Everest Base Camp Trek by Road
Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek by Road
- Chance to witness the rural and local life of Sherpas.
- Stunning and scenic landscapes include lush forests, villages, rivers, and streams.
- Sense of accomplishment and pride.
- Avoidance of the risk of the world’s most dangerous flight, the flight to Lukla
- Rare and exotic wildlife of the region.
- Exciting historic sites are on the way.
- More intimate cultural exchange.
- Save the expensive flight cost.
Overview of Everest Base Camp Trek by Road
The Everest Base Camp trek by road is one of the most fascinating treks in Nepal. It allows trekkers to get up close to the highest peak in the world and witness the beauty of Mount Everest. This trek is a dream come true for many Nepalese and foreigners. It offers the perfect blend of adventure and natural beauty.
Besides, trekkers get to trek through the challenging terrain of the Himalayas. We can see the stunning glaciers, peaks, and lakes. This trek also rewards the visitors with an exceptional cultural experience. They can feel the warmth of the traditional Sherpa community.
One can learn a lot about distinctive Sherpa culture while on the trek. Hence, Everest Base Camp Trek has more to offer: adventure and natural beauty. Going on this trek sets a lifetime memory as getting to the lap of the mighty Everest is a matter of pride and dignity.
The Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is a challenging trek that takes you 5,344 meters (17,598 ft) above sea level. This makes reaching EBC a significant achievement, as the terrain is complex.
Besides, this trek can be a transformative experience if you enjoy challenging yourself. It’ll help you develop resilience and push past your limits.
Traveling to Everest Base Camp Trek by Road can make the adventure even more thrilling. You will see breathtaking landscapes, local settlements, diverse local cultures, and rural life.
This road trek provides an experience and lets you see things you might otherwise miss. The expedition starts and ends from Tham Danda.
The Everest Base Camp trek by road is a 15-day trek. It takes trekkers through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, like Solukhumbu. The trail takes trekkers through dense forests of rhododendrons and magnolia trees.
Trekkers will come across Namche Bazaar, which is a busy market and is also a gateway to Everest. Trekkers will pass through traditional villages like Tengboche and Dingboche. They are picturesque villages from where the views of the Himalayas are stunning.
Moreover, Kala Patthar is one of the favored places for the trekkers. It offers stunning views of Everest and other peaks in the region. It rewards trekkers with sunrises and views of peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, and many more.
Suppose you’re looking for an adventure that pushes you to your limits. It allows you to experience the region’s natural beauty and rich culture. In that case, the Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is an excellent option. Road travel can enhance the experience and provide a more thrilling adventure.
Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek by Road
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon reaching Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will receive you. They will drive you toward the hotel. You can freshen up, eat something and rest in the hotel. In the evening, you can set out from the hotel to explore the nightlife of Kathmandu. You can try some local cuisines of Kathmandu to meet your tastebuds. You will spend the night in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
On the second day of your itinerary, you can explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s cultural and political hub. This city is home to many temples, palaces, and ancient buildings. They have stood the test of time and offer a glimpse into Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.
Your first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is around temples and palaces that were once the house of the Nepalese royalty.
Next up on your list is Patan Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lalitpur. The square has many temples, including the Krishna, Bhimsen, and Golden Temple.
After exploring Patan Durbar Square, you will visit the Boudhanath Stupa. It is one of the world’s largest stupas and a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site. The stupa is in the heart of the Tibetan community, around many monasteries and souvenir shops.
Your final stop for the day will be Swayambhunath Stupa, at the top of a hill. Many small temples and shrines surround the site. After a full day of sightseeing, you can retire to your accommodation in Kathmandu. Rest up for the next day’s adventure.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri
The journey from Kathmandu to Salleri is a long and exciting one. It takes you through some of the most scenic parts of Nepal. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and explore the stunning natural beauty.
The drive takes 10 to 11 hours, but the time passes as you take in the magnificent countryside views.
Once you arrive in Salleri, you will love the warm and welcoming nature of the local community. The city is the administrative headquarters of Solukhumbu district. It is home to diverse ethnic groups, including Kulungs, Kirants, Rais, and Chhetris.
