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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp

Duration 18 days
Max-Altitude 5545m
Transportation Flight/Drive
Grade Moderate
Accommodation 3 * category hotel in kathmandu and Teahouse During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during the trek
Best Season March, April, May, September, October, November
Communication Avialable
Group Size 1 -12

Trekking from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is longer than regular Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal via Lukla route. This trekking is free from any kinds of irregularities in terms of Lukla Flight. During regular Everest Base Camp Trekking via Lukla route the weather might play a vital role. In any bad weather, Lukla flight has a high degree of cancellation possibilities. However, Phaplu route can use to avoid such fate. Though the altitude of Phaplu and Lukla is similar and trekkers get easily acclimatized as they spend more time within the Khumbu region.

The trekking route has many uphill and downhill before reaching to Phakding. Once trekkers reach Phakding usual route of EBC Trek takes place. Journey then follows the route of Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization break in Namche Bazaar to takes place before heading towards Tengboche. We can also visit the place like Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep during the trek. After reaching and exploration of Everest Base Camp (5365 m) trekkers can hike to Kalapathar (5545 m) for early morning sunrise view. We can see the majestic sunrise views as well as the glorious moment of sunray kissing the tip of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and many others from Kalapathar. Descend majestically to Lukla again via the same route using Pheriche. Pheriche is the rest point instead of Dingboche.

Trek from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is a diversified trekking trail on its own. Trekkers will get glimpses of Brahmin, Chhetris, Rai, Magar, Gurung and hilly tribes‘ villages as well as Sherpa villages. Temperate to alpine forests belt can be experienced. Therefore, choose this trekking package with Trekking to Everest and explore the Everest region in a peculiar way. This is the smartest and reliable way of trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trek.

Day 03: Early morning flight to Phaplu (2400m) and trek to Ringmu (2500m) 3hrs.

Day 04: Trek from Ringmu to Nunthala (2200m) 6hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m) 5/6hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Bupsa to Chablung/Chheplung (2700m) 6hrs.

Day 07: Trek from Chablung to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs.

Day 08: Rest day for Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m) 5hrs

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5hrs

Day 11 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 6hrs

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m) & Everest base camp (5364m) 6hrs.

Day 14: Early morning Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) then trek to Pheriche (4260m) 7hrs

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours

Day 17 : Lukla – Kathmandu (1400 m)

Day 18: Departure Day

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to Hotel.
Our Representative will be waiting for you outside the arrival terminal gate and You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and preparation for the trek.
After breakfast in the morning you will be   Proceed on to  Boudhanath Stupa, Pasupatinath  Temple,  Patan Darbar  Square   and   Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa said to be more than 2000 years old, is perched on a hillock 77 meters above the valley floor and offering a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu City. Afternoon, a tour of Patan, also known as Lalitpur or the “city of beauty” is the oldest city in the valley. A great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Early morning flight to Phaplu (2400m) and trek to Ringmu (2500m) 3hrs.

Day 04: Trek from Ringmu to Nunthala (2200m) 6hrs.

Day 05: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m) 5/6hrs.

Day 06: Trek from Bupsa to Chablung/Chheplung (2700m) 6hrs.

Day 07: Trek from Chablung to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6hrs.

Day 08: Rest day for Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar</strong

Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m) 5hrs

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5hrs
We walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche.The trek continues passing through the upper Pangboche trail and exploring the Pangboche Monastery. We continue our walk to Dingboche via Imja Valley and Lobuche River. Overnight at Dingboche.
Included meals: Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 6hrs
The trek continues walking around 7 hours (9 km)along the Himalayan trail heading towards the famous base camp of the world’s tallest peak exploring the breathtaking magnificent view of the mountains. The trail then continues via Dughla pass to the mountain village of Lobuche for the overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch  and Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140m) Everest base camp (5364m) 6hrs.
Today we continue our trek to Everest Base camp walking long day nearly 12 hours (17 km) to Gorakshep. After reaching Gorak shep, check-in at the lodge, have lunch and walk to the Base Camp to enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. Then we walk back to Gorakshep from the base camp for overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner

Day 14: Early morning Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) then trek to Pheriche (4260m) 7hrs
After early breakfast, we walk up to the highest point of the trek, Kalapatthar for a magnificent view of the world’s tallest Everest and several other mountains like Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. It takes about three hours to reach the top. After spending some time at the summit of Kala Patthar, we walk back to Gorak Shep for lunch which is relatively easier than hiking up to Kala Patthar. After lunch, we hike down to Pheriche to spend the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 7 hours
Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours
This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks and dance with your trek mates. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Lukla – Kathmandu (1400 m)
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. We take you for a cultural dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Departure Day
Our Driver will transfer you to the International Airport for your onward Destination.
Included meals: Breakfast

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
  • 3-star category  hotel  in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation  including Breakfast, lunch, and dinner  during the trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Phaplu and  Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • City tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Entrance Fee for Sightseeing
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack and the gear play vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be used for the trip.

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself
  • A down Jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  • T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • A pair’s nylon hiking shorts quick drying one
  • Underwear
  • Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  • A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair sandal (Optional)

2. Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

3. Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

What is trekking?
Trekking is an adventurous multi-days walk to a certain destination. In Nepal, trekking includes walking in the Himalayas and green hills.

How to know if I’m fit enough to trek?
Trekking requires good physical fitness. It means you should be able to walk 5-7 hours a day. If you have adverse health, it is not suitable for the altitude trek, so choose lower altitude trekking. To ensure that you can go to the high altitude, visit your doctor and get advice.

How can we get acclimatized at high altitudes?
Well, there are several ways that you can follow. Nepal Kameleon Holidays applies some of the easiest ways for the acclimatization. Trek high sleep low is our method of trekking. Another way is to take a rest and acclimatization day and you can walk around that habituates your acclimatization level. It is the most important part.  Eating foods with soup and drinking warm soups keep you warm and energized.

What if I get altitude sickness or any injuries during trekking?
High altitude sickness if often asked question. And it is in fact really necessary to know about this matter. Our guide applies first aid treatment, and if it is an emergency and does not have another way out of the medical access, helicopter evacuation is the ultimate way. But, you need to know that it is an emergency. Otherwise, trekking down or taking a rest day can be effective.

How much money should I bring along?
We provide food and accommodation along with any transportation service on the fully inclusive trips. However, if the trip is extended to your interest or due to unavoidable situations, you need to cover the extra cost. Also, if you want to have things not included in our cost, it is easy for you. So, bring some cash with you ( USD $ 15 – 20 )per day.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stop working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency, there you would be getting very fewer exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I HAVE to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% non-refundable deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa, and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amounts).

When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu? How do you take that money? US cash or credit card?
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

What is the best season for this trekking?
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December is the best time to do this trek. Form July to mid-September is the rainy season in Nepal.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur on a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flowers are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter starts from mid-December till mid-February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. The view is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as the hotel provides the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide is about -10°C (14°F). Our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on a trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use the first-aid kit and have the knowledge to use oximeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk. Guides also carry local sim cards, both Nepal Telecom and Ncell, in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when a client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

Is Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure’s staff insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters.

If I am sick, can I continue the trek the next day after a day rest?
It totally depends on the level of your sickness. Once you are sick at a higher altitude you need to rest at a lower altitude and it at least needs 3 days to a week for the recovery. If you are on a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with a guide depending on your health status. If you are in a group, then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with a guide and catch up with the group later on.

Is there any communication while we are on trekking? There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and the situation of every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection for the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 500 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff, the ratio of the tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

All your departure is guaranteed to run ?
Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost.

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