Everest Base Camp Trekking Without Lukla FlightEverest Base Camp Trekking Without Lukla Flight

Everest Base Camp Trekking Without Lukla Flight

Highlights
  • Exhilarating drive from plains to hills and finally mountains.
  • Explore every part of the Solukhumbu region, i.e., lower Solu Valley and upper Khumbu region
  • Magnificent vistas of the surrounding peaks and the Himalayan massifs, including Island Peak, Lobuche, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse
  • Experiencing rich culture, warm hospitality, and interaction with people of different castes and regions
  • Breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise from Kalapatthar [5,643 meters/ 18,513 feet]
  • Historical and iconic places like Hillary Bridge and Everest Memorial Park
  • Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier in the world at 4,900 meters (16,076 feet]

‘An adventure with the exciting overland journey and walk from Solu to Khumbu’

Have you ever wondered what a close-up view of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, would look like? When you see it thumbing in front of you, will it actually appear like the picture you saw on Google, or will something look different? To find the answer to this intriguing question, you will need to start one of the most thrilling yet amazing journeys to Everest Base Camp.

Usually, people start their trek to base camp from Lukla with either a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or a 20-minute indirect flight from Manthali, Ramechhap to Lukla. However, many other routes will reach you to your base camp destination. The route to Everest base camp trekking without Lukla flight is more exciting as this trek will not only give you a view of the mountains but also make you connect to Nepal more.

Imagine traveling from Kathmandu's busy center to the plain, yellowish-green terai, then heading through the tranquil, calm hills to the magnificent, snow-capped mountains. Isn't that a lovely way to establish a connection with nature? So, to make your imagination come true, we, Explorer Adventure, have brought you this wholesome package of 18 Days that will allow you to explore the majestic mountains and serene beauty of the Everest region.

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Itinerary

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

The first day will be exciting as you will meet and greet the new people who will be part of your Everest base camp journey. Our representative will warmly welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) and then transfer you to your allotted hotels.

Then, you will check into your hotel rooms and get refreshed from all the tiredness of flight and jet lag. Afterward, you will join the welcome group dinners with other Everest Base Camp Trekking members. At the group dinner, our guides will provide all the information about the trek, including accommodations, food, dos and don'ts, and other necessary instructions.

After enjoying the food in a Nepalese restaurant and absorbing all the necessary information, you will end your first day.

    On the second day of your trek, you will get a golden opportunity to sightsee the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu Valley. After enjoying the morning sightseeing, you can dive into the food of your preference. Later that day, you have to make the necessary preparations for the trek to Everest base camp.

    You will be given a duffel bag for packing your things for the trek. So, by strolling around Kathmandu city and making some preparations, you will end the day.

      Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters/ 4,593 feet

      Salleri Elevation: 2362 m/ 7749 feet

      Today is the day when you will finally start your journey to make Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight. You will have an early morning departure from the hotels and go on an exciting drive from Kathmandu to Salleri, which covers 125 km. This overland drive will be one of the most memorable drives in your life. This voyage provides a window into Nepal's rural culture, where resiliency and simplicity are highly valued. For those looking for a closer relationship with Nepal's natural and cultural assets, this journey is a remarkable experience because of its serene atmosphere and alluring beauty.

      After arriving at Salleri, headquarters of Solukhumbu district, you will reach the destination of your 3rd day. In Salleri, you will experience people's warm hospitality and instances reflecting their culture and religion.

        Salleri Elevation:2362 m/ 7749 feet

        Paiya Elevation: 2937 m

        For the fourth day, you will have hearty breakfasts and leave early in the morning on a ride towards Tham Danda. The drive will not be easy due to the gradual dirt winding road. However, the drive will lead you to a beautiful village called Nunthala, where you can have clear views Of Khumbu hills and peaks.

        After relaxing for some time in that beautiful village, you will continue your journey, crossing the Dudh Koshi river and winding steep to Buspa and finally reaching a village on a small hill, Tham Danda. You will get refreshed for a few hours after the tough ride. After this, you will need to make your way through a hike of about a few hours to reach your overnight stop for the day, Paiya. This hike will allow you to interact with the people and traditions of the Solukhumbu region.

          Paiya Elevation:2937 m

          Phakding Elevation: 2610 m

          After an overnight stay in Paiya, you will have a light breakfast and enjoy the cool breeze in Paiya. Then, you will prepare yourself for the hike of the day to Phakding. Since the trek from Paiya to Phakding lies under the classic EBC trek, the routes are well maintained, offering you stunning views of mountains and the Dudh Koshi river.

