Everest Base Camp Trek by Road - 17 days

Things to Know
  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Altitude 5,555 m
  • Trip Type Trekking/Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Feb-May, Oct-Dec
What You’ll Do
  • Scenic 4WD ride instead of the regular Lukla Flights
  • Enough time to get acclimatized to the thin air
  • Follow the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
  • Vibrant Sherpa culture and the settlements in between
  • Early morning sunrise view from Kalapatthar
  • Trek to the mighty Everest Base Camp
  • Beautiful view of Khumbu Icefall
  • Visit to Tengboche Monastery
  • Observe diverse vegetation - rhododendrons, pine, oaks, magnolia, and many others
  • Enjoy the vistas of the glorious surrounding mountains- Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, etc.

Everest Base Camp Drive-In Drive-Out Trek is a classic trek that takes the trekkers through varying landscapes without taking the very famous Lukla flight. This can be a very good option for beginners because they can explore more as there is less time constraint than other EBC treks and acclimatization can be done more effectively. Also, there is no tension about flight cancellations due to bad weather. The Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is conducted mainly during the dry seasons, specifically from last September to December and from January to May. This is due to the fact that the road between Salleri and Jubing lacks pavement and is adversely affected by monsoon rains, making it inaccessible for vehicles. Enjoy trekking on a less crowded trail till Lukla.

We officially begin our trek from the city of temples i.e. Kathmandu. We’ll take our private tourist vehicle and enjoy the scenic road trip to Salleri and then to Kharikhola. The changing landscape will only present enhanced beauty. The trek begins from Kharikhola. We will then cross the settlements like Paiyun, Phakding, and Namche relishing the vibrant prayer flags, Sherpa culture and the delights offered throughout the trek. We will pray at Tengboche Monastery and hike to Nangkartsang Peak for acclimatization.

Getting up there at Everest Base Camp will fill your heart with overwhelmed feelings and experiences. Enjoying the majestic beauty of sunrise through Kalapatthar will be one of the best experiences so far. The view of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam will accompany us throughout the trek. Similarly, the milky white Dudhkoshi River is passed by along with the beautiful rhododendron forests. We will then hike down to Pheriche from Gorakshep and then catch our private vehicle from Kharikhola. The moments and experiences from your trek to Everest Base Camp by Road will undoubtedly stay with you for a lifetime, reminding you of the incredible beauty and diversity of Nepal's landscapes and people. It's an adventure that many dream of, and you've had the opportunity to make it a reality. Cherish those memories and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing such a trek.


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  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1-2 hours

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city or resting. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Altitude2,257 m
  • AccommodationTea Hourse
  • Time12-14 hours

Your day will kick off with an early start, a refreshing morning routine, and a hearty breakfast as you prepare for a private tourist vehicle journey to Kharikhola. Expect a 12 to 14-hour drive, with the first 8 to 9 hours on a smooth, paved concrete road until Salleri. From there, the road becomes dirt, bumpy, and less accessible during monsoon seasons, taking approximately 3 to 4 hours to reach Kharikhola. Throughout this adventure, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan foothills.


  • Altitude2,760 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Today we’ll walk down to DudhKoshi River following the ups and downs offered by the trail. We will enjoy the mountainous views of Numbur, Pikey etc. 

  • Altitude2,610 m
  • AccommodationTea house
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will make our way down to the settlement of Surkhe, which is approximately an hour behind Lukla. We are going to take a tortuous path from Surkhe to Choplung. The trek from Lukla and the predominant Everest Base Camp trail converge here. After some generous hours of walking, we’ll reach to the settlement named Phakding.

  • Altitude3,440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

A great day is ahead of us, so rise and shine. We depart for the trek after having breakfast at the guesthouse. The journey starts early by the Dudhkoshi River's northern side and passes by the famous Hilary Suspension Bridge. We travel to the Sherpa settlement of Monjo through a dense forest of rhododendrons, pine, fir, and cedar. We continue on our journey toward Namche Bazaar. The extremely busy market in Namche Bazaar, a town encircled by stunning peaks, demands to be looked into and offers a vibrant backdrop for joining in the way of life there. You can enjoy the treatment that offers Sherpa hospitality and cuisine. Rest overnight at Namche.

