sherpa community. Long hidden from the eyes of the world, the stunning beauty of Solo-Khumbu was finally unveiled in the 1950s when the Nepali government permitted westerners to explore the area. Before this, many Sherpas had left their homeland to pursue better employment opportunities in Darjeeling under British rule.

    Diversity in Flora, Wildlife, and Fauna of EBC Trek via Jiri

    Everest region is where diversity reigns supreme in the flora and fauna that can be observed. The area offers a wealth of natural beauty with an altitude range of fewer than 200 meters above sea level in Jiri to towering peaks of the Himalayas exceeding 8000 meters. From dense forests filled with pine, oak, and vibrant Rhododendrons, which serve as the national flower of Nepal, to verdant hillsides that bloom with beautiful Rhododendrons in the spring season.

    The crops cultivated in the region vary with the changing seasons, but visitors can encounter an array of crops, including wheat, barley, corn, and potatoes. Trekkers can also see Domesticated animals like cattle, buffalo, goats, pigs, and the much-loved all-purpose beast of the mountains, Yaks, roaming the hillsides.

    Avian enthusiasts are in for a treat with a good chance of spotting an array of wildlife, particularly birds. Keep an eye out for the national bird of Nepal, the Impeyan Pheasant or Danfe, commonly found around Namche Bazaar. Other notable species include ravens, crows, choughs, and snow pigeons wheeling through the hills.

    Land animals may be a bit more elusive, but there is always a chance of encountering mountain goats, the Himalayan Thar, or even musk deer and barking deer on the Everest region trek. So, be on the lookout for these amazing creatures and make the most of your trekking experience.

    As visitors journey through the region, they'll be awed by the sheer beauty of its natural landscape. The forests teem with diverse wildlife, including mountain goats, musk deer, barking deer, and avian species such as the Impeyan Pheasant (Danfe), ravens, crows, choughs, and snow pigeons. With each step, visitors will be transported to a world unlike any other, where the rich tapestry of culture and ethnicity unfolds before their eyes.

    Sustainable EBC Trek via Jiri

    This journey offers breathtaking views of the majestic peaks and prioritizes preserving the natural environment through sustainable practices. With a focus on responsible tourism, travelers can immerse themselves in the region's rich cultural heritage while supporting the local communities. 

    Working with a reputable local trekking company such as Mountain Rock Treks is a wise decision that provides a memorable experience, supports the local economy, and employs local guides and porters.

    The local Nepalese cuisine, known as Dalbhat, is a highlight along the trek, and buying meals in the tea houses helps to sustain those family-run businesses. However, bring high-protein snacks and water filtration systems such as a sawyer filter or UV sterilization pen to minimize the environmental impact.

    While showers become scarce and more expensive as you approach EBC, it is essential to use biodegradable soaps to avoid polluting the local water sources. To keep the trek as sustainable as possible, bring a trash bag and keep all waste until you leave the mountains.

    Trekking to EBC is a unique experience that involves crossing several stunning suspension bridges, and shopping locally on the way back down can support local business efforts. It is best to stay on the trail to preserve the local flora and fauna, and for those who do not have all the necessary gear, specific items such as sleeping bags, microspikes, and puffer jackets can be rented in Kathmandu.

    Taking the sustainable EBC trek via Jiri provides an unforgettable experience, supports local communities, and protects the environment.

    Essential Permits for EBC Trek via Jiri

    Implementing a new permit system in the Everest Region, with a focus on decentralization, has significantly changed the trekking experience. The old Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card is no longer required, as the new local entry permit has taken place amidst much discussion and debate. 

    • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

    On the 1st of October 2018, the local government of Khumbu introduced a new permit to replace the existing TIMS Card. This permit requires foreign travelers to pay a fee of NPR 2000 per person directly to the local government. It is important to note that these permits cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. Instead, foreign travelers can obtain the permit in Lukla if they are flying through or in Monjo if they are starting their trek from Jiri or Salleri.

    • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

    The National Park boasts a comprehensive permit system for entry, which can be obtained either at the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or at the Park Entrance Gate in Monjo. This permit comes with a cost of NPR 3000 per person, and it is highly recommended to obtain it at the Monjo office for maximum convenience. The Monjo office not only provides the permit but also doubles as an information hub showcasing the rich and diverse culture of the Khumbu Region.

    • Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Permit

    For those embarking on the classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, securing an additional permit for the Gaurishankar Conservation Area is imperative. This permit can be procured at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and carries a fee of NPR 3000 per individual. On the other hand, obtaining permits is not a requirement for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour.

