- Trekking in Nepal
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The Everest base camp trekking via Phaplu is a longer approach to Everest Region that involves hiking through constant up-hills and down-hills. It is one of the best trekking trails for trekkers which offers attractive view of majestic Himalayas on the way of trekking route. It also renders us an opportunity to observe many Sherpa villages with their typical culture, tradition and lifestyles.
The trek to Phaplu to Everest Base Camp begins with exciting 35 minutes scenic flight into the runway at Phaplu- a small town in Solukhumbu district. You can slowly ascend to Takshindo Gompa where you can see an old cheese factory and then descend to Manidingma (Nunthala) passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. You can also see a Buddhist monastery rather in ruined condition during the trek.
This exhilarating trek also offers excellent views of mountains such as Numbu (6960m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m) and Thamserku (6629m). At the bottom of Lukla, you can notice a small village- Surkey, inhabited by the Sherpas. From Lukla, you can head to DudhkoshiRiver upwards to the Sherpa capital- Namche Bazaar. Though, at this point the destination may seem distant, with careful acclimatization you will find yourself high up in the heart of the Khumbu region. You can visit Tengboche monastery en- route before continuing on to your goal, an ascent 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, which undoubtedly gives one of the best mountain views in the world.
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2364 m.) which will take about 30 minutes. After reaching there we will trek from Phaplu to Manidingma (Nunthala, 2200m.) which takes approximately seven hours. Phaplu is a small Himalayan town with an airstrip. We then incline towards Takshindo Gompa. After descending from here we will reach Manidingma (Nunthala). We can visit the old cheese factory at Takshindo. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) which takes about six hours. We will start our 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 we will elevate all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a quite a dense Rai village and farm lands. From Kharikhola we will have a gentle walk for 45 minutes and then proceeds steeply up to the camp (Bupsa) where we can see an antique Buddhist Monastery in a ruined state. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which takes about five and half hours. We will start our trek with a steep ascend for nearly two hours towards Khari La Pass (2880m.). We will pass through rhododendron and oak forest with a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. It is a remarkable view point from where we can see the magnificent views of Numbu (6960m.), Cho-Oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). From here we will gently descent towards Chaubar (2730m.), passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770m.) viewing the Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. We will reach Surkey in the evening which is a beautiful Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about five hours. 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, our trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days trekking. We can hang in and around Phakding village. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which will take approximately five hours. 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.
A rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. We can have a saunter around the village on this day before heading towards Tengboche. We can walk up to Khumjung and visit a monastery. We can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde. We 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.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m.) which will take about five hours. As we incline towards the forested zone we will witness the magnificent views of mountain range. We continue our walk towards the face of the mountain and eventually we will enter Tengboche (3860m) from the stone gate built by lamas. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m.) which will take approximately five hours. 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.
A rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. We can have splendid views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. We can have a short stroll and rest in the afternoon. We can also hike up to Chhukum from where we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche and many other mountain ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m.) which will take about five and half hours. Nearly after 50 mins of walk we will reach a Mani-prayer Stupa. From there we will trek downwards to Pheriche village. We 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, we will merge the walking path near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) which will take about seven hours. We 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. We will elevate from the rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears right before our eyes. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then to Pheriche (4243m.) which will take about six hours. We will start climbing towards Kala Patthar (5545m.) early in the morning and enjoy the view of sunrise in the evening upon our reach. From Kala Patthar we 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. We can see the yaks in this area. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3867 m.) which will take approximately four hours. Tengboche is a wonderful human settlement with many monasteries. From this place we can have superb views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and flowing river. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) which will take about four and half hours. The walk from Tengboche 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 we will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minute walk brings us to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which will take about six hours. The last day of our 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 us to Lukla for our overnight stay.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which will take about 35 minutes. We will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in lodges during the trek
- Airport pick up and drop off services
- Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
- All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Phapluand from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- Porter/s (1 porter can carry up to 25kgs of luggage)
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Hotel accommodation & meals in Kathmandu
- Personal nature expenses
- Required trekking equipment
- Travel Insurance
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Departure Dates for Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 days
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