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Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov, Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,550 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Grade:

Moderate to Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel / Tea House

Group Size:

1+

Destination:

Everest Region, Nepal

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is a great option for avoiding the Lukla flight and taking a less-traveled route to Everest Base Camp, although it is becoming more popular due to road access. Starting from Phaplu, this trek offers a more peaceful and off-the-beaten-path experience. You will get to enjoy the nature and culture as it takes you through beautiful Sherpa villages, lush forests, and picturesque valleys before reaching the famous base camp of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is an alternative route to reach Everest Base Camp, offering a less crowded and more scenic path compared to the traditional Lukla route. Phaplu is a town in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, and this trek begins here, providing a different perspective of the Khumbu region.

It's also advantageous for acclimatization as the gradual ascent helps reduce the risk of altitude-related issues. However, the trek usually takes a few extra days compared to the Lukla route due to the longer distance.

Lying at the southern part of Solukhumbu district, Phaplu or Salleri is the alternative route to Kathmandu lukla route to reach the base of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest. This Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is the best alternative route for anyone who doesn't fly to Lukla. What is not commonly known though is this amazing off the beat 18 day trek with High Pass Adventures.  This journey begins Kathmandu to Phaplu with an 8-10 hour drive, where a variety of temperature zones can be experienced in a single day, through the foothills of several hills and across big rivers into a small town in a steep region called Phaplu or Salleri.

The Old Everest Base Camp Trekking trail was from Jiri- Shivalaya which would take one week to get to Lukla therefore in response to the problem Salleri or Phaplu is the best solution to reach the Everest base camp while experience the beauty of nature along the off the beaten trail. Although daily flights are available from Kathmandu to Phaplu, sometimes flights may be delayed due to bad weather conditions in which jeeps are always available for road trips to reach there.

Everest Base Camp Trek is challenging itself but there is a lower likelihood that you may have altitude sickness if you take this path. Trekking trail ascends and descends until Lukla. These parts from Phaplu to Lukla offer Snow Capped Mountain view, rice terraces, forest, farmland, small local villages, Stupa and Buddhist monasteries. It takes three days to reach the Everest base camp in this trek. 

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp trek, we drive Kathmandu to Phaplu by jeep 8-10 hours which is local adventure trip with beautiful scenery on the way road in Nepal Himalayan region. Most of the tourists who have short Holidays like flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in Nepal but sometimes weather are really bad. Traveling to Everest Base Camp trek from Phaplu would be great, because, need not worry about cancellation or delay of the flights to Lukla because of the option to go Everest Base camp by foot from Phaplu. It is best fit for those who have holidays of around 15 days. 

Trek from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp - 18 Days is supper classical trek in Lower Everest region. Trek passes beautiful village of Sherpa, Tamang, Rai, Magar etc, Villages Likes Ringmu, Takshindu, Nunthala, Bupsa, Cheplung and join Chaurikharka village, main tourist junction of Everest trail with Lukla to Everest Base Camp and follow the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking trail above Chaurikharka (Lukla).

Outline Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Flight or drive to Phaplu (salleri)

Day 04: Trek to Nunthala

Day 05:  Trek to Bupsa Dada

Day 06: Trek to Surke 

Day 07: Trek to Phakding

day 08: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 09: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 10: Trek to Tyengboche (3860m)

Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

Day 12: Rest day at Dingboche (4410m)

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4940m)

Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) and hike up to Everest Base Camp (5363m)

Day 15: Trek to Pheriche (4250m)

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2800m)

Day 18: Flight back to Kathmandu 

Why choose Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek?

Choosing the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek offers several advantages that make it an appealing choice for trekkers. Starting from Phaplu provides the opportunity for better acclimatization and a less crowded route. The trek features a gradual ascent, scenic landscapes, and rich cultural experiences, offering a variety in trekking experience. Overall, the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is a fantastic choice for those seeking a quieter, more gradual approach to Everest Base Camp, with plenty of cultural and natural beauty along the way.

Less Crowded Route: Compared to the Lukla to Everest Base Camp route, the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp route is less crowded for the first few days. This means you can enjoy a more peaceful trekking experience, with fewer trekkers on the trail, resulting in less crowding at tea houses and lodges. It also allows enough time to spend with locals, interacting with them to learn about their culture and lifestyle.

