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Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 18, 2020

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, you will take a short- scenic flight to Phaplu, a much tranquil commencement point of the trek in the Solukhumbu region. 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.

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

About the Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Phaplu Namche Bazaar trekking is a short trekking trail located in Khumbu region, the eastern part of Nepal. This trekking trail takes you to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar which is the economic hub of this area and also the gateway to Everest Base Camp. Trekking along with the Sherpa villages we gradually hike into the Sagarmatha National Park crossing a few suspension bridges. Phaplu to Namche trekking can be a wonderful experience with people with families or people who do not want extremely difficult treks. With gentle terrains this trekking makes you familiar with the Sherpa people who are well known for their mountaineering skills all around the world.

Phaplu  Namche Bazaar trekking begins with a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Taking a flight to Phaplu from Kathmandu, you will begin your trek on the same day towards Takshindo. Following day you will begin your trek in the direction of Namche Bazaar where your camp for the night will be Ringmo. You will then descend down to Khari khola from where you will again climb up to Puiyan.

On the 5th day of your trek you will join the regular trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and begin to follow the Dudh Koshi river valley to climb into Namche Bazaar. You will spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar to hike up to Everest view point to have a look at the roof of the world. With Everest in your sight you will enjoy your lunch and return back to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you will trek back to Lukla for your flight to Kathmandu.

Day 1 Cultural Tour in Kathmandu

You will have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. 

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square – The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Visit Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning Ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. 

Day 2 Fly to Phaplu

The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Phaplu, you will meet the rest of your staff and porters. The Phaplu is a small airstrip in Solukhumbu. You then trek over a gentle ascending path all the way to Takshindo Gompa.

Day 3 Trek to Ringmo

The Trekking trail follows Chiwang and Phera through a pine tree and rhododendron forest alive with birds. It’s an easy descent through pines to a large suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola at 2510m. From the river the trail snakes up through meadows to Ringmo; a Sherpa village dotted with apple, peach and apricot orchards. Today have some leisurely stroll in the village and spend your night. 

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Day 4 Trek to Kharikhola

Above Ringmo, the trail climbs steeply through pine and rhododendron forest to a long mani wall of Pangoma; a remote lake set at 4500m beneath the wall. The trail crosses a picturesque stream on a suspension bridge and then dissolves into a clutter of loose rocks as it reaches Nunthala. From here the descent continues to Dudh Koshi (Milk River), the largest river on the trek. The trail turns through fields of barley, wheat and maize to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing(1680m). Terraced fields and forest path took you a slow climb around a ridge to the village of Khari Khola.  

Day 5 Trek to Puiyan

You can come across the Kharikhola by crossing the suspension bridge. The trail is uphill climb to Bupsa 2360m located among wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak tree. The path goes through the Sherpa village and a monkey forest and down towards the Dudh Kosi to Puiyan. 

Day 6 Puiyan to Phakding

The track climbs for about an hour from Puiyan to aridge at 2800m. The trail passes through Lukla airport and follows a path up to the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Through this up way we can get the glimpse of Mt. Nupla, Kusum Kangaru and Mt. Kwangdae Range. From here the walk is about 2- 3 hours to reach Phakding village. The trekkers can stay here for night and gather the local knowledge from the villagers.

Day 7 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

From Phakding trekkers have to cross the river to reach the valley. The trail is near to the river valley with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest. After crossing the Dudh Koshi at Benkar , trekkers can get the sight of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku. It is only the short walk to Monjo where trekkers gather around to have lunch. From Monjo , National Park is about a short distance. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and is an uphill way to Namche bazaar. The trail now goes to the generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi Rivers.  The trekkers have to walk through the large suspension bridge.  

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Day 8 Exploration Day

Namche Bazaar itself is the most awaited place in the Everest region of the country. This is the cultural and religious place including an economic hub in the Khumbu region. The Namche Bazaar with variations of a colorful panoply of the houses, lodges, restaurants, ATMs, bakeries, and Shops. The narrow path or a street in the region of Everest in Namche Bazaar that is shared between the Monks, the locals, monks, and Sherpa traders. Even though this place is quite expensive, it serves a very good purpose for all the tourists. The sloppy region of Namche is quite beautiful and the views from here are quite admirable. It is breathtaking as we can see the beautiful Himalayas.  

It also offers a new form of discovery inside each and every corner of a country from the bakeries, and monasteries to the fascinating museums. While you are traveling in the Namche Bazaar where you can also take short strolls bound around the town, or you can also go to the shop of the unique mountainside of Tibetan products, or as you can also buy trekking gear here in this place. If you are really interested in shopping then it is also better to do the shopping and exploring in the Khumbu area of Namche. 

Day 9 Trek to Lukla

This trekking trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of views of landscape and some mountain scenarios. The trekkers can explore Lukla bazaar and local shops. You can also celebrate your successful trekking with special brands of drinks.

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Day 10 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu Airport and enjoy the panoramic views of snowy mountains from the window of the plane.

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