    Baggage and weight limit

    Your main backpack's weight limit is 15 kilograms (33 pounds). However, this should be manageable as long as you exercise moderation when making purchases in Namche. To make your journey more comfortable, bring along an additional stuff sack or bag to store any gear that may not be necessary during the trek. Likewise, the typical luggage allowance for air travel is 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

    As you prepare for your journey to the majestic Everest Base Camp, organize your gear into two distinct categories - 'trek' and 'non-trek' items. The 'trek' items, such as sunscreen, essential documents, nourishing snacks, a reliable camera, your credit card, cash, and other personal valuables, will be kept in your day pack and carried with you at all times. The remaining gear and clothing, considered 'non-trek' items, will be packed in a spacious duffle bag and transported by a porter or yak from one tea house to the next. Please note that the maximum weight limit for the duffle bag is 30 kilograms, so be mindful to pack smart and not overburden yourself.

    Transportation In EBC Trek via Jiri

    For those embarking on a trek, commencing their journey by flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is common. This serves as the starting point for many treks. The cost of a round-trip flight is estimated to be around USD 364. The 30-minute flight itself offers an exciting experience. However, there are flight delays due to adverse weather conditions.

    Alternatively, trekkers can travel from Kathmandu to Jiri or Salleri via bus or jeep. These routes eventually connect to Lukla and offer a different perspective on the journey. A bus ticket is approximately USD 10 while renting a jeep can reach around USD 200.

    Opt for a cost-saving transportation option during your Everest Base Camp trek by skipping the Lukla flight and embarking on an overland journey from Kathmandu to Jiri. Situated 183.6 km from Kathmandu, the 8-hour trip can be achieved through a local bus, departing daily from Chabahil Chowk and costing USD 16 per person.

    For a more comfortable option, consider a local shared SUV for a fee of approximately USD 25 per person. If privacy is a priority, a private SUV is available for USD 200.

    Guides and porters' safety and security

    Adventure tourism has become increasingly popular in recent years, attracting millions of travelers who seek to experience the thrill and excitement of outdoor activities. While these activities provide unique and unforgettable experiences, they also pose potential risks to the guides and porters responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of travelers.

    Our responsibility is to prioritize our guides' and porters' safety and security. These individuals are crucial in ensuring our outdoor excursions' success. They serve as our trailblazers, imparting their expertise and possessing the necessary skills to handle any emergencies that may arise. To guarantee their well-being and safety, we must invest in good training programs, provide top-notch equipment, and cultivate a supportive work environment.

    Training should encompass various aspects of the industry, including the latest safety protocols, first aid and emergency response techniques, and practical communication skills. This will equip the guides and porters with the knowledge and skills to handle various situations that may arise during the excursion. Moreover, providing them with proper equipment, such as protective gear, communication devices, and emergency supplies, will help to minimize the risks they face while on the job.

    Maintaining both physical and emotional well-being is a priority of the highest order. The rugged demands of working in nature can take a toll on one's mental and emotional fortitude. Providing support and inspiration to these fearless pioneers, who are often separated from their families and cherished ones for extended durations, is of paramount significance. A collaborative and supportive workplace culture, coupled with open lines of communication between employees and management, can help alleviate the stress and hardships that may occur.

    As responsible tour operators, we prioritize the safety and security of our guides and porters. These individuals play a crucial role in our outdoor excursions' success, and our moral obligation is to ensure they can perform their duties confidently and without risk. To achieve this, we invest in good training programs, provide adequate equipment, and create a supportive work environment that fosters their growth and well-being. As the outdoor industry continues to evolve, let us always remember the importance of putting the safety of our guides and porters first.

    International Travel Insurance

    The journey to the Everest Base Camp is a challenge that requires proper preparation and forethought. The journey is known for its high altitude, with the summit of Kala Patthar reaching over 5,500 meters.

    While standard travel insurance policies provide coverage for most travelers, they often do not extend to altitudes above 3,000 meters. This is due to the heightened risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and the difficulties in providing medical assistance at these heights, which often require air rescue.

    Therefore, seek the expertise of a specialist in trekking insurance to ensure that you have the necessary coverage for your journey to the Everest Base Camp. We recommend obtaining travel insurance that covers altitudes up to 6,000 meters. Likewise, go thoroughly review the policy terms and conditions before deciding.

    When securing your insurance coverage for the Everest Base Camp trek, remember the various contingencies that may arise during your journey. A comprehensive policy should enclose the potential for flight cancellations and delays, which are typically included in standard plans. However, double-check to ensure that this coverage is included in your policy.

    To fully safeguard your interests, reviewing the terms and conditions regarding reimbursement policies thoroughly is wise. This is especially important if your actual trek is canceled, as you'll want to ensure that you're adequately protected in such a scenario. Your insurance provider should be able to provide you with all the necessary information, but it's ultimately up to you to ensure that your policy meets your specific needs.