Gradual Acclimatization: The trek from Phaplu, starting at an altitude of 2500 meters, features a more gradual ascent, which can aid in acclimatization as you make your way to Everest Base Camp, situated at 5364 meters. This gradual ascent is particularly beneficial for reducing the risk of altitude sickness, as your body has more time to adjust to the increasing altitude. It significantly enhances the trekking experience by minimizing the risks associated with high altitudes.

Scenic Landscapes: Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking route, starting from the lowlands, offers stunning views of various Himalayan ranges, including Numbur, Mera, and the Everest region. The trekking route passes through beautiful forests, rhododendron valleys, and picturesque Sherpa villages, as well as terrace farmland, providing a rich cultural and natural experience.

Cultural highlights: Trekking from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp offers a genuine immersion into Sherpa culture and lifestyle. You'll have the opportunity to interact with local communities, visit monasteries, and learn about the unique traditions of the Sherpa people.

Variety in Trekking Experience: The Phaplu to Everest Base Camp trekking route offers a unique, off-the-beaten-path perspective of the Everest region. It passes through many charming villages, forests, bridges, and farmland, with numerous ascents and descents. This provides trekkers with a diverse and inspiring experience within a single journey. It is an excellent option for those seeking a more varied trekking experience in the Everest region. It will give you a memorable and varied trekking experience in your life.
 

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying on A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take to you the hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest, freshen up, and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with an experienced tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, which are the best and most popular places in 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable privet vehicles before walking a tour of these sites. There is an interesting tour full of fascinating insights into Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour, you will come to the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Long and nice scenic 8 hours drive to Phaplu or Salleri but there is a daily flight to Phaplu airport. Sometimes flights can be stuck due to weather. So will recommend to you by the drive is better than the flight.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2400

The trekking trail starts gently up until Ringmu then after one hour up to Taksindu dada 3110m. from this place you will see the first view of Thamserku (6640m), Khantega (6750m), Kusum Kangaru and Popular climb  Mera peak. From the Taksindu Dada tour trekking trail drop down to Nunthala through Sherpa village and rain forest.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2500

You will have breakfast there and your trekking trail drop down to the Dudh Kosi river. After crossing this river by Suspension bridge you will climb up to Bupsa through Rai and Sherpa villages.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2623

Today your trekking trail starts to climb gently up to Karte. From Karte, you will see Mt. Choyu (8200m). The trekking trail climbs up and down to Painya through the Forest of Pine, Rhododendrons,s and Bamboo. Painya is the name of the Sherpa village and you will continue to walk Chheplung through Forest and Sherpa village also you will enjoy the Mountain View, Khumbu Valley, and Sherpa culture.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2780

From Chheplung Everest Base Camp trek goes continues north. There are a few uphill and downhill climbs, through the forest of pine and rhododendron, suspension bridges, and the local Sherpa village will follow and take to you Monjo. Monjo is the gateway of the Sagarmatha National Park to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Our trekking guide will manage the entrance fee of the Sagarmatha Notational Park. From the Monjo Gate trail continue drops down to the bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi River and you will get the Jorsalle village. Your trekking trail continues following the north and crosses another bridge of the same river and follows the river bank trail until the large Dovan.

There is the very high bridge on this river, we have to cross and we will climb into a forest of pine trees on lot Zigzag trail until Namche Bazaar. Before getting to the Namche Bazaar we will see and enjoy the first view of Mt Everest and other lot mountains.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful town, with an elevation is 3440m. We have to stay two nights for acclimatization for further altitude. During the daytime, we have to hike up somewhere for acclimatization. There are two places to hike, one is Thame village and another is Khumjung village. Your trekking guide decided on your plan for the hike up. After breakfast, you will visit either Thame Sherpa village or Khumjung Sherpa village. From both sides, you will be enjoying panoramic Mountain Views, pine forests, mani wall, Gompa (Buddhist monasteries), and Sherpa village. And remain to your time can spend visiting the National Park Head office and Museum or relaxing in a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

