Jiri to Everest Base Camp via Kalapatthar Trek

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Trip Overview

The Jiri to Everest Base Camp via Kalapatthar trek is also an awe-inspiring journey that encapsulates the majestic beauty of the Himalayas and the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal. Starting from the charming town of Jiri, the trail winds through lush rhododendron forests, picturesque Sherpa villages, and terraced farmlands, offering a glimpse into the local way of life. As trekkers ascend towards the iconic Everest Base Camp, the landscape also evolves, revealing breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, including the world's highest, Mount Everest. The highlight of the trek is the vantage point of Kalapatthar, which rewards adventurers with a panoramic spectacle of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other towering giants. The route also encompasses significant cultural sites, like the Tengboche Monastery, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in Buddhist traditions and rituals. The journey is not only a physical challenge but also a spiritual and cultural experience. Throughout the trek, accommodations range from teahouses in local villages to tents at the base camp. Trekkers interact with friendly locals, savor traditional Nepali cuisine, and witness the unyielding spirit of the Sherpa people. The Jiri to Everest Base Camp via Kalapatthar trek demands endurance, acclimatization, and a sense of wonder. It embodies the essence of adventure, encapsulating the allure of the Himalayas, the warmth of Nepalese hospitality, and the profound sense of accomplishment that comes with standing at the foot of the world's tallest peak.

Trip Highlights

  • Follow the footprints of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
  • Enjoy the authentic local foods and local lifestyle from the very beginning of your trek
  • Discover the whole valley of the Everest region spending at the pastures, yak farms, and glaciers
  • Enjoy the sunset and sunrise views of the Himalayas every day
  • Hike to Kalapathar, the highest point of the trek
  • Reach EBC and be thankful to yourself and enjoy every moment of your achievement
  • Explore the local lifestyle, foods, and tradition
  • Visit ancient monasteries, museums,s and art galleries during the trek to the local villages
  • Scenic view on way to Jiri
  • Pristine terraced farmlands, Himalayan scenery, and the beautiful Dudh Koshi River
  • Alpine forests, ice-cold rivers, astonishing rhododendron, and pine forests
  • Magnificent mountains, high passes, attractive monasteries
  • Plentiful time to spend on the extended pastures, yak farms, glaciers, and adequate time to acclimatize en route


Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel

Representative from Friendship World Treks pick up you from International airport and transfer to Hotel. If you get time, we will discuss about your trip and check your trekking gears. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel

After your breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you to sightseeing at UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire (Old King palace with arts and architecture), Boudhanath Stupa (Biggest Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple). Come back to hotel and final preparation of your trekking.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhandar via Jiri. Overnight at Local tea house

Today we take an early morning drive to Jiri. It is 187 km to Jiri via mountain road.From Jiri, we continue driving to Bhandara. Enjoy the views of Kosi River and panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa.

Day 04: Trek Bhandar to Sete(2575m - 6/7 hrs) Overnight at tea house

Descend the trail from Bhandar through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda. Climb through the forests winding down to the Surma Khola. Continue to Likhu Khola Valley. Another steep ascent to Chimbu and continuing further we finally reach at Sete.

Day 05: Trek Sete to Junbesi(2670 m - 6/7 hrs) via Lamjura pass (3,530m) Overnight at tea house

Today our walk leads to a gradual climb passing through few small scattered farm houses and tea houses through the beautiful rhododendron forest, reaching at Lamjura Pass, which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends through the forest and emerges after one and half hrs at Taktor. Traverse on the north side of the valley round a notch before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for an overnight stop.

Day 06: Trek Junbesi to Nunthala (2220m - 6 hrs) Overnight at tea house

Trekking trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge there is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill. This trail turns north, descending through Salung. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards north east. We follow the shepherds’ huts and the hidden route in dense forest with several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala .

Day 07: Trek Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 m - 5/6 hrs. Overnight at tea house

From Nunthala our path descent which continues to the Dudhkoshi River Bridge and the trail lead through terraced fields and yards of houses. Walk continues through forests then climb on the terraces to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1,667m). From Jubing the path took us a slow climb to the village around a ridge, and continues to the village of Khari Khola to push on up the steep hill to Bupsa.

Day 08: Trek Bupsa to Surke (2290m - 5/6 hrs) Overnight at tea house

The trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uhill climb takes us to Khari La pass. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Descend to Puiyan and go through the ups and downs to Surke.

Day 09: Trek Surke to Phakding(2,652m - 4/5 hrs) Overnight at tea house

From Surke, our trail climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail moves down to Phakding. Phakding is the main village where lots of trekkers from Lukla arrive to continue there trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Day 10: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house

After your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.

Day 11: Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight

It is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh

Day 12: Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house

We trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas

Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house

Trekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields.

Day 14: Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight at tea house

It is good to have acclimatized here before you reach at Everest Base Camp. Instead of staying inactively, we make hiking around the valley. We climb up behind the valley. It is good view of some 8000 miter Himalayas and several other climbing peaks. Instead of hiking long, we back to lodge and take rest for tomorrow’s ascent.

Day 15: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house

It is short hiking at high altitude. We start after your breakfast in Dingboche. After walking around three hours in wide valley we reach at Duglha. You’re walking than reach some tough ascending. You may feel hard to breathe as it is thinner air in high altitude. You will reach Lobuche. Lobushe is small settlement with fewer tea houses only. You have to be prepared with chilly night.

Day 16: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight.

Day of reaching at base camp of highest peak of the earth, you are at the day of reaching your dream. It is better to start trekking as earlier as possible after your breakfast. The trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is not hard but it is continuously ascending and descending at glacier rocky trail. Everest base Camp is extremely beautiful. Panaromic Mountains including Everest is surroundings. We will come up to near from Khumbu Glacier and see icefall from slopes of Mount Everest. We than come back to Gorakhshep for our overnight

Day 17: Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house

We prepare with our small bag with hot drinking water and some nuts. It is about one and half hours climbing. When we start, it is dark and chilly. Get sunrise view and panoramic mountain views which is probably the best view ever in this trekking. We come down to Gorakhshep and have breakfast. Hike back to Pheriche for overnight.

Day 18: Trek Pheriche to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea house

All the way down hill from Pheriche to Phunki Thanga. We can choose either Tengboche or Phunki thanga for our lunch. Small ascend involve after phunki Thanga to the top. Again an hour downhill reach Namche. You can feel more relax at Namche having nice walking soundings. Namche is having some of the goods cafes, shops and restaurants

Day 19: Trek Namche to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house

Today is quite long walking down and flat land. It is same way back as we crossed Jorsalle, Manjo, Benkar, Phakding and other small villages on the way. From Jorsalle we cross area of Everest National park. Enjoy your walking with several suspension bring over Dhudhkoshi river.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Fly early in the morning from Lukla to Kathmandu. You can view Scenic Mountain and green hills from tiny flight. Drive from Kathmandu domestic airport and check in hotel. Nepal Highland Treks invite you to have together dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant. Share your experience of Everest Base camp trekking.

Day 21: An extra day in Kathmandu. Relax or choose your activities!

A reserve day in Kathmandu is for relaxing after your long days trekking. You still can choose some other activities around Kathmandu valley. Otherwise you have good walking around Thamel to have shopping souvenirs for your relative and friends.

Day 22: Departure and farewell

It is normally to be at international airport 3 hours before your flight time. It only takes 20 minutes drive to reach Airport from Thamel. We manage transportation for your final departure.

Price Includes

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

Price Excludes

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

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