View of Namche from on way to Everest View Point
View of Namche from on way to Everest View Point

Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight - 20 Days


    Everest base camp trekking without flying to Lukla is 20 days program including arrival and departure days. Drive with jeep to Salleri and trek to main trekking route of EBC (Phakding) through unexplored section of Knumbu region. Program skip Lukla airport flight which is most scary flight and airport in the world.

The main trekking trail of Khumbu region was not touched with ground transportation before. Now there are various route which touch with gravel road and trekking through this route is still not popular. One of the short and comfortable driving route to Everest region is via Salleri. 15 days trekking , 2 days driving and 1 days rest in Kathmandu after long days trekking makes this plan total 18 days. Including your arrival in Kathmandu and departure day from Kathmandu makes total program 20 days. 6 days of trekking is in unexplored low land region of Khumbu where you can expect tourist standard basic accommodations and locally prepared foods. Salleri, Nunthala, Chutok, Paiya and to Phakding. Cost of Lukla flight covers your transportation from Kathmandu to Salleri and 6 more days trekking on the region.

8 hours driving road to Salleri from Kathmandu is mixed of well paved and gravel. We will provide you comfortable 4wheel jeep. Unique trekking trail from Salleri to Phakding can expect beautiful landscape with drop of Himalayan views. Typical Sherpa and Rai communities are well settled in this region. Exploring their simple life style, their daily works and their unique cultures are feels different than regular trekking route of Everest. It also help to make your body fit in acclimatization before reaching Phakding and Namche which are trekking towns more than 2600 miters altitude. Two days of acclimatization (Namche and Dingboche) helps to fill power in your body reaching easily Everest Base Camp (5364m) and climb Kalapathar (5,545m). Trekking return same way back to Phakding than to Salleri. Drive back to Kathmandu again same way by comfortable jeep. You will not reach Lukla airport. Trekking program finished without flying Lukla.   

Professional trekking guide from Nepal highland treks look after every arrangement on the way trekking. Standard local guest house accommodation on twin sharing will be provided throughout trekking days. You may have to share room with other peoples for a night in Gorakhshep (Near Everest Base Camp). Hygienic foods from every lodges and restaurant are provided. We provide you opportunity to join our small group trekking or you can choose your private trekking with our regular guide and porter. The best season for Everest Base Camp trekking is from March to May and September to November. EBC trekking itinerary can customized also have option to add Gokyo valley, Chhukung valley and including trekking peak climbing (Island Peak, Lobuche Peak) which are suitable for beginners climber.    

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu (Tribhuban International Airport) and transfer to the Hotel. Preparation of trekking and overnight

Day 02:Drive Kathmandu to Salleri (266 km - 8 Hours) Overnight at local lodge

Day 03:First day of trekking starts. Trekking to Nunthala (6/7 Hours – 1,823m) overnight at local guest house

Day 04:Trek to Paiya/ Paya (8 Hours – 2,730m) overnight at local guest house

Day 05:Trek to Phakding (5/6 Hours – 2652m) overnight at local guest house

Day 06:Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 07:Acclimatization and rest at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight

Day 08:Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 09:Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 10:Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight

Day 11:Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 12:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours

Day 13:Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 14:Trek to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 15:Trek to Surke

Day 16:Trek to Nunthala

Day 17:Trek to Salleri

Day 18:Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 19:Day in Kathmandu. Rest after long days trekking

Day 20:Departure

Cost Includes

    • Airport picks up and drops arrangement
    • 3 nights ccommodation in 3* category hotel Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast  
    • Everest Trekking permit and TIMS card (Local tax) 
    • Private jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri and back 
    • Accommodation in tea house on twin sharing during trekking (Room with attached bathrooms are provided in Llukla, Namche and in Phakding)  
    • Three times foods during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) including tea and coffee  
    • An English speaking trekking guide and supporter (2 peoples = 1 supporter) with their foods, accommodation, insurance, equipment
    • Emergency rescue management, First Aid kit
    • Duffel bag to put your stuffs and handover it to Porter
    • Warm down sleeping bag in returnable base if you need 
    • One evening dinner at authentic Nepali cultural restaurant
    • Management of emergency evacuation in case of need 
    • Government taxes and official service charge 

Cost Excludes

    • Lunch and dinner while at Kathmandu
    • Bar bills, soft drinks/ bottled drinks including drinking water
    • Hot shower, battery charges, cummunication cost and internet at local tea houses
    • Personal equipment, personal insurance, medical expenses, cost of emergency rescue in case of need
    • Nepal entry visa (USD 50 per person for one month) you can get on arrival visa.
    • International air fair
    • More than 3 cups of hot drinks per day
    • Accommodation upgrading more than 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Deluxe tea houses on the way at available places  
    • Extra activities mentioned than in our itinerary and cost including
    • Tipping to staffs 

Important Note

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight
Round cap to protect from sun during sunny day
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal
1 pair warm water proof trekking shoes
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
3 to 4 pairs of light t-shirt
Warm glove
Rain coat (cover body and backpack)
20 litter polar bag for trekking, carrying yourself (Trekking bag pack)
Duffel bag, (Nepal Highland Treks provide you in Kathmandu) for porter 
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner (You can take from Nepal Highland Treks in returnable) 

Other accessories
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Battery charger
Trekking sticks 
Phone and charger
lip care
Sun cream
Toilet papers
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
Note: You can buy above mentioned trekking equipment in Kathmandu Nepal also. 

Booking procedure and payment
To book this trip, we need your passport copy by email and trip confirmation amount of USD 150 per person. You can pay us trip confirmation amount by bank transfer, by online credit card system. Rest of the payment can made after your arrival in Kathmandu. Paying by credit card, bank transfer or cash.  

