The Classic Everest Trek (Jiri to Everest Base Camp) follows the trail first used by the first climbers heading for Everest. Jiri (1905m) has a unique and clean environment.
Jiri is still a gateway to Everest Base Camp and is promoting a green clean organic environment and are involved in growing exotic fruits, such as Kiwi Fruit. They also have a cheese-making factory making the traditional cheese called Chhurpi or durkha, made from yak and cow’s milk and consumed in the Himalayan region. The valley has a large farming community working terraced fields and a yak farm worth visiting. There is also a park and memorial to Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing – the first to climb Everest (8848m - Sagarmatha). As you head toward base camp you may see rare species, such as the snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda.
This trek can be very demanding with many steep ascents and descents and is also referred to as the Great Himalaya Cultural Trail has a lot to offer, with Buddhism being the main religion and Lamas their spiritual leaders. Along the trail, you will see an abundance of birdlife, forests, and quaint photogenic villages. You will pass a number of well known Buddhist monasteries, such as Thupten Choling near the Sherpa village of Junbesi (2700m) and Trakshindu.
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking have been providing tours to this region for more than 40 years and make every effort to see that your journey is everything you hoped it to be –and more!
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Classic EBC is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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My recent trek to the Everest region was a very memorable one which I would recommend to anyone with an inkling of adventure in their veins. I went with a guide from Jiri to EBC, Gokyo, and back. I would highly recommend doing the Jiri to Lukla part of the track as you get to view a much more diverse range of cultures and landscapes, than if you started straight from Lukla. Also, acclimatization is helped by starting from the Jiri end of the track. I particularly found the town of Payan absolutely stunning, as well as the larger village of Khumjung which was so obviously benefiting from the school financed by the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. My goal of getting to EBC was achieved and it would have to be one of the highlights, not for its views, but for its significance in mountaineering history. My guide Lakpa Sherpa was very insightful and reliable and his company Sherpa Expedition and Trekking made things really easy in regards to the organizational side of things, as well as providing me with a Nepalese link when dealing with with locals along the trek in various teahouses and so forth. My thanks must go to Sherpa Expedition and Trekking and the young man Ram who helped organize everything from Kathmandu. Also, my guide Lakpa Sherpa who helped make the trek a memorable one.
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