Jiri to Everest Basecamp trek

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things. You can be just an ordinary chap sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals."

Edmund Hillary

Photo credit:
Ryan Kilpatrick, Lampertron, Ilker Ender and Gunther Hagleitner.

your private Jiri to EBC trek

Everest region

24-24 days


5555 meter

guide & porter

why this trek?

follow the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing
behold the impressive views over Khumbu Icefall and Mgozumpa Glacier
visit the turquoise Gokyo Lake

about this trek

Follow the footsteps of legendary mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to the Basecamp of world's highest mountain: Mount Everest. The trek to Everest Basecamp is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. Once you make it to Basecamp, you are suddenly filled with a deep respect for the climbers who prove human determination and hardiness by making it to the mountain top.

This trek is a little longer than the regular EBC trek because it begins in Jiri, as it skips the flight to Lukla. This part of the route that is skipped by many is beautiful and definitely worth the extra days. Also this routes supports your body in a proper acclimatisation to higher altitude later this trek.

Our 21 days Jiri to Everest Basecamp trek is a great adventure for travelers who are physically fit, in good health, and are determined to challenge themselves with unpredictability of mountain life. However, if you wish to make the trek to Everest Basecamp in shortest possible time, we recommend you our Everest Basecamp trek from Lukla.

alternative trekking routes

Looking for a bit shorter trek to EBC? Take a look at our Everest Basecamp trek in which fly directly to Lukla and start trekking from there for about 14 days.

You could also consider our adventurous Island Peak climbing in which you go to Island Peak (6189m) via EBC and Kala Patthar (5545m).


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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Drive to Jiri by local bus - 8 hrs.

day 03 | Trek to Bhandar (2200m) - 6 hrs.

day 04 | Trek to Sete (2645m) - 6 hrs.

day 05 | Trek to Junbensi (2675m) - 6 hrs.

day 06 | Trek to Nunthala (2440m) - 5 hrs.

day 07 | Trek to Khari Khola (2020m) - 5 hrs.

day 08 | Trek to Puiyan (2700m) - 6 hrs.

day 09 | Trek to Phakding (2646m) - 5 hrs.

day 10 | Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) - 5,5 hrs.

day 11 | Acclimatization and rest day in Namche Bazaar.

day 12 | Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680m) - 5 hrs.

day 13 | Trek to Machherma (4470m) - 5 hrs.

day 14 | Trek to Gokyo (4790m) - 5,5 hrs.

day 15 | Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs.

day 16 | Trek to Thangna (4500m) - 4 hrs.

day 17 | Cross the Cho La pass (5300m) then trek to Dzongla (4710m) - 7 hrs.

day 18 | Trek to Lobuche (4910m) - 4 hrs.

day 19 | Trek to Everest Basecamp (5365m) then back to Gorak Shep - 5,5 hrs.

day 20 | Hike up to Kala Patthar (5555m) early morning and trek down to Periche (4200m) - 6 hrs.

day 21 | Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) - 5,5 hrs.

day 22 | Trek to Lukla (2804m) - 6 hrs.

day 23 | Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

day 24 | Transfer for your final flight departure.

Note: it's possible to combine your trekking with other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari. Your itinerary can be customized according to your wishes and the duration of your stay in Nepal.

Contact us for more information.

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.
By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide (and porters) and we talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting we request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Drive to Jiri by public bus (187km) - 8 hrs.
A difficult but scenic full-day public bus ride up the Sun-Koshi river valley to the town of Jiri, the trail-head of the Everest trek and our first camp.

