Phaplu to Dingboche Heli

12 nights 13 days |  Level Moderate

An alternative trek to Everest region

Journey to the Himalayas

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A trekking trail that takes you to the Sherpa village of Dingboche, a remote sherpa settlement in the Chukhung Valley of the Everest region. This trekking tour takes you deep into the Himalayas, before flying back to Kathmandu in a chartered helicopter. While the path is a little steep at times, it is ideal for those seeking leisure and scenic hike through the Himalayas with views of some of the most majestic mountains including Mount Everest views (8848.86m), Makalu (8643m), Mt. Lhotche (8516m), Mt. Nuptse(7861m), Mt. Baruntse (7129m), Mt. Numbu (6959m) and Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m).

Best Time To Visit: The best time for this trek is during the Autumn (Oct-Nov) and spring (March-May). During the spring, the route is full of blooming rhododendrons and wildflowers.

How Hard Is The Trek? While the trek can be considered challenging at times with steep ascends and descends. It depends on factors like your age, fitness level, and weather conditions. The trail takes you to Dingboche, 4,410 metres in altitude.

Tour Itinerary

  • Arrive at Kathmandu and be escorted to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to experience the capital of the Himalayas. Enjoy a special sunset rooftop dinner overlooking the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal.

  • Today embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Nepal’s Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Hindu temple Pashupatinath is devoted to Lord Shiva’s avatar Pashupati. It was built around 400 BC and is Kathmandu’s oldest temple.

    The Patan Durbar Square is one of Kathmandu’s three Durbar Squares (old kingdom palaces). The Patan Durbar Square is a Newar architectural masterpiece, surrounded by numerous temples and idols statues with 136 “bahals” (courtyards) and 55 temples

  • A 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu will take you to Phaplu, an iconic Sherpa mountain village perched on a hillside. Spend the day strolling around visiting monasteries and experience the mountain culture for the first time.
    Overnight at Phaplu.

    Altitude: 2930m

  • After a hearty breakfast, drive to Bubsa, where you will begin your trek to the small settlement of Paiya. The trail is steep for two hours as you ascend towards Khari La Pass (2880m), passing scattered Sherpa settlements and rhododendron forests with breathtaking views of the soaring Himalayan panoramic vistas. Slowly, you will descend towards Chaubar (2730m) passing through bamboo forests, until you reach Paiya.

    Altitude: 2730m
    Travel Distance: 5 hours drive
    Hiking distance: 3 hours walk

  • Recapture the romance of a bygone era, as you trek through remote mountain villages in the beautiful Khumbu Valley. The trek begins with a gentle ascent to Chipling (2700m) for two hours. This is a junction between Jiri and Lukla. You will then pass through the larger settlement of Mush (2650m), with Kogde and Khumbiyula mountain towering the horizon. The path remains generally flat with few gentle descents and ascents until you reach Phakding.

    Altitude: 2610m
    Hiking distance: 6 hours

  • Embark for Namche Bazaar, the main high altitude mountain village for trekkers in the Everest region. The trail is steep at times as it takes you along deep gorges and valleys. Follow the winding Dudh Koshi River, crossing several high suspension bridges, until entering the exceptional Sagarmatha National Park – a protected region aimed to preserve the fragile mountain environment. Take in the majestic views as you journey along, passing Buddhist temples and sherpa museums.
    Arrive at Namche and after a rest, explore this vibrant village inhabited mostly by the Sherpa community with monasteries, bakeries, trendy restaurants, and coffee spots.

    Altitude: 3440m
    Hiking distance: 6-7 hours

  • An optional day to set out for the one-and-a-half-hour hike to The Everest View Hotel, where you can enjoy grand views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse. Enjoy breakfast at this beautiful view point at the top of the world, surrounded by the Himalayan range. Stroll around the plateau village of Kunde, and the Sherpa Culture Museum. Return to Namche Bazaar for the evening.

    Altitude: 3880m
    Hiking distance: 4 hours

  • Namche to Tengboche is the most scenic trail in the Everest region, with superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. While hiking along the ridgeline, take in the breathtaking scenery and stunning Himalayan peaks view. Have lunch at Phunki Thenga, a small village amidst the alpine forests. The trail climbs until it reaches Tengboche. Tengboche offers close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.

    Altitude: 3,860m
    Hiking distance: 5h

  • Namche to Tengboche is the most scenic trail in the Everest region, with superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. While hiking along the ridgeline, take in the breathtaking scenery and stunning Himalayan peaks view. Have lunch at Phunki Thenga, a small village amidst the alpine forests. The trail climbs until it reaches Tengboche. Tengboche offers close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.

    Altitude: 3,860m
    Hiking distance: 5h

  • Namche to Tengboche is the most scenic trail in the Everest region, with superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. While hiking along the ridgeline, take in the breathtaking scenery and stunning Himalayan peaks view. Have lunch at Phunki Thenga, a small village amidst the alpine forests. The trail climbs until it reaches Tengboche. Tengboche offers close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.

    Altitude: 3,860m
    Hiking distance: 5h

  • Return to Kathmandu and unwind with a special spa treatment. Spend the remaining afternoon at your leisure. Celebrate your achieved journey over a farewell dinner.

  • Enjoy the day at your leisure. Enjoy a 1-hour complimentary foot massage.
    This buffer day is recommended due to the unpredictability of mountain flight schedules.

  • Catch your flight onwards.

Book your Journey

Phaplu to Dingboche Trekking Map

What is Included

Our package includes all the following.

  • Welcome dinner in Boudhanath Kathmandu upon arrival
  • 1-hour complimentary foot massage in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu
  • Chartered helicopter from Dingbouche to Kathmandu
  • Dedicated trekking guide
  • Porter during trek
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Phaplu
  • 7 nights trekking accommodation
  • Private car in Kathmandu
  • Private Airport transfers
  • 3 daily meals during trek
  • All mentioned site entrance fees
  • 24/7 support during your trip

Not Included

Our tours do not include the following expenses, however, we do provide assistance if needed to provide them for your holiday.

  • Tourist visa fees
  • International flight
  • Personal expenses
  • Non-specified meals
  • Personal travel insurance

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