Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight

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    Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight
    Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight Highlights

    Everest base camp trekking without flying to Lukla is 18 days program including arrival and departure days. Drive with jeep to Salleri further to Thandanda 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 and driving ,1 days rest in Kathmandu after long days trekking makes this plan total 16 days. Including your arrival in Kathmandu and departure day from Kathmandu makes total program 18 days. 6 days of trekking and driving 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.

    Driving and Trekking to Everest Base Camp 

    8 hours driving road to Salleri from Kathmandu is mixed of well paved and gravel. We will provide you comfortable 4wheel jeep. Another driving for 6 hour is from Salleri to Thandanda which we take local jeep and driving road is entirely rough. Unique trekking trail from last point of jeep station 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 Thandanda. Drive back to Kathmandu again same way by comfortable jeep. You will not reach Lukla airport. Trekking program finished without flying Lukla.  

    Drive to trekking starting point and fly back after trekking

    Due to the road condition, drive till the trekking point is not easy. The first day of the driving is about 11 hours but the kilometer is only 267. The second day drive takes another 6 hours to reach Thandanda or further to Paiya. As per our experience, many trekkers who booked and planned for both the way driving, intend to change coming back Kathmandu by Lukla flight at the end of trek. So that you can plan this adventure one way driving and another way flying. It is also the good opportunity to explore foothills of Everest base camp first. Which is also the good way to acclimatization. Instead of driving same way back to Kathmandu, take flight back from Lukla airport. The way of driving in and flying out reduce one day in the trekking itinerary. 

    Accommodation and Foods

    Professional trekking guide from Nepal highland treks look after every arrangement on the way trekking. Tourist 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) depend on situation.. Hygienic foods from every lodges and restaurant are provided. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are including in the package during trekking. Every tea houses have their foods items mentioned  in menu. Deluxe accommodations are also availalbe in main local towns like in Phakding, Namche and in Dibuche. If you want to choose your package in deluxe hotels on the way trekking, that also can be provided with the best cost. This is to make Everest Base Camp Trek in luxury way.  

    Small group trek and best season

    We provide you opportunity to join our small group trekking or you can choose your private trekking with our regular guide and porter. Joining in our small group trek may reduce trekking cost by sharing transportation The best season for Everest Base Camp trekking is from March to May and September to November. Trekkers also can make this plan during Mani Rimdu Festival in Everest region. EBC trekking itinerary can customized and also have option to add Gokyo valley, Chhukung valley and also can include trekking peak climbing (Island Peak, Lobuche Peak) which are suitable for beginners climbers.

    Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight 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:Drive Salleri to Thandanda (6 Hours) entirely rough road. we overnight at simple local lodge
    • Day 04:Trek to Phakding (5/6 Hours – 2652m) overnight at local guest house
    • Day 05:Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 06:Acclimatization and rest at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight
    • Day 07:Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 08:Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 09:Acclimatization in Dingboche. Hiking around and overnight
    • Day 10:Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 11:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours
    • Day 12:Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 13:Trek to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea house
    • Day 14:Trek to Surke (6 Hours) and overnight in local lodge
    • Day 15:Trek to Thandanda (5 Hours) and drive to Salleri (6 Hours)
    • Day 16:Drive back to Kathmandu (8Hours) and transfer to the Hotel
    • Day 17:Day in Kathmandu. Rest after long days trekking
    • Day 18:Departure
    • Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu (Tribhuban International Airport) and transfer to the Hotel. Preparation of trekking and overnight

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

      Start 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 03:Drive Salleri to Thandanda (6 Hours) entirely rough road. we overnight at simple local lodge

      From Sallery, newly build rough road take us to Thandanda. It is 6 hours of driving. we stay overnight in Thandanda. There are only a simple local lodge available. We introduce our porter today.  

    • Day 04:Trek 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 05:Trek 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 06:Acclimatization 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 07:Trek 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 08:Trek 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 09:Acclimatization 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 10:Trek 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 11:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours

      Day 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 12:Climb 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 13:Trek 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 14:Trek to Surke (6 Hours) and overnight in local lodge

      Trekking in the same route up to Manjo. Walk toward Phakding and trek down to Surke. After Phakding, you find other trekkers hardly. It is to way of catching our driving route back to Kathmandu. We overnight in simple local tea house here in Surke   

    • Day 15:Trek to Thandanda (5 Hours) and drive to Salleri (6 Hours)

      Easy trekking down to Thandanda. We say good bye to our porter and driving 3 hours with local jeep with guide. Salleri is another simple place to overnight in local tea house tonight. 

    • Day 16:Drive back to Kathmandu (8Hours) and transfer to the Hotel

      Drive back to Kathmandu today. It is 8 hours same way driving back with lots of stop on the way. Reach at Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel for overnight 

    • Day 17:Day in Kathmandu. Rest after long days trekking

      Extra day in Kathmandu to get rest after long days of trekking. You have option to choose some memorial visiting is heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley. There are interesting biggest Hindu temples, oldest palace, Buddhist stupas. 

    • Day 18:Departure

      We drop to International airport for your final departure. It is important to reach there 3 hours before from your flight time. It is about 30 minutes driving from main touristic town of Kathmandu. 

