Jiri Gokyo Lukla Trek - 27 Days

Hike from Jiri is the best way to do an Everest trek following the footsteps of the old approach route followed by Everest expeditions from the 1950's through the 70's. It provides a good opportunity to see the densely populated middle hills and the high altitude splendor of the Khumbu or Everest, region. Everest (8848m.) is called “SAGARMATHA” in Nepali and “CHHOMOLUNGMA” in Tibetan. The Mount Everest or Solu Khumbu region is one of the most popular trekking areas in the world. The route lies in the highest wildlife reserve in the world, the Sagarmatha National Park. 

This trek is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the world’s highest peaks: Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.), Lhotse (8,516m.) and Everest (8,848m.). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.

Trip Highlights

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival (1300m)
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing.
  • Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.)to Jiri
  • Day 04 : Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.)
  • Day 05 : Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.)
  • Day 06 : Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.)
  • Day 07 : Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.)
  • Day 08 : Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.)
  • Day 09 : Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.)
  • Day 10 : Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.)
  • Day 11 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
  • Day 12 : Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization
  • Day 13 : Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.)
  • Day 14 : Tyangboche to Dingboche( 4350m.)
  • Day 15 : Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization
  • Day 16 : Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)
  • Day 17 : Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4900m.)
  • Day 18 : Lobuche (4900m.) to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5180m.)
  • Day 19 : Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4250m.)
  • Day 20 : Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)
  • Day 21 : Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)
  • Day 22 : Khumjung to Thame (3800m.)
  • Day 23 : Thame to Monjo (2835m.)
  • Day 24 : Monjo to Lukla (2800m.)
  • Day 25 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 26 : Kathmandu free day of your own.
  • Day 27 : Final Departure.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.
Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.
Pashupatinath, Dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.)to Jiri
Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905) about 188 km which takes about nine hours. The first part of your journey drives eastwards from Kathmandu through passing Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu, a part of the Araniko Highway and turn to right from Lamasangu for the Jiri road passing through Green Hills scenery as well as snow capped mountains. The road is quite narrow but it is smooth. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people inhabited in and around the town.

Day 04: Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.)
Trek from Jiri (1905m.) to Deurali (2705m.) which takes about five and half hours. The beginning of your trek is gently ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it follows gently descent path to Shivalaya (1800m.) where you could take lunch and hang around. After your lunch, the trail steeply goes up for two hours and rest of the day is gently up to the Deurali. You could enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow capped mountains at a far distance.

Day 05: Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.)
Trek from Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.) and it takes about six hours. The starting of your trek is steeply descent for early an hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descent to Kenja (1600m.) where you could enjoy your lunch. After your lunch, your trek is steeply up to destination. En route, you could enjoy with agricultural farm scenery where locals work hard. In addition to this, you could pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views.

Day 06: Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.)
Trek from Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.) and it takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you should climb steeply for an early two hours passing through Dagchu, Goyem, a small Sherpa settlements. Then your trek starts gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. After the pass, rest of the trek is gently and steeply descent to the destination. In this route, you could enjoy some of the snow capped mountains such as the \"Goa of the Solu\". Besides this, you could see some wildlife such as monkey and many species of birds.

Day 07: Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.)
Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) which takes approximately six hours. The beginning of your trek is gently ascent for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). From this place, you could see first view of Mount Everest including Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) Your trek is flat and gently descent to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail is steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). From this point, you could see excellent mountain views. At the end of your trek is steeply descent to the town Nunthala (2200m.) through small Sherpa settlement and forest.

Day 08: Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.)
Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) and it takes about six hours. The beginning of your trek is gently descent to the Dudh Koshi river (Milk River) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi river, your trail is gently ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farming lands. From Kharikhola your trail follows flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply up to the camp (Bupasa) where you could visit Buddhist Monastery in ruined state.

