Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Starting at the altitude of 2208 meters, Salleri is a town that oozes with the local cultures and scenes of the Sherpas and Rais. The Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking isn’t one of the ordinary or most taken routes. Salleri is a tiny town situated in the center of Solukhumbu district. The road there is less trafficked with people. But, this is definitely the most adventurous and culturally rich one yet.

Marked as a difficulty level hard trekking route, Everest Base Camp Trekking via Salleri is a walk through the tribal culture of mixed customs and traditional life of the locals. It is one of the least ventured trails to Everest base camp. The Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking route is an alternative to the flight to Lukla. This journey lets you experience and witnesses the real life of the locals.

Unlike the other route where you directly land at an altitude of 2800 meters, this route allows you to venture the roads yourself instead of just seeing it from the clouds. Instead, you get to drive to the tiny town through the roads filled with nature at its best. The rivers, forests and the traditional valleys act as a true getaway from the cities and the modern world. It provides you a sense of reaching a different world where life isn’t taken over with technology and machines.

The culture, religion, tradition, and lifestyle will teach you things you never knew before. Especially if you’re someone who doesn’t like the crowd ruining the beauty of the place. Someone who enjoys solidarity, this route is made for you.

Highlights of the trek

Being the least ventured route, the Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking is unspoiled and remains intact to its wilderness. The trek is enveloped in the culture and customs of the traditional tribal lifestyle.

  • The view on the way to Solu and the ending with the exhilarating flight from Lukla
  • Eccentric experience of the local villages and their culture and organic food
  • The hidden route with less human traffick on the way
  • Beautiful scenes on the way with an adventurous walk
  • True trekking experience with no flights on the way up
  • Better acclimatization with fewer chances of altitude sickness with proper breaks
  • Tiny settlements along the way with oaks and pine forest and streams
  • Traditional farm life with river valleys and terraced fields
  • Major white peaks like Makalu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse

Best season for the trek

The best season for taking the Everest Base Camp Trekking via Salleri is autumn and spring. September to November and March to May are the best months to visit Everest base camp.

During these months, the weather is nice and warm with better views of the place throughout the trail.

The trek is difficult during the winter due to the extremely cold weather. The months from December to February are extremely cold to travel.

The trek is not favorable during summer or monsoon. The months of July and august especially are not suitable for the trek. In these months, the route will be affected heavily by the rain hence making the road slippery and hard to trek through.

Permits required

Traveling from Salleri to Everest base camp, you will require some permits to travel along the way without any complications. These permits are mainly for the purpose of protecting the area and its resources from any kind of danger.

While trekking along the Salleri to Everest base camp trekking route, you can travel to Sagarmatha national park. This requires you to have Sagarmatha National Park permit. This proves that you are there on the trek and pose no harm to anyone or anything. This permit will cost NPR 3000 per person.

Apart from the Sagarmatha National Park permit, you will need Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. This permit is only available on reaching the destination. The permit costs NPR 2000 per person. This is the permit that replaced the TIMS card.

You will need your passport to fill out the forms for both permits. The permits are available on the spot and must be paid in local currencies.

Cost of the trek

The cost of the Salleri to Everest Base camp trekking is comparatively less than the other routes. This route requires a lot of walking and less flying. One of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trekking via Salleri is also the cost. Having only one flight to return and walking most of the way, the cost of the trek is less than the other routes.

Usually, with other routes, the cost of the trip may round up to almost USD 3000 per person. This trekking package is only a third of that price. Also based on the services you want, you can actually get the package for the Salleri to Everest Base camp trekking super cheap.

The cost of the trek ranges from as low as $450 – $ 1700.

What the cheapest package includes

The cheapest package you can find for the Everest Base Camp Trekking via Salleri is of $450 which only includes the following services:

  • Domestic flight costs
  • Accommodation and breakfast during the trek

What the best package includes

The best package for the Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking costs around USD 1500 -1700. These packages provide you with the best services from guides to accommodation to food. These packages take care of not only you but your porters and guides as well. With this package, you do not have to worry about not having any shops on the way for drinks or not finding the porter or guide who speaks your language.

Everything you need will be managed by the travel agency. You can just enjoy the journey to the fullest. You can live your best life even amidst the rural areas and experience mountain life without having to constantly stress about things going wrong. In short, you won’t have to fend for yourself in the mountains and rest easy. So this plan includes the following services:

  • Domestic flight and all ground transportation in private vehicles
  • Quality sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with tour guides and entry fee
  • Standard accommodation in the best hotels and lodges throughout the trip
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee during the whole trek
  • Permit fees including Sagarmatha National Park permit and rural municipality fee
  • Highly experienced tourist guides, trekking guide and porters with accommodation and food for them as well
  • Airfare for the flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
  • Government taxes and office service charges are also included
  • Duffle bag and sleeping bag for the trek
  • Trekking map along with trip achievement certificate at the completion of the trip
  • Local entrance fees
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant

What It Excludes?

The trek packages do not include the following:

  • Extra meals other than the ones included
  • Travel insurance of the trekkers
  • Nepal entry Visa fees or international airfare
  • Snacks or drinks
  • Wifi during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment

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Detailed Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

On the very first day of the Salleri to Everest base camp trekking, we will pick you up from the airport. From the Tribhuvan international airport, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will be staying for the night.

