Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek 18 days

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek 18 days


Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking route is the best alternative for trekkers who want to skip the Lukla flight and explore the EBC route the traditional way. During your Phaplu to Everest base camp trek, you will get an opportunity to trek through the picturesque villages of the lower Everest region like Nunthala, Bupsa Danda, and Surke. However, the journey ahead from Paiyu will continue through the same route as other Everest region treks.


The Phaplu to Everest Base camp trek is a lifetime experience where you can explore the base camp of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, and lively Sherpa villages as you trek through the wilderness of the Sagarmatha National Park.


Highlights of the trip:


  • Enjoy panoramic sights of the highest mountains in the world, Mt. Everest (8848.86m)
  • Visit ancient monasteries of Tengboche and Pangboche
  • Enjoy the sights of the incredible Khumbu Icefall and Glacier
  • Explore the floral and faunal species of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Appropriate for those who want to skip the Lukla flight.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa community.
  • Enjoy the splendid sunrise view from Kalapathar



Overview of the 17 Days – Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Phaplu to Everest base camp trek-18 Days commences with a ride to Phaplu. The Kathmandu to Phaplu ride offers dramatic sights of the hills, river, shops, terraced fields, and many more. The trek officially starts as soon as you head to Nunthala. Before following the popular EBC trail, you will walk through the culturally rich village of the lower Everest region like Ringmu, Taksindu, Nunthala, Kharikhola, Jubing, Bupsa Danda, and Paiyu.


The journey ahead from Paiyu continues along the same trail as other Everest treks, where you will trek across the UNESCO enlisted site, Sagarmatha National Park, which homes over 118 species of birds like Pheasant, snow cock, Himalayan griffin vulture, and wild lives like red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, and many more. The trekking trail is filled with the forest of fir, Pine, Juniper, and rhododendron adding charm to your journey.


One of the major attractions of the Everest base camp trek is the touristic hub, Namche Bazar which offers numerous options to trekkers to enjoy their time amidst the Himalayas. Walking past some of the culturally rich areas of the region like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, you will finally summit Everest base camp and Kalapathar to relish in the remarkable panorama of Everest, Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, and splendid sunrise view over the Himalayas. The trip ends once you summit Kalapathar and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.


Related Treks around Everest Region:

Everest Base Camp Trekking (Private Trek) - 15 Days

Everest View Trek - 8 Days

Gokyo Lake Trekking - 15 Days

Kala Patthar Trek - 13 Days

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu

After you arrive in Kathmandu, our office representative will welcome you with a gentle smile and a placard with your name written on it. The representative will receive you well and transfer you to the hotel by car/jeep.


Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu by local sharing jeep (around 10-12 hrs.) Overnight in Phaplu. (B/L/D)

Early in the morning, you will drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu by local jeep on a sharing basis. The drive to Phaplu takes around 10-12 hours, depending on the road traffic. Although the journey is long compared to the 30-minute Lukla flight, the majestic sights of riverbanks, terraced farms, and hilly landscape will make it up to you.

After crossing a bridge over the Sunkoshi River, you will continue your journey towards Phaplu. During the Okhaldhunga to Phaplu drive, you can enjoy the alluring sights of the Himalayas likeNumpur Himal and Everest.

✔ Overnight in the tea house, Phaplu.


Day 3: Trek from Phaplu to Nunthala (around 5-6 hrs.) Overnight in the tea house. (B/L/D)

After early morning breakfast, you will officially start your trekking journey and head towards Ringmu. The trail to Ringmu is straight, passing through lush forest, spring water, Mani walls, and terraced fields. After arriving at Ringmu, you will continue to ascend to Taksindu (2960m).

On the way, you can encounter a small village where the culturally rich Rai, Magar, and Chhetri community resides. You can also visit the Taksindu Gompa to explore the culture of these communities. Further, the trail descends to Nuntahala, where you will be spending the night.

✔ Overnight in Nunthala.


Day 4: Trek to Kharikhola (around 5-6 hrs.) (B/L/D)

The trek from Nunthala to Kharikhola is short yet enthralling. After breakfast, you’ll trek down to cross the Dudhkoshi river and ascend to Jubing. Walking through the trail adorned with colorful Buddhist flags, you will climb to Kharikhola for overnight (2985m).

✔ Overnight in the teahouse, Kharikhola.


