Everest Base Camp By Road - 21 Days


Trip Info

Trip Duration

21 Days

Max Altitude

5545 m



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Trip Ends At


Everest Base Camp By Road Overview

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 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 a trek to Everest Base camp. 

Note: There is also an alternative option of starting the trek by driving and ending it by fighting from Lukla to Kathmandu. This way you can experience the best of both worlds.


Everest Road Trip Highlights

  • Drive 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 vegetation - rhododendron, pine, oaks, magnolia, and many others
  • Be in Sagarmatha National Park and maybe glimpses of rare animals like snow leopards, red pandas, etc.
  • Experience the unique culture of Sherpas
  • Explore the beautiful Salleri village
  • Stunning Takshindo La passes at 3071 meters.


A Typical Day during Everest Base Camp Trek by Road

Your journey to the base of the tallest mountain in the world begins with an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Salleri. It takes 8/9 hours to reach Salleri and you will be driving 125 kilometers on this day. Although the distance isn’t much, it takes a long time because of the varied geography of Nepal and poor roadway condition. The travelers will spend the night in Salleri and drive 18.4 km for 4/5 hours towards Kharikhola.

From Kharikhola begins your trekking to the base camp. Except for the days, you will be driving, a typical day in Everest Base Camp Trek by Road starts with a warm cup of tea overlooking the beautiful view seen from your teahouse window. After having a delicious breakfast prepared in the local teahouse, you along with the guide and porter will gather stuff and pack your bags and start walking into the mystical realm of Everest Region. 

The trekkers will hike for 6 hours per day on average, give or take an hour or two on some days. Although the hike seems lengthy, we assure you that it is comfortable and our guide and porters will be there with you to support you at all times. We also have prepared the itinerary with a proper acclimatization schedule so you will be hiking gradually.

Around midday, you will stop at a teahouse en route for lunch. And after enjoying the hearty lunch and reviving your energy, you will ascend further and stop for snacks if necessary. On this trek with us, you are free to stop by at every viewpoint, enjoy every breathtaking scenery, take lots of pictures, and explore all the attractions. 

Likewise, you will reach the teahouse where you will be spending the night around mid-afternoon on most days. Upon reaching the teahouse, you can rest a bit, explore the area if interested, and in the evening have a delicious dinner prepared by the locals. Night falls fast during the trek. The guide will brief you about the next day and then you will go to bed quite earlier than your usual sleep time because it is vital to have enough sleep to revive your energy for a long day of trekking the next day.  

During the trek, tomorrow is usually the same as today. You will have breakfast in the teahouse you stayed in and proceed with your journey towards Everest Base Camp. Likewise, after ending the trek, you will be returning to Kathmandu the same way, i.e. drive from Kharikhola to Salleri and Salleri to Kathmandu. 


Difficulty on Road Trip to Everest

Generally, hiking to Everest Base Camp requires sound physical and mental fitness due to its high altitude and steep trail that extends the distance beyond 130 km. Due to having elevation higher than 5000 meters and harsh 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 weather, altitude, duration, physical endurance, and track.    

Altitude sickness is one of the tough 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 because traveling by road requires a few extra days and as we will ascend slowly, travelers will get to acclimatize properly.  Nevertheless, we highly recommend you be prepared mentally and physically prepared for this trek.

Even though it doesn’t require you to be a professional athlete, it 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 for Everest Base Camp Trek by road is during spring and autumn. March, April, May, September, October, and November are considered best due to feasibility, proper weather, good views, and most important of all - a safe trail.

Walking through the blossoming Rhododendron forest, enjoying clear views of the mountains and scenery, and relishing in the pleasant weather is the highlight of trekking in Everest during spring. Likewise, autumn is post-monsoon in Nepal, so you can expect to be greeted by pleasant views everywhere you go. The temperature is mild, making trekking very comfortable and the blue skies with Himalayan vistas adds a cherry on top.

Early December and late February is also a good time. Other than that, winter can get challenging at higher altitudes due to cold and snow. The summer is very challenging and unsafe due to slippery trails, and leeches on trekking routes. Similarly, since we have summer monsoon, the roadways also may get destroyed by landslides making it very risky to travel during this time.


Drive vs. Flight

Comparing the Everest Base Camp Trek by road and taking a flight to Lukla and then trekking to Everest is unique in both ways. Taking a flight to Lukla is the quickest way to reach the Everest region, however, it has its own set of difficulties. The flights only take place in the morning and have limited seats so you have to book in advance to secure a spot.

Similarly, mountain weather is unpredictable, so it is common that your flight may get delayed or canceled. Although the road trip requires a few extra days, it is a much more secure and convenient option. Traveling by road allows you to witness the transition of landscape from lush green hills to alpine terrains. Likewise, the additional days required for a driving trip lets you stay in local villages and immerse in the rich culture of Bahun, Chhetri, Gurung, and Rai ethnical groups.

Similarly, sudden altitude gain upon landing in Lukla might increase the chances of altitude sickness as the town is located at a high elevation. But, road trip provides gradual ascent which aids in acclimatization and reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Driving to Everest is more cost-effective than flying, especially if you are traveling in a group. However, the cost also depends on the route, transportation, and side trips.


Sharing Jeep vs. Private Jeep 

Choosing between sharing a jeep and taking a private jeep for your Everest Base Camp trek is a decision that involves several considerations such as cost, comfort, flexibility, and overall experience. It is a fact that sharing a jeep reduces costs significan=[ly. But since the jeep is shared between lots of travelers, you cannot expect much comfort and luxury. Likewise, shared jeeps have a fixed schedule for departures and stops along the way.

