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Jiri Everest Trek, 23-day program

Discover the unique Everest region with this 23-day trekking adventure starting at Kathmandu, with a certified guide from the GuideSource team.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration23 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Discover the impressive Everest region with this classic Jiri Everest Trek. Enjoy a 23-day itinerary in midst of the Himalayas – an unforgettable experience. All along this program you will enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding peaks, including the star of this region, Mt Everest, and the Sherpa culture.

This program begins by meeting at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Next day, we will tour around Kathmandu’s main landmarks, including World Heritage Sites. As from the following day, the trekking experience will begin! After transferring to Jiri, we will start walking.

Another central part of this Jiri Everest Trek will be experiencing the traditional Sherpa culture and people. As part of the itinerary we will visit different traditional villages like Chyangma, Sete, Thakdor, Junbesi, Salung, Kharikhola and Phortse.

The unique views all along this 23-day program include panoramic views of the Khumbu area like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila. We will also trek across beautiful forests, glaciers (Khumbu Glacier), and rivers.

As part of the accommodation, we will stay at guest houses in the different villages, in itself a beautiful experience.

Have a look at a detailed day by day itinerary below.

On this program, you will be guided by a certified guide from the GuideSource team, a company that has been leading groups up in the mountains for more than 35 years. We are proud to say as well that we have had zero serious or fatal accidents.

Interested in this Jiri Everest Trek, 23-day program? Request your booking! If you are looking for shorter programs in this same area, have a look at this Jomson Muktinath Trek, 11-day program and this Druk Path, Buthan, 12 Day Guided Trek.

Accommodation

Hotel and camping

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Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu

  • Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Briefing on the itinerary
  • Overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu

  • Sightseeing with a professional tour guide: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhhanath Stupa , Swayambhunath Stupa or Kathmandu Durbar Square, and others
  •  Overnight at Hotel

Day 3: Jiri

  • Drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, towards the Sherpa country (drive duration: between 7 and 8 hours)
  • Crossing of the Sun Khoshi “River of Gold”
  • Arrival in Jiri
  • Overnight in Jiri

Day 4: Bhandar

  • Trek along the East Ridge of the river, across the Tamang villages
  • Arrival in the Kharubas Pass (2,713 m)
  • Climb through arhododendron forest
  • Descent to Chyangma
  • Entrance in the Sherpa country and the village of Chyangma, where Tamang and Newar, but predominantly Sherpa, people live
  • Trek past the main village to a grassy field campsite
  • Trekking time: 6 hours

Day 5: Sete

  • Steep descent across terraced fields to Phedi, a small Chhetri settlement
  • Cross of the suspension bridge and walk along the River to Kenja
  • Visit to a bustling bazaar with a primary school, tea houses and fabric shops
  • Visit to the village population, which is a combination of the Sherpa, Newar and Chhetri cultures
  • Steep climb through rhododendron forest
  • Arrival in the Sete monastery village (2,575 m) through the Mani walls – Visit to the Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the Everest trail
  • Trekking time: 6 hours

Day 6: Junbesi

  • Climb up to to the Lamjura Pass (3,530 m), through pine forest
  • Ascent through a Rhododendron forest – Views of unnamed rocky summits at the head of The Rowaling valley
  • Trek across Lamjura, towards the Solukhumbu valley
  • Descent through Rhododendron and Pine trees to Thakdor, a Sherpa village with huge carved rocks
  • Descent to Junbesi (2,675 m), large Sherpa village with a Chorten, a large Monastery and school – views of Number (6,957 m)
  • Camp near this village
  • Trekking time: 7 hours

Day 7: Takshindu

  • Climbs out of the Junbesi valley – A glimpse of Everest’s summit pyramid is possible on a clear day
  • Trek along the ridge to Salung, a Sherpa village with small water-spun prayer wheels
  • Descent to the Ringmo Khola
  • Climb through the apple orchards of the Sherpa village of Ringmo, pass the Takshindu pass (2,988 m) – views of Kangtega (6,779 m) and Thamserku (6,623 m) across the Dudh Koshi valley
  • Descent to the Takshindu monastery
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 8: Kharikhola

