Kathmandu to Lukla Bus | Jeep Available Every Day | Private and Shared

  • Sep 25, 2022
  • Karna Rana

Kathmandu to Lukla Bus services is one of the easy accesses to get to Everest and the 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 and the top of the world Mt. Everest as the backbone of tourism. Lukla is considered a getaway from 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 from 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 to link to the Solu and Khumbu. Solukhumbu district is divided into two parts; Solu and Khumbu, the lower region below the Lukla is called Solu and above Lukla is 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 road and for less amount money. Before Kathmandu to Luka Road, the trekkers were dependent on the 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 an 11.7% gradient and 527 m (1,729 ft) × 30 m (98 ft) and surrounded geographical structure. Sometimes 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 Everest on a 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 to the top of the world. Lately, there are regular buses/Jeep services available from the capital city Kathmandu to Salleri, the district's headquarters 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 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 is either to fly 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 from Kathmandu to Lukla/Khaorikharka Road is 366.9 Kilometers. 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 is 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) to 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 was completed as 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 headquarters Sallari to Dudhkoshi Bridge and another 25 Kilometer drive from the bridge you will get in Thamdanda. From where you can get to 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 16 to 17 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 35 USD to 45 USD per person***. Today (28-April-2022), we bought Kathmandu to Salleri Tickets NPR.3,700 per person. The jeep cost will be changed according to fuel price. 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 250 USD to 300 USD

***Note: The Jeep cost is changeable depending on the fuel cost and festivals. Normally the cost is 35 to 45 USD per person. However, during the festive season (Dashain, Tihar, etc,) the cost will be USD 50 to 55 dueto No passengers back from Salleri.

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

Are you wondering if 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's 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 because the road does not extend beyond Lukla. But you can do Everest Base Camp Trek by Road as an unforgettable experience. Recently you could drive Kathmandu to Kharikhola and Bupsa via Salleri headquarter of Solukhumbu.

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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 9 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 by Road.


Here is a Map of the Everest Base Camp Trek by Road:

Everest Base Camp Trek Suggested Itinerary 14 Days by Jeep Drive

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Lukla/Thamdanda (2,326m) by Jeep 300 Kilometer -12 to 14 Hours
Day 02: Trek Thamdanda to Phakding (2,640m) -7 to 8 hours  – via Chaurikharka nearby Lukla  -22 KM
Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours -12 KM
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung Village (3,790m), Everest View Hotel (3,880m)
Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tangboche (3,867m) -5 to 6 hours -12 KM
Day 06: Trek Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,410m) -5 to 6 hours -12.5 KM
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche visit Nangkartshang Peak (5,616m)/ Chhukung/ Amadablam Base Camp
Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m) -5 to 6 hours -8.5 KM
Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) - 3 hours – 4.8 KM & Everest Base Camp (5,364m) -2 to 3 hours
Day 10: Trek Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,643m) -2 hours & Stroll back to Pheriche (4,240m) -5 to 6 hours -13.5 KM
Day 11: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours -25 KM
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Chaurikharka (2,694m) - 6 to 7 hours -18KM
Day 13: Trek Chaurikharka to Thamdanda (2,326) – 4 to 5 hours  -12KM
Day 14: Drive Thamdanda to Kathmandu by Jeep 366.9 Kilometer -12 to 14 Hours, -300 KM then your Destination

If you need any further information regarding the Everest Base Camp Trek by Drive, we at Nepal Mother House are here to assist you anytime. 


Here is a Chart of the altitude during Everest Base Camp Trek by Road:

Q. What is the Jeep cost from Kathmandu to Lukla/Thamdanda?

There are regular Jeep services available from Kathmandu to Thamdanda. It gets to Thamdanda after 14 to 15 hours of scenic drive from Kathmandu, the jeep departure early in the morning every day. The Jeep fare from Kathmandu to Thamdanda is USD 55 USD to 65 USD per person**. Today on 28th April-2022, we bought Kathmandu to Thamdanda Jeep NPR. 4,500 per passenger. If you are already a group of 5 to 7 People, then best to make it private. The Private Jeep Charge to Thamdanda will be approximately USD 450 to 500. As there is no direct Jeep from Kathmandu to Thamdanda, you need to change jeeps from Solu to Salleri, by the same company. So, you don’t need to search for another Jeep by yourself. The Sumo Jeep leaves early in the morning around 4 to 5 O’clock from Kathmandu at Chabahil chowk and gets to Thamdanda around 8 to 9 PM.

If you need any help, Drive Back from Lukla/Thamdanda to Kathmandu by 4-wheel jeep or Kathmandu to Lukla/Thamdanda Sumo Jeep, we are glad to assist you, please feel free to contact us anytime at Nepal Mother House on this Number +977-9841367853 –Karna Rana by Viber/ WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Massager, etc.

**Note: The Jeep cost is changeable depending on the cost of fuel and festivals. Normally the cost is 55 to 65 USD per person. However, during the festive season (Dashain, Tihar, etc,) the cost will be USD 70 to 75 dueto No passengers back from Thamdanda. There will be 7 to 8 setters in a Jeep.

*Note: We are not taking any service charge, we believe in the "Law of Attraction".  for this, we will guide you to the jeep counter together. The cost of the Jeep Tickets is the same whether buy yourself at the Counter or buy with us compare.

