Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is the best alternative to the Everest region if you would like to avoid the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. There are daily bus and jeep services from Kathmandu to Salleri. You can take a drive from Kathmandu and reach Salleri in around eight to nine hours. The 8-9 hours overland ride goes along a lush and scenic landscape that will keep you engaged throughout.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is a newly opened motor route, therefore, the route has very few travelers. Hence you can avoid the flock of travelers that you get to see on the flight to Lukla. Further, you can explore the countryside areas of Nepal which is a unique aspect of the experience.
One of the best sides of Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is that you can avoid the most common problem faced by travelers with the flight to/from Lukla. The flight to/from Lukla is prone to flight delays and flight cancellations. With this overland trip, you can avoid the common problem of flight cancellation and delays.
Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri starts with an overland drive along the hills and countryside landscape of Nepal to Salleri. From here, we commence our actual trekking journey that goes through the Sherpa villages, forests, and passes to join the regular trail to Everest Base Camp. You will be rewarded with some alluring beauties of mountains. With this trek, you will be showered with some close views of the mountains in the Everest region that includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Lobuche and many other neighboring mountains in that range.
Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri, Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is less strenuous and required comparatively fewer trekking days to go to the Everest Base Camp. Like other treks to the Everest Base Camp, this trek fulfills your dream of being there in the world’s highest place to relish the outstanding glories of Mt. Everest along with other peaks in the region.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
The second day is a day tour just to warm up prior to your trekking journey. Kathmandu is a city enriched with artistic palaces, beautiful monuments, ancient temples, and other constructions of historical and cultural importance. No wonder, the city has seven out of ten UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. Today, you will be guided to the UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. These heritages are perfect examples of the rich history, fine culture, and architectural treasures of Nepal. At first, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The art, crafts, and carvings in the palaces, temples, and other monuments of the durbar square are excellent. After that, you will be escorted to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa respectively. (Inclusive of breakfast)
Today, we leave Kathmandu and hop on our ride for a long drive toward Jiri. Jiri is a beautiful town that lies 187 km away from Kathmandu city. As we leave Kathmandu city, we follow a route full of natural glories and countryside landscapes. From Jiri, we further drive along a newly opened motorable road to Ringmo via Phalpu. Upon arrival, we start our trek will a pleasant walk along the trail to Takshindo. Our trail ascends steeply into the pastures of Khumbu. We follow a route that joins the Everest Base Camp Trail today. The trail undulates up and down via a lush forest to Phurteng. Phurteng is a beautiful point that offers some astounding views of mountains that includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Mera Peak, Kangtega, etc. From Phurteng, we descend down through a forest with wonderful views of forests and terraced farmland on sight. We then cross Dudhkunda Khola and ascend up to Takshindo. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Takshindo. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
There is a monastery in Takshindo, we visit the monastery and ascend up to Takshindo La pass for wonderful views of the region. We then cross the pass and descend down a steep and slippery path to NuntalaWe leave Nunthala and descend down to the Dukh Koshi river. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk ahead for around five hours to Khari Khola. We pass various farmlands and settlement areas on the way to Khari Khola. The area around Khari Khola is dominated by the people of the Rai and Sherpa communities. We stay at one of the guesthouses in Khari Khola for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
After breakfast, we head towards Khari Khola and cross a suspension bridge over the Khola. From the river, we climb up vertically to Bupsa. Bupsa lies just below a dense forest of oak amidst the terraced farmland of maize and wheat. From here, our trail ascends steeply through the Sherpa villages and then descends down to the Dudhkoshi Canyon. A walk further brings us to Puiyan. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Puiyan. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
As we resume our trek, the trail climbs up steep for around an hour to a ridge at an altitude of 2800 meters. We then descend down and pass the airport at Lukla and follow a trail that descends down to the Dudhkoshi River. We cross a bridge over the river and continue ascending up through a well-marked path to the village of Phakding. Tonight, at a guesthouse in Puiyan. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We wake up early and enjoy our breakfast. Then we follow our trail that goes through an undulating path up and down via traditional villages, fields, and rhododendron forests. We gradually ascend up and enter Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku on sight. We pass villages like Jorsale and Monjo on the way to Namche. Namche Bazaar is an old but lively Sherpa village. It is a gateway to all the trekking routes that go to Everest region. There are many vibrant shops, cyber cafes, restaurants, hotels, and lodges. Namche Bazaar never rests. It always gets a lot of visitors and is always crowded. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
