Everest Base Camp Trek By Road Without Flight

Everest Base Camp Trekking By Road Without Flight Cost and Itinerary 2024, 2025
Everest Base Camp Trek By Road Without Flight
What to see & doSpecific information about Everest Base Camp Trek By Road Without Flight
  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5545m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 6
  • Transportation Private Jeep
  • Best Season March, April, May, and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is the best option for travelers who prefer to explore the incredible landscape of Nepal at a slower and more immersive pace. The 15-day excursion is also best for those who fear traveling by air. Furthermore, you don't have to deal with flight cancellations due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Khumbu region. The journey winds through several village settlements, enabling you to interact with the locals. Thus, apart from being an adventurous journey, the Everest Base Camp Trek by road is also a cultural experience for ethnic groups in the region. The trip offers you a chance to witness the lifestyle of the local people and even get involved with them. Along the journey, you can appreciate beautiful farms, hamlets, monuments, and mesmerizing monasteries. Appreciating the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains while strolling through the narrow trails of Sherpa settlements is an unforgettable experience. Outfitter Nepal provides a well-curated itinerary for the 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek by Road package. The stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and the hiking trail that offer you the chance to experience the rich and diverse culture of the native community will indeed create unforgettable memories.

Everest Base Camp By Road Highlights

  • Through the road trip, gain new perspectives on the journey to Everest Base Camp.
  • A private jeep from Kathmandu to Thamdanda.
  • Explore the beautiful Rai, Magar, and Shera communities in Salleri, Ringmo, Phaplu, Kharukhola, Takshindo, and Paiya.
  • The trail to Thamdabda covers the classic trail of the Jimi Everest Base Camp Trek route.
  • During the road journey, marvel at serene farmlands, valleys, rivers, hills, and forests.
  • There are fantastic views of glaciers, the Khumbu Icefall, and snow-capped mountains such as Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and Nuptse.
  • Discover breathtaking springs, forests, waterfalls, and many more natural wonders of the region.

EBC Trek by Road Route Overview

The exciting journey to Everest Base Camp begins with an early morning jeep drive from Kathmandu to beautiful Phaplu. The road journey on the first day of the excursion takes around 8–9 hours and covers a total distance of 266 kilometers. After arriving in Phaplu, we will spend the night in a local tea house. The drive resumes on the second day as you head towards Thamdada, from where you will be hiking to Paiya village. After taking a well-deserved rest at a teahouse in Paiya, tomorrow morning you will make preparations and begin the hike to Phakding. The Trek continues to Namche Bazaar the next day, where you will acclimate and explore ancient stupas, monasteries, Sherpa museums, and Hotel Everest View. The trail traverses to Tengboche Village, a vantage point from which to enjoy mesmerizing views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Thamserku. Your next destination will be Dingboche, where you will have the second acclimatization day of your journey. After adapting to the changing atmosphere and getting adequate rest, we will move towards Lobuche and the Everest Base Camp. After exploring one of the trek's major highlights, you will hike toward Gorakshep. The next day, you will prepare for the hike to Kalapathar, one of the best vantage points in the Khumbu region. From here, you will go back to Gorak Shep and follow the trail back to Pheriche. After spending the night at a teahouse, we will begin our relaxing hike back to Namche Bazaar and finally to Surke. We will be at the final stretch of the Everest Base Camp Trek by Road as we hike from Surke to Thamdada, where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Kathmandu via Phaplu.

Note: If you want to customize this according to your needs and preferences, we can curate it to enhance your memorable trekking journey.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek by Road

Our Everest Base Camp trek by road package occurs during the dry season. Due to heavy rainfall, we do not recommend commencing the excursion during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September. As a result, there is a high chance of landslides, soil erosion, floods, and road blockages in several parts of Nepal. During the monsoon season, the roads are muddy and complicated to travel. Additionally, the heavy rainfall might affect the conditions of the road, which could create exceptional traffic and delays.

On the other hand, you can commence the trek in spring and autumn. Autumn lasts from September to November, while spring lasts from March to May. During this time of year, the climate is calm and relaxed. The sky is crisp and clear, with minimal chance of unpredictable weather changes.

Moreover, you can enjoy splendid views during most parts of the journey. Trekking to Everest Base Camp by road is also possible during the winter. However, we do not recommend it, as the freezing temperature and heavy snowfall make the expedition challenging. Regardless, with the expertise of our guides and staff members, you can complete and enjoy the trek in any condition.

Is Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Without Flight Suitable for You?

