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Kathmandu to Lukla by road

Kathmandu to Lukla by road

Kathmandu to Phaplu Bolero jeep

Kathmandu to Lukla by Road: A Journey to Everest Base Camp

Most travelers think of flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, traveling by road offers a unique and adventurous alternative. This route showcases Nepal’s diverse landscapes and cultures, perfect for those seeking a grounded adventure.

Detailed Road Journey Information

Planning a trip from Kathmandu to Lukla by road involves a journey to Tham Danda, Bupsa, and finally Lukla via Paiya by jeep. Since there are no direct roads to Lukla, the only way to reach Lukla directly is by flight. However, you can take a jeep ride to Tham Danda, a nearby point.

The Jeep Drive Experience

A jeep drive from Kathmandu to Tham Danda or Lukla Paiya offers an opportunity to explore the breathtaking Himalayas. The journey transitions from the bustling city of Kathmandu to serene countryside landscapes near Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Valley. You’ll pass through remote parts adorned with rhododendron forests, wildflower meadows, and towering glaciers, offering unparalleled panoramic views.

Travel Options

Taking a shared Tata Sumo Jeep from Kathmandu to Lukla is ideal when flights are delayed or canceled due to weather. This alternative allows you to proceed to Bupsa and start your trek to the Three Passes Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. The road to Lukla ends at Tham Danda, about a 4-hour drive from Lukla, followed by an additional 4-hour hike.

Cost and Duration

  • Private Scorpio Jeep from Kathmandu to Solukhumbu Salleri: $310
  • Private Scorpio Jeep from Kathmandu to Thamdanda-Bupsa: $500

A jeep ride directly from Kathmandu to Bupsa takes about 20 hours. From Bupsa, a 5-hour hike will bring you to Lukla. Plans are underway to construct roads to facilitate bus travel directly to Lukla.

For shared Jeep tickets:

  • Kathmandu to Phaplu: $25 per person (+ $5 pickup fee)
  • Kathmandu to Bupsa: $50 per person (+ $5 pickup fee)

The jeep will pick you up from your hotel in Thamel, and the journey to Bupsa involves a vehicle change at Salleri.


  • Kathmandu to Salleri: 267.9 kilometers
  • Salleri to Lukla: 42 kilometers

The route includes Salleri to Andheri, Andheri to Kharikola/Bupsa, and Bupsa to Chaurikharka, known as the Everest Express Road for its stunning views of Mt. Everest.

Guide and Porter Services

We offer experienced guides and porters for your trek from Phaplu or Bupsa to Everest Base Camp or the Three Passes Trek.

Costs for Services

  • Male Guide: $30 per day and for female guide is $35 per day
  • Porter cum Guide: $25 per day
  • Porter: $22 per day

Additional transport costs:

  • Sumo Sharing Jeep to Salleri-Phaplu: $25 per person
  • Sumo Sharing Jeep to Lukla Paiya: $50 per person
  • Pickup: $5 per person
  • Private Jeep to Phaplu: $310
  • Private Jeep to Bupsa: $500
  • Kathmandu to Phaplu flight: $190 per person
  • Kathmandu to Lukla flight: $216 per person
  • Ramechhap to Lukla flight: $177 per person
  • Kathmandu to Ramechhap sharing tourist bus: $20 per person

Future road construction aims to enhance accessibility for domestic tourism from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Contact Information

For bookings and inquiries, contact us via:

  • Viber/WhatsApp: +9779849693351
  • Office Locations with Maps for in-person consultations.

Traveling from Kathmandu to Lukla by road is an adventure, offering a rich tapestry of experiences from the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the tranquil Himalayan trails. This route allows you to connect deeply with Nepal and create unforgettable memories before embarking on the famous trekking trails to Everest Base Camp. For more information please contact us:

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