Day 2: Transfer to Salleri

After washing off your jet lag with your stay at the comfortable hotel, we will venture to Salleri on the second day. Today we will travel by jeep for about 9-10 hours and reach Salleri. We will stay at the lodge in Salleri for the night. The town is at an altitude of 2390 meters.

Day 3: Trek to Nunthala

On the morning of the third day, the true trekking adventure awaits us. The Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking starts now. Finally, we will head on a 6 hours trek to Nunthala from Salleri. There we will stay the night at a lodge.

Day 4: Nunthala to Bupsa Danda

The fourth day will be yet another trek of 6-7 hours where we reach an altitude of 2160 meters. Today we will reach Bupsa danda.

Day 5: Bupsa to Surke

Today the trek will take us to Surke at an altitude of 2290 meters. This will need around 6-7 hours of walking.

Day 6: Surke to Monjo

Today a 6 hours walk on steep trails will take us to Monjo. The destination is at a height of 2735 meters. From this day on, we will be taking on a rather steep road ahead of us.

Day 7: Monjo to Namche Bazaar

The very next day we shall walk for about 4 hours and reach an altitude of 3440 meters. We will stay at Namche bazaar at a lodge for the night.

Day 8: Namche Bazaar Hike to the Hotel

Today we shall hike from Namche bazaar to our hotel. This will take us about 6-7 hours. On the way, we will hike to Khunde and Khumjung village where you can see the traditional lifestyle of the people along with their culture that makes this route so much more closer to the people.

Day 9: Namche to Tengboche Monastery

After resting yourselves, we will embark on the journey to reach the Tengboche Monastery from Namche. This monastery is at a height of 3900 meters. It is one of the many sherpa monasteries which show the religion and culture of the sherpas in the region. After bathing in the religious and cultural journey we will accommodate for the night at a nearby lodge.

Day 10: Tengboche to Dingboche

From the monastery through the rhododendron forest, a walk of 4-5 hours will take us to Dingboche. At a height of 4410 meters, Dingboche is a small Sherpa village. We will rest at a lodge nearby for the night.

Day 11: Dingboche Acclimatization Day

Popular as an acclimatization point among tourists, today we will hike around Dingboche and have an acclimatization day. This is an official acclimatization point for Everest Base Camp via Salleri. Here we will adjust to the altitude as it gets higher ahead. This helps us avoid altitude sickness.

Day 12: Dingboche to Lobuche

After adjusting to the altitude, we will now head to Lobuche at an altitude of 4900 meters. We will walk for 5-6 hours today to reach our destination and rest at the lodge in Lobuche.

Day 13: Lobuche to Gorakshep via Base Camp

On the 14th day, we finally reach our destination of Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking. We reach Everest Base Camp and enjoy the view and the beauty of the place. We will hike to Gorakshep at a height of 5140 meters and finally reach the base camp at 5364 meters. This will take us 7-8 hours.

Day 14: Gorekshep to Pheriche

Now we will start our descent back to Pheriche. We will walk for 6-7 hours today. On the way back to Pheriche, we will visit Kalapattar Viewpoint at an altitude of 5540 meters in Pheriche, we will stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 15: Periche to Namche Bazaar

Our descent continues to Namche Bazaar where we can see the overflowing culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas and various local products.

Day 16: Namche Bazar to Lukla

After a walk of about 6-7 hours, we will reach Lukla today. We are done with walking for the trip. The trekking part of the trip is over.

Day 17: Flight Back to Kathmandu

The main highlight of the Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking is due today. Today we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The flight is popular for its exhilarating scenic experience that you get. You can clearly see the valley and the towns on the way.

Day 18: Farewell and an Extra Day

The trip is almost over now. On the second last day of the trip, we will provide you proper farewell dinner in the Nepali way with the cultural food and vibe. Today you can visit Kathmandu freely at your own expense.

Day 19: Final Departure to the Airport

This marks the end of our trekking experience. Today your Salleri to Everest Base Camp trekking will end with your departure to the airport. You will end the trip with many memories of the trip etched into your heart.

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Tips for Everest Base Camp via Salleri

Here are some tips to ensure that you have the best experience in trek:

  • Choose your package carefully and check the services they provide
  • Search for a package that has proper accommodations guaranteed during the whole trip so you don’t have to search for accommodations
  • Do not go during July and august because the roads are dangerous and slippery during those months
  • Walk zigzag line while going uphill to refrain from being too tired going uphill
  • Make sure your guide and you can communicate with each other to avoid any safety hazards
  • Take your time acclimatizing so you don’t experience altitude sickness and do not rush the trek.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Make sure to bring basic medicines like cold medicines and antibiotics
  • Practice squatting before going on the trek. You will have to go to squat toilets or even behind boulders on the way to the base camp

So, if you’re in for a special trekking experience, the adventurous, the daredevil kind of experience, you should try the Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking. This route is also the best for the ones who are up to experiencing the real hardships or lifestyles of the people here.

Meeting with the tribes of the mountain away from the major points and witnessing their struggles and hospitality is one of the major highlights of this route. You won’t see the true life in the mountains with a flight.

P.S. if you don’t like hordes of people making it feel like just another tourist destination or the cityscape, you should definitely venture the hidden solidarity routes of Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trekking.

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