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Trip Code: NHT3502
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Elevation: 5545 Meters
Total Duration: 19 days
Best Time: March - May and Sept - Dec
Group Size: Min. 1 Pax
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is a wonderful alternate route to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. Quite suitable for trekkers looking for something new while trekking in Everest, the journey presents a gorgeous new setting of isolated villages and far-off settlements that diverts away from the well-trodden path to the base camp via Lukla. It is a beautiful journey that lets you experience new areas of Everest that are otherwise unexplored. At each turn of the trekking trail, you will get amazing views of the mountain peaks. Furthermore, combined with the ethnic Sherpa culture of the small villages situated at the crevasses of the river valleys, you will get an unforgettable experience! Explore the Takshindo Gompa and walk along narrow canyons while crossing gushing white rivers of the region. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the pastures and the terrace farms located underneath the shadowing mountain peaks. It truly is a gorgeous trekking experience and a great alternate option to the Everest base camp!
Moreover, the Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri also includes many amazing highlights and features of the Khumbu. In addition to the initial alternate route via Phaplu, the trekking journey finally converges with the regular trail at Phakding where you can go through the Sagarmatha National Park- a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trekking journey is ornamented brilliantly with the Sherpa tenor, as the route is fastened with small chortens and Mani stone wall carved with Buddhist blessings and prayer flags. Blended together with the verdant trans-Himalayan landscape of the Khumbu, the trekking journey presents a peaceful setting where cultural villages and settlements are laid out picturesquely against the backdrop of the Sagarmatha Himalayas.
Similarly, the Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri also includes major aspects of Khumbu as well, like visiting the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where you can see the entire panorama of the Everest massif spectacularly! Likewise, the trekking trail also includes visiting famous Himalayan towns and villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche, from where the views and sights of the majestic peaks are quite indelible. Pay a visit to the Everest View Hotel- the highest located Hotel in the world and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the cerulean Himalayas from the balcony as you enjoy delicious better tea. Relax at the dainty tea houses at Dingboche and enjoy the heavenly trekking journey as you make your way through destinations like Pheriche and Ringmo.
The Everest Base Camp Trek via Salleri is a memorable journey that you simply must do! Join Nepal Hiking Team for an adventure that perfectly combines the best characters of an Everest trek with the best services. Correspondingly, you can also try our Everest Base Camp Trek via Lukla as well.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
You may arrive at Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will be there waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and will provide you with further details of the program. Since you have no plans on the first day of your arrival, check into your hotel, get your bearings and enjoy the time.
Day 02 - Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and preparation for the trek
The sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley includes visiting the city’s major UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city of Kathmandu has four major historical and religious sites that are quite impressive in their architecture and historical and religious positioning. Early in the morning after breakfast, you will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square- an old palace complex that holds the former royal palace of the Nepalese monarchy, along with many intricately carved temples, old monuments, and statues of various Gods and Goddesses. The buildings in the Durbar Square are very ornately decorated, with dexterous work done on the woods, metal, and stones of the windows, doors, and pillars of the sprawling complex. It is a great place to enjoy the Newa architecture of the city. The next destination of the tour is the holy Pashupatinath Temple. It is a revered Hindu temple that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. During the major festival of Maha Shivaratri, the temple is swarmed with hundreds of pilgrims from all over the country. You can also observe the cremation ceremony of the Hindu people by the banks of the river in the temple. The tour continues on towards Swayambhunath- a temple that is located atop a hill that is sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people of Nepal. From the Swayambhunath complex, you can get a gorgeous view of the urban Kathmandu. It is also famously referred to as “the Monkey Temple”. The final destination of the tour is the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist Mandalas in the world. After the sightseeing, we will return back to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive from Kathmandu - Phaplu – Ringmo and trek to Takshindo (3071m /10072 ft.) 8 hours’ drive and 30-min walk
We drive from Kathmandu to Ringmo via Phaplu and commence a short hike to Takshindo. The drive to Ringmo is quite beautiful, and you can get fleeting glimpses of the countryside life of Nepal. Leaving behind the bustling city, the drive goes through gorgeous rural settings, winding along hills and farms. Phaplu is a small town with an airstrip that is surrounded by verdant green hills. Upon arriving at Ringmo, you will follow a gentle trekking track that leads towards Takshindo, all the while enjoying the mountainous landscapes. Along the way, you can see many Sherpa and Rai people going about their day working in the mountain farms. You can also see the old Cheese Factory at Takshindo. Since the people relay on their domesticated mountain goats and yaks, the cheese factory manufactures dairy and cheese made from the mountain livestock. It is healthy and quite delicious as well! Overnight stay at the guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 - Takshindo to Khari khola (2194m/7196ft), duration: 7 hours
In the morning, we will visit the local lively area of Takshindo and also pay a visit to the Takshindo Monastery. Then, we will begin our trek descending alongside the Dudh Koshi River from where the trail then ascends through several Sherpa villages, terraced fields and forests to Khari Khola. The natural setting of the Himalayan terrain, accompanied by the gushing river, presents quite a relaxing trek. The journey is also a great way to learn about the Sherpa Buddhism culture that is so prevalent in the mountains. The Lamas of the Takshindo Monastery teach young monks and Buddhist disciples about the culture. The intricately decorated murals of the monastery and the camphor-lit atmosphere are quite exotic and you can also offer your prayers for a safe and successful journey. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 05 - Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m/9479ft) Duration: 6 hours
We start the day with a climb towards Puiyan from Khari Khola. Trekking through small Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, we will pass through a narrow canyon before arriving at Puiyan. The giant hills that surround the trekking trail are cultivated to terrace farms that are brim with vegetation and agriculture. Small stone houses with colorful plastic or tin roofs line the villages and are often complimented with the traditional Buddhist prayer flags hung against bamboo poles. The giant mountain peaks tower over the villages like colossal serrations and are quite haunting to look at. While trekking, you can also see the Sherpa women working on the farms in their traditional Sherpa attires. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 06 - Puiyan to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 6 Hours