This expedition is the perfect option for travelers who want to witness the stunning scenery, waterfalls, rivers, valleys, mountains, and villages of the Khumbu region at a comfortable pace with more engagement. On the other hand, the trek is only practical for some, as you have to walk on steep and challenging terrain for multiple days. Nonetheless, completing the Everest Base Camp trek by Jeep ride No Lukla flight will be rewarding and one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. We advise you to check before planning this exciting journey. You must consult your physician regarding any heart or respiratory conditions you might have developed. You can complete the trek without difficulty if you have no underlying medical conditions and a fit body.

How Should You Prepare for the Trek?

To efficiently complete the Everest Base Camp by road without fly, you must be prepared physically and mentally. It would help if you had a solid mental attitude to push yourself during the challenging hikes in the expedition. Hiking up and down the rugged terrain of the Khumbu region will also place a lot of physical strain on your body. Moreover, you will carry a dayback with you, weighing around 4-6kg. So, to enjoy this remarkable trek, you need to improve your endurance level and strength. Plan your workout routine at least four days a week and 6–9 weeks before starting the trek. In your training sessions, we recommend you include workouts such as jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobatics, and weight training. As a result, it will improve your muscle strength and stamina, allowing you to intake and absorb adequate oxygen at higher altitudes.

Everest Base Camp Trek without Lukla Flight Cost: 2024 And 2025

The cost of the Everest Base Camp without Flight depends on the additional services included and the number of people in the group. The average cost per passenger for the package is USD 1650. If you travel with four people, the trip cost will drop to USD 1325. Similarly, the cost will drop significantly if you travel with a group of five or more then that cost is 1275 USD. We have made a list of items covered by the total cost to give you a comprehensive overview of what is included.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Following the trip briefing, you will meet with the rest of the team in the hotel around 4:30 to 5 in the morning. Shortly after, the jeep drive to Phaplu from Kathmandu will begin. The road ahead leads to BP highway, and after 5 hours of driving, you will arrive at Ghurmi. This is where we will stop to have lunch. The ride resumes as you enjoy beautiful views of lush fields, terraces, and villages. After another 4 hours of jeep rides, you will finally arrive at Phapul and spend the night at a teahouse.

  • Max. Altitude: 2470m/8,104ft
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: Driving: 9-10 Hours
  • Transportation: Jeep

Our destination for today is Tham Dada, a popular regional viewpoint. The drive ahead will take you through beautiful landscapes and lush forests. The 3-hour jeep ride ends after you arrive at Tham Dada. From here on, we will prepare for the 6-hour trek to Paiya. The hike features exciting views of stunning hills, mountains, and beautiful village settlements.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,780m/9,120ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: Drive: 3-4 Hours and 3 Hours
  • Transportation: Jeep and Walking

Today, we begin our trek to the Khumbu region of Nepal. As you move forward, the trail descends until you reach Surke (2,290 m). You then follow the Dudhkoshi River, passing through several Buddhist Chorten and ascending to Chaurikharka (2,422 m). After two hours of gentle hiking from Chheplung, you arrive at Phakding.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,650 m/8,562 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 Hours

After an early morning breakfast, we begin our hike to Namche Bazaar along the river banks, passing the settlement of Tok Tok. After 3 hours, we arrive at Monjo, the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, where we get our permits checked by the local authority. Moving ahead, we descend toward the Dudhkoshi River and reach Jorshale after crossing a suspension bridge. After hours of hiking, we finally arrived at Namche Bazaar, the wonderful homeland of the Sherpa people.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,440 m/11,286 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 830m/2,723ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/7mi

Today is the first acclimatization day of our trek. After breakfast, we start our hike to Hotel Everest, the highest-placed hotel in the world. You can enjoy marvelous views of Mt. Everest and other surrounding mountain peaks from here. Further ahead, we walk down to Khumjung to explore ancient monasteries and visit Kunde village. After our exploration, we retrace our steps back to Namche Bazaar.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,440 m/11,286 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 440m/1443ft
  • Elevation Loss: 440m/1443ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3 Hours

After acclimatizing to the atmospheric change, we head toward Tengboche, enjoying beautiful views of Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega. We take a brief break at a tea house in Khyangjumpa and hike through the alpine forest towards Phungi Tenga. Moving ahead, the trail passes through dense jungle, where you can glimpse exotic wildlife such as the Himalayan monal and the Himalayan tahr. Finally, we will arrive at Tengboche and explore the Tengboche Monastery and the surrounding area.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,867m/12,684ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 427m/1,398ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6mi

You will wake up early and immerse yourself in the praying ceremony in the tea house's monasteries. You can visit the monastery and make offerings before you begin the hike. As we move forward, the trail descends through dense forest to Dibuche. You will then cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola and pass through Milingo. Further along the trail, you will arrive at Pangboche village, where you can witness several Buddhist chortens. After having lunch at Somare, we hike for another two and a half hours until we finally arrive at Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 483m/1,584ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/7mi

