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.
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.
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.