The long way to Khumbu

Jiri to Namche Bazaar
Duration: 7-9 days
Lenght: approx. 120 km
Max. Elevation: 3440m
Difficulty: hard
Season: October to May
Follow the classic Everest expedition route through hill villages where the scenery and way of life is typical of most of rural Nepal. Lots of up-and-down as the route crosses several ridges seperated by deep valleys. An excellent trek also to acclimatise before heading to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo.
Near Shivalaya
Namche Bazaar, end of the trek

This is the best way to start an Everest Trek. From Namche Bazaar you can go on to the Everest Base Camp or to Gokyo (or both...). Because most of the trekkers fly in to Lukla and walk only the high altitude portion of the route, this part is less crowded than all the others.

The trek from Jiri involves a tremendous amount of up-and-down walking. A glance at the map will show why. All the rivers in this part of Nepal flow south from Himalaya glaciers, but the trek route proceeds east. Therefore the track route must climb to the ridge in between two valleys, descend to the river and ascend the next pass. If you total all the uphill climbing, it comes to almost 10,000m of elevation gain from Jiri to Everest Base Camp.

Buses to Jiri leave from Kathmandu at the old bus terminal just across from Ratna Park. The first Bus leaves at 6am, the others follow all in the morning. The trip takes 10 to 12 hours with several stops for lunch etc.
From Jiri to Kathmandu, the Buses leave at 5am, 6.30am and 7am.

If you only want to do the trek and don't go on to Everest Basecamp, you have to add two days to head back to Lukla, from where you can fly out to Kathmandu.