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Overview

The traditional path of the Everest Base camp Trek is either from Lukla by taking flight from Kathmandu or from Jiri by taking drive from Kathmandu to Jiri however there is another way to reach Everest Base camp from Phaplu. There is a airport in Phaplu as well and there are flights available on certain days of the week and now there is jeep/bus drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu so, we can start our trek in Everest Base camp from Phaplu as well.


The benefits of the trek from Phaplu that starts by driving from kathmandu are to see the green scenery as you can see the great scenery of rivers, valleys and terraces, if you would like to trek with lesser tourist on the trail then this trail is the best as only few trekkers takes this trail and trekking from Phaplu will have better acclimatization before trekking to the base camp and another attraction of the trail to see the daily lifestyle of the locals as we can see and experience local communities how they spend life in the mountain region in Nepal.


This trek gives an Enough time for Acclimatization at the same time avoiding the flight to Lukla which can get disturbed and delays due to weather issue frequently . by driving from kathmandu to Phaplu you will see the green mountains , white water rivers and typical neplese villages on the way , this is so far the best way to start your Everest Base camp trek.

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Duration: 14 - 21 Days
  • Region: Everest
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
  • Group Size: 02+ Pax

Itinerary

Day 16 Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440 Meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and now, we are trekking back to Namche Bazaar, an easier descent trekking passing through rhododendron forest, Tengbuche is a small village with a famous monastery offering you the splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views where we stopped for lunch then we will trek back to Namche, overnight at Lodge.

Day 17 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today is the last day of our adventure Everest base camp trek and the trekking is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it few time and the last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla, check in to the lodge, overnight at Lodge.

Day 18 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1345meters

We will an early breakfast and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, your day is free and overnight at hotel.

Day 19 Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure

Day 1 Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and transfer to hotel

You will be met by our airport representative on your arrival at Kathmandu airport and escorted to your hotel, refresh yourself & your evening is free, if you are comming kathmandu in day flights we can entartain you to the welcome dinner this day in one of the autnehtic Neplai restaurant

Day 2 Full day of sightseeing of Kathmandu valley( (1345meters))

After having breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, we will take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and the tour includes of visit of Kathmandu durbar squire, Monkey temple, Pasupatinath stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa. You will have some time for free once the tour is complete so, you can buy your trekking hear in Thamel area if you need.

Day 3 Drive to Phaplu 11 hours by private jeep ((2,413 m)

You also have option to fly directly to Phaplu airport at height of 2413 meter having the runway 671 meter but it is good to drive , the driving is not long it is only 265 km but can take 10-12 hours due to mountain roads. it is very secenary though . as soon you leave kathamndu you will start your drive in BP highway which is gift from Japan government and after crossing sunkoshi you will drive to Okhaldunga & finally reach salleri in the evening , this is one of the best driving due to natural views on the way .

Day 4 From Phaplutrek to Nunthala ( 2330 meter)

After having breakfast we transfer you to Kathmandu airport and flight to Phaplu and we start our trek to Nunthala that takes about 6 hours, first over night at lodge on our trek.

Day 5 Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa danda (2300 Meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and from Nunthala the descent continues to the Dudh Koshi River at 1480m and crosses it to follow the other bank, most of the trail is well defined, although it sometimes meanders through terraced fields and yards of houses, it then descends steeply through forests to a Chautara (resting place) overlooking the river. Follow the river for a while through forests then climb through terraces to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1667m), climb through the village around a ridge and aim for the prominent notch in front of you, from this notch continue to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) and onwards up the steep hill to Bupsa danda.

