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Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking - Classic Route
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Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking – Classic Route

Taking rest after long day walk

An Everest Base Camp Trek with a twist! This itinerary starts from lower altitudes, at Jiri. This is the original classic route to Everest base camp before the opening of the airport in Lukla.

This path has been walked by the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norge Sherpa and many other budding mountaineers. The route dates back to the 1950s and heads eastbound through lush green vegetation to the Lamjura La and Thaksindo before following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

As this route begins at a lower altitude than the other routes to base camp starting in Lukla, trekkers usually adapt to the increasing altitude better as they have more time and there is a slow and steady climb up to higher altitudes. The trek eventually joins the more popular route from Lukla and continues on to the lively and vibrant hillside town of Namche Bazar, which offers stupendous views of Kwangde, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. It then heads up to the beautiful site of Tyangboche where you will experience mesmerizing, panoramic views, before climbing on to Everest Base Camp itself, leaving you feeling literally on top of the world!

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Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!

Activities: We will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Bustling Thamel, an array of restaurants, bars and shops.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 2: Meeting with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trek and Kathmandu sightseeing.

Highlights: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Kathmandu 3 star hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Jiri and on to Bhandar.

Hours of driving: 7.

Elevation reached: 1955m in Jiri and 2190m in Bhandar.

Highlights: An experience on a Nepali local bus!
What’s to see?: The quaint village of Jiri tucked away, deep in a valley.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 4: Sete.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 2645m at Sete, 1630m at Kinja.

Terrain: Well defined paths through the forest. Starts with a descent before a gradual ascent to Sete.

Views on offer: Terraced hills and distant mountains.

Highlights: Colourful rhododendron trees and traditionally dressed, local people.

What’s to see?: Traditional houses in quaint villages, farmers, cultivating the land.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 5: Junbensi.

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 2675m at Junbensi, 3530m at Lamjura Bhanjyang

Terrain: Dirt tracks, stone steps. A long ascent followed by a descent to Junbensi.

Views on offer: Farmland, terraced hills.

Highlights: Pretty, traditional villages, quiet trekking trails.What’s to see?: The local village of Tragbuk, local traders and farmers.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 6: Nunthala.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2440m at Nunthala, 3071m at Taksindhu.

Terrain: A couple of steep ascents and some gentle descents along dirt and rocky tracks and some stone steps.

Views on offer: Mount Everest and the surrounding snow capped peaks.

Highlights: Your first sight of Everest!

What’s to see?: Traditional villages, the Ringmo Khola, local Sherpa people.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 7: Khari Khola.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2200m.

Terrain: Riverbank track, gradual ascents and descents.

Views on offer: SurroundingHimalayas, farmland.

Highlights: A nice gentle trail today amidst green hills and a fast flowing river.

What’s to see?: A Yeti scalp in the Pangboche Gompa, the fast flowing waters of the Imja Khola, sacred mani stone walls.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 8: Puiyan.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4940m.

Terrain: Steep inclines, a ridge trail to the Pass and some gentle descents over dirt and rocky tracks.

Views on offer: Distant Himalayan Peak and terraced hills.

Highlights: Khari La Pass. The scenic descent into Puiyan

What’s to see?: The Dudh Kosi Canyon visable from The Khari La Pass, the Khari Khola River.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 9: Phakding

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2646m

Terrain: A rocky climb to a ridge, dirt tracks descending and ascending through fields.

Views on offer: You are closer to the mountains now so there are some pretty amazing views of the Himalayas to be had along with lush, green hills and houses perched along the hillside.

Highlights: Following the banks of the river with its abundant vegetation.

What’s to see?: The airstrip at Lukla from a ridge opposite Puiyan, terraced fields.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 10: Namche Bazaar.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Rocky and dirt tracks, stone steps, mostly uphill, gradual with some steep inclines.

Views on offer: Spectacular approaching views of Namche Bazaar, snow capped peaks and the river valley.

Highlights: The colourful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the high Himalaya and crossing some impressive suspension bridges over the river valley.

What’s to see?: The milky waters of the Dudh Kosi River, thick rhododendron, magnolia and fir tree forests, herds of yaks carrying supplies.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 11: The world’s highest hotel, Khumjung Village and back to Namche Bazaar. (Acclimatization day.)