  • Altitude3,880 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3-4 hours

A day for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, a crucial step in adapting to the high-altitude environment. On this day, we embark on a short trek to visit a renowned museum showcasing the rich traditions of the Sherpa community. Additionally, we undertake a hike up to Syangboche Airport, located near the prestigious Everest View Hotel and experience the beauty of the majestic Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and some other great mountains. The busy settlement of Namche Bazaar serves as a center for collecting souvenirs and hiking supplies


  • Altitude3,860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Following the trail leading to Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka, we leave Namche Behind and start our journey to Tengboche village. The village houses the grand Tengboche monastery with the incredible sights of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many other peaks. The largest monastery in the Khumbu region is also known as the spiritual heart of the area. The Tengboche Monastery is the Khumbu’s spiritual core, while Namche is the region’s commercial center. It is also known as the Dawa Choling Gompa, and the monastery’s hillsides are gorgeously adorned with rhododendrons in the spring.

  • Altitude4,910 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

We will walk via lush forests and descend to Imja Khola. The mountain views are outstanding on the way. Crossing the Imka Khola, we walk on uphill slopes to Pangboche village. From here, the next village is Somare. We'll further cross a small bridge and gradually ascend to Dingboche village. Dingboche is known as the summer valley of the Khumbu region. You can see many farming terraces around the village.

  • Altitude5,083 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time3-4 hours

We spent another day in Dingboche village to acclimatize. At this point, we need a good rest and a hike too. In the morning, we will go on a hike to Nangkartshang Hill, from where we can see a stunning panorama of the Island peak, Mt. Makalu, Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, etc. After the hike, we enjoy the remaining day relaxing.

  • Altitude4,930 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4-5 hours

Our trek starts from a short uphill from Dingboche. Then, we'll be crossing a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. As the trek elevates, you will be gaining better views of the mountains, and the trail leads to Thukla Pass, where there are memorial statues of the climbers who could not succeed. All in all, the trek will be quite enjoyable, and after reaching Lobuche, we will stop, take a rest and spend the night there.

  • Altitude5,364 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. You will finally make your way to Everest Base Camp. You will wake up early in the morning and then begin trekking along the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep. After taking a rest for a while, you will continue your Everest base camp trek. Upon reaching the base, you will take photos and soak up the atmosphere of this historic site. You will spend some time there and then make your way back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

  • Altitude5,555 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Today is another major highlight of your Everest Base Camp Drive by road. You will climb Kala Patthar to catch close views of panoramic Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other surrounding peaks. It’s a challenging climb but it rewards you with a great sense of accomplishment. You will then trek back down to Gorakshep for breakfast. You will then continue walking towards Pheriche where you will stay overnight today.

  • Altitude3,440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

We shall descend via the juniper and rhododendron-adorned mountainside. We will pass Pangboche and cross the Imja Khola bridge to reach Tengboche on the way to Namche. We move forward while admiring the breathtaking view of Amadablam, Thamserku, and other landmarks.

  • Altitude2,840 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

We go back the same way we came, passing through places like Phakding to reach Lukla. We can see the beautiful Sherpa valleys on the way. Then it is an easy walk to Phakding where we will have our lunch. From this point, the trail slowly climbs towards Lukla. It is the gateway to Everest for those who choose to take flights.


  • Altitude2,257m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Today's trek starts with a descent to Surkhe. Then, we'll tackle a steep climb up to Cheubas before continuing on a mostly downhill trail that takes us to Jubing, our destination for the day.

  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time10-11 hours

The road ride is going to be lengthy. The unpaved road will lead us to Salleri. Be ready for it because it is uneven in several spots. Concrete has been used to pave the route from Salleri to Kathmandu.

