Phaplu Everest base camp Trek - 15 Days

Trip Facts

  • Tourist bus/Jeep-Car-Plane
  • 1 to 8
  • 5545 meter / 18188 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Base Camp Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 14
  • 75
Phaplu Everest basecamp trek is famous as a safe trekking route to Everest base camp, to base camp situated at 5364m. If trek starts from salleri, it is called salleri to Everest base camp trek.

Phaplu Everest base camp trek starts with traveling to the trek start point overland, on everest base camp road. Also, famous as road to Everest base camp & travel from Kathmandu to Salleri, skips the flight to Lukla.

Everest base camp by road is not only safe way of travelling to EBC but also the beauty of lower trail section from phaplu to Lukla (or salleri to Lukla ) gives insights of local culture tradition, while trekking along the local villages.

Phaplu Everest base camp trek do not start its first day inside the Sagarmatha national park; as of Lukla  to Ebc trek, but after walking few days  from salleri to namche bazaar will meet the same trail of Everest base camp trek with flight to Lukla .

One who chooses to start trekking from Phplu or salleri will see the less crowded trekking trail of lower Everest region. Trekkers will get their private time to adjust with the weather of Nepal and will help them to acclimatize more. Unlike to trekkers doing trekking with flight to Lukla, you will be able to see both domestic animals and the wild ones.

The change in the lifestyle, culture, faces and tradition of people of lower Everest trail will drastically change after phaplu to Lukla or salleri to Lukla part of Phaplu salleri to Everest base camp trekking trail.

Phaplu to everest base camp trek is long trekking, in comparison to Lukla  to EBC trek, however it acclimatize you well and help you to trek to base camp without flight to Lukla .

Trekking from phaplu to namche bazaar will not be demanding trek but after ascending above 4000 meters, trekking slow listening to your body will certainly help you to succeed the Everest base camp trek skipping flight to Lukla. If you want to know about phaplu to Lukla trek trail or salleri to Lukla trekking route for your adventure in Nepal, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Salleri to Everest base camp trek can be a best choice of EBC trek, if you have enough time.  phaplu to Everest base camp trek can be customized as per your need, from luxury trek or homestay experiences in between phaplu to Lukla  trekking trail section.

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 Himalaya 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 Everest base camp lies in this district of Solukhumbu.

How would 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 Nantahala 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 bag packers, 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 Phaplu or 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.


Are you wondering about how scary will the flight to lukla be? Do you want to avoid this short flight and rather make trekking little bit longer? You got in the right trekking trip to Everest basecamp.

Phaplu EBC trek not only deceives the flight from Kathmandu to lukla but also help you to gain more insights of lower Everest region.

Major things to see in Phaplu Everest base camp Trek

  • Trekking to Everest Basecamp over land (skip the flight from kathmandu to Lukla )
  • Historic trail used by Eudmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey Sherpa
  • Buddhist monasteries like in Junbesi and Tengboche
  • Far and wide landscape variation
  • River valley to White Mountain valley
  • Mount Everest
  • Everest Base camp and Kalapatthar
  • Namchhe Bazzar
  • Local villages like Surkey, Nunthala, Khumjung
  • Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall
  • Majestic view of EBC, Khumbu ice fall and Khumbu glacier from the top of Kalapatthar
  • Sleep above 5000m, gorakshep at 5170meters

Daily activity schedule for phaplu Everest base camp trek

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri at altitude of 2300 meters

• 6 to 8 hours drive
• Black topped road (jeep or tourist bus)

Day 2
Trek starts from from salleri to Nunthala village (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.)

• 7 hours trekking
• Tea house/homestay accommodation

Day 3
Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey village (2400m.)

• 6 hours 30 minutes trekking duration
• Pass by villages and forest
• Surkey is Sherpa village right at the bottom of Lukla

Day 4
Continue trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.)

• 7 hours trek
• Tea house accommodation

Day 5
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)

• 9 hours trek
• Meets ebc trekker with flight to Lukla
• Nice accommodation

Day 6
Beautiful hike from Namche to Tengboche.

• Famous Monastery of the region – at Tengboche
• Tengboche at 3870meters
• Greater view of Everest

Day 7
Tengboche monastery to Dingboche village

• Cross 4000 meters – Dingboche at 4400 meters
• Hidden valley
• Rest & acclimatization day
• 5 hours trekking duration

Day 8
Acclimatization day & rest at Dingboche

• Dingboche at 4400 meters and we hike up to 4800 meters – at least – sleep at 4400 at Dingboche
• 3 hours of trekking
• Easy day
• No tree line

Day 9
Dingboche to Lobuche trek

• 5 hours walk
• Cross 5000 meters
• Memorials of Everest demises

Day 10
Everest base camp day – long but worthful trekking

• Trek for 9 hours in (Lobuche – Gorakshep – Ebc trail)
• Sleep above 5k, Gorakshep at 5170meters
• EBC day – day of the mission

Day 11
Hike to kalapatthar and trek down to Pangboche

• View of Ebc, Khumbu ice fall and Khumbu glacier from the top of Kalapatthar
• 7 hours trekking
• 5545 meters at the top of Kalapatthar
• Sunrise hike
• Downhill walk – mission accomplished

Day 12
Trek from Pangboche to Phortse village

• Back to 3700 meters at Phortse
• Mountaineers village – village of Everest summiteer
• 5 hours trek downhill – narrow trail

Day 13
Phortse to Monjo

• 7 hours
• Downhill trekking
• Back to main trail of everest base camp trekking trail

Day 14
Trek to Lukla

• 7 hours trek
• Final push of your trekking

Day 15
Fly to Kathmandu

• 25 minutes flight
• Early morning flight
• Take off from lukla is never an issue for Lukla airport being worlds dangerous airport.

Cost of Phaplu Everest basecamp Trek - General Inclusions

  • 2 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • All Accommodation during the trek
  • Food (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek - Breakfast in the city
  • Flight ticket for Lukla Kathmandu with airport shuttle
  • Tourist Bus Transport from Kthmandu to Salleri
  • Cost of all Staff - including their salary, insurance, necessary equipment, domestic airfare & transportation expenses, food & accommodation
  • Experienced, Licenced,updated trekking guide with his all expenses
  • Local Porters to carry your bag
  • Pick up and drop prior to trekking start & end point
  • Local permit & National park entrance fees
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Credit card fee for Online payable amount

Cost of Phaplu Everest basecamp Trek - General Exclusions

  • Tips to guides and porters (Gratitude)
  • Excess luggage charge at domestic flight
  • Personnel Expenses
  • Anything not illustrated in Cost includes section.

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Phaplu Everest base camp Trekking Trip Info

  • Tourist bus/Jeep-Car-Plane
  • 1 to 8
  • 5545 meter / 18188 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Base Camp Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 14
  • 75



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