Everest Grand Tour (Jiri To EBC) Trek
Everest Jiri Trek, although relatively easy compared to some of other treks, takes you up high along trails to Tengboche Monastery (3850m). This is a short trek but very scenic trek offers really superb view of the world痴 highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and other many snowy peaks.
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip in the Khumbu region and trek up to Namche Bazar, Tyangboche (famous for its monastery) and into the Khumjung village, a very nice settlement of Sherpas people. This trek is a great introduction to Sherpa country and its culture with great mountain views, a very popular destination for first time trekkers in Nepal. This trek is best suited for those who do not have enough time for longer treks into the high mountains.
Kathmandu drive to Jiri(1905m/5768ft) – 6 hour.
Jiri to Shivalaya(1767m/5350ft) – 5:30 hours
Shivalaya to Bhandar(2194m/ 6507ft) – 5:30 hours
Bhandar to Sete(2573m/ 7791ft) – 6 hours
Sete to Junbensi(2675m/ 8099ft) – 6 hours
Junbensi to Taksindo(2971m/ 8996) – 5 hours
Taksindo to Khari khola (2050m/ 6207ft) – 5:30 hours
Khari Khola to Payu(2939m/ 8899ft) – 6 hours
Payu to Phakding (2610mtrs/8563ft) 5 hours.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m/11286ft).
We continue our trek heading towards Namche Bazaar, which is at an altitude of 3535m. 5:30 hours
Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatise and adjust to the thinning air. As well as a short trek there is a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people to visit. More importantly, from here you will get the first proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains, the day allows time to observe and reflect the journey ahead. 5 hours.
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3860m/12664ft)
We trek to an altitude of 3850m today. On reaching Tengboche your guide will tell you about the local monastery situated here. The group will be taken to observe the prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went. 5:30 hours
Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft)
Our trek continues to climb as we head to the altitude of 4310m taking our time so not to be affected by the thinning air. 5:30 hours
Our second acclimatisation day includes a visit to the nearby Chhukung Valley where the group will be taken to Chhukung Ri (5546m). This point offers fantastic views of the fifth highest mountain Makalu. After appreciating the surrounding scenery we trek back to our camp in Dingboche, relaxing in the evening. 5 hours
Dingboche to Lobuje(4910m/16108ft).
Today our trek climbs to 4910m. 5:30 hoursDay 16 Lobuje to Gorak Shep (5153m/16906ft). 4 hours
Lobuje to Gorak Shep (5153m/16906ft). 4 hours
Back to Gorak Shep. Leaving camp early we trek up to the Base Camp where many explorers have begun their attempts at scaling the world’s highest mountain. After absorbing the achievement of reaching this point and taking photographic evidence we descend back to Gorak Shep where we overnight. 5 hours
Everest Base Camp(5363m/17595ft)
and back to Gorak Shep. Leaving camp early we trek up to the Base Camp where many explorers have begun their attempts at scaling the world’s highest mountain. After absorbing the achievement of reaching this point and taking photographic evidence we descend back to Gorak Shep where we overnight. 5 hours
Hiking up Kalapathar(5545m/18192ft)
Overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). From our base at Gorak Shep we continue to climb this time hiking up Kalapathar. Leaving as early as possible to take advantage of the morning light, the panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, as we reach our destination of the Kalapathar viewpoint. Following this we descend to Zongla (4710m). 6 hours
Zongla to Thagna(4500m/14764ft)
Via the Chola-la cross(5420m/17782ft). We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la (5483m) crossing over and descending once more to Thagna (4500m). 5:30 hours
Trek to Gokyo(4790m/15715ft). Today takes the trek to our final destination, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights.
Gokyo to Gokyo peak(5410m/17749ft).
Our day begins with a steep climb to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m). Despite the early start all those who attempt this will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views. Overlooking the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and taking in the panoramic views of the whole Khumbu Himalayas. See the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). Take time to enjoy the views or for the more adventurous explore the glacier and Gokyo peak before returning to the camp early afternoon. 4 hours
Descend to Namche Bazaar via Dole(4210m/13812ft). Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through Dole (4200m) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3440m).
( We arrive back into Namche Bazaar early afternoon allowing time to explore and reflect on the trek just completed. 9 hours)
Namche Bazaar to Phakding(2610m/8563ft). Continuing our descent we overnight in Phakding. 4 hours
Phakding to Lukla(2840m/9318ft).
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began what seems a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part.
Lukla to Kathmandu.
After Breakfast. We will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. The planes leave at 7:30 am and takes 35 minutes.
Check-list of personal equipment:
– Good standard trekking boots
– Camping shoes/thongs
– Down Jacket
– Trekking trousers
– Shorts (both casual and for treks)
– Swim wear
– Sun Hat
– Woollen Hat
– Nylon Windbreaker
– Strong Rucksack
– Sleeping Bag
– Water Bottle
– Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
– Toilet paper
– Sun block
– Travel Towel
– Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
– Camera & lenses
– Memory cards
– GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
– Book/music player/pack of cards
– A plastic bag for waste
– Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
1. Arrival/departure transfers
2. 3 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
3. Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with tour guide, entrance fees
4. Domestic flight/ground transportation as per the program, airport transfer
5. Lodge accommodations and all meals during the trek, Down jacket, sleeping bag
6. Cost for a first Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide and Porter
7. Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
8. All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits
9. All government and local taxes where applicable.
10. Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
1. International airfare and Nepal visa fee
2. Excess baggage charges with domestic flight
3. Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
4. Emergency rescue and medical expenses
5. Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
6. Tips for the trekking crew
7. Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.