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Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

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Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking is a popular alternative to reach the Everest region. You don’t need a flight to Lukla and Everest Base Camp via Salleri offers you to explore both the Solu and Khumbu route of this region.

This off-beaten track is not the first choice of trekkers to reach the Everest Base Camp. It is still in its exploration phase which adds another beauty to this journey. Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking route provides you the untouched culture and tradition of the Everest region.

Due to less-traveled routes, you might enjoy this journey even more. It feels like you are on a private trek because you are not heading in the same direction as the crowd. As you walk through this non-classic route towards Everest you will see the tribal people with varieties of custom and tradition.

While traveling through the classical route you would only get a chance to explore the Khumbu region but with this route, you would also explore the Solu part of this region. Salleri is in the southern part of Lukla. It is the best option if you don’t want to take a flight to Lukla. This longer route helps you to acclimatize better for upcoming higher altitudes.

The serene bonding of Hindu and Buddhist, peculiar landscapes, smiling faces of the locals are some of the highlights of Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking. Your journey starts from the jeep ride to Salleri from Kathmandu. Prayer wheels, flags, monasteries will be greeting you throughout this ride.

The trekking part starts from Salleri, and you will head towards Taksindu. Seeing the beautiful mountain range and waterfalls you will further move to Kharikhola. Both are the journey of 5 to 6 hours. Before arriving in Phakding, you will visit these places along with Paiya.

After Phakding you will follow the classic route to Everest Base Camp that is Namche Bazar, Dingboche, Lobuche and so on. You will pass through beautiful forests, cross the various suspension bridges, walk on rocky trails to reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar(5545m).

Highlights

  • Off-beaten path to Everest region.
  • Explore the Solu part of this region.
  • Enjoy the inclusive view of Everest and its neighboring mountains.
  • Observe the culture and hospitality of Sherpa people.
  • You can skip the thrilling flight to Lukla.
  • Proper acclimatization that reduces the chance of altitude sickness.
  • This route works as a warmup for the further trek.
  • Organic food and experience.
  • Highest points Kala Pattar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5364m.

Best time for Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Spring and Autumn is the most popular season for all trekking routes in Nepal and Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking is no exception. March, April, May is spring here in Nepal. It is the best season to trek around the Everest region.

Spring is full of tourists making the trails crowded. Days are bright and long but the nights are cold. It is better to carry warm layers of cloth. Spring is also a season of Rhododendron, you will see colorful flowers all around trails. The continuous smell of flowers and green leaves makes your trek enjoyable.

Autumn is another popular season that offers you the cold breeze over your ear. It has the best temperature of all seasons. You can feel that winter is coming. There is a chance of less to no rainfall at all. Trails are at their busiest for offering you the fellow companion.

Winter season is quite popular among niche climbers to Everest regions. It is not a bad time but you need to be extra careful. The climatic condition of this region cannot be predicted. It can go worst anytime and if you are not well informed it might harm you and your tour. The temperature can go really low and nights are freezing cold. Heavy snowfall can block your route and there is no option other than waiting either to proceed forward or backward.

Monsoon season is not the perfect time to visit the Everest region. Rain is a major reason but frequent landslides, muddy trails create more trouble for the trekkers. There are no clear skies and frequent rain distract you from the picturesque view of Himalayas. The day is rainy and humid and at night the temperature gets lower.

Reaching Salleri from Kathmandu

This is an off-beaten route to the Everest region so you may be confused regarding the location of Salleri. Hiring a jeep is the best option to reach Salleri from Kathmandu. It takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Jeeps can be of private nature or on a sharing basis. Sharing jeep costs you lower than hiring it privately. It might cost you $30 to $40. Your hotel or travel company might help you with this issue.

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Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Salleri (1800m)

Day 02: Salleri to Taksindu (3140m)

Day 03: Taksindu to Kharikhola (2250m)

Day 04: Trek to Paiya/Pyuin (3140m)

Day 05: Paiya to Phakding (2657m)

Day 06: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)

Day 07: Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazar

Day 08: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m)

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4320m)

Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m)

Day 12: Trek to Kala Pattar and descend to Pheriche

Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazar

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary of Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Kathmandu to Salleri (1800m)

Your journey of Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking starts from today. It takes approximately 9 to 10 hours to reach Salleri from Kathmandu. You will take a jeep and enjoy the long ride through a newly constructed road.

