Everest Base Camp Trek by Road-17 Days

"Drive to Khari Khola, Trek to Everest Base Camp, and Drive Back to Kathmandu."
Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5545 m/18193 ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season March to May and Sept to Dec


  • Drive from Kathmandu to Kharikhola and trek to Phakiding to avoid the bad weather and delayed flights.
  • The classical route, which involves trekking along the villages of the people living in Everest and a chance to see their villages
  • Witness the almighty Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserkhu, Kongde ri, and many more peak around 50+ in numbers along the way.
  • A chance to get the best acclimation for the trekking trail is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Witness the sunrise or sunset from Kalapattthar, a 360-degree view of the majestic mountains, with a glimpse of the sun turning the mountains to gold.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: 17 Days Everest Base Camp Trek by Road.

Let's drive to Kharikhola instead of flying towards Lukla. Are you annoyed after repeatedly listening that the flights to Lukla are canceled due to this and that? Then you have come to the right place. We present a package that includes driving from Kathmandu to Kharikhola, trekking to Payain, taking the route towards Phakding, and returning to Kharikhola.

This package ensures you keep your days due to flight cancellations and all those things like bad weather or not getting the chance to be on the first flight.

On this trek, we will pass through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and finally reach Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There is an optional hike to Kala Patthar, the trek's highest point. And then a downward trek to Jubing. Followed by a long ride back to Kathmandu.

The Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is operated only in dry seasons, from October 10 to December and January to May. The road from Salleri to Jubing needs to be paved and is affected by the monsoon rain. The monsoon rain makes it impossible to drive vehicles.

Where does the Everest Base Camp by Road Begin and End?

The trip begins with a drive towards Kharikhola from Kathmandu, which will take around 12–14 hours in a private vehicle, a well-maintained jeep. After reaching Kharikhola, we trek towards Paiyann, where we will spend the night. The next day, we go towards Phakding and catch the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp, which takes us through Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche Gorakhep, and finally to Everest Base Camp and a morning hike towards Kalapatthar and then Pheriche and Namche.

After reaching Phakding, we will have the option of either going towards Lukla, going towards Paiyaan, or driving out of Kharikhola.

While returning, we can fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu or Manthali, depending on where the flights are happening. A flight will save you two days of valuable time in Nepal.


Why drive towards Kharikhola and trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest?

Well, the reason is obvious: in the peak trekking season, there are a lot of issues, from weather to flights not being on time due to air traffic to not having a chance to be on the first three flights and many other problems like that. Even though it's a good alternative to helicopter fly-in and fly-out, which will be expensive, this trip is a budget-friendly trek to Everest Base Camp, a good option for all trekkers and travelers traveling on a budget.

What is the Best Season to drive towards Khaikhola and trek to Everest Base Camp?

Autumn, spring, and winter are the best periods to drive toward the Khumbu Region and trek to the Everest Region. Try to avoid the monsoon season. Except for that, a season would be fine.

During spring and autumn, the weather is clear, with good views in the morning and day. During these times, the tea house lodges are open, including the shops along the way, making services and facilities available and providing a hassle-free experience.

Local Culture and Religion are seen along the Trekking trail of the Everest Region.

It's common to see the sherpa's yaks, mules, beautiful landscapes, and awe-inspiring tall mountains. For some, this may be a new experience, but it's an everyday thing for the people residing in Everest. Trekkers and travelers can witness sherpas cooking potatoes and even grazing the animals. A lot of mani walls can be seen along the way. That's why we suggest walking to the left, as it shows a kind gesture to the religion.

Get ready to live in the basic way, which would remind you of how the world used to be. For some fellow travelers and trekkers, it can also be a drastic change, but this is how the lifestyle in the Everest Region is, so get ready to feel it.

Before communicating with the locals, ask the guide about the dos and don'ts of the region and try to respect the religion and culture since everyone has their perspective.

What Foods are Available along the Trekking trail to Everest Base Camp?

There are a lot of varieties to choose from along the trekking trail, from vegetarian to non-vegetarian to steaks, spaghetti, chowmein, momo, spring roll pudding, and a lot more. You only need to look at the menu and tell the guide you want this.

Trekking planner Nepal recommends avoiding meat during the trek as meats are not fresh, and even during the cold climate, digesting meat is a little harder than digesting veggies at higher elevations and in colder temperatures. Due to the lack of freshness, it is also completely the traveler's and trekkers' choice for what they want to eat.


