Jiri to Everest 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 - The Moving Mountains Trust in the area, before continuing the ascent north to Lukla, Namche Bazaar and beyond towards Base Camp

The 24 day 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. However, we recommend you review our Nepal packing list to ensure you're properly prepared.

Jiri to Everest trek altitude profile

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Jiri to Everest trek itinerary

DayElevationTravel TimeInfo
1     Arrive Kathmandu , Transfer to Hotel or AA guest house.
2     Kathmandu city sightseeing plus trek briefing.
3 2370m 6hours Kathmandu to Jiri. Leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive for 6 hours to reach Jiri in the late afternoon. Spend the night in Jiri.
4 1750m 4 hours Jiri – Shivalaya. Quite an easy day of walking. The trek starts with a climb to the ridge top at 2370m, then drops down to Shivalaya at 1750m, for an overnight stay.
5 1570m 6 – 7 hours Shivalaya – Kenja. Today is quite a long day, beginning with a climb for around 2 ½ hours to Sangbadanda, on the Deorali Pass. From Deurali danda the trail descends to Bhandar, a small Sherpa village, where you will have lunch. From Bhandar, the trail continues to drop to the Linkhu Khola and crosses the river at 1490m, then follows alongside bringing you to Kenja, where you will stay overnight by the riverside.
6 3530m 6 hours Kenja – Sete. Today, the trek gains almost 2000m to the highest point. It begins with a 3 hour long ascent to Lamjura Bhanjyang Pass, and then passes through rhododendron forest to Sete village (2575m).
7 2680m 2 - 3 hours Sete – Junbesi. the trail passes up gradually for another 3 hours to Lamjura Pass, which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail descends for 1 ½ hours through fir and rhododendron forest to Taktor, and then continues on the north side of the valley before dropping down to the village of Junbesi, for an overnight stay. We will reach Junbesi in time for lunch and afterwards you will have the choice to relax or take a short 2hour walk, north of Junbesi to a village called Phugmochhe (3100m), where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. On route to Phugmochhe, you can also visit the huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery named Thubten Chhuling. It will only take around one hour to reach this monastery from Junbesi.
8 2330m 5 hours Junbesi – Nunthala. The trail journeys below Junbesi to cross the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge, and then follows the route to Khumbu. Turning north, the trail descends through Salung to the Dudhkoshi River. We descend further through dense forests and few shepherds huts, before crossing several beautiful streams to reach Nunthala, for an overnight stay.
9 2300m 5 hours Nunthala – Bupsa. From Nunthala the trail descends to the Dudhkoshi River at 1480m, and across the suspension bridge. The trail wanders through terraced fields and stone houses, and then descends steeply through forests overlooking the river. The trek follows alongside the river before climbing to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) and onwards up the steep hill to Bupsa.
10 2300m   Rest and acclimatization day in Bupsa, one of small villages where Adventure Alternative hires its staff, for a chance to see where and how Moving Mountains carries out it’s work. Here you will be greeted very happily by everyone, excited by visitors and keen to show you their homes. You will stay in lodges or homes, all very traditional and safe. Each home is a like a small farm, with their own cows and chickens, so you can experience the way that Sherpas and Rai people live. During your day here our staff will really show you how Moving Mountains has helped transform this region, along with the Village Committees we helped to set up. You can visit the monasteries to see our school for Buddhist monks and the hydro-electric project, the way they grow tea to sell in the markets to make money. The purpose of this day is to really understand the culture and spend time with the people. Your presence is bringing tourist income to the villages, and introducing interaction in an area which is well away from the normal tourist trails. It’s amazing to see how people farm and making a living, and how they build their homes in an environment which to us is so difficult. Dry stone walling is common here, for example, is a skill we have virtually lost.
