Everest Base Camp Trek via Drive to Salleri

Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is the less explored trail to reach the Everest Base Camp. In this trek we follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who summited Mount Everest in 1953 for the first time. This is an epic trail initially called Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek in which we drive to Salleri instead of flying to Lukla from Kathmandu. We go for a sightseeing tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu and relax for a night before driving to Salleri. On Day 3 we drive from Kathmandu to Salleri for 8 hours and begin trekking from there. Along the way there is a chance to soak up local food and culture and sleep in traditional, warm and friendly tea houses run by Sherpa families. After getting to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar wel walk back downhill and fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Tour Highlights:

  •  Sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Swayambhu Temple
  •  Trekking for 14 days upto 3-8 hours a day walking past the Sherpa villages with stunning views of highest peaks
  •  Scenic 40 minutes flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  •  8 Hours drive from Kathmandu to Salleri to start the trek
  •  Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 5,545 meters (18,193 feet ) at Kala Patthar
  •  2 rest days in between the itinerary to let the body get used to altitude

Trip Cost Includes:
  •  All ground transportation in private vehicles.
  •  Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in a star hotel (3 Nights)
  •  Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (15 Nights)
  •  Lodge and Guesthouse accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms.
  • 17 Breakfast, 14 Lunch, 15 Dinner (including Farewell Dinner in Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with Dance)
  •  Airfare from Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  •  An English speaking Licensed Tour Guide for Day 2
  •  An English speaking Licensed and well experienced trekking guide
  •  The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 Porter : 2 Guests)
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •  Sagarmatha National Park permit,TIMS permit and Local Government Tax for trekking
  •  Medical Kit carried by Trekking Guide         
  •  All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  International Flights and Nepal Visa (bring 2 passport size photographs and accurate USD)
  •  Monument entry fee in Kathmandu
  •  Extra Night Accommodation/Extra Meals or any other costs incurred due to early arrival, late departure, early return from   mountain (due to any reason), flight cancellation etc, other than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Excess baggage charges. Arline charges USD 1-1.5 per extra kg if you carry more than 10kg luggage
  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu other than mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Alcoholic drinks and hot and cold drinks
  •  Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
  •  Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1300 meters)

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth, the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the main temple, but you can view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,390m/7,841ft): 8-9 hours

After breakfast we start our drive to Salleri. We will drive across Sun Koshi River and will pass through beautiful riversides, jungles and villages. We continue to Okhaldhunga and onwards to Salleri.

Overnight: in Salleri.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Salleri to Nunthala (2,220m/7,280 ft): 6 -7 hours

Today we begin our trek after breakfast and pass Ringmo Village from where we begin ascending on a steep trail.

Overnight: in Nunthala.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2,360m/7,740 ft): 5-6 hours

Today most of our trek is downhill.  We cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and climb up for a little over an hour. The trail passes through Khari Khola village and beautiful rhododendron forest before reaching Bupsa.

Overnight: in Bupsa.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Bupsa to Chaurikharka (2,650m/8,694ft)

Today the trail climbs up a ridge. Climbing on the ridge we cross a deep gorge with a great view of a waterfall and begin ascending to a small village, Chaurikharka. It has a Buddhist monastery. Overnight: in Chaurikharka.

Meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Chaurikharka to Monjo (2,840m/9,315ft): 4 - 5 hours

Today we start our trek after breakfast and cross a bridge over the Chheplung Khola and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River. On our way to Monjo, we pass through few villages, forests and Buddhist monasteries.

Day 08: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast, start your walk to Namche, which should take between five and six hours. Descending stone steps you come to a suspension bridge, and, after a short climb you reach Jorshale. This is the entrance to the National Park, and you must wait here while your guide pays the entrance fees. Walking beside the river, you reach a forested mountainside and pass a rocky area. After crossing a high, winding path, you descend to the riverbed and reach a V-shaped valley. The river forks here: the right stream is the DudhKoshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing another suspension bridge and walking a short distance alongside the Bhote Koshi, you ascend to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

Namche excursion (approximately 12 kilometres: 5 hours’ walking)
After breakfast, you have five hours’ walk ahead of you, taking you across Syangboche airfield and through a small forest to Khumjung Hillary High School. The village of Khumjung covers the largest area in Khumbu. After lunch at Khumjung, visit Khunde Hospital. Both the hospital and school were built with funds raised by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. From here you should be able to enjoy views of majestic mountains including Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Lhotse and Everest.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing ImjaKhola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours

From we walk alongside arid terraces with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We pass through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 then onwards uphill to to the memorial site. After the memorial site it is an easy walk in the fairly even trail. As we continue towards our destination, the majestic sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Then the trail descends and curves, paving way for Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and others to appear before us and after a short while we reach Dughla. Going further up steeply up at first onto the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you come across scores of memorial cairns commemorating climbers and Sherpa’s that have died on the mountains. The path then slowly climbs along the left hand side of the glacier to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft), a large cluster of teahouses with several options for accommodation.

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.

Overnight: Lodge in Gorakshep

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours

Today we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft) and organise ourselves for the trip to base camp the following day. It is highly recommended to make an afternoon and evening ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a sunset view of Everest. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley to Pheriche.

Overnight: Lodge in Pheriche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours

Walking mostly downhill, you cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche (3985m). You continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche you descend to the bridge over the DudhKoshi. At Phunki Tenga, you get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours

Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 18:  Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast


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You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Given below are the fixed departure dates for online booking.  If the given departure dates are not suitable for you, please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.

2019

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
4th Sep 21st Sep Available USD 1998
11th Sep 28th Sep Available USD 1998
18th Sep 5th Oct Available USD 1998
25th Sep 12th Oct Available USD 1998
2nd Oct 19th Oct Available USD 1998
9th Oct 26th Oct Available USD 1998
16th Oct 2nd Nov Available USD 1998
23rd Oct 9th Nov Available USD 1998
30th Oct 9th Nov Available USD 1998
6th Nov 23rd Nov Available USD 1998
13th Nov 30th Nov Available USD 1998
20th Nov 27th Nov Available USD 1998
27th Nov 14th Dec Available USD 1998

2020

Start date End date Availability No of pax Total price  
4th Mar 21st Mar Available USD 2268
11th Mar 28th Mar Available USD 2268
18th Mar 4th Apr Available USD 2268
25th Mar 11th Apr Available USD 1998
1st Apr 18th Apr Available USD 2268
8th Apr 25th Apr Available USD 2268
15th Apr 3rd May Available USD 2268
22nd Apr 9th May Available USD 2268
29th Apr 16th May Available USD 2268
6th May 23rd May Available USD 2268
13th May 30th May Available USD 2268
20th May 6th Jun Available USD 2268
27th May 13th Jun Available USD 2268

Best Months for Everest Base Camp Trekking Via  8 hours drive to Salleri
The springtime from March to May and the autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking via Jiri.


Maximum Altitude in Everest Base Camp Trekking: 5545m (18193ft) at Kala Patthar

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request. 

In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars or Pounds in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).


Accommodation

We use standard rooms at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional USD 200. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.


Meals

While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.


Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines. 


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.


Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582

We trekked with Eve Holidays to Everest Base Camp walking for a week to Jiri instead of taking a flight to Lukla. Their service is excellent in every aspect. One of my friend became sick during the trek and he was well taken care of. I would definitely recommend the company and this trek.

Nancy, Karen and Lisa

Iam back now after 20 days of trekking and tour in Nepal and Iam amazed by the hospitality and friendly people of Nepal. I am thinking to plan for Annapurna Base Camp trek next year and will book through this same company Eve Holidays.

Michael Borchert