Everest Base Camp – Day .5, Kathmandu to Salleri

Many people fly to Lukla (the so-called world’s most dangerous airport,) but it’s quite expensive and cuts out on at least 3 days each way. So the 3 guys I met on trekking partners and I all agreed that walking in was the way for us. The traditional route is taking a bus to the town of Jiri, but we found that by jeeping into a town called Salleri, we’d save 3 days of up-and-down climbing.

I was up at 3 this morning and after meeting the guys and a short taxi ride, at the jeep stand at 3:30. There was no one there. We were supposed to leave at 4:15. Some people did show up but still nothing was very clear. After much standing around, jeep changing, standing around, and sitting around, we set out at 5 after 5.

Refueling Jeep

Refueling JeepE

It was a beautiful road–figuratively stunningly so at times. (It’s a new road, built by Nepalis with Japanese support, funding, and equipment. It’s supposed to be finished in 2015 but already–with lots of diversions–people are making the trip.) We were packed in tightly; four people per seat, so 12 people in a smallish jeep. There was a lot to talk about with the guys. All of us were tired but it was nigh impossible to catch any sleep on those bumpy roads.

Goat Crossing

Goat Crossing

We passed so many small communities, cows and goats and chickens and just life everywhere you saw. Drove through a river valley and then climbed slowly, slowly, slowly up into the mountains. We stopped for breakfast puri and aloo jeera and then for lunch at a place with 100 rupee daal baht. At one point, we stopped for about an hour-and-a-half because of a strike or road work or something. At any rate, the 12 hour jeep ride ended up taking 16 hours, and by the time we arrived at Salleri it was 9 pm and quite dark.

River Valley

River Valley

We were worried a bit about finding a place to stay, but the jeep took us to a guesthouse Bruised from the grueling ride–the last 2 hours was a potholed, uneven track that even the 4-wheel drive struggled with, we stumbled out and ordered daal baht and mint tea.

Although we were only 1522 meters up, it was quite chilly. I slept in my thermals inside my sleeping bag, and wasn’t too warm. This bodes poorly!

Day .5
From / To: Kathmandu to Salleri
Elevation: 2390 meters
Lodge: Laxmi Lodge Hotel
Budget: 650 rupees

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10 responses to “Everest Base Camp – Day .5, Kathmandu to Salleri

  1. hey how much was the Jeep ride to Salleri? Will be doing the same thing late this year. Cheers!

  2. Thanks heaps. Your posts are making me excited for my trip!

  3. Cool. Glad to help raise the excitement level. Have a fun trip!

  4. Hey! Where did you find the Jeep in Kathmandu?

    • The jeeps are out of Thamel a bit, out by the hospital, and you have to get out there by 4 am. I didn’t write the number down but you can find it on the LP Thorntree forums I believe. Hope that helps!

  5. The one I found it’s quite far from Thamel (Chabahil). And I was quoted 500-600 for taxi to get there in the morning :s
    Any chance you could be more specific with the directions to the place “out by the hospital”? Many thanks

  6. Sorry. It was 9 months ago and I don’t remember all the details. I do think the taxi out there did cost around 500-600 rupees. I think you have the right information.

  7. Thanks, I was hoping there is a better option but it’s good to know that I managed to find the right place. Did you enjoy going to EVB through Salleri? How many days did you hike to Namche from there?

  8. The jeep ride is a bit rough and crowded but quite beautiful. Lots of rivers and goats and people and farms and valleys and filmi music. The road might be a lot further along now as well. It took me about 20 hours each way. From Salleri to Namche it’s a bit of a walk–lots of up and lots of down. But it’s good practice for the high altitude that is to come.

    I got to Namche on Day 4. You could maybe do it a little more quickly probably but that’s probably a good ballpark figure.

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