11 2796m 5 hours Bupsa – Puiyan- Surkhe. On leaving Bupsa the trail ascends to Bhumsing (2300m) and continues to climb through a valley filled with oak and rhododendron forest, where monkeys can occasionally be seen. The trail then ascends along the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan. For around one hour after Puiyan, the trail climbs to the ridge at 2800m then descends to Surkhe (2293m) situated by the Dudhkoshi river where we spend the night.
12 2460m 2 hours Surke – Phakding. From Surke, we have an enjoyable and relaxed walk to Phakding or Jorsale along the edge of the Dudh Kosi River. Easy, busy path, surrounded by forest. This is where we meet any other Adventure Alternative trekkers who are doing the shorter route and will have flown into Lukla.
13 & 14 3440m 6 hours Phakding – Namche Bazaar. Uphill to Namche Bazaar which is the Sherpa ‘capital’ in the heart of the Khumbu region. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with one spectacular bridge spanning a deep gorge. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the houses spread around the sides. Namche is the major trading centre of the Khumbu, with Tibetans crossing the high Nangpa La Pass to reach the Saturday market. Nowadays there are also many equipment shops, internet, bank, post office, cafes, bars, lodges and hire shops. Rest here for a day and take the chance to visit the Everest Museum.
15 3850m 6hours Namche Bazaar – Debouche. Walk to Deboche which is near the famous Thyangboche Monastery. The path out of Namche is initially steep and then opens out into a high valley, passing through villages like Pangboche before negotiating two steep hills. After this it is a short walk to the beautiful rhododendron glade where you will find the lodge.
16 & 17 4252m 5 hours Debouche – Dingboche. A gradual gradient up to Dingboche for another rest day. The path skirts the side of the valley with the river far below on your right and passing beneath the spectacular Ama Dablam. The village sits on the confluence of two valleys and is good farming land. In the neighbouring village of Pheriche it is important to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to listen to the daily lecture on high altitude health, and get a check from the medical staff.
18 4920m 5 hours Dingboche – Lebuche. Trek up the high valley to Lobuche which is alongside the huge Khumbu Glacier. You can now easily feel the effects of the thin air as the hike takes us up to the Thukla Hills where there are many stupas erected in memory of Sherpas who have died on expeditions. Few plants live up here and it will be much colder in the evenings. It is important to walk slowly and listen to your body. Fatigue from lack of oxygen to your muscles is common, but some people may feel nauseous and suffer from headaches. Drink lots of liquid and keep warm, give your body maximum opportunity to recover.
19 5200m 4 hours Lebuche – Gorak Shep. Hike on the glacial moraine to the final settlement of Gorak Shep. The views here are spectacular; Nuptse dominates the other side of the valley, behind which the black triangular peak of Everest is just visible. The giant wall of ice ahead is the border with Tibet. Gorak Shep is the last outpost, a small collection of huts just below a hill called Kala Patthar which is your final destination and traditionally the finest viewing point for Everest itself.
20 5360m 6 hours Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp. Trek to Everest Base Camp along the lateral moraine and finally on the glacier itself. Sometimes this route is impassable. Arriving at the small tented city where climbers congregate to climb the mountain is a surreal experience. There is a network of ‘roads’ between the camps, a bakery, and a chance to have a chat with people. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which does an amazing job of looking after climbers.
21 5540m 5 hours Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. The climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, into the Western Cwm and up the Lhotse Face to the South Col is clearly visible, with the SE ridge to the top on the right hand skyline side of the summit block. This is a tough walk in the cold and not to be underestimated. Take warm clothing. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.
22, 23 & 24     Descent to Lukla. Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.
25     Lukla flight to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning. Day rest and sightseeing.
26     Depart Kathmandu. If you leave in the morning it is possible to arrive in London the same day, or arrive home on day 27.

