The majority of people trekking to Everest Base camp fly in to Lukla for the experience. For those looking to better acclimate to the conditions and build up stamina the preferable alternative is to start out from Phaplu.
The trek starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu or private car/jeep. Although the trail from into Sagarmatha National Park is referred to as the classic route to Everest, the original trailhead began at Kathmandu — what an adventure that must have been! All early Everest expeditions including the Hunt expedition with Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary passed through same route, hence its reputation as the gateway to the region, giving trekkers taking the route a sense of following in the footsteps of climbing history.
The hike from Phaplu to Lukla passes through a region that is blissfully free of the trekking numbers generally associated with the trails further north. The trek commences by heading out to Traksindu pass and climbs steadily to Lamjura Bhanjyang (3530m) before dropping down again to the crossing of Dudh Koshi east of Nunthala. The route encompasses a wide range of scenery and vegetation, from the verdant forests and patchwork of crops and terraced fields in the lowlands to passes such as Taksindu La Lamjura pass 3530m and Kari La 3145m all of which help to steadily build up conditioning and stamina for the trials ahead. By the time the trail leads into Lukla trekkers taking the Jiri option should be in fine fettle to tackle the main trailhead and better acclimated for the higher sections of the journey.
The trek then heads into Sagarmatha National Park and on towards Namche, where the landscapes take on a more dramatic turn as the towering presence of Everest and Lhotse take on more significance with each passing day, with surrounding peaks such as Nuptse, Kantega and the ever-impressive Amadablam adding their own touch to the stunning panorama. We call in at Tengboche monastery along the way, the obligatory stopping point for many a famous expedition seeking the blessing of the lama before taking on the perilous slopes of the world's highest peak. Everest Base Camp (5364m) finally greets us with the breathtaking climb to its perch below the famous mountain, with the stunning views from Kala Patthar nearby to add even more wonder to the experience.
Trekking in the region is a once in a lifetime experience for many visitors, with Everest as the chief goal thanks to its dramatic scenery, the famed Sherpas and their deeply rooted Buddhist beliefs, and the experience of walking through a timeless land that's a living museum to Himalayan climbing, with Everest itself as the jewel of the exhibits.
Let Nepal Trekking Experts be the ones to guide you in via the Jiri route, with options such as the challenging Everest Three Passes or Gokyo Valley trek available to further extend the adventure. Our staffs are ready and waiting to discuss the variations, so please feel free to get in touch for further information.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m, 11 hrs)
Day 04: Phaplu to Nuntala (2345m, 7 hrs)
Day 05: Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194m, 6 hrs)
Day 06: Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m, 6 hrs)
Day 07: Puiyan to Phakding (2652m, 6 hrs)
Day 08: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6hrs).
Day 09: Acclimatize day in Namche.
Day 10: Namche to Tengboche (3870m, 6 hrs)
Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 6 hrs)
Day 12: Another acclimatize day.
Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).
Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Gorak Shep.
Day 15: Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5545m, 2 hrs), then descend to Pheriche (4280m, 5/6 hrs).
Day 16: Pheriche to Namche(3440m, 7hrs).
Day 17: Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7hrs).
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight then enjoy with final shopping, drinks, meal etc.
Day 19: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own
Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation and sightseeing
Our journey begins with the long drive to Phaplu, the traditional starting point for treks into the Khumbu region in years gone by. From Phaplu we hit the trail for a brief hike through forest and along a series of stone steps to Nunthala, our first rest top on the trek, imagining along the way what it must have been like for the first post war expeditions using the route.
We cross the Ringmu village to start the day, then climb onwards and up through a scenic landscape that gives us our first real taste of the Himalayan experience before us, including the classic trekking peak of Mera relatively close at hand. The path continues at the pass of Trakshindu La, with a serenely sited monastery nearby, before descending down a tree-lined pathway to the village of Nunthala.
After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River the trail leads on through forested slopes and Sherpa outposts until we reach Khari Khola via a suspension bridge and rest there for the night.
A challenging hike today leads us away from Khari Khola and along an undulating trail through the picturesque valley that gradually eases us up towards the village of Puiyan.
The day's journey begins with a hike to Chaurikharka, our meeting point with the main trail towards the Everest region from Lukla. Our advantage from all the others making their way along the trail is that we will have given our body’s ample opportunity to acclimate to the altitude and maximize our chances of making it to Everest Base Camp without any issues.
Our day starts by following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing over the Edmund Hillary suspension bridge, then heading towards Sagarmatha National Park and the checkpoint at Monjo. The path ascends markedly until it eventually leads us into Namche Bazaar, the regional capital for the Sherpa district.
A rest day to allow the body to acclimate to the high altitude conditions. Namche is perfect for the situation, as there's plenty to do in the scenic town including visiting Khunde Hospital, the local medical facility set up through Edmund Hillary's charitable work in the area, taking in the panoramas from Everest View Hotel, visiting the Sherpa Cultural Museum, or hiking up to Khumjung Valley and its monastery, complete with the display of its famous Yeti scalp.
The trail leads away from Namche Bazaar through a series of small villages and a suspension bridge en route to Phunki Tenga, and then climbs through a series of switchbacks and dense rhododendron forests to Tengboche. The village is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region, and justly known for its long association with mountaineering expeditions to the area.
The day begins by descending gradually through more woodland until we cross another suspension bridge and climb steadily towards Pangboche and Sumare, the formidable presence of Amadablam keeping us company all the way. Mani walls and a monastery greet our arrival in Dingboche, Lhotse, Island Peak and other mountains adding their own stunning profiles to the view.
Another mandatory rest day, with hikes to Chhukung Ri, Nangar Dzong, or Dolma Ri providing ample opportunities to bask in the glorious panoramas of each viewpoint.
With plenty of rest from the previous day our bodies are fully prepared for the next stretch towards Thugla, where we pass numerous cairns and monuments dedicated to the many Sherpas and climbers who have perished on Everest's slopes. Further along on the trail through the barren terrain we come to Khumbu glacier at the foot of the famous mountain and marvel at the terrible beauty and chaos of the inexorable mass of ice. The day finishes up with our arrival at the jumble of buildings that make up the remote human outpost of Lobuche.
Our trek reaches its climax today with the much-anticipated arrival at Everest Base Camp, truly one of the most memorable experiences in Nepal. The morning is spent traversing Khumbu Glacier and heading to Gorak Shep, where we typically pause for a well-deserved meal and the extraordinary views before heading out again for the journey's reward, our arrival at the historic base camp, temporary home through the decades to some of the most legendary figures in the annals of mountaineering. After pausing to drink in the astonishing spectacle, and perhaps view the latest expeditions mounting their challenge, we reluctantly turn around and make our way back to Gorak Shep for our night's rest.
Everest may not be in our reach but Kala Patthar is on hand to give added meaning to the visit via unmatched views of the entire Khumbu basin and a sense of accomplishment in scaling the peak. After returning for breakfast and to retrieve our trekking gear we hit the trail once more for the pronounced descent to Pheriche.
Though the trail is a familiar one the hike to Namche Bazaar provides a different perspective on the scenery, as well as the more relaxed journey that comes from a gradual descent.
Our final day on the trail, easing back to Lukla along the Dudhi Koshi and its suspension bridges. Once at Lukla we can finally throw off our backpacks, take a relaxing shower, and sit back to savor the heady accomplishment of making it to the foot of Everest.
After breakfast we take a flight to Kathmandu where you'll have enough time to savor the city's treasure's one last time before getting together for a farewell dinner with friends before departure.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.