Everest Base Camp Trek via Phaplu – 19 Days
Everest Base Camp Trek, situated at the height of 5,364 m (17,598ft) via Phaplu is a simpler form of trekking program which lets you properly acclimatize from the lower lands to higher. It takes you to the magnificent Himalayan landscapes, very rare flora and faunas, Buddhist culture, and friendly Sherpa people living in it. Everest Base Camp trek via Phaplu gives you an amazing viewpoint of the Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp itself, and closest view of the four World’s tallest mountains from the Himalayas with the highest peak, Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Mount Cho-Oyu.
This amazing trek starts with a drive to Phaplu, another Sherpa village in a bit lower altitude. Experiencing the Sherpa villages and the culture from the lower lands, Crossing the adventurous routes, hiking on challenging trails, moving along with the Dudhkoshi river at the side, waterfalls, glaciers, Buddhists monasteries, Sherpa villages, prayer flags and chortens, which makes this trip an unforgettable experience and encourages to come to again and again to this beautiful place. This beautiful region of Nepal is bounded in the Sagarmatha National Park, the World’s heritage site. Hurry up and Book your trip with Nomadic Nepal.
- Alternative Trekking Trails of the Everest base camp.
- Explore the beauty of the Khumbu regions.
- Chance to see the best view of including Mount Everest, Amadablam, Cho Oyu, and many more.
- Experiencing the traditional culture of Sherpa people and their hospitality
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and a brief discussion on the trip (1,300m/4,264 ft.)
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast in the morning, we start small sightseeing in Kathmandu in the three famous UNESCO World heritage enlisted sites: “Pashupatinath Temple” the biggest temple for Hindus, “Swayambhunath Stupa” also known as the monkey temple which is one of the famous religious stupas for Buddhists and “Boudhanath Stupa” the biggest Stupa in Nepal located in Kathmandu. After this short visit to religious sites, we make early preparations for our trip and make sure everything is okay. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. -Bed and Breakfast
Day 3: Early morning drive to Phaplu (2,600m/8,530 ft.): 9-10 hrs walk
Our today’s destination is Phaplu, Sherpa village which lies approximately 183 km east from Kathmandu. We head out early in the morning from Kathmandu in a local/Tourist vehicle. After reaching the village of Phaplu, we meet the rest of our staff and porters. You then trek over a gently ascending path all the way to Takshindu Gumba. Overnight at Phaplu. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 4: Trek to Ringmo (2,800m/9,186 ft.): 3-4 hrs walk
Our today’s trail follows the way through the pine and rhododendron forests. As we walk through a path with meadows we reach Ringmo, a small Sherpa village after three or four hours of a straight walk. We can see there amazing apple and peach orchards. Overnight at Ringmo. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 5: Ringmo to Kharikhola (2,010m/6,594 ft.) 6-7 hrs walk
Today we make a steep way through lush trees forest again. After crossing a suspension bridge we reach a place called Nunthala. From there we walk along with the Dudhkoshi river by our side. As we get nearer to Kharikhola, we can see beautiful fields of barley, wheat, and maize. Overnight at Kharikhola. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 6: Trek to Paiyan (2770m/9087 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk
We cross the Kharikhola by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m. The path makes a steep climb to Bupsa, set among cascading wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest. The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds stir up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan. Overnight at Paiyan. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 7: Trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk
Passing through the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, we head out for Phakding today which is amazing Sherpa village. The trail takes us to up and down of hills and alongside the Dudhkoshi river. Overnight at Phakding. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 8: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk
Today, after having our morning breakfast we start our hike. With the Dudhkoshi river by our side, we also make the entrance to Sagarmatha National park. After a straight walk of 5 or 6 hours, we reach Namche Bazaar which is also known as the “Gateway to Mount Everest”. From there we can enjoy the amazing view of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
After a continuous walk to Namche Bazaar, today we make our day as an acclimatization day. Today we can for activities as per your wish. For example, a short hike to Khumjung or Everest View Hotel and enjoying the view of the mighty Himalayas can be a good option. We also experience the Sherpa culture and learn about Sherpa and mountaineering history by making a short visit to the Sherpa Museum and Khumjung School nearby. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 10: Trek to Tyangboche (3,870m/12,694 ft.) or Deboche (3860m/12,665 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk
The day starts with a pleasant walk with the magnificent views of the Himalayas. We can see the high mountains such as Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Amadablam and Kongde all the way. Making our way through the rhododendron forests we finally reach our destination for today, Tyangboche. Rhododendron is also the national flower of Nepal. We also make our short visit to the largest monastery in the region by the name “Tyangboche Monastery”. Overnight at Tyangboche or Deboche. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk
We start our day descending through the lush tree forest with the view of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, and Mount Lhotse. As we move forward towards Imja Valley and up to Dingboche we can have the scenery of barley, buckwheat, and potato fields on our way and also the “Pangboche Monastery” in Pangboche. Overnight at Dingboche. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 12: Acclimatization at Dingboche
It’s another acclimatization day in the village with fields of buckwheat, barley, and potatoes. We can either take rest or make the hike to Nagarjuna Hill and Chukkung nearby for some excellent views of the Himalayas and the place. Overnight at Dingboche. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft.): 5-6 hrs walk
Making our way through the Khumbu glaciers at the terminal moraine we climb up to Dugla. We can find the prayers flags and stones on our way up. We can see the clear views of peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur Himal, and Pumori. Gradually after a hike of 5 to 6 hours, we reach Lobuche situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge. Overnight at Lobuche. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), ascend Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk
Today is an exciting day as we will be hiking for Everest Base Camp, our final destination. It definitely is going to be an amazing experience but a bit challenging too. We make our way to Gorak Shep first and head towards Everest Base Camp then following the Khumbu Glacier trails. On the way, we can view mountains which are Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbutse and finally reach Everest Base Camp where we will be exploring today. For overnight, we return to Gorakshep. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 15: Trek to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and back to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070 ft.) 7-8 hrs walk
Early in the morning, we depart for Kala Patthar to view the amazing sunrise seen from the Kala Patthar and other mighty Himalayas too. After enjoying the magnificent panorama from the top of Kala Patthar we head back to Pheriche for overnight stay. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk
We descend back to Namche Bazaar crossing the rhododendron forests. Enjoying the natural beauty of the place and watching the smiley faces of Sherpa locals we make our way down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186 ft.): 6-7 hrs walk
We head to Lukla today making our way through the Sherpa villages. We may take rest at places like Phakding and after a couple of hours, we reach Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu early in the morning tomorrow. Overnight at Lukla. -Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu: 45 min flight
As today we have to fly back to Kathmandu, we wake up early in the morning and make our early flight in Kathmandu. During the day you could take rest or buy yourself some souvenirs. On the occasion of our successful trip, there will be dinner conducted by us in the evening. -Bed and Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 19: Final departure
- 45$ guide wage per day (group size below 10) for group size above 10 - 15 the guide wage is 80$
- Porter wage 25$ per day
- 50$ Permit Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit for each individual
- Insurance for local staff
- International airport pick up and drop
- All Hotel accommodations during the trip
- Trekking Equipment
- Major meals, Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu or during the trip
- Airlines and land transport costs during the trip
- Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
- Entry visa fee
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
- Tips & Gratuities to porters and guides