Phaplu Chola Pass Trekking-
Trekking to Everest Base Camp through Phaplu Chola Pass is like going home the roundabout way just to enjoy the feel of the wind against your face for a little longer. The journey away from the well-preferred route and less traveled one is what makes Phaplu Chola Pass Trekking adventurous. So, this Everest Base Camp through Phaplu Chola Pass Trek presents you with added thrill, excitement, and much-needed solitude.
The only thing between the trek and you is the 8-hour journey between Phaplu village and Kathmandu. You set off early in the morning along the bumpy roads while also enjoying the stunning landscapes and views that the countryside of Nepal has to offer. Always surrounded by the Himalayas,you move in and out of various Sherpa hamlets before reaching Phakding, where the trail coincides with the Lukla route. Into the gateway of Everest at Namche, you spend a day for acclimatization. Chasing the trail deep into Sagarmatha National Park will bring you a chance to get a glimpse of some rare flora and fauna. A visit to the Gokyo Lakes and the traverse through the high pass of Cho La (5420m) brings you to Gorakshep,a village situated right below the Everest (8848 m). There’s no way anyone can forget the mesmerizing views of the sunset from Kala Patthar. The moment when the last rays of the sun hit the snow-capped Himalayas forming an intricate play of light and shadows is something otherworldly. The entire journey boils down to the single moment when you reach Everest Base Camp, and it doesn’t disappoint. The experience of realizing your own significance when faced with the world’s tallest mountain cannot be correctly put into words. In the end what matters is the adventure, the thrill, the rapid beating of hearts, and the smile of wonder struck through the piercing cold. What matters is being there and living the moment.
A journey can be beautiful, enjoyable but can also be worrying and a bit less enjoyable depending on the facilitator. Having to constantly worry about where to sleep for the night isn’t an ideal way to travel. We here at Glacier Family Treks and Expedition take care of all your travel woes and ensure the best experience for you.
After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will drive you to your hotel. A light stroll and a warm dinner will make for a fine evening. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Opposed to the choice of flying to Phaplu, we drive through the mesmerizing landscapes that the nation has to offer. The day begins early as we head out of Kathmandu towards the hilly town of Dumja. From Dumja, we travel alongside the fast flowing Sunkoshi River, which leaves us at Bhimeshwor. We move ahead accompanied by little hamlets and hilly landscapes. At Ghurmi, we again meet Sunkoshi River and then head towards the epitome of natural beauty at Okhaldhunga. The final stretch spent alongside Dudh Koshi River concludes our 10-hour ride to Phaplu. Overnight in Phaplu.
Today is the official beginning of our trek. We follow the Dudh Koshi River north through dense pine and rhododendron forests, past Salung village and into the Sherpa village of Ringmo. Set amidst apple, apricot and peach orchards, the area is famous for locally made apple cider. From there, we head east towards Thubten Chholing Monastery, which is hidden from the outside world and has protected the authenticity, tradition, and teachings of Buddhism throughout the decades. Home to around 700 monks, the monastery is decorated with antiques, Chortens, and prayer flags. From there, we head to the Sherpa village of Junbesi.
Accompanied by the beautiful array of colorful rhododendrons blooming left, right and center, we set off for Nunthala. The stunning trail moves through Taksindu Pass (3870m) which separates the lower Solukhumbu and upper Khumbu valleys. The trail winds through terraced farming land and hamlets dotted with small monasteries throughout the way. The trail for today ends at Nunthala, past the village and forest of Kimbu. Overnight in Nunthala.
Constantly accompanied by the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River, we move through lush forests often alive with the sounds of birds and nature. The nearness of fields of barley and maize indicates the arrival of Kharikhola village. Kharikhola is said to be the point of diversion for those trekking into the Hinku Valley or Mera Peak (6476m). Hiking over a suspension bridge, we head on the steep trail all the way to Bupsa Danda (2770m). The village is set in the canopy of wheat and maize farmlands beneath the dense oak forest. Overnight in Bupsa Danda.
It is another day to ascending today. We head up to the Kari La Pass (3080m) early in the morning. A 2-hour ascend, and we reach the top of Kari La (3080m) which sports tantalizing views of Nambu (6960m), Cho-Oyu (8188m), and Thamserku (6608m). We trek down through the dense forest of oak and onto a metal bridge across Paiya Khola. A short trek follows to the village of Paiya, where we rest for the night. Also, our days of trekking through the less crowded region may be over as the village of Paiya also accommodates those coming from Lukla for an adventure up to Hinku Valley.
Out of Paiya, and we enter right into the mesmerizing valley of Dudh Koshi River where she whittles her way down from the Ngozumpa Glacier. We then trek to Surke through lush green forests of oak via Paiya La (2945m). Accompanied by the view of Khumbu valley and gigantic mountaintops, we reach Surke, a village located at the bottom of Lukla. Past the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, we reach the Sherpa hamlet of Phakding, accompanied by the ups and downs of Dudh Koshi River all along the way. Overnight in Phakding.
Today the trek will take us all the way to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest which lies inside Sagarmatha National Park. The trail starts straightforward alongside the river bank. Mesmerizing views of Thamserku (6608m) loom on the opposite bank. After several ups and downs along the way, we reach the village of Jorsalle which denotes our entry to the national park. A short walk takes us to the valley forked by Dudh Koshi River on the right and Bhote Koshi River on the left. The rocky mountain trail zigzags along the way while also offering mesmerizing views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8414m). Past the dense forests and plateau to get Namche.