Cancellation policy
Free cancellation if you cancel your trip 2 month before your trip starts. USD 150 per person is the cancellation charge if you cancel your trip after 2 month time. You have option to transfer your advance amount for next trip or replace it for another friend.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive at Kathmandu (Tribhuban International Airport) and transfer to the Hotel. Preparation of trekking and overnightRepresentative from Nepal highland Treks greet you in international airport. Your hotel for the airport is about 7 kilometers takes 20 minutes driving. Check in the room and rest. Stay in briefing with Nepal highland treks team including your guide. Final preparation of the trip, check your trekking equipment with the help of your guide. Entire trekking equipment are available to buy in Kathmandu in case of any trekking equipment need to buy here.

Day 2Drive Kathmandu to Salleri (266 km - 8 Hours) Overnight at local lodgeStart driving to Salleri after your breakfast in Hotel. Drive through scenic road starts from Dhulikhel, Khurkot Ghurmi, and various settlement of different cast group of Nepal. Driving road is with beautiful Pine, Rhododendron forest, magnificent George, mountain ranges and Rivers. Salleri is headquarter of Solukhumbu district where you will get quite nice comfortable accommodation.

Day 3First day of trekking starts. Trekking to Nunthala (6/7 Hours – 1,823m) overnight at local guest house Trekking route goes ups and down walking through Sherpa villages with Tibetan style of settlement and their culture. Enjoyable trekking path is awesome view of Numbur Himal accompanied by local scenario. Every villages have locally made old monastery represent Tibetan Buddhism to practice their religion. Reaching to Nunthala is nice and a large village. Nice place of mixed settlement of Sherpa, Rai, Magar, Tamang of Hindu and Buddhist. Village is more interesting with lots shops, tea houses, local lodges and stores.

Day 4Trek to Paiya/ Paya (8 Hours – 2,730m) overnight at local guest house Quite long day but easy walk through community of Sherpa, Magars and other mix-up. The view of Lukla village and Nunthala valley surprise us. Descent and accent through alpine forest, and cross the Dudhkoshi River. Steep hill climb to reach top ridge of Buspa Danda offering super views of mountains and landscape. Middle of forest Paiya village is nice stop to overnight.

Day 5Trek to Phakding (5/6 Hours – 2652m) overnight at local guest house Our trek meet today the regular trekking trail starting from Lukla after flying from Kathmandu. Easy trekking trail goes till Surke. Gradually ups trail to Chaurikharka, Chhepung, Nurning and to Phakding. The impressive view of Kusum Kangaru, Buddhist village with mani walls makes trail impressive. Phakding have various lodges for trekkers where you will find nice suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River

Day 6Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house After your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.

Day 7Acclimatization and rest at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight It is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh

Day 8Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house We trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas

Day 9Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house Trekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields.

Day 10Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight It is good to have acclimatized here before you reach at Everest Base Camp. Instead of staying inactively, we make hiking around the valley. We climb up behind the valley. It is good view of some 8000 miter Himalayas and several other climbing peaks. Instead of hiking long, we back to lodge and take rest for tomorrow’s ascent.

Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house It is short hiking at high altitude. We start after your breakfast in Dingboche. After walking around three hours in wide valley we reach at Duglha. You’re walking than reach some tough ascending. You may feel hard to breathe as it is thinner air in high altitude. You will reach Lobuche. Lobushe is small settlement with fewer tea houses only. You have to be prepared with chilly night.

Day 12Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hoursDay of reaching at base camp of highest peak of the earth, you are at the day of reaching your dream. It is better to start trekking as earlier as possible after your breakfast. The trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is not hard but it is continuously ascending and descending at glacier rocky trail. Everest base Camp is extremely beautiful. Panaromic Mountains including Everest is surroundings. We will come up to near from Khumbu Glacier and see icefall from slopes of Mount Everest. We than come back to Gorakhshep for our overnight

Day 13Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house We prepare with our small bag with hot drinking water and some nuts. It is about one and half hours climbing. When we start, it is dark and chilly. Get sunrise view and panoramic mountain views which is probably the best view ever in this trekking. We come down to Gorakhshep and have breakfast. Hike back to Pheriche for overnight

Day 14Trek to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea house All the way down hill from Pheriche to Phunki Thanga. We can choose either Tengboche or Phunki thanga for our lunch. Small ascend involve after phunki Thanga to the top. Again an hour downhill reach Namche. You can feel more relax at Namche having nice walking soundings. Namche is having some of the goods cafes, shops and restaurants

Day 15Trek to Surke Trekking in the same route up to Manjo. Walk toward Phakding and trek down to Surke.

Day 16Trek to Nunthala Trek to Nunthala

Day 17Trek to Salleri Trek to Salleri

Day 18Drive back to Kathmandu Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 19Day in Kathmandu. Rest after long days trekking Extra day in Kathmandu to get rest after long days of trekking. Evening farewell dinner. get feed back about the trekking

Day 20Departure Drop to International airport for your final departure

Departure Dates

If your time frame is not suitable to join in our fixed departure dates, you can ask us to create new date for you. Cost of the trip will be the same USD 1320 if you are at least 2 pax group. Cost for single pax will be more and group size more than 2 pax reduce trip cost. We are ready to customize the plan of Everest Base Camp Trek without Lukla flight as per your interest.  

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
14 April, 2021 03 May, 2021 US$ 1320 Available Book Now

Useful Info

Nepal Visa
Visa for Nepal can be obtain on arrival. USD 50 per person for a month multiple visa. As your trekking itinerary is 20 days, you should take minimum 30 days visa. You also can apply Nepal visa online which will avoid long queue to take visa on arrival in Nepal airport. Do visit link for your online visa. Make sure online application is only valid for 15 days. So fill online Nepali visa form just before 15 days counting your arrival in Nepal.