The local customs and traditions reflect cultural diversity. It is a fascinating place to explore. One of the highlights of Salleri is its stunning natural beauty. The city is 2362 meters above sea level. It gives you a breathtaking view of the surrounding Himalayan landscape. As the sun sets over the mountains, you will see a display of colors and shadows, leaving you in awe.
Salleri is a popular starting point. It entices trekkers and mountaineers who want to explore the Everest region. From here, you can start your journey toward the Everest Base Camp. You pass through various landscapes and settlements.
It uniquely blends natural beauty, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality. They will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits. Salleri is the place to start your journey toward the world’s highest mountain.
Day 04: Drive from Salleri to Tham Danda and trek to Paiya
On the fourth day, you will drive from Salleri to Tham Danda and trek towards Paiya. The drive will take around 4 to 5 hours as you will cover a distance of approximately 50 kilometers. This beautiful place provides a clear view of Okhaldhunga headquarters, Rumjatar.
This place is commercialization and modernization. On the lap of Tham Danda, there is “Sahid Park.” It is a park constructed in the memories of our brave martyrs. This place is also one of the major attractions of Tham Danda.
This place is a gift of nature, around dense and green forests that fascinate nature lovers. Upon reaching Tham Danda, you will start your trek towards Paiya, which will take around 5 to 6 hours. The walk from Tham Danda to Paiya will allow you to observe the local life of villagers. Moreover, you can also visit small temples and monasteries. Paiya is the first checkpost for trekkers.
Here, you will get to enjoy the musical sound of the river flowing and birds chirping. You can enjoy local cuisine like Dal-Bhat, Thukpa, Waiwai, etc. here. You can walk through beautiful rhododendron forests. Enjoy the scenic views with local cuisine, and spend the night there.
Day 05: Paiya to Phakding
On the fifth day of the trek, you will embark on a journey towards Phakding. It is a small, picturesque village located 2610 meters above sea level. It will take around 5 to 6 hours to reach Phakding from Paiya. It covers a distance of approximately 12 kilometers.
As you trek, you will love the beauty of the surroundings. The trail is full of rocky paths and steep ascents. Still, you will have the company of horses throughout the journey, adding to your trek’s beautyay, you will come across several authentic local tea shops. Here, you can take a break and indulge in local delicacies. You will also encounter a few traditional-style houses. They reflect the culture and lifestyle of the locals.
You will trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River, which adds to the charm of the journey. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.
Further, you will pass by many prayer wheels reflecting local culture and tradition. You will come across charming villages like Musey and Charikharka. They offer a glimpse of the local way of life.
Once you reach Phakding, you will see several souvenir shops and an Irish Bar. They are pretty popular among foreigners. Phakding is famous for its local cuisine, which will tickle your taste buds. You will spend the night in Phakding amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Note: If traveling via the Salleri route, you can take a quick way and trek to Phakding from Paiya through Musey town. This route offers a unique and authentic trekking experience. It is perfect for those who want to explore the lesser-known trails of the region.
Day 06: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
On this day, you will trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar. It is a popular spot among trekkers, especially for altitude acclimatization. You will need approximately 5 to 6 hours of the climb to reach Namche Bazaar from Phakding.
The distance to cover is around 9.4 kilometers. This trail is steep as well as rocky. You will be crossing some beautiful bridges on the way. You will come across local people carrying bamboo in doko for household purposes.
You will pass through scenic routes. They consist of traditional houses, lush forests, and exciting ways. You will see glimpses of the mountain as you climb up. On this day, you will cross Larcha Dovan. It is at an altitude of 2935 meters, another adventure for the day.
About 45 minutes from your destination, you will achieve the most challenging part of the trek. You have climbed two hours of continuous incline.
Since you will be at a higher altitude, you will notice the weather changes; hence, pack and use your layers. This part of the trek will test your physical and mental strength. As you reach the destination, everything will be worth it. You will see the superb and colorful Namche Bazaar. It is a town built amidst the Himalayas, which can make you wonder about the beauty of nature.
As you reach Namche Bazaar, you will notice the mountains covered with clouds. When the clouds are happy, they embrace the hills with fluffy white arms. They create a stunning contrast between the blue sky and the snow-capped peaks. The mountains, in turn, seem to bask in the love and attention of the clouds, looking gracious and proud.
