Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Phaplu

Trip Overview

Take the less conventional Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek than the common Everest Base Camp Trek. Walk on the trail trekked by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Phaplu will reward you with the stunning landscape.

A trek from Phaplu to Namche Bazaar gives you a chance to experience the ethnic diversity of Nepal. En-route, you will meet people from ethnic communities like Gurung, Rai, Chhetri, and Sherpa. Also, visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum at Namche Bazaar which gives an insight into the Sherpa culture and traditions.

Visit the ancient monastery of Tengboche with the stunning view of Himalayas. The popular Nargarjun Hill overlooks the 360-degree view of mountains including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Makalu. Kala Patthar offers the best views of Everest. Marvel at the panoramic views of towering mountains including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Pumori from Kala Patthar.

Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek Route

Your trek from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp starts and ends in Kathmandu. Embark on the journey of your Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu.

Walk on a trail lined with Pine forest and cow pastures that give you a European vibe while trekking to Nunthala. Moreover, hike along Dudh Koshi River and walk past forests and farms on your way to Bupsa. Trek past the charming villages of Surke and Phakding before reaching the Sherpa town of Namche Bazar.

Explore Namche Bazaar filled with cafes, restaurants, bakeries on your acclimatization day. Trek to Dingboche via Tengboche and go on a hike to Nagarjun Hill on your acclimatizing day at Dingboche.

Continue your trek past Lobuche and Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp. If you trek in the climbing season, you will see the base camp filled with colorful tents of the climbers preparing for the ascent.

Wake up early to catch a stunning sunrise over Everest from the vantage point of Kala Patthar with the best views of Everest. Descend to Pheriche and trek back to Namche and Lukla. Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek ends with a picturesque flight back to Kathmandu.

Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to difficult trek.

You will attain a maximum elevation of 5,550 meters at Kala Patthar. Maximum walking duration is 8 hours and minimum 4 hours. On average, you will be trekking for roughly 7 hours.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding high altitude trek that requires you to be reasonably fit. Novice, as well as experienced trekkers, can do the trek.

Past hiking experienced will be advantageous however, technical skills aren’t a requirement.

Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1

Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2,413m/7,915ft)
Duration: 8-9 hours (270 km) drive

Day 2
Day 2

Trek to Nunthala (2,330m/7,643ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek

Day 3
Day 3

Trek to Bupsa (2,070m/6,790ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek

Day 4
Day 4

Trek to Surke (2,290m/7,512ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek

Day 5
Day 5

Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)0
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (15 km) trek

Day 6
Day 6

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (15 km) trek

Day 7
Day 7

At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)

Day 8
Day 8

Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek

Day 9
Day 9

Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek

Day 10
Day 10

At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Day 11
Day 11

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek

Day 12
Day 12

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek

Day 13
Day 13

Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek

Day 14
Day 14

Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek

Day 15
Day 15

Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day 16
Day 16

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

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Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • 5,550m/18,209ft
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 1-12

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