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Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek- 20 Days

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest region, Nepal.

Following the traces of the early Everest expeditors, the “Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek” is actually an elongated and slightly altered version of the regular full-fledged Everest Base Camp Trek. In lieu of taking a long hectic drive to the original trailhead of Jiri, we take a short- scenic flight to Phaplu, a much tranquil commencement point of the trek in the Solukhumbu region. We cross the fairly high pass called, ‘Taksindu La (3870m)’ before the trail winds down to the raging ‘Dudh Koshi’ river, also known as the ‘Milk River’. Following the milky river all the way north, through the terraced hillsides and beautiful small hamlets, we eventually coincide with the main Everest trail below Lukla. The walks seem protracted, so our physical aptitude is thoroughly tested until we accomplish the ascent to the bustling mountain town of ‘Namche Bazaar’, the administrative hub of the Solukhumbu region. Namche Bazaar is akin to a lavish mountain city and boasts all the modern amenities like hotels, internet, restaurants, ATMs etc.

From here on, in conducive weather conditions, the mountain views improve consistently with every step, offering you some of the most astounding vistas of –Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. AmaDablam, the "horse saddle" of Mt. Kangtega and of course, the summit of mightiest, Mt. Everest itself! Besides being at the very iconic Everest Base Camp, an ascent to the famed grey monticule, the “Kala Patthar (5550m)”, is another major thrilling factor of this trek. A thorough acclimatization is needed before we take the charge to conquer this ‘black pearl’. We set off at pre-dawn, wending our way through the glacial moraine until the peak comes into view. Finally, we reach the summit of Kala Patthar and are subsequently rewarded with one of the most jaw-dropping views of the south face of the gigantic Mt. Everest. After the ecstasy of being at two of the most popular destinations of the Everest region, our trip eventually winds up as we return to Lukla and catch a flight back to Kathmandu.


OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m/ 25min) and trek from Phaplu to Ringmu (2720m/4hrs). Alternatively one can also opt to drive from Phaplu to Ringmu

Day 04: Trek from Ringmu to Nunthala (2194m/ 4hrs) via Taksindu La (3870m)

Day 05: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m/ 5-6hrs)

Day 06: Trek from Bupsa to Chablung/Chheplung (2660m/ 6-7hrs)

Day 07: Trek from Chablung to Namche Bazaar (3440m/ 8hrs)

Day 08: Rest/acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/ 5-6hrs)

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/ 5-6hrs)

Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/ 5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) /Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep ( total trekking hours : 9 to 10 hrs)

Day 13: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m); descend Kala Patthar and trek to Pheriche (4240 m/ 8 - 9 hrs)

Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m/ 4 hrs)

Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo (2835m / 6 hrs)

Day 16: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2840m/ 4 - 5 hrs)

Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/ 45min)

Day 18: Patan and Bhaktapur sightseeing

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 20: Final departure


 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


 

Tribhuwan Int'l Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your hotel. After you are greeted with welcome drinks at the hotel, we will have a quick pre-trip meeting to discuss on the necessary formalities and trekking itinerary. You can then check in to your room, freshen up and rest. Or if you are not one of those “lay back” types, you can take a stroll around the vicinity of your hotel and get the feel of this hyperactive capital city of Nepal. On the streets, people seem to be on sheer rush, barely noticing one another, but if you utter “Namaste”, they will definitely reciprocate with a smile! Well, that’s Nepal’s Nepalese for you. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
 


Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeingKathmandu Durbar Square, the UNESCO world heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Short stroll in the evening yesterday might not have acquainted you to Kathmandu. So we want to make sure that you know this city like you know yourself. Once done with your breakfast, let’s hop in to our reserved vehicle and then head on for a comfy ride with one of our experienced city guides. You will be visiting the most renowned historical/cultural landmarks in Kathmandu. Our guide will take you to the Pasupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and Boudhanath (the Maha Stupa) . All these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world’s heritage list. After this informative and interesting tour, we drive back through the busy and noisy streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of your hotel. The best use of the remaining time can be made by shopping the trekking goodies. Most of the items are available on rent and our guide will help you identify the best renting outlet. So, after you have hoarded all the handy gears for your trek, get back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.  