Today is the second acclimatization day of our journey before heading to Everest Base Camp. After lunch, we begin a peaceful hike to Nangkartashang Peak, which takes about two hours. From the summit, you will witness views of Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kangetga, Thamerku, and Ama Dablam. This is one of the best viewpoints in the region, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountain peaks. After a wonderful time at the summit, we return to Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,350m/14,272ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft
  • Elevation Loss: 675m/2214ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 2-3 Hours
  • Walking Distance: 4Km/2.8mi

We begin the day with a hearty breakfast in the morning and resume our journey to EBC. The trail ahead takes you to the ridge above Dingboche and passes through old village settlements and pasture lands. We hike for 3 hours before stopping at Thukla for lunch, located at the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail then ascends to the Thukla pass for around an hour, where we can see several murals built as a tribute for mountaineers who have lost their lives. Moving ahead, hiking for another 2 hours alongside the Khumbu Glacier finally takes you to Lobuche.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,940m/16,207ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 590m/1,936ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

Today is the major highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek by road expedition. Today's hike begins from Lobuche as you walk ahead for three hours to Gorakshep. Upon our arrival, we will leave our luggage at the teahouse, and after lunch, we resume our journey to the Everest Base Camp. Reaching Everest Base Camp will take 2 to 3 hours from Gorakshep. We highly advise bringing a head torch, light snacks, and drinking water. After the hike, you will feel a sense of liberation and relaxation. You will spend the rest of the time exploring the surrounding views and areas of EBC before heading down to Gorak Shep.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,364m/17,598ft
  • Elevation Gain: 454m/1,489ft
  • Elevation Loss: 200m/656ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9mi

We start the hike early in the morning to witness the glorious sunrise over the majestic mountains from Kala Patthar. The two-hour ascent rewards you with stunning views of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Lingtren, Mt. Pumari, Changtse, Khumutse, and Nuptse. After spending quality time at the vantage point, we retrace our steps back to Gorak Shep, which takes around five hours to complete.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,550m/18,202ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 386m/1266ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1894m/6217ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/9mi

After an early morning breakfast, we follow the trail to Namche Bazaar. The 8-hour trek is pleasant as you descend through calm farmlands and beautiful village settlements. Along the way, you will recap memories from the beginning of the trek. After 3–4 hours of hiking, we have lunch at Phungi Tenga. After our brief rest, we will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar after an additional 3 hours of hiking.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,440m/11,286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 800m/2,625ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 20km/12mi

The hike today is a long 6 to 7-hour walk to Chaurikharka. Most of the trail ahead descends and passes through dense jungle and Sherpa settlements. Along the way, enjoy glimpses of the surrounding landscape and mountain scenery back to Chaurikharka. After a boring lunch break, we resume our journey, and after hours of hiking, we finally arrive at Surke, where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,780 m/9,120 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 580m/1,903ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11mi

You are now at the final stretch of the exciting Everest Base Camp expedition. After breakfast, we begin our hike, ascending through the dense jungle to Puiyan. We hike for another two hours and finally arrive at Tham Dada. Upon our arrival, our guide will help you with your luggage, and you will begin the five-hour drive to Phaplu. As today marks the final day of our TrekTrekTrek, we spend the evening dining with the crew, sharing memories of this exciting journey.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: Drive: 3 hours/5 hours walk

You wake up early to begin the ride to Kathmandu in a private vehicle. The road ahead winds through several beautiful settlements, such as Salleri, Maneybhanjyang, Thakle, Hilepani, and Ghurumi. The scenic journey ends after you arrive in Kathmandu. The 8-hour jeep ride is undoubtedly exhausting. So, freshen yourself and enjoy a restful sleep in your hotel room.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Hours: Drive: 9-10 Hours
  • Transportation: Jeep
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Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off from the airport.
  • Government paperwork and Trek permits for Pasanga Lhamu Rural Municipality and Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Private Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Thamdanda and vice versa.
  • Three times meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • Englishg Speaking, and well experienced trekking gudie guide
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner as a dessert.
  • Well-equipped first aid kit, oximeter, and oxygen.
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
What's not Included
  • International airfare and taxes.
  • Visa application fee.
  • Cost for your travel insurance.
  • Meals, beverages, and snacks outside of the itinerary.
  • A porter (20 USD) per day, and Porter will carry your luggage during the trek around 20-22kg between two people.
  • Additional stay in Kathmandu or en route due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather conditions and illness.
  • Tips for a hard-working guide and porter.
  • Anything that is not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
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Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Food Available on Everest Base Camp Trek Drive by Jeep

Having a balanced diet and providing healthy food are two of the most crucial aspects of the Everest Base Camp. We do not compromise when it comes to your health and well-being. We ensure the best meals are made with healthy and fresh ingredients during the trek. There are various food options, and you will see several authentic Nepali food items along the way.