Accommodation Facilities at the Trekking Trail of Everest.

Various accommodation facilities are available, like tea houses, lodges, camping, and tents. And a variety of rooms to select from, including private bathrooms, electric blankets, or double or triple-sharing rooms.

For better accommodation and room facilities, it is better to always book the rooms and accommodations in advance to avoid the crowd and secure the booking in time.

Let the Trekking Planner Nepal know in advance about the requirements will be a plus.

Altitude Sickness during the Trek to the Everest Base Camp.

As we will travel to the Everest Base Camp by driving towards Kharikhola, this is one of the best steps as we get extra acclimatized for the trek. It increases the adaptation to the altitude and cold temperature and even helps to acclimatize properly.

But going from Jeep by extending the days will reduce the chances of altitude sickness. Stay honest with the guide about your physical and mental conditions; the focus will be checking your oxygen levels along the trail twice daily.

Some Symptoms of altitude sickness(AMS) are

  • Nausea/vomiting/headache.
  • Too much gasping and running out of breath.
  • Feeling tired and sleepy.
  • Loss of appetite and loss of the taste of foods.
  • Sudden changes in the physical conditions of the body.

Is travel Insurance Required for Trekking in the Everest Region?

Yes, travel insurance is required, but it is not mandatory, as you will be asked to show your travel insurance.

A place to place, but is rather for the safety of the passengers, for rescue and evacuation, for unforeseen circumstances, for the protection of baggage, and other events in the case.

Having travel insurance is good for safety and coverage of all unforeseen circumstances, as sometimes medication and evacuation are required in cases of altitude sickness or other medical conditions, which are very expensive, and having insurance insures the trekkers and travelers that at least they are insured, which provides a different level of motivation and security.

What are the Documents and Permits Required to trek in the Everest Region?

The documents required for trekking and entering the Everest Region for trekkers and travelers are the Khumbhu Rural Municipality Permit Fee and the Sagarmatha National Park fee. There are a lot of trekkers and travelers in line when making the permits, and local help is required for it. Trekking planner Nepal representatives ensure your trip is hassle-free and assist in making the permits and everything in time.

Why Trekking Planner Nepal for this trip?

Trekking Planner Nepal ensures that your trip is successful and that the privacy and security of all our clients are safe and secure. Trekking Planners only charge what they should. We always want to make things easy for our clients and guests. We prepare packages and don't charge anything extra except the excluded cost. Trekking Planner Nepal runs all-inclusive packages, which means there will be no hidden costs except for the additional service our trekkers and clients pick, and this is what has made us the best trekking and travel agencies in Nepal.


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    After you arrive in Kathmandu, the Trekking Planner Nepal's representative will receive you at the airport with your name board just as you come outside from the airport and will help and assist you with your luggage and take you towards our car from there. Clients and visitors will be driving towards the hotel. Our staff will help you with check-in, and soon after checking in, you can go and have some rest. We will have some briefing and discussion about the trek and have a welcome dinner at a traditional authentic cultural restaurant in Thamel with some glimpses of Nepali culture and traditions.

    Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

      If we chose a private vehicle, it would be waiting for us at the hotel when we wake up. If not, a representative of the Trekking Planner Nepal will take us to the sharing jeep, where we will board the vehicle and travel for 12 to 14 hours to Kharikhola. We will have lunch on the way and spend the night at Kharikhola.

      Note: We have the option of going in a private jeep or a shared jeep, and we can make the arrangements according to the need for this.

      Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee are included.

      Overnight at a Kharikhola

        As we wake up and prepare for breakfast, we will pack our stuff and get ready for the trek from Kharikhola to Paiyaan. Along the trail, we will see some magnificent vistas and landscapes, a great way to get acclimatized. We will have lunch on the way and spend the night at Paiyaan.

        Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

        Overnight at Paiyaan

          After breakfast, we packed our bags and handed them to the porters after a quick briefing about the day from the guide. We make our entry towards the trail of the Everest Base Camp, where we will be seeing a lot of travelers and trekkers heading towards Phakding from Paiyaan.

          Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

          Overnight at Phakding

            Today, we trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar via Jorsale and Monjo after breakfast. We will have lunch at Jorsale and check in our permits at Monjo, which might take minutes, depending on the crowd. Today, we will witness the majestic view of Thamserku and Kongde ri and enter the Thamel of Everest niche bazaar, the best place to be in the Everest region.

            Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

            Overnight at a Namche Bazaar

              Today is our first acclimatization day as we have entered the 3400 meters at Namche. Suppose your body is feeling unrested. In that case, we can rest for some time in the morning and then go towards Sagarmatha National Park and Sagarmatha National Museum and hike towards Everest Panorama Hotel or the Everest View Hotel to see a glimpse of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega and a lot of mountains if lucky we can even see the expedition being happened from binoculars. After finishing the day's activities, we return to the guest house. If there is extra time, we can wander through Namche bazaar.

              Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

              Overnight at Namche Bazaar

                After acclimatization day at Namche, we need to have an early breakfast today. After breakfast, we head towards Tengboche, a very small town. We start early to meditate at the Tengboche monastery in the afternoon, which usually takes place after 3 p.m., so we need to be on time to reach the monastery and have the experience of meditating in the mountains.

                Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                Overnight at Tengboche.

                  We can rise early today and join the meditation for the morning after having a quick breakfast, or we can even go directly to Dingboche. On the way, we will be crossing the town of Pangboche and having lunch at Somar. Soon after that, we will enter the deserts of the Himalayas, which we even call the no man's land, before reaching the village of Dingboche.

                  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                  Overnight at Dingboche.

                    Today is our second acclimatization day at Dingboche as we have entered the 4400 meters plus in elevation. After having breakfast, we take our lightweight day bags and hike to Nangkartshang, which is 5000 meters. We usually advise our clients to go to the 3rd or 4th flags maximum and return before 1 o'clock to avoid the harsh winds. Hiking up to Nangkartshang makes our body realize what it's like to be above 4600 or 4700 meters, and that way, our body can taste things to come for the next two days. After returning to the lodge, we will rest and spend the night there.

                    Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                    Overnight at Dingboche

                      We start our walk after having breakfast. After crossing the river, we gradually walk towards Thukla from Dingboche and have lunch in Thukla. We have the challenge of the steps of Thukla waiting for us. After completing the steep climb, we reach Memorial Hill, dedicated to all the climbers and trekkers who have lost their lives on Everest. After crossing Memorial Hill, we walk along the river and reach the town of Lobuche, near the fresh flowing river and just opposite the majestic view of Nuptse Sar.

                      Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                      Overnight at Lobuche.

                        On the big day, we get ready, have breakfast early, and head towards Gorakshep. After reaching Gorakshep, we checked in at the hotel, left all our stuff in the room, took the necessary things, and frequently used stuff, and headed to the Everest Base Camp. We spend some time in the Everest Base Camp, return to Gorakshep, and spend the night there. Remember to stay warm, this will be one of the coldest nights.

                        Overnight at a Gorakshep.

                          Early in the morning, we go towards Kalapatthar and witness the sunrise back down to Gorakshep. From there, we will cross Lobuche, the memorial hill Shukla, and then go down from a different way towards Pheriche, where we will spend the night. If you have more energy, you can even go down to Pangboche.

                          Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                          Overnight at teahouse in Pheriche.

                            We begin our day from Pheriche towards Namche by crossing the villages. Today, we say goodbye to Everest and spend the night at Namche Bazaar.

                            Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                            Overnight at a tea house in Namche Bazar

                              We have breakfast early in the morning and head towards Lukla from Namche. If you feel for the environment, there is an option of bringing the waste weight back down to Lukla and spending the night at Lukla.

                              If you want to fly to Kathmandu instead of taking a jeep ride, please let us know today so we can make the flight on time.

                              Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                              Overnight at a guesthouse in Lukla.

                                We trek the same way back to Kharikhola from Lukla.

                                Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and coffee included.

                                Overnight at Kharikhola.

                                  Today, we drive back to Kathmandu from Kharikhola, which will be a long drive to Kathmandu. Finally, we will have a good stay in Kathmandu with a warm hot shower, making us realize and be proud of what we went through.

                                  Overnight at Kathmandu.

                                    The last day of the trip, where we say goodbye today after completing the journey, is the previous day and the final departure till we meet again.

                                    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                                    Essential Info

                                    Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips for Females.

                                    • Ladies and women need to keep track of their periods.
                                    • After tracking the periods, always keep two packs of sanitary pads with you.
                                    • In the mountains, during the cold, you can feel cramps, and bleeding can be a little more than normal, so feel free to let the guide know about the situation and consume painkillers in case of cramps.
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