A Complete Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Guide

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A Complete Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Guide
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9 January, 2020 0 Comments

"A Complete Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Guide

Jiri is a municipality in the Dolakha District in the Janakpur Zone of north-eastern Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, Jiri had a growing population of 7,138 people living in 1,508 individual households.

Jiri lies at an altitude of 1,905 meters. In contrast, Everest base camps generally refer to two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest: South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters, while North Base Camp is in Tibet, China at 5,150 meters.

One of the most beautiful and adventurous trekking destinations of Nepal is Everest Base Camp. This Jiri to Everest base camp will take to back to the oldest trails of the people letting to take the long bus ride in spite of flite.

The trek is popular among individuals looking for an extended stay in the Himalayan countryside, giving greater exposure to the real-life workings of the Sherpa people and their culture, untainted by the more popular tourist route that will be encountered later on the trek.

This was one of the trekking trails before the Lukla airport was constructed. The trek can be quite difficult but is worth every step. The trek from Jiri to Ebc will help to acclimatize better offering you the beautiful scenery between Jiri and Cheplung and is much quieter than the main EBC trail.

What's The Trek Like?

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To be honest, this trek is not for the beginners and is quite difficult to reach the final destination starting from Jiri; however, every step will take you close to the amazingly wonderful and breathtaking mountain views along with much other scenic beauty and Nepalese culture.

Finally, letting you stay in the arms of the most iconic point of the trek destination Kala Patthar. After hiking for 7.5 hours with a 10kg backpack, hoping that your destination of the day is behind the next corner.

But it’s also an experience I will remember for the rest of my life! I was feeling alone in the world, surrounded by nothing but clouds at the misty Lamjura La pass and admiring the stunning views over the snowy peaks in the beautiful valley near Dughla, walking through little mountain villages like Bupsa, where children wave to you until you are out of sight.

Watching the donkeys carry their loads from Nunthala to Namche Bazaar, as they have done for centuries. This will be one of the most rememberable and lifetime experience for you.

Jiri To EBC Regional Map

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The orange color in the map shows the Everest region .after  reaching to Kathmandu; a bus ride will take you to the Jiri from where your trek will start finally stopping you at the Everest region beneath the highest peak.

Trekking Map

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This trekking map from Jiri to Everest base camp will help you spot out the locations you need to trek to reach the main destination.

The trek starts at Jiri in the south-west before heading north-east through the Solu Khumbu region to Lukla, passing the towns of Sete, Junbesi, and Numtala before reaching Surkhe, that lies just below Lukla.

From here, the trek takes a turn to north towards Phadking, where it follows the classic Everest Base Camp Trek by hugging the right-most route on the map. After completion of the trek, the same route will take you back to the original destination from where you have last started. 

Hiking Itinerary 

Day 0: Kathmandu to Jiri

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You will be taking a bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri, which is quite easy to get. You will be welcomed by the views of the Sunkoshi river on your way to Jiri and spend your night there past Jiri.

Day 1: Jiri to Deurali

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Now you will hike towards Shivalay, which is about 3hr and 15 min. The Gauri Shankar conservation area is a location you will cross on the trek; after that, you will be moving towards Deurali, where you can interact with the locals while having your tea. 

Day 2: Deurali to Sete

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The total hike from Deurali to Sete is of about 7hr, and 30 min. The first destination is Bandar, which is a small village highly destroyed by an earthquake and not yet built.

After Bandar, you will move towards Kijar, which will finally lead you to Sete where you can stay at cheaper rates for a night.

Day 3: Sete to Junbesi

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The next destination is about 6 hr and 45 minutes from Sete(without a break). It will take about 4 hours to the Lamjura La pass (3530 meters), the highest point on the trail from Jiri to Cheplung.

It’s not until Tengboche (day 10) that you reach this altitude again, which is why the Jiri trail is excellent for acclimatization!

Day 4: Junbesi to Nunthala

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The hiking time for this trek is also 6 hours and 45 minutes without any break. This trek is encompassed with beautiful meadows, green forest and offered some splendid views over the valleys. Also, you can get to see the beautiful views of the mountains as well.