Day 5: Trek to Paiyu. 5-6 hrs. (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will have an adventurous trek today. Initially, you will cross the Khari Khola and continue the steep climb to Bupsa Danda. The Bupsa Danda is renowned for its exceptional landscape and mountain sights. Passing through the lush woodlands, you arrive at Paiyu village.

Since the village lies in the middle of the forest, the views and the cold breeze coming from the forest are very refreshing.

✔ Overnight in Paiyu


Day 6: Trek to Phakding 5-6 hrs. Overnight in the tea house. (B/L/D)

On this day, you’ll trek down to Surke, where you can witness Lukla on your north. The trail to Phakding from Surke is mixed with uphill and downhill climbs that passes through the rich Sherpa villages adorned with prayer flags and bells.

You can also explore the lifestyle of locals and enjoy the sights of snowcapped mountains en route to Phakding.

✔ Overnight in Phakding


Day 7: Phakding to Namche bazar. 5-6 hrs(B/L/D)

Today, we will trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail from Phakding to Namche Bazar starts as you cross the suspension bridge and walk past Bankar admiring the sights of the waterfall and Thamserku. After crossing another suspension bridge, you will arrive at Manjo, from where you will enter the incredible Khumbu valley and then trek through the Sagarmatha National Park. The journey ahead from Manjo to Jorsalle is covered by rhododendron and pine forest.

The path ahead from Jorsalle becomes moderately tricky with gradual uphill and downhill climbs. After crossing 4-5 suspension bridges and walking on the riverbank, you will climb to Namche Bazaar. Once you arrive at Namche, you can enjoy the remarkable sights of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Tawoche are noticeable.

✔ Overnight at Tea House


Day 8: Rest Day in Namche Bazar (B/L/D)

Today, you will rest at Namche Bazaar to adjust to the change in the elevation. Namche is a vibrant village sited in a great-secluded concave shape that will allow you to enjoy the superb views of the whole area as well as the Himalayas like Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse and Nuptse. You can opt to stroll the streets of Namche Bazar or hike to Everest View hotel. The Everest view hotel is the highest placed hotel in the world that offers spectacular sights of the Himalayas.

✔ Overnight at Tea House in Namche bazaar


Day 9: Trek to Tengboche5-6 hrs(B/L/D)

After enjoying the early morning breakfast, we will move on to Tengboche, passing through the village of Kyanjuma, green fields, and the rhododendron forest. The walk from Namche to Tengboche is relatively easy and takes around 4 hours. En route to Tengboche, you can explore the Tengboche Monastery elevating at an altitude of 3860m.
Enjoying the sights of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtaiga, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse, you will arrive at Tengboche for the overnight.

Since you will be trekking through the national park area, you may also encounter wild lives like musk deer and a multicolored pheasant named Danphe (National bird) on the way.

✔ Overnight at guest house.


Day 10: Trek to Dingboche5-6 hrs(B/L/D)

Today, we will continue our journey to Dingboche, set at 4410m. Initially, on the trail, you will descend to Deboche, passing through the forest area filled with birches, conifers, and rhododendron.

Enjoying the sights of the Himalayas like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest, and the sceneries of Mani walls and chortens, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja river, making your way to the village of Samare. The trail ahead from Samare widens, and you continue to walk along the tree line until you arrive at Dingboche.

✔ Overnight at Tea House


Day 11: Rest Day in Dingboche(B/L/D)

It will be our second acclimatization in the Khumbu region. Dingboche is the last Sherpa settlement with enchanting terraced fields. You can either stay in your room or hike to Chhukung-Ri, which offers astounding sights of the icefalls, Lhotse Himal and Island peak.

✔ Overnight at Tea House


Day 12: Trek to Lobuche. 4-5 hrs (B/L/D)

The journey from Dingboche to Lobuche is one of the exciting walks, as you will be crossing one of the challenging passes, the Thokla pass. Initially, on today's trail, you will climb towards Pheriche valley, and then through yak pastures, the trail continues towards the Thokla Pass. From the pass, you can enjoy breathtaking sights of Nuptse, Lhotse, and other mountains over 7000m.

The trail ahead from the pass moves on a smooth, leveled path before getting to Lobuche. As you arrive at Lobuche, the dramatic vistas of Pumori (7145m), and Changtse (7550m), will captivate you.