You will pass all the rivers, forests, bizarre landscapes, settlements to reach Salleri. After crossing the Sunkoshi River, you will head towards Okhaldhunga district of Nepal. While continuing in this journey you will see a spectacular view of Numbur Himal followed by Everest and many more.

Most of the settlements here are of Sherpa people. This rural farm village/town also consists of other people like Rai, Tamang, Magar and few Hindus. After a long bumpy ride on a rough road, you will reach Salleri, headquarter of Solukhumbu district.

Day 02: Salleri to Taksindu (3140m)

Here you start trekking to Taksindo after having a delightful breakfast. The slow trek leads you toward Ringmo village. This is an uphill journey that passes through disperse cultivation lands and settlements.

You will be walking through the dense forest and here you see the first glance of Mount Everest. Not only Mount Everest, but you will also see the other mountains in the Khumbu regions. You will stop at Ringmo village for some time but eventually reach Taksindu pass. After observing breathtaking views of the Khumbu region, you will trek downwards to Taksindo village for overnight stay. The overall journey will take you 5 to 6 hours.

Day 03: Taksindu to Kharikhola (2250m)

You already have enjoyed the beautiful scenario of Salleri from top of Taksindu and now it is time to move forward from Taksindu. After breakfast, the journey starts again. Passing through the farmland you will see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism and Monasteries.

When you reach the ridge and walk through it, you will have a glimpse of Lukla and Nunthala valley. Descending part starts from here, your trek continues to the alpine forest until you cross Dudhkoshi River.

After getting to Jubing village, Kharikhola is just 2 hours away. You will stay here at Kharikhola for today. The total trek will take you nearly 6 hours.

Day 04: Trek to Paiya/Pyuin (3140m)

After crossing beautiful Kharikhola, you need to climb a steep hill for a few hours to reach Bupsa Danda. Bupsa Danda is an alluring village at the top of the ridge that offers you the majestic view of the mountains and landscapes.

At this height of above 3000m, the air gets thinner and frosty. This area belongs to the high Khumbu region and you see Pyuin/Paiya village calling you. Pyuin/Paiya village lies in the middle of a forest that is a beautiful place to stay tonight.

Day 05: Paiya to Phakding (2657m)

With the sight of Lukla, you will progress slowly and peacefully. In order to reach Surkhe village at the base of the Lukla, you will walk downhill.

You will start an uphill journey since you reach Surkhe. There is a village with a high influence of Buddhism. Sherpa people dominate this place and you can see their culture in every house and structure. Colossal spinning bells and the architecture of prayer monuments(Mani) proves that they are people with talent.

Day 06: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)

The total time to reach Namche Bazar is around 6 hours. You need to cross a suspension bridge and walk through the traditional trail viewing the thundering waterfall.

After walking for 5 minutes you will see a mountain on your right side, it is Thamserku mountain. You need to cross a few more bridges until you reach Monjo village. Sagarmatha National Park may ask for your permits and identification. You will be trekking through a river valley from here.

Pines, Fir and Rhododendron forest cover these further trails. With gradual up and down through Khumbu valley you will reach Jorsalle to have lunch. You need to cross more than 5 bridges to reach Namche Bazar. Following the Riverbank, you will gradually climb to reach Namche Bazar. You will stay here tonight.

Day 07: Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazar

Rest and acclimatization is an important part of trekking, especially in above 3500m altitude. Before climbing any further you need to adjust with changing environment and altitude. Today you will explore the Namche Bazar.

You can roam around the local market and have a proper conversation with locals or Everest climbers. There is another option that you can visit the Everest View Hotel which is one of the hotels at the highest point.

The vista of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam will continue to astound you. You can also visit the Sherpa cultural center, it is a gallery of Sherpa history. It takes you inside the world of the Sherpa people.

Day 08: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m)

It almost takes you 6 hours to reach Tengboche from Namche Bazar. The first 30 minutes after breakfast will be easy and flat. Then after you need to ascend for one and a half hours until you reach Kyanjuma.

