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Jiri – Everest Base Camp Trek – 21 Days

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Daily Tour 21 day Availability: 2018-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Everest Region Tour Guide: Ngwang Sherpa
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Overview

Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. This route provides an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural splendor. The immense contrasts in altitudes, type of vegetation and mix of lifestyles are the main highlight of this trek. One can enjoy beautiful mountains views, verdant terraces and Himalayan streams and water falls as the trail crosses through villages and landscapes covered by rhododendron, magnolia and giant forests. It’s long and strenuous but the trek takes us through great mountain country and beautiful villages. This trail passes through classic middle hills country that is blissfully free from the crowds that mob the trail further north. Facilities on this trek are basic but adequate. Even though the trek begins at just 2200m/7218ft, it climbs to 5545m at Kala Patthar, a dark mound of mountain rubble that provides the best views of Mt. Everest, and drops as low as 1500m at the Dudh Koshi crossing east of Nuntala.The road to Jiri saves several days off the old approach trek from Lamosangu, but this is still a long and hard trek with many steep hills.

Starting from Jiri, the route passes through the Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu, many of them having beautiful Buddhist monasteries. The height gain is gradual making it easier to acclimatize. After a rest day in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, the trail continues to famous Tengboche Monastery. The aim of this trek is to climb Kala Pattar ,from where the southwest face of Everest can be clearly seen, as well as aside Trekking trip to Everest Base Camp. The return trek leads to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Kathmandu International Airport(Google Map)

Trip Fact

PriceUSD 1999
Activities: Trekking for 17 days
Duration:21 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights in Lodge/Guest during Trek and 17 Night in a Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level:Comfort
Maximum Altitude:5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Patthar
Trek Grading:3

Day 1         Arrive KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Day 2         Drive to JIRI (1880m6204ft)
Day 3-11    Trek to NAMCHE
Day 12-16  Trek to EBC
Day 17       Trek to KALA PATTHAR
Day 18-19  Trek back LUKLA
Day 20       Fly back KATHMANDU
Day 21       Depart back HOME or EXTEND HOLIDAYS


COST INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED
  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 3 Nights in  Kathmandu including breakfast
  • 17 Nights stay in Lodge/Guest House during trek.
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
  • Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )
  • During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee each time only.
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
  • National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
  •  ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water, Wi-Fi

Departure Date

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Equipments and Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Alpine Club of Himalaya inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

IMPORTANT NOTE
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Trip Highlights
Temples and Stupas sightseeing around Kathmandu, HIMALAYAN Mountain flight while flying in and out from Luka, 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest, Khumbu valley and unique Sherpa culture, Tengboche monastery, SLOW and STEADY walking.

Trip style
This trip follows through the classical route to the Everest Base Camp where we can expect lots of lodges and guest houses. We will be staying at night in these lodges and guesthouses all in the way to our trek and we need not fix a tent. Dinner and breakfast will be at the places where we sleep and the lunch in the way at places where we can relax with views of the magnificent mountains.

Service level
This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Dossier Disclaimer
The information provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply as part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing or meal in the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays are designed with care and experiences we have from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and delay or cancellation of flights will affect the itinerary without prior notice. So ACH reserves the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Travel can be unpredictable as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit. Our itinerary is brief and the information provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand our travel destinations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes to know
This trip operates at altitudes over 2780m (max altitude 5545m). In this itinerary we dont have much acclimatizing days, so you may experience headaches, nausea, and lethargy on arrival in Namche Bazaar, 3420m. It is important to be aware of the affects of altitude on one’s tolerance especially on going high to Namche.

Accommodation in Everest Region is basic (only dorm rooms, rooms little or no running water) but at places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Lobuche and Dingboche there are upgraded accommodation (standard with attached shower & toilet) too. This trip includes basic rooms with two people share only. In case you want to UPGRADE YOUR ROOM, please feel free to let us know while you book the trip.

Group Leader Description
All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa leader who speaks excellent English. He/she will provide information on the places you are traveling through, deal with health and safety issues and introduce to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes
Max 14 & Min 2

Your Fellow Travelers
When we travel in a group there are people from around the world of different ages who are multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial. You are requested to understand the benefits may be some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part.

