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Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek (16 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-EVPH1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 16 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 5545 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Flight
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

The alternative route to reaching Everest Base Camp other than Lukla is through Phaplu. One of the advantages of approaching Phaplu is that it is less crowded than Lukla and both air connection and land transportation are available for tourists. 
 
Like Lukla Phaplu is another town in Everest region located northwest of Lukla. It will take 35 minutes to fly to Phaplu Airport from Kathmandu. You will begin your trekking from Phaplu airport into oak and rhododendron forests and past the Takshindo Gompa. Along the way you will come across a cheeses= factory and beautiful scenic settlements of Sherpa and Rai communities. 
 
On this part of the trail, you will be able to see snow capped peaks such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). 
 
Once you reach Lukla, you will traverse the normal route along the Dudhakoshi River towards Phakding and then on to Namche Bazaar. The views of Everest will be visible before you reach Namche. . 
 
Namche is renowned as the capital of Sherpa people. Namche is chock-a-bloc with modern hotels and traditional monasteries, sleek restaurants and superb scenery. A day’s trek will take you to Tengboche monastery, one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas. You will have ample opportunities to appreciate the beauty of  Himalayan peaks from here including the majestic Ama Dablam.
 
Our next point of interest would be Kalapathhar (5545m). It takes about 3 hours to reach the top of Kalapthar from Gorakshep and it is all worth it. Kalapathar affords a spectacular view of Everest, Nuptse, Island Peak etc. Reaching Everest Base camp is another adventure as you will walk through glaciers and rocks and see Everest up close and personal. 
 

 Trip code: NET-TR-EVPH1
  Region Everest Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 16 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 5545 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge(Teahouse) Accomocation during the trek

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.


The price includes the following services:
  • All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter for each 2 participants to carry 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, 3 times tea/coffee every day and drinking water
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Phaplu and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
 
Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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