Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts
Accommodation: Standard to Deluxe Hotel's Option in Kathmandu & Tea Houses During Trek
Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5,445 m/18,190 ft
Meals: As Mentioned in the itnerary
Transportation: Private Vehicle/Flight
Duration : 19 Nights/20 Days
Group Size: 1 to 15 People
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Highlights of The Trek

  • Trek to the World's Inspirational Khumbu, Everest Region and enjoy Sherpa Culture
  • Trek to Classical Isolated Trail from Phaplu to Phakding and continue to Main EBC Trail
  • Trek into the Low Passes of Kharikhola Pass (3,145 m), Lamjura Pass (3,530 m) and Thaksindo Pass (3,071 m) 
  • Step into Everest Base Camp (5,360 m) and Kalapatthar (5,545 m) 
  • Witness closely World's tallest Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and neighbors from Kalapatthar
  • Visit Sacred Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung Monastery and Pengboche Monastery
  • Witness Purported Yeti Scalp in Khumjung Monastery 
  • Visit Khumjung School and Hospital made by Sir Edmund Hillary 
  • Enjoy being in the busting and old salt trade route, Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
  • Pay Homage to living goddess, Kumari in Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Enjoy Nepali Food, Hospitality and Culture

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,350 m/4,430 ft)

Day 02: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Phaplu/Salleri (2,413 m/7,918 ft)- 8 Hours

Day 04: Trek to Junbesi (2,670 m/8,760 ft)-6 Hours

Day 05: Trek to Nunthala (2,220 m/7,283 ft) - 6 Hours

Day 06: Trek to Kharikhola (2,500 m/8,202 ft)-5 Hours

Day 07: Trek to Surke (2,340 m/7,677 ft) - 6 Hours

Day 08: Trek to Phakding (2,650m/8,695 ft) - 6 Hours

Day 09: Trek to Namche (3,450m/11,320 ft)-6 Hours

Day 10: Day at Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization

Day 11: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m/12,665 ft)-6 Hours

Day 12: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft)-6 Hours

Day 13: Day at Dingboche for Acclimatization

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/ 16,110 ft)-5 Hours

Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360m/17,585 ft) & return to Gorakshep (5,160 m/16,930 ft)-8 Hours

Day 16: Trek to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,195 ft) & descend down to Pheriche (4,243m/13,920 ft)-8 Hours

Day 17: Trek back to Namche Bazaar- 6 Hours

Day 18: Trek back to Lukla (2,880 m/9,450 ft -7 Hours

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu

Overview

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is One of the Classical Routes to Everest Region. Trail between Phaplu to Phakding is very quiet and joins the Standard Everest Base Camp Trail near Phakding. The trek passes through beautiful Sherpa and mix villages, great views of mountains, dense forests, and monasteries, goes along the bank of rivers. Phaplu Everest Base Camp trek starts from 30 minutes flight to Phaplu Airport and also can be driven on 8 hours Jeep journey from Kathmandu. The trail passes beautiful villages and trails of Salleri, Junbesi, Nunthala, Kharikhola, Surke and joins near Phakding to Standard Everest Base Camp Trek. We cross Lamjuara Pass (3,530 m), Thaksindo Pass (3,071 m) and Kharikhola Pass (3,145 m). From Phakding, our trek continues to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.

The best season for Phaplu to EBC Trek is Spring and Autumn. If you do not want to trek long trail of Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek (23 Days) and the busy Everest Base Camp Trail (16 Days) but still want to explore the quieter classical trail with Standard Everest Base Camp Trek, this could be the best option as a combination. 

Detail Itinerary


Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our representative will receive you from the airport and takes you to hotel. Late afternoon, we will be do trek briefing and equipment check. In the evening, we organize welcome Nepali dinner to introduce with Nepalese culture and food habits.

Accomodation: Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: D

Activity Duration:

This day, our city tour guide takes you for sightseeing of Kathmandu valley to see few monuments. First, we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square and pay homage to living Goddess, Kumari and walk around the square. Then we drive to Pashupatinath Temple which is a Hindu Temple for Lord Shiva at the bank of Holy Bagmati River. Then we end our day by visiting Boudhanath Stupa which is the biggest Stupa of Asia. In the evening, you can buy or hire equipment at Thamel if you need.

Accomodation: Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: B

Activity Duration:

In the morning after breakfast, we drive on Private 4WD to Salleri on BP Highway and switch to Phaplu road. Along the way, we pass many countryside villages and drive along the river.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Salleri.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

Today is our first day of the trek. We cross several villages and beautiful landscapes. Once we reach Junbesi, in the evening, we can visit Junbesi Monastery and walk around the village of Sherpa.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Junbesi.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

We cross Mani walls, bridge and climb on stone steps to reach Ringmu village which gives us stunning view of Numbur Himal and other peaks. We walk on steep trail with thick forest and cross Taksindo-la Pass to get to Nunthala.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Nunthala.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

The trail descends to Dudh Koshi River and follows the river up to Jubing Village. Again trail slowly goes uphill to Kharikhola. In the evening, we visit the monastery situated at the top of the hill.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Kharikhola.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

After breakfast, we cross the suspension bridge over river and continue uphill climb until we reach at Bupsa. We walk on forest and pass Khari-La Pass (3,145 m) and reach Paiya. From Paiya, we descend down to Surke.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Surke.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

We cross Surke Khola and continue alongside of Dudh Koshi River. On the way, we cross mani walls and cheplun khola to reach Cheplun village and other Sherpa villages. Walking on beautiful trail with prayers wheels and mani walls takes us to Phakding.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Phakding.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

