Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 Days

About Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek follows the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa used by them during their Everest Expedition. The trail passes through the mountainous Sherpa villages in the northeast of Nepal and takes you to the Namche Bazar from where you follow the usual route to the Everest Base Camp. Today, this is the less approached route by travelers because of long trekking days. However, if you want to spend more time amidst Himalayan nature or looking to have deep insight into the Khumbu region, then Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek 18 Days is an ideal option for you.

The trail is very beautiful and less crowded. You will get enough time to indulge in the beauty of nature that only gets captivating as you move further. On the way, the trail will take you across ancient monasteries, stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels. You will cross numerous thrilling suspension bridges, streams, dense forests, and passes. Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,210 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Island Peak (6,189 m), etc decorates the entire trail.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking offers a once in a lifetime journey that will stay in your memory vividly even if you get aged. To know Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek cost or become part of this adventurous trip, contact us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

Other options like extending your trip to Gokyo Valley Trek or Everest Three Passes Trek are available if you are seeking ultimate adventure in the Himalayas. You can also tailor-made Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek package with us that will let you custom design Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary as per your needs.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Adventurous trail with lots of ascends & descends through dense forests, picturesque villages, and small passes
  • Explore the Namche Bazar
  • Visit Tengboche monastery, the oldest monastery in Khumbu region
  • Observe daily lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Reach Everest Base Camp
  • Get to see gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Witness stunning sceneries and panoramic views of Himlayan mountains

Itinerary

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You can meet with our team representatives around the terminal gate holding your nameplate. They will take you to the hotel and shortly brief you about the day program. In the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

We have arranged a guided sightseeing tour of several monuments in Kathmandu Valley. This will give you a good insight into Nepali art and culture. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc. Later, in the afternoon, you meet with the trek guide and prepare for the trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After having breakfast, you meet with your trek guide in your hotel lobby. You then begin driving towards Phaplu along the Khurkot Ghurmi Madhya Pahadi highway. Along the way, you can see lush green hills, mountain vistas, and terraced farms.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Phaplu, the trail ascends to Taksindu La Pass. On the way, you will visit Takshindu Gompa. From the top of the pass, a wonderful landscape can be seen. Further, the trail descends to Nunthala, where you spend the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Nunthala, you begin gradually descending towards Dudh Koshi River, passing through beautiful Sherpa villages and green pastures. The trail then crosses a suspension bridge over a river and ascends to Kharikhola. Before reaching Kharikhola, you pass by farmlands and Juving, a Rai village.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends to Kare La Pass. Further, passing through lush rhododendron & oak forest and scattered Sherpa settlement area, the trail takes you to Chaubar. On the way, you get to see striking views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Thamserku, Gyangchung Kang, etc. From Chaubar, the trail moves through the Bamboo forest and takes you to Paiya.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail descends to the Dudh Koshi river and crosses the river. Further, you walk towards the northern ridge and reach Muse. From here, you pass by Chauri Kharka and reach Ghat for a night stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Ghat, the trail leads you to Phakding. Further, trekking through Sagarmatha National Park, you steeply ascends to Namche Bazar. The trail crosses several streams and small villages.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

It is a rest day in Namche Bazar. You will hike to the Everest View Hotel. Later in the day, you visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Spend the rest of the day exploring the village.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Namche Bazar, the trail ascends to a ridge top. Enjoying captivating views of Mt. Kantega, Mt. Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, etc, the trail ascends and then descends through Trashinga village. Further, you pass by lush rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche. Here, you will visit the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail descends through rhododendron forest and passes by mani stone. You reach Deboche and cross a suspension bridge. The trail will take you to the bank of Imja Khola from where you ascend to Pangboche. Further, walking on a rocky path, you ascend enjoying views of Island Peak and reach Dingboche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail from Dingboche ascends overlooking Pheriche village. On the way, you get to see amazing views of Mt. Pokalde, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Nuptse, etc. From Dugla, you cross a bridge over the Khumbu glacier river and ascend steeply towards Lobuche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Trekking along a rocky moraine path, enjoying excellent views of icy glacial ponds and Khumbu glacier, you trek towards Gorak Shep. Further, the trail passes by Khumbu glacier and takes you to the Everest Base Camp from where you get to see spectacular views of the Himalayas. After spending some time at the base camp, you descend to Gorak Shep for the night stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Wake up early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar to enjoy the gorgeous sunrise. You also get to see 360-degree views of Mt. Everest from here. After spending some time here, you retrace the path and drop down to Pheriche for a night stay.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail takes you to Tengboche from where you retrace the path. Passing through dense forests of rhododendron & oak, you descend steeply and cross a bridge over Phungitenga, near Shanasha. Further, the trail passes through small villages and takes you to Namche Bazar.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Namche Bazar, the trail steeply descends through dense forests, crossing several streams and suspension bridges. You will reach Phakding village from where you gradually ascend towards Lukla.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Taking an early morning flight, you fly back to Kathmandu. The flight will be short and offers breath-taking aerial views of the snow-capped mountains for the last time. You move to the hotel after landing at the airport. In the evening, stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel and end the day with farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

