Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTrekking, Discovery, Tours
  • Group Size12 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude5644m

About Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 days

The ultimate adventure of Everest Case Camp Trek offers stunning mountain panoramas, if you enjoy hiking, this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek in the Khumbu area of Nepal is a less crowded alternative trekking trail to the foot of the highest mountain in the world Mt. Everest. The 18-day trip across the Sherpa homeland of Dudh Koshi and the Imja River Valley offers spectacular views of the eight-thousander Himalayas. It is an exciting experience of traversing at high altitudes across the lush terrain of Sagarmatha National Park.

The altered trekking trail begins from Phaplu in eastern Nepal then proceeds on Bupsa, meeting the classic Jiri Everest Base Camp trail. From there, it joins with the well-known Everest Base Camp trail at Phakding. Passing through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep, you get a glimpse of Sherpa culture and traditions. You hike to Everest Base Camp (EBC), the ultimate destination, and then to Kala Patthar for a breathtaking wide-angle view of the Himalayas. The scenic route leads down to Pheriche village, Namche, and then Lukla.

This trek is well worth it if you want to connect with nature, learn about ethnic Sherpa traditions and culture, and enjoy up-close views of the high Himalayas. This moderate to difficult trek is designed for those who have the time and budget to spend and trek the Himalayas for once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences.

How difficult is Phaplu to Everest Base Camp? 

The Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trip is a moderate grade trek. This trek is moderate, but there are some difficult parts. The sloppy and rugged terrains may be new and tiring for some trekkers. 

Trekking in this region will be lot easier if you keep to your own pace, enjoy nature, and pack wisely. The weather from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is not very harsh nor extreme weather changes. You will see many guest houses along the trail, so make sure you will get enough rest and good dining.

Highlights

  • Best Alternative Everest Base Camp Trek Route. 
  • Scenic 8 hours drive to Phaplu from Kathmandu or a 20-mins flight to Phaplu airport, which is less scary than the flight to Lukla. 
  • Less risk of high altitude sickness and more opportunity to explore the less touristic valleys of the Khumbu region 
  • 2 days acclimatization at  Namche and Dingboche are great places to prepare your body for a successful Everest Base Camp Trek and climb Kala-patthar

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayas! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Rest and recovery day from jetlag. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation:Optinal
    • Meals:No meals
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m
    • Time:Rest day
  2. It is an early morning drive towards Phaplu town in the northeast. It is a long drive through green valleys, alongside rivers, and surrounded by mountains. After passing Dhulikhel, you will have left the Kathmandu valley. The journey continues to Bhimkhori and Birpani from there. You'll stop for lunch in between, then continue to Ghurmi, where the rocky trail leads north to Okhaldhunga. From there to Pattale, the most of the road is blacktopped.

    Following a zigzag route alongside the Solu river, you will arrive in the Solukhumbu district at Phaplu. You can also take a flight to Phaplu, which has its own airport. Greenery abounds in this lovely town. Take a break after a long and tiring drive. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Dinner
    • Time:(266 km) 7 - 8 hours
  3. The trek will begin tody. You'll be heading to Nunthala village, which is situated further into the Khumbu region. The first section of the trek takes you to Tak-Sindo La pass. It is decorated with Buddhist peace flags and is a viewpoint to see Thamshekhu, Kusum Kanguru, Mera Peak and Kangtega Peak. Take a short break Taksindu gompa, a religious shrine for the locals. You will pass through the Sherpa community after following a rugged trail. A forested trail leads from there to Nunthala.

    Nunthala is a unique village in the region's east. Along the streets, you will see a lot of mules, yaks, and horses. The village is linked to the commercial route because it is the last village in the district's north. You will see animals and locals transporting supplies back and forth. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2330m
    • Time:6 hours
  4. After breakfast, start packing your belongings, then head downwards through the Dudh Koshi River, sourced by Ngozumpa Glacier. You'll trek through a rocky, muddy, and unstable trail after crossing a long suspension bridge. Then, after a steep ascent, you'll arrive at a beautiful Jubing village inhabited by the Rai community.

    From there, climb stone stairs into Kari Khola, passing through terraced fields and forests. After lunch, take a quick stroll around a local Gompa situated on a ridge. The views of the valley from the ridge are spectacular. Continue your journey via stone houses, countryside, millet fields, and into Bupsa.

    Bupsa is a small Sherpa settlement. There will be many other travelers who have stopped for the night because it is a well-known spot on the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek. Upon arriving at your teahouse, rest for a while before visiting the nearby monastery to learn about the Sherpa culture and traditions. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2070m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  5. After breakfast, make an early start for Surke. The first half of the trek will be uphill, as you'll be trekking alongside mules carrying heavy basic supplies. The trail then brings you to Kari La, an elevation of 2800m, from where you can see the entire valley. The planes carrying supplies and passengers can be seen flying towards Lukla. After a few ups and downs in the trail, you will arrive at Paiya. From there, follow a downhill hike until you reach Surke.

    Surke is well-known for its fertile land perfect for agriculture. The ground is wet, and the weather is cool. The town is built beneath the Lukla airport. Enjoy local cuisine and beverages served by locals. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2290m
    • Time:6 - 7 hours
  6. We leave Surke and hike towards Phakding along the Dudh Koshi River's trails. We begin ascending to Chaurikharka, a large scattered village. Then passing by various Buddhist monuments, peace flags, and Chortens along the way, we arrive in Phakding for the overnight. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2652m
    • Time:4 - 5 hours
  7. Trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River, we cross several suspension bridges en route to Namche Bazaar. As the trail enters a National Park, it ascend steeply to Namche Bazaar, also known as the Gateway to Everest. Namche Bazaar is a Sherpa town with full restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, a bakery, etc. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3440m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  8. We take a day off from hiking for acclimatize. We can either rest or take a short enjoyable hike to Khunde and Khumjung villages. Khumjung is a Sherpa settlement in a beautiful valley with an ancient monastery displaying the skull of Yeti and a breathtaking view of Everest (8848m) and other high peaks.

