Everest Classic Trek via Jiri (21 days)

Everest Classic Trek via Jiri (21 days)

Trek start from Jiri into Sagarmatha National Park to Everest is called the classic route to Everest. Jiri (जिरी) is a village development committee in Dolakha District in the Janakpur Zone of north-eastern Nepal, it is the eastern-most terminus of the highway coming from Kathmandu. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 7,138 people living in 1,508 individual households. As the closest road head, Jiri is the trailhead for many treks into the Mount Everest region. Normally people to fly to Lukla directly and start the Everest trek which is 7-8 days shorter than trek to Lukla from Jiri, due to it is not so many trekker go through this way, you can enjoy the peaceful journey as you walk on the lonely planet with all the beautiful view and peaceful people living there.

There is beautiful oriental villages on the way drive to Jeri, crossing of Lamjura pass, you can experience the Magar, Rai and Sherpa culture in Junbesi, visit Tyangboche Monastery, see the Grand mountain views from Kalapatar. You will experience 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.

General Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Jiri Overnight at Jiri Guest House
Day 02: Trek to Shivalaya
Day 03: Trek to Bhandar
Day 04: Trek to Sete
Day 05: Trek to Junbesi
Day 06: Trek to Nunthala
Day 07: Trek to Bupsa    
Day 08: Trek to Chheplung/Phangdingma
Day 09: Trek to Namche
Day 10: Acclimatisation Day in Namche/Excursion.
Day 11: Trek to  Tengboche
Day 12: Trek to Dingboche
Day 13: Acclimatisation  Day in Dingboche
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche
Day 15: Trek to Gorakhshep/Hike to Everest Base Camp
Day 16: Trek to Lobuche after Kalapathar Climbing
Day 17: Trek to Pangboche
Day 18: Trek to Kyangjuma
Day 19: Trek to Namcjhe
Day 20: Trek to Lukla
Day 21: Flight to Kathmandu

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Day 01: Kathmandu to Jiri
In the morning drive about 7 hours from Kathmandu to Jiri. The drive follows through ancient Tibet trade route which is also called Araniko Highway. There are exciting white water rivers, beautiful Flora and Fauna on the way.

Day 02: Jiri to Shivalaya (1810m)
First day of our trek starts  at the end of the rough motorable road in circular Market Jiri. after crossing a stream, the track leaves the road and starts to climb uphill through pine trees to several wooden bhattis(local tavern) at the tiny settlement of Bharkur. We keep climbing to the Mali Danda (2440m), from where there are excellent views of theGaurishanker, Rolwaling peaks. Beyond Mali Danda we descent into the Khimti valley through the sparsely populated Sherpa,Magar,Rai settlement of Mali at 2220m and continue our way to the crossing of the Yelung Khola river at 1860m. After crossing the Khimt  river on another New suspension bridge we will reach Shivalaya (4 hrs).

Day 03: Shivalaya to Bhandar (2250m)
From Shivalaya we start the day with a steep rough uphills towards the pass at Deurali (2730m). On our way to this pass we will cross numerous streams and walk through the villages of Sangba Danda (2180m), Kharubas (2330m) and Mahabhir (2590m). From Deurali pass we steeply descent on stone steps through fields and pastures to Bhandar, where we will spend the night. Bhandar is an interesting Mixed Ethnic Village where the people still have pride of accommodating and entertaining several Expedition groups back in 1980’s (5 hrs).

Day 04: Bhandar to Sete (2520m)
From the village square at Bhandar the trail descents and ascends several times through the lower terraces of the multiethnic farmer’s settlement then we pass the small settlements of Doharpa and Baranda before we cross the Thado Khola river on a new suspension bridge at 1480m. As we follow the east bank of the river we climb towards Kenja (1600m), a headquarter inhabited by Newars and Magars. As we leave Kenja we start to ascent steeply towards Chimbu (2170m) where there are chances to see Himalayan Monkeys and continue on towards Sete where we will spend the night (7 hrs).

