The standard Everest Base Camp trek begins in Lukla or start from Jiri now from Shivalaya or Bhandar but that takes extra one week to get to Lukla. But we have good news for you that there is off the beaten path to Everest Base Camp from Salleri and Phaplu; south of Lukla. There are daily flights to Phaplu and daily local 4WD jeep is available from Kathmandu if just in case your flight is delayed or considering trip cost. Salleri to Everest Base Camp route itself is challenging at times: no altitude problems, but the steep up and down segments will leave you with burning thighs and shaking knees! In particular, the stretch from Kharikhola to Lukla (the last 2 days or so) is relentless in its ascent from the valley and does not offer much in the way of view or attractions. Before Kharikhola, however, you are constantly rewarded as the trail winds through rice terraces, farmland, and small villages dotted with stupas and monasteries.
Main features of this trek.
One of the best aspects of taking this route to Everest Base Camp is; it makes you physically fit and keeps well acclimatized before heading to Everest Base Camp. Many trekkers are hit by altitude when they begin the trek from Lukla. Not only this; this route provides chances one to observe the fascinating rural daily life in each village you pass through. Families grow their own vegetables, livestock and run the teahouses. Anything else they need is transported from other villages via mule or porter. Another great thing is; this route is less trekked, so this trail calm and quiet than upper Khumbu that so crowded often. As this trail is newly introduced very few trekkers have explored this route, which is newly proposed. Trek to Everest Base Camp via Salleri offers you the fresh route, and you do not have to fly to Lukla, rather the drive by a private vehicle takes you to Salleri, which is also the district headquarter of the Solukhumbu. It is incredible to trek in this unusual trail to Everest Base Camp.
Day 01: Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport
Day 02: Get permits, preparation and visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly or drive to Salleri Phaplu (2364m).
Day 04: Trek to Takshindo (2795m), 4-5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Kharikhola (2010m), 7-8 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Puiyan(2730m), 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Phakding (2652m), 6-7 hours
Day 08: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m), 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 10: Trek to Tengboche (3870m), 4-5 hours
Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4410m), 6 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910m), 4-5 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m), 3 hours visit Everest BC
Day 14: Hike Kalapattar (5545m), trek to Pheriche (4240m), 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6-7 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,850), 7-8 hours.
Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Riding local jeep to Salleri is pretty long, but it will not get disturbed due to any weather change. Flights available to Phaplu near Salleri. Taking local jeep is cheap considering trip cost and taking flights costs USD 146.00 per person if you are willing to fly rather than taking a long day local transport ride which is crowded and bumpy and the road is unsealed yet, though we can use jeep alternatively is the flight are cancelled or delayed.
Why Salleri route to Everest Base Camp?
This route is off the beaten trail, covers charming Sherpa valleys, beautiful landscape and Himalayan views and great scenarios of flora and fauna. It is a best advisable trekking route to Everest Base Camp for those who want to trek from the trail that is not trafficked but unique and awesome, begin the trek in much lower and hike gradually with extra days walk that helps to get physically much fitter and best acclimatization process considering alpine altitude. From Salleri, you trek through Ringmo, Takshindo, Nunthala, Kharikhola, Bupsa, Paiya and join the usual trail from Phakding and much satisfying and amazing.
People and locals in this is Trail
Most of the inhabitants on this trail are Sherpas, the hospitality of the local people and traditional lifestyles make your Salleri Everest Base Camp Treks best memorable. From Phakding it heads through Namche Bazaar, Tengbuche and Gorakshep, and hike further to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. The views of the Everest Himalayan range are mesmerizing. After trekking down to Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion offers you the wonderful and unusual trek from Salleri to Everest Base Camp trek with 18 days trekking itinerary. Our local trekking guides lead you through the land of the Sherpas by getting the panoramas of the Everest region mountains.Jeep Transfer to Salleri from Kathmandu so avoids one way Flight.
Lodges and meals
Lodges on this trail is quite good and clean. Once you join the Salleri trail with Jiri route at Ringmo, there are very descent lodges along the route. You can choose wide range of food verities, like rice items, potatoes, vegetable, moms, spring rolls, egg items and even Indian and continental food. Please do not expect world class food and quality but we assure you the service are quite satisfying in the mountains.
When to trek?
