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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Days

Type of Trek: Tea House (Lodge)

Max Altitude: 5545 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Moderate

Phaplu Everest Base Camp trek involves a lot of strenuous hiking through consistent uphill and down hill terrain.....but the unique natural nature of the environment you walk in makes up for it as you come face to face with some of the tallest mountains on earth.....leaving you awestruck....virtually!!! This will be an adventure that will be remembered for generations to come.

The Phaplu Everest Base Camp trek starts with an exhilarating 35 minutes scenic flight into the airstrip at Phaplu; a small town in Solukhumbu district. You trek over gentle ascent path all the way to Takshindo Gompa and descending from here you reach Manidingma (Nunthala). There is an old cheese factory at Takshindo. The trek gently descend to the Dudh Koshi River passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. While trekking you will visit Buddhist Monastery in ruin state through rhododendron and oak forest.

You would be able to see excellent views of mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). You will pass Surkey, a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. From Lukla you will follow the Dudhakoshi River upwards to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. It is not long before you glimpse your first view of Everest as it peaks above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this point it is still many days walk away, but with careful acclimatization it is not long before you find yourself high up in the heart of the Khumbu region. You visit Tengboche monastery en- route before continuing on to your goal, an ascent of Kala Patthar, a rocky outcrop to the west of Everest. This vantage point gives fantastic views of the Ice Fall and South Col as well as the immense south-west face of Everest which was first climbed in 1975 by Chris Bonington's team. This is truly a classic trek, which undoubtedly gives one of the best mountain views in the world. 

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Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2364 m.) which will take about 30 minutes.

Day 02: Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) which takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which takes about five and half hours.

Day 04: Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about five hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which will take approximately five hours.

Day 06: A rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. You can have a saunter around the village on this day before heading towards Tyangboche.

Day 07: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) which will take about five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) which will take approximately five hours.

Day 09: A rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) which will take about five and half hours.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) which will take about seven hours.

Day 12: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) which will take about six hours.

Day 13: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which will take approximately four hours.

Day 14: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) which will take about four and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which will take about six hours.

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which will take about 35 minutes. You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2364 m.) which will take about 30 minutes.

After reaching there you will trek from Phaplu to Manidingma (Nunthala, 2200m.) which takes approximately seven hours. Phaplu is a small Himalayan town with an airstrip. You then incline towards Takshindo Gompa. After descending from here you will reach Manidingma (Nunthala). You can visit the old cheese factory at Takshindo. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) which takes about six hours.

You will start your trek with a gentle descent towards the Dudh Koshi River (Milk River) for nearly two hour passing through agricultural pastures and a small Sherpa and Rai villages. From the Dudh Koshi river you will elevate all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a quite a dense Rai village and farm lands. From Kharikhola you will have a gentle walk for 45 minutes and then proceeds steeply up to the camp (Bupsa) where you can see an antique Buddhist Monastery in a ruined state. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which takes about five and half hours.

You will start your trek with a steep ascend for nearly two hours towards Khari La Pass (2880m.). You will pass through rhododendron and oak forest with a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. It is a remarkable view point from where you can see the magnificent views of Numbu (6960m.), Cho-Oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). From here you will gently descent towards Chaubar (2730m.), passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770m.) viewing the Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. You will reach Surkey in the evening which is a beautiful Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about five hours.

The first part of the trek is a gentle ascent for early 2 hours to Chipling (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, your trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days trekking. You can hang in and around Phakding village. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which will take approximately five hours.

Namche Bazaar (3440m) is a beautiful Himalayan village located on the lap of mountain and at the bank of pristine Bhote Koshi River. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: A rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization.

You can have a saunter around the village on this day before heading towards Tyangboche. You can walk up to Khumjung and visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde. You may also take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) which will take about five hours.

As you incline towards the forested zone you will witness the magnificent views of mountain range. You continue your walk towards the face of the mountain and eventually you will enter Tyangboche (3860m) from the stone gate built by lamas. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) which will take approximately five hours.

Dingboche is a beautifully established village with naturally carved cropping fields enclosed by stone walls for protecting the crops & vegetables from the rage of the wind and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: A rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization.

You can have splendid views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. You can have a short stroll and rest in the afternoon. You can also hike up to Chhukum from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche and many other mountain ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) which will take about five and half hours.

Nearly after 50 mins of walk you will reach a Mani-prayer Stupa. From there you will trek downwards to Pheriche village. You will have a chance to see the panoramic views of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. Nearly after two hours of long walk, you will merge the walking path near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) which will take about seven hours.

You will elevate the valley through path formed by glacier debris watching the frozen ponds and icebergs below the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. You will elevate from the rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears right before your eyes. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) which will take about six hours.

You will start climbing towards Kala Patthar (5545m.) early in the morning and enjoy the view of sunrise in the evening upon your reach. From Kala Patthar you can have a close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks. You can see the yaks in this area. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which will take approximately four hours.

Tyangboche is a wonderful human settlement with many monasteries. From this place you can have superb views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and flowing river. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) which will take about four and half hours.

The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minute walk brings you to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which will take about six hours.

The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which will take about 35 minutes.

You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Phapluand from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Required trekking equipment's
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Hotel accommodation & meals in Kathmandu

Note: We can arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as your interest and budget.

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