Day 05: Sete to Junbesi (2580m)
We will go through the original sherpa villages wisdely known as Sherpa Land and starts by climbing from Sete to the top of the 3570m high Lamjura Pass. The trail is scenic and varied through forests of rhododendron, magnolia, maple and birch. This section of the trail is also well known for spotting birds like sunbirds, minavets, flycatchers, laughing thruses and many others. Lamjura Pass is the highest point on the trek between Jiri and Namche Bazaar and is marked by a triangle of Prayer stones and prayer flags.Here we see the total destination we eill heading to experience the Classic Sir Edmund Hillary group started. On the eastern side of the pass the route descents steeply for about 400m through fragrant fir and hemlock forests and then levels out passing the small village of Tragdobuk (2830m). Continuing our way down we will arrive in Junbesi, a splendid Sherpa village amid beautifull surroundings (6 hrs).

Day 06: Junbesi to Nunthala (2200m)
Leaving Junbesi in the morning we cross the Besi Khola river and climb steeply uphill, contouring above the houses to the end of the ridge. From here we have excellent views of Everest, Thamserku (6608m), Kantega (6779m) and Mera Peak (6654m). This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks in the foreground seem to dwarf the higher, more distant mountains. After passing the Ringmo river, the trail ascends to Ringmo village, with its abundant fruit orchards. Beyond Ringmo we climb to the Takshindu La pass (3071m), where we can see the isolated monastery of Takshindu, a superb example of Sherpa architecture. We now descent through forests of conifer and rhododendron, passing shepherds’ huts and bhattis alongside the trail until we reach Nunhala (6 hrs).

Day 07: Nunthala to Bupsa
From Nunthala the descent continues to the Dudh Kosi (Milky River) and cross this river using a long suspension bridge (1510m). Our trek then climbs out of the river valley through fields of barley, wheat and corn to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680m). We continue to climb up a ridge to a Sherpa village named Khari Khola (2010m). Beyond this village we climb past some water driven mills to Bupsa (5 hrs).

Day 08: Bupsa to Chheplung (2570m)
Our trek today starts with a gentle climb, passing the village of Kharte and continues on through forests inhabited by monkeys. From this part of the trek we can admire views of Cho Oyu (8153m). We keep climbing the ridge till we reach the teashop on Khari La pass at 2840m. From the pass, the trail descents into the deep canyon of Poyan Khola. After crossing this river on a wooden bridge we reach the small settlement of Poyan (2770m). The trail climbs up and down for about an hour after Poyan to a ridge that offers a good view of the Khumbu region and then descents 500m towards Surkhe (2290m). Continuing our trail upwards again, we climb through a jumble of boulders, passing some wonderful mani walls until we reach the village of Chheplung (6 hrs)

Day 09: Chheplung to Namche Bazaar(3450m)
After leaving Chheplung we will cross the Thado Kosi river on a suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), ahead the trail, which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Thado  Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat  Village (2790m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding. From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs with the views of Holy Khumbhila of Everest Region. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m).We will encounter lots of brave porters and Yaks on the way up and down with lots of Loads in their back for the supply.It is ages old system of transportation here because of the difficult difficult topography. After crossing this river  we will be walking right side of the river for nearly and hour before we cross another suspension bridge above the junction of Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi river.Then we have nearly three hours gradual and steep uphills viewing Mt Everest,Lhotse and Taboche in the clear day to the Capital of the Everest Region through(3465m) pine, conifers,birch, rhododendron forests. Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants.Namche Bazar gets weekly big market on Friday and Saturday where all Mountain tribes gather around to supply 30% foodstuffs for the area carried by porters and in animal(Jokpe-hybrid of local cow and the yak back) 6 hrs.

Day 10: Acclimatisation Day in Namche
Today we rest in Namche for the Acclimatisation Excursion.It is important before proceeding higher.We can do various activities in this important place to give your body time to acclimatize and rest well.After BreakfastWe take you up to the highest airstrip of the World Syangboche airstrip(3790m) after an hour scenic uphills.You start enjoying Amadablam,Thamserku, Kwangde,Kusum Kangru while you are walking up.To see further exciting views we take you to the Everest View Hotel.On the way you start enjoying mighty Everest and more and the time in View Hotel(3890m) gives you the day’s fun.Having couple of drinks we descend  down Namche to have Lunch and rest for couple hours.In the midday our guide takes you to the Sagarmatha Museum inside Army Barrack to know interesting things of the Everest Region. After the couple of climb high sleep low activites make you feel a lot better in the further higher up trekking days.  We suggest you to drink plenty of fluids henceforward to rehydrate yourself(4 hrs).