But, when the clouds are unhappy, they can be moody and unpredictable. They may shroud the mountains in a blanket of fog, hiding their majestic peaks from view. The mountains, in turn, can look sad and melancholy. It’s as if they are yearning for the affection of their cloud companions.
Namche Bazaar is commercial; thus, if you need anything, you can buy it from the local shops. You will enjoy the charming Namche Bazaar, have dinner, and spend the night there.
Day 07: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is an essential part of high-altitude trekking. It is a process by which the human body adjusts to the decreased oxygen levels in the air. It is a significant part of the trek as it helps the body adapt to the surroundings. Moreover, it reduces the risk of any health issue, especially altitude sickness.
So, this day will be your day of acclimatization. You can walk around the town visit the local museums, monasteries, and temples. Also, buy and stock up on stuff for the rest of the trek, and so on.
Trekkers can also visit Sagarmatha National Park and see the exotic flora and fauna of the area. They can visit charming villages nearby to see the rural lifestyle of locals living in that area. This will help in cultural exchange to the fullest.
You can take some time to enjoy the stunning views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other peaks. Enjoy a sip of tea or a coffee with the idea. You can click some snaps and take them as a memory for life. Many activities are available around Namche Bazaar to keep yourself active.
It would help to remain hydrated to avoid headaches, dizziness, and altitude sickness. You can also consume fluids such as herbal tea, soup, and other drinks to maintain the water level in your body. But, it is better if you can avoid alcohol during the acclimatization.
Hence, you will spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
Day 08: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
On the eighth day, you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. It is a small village famous for Tengboche Monastery. Trekking distance from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche is around 5 to 6 hours. The trail is now more accessible, but since the air gets thinner, you might be out of breath; thus, take it slow.
You will come across an abandoned airport. It is out of use by the Nepal Government due to a few accidents that took place there. Now, there is an open space where you can rest and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas.
As you make your way, you will love the grandeur of the Himalayas. Towering peaks on both sides will surround you. As you look up, you will see the majestic Mount Everest. It is the highest mountain in the world, looming in the distance.
The views are breathtaking, and you will feel humbled by the sheer size and beauty of the mountains. As you reach Tengboche, you can visit the Tengboche monastery of the 19th century.
This monastery is the largest in the region. You can visit the prayer room, where you can pray and meditate. It is a sacred destination that lies within the Sagarmatha National Park.
From here, you can see the unique views of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. You can enjoy this sacred place and feel the spiritual energy within you. You will have local cuisine in the area, prepare for the next day, and
Day 09: Tengboche to Dingboche
The ninth day of the trek is one of the most picturesque days as you trek toward Dingboche from Tengboche. It is a long day of trekking, but the trail is easy and comfortable. You will love the breathtaking views of the Himalayas that surround you.
Throughout the day, you will feel as if you are walking on the lap of the Himalayas, which is a humbling experience. As you approach Dingboche, you will come across small and big waterfalls.
The sound of the cascading water against the rocks will soothe your senses. It will provide a much-needed respite from the arduous climb. The trail is natural and isolated; you will be around lush greenery and dense forests.
You will come across a few yaks on the way, adding to your trek’s charm. These magnificent creatures are an integral part of the local culture. They worked for centuries to carry goods and supplies in the mountainous terrain.
The most significant highlight of this trek is that you will see the majestic Mount Everest. It gets closer and closer to you as you proceed toward Dingboche. It is an awe-inspiring sight that will leave you feeling humbled and grateful. The closer you get to the world’s highest peak, the more inspired you will be to continue and complete the trek.
As you reach Dingboche, you can rest and eat something to rejuvenate yourself. The village is charming and peaceful, with a warm and hospitable local community. You will spend the night there.
Day 10: Acclimatization at Dingboche
This is the second spot for acclimatization on the trek. You will allow your body to adjust to the changing surroundings. You can explore the village of Dingboche by walking to the hilltop viewpoints.
You can visit local villagers and try having a conversation with them. Make sure to have plenty of water and healthy food during this period. You can enjoy the rural lifestyle of Dingboche and try out local food. You will spend the night there.