Day 5: Nunthala to Bupsa

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After Nunthala, your next destination will be Bupsa . On the way, you will come across the Dudh Koshi river (milk river). It is said so because of the foams it produces that make it look like Dudh/milk.

Day 6: Buspa to Cheplung

This whole trek will take to about 7 hours and 30 minutes without any break.one of the longest days on the Jiri – EBC trail.

The first part of the trail went up to the Khari La pass and offered some nice views over Bupsa and the valley. You will now be viewing the mountains that will make you feel like you are getting closure to your destination.

Day 7: Cheplung to Monjo

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This will take you about three and a half hours. This trail is comparatively easy compared to others with some ups and downs. The path leads through a lovely pine forest and along the river.

Day 8: Monjo to Namche Bazaar

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This trek will take you about two and a half hours.the trekking towards Namche is easy because of flat land. Now you will be seeing lots of trekkers than you say already.

This is also a major attraction of this trek, which is on the way to a trading center initially.

Day 9: acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Before you start your trek, acclimatization is a must to avoid altitude sickness and let your body adapt to the temperature you will be traveling on. 

Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

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This hike is about 3 hr and 3o minutes only. Tengboche is a sherpa community famous for the Tengboche monastery, where people pray for their successful trekking journey.

Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche

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Dingboche is about 3hr and 45 minutes from Tengboche without any break. This is also a Sherpa village that mostly has shops selling the requirements of the trekkers.

Day 12:  Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Another place for acclimatization during the trek is Dingboche. This place helps you in acclimatization before you move upwards towards your destination.

You can easily get motels at cheaper rates and make yourself comfortable with the people around there, learning more about their community.

Dag 13: Dingboche to Dughla

This is the easiest trek taking about 1 hr and 45 min only. You will see great views of the mountains already. Now you can place your bags and move towards Lobuche.

Day 14: Dughla to Lobuche

The trekking time is about 1 hr and 20 minutes. You will be moving here for acclimatization and staying for a day. Now move towards Gorak shep to reserve rooms for the next day.

Day 15: Lobuche to Gorak Shep, Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep to EBC

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The hiking time is about 2 hours. It’s a pretty tricky trail with lots of boulders, ups and downs, and loose gravel. You have to pay attention to where you are going.

Ou can even hike to Kala Patthar the same day if you are not so tired. But the best time to go towards Kala Patthar is the next morning because the morning view of the Himalayas beneath the crystal clear sky will be just breathtaking.

You will be so amazed by the beauty and the mountains smiling right at you, making you feel proud of your achievement.

Day 16: Back to the original destination

After all your time in Everest base camp, its time to move back towards the original destination. The trail follows the same path as in the starting.

Best Time to Trek Jiri to EBC

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If you do not want to miss the mountain views and no fear of rain and slippery treks, make sure to come in the spring season.

The best time to trek through Kala Patthar to escape into nature only remembering about the enjoyment is March to May; because in spring, the climate is perfect, moderate with no rains and warmer days.

And also from Sep to Nov when there is no worry about getting burnt by the scorching sun and the rain as well. This is right immediately after the monsoon has ended, leaving all the black clouds away from the sky and making the view more realistic and crystal clear.

Trekking With or Without Guide

The trekking to Ebc can be done with or without the guide. But if there's a guide with you you can choose better trails, more knowledge about the site, better hiking speed, gets to know about the cheaper lodge to stay and many more. Moreover, hiking solo is fun as well, with all your speed.

What to Bring?

If you are really into trekking, make sure you get to buy better and durable clothes because it is very cold over there, hiking boots, hiking pole, bags, and other requirements you have.

You should never forget to bring something that will let you make some food like noodles in case you cannot find any hotel near you. Better quality thermals, cold creams, your emergency medicines, water bottle, gears, glubs, etc. are the basic not to forget things.

How Much Does This Trek Will Cost?

The typical Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek will cost in the region of £1,500 to £2,500. These are guided tour packages that will include all board and lodging, travel expenses, guides and porters, and meals on the trip.

We recommend using a western-based guide that is charging around £2,000 per person, as packages cheaper than this are likely to be of lesser quality due to cost-cutting.

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