 


A small airstrip in Phaplu, a town in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal.Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m/ 25 min) and trek from Phaplu to Ringmu (2720m/ 4hrs). Alternatively one can also opt to drive from Phaplu to Ringmu

After an energizing breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and then drive to the domestic wing of the Tribhuwan Airport to board on a short scenic flight to Phaplu. The views from the aircraft are amazing; beautiful terraced hills at the fascinating backdrop of Himalayas that appear quite distant. After 25 minutes of this scenic aerial retreat, we touch down at Phaplu, where we meet the rest of our crew members, including the porters. This beautiful Sherpa town offers great views of Mt. Numbur, Mt. Khatang and Mt. Karyolung. As the trek kicks off, we walk through the pine and rhododendron forests alive with birds, passing by the hamlets of Chiwang and Phera until we arrive at the Sherpa village of Ringmu. Most of the settlements in the Solukhumbu region are characterized by the dominant number of “Sherpa” population. The track from Phaplu to Ringmu is motorable, so the lethargic walkers could actually opt to drive from Phaplu to Ringmu, which takes about an hour.  Overnight at a local tea-house in Ringmu; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Day 04: Trek from Ringmu to Nunthala (2194m/ 4hrs) via Taksindu La (3870m)Nunthala, a settlement in the Everest region of Nepal.

As the day’s trek commences, we need to overcome a moderate challenge; approximately one and half hours of ascent brings us to the zenith of “Taksindu La”. Despite the fact that the climb is not so strenuous, the views from the top are awesome; Mt. Thamserku (6608m), Mt. Kangtega (6783m.), Mt. Kusum Kangru (6370m) and Mera Peak (6654m) all seem to greet us from the distance!  Getting indulged in the mountain vistas for some time, we then gradually embark on a steep descent through several small hamlets and forests to the village of Nunthala. Overnight at a local teahouse in Nunthala; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 


Bupsa, also known as 'Bumburi', is a village in the Everest region of Nepal.Day 05: Trek from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360m/ 5-6hrs)

The trek begins with a descent alongside the Dudh Koshi River and later we cross this milky river through a 109m long suspension bridge. From here on, the trail climbs out of the river valley through the fields of barley, wheat and corn, until we arrive at the village of Jubhing (1680m), dwelt mainly by the people of ‘Rai’ community. The ascent continues as we trudge up a ridge to reach a Sherpa village named Khari Khola (2020m). As we advance further, we cross yet another suspension bridge over the Khari Khola (river) and embark on a gentle ascent, passing by some water driven mills until we finally arrive at Bupsa. Overnight at a teahouse in Bupsa; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Day 06: Trek from Bupsa to Chablung/Chheplung (2660m/ 6-7hrs)Chablung/ Chheplung, a settlement in the Everest region of Nepal, highly dependent on the revenues collected from the trekkers.

The trail climbs gently passing by the village of Kharte and stretches through the forests inhabited by monkeys. From this part of the trek, we can relish superb view of Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). We then climb the ridge till we reach the teashop on Kari La pass at 3145m. From the pass, the trail descends into the deep canyon of Paiya Khola. We the cross the bridge and arrive at a small settlement of Paiya (2730m).  From here, the trail transforms into switchbacks for about an hour until we get to another ridge that offers a splendid view of the Khumbu region and then drops about 500m towards Surke (2290m). Our upward march continues as we climb through the jumble of boulders, passing by some wonderful mani walls, which finally brings us to Chablung (2660m). Overnight at a local teahouse in Chablung; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.



