Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea House / Lodge

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

5,545 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Phaplu Everest Base Camp trek involves a lot of strenuous hiking through consistent uphill and down hill terrain while witnessing magnificent views of tallest mountains on earth leaving you awestruck! This will be an adventure that will be remembered for your whole lifetime.

The Phaplu Everest Base Camp trek starts with an exhilarating 35 minutes scenic flight to Phaplu; a small town in Solukhumbu district. You will trek gently all the way to Takshindo Gompa before descending to Manidingma (Nunthala). There is an old cheese factory at Takshindo. The trek then gently descends to the Dudh Koshi River passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. While trekking you will visit Buddhist Monastery and en rote pass through rhododendron and oak forest.

You can catch excellent views of mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). Pass by Surkey, a small Sherpa village to reach 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. Be careful with acclimatization as you will find yourself high up in the heart of the Khumbu region. You will also visit Tengboche monastery and reach the top 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 you dont want to miss !

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Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2364

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2350

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2400

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2652

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3867

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4260

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4260

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4930

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5486

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4243

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3867

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2886

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.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, etc.
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Local government entrance fee
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Phaplu and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Route Map

Route map

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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