Today is an acclimatization day to let our bodies adapt to the increasing altitude. This day is not to be understood as a rest day as we have many places to explore. The exploration begins with a hike to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. The village of Khumjung is located between the ridge above Namche and the holy mountain of Khumbila (5761m). We visit the monastery in Khumjung, which is famous as the home of a real-life yeti skull. Enclosed within the monastery, the yeti skull is a major attraction in this region. We also trek to Everest View Hotel, which gives mesmerizing views of Everest (8848 m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). From there, we also visit the Khunde Community Hospital, which was built by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1966. We also take time to visit the Hilary Family Memorial Park erected to honor the legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary. Later, we hike back to Namche for the overnight stay.
Our destination for the night is Machhermo, which lies north of Dhole. The trail climbs steadily through a scenic ridge and past thorny bushes to reach Lhabarma. Accompanied by the mesmerizing views of Cho Oyu (8188m) and Cholatse (6335m), and past the hamlet of Luza, we ascend up through the sandy banks of Dudh Koshi River to reach Machhermo. Overnight in Machhermo.
Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m), 4-5 hrs. Excurstion to Gokyo Fourth Lake (4870m), 4 hrs. O/N in Gokyo Lake side.
A climb up the ridge reveals picturesque views of Cholatse (6335m) and Cholo (6089m). The trail moves towards the widening valley followed by a descent to the river bed before climbing the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier to reach Gokyo valley. The valley of Gokyo is known for its six lakes which are breathtaking to look at and also offer mesmerizing views of snow capped mountains. The first lake Longpongo at 4690m offers a chance to observe Lama footprints set on a stone. The second lake Taboche Tsho follows with its sparkling sheet of turquoise blue water. The third lake of Dudh Pokhari is connected to the second one by a stream and offers mesmerizing views of the Gokyo village. After lunch, we set to observe the fourth lake Thonak Tsho, which offers mesmerizing views of Cho Oyu (8188m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8414m), and Nuptse (7861m) among others. Overnight in Gokyo village.
The hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) is one of the highlights of this trip. A strenuous ascent for about 3 hours takes us to Gokyo Ri. The mountain panorama of the mesmerizing Himalayas like Cho Oyu (8848m), Chamar (7287m), Everest(8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Nuptse (7861m), and many more along with a bird’s eye view of the enchanting Gokyo Lakes and the massive Ngozumpa Glacier amounts for a surreal experience. We then head back to the lodge for breakfast before setting off to Dragnag. The trek can be a little difficult as we make our way through Ngozumpa Glacier to reach Dragnag. Overnight in Dragnag.
Early morning, Trek to Dzongla crossing the Chola Pass (5420m), 8-9 hrs.
Today is another tough day of the trip. The pass follows a steep trail and traverses on the glacial moraine to the eastern side. Climbing through the ravine, we head up from Phedi continuously to reach Dzongla via the high pass of Cho La (5420m). From the top of Cho La, almost all of the mountains of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range can be seen in all their glory. The trail then descends through icy moraines to finally reach Dzongla for the overnight stay.
The excursion to Everest Base Camp is single-handedly the most important part of this trek. Leaving the pasturelands, we head up on rocky ridges, also crossing Khumbu Glacier on our way. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains from all around at Everest Base Camp with the world’s tallest mountain looming above, we can’t help but feel insignificant. Leaving behind our footprints, we head down to the lodge for lunch and descend to Thukla for the night.
Our days in the Himalayas are nearly over as we head down to the Sherpa hamlet of Tengboche. Crossing forests and small Sherpa villages, we reach the banks of Imja Khola, above which the village of Tengboche sits peacefully. The village of Tengboche is known for the biggest monastery in Khumbu region where the famous festival of Mani Ridmu is celebrated. We will visit this monastery in the evening and enjoy an enchanting mountain vista. Overnight in Tengboche.
After a well-deserved rest in Tengboche, we head down to Namche Bazaar. The mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and much more light up the journey. Descending through lush green forests, still in awe of the Himalayas, stirs a mixed emotion of happiness and sadness inside of you. We spend the night in Namche.
With the fragrance of pine still clinging to your clothes and eyes still drawn to the blooming rhododendron, the time to bid farewell to the Himalayas has arrived. As we head down to Phakding, the view of Mt. Everest (8848m) is eclipsed by the growing hills. The mountains disappear behind the horizon and the trail follows through forests and streams to reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
For the last day of the trek, we head back to Lukla enjoying the mesmerizing landscapes the mountainous countryside has to offer. We descend slowly down the valley of Dudh Koshi River, already remembering the Himalayas, the culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and the beauty of the trek. We stay in Lukla for the night.
Heading back to Kathmandu via a flight from the steep runway of Lukla, the thrill is magnified by the tiny airstrip perched atop a hill. The 30 minutes flight is filled with mountain scenery, and weather permitting, we will get a final peak at the snowcapped Himalayas. Still mesmerized by the stunning landscapes all around, we drop you to your hotel in Kathmandu so that you can rest your adventure weary bones. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Another day in Kathmandu means another day in the city of culture and fun. We begin our sightseeing tour with a visit to Patan Durbar Square. The mesmerizing beauty of the temples, intricately carved wooden buildings and the ancient form of Newar architecture passed down from generation to generation accounts for a different experience. Next, we have Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the city of culture and tradition. The courtyards are often packed with rice and chilies laid out to dry and the aroma itself recognizing the city. The architectures date all the way back to the 15th century and the buildings are developed in the unique pagoda style. After the sightseeing tour is over, we will have an authentic Nepali dinner before dropping you back to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Depending on your requirement, we can either arrange for departure or a rest day for shopping and souvenir hunting. Either way, on the departure day, our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from the land of the Himalayas.