About Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest region is home to some of the highest mountains in the world. The Everest Base Camp via Jiri involves a lot of hiking from convenient ones to challenging. Throughout the hike, you will get to view the giant peaks, walk through dense forest along with splendid aural sceneries with the glacial rivers, chirping birds.
Jiri, is eight hours drive from Kathmandu, the starting point of your trek at an altitude of 1,905 meters. Jiri is popular for its greenery and it is a lovely place to spend some time before heading up for the trekking. The paths are rugged and quite different than the path that goes from Lukla.
The landscape is amazing and you walk through beautiful Rhododendron forests, waterfalls and also encounter beautiful monasteries on your way. Sherpas, who have been here since time immemorial will escort you to the Everest Base Camp trek. This trekking will be an opportunity for you to get to know the history and their interesting stories relating to the Himalayas.
Enjoying the glorious views of towering mountain peaks including Mt Everest (8848 meters), Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Mt Choyu and other neighboring peaks, you will feel elated.
The highest point of the Jiri Everest Base Camp trek is Kalapathar (5545 meters). From Kalapathar meaning ‘black rock', you get a closeup view of Everest. Kalapathar allows you to get a spectacular view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori and Ama Dablam mountains.
Closely watching the culture of the local people is another exciting part of the Everest Base Camp Trek. There are Sherpas have been living in the Everest Region for generations. There are also Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, and Chhetri. Waking with an inquisitive mind will make your trip more insightful and interesting. The villages in this region are well-facilitated with tea houses and good campsites.
How different is the route from a shorter route to EBC?
Jiri to Everest Base Camp is a long and adventurous trek. This trek requires you to be physically fit and have sound health. The 22 days long Jiri Everest Base Camp demands enough free time so that you are prepared to challenge yourselves with the unpredictability of mountain region during the trek. If you meet all these needful for the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek, you will enjoy your long stay in the Himalayan countryside.
We have consulted the professional mountaineers while designing the itinerary of Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking. Regulus Treks and Expedition makes sure that you get enough time for acclimatization.
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp is the ancient and classical trekking route as it was explored by two renowned personalities Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa during their first expedition to Mt Everest In 1953.
Unlike Lukla to Everest Base Camp hike, in Jiri to Everest Base Camp trekking, you don’t have any flights. Though long, the trek is cost-saving as well as challenging. Here, you need to hike till Lukla, where you reach on the 9th day of the trip.
The trekking route
You will spend the first week in the Solukhumbu region where there are terraced farmlands, dense forest in presence of Dudh Koshi river in the area. The Sherpas are the main resident in these areas. In lower heights, you get a good environment and enough time for conversations with them for more insights while you trek.
After reaching Lukla, you will get the first glimpse of Everest and the neighboring peaks. You walk towards Khumbu valley to make your way towards Everest Base Camp.
The Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek consists of a lot of uphill and downhill hiking. You will pass through a lot of villages watching the diversity of culture in Nepal in the Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri. Accompanied by surrounding landscapes comprising of magnolia and alpine forests. You will enjoy the majestic vistas of the mountains during the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking.
You will wander through Sagarmatha National Park which has rich vegetation of juniper, blue pines, bamboo and rhododendron in the lower region of the Everest Base Camp. As the altitude increases, plants are limited to shrubs, lichens, and mosses. When you reach the height of 5,750 meters, you stop seeing plants as there is permanent snowline in the Himalayas.
The trial connecting Everest Base Camp runs alongside the Khumbu glacier. When you reach the Khumbu, the view of the mountain will turn more distinct with every step.
This trek gives you enough time to have experience the lifestyles of the Nepalis in The Himalayas. This route is less taken by the trekkers. So, you will get less-crowded lodges where you can closely interact with welcoming locals.
When the trail joins to Lukla, the environment will be more lively and vibrant as all the trekkers will gather at the same point. Namche Bazaar will be another destination where you find markets to buy all trekking staff. The village located in an arch-shaped hill is also a viewpoint for mountains including Kwangde, Thamserku, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. From this colorful village, you head up to Tyangboche, where you experience the mesmerizing view of Mount Everest.
Best The season for Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek is possible to round the year. However, the best season begins from February till May. During these months, the weather is dry and its somewhat stable. Another best time is from September to November which is an autumn season in Nepal. During these months, you will be able to do the trekking conveniently.