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Lukla Flight Notice

As per Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.

The Chief of Tribhuwan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri has informed that all the airlines have prepared for their morning flights to Lukla via Ramechhap. So, if you’ve already booked a trek to Everest region with us within the period above mentioned, make sure that you are prepared for a flight to Lukla via Ramechhap (Manthali airport) instead of Kathmandu. So, we would like to request all our admired guests who have confirmed trips in Everest region to have this information updated: We’ve to drive to Manthali Airport from Kathmandu at 2 am (approx.) to catch the flight from Manthali to Lukla. The 137 km drive will take around 4-5 hours.

Another reliable and a bit expensive option is going for a helicopter upgrade and flying to Lukla straight from Kathmandu. The Kathmandu helipad area will not be affected and you can have Helicopter flight to Lukla from 6.30 am onwards. The upgrade could cost you a top up of USD 350-500 per person depending on the payload and availability of the flights.

  • Duration:20 Nights 21 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 16
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 5545m

About Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

Starting at a lower elevation, the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking allows for gradual acclimatization. It is also the best way to observe the distinct differences in vegetation, scenery and culture related to the elevation.This adventure promises stunning views of Everest, 8848m, Amadablam, 6812m, Lhotse, 8516m, Thamserku, 6506m, Makalu, 8463m, Cho Oyo, 8152m, and others .Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking is the ultimate trek for the mountain loving soul.

Trekking Everest Base Camp via Phaplu is an exciting variation of the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking. This option is good for those who want to avoid all altitude related risks, but prefer something shorter than the 24-day Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek starts with a short flight to Phaplu, 2600m, into the quiet ‘Solu’ part of the Solu-khumbu Region where fewer tourist venture. Another big plus point is that Phaplu can also be reached by road if the weather causes flight delays.

The Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek starts on gentle slopes through a lush fertile valley up to Junbesi, a Sherpa village. Although it is common to see Hindu temples in most low-land areas of Nepal, in the Solu region there is a noticeably stronger Buddhist influence. Just beyond Junbesi, on a hill, is the famous Thupten Chhulen Monastery. There are over 400 monks and nuns residing there as well as a Lama who is a high level re-incarnate of Buddha.

From Junbesi, we climb to the Taksindu La pass before descending through terraced hillsides and small villages, down to the raging Dudh Kosi River. From the river, the trail gently ascends to Khari Khola, 2050m. On a hill above Khari Khola there is a Buddhist Monastery from where we get an excellent view of Numbu, 6960m, Gyangchung Kang, 7922m, Cho-oyu and Thamserku. At Chhiplung, 2700m, we join the main trail which links Lukla and Namche. From this point onward, the trail is quite broad and busy. Namche Bazaar, 3440m, is a bustling Sherpa town with almost every modern convenience you can think of. It is surrounded on three sides by mountains while one side opens to the Bhote Koshi valley.

From Namche, we follow the Classic Everest Base Camp trail through lovely fir and rhododendron forests and grazing pastures. Colourful prayer flags, chortens and mani stones line the trails to ancient Buddhist monasteries. The friendly Sherpa people of the remote villages of the Solokhumbu region will give you a warm welcome into their stone houses and you will get an insight into authentic Tibetan-Buddhist culture.

When we reach the Tengboche Monastery, 3870m, there is an excellent view of Mt.Everest. Looking at its enormity we will understand why expeditions would seek the blessing of the gods before they attempt the summit.

It is beautiful to see the patchwork fields at Dingboche, 4400m; stone walls encircle the fields to protect the precious barley, buckwheat and potato crops from cold winds and grazing animals. Rocky moraine marks the approach to Gorakshep, 5180m and Everest Base Camp, 5486m. At Everest Base Camp, as we stand on the Khumbu Glacier and look up with awe at the snow capped giants (Mt. Everest is not visible from here), we will celebrate our achievement and also feel a deepened respect for the climbers on summit expeditions, for whom the real challenge has just begun. After gazing at the immensity of the Khumbu glacier, with its ice fall, glacial ponds and icebergs we return to Gorakshep and climb to Kala Pattar, 5545m, for the ultimate close-up view of Mount Everest.

The Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking usually returns via Namche to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu. It would also be possible to return via Phaplu or Jiri to travel by road to Kathmandu.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

Highlights of Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • starting lower than Lukla gives better acclimatization 
  • includes parts of the Khumbu that are less commercial
  • more natural and cultural diversity than Classic EBC Trek
  • phaplu can be reached by road in case of flight delays
  • trek to the foothills of world's highest mountain is definitely a lifetime experience 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 2,500 m/8,200 ft
  • Domestic Flight
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,675 m/8,774 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 2,675 m/8,774 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2,800 m/9,184 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6 hrs
  • 2,020 m/6,625 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,700 m/8,856 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,646 m/8,678 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,286 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,286 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,860 m/12,660 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,400 m/14,432 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,915 m/16,121 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 5,130 m/16,830 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7 hrs
  • 4,400 m/14,432 ft
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,286
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-8 hrs
  • 2,860 m/9,380 ft
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 16 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress & pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Trip airfare between Kathmandu to Phaplu and Lukla to Kathmandu (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date10 Mar, 2020end date30 Mar, 2020Available$1850
start date27 Mar, 2020end date16 Apr, 2020Available$1850

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

If you have limited time and won’t be able to the 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking then we do have Everest Base Heli Trekking 12 Days or you can join our Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking in just 12 days. 

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Everest Base Camp is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Best Seasons for Phapulu Everest Base Camp Trekking

The best seasons for the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.
 

Phaplu Everest Base Camp is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
 

Meals on the Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

Three meals a day are included during your Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
 

Drinking Water on Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
 

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


Local Customs You Should Know About of Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


Travel Insurance for Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
 

Safety for Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trekking

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility.  While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority.  Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
 

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.