As per your flight departure, one of our team delegates will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you our last wishes.

  • Breakfast only

Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 nights kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide with sightseeing.
  • 3 times meal at trekking, breakfast, tea, coffee, lunch, dinnner.
  • Kathmandu – phaplu bus ticket
  • Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Local government permit
  • Map of the region
  • Tent or local lodge accommodation
  • National park fees
  • Sherpa and porters salary and their food and insurance.
  • One double bag if needed each person.
  • Free rescue organize if needed.

Lunch and dinner while in kathmandu.

Drinking baverage like beer, coke, whisky.

Hotel, food & personal expenses encase they have to back earlier then itinerary

Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Personal medical insurance.

Rescue helicopter.

Staff and porters Tips

Useful Information

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek route

The trek begins with a short flight to Phaplu from where you gradually begin ascending towards Namche Bazar via Nunthala, Paiya, Ghat, etc villages. The trail passes through many other small villages, crossing dense forests and small passes. From Namche Bazar, you move towards Everest Base Camp. The trail goes through beautiful villages like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. You further hike up to the Kala Pathar and descend to Lukla, where Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek ends.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek. The trail involves mixed terrain with several ascends & descends. You have to walk on a rugged and steep path. Likewise, 5 to 6 hours of the walk is required every day on minimum, therefore you have to be in good health and shape to join this trek.

Trekking in the Everest region takes you to high altitude, which makes the journey difficult in itself. There is a risk of altitude sickness as well. Similarly, you may also get Khumbu cough because of the cold and dry climate. Adding ample rest days in the itinerary and keeping yourself hydrated is the key to a safe and successful journey.

Best time to go on Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Autumn (September to November) is the best time to go on Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking. The weather is stable and the climate is soothing, perfect for trekking. You will see many fellow trekkers during this time of the year. Likewise, spring (March to April) is another best time to visit Everest Base Camp. Trekking in the off-season (monsoon & winter) is not recommended because they bring the risk of avalanches and trail blockage.

Accommodation & Meals

You stay overnight in lodges during Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek 18 Days. Because the Everest region is one of the most developed trekking regions of Nepal, you will find lodges offering basic to luxurious services. The normal lodge usually has a small room, twin-sharing beds, and a common washroom. As the elevation will increase the services in the lodge gets minimal.

The meals will be served as per the menu of the lodge. The best thing about trekking in the Khumbu region is that you will have a range of dishes available to dig in, at least in Namche Bazar. Cuisine like Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, Chinese, etc can be seen on the menu.

Communication & Electricity

Electricity is available throughout the trail. You may or may not get a charging facility depending on the village you are stopping at, therefore carry extra batteries with you. Moreover, the lodge owners may charge a few extra bucks for charging your device. The cellular network is available up to Everest Base Camp, but due to high altitude, there can be a network disturbance. Carrying a local SIM card is advised for better service. Wifi is also available in many villages for free or paying a small cost.

Travel Insurance

Even with proper planning and all the measures, no one can predict weather and unseen circumstances in the Himalayas. Therefore, travel insurance is a must to have for your own safety. Air evacuation, hospital bills, medical bills, flight cancellation, etc are a few of the things your travel insurance must cover.

Guide & Porter

A guide is very important to have for successful and safe trekking. Regardless of your experience, the Himalayan trail cannot be underestimated. Therefore, we highly suggest you trek with a guide. We provide native licensed trekking guides during the trek who will not only show you the path but also introduce you to the region. Similarly, porters will help to smooth the journey.

Environmental Contribution

Trekking in the Himalayas comes with a great deal of preparation and proper planning. To make sure our journey does not harm the fragile environment, we have been applying multiple efforts from collecting our wastage to carrying eco-friendly equipment. Moreover, we also run a small organization that funds education for children from underprivileged mountain families.