"Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley." - Theodore Roethkelary
Before the successful climb of Everest, the 9th British Expedition, directed by John Hunt and including Hillary, Tenzing Sherpa, and George Lowe, first explored Jiri in 1953.
Those who want to follow in Hillary and Tenzing's footsteps and climb to Everest Base Camp via Jiri trip, a small village in Nepal's eastern region, should try Everest Base Camp via Jiri trek. The Jiri path combines natural and cultural attractions in an unrivaled way.
The trek's features include varying heights, unique flora and fauna, ethnic cultures, and indigenous lifestyles. It takes you from the midlands to the Himalayas, along well-worn paths. You can take in magnificent mountain views as well as neighboring landscapes covered in rhododendron, magnolia, and alpine forests.
With its serene settings and quiet vistas, the section of the trip from Jiri to Phakding provides a relaxing experience. It entails a lot of uphill/downhill hiking as well as traveling through a plethora of towns where you may observe and mingle with the locals.
Wandering through Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), visiting Sherpa communities of Namche Bazaar and Phakding, and the amazing walk of Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,187 ft) are some of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp journey.
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Day 1: Arrival day. (1,300m/4,264 ft). Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you with the garland of flower and assists to transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: City tour and trek preparation day (1,300m/4,264 ft).The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Jiri (1,955m/6,414ft) 7-8 hours(By bus).Today you will be escorted to the bus station to catch an early morning bus to Jiri. The bus will then head northeast, leaving Kathamndu valley passing Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu along the Arniko Highway. Turning right from Lamasanghu we head towards Jiri, which is a town named after Jirel, the major inhabitants in and around this place. It’s a long drive in a single lane road; therefore, stop twice before reaching Jiri. In the evening we explore this town and the night will be spent at a lodge in Jiri.
Day 4: Trek to Shivalaya (1,770m/5,807ft) 4 hours.Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Shivalaya (the abode of Lord Shiva). The walk begins climbing a steep rocky and dusty path that leads us towards the ridge at Chitre that greets us with a distant view of snow capped peaks which will definitely lift our spirits after a hard climb. The trail then drops down to the riverside to cross the suspension bridge, which finally takes us to the bottom of the valley, Shivalaya (1,770m). We spend the rest of the time exploring the village of Shivalaya. The night will be spent at a lodge in Shivalaya.
Day 5: Trek to Bhandar (2,190m/7,185ft) 5-6 hours.Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Bhandar which is We start with a steep uphill climb that will take us to Deurali (pass at an altitude of 2,710m) at the top of the hill, which then, steeply drops to Bhandar on the other side of Deurali through the forest. The remaining day will be spent exploring the Gompas and twin Stupa. The night will be spent at a lodge in Bhandar.
Day 6: Trek to Sete (3,220m/10,498ft) 7 hours.Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Sete. The trail first descends towards valley passing small settlements of Dokharpa, and Baranda. Then few up and down hill walk through the forest to Likhu Khola. We cross the bridge over the river and continue to walk to Likhu Khola Valley and then climb a ridge to ascend to Kinja. From here, one more vertical climb will take us to Chimbu and finally the walk continues till Sete which is situated on the ridge in the middle of the Rhododendron forest. The night will be spent at a lodge in Sete.
Day 7: Trek to Junbesi (2,700m/8,858ft) 6-7 hours.Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Junbesi. We start our day with a steep climb through Rhododendron, Pine, Birch, Magnolia and Juniper forest, accompanied by few small, scattered farm houses and tea houses up till Lamjura pass. Here we stop for some time to enjoy the panoramic view of surrounding green hills. The trail then descends towards Tragdobuk through the forest and finally drops down to the Sherpa village Junbesi. The night will be spent at a lodge in Junbesi.
Day 8: Rest day.Today is the fifth day of the trek. Before heading forward proper acclimatization is mandatory. Junbesi is a beautiful Sherpa village featuring beautiful landscape, culture and Sherpa hospitality. Therefore, we spend our day exploring the Junbesi. We spend our day hiking up to Phugmochhe, visiting the traditional Sherpa Art Center and then to Thubten Chhuling and the remaining days we relax in the lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Nunthala (2,194m/7,198ft) 6-7 hours.Today is the sixth day of the trek and our destination is Nunthala. We cross the wooden bridge across Junebesi River that is below Junbesi and reach a trail junction. Following the trail to Khumbu lying on our left hand side, we climb up the forest and descent to Phurteng that greets us with the first view of Mt. Everest along with other mountains. We continue up till Salung, cross Gongbo River and then descend to Ringmo River. From here, we walk up to Ringmoo village, cross Trakshindo La pass (3,670m) and walk down to Trashingo. From here, a final descent through conifer and rhododendron forest and terraced fields will finally bring us to the destination, Nunthala. The night will be spent at a lodge in Nunthala.