          The hike will take about 5 to 6 hours, covering a total distance of about 12 km. As you start the hike, you will walk towards the north and take a long downhill path to Surkhe village. As you continue your hike, you will witness villages inhabited by Sherpas with the sparkle of Buddhism. After finally arriving at Phakding, you will have a heavy meal to reduce the tiredness of the hike and end your day.

            Phakding Elevation: 2610 m

            Namche bazaar: 3440 m

            Today's hike will lead you toward the iconic Namche bazaar, a getaway to Mt. Everest. After leaving behind Phakding, you will start to transverse the hills, lush rhododendron forest, and suspension bridges alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You will arrive at beautiful Monjo village, take a break, and continue your journey toward the checkpoint of Sagarmatha National Park.

            After getting the permits checked at the checkpoint, you will continue to ascend the steep uphill that will lead you to today's destination, Namche Bazaar. The vibrant and picturesque town at the altitude of 3440 m offers you stunning mountain vistas, a vibrant cultural hub for the Sherpa community.

              You will not rise to any altitude today as today is your first acclimatization day in the 18-day expedition to Everest base camp trekking without Lukla flight. As you have already climbed to a considerable height, you will just take a few quick walks to some of the most well-known locations in the Namche market, such as the Everest View Hotel, Syangboche Airport, Thame, Kunde, and Khumjung Villages, since physical activity is advised for a successful acclimatization process.

              You will take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kongde Ri, Lhotse, and other nearby summits, from the vantage point of this energetic Sherpa city.

              The remainder of the day is yours to explore Namche and learn about the customs, civilizations, and way of life unique to the high Himalayas.

                Namche bazaar: 3440 m

                Phortse Elevation: 3840 m

                Today's trek is going to be a little different as you will be diverting from the actual route to Tengboche and making your way towards Phortse village. This village is a paradise for trekkers who want to capture the magnificent views of the Himalayas. After leaving the Namche bazaar behind, you will now make your way towards Mong La and take it downhill to reach Phortse Tenga.

                Dudh Koshi River will be your friend all along the way, but you will need to cross the river and ascend the hill to reach Phortse Village finally. The way to the village is the off-the-beaten-path experience with a serene setting and stunning mountain views.

                  Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440 m

                  Dingboche Elevation: 4410 m

                  Previously, you have fallen apart from the Everest route. However, today, you will be back to the classic Everest base camp route, as now you are going to make your way from this hidden village towards Tengboche. Early morning, you will start the adventure through the rocky trail above Imja Tse River to reach Tengboche Monastery.

                  Dhawa Chollling, or Tengboche Monastery, is one of the biggest monasteries in the Khumbu area. The breathtaking view, along with prayer in Tengboche, make the journey more meaningful for the trekkers. As you move along the trekking route, you will go downhill, enjoying the juniper trees, and arrive at Upper Pangboche village. It's time for a lunch break.

                  After having a fulfilling meal, you will proceed towards the lower main Pangboche, which is the last permanent village on the trail of the base camp. After Pangboche, Lothse and Nupste mountains start to cover Everest. This trek allows people to experience the immense beauty of many 8000-metre-high majestic summits.

                  Continuing the journey, you will then reach Somare village. As the challenging walk continues, people may wonder why the view of tall trees is disappearing. Congratulations, now you are walking above 4000m, i.e., above the tree line. So, all you will see is suburbs and distinctive alpine vegetation that defines elevation. But this signifies something meaningful and brings some sense of victory.

                  However, your trek for the day hasn't ended yet. You need to complete the final hike of the day by crossing the suspension bridge and pushing yourself toward Dingboche.

                    Dingboche is a charming village tucked above the sea level of 4410 meters. Its tranquil ambiance, traditional Sherpa dwellings, and easy access to neighboring hiking paths make it a well-liked acclimatization break for trekkers en route to Everest Base Camp trek without Lukla Flight. It's also a great place for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

                    So, today will be your second acclimatization day at Dingboche. Like earlier, you will do some short hikes to balance the body temperature with rising altitude. You will reach high-vantage destinations like Nagarjuna Hill, Nangkastshang, and Chukkung Valley. During this hiking journey, you can catch some breathtaking views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Makalu, Lhotse, and Imja Glacier.

