Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek is an alternative trek route to the classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri is the trek route taken by the first summiteers of Mt.Everest - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Now with the development of roads, the classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek route is alternated by a trek from Salleri to Everest Base Camp.
Every year hundreds and thousands of trekkers from all over the world visit Everest Base Camp. The Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is overcrowded and many times due to weather circumstances, the flights get delayed or canceled. That’s why Everest Base Camp Trek from Salleri is getting famous with trekkers having long holidays and also perfect for budget trekkers as you drive and hike to Lukla avoiding a one-way Lukla flight making the trek even more budget friendly.
You will jeep drive from Kathmandu to Salleri via Khurkot and Okhaldhunga passing B.P. highway. You can easily find local buses driving to Salleri. The drive will offer stunning landscapes of surrounding hills, rivers, and different ethnic groups residing on the riverbank. The trail then passes through Rai, Limbu, Magar, and Sherpa villages like Ringmu, Nunthala, Kharikhola, Surkhe, and Phakding from where you will meet other fellow trekkers as the main Everest Base Camp trail starts. The villages are authentic and virgin not touched by modernization and tourism. The hike lets you experience the local culture and cuisine of Sherpa and other ethnic groups residing along the trails.
You will then follow Mt. Everest Base Camp's main trail enjoying breathtaking vistas of mountains crossing a suspension bridge and Sherpa villages; Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. The trekking trails finally get you to the base of the tallest Mt. Everest, 5,364 m. The highest point of Everest Base Camp Trek – Kala Patthar at an altitude of 5,545 m offers a closet view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. You can witness other surrounding mountains like Changtse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and Lobuche.
You will retrace back the same trails to Lukla and fly out from Lukla enjoying the thrilling flight from Tenzing-Hillary Airport. You can experience a bird's eye view of Khumbu Valley and its surrounding mountains as fly-out Helicopter service is available at many points: Gorakshep, Lobuche, Pheriche, and Dingboche.
Everest Base Camp Drive-in and Fly-out Trek is an alternative trekking route that is a less crowded and unexplored trail with fantastic landscapes. The trek from Salleri to Everest Base Camp takes more days as compared to Lukla Everest Base Camp Trek. However, it starts from an elevation of 2,390 m and gains altitude gradually reducing the risk of altitude sickness and plenty of time to get acclimatized. The unexplored trails with warm local Sherpa people and their culture make your Everest Base Camp Trek even more memorable and enriching.
Note: You can take a jeep drive from Salleri to Thamdanda and a day hike to reach Lukla saves three valuable days for the further journey.
Nepal Adventure Team, a well-established trekking agency in Nepal offers you Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek in 2024/2025. This alternative trek offers more breathtaking views, enriching culture, and warm hospitality of Sherpa people along with the wonders and surprises of regular Everest Base Camp Trek.
The trek package to Everest Base Camp from Salleri is flexible to customized according to your needs and choice. We provide discounted fares for large groups. We have affordable prices for early bookings for 2023/2024.
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- Waterproof Duffle bags for the safety of luggage.
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- 100% guaranteed departure and special group fares.
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- 10% of the company’s profit contributed to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Important Note to be Considered in Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek
- There could be a flight delayed or canceled due to weather circumstances while flying back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
- A passport photocopy is a must for booking a domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance must have been done for trekking in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
- The domestic airline allows the baggage allowance of 15 kg per person. Hence avoid excess baggage or pay extra to bring them.
- Don’t stand on the riverside when animals cross your path. Always stand on the hillsides.
- Avoid the use of plastic to a minimum while trekking in the mountains to save the fragile ecosystem of the mountain region.
- Respect the mountain environment, culture, and cuisine of local people.
- Never take photographs of people without their permission.
- Since ATMs aren’t very reliable in the mountains, carry extra cash for personal expenses in trekking.
- Porter carries a maximum of 20 kg so pack your bag with essential gear and goods.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness.
- Maintain a slow and steady walk with short breaks to acclimatize to increasing altitude.
Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek Route
Everest Base Camp Trek Drive in Salleri and fly out from Lukla starts with an early morning jeep drive from Capital City, Kathmandu. The jeep drive to Salleri via Okhaldhunga takes around 8 -9 hours and provides scenic landscapes of the countryside. You will reach Salleri, the district headquarters of Solukhumbu by the evening and overnight stay there.
The next day, you will start to trek through Sherpa and Rai villages: Ringmu, Taksindu and overnight stays at Nunthala. From Nunthala, the trek route craves its way to Kharikhola, Surkhe and on the fifth day of the trek, you will reach Phakding getting in the main Everest Base Camp trail.
Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek trail passes through beautiful alpine woodland of pines and rhododendrons crossing the Hillary suspension bridge and hill takes you to the bustling town, Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization day at Namche includes a short hike to the museum which reflects the mountaineering history, Sherpa culture, flora, and fauna.
Enjoying the mesmerizing vistas of Mt. Ama Dablam, the trail takes you to Tengboche. Tengboche is a scenic spot for splendid vistas of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt.Everest. Your visit to Tengboche monastery gets you a blessing from the High Lama.
Crossing Imja Khola (river) and Pangboche, the last permanent village, you will reach Dingboche for the night. You will enjoy an acclimatization hike to Nangkartshang peak (5,083 m) at Dingboche to adapt to the increasing altitude.
The Salleri Everest Base Camp trek trail follows an uphill climb to Thugla for a lunch break and reaches Lobuche for an overnight stop. The next day, you arrive at Gorakshep through the moraine and icy trail. After break, the trail continues to Everest Base Camp enjoying the breathtaking vistas of Khumbu Icefall and surrounding mountains.
After the proud moment at the base camp, you will return to Gorakshep for your stay. The next day in the early morning, the adventure hike to Kala Patthar starts. The highest point of the trek, Kala Patthar-5,545 m offers awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Thamserku, Kangtenga, and a few more.
The trek from Salleri to Everest Base Camp descends to Pheriche Valley for a stay. The trail retraces back the same route to Namche and via Monjo to Lukla. Lukla will be the ending point of the trekking from where you will fly back to Kathmandu.
The trekking route from Everest Base Camp to Lukla is customizable. You can fly out from any point such as Gorak Shep, Lobuche, Pheriche, and Dingboche to Lukla or Kathmandu.
If you want to explore more of the Everest Region, there are many wonderful places such as Gokyo Lake, Cho la Pass, Kongma La Pass, and Renjo La Pass. You can trek either this individual pass or three passes for more adventure and thrill.
You can even drive out to Kathmandu instead of flying out from Lukla enjoying the countryside landscape of the Lower Solukhumbu. We Nepal Adventure Team are highly flexible in customizing the route and the itinerary to suit your preferences.
Best Time for Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek
Every season offers its unique distinctiveness making your trekking experience memorable. Be it the clear sky in spring or heavy snowfall in winter, they leave an unforgettable experience.
The blossoming spring season offers clear sky and stable weather hence providing you breathtaking vistas of the majestic Himalayas. The temperature will be mild with a pleasant day. The blossom of flora adds more value to your trekking experience. Hence the month of March, April, and May sees more trekkers in the Khumbu region.
The month of June to early September marks the monsoon rain in Nepal. The skies will be overcast with black clouds that result in heavy rainfall and cause floods, and landslides in many parts of the trekking trails. However, the landscapes after the rainfall will be worth witnessing as nature gets greenish and rejuvenated. We highly recommend carrying a raincoat and being aware of the muddy slippery trails.
The festive season – autumn falls in September, October, and November sees many trekkers in the high Himalayas of Nepal. The moderate weather with fewer clouds provides unobstructed vistas of the high mountains. The lush and green nature decorates the trails. Your cultural experience will be even more enriching by the festive vibe in the whole country – Dashain and Tihar, the biggest festival of Nepalese. We highly recommend carrying warm clothes as the weather will start getting cold in November.