Namche Bazaar, an administrative hub of the Solukhumbu district in Nepal.Day 07: Trek from Chablung to Namche Bazaar (3440m/ 8hrs)

Let’s begin the day’s trek with a sharp descent for a while, which then eases off a bit until we reach the settlement of ‘Thado koshigaon’. Moving ahead, as we cross a suspension bridge, Mt. Kusum Kangru (6370m) gradually begins to hood up. The climb continues for a while till we arrive at the settlement of Ghat (2592m) which lies on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. There is a monastery here. We can quickly explore it and then take an easy walk for a while followed by a moderate ascent to reach Phakding (2610m). The trail now crosses the Dudh Koshi river over the suspension bridge and climbs gently towards the settlements of Toktok (2760m) and Bengkar (2630m). Keeping close to the river valley, the trail unfolds through the beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forests which looks spectacular in the spring season, when the flowers bloom against the fascinating backdrop of waterfalls. Bengkar offers great views of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) & Khumbila (5765m). We cross the Dudh Koshi River for the second time at Benkar, followed by a short walk to Monjo (2835m). As we move past Monjo, the trail enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. There is a check post here and the officials will ask for your trekking permits. After the formalities are over, we embark on a steep rocky downhill trail towards a large farm. We cross the Dudh Koshi river for the third time and follow the west bank of the river all the way up to Jorsale (2740m). The trail continues following the river for while and then crosses the Dudh Koshi river for yet another time. Going through short ups and downs, we now make a steep climb near the confluence of the two rivers (Bhote Koshi & Dudh Koshi). Crossing the Dudh Koshi river for possibly the fifth time, we continue the steep uphill march to Namche Bazaar (3440m). En route, we can witness some of the most jaw dropping views of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt. Nuptse (7864m) etc. Namache Bazaar is the gateway to Khumbu and is also the administrative hub of the Khumbu region. Namche is also the main trading village in the Khumbu region and hosts a busy Saturday market where the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that reach there by crossing the glaciated “Nangpa La Pass (5806m)” meet. Overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Day 08: Rest/acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)Everest View Point Hotel, a one of its kind hotel in the Everest region of Nepal, regarded as the world's highest elevation hotel.

Acclimatization is the process of getting accustomed to the thinning air and it is utmost necessary in high altitude trekking. Namche Bazaar is an ideal spot to get acclimatized for most of the treks in the Everest region. Depending upon what your guide suggests, you could take an excursion to either Thame village or the Everest View Point. Getting to Thame takes approximately 7/8 hours to and fro. The Thame Monastery is worth visiting. But most of the trekkers pick the rather easy option just to go to the Everest Viewpoint as it happens to be an exclusive vantage point to witness the jaw-dropping mountainous vistas; Mt. Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8382m), Nuptse (7864m), Peak 38 (7591m), Ama Dablam (6814m), Thamserku (6623m), Kangtega (6783m), Kusum Kangru (6367), Cholatse (6335m), Taboche peak (6495m), Khumbila (5765m) and  Kwangde Ri (6086m) all appear gleaming on their snowy attires. Overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.



Tengboche is a village in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,860m. Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/ 5-6hrs)

As we resume our trek this morning, proceeding towards Tengboche, the fascinating sights of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Ama Dablam, greet our eyes. The trek is smooth most of the times but occasioned by trivial ups and downs. We can catch quick glimpses of musk deer, Himalayan thar and multicolored pheasants on the way. The trail then winds down to Kyangjuma, leading us to Sansa, which happens to be the junction to Everest base camp and Gokyo valley. Continuing our way through the pine forests, we cross a bridge decked with prayer flags over the Dudhkoshi River and arrive at a settlement called Phunki Thenga. A tough climb through the pine forests again from thereon, gets us to Tengboche, which is famous for its biggest monastery- the Tengboche monastery. It was founded by a monk from Khumjung. According to the legends, Lama Sange Dorje flew over the Himalaya and landed on rocks at Pangboche and Tengboche, leaving his footprints. Overnight at teahouse in Tengboche; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/ 5-6hrs)Dingboche, a popular trekkers' stop in the Everest region of Nepal, that offers exclusive mountain views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Imja Tse, Tawoche and many more.

