Phaplu to Everest Base camp trek by land

Trip Overview
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Very Strenuous or Grade D (****)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionNamche, Kalapathar
  • Maximum Altitude5545 Meters
  • Best TimeSpring/Autumn


  • New Airport and a more secured airport.
  • taksindo cheese factory.
  • Tasksindo: the oldest monastery.
  • Experience of different societies and cultures.
  • Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar.
  • Everest viewpoint, Kala Patthar, Tengboche monastery, land of Sherpa climber Khumjung.

Another popular way to see Mt Everest from up close is the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek. More like Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri, this Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary is an off-the-beaten trek. It goes via Phaplu, an important village in the northeastern part of the Solukhumbu or Khumbu region.

Phaplu to EBC Trek is another alternative way to reach Everest Base Camp. This trekking trail provides what other packages cannot. The journey to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain will start with a bus ride to Phaplu village. After reaching Phaplu, you will take a scenic road that passes via the towns of Sherpas and Tamangs. This will allow you to see different lifestyles and cultures. Your trek will continue towards Lukla viaTaksindo, Nunthala, and Bupsa. Along the route, you will see several monasteries and gompas. 

And then, this trek will mark the confluence with the standard Mount Everest Base Camp Trek from Phakding. After that, the rest of the journey will continue on the regular trail. And you will reach the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar before heading back to Lukla for a return to Kathmandu.

So Everest Base Camp Trek via Phaplu is another way to approach Mt Everest. It is a unique experience awaiting avid trekkers who want to do Everest Base Camp Trek without flying to Lukla. So you will escape the too typical Lukla Flight to have a remarkable journey of 16 days.     

Trekking to Everest base camp from Phaplu is another adventurous trekking in Nepal. This trail brings you from low land to the high Himalayas with a green valley with a green mountain to the glacier with a snowcapped mountain. Everest Base Camp Trekking via Phaplu shows a unique nature view with Sherpa and Tamang culture. This Adventure will be a memory for a lifetime event to Everest base camp trek. 

Phaplu to Everest Base camp trek starts from Kathmandu to 10 hours of the drive-by jeep through scenic mountain view, river view to a small town of Providence 1 of Nepal Solu-Khumbu district. Along the way to EBC, many ascending and descending paths, including Taskisndo gompas and Nunthala. Taksindo is a famous place for cheese in the Khumbu region. Finally, the trek will rise, climbing to the Dudh Koshi River bank, passing through fertilizing land of the Khumbu region and settlement of Sherpa, Rai, and Tamang communities.

Everest base camp trek without Lukla flight shows you the low valley of Khumbu with different vegetation and animals, which start from Phaplu and end in Phaplu. Avoid Lukla flight to Everest base camp trek because of fear of flight cancelation, flight delays, weather changes, and landed in narrow world airport. Everest base camp trek by land allows exploring local Sherpa and Tamang culture and Buddhism.

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After a 10-hour drive, we will be in Phaplu, our hiking starting point.

  • Hotel

We start to hike from Phaplu to Nunthala, 2200m. which takes approximately seven hours. Phaplu is a small Himalayan town with an airport. Our way towards Takshindo Gompa. After descending from here, you will reach Nunthala. You can visit the old cheese factory at Takshindo. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2200m

You will start your trek with a gentle descent towards the Dudh Koshi River (known as a Milk River) for nearly two hours, passing through agricultural pastures and small Sherpa and Rai villages. Then, you will elevate from the Dudh Koshi river to Kharikhola (2050m.), giving through Juving (1680m.), a dense Rai village and farmlands. From Kharikhola, you will have a gentle walk for 45 minutes and then proceeds steeply up to the camp (Bupsa), where you can see an antique Buddhist Monastery in a ruined state. Stay overnight at the lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2350m

The first part of the trek is a gentle ascent for early 2 hours to Chipling (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla, passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. After that, your trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascending to Phakding.  Phakding is a short trek after three long days of trekking. You can hang in and around Phakding village. Stay overnight at the lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs
  • 2652m

 The route passes through beautiful pine forests, Dudh Koshi River, and views of MauntThamserku. After passing a few settlements, we a check post, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We further walk through the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River and take a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, where the first sight of marvelous Mount Everest and the ridges of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse welcomes us.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs hiking
  • 3440m

Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, et cetera. Although it’s the rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place, including the Tourist Visitor Center, where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, and their culture and flora and fauna of the region.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Massive views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lotshe bring you ahead to Khangjuma. Hike down to the riverside into a green pine forest. We take lunch with the sound of Imjakhola and Bhote Koshi river. Another 2-3 hrs hike to Tengboche.

