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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek ( Drive Inn, Fly Out)

Mount Everest Trekking, Trekking In Nepal

Trip Facts
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Trekking Duration 18 Days
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Best time October, November and March , April
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Maximum Altitude 5545 m
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Grade Hard
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Trek Start From Salleri
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Trek End Lukla


Everest Base camp Trek from Phaplu  ( Drive Inn, Fly out)

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is Classics route to Everest base camp which drive 8, 9 hour from Kathmandu. It is an alternative safe trekking  route than taking to 40 minute lukla flight.  The Everest Base Camp Trek from Phaplu is an exciting, off-the-beaten trek in the foothills of the Himalayas. The trek diverts away from the well-trodden path of Lukla to Everest Base Camp and passes through isolated landscapes and far off settlements. The fantastic views of the snow-capped mountains will follow you all along the trail.

EBC Trek from Phaplu is The beautiful trekking journey lets you explore the virgin lands, giving you a new perspective of the Everest region. You can explore the ethnic Sherpa culture and the Buddhist heritage along the trail. Hiker can find small chortens, Mani stone wall, and Buddhist blessings and prayer flags all over the trail.

You will walk along narrow canyons paths gorged by the pristine white water rivers of the region. The trekking journey also passes through the UNESCO listed natural World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park. We start our trek from Salleri on a quiet and pleasant trail as the route leads to Takshindo-La pass that provides awe-inspiring views of Numbur and Khumbu Himal.

The downhill walk runs along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River past Nunthala village and then climbs up towards Kharkhola and Bupsa hilltop. The route then passes through a forest at Surkhe and finally arrives at Phakding. The trek differs significantly from the regular trail of Lukla to Everest Base Camp.

It starts on a relatively unknown landscape passing through scattered settlements and tranquil environments before converging with the regular trail at Phakding. The Everest Base Camp Trek from Salieri gives you an added value of adventure of the Solukhumbu region and lets you explore some of the unknown parts of the region.

So, are you ready to experience one of the least traveled alternative trekking routes in the Himalayas? If your answer is yes, then you must take the Phaplu  to Everest Base Camp trek. We are offering this adventurous tour package at a reasonable cost. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip now!

Why Everest base Camp Trek from Phaplu

  • Trekking in the off-the-beaten, hidden route of the Everest region
  • It is best option to go Everest Base camp by foot from Phaplu. Your trip will be 100 % guaranty, No need to worry about the  Cancel  your Lukla flight
  • Scenic drive to Phaplu and adventurous mountain flight from Lukla
  • Experiencing the most beautiful sunrise on the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains in Kala Patthar
  • Exploring the Sherpa villages and the culture and lifestyle of the sherpa community
  • Breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Taboche, Cholatse, Pumori, and others
  • Spotting wildlife including Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard, among others
  • Incredible hospitality of the local people

Planning to Trek Phaplu to Everest Base Camp, But Not Sure When?

The trek is doable all round the year, but the best time for the trek from Salleri to Everest Base Camp is the Autumn season (September- November) and the Spring season (March- May).

Autumn (September-November)

The Autumn season is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. The weather is perfect, and the daytime temperatures are ideal for trekking.

The autumn season comes after the monsoon, which means there are fewer chances of precipitation. The clear blue skies provide unobstructed views of the beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Spring (March-May)

If you want to trek in a beautiful environment with perfect trekking conditions, then the spring season is ideal for you. The wildflowers, especially the rhododendron bloom all over the hills painting the hills pink and red.

There are lesser risks of precipitation, and the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains are guaranteed in the spring season.

If you are someone who loves trekking in a peaceful environment, then you might try out the off-season treks, but trekking in the offseason has a lot of risks. The monsoons brings avalanches and landslides in the Everest region.

Besides these, the trail gets slippery and gets covered by leeches and other insects. The summer is also wet in the region. Winters are extremely cold with risks of frostbite and snow avalanches. Hence, trekking in the offseason comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

How Difficult is the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek Really?

Trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas is not a walk in the park. The Everest region is one of the highest trekking regions in the world, and the oxygen levels and air pressure will be decreasing fast.

These factors contribute to altitude sickness in the region. You will also be walking for 5-6 hours on an up and down trail that will test you to the core. There are some steep climbs on the trail. The icy and dry conditions of the Khumbu region bring many complications to trekkers as well.

There is a Trekker’s Aid Post run by the Himalayan Mountaineers Association in Pheriche that provides information and consultation in Pheriche. There are no technical climbing involved in the trek. However, it does not mean that the trekkers must not maintain their fitness.

In fact, maintaining proper physical and mental condition should be on the priority list of any trekker, along with proper diet and training regime before the trek. All in all, the trek from Phplu /  Salleri to Everest is quite challenging.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,396 m.)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You can stroll around the city in the evening. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (1138m) 8-9 hours drive

We start the journey with a drive in a local Jeep/bus from Kathmandu to Phaplu. The ride takes around 8-9 hours as we pass through the winding roads overlooking the scenic view of the hilly landscapes.The panoramas of terraced farms, riverbanks, forests, and magnificent landscape will enthrall you. We cross the bridge at the famous of Sunkoshi River and continue through Okhaldhunga.We can observe the snow peaks, including the Dudhkunda (Numpur Himal), Everest, and others. We drive continuously until we arrive at Salleri in the district of Solukhumbu. We stay overnight at a lodge tea house in Phaplu.

Day 3

Trek to Taksindo (3070m)

After an early breakfast, we start our trek journey. The trail moves along the scattered settlements of the villages, and the trek is easy and comfortable. You can observe the stunning Numpur Himal and the surrounding scenario in all its glory.The trail crosses many small streams and hills gorges along the way to reach Fera. From Fera, we walk through pine forests until we arrive at Ringmo. Another 2 hours of the trek leads us to Taksindo. There we explore the environment and rest for the day. We stay overnight at a Teahouse or Lodge.

Day 4

Trek to Kharikhola (2040m)

We explore the Taksindo hill from where we get the breathtaking view of Salleri. The ancient monasteries still teach Tibetan Buddhism. There is another ridge that provides us with the views of Lukla, and Nunthala valley.We start our trek by descending through the alpine forest and passing the Nunthala village. We continue our trek down and cross the Dudhkoshi River and ascend up to Jubing. After another 2 hours ascend, we reach to Kharikhola. We spend the night at a Lodge in Khari Khola.

Day 5

Trek to Paiya (2730m)

We start our trek by crossing Khari-Khola with climbing a steep hill for a few hours to arrive at a top ridge at Bupsa Danda, from where we get an exceptional view of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes.The air gets colder as we walk along with the higher Khumbu areas passing through the enchanting woodland to reach Paiya village. The Paiya village lies in the middle of the forest, and we stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 6

Trek to Phakding (2610m)

We walk along a gentle path downhill to Surke village with the view of Lukla on the north. The trail then leads us to Surkhe village that lies at the bottom of Lukla town and its runway.From Surkhe the winding trail starts with lots of ups and downs as we pass Sherpa villages full of Buddhist religious flags, Mani (prayer) monuments and large spinning bells. The trek reaches Phakding that lies on the banks of glacial Dudh Kosi River after a long walk.

Day 7

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We start the trek by crossing the suspension bridge and walking past the Bankar through a scenic waterfall. We arrive at the magnificent mountain of Thamserku on the right. We cross another bridge and after some time arrive at Manju.There we can find a check post of the Sagarmatha National Park from where we begin to walk towards the Khumbu valley. After having lunch at Jorsalle, we walk the trail that moves up and down.We cross five bridges and follow the path along the riverbanks. There is a gradual climb towards Namche Bazaar. We stay overnight at a Lodge in Namche.

Day 8

Acclimatization day

Acclimatization is an integral part of any trekking adventure. The process of acclimatization not only adapts our body to the high altitude environment. It also protects us from altitude sickness. After breakfast, we make our way to a viewpoint just behind the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park.The view of the entire Himalayan range of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Thamserku is spectacular. The Sherpa cultural center is a significant place at Namche where we can observe lifestyle and mountaineering achievements of the sherpa community.We can also hike up to the famous Everest View Hotel, which is the highest placed hotel in the world. The Syangboche airstrip lies along the way providing spectacular views of the Himalayan range. We return to Namche in the afternoon and stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 9

Trek to Tengboche (3860m)

The trail starts early with a walk-up 30 minutes on a flat and smooth trail. After trekking for one and a half hours, we arrive at Kyanjuma, where we take a tea break and enjoy the Himalayan vista. We can see the mountain goats grazing in the green fields.We pass through the rhododendron forest and descend for about 45 minutes to the banks of Phunki Tenga river. We climb the zig-zag trail to arrive at Tengboche. Tengboche is a village surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lies just below the Ama Dablam. We stay overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 10

Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

After breakfast, we descend gradually for half an hour, passing through the rhododendron forest. The trail crosses a wooden bridge near the stream. After ascending for about 30 minutes, we arrive at an entry gate that welcomes us to Pangboche.There we can find the oldest monastery of the Everest region, the Tengboche monastery. We march forward on the gentle trail and stopping for lunch at Syomare. The path becomes wide as we move along and dotted by a tree line. After trekking for almost 3 hours, we arrive at Dingboche. We stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 11