    A representative from Iconic Holiday Nepal will bring you to the airport approximately three hours before your flight back home. We wish you a safe return journey.

    Trip Map
    Everest Base Camp Trek by Road - 17 days map
    Trip Cost Details
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
    • Standard twin-sharing/double accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
    • Twin-sharing guest house accommodation during the trek
    • Private tourist vehicle two-way transfer from Kathmandu to Kharikhola.
    • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including one hot drink and seasonal fruits  
    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
    • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • Trip completion certificate
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes
    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
    • International flight fare and airport departure tax
    • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
    • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
    • Tips to trekking staff and driver
    • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
    • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
    • Any expenses other than the Price Include section
    Useful Info

    Trekking Difficulty

    Everest Base Camp Drive In Drive Out pass trek falls under the strenuous category as the trekkers will be climbing above the altitude of 5,555 m  Kala Patthar. If you’re physically fit, you’re good to go. Otherwise, the trek may be a little difficult for you. The unpredictable climate changes also make this trek challenging. However, the trek starts from a lower elevation than Lukla and there are enough days to acclimatize. You should start Swimming, Jogging and Exercise before you decide to come on this trek. Besides, the acclimatization day on the trek itself will help your body to move without any hassle.

    Best Season

    The ideal times to trek the EBC by road are in the months of March to May and September to November. The road from Salleri to Jubing would be not good enough during the Monsoon season. It's important to avoid planning this trek during this season because the roads are not fully paved. Consequently, heavy monsoon rainfall is highly likely to degrade road conditions and create challenges during the journey. Among the three seasons, spring and autumn are recommended as the best times for the Everest Base Camp Drive-In and Drive-Out trek.

    Accommodation and Meals

    The accommodations are accessible on a shared basis. Higher altitude lodging will typically have fewer amenities. Some locations in the Everest region will have hot showers accessible, You may need to pay extra for hot water, and the availability of hot water can vary from place to place. Teahouses are the most common and popular form of accommodation in the Everest region. These are small guesthouses or lodges that offer basic rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. The quality and comfort of teahouses can vary widely, from very basic to more comfortable ones with attached bathrooms in lower-altitude areas. In higher-altitude locations, teahouses are typically more basic.

    Everest region, you will share a dinner table in a room with individuals from many cultures who gather there to converse, laugh, and exchange experiences. You will be served with the friendly hospitality of the Sherpa people as well as dishes like dal-bhat (rice, pickles, lentils, and veggies), noodles, potatoes, and soup, among other things. To aid in your acclimatization, you will be given warm chocolate, ginger tea, hot lemon, and lots of liquids.

    Internet and ATMs

    There are various options for the internet in Everest Region: the dedicated ISP for Everest Region, Everest Link, as well as the mobile network providers- NCell and NTC. If you need to get connected to your family, friends, or employers throughout the trek, Everest Link Wi-Fi cards are the best options. It is a single internet option that works in all the villages, including Gorakshep, Gokyo, and most sections of Three Pass Trek. If you only want to check on your emails and don’t bother using the internet at higher altitudes, you can go for either NCell or NTC options. In the lower sections of the trail like Lukla, Phakding, Monjo and Namche Bazaar, some hotels offer free Wi-Fi, but most charge you some fee. However, Restaurants in Lukla and Namche Bazaar do offer free wifi to attract customers. But we cannot guarantee the speed of the internet in the hotels because of the number of users. After Namche Bazaar, you don’t have the luxury of free wifi.

    There are a few booths of ATMs at Namche Bazaar and Lukla, it's essential to be prepared for the possibility that they may not always be functioning due to various factors, including power outages or maintenance. Therefore, having a contingency plan with enough cash on hand is crucial to ensure a smooth trekking experience in the Everest region.

    Gears and Equipment:

    Trekking in the Everest region requires careful planning and appropriate gear to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment. Here's a list of essential gear and equipment for a trek in the Everest region:

    Prior to your trek, research the specific route and weather conditions for your chosen trekking season, as gear requirements can vary.

