Everest Base Camp via Jiri Trek: Map, Cost and other Essentials

The 9th British expedition to conquer Everest took place in the mid 1953; comprising a group of climbing enthusiasts, Sherpas, filmmakers, photographers and a journalistSir Edmund HillaryCol. John HuntEric ShiptonGeorge Lowe and Tenzing Sherpa were some of the team members,out of 300, to name the few.



Everest expedition team of 1953

Everest expedition team of 1953, comprising of Hillary, Hunt, Lowe and Tenzing Sherpa

The British expedition started their epic journey from Kathmandu to Khumbu valley via Jiri. Today, Kathmandu’s turned itself into a posh and dynamic metropolitan -connecting itself to different cities through roadways and airways, therefore, one need not walk from the city anymore. Jiri, on the other hand, is still a home to the classic Everest trail. Many trekkers prefer exploring the wilderness and serenity of the region.

Also known as “Gateway to Mt. Everest,” Jiri is located in Dolkha district of eastern Nepal. The trail leads slowly upwards to the mountains into Khumbu valley.  Trek to Lukla from Jiri usually takes 7 or 8 days.

As only 5% of all trekkers who attempt the difficult trek to Everest Base Camp start at Jiri, the other 95% choose to fly into the small airstrip at Lukla.

~Trek Map~

~Trek Seasons~

Trek seasons nepalPre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November) are two of the great seasons for trekking in Northern Nepal. The weather is clear; days are warm and nights are cold.

Khumbu region may receive snowfall during post-monsoon. The higher elevations remain warm during the day and colder during nights.


Day 01: Drive to Jiri (2,370 m/7,774 ft), 8-9 hrs drive
Day 02: Trek to Bhandar (2,190 m/7,183 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 03: Trek to Sete (2,575 m/8,446 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 04: Trek to Lamjura pass (3,530 m/11,578 ft) to Junbesi (2,680 m/8,790 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 05: Rest day at Junbesi
Day 06: Trek to Nunthala (2,330 m/7,642 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Bupsa (2,300 m/7,544 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 08: Trek to Surkhe (2,290 m/7, 511 ft), 4-6 hrs walk
Day 09: Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 12: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867 m/12684 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13: Trek to Dingboche (4,358 m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Day 15: Trek to Lobuche (4,928 m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 16: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160 m/16,929 ft) & Everest base camp (5,316m/17,437ft), 7-8 hrs walk
Day 17: Kala Patthar (5,550 m/18,204 ft) hike and trek back to Pheriche (4,200m/13,776ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 18: Trek to Kyanjuma (3,500 m/11,480 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 19: Trek to Khumjung to Monju (2,850 m/9,348 ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2,800 m/9,186 ft), 4-5 hrs walk, and fly back to Kathmandu


~Gears & Equipment~

  • Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
  • Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
  • Lightweight knapsack – It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag – Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • Fabric band-aids – Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to band-aids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.

Costs and Permits

The permit cost for entering Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Heritage Site) is:

  • SAARC Nationals – Rs. 1,500 per person (Approx. US $15)
  • Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 3,000 per person (Approx. US $30)


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