- DURATION 12 Days
Traversing the heart of the Khumbu region, the Jiri to Everest trail has long been known as “the best hike in Nepal.” Since Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary walked this route before their famous 1953 ascent, everyone from hardened trekkers to amateur hikers have taken up the challenge of this classic trek.
The first few days during this trek are comparatively easy and the cultural experience is incredible as you trek through some of the most remote Sherpa hamlets of Khumbu. The scenery that begins with lush forests and quiet villages gradually changes as you gain more altitude each day. The last tea-house that you will be staying is in Gorak Shep (5,288 m) and the very next day you can hike to the top of Kala Patthar for a panoramic view of the magnificent mountains around, including Everest.
Fixed Departure Dates:
2 March, 22 March, 12 April and 1 May
17 September, 7 October, 28 October and 13 November
After clearing the immigrations and collecting your bags, you will need to come out and look for the sign Icefall Adventures. Our representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner. You will enjoy the melody of traditional folk songs while eating.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu - there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the latter half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
In one word, the drive to Jiri is ‘scenic’. Although it takes seven hours to reach Jiri, you get so immersed in surrounding landscapes that the long and tiring journey will seem short. But, be ready for some occasional bumps in the road and some really sharp turns!
The first trekking day is comparatively easy and the walk between Jiri and Shivalaya takes only 4 hours if you are a really good hiker. Since it is your first day trekking, you can walk leisurely and enjoy the scenery around you.
The strenuous part of the trek begins today and the trail gets steep as soon as you start walking. The steepness never stops until you reach the village of Deurali after climbing a tiring 1100 meters! There is also 500 meters to descend before Bhandar and the descending part is even more tough.
Another day of ascent as you gain another 950 meters and walk for another 5 hours. The trek may be exhausting, but the scenery grows more beautiful and you get closer to the mountains as you gain altitude.
The day is a long haul up and over the Lamjura La Pass and you spend the entire day walking along a trail overlooked by the beautiful Pike peaks in the distance.
Another long day where you get the first glimpse of Everest from the Everest View Lodge. On your way to Trakshindo you’ll also pass the village of Ringmo, a place famous for its apples and apple growing community.
Descend through the forests until you reach the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend through Jubing to Kharikhola.
More ups and downs as you climb through a valley of rhododendrons and head down a winding trail to Surkhe.
The trail now leads you out of the rhododendron valley to the village of Chaurikharka, passing a magnificent gorge with a spectacular waterfall. After passing this village you will walk on the trail from Lukla to Phakding, and you’ll see a lot more trekkers who have flown to the Lukla airport from Kathmandu.
The strenuous part of the trek begins today and the trail is mostly uphill after you cross Jorsale. The ascent never stops until you reach Namche after climbing a tiring 700 meters! The hike to Namche is infact one of the more difficult trekking days during the entire trek.
Today is acclimatization day. We will hike up to Everest View Hotel, the first luxurious hotel build in the region for Japanese people. We will enjoy the view of Everest and Amadablam as we walk towards Khumjung. We will visit the Hilary school, Khumjung village and go to Khunde. We will then walk back to Namche.
The trek to Tengboche starts with a long descent to the river, crosses a small settlement, a suspension bridge and then climbs steeply to Tengboche where the Tengboche monastery is located. The monastery is Khumbu’s largest Buddhist Gompa and the famous Mani Rimdu festival takes place here every October.
The landscape starts changing and it becomes more barren and dusty as you hike to Dingboche. After you cross a small bridge across the Khumbu Khola, the path forks. While some trekkers choose to follow the left fork and go to Pheriche, we’ll be going to Dingboche instead.
Staying in Dingboche gives you an opportunity to climb the Dingboche Ri (5075m) the next day. Although it can be quite challenging, climbing the Dingboche Ri helps you in acclimatization and the view from the top is something worth the effort.
Although the distance between Dingboche and Lobuche is not much, walking becomes quite difficult because of the vertical gain. On your way you’ll pass a memorial for climbers and expedition teams who lost their lives in their attempt to conquer Everest.
Head out early to Gorakshep, stop for lunch and then hike to Everest Base Camp. The walk to Everest Base Camp is quite tiring and for some people ‘boring’. If you wish to see Everest from the base camp, you may be disappointed but if you want to see a landscape entirely different hiking to the base camp is worthwhile
The hike up to Kalapathar is difficult because of the vertical gain in altitude and decreasing oxygen levels. However, if you’re well acclimatised the ascent is not more than two hours and the descent is quite easy. You can choose to climb this hill early morning before sunrise, or, after lunch when it is warmer.
An early start makes sure you get enough rest after lunch before you head down further to Pangbohce. A long day of descent can be quite tiresome and hard on the knees.
Start early, stop at Namche Bazaar for lunch and walk mostly downhill to Monjo. You will be amazed to see how short the descent is and will surely remember the day you struggled to climb up to Namche.
More downhill walking and some ascents will take you to Lukla, where you can celebrate your successful trek, get a chilled beer in one of the pubs or treat yourself to something sweet at the German bakery outside the airport.
An early morning flight will take you to Kathmandu and you have the entire day for yourself. Having spent almost 3 weeks on trek, you might be hungry for pizza, pasta or ham burger. Eat as much as you want, go shopping or do nothing at all!
An extra day in Kathmandu for shopping or sightseeing if you are interested in visiting some places. In the evening, we will take you for farewell dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. This is an unique restaurant in Kathmandu where they have signatures of all everest summiteers on yeti foot.
Again our representatives will be there to transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.