    Waterproof and Windproof outer layer, Trekking pants and shorts, Long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, Underwear and socks (moisture-wicking), Warm hat and sun hat, Gloves or mittens, Buff or neck gaiter, Comfortable trekking boots with ankle support, Gaiters (to keep snow and debris out of your boots), Moisture-wicking socks (wool or synthetic), Extra sock liners, Trekking backpack with adjustable straps and a rain cover, Daypack (for carrying essentials during daily hikes), Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, Adjustable trekking poles for stability and support on uneven terrain, Headlamp or Flashlight, Water purification tablets or a water filter (as tap water may not be safe to drink), First aid kits Including medications for altitude sickness, pain relief, and common ailment, Toilet paper and a small trowel (for when squat toilets are the only option), Hand sanitizer, Toothbrush, toothpaste, and toiletries, Quick-dry towel, Wet wipes,Sunscreen (high SPF),Lip balm with sunblock,Sunglasses with UV protection,Detailed trekking map

    Travel Insurance:

    Travel insurance is highly recommended when embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek or any trek in the Everest region. While it's not a legal requirement, having travel insurance can provide essential coverage and peace of mind for various potential risks and emergencies that may arise during your trek. It's crucial to choose a reputable travel insurance provider and carefully review the policy options to select one that meets your specific needs for the Everest Base Camp trek. Travel insurance is an essential investment to safeguard your health and finances in case of unforeseen circumstances while trekking in a remote and challenging environment.

    • The Everest Base Camp Trek by Road is a unique trekking option that allows you to reach the Everest Base Camp without taking a flight to Lukla. We will start the private tourist vehicle drive to Khari-Khola early in the morning. It will take us 12 to 14 hours depending on the traffic and the road condition. The road until Salleri is paved in concrete. This section of the drive lasts for about 8 to 9 hours. From Salleri to Khari-Khola, the private tourist vehicle goes through a dirt road. The ride is bumpy and It lasts for about 3 to 4 hours.

    • Our 17-day journey does not require taking a flight to Lukla. Hence, trekkers won't have to worry about the bad weather and making changes in their plans. Moreover, walking on this path lets trekkers interact more with the locals in the lower villages in the Solukhumbu district. Trekkers who prefer economical EBC Trek or who have a flying phobia (acrophobia) can travel by bus/jeep to Khari Khola and then trek to Lukla.

    • The best seasons to trek Everest base camp by road are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to early).These months offer better road conditions and pleasant trekking weather.

    • The trek usually spans about 17 days, including both the road journey and trekking portion. This duration may vary depending on the itinerary chosen.

    • The road until Salleri is paved in concrete. This section of the drive lasts for about 8 to 9 hours. From Salleri to Khari khola, the private tourist vehicle goes through a dirt road. The ride is bumpy. It lasts for about 3 to 4 hours. This particular section from Salleri to Jubing gets affected by the monsoon, so vehicles can use this part only in dry seasons.

    • By crossing Khari-Khola we climb a steep hill for a few hours to arrive at a top ridge at Bupsa Danda, from where we get an exceptional view of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes. The air gets colder as we walk along the higher Khumbu areas passing through the enchanting woodland to reach Paiyun village. The Paiyun village lies in the middle of the forest. We walk along a gentle path downhill to Surkhe village with a view of Lukla on the north. From Surkhe, we will take a winding trail and arrive at Choplung. This is a point where the path from Lukla meets the main Everest Base Camp Trail.

    • A new permit system has been implemented in Everest Region. You will no longer require a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

      • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit: This new permit was imposed on the 1st of October 2018, replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that these permits cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla, you can obtain it from Lukla.
      • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: This is an existing permit system for entering the National Park. You can obtain it either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at the Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo. There is an office at Monjo, where they also showcase different information about the Khumbu Region.
      • Additional Permit for Everest Base Camp Trek by Road: If you are following the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, you will need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area. This permit has to be obtained at Kathmandu in Nepal Tourism Board. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person.
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