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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

18 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Phaplu, Nunthala, Bupsa Jorasalle, Namche bazar villages Explore
  • Like your chance to see than 8 thousand meters of mountain; Everest (8848m), Makalu (8467m), Lhotse (8535m) and Choyo (8185m).
  • View of Mount Everest from Everest View Hotel and Kalapathar.
  • Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla-Kathmandu flight

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek is an alternative route to reach Everest Base Camp. This trekking route is different from the traditional routes to Everest Base Camp, which fly from Lukla or run from Jiri.

Phaplu is a hill town located in the north-east of Nepal. It is about 90 km east of Kathmandu. Phaplu is connected to Kathmandu by road. So, if the flight is cancelled, there is an option to take a jeep to Phaplu. The Everest base camp trek via Phaplu is a few days long. However, this route is excellent in terms of green scenery of valleys, rivers and terraced land. Trekkers who want to start their trek from less tourist trails in the Everest region; Phaplu Everest Base Camp trekking route can be perfect for him. Another attraction of this route is to see the local Sherpa lifestyle. During the trek, you will pass through several Sherpa villages. That’s why some people call this trail Sherpa Heritage Trail. Similarly, Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek offers beautiful mountain views of Mt Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m, Mt Cho Oyu 8201m and 18 other snow capped mountains in Everest region.

Everest base camp trek from Phaplu, from Kathmandu to Phaplu it takes 8-9 hours Drive. After arriving at Phaplu, you start trekking with the ascent to Taksindu La (3870 meters), at Taksindu, you reach the old cheese factory. And you will takes descend to reach Nunthala. After Nunthala, Dudh Koshi river through terraced hills and beautiful small villages. Finally, after Paiya Join the main trail of Mt. you will continue trekking passing the places of Namche Bazar Tengboche Feruche, Lobuche, Gorkshep and finally reach your final destination ‘Everest Base Camp’. After the climb to Kalapathar, the best view of Everest, and you return to Lukla.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Phaplu (2470m), from Kathmandu 7-8 hours
Day 3: Trek to Nunthala (2220m) from Phaplu 6-7 hours
Day 4: Trek to Bupsa (2350m), from Nunthala 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Surke (2,290m) from Bupsa 6-7 hours
Day 6: Trek to Phakding (2,600m), from Surke 4-5 hours
Day 7: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), from Phakding 5-6 hours
Day 8: Acclimatization day hike up to Everest view hotel
Day 9: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) from Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche (4,412m) from Tengboche 5-6 hours
Day 11: Rest Day, hike up to Nagaratsang peak (5,083m)
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) from Dingboche 5-6 hours
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and return to Gorkshep for night
Day 14: Hike up to Kalapathar (5,545m) and trek to Pheriche
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) from Pheriche 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,800m), from Namche Bazaar 6-7 hours
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m) from Lukla and transfer to Hotel
Day 18: Drop at the airport for the final departure

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we want to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip budget.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost - also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, whatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We're a local travel agency. When you book with us, you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

After the breakfast, we will drive through scenic road starts from Dhulikhel, Khurkot, Ghurmi and diverse settlement of different cast system of Nepal. We will passes the beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, Magnificent mountains ranges and Rivers side and reach to Salleri, Phaplu, then we will stay overnight at Lodge.

Today will be more interesting, the trekking route goes uphill and downhill walking through Local Sherpa Village with Tibetan style of settlement and their culture. We will enjoy the trekking trail is splendid view of Numbur Himal come with by local state. Every village has locally made ancient Buddhist monastery signify Tibetan Buddhism to practice their religion. After we passing the Taksindu La pass then, we trek descending to Nunthala Village is beautiful and large village. While we reach to there, we can explore the typical Village, there has mixed settlement of Sherpa, Rai, Magr, Tamang. Most of this area they are Buddhism religion peoples.

Today we will walk along the Dudh Koshi River, and as we approach the Khari Khola, we can enjoy the magnificent fields of barley, wheat, and maize. We then descend down to the suspension bridge at 1,930m before doing a steep climb to Bupsa. Bupsa is blessed with cascading wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest.

Today will bit hard day, first part we will have to climb uphill and walk on the dense forest, we can have see the Musk deer, Snow-leopards, jackal, white and brown monkey. We trek continue to passing the delightful village of Paiya, then after we trek continue to Surke village is below the Lukla Airport, we will stay overnight at Lodge.

After the delicious breakfast, we will trek from Surke to Phakding village, we will passing the beautiful village of Chauri Kharka, Thado koshi and reach to Phakding Village, where we can explore the beautiful Buddhist monastery and Typical Village.

Today we will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. Ahead of Monjo is the entry to the Sagarmatha National Park planned to look after and preserve the fragile mountain environment. Lowering down from the park, crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.

We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow. After breakfast, we hike to Everest view hotel and continue to Khumjung for the lunch. After the lunch, we will back to Namche bazar.

We will walk today along the Dudh Koshi River. The route offers views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife including musk deer and colorful pheasants. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the path leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other branches off to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains.

Today we hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Like; Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops.

This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Nagartsang Peak (5,083m) and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go. Doing this acclimatization helps in adapting with the high altitude, afterwards retrace back to Dingboche for a free afternoon to rest.

We start trek to Lobuche, after crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.

A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful overnight at lodge.

Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-5 to -15 C) departure beforehand. Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapatthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent;.

Today we will descend down, we revert on our previous route to Pangboche and Tengboche. Similarly, we will take gentle descend to Phortse Tenga which is a teahouse settlement. We will lower down from hill through the forest of pine and rhododendron. We will cross the suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River and head towards Sanasa village. From here the trail contours high above the valley and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar.

Today our last day of trek following the Dudh Kosi River down to Lukla. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains.

We wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and get ready for the arrival of our plane for our flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own things.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived in international and domestic airports with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transfers to your demanded Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange2 nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • AlpineTrav Treks arranged transportation from Kathmandu to Phaplu for all trekking members and guides/ staffs.
  • According to the trip program, AlpineTrav Treks arranged flight ticket from Lukla to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provided 1 porter for every 2 trekkers with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a clean, Nutritious, and fresh food (B, L, D) at the lovely teahouse/lodge throughout the trekking.
  • As Everest Base Camp is at the Mount Everest National Park territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Mount Everest National Park.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Everest National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide clean and warm down jacket and sleeping bag during the trekking, taking care of your comfort and health. (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • The above offer package price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant or AlpineTrav Treks with families Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is capital city of Nepal, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner for yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, flight or tourist bus).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • 18 Days, 14 days trekking
  • 5-6 (Challenging)
  • 5,545m/18,193ft.
  • Autumn (September to mid-December & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Mode: Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse/Lodges
  • 1 - Maximum 12

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