We relish the morning view of the Tengboche Monastery which looks awesome with the back drop of snowcapped mountains. After capturing the scenes on our stills, we kick off our trek again with number of chortens, mani walls and small villages passing by as we advance further. We continue through Pheriche and then enter the Imja Valley. As we approach the Lobuche River, we descend only to make our ultimate uphill ascent to Dingboche. Once here, you will be able to behold the barley and buckwheat fields guarded by stone frontiers in order to do away the adverse winds and grazing animals. Overnight at teahouse in Dingboche; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Lobuche is a small settlement near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region of Nepal.Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/ 5-6 hrs)

Every next day now, gets us to a higher elevation. We commence the trek making our way to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trail almost seems to be encircled by the mountains. We then arrive at Dusa, a yak herder’s place and advance further through Phulung Karpo, the campsite of the first ever mountain expedition in 1953. Relishing the view of Mt.Pumori (7165 m), we cross a small wooden bridge and ascend to Duglha. We continue to trudge up the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier to a ridge top, Chupki Lhara. Here you can find an array of stone flags symbolizing the incredible 10 times Everest summiter, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa. The trail now dives down to Khumbu glacier moraine, putting us face to face with the peaks like Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, Khumbutse etc. Bidding farewell to the Khumbu glacier, we make our way forward, alongside a stream and finally get to Lobuche. The high altitude could pose a difficulty in breathing. Overnight at teahouse in Lobuche; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Gorakshep to Everest Base The Everest Base Camp, one of the most iconic trekking destinations in the Everest region of Nepal.Camp (5364 m) /Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep ( total trekking hours : 9 to 10 hrs)

All geared up for the challenging ascent ahead, we trail along the lateral moraine of Khumbu glacier. Passing through a pyramid signpost, the apexes of north ridge of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse etc greet our eyes. We continue the uphill trudge to Thangma Riju, from where we can again enjoy the seemingly 3D view of the surrounding mountains. Pursuing the steep ascent further through the torrent of Changri glacier, we can behold Kala Patthar- a grayish monticule overlooked by Mt. Pumori. Once in Gorakshep, we almost seem to be hemmed by the snow clad mountains. Here we take a sojourn and have our lunch. We then enthusiastically resume our trek, trailing towards the Everest Base Camp. Bidding farewell to the dry lake bed of Gorakshep, we advance further and come across the Indian Army Mountaineers’ Memorial. Once at the Everest Base Camp, we can see the mountaineers’ tents scattered like colorful gems against the usually grey backdrop. Being at the base camp, we can actually sense the oddities withstood by the mountaineers on their way to the summit. Indulging ourselves at the base camp for some time, we make our way back to Gorakshep for overnight halt. Overnight at teahouse in Gorakshep; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Kala Patthar, meaning 'black rock' in Nepali and Hindi, is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Mt. Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas.Day 13: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m); descend Kala Patthar and trek to Pheriche (4240 m/ 8 - 9 hrs)

Get ready for the ecstasy! Despite the predawn darkness, piercing chilly wind and dripping mercury levels (-10 to -14 deg cel), we set off to Kala Patthar as it happens to be the vantage point of relishing the captivating view of Mt. Everest and several other peaks. As we make our meticulous ascent to Kala Patthar, we see the mountains like Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse, hooding up gradually to reveal their majesty. We can’t help panting, so we need to stop at different points to catch our breath and at same time click anything that tempts us. After trudging up for several hours, we eventually reach Kala Patthar. Here, you will literally be flabbergasted to witness the grandeur of one massif after another. Spend some time here; let the panorama be embossed in your mental memorandum!! We then make our way back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Being at Kala Patthar makes you feel like you are on top of the world. But there are two things that even beat this feel; the first is the Mt. Pumori appearing at a kissing distance and the second is the heavenly sunrise view that you can witness from atop. In the afternoon, we have our lunch and then descend down to Pheriche, where we halt overnight. Overnight at teahouse in Pheriche; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3867m/ 4hrs)Tengboche is a village in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,860m. On the return leg, the trail goes more or less flat for a while and then descends to Imja Khola (river). We cross a bridge over the river and then ascend to a hill with a few stone memorials of past climbers. The trail now descends to Orhso and gets flatter until Shomare.  From here, we go through ups and downs and arrive at a trail junction, where the right (upper) trail leads to Phortse Village via upper Pangboche, while the left (lower) trail leads to Tengboche through lower Pangboche.  We take the lower trail. Beyond Pangboche, the trail descends past some magnificently carved mani stones towards the Imja Khola (river). We cross the river via steel suspension bridge high above the river at a spot where it rushes through a narrow cleft leading to Deboche. From here, a short steep climb through the forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons eventually brings us to the settlement of Tengboche. From Tengboche, one can relish the breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise as well as the Mt. Everest including other Himalayas. Tengboche monastery is regarded as the religious center of the entire Sherpa Land (Solukhumbu region). Overnight at a local teahouse in Tengboche; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 


