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Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Max Altitude: 5545 m
  • Fitness Level: Strenuous
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Salleri –the administrative capital of Solukhumbu district in which Mt. Everest is located – to the Everest Base Camp Trekking is strenuous trekking yet magnificent in most of the tranquil part of Everest region. Salleri to Everest Base Camp trek covers a less touristic section of the Everest region, and recently is being popular to avoid crowd of Everest for at least few days. In the latter part the trail joins crowded Everest Base Camp caravan route.

This trek begins with quite a long drive in newly constructed BP Highway along the Sunkoshi River. Driving in this mountain highway offers spectacular sceneries of the lush forests, water gorges, Sunkoshi river valley, and the terraced farming fields with dotted colorful villages.

From Salleri you start the trek in this less travelled path passing through various settlements, pasturelands, pine and oak forests, many tiny streams to join the main trail of the trekking to Everest base camp in Phakding. From here you continue to the main Everest trek trail through Tengboche monastery, Namche Bazar, Khumjung and so on to reach to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.

Out of numerous mountains, the topmost attractions will be: Mt. Everest (8,848 m./29,029 ft) – the crown of the world, Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/ 27,940 ft), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m/ 25,791 ft), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,349 ft), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m/ 21,680 ft), Kantenga, Cho-Latse, Tawache and others.

Salleri to Everest base camp trek offers you the unique trekking experiences through the unfamiliar trail in the Everest region. You not only have the splendid mountain view and new trekking trail to explore but also enthralled by rich and diverse cultural heritages, festivals, and lifestyles of various ethnic population.  Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition as a leading trekking organizer offers the expert guide and carefully designed itinerary of the trekking to Everest base camp from Salleri.

Itenerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport meet our representative will be there to greet and welcome you. You will be transferred to respective hotel for check-in and will be given a short relaxation period. The same day, we introduce you to a market – specifically Thamel, where you can shop, eat, exchange money and carry out other necessities. Then, you will take part in a short trip briefing in our office. This will end your first day, overnight at the hotel. Any form of delay in arrival will postpone the event to best suited later.
Enjoy your delicious breakfast at the Hotel and be ready for the tour. Pashupatinath Temple: It is a worship Space devoted to Hindu lord Shiva. You will sight Bagmati river and rituals performed in the river bank. Pashupatinath temple is a listed UNESCO site structured in pagoda style architecture. The month of February-March and July-August can be interesting time to visit the temple complex for cultural stretch given the festival of Shivaratri – birthday of Shiva, and Teej festival respectively. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal in terms of size and height. Located in east of Kathmandu, this holistic testament resembles Mahayana philosophy. It stands with four pair of eyes directed at four primary directions. The tour period is short and informative, it finishes with utmost satisfaction and cultural tour of the city. You get the time to prepare for your trip to Everest and rest properly after the tour. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
After breakfast you set out for a long drive to Salleri in the BP Highway – a narrow yet beautiful eco-friendly mountain highway. The drive is long and tedious, but the view during the drive enthralls you and revitalize to be awake. The Sunkoshi river that follows along your drive and the valley is scenic. Arrive Salleri in the later afternoon, and rest for the evening. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Now you are ready for a long mountain trek. Enjoy your morning breakfast. Today you walk in the motorable road but mostly without motors. Today to start is easy day. You are welcomed by beautiful Numpur Himal view. Some called this trekking Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking as well. Crossing numerous streams, gorges, and walking ups and downs you reach Fera – Ringmo and then to Taksindo village. Overnight in the local lodge.
Today is bit longer than the first day. You walk with a beautiful view of the Salleri – the administrative capital of Solukhumbu district. Solu is known to southern region of the district and Khumbu for the northern region around Namchebazar. You walk past numerous Sherpa, Rai households. And, the prayer flags fluttering with the wind on the housetops or mountain ridge show the faith on Tibetan Buddhism. While descending, you can see small town namely Nunthala with few houses of traditional mountain style. Walk past Nunthala, and trek down to the Dudhkoshi valley, the trail takes you to Jubing and then to Kharikhola. Arrive Kharikhola and stay overnight local lodge.
Breakfast with warm and wonderful hospitality of the local people before you start your trek for the day. At first, you descend towards a small stream, cross the bridge and climb up to the Bupsa village. For the first part walk uphill quite steadily and then reach the tea house to enjoy lemon tea before you continue to Paiya/Puiyan through comparatively easy and flat trail. Overnight at lodge.
Our trek for the day starts with climb to a ridge at 2,800m ascending to final ridge. We then descend down to Surke following the trail to Phakding. Today you meet the trail from famous trek Lukla-Everest Base Camp. You stay the night at local lodge in Phakding.
After breakfast, you trek along Dudh Kosi for first half crossing multiple hanging bridges, and then climb steep two hours uphill through Himalayan pine and Deodar cedar forests to reach one of the most beautiful towns, Namche Bazaar. Namche used to be a trading town between Nepalese and Tibetan residents/merchants for centuries. Though now trans-Himalayan trade restricted, Namche still remains a trading spot for local merchants. You will get first glimpse of Everest, can shop, and acclimatize by climbing hill nearby and staying two nights.
After breakfast we begin our day to roam around Khumjung for acclimatizing. We follow the trail above Namche Bazar and come across Syangboche (3,780 m/12,402 ft) – the highest altitude airstrip in Nepal which is not permitted for commercial flights. The hilltop above Syangboche provides first view of magical Himalayan range including Taboche Peak (6,367 m/ 20,889 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/ 27,940 ft ), Peak- 38 and Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,349 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft) and others. While at Khumjung (3,780 m/12,401 ft), you can visit the Hillary School – high school built by sir Edmund Hillary who reached the summit of Mt. Everest at first in 1953. Lunch in one of the tea houses in Khumjung. You can visit Khunde where Hospital under Hillary trust is serving to local Sherpas. You return to your hotel in Namche after this beautiful excursion and acclimatization trip to Khumjung
Your day from Namche begins with a flat stretch for couple hours in a beautiful walking trail. Dudh Koshi river follows deep down the valley and the view of magnificent mountain ranges on all three sides. View of Thamserku, Kantenga, Ama Dablam, Lhotse Wall, Island Peak, Mt. Everest are excellent. After the flat stretch comes to an end, you descend down to the river bed at Phungi Tenga for lunch. After lunch, your tough steep climb starts. It is good two hours climb up to Tengboche, a small hamlet surrounded by Himalayan peaks and pine forest. Tengboche Monastery, one of the most spiritual, and popular monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Khumbu region, is located here. The Mani Rimdu festival that occurs in mid-October to mid-November is worth attending.
On this day we follow the trail into beautiful forest and trek down to the Imja Khola and continue passing through the village of Pangboche (3,900 m/12,795 ft). The hike is not that strenuous, and the view of the peaks make the day breathtaking. The sceneries along our path to Dingboche, known as the “summer valley”, is amazing. We spend our night at Dingboche.
Today you are spending another day of acclimatization. After breakfast, walk to Chukung valley along the Imja River upwards. The trail is scenic with the view of Lhotse Shar’s massive south wall and Amadablam on both sides and Island Peak straight ahead. Enjoy lunch at Chukung and return back to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight local lodge.
Trek starts to be tougher from here. As you are approaching to higher altitude and deserted alpine glacial land, you will struggle to breathe more than earlier days. On this day we pass through beautiful pastureland, and a village of Pheriche where Trekkers Aid Post that offers treatment and consultation to trekkers on altitude sickness can be seen along the river bed. We trek our way to the yak pastures of Lobuche (4,910m) crossing Dhugla pass where memorials of those who lost their life in the Himalayas is situated. Overnight at the lodge in Lobuche.
After breakfast your big day begins. You set for the Everest Base Camp. You will walk in the moraines parallel to Khumbu Glacier which is visible from near to Gorakshep – small town where you are sleeping for tonight. Once you reach Gorakshep, eat some meal and get ready for the Base Camp. The trail is winding in the glacial moraines and on the rocks. It takes about 3 hrs of hiking to reach the base camp from where you take a closer look of Khumbu glacier and even walk crossing it. This Base Camp located in the southern face is used by the expeditions. If you reach here in March -May, you will see hundreds of colorful tents by climbers. You will then return back to Gorakhshep after spending some time at the Base Camp. Stay at the lodge in Gorakhshep for the night.
You start the thrilling day at pre-dawn by steep climb to Kalapatthar – takes about 2.5 hrs – to catch the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks. Kalapatthar offers 3600 view of the mountains including the tallest south face of the Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori. Enjoy the view of the Sunrise, mountain peaks, Khumbu glaciers and others, take photos, and then climb down to your Hotel for breakfast. Breakfast seals your long walk to Pheriche. Until Dugla trail is same as we headed up. From here, we cross a small stream and trek all the way to beautiful Pheriche valley. Last stretch in the river bed is tedious to walk and reach Pheriche. But, the day worth to remember and accomplish. Stay at the lodge in Pheriche.
This day is comparatively short and rewarding day. Phortse is a Sherpa village, off the trail to base camp that remains less explored. Explore the unique cultural identity and spend night in this village at a local lodge.
After breakfast, we trek all the way to Namche Bazar for lunch. Then we trek down the trail reach Monjo. The trekking is steeply down routed. We spend our night at a local lodge in Monjo.
From Monjo we trail alongside Dudh Koshi passing the beautiful Phakding on our way. Upon reaching Lukla we thank our crew members and celebrate the completion of our trip. We spend our final night in the mountain air residing at a local lodge.
We take a flight to Kathmandu. The flight will be an adventure and thrill in itself given the landscape. Heading towards Kathmandu valley will bring changes in air and leave mountain fresh air back, but you get to rest your body after a long trek. You will get good food after weeks of meal in the Himalayas. We transfer you to hotel and leave you for the day to explore nearest market and relax. You will spend the night at hotel.
Kathmandu city comes with a century long history of markets, trading spots, various arts, buildings with architectural and cultural affluence. On your last day, you will be exploring the local market of Asan, Indrachowk and Newroad, only to discover the historic and cultural identity of this beautiful city. You will then reach to Kathmandu Durbar Square; centre to accumulate Kathmandu’s architectural prominence. Here, you will experience an unique culture of “living goddess”, visiting her temple could make your trip informative and exhilarating given the cultural differences. After this eventful day, you will spend your night at hotel and prepare for the departure next day.
We will drop you to airport and bid our adieu. You will be taken to airport 3 hrs before the scheduled flight.