Meals
Welcome breakfast and fare well dinner are in Kathmandu hotels. Foods are provided on in a tea house or guest house in the mountain, there are variety of choice of local meal as well as continental even PIZZA and Sizzler. We also give more eating flexibility, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. Our leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread, hass brown and eggs of any style. Wide range of vegetarian foods is found, although in some places choices are limited. While trekking in remote regions food will be served plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

Transport
Private Bus, Car and Van

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of our tour unless otherwise noted and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Single Travelers
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation
Hotels with western facilities and guesthouses in the mountain
My Own Room Available on this tour with an extra surcharge.
Joining Hotel
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057

Joining information Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. We provide the airport pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing for the one who book land trip. We give the flexibility so that our clients can join the trip only .While the price will be relatively less in this case but airport pick up and transfer to the hotel and city sightseeing tours are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or an ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.

Arrival Information
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will refund you the taxi cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact
Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts
Personal
Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile
Kathmandu – Peak Point Hotel
(close to Hotel Malla)Thamel, Kathmandu. Nepal
Website: www.peakpointhotel.com
Tel: +977-1-4215110
Fax: +977-1-4152057
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support Sherpa while in the mountains and also some of our trips have non support Sherpa porter. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to leave some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping, Alpine Club does not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets. You usually have to rent sleeping bags if needed instead of bringing them from home.

Checklist
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and Travel dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Insect Repellent
Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery
Tampons
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear (optional)
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Light weight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dust free.
Camera and film
Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Laundry
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels in cities for a charge. While trekking in the mountain there will be times you need to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas
CHINA – Alpine Club will arrange a group visa for China. This is the only way groups may enter China from Kathmandu. If you already have a China visa the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu will cancel it and issue you a group visa that is valid for the particular trip only.

The cost of the visa is NOT included in the trip. You must pay it separately on arrival in Kathmandu at the group meeting. For all nationalities the visa fee is 114 USD EXCEPT American passport holders whose fee is 198 USD.

NEPAL – All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport or at any Immigration if you are coming from India or from China TIBET. To obtain Nepal visa you are requested to have one passport photo and the fees below in US dollars cash only:

Single entry visa valid for 15 days – US $25:
Single Entry Visa for 30 days – US $40
And multiple entry visa valid for 90 days – US $100
Please inform us if you are planning an additional trip to China after The High Road to Tibet tour you will need long days visa or need to apply for a Chinese visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu after your trip finished otherwise you cannot enter into China. Please check with Chinese embassy prior to travel as this is subject to change.
Destination Travel Guide
For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.

Extra Spending Money
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. More than that if you wish to extend your other destination or the part of the adventure travel which is not included.

Money Exchange
American Dollars are well accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. We request you to follow the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com As of JULY 2010 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 73 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. We accept and also major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Local payment if any
There are not any local fees or surcharge other than stated in the travel itinerary. We strongly believe that one fee one trip with ACH except Tips, Laundry, Shopping, Telephone and Meals which are not included in the trip. There will be an additional fee in situations that are beyond our control; say mountain flight cancels or mountain road blocks and need extra meal or accommodations.

Departure Tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket for TIBET and all domestic ticket.

Tipping Custom
Tips are expected but not compulsory. It is good to understand that it is customary in Asia to tip the service providers such as waiters at approximately 10% depending on the service.

Tips while travelling
Tipping drivers and local guides on local tours range from approximate $2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service your have received.
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for a week trip 50 USD and for Sherpa porter 30 US$ from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 2 weeks trip 100-125 USD and for Sherpa porter 50-75 USD from a group
Tipping Sherpa Leader/Guide for 3 weeks trip 150-200 USD and for Sherpa porter 75-100 USD from a group

Must have Good Health
You should well consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kits. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or rest of the group.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide regular updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice
We are a small and personalized group adventures bringing together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. Travelers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.

Must Have Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance is provided to us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Responsible Travel
Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefits traveler and host alike. We are responsible holiday planner to Himalaya areas; we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. Alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by “Take a photograph & leave zero foot print” and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts and help local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.

We warmly welcome you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.

-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.

-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.

Associated Children Education Project
Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy committed to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.

How you can help?
There are numbers of children who are still away from the opportunity of getting educated in this 21st Century. Our aim is to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.