    We also visit the Sherpa village of Khunde, which is located at the base of KhumbiYul la (5761m), a sacred mountain of the Sherpa people. We return to Namche for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3440m
    • Time:Rest day
  9. We trek through the dense forest, accompanied by a spectacular view of the mountains in the backdrop. Before reaching Tengboche, the trail ascends via the jungle trail and a stone gate built by Lama.

    Tengboche is a lovely village that housing the historic Tengboche monastery, which is the most sacred monastery to the Sherpas of the Khumbu region.

    Tengboche monastery also offers an impressive view of the high Himalayas, including Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), and Cho Oyu (8188m). Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3867m
    • Time:5 hours
  10. Leaving Tengboche behind, we start our journey to Dingboche village. We trek through rhododendron forest to Deboche, then cross the Imja River bridge.

    We also come across many villages like Pangboche, Milingo and Somare before reaching Dingboche. An ascent along the Imja River takes us to Dingboche, where we will spend the night. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4410m
    • Time:5 hours
  11. After breakfast, we will ascend to Nagarjuna (5100m), a hill right above Dingboche on the Chhukung valley sides. We will hike for about 3 - 4 hours to Nangkartshang Peak, which is situated just above Dingboche and offers incredible views of the surrounding Himalayas. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Time:Rest day
  12. We continue our journey to Lobuche. We pass Pheriche, enjoying the views of Taboche (6367m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Nuptse (7861m) in the background.

    We continue our trek by crossing the Khumbu Glacier stream, which takes us to Dughla before reaching at Lobuche. Then we cross Thokla Pass (4830m) and ascend alongside Khumbu Glacier moraines to arrive in Lobuche. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4928m
    • Time:5 hours
  13. After a short ascent through meadows, you can see the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kala-Patthar, one of the best vantage points for seeing Mt. Everest's entire south face and the surrounding peaks. We'll arrive at Gorek-shep after a few hours and continue our trek to Everest Base Camp.

    is not much altitude gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs, which, combined with the altitude, this can be a tiring hike - but the journey is worthwhile. After about 3 hours of hiking, you will reach the base camp and have a stunning view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, from where the Everest expedition begins. Then we'll return to Gorakshep. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5180m
    • Time:7 hours
  14. We'll hike to Kala Patthar 5545m early in the morning to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8481m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8201m, and other surrounding peaks.

    After spending some time in Kala-patthar, we return to Gorakshep and then take the route that passes via Lobuche to reach Dingboche village, which offers an amazing view of Ama Dablam. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5644m
    • Time:6 hours
  15. As the route descends, the trek becomes easier and faster. Following the same trail with stone walls all around, we arrive at Phunke Tenga, passing through Pangboche, Deboche, and Tengboche. Heading south and crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, this trek continues to the Khyangjuma, also known as the three ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar.

    From here, you can see peaks including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache, and Lhotse. Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer, and wild goats are among the wildlife that are found in the rhododendron forest. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3780m
    • Time:5 hours
  16. We return to Lukla via Phakding, enjoying the same incredible views as well as the surrounding Sherpa valleys. On this day, we will walk around Lukla and reconfirm the flight ticket. We celebrate and have dinner with the crew members in the final moments of our Everest Base Camp Trek. Overnight at guesthouse.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2840m
    • Time:6 hours
  17. Today you'll take your lovely flight back to Kathmandu. Saying farewell to the beautiful Himalayas once more. Finally, you will arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m
    • Time:30 mins
  18. Today, you can either stay in Kathmandu and have a free day, or you can depart for your respective countries.

    It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu by enjoying breakfast in a café, going for a city walk, and/or shopping for souvenirs.

    A representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. It's best to arrive at the airport at least two and a half hours before your flight.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Optional
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m
    • Time:Free day

What's Included

Included

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • Airfare both ways Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu (390 p.p.)
  • Airfare both ways Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Phaplu by jeep.
  • Everest National Park and municipality entry permits.
  • Three meals a day (breakfasts, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea/Coffee three times a day.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide/porter.
  • English speaking native Sherpa trek guide.
  • All necessary paper works and entry permits.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Magical Summits duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek map.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Not Included

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Tips for the guide and porter (tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

Useful Information

Accommodation

Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

Meals

During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

FAQs

1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Magical Summits signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate to demanding trek that does not require any technical skills of mountaineering. It is basically a long hike up to the altitude of 5,364 meters / 17,599 feet.

There are no major walking difficulties on the popular route to Everest Base Camp. You follow trails that connect villages that are suitable for baggage animals for most of the time and that are walked by locals of all ages, from toddlers to great grandparents.

This trek is suitable for everyone who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is needed. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, jogging, hiking is recommended before you begin on your journey.

Generally, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for hot showers and a few drinks during the trek. Please note, the more expensive products are, the higher you go.

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp are in the months from March to May and the post-monsoon months of Mid-September to Mid-December.

During spring, this is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations (if you are trekking in from the road head). The autumn season are the most popular for trekking in Nepal with settled weather and warm days at middle altitude.

December through to February is the time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and but it will be a little colder at this time, the days are sunny, blue skies and the air is normally crystal clear.

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