But by taking a private jeep, you have the freedom of traveling in your time. Taking short breaks along the way to capture beautiful views and are very comfortable and have enough space. With that being said, private jeeps are quite expensive because of the high fuel cost, expensive servicing, high taxes on vehicles, and bad roadway conditions.

Hiring a private jeep is expensive for an individual but if you are traveling in a group then it is shared between individuals so will be affordable without compromising your comfort.


Required Permits and Entrance Fees

The permits and entrance fees required for this package are mentioned below. Please note that all permits and entrance fees mentioned below are included in our package.

  •   Sagarmatha National Park Fee: USD 30
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee: USD 20
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): USD 30

Note: Permits and entrance fees are a matter to change. Please contact us or visit the Nepali embassy website to find out updated information.


Hiring Guide and Porter

Whether you choose our full board package or just the service package, a professional authorized guide will be included in the trip either way. Our guides are experienced and professional in the field having in-depth information about the destination and navigation.

Likewise, it is not mandatory to take a porter for Everest Base Camp Trek by road. However, we suggest you take a porter as our porters are from the Himalayas and very used to the altitude. Since you are new to such altitude gain, it may not be easier to walk for hours with a heavy backpack. One porter can be shared by two people and he will carry 15 kg on average, a few extra kilograms can be considered.  

Similarly, it is very important to check to see if the agency you are traveling with has the authority from Nepal Government and provides insurance to the guide and porters. 

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 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. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Drive to Salleri from Kathmandu
8/9 Hours Drive by Jeep
Max Altitude: 2362 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 3: Trek to Takshindo
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3140 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 4: Trek to Kharikhola
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2250 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek to Paiya Trek
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3140 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Trek to Phakding via Lukla
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2660 M

We trek towards Phakding located at a height of 2,660 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 (2660meters) after reaching there by walking for about 7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 7: Trek to Namche Bazaar
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3440 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 8: Acclimatization and Explore around in Namche Bazar
Full Day
Max Altitude: 3440 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 9: Trek to Tengboche
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3860 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4350 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 11: Acclimatization & Explore Around Dingboche
Full Day
Max Altitude: 4350 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4910 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp & Back to Gorakshep
7/8 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 14: Morning Hike to Kalapatthar Trek Back to Pheriche
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4200 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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3440 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 16: Trek to Surke
8/9 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2421 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 17: Trek to Jubhing
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1680 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 18: Trek to Ringmo
6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2720 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 19: Trek to Salleri
4 Hours walk
Max Altitude: 2362 M

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
8/9 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 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. 

Meals: Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

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

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Twin/Double Sharing  3* Standard Category accommodations in Kathmandu as per Itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu – Salleri – Kathmandu transfer by Sharing Jeep ( Private Jeep transfer is also available at Extra Cost)
  • Twin/Double Sharing  Best available Tea House/Lodge accommodations during the trek as per Itinerary
  • Meals- Breakfast Lunch & Dinner during the trek as per the itinerary given
  • An experienced English-speaking Guide & required Porters
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for supporting crew.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fees
  • TIMS & Local Province (Rural Village) Fees 
  • All Necessary Permits and Entrance fees as per itinerary given above
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner
  • All Government taxes


  • 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


We offer 3-star standard category accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu. However, this city has a wide range of accommodations that cater to every traveling style from 5-star resorts and boutique hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays. So, we are happy to customize the accommodation as per the traveler’s interest, budget, and availability.

Likewise, during the Everest Base Camp Trek by road, you will be staying in teahouses/lodges and also on twin/double-sharing bases. These teahouses are typically basic but clean, providing the trekkers with essentials. You will likely have a bed with basic bedding and amenities, but very comfortable to rest properly for the next day of trekking.

Most of these teahouses have private bathrooms with hot shower facilities but very few accommodations in the lower region have shared bathrooms with separate shower stations. Similarly, some popular places like Namche, Syangboche, etc. have lodgings with amenities you could expect from a star-rated hotel, and luxury properties are also available en route, which could be included for accommodation at an extra cost.   

Single Supplementary

For travelers who prefer solitude and resting in their private rooms, we also offer an exclusive option for you to upgrade a single supplementary option at an additional cost in Kathmandu and throughout the trek. 



Kathmandu is a gastronomy haven for foodies. Here you can find a diverse variety of cuisines, something to match every taste bud. So, it is only fair that we include breakfast in Kathmandu in our package and provide our clients with the freedom of exploring different food scenes for lunch and dinner.

Similarly, the cuisine variety is limited to Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, Local, and a few Western dishes during the trek. So, we include all three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in our Everest Base Camp Trek by road package. However, travelers can choose the meals as per their preference from the Menu in the Alakat system.

The meals are prepared hygienically by the locals from their self-grown fresh vegetables. These meals are high in nutrition and very vital during the trek. Likewise, Namche has a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and travelers can visit them if interested at their personal expense. The guide is happy to help you find/suggest some of the best places with amazing food and ambiance.  



During the EBC by-road trek, bottled mineral water is available everywhere. But, if the travelers prefer to save cost and minimize plastic usage then you could either purchase boiled water from the locals at a nominal cost, or could carry filtration tools like UV drops, and portable water filter pumps and filter the water themselves. 

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