Day 6 Trek from Bupsa danda to Puiyan ( 2800 meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the trail ascends from Bupsa and on to Bhumsing, (2300m) then it continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasionally be seen, descend (305m) and cross the next tributary after one hour, continue on the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan (2796m), overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 7 Trek from Puiyan to Phakding 2600 Meter

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to the ridge at 2800m, followed by another ridge, the trail descends to Sukhe (Buwa) at 2293m, situated on a tributary of the Dudh koshi, the trail remains above the village encircling it, the village of Surkhe, at the bridge crossing the tributary below, is 2 hrs from Puiyan, The trail now leaves this tributary valley and heads more directly north towards Chaurikharka, another dispersed village, before ascending to Chaurikharka (2713m) the main trail crosses a spectacular deep gorge with a high waterfall (2408m), overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and continue trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times on the way, we enter the park in Jorsale. We will stop here for lunch as we rest our weary bones; and again we continue our trek; after few hours of walking we reach the bustling Namche Bazaar which appears ahead as we travel along a path surrounded by pines, we pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held.

Day 9 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3440 Meter)

Today is a day for rest & chilling out at Namche Bazaar (3440m) this is real good for our acclimatization. It prevents any unforeseen altitude problems ahead on the trail as we go to higher altitudes on the trek, overnight at Guest house.

Day 10 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 Meter)

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku, our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalaya, along the way we can spot wild animals like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar, The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods, after having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in the Khumbu region, overnight stay at our guest house in Tengboche.

Day 11 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4300 Meter)

We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge by descending through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross an exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche, our route continues through green summer pastures to Dingboche, overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 12 Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization (4300 Meter)

Today is a much looked forward day to acclimatize; It also gives us a breather to rest our lungs, there are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak, The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon. We have another option as we can hike up to Chhukum from where we can enjoy fantastic views of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawache peak and others, overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 13 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930Meter)

We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge and the onward Himalayan journey leads us north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa; then the trail gets gentle as we look down to Pheriche village below, today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m) Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse, after two hours of walking, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dughla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier, then we continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, after a short break, we continue trekking up to Lobuche and overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 14 Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp( 5300 Meter ) via Gorakshep (5116 Meter)

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek by following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier, after the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch and we leave all our stuff there at the lodge as this is the last place where there lodges are available – then we start our Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp - WOW!!! Congratulations!!! This is why you hiked up all the way; your dream comes true now, after spending sometime in the Base Camp we return to Gorakshep for the night, it’s been a wonderful day after all, overnight at Guest house.

Day 15 Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Pattharand (5545Meter) trek to Pheriche ( 4,371 m)

Quite Early morning, we climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) peak to enjoy the view of sunrise, and from Kala Patthar, we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more, after seeing the sunrise over those Himalayas, we trek down to Gorekshep and have breakfast and start trekking down to Pheriche, it is easy trekking down, overnight at lodge.

Includes

  • All the airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Three Night ’ hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary paper works, National park entry permits and TIMS permit.
  • Overland Transport from kathmandu to Phaplu
  • Lukla to Kathmandu flight
  • Three times food ( Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner every day in the trekking ( total 15 days)
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis
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  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag and trekking map (return after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charge.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, the Visa cost 40.00 USD for the 1 month
  • Your Travel insurance, (compulsory).
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu (unless you have choose and booked the meals included package).
  • Your personal expenses, all the alcoholic, non alcoholic drinks and entrance fees when you do the tour in Kathmandu.
  • Sweet things like chocolate bar and hot Shower during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.

Trip Note

Travellers Reviews

Richard Corbett
3 weeks ago -

From the moment we stepped outside Kathmandu airport we knew we were in good hands. Raj and his professional team had taken care of everything. Our trek to Everest Base Camp is one we will remember for a long time. From accomodation, to meals, guide and porters. Everything went smoothly. Even the tricky weather in Lukla didn't hold us up too much. The tour of Kathmandu was great and we especially enjoyed the opening dinner that Raj planned for us.

I highly recommend Good Karma Trekking.

We are planing to return to Nepal and trek the Annapurna Circuit. We will definitely book with Raj and Good Karma Trekking again.

Agata Wilk
3 weeks ago -

Best travel agency, very helpful and friendly staff. They offer great possibilities for trekking, excursions, help take care of all permits. Great company, wonderful trip, friendship for life. I would recommend!