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek from Salleri. The weather is clear and warm with wonderful views. Winter (Dec to Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trek, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m)
Meet and greet at the airport; pick up and escort to the hotels. After checking in have welcome drink and get refresh, settle the rest of the deals. Rest and relax if tired, stroll in the market. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
It is free day to day, Wilderness Excursion will get your Everest Trekking Permits. If you want us to arrange a guided sightseeing; we start the tour after breakfast, you set out for the sightseeing trip in the Kathmandu valley. Our expert tour guide shows you the UNESCO world heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then, return back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Salleri (2364 m),
There are flights to Salleri or arly in the morning, we start to drive from Kathmandu to Salleri in a local Jeep, it is about 10 hours drive. We can book flights for comfortable keen travelers. If taking local jeep; we can view the panoramas of Riverside, jungle, wonderful landscape and the scattered villages during the ride. We cross the bridge at Sunkoshi River and continue through Okhaldhunga. On the way, we can see the incredible peaks as Dudhkunda (Numpur Himal), Everest and others.Then it is a continual drive up and up, which takes us to the district of Solukhumbu-Salleri. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Takshindo. 5-6 hours walk.
Today we trek to Takshindo, we start our foothill journey after the hot breakfast. It goes through the countryside road, which is wide and after our entire hike today is easy and comfortable. The view of Numpur Himal is awesome and the local scenarios accompany it. The trekkers, who fly to Phaplu from Kathmandu for 25 minutes, have also the same route for trekking. We cross small streams and hill gorges. From Fera, we walk through the jungle of Pine till we get to Ringmo. We walk furthermore 2 hours to reach Taksindo. We enjoy the first day trek and take a rest. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Kharikhola (2010m). 6-7 hours walk.
From the hill of Takshindo, the picturesque scenarios of Salleri can be explored. The monasteries of the village represent mystical touch with Tibetan Buddhism. From another ridge, the views of Lukla, Nunthala valley astound us. Then we descend through the pine and oak forest, pass the Nunthala village and continue trek down, cross the Dudhkoshi River and get up to Jubing. After about 2 hours ascend, we reach to Kharikhola. It will take about Overnight at Lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Puiyan (2730m), 5-6 hours walk.
We have a pass or two, dense forest and majorly an uphill trek in this section of the trail. Initially the trek passes through the settlement of Bupsa, after the view of Khumbila mountain and explores the forest mostly dominated by monkeys before we reach to Kharte. Further on the trail we have uphill climb to the Khari La Pass (3145m). We have views of Gyanchung Kang and Khubila mountain from this pass. We shall carefully descend on rather slippery trail on the way to Puiyan after crossing a small stream. We may further ascend through the ups and downs and cross another Chutok La Pass (2945m), traverse through the Dudh Koshi canyon and end this section of the trek at Surke.
Day 07: Trek to Phakding (2652m) 6-7 hours walk.
Puiyan or Surke to Phakding The trek past this section of our trail shall be mostly of alpine vegetation though we shall have ups and downs in the trail. We continue besides the river through forests as we pass the route leading to Lukla airport and continue on to reach to the settlement of Chheplung where we meet the main trail to Everest that comes down from Lukla. We have more trekkers from this point onwards as we move along the trail with the view of snow-clad mountains, gompas and prayer wheels and interaction with the trekkers and locals we meet on the way. After the settlement of Dukhdinma, we continue straight on to the stoppage place of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 08: Trek to Namche (3440m) 6 hours walk.
The trek for this section of our trail begins with traverse through pine forest and a short climb to skip a narrow gorge before we cross small stream and erach to the settlement of Monjo, the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. After obtaining the permit and getting necessary information from the office of the national park we head for the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Beginning with a slight climb to Jorsale, the trail passes a waterfall. We cross the river again and continue along the trail gaining the height steadily reaching the last bridge of the day, and one of the highest of the trail and reach to the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River. Further on, we have a one and half hour steep climb to the lively and vibrant settlement of Namche Bazaar (3440m). All day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest – rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs, and . Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche
Today it is scheduled rest and acclimatization day in the itinerary. Much popular for cultural richness and blend of traditional and modern lifestyle, Namche Bazaar is also popular among the trekkers and mountaineers for acclimatization. Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. You can set off on a short day hike to thame, khunde or Khumjung or relax and explore the Sherpa culture of Namche. These hikes to the satellite settlements of Thame and the twin settlements of Khunde and Khumjung are a rich experience. The trekkers get to explore the monastery at Khumjung, famed for the preserved skull of Yeti. The hospital and school built by Sir Edmund Hillary at Khumjung, hike to the Everest View Hotel for the magnificent view of the Everest and adjoining ranges are highlighted hikes in this region. Museum of Sherpa Culture at Namche and the abundance of souvenir shops, teahouses and places of entertainment makes the acclimatization an enriching experience. Overnight in Namche.
