Base City: 


Starting Point: 

Jiri, or Shivalaya

Ending Point: 

Namche Bazaar

Average Duration: 

5 to 8 day

Route Finding: 


Sherpana find a trekking guide and share the cost in Nepal

Equipment Required: 

Sleeping is useful, there are lodges the whole way so food and a tent are not necessary.


Foriegners need to pay the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee 3000 NPR and get a TIMS Card in Kathmandu which costs $20 for individual trekkers, and $10 through travel agents.

Trek Overview

This is the most popular route to walk into the Everest Region, that said it is much less popular than the fly in approach so that even in the high season you will likely only run into a handful of trekkers per day.  It is a very strenuous approach despite not reaching the high altitudes found above Namche.  Since the trail runs west to east perpendicular to the valleys nearly every day the trail decends to a valley crosses a river then climbs to a pass only to decend yet again. This trek will whip you into shape and you will be well aclimatized by the time you reach Namche.  While the views are not stunning it does give the trekker a taste of the middle hills and the villages are culturally more interesting than the "lodge towns" further up.  There is something satisfing about going all the way to Everest Base camp with out getting into an airplane and following the route of the early expiditions, however in my opinion if you are at all limited in time I would advise flying in spending your time further up exploring the other high valleys like Gokyo, Chukhung and the Bhote Valley.

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Ross Rodgers (not verified)

I have been trekking in Nepal for decades and have done most of them several times.  Jiri to Namche is one of my favorites because of the great scenery and because so few people are on this route.  If weather keeps people from flying out of Lukla and the prognosis for improved weather is bad, there will be people coming down the trail to get out of the region, but still few people going up.  Arduous and long, it can be done in six days if you are very fit and fast, up to ten days otherwise.  A road is being built past Jiri and has gone as far as the first day's walk but by a different route, and that road is mostly open to trucks in the driest part of the dry season.  This is an exellent trek with friendly people, great vistas, nice lodging.  There are several villages along the way worthy of a two-night stop for side trips.  Highly recommended.

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