After having breakfast from Namche, you will follow the trail by Chhorkang. you will walk the north side and past a memorial Chorten to Tenzing Norgay. From there you can enjoy the beautiful panorama view of Kusum kangaroo, Thamserku, Khandega, Amadablam, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, and Tawaboche before getting to Kyanjuma. From the Kyanjuma trail drop down to the bridge Phunki Thanga. You will cross the bridge and the trail goes ascent to the Tengboche. If you are lucky you can see deer and pheasant birds.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3865

After breakfast in Tengboche, you will visit the popular monasteries and continue to walk to the Everest Base Camp. The trail drops down 30 minutes through the green forest and reaches the bridge. After the cross, the river trail is gently up until Denbuche. Along the trail, you will enjoy the wonderful Mountain View.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4400

Acclimatization is the most important time for going up before you get your way to the Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, your trekking guide makes a plan, either take to you full-day hike for Nangkar Tsang Hill for the view of MT. Makalu 8516m, Lotse  8556m, Barunche 7245m, and other popular mountain views or full-day hikes to Chukung.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4400

From the Dingboche, the trail goes slowly climbs up to the long ridge through Yak Kharka, and you will get Dhukla. From the ridge, you can be enjoying views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Amadblam, and Khantega. Before getting Dhukla you will cross the glacial stream. From Dhukla trail continues goes up to Dhukla pass, there are a lot a number of memorials to lost climbers and Sherpa. After passing this memorial place, easy trail to reach in the Lobuche. If you have extra time, you can either be hiking up the ridge for a view of Khumbu Glaciar or rest in a hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4900

This is your mission day to do your plan, so you will definitely get to Everest Base Camp on this day. After breakfast from there, you will hurry to leave without wasting any time, and continues walking to Goreshep through the Italian Pyramid side, beside Khumbu glacier and terminal moraine. After lunch in Gorakshep you will be enjoying views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, Chanhtse, Pumori, and Lingtren mountains and you will continues hike to Everest Base Camp. You will spend a few minutes enjoying your aim and take pictures in Base Camp and get back to Gorakshep following the same trail.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5363

From the base camp, Everest is not visible. So, you have to hike Kalapathar for the best sunrise view of Mt. Everest and other mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach the top of the Kalapathar. Your trekking guide creates your plan and tells you about hiking up. From the top, you will enjoy golden color 360-degree panoramic Mountain View. After enjoying the view, you will back down to Gorakshep and have breakfast, pack your stuff, and way back the same way until Dhukla. From Dhukla trail drop down to a glacial stream and cross that stream. There are two trails to come down to Dhingbuche and Pheriche. Our guide takes to you on the lower trail to Pheriche.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4240

You will have breakfast in Pheriche and you follow to continues trail to Namche through Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche, Phungi Tanga, and Kyanjuma. These parts already you did walk up to Dingboche.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

You will have breakfast in Namche and you will continue downhill to a large bridge from Namche. After the cross large bridge of the Dudh Kosi River and you will follow the trail on the bank of this river until Phakding, where you did spend the first night on this trek. You will stop Phakding for the lunch. After lunch, you will walk ascend to Lukla.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2800

After the last Breakfast in Lukla of your Everest Base Camp trek, you will catch a morning flight to Kathmandu from the Lukla airport.in Kathmandu. Your trekking guide manages a private vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. That day you can explore the market in Kathmandu. We will take to you a farewell dinner in the Nepali culture kitchen.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Your trip to Nepal is coming to an end today. When it's time for your flight to depart, a member of our High Pass Adventure crew will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport. High Pass Adventure can assist you with your next vacation and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India if you're seeking to take an additional trip to Nepal.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

  • Airport Pick up & drops 4 times domestic / International.
  • All Ground-transportation above program
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Flight Fare Kathmandu- Phaplu and Lukla-Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea or coffee with per meal 
  • Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trek typically consists of twin-sharing basic rooms.
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees 
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fees
  • Oxy-meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Guide and porter salary, food, accommodations and insurance during the trek 
  • Use of down Jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, to be return after the trip is completed).
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt and warm cap as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Extra trekking day other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (need to covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Entrance fees for the Monasteries during the trekking 
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above
     

Route Map

route map

Traveller Useful Information

What are the different costs of the EBC Trek from Phaplu and Lukla?

