Everest Classic - Jiri Trek
A spectacular extended trek that takes us from the foothills all the way up into the heart of the Himalaya at the foot of the highest mountains on earth. The time spent in the lower regions, below the main Everest trail, provides a window into the culture and lives of the legendary Sherpa people who are inseperable from the great stories of the Himalaya. The rich landscapes here will also provide a stunning prequel and counterpoint to the desolation of the upper mountain valleys.
This route follows the classic walk in of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, made during the historic 1953 expedition to the summit of Mount Everest.
Trekkers stay in lodges or homes of the hospitable Sherpa people, while a rest day in Bupsa gives you the opportunity to observe the work of our charity sister - The Moving Mountains Trust in the area, before continuing the ascent north to Lukla, Namche Bazaar and beyond towards Base Camp
The 24 days trek involves an 18 day ascent of 3000 metres over 170 kilometres, from a starting altitude of 2370 metres. The trek begins in Jiri, climbing steeply through forests, deep gorges with bridges and many villages until reaching Lukla, where the gradient of the path becomes less steep, however, still with lots of ups and downs until reaching Namche Bazaar.
Above Namche Bazaar, capital town of the Khumbu, the path enters the high Himalayan valleys with large fast flowing rivers and surrounded by very high peaks. The gradient is consistent and gradual, villages further apart and it is colder and more exposed. The exposure to altitude makes the walking harder and the likelihood of altitude sickness higher, so it is necessary to allow rest days and walk very slowly.
Everest itself is at the head of the valley, a vast cul de sac with the Tibetan border on the other side of an impassable wall. The final days involve hiking along the edge of, and eventually on top of, the Khumbu Glacier, and it is noticeably colder at night. The terrain is never dangerous or precipitous, it is still just a walk, but requiring the usual care and caution. There is no climbing or special equipment required.
For more information and booking please visit the Jiri to Everest trek’s page on the Adventure Alternative UK website.
Please note that the required number of participants is at a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you have to be a group of 2 to book the trip.
26 days - Itinerary
Day 15: Namche Bazaar – Debouche
Day 16 & 17: Debouche - Dingboche. A gradual gradient up to Dingboche for another rest day.
Day 18: Dingboche- Lebuche
Day 19: Lebuche - Gorak Shep
Day 20: Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp.
Day 21: Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.
Day 22 – 24: Descent to Lukla. Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation.
Day 25: Lukla flight to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning. Day rest and sightseeing.
Day 26: Depart Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu city sightseeing plus trek briefing.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri (drive)
Day 4: Jiri – Shivalaya
Day 5: Shivalaya – Kenja
Day 6: Kenja – Sete
Day 7: Sete - Junbesi
Day 8: Junbesi – Nunthala
Day 9: Nunthala – Bupsa
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day in Bupsa
Day 11: Bupsa - Puiyan- Surkhe
Day 12: Surke – Phakding
Day 13 & 14: Phakding - Namche Bazaar and rest day in Namche Bazaar
$2,057 or £1,595
19 April - 14 May 2019
11 October - 05 November 2019
Note : you can also select other dates that are more convenient for you.
International flight to and from Kathmandu (~$925)
Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (~$60)
Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water (~$155)
Airport departure tax for some tickets (~$25 paid in Nepalese rupees)
We also recommend offering a tip at the end of your trip to your guide and porters, as tips are not included in the package price.
Transportation to Jiri (by jeep) and internal flight from Lukla
Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights - twin/double rooms
Accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
Three meals per day during the trek, and hot drinks (e.g tea, coffee, juices)
Sagamartha National Park Fees
Sherpa guide (English speaking, trained in first aid)
Porters (one per member, carries about 15kgs)