Day 10: Trek to Kharikhola (2,040m/6,692ft) 4- 5 hours.Today is the seventh day of the trek and our destination is Kharikhola. The trail descending downwards to the Dudh Koshi River continues till the bridge, which then crosses the bridge across the river and continues the climb to Jubing through the forest and terraces and then straight to Churkha. From here, an eastward steep climb will take us to a Sherpa village of Khari Khola. The night will be spent at a lodge in Khari Khola.
Day 11: Trek to Paiya (2,730m/8,956ft) 5-6 hours.Today is the eighth day of the trek and our destination is Paiya. From Khari Khola, the trail first descends to cross a suspension bridge and from here a steep ascend will take us to Bupsa. From Bupsa the trail further rises towards the Kari La pass through woods crossing Kharte. From here the trail is accompanied by a few tea shops until we reach Paiya. The night will be spent at a lodge in Paiya.
Day 12: Trek to Phakding. (2,652m/8,700ft) 6-7 hours.Today is the ninth day of the trek and our destination is Phakding. From Paiya, a winding trail will lead us to Surke. From Surke, we climb north towards Chaurikharka which is commonly known as the bread basket of Khumbu region because of the fertile land. From here, the trail joins regular Everest Base Camp trail at Lukla which then heads towards Phakding. The night is spent at a lodge in Phakding.
Day 13: Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,283ft) 6 hours.Today is the tenth day of the trek and our destination is Namche Bazaar. Today, leaving Phakding we move towards Monju - gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park, crossing a few suspension bridges and small settlements. On reaching Sagarmatha National Park, your team leaders will take care of the necessary national park formalities at entrance while you enjoy small tea houses and shops. We then enter the national park from where a vertical drop down the hill will bring you across few suspension bridges. On crossing these bridges the trail leads you uphill towards Namche Bazaar that offers the first view of Mt. Everest along with other peaks. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 14: Acclimatization Day.Today is the eleventh day of the trek and we spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. We get involved in the activities that help us to adapt to the change in altitude and thinning air. Remaining active is the best way to acclimatize. Therefore, instead of resting, we hike to Thame. Thame is an old Sherpa village. We also have an option to visit to Khumjung, Khongde or Khunde which further aids in acclimatization. Namche bazaar offers varieties of options to spend the day. Hence, remaining days can either be spent visiting the National Park Head office, Museum and other nearby monasteries. Or, you can also spend some quality time at cafes and bakeries or talking to your family making internet calls. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684ft) 4-5 hours.Today is the twelfth day of the trek. We first walk along the glacial water of Dudh Khoshi. Enjoying the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Ama Dablam, we continue towards the Rhododendron forest walk through the forest and finally reach Sanasa – a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. From here, we take a steep ascent that will eventually take us to Tengboche monastery. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tengboche monastery.
Day 16: Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,910ft) 4-5 hours.Today is the thirteenth day of the trek and our destination is Pheriche. Starting our walk from Tengboche, ramble half an hour downhill towards the river and then continue the walk through the lush forest, cross the river and ascend up to Pangboche, which is valley’s highest year round settlement. After lunch, we again climb up all the way through alpine meadows and yak herds until we reach Pheriche. The night will be spent at a lodge in Pheriche.
Day 17: Rest day.Today is the fourteenth day of the trek and we spend the day exploring Pheriche for the purpose of acclimatization. Remaining active aids acclimatization; therefore, we hike up to the ridge to enjoy the pleasant view of mountains. We also explore Pheriche and get acquainted with the people and lifestyle of people. The night will be spent at a lodge in Pheriche.
Day 18: Trek to Lobuche(4,928m/16,164 ft) 4 and half hours.Today is the fifteenth day of the trek and our destination is Lobuche. From Pheriche the walk is moderate and the trail will lead you to the Imja Valley. Here we climb the vertical climb of the day and get to Dingboche. On reaching Dingboche, we climb towards Dughla through the Khumbu Khola valley. Then, on reaching Dusa, the valley begins to narrow down. We then continue through Phulong Karpo. The trail descends and curves as we come across a roaring stream. Here, we climb up the steep terminal of the Khumbu Glacier, leave the glacier behind and a gentle upward climb will finally take us to Lobuche. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lobuche.
