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Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla

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  • Destination: Everest Region
  • Group Size: 2-10 PAX
  • Maximum altitude: 5,644m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Grade Info: Moderate
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle/Flight
  • Total Days: 15 Days
  • Walking Hour: 6 to 8 hours approx.

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla is a unique and thrilling adventure in the mainstream Everest region that is distinct from the standard treks. Unlike the general trekking adventures in the region, this Himalayan journey will take you across the lower Everest parts and gradually move toward the mainstream route. This iconic trekking trail, which follows the footsteps of the legendary mountaineering duo Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, is a perfect opportunity for trekking enthusiasts who are looking for something unique in their Himalayan journey.

Unlike the standard Everest Base Camp Trek, which includes the flight to Lukla Aiport, which has been ranked one of the most dangerous airports in the world, this alternative route completely bypasses the flight need and takes you on an immersive road trip toward the base of the great Himalayas. Exciting Nepal uses a comfortable and convenient jeep for this Everest Base Camp Trek Without a Flight to Lukla, and you will start your trek after Kathmandu to Phaplu. Unlike regular flightless adventures in the Everest region which include the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu during the last stretch, we provide alternative options where you can drive back to Kathmandu from Tham Danda.

Thus, our exciting trekking prospects in the Everest region are a complete drive-based exploration that doesn’t require you to take flight options during any part. Besides the risk of flying to one of the most dangerous airports in the world, this roadway exploration is also beneficial if you are looking forward to skipping the flight routes during the peak seasons or skipping the weather-related challenges during the off-season.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla

  • An exciting journey where you get an opportunity to explore the lower Everest regions
  • Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Khari Khola across the diverse landscape and traditional settlements
  • Exploration of the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek route, where you will get a chance to follow Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s footsteps
  • Ample time to acclimatize properly following the gradually inclining route
  • Traversing across the Sagarmatha National Park with the chance to witness the endangered Himalayan flora and fauna
  • One of the most thrilling base camp adventures in the world, Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)
  • Hike to Kala Patthat (5,644 meters) for a surreal sunrise view and breathtaking Himalayan panorama
  • Charming Sherpa settlements at the trailside and the chance to experience their fascinating culture and traditions

Best Time for Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla Outline Itinerary

If you are looking for a guaranteed pleasant experience during your Himalayan journey, you should definitely go for one of the peak seasons. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are considered the best periods to enjoy Himalayan outdoor adventures. During these periods, the weather is stable, and the climate is at its most appropriate phase to make the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla a pleasant experience. Spring is regarded as a magnificent season of nature where the whole landscape is blooming and brimming with life.

As for the autumn, it is known for the calmness it brings. Autumn is best known for the most stable climate, comfortable and dry trekking trails, cool climate and incredible cultural experience. The vistas of the Himalayas are magical during both seasons. This thrilling trek to the eastern Himalayas can also be done during the low seasons like winter (December to February) and monsoon (May to July). However, there are only a few time frames where the weather challenges of these off-seasons are on the milder level.

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Phaplu From Kathmandu (9/10 Hours Drive)

Day 02: Trek to Nunthala From Phaplu (6/7 Hours Trek)

Day 03: Trek to Khari Khola From Nunthala (6 Hours Trek)

Day 04: Trek to Paiya From Khari Khola (6/7 Hours Trek)

Day 05: Trek to Namche From Paiya (6/7 Hours Trek)

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche From Namche Bazaar (5/6 Hours Trek)

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche From Tengboche (5/6 Hours Trek)

Day 08: Acclimatize in Dingboche and Visit Chhukung Village

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche From Dingboche (5/6 Hrs Trek)

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Return to Gorak Shep (6/7 Hours Trek)

Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar View Point and Return to Pheriche (5/6 Hours Trek)

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar From Pheriche (6/7 Hours Trek)

Day 13: Trek to Lukla From Namche Bazaar (6/7 Hours)

Day 14: Lukla to Tham Danda Trek and Drive to Salleri on Sharing Jeep (4.5 Hrs Trek and 4.5 Hrs Drive)

Day 15: Salleri to Kathmandu on Sharing Jeep (8 Hours)

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Phaplu From Kathmandu (9/10 Hours Drive)

Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Phaplu Altitude: 2,364 meters/ 7,755 feet

Altitude Gain: 964 meters/ 3,162 feet

Your incredible Himalayan journey kick starts with a drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful Sherpa village of Phaplu, which is approximately 183 km east of the capital. You will drive on the BP Highway heading toward Dhulikhel, a popular viewpoint in the valley. Then, cherishing the iconic views of mountains, terraced farms, lush hill and scatter villages along the way, you will drive on the Okhaldhunga Highway.

