Trekking and Walking

Everest Base Camp By Road

Nepal

Everest Base Camp By Road

Durtation: 21 Days

Price: US 1,199 All Inclusive

Everest Base Camp Trek By Road - a package from Himalayan Trekkers - is one of the best ways to reach Everest Base Camp amongst the others and the most reliable as well.

This alternative is a safe way to trek to EBC as well as a scenic one, as you will pass through several beautiful villages like Salleri, Phaplu and Takshindo La.

These are some of the additional beauties that get added to the contemporary Everest Base Camp trek itinerary along with the impressive views of Mount Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and other surrounding peaks of the Everest Region all the way from Kathmandu.

There exist several ways to reach the base camp of majestic top of the world. Many people know the Everest Base Camp trek commencing from Lukla after a brief flight from Kathmandu.

However, since the weather at high altitudes is unpredictable, Lukla flight is likely to be canceled a lot due to bad climatic conditions. This might cause unwanted problems who have their mindset of the trek on a fixed day. Flight cancellations and bad weather are unsurprisingly subsequent further decreasing the reliability of the entire journey.

While comparing “Lukla to EBC trek” and “EBC Trek by road”, you will notice that the latter has many advantages. Encompassing all the positive factors of the first, driving to EBC on a vehicle taking road i.e. without flight also incorporates other pros like further interaction with different ethnicities; Brahmin, Chettri, Rai, etc due to added days.

The diversified trail of this trek will take you to Tak Shindo, Paiya, Kharikhola, and Surke before Phakding. This trek has further advantages as it is more immune to altitude sickness than a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Everest Base camp.

Road Trip Highlights

  • Drive all the way from Kathmandu and trace the same route back
  • Close up view of Mt. Everest another world acclaimed peaks like Mt. Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse etcetera
  • Reach the vantage point of the trek - Kala Patthar(5643 meters) to peek into Everest
  • Observe diverse vegetations - rhododendron, pine, oaks, magnolia, and many others
  • Be in Sagarmatha National Park and maybe glimpses of rare animals like snow leopard, red panda, etc.
  • Experience the unique culture of Sherpas
  • Explore the beautiful Salleri village
  • Stunning Takshindo La passes at 3071 meters.

Difficulty On Road Trip

Generally, hiking to Everest Base Camp is difficult due to the high elevation and steep trail that extends the distance beyond 130 km. Due to the elevation greater than 5000 meters and weather conditions at such a high altitude, it won’t be wrong to say trekking by road is categorized as moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty. 

Altitude sickness is one of the factors in a high-altitude trek like this one. This trek, however, has the advantage as ltitude sickness bothers people less during this trek via road. Nevertheless, we highly recommend you to be prepared mentally and physically for this trek.

Even though this trek doesn’t require you to be a professional athlete, this trek can be fairly challenging if you are completely new in the field of intense walking and would help if you some prior experience walking on uneven terrains.

The difficulty of this trek will be severe if you aren’t physically fit. So, we urge you to indulge yourself in some basic exercises to boost up stamina.

Best Season

Precisely, the best season is in the months between Spring and Autumn. March, April, May, September, October, and November are considered best due to feasibility, proper weather, good views, and most important - safe trail.

Early December and late February is also a good time. Other than that, winter can get really challenging at higher altitudes due to freezing cold and snow. The summer is also a bit challenging and unsafe due to slippery trails, leeches on trekking routes.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

Day 02: Drive to Salleri from Kathmandu (2362 meters): About 8 to 9 hours’ drive.

Day 03: Salleri to Takshindo Trek (3140 meters): About 5 to 6 hours.

Day 04: Takshindo to Kharikhola Trek (2250 meters): Approx. 7 hours.

Day 05: Kharikhola to Paiya Trek (3140 meters):  Approx. 6 hours.

Day 06: Paiya to Phakding Trek (Altitude 2657 meters): About 6 to 7 hours.

Day 07: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek (3441 meters): Approx. 6 hours.

Day 08: Visit Syangboche and Khumjung Village (3780 meters)/ Acclimatization day then, return back to Namche Bazaar: Approx. 5 hours

Day 09: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche trek (3860 meters): Walking for about 5 hours.

Day 10: Tengboche to Dingboche Trek (4350 meters): About 6 hours trek.

Day 11: Acclimatization day /Explore Dingboche: Approx. 3 hours

Day 12: Dingboche to Lobuche Trek (4910 meters): Walking 5 hours.

Day 13: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp trek (5365 meters), then trek back to Gorakshep: Approx. 8 hours trek

Day 14: Climb up to Kalapatthar (5643 meters) & trek back down to Pheriche (4200 meters): About 7 hours trek.

Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar trek (3441 meters): Approx. 7 hours.

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Surke Trek (2421 meters): About 7 hours trek.

Day 17: Trek from Surke to Jubhing (1680 meters): About 7 hours trek.

Day 18:  Trek to Ringmo from Jubhing (2720 meters): Trekking 5 to 6 hours.

Day 19: Trek to Salleri from Ringmo (2362 meters): About 4 hours trek.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu from Salleri: About 8 to 9 hours’ drive.

Day 21:  Final goodbye/ departure from Kathmandu Nepal.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 min drive

1,400 m

Our rep will pick you from the airport. You are escorted to hotel where you get fresh and engage in a brief pre-tour meeting with our team. You are also introduced to your guide and we provide you some last moment tips and advice to you as we clear your confusion and answer your queries. 

Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2

Drive to Salleri from Kathmandu (2,362 m)

8 - 9 Hrs Drive

2,362 m

We leave the hotel early in the morning to head towards Salleri. We reach Salleri via Jeep or tourist bus. We have to cover 265 Km to reach Salleri (2362 m). Our journey is exciting and filled with stunning scenery of mountains, rivers, bridges and forests. 

We will even see Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu when our transport takes us to Pattale Village (2,840 meters). About 9 hours of drive, we arrive at a mountain town called Salleri. We will stay overnight at a mountain lodge in this Everest region administrative headquarter.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 3

Salleri to Takshindo Trek (3,140 m)

5 - 6 Hrs Hike

3,081 m

After early breakfast we begin trekking. We pass Salleri Bazar and get into Phaplu. We reach Ringmo Village crossing forests, terrace fields and Sherpas and Rai settlements. We walk uphill from Ringmo Village enjoying the views of Buddhist Chortens , dense forest. As we proceed, we see different mountains from Takshindo La pass (3,081 meters).  We continue trekking until we reach Takshindo village where we will spend our night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 4

Takshindo to Kharikhola Trek (2,250 m)

7 Hrs Trek

2,250 m

We enjoy the breakfast looking at the views of snowcapped peak of the serene Everest region. We trek for 7 hours to arrive at Kharikhola where we will stay overnight at a lodge or a tea house. To reach there, we pass through multi ethnic settlements like Sherpa, Magar, Rai, Tamang and Chettri’s.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 5

Kharikhola to Paiya Trek (3,140 m)

5 - 6 Hrs Hike

3,140 m

We cross Khari Khola and continue our trek for 6 hours to arrive at Paiya located at altitude of 3,140 meters. Our journey is very exciting with all the magnificent views of mountains and thick forests. We will spend the night at a mountain lodge in Paiya Trek.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 6

Paiya to Phakding Trek (2,657 m)

6 - 7 Hrs Hike

2,657 m

We trek towards Phakding located at height of 2,657 meters after early morning breakfast. We pass small Surkhe village located beneath Lukla. Throughout the trekking trail, we will diverse views of green vegetables, barley and wheat.  We spend the night in Phakding (2657 meters) after reaching there by walking for about 7 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 7

Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek (3,441 m)

6 Hrs Hike

3,441 m

We walk in the trekking trails alongside the Dudh Koshi river. We pass clusters of rest houses and a mini-hydro project to reach Monjo village. We see Thamserku Peak (6,608 meters), several waterfalls on our way here. 

Our trekking card is checked at the Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint above Monjo. We trek through thick pine forest to arrive at Namche Bazar where we will stay overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 8

Visit Syangboche, Khumjung Village (3780 meters) / Acclimatization Day, Back to Namche

4 - 5 Hrs Hike

3,780 m

We explore Namche Bazar today as we also acclimatize to save ourselves from dreadful Altitude Sickness. We visit Syangboche and trek towards Everest view hotel to see the views of the mountain from this high held hotel periphery.

We also visit Khumjung village and Khumjung Gompa. After exploring the houses and valleys of Khumjung Village we return back to Namche Bazar for the night stay. We can visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center here depending upon the due time left.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 9

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860 meters)

4 - 5 Hrs Hike

3.860 m

We ascend in our trekking trail passing Chhorkung, Kyangjuma and Sanasa we reach Tengboche. Our trails will show us some water-powered prayer wheels as we ascend past them.

We also pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest and chortens to enter Tengboche. We explore Tengboche Gompa with a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, which is the main attraction of this place. We stay overnight in a mountain lodge in Tengboche.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 10

Tengboche to Dingboche Trek (4350 meters)

5 - 6 Hrs Hike

4,350 m

Your trek through conifers and rhododendrons jungle and arrive at Debuche. We walk downhill in a steep and cross Imja Khola via a bridge. Continuing we arrive at Pangboche. We will walk past alpine valleys and meadows to arrive at Dingboche following the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola. 

Dingboche blesses us with the amazing views of Island Peak, Lhotse, and other famous peaks of the Everest region. Overnight at a mountain lodge in Dingboche (4,350 meters) after trekking for 6 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 11

Acclimatization Day / Explore Dingboche

2 - 3 Hrs Hike

4,350 m

We explore Dingboche and other beauty in its vicinity. After a warm breakfast early morning, we walk to Nangkartshang Gompa which is 400 meters above Dingboche. We can relish the stunning views of Mt. Makalu , Mt. Lhotse and Imja Valley from up here. We trek down to Dingboche and terminate today's trek after 3 hours of walk. Today also we stay in Dingboche lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 12

Dingboche to Lobuche Trek (4,910 meters)

4 - 5 Hrs Hike

4,910 m

Enjoying the views of twin peaks  “Taboche and Cholatse” and “Ama Dablam and Kantega”. We walk the uneven terrains looking at the snowcapped peaks Pumori (7145 meters), Lingtren (6697 meters), Khumbutse (6623 meters), Changtse (7550 meters).

Trekking for 5 hours, we finally arrive at Lobuche where we will stay overnight in.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 13

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,365 meters), Trek back to Gorakshep

7 - 8 Hrs Hike

5,365 m

We trek through a narrow trail to arrive at the base camp of Mt Everest. We continue walking across the Khumbu Glacier to arrive at the Base Camp.

We can see the amazing view of the Everest region which includes stunning crystalline mountain views, forests, glaciers, etc. After enjoying the feel of Mt. Everest from Everest Base Camp, we return back to Gorakshep for dinner and a night stay. This a tiring day that requires walking around 8 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 14

Climb up to Kalapatthar (5,643 meters) & trek back down to Pheriche (4200 meters)

6 - 7 Hrs Hike

5,643 m

We hike up to Kala Patthar early in the morning through a grassy ridge directly above the Gorakshep. Kala Patthar blesses us with a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan beauties from Everest to Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and several more.

The sensation of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar is simply speechless and magical. We taking photos of this paradise and return back to Gorakshep. After a lunch break, we trek back to Pheriche at 4200 meters. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 15

Pheriche to Namche Bazaar trek (3,441 meters)

6 - 7 Hrs Hike

3,441 m

We return back to Namche Bazar walking in the west bank of Imja Khola. We pass Shomare, Pangboche , Debuche, and Tangboche .Overnight in a mountain lodge in Namche Bazar.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 16

Namche Bazaar to Surke Trek (2,421 meters)

6 - 7 Hrs Hike

2,421 m

Walking past incredible mountain landscapes, luxuriant forest and passing Sherpa Village - we arrive at Surke. We take a lunch break at Phakding. We will stay overnight at a lodge or guesthouse in Surke at 2,421 meters altitude.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 17

Trek from Surke to Jubhing (1,680 meters)

6 - 7 Hrs Hike

1,680 m

We ascend through the trail enjoying the peripheral rhododendron and oak forests after which will walk downhill to Bhupsa village in a steep trail. We follow Khari Khola Stream to arrive at Jhubhing village after trekking for 7 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 18

Trek to Ringmo from Jubhing (2,720 meters)

5 - 6 Hrs

2,720 m

We will trek down to Nunthala and ascend at Takshindo La at the altitude of 3,071 meters after which we will trek down to arrive at Ringmo village after trekking for about 6 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 19

Trek to Salleri from Ringmo (2,362 meters)

4 Hrs Trek

2,362 m

Crossing the diverse landscapes like forest, terrace farms and Sherpa and Rai settlements, we enter Salleri where we will rest for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 20

Drive back to Kathmandu from Salleri

8 to 9 Hrs Drive

1,400 m

We enjoy our scenic drive while returning back to Kathmandu from Salleri. We check into our hotel, take rest, get refreshed and do what we please. At night, we will enjoy a farewell dinner with all the trekking partners and teammates. 

Farewell Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 21

Final Departure from Kathmandu Nepal

30 min drive

1,400 m

Today after breakfast, we bid you farewell and drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport or any other complied location.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle

Breakfast

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Customize Your Trip

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • 02 Nights Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu – Salleri – Kathmandu transfer by Sharing Jeep
  • All accommodation during the trek All meals (Breakfast, Lunches & Dinner with Tea/Coffee)
  • An experienced English-speaking guide & required porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crew.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees & Local Province (Municipality/Village) Fees (All Permits)
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner in Authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Government taxes

Whats Not Included

  • Nepal entry visa Fees
  • International Airfare & Departure Taxes
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) in the city
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips for guides, driver or porters
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances (road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing