Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trek from Phaplu to Everest base camp is a classic and original route. Long-time ago trekkers used to walk all the way from Jiri to EBC and trek back to the same place at Jiri but now since there is a small mountain airport in Phaplu has been built and as an alternative way to Lukla airport, this route is getting popular among the adventure trekkers. 

Phaplu Everest base camp 16 days trek is the best alternative route if Lukla flights are not happing. Due to weather, Lukla flights get cancelled quite often, this route is the best option for those trekkers who have a limited time. Flights from Kathmandu to Phaplu can operate even if the weather is not so good. 

Everest base camp trek from Phaplu starts from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Phaplu from where our adventure and the challenging journey begin. Gradually uphill and downhill, the trek reaches Lukla then to Namche Bazaar where we will spend two nights to have proper acclimatization. In the next days, we trek to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally Kala Patthar and Everest base camp. Get enjoy and be thrilled being on the base camp of the world.

Phaplu EBC trekking holiday covers low land from JPhaplu to highland Kalapathar (5545m). This is a breathtaking trip to Everest base camp walking with its panoramic view of Everest 8848m, Cho Oyu 8152m, Lhotse 8516m, Makalu 8463m and Ama Dablam 6456m. The trek ends at Lukla with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.


  • Enjoy being in the base camp of the world
  • Experience a breathtaking trip to Everest camp walking with its panoramic view 
  • Availability of flight in Lukla 
  • Trekking to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally Kala Kathar and Everest base camp

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu and trek to Nuntala (2,330m), 5 to 6 hrs walking

Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu and trek to Nunthala crossing the Tak Sindo La Pass (3,071m) before descending through the forest to Nunthala. Nunthala is a typical village in the eastern region. You will see a lot of mules, yaks and horses on the roads. The village is connected by trade route as it is the last village in the north of the district. You will see animals and locals moving essential supplies back and forth. Overnight at local lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Nunthala
  • Maximum Altitude:2,330m

From Nuntala, descend continues to Dudh Koshi (Milk river) the largest river on the trek. Then ascend through several Sherpa and Rai villages. Terraced fields and forest to the spread-out village of Khari-Khola. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kharikhola
  • Maximum Altitude:2,090m

The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyan to Puiyan. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Puiyan
  • Maximum Altitude:2,280m

The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2,800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing the path to Lukla airport, after which we climb on to Phakding. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phakding
  • Maximum Altitude:2,640m

The trek begins with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes a waterfall. Full day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs and on the way to walking you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanggru (6,369m) Thamserku (6,608m) Everest (8,848m) and Nuptse (7,879 m). A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3,445m). Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche
  • Maximum Altitude:3445m

Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that we take a short day's hike to Everest view hotel or relax and explore the sherpa culture of Namche village. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche
  • Maximum Altitude:3445m

A couple of hours walk takes us to phungithanga; from there the trail climbs through forests where we can spot musk deer. Tengboche sits on a saddle at 3,860m in a clearing surrounded by dwarf fires and rhododendrons. Kwongde (6,187m) Tawache(6,542m) Everest (8,848m) Nuptse (7,855m) Lhotse (8,618m) Amadablam (6,856m) Thamserku (6,608m) provides an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at a guest house in Tengboche.  

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,860m

Beyond Tengboche, the altitude really starts to tell. The trail drops down to Deboche, crosses the Imja Khola and climbs past superb mani stones ( carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chant om mani Padme hum) to Pangboche at 3,890m. The gompa here is worth visiting. Then the trail starts to climb to Pheriche 4,240m. Where there is a small health post and medical facility, which gives lectures every day on Altitude Sickness. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pheriche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,240m

The trail climbs to Phalang karpo at 4,340m then Duglha at 4,620m,From Dughla the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley and climb steeply in to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier then left in to the memorial area Chukpilhara, before reaching the Lobuche at 4,900m. Overnight at guest house in Lobuche.   

