Phaplu Chola Pass Trekking - 23 Days

Tour Details

  • 23 Days(s)

  • Private Guide

  • English-French

  • 5545m

overview

The trekking journey to the Everest Base Camp by taking the route that passes from Phaplu Chola Pass will give you the same feeling as you get when you take the long way to a destination just to enjoy the journey a little longer. Phaplu Chola Pass is a less- traveled route and the reason it is loved by travelers so much is because of the lesser crowded, unspoiled environment it has to offer to the trekkers. The Everest Base Camp trek en route Phaplu Chola Pass adds a different kind of thrill, adventure and excitement besides the solitude.

Before you start your trekking journey you need to first reach Phaplu village from Kathmandu by drive from where you start trekking to the Everest base camp region. You are going to love the experience of your travel journey starting from Kathmandu valley itself as you get a peek into the city life of Nepal. After which you move on to explore the different landscapes, exquisite culture and lifestyle, moving from the valley to the mountainous region, exploring places like Namche, Gokyo, Dzongla and the Everest region.

Tour Highlights

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport escorting
  • Short, guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu observing the World heritage sites like Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath
  • Fun drive from  Kathmandu to Phaplu by private jeep
  • Explore the lower Everest region
  • Amazing view of Mt. Everest from Everest view hotel's terrace
  • Exhilarating Chola Pass adventure
  • Hike on Kalapatthar Peak
  • Exciting excursion to EBC (5363 meters
  • Enjoyable stay at 5100 meters for a couple of nights

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Itinerary

  • 30 minutes
  • 3 Star Hotel

You will be picked at the airport by our representative and will be transferred to the hotel upon your arrival.  Overnight stay at hotel.

  • 5-6 hrs.
  • Guest House

We head to the town of Dumja early in the morning alongside the Sunkoshi river. We move through places like Ghurmi following Sunkoshi river and then head to Okhaldhunga. We get to Phapla as we move alongside Dudh Koshi river. Overnight stay at Phaplu.

  • 3 hrs.
  • Guest House

Our trekking journey starts on this day. We follow the river, Dudh Koshi as we move through pine and rhododendron forests as we pass by Salung village and Ringmo. This area is popular for apricot, peach and apple orchards and is loved for its locally made apple cider. Now we move to Thubten Chhoiling Monastery which has been protecting the tradition and teachings of Buddhism over the decades. From here, we go to the Sherpa village of Junbesi.

  • 6-7 hrs.
  • Guest House

On this day we set off for Nunthala; on our way, we will be accompanied by beautiful rhododendron in the trail. This trail moves through the Taksindu Pass (3970 meters).  The trail ends at Nunthala for the day as we move past the village and green forest of Kimbu. Overnight stay in Nunthala.

  • 6 hrs.
  • Guest House

We move through the dense jungle alongside the chirping of birds and sounds of animals as we head to Bupsa Danda where we reach after we cross the Kharikhola village. Kharikhola village is the point of diversion for people trekking to Hinku valley or the Mera Pak (6476 meters). We reach Bupsa Danda (2770 meters) as we hike over the suspension bridge and head onto a steep route.

  • 5-6 hrs.
  • Guest House

We head to the Kari La Pass (3080 meters) first thing in the morning. After two hours ascend we reach the top and can enjoy the amazing view of Nambu (6960 meters), Thamserku (6608 meters), Cho Oyu (8188 meters). Finally, we reach Paiya Khola as we trek down through the lush green forest of oak and cross a metal bridge.

  • 6-7 hrs.
  • Guest House

Now we trek to Surke as we move through lush green jungle of oak trees en route Paiya La (2945 meters). We will get to enjoy the scenic view of the Khumbu valley and the enormous mountain tops. The, we reach Surke which is located at the bottom of Lukla.  Our final destination, the Sherpa Hamlet of Phakding is then reached as we trek along the way with many ups and downs alongside the river, Dudh Koshi. Overnight stay in Phakding.

  • 5-6 hrs.
  • Guest House

On this way, we head to Namche Bazar. The trail moves alongside the fast currents of the river and an amazing view of Thamserku on the opposite side. First, we reach Jorsalle which indicates that we have entered the Sagarmatha national park We then move through the trail branched by Dudh Koshi and Bhote rivers on left and right respectively.  We walk on the crisscross way to reach Namche. 

  • full day
  • Guest House

We stay at Namche for rest and acclimatization; here we can explore the villages of Khumjung and Khunde as we hike there. Khumjung village is in-between the ridge above the sacred mountain of Khumbila (5761 meters) and Namche. We visit the popular monastery of Khumjung where the major attraction is the skull of Yeti. We also go to the Everest View Hotel to see the majestic view of Everest (8849 meters) and the beautiful Ama Dablam.  We move to the Khunde Community hospital for exploring it; it was built by Sir Edmund Hilary in the year 1966. We will also take time to study the Hilary Family memorial park which was established in order to honor the work of Sir Edmund Hillary.

