Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Jul 27, 2023
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

You probably meet people who have trekked to Everest Base Camp or other routes in the Everest Himalayas and talked about the day 2 Itinerary and difficulties or have searched on the internet for the trek’s day-by-day detailed Itinerary before planning to walk to this place. Suppose you want to know in detail about walking to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. In that case, you are in the right place, where you can get information on Phakding Village and Namche Bazaar. For more information, please read the post carefully.

Monjo Village on the way from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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Phakding to Namche Bazaar is a long trekking camp, the day-2 walk of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. Not just during the EBC journey, you will be walking on this trail on every trekking route in the Khumbu Everest Region to Namche from Phakding.

The trail to Namche Bazaar from Phakding gradually ascends for the first few hours until you reach the Sagarmatha National Park office, where you issue a park entry permit. Then, you will have a steep ascending part after lunch for 2–3 hours.

Before reaching Namche Bazaar, you cross five different suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi River after Phakding. Today, you will walk through several small Sherpa settlements from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

Phakding to Namche Bazaar: Detailed Itinerary, Distance, Walking Hours, and Altitude Gain

The journey to Namche Bazaar on the second day of the Everest Base Camp trek from Phakding begins after breakfast in the guesthouse. You completed 10.8 Km (6.710809) with 6-7 hours of walking today. You start walking at 2610m (8562.992 feet) and reach 3440m (11286.09 feet) after gaining 830m (2723.1 feet) of altitude.

You start walking around 8:00 a.m. from Phakding on the second day of the Everest Base Camp trek towards Namche Bazaar. You cross the first suspension bridge after walking around 10–15 minutes from the lodge and will still be in the same town.

After walking for around half an hour to 45 minutes, you reach Zamfute, where you see a micro-hydro station, and ascend for 10 minutes to Toktok Village. At the end of Toktok Village, you see an attractive waterfall with a large water flow from June to September. Still, you will reduce it during the other months of the year.

Right after crossing the waterfall, you will have an ascending part for around 20 minutes, from where you will see a magnificent view of Mt.Thamserku (6,608 m/198845.14 feet). You cross the second suspension bridge in Bankar and reach Chhumuwa and Monjo. You issue a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit at the end of Monjo Village, which costs 3000 NPR except for Indian and South Asian Trekkers. It costs 1500 NPR for Indian and South Asian travelers, and Nepalese trekkers also must have a permit to trek to Everest Base Camp, which costs 100 NPR.

After the checkpost, you will descend for around 10 minutes, walk on a flat part for another five minutes, and cross the third bridge over the same river before reaching Jorsalle. You stop for lunch in Jorsalle and make the final journey to Namche Bazaar.

After lunch in Jorsalle, you cross the fourth suspension bridge and walk close to the Dudhkoshi River for about half an hour on a gradual up-and-down path, then start ascending towards the highest and final bridge for around 20 minutes. Now, you cross this high bridge and walk on a steep, ascending trail through the pine forest. If the weather is clear, you may see the first view of Mount Everest today while walking on this part. You reach Mislung after crossing the pine forest and checking in your permit at the police post, and you walk another 15 minutes to get to Namche Bazaar, the most beautiful town on the Everest Base Camp trekking route. Check out a quick fact about Phakding and Namche Bazaar below:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Starting Location: Phakding (2610 m/8,562.992 feet)
  • Final Destination: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286.09 feet)
  • Walking Distance: 10.8 Km (6.710809)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs.
  • Elevation Gain: 830m (2,723.1 feet)

Check out the 15-Day Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary, map, cost, preparation, and more here.

Having information about Lukla Flight cancellations and alternative options helps to plan a trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding.

Attraction while walking to Namche Bazaar from Phakding

Walking through traditional Sherpa Villages and seeing local architects and decorated buildings is magnificent along the way to Namche Bazaar. Crossing suspension bridges gives you an adventure feeling on the way, and seeing charming natural attractions such as rivers, streams, waterfalls, green forests, and more with fresh air makes your journey meaningful.