Monjo, a beautiful and tranquil settlement in the Everest region of Nepal.Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo (2835m/ 6hrs)

Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi river through the magnificent rhododendron forest past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche Bazaar, the trail takes us through a pine forest, where the musk deer are usually found grazing during the early mornings. Most often than not, the Namche Bazaar seems bustling with people that constitute porters, Sherpas and Tibetans. After Namche the trail descends to Larja Dobhan (confluence of two rivers) though the pine forests before you reach at Larja Dobhan offering you possibly the last opportunity to witness Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We cross the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and walk down hill alongside the river. The trail re-crosses the Dudh Koshi river and gets flatter until Jorsale. Beyon Jorsale, we take a short ascent and cross the Dudh Koshi river for one last time. A short steep climb from here finally gets us to Monjo. Overnight at a teahouse in Monjo; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 


Day 16: Trek from Monjo to Lukla(2840m/ 4-5 hrs)Lukla, a town in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, which happens to be the starting point of most of the treks in the Everest region.

Probably, the last long walk in the trip, but mind you, it’s not strenuous at all! The route is occasioned by trivial ascents and descents but most of the part is flat. It’s almost like rewinding back your journey. We walk through the open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and Sherpa villages. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River through suspension bridges at three different points, we push ourselves for the last 45 minutes’ ascent from Chablung. Yes, we are now at Lukla! Thus, with tired legs but content eyes, our trek eventually winds up. Let’s relax and celebrate this accomplishment with the entire crew members! Overnight at teahouse in Lukla; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.  
 


Kathmandu, the busy and flamboyant capital city of Nepal.Day 17: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/ 45min)

Ambulating on the lap of super mountains for almost two weeks and cuddling some sweet and sour memories, we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival at KTM, check in to the hotel for overnight stay. You can refresh and relax to do away the fatigue. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 


 

 


Day 18: Patan and Bhaktapur sightseeingBhaktapur Durbar Square, an ancient yet fascinating palatial square in the historic city of Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Kathmandu valley constitutes three major historic cities, viz. Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur. On the first leg of our sightseeing, we more or less got acquainted to the major attractions of Kathmandu city. It’s time now to explore the remaining two. Patan and Bhaktapur are well known for their artistic palatial squares, temples, monuments that illuminate the ancient arts and craftsmanship. A comfy drive across the cities, exploring these orthodox structures with a knowledgeable city guide would perhaps get you rid of the trekking monotony. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

 


Thamel, a popular spot for souvenir shopping in Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu

This is a free day in Kathmandu for you to spend as you please. You can indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.


 


Day 20: Final departureTribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Unless you would want to extend your trip and try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc., this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the airport for the final departure to your homeland. Have a safe flight and we eagerly look forward to serving you some time again in the near future! Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 


 

  Important  Snippets  

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration, the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.


Accommodation

While you are in Kathmandu, we opt to accommodate you in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar.

During the trek, you will be accommodated in a Tea House/ Lodge or Trekking Inn. Most of these lodges and teahouses cater good services and are equipped with modern amenities. We will endeavor to provide you the best accommodation available along the route so that you get a good night’s rest in a hygienic milieu.

 

Meals

We arrange the best quality food during the trek as we are concerned about the health of the trekkers as well as the staff members. Basically, we opt for locally available food in the Everest Region so that you could a real sense of the culture, living patterns, simultaneously promoting the locally available resources of organic food and beverages. Other than, a wide range of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available for your retreat.