Respect Local Dress
In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Feedback
We are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to be sure that you get the best of what you have paid for and expect. After your travel, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is important to us. Please help us to help your friends and families for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback

We Want Your Photos
Every travelers have fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel. Please post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection

THANKS FOR TAKING TIME, SEE US IN KATHMANDU, HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

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Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Overnight at hotel. Meals:Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Drive to JIRI (2100m/6890ft)

From Kathmandu, we take a drive to Jiri on a 188km/117 mile journey. There are great views of Langtang and the Ganesh Himal peaks on the north as our journey heads towards Lamosangu (78km/49miles) through the Arniko Highway that connects to Tibet. From Lamosangu, a nice branch road takes us to Jiri. The further road carries on to Shivalaya and Bhandar but buses do not ply further. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to BHANDAR (2200m/7218ft)

We cross the bridge over the Khimti Khola River, and we reach the Shivalaya village on the river bank. After Shivalaya, a long steep ascent leads us to Sangbadanda village. Just beyond the village, the trail meets the jeep road from which, after a short distance, a trail breaks away to the left and heads up along the ridge towards Thodung. The more trail branches off from the jeep road someway ahead, climbs about 150m/495ft, past isolated farmsteads to Khasrubas. The trail now is easy and crosses two streams, then again ascends through the rhododendron forests to Deorali. There are mani walls here; we are entering the Buddhist Sherpa country. After descending in about one and half hours we are now at Bhandar with two large chortens and a gompa. From here, we can see good views down the valley. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to SAGAR (2440m/8006ft)
The trail now descends to fields, crosses a few streams, in about 45 minutes we are at Dokharpa. There are some confusing forks on the trail now; but we keep on walking left as the path winds down to the Surma khola stream. Continuing to descend and curving left, it reaches the broad Likhu Khola Valley. There are two suspension bridges here, we take the second. The steep climb to Lamjura La begins from here. We can now see some snow peaks. After a hard climbing of about two and half hours we reach Chimbu from where we take the left at the trail intersection beyond, and after walking for two hours, we are now at Sagar. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to JUNBESI (2680m/8793ft)
As we continue, the first village that we pass is Dagchu (2840m/9372ft). As the forest thins and we climb higher after Goyem, distant snow peaks come in sight. We ascend the top of the ridge where there are mani walls and cairns. Another half-an-hour’s climb brings us to Lamjura la pass (3530m/11,649ft).Now, the way down is steep zigzag. Descending, less steeply, through open country now, with stonewalled fields and pastures, reaching the settlement of Tragdobuk(2850m/9405ft). We continue, keeping to the left; as the trail rounds a bluff, the large, picturesque village of Junbesi (2675m/8827ft) appears below with the snow peaks of Karyolung and Numbur away to the east. It takes about an hour to descend to Junbesi. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to NUNTALA (2220m/7284ft)
After walking about two hours, the trail rounds a spur and suddenly a dramatic panorama of snow-mountains greets us. On a clear day, we can see Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu besides Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kanguru and Mera peak. The trail continues, almost level, to Salung(2860m/9438ft) following the ascending trail to the village of Ringmo(2800m/9240ft), full of apple, peach and apricot orchards. The trail descends steeply and leads us to the village of Trashingdo where there is a beautiful gompa and good views of the Kusum Kanguru peak.The trail then descends through the forests and then across terraced field, we cross over a suspension bridge to reach Nuntala. Overnight at guest house.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to KHARIKHOLA (2070m/6792ft) 
Continuing our journey early in the morning, there are stunning views of Karyolung (to the north) and Kusum Kanguru (northeast) peaks. The trail descends rapidly to the broad Dudh Koshi River, in about 3 hours, crossing it over a steel suspension bridge. This bridge, at 1500m is the lowest point of the trek. As the trail climbs up, we pass by the villages Jubing and Churkha, from where we can see the peak of Gyachung Kang (7922m) far ahead in the distance, and Khumbila (5761m). The trail further climbs eastward to reach the sprawling village of Kharikhola. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to PUIYAN (2770m/9088ft)
After descending to cross a suspension bridge over a stream, the trail climbs very steeply for an hour and we arrive at Bupsa. Now we have to pass through a forest settlement of Kharte to reach Khari La (2840m/9318ft), marked by a mani wall. From here, we can view Khumbila and Gyachung Kang. The Dudh Koshi River flows down below; this is a cavernous canyon, at places as deep as 1000m. After descending a while, we are now at Puiyan. The usual time taken in this route is 6-7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft)