Grant Jasiunas
2 years ago -

Booked my first trip to Nepal with Good Karma after some recommendations on Tripadvisor. From my first email I was impressed with the level of attention I received and how flexible they were (something I couldn't get with several other other companies I and contacted). Had a great trip including sightseeing in Kathmandu and trekking to Everest base camp, and everything went extremely smoothly (except for the weather). Just returned from my second trip there and already planning my third. Its an amazing country, and Raj and the Good Karma team made it a great experience. Happy to answer any questions people have.

Jim Duff
2 years ago -

Kind, attentive, honest, dedicated attention is awaiting on your travels with Good Karma. I went to the Everest Base Camp(14 days), Bhutan (4 days) and the Chitwan game preserve (3 days) with them and was very well treated at a great price.

I recommend them for travel in Nepal under reliable conditions.

I will be glad to answer any inquiries on their subject.

Laxmi Prasad Kandel
a year ago -

A perfect travel partner on the foothills of Hiamalayas. I can proudly recommend my near and dear to Good Karma. Thanks a lot Good karma for excellent services on our trek.

Hexe Ella
2 years ago -

I have traveled in many countries, but my experience in Nepal was special, thanks to Raj and his team who organized the exceptional way to all desired goals in this expedition which I had in Nepal and Tibet this autumn. I hope with all my heart to revisit again because I really miss Nepal. I started learning Hindi language since a few days.

So, Raj, Biji, I feel like I will visit you again! There are a lot of places that I have not seen yet! GOOD KARMA TREKKING is the best Agency for me!

Lauren Hsu
2 years ago -

Raj was knowledgeable and more than accommodating during our travels. We used Good Karma Trekking to book a trek to Annapurna, do white water rafting, and visit the elephants. It was one of the best trips I've had in my life and I've been to over 50 countries now. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is traveling to Nepal and seeking a professional and friendly travel agency

Samuel Quiroga
2 years ago -

BOOKING WITH KARMA: I booked a one-person tour to the Annapurna Circuit during the off season in August. During my inquiries with various trekking companies, Raj from Good Karma replied promptly and was always making sure that my needs were met before, during and after the trek. He was very flexible with whatever mode of transportation I desired to use even if it was just a couple of days in advance (including a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu with two days notice) . THE TOUR: The tour itself was amazing. True, the Annapurna Circuit can be done with no guide. But Raj provide me with none other than a Sherpa guide would allowed for easy communication with locals and got the best rooms and meals in all the lodges. He also knew where the shortcuts are and made sure my safety was a priority (specially with altitude sickness). TRANSPORTATION : Always keep in mind that Nepal is not the most developed nation in terms of infrastructure and road systems. I highly recommend getting a private vehicle. The drivers that Raj provides are some of the best I've seen even though they drive like maniacs. I felt relatively safe compared to a tourist bus/local bus. These are worse and the safety standards are very low OVERALL: I highly recommend this tour company. Make sure you communicate with Raj constantly so he knows what your needs are.

Paul Greco
2 years ago -

Had an unforgettable experience trekking the Annapurna Circuit with Good Karma in 2012. Nabraj and his team are knowledgable, passionate and great hosts, and are genuine in providing the best experience possible. They went above and beyond to cater to our interests and provided outstanding hospitality. Nabraj has become a good friend since, we are regularly in touch and I look forward to joining Good Karma on a trek again soon!

Razvan Marc
2 years ago -

I worked with Good Karma Trekking a few years ago when they organized a trip through Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for me and a group of almost 30 people. They were the best choice for our trip. The hotels they booked, the accommodation, the vehicles used for our transportation were all top class. Raj and his team really know their country (and the neighboring countries) and are able to custom made programs that suit each and every individual on a group, no matter the size. We particularly enjoyed the trips around Kathmandu valley, up to Nagarkot, down in the jungle in Chitwan and resting at the foot of Anapurna in Pokhara. Raj even organized some trips that were not in the initial schedule and which were greatly appreciated - for instance the visit to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu.

I was also on the group that took a tour of Tibet with Good Karma Trekking. Everything went smooth, from crossing the border into China to altering the program so we could stay at a lower altitude when some of our colleagues felt sick.

For all of us on that trip Raj also became a good friend and we kept in touch ever since.