After crossing the Pattale, the driving trail stretches alongside the Solu River as you head toward the core of the Solukhumbu district. From Phaplu, the views of Everest, Numbur, and other surrounding mountains are mesmerizing.

Day 02: Trek to Nunthala From Phaplu (6/7 Hours Trek)

Nunthala Altitude: 2,200 meters/ 7,217 feet

Altitude Loss: 164 meters/ 538 feet

Your trek on this day starts after a hearty breakfast at Phaplu. You will then move along the trail across the verdant forests, paddy fields, mani walls, and small springs, enjoying the magical views of Numbur on the backdrop. After crossing the first suspension bridge on the trail, you will head toward the beautiful Sherpa village of Rigmo.

You will then continue trekking toward the thrilling Taksindu La Pass (3,070 meters), which offers magnificent views of Mera Peak, Kusum Kanguru, Kantega, and Thamserku Peak. There is also Takshinu Gompa along the trail you can visit for blessing before descending to Nunthala.

Day 03: Trek to Khari Khola From Nunthala (6 Hours Trek)

nunthala village

Khari Khola Altitude: 2,050 meters/ 6,725 feet

Altitude Loss: 150 meters/ 492 feet

It's another day of exciting trekking adventure on your Himalayan journey. During the initial part of the journey, you will make your descent to the Dudh Koshi River and follow the trails on the bank before ascending to the charming Jubing Village, which is mostly inhabited by the Rai ethnic group.

You will continue trekking on the beautiful trails and cross a suspension bridge heading toward the Khari Khola for an overnight stay. The trail in this section is covered with praying flags, and there is also a monastery on the ridge that you can explore before settling in at the teahouse.

Day 04: Trek to Paiya From Khari Khola (6/7 Hours Trek)

Paiya Altitude: 2,770 meters/ 9,087 feet

Altitude Gain: 720 meters/ 2,362 feet

After breakfast at Khari Khola, you will move along the forested trails to head toward the Kharte Village. As you move further in the trail, you will cross the Kari La Pass (3,145 meters) which offers rewarding views of the Himalayas massifs like Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, Mera Peak, Lhotse, etc, and beautiful settlements of Jubing, Khari Khola, and Bupsa.

The trail stretching further ahead from the pass is gently flat and winds up along the side of the valley across mossy forests. During the last stretch, you will trek along the path cut on the steep rocky side, which is narrow, and head to the opposite side of the valley where Paiya Village is located.

Day 05: Trek to Namche From Paiya (6/7 Hours Trek)

Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization)

Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 meters/ 11,286 feet

Altitude Gain: 670 meters/ 2,198 feet

Today, you will finally join the standard mainstream route of the Everest Base Camp Trek after a long exploration of the lower Everest region. During the initial part of this day’s trek, you will follow the trail on the side of the valley and rejoin the trail on the side of the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing Chutok La Pass, which rewards you with stunning views of the Dudh Koshi Valley, Lukla, and Himalayan peaks, you will make your descent to Surke Village.

Surke is a beautiful village with lush vegetation and situated right below the Lukla Airport. As you move further ahead, you will come across a junction point where one trail leads to Lukla and another to Namche. You will take the one across the Chaurikharka Village and head toward Cheplung. From Cheplung Village, you will continue trekking on the banks of the river and enter Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo Village. Then, a steep climb across the rhododendron and pine forest will take you to Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche From Namche Bazaar (5/6 Hours Trek)

Tengboche Altitude: 3,860 meters/ 12,664 feet

Altitude Gain: 420 meters/ 1,377 feet

You will continue trekking on the uphill route after a warm breakfast at Namche Bazaar, heading toward another major destination in the Khumbu Valley. In the initial part, you will move along the trail by the giant mani wall in Chhokrung Village and head north around the long ridge. The panoramic views of Ama Dabalm, Everest, Thamserku, and Lhotse are enchanting in this section.