    Route Map

    Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight map
    Cost Details
    • Airport picks up and drops arrangement
    • 3 nights accommodation 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   
    • 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 
    • 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 

    Add-ons and Options

    Upgrade accommodation Semi Deluxe: 7 nights hotels on the way trekking is available to upgrade. Phakding, Namche, Dibuche and Dingboche. For semi deluxe accommodation we stay in Dibuche instead of Tengboche. Rest of the overnights are in normal accommodation. 

    Single room: we can provide single room in entire nights accept 2 nights in Lobuche and Gorakhshep. These 2 nights are limited accommodation and flow of trekkers in trekking season time. 

    Price & Availability
    Select a Departure Month
    MondayApr 22, 2024
    ThursdayMay 09, 2024
    TuesdayApr 30, 2024
    FridayMay 17, 2024

    Our departure dates for EBC trek without Lukla flight targetting individual trekkers to reduce the trip cost for them. If you are group of trekkers want to have your own dates to trek with our team, we can accept any date you want. The best season for this trekking starts from month of March and goes till November. 

    Useful Information

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

    What is the accommodation facility in the Everest Base Camp Trek region?

    Entire EBC trekking is facilitated with local hotels which are neat and clean tourist standard accommodation. There is the same category of tea houses in the entire region. Namche, Phakding, and Lukla also have deluxe types of hotels. Hotels are till EBC (Gorakhshep). Rooms are twin sharing based in our service. Near at EBC Gorakhshep and in Lobuche room can be shared for 3/4 peoples at the time of trekkers flow during the main trekking season. 

    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. https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-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. 

    Everest Base Camp Trekking without Lukla flight FAQs

    • Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a challenging but rewarding experience. The trail is uneven, with snow-capped mountains in the background. While many trek enthusiasts worldwide have successfully completed this trek, there are challenges to be aware of. Unpredictable weather conditions and high altitudes can make the trek more demanding. Proper planning, preparation, and packing are crucial. With the right precautions and alertness, anyone can complete this iconic trek.

    • Trekking to Everest Base Camp without taking a flight to Lukla offers several advantages. Lukla flights can be frequently canceled due to bad weather, disrupting your original plans. Additionally, this trek allows you to explore the lower part of the Everest region, which features untouched landscapes and cultural settlements. You'll have the opportunity to experience the local way of life and enjoy a unique perspective of the Khumbu region.

    • For the Everest Base Camp trek without flying to Lukla, you'll travel by road. The journey begins with an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Salleri, which includes a mix of well-paved and gravel roads. You'll be provided with a comfortable 4-wheel jeep for this part of the journey. From Salleri, there's another 6-hour drive to Thandanda, where you'll use local jeeps on a rough road. From Thandanda, the trekking trail starts and takes you through beautiful landscapes and Sherpa and Rai communities. This road and trekking combination allows you to explore unexplored parts of the Khumbu region.

    • The entire Everest Base Camp trekking route is equipped with local hotels, which provide clean and comfortable accommodations that meet tourist standards. There is a consistent level of tea houses throughout the region. In towns like Namche, Phakding, and Lukla, you can also find deluxe hotels. Generally, rooms are twin-sharing, but in some places, such as near Everest Base Camp (Gorakhshep) and Lobuche, you may share a room with 3-4 trekkers during peak trekking seasons. Option of upgrading accommodation in Lukla, Namche, Phakding, Dibuche can arrange in extra cost.

    • The Everest Base Camp trek can be organized for any number of trekkers, from one person to a hundred. However, a group of around four people is ideal as it allows for cost-sharing, especially when it comes to transportation by jeep from Kathmandu to the trek's starting point and back.

    • You can obtain permits for the Everest Base Camp trek directly at the designated checkpoint along the trail. There are two types of permits required: The Everest National Park permit, which costs Nepali rupees 3,000 for foreigners, and another permit known as the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) or local permit, which costs rupees 2,000 per person. Indian nationals are charged only 1,500 rupees for these permits. You'll need to provide your passport details when obtaining these permits. Our guide will handle this work for you.

    • Kathmandu to salleri is about 267 kilometers mixing with mountain rough road. It takes about 11 hours time driving with a jeep. 11 hours is first day of driving. Second day of driving from Salleri to Thandanda is about 6 hours and we make another 3 hours trekking to overnight in local lodge. In dry season, jeep reach till Paiya which is further of Thandanda and overnight there. Drive Kathmandu to trekking point is not easy but this is the good experience of driving in Nepali mountain road with good views of Everest foothill region.

    Client Reviews

    • We had an incredible experience with Nepal Highland Treks.

      Everything was organised and communicated well in advance by Hemanta, so we felt very prepared to arrive in Kathmandu and begin the trek a couple of days later. The inclusion of a few nights in a hotel (with delicious breakfasts included!) was a real bonus, as it made the arrival in Kathmandu very seamless. We took the driving option at the to the start of the Everest Base Camp trek, which was a great experience as we got to see some more remote areas. The trek itself was wonderful, and our guide Ranjit was brilliant - he had lots of knowledge about the different areas we were in, the mountains, and took care of all the accommodation and food at the tea houses. The trek was well-paced, with Ranjit and our awesome porters providing the necessary support, as well as lot of laughs and good times. We ended up taking the flight out of Lukla instead of driving out, which Hemanta and Ranjit organised for us.

      We highly recommend Nepal Highland Treks - it provided an amazing experience for us, with many small touches that really made it a stand-out.

      Ashley Grace Meister Donaldson
      Ashley Grace Meister DonaldsonNew Zealand,April 01, 2024
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