✔ Overnight at Tea House


Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep and explore Everest Base Camp. 3 hrs(B/L/D)

The most awaited day of the trip is finally here. Today, you will be summiting the Everest base camp. Leaving behind Lobuche, you will walk along the sandy trail to Gorakshep. The path from Gorakshep to EBC is filled with ups and downs through the loose rocks and a few flat parts that take around one and a half hours.

As you arrive at the base camp, the famous rock and flag pile will welcome you and congratulate you on the successful climb. From base camp, you can enjoy the 360-degree panorama of the Himalayas and spend some time amidst nature before heading down to Gorakshep  for overnight.


Day 14: Trek back to Pheriche (B/L/D)

Early in the morning, you will head to Kalapathar, leaving behind Gorakshep to enjoy the sunrise and panorama of Everest. The Gorakshep to Kalapathar hike takes around 2 hours and offers outstanding sights of the Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall, and Everest.

Located at an altitude of 5550m, Kalapathar is an excellent viewpoint of the Everest region. The marvelous peak views of Everest (8848m), Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,750m), etc. will welcome you at their best. After spending a memorable time in the area, you will trek back to Pheriche.

✔ Overnight at Tea House.


Day 15: Trek back to Namche(B/L/D)

Today's trek will be one of the extended walks of the EBC trek. Tackling some uphills and downhill walks, passing small villages like Khunde and Thame, you will arrive at the tourist hub, Namche Bazar.

Connect wifi on your phone, call your friends and family, and have some chilled beer to celebrate the successful summit.

✔ Overnight at Tea House.


Day 16: Trek to Lukla (B/L/D)

As you wake up today, soak yourself in the views of the Himalayas and say goodbye to the incredible Khumbu region. Traversing through the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you will pass through Jorsale to reach Manjo. From Manjo, you will trek to Lukla, which will take around 5 hours.

✔ Overnight at Tea House.


Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu from Lukla by flight in the early morning. (B)

In the morning, you will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.

✔ Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu and departure to your country. (B)

Today is the last day of the trek in Nepal. Our representative will help you to drive to the airport for the departure. Thank you for trusting us to plan your Nepal trip. Have a safe flight back home.

Cost includes

    • Airport pick up and drops by car.
    • 2 night’s standard accommodation 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking). Nivas Boutique Home or similar category.
    • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
    • Transportation cost from Kathmandu to Phaplu by local jeep sharing.
    • Domestic flight ticket (LUK-KTM)/Domestic airport tax.
    • All accommodations in lodges/Tea houses during the treks run by Nepalese family twin sharing.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS). National Park Entry Permits
    • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples; if you are only 1 people, not including porter, you have pay additional charge $300 USD for porter).
    • Salary for guide and porter.
    • Your main course breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking as per itinerary.
    • All Transportation.
    • Medical Supplies (First aid kit will be available).
    • Typical Nepali cultural dinner.

Cost excludes

    • Nepal entry visa fee, you can easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport–Kathmandu. You will require 2 passport size photos, $30 USD per person.
    • Your personal travel insurance covers helicopter rescue, medical bill.
    • Your personal equipment for trekking. [Sleeping bag (-15), down jacket, trekking shoes, sun glass, sunscreen, gloves, trekking stick]
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Your all meal lunch & dinner while you stay in Kathmandu.
    • Local government tax of 20 USD per person to be paid in Lukla counter directly.
    • In the Lukla flight, the luggage of 12 kg is only included. If you have extra baggage, you will have to pay extra per kg Rs 100.
    • If there is early arrival or late departure other than the trek date, and if you are back to Kathmandu early from the trek due to any problem or rescue, the extra accommodation is not included.
    • Your trip includes only one-time airport transfer by Lukla. If you have to return back to hotel again and again go to Lukla Airport because of weather problem, it will be your additional pay.
    • Your personal expenses, personal hygiene.
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. (Tea, coffee, mineral Water, hot water)
    • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
    • Hot shower and laundry during the trekking.
    • Tips for the guide and porter as per your interest, how you are happy with them.
    • Wi-Fi, internet, phone calls, battery charging.

Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies. Trekking Guide Team Adventure Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident, any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot.

As Nepal is an underdeveloped country, our country’s facility and standard cannot match as per yours. But we will always provide you the best facility and service as per Nepal’s standard.