Continuing the climb from Puiyan, we will make our way to a ridge at 2800 meters, before a gradual ascent to the final ridge from where we descend to Surke, following the trail towards Phakding. The trekking trail is considerably flatter and meanders along the contours of the valley through thick scented mossy forests. You will trek on the trail cut deep into the steep rocky side of the valley where you can come across mule caravans making their way alongside you. At the end, the trekking trail joins back onto the Dudh Koshi River Valley and you can see amazing views of the ebbing river below as you stand high above on the steep side of the impenetrable valley. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 07 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 Hours
After breakfast at Phakding, we will pass through several villages before reaching the village of Jorsale and going through the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The woodlands of the park area habitat to many endangered species of animals, like the Snow Leopard and the Himalayan Thar. During the journey, we can view a stunning backdrop of the Himalayas against the lush woods of pine and cedar. After the strenuous climb up the elevation, we will reach Namche Bazaar. Immediately west of Namche lies the Kongde RI Himal at 6,187 meters and to the east is the Thamserku Peak at 6,623 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 08 - Acclimatization Day - Hike To Everest View Hotel, Duration: 3-4 Hours
This day is specially sanctioned for acclimatization. We will spend the day enjoying the sights around Namche Bazaar. After breakfast, we will take a trip to the Syangboche Airport, a lonesome airstrip located at the highest altitude in the world at 3700m above Namche. The views of the Himalayan town and the Peaks from the airstrip are quite spectacular. We shall then continue on to Everest View Hotel where the spectacular view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse as well as many Himalayan peaks can be seen. The Everest View Hotel boasts of views of Mount Everest from all of its windows. Back at Namche, we can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum along our excursion. We shall then bring an end to our day by returning to our accommodation at Namche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 09 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), duration: 5 hours
We will take an easy trail that leads to the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka, the jaunt hailing a simply resplendent view of Mount Everest. We will then proceed to make our way to the right coast of the Dudh Koshi Valley to get to the Tengboche Monastery located at the stature of 3860m. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is the largest monastery in the area. Where Namche is considered the commercial hub of the Khumbu, the Tengboche Monastery is the region’s spiritual center. It is also called the Dawa Choling Gompa and during spring- the hill slopes of the monastery are beautifully decorated with rhododendrons. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 10 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
Wayfaring across the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola, we shall move further to Dingboche, ascending to Pangboche along the way. Finally, we will climb up to the heavenly little Sherpa settlement of Dingboche. It is a popular “Summer Valley” encompassing of graceful views of the Lhotse, the Ama Dablam and the Island Peak. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 11 - Acclimatization day - hike to Nagerjun and return, duration: 4-5 hours
At Dingboche, we will have another acclimatization day. We can hike to Nagerjun- located at the height of 5100m. Nagerjun, lying just above Dingboche, is set on a hill on the edges of the Chhukung valley. While hiking, we will notice the trail turning steeper making the walk quite strenuous. Walking for approximately 3-4 hours, we will reach Nagerjun which bestows good panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). If you are lucky, you can also observe stunning sights of Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. Capturing unforgettable sights, we will walk back to Dingboche. After finishing our lunch, we can just take a rejuvenating sunbath and relax. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 12 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 Hours
We will make our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, where we shall come across the Trekkers Aid Post situated at Pheriche (4210m), run by the Western Volunteer Doctors and assisted by The Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post helps in the treatment of trekkers in the area. Crossing Chupki Lhara after passing the rock-strewn oblique with the sight of magisterial mountains, we shall walk down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The views of the mountain peaks like Khumbutse, Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are very beautiful. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once we cross the glacier pass. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 13 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) – Gorekshep, Duration: 8 Hours
This is an anticipated day of the trekking trip and we will begin by starting the walk slow to avoid altitude sickness. The sight of the world’s highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier accompanies us to our right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft), a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. From here, we will proceed to make our hike all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp. Here, the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly. After spending some time at the base camp enjoying the sights and the environment, we shall return to Gorekshep. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 14 - Gorakshep - Kala Pathar (5545m/18188ft) - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft), Duration: 7 Hours
Today, early in the morning we will hike up to Kalapatthar, located at the elevation of 5545m. Kalapatthar is a famous vantage that presents panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and the Pumori quite beautifully. Trek to Kalapatthar is done early in the morning so as to witness the sunrise amidst the Everest massif. We will then proceed to return to Gorekshep and walk down to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 15 - Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 Hours
With an easy trekking along the Imja River, we will make our way to Tengboche from where we will move down to Phungki Thanka. We shall also pass the Kyangjuma on our hike back to Namche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 16 - Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 Hours
Walking on a trail moving steeply downward, we will cross suspension bridges decorated with the prayer flags above the gushing Dudh Koshi River. The views of the open plains, pine and rhododendron forests, as well as snow-covered peaks, will enchant you. As we reach Lukla, we can just relax. In the evening, we may celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Day 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu, 30 min flight
The mountains will bid you adieu for the last time as you fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, which will take about 30 minutes. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel where you shall stay overnight. Breakfast included.
Day 18 - Reserve Day in Kathmandu
On this day, you can proceed to relax and can have another tour of the city or go shopping at the hub of “all things-tourist” at Thamel. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 19 - Farewell
The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transport you to Kathmandu international airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart. Breakfast included.
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tours including tour guide, entry fee, and private vehicle
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Best available lodges for accommodation during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 Porter for 2 hikers) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance.
- Airfare from Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Duffle bag for the trekking
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek except for Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
- WIFI internet during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
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