Q. How can we help you for Kathmandu to Lukla Jeep Transport? 

If you are looking to trek in the base camp of Mt. Everest "Mountain nowhere in the world", but very hard to get Lukla plane tickets in your desired time. Kathmandu to Lukla drive would be the best option for you except for a few extra days needed. If you have additional days, then you may drive to Lukla (at Thamdanda: from where it takes a 4 to 5 hours walk to get to Lukla), this will help to acclimatize your body before getting to the destination, which will support make your trip successful. We at Nepal Mother House are more than happy to assist you to organize a Jeep/Bus to the Lukla free of cost. We are not expecting any charge from you. We will guide you to the place where the ticket counter is and you can buy it yourself. We believe in the universal truth "Law of Attraction", if we are expecting support from you, then we need to help you first, so we begin from ourselves. We at Nepal Mother House Treks want to be like a mirror to expose the face. 

Q. How often does Jeep leave to the Salleri/Thamdanda/Lukla every Day?

Well, normally there are 5 to 6 Tata Sumo Jeeps depart to the Lukla/ Salleri every day. All jeep are leaves in the morning from 4:30 to 6 AM, due to the long drive. They will come to Thamel to collect the passenger. If you are looking to drive late morning or afternoon the local (sharing Jeep) is not available, however, if you reserve the jeep, then it leaves anytime. It depends on according to the passenger's follow and requirements. In a jeep, 6 to 8 people can accommodate

Q. Is there is direct jeep available from Kathmandu to Lukla? 

First, you need to be clear, the jeep does not drive all the way to Lukla. The last driving point of Jeep is called Thamdanda, from where you need to walk 4 to 5 hours to get to Lukla. For the familiar place, we are saying here Lukla instead of Thamdanda. Until now there is no direct jeep from Kathmandu to Lukla. First, you need to drive to the district's headquarters of Solukhumbu at Salleri/Phaplu and need change to another Jeep. As you already paid the jeep fare to Lukla, you do not need to look for another jeep at Salleri and add more money. The Jeep staff will transfer to another jeep at the same cost. Just talk with the jeep staff/driver, about which jeep you are going in. 

Q. What is the current situation of Lukla Road? Can we drive all the way to Thamdanda Now?

Well, as this is the monsoon time in Nepal, mostly it is raining and moisture, sometimes it is a sunny day, but after evening it is raining too. So, the jeep drives through the blacktopped road to the Salleri/Phaplu and goes further to the Kharikhola through rough roads even during the rainy season. After the Kharokhola is not driveable due to muddy roads in new construction. It is 2 to 3 hours walking distance from Kharikhola to Thamdanda.  In the latest update today [24-Augest-2022], we have organized 2 passengers from Austria to the Kharikhola, who is heading to Everest Three Passes Trek. The cost of Jeep tickets is the same 55 USD to 65 USD per person due to the fuel price.

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 is known as the backbone of the economy. People have a chance to get a good education, better health services, and easy transportation by accessing 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 rely on air transport to deliver all goods, commodities, or porter before. Here is some topic on the 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 to Lukla 50 to 60 USD by road. The goods and commodities can supply by road, as a result, all things are affordable to 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 products,s and more job opportunities.
  • Create more employment in the agriculture sector and expand the industries.
  • Help poverty alleviation Improve the local life; health, education, communication, and income sector.
  • The trekkers do need to divert to other destinations by weather concerns.

Everest Base Camp Trek Video:

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 by 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 as a 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 trails but also badly impacts 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 tourists to the Khumbu Region.

Similarly, driving from low elevation to high elevation in the shortest time is not suitable 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 the 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 for 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 days 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 a 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.

Q. How do I buy jeep tickets in advance when I reach Nepal? I'll be staying a couple of nights in Thamel.

You could buy Jeep tickets before getting to Nepal in advance, sending your name details accordingly Passport/ Passport copy, Lukla driving date, and payments of Jeep. However, there is a regular Jeep service every day. You could buy it after arrival also at our office. We at Nepal Mother House are glad to organize according to your requirements. 

Q. Is it correct that I can buy a jeep ticket (around USD 60) which will take me from Kathmandu to Salleri and then switch to another jeep to drive on to Thamdanda?

Yes, you are right, the cost of the jeep is 55 to 65 USD per person for a single way, but the cost will change a bit less or more according to Global/and national fuel prices and special events and festivals also. Regarding the switch to another Jeep to drive Thamdanda; you already paid for the Thamdanda. So, the driver and conductor will arrange another jeep for you. 

Q. What time will I expect to reach Thamdanda if I leave from Kathmandu in the earliest possible jeep (say 5 am)?

Normally, it takes 12 to 14 Hours from Kathmandu to Lukla (Thamdanda), the jeep leaves at 5 am and gets to Thamdanda in the evening from 7 to 8 PM

Q. Will you come to pick us up at Thamel Marg? 

Yes! the jeep comes to your hotel to pick up you. You need to send us your hotel location, Room number, contact number, and your personal contact number (Nepal Mobile number/WhatsApp/Viber/Imo any of them), where we can contact you if needed. 

Q. What are the costs for one ticket?

If you are looking for sharing a jeep to the Thamdanda then, normally the cost is 55 to 65 USD per person. However, during the festival time and national special movement (Dashain, Tihar, Election, etc,) the cost will be USD 70 to 75due to No passengers back from Thamdanda. There will be 7 to 8 setters in a Jeep.

Q. When will the jeep leave KTM on 30th September?

All the Jeeps leave in the morning from 4 to 6 AM every day due to long journeys. However, we will inform you last evening of your departure and what time the jeep will come to your hotel. 

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 the Kingdom of Himalayans and the roof of the World “Mt. Everest.” Nepal has been named a Heaven on Earth and is a wonder in the Himalayan. It is the Shangri-La, a living cultural Museum, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha and it is the country of the living Goddess “Kumari.”

I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specializing in Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and other 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 my blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide the right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.

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