After Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Nepal reach top of the Mount Everest in 1953, adventure tourist began to come Nepal for adventure activities after that period. After 65 years of that moment Nepal has become hub of tourist for trekking, mountaineering, Natural and cultural tours. The main famous trekking in Nepal now is Everest Base Camp. It is reaching at Base camp of world highest peak Mt Everest and hike to Kalapathar for best sunrise and mountain views including Everest. Normal trekking plan is for 12 days including 2 days acclimatization and rest days on the way before reaching at Base Camp region. Trekking in Nepal and Everest region is not only Mountains, also to explore beautiful landscape, cultural peoples, monuments and more….
To starts Everest Base Camp Trekking most of the peoples plan to fly Lukla airport which is maximum 35 minutes flight with tiny aircraft. Tenzing–Hillary Airport is frequently referred as the most dangerous airport in the world. Arriving and departing aircraft must use a single runway (06 for landing and 24 for takeoff). There is a low prospect of successful go-around on short final approach due to the terrain. Weather is also unpredictable. Trekkers keen to trek in Everest region may takes land route if there were shortest one. Road in the Khumbu region now is touching almost main trekking trail of EBC. One of the shortest and easiest road Kathmandu to Salleri can be the good option. It now Trekking to Everest Base Camp without Lukla flight makes now possible.
Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight can be 20 days plan including your days in Kathmandu, Arrival day and departure day. One of the best way is Kathmandu to sallery can reach within a day drive through scenic beautiful road side. Following benefits can well describe when you do EBC trekking without Lukla flight.
Safe high flight fair
Lukla flight cost is nearly cost of some international flights. USD 180 is the one way flight cost. Two way cost is USD 360 per person. Within this cost your private 4wheel jeep to Salleri and more 4 days trekking cost covers.
Safe from scary Lukla flight and Lukla airport
Because of its runway, small parking and weather, Lukla flight is always scary and one of the dangerous flight. You will be safe and no need to be fear if you skip Lukla flight and make drive towards main trekking trail to Everest Base Camp through Salleri or Phaplu.
Stay safe from Cancellation of flight
Flight is always in morning time. Afternoon start heavy winds. It is also always depend on whether condition. Flying through high hills, if there will be deep clouds and windy on flight route, flight can’t starts their flight from Kathmandu. Peoples have to wait many hours and more chance to get cancellation. Cancellation of your flight first day cannot get again same time flight next day. You will be pushed last hour flight if there is seats available. Due to cancellation, your itinerary may disturb.
Keep delay of Lukla flight and cancellation. Peoples are waiting long hour in Kathmadnu airport to expect their flight to Lukla. Pic from (katieaune.com)
Trek through unexplored region of Khumbu
If you skip flight to Lukla and trekking through Salleri, Phaplu or from Jiri you will be exploring unexplored Khumbu region where less people’s treks. There are basic lodges owned by local peoples. Lower Khumbu region is mix settlement of different cast group and interesting cultures. You will serve by warm welcomed peoples.
Program on schedule
Low risk of high altitude
You are starting your trekking from low altitude and slowly gain high altitude area. It is less chance to get any high altitude sickness. If you do take flight to Lukla you immediately reach at 2860 miter altitude and altitude continuously gain every hours. Which is high risk of getting high altitude sickness.
Away from extra cost
Route trip to Everest Base Camp does not extra cost. Choosing this trekking through Lukla flight and if your flight is cancelled and wait more than a day in Kathmandu, you might choose to fly with Helicopter which cost you more than your ticket fair. Helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu got more chances even in bad weather. That makes your trekking cost more and extra. Instead if you plan to drive no any extra cost.