The costs of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek from Phaplu and Lukla can vary significantly due to differences in transportation, duration, and the route taken. The Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is longer in duration compared to the Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trek, which also results in different transportation, accommodations and food costs.

EBC Trek from Phaplu

Transportation:

  • Kathmandu to Phaplu: A flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu costs around $150-$200 one way. Alternatively, you can take a jeep or bus which costs approximately $20-$50, but it takes much longer (8-12 hours).
  • Kathmandu to Lukla: A flifgt from Kathmandu to Lukla cost around &216-240 one way. This transportation coat is expensive then Kathmandu to Phaplu. 
  • Accommodation and Food: The trekking duration from Phaplu to EBC is longer than from Lukla to EBC, so the total cost of accommodations food and guide- porter is higher due to the longer trip duration.

 

  • Overall Costs: The EBC trek from Phaplu may be slightly more expensive overall due to the longer duration and additional transportation costs if flying. However, it can be more economical with public overland transport.

Estimated Total Costs

  • Phaplu Route: $1,600-$2,100 (including transport, permits, guide/porter, accommodation, and food)
  • Lukla Route: $1,300-$1,800 (including transport, permits, guide/porter, accommodation, and food)

  
Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty

The difficulty level of the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek is moderate to challenging due to its length, altitude, and terrain. Proper preparation, a good level of fitness, and strong mental determination are required because there is no road access to the starting and ending points, necessitating flights that can be affected by bad weather conditions. It makes longer duration for the trip.  The trek duration is about 17 to 19 days, with daily walking distances ranging from 5 to 8 hours, and there are many obstacles along the way.

This destination can be difficult for those without previous trekking experience, as the starting point is at 2,500 meters in Phaplu, reaching 5,364 meters at Everest Base Camp. Gradual ascent and acclimatization days are necessary. During peak season, early booking for accommodation is essential due to limited availability. In winter, you need to prepare warm clothes because the weather can be extremely cold and harsh. During the monsoon season, the trekking trails can be slippery and tough.

Overall, before starting the trek, you need to do fitness training and mental preparation. During the trek, utilizing tea houses, taking sufficient rest, gradual ascents, acclimatization days, walking slowly, and taking short, easy steps will help you manage the challenges of the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp trek. Following these steps will make your trek highly achievable and immensely satisfying.

Best Time for Phaplu to EBC Trek

The best times for the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek are during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These seasons offer sunny and warm weather with clear skies, providing wonderful mountain views and ideal conditions for photography. While spring brings blooming flowers, autumn provides crisp, clear views and stable conditions.

Winter (December to February) is also an option and a recommended time for this trek. During winter, you can avoid crowds and enjoy some solitude with nature and culture. However, the temperature can be quite cold for most trekkers, and there can be a lot of snow on some trekking trails, especially at higher altitudes.

Summer (June to August) is not recommended for the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek because of the frequent rain during this time. The rain can make it difficult to get flights on time and can cause landslides along the trail. Additionally, visibility may be poor for views.

So, you have to choose the right time to trek from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp. The right time will make your trek enjoyable, memorable, and enhance your overall experience, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the Himalayas to the fullest.

Spring (March to May)

  • Days are warmer with clear skies, providing excellent views of the mountains.
  • Night temperatures are generally moderate, though it can still be cold at higher altitudes.
  • Rhododendrons and other wildflowers are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the trail.
  • A great time for photography and enjoying the natural beauty.
  • Opportunity to experience local festivals like Mani Rimdu and other cultural events in the Sherpa villages.

Autumn (September to November)

  • Stable and clear weather with minimal rainfall.
  • Crisp and clear skies provide stunning views of the mountains.
  • Cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings and at higher elevations, but still comfortable for trekking.
  • This is the peak trekking season, so trails and teahouses will be busier compared to spring.
  • Despite the crowds, the infrastructure and services are fully operational, ensuring a smooth trekking experience.
  • Festivals such as Dashain and Tihar in Nepal can be experienced, offering a glimpse into local traditions and celebrations.

