About Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek follows a classic route that leads to Everest Base Camp, the lap of world's highest mountain through dense forests and fine villages.
If you want to spend more time in the Khumbu region and traverse the hidden corners that only a handful of travelers come in contact with the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek is the best option for you. Following the classic route or we can say the traditional route, you slowly move towards Everest Base Camp. After a short flight or drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu, you follow an adventurous trail that passes by numerous lush forests and settlement areas. Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking is an alternative route of regular Everest Base Camp Trek.
The best thing about Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek is that there is no drastic change in the attitude that usually happens if done the regular EBC Trek. During Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek, you gain elevation gradually over time allowing your body enough time to adjust with the elevation. Trekking through terraced fields, crossing small passes and numerous suspension bridges over streams & rivers, you reach Namche Bazar, the tourist hub of the Khumbu region.
Visiting the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery, you move towards EBC. The trail will further take you to Kala Patthar from where you get to see excellent sunrise.
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek 19 Days overall is the fantastic journey in the Himalayas that allow you to unwind yourself and take you away from the chaotic cities. On the trail, you will find yourself very close to nature and enjoy the simple mountain lifestyle. To know more about the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek package read below. You can also get in touch with us for any questions.
Things you see & experience during the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
Scenic flight/drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu
You take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu. The flight will be short and scenic. You get to see an aerial view of beautiful valleys, dense forests, and fine villages.
Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park
From Monjo village onwards, the trail goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites. The trail covers many small villages, numerous streams, and dense forests. This national park is the habitat of many flora and fauna, therefore you get to see a variety of alpine vegetation on the way.
Explore Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is the biggest Sherpa residence and the most developed village in the Khumbu region. In this village, you get to spend a couple of nights that help you in acclimatization. There are so many things to do in Namche Bazar. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Likewise, there are also many options for short excursions to places like Syangboche Airstrip, Everest View Hotel, Khumjung Monastery, etc.
Visit the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region
Tengboche village houses the Tengboche monastery, which is known as the oldest and the biggest monastery of the region. It is the most important monastery for the locals. Many major events and festivals are celebrated here every year. This monastery also used to be the home of hundreds of monks. Established in 1961 by Lama Gulu, the Tengboche monastery got reconstructed twice after this.
Reach Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is the base of the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Reaching the EBC is a huge accomplishment that once can have in their life. From Everest Base Camp, you can see astonishing views of Himalayan Mountains and glaciers.
Witness gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar
Kala Patthar viewpoint is a very famous place in the Khumbu region to see a gorgeous sunrise. Located above Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar also offers 360-degree views of Everest and surrounding mountains.
Get to see panoramic views of the Himalayas and stunning scenery
Everest Base Camp Trek offers striking views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Kantega (6,782 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), etc. Along with that, you will also get to see stunning views of glaciers and moraines.
Things you should know before going on Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary
You take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu (or drive). From here, the trail ascends to Nunthala and continues walking towards Phakding via Bupsa Danda and Puiyan. The trail then passes through dense forests, crossing several streams and leads to Namche Bazar. From here, you gradually ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and small villages to reach Everest Base Camp and hike up to Kala Patthar.
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty
Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek perfect for any trekker with or without trekking experience. However, the trail can get a little tough for new trekkers because of many ascends & descends on steep and rugged paths. You have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day, which requires sound health and good physical fitness.
Best time to go on Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) is the most desirable time to go on Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek. These are the most chosen time to go on this trek as the weather generally remains constant. Likewise, the clear sky and mild climate make the journey joyous and view outstanding.
Food & Accommodation during Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek
You stay overnight in the guesthouse during Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek. The rooms come with twin beds, which you have to share with a fellow trekker. Likewise, the services in the guesthouse are limited due to the remoteness of the region. The washroom is usually common with the availability of a hot shower.
You can find quite a good variation in the menu at a lower elevation. Dishes like momo, noodles, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, etc can be found in Namche Bazar. As the elevation increase the menu also gets limited and expensive. The meals are served by the menu of the teahouse/lodge you are staying in.