Jiri to Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek of a lifetime, following the same route trekked by all legendary mountaineers to get to Everest Base Camp. This three-week journey was the only Trek to Everest Base Camp before the airstrip at Lukla was built. The thrill of watching a distant Everest and other mountains slowly grow into towering giants with each passing day is one of the highlights of the Jiri to Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek.
Jiri Everest Treks offers a chance to explore the whole Solukhumbu region with the added incentive of following in the footsteps of mountaineering heroes of the Himalayas. The trek is also popularly known as the Classic Everest Trek due to the history involved with the trek.
The famous trek to Everest Base Camp, the serene and tranquil Gokyo Lakes, and treacherous climb of Cho La Pass, the terraced fields of the villages at lowlands, contrasting culture and lifestyles of various ethnic groups makes Jiri to Gokyo Everest Base Camp Trek one of the best treks in the country. Starting in the hilly regions at a lower altitude of around 1700 meters, the trek passes through terraced fields, and lush valleys with pasturelands and forests, and climbs onto a higher altitude of above 5000 meters with rocky moraines and glaciers, displaying the diversity of the trek.
Along with the geography, culture, and lifestyles throughout the trek change as the trek passes through villages inhabiting various indigenous groups of the country. The villages on the lower lands exhibit the true everyday life of the countryside of Nepal before the trek enters the more popular westernized settlements while en route to Base Camp of Everest.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
We leave early in the morning and drive towards to the eastern part of the country. The drive takes a whole day but also provides views of the Rolwaling Himal Range, with Gauri Sankar (7134 meters) looking the most impressive. The proper main road ends at Jiri and the remaining drive is on a bumpy secondary road up to Shivalaya. Shivalaya is a village with a big market at the banks of the Khimti River. (8-9 hours drive)
The trek starts with a steep climb and then continues to stay steep until the trail reaches the end of the day at Deurali. Being the first day of trek, it is relatively short compared to other days. However, there are a few good side trips; a walk to the Thodung Monastery or to one of the oldest cheese factory of the country, Thodung Cheeese factory. (5 hours)
The trail starts to drop down to the village of Bhandar and again continues to drop for the most part of the morning to the Kinja River. The trail also passes through couple of suspension bridges and the terrain briefly remains almost flat to the village of Kinja. Another extreme steep climb waits after Kinja. After an hour or so, the climb becomes bit more easier and ends at Sete. (6-7 hours)
The trail still continues to climb and near to the top of the climb the terrain becomes easier. After a brief easy walk, the trek crosses the Lamjura La (3530 meters) and then starts to drop through the pine forests to the small village of Taktor. The trial once again steadies a bit for a while and a brief drop finally ends the day at Junbesi. The village is one of the main Sherpa villages in the lower parts of the Khumbu. (6-7 hours)
After crossing a small stream, the trail once again gradually starts to climb for a while and then turns easy once more and reaches the village of Phurteng. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed here. The trail continues to undulate and after a brief drop into the river, the trail now once again starts to ascend. The climb passes through a lovely village of Ringmo with apple fields and continues to ascend to the top of Takshindu La (2960 meters). The trek starts to descend steeply through a forest for the rest of the afternoon and ends at the village of Nunthala. The trek will have similar days for most part of the trek, as the trail always drop and climb when trekking on the mountains. (6-7 hours)
The trek continues to ascend and descend again for yet another day. The trail descends for the most of the morning through forests and terraced rice fields. After crossing Dudh Koshi River at near Juving, another ascent continues and only ends at Kharikhola. The day’s trek passes though villages of Phuleli, Juving and Kharikhola. The Rai and Magar, two of the major ethnic groups of the country, inhabit these villages. (6-7 hours)
Again, the trek moves forward following the same pattern from the previous days. The trail climbs in the morning and then undulates through the woods. The trek continues on easier landscapes in the afternoon and ends at Paiyan. It is a stretched village on a face of a hill. (6-7 hours)
A descend through the forest starts the day and after passing Surkhe Village, a gradual ascend leads to the village of Chaurikharka, a small village just below the famed Lukla. After a brief climb, the trek joins the main Everest trail at Cheplung. The trail enters into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (6-7 hours)
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours)
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours)
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche peak (6501 meters) and Chola Tse (6440 meters), the trail slowly climbs and reaches Dole. (5-6 hours approximately)
Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north. (4 hours approximately)
The trail moves up into the valley on a easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the lakes of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Cho Oyo (8201 meters) towering in the background. (4 hours approximately)
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri view point (5360 meters) (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (8848.86 meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. Breakfast at Gokyo is followed with a return to the first lake and then the trail crosses the longest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (3 hours approximately)
Another early start to the day leads to a steep climb to the top of the pass. A steep drop follows a brief walk on the glacier into a new valley with Chola Tse (6440 meters) towering to the southeast and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) appearing towards east. The terrain starts to get easier and finally reaches Dzong Lha. The day is the toughest and the longest day of the trek and the most basic accommodation of the whole trek at Dzong Lha do not help either. (7-8 hours approximately)
The trail undulates in the morning but slowly starts to get gradually later in the day. The terrain feels easier compared to the previous day and joins the traditional Everest trail near the end of the days trek. Once on the main trail, a short gradual climb leads to Lobuche. (4 hours approximately)
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters). At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours)
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (5545 meters 2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours)
Staying on the main Everest trail, the trail gradually goes down and reaches Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the Khumbu region. From the pass, the path drops down to Thukla and then continues to drop gradually all the way to Dingboche. (5 hours)
The path drops and then climbs out of a valley in the morning and follows the Dudh Koshi River gradually on a leveled terrain, through the villages of Pangboche and Somare. The path finally returns to go through the forests and a gradual climb leads to Thyangboche. Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Thyangboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kang Tega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours approximately)
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously travelled route taken during the way up. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6-7 hours)
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (5 hours)
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
A full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with historical city guide. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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28 days, Jiri - Lukla - Dingboche - Gokyo - Khumjung - Thame - Lukla.
From our first contact with Visit Himalaya Treks, until we were safely back home we got very quick and excellent follow up on all enquiries, and all the help we needed. Including arranging a helicopter out of Lukla after a heavy snowfall that cut electricity, internet and most phone services. December 2019.
Jiri to Gokyo Lakes March 2015
This was our 4th visit to Nepal and the second time time we have used Himal's agency. We normally like to travel independently but as we were taking young children we knew we needed help. Himal is friendly, knowledgeable, honest and very reliable. We had our trips tailor arranged to suit our family of four. We used the same guide through him twice (Krishan Bohora). He was very professional and trustworthy. He is also nice to just hang out with. We have also been very happy with our porters (Tek on Manaslu and Ishwaar this time). While we are trekking we feel like we are with or team, or group of friends. We don't feel like our porters and guides are just there for the money. We enjoyed their company and they made the experience more enjoyable. Our children are quite young (7 and 11) and we felt relaxed and completely safe with our guides and porters. We believe Himal's employees are paid and dressed well. His guides are also qualified. We love trekking in Nepal and are planning future holidays, when we will again use "Visit Himalaya Treks". April - 2015
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.