After trekking for a while, you will then reach Kyangjuma Village and continue toward the junction point at the Sansa Village. The trail further ahead then gently drops toward the river and will take you across the beautiful villages of Lawichasa, Tashing, and Phunki Thenga. During the last part, you will trek along the water power prayer wheels, kani, and chortens to reach Tengboche Village. The Tengboche Monastery in this village is one of the iconic Buddhist landmarks in the country which was built by Lama Gulu in 1916.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche From Tengboche (5/6 Hours Trek)

Acclimatization in Dingboche Explore Around.

Dingboche Altitude: 4,260 meters/ 13,976 feet

Altitude Gain: 400 meters/ 1,312 feet

Today, you will head toward one of the highest Sherpa settlements in the Everest region. After enjoying your breakfast at Tengboche, you will then follow the trails alongside conifers and rhododendron forests to reach Debuche Village. The path continuously stretches across the forest to Millingo Village, and from here, you will follow the descending trails to the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola.

After crossing the bridge, you will soon arrive at the Pangboche Village and follow the trail over the treeline to the beautiful villages of Shomare and Orsho. You will then follow the lower route at the west bank of the Imja Khola during the final section to reach Dingboche Village.

Day 08: Acclimatize in Dingboche and Visit Chhukung Village

Dingboche Altitude: 4,260 meters/ 13,976 feet

As you have ascended over the alpine zone, it is time for another acclimatization day. For the acclimatization hike, you can climb Nagarjuna Hill and Nangkartshang Gompa, which is situated 400 meters on the ridge above the dingboche. From these high vantage points, you will be able to catch the spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamseku, Taboche, Kantega, and others.

During the day, you can just relax and walk around the village, exploring the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of this high-altitude settlement.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche From Dingboche (5/6 Hrs Trek)

Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) 5-6 hours trek

Lobuche Altitude: 4,930 meters/ 16,174 feet

Altitude Gain: 670 meters/ 2,198 feet

After enjoying an acclimatization day at Dingboche, you will then continue trekking toward the higher elevation points in this mainstream route. You will move along the ridge from Dingboche, stretching toward the Dusa Village, enjoying the breathtaking mountain vistas. From Dusa, the trail drops down to the stream draining the glacier, and ascends to the Dughla/Thughla Village.

Moving further ahead, you will follow the trails that pass directly up the gravelly moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Thughla Pass, the memorial ground for lost climbers and Sherpas in the Everest expedition. The trail further ahead meets a junction point, and you will follow the one that ascends to the north over loose moraine to reach Lobuche Village.

Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Return to Gorak Shep (6/7 Hours Trek)

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Gorak Shep Altitude: 5,180 meters/ 16,994 feet

Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5,364 meters/ 17,598 feet

Altitude Gain: 434 meters/ 1,423 feet

The big day is finally here; today, you will traverse all the way to the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world. After breakfast at Lobuche, you will move along the ascending route across alpine meadows and glacial moraines to reach Gorak Shep. The trail in this section moves along the edge of the moraine that tumbles into the glacier and you will also trek past the Italian Pyramid. From this high-altitude temporary settlement, you will then continue toward the Everest Base Camp Trek following the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier.

This high-altitude base camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Glacier, and after enjoying the magical atmosphere beneath the towering peaks, you will make your return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar View Point and Return to Pheriche (5/6 Hours Trek)

Kala Patthar Altitude: 5,644 meters/ 18,517 feet

Pheriche Altitude: 4,371 meters/ 14,340 feet

Altitude Gain: 464 meters/ 1,522 feet

It is said that the journey to the foothills of the eastern Himalayas is incomplete with the hike to Kala Patthar. So, on this day, you will do a pre-dawn hike to the spectacular vantage point in the Khumbu region to enjoy the stunning sunrise view. From this popular viewpoint, you can also catch the breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Lobuhce, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many others.

After the morning hike, you will return back to Gorak Shep and eat your breakfast. Then, you will make your way to Pheriche, retracing your steps on the moraines of the Khumbu Glacier.

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar From Pheriche (6/7 Hours Trek)

pheriche village

Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440 meters/ 11,286 feet

Altitude Loss: 931 meters/ 3,054 feet

As the hike to Kala Patthar marks the end of this iconic Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla, you will continue with your descending journey. You will continue trekking following the west bank of the Imja Khola and traverse across the beautiful settlements of Shomare and Pangboche. Then, continuing further with your downhill trail, you will trek past Debuche and Tengboche before climbing the ridge from Phunki Thegnga to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla From Namche Bazaar (6/7 Hours)

Lukla Altitude: 2,860 meters/ 9,383 feet

Altitude Loss: 580 meters/ 1,902 feet

From Namche Bazaar, you will begin your long descent to Jorsale and Monjo. After that, you will retrace your steps on the beautiful banks of the Dudh Koshi River to Monjo, Chumoa, and Benkar. During the final part, you will trek past the Dudkoshi Ghat and cross Chaurikharka Village to reach Lukla, the gateway to Everest.