overnight at a hotel

day 03 | Trek to Bhandar - 6 hrs.
We begin the walk with a climb to the ridge-top (2400m) after which the trail drops down to Shivalaya (1800m). After reaching Shivalaya, we make another climb to Sangbadanda (2150m), Kosaribas (2500m), then to Bhanjyang, a pass at Bhandar (2200m). We can possibly take a detour between Sangbadanda and Bhandar to visit Thodung (3090m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 04 | Trek to Sete - 6 hrs.
The trail drops down to the Likhu Khloa and crosses the river (1580m), and onto Kenja. Now we make the long climb to Lamjura hill. The first part of the climb is quite steep, whence it traverses to Sete, and an abandoned stupa (2575m). We continue through the villages inhabited by Sherpas and have both Nepali and Sherpa names.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Trek to Junbensi - 6 hrs.
Trek begins with a long but gradual climb to the Lamjura pass (3530m). There you are rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter or with blooming rhododendrons in the spring. The pass is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, there you have a good lunch stop. From the top you descend to Tragdobuk (2860m), then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi (2675m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Trek to Nunthala - 5 hrs.
We climb to a ridge (3080m) from where Everest slowly begins to appear before your eyes. From Junbesi the trail leads to the hospital and the airstrip at Phaplu as well as the district headquarter and a small market at Salleri. Leaving Salung, we make our way descending to the Ringmo Khola (2650m) followed by a small climb to Ringmo. We see an apple orchard at this spot; the Apple House offers apple juice, pie and rakshi (rice spirit). The trail from Ringmo to Namche Bazaar was built in the 1980's and avoids many of the steep descents and ascents of the older route. Then we reach Trakshindo pass (3071m), then the trail drops down pass the monastery of the same name, on to Nuntala (2440m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 07 | Trek to Kharikhola - 5 hrs.
The trail continues descending to the Dudh Koshi where the trail then climbs through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola (2020m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 08 | Trek to Puiyan - 6 hrs.
We begin a day with a climb towards Puiyan through Sherpa villages and woods, passing through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan (2700m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 09 | Trek to Phakding - 5 hrs.
This day we continue a climb from Puiyan to a ridge at (2800m) before a gradual ascent to the final ridge, where we climb down to Surke following the trail towards Phakding (2646m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 10 | Trek to Namche Bazaar - 5/6 hrs
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the Gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, Internet cafes and a bakery. Namche is the largest village (3441m) along the entire Everest trail.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

overnight at a guesthouse

day 12 | Trek to Phorste Thanga - 5 hrs.
The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in springtime. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 13 | Trek to Machherma - 5 hrs.
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.

overnight at a guesthouse

day 14 | Trek to Gokyo - 5/6 hrs.
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 15 | Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs.
Early morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m). There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip - you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 16 | Trek to Thangna - 4 hrs.
We trek to the foot of the Cho La pass (5300m) for our overnight stay. Accomodation in Thangna will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 17 | Cross Cho La pass and then trek to Dzongla - 7 hrs.
We start before sunrise at 4 or 5am to reach the pass by 9-10am to dodge bad weather conditions of the noontime. We cross over at an altitude of 5300m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, then we descend to the Dzongla at noon. Accomodation in Dzongla will be very basic and in dormitory style room.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 18 | Trek to Lobuche - 4 hrs.
A rather easier and shorter trekking route will take us to Lobuche (4910m) after 4 hours of trekking.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 19 | Trek to Everest Basecamp and then back to Gorak Shep - 5/6 hrs.
This is difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Basecamp (5365m) the closest you can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Basecamp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 20 | Hike up to Kala Patthar early in the morning and trek down to Periche - 6 hrs.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mount Kala Patthar (5555m), a small peak by the Himalayan standards. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest (8848m), the highest point on the planet, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep (5180m), a tiny hamlet, then trek down to Periche (4200m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 21 | Trek to Namche Bazaar - 5/6 hrs.
From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through the Tengboche Monastery (3860m) before continuing back to Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 22 | Trek to Lukla - 6 hrs.
Finally we return to Lukla where we started our trek, which might seem like a lifetime ago. We'll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town some more.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 23 | Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.

overnight at a hotel

day 24 | Transfer for your final flight departure.
The trip has ended and our airport representative will take you back to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Curious about the highlights of Pokhara or a canoe ride in the jungle? Take a look at our Pokhara city trip or the Jungle tour in Chitwan National Park. We can also provide you other services such as bus and flight tickets, hotel bookings and connecting packages.

Contact us for more information.

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cost includes

  • airport transfer and drop off (private vehicle)
  • Jiri drop off (private vehicle)
  • trekking permit
  • EBC permit
  • experienced, English speaking guide
  • porter per two persons
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • flight ticket LUA-KTM
  • accommodation in Kathmandu

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'


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On my very first day in Nepal, back in 2013, I met Govinda and we've been best (!) friends ever since. Govinda and I have been on quite some treks in Nepal together and traveled in Sir Lanka and Europe as well. And now we also work together with by Mountain People. Back in the Netherlands I take care of the website and I am always planning a next stay in Nepal. But hey ... what are you up to? :)