Everest Base Camp Trek via Phaplu - 19 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1390 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The majority of people trekking to Everest Base camp fly in to Lukla for the experience. For those looking to better acclimate to the conditions and build up stamina the preferable alternative is to start out from Phaplu.

The trek starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu or private car/jeep. Although the trail from into Sagarmatha National Park is referred to as the classic route to Everest, the original trailhead began at Kathmandu — what an adventure that must have been! All early Everest expeditions including the Hunt expedition with Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary passed through same route, hence its reputation as the gateway to the region, giving trekkers taking the route a sense of following in the footsteps of climbing history.  

The hike from Phaplu to Lukla passes through a region that is blissfully free of the trekking numbers generally associated with the trails further north. The trek commences by heading out to Traksindu pass and climbs steadily to Lamjura Bhanjyang (3530m) before dropping down again to the crossing of Dudh Koshi east of Nunthala. The route encompasses a wide range of scenery and vegetation, from the verdant forests and patchwork of crops and terraced fields in the lowlands to passes such as Taksindu La  Lamjura pass 3530m and Kari La 3145m all of which help to steadily build up conditioning and stamina for the trials ahead. By the time the trail leads into Lukla trekkers taking the Jiri option should be in fine fettle to tackle the main trailhead and better acclimated for the higher sections of the journey.

The trek then heads into Sagarmatha National Park and on towards Namche, where the landscapes take on a more dramatic turn as the towering presence of Everest and Lhotse take on more significance with each passing day, with surrounding peaks such as Nuptse, Kantega and the ever-impressive Amadablam adding their own touch to the stunning panorama. We call in at Tengboche monastery along the way, the obligatory stopping point for many a famous expedition seeking the blessing of the lama before taking on the perilous slopes of the world's highest peak.  Everest Base Camp (5364m) finally greets us with the breathtaking climb to its perch below the famous mountain, with the stunning views from Kala Patthar nearby to add even more wonder to the experience.

Trekking in the region is a once in a lifetime experience for many visitors, with Everest as the chief goal thanks to its dramatic scenery, the famed Sherpas and their deeply rooted Buddhist beliefs, and the experience of walking through a timeless land that's a living museum to Himalayan climbing, with Everest itself as the jewel of the exhibits.

Let Nepal Trekking Experts be the ones to guide you in via the Jiri route, with options such as the challenging Everest Three Passes or Gokyo Valley trek available to further extend the adventure. Our staffs are ready and waiting to discuss the variations, so please feel free to get in touch for further information.

Trip Highlights

  • Glorious vistas from Lamjura and Taksindu passes
  • Serene trekking and better acclimation en route to Lukla
  • Wide variety of landscapes, from the lush lowlands to the heights of the base camp at 5364 meters
  • The beauty and charm of Sagarmatha National Park, with its range of flora and fauna that includes iconic Himalayan wildlife such as musk deer, red pandas, and snow leopards.
  • The homelands and culture of the legendary Sherpas
  • The monasteries of Junbensi and Tengboche
  • The history of Everest Base Camp and the spectacular 360 degree views of the mountain range from Kala Patthar

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m, 11 hrs)

Day 04: Phaplu to Nuntala (2345m, 7 hrs)

Day 05: Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194m, 6 hrs)

Day 06: Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m, 6 hrs)

Day 07: Puiyan to Phakding (2652m, 6 hrs)

Day 08: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6hrs).

Day 09: Acclimatize day in Namche.

Day 10: Namche to Tengboche (3870m, 6 hrs)

Day 11: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 6 hrs)

Day 12: Another acclimatize day.

Day 13: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).

Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Gorak Shep.

Day 15: Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5545m, 2 hrs), then descend to Pheriche (4280m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 16: Pheriche to Namche(3440m, 7hrs).

Day 17: Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7hrs).

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight then enjoy with final shopping, drinks, meal etc.

Day 19: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Tip to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation

Day 03Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m, 11 hrs)

Day 04Phaplu to Nuntala (2345m, 7 hrs)

Day 05Nuntala to Khari Khola (2194m, 6 hrs)

Day 06Khari Khola to Puiyan (2890m, 6 hrs)

Day 07Puiyan to Phakding (2652m, 6 hrs)

Day 08Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6hrs).

Day 09Acclimatize day in Namche.

Day 10Namche to Tengboche (3870m, 6 hrs)

Day 11Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 6 hrs)

Day 12Another acclimatize day.

Day 13Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m, 6 hrs).

Day 14Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m, 7 hrs) Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Gorak Shep.

Day 15Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5545m, 2 hrs), then descend to Pheriche (4280m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 16Pheriche to Namche(3440m, 7hrs).

Day 17Namche to Lukla (2840m, 7hrs).

Day 18Lukla to Kathmandu by flight then enjoy with final shopping, drinks, meal etc.

Day 19Departure

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
31 March, 2020 18 April, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed
07 April, 2020 25 April, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed
11 April, 2020 29 April, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed
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29 April, 2020 17 May, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed
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11 May, 2020 29 May, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed
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29 June, 2020 17 July, 2020 US $1390 Guaranteed

Useful Info

  • Kindly take permission while taking photos of locals
  • Respect the local culture
  • Take a wall side or safe side while passing donkeys or Yak on the way
  • Better to avoid alcohol or smoke above 3000 m.
  • Drink more than 3 liter of water per day
  • Be aware with altitude symptoms
  • Slow and steady is the best way to hike
  • Well prepare about trekking gear

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