Day 14: Lukla to Tham Danda Trek and Drive to Salleri on Sharing Jeep (4.5 Hrs Trek and 4.5 Hrs Drive)

Tham Danda Altitude: 2,780 meters/ 9,416 feet
Salleri Altitude: 2,208 meters/ 7,244 feet
Altitude Loss: 652 meters/ 2,139 feet

After enjoying breakfast at Lukla, you will then retrace your steps across the Paiya Village below Lukla to head toward Tham Danda. Then, from the Tham Danda, you will drive toward Salleri across verdant forests, lush vegetation, and beautiful settlements on the banks of Dudh Koshi River for an overnight stay.

Day 15: Salleri to Kathmandu on Sharing Jeep (8 Hours)

Salleri Altitude: 2,208 meters/ 7,244 feet
Kathmandu Altitude: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

Today is the final day’s itinerary in your Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla. From Salleri, you will join the trails that you drove on the first day at Solukhumbu and drive past the beautiful terraced farms, mountain villages, and lush forests. After crossing Dhulikhel, you will join the BP Highway and head toward Kathmandu.

Trip Cost US$ 1600 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport transfers for both international and domestic flights in a tourist vehicle
  • Twin-sharing guest house accommodation during the trek in the Everest Region, with attached toilets in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche
  • Private tourist vehicle transfers between Kathmandu and Phaplu
  • All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with one hot drink and seasonal fruits
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide from Exciting Nepal
  • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Filtered water on the trails using a water filter or purification tablets
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  •  All administrative expenses and government taxes
Cost Excludes:
  • Porters to carry luggage during the trek (one porter for every two clients)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International flight fare and airport departure tax
  • Any beverages, including bottled and boiled water
  • Travel insurance with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Nepal entry visa (easily obtainable upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Any expenses not listed in the "Price Includes" section

Why Avoid the Lukla Flight?

kathmandu to lukla to Phakding

As the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla avoids the popular enroute flight, you might be wondering why it is necessary. There are basically two reasons why the alternative trekking route is best for a pleasant experience. First of all, the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla is situated at an altitude of 2,860 meters (9,383 feet) and is considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The Lukla Aiport does not have a good safety record, and there have been multiple crashes at the airport in the past. Due to extreme altitudes and unpredictable weather in the Himalayan region, the flights to Lukla Airport can be especially challenging during the off-season treks (i.e., in winter and monsoon).

Similarly, if you are joining the mainstream Everest Base Camp Trek route during the peak trekking points like spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), due to the large inflow of trekkers, the flights are often re-routed. This means that for your trek, you will have to take an alternative flight from the Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. As the driving distance to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu is approximately 5 to 6 hours, you will have to wake up early at around 1:30 AM to drive to the airport. So, to enjoy the seamless journey, Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla is a pleasant and safe bet.

Advantages of Trekking From Phaplu

Advantages of Trekking From Phaplu

Scenic Variety and Extended Journey

Unlike the standard trekking route in Everest, which directly jumps to Lukla, this Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla takes you across a whole different terrain. You will not make a direct touch down to the sub-tropical zone, but you will slowly make your way across the agricultural landscapes heading toward the higher regions.

This extended journey will offer you the chance to peek into the true diversity of this Himalayan nation that stretches from flat agricultural lands to the tallest peaks in the world.

Cultural Experiences in Traditional Sherpa Villages

During this exciting trek, you will have the opportunity to explore more of the beautiful Sherpa settlements along the way. Instead of just exploring the high-altitude settlements of the Everest region, you will take your time to slowly move across beautiful low-altitude villages, experiencing their culture, traditions, and hospitality.

Less-crowded Trails

The mainstream EBC Trek is one of the most popular trekking prospects in the Himalayan region that is renowned across the world. Compared to that, the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla follows less crowded trails along the lower region, which guarantees a serene experience during your trek. You will be able to take your time with both cultural and natural exploration on this journey.