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:4900m

The trail from Lobuche follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorakshep. Stop for lunch then climb Kalapattar to get the best views of Everest and the surrounding mountains and back to Gorakshep for the evening. Overnight at Gorakshep. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kalapathar
  • Maximum Altitude:5,545m

Wake up early in the morning, get well ready and start an early hike to Everest base camp. Although the hike is cold and freezing, we have new energy in our bodies to be on the highest base camp in the world. We are enthusiastic to be at that base camp from where all the climbers start their expedition to summit the top of the world. We enjoy our quality time spent at Everest base camp and trek back to Lobuche for an overnight stay.  

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Everest Base Camp - Lobuche
  • Maximum Altitude:5,364m and 4,900m

 We start our trek after breakfast at Lobuche. We are in a hurry to leave this beautiful place since this is very and cold and freezing place. We trek slowly down to Pangboche where we can find a better accommodation alternative.  

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pangboche
  • Maximum Altitude:4,100m

 We walk down to the river then start hiking up to Khumjung village. Since this is a very beautiful village we will enjoy our stay at Khumjung exploring the Sherpa culture and traditions. Overnight at guest house in Khumjung village. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Khumjung Village
  • Maximum Altitude:3,789m

From Kumjung it is a short hike to Namche Bazaar. We will stop and give you time to make any final souvenirs purchases before continuing on down the hill to Manjo. Overnight at guest house in Manjo. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Manjo
  • Maximum Altitude:2,840m

Even though we are going down the valley the trek has a final sting for us. We must hike up a hill to get to Lukla. Overnight at hotel in Lukla. 

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude:2860m

After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the airport in Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Our service end here. 

  • Accommodation:On your own
  • Meals:On your own
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1350m


  • The entire airport picks up and drops.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 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.

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.


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Useful Information

Phaplu Everest base camp trek is an alternative route to Lukla airport. Depending on your time, interest and requirement, let us know from where you want to start your trek, we will follow your requirements and interest and organize a beautiful trip as per your timeframe and budget. 


How can I book the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek?

When you confirm the trek, we will require a photocopy of your passport as well as a 20 percent down payment of the total price for flight ticket reservations, hotel bookings, and permit processing. 

Can I do the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek?

This trek is suitable for any hiker looking for something adventurous and challenging with stunning views of the Mount Everest region. It is not necessary that you have any previous trekking or climbing experience. However, daily jogging, running, or cycling is useful and you should be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5 to 6 hours daily.

When should I come for the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek?

Planning a trip to Everest Base Camp in spring or autumn would be the best time to have a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. It is possible to do in winter and summer too but the view will not be that much clear and the weather will either be very cold or always cloudy during these seasons.    

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?

Kathmandu, the bustling capital of Nepal, is the best city to explore ancient culture and old heritage sites, so you need to spend at least two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. On request, we can provide you with standard accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with Group?

Yes, you can join with a group, we guarantee a range of fixed group departure dates for Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek. We can arrange small group trekking trips to suit your needs. Please contact us or find above the group departure dates. 

Do I need to join with Group?

It is not necessary that you need to follow our scheduled group departure dates, as private treks depart every day upon your request which is best suited for couples, families, and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your chosen start date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

Yes, we do offer special departures if our holiday packages are not perfect or group departure dates are not convenient for your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is an exciting and adventurous journey. We hike up to 5545 meters on foot, walking through villages, lush hills, and white snow trails, so you need to have the right equipment with you. Click here for more information.

What kind of meals I can have during the Trip?

All meals on a full board basis will be provided during the trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (Western, Continental, and Nepalese food are available everywhere). Meals will be served three times a day.

Do I have a pre-departure meeting?

Yes, our team leaders will visit you at your hotel and brief you about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trekking guide and assistants.

Can I charge camera batteries along the Trek?

Yes, in most places, you can charge the battery at an extra cost (USD 2-3 per hour for charging).  

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