Nepal Trek Packages Without Taking Domestic Flights

  • Updated on Feb 23, 2023
  • Nirajan Chaulagain

Several incidents made people find other ways to trek in Nepal. Internationally there is a question about air safety and Nepal's public is also questioning it. Yearly or frequently there is domestic flight crash news from Nepal giving fear to travel Nepal. Lukla Airport is a popular airport in the world but is the world’s most dangerous airport. Without risk, there is no big game as people say that’s why the Everest Base Camp is the most popular trek package in Nepal. There have been several accidents while flying to Lukla airport or near it but the adventure journey never stopped to reach the Everest Base Camp. 

Recently on 15 January 2023, the  ATR 72 (Yeti Airlines) crashed while landing at Pokhara, killing all 72 occupants on board. It is the deadliest accident involving an ATR 72. From this date, people are scared to take a domestic flight in Nepal and looking for road trips and other ways to explore Nepal. It makes sense because everywhere on social media and internationally this was the biggest headline and question about the air safety of Nepal. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has made some operational changes that should enhance safety in Nepal. The landing limitations of domestic operation shall be not more than 8 landings and 8 hrs a day to increase the rest period for flight crew so they can get rest and reduce human error. There are some changes and new rules but we will wait and see how in future the rules will be implemented. 

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Let’s talk about the trekking packages of Nepal which we can do without taking any domestic flights. A quick update about the Road Conditions to Lukla from Kathmandu because this is a frequently asked question these days. These days some people take a Helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla to start the Everest Base Camp Trek but it might not be feasible for every trekker.

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

To this day 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. 

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 our Everest base Camp Road Trek details in our blog. 

What are the best Trekking packages that can do done without taking domestic flights? 

Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, and in the future, far-western trekking packages, are the most well-liked trekking locations. In order to trek in the Annapurna region, most people normally fly to Pokhara, however, it was possible to hike in Annapurna without flying from Kathmandu. Most Nepal trekking group excursions leave 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 most popular trekking vacations in the Nepal Himalayas are the Manaslu Circuit trip and the Langtang area trek. We can travel by safe and picturesque roads to complete these hikes. In Nepal, the roads are both smooth and uneven; even if they are blacktopped, they won't survive very long. The major worry is landslides, but only during the monsoon season (June to August), which is often referred to as the offseason in Nepal. The most well-known Annapurna Circuit Trek route can be hiked without taking a flight out of Jomsom. Some trekking companies in Nepal are focusing on that kind of trek and tour packages without covering domestic flights. 

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

The Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake Trek.

The Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek offers breathtaking views of the 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, and the opportunity to see and explore lovely communities and get to know the locals. 

The Off the 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. The Langtang region was for a long time 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 works. 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 resiliency. 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.

Conclusion of Nepal Trekking Holidays without using Nepal's Domestic flight !!

Discover the best hiking packages available in Nepal without using domestic airlines, as well as the most recent information on the road conditions from Kathmandu to Lukla. The most popular short tour packages include Pokhara and the Annapurna region, which is comprised of the Annapurna, Langtang, and Manaslu regions. Some Nepalese trekking firms specialize in trip and tour packages without domestic flights. The Annapurna Circuit Trip including Tilicho Lake Trek, the off-the-beaten Manaslu Circuit Trek, and the Langtang Valley Trek following shocks are some of the best trek recommendations.