Gradual Acclimatization and Reduced Risk of Altitude Sickness

One of the major advantages of doing the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla is that you will have ample period to acclimatize to new altitudes. You will not have to follow swift elevation jumps as you will start your trek from the lower altitudes. By the time you reach the trail with significant altitudes, your body will have already acclimatized properly to the rising altitude.

Experience in Classic Route With Historical Significance

If you don’t know this, the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla follows the classic trekking route in the Everest region. This route will take you across the historic trails to the region before the Tenzing Hillary Aiport was established in Lukla in 1964. So, you will get to experience the iconic trail that marked a great history in the mountaineering world in this alternative route.

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Overview of the Alternative Route

nunthala village

In this Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla alternative route, the experience is even more thrilling than the standard mainstream route. Unlike doing the altitude jump to Lukla Aiport from Kathmandu, you will take your time with the journey and slowly explore the lower region before making a gradual ascend to join the mainstream route. You will get started on the exciting trails of this exciting alternative option after driving from Kathmandu (1,400 meters) to Phalpu (2,364 meters), the entrance to the Everest region via land. From Phalpu, you will traverse across the lush forested trails and head toward Nunthala Village (2,200 meters).

Then, after trekking past the Khari Khola (2,050 meters), the gradual ascending route stretches across Paiya (2,770 meters) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters). You will then continue trekking on the mainstream route of the Everest Base Camp Trek and explore popular settlements along the trailside like Tengboche (3,860 meters), Dingboche (4,260 meters), Lobuche (4,930 meters) and Gorak Shep (5,180 meters) before pushing for the Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters). After the hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 meters), you will continue following the mainstream route to descend across Pheriche (4,371 meters) to Namche to Lukla (2,860 meters).

After reaching Lukla, there are two options for you to return to Kathmandu. You can either take a 30-minute flight from Tenzing Hillary Airport to Kathmandu or continue with the land route. In the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla (two-way), you will trek down to Tham Danda (2,780 meters) from Lukla and take a bus or jeep back to Kathmandu.

Tips for a Successful Trek

gorakshep village everest base camp trek

Training and Preparation Tips

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla is a complete drive and trekking-based adventure without any flight section; you will need to make sufficient preparations to ensure comfort during your Himalayan odyssey. For high altitude and long treks like this, the minimum recommended training period is around 3 to 6 weeks. Even if a basic level of fitness will be enough for the trek, you should work on your strength and endurance level to comfortably complete the day-to-day walking distance which will be around 5 to 6 hours on average.

Similarly, working on the cardiovascular and stamina aspects will increase your body’s oxygen-handling capabilities, and you will be able to acclimatize at higher altitudes more efficiently. Also, stair climbing and practice hikes are other effective training methods that will prepare you for the Himalayan landscape carrying your backpack.

Hiring Guides and Porters

Guides and porters are important parts of any adventure, regardless of which part of of the world your journey takes you to. Both of these professionals add great value to your journey and make it more pleasant. Guides, in particular, handle every factor of your trek, from logistic details, check-in, handling complaints, evaluating weather and itinerary plans, to taking care of your health, safety, and comfort. Thus, it is almost impossible to do treks like Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla without the help of an experienced guide. Out in the wilderness, just following the map is never enough, and even a simple error can be fatal if you lack familiarity with the region.

Like guides, the porters are also a significant part of the journey. These helpful professionals, who are mostly the natives of the region, take care of your luggage and make your trek much lighter. In a standard package, a porter will carry 15 kg (33 lbs) worth of luggage for two trekkers (one porter is provided to carry the luggage of two trekkers).

**Note: If you want to trek without carrying any of your luggage, you can also hire an additional porter from us for your Himalayan journey. Cost of porter is around US$ 20 to US$ 25 per day and cost of guide about US$ 30 to US$ 35 per day**

Follow Precautionary Methods for Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is generally a concerning factor in high-altitude explorations. Although its potential risks are low during the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla, as you will ascend gradually on the inclining route, its risk shouldn’t be underestimated. If the proper acclimatization process isn’t followed, suffering from this high altitude condition can be really troublesome and will even affect the overall itinerary plans. You will start your trek at Phaplu (2,364 meters) and reach the highest point at Kala Patthar (5,644 meters), so the total altitude gain is about 3,280 meters (10,761 feet).

