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Everest Base Camp Trek - Drive in Fly Out Phaplu / Lukla

Get a splendid experience of farm village across the scattered valley and subsequently towards the Himalayas along the way

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16 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.15
  • Best Time: Feb - June, Sep - Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Everest base camp trek from Phaplu, drive to Phaplu, trek to Lukla, continue trekking to Everest base camp, no hassle with Lukla flight, save time.
Everest Region is one of the most popular trekking areas of Nepal. The Khumbu region has grabbed a lot of international attention to itself with its number of trekking celebrations and accomplishment in the region. Among most of the popular areas for trekking in the Everest Region, Everest Base Camp Trek is the most well-known trek worldwide. Many of us have heard about the usual Everest Base Camp Trek, but what makes Classic Base Camp different from that is the ancient essence it holds with its trail that begins from Phaplu. Trek from Phaplu to Everest base camp is a classic and original route for trekkers to trek in. Long time ago, the trek began and concluded from Phaplu to Kathmandu and vice-versa. Since the establishment of Lukla Airport, most of the tourists take the flight to, or from Lukla, and cut their journey short. The trekkers who want to take the shorter climb to the Everest Base Camp can take up the 10 days trek package to EBC as well. Classic Base Camp follow the ancient route and offers us a splendid experience of farm villages across the scattered valley and subsequently towards the Himalayas and monasteries along the way.

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Kathmandu from where we drive to Phaplu, from where our challenging yet enjoyable journey begins. Making our way up through few uphill and downhill slopes, we venture towards the beautiful Sherpa land, Namche Bazaar. The view from here grows more outstanding and we get to experience the remarkable and unique tradition and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. We stop at Namche for a day to have a proper acclimatization and we get a chance to roam around the happening markets in Namche for a day. The following day, we move up to Tengboche, Dengboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally Kalapathar, an unassuming 5545 m bump on the southern flank of Pumori (7145 m) and finally to the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is a place from where many climbers have looked at Everest with a close-up view and have experienced an adrenaline rush while climbing it having being rewarded with a splendid panoramic view of the mighty mountains.

Phaplu Everest base camp trek covers both low land from Phaplu to highland Kalapathar (5545 m). This trek offers an eye-catching panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, exotic scenery view of the gorgeous Everest region including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8152 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam (6456 m). The trek ends at Lukla with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Phaplu Everest base camp trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02:
Drive to Phaplu (2600m) 10 hours.
Day 03:
Trek to Nunthala (2330m) 5/6 hours. 
Day 04:
Trek to Bupsa (2070m) 5/6 hours.
Day 05:
Trek to Chheplu or Phakding, (2750m)5/6 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazzar, (3440m) 5/6 hours. 
Day 07: Namche bazaar: acclimatize day. 
Day 08: Trek to Tengboche, (3860m)5/6 hours. 
Day 09: Trek to Dingboche, (4300m)5/6 hours. 
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche, (4960m)5/6 hours. 
Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep, (5100m)4/5 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Everest Basecamp (5500m) and Pheriche (4160m) 7/8 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazzar, 7/8 hours. 
Day 14: Trek to Lukla, 5/6 hours.
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu .
Day 16: Final transfer to International airport.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m).
Arrive in Kathmandu international airport and meet one of our tour leaders from Alpine Eco Trek and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive to Phaplu (2600m) 10 hours.
After Breakfast drive by Jeep to Phaplu (10 Hours (2600m) stay overnight at the guest house.

Day 03: Trek to Nunthala (2330m). 
Trek from Phaplu to Nunthala (6/7 hour walking (2330m) stay overnight teahouse.

Day 04: Trek to Bupsa (2070m).
Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (8 hours walking (2070m) overnight at the lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chheplu or Phakding, (2750m).
Trek from Bupsa to Chheplung or Phakding (6/7 Hours (2750m) Stay overnight at Teahouse. 

Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazzar, (3440m). 
Trekking to Namche Bazar (3440m) Via Manju, Jorsalle, Hilary bridge, Top danda which is first Everest viewpoint, to Namche Bazar Walking distance 5/6 hour stay overnight at guest house or hotel in Namche.

Day 07: Namche bazaar: acclimatize day. 
After breakfast, hike to Syanbuche which is Viewpoint of Mount Everest have some drinks and explore around the Everest Himalayan range including Everest (8848m.) Lhotse (8516m.), Amadablam (6812m.), Nuptse (7855m.), Island (6189m.) etc, overnight at guest house or hotel in Namche. 

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche, (3860m). 
Hiking to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) via phunky tanka, Late afternoon explore the enchanting and biggest Buddhist monastery of the area (Tenbgoche Monastery). Walking distance 5/6 hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Dingboche, (4300m). 
Trekking to Dingboche (4300m) via Dibuche, Somare, to Dingboche check-in room and then have some hot drink to make warm for body and hike around Dingboche Ri for acclimatizing and better sleep at night, Walking distance 5/6 hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche, (4960m). 
Trekking to Lobuche (4960m): via Thukla to Lobuche same like pass days we can do little hike surrounding the Lobuche and back to the hotel, Walking distance 5 to 6-hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep, (5100m).
early morning Trek to Kala-Patthar (5450m) and then Gorekshep (5100m): Kala-Patthar is the most popular tourist destination in the area and able to see more than 40 snow-capped peaks from Kalapather, Best view of Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Pumari, South call, Khumbula peak, etc, Walking distance 3/4 hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Basecamp, (5500m) and Pheriche (4160m).
Morning hike to the base camp of Everest (5500m) via Khumbu glacier to Everest base camp and trek back to Pheriche (4160m) Walking distance 5 to 6-hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazzar. 
Trek back to Namche Bazar (3440m) via khumbu village, Hilary school Walking distance 6/7 hour stay overnight at guest house or in Hotel in Namche.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla.
Trek back to Lukla (2840m) Walking distance 5/6 hour stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu (35 minutes) and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Final transfer to International airport.
After breakfast, final transfer to International airport, fly home.  

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transfer to Trek starting point and Necessary flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Everest National park fee with Classic Everest base camp permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (guest house / tea house) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential FAQs for Classic Everest base camp trek:

How can I book Classic Everest base camp trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Classic Everest base camp trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Classic Everest base camp trek?
From mid Feb to June and mid September to early December is the best season. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Classic Everest base camp trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Classic Everest base camp trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging)

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our team leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trek Checklist

Equipment & Packing List for Classic Everest base camp trek. .

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Everest trekking

Everest Region Trekking Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).


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