                    After returning from the hike, you will be free for the rest of the day just to stroll the high-altitude settlement area, enjoying the farmlands and village.

                      Dingboche Elevation: 4410 m

                      Lobuche Elevation: 4940 m

                      Continuing your adventurous trekking journey to reach the beneath of Mt. Everest, you will ascend through the steep and rocky terrains to reach Pheriche Village. As you are walking with endurance, big and small stupas and cairns will grab your attention after a direct, steep ascent.

                      Those stupas and cairns are made in memory of deceased mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing mountains. This Everest memorial park at Thukla Pass was made in 2001 in remembrance of Nepal's legendary climber Babu Chiri Sherpa. These memory lanes are not only placed for their loved ones to feel their presence but also a tangible reminder of risks and sacrifices related to mountaineering that shows the fragility of life.

                      After expressing your condolences, you will continue the hike beside the glacial mountains of the Khumbu Glacier and finally reach the destination of the day, Lobuche.

                      You will end your day by having a heavy meal and enjoying the heart-melting views of the Khumbutse, Mahalangur, and Lingtren at Lobuche.

                        Lobuche Elevation: 4940 m

                        Everest base Camp Elevation: 5364 m

                        Today is the big day when you will finally meet Mt. Everest up close. You need to start the trek early by raising your excitement and filling your stomach with food. Now, you will continue to walk beside the Khumbu Glacier glacial moraines and lead your way towards Gorakshep. After reaching Gorakshep, you will have lunch and leave all your luggage in the teahouse as you return to the same teahouse.

                        After Gorakshep, it's time for the final push to the Everest base camp by covering a distance of 3.5 km along with a close view of the Khumbu icefall and Khumbu glacier. However, the 3.5 km trail is difficult because of the high altitude, rough terrain, and rocky path.

                        But once you make the ascent, you will finally get introduced to the thumbing Mt. Everest. After reaching the Everest base camp, the feeling will be surreal, making you cry out of joy and happiness.

                        After watching Everest till your heart feels fulfilled, you will descend back to Gorak Shep and end your day with the thought of Everest.

                          Gorakshep Elevation: 5164 m

                          Kalapatthar Elevation: 5644 m

                          Pheriche Elevation: 4371 m

                          After all those ascents and decent and unusual rocky trails, you will feel the exhaustion of trekking. However, let us share the secret to forget all that exhaustion. So, a morning hike to Kalaptthar and one sight of the awe-inspiring Everest region with breathtaking landscapes from the high vantage point of Kalapatthar can make you feel the worth of their exhaustion.

                          When the sunlight falls on the snow-capped mountains, the Himalayas will display another side of them. Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Ama Dablam will smile radiantly. The sun's golden rays create a mesmerizing play of light and shadows on the snow-capped peaks, showcasing their majestic beauty in all its glory.

                          After forgetting the exhaustion, you will return to Gorakshep, have your meal, and descend, crossing the rocky trails of Lobuche and Thukla. Further proceeding with the journey, you will arrive at Periche and stay overnight.

                            Periche Elevation: 4371 m

                            Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440 m

                            Now, it's time to get back to Namche Bazaar. You will start the day with magnificent morning views of Periche village. Then you will descend to Pangboche village, make your way after crossing the Imjatse River via a bridge, and ascend for an hour to Tengboche Monastery.

                            After reliving the cultural and religious experience in the monastery, you will walk along the winding path to reach Kyang-Jima. From there, a few hours' hike will take you to the last destination of the day, Namche Bazaar.

                              Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440 m

                              Surkhe Elevation: 2730 m

                              The trip back from Namche Bazaar to Surkhe is going to be a long walk. You need to descend from the Dudh Koshi valley, passing the Sagarmatha National Park. On the way, you can enjoy the diverse wildlife inhabitants in the Rhododendron and Juniper forests.

                              You will further wind up your EBC trek, returning to the familiar village of Ghai Kharka and Muse and, finally, your overnight destination, Surkhe.

                                Surkhe Elevation: 2295 m

                                Salleri Elevation:2730 m

                                Starting the day early from Surkhe, you will walk for about a few hours, saying goodbye to the beautiful views of upper Lukla, and arrive at Paiya. Afterward, you will descend towards Tham Danda, energizing yourself with a goodbye.

                                This place is probably the destination where you have to depart with your porter friend who helped you on your trek for almost 17 days. After waving goodbye, you will drive back to Salleri and stay overnight.