You will have your breakfast here at Kyanjuma while enjoying the scenic beauty of Himalayan ranges. There is plenty of mountain goat grazing throughout this route. Rhododendron forest is covering these routes with its fragrance and beauty. Descending through the Riverbank for 45 minutes you reach a place known as Phunki Tenga.

This place has few tea houses and lodges. Moving ahead from this place you will reach Tengboche. Following the zig-zag way and reaching Tengboche gives you relief because you will be staying here tonight. Through the Tengboche monastery, you will enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Everest and its surrounding mountains. You will stay here tonight.

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4320m)

Passing through the beautiful Rhododendron forest you will start descending downwards. After walking for half an hour you see a nunnery while passing through Dibuche.

Crossing bridges are common in these routes and after you climb for thirty minutes, you reach the gate of Pangboche. You need to enter this gate and visit one of the oldest monasteries of this area.

The Everest region is magnificent in every aspect. As you head forward the route will take you to Syomare. Syomare is the place where you will have lunch. After lunch, as you move forward through the woods the trails become wider.

This part of the trek can be windy sometime and after a few hours, you will reach Dingboche. It takes you 5 to 6 hours to reach Dingboche from Tengboche. You will stay here tonight.

Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

Following the ridge, you will pass through prayer flags and Stupas. The scenery is beyond explanation, trekking through the uphill you will see a place where the river is formed due to the melting of the Khumbu glacier.

It is an excellent place for rest and lunch. You can see the perfect view of Mount Everest and Makalu. Continue along the Thugla hill which is a place for memorials of the unfortunate climber who could not conquer Mount Everest.

A Few more hours uphill and you will reach Lobuche for dinner. Lobuche offers you a few lodges and tea houses with the view of Mount Nuptse and Lobuche.

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m)

Today you will reach Everest Base Camp and it is the most important highlight of this trek. This route gives you the adventure feeling because you are heading towards the base camp of the world's highest mountain.

You will walk through the other side of the Khumbu glacier. After more than one hour of trekking along the rocky steps, you reach Gorakshep. In order to reach Gorakshep, you need to pass the Lobuche and Italian Research Center.

Once, Gorakshep was the base camp of Mount Everest. After resting for a while, you will head to Everest Base Camp. On the way, you see beautiful mountains like Nuptse, Pumori and a few others. You should enjoy the view of Everest while on the journey itself because it is difficult to see while being in the base camp. An increase in altitude makes the trek difficult rather than the rocky trails. You trek now to Gorak Shep for a night stay.

Day 12: Trek to Kala Pattar and descend to Pheriche

Trekking to the Kala Pattar is one of the most memorable parts of this entire Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking. It is the perfect viewpoint for Mount Everest.

Mountains like Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc surround you though this part of the trek. The view of sunrise and sunset is delightful from the Kala Pattar. The snow-capped mountains turning into golden color is the most beautiful scenery. Descending towards Gorakshep is the next step but your ultimate destination for today is Pheriche. It is trekking for 6 to 7 hours.

Day 13: Pheriche to Namche Bazar

After having breakfast you begin the trek towards Namche Bazar. You will walk down through Pangboche and Phunki Tenga. Forest and Himalayan ranges continue to astound you. Namche is your destination for today. It takes you 5 to 6 hours.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

This is your last trekking day of the Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Continuous downwards are necessary to reach Lukla from Namche Bazaar. The peculiar view of roaring waterfalls and hospitable Sherpa village makes it difficult to leave this place. You will cross Phakding to reach overnight at Lukla.

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu

This is the end of Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking. You will fly back to Kathmandu through the flight enjoying all the Himalayan range for the last time. Rest at your hotel and explore Kathmandu valley.

Trip Cost US$ 1450 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Bus sharing Land transport from Kathmandu to Jiri.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • A Strong Porter among the two trekkers (one porter sharing among two-member) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
  • flight fare one way from Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes in Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ information management system)
  • A trekking route map
  • Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
  • Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, refundable).
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse
Cost Excludes:
  • Your travel insurance. (Recommended)
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Activities in Kathmandu.

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  • Season: March to May & September to November
  • Grade Info: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Transportation: Jeep
  • Walking Hour: 5 to 7 hours

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