Day 11: Dingboche to Lobuche
On the eleventh day, you will climb to Lobuche from Dingboche. You will pass through Thukla to reach Lobuche. It is a village that is near the base of the Khumbu Glacier. You will be more inspired as you go to Lobuche, where you will only be 8.5 kilometers from the Everest Base Camp.
This village needs to be more modernized. So, it might have little modern facilities. Yet, it has decent accommodation facilities in basic hotels, homestays, and tea houses. The Sherpa families own them.
On the way from Dingboche to Lobuche, you will see stunning views of nature. If you’re lucky enough to have a clear sky, but if not, the weather gets foggy. On this day, you can take in incredible scenes of hills and mountains. You will cross a fast-flowing river through a wooden bridge, which is also a kind of adventure.
You will again see colorful flags and yaks on the way. The temperature might drop on the way; thus, wear proper layers and eat. As you reach Lobuche, you can treat yourself to bakery items such as pies, hot chocolates, and tea. You can enjoy the evening and spend the night there.
Day 12: Lobuche to EBC to Gorakshep
On this day, you will be trekking to your destination for the entire journey, the Everest Base Camp. It will be a big day as you will cover a distance of about 15 kilometers on the rocky and steep trail. After 3 to 4 hours of trek, you will reach Gorakshep, another charming village at an altitude of 5164 meters.
This is a final push to the base camp. “Gorakshep” comes from the bird known as the Himalayan Monal or the Impeyan Monal. It is also known as the “gorak” in Nepali. You can rest and eat before you climb to EBC. From Gorakhsep, you will trek through rugged and rocky rail to reach the Everest Base Camp.
You will have to travel through the Khumbu Glacier, an absolute beauty of Mother Nature. After covering 3.5 kilometers from Gorakshep, you will finally reach the EBC. There, you can feel your dream come true. You will witness the majestic Everest from the closest distance.
You will need more of the snow-capped Everest. You can enjoy the 360-degree scenic view of Everest. Take some space and time to accept that you are on the base of the peak of the world. After spending some time there, you will descend towards Gorakshep. You will spend the night here.
Day 13: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche
On this day, you will trek to Kala Patthar, a popular point, to get stunning views of Mount Everest and other peaks. The distance between Gorakshep and Kala Patthar is about 6 kilometers. After spending some time in Kala Patthar, you will trek to Pheriche. It is a small village located 4779 meters above sea level. You will spend the night there in Pheriche.
Day 14: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
On this day, you will trek for about 5 to 6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. You will cover a distance of around 16 kilometers. You will enjoy the impressive views of different mountains and hills.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Surke
Surke is a small village located in the Khumbu region. You will trek down to Surke from Namche Bazaar on the fifteenth day of the trek. You will again trace your way back through the rural lifestyle and warm locals living in that area. You will spend the night in Surke.
Note: You can trek down to Luka from Namche Bazaar instead of Surke if you don’t want to miss what Lukla has to offer, too.
Day 16: Surke to Tham Danda and Drive to Salleri
On the sixteenth day, you will proceed towards Tham Danda from Surke, which will be around 5 to 6 hours of trek. Upon reaching Tham Danda, you will be driven to Salleri where you will spend the night.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu
On this day, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Salleri, which will be a drive of around 10 to 11 hours. Upon reaching the hotel, you can rest and freshen yourselves up. You will enjoy a lavish farewell dinner. You will spend the night in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Final Departure
On this day, one of our representatives will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. The representative will make sure that you reach the airport to the best of your comfort.
Fixed Departure Dates
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Everest Base Camp Trek by Road- Cost
Everest Base Camp Trek by road cost depends on the group size, facilities, and trekking season. Besides, there are some significant costs covered by the pricing. You must carry extra cash for your expenses, but it is an economic trekking experience.
Ground Transportation Cost
The package covers the transportation expenses on land. It includes taking the customer to and from the airport. And all the other places mentioned in the itinerary.
You will have a professional tour guide throughout the trek. They will make your journey easier and hassle-free. Tour guides will make it easier for you to deal with different language barriers. The package also includes the cost of a professional tour guide. Foreigners must have licensed guides throughout the trek per the prevalent government rules.
Local and government taxes
The quoted price covers all relevant taxes, charges, and fees imposed by the local or national government. It includes the trekking permit fees, national park fees, VAT on meals, transportation, accommodations, and other related expenses.
The package covers the expenses of the meals offered by the hotels where you will be staying. Yet, if you decide to dine outside the hotel, we will not include the cost of the food in the package. Also, the package price only covers the cost of the main course, tea, and coffee provided by the hotel. It does not cover any other types of food you may have.
The cost of the hotels that you will be staying at in different places throughout this journey is in the package.
Cost doesn’t cover:
The cost of alcoholic drinks you might want to intake in this journey is not included in the package. This comes under your price.
You might feel tired during the Everest Base Camp Trek by Road trek and sometimes get injured. You might need the help of a porter to carry your bags, but the porter’s cost isn’t included in the package. The charges for porters depend upon the distance they have your bags.
Medical and rescue expenses
The cost that arises due to unforeseen circumstances isn’t included in the price. This comes under your price.
Cost for extra days
If you plan on staying for more than the prescribed number of days, you must pay extra costs.
Some Tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek by Road
Staying hydrated is essential throughout the trek. As you climb up, the water level in your body will decrease. So, you might be feeling tired, dizziness, and headache. To avoid this, you should always keep a bottle to stay hydrated.
Carry Necessary Equipment
Since it is one of the most challenging treks, be careful about the equipment that you need to carry. You may have a trekking stick, headlamp, torchlight, map, compass, etc.
Be prepared for the trek. This trek comes under challenging hikes. Thus, ensure you have a good fitness level before embarking on this journey. Focus on working out, keeping fit, and eating healthy before a few months of trekking.
You will need base layers, insulated jackets, windproof and waterproof outer layers, trekking pants, and comfortable shoes. You may also take gloves, leg warmers, and a warm cap. Considering your hygiene, it would help if you carried many sets of socks and underwear.
Pack a few T-shirts as well. Remember to pack light because carrying excessive weight during the trek becomes tough.
Pack a first aid kit.
During the trek, you might get injuries or minor health issues for which you should carry a first aid kit. You can keep the last bandages handy, medicines for altitude sickness, Dettol, cotton, etc.
You will come across distinct cultures and traditions that might be new to you. Don’t do or say anything offensive to the locals. Remember to respect everything and everyone that you come across.
Don’t litter the environment.
Make sure you don’t throw away packets of the food you consume on the way recklessly. Please keep it in the pocket of your bag and throw it away in the dustbin as you reach the hotel. Be respectful towards the environment.
Most Asked Questions by Travellers
If you are planning to trek to Everest Base Camp, choosing the right time of the year is crucial. It is for a safe and enjoyable experience. The best times to undertake this trek are September to November and March to May. These months have clear and sunny weather conditions.
During this period, the skies are usually clear, and the temperature is mild. It provides excellent visibility and panoramic mountains, landscapes, and wildlife views. But, the monsoon season, which runs from June to August. We do not recommend trekking to Everest Base Camp.
The weather during this season has heavy rainfall, muddy trails, and a high risk of landslides. It can be dangerous for trekkers. Moreover, fog, clouds, and mist often obscure the views, affecting the trekking experience.
When trekking to Everest Base Camp, you must note that the food on the trail is low. And you cannot expect to find lavish junk food options. But, the food is healthy enough to energize you during the trek.
The staple food on the trek is Dal Bhat. It is a traditional Nepali dish comprising lentil soup, steamed rice, and vegetables. This dish is an excellent source of carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. It is available at almost every tea house or lodge on the trek.
If you prefer non-vegetarian food, you can have some chicken. It is available in some lodges or teahouses. You can also try local delicacies such as Tibetan bread, a flatbread made from wheat flour. There’s also Thukpa, a hot noodle soup containing vegetables, meat, and eggs.
The network connectivity may need improvement in some remote areas along the Everest Base Camp trek. This can make making phone calls, sending messages, or accessing the internet challenging. The main reason is proper infrastructure, including cell towers and limited bandwidth availability.
We recommend not to consume alcohol during the trek. It can have an impact on your health and your hydration level. Smoking during the tour also comes with different health hazards. So, remember to keep control of your consumption habits.
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