What is Included?

    • Pick up and drop service with representative
    • 3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu (Nepal’s star standard can be different)
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trek.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
    • Tea/Coffee (3 times a day).
    • Professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5 paxs.
    • Air ticket (Lukla –Kathmandu).
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
    • Private 4 wheeler drive from Kathmandu to Salleri.
    • Kathmandu cultural and Historical sightseeing with Tour guide, Private transportation and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Entry Permit.
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list is only a guideline. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Many of the equipments listed can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

General

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional: we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag and suitcase (Optional: we can provide Duffel bag if you need it and have to return after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap –
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  4. Glacier glasses
  5. Headlamp
  6. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. One pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. One pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.

Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  7. Long shirts

Lower Body – Legs

    1. Two pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
    2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
    3. Two pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
    4. A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
    5. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
    6. One pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
    7. One pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. Two to three pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  2. Two-three pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  3. One pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  4. One pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  5. One pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  6. One pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  7. One pair sandals (Optional).

 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

    1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
    2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
    3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
    4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
    5. One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).

2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.

4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.

5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.

6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.

7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.

8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

9. Two bandanas.

Optional

1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill

2. Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds

3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight

4. Binoculars

5. One light weight point & shoot camera or A large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use

6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator

7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip

8. One small stainless steel thermos

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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