Nepal Trek Packages Without Taking Domestic Flights

  • Updated on Feb 15, 2024
  • Nirajan Chaulagain

Several incidents have led people to find other ways to trek in Nepal. There is international and domestic questioning about air safety in Nepal. There are frequent news reports of domestic flight crashes in Nepal, which have made people afraid to travel to the country. Lukla Airport is a popular airport in the world, but it is also considered the world's most dangerous airport. Some people say that there is no excitement without risk, which is why the Everest Base Camp trek is the mostpopular trekking package in Nepal. There have been several accidents while flying to Lukla Airport or in the vicinity, but the adventure of reaching Everest Base Camp has never stopped.


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Nepal Trek Packages Without Taking Domestic Flights

Let's discuss the trekking packages in Nepal that can be completed without taking any domestic flights. I'd like to provide a quick update on the road conditions to Lukla from Kathmandu, as this is a frequently asked question. These days, some people take a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla to begin the Everest Base Camp Trek, but this may not be feasible for every trekker.

What are the best trekking packages that can be done without taking domestic flights? 

Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, and far-western trekking packages are the most popular trekking destinations. In order to trek in the Annapurna region, most people typically fly to Pokhara. However, it is possible to hike in the Annapurna region without flying from Kathmandu. Most Nepal trekking group tours depart from Kathmandu by road for treks in the Annapurna, Langtang, and Manaslu mountains. Popular short Nepal tour packages include Pokhara and the Annapurna region.

The Manaslu Circuit trek and the Langtang Valley trek are the most popular trekking vacations in the Nepal Himalayas. These treks can be completed by taking safe and scenic roads. Roads in Nepal can be both smooth and bumpy; even if they are blacktopped, they will not last long. The main concern is landslides, but this only occurs during the monsoon season (June to August), which is often referred to as the offseason in Nepal. The most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek route can be hiked without taking a flight to Jomsom. Some trekking companies, like us at Rugged Trails Nepal, are now focusing on treks and tour packages that do not include domestic flights.

Here, we've listed some of the top trek suggestions and trek itinerary details for Nepal. 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with the Tilicho Lake Trek.

The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek offers breathtaking views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak, as well as many other peaks in the Annapurna Circuit and the world's highest lake, Tilicho, which is located in the Annapurna range in central Nepal at a height of 4919 meters. Tilicho Lake, which gathers the glacial runoff from Mount Annapurna and Thorong-La Pass (5,416 m), is significant historically for Hindus and Buddhists. Trekking around Annapurna Tilicho Lake provides us with a variety of views of snow-capped mountains and old Buddhist monasteries, as well as the opportunity to see and explore lovely communities and get to know the locals.

The Off-beaten Manaslu Circuit Trek

Get away from the crowds and explore the Manaslu region, which is home to the eighth-highest peak in the world and is situated in the Gorkha district near the Tibet border. This recently developed tourist destination features breathtaking natural beauty and a fusion of Tibetan, Buddhist, and Hindu cultures. See stunning Himalayan peaks like Himal Chuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Shringi Himal (7187m), Langpo (6965m), and Saula (6235m), as well as the famous Manaslu (8163m/26,781ft), also known as Kutang, which means "Mountain of the spirit" in Sanskrit and is derived from the term "Manasa" de

Langtang Valley Trek After Shocks

North of Kathmandu, close to Nepal's border with Tibet, is the Langtang region. Near the foot of Mount Langtang Lirung, in this well-known trekking area, sits Langtang village. For a long time, the Langtang region was Nepal's third-most popular hiking area after the Khumbu (Everest) region and the Annapurnas. However, one of the regions of Nepal's 2015 earthquake that was most severely hit was the Langtang valley. Landslides and avalanche breakdowns resulted in a mass of stones and mud that covered the entire valley.

The region is still recuperating as of 2023, and community reconstruction activities are still going on. It is feasible to go on a hike nearby, but tourists should be aware of the cleanup work. With the assistance of numerous organizations and people from all over the world, many survivors have come back to rebuild. Despite the fact that the earthquake caused many fatalities, the community showed tremendous resilience. Langtang Village and the Langtang Valley are rebuilding and progressing despite ongoing recovery operations. Visitors can assist the efforts by supporting nearby businesses and showing respect for the labor being put in.

Short Pikey Peak Trek

Do you want to see the best views of Mount Everest without flying?

We have wonderful news: Pikey Peak Trek is a brand-new, little-known trek in Nepal that will give you a fresh perspective on mountains like Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Numbur, Sishapangma, and Mera Peak.

All of this may be experienced in a week. Also, it provides a singular viewpoint on Sherpa culture and the breathtaking scenery that can be found along the trail. The Sherpas are known for their compassion and unfailingly sincere smiles, and this reputation is well-deserved. This hike is a great way to learn about various ethnic cultures in Nepal, such as Tamang, Chhetri, Gurung, Rai, and Thami, in addition to Sherpa culture. Sunrise offers the best views of these spectacular mountains as the light changes and bounces off their sparkling, snow-white peaks.

Is Nepal a welcoming country for LGBT travelers?

People coexist in harmony and devotion in Nepal, a peaceful country. There will be no sexual orientation discrimination here. LGBTQI people are encouraged to trek with other hikers in Nepal and take part in its adventurous activities. You might run into other LGBTQ people when you're visiting Nepal. As a result, you can enjoy the spectacular Himalayan journey in Nepal regardless of your sexual orientation.

Is it possible to drive to Lukla and trek to Everest Base Camp?

To this day (1-18-2024), we can’t drive up to Lukla, but in the future, it will be possible to drive from Kathmandu to Lukla Chaurikharka. Due to weather conditions, the Kathmandu to Lukla flight to visit Mt. Everest can be unreliable. However, an alternative route has been developed with regular buses and jeep services available from Kathmandu to Salleri, taking 8–9 hours on the BP Highway. It's possible to drive further to Andheri, Kaharikhola, and Bupsa on the same day, but the road condition is weather-dependent and can be rough. There are no direct buses to Lukla yet, but the government is working on completing the road within two years.

The distance by road from Kathmandu to Salleri is 266.9 kilometers.

The distance from Salleri to Lukla by road is 100 kilometers (40 kilometers from Salleri to Andheri, 30 kilometers from Andheri to Kharikola/Bupsa, and 30 kilometers from Bupsa to Lukla/Chaurikharka). Due to the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam, Makalu, Number, Kryanglung, Gaurishankar, etc., the Khurkot to Salleri road is sometimes referred to as the Everest Express Road. You can check out our Everest Base Camp Road Trek details in our blog.

Conclusion of Nepal Trekking Holidays Without Using Nepal's Domestic Flight!!

Discover the best hiking packages in Nepal that do not require domestic flights, as well as the latest information on the road conditions from Kathmandu to Lukla. The most popular short tour packages include Pokhara and the Annapurna region, which encompasses the Annapurna, Langtang, and Manaslu regions. Some Nepalese trekking companies specialize in trip and tour packages that do not include domestic flights. The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek, the off-the-beaten Manaslu Circuit Trek, and the Langtang Valley Trek after the earthquakes are some of the best trek recommendations. Check out the link for the flights to Nepal for direct flights and connecting flights.