  • Lodge
  • t
  • l
  • 3867m

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche starts the other day by visiting the biggest Buddist Monastry in the region. Then, the journey continues through alpine forests to a large village of Upper Pangboche and further through villages of Shomare, Orsho, and TsuroWog. Next, one can view beautiful views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Mount Thamserku, Mount AmaDablam, Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse, and Mount Lhotse, along with others, while passing through the KhumbilaKhola valley to the ridge top. Eventually, We reach Dingboche by moving further through the trail through ImjaKhola.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hrs of hiking
  • 4260m

Today is a rest day on a trek. Dingboche is an excellent place to explore. Either you can go to Chuking or Nagarjuna hill to a viewpoint.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

After walking up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier during the trek, the ascent to ChupkiLhara begins where one can find the slopes with boulders. One comes across the collection of stones with prayer flags used as memories of American mountaineer Scott Fischer and BabuChhiri Sherpa, the ten-time Everest Summiteer Nepalese citizen. You see beautiful views of Khumbutse, Mount Lingtse, Mount Pumori, and Mount Mahalangur as the trail crosses the Khumbu glacier, where you can experience minor symptoms of altitude sickness.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 - 6 hours of hiking
  • 4930m

Today is the most important day of the Everest Base Camp trek route. At Thangma Riju, one can experience the 360-degree panoramic view of snowcapped mountains. Unfortunately, we cannot see Mount Everest from here. However, You can view Mount Nuptse, Mount Nuptse, and Mount Pumori. Below Mount Pumori, you see a beautiful scene of grey grassy land of Kalopaththar after climbing up the steep terrain of Changri glacier.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5364 m

The trek starts early in the morning so that trekkers can witness a glimpse of Mount Everest when the dusk turns to a bright morning. On the way Peak s Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse are viewed. We suggest that during the ascent to Kalapththar, which takes hours, one pauses and catches one breath while snapping the photos at times. We find a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayas at Gorakshep. The descent to Periche begins after Lunch.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 4243 m

The descent continues through the route back to the terminal moraine at Duglha, passing through the beautiful village of Pheriche and Orsho along with Shomare. On reaching Pangboche village, one can explore the oldest monastery in the region, which has the legend of storing the scalp and bones of YETI, the repulsive snowman. Moving further over the bridge above Dudh Koshi River and Dudh Koshi gorge down the descent through pine forests, the path reaches Sansa trail junction. After lunch, the trail to Namche bazaar continues appreciating the marvel of Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, and views of the tip of Everest and Tengboche on the trail route.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hrs hike
  • 3867 m

The last day of the trek continues with the steep downward trail. Trekkers need to walk slowly, very controlled, and balanced on the steep rocky terrain until reaching the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, passing through the open plain, rhododendron forest while enjoying a distant view of snow-covered mountains. Finally, we arrive at Lukla.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 2886 m

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and sleep overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Hotel

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Trip Map

Phaplu to Everest Base camp trek by land map

Cost Details


  • Airport picks drop & pick up by a private vehicle.
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly government license holder Guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Drive to Phaplu and fly back from Lukla.
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for groups and crews.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.


  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide and potter etc.

Essential Info

Your eyes would not be able to stop to see mountain views of Numbu (6960m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), and Thamserku (6629m).  while you pass Surkey, you are just bottom of the world's narrow airport tensing Hillary airport Lukla. You will follow your way from Dudh Koshi river to Phakdhing and continue to reach the first viewpoint of the World's highest mountain Everest and overnight is in the Sherpa community of Namche village. The height of Namche (3400 meters) will bring you AMS, which means above 3500 meters, our tree lines will be gone, and the oxygen level will be getting down. One of the biggest Tengboche monasteries will be along the way to your goal will give you more power and strength. Rocky mountain Kala Patthar will show the closest majestic view of Mount Everest, including Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Amadblam, and others. Everest base camp passed through a Khumbu glacier and got the opportunity to see the Khumbu icefall.

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