Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek 22 Days
Jiri Everest base camp trek is the longest EBC trek package out there. This package does not involve the overwhelming Kathmandu Lukla flight and allows trekkers to spend a long time in the mountains. The trekking route gradually ascends, following lush rhododendron forests and the Dudh Koshi River. As the trek progresses, the dense forests open up to meadows and glacial moraines.
Not many travelers do Jiri Everest base camp trekking, so the initial part of the trail (up to Phakding) is not crowded. You will get to experience an authentic mountain lifestyle and explore the untouched part of the Solu-Khumbu region before joining the mainstream bustling Everest base camp trail from Phakding (2,610 m) onwards.
Jiri Everest base camp trekking is also known as the classic route to the base of Mount Everest (8,849 m), as this same itinerary was followed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa during their Everest expedition. You will be retracing the footsteps of the biggest legends in the mountain community while enjoying the warm hospitality of the villagers.
From Bhandar, the starting point of Jiri Everest base camp trek, it takes six days of walking through Sherap villages to reach Phakding. From Phakding onwards, you will be following the general route to EBC via villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. The Jiri Everest base camp trekking route is much more adventurous as it crosses many small passes and explores fine villages before you even reach Phakding.
The Jiri Everest base camp trek is a 22-day-long venture in Nepal. You will trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world during these 22 days. On the way, cross many hanging bridges and visit ancient monasteries. Likewise, come across a wide range of vegetation, animals, and birds. And the small unexpected interactions with the locals make the Jiri to Everest base camp trekking even more fascinating.
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Perfect Everest base camp trek itinerary without Kathmandu Lukla flight
If you are not a fan of the nerve-racking Kathmandu Lukla flight, then the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek is a great option for you. Instead of the flight, you will drive to the starting point of the trek. The drive will be 8 to 9 hours long but very scenic.
Beautiful villages, Sherpas, and their lifestyle
We stop at beautiful villages to spend the night during the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek. The locals, their warm hospitality and friendly nature will win your heart. You will not feel new and unwelcomed. In a matter of time, the villages and villagers will become your home, and you'll not even realize it.
Likewise, along with Sherpas, people of other communities, such as Lamas, Bhotiyas, Limbus, Rais, etc, also reside in the Khumbu region. These are mountain people and the natives of the Himalayas. Their lifestyle in this extreme part of the world will astound you.
Adventurous trail winding through stunning river valleys
Talking about adventure, there wouldn't be a day on Jiri Everest Base Camp trekking you will not feel excited, and your heart won't get thrilled. This venture will bring you to life and motivate you to do your best to live every single day.
The trail ascends and descends through dense forests. Cross-gushing rivers and streams via old wooden bridges and hanging suspension bridges. Pass by cascading waterfalls and walk alongside narrow foothills. Trek on glacier and boulder fields.
The Sagarmatha National park and its abundant flora & fauna
If you love birds and vegetation, then this trek is a paradise for you. Given the nature of the journey and the geographical difference, you will come across a wide species of flowers and plants. Likewise, witness exotic birds and occasionally animals. Share trails with mules and yaks. Walk through beautiful rhododendron, pine, oak, fir, magnolia, etc forests.
Diverse landscapes and mountain views
The landscapes during the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek range from lush green forests and beautiful valleys to barren hills and glaciers. Hills open up to giant snow-capped mountains. At every turn in the trail, you will find yourself surrounded by mesmerizing nature. Home to mountains, they will be your constant companion throughout the trek.
To name some of the mountains, Everest (8,849 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), etc.
Amazing acclimatization hikes
We have two acclimatization days during the Jiri Everest Base Camp trekking. One we spend in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), hiking to Everest View Hotel (3,962 m), and the second we spend in Dingboche village (4,410 m). In Dingboche village, we will hike to Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m). You will have plenty of time to rest and recover. Likewise, spend more time with the locals.
Visit ancient monasteries
Stupas, monasteries, prayer flags, chortens, and mani walls are constants during the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek. Trekking in the Himalayas goes way beyond adventure. You will be unraveling the ancient culture of the locals and have a peek into their religious roots.
As the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek route goes from one village to another, we stop at monasteries. Tengboche monastery (3,860 m) and Pangboche monastery (3,985 m) are two significant ones you will be visiting on this trek.
Reach Everest base camp and Kala Patthar
After 12 days of trekking and all the challenges, you will finally reach the base of the highest mountain in the world, Everest base camp (5,364 m). It will be a surreal moment for you as all your hard work will pay off. The base camp is home to mountaineers. The view of Khumbu icefall and the surrounding will amaze you.
Likewise, the last destination you touch before trekking back to Lukla is Kala Patthar (5,644 m). It is a very popular viewpoint that offers a breathtaking panorama of Everest and numerous other mountains. The sunrise from this point is also sensational.
Take a stimulating flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
From Lukla airstrip, you fly back to Kathmandu by marking the end of the journey. This fight is nerve-racking. From take-off to landing, you get to see wonderful views of the Himalayas.