You will see the outstanding views of Mt.Thamserku, Taboche, and Everest along the way, and Kongde when you reach Namche Bazaar today. You may also see Himalayan Thar on a trek in late autumn and winter with the Nepalese national bird (Himalayan Monal). Buddhist monuments like Stupas, Mani Walls, Mani Rocks, Mani Wheels, prayer flags, and more decorate the trail to Namche Bazaar.

Food and Drink along the way to Namche Bazaar

There are plenty of guesthouses and restaurants along the way to Namche Bazaar after leaving Phakding, so you have places to stop for lunch, snacks, and hot drinks. It is optional to reach any particular location for the food if you amble, or you can even get Namche for lunch if you are a fast walker, but it might be a late lunch.

The foods are served from a food menu, so you have many choices of food items. For the Drink, you can buy a bottle of water quickly in the shops, lodges, or restaurants along the way. You can also drink regular tap water if you do not want to buy mineral water. Still, you must use purification methods like sterilizers, water tablets, or drops before you drink it. But you must take more than a liter of water from Jorsalle for the final 3 hours because you won’t have any places to buy water and will rarely find the tap to refill your empty water bottle.

Clothes to Wear for the Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek

Wearing trekking clothes while walking from Phakding to Namche depends on the temperature and season when you are on a trek. If you are on this trail in spring and summer and in September, you can wear shorts, but it starts getting cold in October. So, walking in October, November, December, January, and February will be freezing, and you need to wear long sleeves.

Take a thin windproof jacket, one pair of changing clothes, and a rain cover in your daypack. At the same time, you walk from Phakding to Namche Bazaar during the Everest Base Camp trek.

Why Trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding?

Khumbu Valley and magnificent mountain views

It came to be known from above that you trek to Namche Bazaar on the second day of trekking to Everest Base Camp. But you will not just go to the base camp; you will walk on this trail for other trekking packages in the Everest Himalayas, peak climbing, and expedition trips. Check below for what it takes to walk from Phakding Village to Namche Bazaar in the Khumbu Region.

  1. Everest Three High Passes trek
  2. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return trek
  3. Gokyo Lakes trek
  4. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
  5. Renjo La Pass trek
  6. Everest View trek
  7. Low-Budget Everest Base Camp trek

Besides above listed treks, you visit Namche Bazaar walking from Phakding during Island Peak climbing, Lobuche peak climbing, and other high mountain expeditions. Suppose you fly on a helicopter for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour. In that case, you will see this beautiful Sherpa town in the Everest Region and trekkers from Phakding Village to Namche Bazaar.

Things to remember while trekking from Phakding Village to Namche Bazaar

You meet many trekkers walking to Namche Bazaar or returning to Lukla after the Base Camp visit. It means the trekking path will be busy. You also encounter porters, mules, and Jopke (a hybrid between a cow and a yak) carrying loads. If you meet them in a narrow space, stand on the safe side, ensuring the load does not push you.

It might be windy, and rain or hail drops after 3 or 4 p.m. sometimes in spring, so if you are on the trek during spring, you might suffer from these things. It is recommended to start earlier and reach Namche Bazaar early.

You will wear a sun hat for sure during the trek. It can be blown by the wind while crossing suspension bridges, so take care of your hat by taking it off and holding it in your hand. Walking fast can cause altitude sickness, so saunter as much as you feel comfortable on the ascending trail. Take enough breaks and drink plenty of clean water on the way to Namche during the second day of the Everest Base Camp trek.


Phakding to Namche is day 2 of the Everest Base Camp trek. It is the longest walk going towards the base camp. There are even longer hours of walking on your way back to Lukla after completing the base camp and Kala Patthar visits. Also, today is the highest elevation gain compared to the other trekking days in the trip. Hopefully, you got what you wanted about the second day of Everest Base Camp’s Itinerary here. Please do not feel uneasy about asking if you have more questions about this day, the full itinerary, difficulties, safety, or anything about the Everest Base Camp trek to us through our contact us page, direct call, or WhatsApp at any time.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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