Kathmandu to Lukla by road

Kathmandu To Lukla By Road

Yes, the Everest base camp trek is possible without a Lukla flight. We can skip the Lukla flight in the Everest base camp trek by selecting Kathmandu to Lukla by road routes. The more adventurous trial of Lukla is awaiting you. The amazing beauty of Salleri and Thamdanda is a unique destination that makes the Everest base camp trek without the Lukla flight more adventurous.

Trekking routes from Kathmandu to Lukla By road

Lukla is the gateway to the Everest base camp trek. You can reach Lukla both by flight and road. Here we are with two possible Everest base camp trekking routes including Kathmandu to Lukla by road.

 Salleri to Everest base camp

We can extend the EBC trek and start the Everest base camp trekking route from Thamdanda. To skip Lukla flight we should drive from Kathmandu to Salleri and to Thamdanda in next day. You have to walk around 6 hours to reach Lukla. In this way, we can skip Lukla flight by driving up to Thamdanda and hiking to Lukla.

Salleri to Everest base camp trek Itinerary:

1Arrival in Kathmandu4,390ft/1338 m
2 drive to Salleri7,578ft/2309 m8 hrs
36-hour drive to Thamdada7,631.23ft/2326m6 hrs
4 Trek to Phading9,156ft/2791m6 hrs
5Phakding to Namche11,286ft/3440m7 hrs
6Rest day in Namche11,286ft/3440m
7 Namche to Tangboche12,566.4ft/3860m6 hrs
8Tangboche to Dingboche14468ft/4410m7 hrs
9Rest day in Dingboche14468ft/4410m
10 Dingboche to Lobuche16.210ft/4940m5 hrs
11 Lobuche to Gorakshep – Everest base camp (5364m)16942ft/5164m5 hrs
12Gorekshep to Pheriche14,340ft/4371m7 hrs
13 Pheriche to Namche11,286ft/3440m8 hrs
14 trek to Surke7,575.46/2309m8 hrs
15trek to Thamdanda (7,631.23ft/2326m) and drive to Salleri7,578ft/2309 m5 hrs
16Drive to Kathmandu4,390ft/1338 m8 hrs
17Rest day in Kathmandu

Jiri to Everest base camp

The second optional route to skip the Lukla flight in the Everest base camp trek is Jiri to Everest base camp trekking route. It takes 21 days to complete Jiri to EBC trek without the Lukla flight. You should take a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri, Switzerland of Nepal. You can visit Jiri bazaar which is commonly known as Switzerland due to its scenic beauty. Spending one night in Jiri we will start the trek to Sete, Jum Beshi, Nunthala, Bupsa, and Surke and reach Lukla on the eighth day of your arrival in Nepal.

After reaching Lukla you will follow the Everest base camp trekking itinerary.

Jiri to Everest base camp trekking Itinerary:

1arrival in Kathmandu4,390ft/1338 m
2Kathmandu to Jiri6250ft/1905m9 hrs
3Jiri to Sete8448ft/2575m7 hrs
4Sete to Jun Beshi8759ft/2670m7 hrs
5Junbeshi to Nunthala7283ft/2220m6  hrs
6Nunthala to Bupsa7742ft/2360m6 hrs
7Bupsa to Surke7513ft/2290m6 hrs
8 Trek to Phading9,156ft/2791m6 hrs
9Phakding to Namche11,286ft/3440m7 hrs
10Rest day in Namche11,286ft/3440m
11 Namche to Tangboche12,566.4ft/3860m6 hrs
12Tangboche to Dingboche14468ft/4410m7 hrs
13Rest day in Dingboche14468ft/4410m
14 Dingboche to Lobuche16.210ft/4940m5 hrs
15 Lobuche to Gorakshep – Everest base camp (5364m)16942ft/5164m5 hrs
16Gorekshep to Pheriche14,340ft/4371m7 hrs
17 Pheriche to Namche11,286ft/3440m8 hrs
18 trek to Surke7,575.46/2309m8 hrs
19trek to Thamdanda (7,631.23ft/2326m) and drive to Salleri7,578ft/2309 m5 hrs
20Drive to Kathmandu4,390ft/1338 m8 hrs
21Rest day in Kathmandu

Benefits of Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight

  • Secure to skip Lukla flight in Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight is secure to aircraft crisis, flight delay, and bad weather. You can start the trekking after having a drive to Salleri/Jiri. In comparison to flight, the roadway is the safest.

  • Explore the hidden Khumbu region

EBC trek without Lukla flight itinerary begins with a drive to Thamdanda. You will explore the Khumbu region from Thamdanda and reach Lukla. The trekking becomes more adventurous and you will spend more days in the Everest region. You will enjoy the beauty of Salleri, Thamdanda, and Phaplu if you use Salleri to EBC trekking route.

In case you use Jiri to Everest base camp trekking route you will explore Jiri, Sete, Jun Beshi, Nunthala, Bupsa, and Surke.

  • Low risk of Altitude sickness

Since the EBC trek skipping the Lukla flight using Salleri to EBC trekking route begins from Thamdanda. You will expose to the weather and temperature of the Everest region from a low elevation. Until you reach Namche and Tengboche your body will acclimatize to changing atmospheric pressure.  In this way, your body will adjust to altitudinal change and gain less chance of Altitude sickness.

  • Secure to cancellation of flight and prolonged stay in Lukla

Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight is safe to unusual conditions such as cancellation of the flight. Sometimes trekkers have to stay 2,3 days more in Lukla Due to bad weather. Trekkers directly trek down to Thamdanda and drive to Kathmandu. No extra days and no waiting for weather changes save your time and you can return to Kathmandu in time.


The Everest base camp trek is the most demanding trek among Americans, Russians, Asians, and Europeans. The thrilling flight to Lukla is one of the risks that make the EBC trek more difficult. To skip the risk and make your holiday more entertaining always choose Everest base camp without the Lukla flight either from Salleri or Jiri. Skip the Lukla flight in the Everest base camp trek and complete the trekking being in a comfort zone. If you want to see more scenery we suggest you to go Everest Base camp from Kathmandu To Lukla By Road.

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