    To make the most of your trek, you must have a comprehensive insurance plan that caters to many eventualities. From flight delays and cancellations to the cancellation of your trek itself, you'll want to be confident that you have the protection you need to make the most of your adventure.

    Altitude sickness and prevention on EBC Trek Via Jiri

    The human body's capacity for tolerating altitude varies greatly among individuals. While most trekkers do not experience altitude sickness, those in poor health or have low physical fitness levels may be susceptible. Symptoms generally arise at 2800 meters or higher elevations and can manifest differently. Some trekkers may experience symptoms as soon as they begin their ascent, while others may take several hours to feel the effects. Most commonly, symptoms appear after a night's sleep at a high altitude, including headache, dizziness, nausea, lethargy, loss of appetite, and more.

    These symptoms are just the beginning of altitude sickness. Ignoring them can lead to more severe conditions such as irrational behavior, breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, and coughing with frothy or bloody sputum. In these cases, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention, which may include air evacuation. To avoid altitude sickness, it is recommended to acclimate before reaching 2800 meters and not to continue trekking if initial symptoms are present.

    Adjusting to the decreased level of oxygen at high altitudes requires proper acclimatization. To avoid altitude sickness, it is essential to ascend slowly and allow sufficient time for your body to adjust. A minimum of two days' acclimatization rest should be incorporated into any high-altitude trekking itinerary. During these rests, it is recommended to hike as high as possible, then return to a lower altitude for overnight sleep.

    Consuming alcohol and tobacco while trekking can exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness and should be avoided. Staying hydrated with warm water is a key factor in preventing altitude sickness, and drinking 500 ml water every half an hour of walking.

    Maintaining a proper diet is also essential, as many people experience a decreased appetite at high altitudes. One should eat enough, particularly liquid food, to avoid altitude sickness. A positive mindset and avoidance of negative thoughts can also help prevent altitude sickness.

    Be prepared for altitude sickness, even for those born and raised in high-altitude regions. Proper insurance that covers medical expenses and helicopter rescue should be obtained before embarking on an Everest Base Camp trek. In the event of altitude sickness, do not hesitate to seek immediate medical help and consider options such as hiring a pony or porter to lower altitudes or utilizing a medical helicopter rescue.

    Gears to pack For EBC Trek Via Jiri

    As a trekker, having the proper equipment is vital to a successful trek. Thorough planning and securing the appropriate gear are essential in trek preparation. It is important to be mindful and ensure that all necessary items are packed and ready for the journey.

    The cost of acquiring all the necessary gear for an Everest base camp trek can be estimated at around $2,000 if purchased brand new. Essential items include waterproof hiking boots, thermal clothing, camp shoes, a backpack, water bottles, trekking poles, gloves, a sleeping bag, and sunglasses. 

    If you already own gear in good condition, it is possible to use it, or you can consider renting equipment to reduce expenses.

    The management of trekking gear is entirely up to the individual and the budget they choose to allocate. However, the gear should be of good quality and long-lasting. Using expired medicine is of no benefit, so it is necessary to be cautious when packing your trekking bag.

    To ensure a successful and comfortable experience, the following items should be included in your packing list:

    • A pair of fast-drying base-layer shirts
    • A pair of short-sleeve trekking shirts
    • Two pairs of quick-dry sports bras
    • Two sets of thermal undergarments
    • Three pairs of wool blend trekking socks
    • One light-weight and one heavier sweater
    • Two pairs of trekking pants with a zip-off bottom design
    • A pair of rain/wind-proof hiking pants and jackets
    • Two down vests
    • Waterproof gloves, fleece or wool gloves
    • Liner gloves and socks
    • A lightweight thermal layer hat
    • A sun hat
    • A neck gaiter, buff, or bandana
    • Trekking boots and gloves
    • Down booties
    • A quick-drying towel
    • A sleeping bag
    • A 4-season down sleeping bag for the Everest Base Camp trek

    In addition to clothing, the following personal gear is also essential:

    • A headlamp
    • Two pairs of sunglasses
    • A water bottle
    • A book, journal, and pen
    • A pocket knife (to be kept in luggage while flying)
    • Trekking poles
    • The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee.

    Tipping for guides and porters

    The practice of tipping guides and porters during an Everest Base Camp trek can be a delicate matter. To ensure a seamless and satisfactory experience, visitors must exercise caution when dealing with these service providers. Tipping is a way of showing appreciation for the excellent services rendered by these workers.

    When determining the appropriate amount to tip, giving a range of 10-12% of the overall trip cost or a service charge is recommended. To ensure that the deserving worker receives the tip, it is best to hand it over directly to the individual in question.

    The quality of service provided by the guides and porters directly impacts the sum of the tip they receive. Providing exceptional service is a way for these workers to anticipate receiving recommendations from tourists. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a responsibility that tourists may take upon themselves. Typically, guides receive slightly higher tips compared to porters.