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
Our route  today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kyangjuma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Tanga (3250m) where you liked the water driven prayer wheels making continuous sweet natural melody. From here the trail climbs steeply through  rhododendron forests  as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m.On the way up one would be lucky to see the wild Himalayan Thar(goat). The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the worlds most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche  Monastery village (5 hrs).

Day 12: Tengboche to Dingboche (4345m)
From Tengboche we start our day by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Dibuche. From here the level trail passes many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja Khola river the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche (3901m). This is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu  once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross Imjatse  river and arrive in Dingboche, which is a labyrinth of walls and pastures.Dingboche is the valley made by Imjatse river that flows down from the Island peak.This is the best valley to be to feel just in the lap of the beautiful Mountain Amadablam,Kantega and other peaks. (5 hrs).

Day 13: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
The most important thing  to acclimatise in high altitudes is a slow ascent. Therefore it is imperative that we spend an additional night at Dingboche to aid the acclimatisation process. A good way to spend the day is to hike to the Nzagazong Parbat to the hight of 5000m from where the views are just marvellous. From here we have majestic  views of Island Peak (6189m), therehearsal trekking peak, south face of Lothse and the giant of Ama Dablam,Mt. Makalu(8030m). After enjoying the views here we return back to Dingboche (4 hrs). 

Day 14: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

From Dingboche the trail goes directly up the meadow facing the Lobuche east and west Peaks and up after an hour walk  the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about an hour to the memorial area known as Chukpilhara, which was build in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing expedition on Everest. From here the trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer settlement at 4930m that has become a major trekking stop. The sunset on Nuptse, seen from here, is a memorable sight(4hrs).

Day 15: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5200m)

The first section of today’s trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascents gently through meadows besides the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5545m), meaning ‘black rock’. The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a 4 hours return walk from Gorak Shep. We will return to this small settlement after our visit to the base camp (6 hrs).

Day 16: Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4930m)
After an early morning rise we will start our day by climbing the Kala Pattar (5550m). This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route. We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descent to Lobuche (6 hrs).

Day 17: Lobuche to Pangboche (4360m)
We go to Pangboche  retracing our steps back to Dughla, and then go straight down the hill crossing the Khumbu Glacier from the bridge to reach a valley trail. Here is Pheriche which is als o known as the meadow for Yak and Nak and chances to see quiet yak calves.You have panoramic views from here are Lobuche Peak, Chola Pass, Amadablam on the way back.From here it’s another one hour to villages trail before we cross Khumbhu glacier again to walk up to join the Imjatse River  where you can see the way you went up.We get to Pangboche via Sommare. Pangboche is in the scenic distance of Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest, Tawoche etc.Here we choose one of the guest house owned by Everest Summitteer. (5 hrs).

Day 18: Pangboche  to Kyangjuma (3650m)
The trek start of the day from Pangboche is walking along the Imjatse River and upto the deep forest of Tyangboche Monastery.Here we can take break for the Tea and walking around the Historic Monastery.Monastery meadow provides surrounding Mountain Panorama.From here  descents  down through Rhododendron forest encountering Himalayan Thar, to water driven Prayer wheel at Phungitangha then crosses the river on a suspension bridge and climbs to rejoin the upward trail at some stone huts through the rhododendron forest, birch trees, juniper etc to beautifully located Kyangjuma Hotel where you will enjoy the Mountains you wanted to see for long time. (5 hrs).

Day 19: Kyangjuma to Namche Bazaar

Today we have another walking tours into the Khumjung valley where is the glory of Sherpas and the Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust Foundation. Khumjung valley is in the lap of Holy Mountain Khumbhila. Then we walk upto the Syangboche Airstrip via first School of Khumbhu region and drop down to Capital of Everest to get relax, for souvenir, drinks etc (3:30 hrs).

Day 20: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

From Namche, we will descent steeply back to the Dudh Kosi river and continue our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. It is a long walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, but we are probably all in good shape by now. The trail then continues back towards Lukla, where we  spend our last  night lightly partying with guide and porters (7 hrs).

Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu
From Lukla take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu.

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