Whenever I hear someone thinking of visiting Nepal I always recommend Good Karma Trekking. I am also sure that next time myself and any other member of the group would want to go to the Himalayan region Good Karma Trekking would be our first choice.

Good job, Good Karma Trekking!

Dj Hewey
2 years ago -

I went on a one month trip to Nepal with Good Karma Trekking, and I must say it was really amazing! Well worth the time and the cost of traveling there! Part of what made my experience so wonderful was the guide that I had. His name is Raj Ghimire, and he is the sole proprietor of GOOD KARMA TREKKING LTD. He is a truly honest guy, with a very kind heart, and I believe that he would give you the BEST Nepal experience, no matter where in the country you want to travel. When my friends and I were over there, he treated us like family (no, I'm not exaggerating), and I still stay in touch with him. His rates are GREAT too! And if you need porters, tea house reservations, or a personal driver to show you Kathmandu or Chitwan Park, he did ALL of these arrangements for us.

Go with Raj, he will take care of you!

Marina Vasile
2 years ago -

This was literally the best experience I've had with a travel company anywhere in the world. They are efficient, culturally smart and very friendly. They even went out of their way to help with issues that were not necessarily part of our contract. I will definitely trust them to organize any trip for me in the future.

mike francey
3 years ago -

Good Karma organized everything for my trip including city tours, travel, hotels and trekking. They were very professional and helpful creating a trip that included what i wanted to see and not just the standard itinerary. The owner Raj even helped bargain for lower prices on souvenirs and trekking equipment while i was in Kathmandu. He also showed me some of his favorite restaurants and some of the local specialties and offered me some wild honey from his home town. The trek went great and the guide was very knowledgeable about the trails and flora and fauna of the himalayas. I have done a trip with abovethehimalays before and the service and price of Good Karma was much better. I would suggest this company to anyone looking for an authentic experience.

Szilágyi Palkó Pál
2 years ago -

We had a great experience with Good Karma Trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal. Raj, the owner of the company, was very helpful. He has an excellent knowledge about the Kathmandu area, and generally about Nepal. He is more than a usual travel agency, passionate about his work, and about promoting the Nepal sights. I am sure that we will use his services again when we return to Nepal, hopefully soon.

Bijaya Ghimire
2 years ago -
Your Good Karma always brings you upto Good Karma trekking. Leave everything on their hand and simply discover your Good Karma. They are perfect to plan your Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan program.
Michel Wasylyszyn
2 years ago -

I met Raj in Kathmandu through a mutual friend and I've been amazed by his hospitality and generosity. They gave me all the informations I needed about the transportation, treks and more! Thank you for your kindness and your support and I really hope to meet you again! Cheers

Melissa John
2 years ago -

Fantastic experience with Good Karma Trekking. Always keen to help and to make sure you are well taken care of in Nepal. Would not hesitate to recommend them to friends and family!

czabaka
2 years ago -

I was In Nepal last year and I really enjoyed the time. I must say that the service offered by Good Karma Trekking is excellent. I would recommend it to all, if you went to Nepal.

Alvin Obed
2 years ago -

I used Good Karma Trekking for a first trip to Nepal in Nov 2011 and from the moment of contact the trip went very smoothly. I would highly recommend this company and would be happy to be contacted independently to provide a review.

Oleg D
2 years ago -

A good company, thoroughly recommended. Their 16 day tour is ideal for first time visitors. Reasonably priced tours.

Naoise Hart
5 years ago -

Went to the Everest Base Campo with them its was fantastic

Daniel San Martín
2 years ago -

En 2012 tuve el agrado de conocer a Nabraj Ghimire en Katmandú. Su ayuda en una país desconocido me sirvió de mucho. Es una persona honesta y desinteresada que realiza su trabajo con vocación.

Yongin Kwon
2 years ago -

믿을만한 친구가하는 일입니다. 네팔에서 가격차이 그리 심하지 않습니다. 가장 싼 곳을 찾기보다, 안전함과 신뢰도, 그리고 만족도를 높이세요. :) It's great to do the trekking nad!!! :)

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