There are many ups and downs as the trail passes and a ridge crest from where we can spot the Lukla airfield and Surkhe (2290m) down below. This village is settled around the terraced fields. Continuing our journey through the cultivated fields, the trail meets the Cheplung (2700m). Just beyond Cheplung is a French run health post, in the village of Nachipang. The trail eventually descends to a smaller steel box bridge over the roaring Thado Kosi, a tributary stream. If we are trekking in May, then we can spot rhododendron flowers. Further down is the farming village Ghat on the river bank. The path eventually drops almost to the river, opposite an ugly scar left by a landslide. Now the trail sharply rises to Phakding village. A popular excursion from here is the short climb to the Pema Choling Gompa (30 minutes) high on the forested west bank, and the nearby villages of Sano and Thulo Gumela. There are superb views of Kusum Kanguru and the peak of Thamserku. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent
Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo,  we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Acclimatize at NAMCHE BAZAR 
This is our day to have great pleasure of scenic beauty of nature. There are many things to explore around Namche and Great Mountain views to savour.  The village, sprawling around the natural bowl, looks amazing from up here, its houses and terraced fields seeming like the steps of a giant amphitheatre. If we walk a further, our excursion would take toward Army post and the Sagarmatha National park Headquarters. Fro here, we can see the astonishing views of the great Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest. In the west, Kwangde range looks spectacular. On the southeast area succession of high peaks: Kusum Kanguru with its three summits, Thamserku standing tall and Kangtega. The familiar Khumbila peak rises in the north while Thange Ragi and Pharchamo soar to the right of Kwangde. If it is Saturday, we could consider ourselves lucky as we can enjoy the colorful Saturday market. Sherpas from across the Khumbu gather at the street-side market to buy provisions sold by lowland Nepalese we will be amazed by the variety of goods on sale. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek TENGBOCHE (3870m/12697ft) 4 hours; 350m descent, 750m ascent
From Namche we take the easy level trail that cuts around the ridge from Chhorkung to reach the end of a bluff which is a viewpoint over a grand panorama of peaks, from thamserku to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. From here we reach Kyangjuma (3550m) and a short walk from there takes us to animportant trail junction at Sanasa (3600m) from where we take the trail to Tengboche that runs gently downhill towards the river.  This trail drops gradually to Lawichasa and on our descending way the thumb like peak of Ama Dablam soars into view above the trail. From Lawichasa a narrow trail branches north to reach Tashinga (3380m) and now the trail drops down on steep stone steps to Phunki Thenga (3250m) and then to a bridge. From the bridge the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of tall, mature rhododendrons. We might see musk deer and Himalayan tahr among the trees to eventually follow the path that reach a kani and a pair of chortens marking the start of Tengboche village which is scattered across a wide, grassy saddle below a crescent shaped ridge covered by scrub pines and rhododendrons. The focal point of Tengboche is the famous Tengboche monastery.  Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek DINGBOCHE (4360m/14305ft) 3-5 hours; 70m descent, 580m ascent
From Tengboche we follow the trail through a forest of conifers and rhododendrons, keeping an eye out for monal pheasants and musk deer that leads us to a village of Debuche where we vsit Debuche Gompa which has some expressive old thangkas and murals painted on wooden panels. Debuche also has a small Buddhist nunnery on the east hillside. The trail continues through dense forest to reach Milinggo and then drops steeply to a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. We cross the bridge and climb the hillside opposite to a white stupa with Buddhist eyes and after a hundred yards we see a stupa that crowns an exposed bluff, mirroring the soaring tower of Ama Dablam at the end of the valley. East of the stupa is a footprint of Khumbu’s patron Saint Lama Sange Dorje. We soon reach Pangboche village that has the oldest monastery in Khumbu, Pangobche Gompa founded by Lama Sange Dorje. Following the Imja Khola the trial climbs towards the village of Shomare and crossing the treeline beyond this village we are walking up rolling arid stretch, an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures and fields and the yak grazing. Crossing through the yak pasture and herdsmen’s stone huts at Orsho and Tsuro Wog, we turn right where the trail descends to a point near the confluence of Imja Khola and Khumbu Khola. Finally climbing a low ridge we reach the sprawling settlement of Dingboche which is a cold and windy place with sub-zero night temperatures even in summer. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek DUGHLA (4620m/15158ft) 2 hours; 400m ascent