                                  Salleri Elevation: 2362 m

                                  Kathmandu Elevation: 1400 m

                                  Finally, your trek of Everest base camp without the Lukla Flight has ended, and with all the beautiful memories, you will take an overland ride back to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the assigned hotels, where you will stay overnight and prepare yourself to go back home.

                                    After capturing all the memories from your more than 2 weeks EBC trek, today you will be finally going home. You shall already be missing all the serene and calming views of the panoramic Himalayas. However, with the promise of coming back to Nepal again and encountering us in your next journey to more amazing places, you shall climb the stairs of an airplane that will connect to your home.

                                      Route Map

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                                      What's Included
                                      • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                      • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B 
                                      • Drive from Kathmandu to Kathamndu 
                                      • Government license holder guide 
                                      • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                                      • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                      • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                      • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
                                      • Local Entrance fee  for entering to the khumbu valley 
                                      • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
                                      • Government taxes and official expenses
                                      What's not Included
                                      • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                      • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                      • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
                                      • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                      • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                                      • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                      • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                      • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

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                                      Trek Grade

                                      The Everest base camp trek is categorized as a moderate-level difficulty trek that will take you to an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). Since the trek starts from an elevation of 2780m and takes you to a base camp at 5,364 meters, it is definitely a huge altitude gain. So, it is obvious it has its own challenges and difficulties.

                                      Moreover, the routes eventually travel through several difficult, steep parts, including stone stairs. Similarly, some travelers may struggle to hike through rocky ridges, river gorges, pasturelands, and wooded areas.

                                      But there aren't any technical parts to this trial, so finishing it won't be too difficult. But the route is quite difficult due to the difficult geography.

                                      Trek Duration

                                      The optimal days to cover the classic Everest trail take about 12 to 16 days; however, you are making this trek without a Lukla flight, so an additional days will take to reach the Solukhumbu district.

                                      Moreover, we provide you with enough days to acclimatize so that you can adjust your temperature according to the altitude. Therefore, this package covers a total of 18 days. Additionally, if you want to make some route variation, then days may be deferred as per those route alterations.

                                      Furthermore, the total distance to be covered is about 130 km, which requires approximately 5 to 7 hours of hiking each day.

                                      Best Season For Everest Base Camp Trekking Without Lukla Flight

                                      Trekking is open for all seasons in Nepal, and Everest base camp is no exception. EBC trek is also available all year round. However, there are two peak seasons for this trek. Trekkers worldwide flog to Nepal for a trek to Everest base camp, mainly in the spring (early March to late May) and autumn seasons( late August to early November).

                                      The Everest region also receives more sunlight during the spring, making the days warmer. The average temperature of the Everest region ranges from 15°C to 22°C. Moreover, during this season, the whole Everest region will be youthful as spring spreads its wings of colors and happiness. The Sagarmatha National Park will be covered with Rhododendron, looking like a beautiful lady draping a red saree.

                                      As you pass through the national park, you will be able to witness many varieties of species like Lophophorus, Musk Deer during this season. The whole forest lights up with blossoms of Rhododendrons along with a clear scenic view of majestic mountains; wow, what a view.

                                      Similarly, autumn is also considered a peak season for EBC treks like spring. The days are milder, with temperatures ranging between 12°C to 18°C. The nights are not too freezing, making it a more suitable climate for trekking. Additionally, the autumn season is considered a festival season in Nepal. You can witness people celebrating Dashian, Tihar, and Chaat and can even join with them to increase their happiness.

                                      Accommodations and Meals

                                      Even though Everest base camp lies in the rural areas of the Himalayan, the trails are well maintained, making it one of the mainstream trekking routes in Nepal.

                                      Foods

                                      Since the Everest base camp trekking is popular worldwide, to accommodate the wide range of tastes of trekkers, teahouse and lodge owners have a variety of cuisine options, including regional food, Tibetan or Indian cuisines with a Nepali touch, or even foreign specialties. Therefore, you dont have to worry in terms of food. On this trail, along with all ascents and descents, you will be able to cleanse your palate with a wide variety of food.

                                      For Breakfast: You can order a hearty breakfast like eggs, bread, pancakes, porridge, cornflakes, soups, etc., to maintain your energy level for the hike and increase your endurance with altitude.

                                      For Lunch and Dinner: You can expect some heavy staples like daal bhaat, tharkari, thakali set, dhindo, thukpa, momos, stews, and other wide variety of food.