Monsoon (June to August):

  • Heavy rainfall can make trails slippery and challenging.
  • Higher risk of landslides and flight cancellations.
  • Leech-infested trails at lower elevations and cloud cover can obstruct mountain views.

Winter (December to February):

  • Very cold temperatures, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Possible heavy snowfall can make some parts of the trek difficult or impassable.
  • However, the trails are much quieter, and the skies can be very clear, offering beautiful views.

Food and Accommodation during the Phaplu to EBC Trek

There are many teahouses for accommodation and restaurants for food along the trekking trail from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp route is famous, leading to new buildings being added each year to accommodate more trekkers. You'll find various types of accommodation and food options along the trail, with some lodges offering luxurious facilities. Normally, lodges provide private rooms with two beds and shared indoor bathrooms. The quality of lodges varies at different places, allowing you to choose the best option based on your budget.

Tea Houses/Lodges for accommodation:

  • Availability: Tea houses and lodges are available throughout the trek. They are more basic and rural at lower altitudes and can be quite simple and functional at higher altitudes.
  • Facilities: Rooms are usually twin-sharing with basic beds, blankets, and pillows. Some lodges may offer attached bathrooms at lower altitudes, but this is uncommon at higher elevations.
  • Toilets: Western-style toilets are available at some tea houses, but squat toilets are more common, especially as you go higher. Hot showers may be available for an extra charge, though the water may be heated by solar power or gas.
  • Dining Rooms: Most tea houses have a communal dining area that is heated, often by a wood or yak-dung stove. This is where trekkers gather to eat, socialize, and warm up.
  • Electricity and Charging: Electricity is available in most tea houses, but charging electronic devices usually comes with an additional fee. Power outages can occur, especially in remote areas.
  • Wi-Fi: Some tea houses offer Wi-Fi, usually for an extra charge. The quality and speed of the connection can vary greatly.

Food at the teahouses or restaurants: 

Along the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek, there are tea-houses, lodges, restaurants, and tea shops that provide the food to trekkers. Every place generally has a similar food menu, offering a variety of dishes, but prices are different due to its elevations and quality of service. You can choose from a range of food items on the menu. The cooks at these establishments are usually trained specially at higher altitude but the taste of the food may be different from what you're used to in the West.

Most of the lodges in the region have gardens where they grow fresh vegetables, which they use to prepare meals for their guests at lower altitudes. This ensures that the food is fresh and locally sourced. So, normally you will find a variety of food options at the tea houses or lodges along the trail. 

Food Items: 

  • Breakfast: Typically includes items like porridge, eggs, toast, pancakes, and Tibetan bread.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Common options are dal bhat (lentil soup, vegetable with rice), momos (dumplings), noodle soup, fried rice, and pasta. Dal bhat is highly recommended and a popular choice among trekkers because it is nutritious, comes in large portions to fill you up, and provides a good energy boost.
  • Snacks and Drinks: Tea houses offer various snacks such as biscuits, chocolates, and local delicacies. Hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot lemon are readily available.
  • Vegetarian Options: Easily available throughout the trek. Given the remote location, vegetarian meals are often the safest and most readily available option.
  • Other Dietary Restrictions: It’s best to inform your guide or the tea house owners in advance. Options may be limited, so carrying some of your own snacks or supplements is advisable if you have specific dietary needs.

Communication in the Everest Region

Everest Region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There is good mobile network service around Everest base camp trekking area but not a Gokyo Valley and Chukkung Valley. The internet service available whole Everest Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. 

Tipping Information

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting tripin Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking Gear List

Travel equipment are necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to others country but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or buy in Kathmandu around Thamel. These general equipment are for all seasons while on trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different season and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Requirements Documents:

  • Passport and 4 passport size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Logistics Things:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Necessary Footwear Things:

  • Trekking boots: One pair  lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Comfort Clothing for body:

  • Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking:
  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • Bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others necessary things:

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones and ear plug (who know some people on group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgen bottles best.

General Toiletries:

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

Others (Optional) Things

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit / duffel bag
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Getting There: Nepal

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types of High Altitude Sickness

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): It is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): It is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): It is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause of High Altitude Sickness

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention for High Altitude Sickness

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

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