Hours walking: 4.

Difficulty: Easy – moderate.

Elevation reached: 3962m at Mountain View Hotel, 3790m at Khumkung.

Terrain: Hilly, grassy trails, some steep inclines and flat tracks.

Views on offer: Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam.

Highlights: A pretty spectacular view of Everest!

What’s to see?: Khumjung Edmund Hillary School, Sherpa museum, shops and markets around Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 12: Tyangboche.

Hours of walking: 5

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m.

Terrain: River bank path, some steep inclines, some flat and some short descents.

Views on offer: Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest.

Highlights: Tyangboche monastery, magnificent panoramic views from Tyangboche.

What’s to see?: The Lamas and Monks in the stunning Tyangboche Monastery, ornate wall hangings and a 20 foot statue of Lord Buddha.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 13: Dingboche.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4360m.

Terrain: Rocky uphill tracks, stone steps, a gentle riverbank trail.

Views on offer: Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam.

Highlights: The beautiful location of Dingboche under Ama Dablam, the mountain views from your teahouse.

What’s to see?: A Yeti scalp in the Pangboche Gompa, the fast flowing waters of the Imja Khola, sacred mani stone walls.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 14: Lobuche.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 4940m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines and rocky tracks where you will need to scramble for a short time.

Views on offer: The Khumbu Icefall and Pumori amongst other beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Highlights: Reaching the top of a steep incline for breathtaking panoramic views amongst Buddhist chortens.

What’s to see?: Memorial sight for people who sadly lost their lives attempting to summit Everest, traditional Sherpa houses.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 15: Everest Base Camp and Gorak Shep.

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult/strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5300m at Base Camp and 5170m at Gorak Shep.

Terrain: Uneven, ridge tracks, rocky, uphill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Too many to mention! You will be surrounded by an icy wonderland, get your cameras at the ready!

Highlights: Congratulations, you made it! You reached the base camp to the highest mountain in the world.

What’s to see?: You may see a group of mountaineers preparing to attempt an Everest summit. Sunset views from your Gorak Shep teahouse.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 16: Kala Patthar and Pheriche.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Strenuous.

Elevation reached: 5545m at Kala Patthar, 4270m at Pheriche.

Terrain: Steep, rocky climb to Kala Patthar and a gentle descent over rocky and some well defined paths to Pheriche.

Views on offer: Everest and the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: The most spectacular, panoramic views from the top of Kala Patthar.

What’s to see?: Sunrise from 5545m amidst a mountain wonderland, simply amazing.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 17: Phortse.

Hours of walking: 5.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation reached: 3810m.

Terrain: Hilly downhill and flat trails.

Views on offer: Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Highlights: The decrease in altitude and lush greenery.

What’s to see?: The traditional village of Pangboche and traditional Sherpa houses.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 18: Namche Bazaar.

Hours of Walking: 5.

Difficulty: Easy to difficult.

Elevation reached: 3440m.

Terrain: Steep descents, stone steps, rocky trails and grassland

Views on offer: The River Valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance.

Highlights: Returning to this vibrant Sherpa town.

What’s to see?: Check out the local markets, bars and restaurants.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 19: Lukla.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: moderate.

Elevation reached: 2840m.

Terrain: By the banks of the river, stone steps and some descents and last ascents up to Lukla.

Views on offer: The glistening river amidst a mountain backdrop.

Highlights: Last day of walking in the Khumbu region. Well done, you completed your trip!

What’s to see: Thick forests, an array of birds and some final views of the mountains.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 20: Flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights: Another breathtaking airplane ride on a twin-engine otter amidst the mighty Himalayas.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Free time!

Highlights: Time to shop, relax, get a massage.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22: Departure

Goodbye and farewell from Nepal!

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Cost Include(s)

  • International airport arrival/departure transfers.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour with entrance fees.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • An English speaking Guide and required number of Porters (1 for 2 people basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare
  • Required trekking area entry permits.
  • Mosaic adventure duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use during the trek (on request)
  • Government imposed taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc.,
  • All kind of beverages.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters but not mandatory)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.
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22 Days Streneous
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