                                      Things to remember * As this is a service-oriented package, it doesn't include the food and drinks expenses you should manage by yourself. So make sure that you carry enough cash equivalents, as ATMs are rare in higher elevations. The teahouse or lodge also have nonveg, vegetarian, and even vegan options.

                                      Accommodations

                                      The accommodation in the EBC trail is also well managed. You can find budget-friendly teahouses, lodges, and luxurious hotels, so it can be said that the trail is suitable for all budgets.

                                      If your package is under the regular option, you can expect a room with a twin-sharing bed equipped with comfortable mattresses and pillows. You will be provided additional blankets if you make your package in the off-season. Moreover, the bathroom will be on a shared basis with the western style in lower altitudes, but some bathrooms in higher altitudes may be of traditional style, too.

                                      In case you have a package under other premium options, then you can expect other additional facilities like a hot shower, etc.

                                      Trail Condition/ What is the difficulty level?

                                      Despite the fact that the EBC trek is considered a moderate-level trail, some factors add a certain level of difficulty to the trek.

                                      Altitude sickness

                                      The high altitude of the EBC trip is one of its main obstacles. You will hike to altitudes over 5,000 meters, with a noticeable drop in oxygen. Regardless of fitness level, anybody can experience altitude sickness, which is a serious worry. In order for your body to properly acclimate to the altitude, you must take rest days and ascend gradually.

                                      Steep Terrains

                                      The whole trail comprises ascents and descents, suspension bridges, rocky trails, and moraines to transverse to Everest Base Camp. So, to overcome this difficulty, you should always walk at your own pace and have consistency during the trek. Moreover, while traversing these steep terrains, you will need to keep patience and endurance.

                                      Guides and Porters

                                      Guides and porters are an important part of your EBC journey as they will help with assistance and knowledge during your trek and provide a level of assurance and safety while exploring the base camp. This package will provide you with a helpful, well-equipped porter who will be carrying 15 kg to 25 kg weights; one porter for two people.

                                      Porters will carry your heavy backpack, equipment, and supplies to reduce your load and ease the burden so you can trek easily and comfortably.

                                      Similarly, you can be reassured with a government license holder guide guiding you all in this journey. Guides can be your interpreters who will reduce the language barrier and provide information about the places while navigating the routes. Additionally, these guides are trained in first aid, so they will assist you in emergencies and help with evacuations during accidents or mishaps.

                                      What about Permits?

                                      One of the crucial things you will need to immerse in the beauty of the Himalayas is permits. For the EBC trek, you will need to acquire two permits.

                                      As the Everest base camp lies under the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need to acquire a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. The permit fee for foreign nationals other than SAARC countries is Nrs. 3000, while for the nationals of SAARC countries, it is Nrs. 1500. Similarly, for citizens of Nepal, the permit will cost Rs. 100, excluding VAT. Additionally, children under 10 are allowed for free entrance.

                                      Likewise, the next permit you must acquire is the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit. This permit costs around US$ 17 for trekkers from outside Nepal and NPR 2,000 for those from SAARC countries.

                                      Passports will be required to obtain both permits. Furthermore, the trekkers arriving from Salleri and Jiri can obtain the Khumbu Permit at the Sagarmatha National Park counter in Monjo while trekkers arriving from Lukla can obtain this permit after arriving at Lukla.

                                      If you are willing to subscribe to our 18-day package, both permits will be included, freeing you from all the hassle.

                                      Dos and Don'ts in EBC Trek

                                      The trail to EBC falls under the supervision of Sagarmatha National Park. So, harming and killing any flora and fauna is strictly prohibited.

                                      Despite the journey being full of rocks and steep terrains, it consists of specific dumping sites and zones, so trekkers need to consider those regions' environmental safety.

                                      Furthermore, the possibility of altitude sickness can strike from around 3000m. Additionally, the elevation gain of more than 300m to 500m in a day is not encouraged in higher altitudes. So, it is very important to have an acclimatization hike to adjust the body to the higher altitude surroundings.

                                      Additionally, it is very important to stay hydrated. So, trekkers need to carry a thermos flask or some stove to heat the water on their way.

                                      Preparation mentally and physically

                                      Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days Itinerary

                                      The EBC trek is one of the long treks, so preparing yourself physically and mentally is a must. You need to learn everything there is to know about the EBC trek, from its difficulties to its altitude and potential weather.