 

Porter and Staff Care

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going to high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipments. They are the backbones of a trek.

 

Best Months

The month of March - June & September-November are considered to be best months for Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Any Experience Required?

For Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek no former experience required. Physical fitness is the only key to accomplish this trek.

 

Our Guides

Guides play a very active role during the trek. Marron Treks has experienced and helpful treking guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as productive. Our guides are literate, multilingual speakers, environment conscious and well acquainted to culture, language, location and every single detail pertaining to the Everest Region . This would help our trekkers make the most of their trip.

 

Travel Insurance

It is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure that your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur as prescribed in the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on “BB” basis as per itinerary.
  • All ground transportation costs in accordance to the itinerary.
  • All trekking accommodation costs on full board (B, L, D) basis as per the itinerary.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) duffel bag, t-shirt and Cap (provided as complimentary gears).
  • A comprehensive medical kit ( will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Salary to guide and porters, including their food, accommodation and transportation costs throughout the trekking period.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • All applicable tourist fees, conservation fees, "special permit" fees & TIMS fees necessary for trekking.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.


Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the trekking period.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).
  • Tips to the guide, porter, driver, hotel and tea-house staff (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kgs.).
  • Personal insurance and other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost of personal trekking gears and equipments (kindly refer to our equipment lists: http://www.marrontreks.com/itineraries/229-26/phaplu-to-everest-base-camp-trek-20-days.html#equipment-list  ).
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies like (but not limited to) natural calamities, accidents, illness, thefts, damages etc.
  • Garbage deposit fees (refundable).
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

TREKKING GEARS & EQUIPMENTS

Needless to say that kitting and stuffing yourself out for a trek is almost a herculean task which keeps you mulling and often gets you overwhelmed. But at the mercy of the renting outlets sprouting in every visible corner in Kathmandu, preparing for trekking in Nepal these days is almost tantamount to equipping yourself for a weekend backpacking trip. Most of the heavy and expensive items are easily available on rent, so you don’t actually have to travel Nepal with a cartload of gears. We have endeavored to formulate a categorical checklist that gives you a tentative idea regarding the gears and accessories mandatory for you during the trek. The list could vary depending upon the kind of trek you pursue, the terrain, weather conditions and time of the year. For instance, you don’t need the camp-trek equipments when you are on a tea-house trek. This listing below simply serves as a guideline and you can always have your own checklist. It is always preferable to pack light and the key to this is to carry the gears and accessories that have multidimensional uses.

 

  • CLOTHING (Core & Lower body)

Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella

Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather changes

Fleece jacket or Pullover

Fleece windcheater jacket

Down jacket or a Down vest

T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)

Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)

Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that the it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)

Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)

Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)

 

  • Head/Eyes & Hand Gears

Sun hat/cap

Woolen hat or Balaclava

Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the one with 100% UV protection)

Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)

Warm gloves (designed to the shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair

 

  • Footwear

Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces

Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each

Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet

Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)

Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

 

  • Equipments

Backpack/Rucksack

Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks as a complimentary gear and you needn't return it )

Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)

Day sack/Nylon stuff sack

Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)

Water bottle

Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs

Maps, compass and a guide book

Trekking poles

 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find

 yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!


Toiletries

Quick-drying camp towel

Detergent powder/bar

Toilet paper

Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

Pocket knife

Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

Stuff sacks

Earplugs

Candlesticks

 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you can include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advice you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines 


Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

Assorted band-aids

Small gauge pad

Roll of adhesive tape

Iodine tablets

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items in this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trek


Camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women

Books and magazines

Departure Date

This is a new trek package that has been introduced recently. Unfortunately, following the great quakes that devastated Nepal throughout April and May 2015, we are not able to configure the departure dates for this package. However, if you let us know your preferred travel schedule, we can organize the trip departure accordingly. Kindly mail us your tentative travel schedule and we shall endeavor our best to make sure that the trip commences on your preferred date.





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