December, January, and February experience heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures in the High Himalayas. The weather will be clear in the morning offering mesmerizing vistas of mountains and get obstructed as the day passes. The trails will be less crowded providing a serene hike however the trail gets challenging with the risk of avalanches and slippery due to snow hence a guide is a must-have.
The most visited times of the year are the seasons of Spring and Autumn with hundreds and thousands of trekkers on the trails due to the clear sky, stunning vistas of the mountains, and pleasant weather. You can trek in winter and monsoon with proper planning and information.
Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek Permit
Trekking Permit is a must to have while trekking in the High Himalayas of Nepal. They are for the safety of trekkers and also for the protection of the mountain's fragile environment and culture.
The trekking route of Salleri to Everest Base Camp falls in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As per the rule, every trekker entering the national park must issue a Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You can get it at the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, or the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, Monjo.
The Sagarmatha National Park permit costs Nepalese currency NPR. 3000 per person and it should be paid in local currencies.
Another trekking permit you require is the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. After the decentralization in 2018, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality became a local government and introduced this local permit system. It isn’t available in Kathmandu. You can get it at an office in Lukla.
The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs Nepalese currency NPR. 2000 per person.
Note: The trekking permit must be paid in local currency so highly advisable to carry enough local currency.
Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
The trek to Everest Base Camp from Salleri is comparatively cheaper than the other treks in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek from Salleri includes drive-in and fly-out to Kathmandu excluding a one-way flight to Lukla which is quite expensive.
Foreign nationalities except for Indian nationalities required VISA to enter Nepal. You can easily get it either from the nearby Nepal Embassy in your country or after your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. You require 2 passport-size photos, a valid passport, and a VISA fee in USD.
On Arrival Visa Fee
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days - 125 USD
Since you take a jeep from Kathmandu to reach Salleri and trek further while flying out from Lukla back to Kathmandu the transportation cost isn’t much. You can even cut it down by taking a local bus to Salleri and driving back to Kathmandu instead of Lukla fight. This way, the trekking to Everest Base Camp from Salleri becomes even more budget-friendly.
However, if you take a jeep from Salleri to Thamdanda then the cost might increase. The transportation cost for Everest Base Camp Trek from Salleri varies with the type of vehicle and the distance traveled.
Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Cost varies with nationalities. It is usually charged in American Dollars to foreigners. The domestic flight allows 10 kg of luggage and 5 kg of hand carry. You need to pack essential gear and items.
The most expense occurs for accommodation and food. Since in the mountains, there are cheap to budget-friendly tea house accommodations, the cost is comparatively low. While your stay in Kathmandu hotel could be costly. You can find a low-budget to luxurious five-star hotel in Kathmandu offering different standards of services.
In the mountains, the accommodation and food prices increase with increasing altitude. Depending upon your budget and needs, you can get basic tea house accommodation to a few luxurious lodges offering quality services.
Similarly, as you ascend the price of one bottle of water also gets a hike so we recommend sterilizing the water to minimize the water cost.
Since there is no electricity and internet connection, services like hot showers, battery charging, and even an internet connection cost you a few dollars.
Trekking guides and porters make your trekking easy and comfortable as they are experts in local knowledge and take care of you and your belongings. The cost of hiring a guide and porters is also nominal.
Salleri Everest Base Camp is a moderate trek. You don’t need a previous trek however we highly recommend preparing yourself prior to the trek. Perform activities like jogging, cycling, and multiple-day hiking with a bag pack.
If you have any medical conditions, kindly inform us when booking the trek package to Everest Base Camp from Salleri.
Salleri Everest Base Camp Trek is a high-altitude trekking in the high Himalayas of Nepal. You don’t need to get worry because the trek itinerary involves proper acclimatization. The trek starts from Salleri, 2,390 m and there will be altitude gain as you ascend the trail. Moreover, there is one-day acclimatization at Namche and Dingboche respectively.
Proper acclimatization will reduce the chance of altitude sickness.