    Notably, most guides and porters in Nepal are underpaid, and tourist tips make up a significant portion of their livelihood. To show appreciation for their services, many tourists organize a farewell dinner in Lukla after the trek, during which they hand over the tips. If you need clarification about the tipping rates for Everest Base Camp guides, it is recommended to inquire with your trekking agency before embarking on the journey.

    In Nepal, it is a tradition to extend gratuity to the hardworking trekking staff. You should show appreciation through an appropriate tip if you have received exceptional service. Carrying enough cash for tipping your guide and porter (if hired) is recommended. A suggested tip amount is between 12% to 15% of the guide and porter's wages, with a higher percentage for larger groups.

    For guides, an appropriate tip would range from $2 to $4 USD per person per day for a group and $3 to $5 USD per day for a solo traveler. For porters, a combined total of $3 to $4 USD per day among group members or $2 to $4 USD per day for a solo traveler would suffice.

    In the case of a shortened trip, the guide and porters will still receive their total wages, but it is still appropriate to tip based on the number of completed days.

    FAQs

    • Q1. How difficult is Everest base camp trek by land? 

      The walk does not entail any difficult climbing and does not require any prior climbing knowledge, making it accessible to anyone. However, the Jiri variant is somewhat longer than the standard Everest Base Camp Trek, making it slightly more difficult. Expect to walk  15 kilometers per day in 5-6 hours. This is a number that can be attained with some previous preparation and practice treks. For more details on how to train, see our extensive training post.

    • You must bring your own sleeping bag because there aren't enough blankets in the lodges or tea houses. We will give you a sleeping bag. 

       

    • Electricity is available everywhere. You can use it to charge your camera and phone. 

       

    • The walk has been designed to allow for adequate acclimatization to the region's higher-than-normal heights. The first week of trekking to Lukla entails numerous days of ascent followed by descent so that you are sufficiently acclimatized by the time you arrive in  Lukla. Because altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, we nevertheless recommend that you educate yourself about the illness and its symptoms before going on the climb.

       

    • The Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek will have the same peak season as the other Everest treks: February to May and September to October. The weather is likely to be stable and dry during these months on either side of summer, making for ideal trekking conditions. We do not recommend trekking during the peak summer months due to the concurrent monsoon season. Winter treks are possible, but some paths may be closed, so it is not advised to trek during the winter. 

       

    • Yes, you can find all kinds of hiking equipment in Nepal, particularly in the Thamel district of Kathmandu, where you can buy or rent whatever you need. On request, we can provide suitable guidance.

       

    • Porters normally carry roughly 20 kilograms and are assigned to every two individuals in a hiking party. Porters may make or break the enjoyment and success of a journey, not least by relieving you of the burden of carrying additional weight at altitude when your body will be working for every ounce of oxygen it requires. It not only helps to alleviate your 

      load, but it also contributes significantly to the local economy by generating work for residents. With a porter, all you'll need is a compact daypack to carry essential supplies like snacks, a sweater, rain gear, and so on. 

       

    • The lodges feature a menu from which you can choose. The foods are clean. However, it is not the same as city foods.

       

    • Regarding drinking water, most places sell bottles of mineral water, but for the sake of the environment, I recommend that you utilize water purification methods, such as water purification medications, and filter machines, This will help to reduce pollution in the environment. 

    • Yes, traveling to Nepal as a single woman is totally safe, and our staff is well-trained in acceptable protocol and behavior.

       

    Client Reviews

    • Discover the Incredible Experiences of Your EBC Trek via Jiri

      As we progressed further into the trek organized by Mountain Rock Treks, the terrain became more challenging, with steep inclines and rocky paths. However, the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains made it all worth it. We were fortunate to have clear skies for most of the trek, allowing us to appreciate the region's natural beauty entirely.

      One of the trek's highlights was reaching Namche Bazaar, a bustling mountain town. It was a welcome break from the long days of hiking, and we enjoyed exploring the local shops and markets. We also visited the famous Sagarmatha National Park, home to an array of wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard.

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      OlgaSwedenOctober 18, 2022
    • Unrivaled Views and Experiences - EBC Trek via Jiri

      The following day, we set off on a long bus ride to Jiri, which was the starting point of our trek. The drive was bumpy and windy, but the countryside views were stunning. We stopped to stretch our legs and take in the scenery.

      Once we arrived in Jiri, we met with our guide and porters and began the trek. The first few days were relatively easy as we acclimatized to the altitude and made our way through small villages and farmlands. The people we encountered along the way were friendly and welcoming, and it was interesting to learn about their way of life. 



       

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      NourPakistanSeptember 13, 2022
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