I am planning a trek around Mt Everest. I intend to cut the cost as much as I can, because I'll be planning a more exhaustive expedition in the same region in a short while after this trek, so I just intend to plan this trek, spending as less as I can. I plan to so there by the month of August or September.

I have a few queries to which I could never find a convincing answer so far from the resources that I tried.

  1. How long does it take to travel from Kathmandu to Lukla (without the flying option)?
  2. How safe is the journey by means of best available local transport?
  3. What is the duration?
  4. How much does the flying option cost if I plan to take that? How early do I need to book?

I hope if there is anyone who has recently been there, can help me with these questions.

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    Is this off topic here and on topic at travel.se? Mar 10 '14 at 12:59
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    @Unsung: I personally don't think so, No offence. I posted this here because, it is more probable that I find the piece of information from a Trekker/Mountaineer than a Tourist (?) I believe that on trevel.se there will be a large amount of people who might have never heard of Lukla (?) than here. :)
    – WedaPashi
    Mar 11 '14 at 7:51
  • When do you plan to go there? The season might affect the answer; it's probably more difficult to do so off-season.
    – Eyal
    Mar 11 '14 at 12:59
  • @Eyal: Ok, I plan to go there tentatively in August/September.
    – WedaPashi
    Mar 12 '14 at 7:52

I can only partially answer this question, and my information is not particularly up-to-date, but I've contacted a friend who has been there recently and added his answers to my own.

In April 2004 I flew Kathmandu-Lukla, and returned via bus from Jiri to Kathmandu. I remember the flight costing about a hundred dollars. My friend flew in September 2013, and he says it cost around $300. He says the price varies from day to day and season to season. Both he (recently) and I (then) booked the flight just a few days - no more than three - in advance after arriving in Kathmandu.

On the way back, it took me five or six days to walk from Namche Bazaar to Jiri. Unlike the area from Lukla to the Everest Area (and the Gokyo area, which I also visited), the trail back to Jiri was relatively empty of tourists, though the Nepali villages were no less bustling. I was walking alone, but I didn't feel much of a risk. Of course feelings of danger are a very subjective thing, but that was my experience.

After arriving in Jiri, I bought a local bus ticket back to Kathmandu in the evening, and took the morning bus, and arrived in Kathmandu that evening.

Some caveats:

This was during the civil war / Maoist rebellion. On one hand, that sounds a bit alarming, but the situation did not affect tourists that much (though I'm very glad for Nepal that it's over).

The difference between the area above Lukla and between Lukla/Namche and Jiri was relatively extreme. Above Lukla there were hundreds of tourists around, and it was easy to meet people - I arrived alone and found traveling companions quickly. Below Lukla I met less than ten tourists a day.

The big caveat is that this was a very long time ago.

  • Thanks a lot mate. This came closest among all the responses that I received from different sources. Thanks a ton!
    – WedaPashi
    Mar 18 '14 at 12:12
  • @WedaPashi Did you end up doing this itinerary? I'd be so grateful if you can share your experience as I plan something similar.
    – Adrien Be
    Nov 5 '15 at 16:08
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    Just bumped into this quite detailed account of the trail from Jiri to Lukla: aculturalomnivore.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/…
    – Adrien Be
    Nov 5 '15 at 16:14
  • Hello @AdrienBe: No, unfortunately I couldn't do it. I am looking forward to do this sometime next year. But if you need information I can happily share whatever I have. Drop me a ping/mail at tandale[dot]prasad[at]gmail[dot]com. And, Welcome to The Great Outdoor.
    – WedaPashi
    Nov 5 '15 at 16:15

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