So, in order to keep the potential risk of altitude sickness at bay, Exciting Nepal has carefully designed the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla itinerary plans for a slow-paced exploration. You will walk slowly on the trail, slowly acclimatizing to the new altitudes, and you will also get enough breaks along the trail and a sufficient rest period after climbing to significant altitudes. So, rest assured while trekking with Exciting Nepal, as we have got every safety and comfort factor of the trip covered.

**Note: Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated (minimum 3 to 4 liters of fluid per day), and getting enough rest is important to prevent altitude sickness during your trek. So, don’t overlook these factors as well**

Who Can Do Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla?

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla Outline Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla is a complete trekking adventure in this mainstream region thats skips the Lukla- Kathmandu route. Starting at the Khari Kharka, the trekking trail follows the gradual incline and joins the mainstream route at Phakding. Thus, the difficulty level of the overall trail is also at a moderate level, like the standard mainstream Everest Base Camp Trek. You will walk comfortably on the trekking trails that don’t have any technical sections and gradually push for the base of Everest.

However, this trek is slightly longer than the standard trekking route in the region, which is approximately 130 km (80 miles) long, you will have to cover more distance during the trekking part. Also, the altitude gain in this trekking trail is quite significant as you will push for the maximum altitude at Kala Patthar (5,644 meters/ 18,517 feet). There are risks of altitude sickness at such altitudes if a proper acclimatization process isn’t followed. So, only trekkers who are adequately prepared for the trek should join it.

You don’t necessarily need to be an experienced trekker to join this mainstream trail, as it is also recommended for beginner trekkers. All you have to make sure of is you are prepared right, both mentally and physically, to take on this exciting journey. As for the age limit, there aren’t any kind of age restrictions in the Himalayas and even a 2 year boy has successfully conquered this route.

What Makes Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla Special?

The standard Everest Base Camp Trek that starts with a thrilling Kathmandu to Lukla flight is an exhilarating Himalayan journey itself. However, Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla, which slowly builds up from the lower region, is a different kind of experience. In this remarkable Himalayan journey, you will not be jumping right toward the gateway of Everest. Instead, you will gradually follow the iconic trails of the lower Everest region and steadily explore the beautiful trails elevating toward the mainstream trail.

This exciting Hiamalayn endeavor will take you on a journey where you will be able to explore the beauty of the eastern Himalayan region from a different perspective. The trekking trails in this journey will take you across the beautiful low-altitude settlements, and you will also be able to admire the beauty of the diverse landscape from the hills to the alpine zone.

Packing Essentials

everest base camp trek packing list

The packing essentials for the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla will mostly depend on the season of your visit. If you are doing this trek during any of the peak points like spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), the weather is pretty stable and predictable during these seasons. So, packing regular layers and equipment will be sufficient for your Himalayan journey. Light layers will be pretty much sufficient at the lower trails, and as you ascend higher, an insulated layer and down jacket will be necessary as it is mostly cold in the alpine zone regardless of the season of visit.

Similarly, helpful trekking gear like trekking poles, backpacks, duffle bags, packing sacks, headlamps, power banks, etc, makes the experience pleasant. Also, don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag; even though the teahouses will provide you with blankets, you should bring them to keep yourself comfortable at higher altitudes. If you are doing this trek during the rainy monsoon season (June to August), rainproof gear and reliable footwear are important to navigate across wet and slippery trails. Similarly, the winter (December to February) is the coldest month in the mountain and most part of the trail is covered in the snow. So, warm insulated layers, winter jackets, down jackets, portable heaters, micro spikes for boots, etc, are important for adventures in this off-season.

Necessary Permits and Regulations

Like the mainstream trekking route, you will need a similar number of trekking permits to the Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla. Although your journey will start from the lower elevations, during this trek, you will explore all the major highlights of the Everest region and traverse across the national park and restricted sections as well. So, you will need the following permits for this thrilling Himalayan journey.

Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek Without Flight to Lukla

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

The cost for the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is approximately US$ 17 for the first four weeks. As for the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, it costs about US$ 30 per person. You can collect the Khumbu Municipality Permit at Lukla; however, the trekkers using the traditional Jiri or Paiya route can collect it at Monjo. Similarly, the Sagarmatha National Park Permit can also be collected from the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or at Monjo.

**Note: Exciting Nepal will collect all the necessary permits and do all the necessary paperwork so you can just enjoy your exploration**

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