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 the 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's 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.
Everest Road Trip Highlights
- Drive all the way from Kathmandu and trace the same route back
- Close-up view of Mt. Everest another world acclaimed peak 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 to Everest
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 altitude sickness bothers people less during this trek via road. Nevertheless, we highly recommend you 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 had 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 for Everest Base Camp by Road
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 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, and leeches on trekking routes.