The narrow street of Namche is always crowded. Do not get surprised if the yak bells and other horns wake you up. Today is a day set aside for acclimatization purposes. As we gain height, our body needs to be well adapted to the altitude change. Therefore, we have set aside an extra day in Namche. Today, we hike up to Everest View Hotel for close-up views of mountains in the Everest region. From the hotel, we can enjoy some striking views of mountains like Kwangde, Thamserku, Kangtega, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. We can visit a museum and a photo gallery on our way back to Namche from the Everest View Hotel. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
As we ascend up, our trail traverses through the forests of rhododendron with brilliant views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Lhotse on sight. After a while, the trail descends down to the Dudhkohi River at Phungi Thanga. From here, the trail further ascends up through the forests of pine and rhododendron to Tengboche. Tengboche is popular for the Tengboche monastery and astonishing views of Mt. Ama Dablam along with other peaks in the region. Tengboche monastery is considered as the largest monastery in the region. Today, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Tengboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We leave Tengboche and start climbing up the trail for around six hours to Dingboche. As we ascend up, we can notice the change in vegetation. We can find ourselves moving above the tree line with pastures and meadows along the way. On the way, we can see small fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from cold winds. As we open up to the meadows of Dingboche, we will find ourselves in a spectacular location with wonderful views of Lhotse and Nuptse Ridge on sight. If the weather is favorable, one can relish the amazing views of the sunset over the Ama Dalam Himal in the Everest region. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dingboche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We spend another day in Dingboche. This day in Dingboche is a part of acclimatization. As we have already gained enough height, acclimatization is a necessity. Therefore, we enjoy our day in Dingboche today. After breakfast in the guesthouse, we hike up to Nagerjun for close-up views of mountains in the Everest region. We will be blessed with amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dalam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many more. After enjoying the spectacles of the mountains from Nagerjun, we walk back to the guesthouse in Dingboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Leaving Dingboche, the trail climbs up a ridge with some magnificent views of Taboche Peak and Cholatse. Further, the trail continues through yak pastures until we cross a wooden bridge over a stream to Duglha. From Duglha, we ascend up for an hour along a steep route above the moraine of Khumbu glacier. From here, we ascend up the valley to Lobuche enjoying the views of Khumbutse, Pumori, and Lingtren. Mt. Everest becomes invisible as it is hidden behind the towering peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. On reaching Lhotse, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Lobuche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today is one of the most rewarding days of our journey. Our week-long hard work is going to pay off as we will be stepping into the Everest Base Camp – the dream of every single travel lover. From Lobuche, we follow a rocky path to the last village of the trail – Gorekshep. From Gorekshep, we continue towards the world’s highest base camp i.e. Everest Base Camp through the Khumbu glacier. It is considered one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest Base Camp Trek. As we reach the base camp, we will be showered with some mesmerizing views of glaciers, lakes, caves, and icefalls. Though the views of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse are quite clear, Mt. Everest hides back behind the shades of Lhotse and Nuptse. After spending some time in base camp, we return back to Gorekshep via the same route. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Gorekshep. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we woke up a little early to catch the sunrise views from Kalapatthar. We hike up for around two to three hours from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar. As we ascend up, we get the first glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest along with the other peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. The golden rays of sunrise glittering over the snow-clad mountains in the region look amazing. After having this amazing view from Kalapatthar, we retrace our steps back to Pheriche. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pheriche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Today, we descend down to Namche Bazaar via the same path that we had taken earlier. We descend down through the same path to Namche Bazaar. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We further descend down to Lukla via Phakding. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Lukla for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
We take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Kathmandu. You can relax in your room for rest of day. (Inclusive of Breakfast)
After seventeen days long journeys, today is a free day in Kathmandu. You have two options for the day – you can either explore some unexplored UNESCO-listed heritage sites around Kathmandu or go to the shopping malls for shopping. You can also collect some souvenirs for your family and friends back home. (Inclusive of Breakfast).
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast).