Phaplu to Everest Base Camp
Nepal is known all over the world as the land of the mountain peak. World’s highest peak Mt Everest in Nepal. It is the dream of every person in the world to trek from Phaplu to Everest base camp. This trek will make you closer to nature. The beautiful mountain peak, green landscape, and the sub-tropical forest will take you all stress away. You can also enjoy the local lifestyle of Nepali people in the Khumbu region.
You will get to observe different types of cultures and religions followed in Nepal. Get the magnificent view of the amazing mountains like Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft.), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft.) Amadablam (6,812 m / 22,480 ft.) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft.) Tharmarserku (6,623 m / 21, 855 ft.) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft.) Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft.) holy Mt. Khumbu-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft.). Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is a really exciting trekking journey.
Additionally, you can also get the stunning aerial view from the Lukla airport. The altitude of this trek starts increasing from 2,800 meters at the Lukla airport to 5,364 meters at Everest base camp. You will find many hotels in the lower altitude place but with altitude growth, you may not find hotels so, you may have to stay overnight the teahouse. And, you can also get the best view of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. TIMS is an entry permit for entering to Sagarmatha National park.
Phaplu to Everest base camp trek is less travel area
It cost 2000 NRS for individual trekkers and 1000 NRS for group trekkers. You can get these permits on Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can see some rare species of flora and fauna inside Sagarmatha national park. Some of the rare animals found here are Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Snow leopard, Himalayan black Deer, Himalayan Thar, Langur Monkeys, Martens and Himalaya wolves. Sagarmatha Nation Park is also included in the world’s heritage site by UNESCO. The best time to trek any place in Nepal is spring season but December is best for trekking to mountainous place in Nepal.
However, If you trek to Everest base camp in December then you can get the best view of the mountains covered in snow. You can also visit the oldest monastery in Nepal which was built around 1916 BC by Lama Gulu. Gokyo Lake is another highlight of the Everest base camp trek. The snow meltwater flowing through the middle of the High Mountain is amazing. The Everest Base Camp trek is full of an adventure and a bit challenging job that starts at Lukla Airport and ends at Everest Base Camp. There are several paths or routes to go through, however, the most preferred way is through Phaplu and Salleri.
Salleri to Everest Base Camp
Salleri to Everest Base Camp is also considered as the alternating trekking route to Everest. Your trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu. Phaplu is a town located in the northwest part of Nepal. You can reach Phaplu from Kathmandu by road as well as flights. But since many people enjoy the road trip so we suggest you to take the road. Trekking through Phaplu is quiet longer than trekking through Lukla airport but you will adore the natural and cultural diversity. You can get the glance of some mountains like Numbu (6960m.), Cho-Oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) people take this route to go Everest base camp trekking because you can enjoy the Rhododendron forest, rivers, villages, monastery.
This trek can be completed in 19 – 20 days. From Phaplu you will be heading toward Takshindo which is situated at the altitude of 2960 meters from the sea level. Tak Shindo is famous for cheese, there is an old cheese factory at Takshindo. It takes about 6 hours of walk from Phaplu to reach to Takshindo. Following Dhudh Koshi Khola from Takshindo, you will reach to Khari Khola in about 5 hours. Everest base camp trekking is a risky thing to do so, the safest way to trek to Everest base camp is considered to be through Phaplu. The best time for EBC trek through Phaplu and Salleri is taken as spring (March, Apr, May) and autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) season.
Brief itinerary for Phaplu to Everest base camp trek
Day 01: – Arrive in Kathmandu
Our team from above the Himalayan will pick you at the airport and escort you to your hotel room. You may rest for some time since you will be tired from the hectic flight. At the time of dinner, you will have a short meeting with our team regarding the trek.
Day 02: – Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
The second day will start with the first wake up in Nepal. Today you can visit some cultural and traditional places of Kathmandu. Swayambunath and Pashupatinath are some of the places that you must visit in Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: – Kathmandu to Salleri or Phaplu
You will start your trekking days from today. There are two alternate from Kathmandu to Everest base camp flight from Phaplu or drive from Salleri. You can take any route, Phaplu and Salleri are nearly at the same distance from the Kathmandu.
Day 04: – Phaplu or Salleri to Takshindo 3140 meters
Whichever route you will take Phaplu or Salleri, you will reach to Takshindo. From Takshindo you will get the amazing view of the Number Himal. You will enjoy the roadside trip through Ringmo Village. For the people who took the flight from Phaplu, you and Salleri both will meet at Takshindo.