  • Breakfast: Pancakes, Tibetan bread, Porridge, Chapatti, Egg dishes, Muesli, Toast, Oats, Hash brown Potatoes, French toast, etc.
  • Lunch: Macaroni, Pasta, Momo, Pizza, Sandwich, Noodles, Ramen, Thukpa, etc.
  • Dinner: Dal Bhat, Side Dish, Veggies, Lentils, Vegetable soup, Chicken soup, Mushroom Soup, and Tomato soup. (Lunch menu items will also be available for dinner.)
  • Drinks: Warm milk, Black tea, Milk tea, Ginger tea, Lemon tea, Mint tea, Black coffee, and Milk coffee.

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Accommodation Facilities

For accommodation, you will be provided with a room in a three-star hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. The rooms are generally provided on a twin-sharing basis, but if you prefer a single supplement, we can also arrange that. However, it will cost you an extra charge. Please get in touch with us to learn more details. On the other hand, during the Everest Base Camp Trek without flight, you will be staying in well-furnished tea houses along the way. Similar to the hotels in Kathmandu, the rooms are available on a twin-sharing basis. Attached bathrooms and hot showers are available but at a specific additional charge. The rooms usually feature a comfortable bed with warm blankets, pillows, and mattresses. Besides, you can use Wi-Fi and electric recharge services. However, you will have to pay for additional teahouses.

Gears and Equipment Needed for the Trek

Reliable trekking equipment is essential for a successful Jeep Ride (Without Lukla Flight) to Everest Base Camp. It will ensure a hassle-free trek and significantly enhance your journey experience. Here is a short list of the gear and equipment you will need during the expedition.

  • Sun hat, Woolen Cap, and Sunglasses
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Towels, toiletries, and personal beauty products
  • Day pack with a waterproof cover
  • Inners and waterproof trekking shirt
  • Waterproof trousers and trekking pants
  • Waterproof jacket and down jacket
  • Trekking boots, woolen socks
  • Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and headlamp
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Inner thermals and underwear
  • Water bottles and purification tablets.

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for any high-elevation expedition in Nepal. Before starting the Trek, each of our clients must provide us with a copy of the travel insurance certificate. Please remember that the insurance must cover all medical emergencies, evacuations, and helicopter rescue costs over 6,000 meters. This will ensure swift management and operation from our side to initiate necessary actions for your safety and well-being. Before you start the trek with us, please check the provider's insurance coverage and terms and conditions.

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Altitude Sickness and Remedies

Altitude sickness is a form of illness that can occur if a person cannot adjust to high air pressure and low oxygen levels in high-altitude regions. Most travelers start feeling minor symptoms of the sickness after reaching an altitude of 3000 meters. These symptoms range from headaches, nausea, exhaustion, lack of sleep, shortness of breath, etc. To prevent yourself from suffering from AMS, we recommend you consider the following advice during the expedition:

  • Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated. Avoid drinking any form of alcohol.
  • Maintain a healthy diet plan throughout the trip.
  • Bring Diamox, a form of medication that is effective against altitude sickness.
  • Do not rush, and walk at a slow and gradual pace.
  • Acclimate properly and give your body an adequate amount of rest.
  • If your body shows any signs of altitude sickness, immediately notify the guide so he can act accordingly.

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Departure Dates

Our Everest Base Camp Trek without fly has frequent departure dates without flights from September, October, November and December and March, April, and May. To book a reservation with us, ensure the number of people traveling and a convenient date for the trek. If you are traveling alone and want to join a group, please get in touch with us, and we can make the arrangements for you.

Note: If you want to cancel the trip due to unforeseen circumstances, please let us know 30 days before departure. We will refund your deposit as well. On the other hand, we will keep your deposit if you want to reschedule the departure date until you are sure of your schedule.

Everest Base Camp Trek by Road Booking Procedure

Outfitter Nepal is a government-licensed and well-recognized tour operator in Nepal. Throughout the years, we have collaborated with several tourist organizations at regional and international levels. If you want to book a trip with us, you must deposit 10% of the total cost of the package. This ensures all booking procedures, permits, transportation, and guides are completed accordingly. The rest of the amount can be paid after you arrive in Nepal. You may pay the remaining balance in cash, by credit card, or online, but if you want to pay by credit card or online, it cost you 4% additional cost of the bank surcharge. Additionally, you must submit the necessary paperwork, such as a copy of your passport, two passport-size photos, and a copy of your travel insurance.

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