Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek 14 Days

Phaplu Namche Bazaar Trek

Phaplu to Namche Bazzar trekking is a short trekking trail located in Khumbhu region, the eastern part of Nepal. This trekking trail takes you to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazzar which is 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 few suspension bridges. Phaplu to Namche trekking cam 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 to Namche Bazzar trekking begins with an sightseeing tour of the UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Taking a flight to Phaplu from Kathmandu, we begin our trek on the same day towards Takshindo. Following day we begin our trek in the direction of Namche Bazzar where our camp for the night will be Ringmo. We then descend down to Khari khola from where we again climb up to Puiyan. On the 5th day of our trek we join the regular trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and begin to follow the Dudh Koshi river valley to climb into Namche Bazzar. We spend an extra day in Namche Bazzar to hike up to Everest view point to have a look at the roof of the world. With Everest in our sight we enjoy our lunch and return back to Namche Bazzar. From Namche, we trek back to Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m] Transfer to the Hotel. (Car).

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. “B”. (06-07 Hours).

Day 03: Fly to Phaplu [2,600 m]. Trek to Takshindo Gompa. "B,L,D".

Day 04: Trek to Ringmo [2,800 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hours).

Day 05: Trek to Kharikhola [2,010m]. "B,L,D". Trek (07-08 Hours).

Day 06: Trek to Puiyan [2,770 m]. "B,L,D". (06-07 Hours).

Day 07: Trek to Phakdaing [2,640 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (04-05 Hrs).

Day 08: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs).

Day 09: Rest day at Namche [3,440 m] side trip to Everest view point [3,780 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (02-03 Hrs).

Day 10: Trek to Lukla [2,810 m]. "B,L,D". Trek (06-07 Hrs).

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu [1,338m]. "B".

Day 12 & 13: Free day in Kathmandu [1,338m]. "B".

Day 14: Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. "B".


Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Detail itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu [1,330 m]: Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that.

Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): After breakfast in the Hotel we have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu vally which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, 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. 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.
PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning Ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Phaplu [2,600 m] - (B,L,D): 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, we meet the rest of our staff and porters. The Phaplu is small airstrip in Solukhumbu. You then trek over a gentle ascending path all the way to Takshindo Gompa.

Day 04: Trek to Ringmo [2,800 m] - (B,L,D): 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. Average trekking time is 4 to 5 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Kharikhola [2,010 m] - (B,L,D): 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 Dudh Koshi (Milk River), the largest river on the trek. The trail turn through fields of barley, wheat and maize to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing(1680m). Terraced fields and forest path took us a slow climb around a ridge to the village of Khari Khola. Average trekking time is 7 to 8 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Puiyan [2,770 m] - (B,L,D): The Kharikhola is crossed by a drooping suspension bridge at 1930m. The path makes a steep climb to Bupsa (2360m), set among cascading wheat and maize terraces below a dense oak forest. The path ascends through Sherpa villages and a forest inhabited by monkeys, and then winds steeply up and down through the Dudh Koshi canyon to Puiyan. Spend your night in any of the lodge. Average trekking time is 6 to 7 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Phakding [2,652 m] - (B,L,D): The trail climbs for about an hour after Puiyan to a ridge at 2800m. Then up to another ridge. Passing through Lukla Airport follow a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and the Mount Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge. Average trekking time is 6 to 7 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3,440 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast we continue to trek entering into the dense Rhododendron and Pine forests while we cross the thundering Dudh Koshi River again. We are now inside the Sagarmatha National Park properly. While we trek to Namchhe Bazzar you will see many yaks transporting the goods to be traded along the trail. Spectacular Mountain peaks like Nupla (5,885m), Kongde Ri (6,093 m) and Thamserku (6,808m) rise majestically above us throughout most of the day. Average trekking time is 5 to 6 hours.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Namche [3,440 m], day hike to Shyangboche [3,833 m] - (B/L/D): This is a rest day in Namche Bazzar for acclimatization. Due to the thinning air it is important to spend an extra day in Namchhe Bazzar to become familiar with the climatic condition. During the day you can hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche for mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest.. Average trekking time is 3-4 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Lukla [2,652 m] - (B/L/D): We retrace our steps along the river Dudh Koshi. It is a beautiful and easy walk through pine and rhododendron forest with a view of Kusum Kanguru and other splendid mountains behind us before a gradual climb out of the river valley to the trek starting point Lukla to savor our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Average trekking time is 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Fly Back to Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): Early morning we once again board our flight through the Himalayan mountain range back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. This day also acts as a buffer day in case our flight to or from Lukla is cancelled for weather reasons.

Day 12 & 13: Free day in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple or you may wonder down town Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you some recommendations.

Day 14: Fly back home - (B): We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.


Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival & Departure Transfers by private car on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with an entrance fee.
  • Trekking Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in simple Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Kathmandu Phaplu and Lukla Kathmandu flight ticket with Airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Everest Trekking Region map.
  • TIMS / National park /Conservation entry fees.
  • Government taxes.
  • Office services charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
  • Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A tracksuit.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
  • At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
  • A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
  • Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
  • Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
  • Walking poles. (If you like to have).
  • Camera with spare batteries and films
  • Reading materials, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of
  • passport photograph
  • First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM: This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS
1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)
a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)
Severe symptoms of altitude sickness
a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING
1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION
1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT
1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4 ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

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