                                      Moreover, it would help if you made yourself psychologically and mentally ready for lengthy hiking days, physical strain, and possible discomfort. So, set reasonable expectations because usually, high expectations can kill joy when not attained.

                                      Additionally, to prepare for trekking, you can begin a regular fitness regimen focusing on strength training and aerobic activities like cycling, running, and hiking. You can also try gradually increasing the time and intensity of your workouts to build up your stamina and endurance.

                                      Preparation For the Trek

                                      Packing for the Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight is based on the season you are trekking. However, you shouldn't miss the essentials.

                                      Clothes:

                                      • Base layers: Breathable, moisture-wicking shirts and bottoms
                                      • Layers of insulation: thermals, thick leggings, and jackets made of fleece.
                                      • Jacket and leggings that are windproof and waterproof on the outside
                                      • Pants for trekking: Long sleeves and lightweight, fast-drying T-shirts
                                      • Warm hat, gloves, and a buff or neck guard
                                      • Liners and hiking socks

                                      Shoes:

                                      • Well-made, cozy, and sturdy hiking boots
                                      • For the evenings and relaxation days, wear lightweight sandals or hiking shoes.
                                      • An additional pair of socks
                                      • Tools and apparatus:
                                      • 40–50 liter backpack with a rain cover
                                      • Trekking poles (collapsible and adjustable)
                                      • Headlamp with additional battery
                                      • UV-blocking sunglasses
                                      • Hydration system or bottle of water
                                      • Eatables and protein bars
                                      • Medication and a personal first-aid kit
                                      • Towel that dries quickly

                                      Optional

                                      • Toiletries (e.g., hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrush, and biodegradable soap)
                                      • High-SPF sunscreen with lip balm
                                      • Repellent for insects
                                      • Electronic gadget converter and portable charger
                                      • Using a smartphone or camera to record memories
                                      • Gaiters (to keep debris and snow out of boots)
                                      • Portable water purifiers or water purifying tablets
                                      • A bandana or buff to shield against dust and wind
                                      • Snacks for trekking or comfort food

                                      Money

                                      While trekking to another country, it's always safe to carry cash or cash equivalents of the same country. You can find plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu that will provide Nepali currency, but on the trail to Everest Base Camp, you will get access to an ATM at Namche Bazaar only. So, it is better to encash when you have enough access to ATMs.

                                      Moreover, the ATMs do accept visas and master cards, but these cards have a limit on each withdrawal. Some shops or cafes may accept those visas and Mastercard, but there will be an additional 3% or 4% charge for each transaction. As you know, the exchange rate varies daily at ATMs and money exchange booths.

                                      Likewise, money changer booths can only change hard currency into Nepali rupees. So, it is better to bring some US dollars, Pounds, Australian Dollars, Singaporean Dollars, Euros, and Malaysian rings for convenience.

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                                      Everest Base Camp Trekking Without Lukla Flight FAQs

                                      • Yes, it is possible to do the Everest base camp trek without Lukla Flight. Many other land routes like Jiri, Salleri, or Phaplu will take you to the mountains. Land routes can be the safest option if you seek alternative routes to avoid the thrilling Lukla flights.

                                      • No, it is not possible to do solo trekking to Everest base camp. There are various risks involved in solo trekking in the Himalayan region and as per the new rule that has been effective from April 1st, 2023, National Tourism Board has banned all kind of solo trekking in Nepal. And, without a licensed trekking guide, trekking in the Himalayan trails is not possible.

                                      • Even though the trek to Everest base camp is open all year round, spring and autumn are considered the best months to do the trek.

                                      • Though no specific kind of training is needed for the EBC trek, you can try some hiking or climbing training weeksprior to the trek to make yourself physically fit for any challenges that will come in the trek.

                                      • Yes, even beginners can embark on their adventurous journey to Everest base camp, but necessary preparation must be done to make it easy and convenient.

                                      • Regarding cellular reception, you can phone signal all the way from Salleri to Base Camp however, the signal can fluctuate due to altitude and geographical conditions. Additionally, regarding Wifi, you may get access to wifi in lower altitudes in many teahouses, but when ascending to higher altitudes, you may not have access to Wifi.

                                      • The people who are healthy and fit can go on this adventure trek. However, a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 70 years are considered the age range for EBC trekking.

                                      • Usually, physically disabled people are not encouraged to go on this adventurous stride through trekking, but they can enjoy the view with the help of a helicopter.

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