Day 10: Trek to Tengboche (3870m) 5 hours walk
The trail is relatively flat and easy in the earlier trek with the view of the tallest Everest and other mountains including Ama Dablam, Lhotse Sar, Taboche, Kang Taiga and others besides the wild lives of pheasant, musk deer, Himalayan Thar in the forests as we are led up to the Kyangjuma. In the winding path that leads us ahead we descend deep into the valley of Dudh Koshi at the settlement of Phunke Tenga intermittently through the stone steps and bridge over the torrential river. This settlement has a couple of teahouses and an army post surrounded by forests. Moving ahead in the trail we have a tough climb through the pine forests before reaching to Tengboche. A settlement with largest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu region and the marvelous view of several mountains, Tengboche is a cultural hotspot of the region. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours walk.
We begin this section of the trek with a short, steep and mudy descent to Deboche through a forest of birches, conifers and rhododendrons. Marvelous views of the mountains including Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse are visible from Deboche. After this picturesque scenario we move past the long prayer Mani walls till the narrow bridge over Imja River and along the trail to the settlement of Somare where we have close up view of Ama Dablam Mountain. We move further along the Imja River through a short walk on relatively flat section before we branch off towards the Dingboche from the trail leading to Pheriche. Then the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line before reaching Dingboche at 4240m. This settlement of Dingboche is a beautiful and small village with houses made by stone walls, cultivation of barley, buckwheat and potatoes, occupational animal husbandry and the celebration of cultural and traditional values. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4900m), 5-6 hours walk.
The trek on this sections starts with passing the prayers stupa along the gradual path and view of the mountains including Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Kongma Tse and the Nuptse besides overlooking the beautiful Pheriche village. Crossing the wooden bridge at Thugla and marveling the view of Pumori we trek the steep landscape to the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Atop the ridge of Chupki Lhara we find the array of stone with prayer flags to remember the mountaineers deceased on a mission to climb the Everest. We further move along into the vicinity of Everest with the view of several great peaks right in front of us while the Khumbu glacier remain hidden due to the lateral moraine. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m), hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
An important day in the entire itinerary where we shall have the breathtaking view of the Everest from the Kala Patthar and reach to the lap of the Everest at the Everest Base Camp before which we ascend to the Gorak Shep. We start with the trek past the Italian Research Centre and along the Khumbu Glacier and climbing steeply up to the top of the Gorak Shep through the stream of Changri glacier we have the view of Kalapatthar. We proceed towards the Everest Base Camp along the new moraine route. The feeling of being close to the tallest mountain of the planet is a euphoric feel. We then return from the lap of the tallest mountain and have overnight stay at the Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Day 14: Trek to Phiriche
The next day we start early and ascend to the Kala Patthar to have the breathtaking view of sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. Preparation for ascend to the Kala Patthar requires preparation the previous day. We have a steady ascent to the summit of the Kala Patthar with several stoppages in between to catch our breath and take scenic pictures. We further ascent to the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by prayer flags for unbelievable Himalayan panorama. After capturing the moments we descend to the Gorak Shep and gradually descend to the settlement of Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar. 5 - 6 hours.
After breakfast, we begin a long walk down to Namche Bazaar via Pangboche and Phunki Tenga. The views of the Himalayas and forest are wonderful. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2800m) 7-8 hours walk.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla. 5-6 hours. From Namche bazaar, we continue to trek down to Lukla, the last trekking day of the trip. With the view of the waterfall and Sherpa villages, we cross the Phakding and reach to Lukla. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu.
After finishing the Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek, we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla with the Everest scenarios. From the airport, we drive to the hotel and enjoy the whole day of shopping and rest. Overnight at Hotel.
Packing List and Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek from Phapli
Personal Trekking Equipment
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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