Day 09: Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.)
Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which takes about five and half hours. At the beginning of the day, you should ascend steeply for the early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.) passing through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlements and tea shops. From this point, you could see excellent view of different mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). Now, your trail is gently descent and pretty flat to Chaubar (2730m.) passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770m.) with view of Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends up to the destination. Surkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of the Lukla.

Day 10: Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.)
Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about five hours. The first part of the trek is gently ascent for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.) a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, your trail is almost flat and gently descent and ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days trek. You could hang in and around Phakding village.

Day 11: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo(2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri, Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar(3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 12: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization
Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850 m.) and it takes almost five hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru . Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga ( 3250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making your trek exciting. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Day 14: Tyangboche to Dingboche( 4350m.)
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche( 4350m.) which takes about five and half hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend , you do find thick forests but the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hours walk brings us to Dingboche. Here you can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm.

Day 15: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization
Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places. Here you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu ( 8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve you the delicious food items.

Day 16: Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.)
Trek from Dingboche(4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) and it takes about three hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the lives tocks in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley.

Day 17: Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4900m.)
Trek from Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) to Lobuche (4900m.) via Dongla(4620m.) and it takes almost six hours. From Chhukung Ri you can have a view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak(6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. Now you begin your trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The teahouse at Dongla is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier\'s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 18: Lobuche (4900m.) to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5180m.)
Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5180m.) and back to Gorakshep which take about six hours. You will have lunch at Gorakshep, take rest and if the trekker feels fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 19: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4250m.)
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and back to Pheriche (4250m.) and it takes about six hours. Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can 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. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. You can see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is known as windy town. There you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. There is located Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people.

Day 20: Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.)
Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3750m.) and it takes almost five hours. The trail descends to Pangboche and now the trail starts turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse.. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goat, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in cultural heritage of Sherpa people. Along this, you see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during 16 century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year.

Day 21: Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.)
Trek from Phortse (3750m.) to Khumjung (3790m.) which takes almost five hours. The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently upto Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement of Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Not limited to this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have preserved. The neighboring village of Khumjung is Khunde where a well equipped Hospital is built by Edmund Hillary in 1964.

Day 22: Khumjung to Thame (3800m.)
Trek from Khumjung to Thame (3800m.) and it takes about five hours. Thame is a place where you can visit many ancient monasteries. You will be able to experience the real Sherpa culture and at the most, from Thame you can take a glance at the beautiful mountain peaks.

Day 23: Thame to Monjo (2835m.)
Trek from Thame to Monjo (2835m.) which takes about five and half hours. While trekking from Thame to Monjo you come across few Sherpa settlements and you will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture. You can see people being engaged in agricultural activities.

Day 24: Monjo to Lukla (2800m.)
Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m.) and it takes about four hours. This day the trail gradually descends and ascends as well. You cross the Dudh Koshi river over suspension bridges.

Day 25: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla which takes 35 minutes.

Day 26: Kathmandu free day of your own.
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 27: Final Departure.
All too soon it\'s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya
  • Welcome in Airport
  •  Airport Pick up & Drop of Transportation by private vehicle
  •  Twin bed accommodation at Kathmandu in 4 star hotels with breakfast
  •  Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide , One porter between Two clients &  Entrance fees
  •  Kathamandu /Lukla/ Kathamandu flight for Clients and guide
  •  Accommodation in tea house during trek
  •  Everest trekking map for group
  •  All necessary paper work & Permits
  •  National Park Fee
  • Trekking staff ( First Aid Eco trained Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and Porters)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of  trekking staffs
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • Government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner
  • International Airfare
  •  Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  •  Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  •  Lunch /Dinner in Kathmandu & all meal during the trekking
  •  Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  •  Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  •  Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client\'s insurance
  •  Soft/hard drinks
  •  Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
Per Person

Trip Facts

Grade: Moderate
Trip Duration: 27 Days
Max. Altitude 5483 m
Season Sep - May
Trekking Teahouse
Accommodation 4 nights in Kathmandu, 22 nights in trekking lodge
Transportation Private /local bus /Flight
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