We follow the level path along the bank of river and climb towards the Dudh Koshi valley. We will pass villages of Benkar, Monjo and Jorsele. There is a beautiful waterfall at Benkar. We trek though so many ups and downs, forests and passing by the view of Mt. Thamserku. After a short climb we will have lunch at Jorsele. Soon, we will be at V shaped valley where Dudh Koshi(On left) and Bhote Koshi(On right) meet. After crossing the high suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi, we make a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. This is the biggest town in this area. You can walk around to the town.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Namche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

This day, you will be staying at Namche Bazaar to get acclimatize and have an excursion to Everest View Lodge (3,800m) at Syangboche. If possible, visit Khumjung Village (3,790m) to see Khumjung School and hospital founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. Evening, you can walk around to the Namche Bazaar.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/ Lodge in Namche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

After we leave Namche and climb to the top of the ridge, we get to a level mountain path which offers an excellent view of Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kang. We continue our trail via Thasingo to Phunki Tenga. Enroute, we see the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and Tawetse. We descend to the river bank at Phunki for lunch. After rest, we continue steep ascent until the half way and gradually ascent until the stone gate appears build by the Lamas. We are here at Tengboche where a famous Tengboche Monastery is. The view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Amadablam during the sunset time is magnificent.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/ Lodge in Tengboche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

After breakfast, we descend through rhododendron forest and long Mani wall to Debuche. We cross Imja Khola(River) and after a short climb, we get to Pangboche (3,885m). After lunch, we may go to the Old monastery where we see Yeti Scalp. Then we make our moderate way to enter Imja valley. We continue until we reach to the confluence of Lobuche River and the trail goes uphill from the river to Dingboche. As soon as we enter Dingboche, we get to see beautiful fields guarded by stone walls to protect crops like barley, potatoes and buckwheat from cold and animals.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Dingboche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

This day, you will be staying at Dingboche for the proper acclimatization. We will hike to Chukung (4,730 m) from where we can see Amadablam and Ama Lapcha with other mountains. Also we meet climbers to Island Peak.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Dingboche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

After breakfast, continue trek up to the valley to the tiny settlement of Dungla on the adventurous moraine of the great Khumbu glacier, and then climb steeply up and on to Lobuche. Evening, enjoy Sunset at Nuptse peak.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea/House in Lobuche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

This will be the most difficult yet rewarding day of the trek. To go to the Everest beyond Lobuche, the trail follows through besides the Khumbu Glacier. From a high point here, the rubble-covered hill of Kalapatthar in the front of Mt. Mount Everest can be seen at its pass a lake of often frozen. And continue to witness the Everest Base Camp of world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m). You can enjoy being on the base camp return back to Gorakshep.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Gorekshep.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

Early morning, steep ascend to Kalapatthar or Black Hill. This might be the most challenging but the trekkers get the most magnificent panoramic views of the mountains. Mt. Everest(8,848m), the highest point in the earth towers directly ahead and all the sides loom the giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chantse, Lhotse and countless other peaks. Afterward, descend to Pheriche.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Pheriche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

From Pheriche, we trek down to Pangboche. We ascent and cross a bridge over Imja Khola. As soon as we reach Debuche, we make ascent for an hour to get to Tengboche. We may spend some time at the monastery and descend down to the river at Phunki for lunch. After lunch and rest, we ascend up for around 2 and half hours passing by small villages to another side of the valley. We continue along the side of mountain to get to the Namche Bazaar. This is the day we get the last view of Everest, Lhotse and Tengboche before we descend down from Army camp at hill near Namche.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Namche.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

After we leave Namche Bazaar, we steeply descent until the bridge and cross Bhote Koshi River. Our way follows ups and downs, forest and rocky trails. We will have our lunch at Benkar or Phakding. After lunch, we continue gradual trail to Lukla. This is the final/last day of our trek. Farewell and thanks to the crew member in the evening.

Accomodation: Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Lukla.

Meals: B L D

Activity Duration:

Early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu. Whole day is free on your own or rest. In the evening, we will host dinner to mark your success of the trek with trek crew.

Accomodation: Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: B D

Activity Duration:

After breakfast, our representative from Alpine Holidays will drop you to the airport before 3 hours of your flight time.

Accomodation:

Meals: B

Activity Duration:

Cost Info

Cost Includes:

  • Garland welcome, arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu with office representative.
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast inclusive of taxes and service charges.
  • 16 Nights/17 Day All inclusive Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek in Everest Region with breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee each time in meals in local tea houses/lodges.
  • Lukla/Kathmandu or Lukla/Ramechhap flight with necessary transfers. 
  • Kathmandu/Phaplu (Salleri) by Private 4 Wheel Drive.
  • Meals as indicated in the Itinerary.
  • English Speaking Trek Guide with a reliable team of porters (2:1 Ratio) and additional Sherpa as per the group size.
  • Insurance for Guide, porters and Sherpa with their meals, accommodation and daily allowances.
  • First Aid Kit and Duffel Bag.
  • Kathmandu full day sightseeing with English Speaking Tour Guide with all applicable entrance fees.
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Everest National Park Permits and Trekkers Information Management System, TIMS Fees.  
  • Village Municipality charges to enter Khumbu Region.
  • Bottle Drinking water in vehicle for sightseeing drives and transfers.
  • All drives, sightseeing and transfers by Deluxe Vehicle as per the group size.
  • 24/7 hours Assistance.

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Visa fees on Arrival at airport (USD 50/- for 30 Days).
  • Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Bottle drinking water, hot beverages, charges for hot shower, mobile/camera charges during the trek.
  • Personal nature of expenses like tips, bar bills, laundry and personal expenses.
  • Cost may arise of natural calamities, flight cancellation, illness, hospitalization, tour cancellation, blockade etc.
  • Cost for Emergency Helicopter Evacuation Charges in case of emergency.
  • Other than in our include section.

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