Day 05: – Takshindo to Kharikhola (2010 meters)
Tak Shindo is situated at the hill, so from there you will get a stunning view of the village and mountains. You will have to descend from Takshindo to reach Kharikhola. You will walk through the Nunthala and crossing across the Dudh Khosi Khola.
Day 06: – Kharikhola to Payia (2730 meters).
After having early morning breakfast at Kharikhola you will head toward Payia. The route to Payia goes through the Bupsa village. The path to Payia is rocky so it may be slightly difficult but you will enjoy crossing small streams and bridges.
Day 08: – Payia to Phakding (2652 meters)
Phakding is a flat plan so it will be easier to trek. You will be trekking through the steep road of surkhe. There was a small settlement in surkhe surrounded by enormous mountains and grassy land. It takes 2 – 3 hour to reach Phakding.
Day 09: – Phakding to Namche
Trekking from Phakding to Namche is also exciting. Namche is situated at the uphill so you will have to ascend from Phakding. You will have the thrilling experience of crossing to the suspension bridge which joins two mountains from the opposite side. The Sherpa settlement of the Namche valley is very famous.
Day 10: – Namche Acclimatization day.
Today is the acclimation day at Namche. Namche Is a cultural village there are different monasteries around. You will get the Mesmerizing views of the diverse flora and fauna, mountain peaks and rivers. One will also be delighted to watch the view of Amadablam, Tawoche, Everest, Kantega, Thamserku surrounded by the high Himalayan peak. You can also roam around Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar is famous for the local product.
Day 11: – Namche to Tengboche (3870 meters)
From Namche, you will continue your trek toward Everest base camp. The next destination of your trek is Tengboche. Tengboche is situated at a high altitude so you will have to walk uphill’s. It takes 5 jour walk to from Namche to Tengboche.
Day 12: – Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters).
Today you will reach to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trail goes crossing the ImjaKhola and Pangboche. There is a monastery at Pangboche which is called Pangboche gumba and consider as the oldest monastery of the Everest region and hold lots of Buddhists belief. You will stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 13: – Dingboche Acclimatization day.
Again today is acclimatization day at Dingboche. There is a place called Chhukung at 4 hours from Dingboche. You have to go through the bank of ImjaKhola which is the island peak river. Is From here you can also get a glance of the south of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse.
Day 14: – Dingboche to Lobuche (4900 meters)
The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche to Lobuche is steep and rocky. Although, The trail is filing with the trees on the side of the road. The sunrise and sunset view from Lobuche is just breathtaking. There is Crain’s rock which is from the memory of the trekkers who trekked through this route in the past.
Day 15: – Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest base camp (5364 meters)
Today is the most exciting day of your trekking journey. Therefore From early morning breakfast at Lobuche, you will head off to Gorakshep which is lying at the altitude of 5164 meters from the sea level. You will also be walking to the new base camp of Everest. The older one is which Hillary and Tenzing climbed. You can get the view of the mountains like Pumori, Khumbutse, and Nuptse from Everest base camp.
Day 16: – Gorakshep to Kalapathar and down to Pheriche.
From Gorakshep, you will climb up to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is located at an altitude of 5545 meters. It takes 7 hours to reach Kalapathar from Gorakshep, so you better start your trek from the early morning. Kalap atthar is famous for the Paranomic view of the mountains, it is also known as the Mountain Viewpoint. You can see mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Amadablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori from Kalapathar. After the view of mountains, you will be heading back to Pheriche.
Day 17: – Pheriche to Namche
You will be descending back to Namche after reaching to Everest base camp and Kalapathar. It is easier to trek back than ascending trek. It is faster as well. So from Pheriche, you will reach to Namche. You can enjoy the amazing Sherpa valley following the traditional culture and religion. Overnight at Namche.
Day 18: – Namche to Lukla and lukla to Kathmandu.
From Namche, you can either continue trekking backwards or trek to Lukla. Lukla is located at an altitude of 2840 meters. From Lukla, you can easily find the flight back to Kathmandu. The Arial view of the mountain is exhilarating. It takes less than 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Lukla flight. The flight may cancel due to the weather condition. Overnight at the hotels in Kathmandu.
Day 21: – Final departure
Today is your last day in Nepal for your Phaplu to Everest base camp trek. Therefore your flight is in the evening you can spend your day by going to Thamel bazaar which is famous for tourists. Here you can also find local Nepali products at a reasonable price. We hope you had a great time trekking with our team and wish to see you in more trekking journey. All in all, on the last day of your trekking journey, accumulates all the memory of the super exciting and fun trip.