Day 19: Trek to Gorekshep and Everest Base camp excursion (5,320m/17,450ft EBC )/ (5,160m/16,929ft ) 3 hours.Today is the sixteenth day of the trek and our destination is the actual destination of the trek, the Everest Base Camp. Starting Lobuche, the trail leads towards Gorak Shep. After a few ups and downs we will reach Gorak Shep situated at the bottom of Kala Patthar. We further climb up and pass the pyramid sign and then a small ascent from here will lead us to 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. From here, a steep climb to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier to get the glimpse of Kala Patthar. We then walk through the glacial rocky trail to finally reach the actual destination of this trek, the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). After reaching the base camp we spend some time exploring the base camp and then walk down to the lodge at Gorak Shep. The night will be spent at a lodge in Gorak Shep.
Day 20: Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,468ft) 2-3 hours.Today is the seventeenth day of the trek and our first destination is Kala Patthar and our second destination is Dingboche. We start earlier than usual as the motive of this day is to see the first light of the day in the Himalayas. After walking for a couple of hours, we will reach a famous viewing point, Kala Patthar (5,550m), which offers the best view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. We spend some time appreciating and taking snaps of the breathtaking snowcapped peaks. From here we retrace to Dingboche passing Gorak Shep. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dingboche.
Day 21: Trek to Namche Bazza (3,440m/11,283ft) 8 hours.Today is the eighteenth day of the trek and our destination is Namche Bazaar. We start with a steep descent towards the Imja Valley. Then a moderate walk to Pheriche. From Pheriche, we climb down to Pangboche village. Then, the trail drops to the riverside to cross the bridge over Imja Khola and continues to climb up to Tengboche. A steep descent from Tengboche now leads you to the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the first bridge over the Dudh Khoshi River on our return trip in Phunki Tenga and having passed the village of Tashinga and Sansa, we reach Kyangjuma. Namche Bazaar is an easy walk from here. On reaching Namche you can enjoy a hot shower and relax in the restaurants, cafes or bakeries. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 22: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft) 6-7 hours.Today is the last day of the trek and our destination today is Lukla. After taking a quick breakfast, the trail drops from Namche Hill to the suspension bridge crossing the DudhKoshi River near the confluence of DudhKoshi and BhoteKoshi rivers. Then we reach Monjo. After some formalities at the check post of National park at Monjo the walk continues to Phakding for lunch. Since this is the last day of your trek we continue our walk to Lukla. On reaching Lukla, you can either spend your time with other crew members or opt for some alone time to recollect the memories made during the past few days. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft).Today is the last day in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport while other formalities will be taken care by your team leader. Once the plane lands at the airport, we will directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning enjoying the scenic view once again from the sky. A comfortable private vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, which will safely escort you to the hotel. In the evening we meet for some time to discuss your trek and get feedback. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Departure day.Today is the last day of your trip in Nepal with .Mountain Mate Trek and Tour Pvt. Ltd.. If your flight is scheduled early morning, then one of our company representatives will escort you to the airport as per your flight departure time. But, if the flight is scheduled later in the evening, you can go shopping and collect a few mementos or simply hang around shopping areas in Kathmandu. However, if you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, MountainMate trek & tour can also make the arrangements for some other top adventurous activities that you can attend while you are in Nepal. Note* (The usual day for a trek: Every day, our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am. In case of special days, our guides will wake you up early in the morning at around 5:00am. A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge, or also in a tourist standard hotel (subject to availability) where we stop for overnight.While you are walking, you can also request your guide to slow down and stop at the places where you want to take some snaps. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.)
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When I was in Kathmandu, Mountain Mate Trek helped me plan a trek. They promptly started getting things ready when we agreed on everything I needed from a hike, and we left in less than 24 hours. Instead of continuing up to EBC, I preferred to hike to the Everest Region from Jiri, which takes 7-8 days extra to complete. Although I don't believe this is a particularly popular route, everything was flawlessly planned. Arun my tour guide, was really educated and a lot of fun to hang out with in the evenings. The walk itself was amazing thanks to the great weather and breathtaking scenery. It was good to be able to concentrate solely on having fun while Mountain Mate care of the practicalities. Thanks To Mountain Mate Trek And Guide Arun.
"The staff is knowledgeable, considerate, and supportive. This is a difficult trip logistically, but Mt. Mate Trek and Tour is skilled at what they do. Nothing was too difficult or large to solve. I'll undoubtedly go on more excursions with them." Date:Oct.2021