Kathmandu to Lukla Bus

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • Karna Rana

Kathmandu to Lukla Bus services is one of the easy accesses to get in Everest and people of Khumbu to run their daily activities and trekkers who would like to wander in the Himalayan. This Road is the link between Kathmandu to top of the world Mt. Everest as the backbone of tourism. Lukla is considered a getaway of Everest Base Camp Trek, during the peak season more than four hundred trekkers pass through the Luka to Everest Trek in a single day. The bus from Kathmandu to Lukla will break through the dependency of the Lukla flight, which was compiling to stock at Lukla for days due to weather obstacles.

The Local Government of Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality has declared a 100 Kilometer Tourism Road network from Salleri to the doorstep of Everest at Lukla, Chaurikharka within this fiscal year. The road districts headquarter of Solukhumbu Salleri to Andheri (30 Km) was already built and a further 40 km road track Andheri to Kharikhola and Bupsa at Madhyadudhkoshi Rural Municipality has been completed. Local governments Madhyadudhkoshi Rural Municipality and Khumbu Pasang Lahmu Rural Municipality of Sholukhumbu have signed up to open the remaining 30 Kilometers road up to Lukla and Chaurikharka by this year link to the Solu and Khumbu. Solukhumbu district is divided into two parts; Solu and Khumbu, the lower region below the Lukla called Solu and above Lukla called Khumbu, it is home to Mt. Everest, some other famous peaks, and pannier legendary mountaineer Sherpa’s.

If you are searching, How to Get to Lukla without Flying, Kathmandu to Lukla by Road is the best option to get to Everest Base Camp in the shortest time by road and less amount money. Before Kathmandu to Luka Road, the trekkers were dependent on Lukla flight. Lukla Airport was established in 1964, initiation by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa, it is one of the most famous airports in the world due to its runway structure with 11.7% gradient and 527 m (1,729 ft) × 30 m (98 ft) and surrounded geographical structure. Some time the trekkers are not ready for the dear adventurous flight to Lukla, and they have the option to either change their trekking destination or walk from Jiri or Salleri taking more additional days. But now the road access to the Bupsa and Kharikhola makes easy travel for trekkers who wish to avoid the Lukla flight and like to trek in Everest by the budget way.

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Q. How to Reach Lukla from Kathmandu by Road?

Can you drive to Everest Base Camp? This is the most repeated question of trekkers who would like to visit Mt Everest. Kathmandu to Lukla flight is conditional due to the weather circumstance; now trekkers are looking for the alternative shortest route to get to the heart of Mt. Everest. So, the road from Kathmandu to Lukla has been constructed gradually to connect urban and getaway of top of the world. Lately, there are regular buses/Jeep services available from the capital city Kathmandu to Salleri, the district's headquarter of Solukhumbu, taking about 8 to 9 hours to drive on the 266.9 Kilometers BP Highway. And it is possible to drive further to Andheri, Kaharikhola, and Bupsa on the same day too. But the road condition from Andheri to Kharikhola/Bupsa is depended on that day's weather. As this is a rough road sometimes, the rain might be because of the obstacle of driving, so you need to well prepare while driving this road. Recently, there is not any direct bus available to the Lukla but the government has been working rapidly to complete the road within two years. After completing Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Road, the trekker's well gate batter option for the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek either flies to Lukla or drive. In the future soon there will be direct bus services available from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Q.  How to Get to Lukla without Flying?

There are several trekking routes for the getaway of Mt. Everest at Lukla.

Route 1:

Drive Kathmandu to Jiri/Bhandara and trek to Everest Base Camp as a classical trekking route. Where Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa had set their epic journey to the top of the world by this trail.

Route 2:

Drive Kathmandu to Salleri by BP Highway about 8 to 9 hours blacked topped road and drive Kathmandu to Lukla Road through Andheri, Kharikhola and Bupsa then trek to Lukla for a day hike. The trek's Name is Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Route 3:

Drive all the way to Dharan and Tumlingtar then walk to Lukla through the Salpa Pass named Aruna Valley Trek, Bung taking 6 to 7 days with real Nepalese rural area.

Q. Kathmandu to Lukla (Kaharikhola and Bupsa/Thamdanda) road distance:

The total distance of Kathmandu to Lukla/Khaorikharka Road is 366.9 Kilometer. First drive through the BP Highway (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, Bhakundebesi, Mangaltar, Nepalthok, Dumja, Khurkot, Gyaaltar name as Madhya Pahadi Lok Marga and get in Ghurmi Bazaar, from where the road divides for Sagarmatha (Everest) and Halesi Dham (Martika).