Jiri to Everest trek cost £1,595.00


  • Airport transfers
  • 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 guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
  • Porters (1 per member, carries about 15kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance and equipment

Note: the figure above does include the internal flight to Lukla but we ask that this payment is made separately to Adventure Alternative Nepal. 


  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu
  • Personal costs like additional drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water
  • Trip Insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips (~£50)
  • Sightseeing Tours


A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.


Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running  cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.

Additionally we plan treks with sufficient rest days and with achievable daily altitude increases which gives good time to acclimatise. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of successfully completing the trek also greatly reduce.

We include professional staff and a porter for each member. We do not operate kitties and we use an excellent hotel in Kathmandu with which we have built up a strong relationship over the years.

We have our own licensed company in Kathmandu, Adventure Alternative Nepal and full time staff to operate all our treks, climbs and tours in Nepal.


You must have an insurance policy which covers trekking at high altitude and helicopter rescue in the event of an evacuation.

Jiri to Everest trek - fitness and terrain

From Jiri the trail winds through established forest and cultivated land and Sherpa villages on well established paths. These paths are the main highways and byways and you will see all sorts of things being carried along it both by people and by mules, and later by yaks. Life exists on the path, it binds the communities together through commerce and social connection. Everyone knows everyone else, and there is no hurry. People come and go, and there are no engines or even wheels. The sound is of birds, people talking, banging of the builders, the wind and the rain, and the greeting of a passerby saying Namaste as you meet.

This is the solu Khumbu, cultivated and lush. The villages where the Sherpas and the Rai people live their lives, harvesting their crops and bringing up their families. You will pass through the villages where we have been working with our charity Moving Mountains to provide education, health and power. It's really a transformative experience to pass through this region and immerse yourself in the slow routine of each day, rolling into the next and the next. The weather becomes your companion, sunny in the morning, rainy in the afternoon. The evenings quietly spent in a local lodge with a plate of traditional Sherpa dal bhat and rice.

Above Lukla the route joins the main Everest Base Camp trek route and the long beautiful walk all the way to Everest, although some of the hills can be steep and never-ending! You will meet many people along the way, and also yaks. There is only one rule of the road when meeting an oncoming yak, and that is to always ensure you step to one side, towards the inside of the trail.

The final section to Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu glacier itself, is not difficult but occasionally slippery underfoot with scree or ice.The culmination of this wonderful trek is to reach the head of the Khumbu valley itself, surrounded by the high glistening peaks, on the other side of which is Tibet. Finish with Kala Patthar (the black hill) and an early morning view of the summit of the highest peak in the world, a black and forbidding triangle of rock etched against the blue of the sky.

Accommodation on the Jiri to Everest trek

Accommodation will be in comfortable lodges and tea houses run by Sherpa families, unless people specify a preference for tents. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough), and the lodge will lend you a blanket if you ask.

Below Lukla the lodges will be more basic, but once on the trail the lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they use ‘drop’ toilets (in Namche Bazaar they are generally flush systems now).

Fitness for the Jiri to Everest trek

This is a slightly longer trek starting from lower down, so more time to acclimatise and get mountain fit. We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme at least 6 weeks prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

The trails are easy to follow and not precipitous, but they are rocky and can get slippery with mud after a rainshower. Take good footwear for the walk, but do some training on your calf and thigh muscles because they will certainly feel it on the long steep ascents and descents.

Adventure Alternative support

The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. You will meet your bag again at the lodge when you arrive at the stop for the day, so make sure you have everything you need with you in your day pack, like waterproofs, and umbrella, camera and so on.

We provide the trekking guide and porters throughout the trek, plus all the organisation of the holiday including rooms in the lodges and your evening meals which you can choose from a menu.

Jiri to Everest trek kit list

The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

  • BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
  • SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
  • LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
  • FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
  • SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
  • TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music

Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek.

Luggage Allowance on Internal Flights

Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 10kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can pay for extra luggage allowance at 120rupees(~0.75GBP)/kg. However, note that the amount that the plane can carry also has a limit! You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu.


  • All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest
  • We offer an inclusive package. We don't ask for land payments. We INCLUDE ALL of your meals on the trek, we include accommodation for the entire itinerary, we include your flight transfers and a full itinerary allowing you plenty of time to safely acclimatise, enjoy and explore your surroundings.
  • We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which support the local economy.
  • We do not contract out our trips. We run our own office and company in Nepal and employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
  • All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what its like to go up for the first time, before you go.
  • We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
  • We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Nepal in a real way see: The Moving Mountains Trust
  • Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
  • Bonded financial security guaranteed, BS 8848 holder for safety of expeditions overseas and multi-award winner in relation to sustainable and reponsible tourism.


Choose a scheduled date or contact us to set up private dates or a bespoke itinerary. The minimum deposit is £100.00 and the balance is due six weeks before travel.

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Staff Review

This is the classic trek to Mount Everest from Jiri, a longer trip but one which immerses you in the Sherpa culture of the solu Khumbu before reaching the higher mountain areas. Visit villages along the way that see fewer tourists, and help local economies.

Key Information
  • Duration 26 days
  • Numbers 5-15
  • Altitude 5550
  • Distance 170km
  • Challenge Moderate
  • Comfort Lodges
  • Max altitude 5545m