Phaplu Everest basecamp Trek overview
The airport of lukla is considered as one of the dangerous airport of the world, that is why people do not want to fly to Lukla instead they want to trek from Phplu and start the Everest base camp trek overland. Even though, Kathmandu to lukla flight is not that scary but people do not like this flight, they often choose longer trek over flying to lukla. Phaplu Everest base camp Trek has many bright sides from exploration prospective as well.
But soon in the future the road connectivity will go all the way to lukla and trekking to Everest base camp can be either overland or by air; but both of them will start form the village of lukla at the khumbu himlaya range of Nepal, in near future.
For now, for the phaplu Everest base camp trek – one drives from Kathmandu to salleri by tourist bus. Also, there are jeeps from Kathmandu to salleri. Salleri is the capital city of Solukhumbu district, whereas everst base camp lies in this district of Solukhumbu.
How does everest base camp trek without flight to lukla comes true?
Government of Nepal is planning to connect all the headquarters of district to connect to the capital by road connectivity. Because of this plan of government, places like salleri are getting connected with the black topped road. Because of this we can drive to phaplu/salleri from Kathmandu by jeep or by bus. This ride is about 6-8 hours. Till 2019 there is no more option than starting trek from Phaplu, even though there are roads till Adheri village – this is seasonal roads. Jeep goes all the way to Adheri and shortens a day trek but it is not easy road, I rather prefer to start to walk from Phaplu itself.
How is salleri to lukla trek?
Salleri to lukla passes through lots of village trek and the trail is confusing as there are many local walking trails from one village to another. With Not starting trek with flight to lukla – you need to walk 3 days extra. These 3 days extra walking is completely different than upper region of Everest base camp trek. You will enjoy it. Dense villages, many locals faces, people working in the field, passing by local people and local lives happening in the villages of bupsa, surkey and nunthala makes stay during those 3 days an interesting stay.
The trail from salleri to lukla can be muddy and dirty with yak and muels shit but you will pass through the forest and rivers in abundant amount; this part is interesting during whole Everest base camp trek from salleri.
Difference between Lukla to EBC trek and salleri to everest base camp trek
As you do not take flight to go to lukla you will be driving to salleri Bazzar near Phaplu, this consumes time but for sure does not stress you to be in the small plane and land over the short runway of lukla airport.
Extra 3 days will increase the length of trekking but if you have time this trek worth. Trekking to EBC from Phaplu or salleri has wide variation in the trekking trail. You start trek from the capital of solukhumbu district and end your trek at the edge of Nepal – once you get to Everest base camp. Saying so; the variation of scenery from close up Mountain View to close up village and culture, walking though the dense forest to trekking above the tree line is more than amazing, it is nice trekking to know about the lower khumbu region.
Why do you need to choose this option of Everest base camp trek?
Phaplu Everest base camp Trek starts trek over land that means Everest base camp trek without flight to lukla is possible in this case
You will see the variation in trekking route – from people to the vegetation and the local houses.
Trekkers will have best experience of life with multiday hike to Everest base camp – 16 days. Starting everest base camp trek from salleri even helps you to acclimatize more comfortably.
Who can do Everest base camp trek without flight to lukla? Is this suggested?
Trekkers like bagpackers, students can do this trek. Those who have ample of time can sign up for this trekking. 12 days everest base camp trek becomes 17 days; in case you start from Phapluor salleri.
This kind of itinerary for everest base camp trek from salleri is recommended for those who are scared of small plane and are fine with bus ride for a day.
phaplu everest base camp trek would be a best option for those who want to see the verities of landscape from Everest trek. phaplu to lukla trek serves scenery of hills as well as, culture and tradition of Sherpa in lower region of khumbu. It is a heritage trek to Everest.
Note – If you have time & looking forward to skip the plane landing in short runway of lukla airport this is a best option – till 2019. But sooner the road connectivity will go all the way to lukla and trek will start from Lukla but trekkers will use bus instead of planes.
- Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri at altitude of 2300 meters
- Day 02: Trek starts from from salleri to Nunthala village (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.)
- Day 03: Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey village (2400m.)
- Day 04: Continue trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.)
- Day 05: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
- Day 06: Beautiful hike from Namche to Tengboche.
- Day 07: Tenboche monastery to Dingboche village
- Day 08: Acclimatization day & rest at dinboche
- Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche trek
- Day 10: Everest base camp day – long but worth trekking
- Day 11: Hike to kalapatthar and trek down to Pangboche
- Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Phortse village
- Day 13: Phortse to Monjo
- Day 14: Trek to Lukla
- Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
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Nov 16, 2019
We cant thank Arun enough for the most incredible couple of weeks trekking to Phaplu Everest base camp. His knowledge and professionalism shone through the moment we met, which left us feeling extremely comfortable.
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Nov 16, 2019
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Arun was the main guide for an Everest Basecamp trek I did a number of years ago. Arun provided an incredible experience a a very informed and supportive trekking guide. However, I was more impressed by Arun as a human being. He was so kind, curious, warm and open, and I believe that it was his unique spirit along with his guiding/trekking skills that provided a really wonderful and unique experience for me. I would not hesitate to recommend him, as I hope to do another trek with him in the near future.