  • 5-6 hrs.
  • Guest House

On this day, the journey starts with a climb to Khyangjuma village. We move forward to the place named Mong  La as we pass through Sherpa village of Sanasa. This pass is below Mt. Khumbila (5761 meters). We finally reach to Dhole en route Mong La and stay there overnight.

  • 4-5 hrs.
  • Guest House

We head to Machhermo to the northern side of Dhole. We first reach Lhabarma and then Machhermo. There will be a number of things to see on this trail including the lush green forests, pristine rivers, and snowy peaks.

  • 4-5 hrs.
  • Guest House

Our trekking trail moves towards the valley followed by a downhill climb to a river before we climb the Ngozumpa Glacier moraine to reach Gokyo valley. Gokyo is known for the six lakes that are here and for the majestic view of the picturesque mountain peaks. We will get to see the three beautiful lakes namely Longpongo, Taboche Tsho, and Dudh Pokhari; each one has a distinct specialty. After lunch, we head to the fourth lake.

  • 6 hrs.
  • Guest House

We hike to Gokyo Ri first thing in the morning; we reach there after three hours’ ascent. The scenic beauty of the majestic Himalayas like Everest(8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Cho Oyu (8848m), Chamar (7287m), Nuptse (7861m) and others alongside the enchanting Gokyo Lakes and the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier will feel surreal. We go back to the lodge for breakfast and then set off to Dragnag.

  • 9 hrs.
  • Guest House

On this day, we move to Dzongla by passing the Chola Pass; it follows a steep trail and crosses the glacial moraine on the east. We head to Phedi to reach Dzongla en route high pass of Cho La (5420 meters). Most of the mountains of Mahalangur Himalayan Range can be viewed from Cho La’s top. We then descend through icy moraines to reach Dzongla.

  • 7-8 hrs.
  • Guest House

As we chase the trail following the Changri Glacier alongside the Khumbu Glacier ridges, we get to Gorakshep.  We move to Kala Patthar viewpoint where we observe the beautiful sunset.  This will certainly be an unforgettable memory for you.

  • 7 hrs.
  • Guest House

We cross the Khumbu glacier on our way to Everest Base camp as we head up on the rocky ridges. We are going to feel really significant as we stand at the EBC with the world tallest peak over our head. We will then head down to the lodge to eat lunch and descend to Thukla.

  • 5 hrs.
  • Guest House

We head down to the Sherpa Hamlet of Tengboche first. And we cross lush green forests and Sherpa villages to reach the bank of Imja Khola above which Tengboche village lies.  The famous festival Mani Ridmu is observed in the biggest monastery of Khumbu region, located in Tengboche.  We will visit this place in the evening and enjoy the mesmerizing mountain vista.

  • 5-6 hrs.
  • Guest House

On this day, we descend through lush green forests enjoying the enchanting views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Lhotse (8414 meters), Mt. Everest (8848 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters). Overnight stay in Namche.

  • 5 hrs.
  • Guest House

We will move to the zone with lesser mountains now as we move to Phakding.  The trail moves through dense forest and streams.

  • 3 hrs.
  • Guest House

We descend down to reach Lukla alongside Dudh Koshi river reminiscing the Himalayas, the culture, and beautiful landscape.  Overnight stay in Lukla and celebration, for now, the trek has ended.

  • 30 minutes.
  • 3 Star Hotel

We will reach to Kathmandu from Lukla in 30 minutes via a flight.  We will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • full day.
  • 3 Star Hotel

We go on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. We go to the major cities like Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square which are the major tourist spots of Nepal; you will know why as soon as you get there. You will be awestruck by the beautiful architectures, structures, culture, and cuisines you will see in these cities.

  • 30 minutes.
  • None

We will drive you to the airport as you head to your home country or the next destination.

What’s included/excluded

  • Airport pickup and drop facility as per the program
  • Lodging facility in Kathmandu as per accordance
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS cards)
  • Food and lodging facility throughout the trip 
  • Hot beverages- tea, coffee during the trek along with food
  • Flight- Lukla-Kathmandu for clients and guide
  • Porters and guide (inclusive of their wages, equipment, and insurance)
  • Entry fee to Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality  and Sagarmatha National park
  • High altitude chamber as per necessity 
  • Wages and Equipment for the climbing guide.
  • Airport tax and land transport as per program 
  • Government tax

cancellation

Please note that cancellation can be done as per the circumstances and as per mutual understanding.

Good to know

Please be reminded to maintain a positive attitude and behavior regarding the environment and the wildlife inhabitants of the Sagarmatha National Park as it is protected by the UNESCO for its flora and fauna.

Note that wifi shall be available only on the first day of trekking and in the upper belts (In Fakding 200 MD data costs around USD $ 5/6 for Twenty four hours use)

Charging your devices will cost you some money nevertheless electricity is available in most places.