Jiri Gokyo EBC Trek

Jiri Gokyo EBC trek visits both the base camp and Kalapather, including Gokyo Ri and the Chola pass with viewpoints recognized as the best mountain windows to get a stunning view of the mother of all peaks – Mt. Everest. This is a truly high altitude trek recommended for the fittest people with some previous experience of high altitude trekking. This highly adventurous odyssey taxes your physical abilities to the limit… at each elevation of the trail as you climb higher. As an adventure trekker you will be highly rewarded for your efforts with breathtaking views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and other famous peaks.

Jiri Gokyo EBC Trek

On Jiri Gokyo EBC trek, we begin our overland journey following the route of the first pioneers who began their trek exploits from Jiri; a busy little town and the gateway to the Solu Khumbu region but today, trekkers leave Kathmandu for Lukla by flight and climb again to Phakding. We cross the Dudh Koshi River four times, where a steep ascent to Namche bazaar is made. From here the trail passes through many Sherpa settlement with tremendous scenery. As we climb towards Gokyo we have super natural views down the valley of Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu. The views from Gokyo are breathtaking with the best being obtained after a short climb above the lake. Similarly, hike to Gokyo Ri for the spectacular views of high Himalayas including Mt. Everest would a worth hike. Our next destination is Everest base camp, after exploring the world’s highest base camp we process our way back to Namche. On the way down we follow the valley’s eastern side to Phortse offering more spectacular scenery. From there the trail descends to Namche and then to Lukla, from where we will fly back to Kathmandu!

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

Flora:
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

Fauna:
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Jiri Gokyo EBC trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02:
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m) to Jiri (1905), 9hrs drive.
Day 03: Trek from Jiri (1905m) to Deurali (2705m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 04:
Trek from Deurali (2705m) to Sete (2400m), 6-7 hours walking.
Day 05:
Trek from Sete (2400m) to Junbesi (2675m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 06: Rest day at Junbesi.
Day 07:
Trek from Junbesi (2675m) to Nunthala (2200m), 6-7 hours walking.
Day 08:
Trek from Nunthala (2200m) to Bupsa (2350m), 6-7 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Bupsa (2350m) to Surkey (2400m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Surkey (2400m) to Phakding (2652m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 11:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 12: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 14: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 15: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 16: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 17: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 18: Another rest day at Gokyo.
Day 19: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) back to Thangna (4650m), 4-5 hours walking.
Day 20:
Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m) via Chola pass (5420m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 21:
Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m) via Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 22:
Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep, 6 hrs walking.
Day 23:
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m), trek to Pheriche (4250m), 8 hrs walking. 
Day 24: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 25: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
Day 26: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6-7 hours walking.
Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 28:
Final Departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Jiri Gokyo EBC trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival you will be greet by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner. Enjoy the meal having a great conversation and short brief about the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m) to Jiri (1905), 9hrs drive.
After breakfast, we take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri which takes about nine hours by a local bus. Stay overnight at guest house in Jiri. Now, we can even drive directly to Shivalaya. The off road is available up to this village but starting a trek from Jiri and trek through a Tamang village to Sivalaya is also a nice and interesting trek. You can always tailor made this program with our guide for better one.

Day 03: Trek from Jiri (1905m) to Deurali (2705m), 4-5 hours walking.
If we are driving up to Jiri only ten the trek begins with a gently ascends for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m) and then it descends to Shivalaya (1800m.). The trail then steeply goes up for two hours and the rest of the day is gently up to Deurali. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Deurali (2705m) to Sete (2400m), 6-7 hours walking.
The trek begins with steeply descends early for an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descends to Kenja (1600m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Sete (2400m) to Junbesi (2675m), 5-6 hours walking.
Today we climb steeply early for two hours passing through Dagchu and Goyem, small Sherpa settlements. Then, cross over the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Rest day at Junbesi.
Rest and relax at Junbesi and hang around or visit Thubten Chholing. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Junbesi (2675m) to Nunthala (2200m), 6-7 hours walking.
Our trek starts with gently ascends for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m). Our path then levels out before gently descending to Ringmo Khola (2500m). Immediately, the trail ascends steeply for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Nunthala (2200m) to Bupsa (2350m), 6-7 hours walking.
The beginning of trek is gently descends to the Dudh Koshi river for the early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi River, the trail goes up all the way to Kharikhola (2050m) passing through Juving (1680m) a big Rai village and farming lands. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Bupsa (2350m) to Surkey (2400m), 5-6 hours walking.
today, we ascend steeply for nearly two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.). While trekking, we pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. And at the end, the trail steeply descends to our destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Surkey (2400m) to Phakding (2652m), 5-6 hours walking.
The first part of the trek gently ascends for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). The trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascends to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
Today we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, hike to Everest view hotel.
Namche bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. For acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital or a 1 hour walk up to Sangboche (3800m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m), 5-6 hours walking.
From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m), 5-6 hours walking.
We retrace our route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village that has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m), 5-6 hours walking.
As soon as we arrive at Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. The trek steeply descends passing through Phortse Tenga and then begins to climb steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forests festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m), 5-6 hours walking.
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of us presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m), 4-5 hours walking.
Today we trek to Gokyo Lake. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-waters. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m), our route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari, and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 18: Another rest day at Gokyo.
When we may go for excursions in and around Gokyo valley: Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 19: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m) back to Thangna (4650m), 4-5 hours walking.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m) via Chola pass (5420m), 5-6 hours walking.
 We ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. Most of the time, the Chola pass is covered with blue ice giving us a chill feeling. Here we can also enjoy the panoramic view of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Trek from Dzonglo to Gorakshep (5180m) via Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours walking.
From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge

Day 22: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep, 6 hrs walking.
This is the main day of our journey since the grand views of Mt. Everest can be seen and which takes approximately 4 and half hours. While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet some of the expedition teams on the way to Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less in the autumn season. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. Return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 23: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m), trek to Pheriche (4250m), 8 hrs walking.  
5-6 hours walking. Early in the morning, climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the sunrise. From Kala Patthar you we have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town; from there you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Here is located the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post where foreign volunteer doctors are stationed to provide medical treatment to trekkers and local people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 24: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3850m), 5-6 hours walking.
To reach Tengboche we pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year in the Khumbu region. Upon your arrival at Tengboche village you come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting center where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, the Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 25: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5-6 hours walking.
From Tengboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi. Now we have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche.

Day 26: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6-7 hours walking.
The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
After breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to hotel, rest and relax till evening. One of our team leaders will take you to a typical Nepali restaurant for a fare well dinner to enjoy and celebrate the Jiri Gokyo EBC trek hosts by Ram Kumar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 28: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for a flight back to your home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight, see you again in the future.

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Jiri Gokyo EBC trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Everest Region

Trip Duration:  28 days

Max. Altitude: 5545m meters

Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12
Best Season: Feb to June and September to December

Trip Grade: Strenuous plus

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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