  • Steep descent to Manidingma, a Rai and Sherpa village
  • Descent into the valley of Dudh Koshi
  • Cross of the suspension bridge
  • Gradual climb to Jubing, a Rai village
  • Arrival in the Sherpa village of Kharikhola (2,072 m)
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 9: Pulyan

  • steep climb to Kharte
  • Trek towards Kharte Danda
  • Descent to river, through rhododendron and birch, pine and bamboo to camp in forest near the stream
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 10: Phakding

  • Views of the airstrip at Lukla
  • Steep descent to small river at Surkya
  • Trek to the village of Chaurikharka
  • Camp near bridge at Phakding (2,611 m) – mani rock carved in commemoration of the families killed with the Dudh Koshi torrent after an avalanche that created the slopes of Ama Dablam (6,812 m)

Day 11: Namche Bazaar

  • Trek along the Bhote Koshi through forest and pasture landS
  • Steep climb to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), Sherpa village – views od Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse

Day 12: Thame

  • Traverse along the Bhote Koshi trail
  • Crossing of river – views of Thamserku (6,623 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,367 m)
  • Ascent through rhododendron forest and pasture lands
  • Arrival in the secluded village of Thame (3,801 m) where Tenzing Norgay, the first person to climb Mt Everest, was born
  • Camp in meadows at the edge of village
  • 1-hour climb to the Cliffside monastery is available
  • Trekking time: 6 hours

Day 13: Khumjung

  • Descent back to the valley via Thamo
  • Arrivsal in Khumjung (3,791 m), one of the most charming in the Khumbu region with stone houses symmetrically laid out
  • Possible tea at a Sherpa house
  • Trekking time: 6 hours

Day 14: Tengboche

  • Descent from Khumjung – view of Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Sagarmatha (Everest in Nepalese), Lhotse and Nuptse
  • Descent through rhododendron forest, with possible sights of pheasants
  • Crossing of the Dudh Koshi at Phungithanga
  • Ascent to Tengboche (3,863 m), the central monastery of the Khumbu region at the base of Kangtega
  • The views from here are unforgettable. Tengboche lies at the base of Kangtega and the spur of this ridge affords
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 15: Dingboche

  • Descent form Tengboche
  • Crossing of the Imja Khola
  • Trek towards Pangboche
  • Arrival in Dingboche (4,343 m)
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 16: Lobuche

  • Trek towards Thugla
  • Steep ascent over to the Khumbu Glacier
  • Camp-site at Lobuche (4,930 m), between the glacier and the Lobuche Peak (6,145 m) – views of Tawoche and Nuptse
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 17: Lobuche

  • Early start
  • Trek along the Khumbu Glacier
  • Ascent to Kala Pathar (5,545 m) for views of the giants Pumori (7,161 m), Everest, the Tibetan peak Changtse (7,501 m), Nuptse, Lhotse and others

Day 18: Phortse

  • Gradual descent through Pangboche
  • Trek to the Sherpa village of Phortse (3,447 m)
  • Trekking time: 6 hours

Day 19: Khunda / Khumjung

  • Descent to the Dudh Koshia
  • Steady climb to a chorten with views of Phortse, Tengboche and their surrounding mountains
  • Descent down a giant rock pathway
  • Trek to the twin villages of Khumjing and Khunde (3,791 m)
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 20: Monjo / Jorsale

  • Trek through Namche and off down the hill
  • Arrival in campsite close to the National Park boundary
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

Day 21: Lukla - Kathmandu

  • Early morning flight to Kathmandu (1,350 m)
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Optional: last minute shopping, or explore any sights or landmarks
  • Overnight at Hotel

Day 22: Kathmandu

  • Full day at leisure
  • Options:
    • Go on a new program
    • Explore the Thamel and do last minute shopping
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight at Hotel

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu

  • Transfer to the International Airport
  • End of program


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