  • Kathmandu to Salleri road distance = 266.9 Kilometer
  • Salleri to Lukla road distance = 100 Kilometer (Salleri to Andheri road Distance = 40 Kilometer, Andheri to Kharikola/Bupsa = 30 Kilometer, Bupsa to Lukla/Chaurikharka = 30 Kilometer). Khurkot to Salleri road known as Everest Express Road due to the amazing view of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam, Makalu, Number, Kryanglung, Gaurishankar, etc.

Note:Salleri to Dudhkoshi River Motorable Bridge=38 Km, Dudhkoshi Bridge to Thamdanda = 25 Km road completed, and Thamdanda to Lukla/Chaurikharka=37 km road on planning on the construction.

Q. How many hours does it take Kathmandu to Lukla (Kharikhola/Bupsa/Thamdanda) drive?

Kathmandu to Salleri Jeep drive is one of the reliable transports to Everest Base Camp Trek while looking for an alternative to the Lukla flight. The drive will around 8 to 9 hours by jeep to get Salleri from Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Salleri distance is 266.9 Km with the blacktopped road. Recently the motorable bridge over the Dudhkoshi River has completed a road to the link between Solu and Khumbu in Everest Region, which was inaugurated on Saturday 21st- November-2020. It takes 5 hours off-road drive for 38 Kilometer new opening track from the district headquarter Sallari to Dudhkoshi Bridge and another 25 Kilometer drive from the bridge you will get in Thamdanda. From where you can get in Lukla by 4 to 5 hours walk. The next 37 Km part Bupsa/Thamdanda to Lukla is under Contraction, the local Government has planned to complete this part of the road within 2 years. After completing the Kathmandu to Lukla Road, it would take 13 to 14 hours to drive.

Most popular trek in Everest Region:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek -14 Days
  2. Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Helicopter -9 Days
  3. Everest 3 Passes Trek -21 Days
  4. Everest Base Camp Trek -8 Days
  5. Gokyo Chola Pass Trek -19 Days

Q. Cost of the jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri:

There is jeep transportation available from Kathmandu to Salleri every day. The jeep left at 5 AM to 6 AM from Chabahil Chok Bus Station, which takes an eight to nine hours drive to Salleri. The cost of Kathmandu to Phaplu Salleri Jeep is 20 USD to 25 USD per person. The jeep can accommodate eight people. If you are a group of 5 to 6 people or would like to private travel then it would be best to reserve the jeep to make your own with the cost of 160 USD to 250 USD.

Everest Base Camp Trek Video:

Q. Can you drive to Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu?

Are you wondering to drive all the way to Mt. Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu too? Repeat the question, can you drive to Everest Base Camp? The road from Salleri to Lukla as the name of Tourism Highway/Everest Express Highway has been constricting smoothly. According to local people demand and tourism entrepreneur recommendation, the road won’t be extant further the Lukla and Chaurikhara. So, if you are thinking of the drive to Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu, it won’t be possible due to the road does not extend beyond the Lukla. Recently you could drive Kathmandu to Kharikhola and Bupsa via Salleri headquarter of Solukhumbu.

Q. How many days does it take to get to Everest Base Camp from Lukla?

Distantly Lukla to Mt. Everest Base Camp is not that far but as the altitude difference, you need to well acclimatize before getting to Everest Base Camp. It takes 8 days to reach Everest Base Camp from Lukla/Chaurikharka including two acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Here is a day-by-day itinerary for the Everest Base camp Trek.
Day 00:  Arrival at Kathmandu & trekking preparation and permit paperwork day.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Jubing (1900m)/ Kharikhola (2,100m) / Bupsadanda (2300m) /Surke (2290m) / Chaurikharka (2,800m) - 10 to 12 hours
Day 02: Trek Kharikhola to Surke (2,290m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 03: Trek Surke to Phakding (2,610m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung Village (3,790m), Everest View Hotel
Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tangboche (3,867m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 07: Trek Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,410m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Dingboche visit Nangkartshang Peak (5,616m)/ Chhukung/ Amadablam Base Camp
Day 09: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 10:  Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) - 3 hours & Everest Base Camp (5,364m) -2 to 3 hours
Day 11:  Trek Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,643m) -2 hours & Stroll back to Pheriche (4,240m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 12: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 13:  Trek Namche Bazaar to Surke (2,290m) - 7 to 8 hours
Day 14: Trek Surke to Jubing (1900m)/ Kharikhola (2,100m) / Bupsadanda (2300m) /Surke (2290m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 15: Drive Jubing (1900m)/ Kharikhola (2,100m) / Bupsadanda (2300m) /Surke (2290m)  to Kathmandu - 10 to 12 hours
Day 00: Your own destination or if you have extra time Join for other Activities.