Trek to Lobuche (4910m)

We start the trek early after breakfast towards Lobuche. The trail climbs up steeply arriving at a Stupa after which the path becomes gentle. We can observe the spectacular views of Everest, Makalu, and other mountains.
After trekking for 2-2.5 hours, we arrive at the Thukla. After having lunch, we take a steep climb for the ridge. We can observe the Memorial Chorten of the climbers who perished during the Everest expedition. The trail from here is level up until we arrive at Lobuche. We stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 12

Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp (5365m)

The rugged trail moves past the stunning Khumbu glacier. We steeply climb to the top and resume our trek via a rocky terrain. We pass through the Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass to arrive at Gorak shep.Gorak Shep is a stunning snow and sand bed near the Everest Base Camp and was also the original base camp set up by first Mt. Everest expedition. We further hike towards the Everest Base Camp through the new moraine route.The awe-inspiring views of Pumori, Nuptse, and other mountains follows us all along the trail. The higher altitude makes the terrain look tough, but with some push, anyone can complete this stretch. We descend to Gorak Shep in the afternoon and spend the night at a Lodge.

Day 13

Hike to Kalapatthar (5550m) and trek down to Pheriche (4240m)

We start our hike to Kalapatthar early in the morning, which makes for a great viewpoint of the entire Mt. Everest range. The sunrise from Kala Patthar on the backdrop of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lobuche East, Lhotse, Nuptse, Taboche, Cholatse, Pumori, and others is surreal.
The sun rising from the east turn the silver mountains into golden, which is a once in a lifetime experience. We descend to Gorak Shep where we have our breakfast and trek down to Pheriche. We stay overnight at a Lodge in Pheriche.

Day 14

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

We descend from Pheriche to Pangboche village, from where you can view the beautiful Ama Dablam mountain at a close distance. From Pangboche, we descend downhill to cross a bridge over Imjatse River and then climb for an hour to arrive at Tengboche Monastery.There are green vegetation and tree lines where you can enjoy the scenic views. The trail then leads downhill to Phunki Tenga, and after an hour you will reach Kyanjinma. Kyanjima is a pleasant, peaceful spot on route to Namche with spectacular views of Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku, and other mountains.You can also spot some wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and Danfe. The trail then leads you to Namche where you will stay overnight.

Day 15

Trek to Lukla (2840m)

We descend further from Namche passing through beautiful villages and waterfalls. We arrive at the charming village of Phakding and walk along the same route we took earlier to further descend to the town of Lukla.

Day 16

Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m)

After a beautiful trekking experience in the Himalayas, we take an adventurous flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The scenic mountain flight takes around 30 minutes and provides us with stunning views of the snow capped mountains from up above the sky.

Day 17

Leisure day in Kathmandu

We have a free day on our hand in Kathmandu. We can utilize this day by sightseeing the famous landmarks of the city. There are seven world heritage sites in Kathmandu listed by UNESCO.
They are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Changunarayan. Alternatively, you could also take it easy and chill around the streets of Thamel and go souvenir shopping.

Day 18

Depart Kathmandu

After a wonderful time at the tiny Himalayan nation, your trip comes to an official end. Our representative will transfer you to the airport, from where you can board a flight to your desired destination

Cost Include / Exclude

Service included

  • All Airport Transfer (Airport – Hotel – Airport)
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 nights at 2, 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast, Free Wi-Fi , 24 Hour Hot Water, TV, Air condition/ Heater
  • Trekking Permit: Necessary All Trekking Permit and company paperwork.
  • Transportation by Jeep– from Kathmandu to salleri
  • Domestic flight Ticket: (LUK-KTM) Limit weight is 16 kg per person.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and Good English speaking trekking guide (including his well-paid salary, meals, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and guide’s flight etc.) He is fully insured and well-equipment
  • Trekking Porter: Carry your bag pack. a Strong Sherpa Porter and everything for him
  • Meals:- 3 Meals a day during the trekking ( Breakfast, Lunch, dinner) inc
  • Lodge to Lodge accommodation during the trek .
  • Trekking Equipment: Sleeping bag, Down Jacket,walking poles
  • Everest Trekking map,Walking Poles if needed.
  • Company T-Shirt, Duffel Bag
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All Government Taxes and Service charge.
  • Welcome or Farewell Dinner in Nepalese Cultural Restaurant.

Service excluded

  • International Air fair and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills and personal Expenses
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to bad weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition etc
  • Tips for guide Porter

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