Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek

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Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek




17 Days


5545 metres


Walking and Sightseeing


Hotel, Lodge and camping



Best Season:


Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking route follows the footsteps of famous Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa and ends with a rise of Kala Patthar (5,545 m). Kala Patthar is the best place for viewpoint. The safe and attractive route passes through a mountainous village Phaplu, in northeast Nepal. The trekking route falls under the Khumbu region which is home to many endangered animals and birds like Himalayan Thar, Snow Leopard and many more. On our journey, we get a chance to encounter various ethnic villages of Sherpa, Rai, Chhetri, and Gurung people and experience their culture and traditions.

Trekking from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is a little bit longer than the regular EBC trekking route via Lukla. However, the route is safe and adventurous.  The route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park, which has been listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The beautiful moments to explore would be the Everest Icefall glacier with huge ice pinnacles elevated to amazing height before reaching the EBC. The spiritual Buddhists’ prayer flags hanging above the way make the journey quiet and peaceful. The Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking takes you to the altitude of 5,545 m at Kala Patthar viewpoint. The viewpoint is famous for observing many snow-capped mountains at the same time. We can observe the highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Cho-Oyu (8152 m) and many others.

When is the best season to trek Everest Base Camp via Phaplu?

The best season to visit the Khumbu region is in spring as the complete trekking routes are filled with colorful Rhododendron and greenish landscape. Although, the trek starting in March, April and May are also perfect. In those days the sun is sparkling and skies seem to be almost clear. There are off-season treks available as well. There may be a risk of avalanches and landslides in Monsoon in the Everest region.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Valley, one of our team members will welcome you and take you to a comfortable hotel and stay overnight there.

Day 2

Drive to Phaplu (2,365 m): 9 hours

The drive will take you through the mountain road overlooking scenic views and passing by hilly winding roads. We will stay overnight at a lodge in Phaplu.

Day 3

Trek to Nunthala (2,250 m): 7 hours

The trail will incline towards Takshindo Gompa then pass through the cheese factory there to reach Nunthala.

Day 4

Trek to Khari Khola (2,550 m): 6 hours

Our trails will descent towards the Dudh Koshi River earlier then pass Sherpa village and green meadows. Later we will ascend towards Kari Khola passing dense Rai village and reach Nunthala and stay overnight there.

Day 5

Trek to Paiya (2,770m): 7 hours

The route will steep ascend towards Khari La Pass (2,880m) and pass through rhododendron and oak forest with some tea stalls and Sherpa settlements. The pass has the most awesome views of the Himalayan range. We can have some photographs and rest there. Then we will walk gently through bamboo forests to reach Paiya and stay overnight there at lodge.

Day 6

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440 m): 7 hours

We will cross the Phakding village after two hours of gentle descent and ascent. The breathtaking scenery of snow-capped peaks all the way towards Namche Bazar will fascinate our trip. The village is located at the bank of Bhote Koshi River which is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. We stay overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazar.

Day 7

Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m): 5 hours

With close-up view of Thamserku, Kusum Kangrib, and Kantega, our trail will climb a ridge top-level mountain path. The climb is steep and challenging. Then we reach the stone gate by Lamas which is the main entry point of Tengboche. There is a vast plateau ahead and is ideal for camping. The sunset over Mt. Everest can be overwhelmed from Tengboche.

Day 8

Trek to Dingboche (4,260 m): 6 hours

We will arrive at flat land after crossing a rhododendron forest then suspension bridge of Imja Khola. Our route then follows the Imja Khola to arrive at big Mani Stupa. Then we will reach the Dingboche where we can see the fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from harsh winds and wild animals.

Day 9

Rest day at Dingboche village:

We will hike around the village and explore the mountain culture, tradition, and get familiar with Sherpas. Hiking of Chhukung is optional.

Day 10

Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m): 6 hours

The great wall of Nuptse will be the first attraction to us today. The stunning views of Mt. Tawache, Pokalde (5741m), Kongma- Tse (5820m) and Ama Dablam will fascinate our trip all day.

Day 11

Everest Base Camp Trek (5,360 m): 7 hours

We will trek to Everest Base Camp passing Gorakshep (5,140m) on our way. Our trail climbs up through rocky path and Khumbu Glacier with the wind blowing. We will visit the camp, grab some photographs of snow-capped peaks and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 12

Hike to Kalapatthar (5,540 m) and trek to Pheriche (4,240 m): 9 hours.

Early in the morning, we will hike to Kala Patthar's viewpoint and enjoy the view of sunrise. This beautiful scenery will be absolutely breathtaking. We will see the highest peak in the world and some other stunning view of snow-capped peaks. After spending some glorious moments around Kala Patthar, we will descent toward Pheriche and stay overnight there.

Day 13

Pheriche to Tengboche (3,870 m): 6 hours

Our trail goes through the rhododendron forest and passes the oldest monastery on the way to Tengboche. From there, one can enjoy the superb view of Ama Dablam, green hills and Pristine Rivers.

Day 14

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440 m): 7 hours

We will pass several local villages like Sanasa and Lagusasa and cross Gokyo valley. We can hike up to Khumjung village and Hilary Hospital at Khunde. We will follow the trail to Monastery which offers Yeti Scalp and reach Namche Bazar in the evening.

Day 15

Trek to Lukla (2,886 m): 8 hours

We will trek back to Lukla through the bank of the river along the dense forest. We will stay overnight there and finish our walking trail.

Day 16

Fly to Kathmandu: 40 minutes

We will have mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu with full of joyful memories and lots of mountain climbing experiences. Upon arrival at TIA, we will receive you and transfer to the hotel and provide you a successful party of glorious adventures.

Day 17

Departure Day:

We will leave you at TIA for your further journey ahead.

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Rated 5 out of 5
February 24, 2020

My husband and I can only say positive things about Blue Lake Travels and Tours. We were very satisfied with their service and can definitely recommend them. Overall it was a well-planned trek.

Nicholas Korhonen
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