Phaplu to Dingboche Heli

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).

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.





Best Time

April-May & Oct-Nov

Tour Itinerary

  • Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal!
    Our representative will meet you at the airport upon your arrival, and transfer you to your hotel.
    Begin your journey with a welcome sunset rooftop dinner overlooking Nepal’s largest stupa, the Boudhanath Stupa. This UNESCO world heritage site, which was once a central trade route, now protects Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. Explore the area, and walk around the stupa to get good luck. Offer butter lamps and make a prayer, before retiring to your hotel.

    Kathmandu Valley encompasses three old kingdoms: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu valley is ornate with palaces, intricate pagodas and monumental stupas which are a testament to the artistic talent of the Newars (natives of the valley). The Newari craft was held in high regard by the kings of Malla and the Mongol rulers of 18th-century China. The Gopala and Kirati dynasties were the first rulers, followed by Licchavi (300-879 AD), who flourished in trade and crafts.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    Accommodation4-star hotel Meals-/-/D Altitude1,400 m Drive duration Trekking duration


  • An immersive full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley.

    Visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important holy sites for the Hindu religion. The temple is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River and is believed to date back to 400 BC. The area encompasses 518 temples, buildings, and holy structures. The main temple is designed as a pagoda structure dedicated to Lord Shiva and is open only to Hindus; non-Hindus may only observe from the terraces across the Bagmati River to the east.
    The area also includes a temple, dedicated to Guhyeshwari, a goddess in the form of a silver-plated waterhole, covered by a silver Kalash (auspicious water jar). Legend has it that a part of Sati Devi’s dead corpse fell, and Shakti Peeths came to life. The temple is also considered a sacred place for performing cremation ceremonies, as Hindus believe that a cremation from here will be secure a reborn as a human in their next life.

    Visit Patan Durbar Square, also known as the city of artisans. The area is home to some of the finest artisans of Kathmandu Valley, who have preserved the cultural and ancient techniques of art and craft, such as wood, wax, painting and metal work. The former Royal Palace of Patan has been converted into a museum to display the unique crafts. Apart from the museum, Patan includes Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Golden Window, and Mahabouddha Temple and many other unique cultural attractions.

    Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, an old royal courtyard with over fifty temples, including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani.
    The Durbar has two courtyards; an inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors of the main palace have been converted into a museum dedicated to display the three generations of Shah kings of Nepal and also showcases some ornaments from the medieval periods. Thus, the palace is also known as “the Museum of Temples”.
    The outer courtyards have a Kasthamandap (was a three-storied public shelter), Kumari Ghar (which houses the Goddess Kumari), and a Shiva-Parvati Temple. The outer courtyards also have an abundance of handicraft shops, and a nearby Bazar and locals markets.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB Altitude1,400 m Drive duration Trekking duration

  • 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 experiencing the mountain culture for the first time.
    Overnight at Phaplu.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Flight duration
    AccommodationDeluxe Lodge MealsB/L/D Altitude2,400 m Flight duration30 min Trekking duration
  • 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.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Lodge MealsB/L/D Altitude2,730 m Drive duration5 hrs Trekking duration3 hrs
  • 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.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Lodge MealsB/L/D Altitude2,610 m Drive duration Trekking duration6 hrs
  • 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.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude3,440 m Drive duration Trekking duration6-7 hrs


  • 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.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude3,440 m Drive duration Trekking duration
  • Today 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 ridge line, take in the breathtaking scenery and stunning Himalayan peaks. Have lunch at Phunki Thenga, a small village amidst the alpine forests. In this area, you may be lucky enough to encounter the beautifully coloured dhampe pheasant, Nepal’s national bird, the elusive musk deer, and the occasional herd of elk deer and himalayan tahr (mountain goat). The trail climbs until it reaches the mountain village of Tengboche. Tengboche offers close-up views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Lodge MealsB/L/D Altitude3,860 m Drive duration Trekking duration5 hrs
  • The trail descends through birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron forests to the beautiful site of Deboche. From Deboche, the road is gentle until you pass a long prayer wall and reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imja-Tse River. Coming to the large Mani Wall Gate, the trek continues gradually uphill until the trail splits in two directions. The upper trail leads to the village of Pangboche, where an old monastery is located. The lower trail leads directly to Dingboche, a Himalayan village nestled beneath Mt. Ama Dablam and surrounding mountains.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude4,380 m Drive duration Trekking duration5 hrs
  • A day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. An optional day trip to Nagarjuna hill (5,050m) to have a closer view of Mt. Ama Dablam.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    AccommodationSimple Hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude4,380 m Drive duration Trekking duration
  • 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.

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Flight duration Trekking duration
    Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/L/D Altitude1,400 m Flight duration1 hr Trekking duration
  • Enjoy the day at your leisure. Relax with a 45-minute complimentary foot massage in Kathmandu.
    This additional day in Kathmandu is recommended to avoid missing your international flight, due to the unpredictable weather in the mountain region and the domestic flight might be cancelled due to bad weather.

    Optional add-on: Full Day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square, the ancient city inside the Kathmandu Valley.
    Optional add-on: Day trip to visit Monastery in Pharping.
    Optional add-on: Rock climbing in Pharping.
    Optional add-on: Day trip to Changu Narayan temple.
    Optional add-on: Day trip to Kritipur (a Newari styled area in Kathmandu)

    Accommodation Meals Altitude Drive duration Trekking duration
    Accommodation4-star hotel MealsB/-/- Altitude1,400 m Drive duration Trekking duration
  • Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Phaplu to Dingboche Trekking Map

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What is Included

Our package includes all the following.

  • Welcome dinner in Boudhanath Kathmandu upon arrival
  • 45-min 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 with 3 daily meals
  • Private car in Kathmandu
  • Private Airport transfers
  • 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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