On this trail we find ourselves truly in the lap of Himalayas with awesome mountains on all sides. From Dingboche we take the trail that climbs slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa (4503m) where we have outstanding views of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse and Ama Dablam appears as a perfect pyramid, while the summit Kantega is visible far to the left of the prominent saddle seen from Tengboche. The trail drops down to a glacial stream, rising up the other side to Dughla. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek LOBUCHE (4930m/16175ft) 2 hours; 300m ascent
From Dughla the trail goes directly up the gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and the path bears left at the top of the ridge on to Chupki Lhara where we see large heaps of stones with prayer flags remembering the mountaineers who perished on mission to climb Mt.Everest. At the top of the valley is the Chola Lake where we get a glimpse of blue waters from high trails. From Chupki Lhara, the trail drops to the Khumbu glacier moraine after which we see three great peaks-Khumbutse, Lingtren and Pumori straight in front. Now walking the final steps along a murmuring stream we reach Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek GORAK SHEP (5160m/16930ft) and EBC (5340m/17521ft) and back to GORAK SHEP
This day will be a long hard day for us. Walking by a somewhat grassy terrain and a few scattered boulders, all along we see the snowy wall of lofty mountains ahead. The 60m/200ft ascent takes us to the top of the lateral moraine wall of the Changri glacier, to a level spot called Thangma Riju from where there is a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the mountains all around-Taboche and the Lobuche peaks, Pumori and the rest of Mahalangur Himal peaks, with Changtse in Tibet now more visible; and Nuptse filling the eastern horizon.The trail now crosses the moraine of the Changri glacier which joins the Khumbu glacier from the west and climbing steeply up a stony slope we reach Gorak Shep from where we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar. From Gorak Shep we move towards EBC, to be amidst of mountains, not to see them from afar as EBC is not a viewpoint. Walking by the shallow blue waters of Gorak Shep Lake, the Changtse peak in Tibet and the Lho La depression can be seen straight ahead. Crossing through several of the glaciers, icefalls, frozen pools of melt water, exposed icy walls and large boulders we finally reach EBC from where trekking ends and mountaineering begins. We descend back to Gorak Shep for the night stay. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek KALA PATTHAR (5545m/18193ft); return trek PHERICHE (4240m/13911ft)
Finally, this is our date with Everest, the climax of the trek. We start after an early breakfast without hurry. Crossing through the wide sandy bed of the dried up lake and steep zigzags we ascend about 100m to have the great view of Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. As the climb begins again, we get a grand view of Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif and finally we climb to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar. It’s a slow tough climb but every meter ascended is rewarded by a bit more of Everest and finally we find ourselves sitting on the Kala Patthar rocks in middle of unbelievable Himalayan Panorama. Now we return downhill which takes much less time. Retracing the way we came up we pass through Gorak Shep, Lobuche and from Dughla, instead of moving towards Dingboche we descend to Pheriche  making our way along Khumbu Khola, for the night stay while being back.  Overnight at guesthouse.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Trek back NAMCHE BAZAR
From Pheriche the trail descends to Tsuro Wog after crossing the bridge across Khumbu Khola and great mountain views. From Tsuro Wog we again start the descending path retracing the way we came up proceeding through Orsho, Shomare and upper Pangboche and finally to a most beautiful place of Tengboche. The Tengboche monastery is Khumbu’s largest gompa. From Tengboche we move towards Phunki Tenga and now descend to Sanasa and Kyangjuma and then finally to Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Trek back LUKLA
Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla retracing the way we came up. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Fly back KATHMANDU
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip.  Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 21 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc.

Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

3 Reviews

  1. avatar
    Karl
    4:16 pm - March 31, 2019 / Reply

    We had awesome trek Starting from Jiri, the route passes through the Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu, on the way we saw beautiful Buddhist monasteries, Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, the trail and famous Tengboche Monastery. Kala Pattar ,from where the southwest face of Everest can be clearly seen, as well as aside Trekking trip to Everest Base Camp. Then we returned back to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu. All went very because of Alpine club of Himalaya.

    5
  2. avatar
    Mel
    4:19 pm - March 31, 2019 / Reply

    Most adventurous and challenging trekking we accomplished. Thank you Alpine and team for your support from the enquires to end.

    5
  3. avatar
    Riccki
    12:27 am - April 18, 2019 / Reply

    Alpine club of Himalaya is highly recommended as they planned our trek well.

    5

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