Q. Importance of Road Connectivity to Lukla for Trekkers and Local people:

As trekkers are seeking the alternative short trekking route in Everest Base Camp, driving to Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu is one of the best options. The road has a vital role to develop the national economy, the road known as the backbone of the economy. People have a chance to get a good education, better health services, and easy transportation by access to the road. The road connectivity to Lukla is the best way to improve the live hood of at Solukhumbu people. The road from Kathmandu to Lukla links the lower part of Sholukhumbu Solu and the Upper part of Khumbu. People of Sholu can sell their agricultural products in Khumbu rather than rusting the lack of markets. And people of Khumbu can buy all the goods at a reasonable cost; hence, they are the relay on air transport to deliver all goods, commodities or porter before. Here is some topic importance of road connectivity to Lukla:

  • You can get any time at Lukla, do not need to pray for good weather whereas sometimes flying to Lukla stocked a few days to more than one week.
  • Less cost for the Everest Base Camp Trek; before need to pay USD 360 per head for Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare but after completing the road you can get in Lukla 50 to 60 USD by road. The goods and commodities can supply by road, as a result, all things are affordable by locals.
  • The number of domestic and international tourists will increase after road connectivity due to the cheaper cost of transportation, no obstacle of weather to begin the trek and get back from the trek according to your plan. They can visit Everest Base Camp at certain time frames.
  • You are not forced to stock at Lukla for a few days to a week or more than this, due to road connectivity from Kathmandu in one day.
  • Relief from the dependency of Lukla flight, sometimes Lukla flight delay one day to multi-days due to unfavorable weather.
  • The road will empower the local people, easy access to local commodities in the market, and generate local income.
  • Easy way to earn foreign currency by Tourism activities, selling product,s and more job opportunities.
  • Create more employment in the agriculture sector and expanse the industries.
  • Help the poverty alleviation Improve the local life; health, education, communication, and income sector.
  • The trekkers do need to divert to other destinations by weather concerns.

Q. Why? Not to expand the road across Lukla!

The road is the backbone of development. It helps to improve human basic needs such as health, education, food nutrition, education, water, sanitation, and shelter. The road has a crucial role to empower the local people providing access to every sector. To build a road further to the Lukla and Chaurikharka is not a disagreement but the Sagarmatha National Park begins at Manjo. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. To conserve the World Heritage Site, the road cannot be expanded inside to National Park for the commercial, propose. Likewise, the people of Khumbu are dependent on tourism hospitality especially in the trekking, road, and trekking trail at the same point it cannot exist. We have to witness trekking trail after road constriction at the most Popular Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail at Manang and Jomsom Muktinath Trail at Mustang are a bitter experience. The road not only vanishes trekking trail but it also badly impact on the ecosystem and pure culture. So, the road expands up to Luka is too finished the trekking trail. The tourism entrepreneurs and Nepal Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN) have drawn attention to the local government, not extending the road further than Lukla as the name of attracting the tourist to the Khumbu Region.

Similarly, driving from low elevation to high elevation in the shortest time is not good for our health due to more chance of suffering from altitude sickness. Our body needs more time to acclimatize to such high elevations, so trekking is only one best way to explore Everest Base Camp.

The road connection is predicted to improve the flow of domestic and global tourists in the Everest Region, which will be a great effort to Nepal’s economy. Likewise, the road will also make it less difficult for the people who fly to Lukla in case of flight obstacles. Locals will no longer be obliged to take the flight to attain the neighboring districts. Previously, due to awful weather pressure travelers remain stocked at Lukla Airport for day to many days. The road to Lukla is the best way for all solutions. The extension of the road network right up to the foothills of Everest is predictable to reduce the price of meals and various daily essentials.

Q. Preparation for the jeep/Bus to Salleri/Phaplu/Kharikhola/Bupsa/Lukla from Kathmandu

As this is a long journey in the mountain, it is advised to take motion/car sick medicine and a medical mask. Take with you some snacks and a bottle of water if in case stocked in traffic Jam or road blocked. Wear comfortable clothes, do not wear tight clothes. Make sure that have Nepali currency, if not exchanged in Nepali currency at Kathmandu. The rate will be very low in the mountain.

If you need any further information regarding the Kathmandu to Lukla Bus services, please feel free to Contact Us anytime. Here; we are more than happy to assist you.


Karna Rana

Karna Rana


I hearty welcome to Nepal, known as Kingdom of Himalayan and roof of the World “Mt. Everest.” Nepal has named as a Heaven on Earth, is a wonder in the Himalayan. It is the Shangri-La, living cultural Museum, birth place of the Lord Buddha and it is country of living Goddess “Kumari.”

I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specialize for Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and others Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, etc. applying my field expiring since 2000. Meanwhile, I have completed my Master’s degree in Rural Development (2016) from Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading educational institution. Now, I have been applying my field experience in tourism, especially in remote areas of the country for sustainable eco- tourism for local empowerment. I enjoyed writing blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.

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